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Rock B-Days/Today in Rock History: May

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

Rock B-Days/Today in Rock History: May

Rock Birthdays:
May 1:
Judy Collins - 79
Jerry Weiss (Blood Sweat & Tears, Ambergris, Al Kooper) - 72
Jim Clench (April Wine, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Loverboy) - b. 1949 - d. 11/3/10
Glen Ballard (songwriter and record producer – has worked with or had songs played by Van Halen, Aerosmith, Stevie Nicks, Toto, P.O.D., Ringo Starr, Alanis Morissette, No Doubt, Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., Goo Goo Dolls, Michael Jackson, Pointer Sisters, Patti Austin, Evelyn King, Teddy Pendergrass, Christina Aguilera, Wilson Phillips, Sheena Easton, Annie Lennox + many more. He won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture for the song "Believe" (The Polar Express) - 65
Felix Hanemann (Zebra, Harry Slash & The Slashtones, Hindenberg) - 65
Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger) - 54
Johnny Colt (The Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rock Star Supernova, Brand New Immortals, Train) - 52
D'Arcy Wretsky-Brown (Smashing Pumpkins, Filter) - 50
Mark “Gus” Scott (Trixter) - 50

May 2:
Link Wray - b. 1929 - d. 11/5/05
Little Walter / Marion Walter Jacobs (singer, harmonica player) - b. 1930 - d. 2/15/68
'Bunk' Gardner (Mothers of invention) - 85
Bob Henrit (DayBreakers, Roulettes, Argent, Unit Four Plus Two, Kinks) - 74
Goldy McJohn / John Goadsby (The Mynah Birds, The Sparrows, Steppenwolf, Humble Pie, The Saints, Freddy & the Screamers, Southern Pacific, sessionist) - 73
Lesley Gore (had the 1963 US #1 & UK #9 single 'It's My Party', (which was produced by Quincy Jones). Composed songs for the soundtrack of the 1980 film 'Fame,' for which she received an Academy Award nomination for ‘Out Here on My Own,' written with her brother Michael.)- b. 1946 - d. 2/16/15
Lou Gramm (Black Sheep, Foreigner, Lou Gramm Band, Shadow King, solo) - 68
John Glascock (The Gods, Carmen, Jethro Tull, Toe Fat, Chicken Shack, The Juniors, Head Machine)- b. 1951 - d. 11/17/79
Prescott Niles (The Knack, Missing Persons) - 64
David Rhodes (Random Hold, Peter Gabriel, sessionist on albums by a wide variety of artists, including Roy Orbison, Tim Finn, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Joan Armatrading, Blancmange, Pretenders, Scott Walker and Talk Talk, solo) - 62
Alain Johannes (multi-instrumentalist, producer and vocalist, worked with Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Chris Cornell, and Arctic Monkeys) - 56
Darrell "Dwarf" Millar (ex-Laidlaw, Killer Dwarfs) - 53

May 3:
Pete Seger - b. 1919 - d. 1/27/14
James Brown - b. 1933 - d. 12/25/06
Frankie Valli / Francis Stephen Castelluccio (The Four Seasons, solo) - 84
Pete Staples (Troggs, Ten Feet Five, Wild Things) - 74
Bruce Hall (REO Speedwagon) - 65
Van McLain (Shooting Star) - b. 1943 - d. 3/3/18
David Michael Phillips (King Kobra, Icon, Keel) - 57
Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders, Whitesnake, Neil Schon, The Dead Daisies) - 55
Jay Darlington (Oasis, Kula Shaker, Magic Bus) - 50
Josey Scott (Saliva) - 46
Paul Banks (Interpol, solo) - 40

May 4:
Ed Cassidy (Rising Sons, Spirit) - b. 1923 - 12/6/12
Dick Dale (The King of the Surf Guitar, The Del-Tones) - 81
Ronnie Bond (The Troggs) - b. 1940 - d. 11/13/92
David Laflamme (It's A Beautiful Day, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Jerry Garcia, Merle Saunders, Janis Joplin. Electric Chamber Orkustra, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks) - 77
George Wadenius (Blood, Sweat & Tears, Saturday Night Live band, session player and/or touring musician with Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Dr. John, David Sanborn, James Brown, Marianne Faithfull, Kent, Paul Simon, Joe Thomas, Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack, Donald Fagen, Doug Katsaros, Michael Franks, and Luther Vandross + more) - 73
Zal Cleminson (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Nazareth, Tear Gas, Bo-Weavels, Elkie Brooks, Midge Ure, Bonnie Tyler) - 69
Bruce Day (Santana, Pablo Cruise) - 67
Mick Mars (Motley Crue) - 67
Mike Hinton (Roky Erickson, Merl Saunders & the Rainforest Band, Country Joe McDonald and Friends, Johnnie Johnson and Unreal, Kingfish, Max Gail Band, High Noon (with Mickey Hart), Norton Buffalo and the Knockouts, Schellville Southside Blues Band) - b. 1956 - d. 8/1/13
Matt Thor (Rough Cutt, Jailhouse, Stephen Pearcy) -
Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer) - 54
Vinnie Chas (Pretty Boy Floyd) - b. 1963 - d. 4/6/10
Mike Dirnt (Green Day, Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Frustrators, Screeching Weasel, Squirtgun) - 46

May 5:
Blind Willie McTell / William Samuel McTier (Blues singer) - b. 1898 - d. 8/19/59
Bill Ward (Mythology, Black Sabbath, Ward One, solo) - 70
Dick Kemper (Vandenberg) - 62
Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Atomic Playboys, Jerusalem Slim, Vince Neil) - 59
Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth (Overkill) - 59
James LaBrie (Dream Theater, Winter Rose, MullMuzzler, solo + more) - 55
Shawn Drover (Megadeth, Eidolon, Act Of Defiance) - 52
Devin Townsend (The Devin Townsend Band, Devin Townsend Project, Strapping Young Lad, Casualties of Cool, Steve Vai, Punky Brüster, IR8, Front Line Assembly, Grey Skies, Caustic Thought, Noisescapes, Ayreon, the Wildhearts, Bent Sea, ReVamp, removal, Darkest Hour) - 46
Josh Smith (Halestorm) -

May 6:
Kal Mann (songwriter; Elvis Presley, Bobby Rydell + more) - b. 1917 - d. 11/28/01
Eddie C Campbell (blues guitarist, singer) - 79
Colin Earl (Mungo Jerry, Foghat) - 76
Bob Seger (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Bob Seger System, solo) - 73
Davey Johnstone (The Elton John Band, Alice Cooper, session work: Bob Seger, Stevie Nicks​ + more) - 67
Tommy Funderburk (singer; The Front, solo, has recorded with artists such as Jon Anderson, Laura Branigan, Coverdale-Page, Melissa Manchester, Magnum, Mötley Crüe, Steve Lukather, Richard Marx, Rick Springfield, Richie Kotzen, Starship, REO Speedwagon, Whitesnake, Yes + more) -
Shaun Murphy / Stoney (Singer; The Moody Blues, Bob Seger, Herbie Hancock, Phil Collins, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Maria Muldaur, Bruce Hornsby, Michael Bolton, J.J. Cale, Coco Montoya, Alice Cooper, Little Feat, Jake Wade and the Soul Searchers, solo)
Dwain Miller (Keel) -
Shawn Duncan‬ (Odin, BulletBoys‬, DC4) - 54
Tony Scalzo (Fastball, The Goods) - 53
Mark Bryan (Hootie & the Blowfish) - 51
Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, No Use for a Name, Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants) - 47

May 7:
Derek Taylor (press officer, author; Beatles, Byrds, Beach Boys) - b. 1932 - d. 9/8/97
Cornelius Bumpus (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) - b. 1945 - d. 2/3/04
Bill Kreutzmann (The Warlocks, Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, The Dead) - 72
Jerry Nolan (The New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, Levi and the Rockats, The Idols, Sid Vicious, London Cowboys, solo) - b. 1946 - d. 1/14/92
Prairie Prince (born Charles Lempriere Prince) (The Tubes, Journey, worked with Chris Isaak, Todd Rundgren, Brian Eno, David Byrne, XTC, Tom Waits, Paul Kantner, George Harrison, Dick Dale, Glenn Frey, Richard Marx, Bill Spooner, Neil Hamburger, John Fogerty, Nicky Hopkins, Tommy Bolin, Phil Lesh + more) - 68
Bernie Marsden (UFO, Cozy Powell's Hammer, Babe Ruth, Paice Ashton & Lord, Whitesnake, The Moody Marsden Band, The Snakes, The Company of Snakes, solo) - 67
Marty Willson-Piper ( The Church, Seeing Stars, Noctorum, The Saints, All About Eve) - 60
Phil Campbell (Motorhead, Persian Risk) - 57
Johnny Lee Middleton (Savatage, Trans-Sierian Orchestra) - 55

May 8:
Robert Johnson, blues singer, guitarist. Influenced Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Eric Clapton, (Cream covered 'Crossroads) The Rolling Stones, ('Love In Vain') - b. 1911 - d. 8/16/38.
Rick Nelson - b. 1940 - d. 12/31/85
Jim “Motorhead” Sherwood (Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention) - d. 1942 - d 12/25/11
Danny Whitten (Crazy Horse) - b. 1943 - d. 11/18/72
Paul Samwell-Smith (The Yardbirds, Box Of Frogs, Producer for Cat Stevens, Jethro Tull, Carly Simon, Renaissance, Murray Head, Chris de Burgh, Beverley Craven, Illusion + more) - 75
Bill Legend (T. Rex, The Romford Golden Sunshine Band, The 4 Zodiacs, Epics, Legend, Zooky) - 74
Gary Glitter - 74
Chris Frantz (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Artistic, The Heads) - 67
Alex Van Halen (Van Halen) - 65
Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac, Bekka and Billy) - 65
Eric Brittingham (Cinderella, Naked Beggars, Devil City Angels, Bret Michaels) - 58
Jim Sheppard (Nevermore, Sanctuary) - 57
Jerry Best (Lion, Freak Of Nature, Dio, Heavy Bones) - 55
‪‎Pepper Keenan‬ (Corrosion Of Conformity) - 51
Joe Bonamassa (Bloodline, Black Country Communion, Beth Hart, Rock Candy Funk Party, Jason Bonham, Joe Lynn Turner, solo) - 41

May 9:
Dave Prater (Sam & Dave) - b. 1937 - d. 4/9/88
Sonny Curtis (Three Tunes, Crickets, solo) - 81
Colin Eric Allen (Has played drums for many musicians including Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim, Solomon Burke, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, Stone The Crows, Marc Bolan and T.Rex, Mick Taylor, Focus, Donovan, Georgie Fame, Brian Joseph Friel, and The British Blues Quintet) - 80
Nokie Edwards/Nole Floyd Edwards (Musician/Actor, Ventures) - 79
John Hawken (The Nashville Teens, Spooky Tooth, Third World War, Renaissance, Strawbs, Illusion, Vinegar Joe, sessions, solo) - 78
Danny Rapp (Danny and the Juniors) - b. 1941 - d. 4/5/83
Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, Au Go Go Singers, The Richie Furay Band) - 74
Steve Katz (Blood, Sweat & Tears, American Flyer, The Blues Project, others. Producer) - 73
Billy Joel (The Echoes, The Hassles, Attila, solo) - 69
Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick) - 68
John "Rhino" Edwards (Status Quo) - 65
Benjy King (Producer, arranger, engineer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; Scandal, Rick Derringer, Frankie & The Knockouts, Patty Smyth, Alan Merrill, Tommy James, Lou Christie, Fiona, Ellen Foley, solo + more) - b. 1954 - d. 9/21/12
Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode, Soulsavers solo) - 56
Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan (Oasis) - 47
Ryan 'Nik' Vikedal (Nickelback) - 43
Andrew W.K. - 38
Bec Hollcraft (Stars In Stereo) - 29

May 10
Larry Williams (singer, songwriter, producer, piani - wrote many Rock n Roll classics, with The Beatles and others covering his songs) - b. 1935 - d. 1/7/80
Jackie Lomax (Dee and the Dynamites, The Undertakers, The Lomax Alliance, Heavy Jelly, Badger, worked with The Tea Bags, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Leon Russell and Nicky Hopkins) - b. 1944 - d. 9/15/13
Donovan - 72
Graham Gouldman (10cc, Wax, Mindbenders, Hotlegs) - 72
Dave Mason (Traffic, solo, played and recorded with: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Steve Winwood, Fleetwood Mac, Delaney Bramlett, Cass Elliot, Jim Capaldi, Ron Wood, Phoebe Snow, Joe Walsh, Don Felder) - 71
Jay Ferguson (Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne, solo) - 71
Sid Vicious/John Simon Ritchie (Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Vicious White Kids, The Flowers Of Romance, solo) - b. 1957 - d. 2/2/79
Bono (Paul Hewson - U2) - 58
Danny Carey (Tool, contributed to albums by ZAUM, Green Jellÿ, Pigface, Skinny Puppy, Adrian Belew of King Crimson, Carole King, Collide, The Wild Blue Yonder, Lusk, the Melvins + more) - 57
John Nymann (Y&T) -
Richard Patrick (Filter, Army of Anyone, Nine Inch Nails) - 50

May 11
Eric Burdon (Alan Price Combo, The Animals, War, Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon, solo) - 77
Les Chadwick (Gerry and the Pacemakers) - 75
Butch Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band, The 31st of February, The Vikings) - b. 1947 - d. 1/24/17
Christoph “Doom” Schneider (Rammstein) - 53
Perttu Kivilaakso (Apocalyptica) - 40

May 12:
Ian McLagan (Small Faces, Faces, Rod Stewart, The New Barbarians, Bump Band, Billy Bragg and the Blokes, Michael Grimm, Izzy Stradlin) - b. 1945 - d. 12/3/14
Steve Winwood (Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, Eric Clapton, Jim Capaldi, Ginger Baker's Air Force, solo) - 70
Ray Gillen (Badlands, Black Sabbath, Phenomena, Blue Murder, Sun Red Sun) - b. 1959 - 12/1/93
Billy Squier (Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Magic Terry and The Universe, Kicks, The Sidewinders, Piper, solo) - 68
Barry Borden (Mother's Finest, Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet) - 64
Eric Singer (KISS, Alice Cooper, Badlands, Black Sabbath, Lita Ford, Eric Singer Project, Brian May, Avantasia) - 60
Billy Duffy (The Cult, Coloursound, Theatre Of Hate, The Nosebleeds) - 57
Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion, owner of Epitaph Records) - 56
Dez Fafara (Coal Chamber, Devil Driver) - 52
Paul D'Amour (Tool, Lusk, Feersum Ennjin, Lesser Key) - 51

May 13
Richie Valens - b. 1941 - d. 2/3/59
“Blue” Lou Marini (Saturday Night Live Band, Blues Brothers, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Joe Beck Quartet, James Taylor, Levon Helm, Steely Dan, Lew Soloff, Philip Bailey + more) - 73
Magic Dick / Richard Salwitz (The J Geils Band) - 71
Pete "Overend" Watts (Mott The Hoople, Mott, British Lions, Mott) - 71
Stevie Wonder - 68
Danny Kirwin (Fleetwood Mac, solo) - 68
Paul Thompson (Roxy Music) - 67
Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish, solo) - 52
Chuck Schuldiner (Death, Control Denied, Voodoocult, Slaughter) - b. 1967 - d. 12/13/01
Buckethead (Brian Carroll) (Deli Creeps, Guns'n'Roses, worked with: Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Iggy Pop, Les Claypool, Serj Tankian, Bill Moseley, Mike Patton, Viggo Mortensen, That 1 Guy) - 49
Ana Popovic - 42

May 14
Dub Jones (The Coasters, The Cadets) - b. 1928 - d. 1/16/00
Bob Johnston (Producer; Bob Dylan: 'Highway 61 Revisited,' 'Blonde on Blonde,' 'John Wesley Harding,' 'Nashville Skyline,' 'Self Portrait,' 'New Morning,' as well as Simon & Garfunkel: 'Sounds of Silence,' Leonard Cohen: 'Songs from a Room' and many others) - b. 1932 - d. 8/14/15
Bobby Darin - b. 1936 - d. 12/20/73
Jack Bruce (Cream, Blues Incorporated, Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann, Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, West Bruce & Lang, BBM (Baker, Bruce & Moore); BLT (with Robin Trower), Spectrum Road - b. 1943 - 10/25/14
Lek LecKenby (born Derek Leckenby) (Herman’s Hermits) - b. 1946 - d. 6/4/94
Gene Cornish (The Young Rascals) - 72
Al Ciner (American Breed, Three Dog Night) - 71
David Byrne (Talking Heads, solo) - 66
John Rutsey (Rush) - b. 1953 - d. 5/11/08
Tom Cochrane (Red Rider, solo) - 65
Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot, Badd Boyz, King Kobra, Shortino, Raiding The Rock Vault) - 65
Steve Hogarth (Marillion, The H Band) - 59
C.C. Deville (born Bruce Anthony Johannesson) (Poison, Samantha 7) - 56
Ian Astbury (Southern Death Cult, The Cult, The Doors of the 21st Century) - 56
Eric Peterson (Testament) - 54
Mike Inez (Alice In Chains, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, Slash's Snakepit, Jerry Cantrell, Spys4Darwin, Heart) - 52
Henry Garza (Los Lonely Boys) - 40
Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) - 39

May 15
Wavy Gravy - 82
Brian Eno - (Roxy Music, producer, David Bowie, Coldplay, Talking Heads, Robert Fripp, Cluster, Devo, U2, David Byrne, Robert Wyatt, 801, solo) - 70
Gary Thain (Champion Jack Dupree, Martha Velez, Keef Hartley Band, Miller Anderson, Pete York Percussion Band, Uriah Heep, Ken Hensley, Me And The Others / The New Nadir) - 70
Dennis "Fergie" Fredericksen (MSFunk, Trillion, Angel, Le Roux, Toto, Frederiksen/Phillips) - b. 1951 - d. 1/18/14
Mike Oldfield - 65
Zoltan Bathory (Five Finger Death Punch, U.P.O.) - 40

May 16
Roger Earl (Tramps, Savoy Brown, Foghat) - 72
Robert Fripp (King Crimson, Fripp & Eno, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Blondie, David Sylvian, League of Gentlemen, Van der Graaf Generator, G3, Porcupine Tree, To70h Willcox, The Damned, Andy Summers, Trey Gunn, Theo Travis, Slow Music Project, solo) - 71
Darrell Sweet (The Shadettes, Nazareth, The Burntisland Pipe) - b. 1947 - d. 4/30/99
Jock Bartley (Firefall, Tommy Bolin, Zephyr, Gram Parsons)-
Richard Page (Pages, Mr. Mister, Third Matinee, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) - 65
Stella Nova / Steve New (Rich Kids, Public Image Ltd, Sid Vicious, Public Image Ltd, Iggy Pop, Chrissie Hynde, Kim Fowley, Glen Matlock + more) - b. 1960 - d. 5/24/10
Boyd Tinsley (Dave Matthews Band, Dave Matthews & Friends, Alanis Morissette, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones solo, sessionist) - 54
Krist Novoselic (Nirvana, Eyes Adrift, Sweet 75) - 53
Chuck Garric‬ (‎Alice Cooper, L.A. Guns‬, Dio‬, Beasto Blanco) - 51

May 17
Taj Mahal - 76
Bill Bruford (The Breed, Savoy Brown, Mabel Greer's Toy Shop, Yes, King Crimson, UK, Genesis, Earthworks, Chris Squire, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, Gong, National Health, Steve Howe, Gordian Knot, Annette Peacock, solo) - 69
Claude Schnell (Magic!, Rough Cutt, Hughes/Thrall, Dio, Holy Grail, Hear N' Aid, Y&T, Impelliteri + more) -
Audie Desbrow (Great White) - 61
Paul Di’Anno (Iron Maiden, Fear, Killers, Gogmagog, Battlezone, Icarus Witch, Dianno) - 60
Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails, How to Destroy Angels, Option 30, The Innocent, Exotic Birds, Tapeworm, Atticus Ross, David Fincher, Slam Bamboo, Queens of the Stone Age) - 53
‪Michael Starr‬ (Steel Panther) - 53
Dave Abbruzzese (Pearl Jam, Hairy Apes BMX, Course of Empire, Green Romance Orchestra, The I.M.F.'s, Stevie Salas, Bernard Fowler) - 50
Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss, Them Crooked Vultures) - 45

May 18
Big Joe Turner (blues singer, songwriter) - b. 1911 - d. 11/24/85
Rick Wakeman (Yes, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Strawbs, Warhorse, solo) - 69
Bill Wallace (The Gettysburg Address, Logan Avenue Comfort Station, Dianne Heatherington and the Merry Go-Round, Brother, The Guess Who, Crowcuss, LesQ, Kilowatt) - 69
Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil) - 62
Randy Rand (Autograph) -
Ronald "Bad Ronbo" Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs) - 58
Paige Hamilton (Helmet) - 58
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D.) - 53
Billy Howerdel (A Perfect Circle, Ashes Divide + more) - 48
Jack Johnson - 43
Courtney Cox‬ (Femme Fatale‬, The Iron Maidens‬) - 29

May 19
Pete Townshend (The Who, Detours, Deep End, Ronnie Lane, solo) - 73
Steve Currie (T. Rex) - b. 1947 - d. 4/28/81
Jerry Hyman (Blood Sweat & Tears) - 71
Tom Scott (The Blues Brothers, The L.A. Express, Tom Scott Quartet, Neoteric Trio, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, many other sessions, solo) - 70
Dusty Hill (ZZ Top) - 69
Joey Ramone (The Ramones, Sibling Rivalry, Sniper) - b. 1951 - d. 4/15/01
Phil Rudd (AC/DC) - 64
Iain Harvie (Del Amitri) - 56

May 20
Joe Cocker - b. 1944 - d. 12/22/14
Cher (singer, actress; Sonny & Cher, solo) - 72
Jimmy Henderson (Black Oak Arkansas) - 64
Guy Hoffman (Violent Femmes, Oil Tasters, BoDeans, Absinthe) - 64
Jane Wiedlin (Go Go's, FroSTed, solo) - 60
Jay Schellen‬ (Hurricane, Asia, Badfinger, Raiding The Rock Vault‬) - 58
Patti Russo (Meatloaf) - 54
Tom Gorman (Belly) - 52

May 21
Albert Grossman (artist manager; Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Electric Flag + more) - b. 1926 - d. 1 /25/86
Tom "Big Daddy" Donahue (Legendary Radio Program Director and created first alternative "free-form" radio station KMPX in San Francisco. The Father of Progressive Radio. He later took the format to KMET and KPPC-FM in Los Angeles. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 as a non-performer, one of only three disc jockeys to receive that honor.) b. 1928 - d. 4/28/75
Vincent Crane (Atomic Rooster, Crazy World of Arthur Brown) - b. 1943 - d. 2/14/89
John Dalton (The Kinks) - 75
Hilton Valentine (The Animals, solo) - 75
Bill Champlin (Chicago) - 71
Stan Lynch (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, songwriter & producer) - 63
John Galvin (Molly Hatchet) - 63
Greg Smith (Wendy O. Williams, Alice Cooper, Rainbow, Blue Öyster Cult, Dokken, Vinnie Moore, Joe Lynn Turner, Ted Nugent, Tommy James & the Shondells, Alan Parsons, The Turtles, Felix Cavaliere, Chuck Negron, Joey Molland. Denny Laine, Mitch Ryder) - 55
Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Patti Smith) - 55
Anthony Corder (Tora Tora) - 52
Gabbie Rae - 20

May 22
Bruce Rowland (The Grease Band - he played for Joe Cocker's performance at the Woodstock Festival, Fairport Convention, Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance, prolific session musician) - b. 1941 - d. 6/29/15
Bill Lordan (Gypsy, Robin Trower, B.L.T., Sly & The Family Stone, The Mystics, Charlie Souza, Bill Lordan Experiment, solo) - 71
Doug Gray (The New Generation, Toy Factory, The Marshall Tucker Band) - 70
Bernie Taupin (Elton John's co-writer, Farm Dogs, solo) - 68
Jimmy Lyon (Eddie Money, Greg Kihn Band, Tina Turner) - 63
Danny B. Harvey (The Head Cat, Lonesome Spurs, The Rockats) -
Morrissey / Steven Morrissey (The Smiths, The Nosebleeds, Slaughter & The Dogs, solo) - 59
Jesse Valenzuela (Gin Blossoms) - 56
Michael Davis (Lizzy Borden) -
Dan Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) - 51

May 23
Robert Albert "Bob" Moog - Founder of Moog Music and a pioneer of electronic music, best known as the inventor of the Moog synthesizer - b. 1934 - d. 8/21/05
Danny Klein (J Geils Band, Danny Klein's Full House) - 72
Bill Hunt (Electric Light Orchestra) - 71
Jim Mankey (Concrete Blonde, Sparks, solo) - 66
Rick Fenn (10CC, Mike Oldfield, Nick Mason, Rick Wakeman + more) - 65
Philip James Selway (Radiohead, 7 Worlds Collide) - 51

May 24
Tommy Chong (Cheech & Chong) - 80
Bob Dylan (Traveling Wilburys, solo) - 77
Priscilla Presley - 73
Steve Upton (Wishbone Ash) - 72
Albert Bouchard (Ünderbelly, Blue Oyster Cult, Blue Coupe, The Brain Surgeons) - 71
Waddy Wachtel (Sessionist, Stevie Nicks, The Cowsills, Jackson Browne, Bernard Fowler, Blondie Chaplin, Keith Richards, Warren Zevon, James Taylor, George Thorogood, Bob Weir, J.D. Souther, Linda Ronstadt + more) - 71
Cynthia ‘Plaster’ Caster - 71
Mark Rivera (Musical Director, Sessionist, Foreigner, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, Simon & Garfunkel, John Lennon, Billy Ocean, Joe Walsh, Billy Joel + more) - 66
Jimmy Haun (Yes, Air Supply, Lodgic, Circa, sessions, solo) -
Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard, Eric Burdon & The New Animals, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton + more) - 59
Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, The Notting Hillbillies, solo) - 58
Steve McDonald (Redd Kross, Off! + more) - 51
Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes, Hookah Brown, Circle Sound, solo) - 49

May 25
Klaus Meine (Scorpions) - 70
Robby Steinhardt (White Clover, Kansas, Steinhardt-Moon + more) - 68
Chuck Ruff (Sawbuck, Edgar Winter, Sammy Hagar + more) - b. 1951 - d. 10/14/11
Paul Weller (The Jam, The Style Council, solo) - 60
Glen Drover (Eidolon, King Diamond, Megadeth, Testament, Queensrÿche) - 49
Adam Gontier (Three Days Grace, Saint Asonia, solo) - 40

May 26
Levon Helm (The Band, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, Levon Helm's Ramble on the Road, Levon Helm and The RCO All-Stars, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, solo) - b. 1940 - d. 4/19/12
Terrence "Verden" Allen (The Inmates, Mott the Hoople, Cheeks, Thunderbuck Ram, Soft Ground, solo) - 74
Gary Peterson (Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive) - 73
Mick Ronson (Mott The Hoople, David Bowie, Ian Hunter, Bob Dylan, Rolling Thunder Revue, Morrissey, Van Morrison, solo) b. 1946 - d. 4/29/93
Stevie Nicks (Buckingham/Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, solo) - 70
Richard Sohl (Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Nina Hagen, Elliott Murphy) - b. 1953 - d. 6/3/90
David Torn (Soundtrack composer; The Everyman Band, Bill Bruford and Tony Levin, Laurie Anderson, Jeff Beck, David Bowie, Jan Garbarek, Mark Isham, David Sylvian + mre) - 65
Lenny Kravitz (singer, actor) - 54
Kevin Moore (O.S.I., Chroma Key, Dream Theater, Fates Warning, solo) - 51
Kristen Pfaff (Janitor Joe, Hole) - b. 1967 - d. 6/16/94
Alan White (Starclub, Oasis) - 46

May 27
Bruce Cockburn (singer, songwriter) - 73
Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship, Jorma Kaukonen Trio, Rod Stewart, Sons of Fred, Les Fleur de Lys, Sam Gopal Dream, Steamhammer, Jade, Silver Metre, Stoneground, Starship, Hot Tuna, guest on many sessions/albums, solo) - 70
Eddie Harsch (The Black Crowes, James Cotton, Bulldog, Detroit Cobra) - 61
Siouxsie - Susan Dallion (Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Creatures) - 61
Neil Finn (After Hours, Split Enz, Crowded House, Finn Brothers, The Mullanes, Flight of the Conchords, 7 Worlds Collide, Pajama Club Fleetwood Mac) - 60
Claude Schnell (Dio) - 60
Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains) - 52

May 28
T Bone Walker - b. 1910 - d. 3/6/75
Papa John Creach (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, solo) - b. 1917 - d. 2/22/94
John Fogerty (The Golliwogs, Creedence Clearwater Revival, solo) - 73
Lee Sklar (The Section, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Phil Collins, Jackson Browne, Toto, Era, contributed to over 2,000 albums as a session musician) - 71
Wendy O. Williams (The Plasmatics) - b. 1949 - d. 4/6/98
Eddie Jobson (Roxy Music) - 63
Dan K. Brown (The Fixx) -
Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson)- 55

May 29
Gary Brooker (Procol Harum, The Paramounts, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings) - 73
Francis Rossi (Status Quo, Graham Bonnet, solo) - 70
Mike Porcaro (Toto) - b. 1955 - d. 3/15/15
Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds) - 59
Melissa Etheridge - 57
John Micelli (Meat Loaf, My Chemical Romance, toured with Blue Öyster Cult and Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, others) - 57
Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden, Blaze) - 55
Marc Tornillo (Accept, T.T. Quick) - 55
Noel Gallagher (Oasis, High Flying Birds, The Rain, Tailgunner, Smokin' Mojo Filters, Inspiral Carpets) - 51
Chan Kinchla (Blues Traveler) - 49

May 30
Lenny Davidson (The Dave Clark 5) - 74
Topper Headen (The Clash, solo) - 63
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Street Sweeper Social Club, The Nightwatchman, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band + more) - 54
Steve West (Danger Danger) - 54
Pete Holmes (Black 'N Blue, MSG, Malice) -
Stephen Malkmus (Pavement, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Silver Jews, The Crust Brothers) - 52
Sven Pipien (The Black Crowes) - 51
Phil Martini (Tokyo Dragons, The Quireboys, The Union, Joe Elliott's Down 'n' Outz, I Am I) -
Patrick Dahlheimer (Live, The Gracious Few) - 47

May 31
Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary, solo) - 80
John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) - b. 1948 - d. 9/25/80
Mike Edwards (ELO, stage work) - b. 1948 - d. 9/3/10
Mick Ralphs (Mott The Hoople, Bad Company) - 74
John Young (John Young Band, Lifesigns, Uli Jon Roth, Asia + more) - 62
Corey Hart - 56
Scotti Hill (Skid Row) - 54
Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy, The Damned Things + more) - 38

Today In Rock History:

May 1
1942: The U.S. government seizes the nation’s jukebox factories and puts them to work making war materials.
1955: An unknown guitarist named Chuck Berry is signed to Chess Records by Leonard Chess at the urging of Muddy Waters.
1955: On tour with Hank Snow's All Star Jamboree, Elvis Presley played three shows at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sun Records had just released Elvis' 4th single, ‘Baby, Let’s Play House.’
1957: The first issue of 16 Magazine, featuring Elvis Presley on the cover, is published. It was published quarterly. The cost was 15 cents an issue. The magazine was, initially, edited by men writing under female pseudonyms, and it closely followed the style of more traditional movie magazines such as Photoplay. Its longtime editor in chief, former fashion model and subscriptions clerk Gloria Stavers, transformed the magazine from a standard general interest movie magazine into a major fan magazine that focused on the pre-teen female as its primary readerbase. Stavers was the editor in chief from 1958 until 1975. She chose to cater to that particular demographic because of the many fan letters she had read from girls aged nine through 12 who were writing to popular celebrities in care of the magazine.
1962: The Beatles started a month long residency at The Star Club, in Hamburg, Germany.
1964: The Beatles received $140,000 dollars for the rights to having their pictures included in packages of bubble gum in the USA.
1964: The Rolling Stones sign a management agreement with Andrew Loog Oldham and Eric Easton. Oldham, who worked for The Beatles, helps shape the Stones' rebellious image.
1965: Herman’s Hermits started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter.'
1966: The Beatles made their final live, paid appearance in the UK when they played a 15 minute set at the NME Poll Winners concert at Empire Pool, Wembley. Also appearing were The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman's Hermits, Roy Orbison, Cliff Richard, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, The Who and The Yardbirds. The Fab Four were not filmed because a financial agreement could not be reached. Their last song is 'I'm Down.'
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience 'Hey Joe' b/w '51st Anniversary' 45 single is released. It became a hit in the United Kingdom, entering the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart in January 1967 and peaking at #6. The single was released failed to chart in the U.S. "Hey Joe", as recorded by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, remains the best-known version of the song that has been performed in many musical styles by hundreds of different artists since it was first written. It is listed as #201 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2009 it was named the 22nd greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.
1967: Elvis Presley (32) marries Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. This was the first marriage for them both and the only time Elvis was officially married. The cake cost $3200, which at the time was more than the price of an average car. Elvis gave his new bride a $4,000 ring that featured a three karat diamond surrounded by twenty smaller diamonds. She gave him a plain gold band. Priscilla's maid of honor was her sister, Michelle. Joe Esposito and Marty Lacker were duel best men, but the rest of the "Memphis Mafia" were conspicuously absent because they hadn't been invited. The only celebrity guest was comedian Redd Foxx, and the newlywed’s first dance was 'Love Me Tender.' The ceremony was followed by a reception for 80 guests. Lisa Marie Presley was born exactly nine months later to the day.
1967: The Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson is arrested for draft-dodging by the FBI. He is a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, and is eventually exonerated.
1968: Paul McCartney and John Lennon watch Bill Haley play Royal Albert Hall in London.
1969: Bob Dylan recorded an appearance for The Johnny Cash Show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. After two solo numbers from Dylan, Johnny Cash joined him for a rendition of 'Girl From The North Country'.
1970: Pink Floyd appeared at the Santa Monica Civic Center in California.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at University of California- Irvine's Crawford Hall. Tickets were $4 and Lee Michaels was the support act.
1970: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of 13 US shows this month when they appeared at the Milwaukee Auditorium.
1970: The Grateful Dead played at Alfred College in Alfred, New York.
1971: The Rolling Stones' 'Brown Sugar' is released. It would reach #1 in the US and #2 in the UK.
1972: Pink Floyd performed the first of two nights at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
1972: Jeff Beck Group release their self-titled 4th studio album. It reached #19 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart.
1973: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, featuring former Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman, release their first album. The LP would take six months to hit the charts and over a year before the single 'Let it Ride' became a Top 25 hit.
1975: The Rolling Stones kick off their tour by rolling down 5th Avenue in New York City playing 'Brown Sugar' from the back of a flatbed truck. Ron Wood has joined the band, though not officially at this point.
1975: James Taylor released his 6th album, 'Gorilla.' It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The track 'How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)' was a hit, topping the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1975: Bachman-Turner Overdrive begin their first UK tour at the Glasgow Apollo. They are supported by Thin Lizzy.
1975: Styx received their first Gold record as 'Styx II' was certified Gold for selling 500,000 copies in the U.S.
1976: Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Presence', the group's fifth #1 album.
1976: ‪Iron Maiden‬ played their first gig ever at St. Nicholas Hall in Poplar, London. The first lineup of the band: Dave Sullivan, Paul Day, Ron Rebel Matthews, Terry Rance and Steve Harris.
1977: The Clash launch their first U.K. tour. The forty show 'White Riot Tour' begins at London's Roxy Theatre (with openers The Jam and The Buzzcocks) and actually includes a 'riot' (audience goes wild ripping the bolted seats from the floor) at the Rainbow Theatre.
1978: David Bowie’s world tour stoped at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1979: Elton John became the first pop star to perform in Israel. In three weeks time he also became the first Western solo pop performer to tour Russia.
1979: Having become a born-again Christian, Bob Dylan begins work on his Gospel-oriented album 'Slow Train Coming.'
1980: The South African government banned Pink Floyd's single 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' after black children adopted the song as their anthem in protest against inferior education.
1982: Joan Jett's 'I Love Rock 'N Roll' enters the 7th and final week at #1 on Bilboard's Hot 100.
1982: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes a debut from Joan Jett’s 'Crimson And Clover' #63. Aldo Nova’s 'Fantasy' was at #34, Asia’s 'Heat Of The Moment' at #20, Huey Lewis and the News’s 'Do You Believe In Love' at #7, and Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder’s 'Ebony And Ivory' at #3‬.
1983: Lita Ford's debut solo album 'Out for Blood' is released.
1984: Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy. The founder of Fleetwood Mac had released a solo album called 'The Visitor' in 1981. Although the critics loved it, 'The Visitor' ended up losing a lot of money, as did Fleetwood's real estate investments, leading to eventual financial ruin. It didn't help that he was spending thousands of dollars of cocaine a month.
1986: American songwriter and producer Hugo Peretti died aged 70. Wrote and produced many classic hits including, 'Can’t Help Falling In Love,' 'Twistin’ The Night Away' 'Shout,' 'The Hustle,' and 'You Make Me Feel Brand New.'
1988: Pink Floyd's, 'Dark Side of the Moon' finally dropped off the US albums chart after a run of 725 weeks (almost 14 years).
1988: Billy Joel escapes punishment for defamation charges brought against him by Jack Powers, whom he called a "creep" during an interview with Playboy magazine. The judge cited the 1st Amendment and dropped all charges.
1989: Victory released the album 'Culture Killed The Native.' The band’s guitarist is Herman Frank, who also plays with Accept.
1990: Billy Idol's 4th studio album, 'Charmed Life' is released. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The song, "Cradle of Love" was featured on the soundtrack to the movie, "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane," and is famous for its video, which won the 1990 MTV Video Music Award for "Best video from a film". The video, directed by David Fincher, features Betsy Lynn George as a teenager who knocks at her neighbor's door and asks to play a tape, before stripping to the music.
1990: Flotsam and Jetsam release their 3rd studio album, 'When the Storm Comes Down.' It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. It was their last album with Troy Gregory on bass guitar, as he left in 1991 to join Prong.
1993: Rage Against The Machine's self-titled debut lands on the U.S. album chart where it will stay for over a year.
1993: Supermodel Naomi Campbell announced her engagement to U2 bassist Adam Clayton. Campbell later called off the engagement but they remain friends to this day.
1993: Aerosmith's 'Livin' On The Edge' is in the 4th of 9 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
1995: Live’s 'Throwing Copper' hits #1 on the Billboard album charts, exactly one year after the day of its release.
1996: The Red Hot Chili Peppers album 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' is certified multi-platinum for selling four-million copies. It was released five years earlier.
1997: Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt had a quadruple heart by-pass operation after visiting his doctor and complaining of chest pains.
1997: The house where Kurt Cobain committed suicide went up for sale. The asking price for the five-bedroom house built in 1902 was $3 million. The carriage house where the Nirvana guitarist died had been demolished.
1999: The Paintings of Paul McCartney exhibit opened at the Lyz Art Forum in Siegen, Germany. The exhibit featured 70 paintings by the former Beatle, including a piece called 'Bowie Spewing' McCartney's representation of a young David Bowie.
2000: A $1.8 million civil fraud suit is filed against Neil Young in Los Angeles Superior Court by a former Village Voice writer Jimmy McDonough, who claims Young reneged on an agreement to have a biography written about him when Young blocked the book's publication.
2002: John Lennon's home recordings (singing to his step-daughter Kyoko) are auctioned off in London for $195,000.
2005: Bruce Springsteen went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Devils & Dust,' his 6th UK chart topper.
2005: Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas went to No.1 on the US album chart with his first solo album 'Something To Be.' This marked the first time a male artist from a rock group had debuted at number one with his first solo album since the Billboard Top 200 was introduced 50 years ago.
2006: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards falls out of a palm tree at a private island resort in Fiji (or maybe not but he does have a head injury). Taken to a New Zealand hospital Richards receives treatment for a concussion. What would possess Richards to climb a palm tree? Reportedly, the accident occurred after drinking vodka all day and rum at night with fellow Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. He is released from the hospital a couple days later.
2007: 'The Spider-Man 3' Soundtrack is released. The set includes 'Falling Star' from Jet plus previously unreleased tunes by Wolfmother ('Pleased To Meet You') and the Killers ('Move Away').
2007: 'The Hymns For Peace: Live At Montreux 2004' DVD documents a star-studded concert, led by Carlos Santana, at Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival. The two-disc set features an interview with Santana and behind-the-scenes footage.
2007: Alice Cooper's memoir 'Alice Cooper, Golf Monster' is in bookstores. As the title indicates the tome focuses on how Coop's love of golf helped him kick his alcohol dependency.
2007: Jon Bon Jovi guests on the Rock-themed edition of American Idol. He gives feedback to the remaining six contestants, who present their own renditions of Bon Jovi songs.
2007: Pete Townshend's Lifehouse Method project is launched. It's an online computer program that generates personalized music for users. "You enter data about yourself, you share some stuff about how you feel, and you get back a piece of music," says Townshend. The Who guitarist began developing the concept in conjunction with the group's aborted early-70s project Lifehouse, and used the program to write the song 'Fragments' for the band's 'Endless Wire' album.
2007: Rush release their 19th studio album, 'Snakes & Arrows.' Produced by Grammy-winner Nick Raskulinecz, the album is the trio's first studio effort in five years.
2007: Black Sabbath (with Ronie James Dio) release their 'Live at Hammersmith Odeon.' It was recorded over three nights on the Mob Rules Tour (Dec. 31st 1981, Jan. 1st & Jan. 2nd 1982).
2008: Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger is fined $588 and has his driver's license revoked for a year following his conviction for drunken driving. A judge in Surrey, Canada, gives Kroeger the minimum sentence for his 2006 offense.
2008: Seether spearheads a charity campaign for Kids Help Phone, which offers free counseling and support for Canadian youth.
2008: Having been fired from Velvet Revolver only a month earlier, Scott Weiland performs with a reunited Stone Temple Pilots on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.
2008: Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel make Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people. And so does Radiohead (in the Builders & Titians category) for delivering 'In Rainbows' directly to online consumers.
2009: 'A Road To Recovery' benefit concert in New York features Rage Against The Machines' Tom Morello, Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell and Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell. The foundation is dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises.
2009: Deep Purple's Steve Morse helps set a Guinness World Record for the largest guitar ensemble at the annual 'Thanks Jimi Festival' in Wroclaw, Poland. A crowd of 6,346 players perform DP's 'Smoke On The Water' and the Jimi Hendrix classic 'Hey Joe' "It looked like we were in a forest," wrote Morse. "Nothing but guitars for as far as you could see."
2009: A anonymous fan won a two hour, one on one guitar lesson with Queen's Brian May after bidding more than 7,500 pounds at a charity auction in London. The auction was held in support of the Action for Brazil's Children Trust, of which May is a patron.
2009: The voices and images of KISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are featured in the first of two episodes of the animated Nickelodeon series 'The Fairly OddParents.' The second segment airs two days later. The episodes are part of a three part installment titled 'Wishology.'
2010: Stone Temple Pilots' single 'Between The Lines' hits #1 on Billboard's Rock and Alternative charts. It is the first track off the group's self-titled album.
2010: 'Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage,' a documentary about the Canadian band, wins The Heineken Audience Award at New York's Tribeca Film Festival.
2010: The two-day Bamboozle Festival gets rolling in Rutherford, NJ. Paramore headlines the first day and Weezer the next. This is Paramore's fifth appearance at the festival but first as a headliner. It's also Weezer's festival debut.
2011: Longtime National Rifle Association supporter Ted Nugent speaks and performs at the NRA's annual meeting in Pittsburgh. On a stage decorated with automatic weapons, he tells the audience they should ratchet up their efforts to publicize gun rights. "You need to fix everybody in your lives to be absolutely pro-gun," says Nugent. "You need to talk guns all the time. You need to talk hunting all the time. The gun community should be all about public relations."
2011: Kid Rock is given the NAACP's Great Expectations Award during ceremonies held at Detroit's Cobo Center. Rock delivers the keynote address at the Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner despite protests over his use of the Confederate flag in his shows.
2012: Pennywise release their 10th studio album, 'All Or Nothing.' It's the group's first set with vocalist Zoli Teglas.
2012: Marilyn Manson's 'Born Villain' album is released. It features of cover of Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain' with Johnny Depp.
2012: The Red Hot Chili Peppers release 'We Salute You,' an EP with covers of songs originally recorded by the Ramones, Iggy & the Stooges, Neil Young, David Bowie, Beach Boys and Dion & The Belmonts.
2012: Jack White's debut solo album, 'Blunderbuss,' debuts at #1 on the U.K. album chart.
2012: 'The Avengers Assemble,' the soundtrack for the film The Avengers is released. The compilation includes Buckcherry's 'Wherever I Go,' with songs by Soundgarden, Rise Against, and Shinedown. The film is in theaters three days later.
2012: Tom Morello leads a May Day Occupy Wall Street protest from Bryant Park to lower Manhattan. He also releases a free download of his documentary 'World Wide Rebel Tour' in honor of International Worker's Day.
2012: 'The Beatles: On The Road 1964-1966,' a collection of photographs by Harry Benson, is in bookstores. The book initially retails for over $600.
2013: A Minnesota man is arrested for impersonating Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and racking up more than $100,000 in medical bills. While at the hospital, he signs autographs.
2013: ‪Stephen Pearcy‬ released his book 'Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock.'
2013: Black Sabbath record the second of two shows in Melbourne, Australia, which makes up the 'Live...Gathered In Their Masses' DVD.
2014: John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Darius Rucker, Stevie Nicks and Dusty Hill are heard in public service announcements for Veterans Matter, an Ohio based charity dedicated to decreasing the number of homeless former military service people. The campaign runs for a month.
2014: Former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera's autobiography "My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura To Soulfly And Beyond" is released.
2017: KISS performed at the Olympijskiy Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
2018: Gibson Brands Inc., maker of Gibson guitars, filed for bankruptcy protection after wrestling with debt for years. Founded in 1894, the Nashville based company also makes the Epiphone guitars and Wurlitzer pianos.

May 2
1956: For the first time in the history of Billboard's record charts, the same five songs appear in both the Pop and R&B Top Ten. They are: Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel' (#1 Pop, #6 R&B), Carl Perkins' 'Blue Suede Shoes' (#4 Pop, #3 R&B), Little Richard's 'Long Tall Sally' (#9 Pop, #1 R&B), The Platters' 'Magic Touch' (#10 Pop, #7 R&B) and Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers' 'Why Do Fools Fall in Love' (#7 Pop, #4 R&B).
1956: The Biggest Rock and Roll Show of '56 packs 'em in with Bill Haley & His Comets and Bo Diddley, among other acts. The caravan tour starts in Hershey, PA.
1956: With 'Folsom Prison Blues' still riding high on the Country charts, Sun Records releases Johnny Cash's ode to staying faithful while on the road, 'I Walk The Line.' It would prove to be Johnny's breakthrough hit, reaching #1 on Billboard's Country chart and #17 on the Hot 100. As for 'Folsom Prison Blues,' a 'live' version of the song that was recorded at the prison itself would be a hit all over again in 1968.
1960: Production began on Elvis Presley's 'G.I. Blues,' It was his first post-Army movie.
1960: In the aftermath of the payola scandal, Billboard magazine reports that many radio stations are adopting what they called a "better music" format and banning Rock and Roll.
1960: Dick Clark testifies before a Congressional committee investigating payola (and is cleared).
1960: The Everly Brothers had the ninth-fastest rising song in rock history (74-15) with 'Cathy's Clown.'
1963: The Beatles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'From Me To You', the group's first #1 and the first of eleven consecutive #1's. The title of the song was inspired from a letters column called 'From You To Us' that ran in the British music newspaper, The New Musical Express.
1964: The Beatles held on to #1 for a fifth week with 'Can't Buy Me Love.' It was the 14th week in a row that the Beatles had owned the #1 song (from 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' to 'She Loves You' to 'Can't Buy Me Love').
1964: 'The Beatles' Second Album' reaches #1 on the Billboard LP chart in just its second week of release. It was the first album ever to make it to the top that quickly.
1964: For the first time in 51 weeks, The Beatles were not at the top of the UK album chart as they were finally unseated by The Rolling Stones debut LP.
1964: The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on the US singles chart when 'Not Fade Away' entered the chart at #98.
1965: Despite his vow that they would never be invited back, Ed Sullivan includes The Rolling Stones on his Sunday night variety show, along with Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield. Sullivan would later say that he received "thousands of calls complaining" about The Stones. To prevent any disturbances among the group’s fans, The Stones were locked in the Ed Sullivan Show studios for the entire day. They performed 'The Last Time,' 'Little Red Rooster,' 'Everybody Needs Somebody' and '2120 South Michigan Avenue.'
1966: Simon & Garfunkel released the single 'I Am a Rock.'
1966: The Mamas & The Papas' 'Monday Monday' hits #1 on the Billboard Pop charts.
1967: Capitol Records announce the abandonment of Brian Wilson's 'Smile' album. Wilson took over a year to compose and produce the LP, but after hearing The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' album, he became convinced that 'Smile' would be seen as second best. It would eventually be released on September 28th, 2004 on CD and a two-disc vinyl LP.
1969: Jimi Hendrix appears at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band played at College Discotheque in Macon, Georgia.
1969: Elvis Presley finished filming his last movie, 'Change of Habit.'
1969: The Who gave a press preview of their new rock opera 'Tommy' at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London. The actual album wouldn't be released to the record buying public until May 23.
1969: The Beatles recorded a re-make of the new George Harrison song ‘Something’ at Abbey Road Studios in London. They recoded 36 takes of the song, which included Billy Preston on piano.
1969: Pink Floyd appeared at Manchester Chamber Of Commerce in England. The show was recorded for the forthcoming album 'Ummagumma.'
1969: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at the Pasadena Rose Palace in Pasadena, California.
1970: Norman Greenbaum's Gospel / Rock hit 'Spirit In The Sky' topped both the UK record chart and the Cash Box Best Sellers list. Greenbaum would later tell Rolling Stone magazine, "I'm just some Jewish musician who really dug Gospel music. I decided there was a larger Jesus Gospel market out there than a Jehovah one."
1971: Hawkwind played at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London.
1971: It's day two of the Mayday protests, as demonstrators fed up with the war in Vietnam try to shut down the US government by blocking off streets and bridges in Washington, DC. Thousands of arrests are made, many to bystanders who have nothing to do with the protest. At the foot of the Washington Monument, where much of the action is taking place, Jonathan Edwards performs his new song, 'Sunshine.' As the arrests continue, he plays the song over and over, "because there's no better song for the soundtrack of that movie."
1972: Bruce Springsteen auditioned for CBS Records A&R man John Hammond in New York. Springsteen played a short set for him in his office; Hammond was so impressed that he arranged a real audition that night at the Gaslight Club in New York for other Columbia executives. Bruce passed the audition.
1973: King Crimson played at Alpine Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1974: Genesis performed at Massey Hall in Toronto.
1975: Alice Cooper appears at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1975: The Beatles closed down Apple Records.
1977: Eric Clapton recorded 'Wonderful Tonight.'
1977: It took three and a half years but Bruce Springsteen's 'The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle' goes gold.
1978: David Bowie performed at the Civic Centre Arena in Ottawa, Canada.
1978: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 'You're Gonna Get It!' album is released. It reached #23 on Billboard's Top LP's & Tapes chart. Originally, the album was to be titled 'Terminal Romance.'
1979: Roxy Music played at De Montfort Hall in Leicester, England.
1979: Van Halen release their 6th single 'Dance The Night Away.'
1979: The Who introduced their movie, 'Quadrophenia,' as well as their new drummer, Kenny Jones. Jones had been a member of The Small Faces with Steve Marriott.
1980: Pink Floyd's hit single 'Another Brick in the Wall (Part II),' with its chorus of kids chanting "We Don't Need No Education", is banned by the South African government. Black children, upset about inferior education, adopt the song as their anthem. The government says the song is "prejudicial to the safety of the state."
1980: The Grateful Dead performed at the Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.
1981: Eric Clapton peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'I Can’t Stand It' which was Clapton’s 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1982: Adam and the Ants call it quits when Adam Ant departs for a solo career.
1983: Iron Maiden's 'World Piece Tour' begins.
1983: The Kinks released their comeback single 'Come Dancing.'
1986: Judas Priest kicked off their 'Fuel For Life' Tour is support of 'Turbo' at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. Openers included Bon Jovi, Dokken, Krokus, Loudness and Warlock.
1987: 'The Finer Things' by Steve Winwood remained at #1 for a second week on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 debuts Europe’s 'Rock The Night' at #87 & Duran Duran’s 'Meet El Presidente' at #86. Genesis’ 'In Too Deep' was #39, Bon Jovi’s 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' at #29, Poison’s 'Talk Dirty To Me' at #19, and Lou Gramm's 'Midnight Blue' was #12‬.
1988: Poison's sophomore album, 'Open Up And Say... Ahh,' enters the LP chart where it rises to # 2.
1988: Melissa Etheridge's self-titled debut album is released. It reached #22 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Four tracks hit the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart - 'Bring Me Some Water' (#10), 'Like the Way I Do' (#28), 'Chrome Plated Heart' (#22) and 'Similar Feature' (#6).
1989: The Cure's 8th studio album, 'Disintegration' is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #3 on the UK Albums chart. It is #326 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".
1991: The Rolling Stones are cited for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 36th Ivor Novello Awards in London. The honor is named after the Cardiff, Wales born entertainer Ivor Novello and has been presented annually by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors since 1955.
1991: The video for the R.E.M. song 'Losing My Religion', was banned in Ireland because its religious imagery was seen as unfit for broadcast.
1991: Nirvana booked into Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California for 16 days. On a budget of $65,000 and with Butch Vig producing the band started recording what would become the ‘Nevermind’ album.
1992: Nirvana's 'Come As You Are' peaks at #32 on the pop chart.
1992: Bonnie Raitt is awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
1992: Tom Petty rushed the release of his song 'Peace in L.A' following the Rodney King riots. Petty had written and recorded the song only a day before.
1992: Metallica reached the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the 4th time as 'Nothing Else Matters' peaked at #34.
1994: Varg Vikernes, leader of the Norwegian black metal band Burzum, begins his trial for the murder of rival black metal musician (and former bandmate) Oystein Aarseth, co-founder of the band Mayhem. The two men had had a confrontation in August of 1993 which ended with the fatal stabbing of Aarseth. Vikernes was convicted at the trial and was sentenced to 21 years in prison; however he was released early in May of 2009 on probation and currently continues to do business as Burzum, with several albums released since then. He still has fans.
1995: Slaughter released their 3rd studio album, 'Fear No Evil.'
1995: Pink Floyd's album 'The Wall' goes Diamond, with sales of over 10 million in the US. It later eclipses that total with sales of well over 20 million.
1997: U2 begin a U.S. trek with Rage Against The Machine as the supporting act. The first stop is in Salt Lake City.
1997: The Wallflowers performed in the parking lot of the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando, Florida to raise money for Kids for the World.
1998: Heavy metal guitarist Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto (of X-Japan) commits suicide at age 33 by hanging himself.
2000: Deep Purple appear on U.S. radio show, Rockline.
2000: Metallica chatted online with the fans about their Napster woes. The band also turned over a list of 300-thousand Napster users to the company, who they accused of copyright infringement.
2000: Asia released their 8th studio album, 'Rare.'
2003: The Donnas celebrate their 10th Anniversary.
2004: Total Guitar magazine's readers voted Guns N' Roses' anthem ‘Sweet Child O' Mine’ as the greatest guitar riff ever ahead of Nirvana's grunge anthem ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. Led Zeppelin's ‘Whole Lotta Love’ came third, followed by Deep Purple's ‘Smoke On The Water’. Total Guitar editor Scott Rowley said: "To a new generation of guitarist's, Guns N' Roses are more thrilling than the Sex Pistols."
2005: It's announced that Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has split with his wife, Samantha, due to 'irreconcilable differences'. In other Linkin Park news, the group seeks an end to their contract with Warner Music Group. They are distraught over the label's financial condition and commitment to its artists. Linkin Park, who sold more than 35 million CDs, represents 10% of WMG's worldwide sales.
2005: During a Boston club gig to promote his solo album, guitarist Joe Perry is joined by fellow Aerosmith bandmate Steven Tyler who plays harmonica and provides backing vocals.
2005: Eric Clapton joined former Cream members drummer Ginger Baker and bass player Jack Bruce for the first of four nights at London's Royal Albert Hall 36 years after they had split up. Tickets were changing hands for more than £500 on eBay and fans had flown over from the USA to witness the reunion, which Clapton aged 60, is said to have agreed to because of the failing health of the other former members of the band.
2006: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was released from hospital in New Zealand after the 62 year-old suffered "mild concussion" when he fell out of a coconut tree while on holiday in Fiji. He was airlifted to Auckland's Ascot Hospital for observation, where he underwent a brain scan.
2006: Donna D'Errico from Baywatch filed for divorce from Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx.
2006: Pearl Jam release their first studio effort for their new label, J Records. PJ's 8th self-titled studio album contains the single 'World Wide Suicide.'
2006: Tool release their 4th studio album, '10,000 Days.' The group also launches a North American tour in support of the album. It starts in Seattle and ends three weeks later in Boston. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2006: Apple stores in the UK and North American conduct advance listening parties for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Stadium Arcadium' double album that is released a week later.
2006: Godsmack's 'IV,' tops the Billboard 200 chart. Selling 211,000 copies in its first week the album is the second CD from the Boston group to debut at #1. '03's 'Faceless' was the first.
2006: White Stripes singer-guitarist Jack White and his wife, Karen Elson, welcome their daughter (and first child) Scarlett Teresa into the world. The girl's name comes from Gone With the Wind character Scarlett O'Hara and White's mother, respectively.
2006: Shinedown help rebuild homes for those affected by Hurricane Katrina, and raise awareness for the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity initiative. They also serve up an acoustic set.
2007: U2 frontman Bono offers his support to a bipartisan group of U.S. legislators who are pushing a bill to add $10 billion to a global-education fund. "I can't vote for any of them, but I'm thankful for what they're doing," says Bono. Also, the singer presents the Front Line Award for Human Rights Defenders to Gege Katana, an activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, at a ceremony in Dublin, Ireland.
2007: The first of three sold-out concerts paying tribute to Boston frontman Brad Delp is held in Arlington, MA. 'In My Life: A Concert for Brad' features members of Delp's Beatles tribute act BeatleJuice. Delp committed suicide, two months earlier, on March 10.
2007: FOX's American Idol gets down to the nitty-gritty while the finalists get some pointers during a Bon Jovi appearance. Jon Bon Jovi had previously advised each contestant on their performance.
2008: 'Inside The Fire,' the lead single from Disturbed's 'Indestructible' album, reaches the top spot on Radio & Records' Active Rock Chart. It's the group's 6th song to reach #1 on the survey.
2008: 'Iron Man' is in theaters. Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello makes a brief cameo as a terrorist-and meets an untimely demise. He's Insurgent #5 in the movie and his guitar work is heard on the soundtrack.
2008: 3 Doors Down headline the two-day 23rd annual Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil in Birmingham, AL. Seether and Candlebox also are on the bill.
2008: A collection of photos by Bryan Adams of Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart, among others, is on display in New York. The two-week Hear The World Ambassadors exhibition is part of an initiative to raise awareness of hearing loss.
2008: Ringo Starr discusses his life as a member of The Beatles and his solo career on a HBO special-'Ringo Starr: Off The Record.'
2009: Bon Jovi make their first-ever appearance at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It's the Jazz Fest's 40th anniversary.
2009: Bob Dylan mingled unnoticed with other Beatles tourists during a minibus tour to John Lennon's childhood home. He was one of 14 tourists to examine photos and documents in the National Trust-owned home, where Lennon grew up with his aunt Mimi and uncle George. Dylan who was on a day off on a European tour paid £16 for the public trip to the 1940s house in Woolton, Liverpool.
2010: KoRn is a featured act on the Jagermeister Music Tour that starts at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, SC. "KoRn is not only a Grammy-winning band, but one that had been vocal about their love for Jagermeister since the '90s," says Bill Henderson, Jagermeister Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising. And please, always listen to KoRn responsibly.
2010: A flood in Nashville damages the Grand Ole Opry House and Country Music Hall of Fame. John Fogerty, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Keith Urban are among those who lose guitars and other equipment that is held in a storage facility. Also destroyed are the bass used on the Hank Williams song 'Your Cheatin' Heart,' and a Stratocaster owned by Jimi Hendrix.
2011: 'Iron Maiden: In The Studio,' a behind-the-scenes look at the band, is in U.K. bookstores.
2011: Maryland's Consumer Protection Division settles with both Ticketmaster and TNOW Entertainment Group over allegations that the two companies knowledgeably misled consumers looking to purchase tickets to a '09 Bruce Springsteen concert in Washington, D.C. The companies are fined. According to Maryland's protection division, Springsteen fans looking for tickets on Ticketmaster's website were misled and directed to the TicketsNow resale site where tickets were sold at inflated prices.
2011: Jack White's solo debut, 'Blunderbuss' is #1 on the Billboard 200. It sells 138,000 copies during its first week.
2012: Greg Ham's funeral takes place at the Fitzroy Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia, with more than 300 mourners attending. The Men at Work flute player died two weeks earlier on April 19, at his home in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton North.
2012: Two instrumental tracks by Aerosmith's Joe Perry are featured on the CBS crime series 'CSI.' "The first piece is pure adrenaline Rock n' Roll. The second gave me a chance to work for my DJ son Roman, who contributed some of his electronic dance music," says Perry. The episode is titled 'Dune And Gloom.'
2013: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer passed away at the age of 49. Hanneman died of liver failure in a Southern California hospital near his home in Los Angeles. On May 9, 2013, the official cause of death was announced as alcohol-related cirrhosis. Hanneman and his family had apparently been unaware of the extent of the condition until shortly before his death. The guitarist had been suffering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease that he is believed to have contracted from a spider bite in 2011.
2013: Bassist Adam Seward leaves Against Me! "No drama here. I reached a point where I need to focus on other things," says Seward. "The last 10 years ruled." Seward's departure follows drummer Jay Weinberg's exit months earlier.
2013: The Global Citizen Tickets Initiative is launched. Live music fans can undertake a variety of social actions, ranging from signing petitions to calling their representatives, to earn points they can use to win free tickets to concerts. Participating artists include Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters, Kings Of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, No Doubt, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.
2014: Robert Plant announced that he had signed a new deal with Nonesuch Records in preparation for his 10th solo album.
2014: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil becomes part-owner of the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League. KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons already own the AFL team L.A. KISS.
2015: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe opens a two month photography exhibition entitled 'D RANDALL BLYTHE: Show Me What You're Made Of' at Sacred Gallery in Manhattan's SoHo District.
2015: Andrew W.K. premieres his weekly two-hour radio show that discusses "what it is to be alive-a celebration of life itself." The show is on Glenn Beck's radio network.
2015: The 3rd annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park in San Francisco has the band wearing black Giants jerseys as they perform the U.S. national anthem. Drummer Lars Ulrich throws out the game's first pitch.
2016: Red Sun Rising land their second #1 single on the Rock Radio Chart with 'Emotionless.' 'The Otherside' was the first. The song is from the group's debut album, 'Polyester Zeal.'
2016: 'Steven Tyler... Out On A Limb' at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall in New York City is a collaboration between the Aerosmith frontman and director Brett Ratner to benefit Janie's Fund, Tyler's charity that helps girls overcome the trauma of abuse and neglect. The performance includes stories from Tyler's childhood to life with Aerosmith.
2017: Fozzy release their new single 'Judas.'
2017: Lawyers for The Eagles sought an injunction against a Todos Santos hotel using the name Hotel California. The complaint alleged that the hotel also plays Eagles' music and sells T-shirts that refer to the hotel as "legendary," which leave consumers with the impression that "they have visited the Hotel California made famous by the Eagles." The establishment originally opened under that name in 1950, but went through subsequent ownership and name chan ges. The Eagles' iconic song was released in 1976.

May 3
1958: Alan Freed has trouble on his hands when a brawl breaks out following a Big Beat Show at the Boston Arena (a hockey rink) featuring Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly. Several of the estimated 5,000 teens in attendance are injured and Freed will later be charged with incitement of a riot and destruction of property. Rock and Roll became demonized in Boston, and the city did not host another Rock concert until 1964, when The Beatles came through.
1964: Gerry And The Pacemakers make their US television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show a full month before their first appearance on the Billboard chart with 'Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying.'
1965: The Beatles were kept busy filming scenes for their forthcoming film 'Help!' on Salisbury Plain with the British Army's Third Tank Division.
1965: The Who play the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.
1967: Beach Boy Carl Wilson goes to court on draft evasion charges.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Moulin Rouge in Ainsdale, Lancashire, England.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Voodoo Chile.' It was featured on the 'Electric Ladyland' double album and became an UK #1 single on November 21, 1970 two months after the guitarist's death.
1968: The Beach Boys tour with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Maharishi's lectures on spiritual enlightenment bomb and the tour falls apart.
1969: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrest Jimi Hendrix at Toronto's International Airport for possession of narcotics. He was released on $10,000 bail until his acquittal the following December. He claims a fan gave him the drugs and that he had no idea what they were.
1971: Grand Funk Railroad "consent" to meet with members of the press, who have never treated the group with respect, despite their string of Gold records. 150 reporters were invited to New York's Gotham Hotel. Only 6 showed up.
1971: At a Coopenhagen, Denmark gig at K.B. Hallon, Led Zeppelin played 'Four Sticks' live for the only time in their career. They also play 'Misty Mountain Hop' for the first time in concert.
1972: Pink Floyd played at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
1974: Led Zeppelin launches its Swan Song label.
1974: Status Quo release their 7th studio album, 'Quo.' It reached #2 on the UK Albums chart. Despite the band believing the album's opening track, 'Backwater,' was the most suitable candidate for release as a single, the only track to actually be released as a single was 'Break the Rules,' in April 1974, and it reached in the UK at #8.
1975: Chicago started a two week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Chicago VIII', the group's third US #1.
1976: David Bowie played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley, on his 'Station To Station' tour, his first UK gig in three years.
1976: Paul McCartney makes 'is first concert appearance in America in almost ten years as Wings kick off the 32-date 'Wings Over America' tour at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The show is McCartney's first U.S. performance since The Beatles last concert in 1966 at Candlestick Park
1976: Aerosmith release their 4th studio album 'Rocks.' It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and charted three singles on the Billboard Hot 100, two of which reached the Top 40 ('Back in the Saddle' #38 and 'Last Child' #21). It is ranked #176 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1977: Paul Simon, Phoebe Snow, Jimmy Cliff and others perform a benefit for the New York Public Library that raises $30,000..
1978: 'FM,' a film about the struggles of a radio station, debuts in Los Angeles. The soundtrack features Steely Dan, Steve Miller, The Eagles, Neil Young, Billy Joel and Warren Zevon. More people would buy the soundtrack than bothered to see the film.
1978: The first date of a 12-date UK tour by The Climax Blues Band supported by Dire Straits.
1980: Bob Seger's album, 'Against The Wind,' begins a six week run at the top of the U.S. album chart. The record stays on the chart for 110 weeks.
1981: Motley Crue release their first single 'Stick To Your Guns,' with the b-side 'Toast of the Town.' The single was later pressed in the United States by Carry Doll, a Motley Crue fan who was living in the LA area.
1983: Pink Floyd's 'Not Now John' (Obscured Version) b/w 'The Hero's Return, Parts I and II' 45 single is released. It comes from Pink Floyd's 1983 album, 'The Final Cut.' The track is the only song from the album featuring the vocals of David Gilmour, found in the verses, with Roger Waters singing the refrains and interludes, and was the only single released from the album, though the word "f***" was obscured in the single release.
1984: The vintage line-up of Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord and Paice reunited as Deep Purple.
1985: The Firm's 'Satisfaction Guaranteed' b/w 'Closer' 45 single is released. Featuring former Free and Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, ex-Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, ex-Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann's Earth Band drummer Chris Slade and bass player Tony Franklin. The band made two albums in the mid-80’s. 'Satisfaction Guaranteed' was the 2nd single from their self-titled debut. It reached #73 in the Billboard charts.
1985: Grim Reaper released their album 'Fear No Evil.' The album peaked at #111 on the Billboard chart.
1986: Robert Palmer's 'Addicted To Love' tops the Billboard singles chart on its way to becoming a world-wide million seller. Originally recorded as a duet with Chaka Khan, her record company wouldn't grant her a release to work on Palmer's label, Island Records, and her voice was removed.
1986: Bob Seger's 'American Storm' album, with 'Like A Rock,' peaks at #13 on the U.S. album chart.
1988: Queensryche released their 3rd studio album 'Operation: Mindcrime.' The album reached #50 on the Billboard charts.
1988: Poison released their 2nd studio album 'Open Up and Say... Ahh!' It reaches #2 on Billboard’s 200 album chart on June 18, 1988 and spends 70 total weeks on the chart. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1988: Living Colour release their debut album, 'Vivid.' It would take almost a year to catch on, as the band slowly builds a following through touring, radio play and MTV. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The track, 'Cult Of Personality' reached #13 on The Billboard Hot 100 chart and #9 on the Mainstream Rock chart. 'Glamour Boys' also reached the Top 40 (#31). The album sells over 2 million copies, and 'Cult of Personality' wins a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1990. They were also named Best New Artist at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
1993: Guns N' Roses release their 13th single, 'Civil War.'
1994: To launch their 'Voodoo Lounge' tour, The Rolling Stones sailed a boat down the Hudson River in New York.
1997: Ten months after its release, the Wallflowers' 'Bringing Down The Horse' peaks at #4 on the U.S. album chart.
2000: AC/DC's 'Stiff Upper Lip' goes Gold in the U.S.
2000: The Offspring's 1994 breakthrough album 'Smash' is certified platinum by the RIAA for the sixth time.
2001: A news release states George Harrison has undergone cancer surgery. Early prognosis is good but it doesn't last.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne announces he is leaving his record label Sony after 23 years after becoming bored with the partnership, and because of the departure of Sony's controversial boss, Tommy Mottola.
2004: Scorpions released their 15th studio album, 'Unbreakable.' This was their first album with Paweł Mąciwoda on bass guitar.
2004: The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by two musicians who claimed they were owed royalties from Ozzy Osbourne. Bassist Robert Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake had fought a long-running battle since 1997 with the Osbourne family claiming they were entitled to money from the albums ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman.’ Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's wife and manager, said that the pair had "harassed" her family and had had their contributions removed from the albums because of their "abusive and unjust behavior".
2004: Disturbed taps ex-Union Underground member John Moyer to fill the bass slot vacated late in 2003 by Steve 'Fuzz' Kmak.
2004: The prosecutor in the misdemeanor drug case against Courtney Love says she tested positive for cocaine and other drugs after her October 2003 arrest. Assistant City Attorney Jerry Baik declines to identify the other drugs.
2005: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry releases his self-titled solo album. He covers The Doors' 'Crystal Ship' and Woody Guthrie's 'Vigilante Man.' 'Shakin' The Cage' is the first single. It reaches #110 on the Billboard charts.
2005: Nine Inch Nails release their 4th studio album, 'With Teeth.' A N.I.N. tour headed by Trent Reznor, with vocalist Alessandro Cortini, guitarist Aaron North, A Perfect Circle/ex-Marilyn Manson bassist Jeordie White and drummer Jerome Dillon is already underway.
2005: Limp Bizkit's release their 5th album, 'The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1),' containing 'The Truth.'
2006: A London court rules that Purple Haze Records does not have the right to distribute or sell Jimi Hendrix's music. Experience Hendrix, the business entity that oversees Hendrix's musical legacy, brought the action to halt the unauthorized use of the late guitarist's recordings.
2006: The first Bob Dylan radio program was aired on XM Satellite Radio. Tracks played on his show included Blur, Prince, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Mary Gauthier, L.L. Cool J and The Streets.
2006: David Bowie says he's "fed up" with the music industry and plans spending some time away from the spotlight. "I'm taking a year off-no touring, no albums," Bowie tells Vanity Fair magazine.
2006: Neil Young releases 'Living With War.' He says the (President) Bush bashing, anti-war (Iraq) album is "Metal Folk protest."
2008: Deep Purple's Ian Gillan, Cream's Jack Bruce and the Guess Who's Randy Bachman perform the first of two Toronto benefit concerts celebrating the life of guitar virtuoso Jeff Healey. The shows raise money the Daisy's Eye Cancer Fund, which supports children stricken with retinoblastoma. Healey, who lost his sight as an infant due to the disease, passed away March 2 at age 41.
2008: Having already performed at a Barrack Obama rally, John Mellencamp does the same at a Hillary Clinton campaign stop. "I'm not endorsing any (presidential) candidate," says Mellencamp. "I'm just supporting the Democrats in hopes that we can turn this country around."
2009: Jon Bon Jovi is one of fourteen inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. "This group of Hall of Famers embodies the spirit of New Jersey, a combination of drive, determination and creativity that has led them to greatness," says NJ Governor John Corzine. "I'll stack up Jersey to just about anywhere there is," adds Bon Jovi who is recognized for both his musical contributions and his charitable work.
2009: Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Tom Morello, John Mellencamp, Warren Haynes and more take part in 'The Clearwater Concert: Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders' at New York's Madison Square Garden. It's a celebration of Folk legend Pete Seeger's 90th birthday and raises funds for Seeger's Hudson River Sloop Clearwater organization, which focuses on keeping the Hudson River clean.
2009: Pearl Jam's songs are featured on the two-episode season finale of the CBS police drama 'Cold Case'. The shows, titled 'The Long Blue Line' and 'Into the Blue' (airing a week later) include tunes from the band's debut album, 1991's 'Ten.'
2009: No Doubt's reunion tour starts in Atlantic City. It's the group's first trek since '04.
2010: Elton John is banned from performing in Egypt. The ban follows comments made in a Parade magazine interview where Elton claimed Jesus was a "super-intelligent gay man." He also criticized the policies of Middle Eastern countries toward homosexuals.
2011: Stevie Nicks' 7th solo album and first in a decade, 'In Your Dreams' is released.
2011: The Beastie Boys release their long anticipated 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 2.' The multiple delays were due to Adam Yauch's ongoing battle with cancer.
2011: Sixx A.M. released the album 'This Is Gonna Hurt.' It debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2011: Steven Tyler releases his autobiography 'Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?' The publisher, Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins, says the 400 page book has "all the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex and drugs and transcendence you will ever want to hear."
2011: An exhibition of Mick Jagger portraits opens at the National Portrait Gallery in London. 'Mick Jagger: Young in the 60's' exhibit features twelve portraits of the Rolling Stones frontman taken by Gered Mankowitz, the band's first official photographer, and others. This is the gallery's first photo exhibition solely on Jagger.
2012: Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shavell narrowly avoided a potential deadly helicopter crash when their pilot became disoriented during a flight in bad weather and missed some trees by just two feet. Flying home to their estate in East Sussex, England after a day in London, the McCartney's were not aware of how close they came to crashing at the time. The UK's Department of Transport launched an investigation into the incident the following November.
2013: The Adam Yauch Playground is dedicated. Formerly known as Palmetto Playground, the recreational area is near Yauch's childhood home in Brooklyn Heights. Fellow Beastie Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz attends. Yauch, aka MCA, died of cancer in '12 at age 47.
2013: It's the first Metallica Night at AT&T Park as the San Francisco Giants play the visiting L.A. Dodgers. Metallica performs the National Anthem and throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Ticket holders receive a limited edition Metallica/Giants hat with a portion of the sales donated to charity.
2013: The Rolling Stones '50 & Counting' tour kicks off at the Staples Center in L.A.
2014: Drummer Bobby Gregg, who played on Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' and Simon and Garfunkel's hit rock version of 'The Sound of Silence,' dies at age 78 in Las Vegas from reasons unknown. Gregg would go on to play drums with Paul Simon, Peter, Paul & Mary, and John Cale. He also worked as a producer and A&R man for CBS and Epic Records.
2015: Mark Hoppus joins All Time Low on stage in L.A. for a rendition of 'Tidal Waves,' an ATL ballad featuring the Blink-182 singer.
2016: 7,000 AC/DC fans who bought tickets to see the band perform at Werchter Festivalpark in Werchter, Belgium request their money back because they don't want to watch Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) on lead vocals. He replaced the ailing Brian Johnson for the final stretch AC/DC's tour.
2016: Scott Stapp announces that he's the singer for Art Of Anarchy, replacing the late Scott Weiland. The group features former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumble Foot" Thal and John Moyer of Disturbed.
2017: It’s Papa Roach Day in the group’s hometown of Vacaville, CA. The honor recognizes the group’s success, local ties and community outreach.
2017: One day before Megadeth’s concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) Youth voices its opposition to the concert because approval for the show was given without taking into consideration the negative effects on the audience.
2018: The June edition of GQ magazine is out with a cover story on the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. Claiming “the American Dream is broken," Grohl lays into President Donald Trump. "He just seems like a massive jerk."

May 4
1886: Chichester Bell and Charles Tainter received a US patent for the graphophone. Their invention was meant to replace Thomas Edison's phonograph and featured wax-coated cylinders which were considered an improvement over the phonograph's tinfoil cylinders which had been delicate and difficult to remove.
1956: Gene Vincent records 'Be Bop A Lula' for Capitol Records at Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville, Tennessee. It would climb to #7 in the US and #16 in the UK the following Summer, eventually selling over 2 million copies. Vincent has said that he wrote the words to the song after being inspired by a comic strip called 'Little Lulu.'
1956: England's New Musical Express erroneously reports that "Elvin" Presley will be performing an upcoming gig at the Palladium in London. Elvis never plays Europe.
1957: ABC-TV broadcasts the debut of 'Rock n' Roll Revue.' The half-hour program, hosted by Rock promoter Alan Freed includes Guy Mitchell, The Del-Vikings, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, The Clovers, June Valli, Martha Carson and the Alan Freed Rock And Roll Orchestra.
1959: The first Grammy Awards were held simultaneously in both Beverly Hills and New York City. Record of the Year and Song of the Year awards both went to 'Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)' by Domenico Modugno, while Album of the Year went to The Music from Peter Gunn by Henry Mancini in Los Angeles.
1960: Bobby Rydell takes American Bandstand viewers on a tour of his Philadelphia home.
1963: The Beatles score their first UK #1 when 'From Me To You' reaches the top for the first of a seven week run. The song's title was inspired from a letters column called From You To Us that ran in the British music newspaper, The New Musical Express.
1963: The Beach Boys 'Surfin U.S.A.' LP hits the charts. It will enjoy a 78 week stay and top out at #2.
1964: The Moody Blues form in Birmingham, England. The group was the brainchild of vocalist Denny Laine, who recruited Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, Graham Edge and Clint Warwick.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on UK TV's Top Of The Pops,' performing 'Purple Haze.' During afternoon rehearsals for the show, Mick Jagger pops into the studio to see Hendrix.
1967: The Turtles receive their first of two Gold singles for their recent #1 Pop hit, 'Happy Together.' Atlantic Records head Jerry Wexler did not want to release the song. US disc jockey Murray the K heard the track and encouraged Atlantic to release it. Their second Gold single will come later in the year for 'She'd Rather Be With Me.'
1967: Pink Floyd performed at the Locarno Ballroom in Coventry, West Midlands, England.
1968: Steppenwolf makes its US television debut, performing 'Born to Be Wild' on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.
1968: The Yardbirds played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Mary Hopkin won her heat on the ITV talent show Opportunity Knocks. She later signed with The Beatles owned Apple Records, Paul McCartney produced her UK No.1 single “Those Were The Days,” which also made No. 2 in the US. Hopkin later married record producer Tony Visconti.
1968: The Who appear at Melody Fair in North Tonawanda, New York.
1969: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr all show up at the London wrap party for 'The Magic Christian.' The film, based on Terry Southern’s novel, stars Peter Sellers and Ringo.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Central City Park in Macon, Georgia.
1970: Four students were shot and killed by the National Guard at Kent State University in Ohio during an anti-war demonstration. Neil Young reacted to the senseless slayings by writing and recording the song, 'Ohio.' with Crosby, Stills & Nash, the very next day. Days later, over 900 colleges are closed as four million students protest. The Kent State campus remains closed for six weeks. 100,000 march on Washington, D.C. which leads to such civil unrest that President Nixon is taken to Camp David for two days.
1972: The Grateful Dead perform at the Olympia Theater in Paris during their fabled Europe ’72 tour.
1972: Pink Floyd played at the Music Hall in Boston on the last night of a North American tour. The show was moved from the Orpheum Theater, a smaller venue due to the high ticket demand.
1973: Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1973: Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 US tour, which is billed as the 'biggest and most profitable Rock and Roll tour in the history of the United States.' The group would gross over $4 million from the dates, flying between gigs in 'The Starship' a Boeing 720 passenger jet, complete with bar, shower room, TV and video in a 30' lounge and a white fur bedroom.
1974: Grand Funk Railroad started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with their version of the Little Eva hit 'The Loco-Motion.' It was only the second time that a cover version had been a #1, as well as the original. (The first was 'Go Away Little Girl,' a hit for Steve Lawrence in 1963 and Donny Osmond in 1971).
1975: Elvis Presley kicked off a 31 date North American Tour by playing two shows at the Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
1976: KISS perform their first concert in their hometown of New York City.
1976: David Bowie performed the first of four nights at the Empire Pool, Wembley, in London. Earlier in the day, he gave a rare interview to Jean Rook of the Daily Express.
1976: The Rolling Stones played at the AWD Dome in Bremen, Germany.
1977: The Beatles release 'The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl.' It features songs by The Beatles compiled from two live performances at the Hollywood Bowl during August 1964 and August 1965. Even though the recordings on The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl were between twelve and thirteen years old at the time of release, the album reached #1 on the New Musical Express chart in the U.K. and #2 on the Billboard chart in the United States. The album has yet to be released on compact disc in either country.
1977: The Patti Smith Group, David Johansen, Dead Boys, Blondie, Suicide and Richard Hell & The Voidoids all appeared at a Punk Benefit at CBGB's in New York City.
1978: Jefferson Starship receive a Platinum record the album 'Earth.' It will be their last LP with Grace Slick and Marty Balin. Just a few weeks later, both quit and the band had to be revamped.
1979: Electric Light Orchestra receive recognition for their Outstanding Contribution To British Music at the Ivor Novello Awards in London. It's for their double album, 'Out Of The Blue.'
1979: Rush appeared at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1980: ZZ Top performed at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
1980: An acoustic performance by the East Los Angeles band Los Lobos brought a hostel response from an Olympic Auditorium audience who came to hear Punk music. Opening for Public Image Ltd, the group was bombarded with bottles and other debris. It would take seven more years for the band to crack the Hot 100 with a couple of Richie Valens songs, 'La Bamba' (#1) and 'Come On, Let's Go' (#21).
1982: .38 Special's 5th studio album, 'Special Forces' is released.
1982: Duran Duran's first major hit, 'Hungry Like The Wolf,' is released in the U.K. It reaches #5 on the UK charts. ‬
1984: Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders marries Jim Kerr of Simple Minds. They divorce in 1990.
1984: King Crimson played at Kenmin Hall in Kanagawa, Japan.
1985: Don Henley peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'All She Wants to Do Is Dance,' which was Henley’s third top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1987: Paul Butterfield, blues harmonica player and vocalist, and founder of The Butterfield Blues Band, dies in North Hollywood, CA from a heroin overdose. He was just 44. Butterfield was from Chicago and was mentored by the likes of Muddy Waters and Elvin Bishop. His band played at both The Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock. In 2015, he was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Butterfield developed his drug addiction after suffering from several surgeries to relieve his peritonitis, a serious and painful inflammation of the intestines.
1989: Stevie Ray Vaughan set out on what would be his last ever tour at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia. The guitarist was killed in a helicopter crash on 27th Aug 1999 after a concert at Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin, after playing 107 of the 110 dates.
1990: David Bowie's ex-wife Angela goes on The Joan Rivers Show and says that she once walked in on Bowie and Mick Jagger naked in bed. Angela signed a gag order when she divorced Bowie that kept her from talking for 10 years, and was taking advantage of the opportunity.
1990: Slaughter‬ performed onstage for the very first time in ‎Lubbock‬, ‎Texas‬.
1991: Governor Ann Richards declares "ZZ Top Day" in Texas, honoring the group for "bringing the powerful beat of Texas boogie to enthusiastic audiences across the globe."
1992: KISS release their 44th single,'Unholy,' from the 'Revenge' album.
1992: Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke gives KISS the keys to the city & declares it KISS Day. The band later takes the stage at the iconic Hammerjacks.
1994: The RIAA (the record industry) certifies that the Gin Blossoms album 'New Miserable Experience' has sold over four million copies. The album, released three years earlier, has 'Hey Jealousy' and 'Found Out About You.'
1995: John Fogerty was awarded $1.35 million by a San Francisco judge after winning a
copyright lawsuit brought on by Saul Zaentz & Fantasy Records.
1996: Rage Against The Machine's sophomore album 'Evil Empire,' is #1 in the U.S. selling 250,000 copies in the week of its release. The album won the 1996 Grammy award for Best Metal Performance.
1997: Courtney Love placed an advert in The Seattle Times selling the house she had shared with Kurt Cobain. The five bedroom four bathroom house was on the market for $3 million. The carriage house where Kurt Cobain died had been knocked down during refurbishment.
1999: Black Label Society release their debut studio album, 'Sonic Brew' in the U.S. It had already ben released in Japan on October 28, 1998.
2000: Metallica were demanding online music service Napster cut off 335,000 users who they claimed had been illegally trading their songs. The band had passed on the names of all those they considered to be "stealing" their material over the internet in the latest development in an ongoing battle over the protection of music copyrights on the web.
2004: Former Guns N' Roses members, Slash and Duff McKagan, file a lawsuit against GN'R frontman Axl Rose alleging he nixed movie music licensing deals that would have generated at least $1 million.
2004: Sevendust release an unplugged concert CD/DVD collection titled 'Southside Double-Wide Acoustic Live.'
2004: Death Angel release their 4th studio album, 'The Art of Dying.' It was the band's first album with original material in 14 years since 1990's 'Act III.'
2004: A Perfect Circle's DVD 'Lost In The Bermuda Triangle' is released.
2004: Sheryl Crow performs on board a United Airlines flight from Chicago to L.A. marking the launch of United`s partnership with Sony's Music. The deal allows music purchases to earn air miles while miles can be traded for music downloads.
2006: Jon Bon Jovi is honored for his charitable efforts during the Help USA organization's annual Tribute Awards Dinner in New York. Help USA provides services to the nation's homeless.
2007: Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger punches a man in the face outside a Vancouver, BC, nightclub. According to reports the 'victim' harassed Kroeger by shouting "Nickelback sucks."
2008: Bruce Springsteen is one the 15 inaugural members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame (along with Frank Sinatra and actress Meryl Streep) in the Arts & Entertainment category.
2010: Godsmack release their 5th studio album, 'The Oracle.'
2010: Extreme release their live album, 'Take Us Alive.'
2010: Poison frontman Bret Michaels is discharged from Barrow Neurological Institute in Arizona after suffering a brain hemorrhage two weeks earlier. He receives on-going physical therapy at another facility.
2012: Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys dies of cancer at 47. Yauch, also known as MCA or Nathanial Hörnblowér, was the co-founder of the hip hop/rock trio that scored 3 Grammys and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. The two remaining band members have backed Yauch’s wishes stated in his last will and testament: “Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes.”
2014: Elton John tops the Sunday Times Giving List. As the U.K.'s most generous donor, John gave $36 million in 2013, with a large amount going to his AIDS foundation. U2's Bono also makes the list with $12 million in donations.
2015: REO Speedwagon and Imagine Dragons team up for "Mash Up Mondays," a collaborative performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The two bands become Imagine REO Speedragons.
2016: Little Richard's attorney told Rolling Stone that on-line reports of his client's declining health were untrue and that the 83-year-old Rock 'n' Roll pioneer was still healthy and active.
2016: After Donald Trump's campaign plays 'Start Me Up' following his victory speech celebrating his path to the Republican nomination, The Rolling Stones ask him to stop, joining several other artists in decrying his use of their songs.
2017: A federal judge has dismisses a lawsuit that claims Ozzy Osbourne swindled former band member Bob Daisley out of at least $2 million in songwriting royalties for songs composed in the ‘80s. The ruling stipulates that the dispute must be decided through arbitration.

May 5
1900: The Billboard, a magazine for the music and entertainment industries, began weekly publication after six years as a monthly. By midyear it was calling itself "The Official Organ of the Great Out-Door Amusement World."
1956: Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel" tops the U.S. charts for the first of seven weeks. The King's major label debut is also #1 on the Country & Western charts, and it makes it to #5 on the R&B survey. It became his first million-seller, and was the best-selling single of 1956. The lyrics were based on a newspaper article about the suicide of a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window.
1960: Roy Orbison 'Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel)' b/w 'Here Comes That Song Again' 45 single is released. I became his first major hit. As an operatic rock ballad, it was a sound unheard of at the time, described by the New York Times as expressing "a clenched, driven urgency". It is seen as a seminal event in the evolution of Rock and Roll. Released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in May, 1960, it went to #2 on the United States Billboard pop music charts in late-July 1960 and to #14 on the Billboard R&B charts. It reached #1 in the United Kingdom, a position it achieved on October 20, 1960, staying there for two weeks (out of a total of 24 weeks spent on the UK singles chart from 28 July 1960). In 1999, 'Only the Lonely' was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it #232 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1961: Roy Orbison's 'Running Scared' hits the top of the charts.
1962: Chris Montez records 'Let's Dance,' which will reach #4 on the Billboard chart and #2 in the UK next Fall.
1963: On a recommendation by George Harrison, Dick Rowe Head of A&R at Decca records, (and the man who turned down The Beatles), went to see The Rolling Stones play at Crawdaddy Club, London. The band were signed to the label within a week.
1966: Manfred Mann went at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pretty Flamingo.' The recording features future Cream bassist Jack Bruce, who briefly joined the band in 1965. On their Top Of The Pops appearance, singer Paul Jones performed while standing on one leg.
1966: The Who performed at Town Hall in Kidderminster, West Midlands, England.
1967: Scott McKenzie's 'San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)' first appears on the US singles chart and soon becomes an anthem of the Flower Power movement and hippies everywhere.
1967: The Kinks released 'Waterloo Sunset' as a single which went on to peak at #2 on the UK chart. Songwriter and Kinks singer Ray Davies later stated that the song was originally entitled 'Liverpool Sunset', after his love for Liverpool and Merseybeat.
1968: Pink Floyd performed two shows at Theatre 140, in Brussels, Belgium.
1968: After months of internal dissension, Buffalo Springfield play their final concert at The Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. Richie Fury would go on to form Poco and Stephen Stills teamed up with David Crosby and Graham Nash in Crosby, Stills and Nash.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" is released. It will reach #2 in the US and top the chart in the UK.
1969: The Beatles single 'Get Back' was released in the US. John Lennon claimed in 1980 that "there's some underlying thing about Yoko in there"," claiming that Paul McCartney looked at Yoko Ono in the studio every time he sang "Get back to where you once belonged."
1971: The Rascals 8th studio album (a double-LP), 'Peaceful World' is released. It peaked at #122 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single 'Love Me' reached #95 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1972: Paul Simon, Chicago and Carole King all perform at a benefit concert for U.S. presidential candidate George McGovern.
1972: Blind blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis died of a heart attack at age 76. His unique finger-picking style influenced many other artists.
1972: Jethro Tull and Wild Turkey appeared at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1972: The first day of the three day Bickershaw Festival took place in Wigan, England, with The Grateful Dead, Dr John, Donovan, The Kinks, Captain Beefheart, Hawkwind, America, Family, Country Joe MacDonald, Wishbone Ash, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Brinsley Schwarz and the Flamin Groovies.
1973: At Tampa Stadium in Florida, Led Zeppelin played to 56,800 fans. The band grossed $309,000. At the time, the show set a record for the largest paying crowd at an American rock concert. The band played for two and a half hours without an intermission. Tickets were $5.00.
1973: Paul Simon's 'There Goes Rhymin' Simon' album is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #4 on the UK Albums chart. It received two nominations at the Grammy Awards of 1974, including Best Male Pop Vocal performance and Album of the Year. It was ranked #267 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1973: King Crimson played at The Forum in Montreal, Quebec.
1973: Elvis Presley went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite.'
1973: David Bowie reached #1 on the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with 'Aladdin Sane' which spent five weeks on top of the chart. It reached #17 in the U.S. The follow-up to his breakthrough 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,' the name of the album is a pun on "A Lad Insane."
1973: Sweet peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Little Willy' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1974: Television perform at CBGB's in New York. The support act was the Stillettoes, playing their first show at CBGB's. They would later become Blondie.
1975: Rod Stewart starts dating actress Brit Ekland after meeting at an L.A. party.
1975: Yes performed at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
1977: The Grateful dead played at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1978: Aerosmith performed at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1978: AC/DC's 'Powerage' album is released. It's their 4th studio LP (the 5th to be released in Australia). It was the first AC/DC album to feature Cliff Williams on bass.
1978: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band's album, 'Stranger in Town' is released. It's his 10th studio album and 2nd with The Silver Bullet Band. It goes on to peak at #4 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell six million copies in the U.S. Like it predecessor, the Silver Bullet Band backed Seger on about half of the songs and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section backed Seger on the other half.
1979: 28 year old Suzi Quatro reached #5 on the Hot 100 with a duet with Chris Norman called 'Stumblin' In.' It would be the only time she cracked the US Top 40.
1979: On the last date of a US tour, The Boomtown Rats appeared at The Palladium in New York City.
1979: Van Halen played at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1980: The Who appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1980: Saxon release their 2nd studio album 'Wheels of Steel.'
1980: Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio play the 1st of four sold out shows at London's Hammersmith Odeon with Girlschool as openers.
1981: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 4th album, 'Hard Promises' is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Its original working title was 'Benmont's Revenge.' This was the second Tom Petty album on the Backstreet Records label. The album's release was delayed while Petty and his distributor MCA Records argued about the list price. The album was slated to be the next MCA release with the new list price of $9.98, following Steely Dan's Gaucho and the Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light Orchestra Xanadu soundtrack. This so-called "superstar pricing" was $1.00 more than the usual list price of $8.98. Petty voiced his objections to the price hike in the press and the issue became a popular cause among music fans. Non-delivery of the album or naming it Eight Ninety-Eight were considered, but eventually MCA decided against the price increase. During the recording of the album John Lennon was scheduled to be in the same studio at the same time. Tom Petty was looking forward to meeting him when he came in. The meeting never occurred; unfortunately, John Lennon was murdered before he could ever make it into the studio. In order to pay tribute to one of their influences the band decided to etch "WE LOVE YOU JL" on the master copy of the album. To this day "WE LOVE YOU JL" is seen on every Hard Promises vinyl copy pressed. The album's title comes from a line in the chorus of 'Insider.'
1983: The one thousandth edition of Britain's music show, 'Top of the Pop's is broadcast on BBC-TV. The weekly version of the show ran from January 1st, 1964 to July 30th, 2006.
1983: Clarence Quick, the bass voice of the Del Vikings on their 1956 hit, 'Come, Go With Me,' died of a heart attack. He was just 46 years old.
1984: Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr married Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde in a horse drawn carriage in Central Park, New York City.
1984: Duran Duran were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Reflex,' the group’s second and last chart topper. It stays there 4 weeks and 14 in total in the top 100. The song was taken from their 3rd album 'Seven and the Ragged Tiger,' which was also a US #1.
1986: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chairman Ahmet Ertegen announces that Cleveland, Ohio has been chosen as the city where the Hall will be built.
1988: Testament release their 2nd studio album 'The New Order.' The band did a cover of the Aerosmith song 'Nobody's Fault' for this album. It reached #136 on the #Billboard chart.
1990: The John Lennon tribute concert was held at the Pier Head Arena in Merseyside, featuring Ringo Starr, Lenny Kravitz, Al Green, Joe Cocker, The Christians, Kylie Minogue, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Deacon Blue, Lou Reed, Joe Walsh and Wet Wet Wet.
1990: During a North American tour Nirvana appeared at the Einstein-A-Go-Go in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
1990: Jason Bonham gets married. He joins Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones for a five song set at his wedding reception near Kidderminster, England.
1990: Aerosmith reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the 6th time as'“What It Takes' peaked at #9. It spends 17 weeks on the chart.‬
1992: Wildside released their album, 'Under The Influence.'
1992: The Beach Boys appear on ABC-TV's 'Full House.'
1995: Steven Adler is arrested for felony drug possesion when he is found with Heroin.
1996: Rage Against The Machine went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Evil Empire.' The album's title is taken from the phrase "evil empire", which was used by former US President Ronald Reagan and many conservatives in describing the former Soviet Union. The album won the 1996 Grammy award for Best Metal Performance.
1997: Governor George W. Bush declares May 5th as ZZ Top Day in the state of Texas.
1997: Bruce Springsteen was awarded Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, which is considered the musical equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
1997: U2's 'Pop' album goes platinum in the U.S. Even so, it's sales are among the lowest in U2's catalog.
1997: Oasis' management company sends an e-mail to over 100 unauthorized websites threatening legal action if they continue to use Oasis music.
1998: Bad Religion release their 10th full-length studio album 'No Substance.'
1998: In Michigan, a bill is introduced to the state legislature to regulate concert attendance by minors under the age of 18, giving the state the authority to deem whether specific concerts are harmful to minors. The bill is opposed by the likes of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and does not pass.
2000: Rod Stewart undergoes a one-hour throat operation at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to remove a growth on his thyroid. The growth turns out to be benign.
2002: Legendary songwriter and early Rock n' Roll linchpin Otis Blackwell dies. Blackwell's creations include Elvis Presley hits 'Don't Be Cruel' and 'All Shook Up' and Jerry Lee Lewis' 'Great Balls Of Fire.'
2002: Two disc jockeys from Denver's KRFX-FM, Rick Lewis and Michael Floorwax, stopped a live radio interview with Detroit rocker Ted Nugent after he used derogatory racial terms for Asians and Blacks. The station received calls after the show from angry listeners, mostly from people saying they were glad Nugent was taken off the air. During the live interview, he had been warned once for his language but continued with his racist diatribe. The two DJs said Nugent came on the show about three times a year, but won't be back any time soon. The comments cost Nugent a gig at the Muskegon Summer Celebration.
2004: Jamaican record producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, who signed Bob Marley & the Wailers to his Studio One label, dies of a heart attack at age 72.
2005: Founding drummer Steve Gorman joins the Black Crowes on their reunion tour. His first gig back with the band is in Atlanta.
2005: Joe Perry releases his first true solo album. The self-titled release reaches #110 on Billboard.‬
2006: Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison are featured in separate programs on CMT. First, there's the documentary 'Bruce Springsteen: The Seeger Sessions.' It's followed by 'Van Morrison: One Night in Nashville,' containing live footage.
2006: The Red Hot Chili Peppers release their 9th studio album 'Stadium Arcadium.'
2006: Live release their 7th studio album, 'Songs From Black Mountain.; It's the group's first on Epic Records. On the same day, they start their U.S. tour in Jackson, MS.
2006: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil hosts the 10th annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament in Simi Valley, CA. Neil created the charity event in memory of his daughter, who died in 1995 of stomach cancer at age four. Proceeds go to combat childhood illnesses.
2008: To thank fans for years of support, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails posts their album 'The Slip' for free on their Web site. "Thank you for your continued and loyal support," writes frontman Trent Reznor in an online post. "This one's on me." 'The Slip' on CD is released the following July.
2009: Ex-Ace/Squeeze/Mike & the Mechanics singer-keyboardist Paul Carrack releases his album, 'I Know That Name.' The Eagles' Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit are heard on the song 'I Don't Want To Hear Any More.'
2009: Slash mentors the finalists during Rock Week on 'American Idol.'
2009: Elton John presents 'The Red Piano Live In Las Vegas,' a DVD and a Blu-ray disc, with performances from John's Vegas show, 'The Red Piano.'
2012: Rush receive the 2012 Governor General's Performing Arts Award, a recognition of lifetime artistic achievement. The award, presented in Ottawa, includes $25,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a commemorative medallion struck by the Royal Canadian Mint.
2012: Adopt The Arts, co-founded by drummer Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N' Roses), air a public service announcement in hopes of saving arts programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Adopt The Arts was created following the district's decision to eliminate all funding for elementary school arts programs.
2012: Former KoRn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch performs with the group for the first time in seven years at the Carolina Rebellion Festival. "I want to bring out one of my dearest, oldest and most beloved friends to have some fun with us," says vocalist Jonathan Davis. Welch left KoRn in 2005 to focus on his sobriety and his faith.
2012: Hornitos Premium Tequila and Twisted Sister release the Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Mashup 'We’re Not Gonna Take It.'‬
2013: Robert Plant obtained a temporary restraining order against an overzealous female fan he alleged was a threat to his safety. Plant said that the woman had been harassing him for over three years and believed that they are in a relationship, even though Plant insists the pair has never met.
2014: Helix release their 13th studio album, 'Bastard Of The Blues.'
2015: Deep Purple top a Rolling Stone magazine readers' poll of acts that should be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2016. Electric Light Orchestra land at #2 with Yes at #3.
2015: Craig Gruber, original bassist in Rainbow, dies of prostate cancer in Florida at the age of 63. Gruber played on the first three Elf albums with Ronnie James Dio, and also worked with Gary Moore.
2015: Slash's guitar solo on Guns N' Roses' 'Sweet Child O' Mine' is #1 on the NME editors' list of the 50 Greatest Guitar Solos. Jimmy Page's work on Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' and the Jimi Hendrix solo 'All Along The Watchtower' are second and third, respectively.
2015: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry win a Sports Emmy Award for their video remake of 'Dream On' with the Southern California Children's Chorus to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The ceremony takes place in Frederick P. Rose Hall at New York's Lincoln Center.
2015: A group of UK musicians, including Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Soul singer Beverly Knight, released a charity single called 'Save the Children (Look Into Your Heart),' to benefit children in Nepal following the devastating earthquake there.
2015: Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's memoir 'Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs With The Grateful Dead' is released.
2016: Red Hot Chili Peppers debut 'Dark Necessities.' The song is the first official single released by the band in almost 4 years.
2016: The Rolling Stones demand that presidential candidate Donald Trump stop playing their music ('Start Me Up,' 'You Can't Always Get What You Want,' 'Sympathy For The Devil' and 'Brown Sugar') at his rallies. A Stones spokeswoman says Trump did not ask for permission to use the songs.
2016: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo, both avid surfers, take part in a cleanup at San Francisco's popular Ocean Beach as part of an event sponsored by the San Francisco Giants. The fourth annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park is the following evening.
2017: Slipknot surpass one billion views on their YouTube channel.

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

May 7
1955: Ray Charles gets first #1 on the R&B chart with 'I Got A Woman.' It was later ranked #235 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Elvis Presley covers the song and The Beatles make it a pre-fame show staple.
1966: Simon And Garfunkel's 'I Am a Rock' enters the Hot 100. During its eleven week chart run, it peaks at #3.
1966: The Mamas And Papas hit #1 in the US with 'Monday, Monday,' a song that the group (except for writer John Phillips) would later admit that they didn't really like. On March 2nd, 1967, the effort would bring them a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
1966: Del Shannon enters the Billboard Hot 100 for the 16th time with 'The Big Hurt,' which will stall at #94.
1967: Bob Dylan gives his first interview since his 1966 motorcycle accident to the New York Daily News.
1967: Soviet youths openly defied police and danced The Twist in Moscow's Red Square during May Day celebrations.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played two shows at London's Saville Theatre. Ringo Starr, Brian Jones and members of The Beach Boys and The Moody Blues were in the audience.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at The Mojo Club in Tollbar, Sheffield, England, opened and owned by Peter Stringfellow.
1967: Pearls Before Swine begin recording an album called 'One Nation Underground'. The LP included a song called 'Miss Morse,' which would be banned in New York when it was discovered that lead singer Tom Rapp was singing F-U-C-K in Morse code. After disc jockey Murray The K played the record on the air, local Boy Scouts correctly interpreted the chorus and phoned in a complaint.
1968: On a plane ride returning home from his last gig with the band Bluesology, keyboard player Reginald Dwight looks for a stage name he can use for his burgeoning solo career. In the cabin, he comes across the band's horn player Elton Dean and lead singer Long John Baldry, and asks them if he can appropriate their names to concoct a new one for himself. They agree, and Elton John is born.
1970: Black Sabbath played at Osteseehalle in Kiel, Germany.
1970: Simon & Garfunkel's 5th (and last) LP 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' hit the #1 spot. The album went on to sell of 25 million copies.
1970: During a North American tour Pink Floyd appeared at Pauley Pavilion, on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, California.
1971: 'Moonage Daydream' was released as a single by Arnold Corns, a band formed by David Bowie. The name was inspired by the Pink Floyd song, 'Arnold Layne.' It was one of Bowie's side projects and a bit of a dry run for 'Ziggy Stardust.' The song later reappeared on 'Ziggy Stardust' in a new version with updated lyrics.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the University of Tennessee -Chattanooga.
1972: The Grateful Dead performed at the Bickershaw Festival in Wigan, England as part of their historic tour of Europe. The entire tour was released as a 73-CD box set.
1972: Reginald Dwight changed his name by Deed poll to Elton Hercules John.
1972: The Rolling Stones released the second album on their own label, 'Exile on Main Street' featuring two hit singles, 'Tumbling Dice' and 'Happy'. In 2003, the album was ranked #7 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, the highest of any Stones album on the list.
1973: 'Money/Us and Them' was released as a 7-inch single in the US by Pink Floyd
1973: George Harrison releases 'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth),' which will become his second #1 single in the US.
1974: Led Zeppelin held a party at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City for the launch of their new label Swan Song. Other label signings including, Scottish singer Maggie Bell (whose album 'Suicide Sal' was the labels fourth release), and Bad Company also attended.
1975: Yes played at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
1976: Genesis performed at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas.
1977: 'Back In The Saddle' by Aerosmith enters the Top 40, but just barely. The track peaks at #38.
1977: Ten weeks after entering the Billboard singles chart, The Eagles' masterpiece, 'Hotel California' became the band's 4th US #1 hit. The Eagles also won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for 'Hotel California' at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards in 1978. The song's guitar solo is ranked 8th on Guitar Magazine's Top 100 Guitar Solos and was voted the best solo of all time by readers of Guitarist magazine.
1978: The Eagles beat the editorial team of Rolling Stone magazine in a softball game at the University of Southern California. The final score was 15-8.
1978: David Bowie played the first of three nights on his Low/Heroes world tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1978: The 90,000 tickets on sale for Bob Dylan's upcoming concerts at London's Wembley Empire Pool sell out in less than eight hours.
1979: Van Halen appeared at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1980: Black Sabbath, with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, begin a four night stand at London's Hammersmith Odeon Theater in London to promote their 'Heaven & Hell' LP. Girlschool opens. ‬
1982: The first Men at Work album, 'Business as Usual,' already a #1 hit in their native Australia, is finally released in America. In November, it rises to the top in the US.
1983: After cracking the Top 20 a year earlier with 'The Break-up Song,' San Francisco's Greg Kihn Band reaches #2 on the Hot 100 with a song called 'Jeopardy.' A year later, Weird Al Yankovic will parody the song as 'I Lost On Jeopardy,' which has since been referenced several times on the game show itself.
1986: John Mellencamp joined protesting farmers on the steps of the Farmer’s Home Administration Office in Chillicothe, MO.
1988: Aerosmith's 'Angel' gets to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1988: Talking Heads peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their final studio album 'Naked' which went on to go Gold in the U.S.
1989: Jane’s Addiction ended their U.S. tour in support of their major label debut 'Nothing’s Shocking' with a two night stand at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium.
1991: A judge in Macon, Georgia dismisses a wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne after a local couple fails to prove their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Ozzy's music.
1991: Wilson Pickett was arrested in his hometown of Englewood, New Jersey after repeatedly driving over the lawn of his neighbor, Mayor Donald Aronson. Pickett was charged with drunk driving and threatening to kill the mayor. Police seized a knife and a baseball bat from Pickett's van. The threatening charge was dropped after Pickett agreed to perform a free charity concert. He was later sentenced to a year's probation on the drunken driving charge to run concurrently with a one-year jail term for a later drunk driving incident in which Pickett hit and seriously injured an 86-year-old pedestrian.
1991: 54-year-old Rolling Stone Bill Wyman ended his 22-month marriage to 21-year-old Mandy Smith. She received a $6.5 million divorce settlement, even though she spent only eight weeks with Wyman during their marriage. They first met when Smith was only 13.
1992: A leather Jacket worn by John Lennon during 1960-1963, was sold at Christies, London, England for £24,200.
1992: John Frusciante leaves the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As a result, he is airbrushed out of a Rolling Stone magazine cover shot of the band. The guitarist rejoins RHCP six years later but departs again in 2008.
1992: Nigel Preston drummer with The Cult died in London, England at age 32. Was a founding member of The Death Cult, he also played and recorded with Sex Gang Children, Theatre of Hate and The Gun Club.
1994: Rush set the record for most performances at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens with their 22nd concert at the venue. Rush were on tour in support of their 15th studio album 'Counterparts.'
1994: Randy Bachman led 1,322 guitarists who had gathered in Vancouver to play Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business", for 68 minutes and 40 seconds. The record would only last for two years.
1994: Aerosmith played the first of seven nights at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, during their 245 date Get A Grip world tour.
1996: Pantera's 8th studio album, 'The Great Southern Trendkill,' is released. Due to tension and conflicts within the band, Phil Anselmo records his vocals in New Orleans while the rest of the band lays down tracks in Dallas. It peaks at #4 and spends sixteen weeks on Billboard's 200 Album Chart.‬
1998: Steve Perry officially leaves Journey, honoring an agreement made with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain that they would reform the band without him if he was not able to tour. He is replaced with the similar-sounding Steve Augeri. Drummer Steve Smith also left the group.
2001: The Black Crowes release their 6th studio album 'Lions.'
2001: Paul McCartney's greatest hits compilation album, 'Wingspan: Hits and History' is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #5 on the UK Albums chart.
2002: The Rolling Stones arrive by blimp at New York’s Van Cortland Park to announce their 2002/2003 world tour.
2003: After an investigation that lasted nearly four months, police in London, England cleared Pete Townsend on charges that he downloaded child porn from the Internet. Investigators did confirm that Townsend had accessed a site containing such images in 1999 and as a result, he has been listed on a national register of sex offenders.
2004: Rudy Maugeri, the baritone voice of the 1950s doo-wop group, The Crew Cuts, died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Las Vegas. He was 73. Taking their name from a popular hair style of the day, the quartet formed in Toronto and went on to have several hits in the US, including the number one 'Sh-Boom' in 1954 and the number three 'Earth Angel' in 1955.
2004: Hoobastank land their first Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 'The Reason.' It hits the #10 spot.
2005: 'Holiday,' the 3rd single from Green Day's seventh studio album, 'American Idiot,' is released. The track goes on to top both the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Alternative Song charts.
2005: System Of A Down perform 'B.Y.O.B.' and 'Chop Suey!' on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Guitarist-singer Daron Malakian screams an expletive that is broadcast uncensored. Even so, western civilization remains intact.
2006: The Who's Roger Daltrey performs at the closing ceremony for Arsenal's stadium, known as Highbury, in London. Daltrey sings 'Highbury Highs,' after Arsenal plays its final game at the venue. "I'm more excited about this than I was about playing Woodstock!" claims Daltrey.
2007: A wrongful-termination lawsuit brought by Don Felder against his former Eagles bandmates is settled. No details are released. The guitarist was fired from the band in February 2001.
2007: It's announced that Evanescence guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray have left the band. "We shared some great times together playing live, but they were ready to move on and so we have parted ways," claims singer Lee in a written statement. But LeCompt says he was fired "without any warning." Gray states that he quit. Later, Lee returns to the subject adding, "They didn't really care about Evanescence at all and just stayed around for the money."
2008: Def Leppard's 'Songs From The Sparkle Lounge' enters the Billboard 200 at #5 in its first week out. Selling 55,000 copies, the album is the band's 11th straight release to reach the Top 20.
2008: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band play a benefit concert at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. They perform 'Darkness On The Edge Of Town' and 'Born To Run'
albums in their entirety. That is "something we've never done before and you're not gonna see anywhere else," claims The Boss. The event raises more than $3 million with proceeds going to support and pay for renovations to the historic venue, which hosted numerous Springsteen concerts.
2008: The National Association of Recording Merchandisers honor Jackson Browne and B.B. King at organization's 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner in San Francisco. Browne receives the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award, while King is presented with the Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement.
2009: Comcast offers exclusive Green Day content via the On Demand television service and 10 songs from a club show at the Fox Theater in Oakland are presented with more than 30 of the band's videos.
2009: Apple approves NIN: Access iPhone application. The computer company had rejected the app update due to objectionable material, but Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor responds arguing that Apple's decision is hypocritical because its iTunes store sells NIN albums with expletive lyrics.
2010: Exodus release their 9th studio album, 'Exhibit B: The Human Condition.' The album debuted at #114 on the Billboard 200 chart. Andy Sneap produced the album.
2010: 'Iron Man 2' opens in U.S. theaters. The soundtrack features AC/DC's 'Highway To Hell,' and 'Let There Be Rock.' There are also soundtrack contributions from Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello.
2011: The Eagles perform at Universal Studios in Hollywood to honor philanthropists Shelli and Irving Azoff as they receive the 2011 Spirit of Life Award presented by City of Hope. The Eagles were the first major act Azoff managed on his way to becoming an industry legend. City of Hope raises money for research, treatment, and education programs for life threatening diseases including cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
2011: A bust of Bruce Springsteen titled "Soulful Humanitarian" is unveiled in Asbury Park. Created by Stephen Zorochin and sponsored by the Arts Coalition of Asbury Park (ArtsCAP) and the Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts (SICA), the sculpture is on display for five months.
2011: The first Carolina Rebellion Festival takes place in Charlotte, NC at the Metrolina Expo. The lineup features Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Stone Sour, Seether and Bullet For My Valentine. 2011
2012: Alice Cooper, actor Johnny Depp, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry jam at the Dark Shadows premiere party for an exclusive audience.
2013: Joe Satriani's 14th studio album, 'Unstoppable Momentum' was released.
2013: Rod Stewart's his first album of new material in almost 20 years, 'Time' is released.
2013: Carlos Santana is inducted into the House of Blues Las Vegas' Blues God Ceiling. The ceiling features clay busts of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Janis Joplin.
2013: As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis is arrested after he allegedly asks an undercover detective to murder his estranged wife.
2015: Slash and Myles Kennedy partner with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to raise awareness of the slaughter of African elephants. They composed the song 'Beneath The Savage Sun' after witnessing the devastation of the elephants first-hand.
2015: Eric Clapton and Little Richard are among the inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis.
2015: Three of B.B. King's 11 surviving children lost a bid in a Las Vegas court to take control over their father's affairs after they said they suspect the 89-year-old Blues legend's manager of stealing his money and neglecting his medical care while blocking them from seeing him in home hospice care.
2015: The Treatment announced that singer Mitchel Emms and guitarist Tao Grey have joined the band replacing Matt Jones and Fabian "Dee" Dammers, respectively.
2016: Axl Rose makes his debt fronting AC/DC. Rose steps-in for Brian Johnson who suffers from severe hearing loss. The concert takes place in Lisbon, Portugal. Rose gets good reviews.
2016: Following his unexpected death, Prince takes the top two spots on the Billboard albums chart with 'The Very Best of Prince' at #1 and 'Purple Rain' at #2. With his music unavailable on most streaming services and download distributors, physical albums are in many cases the best way to get his music.

May 8
1961: Teen heart-throb Ricky Nelson officially changes his name to 'Rick' on his 21st birthday.
1964: The Beatles had held the #1 position on the US singles chart for fourteen weeks with three #1's in succession. 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' for seven weeks, 'She Loves You' for two weeks and 'Can't Buy Me Love', for five weeks.
1965: Shooting of the promotional film for Bob Dylan’s 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' took place at the side of the Savoy Hotel in London. Actors in the background were Allen Ginsberg and Bob Neuwirth. The original clip was actually the opening segment of D. A. Pennebaker's film, 'Don't Look Back,' a documentary on Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England. In the film, Dylan, who came up with the idea, holds up cue cards for the camera with selected words and phrases from the lyrics. The cue cards were written by Donovan, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Neuwirth and Dylan himself. While staring at the camera, he flipped the cards as the song played.
1965: Eight spots in the Billboard Top Ten were occupied by British acts, setting an all-time record: #1 - 'Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter' by Herman's Hermits, #3 - 'Ticket to Ride' by The Beatles, #4 - 'Game of Love' by Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders, #6 - 'I Know a Place' by Petula Clark, #7 - 'Silhouettes' by Herman's Hermits, #8 - 'I'm Telling You Now' by Freddie And The Dreamers, #9 - 'The Last Time' by The Rolling Stones and #10 - 'Cast Your Fate to the Wind' by Sounds Orchestral.
1966: Pink Floyd appeared at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr signed a business management contract with Allen Klein and his company ABKCO, but Paul McCartney refused to sign, continuing to let the Eastmans represent his interests.
1970: The Beatles 12th and final album, 'Let It Be' was released, (it was recorded before ‘Abbey Road’ and originally to be called 'Get Back.' The album came in a deluxe-boxed edition with a 'Get Back' book.
1970: The Doors perform at Detroit's Cobo Arena where John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful joins them for half a dozen songs. Unfortunately the show ran past its twelve o'clock curfew, contrary to the guidelines set out by the American Federation Of Musicians, and The Doors would be banned from returning to Cobo. A recording of the concert would be released in 2000 as 'Live In Detroit.'
1970: The Who performed at the University of Kent in Canterbury, Kent, England. The opening act was Genesis.
1972: Keyboardist and singer Billy Preston becomes the first Rock performer to headline at Radio City Music Hall. Others to soon follow will include David Bowie and Mountain.
1974: Graham Bond dies when he commits suicide by throwing himself in front of a train. He was just 36. Bond was the keyboard player in Blues Incorporated and then formed the Graham Bond Quartet, with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. At the time of his death, he allegedly believed he was the son of occult figure Aleister Crowley.
1975: Rush played at Lewis University in Lockport, Illinois.
1975: Bad Company's second album, 'Straight Shooter' goes gold.
1976: The Steve Miller Band's 'Take The Money And Run' is released. It peaks at #11 in the US.
1976: Peter Frampton reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time as 'Show Me the Way' reached its peak at #6.
1976: In Houston, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson duet on “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Backstage, Nelson is given a subpoena to appear before a grand jury investigating drug trafficking.
1976: John Sebastian, who had left The Lovin' Spoonful for a solo career in 1968, hit the top of Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 chart with the theme to the TV show,' Welcome Back Kotter.' John would later say that he wrote the song in 15 minutes. Oddly enough, it even reached #93 on the Billboard Country Chart. The series was originally called 'Kotter,' but after Sebastian wrote the song, the title was changed to accommodate. Sebastian tried writing a song called 'Kotter,' but could only rhyme that word with "otter."
1977: The Grateful Dead played one of their most celebrated shows – Barton Hall at Cornell University in Cornell, New York, a very popular show among Grateful Dead tape collectors.
1978: David Bowie appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1979: Supertramp's album, 'Breakfast in America' goes Platinum and will eventually hit #1. The group would get three top 15 singles from the album: 'The Logical Song,' 'Goodbye Stranger' and 'Take the Long Way Home.'
1979: Yes performed at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington.
1980: Black Sabbath played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1981: Loverboy's self-titled debut album goes gold.
1982: Neil Bogart, founder of Casablanca Records, dies of cancer at 39. Casablanca Records signed such acts as Kiss, T. Rex, Angel, Donna Summer, The Village People and Joan Jett.
1982: Paul McCartney scored his 5th UK #1 album with 'Tug Of War.' The album featured the duet with Stevie Wonder 'Ebony & Ivor,', which was inspired by McCartney hearing comedian Spike Milligan say "black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony, folks!", (the ebony (black) and ivory (white) keys on a piano).
1982: A group of seasoned L.A. studio musicians calling themselves Toto, enter the Billboard Pop chart with 'Roseanna.' The record will climb from #81 all the way to the top and be named Record of the Year at the 1983 Grammy Awards.
1984: Roger Waters released his first solo album 'The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking.' The concept album, as originally envisioned by Waters in 1977, rotated around a man's thoughts during a midlife crisis, and featured guest musicians Eric Clapton on guitar, David Sanborn on saxophone and Michael Kamen on piano.
1998: The Traveling Wilburys were tracking 'Traveling Wilburys I' at Dave Stewart's studio in Los Angeles.
1990: ‎Bruce Dickinson‬ of Iron Maiden‬ released his first solo album 'Tattooed Millionaire.'
1990: Tom Waits wins a $2.5 million lawsuit against Frito-Lay, which had used a Waits sound-alike in a commercial.
1992: The three surviving Beatles and John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, won a legal battle to block the CD release of a Beatles recording made at the Star Club in Hamburg in 1962.
1993: Mark Knopfler received an honorary music doctorate from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.
1993: Aerosmith entered the US album chart at #1 with 'Get A Grip'. The album went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide as well as winning the band two Grammy awards. It's the band's first #1 album. It spends an impressive 92 weeks on the chart. ‬
1995: Rick Nelson receives a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1996: A Los Angeles judge ruled against Tommy Lee and wife Pamela Anderson in their bid to keep Penthouse magazine from publishing still photos from an X-rated home movie that was stolen from their home.
1997: Megadeth released the single 'Trust.' The song was nominated for a 1998 Grammy award for Best Metal Performance
1998: The Beatles are awarded tapes from the "Star Club" era. The group and Yoko Ono had gone to court to stop the release of these live, bootleg recordings.
2000: Iron Maiden release the single for 'Wicker Man,' from the band's 12th studio album, 'Brave New World.' The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best Metal Performance" category the following year. It was the first single by the band since the return of vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999. ‬
‪The single peaked at number 9 on the #OfficialCharts
2001: Sum 41's 'All Killer, No Filler' album with hit single, 'Fat Lip,' is released.
2001: Staind release their 'Break The Cycle' album.
2001: The road manager for Insane Clown Posse is arrested at an Omaha show for attacking an Eminem supporter who was tossing M&M candies on stage to taunt ICP about their Detroit rival.
2003: Elton John announced that he & long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin will write the score for a Broadway musical based on the Anne Rice novel The Vampire Lestat.
2004: Fleetwood Mac launches a 36 date tour starting in Madison, Wisconsin.
2004: Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell marries publicist Vicky Karayiannis in Paris. It's the second time they exchange vows. The couple initially wed when Cornell's divorce became official but decided to re-tie the knot in a more traditional manner.
2005: Bruce Springsteen was at #1 on the US album chart with 'Devils and Dust,' his 13th #1 studio album.
2006: A Red Hot Chili Peppers concert filmed in Milan, Italy, airs on MTV.
2006: The Rolling Stones called off their forthcoming European tour after guitarist Keith Richards underwent emergency brain surgery. The 62 year-old guitarist suffered "mild concussion" when he fell out of a coconut tree on holiday in Fiji.
2006: Michael Davis, the former bassist for Detroit's MC5, was involved in a motorcycle accident in which he suffered a fractured spine, bruised ribs, and several abrasions. He was expected to make a full recovery.
2006: Apple Corps, the label owned by the Beatles' members and/or their families, lose a trademark-infringement lawsuit against Apple Computer. A London court rules that the computer company did not breach a 1991 contract involving the "Apple" name and logo, because its iPod and iTunes services are involved in selling music rather than creating it.
2006: The two Australian miners are rescued after spending nearly two weeks trapped more than a half-mile underground. The miners passed the time listening to the Foo Fighters on their iPods. As a result, lead Foo Fighter David Grohl promises, "there's two tickets to any Foo's show, anywhere, and two cold beers waiting for you."
2006: Davide Campari-Milano, an Italian beverage corporation, agrees to purchase an 80-percent share of Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Tequila company for $80 million. The 11-year-old Cabo Wabo ships 70,000 cases annually.
2007: A collection of Grateful Dead memorabilia earns more than $1.1 million during an auction in San Francisco. Guitars owned by the late Jerry Garcia draw the most action, including a cream-colored 1975 Travis Bean electric that nets $312,000.
2007: Fu Manchu released their 9th album, 'We Must Obey.'
2007: Megadeth released their 11th studio album, 'United Abominations.'
2009: Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 5th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Los Angeles. He's recognized for his contributions to the charity, which provides support to musicians with substance-abuse problems.
2009: Bob Dylan led the Billboard Hot 200 album chart for the 5th time when 'Together Through Life' debuted in the #1 spot. It gave the Rock 'n' Roll icon back-to-back chart toppers as 2006's 'Modern Times' also started in the penthouse.
2009: Nine Inch Nails launch their joint tour with Jane's Addiction in West Palm Beach, FL. It's Jane's Addiction's first tour with their original lineup in eighteen years. Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello's side project, Street Sweeper, are also on the bill.
2010: Jack White raises money for Nashville flood relief by donating all sales of his Music City-based Third Man Records store.
2012: Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider releases his solo album 'Dee Does Broadway' which features his take on Broadway classics. Snider and Cyndi Lauper duet on 'Big Spender.' Snider also issues his autobiography 'Shut Up And Give Me The Mic.'
2012: Lead singer for Florida punk band Against Me! comes out as transgender and announces gender reassignment surgery. Previously Tom Gabel, but as of now is to be known as Laura Jane Grace. The band's next album, 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues,' is directly inspired by this turn of events and Gabel's/Grace's struggles with gender dysphoria.
2014: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan announces that Tommy Lee, of Motley Crue, will be playing drums on the album 'Monuments To An Elegy.'
2014: Chuck Berry was named as one of the 2014 Polar Music Prize laureates. A spokesperson from the award committee said: "In the course of three minutes he conjures up an image of the everyday life and dreams of a teenager, often with the focus on cars. Chuck Berry, born in 1926, was the first to drive up onto the highway and announce that we are born to run."
2014: U2 is on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, nearly six months after a major bicycle accident forced Bono to cancel the band's planned weeklong residency on the late night program. The appearance includes an impromptu acoustic performance, with the band in disguise, at the 42nd St. subway station in New York City.
2015: Gwar announce via Facebook that Vulvatron (Kim Dylla), their only female member, has been fired. Vulvatron joined Gwar in '14 following the death of frontman Dave 'Oderus Urungus' Brockie.
2015: Rush: R40 Live Tour, the group's 40th anniversary North American trek, gets underway. The first stop is Tulsa.

May 9
1958: Alan Freed quit his job at radio station WINS over what he says is the station's failure to support him after he was indicted for causing a riot in Boston.
1959: UK music paper Melody Maker introduced a Juke Box Top 20 Chart compiled from 200 Juke Boxes around the UK.
1963: During a concert at London's Albert Hall, Paul McCartney met future girlfriend, 17 year-old Jane Asher, for the first time.
1963: The Rolling Stones sign their first management contract with Andrew Loog Oldham's management company Impact, agreeing to license their UK output to Decca.
1964: Chuck Berry began his first ever UK tour at The Astoria Theatre in London, supported by The Animals, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Karl Denver and the Nashville Teens.
1964: Gene Vincent and the Shouts appeared at The Rhodes Centre, Bishop's Gate, England. The poster advertised that the first 50 girls would be admitted free; tickets cost six shillings and six pence, ($0.94).
1964: After 14 weeks at number one, The Beatles are finally pushed out of Billboard's top spot by 63 year old Louis Armstrong's 'Hello Dolly.'
1965: During a UK tour Bob Dylan played the first of two sold out nights at London's Royal Albert Hall. All four members of The Beatles were in the audience.
1966: The Doors played at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California auditioning for the position of the venue's house band.
1968: Blue Cheer, supported by Quill, appeared at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: Neil Young & Crazy Horse played at The Stone Ballroom in New Haven, Connecticut.
1969: Beatles guitarist George Harrison’s experimental album 'Electronic Sounds' was released. It was the 2nd and final record released on the Beatles' short-lived Zapple Records label, a subsidiary of Apple Records. It failed to chart in the UK, and only reached #191 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1970: 'Cricklewood Green,' from Ten Years After, peaks at #14 on the U.S. album chart.
1970: The Guess Who hit the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 with "American Woman". The song was born by accident when guitarist Randy Bachman was playing a heavy riff on stage after he had broken a string and the band had taken a break. The other members joined in on the jam and Burton Cummings started singing the first thing that came into his head. A fan in the audience had it all on tape and presented it to the group after the show. It was quickly developed into a full song in the studio and ended up spending 3 weeks at the top of the US singles chart.
1972: Black Oak Arkansas, Montrose and The Strawbs play Selland Arena in Fresno, CA.
1973: Mick Jagger adds $150,000 of his own money to the $350,000 raised by The Rolling Stones' January benefit concert for victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake.
1974: Bonnie Raitt played two shows at Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The opening act was Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Rolling Stone critic John Landau saw Springsteen and wrote 'I have seen rock & roll's future and his name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time." Landau went on to become Springsteen's manager and producer.
1974: Bob Dylan, appeared at a Friends of Chile benefit at New York’s Felt Forum. He plays 'Spanish Is the Loving Tongue' and 'Blowin’ in the Wind' with Arlo Guthrie, Phil Ochs, and Pete Seeger.
1975: Hawkwind released their 5th studio album, 'Warrior on the Edge of Time.'
1975: KISS, The James Gang and Rush all appeared at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. Advance tickets cost $5.00.
1977: The Grateful Dead performed at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1977: David Coverdale released his 1st solo album, 'White Snake.'
1978: Fee Waybill of The Tubes, broke a leg after falling from the stage at the Hammersmith Odeon in London whilst wielding a chainsaw during the bands set. He says, "I had a chain saw and we were doing ‘I Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk’ when I went to jump off the edge of the stage and I slipped off with my left leg, and my whole body twisted around and I broke my right leg. It broke before I hit the ground and I am laying there, can’t get up, the chainsaw is still running, and no one comes to my rescue! Everyone figured it was just part of the show.”
1980: 'I Don’t Like Mondays' by The Boomtown Rats won the best pop song and outstanding British lyric categories at the 25th Ivor Novello Awards. Supertramp’s 'The Logical Song' won Best Song Musically and Lyrically. Boomtown Rats lead singer Bob Geldoff was inspired to write the song after hearing about the tragic shooting spree when 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others when she fired from her house across the street onto the entrance of a San Diego elementary school. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.” Geldoff was in Altanta, Georgia and described the inspiration, “I was doing a radio interview in Atlanta and there was a telex machine beside me. I read it as it came out. Not liking Mondays as a reason for doing somebody in is a bit strange.”
1981: Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield met for the first time in Newport Beach, CA. Lars had placed an ad in a local newspaper called The Recycler that read "Drummer looking for other metal musicians to jam with Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden.” James responded, and Metallica was officially formed later that year.
1986: The Rolling Stones 'One Hit (To The Body)' b/w 'Fight' 45 single is released. The single reached the top 30 in the US but is notable for being the first single by the band to miss the UK Top 75.
1987: Europe peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their 3rd album 'The Final Countdown,' which went on to sell three million copies in the U.S.
1987: Lou Gramm's 'Ready Or Not' b/w 'Lover Come Back' 45 single is released. It reached #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the Hot Mainstream Rock chart.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Lou Gramm’s 'Ready Or Not' at #90 (debut), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ 'Jammin’ Me' at #48, Fleetwood Mac’s 'Big Love' at #9, Bryan Adams’ 'Heat Of The Night' at #7, and Crowded House’s 'Don’t Dream It’s Over' at #5. ‬
1989: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry collapses due to a bronchial infection during the group's European tour. Four shows in Germany are canceled.
1992: Seventeen years after his first US record chart entry, Bruce Springsteen makes his US TV debut when he appears on Saturday Night Live with host Tom Hanks. He performs three songs to promote his two recently-released albums, 'Lucky Town' and 'Human Touch,' which were not selling as well as had been hoped.
1993: Kurt Cobain is treated at a Seattle hospital for a drug overdose. He has a combination of heroin (self-inflicted) and bupreorphine (injected by his wife, Courtney Love).
1994: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 7th studio album, 'The Seventh Sign.'
1995: Morbid Angel released their 4th full-length studio album, 'Domination.'
1998: Jimmy Page appeared on 'Saturday Night Live' with rapper Sean 'Puffy' Combs and performed 'Come With Me' from the 'Godzilla' movie soundtrack. The song sampled the guitar riff from Led Zeppelin's song 'Kashmir.'
1998: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant debuted at their peak position of number eight on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Walking into Clarksdale,' which went on to go Gold.
1998: Brian Wilson plays his first ever solo concert (no Beach Boys) at a show in St. Charles, Illinois.
1998: Several US department stores refuse to stock the newly released Prince album 'Lovesexy' because of its cover photo, which features a nude picture of him.
2000: Metallica‬ released the single 'I Disappear' from the M:i-2' (Mission Impossible 2) soundtrack.
2000: Jag Panzer released their 5th studio album, 'Thane to the Throne.'
2000: Bad Religion release their eleventh full-length studio album 'The New America.' This is the band's final release on Atlantic Records and their final recording with drummer Bobby Schayer, who had been a member of Bad Religion since 1991.
2001: Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach is nominated for a Audience Award for his role in the Broadway show 'Jekyll & Hyde.'
2001: With a total of 18.5 million sales, KISS is ranked 90th on the RIAA's list of Top Artists Of All Time. Appearing in the top 10 are Led Zeppelin at #3 and AC/DC at #9.
2001: Jimmy DeKnight a.k.a. James Myers, co-writer of 'Rock Around The Clock' dies. The song was written in 1952 and originally recorded by Sunny Dae & His Knights. In 1954, Bill Haley & The Comets have a minor hit with it but when their version is featured during the opening credits of the movie Blackboard Jungle (1955), the song launches Rock n' Roll.
2002: Sammy Hagar & The Waboritas are joined on stage at the Fillmore in San Francisco, by Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, and then by Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett. The musicians perform several songs under the name High Maintennance.
2003: Doug Aldrich officially joins Whitesnake.
2004: A pastor at the New Hope Christian Reformed Church in Calgary, Canada, plays Metallica music and 'The Unforgiven' video during his sermon. "Metallica are a lot like the Old Testament prophets who would rail against the crap that`s going on in the world," says Pastor John Van Sloten. Previous services included tunes by Evanescence and U2.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers release their double album 'Stadium Arcadium.'
2006: KoRn release 'Live & Rare,' a compilation of mostly of live tracks including an 2003 gig at New York's legendary CBGB club and performances from Woodstock '99.
2006: Tool's fourth album, '10,000 Days,' sells over 560,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Pearl Jam's self-titled CD is #2 moving more than 279,000 units.
2006: Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Greg Lake and Argent's Russ Ballard participate in a London fund-raiser with proceeds going to Evelina Children's Hospital Appeal and Camp Simcha.
2007: An undisclosed settlement is reached in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the relatives of 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott against a Columbus, OH, nightclub. The Damageplan/Pantera guitarist and three others were killed by a deranged gunman during a Damageplan show in December 2004.
2007: Queen's Brian May goes back to college to get his PhD in astronomy. The guitarist abandoned his education back in the '70s for a career in music. At London's Imperial College, May focuses his studies on interplanetary dust.
2007: Rush's 'Snakes & Arrows,' lands at #3 on the Billboard 200 selling 93,000 units in its debut week. It's the group's first album in five years.
2008: Slash and Alice Cooper are honored in Hollywood. The Velvet Revolver guitarist receives the MusiCares From The Heart Award at the event, which raises money for the organization's efforts to help musicians fighting addiction. Cooper is handed the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication to and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and his devotion to helping other addicts with the recovery process.
2008: Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx is honored at Covenant House California's ninth annual Awards Gala in Beverly Hills. Sixx is recognized in part for helping to launch Running Wild In The Night, a fundraising initiative for the youth homelessness charity.
2008: Jon Bon Jovi and the Philadelphia Soul arena football team he co-owns lend their support to a $3.3 million initiative to construct 12 transitional housing units at a North Philly facility run by Project H.O.M.E. During the groundbreaking ceremony the Bon Jovi frontman is recognized for his contributions.
2009: 'Quadrophenia,' a touring stage adaptation of The Who's 1973 concept album, makes its debut in Plymouth, England. The album's guiding force, Pete Townshend, is involved in the production.
2011: Aerosmith frontman and American Idol judge Steven Tyler releases a solo single, '(It) Feels So Good. '
2011: A Los Angeles Times article claims that judges quote Bob Dylan more than any other songwriter when passing down their opinions. (Other contenders were Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M.). Apparently, judges identify Dylan with the principles that led them into jurisprudence.
2011: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is named personality of the year at the U.K.'s Sony Radio Academy Awards. The Ronnie Wood Show is broadcast in Britain.
2011: A week-long tribute to Bob Marley begins on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.' It marks the 30th anniversary of the Reggae star's death from melanoma in 1981. During the week there are performances Marley's son Ziggy, Chris Cornell, Jakob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz. "Big up Jimmy Fallon for honoring the memory of my father," says Ziggy.
2012: Halestorm become the first female fronted band to score a #1 hit on the Active Radio charts. They do it with 'Love Bites (So Do I),' a track from their album, 'The Strange Case Of...'
2013: As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis pleads not guilty to a charge of solicitation of murder of his estranged wife. The judge sets bail at $3 million.
2013: David Bowie's latest video, which starred Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard, was temporarily pulled from YouTube over its graphic content. 'The Next Day' featured heavy religious imagery, including Cotillard bleeding from stigmata marks. The video sees Bowie performing in a basement bar, surrounded by religious figures, while Oldman, dressed as a priest, punches a beggar before dancing with a prostitute, played by Oscar-winner Cotillard. YouTube admitted making the "wrong call" in removing the video, and reinstated it with an adult content warning.
2013: Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery launch the band's Trooper beer in select Robinsons pubs. Thanks to pre-sales, over a quarter of a million pints are produced for the U.K. alone. Robinsons employees have to work a six-day week to keep up with demand.
2014: Robinsons Brewery in the U.K. announces that Trooper Beer has sold 5 million pints in its first year.' album.
2014: Peter Gabriel cancels a concert in Kiev, scheduled for the following day, due to security concerns. "Due to the on-going unrest in Ukraine it has become clear that the security of the touring personnel and equipment cannot be guaranteed during the planned visit to the country and this has presented us with significant logistical difficulties that we have been unable to resolve," reads Gabriel's statement. The Ukraine, riff with political and ethnic strife, is also under threat of a Russian invasion.
2015: Metallica headline the inaugural U.S. version of the Rock In Rio festival at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds in Las Vegas.
2016: Rob Zombie's 'Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser' tops the Billboard Rock and Hard Rock Chart. Sixx: A.M.'s fourth album, 'Prayers For The Damned,' the first half of a double album, sits at #2.
2016: Britta Lee Shain, a former girlfriend of Bob Dylan, released a memoir called Seeing the Real You at Last, in which she shared various anecdotes about their love affair and stories about her days with the music legend. Shain had previously dated Dylan's tour manager before the star swooped in and stole her away.
2016: 67-year-old Ozzy Osbourne and his 63-year-old wife Sharon split up after more than 33 years of marriage. The couple wed on July 4, 1982 and had three children together, Aimee, Kelly and Jack Osbourne. They reconciled shortly after.
2017: Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington speaks out regarding changes in the band’s sound, especially the constant comparisons to the ’00 album 'Hybrid Theory.' People should “move the f*ck on” says Bennington.

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

May 11
1957: Buddy Holly And The Crickets audition for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts program, but are rejected.
1963: The Beatles' first LP, 'Please Please Me' hits the top of the UK album chart, where it would stay for an amazing 30 weeks. It would finally be displaced by their follow-up, 'With The Beatles,' which was on top for another 21 weeks.
1964: The Rolling Stones were refused lunch at The Grand Hotel in Bristol, where they were staying, because they were not wearing jackets and ties. The Daily Mirror describes them as "the ugliest group in Britain."
1964: The Beach Boys 'I Get Around' b/w 'Don’t Worry Baby' 45 single is released. The single entered the Billboard chart on June 6 at #17. The song reached the #1 spot on the Billboard charts on July 4, replacing 'A World Without Love' by Peter and Gordon and becoming the band's first #1 hit in the United States. The song remained at #1 for two weeks before being replaced by 'Rag Doll' by The Four Seasons. The single also reached #1 on the United States Variety charts on July 1.
1964: The Beatles' Four by The Beatles' (EP) is released in the U.S. It was the second of three Beatles EPs released in the United States, and the first of two by Capitol Records. The album featured four songs that had previously been heavily imported into the US as Canadian singles. It made #92 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1965: The Byrds make their TV debut singing 'Mr. Tambourine Man' on NBC's Hullabaloo. The song currently sat at #87 on the Hot 100, but would rise to the top of the chart by June 26th. Although the song's composer, Bob Dylan, wrote four verses for the song, The Byrds' rendition used only the second and two repeats of the chorus.
1966: Small Faces released their self-titled debut album. It reached #3 on the UK Albums chart, and includes the hit singles 'Whatcha Gonna Do About It' and 'Sha-La-La-La-Lee.'
1967: The Beatles recorded 'Baby, You’re a Rich Man' at Olympia Studios. It was the first time they’d recorded outside of Abbey Road.
1967: Pink Floyd begin two days of recording with producer Joe Boyd, working on the tracks 'Interstellar Overdrive,' 'Arnold Layne,' 'Let’s Roll Another One' and 'Nick’s Boogie.'
1968: Jimi Hendrix moves into a London townhouse formerly owned by the Messiah’s composer George Frederick Handel. The guitarist tells the Daily Mirror that he will “not let the tradition down.”
1969: Yes played at Frank Freeman’s Club in Kidderminster, England.
1969: The Rolling Stones go to #5 in the American album charts with their new release 'Beggars Banquet.' It peaked at #3 in the UK charts the previous year.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band performed the first of two nights at the Piedmont Music Festival in Atlanta.
1969: Jethro Tull release their debut album 'This Was.'
1970: The Beatles 'The Long and Winding Road' b/w 'For You Blue' 45 single is released.
1970: The soundtrack to the original Woodstock festival was released. The three record set featured many of the top Rock artists of the time, including Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joe Cocker and The Who. The album would go Gold within two weeks.
1971: King Crimson appeared at Guild Hall in Plymouth, England.
1972: John Lennon appears on The Dick Cavett Show on ABC-TV and says that he believes the FBI has tapped his phone as part of a plan to have him deported from the U.S. Lennon’s visa had been revoked in March and deportation proceedings were filed, supposedly because of a previous marijuana conviction in England. The real reason may have been that J. Edgar Hoover was convinced that Lennon planned to disrupt the 1972 Republican Convention by staging a number of get-out-the-vote concerts.
1972: David Cassidy, then at the very peak of his career, appears in a controversial nearly naked pose on the cover of Rolling Stone.
1972: David Bowie played at Assembly Hall in Worthing, England.
1972: The Grateful Dead’s fabled European tour stops at Rotterdam, Netherlands for a show at the Civic Hall.
1973: Wings kicked off their first official tour at the Bristol Hippodrome, playing 15 UK shows.
1973: Alice Cooper appeared at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1973: Hawkwind released their 4th album, 'The Space Ritual Alive in Liverpool and London.'
1973: Wishbone Ash released their 4th studio album, 'Wishbone Four.'
1974: Robert Plant plays 'Love Me' with Elvis Presley after meeting him for the first time as Led Zeppelin attended Elvis Presley show at the Los Angeles Forum in California. After a shaky start to the show, Elvis stopped the band and jokingly said: “Wait a minute…if we can start together fellas, because we’ve got Led Zeppelin out there, lets try to look like we know what were doing.” All four members of Zeppelin met with Elvis after the show, spending over 2 hours backstage. Elvis asked for all the group’s autographs for his daughter Lisa Marie.
1974: Three Dog Night's 'The Show Must Go On' reaches #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 and #1 on the Cashbox best sellers chart. The song turns out to be the band's final Top Twenty hit and their last Gold single.
1974: Steely Dan release the 'Ricky, Don't Lose That Numb' single.
1975: Greg Allman appeared on Cher's TV variety show. They were married the following month, and divorced in 1979.
1975: Led Zeppelin play 'Kashmir' live for the first time during a gig at the Ahoy in Rotterdam.
1976: AC/DC begin their first U.K. tour. They open for Back Street Crawler.
1976: Bad Company play the Seattle Center Coliseum.
1978: Rush appeared at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1978: At the end of their 'News Of The World' 46 date tour, Queen played three sold-out nights at Wembley Arena in London.
1979: Rod Stewart's 'Blondes Have More Fun' show stopped at the Cobo Arena in Detroit. Tickets were $12.50.
1979: George Harrison's 'Love Comes To Everyone' b/w 'Soft Touch' 45 single is released. It was issued as the 2nd single of his self-titled album. The song peaked at #38 on the US Adult Contemporary charts
1981: Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley died of lung cancer and a brain tumour aged 36. Had the 1981 single 'No Woman No Cry', plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles. In 1990. February 6 was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate his birth. The compilation album, 'Legend,' released in 1984, is the best-selling reggae album ever with sales of more than 20 million copies. Time magazine chose Bob Marley & The Wailers 'Exodus' as the greatest album of the 20th century. He is the best selling reggae artist of all time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
1982: Iron Maiden kicked off the North American leg of their tour in support of The Number of the Beast at the IMA Auditorium in Flint, MI opening for Rainbow. Throughout the North American leg they also opened for 38 Special, the Scorpions & Judas Priest.
1985: Bruce Springsteen and a small group of friends went out for a boy’s night out in Lake Oswego, Oregon, two nights before his wedding to Julianne Phillips. Drinking in the Gemini pub Springsteen sang some of his own songs, karaoke-style.
1985: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Southern Accents,' which was their 4th top 10 album & went on to sell one million copies in the U.S.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes ‘Til Tuesday’s 'Voices Carry' at #45, Eurythmics’ 'Would I Lie To You?' at #40, Phil Collins’ 'Sussudio' at #39 (debut), Bryan Adams’ 'Heaven' at #25, Foreigner’s 'That Was Yesterday' at #15, and The Power Station’s 'Some Like It Hot' at #6‬.
1987: Motley Crue release their 7th single. 'Girls, Girls, Girls.'
1989: Accept released their 8th studio album, 'Eat the Heat.' It is the only Accept album to feature David Reece on vocals and was produced by Dieter Dierks. It peaked on the Billboard charts at #139‬.
1989: Badlands release their debut album. The band features Jake E. Lee, Eric Singer, Greg Chaisson and the late Ray Gillen.
1989: Roy Orbison was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York. Eric Clapton presented the award to Orbison's widow, Barbara.
1990: Ritchie Valens is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 31 years after his death.
1990: Trixter release their self-titled debut albumr. It attained gold status, reaching #28 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1992: Iron Maiden release their 9th studio album, 'Fear Of The Dark.' It was the first to be produced by bassist and band founder Steve Harris.
1993: Nirvana denied rumors that Geffen wouldn’t release 'In Utero' because of its un-commercial nature.
1995: Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray played a tribute concert to Stevie Ray Vaughan in his hometown of Austin, Texas. The quintet had all played with Vaughan on the night in 1990 when he died in a helicopter crash.
1996: Bill Graham the Irish journalist credited with discovering U2 died of a heart attack aged 44. He was also the co-founder of the Irish music paper Hot Press. Members from Clannad, U2, Hothouse Flowers and Gavin Friday all attended his funeral.
1998: Soundgarden's Matt Cameron fills in for the ailing Jack Irons on Pearl Jam's tour. The drummer's first gig is an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman.
2001: Oasis, The Black Crowes and Spacehog kicked off 'The Tour of Brotherly Love', a North American tour at The Hard Rock in Las Vegas, Nevada. (The three bands featuring pairs of brothers (Noel and Liam Gallagher, Chris and Rich Robinson, Royston and Antony Langdon).
2003: 57 year old Noel Redding, former bass player with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, died from complications of cirrhosis of the liver. Redding joined Hendrix's band in 1966 and played on three albums before parting ways with the legendary guitarist in 1969.
2003: Jackson Browne appears on the 'Brake My Wife, Please' episode of The Simpsons.
2005: Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page plays 'Whole Lotta Love' before the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. The performance celebrates Warner Music Group's (WMG) I.P.O. the day before. Even with Page the WMG stock loses ground (and money). Originally, the label asked Linkin Park to entertain the financial folks but the group turned them down.
2006: Guitarist Dave Baksh announces he is leaving Sum 41 to pursue a career with his new band, Brown Brigade.
2006: The Foo Fighters 'Best Of You' is named Rock Video of the Year at the 15th annual Music Video Production Association Awards in Los Angeles. The White Stripes 'My Doorbell' takes home the Alternative Video of the Year honor. Smashing Pumpkins receive an honorary Kratz Award for Creative Excellence.
2006: Fuel guitarist Carl Bell and bassist Jeff Abercrombie offer their band's vacant singer position (formerly occupied by Brett Scallions) to ousted American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry. Bell and Abercrombie make their proposal on the syndicated entertainment-news program Extra. Daughtry rejects their offer.
2006: Godsmack's Sully Erna clarifies his band's position on the Iraq War during CNN's Showbiz Tonight. "By no means has this band ever supported any war for any country," claims Erna. "What we support is our troops." The singer had recently been grilled in a magazine interview over his group allowing one of its songs to be used in a U.S. Navy recruitment ad.
2006: Ratt was featured on VH1's 'Behind The Music.'
2007: The Mamas & The Papas, Otis Redding and Al Kooper are all inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
2007: Chris Cornell receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the third annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Los Angeles. He's recognized for his support of the organization and for his work in aiding artists recovering from substance abuse. Cornell, Army Of Anyone and the late Vaughan's backing band, Double Trouble, perform.
2008: John Rutsey, original drummer of Rush, died of complications from diabetes. He was 55. Rutsey founded Rush with Alex Lifeson and Jeff Jones and performed on their debut album. Rutsey was replaced by Neil Peart. "Although our paths diverged many years ago, we smile today, thinking back on those exciting times and remembering John's wonderful sense of humor and impeccable timing," reads a message from former Rush bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.
2009: Ozzy Osbourne makes a surprise appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 9-year-old Yuto Miyazawa, a Japanese guitar prodigy, performs a rendition of Ozzy's 'Crazy Train.' "(It's) the best thing I've seen in my life," says Osbourne.
2010: We Are The Fallen (consisting of former Evanescence members and fronted by American Idol contestant Carly Smithson) release their debut album, 'Tear The World Down.'
2011: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall's daughter Elizabeth appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine's June issue. Her six-page, eight photo spread showed the 27-year-old baring all and seductively smoking a cigarette.
2011: Anvil released their album, 'Juggernaut Of Justice.' It was the final album to feature bassist Glenn Five.
2011: 'Hot Sauce Committee Part Two,' the eighth studio effort from the Beastie Boys, makes its debut at #1 on Billboard's Alternative Albums, Rock Albums and Hip-Hop Albums charts. It's #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
2011: Alice Cooper appears in "4-D" concert at the Battersea Power Station in London. The Jagermeister Ice Cold Event features a holographic image of Cooper performing with his original band (Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce) in the U.S. "Working with Jagermeister to appear as holograms on the other side of the Atlantic is the ultimate experience-a cutting-edge conjuring trick that celebrates the future and our history," says Cooper in a statement.
2011: One of the rarest rock t-shirts in the world sold for $10,000, the largest sum ever paid for a vintage t-shirt. The record-setting sale of a 1979 Led Zeppelin t-shirt on eBay was sold by Kyle Ermatinger of Stormcrow Vintage. The recent completion of the transaction placed the purchase as the world's rarest and most expensive vintage t-shirt.
2011: The three surviving members of Pink Floyd perform together for the first time since '05's Live 8 concert (and for only the second time in 30 years). David Gilmour and Nick Mason join Roger Waters during the latter's show at the O2 arena.
2012: Rob Zombie and Megadeth tour together for the first time. The month-long tour kicks off in Holmdel, NJ.
2013: Tool, the Deftones and Slash appear at the inaugural Ozzfest Japan near Tokyo. The two-day festival also features Black Sabbath's first-ever performance in Japan.
2014: Ed Gagliardi, original bassist of Foreigner, died of cancer at 62. He played on the first two Foreigner records.
2014: The Black Keys 8th studio album, 'Turn Blue,' is released. The set was co-produced by Danger Mouse and the Keys.
2014: Killer Be Killed with Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera, Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders, Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Greg Puciato and ex-Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch, issue the self-titled debut album.
2015: FOX cancels American Idol after 15 seasons. Though the show, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, favored pop singers, it was a platform for Chris Daughtry; had Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) as a judge; and featured performances by several Rock acts. Tyler debuts his Country solo single, 'Love Is Your Name.'
2015: Police in Queensland, Australia issue a joke BOLO (be on the lookout) for Nickelback citing "crimes against music." The band is on their Down Under tour. The Queensland Police Service warn the public of the hazards of listening to the band's music.
2015: Roger Daltrey threatens to end The Who's concert at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island due to fans smoking marijuana near the stage. Daltrey is reportedly allergic to pot and it has an "almost immediate (impact) on his voice."
2016: Hinder release 'Stripped,' an unplugged (acoustic) EP with the track 'Not An Addict.'
2016: Former Trivium drummer Nick Augusto performs with Devil You Know for the first time on their North American trek. Augusto was recruited when Devil You Know's John Sankey was unable to tour.
2016: The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) and Metropolis Studios in London announce the establishment of a Freddie Mercury Scholarship, honoring the late Queen frontman. The scholarship, which goes to an ACM student annually, is endorsed by Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May.
2016: Def Leppard meet the Arkansas School For The Deaf's football team after nearly 1,500 people sign an online petition to get the group to take a photo in front of the school's football scoreboard. The team's mascot is a leopard-a deaf leopard.
2017: The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland graduates with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California (USC).
2017: Paramore settles a lawsuit filed by former bassist Jeremy Davis over songwriting credits and album royalties. The band had contended Davis was a hired musician and not entitled to credits or royalties.
2017: Joe Bonamassa takes home the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Guitarist of the Year honors at the Blues Foundation’s 38th annual Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Tedeschi Trucks Band is named the Band of the Year and earn the Rock Blues Album trophy for 'Let Me Get By.'

May 12
1951: The #1 record on America's R&B chart was a song called 'Rocket 88' by Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats. Many Rock historians say that this was the first true Rock and Roll record. Although Brenston sang, played sax and is credited as composer, 'His Delta Cats' were actually Ike Turner And His Kings of Rhythm.
1958: The Everly Brothers' 'All I Have to Do Is Dream' hits #1 for the first of five weeks.
1958: The movie, 'Let's Rock,' with Paul Anka, Danny and the Juniors and The Royal Teens, opens.
1958: Link Wray's guitar instrumental 'Rumble' first appears on the Billboard Top 100 chart at #81. Even though it has no lyrics what so ever, the song was banned by many US radio stations who feared the title would promote teen violence. Despite the boycott, the song would still rise to #16 and sell over a million copies.
1960: 'Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party For Elvis Presley' is broadcast on ABC-TV. For a fee of $125,000, Elvis sang his most current releases, 'Stuck On You' and 'Fame And Fortune.' The famous singers both perform a medley of 'Love Me Tender' and 'Witchcraft' together. The show marked Presley's last TV appearance for eight years.
1961: The Beatles in Hamburg, West Germany, signed a recording contract with producer Bert Kaempfert. That evening they played at The Top Ten Club in Reeperbahn, Hamburg.
1962: Billboard magazine reports that last year's most-played jukebox record was 'Big Bad John' by Jimmy Dean. The second most-played was Chubby Checker's 'The Twist.'
1963: When CBS censors tell him he cannot perform his 'Talking John Birch Society Blues,' Bob Dylan walks out of dress rehearsals for The Ed Sullivan Show. When told the tune may be libelous, Dylan refuses to appear on the show.
1964: The Beach Boys started a four week run at the top of the Billboard album chart with a 'live' LP called 'Beach Boys Concert,' the group's first US #1.
1965: The Rolling Stones re-record 'Satisfaction' at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a different beat and the Gibson Maestro fuzzbox adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff. Two days earlier the band recorded the song at Chess Studios in Chicago. The song will top the Hot 100 for four straight weeks in July. Mick Jagger would later say "It was the song that really made The Rolling Stones, changed us from just another band into a huge, monster band."
1967: Pink Floyd played London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, one of their first concerts experimenting with quadraphonic sound. This was reportedly the first show to include loudspeakers placed at the back of the hall to give a 'sound in the round', ie quadraphonic, effect. The sound system, developed by EMI technicians, was stolen after the show and not recovered for some years. Adding to the otherworldly experience, Roger Waters throws potatoes at a gong, Nick Mason mic’s up a saw to cut through a log, Simon Wright creates huge soap bubbles to waft over the crowd, and the band’s roadies toss daffodils into the crowd.
1967: A British radio station debuts The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' album in its entirety.
1967: Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' b/w 'Lime Street Blues' 45 single is released in the UK. It was the debut song by the British band Procol Harum, and reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart on June 8, 1967, and stayed there for six weeks. Without much promotion, it reached #5 on the US charts, as well. It is one of the fewer than 30 all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' at #57 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1967: 'Are You Experienced', the debut album by Jimi Hendrix was released in the UK. It was in August of 1967 in the U.S. It reached #2 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #15 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2005 Are You Experienced was selected for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in the United States. Hendrix also played a gig at the Bluesville Club, Manor House in London on this day.
1968: Jimi Hendrix was arrested by police on his way to Toronto for possession of hashish and heroin. Hendrix claimed the drugs had been planted on him.
1968: Brian Jones makes his final live appearance with The Rolling Stones when they appear at the New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert at the Empire Pool in Wembley, England.
1969: Martin Lamble, drummer for Fairport Convention, dies at age 19 when the band's van crashes on the way home from a gig in Birmingham, England. Bandmate Richard Thompson's girlfriend, Jeannie Franklyn, is also killed.
1969: Pink Floyd appear at the Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street in London.
1971: Mick Jagger marries Nicaraguan fashion model Bianca Perez Morena de Macias in St. Tropez, France. The guest list includes the other members of the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Stephen Stills. The couple separated in 1977.
1971: Jerry Lee Lewis is granted a divorce from Myra Gale Brown, who was the daughter of his bass-player cousin. She was just 13 when they wed.
1972: The Rolling Stones released their 10th British and 12th American studio album, 'Exile on Main St.' It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape charts for four weeks, and topped the UK Top 75 Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #7 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1972: David Bowie played at Polytechnic of Central London.
1973: The Mothers of Invention performed at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1973: Led Zeppelin started a three week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Houses Of The Holy', the group's third US #1. It went on to spend 39 weeks on the US chart. Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
1974: The Kinks performed at Robertson Gym on the University of California in Santa Barbara campus.
1975: Jefferson Starship give a free concert in New York's Central Park in front of 60,000 fans. The band and concert sponsor, WNEW-FM, pay $14,000 for clean-up and damage done to the park.
1975: Steely Dan earns a gold record for their 'Katy Lied' album.
1975: Genesis appeared at Rhein am Main Halle in Wiesbaden, Germany.
1976: The Rolling Stones performed at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.
1977: Led Zeppelin received the outstanding contribution to British music at the second Ivor Novello Awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.
1977: After being dropped by both EMI and A&M records in less than 6 months, Richard Branson's Virgin records announced they had signed The Sex Pistols for £15,000 ($28,000). "I've always liked Richard Branson because, pompous rich t--t that he is, he has a great sense of rebelliousness," lead singer Johnny Rotten says.
1979: Judas Priest released the single, 'Evening Star.' It reached #53 on the UK Official Charts.
1979: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes April Wine’s 'Roller' at #85, The Police’s 'Roxanne' at #78, Van Halen’s 'Dance The Night Away' at #48, The Cars’ 'Good Times Roll' at #41, Bob Seger’s 'Old Time Rock And Roll' at #32, Bad Company’s 'Rock N’ Roll Fantasy' at #23, and Styx’s 'Renegade' at #21. ‬
1979: The new Jefferson Starship, with Mickey Thomas replacing Grace Slick as lead vocalist, debuted at a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Thomas had been the lead singer on Elvin Bishop's 1976 hit 'Fooled Around and Fell in Love.'
1979: The Who played at Arenes de Frejus in Cannes, France.
1980: The Who are on the cover of People magazine
1980: Linda Ronstadt earns a gold record for 'Mad Love' which contains three Elvis Costello tunes.
1981: The Who's first album without Keith Moon, 'Face Dances' goes Gold. It is considered a disappointment even to the band itself. The L.P. makes it to #4 but offers just one hit single, 'You Better You Bet' (#18).
1981: X release their 2nd album, 'Wild Gift.' It reached #165 on the Billboard 200 To Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #334 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1981: Debbie Harry announces that she's going to record a solo album, while continuing to work with Blondie.
1981: Van Halen kicked off their 82 date North American Fair Warning Tour at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1983: Meat Loaf filed for bankruptcy, even though his 'Bat Out of Hell' L.P. sold millions of copies in the late 1970s. Later, 'Back Into Hell' would bring him back to the charts with the hit single, 'I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That).' At the time of his bankruptcy, Meat Loaf's latest album "Midnight at the Lost and Found" was sitting at number 7, but the album's single, 'If You Really Want To' stalled at #59.
1983: ZZ Top played at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Mike Reno & Ann Wilson’s 'Almost Paradise' at #65 (debut), Billy Idol’s 'Eyes Without A Face' at #48, Scorpions’ 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' at #29, Van Halen’s 'I’ll Wait' at #22, Night Ranger’s 'Sister Christian' at #17 & 'Hello' by Lionel Richie was #1. ‬
1985: Phil Collins kicked off the North American leg on his 'No Jacket Required' World Tour at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1986: Joe Strummer of The Clash was banned from driving after being convicted of drink driving.
1986: Rage released their debut full-length album, 'Reign of Fear.'
1987: All 40-thousand tickets for three Pink Floyd concerts in Montreal sold out in 4½ hours. Residents around the Montreal Forum complained that police failed to protect their property from rowdy fans.
1988: Megadeth released their single 'Mary Jane.' It tells the story of a young witch buried alive by her father near the Loon Lake cemetery in Minnesota. According to legend, anyone who dared to disturb her grave was doomed to death.
1989: Morbid Angel released their debut album, 'Altars of Madness.'
1990. Thunder peak at #25 on the UK charts with 'Backstreet Symphony.'
1990: Former Eagles Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Timothy B. Schmit played together at a Los Angeles convention.
1992: The Black Crowes release their 2nd album, 'The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.' It hit #1 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. It features four hit singles; 'Remedy' (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for 11 weeks), 'Thorn in My Pride' (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for four weeks), 'Sting Me' (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for two weeks), and 'Hotel Illness' (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for six weeks). It was a record for an album to feature four album rock #1 hits (previously set by Tom Petty in 1989, with three).
1992: The rumor mill is in full swing. It's so bad that Judas Priest's Rod Halford holds a press conference in L.A. to deny reports that he is HIV positive or has AIDS.
1994: Motley Crue released their single, 'Misunderstood,' featuring John Corabi on vocals.
1995: Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose filed a restraining order against Karen McNeil in Los Angeles Superior Court. McNeil was charged with trespassing at his Malibu home two weeks earlier on April 27th.
1996: 17-year-old Bernadette O'Brien died the day after being injured 'body surfing' at a Smashing Pumpkins gig at The Point, Dublin.
1997: Paul McCartney's 10th solo album, 'Flaming Pie' is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums, and #2 on the UK Albums chart. The singles 'Young Boy,' 'The World Tonight' and 'Beautiful Night' became UK hits, all making the top 40 in the sales charts. The only single in the US from the album was 'The World Tonight,' a top 30 entry on the Billboard mainstream rock listing. It received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, although Bob Dylan won the award with his back-to-form album 'Time Out of Mind.'
1998: Lenny Kravitz releases his '5' album.
1998: British media reported that Elton John had split with his manager of 30 years, John Reid. Reports said the two had argued over John's career and financial matters.
2000: Following the launch of Metallica's legal case against the popular online file-sharing service Napster, Chuck D of Public Enemy and Lars Ulrich of Metallica appear on The Charlie Rose Show, where they debate whether MP3 downloading is a vehicle for piracy or a return of power to the people.
2000: Thieves stole the gates to Liverpool, England’s Strawberry Fields. The children’s home inspired the John Lennon song. The gates were later turned in to the police by a scrap dealer.
2001: File this under strange but true: After 27 years as a fugitive from a New Jersey prison, convicted child-killer Edward Solly is arrested in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he has been masquerading as long-dead Sha Na Na guitarist Vinnie Taylor, complete with a website and nightclub act.
2002: posted four clips of the unreleased song 'You Know You’re Right' online.
2003: Helloween released their 10th studio album, 'Rabbit Don't Come Easy.'
2004: U2's Bono visits Prime Minister Paul Martin to applaud Canada's funding to battle AIDS.
2006: Guns N’ Roses played a gig at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The first of four shows featured six new songs from the long-awaited 'Chinese Democracy' album. It's guitarist Ron Thal's (aka Bumblefoot) debut with the group. He replaces Buckethead who left in 2004.
2006: Metallica's James Hetfield is honored at the second annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Hollywood. He receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his "devotion to helping other addicts with the recovery process."
2006: Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, the Romantics, Eddie Money and War perform at a fund-raider for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Proceeds from the 'No Speeches, No Tuxes. .. It's Only Rock and Roll' go toward the facility's education programs.
2007: The documentary 'Born In The Basement,' about the birth of the band Overkill and thrash metal was released. It was produced by their former drummer Rat Skates.
2007: The Edge receives an honorary doctor of music degree from Boston's Berklee College of Music. He's acknowledged "for enduring contributions to American and international culture."
2007: Trouble released their 7th studio album, 'Simple Mind Condition'
2007: The second annual VH1 Rock Honors in Las Vegas pays tribute ZZ Top, Heart, Ozzy Osbourne and Genesis. The ceremony features spoken-word and film presentations. Alice In Chains, Queens Of The Stone Age and Nickelback perform.
2008: Neil Young had a spider named after him. US university biologist Jason Bond discovered a new species of trapdoor spider and decided to name it after his favourite musician. Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi was found in Jefferson County, Alabama, in 2007.
2008: Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland enters a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department jail to begin serving his sentence for a DUI conviction stemming from an arrest the previous November. He's in custody for 10 hours but only sends 14 minutes behind bars before he's released.
2008: In preparation for 'Death Magnetic,' their new album, Metallica launch their Website Mission: Metallica (
2008: Paul McCartney was granted a divorce from his second wife, Heather Mills. The settlement gave her a lump sum of 16.5 million pounds, together with assets of 7.8 million pounds, which included the properties she owned at the time. Paul was later quoted as saying "There'll be no more nagging, no more chaos, no more Heather... bliss. I have peace at last".
2008: ‎Iron Maiden‬ released the Greatest Hits album 'Somewhere Back In Time - The Best Of: 1980 - 1989.'
2009: 'John Lennon: The New York Years' opens at New York's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC. The Lennon-themed exhibit, created by his widow, Yoko Ono, benefits the Spirit Foundation, a charity begun by Lennon and Ono.
2009: Better Than Ezra release their album 'Paper Empire.'
2010: Godsmack's 'The Oracle' hits #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 117,000 copies in the first week of its release. It's the band's third #1 album. The single 'Cryin' Like A Bitch,' also lands at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
2011: The three surviving members of Pink Floyd perform together for the first time since 2005's Live 8 concert (and for only the second time in 30 years). David Gilmour and Nick Mason join Roger Waters during the latter's show at the O2 arena.
2011: The video for Steven Tyler's solo single "(It) Feels So Good," premieres on American Idol. The Aerosmith frontman is also an American Idol judge.
2011: The Monkees, minus Mike Nesmith, embark on a 45th Anniversary Tour with a date at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. It's the group's fourth reunion tour, as Davy Jones dies in 2012.
2012: The Eagles are presented with an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music by College President Roger Brown at the school's commencement ceremony at Boston University's Agganis Arena.
1969: Poco released their debut album,
2012: Kid Rock teams up with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Fox Theatre for a fundraising concert to benefit the orchestra. "As a musician, and of course a Detroiter, I am proud to be supporting this longstanding cultural institution," says Kid Rock. The performance raises over $1 million.
2013: After the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield records the David Bowie song 'Space Oddity' on board the International Space Station, his sublime rendition is posted to YouTube, quickly garnering millions of views.
2014: Ozzy Osbourne and Slash perform at the 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in L. A. Joe Walsh presents the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award to Osbourne for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund which helps musicians battle their addictions.
2014: Neil Young, with help from Jack White, sends a cover of Willie Nelson's 'Crazy' (famously recorded by Patsy Cline) straight to vinyl during an appearance on The Tonight Show. Young uses White's refurbished '40s-era Voice-o-Graph recording booth. The vinyl is played at the end of the salbum,
2014: Dio released their 7th live album, 'Live In London, Hammersmith Apollo 1993.'
2015: Duff McKagan publishes 'How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)' along with a companion EP featuring Izzy Stradlin and Jerry Cantrell.
2016: Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Sabbath) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) are honored by Adopt The Arts at the Fonda Theatre in L.A. Adopt The Arts is raising awareness and money to keep arts education in public schools.
2017: Former KISS drummer Peter Criss plays a farewell show in Melbourne, Australia.
2017: Kobra And The Lotus released their album 'Prevail.'
2017: Warrant released their 'Louder Harder Faster' album. It was the 2nd album to feature Robert Mason on vocals.
2017: Inglorious released their 2nd album, 'Inglorious II.'
2017: Killswitch Engage launch Alive Or Just Brewing beer in select markets to mark the 15th anniversary of the group’s landmark Metalcore album, 'Alive Or Just Breathing.'

May 13
1955: Elvis Presley's performance in Jacksonville, Florida is the first Presley show at which a riot ensues. After Elvis tells the audience, "Girls, I'll see you backstage," he has some of his clothes ripped off, but escapes unharmed.
1957: Elvis Presley begins filming his third movie, 'Jailhouse Rock,' in Hollywood.
1958: Six months after marrying his third wife, 13-year-old second cousin Myra Gale Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis is finally granted a divorce from his second wife, Jane Mitcham.
1965: Elvis Presley's sixteenth movie, 'Tickle Me,' premieres in Hollywood. It opens nationally two weeks later.
1966: The Rolling Stones release 'Paint It Black,', one of the first Rock records to use a sitar. The single will hit #1 in both the UK and the US.
1966: The Kinks recorded 'Sunny Afternoon' at Pye Studios in London. The song went on to reach #1 in the U.K. & #14 in the U.S.
1967: Ray Davies announced in British magazine New Musical Express that he was leaving The Kinks to focus on writing and producing. Three days later Davies changed his mind about leaving.
1967: The Monkees 2nd album 'More Of The Monkees,' went to #1 on the charts. In 1967 only four albums reached #1; 'The Sound Of Music' which spent 17 weeks at #1, The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's,' 25 weeks at #1 and The Monkees' first and second albums spent 9 weeks at #1.
1967: The Who played at the Shoreline Hotel in Bognor Regis in West Sussex, England.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at St. George”s Ballroom in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England.
1967: Scott McKenzie's 'San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)' bw 'What's The Difference' 45 single was released. The song was written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and it reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for 4 weeks. It rose to #1 in the UK, and most of Europe. It is purported to have sold 7 million copies worldwide.
1968: Frank Zappa released his debut solo album, 'Lumpy Gravy.' It was recorded with the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra. Released on August 7, 1967 on Capitol Records (on STEREO 4-track tape cartridge only), it was subsequently reedited and reissued by Verve Records on May 13, 1968, and later reissued independently by Zappa.
1968: John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave a series of interviews to help launch Apple Corps in the US.
1968: Beatles shock Britain as they refuse invitation to play for the Queen at London Palladium.
1969: The Beatles pose for the photo that becomes the cover of their 'The Beatles 1967-1970' compilation, recreating the cover of their first album, 'Please Please Me,' now with far more hair on their heads and faces.
1969: Led Zeppelin became the first major British rock group to appear in Hawaii, when they appeared at The Civic Auditorium in Honolulu. A review in the Honolulu Advertiser stated: “The showmanship exceeded any rock performance here to date. I wondered before the concert if Led Zeppelin could sound as good as their Atlantic album – they sounded better.”
1970: The world premiere of The Beatles film 'Let It Be' took place in New York City. The film which was originally planned as a television documentary features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last performance in public. Released just after the album, it was the final original Beatles release.
1970: Badfinger records 'No Matter What,' which will reach #8 in the US and #5 in the UK near the end of the year.
1971: Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane crashed her Mercedes into a wall near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and was hospitalized
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee.
1972: David Bowie performed at Technical College in Slough, Berkshire, England.
1973: The Grateful Dead played at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.
1973: Led Zeppelin performed at Mobile Municipal Auditorium in Mobile, Alabama.
1973: The movie 'That'll Be The Day,' starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and John Hawken of The Nashville Teens opens in the UK.
1975: A radio station in Jacksonville, Florida knocks out the city's phone service giving away tickets to Elvis Presley's concert.
1975: Yes played at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton, England.
1976: Kiss played the first UK date on their current 'Alive' World Tour at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. They then head to France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Germany. Scorpions opened selected dates. ‬
1976: David Bowie performs at Ahoy Sports Stadium in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
1977: Linda Ronstadt indirectly declines an offer placed in Hustler magazine, promising a million dollars to any of ten female celebrities (including Ronstadt) willing to pose for a nude photo shoot.
1977: EMI in Britain and Capitol Records in the US release 'The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl,' an album made from live recordings of the Beatles' American tours of 1964 and 1965.
1977: Roger Daltrey released his 3rd studio solo album, 'One of the Boys.'
1978: Aerosmith appeared at the BJCC Arena, Birmingham, Alabama.
1978: Jimmy Buffett appears on Saturday Night Live singing 'Son of a Sailor.'
1978: Jefferson Starship peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Chart with 'Count on Me,' which was their 2nd top 10 single as Jefferson Starship in the U.S.
1979: Donny & Marie Osmond's 'A Little Bit Of Country, A Little Bit Of Rock 'n' Roll' special on ABC-TV includes guests Chuck Berry and Chubby Checker.
1980: Rush played at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
1983: Def Leppard appeared at The Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on their 'Pyromania' World tour.
1984: Van Halen performed at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1985: Tipper Gore infamously creates the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) after hearing her daughter listening to the Prince song 'Darling Nikki.' The four member group of politically connected wives pressure the RIAA to put warning stickers on albums with offensive lyrics. In testimony before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Dee Snider, Frank Zappa and John Denver oppose this form of censorship. They lose, but the stickers on albums actually increase sales.
1985: Bruce Springsteen marries actress Julianne Phillips in a ceremony presided over by Little Richard in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The couple divorces three years later.
1985: Dire Straits released their 5th studio album, 'Brothers in Arms.' It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & selling nine million copies in the U.S.
1985: Magnum released their 5th studio album, 'On a Storyteller's Night.'
1986: Ted Nugent appears on Dr. Ruth Westheimer's TV show and tells the audience "Life is one big female safari and Dr. Ruth is my guide."
1987: U2 played the third of a five night run at Brenden Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
1988: Iron Maiden's 'Seventh Tour Of A Seventh Tour' kicks off in Moncton, Canada.
1989: Bon Jovi went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'I'll Be There For You', the group's 4th and last #1 in the US. It spent one week on top of the chart.
1989. Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Great White’s 'Once Bitten Twice Shy' at #94 (debut), Poison’s 'Your Mama Don’t Dance' at #65, Cinderella’s 'Coming Home' at #43, Def Leppard’s at 'Rocket' #34, Winger’s 'Seventeen' at #27, Lita/Ozzy’s Close My Eyes Forever' at #20, and Guns N’ Roses’ 'Patience' at #9. ‬
1989: Simple Minds went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Street Fighting Years,' their 4th #1 album. The album featured 'Mandela Day', 'Belfast Child' and 'Biko.'
1993: The Red Hot Chilli Peppers make an appearance on the Simpsons.
1996: Oasis became the fastest selling group in UK history after all 330,000 tickets for their summer shows sold out in just nine hours, the tickets for shows at Knebworth and Loch Lomand were priced at £22.50.
2002: Eddie Money appears on the CBS sitcom 'The King of Queens' in the aptly titled episode "Eddie Money."
2002: Rage released their 15th studio album, 'Unity.'
2003: The estate of late Who bassist John Entwistle is auctioned off. Stage clothes, guitars and a stuffed shark are among the items.
2003: Staind release their '14 Shades Of Grey' album.
2003: Marilyn Manson's 'The Golden Age Of Grotesque' album is released.
2003: Cold release their 'Year Of The Spider' album.
2003: Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong pleads guilty to selling drug paraphernalia over the Internet.
2004: Kiss’ Gene Simmons came under fire from the Australian Muslim community after he branded the Islamic culture “vile” in a Melbourne radio interview. Stating the western world is under threat from extremists and a culture that treats women worse than dogs, he dismisses the Arab world as "God's armpit." Simmons would later state that his comment was taken out of context.
2004: Paul McCartney's rehearsals at London's Millennium Dome for an upcoming tour causes nearby residents to complain to authorities. Local officials promise to monitor noise levels.
2004: Courtney Love pleads innocent to assault charges stemming from an incident in which she allegedly struck a man in the head with a microphone stand at a New York show the previous March. After entering her plea Love conducts an impromptu press conference inside the women's bathroom.
2004: Velvet Revolver kick off their first North American tour in Kansas City, MO.
2006: Godsmack were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘IV’ the American heavy metal bands second #1 album.
2006: Cheap Trick perform on the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the first day of qualifying to determine pole position for Indy 500.
2007: Brian May was under 24-hour security watch after a deranged man announced he was setting off to murder him - then disappeared. Police were hunting for a schizophrenic who left a letter behind at his home blaming the Queen guitarist for his illness. In it the man said May was an "impostor" and that HE was the real rock star. He signed the letter "Brian May."
2008: Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland is released from a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department jail facility only 10 hours after checking himself in to begin serving his sentence for a DUI bust the previous November. After being booked, Weiland spends a 14 minutes in an actual cell before being set free.
2008: Yes frontman Jon Anderson is hospitalized after experiencing a serious asthma attack.
2008: The Turtles' Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, better known as "Flo and Eddie," sue Capitol Records for allowing Ice Cube to sample the group's 1972 song 'Buzzsaw' for Cube's 1992 hit 'Jackin' For Beats.'
2008: Filter release 'Anthems For The Damned.' "It's safe to say that Filter's back," says frontman Richard Patrick. The group's last album, 'The Amalgamut,' came out in 2002.
2008: Death Cab For Cutie issue their 6th studio album, 'Narrow Stairs.' 'I Will Possess Your Heart' is the first single.
2008: KoRn's 'Live At Montreux' 2004 DVD is in stores. The group's original line-up performs 17 songs.
2008: Bryan Adams' '11' (his eleventh album) is released in the U.S. It's available exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores nationwide.
2008: Dokken released their 10th studio album, 'Lightning Strikes Again.' It was their last to feature bassist Barry Sparks.
2009: Alice Cooper performs 'School's Out' at Arizona State University's commencement ceremonies in Tempe. President Barack Obama is the guest speaker. "Of all the people I've ever shared a stage with, Obama is the biggest Rock star," quips Cooper, who is a well-known Republican.
2009: 'American David,' Bono's ode to Elvis Presley, premieres on British radio. Prior to the piece, the station airs a message warning of potentially objectionable content. The 14-minute poem was written in 1995 and recorded during an 2007 radio interview.
2010: 'The Rolling Stones: Against The Wall,' a London exhibition of photographs of the Rolling Stones, some not made public before, opens in London. It shows the work of photographers David Montgomery, Roberto Rabanne and Bob Gruen is shown.
2010: Bruce Springsteen is a surprise guest at the 21st annual Rainforest Foundation benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. Springsteen performs 'Dancing In The Dark' at the fund-raiser hosted by Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler.
2011: Godsmack frotnman Sully Erna launches a tour to promote his debut solo album, 'Avalon.'
2011: 'Like A Rolling Stone' was voted as Bob Dylan's best-ever song by Rolling Stone Magazine, who had asked the opinions of a panel of writers, academics and musicians to compile a poll to mark Dylan's 70th birthday on May 24. 'Like A Rolling Stone', was described by U2's Bono as "a black eye of a pop song," while Mick Jagger praised the simplicity of Desolation Row. Keith Richards argued that the original 1963 solo version of 'Girl From The North Country,' ranked 30th, was superior to Dylan's 1969 duet of the same song with Johnny Cash.
2011: Jack Richardson (producer of Guess Who, Bob Seger) dies at age 81.
2012: Donald “Duck” Dunn, bassist with Booker T and the MG’s, dies in his sleep in Tokyo. He was 70. He was in the country touring with Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd. Dunn was nicknamed “Duck” while watching cartoons with his father and played on thousands of recordings while signed to Stax Records. H was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Dunn was featured in the Blue Brothers movie as himself where he famously declared, “We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline!”
2013: The sale of Iron Maiden's Trooper beer is halted in Sweden by the country's state-run liquor store monopoly due to legal concerns over the image of the band's mascot, Eddie, on the label. The alcohol law stipulates how the label can look.
2013: Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is arrested in L.A. on domestic violence charges. He allegedly "roughed up his ex-wife in front of several witnesses."
2013: Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith teams up with to kick off a podcast entitled In Conversation with Chad Smith. Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is the first guest.
2013: Creed is named the worst band of the '90s by the readers of Rolling Stone magazine. The Scott Stapp fronted group beats Nickelback, Limp Bizkit and Hanson for the dubious honor.
2015: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler debuts his Country solo single, 'Love Is Your Name,' on the season 14 finale of American Idol.
2015: Roger Daltrey threatens to end The Who's concert at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island due to fans smoking marijuana near the stage. Daltrey is reportedly allergic to pot and it has an "almost immediate (impact) on his voice."
2017: Axl Rose joins Billy Joel at his concert in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium for 'Big Shot' and AC/DC's 'Highwayto Hell.'

May 14
1955: Bo Diddley's 'Bo Diddley' backed with 'I'm A Man' land on the R&B charts. Both songs are later covered in the '60s by British groups.
1956: Buddy Holly is fitted with contact lenses for his 20/800 eyes by Lubbock optometrist Dr. J. Davis Armistead. Although they cost him $125, Holly can't get used to them and will revert to his trademark glasses.
1957: Elvis Presley swallows his own porcelain tooth cap, which lodges in one of his lungs, causing him to be rushed to the hospital in Los Angeles. The cap is lodged in a lung and Presley has to stay overnight to get it removed.
1960: The Silver Beats (John Lennon, Paul McCartney George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) performed at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool. They played a few songs during the "interval" to audition for promoter Brian Kelly. Also appearing are Cliff Roberts & the Rockers, The Deltones, and Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes. This is the only occasion on which the group uses the name "Silver Beats," quickly changing it back to "Silver Beetles."
1964: Jan And Dean record 'Little Old Lady From Pasadena,' which will enter the Billboard Pop chart in July and top out at #3 by the first of August.
1965: San Francisco radio station KYA hosts the Rolling Stones, the Byrds, Beau Brummels, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and the Vejtables at the Civic Auditorium.
1965: Donovan's debut album, 'What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid' is released in the UK four days after his 19th birthday. It was released in the US as 'Catch the Wind' on Hickory Records in June 1965.
1965: The Who appeared at Civic Hall in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England.
1966: The Who played at Palais in Bury, Manchester, England.
1966: The Rolling Stones' 'Big Hits (High Tides And Green Grass)' is released. The album sells over two-million copies.
1966: The Kingsmen's 'Louie Louie' enters the Billboard Hot 100 for the ninth time. This time it only stayed on the charts for two weeks, going to #97. When it was first released in 1963, it made it to #2 during a thirteen week run.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Elizabethan Ballroom in Manchester, England.
1967: Pink Floyd played 'Pow R Toc H' and 'Astronomy Domine' live on the arts program The Look of the Week broadcast by BBC2 television. Syd Barrett and Roger Waters were interviewed by classic music critic Hans Keller. Below is video from that appearance.
1968: John Lennon and Paul McCartney appear on NBC-TV's Tonight Show with guest-host Joe Garagiola sitting in for Johnny Carson. The conversation included some light hearted banter about meditation, the forming of Apple Corps. and song writing. They mention that they just returned from India for meditation and that The Beatles would begin recording The White Album when they returned to the U.K.
1968: The Rascals record 'People Got To Be Free,' a song written by the group because of the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. It will become their fourth and final million-selling single.
1968: Cream performed at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1969: Neil Young's 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere' album is released. It's his first album with backing band Crazy Horse. The songs 'Cinnamon Girl,' 'Down by the River' and 'Cowgirl in the Sand' were written when Young had a 103 degree fever. It reached #34 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: King Crimson performed at the Revolution Club, London, while Yes appeared at the Marquee Club.
1969: During a UK tour, Fairport Conventions van crashed on the M1 motorway on the way home from a gig in Birmingham killing the group's 19 year-old drummer Martin Lamble and Richard Thompson's girlfriend Jeannie Franklyn.
1970: The Grateful Dead played at Merramac Community College in Kirkwood, Missouri.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1971: Pink Floyd's 'Relics' album is released in the UK (July 15, 1971 in the US). ?the compilation album reached #152 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #32 on the UK Albums chart. The release of 'Relics' was sparked by the success of 'Atom Heart Mother' which peaked at #1 on the British charts.
1972: Rory Gallagher released his 3rd album, 'Live in Europe.'
1973: Led Zeppelin performed at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans.
1974: Another Grateful Dead show at a college venue. This time at Adams Field House at the University of Montana in Missoula.
1975: Yes appeared at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton, England.
1976: The Rolling Stones played at Granby Halls in Leicester, England.
1976: Keith Relf, former lead singer for The Yardbirds, was electrocuted while tuning a guitar which was not properly grounded. The accident happened in his West London home where he was found by his eight year old son, still holding the plugged-in electric guitar. Though the shock was probably not enough to kill under usual circumstances, Relf had been ill at the time and it proved to be too much. He was just 33.
1977: The Talking Heads headline at London's Rock Garden. In the audience is Brian Eno who later produces several of the group's albums and contributes material.
1977: The Eagles’ 'Hotel California' enters it’s last week at #1 on the US album charts. It held the top spot for five weeks in the spring of 1977, and on two occasions earlier in the year.
1977: Heart's 3rd studio album, 'Little Queen' is released. It went on to peak at #9 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell three million copies in the U.S.
1980: Black Sabbath performed at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.
1982: The Clash's released their 5th studio album, 'Combat Rock.' It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #2 on the UK Albums chart.
1983: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Duran Duran’s 'Hungry Like The Wolf' at #42, Journey’s 'Seperate Ways (Worlds Apart)' at #29, Def Leppard’s 'Photograph' at #13, The Greg Kihn Band’s 'Jeopardy' at #3, and David Bowie’s 'Let’s Dance' at #2.
1984: The 'Chicago 17' album is released. It was the 15th studio album, and 17th album overall. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1986: Prince joins the Bangles on stage in San Francisco to perform 'Manic Monday' (which Prince wrote) and Jerry Lee Lewis' '50's classic, 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On.'
1987: Mötley Crüe hold a listening party for their album 'Girls, Girls, Girls' at a strip club in Hollywood called The Body Shop. They are quite familiar with the venue, which is mentioned in the title track.
1988: Atlantic Records celebrates its 40th anniversary with a star-studded bash at New York's Madison Square Garden. The show features reunions of Led Zeppelin, The Bee Gees, The Rascals, Genesis, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Wilson Pickett, The Coasters, Yes, Foreigner, and many others. A re-united Led Zeppelin hits the stage with Jason Bonham filling in for his late father John.
1988: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Def Leppard’s 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' at #48, Poison’s 'Nothin’ But A Good Time' at #45, Cheap Trick’s 'The Flame' at #42, Lita Ford’s 'Kiss Me Deadly' at #35, Rick Astley’s 'Together Forever' at #17, White Lion’s 'Wait' at #12, and Aerosmith’s 'Angel' at #7. ‬
1991: Primus' major label debut 'Sailing the Seas of Cheese,' is released. The album features 'Jerry Was a Race Car Driver,' 'Tommy the Cat,' and'"Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers.'
1991: Armored Saint released their album, 'Symbol Of Salvation.' The songs on this album were written and demoed between 1988 and 1990 with original guitarist Dave Prichard.
1993: The acoustic guitar that Elvis Presley used to make his first recordings, 'That's All Right Mama' and 'Blue Moon of Kentucky' in 1954, sold for $152,000 at an auction in London, England.
1993: The US tabloid Weekly World News claims that Elvis Presley has only recently died.
1993: During an auction at Christies in London the acoustic guitar that Elvis Presley used to make his first recordings in 1954, 'That's All Right Mama' and 'Blue Moon of Kentucky', sold for £130,285, ($152,000). And four 'Super Hero', Costumes worn by the group KISS sold for £20,000, ($35,385).
1995: The Rolling Stones sold out two New York-area stadium shows in 81 minutes, an average of 1400 tickets every 60 seconds.
1996: Def Leppard release their 6th studio album 'Slang.'
1997: Bruce Dickinson released his 4th solo album, 'Accident of Birth.'
2001: Scorpions release their unplugged album 'Acoustica.'
2002: Rush release their 17th studio album, 'Vapor Trails.' It reaches #6 on Billboard's 200 album chart. ‬
2002: Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Little Richard were presented with the Icon Award as part of the 50th annual BMI Pop Awards at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
2002: The musical 'We Will Rock You' opened in the West End of London, England at the Dominion Theatre. The musical was written by British comedian and author Ben Elton in collaboration with Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. The musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and does the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. WWRY has since become the longest-running musical at the Dominion Theatre.
2004: Mike McCready performs at a concert to benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America in Seattle. The Pearl Jam guitarist suffers from Crohn's disease.
2004: Legendary record producer Phil Spector, who is awaiting trial on a murder charge, is arrested after getting into a scuffle with his chauffeur. Both are charged with misdemeanor battery resulting from a dispute over their business relationship. Police arrive to find them attempting to place each other under citizen's arrest.
2004: Steven Tyler fulfills a terminally ill female fan's wish when he gives her a kiss after Aerosmith's concert in Winnipeg, Canada.
2005: Queens Of The Stone Age guest on Saturday Night Live.
2005: Bruce Springsteen's 'Devils & Dust' is the #1 album on the Billboard charts.
2006: Billy Joel speaks at Syracuse University's commencement ceremony at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. "Do what you love," advises Joel. "Don't (choose a career) for security or status, prestige, money or, for crying out loud, don't do it for somebody else." The previous year, Joel donated more than $300,000 to the institution's music school.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers started a two-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'Stadium Arcadium,' the band's 9th studio album, also a US chart topper.
2007: Scorpions released their 16th studio album, 'Humanity: Hour I.'
2007: Capitol/EMI announces that Paul McCartney's post-Beatles catalog will be sold digitally.
2007: Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor speaks out against record labels marking up album prices to compensate for declining sales. He says he discovered that NIN's 'Year Zero' had a list price of more than $29 in Australia. "No wonder people steal music," he says.
2007: Linkin Park streams a concert filmed in New York a day before their 'Minutes To Midnight' album is released.
2007: Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor attend the celebration marking the fifth anniversary of the London production of Queen-themed musical 'We Will Rock You.'
2008: Metallica and Scars On Broadway play a benefit concert at the Wiltern theater in L.A for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a nonprofit music-education school co-founded by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. The gig kicks off a 26-date North American and European Metallica tour.
2009: Linkin Park are in Egypt to shoot the video for 'New Divide.' The clip is directed by Linkin Park's DJ Joseph Hahn.
2009: Ex-KoRn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch kicks off his debut solo tour in Colorado Springs, CO.
2009: Chickenfoot (Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith) launch their first-ever North American tour in Seattle.
2010: Kurt Cobain is the inspiration behind an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. It consists of works from artists who used Cobain's imagery to capture "the ideals, aspirations and disappointments of the '90s generation."
2010: Pretty Maids released their 12th studio album, 'Pandemonium.'
2012: Australian Guitar magazine names AC/DC's Angus Young the greatest guitar player in Australian music history. Angus' brother, Malcolm, lands at #11.
2012: Queen appear at the 10th anniversary a performance of the musical 'We Will Rock You.' Guitarist Brian May emerges from a trap door to play the guitar solo from 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' Later, drummer Roger Taylor joins May for 'The Show Must Go On.'
2012: Ringo Starr revealed that he has lost his personal Beatle photographs. "I don't know where they are," he said with a sigh. "I wish I did. There's been several moves and things happen."
2013: The Massachusetts Appeals Court reinstated a defamation lawsuit filed by Boston founder Tom Scholz against the ex-wife of the band's late lead singer, Brad Delp. Delp committed suicide in 2007 and Scholz claimed that remarks Micki Delp made to the Boston Herald could be construed as blaming Scholz for his death. Lower courts had ruled that Micki was stating her opinions, and were therefore considered protected speech under the First Amendment. In November, 2015, The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court also ruled against Scholz.
2013: Pop Evil release their 3rd album 'Onyx.'
2013: Judas Priest's film 'Epitaph' is screened in New York and London in advance of the movie's theatrical release two days later.
2013: Five Finger Death Punch issue the single 'Lift Me Up' digitally. The track features Priest frontman Rob Halford. "First and foremost, just to work alongside an icon like Rob Halford, THE Metal God, was absolutely surreal," says Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody.
2013: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) writes an open letter to California Pizza Kitchen's CEO demanding that the restaurant chain stop de-horning baby calves. "I strongly urge you to take immediate action to stop this unspeakable barbarism by requiring your suppliers to phase out dehorning."
2013: It was reported that KISS planned to open over 100 restaurants in North America. The band who had just opened the third branch of Rock & Brews in the greater Los Angeles area said that they wished to open 100 more in the next five years. The band planned to open new branches at LAX airport in Los Angeles, Maui in Hawaii and Kansas City in Missouri over the coming year.
2015: U2 launch their Innocence + Experience Tour in Vancouver. They open with 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone).'
2015: Black Sabbath are honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards in London. Ozzy Osbourne misses the event but former drummer Bill Ward reunites with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler to accept the prize.
2015: The documentary 'Quiet Riot: Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back,' is screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
2015: Pete Townshend and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder host 'An Evening Celebrating The Who,' a tribute concert in Chicago to benefit Teen Cancer America, which was established in 2012 to replicate the work of the U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust.
2015: B.B. King, the best known blues player in the world dies at the age of 89. In a career that spanned over 60 years, he won 15 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Rolling Stone magazine placed him behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
2016: Following its inaugural year success, the Northern Invasion expands to two days outside the Twin Cities. Disturbed, Rob Zombie, KoRn, Shinedown and Chevelle perform.
2016: President Barack Obama welcomes the leaders of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland to the White House. "I do wanna point out that Finland has perhaps the most Heavy Metal bands in the world per capita and also ranks high on good governance," says Obama. "I don't know if there's any correlation there."
2016: Tony Barrow, the Beatles press officer who coined the term "Fab Four," died at his home in Morecambe, England, just three days after his 80th birthday.
2017: Buckcherry announce that guitarist Keith Nelson and drummer Xavier Muriel have exited the band and have been replaced by Kevin Roentgen and Sean Winchester. The news comes on the heels of Buckcherry‘s Josh Todd and Stevie D launch of Josh Todd & The Conflict. 2017: Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne renew their 35-year-old wedding vows. "The best Mother's Day ever," Sharon posts on Facebook following the Las Vegas ceremony.
2017: Alice Cooper is joined by his former bandmates Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce for a performance at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall in Nashville.

May 15
1963: The Rolling Stones sign with Decca Records in London
1965: The Byrds debut on the pop charts with their electric cover of Bob Dylan's 'Mr. Tambourine Man.' The single's success prompts Dylan to go electric. The song will climb to #1 by June.
1965: Bob Dylan's single 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' peaked at #39 on the US charts, giving Dylan his first US top 40 hit.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played two shows in Berlin, West Germany.
1967: Paul McCartney met American photographer Linda Eastman for the first time, during a Georgie Fame concert at the Bag O'Nails nightclub in London. They married on March 12, 1969.
1968: George Harrison and Ringo Starr attended the premiere of 'Wonderwall' at the Cannes Film Festival. The 1968 film by first-time director Joe Massot starred Jack MacGowran and Jane Birkin, and featured cameos by Anita Pallenberg. The soundtrack was composed by then-Beatle George Harrison. The film provides the name for the Oasis track 'Wonderwall', which was inspired by George Harrison's score.
1969: John Lennon's 'Life With The Lions' was released on Apple's avant-garde imprint Zapple. One side of the album was recorded on a cassette player at London's Queen Charlotte Hospital during Yoko Ono's pregnancy which ended in a miscarriage.
1970: King Crimson released their 2nd album, 'In the Wake of Poseidon.' It reached #31 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1971: Pink Floyd play at the Crystal Palace Bowl in London. Performing in front of a large lake, a number of fish are killed by the loud music. Reports varied, but it was caused either by vibrations from the band's estimated 95-decibal sound system or smoke flares set off in the water. The band received a bill for the dead fish.
1971: Two short John Lennon films are shown at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
1971: Crosby Stills Nash & Young scored their second #1 album with '4 Way Street.' The live album featured recordings from shows at The Fillmore East in New York, and The Los Angeles Forum. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and spent one week on top.
1973: Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of four sold-out nights at the Speakeasy in London s part of their Catch A Fire Tour.
1974: Frank Zappa and his wife Gail announce the birth of their third child, a boy named Ahmet Rodan Zappa. The lad is named after legendary music executive Ahmet Ertegun and his middle name came from a Japanese monster movie. Ahmet's older brother and sister are Dweezil Zappa and Moon Zappa, and his younger sister is Diva Zappa.
1974: The Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman released his debut solo album 'Monkey Grip.' Wyman was the first member of the Stones to release a solo album.
1975: Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks play their first concert with Fleetwood Mac in El Paso, TX.
1976: The Rolling Stones went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Black And Blue', the group's 6th US #1 album. It was the band's first studio album released with Ronnie Wood as the replacement for Mick Taylor.
1976: The Steve Miller Band released their 9th studio album 'Fly Like an Eagle,' which went on to reach #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell four million copies in the U.S.
1977: Procol Harum played their last ever concert when they appeared at New York's academy of music.
1982: Asia went to #1 on the US album chart with their self-titled album. It spent a total of nine weeks at #1.
1982: After cracking the Billboard Top 40 in 1980 with 'Angel Say No,' the four man Rock group from San Francisco named Tommy Tutone reached #5 with '867-5309 / Jenny.' Lead singer Tommy Heath said that he really does know a girl named Jenny whose parent's phone number was 867-5309. Many folks with that phone number had it changed to avoid prank calls.
1981: The Moody Blues 10th album,'Long Distance Voyager' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for three consecutive weeks in the summer of 1981, and #7 on the UK Albums chart. It was the Top 20 singles 'Gemini Dream' (#12) and 'The Voice' (#15).
1981: Squeeze released their 4th studio album, 'East Side Story.' It reached #44 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and contains a top 10 UK single, 'Labelled With Love,' and their first US chart hit 'Tempted' (Billboard Hot 100 at #8).
1982: Iron Maiden release the single for 'The Number Of The Beast.'
1982: Five weeks after first appearing on the Billboard Pop chart, 'Ebony and Ivory' reached #1. The Paul McCartney/Stevie Wonder duet would stay at the top for seven weeks. It was also a #1 hit in the UK.
1982: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Foreigner’s 'Break It Up' debuting at #70, John Cougar’s 'Hurts So Good' at #49, Queen’s 'Body Language' at #33, Toto’s 'Rosanna' at #27, and The Go-Go’s 'We Got The Beat' at #13. ‬
1982: Asia’s self-titled debut album reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart, where it spent nine non-consecutive weeks at #1.
1984: Nils Lofgren replaces Steven Van Zandt in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
1984: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's released their 2nd studio album,. 'Couldn't Stand the Weather.' It #31 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1984: Kick Axe released their debut album, 'Vices.' It was produced by Spencer Proffer, who also produced Quiet Riot's 'Metal Health.'
1985: Stryper's 2nd album, 'Soldiers Under Command' was released. It was the first Christian metal album to achiee Gold record status, selling more than half a million copies.
1986. Run DMC release 'Raising Hell.' It includes a remake of 'Walk This Way' which greatly helped Aerosmith regain their former glory‬.
1986: Sam Phillips is a guest on The Late Show With David Letterman where the host spends six awkward minutes trying to interview the record producer about the early days of Rock 'n' Roll. Instead of answering the questions put to him, a disinterested Phillips seems bent on making silly comments about Letterman's teeth and giving short, flippant answers.
1987: Mötley Crüe release their 4th album 'Girls, Girls, Girls.' It becomes the band’s 3rd straight album to go quadruple platinum. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. It features the hits 'Wild Side' and 'Girls, Girls, Girls' and the band did a cover of the Elvis' 'Jailhouse Rock.'
1990: Dio release their 5th studio album, 'Lock Up the Wolves.' It reached #61 on the Billboard charts.
1990: Lita Ford releases her 4th studio album, 'Stiletto.' The album reached #52 on the Billboard chart. It included a cover of Alice Cooper's 'Only Women Bleed.'
1990: Sacred Reich released their 2nd studio album, 'The American Way.' The video for 'The American Way' was used in the 1992 film 'The Encino Man.'
1990: Little Caesar release their full-length self-titled debut album.
1992: Testament's 2nd album, 'The Ritual' is released. It reached #55 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. It was their last album to include drummer Louis Clemente.
1995: Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland is arrested for heroin and cocaine possession in Pasadena by sheriff’s deputies who find cocaine in his car and heroin in his wallet. He is later sentenced to one year’s probation.
1996: Independent Television in Britain broadcast the earliest known footage of The Beatles, shot in February of 1961. That was three years before the group became world-famous. The film, which had no soundtrack, was found in a drawer in a house in Liverpool.
1996: Independent Television in Britain broadcast the earliest known footage of The Beatles, shot in February 1961. That was three years before the group became world-famous. The film, which had no soundtrack, was found in a drawer in a house in Liverpool.
1997: Courtney Love sold the Seattle mansion she shared with Kurt Cobain. A local family purchased the house in the salubrious Denny Blaine area for $3 million.
1997: Oasis became one of the first artists to attempt to exert censorship over the Internet. The group were working with Sony to put an end to unofficial websites carrying lyrics, sound files and photographs of the band.
1997: The Muzak company announced that it will turn four Kiss songs into elevator friendly instrumentals. The Kiss songs to receive the Muzak treatment were 'Beth,' 'Sure Know Something,' 'A World Without Heroes' & 'Every Time I Look at You.'
1998: Garbage, preparing for a lengthy world tour, play the first of three low-key Midwest shakedown dates under the name Stupid Girl.
2001: Megadeth released their 9th studio album, 'The World Needs a Hero.' It peaks at #16 and stays six weeks on Billboard's 200 album chart. ‬It was their last album with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso and their only one with Al Pitrelli.
2001: 'God Bless the Go-Go's,' the Go-Go's 4th album, is released. It is the band's first studio album in 17 years.
2001: Weezer releases 'Weezer' (aka The Green Album).
2003: Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul cast more doubt on the future of the band stating, "There is no future for Pantera right now. There is no commitment from Philip or Rex to Pantera and our great fans."
2005: Nine Inch Nails were at #1 on the US album chart with 'With Teeth', the bands fifth album and second US #1 album.
2006: Alice Cooper hits Fargo, ND for a concert appearance. While in the city he has his handprints enshrined on the North Dakota capital's Walk of Fame, then travels to the suburb of Alice to receive the key to that city.
2006: The Eagles' Don Henley leads a dedication ceremony for a trail called Thoreau's Path at Massachusetts' historic Walden Pond. "Walden has come to represent a powerful way of thinking," says the drummer/environmentalist. In 1990, Henley founded the Walden Woods Project to help conserve the area where 19th century author Henry David Thoreau wrote his classic treatise.
2007: Founding Styx bassist Chuck Panozzo publishes his autobiography, 'The Grand Illusion.'
2007: Megadeth released their 11th studio album, 'United Abominations.'
2008: Kid Rock makes a donation to a Boy Scout troop from Oviedo, FL., who had their equipment stolen the previous week. A trailer and camping gear was taken, jeopardizing a planned summer expedition to Tennessee.
2008: Gene Simmons makes a cameo appearance as himself on ABC's 'Ugly Betty.'
2009: Randy Bachman, a founding member of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was invested as an officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General Michaelle Jean in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. The Order of Canada is the country's highest civilian honor and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement.
2009: Tim "Ripper" Owens released his debut album, 'Play My Game.' It featured guests Doug Aldrich, Billy Sheehan, Bruce Kulick, Jeff Loomis and Micheal Wilton.
2009: Green Day release their 8th studio album, '21st Century Breakdown.' The set goes to #1 in fourteen countries and is certified gold or platinum in each becoming Green Day's best chart performance to date.
2009: The Offspring's 'S*** Is F***ed Up' North American tour gets underway in Nashville.
2009: Elton John receives the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award at the 75th annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at New York's Marriott Marquis Hotel. The honor recognizes John's contribution to the Broadway musical 'Billy Elliot.'
2009: Randy Bachman becomes an Officer of the Order of Canada during a ceremony in Ottawa.
2011: Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga suffers a minor stroke after the band's show in Des Moines, Iowa. They cancel the remaining tour stops so Mayorga can "make a 100% recovery."
2011: Rock star Meat Loaf and rapper Lil Jon are eliminated one week before the Season 11 finale of Donald Trump's show The Celebrity Apprentice.
2011: Carlos Santana accepts Major League Baseball's "Beacon of Change" award in Atlanta then blasts the controversial immigration laws of Arizona and Georgia. "This is the land of the free," says Santana. "If people want the immigration laws to keep passing, then everybody should get out and leave the American Indians here."
2011: John Lennon's original handwritten lyric sheet for The Beatles 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' is auctioned for $384,148 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. The lyrics were sketched out on a single sheet of paper and have crossed-out words and phrases. The song first appeared on the 1967 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
2012: Godsmack release their 'Live & Inspired' album.
2013: Eric Avery quits Nine Inch Nails before the revamped band starts touring. "As the tour dates kept growing I just got overwhelmed," says the former Jane's Addiction bassist on Facebook.
2013: Black Sabbath premiere the song 'End Of The Beginning' on the season finale of the TV show 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.'
2014: KoRn begin their first U.S. headlining tour with their original guitarist, Brian 'Head' Welch, since 2004. The first stop is in Belle Vernon, PA.
2014: Metallica's James Hetfield, Green Day's 'Billie Joe Armstrong and Joe Satriani perform at Sammy Hagar's Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco. The event helps the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. 2014
2015: he 2nd annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" benefit concert with Hagar and Hetfield is again in S.F.
2015: George Harrison's Maton Mastersound guitar, used for '63 live performances, is auctioned for $485,000 by Julien's Auctions in New York. Elvis Presley's 1967 marriage license to Priscilla Presley (nee Beaulieu) sells for over $41,000 and his '76 MCI Crusader tour bus goes for $263,000.
2015: Ozzy Osbourne and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis appear in a video promoting Animals Asia's campaign to raise awareness of moon, sun and brown bears that are caged and farmed for their bile, which is used in traditional medicines. Supporters can pick up a shirt with the slogan, 'Let a Bear Shit In the Woods.'
2015: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson says doctors have given him the "all clear" in his battle with tongue cancer.

May 16
1957: Buddy Holly signs with Coral Records.
1963: The Beatles appeared live on the national BBC TV children's program ‘Pops and Lenny’, at Television Theatre in Shepherd's Bush Green, London, in front of an live audience. The Beatles performed ‘From Me to You’ and a shortened version of ‘Please Please Me.
1965: Driving away from a gig at the Civic Hall in Long Beach, California, the limo taking the Rolling Stones back to their hotel was besieged by fans who caved in the roof by standing on it. The band attempted to hold the roof up while their chauffeur drove off with bodies falling onto the road. Policeman John Hurley recalls, “In order to move the limo, I sat on the hood and used my feet to push the kids away. I was still on the hood when the driver sped away, not stopping for signals at several intersections. I had nothing to hold on to except my fingernails in the grooves of the hood.” Seven girls were taken to the hospital with minor injuries along with a policeman who suffered a cut hand.
1965: The Beach Boys appear on The Ed Sullivan Show performing their latest hit, 'Help Me Rhonda.'
1966: The Beach Boys release their classic 'Pet Sounds' album. Their 11th studio album, it reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #2 on the UK Top 40 Album Chart. It is ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. It has since been recognized as one of the most influential records in the history of popular music and one of the best albums of the 1960's.
1966: Bruce Springsteen's band The Castiles buys an hour of studio time at the Bricktown Recording Studio in the Brick Mall Shopping Center in New Jersey. They pay $50 to cut two songs written by the 16-year-old Springsteen.
1966: Bob Dylan’s iconic 'Blonde On Blonde' album was released, reaching #9 in the US charts and #3 in the UK. It was rock's first double album, and Dylan's seventh studio effort, it was recorded with Al Kooper, Robbie Robertson and Nashville country music session players, and had what Dylan later called ‘that wild mercury sound’.
1966: Jeff Beck recorded 'Beck’s Bolero' which would be the B-Side of his debut single 'Hi Ho Silver Lining' at IBC Studios in London. The song was written by Jimmy Page who also played on the song along with John Paul Jones and Keith Moon.
1967: The Monkees' 3rd LP, 'Headquarters' was released. It was their first album recorded primarily by the four members of the group and would reach #1 in the US for one week before being relegated to second place for eleven consecutive weeks by 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'
1968: Tony Joe White records 'Polk Salad Annie.'
1969: Jefferson Airplane bass player Jack Cassady is arrested for possession of marijuana at the Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans. At his trial he gets a 2½ year suspended sentence.
1969: John Lennon, declared "an inadmissible immigrant to the US", seeks a visa to visit America. Lennon's standing visa was revoked by the US Embassy in London ten days before because of his drug conviction in November 1968.
1969: Pete Townshend of The Who spent a night in jail in New York City after being charged with assault. The group was performing at the Fillmore East when a fire broke out at a supermarket next door. A plainclothes policeman leapt onto the stage to warn the crowd and Townshend, thinking the cop was a member of the audience, booted him off.
1970: Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin is arrested for possession of marijuana and for contributing to the delinquency of minors in Bloomington, Minnesota. Balin's hotel room was raided by police at 5:30am. They found Balin and friends with several girls aged between 12 to 17 years old. He is sentenced to one year's hard labor and a $100 fine. He appeals and ends up paying only the fine.
1970: Lead guitarist Randy Bachman quits the Guess Who. He would later form Bachman-Turner Overdrive and enjoy six Billboard Top 40 hits with the band.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 'Deja Vu' LP hits #1. It spent one week on top of chart & went on to sell seven million copies in the U.S. In 2003, the album was ranked #148 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1970: The Who released their 1st live album, 'Live at Leeds.' It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #3 on the UK Albums chart. It is ranked #170 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: Queen cancels the remaining dates after Brian May collapsed in New York while the band were on a US tour. May was flown back to England suffering from hepatitis.
1974: Neil Young made an unannounced appearance at The Bottom Line in New York and played songs from his new album 'On The Beach.'
1975: Paul McCartney & Wings 'Listen To What The Man Said' b/w 'Love In Song' 45 single is released in the UK. The song featured new member Joe English on drums, with guest musicians Dave Mason on guitar and Tom Scott on soprano saxophone. It was a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #6 in the UK. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies.
1976: Paul McCartney & Wings' 'Silly Love Songs' is hits #1 on the Billboard Pop chart.
1976: Patti Smith made her UK debut at The Roundhouse in London.
1977: Foreigner's debut album goes gold. Guitarist Mick Jones and Ian McDonald formed the group a year earlier.
1977: The London Evening Standard reported that Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant had been arrested at Atlanta Airport for being drunk and pulling a knife. Since Plant was at his home in Wales at the time of the incident, the person arrested was a man impersonating Plant and the British paper ran an apology the following night.
1978: Joe Walsh's 4th studio album, 'But Seriously, Folks...' is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, bolstered by his biggest solo hit, 'Life's Been Good,' which reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The original eight-minute album version of this track was edited down to 4½ minutes for single release. The album also features the other four members of the Eagles—which Walsh had joined two years earlier—as well as singer-guitarist Jay Ferguson, a former member of the group Spirit (who co-wrote one track on the album), drummer Joe Vitale from Walsh's former band Barnstorm, and bassist Willie Weeks. Original pressings of this record had text engraved on the carry-out grooves:
Side 1: Luncheon Counter of the Deli Kind
Side 2: Call It In the Air!
1980: Former Buggles members Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes joined Yes, replacing Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson.
1980: Dr. George Nicjopoulous (Dr. Nick to his patients) is indicated on 14 counts of over-prescribing drugs to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. Though he will be acquitted in November, his case will be reopened twelve years later, when his license will be revoked.
1980: Paul McCartney's 'McCartney II' album is released.
1983: Iron Maiden's 4th studio album 'Piece of Mind" is released. The album reached #14 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. It was their first album with drummer Nicko McBrain.
1984: Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee for ‘staggering drunk’ down Beale Street. Osbourne was released from the Memphis jail five hours later, after drying out, and was not required to return for a court appearance. He continued on with a tour in support of 1983’s 'Bark at the Moon.'
1984: Prince's 'When Doves Cry' b/w '17 Days (The Rain Will Come Down, Then U Will Have 2 Choose. If U Believe, Look 2 The Dawn And U Shall Never Lose)' 45 single is released. It was an unprecedented worldwide hit, and his first American number one single, topping charts for five weeks. According to Billboard magazine, it was the top-selling single of the year. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, shipping two-million units in the United States. It was the last single released by a solo artist to receive such certification before the certification requirements were lowered in 1989.
1985: A royalty check totaling $6.5 million from the sales of 'We Are The World' is handed over to the USA for Africa Foundation by Columbia Records executive Al Teller. The total raised would eventually rise to over $50 million.
1987: U2's 'With Or Without' is the #1 song in the U.S. It stayed on top for three weeks.
1987: Poison's single 'Talk Dirty To Me' peaks at #9 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Tesla’s 'Little Suzi' debuting at #95, Billy Idol’s 'Sweet Sixteen' at #48, Bon Jovi’s 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' at #14, Poison’s 'Talk Dirty To Me' peaking at #9, Bryan Adams’ 'Heat Of The Night' at #6 and U2’s 'With Or Without You' was #1. ‬
1987: David Crosby marries his longtime girlfriend Jan Dance in Los Angeles. “I think we saved each other’s lives,” he says. “The French having a saying for it, ‘raison d’etre’. A reason for being. And we have that.” Bandmate Stephen Stills gave away the bride and Graham Nash renewed his vows with wife Susan.
1992: Guns N' Roses start their 2nd leg of their European Use Your Illusion World Tour at Slane Castle, Slane, Ireland‬. Soundgarden is the opening act.
1992: KISS kick off their European 'Revenge' tour with a show at S.E.C.C., Glasgow Scotland.
1992: Melissa Etheridge's 'Never Enough' tour kicks off in Burlington, VT.
1992: Red Hot Chili Peppers peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik,' which went on to sell seven million copies in the U.S.
1992: U2 peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'One' which was their 5th top 10 single in the U.S.
1992: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Tom Cochrane’s 'Life Is A Highway' debuting at #83, Metallica’s 'Nothing Else Matters' at #53, Weird Al Yankovic’s 'Smells Like Nirvana' at #35, Mr. Big’s 'To Be With You' at #33, Genesis’ 'I Can’t Dance' at #32, and Def Leppard’s 'Let’s Get Rocked' at #15. ‬
1995: The Eagles'' Hell Freezes Over' Tour ends. It's seen by over 2 million fans and earns $135 million.
1998: The Dave Matthews Band's 'Before These Crowded Streets' enters the U.S. charts at #1.
1998: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards fell while reaching for a book of nude art in his Connecticut home. The fall breaks his ribs, causing the Stones to postpone many dates on their 'Bridges To Babylon' tour.
2000: Pearl Jam release their 6th studio album 'Binaural.'
2000: Motorhead released their 15th studio album, 'We Are Motörhead.' The album contains a cover of The Sex Pistols somng 'God Save the Queen,' and was produced by Bob Kulick.
2000: Prince announces that he will resume using his name (Prince) rather than a symbol to identify himself. The use of the symbol was his response to all sorts of corporate dealings that he had a problem with. Now that the contracts have expired he's back to being Prince again.
2003: Rage released their 16th studio album, 'Soundchaser.'
2005: Trent Reznor gets his day in a New York courtroom when he testifies in the lawsuit he filed the previous year against former Nine Inch Nails business associate John Malm. Reznor accuses Malm of bilking N.I.N. out of millions through deception and shady business tactics.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers' 9th album, 'Stadium Arcadium,' sells 442,000 copies in its first week of release to earn the group its first #1 on the Billboard 200. The album tops the charts in 16 other countries as well.
2006: Mark Knopfler files suit against the female motorist who knocked him off his motorcycle in London some three years earlier. The former Dire Straits frontman broke his collarbone, his shoulder and seven ribs in the accident. He also had to cancel a scheduled European tour while he recovered. The woman was convicted of careless driving and later deported to Ecuador. Knopfler seeks approximately $566,000 in damages.
2006: Bono serves as guest editor for the London newspaper, The Independent. The publication donates half of the day's profits to the U2 singer's RED initiative to fight HIV/AIDS in impoverished nations. Bono interviews British Prime Minister Tony Blair and guitarist the Edge covering the revival of New Orleans' music scene.
2006: Paul McCartney and his second wife, Heather Mills McCartney announce they're separating, confirming a spate of rumors. "Both of us still care about each other very much," the couple claim in a joint statement. "But [we] have found it increasingly difficult to maintain a normal relationship with constant intrusion into our private lives." The couple married in '02 and had a daughter, Beatrice Milly, the following year.
2006: A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel says the band may never take the stage again. "I think (A Perfect Circle/Tool singer Maynard James Keenan and I) both entertain the fact that (the group could reunite) but for right now we don't have any plans to do it again," adds Howerdel. "A Perfect Circle is done for now."
2007: The Who open their European tour in Lisbon, Portugal. "If you want to catch the new Who at their most effective for 20 years, come and join us," says guitarist Pete Townshend of the tour.
2007: The Steve Miller Band perform at the 2nd annual Matt's
19 Promise Benefit Concert in New York. The event raises money to fund treatment, research and education programs for young people with terminal illnesses.
2007: Parma, Italy, names streets after Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
2007: ZZ Top cancels their summer European tour because bassist Dusty Hill is suffering from a benign growth in his inner ear. Medication is used rather than surgery.
2007: Mike Love's lawsuit against fellow Beach Boys member Brian Wilson and the British newspaper Mail On Sunday was dismissed as being without merit. Love had sued over the free distribution of a 2004 CD that included the Beach Boys' name and Love's image.
2007: HellYeah announce that ex-Damageplan bassist Bob "Zilla" Kakaha has replaced Jerry Montano, who left the group. HellYeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who played with Kakaha in Damageplan, wanted to work with Kakaha again.
2008: Tracks from 3 Doors Down's self-titled album appear on TouchTunes digital jukeboxes four days before the disc hits stores.
2008: The two-day second annual Riverfront Park Crawfish Boil has headliner 3 Doors Down sharing the stage with Finger Eleven and Papa Roach.
2008: The video for 'Love Remains The Same,' the first single from former Bush singer Gavin Rossdale's debut solo album, 'Wanderlust,' premieres online.
2009: Green Day performs on the season finale of NBC's Saturday Night Live.
2009: The two-day Rock On The Range 2009 gets underway with headliners Slipknot and Motley Crue. Alice In Chains, KoRn, Hoobastank, Buckcherry and Avenged Sevenfold also perform at the Columbus, OH, event.
2009: Rock Stars' Cars & Guitars 2 exhibit opens in Dearborn, MI. On display are Pete Townshend's '56 Lincoln and a smashed Rickenbacker guitar sculpture; costumes and guitars from KISS, including Gene Simmons' "Axe" bass guitar and Paul Stanley's "Star" guitar; Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason's Lola/Cosworth T297 race car; a '68 Ford Mustang Fastback, "Bullitt," driven by Sheryl Crow for her music video, "Steve McQueen"; ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons' '32 Ford Coupe, "Eliminator;" and a '53 Buick Skylark owned by Metallica's James Hetfield.
2009: Bob Dylan went to #1 on the US album chart with ‘Together Through Life’, his 33rd studio album. The album received two Grammy Award nominations in Best Americana Album category and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance category for 'Beyond Here Lies Nothin'. Its the only album by Dylan to top the US and UK charts consecutively.
2010: Lenny Kravitz headlines the Gulf Aid Benefit Concert at the Mardi Gras World River City venue in New Orleans Proceeds go to the Gulf Relief Foundation to support those impacted by the BP oil spill.
2010: R.I.P. RONNIE JAMES DIO 1942 - 2010: The world of heavy metal lost one of its biggest and most-loved voices with the passing of Ronnie James Dio one year ago this week. Dio died following a short battle with stomach cancer; he was 67 years old. He was a frontman bigger than life on stage yet humble behind the scenes. Known for his voice, the malocchio "metal horns" hand gesture he learned from his Italian grandmother (warding off the evil eye) and most of all for his genuine warmth, Dio’s career spanned from his doo-wop bands of the late ‘50s/early ‘60s (Ronnie and the Red Caps and Ronnie Dio and the Prophets) to Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and, finally, Heaven & Hell (with his former Sabbath bandmates). Rolling Stone magazine eulogized Dio with these words: “It wasn’t just his mighty pipes that made him Ronnie James Dio — it was his moral fervor…what always stood out was Dio’s raging compassion for the lost rock & roll children in his audience. Dio never pretended to be one of the kids — he sang as an adult assuring us that we weren’t alone in our suffering, and some day we might even be proud of conquering it.”
2010: Paul McCartney told Scotland's Sunday Mail newspaper that he is convinced The Beatles would have reformed in recent years if all their members had survived, because they would have signed up for a reunion "just for a laugh". He pointed out that the band was asked to reunite shortly after they split, but said "It wasn't really a good idea then, but I think if this much time had elapsed, I could easily see it happening. Somebody would have said, 'Oh go on. Just for a laugh.'"
2011: According to a poll conducted by, Pink Floyd's '73 album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' has the greatest cover of all time. The artwork, a single ray of light split by a prism into a colorful array, beats out Nirvana's 'Nevermind.' The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' is third.
2014: Tim Lambesis, singer for As I Lay Dying, is sentenced to six years in prison for attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife of eight years, Meggan Lambesis.
2014: Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley reveals in an online post that he was hospitalized after he "collapsed to the ground unconscious" when his "liver and kidney's collapsed" due to alcohol abuse. "The reason I got so sick is from all the hard boozing I've been doing over the years," writes Whibley. "It finally caught up to me."
2014: A backlash ensues after a YouTube video showing Olivia Douglas, a nine-year-old girl being encouraged to swear on stage by Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody, goes viral. Filmed and posted by Douglas' father, it shows Moody hugging the girl while trying to make her chant "Burn motherf***er burn," a lyric from "Burn MF." She appears uncomfortable and looks towards her father, behind the camera, for reassurance. There are strenuous objections to using a child as a 'stage prop'.
2015: Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith receives the "Livin' the Dream" award at Little Kids Rock's first ever Family Jam. The event, which raises over $85,000 for music education, takes place at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.

May 17
1958: Ferriday, Louisiana celebrates Jerry Lee Lewis Day with a parade honoring their home town boy who was just about to leave on his fateful tour of England.
1963: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, The Weavers and Peter, Paul and Mary were the featured acts at the very first Monterey Folk Festival in Monterey, California.
1966: Bob Dylan, whose music had recently "gone electric," appeared at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. Just before he began to sing his latest hit, 'Like A Rolling Stone,' an obvious folk purist in the audience who was upset by Dylan's switch from acoustic to electric guitars, shouted, "Judas!" Dylan replied with "You're a liar," then told his band to play the song "f****** loud."
1967: Bob Dylan's legendary documentary 'Don't Look Back' debuts at the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles began recording a new John Lennon song ‘You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)’. The song was not finished until November 1969, and was not released until March 1970 (as the B-side of the ‘Let it Be’ single).
1969: For just 35 cents, you could pick up a copy of this month's Rolling Stone magazine with Joni Mitchell on the cover.
1969: The Chicago Transit Authority (later known simply as Chicago) release their self-titled debut double album.
1969: The Beatles 'Hey Jude' is named the Best Selling 'A' Side at the annual Ivor Novello Awards in London.
1971: Paul and Linda McCartney's 'Ram' album is released.
1972: The Hollies 'Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)' b/w 'Look What We've Got' 45 single is released.
1973: Yes receive Gold records for both 'Yessongs' their triple-record live set and 'The Yes Album.'
1973: Bachman–Turner Overdrive release their self-titled debut album.
1974: NBC-TV's The Midnight Special offers another salute to '50s and '60s Rock-and-Roll, with Frankie Avalon as host and performances by Sam & Dave, Lou Christie, Frankie Ford, The Fleetwoods, Shirley and Lee, and Fabian.
1974: The Elton John TV special 'Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things' airs on ABC.
1975: Elton John was awarded a Platinum record for his album 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.' It was the first L.P. to sell one million copies on its first day of release.
1975: Led Zeppelin played the first of five sold-out nights to 17,000 fans at Earls Court Arena in London.
1975: Mick Jagger tripped and in an attempt to break his fall, put his fist through the window of a restaurant in Long Island, New York. Jagger required 20 stitches but the Rolling Stones' North American tour proceeded in two weeks as planned.
1975: Queen's first U.S. single, 'Killer Queen,' peaks at #12 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1975: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes KISS’ 'Rock And Roll All Nite' at #96 (debut), David Bowie’s 'Young Americans' at #46, Led Zeppelin’s 'Trampled Under Foot' at #38, Supertramp’s 'Bloody Well Right' at #37, Alice Cooper’s 'Only Women Bleed' at #26, and Queen’s 'Killer Queen' at #12. ‬
1976: Rainbow's 'Rising' album is released. It reached #48 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #6 on the UK Albums chart.
1978: Lou Reed starts a week-long series of shows at the Bottom Line club in New York City. Several tracks are used on his live album, 'Take No Prisoners.'
1979: The Police performed at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.
1979: Patti Smith Group's album 'Wave' is released. It reached #18 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1980: Peter Criss dropped out of Kiss and was replaced by drummer Eric Carr. Carr was first heard on the concept album, 'The Elder' in 1981. Both Ace Frehley and Criss had been opposed to the idea of 'The Elder' and when it bombed, Frehley also quit the band. Criss had co-written Kiss' biggest hit single, 'Beth,' and the band had to wait until 1990 to return to the US Top 10 when 'Forever' made it to number 8.
1980: Paul and Linda McCartney are the guest hosts of NBC's Saturday Night Live, where they perform their new single, 'Coming Up,' a recent Billboard #1.
1982: U2 begins recording their 3rd album 'War' at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin.
1982: Black Sabbath was awarded the Gold Ticket for playing to over 100,000 fans at Madison Square Garden throughout their career during a concert in support of 'Mob Rules,' their 2nd album with Ronnie James Dio singing for them.
1983: The Fixx album 'Reach the Beach' is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, bolstered by three Top 40 singles - 'One Thing Leads to Another' (#4), 'Saved by Zero' (#20), and 'The Sign of Fire' (#32).
1983: David Bowie's 'Let’s Dance' hits #1 on the US chart.
1986: Van Halen's 'Why Can't This Be Love' reaches #3 on the pop chart.
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Rolling Stones’ 'One Hit (To The Body)' at #71 (debut), Psychedelic Furs’ 'Pretty In Pink' at #45, Honeymoon Suite’s 'Feel It Again' at #42, Journey’s 'Be Good To Yourself' at #16, and Van Halen's 'Why Can’t This Be Love' at #3.
1986: The Self Aid--Make It Work concert in Dublin raises funds for the unemployed. U2, Elvis Costello & The Attractions and Van Morrison perform.
1987: A fire destroys Tom Petty's Los Angeles home and causes $800,000 worth of damage. It is later discovered that an arsonist had drenched the house’s back staircase in lighter fluid. “We were shaken for years by it,” Petty admitted. “It’s sort of like being raped, I would imagine. It really took a long time. And it was 10 times as bad, because you knew that somebody just went and did it. Somebody tried to off you.”
1988: The Vinnie Vincent Invasion album 'All Systems Go' is released. It peaked at #64 on Billboard's 200 album chart
1988: Judas Priest's 'Ram It Down' album is released.
1989: Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman's first 'Sticky Fingers' restaurant opened in London.
1989: Promoters in Montreal announced the cancellation of a July 5th reunion concert by The Who because of poor ticket sales. There was heavy demand for tickets for the other 25 dates on the tour.
1990: Nirvana played the last date of a North American tour at the Zoo in Boise, Idaho. This was Chad Channing’s final gig with the band, drummer Dave Grohl replaced him in Sept of this year after his band Scream had split-up.
1992: Phil Collins’ sore throat caused Genesis to cancel a concert two songs into their set at Tampa Stadium.
1995: After all these years, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard appear together for the first time at a concert in Sheffield, England.
1996: Blues guitarist Johnny Guitar Watson died of a heart attack while on tour in Yokohama, Japan. According to eyewitness reports, he collapsed mid guitar solo. His last words were "ain't that a bitch."
1996: Kevin Gilbert, multi instrumentalist and songwriter, dies of accidental autoerotic asphyxiation. Gilbert was a member of Giraffe, who also worked with his one-time girlfriend Sheryl Crow and co-wrote many of the songs on her debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club, including the 1995 Grammy Record of the Year 'All I Wanna Do.'
1999: Bruce Fairbairn dies of unknown causes in Vancouver at 49. Fairbairn was a legendary producer, responsible for hit records like Bon Jovi’s 'Slippery When Wet' (12x platinum), Aerosmith’s 'Permanent Vacation' (5x platinum), AC/DC’s 'The Razors Edge' (5x platinum), and from bands such as Loverboy, Yes, Poison, Scorpions, Jackyl, Van Halen, INXS, Kiss and many more. He was found dead by Yes singer Jon Anderson, with whom he was making an album.
2000: The Eagles filed a lawsuit against Bill Arnold for allegedly violating a trademark for naming his restaurant Hotel California Grill. Arnold’s comment on the lawsuit was “This is a restaurant, not a song. We’re not infringing on the rights of Don Henley, Glenn Frey or anyone.”
2003: After a three year absence, Third Eye Blind returns with their album 'Out Of The Vein.'
2004: U2`s Bono delivers the commencement address to the graduating class of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The U2 frontman also gets an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the school. In a prepared statement Penn president Judith Rodin says "Bono has been a powerful force for change."
2004: 3 Doors Down announce the creation of The Better Life Foundation, to benefit children in need of food, shelter and medical assistance.
2005: System Of A Down's 'Mezmerize' is released.
2005: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil introduces his new wine, Vince Vineyards, in Las Vegas. He also performs with the Pussycat Dolls dancers.
2005: 3 Doors Down's 'Here Without You' wins Song Of The Year at the 53rd annual BMI Pop Awards in Los Angeles. The performing-rights organization honors the tune that received the most airplay. Nickelback, Linkin Park, Audioslave, Fuel, Live and Evanescence are also recognized for having heavily played songs.
2006: Original Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin joins his former band onstage in New York at the last of four shows at the city's Hammerstein Ballroom. Kid Rock also makes a guest appearance.
2006: Paul McCartney and his wife Heather Mills admitted that they had given up the fight to save their marriage, saying that after fours years together, they were going their separate ways.
2007: Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Disturbed's David Draiman perform at a concert paying tribute to Pantera/Damageplan guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott. The Black Tooth Bash in L.A. has appearances by Staind's Aaron Lewis, ex-Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and members of Alice In Chains and Slipknot. The are also guitars hand-painted by Rock stars are auctioned with proceeds benefiting Little Kids Rock music-education charity.
2007: The online show, Spread Entertainment, makes its debut with host ex-Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. "It's like a looser version of (The Phil) Donahue (Show) in a nightclub," says Navarro. "I wanted to create a party atmosphere." It's filmed at LA's Dragonfly in front of a studio audience.
2008: Stone Temple Pilots kick off their reunion tour with a headlining performance at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, OH. The 17-song set spans STP's career and includes 'Vasoline.'
2009: 'Aerosmith: Essential Interviews,' a book compiling memorable conversations with the band members (including Q & A's from a wide variety of magazines), is available in paperback and as a digital download.
2010: ZZ Top made a cameo appearance on 'Two and a Half Men' appearing in a fantasy sequence.
2011: Scott Weiland's ironically titled autobiography 'Not Dead & Not for Sale' is in bookstores. The Stone Temple Pilots frontman wrote the tome with David Ritz.
2011: Warrant release their album 'Rockaholic.'
2012: 'Nothing Like I Planned: The Art of John Mellencamp,' a collection of the singer/songwriter's paintings, opens at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.
2012: U2's Bono performs at the annual benefit to support the Jazz Foundation of America's efforts to raise funds and awareness for artists who have fallen into financial despair. Producer Quincy Jones brings Bono onstage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem to sing, appropriately enough, 'Angel Of Harlem.'
2012: Alice Cooper is the keynote speaker at the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music's commencement ceremony at the Wiltern Theater in L.A.
2013: Scottsdale (AZ) firefighter Todd Pendleton takes an autographed Alice Cooper guitar with him as he climbs to the summit of Mt. Everest to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. "After a week long climb, 24 hours in a tent in 60 miles winds, and 16 grueling hours on summit day. We reached the summit at 7:30 in the morning."
2013: Bob Dylan was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Dylan, who was unable to attend the New York ceremony, said he felt "extremely honored" and "lucky" to be admitted. Dylan's induction was decided by a vote of the Academy's 250 members.
2014: Stone Sour announce they have fired Jim Root but the guitarist is still a member of Slipknot. "We feel it's best for both bands and hope that is reflected in the days to come," reads a Stone Sour statement.
2014: George Harrison's '62 Rickenbacker 425 is auctioned at Julien's Auctions for $657,000. Harrison used the guitar for The Beatles first appearance on the television programs Ready Steady Go! and Thank Your Luck Stars in '63. Harrison is said to have originally paid between $400 and $500 for the guitar in '63.
2015: George Harrison's Maton Mastersound guitar, used during the Beatles' live performances in the summer of 1963, sold for $485,000 by Julien's Auctions in New York.
2015: Green Day return to 924 Gilman Street for a special benefit concert to help raise money for victims of a building fire in Oakland that affected two local, independent publishing houses. It's Green Day's first appearance at the all ages non-profit in 21 years; they were banned for signing a major label deal.
2015: Van Halen open the 2015 Billboard Music Awards with their '84 hit, 'Panama.' The Top Rock Album award goes to Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories.'
2016: Lamb Of God receive gold plaques for their 3rd album, 'Ashes Of The Wake.' The 2004 album sold more than 500,000 copies.
2016: 'With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles And Mistakes On My Way Back To Korn' chronicles Brian 'Head' Welch's departure from KoRn in '05, and his subsequent struggles before rejoining the group in '13.
2016: The German postal service honors the late Motorhead singer/bassist Lemmy Kilmister with a series of limited-edition postage stamps. The stamps are available for a month.
2016: Alanis Morissette sues her former business manager, Jonathan Schwartz, claiming he stole $4.7 million from her from 2009-2016. The following year, Schwartz admits to that theft and also to stealing another $2 million from other clients. Morissette is compensated in a settlement.

May 18
1959: Wilbert Harrison's 'Kansas City,' written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller is #1 on the pop chart. The song is later covered by The Beatles. Cover versions by Hank Ballard And The Midnighters, Rocky Olson, Rockin' Ronald & The Rebels, and Little Richard all appeared in March of 1959, but the Harrison version was by far the most popular. Further success for Harrison would have to wait until 1970 when 'Let's Work Together' made it to #32 in the U.S.
1963: The Beatles kicked off their first British tour as a headline act with a concert in Slough, England.
1963: Lesley Gore's 'It's My Party' enters Billboard's Top 40, where it will reach #1.
1964: The Animals record 'House Of The Rising Sun' in one take in London. It is on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
1964: A riot broke out in Hamilton, Scotland during a Rolling Stones UK tour when over 4,000 fans with forged tickets gatecrashed the bands gig at the Chantingall Hotel.
1966: The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals), made their first recordings at Mr Music Inc in Brick Town, New Jersey. They cut two Springsteen songs, ‘Baby I’ and ‘That’s What You Get.' The songs were cut directly to disc, of which seven or eight test pressings of the studio takes were made.
1966: During his 1966 world tour, Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson from The Band were filmed singing several songs in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland, the footage turning up in the film 'Eat The Document.' The film was originally commissioned for the ABC television series 'Stage '66,' but after Dylan edited the film himself ABC rejected it as "incomprehensible for a mainstream audience."
1966: The Hollies record 'Bus Stop.'
1967: John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang backing vocals on The Rolling Stones track 'We Love You' during a session at Olympic Studios in London.
1967: The Beatles were selected to represent the UK for the first-ever global-wide satellite broadcast. The group agreed to be shown in the studio recording a song written especially for the occasion, scheduled for June 25. John Lennon wrote ‘All You Need is Love’ which was thought to sum up the 1967 'summer of love' and The Beatles' sympathies. With the satellite broadcast being broadcast to many non-English-speaking countries, the BBC asked The Beatles to "keep it simple."
1967: Pink Floyd started recording their forthcoming single 'See Emily Play' at Sound Techniques Studios in Chelsea, London. Syd Barrett was inspired to write 'See Emily Play,' by the ‘looning about’ of the early Pink Floyd fan Emily Young, (who is now a renowned sculptor). Guitarist David Gilmour, playing gigs in France with his own band in that period, visited Floyd in the studio during a trip to London.
1968: The first Miami Pop event took place with an estimated 100,000 people attending the concert, which was promoted by Richard O'Barry & Michael Lang (later famous as the promoter of Woodstock). Bands featured at the festival included Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Mothers of Invention, Blue Cheer, Chuck Berry, The Blues Image, Pacific Gas and Electric, Three Dog Night and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
1968: Grateful Dead, The Doors, The Steve Miller Band and Jefferson Airplane all appeared at The Northern California Rock Festival in Santa Clara.
1969: The Beatles 'Get Back' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1970: The Beatles 12th and final studio album, 'Let it Be' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tapes chart for four weeks in early summer, 1970, and topped the UK Albums chart for three weeks. In 2012, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #392 in the magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003.
1971: The Band kicks off their first European tour in Amsterdam.
1972: Looking Glass 'Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)' b/w 'One By One' 45 single is released. The single reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, remaining in the top position for one week. Horns and strings were arranged by Larry Fallon. It was the group's first and only hit, making them a one hit wonder.
1972: The Grateful Dead perform at the Kongressaal Deutsches Museum in Muenchen, Germany on their Europe ’72 tour.
1972: According to today’s New York Times, the Beatles have agreed to split the fortune they accrued in their partnership. Paul McCartney says they’ve come to this arrangement to free up the $17 million that was frozen as they sued one another.
1973: Yes release their first live album 'Yessongs.' It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart, and #7 on the UK Albums chart. The album is formed of recordings from their supporting world tours for their studio albums, 'Fragile' and 'Close to the Edge,' between February and December 1972.
1973: Pink Floyd plays the first of two shows at London’s Earl’s Court Exhibition Hall after the official UK release of 'Dark Side of the Moon.'
1973: Led Zeppelin play the Dallas Convention Center. Ticket are $4.50 & $6.50.
1974: The Who headlined The Summer of ’74 festival at the Charlton Athletic Football Ground in London. Also on the bill were Lou Reed, Humble Pie and Bad Company.
1976: Angel's 2nd album, 'Helluva Band' is released.
1976: Queen's 'You're My Best Friend' b/w '39' 45 single is released. Written by bass guitarist John Deacon, it was originally included on the album 'A Night at the Opera' in 1975, and later released as a single on May 18, 1976. It reached #16 on The Billboard Hot 100.
1976: Warren Zevon released his self-titled album. It was recorded in 1975 and includes a "Who's Who" of guests - Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham, Rosemary Butler, Phil Everly, Glenn Frey, Bob Glaub, Don Henley, David Lindley, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther, Waddy Wachtel and Carl Wilson among others.
1977: The Grateful Dead perform at the renown Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
1978: Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first night on a 19-date North American tour at the Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1978: 'The Buddy Holly Story,' a film starring Gary Busey, premiered in Holly's hometown of Lubbock, Texas. The movie will be a critical and commercial success, although insiders said it had little historical accuracy. Busey would later be nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his role.
1979: David Bowie's 'Lodger' album is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #4 on the UK Albums chart. The last of the 'Berlin Trilogy' recorded in collaboration with Brian Eno (though in fact produced in Switzerland and New York), it was more accessible than its immediate predecessors 'Low' and 'Heroes,' having no instrumentals and being somewhat lighter and more pop-oriented. However it was still an experimental record in many ways and was not, by Bowie's standards, a major commercial success. Indifferently received by critics on its initial release, it is now widely considered one of Bowie's most underrated albums.
1979: Journey hosted 'The Midnight Special.' They performed 'Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ & 'City of the Angels.' The Jacksons & Herbie Hancock was also special guests on the program.
1980: Peter Criss leaves Kiss for the first of three times. He is replaced by drummer Eric Carr. He would return 16 years later for the highly successful KISS Renio Tour.
1982: Joe Strummer reappeared after disappearing for a month moving to Paris to get away from The Clash. He cited exhaustion & doubts about his career as the reason for this disappearance.
1982: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts played the San Jose Civic in San Jose, CA.
1985: Scottish Rock band Simple Minds make their breakthrough in North America when 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' tops the Billboard singles chart. The song was written specifically for the film 'The Breakfast Club' and was only the second tune recorded by the group that they did not write. Written by Keith Forsey (who won an Oscar for 'Flashdance... What a Feeling') and Steve Schiff (guitarist and songwriter from the Nina Hagen band.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Kim Mitchell’s 'Go For A Soda' at #87 & Duran Duran’s 'A View To A Kill' at #43 (debuts), Foreigner’s 'That Was Yesterday' at #22, Don Henley’s 'All She Wants To Do Is Dance' at #14 & Simple Minds’ 'Don’t You (Forget About Me)' at #1.
1988: Fleetwood Mac played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London on their The Tango In The Night Tour.
1989: A judge in Tampa, Florida gave permission to original Byrds drummer Michael Clarke to continue using the Byrds' name for another group he had formed.
1991: R.E.M. went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Out Of Time,' which began two non-consecutive weeks on top.
1991: Rod Stewart manages a Top 5 pop hit with 'Rhythm Of My Heart.'
1992: Saxon released their 11th studio album, 'Forever Free.'
1993: Winger release their 3rd album, 'Pull.'
1993: KISS 'Alive III' album was released.
1993: KISS get a spot on the Hollywood Rock Walk.
1996: 'Crash' from the Dave Matthews Band debuts at #2 behind "Fairweather Johnson" by Hootie & the Blowfish.
1996: Soundgarden perform on the season finale of Saturday Night Live.
1996: Brad Nowell of Sublime marries Troy Dendekker, the mother of his son, Jakob. He dies of a drug overdose a week later.
1999: AFI's 'Black Sails At Sunset' album is released.
1999: W.A.S.P. released their 8th album, 'Helldorado.'
2003: Stone Temple Pilots' singer Scott Weiland is arrested for drug possession in Burbank, CA. Weiland is released on $100,000 bail.
2004: New Jersey’s Country Cow Creamery gets permission from Ozzy and his wife Sharon to create flavors in their name. Ozzy’s is called Carnivorous Carrot Cake (cinnamon spice ice cream with carrot cake dipped in hazelnut liqueur) and Sharon’s is Death By Sharon (dark chocolate ice cream with dark chocolate fudge and bits of brownie dunked in Godiva chocolate liqueur).
2004: Clint Warwick, the original bassist for The Moody Blues, died from liver disease at the age of 63. Clint left the band in 1966 after playing on their only number one hit, 'Go Now.'
2004: It's announced that Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is the British Broadcasting Corp.'s composer in residence. He is tasked with composing a new work that could include the BBC Concert Orchestra.
2004: Metallica is honored in Los Angeles at ASCAP's annual Pop Music Awards. The group receives the inaugural Creative Voice Award. Also, songs by Audioslave and Puddle Of Mudd are recognized as some of the most performed tunes of 2003.
2004: Lenny Kravitz releases his album 'Baptism.' Kravitz wrote, produced and recorded all 13 songs, including lead track 'Minister of Rock N' Roll.'
2005: Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles is shut down for a free outdoor show by Audioslave that airs later on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. However, some rowdy fans among the audience of 10,000 break through a barricade causing police to ask that the show be stopped. Audioslave play one more song 'Cochise,' before wrapping it up.
2005: Last Call With Carson Daly airs the debut performance of the Country ballad "The Man I Didn't Know" by Velvet Revolver/STP frontman Scott Weiland. Weiland wrote the song about his father.
2006: George Thorogood and the Destroyers kick off a four month tour starting in New Haven, CT. in support of their album 'The Hard Stuff.'
2006: KoRn's Jonathan Davis tosses out the ceremonial first pitch before a Chicago Cubs-Washington Nationals game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Outside the park, Davis hands out thousands of $10 bills to fans to help promote specially priced $9.99 lawn seats on his band's Family Values Tour with the Deftones, Stone Sour and Flyleaf.
2006: Alice In Chains officially kick off their reunion tour at Los Angeles' Roxy Theater. They get support Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, former Screaming Trees leader Mark Lanegan and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan who accompanies Alice In Chains on guitar for five songs.
2006: Bruce Springsteen is honored as an inaugural inductee into the New Jersey Walk of Fame during a ceremony in Newark.
2006: Axl Rose is involved in an altercation with designer Tommy Hilfiger at a New York club during a private birthday party for actress Rosario Dawson. Rose claims the fashion mogul began smacking him, apparently after a dispute over a V.I.P. table. Following the incident, Hilfiger is removed from the celebrity-filled bash. Later that evening, GN'R performs an acoustic set. Rose dedicates the song 'You're Crazy' to his "good friend Tommy Hilfiger."
2007: Evanescence announce that Dark New Day guitarist Troy McLawhorn and drummer Will Hunt have been selected to replace John LeCompt and Rocky Gray. The pair departed a few weeks earlier.
2007: Four days after suffering a stroke, Bo Diddley walked around the intensive-care unit at Creighton University Medical Center and doctors were encouraged that the singer-songwriter-guitarist would be able to perform again. Unfortunately, the only time he ever sang in public again was an impromptu, one song performance at the unveiling of a plaque devoted to him in early November. He would pass away after suffering heart failure at his home on June 2, 2008.
2007: U.D.O. released their 11th album, 'Mastercutor.'
2009: Linkin Park's 'New Divide' goes to radio and is available on iTunes. The track is also the theme song for the film 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen.'
2010: The Black Keys release their 6th album, 'Brothers. '
2010: Avenged Sevenfold's single and title track from their 5th studio album, 'Nightmare,' is digitally released.
2010: Exodus release their 9th studio album 'Exhibit B: The Human Condition.'
2010: ZZ Top plays a benefit for the victims of the Chilean earthquake at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. It's the first major concert in the country since the devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake in February of 2010. "The whole world knows about the effects caused by the earthquake that happened in your beautiful country," says frontman Billy Gibbons.
2011: The annual Forbes Celebrity 100 list includes U2 (#4) and Bon Jovi (#8). The Forbes list evaluates earnings, power, influence and social media popularity. Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey are #1 and #2.
2011: John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for the 1967 Beatles song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' sold for $237,132 at an auction at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The sale of the sheet featured the song's third verse and the opening words to 'She's Leaving Home.' Both songs are on the 1967 album 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' It was speculated the song was about the drug LSD, however, The Beatles denied this, with Lennon saying the inspiration had come from a picture his son Julian had drawn of a classmate named Lucy Vodden - who died of the immune system disease Lupus in 2009.
2012: Tom Morello performs at the National Nurses United rally before a crowd of 5,000 protesters at Chicago's Daley Plaza during the NATO convention. "They couldn't shut us down because we stood up," says Morello. "It was a few politicians, their skeevy lawyers and some trembling NATO generals who caved in."
2012: Sammy Hagar donates $10,000 to the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish Food Bank in Atlantic City. "When I see children that aren't eating, that's when I get really touched, so my first goal is to help children as much as possible because they're the future of this planet," says Hagar, who contributes funds to food banks on every stop on Chickenfoot's tour.
2013: KROQ's Weenie Roast features an unexpected Stone Temple Pilots performance. Fronted by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, who imitates some of former STP vocalist Scott Weiland's signature serpentine stage moves, the group premieres their single, 'Out Of Time.' The Black Keys and 30 Seconds To Mars are the headliners.
2013: A custom-built VOX guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison during the recording of The Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' sells at auction for $408,000. Harrison used the guitar to practice 'I Am The Walrus' in 1967 and Lennon played it during a videotaping of 'Hello, Goodbye' later that year.
2013: Motley Crue are inducted into the Mohegan Sun Walk of Fame in Uncasville, CT. prior to the band's concert. The award recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to the success of Mohegan Sun casino.
2015: Faith No More release 'Sol Invictus,' their first studio album since 1997's 'Album Of The Year.'
2015: Graham Parker & The Rumour's second album since reforming in 2011, 'Mystery Glue' is released.
2015: "It's nice to be in a world like professional wrestling where I'm treated like a normal person," says Smashing Pumpkins frontman and wrestling promoter Billy Corgan at a joint press conference with Marilyn Manson prior to their double-bill tour. Manson recalls the pair's early encounters. "I tried to convince him to wear makeup and he tried to make me have more chords in my music."
2015: Yes reveal that founding member Chris Squire has been diagnosed with leukemia. He passes away the following month (June 27).
2016: 'Gimme Danger,' an Iggy & The Stooges documentary, makes its official premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Director Jim Jarmusch calls the film a "love letter to possibly the greatest band in Rock n. Roll history."
2016: Queen's collaboration with David Bowie on the 1981 single 'Under Pressure' is voted Britain's favorite duet in a poll conducted by Morar Consulting.
2016: Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler lists his gated estate in Beverly Hills for $3.22 million.
2017: Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell commits suicide following a concert in Detroit. He was 52.

May 19
1958: Ritchie Valens starts his recording career at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. He records the self-penned 'Come On, Let's Go' for Del-Fi Records in Los Angeles. The song would peak at #42 on the Billboard singles chart the following October.
1958: Bobby Darin's 'Splish Splash' was released. It was the first recording made on an eight track recorder at Atlantic Records and would eventually reach #3 in America. It was written with DJ Murray the K (Murray Kaufman), who bet that Darin couldn't write a song that began with the words, "Splish Splash, I was takin' a bath", as suggested by Murray's mother, Jean Kaufman. The song was credited to Darin and "Jean Murray" (a combination of their names) to avoid any hint of payola. It was recorded in a session at New York's Atlantic Studios on the evening of April 10, 1958. The personnel on the original recording included Jesse Powell on tenor sax, Al Caiola, Billy Mure on guitar, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Panama Francis on drums.
1960: American DJ Alan Freed was indicted along with seven others for accepting $30,650 in payola from six record companies. Two years later, he was convicted and given a suspended sentence and a $300 fine.
1961: The Everly Brothers launch their own record label, Calliope, intended for the purpose of discovering and developing new talent. Their own recordings will continue to be issued exclusively by Warner Brothers
1965: The FBI begins investigating the lyrics to the song 'Louie Louie' and spends two years analyzing them. At the end of their investigation, a statement is issued saying, “the lyrics of the song on this record was not definitely determined by this Laboratory examination, it was not possible to determine whether this recording is obscene.”
1965: During a U.K. show, Kinks drummer Mick Avory hits guitarist Dave Davies over the head with a cymbal. Davies requires 16 stitches but declines to press charges.
1965: The Beatles 'Ticket To Ride' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1966: The Grateful Dead debut at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom.
1967: Jefferson Airplane play Cal Poly Men's Gym on the campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo, CA.
1967: Pink Floyd played at Club A’ Go Go in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.
1967: The Beatles held a press party at manager's Brian Epstein's house in London for the launch of the 'Sgt Pepper's' album. Linda Eastman was hired as the press photographer.
1969: The Beatles' single 'Get Back' is awarded a Gold record for sales over 1 million. Paul McCartney would later say "We were sitting in the studio and we made it up out of thin air..."
1969: Poco released their debut album, 'Pickin' Up the Pieces.' It reached #63 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: The Who appeared at The Rock Pile in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1970: New Riders of the Purple Sage, along with The Grateful Dead, performed at the Washington University Quadrangle in St. Louis, Missouri.
1971: Emerson, Lake And Palmer and Mott the Hoople played at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri.
1971: King Crimson performed at the Lyceum Ballroom in London.
1972: David Bowie appeared at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.
1972: Elton John's 5th studio album. 'Honky Château' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for five weeks, and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #357 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. 'Honky Cat' and the Bowie-inspired 'Rocket Man' became John's first Top 10 hits since the release of 'Your Song' two years prior.
1972: Uriah Heep release their 4th album, 'Demons and Wizards.' It reached #23 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, bolstered by the Top 40 hit 'Easy Livin' (#39).
1972: Free's 'Little Bit Of Love' b/w 'Sail On' 45 single is released in the UK.
1973: Paul Simon releases the single 'Kodachrome,' which would become a hit in the US, but was banned from air play in the UK because it contains a brand name.
1973: Humble Pie played at Honolulu International Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Fairground Coliseum in Columbus, Ohio.
1974: The Grateful Dead performed at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
1975: Aerosmith's 'Sweet Emotion' b/w 'Uncle Salty' 45 single is released. The song was written by lead singer Steven Tyler and bassist Tom Hamilton. 'Sweet Emotion' reached #36 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's breakthrough single and the first Top 40 hit for the band. The day it hit #36 on the U.S. chart, July 19, 1975, Aerosmith was booked at a gig in New York City's Central Park, called the Schaefer Music Festival.
1975: Eagles 'One Of These Nights' b/w 'Vision' 45 single is released.
1975: Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Saturday Night Special' b/w 'Made in the Shade' 45 single is released. It's the only single released from the 'Nuthin' Fancy' album.
1976: The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards crashes his Bentley into a highway divider in Newton Pagnell, a town 50 miles north of London. Police take various substances from his vehicle and Richards will be charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana.
1976: Bob Dylan played at Henry Levitt Arena in Wichita, Kansas.
1976: Aerosmith performed at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
1976: Billy Joel released his 4th album, 'Turnstiles.' It reached #122 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single, 'Say Goodbye to Hollywood' hit the Top 20, reaching #17. In part, the album was made to celebrate Joel's return to New York City after his sojourn in California. Three of the album's tracks reference New York: 'Summer, Highland Falls,' 'New York State of Mind' and 'Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway).' In addition, Joel begins the album with 'Say Goodbye to Hollywood' (inspired by The Ronnettes song 'Be My Baby') and also includes 'I've Loved These Days,' a tongue-in-cheek expression of regret at leaving behind Hollywood's decadence.
1978: Dire Straits released their first major label single 'Sultans Of Swing', recorded on a £120 budget. The song was first recorded as a demo at Pathway Studios, North London, in July 1977, and quickly acquired a following after it was put on rotation at Radio London.
1978: KISS‬ played Magic Mountain Amusement Park while filming 'KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park.'
1978: The Kinks' 'Misfits' album is released. It reached #40 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single, 'A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy' hit the Top 40, reaching #30.
1979: The closest thing to a Beatles' reunion happened when Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr played together at Eric Clapton's wedding reception. Joining them for a jam session were Clapton, Mick Jagger and Ginger Baker. The all-star band plays songs from Little Richard and Eddie Cochran. The bride, Patti Boyd, was formerly married to George Harrison.
1979: Supertramp went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Breakfast In America', the group's only US #1.
1979: Van Halen appeared at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1980: Ringo Starr and his future wife Barbara Bach were involved in a car crash less than half a mile from where Marc Bolan was killed. The car was a write-off but Starr and Bach were not seriously injured.
1980: Black Sabbath played at City Hall in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.
1981: Sting was named songwriter of the year at the 26th Ivor Novello Awards.
1982: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at Rudi Sedlmayr Halle in Munich, Germany.
1983: Roxy Music performed at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto.
1984: The Cars release 'Magic' from the 'Heartbeat City' album.
1984: Bob Marley and the Wailers started a 12-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with the compilation album 'Legend,' released to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of Marley's death.
1986: Peter Gabriel released his 5th album 'So,' which was his first solo album not titled Peter Gabriel. It later went on to reach #2 on the Billboard 200 Album chart & sell five million copies in the U.S. It is ranked at 187 on Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest albums of all time. The album received four Grammy Award nominations: Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, Song of the Year, Record of the Year (all for 'Sledgehammer'), and Album of the Year.
1986: The Ramones released their 9th studio album, 'Animal Boy.'
1988: The British Phonographic Industry is rebuffed by the UK's House Of Lords when it tries to prevent electronics manufacturer Amstrad from producing and marketing a dual tape deck which makes it easy for consumers to copy cassettes. Because the company includes copyright warnings with the machine, The House ruled that they were not encouraging people to break the law.
1989: Ron Wilson, The Surfaris' drummer who recorded Rock and Roll's most influential drum solo, 'Wipe Out,' died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 49.
1990: Heart peaked at #33 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Brigade,' which went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.
1992: KISS release their 16th studio album, 'Revenge.'
1992: Aerosmith donated $10,000 to MIT in Boston to fund an explicit exhibition of photographs & sculptures after the National Endowment for the Arts pulled support.
1993: Depeche Mode begin their Devotional tour in Lille, France. They reach new levels of excess on the trek, culminating with lead singer Dave Gahan having a heart attack during a show.
1996: Peter Frampton, The Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth made guest appearances on The Simpsons season finale Homerpalooza,' where they were on tour as part of a music festival that Homer Simpson joined as a carnival freak.
1998: U2 give a concert in Belfast in support of an upcoming Peace Agreement vote. The show comes on the heals of frontman Bono being named one of the 20 most hated men in Northern Ireland.
1998: Kansas released their 13th studio album, 'Always Never the Same.'
1998: Sonny and Cher get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For Sonny, who died January 5, 1998, it's a posthumous honor.
2000: Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers Band is essentially kicked out of the band for “creative differences,” which are allegedly related to drugs and/or alcohol use.
2001: Weezer appears on Saturday Night Live. They perform 'Hash Pipe' and 'Island In The Sun' with Will Farrell.
2004: Incubus performs 'Talk Shows On Mute,' on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman.
2006: VH1 Classic's 'Decades Rock Live!' series pays tribute to Elvis Costello. The Atlantic City concert features Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Death Cab For Cutie. 2006: Sting's annual Rainforest Foundation benefit concert is held at New York's Carnegie Hall with appearances by Billy Joel, James Taylor and Sheryl Crow.
2006: Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp opens for INXS on a seven week North American tour.
2007: U2 play a brief (two songs) set on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. Their film, 'U2 3D,' makes its premiere.
2007: Evanescence, Hinder and Velvet Revolver headline the inaugural 'Rock on the Range' music festival in Columbus, OH. The show's bill also features Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Chevelle, Puddle Of Mudd, Papa Roach and Buckcherry also perform.
2007: Eric Clapton, Yes' Jon Anderson and Procol Harum's Gary Brooker appear at the Countryside Rocks concert in Newbury, England. The event benefits the Countryside Alliance, an organization that opposes a U.K. ban on hunting with dogs in rural regions. Steve Winwood and ex-Who/Faces/Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones also perform.
2007: Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours, make their debut at the Diamond Head Crater Celebration in Honolulu.
2008: 'From Life To Life,' a garden tribute to the late George Harrison, opens in London at the Chelsea Flower Show. The garden was co-designed by Harrison's widow, Olivia. On hand are Ringo Starr and Beatles producer George Martin. "I think it's a nice gesture for George," says Starr. "He loved the garden."
2008: A poem written by 16 year old Bob Dylan, who was still using his birth name, Robert Zimmerman, was slated to be offered for sale at a Christie's auction, where it was expected to sell for $10,000 to $15,000. Written on both sides of a single page, the verses tell the poignant story of a dog named Little Buddy who is killed at the hands of a drunkard, and the boy who mourns him.
2008: Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs embark on their first-ever tour (in support of 'Stop Drop And Roll!!!') in Little Rock.
2009: Green Day gives an intimate (an audience of about 300) MySpace Music concert in New York to promote their '21st Century Breakdown' album.
2009: Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready plays 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the Seattle Mariners home game against the Los Angeles Angels. McCready's performance takes place in conjunction with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Night at Safeco Field. McCready is a long-time sufferer of Crohn's disease. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.
2009: The first episode of the TV show Glee airs, featuring a Glee Club performance of Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin' that brings the song back to the charts. The Glee version made #4 - which was 5 spots higher than journey's original.
2010: Bret Michaels (Poison) is on The Oprah Winfrey Show live via satellite. The frontman and reality TV star talks about his near-fatal brain hemorrhage (the previous month) and the associated difficulties he's suffered. Just a few days later, Michaels has what doctors call a 'warning stroke'. They also find a hole in Michaels heart (which they say is treatable and unrelated to his previous condition).
2010: 'Stairway To Heaven' was named the UK's favorite rock song in a survey by listeners to radio station Absolute Classic Rock. Led Zeppelin had two other tracks in the top 10; ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was voted at #4 and ‘Rock 'n' Roll,' from the group’s fourth album, was at #7.
2010: Howard Jones rejoins Killswitch Engage for a string of shows. Jones left the band abruptly during a tour the previous November and was replaced by All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte.
2010: Elvis Costello cancels a pair of planned summer concerts in Israel, citing the region's ongoing political struggles as the reason. In a statement, he says he's unwilling to face the nearly unavoidable backlash associated with a performance in Israel. Costello also acknowledges the Palestinians' "many despicable acts of violence perpetrated in the name of liberation."
2011: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler revealed he once had sex with a man during his wild youth. In his memoir, 'Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?,' he revealed, "Gay sex just doesn't do it for me. I tried it one time when I was younger, but I just didn't dig it."
2012: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger hosts and performs on the final episode of Saturday Night Live's 37th season. He is backed alternately by Arcade Fire and the Foo Fighters. It's Jagger's first time as host of the NBC comedy and his third appearance as the musical guest.
2012: Black Sabbath (without Bill Ward) play their first hometown show in 13 years at Birmingham's 02 Academy. The show sells out in 10 minutes.
2013: Bon Jovi's 'Army Of One' is the theme for the Discovery Channel's seven-part 'North America' series.
2013: A guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison sold for $408,000 at auction. The custom-made instrument, built in 1966 by VOX was bought by an unidentified US buyer in New York. Harrison played ‘I Am the Walrus’, on the guitar in a scene from Magical Mystery Tour in 1967. Lennon used it in a video for 'Hello, Goodbye' later that year. After playing the guitar, Lennon gave it as a 25th birthday present to Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas, a member of The Beatles' inner circle in the 1960s.
2014: Judas Priest released the single 'March Of The Damned.'
2015: The Circle, with Sammy Hagar, Chickenfoot and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and Wabos guitarist Vic Johnson, release their debut live album, 'At Your Service.'
2016: John Berry, an original member of the Beastie Boys, dies at a hospice in Danvers, MA. He played on the Beastie Boys' first seven-inch EP in '82 then left a short time later. Credited with originating the group's name, Berry was 52.
2017: Papa Roach release their 9th album 'Crooked Teeth.' The set features 'American Dreams' and 'Help' which topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
2017: A comic book store owned by System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan reopens in Las Vegas. The new store is twice the size of the previous location. Dolmayan's comic book ventures go back to the early ‘90's.
2017: Linkin Park’s seventh album, 'One More Light' is released. It’s the group’s last studio effort with frontman Chester Bennington, who commits suicide months later. The set features 'Heavy' with guest vocals by Kiara Saulters.

May 20
1920: The Canadian Marconi Company, station XWA (Experimental Wireless Apparatus) in Montreal, Canada, gave what it would later claim to be the first scheduled radio broadcast in North America. Its call letters were changed to CFCF on November 4, 1920, and while the meaning of that call sign has never been officially confirmed, it is generally believed to be "Canada's First, Canada's Finest".
1954: Bill Haley And His Comets' 'Rock Around the Clock' was released. The record would find only limited success until the following year when it was included on the soundtrack of the film 'Blackboard Jungle.' The song is ranked #158 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1960: The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) played the first night of a short tour of Scotland backing singer Johnny Gentle, at Alloa Town Hall in Clackmannanshire. Three of the Silver Beetles adopted stage names: Paul McCartney became Paul Ramon, George Harrison was Carl Harrison, and Stuart Sutcliffe became Stuart de Stael.
1964: The Drifters' lead singer Rudy Lewis is found dead on the morning the group is scheduled to record 'Under The Boardwalk.' He is replaced by Johnny Moore, who was with a previous incarnation of the group, who sings lead on the song the next day. Lewis' death is widely reported as a drug overdose, although this is never confirmed by a medical authority.
1965: The Who performed at Town Hall in Kidderminster, West Midlands, England.
1966: George Harrison paid a visit to the Maharishi Yogi for the first time.
1966: The Beatles complete filming four song promo films for 'Paperback Writer' and three song promo films for 'Rain.' Two of the Paperback Writer promos are in color, the other two in black and white. Two Rain promos are in color and one in black and white. The color promos are for the US market, where color television broadcasting is being done, but the UK is still restricted to black and white only, and so the black and white films are for UK broadcast.
1966: Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of the Who grew tired of waiting for John Entwistle and Keith Moon to arrive for a concert. They take the stage at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England with the bass player and drummer of the local band that opened the show. When Moon and Entwistle finally show up in the middle of the set, Townshend whacks Moon on the head with his guitar, leaving him with a bruised eye and in need of three stitches. Moon and Entwistle quit the band...for a week.
1966: Bob Dylan and The Band played at the ABC Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Some members of the audience were unhappy with Dylan ‘going electric’, and attempted to overpower the band by playing their own harmonicas.
1966: Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band play their first gig, performing at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1967: Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records on the US Warner Brothers label. He would eventually give them three albums, 'Are You Experienced?,' 'Axis: Bold as Love' and 'Electric Ladyland.' The live L.P. 'Band of Gypsys' was released on Capitol Records a few months before his death.
1967: George Harrison visits the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time.
1967: The Young Rascals score the second of their three Billboard #1 records when 'Groovin' reached the top. Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati wrote this song because their work schedule would only allow them to see their girlfriends on Sunday afternoons.
1967: The BBC announces that it will not play The Beatles' 'A Day In The Life,' claiming it contained explicit drug references. On the same day, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr go to the BBC to record interviews for the show 'Where It's At.'
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Floral Hall in Southport, Lancashire, England. The support act was Big Sleep.
1968: The Beatles, armed with a bunch of new songs after their visit to India, met at George Harrison's home in Esher, Surrey. They taped 23 new songs on George's 4-track recorder, many of which would end up on The Beatles' next two albums, (the White Album) and Abbey Road. The demos include: ‘Cry Baby Cry’, Revolution’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Blackbird‘ and ‘Child of Nature’ (a Lennon song that became ‘Jealous Guy’).
1968: BBC 2 TV aired a short play 'The Pistol Shot', featuring a young dancer& artist named David Bowie.
1968: Pete Townshend of The Who marries his first and only wife, Karen Astley, daughter of composer Ted Astley. The couple would divorce in 2000.
1969: Led Zeppelin started three days of recording and mixing sessions at A&R Studios in New York City, which included the recording of 'Heartbreaker' and various other parts for new tracks for the group's forthcoming second album. The band were under pressure to finish sessions for their second album so they could release it in time for the Autumn market.
1969: Chicago singer Peter Cetera is attacked at a Dodgers/Cubs game at Dodger Stadium because of his long hair. He says, “Four marines didn’t like a long-haired rock ‘n’ roller in a baseball park, and of course I was a Cub fan, and I was in Dodger Stadium, and that didn’t do so well. I got in a fight and got a broken jaw in three places, and I was in intensive care for a couple of days. With my jaw wired together, I actually went on the road, and I was actually singing through my clenched jaw, which, to this day, is still the way I sing.” He was the band's lead singer and bass player before leaving for a solo career in 1985.
1969: Blood, Sweat & Tears 'Spinning Wheel' b/w 'More and More' 45 single is released. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July of that year, remaining in the runner-up position for three weeks. In August of that year, the song topped the Billboard easy listening chart for two weeks. It was also a crossover hit, reaching #45 on the US R&B chart.
1970: The Beatles' last film, 'Let It Be' premiered in the U.K. It was basically a documentary of the group's break-up, including footage of their last public performance on the roof of their Apple Corps headquarters in London.
1970: George Harrison meets producer Phil Spector at Abbey Road Studios to play demos of the songs which will appear on his debut album, 'All Things Must Pass.'
1970: Mountain played at the Eastown Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
1971: Johnny Cash's 'Singing In Vietnam Talking Blues' b/w 'You've Got A New Light Shining' 45 single is released.
1971: Chicago bassist Peter Cetera had to undergo five hours of emergency surgery after he lost four teeth in a fight at a Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field due to some of the Cubs fans objecting to Cetera’s long hair.
1972: Fleetwood Mac and McKendree Spring appeared at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee.
1972: T Rex were at #1 on the UK singles chart 'Metal Guru,' the band’s 4th and final chart topper. They also had the UK #1 album with 'Bolan Boogie.'
1972: Uriah Heep played at Liverpool Stadium in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.
1973: King Crimson appeared at the Civic Theatre in Ottawa, Canada.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at Campus Stadium at the University of California at Santa Barbara. New Riders of the Purple Sage opened the show.
1974: KISS played at Foothills Arena in Calgary, Alberta.
1975: AC/DC headlined at Croxton Park Hotel in Thornbury, Australia.
1976: Aerosmith played at Municipal Auditorium in Mobile, Alabama.
1977: Rush performed at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
1977: The stage show 'Beatlemania' opens at the Winter Garden Theater in New York.
1978: Paul McCartney led his group Wings to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the third time with 'With A Little Luck.' It reached #5 in his homeland.
1978: 'The Buddy Holly Story' with Gary Busey playing Holly, opens in Holly's hometown of Lubbock just a day after the world premiere in Dallas.
1979: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1979: KISS released their 20th single, 'I Was Made for Lovin' You.' It peaks at #11 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1980: Bob Dylan performed at the Franklin County Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1980: KISS release their 8th studio album, 'Unmasked.'
1980: The Clash concert in Hamburg, West Germany is plagued by crowd violence. When Joe Strummer smashes one particularly bellicose fan over the head with his guitar, Strummer is arrested, but cleared after a test proves he was not drinking.
1981: Bruce Springsteen performed at Bingley Hall in Stafford, England during a European tour.
1983: David Bowie played at Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany.
1983: Def Leppard released their 'Rock Of Ages' single.
1985: Savatage released their 2nd full-length album, 'Power of the Night.'
1985: Night Ranger's released their 3rd studio album '7 Wishes.'
1985: Robert Plant's 'Shaken 'n' Stirred' album is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, bolstered by the single, 'Little by Little,' which reached the Top 40 (#46) and topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for two weeks.
1985: Daryl Hall and John Oates headlined a concert for the grand re-opening of the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. The performance was recorded and later released as a 'live' album which also featured two of the original Temptations, David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick.
1987: Poison released the 'I Want Action' single.
1988: Priscilla Presley held a press conference to deny that Elvis is still alive.
1988: Pantera released their album, 'Power Metal.'
1988: Iron Maiden's 'Seventh Tour Of A Seventh Tour' stops in Toronto. Guns N' Roses is on the bill, with Zodiac Mindwarp and the LOve Reactio opeig the show.
1989: Ferry 'Cross The Mersey' by Ferry Aid started a three week run at #1 on the UK singles chart. The song was recorded to raise funds for the Hillsborough Football victims. Gerry Marsden, Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson and The Christians all featured on the recording.
1989: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were the musical guest on the season finale of Saturday Night Live where they performed 'Runnin’ Down a Dream' & 'Free Fallin.'
1991: Paul McCartney's 'Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)' album is released. It reached #14 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #7 on the UK Albums chart. Initially released in a limited edition run in 1991, 'Unplugged (The Official Bootleg),'with artwork that recalls Снова в СССР's was reissued in a more permanent fashion in the late 1990s.
1992: After The National Endowment for the Arts refused to fund an explicit exhibition called Corporal Politics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aerosmith bailed the show out with a ten-thousand dollar donation.
1993: Aerosmith filmed the video for their single 'Cryin’ at the Central Congregational Church in Fall River, MA where Lizzie Borden used to worship.
1995: Eagles' drummer Don Henley married model Sharon Summerall at his Malibu ranch. In attendance were Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, David Crosby, Randy Newman, Jimmy Buffett, Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, Sting and Sheryl Crow. The house band at the reception features Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Billy Joel and Tony Bennett.
1996: The much anticipated 'Until It Sleeps...' is released by Metallica.
1996: Melissa Etheridge is named Songwriter of the Year at the annual ASCAP Awards in Beverly Hills.
1997: Foo Fighters 'The Colour And The Shape,' is released. The group's sophomore set reaches the Top 10 in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Even though Foo Fighters are an American band, the word “Colour” in the album title is always spelled with the British spelling. This was a nod to producer Gil Norton, who is British.
1997: U2 caused traffic chaos in Kansas City, Missouri after they paid for traffic control to close down five lanes so they could shoot the video for 'Last Night On Earth'. Apart form major traffic jams a passing Cadillac crashed into a plate glass window trying to avoid a cameraman.
1997: Slaughter released their 4th studio album, 'Revolution.'
1998: Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward was taken to hospital in London after suffering a heart attack during a band rehearsal. He is temporarily replaced by Vinny Appice.
1998: Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee is sentenced to 180 days in jail, three years’ probation and a fine of $6,200 to be paid to a battered women’s shelter for kicking his soon-to-be ex-wife, Pamela Anderson, while she was holding their young son.
2000: The Guess Who perform in their home town of Winnipeg, leading to a reunion tour. The line-up featured Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Jim Kale, Donnie McDougall and Garry Peterson. Kale would be replaced by another former member, Bill Wallace, before the first show.
2001: R.E.M. started a two-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'Reveal.'
2002: Slash joined Motorhead onstage at Hollywood's House of Blues on May 20th to perform 'Born To Raise Hell'
2003: Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland was charged with cocaine and heroin possession after being arrested in L.A.
2003: Ted Nugent was dropped from the bill of the Muskegon Summer Celebration in his Michigan home state after he allegedly used racial slurs in a radio interview.
2003: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases 'Vicious Cycle,' their 12th studio album. It's the last to feature work by bassist Leon Wilkeson, who passed away during recording. Kid Rock appears on the album in a remake of 'Gimme Back My Bullets.'
2004: Nine Inch Nails boss Trent Reznor sued his old manager, alleging he was cheated out of millions since signing with J. Artist Management in 1989.
2005: Panic Channel with former Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro performs at the first MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Los Angeles. Navarro recieves the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his longtime support of the MAP charity, which assists musicians recovering from drug addiction.
2005: KoRn makes an appearance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in L.A. The trade show is geared toward the interactive-entertainment industry.
2006: The Beach Boys get a monument in their home town of Hawthorne, CA. It's California Historical Landmark No. 1041.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at NASCAR's Nextel All-Star Challenge in Concord, NC. 2006: A benefit "picnic concert" featuring performances by Eric Clapton, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Queen's Roger Taylor and Pink Floyd bandmates Roger Waters and Nick Mason is held in Newbury, England. Proceeds aid the Countryside Alliance, a U.K. organization that promotes rural recreation.
2006: Ozzy Osbourne appears at the Prince's Trust 30th Birthday concert at the Tower of London. Prince Charles and other members of the British royal family attend the benefit event. "I have met lots of young people helped by the Prince's Trust and been inspired by all of them," Osbourne says of the charity, which provides financial aid and mentor programs for young people.
2006: A benefit "picnic concert" featuring performances by Eric Clapton, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Queen's Roger Taylor and one-time Pink Floyd bandmates Roger Waters and Nick Mason is held in Newbury, England. Proceeds aid the Countryside Alliance, a U.K. organization that promotes rural recreation.
2006: It's Levon Helm Day in Woodstock, NY. Helm, best known as the drummer/singer for The Band, is a long time Woodstock resident.
2006: Tool were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘10,000 Days’ the American bands second #1 album.
2006: The Finnish band Lordi wins the Eurovision Song Contest - the first heavy metal band ever to do so.
2007: Rush singer & bassist Geddy Lee made an appearance on Bob and Doug McKenzie Two-Four Anniversary special which aired in Canada. A short film of Bob and Doug would be shown as an intro a song on their tour that year.
2007: Former Creed singer Scott Stapp is arrested at his Boca Raton, FL. mansion on suspicion of domestic assault with intent to commit a felony. Police respond to a 911 call placed by Stapp's wife, one-time Miss New York USA Jaclyn Nesheiwat, who alleges that an intoxicated Stapp threw a glass bottle at her face and nearly hit her. Stapp spends the night in jail. Later, he expresses regret. "I am truly sorry and seek forgiveness from my wife," writes the singer in a statement. He adds that "things were stated to the police in the heat of anger that were not completely accurate."
2007: A letter from the Organizers of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel urges the Rolling Stones not to perform in Israel "until the time comes when it ends its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory."
2007: Linkin Park went to #1 on the UK album chart with Minutes To Midnight the bands 5th Top 20 UK album. Also a US chart topper.
2008: 3 Doors Down release their self-titled 4th studio album. It features the hit lead single 'It's Not My Time.'
2008: King's X's 'XV' album is released.
2008: BMI's 56th annual Pop Awards are held in L.A. Hinder picks up the performing-rights organization's Song of the Year award for garnering the most airplay with 'Lips Of An Angel.' Nickelback has three songs honored ('Far Away,''Rockstar' and 'If Everyone Cared') for being among the year's most played.
2008: The Steve Miller Band's first-ever DVD package, 'Live From Chicago,' is in stores. The three-disc set includes footage from two '07 concerts, a behind-the-scenes documentary and live renditions of 12 of the group's hits.
2009: Green Day's '21st Century Breakdown' makes its debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The disc claims the top spot after moving 215,000 copies in only three days. It's the group's second chart topper. "'American Idiot' was the first.
2009: Elton John delivers an impassioned keynote speech in support of HIV/AIDS research at the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta. "Let us demand that researchers have the resources to undertake every new investigation of every promising scientific approach," says John.
2009: Former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogarty announced to the press that he had finished his latest CD, 'The Return of the Blue Ridge Rangers,' a sequel to his 1973 solo album. Released on August 25th, it would peak at #25 on the Billboard 200.
2009: KISS, Carlos Santana and Queen's Brian May are guest performers on the season finale of FOX's 'American Idol.' Kris Allen wins the competition over the heavily favored Adam Lambert.
2009: Marilyn Manson released his 7th studio album, 'The High End of Low.'
2010: Weezer is on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The one-time sedate frontman Rivers Cuomo drops to his knees during a rowdy performance of "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To.' DeGeneres describes the performance as "fantastic."
2011: U.D.O. released their 13th studio album, 'Rev-Raptor.'
2013: Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek died after a long battle with bile duct cancer at a hospital in Rosenheim, Germany at the age of 74.
2014: California Breed, with guitarist Andrew Watt, and a pair of Black Country Communion alum, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes and drummer Jason Bonham, release out their self-titled debut album.
2014: Former Heart bassist Mark Andes and drummer Denny Carmassi file a lawsuit against the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame because they were left out of the band's '13 induction ceremony-but their photographs were used in promotional materials. The pair spent nine years with Heart and appeared on all their Grammy-nominated tracks and half their hit singles.
2014: Prince Rupert Loewenstein, the Rolling Stone's business manager and financial advisor from 1968 to 2007, died at the age of 80 after a long illness. 2014: California Breed released their only album. The 3 piece band featured Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and guitarist Andrew Watt.
2015: Whitesnake release 'The Purple Album,' a tribute to Deep Purple featuring songs from singer David Coverdale’s two albums with the band. “It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago,” states Coverdale. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert!”
2015: The Rolling Stones played a surprise gig at the 1,300-capacity Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles during which they performed the entire 'Sticky Fingers' album. The audience included Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis, Harry Styles, Leonard Cohen and Patricia Arquette.
2015: Following final week appearances by Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, it's the Foo Fighters who are the last musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. Dressed in tuxedos, they perform 'Everlong' while a montage of classic clips are shown. Letterman, a 33-year late night vet, calls the Foo Fighters his "favorite band."
2016: Mudcrutch release '2.' The Tom Petty led group was his pre-Heartbreakers band.
2016: The inaugural Rock n' Derby takes place in Schaghticoke, NY. The three-day event, which combines demolition derbies and Hard Rock, features Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm and Shinedown.
2016: Dirk Verbeuren makes his live debut with Megadeth at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH. He fills in for Chris Adler who is on tour with Lamb Of God.
2016: Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and his Mad Season collaborators, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, play the 14th annual "Flight To Mars" benefit concerts in Seattle. Proceeds from the two-day event benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. McCready suffers from Crohn's disease.
2016: The Encyclopedia Of KISS, written by Brett Weiss, is released.
2016: The National release an anthology album of 59 Grateful Dead covers called 'Day of the Dead,' with appearances by Lucinda Williams, Bruce Hornsby, Courtney Barnett and Wayne Coyne. Proceeds go to the Red Hot Organization, which helps fight AIDS.
2016: Barenaked Ladies release the live album 'BNL Rocks Red Rocks,' which was recorded on June 10, 2015, at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, during the band's Last Summer On Earth tour. Guests include former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay and Violent Femmes sax player Blaise Garza, who join BNL for a rendition of Hay's 1982 hit 'Who Can It Be Now?'
2017: Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash performs at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's Beastly Ball to benefit the new Species Conservation Action Network. Slash is an animal rights activist who also collects exotic reptiles.
2017: At the Palladium in London, The Cranberries play their last show with lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, whose health issues for cancellation of the remaining dates. She dies on January 15, 2018.

May 21
1955: Chuck Berry records 'Maybellene' (essentially a reworking of 'Ida Red') in Chicago with Blues great Willie Dixon on bass. The song is Berry's first hi, peaking at #5 on the US Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart. In the heyday of Pat Boone, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and The McGuire Sisters, it was one of the few Rock 'n' Roll songs to get any radio air play that year.
1963: The Beatles recorded two BBC radio programs at the Playhouse Theatre in London. They recorded five songs for 'Saturday Club' and six songs for 'Steppin' Out.'
1964: The Beatles (Die Beatles) 'Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)' b/w 'I'll Get You' 45 single is released. The German language version of 'She Loves You.' The lyrics were translated to German language by Camillo Felgen, a Luxembourger singer, lyricist and television/radio presenter, upon request by EMI's German producer Otto Demler. The German sub-label of EMI, Odeon Records, persuaded George Martin and Brian Epstein, insisting that the Beatles "should record their biggest songs in German so that they could sell more records there." The single peaked at #97 in the Billboard Hot 100.
1965: The Who’s 2nd single, 'Anyway Anyhow Anywhere' backed with 'Daddy Rolling Stone' is released in the UK on Brunswick. Derek Johnson in New Musical Express calls is “a wild racer, with just about every conceivable commands attention and should do well.”
1965: Ten years into the Rock Era, it looks like it's here to stay. Time magazine reports on the rock revival with the cover story, 'Rock 'n' Roll: The Sound of the Sixties.'
1966: Bruce Springsteen and his band The Castiles perform at Freehold Regional High School in New Jersey. All the band members are juniors at the school.
1966: The Mamas And The Papas went to the top of the Billboard album chart with 'If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears,' which contained the singles 'Monday Monday' and 'California Dreamin.' The LP was initially credited to the grammatically incorrect The Mama's and The Papa's, which was corrected on later printings.
1967: Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records on the Warner Brothers label.
1967: Pink Floyd was at Studio 3, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood in London to record songs for their debut album, 'Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.'
1968: The Monkees appeared at The Olympia Stadium in Salt Lake City.
1968: Rolling Stone Brian Jones appeared at Great Marlborough Street Magistrates court in London on a charge of possession of marijuana, Jones was released on £200 bail.
1969: The Beatles officially announce the appointment of Allen Klein and his ABKCO to handle their financial affairs. Earlier, Klein took over management of the Rolling Stones.
1969: Yes played at Harrods Way Inn in London.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released the protest single 'Ohio,' written and composed by Neil Young in reaction to the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970, when unarmed college students were shot by the Ohio National Guard.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Seabreeze High School Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida.
1971: Paul McCartney releases 'Ram,' which, unlike his first solo LP, is not a one-man show. His wife Linda is on vocals and he enlists session men David Spinozza, Hugh McCracken on guitar and bass along with drummer Denny Seiwell. The album went on to reach #2 on the album chart and sell one million copies in the U.S.
1971: Free announced that they were splitting up. They would reform before the end of the year before splitting up for good in 1973.
1971: King Crimson played at Regal Cinema in Cambridge, England.
1972: The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Faces, Family, Curved Air, Atomic Rooster, The Kinks, Rory Gallagher, Uriah Heep, Country Joe McDonald, Buddy Miles, Status Quo, Brinsley Schwarz, Spencer Davis, The Strawbs and Humble Pie all appeared at the 2nd British Rock Meeting, Insel Grun in Germersheim, West Germany. The festival was due to take place in Mannheim, West Germany, but after protests from the locals, the concert actually took place in nearby Germersheim.
1973: Edgar Winter's 'Frankenstein' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1973: ‎Deep Purple‬ released the 'Smoke On The Water' single.
1973: David Bowie performed at the Theatre Royal in Norwich, England.
1974: Two would-be concert promoters were arrested by police in on fraud charges in connection with selling mail order tickets for a forthcoming Elten John show. (Elten with an E and not an O). Police took away over $12,000 in checks.
1975: ZZ Top appeared at Boston’s Music Hall.
1975: Elton John's album 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy' is certified Gold.
1976: The Rolling Stones open a 6-night stand at London's Earl's Court Theatre. The indifference of the Stones' performance causes them to be targeted as "dinosaurs" by the growing British Punk movement.
1976: Aerosmith receive a gold LP for 'Rocks.' The album will eventually go to #3 on the album chart.
1976: Blue Öyster Cult's 4th studio album, 'Agents of Fortune' is released. It reached #29 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #26 on the UK Albums chart.
1977: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' album takes over the #1 spot from the Eagles 'Hotel California.'
1977: Rod Stewart was at #1 on the singles chart with the double A sided single 'I Don’t Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest.’
1977: Grateful Dead performed at Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida, a show that can be heard on Dick’s Picks #29.
1978: Black Sabbath played at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1979: The Charlie Daniels Band 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia' b/w 'Rainbow Ride' 45 single is released. The song was the band's biggest pop hit, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1979: Elton John became the first solo Rock artist to tour Russia when he played the first of eight concerts. The first stop is Leningrad where Soviet officials monitor the show to make sure that Elton doesn't kick over his piano stool during 'Bennie And The Jets.' He was currently enjoying chart success back in the USA with 'Mama Can't Buy You Love,' his first Top 10 hit in 2½ years.
1979: Saxon release their debut album.
1980: A thief breaks into Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the recording studio built by Jimi Hendrix and steals five Hendrix Gold records. They are for the albums 'Are You Experienced?,' 'Axis: Bold as Love,' 'Cry of Love,' 'Rainbow Bridge' and 'Live at Monterey.'
1980: Bob Dylan performed his final gospel show in Dayton, OH. A second show there was canceled due to poor ticket sales.
1980: Joe Strummer of the British punk group the Clash is arrested in Hamburg, Germany for hitting a fan on the head with his guitar. A fight broke out between the band and the audience following a concert. He is released after an alcohol test proves negative.
1981: Iron Maiden embark on their first tour of Japan with four sold out shows.
1981: Reggae star Bob Marley receives a state funeral in Jamaica and is buried with honors. Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga delivers the eulogy: "His voice was an omnipresent cry in our electronic world. His sharp features, majestic looks, and prancing style a vivid etching on the landscape of our minds. Bob Marley was never seen. He was an experience which left an indelible imprint with each encounter. Such a man cannot be erased from the mind. He is part of the collective consciousness of the nation."
1982: Riot released their 4th album 'Restless Breed.' It's the first with vocalist Rhett Forrester.
1982: Queen release their album 'Hot Space.' It peaks at #22 on Billboard's 200 album chart.
1982: The Hacienda Club was opened in Manchester, England. Madonna made her UK TV debut at the club when C4 music show The Tube was broadcast live. It was home to many Manchester acts and Oasis, Happy Mondays, U2, The Smiths, Charlatans, James, M People, who all played at the club.
1983: David Bowie topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the second time with 'Let's Dance' featuring guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was Bowie's first single to reach #1 on both sides of the Atlantic. The music video was made by David Mallet on location in Australia including a bar in Carinda in New South Wales, featured Bowie playing with his band while impassively watching an Aboriginal couple’s struggles against metaphors of Western cultural imperialism.
1983: Def Leppard make their only appearance on American Bandstand and perform 'Photograph' and 'Rock of Ages.'
1983: Def Leppard peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Photograph.'
1983: ZZ Top releases their video for 'Gimme All Your Lovin,' which marks the first appearance of The Eliminator, which is Billy Gibbons' 1933 Ford Hot Rod. The car appears in 3 other ZZ Top videos and becomes closely associated with the band. Gibbons has another one built just like it to bring on tour.
1983: 'Little Red Corvette' goes to #6 in the US, giving Prince his first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100. The video is one of the first by a black artist to go in hot rotation on MTV.
1985: The superstar Hear N' Aid recording session takes place.
1987: Iron Maiden ended their tour in support of 'Somewhere in Time' at the Festival Hall in Osaka, Japan.
1987: Anvil released their 4th studio album, 'Strength of Steel.'
1988: Cinderella release their 2nd album 'Long Cold Winter.'
1988: White Lion peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Wait.'
1988: Prince scored his first UK #1 album with 'Lovesexy.' The cover, based on a photo by Jean Baptiste Mondino, caused some controversy upon release as it depicts Prince in the nude. Some record stores refused to stock it, or wrapped the album in black.
1996: The Wallflowers 2nd album, 'Bringing Down The Horses,' is released.
1996: Soundgarden's 5th album, 'Down On The Upside,' is released.
1996: Scorpions 13th studio album 'Pure Instinct' is released.
1996: Metalica released their 13th single, 'Until It Sleeps.'
1996: Styx and Kansas kicked off a three-month tour at the Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. This was Styx’s first tour with their classic lineup in 13 years.
2000: Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots marries a model named Mary Forsberg. Celebrity guests include Weiland's bandmates and Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
2001: U2 lead singer Bono and his wife Ali welcome a new baby boy.
2001: Producer, arranger and keyboardist Tommy Eyre died of cancer aged 51. He worked with George Harrison, Wham!, Dusty Springfield, and BB King. Eyre played and arranged Joe Cocker’s hit 'With A Little Help From My Friends' and Gerry Rafferty’s 'Baker Street.'
2001: Izzy Stradlin released his 4th studio album, 'River.'
2002: Ted Nugent releases a hunting-based cook book called 'Kill It And Grill It.'
2002: Motley Crue are sued by former producer Tom Werman, who claims the band owes unpaid royalties from the 'Shout At The Devil,' 'Theater Of Pain' and 'Girls, Girls, Girls' albums. Werman is seeking $400,000 plus court costs.
2002: Dio release their 9th studio album 'Killing the Dragon.'
2002: Pooson released their 6th studio album, 'Hollyweird.'
2003: Ike Turner is refused entry into Japan because of a past drug conviction.
2006: A businessman shells out $117,000 at a charity auction in Hertfordshire, England, to eat a meal prepared by Ozzy Osbourne. "I hope that guy knows all I can f**kin' cook is beans on toast," says Ozzy.
2007: Creed singer Scott Stapp was arrested at his Florida home and charged with assault. The 33-year-old was held without bail following the charges, which related to a domestic assault.
2007: Velvet Revolver's 'She Builds Quick Machines,' the first single from their 'Libertad' album, hits radio.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne makes the first on two consecutive appearances on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live to support his album, 'Black Rain.'
2008: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith checks into a rehab clinic in Pasadena, CA to kick prescription medication dependency that started as he was recovering from surgeries that repaired damage to his feet.
2008: Pink Floyd win the Polar Music Prize, the Swedish music award. The honor recognizes Floyd's "monumental contribution over decades to the fusion of art and music in the development of popular culture." Past award winners include Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
2008: At BMI's Film & Television Awards in L.A. the performing-rights organization bestows trophies on The Who's Pete Townshend for composing the theme songs to CBS' CSI, CSI: NY and CSI: Miami.
2008: David Cook becomes the first 'Rocker' to win American Idol. He beats out teen-heartthrob David Archuletta. On the season finale, ZZ Top performs 'Sharp Dressed Man' with Cook. Graham Nash and Bryan Adams also appear.
2009: Green Day blasts retail chain Wal-Mart for refusing to stock '21st Century Breakdown' due to explicit lyrics. "They won't carry our record because they wanted us to censor it," explains frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. "We just said no." Despite Wal-Mart's ban, '21st Century Breakdown' is the #1 album in the U.S.
2009: Sting and Sheryl Crow are among the performers at the 'One Night Live' concert in Toronto. The event raises more than $1.8 million for the Women & Babies Program at the city's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
2010: U2's lead singer Bono had emergency spinal surgery after suffering an injury while preparing for tour dates. The 50-year-old singer was treated at a specialist neurosurgery clinic in Munich and was expected to stay there for a number of days.
2010: Y&T released their 12th studio album, 'Facemelter.'
2011: Bob Dylan came out on top as both the most inspirational individual for poets and the dream collaborative partner, in a survey carried out by The Foyle Poetry Society. The extensive survey questioned poets asking which musician and which genre of music most inspired their writing. The young people, aged between 11 and 17, from countries throughout the world also voted for artists such as David Bowie, Regina Spektor, Florence and the Machine, Leonard Cohen, Morrissey and Pete Doherty.
2012: The US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from a Boston University student who was successfully sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally sharing music on peer-to-peer networks. In 2009, a jury ordered Joel Tenenbaum to pay $675,000, or $22,500 for each song he illegally downloaded and shared.
2013: Uriah Heep and Spiders From Mars bassist Trevor Bolder dies of cancer at the age of 62. Bolder joined David Bowie's backing band in 1971 before replacing John Wetton in Heep five years later. "Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with," says Bowie. "But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man."
2013: U.D.O. released their 14th studio album, 'Steelhammer.'
2013: 30 Seconds To Mars release their 4th album, 'Love Lust Faith + Dreams.'
2013: Fight Or Flight, with Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren, issue their debut single, 'First Of The Last.'
2013: Trevor Bolder, the bassist in David Bowie’s legendary 1970s backing band Spiders From Mars, died from cancer at the age of 62. Bolder appeared on the studio albums 'Hunky Dory' (1971), 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' (1972), 'Aladdin Sane' (1973), and 'Pin Ups' (1973). He joined Uriah Heep in 1976, replacing John Wetton.
2014: Spirit files a lawsuit against Led Zeppelin claiming the guitar arpeggio opening of 'Stairway To Heaven' infringes Spirit's 1968 instrumental track 'Taurus.' Zeppelin opened for Spirit in 1969.
2014: KISS perform on the Season 13 finale of 'American Idol' where they are joined by Rock leaning finalist Caleb Johnson, who ends up winning the competition.
2014: Jack White appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The accompanying article is titled: The Strange World of a Rock & Roll Willy Wonka.
2014: Guns N' Roses begin their 'No Trickery! An Evening of Destruction' Las Vegas Residency.
2015: Jon Bon Jovi performs his song 'Reunion' during the graduation ceremony at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. The singer also receives an honorary doctor of letters for his work in philanthropy. The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation addresses issues of hunger, homelessness and poverty.
2015: Black Sabbath received a lifetime achievement prize at the Ivor Novello songwriting awards. Guitarist Tony Iommi picked up the trophy, confirming the band would embark on their "final tour" next year.
2016: Auctioneers at Julien's auction house in New York sold one of Elvis Presley's acoustic guitars for $354,400. Other items in the sale included John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for The Beatles' 'Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite' which brought $354,400
2016: Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza dies after collapsing on stage during an L.A. performance by his progressive Jazz trio OHM. The 51-year-old succumbs to heart failure.
2017: Twenty One Pilots win Top Rock Artist, Top Duo/Group, Top Radio Songs, Top Rock Song ('Heathens') and the Billboard Chart Achievement honors at the Billboard Music Awards. Metallica garner the Top Rock Album award for 'Hardwired… To Self-Destruct' and Coldplay take home the Top Tour trophy.
2017: The dedication of the permanent memorial at the site of The Station is held on Cowesett Avenue in West Warwick, RI. In ’03, during a Great White performance at the nightclub, pyrotechnics started a fire which killed one-hundred people and injured dozens more

May 22
1954: Bob Dylan is bar mitzvahed in Hibbing, Minnesota.
1955: Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut cancel a dance at the Ritz ballroom featuring Fats Domino. Authorities say the cancellation is because they discovered that "Rock and Roll dances might be featured" and justify their action by citing "a recent near riot at the New Haven Arena" where Rock 'n' Roll dances were held.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis lands in London. After being badgered by the press, he admits that he's married to his cousin (actually, second cousin twice removed) and that Myra is only 13-years old. The ensuing scandal forces the cancellation of Lewis' U.K. tour and eventually derails his career. The London Morning Star runs an editorial calling Lewis "an undesirable alien" and calls for his deportation, leading to his British tour being canceled after just three of the scheduled thirty-seven performances. Jerry Lee would later say, "When this so-called news broke, it was like I had committed an unforgivable sin. I did not."
1965: The Beatles went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Ticket To Ride.' The song was the third of six #1 singles in a row on the American charts, a record at the time.
1965: Kinks guitar player Dave Davies is knocked unconscious when he falls into drummer Mick Avory's cymbal during a London concert. The group cancels the remainder of their UK tour.
1966: At age 16, Bruce Springsteen records for the first time as a member of the Castilles. The song 'That's What You Get' is never released.
1967: The Monkees 3rd album, 'Headquarters'is released. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1968: Cream's 2nd album 'Disraeli Gears' goes gold.
1971: The Rolling Stones album 'Sticky Fingers' started a four-week run at #1 on the US charts, the group's second US #1 album. The artwork for 'Sticky Fingers,' which, on the original vinyl release, featured a working zipper that opened to reveal cotton briefs was conceived by American pop artist Andy Warhol. The cover, a photo of Joe Dallesandro's crotch clad in tight blue jeans, was assumed by many fans to be an image of Mick Jagger. The album also features the first usage of the "Tongue and Lip Design" designed by John Pasche.
1971: The Flying Burrito Brothers self-titled 3rd album is released. It reached #176 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1972: The Guess Who record their 'Live At The Paramount' album in Seattle, Washington.
1976: Wings started a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Silly Love Songs', McCartney's fifth US #1 since leaving The Beatles. It made #2 in the UK.
1976: The Doobie Brothers album, 'Takin' It To The Streets,' peaks at #8 and sells over a million copies.
1977: Blondie (and Television) begin their U.K. tour in Glasgow, Scotland.
1979: Cheap Trick's breakthrough album 'Live At Budokan,' featurin' "I Want You To Want 'e" goes platinum. The album does so well as an import, Epic Records releases it in the U.S.
1980: U2 kicked off their 23 date '11 O'Clock Tick Tock' tour at The Hope & Anchor in London.
1981: Hall And Oates' 'Kiss on My List' is awarded a Gold record. The song will make it to #1 in the US and become the first of three chart toppers the duo will amass in the next 12 months.
1982: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts from Van Halen’s 'Dancing In The Street' at #74 & Journey’s 'Still They Ride' at #72. Rainbow’s 'Stone Cold' was #50, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' 'Crimson And Clover' at #21, and Toto’s 'Rosanna' was #20. ‬
1989: Independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian became the first person ever convicted under the 29-year-old US payola law. He pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to distributing cash and cocaine to a radio station in order to get airplay for records by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Laura Branigan.
1990: Soundgarden's 1st video release, 'Louder Than Live' is out. It features songs performed live at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, California on December 7, 1989 and December 10, 1989.
1992: Ringo Starr released 'Time Takes Time,' his first studio album in nine years. To promote it, Starr toured with an all-star band that included his son Zak on drums, along with Burton Cummings, Dave Edmunds and Todd Rundgren.
1993: Dave Mustaine of Megadeth appeared on the cover of Kerrang Magazine.
1996: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant launch into a drunken verbal assault of first class passengers on a transatlantic British Airways flight. Among those on board were actors Telly Savalas and Dudley Moore.
1997: Fleetwood Mac performs on MTV's Unplugged. The performance is played on both MTV and VH1.
1999: Ticket demand turns a five show gig in July at New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena into a fifteen show stand for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The reunion shows set the record for one stay at a single arena.
2000: The ASCAP awarded Steely Dan the Founders Award, the ASCAP’s top honor for lifetime achievement in songwriting.
2001: The three remaining members of Rage Against The Machine and ex-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell solidify plans to record a full length album together, and Audioslave was born.
2001: Bon Jovi release their album, 'One Wild Night Live 1985–2001.' It includes covers of Neil Young’s 'Rockin' In The Free World' and The Boomtown Rats’ 'I Don't Like Mondays.'
2001: Ozzy Osbourne's appearance in 'Little Nicky' is among the performances nominated in the Best Cameo in a Movie category of the 2001 MTV Movie Awards.
2001: Mötley Crüe release 'The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.' The book becomes a New York Times Bestseller and is being made into a movie.
2001: Staind release their 3rd studio album, 'Break The Cycle.' Featuring the single, 'It's Been Awhile,' the set sells over four-million copies within a year.
2002: Alien Ant Farm's tour bus crashes in Spain. The driver is killed. Band members and crew suffer injuries.
2004: Dozens of people are sent to the hospital and more than 200 are treated for heat exhaustion (temperatures near 90 degrees) at a music festival in Washington, D.C. An estimated crowd of 60,000 attend the show, which includes performances by the Offspring, Lostprophets, P.O.D. and Papa Roach.
2005: Dave Matthews Band hit #1 on the US album chart with 'Stand Up.' The album entered the chart at #1 with sales of 465,000.
2006: The Seattle City Council unanimously votes to name a five-acre tract after hometown hero, Jimi Hendrix. The guitarist's stepsister, Janie, calls the honor "long overdue."
2006: The J. Geils Band's entire original lineup perform together in their hometown of Boston at a private party celebrating bassist Dick Klein's 60th birthday. It reportedly is the first time the six members play together onstage in more than 20 years.
2006: Led Zeppelin receive the Polar Music Prize, Sweden's most prestigious music award. The award is the result of the group's "playful and experimental music [whose] eclectic elements" helped "define the genre of Hard Rock." The surviving members are presented with a check worth $123,000 by the King of Sweden.
2006: Green Day earn the Creative Voice Award at the 23rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. The performance-rights/collection organization's award goes to the group or performer whose work has a sense of creativity and a desire to contribute to the community.
2007: The Smashing Pumpkins play their first show since December 2000 in Paris. Original members, frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, are augmented by Ginger Reyes (bass), Jeff Schroeder (guitars) and Lisa Harriton (keyboards).
2007: Ozzy Osbourne releases his 10th studio album 'Black Rain.' "It's a well-put-together album," says Ozzy. "I took my time on (it) and (guitarist) Zakk (Wylde) plays some amazing stuff as always." The album was recorded at Osbourne's home studio in L.A.
2008: Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Radiohead are recognized for their songwriting accomplishments at Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello Awards in London. Gilmour takes a Lifetime Achievement trophy.
2008: PlayStation 3 video game is in stores. The soundtrack features KoRn's 'Haze.'
2009: ABC's Good Morning America kicks-off their summer concert series with a live performance by Green Day in New York's Central Park.
2009: White Stripes drummer Meg White married Jackson Smith at ex-husband and bandmate Jack White's Nashville home. Jack and Meg White were married for four years and divorced in 2000. The event was part of a double wedding, which also saw Jack Lawrence and Jo McCaughey marry. Lawrence plays bass in Jack White's other musical projects, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.
2010: VH1 airs 'Dedicated To Dio' in honor of the life and musical career of Ronnie James Dio who passed away from stomach cancer a week earlier.
2011: U2 earns the Top Touring Act prize for their 360 tour at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Top Rock Artist is Train who also win Top Rock Song for 'Hey Soul Sister.'
2011: Pop Evil, apparently frustrated with their distributor (Universal Music), tear up their contract on stage at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, OH. calls it one of the "10 Best Moments of Rock on the Range." The group later signs with eOne Music.
2011: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer made his second appearance on The Simpsons where he appeared as himself.
2011: Vinnie Vincent, ex-Kiss and Vinnie Vincent Invasion guitarist, is arrested in Smyrna, Tennessee after his wife, Diane Cusano, charges that he slapped her face, grabbed her hair, dragged her through shattered glass, and, as she tried to escape from their property, repeatedly hurled her to the ground. A SWAT team is brought to his home after he refuses to open the door for four hours. Eventually, Vincent surrenders, but in a search of the home police find four dead dogs in sealed containers. Vincent and his wife claim that bad weather had delayed their burials. His wife is now deceased from complications of chronic alcoholism, and Vincent’s whereabouts are a mystery.
2012: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conpirators release the 'Apocalyptic Love' album. It went to #1 in New Zealand, #2 in Canada and #4 in the US. ‬
2012: 64-year-old Gregg Allman told TV host Piers Morgan of his plans to marry wife number seven, a 24-year-old British woman.
2012: 'Ya Know?,' an album of Joey Ramone demos, is released. Joan Jett, Steve Van Zandt, Richie Ramone and various members of Cheap Trick contributed to the album's production. The title mimics the phrase Ramone, who passed in 2001 of lymphoma, characteristically finished each of his sentences.
2012: British newspaper The Sun, reported that Mick Jagger's lavish Caribbean holiday home on Mustique was available for hire, at £9,500 a week, but added that Mick, demanded full details of applicants’ backgrounds, including professions, before they were even considered. Bandmate Keith Richards' beach-front Caribbean holiday home at Parrot Cay Resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands was also available for rent, at £35,000 a week.
2013: Maria Alekhina, an imprisoned member of the Punk band Pussy Riot, goes on an 11-day hunger strike after a Berezniki, Russia judge refuses to allow the performer to attend her parole hearing. Alekhina and Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are serving two-year sentences on trumped up charges of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred."
2013: Carole King is presented with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the White House by President Obama, who calls the singer-songwriter a "living legend." "It is yet another of the many important messages to young women that women matter, women make a difference," King says in an interview with Associated Press
2014: Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie was honoured with a lifetime achievement at this year's Ivor Novello songwriting awards. McVie played with Fleetwood Mac for 28 years and wrote some of their most famous songs, including 'Don't Stop' and 'Little Lies.'
2014: After Jon Bon Jovi expresses an interest in buying the Buffalo Bills football team and moving them to Toronto, an opposition group, 12th Man Thunder, enlist local businesses to establish "Bon Jovi-free zone" in Buffalo.
2014: Paul McCartney was hospitalized for a virus that caused him to cancel a string of dates in the Orient. He was treated in a Tokyo hospital and later made a complete recovery.
2015: Neil Young previews 'Rock Starbucks' on the Democracy Now website. The track, from his album 'The Monsanto Years,' is highly critical of the ubiquitous coffee chain. "Still no latte's for me folks. I am not going to support a company that actively tries to defeat the will of the people by fighting their right to know what is in the food they eat," writes Young, explaining the song.
2015: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson announces he's signed a memorandum of understanding for the relaunch of African airline Air Djibouti, to be operated by his Cardiff Aviation. The airline began service in 1963 but ceased in 2002. Dickinson, a pilot, founded Cardiff Aviation in '12 as an aircraft maintenance business.
2016: The second annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride And Concert raises $50,000 for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
2016: Twenty One Pilots' 'Blurryface' is named to the top album at the Billboard Music Awards. The reunited Go-Go's perform 'We Got The Beat' but the Madonna/Stevie Wonder tribute to Prince is a disaster.
2016: A guitar that Elvis Presley was given by his father sold for $334,000 at an auction in New York. It was thought that Vernon Presley changed the finish on the Gibson Dove to black after his son earned a black belt in karate. Presley later gave the guitar to a fan during a concert in North Carolina in 1975. Auctioneers Julien's also sold John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for The Beatles' 'Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite!' for $354,400 and a red neoprene vinyl jacket which Michael Jackson wore for his 1996-97 HIStory world tour which sold for $256,000.

May 23
1953: Bill Haley And His Comets saw their first release for Essex Records, 'Crazy Man, Crazy' enter the Cashbox Best Sellers chart at #19. The success will be short lived however, as the record would fall out of the Top 50 two weeks later.
1960: The Everly Brothers' 'Cathy's Clown' hits #1, where it has a five week stay. The duo had also accomplished this feat 1958 when 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' spent over a month at the top position. It also spent seven weeks at #1 in the UK. It became the Everly Brothers' biggest hit single and their 3rd and final US chart topper, selling eight million copies worldwide.
1963: The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, performed at the Odeon Cinema in Nottingham, England.
1963: Paul Revere and the Raiders sign their first major label contract with Columbia Records.
1964: The Beach Boys release 'I Get Around.' By the 4th of July in 1964, it would become the #1 song in the US, topping the charts for two weeks.
1964: Elvis Presley's 9th film, 'Follow That Dream,' opens.
1966: The Beatles 'Paperback Writer' is released. It will go on to become the band's twelfth Billboard #1 hit. The song also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, West Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Norway.
1966: The Doors play their first show. The gig is at the The Whisky A-Go-Go in West Hollywood, where they would become the house band for a while.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at Klub Bongo in Malmö, Sweden.
1967: After several days abortive work at Abbey Road Studios, Pink Floyd moved to Sound Technique studios in Chelsea, London to record 'See Emily Play' and 'Scarecrow.'
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Town Hall in High Wycombe, England.
1968: Pink Floyd played two late shows at the Paradiso in Amsterdam.
1968: Johnny Lee Hooker, supported by The Hallucinations performed at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: The Who release their 4th album 'Tommy,' which is a double album and is the first album to be billed as a rock opera. It goes on to sell over two million copies in the U.S. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's, and #2 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #96 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 1998 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant value".
1969: Bob Seger performed at the Hullabaloo Club in Oregon, Ohio.
1969: Sly and the Family Stone, Clarence Carter, and Rotary Connection performed the first of a two night stand at the Fillmore East in New York.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. Admission was $5.
1970: The Grateful Dead played their first British concert at the Hollywood Rock Festival. The Dead's four hour set is preceded by a performance by Mungo Jerry, playing their big hit 'In the Summertime.'
1970: Paul McCartney's debut solo album, 'McCartney,' started a three-week run at #1.
1970: The Beatles 12th and final studio album 'Let It Be' started a three week run at #1 on the UK chart.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Columbia High School Auditorium, Decatur, Georgia.
1971: Iron Butterfly disband one month after 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' falls off the Album Chart, following a 138 week run.
1971: Frank Zappa appears at the Ohio Theater in Columbus, Ohio.
1971: Rory Gallagher's self-titled 1st solo album is released. It reached #32 on the UK Albums chart.
1973: Jefferson Airplane were prevented from giving a free concert in Golden Gate Park when San Francisco authorities passed a resolution banning electronic instruments. The group later wrote ‘We Built this City’ about the ban.
1973: Clive Davis is fired as president of Columbia Records. He was allegedly using company funds for private use, including $53,700 worth of alterations to his apartment and $20,000 for his son's bar mitzvah.
1973: David Bowie performs at the Brighton Dome in Brighton, England.
1974: George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label, 'Dark Horse.' The label’s first signing was Ravi Shankar.
1975: Peter Gabriel plays his final show with Genesis before going solo. It's in St. Etienne, France.
1975: Elton John's 9th studio album 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tapes for seven weeks upon release, and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #158 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight", the only single released from the album (and a #4 hit on the U.S. Pop Singles chart.
1975: Alice Cooper played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1976: NBC tapes Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue at Colorado State University. The concert later airs under the title 'Hard Rain'
1977: Linda Ronstadt begins work on her 'Simple Dreams' album at Sound Factory One in Los Angeles.
1978: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their 117 show Darkness on the Edge of Town Tour at Shea’s Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. Several of the shows are broadcast on radio and become instant classics.
1978: Bob Seger performed at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1979: The Who documentary 'The Kids Are Alright' premieres in New York.
1979: Due to a record company dispute, Tom Petty was forced to file for bankruptcy owing $575,000. A long-running battle with his record company followed.
1979: KISS release their 7th studio album, 'Dynasty.' It marked the first time that the original four members of Kiss did not all appear together for the entire album.
1980: Iron Maiden release their 2nd single, 'Sanctuary.' The cover art caused controversy for the band as it depicted their mascot, Eddie, wielding a knife while crouching over the corpse of then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
1980: Judas Priest released their single, 'Breaking the Law.'
1980: U2's '11 O'Clock Tick Tock' b/w 'Touch' 45 single is released in the UK.
1980: Black Sabbath performed at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, England.
1981: Rush played at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
1981: Though issued in the U.K. nearly five years earlier, AC/DC's 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' peaks at #3 on the U.S. album chart.
1983: Eric Clapton appeared at Civic Hall in Surrey, England.
1986: Poison release their debut studio album 'Look What the Cat Dragged In.' It peaks at #3 on Billboard's 200 album chart. ‬
1986: AC/DC's 'Who Made Who' album was released. It was the soundtrack to the Stephen King movie 'Maximum Overdrive.'
1987: Twelve former members of the Doobie Brothers reunited for a charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The show raised $350,000 for Vietnam veterans, about two-thousand of whom attended the show for free.
1987: Helloween's 2nd studio album, 'Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I' is released. It marked the first appearance of vocalist Michael Kiske and it reached #104 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Europe’s 'Rock The Night' at #50, Billy Idol’s 'Sweet Sixteen' at #43, Genesis’ 'In Too Deep' at #16, Bon Jovi’s 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' at #14, Poison’s 'Talk Dirty To Me' at #10, and U2’s 'With Or Without You' was #1. ‬
1988: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts released their 6th studio album, 'Up Your Alley.'
1988: ‎Metallica‬ played ‎The Troubadour‬ in ‎West Hollywood‬.
1990: Nick Mason, drummer for Pink Floyd, marries his second wife, Annette Lynton, in London.
1991: Photographer Michael Lavine took what would be the publicity shots for Nirvana’s 'Nevermind' album at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles. The idea for the front cover shot of the baby swimming was taken after Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl saw a TV documentary on water babies and was taken by Kirk Weddle. Several babies were used; five-month old Spencer Eldon’s photo came out best.
1992: A statement issued by Freddie Mercury’s attorneys stated that Mercury had bequeathed the majority of his estate ($17 million) to his long-time friend Mary Austin.
1994: Melissa Etheridge's self-titled debut album goes platinum (one million sales) five-and-a-half years after its release.
1995: Dokken release their 5th studio album, 'Dysfunctional.' It's the band's first release after reuniting in 1993 and it peaks at #47 on Billboard's 200 album chart.
1997: Fleetwood Mac concludes their 'live' performance in front of an invited audience. The concert footage is shown on both MTV and VH1 and is released as 'The Dance.'
1999: The UK's Royal Mail issued a 19p stamp featuring Freddie Mercury to mark his contribution to the Live Aid charity concert in 1985. The late Queen front man was an avid philatelist whose collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993.
2000: Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan announces the group will disband following their current tour. Internal riffs and management troubles are tagged as the cause.
2000: Matchbox 20 release 'Mad Season.'
2000: A Perfect Circle release their debut album, 'Mer de Noms.' In addition to Maynard James Keenan of Tool, the group features guitarist Billy Howerdel and drummer Josh Freese, who had been working on the Chinese Democracy album for Guns N' Roses. It ends up with worldwide sales of well over 2 million.
2000: Noel Gallagher walked out on his band Oasis during a European tour. The move was put down to a series of burst-ups with his brother Liam. The band drafted in replacement guitarist Matt Deighton for the rest of the European dates.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne gets a Legend Award at the MTV Video Music Awards-Japan.
2005: D.A.D. released their 9th album, 'Scare Yourself.'
2005: Bruce Dickinson released his 6th solo album, 'Tyranny of Souls.'
2005: Audioslave releas their 2nd studio album. 'Out of Exile.'
2005: A post on The Darkness website says bassist Frankie Poullain has left the group due to "musical differences."
2006: The King of Sweden presented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm recognising them as "great pioneers" of rock music. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were joined by the daughter of drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980. The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group Abba, who named it after his record label, Polar Records. Previous winners include Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and producer Quincy Jones.
2006: Sammy Hagar Day is declared in San Bernardino, CA. The Red Rocker, a former area resident, pledges to support a local burn facility by donating proceeds from select tickets to the kickoff of his tour in nearby Devore.
2006: Def Leppard's long delayed covers album, 'Yeah!,' is released. The group's 12th studio effort, includes songs originally recorded by David Bowie, Electric Light Orchestra, Thin Lizzy, T. Rex, Free and the Kinks. There are 5 different versions (regular, iTunes, Target, Wal Mart, Best Buy and Japanese) all with different tracks.
2006: Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top takes parts in a musical tribute to late Country legend Buck Owens during the Academy Of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
2007: The US Library of Congress hands out the first Gershwin Award to Paul Simon for being a "performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins."
2007: Linkin Park's 3rd studio album, 'Minutes To Midnight,' debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 623,000 copies during its first week.
2007: Green Day performs John Lennon's 'Working Class Hero' on the American Idol season finale on FOX-TV.
2007: 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End' premieres in Tokyo. The highly touted appearance of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards as the father of Capt. Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) turns out to be rather uneventful. A bearded Richards only gets to play acoustic guitar and display the shrunken head of Sparrow's mother. Depp modeled his Sparrow character on Richards.
2008: David Kuntz, claiming to be David Lee Roth was pulled over for speeding in Brantford, ON. Kuntz told police he was Roth & that he was suffering an allergic reaction. The real Roth was performing at Madison Square Garden with Van Halen.
2008: VH1 Classic's My Playlist premieres with Judas Priest talking about their 10 favorite music videos.
2008 Weezer's video for 'Pork and Beans' debuts.
2009: Grace Slick is on hand for the opening of an exhibit of her artwork at a Las Vegas gallery. The display includes several Alice in Wonderland-inspired pieces, including one titled The White Rabbit's Tea that Slick created specifically for the showing.
2010: Bret Michaels wins Donald Trump's reality show Celebrity Apprentice despite suffering a brain hemorrhage and a stroke, and the discovery of a hole in his heart. Michaels appears on the show's season finale, against doctor's orders. His $250,000 prize is donated to the American Diabetes Association.
2010: The Rolling Stones scored their first UK #1 album in 16 years with the re-release of their classic 1972 double LP 'Exile On Main Street.' The album, which was first released in 1972, had been reissued with previously unheard tracks. Their last chart topping album was 1994’s 'Voodoo Lounge.'
2012: The Ozzy Osbourne and Friends tour gets underway in Helsinki. Originally intended as a Black Sabbath reunion, the trek is shortened and renamed due to guitarist Tony Iommi's health (battling cancer) and a monetary dispute with original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, who declined to participate. The 'friends' include Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Zakk Wylde.
2012: Recordings by Prince, Bo Diddley and the Grateful Dead are added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Bo Diddley's 1955 double-sided hit, 'I'm A Man'/'Bo Diddley,' the Grateful Dead's 1977 'Live At Barton Hall' concert recording and Prince and the Revolution's 1984 soundtrack album, 'Purple Rain,' are deemed to be "cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures."
2012: A "serious respiratory infection" sends Elton John to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. for "extensive tests." The ailment forces the cancellation of the singer's Las Vegas show.
2012: Aerosmith unveiled their first new song in six years, 'Legendary Child,' and also performed an old favorite, 'Walk This Way,' on the season finale of American Idol. Months earlier this would have seemed impossible even though frontman Steven Tyler was a judge on the show. Guitarist Joe Perry once famously said the singing completion was "one step above [Teenage Mutant] Ninja Turtles." John Fogerty joined eventual winner Phillip Ph'llips to sing two Creedence Clearwater Revival songs, 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain' and "Bad Moon Rising,'
2013: Aerosmith perform at Social Star Awards at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. 288 Social Stars are handed out at the world's first social media awards ceremony; winners are based on data gleaned from 1.7 billion social media users.
2014: To celebrate their 40th anniversary, KISS release 'KISS 40.'
2014: The parents of a camera assistant who was killed after being hit by a train while shooting footage for a biopic about Gregg Allman were suing the musician and the film's producers. The case claimed film-makers "selected an unreasonably dangerous site for the filming location" and failed to take actions to adequately protect the crew.
2015: Bad weather results in the cancelation of Rocklahoma Festival sets by Linkin Park and Volbeat. Anthrax and Halestorm perform at the outdoor Pryor, OK venue before the thunder, lightning and heavy rain intervene.
2016: Disturbed's cover of Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Sound Of Silence' is heard during a freestyle dance on 'Dancing With The Stars.' Contestant Nyle DiMarco, who is deaf, asked the band's permission to use the track.
2016: Radiohead perform 'Creep' for the first time in nearly seven years during a concert in Paris.
2018: Def Leppard Pale debuts. The beer was developed in association with Seattle's Elysian Brewing Company.
2018: Metallica launch their first “day of service” inviting fans across the United States to volunteer for a day at the community food banks. The effort is sponsored by the band’s All Within My Hands foundation, which aims to facilitate “volunteerism among the Metallica family.”

May 24
1962: Elvis Presley was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Good Luck Charm,' his 11th UK #1 single. It completed his second hat-trick of chart topping singles in the UK.
1963: Elmore James, blues guitarist and singer, dies of a heart attack in Chicago at 45. James wrote 'Shake Your Money Maker,' which was covered by Fleetwood Mac in 1968. Known as “The King of the Slide Guitar,” James influenced Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Keith Richards and is mentioned in the Beatles’ song 'For You Blue.'
1963: The Beatles recorded the first of their very own BBC radio program, 'Pop Go the Beatles.' The theme song for the program was a version of 'Pop Goes the Weasel.' The Beatles' guests for this first show were the Lorne Gibson Trio.
1964: The Beatles' 'Love Me Do' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1966: Elvis Presley begins filming his 20th film, 'Frankie And Johnny,' in Hollywood.
1966: Captain Beefheart appeared at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Supported by Buffalo Springfield and The Doors.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at Gröna Lund in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1968: Cream along with Electric Flag played Robertson Gym on the campus of University of California Santa Barbara.
1968: The Rolling Stones released the single 'Jumpin Jack Flash' in the UK, the track gave them their 7th UK #1 hit. It was released June 1st in the U.S. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards' country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: "Oh, that's Jack – that's jumpin' Jack." Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull also were arrested on charges of marijuana possession on this day. In March 2005, Q magazine placed 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' at #2 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. In 2004, Rolling Stone rated the song 124th on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. VH1 placed it at #65 on its show 100 Greatest Rock Songs.
1968: Small Faces' 'Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake' album is released. It reached #159 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and topped the UK Albums charts for six weeks, beginning June 29.
1968: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Pink Floyd appeared at The Punchbowl Hotel in Lapworth, England.
1969: Led Zeppelin performed at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago.
1969: Jimi Hendrix played the San Diego Sports Arena.
1969: The Who peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Pinball Wizard,' their 4th top 40 single in the U.S.
1969: 'Get Back' by The Beatles shot to #1 on Billboard's Pop chart where it would remain for 5 weeks, becoming the group's 17th US #1 record. The song featured an organ solo by Billy Preston, who became the only non-group member ever credited on a Beatles single.
1969: The Guess Who make their US Television debut on American Bandstand, performing 'These Eyes' and 'Laughing.'
1969: Bob Dylan's 9th album 'Nashville Skyline' album peaks at #3 on the charts. The album featured 'Lay Lady Lay,' which became one of Dylan's biggest pop hits, reaching #7 in the US, his biggest single in three years.
1970: Peter Green plays his last gig with Fleetwood Mac at the Bath Festival in Somerset, England. Former Fleetwood Mac road manager Dennis Keane believes Green and fellow member Danny Kirwan were recruited to be in some sort of cult. “That is what they do: They get you in and they strip you of your identity, of your money.” After dropping particularly strong acid, “Both of them, as of that day, became seriously mentally ill,” says Keane.
1970: Surprisingly, the Hollywood Festival is not in L.A. The U.K. event features Traffic, the Grateful Dead and Free. But the breakout performance comes from Black Sabbath.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Shady Grove Music Fair in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
1971: Bob Dylan’s 30th birthday is commemorated with a Peanuts cartoon commenting on the event. Dylan himself spends the day visiting the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
1972: Grateful Dead Europe ’72 tour plays at the Lyceum in London, England.
1973: Led Zeppelin 'Over The Hills And Far Away' b/w 'Dancing Days' 45 single is released. It was Houses of the Holy's first US single, reaching #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, later becoming a staple of the classic rock radio format. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant originally constructed the song in 1970 at Bron-Yr-Aur, a small cottage in Wales where they stayed after completing a gruelling North American concert tour.
1973: David Bowie played at the Odeon Theatre (Lewisham), in London.
1974: David Bowie releases his 8th studio album 'Diamond Dogs.' The cover art creates controversy as it features Bowie as a half-man, half-dog creature painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #1 on the UK chart. Though the album was recorded and released after the 'retirement' of Ziggy Stardust in mid-1973, and featured its own lead character in Halloween Jack ("a real cool cat" who lives in the decaying "Hunger City"), Ziggy was seen to be still very much alive in Diamond Dogs, as evident from Bowie's haircut on the cover and the glam-trash style of the first single Rebel Rebel.' As was the case with some songs on 'Aladdin Sane,' the influence of The Rolling Stones was also evident, particularly in the chugging title track.
1976: AC/DC performed at The Nashville in London.
1977: Marc Bolan plays his last show with T. Rex. The concert takes place at Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden, with Bolan the only original member of the band at that point. The singer would die in an auto accident on September 16 that year.
1977: At Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, Emerson, Lake & Palmer begin an extravagant, 11-month tour with a 70-piece orchestra, 63 roadies, a choir and a karate instructor for drummer Carl Palmer. The tour is a stunning spectacle, but a financial disaster. Early on the morning of the very first gig, at Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky; it was noticed that a vital weld in the massive lighting rig had come apart, leaving the huge array precariously suspended, ready to crash down at any moment. Had it not been spotted and repaired, it could have brought a couple of band members, and the tour, to a sudden end. In hindsight, that broken weld could be seen as the first in a series of omens warning one of the most successful supergroups of the ‘70s not to embark on an ill-starred, 11-month long trek which would bring to them to the edge of financial ruin and set them on the road to dissolution.
1978: Van Halen's self titled debut album was certified Gold by the RIAA. It later went on to sell ten million copies in the U.S.
1978: Neil Young appeared at The Boarding House in San Francisco.
1979: The three remaining members of Genesis give the fans a thrill by manning the box office and selling their own tickets to the upcoming show at the Roxy in Los Angeles.
1979: Yes played at Selland Arena in Fresno, California.
1980: Genesis fans turning up at the Roxy Club box office in Los Angeles to buy tickets for a forthcoming gig were surprised to find the band members Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford selling the tickets themselves.
1980: In Hamburg, Germany, a battle between The Clash and the audience results in Joe Strummer's arrest. Strummer struck one audience member in the head with his guitar.
1980: Twisted Sister kicks off their "Bad Boys Summer Tour '80" at Detroit in Port Chester by recording the show for a future WLIR Broadcast.
1981: Van Halen played at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1982: Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Boz Scaggs, and Country Joe & the Fish play a benefit concert for Vietnam vets at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
1982: An 11-minute Paul McCartney/Ringo Starr film is screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
1986: The Count Five, whose hit 'Psychotic Reaction' reached #5 in the US in 1965, reunited for the first time in 18 years to play at their high school reunion in San Jose, California.
1986: Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork reunited as The Monkees when they kicked off their 145-date "20th Anniversary World Tour" at the Concord Hotel in the Catskill Mountains. The group has risen in popularity thanks to MTV, which started airing old episodes of their TV show.
1986: AC/DC released the albm 'Who Made Who.' It was the soundtrack to the Stephen King movie 'Maximum Overdrive' and reached #33 on the Billboard Chart.
1988: Frehley's Comet 'Second Sighting' album is released.
1988: Van Halen release their 8th studio album 'OU812.' It topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for four consecutive weeks during the summer of that year. Five tracks charted on Billboard - 'Feels So Good' (The Billboard Hot 100 - #35; Mainstream Rock - #6), 'Black And Blue' (Mainstream Rock - #1, The Billboard Hot 100 - #37), 'Cabo Wabo' (Mainstream Rock - #31), 'Finish What Ya Started' (Mainstream Rock - #2, The Billboard Hot 100 - #13), and 'When It s Love' (The Billboard Hot 100 - #5; Mainstream Rock - #1). Its title is allegedly a joke on the band's previous lead singer David Lee Roth's 1986 album 'Eat 'Em and Smile' (OU812 translates phonetically to "Oh, you ate one too?"). However, "OU812" was also seen in the 70s sitcom Taxi written on a wall. The first person to use the phrase was Redd Foxx. Furthermore, "OU812" is the license plate on the red Ferrari that Cheech and Chong drive in Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (released in 1980). The album is dedicated to Eddie and Alex Van Halen's father, Jan, who died in December 1986 at the age of 66. The inner linings of the album include the words, "This one's for you, Pa". Jan had previously appeared playing clarinet on one track, 'Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now),' on Van Halen's 1982 album, 'Diver Down.'
1988: Camper Van Beethoven's 'Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart' album is released. It reached #135 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. It was the band's first major-label album, and was produced by Dennis Herring, the first time the band had used an outside producer.
1990: Axl Rose files for divorce after only 30 days of marriage to Erin Everly.
1991: Guns n' Roses played the first show on their 192-date Use Your Illusion world Tour at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. The tour lasted until July of 1993.
1991: Gene Clark, a founding member of the Byrds and formerly of the New Christy Minstrels, died following a heart attack at 46. He was The Byrds' dominant songwriter between 1964 and early 1966, penning most of the band's best-known originals from this period, including 'I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better,' 'She Don't Care About Tim,', 'Set You Free This Time,' and 'Eight Miles High.' He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the Byrds in 1991.
1992: Police in Montgomery were called when an impostor posing as Steve Miller left a hotel owing a $600 unpaid bill, he did however leave a $73 tip on a $8 drinks bill.
1993: W.A.S.P. released their album, 'The Crimson Idol.' The concept album tells the story of the rise and fall of fictional rock star Jonathan Steel.
1993: Guns N' Roses release the' (Strictly Limited Edition) Civil War' E.P. It includes an exclusive interview w/Slash.
1994: Toad the Wet Sprocket's album 'Dulcinea' is released. It reached #34 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Two songs from Dulcinea reached Top 40 designation on the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts: 'Fall Down' and 'Something's Always Wrong.'
1994: Bret Michaels of Poison loses control of his Ferrari and crashes into a telephone pole in Burbank, CA. He breaks his thumb, nose and collarbone, loses four teeth, cracks his sternum, and receives a hairline fracture of his upper jawbone. According to police reports, he passed out behind the wheel while driving.
1994: The Allman Brothers Band plays 'Nobody Left To Run To Anymore' on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.'
1997: Ozzfest '97 starts in Bristow, VA, with separate sets by Ozzy Osbourne and the re-formed Black Sabbath (Osbourne, Tommy Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward).
1998: Robbie Robertson, the former guitarist for The Band, is a presenter at the first Native American Music Awards in Mashantucket, CT. Robertson is of Mohawk ancestry.
1999: David Bowie broadcasts the sessions for the song 'What's Really Happening' over the Internet. The song is co-written by Alex Grant, the winner of a songwriting contest.
1999: Queen singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991, was honored on a new set of millennium stamps issued by the Royal Mail. Mercury, who featured on the 19p stamp, was a keen stamp collector, and his collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993. The stamp marked his contribution to the Live Aid charity concert in 1985, and caused controversy by featuring a small portion of Queen’s drummer, Roger Taylor, in the background - UK stamps by tradition only carry pictures of living persons who are members of the Royal Family.
2000: A New York Judge told Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde that if she wanted her March arrest for protesting the sale of leather goods in a Gap store dismissed, she'd better keep her nose clean for the next six months.
2003: Paul McCartney made his first ever live performance in Russia when he appeared in-front of 20,000 fans in Red Square. Before making his way to the show, he sits down for tea with Russian premier Vladimir Putin.
2004: An auction of Bruce Springsteen's birth certificate on eBay is shut down by the Boss' legal team.
2004: Creed disbands with guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and ex-Creed bassist Brian Marshall forming Alter Bridge with singer Myles Kennedy.
2005: Audioslave release their sophomore album 'Out Of Exile.'
2005: Seether release their 'Karma And Effect' album.
2005: Motley Crue files a lawsuit against NBC for allegedly banning the group from appearing on the network after singer Vince Neil slips in an expletive during the group's New Year's Eve performance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Crue claims the action violates their free speech rights. "This is a discrimination issue," says bassist Nikki Sixx.
2005: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne put the Beverly Hills house that was featured on the hit reality television show 'The Osbournes' up for sale. Pop superstar Christina Aguilera eventually purchased the house.
2006: Elton John is awarded about $188,000 in damages from a libel suit against U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail. The paper had falsely printed that John had told guests at one of his charity balls not to approach him. John donates the money to his Elton John AIDS Foundation.
2006: The Rolling Stones officially announce the postponement of a series of concerts at the start of their European tour in the wake of guitarist Keith Richards' accident resulting in a head injury. The band cancels 15 shows.
2006: Collective Soul hit the road for a brief tour in support of their 'Home: A Live Concert Recording With the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra' CD/DVD package. The 10-show trek begins in Colorado Springs, CO.
2006: 'Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon' is released. The tribute to Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon' features The Doors' Robbie Krieger, Styx's Tommy Shaw, Yes' Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe and Asia/ex-King Crimson singer-bassist John Wetton.
2006: Bob Dylan's 'American Journey 1956-1966' officially opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The exhibit debuts on Dylan's 65th birthday.
2006: 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End' opens. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards plays the father of Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp's role). "(It was) just something to do," says Richards, who sees similarities between being a pirate and life in a Rock group. "Both are ways to make a good dishonest living."
2006: Taylor Hicks wins Season 5 of American Idol, defeating Katharine McPhee.
2007: Art Garfunkel joined Paul Simon in a rare reunion in Washington, D.C. which commemorated Simon's receipt of the Library of Congress' first Gershwin Award, recognizing contributions to the popular song as an art form. Simon introduced his former partner by saying "My dear friend and partner in arguments, Art Garfunkel," before they launched into 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and 'Cecilia.' Also appearing on the show were Stevie Wonder and James Taylor.
2007: Elton John nabs the Most Performed Song trophy at the 52nd annual Ivor Novello Awards in London. John co-wrote the Scissor Sisters' hit 'I Don't Feel Like Dancin,' with two of the band's members. Also, Peter Gabriel takes home a Lifetime Achievement award.
2007: Vans footwear announces a limited-edition Corey Taylor slip-on sneaker designed by the Stone Sour/Slipknot frontman as part of the 21st Century Leaders artwork project. A portion of proceeds benefit the Whatever It Takes charity organization.
2008: Rush plays their first Winnipeg concert in 26 years. Ticket sales raise funds to help finance the building of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in that city. Rush also sells special T-shirts on Canadian dates to raise a promised $100,000 for the project.
2008: R.E.M.'s appearance on PBS' 'Austin City Limits' is broadcast.
2009: Billy Joel was sued by his former drummer for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties. Liberty Devitto claimed that Joel hadn't paid him proper royalties for 10 years of his work. Devitto was Joel's drummer from 1975 until 2005, when he said he was abruptly kicked out of the band without so much as a phone call.
2010: Paul Gray, bassist and founding member with Slipknot, was found dead in a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa. The body of the 38-year-old musician was found by an employee at the hotel in a suburb of the city. Autopsy results were released that stated Gray had died of an overdose of morphine, and had also shown signs of “significant heart disease.” The nine members of Slipknot wore masks in public and referred to other bandmates by numbers, Gray was number two.
2010: John Fogerty's 1985 hit 'Centerfield' was selected to be honored at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies. The event would mark the first time a musician or song has been honored in such a way.
2010: David Byrne (Talking Heads) sues Florida governor and independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, Charlie Crist, for using his group's 1985 hit 'Road To Nowhere' in a campaign ad slamming his then-Republican primary opponent Marco Rubio. Byrne claims Crist didn't ask for or receive permission to use the song; Byrne also asserts that such use wrongfully insinuates his endorsement of Crist's candidacy. "I was pretty upset by that," Byrne tells Billboard. Byrne sues for $1 million because it's the amount he is typically offered for use of his songs in commercials.
2011: Journey released their 14th studio album 'Eclipse.'
2011: Ringo Starr apologized during a BBC interview for saying earlier that he missed nothing about his hometown of Liverpool. "I apologize to those people, as long as they live in Liverpool, not outside. No real Scouser took offence, only I believe people from the outside."
2011: 'Rockers And Rollers: A Full Throttle Memoir,' a book by AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson, chronicles the close relationship between Rock and Roll and the automobile-two of Johnson's passions. It's in bookstores.
2011: On his 70th birthday, Bob Dylan is the subject of an academic conference held at the University of Bristol in the U.K. The Seven Ages of Dylan tracks the changes in Dylan's sense of himself, and of his art, and his audience's response to these changes.
2011: Mark 'Bam Bam' McConnell, who was a member of Sebastian Bach's band for eight years, dies after suffering kidney and liver failure. He joined the former Skid Row frontman in 1997 and remained until 2005.
2012: Aerosmith unveiled their first new song in six years, 'Legendary Child,' and also performed an old favorite, 'Walk This Way,' on the season finale of American Idol. John Fogerty joined eventual winner Phillip Phillips to sing two Creedence Clearwater Revival songs, 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain' and 'Bad Moon Rising.'
2013: Stone Temple Pilots file a lawsuit against their former lead singer, Scott Weiland, following their recruitment of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. The band accuses Weiland of "hijacking its name and songs to promote his solo career." The band also claims sole rights to the name Stone Temple Pilots, their music, copyrights and trademarks.
2013: Incubus, through their Make Yourself Foundation, team up with to aid Oklahoma tornado victims. The goal is to raise $20,000 for the relief effort.
2013: 'Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction' exhibit opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "This first-ever exhibit gives us an opportunity to tell the story of one of the definitive Rock 'n' Roll bands," states Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2015: In an interview with Nigel Farndale of the UK publication The Telegraph, Art Garfunkel said that in the early years of their career he felt sorry for Paul Simon because of his height, and he offered him love and friendship as a compensation. "And that compensation gesture has created a monster."
2016: Having announced his decision to leave Pop Evil, drummer Josh "Chachi" Marunde makes his final appearance with the band in Grand Rapids.
2016: Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is a guest speaker at a business seminar called Varldens Farligaste Mote (The World's Most Dangerous Meeting), an annual e-commerce seminar held in Gothenburg, Sweden.
2016: Gord Downie, lead singer of The Tragically Hip, announces that he has a terminal brain cancer called glioblastoma. Downie, who was diagnosed in December and has been going through treatment, does one last tour with the band, closing with a show in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario, on August 21.
2017: U2 pay tribute to the "undefeatable spirit" of Manchester just hours after an attack on fans at pop singer Ariana Grande’s concert left 22 dead and many more injured. "They (terrorists) hate everything that we love,” says frontman Bono on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where the group promotes their 'Joshua Tree' tour celebrating the album’s 30th anniversary.

May 25
1938: Vernon Presley is sentenced to a three year term at Parchman penal plantation in Mississippi for forging a check. His wife Gladys and son Elvis are forced to live on welfare.
1965: Kinks guitar player Dave Davies is knocked unconscious when he falls into drummer Mick Avory's cymbal during a London concert. The group cancels the remainder of their UK tour.
1965: Blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, Sonny Boy Williamson died in his sleep. Van Morrison, Aerosmith, The Who, The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues all covered his songs. According to the Led Zeppelin biography 'Hammer of the Gods,' touring the UK in the 60's, Sonny Boy set his hotel room on fire while trying to cook a rabbit in a coffee percolator.
1965: The Rolling Stones perform 'How Many More Years' with their hero Howlin’ Wolf on ABC’s 'Shindig!'
1967: Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' entered the UK chart for the first time, where it went on to become a #1 hit. 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' became the most played song in the last 75 years in public places in the UK (as of 2009). The first video for the song was shot in the ruins of Witley Court in Worcestershire, England. Directed by Peter Clifton whose insertion of Vietnam War newsreel footage caused it to be banned from airplay on the Top Of The Pops TV show. The band subsequently made another video.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Gwent Constabulary ('A' Division) Spring Holiday Barn Dance, held at The Barn, Grosmont Wood Farm in Cross Ash, Wales, UK.
1967: Janis Joplin performed at the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco with the Clara Ward Singers and H.P. Lovecraft.
1968: The Yardbirds appeared at Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1968: Pink Floyd performed at Mayfair Suite in The Belfry Hotel, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, England. Support acts were Young Blood and Pineapple Incident. Admission included dinner.
1968: Simon And Garfunkel's 'Bookends' replaces their own 'The Graduate' at the top of the US album chart.
1968: Rolling Stones release 'Jumpin' Jack Flash.'
1968: The Monterey Pop Festival is canceled because of pressure from the local government and citizenry. Shortly thereafter, the festival's bookkeeper can't be located nor can $52,000.
1968: The Doors performed at Patio Gardens in Farmington, Utah.
1969: The Hollies recorded 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' with Elton John on piano. It will reach #3 in the UK and #7 in the US.
1969: Led Zeppelin and The Who appeared together at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. This was the only time the two group's ever appeared together, with Zeppelin opening the show. On the tickets Led Zeppelin was spelt Lead Zeppelin.
1969: A benefit concert was held for Fairport Convention at The Roundhouse, London to raise money for the families of the band's drummer Martin Lamble, Richard Thompson's girlfriend and clothes designer Jeannie Franklyn who were all killed in an accident driving back from a gig. Also on the bill, Family, Pretty Things, Soft Machine and John Peel.
1969: Jimi Hendrix played at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, California.
1970: Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green plays his last official show with the band, although he did fill in a few years later when they lost their lead guitarist.
1971: King Crimson appeared at Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1972: David Bowie played at Chelsea Village in Bournemouth, England.
1973: Carole King gives a free concert for 100,000 fans in New York's Central Park.
1973: During a 21-date UK tour Wings played the first of three sold out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1974: Jim Morrison’s widow, Pam, died of a drug overdose.
1974: Three Dog Night's last million selling single, 'The Show Must Go On,' peaks at #4 on the pop chart.
1974: Rick Wakeman became the first member of the group Yes to have a #1 UK album when 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth' went to the top of the charts.
1974: Aerosmith performed at Cape Cod Coliseum in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
1974: The Grateful Dead with special gusts Maria Muldaur played Campus Stadium at the University of California Santa Barbara.
1975: Rush played at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
1976: The Who perform at the Palais Des Sports in Lyons, France.
1976: Bob Dylan appeared at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1976: The Rolling Stones performed at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.
1977: The Broadway tribute Beatlemania opens at the Winter Garden Theater.
1977: The Grateful Dead appeared at The Mosque, in Richmond, Virginia.
1978: David Gilmour released his self-titled debut solo studio album in the UK. It was released June 17, 1978 in the U.S. It reached #29 on The Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart, and #17 on the UK Albums chart.
1978: Keith Moon of the Who, performs for the last time with the band at a secret concert for fan club members at London’s Shepperton Film Studios. The show was a mini-concert for their career-spanning documentary 'The Kids Are Alright.' The band had been off the road for nearly two years, and gave a solid but stilted performance. Keith Moon died 3 1/2 months later.
1978: After seeing The Hype (soon to become U2) appearing at the Project Arts Centre, in Dublin, Paul McGuinness became their manager.
1979: Yes appeared at the Long Beach Civic Arena in Long Beach, California.
1980: Black Sabbath played at the Odeon in Birmingham, England.
1981: Anvil released their debut album, 'Hard 'n' Heavy.' It was originally released independently under the band name "Lips."
1982: Metallica played a gig at Lars Ulrich's Back Bay high school in California. It was the first gig that James Hetfield both sang and played guitar.
1983: Dio releases their epic debut album 'Holy Diver.' It peaked at #56 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. In 2017, it was ranked #10 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.
1983: Roxy Music performed at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
1984: David Gilmour appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, Massachusetts.
1985: Dire Straits scored their second UK #1 album with 'Brothers In Arms',' also #1 in the US and 24 other countries. 'Brothers In Arms' was one of the first albums to be directed at the CD market, and was a full digital recording (DDD) at a time when most popular music was recorded on analog equipment. The album won two Grammy Awards at the 28th Grammy Awards, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards, and has gone on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.
1988: Iron Maiden's 'Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour' stops in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with opener Guns N' Roses.
1990: Fleetwood Mac played the first of 42 North American dates on their 'Behind The Mask' world tour at the PNE Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. Squeeze were the opening act.
1990: Lou Gramm departed Foreigner. Guitarist Mick Jones said Gramm’s departure was due to Gramm’s solo work conflicting with Foreigner’s commitments. Gramm later re-joined Foreigner in 1992 before departing again in 2003.
1991: Yes peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Union,' which was their final studio album to go Gold in the U.S.
1993: Styx vocalist Dennis DeYoung makes his theatrical debut as Pontius Pilate in the 20th anniversary production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' in Universal City, CA.
1993: ‎Anthrax‬ released their 6th studio album 'Sound Of White Noise.' It was the band's first album to feature vocalist John Bush. It reached #7 on the Billboard Chart.
1995: The earliest known recording of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, from 1961, was sold at Christies in London for £50,250 ($85,425).
1996: Brad Nowell, the founder, lead singer and guitarist of Sublime, dies of a heroin overdose in San Francisco at 28. Nowell had married only a week prior to his death, and left behind a young son. His final album with Sublime sold over 6 million copies.
1997: The day after his 56th birthday, Bob Dylan was admitted into a Los Angeles hospital with chest pains. What was feared to be a heart attack turned out to be a case of histoplasmosis, or an inflammation of the sac around his heart. He canceled a European tour. Dylan later admitted: 'I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon'. Treated by drugs and rest, Bob was back on the road only 10 weeks later, for 22 American and Canadian shows.
1997: A report showed that Elvis Presley was now the world's bestselling posthumous entertainer with worldwide sales of over one billion, over 480 active fan clubs and an estimated 250,000 UK fans who still buy his records. Ironically he had died owing $3 million.
1998: Doro (Pesch) released her 6th solo album, 'Love Me in Black.' She did a cover of the Heart song 'Barracuda' on the album.
2000: Eddie Van Halen is tested for cancer at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. The hospital denies reports that Van Halen suffers from cancer but that's what he has.
2001: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher won a damages settlement from The Daily Mirror after they claimed he lied in court during divorce proceedings with Meg Matthews.
2002: The HF Festival in Washington, D.C. has The Strokes, Papa Roach and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Sponsored by radio station WHFS, the RFK show promotes up and coming groups.
2003: Marilyn Manson were at #1 on the US album chart with 'The Golden Age of Grotesque,' the bands second US #1.
2004: Phish announce they are breaking up. The group releases an album and rolls through a summer tour before they are gone. A few years later they reform.
2004: Slipknot release the album, 'Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses.' It reached #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.
2004: Billy Corgan helps honor the Chicago area Neuqua Valley High School's music program when he presents the school with a special honor from the Grammy Foundation. He also performs and fields questions from students during the ceremony.
2004: Courtney Love pleaded guilty to being under the influence of a controlled substance, a charge which stemmed from a 2003 arrest. She then became eligible for a sentence that would require her to attend a drug treatment program instead of going to jail.
2004: Phish, often regarded as a younger version of The Grateful Dead, announce they are breaking up. The group releases an album and rolls through a summer tour before they are gone. A few years later, they reform.
2005: Domenic Troiano, Canadian rock guitarist, dies of prostate cancer at 59. Troiano was best known as the guitarist and songwriter in The James Gang and The Guess Who. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
2005: System Of A Down's 'Mezmerize' tops the Billboard 200 Album chart after selling 453,000 copies in its first week.
2005: The Alameda County Sheriff's Office in California announced that it was officially closing the stabbing case of Meredith Hunter, the 18-year-old American who was killed at the 1969 Rolling Stones Altamont Free Concert. Investigators, concluding a renewed two-year investigation, dismissed the theory that a second Hell's Angel took part in the stabbing.
2005: A three day 'Behind The Aerosmith Door' tour starts. The Boston excursion, put on by the group's official fan club, stops at recording studios and other landmarks that shaped the band's history. There's even a meet-and-greet with drummer Joey Kramer. The trip's price tag exceeds $1,100.
2005: Radiohead's Thom Yorke visits the British Parliament urging them to support a new climate-control initiative. The Big Ask campaign seeks to make the U.K. government accountable for reducing carbon dioxide emissions as a way to help combat global warming.
2006: Kinks leader Ray Davies and Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson are honored at the UK's prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, held in London. Davies nabs the Outstanding Contribution to British Music honor, while Anderson receives the International Achievement trophy.
2006: Queen, Def Leppard, KISS and Judas Priest are recognized for their musical achievements at the inaugural VH1 Rock Honors in Las Vegas. Members of Queen perform with the Foo Fighters and Godsmack plays a four-song medley of Judas Priest tunes. A one-off supergroup featuring Velvet Revolver's Slash and Motley Crue's Tommy Lee pay musical tribute to KISS. The show airs six days later.
2006: Styx recorded and filmed their concert with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH which was released later that year.
2007: The Doors exhibit opens at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. On display are Ray Manzarek's Vox Continental keyboard and a Jim Morrison poem, "Ode To L.A. While Thinking Of Brian Jones, Deceased."
2007: The horror flick, 'Bug,' is in theaters. The soundtrack features 'Beautiful Da'" by Velvet Revolver vocalist Scott Weiland.
2008: Jet releases a YouTube video featuring their song 'Shine On' that honors the life and work of Australian ophthalmologist Fred Hallows. It is estimated that Hallow’s work in Australia and other developing nations has helped bring eyesight to over one million people. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, lead singer Nic Chester said, "hopefully [the video] encourages people to make a donation to keep Fred's work going."
2009: '21 Guns,' from Green Day's 8th album '21st Century Breakdown,' is released as a digital download single and goes to radio.
2010: Rage Against The Machine's frontman Zack de la Rocha leads 'The Sound Strike,' a boycott of Arizona by musicians in protest of the state's controversial immigration law. SB1070 requires local authorities to determine a person's immigration status if he or she is suspected of being undocumented. In an open letter, de la Rocha writes that the law will lead to racial harassment. Serj Tankian, Joe Satriani and Sonic Youth are among those joining the effort.
2010: Alice In Chains first album in 14 years, 'Black Gives Way To Blue,' goes gold (500,000 units shipped). It entered the Billboard 200 at #5 with first-week sales exceeding 125,000 copies. The singles 'Check My Brain' and 'Your Decision' went to #1 on the Rock Songs chart.
2010: The self-titled Stone Temple Pilots comeback album is released. The album is the band's first studio effort since 2001's 'Shangri-La Dee Da.' It features the #1 single (on Rock and Alternative charts) 'Between The Lines.'
2010: The first EP from the Smashing Pumpkins 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscope' project, 'Vol. 1: Songs For A Sailor,' is available as a digital download. There's also a limited edition physical release packaged in a silk screened wooden box.
2010: Songs by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Beck, Eels and Elvis Costello are featured on the soundtrack for the second season of the HBO's series 'True Blood.'
2010: Pantera tracks from their '96 release 'The Great Southern Trendkill' are released to the Rock Band Network for use on Playstation, Wii and Xbox systems.
2011: U2's Bono and The Edge appear on the American Idol finale along with the cast of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' to perform 'Rise Above,' a song from the show. The pair composed the score for the play.
2011: Rush's 'Countdown' is used as the wake-up call to astronauts on the space shuttle Endeavor. A one-minute clip of the 1982 track is beamed from Earth to the shuttle.
2012: Against Me! singer/guitarist Tommy Gabel makes her live debut as Laura Jane Grace, performing with the band for the first time since coming out as transgender. The San Diego show is the first stop in a month-long U.S. tour.
2013: Motley Crue's Tommy Lee retires his roller coaster drum set following a concert at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. During Lee's drum solos, the rig spun him around upside down while he played.
2013: Marshall Lytle, bassist for Bill Haley And His Comets on their hits 'Crazy Man, Crazy' and 'Rock Around The Clock,' died of lung cancer at the age of 79.
2014: Metallica's 1991 self-titled album ('The Black Album') surpasses 16 million in U.S. sales. It's the biggest seller of the SoundScan era (which began in '91).
2016: Pop Evil introduce drummer Hayley Cramer as Josh "Chachi" Marunde's replacement. Marunde announced his departure the previous month.

May 26
1956: Two months after missing the program because of a devastating car accident, Carl Perkins finally appears on 'The Perry Como Show.' Unfortunately by this time his hit 'Blue Suede Shoes' had already peaked in popularity and much of Perkins' career momentum was lost.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis performs his third and last show of his aborted tour of England. Scandal over his marriage to 14 year-old cousin Myra short-circuits the tour. After headlines that said, "Clear Out This Gang," "Baby Snatcher Go Home", "We Hate Jerry Shout Ex-Fans", and "Lewis: Bigamist," Jerry Lee and Myra return to the U.S. the following day.
1962: The Isley Brothers' 'Twist and Shout' is released on Wand Records. It will rise to #17 on the US Pop chart and will be covered two years later by The Beatles, whose version rose to #2.
1963: Elvis Presley records '(You're The) Devil In Disguise,' which will peak at #3 on the Billboard chart and #1 in the UK by next August and be certified Gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 units in the US.
1964: Marianne Faithful recorded the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards song ‘As Tears Go By,' accompanied by future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass.
1965: The Rolling Stones appear on TV's Rock 'n' Roll show, 'Shindig!' along with Jackie De Shannon, Sonny and Cher and Jimmie Rodgers. They perform 'How Many More Years' with one of their big influences, bluesman Howlin' Wolf.
1965: The Beatles record their final musical appearance at the BBC. Just over three years since their first appearance on BBC radio, The Beatles recorded their final musical appearance on this day at Number 1 Studio at Piccadilly Theatre in London. 2:30-6:00pm. It was their 52nd radio appearance for the corporation, and was broadcast on the BBC Light Programme on June 7, 1965.
1966: The Beatles and Rolling Stones turned out to see Bob Dylan play London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1966: The Rolling Stones were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Paint It, Black', their sixth UK #1 single. It was originally titled 'Paint It Black' without a comma. Keith Richards has stated that the comma was added by the record label, Decca. It was the first #1 single to feature a sitar on the recording.
1966: The Who were at the Locarno Ballroom in Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, England.
1966: Columbia and RCA Victor, two of America's biggest record labels, announce that they will raise the list price of L.P.s by one dollar on June 1st. It's the first increase since 1953.
1966: The Beatles recorded 'Yellow Submarine' at Abbey Road studios in London. Recovering from a case of food poisoning, producer George Martin missed this recording, EMI engineer Geoff Emerick worked on the session. The track features John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water, shouting "Full speed ahead Mister Captain!" The idea for the song came to Paul McCartney late one evening. “The color yellow came to me, and a submarine came to me,” he has stated. Both John Lennon and Donovan contributed to the lyrics. It was a melody that Paul felt would suit Ringo perfectly.
1967: The Beatles masterpiece, 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' was released in the UK, one week before its American debut. The album took over 700 hours to record under the direction of George Martin and cost $75,000 to produce. A then state-of-the-art four track recorder was used to build each song layer by layer. The LP spent 22 weeks at the top of the UK albums chart and 15 weeks at number one in the US. The iconic album cover, depicting the band posing in front of a collage of celebrities and historical figures, was designed by English pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth based on a sketch by Paul McCartney. 'Sgt. Pepper' has now sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
1967: The Hollies 'Carrie Anne' b/w 'Signs That Will Never Change' 45 single is released. It became a hit in 1967, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also a hit in the US, peaking at #9 on the pop charts.
1967: Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention's 2nd album, 'Absolutely Free' is released. It reached #41 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1968: US blues artist Little Willie John died in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Co-wrote and was the first to record a 'Fever' (covered by Peggy Lee in 1958), and 'Need Your Love So Bad' covered by Fleetwood Mac. James Brown recorded a tribute album 'Thinking Of Little Willie John... And A Few Other Nice Things.'
1968: Pink Floyd, Blonde On Blonde and The Pretty Things all appeared at the OZ magazine benefit at the Middle Earth Club, Covent Garden, London, England. OZ was a satirical humour magazine, founded by Richard Neville and based in Sydney, Australia from 1963. In its second and better-known incarnation it became a counter-culture magazine, based in London from 1967 to 1973.
1969: John and Yoko began an eight-day 'bed in', in room 1742 of The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada, to promote world peace. They recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in the hotel room (Petula Clark can be heard on the chorus). The song was credited to Lennon & McCartney, even though Paul had nothing to do with the record. Lennon may have been showing his appreciation for McCartney's help on 'The Ballad of John and Yoko' single, which the two of them recorded without George and Ringo.
1969: Janis Joplin lands on the cover of Newsweek with the headline, "Janis Joplin: Rebirth of Blues."
1969: The Hollies record 'He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,' with a young Elton John providing piano.
1969: Simon & Garfunkel’s 'Bookends' goes to #1 on the American album chart, knocking their own 'Graduate' soundtrack out of the top spot.
1969: Ray Charles with his 17-piece orchestra and the Raelets played Robertson Gym on the University of Santa Barbara campus.
1970: George Harrison begins work on what will become 'All Things Must Pass.' Phil Spector produces the triple album set.
1971: Don McLean records 'American Pie.' Although he has never actually said so, most music lovers assume he is singing about February 3rd, 1959, when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash, as 'the day the music died.'
1971: The Doobie Brothers 'Nobody' b/w 'Slippery St. Paul' 45 single is released. From The Doobie Brothers self-titled first album, 'Nobody' is the first single from the album, 'Nobody,' but it failed to chart, as did the album itself. The single was re-released in 1974 after the group had become a highly successful touring and recording act, peaking at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100. 'Nobody' was later re-recorded for the group's 2010 album, 'World Gone Crazy.'
1971: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Mile High Raceway in Denver, Colorado.
1972: Ike and Tina Turner appeared at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1972: At the point of the band splitting up David Bowie offered Mott The Hoople two of his new songs, 'Suffragette City,' which they turned down and 'All The Young Dudes,' which they recorded. The song gave the group a #3 UK and US Top 40 hit.
1973: The Beatles '1967-1970' album went to #1 on the US chart.
1973: The Edgar Winter Group went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Frankenstein', the bands only US #1. The group featured ex McCoys guitarist Rick Derringer. The track that had been over-dubbed and patched so many times in the studio, the band ended up calling it 'Frankenstein.'
1973: Deep Purple releases their 'Smoke On The Water' (edited version) b/w 'Smoke On The Water' (edited version -live) 45 single. The song is based on the true story of how someone had fired a flare gun into the ceiling of the Casino in Montreux, Switzerland, during a concert by Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention. The resulting fire destroyed the building where Deep Purple was set to record a live album the next day. The single will reach #5 in the US and #21 in the UK. In 2004, the song was ranked #434 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, ranked #4 in Total Guitar magazine's Greatest Guitar Riffs Ever, and in March 2005, Q magazine placed 'Smoke on the Water' at #12 in its list of the 100 greatest guitar tracks.
1974: KISS performed at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
1975: Rush appeared at the Paramount Theatre in Portland, Oregon.
1976: Aerosmith played at Memorial Coliseu in, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1976: Poco's 11th album, 'Rose of Cimarron' is released. It reached #89 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features the title track, which reached #94 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1976: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant launch into a drunken verbal assault of first class passengers on a transatlantic British Airways flight. Among those on board were actors Telly Savalas and Dudley Moore.
1977: The Broadway tribute 'Beatlemania' opened at the Winter Garden Theater.
1977: Kiss give Marvel Comics a vial of their blood to mix with the red ink used to print their upcoming comic book. The photo op takes place at the printing plant in Depew, New York, where the comic will be made.
1977: The Grateful Dead performed at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
1978: On Irish television this day, a program called Youngline a series for young people highlighting their interests. It included a feature on a new pop group, The Hype, soon to be renamed U2.
1978: Neil Young appeared at The Boarding House in San Francisco.
1979: 'Sunday Girl' gave Blondie their second UK #1 hit single. The track was taken from the group's 'Parallel Lines,' which went on to become the biggest selling album of 1979.
1979: The first day of the two day Loch Lomond Festival featured The Stranglers, Dr Feelgood, Skids, Third World, The Dickies. Day two featured The Average White Band, Buzzcocks, Rockpile and The Boomtown Rats, who played 'I Don’t Like Mondays' live for the first time.
1983: David Bowie performed at the Amphithéâtre de Fréjus in Fréjus, France.
1984: ‎Scorpions‬ single 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' hit #25 on the ‪‎Billboard‬ singles chart.
1986: ‎Europe‬ released their 3rd studio album, 'The Final Countdown.' The album sold 15 million copies worldwide and peaked at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.
1989: To demonstrate the power of radio, over 8,000 stations in the US go silent for 30 seconds at 7:42am.
1990: Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx married Brandi Brandt.
1990: David Bowie was sued by his ex wife Angie for $56 million.
1990: Heart peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You.' The song was written by Mutt Lange & originally offered to Don Henley.
1993: Megadeth are hit with a lawsuit claiming that the song 'Go To Hell' forced a 15 year old Texas fan to kill his mother. Both Ozzy and Judas Priest have been accused of influencing fans. In 1986 a pair of youths made a suicide pact, apparently forced by Priest's 1978 album Stained Class. Ozzy's '87 song 'Suicide Solution' was also pinpointed as being the reason why a fan killed himself.
1993: Singapore lifted its ban on music by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Chicago and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The ban against Prince and Guns N' Roses, however, stayed.
1994: Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis' only child, marries the self-proclaimed "King Of Pop," Michael Jackson. The marriage doesn't last two years.
1995: Bodycount guitarist Ernie C is revealed as the producer of Black Sabbath's new record, Forbidden. Ice-T makes a guest appearance on the first cut 'The Illusion Of Power'.
1995: The Rolling Stones played two semi-acoustic concerts at the Paradiso Amsterdam over two days. Keith Richards later said that the Paradiso concerts were the best live shows the Stones ever did. The venue is housed in a converted former church building that dates from the nineteenth century, subsequently squatted in 1967 by hippies who wanted to convert the church into an entertainment club.
1996: A fire at the Chelsea home of Eric Clapton caused over one and a half million pounds worth of damage; Firemen arrived on the scene to find Clapton braving the blaze to save his collection of guitars. Clapton rescues all of his guitars before the 3rd floor caves in.
1996: Van Halen hit #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart with 'Humans Being.' It stays two weeks. ‬
1997: Bob Dylan was admitted to a Malibu Hospital with chest pains, causing all his summer tour to be cancelled.
2000: Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee begins a five day jail sentence for violating his parole by drinking alcohol. A Malibu judge extends Lee’s probation until May 26, 2003, reinstates random drug testing and orders him to enroll in Alcoholics Anonymous.
2002: The first episode of 'At Home With The Osbournes' was shown on MTV in the UK. Already becoming a hit in the the US, the show focused on the madman and his family (his wife Sharon, and two of their three children). Oblivious to the camera, they bicker, squabble, curse and hang out backstage at Ozzy shows.
2004: Blink-182 spend 40 minutes helping paint a home in Harrisburg, PA, as part of Raise The Roof, a partnership between Clear Channel Entertainment and Habitat for Humanity, which provides homes for people in need. The band plays a show that evening at the Star Pavilion in nearby Hershey.
2004: Days after touching down in the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to film a documentary on the war-torn country, Sum 41 are forced to evacuate from their hotel in Bukavu after serious fighting erupts. They are rescued by UN peacekeeper, Chuck Pelletier. Sum 41 would go on to name their third studio album Chuck in honor of Pelletier.
2004: Rush kick off their R30: 30th Anniversary Tour in Nashville, TN at the Starwood Amphitheatre‬.
2005: Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails pulls his band from the MTV Movie Awards over the stage's design. "We were set to perform 'The Hand That Feeds' with an unmolested straightforward image of George W. Bush as the backdrop," says Reznor. Not wanting to get political MTV vetoes the idea. "Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me," concludes Reznor.
2006: Alice In Chains begin a European tour with new front man William DuVall, replacing the late Lane Staley. The first show is at Super Bock Super Rock in Lisbon, Portugal.
2006: Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and her husband, Gavin Rossdale of Bush have their fist child: a son named Kingston James McGregor Rossdale.
2006: The right-leaning National Review reveals their list of the 50 greatest conservative rock songs. At the top is 'Won't Get Fooled Again' by The Who, which is praised for its revolutionary spirit. Next on the list is 'Taxman' by The Beatles and 'Sympathy For The Devil' by The Rolling Stones.
2008: Paul McCartney receives an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University in New Haven, during the school's commencement ceremony. A Yale band plays 'Hey Jude' as McCartney is presented with the doctorate. University President Richard Levin told McCartney "Here, there and everywhere, you have pushed the boundaries of the familiar to create new classics. We admire your musical genius and your generous support of worthy causes."
2009: Marilyn Manson releases 'The High End Of Low.'
2009: 'Black Gives Way To Blue,' Alice In Chains comeback album is certified gold by the RIAA with shipments exceeding 500,000 copies. The group's fourth studio album is their first with vocalist/guitarist William DuVall, who replaced the late Layne Staley.
2010: The Season 9 final of TV's American Idol featured guest appearances by Alice Cooper, Barry and Robin Gibb, Hall And Oates, Joe Cocker, Janet Jackson and The Doobie Brothers' Michael McDonald.
2010: Elton John performs at the Mawazine World Rhythms Festival, the largest music festival in Morocco, despite protests by Islamist groups and conservative parties, who object to the singer's lifestyle. "We deal with artists and intellectuals for what they do, without taking into account their private life," says organizer El Hassan Neffali in a statement. "Somebody's private life is one thing, and their art or creative activities are another."
2010: Bon Jovi play the first of three concerts celebrating the opening of the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The stadium is the home of the New York Giants and Jets. Train is the opening act, so technically, they are the first to perform in the stadium.
2010: Poison's Bret Michaels appears during the 'American Idol' finale. He performs 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn' with 3rd place finalist James Casey. Lee DeWyze beats Crystal Bowersox in an upset.
2010: The Rolling Stones reissue of their classic album 'Exile On Main Street' peaks at #2 in the U.S. as the 'Glee: Showstoppers' keeps it out of the top spot. The TV show soundtrack outsells the Stones by more than 2 to 1. The Black Keys set 'Brothers,' selling just a few thousand copies less than the Stones, is #3.
2011: Alice Cooper cancels his first concert in 30 years. "Alice got food poisoning somewhere on our trip between Phoenix, Mexico City and Santiago (where the concert was scheduled). Once we were on the plane to Santiago after an 8-hour layover in Mexico City, Alice started to feel ill," says Coop's rep. Alice is back on stage the following evening.
2011: Phil Spector had his latest attempt to overturn his murder conviction rejected by California court officials. The 71-year-old record producer was found guilty of the murder of actress Lana Clarkson and sentenced to 19 years to life behind bars in 2009.
2011: Roger Daltrey was forced to cancel three Summer shows in his native Britain due to poor ticket sales.
2012: Former David Bowie/Tin Machine guitarist Reeves Gabrels makes his debut with The Cure during the band's performance at the PinkPop festival in Holland. Gabrels had previously worked with the group in '97.
2012: Ian Astbury of The Cult marries musician Aimee Nash in Las Vegas.
2012: Judas Priest play the final show of their 'Epitaph' tour to a sold-out audience at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. According to Priest, the 'farewell' trek is their last extensive world tour-but not their last shows. "We don't plan on retiring," says guitarist Glen Tipton. "We've said that this is our last world tour." The show is out on DVD the following month.
2013: Paul McCartney pays his respects at Elvis Presley's grave during the former Beatle's first visit to Graceland. McCartney leaves a personalized guitar pick on grave.
2014: Canadian police charged original Bachman-Turner Overdrive rhythm guitarist Tim Bachman with several sexual offenses that allegedly took place during the 1990s. His arrest came just a year after he was acquitted of similar charges.
2015: US authorities were investigating the death of blues legend B.B. King after two of his daughters claimed he was poisoned. Karen Williams and Patty King said the musician had been given "foreign substances to induce his premature death" by his business manager Laverne Toney. King died in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on May 14th of this year at age 89.
2016: Ozzy Osbourne has a Midland Metro tram named after him in his native Birmingham, England. Then he visits Birmingham Children's Hospital to support fundraising efforts for the construction of a Rare Disease Centre.
2016: The Duff McKagan documentary 'It's So Easy And Other Lies: Live At The Moore' is screened in the U.S. Directed by Christopher Duddy, the Guns N' Roses bassist tells his life story during a 2013 live performance in Seattle.
2016: A set of stamps celebrating 50 years of Pink Floyd were unveiled by the Royal Mail. The ten stamps which would be available the following month marked five decades since the band turned professional. The collection included the band's most famous album covers as well as live performance shots.
2017: Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi sponsors a music scholarship at BIMM Institute Birmingham in England. It recognizes talent and creativity in music.
2017: Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who committed suicide days earlier in Detroit, is laid to rest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
2017: In the week following Cornell's death, his work (solo and with Soundgarden/Audioslave) is streamed 32.5 million times (up 549 percent), his album catalog sells 38,000 copies (up 1,732 percent), and his songs garner 144,000 downloads (up 2,222 percent). The top song is Soundgarden’s 'Black Hole Sun.'
2017: Disturbed’s cover of the Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘60’s hit 'The Sound Of Silence' is officially certified double platinum (2 million units) by the Recording Industry Association of America.
2017: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Dannebrog. It is an Order of Denmark, instituted by Christian V in 1671.

May 27
1957: Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, 'That'll Be The Day.' A UK #1 and US #3 hit. was later ranked at #39 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. In 2005, the recording was placed in the National Recording Registry, a list of sound recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States."
1963: Bob Dylan 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' is released. Establishing Dylan as a leader in the singer-songwriter genre and a supposed spokesman for the youth-orientated protest movement, it reached #22 on the US charts and #1 on the UK charts. 'The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan' showcased Dylan’s songwriting talent for the first time and propelled him to national and international fame. It was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry in 2002. The citation read: "This album is considered by some to be the most important collection of original songs issued in the 1960s. It includes 'Blowin' in the Wind,' the era's popular and powerful protest anthem." The following year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #97 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1964: 11 boys are suspended at a boarding school in London for having hair like Mick Jagger's.
1966: Before performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Bob Dylan invited The Beatles into his dressing room. Paul McCartney played Dylan an early version of 'Tomorrow Never Knows.' Dylan remarked “Oh, I get it, you don’t want to be cute anymore.”
1966: The Exploding Plastic Inevitable show, featuring The Velvet Underground and the Mothers of Invention, plays its first gig on the West Coast, at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium.
1967: Columbia and RCA Victor, two of America's biggest record labels, announce that they will raise the list price of L.P.s by one dollar on June 1st. It's the first increase since 1953.
1967: The Who play one of their weirdest dates, the Oxford Pembroke College May Ball, in Oxfordshire, England. They are expected to play dance music but most of the prom goers spend the evening with their hands over their ears as first Cream and then The Who perform their standard repertoire. Pete’s guitar is stolen after the show.
1967: The Doors, Country Joe and the Fish, Andrew Staples and Captain Speed played the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA. The attendance was 3,750.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the 'Bank Holiday Beano' held at the Civic Hall, Nantwich, England. The supporting act was The SOS.
1968: Pink Floyd were at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, St. Johns Wood in London recording tracks for 'A Saucerful of Secrets.'
1968: The Iron Butterfly record their seventeen minute epic 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' at Ultrasonic Studios in Hempstead, Long Island, New York. The west coast band performs the song as part of a soundcheck while waiting for their producer to arrive and are unaware they are being recorded. According to VH1 (in '09), the title track of the multi-platinum album is the 24th greatest Hard Rock song of all time.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1972: Spirit and The J Geils Band played at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago.
1972: David Bowie appeared at Ebbisham Hal in, Epsom, England on his Ziggy Stardust tour.
1972: The Rolling Stones' 'Tumbling Dice' peaks at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, California.
1974: Aerosmith appeared at the JFK Coliseum Manchester, New Hampshire.
1975: Wishbone Ash performed at Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan.
1975: Wings 4th album 'Venus and Mars' is released (May 30 in the UK). It topped both the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart, and the UK Albums chart.
1976: Keith Moon arrives at Brecknock School in North London school to inspect the boys of the 51st Company of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. For the occasion, Keith dons full evening attire. Keith had spent £500 ($750) on brand new bugles and drums. “Blimey,” he tells the press, “I know just how they felt playing with rotten instruments. I was in the sea cadets as a boy.” That night he and John attend the Rolling Stones’ concert at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.
1976: Aerosmith's 'Last Child' b/w 'Combination' 45 single is released. The song peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1977: The Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' was released in the UK. Banned by TV and radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts behind Rod Stewart's 'I Don't Want to Talk About It'. There have been persistent rumours, (never confirmed or denied), that it was actually the biggest-selling single in the UK at the time, and the British Phonographic Industry conspired to keep it off the #1 slot.
1977: Declan McManus made his live debut as Elvis Costello at the Nashville in London.
1977: Elvis Costello 'Alison' b/w 'Welcome To The Working Week' 45 single is released in the UK. Because 'Alison' was recorded before Elvis Costello and the Attractions formed, his backing band was Clover. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it #318 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and Entertainment Weekly voted it as one of Costello's top 10 greatest tunes.
1978: Bruce Springsteen performed at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA.
1978: The Rolling Stones release 'Miss You.'
1979: Yes appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1980: Journey played at the Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.
1980: Go Go's 'We Got The Beat' b/w 'How Much More' 45 single is released in the UK. The song's single release brought the Go-Go's underground credibility in the UK. The song climbed to #35 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart due to the popularity of the song in clubs as an import. The following year the Go Go's re-recorded the song for their debut album 'Beauty and the Beat.' Released in January 1982 as the album's second single, the song became the Go-Go's biggest hit, spending three weeks at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, behind Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' 'I Love Rock 'n Roll.' It was during the song's time in the U.S. top 10 that 'Beauty and the Beat' topped the U.S. Billboard 200.
1980: During a performance taped for Italian TV David Lee Roth vaults off drummer Alex Van Halen's drum riser and right into some low hanging lights. The Van Halen frontman suffers a fractured nose and multiple contusions.
1981: Van Halen headlined at the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio
1983: Metallica finish recording the album 'Kill 'Em All.'
1983: Motorhead released the single 'I Got Mine.'
1984: Bob Dylan performed at the Arena di Verona in Verona, Italy.
1984: The 'American Rock Festival' took place at Timber Ridge Ski Area in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The lineup featured Ozzy Osbourne, Triumph, Motley Crue, Night Ranger, Accept and Ratt.
1986: Journey​ release their 9th studio album, 'Raised on Radio.'
1987: During a U2 concert in Rome, the sound system was so loud, emergency services was flooded with calls from local residents who thought they were being hit by an earthquake.
1988: The Monsters of Rock Tour, which featured Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken and Kingdom Come, kicks off with a 3-night stand at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin. The tour lasts for two months.
1988: Def Leppard kicked off the third leg of their North American Hysteria world tour at George M. Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska.
1989: The Cult peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Sonic Temple,' which went on to sell one million copies in the U.S. It spends 33 weeks on the chart.
1989: The Beach Boys and Chicago began touring together for the first time in 14 years. Brian Wilson joined the group for a few shows during the tour.
1989: The Grateful Dead performed at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1989: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The Cult’s 'Fire Woman' at #84 (debut), Warrant's 'Down Boys' at #50, Cinderella’s 'Coming Home' at #30, Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne’s 'Close My Eyes Forever' at #10, Bon Jovi’s 'I’ll Be There For You' at #9, and Guns N’ Roses’ 'Patience' at #5.
1993: The Red Hot Chili Peppers 'greatest hits' package 'What Hits!?' is certified platinum.
1994: The Eagles played their first show in fourteen years when they played a show in Burbank, California. The Hell Freezes Over tour is the group's fist since parting ways in '80. The tour's title is a reference to a Don Henley quote regarding the prospects of an Eagles reunion. With this tour, The Eagles become the first to charge over $100 per ticket for arena shows.
1995: 'Cracked Rear View' by Hootie & the Blowfish becomes the #1 album about 10 months after it was first released.
1996: Rob Halford unveiled his new project, imaginatively-titled Halford.
1997: The legendary HSAS side-project, 'Through The Fire,' featuring Sammy Hagar, Journey guitarist Neil Schon, Santana drummer Michael Shrieve and bassist Kenny Aaronson, is released for the first time on CD in North America.
1997: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was left with cuts and bruises after a scuffle with a youth at the Tower Thistle Hotel in east London. Members of the band had been drinking at the bar when the fight broke out.
1998: AC/DC are among the artists honored in a new series of Australian stamps designed to honor Aussie rock greats of the 50s, 60s, and 70s - their 1975 classic 'It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N' Roll)' provided the inspiration for one of the new designs.
1998: Drummer Simon Wright rejoins Dio.
1998: Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward remains in a London hospital after suffering a mild heart attack during rehearsals for Sabbath's European tour.
1999: Winners at the Ivor Novello song writing awards included Rod Stewart who won a Lifetime Achievement Award and Chrissie Hynde won outstanding contribution to British Music.
1999: Rush became the first rock band to receive a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto.
2000: Paula Yates was awarded $680,000 in an out-of-court settlement from her boyfriend Michael Hutchence fortune. Hutchence had died in 1997 INXS singer Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney in 1997 at age 37.
2001: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler sings 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the 85th annual Indianapolis 500.
2003: The three surviving members of Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, appeared at the New York premiere screening of the band's self-titled DVD.
2003: Led Zeppelin‬ released the live album 'How The West Was Won.' It was recorded during the California portion of their '73 North American tour at the Los Angeles Forum and The Long Beach Arena.
2003: Metallica premiered the video for 'St. Anger,' filmed at San Quentin State Prison, on MTV2.
2003: Vince Neil releases live solo album, 'Live at the Whisky: One Night Only.' It includes Slash/Gene Simmons drummer Brent Fitz, Sebastian Bach guitarist Brent Woods & Union bassist Jamie Hunting. ‬
2004: The Darkness are named Songwriters Of The Year at Britain's Ivor Novello Awards held in London. "It's a great award because it's the heaviest," cracks frontman Justin Hawkins. Radiohead nabs the International Achievement trophy.
2005: New York jurors award Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor $2.9 million and full control of all the band's trademarks in a lawsuit he filed in '04 against his former manager John Malm. Reznor accused Malm of fraud and breach of fiduciary duties.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Stadium Arcadium’ the bands ninth studio album. It's the band's first #1 in their 22 year career.
2006: Bruce Springsteen's U.S. tour in support of his album 'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions' launches in Boston. The Boss takes along a 17-member backing band to do justice to the songs of the legendary Folk singer Pete Seeger.
2006: Texas Rockers Flyleaf conclude their first-ever headlining tour in Noblesville, IN.
2007: The Police play a special show for fan club members at General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada, a day prior to the launch of their world tour (also in Vancouver).
2007: Saatchi & Saatchi were fired by Doc Martens for running an advertising campaign featuring dead rock stars such as Kurt Cobain and Sid Vicious wearing the brand's boots in heaven. David Suddens, the chief executive of Doc Martens parent company Airwear, said the brand had not commissioned the series of four print ads. "Dr Martens are very sorry for any offence that has been caused by the publication of images showing dead rock icons wearing Dr Martens boots."
2008: Sir Paul McCartney was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University in the United States. Yale's president, Richard Levin, said; The former Beatle had awakened a generation, giving a fresh sound to rock and roll and to rhythm and blues. A band played Hey Jude as Sir Paul, 65, walked on stage to accept his degree.
2008: Bono's humanitarian efforts earn him an honorary doctorate from Tokyo's Keio University.
2008: John Lennon's estate backs a joint initiative between Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and Peace One Day to promote the nonprofit organization's Peace Day event later in the year. The partnership announcement in New York is highlighted by a re-creation of Lennon and Yoko Ono's '69 Montreal "bed-in" event to promote the ice-cream company's Lennon-themed flavor-Imagine Whirled Peace.
2009: Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance) becomes a father when wife Lyn-Z (of Mindless Self Indulgence) gives birth to daughter Bandit Lee.
2009: Limp Bizkit kicks off their comeback tour in Riga, Latvia, marking their first concert together in eight years. "We are blessed to be united again," says frontman Fred Durst.
2009: A credit card company sued Courtney Love, claiming she owed more than $350,000. In court papers filed in Los Angeles, American Express said it had suspended Love's Amex Gold card after she "failed and refused" to make payments.
2010: Dozens of AC/DC fans needed treatment after complaining of burning eyes during a concert on the runway of Wels Airport, Wels, Austria. Around 150 fans had to be treated. Doctors found that the fans showed allergic reactions to bark mulch spread at the venue, the runway of Wels Airport, to avoid the soil getting too muddy after hours of massive rainfall.
2010: Velvet Underground's Lou Reed and his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson, curate the month-long Sydney Vivid Live Festival. Reed, Anderson and Metric's Emily Haines are among the performers but what's really of note is Reed and Anderson's high-frequency concert for dogs as "an inter-species social gathering." The short concert (based on dog's limited attention span) is inaudible to humans.
2011: Metallica frontman James Hetfield is inducted into the Downey High School Hall of Fame. "I hated my school, literally, I hid as much as possible in my music and listening to music," says Hetfield during the ceremony. "I showed up in classes to get credits and things, just to make it through, but I really did not feel like I identified with anyone. So to be back here is completely surreal." Hetfield attended the California school for his freshmen and sophomore years.
2011: Elton John and his partner David Furnish are the first gay couple nominated for the Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of the Year Award. They became parents to son Zachary the previous Christmas. The honor goes to the celebrity dad who balances a hectic public life with the demands of parenting.
2012: On his 90th birthday, actor Christopher Lee announces the release of his Heavy Metal single 'Let Legend Mark Me as the King.'
2013: A report was published saying how many musicians were frustrated with fans filming gigs on their smartphones. Jack White and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had both put up signs at their concerts asking people to leave their mobiles in their pockets.
2014: Paul McCartney leaves Japan after being discharged from a Tokyo hospital following five days for treatment of a virus that caused the former Beatle to cancel his tour of the country and a show in South Korea.
2014: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora debuts an anti-drug song, "Lighthouse," during his appearance at a Toms River, N.J. drug abuse forum. The event raises awareness of heroin and painkiller abuse among school kids. Sambora struggled with alcohol abuse.
2014: The Beastie Boys' suit against Monster Energy begins. The group's remaining members and the wife of late MC Adam Yauch allege that Monster used several of their songs in advertising without gaining permission first. The group seeks $150,000 in damages.
2014: Marty Friedman released his 12th studio album, 'Inferno.'
2015: A collection of Pearl Jam promotional concert posters is unveiled at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The exhibit, screen prints commissioned over the years, is part of the Experience the City of Music program at the airport.
2015: The Vaccines question the decision to make The Who one of the headline acts of Glastonbury 2015, saying that Florence & The Machine should have been given the honor instead. "The Who are such a safe booking," says The Vaccines frontman Justin Young. "People are complaining about the lack of women at the top of festival bills and the lack of new artists."
2015: Queen: Play The Game, the band's official app, is out. It contains "imagery from Queen's official archive."
2015: A U.S. District Judge granted a motion for class certification in a lawsuit against Sirius-XM over its performance of pre-1972 sound recordings. The suit, originally launched by Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (Flo and Eddie) of The Turtles, was now open to anyone who owns a pre-1972 recording that got played on Sirius-XM's satellite radio service after August 21, 2009.
2016: The three-day Rocklahoma celebrates its tenth year in Pryor, OK. The line-up includes Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeth.
2016: After several bands cancel shows in North Carolina due to the passing of the anti-transgender Bathroom Bill, the Dave Matthews Band plays Charlotte but donates a portion of the proceeds to charitable organizations that defend equality.
2017: Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger says Stone Sour is "Nickelback Lite" and challenges Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor to "write a hit song," during an interview in Stockholm. Taylor responds by calling Kroeger an ‘idiot’.
2017: Gregg Allman, founding member of the The Allman Brothers Band died at the age of 69 at his home in Savannah, Georgia. Allman had suffered a recurrruence of liver cancer five years ago, died from complications of the disease. The band’s main songwriter early on, Allman contributed compositions like 'Dreams' and 'Whipping Post' to the Allman Brothers repertoire. Both songs became staples of their live shows; a cathartic 22-minute version of 'Whipping Post' was a highlight of their acclaimed 1971 live album, At Fillmore East. Allman was married seven times, and had five children. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 with the Allman Brothers.

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1955: Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on the Big D Jamboree radio program, broadcast from the Dallas Sportatorium by KRLD.
1957: The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) is established. They launch the Grammy Awards in 1958.
1958: Buddy Holly gets his draft notice, but poor eyesight keeps him out of the Army.
1960: The Every Brothers' 'Cathy's Clown' begins a five week run at #1 in the U.S.
1960: Elvis Presley visits Vegas, and his entourage is for the first time dubbed the "Memphis Mafia" in the local media, due to their penchant for wearing long coats and dark glasses.
1963: New York disc jockey Murray The K receives a copy of The Beatles' 'She Loves You' and plays it on radio station WINS-AM. It is believed to be the first Beatles' song ever broadcast in the US.
1963: American Bandstand features The Ronettes performing 'Be My Baby' and Bobby Rydell singing 'Let's Make Love Tonight.'
1964: The BBC received over 8,000 postal applications for tickets for The Rolling Stones forthcoming appearance on the British TV show, Juke Box Dury.
1964: Marianne Faithful records her hit debut 'As Tears Go By.' The song is written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) but the real story is who's on the record. Jimmy Page plays guitar and John Paul Jones is on bass. That would be one-half of the future Led Zeppelin.
1965: Elvis Presley's 'Tickle Me' movie opens nationally.
1966: All four Beatles spent the day with Bob Dylan in his room at the Mayfair hotel in London, England.
1966: The Who appear at South Pier in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, watching rushes of D.A. Pennebakers's forthcoming documentary film, 'Don't Look Back,' which covered Dylan's 1965 concert tour of the United Kingdom.
1966: Love appeared at the Whisky A Go Go West Hollywood, California, supported by The Doors.
1966: Produced by Phil Spector (as his crowing achievement), Ike & Tina Turner's epic 'River Deep Mountain High' is released. The song stiffs in the U.S., climbing only to #88 on the American chart (though it enters the Top 5 in England), causing Spector to briefly retire from the music business.
1967: The Who go to CBS Studios, London and record backing tracks for 'I Can See For Miles,' 'Armenia City In The Sky' and 'Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand.' However, further recording is cancelled after Keith ruptures his stomach wall and has to be carted off by ambulance.
1967: The Association make their television debut, performing 'Along Comes Mary' on CBS-TV's Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
1968: The Beatles had not only their biggest hit, but also the largest selling record of the 1960s when 'Hey Jude' reached the top of the US charts. The song, written by Paul McCartney for John's son Julian, would stay at #1 in America for nine weeks and sell over eight million copies. In 1996, Julian paid 25,000 pounds for the recording notes to the song at an auction.
1969: Led Zeppelin performed at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were arrested at their London home and charged with possession of cannabis, they were released on £50 ($85) bail.
1970: Eric Burdon And War are awarded a Gold record for 'Spill the Wine.'
1971: The James Gang release 'Walk Away.'
1971: Pink Floyd completes four days of recording sessions for Meddle at EMI Studios in London.
1971: B.B. King, Elvin Bishop, Big Brother and the Holding Company with Nick Graventes play the Selland Arena in Fresno, CA.
1971: King Crimson performed at Greens Playhouse, Glasgow, Scotland.
1971: Studio engineer Glyn Johns gives The Who’s 'Won’t Get Fooled Again' its final mix before mastering.
1971: Duncan Zowie Haywood Bowie is born to David Bowie and his wife Angela. Duncan will go on to become the successful film director behind 'Moon' (2009) and 'Source Code' (2011).
1972: Dave Mason, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Linda Ronstadt played at the YMCA downtown center lawn in Peoria, Illinois.
1973: Bassist Ronnie Lane left The Faces and went on to form Slim Chance, (who had the 1974 hit 'How Come'). Lane was disappointed over poor album reviews and Rod Stewart’s lack of commitment.
1973: Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon was on both the UK and US album charts. It remained in the US charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. (After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006).
1974: Ten Years After played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1974: A re-release of The Beach Boys' 1963, #3 hit, 'Surfin' U.S.A.' cracks the Billboard Top 40, reaching #36. It had been over five years since the band had a hit record with 'I Can Hear Music,' which had reached #24. Unfortunately, the re-issue of 'Surfin' fell out of the Top 40 after just one week and they would have to wait until the Summer of 1976 to have another chart entry with 'Rock And Roll Music,' which would climb to #5.
1975: The Doobie Brothers 5th album, 'Stampede,' is certified Gold.
1975: AC/DC appeared at the Sundowner in Geelong, Australia.
1976: Yes headlined at the Civic Center in Roanoke, Virginia.
1976: Aerosmith performed at Colt Park in Hartford, Connecticut.
1976: The Allman Brothers Band temporarily disbanded after Greg Allman testified against Scooter Herring, his personal road manager, who was charged with drug trafficking. Herring was subsequently sentenced to 75 years in prison. An album of previously unreleased live material was issued later in the year under the title "Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas". In the two years that the band was apart, Gregg Allman married Cher, while Dickey Betts formed his Great Southern band. Due to the judge’s handling of jurors, Scooter ends up serving only about 3 years in prison. He is later pardoned by President Jimmy Carter, and dies peacefully in 2007.
1977: Bruce Springsteen settles his court battle with his former manager and producer, Mike Appel, after not being able to record for two years. Appel was instrumental in getting Springsteen his contract with CBS and also produced his first three albums.
1977: Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers played together for the first time when they performed as part of Mike Howletts band, Strontium 90 in Paris France.
1977: Heart, Steve Miller, The Eagles and Foreigner all appeared at a Day On The Green concert from the Oakland-Alameda County Stadium in Oakland, California.
1977: The Grateful Dead performed at the Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
1977: Heart's 'Barracuda' b/w 'Cry To Me' 45 single is released. It was the first single from the band's second album 'Little Queen' and became Heart's second top-20 hit in the U.S., peaking at # 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2009, it was named the 34th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
1978: Rush played at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin.
1979: Rush appeared at Stadhalle in Offenbach, Germany.
1979: Jimmy McCulloch, guitarist with Thunderclap Newman and Wings, was found dead in his flat in Maida Vale, North West London after suffering heart failure. He was 26.
1982: 'Rocky III' hits theaters. This one features a new theme song written around a key line of dialogue in the film: 'Eye of the Tiger.' Sylvester Stallone asked the upstart Chicago band Survivor to write and record the song when he couldn't get permission to use the Queen song 'Another One Bites The Dust.'
1982: Frank Zappa performed at the Palais des Sports in St Etienne, France.
1982: Promoter Bill Graham staged a special Vietnam Veterans benefit concert in San Francisco starring The Jefferson Starship, The Grateful Dead and Country Joe.
1982: Roxy Music's 8th album 'Avalon' is released. It reached #53 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and topped the UK Albums chart. The single, 'More Than This,' preceded the album and was a Top 10 hit in Britain (#6).
1983: The four day US Festival '83' kicked off in Devore, California. It featured The Clash, U2, David Bowie, The Pretenders, Van Halen, Stray Cats, Men At Work, Judas Priest, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson, INXS, Joe Walsh, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Triumph and the Scorpions. Over 750,000 fans attended the festival, including 350,000 of them on Heavy Metal Sunday.
1983: Iron Maiden release the 'Piece Of Mind' album.
1983: Slash is in the audience at the legendary Gazzarri’s on the Sunset Strip in LA. for the band Rapidfire’s show, when he first sees Axl Rose perform live.
1984: Lita Ford released her 2nd solo album, 'Dancin' on the Edge.' The band was made up of drummer Randy Castillo, Aldo Nova on keyboards and bassist Hugh McDonald.
1985: D-A-D (then known as Disneyland After Dark) unveil their 1st release, the E.P. 'Standin' On the Never Never.'
1985: Lizzy Borden released their 1st full-length studio album, 'Love You to Pieces.'
1986: Bob Seger's 'Like A Rock' album, featuring the title track and 'American Storm,' is certified platinum.
1988: Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler married second wife Teresa Barrick in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. This was Tyler’s second marriage and the couple would divorce in January 2006.
1988: Iron Maiden peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,' which went on to go Gold in the U.S.
1988: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Robert Plant’s 'Tall Cool One' at #46, Midnight Oil’s 'Beds Are Burning' at #36, Def Leppard’s 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' at #32, Poison’s 'Nothin’ But A Good Time' at #30, Cheap Trick’s 'The Flame' at #29, Aerosmith’s 'Angel' at #27, Lita Ford’s 'Kiss Me Deadly' at #26 & White Lion’s 'Wait' at #9‬.
1990: Mitch Mitchell former drummer with The Jimi Hendrix Experience took out a High Court action against Private Eye magazine over an allegedly defamatory item.
1990: Motley Crue released the single 'Don't Go Away Mad,(Just Go Away).' It peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.
1991: Smashing Pumpkins released their debut studio album, 'Gish.'
1995: Hootie & the Blowfish started a four-week run at #1 on the US album charts with 'Cracked Rear View.' The album went on to sell over 15 million copies.
1996: Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles after an apparent drug overdose. The singer was later arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin.
1996: Slayer released their 7th studio album, 'Undisputed Attitude.'
2000: The White Stripes perform on TV for the first time, playing 'Apple Blossom' and 'You're Pretty Good Looking' on the Detroit Public Television series 'Backstage Pass.'
2000: Suzi Gardner of L7 becomes the first woman casted by Cynthia Plaster Caster, who has worked on a number of rock stars, including Jimi Hendrix. For her female subjects, which later include Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and Karen O of Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Cynthia molds their breasts.
2001: Tony Ashton, frequent collaborator with Deep Purple and many of their members on solo projects, dies of cancer. He was 55. Ashton was also a writer and an artist whose work appeared on many CD covers.
2002: Mastodon released their debut album, 'Renmission.' The track 'Crusher Destroyer was featured in the 2003 video game Tony Hawk's Underground.
2004: The Jim Jarmusch-directed indie flick 'Coffee And Cigarettes' opens with Meg and Jack White (White Stripes).
2005: System Of A Down perform at Madrid's Festimad. Sixty-mile an hour winds blow the roof off the outdoor stage. Promoters want to cancel but S.O.A.D. waits out the storm and hits the stage at 3:45 am playing a full set for the 30,000 in attendance.
2005: A Mick Jagger impersonator spent over an hour accepting free drinks and enjoying VIP perks at a New York night spot. Club officials only realized that the man wasn't Jagger after looking at a photo of the Rolling Stones' front man and noticing that the unnamed imposter was younger and heavier than Jagger.
2006: Staind perform at the 90th running of the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
2006: Beck and the members of his band are accompanied on stage by marionette puppets of themselves during their headlining performance at the Sasquatch! Festival in George (about 125 miles east of Seattle), WA.
2007: The Police kicked off their 152 show 30th Anniversary Reunion Tour at General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada in front of 22,000 fans. The tour went on for fifteen months, sold 3.7 million tickets & went on to gross $358 million, making it the third highest grossing tour of all time.
2007: Chris Cornell released his 2nd solo studio album, 'Carry On.'
2008: American guitarist Jerry Cole died aged 68. He first entered the pop music scene as one of The Champs along with Glen Campbell. Cole and Campbell later formed the Gee Cee's and released one single called 'Buzzsaw Twist'. He backed up Elvis Presley in 1974 and also worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Aretha Franklin, The Righteous Brothers, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Lou Rawls, Gregg Allman, Lee Hazlewood, Blood Sweat & Tears, Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond, Steely Dan, The Beach Boys and Isaac Hayes.
2008: Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and Rapper Ludacris headline a benefit concert in L.A. for the Griffith Park Recovery Fund.
2009: Pearl Jam's performance of 'The Fixer' is filmed by director Cameron Crowe for a Target commercial.
2009: Lucy Vodden (nee O'Donnell), the childhood pal of John Lennon's son Julian, passed away at the age of 46 after losing her battle with auto-immune disease lupus. She was the inspiration for The Beatles' track "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds", written mostly by John after Julian showed his father a nursery school drawing he called "Lucy - in the sky with diamonds," depicting his classmate.
2010: While still recovering from a brain hemorrhage and a "warning stroke," Bret Michaels (Poison) performs his first concert since suffering the health setbacks. The show is Biloxi, MS.
2010: Reality TV star Kelly Osbourne told the press that her father Ozzy was once banned from her school in England after passing wind and falling asleep in the middle of a parent / teacher interview.
2012: Iron Maiden's 'The Number Of The Beast' is named the greatest album in British music made during Queen Elizabeth II's 60-year reign, according to retailer HMV's online survey of 30,000 music fans.
2013: Alice In Chains release 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.' It's the group's second full-length effort with singer William DuVall.
2013: Black Star Riders, a the Thin Lizzy offshoot, release their debut album, 'All Hell Breaks Loose' in the U.S.
2013: The George Harrison memorial garden at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Estate near Watford is open to the public. "It is not generally known that George Harrison was an immensely talented and passionate gardener," says Harrison's widow, Olivia. The Bhaktivedanta Manor Estate, established in '73, is northwest of London.
2014: Filming begins for the final season of FX's 'Sons Of Anarchy' with Marilyn Manson in a recurring role as a white supremacist named Ron Tully.
2014: The Rolling Stones top Billboard magazine's list of the top 25-selling live acts of the past 25 years grossing more than $1.5 billion on the road since '90, playing more than 500 shows to almost 20 million fans. U2 is in second place with Bruce Springsteen third, earning $1.2 billion gross over 700-plus shows in front of 15 million fans.
2015: L7 perform together for the first time in 18 years at the Echo in Los Angeles. The show is in preparation for a reunion tour. 2015: Pete Townshend receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the MusiCares Benefit Concert in New York City. The award is for Townshend's work with the charity, which assists musicians with addiction recovery. The honor is presented by Bruce Springsteen.
2015: Pink Floyd's two living co-founders, Roger Waters and Nick Mason, help unveil an honorary plaque at London's University of Westminster (formerly Regent Street Polytechnic), the site of the band's formation, to mark the group's 50th anniversary. "If we'd gone up for Britain's Got Talent, I don't think we would have made it past the audition stage; we weren't terribly good," says Mason. "We were effing awful," adds Waters.
2015: Frankie Ford, whose 1959 hit 'Sea Cruise' reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, died of natural causes at the age of 76.

May 29
1959: Herndon Stadium in Atlanta holds one of the first outdoor rock concerts, featuring Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed, and B.B. King. Nine thousand people attend.
1961: Ricky Nelson has his first Top 10 hit in two years with 'Travelin' Man.' 'Hello Mary Lou' is on the flip-side. The single reaches #1.
1962: Chubby Checker wins a Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording for 'Let's Twist Again' and Ray Charles wins for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording for 'Hit The Road Jack.'
1965: The Beach Boys 'Help Me Rhonda' knocks The Beatles 'Ticket To Ride' from the top spot on the pop chart. The song, originally released as 'Help Me Ronda' on the LP 'Today!', began to receive radio airplay and was soon re-recorded and issued as a single with the new spelling. It was the first Beach Boys' hit to feature the voice of rhythm guitarist Al Jardine. The record made the Top Ten in eight other countries.
1965: Bob Dylan’s album 'Bringing It All Back Home' was at #1 on the UK charts, his second chart topping album. It would be displaced the following day by the soundtrack to' The Sound of Music.'
1967: The Move, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, Zoot Money, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band all appeared at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincoln, England. Pink Floyd were only a support band and played in a corner of the shed with a white sheet behind them with the colored oil shining onto it. Tickets cost £1 ($1.70). The poster advertising the show promised a "Knockout Atmosphere."
1969: Crosby, Stills & Nash released their self-titled debut album. It went on to reach #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell four million copies in the U.S.
1969: The Who appeared at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago.
1969: The Grateful Dead headline the Memorial Day Ball at Robertson Gym on the UC Santa Barbara campus. Lee Michaels and the Youngbloods opened the show.
1970: Pink Floyd’s soundtrack to the Michelangelo Antonioni film Zabriske Point had its UK album release. It featured previously unreleased Pink Floyd tracks 'Heart Beat, Pig Meat,' 'Crumbling Land,' and 'Come In Number 51, You’re Time Is Up.'
1970: Jethro Tull played at the Eastown Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
1971: Canada's 5 Man Electrical Band enters the US charts with what would prove to be their biggest hit and signature tune, 'Signs.'
1971: 'Brown Sugar,' The Rolling Stones' first release on their own label, became their 6th US #1 single. Speculation on the meaning of the title has ranged from a sexist racial slur to Mexican heroin, but the song was purportedly about Mick Jagger’s affair with American singer Marsha Hunt. They also have the #1 album, 'Sticky Fingers.'
1971: Thirty-six people are given medical attention after unknowingly drinking LSD laced cider at a San Francisco Grateful Dead show at Winterland. This was the first of two nights at Bill Graham’s venue. Tickets cost $2.
1972: Paul McCartney releases his version of the nursery rhyme, 'Mary Had A Little Lamb' as kind of tongue-in-cheek joke to get back at the BBC for banning his earlier single "Give Ireland Back To The Irish". It reached the US Top 30.
1973: The Byrds break up when founding member Roger McGuinn performs his first solo concert at New York's Academy of Music. Use of "The Byrds" name gets sticky in ensuing years, and in 1989 McGuinn plays some shows with original members Chris Hillman and David Crosby to stake their legal claim to the name.
1973: Record executive Clive Davis is fired from Columbia for misappropriating $100,000. He later founded Arista Records and engineered Santana’s comeback with 'Supernatural.'
1973: David Bowie performed at Victoria Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
1973: Mike Oldfield releases his ambient masterpiece 'Tubular Bells.' The opening piano solo was used briefly in the soundtrack to the William Friedkin film 'The Exorcist' (also released in 1973), and the album gained considerable airplay because of the film’s success.
1975: Aerosmith performed at Cobo Arena in Detroit.
1975: Rush appeared at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.
1976: ZZ Top appear at Groves Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
1977: Fleetwood Mac, Bob Seger, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Kenny Logins all appeared at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Tickets cost $10 – $12.50.
1977: Elvis Presley walks off the stage in the middle of the concert in Baltimore upset with his performance. This is the first time Presley ended a show in this matter.
1977: Columbia Records president Goddard Lieberson died of cancer at the age of 66. Lieberson was responsible for the introduction of the LP record and for popularizing soundtracks and original cast albums. He served as president for both Columbia Records (1956-1971; 1973-1975) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
1979: Yes performed at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.
1980: Thin Lizzy played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1980: The Grateful Dead performed at the Civic Center in Des Moines, Iowa
1981: Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Wembley Arena in London.
1982: The 'Combat Rock' album from The Clash is released.
1982: Paul McCartney started a three week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with 'Tug Of War.' With contributions from Stevie Wonder, George Martin, Carl Perkins and Ringo Starr, the LP featured 'Ebony And Ivory' and McCartney's ode to John Lennon, 'Here Today.'
1982: Survivor's 'Eye Of The Tiger' b/w 'Take You On A Saturday' 45 single is released.
1983: The US Festival's Heavy Metal Day bangs heads with over 300,000 people partying with Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Triumph, Scorpions, Motley Crue and Quiet Riot. Van Halen get a record $1.5 million to play Day 2 of Apple founder Steve Wozniak's US Festival, the second and final year of the event. It's the most any act has ever been paid for a single performance.
1983: Kiss play their last concert in their traditional makeup, but 13 years later they slap it on again when they reunite.
1983: Styx played at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.
1988: Bob Dylan duets with Band drummer Levon Helm on the group's 'The Weight' at a Helm show in New York. The duo also perform Chuck Berry's 'Nadine.'
1989: Lisa Marie Presley gives birth to Elvis' granddaughter, Danielle Riley Keough (pronounced KEE-oh). By the time she reached the age of 14, she was working as a fashion model and has since become an accomplished actress, co-starring in the 2010 film 'The Runaways' with Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart and Tatum O'Neal.
1989: John Cipollina, guitarist of Quicksilver Messenger Service, dies from complications of a lifelong genetic disorder that produces symptoms similar to COPD. He was 45 years old. In 2003, he was ranked #32 by Rolling Stone magazine on their 100 Great Guitarist of All Time list.
1991: After just completing the recording of the 'Nevermind' album, Nirvana played a last-minute show at the Jabberjaw in Los Angeles. In the audience was Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl's girlfriend and L7 bassist Jennifer Finch who brought along her best friend Courtney Love.
1992: Concerned that students are identifying with Freddie Mercury, who had recently died of AIDS, the principal at Sacred Heart School in Clifton, New Jersey doesn't allow 8th graders to perform the Queen song 'We Are The Champions' at their graduation ceremony. When students flood the radio station Z100 with requests for the song, it is re-released as a single.
1993: Radiohead's 'Pablo Honey' lands on the U.S. album chart. The first stop is at #184. The album eventually gets to #32 and sells a couple million copies worldwide.
1995: Gamma Ray released their album, 'Land Of The Free.' The face of the figure in the cover is the same of the Helloween album 'Walls Of Jericho.'
1997: Jeff Buckley accidentally drowns in Memphis after jumping into the Wolf River Harbor, a channel of the Mississippi River, with all of his clothes on, including his boots. He was 30 years old. Before drowning, Buckley could be heard singing the chorus to Led Zeppelin’s 'Whole Lotta Love.' No drugs or alcohol were found in his system. Buckley becomes a mythic icon and reaches his biggest sales and popularity after his death.
1999: The skeletal remains of Iron Butterfly bassist Philip Kramer are discovered in Malibu’s Decker Canyon by photographers, four years after he went missing. He disappeared in '95 and was rumored to have fallen victim to foul play. Not so. Kramer apparently drove off a Malibu road on his way to LAX and crashed into a canyon. He was 42.
2000: Iron Maiden‬ released the album 'Brave New World.' It is their first with lead singer Bruce Dickinson since 1992's 'Fear Of The Dark.' It also marked the return of guitarist Adrian Smith.
2001: Quiet Riot released their 10th studio album, 'Guilty Pleasures.' It was their last album to feature Carlos Cavazo and Rudy Sarzo.
2001: The Eagles made their first ever visit to Russia when they appeared at SC Olymisky in Moscow.
2002: David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar kicked off their co-headlining tour at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH outside of Cleveland.
2002: A 16ft by 6ft mosaic designed by John Lennon went on display at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. The mosaic had been built into Lennon's swimming pool at his Kenwood home in Surrey where he lived between 1964 and 1968.
2004: The video for Linkin Park's final single from their 'Meteora' album, 'Breaking The Habit,' premieres on MTV2.
2004: Saliva frontman Josey Scott marries Kendra Lynnett Edney at Elvis Presley's Memphis estate, Graceland. Memphis native Scott is a Presley fanatic who counts one of the King's former limos among his possessions.
2006: David Gilmour plays the first of two solo shows at London's Royal Albert Hall. The shows are filmed for a DVD directed by David Mallet (who also directed a Gilmour concert DVD four years earlier).
2007: Satellite Party, with ex-Jane's Addiction/Porno For Pyros frontman Perry Farrell, release their debut album, 'The Ultra Payloaded,' containing debut single, 'Wish Upon A Dog Star.'
2007: In an online post, Eddie Van Halen writes that he's "truly grateful" for the encouraging messages sent him during his stay at a rehabilitation facility. "It was an intensely personal thing that I'm not really comfortable talking about right now," says the guitarist. "But I want everyone to know that their support has and always will mean the world to me."
2007: A piano used by John Lennon on the night he died was put up for sale for $375,000 on The Moments in Time memorabilia website. The upright grand piano was part of the Record Plant Recording Studios in New York where the former Beatle recorded his 1971 'Imagine' album. Lennon was said to be so fond of the instrument that he had it moved to whichever studio he was working in and had used the piano hours before being shot on December 8, 1980.
2008: Disturbed perform to a global online audience when they play the Pepsi Free Concert Series in Las Vegas.
2008: KISS has a late-night meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at a hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. The group is in town to play a concert and Rice is there for an international conference on Iraq (and the war). "I was thrilled," says Rice. "It was really fun to meet KISS and Gene Simmons."
2008: A Jimi Hendrix photo exhibit titled 'Hendrix Revealed: A Life Through the Lens' opens with an invite-only party at the Celebrity Vault gallery in Beverly Hills. The display features Hendrix images taken by 17 photographers from '67-'70.
2009: Ozzy Osbourne files a lawsuit against Tony Iommi, his Black Sabbath bandmate. Osbourne claims that Iommi illegally took sole ownership of the Black Sabbath name, and Ozzy wants 50% of the trademark. Ozzy says, “It is with great regret that I had to resort to legal action against my long-term partner Tony Iommi, but after three years of trying to resolve this issue amicably, I feel I have no other recourse.” The lawsuit is settled out of court the following year.
2009: Legendary producer Phil Spector (The Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison) is sentenced to a prison term of 19 years to life for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot to death at Spector's mansion in 2003.
2010: Sabrosa Park (at the small town of Sabrosa, north of Portugal) was renamed B.B. King Park in honor of King and the free concert he had played before 20,000 people.
2010: Paul McCartney feared for his safety after his tour bus came under attack from a group of thugs following a concert at the Foro Sol arena in Mexico City. The bus driver was forced to stop when a mob ran up to the vehicle and began jumping up and down on its roof. Police were eventually called and McCartney's entourage escaped unharmed.
2012: Bob Dylan is among the Medal of Freedom recipients. During a White House ceremony, President Obama says he's "extremely grateful" to be able to personally thank the honorees "for the great work they have done" in America and worldwide. The Medal of Freedom is America's highest civilian honor.
2012: Lisa Marie Presley intervened to stop a letter written to her by ex-husband Michael Jackson from being auctioned. The handwritten note by the late King Of Pop was of a personal nature and was reportedly penned between 1993 and 1996. Auction house owner Darren Julien stated "We wanted to honor the request and continue our good relationship with Ms. Presley."
2013: The Velvet Underground settle a legal dispute with the Andy Warhol Foundation over the rights to use the famous banana cover Warhol designed for the band's 1967 album, 'The Velvet Underground and Nico.' The "confidential settlement" ends a dispute that began four years earlier.
2015: Helloween released their 15th studio album, 'My God Given Right.' It was their 7th consecutive album produced by Charlie Bauerfield.
2017: Tool frontman James Maynard Keenan blasts "entitled snowflakes," during the Boston Calling festival. "Those of you who are law enforcement and military, your job is to defend our right to act like whiny, entitled snowflake assholes. Myself being one,” says Keenan. “Snowflakes, your job is to respect them f**king doing that for you.”
2017: Guests at Noel Gallagher’s 50th birthday party in Oxfordshire include Madonna, U2’s Bono and Stella McCartney (Paul’s daughter), but not Noel’s estranged former Oasis bandmate and younger brother, Liam.

May 30
1956: Time magazine prints an article entitled Teener's Hero, which tries to explain Elvis Presley's mystique. After a drawn-out description of his singing style, the writer says of Presley's appeal: "his movements suggest, in a word, sex."
1964: The Rolling Stones 'England's Newest Hit Makers' album is released. It was the American debut album by the band and it reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The album was recorded over five days at Regent Sound Studios in London, through January and February of 1964. It was produced by the managers at the time, Eric Easton and Andrew Loog Oldham.
1964: 'Love Me Do' became The Beatles 4th US #1 hit. The version released in America is one that had Andy White playing drums while Ringo played the tambourine. The British single was a take on which Ringo played the drums.
1965: The Rolling Stones played the final night of a US tour at the New York Academy of Music. During the afternoon the band recorded six songs for the Clay Pole TV show.
1965: The Who performed at Mojo Club in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1966: The Who appeared at Sincil Bank Football Ground in Lincoln, England.
1966: The Doors appeared at the Hullabaloo in West Hollywood, California.
1966: The Jefferson Airplane perform at a benefit for the Haight-Ashbury Legal Organization in San Francisco.
1966: The Young Rascals 'You Better Run' b/w 'Love Is A Beautiful Thing' 45 single is released.
1966: The Beatles 'Paperback Writer' b/w 'Rain' 45 single is released. The single went to the #1 spot in the United States, United Kingdom, West Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Norway. On the US Billboard Hot 100, the song was at number one for two non-consecutive weeks, being interrupted by Frank Sinatra's 'Strangers in the Night.' 'Paperback Writer' was the last new song by the Beatles to be featured on their final tour in 1966, and was the group's only U.S. #1 released that year.
1968: The Beatles began recording what became known as the White Album, a two LP set whose official title was simply 'The Beatles.' The first track they lay down is 'Revolution.'
1968: Cream appeared at Eagles Auditorium in Seattle, Washington.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City.
1969: Neil Young & Crazy Horse performed at La Cave in Cleveland, Ohio.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Detroit, Michigan.
1972: Roxy Music play their first major date at Lincolnshire, England’s Great Western Express Festival.
1973: David Bowie appeared at the New Theatre Oxford in Oxford, England.
1973: George Harrison's 'Living in the Material World' album is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart for five consecutive weeks beginning late June.
1975: Aerosmith played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1975: Alice Cooper’s first solo album 'Welcome to My Nightmare' was certified Gold by the RIAA.
1976: Rush performed at the Nelson Center in Springfield, Illinois.
1977: It’s the last chance to see Elvis play Florida as he appears tonight at Jacksonville’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
1978: Led Zeppelin enters a recording studio for the first time since the death of Robert Plant's son, Karac, in July 1977. The sessions will be the band's final proper studio album, 1979's 'In Through The Out Door.'
1979: Yes performed at the Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas.
1980: Carl Radle, bass guitarist for Derek And The Dominos, died of kidney failure. He was just 37 years old. Radle worked on all of Clapton’s solo projects in the 70’s, and was a session musician who worked with Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Buddy Guy, George Harrison, J.J. Cale, the Band and many others.
1980: Peter Gabriel's 3rd album, 'Peter Gabriel (Melt) is released. The album reached #22 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and hit #1 on the UK Albums chart. It also contains two of Gabriel's most famous songs, the U.K. Top 10 hit 'Games Without Frontiers' and the political song 'Biko,' about the late anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko.
1981: Phil Collins 'In The Air Tonight' b/w 'The Roof Is Leaking' 45 single is released.
1981: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Phil Collins’ 'In The Air Tonight' at #89 & April Wine’s 'Sign Of The Gypsy Queen' at #87. Rick Springfield’s 'Jessie’s Girl' was #24, Styx’s 'Too Much Time On My Hand at # and REO Speedwagon’s 'Take It On The Run' at #5.‬
1981: Pete Townshend plays a solo show at Brockwell Park in Brixton, England in support of a march against unemployment in Britain.
1981: ZZ Top played at the Birmingham–Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama.
1984: King Crimson performed at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, Canada.
1987: David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam, Holland.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Mötley Crüe’s 'Girls Girls Girls' at #68 (debut), Europe’s 'Rock The Night' at #43, Heart’s 'Alone' at #27, Poison’s 'Talk Dirty To Me' at #24, Bon Jovi’s 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' at #10 and Bryan Adams’ 'Heat Of The Night' at #8.
1989: Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) appears on a British TV show called 'Hypotheticals,' where he addresses the fatwa issued against the author Salman Rushdie. Islam seems to support the fatwa - when asked if he would attend a protest where a Rushdie effigy is burned, he replies, "I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing."
The remarks alienate many Cat Stevens fans, including members of the band 10,000 Maniacs, who pull their cover of 'Peace Train' from future pressings of the 'In My Tribe' album.
1990: Midnight Oil plays in front of the Exxon Building in New York to protest the corporation's global polluting.
1992: The Black Crowes went to #1 on the US album chart with 'The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion.'
1992: Paul Simon marries Edie Brickell. Simon, who was previously married to Carrie Fisher, was 26 years older than Brickell when they wed.
1994: Metallica kick off the 'Shit Hits The Sheds' tour at the Darrien Lake Performing Arts Centre near Buffalo, in support of the recently released 'Live Shit Binge & Purge' box set. Danzig and Suicidal Tendencies open the show.
1996: Gin Blossoms release 'Til I Hear It From You'/'Follow You Down' as a double-sided single.
1996: John Kahn, bassist for The Jerry Garcia Band, dies of a heart attack. He was 48. Kahn was also an occasional collaborator with the Grateful Dead and an in-demand session musician. As a child, one of his babysitters was Marilyn Monroe.
1997: Neil Young cancelled his European tour after he cut his finger open while making a ham sandwich.
2001: The Home Shopping Network sells three autographed guitars with signatures from Metallica's James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted, and Lars Ulrich within three minutes for $1,495 each.
2003: Rod Stewart files for divorce from model Rachel Hunter. They separated in 1999 and have two children.
2003: Mickie Most, producer of artists such as The Animals, Jeff Beck & Herman’s Hermits died of cancer. He was 64 years old.
2005: Judas Priest kicks off their 'Angels Of Retribution' reunion tour in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
2005: Despite efforts by the Greek Orthodox Church, Slipknot performs at the Lykavittos Theatre in Athens. The church campaigned to cancel the show because they disapproved of the band's 'shocking' appearance and felt their song lyrics and concerts promoted Satanism. Yikes!
2006: 'The Hard Stuff' from George Thorogood and the Destroyers is released. The 15-track disc has originals and vintage Blues tunes.
2007: Four of Aerosmith's five members visit Navy aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz, on their way to a concert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. They group does a 'meet-and-greet' with military personnel.
2007: Paul McCartney uses the Home Shopping Network to promote his album. A 30-minute special on 'Memory Almost Full,' has in-studio footage as McCartney discusses the recording of the album.
2007: A leaked copy of the new White Stripes album 'Icky Thump' was played completely on Chicago's radio station Q101-WKQX. Jack White personally called the US radio station from Spain, where he was touring, to voice his displeasure.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne's 'Black Rain' album is his highest-charting ever. It debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200 after selling 152,000 copies in its first week.
2008: Green Day went to #1 on the US album chart with ‘21st Century Breakdown,’ the bands eighth studio album.
2008: Everclear plays the first of two shows for U.S. soldiers when they take the stage at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "There are folks in uniform all over the world, and at home, looking out for us-and to play for them is an honor," says frontman Art Alexakis. A second concert for military personnel is on Oahu five weeks later (7/6).
2008: Disturbed perform 'Into The Fire' at Spike TV's Guys Choice awards in Culver City, CA. Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash snags the Outstanding Literary Achievement honor for his bio.
2009: Billy Idol and Dave Mason perform at the For The Arts benefit concert in Santa Monica, CA. The event supports the Education Foundation of Santa Monica & Malibu in the organization's effort to raise $15 million for a "permanent endowment fund" benefiting music and art programs at the area's public schools.
2009: At Spike TV's Guy's Choice ceremony in Culver City, CA, Eddie Van Halen is presented the Guitar God honor and Metallica gets the fan-voted Ballsiest Band award.
2009: Mick Jagger offered to buy an ice cream van but was turned down by its owner - who'd promised his daughter he would drive her to her wedding in it. Guiseppe Della Camera, had spent ten years restoring the rusting van to perfection after he spotted it on a farm - being used as a chicken shed. The restoration was such a success Sir Mick offered to buy the vehicle when he saw it at a show on Wandsworth Common. Camera said, 'Jagger told me he'd really fallen in love with my van and asked me if I would consider selling it. I was stunned when he offered me £100,000.
2009: Ozzy Osbourne was suing the band's guitarist Tony Iommi over royalty payments. The 60-year-old had accused Iommi of falsely claiming to have sole rights to the band's name which has cost him royalties from merchandise sales. Osbourne was seeking unspecified damages, lost profits and a declaration he is a half-owner of the trademark. Iommi claims Osbourne legally relinquished rights to the band's name in the 1980s. Osbourne said he believed all four original members of the band should share Black Sabbath's name equally.
2009: 81-year-old music legend Fats Domino made a rare appearance at a charity event in New Orleans that raises funds to rebuild schools and playgrounds damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Although he did not perform, The Fat Man watched his old friends Little Richard, B.B. King and Chuck Berry hit the stage and waved at the 3,000-strong crowd.
2010: Ronnie James Dio, who fronted Black Sabbath, Dio, Rainbow, and Heaven & Hell, is laid to rest at the Hall of Liberty in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills. He passed away two weeks earlier from stomach cancer.
2011: Blondie's 'Panic Of Girls,' the group's first album in eight years, is available for download.
2012: Slash's album, 'Apocalyptic Love,' is #1 on the Independent Albums Chart and also tops the Hard Music Albums Chart in its first week of release. The album sits at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and #2 on the Canadian chart.
2013: As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis posts a bond and is released from the San Diego County jail after being arrested for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill his wife.
2013: On a more positive note, Aerosmith, Extreme, Godsmack, The J. Geils Band and Boston are among the performers at the Boston Marathon benefit concert at the TD Garden. Donations are distributed to the survivors of the 4/15 bombings and to the families of those killed in the terrorist attack.
2013: Jack White pays $142,000 in back taxes for Detroit's historic Masonic Temple saving it from a threatened auction. Masonic directors rename one of the venue's several stages the Jack White Theater.
2013: The 9th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in L.A honors Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. He receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the fund. The MusiCares MAP Fund aids musicians recovering from addiction. 2013
2013: A new museum dedicated to the life of Johnny Cash staged its official opening. The museum in Nashville, Tennessee, was set up by wife and husband team Shannon and Bill Miller and features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world.
2015: Julie Harris, an Academy Award-winning costume designer who outfitted The Beatles for their films 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help!,' passed away at the age of 94. She was once quoted as saying, "I must be one of the few people who can claim they have seen John, Paul, George and Ringo naked."
2015, Jeremy Brown, guitarist for Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, died of unknown causes at the age of 34. Brown began playing with the Stone Temple Pilots singer in 2008.
2017: Liam Gallagher, of Oasis fame, plays his first solo concert in the U.K. in his hometown of Manchester, to benefit the British Red Cross. This comes after the 5/22 terrorist attack in Manchester following pop singer Ariana Grande's concert.

May 31
1956: Buddy Holly, sees the John Wayne movie 'The Searchers' and gains some song writing inspiration when Wayne utters the line "That'll be the day."
1961: Jimi Hendrix enlists in the Army for 3 years and is stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as a member of the Screaming Eagles fighting squad. He is honorably discharged a little over a year later after breaking his ankle during a parachute jum
1961: Chuck Berry opens an amusement park that he calls Berry Park, in Wentzville, Missouri near St. Louis. The 30-acre complex features a swimming pool, miniature golf course, Ferris wheel, a children's zoo and a picnic grove with barbecue pits.
1962: The Beatles played the last night of a 7-week run at the Star-Club in Hamburg, West Germany. During their residency they would play for four-and-a-half hours on weekdays and six hours on Saturdays, with some songs lasting over 20 minutes to fill out the time.
1964: The Dave Clark Five appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first of 11 appearances. They perform 'Glad All Over.'
1966: Filming begins on 'The Monkees (Here Come The Monkees),' the first filmed episode of the television series The Monkees (though not the first shown). The Monkees' first single, 'Last Train to Clarksville' was released in August 1966, just weeks prior to the TV broadcast debut. In conjunction with the first broadcast of the television show on September 12, 1966 on the NBC television network, NBC and Columbia had a major hit on their hands.
1967: Big Brother & the Holding Company film a scene in the Richard Lester movie 'Petulia.'
1968: Love appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan
1968: Working on what will become The White album, The Beatles add overdubs of bass and vocals on ‘Revolution’. After numerous overdubs have been added, the final six minutes of the song evolved into chaotic, jamming, with Lennon repeatedly shouting "alright” and Yoko Ono speaking random phrases. The jam becomes the basis for ‘Revolution 9’, and this session is the first that Yoko attends.
1968: Jimi Hendrix appeared at Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland.
1969: Jimi Hendrix was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents.
1969: During their Montreal bed-in, John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded 'Give Peace a Chance.'
1969: The Rolling Stones recorded 'Honky Tonk Women.'
1969: Joe Cocker's 'With A Little Help From My Friends' album hits the charts.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: Pink Floyd appeared at the “Eight Weeks Ball” held at the Main Marquee, Pembroke College, Oxford, England.
1970: Black Sabbath's self-titled debut studio album is released. They played at Malvern Winter Gardens in Worcestershire, England.
1971: Badfinger records 'Day After Day.'
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Piedmont Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
1972: Roxy Music appeared at the Marquee Club in London.
1973: To celebrate John Bonham’s 25th birthday, Robert Plant leads an audience at the Felt Forum in Los Angeles in a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Later that night Bonham celebrates with George Harrison, who ends up throwing his birthday cake at the drummer. Bonham tosses Harrison into the hotel pool.
1973: Deep Purple performed at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1973: Steely Dan received their first Gold record for their debut album 'Can’t Buy a Thrill,' which went on to be certified Platinum 20 years later.
1974: Gordon Lightfoot's LP 'Sundown' is certified gold, on the strength of the title tune, which went to #1, and 'Carefree Highway' which climbed to #10.
1974: Chicago's 'Call On Me' b/w 'Prelude To Aire' 45 single is released. From their album 'Chicago VII,' it reached #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
1974: Roxy Music appeared at Painter’s Mill Music Fair in Owings Mills, Maryland.
1975: For John Bonham's 25th birthday, Robert Plant led an audience at the Forum in Los Angeles in a rendition of 'Happy Birthday.' Later that night Bonham celebrated with George Harrison, who ended up throwing a birthday cake at the drummer. Bonham then tossed Harrison into the hotel pool.
1975: During a press conference held at the 5th Avenue Hotel in New York City to announce The Rolling Stones forthcoming American tour, the Stones themselves came down the street playing live from the back of a flat-bed truck.
1975: The Eagles release 'One Of These Nights,' which will become the second of their five US #1 singles. The B-side, 'Visions,' features lead vocals by guitarist Don Felder, the only Eagles song to do so.
1975: 10cc's 'I'm Not In Love' b/w 'Channel Swimmer' 45 single is released. It became the band's second #1 single and stayed on the top spot in the UK for two weeks. Largely expected to scale the Hot 100 summit, the record only peaked at #2 in the US for three weeks, shut out of the top spot by a different number-one song each week (Van McCoy's 'The Hustle,' The Eagles 'One Of These Nights,' and the Bee Gees' 'Jive Talkin').
1976: The Who headline a bill at the Charlton Athletic Grounds in England and put their name into the Guiness Book of World Records as the loudest rock band ever, when their set measures at 120 decibels. Supporting acts are The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, The Outlaws and Streetwalkers. Motörhead and Manowar go on to break the record decades later. The loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium is 142.2 decibels and was achieved by fans of the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in September of 2014.
1976: The Beatles 'Got To Get You Into My Life' b/w 'Helter Skelter' 45 single is released. First released in 1966 on the album 'Revolver,' it was released as a single from the 'Rock 'n' Roll Music' compilation album in 1976, a decade after its initial release and six years after The Beatles split up. It reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, The Beatles' last top 10 hit there until their 1995 release 'Free as a Bird.'
1976: Yes played at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.
1977: Beatlemania opens on Broadway. It runs for a total of 1,006 performances.
1977: Kiss release their 14th single 'Christine Sixteen.'
1977: Emerson, Lake & Palmer kicked off an American tour accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra. It cost the band 200-thousand dollars a week to keep the circus on the road.
1977: The Patti Smith group started a nine night residency at New York’s CBGB’s.
1977: The Police appeared at The Railway Hotel in Putney, London.
1977: Emerson, Lake & Palmer kick off an American tour accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra. It costs the band $200,000 a week to keep the circus on the road.
1977: Britain's BBC announced a ban on the Sex Pistols' anti-royalist song 'God Save The Queen,' saying it is "in gross bad taste." The cover of the single showed a picture of The Queen with a safety pin through her lip. Shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record, but it still managed to reach #2 on the UK chart.
1978: David Bowie performed at the Falkoner Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1979: Dire Straits played at Rhein-Neckar Halle in Heidelberg, Germany.
1979: Supertramp perform at New York's Madison Square Garden, where they receive a Gold record for their million selling album 'Breakfast In America.'
1979: Steely Dan earns a gold record for 'Can't Buy A Thrill.' The album features the group's first hit 'Reeling In The Years.'
1980: The J. Geils Band peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Love Stinks,' their 6th top 40 single in the U.S.
1980: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes REO Speedwagon’s 'Time For Me To Fly' #90 (debut), The J. Geils Band’s 'Love Stinks' at #38, Billy Joel’s 'You May Be Right' at #33, The Clash’s 'Train In Vain (Stand By Me)' at #23, Bette Midler’s 'The Rose' at #11 & Lipps, Inc.’s 'Funky Town' was #1. ‬
1981: ZZ Top appeared at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1982: The Clash released 'Combat Rock.'
1982: R.E.M. signed a five-album deal with I.R.S. Records, an independent label based in California. When their contract with I.R.S. Records ended in 1988, they signed with Warner Brothers Records.
1982: The Rolling Stones play an unannounced show at London's 100 Club, a citadel of the Punk movement. The Sex Pistols played there six years earlier.
1983: 'Speaking In Tongues,' the Talking Heads first platinum album, is released. The band's 5th studio album reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart; #55 on the Top R&B Albums chart, and #21 on the UK Albums chart. The single, 'Burning Down the House,' reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1983: 220 Volt released their self-titled debut album.
1984: Bob Dylan performed at St. Pauli Stadion in Hamburg, Germany.
1985: The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), sends its first letter to the RIAA requesting a ratings system for albums and concerts. The group is led by Tipper Gore, who is the wife of Senator Al Gore, so the record industry takes it seriously, and cuts back on their Metal budgets. The end result is warning stickers on albums containing offensive lyrics.
1986: Jeff Krulik and John Heyn film the parking-lot antics of fans tailgating at a Judas Priest concert in Landover, Maryland. The result is 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot,' a 16-minute film that captures the energy and absurdity of heavy metal culture in the '80s.
1986: Peter Gabriel notched his second solo UK #1 album with 'So,' featuring the singles 'Sledgehammer' and a duet with Kate Bush 'Don’t Give Up.'
1986: Genesis enters the Hot 100 with 'Invisible Touch,' joining four acts by current or former members of the group on the chart.
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Van Halen’s 'Dreams' at #48, Genesis’ 'Invisible Touch' at #45 (debut), Psychedelic Furs’ 'Pretty In Pink' at #41, Van Halen’s 'Why Can’t This Be Love' at #21, Heart’s 'Nothin’ At All' at #17, and Mike + The Mechanics’ 'All I Need Is A Miracle' at #6.
1989: At New York’s International Rock Awards, Keith Richards was given the Living Legend Award. The Rolling Stones guitarist was joined in the all-star jam by Eric Clapton and Tina Turner. Eric Clapton takes the trophy for Best Guitarist.
1989: Embroiled in litigation over the use of the name Yes, several band members announced they planned to tour under the name Yesshows.
1989: David Bowie's Tin Machine made their live debut at the International Music Awards in New York.
1992: The Grateful Dead played at the Sam Boyd Silver Bowl in Las Vegas.
1993: Jon Bon Jovi's wife Dorothea Hurley gives birth to their first child, a daughter named Stephanie Rose.
1994: Pink Floyd's 'Take It Back' b/w 'Astronomy Domine (Live)' 45 single is released.
1993: Alan McGhee, head of Creation Records, sees Oasis perform in Glasgow. Thinking he's found a cross between the Sex Pistols and The Beatles, he signs the group.
1999: Phil Kramer, who took Lee Dorman's place when Iron Butterfly re-formed in 1975, was found in a canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains, over four years after he called a police to say he was going to commit suicide. At the time of his death, he was 42.
2000: The Guess Who reunites for a tour.
2004: American guitarist Robert Quine was found dead of a heroin overdose in his New York City home. Worked with Richard Hell And The Voidoids, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Lloyd Cole, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Waits, and They Might Be Giants
2005: Jackson United, a side project of Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett, releases their debut album, 'Western Ballads.' In addition to his guitar work, Shiflett handles lead vocals.
2005: Puddle Of Mudd release their first DVD, 'Live at the Key Club: Striking That Familiar Chord.' The two hour concert was taped in West Hollywood the previous November. There's also an acoustic set and band interviews.
2005: Billy Idol, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Alice Cooper are heard on the 'Rock School' soundtrack. The documentary is about the Philadelphia music school for children who want to learn to Rock.
2005: After being in operation for over 70 years, The Salvation Army closed Strawberry Field, a Liverpool children's home which inspired The Beatles’ song 'Strawberry Fields Forever.'
2006: VH1 Rock Honors, paying tribute to Def Leppard, KISS, Judas Priest and Queen, is broadcast.
2006: Pearl Jam perform in front of a few hundred fans at a small New York club for a taping of an episode of VH1 Storytellers.
2007: Rob Grill, lead singer of The Grass Roots, is arrested for illegal possession of prescription painkillers at his home in Mount Dora, Florida.
2007: 'Bob Dylan: Intimate Insights From Friends and Fellow Musicians' is unveiled at Book Expo 2007 in New York. Collected by journalist Kathleen Mackay, it features stories about Dylan from Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, U2's Bono and members of The Beatles and The Band.
2007: U2 guitarist the Edge hosts the 2008 Icons of Music Sale in New York. The event benefits Music Rising, the Hurricane Katrina-relief charity he co-founded. The auction features rare memorabilia including two of The Edge's guitars and a hand written poem by Jim Morrison. Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, Metallica, Slash and Jimmy Page also contribute items.
2008: Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne transforms Battery Maritime Building in New York into a musical instrument by attaching devices that cause beams and pipes in the structure to vibrate and produce sound. It's an 11-day exhibition.
2008: Death Cab For Cutie were at #1 on the US album chart with their 6th release 'Narrow Stairs.'
2009: KISS' Gene Simmons is interviewed on A&E's 'Private Sessions.'
2009: Kings Of Leon perform 'Use Somebody' at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City.
2010: 'Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It' makes its debut on VH1. The series takes a "serious look" at the Poison frontman's offstage life.
Arch Enemy released their album, 'Khaos Legions.' It was their last album with vocalist Angela Gossow.
It debuted at #78 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2011: Black Stone Cherry's 3rd album, 'The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea" is released.
2011: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder releases the 16 track album 'Ukulele Songs,' his sophomore solo album.
2011: Gibson Guitar's website names Led Zeppelin's John Bonham the #1 Rock drummer of all time. "For this ability to make a band sway and groove like no other, never hogging the spotlight but remaining the subtle champion of Led Zeppelin, recognizes him as our Top Rock drummer, a talent unrivaled and irreplaceable," reads the site.
2011: A John Bonham birthday tribute concert is held at the House Of Blues in L.A. "When I first thought of this, the idea seemed too cool and simple not to try; get a John Bonham replica drum set, complete with gong and timpani, up front, center stage, and have each drummer perform their favorite Led Zep song with a house band (The Moby Dicks)," says Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy. In addition to Tichy, the drummers include Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver/Guns N' Roses) and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater).
2012: Alice In Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell is given the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the eighth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in L.A. The honor is for the guitarist's dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process.
2012: Izzy Stradlin joined Guns N’ Roses on stage at the O2 Arena in London, England to play the songs 14 Years (first time live since 1991), You Could Be Mine, Dead Flowers, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Nightrain and Paradise City.
2013: Scott Weiland files a countersuit against his former band Stone Temple Pilots. He seeks in excess of $7 million in damages for what he believes was a conspiracy to oust him. In the documents Weiland asks, "How do you expel a man from the band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for twenty years? You don't, but three of the instrumentalists from the band 'Stone Temple Pilots'' tried."
2014: Queen's musical, 'We Will Rock You,' closes after a 12-year run London's Dominion Theatre. There were 4,600 performances for more than 6.5 million people.
2014: The trustee for Randy California, leader of the band Spirit who died in 1997, sues Led Zeppelin, claiming a song California wrote called 'Taurus' was stolen for the intro to 'Stairway To Heaven.' One of the claims in the suit: "Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin were fans of Spirit, were aware of their album, and were influenced on an emotional level by their performances and recordings, so much so that they would go to watch Spirit perform in concert... Merely four days after opening for Spirit, Zeppelin had already lifted Spirit's material for their live sets."
2015: Over $155,000 is raised during two fundraisers to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. A celebrity bowling tournament and a motorcycle ride/BBQ/concert in the L.A. area mark the fifth anniversary of the singer's passing due to stomach cancer.
2015: Members of Mastodon appear in an episode of the cable TV series 'Game of Thrones,' playing a group of wildings who are brutally murdered before getting resurrected by White Walkers.
2016: A report from the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Minnesota said Prince died from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl. According to the autopsy report, Prince self-administered fentanyl, an opioid many times more powerful than heroin.
2016: Prophets Of Rage, featuring members of Rage Against The Machine (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk), along with Rappers Chuck D from Public Enemy and B-Real from Cypress Hill make its live debut at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood.
2017: A guitar owned and played by the late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia sells for $1.9 million. Proceeds from the "Wolf" guitar sale are donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: April

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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: April

Rock Birthdays
April 1
Adolph Rickenbacker - b. 1886 - d. 3/76
Johny Barbata (The Sentinals, The Turtles, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, many others) - 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.
Simon Matthews (Jesus Jones) - 54
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
Steve York (Manfred Mann) - 70
Nigel Harrison (Blondie) - 67
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
David Sikes (Boston, Giuffria) - 63
Fish (Derek Dick - Marillion, Tony Banks, Ayreon, solo) - 61
Billy Rankin (Nazareth, solo + more) - 59
Brian Tatler (Diamond Head) - 58
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
Ma Rainey / Gertrude Pridgett (blues singer) - b. 1886 - d. 12/22/39
Duane Eddy - 80
Bobby Rydell / Robert Louis Ridarelli (singer) - 76
Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Wonder Wheel, solo) - 73
Mike Finnigan (B3 Hammond Organ player and vocalist. Has worked with many artists including, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills and Nash, Peter Frampton, Cher, Ringo Starr, Leonard Cohen, Tower of Power and Rod Stewart) - 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
Roger Taylor (Duran Duran, Arcadia, The Power Station) - 58
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
Kate Pierson (The B-52's, Fred Schneider III, Cindy Wilson, NiNa) - 70
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
Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy)- 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
Carl Gardner (The Coasters0 - b. 1928 - d. 6/12/11
Joe Porcaro (Recorded with:Toto, 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 - done many film scores, co-founder of the Los Angeles Music Academy, now know as the Los Angeles College of Music. His sons Jeff, Mike and Steve were in Toto and great musician in their own right) - 88
Otis Rush (Blues guitarist/vocalist) - 83
Klaus Voormann (Artist, designed the cover for The Beatles 'Revolver' album. A friend of The Beatles during their Hamburg residency, Voorman later joins the Plastic Ono Band and backs John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Also played with Manfred Mann, Badfinger, 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
Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) - 45

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,, 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 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.' It would be the last Accept album to feature Udo Dirkschneider as vocalist until the 1993 reunion album 'Objection Overruled.'
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.'
1972: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Alice Cooper’s 'Be My Lover' at #49 (peak), Led Zeppelin’s 'Rock And Roll' at #47, April Wine’s 'You Could Have Been A Lady' at #45, Yes’ 'Roundabout' at #13, Neil Young’s 'Heart Of Gold' at #8 and America’s 'Horse With No Name' at #4. ‬
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. Ac/Dc were the support act. This would be the last concert on Black Sabbath’s Technical Ecstasy Tour.
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.' Ozzy Osbourne appears on the first single 'Stillborn,' though his name was not used to promote the track.
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.' The album debuted at #72 on the Billboard 200 chart. Duff McKagan played bass on the album.
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.
1966: The Who played at the Odeon Theatre in Rochester, Kent, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Gaumont Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.
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.
1969: The Grateful Dead play the last of three shows at The Ark in Boston. The ill-fated club near Fenway Park didn’t last very long, and was subsequently taken over by the more famous venue the Boston Tea Party.
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 9th 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.
1971: Emerson, Lake and Palmer performed at the Eastown Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
1973: Lou Reed's 'Walk On The Wild Side' is released. Herbie Flowers plays the hypnotic bass line.
1972: Pink Floyd’s North American tour stops at Cincinnati’s Music Hall for a performance of Dark Side of the Moon.
1972: Procol Harum played at Ford Auditorium in Detroit, Michigan.
1973: King Crimson played at Henry Levitt Arena in Wichita, Kansas.
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: Yes performed Palazzo Di Palaeur Dello Sport in Rome, Italy.
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.
1976: The Sex Pistols played The Nashville Rooms in London supporting The 101’ers, who featured Clash vocalist Joe Strummer.
1976: Bob Marley and The Wailers kicked off their Rastaman Vibration North American and European 42-date tour at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
1976: Genesis appeared at the Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri.
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.
1977: A Siouxsie & the Banshees performance at London’s Roxy Club inspires audience member Stuart Goddard to form the Ants. He later becomes international pop star Adam Ant.
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.
1980: The Who performed at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado.
1980: Rush played at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1980: Bob Dylan appeared at Le Theatre Saint-Denis in Montreal, Quebec.
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.
1982: Black Sabbath performed at Seattle Arena in Seattle, Washington.
1983: U2 kicked off their 48-date ‘War’ North American tour at The Carolina Concert For Children benefit in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Also on the bill were Grand Master Flash, The Producers, and Todd Rundgren, although by most accounts U2 was the highlight of the concert. At one point during the show, Bono began climbing up the vertical rigging tower, while carrying a large white flag. He made his way up on top of the scaffolding, at least 20-25 feet above the stage, in the rain, waving the flag, a scene for the ages. There were only about 4000 in attendance, well short of the 20,000 capacity.
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.' Drummer Andy Galeon just 14 years old when the album was recorded.
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.
1992: Drummer Eric Singer plays his first show with KISS at The Stone in San Francisco on the 'Revenge' tour.
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 7th 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. Campbell would pass away on August 8th, 2017.
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'.
2015: London England's Sunday Times named Sir Paul McCartney as the wealthiest UK musician with assets of an estimated at over 730 million pounds. He was followed by Andrew Lloyd-Webber at 650 million, the band U2 with 431 million, Elton John with 270 million and Mick Jagger with 225 million pounds.
2016: Bruce Springsteen salutes the recently deceased Prince by opening his show in Brooklyn with a rendition of 'Purple Rain' (Nils Lofgren takes the guitar solo). The E Street Band wears purple for the show, deviating from their usual black.
2016: Cheap Trick’s 'Bang, Zoom, Crazy... Hello' album peaks at #31 on Billboard’s 200 Album Chart. It was their first Top 40 album since 'Lap Of Luxury' reached #16 in Sept. 1988. And their first in the Top 50 since 'Busted' peaked at #48 in August 1990.

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. Apple later signed Mary Hopkin, James Taylor, Badfinger and Billy Preston.
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.
1978: Scorpions 'Tokyo Tapes' album was recorded at Nakano Sun Plaa (Yokyo's Nakone Ward, Japan) on April 24 & 27 during their Japanese tour.
1979: Ray Charles' 'Georgia On My Mind' was proclaimed the state song of Georgia. The music to the song was written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael who also recorded a version of the song in New York in the same year. Ray Charles, a native of Georgia, recorded it in 1960 on the album 'The Genius Hits the Road.'
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. Mötley's set list that night included a cover of the Beatles' 'Paperback Writer.'
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: Black Sabbath released their 14th album, Headless Cross.' It reached #115 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's, and was the band's second album to feature singer Tony Martin and the first to feature drummer Cozy Powell. Laurence Cottle played bass on the recording on a session-basis but was never an official band member. Cottle did appear in the video for the title track, but was not featured in any promotional photos.
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. It is officially his first solo release, though it features contributions from several members of his backing band, the Heartbreakers, along with fellow members of the Traveling Wilburys. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #8 on the UK Albums chart. There were five singles released from the album, two