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Rock B-Days/Today in Rock History: May

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

Rock B-Days/Today in Rock History: May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today In Rock History:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 17
1958: Ferriday, Louisiana celebrates Jerry Lee Lewis Day with a parade honoring their home town boy who was just about to leave on his fateful tour of England.
1963: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, The Weavers and Peter, Paul and Mary were the featured acts at the very first Monterey Folk Festival in Monterey, California.
1966: Bob Dylan, whose music had recently "gone electric," appeared at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. Just before he began to sing his latest hit, 'Like A Rolling Stone,' an obvious folk purist in the audience who was upset by Dylan's switch from acoustic to electric guitars, shouted, "Judas!" Dylan replied with "You're a liar," then told his band to play the song "f****** loud."
1967: Bob Dylan's legendary documentary 'Don't Look Back' debuts at the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles began recording a new John Lennon song ‘You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)’. The song was not finished until November 1969, and was not released until March 1970 (as the B-side of the ‘Let it Be’ single).
1969: For just 35 cents, you could pick up a copy of this month's Rolling Stone magazine with Joni Mitchell on the cover.
1969: The Chicago Transit Authority (later known simply as Chicago) release their self-titled debut double album.
1969: The Beatles 'Hey Jude' is named the Best Selling 'A' Side at the annual Ivor Novello Awards in London.
1971: Paul and Linda McCartney's 'Ram' album is released.
1972: The Hollies 'Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)' b/w '[Look What We've Got' 45 single is released.
1973: Yes receive Gold records for both 'Yessongs' their triple-record live set and 'The Yes Album.'
1973: Bachman–Turner Overdrive release their self-titled debut album.
1974: NBC-TV's The Midnight Special offers another salute to '50s and '60s Rock-and-Roll, with Frankie Avalon as host and performances by Sam & Dave, Lou Christie, Frankie Ford, The Fleetwoods, Shirley and Lee, and Fabian.
1974: The Elton John TV special 'Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things' airs on ABC.
1975: Elton John was awarded a Platinum record for his album 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.' It was the first L.P. to sell one million copies on its first day of release.
1975: Led Zeppelin played the first of five sold-out nights to 17,000 fans at Earls Court Arena in London.
1975: Mick Jagger tripped and in an attempt to break his fall, put his fist through the window of a restaurant in Long Island, New York. Jagger required 20 stitches but the Rolling Stones' North American tour proceeded in two weeks as planned.
1975: Queen's first U.S. single, 'Killer Queen,' peaks at #12.
1976: Rainbow's 'Rising' album is released.
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.
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.
1983: The Fixx album 'Reach the Beach' is released.
1983: David Bowie's 'Let’s Dance' hits #1 on the US chart.
1986: Van Halen's 'Why Can't This Be Love' reaches #3 on the pop chart.
1986: The Self Aid--Make It Work concert in Dublin raises funds for the unemployed. U2, Elvis Costello & The Attractions and Van Morrison perform.
1987: A fire destroys Tom Petty's Los Angeles home and causes $800,000 worth of damage. It is later discovered that an arsonist had drenched the house’s back staircase in lighter fluid. “We were shaken for years by it,” Petty admitted. “It’s sort of like being raped, I would imagine. It really took a long time. And it was 10 times as bad, because you knew that somebody just went and did it. Somebody tried to off you.”
1988: The Vinnie Vincent Invasion album 'All Systems Go' is released.
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.
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.
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.
2011: Scott Weiland's ironically titled autobiography 'Not Dead & Not for Sale' is in bookstores. The Stone Temple Pilots frontman wrote the tome with David Ritz.
2012: 'Nothing Like I Planned: The Art of John Mellencamp,' a collection of the singer/songwriter's paintings, opens at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.
2012: U2's Bono performs at the annual benefit to support the Jazz Foundation of America's efforts to raise funds and awareness for artists who have fallen into financial despair. Producer Quincy Jones brings Bono onstage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem to sing, appropriately enough, 'Angel Of Harlem.'
2012: Alice Cooper is the keynote speaker at the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music's commencement ceremony at the Wiltern Theater in L.A.
2013: Scottsdale (AZ) firefighter Todd Pendleton takes an autographed Alice Cooper guitar with him as he climbs to the summit of Mt. Everest to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. "After a week long climb, 24 hours in a tent in 60 miles winds, and 16 grueling hours on summit day. We reached the summit at 7:30 in the morning."
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.

May 18
1959: Wilbert Harrison's 'Kansas City,' written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller is #1 on the pop chart. The song is later covered by The Beatles.
1963: The Beatles kicked off their first British tour as a headline act with a concert in Slough, England.
1964: The Animals record 'House Of The Rising Sun' in one take in London. It is on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
1964: A riot broke out in Hamilton, Scotland during a Rolling Stones UK tour when over 4,000 fans with forged tickets gatecrashed the bands gig at the Chantingall Hotel.
1966: The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals), made their first recordings at Mr Music Inc in Brick Town, New Jersey. They cut two Springsteen songs, ‘Baby I’ and ‘That’s What You Get’. The songs were cut directly to disc, of which seven or eight test pressings of the studio takes were made.
1966: During his 1966 world tour, Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson from The Band were filmed singing several songs in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland, the footage turning up in the film 'Eat The Document.' The film was originally commissioned for the ABC television series 'Stage '66,' but after Dylan edited the film himself ABC rejected it as "incomprehensible for a mainstream audience."
1966: The Hollies record 'Bus Stop.'
1967: John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang backing vocals on The Rolling Stones track 'We Love You' during a session at Olympic Studios, 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.
1971: The Band kicks off their first European tour in Amsterdam.
1973: Yes release their first live album 'Yessongs.'
1976: Angel's 'Helluva Band' album is released.
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.
1980: Peter Criss leaves Kiss for the first of three times. He is replaced by drummer Eric Carr.
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 Clu'b and was only the second tune recorded by the group that they did not write.
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.'
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.
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: 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.
2006: George Thorogood and the Destroyers kick off ae four month romp 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.
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 sixth album, 'Brothers. '
2010: Avenged Sevenfold's single and title track from their fifth studio album, 'Nightmare,' is digitally released.
2010: Exodus release their ninth 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).
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: "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).

May 19
1958: Ritchie Valens starts his recording career at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. He records the self-penned 'Come On, Let's Go' for Del-Fi Records in Los Angeles. The song would peak at #42 on the Billboard singles chart the following October.
1958: Bobby Darin's 'Splish Splash' was released. It was the first recording made on an eight track recorder at Atlantic Records and would eventually reach #3 in America.
1960: American DJ Alan Freed was indicted along with seven others for accepting $30,650 in payola from six record companies. Two years later, he was convicted and given a suspended sentence and a $300 fine.
1961: The Everly Brothers launch their own record label, Calliope, intended for the purpose of discovering and developing new talent. Their own recordings will continue to be issued exclusively by Warner Brothers
1965: The FBI begins investigating the lyrics to the song 'Louie Louie' and spends two years analyzing them. At the end of their investigation, a statement is issued saying, “the lyrics of the song on this record was not definitely determined by this Laboratory examination, it was not possible to determine whether this recording is obscene.”
1965: During a U.K. show, Kinks drummer Mick Avory hits guitarist Dave Davies over the head with a cymbal. Davies requires 16 stitches but declines to press charges.
1965: The Beatles 'Ticket To Ride' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1966: The Grateful Dead debut at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom.
1967: 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.
1972: Elton John's' Honky Château' album is released.
1972: Uriah Heep release their 'Demons and Wizards' album.
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.
1975: Aerosmith's 'Sweet Emotion' b/w 'Uncle Salty' 45 single is released.
1975: Eagles 'One Of These Nights' b/w 'Vision' 45 single is released.
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.
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,'
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.
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.
1981: Sting was named songwriter of the year at the 26th Ivor Novello Awards.
1984: The Cars release 'Magic' from the 'Heartbeat City' album.
1986: Peter Gabriel's 'So' album is released.
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.
1992: KISS release their 16th studio album, 'Revenge.'
1996: Sonic Youth appear (animated) and perform on The Simpsons season finale.
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.
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: Elvis Costello cancels a pair of planned summer concerts in Israel, citing the region's ongoing political struggles as the reason. In a statement, he says he's unwilling to face the nearly unavoidable backlash associated with a performance in Israel. Costello also acknowledges the Palestinians' "many despicable acts of violence perpetrated in the name of liberation."
2011: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler revealed he once had sex with a man during his wild youth. In his memoir, 'Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?,' he revealed, "Gay sex just doesn't do it for me. I tried it one time when I was younger, but I just didn't dig it."
2012: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger hosts and performs on the final episode of Saturday Night Live's 37th season. He is backed alternately by Arcade Fire and the Foo Fighters. It's Jagger's first time as host of the NBC comedy and his third appearance as the musical guest.
2012: Black Sabbath (without Bill Ward) play their first hometown show in 13 years at Birmingham's 02 Academy. The show sells out in 10 minutes.
2013: Bon Jovi's 'Army Of One' is the theme for the Discovery Channel's seven-part 'North America' series.
2013: A guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison sold for $408,000 at auction. The custom-made instrument, built in 1966 by VOX was bought by an unidentified US buyer in New York. Harrison played ‘I Am the Walrus’, on the guitar in a scene from Magical Mystery Tour in 1967. Lennon used it in a video for 'Hello, Goodbye' later that year. After playing the guitar, Lennon gave it as a 25th birthday present to Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas, a member of The Beatles' inner circle in the 1960s.
2014: California Breed, with guitarist Andrew Watt, and a pair of Black Country Communion alum, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes and drummer Jason Bonham, release out their self-titled debut album.
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.'

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.'
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.
1966: George Harrison paid a visit to the Maharishi Yogi for the first time.
1966 : The Beatles complete filming four song promo films for 'Paperback Writer' and three song promo films for 'Rain.' Two of the Paperback Writer promos are in color, the other two in black and white. Two Rain promos are in color and one in black and white. The color promos are for the US market, where color television broadcasting is being done, but the UK is still restricted to black and white only, and so the black and white films are for UK broadcast.
1966: Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of the Who grew tired of waiting for John Entwistle and Keith Moon to arrive for a concert. They take the stage at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England with the bass player and drummer of the local band that opened the show. When Moon and Entwistle finally show up in the middle of the set, Townshend whacks Moon on the head with his guitar, leaving him with a bruised eye and in need of three stitches. Moon and Entwistle quit the band...for a week.
1966: Bob Dylan and The Band played at the ABC Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Some members of the audience were unhappy with Dylan ‘going electric’, and attempted to overpower the band by playing their own harmonicas.
1967: Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records on the US Warner Brothers label. He would eventually give them three albums, 'Are You Experienced?,' 'Axis: Bold as Love' and 'Electric Ladyland.' The live L.P. 'Band of Gypsys' was released on Capitol Records a few months before his death.
1967: George Harrison visits the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time.
1967: The Young Rascals score the second of their three Billboard #1 records when 'Groovin' reached the top. Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati wrote this song because their work schedule would only allow them to see their girlfriends on Sunday afternoons.
1967: The BBC announces that it will not play The Beatles' 'A Day In The Life,' claiming it contained explicit drug references. On the same day, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr go to the BBC to record interviews for the show 'Where It's At.'
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.
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.'
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.
1980: KISS release their 8th studio album 'Unmasked.'
1981: Bruce Springsteen performed at Bingley Hall in Stafford, England during a European tour.
1985: Night Ranger's released their 3rd studio album '7 Wishes.'
1985: Robert Plant's 'Shaken 'n' Stirred' album is released.
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.
1988: Priscilla Presley held a press conference to deny that Elvis is still alive.
1991: Paul McCartney's 'Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)' album is released.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2002: Slash joined Motorhead onstage at Hollywood's House of Blues on May 20th to perform 'Born To Raise Hell'
2003: Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland was charged with cocaine and heroin possession after being arrested in L.A.
2003: Ted Nugent was dropped from the bill of the Muskegon Summer Celebration in his Michigan home state after he allegedly used racial slurs in a radio interview.
2004: Nine Inch Nails boss Trent Reznor sued his old manager, alleging he was cheated out of millions since signing with J. Artist Management in 1989.
2005: Panic Channel with former Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro performs at the first MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Los Angeles. Navarro recieves the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his longtime support of the MAP charity, which assists musicians recovering from drug addiction.
2005: KoRn makes an appearance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in L.A. The trade show is geared toward the interactive-entertainment industry.
2005: The Beach Boys get a monument in their home town of Hawthorne, CA. It's California Historical Landmark No. 1041.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at NASCAR's Nextel All-Star Challenge in Concord, NC. 2006: A benefit "picnic concert" featuring performances by Eric Clapton, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Queen's Roger Taylor and Pink Floyd bandmates Roger Waters and Nick Mason is held in Newbury, England. Proceeds aid the Countryside Alliance, a U.K. organization that promotes rural recreation.
2006: Ozzy Osbourne appears at the Prince's Trust 30th Birthday concert at the Tower of London. Prince Charles and other members of the British royal family attend the benefit event.
2006: It's Levon Helm Day in Woodstock, NY. Helm, best known as the drummer/singer for The Band, is a long time Woodstock resident.
2006: Tool were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘10,000 Days’ the American bands second #1 album.
2007: 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."
2008: 3 Doors Down release their self-titled fourth studio. 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.
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: 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.
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'.
2013: Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek died after a long battle with bile duct cancer at a hospital in Rosenheim, Germany at the age of 74.
2014: Former Heart bassist Mark Andes and drummer Denny Carmassi file a lawsuit against the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame because they were left out of the band's '13 induction ceremony-but their photographs were used in promotional materials. The pair spent nine years with Heart and appeared on all their Grammy-nominated tracks and half their hit singles.
2014: Following final week appearances by Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, the Foo Fighters are the last musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. Dressed in tuxedos, they perform 'Everlong' while a montage of classic clips are shown. Letterman calls the Foo Fighters his "favorite band."
2014: Prince Rupert Loewenstein, the Rolling Stone's business manager and financial advisor from 1968 to 2007, died at the age of 80 after a long illness.
2015: Whitesnake release 'The Purple Album,' a tribute to Deep Purple featuring songs from singer David Coverdale’s two albums with the band. “It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago,” states Coverdale. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert!”
2015: The Rolling Stones played a surprise gig at the 1,300-capacity Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles during which they performed the entire 'Sticky Fingers' album. The audience included Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis, Harry Styles, Leonard Cohen and Patricia Arquette.
2016: Mudcrutch release '2.' The Tom Petty led group was his pre-Heartbreakers band.

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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
1971: Free announced that they were splitting up.
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.
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.
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.
1977: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' album takes over the #1 spot from the Eagles 'Hotel California.'
1979: The Charlie Daniels Band 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia' b/w 'Rainbow Ride' 45 single is released.
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: 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.
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 number one 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.
1985: The superstar Hear N' Aid recording session takes place.
1988: Cinderella release their second album 'Long Cold Winter.'
1988: White Lion peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Wait.'
1996: The Wallflower's second album, 'Bringing Down The Horses,' is released.
1996: Soundgarden's fifth album, 'Down On The Upside,' is released.
1996: Scorpions 13th studio album 'Pure Instinct' is released.
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.
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.'
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.
2011: Bob Dylan came out on top as both the most inspirational individual for poets and the dream collaborative partner, in a survey carried out by The Foyle Poetry Society. The extensive survey questioned poets asking which musician and which genre of music most inspired their writing. The young people, aged between 11 and 17, from countries throughout the world also voted for artists such as David Bowie, Regina Spektor, Florence and the Machine, Leonard Cohen, Morrissey and Pete Doherty.
2012: The US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from a Boston University student who was successfully sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally sharing music on peer-to-peer networks. In 2009, a jury ordered Joel Tenenbaum to pay $675,000, or $22,500 for each song he illegally downloaded and shared.
2013: Uriah Heep and Spiders From Mars bassist Trevor Bolder dies of cancer at the age of 62. Bolder joined David Bowie's backing band in 1971 before replacing John Wetton in Heep five years later. "Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with," says Bowie. "But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man."
2013: Jack White appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The accompanying article is titled: The Strange World of a Rock & Roll Willy Wonka.
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.
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.

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 number one 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.
1968: Cream's second 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.
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.
1979: KISS' 'Dynasty' album is released.
1981: Hall And Oates' 'Kiss on My List' is awarded a Gold record. The song will make it to #1 in the US and become the first of three chart toppers the duo will amass in the next 12 months.
1989: Independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian became the first person ever convicted under the 29-year-old US payola law. He pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to distributing cash and cocaine to a radio station in order to get airplay for records by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Laura Branigan.
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.
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.
2001: The three remaining members of Rage Against The Machine and ex-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell solidify plans to record a full length album together, and Audioslave was born.
2001: Ozzy Osbourne's appearance in 'Little Nicky' is among the performances nominated in the Best Cameo in a Movie category of the 2001 MTV Movie Awards.
2001: Mötley Crüe release 'The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.' The book becomes a New York Times Bestseller and is being made into a movie.
2001: Staind release their third studio album, 'Break The Cycle.' Featuring the single, 'It's Been Awhile,' the set sells over four-million copies within a year.
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.'
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.
2009: ABC's Good Morning America kicks-off their summer concert series with a live performance by Green Day in New York's Central Park.
2009: White Stripes drummer Meg White married Jackson Smith at ex-husband and bandmate Jack White's Nashville home. Jack and Meg White were married for four years and divorced in 2000. The event was part of a double wedding, which also saw Jack Lawrence and Jo McCaughey marry. Lawrence plays bass in Jack White's other musical projects, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.
2010: VH1 airs 'Dedicated To Dio' in honor of the life and musical career of Ronnie James Dio who passed away from stomach cancer a week earlier.
2011: U2 earns the Top Touring Act prize for their 360 tour at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Top Rock Artist is Train who also win Top Rock Song for 'Hey Soul Sister.' 2011: Pop Evil, apparently frustrated with their distributor (Universal Music), tear up their contract on stage at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, OH. Spin.com calls it one of the "10 Best Moments of Rock on the Range." The group later signs with eOne Music.
2011: Vinnie Vincent, ex-Kiss and Vinnie Vincent Invasion guitarist, is arrested in Smyrna, Tennessee after his wife, Diane Cusano, charges that he slapped her face, grabbed her hair, dragged her through shattered glass, and, as she tried to escape from their property, repeatedly hurled her to the ground. A SWAT team is brought to his home after he refuses to open the door for four hours. Eventually, Vincent surrenders, but in a search of the home police find four dead dogs in sealed containers. Vincent and his wife claim that bad weather had delayed their burials. His wife is now deceased from complications of chronic alcoholism, and Vincent’s whereabouts are a mystery.
2012: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conpirators release the 'Apocalyptic Love' album.
2012: 64-year-old Gregg Allman told TV host Piers Morgan of his plans to marry wife number seven, a 24-year-old British woman.
2012: 'Ya Know?,' an album of Joey Ramone demos, is released. Joan Jett, Steve Van Zandt, Richie Ramone and various members of Cheap Trick contributed to the album's production. The title mimics the phrase Ramone, who passed in 2001 of lymphoma, characteristically finished each of his sentences.
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."
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.

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 number one, 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.
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 ninth 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: 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.'
1969: The Who release their fourth 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.
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.
1971: Iron Butterfly disband one month after 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' falls off the Album Chart, following a 138 week run.
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.
1974: George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label, 'Dark Horse.'
1975: Peter Gabriel plays his final show with Genesis before going solo. It's in St. Etienne, France.
1975: Elton John's 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy' is released.
1978: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their 117 show Darkness Tour at Shea's Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.
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.
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.
1986: Poison release their debut studio album 'Look What the Cat Dragged In.'
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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."
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: Linkin Park's third studio album, 'Minutes To Midnight,' debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 623,000 copies during its first week.
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 (Poison) 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.
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: 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.

May 24
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.
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 ninth album 'Nashville Skyline' album peaks at #3 on the charts.
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.
1973: Led Zeppelin 'Over The Hills And Far Away' b/w 'Dancing Days' 45 single is released.
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.
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.
1978: Van Halen's debut album goes gold.
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.
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.
1982: Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Boz Scaggs, and Country Joe & the Fish play a benefit concert for Vietnam vets at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
1982: An 11-minute Paul McCartney/Ringo Starr film is screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
1986: The Count Five, whose hit 'Psychotic Reaction' reached #5 in the US in 1965, reunited for the first time in 18 years to play at their high school reunion in San Jose, California.
1986: Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork reunited as The Monkees when they kicked off their 145-date "20th Anniversary World Tour" at the Concord Hotel in the Catskill Mountains. The group has risen in popularity thanks to MTV, which started airing old episodes of their TV show.
1988: Frehley's Comet 'Second Sighting' album is released.
1988: Van Halen release their 8th studio album 'OU812.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 unfurl 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.
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."
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: '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:
2013: Stone Temple Pilots file a lawsuit against their former lead singer, Scott Weiland, following their recruitment of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. The band accuses Weiland of "hijacking its name and songs to promote his solo career." The band also claims sole rights to the name Stone Temple Pilots, their music, copyrights and trademarks.
2013: Incubus, through their Make Yourself Foundation, team up with RYOT.org to aid Oklahoma tornado victims. The goal is to raise $20,000 for the relief effort.
2013: 'Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction' exhibit opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "This first-ever exhibit gives us an opportunity to tell the story of one of the definitive Rock 'n' Roll bands," states Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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.
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.
1969: The Hollies recorded 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' with Elton John on piano.
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.
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.
1973: Carole King gives a free concert for 100,000 fans in New York's Central Park.
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.
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.
1983: Dio releases the epic album 'Holy Diver.'
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.
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 the album 'Sound Of White Noise.'
1995: The earliest known recording of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, from 1961, was sold at Christies in London for £50,250 ($85,425).
1996: Brad Nowell, the founder, lead singer and guitarist of Sublime, dies of a heroin overdose in San Francisco at 28. Nowell had married only a week prior to his death, and left behind a young son. His final album with Sublime sold over 6 million copies.
1997: The day after his 56th birthday, Bob Dylan was admitted into a Los Angeles hospital with chest pains. What was feared to be a heart attack turned out to be a case of histoplasmosis, or an inflammation of the sac around his heart. He canceled a European tour.
2000: Eddie Van Halen undergoes tests in Houston. The hospital denies reports that Van Halen suffers from cancer but that's what he has.
2002: The HF Festival in Washington, D.C. has The Strokes, Papa Roach and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Sponsored by radio station WHFS, the RFK show promotes up and coming groups.
2003: Marilyn Manson were at #1 on the US album chart with 'The Golden Age of Grotesque,' the bands second US #1.
2004: Phish announce they are breaking up. The group releases an album and rolls through a summer tour before they are gone. A few years later they reform.
2004: Slipknot release 'Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses.'
2004: Billy Corgan helps honor the Chicago area Neuqua Valley High School's music program when he presents the school with a special honor from the Grammy Foundation. He also performs and fields questions from students during the ceremony.
2004: Courtney Love pleaded guilty to being under the influence of a controlled substance, a charge which stemmed from a 2003 arrest. She then became eligible for a sentence that would require her to attend a drug treatment program instead of going to jail.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.'
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.
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).
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.

May 26
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. Jerry Lee and Myra return to the U.S. the following day.
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.
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.
1966: The Beatles masterpiece, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released. 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.
1966: The Beatles and Rolling Stones turned out to see Bob Dylan play London’s Royal Albert Hall.
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!"
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.
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.'
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.
1973: Deep Purple releases 'Smoke on the Water.' 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.
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 under the name.
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.
1984: ‎Scorpions‬ single 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' hit #25 on the ‪#‎Billboard‬ singles chart.
1986: ‎Europe‬ released the album 'The Final Countdown.'
1989: To demonstrate the power of radio, over 8,000 stations in the US go silent for 30 seconds at 7:42am.
1990: Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx married Brandi Brandt.
1990: David Bowie was sued by his ex wife Angie for $56 million.
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 marraige 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.
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.
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 30th anniversary tour in Nashville.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
1964: 11 boys are suspended at a boarding school in London for having hair like Mick Jagger's.
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.
1976: ‎Aerosmith‬ released the single 'Last Child.'
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 No.1 slot.
1983: Metallica finish recording the album "Kill 'Em All."
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, Anchorage, Alaska.
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.
1994: The Eagles played their first show in fourteen years when they played a show in Burbank, California. The two-and-a-half-hour show ended with two encores, closing with ‘Desperado.'
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.
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.
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.'
2003: Metallica premiered the video for 'St. Anger,' filmed at San Quentin State Prison, on MTV2.
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.
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.
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.
2012: On his 90th birthday, actor Christopher Lee announces the release of his Heavy Metal single 'Let Legend Mark Me as the King.'
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.

May 28
1957: The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) is established. They launch the Grammy Awards in 1958.
1966: All four Beatles spent the day with Bob Dylan in his room at the Mayfair hotel in London, England.
1966: Love appeared at the Whisky A Go Go West Hollywood, California, supported by The Doors.
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.
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.
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 the Oakland-Alameda County Stadium in California.
1977: Heart releases "Barracuda"
1982: Promoter Bill Graham staged a special Vietnam Veterans benefit concert in San Francisco starring The Jefferson Starship, The Grateful Dead and Country Joe.
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.
1988: Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler married second wife Teresa Barrick in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
2007: The Police kicked off their 152 show Reunion Tour at General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada in front of 22,000 fans.

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.
1967: The Move, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, Zoot Money, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band all appeared at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincoln, England. Pink Floyd were only a support band and played in a corner of the shed with a white sheet behind them with the colored oil shining onto it. Tickets cost £1 ($1.70). The poster advertising the show promised a "Knockout Atmosphere."
1969: Crosby, Stills & Nash 'Crosby, Stills & Nash' is released.
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 sixth US number one single. Speculation on the meaning of the title has ranged from a sexist racial slur to Mexican heroin. 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.
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.
1977: Elvis Presley walks off the stage in the middle of the concert in Baltimore upset with his performance.
1977: Columbia Records president Goddard Lieberson died of cancer at the age of 66. Lieberson was responsible for the introduction of the LP record and for popularizing soundtracks and original cast albums.
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.
1980: The Byrds break up after lead guitarist and vocalist Roger McGuinn performs his first solo concert.
1982: The 'Combat Rock' album from The Clash is released.
1982: Paul McCartney started a three week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with 'Tug Of War.' With contributions from Stevie Wonder, George Martin, Carl Perkins and Ringo Starr, the LP featured 'Ebony And Ivory' and McCartney's ode to John Lennon, 'Here Today.'
1982: Survivor's 'Eye Of The Tiger' b/w 'Take You On A Saturday' 45 single is released.
1983: The US Festival's Heavy Metal Day bangs heads with over 300,000 people partying with Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Triumph, Scorpions, Motley Crue and Quiet Riot.
1983: Kiss play their last concert in their traditional makeup, but 13 years later they slap it on again when they reunite.
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.
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.
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 body of Iron Butterfly bassist Philip Kramer is 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.'
2001: The Eagles made their first ever visit to Russia when they appeared at SC Olymisky in Moscow.
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.
2013: The Velvet Underground settle a legal dispute with the Andy Warhol Foundation over the rights to use the famous banana cover Warhol designed for the band's 1967 album, 'The Velvet Underground and Nico.' The "confidential settlement" ends a dispute that began four years earlier.

May 30
1956: Time magazine prints an article entitled Teener's Hero, which tries to explain Elvis Presley's mystique. After a drawn-out description of his singing style, the writer says of Presley's appeal: "his movements suggest, in a word, sex."
196: The Rolling Stones 'England's Newest Hit Makers' album is released.
1964: 'Love Me Do' became The Beatles fourth 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.
1966: The Doors appeared at the Hullabaloo in West Hollywood, California.
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.'
1969: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City.
1971: At San Francisco’s Winterland, 36 Deadheads were treated for hallucinations after they drank apple juice at the venue. Not surprisingly, the drink was spiked with LSD.
1973: George Harrison's 'Living in the Material World' album is released.
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.'
1980: Carl Radle, bass guitarist for Derek And The Dominos, died of kidney failure. After The Dominos split, he continued to work with other artists such as George Harrison, Joe Cocker and J.J. Cale. He was just 37 years old.
1981: Phil Collins 'In The Air Tonight' b/w 'The Roof Is Leaking' 45 single is released.
1987: David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam, Holland.
1989: Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) appears on a British TV show called 'Hypotheticals,' where he addresses the fatwa issued against the author Salman Rushdie. Islam seems to support the fatwa - when asked if he would attend a protest where a Rushdie effigy is burned, he replies, "I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing."
The remarks alienate many Cat Stevens fans, including members of the band 10,000 Maniacs, who pull their cover of 'Peace Train' from future pressings of the 'In My Tribe' album.
1990: Midnight Oil plays in front of the Exxon Building in New York to protest the corporation's global polluting.
1992: The Black Crowes went to #1 on the US album chart with 'The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion.'
1992: Paul Simon marries Edie Brickell. Simon, who was previously married to Carrie Fisher, was 26 years older than Brickell when they wed.
1996: Gin Blossoms release 'Til I Hear It From You'/'Follow You Down' as a double-sided single.
1997: Neil Young cancelled his European tour after he cut his finger open while making a ham sandwich.
2001: The Home Shopping Network sells three autographed guitars with signatures from Metallica's James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted, and Lars Ulrich within three minutes for $1,495 each.
2003: Rod Stewart files for divorce from model Rachel Hunter. They separated in 1999 and have two children.
2005: Judas Priest kicks off their Angels Of Retribution reunion tour in Cleveland.
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 ninth 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."

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: 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.
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.
1970: Black Sabbath's self-titled debut studio album is released.
1971: Badfinger records 'Day After Day.'
1974: Gordon Lightfoot's LP 'Sundown' is certified gold.
1974: Chicago's 'Call On Me' b/w 'Prelude To Aire' 45 single is released.
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 number one 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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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, New York.
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.
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: 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: '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.
2009: KISS' Gene Simmons is interviewed on A&E's 'Private Sessions.'
2009: Kings Of Leon perform 'Use Somebody' at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City.
2010: 'Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It' makes its debut on VH1. The series takes a "serious look" at the Poison frontman's offstage life.
2011: Black Stone Cherry's third album, 'The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea" is released.
2011: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder releases the 16 track album 'Ukulele Songs,' his sophomore solo album.
2011: Gibson Guitar's website names Led Zeppelin's John Bonham the #1 Rock drummer of all time. "For this ability to make a band sway and groove like no other, never hogging the spotlight but remaining the subtle champion of Led Zeppelin, Gibson.com recognizes him as our Top Rock drummer, a talent unrivaled and irreplaceable," reads the site.
2011: A John Bonham birthday tribute concert is held at the House Of Blues in L.A. "When I first thought of this, the idea seemed too cool and simple not to try; get a John Bonham replica drum set, complete with gong and timpani, up front, center stage, and have each drummer perform their favorite Led Zep song with a house band (The Moby Dicks)," says Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy. In addition to Tichy, the drummers include Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver/Guns N' Roses) and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater).
2012: Alice In Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell is given the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the eighth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in L.A. The honor is for the guitarist's dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process.
2013: Scott Weiland files a countersuit against his former band Stone Temple Pilots. He seeks in excess of $7 million in damages for what he believes was a conspiracy to oust him. In the documents Weiland asks, "How do you expel a man from the band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for twenty years? You don't, but three of the instrumentalists from the band 'Stone Temple Pilots'' tried."
2014: Queen's musical, 'We Will Rock You,' closes after a 12-year run London's Dominion Theatre. There were 4,600 performances for more than 6.5 million people.
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.
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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock: November

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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock: November

Rock Birthdays:
November 1
Ric Grech (Family, Blind Faith, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Traffic, KGB) - b. 1946 - d. 3/17/90
Jim Steinman (Producer, composer, lyricist, Meat Loaf) - 69
Dan Peek (America, solo) - b. 1950 - d. 7/24/11
Eddie Macdonald (The Alarm) - 57
Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - 54
Rick Allen (Def Leppard) - 53
Joe LeSte’ (Bang Tango, Beautiful Creatures) - 52

Nov. 2
Jay Black (Jay and the Americans) - 78
Keith Emerson (The Nice, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Emerson Lake & Powell, 3, Keith Emerson Band, Billy Sherwood, solo) - b. 1944 - d. 3/11/16
JD Souther (born John David Souther) (vocals, songwriter - Eagles, Joe Walsh, Linda Ronstadt) - 71
Dave Pegg (Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention) - 69
Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band) - 59
Andrew Elt (Sleeze Beez) - 54
Bobby Dall (Poison) - 53
Ron McGovney (Metallica) - 53
Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu (Korn, Fieldy's Dreams, StillWell, L.A.P.D., solo) - 47
Thomas Brendahl (Volbeat) - 36

Nov. 3
Nick Simper (Deep Purple) - 71
Joe Lala (Actor, voice actor, drummer and percussionist, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Manassas, The Bee Gees, Whitney Houston + more) - b. 1947 - d. 3/18/14
Adam Ant - 62

Nov. 4
Delbert McClinton - 76
Chris Difford (Squeeze, Difford & Tilbrook, solo) - 62
James Honeyman-Scott (Pretenders) b. 1956 - d. 6/16/82
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) - 60
Jeff Watson (Night Ranger, Mother's Army, The Jeff Watson Band + more) - 60
Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey) - 51
Wayne Static (Static X, solo) - b. 1965 - d. 11/1/14

Nov. 5
Ike Turner - b. 1931 – d. 12/12/07
Art Garfunkel (Simon & Garfunkel) - 75
Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits) - 69
Donnie McDougall (The Guess Who) - 68
Gram Parsons (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers) - b. 1946 - d. 9/19/73
Bryan Adams - 57
David Bryson (Counting Crows) - 55
Brian Wheat (Tesla) - 53
Ruyter Suys (Nashville Pussy) - 48

Nov. 6
Jack Douglas (Producer) -
George Young (The Easybeats, AC/DC producer + more) - 70
Glenn Frey (Eagles, solo) - b. 1948 - d. 1/18/16
Rushton Moreve/John Russell Morgan (Steppenwolf) - b. 1948 - d. 7/1/81
Craig Goldie (Craig Goldy's Ritual, David Lee Roth, Dio, Giuffria, Rough Cutt, Dio Disciples) - 55
Corey Glover (Living Colour, Galactic, solo) - 52
Greg Graffin (Bad Religion, solo) - 52
Paul Gilbert (Racer X, Mr. Big, G3, solo) - 50

Nov. 7
Mary Travers (Peter, Paul & Mary) - b. 1938 - d. 9/16/09
Johnny Rivers - 74
Joni Mitchell - 73
Nick Gilder (Sweeney Todd, solo) - 65
Tommy Thayer (KISS, Black 'N Blue) - 56
Brian Jay (Keel) - 56
Robin Finck (Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails) - 45
Robert Caggiano (Volbeat, Anthrax, The Damned Things) - 40

Nov. 8
Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney & Bonnie) - 72
Roy Wood (The Move, ELO, Wizzard, solo) - 70
Bonnie Raitt - 67
Larry Burnett (Firefall) - 65
Porl Thompson (The Cure, Page and Plant, Shelleyan Orphan, Babacar, others) - 59
Jackie Ramos (Hericane Alice, Bangalore Choir, Bad Moon Rising, Bang Tango) -

Nov. 9
Tom Fogerty (Credence Clearwater Revival) - b. 1941 - d. 9/6/90
Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult, Soft White Underbelly) - 68
Alan Gratzer (REO Speedwagon) - 68
Dennis Stratton (Praying Mantis, Iron Maiden) - 62
Tommy Caldwell (The Marshall Tucker Band) - b. 1949 - d. 4/28/80
Jeff Martin (Racer X, Badlands) - 57
Chris Jericho (Fozzy) - 46
Susan Tedeshi (Tedeshi Trucks Band) - 46

Nov. 10
Screaming Lord Sutch (David Edward Sutch) - b. 1940 - d. 6/16/99
Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper) - b. 1947 – d. 1019/97)
Roy Thomas Baker (Producer, songwriter, arranger) - 70
Greg Lake (The Gods, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) - 69
Ronnie Hammond (Atlanta Rhythm Section) - 66
Mario Cipollina (Huey Lewis & The News) - 62
DJ Ashba (Beautiful Creatures, BulletBoys, Guns N' Roses, SIXX A.M.) - 44
Chris Joannou (Silverchair) - 37

Nov. 11
Hank Garland (Session guitarist with Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison + more) - b. 1930 - d. 12/27/04
Chris Dreja (Metropolitan (or Metropolis) Blues Quartet, The Yardbirds, Box of Frogs) - 71
Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge, solo) - 71
Pat Daugherty (Black Oak Arkansas) - 69
Jim Peterik (Survivor, The Ides of March, Pride of Lions) - 66
Marshall Crenshaw (singer, songwriter) - 63
Dave Alvin (The Blasters, X, The Knitters, The Flesh Eaters, solo + more) - 61
Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) - 59
Mic Michaeli (Europe, Glenn Hughes, Brazen Abbot, Last Autumn's Dream) - 54
Stefan Schwarzmann (Accept, U.D.O., Running Wild, X-Wild, Krokus, Helloween) - 51
Jason White (Green Day) - 43 - He was a touring member of Green Day from 1999 until 2012 and played lead guitar in the majority of their live shows. During late 2012 he became an official member of the band, with Green Day becoming a four-piece group.

Nov. 12
Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & the MGs) - 72
Neil Young (The Squires, The Mynah Birds, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Crazy Horse, The Stray Gators, The Stills-Young Band, solo) - 71
Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult) - 69
Laurence Juber (Wings, Al Stewart, solo) - 64
David Ellefson (Megadeth) - 52
Tony Montana (Great White) - 51

Nov. 13
John Hammond Jr. - 74
Toy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker Band) - 69
Roger Steen (Tubes) - 67
Bill Gibson (Huey Lewis and the News) - 65
Aldo Nova - 67

Nov. 14
James Young (Styx) - 66
Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot, Hughes/Thrall, W.A.S.P., Heavy Bones) - 65
Alec Jon Such (Bon Jovi) - 65
Stephen Bishop - 64
Paul Hackman (Helix) - b. 1953 - d. 7/5/92
Nina Gordon (Veruca Salt, solo) - 49
Brian Yale (Matchbox Twenty) - 48
Butch Walker (Southgang, Marvelous 3, Producer, solo) - 47
Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs) - 46
Travis Barker (Blink 182, Transplants, +44, Box Car Racer) - 41
Tobin Esperance (Papa Roach) - 37

Nov. 15
Steve Fossen (Heart, Alias) - 67
Graham Parker (Rumour, The Figgs, solo) - 66
Frank Infante (Blondie, New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, Divinyls, Joan Jett) - 65
Tony Thompson (The Distance and Crown Of Thorns, Chic, The Power Station + more) - b. 1954 - d. 12/12/03
Dann Huff (White Heart, Giant, musician, session musician, singer-songwriter and producer) - 56
Chad Kroeger (Nickelback) - 42
Mark "Marky" Anthony Chavez (Adema) - 38 - born in Bakersfield. CA. He's a graduate of Bakersfield's Garces Memorial High School and the half-brother of KoRn vocalist Jonathan Davis.

Nov. 16
Paul Raymond (Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, UFO, MSG, Waysted) - 71
Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) - 52
Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver, Wasted Youth, Electric Love Hogs, Dave Navarro, Loaded, DKFXP, Cyco Miko, Zilch, Infectious Grooves, Danzig, Sugartooth) - 5

Nov. 17
Gene Clark (The Byrds) - b. 1944 - d. 5/24/91
Gordon Lightfoot - 78
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) - 70
Jim Babjak (The Smithereens) - 59
Jeff Buckley - b. 1966 - d. 5/29/97
‪Richard Fortus‬ (Guns N' Roses‬, The Dead Daisies‬) - 50
Ben Wilson (Blues Traveler) - 49

Nov. 18
Herman Rarebell (Scorpions, Micheal Schenker Group, Herman ze German, solo) - 67
Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Whitesnake, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Blue Oyster Cult, Geoff Tate's Queensryche, Animetal USA) - 66
Graham Parker (Graham Parker & the Rumour, solo) - 66
John McFee (The Doobie Brothers) - 63
Michael Ramos (BoDeans) - 58
Jan Kuehnemund (Vixen) - b. 1961 - d. 10/10/13
Kirk Hammett (Death Angel, Headbanged, Exodus, Metallica) - 54
Johnny Christ - Jonathan Lewis Seward (Avenged Sevenfold) - 32

Nov. 19
Ray Collins (Frank Zappa) - b. 1937 - d. 12/24/12
Fred Lipsius (Blood Sweat & Tears, performed with Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, and jazz greats Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims, Eddie Gomez, Al Foster, George Mraz, Larry Willis, Randy Brecker) - 73
Joe Correro (Paul Revere and Raiders, Hamilton Joe Frank & Reynolds) - 70
Ron Wikso (The Storm, Foreigner, John Pratt, Gregg Rolie Band, Richie Sambora, Firefly + more) - 57
Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, The Cult, Neurotic Outsiders, Slash's Snakepit, Hawk, Y Kant Tori Read, Johnny Crash, Velvet Revolver, Kings Of Chaos, Camp Freddy) - 56
Michael Lee / Michael Gary Pearson (Page and Plant, The Cult + more) - b. 1969 - d. 11/24/08
Travis McNabb (Better Than Ezra) - 47
Justin Gunnar Walter Chancellor (Peach, Tool) - 45

Nov. 20
Norman Greenbaum (Dr West's Medicine Show & Junk Band, solo) - 74
Mike Vernon (Record producer - Bluesbreakers, David Bowie, Duster Bennett, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, John Mayall, Christine McVie and Ten Years After + more) - 72
Duane Allman (Allman Brothers, Derek and the Dominos) - b. 1946 - d. 10/29/71
Joe Walsh (Eagles, James Gang, Barnstorm, solo, Ringo Starr's All Starr Band) - 69
Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush) - 62
Mike D - Michael Diamond (Beastie Boys) - 51
Davey Havok (AFI, Blaqk Audio) - 41
Jared Followill (Kings Of Leon) - 30
Oliver "Oli" Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon) - 30

Nov. 21
Dr. John - 76
Lonnie Jordan (War, solo) - 68
John "Rabbit" Bundrick (Bob Marley, Who, Free, Crawler, Kossoff Kirke Tetsu and Rabbit, solo + more) - 68
Gary Pihl (Sammy Hagar, Boston) - 66
Peter Koppes (The Church) - 61
Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes, The Zen Circus, The Break) - 56

Nov. 22
Roderick "Rod" Michael Price (Black Cat Bones, Foghat, collaborated with Shaky Vic's Blues Band, Champion Jack Dupree, Duster Bennett, Eddie Kirkland, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon and David "Honeyboy" Edwards, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 3/22/05
Floyd Sneed (Three Dog Night, The Ohio Players) - 74
Stevie Van Zant (South Side Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Steel Mill, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul) - 66
Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club) - 66
Lawrence Gowan (Styx) - 60
Daryl Gray (Helix) - 58
Mick Cripps (L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat) - 56
Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, OSI) - 54
Ronny Munroe (Metal Church, Presto Ballet, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) - 51
Rowen Robertson (Dio, Violets Demise, DC4, Dio Disciples) - 45
Alex Grossi - (Quiet Riot, Adler's Appetite, Beautiful Creatures, Bang Tango, Love/Hate, Jani Lane, Angry Salad) - 40
Corey Beaulieu (Trivium) - 33

Nov. 23
Bruce Hornsby (Bruce Hornsby & the Range, Hornsby & the Noise Makers, Skaggs & Hornsby, Bruce Hornsby Trio, Grateful Dead, The Other Ones, Bobby Hi-Test and the Octane Kids) - 62
Ken Block (Sister Hazel) - 50
Chris Adler (Lamb Of God, Megadeth) - 44

Nov. 24
Pete Best (The Beatles) - 75
Donald "Duck" Dunn (Booker T & the MG's, The Blues Brothers, session bassist for Stax Records + many more) - b. 1941 - d. 5/13/12
Bev Bevan (The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Black Sabbath, ELO Part II, Bev Bevan's Move) - 71
Lee Michaels - 71
Bob Burns (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - 66
Clem Burke a.k.a Elvis Ramone (Blondie, The Romantics, The Ramones, Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, Eurythmics, The Tourists, Dramarama, The Fleshtones, Iggy Pop, Joan Jett, Chequered Past) - 61
Chris Hayes (Huey Lewis & The News) - 59
Tony Rombola (Godsmack) - 52
Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (Cryptic Slaughter, Drown, Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, Prong + more) - 47
Satchel/Russ Parrish (SteelPanther, Fight, Paul Gilbert, The Thornbirds, The Atomic Punks) - 46
Nick Walsh (Famous Underground, SlikToxik) - 46
Chad Taylor (Live) - 46

Nov. 25
Percy Sledge - 76
Steve Rothery (Marillion, The Wishing Tree, Enchant, Steve Rothery Band) - 57
Mark Lanegan (Queens of The Stone Age, Screaming Trees, Isobel Campbell, Soulsavers, The Gutter Twins, Mad Season) - 52
Mark Morton (Lamb Of God) - 44
Ben Wells (Black Stone Cherry) - 31

Nov. 26
Tina Turner - 77
Alan Henderson (Them) - 72
John McVie (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac) - 71
Bert Ruiter (Focus, Earth and Fire, solo) - 70
Adam Gaynor (Matchbox Twenty) - 53
Marten Andersson (Lizzy Borden, Lynch Mob, Starwood, Dario Lorina) - 42
Stu Block‬ (‎Iced Earth) - 39

Nov. 27
Al Jackson Jr (Booker T and the MG's) - b. 1935 - d. 10/1/75
Jimi Hendrix (The Isley Brothers, Little Richard, the Blue Flame, Curtis Knight, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, Band of Gypsys) - b. 1942 - d. 9/18/70
Randy Brecker (Brecker Brothers, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Cobham, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Sandip Burman, Charles Mingus, Blood Sweat & Tears, Horace Silver, Frank Zappa, Parliament-Funkadelic, Gary Husband's Force Majeure, Chris Parker, Jaco Pastorius, Dire Straits, others) - 71
Dave Winthrop (Supertramp, Chicken Shack, Secret Affair, freelance) - 68
Daryl Stuermer (Jean-Luc Ponty, George Duke, Joan Armatrading, Frida Lyngstad, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Philip Bailey, Phil Collins, Genesis, solo) - 64
Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds) - 57
Charlie Benante (Anthrax, Stormtroopers Of Death) - 54
Mike Bordin (Faith No More, Ozzy Osbourne) - 54
David Prichard (Armored Saint) - b. 1963 -d. 2/27/90
Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, Slash) - 47

Nov. 28
Randy Newman - 73
Paul Shaffer - 67
Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Skin Yard, Temple of the Dog) - 54
Jimmy D’Anda (Bulletboys, Lynch Mob, Lies, Deceit & Treachery, Let It Rawk) - 51

Nov. 29
John Mayall (John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Canned Heat, Cream, Fleetwood Mac, Keef Hartley Band, Mark-Almond, Pure Food and Drug Act + more) - 83
Denny Doherty (The Mamas & Papas) - b. 1940 - d. 1/19/07
Felix Cavaliere (The Young Rascals, The Rascals, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Steve Cropper, Felix Caviliere's Rascals) - 74
Ronnie Montrose (Montrose, Edgar Winter Group) - b. 1947 - d. 3/3/12
Barry Goudreau (Boston, RTZ, Ernie and the Automatics, Delp and Goudreau, Orion The Hunter) - 65
Masayoshi Yamashita (Loudness) - 55
Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) - 54
Terry Glaze (Pantera, Lord Tracy, Blowphish, The Crayfish) - 52
Mike DiMeo (Riot, Josie Sang, The Lizards, Masterplan, Johnny Winter, Vinnie Moore, Tommy James and The Shondells, Bonnie Tyler, The Groove Kings + more) - 48
Michael Dempsey (The Cure) - 48
Erik Ferentinos (Stephen Pearcy)
Michael Grant (L.A. Guns)
Ringo Garza (Los Lonely Boys) - 35

Nov. 30
Dick Clark - b. 1929 - d. 4/18/12
Rob Grill (The Grass Roots, solo) - b. 1943 - d. 7/11/11
Leo Lyons (Jaybirds, Ten Years After) - 73
Roger Glover (Episode Six, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Gillan & Glover) - 71
Billy Idol (Generation X, solo) - 61
John Ashton (The Psychedelic Furs) - 59
Cherie Currie (The Runaways, solo) - 57
Mike Matijevic (Steelheart) - 52
Mike Stone (Criss, Queensrÿche, The Stick People, solo) - 47

Today In Rock History
Nov. 1
1894: Billboard Advertising, a trade publication dealing with all manner of billboard advertising and selling for a dime, begins publication. Within a few years, it will begin focusing on the entertainment shows advertised by billboards, and by the 1930s Billboard, as it has come to be known, is covering radio and sales of the new medium, juke box records.
1956: Elvis Presley bought a new Harley Davidson motorbike, Presley spent the day riding round Memphis on his new bike with actress Natalie Wood.
1959: Elvis Presley's current stint in the Army means that for the first time in nearly five years, no Elvis single resides on the Billboard charts.
1962: The Beatles returned to the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany for a two-week residency.
1963: The Beatles make their first appearance as a tour headliner at a show in Gloucestershire, England.
1964: The Beach Boys begin their first UK tour in London.
1964: The Dave Clark Five makes their US television debut on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show. The clean-cut image of the group members visibly relieves the host, who is still suffering from the Stones riot of a few days' earlier. After the band plays 'Glad All Over,' Ed goes out of his way to tag them as "nice, neat boys."
1965: A Rolling Stones gig in Rochester, New York came to an abrupt halt after seven minutes when three-thousand fans tried to rush the stage.
1966: The Doors played the first night of a month long residency at the Ondine Discotheque in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
1968: George Harrison released his first solo album, 'Wonderwall Music.' He's the first member of The Beatles to release a solo album. The songs which were mostly Harrison instrumentals, featured Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and an unaccredited banjo contribution by Peter Tork of The Monkees.
1969: The Beatles topped the album charts in America with 'Abbey Road.' It stayed at #1 for 11 weeks. It was their 13th US #1 album. The cover supposedly contained clues adding to the ‘Paul Is Dead’ phenomenon. Paul is barefoot and the car number plate ‘LMW 281F’ supposedly referred to the fact that McCartney would be 28 if he was still alive. ‘LMW’ was said to stand for ‘Linda McCartney Weeps.’ And the four Beatles, represent; the priest (John, dressed in white), the Undertaker (Ringo, black suit), the Corpse (Paul, barefoot), and the Gravedigger (George, in jeans and a denim shirt).
1969: Elvis Presley's 'Suspicious Minds' hits #1. It's his first chart-topper since 'Good Luck Charm' in 1962.
1974: Scorpions‬ released the album 'Fly to the Rainbow.'
1975: Elton John started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Island Girl', his 5th US #1.
1975: Touring Australia for the first time Paul McCartney and Wings kicked an 11-date tour at The Entertainment Centre in Perth.
1979: Aerosmith‬ released the album 'Night In The Ruts.'
1979: Bob Dylan debuts the songs from his new album, a Christian polemic called 'Slow Train Coming,' on the first night of his new tour in San Francisco, CA. A shocked audience boos the new material throughout the set.
1980: Bruce Springsteen 'The River' goes to #1 on the Billboard album charts. It's the first #1 album for Bruce.
1985: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) agrees to some demands made by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). As a result, any album deemed to contain offensive lyrics must be issued with a warning label, or the lyrics must be printed on the sleeve.
1987: Black Sabbath‬ released the album 'The Eternal Idol.'
1994: Nirvana release 'MTV Unplugged in New York.' Two tracks not aired on the MTV Broadcast appear on the album.
1994: Megadeth‬ released the album 'Youthanasia.'
1996: U2 set up a video link to an internet site from their recording studio in Dublin so fans could watch them record their new album.
1999: With getting music over the internet still a novel concept and technical challenge, Third Eye Blind offers their single 'Anything' exclusively online. It's free, but can only be played for 3 weeks.
1999: Rage Against The Machine release 'The Battle Of Los Angeles' album.
2003: Bruce Springsteen and Michael J. Fox performed 'Light of Day,' the title track of the 1987 movie starring Fox, during a Parkinson's Disease benefit at New Jersey’s Stone Pony.
2004: 61-year old Terry Knight, the former manager of Grand Funk Railroad, was murdered at his home in Killeen, Texas. Knight was defending his daughter during a domestic disturbance, when he was stabbed by her boyfriend, 26 year old Donald Alan Fair. Knight began his music career by leading a Michigan band called Terry Knight and the Pack, who scored a Billboard top 50 hit with ‘I, Who Have Nothing.'
2005: Black Sabbath is inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Brian May of Queen. The band played 'Paranoid' at the ceremony and Ozzy mooned the crowd.
2012: Metal Hammer magazine published a list of the "Top ten rock and heavy metal moustaches…Ever". The list which included mustaches worn by the likes of Frank Zappa, all the members of Black Sabbath, (except Ozzy Osbourne). James Hetfield, Lemmy and Freddie Mercury.
2014: Wayne Static,‬ singer with ‪Static X‬ passed away.

Nov. 2
1920: KDKA in Pittsburgh becomes the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. They are not the first station on the air, but the first to get the broadcast license. With consumers unsure of the benefits of radio, the station announces results of the Harding-Cox presidential election, getting the news to those with a radio much faster than everyone who had to wait for the morning paper.
1956: A Fats Domino concert in Fayetteville, NC, turns into a riot. While both blacks and whites attend (during a racially charged time), Domino claims the trouble is caused by a combination of "the beat and the booze."
1959: The East German government sends 15 young people to prison for publicly showing their devotion to Elvis Presley (and speaking ill of the East German regime).
1963: The British paper the Daily Mirror uses the headline “Beatlemania!” for the first time, proclaiming, “Everyone, everywhere is catching it.”
1963: The Beach Boys release 'Be True To Your School.'
1967: Pink Floyd spent the day at Abbey Road Studios in London recording 'Paintbox.'
1967: The Beatles completed recording their next single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at Abbey Road studios London with a second Paul McCartney bass line. The McCartney song had been selected for the A-side for The Beatles next single, the flip side to be Lennon’s ‘I Am the Walrus’.
1968: Cream performed at Madison Square Garden during their farewell tour. The band was given a platinum disc commemorating American sales of the double album 'Wheels of Fire.'
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival release 'Willy and the Poor Boys' the third studio album that the band released in 1969.
1969: The Ed Sullivan Show has The Band performing 'Up On Cripple Creek.'
1969: The Rolling Stones quasi-documentary 'Sympathy For The Devil,' directed by Jean-Luc Godard, premieres in San Francisco.
1970: The Rolling Stones live album 'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out' is certified gold, as are Neil Young's 'After The Goldrush,' the Moody Blues 'Question of Balance' and 'Live at Monterey.'
1972: The Band's double-live 'Rock Of Ages' album goes gold.
1973: Bob Dylan begins work on 'Planet Waves.' The project includes contributions by Robbie Robertson and The Band.
1974: George Harrison opened his North American tour in Vancouver, the first-ever solo tour by a Beatle, and the first time Harrison himself had hit the road since 1966.
1974: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's album 'So Far' hits #1.
1976: In an interview with the BBC program The Old Grey Whistle Test, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and manager Peter Grant explained they got the idea to make The Song Remains the Same after using large TV screens at their 1975 Earl’s Court concerts.
1979: The Who release their film 'Quadrophenia' in the U.S. It features the acting debut of Sting, who plays Ace Face.
1979: Mick Jagger and first wife Bianca divorce.
1979: AC/DC played the second of three sold out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, with Def Leppard supporting.
1987: Dokken‬ released the album 'Back For The Attack.'
1990: ‪AC/DC‬ kicked off 'The Razors Edge World Tour' in ‪#‎Worcester‬, ‎Massachusetts‬.
1994: David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center after suffering liver failure. He luckily finds a liver donor less than three weeks later for a transplant.
1994: Bob Dylan’s companion of nearly 20 years sues him for more than $5 million, saying she co-wrote his music and helped manage his career. Ruth Tyrangiel attests in a lawsuit that she, ”devoted all aspects of her life to (Dylan’s) needs, interest and well-being.” The case is later settled out of court.
1996: Counting Crows go to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Recovering From Satellites.'
1998: Atlantic Records takes a crack at online video, launching a music video service called Instavid. A partnership with RealNetworks, it was advanced for its time but doomed because of the dearth of broadband.
1999: Rage Against The Machine release 'The Battle Of Los Angeles' album.
1999: Foo Fighters release their 3rd studio album 'There's Nothing Left To Lose.' The album marks the first appearance of drummer Taylor Hawkins. Early pressings of the disc included a temporary tattoo, similar to the one featured on the album cover.
2003: In Hong Kong, Sting denounces the U.S. led invasion of Iraq, and urges the world to help reconstruct the war-ravaged nation.
2004: It's Election Day and there are a couple politically oriented releases. 'The Axis Of Justice' concert in Los Angeles is out on CD/DVD. The July concert features Tom Morello (Audioslave) and Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), plus Tool/A Perfect Circle singer Maynard James Keenan and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Also, A Perfect Circle's 'eMotive' disc is released with songs that focus on themes of "war, peace, love and greed."
2004: Silvertide, Shinedown and Future Leaders Of The World launch their tour in Chicago as the current leader of the world, George Bush, wins another term.
2005: Bon Jovi's three month North American tour in support of their 'Have A Nice Day' album gets underway in Des Moines, Iowa.
2005: My Chemical Romance nabs Woodie of the Year (Artists of the Year) at the student-selected mtvU Woodie Awards held in New York. Green Day earns the Alumni Woodie (The You're Still OK in Our Book Award) while Fall Out Boy gets a Road Woodie (Best Tour).
2006: Godsmack's Sully Erna and former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul compete in the VH1 Classic Rock 'n' Roll Celebrity Poker Tournament in Las Vegas.
2007: Alice In Chains perform at Symphony Legacy, the Seattle Symphony Guild organization's 10th anniversary benefit concert. Proceeds benefit the Seattle Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.
2007: Led Zeppelin's eagerly-awaited reunion concert in London was postponed for two weeks after guitarist Jimmy Page broke a finger. The tribute concert in honor of late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun was scheduled for November 26, but ends up happening on December 10.
2007: John Mellencamp attends Tent City, an annual gathering in Toledo, OH, where volunteers provide health services and other aid to the city's homeless. "I think it's fantastic that people have come together and shown compassion for the people who need compassion," says Mellencamp, who also gets the key to the city.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne blasts police in Fargo, North Dakota, for staging a sting operation in his name before his concert Monday night at the Fargodome. The sting lured unsuspecting fans to an invite-only party where they were promised a meet and greet and tickets to the show. Invites went out to more than 40 people who’d allegedly ignored court summons and child-support payments or failed to pay fines. When the invitees arrived at the “party,” they were promptly handcuffed and arrested on various outstanding warrants.
2008: Bruce Springsteen debuts 'Workin' On A Dream' in front of 80,000 people in Cleveland during his final rally in support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. "Help us rebuild our house big enough for the dreams of all our citizens," Springsteen asks the future president following a six-song set.
2008: Slipknot performs their first-ever concert in Israel.
2008: 'AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack' arrives for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
2009: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are the special guest hosts on 'WWE Raw,' the USA network's professional wrestling show.
2010: David Gilmour's guitar sound on Pink Floyd's 1979 track 'Comfortably Numb' is named by Guitarist magazine as the song with the 'greatest guitar tone of all time'. 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return)' by Jimi Hendrix is #2.
2010: Weezer's rarities collection 'Death To False Metal' is released.
2010: 'The Big Four Live From Sofia,' a two disc DVD containing performances by Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth at the 2009 Sonishpere Festival, is released.
2011: Detroit Lions fans launch an online petition to replace Nickelback as the halftime entertainment during football team's Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers. The petition organizers state that Detroit has many great performers (Bob Seger, Aretha Franklin, Alice Cooper, Kid Rock, etc.) to showcase the city's musical contributions and don't think a performance by a Canadian band is appropriate.
2011: Bob Brunning, bassist for Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown, passes away due to a heart attack at his home in England. Brunning also wrote several books including Blues -The British Connection and Fleetwood Mac: The First Thirty Years. He joined Fleetwood Mac in 1967 but was soon replaced by John McVie. Brunning was 68.
2011: 'The Sound Of Winter,' the 2nd single from Bush's album, 'The Sea Of Memories,' is #1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs. It's the band's first Alt. chart topper since '99.
2011: A documentary about Punk Rock dads, 'The Other F Word,' begins a thirteen city screening at the Film Forum in New York. It features members of Blink-182 and Pennywise, plus Art Alexakis (Everclear), Fat Mike (NOFX), Lars Frederiksen (Rancid) and skater Tony Hawk.
2011: A 33-minute film on the making of the album 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' is shown at Soho House West Hollywood. Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, narrates. There's behind-the-scenes footage of the musician's artistic process.
2012: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry appear on ABC's 'The View' to promo their album, 'Music From Another Dimension.'
2012: Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and Sting play a televised benefit concert titled 'Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together' on NBC for victims of the hurricane. NBC's Matt Lauer hosts the show which is a fundraiser American Red Cross.
2015: Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael donates his bass guitar to The Riff bar and cafe in Helsinki, Finland after playing a show earlier in the evening to kick off of the band's European headlining tour.
2015: Carlos Santana's percussionist Raul Rekow passes away. He played on fifteen Santana studio recordings.

Nov. 3
1956: The title track from Elvis Presley's first movie, 'Love Me Tender,' is the top song in the U.S. It replaces the two-sided hit 'Don't Be Cruel'/'Hound Dog' to give Presley an unprecedented 16 consecutive weeks at #1.
1957: Sun Records released Jerry Lee Lewis’ 'Great Balls of Fire.' The single became his biggest hit and peaked at #2. The track lands in the upper reaches of the pop, Country and R&B charts.
1958: Elvis Presley went on maneuvers for the first time with the US Army's 32nd Tank Regiment near the German, Czech border.
1963: The last night of a 30 date UK tour featuring The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Mickie Most and The Flintstones took place at The Hammersmith Odeon, London. All the acts had played two shows every night.
1964: The mayor of Cleveland banned The Rolling Stones following a 17-year-old’s fall from a balcony during their gig at the Public Hall. Locker is quoted as commenting, "Such groups do not add to the community's culture or entertainment." Judge Gagliardo, says the concerts “were like feeding narcotics to teenagers.”
1967: Pink Floyd kick off their debut U.S. tour in San Francisco.
1967: The filming for The Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' was completed finishing with a sequence at Ringo's country house in Weybridge, Surrey. BBC television bought the rights to broadcast the film twice, the first broadcast, in black-and-white was scheduled for December 26, 1967. The second showing, on the color channel BBC2, not yet available to all Britons, was set for January 5, 1968.
1972: James Taylor and Carly Simon were married by a judge in Simon's Manhattan apartment, beginning their eleven year marriage. That evening, Simon joined him on stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall and announced their union to a cheering audience. They have two children, and a string of hit records apiece, before divorcing in 1983.
1973: Daryl Hall and John Oates release 'Abandoned Luncheonette,' their first album under their own names (a previous album was released as 'Whole Oates').
1977: Elton John announced he was retiring from the stage during a concert in London. His retirement ended in February of 1979.
1978: The Cars arrived in England to begin a mini-tour promoting their debut single 'Just What I Needed.'
1979: The Eagles started a nine-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'The Long Run.' It'S the group's 4th US #1 album.
1987: David Bowie played the first of eight sold out nights at The Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia. The shows were part of the 1987-date 'Glass Spider' world tour.
1988: Ratt‬ released the album 'Reach For The Sky.'
1988: U2's 'Rattle And Hum' concert movie opens.
1991: A free concert was held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to honor the memory of promoter Bill Graham, who was killed in a helicopter crash the week before. The Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Journey, Santana, Jackson Browne, Joe Satriani and Joan Baez were among the performers.
1992: Grateful Dead tell stunned fans that they will not play their traditional New Year's Eve concert in San Francisco.
1992: Bon Jovi release their fifth studio album, 'Keep The Faith.' It's their first studio release in five years and the group's last with bassist Alec John Such. It features three Top 40 hits: 'Keep The Faith,' 'Bed of Roses' and 'In These Arms.' The album sells over 2 million copies in the U.S.
1993: Russian inventor Leon Theremin died. Most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments. He first performed the theremin with the New York Philharmonic in 1928.
1995: Hootie & the Blowfish and Bob Dylan reach a settlement regarding the unauthorized use of Dylan's lyrics in 'Only Want To be With You.'
1997: Oasis' album 'Be Here Now' is certified platinum.
1997: University of Iowa student Todd Miller comes to an out of court settlement with Metallica after suing them for losing his sense of smell at a concert. Miller said he was unwillingly picked up and passed along over the top of the crowd at a 1993 concert as a body surfer and was eventually dropped on his head, where he sustained a serious injury that resulted in the loss of much of his sense of smell.
2000: Bon Jovi kicked of the North American leg of their 'Crush Tour' at the Independence Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
2003: Aerosmith performed the Hank Williams, Jr. theme song 'Are You Ready For Some Football?' live on Monday Night Football.
2004: Eric Clapton becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE. The honor, is conferred by Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
2005: Shinedown's frontman Brent Smith suffers from "a non-threatening blood-circulation problem." His condition forces the group to pull out of their Orlando gig with 3 Doors Down. Smith's ailment is monitored at a Jacksonville hospital.
2006: Eddie Van Halen's 15-year-old son, Wolfgang, is named Van Halen's new bassist. He replaces founding member Michael Anthony, who'd been touring with former VH singer Sammy Hagar.
2006: Former Beatle Paul McCartney presents the live debut of his classical album, 'Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart),' a four-part oratorio, at London's Royal Albert Hall. The special concert features the same ensemble that appears on the disc.
2008: 'Pearl Jam: Vote For Change 2004' viewing parties are held on the eve of the 2008 elections. An indie film documenting the group's run on the 2004 Get Out the Vote tour is free on the band's official website.
2008: Foo Fighters receive the Band of the Year trophy at Classic Rock magazine's Roll of Honour 2008 ceremony in London. Ozzy Osbourne is also awarded the Living Legend prize, presented by Slash.
2008: Neil Young addresses the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. He tells the audience that his experimental, energy-efficient Linc Volt car is an example of what independent automotive innovation can accomplish.
2008: Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is hospitalized following a serious car accident in Santa Clara, CA. He is listed in "serious but stable condition." He remians in a coma until his death in April of 2013.
2010: Photographs of John Lennon taken during a radio interview in New York just days before his death go on sale. Lennon's interview with Radio 1's Andy Peebles became known as 'The Last Lennon Tapes.'
2011: Corey Smoot, the GWAR guitarist known as Flattus Maximus is found dead by his bandmates as they prepared to cross the border into Canada. The coroner finds that Smoot died from a coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease.
2012: Joan Jett unveils a Florida print ad with her picture that reads: "I Am Joan Jett and I Am a Vegetarian." Jett also receives the Nanci Alexander Activist Award, named after the founder of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.

Nov. 4
1963: The Beatles performed for Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon at the Royal Variety Performance in London. John Lennon informed the audience, “Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. All the rest of you, rattle your jewelry."
1964: The Beatles wrapped up sessions for their album 'Beatles for Sale.'
1966: The Rolling Stones release 'Got Live If You Want It!'
1967: Pink Floyd made their US live debut when they performed at Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco. Floyd shared the bill with local group Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring singer Janis Joplin and Richie Havens.
1968: At Abbey Road Studios, Pink Floyd recorded 'Point Me at the Sky' and 'Careful with That Axe, Eugene.'
1968: Cream perform their last US concert (in Providence, Rhode Island) prior to their breakup.
1969: Led Zeppelin played a disastrous gig at Ontario’s Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. John Bonham was too ill to perform 'Moby Dick,' Jimmy Page blew out his amplifier and only two-thousand people turned up to see the band.
1972: The Doobie Brothers reached #11 on the singles chart with 'Listen to the Music.'
1973: At London’s Rainbow Theater, Pink Floyd and Soft Machine played a benefit for the Machine’s Robert Wyatt. The drummer was paralyzed after falling from an open window during a party.
1974: Paul McCartney & Wings release their classic single 'Junior's Farm.'
1976: A Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert at New York City’s Palladium Theater was delayed when someone phoned in a bomb threat. Springsteen jokes that the threat was made by former manager Mike Appel, who's currently suing him.
1977: 'The Last Waltz,' director Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed documentary of The Band’s star-studded last concert, premieres in New York City, featuring Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mtchell, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The Staple Singers, Dr. John, and more.
1978: Boston, the band, played Boston, the city, kicking off two sold-out nights at the Boston Garden.
1978: Talking Heads released their single 'Take Me to the River.' It became their first top 40 single, peaking at #26.
1978: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were sued by former bass player Greg Reeves for over one million claiming he was owed from sales of their album 'Deja Vu'.
1978: Linda Ronstadt's album 'Living In The USA' hits #1 on the Billboard chart.
1978: Van Morrison is the musical guest on tonight's episode of NBC-TV's 'Saturday Night Live,' performing 'Wavelength' and 'Kingdom Hall.'
1980: Bob Marley was baptized at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Kingston. He converted to a Christian Rastafarian and took on the new name Berhane Selassie.
1981: Black Sabbath‬ released the album 'Mob Rules.'
1986: Yngwie Malmsteen‬ released the album 'Trilogy.'
1990: The musical tribute 'Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story' opens on Broadway.
1991: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame admitted Bobby “Blue” Bland, Booker T & the MG’s, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, The Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave and The Yardbirds.
1992: Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin signed to Warner-Chappell’s music publishers for an unprecedented 39-million dollars.
1994: Fred “Sonic” Smith (born Frederick Dewey Smith), dies of heart failure in Detroit. He was 45. Smith was the guitarist and co-founder of the MC5, innovators of the punk movement in the U.S. Smith married fellow artist and songwriter Patti Smith in 1980 and had two children with her. The band Sonic Youth took its name from Smith’s nickname.
1996: Melissa Etheridge and partner Julie Cypher hit the cover of Newsweek. It's not for music, but to promote an article on gay parenting.
1997: Capitol Records releases the four-disc set 'The Pet Sounds Sessions,' chronicling the creation of The Beach Boys' classic 1966 LP. It contains, in addition to a remastered version of the original album, as well as outtakes, unreleased tracks, and acapella tracks.
2004: KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons begins taping a six-episode TV series, 'Rock School.' Filmed predominately in England, Simmons teaches 12-year-olds how to form a Rock band and write a song.
2006: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis plays a special benefit show at his old high school in Longmeadow, MA. Proceeds go to the facility's creative arts department.
2006: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry suffers a concussion during the band's concert in Las Vegas when he is hit in the head by a camera boom rig. The incident occurs while the group's performance of 'Back in the Saddle' is being filmed for upcoming NASCAR promotional spots. Despite his injury, Perry is able to finish the show.
2009: A Los Angeles county judge rules that the former members of Sublime may not perform under that name. Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh appeared as Sublime at the Cypress Hill Smokeout Festival just 11 days earlier. The group was slapped with an injunction for illegal use of a trademark by the estate of deceased frontman Bradley Nowell.
2010: U2 wins the Top Tour and Top Draw honors at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards in New York. Metallica receives the Eventful Fans' Choice Award, while AC/DC takes home the Top Boxscore trophy for their three-night stint at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Rush earns the "Legend of Live" award in recognition of their contributions to live music and the touring business. The honors, given out for the best tours of the year, are determined by box office earnings.
2010: Metallica perform at the launch party for Activision's video game 'Call of Duty: Black Ops at Hangar 8' of the Santa Monica airport.
2011: The Who's Roger Daltrey and Robert Plant, formerly of Led Zeppelin, announce the launch of the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program, in hopes of changing a medical culture that categorizes patients as either adults or children, with few special considerations for teens.
2013: Janis Joplin is posthumously awarded the 2,510th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is directly in front of the entrance to Musicians Institute.
2014: Queen issue a previously unreleased track to iTunes featuring the late Freddie Mercury. Proceeds from 'Let Me In Your Heart Again' benefit the RED campaign, which supports the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
2014: The Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC, a Slayer inspired sports car makes its debut at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show in Las Vegas.

Nov. 5
1966: The Monkees first hit, 'Last Train To Clarksville,' hits #1. The song charts before the Monkees TV show premieres. Bobby Hart who co-wrote the song got the idea for the lyrics when he turned on the radio and heard the end of The Beatles' 'Paperback Writer'. He thought Paul McCartney was singing 'Take the last train', and decided to use the line when he found out McCartney was actually singing 'Paperback Writer.'
1967: Bob Dylan records 'All Along the Watchtower' at Columbia Studio A in Nashville. The song, which was later famously covered by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, originally appeared on Dylan's 'John Wesley Harding' album.
1967: Tired of his latest hobby, Elvis Presley auctions off several items of horse-riding paraphernalia at his Circle G ranch in Horn Lake, MS. 2,000 fans attend the auction.1968 1968: Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits) and Mireille Strasser, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mayfair, London, The couple are still married.
1970: Led Zeppelin release 'Immigrant Song.'
1970: Aerosmith performed their first ever gig when they played at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. Sometimes referred to as "The Bad Boys from Boston," Aerosmith became the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group.
1970: Long since retired from touring with his group, Brian Wilson joins The Beach Boys on stage at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles only to suffer inner ear damage in his good ear from an excessively loud sound system. After losing his balance a few times, he is helped backstage.
1971: Firsts at Elvis Presley show at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Minneapolis, MI: comic Jackie Kahane begins his lifelong stint as opening act, and Elvis ends the show with cape outstretched in a bizarrely Christlike pose -- another gimmick that will become a staple of Elvis' live act. Announcer Al Dvorin uttered the well known phrase: "Elvis has left the building" at the end of the show. He was asked to make the announcement in an effort to quiet the fans who continued to call for an encore.
1973: Sequencing the pre-taped sections with the live parts proves difficult during The Who's performance of Rock opera 'Quadrophenia.' Pete Townshend storms off the Newcastle stage in disgust. He later returns but The Who perform other material from their extensive repertoire.
1974: Traffic earn a gold record for their album 'When The Eagle Flies.' It is the group's final gold album in the 1970's.
1977: The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham, England was arrested for displaying a large poster advertising the new Sex Pistols album, 'Never Mind The Bollock's, Here's The Sex Pistols.' High street stores banned the album after police warned they could be fined under the 1898 indecent advertising act.
1977: Ozzy Osbourne quits Black Sabbath for the first time. He soon returns.
1979: Mick Jagger officially divorces his first wife Bianca.
1982: Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys part ways on the orders of Wilson's new psychiatrist and caretaker, Dr. Eugene Landy.
1983: Billy Joel was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Uptown Girl', which stayed at the top of the chars for five weeks. The song was initially written about his relationship with his then-girlfriend Elle Macpherson, but it ended up also becoming about his soon-to-be wife Christie Brinkley (both women being two of the most famous supermodels of the 1980's).
1983: Topper Headon of The Clash was arrested for walking his dog while drunk on London's Fulham Road.
1986: Bobby Nunn of The Coasters died of heart failure in Los Angeles. Scored the 1958 US #1 single 'Yakety Yak,' 1959 US #2 and UK #6 single 'Charlie Brown.'
1988: The Beach Boys, who haven't had a #1 hit since 'Good Vibrations' in 1966, top the charts with the Brian Wilson-less 'Kokomo,' used in the movie Cocktail. At the time, it was the longest gap between #1 hits for any artist.
1994: Fred "Sonic" Smith, MC5 guitarist and husband of Rocker Patti, dies of a heart attack at 45.
1994: Sheryl Crow scored her first UK Top 10 single when 'All I Wanna Do' entered the charts at #4. The US singer songwriter went on to become the first US female to score six UK hits off her debut album 'Tuesday Night Music Club.'
1995: A charity performance of 'The Wizard of Oz in Concert' is staged at New York's Lincoln Center, featuring Jewel (Dorothy), Jackson Browne (The Scarecrow), Roger Daltrey (The Tin Man), and Nathan Lane (The Cowardly Lion).
1995: Garbage play their first live show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, MN.
1999: Van Halen announce that singer Gary Cherone is out of the band.
2000: The Who guest star on the 'A Tale of Two Springfields' episode of The Simpsons.
2000: U2 scores their eighth UK #1 album when 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' tops the chart, keeping Blur off the top.
2000: Creed were at #1 on the US singles chart with 'With Arms Wide Open.'
2003: Evanescence's lead guitarist and founding member Ben Moody leaves the group during their first world tour.
2003: Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers was found dead in hotel room in Michigan 30 minutes before he was due on stage, aged 63. The autopsy report from the Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner gave the opinion that Hatfield suffered a sudden, unexpected death due to acute cocaine toxicity.
2005: Beach Boys singer Mike Love sues the group's mastermind Brian Wilson, who love claims is "shamelessly misappropriating Mike Love's songs, likeness and the Beach Boys trademark" in promotion for his album 'SMiLE.' The lawsuit was later dismissed.
2005: Guitar innovator Link Wray dies at his home in Copenhagen, Denmark. Wray is best remembered for his '58 instrumental hit 'Rumble.' He got the distorted guitar sound by punching holes in his speaker with a pencil.
2007: Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell puts a collection of his clothes on the eBay auction block. The items include casual attire like the guitarist's T-shirt from the 1993 Lollapalooza tour to the black leather jacket he's pictured wearing on the 'Dirt' CD cover. The sale benefits MusiCares and the Layne Staley Fund.
2007: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page receives the Living Legend Award at the 2007 Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony in London.
2007: Jimi Hendrix is inducted into Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame. A commemorative star honoring the late guitarist unveiled. Hendrix began his professional music career in Nashville during the early '60s following his discharge from the Army.
2008: Bruce Springsteen and his wife, E Street Band singer Patti Scialfa, perform at the second annual 'Stand Up for Heroes' benefit in New York for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which raises money for wounded servicemen and their families.
2008: Actor Michael J. Fox (Back To The Future/Spin City) joins The Who onstage by during A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's benefit concert. Fox, who has the disease, straps on a guitar for the band's final song, 'Magic Bus,' telling the crowd, "This is almost worth getting Parkinson's for." The event raises $4.3 million for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
2009: U2 play a free concert at the Brandenburg Gate to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall. Part of the performance is broadcast into Berlin's O2 Arena for the MTV Europe Music Awards show where U2 picks up the Best Live Act award.
2009: In L.A., Judge John Walter issues EMI a temporary restraining order and demands that BlueBeat "cease and refrain from directly or indirectly infringing in any manner [on] copyrighted works." EMI had sued BlueBeat after the company sold 25-cent MP3 downloads and offered free access to streaming selections from The Beatles re-mastered collection. The site also featured songs by Coldplay, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and Smashing Pumpkins.
2009: Ozzy Osbourne is presented with the Legend of Live honor at the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards in New York.
2010: Keith Richards' autobiography 'Life' was at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller list.
2011: A John Lennon tooth is auctioned in England for almost $32,000 at Omega Auction House in Stockport, England. The tooth was given to Lennon's former housekeeper, Dot Jarlett, after it had been pulled. Lennon told Jarlett to give it to her daughter as a souvenir. A Canadian dentist has the highest bid.
2012: Original KISS drummer Peter Criss' autobiography, 'Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of KISS,' debuts on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers List.
2012: Queen guitarist Brian May releases his rendition of the Oscar-winning song 'Born Free' with proceeds going to the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity.
2012: Blue Oyster Cult's original line-up reunites to play a 40th Anniversary concert in New York City.
2012: With one day to go until the United States General Election, which includes the presidential election, dozens of music stars take to the press to support incumbent Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, including Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Bruce Springsteen, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Jay-Z, Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder. This should come as no surprise, as music celebrities traditionally come out to support the progressive candidate in elections.
2014: Bruce Springsteen headlines the 'Stand Up For Heroes' benefit show at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden. The event raises funds for injured service members and their families.
2014: KISS begin their first-ever residency (19 nights) in Las Vegas at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
2014: The funeral for Jack Bruce was held in London. Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and noted musicians Phil Manzanera, Gary Brooker, Vernon Reid and Nitin Sawhney among others were in attendance. Dozens assembled at the Golders Green Crematorium paying a last tribute singing 'Morning Has Broken', 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'Theme for an Imaginary Western'. The Scottish-born bass player and singer died in October of 2014 as a result of liver disease.

Nov. 6
1954: Elvis Presley, who has been playing a radio concert show called the Louisiana Hayride, records a radio commercial for Southern Maid Doughnuts, who sponsors the show. It was the only commercial he ever recorded and was not false advertising: he really did love those hot donuts.
1964: During their first promotional visit to the UK, The Beach Boys appeared live on ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!'.
1965: Bill Graham (later to become America’s biggest promoter) puts on his first show at Fillmore West with Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.
1965: Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson meet up with Brian Jones and jam through the night of the famous electricity blackout, at the New York Hilton Hotel
1965: Rolling Stones: ‘Get Off of My Cloud’ tops the US singles charts. The song knocked The Beatles 'Yesterday' from the #1 position.
1965: Guests on tonight's episode of ABC's musical variety show 'Shindig!' include The Rolling Stones, Fontella Bass, and the Strangeloves.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studio in London, The Beatles mixed four songs, ‘Hello Goodbye’, ‘Your Mother Should Know’, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘I Am the Walrus’. Due to the radio feed used in ‘I Am the Walrus’ being recorded in mono, the song changes from stereo to mono at the line "Sitting in an English garden".
1967: During a three hour session Bob Dylan recorded ‘All Along The Watchtower’ and ‘John Wesley Harding’ at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
1968: The Monkees film 'Head' opens in New York City. The movie was co-written by Jack Nicholson and also featured Teri Garr, Annette Funicello, Frank Zappa, Dennis Hopper and Toni Basil. The film was initially a total flop but has since become a cult classic.
1970: Aerosmith performs together for the first time at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. The new band got the gig because Joe Perry’s mother knew someone at the school. Tickets for the show were $1.
1972: Deep Purple's 'Machine Head' album goes gold.
1972: Billy Murcia dies in London from asphyxiation at 21. Murcia was the original New York Dolls drummer, but while on tour in England he passed out from an accidental overdose, was placed in a bathtub and force-fed coffee in an attempt to revive him. Unfortunately, he died before the New York Dolls recorded their first record.
1973: On September 19, 1973, Gram Parsons died from a massive overdose of morphine and alcohol. In honor of a mutual pact with his friend and tour manager, Phil Kaufman, Kaufman stole Parsons’ body from the LAX airport, drove it out to Joshua Tree National Park, and burned it in the desert. Kaufman and friend Michael Martin were charged and fined $300 each for the theft of the coffin and the body but the court agreed that the two men were merely carrying out Parson’s last wishes to be cremated in the desert.
1975: The Sex Pistols perform their first show. It lasts for 20 minutes at St. Martin's Art School in London. The band opens for the band Bazooka Joe at St. Martin's School of Art in London. Bazooka Joe's lead singer is Stuart Goddard, who is so inspired by the set that he drops out of art school and takes the name Adam Ant.
1976: Steve Miller: ‘Rock ‘N’ Me’ tops the US singles chart.
1983: The ABC miniseries 'Princess Daisy' debuts, featuring Ringo Starr in one of his last acting roles as a gay fashion designer.
1986: 'Amanda' by Boston hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
1990: ‎Scorpions‬ released the album 'Crazy World.'
1993: Meatloaf ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Wont Do That)’ tops the US single chart.
1993: Pearl Jam 'VS’ album enters the Billboard charts at #1. The album sold 950,378 copies making it the highest sales in US album history in one week up to that point.
1998: Marilyn Manson is the top winner at the 1998 Billboard Music Video Awards, nailing two for 'The Dope Show,' the first single and video from the group's latest release, 'Mechanical Animals.' 'Dope Show' also wins best hard rock/metal clip.
1999: Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), broadcasts the one of the first online radio shows, which is called Rotten Radio. On the 4-hour webcast, Rotten allows callers and guests to say whatever they please free of censorship. The show lasts until August, 2000.
2001: In anticipation of the November 20 release of his latest solo album, Virgin establishes the online Mick Jagger Preview Jukebox. The site features 90-second clips of all the tracks on Jagger's 'Goddess in the Doorway,' his first solo album since 1993's 'Wandering Spirit.'
2003: Metallica kicked off their 137-date 'Madly in Anger with the World Tour' at Yoyogi Taiikukanin in Tokyo, Japan. The Madly in Anger with the World tour was the fourth-highest grossing tour of 2004, bringing in $60,500,000 in ticket sales.
2004: An online Heavy Metal auction featuring items from Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and Van Halen is held at the Hard Rock Cafe in midtown Manhattan. There are stage outfits from KISS and Eddie Van Halen, the original album cover artwork from Metallica`s "'Master Of Puppets,' the 1989 MTV Music Award given to Guns N` Roses for the 'Sweet Child O` Mine' video and a bass played by the late Cliff Burton (Metallica).
2006: AC/DC singer Brian Johnson is one of 10 celebrities competing in a U.K. reality-TV show called 'The Race.' The Sky One channel show pits male and female teams against each other in a series of racing challenges. Johnson loses to Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart in his opening contest, but later emerges as one of the favorites and wins the competition.
2006: Restrictions imposed by Portland, ME, fire marshals causes Guns N' Roses to cancel their show only two-and-a-half hours before it is due to start. Fans are able to exchange their tickets for ones to Worcester, MA, show two days later. Reportedly, only a little over half the tickets for the Portland concert had been sold at the time of the cancellation.
2006: Queen and Whitesnake win two trophies each at the second annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony in London. Queen is recognized in the Best Reissue and Classic Songwriter categories, while Whitesnake earns the DVD of the Year and Band of the Year awards. Alice Cooper collects the Living Legend trophy. The event is organized by U.K. magazine Classic Rock.
2006: Bon Jovi singer Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora team up with Country act Sugarland to perform live on a special episode of ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Nashville on the same day of the Country Music Association (CMA) awards.
2007: The Bon Jovi concert film 'Lost Highway: The Concert' is screened in U.S. theaters. The footage is from a Chicago show filmed earlier in the year where the group played all the songs from the album. Also, 'Believe,' the official Bon Jovi band biography, is in bookstores.
2007: Meat Loaf cancelled his European tour after being diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal cords. The 60-year-old had already scrapped two gigs on doctor's orders.
2007: Finger Eleven are the first band to offer a concert in high definition via Xbox Live Marketplace. The Toronto show is placed online for gamers.
2007: Previously unreleased live tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Jackson Browne are featured on the 'Serve2' compilation. Proceeds from the album benefit the World Hunger Year charity's Artists Against Hunger & Poverty initiative.
2008: Paul McCartney is presented with the Ultimate Legend Award at the MTV Europe Music Awards in his hometown of Liverpool.
2008: 'Let The Cosmos Rock: Queen + Paul Rodgers Live From the Ukraine' is shown in high-definition and surround-sound audio in more than 300 U.S. theaters. The footage is from a concert just two months earlier in Kharkov.
2008: Linkin Park's 'Leave Out All The Rest' is prominently featured in the CBS show 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.'
2012: Aerosmith release their album 'Music From Another Dimension.'
2012: The film 'Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965' is finally released. The film chronicles the Rolling Stones 'activities' while performing four shows in Dublin.
2012: Bob Dylan posts an update to his Facebook page for the first time using the occasion to predict the re-election of President Obama. Dylan set up his Facebook account in 2007.
2013: Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) perform at the 7th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit in New York. Organized by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the event raises funds for injured service members, veterans and their families.
2013: Blink-182 celebrate the 10th anniversary of their self-titled, 5th studio album by playing it from beginning to end at the Hollywood Palladium.
2013: Van Halen appear on the animated show 'South Park.' The group attends a meeting in Jerusalem of the world's major religions and brings them together with a performance of 'Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love.'
2014: AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is charged with attempting to have two men killed. The New Zealand court also accuses him of methamphetamine and cannabis possession. Almost immediately, the court drops the murder-for-hire charge but pursues the drug charges.

Nov. 7
1963: The Beatles make their only two appearances ever in Ireland playing two shows at the Adelphi Cinema, Dublin. The group hooked up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who had been appointed to write the screenplay for The Beatles' first (as yet untitled) motion picture.
1966: John Lennon meets Yoko Ono for the first time when he visits her art exhibition in London.She presents him with a card that simply says, “Breathe,” and he responds by panting. He later says, “When I met Yoko...that was it. The old gang of mine was over the moment I met her. I didn’t consciously know it at the time, but that’s what was going on. As soon as I met her, that was the end of the boys, but it so happened that the boys were well known and weren’t just the local guys at the bar.”
1967: Reg Dwight (Elton John) and his song writing partner Bernie Taupin signed to DJM publishing, their signatures had to be witnessed by their parents because they were both under 21 years of age. Taupin answered an advertisement for a lyric writer placed in the New Musical Express, the pair have since collaborated on over 30 albums.
1968: Jim Morrison and The Doors were banned from the city of Phoenix after he asked the audience to stand up at their concert.
1969: The Rolling Stones kicked off an American tour in Fort Collins, Colorado. Also on the bill were Chuck Berry, B.B. King and Ike & Tina Turner. It's their first American tour with guitarist Mick Taylor (who replaced Brian Jones). This is the tour that includes a stop at Altamont.
1969: Providing overwhelming evidence that he is still alive, Paul McCartney appears on the cover of Life magazine. When asked about why he didn't appear sooner when the rumors started swirling, McCartney said, "I have done enough press for a lifetime, and I don’t have anything to say these days."
1969: 'Whole Lotta Love,' probably the most famous track on 'Led Zeppelin II,' is released. Recorded at London's Olympic Studios and mixed at A&R studios in New York, the song was nicked in-part from Willie Dixon's 'You Need Lovin.'
1970: MGM Records purges several acts from their roster. After their label head, Mike Curb, tells Billboard they are dumping acts that "exploit and promote hard drugs through music," Eric Burdon, who is on the label, asks out of his contract and launches a 'Curb the Clap' campaign.
1970: Chicago release the single 'Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?'
1970: 'Led Zeppelin III' is released.
1971: Led Zeppelin released their 4th album. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or 'Led Zeppelin IV,' it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire, England. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley, England.
1974: Ted Nugent won the National Squirrel Shooting Archery Contest because he successfully picked off a rodent at a distance of 150 yards. He also shot dead 27 other mammals during the three day event.
1975: A new world record was set for continuous guitar string plucking by Steve Anderson who played for 114 hours 17 minutes.
1987: Bruce Springsteen: ‘Tunnel of Love’ album hits #1 on the Billboard charts. His eighth studio album went triple platinum in the US, with 'Brilliant Disguise' being one of his biggest hit singles, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1982: Iron Maiden begin their first tour of Australia.
1983: The Rolling Stones release their album 'Undercover.'
1988: Iron Maiden release the single ‘The Clairvoyant’
1988: John Fogerty was victorious in the court case brought against him by Fantasy Records. The label, which owned his recordings with Creedence Clearwater Revival, alleged he plagiarized his own 'Run Through the Jungle' on his 1985 hit 'The Old Man Down the Road.'
1991: Frank Zappa was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
1991: Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin quits Guns N’ Roses and is replaced by guitarist Gilby Clarke. Stradlin cities a combination of Axl Rose’s personal behavior and the difficulties of being around Slash, Matt Sorum, and Duff McKagan, due to his new-found sobriety.
1995: Alice In Chains' 'Alice in Chains' is released on CD and cassette. Previously, the album only existed in a vinyl edition, released on Halloween of 1995.
1995: Eric Clapton receives the Order of the British Empire (OMB) from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
1995: Nirvana's 'Incesticide' a collection of early recordings, out-takes and BBC sessions goes platinum.
2002: Guns N’ Roses fans in Vancouver rioted after Axl Rose failed to show for the opening date on the group’s comeback tour. A band spokesperson said Rose’s plane was grounded in Los Angeles due to bad weather.
2003: The Rolling Stones played Hong Kong for the first time, headlining a concert to quell fears of a SARS epidemic.
2003: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour was made a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
2004: Robert Plant headlines a tribute concert to Blues icon Leadbelly at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
2006: Foo Fighters release an acoustic live album titled 'Skin And Bones.' The 15-track collection, recorded in L.A., features songs from the unplugged half of their "In Your Honor" double album, classic Foo songs and a version of the Dave Grohl sung Nirvana B-side 'Marigold.'
2006: Genesis announced they are reforming for an upcoming world tour.
2006: 'The Doors By The Doors' is published. It's the band's first authorized autobiography.
2008: To celebrate 'Astral Weeks' 40th anniversary, Van Morrison performs his classic album in its entirety during a two-show engagement at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The singer is backed by the same ensemble of jazz musicians that played on the original 1968 recording.
2008: Gene Simmons of KISS wins $500,000 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation during his appearance on FOX's Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? It's a record sum earned by a celebrity guest on the game show.
2010: E!'s 'Married To Rock' debuts with Susan Holmes McKagan (the wife of former Velvet Revolver/Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan), Etty Farrell (who is married to Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell), Josie Stevens (the spouse of Billy Idol's guitarist Steve Stevens) and AJ Celi (who is in a relationship with The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy).
2012: A woman died and 19 were injured after scaffolding collapsed outside a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town, South Africa. The temporary scaffolding outside Green Point stadium came down in high winds just before the concert. The concert went ahead, with the band only learning of the death afterwards.
2014: Two wealthy fans paid $300,000 to eat lasagne with Bruce Springsteen at his house. Springsteen started off the annual Stand Up For Heroes event by playing an acoustic set, then offering the instrument to the highest bidder. When bidding reached $60,000, he threw in a guitar lesson, which someone offered $250,000 for. At this point, he offered up a lasagne dinner at his house, a ride around the block in the sidecar of his motorbike and the shirt off of his back. All the money went to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps injured servicemen and their families when they return home.

Nov. 8
1957: Elvis Presley's third movie, 'Jailhouse Rock,' opens nationally. It had a premiere a few weeks earlier at the Memphis theater where Elvis was once an usher.
1961: Brian Epstein phoned The Cavern to try to get a ticket to the next Beatles concert. He became the band’s manager shortly after seeing them.
1965: The Beatles worked on a new George Harrison song ‘Think For Yourself’ at Abbey Road for their 'Rubber Soul' album. After rehearsing the song, they recorded the basic instrumental track in one take.
1965: The Dave Clark Five perform for Queen Elizabeth II at London's annual Royal Variety Performance.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of four nights at Munich’s Big Apple Club.
1967: 'How I Won the War,' starring John Lennon, had its New York premiere.
1968: Cynthia Lennon was granted a divorce from her husband in London. John Lennon was not in court because he had rushed to Yoko Ono’s bedside at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital. Ono suffered a miscarriage shortly afterwards.
1969: Led Zeppelin finished their 4th tour of the United States at San Francisco’s Winterland Theater. On the same day, their album 'Led Zeppelin II' entered the British charts, where it would stay for 138 weeks.
1969: The Rolling Stones performed in Los Angeles, where they smashed the concert gross record previously held by The Beatles.
1970: Jim Morrison made recordings of his spoken word material. After his death, The Doors set the poems to music as 'An American Prayer.'
1971: At London’s Empire Ballroom, Paul McCartney threw a party to launch his new group Wings.
1971: David Bowie begins recording what will become 'Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars' in London.
1971: 'Led Zeppelin IV' is released. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or Led Zeppelin IV it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide. The four symbols on the album represent each band member. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire, England. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley, England.
1975: Elton John debuts at #1 on US LP chart for second time with ‘Rock of the Westies.’
1975: John Lennon names his good friend Elton John the godfather of his new son, Sean.
1975: David Bowie makes his US television debut on CBS' variety show, 'Cher,' performing 'Fame.' Bowie also sings a medley of tracks with Cher, including 'Young Americans,' 'Song Sung Blue,' 'One,' 'Da Doo Ron Ron,' 'Wedding Bell Blues,' 'Maybe' 'Day Tripper,' 'Ain’t No Sunshine' and 'Youngblood.'
1977: Suzi Quatro makes her first appearance as Leather Tuscadero on ABC-TV's 'Happy Days.' She plays the little sister of Fonzie's girlfriend Pinky.
1980: Bruce Springsteen ‘The River’ album hits #1 on the US charts.
1980: KISS kicked off their 11 date 'Unmasked Tour' of Australia and New Zealand laying two nights at Perth Entertainment Centre.
1987: U2 plays a free 'Save the Yuppie' concert at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. An arrest warrant is issued for Bono after he spray paints "Rock n Roll Stops Traffic" on a fountain sculpture. It is filmed for the bands 'Rattle and Hum' documentary.
1987: The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson marries his second wife, Gina Martin, daughter of legendary crooner Dean.
1988: Jerry Lee Lewis declares bankruptcy.
1994: Sonny Bono of Sonny and Cher and former mayor of Palm Springs, Calfornia, is elected to the US House of Representatives, representing the 44th district in California.
1994: A memorial service is held for legendary guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, late of the MC5 and The Sonics, at Mariner's Church in Detroit, MI.
1995: Sony gets control to the publishing rights to many Beatles songs when Michael Jackson merges his ATV Music Publishing with Sony Music Publishing. Jackson purchased the Beatles catalog in 1985.
1996: Oasis is named the Best Act in the World at the Q Awards in London. Vocalist Liam Gallagher celebrates in fine fashion. He gets into a scuffle with a news photographer, argues publicly with his girlfriend then gets arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine.
1998: Metallica release a remake of Bob Seger’s's ‘Turn The Page’, as the first single from 'Garage Inc.'
2002: David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.
2006: The Whisky-A-Go-Go club, the legendary L.A. venue that was the launching pad for the Doors, is designated a landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as part of the festivities launching a yearlong celebration of the band's 40th anniversary. All three surviving Doors members take part in the festivities, which include signing copies of their autobiography, 'The Doors by the Doors.' Drummer John Densmore even hosts a reading of Jim Morrison's poetry.
2007: At the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Elvis Costello appeared live with members of the folk-rock band Clover for the very first time. Clover was the backing band from the original recording sessions of Costello's 1977 debut album My Aim Is True. The Music Hall appearance benefited the Richard de Lone Special Housing Fund.
2008: AC/DC started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Black Ice.' It's the bands fifteenth studio album and the second-best selling album of 2008. 'Black Ice' went to #1 in 29 countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US.
2010: After being let go from NBC after the return of Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show,' Conan O'Brien returns on TBS. Jack White is an opening night guest with the two closing the show with a performance of Eddie Cochran's 'Twenty Flight Rock.'
2011: Rush release 'Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland' on CD and DVD.
2011: David Crosby and Graham Nash perform at the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City's financial district.
2012: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's 'Wrecking Ball' tour earns the Top Draw honor and Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour nails the Top Tour award at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards in NYC. The Top Draw award goes to the tour that sold the most tickets while the Top Tour category acknowledges the highest-grossing tour of the year.
2012: Canada's CBC Radio names Rush's Alex Lifeson as the Greatest Canadian Guitarist. A panel of CBC producers and hosts compiled the list which has Jeff Healey at #2, followed by The Band's Robbie Robertson. Neil Young is 5th.
2012: A Jimi Hendrix inspired clothing line designed by Lyric Culture is available exclusively at Bloomingdale's.
2014: National Geographic announces that a species of frog that sounds like a bat has been named after Ozzy Osbourne. The frog, who lives in the Brazilian Amazon, is named Dendropsophus ozzyi by the scientists who discovered it.
2014: Don Dokken announces that bassist/vocalist Mark Boals has replaced Sean McNabb in Dokken.

Nov. 9
1955: The Everly Brothers make their first studio recordings at Nashville's Old Tulane Hotel studios, cutting four tracks in 22 minutes. Family friend Chet Atkins facilitated a chance for The Everly Brothers to record for Columbia Records in early 1956. Their first and only single for the label, 'Keep A' Lovin' Me', was a flop, and they were quickly dropped from Columbia.
1958: Elvis Presley's 'Hound Dog' hits three million copies sold in the US. It's only the third single to do so. Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' & 'Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer' by Gene Autry are the other two.
1960: Elvis Presley begins filming his seventh movie, 'Wild In The Country.'
1961: Brian Epstein went to Liverpool’s Cavern Club to get a glimpse of The Beatles.
1963: The Kingsmen release 'Louie, Louie.'
1964: Elvis Presley releases 'Blue Christmas b/w Wooden Heart.'
1966: John Lennon visits London's Indica Gallery to see the exhibit 'Unfinished Paintings and Objects' and meets the artist behind the showing, Yoko Ono. She presents him with a card that simply says, "Breathe," and he responds by panting. He attempts to hammer a nail into one of her interactive artworks, which invites viewers to do just that; since the exhibit does not open to the public till the next day, however, Ono refuses, leading the gallery's owner to beg her to reconsider due to John's fame. Ono still refuses, claiming to have never heard of The Beatles, but says he can hammer one in for five shillings. John responds that he'll let her have an imaginary five shillings if he can hammer in an imaginary nail. Two years later, the two would meet again and quickly fall in love. On the same day, many conspiracy buffs believed that Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash, and Beatles manager Brian Epstein also informed a British promoter that the band would no longer perform live.
1967: Roger McGuinn kicks David Crosby out of The Byrds. Crosby recalls that frontman Roger McGuinn and bassist Chris Hillman “came zooming up in their Porsches and said that I was impossible to work with and I wasn’t very good anyway and they’d do better without me. And frankly, I’ve been laughing ever since. F— ’em. But it hurt like hell. I didn’t try to reason with them. I just said, ‘it’s a shameful waste… goodbye.’” Crosby shortly thereafter formed Crosby, Stills & Nash. Gene Clark replaced Crosby in The Byrds.
1967: The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San Francisco. It featured a photo of John Lennon on the cover, dressed in army fatigues while acting in his recent film, How I Won the War in his guise as “Private Gripweed.” The first issue had a free roach clip to hold a marijuana joint. The name of the magazine was compiled from three significant sources: the Muddy Waters song, the first rock ‘n’ roll record by Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.
1968: Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant married his wife, Maureen. The couple had their reception at Led Zeppelin’s first ever London show at The Roundhouse.
1969: Simon and Garfunkel record what would become their signature tune, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' with future member of Bread, Larry Knechtel on piano. Art wanted Paul to sing the song, but Paul insisted that Art's voice was better suited for it.
1971: Carly Simon attends James Taylor's concert at Carnegie Hall and the two soon fall in love.
1971: Elvis Presley releases 'Merry Christmas, Baby.'
1973: Cat Stevens episode of 'In Concert' aired on ABC.
1973: Billy Joel released his album 'Piano Man.'
1974: Bachman Turner Overdrive ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ went to #1 on the US singles chart. Randy Bachman stuttered through the lyrics of the demo recording as a private joke about his brother Gary, who had a speech impediment. The record company liked that take better than the non-stammering version and released it.
1976: Fleetwood Mac's 'Mystery To Me' album goes gold.
1989: Nine Inch Nails 'Pretty Hate Machine' is released.
1990: Eric Carr played his final show for KISS at the end of the 'Hot in the Shade' tour at Madsion Square Garden in New York.
1993: The Dave Matthews Band released their first album, ‘Remember Two Things’ on the Bama Rags label.
1995: Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith breaks his wrist playing basketball. The injury forces the cancellation of a planned tour.
1996: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested after being stopped by police in London's Oxford Street and charged with possession of a class A controlled substance.
1998: Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun and Bobby "Blue" Band receive lifetime achievement awards from the Blues Foundation at a ceremony held at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
1996: For the first time, Bob Dylan licenses one of his songs for commercial use, in this case, The Times They Are A Changin' to the Bank of Montreal.
1999: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announces the biggest-selling artists of the century in the United States: The Beatles have sold the most albums (106 million), Garth Brooks is the best-selling male solo act, and Barbra Streisand the best-selling female. Elton John's 1997 'Candle In The Wind' is the best-selling single of the century, and the best-selling album is the Eagles's 'Greatest Hits 1971-1975.'
1999: Gary Glitter, charged under his real name, Paul Gadd, appears in a London court to defend himself against charges of seducing and sexually humiliating a 14-year-old female teenage fan in 1980. Glitter is later acquitted of those charges, but goes to jail for four months after admitting to owning a collection of 4,000 hardcore photographs of children being abused on his computer. He is currently in prison for 16 years on separate charges for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.
1999: American producer, songwriter and co-founder of Atlantic records. Herb Abramson died.
2004: Incubus, Hoobastank and Breaking Benjamin appear on the CD soundtrack accompanying the Xbox video game 'Halo 2.'
2004: 'Queen On Fire: Live At The Bowl,' is released. The show documents Queen's 1982 concert at London`s Milton Keynes Bowl and was originally broadcast on British Television and MTV.
2006: KoRn record an unplugged set in New York for MTV. The program airs a couple months later.
2006: David Bowie and Alicia Keys perform 'Changes' at a benefit for the Keep a Child Alive organization, which helps disadvantaged children in Africa.
2006: The Rolling Stones's 'Bigger Bang' tour is recognized as the top tour, based on gross dollars, and top draw, based on ticket sales at the Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, based on box-office figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, wrap up the third annual Billboard Touring Conference. The band grossed nearly $230 million for the period that the awards cover (Dec. 1, 2005-Sept. 29, 2006), and drew nearly 2 million fans to shows all over the world.
2007: KoRn's Jonathan Davis starts a month long solo acoustic tour. His set includes cover tunes and songs he recorded for 2002's 'Queen Of The Damned' movie soundtrack.
2007: Striking members of the Writers Guild of America in L.A. get support from Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha. The two perform an acoustic version of 'Bulls On Parade' during a rally attended by 3,500 strikers.
2007: Queens Of The Stone Age are kicked out of a Los Angeles rehab clinic after staff objects to their lyrics. QOTSA plays an intimate set for patients but the sound is cut part way through their opening number, 'Feel Good Hit Of The Summer,' which features a chorus of "Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol, c-c-c-c-c-cocaine." The group is physically ejected from the facility.
2007: Bruce Springsteen performs a 30-minute acoustic set at the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation benefit in New York. The organization aids victims of domestic abuse.
2008: Kid Rock wins the World's Best Pop Male Artist and World's Best Pop/Rock Male Artist prizes at the World Music Awards in Monaco. He also performs at the event. In addition, The Beatles receive a Diamond Award for selling more the 100 million albums worldwide. Ringo Starr is on hand to accept the trophy on behalf of the group.
2009: 'Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin,' a weeklong presentation of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's 2009 American Music Masters series, begins in Cleveland. There are Joplin tribute performances and interviews with people who knew and/or worked with the singer.
2009: A New York casting call goes out for the Green Day musical, 'American Idiot.'
2010: A fire in a 10,000 square foot warehouse used to store Neil Young’s vintage cars, guitars, paintings, and cases of other memorabilia causes damages estimated at over $800,000. An investigation later determines that the fire started in a 1959 Lincoln Continental and spread to the warehouse. Young had outfitted the car with electric batteries and a biodiesel-powered generator as part of his company, LincVolt.
2010: Alter Bridge release their third studio album 'AB III.'
2010: Slipknot demands that fans return items that were stolen from the gravesite of bass player Paul Gray. Gray died of an accidental morphine overdose earlier in the year.
2010: Soundgarden makes a rare televised appearance on the second night of Conan O'Brien's show on TBS.
2010: Bon Jovi play their single 'What Do You Got' live on The Late Show With David Letterman to promote their greatest hits collection.
2010: Former President George W. Bush's 'Decision Points' is in bookstores. In it, Bush admits that he once confused U2 frontman Bono with singer-turned-U.S. Congressman Sonny Bono. "He knew our budgets, understood the facts, and had well informed views about the challenges in Africa," wrote Bush. When later asked by advisors if he knew who Bono was, Bush said he thought Bono was the man who "used to be married to Cher."
2011: Bruce Springsteen performs at the 'Stand Up for Heroes' benefit at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for the fifth straight year. The New York Comedy Festival benefit is for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which supports charitable, scientific, and educational activities. Springsteen's guitar is auctioned off at the end of the show for $160,000.
2013: Metallica frontman James Hetfield receives the 'Livin' The Dream Award' from Little Kids Rock during the organization's annual benefit event at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA. The 'Livin' The Dream Award' was named in honor of Facebook's late president Josef Desimone.
2013: Steven Tyler is the head judge at the Miss Universe pageant at Moscow's Crocus City. And the winner is Gabriela Isler (Venezuela).
2014: Ozzy Osbourne receives the Global Icon Award at the MTV EMAs (MTV Europe Music Awards) in Glasgow, Scotland.
2014: Neil Young calls for a boycott of Starbucks because of the company's involvement in a lawsuit to overturn a Vermont state law that requires food producers to disclose the use of any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their products.
2014: Music composed by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is heard during the CBS TV show 'CSI.'

Nov. 11
1954: Bill Haley scored his first US Top ten single with 'Shake Rattle And Roll'. He had dropped his cowboy image about a year and a half earlier, while renaming The Saddlemen to Bill Haley and His Comets. The song became the theme song for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League. ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ was originally made popular by Big Joe Turner.
1957: Buddy Holly releases 'Peggy Sue.'
1957: Elvis Presley appeared at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. This was Presley’s last concert of the 1950’s. Presley served in the United States Army between March 1958 and March 1960.
1961: Joan Baez plays her first major headlining concert, opening at New York's Town Hall in a sold-out, critically acclaimed show.
1963: After a gig in Birmingham, England, The Beatles find themselves attempting to escape a throng of fanatically devoted fans for the first time, escaping through the crowd by dressing up as policemen.
1965: The final recording session at Abbey Road studios in London took place for The Beatles 'Rubber Soul' album. They needed three new songs to finish the album so an old song ‘Wait’ is pulled off the shelf and the group recorded two new songs from start to finish. Paul's ‘You Won't See Me’ and John's ‘Girl’, the basic tracks for both songs being completed in two takes.
1966: The Grateful Dead performed at a Hell’s Angels dance held at San Francisco’s Sokol Hall.
1967: Van Morrison makes his only appearance on ABC-TV's 'American Bandstand,' lip-synching his big hit 'Brown Eyed Girl.'
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono release 'Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins' which is the first of three experimental albums they produce. The album features a cover photo of the pair naked, which many record stores carry in a brown paper wrapper.
1969: Jim Morrison is arrested by the FBI and charged with drunk and disorderly conduct, and interfering with the flight of an aircraft. He and actor friend Tom Baker are flying to Phoenix, AZ for a Rolling Stones show when they start “attacking and sexually harassing” a flight attendant after a day of drinking. They spend the night in jail but are released the next day on $2,500 bail; the charges are later dropped. Baker later dies of a drug overdose in 1982.
1970: The Doors performed live with Jim Morrison for the last time in New Orleans.
1970: Bob Dylan publishes his first novel, a poorly received stream-of-consciousness work called 'Tarantula.'
1970: Apple Records releases John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Plastic Ono Band' album.
1971: 'Led Zeppelin IV' landed in stores. The much-anticipated record had been delayed due to problems with the final mixing and cover artwork, which didn’t feature a title or the band’s name. Robert Plant said, “The hierarchy of the record business aren’t into the fact that covers are important to a band’s image. We just said they couldn’t have the master tapes until they got the cover right.”
1972: Berry Oakley (born Raymond Berry Oakley III) is killed when his motorcycle hits a bus in Macon, Georgia. He was 24. Oakley was the bass player in the Allman Brothers band, and died only three blocks from where Duane Allman had died a year earlier. After the accident, Oakley claimed he was okay, declined medical treatment, and went home. Three hours later, he was rushed to the hospital in terrible pain, and died of cerebral swelling caused by a fractured skull. Doctors at the time stated that even if he had gone straight to the hospital from the scene of the accident, he would not have survived. Oakley’s bass lines in 'Whipping Post' from the live album At Fillmore East display his musical prowess.
1973: Thirty US radio stations broadcasted a 'live' Mott The Hoople concert. In reality it was the band recorded in the studio with the applause dubbed in.
1973: Elton John ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ album hits #1 on the US charts.
1976: KISS goes gold with their album 'Rock and Roll Over.'
1978: David Bowie played the first night of his 8-date 'Low/Heroes' tour of Australia and New Zealand at The Oval in Adelaide. This was Bowie's first ever show in Australia.
1979: San Francisco witnessed the premiere of 'Rock Justice,' a rock opera penned by Jefferson Starship’s Marty Balin. The show ran for four nights at the Old Waldorf nightclub. Balin played a rock star on trial for suffering a career nosedive.
1986: Despite Roger Waters effort to legally dissolve Pink Floyd, the remaining band members (David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright) issue a press release saying they plan to carry on. The courts eventually allows them to continue with the name.
1989: The Berlin Wall comes down and Melissa Etheridge and Joe Cocker are there to perform.
1990: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was hit by a car in England and broke both his legs.
1990: A 21 year-old AC/DC fan dies after suffering fatal head injuries when a New Jersey State trooper tries to break up a fight in a parking lot after an AC/DC show at Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey. The trooper hit the fan causing him to fall backwards and strike his head. The trooper is eventually cleared of all wrongdoing, but the fan’s family later receives a $250,000 settlement payment on behalf of the state police.
1994: Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees and Billy Vera all appear on the TV show 'Boy Meets World' in the episode 'Band on the Run.'
1994: Christie's auction house in New York City holds their first-ever auction of rock memorabilia, including The Beach Boys' guitars, a stage outfit worn by Jimi Hendrix, and John Lennon's famous Army fatigues.
1995: Smashing Pumpkins double album ‘Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness’ album hits #1 on the Billboard charts. The band close out the day with an appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.'
1997: Metallica leads the 'Million Decibel March' in Philadelphia.
1997: Green Day's in-store appearance at a New York Tower Records turns into a riot. First, Billie Joe Armstrong paints 'Nimrod' (their current album's title) on the walls, incites the crowd to cut loose, body surfs the audience and moons people on the street. Tower cancels the group's planned post concert appearance.
1999: Eddie Van Halen announced he was undergoing hip replacement surgery.
2000: Creed's 'With Arms Wide Open' tops the Billboard Hot 100.
2003: A New Jersey radio station pulled all Jethro Tull music from its playlist after frontman Ian Anderson criticized excessive displays of the American flag, arguing, “It’s easy to confuse patriotism with nationalism.”
2003: Kid Rock's self-titled LP containing a cover of Bad Company's 'Feel Like Makin' Love' is released.
2003: John Mellencamp speaks to an Indiana University Rock music history class. He discusses songwriting, performing and MTV.
2003: Courtney Love pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of drug possession at a court in Beverly Hills.
2003: Phil Collins revealed that he had lost nearly 60 percent of his hearing in his left ear.
2003: The owner of a pub in Wiltshire, England, is awarded £40,000 in damages after suing Van Morrison for pulling out of a scheduled performance at the pub in the summer of 2002 at the last moment.
2003: Pearl Jam's collection of B-sides and other tracks, 'Lost Dog' is released.
2005: 'Rock and Roll, Part 2' singer Gary Glitter vanished from his home in Ba Ring Vung Tau after Vietnamese authorities discovered a 15 year old girl living there.
2005: Staind and P.O.D. kick off their 'Fall Brawl' tour of the U.S. in San Jose, CA. with Taproot as the opening act.
2005: Billy Joel begins touring again, launching his first solo tour in eight years.
2005: Green Day appears on NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien.
2006: Axl Rose performs Paul McCartney's 'Live and Let Die' at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research dinner in New York. The Guns N' Roses frontman is backed by Beatles tribute act the Fab Faux.
2007: Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland is arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. Police say Weiland failed a sobriety test following a car crash in California and posted $40,000 bail after refusing to give a blood or urine sample.
2008: Mudcrutch, Tom Petty's pre-Heartbreakers band, release their 'Extended Play Live' EP. The four performances were recorded during the group's California tour earlier in the year. Also, a Mudcrutch documentary premieres on VH1 Classic.
2009: Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour receives an honorary doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University in England. The Doctor of Arts degree is bestowed for Gilmour's "outstanding contribution to music as a writer, performer and innovator."
2009: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is divorced by his wife Jo after 24 years on the grounds of his admitted adultery (with Russian cocktail waitress Ekaterina Ivanova).
2011: VH1 declares 'National Metal Day.' They celebrate by airing a slew of Metal programming.
2011: The four original members of Black Sabbath (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward) announce they will tour in 2012 and record a new album the first original line-up release in over three decades. The press conference is hosted by Henry Rollins. Ward ends up not being part of the tour or album project and a war of words begins in the press.
2011: Alice Cooper guitarist Dick Wagner returns to the stage to play his first Cooper show since suffering a heart attack and stroke five years earlier.
2012: At the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia, INXS drummer Jon Farriss announces, “Tonight is very likely to probably be the last show we ever do.” The next day, the band confirms that they are calling it quits after 35 years. Band member Kirk Pengilly states that it “was appropriate to finish where they had started 35 years earlier.” The last song they perform is 'Need You Tonight.'
2013: Jack White and his record label, Third Man Records, launch the Great Third Man Turkey Drive, with proceeds going to the Nashville Rescue Mission, a non-profit organization that offers assistance to the homeless in Nashville.
2014: 'Queen Forever' is out. The compilation includes 'There Must Be More To Life Than This,' a long-lost duet with Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson. It also features 'Let Me In Your Heart Again,' a previously unheard track featuring Mercury.
2014: Pink Floyd release 'The Endless River,' their first new album in 20 years. The project, which is a tribute to late Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, features material recorded by David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Wright during the sessions for 1994's 'The Division Bell.'
2014: Metallica, Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl perform at the Concert for Valor in Washington D.C. The Veterans Day event raises funds for veterans charities.
2014: An Evening Of Who Music to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust is held in London. The event, part of The Who's 50th anniversary celebration, has performances by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Oasis/Beady Eye singer Liam Gallagher and Rush frontman Geddy Lee.
2015: The 'Rock & Brews' restaurant chain co-founded by KISS' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, offers veterans, active military personnel and first responders a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a choice of a side on Veterans Day in the U.S.
2015: Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, drummer of Motörhead, dies of liver failure. He was 61. Phil had two stints in Motörhead, from 1975–1984 and from 1987–1992. The Motörhead line-up consisting of Lemmy, “Fast” Eddie Clarke and Taylor is considered the “classic” line-up of the band. Taylor had many physical mishaps during his lifetime – once he was dropped on his head, which broke his neck, and he also broke his wrist, causing him to play with his drumstick taped to his hand. Taylor was eventually fired for “poor performance,” but reunited with the band several times prior to his death.

Nov. 12
1931: In London, the Abbey Road recording studios were opened by the Gramophone Company, a predecessor of the British music company EMI, its current owner.
1955: Fats Domino is named the favorite Rhythm & Blues artist in Billboard's annual DJ's Poll.
1955: Chuck Berry is named the most promising Rhythm & Blues artist in Billboard's annual DJ's Poll.
1957: The movie 'Jamboree,' featuring a scene where Jerry Lee Lewis performs 'Great Balls of Fire,' debuts in theaters. Also appearing in the film are Fats Domino, Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon and Connie Francis.
1964: On his 19th birthday Neil Young writes 'Sugar Mountain,' where he reflects on his fleeting youth ("You can't be 20 on Sugar Mountain").
1966: Grateful Dead are the house band at a dance put on by the Hell's Angels biker gang at San Francisco's Sokol Hall.
1966: Teens on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip protesting a recent curfew are beaten by police, inspiring Stephen Stills to write the Buffalo Springfield song 'For What It's Worth.'
1966: Donovan releases 'Mellow Yellow.'
1970: Doors make their final appearance as a quartet in New Orleans.
1971: 'Led Zeppelin IV' is released.
1973: Queen begin their first UK tour in Leeds, supporting Mott the Hoople.
1988: U2 started a six-week run at #1 on the US album chart with their 6th studio album 'Rattle And Hum' which went on to sell over 14 million copies.
1990: Ron Wood (Faces, Rolling Stones) is badly injured when hit by a car in London, breaking both legs. Wood had crashed his car on the M4 motorway near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England and was trying to wave other cars past his when he was run over.
1992: Ozzy Osbourne asks Black Sabbath's original lineup to open for him at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, California. Says guitarist Tony Iommi: "It was Ozzy's first farewell tour, so we genuinely believed that he was going to retire." Ronnie James Dio vehemently refused to open for Ozzy, so Rob Halford sang with the band instead. On the 14th, the band's full original lineup played 'Black Sabbath,' 'Fairies Wear Boots,' 'Iron Man,' and 'Paranoid.'
1994: It's Melissa Etheridge Day at her old high school in Leavenworth, KS.
1997: Carly Simon is hospitalized with breast cancer, undergoing both chemo and a mastectomy.
1999: Glam legend Gary Glitter is acquitted in England's Bristol Crown Court of sexual assault on a minor stemming from an incident with a fan in the Eighties; however, that same day, Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) is sentenced to four months in jail for four counts of possessing child pornography found in 1997.
2001: The three living former Beatles met for the last time at George Harrison's hotel in New York City for lunch. Harrison died two weeks later at a friend's home in Los Angeles.
2002: Die-hard Beatles fans were enraged after Paul McCartney altered the song writing credits on his 'Back In The US 2002' album, changing them to McCartney and Lennon from Lennon and McCartney.
2003: Session drummer Tony Thompson (The Power Station and Chic) dies of kidney cancer in Los Angeles, California at age 48. It happens only two months after Power Station bandmate Robert Palmer died from a heart attack. Thompson also played drums with Led Zeppelin at Live Aid in 1985.
2003: Courtney Love pleads innocent to drug charges stemming from an October 2nd arrest. She makes a long and rambling statement in a Beverly Hills courtroom.
2005: Foo Fighters make their fourth appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.' Dave Grohl was also on SNL twice as Nirvana's drummer.
2005: Paul McCartney is the first musician to broadcast live music into space when a segment of his Anaheim show is beamed, via NASA, to the International Space Station 220 miles above the Earth.
2005: Vietnamese authorities visit Gary Glitter's home in Ba Ring Vung Tau and find his live-in companion, a fifteen-year-old girl. The singer, however, has vanished.
2006: Alice In Chains perform the national anthem prior to the NFL match-up between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
2006: AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson is involved in a car accident while competing in the finale of the U.K. reality-TV series 'The Race.' Johnson's vehicle clips the rear of a race car driven by R&B singer Ms. Dynamite, who loses control and crashes into a wall. Dynamite is airlifted to a local hospital with minor injuries while Johnson, who is uninjured, goes on to win the race.
2007: E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt launches a program to educate middle-school and high-school students about the history of Rock music. The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation partners with the National Association for Music Education and Scholastic publishers for Little Steven's Rock and Roll High School.
2007: Bruce Springsteen makes a post-Veterans Day visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Injured military personnel attended a Springsteen concert that evening.
2008: Robert Plant is a winner at the 42nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville. Plant and his Raising Sand collaborator Alison Krauss earn the Musical Event of the Year honor for their rendition of the Everly Brothers' 'Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On).'
2008: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich sells the Jean-Michel Basquiat painting 'Untitled (Boxer)' for $13.5 million (less commission) at a Christie's auction in New York.
2008: John Ronald "Mitch" Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix) dies after years of alcohol-related health problems in Portland, Oregon at age 61. In 2005, he was named the 23rd greatest drummer of all time by Rolling Stone.
2009: U2 and their concert promoter are fined $55,000 for breaking noise regulations at three concerts the previous summer at Dublin's Croke Park. The homecoming shows drew approximately 240,000.
2010: Bon Jovi appears on NBC's 'Today Show' to promote the release of their 'Ultimate Collection' package. Fans get to pick one of the songs the band plays and they choose 'You Give Love A Bad Name.'
2010: Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Cyndi Lauper and Aimee Mann are among the musicians participating in a John Lennon tribute concert at New York's Beacon Theatre. The proceeds benefit the Playing for Change Foundation, which brings music education programs to impoverished communities around the world.
2011: Blues drummer Doyle Bramhall dies of heart failure in his sleep in Alpine, Texas at age 62. He worked with both Jimmie Vaughan (in The Chessmen) and Stevie Ray Vaughan (in The Nightcrawlers). He is the father of blues musician Doyle Bramhall II.
2011: Kid Rock, the Killers and Bob Seger co-headline the first ever Orlando Calling festival. The two day fest also features the Raconteurs, the Pixies and the Doobie Brothers.
2012: U2's Bono is in Washington D.C. to encourage Congress and the Obama administration to keep funding relief efforts in poverty stricken countries.
2012: The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are also in the nation's capital to help raise awareness for their teenage cancer charity, 'Who Cares: Teen Cancer America.'
2014: Gregg Allman, Cheap Trick, Gov't Mule and Peter Frampton perform at the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute concert, 'One More for the Fans,' at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. At the show's conclusion, Lynyrd Skynyrd is presented with a Marquee Award from the theatre, as well as an Atlanta city council document proclaiming it Lynyrd Skynyrd Day.

Nov. 13
1963: The Beatles recorded a television interview at Westward Television Studios in Plymouth, Devon for a local teen program 'Move Over, Dad.' Due to a large crowd of excited fans outside, The Beatles had to be smuggled from their dressing-room at the ABC Cinema, where they were scheduled to appear that night, into an adjacent building, then through a tunnel, to get to Westward Studios for the interview taping.
1964: The official Rolling Stones biography, 'Our Own Story' is published.
1964: Decca Records released The Rolling Stones' 'Little Red Rooster'. Written by Willie Dixon (as The Red Rooster), and previously recorded by Howlin’ Wolf and Sam Cooke, the single was recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago.
1965: The Castiles, featuring a young singer named Bruce Springsteen appeared at The Fire House in Hazlet, New Jersey. The night was billed as a 'Teenage Go, Go Dance.'
1967: Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine’ film opens in the US.
1968: Rolling Stone Brian Jones bought 'Cotchford Farm' in Sussex. 'Winnie The Pooh' author AA Milne had owned the house.
1969: John Lennon purchases the island Dorinch off the Ireland coast and invites any hippie who wishes to live there.
1969: Crosby Stills Nash & Young played the first of four nights at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California.
1970: Syd Barrett released his second solo album 'Barrett' only 10 months after his debut 'The Madcap Laughs.' David Gilmour produced the whole album, which also featured performances by Pink Floyd's Richard Wright on keyboards.
1971: Santana's ‘Santana 3′ hits #1 US album charts. It was recorded live at the Fillmore West ans spent five weeks at #1.
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis Jr. was killed in a car accident near Hernando, Mississippi. Lewis had been working as the drummer in his father's band.
1974: An imposter posing as Deep Purple guitar player Ritchie Blackmore crashes a borrowed Porsche in Iowa City, IA, having already conned food and shelter from several Deep Purple fans.
1976: Rod Stewart's 'Tonight's The Night' hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart. It was Rod's second US #1, and had an 8 week run.
1981: U2 kick off a 23 date tour in support of their 'October' album at JB Scott's in Albany, NY.
1987: U2 give a 'Save The Yuppies' concert in San Francisco. Bono, who is wearing a hat, promises to pass it around (for contributions) later.
1990: Patricia Boughton filed a lawsuit against Rod Stewart claiming that a football he kicked into the crowd during a concert at Pine Knob Music Theatre had ruptured a tendon in her middle finger. And as a result the injury had made sex between her and her husband difficult.
1990: Temple of the Dog plays their only show at the Off Ramp in Seattle. Comprised of members of Soundgarden and what would become Pearl Jam, the group was formed as a tribute to Mother Love Bone signer Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose.
1992: 90,000 people attend a concert in Mexico City as Elton John performs in Mexico for the first time.
1992: Sting gets an honorary doctorate from England's University of Northumbriia in recognition of his artistic achievements and ecological efforts.
1996: On the last leg of their Ballbreaker World Tour, AC/DC played the first of four sold out nights at Sydney Entertainment Center in Sydney, Australia.
1999: R.J. Vealey dies of a heart attack, immediately following a show. He was just 37. Vealey was the drummer for the Atlanta Rhythm Section and a respected studio musician as well as the drummer in Roy Orbison’s backup band. His death was later attributed to chronic cocaine abuse.
2000: The Beatles sanction their first official Web site.
2004: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea speaks at the second annual 'We The Planet Festival of Music, Consciousness and Activism' in Oakland, CA. The eco-friendly event has environmental workshops and performances and is powered by bio-diesel fuel generators and solar panels.
2004: Aerosmith`s Joe Perry signs copies of 'People We Know, Horses They Love' in Boston. The book, which profiles celebrities who have a fondness for horses, features the guitarist.
2006: Legal proceedings begin in London over songwriting credits for the classic 1967 Procol Harum song 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale.' Organist Matthew Fisher sues Procol Harum frontman Gary Brooker, one of the tune's two acknowledged co-authors, as well as a music-publishing company, claiming he deserves a share of the recording's royalties because of the significant contributions he made to the song's melody. By the way, Fisher's organ is the song's dominant sound. A month later, the judge rules in his favor.
2006: "I think religion has always tried to turn hatred toward gay people," says Elton John in the Observer's Music Monthly Magazine. John, who exchanged vows nearly a year earlier in a civil-union ceremony with David Furnish, goes on to add, "I would ban religion completely. Organized religion doesn't seem to work. It turns people into really hateful lemmings, and it's not really compassionate."
2006: ZZ Top is honored by the Recording Academy's Texas chapter for outstanding achievements and contributions to the musical community during a gala in Austin. Proceeds benefit the MusicCares organization, which aids musicians needing financial, medical or personal help.
2007: U2's the Edge contributes to the Give One, Get One campaign that provides XO laptop computers to children in developing countries. The guitarist produced the sound that's heard when the specially designed device is switched on.
2008: VH1 Classic Celebrity Bowl-Off, hosted by Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, is at Lucky Strike Lanes in Hollywood. Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and Velvet Revolver's Matt Sorum are among the bowlers raising money for the VH1 Classic Rock Autism campaign.
2008: Elton John celebrates the opening of his Broadway musical, Billy Elliot by donning a tutu for the show's curtain call.
2009: At a concert at Michigan's Auburn Hills Palace, Bruce Springsteen yells out "Hello, Ohio!" He continues to refer to the wrong state several times until E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt finally corrects him.
2010: 3 Doors Down perform at the seventh annual benefit concert for the Better Life Foundation in Tunica, MS. Theory Of A Deadman and Saving Abel also play at the Mississippi Army National Guard sponsored event.
2012: Soundgarden release 'King Animal,' the band's 6th studio album but their first since 1996's 'Down On The Upside.'
2012: ZZ Top is presented the Living Legend Award at Classic Rock Magazine's 2012 "Roll of Honour" ceremony at the Roundhouse in London. Rush takes Album of the Year and Band of the Year.
2012: The original collage that was reproduced and included in copies of The Beatles' 1967 classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band record sold for $87,720. The piece, which was designed by Peter Blake, was sold to an unnamed bidder as part of an auction of modern British art at Sotheby’s in London.
2013: Bob Dylan receives France's highest cultural award, the Legion of Honor, in Paris. Dylan is praised for serving as an "inspiration to young people."
2015: Alice Cooper voices all the characters in 'Peter And Wolf In Hollywood', a modern reinterpretation of the Prokofiev classic. The plot revolves around Peter, his hippie grandfather and an escaped wolf from the L.A. Zoo and comes with a specially-designed iPad app for children (ages 5-8).

Nov. 14
1955: Bill Haley & the Comets' 'Rock Around The Clock' returns to the British charts nearly a year after its initial release. It returns at least once a decade through the '70's.
1956: Jerry Lee Lewis cuts his first tracks, including his debut single 'Crazy Arms,' for Sun Records in Memphis.
1961: The Elvis Presley film 'Blue Hawaii' premieres.
1961: Ray Charles has a #1 pop hit with his signature song, 'Georgia On My Mind.'
1962: The Beatles play the final show of a 14 date run at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany.
1966: Jefferson Airplane record 'Somebody To Love.'
1967: Pink Floyd were added to a 16-date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, The Move, The Nice, Amen Corner, The Outer Limits and The Eire Apparent. It kicked off on this day at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with only one performance, as opposed to the rest of the dates, which called for two shows per night. The headlining Hendrix was allotted exactly 40 minutes; The Move, who preceded him onstage, had just half an hour, and Pink Floyd, who appeared between after The Outer Limits, were allowed between 15 and 20 minutes per show
1967: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Half-A-Wind Show art exhibition closed at London’s Lisson Gallery.
1967: The Monkees 'Daydream Believer' is certified gold.
1969: David Bowie ‘Space Oddity’ album is released.
1969: Hamburg, Germany's famous rock and roll venue, the Star Club, announces it will permanently close its doors at the end of the month.
1969: Led Zeppelin began recording their third album at Olympia Studios, kicking off with a run-through of 'Since I’ve Been Loving You.' Robert Plant said, “If bootleg record-makers got it together properly instead of waving those evil mikes on the end of broomsticks, this is the kind of sound they would get at a Led Zeppelin live concert.”
1970: Santana releases 'Black Magic Woman.'
1977: KISS played the first date on their 51-date 'Alive II Tour' at the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1981: The Go-Go's make their national T.V. debut on 'Saturday Night Live' where they sing 'Our Lips Are Sealed' and 'We Got The Beat.'
1982: 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,' is the #1 song in the U.K. The Police track was recorded in Canada.
1987: The long-since divorced Sonny and Cher perform 'I Got You Babe' on 'Late Night with David Letterman.' Cher flubs it a bit, but she and Sonny become very emotional doing their signature song.
1990: In Newsweek, The Who’s Pete Townshend said he is bisexual. He said, “I know how it feels to be a woman because I am a woman. And I won’t be classified as just a man.”
1992: John Mellencamp keyboard player John Cascella is discovered dead in his car in Indiana of a heart attack. He was 45. Authorities believe he suffered a heart attack while driving. Mr. Cascella, also known for his work on accordion, joined the Mellencamp band 10 years ago and was an integral element of the group’s folk-rock sound. He also owned Cascella Productions, which created music for commercials and movies in Indianapolis.
1992: An Ozzy Osbourne show in Costa Mesa is billed as the last-ever live performance of Black Sabbath. Not only are there subsequent Sabbath shows, but this one doesn't have drummer Bill Ward, as Vinnie Appice fills in.
1994: Five years after its release, Melissa Etheridge's 'Brave And Crazy' CD, is certified platinum by the record industry.
1995: Alice In Chains release their self-titled 3rd record.
1995: The Rolling Stones release the 'Stripped' album.
1996: At the MTV Europe Music Awards, Oasis wins Best Group and Best Song ('Wonderwall').
1997: Johnny Cash, who was recently diagnosed with a form of Parkinson's Disease, is treated for pneumonia at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
1997: Judas Priest's first album with vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens, 'Jugulator' is released. Taking over from Rob Halford, Owens had previously fronted British Steel, a Judas Priest cover band.
1999: EMI Music Distribution begins offering retailers a $3 rebate on each unit sold of the latest Garth Brooks album 'In... The Life Of Chris Gaines,' in order to boost sales. In exchange for the rebate, retailers are asked to lower the price of the Capitol album - which lists for $17.98 on CD as low as possible.
1999: Billy Idol and Sammy Hagar led 20,000 motorcyclists on the 16th-annual Love Ride. The parade raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
2000: The Offspring give away $1 million of its own money to a lucky fan. Two finalists in the band's online giveaway, where fans who downloaded the song 'Original Prankster' were automatically entered, appear on MTV's 'Total Request Live' to compete in a trivia contest to determine who will take the prize. 14-year-old Ashley Hitchcock wins, correctly identifying Noodles as the oldest member of the band. The Offspring release 'Conspiracy Of One' featuring 'Original Prankster' it's the group's last studio effort with drummer Ron Welty.
2000: Rush singer and bassist Geddy Lee releases his first and only solo album, 'My Favorite Headache.'
2004: The Rolling Stones were refused permission to pursue a claim against their former record company Decca for unpaid royalties through the courts. A High Court judge in London said the dispute would go to arbitration and not be decided in court. The dispute was over their 'Forty Licks' compilation CD, which was released in 2002 and was the first collection to span their entire career.
2004: Linkin' Park win Best Alternative Artist, for the second year in a row, and Bon Jovi gets an Award of Merit at the 32nd American Music Awards in L.A. Also, recently discovered TV footage of The Beatles is broadcast for the first time since 1964.
2005: U2's the Edge and Bono perform 'In A Little While' (from 'All That You Can't Leave Behind') at a lifeguard station on Miami Beach, FL., prior to their band's Miami performance. The scene is filmed for a project called 'A Day in the Life of Edge.'
2005: A New York judge rules that a defamation lawsuit filed the previous January against KISS' Gene Simmons can move forward. Georgeann Walsh Ward claims that she was depicted as a "sex-addicted nymphomaniac" in the VH1 documentary When KISS Ruled The World because photos of her are shown as Simmons discusses his many sexual conquests.
2005: Staind performs on ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'
2006: Staind issues their best-of album, 'The Singles: 1996-2006.' The 16-song collection features 'It's Been Awhile' and 'Outside,' plus previously unreleased live acoustic covers of tunes by Tool, Alice in Chains and Pink Floyd. 'Staind: The Videos,' a separate DVD, is also released with 14 of the band's promo clips, plus two unplugged live performances.
2006: A four-disc Sublime box set titled 'Everything Under the Sun' drops. The career-spanning collection features music videos, live performances, a band interview, unreleased demos, live rarities, studio outtakes and remixes (including a mid-'90s mix by Snoop Dogg). The package comes 10 years after the death of Sublime frontman Brad Nowell from a drug overdose.
2006: The Beatles have the most discs on a Top 100 list of all-time greatest albums chosen by Time magazine staff. The five Beatles albums are 'Rubber Soul,' 'Revolver,' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' 'The White Album' and 'Abbey Road.' Bob Dylan's three albums are 'Highway 61 Revisited' 'Blonde On Blonde' and 'Time Out of Mind.' The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and U2 manage to place two albums each on the list.
2006: Neil Young presents 'Live at the Fillmore East 1970.' The album features songs Young playing with Crazy Horse at the legendary, and now defunct venue.
2006: Led Zeppelin were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Roger Taylor of Queen. Jimmy Page personally accepted the award in front of a 3,000 strong audience during the 3rd annual induction ceremony which was held at the famed Alexandra Palace in London.
2006: The 1994 Nirvana documentary 'Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!' is released on DVD.
2006: 'Paul McCartney: The Space Within US' DVD is released. Based on an A&E concert special, the disc also has sound-check performances, interviews with McCartney, band members and celebrities.
2006: Army Of Anyone, ex-Filter frontman Richard Patrick and sibling Stone Temple Pilots members Dean and Robert DeLeo, release their self-titled debut album. The disc's first single is 'Goodbye.'
2006: 'Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi' soundtrack is released with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl's previously unreleased solo track 'Vile,' System Of A Down's 'Question' and Queens Of The Stone Age's 'Mexicola.' The accompanying DVD features an appearance by Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea.
2006: Led Zeppelin is inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in London. Wolfmother perform a tribute to Zep (surviving band members don't attend). Bon Jovi, R&B great James Brown and Rod Stewart also enter Hall of Fame. The New Jersey Rockers and the Godfather of Soul both take the stage. The Beatles' producer George Martin receives a special award.
2006: Wolfmother and Radiohead's Thom Yorke contribute tracks to the third installment of the 'Give. Listen. Help.' benefit compilation series. Proceeds from the limited-edition album, which features live cuts, remixes and B-sides, goes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This disc is available at Urban Outfitters stores (and on their website).
2008: Ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler enters a no-contest plea to a heroin possession charge stemming from his July arrest in L.A. Alder says when he's clean and sober he hopes to rejoin GN'R.
2011: Van Halen announce they have signed with the California based Interscope Records, as they have a new album ready for release.
2011: A Pink Floyd phone app, 'This Day in Pink Floyd,' is released. It features daily trivia, song info and 200 quiz questions, in addition to more than 100 band images.
2012: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger introduces the HBO documentary, 'The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane,' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.
2012: The 27th annual WhyHunger Hungerathon auction begins. Featured items include a red Fender Stratocaster signed by Keith Richards (Rolling Stones), a black Stratocaster autographed by Def Leppard, and a sunburst Stratocaster signed by Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora. Founded in 1975 the WhyHunger auction has raised over $30 million to fight global hunger.
2013: Paul McCartney posted a letter on his website calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release 30 Greenpeace activists whom Russian authorities arrested during a protest over Arctic oil drilling in September. All the activists involved had their charges dropped in late December of this year.
2013: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson receives the Spirit Of Prog honors at the Classic Rock Awards in London. "This is very well deserved," says former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who presents the award to Lifeson.
2013: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi are among the finalists for the 2013 Billboard Touring Awards, in New York. And the winner is Bon Jovi - for the highest-grossing/best-selling road show of the year.
2015: Linkin Park's Music for Relief charity celebrates its 10th anniversary with a benefit show dubbed 'Linkin Park and Friends' in L.A. Blink-18's Mark Hoppus jams with the band. Proceeds go to disaster relief and Power the World, a sustainable energy organization.
2015: After canceling their two Paris concerts in the wake of terrorist attacks that killed 129 people the day before, U2 visit the memorial site near the Bataclan club where Eagles Of Death Metal concert goers were attacked. They pay homage to the victims.

Nov. 15
1926: The first network radio broadcast, four-and-a-half hours of varied performances from New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel and other remotes around the country, airs on the new National Broadcasting Company (soon to be known as NBC).
1956: The New York premier of Elvis Presley's first movie, 'Love Me Tender' took place. It premiered at New York's Paramount Theater. A fifty-foot cardboard cutout of Elvis was placed outside the theater to promote the movie.
1959: Johnny & the Moondogs (made up of future Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison) took part in the finals of a talent competition in which the winner appeared on English TV’s Star Search. They played two Buddy Holly songs: 'Think It Over' and 'It's So Easy.' They must have been good as they were invited back for the next round of audition the next day. Unfortunately for John, Paul and George, the last bus back to Liverpool left before the judging was due to occur, and the band was forced to pull out as they had no money to rent a hotel room.
1964: Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones is admitted to Chicago's Passavant Hospital for pneumonia, having reached a temperature of 105. He will miss the last four dates of the Stones' US tour.
1965: The Rolling Stones performed on NBC’s 'Hullabaloo' for the first time, singing 'Get Off My Cloud.'
1965: The Beatles completed their sessions for 'Rubber Soul.'
1966: The Doors officially signs a 7 record deal with Elektra Records. The band reluctantly agrees to release 'Break On Through' as their first single.
1967: Obsessive fans looking for 'Paul Is Dead' clues on album covers and in songs push two previous Beatles albums, 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and 'Magical Mystery Tour' back onto the Billboard album charts.
1967: The Rolling Stones release 'Their Satanic Majesties Request.'
1968: Janis Joplin performs her last gig with Big Brother and the Holding Company at New York's Hunter College.
1969: The Beatles' last photographic session produces today's cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
1969: Hamburg's Star Club, the place where The Beatles developed into a powerful Rock 'n' Roll group, announces it's closing down.
1969: Janis Joplin was arrested for using obscene language at a concert in Tampa, Florida. When a policeman tried to control the crowd with a bullhorn, she allegedly told him, “Don’t f*** with those people! Hey, Mister, what’re you so uptight about? Did you buy a five-dollar ticket?” When she was requested to tell the audience to sit down, Joplin allegedly replied, “I’m not telling them s***.” Charges were later dropped.
1971: Grand Funk Railroad releases 'E Pluribus Funk,' the last album they would record as a trio (Mark Farner, Mel Schacher, and Don Brewer). The original release cover is round and covered with a silver-like film to resemble a large coin. On the back side of the cover, there is a picture of Shea Stadium to celebrate Grand Funk beating The Beatles’ attendance record by selling out in just 72 hours.
1974: The Faces released 'You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything,' which became their last single when Rod Stewart announced he was leaving the band in 1976.
1976: Jackson Browne's album 'The Pretender' goes gold.
1977: Led Zeppelin played the first of four shows at the Chicago Stadium, Illinois during their North American tour. Two more were scheduled for later in the tour but were cancelled due to the death of Robert Plant's son.
1981: New Iron Maiden singer, Bruce Dickinson, is introduced to UK audiences at the Rainbow.
1983: Ozzy Osbourne‬ released the album 'Bark At The Moon.'
1984: KISS played the first North American date on their 119 date 'Animalize Tour' at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
1986: Lou Reed and Sam Moore perform their updated version of 'Soul Man' on 'Saturday Night Live.' The song is being featured in the movie of the same name.
1986: Bassist Jason Newsted makes his first appearance with Metallica at a concert in Tokyo.
1990: David Bowie opens on Broadway in the title role of 'The Elephant Man.'
1992: The Doors' Robbie Krieger, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, Spencer Davis, Richie Havens, and The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian all guest star on tonight's 'Rock Of Ages' episode of FOX's 'Married With Children.'
1992: Ozzy Osbourne said his show in Costa Mesa, California would be his last concert ever. The show was in in Costa Mesa, California on the final leg of the 'No More Tours Tour.' Black Sabbath with frontman Rob Halford opened the show. The show turned into a Sabbath reunion when Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward joined Ozzy on stage for a four-song encore.
1999: Elton John threatened to cancel a show in Winnipeg, Canada after customs officers searched his plane and kept his entourage waiting at the airport for two hours.
1999: KoRn play their album 'Issues' (released the following day) from start-to-finish at a venue not known for hosting nu-metal: the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
2000: Tesla reunite.
2004: Queens Of The Stone Age contribute 'In Your Head' to the in-game soundtrack of Need For Speed Underground 2 video game.
2005: Sony Records celebrates the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's classic 'Born To Run' album by releasing a CD/DVD set.
2005: Rush releases 'R30 - Live in Frankfurt' on DVD. Footage is from an October 2004 concert in Germany.
2005: 'Sublime: Gold,' a 42 track retrospective drops. The songs are from the band's three studio albums, plus previously unreleased material.
2005: Def Leppard's 'Rock of Ages: The DVD Collection' hits stores. It has music videos of classic hits 'Pour Some Sugar on Me,' 'Foolin' and 'Love Bites.' Bonus features include rehearsal footage and audio commentary.
2005: One-of-a-kind watches made from leather goods donated by Ozzy Osbourne, members of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Audioslave and Velvet Revolver go on sale. Proceeds benefit the MusiCared MAP Fund, which aids musicians battling substance abuse.
2005: P.O.D. releases 'The Warriors EP Vol. 2 .' The seven-track CD includes demo versions of two new songs, 'Teachers' and 'Ya Mama,' along with live renditions of 'Boom' and 'Wildfire' recorded the previous year.
2005: Green Day's live DVD 'Bullet In A Bible' drops. The footage is from two London shows taped June 18-19.
2005: Slipknot appear as characters in the 'Infected' video game. "We wanted to make sure we were badasses," says percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan.
2005: U2's concert DVD, 'Vertigo 2005/U2 Live From Chicago' is in stores. The double-disc set includes the 'Beyond the Tour' documentary.
2006: Disturbed, Flyleaf and Nonpoint embark on the 'Music As A Weapon' tour in Providence, RI. This happens just as Tool's 'The Pot' moves into #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart displacing Disturbed's 'Land Of Confusion.'
2007: The first episode of Daryl Hall's show 'Live From Daryl's House' airs on the web, with Hall performing from his home in Millerton, New York. The series gains traction and gets picked up by the Palladia network. Over the years many musical luminaries appear, performing a mix of their own songs, covers and Hall & Oates tracks.
2007: Velvet Revolver announces the cancellation of their tour of Japan because have been denied visas by the country's immigration department. "We don't understand why the authorities won't give us visas when they granted them for us in 2005 for what was a successful tour and a great experience," says a group statement. The promoter blames the problem on "increasingly tough Japanese immigration officials (who took) exception with the backgrounds of various band members."
2007: Linkin Park's 'Music For Relief and Unite The United' launch an eBay auction of music memorabilia to raise money for victims of California wildfires. On the block are autographed items from Linkin Park, Aerosmith, Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie and Smashing Pumpkins.
2007: 'Shaking The Blues,' an Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) sponsored concert, takes place in L.A. ANSA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating the African AIDS pandemic and advancing democracy and equality in South Africa. Jackson Browne is one of the performers.
2007: In a charity auction a 25-year-old man from Scotland pays $170,000 for two tickets to the Led Zeppelin reunion show at the O2 Arena in London. Over a million people entered a lottery for the 18,000 tickets, which sold for a face value of $255.
2007: The Police are winners at the 4th annual Billboard Touring Awards in New York. The trio's reunion trek is the Top Tour and Top Draw.
2008: Slash, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons are among the performers at a Cleveland tribute concert honoring electric-guitar pioneer Les Paul. The event is part of the American Music Masters series, supported by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
2008: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, along with Ace Frehley, are guests on VH1 Classic program 'That Metal Show.'
2008: Rod Stewart serves as the musical entertainment at a 60th birthday party for Prince Charles in Highgrove, England. Stewart reportedly agrees to perform free of charge (rather than his usual $1.5 million fee) as a present for Charles, a longtime friend.
2009: Foo Fighters' 'Wheels' is #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart. It holds the top spot for two weeks.
2009: The Library of Congress announces that Paul McCartney is the winner of the Gershwin Prize of Popular Song.
2011: A cardboard sign reading "Bed Peace," created by John Lennon for his 1969 bed-in peace protest in Montreal, was sold by Christie's auction house to an anonymous telephone bidder for $155,600.
2011: Mark "Moogy" Klingman (keyboardist for Utopia) dies of bladder cancer in New York City at age 61.
2011: After announcing their break-up a couple months earlier, R.E.M. issues their first career spanning retrospective 'Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011.' The set includes tracks recorded after the completion of the band's final album, 'Collapse Into Now.'
2012: Bono meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to discuss global development, AIDS and efforts to fight poverty. It's part of the U2 frontman's three-day lobbying effort in the nation's capital.
2012: Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen donates $20,000 to San Diego's Gerson Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the holistic treatment of cancer and other degenerative diseases. Collen auctions off his 'Wings' guitar for $15,000 and then kicks in $5,000 of his own money.
2013: 'Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History' is in bookstores. Publisher Voyageur Press on calls the book "the authoritative tribute to one of history's most successful and admired Heavy Metal bands."

Nov. 16
1962: The Beatles recorded their second appearance on Radio Luxembourg, for the program The Friday Spectacular. The Beatles were interviewed and then they played in front of a live audience both sides of their latest single, 'Love Me Do' and 'P.S. I Love You'.The Beatles paid a visit to the Devonshire Arms pub in London and the editorial offices of Disc magazine.
1965: George Martin spent the day firming up the track listing of the Beatles’ 'Rubber Soul.'
1968: Led Zeppelin played Manchester College of Science & Technology in England. They were paid 225 pounds.
1968: Jimi Hendrix’s 'Electric Ladyland' album hits #1.
1971: Led Zeppelin's self-titled debut goes gold.
1971: Frank Zappa appears on the UK show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test,' performing live and showing clips from his '200 Motels' film.
1973: NBC’s 'Midnight Special' showed David Bowie’s 1980 'Floor Show' special. The show was taped in London’s Marquee Club, one of the venues where Bowie played with his early bands.
1974: John Lennon: ‘Walls and Bridges’ hits #1 on the US album charts.
1974: John Lennon was #1 in the US singles chart with 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night.' Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached #1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal and appeared live with Elton. They played three songs together: ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘Whatever Gets You Through the Night.’ Backstage after the concert, Lennon got back with Yoko Ono after a temporary split.
1976: Resident genius of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, comes out of an eight-year seclusion to give an interview to BBC 2's music show 'Old Grey Whistle Test.'
1977: Rush received three gold records for sales of their albums '2112,' 'All the World’s a Stage' and 'A Farewell to Kings.'
1978: The film version of 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' opened. It starred Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, Earth Wind & Fire, Alice Cooper and Steve Martin.
1978: Queen performed at Madison Square Garden. During 'Fat Bottomed Girls,' several female nude cyclists joined them onstage.
1979: Pink Floyd released their single 'Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2' in the UK, where it went to #1.
1982: Steve Miller Band's 'Abracadabra' album goes platinum.
1984: Triumph release 'Thunder Seven.'
1985: U2 launched their own record label, Mother Records. The intent was 'to unearth fresh musical talent in Ireland' and the label released several one-off single releases for The Hothouse Flowers, In Tua Nua and Cactus World News amongst others.
1987: Lenny Kravitz married actress Lisa Bonet, who was that day celebrating her 20th birthday. They divorced in 1993.
1987: Former Clash drummer Topper Headon was jailed for 15 months at Maidstone Crown Court, England for supplying heroin to a man who later died.
1988: Stephen Love, The Beach Boys’ former business manager, is convicted of embezzling $906,000 from the band and is sentenced to five years probation and ordered to make $86,000 in restitution. Love is the younger brother of Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love and a cousin of group members Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson.
1988: ‎Dokken‬ released the live album 'Beast From The East.'
1990: Bonnie Raitt and Bruce Springsteen play the first of two all acoustic shows in L.A. to benefit the Christic Institute. The organization filed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government sanctioned illegal arms sales and drug trafficking to finance cover operations in the Iran-contra scandal.
1994: Dino Valente (born Chester William Powers, Jr.) died of a brain tumor in Santa Rosa, CA. at 57. Valente, who was also known as Jesse Oris/Otis Farrow, was the lead singer and founder of Quicksilver Messenger Service. He famously wrote the song 'Get Together' which became an appeal for peace and brotherhood and was a hit for The Youngbloods. Unfortunately, Valente was involved in several drug busts and to raise money for his defense, he sold the publishing rights for “Get Together” to the manager of the Kingston Trio (the Trio had first recorded the song in 1964).
1995: Red Hot Chili Peppers 'One Hot Minute' album is certified platinum.
1996: 'The Beatles Anthology Volume 3' went to #1 in the American album chart. The Beatles became the first act to have three #1 albums in a 12-month period.
1999: ‎KoRn‬ released the album 'Issues.'
2000: Joe C. (born Joseph Calleja) died in his sleep. He was just 26. Joe C. was a rapper who appeared often with Kid Rock. He was 3 ft. 9 in. because he had celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that can cause stunting and dwarfism. His dwarfism resulted in multiple medical problems which required him to take 60 pills daily and receive constant medical treatment.
2002: Texan multi-billionaire David Bonderman hired The Rolling Stones to play at his 60th birthday party held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
2003: Kid Rock is named the Best Pop/Rock Male Artist at the American Music Awards. Linkin Park gets Best Alternative Performer.
2005: The CBS special 'I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash' airs. U2, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and the Foo Fighters are among the performers. Kid Rock and Jerry Lee Lewis perform 'I Walk The Line.'
2005: The Who, Kinks, Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix are inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in London. Ozzy lightens the mood by mooning the audience while performing with Sabbath. "I thought they needed livening up a bit," says the Prince of Darkness. Also, two former Jimi Hendrix sidemen, drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox, participate in the tribute jam honoring the late guitar legend that follows his induction. Steve Winwood and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash also take part in the performance.
2006: 3 Doors Down announce they will promote the merits of high-end audio equipment for a campaign launched by the Consumer Electronics Association. The band's five members appear in video interviews conducted in conjunction with the initiative. "We want our audience to be able to experience [our music] the way that we intended it in the studio," says guitarist Matt Roberts.
2006: 'Queen's Greatest Hits' is declared the most popular album of all time in Britain, with more than five-and-a-half million units sold. At #2: The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper.'
2006: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sends 417 more letters to sixteen college administrators threatening mass lawsuits if file-sharing is found happening on university servers.
2006: Green Day partner with environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council to launch 'Move America Beyond Oil,' a campaign calling for clean, renewable energy. "People are sick of our oil addiction and feel like nobody is doing anything about it," says guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong. "The solutions are there, the support is there, but the leadership is not. Our message is that it's OK to take on that responsibility."
2007: An exhibit on The Beatles movie 'Help!' opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland to coincide with the release of the film on DVD ten days earlier.
2009: Elton John's eighth annual AIDS Foundation benefit event, An Enduring Vision, takes place in New York. Former President Bill Clinton and actress Sharon Stone are honored for their work.
2009: Alice In Chains single, 'Your Decision' is released. The dark power ballad referencing the band's late frontman Lane Staley is the third single from 'Black Gives Way To Blue.' The song goes #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs and the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts.
2010: Kid Rock releases his 8th studio album 'Born Free.' It features guest performances by Martina McBride, Sheryl Crow, Bob Seger and Rapper T.I.
2010: The Beatles' 13 original albums, the two-volume 'Past Masters' compilation, the '1962-66' and '1967-70' collections are finally available from the iTunes' Store as albums or individual songs.
2010: 'West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology' is released. The collection spans the guitarist's session work for the Isley Brothers and Little Richard, among others, to late career recordings and demos.
2011: The Google Music service, consisting of streaming audio and downloads, is launched in the U.S. Exclusive content by Pearl Jam and other acts is available to users.
2012: Scott Gorham, guitarist for Thin Lizzy, releases his official memoir, 'The Boys Are Back in Town: Thin Lizzy.'
2013: 3 Doors Down host their 10th annual concert for their 'Better Life Foundation,' which provides assistance to children and young adults with special needs. Black Stone Cherry also perform.
2013: Journey donates more than $350,000 to victims of a typhoon that struck the Philippines. The band also leads a US appeal for more funds. Journey frontman Arnel Pineda is from the Philippines.
2014: U2's Bono is rushed to the hospital and undergoes five hours of surgery to repair facial and shoulder injuries after having a bike accident in New York's Central Park. The singer suffers numerous serious injuries, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye,” three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm. The latter injury was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin. The singer revealed this year that he still can’t play guitar and suffers numbness. “It feels like I have somebody else’s hand.” The injury forced the group to postpone a planned weeklong residency on 'The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.'
2015: Songwriter P.F. Sloan dies at age 70 following a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. Among his extensive '60's credits, Sloan composed Barry McGuire's 'Eve Of Destruction' and Johnny Rivers' 'Secret Agent Man.'

Nov. 17
1979: John Glascock dies from a congenital heart valve defect. He was 28. Glascock was the bass player for Jethro Tull and got his start in the band Carmen. His heart issue was worsened by an infection caused by an abscessed tooth. He died almost penniless, having signed a bad contract with Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson.
1979: David VanLanding (born William David VanLandingham), singer with Michael Schenker Group and Crimson Glory, dies in a car accident when he collides with a dump truck in Clearwater, Florida. VanLanding did three tours with MSG and appeared on their 1997 double album 'The Michael Schenker Story Live.' He was also a vocal coach and played with many local cover bands.

Nov. 18
1952: Four days after he divorces his first wife, Bill Haley marries his pregnant girlfriend.
1956: Fats Domino performs his classic 'Blueberry Hill' on The Ed Sullivan Show. The song had been around for over a decade having been recorded by Gene Autry and even Glenn Miller.
1958: Johnny Cash suffers an attack of acute appendicitis while preparing for a show in Ottumwa, Iowa, and is hospitalized.
1963: Beatles manager Brian Epstein asks the group's fans to please refrain from pelting the group with "jellybabies" (jellybeans) at their concerts. (The Beatles had made the mistake of remarking how much they liked them.)
1963: The Beatles received silver LP discs for 'Please Please Me' and 'With the Beatles' at a ceremony held at EMI House in London. They also received a silver EP for 'Twist and Shout' and a silver single for 'She Loves You'. The band then attend a cocktail party and a formal lunch in the EMI boardroom with company executives and invited guests. Also on this day, the US NBC news program 'The Huntley-Brinkley Report' was the first to air footage (albeit pre-recorded) of The Beatles in concert.
1964: Beatles press officer Brian Sommerville informs Paul Nathan, an associate of Elvis Presley film producer Hal Wallis, that the group are huge fans of the King and would love to appear at the end of Elvis' next Paramount picture (which would turn out to be 1966's 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'). The deal is never finalized.
1966: Pink Floyd played a “philadelic” music event at England’s Hornsey College of Art.
1967: Pink Floyd released their third single, 'Apples and Oranges,' in England.
1968: The third (and final) album from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, 'Electric Ladyland' goes gold.
1968: A group called Pogo, which includes Randy Meisner, Jim Messina and Richie Furay, debuts at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. They change their name to Poco to avoid legal action over the comic strip Pogo.
1970: 'Led Zeppelin III' hit #1 on the UK & US album charts. The original cover and interior gatefold art consisted of a surreal collection of random images. Behind the front cover was a rotatable laminated card disc, covered with more images, including photos of the band members, which showed through holes in the cover. The distinctive cover was based on a suggestion of Jimmy Page's that it should resemble an old-fashioned gardening seed chart. Designed by Richard Drew aka Zacron, the sleeve photographs were taken by fellow Leeds Polytechnic lecturer Martin Salisbury.
1970: Elvis Presley meets actor Paul Frees in Los Angeles and notices Frees' BNDD (Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs) badge. Elvis becomes determined to acquire one for himself.
1970: Jerry Lee Lewis and Myra divorce after fourteen years of marriage. The controversy surrounding Jerry Lee's marriage to his then fourteen year old second cousin virtually halted his career in the 1950's.
1971: Procol Harum record 'Procol Harum Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.'
1972: Danny Whitten, a guitarist and songwriter with the rock band Crazy Horse, died of a heroin overdose. Neil Young, who occasionally used Crazy Horse as a backing band, recorded his 1975 masterpiece 'Tonight’s the Night' as a tribute. Young's song ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’ was also written about Whitten’s heroin use (before he died of an overdose).
1974: John Lennon was at #1 in the US singles chart with 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night.' Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached #1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal and appeared live with Elton. They played three songs together: ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘Whatever Gets You Through the Night.’ Backstage after the concert, Lennon got back with Yoko Ono after a temporary split.
1974: Genesis release their double album 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.' It is the last album by the group to feature lead singer Peter Gabriel. It takes over 15 years for the album to go Gold.
1975: Bruce Springsteen’s first gigs in London were hyped with posters reading, “Finally the world is ready for Bruce Springsteen.” Having already appeared on the covers of Newsweek and Time, Springsteen finally cracked and tore down the posters in the lobby of London’s Hammersmith Odeon.
1978: Billy Joel's '52nd Street,' containing 'My Life' and 'Big Shot,' begins an eight week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart.
1979: Chuck Berry is released from Lompoc Prison in California after serving a four-month sentence for tax evasion.
1980: The self-titled debut album from the B-52s goes gold. The story goes a "retired" John Lennon heard the album (released in 1979) and felt the time was right for his return.
1983: R.E.M. made their first appearance outside the US when they appeared on Channel 4 UK TV show The Tube. The following night they made their live UK debut when the played at Dingwalls, London.
1984: Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan won Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year at the W.C. Handy National Blues Awards.
1985: Seven of Jimi Hendrix's gold records are stolen from his father's home during a burglary. A few months later, Warner Bros. Records replaces them in a ceremony with Mo Ostin, who signed Hendrix to the label in 1967.
1986: Boston: ‘Amanda’ is the #1 song in the U.S.
1987: U2 decided to support themselves as they played their second night in L.A. as a mythical country group called The Dalton Brothers.
1987: 'Mony Mony' by Billy Idol hits #1 on the Billboard Pop charts.
1988: The film 'Buster,' which starred Genesis drummer Phil Collins as a British train robber, opened in the United States.
1990: At a rock memorabilia auction, Paul McCartney’s birth certificate sold for $18,000.
1991: U2's seventh studio album 'Achtung Baby' is released.
1992: Black Sabbath receive a star at the Rock Walk in Hollywood, California.
1993: Nirvana recorded their MTV unplugged special at Sony Studios, New York. Nirvana played a setlist composed of mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Meat Puppets and Lead Belly. The album won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996. Unplugged it's not, since frontman Kurt Cobain insists on feeding his acoustic guitar through effects pedals and amplifiers.
1993: Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam is arrested in the New Orleans French Quarter outside the Blue Crystal, a punk rock bar, for public drunkenness and disturbing the peace. Apparently, there was a bar fight with a waiter and Vedder’s friend, Chicago White Sox pitcher and Cy Young award winner, Jack McDowell, was knocked unconscious and taken to the hospital.
1994: A portion of a Dallas Rolling Stones concert is broadcast live online, which is a first for a major label group.
1997: AC/DC releases 'Bonfire.'
1997: Metallica release their 'Reload' album, the follow-up to 'Load.' The group's 7th studio album debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200.
1997: MSG releases 'Written In The Sand.'
1997: In Bristol, England, Gary Glitter is detained and questioned by police after a computer store repairing the glam star's computer found it loaded with child pornography.
1999: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall separate eight years to the day after their marriage in Bali when Brazilian model Luciana Morad names Jagger as the father of her unborn child.
2003: John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles’ “Nowhere Man” sold for over $300,000 at a New York auction.
2002: Bill Wyman, former Rolling Stones bassist, sends a cease-and-desist letter to a writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution bearing the same name, which the writer was born under in 1961, on grounds that it violated the copyright of the bassist Wyman, who legally took the name at age 28 in 1964. No lawsuit is ever filed.
2003: Blink 182 release their self-titled album.
2003: American composer and orchestral arranger Michael Kamen died of a heart attack in London aged 55. Worked with Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Queensryche, Rush, Metallica, Herbie Hancock, The Cranberries, Bryan Adams, Jim Croce, Sting, and Kate Bush. Kamen co-wrote the Bryan Adams' ballad ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You.’ His involvement with Mr. Holland’s Opus, a film about a frustrated composer who finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher, led Kamen to create The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation in 1996. He composed 11 ballets, and won three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, two Ivor Novello Awards, and an Emmy.
2004: U2's Bono and Edge perform at the dedication of the Bill Clinton Presidential Center and Library in Little Rock.
2004: Linkin Park earns the Best Rock honor at the 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards held in Rome. Ozzy Osbourne and Kid Rock are among the presenters.
2005: The movie 'Walk The Line,' based on the life of Johnny Cash and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the singer, opens in US theaters.
2005: The U.S. Senate defeats a resolution honoring Bruce Springsteen for his contributions to American culture. Sponsored by New Jersey Senators Frank Lautenberg and Jon Corzine to coincided with the 30th anniversary of the release of the Boss' classic "Born To Run album," the motion is rejected by Republicans, apparently in response to Springsteen's endorsement of Democratic nominee John Kerry during the 2004 Presidential elections.
2005: AC/DC's Angus Young tops Maxium Magazine's list of the "25 greatest short dudes of all time." The 5-foot, 2-inch guitarist beat out the two inch taller Napoleon Bonaparte and former NBA guard Spud Webb, who is 5-foot, 7-inches.
2007: US celebrity publicist Paul Wasserman died aged 73 of respiratory failure. His clients included The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Tom Petty and James Taylor. His career ended in 2000, when he was jailed for six months for swindling some of his friends by falsely claiming to be selling shares in investment schemes that he said were backed by stars like U2.
2007: Daughtry earns three statues at the 2007 American Music Awards in L.A. The group captures Favorite Breakthrough Artist, Favorite Pop or Rock Album and Favorite Adult Contemporary Music Artist trophies. Nickelback (Favorite Pop or Rock Band, Duo or Group) and Linkin Park (Favorite Alternative Rock Music Artist) also go home with awards.
2008: Nickelback release their sixth studio effort, 'Dark Horse.'
2008: Nine Inch Nails name drummer Ilan Rubin (from Lostprophets) to replace Josh Freese following NIN's 2008 North American 'Lights In The Sky' tour.
2008: Foo Fighters 'Live at Wembley Stadium' concert video is released. The package features 18 performances from two 2007 shows, including guest appearances by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones.
2008: Sammy Hagar releases 'Cosmic Universal Fashion.' The 10-song collection contains a cover of Beastie Boys hit '(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!).' He also plays the first of a pair of St. Louis benefit shows to aid the local 'Blessings in a Backpack' charity. The program supplies nutritious meals to financially disadvantaged schoolchildren.
2009: The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights presents U2 frontman Bono with its 2009 Ripple of Hope Award at the Center's annual dinner held at Chelsea Piers in New York. The award honors Bono for his role in founding the advocacy organization ONE and (Product) RED, along with his efforts to fight against poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.
2009: Kings Of Leon take "Woodie of the Year," the highest honor, at mtvU's Sixth Annual Woodie Awards held at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The event recognizes the best music on college radio, as voted by listeners.
2009: Bon Jovi's 'The Circle' tops the Billboard 200 moving over 160,000 copies in its first week of release.
2010: Sex Pistols John Lydon (still Johnny Rotten to many) says the engagement of Prince William and his fiance Kate Middleton is a "beautiful love story." The Lydon-penned Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' created a controversy in 1977 during the week of the Queen's Silver Jubilee. The anti-monarchy tone sparked widespread anger. "My animosity is towards the institution, not the people themselves," says Lydon, more than thirty years later. "What I've always resented with the Royals was the austere nonsense that was being propagated." Queen Elizabeth, the queen referenced in the Sex Pistols song, is William's grandmother.
2010: The Allman Brothers return to the stage for the first time since Gregg Allman's liver transplant playing the first of three shows at Boston's Orpheum Theatre.
2012: Linkin Park takes home the Best Alternative Band trophy at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards. Stevie Wonder performs a tribute to the late Dick Clark, who hosted American Bandstand and created the American Music Awards in 1973. Clark passed away in April of 2012.
2013: Kings Of Chaos (ex-Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, plus Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple fame, long time Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, and Slipknot's Corey Taylor) perform at Avalon Hollywood with proceeds going to the Dolphin Project, which aims to save dolphins from slaughter and exploitation.
2015: Survivor's Frankie Sullivan files a lawsuit against Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee for using Survivor's 'Rocky III' theme 'Eye Of The Tiger,' which Sullivan co-wrote, without permission the previous September at the high-profile rally for Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
2015: Andrew Ricks, a Florida police officer, is fired for joining the Death Metal band Vital Remains on stage, in full uniform, to sing their song 'Let The Killing Begin' on the night of the Paris terrorist attacks (11/13/15). "An incident of this nature erodes the thin fibers of trust which already exist between the community and the police and it will not tolerated within the Sanford Police Department," says Police Chief Cecil B. Smith in a statement.
2015: The tour bus carrying Hinder is involved in a crash outside Cookeville, TN. Bassist Mike Rodden suffers broken ribs.

Nov. 19
1949: At the age of 14, Jerry Lee Lewis makes his debut playing 'Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee' at the opening of a Ford dealership in Ferriday.
1955: Carl Perkins records 'Blue Suede Shoes' at Sun Studios in Memphis. The rock 'n' roll classic became a US No.2 hit for Perkins in 1956. It of course has been covered by many acts including Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
1957: Elvis Presley's first Christmas album, 'Elvis' Christmas Album,' is released. It will become the best-selling holiday album of all time.
1957: Chicago radio station WCFL is picketed by the local chapter of the Elvis Presley fan club when it bans Presley's records. Nevertheless, the station doesn't flinch.
1959: An unnamed RCA executive tells reporters that, when he returns from the Army, Elvis Presley's music will be very different than the rock and roll he performed previously. Manager Colonel Tom Parker rushes to issue an official denial to fans.
1960: While in Los Angeles during the filming of his seventh movie, 'Wild In The Country,' Elvis Presley suffers a bit of road rage, pulling a gun on a group of passengers in another car who had supposedly insulted him.
1963: The Beatles played gigs at three different venues. First, they performed a lunchtime show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, followed by an 85 mile drive to the Midlands, where they performed at Smethwick Baths Ballroom. That was followed by a set at Aldelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich in Staffordshire.
1965: At the Glad Rags Ball in London, The Who's Roger Daltrey storms off stage in the middle of a set plagued with PA problems. Rumors of a Who breakup spread quickly through London with most of them naming Boz Burrell (King Crimson and Bad Company) as Daltrey's possible replacement..
1965: David Bowie and the Lower 3rd appeared at The Marquee Club in London.
1973: Led Zeppelin begin recording the demos for their new album, 'Physical Graffiti,' including a new song entitled 'Driving To Kashmir.'
1971: Blues great B.B. King celebrates his 25th year in show business with a European tour starting in London.
1975: The J. Geils Band completes the recording of their two record live 'Blow Your Face Out' at Detroit's Cobo Arena.
1976: Van Morrison's 'Moondance' album goes gold six years after its release. It's his first gold album.
1979: Loverboy plays their first ever concert, opening for Kiss at The Coliseum in Vancouver.
1979: Frank Zappa's one and only rock opera, 'Joe's Garage,' is released. The second half came out November 19th, the first half was released in the previous September. The opera mixes styles of Blues, Jazz, Doo Wop, Lounge, Orchestral, Rock, Pop and Reggae. While it draws controversy at the time for profane lyrics, it has since been hailed as a cultural milestone and landmark album. The work also looks forward to Zappa's later crusade against the PMRC with its themes of government censorship, and introduces a few memes into the Zappa lexicon, including 'The Central Scrutinizer,' 'a little green rosetta,' and of course, the term 'roto-plooker.'
1982: Led Zeppelin release the 'Coda' album.
1983: Tom Evans from Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in his back garden from a willow tree. Family members said the singer, songwriter was never able to get over his former bandmate's Pete Ham's suicide. Evans co-wrote 'Without You' a hit for Harry Nilson and Mariah Carey.
1988: Bon Jovi's 'Bad Medicine' tops the pop charts.
1991: Paul McCartney's first classical piece, 'Liverpool Oratorio,' is performed in America for the first time, at New York's Carnegie Hall.
1992: Linda Rondstadt is the guest star on an episode of Fox-TV's 'The Simpsons,' titled 'Mr. Plow.'
1994: Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged in New York' is the #1 album in the US.
1994: 'Out In L.A.,' a collection of Red Hot Chili Peppers b-sides and previously unreleased material, is released.
1994: Crosby Stills & Nash member David Crosby had a successful liver transplant operation at Dumont-UCLA in Los Angeles. Crosby's liver was deteriorated from extensive alcohol and drug abuse, as well as hepatitis-C.
1995: The first installment of The Beatles Anthology documentary airs on ABC.
1996: Ozzy Osbourne releases the single, ‘Walk On Water’, from the soundtrack to 'Beavis & Butthead Do America.'
1997: The US premiere of Sir Paul McCartney's 'Standing Stone' is played in Carnegie Hall by St. Luke's Orchestra under the baton of Laurence Foster.
1998: Motley Crue fans are able to fulfill all their fashion needs when the bands new retail store, S'Crue, opens at 7201 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. The store stocks merchandise from the band's worldwide tours, clothing from both the clothing lines by bassist Nikki Sixx and vocalist Vince Neil, and all Motley Crue albums.
2001: Mick Jagger released his new solo album 'Goddess In The Doorway.' First day sales stood at 954 copies.
2001: Scott Weiland lead singer with The Stone Temple Pilots was arrested after allegedly fighting with his wife at the Hard Rock hotel in Las Vegas. Weiland was booked on one count of domestic battery and was released 12 hours later. The band had performed at the club that night.
2002: Audioslave's self-titled debut album enters the Billboard 200 chart at #7 after moving 162,000 copies in its first week-on its way to selling over 3-million copies.
2002: Matchbox 20's album 'More Than You Think You Are' is released.
2003: English bassist player Greg Ridley died from pneumonia. He was a member of the VIP's with Keith Emerson, Spooky Tooth, and Humble Pie. He also formed Strange Brew with Clem Clempson and Cozy Powell.
2004: Godsmack embark on a headlining acoustic tour in Columbia, S.C.
2004: Songwriter/producer Terry Melcher dies. The son of actress Doris Day, he worked with the Byrds, Beach Boys and Paul Revere & The Raiders. In the late 1960s , Melcher was allegedly the actual target when Charlie Manson's followers killed Sharon Tate. Manson didn't think Melcher gave his music a chance.
2004: Craig Nicholls (The Vines) reveals that he has Asperger Syndrome, a neurobiologcal disorder that causes autistic-like episodes and severe communication difficulties.
2005: KoRn make their first in-studio television performance when they appear on NBC's Saturday Night Live. The band plays "Twisted Transistor," the first single from their "See You On The Other Side" album.
2005: KISS' Paul Stanley weds Erin Sutton in Pasadena, CA. It's the second marriage for Stanley.
2005: Former glam rock star Gary Glitter was arrested in Vietnam after being detained at Ho Chi Minh airport as he tried to board a plane to Bangkok. Police said Glitter was being held under suspicion of committing lewd acts with two girls under the age of 18.
2006: Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda presents his first art exhibition at a Los Angeles gallery. The show, titled 'Diamond Spades Hearts Clubs,' features paintings and other works.
2006: The Bob Dylan-themed musical 'The Times They Are A-Changin' closes after just 28 performances at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The production, created by choreographer Twyla Tharp, featured over two dozen Dylan songs. It was buried by negative reviews.
2007: Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot) dies of a presumed accidental cocaine overdose. He would be found in his Las Vegas home six days later.
2007: The members of Red Hot Chili Peppers file a lawsuit against Showtime Networks for unfair competition and unjust enrichment over the TV show 'Californication,' the same name as the band's multi-platinum 1999 album.
2007: Queen guitarist Brian May is appointed chancellor of England's Liverpool John Moores University in recognition of his contribution to the arts and promotion of science education.
2007: Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt accompany Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards to Iowa rallies. The musicians perform at community meetings in Davenport, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.
2011: Elvis Costello urges fans not to buy his box set, 'The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook,' because it is too expensive. "Unfortunately, we find ourselves unable to recommend this lovely item to you as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire," Costello writes on his website. The tracks were recorded over two nights at The Wiltern Theater in L.A.
2011: The riff from AC/DC's 'Back In Black' is featured in a commercial for Walmart. The ad promotes Black Friday and pre-holiday shopping in general. AC/DC's 2008 album 'Black Ice' was sold exclusively through Walmart.
2012: 'AC/DC Live At River Plate,' the group's first live album in 20 years is released. They also release their entire catalog on iTunes. In less than a week, 696,000 individual songs are sold in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.
2012: Kid Rock releases his album 'Rebel Soul.'
2012: Two farmers were found not guilty of health and safety offences after a giant hay bale crushed former ELO cellist Mike Edwards to death. He was killed instantly when the 600kg bale rolled down a field and landed on his van near Totnes in Devon in September 2010.
2012: Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk releases a solo digital EP, 'The Garden.' It has five new songs plus remixes. "I wanted to try to hyper-speed that process a bit and deconstruct my versions of the songs by handing them off to other creative people right at the beginning," says Kowalczyk of the remixes.
2012: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx launches 'Sixx Sense: The Magazine' which features exclusive content from his syndicated radio show.
2013: Five Finger Death Punch release their album 'The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2.'
2013: Bruce Springsteen's single, 'High Hopes' is leaked online. The track was recorded during Springsteen's Australian tour the previous March.
2013: Bon Jovi comes in third on Forbes Magazine's highest earners list from June 2012 to June 2013 bringing in $79 million in the twelve-month period. He only trails Madonna and Lady Gaga.
2013: 'The Best Of Nickelback Volume I' is released.
2014: Faith No More release 'Motherf***er,' their first official single in 17 years.
2014: Billy Joel is the recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, presented by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
2015: Josh Homme, co-founder of Eagles Of Death Metal, seeks donations for his 'Sweet Stuff Foundation' to help the families of victims killed in the 11/13/15 terrorist attacks in Paris. The Eagles Of Death Metal were performing at the Bataclan club where 89 people were killed. Homme was not on tour with the group and was not in Paris at the time of the attack.
2015: Jimmy Page picks up the EMP Founders Award at Seattle's Experience Music Project Museum. He leads a cross-generational, all-star band (Paul Rodgers - Bad Company, Kim Thayil - Soundgarden, Duff McKagan - Guns N' Roses and Rick Nielsen - Cheap Trick) through a rendition of the Led Zeppelin classic 'Rock And Roll.'
2015: Europe's 'The Final Countdown,' featured in a Geico (insurance) ad, accumulates 48,000 in digital sales and 9.5 million U.S. streams on its way to a 4 week run atop Billboard's Hard Rock Digital Songs chart, marking the band's first #1 on a Billboard chart. The song peaked at #8 on the Hot 100 in 1987.

Nov. 20
1955: After agreeing to perform Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit 'Sixteen Tons' on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show, Bo Diddley instead plays the song he was actually there to promote, his own hit 'Bo Diddley.' A furious Sullivan blackballs Bo from ever appearing on the show again. The singer has claimed he was never paid for the performance.
1955: Sun Records owner, Sam Phillips, sells Elvis Presley’s recording contract to RCA Records for $35,000. At the time it is an astronomical amount for a largely unknown singer. He uses the proceeds from the sale to develop other musicians and their work, including Carl Perkins’s hit 'Blue Suede Shoes.' He also invests in a local hotel chain called Holiday Inn, which later reaps huge benefits.
1959: Alan Freed, who is an influential DJ on the radio station WABC and host of the TV show 'Alan Freed's Big Beat Party,' is fired from both outlets when he refuses to sign a statement saying he took payola, which was the practice of record companies paying for airplay.
1961: Bob Dylan cuts his first tracks for Columbia Records in New York. The results appear on Dylan's self-titled debut.
1961: Billboard reports on the stunning popularity of the 'Twist' craze, stating that three separate films, starring Chubby Checker, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, and Dion, are scheduled for production, and New York television station WOR is airing hourly twist lessons of between one and five minutes, also featuring Checker.
1964: John Lennon acts out his own 'Deaf Ted, Danoota, (and me),' taken from his recent book of whimsy In His Own Write, for later broadcast on BBC's comedy show 'Not Only... But Also,' assisted by Dudley Moore and Norman Rossington.
1967: Strawberry Alarm Clock's 'Incense And Peppermints' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1967: Arlo Guthrie releases 'Alice's Restaurant.'
1967: The Beach Boys releases 'Smiley Smile.'
1967: Time magazine reviews The Doors sophomore album 'Strange Days,' saying the group takes listeners "into symbolic realms of the unconscious - eerie night worlds filled with throbbing rhythms, shivery metallic tones, unsettling images."
1968: Janis Joplin manager Albert Grossman approaches Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites about creating her new backup group, which will eventually be known as the Kozmic Blues Band.
1968: The Monkees film 'Head' opened in six US cities. Reviews were harsh and the picture was a box office disaster.
1970: Tom Waits gets his first-ever paid gig, appearing as "Thomas Waits" and receiving $25.00 by opening for Michael Milner and Claire Hart.
1970: The Kinks' Ray Davies flies to London to re-record a section of the lead vocals for the group's latest single, 'Apeman.' Radio stations are objecting to the line "The air pollution is foggin' up my eyes," claiming "foggin'" sounds too much like another f-word.
1972: Elton John releases 'Crocodile Rock.' It becomes Elton's first U.S. #1.
1973: Sometime during the Who’s show at San Francisco's Cow Palace, Keith Moon downs a pile of horse tranquilizers handed to him by an audience member and chases them with a bottle of brandy. Evidently mumbling something to the effect of “I can take it, I’m Keith ‘F***ing’ Moon.” He ends up passing out and is in a near-coma when taken to the hospital. Lucky fan, Scot Halpin, is pulled from the audience and completes the set. Halpin performs 'Smokestack Lightning,' 'Spoonful,' and 'Naked Eye' with the group, then takes a bow with them. Rolling Stone later awards Halpin their “Pick-Up Player Of The Year Award.”
1973: Alice Cooper's 'Muscle of Love,' the 7th studio album is released. It is the final studio album recorded by the original Alice Cooper band.
1973: Allan Sherman (born Allan Copelon) dies of emphysema. He was 48. Sherman was a song parodist, and creator of the hit single 'Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.' He inspired later parodists like “Weird Al” Yankovic, who dedicated his first album to him. In 1971, Sherman was the voice of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat on television.
1975: George Harrison and Paul Simon share the stage on Saturday Night Live to perform 'Homeward Bound' and 'Here Comes The Sun.' Earlier in the year, the show's producer Lorne Michaels offered The Beatles $3000 to reunite. In the opening sketch, he is seen arguing with Harrison over how much of that money he should get.
1975: The Who kick off their North American tour at The Summit in Houston, TX. At a post-concert party, bassist John Entwistle is arrested for disorderly conduct. He spends a few hours in jail before The Who roll on to the next stop.
1979: Iron Maiden sign to EMI.
1987: The Who kick off their North American tour in Houston. At a post-concert party bassist John Entwistle is arrested for disorderly conduct. He spends a few hours in jail before The Who roll on.
1990: Cinderella release their album 'Heartbreak Station.'
1991: The Rolling Stones sign a $45 million deal with Virgin, making them rock’s highest paid group at that time.
1993: Stone Temple Pilots are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
1994: David Crosby receives a liver transplant at UCLA’s Medical Center in a seven hour operation.
1995: The Beatles 'Free As A Bird' is gets its first radio play. The song starts as a John Lennon demo with instrumentation added by the surviving Beatles. George Harrison has a copy and gives it to an Adelaide DJ who plays the song 24 hours before it's officially released to radio. Harrison is in town for the Australian Grand Prix.
1997: Music journalist Robert Palmer dies of liver disease in Valhalla, New York, at age 52. Palmer wrote for The New York Times and Rolling Stone and penned the book 'Deep Blues.'
1997: Paul McCartney tapes an interview and live performance of 'Flaming Pie' and 'Young Boy' for the Oprah Winfrey Show.
2001: Aerosmith release a new 2CD collection, 'Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology,' through Universal.
2001: Hoobastank release their self-titled debut.
2001: Creed release their 'Weathered' album.
2001: Kid Rock releases his 'Cocky' album.
2001: Charlie Daniels undergoes surgery for prostate cancer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
2003: Legendary record producer Phil Spector is charged with murder in the death of actress Lana Clarkson at his Los Angeles home. Spector enters a plea of not guilty.
2004: In exchange for payment of a $65,200 fine, charges are dropped against Liam Gallagher of Oasis for a 2002 fight in a Munich, Germany hotel. Gallagher lost two front teeth in the fight, when he and band members got into a drunken brawl with other hotel patrons.
2004: The Experience Music Project in Seattle unveils an exhibit called 'Bob Dylan's American Journey, 1956-1966.' Dylan guitars, hand written and typed lyrics and concert posters are on display along with Dylan interviews.
2005: Chris Whitley dies of lung cancer in Houston, TX. at 45. Producer Daniel Lanois discovered Whitley and allowed him to record his debut album 'Living With The Law' at his studio in New Orleans. After his death, musician John Mayer said, “Whitley’s somewhat prostrated place in pop culture earned him a sidebar of an obituary, but to those who knew his work, it registers as one of the most under appreciated losses in all of music.”
2005: Scott Stapp, formerly of Creed, sings the national anthem at NASCAR's Ford 400 race in Homestead, FL. The appearance also promotes his album 'The Great Divide.'
2005: U2 are profiled on CBS' 60 Minutes.
2005: Foo Fighters release a six-track EP that's only available at Best Buy retailers. There's a live rendition of 'Best of You,' a demo version of 'D.O.A.' and a cover of Cream's 'I Feel Free.'
2006: Army of Anyone, with Richard Patrick of Filter and Stone Temple Pilots Dean and Robert DeLeo appear on NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien.
2006: 30 Seconds To Mars premiere their video for the single 'From Yesterday' on MTV2. Filmed in the People's Republic of China, the martial arts-themed clip is (to date) the only American Rock video shot in its entirety in the country. 30 Seconds frontman Jared Leto directed.
2006: A multimedia exhibition focusing on Black Sabbath opens in Los Angeles. Black Sabbath Resurrection uses video, music and graffiti art to tell a sci-fi/fantasy story centering on the group. Vintage Sabbath posters and other related items are displayed in an adjacent gallery.
2006: Billy Idol's 'Happy Holidays,' an album with 17 Christmas songs ranging from traditional carols to modern holiday themes, is available on his web site.
2007: 'Rock Band' video game is out. The 58-song soundtrack includes the Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones, The Who, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden and the Clash. The soundtrack also features songs from indie up-and-coming acts.
2007: The three disc 'Live Earth - The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis,' is released. It has performances from the 7/7/07 international concert series to raise awareness about global warming. Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Metallica, Chris Cornell, the Smashing Pumpkins, Bon Jovi and founding Pink Floyd member Roger Waters are featured.
2007: Velvet Revolver were forced to cancel a four-city Japanese after their requests for visas was rejected. Officials were said to have refused the band entry to Japan due to previous drug convictions.
2007: A 10-foot guitar replica signed by Paul McCartney goes for more than $120,000 at the London GuitarTown benefit auction. Similar sculptures autographed by Robert Plant and Ozzy Osbourne, and real instruments signed by Roger Waters, Ronnie Wood, Slash are also auctioned. The event raises money for three U.K. charities: the Prince's Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.
2007: Nirvana's 1993 'MTV Unplugged' session is out on DVD. The 15-track release features two songs, 'Oh Me' and 'Something In The Way,' that were performed during the session but didn't air on MTV's initial broadcast.
2008: KISS bassist-singer Gene Simmons gives the keynote speech at the Billboard Touring Conference in New York. Simmons takes the opportunity to express some frustration that his band isn't yet in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "I believe we have more gold records in America than any other group, but it's OK." While KISS might still be left out in the cold, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are two-time winners, Top Draw and Top Tour. Also, Bon Jovi's Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation is presented the Humanitarian Award. The organization is singled out for providing affordable housing to those in need. And finally, the Allman Brothers Band is given the Legend of Live honor for "significant and lasting impact" on the touring world. "They're an American institution and concert icons," says a Billboard spokesperson. In accepting the honor, Gregg Allman acknowledges his older brother, the late guitar great Duane Allman. "I'm sure he's looking down [on] this and is really proud of us," says Gregg.
2010: 'Oasis: The Truth,' written by former Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll, is out. The book chronicles his experience in the band before he was fired in 1995.
2012: Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.), a group with multi-platinum vocalist and 'Canadian Idol' judge Sass Jordan and multi-instrumentalist Brian Tichy, release their debut full-length, self-titled album digitally.
2012: Rush are inducted into the Guitar Center's RockWalk on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard. "It is an honor to have our names added to this illustrious list of great and highly talented musicians," says Geddy Lee.
2012: The Rolling Stones launch their first official App as part of the band's 50th anniversary celebrations.
2013: 'Livin' On A Prayer' by Bon Jovi returns to the Hot 100 at #25, thanks to a viral video of a Boston Celtics fan dancing to the song. Billboard tweaked their methodology earlier in the year so streaming views of songs were factored into the chart tally.
2013: Hinder announces that frontman Austin Winkler has officially left the band. This comes after the singer sat out a tour earlier in year for "personal reasons."
2013: The Beatles debut at #7 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart with 'On Air - Live At The BBC Vol. 2.' The set, recorded fifty years earlier, sells 37,000 copies in its first week. Along with 37 previously unreleased performances, there are 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter between John, Paul, George and Ringo and their BBC radio hosts.
2015: Tommy Lee returns to the drum kit in Abu Dhabi for Motley Crue's 'The Final Tour.' "I'm back to 100 percent," says Lee, after being treated for a repetitive stress wrist injury. Lee had been limited to playing piano with his good hand on the band's traditional set closer, 'Home Sweet Home.'
2015: AC/DC are among those inducted into The Age Music Victoria Hall Of Fame in Australia. 2015: Tom Petty launches his own satellite radio station as SiriusXM - Tom Petty Radio. The focus is on all aspects of Petty's career (solo, with the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch).

Nov. 21
1960: The Beatles' George Harrison, then just seventeen, is deported from Hamburg, Germany, where the group had been performing at the Kaiserkeller club, back to his native England. Historians typically blame the club's owner, Bruno Koschmider, who may have tipped the authorities to George's age; The Beatles had broken his exclusive contract by playing in other venues, then returned to their rooms in one of his other venues and set it on fire in protest of being canned.
1962: Elvis Presley's 11th film, 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' opens in US theaters.
1963: The Elvis Presley film 'Fun in Acapulco' premieres.
1967: The Who release 'The Who Sell Out,' known as one of the first “concept” albums, on Decca Records. The album features the classic ‘I Can See For Miles.'
1968: With girlfriend Yoko Ono about to miscarry their first son, John Ono Lennon II, John Lennon asks for a tape recorder to be brought to the hospital so that he can record the baby's dying heartbeat. Later that day, Yoko miscarries; the baby is buried in a secret location and the recording appears on the duo's album 'Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions' as a track called 'Baby's Heartbeat,' followed by 'Two Minutes Silence' for his death.
1970: Two months after his death Jimi Hendrix was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return)' the closing track on Electric Ladyland, the third and final album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. This was the guitarist's only UK #1 single. Hendrix's solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all-time in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
1974: Marty Balin, one of Jefferson Airplane's founders, rejoins the group for a concert at the Winterland in San Francisco. He would join the band for their next album, 'Red Octopus.'
1975: Nazareth score their only major US hit as ‘Love Hurts’ hits the US charts, ultimately peaking at #8.
1975: The first gathering of the KISS Army took place. Indiana natives Bill Starkey and Jay Evans founded the KISS Army‬ after a local radio station refused to play ‪‎KISS‬. During KISS' 1975 show at Hulman Civic-University Center in Terre Haute, Starkey was brought on stage and honored with a plaque from the band.
1975: Elton John is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in conjunction with an 'Elton John Week' being declared in Los Angeles.
1975: Queen released their 4th album, 'A Night at the Opera.'
1976: Boston's debut album goes platinum.
1976: The Stranglers supported by Chelsea appeared at The Nashville in London, England. This was Billy Idol's last gig with Chelsea, who then joined Generation X before becoming a solo artist.
1980: 'Van Morrison In Ireland,' a one hour documentary with on-stage and off-stage footage premieres in London.
1980: Steely Dan releases 'Gaucho.' The album features contributions from Rick Derringer and Mark Knopfler.
1980: Iron Maiden begin a mini UK tour to introduce new member Adrian Smith.
1980: REO Speedwagon release their 9th studio album 'Hi Infidelity.' It went on to become the biggest selling rock LP of 1981, eventually selling over ten million copies.
1980: Eagles drummer Don Henley runs afoul of the law when a sixteen year old girl is treated at Henley's home for drug intoxication. The law finds marijuana, cocaine and Quaalude's. Henley is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is fined $2,000 and given two years' probation.
1981: Queen and David Bowie hit #1 in the UK with 'Under Pressure.' They recorded the song together when both acts were working in a German recording studio. It was David Bowie's first released collaboration with another recording artist.
1982: Joni Mitchell marries her bass player, Larry Klein, at manager Elliot Roberts' home in Malibu, California.
1987: Billy Idol's version of Tommy James & the Shondell's ‘Mony Mony’ is the #1 US single. Ironically it replaces 'I Think We're Alone Now' by Tiffany at #1. Both songs were originally recorded by Tommy James & the Shondells.
1987: Bruce Springsteen's 'Brilliant Disguise' peaks at #5.
1988: Pink Floyd release their live album 'The Delicate Sound of Thunder.'
1988: Jimmy Page set out on his first ever-solo tour at The Hummingbird in Birmingham, England, appearing with John Miles and Jason Bonham.
1990: Mick Jagger marries Jerry Hall in Bali. The couple already have a common-law marriage and two children - the result of having been together for ten years. Jagger later claims the ceremony wasn't legal. A British court, unable to find documentation, agrees with him.
1991: An animated Aerosmith perform 'Walk This Way' on the 'Flaming Moe' episode of The Simpsons. The band is one of the first musical guests on the show.
1995: Former Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant suffered a fatal heart attack while driving to his home at Eastbourne. His son Warren was by his side. He was 60 years old. Grant was buried on December 4, 1995 at Hellingly Cemetery. 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.
1995: Bruce Springsteen releases his eleventh studio album 'The Ghost Of Tom Joad.'
1995: Bruce Springsteen kicked off his 'Ghost of Tom Joad' Tour at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It's the first of 128 shows.
1995: Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong is arrested for mooning the audience during a show in Milwaukee. He pays a $141.50 fine for indecent exposure.
1995: The 'Beatles Anthology I' sets a first-day sales record, selling 450,000 copies.
1995: Soundgarden's 'Alive In The Superunknown' is A&M Records first multi-media/enhanced CD.
1995: The Offspring's self-titled the debut studio album is finally issued on CD. The set, originally out on vinyl in 1989, gets the CD treatment after the band's 3rd album 'Smash' becomes a hit.
2003: Fred Durst reportedly requires seven stitches on his chin after getting struck by an object thrown from the audience during a 'Back 2 Basics' concert in New York. The Limp Bizkit frontman manages to finish the concert before seeking treatment.
2003: Meatloaf undergoes heart surgery in London. The 52-year-old singer collapsed during a London show four days earlier.
2003: The acoustic guitar on which George Harrison learned how to play is sold at a London auction for 276,000 pounds. The original price of the guitar: three and one-half pounds.
2003: KoRn release their 6th studio album 'Take A Look In The Mirror.'
2003: The Los Angeles Times reports that Phil Spector's chauffeur heard him say, "I think I killed somebody," after the shooting death of b-movie actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California, home.
2005: Robert Plant, David Gilmour, Roger Daltrey and Elton John appear on a tribute single honoring late British radio DJ John Peel. It's a cover of the Buzzcocks' 'Ever Fallen In Love.' Proceeds benefit Amnesty International.
2005: Ozzy Osbourne sings for Queen Elizabeth II at Britain's Royal Variety Performance. Ozzy was invited the previous year but had to miss the annual event due to other commitments. He cancels an L.A. appearance just to he make the show. "I cannot turn down this incredible honor twice," says Ozzy. He performs a cover of The Beatles' 'In My Life' backed by Slash.
2006: The soundtrack to the Cirque du Soleil troupe's Beatles-themed Las Vegas production, 'Love,' is released. Beatles producer George Martin and his son Giles compiled the soundtrack developing mash-ups of several songs.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers win favorite Rock band and favorite alternative-music artist at the American Music Awards in L.A. The Peppers accept their trophies via satellite from London. Nickelback wins the favorite Rock album award for 'All the Right Reasons.'
2006: 27-year-old Devon Townshend is accused of hacking into a workplace computer to acquire Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington's cell phone data. The Albuquerque, NM, resident allegedly accessed Bennington's phone records and digital pictures and made a threatening call to the vocalist's wife, Talinda.
2007: It's announced that founding E Street Band member, keyboardist Danny Federici, is undergoing treatment for melanoma and won't be a part of Bruce Springsteen's 'Magic' tour. Federici died the following year n April 17, 2008. The Danny Federici Melanoma Fund was started after his death.
2008: Rhino Entertainment and Sprint introduce Rock The Phone, a website offering ringtones by The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, ZZ Top and Ramones. During a short introductory period they give away a free ringtone of the Doors' classic 'Love Me Two Times.'
2008: Bruce Springsteen's title track off of his 'Working On A Dream' album (released in January 2009) hits radio.
2008: Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander's third annual 'Rockin' the First Tee' charity concert and golf tournament gets underway in Clearwater, FL. Cheap Trick performs The Beatles' entire 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album with the Florida Rock Symphony. The fundraiser supports the First Tee of Clearwater, which aids underprivileged youths in the area.
2008: System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian announces that he's donating proceeds from the song 'Fears' to help support Amnesty International's Write-A-Thon campaign, which asks people to send messages on behalf of political prisoners worldwide.
2009: The Dave Matthews Band performs 'You And Me' and 'Shake Me Like A Monkey' on Saturday Night Live. But the most memorable moment comes when Matthews impersonates Ozzy Osbourne in "The Mellow Show" sketch. He changes Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man' to 'I Am Tired, Man.'
2009: The guitar and case from Bo Diddley's (1928-2008) last-ever stage show is auctioned for $60,000.
2010: Kid Rock, Bon Jovi and Santana perform at the American Music Awards on ABC.
2011: Nickelback release their 7th studio album, 'Here And Now.'
2011: Occupy Musicians (Occupymusicians.com), an online resource for musicians who support the Occupy Wall Street movement and its affiliated protests, is launched. Among the first signers are Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Lou Reed. Organizers say the site will help coordinate performances at protest sites.
2014: AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and his Fifty Plus Racing team host Endures for a Cure Alzheimer's Benefit in Chattanooga, TN. The team donates close to $100,000.
2014: AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young retired from the group after being diagnosed with dementia.

Nov. 22
1899: The world's first radio company, the Marconi Wireless Company of America, is incorporated in New Jersey.
1955: Elvis Presley sends a telegram to his new manager, Colonel Tom Parker, which reads: "Dear Colonel, Words can never tell you how my folks and I appreciate what you did for me. I've always known and now my folks are assured that you are the best, most wonderful person I could ever hope to work with. Believe me when I say I will stick with you through thick and thin and do everything I can to uphold your faith in me. Again, I say thanks and I love you like a father."
1955: RCA Records sign Elvis Presley. For a mere $35,000 to $40,000 (numbers vary) they buyout Elvis' Sun Records contract.
1957: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel appeared as Tom and Jerry on ABC-TV's American Bandstand. Close friends through childhood, the first time they appeared on stage together was in a school play, Alice in Wonderland (Simon as the White Rabbit, Garfunkel as the Cheshire Cat). They later began performing together in their junior year as Tom and Jerry, with Simon as Jerry Landis and Garfunkel as Tom Graph.
1963: The Beatles ‘With the Beatles’ album is released in the UK. It spent 51 weeks on the UK charts. The LP had advance orders of a half million and sold another half million by September 1965, making it the second album to sell a million copies in the UK, (after the soundtrack to the 1958 film 'South Pacific').
1963: U.S. president John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The Beach Boys song 'Warmth of the Sun' is inspired by the incident.
1963 Phil Spector (who is Jewish) releases 'A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector,' which he worked on all summer with his best musicians. U.S. president John F. Kennedy is killed the same day, and the album suffers dismal sales, although some of the songs, including The Ronettes' version of 'Frosty The Snowman,' later become holiday favorites.
1964: The Who appeared at the Goldhawk Social Club in London.
1965: Bob Dylan marries his first wife, Sara Lowndes, in Nassau County, NY; as she is already pregnant with his first child, the marriage is kept a secret for the next two months. The marriage took place under an oak tree on a judge's lawn on Mineola, Long Island, New York. Sara is the mother of singer Jakob Dylan. The couple would divorce in 1977.
1965: Wilson Pickett appeared at The Flamingo Club in London.
1965: The Who tape their Saturday Club appearance at Aeolian Hall, Studio One of the BBC. Songs recorded live in studio, and released 35 years later on BBC Sessions, are 'My Generation,' 'The Good’s Gone,' and 'La La La Lies.'
1967: Pink Floyd performed shows at 6:30 and 8:50 pm at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, England.
1967: Bob Dylan releases the original version of 'All Along The Watchtower.' The following year, the song is famously covered by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
1968: The Beatles double 'White Album' was released in the UK. Featuring 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,' 'Dear Prudence,' 'Helter Skelter,' 'Blackbird,' 'Back In The USSR,' and George Harrison’s 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps.' Most of the songs on the album were written during March and April 1968 at a Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, India. The group returned to EMI Studios in May with recording lasting until October. During these sessions, arguments broke out among the Beatles, and witnesses in the studio saw band members quarrel over creative differences.
1968: Singer Marianne Faithfull, heavily addicted to cocaine, miscarries what was to be her second child in Ireland. It was fathered by boyfriend Mick Jagger.
1968, Iron Butterfly, Canned Heat and The Youngbloods played the first of two nights at New York:s Fillmore East, tickets cost $3 – $5 (£1.79 – £3.13.)
1968: Pink Floyd appeared at Crawdaddy, held at The Club House, Richmond Athletic Club, Richmond, England, supported by Arcadium.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, along with Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys, played at Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1969: Iron Butterfly supported by Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) appeared at the Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. The gig was held in the school's 3,500 seat Crenshaw Gymnasium.
1970: Black Sabbath performed at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1970: Deep Purple appeared at Fairfield Hall in Croydon, England.
1971: Yes appeared at Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia.
1972: Roxy Music played at University of York in Hesslington, York, England.
1972: The Grateful Dead performed at Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas.
1973: Genesis played at the Felt Forum in New York.
1974: Elton John appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1975: A single from 'The Who By Numbers,' 'Squeeze Box' backed with 'Success Story' is released in the US. It reaches #10 in the Billboard charts and #11 in Cash Box. It also spends sixteen weeks in the Billboard Top 100, the longest charting of any Who single in America.
1976: Neil Young and Crazy Horse performed at the Music Hall in Boston.
1976: Jerry Lee Lewis is arrested for drunk driving in Memphis. Later, at 3:00 AM, he appears at Graceland, Elvis Presley's residence, brandishing a pistol and demanding to see Elvis. He is handcuffed and taken to jail.
1977: Though subsequently played at sporting events for decades around the world, Queen's two-sided single, 'We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions' stalls at #2 in the U.K.
1977: Rush appeared at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1978: Hawkwind performed at Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England.
1979: Stevie Ray Vaughn played at the Cascade Room at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly, Rhode Island.
1980: John Lennon’s ‘Double Fantasy’ hits the UK album charts.
1980: Dire Straits’ ‘Makin’ Movies’ album hits the US Top 40 charts.
1981: The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood jam in Chicago with Blues heroes Muddy Waters (who wrote 'Rollin Stone' from which the group took its name) and Buddy Guy.
1983: "We're R.E.M. Actually we're not. They couldn't make it so we're here in their place, playing all the hits of the day." Following frontman Michael Stipe's jokey introduction, R.E.M. kicks off a show at London's Marquee.
1983: ZZ Top appeared at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, England.
1985: Dokken release 'Under Lock and Key.'
1986: Iron Maiden’s ‘Stranger In A Strange Land’ single is released.
1986: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble kicked off a 149-date North American and European tour at the Towson Center in Towson, Maryland.
1990: Rolling Stone Bill Wyman announces the dissolution of his year-and-a-half-long marriage to model Mandy Smith. It was the third marriage for Wyman and the first for Smith, who was 34 years his junior. (The duo had begun dating when she was 13) In an even more stunning development, Wyman's 30-year-old son soon married Mandy's mother, who was 16 years older than him, which, if Bill had remained married, would have made him his own grandfather.
1991: Alice Cooper came to the rescue of two fans; Patrick and Dee Ann Kelly, whose California home was about to be re-possessed. Patrick had painted Coopers face on the house to help sell the property. Mr Cooper signed autographs to help raise money for the couple.
1992: Paul Simon kicked off his first tour of South America in Brazil. Simon recorded his previous album 'The Rhythm of the Saints' with many Brazilian musicians.
1994: Pearl Jam release their third studio album,'Vitalogy.' It was first released on vinyl, and became the first vinyl album to appear on the US chart, since the domination of the compact disc format. They followed the release in other formats two weeks later, whereupon it became the second-fastest-selling CD in history, behind only the band’s previous release 'Vs.'
1997: INXS singer Michael Hutchence is found dead after hanging himself in an Australian hotel. He was 37. Hutchence body was found at 11.50am naked behind the door to his room. He had apparently hanged himself with his own belt and the buckle broke away and his body was found kneeling on the floor and facing the door. It had been suggested that his death resulted from an act of auto eroticism, no forensic or other evidence to substantiate that suggestion was found.
1997: Eight months after the group originally disbands, Soundgraden's compilation 'A-Sides' is released.
2000: Ted Gardner, former manager of Tool, sues the members of the L.A. band, their corporation, and their publishing company, alleging breach of contract and fraud.
2002: Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors announce plans to reform with The Cult lead singer, Ian Astbury, and The Police drummer, Stewart Copeland. They initially tour as 'The Doors of the 21st Century,' but a lawsuit by original drummer, John Densmore (who declined to tour citing hearing loss), forces them to stop using the 'Doors' moniker. They change their name to 'Riders on the Storm' as a result of the litigation.
2003: Carmen Electra (Tara Patrick) and ex-Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro marry. The marriage doesn't last three years.
2003: The Compaq Center in Houston closes with a final concert by ZZ Top, who performed there when it was known as The Summit. Their first concert there was in November 1975. The venue would be acquired by Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church.
2004: Marilyn Manson, with a MTV camera crew in tow, makes a surprise visit to Temple University. Manson tells an Art and Society class, "We create our own gods. We create our own devils."
2004: Incubus` Brandon Boyd appears in a New York court to face a criminal-possession-of-a-weapon charge. He pleads guilty and gets a $250 fine. Weeks earlier, Boyd was arrested for carrying a souvenir switchblade while trying to board a plane at New York`s LaGuardia Airport.
2004: U2 plays a surprise outdoor concert in Brooklyn`s Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. They also tour Manhattan playing impromptu performaces from a flatbed truck. It's all filmed for a MTV special.
2004: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne appear on British television to plead for the return of items stolen the previous day from their Buckinghamshire, U.K. estate. Among the items stolen was Ozzy and Sharon's wedding ring and over $3 million in jewelry. The Osbournes offer nearly $190,000 for information that will convict the burglars. Osbourne had one of the burglars in a headlock however the burglar would later break free & jump out of a 30 foot tall window & was apparently injured by the fall.
2005: Ex-Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha appears at a Los Angeles concert to help the South Central Farmers organization. The group wants to save a local community farm.
2005: Sixteen pages of poetry written by University of Minnesota student Robert Zimmerman (using his new name, Bob Dylan, for the first time) are auctioned off for $78,000 in New York.
2005: Papa Roach release their first DVD, 'Live & Murderous in Chicago,' with 75-minutes of a concert filmed by 12 cameras. The package also contains all the group's videos and behind-the-scenes footage.
2005: Audioslave perform 'Doesn't Remind Me' on NBC's Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
2005: 'Over The Years and Through The Woods,' a live CD/DVD from Queens Of The Stone Age, is out. Prior to the London shows singer-guitarist Josh Homme underwent knee surgery but he wanted to do the concerts because the group had already nixed five previous London appearances. "I took enough Vicodin to kill a small child," says Homme. "I didn't want to cancel again."
2005: Rykodisc re-releases Nine Inch Nails' 1989 debut album, 'Pretty Hate Machine.' However, N.I.N. mastermind Trent Reznor is "pretty aggravated" by Rykodisc's no-frills reissue. The label was unwilling to spend the money to produce a deluxe edition. The album had been out of print for several years.
2005: Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp unfurls his solo debut, 'The Great Divide.' The album's title track, and first single, are featured in a NASCAR ad campaign that airs during the Chase For The Nextel Cup auto-racing series.
2005: Green Day nab the Favorite Artist: Alternative Music trophy, as well as the Favorite Album: Pop/Rock honor for their 'American Idiot' CD at the American Music Awards in L.A.. The band didn't attend the festivities nor did the Rolling Stones. But the Stones are shown on the Salt Lake City stop of their A Bigger Bang world tour.
2005: System Of A Down unleash 'Hypnotize,' the second half of a double album (the platinum-certified 'Mezmerize' was released earlier). They celebrate by performing a show in New York as part of MTV2's 2$Bill Concert Series. Earlier in the day, the group does an in-store signing at the Virgin Megastore in New York's Times Square. The first 400 people to purchase the CD attend the autograph session.
2006: Elton John hosts a London charity performance of the stage hit 'Billy Elliot The Musical.' John composed the music. Proceeds benefit the British children's charity the Place2Be.
2006: After decades of living in California, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is finally naturalized as a citizen of the United States.
2006: A custom motorcycle autographed by 2006 tour partners, Def Leppard and Journey, is auctioned online to raise money for the Cure Autism Now charity.
2006: New Cars frontman Todd Rundgren says his version of the Cars has made "an improvement on the original." OK, you can stop laughing now. Rundgren does come back to reality by admitting this incarnation's future, beyond the current tour, is really up to the fans. "If they come out and buy tickets, there's life," explains the singer/guitarist. "If they do not, then the audience has spoken."
2009: Green Day beat out Kings Of Leon and Shinedown to win the Favorite Alternative Rock Artist honor at the American Music Awards. They also perform '21 Guns.'
2009: Slash and Ozzy Osbourne play a concert in Hollywood to raise funds for the Los Angeles Youth Network (they work with homeless young people). The former Guns N' Roses guitarist co-hosts the event with performances from Travis Barker (Blink-182), Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Chester Bennington (Linkin ParK) and Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers).
2009: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band wrap up their two-year world tour in Buffalo, NY. For this show they play their 1973 classic, 'Greetings From Asbury Park.' It is the first-ever live performance of the entire album.
2010: My Chemical Romance release 'Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys,' their first studio album in four years (since 2006's 'Black Parade').
2010: Vince Neil competes on ABC's 'Skating With the Stars.' The Motley Crue frontman skated competitively for two years in his pre-Crue days.
2010: For those who didn't download the songs for free when they were available, fans can purchase the Smashing Pumpkins 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscore Vol. II: The Solstice Bare.' It's the second EP of a 44-song set.
2010: 'LENNONYC,' a PBS documentary, premieres on American Masters. "John Lennon spent the last decade of his life in New York City, finding freedom, inspiration and tragedy there before his death in 1980," says John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono. "It is a very strange city. It was his love and it was his death."
2010: After just one week of availability on the iTunes store, The Beatles’ music sold more than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs. The Fab Four’s debut on iTunes was accompanied by an extensive world-wide marketing campaign.
2013: Megadeth are among the performers at a Nashville concert honoring the late Country music legend George Jones. "I am honoring George's belief in the veterans," says Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, "which is the best way I know to show respect to his legacy, and to his wife and family.
2015: Foo Fighters roll out the 'Saint Cecilia' EP. The free set, recorded in Austin, is dedicated to the victims of the 11/13/15 Paris massacre where terrorist attacked an Eagle Of Death Metal concert, among other targets. The tragedy led to the cancellation of the Foos' remaining European dates.
2015: Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach and Devil You Know cancel a Milan, Italy concert after rumors generated by the hacktivist collective Anonymous state the concert is one of several potential ISIS targets.
2015: Ozzy Osbourne's performance at Ozzfest Japan (held outside of Tokyo) features Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society and Ozzy's former guitarist) and Ozzy's Black Sabbath bandmate, bassist Geezer Butler.
2015: 'Jaco,' Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo's biopic on the life of Jazz-fusion legend Jaco Pastorius, makes its world premiere in L.A.
2015: Pop singer Justin Bieber's wears a Nirvana shirt to the American Music Awards. The wardrobe decision upsets some Nirvana fans who lash out via social media. But Courtney Love (the widow Cobain) tweets "You're cool in my book @justinbieber xc."

Nov. 23
1899: The world's first jukebox was installed at San Francisco's Palais Royal Hotel.
1936: Robert Johnson began his first recording sessions in San Antonio, TX at the Gunter Hotel where sixteen songs were recorded.
1954: Under new management (but not yet Col. Tom Parker), Elvis Presley is billed as the "Hillbilly Cat."
1956: Sheet metal worker Louis Balint was arrested after punching Elvis Presley at a Hotel in Toledo. Balint claimed that his wife's love for Elvis had caused his marriage to break up. He was fined $19.60 but ended up being jailed because he was unable to pay the fine.
1959: RCA denies rumors that Elvis Presley will change his style once out of the army.
1960: Elvis Presley's 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' hits #1 on the Billboard charts.
1962: The Beatles traveled to St. James' Church Hall in London for a ten-minute audition with BBC Television. The audition came about when Beatles fan, David Smith of Preston, Lancashire wrote to the BBC asking for The Beatles to be featured on BBC television. Assuming that Smith was The Beatles' manager, the BBC wrote back to him, offering The Beatles an audition. Smith brought his letter to NEMS Enterprises, and Clive Epstein (Brian's brother) arranged for audition to take place. Four days later, Brian Epstein received a polite "thumbs-down" letter from the BBC.
1964: 'The Beatles Story,' an adoring and glossy look at the group is released by Capitol Records. The Beatles also release 'I Feel Fine' (with the feedback intro) and 'She's A Woman.'
1964: The Rolling Stones are banned from the BBC for unprofessionalism after showing up late for appearances on the radio shows 'Top Gear' and 'Saturday Club.'
1964: The High Numbers perform for the first time as The Who-Maximum R&B.
1965: Dave Clark Five perform at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1965: Marc Bolan appeared live on the UK TV show 'Five O’Clock Funfair,' performing 'The Wizard.'
1966: Elvis Presley's movie 'Spinout' premieres. The critics hate the movie but the fans turn it into a hit. It co-stars Bill Bixby and Nancy Sinatra.
1966: The Monkees 'I'm A Believer' b/w '(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone' 45 single is released. The Neil Diamond composed song, produced by Jeff Barry, hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending December 31, 1966 and remained there for seven weeks, becoming the last #1 hit of 1966 and the biggest-selling record for all of 1967. Because of 1,051,280 advance orders, it went gold within two days of release. It is one of the fewer than thirty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide. The song is listed at #48 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.
1967: A 16 date UK package tour played its 7th night at the Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff. Featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Eire Apparent and Amen Corner, the entourage performed twice nightly. In 1974, Pink Floyd returned to the venue, which has since been demolished, to be replaced by the 'Really Welsh Pavilion.'
1967: San Francisco DJ (and underground radio pioneer) Tom Donahue claims Top 40 is dead. Top 40 mutates into Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), a kind of code for tighter playlists.
1967: The Who appeared at The New Barn, Lions Delaware County Fairgrounds in Muncie, Indiana.
1968: Led Zeppelin plays at Sheffield University in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1968: Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant finalized a deal to sign Led Zeppelin to Atlantic Records. Dusty Springfield recommended Jimmy Page to label boss Ahmet Ertegun.
1968: Pink Floyd appeared at the The Large Hall, Regent Street Polytechnic in London, England.
1968: It’s reported that San Francisco’s Family Dog collective has lost its license to hold its famed marathon Grateful Dead concerts at the Avalon Ballroom.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band headlines the second night of the “Turkey Trip” at Duke Tire Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Other performers included Hampton Grease Band, Brick Wall, and Sweet Young ‘Uns Booger Band.
1970: Cat Stevens releases his 'Tea for the Tillerman' album.
1971: Yes performed at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
1971: Led Zeppelin played at Public Hall, in Preston, England. Admission was £1.
1971: During a European tour The Mothers Of Invention appeared at The Rheinhalle in Dusseldorf.
1972: Pink Floyd performed the second of five shows at the Salle Valliers in Marseille, France. The shows were a collaboration with the Ballets de Marseille and Maia Plissetskaia, from the Bolshoi Theatre. The band’s portion of the program was the third portion of the presentation which consisted of a ballet in four movements based on the following set list: One of These Days / Careful With That Axe, Eugene / Obscured By Clouds / When You’re In / Echoes.
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas.
1974: Elton John started an 11-week run at #1 on the UK chart with his 'Greatest Hits,' album. It also enjoyed a 10-week run as the US chart topper.
1974: The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US #1 album with 'It's Only Rock 'N Roll.' The album which was the last Stones album for guitarist Mick Taylor peaked at #2 in the UK.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd release 'Free Bird' as a single. It's the group's second Top 40 hit ('Sweet Home Alabama' was the 1st).
1974: Linda Ronstadt's 'Heart Like A Wheel' album is released.
1974: Keyboardist Gary Wright leaves Spooky Tooth. He ends up having two solo hits ('Love Is Alive' and 'Dream Weaver').
1975: Queen started a nine-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' The promotional video that accompanied the song is generally acknowledged as being the first pop video. When the band wanted to release the single various record executives suggested to them that, at 5:55, it was too long and would never be a hit.
1976: Ten hours after his last arrest, Jerry Lee Lewis was nicked again after brandishing a Derringer pistol outside Elvis Presley’s Graceland’s home in Memphis, demanding to see “The King.” When police arrived they found Lewis sat in his car with the loaded Derringer pistol resting on his knee.
1977: Aerosmith played at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California.
1978: Billy Joel appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1979: Pink Floyd released 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' which rapidly topped the charts in the UK, followed by the US and 9 other countries.
1979: Keith Richard's girlfriend Anita Pallenburg was cleared by a court of shooting a man found dead at her home. 17-year-old Scott Cantrell had shot himself in the head with a gun owned by Keith Richards while in Pallenberg's bed, at the South Salem, New York house shared by Richards and Pallenberg. Cantrell had been employed as a part-time groundskeeper at the estate and was involved in a sexual relationship with Pallenberg.
1979: 'The Rod Stewart Special' airs on NBC-TV.
1979, Marianne Faithfull is arrested at Norway’s Oslo Airport on charges of marijuana possession. She signs a confession and is allowed to carry on with her tour of the country.
1980: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
1981: The Moody Blues played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1981: AC/DC release their 8th studio album 'For Those About to Rock,' which goes on to sell four million copies in the U.S.
1983: ZZ Top appeared at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1984: Eric Clapton performed at the Sports and Entertainment Center in Melbourne, Australia.
1985: American blues artist Big Joe Turner died of a heart attack aged 75. Hew wrote 'Shake Rattle and Roll', (a hit for Bill Haley and the Comets) and 'Sweet Sixteen.' He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and called “the brawny voiced ‘Boss of the Blues'”."
1987: Black Sabbath release their 13th studio album, 'The Eternal Idol.'
1988: Motley Crue released their 'Raw Tracks' EP.
1989: Nuclear Assault release their 3rd studio album, 'Handle with Care.'
1989: Paul McCartney played the first of five nights at the Los Angeles Forum during a 104-date world tour. It was his first appearances in North America in thirteen years.
1989: During a 104-date world tour, Paul McCartney played the first of five nights at the Los Angeles Forum, California, his first appearances in North America in thirteen years.
1990: Bad Religion release their 5th full-length studio album 'Against the Grain.' This is the band's last recording with drummer Pete Finestone, who left the band just prior to the recording of their next album 'Generator,' which eventually dropped in 1992.
1991: Stevie Ray Vaughan debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'The Sky Is Crying' which was the first posthumously compilation album of Vaughan’s work released. The album went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.
1991: Michael Jackson had his 4th UK #1 single with 'Black or White,' which featured Slash on guitar. It was also a #1 hit in the US.
1991: Genesis scored their fifth UK #1 album with 'We Can’t Dance,' featuring the singles 'Jesus He Knows Me,' and 'I Can’t Dance.'
1991: Queen frontman Freddie Mercury issues a statement confirming that he has AIDS and calling for help in fighting the disease. Mercury would die the next day.
1993: Emerson, Lake And Palmer receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1993: Guns N' Roses release their 5th studio album, 'The Spaghetti Incident?'
1993: Metallica release their 1st live album, 'Live Shit: Binge & Purge.'
1994: Smashing Pumpkins' 'Pisces Iscariot' goes platinum.
1994: Tommy Boyce (born Sidney Thomas Boyce), commits suicide. He was just 55. It is estimated that Tommy Boyce’s solo compositions and collaborative efforts have produced record sales over and above 85 million. Boyce and his songwriting partner Bobby Hart wrote the theme to 'Days of Our Lives,' 'Scooby- Doo Where Are You,' and hits for singers like Andy Williams, Dean Martin, The Animals, Del Shannon and most of the Monkees’ hits, including 'Last Train To Clarksville' and 'I’m Not Your Stepping Stone.' They were also instrumental in lowering the voting age to 18 after spearheading the “Let Us Vote,” or “L.U.V.” campaign. Boyce had recently suffered a brain aneurysm prior to his death.
1995: Junior “Jr.” Walker (born Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr.) dies of cancer at 64. Walker was a singer and saxophonist who played on Foreigner’s hit 'Urgent.' His band, Jr. Walker & the All Stars, had many R&B hits on the Motown label.
1995: U2 is named the Best Group at the MTV Europe Awards.
1995: Garbage makes their UK debut in London. The show is the first of a series of European dates.
1998: Metallica release the 'Garage Inc' album.
1999: Metallica with Michael Kamen conducting The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra 'S&M' album is released.
1999: Motley Crue release their 1st official live album, 'Live: Entertainment or Death.'
1998: Guns N' Roses release 'Live Era '87–'93.'
1999: Yngwie Malmsteen releases his 11th studio album, 'Alchemy.'
2002: Rush performed the final concert of their tour in support of 'Vapor Trails' at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. This concert would be released on DVD the following year as the acclaimed 'Rush in Rio.'
2002: Otis Reddings' widow and his former manager filed a lawsuit against the author of a biography written in 2001 about the R&B legend, claiming the book was filled with lies. The lawsuit, filed in Atlanta's Fulton County, sought $15 million in damages and claimed that the book detailed rumors about the singer's drug use, extramarital affairs and divorce, causing "harm to the plaintiffs." It also cites rumors that Otis' manager plotted with the Mafia to kill Otis by causing the plane to crash in order to claim $1 million in life insurance.
2004: U2 release their eleventh studio album 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.' Recorded with longtime U2 producer Steve Lillywhite, the first single is 'Vertigo.'
2004: Nirvana's box set 'With The Lights Out' was released. 81 tracks, including 68 previously unreleased songs, spans Nirvana's career ranging from an 1987 cover of Led Zeppelin's 'Heartbreaker' to Kurt Cobain solo material recorded in 1994.
2004: 'Live At Red Rocks,' from Incubus is released.
2004: Creed's double-disc retrospective CD/DVD, 'Greatest Hits' is released. The 13 song set also contains nine videos and previously unreleased live performances.
2004: A deluxe edition and a DVD-Audio of Nine Inch Nails 1994 album 'The Downward Spiral' is released. It includes the usual previously unreleased remixes and rarities.
2004: Bon Jovi performs on NBC's Today Show. The group plays three songs promoting their 5-disc box set, '100 Million Bon Jovi Fans Can`t Be Wrong.' One song is chosen by fans ('It's My Life') voting at NBC.com.
2005: Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger sues the band's former drummer, Ryan Vikedal, for royalties he had been receiving since leaving the group eleven months earlier. Court documents claim that Vikedal failed to return moneys he had wrongly been paid since his departure.
2006: "Health issues" force Breaking Benjamin to drop out of their tour with headliners Godsmack. Soil is their replacement. According to Breaking Benjamin's bassist Mark James Klepaski, singer Ben Burnley's severe dizziness and dehydration is the reason.
2007: Bono and The Edge from U2 made a surprise appearance at a charity gig, playing four songs before 250 people. The London gig at the Union Chapel was held as part of the Mencap's Little Noise Sessions.
2008: 15 years after their last album, Guns N' Roses released 'Chinese Democracy' in the US, exclusively via the electronics retailer Best Buy. Nine years previously, Geffen Records had reportedly paid Axl Rose $1 million to finish the album, with a further $1 million if he handed it in to them by March 1, 1999.
2008: Dr. Pepper makes good on its offer to send a free can of the beverage to "everyone in America" (excluding ex-GN'R members Slash and Buckethead) when 'Chinese Democracy' is released. "We never thought this day would come," says Dr Pepper VP of marketing Tony Jacobs. "But now that it's here all we can say is: The Dr Pepper's on us." Fans go to Dr Pepper.com to receive a coupon redeemable for a 20-oz. Dr Pepper.
2008: Linkin Park wins the Alternative Rock Favorite Artist at the 36th annual American Music Awards in L.A. Scott Weiland, Nickelback, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are among the presenters.
2008: Tony Iommi gets a spot on the Walk of Stars in his hometown of Birmingham, England. Iommi follows Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne, who was the first person to receive the honor the previous year.
2008: Yes donates $10 from every ticket sold for their concert in Albany, NY, to the Stride Adaptive Sports organization. The proceeds go toward the fourth annual Wounded Warrior Snowsports Event, which provides an adaptive snowboarding and skiing vacation for injured U.S. soldiers and their families.
2008: The Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, "forgives" John Lennon's controversial 1966 statement about The Beatles being "more popular than Christ" as a "youthful joke." The article maintains that Lennon's comment "after many years sounds only like a 'boast' by a young working-class Englishman faced with unexpected success."
2009: Little Richard has hip replacement surgery, which does not go well. The rocker will never walk again and remains in constant pain.
2009: Metallica's concert DVD, 'Francais Pour Une Nuit (French For One Night),' is released. The 18-song set, recorded the previous summer (7/7) in Nimes, France, has songs from various points in the group's career. There are interviews and video clips shot by audience members.
2009: The Rolling Stones re-release 'Wild Horses' as a digital package, following Susan Boyle's performance of the song on the X Factor the night before. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, 'Wild Horses' is on the Stones' 1971 album, 'Sticky Fingers.' Boyle's version is the opening track from the middle-aged Scottish singing sensation's debut album, 'I Dreamed A Dream.' 'Wild Horses' has been more notably covered by Neil Young, Guns N' Roses and Sheryl Crow.
2010: The Beatles sell more than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs worldwide in the first week that the group's music is available on iTunes. The best-selling album in the U.S. is 'Abbey Road,' and the best-selling song is George Harrison's 'Here Comes the Sun' which is on the album.
2010: Yngwie Malmsteen releases his 18th studio album, 'Relentless.'
2012: Nirvana, Primus and Eric Burdon & The Greenhornes are among the Black Friday Record Store Day releases. Record Store Day Black Friday is held at independently owned stores.
2012: According to a new list of the 200 rarest records published in Record Collector magazine, the original acetate of the pre-Beatles demo by the Quarrymen of 'That’ll Be The Day' was worth £200,000 ($320,630). Several other Beatles records figured in the top 20. Low-numbered copies of The Beatles (White Album) were said to be worth £7,000 ($11,222 USD), though a copy of a mono White Album #0000005 sold for £19,201 ($30,782 USD) in 2009.
2015: Bring Me The Horizon donate $10,000 from merchandise sales toward the medical expenses of former tour mates The Ghost Inside. All five band members suffered injuries when their tour bus collided with an oncoming semi-truck in Texas.
2015: 'Licensed To Ill,' a musical about the Beastie Boys, begins a three week run at the Camden People's Theatre in London.

Nov. 24
1961: In yet another important development for British blues-rock, Chicago blues legend Howlin' Wolf makes his first appearance in the UK for his first European tour, touring behind his latest single, 'Little Baby.'
1964: The Who appeared at The Marquee Club in London. Between 1964-1968 The Who made 29 appearances at The Marquee.
1965: The Young Rascals release 'Good Lovin'.
1966: The Beatles begin the 'Sgt. Pepper's' sessions. Ironically, they start on John Lennon's 'Strawberry Fields Forever' which doesn't appear until the next album 'Magical Mystery Tour.'
1966: Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs, Bryan Hyland, and Distant Cousins appeared at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1967: The Who play The Swinging Gate in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After the show The Who go to local booking agent Linda Wren’s home for Thanksgiving dinner.
1968: Jefferson Airplane played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: The Beatles release 'The White Album' in the U.S.
1968: Cream performed their farwell concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
1969: The Rolling Stones 'Let It Bleed' album is certified gold.
1969: The Rolling Stones played at the Detroit Olympia in Detroit, Michigan.
1971: Led Zeppelin appeared at Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1972: King Crimson performed at Essex University in Colchester, England.
1972: ABC-TV's Don Kirshner-produced 'In Concert,' the network's weekly late-night answer to NBC's Midnight Special, debuts. The initial episode features musical performances by Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Allman Brothers Band, and Poco. KHJ-Los Angeles disc jockey Robert W. Morgan was the offstage announcer for the show. Kirshner's deadpan, stilted introductions are mimicked by comedians across the country.
1973: Ringo Starr's 'Photograph' hits #1. It was his first of two US chart toppers as a solo artist. Written by Starr and George Harrison, the promotional film shot for the single showed Starr walking around his new house at the time, Tittenhurst Park, which had been previously the home of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, (and where the 'Imagine' promo film was shot).
1974: In the midst of his infamous "Lost Weekend," John Lennon rehearses with Elton John for Elton's upcoming Madison Square Garden performance, at which Lennon will make a surprise cameo.
1974: Genesis appeared at the Masonic Temple in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1974: Roxy Music played at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
1975: The Who performed at The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia.
1976: Chicago started a three week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'If You Leave Me Now,' the American group's only UK #1. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.
1977: Yes appeared at Ahoy-Hallen Rotterdam in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
1978: In a clear prelude to his coming "Christian" direction, the Jewish-born Bob Dylan plays tonight's gig in Fort Worth, Texas, wearing a large gold cross around his neck.
1978: David Bowie played the first of two sold-out nights at the RAS Show Grounds in Sydney during his 8-date 'Low/Heroes' tour of Australia and New Zealand.
1978: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
1979: Stevie Ray Vaughn performed at Lupo, in Providence, Rhode Island.
1979: Iron Maiden release 'The Soundhouse Tapes' on their own label, Rock Hard Records.
1980: Bruce Springsteen played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1980: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
1981: Alice Cooper headlined at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1984: Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe marries for the first time, to nude model Elaine Starchuk (AKA Candice). They divorce the following year.
1990: Alias, a band featuring early Heart members Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen & Mike Derosier peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with the power ballad 'More Than Words Can Say.'
1991: Reverend Little Richard officiates the marriage of pop singer Cyndi Lauper and actor David Thornton.
1991: Eric Carr, drummer for KISS, died of complications from a rare form of heart cancer. He was 41 years old. Carr replaced Peter Criss in Kiss in 1980 and remained a band member until he became ill in 1991. For his Kiss stage persona, Carr was known as “The Fox.”
1991: Freddie Mercury of Queen dies from AIDS. Freddie wrote 10 of the 17 songs on Queen’s Greatest Hits album including 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'Killer Queen,' 'Somebody to Love,” 'We Are the Champions,' 'Bicycle Race,' 'Don’t Stop Me Now,' 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and 'Play the Game.' Mercury was openly bisexual and although his last relationship was with hairdresser Jim Hutton, he left almost all of his assets, including his ashes, to Mary Austin, his former girlfriend and his best friend. When he died, his friend Dave Clark of The Dave Clark Five was with him. As a member of Queen, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
1992: Bill Wyman's divorce with Mandy Smith was finalized, awarding his ex-wife £580,000. The Rolling Stones bassist had started to date Smith when she was 13, the marriage lasted for two years.
1993: Albert Collins (born Albert Gene Drewery) dies of lung cancer at 61. Collins was known as “The Master of the Telecaster,” due to his long association with Fender guitars. Collins was famous for his informal and entertaining shows, where he would use his long guitar lead to walk through the crowd, sometimes ending up on the street while still performing. He was also a major influence of Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray and many other blues guitarists. He shared a Grammy for the 1985 album 'Showdown!' which he recorded with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland.
1994: Oasis earn the Best U.K. Band trophy at the first annual MTV Europe Music Awards held at the Pariser Platzin Berlin. Aerosmith won the award for Best Rock Band.
1997: On today's episode of 'Judge Judy,' Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols is the defendant in a wrongful termination lawsuit brought on by his former drummer. Judy Rules in Rotten's favor, and thanks him for his patience.
1998: EMI unleashes the Ultimate Iron Maiden Box Set, featuring all 12 of the band’s albums.
1998: Pearl Jam's 1st live album, 'Live On Two Legs' is released.
1998: The Simpsons released their second album of originally recorded songs 'The Yellow Album' which featured guest appearances by Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Linda Ronstadt & Parliament-Funkadelic.
1999: Eddie Money appears on The Drew Carey Show. The plot is incredibly far-fetched and Money doesn't even sing in the episode.
1999: During a Bonhams of London rock auction, Buddy Holly's first driving license sold for £3,795; and a copy of The Beatles 1968 'The White Album' numbered 00000001, sold for £9,775.
2003: Nickelback's Chad Kroeger wins the Rock Music Award at the 14th annual SOCAN (Canada`s Grammys) Awards for 'Hero,' from 2002`s Spider-Man soundtrack. 'Hero' also features Saliva`s Josey Scott. International Achievement Awards are presented for Nickelback`s 'How You Remind Me' and Default`s 'Wasting My Time.'
2003: Iron Maiden released the single 'Rainmaker.'
2005: An intoxicated Scott Stapp gets into a brawl with members of 311 at a Baltimore hotel. 311 singer S.A. Martinez, suffers a fractured knuckle during the altercation and maintains that he and his bandmates acted in self-defense.
2005: Bob Geldof called for fair trade at an awards event in Rome that recognised his antipoverty efforts. "Africa must be allowed to trade itself out of poverty," he said as he received the Man of Peace award from the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
2006: Evanescence's 'The Open Door' is certified platinum. It sold 450,000 copies in its first week of release, the album only needed five weeks to pass the 1 million-sales mark.
2006: Axl Rose drops Eagles Of Death Metal from the Guns N' Roses tour after one performance (in Cleveland). Helmet joins Sebastian Bach to fill the opener slots.
2006: Interviews with U2's Bono and the Edge are featured on the first episode of HBO's Off the Record. The series is hosted by Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart.
2006: Fender sells replicas of Eric Clapton's famous guitar "Blackie."
2006: Whitesnake release their 3rd live album 'Live: In the Shadow of the Blues.'
2007: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea lost his $4.8 million home in a wildfire that swept through Malibu.
2008: Michael Lee (born Michael Gary Pearson) dies from an epileptic seizure at 39. Lee was an English drummer who worked with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, The Cult, Ian Gillan, Thin Lizzy aand many others.
2008: China's communist government condemns Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy." They claim the album as an attack on the country and say GN'R is part of a Western conspiracy to "grasp and control the world using democracy as a pawn."
2009: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers release 'The Live Anthology,' a box set that includes recordings and video footage from throughout their career.
2009: Eighteen years to the day after Freddie Mercury's death, Queen guitarist Brian May attends a ceremony to honor Freddie Mercury in Feltham, Middlesex, U.K. The tribute includes the unveiling of a Hollywood-style star honoring the singer. Mercury moved to the town when he was 17.
2010: Kid Rock's 'Born Free' debuts at #1 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart. The Rick Rubin produced album, Rock's eighth studio effort, also debuts at #5 on the 200 chart.
2014: Foo Fighters sell their own Christmas sweaters with the design of a Rock-n-Roll gingerbread man.
2014: Soundgarden's 'Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path,' a 3-CD, 50-track rarities collection is released.
2014: 'REMTV,' a DVD/CD set that chronicles R.E.M.'s numerous MTV appearances is released.
2014: Unused photographs taken during The Beatles Abbey Road photo session are sold at auction for $180,000. The outtakes show The Beatles out of step and walking in the opposite direction.
2015: Scorpions are the first band to perform in Paris since an extremist group orchestrated a terror attack that left 130 dead. Fans sing the French national anthem during the sold-out concert at the Bercy arena.

Nov. 25
1957: Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps make their national TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1957: An article in Billboard claims, perhaps presumptively, that the era of the "package tour" is dead, with rock and roll artists feeling they can take a bigger cut from individual "record hops."
1961: The Everly Brothers report for duty at Camp Pendleton in southern California after joining the Marine Corps Reserves. By enlisting together, the brothers ensured that they would not be drafted - and separated.
1965: London's famed department store, Harrods, opens for The Beatles for two hours after closing time in order to allow the members of the group to do their Christmas shopping.
1966: The Beatles record The Beatles' Fourth Christmas Album.
1966: Jimi Hendrix Experience make their debut at Bag O' Nails Club in London. The "media showcase" is the group's introduction to the U.K. press.
1967: Strawberry Alarm Clock hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Incense And Peppermint.'
1967: The Who play the first of two nights at The Village Theatre in New York City. The Vagrants, with guitarist Leslie West, and The Rich Kids open for them.
1967: The Who peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'I Can See for Miles' which was their first and only top ten single in the U.S.
1967: Spirit, Country Joe & the Fish, and Moby Grape perform at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1968: Yes plays at the Revolution Club in London.
1968: Cream perform the first of two farewell shows at London's Royal Albert Hall. A fanatic crowd of over 10,000 chant "God save the Cream" as the group leaves the stage.
1969: John Lennon returns his MBE (Member of the British Empire) with an attached letter that reads, puckishly, "Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon of Bag."
1969: The Rolling Stones appeared at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appears at the National Guard Armory in Birmingham, Alabama.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at Friedrich Ebert Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
1970: George Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' b/w 'Isn't It a Pity' single is released in the U.S. It was issued on January 15, 1971 in the UK.
1971: The surviving Doors tell Rolling Stone magazine they plan to continue despite lead singer Jim Morrison's death earlier in the year. They produce two lackluster albums before pulling the plug.
1972: Chuck Berry was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'My Ding a-Ling,"' his only UK chart topper. The song was originally recorded by Dave Bartholomew in 1952. Berry's version was from a concert recorded at the Locarno ballroom in Coventry, England, on February 3, 1972. Boston radio station WMEX disc jockey Jim Connors was credited with a gold record for discovering the song and pushing it to #1 over the airwaves and amongst his peers in the United States.
1972: London’s Rainbow Theater cancels the premiere of 'Pink Floyd Live at Pompei'i after the theater owner and the promoter could not come to terms.
1972: Poco release their 5th album, 'A Good Feelin'.
1973: The Grateful Dead perform at Feyline Field in Tempe, Arizona.
1974: Genesis played at Allen Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio.
1975: The Who perform at the Murphy Centre, on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
1975: Deep in debt, Elvis Presley takes out a $350,000 loan from the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis, TN. His Graceland estate is put up as collateral.
1976: The Band film their final performance on Thanksgiving Day at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Director Martin Scorsese makes it a documentary called 'The Last Waltz.' The show also features guest stars Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Neil Diamond, Bobby Charles, The Staple Singers, and Eric Clapton. It is generally hailed as one of the greatest rock concerts ever.
1977: Eric Clapton releases his 'Slowhand' album.
1977: Aerosmith played at the Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas.
1978: The Police appeared at The Electric Ballroom in London.
1978: Eric Clapton played at City Hall in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.
1978: The Cars' 'My Best Friend's Girl' is the first commercially released picture disc in the U.K. That marketing ploy and the song's clever plot take it to #3 on the pop chart.
1978: Playing The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is hit in the face with a bottle thrown from the audience. The band leaves the stage and the show is cancelled after Joe Perry tells the crowd, "We love you, but you can't throw things at us." A firecracker was thrown on stage during an Aerosmith show the previous year.
1979: Bob Marley & The Wailers perform at the Santa Barbara County Bowl.
1979: Fleetwood Mac performs at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1979: ZZ Top appeared at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1980: Black Sabbath plays at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, Australia.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Jefferson Coliseum in Birmingham, Alabama.
1984: Band Aid is founded by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-poverty efforts in Ethiopia. They record the song 'Do They Know It’s Christmas?' in Notting Hill, London at S.A.R.M. Studios, and release it four days later. Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Sting and U2 are among the 40 artists who participate. At the time, the single sells over three million copies and becomes the biggest-selling single of all time in the UK.
1988: Having successfully completed their stint in an Arizona rehab clinic, Ringo Starr returns to England with his second wife, actress Barbara Bach.
1989: Alice Cooper's 'Poison' hits #7, the rocker's first Top 40 hit in nine years.
1991: Skid Row released the single 'In A Darkened Room.'
1993: Pete’s Townshend’s musical version of Hughes’ children’s’ story 'The Iron Man' opens in London for a short run. David Thacker is the Production Director, while Anthony Castro serves as the Music Director.
1995: Alice In Chains release their self titled 3rd studio album.
1996: A statue in Montreux, Switzerland by sculptor Irena Sedlecka was erected as a tribute to Freddie Mercury. It was unveiled by Freddie’s father and Montserrat Caballé, with bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor also in attendance. The statue stands almost 10 feet (3m) high overlooking Lake Geneva.
1997: The original Zombies lineup of Rod Argent on organ, Colin Blunstone on vocals, Paul Atkinson on guitar, Chris White on bass, and Hugh Grundy on drums reunite onstage for the first time in 30 years at London's Jazz Cafe, performing two songs only: 'She's Not There' and 'Time Of The Season' to promote their new box set 'Zombie Heaven.'
1998: Spin magazine editor Craig Marks tells police that shock rocker Marilyn Manson's bodyguards pinned him against a wall and hauled him up into the air. Marks claims he was invited backstage to talk with Manson after the artist performed at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Manson allegedly threatened Marks. "He said 'You know I can kill you, your family and everyone you know,'" Marks claims.
2000: A burglar breaks into Alice Cooper’s home in Paradise Valley, AZ and takes an estimated $6,500 of merchandise including several of Cooper’s gold records, and clothes and shoes belonging to one of his daughters. Cooper was out of town at the time of the burglary, but his mother and three of his children were present, although no one was harmed.
2002: Audioslave make their live debut performing a brief concert on the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC for the Late Show with David Letterman. It is also the first time a band plays on Letterman's marquee.
2003: Puddle Of Mudd release 'Life On Display.'
2003: Meat Loaf undergoes surgery in a London hospital after being diagnosed with a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat. The 52-year-old singer had collapsed on November 17th as he performed at London's Wembley Arena.
2004: John Mellencamp performs 'R.O.C.K. In The USA' and 'Walk Tall' during the Turkey Day halftime show at Detroit's Ford Field. The show's theme is: Join The Team: Millions of People Giving Back in Hundreds of Ways to Celebrate One America which promotes giving back to communities in need.
2004: Twisted Sister's Dee Snider hosts VH-1 Classic's 'A Very Classic Thanksgiving.' The guest list features ex-Monkee Davey Jones, Eddie Money, MC Hammer and Teri Nunn of Berlin.
2004: Steven Tyler visits Women's Hope substance-abuse treatment center in Dorchester, MA. His Thanksgiving Day talk is about sobriety after his own struggles with drugs and alcohol.
2007: Quiet Riot frontman Kevin DuBrow’s body was found in his Las Vegas home November 25, dead at age 52. He was believed to have died six days earlier of an accidental cocaine overdose.
2008: Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland rolls out his second solo album, 'Happy (In Galoshes).' It was co-produced by Weiland and Doug Grean with engineering assistance from Steve Albini. Making a guest appearance are No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young.
2008: Linkin Park releases 'Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes' CD/DVD, that documents the group's show in England, during the '08 Projekt Revolution tour.
2008: The 'Punisher: War Zone' soundtrack has Seether, Slipknot, Slayer and Rob Zombie's 'War Zone,' his first new music in three years. "I love writing music for films, rather than just throwing them an unwanted B-side or remix," says Zombie.
2008: The 14-track 'For The Troops II' with songs by 3 Doors Down and Aerosmith's Joe Perry is unfurled. The album is also distributed at U.S. military bases and military personnel are able to download the set for free.
2008: Rush's 'Snakes & Arrows Live' DVD is in stores. The three-disc set features high-definition footage from two 2007 Rotterdam, Netherlands shows and an 2008 concert in Atlanta.
2008: The book 'Runway Runaway' is in stores. The memoir by Lorelei Shellist, the former girlfriend of late Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark, recounts the musician's troubled life and untimely death. Shellist describes Clark as "haunted" and says he was "on an endless mission to self-medicate." Clark died of a drug overdose in 1991 at age 30.
2009: Linkin Park releases 'LPU 9.0: Demos,' containing nine previously unreleased tracks, including demo versions of hit songs. The album is only available to members of the Linkin Park Underground fan club.
2009: Brian May joined Freddie Mercury's 87-year-old mother Jer Bulsara in Feltham town centre, at a ceremony to unveil a plaque to the late singers memory. They were joined by over 2,000 fans from as far as Japan and Australia who descended on the Centre, in Feltham High Street in England. The plaque reads: “Freddie Mercury - musician, singer and songwriter” along with the dates he lived in Feltham, between 1964 and 1968.
2010: A restaurant fell victim to a prankster who had them make 178 pizzas by claiming they were for singer Bob Dylan and his crew. An imposter wearing a fake pass for a Dylan concert called in an Antonio's restaurant and placed the huge order worth more than $3,900. He told the owner the pizzas were for Dylan and his crew who had appeared in concert in Amherst, Massachusetts. Staff at Antonios worked until 5.30am to make the pizzas, but were left stunned when no one returned to collect the order.
2010: At a concert in Auckland, U2 honors 29 miners killed in the Pike River, New Zealand, coal mine a day earlier. During the song 'One Tree Hill,' the names of the dead miners are scrolled across the big screens onstage.
2010: Bret Michaels releases a video of his cover of Sublime's 'What I Got' as "a very special tribute to all of Bret's supportive fans." Michaels recorded the song for his 'Custom Built' album.
2011: The second Black Friday Record Store Day (named for the day after Thanksgiving shopping spree) features special releases from Soundgarden, the Black Keys, Kings Of Leon and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The day supports indie music retailers.
2011: Resistance Pro, a wrestling company founded by longtime fan Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), stages its first event at Club Excalibur in Chicago.
2011: Don DeVito, a longtime Columbia Records executive who produced the key Bob Dylan albums 'Blood on the Tracks' and 'Desire' died aged 72 after a 16-year battle with prostate cancer. DeVito had also worked with artists including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Aerosmith. DeVito started off as a guitarist touring for Al Kooper, and had his own band, The Sabres, which later broke up mid-tour. According to Columbia, DeVito was stranded in Fort Smith, Ark., when he happened to meet Johnny Cash and developed what would become a lifelong friendship; Cash would later introduce DeVito to Dylan.
2012: Led Zeppelin's 'Celebration Day,' the 2007 reunion concert, tops the iTunes chart. AC/DC, who released their entire catalog to iTunes nine days earlier, holds the #2 spot with 'Back In Black.' In addition, AC/DC sells 696,000 individual songs in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.
2012: The Rolling Stones play the first of five arena dates celebrating their 50th anniversary. The London O2 concert features appearances by former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Due to noise ordinances the two-hour concert ends at 11:05 pm before the Stones have a chance to play '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.'
2012: Elton John dedicates his show in Beijing to Chinese political dissident and artist Ai Weiwei, saying the show is for "the spirit and talent" of Ai.
2012: A memorial fund marathon is run in honor of the late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley is held in Seattle. The event benefits Therapeutic Health Services, which is an organization that helps to "rehabilitate individuals and heal families affected by alcohol dependence, drug dependence or mental illness."
2013: Blink-182's Tom DeLonge unfurls his first children's book, 'The Lonely Astronaut On Christmas Eve'.
2013: The Beastie Boys share an open letter with The New York Times regarding toymaker GoldieBlox's use of the song 'Girls' in a viral video ad. In a preemptive lawsuit, the toy company claimed what they did constituted fair use. Beastie Boys write they were "impressed by the creativity and the message" but the song had been used without our permission." The ad generated over eight million views. The suit is settled on March 19, 2014, with GoldieBlox issuing an apology and making a donation to charity.
2013: 'The Great Pretender,' a documentary about the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, wins the International Emmy Award for Best Arts Program at the 41st International Emmys in New York.
2013: The Beatles, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park are among the artists on 'Songs For The Philippines,' an iTunes album to raise money for those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines. All proceeds go to the Philippine Red Cross.
2014: Drummer Shawn Drover quits Megadeth after a ten year tenure. His announcement comes a day before guitarist Chris Broderick also bails on Megadeth.
2014: Iron Maiden reissue 'Somewhere In Time' and 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son' on vinyl.
2015: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules against Boston guitarist Tom Scholz in his defamation lawsuit against the Boston Herald and Micki Delp, the former wife of late singer Brad Delp. Scholz sued both parties after the newspaper printed articles which Scholz claimed could be construed as blaming him for Delp's 2007 suicide.

Nov. 26
1954: On tour, Elvis Presley sends a telegram to his parents: "Hi babies, here's the money to pay the bills, don't tell no one how much I sent I will send more next week. There is a card in the mail. Love Elvis."
1958: Johnny Cash made his debut on the US country chart when ‘Cry! Cry! Cry!’ made it to #14. His next seven singles would all make the country top 10, with ‘I Walk the Line’ and ‘There You Go’ both hitting #1.
1962: The Beatles recorded their second single ‘Please Please Me’ in 18 takes and ‘Ask Me Why’ for the flip side at EMI studio’s London. When released in the US on the Vee-Jay label, the first pressings featured a typographical error: The band's name was spelled "The Beattles".
1964: The Zombies record 'Tell Her No.'
1965: The Lovin' Spoonful release their debut album, 'Do You Believe in Magic.'
1967: The Beatles made a promotional video for their song 'Hello Goodbye,' with the video playing on The Ed Sullivan Show on this date. It was never shown at the time in the UK due to a musician's union ban on miming.
1967: The 10th date of a 16-date UK package tour with Pink Floyd playing alongside The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, The Nice, The Eire Apparent, The Outer Limits and Amen Corner took place at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, England. With all of the dates, there were two shows per night.
1968: Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Also on the bill were Yes and Taste. The concert was filmed and released as Cream's Farewell Concert which has often been criticized for both its mediocre sound and visual effects: during Ginger Baker's drum solo, he seems to change clothes at lightning speed due to careless post-editing.
1969: The Band's eponymous second album is certified gold.
1969: John Lennon works on a Beatles song for the last time when he mixes the song 'You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)' at Abbey Road Studios. The song was used as the B-side of their 'Let It Be' single.
1969: Pink Floyd and Mouseproof appeared at The Civic Hall in Dunstable, England, with tickets priced 14 shillings, ($1.68).
1971: Yes release their 4th studio album, 'Fragile.'
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Ritz Theater in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
1972: The Grateful Dead performed at the Civic Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.
1973: The New York Dolls made their live UK debut at Biba's Rainbow Room in London.
1973: Badfinger release their 4th and last album, 'Ass.'
1974: Led Zeppelin spend their time rehearsing at London’s Livewire Theatre while they wait for the release of 'Physical Graffiti.' The record company was holding up the album’s release due to its complicated cutout sleeve.
1975: Slade, Gary Glitter, Leo Sayer and The Troggs all appeared live on UK TV pop show 'Supersonic.'
1975: During a UK tour Queen played two shows at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester.
1976: Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left 10cc to work as a duo and concentrate on other projects including developing 'The Gizmo,' a device used to make neo-orchestral sounds on a guitar. Godley and Creme also become successful video directors during the ’80s, creating videos for groups including Ultravox, The Police, Duran Duran, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Wang Chung, as well as directing the ground-breaking promo for their own 'Cry' in 1985.
1976: Sex Pistols release the ‘Anarchy in the UK’ single. Originally issued in a plain black sleeve, the single was the only Sex Pistols recording released by EMI, and reached #38 on the UK Singles Chart, before EMI dropped the group in January 1977.
1977: Yes performed at Antwerpen Sportspaleis in Antwerp, Belgium.
1978: Styx played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1979: Fleetwood Mac kicked off their tour in support of 'Tusk' at the Mini Dome at Idaho State University in Pocatello.
1979: Bob Dylan’s all-gospel show gets an angry reaction in Tempe, Ariz. Dylan himself spends most of his time onstage berating the audience and then refuses to play an encore.
1979: Bill Haley, on what would be his last tour of the UK, plays for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Command Performance in London, .
1980: Motorhead play the first of four shows at London's Hammersmith Odeon Theatre. Performances from this show and subsequent ones are compiled into the classic 'No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith.'
1980: The movie 'Rockshow,' a documentary of Paul McCartney's 1976 'Wings Over America' tour, premieres in New York.
1980: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Jefferson Coliseum in Birmingham, Alabama.
1982: Van Halen plays at the River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1982: Aerosmith appeared at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1983: Asia peaked at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'The Smile Has Left Your Eyes' which would be their last top 40 single.
1983: John Cougar announces he's John Cougar Mellencamp. He always hated his stage name (given to him by a one-time manager). Soon the made-up Cougar moniker is dropped completely. Mellencamp's 'Crumblin' Down' single peaks at #9 in the U.S.
1983: Quiet Riot’s 'Metal Health' album reaches #1. It became the first Heavy Metal album to reach #1 on the Billboard charts.
1985: Starship's 'We Built This City" is #1. It was written by Martin Page and Elton John's songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin. The song beats out Glenn Frey's 'You Belong To The City.'
1988: ‘Hysteria’ by Def Leppard logs its 62nd week in US Top 10, the fifth longest run for 25 years.
1988: U2 peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Desire' which was their third top ten single in the U.S.
1988: Russian cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 7 took a cassette copy of the latest Pink Floyd album 'Delicate Sound Of Thunder' into space and played it in orbit, making Pink Floyd the first rock band to be played in space. David Gilmour and Nick Mason both attended the launch of the spacecraft.
1989: The Rolling Stones played a concert at Death Valley Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Hugo.
1989: MTV's Unplugged series premieres with an episode featuring Squeeze. Jules Shear hosted the first season.
1990: The inaugural Billboard Music Awards were held in Santa Monica, California.
1994: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their live album 'No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded' which went on to go Platinum in the U.S.
1994: The Eagles 'Eagles Hell Freezes Over' is the #1 album in the US. It has a two week run at #1. The album name is in reference to a quote by Don Henley after the band's breakup in 1980; he commented that the band would play together again "when Hell freezes over."
2000: The Beatles go to #1 on the US album chart with 'Beatles 1.' The album includes virtually every number-one single released from 1962 to 1970. Issued on the 30th anniversary of the band's break-up, it was their first compilation available on one CD. The world's best-selling album of the 21st century, '1' has sold over 31 million copies.
2001: Elton John appears on the show 'Ally McBeal' in the 'I Want Love' episode.
2001: At the Queen's Royal Command Performance in London, Elton John, Cher and Donny Osmond perform.
2002: Actor and major Elvis fan Nicolas Cage divorces Lisa Marie Presley after less than four months, citing "irreconcilable differences."
2002: Sum 41 release their 'Does This Look Infected' album.
2006: Yoko Ono takes out a full-page ad in Sunday's edition of The New York Times calling for a day of healing worldwide on the anniversary of the death of her husband, John Lennon.
2006: A limited-edition series of signature Lyon by Washburn electric guitars modeled after instruments played by KISS' Paul Stanley and Weezer's Brian Bell (among others), go on sale exclusively at Target stores. Each guitar is hand-signed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity and a box featuring photos of the guitarist.
2007: The White Stripes' video for 'Conquest' premieres on MTV. Jack White took bullfighting lessons for his role in the clip.
2007: A limited number of Takamine acoustic guitars signed by the Eagles are sold exclusively at Samsclub.com. The $2,500 guitars raise money for the Walden Woods Project, an organization founded by drummer/vocalist Don Henley to help preserve the site treasured by environmentalist Henry David Thoreau. "The sale of these autographed guitars...will (help) educate and motivate the next generation of conservationists," says Henley.
2007: 'The Songs In The Key of Hope' benefit concert paying tribute to the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller takes place in New York. The event raises money for the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation. Leiber and Stoller penned the '50's classics, 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Hound Dog' and 'Stand By Me.'
2008: Atlantic Records becomes the first major label whose digital sales have surpassed its CD sales. Downloads of music and ringtones now account for more than half of Atlantic's US sales.
2008: Guns N' Roses' 'Chinese Democracy' album fails to achieve massive first-week sales numbers, and Axl Rose points the finger at Dr Pepper for not having honored its promise made back in March 2008, when the soda company had offered everybody in the US a free can of soda if Guns N' Roses released in 2008 the album which had been announced by Axl Rose for many years.
2009: 'Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York City' is the title of a one-hour ABC special airing on Thanksgiving night.
2010: Liam Gallagher (Oasis/Beady Eye) promotes his clothing line, Pretty Green, during a club event at London's HMV's Relentless Garage. There are performances by Liam's brother Paul and Oasis' Andy Bell.
2010: Record Store Day launches a Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving shopping spree) edition. Metallica, U2, Soundgarden and the Black Keys issue special albums. Record Store Day, founded in 2007, is designed to help boost sales at independent record stores.
2010: Metallica released the album 'Live At Grimey's,' as part of Record Store Day Black Friday.
2012: Adler, named after original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, issue their debut album, 'Back From The Dead.' The album features guest appearances by Adler's former Guns N Roses bandmate Slash and Rob Zombie/ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5.
2012: The Black Keys and their producer, Danger Mouse, settle a lawsuit filed in L.A. earlier in the year against Pizza Hut for copyright infringement over the misuse of two 'El Camino' tracks 'Gold On The Ceiling' and 'Lonely Boy' in a commercial. The settlement details are kept private.
2013: Black Sabbath released the album 'Live...Gathered In Their Masses.'
2013: Bon Jovi appear at charity concert organized by Prince William at Kensington Palace to benefit the Centerpoint charity, which aids homeless young people.
2014: Guitarist Chris Broderick leaves Megadeth after a seven year run. His announcement comes a day after drummer Shawn Drover announced his departure.
2014: Creed frontman Scott Stapp releases a Facebook video telling fans that he is currently homeless. He says an audit revealed money had been stolen from him and royalties had not been paid. Stapp's wife, Jacklyn, who recently filed for divorce, disagrees claiming Stapp is using drugs and that he threatened to kill himself and hurt his family.

Nov. 27
1942: Jimi Hendrix is born in Seattle with the moniker Johnny Allen Hendrix. Four years later, Jimi's dad changes his son's name to James Marshall.
1957: The Crickets (Buddy Holly) debut album, 'The "Chirping" Crickets' is released.
1961: Neil Christian and the Crusaders, featuring a young Jimmy Page on guitar, played a concert at Holloway Women’s Prison in London, England. The inmates were all dressed in washed out yellow, green, blue and red faded floral print dresses and wore homemade mascara, using the charcoal from burnt matches.
1962: The Beatles recorded their first BBC radio session at the BBC Paris studio on Regent Street in London. They played 'Twist and Shout,' 'Love Me Do' and 'P.S. I Love You.' The tracks were aired on the BBC Light Program 'Talent Spot.'
1964: 'I Feel Fine,' by The Beatles drops in the U.K. The song is one of the first, if not the first, to incorporate feedback.They also perform on the British TV show 'Ready Steady Go!'
1964: Mick Jagger was fined £16 for driving offenses by a court in Tettenhall, Staffs. His solicitor told the court: "The Duke of Marlborough had longer hair than my client and he won some famous battles. His hair was powdered, I think because of fleas. My client has no fleas."
1965: The Who’s My Generation' reaches its UK peak at #2, being beaten out of first place by The Seekers’ 'The Carnival Is Over.' The Who also play the London School of Economics.
1965: Author Ken Kesey and his band of "Merry Pranksters" hold the first "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" in San Francisco.
1965: The Beach Boys 'The Little Girl I Once Knew' b/w 'There's No Other (Like My Baby)' 45 single is released.
1965: Lovin' Spoonful release 'You Didn't Have To Be So Nice.'
1967: Beatles release ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ in the U.S.
1967: The Beatles 'Hello Goodbye' b/w 'I Am The Walrus' 45 single is released.
1967: The 16-date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Eire Apparent and Amen Corner played two shows at the Whitla Hall, Queens College in Belfast. It was Jimi's 25th birthday and before the shows the guitarist was given a birthday cake by the promoters This was to be the only concert that The Jimi Hendrix Experience ever played in Ireland.
1968: Pink Floyd performed at Keele University in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England.
1968: Steppenwolf's self-titled debut album reaches gold record status. It contains 'Born To Be Wild,' 'The Pusher' and the Chuck Berry influenced 'Berry Rides Again.'
1969: The Rolling Stones played the first of four shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The group played to 55,000 fans over the four nights grossing over $100,000. The first two shows were recorded for 'Get Yer Ya Yas Out.’ Ike and Tina Turner were the supporting act, and a “very drunk, very stoned” Janis Joplin join Tina onstage for a duet during their performance.
1969: Celebrating his 27th (and last) birthday, Jimi Hendrix sees The Rolling Stones perform in Madison Square Garden.
1970: The Kinks 8th studio album, 'Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One' is released.
1970: George Harrison released 'All Things Must Pass.' The triple album included a number of songs that were left over from Beatle sessions. It would go on to be certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA, making it the best selling album by a solo Beatle.
1970: Black Sabbath, Cactus and Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) all appeared at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey. All three acts played two shows, with tickets costing $5.00.
1971: 'Led Zeppelin IV' enters the Billboard albums chart at #36. Jimmy Page remembers, “We all had a good laugh when the record went into the charts and they had to reproduce the symbols instead of a conventional title.”
1971: Alice Cooper releases his 4th studio album, 'Killer.'
1974: George Harrison performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Rush appeared at the Cumberland County Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
1976: Rod Stewart played the first night of a UK tour at Belle Vue Kings Hall in Manchester.
1976: Queen release the 'Somebody To Love' single.
1977: Yes performed at Stadthalle in Bremmen, Germany.
1978: Genesis appeared at Shinjuku Kosei Nenkin Hall in Tokyo.
1979: Aerosmith played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1980: ZZ Top performed at Municipal Auditorium in Mobile, Alabama.
1981: Before Napster, there was the dual-cassette recorder. In an effort to stop people from making copies of tapes, ads run in the British press saying, "Home taping is wiping out music." The Boomtown Rats, 10cc, Elton John and Cliff Richard all backed the campaign.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead cancel a show at Orlando’s Tangerine Bowl because only 10,000 tickets have been sold to the 60,000-seat arena.
1982: The Grateful Dead and the Beach Boys play the Jamaica World Music Festival in Montego Bay.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne's live album 'Speak Of The Devil' hits stores, his third solo release.
1985: Megadeth and Wendy O. Williams opened for Motorhead at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.
1986: Bon Jovi hit #1 on the US singles chart with 'You Give Love A Bad Name.' It peaked at #14 in the UK. The song was released as the first single from the album 'Slippery When Wet,' in 2009, and it was named the 20th-greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.
1987: W.A.S.P. release their 1st live album, 'Live...In the Raw.'
1987: Dokken released the album 'Back For The Attack.'
1991: Nirvana's 'Nevermind' album goes platinum.
1991: Freddie Mercury's funeral service was conducted by a Zoroastrian priest in front of 35 of his close friends and family, with Elton John and the remaining members of Queen among those in attendance. Mercury was cremated at Kensal Green Cemetery in West London, England. At Mercury's request, his longtime companion Mary Austin takes his ashes - she has never disclosed their location.
1994: Rod Stewart and The Faces appeared at The Odeon in Lewisham in London. Paul and Linda McCartney both joined the band on stage for a few numbers.
1995: The Beatles’ 'Anthology I' sets a first week sales record, selling 1.2 million copies.
1997: A disturbed rock fan brought the funeral of INXS singer Michael Hutchence to a standstill when he tried to launch himself from a 20 ft. high balcony with a cord around his neck. He was removed by police and taken away to a psychiatric unit.
1999: Influential independent rock icons Pavement announce that they have broken up. During their show at London's Brixton Academy, bandmember Stephen Malkmus tells the crowd that the show will be the band's last.
2000: Having been found guilty of the kidnapping and murder of Sandra Rosas, wife of Los Lobos' Cesar Rosas, Gabriel Gomez, the victim's half-brother, leads police to a shallow grave in a nearby canyon. Dental records are used to ID Rosas body.
2003: Figures released by The Rolling Stones showed that the band had grossed $280 million from their 2002 '40 Licks World Tour.' The report also showed they had made over $1 billion from 1989-2002 from royalties, album sales and tour revenue.
2005: Multimillionaire defence contractor David H. Brooks booked New York’s Rainbow Rooms and his daughter Elizabeth’s favorite acts for her ‘bat mitzvah’ coming-of-age celebration. The stars who appeared included Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Stevie Nicks and 50 Cent. The party cost an estimated $10 million, including the price of corporate jets to ferry the performers to and from the venue. Two years later Brooks was arrested for embezzling millions from his company DHB Industries.
2006: Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson announce they are getting divorced less than four months after they were maried. Both parties cite "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their separation. The couple were officially married in Beverly Hills, CA, but also held three other ceremonies celebrating their nuptials.
2006: The Rolling Stones' 'A Bigger Bang' world tour is #1 all-time, according to Billboard magazine's Boxscore monitor. It grossed $437 million putting it ahead of U2's 'Vertigo' tour, which earned approximately $377 million.
2007: Sebastian Bach releases his first solo album in seven years. 'Angel Down' features Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose on three tracks.
2007: Incubus releases 'Look Alive.' The DVD has 17 performances filmed during the band's Light Grenades Tour. There's also behind-the-scenes footage.
2007: David Bowie's 'Outside'('95), 'Earthling' ('97), 'Hours' ('99),'"Heathen' ('02) and 'Reality' ('03) albums are released as a box set. There's also a bonus disc of rarities (like a cover of the Kinks 'Waterloo Sunset'), B-sides and remixes.
2007: The first of seven CDs in the 'Ultimate Grammy Collection' is available. The discs celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards.
2007: KISS bassist-singer Gene Simmons gets roasted in L.A. Comedians and celebrities take part in his charity event and hold nothing back.
2008: Bono's (Red) campaign launches an anti-AIDS initiative with Starbucks. A percentage of money raised by sales of select Starbucks drinks benefit the (Red)-supported Global Fund's fight AIDS in Africa.
2008: Linkin Park sells their rarities collection 'Songs From The Underground' exclusively through Best Buy outlets. The limited-edition CD, previously available only to members of the LP Underground fan club, includes a live version of frontman Chester Bennington singing the Temple Of The Dog classic 'Hunger Strike' with Chris Cornell.
2011: Jimi Hendrix is named the greatest Rock guitarist ever by a panel convened by Rolling Stone magazine. Following Hendrix are Brits Eric Clapton (Cream, solo), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) and Jeff Beck (Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, solo). Then come the Americans led by B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) and Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band) in that order. The Who's Pete Townshend rounds out the Top 10.
2011: Ken Russell, who directed the film version of The Who's 'Tommy,' dies after a series of strokes.
2012: Jimi Hendrix's favorite guitar is auctioned in London on what would have been his 70th birthday. The black Fender Stratocaster, played at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, sells at auction 237,000 pounds (approx. $380,000 US).
2012: Liam Gallagher's (Oasis/Beady Eye) Pretty Green clothing line officially takes a no-fur stance and requests addition to PETA's (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) list of no-fur brands.
2013: Five Finger Death Punch score their second Top 5 album in four months with 'The Wrong Side of Heaven And The Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2.' The album enters the Billboard Top 200 album chart at #2. 'Vol. 1' also landed in the Top 5.
2014: KISS appear in the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade surrounded by 600 cheerleaders. They lip-synch a version of 'Rock And Roll All Nite.'
2015: Stone Sour issue 'Straight Outta Burbank' as part of Record Store Day's annual Black Friday. The covers EP has a rendition of the Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter' with guest vocals by Halestorm's Lzzy Hale. Megadeth offer a 12-inch single of their latest track, 'The Threat Is Real.'
2015: Bring Me The Horizon's song 'Throne,' off their album 'That's The Spirit,' is #1 on the Active Rock Radio chart, replacing Breaking Benjamin's 'Angels Fall.' It's the U.K. band's first #1 song on the chart.

Nov. 28
1960: Elvis Presley's 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' hits #1. It had a six week run at #1 and included a spoken passage loosely based on Shakespeare.
1962: The Beatles performed two evening shows: the first at The Cavern Club in Liverpool and the second at the 527 Club in Liverpool. The 527 Club show was a dance for the staff of Lewis Department Store in Liverpool, held on the top floor of the store.
1963: 'She Loves You' by The Beatles returned to #1 for the second time on the UK singles chart.
1964: The Kinks peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'You Really Got Me' which was their first top ten single in the U.S.
1964: The Shangri-Las went to #1 on the singles chart with the teen death song 'Leader Of The Pack.'
1966: The Monkees' 'I'm A Believer' is certified gold.
1967: The Beatles' Fifth Christmas Record is released. It was their last fan club record as a group. The Beatles Christmas records were spoken word and musical messages on a flexi-disc for fan club members in the U.S. and U.K.
1968: On their first North American tour, Deep Purple play the first of four nights at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear at the Marylebone Magistrates' Court in London, to answer charges of cannabis resin posession. Lennon pleads guilty and is fined 150 pounds and 20 guineas.
1969: The Rolling Stones release 'Let It Bleed.'
1969: Johnny Winter's 'Johnny B. Goode' b/w 'I'm Not Sure' 45 single is released.
1969: Pink Floyd performed at the Brunel University Arts Festival Weekend at Refrectory Hall, Brunel University in Uxbridge, England.
1969: Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young played at Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, Texas.
1969: Ringo Starr records tracks for his 'Sentimental Journey' LP.
1970: Dave Edmunds was at #1 on the singles chart with his version of the 1955 Smiley Lewis hit 'I Hear You Knocking.' Also the first release on the new MAM record label.
1970: The Who play Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry. The Who plan to leave on a high note but after cutting down Tommy and losing 'Summertime Blues,' and 'Shakin’ All Over,' they realize they’ve only played 45 minutes. Pete Townshend later declares the show a “disaster.”
1970: Bob Dylan’s 11th studio album 'New Morning' was on the UK charts, his sixth UK #1. The album featured 'If Not For You,' which was recorded by both George Harrison on his 1970 album 'All Things Must Pass,' and became the title track for Olivia Newton-John’s 1971 debut album.
1970: George Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' single is released.
1970: Elton John releases his breakthrough 'Your Song' single.
1970: Slade release their 2nd album, 'Play It Loud.'
1971: Rory Gallagher's 2nd solo album, 'Deuce' is released.
1971: Pink Floyd perform at Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
1971: The Who played at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee. Keith Moon caused $1400 worth of damage to his hotel room.
1972: Genesis appeared at Imperial College in London.
1973: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at St. Louis Arena in St. Louis, Missouri.
1973: Alice Cooper's 'Teenage Lament '74' b/w 'Hard Hearted Alice' 45 single is released.
1974: Yes release their 7th studio album, 'Relayer.'
1974: John Lennon joined Elton John onstage at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Lennon promised Elton after the two recorded 'Whatever Gets You Thru The Night,' that if the song hit #1, he would appear on stage with him. The two sang their hit as well as The Beatles' 'I Saw Her Standing There.' Backstage at the show wife Yoko Ono meets back up with John, ending the 18-month separation from her, known as the "Lost Weekend." This was John Lennon's last appearance on stage in a public concert.
1974: Eric Clapton played at Friedrich-Ebert Halle IN Ludwigshafen, Germany.
1975: Rush played at the Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina.
1976: The Sex Pistols appeared on BBC TV’s 'Nationwide' and ITV’s 'London Weekend Show.'
1977: 'Elvis: the Musical,' starring Shakin' Stevens, opens in London.
1977: Yes performed at Deutschlandhalle in West Berlin, Germany.
1978: Bob Dylan headlined at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi.
1978: The Blues Brothers released their debut album 'Briefcase Full of Blues.' The album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 and went double platinum. Two singles were released, 'Rubber Biscuit.' which reached #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 'Soul Man,' which reached #14.
1979: Iron Maiden signed with EMI Records. Earlier in the month they recorded two songs for the compilation Metal For Muthas released by the same label.
1979: Ringo Starr’s home in Los Angeles, which he rented from Harry Nilsson caught fire. Nobody was injured, but many of Starr’s Beatles momentos were lost in the fire.
1979: Aerosmith played at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1980: The Grateful Dead performed at the Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1980: The Alan Parsons Project's 'The Turn of a Friendly Card' album is released
1981: Foreigner's ballad 'Waiting For A Girl Like You' stalls at #2 on the U.S. chart. It's kept out of the top spot by Olivia Newton-John's 'Physical.'
1984: Prince releases the 'I Would Die 4 U' single.
1987: R.E.M. get their first Top 10 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘The One I Love.’
1987: David Bowie played the second of four sold-out nights during his 'Glass Spider Tou'r in Australia and New Zealand at the Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne.
1987: Metallica released video compilation of their late bass player Cliff Burton called 'Cliff Em All.'
1990: Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles decide there isn’t enough evidence to prosecute Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose for assault in connection with a dispute involving his neighbor. The neighbor claims that Rose hit her over the head with an empty wine bottle.
1991: Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin leaves the band and is replaced by Gilby Clarke.
1991: Nirvana recorded a performance for BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops in London. When asked to lip-sync 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' to a pre-recorded tape Kurt Cobain protested by singing an octave lower (he later confirmed he was imitating Morrissey from The Smiths), and attempted to eat his microphone at one point. He also changed some of the lyrics, exchanging the opening line "load up on guns, bring your friends," for "load up on drugs, kill your friends."
1993: Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton died in a car accident in Santa Ynez, California. He was 47. Both he and his brother Dennis, also known as Mars Bonfire, changed their surnames to Edmonton in the 1960s. Bonfire wrote the Steppenwolf hit 'Born To Be Wild.' Edmonton married former Steppenwolf bandmate Andy Chapin’s widow in the 1980's and has been called one of the most underrated drummers in rock.
1999: Rage Against The Machine were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘The Battle Of Los Angeles’ the bands second US #1.
2002: Original drummer with Oasis, Tony McCarroll fails in a bid to sue the group's lawyers after he was sacked because he took too long to file his claim. Judge Justice Gray, at the High Court in London, told McCarroll his case could not proceed because he had brought his claim outside of the six-year time limit.
2004: Metallica played the last show on their 137-date ‘Madly in Anger with the World Tour’ at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. It became the fourth-highest grossing tour of 2004, reaping $60,500,000 in ticket sales.
2004: Everything is up for bid these days including a lunch with Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) on his private plane. It's part of the People for the American Way`s annual eBay Celebrity Auction. Memorabilia donated by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Linkin Park, Offspring and Pearl Jam are also on the block.
2005: During Pearl Jam’s concert at the Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Ramones drummer Marky Ramone joined them onstage for a rendition of The Ramones’ 'I Believe in Miracles.'
2005: KoRn perform a five-song set to a crowd of European contest winners and U.S. soldiers during a trans-Atlantic flight from London to New York. Vocalist Jonathan Davis sings through the plane's PA system. The contest winners and soldiers attend a New York show to promote KoRn's 'See You On The Other Side' album.
2005: Audioslave's Chris Cornell files a lawsuit against his ex-wife and the manager of his previous group Soundgarden. The lawsuit charges Susan Silver with conspiring to divert the singer's earnings to his former bandmates, an action that apparently emanates, at least in part, "from the dissolution of their personal relationship." Cornell is seeking more than $1 million in damages.
2005: 100 previously unseen photographs taken at a 1972 Led Zeppelin concert in Sydney are on display for two days at the Lismore Regional Gallery in Lismore, Australia.
2006: Pamela Anderson filed for divorce from Kid Rock after just four months of marriage. In a statement on her website the 39-year-old confirmed she had split from Rock.
2006: Incubus release their 'Light Grenades' album. It's the band's first studio effort since 2004's 'A Crow Left Of The Murder,' contains 13-tracks featuring the single 'Anna Molly.'
2007: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx and his former wife Donna D'Errico reach a settlement in their divorce case. Sixx and the ex-Baywatch actress were married for 10 years.
2008: It's AC/DC Day in Vancouver, B.C. The mayor's proclamation coincides with the group's show in the city, a stop on their North American tour.
2009: 'I Will Not Bow,' by Breaking Benjamin hits #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart.
2010: Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are named the top feud in the history of Rock by Rolling Stone magazine. At #2 are Simon & Garfunkel, followed by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey and The Kinks Ray and Dave Davies. Most of the major feuds are between the lead singer and guitarist. The legendary John Lennon - Paul McCartney - George Harrison rift (Ringo Starr was always the peacemaker) is #6.
2010: 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' has its first Broadway preview. With a score composed by U2's Bono and The Edge, the long delayed, high tech show, the most expensive in Broadway history ($65 million), has several glitches and receives generally negative reviews.
2010: Guitarist Randy Bachman and bassist Fred Turner, formerly of Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO), perform before 63,000 Canadian football fans at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton during the halftime show of the 98th CFL Grey Cup.
2012: Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion concert, 'Celebration Day,' debuts at #9 on the Billboard 200 chart with opening week sales of 101,000 copies. It is Led Zeppelin's 13th Top 10 album.
2013: Joan Jett appears at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Even after getting bounced from the South Dakota float, due to her pro-vegetarianism stance, Jett still performs.
2013: It was reported that George Harrison's sister was living in a pre-fabricated home and "struggling for money" since her allowance from The Beatles star's estate was cut off about a year after he died. 82-year-old Louise Harrison admitted that she had no access to her brother's multi-million dollar fortune and was cash-poor living in rural Missouri. She never challenged her brother's estate, adding "I don't care about the money, it's been over ten years and I haven't made any ripples."
2014: AC/DC release their 17th studio album, 'Rock Or Bust.'
2014: The Black Friday edition of Record Store Day includes Metallica's limited-edition 12-inch vinyl of 'Lords Of Summer' and Judas Priest's expanded edition of their 2014 album 'Redeemer Of Souls.'
2015: Slash performs the National Anthem with the USC marching band prior to the school's football game against UCLA.
2015: Frontman Dee Snider explains why Twisted Sister allowed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump the use of their 1984 hit 'We're Not Gonna Take It' on the campaign trail. "(The song) is about rebellion, speaking your mind and fighting the system," says Snider. "If anybody's doing that, (Trump) sure is." Snider adds that his own beliefs strongly differ from Trump's.

Nov. 29
1959: The Grammy Awards show is televised nationally for the first time.
1959: Bobby Darin wins the Best New Artist Grammy and also takes the award for Record of the Year for 'Mack The Knife.'
1962: The Beatles record their first U.K. #1 (on some charts it only reaches #2), "Please Please Me" at Abbey Road Studios in London.
1963: The Beatles chalk up another U.K. success with the release of 'I Want To Hold Your Hand.' There are 700,000 advance orders with sales surpassing a million after only a few days.
1965: Colorado Governor John A. Love declared a Rolling Stones day throughout the State as The Stones appeared at The Denver Coliseum in Colorado
1966: The Beatles record 'Strawberry Fields Forever.'
1966: Elvis Presley hears Tom Jones' version of 'Green Green Grass Of Home' on the radio just outside Little Rock, and calls the radio station to hear it several times. Elvis would eventually cover the song.
1967: Bob Dylan completes work on John Wesley Harding, his first album since his 1966 motorcycle accident.
1968: Pink Floyd performed at the Hanover Lounge, Bedford College, in Regents Park, London.
1968: John Lennon is fined $360 in a London court. The judge believes John's explanation that he no longer uses marijuana and had merely forgotten about the stash. Wife Yoko Ono is entirely cleared of charges. Lennon is the first Beatle to be charged with such a crime.
1968: John Lennon releases his first solo album, 'Unfinished Music No. 1 – Two Virgins.' The record is sold in a plain brown wrapper due to its controversial cover photo of a naked Lennon and Yoko Ono.
1968: The Who releases 'The Who Sell Out.'
1969: The Beatles nail a two-sided #1 with John Lennon's 'Come Together' and George Harrison's 'Something.' Both songs are on 'Abbey Road.' It became the group's 18th U.S. #1. Lennon was inspired by Timothy Leary's campaign for governor of California titled "Come together, join the party" against Ronald Reagan giving him the idea for the track. 'Something' was the first Beatles song written by George Harrison to appear as an A-side.
1970: Pink Floyd appeared at the Circus Crone in Munich, Germany.
1971: Pink Floyd release the 7″ single 'One Of These Days'/'Fearless' in the U.S.
1975: During a UK tour Queen appeared at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1975: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen began a nine week run at #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart. At the time of its release it received mixed reviews, but it later went on to become one of the most revered singles in popular music history.
1976: ZZ Top release their 5th studio album, 'Tejas.'
1976: Lancaster local council cancelled the Sex Pistols gig at Lancaster Poly, England. The reason was given in a statement by the council saying, “We don’t want that sort of filth (The Sex Pistols) in the town limits.”
1977: 'KISS Alive II' is released.
1977: Kansas goes platinum with 'Point Of No Return.' It went on to sell four million copies in the U.S.
1977: Epic Records East Coast A&R Director Bruce Harris writes a letter to Punk aficionado Paul Dougherty stating that he feels the Sex Pistols are superior to and will be more profitable to the label than The Clash. And as a result 'The Clash,' later considered a brilliant debut, sits on the shelf for two years before finally becoming available in the U.S.
1978: Neil Young's 'Comes A Time' goes gold.
1978: The Rolling Stones 'Shattered' b/w 'Everything Is Turning To Gold' 45 single is released.
1979: Paul Simon hits his record label, CBS, with two lawsuits in an attempt to break his contract.
1979: The 4 original members of KISS perform for what they think will be the last time together. However, they reunite in 1996 for a tour in full makeup.
1980: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Double Fantasy' album was released. Though initially poorly received, the album is notable for its association with Lennon's murder three weeks after its release. It then became a worldwide commercial success, and went on to win the 1981 Album of the Year at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards.
1982: Metallica performed their first headlining concert in San Francisco at the Old Waldorf, where they would relocate to the following February. The opening act was Exodus, which featured guitarist Kirk Hammett who joined Metallica the following April after firing Dave Mustaine, who later went on to form Megadeth.
1986: Bon Jovi's ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’ is the #1 US Single.
1984: Deep Purple release 'Perfect Strangers.'
1985: KISS’ 91-date North American 'Asylum' Tour begins in Little Rock, AK.
1986: Bruce Springsteen enters US album chart at #1 with ‘Live 75-85′ boxed set – only the 4th album and first box set ever to go into chart at the top spot.
1988: Guns N' Roses release their 2nd studio album, 'G N' R Lies.'
1992: U2′s first TV special, called 'U2′s Zoo TV Outside Broadcast,' is shown on Fox-TV. It was directed by famed music video director Kevin Godley.
1993: Motorhead release their 11th studio album, 'Bastards.'
1995: Sammy Hagar married model Kari Karte at Mt. Tamalpais right outside of San Francisco. It was Hagar’s second marriage & they remain married to this day.
1997: Ozzy Osbourne's career retrospective 'The Ozzman Cometh' peaks at #13 in the U.S.
1997: 'Perfect Day' performed by various artists including Elton John, Bono, Tom Jones & David Bowie went to #1 on the UK singles chart. Originally written and recorded in 1973 by Lou Reed, this new collaboration of 29 major artists was a fund raiser for the BBC Children In Need charity.
1999: American singer and bandleader Curtis Knight died at the age of 54. Jimi Hendrix had been a member of his band in the 1960's. Though Hendrix wasn't in the group very long, he was featured on over 60 songs, 26 studio and 35 live recordings some of which have been released on record.
2000: Chuck Berry's longtime piano player, Johnnie Johnson, sues the rock legend, alleging that he wrote the music for 52 of Berry's classics. The suit is thrown out by a judge who rules that the statute of limitations has run out on any claims.
2000: U2's Larry Mullen came to the rescue of motorcyclist who had been involved in an accident. Larry was driving home when he saw the motorcyclist who had crashed and stopped to call for help on his phone and then waited for the ambulance to arrive.
2001: Former Beatle George Harrison passes away of cancer at the age of 58. His final hours are spent with his wife, son, and musician Ravi Shankar at his side. He is cremated and his ashes are scattered over the Ganges River.
2003: Bono, Queen, and Peter Gabriel are among the performers for a crowd of 40,000+ at Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. They help raise money for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign to raise AIDS awareness in Africa.
2004: Band Aid's updated version of 'Do They Know It`s Christmas?' comes out. The band includes Paul McCartney, U2's Bono and Chris Martin of Coldplay. Band Aid's Bob Geldof and Midge Ure hope to raise public awareness and funds for famine victims in the Darfur region of Sudan. 'Do They Know It's Christmas' originally came out in 1984.
2004: Green Day release the second single from the 'American Idiot' album. 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams' hits #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart, Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks.
2005: An acoustic guitar owned by the Staind's frontman, Aaron Lewis, gets a bid of $4,850 on an eBay charity auction to benefit the Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation. "I can't believe it got that much," says Lewis who presents the autographed guitar to Kelly Duluoz of Kent, WA. "I'm starting to think about selling all my guitars for that kinda money," claims Lewis."
2005: System Of A Down hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with 'Hypnotize,' the second half of their two-part 'Mezmerize/Hypnotize' set. It sells more than 320,000 copies in its first week out. Six months earlier, 'Mezmerize' also made its debut at #1.
2005: BMI presents Steve Winwood with its prestigious BMI Icon honor at the performance-rights organization's annual London Awards.
2005: Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Sting, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, Queen's Brian May and ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, autograph playing cards for an auction to raise funds for the London-based Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.
2005: Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and members of Iron Maiden attend a benefit party at London's Hard Rock Cafe for ailing ex-Maiden drummer Clive Burr. The drum kit Burr used on Maiden's 1982 tour is added to the Hard Rock's collection of rock memorabilia. The Cafe donates more than $17,000 to aid Burr in his battle against multiple sclerosis.
2006: Three Days Grace's Three Days to Change Tour lands at Toronto's Center for Addiction and Mental Health, the facility that helped frontman Adam Gontier kick his own addictions a year-and-a-half earlier. The band appears various rehab centers and shelters, performing and leading Q&A sessions during their tour.
2006: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong posts an open letter urging fans to write President George W. Bush regarding the United States' growing energy crisis. Green Day and the Natural Resources Defense Council launch the Move America Beyond Oil campaign, that promotes clean, renewable energy.
2006: AFI is voted Best Vegetarian Band in the peta2's (the animal rights group) inaugural Libby Awards. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor is named Best New Fur Foe. PETA lobbies against the use of animals for food or clothing.
2006: A two-day auction begins on items that belonged to the late founding Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett. Among the items on the block at the fine-art sale in Cambridge is Barrett's own never-before-seen artwork, some signed by the musician, two hand-painted bicycles, homemade speakers and a classical guitar. Ten paintings sell for more than $100,000 while the auction raises $200,000. A portion funds "educational development" in the art world.
2006: A DVD from a February benefit concert honoring James Taylor with performances by Bruce Springsteen, David Crosby, Jackson Browne and Sting airs on PBS TV. Taylor was named the 2006 MusiCares Person of the Year.
2007: Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, a convicted sex offender, was arrested for failing to properly register a new permanent address. The 59-year-old had pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges of attempted capital sexual battery by an adult on a victim younger than 12 and being principal to lewd and lascivious behavior on a child younger than 16. He was sentenced to eight years of probation. He later alleged he plead guilty to save the girls (his ex-girlfriend’s daughters) from testifying at trial. Both daughters now support him fully and claim the charges were bogus. He is currently writing a biopic called 'Free Bird' about the 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd plane clash; he was one of the survivors.
2007: During a Christies Rock & Roll auction held the Rockefeller Plaza, New York City a collection of 276 ticket stubs compiled by a rock journalist who covered many rock concerts at New York City venues sold for $2,000. The tickets included concerts by: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Traffic, Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Bruce Springsteen.
2007: Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh (Eagles) perform at the 10th annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit in New York. The pair play their solo stuff plus Eagles tunes. Proceeds go to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.
2008: Jackson Browne headlines a concert in Santa Monica, CA. to raise money for hurricane relief in the Gulf Coast, Haiti and Cuba.
2010: Metallica's four sold-out shows at Sydney's Acer Arena, the largest indoor arena in the country, sets an Australian record with the group selling 74,244 tickets.
2010: Courtney Love is sued by Jacob & Company jewelers over lost merchandise. The Hole frontwoman allegedly borrowed the items and failed to return them.
2011: 'This Is A Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl,' an unauthorized bio of the Foo Fighters frontman (and former Nirvana drummer), is in U.S. bookstores.
2012: Alice Cooper is joined on stage by actor Johnny Depp during a performance at the Orpheum Theater in L.A. Depp plays guitar on covers of The Doors' 'Break On Through (To The Other Side),' The Beatles' 'Revolution,' Jimi Hendrix's 'Foxy Lady' and The Who's 'My Generation.'
2013: U2's 'Ordinary Love,' is featured in the Nelson Mandela biopic, 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.' Written specifically for the film, the song is also released as a limited edition 10-inch vinyl on Black Friday, an event sponsored by Record Store Day organizers to encourage the support of independent local record stores.
2013: Paul McCartney sponsors the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan, to promote his album 'New.' "I like sumo, I got hooked on it many years ago," McCartney tells a reporter at the event.
2014: Faith No More play a five song set at San Francisco's Amoeba Records on Record Store Day's Black Friday event marking their first U.S. performance in four years.
2014: Former Lillian Axe and Stiff guitarist Jon Ster dies in Dallas of heart failure at aged 52.

Nov. 30
1960: George Harrison is deported from Germany for working under the legal age limit (he's 17). The remaining Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney and drummer Pete Best) eventually follow him back to Liverpool ending the band's first Hamburg excursion.
1965: Jumping on the bandwagon, the state of Colorado declares a "Rolling Stones Day." The group is performing a concert in Denver.
1966: Jeff Beck officially leaves The Yardbirds after a year and a half in the band. He would later form the Jeff Beck Group.
1968: Both 'Magic Carpet Ride' and the album that it's from, 'Steppenwolf The Second,' sit at #3 on the respective singles and album charts. The song is lodged behind Diana Ross & The Supremes' 'Love Child' and The Beatles' former #1 hit 'Hey Jude.'
1969: The Monkees made what would be their last live appearance for 15 years when they played at The Oakland Coliseum in California.
1969: Pink Floyd performed at the Lyceum Ballroom along the Strand in London. Supported by Audience and Cub’s Blues Band.
1969: David Bowie, The Graham Bond Organisation and Dusty Springfield all performed at a fund raising show in London for youth magazine Rave.
1969: The Rolling Stones played the final night on a 17 date North American tour at the International Raceway Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida at the first annual Palm Beach Music & Art Festival. Also appearing on the bill: The Moody Blues, Ten Years After, King Crimson, Janis Joplin, The Band, Steppenwolf and Iron Butterfly.
1969: Directed by Charles Grodin, the Simon & Garfunkel TV special 'Songs Of America' airs on NBC, getting killed in the ratings by an ice skating presentation. The program had a very political tone, as it showed footage of Robert Kennedy’s funeral and the Vietnam War, which led to their original sponsor AT&T to disassociate itself from the special. It marked the broadcast debut of the song 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.'
1971: Sly And The Family Stone were at #1 on the singles chart with 'Family Affair,' their fourth and final #1. Rolling Stone magazine later ranked the song #138 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1972: The BBC bans Wings' 'Hi, Hi, Hi' for "unsuitable lyrics" after just one play. Though group leader/songwriter Paul McCartney tries to be subtle the sexual innuendo is just a bit too obvious for the broadcasters. Still, it hits the Top 10 in both the U.K. and U.S.
1974: Eagles hit #1 on the US chart with ‘Best of My Love’, their first #1.
1974: Elton John started a ten-week run at #1 on the US album chart with his 'Greatest Hits' album.
1976: Bob Dylan released a live version of 'Stuck Inside of Mobile' with the Memphis Blues Again, which featured 'Rita May' as the B-side.
1977: David Bowie Joins Bing Crosby on Crosby’s 42nd annual Christmas special. The show was recorded in September, and Crosby died that October. The show is remembered for Crosby's unusual duet with David Bowie, where they sang a modified version of 'Little Drummer Boy,' with Bowie singing the new "Peace On Earth" lyrics composed by the show's writers.
1979: The Grateful Dead appeared at Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1979: Pink Floyd release their 11th studio album, 'The Wall.'
181: The Rolling Stones 'Waiting On A Friend' b/w 'Little T and A' 45 single was released.
1982: Sammy Hagar releases his 7th solo album,'Three Lock Box.'
1983: The self-titled debut album from Rough Cutt is released.
1983: Bad Religion release their second full-length studio album 'Into the Unknown.'
1985: Phil Collins had his 5th #1 with 'Separate Lives.' The song was taken from the film 'White Nights.'
1988: 'Paradise City' from Guns N' Roses debut studio album 'Appetite For Destruction' is released as a single. It goes to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1994: The Breeders guitarist Kelley Deal is arrested at her Ohio home after accepting a private-courier package containing four grams of heroin. A heroin addict since her teens, Deal later enters rehab in Minnesota.
1994: The Beatles release 'Live at the BBC.'
1997: Metallica hit #1 on the US album chart with ‘Reload’, the bands third US #1 album.
1997: Rage Against The Machine's sophomore album, 'Evil Empire,' is certified double platinum. The album was released the previous year.
1999: Elton John was blasted by the Boy Scout Association after he appeared on stage at London's Albert Hall performing 'It's A Sin' with six male dancers dressed as Boy Scouts. The dancers had peeled of their uniforms during the performance.
2000: Scott Smith (born Donald Scott Smith) dies in a sailing accident off the coast of San Francisco. He was 45. Scott was the bassist in Loverboy and was sailing with friends when a freak 26-foot wave swept him overboard in shark-infested waters.
2000: John J. Cascella is discovered dead in his car in Indiana of a heart attack. He was just 45. Cascella, a keyboardist and accordion player for John Mellencamp, joined the band 10 years ago and was an integral element of the group’s folk-rock sound. He also owned Cascella Productions, which created music for commercials and movies in Indianapolis.
2003: A block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place. It is the block where Joey once lived with band mate Dee Dee Ramone and is near the music club CBGB, where the Ramones played their first gigs. In 2010, it was reported that "Joey Ramone Place," was New York City's most stolen sign. As of September 27, the sign has been moved to 20 feet above ground level.
2004: 'Collision Course,' a CD/DVD featuring a mash-up between Linkin Park and Jay-Z, is released. The CD contains six studio tracks produced by Linkin Park's MC Mike Shinoda and the DVD has footage of Linkin Park and Jay-Z together onstage. It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200, subsequently selling nearly two-million copies in the U.S. and becoming the best-selling CD/DVD of the year.
2005: 'God's Favorite Son' is released. The documentary covers Bono (life, music and charity work) and, to a lesser extent, U2.
2005: Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony's signature barbecue sauces are featured at all U.S. Hard Rock Cafe locations. The chain adds a steak dish made with Mad Anthony's sauce to its menu while collectable sauce bottles are available for purchase. Anthony also visits select Hard Rock eateries to sign autographs and greet fans.
2006: A guitar played by George Harrison in 1963 and a 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album sleeve signed by The Beatles are among the items on the block at the Cooper Owen Music Legends auction in London. Memorabilia from the Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton and David Bowie are also available.
2006: The sale of Syd Barrett’s final belongings were sold by Cheffins auctioneers in Cambridge, England. The sale of the 77 items raised £119,890 ($233,786). Ten paintings alone raised over £55,000 ($88,000) and two bicycles over £10,000 ($16,000.) The sale included such things as the armchair he used to sit in, his home-made bread bin, tools, notebooks and binders, and books. The sale catalog described Barrett, who was fired from Pink Floyd in 1968, as a man with a “total disinterest in materialism.”
2007: After being denied visas to tour Japan earlier in the year, Velvet Revolver are forced to postpone their Australian trek due to unspecified band-related health troubles.
2007: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and U2's Bono appear in pre-taped segments on 'My Night At The Grammys,' a two-hour CBS special. The program features previous winners and performers reflecting on the 25 most memorable Grammy Awards highlights.
2007: Queen and Paul Rodgers release their first studio recording together, 'Say It's Not True.' The track is available as a free download to mark World AIDS Day (the following day) and to raise awareness of ex-South African president Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign.
2007: More than 600 items, including artwork, jewelry, furnishings and costumes are auctioned by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne over two days in Beverly Hills. A portion of the proceeds go toward the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation.
2007: During a Christies Rock & Roll auction held the Rockefeller Plaza, New York City a collection of 276 ticket stubs compiled by a rock journalist who covered many rock concerts at New York City venues sold for $2,000. The tickets included concerts by: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Traffic, Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Bruce Springsteen.
2009: The Smashing Pumpkins settle a pair of lawsuits against their former label, Virgin Records, over the use of their music. Legal papers were filed in 2008 over the use of the band's music in promotions and commercials, as well as royalty payments owed to former members James Iha and D'arcy Wretzky-Brown.
2009: Metallica release 'Orgullo, Pasión, y Gloria: Tres Noches en la Ciudad de México.'
2010: AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is convicted on minor drug charges in his hometown of Tauranga, New Zealand. He was caught with just under an ounce of marijuana. Though fined about $200, the conviction makes it difficult for him to travel on AC/DC's extensive world tours.
2011: The French Government awards Lenny Kravitz the honor of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.
2011: Slipknot/Stone Sour's Corey Taylor and Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro appear at the Avalon Theater in L.A. for a Drop in the Bucket charity event organized by Henry Rollins (Black Flag/Rollins Band). The charity funds projects bringing clean water to parts of Africa.
2012: Metallica announce the launch of their record label, Blackened Recordings. The label administers Metallica's catalog which is now owned by the group under a provision in their contract with Warner Music Group.
2012: Daughtry and 3 Doors Down donate $15,000 to the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy charity Hometown Heroes after a performance in Asbury Park, NJ.
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Rock Birthdays/Today in Rock: October

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Rock Birthdays/Today in Rock: October

October 1
Albert Collins - b. 1932 - d. 11/24/93
Michael "Cub" Koda (Brownsville Station, solo) - b. 1948 - d. 6/30/2000
Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash) - 69
Earl Slick (Phantom, Rocker & Slick, New York Dolls, Little Caesar, Dirty White Boy, John Waite, David Bowie, solo) - 64

October 2
Lolly Vegas/Lolly Vasquez (Redbone) - b. 1939 - d. 3/4/10
Don McLean - 71
Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics, Red 7, solo) - 66
Coco Montoya (Albert Collins, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cate Brothers, solo) - 65
Sting (The Police, solo) - 65
Bud Gaugh (Sublime) - 49
Jim Root (Slipknot, Stone Sour) - 45
Mike Rodden (Hinder) -

October 3
Eddie Cochran - b. 1938 - d. 4/17/60
Chubby Checker - 75
Lindsey Buckingham (Buckingham/Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, solo) - 67
Keb Mo' (Kevin Roosevelt Moore) - 65
Jack Grondin (.38 Special) - 65
Stevie Ray Vaughan - b. 1954 - d. 8/27/90
Douglas Allen Woody (The Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule + more) - b. 1955 - d. 8/25/2000
Dawayne Bailey (Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Chicago, Véronique Sanson) -
Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe, Methods of Mayhem, Rock Star Supernova, Jack's Mannequin, solo) - 54
Frank Hannon (Tesla, Frank Hannon Band, Moon Dog Mane) - 50
Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dot Hacker, Ataxia, Warpaint, The Bicycle Thief) - 37

October 4
Jim Fielder (Buffalo Springfield, Mothers of Invention, Blood, Sweat & Tears) - 69
Ronnie Leahy (Stone The Crows, Jack Bruce, Jon Anderson, Nazareth) - 69
Duke Robillard (Duke Robillard Band, Roomful of Blues, The Fabulous Thunderbirds) - 68
Gil Moore (Triumph) - 63

October 5
Steve Miller (Goldberg-Miller Blues Band, Steve Miller Band) - 73
Brian Connolly (Sweet) - b. 1945 - d. 2/9/97
Brian Johnson (AC/DC, Geordie) - 69
Ronni Le Tekro (TNT) - 69
'Fast' Eddie Clarke (Motorhead, Fastway) - 66
Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats, Band Aid, USA for Africa, Live Aid, Live 8) - 65
Leo Barnes (Hothouse Flowes) - 61
Troy Luccketta (Tesla, Eric Martin Band + more) - 57
David Bryson (Counting Crows) - 55
Dave Dederer (Presidents Of The U.S.A., Loaded, The Gentlemen, Subset) - 50

October 6
Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) - 65
David Hidalgo (Los Lobos, Los Super Seven, Latin Playboys, Houndog) - 62
Robert Sarzo (Hurricane, Geoff Tate's Operation Mindcrime) - 58
Matthew Sweet (Community Trolls, Oh-OK, The Thorns, Susanna Hoffs, solo) - 52
Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Bash & Pop, Perfect, Guns N' Roses, Soul Asylum, Alien Crime Syndicate, solo) - 50
William Butler (Arcade Fire) - 34

October 7
Dino Valente / Chester William Powers Jr. (Quicksilver Messenger Service, solo) - b. 1937 - d. 11/16/94
Colin Cooper (Climax Blues Band) - b. 1939 - d. 7/3/08
Kevin Godley (10cc, Hotlegs, Godley & Creme, Doctor Father, The Magic Lanterns) - 71
Dave Hope (Kansas, AD, Kerry Livgren) - 67
John Cougar Mellencamp - 65
Marc Storace (Krokus) - 65
Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) - 63
Ricky Phillips (The Babys, Bad English, Coverdale/Page, Ted Nugent, Styx) - 63
Sam Brown (Jules Holland Band, Homespun, solo, sessions including Deep Purple, The Firm, Gary Moore, George Harrison, Nick Cave + more) - 52
Thom Yorke (Radiohead, solo) - 48
Bobbie Brown (model, actress, ex-wife of Jani Lane) - 47
Taylor Hicks - 40

October 8
Ray Royer (Procol Harum, Freedom) - 71
Johnny Ramone (The Ramones) - b. 1948 - d. 9/15/04
Hamish Stuart (Average White Band, Paul McCartney, Chaka Khan + more) - 67
John Gallagher (Raven) - 58
C.J. Ramone (The Ramones) - 51

October 9
John Lennon (The Beatles, solo) - b. 1940 - d. 12/8/80
John Entwistle (The Who) - b. 1944 - d. 6/27/02
Jackson Browne - 68
Caleb Quaye (Elton John, Hookfoot, Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Hall & Oates, solo) - 68
Sharon Osbourne - 64
Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden, Praying Mantis) - 64
Michael Lee Smith (Starz, Fallen Angels, solo)
Kurt Neumann (BoDeans) - 55
Mark Edwards (Steeler, Lion) -
Sean Lennon (Singer, songwriter, film composer; Albert Hammond, Jr., Cibo Matto, With The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band) - 41

October 10
Alan Cartwright (Procol Harum, Freddie Mack) - 71
Jerry Lacroix (Boogie Kings, Blood Sweat & Tears, Edgar Winter's White Trash, Rare Earth + more) - 71
Midge Ure (Slik, The Rich Kids, Visage, Thin Lizzy, Ultravox, Band Aid, solo) - 63
David Lee Roth (Van Halen, solo) - 62
Eric Martin (Eric Martin Band, Mr. Big, Tak Matsumoto Group) - 56
Simon Townshend (The Who, Casbah Club, Roger Daltrey, solo) - 56
Mike Malinin (Goo Goo Dolls, Forty Marshas) - 49
Dean Roland (Collective Soul, Magnets and Ghosts) - 44

October 11
Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller Band, Eddie Money, Bruce Springsteen, Raven, sessions player) - 71
Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates, solo) - 70
Al Atkins (Judas Priest, Holy Rage, Atkins/May Project, sessions, solo) - 69
George McCorkle (The Toy Factory, Pax Parachute, The Marshall Tucker Band) - b. 1947 - d. 6/29/15
Greg Douglass (Steve Miller Band, The Greg Kihn Band) - 68
Blair Cunningham (Drummer, session player, toured with The Pretenders, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Ray Davis, Roxy Music, Tina Turner, Andy Taylor, Haircut One Hundred, Echo & The Bunnymen, Alison Moyet, Sade, Paul Rutherford, the Indigo Girls, Lionel Richie, Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Kevin Rowland, The Big Dish) - 59
Jeff Kathan (Paul Rodgers, Ronnie Montrose, Howard Leese, Spike and The Impalers + more) -
Andy McCoy (Hanoi Rocks, The Suicide Twins, Shooting Gallery, The Cherry Bombz, U.K. Subs, The 69 Eyes, Grease Helmet, solo) - 54
Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms) - 53
Mike Smith (Limp Bizkit) - 43

October 12
Joe Olivier/ Cappy Bianco (Bll Haley And His Comets) - b. 1927 - d. 12/25/01
Rick Parfitt (Status Quo) - 68
Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens) - 61
Jeff Keith (Tesla) - 58
Gonzo Sandoval (Armored Saint) - 53

October 13
Chris Farlowe/John Henry Deighton (Atomic Rooster, Colosseum, solo + more) - 76
Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel, Ladysmith Black Mombazo, solo) - 75
Robert Lamm (Chicago) - 72
Sammy Hagar (Montrose, HSAS, Van Halen, Chickenfoot, The Circle) - 69
Craig MacGregor (Foghat) - 67
Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood's Island, Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, solo toured with or session player for: Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall, Jackson Browne, Little Richard, Roger McGuinn, Bobby Whitlock, Dobie Gray, John Fogerty, Delaney & Bonnie, Albert Collins, Dolly Parton, Maria Muldaur and more) - 67
Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention) - 66
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax) - 56
Zak Starkey (The Who, Oasis) - 51

October 14
Billy Harrison (Them) - 73
Colin Hodgkinson (Whitesnake) - 71
Dan McCafferty (Nazareth, solo) - 70
Justin Hayward (Moody Blues, solo) - 70
A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister, Adrenaline Mob) - b. 1959 - d. 3/20/15

October 15
Barry McGuire (The New Christy Minstrels) - 80
Don Stevenson (Moby Grape) - 74
Frank DiMino (Angel, Paul Raymond Project, solo) - 65
Tony Cavazo (Hurricane, Snow) - 62
'Dizzy' Dean Davidson (Britny Fox, Blackeyed Susan, solo) -

October 16
Fred Turner (Bachman Turner Overdrive) - 73
Roger Hawkins (drummer for Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Alabama) - 71
Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, The Other Ones, The Dead, Kingfish, the Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, Scaring the Children, RatDog, Furthur) - 69
Tony Carey (Rainbow) - 63
Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar) - 56
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace, Antemasque, Pigface, Rocket Juice & the Moon) - 43
Jay Reynolds (Malice, Metal Church) -
Chad Gray (Hellyeah, Mudvayne) - 45
John Mayer (solo, John Mayer Trio) - 39

October 17
Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) - 75
Gary Puckett (Union Gap) - 74
David St. Hubbins/Michael McKean (Spinal Tap) - 69
Pino Palladino (The Who, John Mayer Trio, The Law) - 58
Ziggy Marley - 49

October 18
Chuck Berry - 90
Billy Cox (The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Band of Gypsys) - 75
Keith Knudsen (Doobie Brothers) - b. 1948 - d. 2/8/05
Gary Richrath (REO Speedwagon, Richrath, solo) - b. 1949 - d. 9/13/15
Laura Nyro - b. 1947 - d. 4/8/97
Dan Lilker (Anthrax, Brutal Truth, S.O.D., Nuclear Assault) - 52

October 19
Peter Tosh (The Wailers, solo) - b. 1944 - d. 9/11/87
Keith Reid (Procol Harum) - 70
Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers, solo) - 68
Karl Wallinger (The Waterboys, World Party)- 59
Pete Loeffler (Chevelle) - 40

October 20
Ric Lee (Ten Years After) - 71
Tom Petty (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys, solo) - 66
Al Greenwood (Foreigner) - 65
Phil Kennemore (Y&T) - b. 1953 - d. 1/7/11
Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett, Ricky Byrd and The Skeleton Crew) -
David Ryan (Lemonheads) - 52
Jim "Soni" Sonefeld (Hootie & the Blowfish, solo) - 52
Fred Coury (Cinderella, Arcade, London) - 49

October 21
Manfred Mann (Manfred Mann, Manfred Mann Chapter Three, Manfred Mann's Earth Band) - 76
Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MGs, Blues Brothers, Otis Redding, Tower of Power, Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Levon Helm + many more) - 75
Elvin Bishop (Butterfield Blues Band, solo) - 74
Lee Loughnane (Chicago) - 70
Tetsu Yamauchi (Faces, Free, Kossoff Kirke Tetsu and Rabbit) - 70
Brent Mydland (Grateful Dead, Bobby and the Midnites, Go Ahead, Kokomo, Silver) - b. 1952 - d. 7/26/90
Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go's) - 63
Steve Lukather (Toto, Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band) - 59
Kenny Chaisson (Keel) - 53
Nick Steven Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss) - 45

October 22
Leslie West (Mountain, West, Bruce and Laing, The Vagrants, solo) - 71
Eddie Brigati (Young Rascals, Brigati) - 71
Greg Hawkes (The Cars, The New Cars, solo) - 64
Bobby Blotzer (Ratt, Contraband) - 58
Cris Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) - 56
Dave McClain (Machine Head) - 51
Jon Foreman (Switchfoot, Fiction Family, solo) - 40

October 23
Greg Ridley (Humble Pie, Spooky Tooth) - b. 1943 - 11/19/03
Wurzel (Michael Burston) (Motorhead) - b. 1949 - d. 7/9/11
Michael Burston (Motorhead) - 65
'Weird' Al Yankovic - 57
Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Mass Mental, Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne, Medication, Jerry Cantrell, Metallica, Himantha Kumarasinghe, The Trujillo Trio) - 52
Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd And The Monsters) - 50
Eric Bass (Shinedown) - 21

October 24
J.P. Richardson "The Big Bopper" - b. 1930 - d. 2/3/59
Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Wilie & the Poor Boys, solo) - 80
Ted Templeman (Harpers Bizarre, Producer: Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Captain Beefheart, Little Feat, Montrose, The Beau Brummels, Carly Simon, Van Halen, Nicolette Larson, Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Allan Holdsworth, Patrick Simmons, Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Honeymoon Suite, Bulletboys, Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys, Cheap Trick, Bette Midler, Robben Ford, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts + more) - 72
Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf, The Sparrows, Manbeast, Green Wheels, Steel Rose) - b. 1946 - d. 11/28/93
Dale "Buffin" Griffin (Mott The Hoople, Mott, British Lions) - 68
Ben Gillies (Silverchair, Tambalane) - 37

October 25
Jon Anderson (Yes, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, The Warriors, Jon & Vangelis, solo) - 72
Phil "Fang" Volk (Paul Revere & The Raiders) - 71
Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) - 69
Matthias Jabs (Scorpions) - 61
Robbie McIntosh (The Pretenders, 70% Proof, Paul McCartney, John Mayer, The Foster Brothers, The Robbie McIntosh Band, Filthy McNasty) - 59
Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot) - 55
John Leven (Europe) - 53

October 26
Alan Henderson (Them) - 73
Keith Hopwood (Herman's Hermits) - 70
Bootsy Collins (James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy's Rubber Band + more) - 65
Tommy Mars (Frank Zappa + more) - 65
Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs, s70o) - 53

October 27
Byron Allred (The Steve Miller Band) - 67
Garry Tallent (E Street Band) - 66
KK Downing (Judas Priest) - 65
Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, Art Of Anarchy, solo) - b. 1967 - d. 12/3/15

October 28
Charlie Daniels (Charlie Daniels Band) - 80
Rickie Lee "Ricochet" Reynolds (The Knowbody Else, Black Oak Arkansas, others) - 68
Desmond Child (Producer/Songwriter) - 63
Dave Wyndorf (Monster Magnet) - 60
Sharise Neil -
Ben Harper - 47
Mike Clark (Suicidal Tendencies, No Mercy) -

October 29
Denny Laine (Paul McCartney, Wings, Moody Blues, Mike Pinder, Ginger Baker's Air Force, solo ) - 72
Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Peter Green Splinter Group, Gass, Peter B's Looners) - 70
James Williamson (The Stooges, Iggy Pop) - 67
Kevin Dubrow (Quiet Riot, DuBrow, Hear 'n Aid, Heat) - b. 1955 - d. 11/19/07
Guy Gelso (Zebra) -
Steven Sweet (Warrant) - 49
Eric Gales - 42

October 30
Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship) - 77
Chris Slade (Toomorrow, Uriah Heep, AC/DC, Manfred Mann, The Firm, Gary Moore, Asia, Tom Jones, Michael Schenker Group, Paul Rodgers) - 70
Timothy B. Schmidt (Poco, Eagles) - 69
Freddy Curci (Sheriff, Alias, Zion, The Cranberries, solo) -
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax, Belladonna) - 56
Gavin Rossdale (Bush) - 51

October 31
Russ Ballard (Argent) - 71
Bob C Benberg / Bob Seibenberg (Bees Make Honey, Heads Up, Supertramp) - 67
Larry Mullen (U2) - 55
Mikkey Dee (Motorhead, Don Dokken, King Diamond) - 53
Johnny Marr (The Smiths, Electronic, Johnny Marr and the Healers, Modest Mouse, The The, The Cribs) - 53
Carey Howe (Leatherwolf) -
Adam Horovitz aka Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys) - 50
Rogers Stevens (Blind Melon, Extra Virgin, The Tender Trio) - 46
Johnny Moeller (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) - 46

Today in Rock History:
October 1
1956: After test audiences gave a negative reaction to Elvis Presley dying at the end of the film 'Love Me Tender,' he is called back to re-shoot the scene. In the new ending, he lives.
1958: Elvis Presley is transported from Bremerhaven, Germany to the US Army base at Friedberg, where he will join his outfit, Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armored Division.
1962: The Beach Boys release their classic debut album 'Surfin' Safari.'
1962: The Beatles sign their first real management contract with Brian Epstein, with George and Paul's fathers signing for their sons, who are still minors. Epstein gets 25 percent of the group's earnings.
1964: The Beatles' debut film, 'A Hard Day's Night,' becomes the first movie to debut behind the "Iron Curtain" of Communist countries when it is shown in Prague.
1964: Vee Jay Records packaged its Introducing the Beatles album together with The Golden Hits of the Four Seasons, calling the collection 'The Beatles Vs. The Four Seasons,' released October 1, 1964. It reached #142 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1965: At Carnegie Hall, Bob Dylan presents his new backup band, formerly Ronnie Hawkins' backup band, known as the Hawks. Eventually, they will simply become known as (and famous as) The Band.
1965: The Byrds released the single 'Turn! Turn! Turn!.'
1965: The Rolling Stones played at The ABC Regal in Chester, Cheshire, England.
1966: Jimi Hendrix makes his UK stage debut when he jumps onstage to jam with Cream at London Polytechnic.
1966: Denny Laine left the Moody Blues.
1966: The Who performed at Imperial Ballroom in Nelson, Lancashire, England.
1967: Traffic makes its stage debut at London's Saville Theatre.
1967: Mick Jagger's apartment in London is burglarized, with girlfriend Marianne Faithfull's furs and jewelry being among the items listed stolen.
1967: Pink Floyd arrived in New York City to begin their first tour of the United States.
1967: Thieves broke into Mick Jagger’s London flat and stole jewellery and furs belonging to his then girlfriend Marianne Faithfull.
1967: Pink Floyd, supported by Tomorrow, The Incredible String Band, and Tim Rose performed two shows for Sunday’s At the Saville, at the Saville Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue in London.
1967: The Grateful Dead get busted. The law raids the group's communal home in San Francisco. They find marijuana, big surprise. After a mere six hours in jail the group makes bail, a bigger surprise, and are released.
1968: John Sebastian leaves the Lovin' Spoonful.
1969: The Beatles released 'Abbey Road' in the United States, five days later than its England release date.
1970: Jimi Hendrix is laid to rest at Seattle's Greenwood Cemetery, under a headstone that reads "Forever In Our Hearts, James 'Jimi' Hendrix 1942 - 1970." Mourners and attendees included Jimi’s father Al and stepmother June, brother Leon, sister Janie, grandmother Nora, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Eddie Kramer, Miles Davis, Johnny Winter, members of Derek and the Dominoes and his manager Steve Paul, Michael Jeffreys (Jimi’s manager – who many believe was behind Jimi’s death). One notable absence was Jimi’s close friend Eric Burdon, who stated “Jimi hated Seattle” and felt it was inappropriate for him to be buried there.
1971: John Lennon's LP 'Imagine' is certified gold.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Community Concourse Convention Hall in San Diego, California.
1972: David Bowie performed at the Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.
1972: The Eagles were in concert at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa for their first tour.
1973: Pink Floyd began recording the album 'Wish You Were Here' at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London.
1973: King Crimson played at the Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1975: Al Jackson, drummer of Booker T. & the MG's, was shot and killed by an intruder in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 39. His wife was questioned about the killing because she was arrested in July for shooting her husband in the chest during a domestic dispute. He wasn't badly hurt and the charges were dismissed when his wife claimed self-defense. On October 1st, Jackson returned home to what police describe as a botched robbery attempt. According to Jackson's wife, an intruder made her answer the door and then threw her husband to the floor demanding money. Jackson was forced to lie face down and then was shot in the back five times. The identity of the culprit remains a mystery.
1976: In an attempt to end his cocaine addiction, David Bowie leaves England and moves to West Berlin, where he begins collaborating with Iggy Pop and Brian Eno. The song 'Heroes' comes from this stay.
1976: Styx release their 6th album, 'Crystal Ball.'
1976: The Grateful Dead played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1977: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Paramount Theater in Portland, Oregon.
1977: The Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame inducts its first musician, singer/songwriter Elton John. Elton is the first rock artist inducted and he holds the all-time record with 62 performances at the Garden.
1977: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' spent a 21st week at #1 on the Album charts. They had already set a Rock Era record when they got to 19 weeks.
1978: Golden Earring released 'Grab It For A Second,' their 13th studio album. They had been touring with Ted Nugent the previous year and wanted to make a hard rock album. Unfortunately, the label chose Jimmy Iovine, a pop producer. It was the last Golden Earring album to feature Eelco Gelling on second guitar.
1978: Rory Gallagher released 'Photo-Finish,' his 7th solo studio album. The band was stripped back down to a power trio and featuring Ted McKenna, ex- Sensational Alex Harvey Band on drums. Stand out tracks were 'Shin Kicker,' 'Shadow Play' and 'Overnight Bag.' It been said this album was influenced by Rory attending a Sex Pistols gig in 1977, with Rory saying “That was the worst gig I ever saw and it was also the best I ever saw.”
1978: Yes performed at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
1979: Styx released the single 'Babe.'
1980: Paul Simon's semi-autobiographical film 'One Trick Pony,' in which he stars, is released in the US. The song 'Late in the Evening,' from the film's soundtrack, hit #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1980: Joe Lynn Turner signs on as Rainbow's vocalist. He replaces Graham Bonnet, who took over when Ronnie James Dio leaves the group.
1980: Rush played at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
1981: The Pretenders were forced to cancel the last leg of a US tour after drummer Martin Chambers put his hand through a windowpane, cutting tendons and arteries.
1982: John Cougar hits #1 on both the US album and singles chart with the album 'American Fool' and the single 'Jack And Diane.'
1982: Sony introduces the world's first digital compact-disc player in Tokyo, which sells for about $650. Albums that have been converted to CD are slow to reach the North American market and the first to go on sale is Billy Joel's '52nd Street.'
1983: The first worldwide David Bowie convention is held in London's Cunard Hotel. Speakers at the convention include Bowie's former dance teacher, Lindsay Kemp; Bowie's former manager, Ken Pitt; guitar player, John Hutchinson; Bowie archivist, Kev Cann; and photographer, Ray Stevenson.
1983: Robert Plant concluded a solo tour at the PNE Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1984: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts release their 4th studio album, 'Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth.'
1984: The Ramones release their 8th studio album, 'Too Tough to Die.'
1984: Bruce Kulick makes his live debut with KISS in Brighton, England.
1984: U2 release their 4th studio album, 'The Unforgettable Fire.'
1987: Def Leppard kick off the North American leg of their Hysteria world tour at Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York. When the tour ended in October of 1988, they played 243 concerts, 172 in North America alone.
1988: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'I Hate Myself for Loving You' which was their 3rd and final top ten single in the U.S.
1988: Bon Jovi scored their first #1 album with 'New Jersey,' their 4th release. The follow-up to 'Slippery When Wet' produced five Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles, the most top ten hits to date for a hard rock album. 'Bad Medicine' and 'I’ll Be There for You' both hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100.
1990: Iron Maiden their 8th studio album, 'No Prayer for the Dying.'
1991: Motley Crue release their 'Decade of Decadence' greatest hits album. It also featured the single 'Primal Scream.'
1992: Ozzy Osbourne began a two night stand in San Antonio at the Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum, Osbourne’s first concerts in San Antonio in a decade after his arrest for urinating on the Alamo.
1993: Wilson Pickett is sentenced to one year in jail for hitting an 86 year-old man with his car while drinking. During his time in jail, he will get into a fight with another inmate and a resulting eye injury will require a number of surgeries to repair the damage.
1994: Eric Clapton entered the US album chart at #1 with 'From The Cradle.'
1994: Accept release their 10th studio album, 'Death Row.'
1995: John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, the Dave Matthews Band and Hootie and the Blowfish performed at the Farm Aid concert in Louisville, Kentucky.
1995: Iron Maiden released the album 'The X Factor.'
1995: Noel and Liam Gallagher, and drummer Andy White, perform a midnight acoustic show at the London Virgin Megastore to promote Oasis' album '(What's The Story) Morning Glory'"
1996: Nirvana's collection of live recordings 'From The Muddy Banks of Wishkah' is released.
1996: Warrant released the album 'Belly To Belly.' It's the last Warrant album of all original material to feature Jani Lane on vocals.
1996: Matchbox Twenty release 'Yourself Or Someone Like You.' The album contains the group's first hit 'Real World.'
1998: Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty is awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
2000: INXS, Men at Work and John Paul Young performed at the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
2002: The White Stripes play a free show in New York's Union Square Park, treating a large lunchtime crowd to a set full of covers and tunes from the group's three albums.
2002: The Rolling Stones release Forty Licks.
2004: The street "AC/DC Lane" was opened in Melbourne, Australia. The Lord Mayor erected the street sign to cheers and bagpipes playing the bands song 'Long Way To The Top'. The City of Melbourne had extra copies of the sign made, in anticipation of fans stealing them.
2004: Bruce Palmer of Buffalo Springfield died of a heart attack in Belleville, Ontario, Canada at the age of 58.
2004: John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M. launched the Vote for Change tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Dave Matthews Band performed in State College, Pennsylvania and the Dixie Chicks appeared in Pittsburgh.
2004: Helmet finally starts touring again with a show in Buffalo. Singer-guitarist Page Hamilton suffered a broken collarbone in a mountain-biking accident that delayed both the release of their album, 'Size Matters' and their tour.
2004: 'Stoners' premieres at New York's Coney Island Film Festival. Music from Pink Floyd's 1994 release 'The Division Bell' is on the film's soundtrack. The documentary revolves around an elaborate Internet-based puzzle game called The Stone, which was inspired by the Floyd CD.
2004: 'Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story' is published. The tome covers the group from inception in 1968 to 2003. There are interviews with band members and lifelong fans. 2004: Courtney Love is sued by a Los Angeles travel agency for almost $50,000 worth of unpaid airline tickets and services. This kind of thing could get a person banned from first class.
2005: Rush's Alex Lifeson is countersued by two police officers who allege that the guitarist assaulted them at an 2003 New Year's Eve celebration in Naples, FL. The altercation resulted in the arrest of Lifeson and his son. Lifeson's suit claims the deputies used excessive force during the incident. Both sides seek unspecified financial reparations.
2005: Disturbed appear at a National Hot Rod Association race in Joliet, IL, where they are co-sponsoring one of the drivers.
2005: Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley joined Pearl Jam onstage during their concert at the Borgata Events Center in Atlantic City for a rendition of Neil Young’s 'Rockin’ in the Free World.'
2006: Eddie Van Halen performs several Van Halen hits at a party for 'Sacred Sin,' an adult movie with his compositions on the soundtrack. Guns N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed, Motley Crue singer John Corabi and many X-rated actors attend the gathering at Van Halen's Hollywood Hills mansion.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, announce they have a suicide agreement which will come into effect should either of them suffer from a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer's, which took the life of Sharon's father. "We believe 100 percent in euthanasia, so (we) have drawn up plans to go to the assisted suicide flat in Switzerland if we ever have an illness that affects our brains," reveals Sharon.
2007: The Police are honored by the French minister of culture for their contribution to music. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland are each named chevaliers of the Order of the Arts and Letters. "We are very touched because we deeply admire French culture," says Sting. The group is in Paris as part of their European tour.
2007: The Visions Of Dylan photo exhibition opens in London. There are photos taken by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, Bryan Adams and Patti Smith.
2008: Phish confirms they'd be reuniting for a three-night run in March 2009 at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.
2008: Elton John is featured in a series of television and radio spots promoting the seventh annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days. During the month-long performance project musicians from all over the world, including John, stage concerts to support the initiative's Harmony for Humanity theme.
2010: 'The Social Network,' chronicling the founding of Facebook, is in theaters. The score for the David Fincher film is the work of Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails/How To Destroy Angels) and collaborator Atticus Ross. "Atticus Ross and I have been on a creative roll so I asked him if he wanted to work on this with me and we signed on," says Reznor.
2010: The first of two Plastic Ono Band performances takes place at the Orpheum Theater in L.A. Fronted by Yoko Ono there are appearances by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and Iggy Pop.
2010: Soundgarden's 'best of' compilation 'Telephantasm,' out for less than a week, goes platinum (selling one million copies).
2011: Bands perform Nirvana's classic 1991 single 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' 144 times consecutively at the Toronto Underground Cinema to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 'Nevermind' album. The event, A Brief History Of Rebellion, includes a performance by Tokyo Police Club.
2011: Former Police frontman Sting performs a special concert at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan to celebrate the 25th anniversary of solo career on the eve of his 60th birthday. Guests include Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder. Proceeds benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization that fights poverty in New York City.
2011: KISS bassist Gene Simmons marries his longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed. Their children Sophie, 19, and Nick, 22, are in attendance.
2011: Burton Cummings, keyboardist and lead singer of the Guess Who, was inducted into the Canada Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
2013: Kings Of Leon headline a NHL Face Off event in Montreal where the home team plays the Toronto Maple Leafs. KOL's performance kicks off the NHL season.
2013: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is featured in the Kidney Foundation of Canada's awareness campaign. Lifeson's father passed away from kidney failure ten years earlier.
2013: Nickelback, Slipknot and KoRn are featured on Roadrunner Records' anniversary compilation, 'XXX: Three Decades Of Roadrunner Records.'
2014: Judas Priest kick off their 40th Anniversary tour. The six week trek begins in Rochester, NY.
2015: Motorhead unveil their own branded whisky (even though lead vocalist and bassist Lemmy Kilmister has dropped whiskey in favor of vodka for 'health reasons'). Motorhead Drinks (which already includes beer, wine and vodka) is a collaborative effort between the band and Mackmyra, a Swedish distillery. Initially, the whiskey is only available in Sweden.
2015: Megadeth released the single 'Fatal Illusion.'

October 2
1945: Elvis Presley, then just ten years old, makes his first public appearance at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show singing "Old Shep" in a talent contest. He comes in second and is awarded 5 dollars and free admission to the fairground rides.
1954: Elvis Presley bombs at the Grand Ole Opry, which does not approve of his take on traditional country music. The Opry's talent director, Jim Denny, famously tells Presley he should go back to driving a truck. Elvis swears never to return.
1955: Elvis Presley's 'I Forgot to Remember to Forget' hits #2 on the Memphis record charts. After being picked up by RCA Victor it would go on to reach #1 on the Billboard Country And Western chart in February, 1956 during a 39 week stay, and #4 on the Billboard Most Played by Jockeys chart. It was the first record to give Elvis national exposure.
1958: At a press conference in Germany, a reporter asks Elvis if he is afraid of being forgotten by music fans while he is in the Army. Presley responds "It makes you wonder, but if people forget me, I can't complain. I had it once."
1959: Fifteen Elvis Presley fans were arrested in Germany after marching through the streets of Leipzig shouting "Long live Elvis Presley" and making unkind remarks about German music.
1960: 'Stay' by Maurice Williams And The Zodiacs enters the US chart on its way to #1. At just 1:37, it becomes the shortest US chart topper in Rock and Roll history.
1965: Manfred Mann plays Prague in Czechoslovakia, becoming the first Western band to take the stage behind the infamous Communist "Iron Curtain."
1965: A quartet from Ohio who called themselves The McCoys' had the #1 song on Billboard's singles chart with 'Hang On Sloopy.'
1965: The Who make their U.S. TV debut on 'Shindig' and perform 'My Generation.'
1967: The entire Grateful Dead are arrested for marijuana possession at the groups' 710 Ashbury Street House in San Francisco, California.
1970: Pink Floyd release their 5th studio album, 'Atom Heart Mother.'
1970: Pink Floyd played the first of two dates at the Moore Theater in Seattle, WA.
1970: Chicago played at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1971: Rod Stewart's 'Maggie May' b/w 'Reason To Believe' hits #1, as does his album 'Every Picture Tells A Story.' Although Maggie May was not her real name, the song was co-written by Stewart about the first woman he had sex with. Rod later revealed that he was surprised by the song's success, saying, "I still can't see how the single is such a big hit. It has no melody." Rolling Stone magazine seemed to disagree when, in 2004, they ranked the song #131 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1971: John Lennon's 'Imagine' LP enters the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, where it will reach #3. Early editions included a postcard featuring a photo of Lennon holding a pig, in mockery of Paul McCartney's similar pose with a sheep on the cover of his album 'Ram.'
1971: The J. Geils Band released their 2nd album, 'The Morning After.'
1972: Led Zeppelin opened a six-date tour of Japan at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo.
1973: The Rolling Stones performed at Ernst Merck Halle in Hamburg, Germany.
1974: Eric Clapton appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.
1975: A bomb scare cancels a Bruce Springsteen concert in Milwaukee. The show is re-scheduled for midnight, but before the show Springsteen has a few drinks at the hotel and rides on the hood of a car back to the concert hall. A journalist writes "I have seen the future of Rock & Roll and he's on my windshield.
1975: ZZ Top played at the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1976: In response to John Belushi's popular caricature of himself on Saturday Night Live, Joe Cocker appears on the show, singing a dual-Cocker duet with Belushi on 'Feelin' Alright.'
1976: Rod Stewart's 'Tonight's The Night' is released. It will become his second US #1 hit and reach #5 in the UK. The song features whispers from Britt Ekland who was Stewart's girlfriend at the time.
1976: 'Frampton Comes Alive' begins its next to last week at #1 on the USA album charts.
1977: The Grateful Dead played the second of two nights at the Paramount Theater in Portland, Oregon.
1977: After a plot is uncovered to steal it, Elvis Presley's body is moved from its Memphis mausoleum to its final resting place in the Meditation Garden at Graceland.
1977: Gene Simmons receives a Platinum record for his solo LP, one of four released concurrently by the members of KISS. Simmons' charts the highest in the US, reaching #22.
1978: AC/DC appeared at the Sports Arena in Toledo, Ohio.
1978: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley & Peter Criss’ solo albums were each certified Gold & Platinum by the RIAA.
1978: Neil Young released his 9th album, 'Comes A Time.'
1979: Van Halen performed at the Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.
1980: Yes played at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California.
1981: The Police released their 4th album, 'Ghost in the Machine.'
1982: Accept release their 4th studio album, 'Restless and Wild.' Self-produced by the band, it includes two different front covers (one of two Flying V's aflame, the other a live shot of the band) and spawns a track which many consider the birth of speed metal, 'Fast as a Shark.'
1982: Peter Gabriel and Steve Hacket joined their former band mates in Genesis (Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks) for a one-time benefit performance at The Milton Keynes Bowl in Buckinghamshire, England to help raise money for Gabriel's WOMAD project (World of Music, Arts and Dance).
1982: John 'Cougar' Mellencamp's 'Jack And Diane' begins a four week run at #1 on the U.S. pop chart. His earlier release, 'Hurts So Good' was still at #10.
1982: Bruce Springsteen's acoustic 'Nebraska' album enters the LP chart. There are no hits but it cements Springsteen's reputation as an important songwriter.
1982: Rush's 'Signals' enters the LP charts.
1982: Aerosmith's 'Rock In A Hard Place' album enters the album chart for a brief stay. 1982: The Clash's 'Rock The Casbah' hits the singles charts.
1982: Dire Straits reached the top of the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with their fourth album 'Love Over Gold' which went on to spend four weeks at #1.
1982: Jethro Tull performed at The Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1985: Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' tour ends with the last of four shows at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
1986: The Everly Brothers are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
1989: Neil Young released his 19th solo album, Freedom.'
1993: Meat Loaf's 'Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell' enters the Billboard LP chart, where it will go on to reach #1. It also topped the charts in the UK and Australia and sold over 14 million copies worldwide.
1994: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch performed with the group for the last time at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, CA.
1994: 42 year-old John Mellencamp confirms he recently had a mild heart attack brought on by an 80-cigarettes-per-day habit and a cholesterol level of 300.
1995: Oasis release their second album '(What's The Story), Morning Glory.' The album sold over 18 million copies worldwide, and it won the award for the best British Album of the last 30 Years at the 2010 Brit Awards.
1995: Iron Maiden release their 10th studio album, 'The X Factor.'
1995: Journey announced that the Escape-era lineup had reunited. The following year they released 'Trial by Fire,' but by 1998 Steve Perry & Steve Smith had left Journey.
1995: Alanis Morissette's 'Jagged Little Pill' reaches the top of the Billboard 200 in its 15th week, giving the Maverick label, founded by Madonna, its first #1. She's the third female artist to have a debut album reach #1 in the 1990s.
1996: A Pearl Jam show in Hartford Connecticut ended in a riot when mass fighting broke out among the 30,000 strong crowds.
1998: Cheap Trick was inducted into Hollywood’s Rockwalk. The induction was hosted by Los Angeles DJ Jim Ladd and all members of the band added their handprints except for singer Robin Zander who wasn’t feeling well.
1998: Paul McCartney conducts an "incognito" live Internet Q&A session and "music remix" in the guise of the Fireman at www.fire-man.com
1999: David Bowie offers a virtual guided tour of the controversial art show "Sensation: Young British Artists From The Saatchi Collection," at www.davidbowie.com. The show includes Damien Hirst's shark suspended in formaldehyde (titled 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living') and Tracey Emin's tent (titled 'Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995').
1999: Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas married model Marisol Maldonado. Marisol appeared in the Santana video 'Smooth' with Thomas.
2001: Actor Kevin Spacey hosted 'Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music' at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Performers include, Alanis Morrisette, Moby, Stone Temple Pilots and the Dave Mathews Band. The evening was closed with those present singing 'Give Peace A Chance.'
2002: At the 2002 Jammy Awards, Trey Anastasio picks up two awards; his band Phish wins one.
2003: A pair of pants worn in 1984 by the late Queen star Freddie Mercury were sold to the Hard Rock Cafe for £4,230 at a Christie's auction of pop memorabilia held in London, England. A wooden sculpture of a cupboard, designed by John Lennon, claimed the highest price of the day, £28,200. Hundreds of items related to The Beatles The Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix also went under the hammer at the sale.
2003: Police were called to a suspected burglary at the Los Angeles house of Courtney Love's former boyfriend and ex-manager Jim Barber. She was picked up in the street outside and detained, with officers noting "Miss Love's behavior was consistent with being under the influence of a controlled substance". Love was subsequently taken to hospital with a suspected drug overdose.
2003: Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx sues Thrasher skateboarding magazine and Vans shoe company for allegedly using his image in an ad without his permission. Sixx is later awarded $600,000 for the commercial use of his likeness without his permission.
2004: 55-year-old Billy Joel causes a stir by marrying his third wife, the 22-year-old cooking student Katie Lee, at his Long Island home.
2004: After much debate and a postponement, the Melbourne City Council names a street after AC/DC. The street, more like an alley, was known as Corporation Lane. It is now AC/DC Lane.
2004: During a Pearl Jam concert in Toledo, OH as part of the Vote for Change tour, Neil Young & Peter Frampton made surprise appearances to perform 'All Along the Watchtower,' 'Act Of Love,' 'Cortez The Killer,' & 'Rockin’ in the Free World' with Pearl Jam.
2006: Supreme Court justices uphold lower-court decisions dismissing guitarist Vinnie Vincent's claims against KISS over alleged unpaid royalties. Vincent played with the group from 1982 until 1984 and sued for money he said he was owed for co-writing several songs that appeared on the band's 1983 album 'Lick It Up.'
2006: Queens Of The Stone Age, Stone Sour, Slipknot and Motley Crue contribute songs to the in-game soundtrack for 'The Sopranos: Road To Respect.' The video game is based on the mob-themed HBO series.
2006: 'Four On The Floor,' an album by actress Juliette Lewis' group Juilette & The Licks, with Foo Fighters' David Grohl on drums, is released in the U.K.
2007: Bruce Springsteen releases 'Magic.' The 11-track album is his first in five years with the E Street Band. Springsteen and Co. also kick off a North American tour in Hartford, CT.
2007: John Fogerty's 'Revival,' with the single, 'Don't You Wish It Was True,' is released. Recorded in L.A., the disc's title references his former band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, as does the track, 'Creedence Song.' Fogerty also appears on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman to promote the album.
2007: Songs by Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan are free at Starbucks locations via 'Song of the Day' cards that are redeemable at iTunes. During the month-long promotion Starbucks issues 1.5 million free downloads per day.
2007: Matchbox 20 release their 'Exile On Mainstream' album.
2007: An eBay auction to help pay the medical bills of founding Poco drummer George Grantham, who suffered a debilitating stroke in '04, gets underway. Items for sale during the weeklong auction are contributed by ex-Poco/Buffalo Springfield member Richie Furay, Graham Nash (CS&N) and the Eagles' Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit.
2009: Mott The Hoople's five original members reunite for the first of two London concerts to commemorate the band's 40th anniversary. A second show is the following day.
2010: Farm Aid celebrates its 25th anniversary with a concert at Milwaukee's Miller Park. Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) and Dave Matthews are among the performers. 35,000 people attend the show raising over $2 million for the owners of family-run farms.
2011: 'George Harrison: Living In The Material World,' has its U.K. debut. The documentary, produced by Martin Scorcese along with Harrison's widow Olivia, features home movies, interviews and unseen footage. Harrison's former Beatle bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the festivities.
2012: Josh Freese officially parts ways with A Perfect Circle.
2012: KISS debut their slot game at the 12th annual Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley attend the unveiling.
2012: Scott Stapp's autobiography, 'Sinner's Creed,' is out. The Creed frontman discusses his career and his battle with alcoholism, and depression. "It's definitely a cathartic process for me, and I really hope that those who read it can walk away knowing more about my life," says Stapp.
2012: British session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan (born James George Tomkins) died at the age of 71. Sullivan started his career in 1959 as a member of Marty Wilde’s band and when Wilde bought Sullivan a Gibson Les Paul guitar, it was allegedly the first in Britain. Sullivan taught future Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to play guitar, as well as helping Yes and Asia guitarist Steve Howe on his road to success. He was featured on 55 #1 hits, and worked with George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Thunderclap Newman, Love Affair, Long John Baldry, Marmalade, and The Tremeloes. During Jimmy Page’s session career, he was known as “Little Jim,” to differentiate him from Big Jim.
2013: 42 year-old John Mellencamp confirms he recently had a mild heart attack brought on by an 80-cigarettes-per-day habit and a cholesterol level of 300.
2013: Kings Of Leon's 'Mechanical Bull' debuts at #2, behind Drake, on the Billboard 200. The album sells 110,000 copies in its first week.
2014: Metallica are Artists In Residence for Mill Valley Film Festival 37. Each band member hosts a screening of a film they have selected.
2015: The Winery Dogs - guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big/Poison), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big/Steve Vai) and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) - release their second album, 'Hot Streak.'
2015: Slipknot's Scream Park, a haunted house attraction in Sacramento, begins a one month run concluding on All Saints Day (that's the day after Halloween for all you heathens), with three haunted houses: Prepare For Hell, Clown's Playhouse and Skin Ticket.
2015: Queensryche release their 'Condition Human' album.
2015: W.A.S.P.s first studio album in six years, 'Golgotha' is released. Golgotha, where Christ was crucified, is Hebrew for 'the place of the skull.'

October 3
1901: The Victor Talking Machine Company is The first record company incorporated, later merging with the Radio Corporation of America to become RCA-Victor.
1945: A 10 year old Elvis Presley made his first ever-public appearance in a talent contest at the Mississippi Alabama Dairy Show singing 'Old Shep.' He comes in second.
1952: The long-running radio hit 'The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet,' now featuring a 12-year-old Rick Nelson, debuts on CBS-TV, where it will run for another 14 years, bringing the total life of the show to 22 years
1958: The Biggest Show Of Stars 1958 Tour kicks off at the Worcester Auditorium in Worcester, Massachusetts. This Autumn Edition featured: Buddy Holly, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, The Olympics, Dion & The Belmonts, Bobby Freeman, The Elegants, Jimmy Clanton, The Danleers, Duane Eddy, Clyde McPhatter and The Coasters.
1961: A group of teens from Hawthorne California calling themselves The Pendletones recorded three songs for Hite and Dorinda Morgan, who ran a publishing business and two small record labels. One of those songs was called 'Surfin', which, when pressed on to a Candix Records 45 rpm disc, was credited to The Beach Boys, a name made up by promotion man Russ Reagan, who had taken it upon himself to re-christen the band. 'Surfin' would get to #75 on the Billboard chart and sold 50,000 copies, launching the career of one of America's most successful Rock 'n' Roll acts.
1964: John Lennon writes 'I Feel Fine.'
1964: The Animals' self-titled debut album enters the charts.
1965: Johnny Cash is stopped by US Customs officials at the Mexican border on suspicion of heroin smuggling and found to be holding over 1,000 prescription narcotics and amphetamines. He receives a suspended sentence.
1967: Woody Guthrie dies after suffering from Huntington's Chorea disease. Guthrie was a major influence on Bob Dylan and American folk music. The 70's film 'Bound For Glory' is based on his life. His best-known song is 'This Land Is Your Lan,', which is regularly sung in American schools.
1967: Keith Richards had his guard dogs blessed by a priest.
1968: Working at Trident Studios in London, The Beatles recorded the new George Harrison song ‘Savoy Truffle.' George, Paul, and Ringo recorded just one take of the basic track (drums, bass, and lead guitar). The song was inspired by Eric Clapton's love of chocolates, particularly Mackintosh's Good News.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Lookin’ Out My Back Door' which was their 9th top ten single in the U.S.
1970: Rare Earth peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of '(I Know) I’m Losing You' which was their second top ten single in the U.S.
1975: The Who release their 7th album, 'Who By Numbers.'
1977: The TV event 'Elvis In Concert,' filmed just weeks before the King's death, is shown on CBS, with good friend Ann-Margret hosting. It shocks many with the depiction of a bloated and drug-addled Elvis Presley in his final days.
1978: Aerosmith posts bail for 30 fans convicted of smoking pot during their show at the Fort Wayne Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, IN.
1980: Bruce Springsteen kicks of his tour for 'The River' in Ann Arbor, MI. He forgets the words to his anthem 'Born To Run,' and is joined by Bob Seger in a performance of 'Thunder Road.'
1980: Diamond Head release their debut album, 'Lightning to the Nations.'
1980: The Police released their 3rd album, 'Zenyattà Mondatta.'
1981: Seventeen years into their career, The Kinks performed at Madison Square Garden in New York for the first time.
1981: Saturday Night Live begins its season on this date with a three-minute film by Yoko Ono showing footage of John Lennon.
1981: E.L.O.'s 'Hold On Tight' peaks at #10.
1981: Journey's breakthrough ballad 'Who's Crying Now' peaks at #4.
1981: Billy Joel released the first digitally recorded, live album, 'Songs in the Attic,' a collection of tunes he had recorded before his big breakthrough, 'Just The Way You Are.'
1983: Genesis released their self-titled 12th album.
1987: 'Welcome To The Jungle' is the second single (following 'It's So Easy') from Guns N' Roses' debut studio album, 'Appetite For Destruction.' A top 10 hit (#7) the song is later named "the greatest Hard Rock song of all time" by VH1.
1988: Keith Richards released his solo debut album, 'Talk Is Cheap.'
1988: Girlschool released their 7th studio album, 'Take a Bite.'
1991: Texas governor Ann Richards proclaimed October 3 to be "Stevie Ray Vaughan Day". An annual motorcycle ride and concert in Central Texas benefits the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund.
1988: Hollywood premiers the acclaimed documentary 'Imagine: John Lennon.'
1989: The Rolling Stones played the last of 3 nights in Foxboro, MA.
1994: Eric Clapton opened his 'Nothing but the Blues' tour in Montréal.
1994: Twisted Sister released their 1st live album, 'Live at Hammersmith.'
1997: Sugar Ray postpones their European tour after frontman Mark McGrath injures his leg at the first date in Bologna, Italy.
1999: It was announced that Jimi Hendrix’s sister Janie was planning to exhume Jimi’s body and move it to a pay-to view mausoleum. Other plans included a chance for fans to buy burial plots around Jimi’s new resting place.
1999: Ozzy Osbourne issued a press release asking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to remove Black Sabbath from the ballot. Black Sabbath was later inducted in 2006.
2000: After being questioned for nearly an hour by his parole board, John Lennon's killer is denied release on his first eligible parole, with the board stating that letting him free would "deprecate the seriousness of the crime."
2000: Benjamin Orr (The Cars) dies of pancreatic cancer in Atlanta, Georgia at the age 53.
2000: Green Day release their 6th studio album 'Warning.' Going to #4 on the Billboard 200, it is the group's first major label release not to go multi-platinum - but it eventually sells over a million copies.
2000: John Lennon's assassin, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole after serving 20 years in prison. Chapman was interviewed for 50 minutes by parole board members, who concluded that releasing Chapman would 'deprecate the seriousness of the crime.'
2002: Original Iron Butterfly guitarist and vocalist Darryl DeLoach died of liver cancer at the age of 56.
2003: Ted Nugent’s reality show 'Surviving Nugent' premiered on VH1. The show took city dwellers to Nugent’s Michigan ranch to survive “backwoods” activities including building an outhouse and skinning a boar.
2003: The film of the benefit concert 'The Concert For George,' an all-star tribute to the recently deceased ex-Beatle George Harrison, opens in US theaters.
2004: Teenage English soul star Joss Stone becomes the youngest female solo artist to top the British album survey as 'Mind Body & Soul' debuts at #1. The 17-year-old's second release, and first full-length album, bows ahead of Top-10 entries by Marilyn Manson, Tom Jones and Brian Wilson.
2005: A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese replaces the ailing Jerome Dillon for the remainder of Nine Inch Nail's North American Tour. N.I.N. had been forced to postpone shows due to Dillon's persistent heart troubles.
2005: Cream release their 4th live album, 'Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005.'
2006: Evanescence release 'The Open Door,' the follow-up to their 2003 smash 'Fallen.' The songs represent singer Amy Lee's maiden effort with former Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo. "(After Ben Moody's departure), I didn't have somebody - I don't want to be mean - holding me back," says Lee. 'Call Me When You're Sober' is the lead single.
2006: The Who's Pete Townshend is honored at BMI's London Awards. The performing-rights organization recognizes Europe's leading songwriters and composers. Townshend receives TV Music Awards for penning tunes used on the three CSI TV series. Elton John, the Zombies' Rod Argent, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Paul Rodgers, Sting and Peter Gabriel nab Million-Air certificates for writing tracks earning the most plays on American TV and radio.
2006: 'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions: American Land Edition,' a CD/DVD version of Bruce Springsteen's Folk album, drops. The set contains songs not previously released, behind-the scenes footage and a pair of performance clips of Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band.
2006: Ex-Police guitarist Andy Summers' autobiography, 'One Train Later,' is published.
2006: Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent lost a Supreme Court appeal in a dispute with former bandmates over royalties for his contributions in the group’s 1983 album 'Lick It Up.'
2007: The Rolling Stones set a new record for the top grossing tour of all time when their 'A Bigger Bang' tour, which ran from the Fall of 2005 to August 26, 2007, earned the band a staggering $558,255,524. The previous high was set by U2's Vertigo tour, which took place in 2005 and 2006, earning $389,000,000.
2007: Foo Fighters' sixth album, 'Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace,' enters Billboard 200 chart at #3 (behind Rascal Flatts and Keyshia Cole), after selling over 165,000 copies in its first week out.
2009: The Fifth Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute takes place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the Ramones' guitarist is buried. Over 3,000 fans in attendance raise funds for the cancer research fund at University of Southern California Westside Prostate Cancer Center.
2011: Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen and the band's manager Dave Frey appear in Washington D.C. to urge Congress to seek legislation regarding temporary stages. Band members narrowly escaped a stage collapse in Canada at the Ottawa Bluesfest the previous July.
2011: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's 'Nevermind' album, Gibson USA introduces the Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass. It has glued-in neck of solid maple and a tonewood known for its ability to add punch, clarity and sustain.
2014: 'Gone Girl' is in theaters with a mostly ambient soundtrack composed by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross.
2014: Neil Peart's work on Rush's 1981 album 'Moving Pictures' gets him named Prog's Most Influential Drummer by readers of Rhythm Magazine.
2014: A mint-condition copy of The Beatles' 'Please Please Me' album, signed by George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr sold for $36,655 at an auction held in the US.
2015: Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor's "deep and terrifying roar to the alien warlord known as Fisher King" is heard during an episode of the BBC series 'Doctor Who.'

October 4
1961: Bob Dylan debuts at Carnegie Hall, playing for a grand total of 53 fans. He earned $20 for the night.
1963: A 17-year-old Eric Clapton, late of the Roosters and Casey Jones and the Engineers, joins the Yardbirds for tonight's gig at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England, replacing original guitarist Anthony "Top" Topham.
1963: The Beatles make their first appearance on the British teen pop music show 'Ready Steady Go!' They are interviewed by fellow performer, Dusty Springfield and lip-synch 'She Loves You' and 'Twist And Shout.'
1963: Billboard magazine reports that hot-rodding songs are the latest teen fad, replacing surfing songs. Among the top tunes is The Beach Boys' 'Little Deuce Coupe,' which sits at #15 on the Billboard chart. Capitol Records starts supplying DJs and record retailers with a book of hot-rod terms
1963: Faced with parental disapproval and the anxiety of abandoning his art studies, 16-year-old Anthony Topham is replaced in The Yardbirds by 18-year-old Eric Clapton. After a career as a interior designer, painter and musician, Topham would rejoin The Yardbirds from 2013 to 2015.
1968: Cream begins their announced farewell tour with a performance at Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA.
1968: On the first night of a UK club tour Led Zeppelin (billed as The Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page) appeared at the Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, supported by Terry Reid's Fantasia.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival begin a four week run at #1 on the US album chart with their album 'Green River.' It was the group's first #1. In 2003, was ranked #95 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1969: Crosby, Stills & Nash release their ode to Judy Collins, 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.'
1969: 'Abbey Road,' the last album recorded by The Beatles, enters the UK charts at #1. The L.P. would go on to be the group's biggest seller in Britain, although 'The Beatles' (the white album) sold more in North America. The final studio recordings from the group supposedly contained clues adding to the ‘Paul Is Dead’ phenomenon: Paul is barefoot and the car number plate ‘LMW 281F’ supposedly referred to the fact that McCartney would be 28 years old if he was still alive. ‘LMW’ was said to stand for ‘Linda McCartney Weeps.’ And the four Beatles, represent; the priest (John, dressed in white), the Undertaker (Ringo in a black suit), the Corpse (Paul, in a suit but barefoot), and the Gravedigger (George, in jeans and a denim work shirt).
1970: Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark Hotel Hollywood after an accidental heroin overdose. Joplin had the posthumous 1971 US #1 single 'Me And Bobby McGee,' and the 1971 US #1 album 'Pearl.' She was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul" and as "Pearl" to her friends, Joplin remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with over 15.5 million albums sold in the USA.
1971: The soundtrack to Frank Zappa's film '200 Motels' was released.
1973: A San Francisco Stephen Stills & Manassas concert turns into a reunion when David Crosby and Graham Nash join Stills onstage. A bit later Neil Young also joins them.
1973: The BBC broadcast the 500th edition of the Rock 'n' Roll show, 'Top Of The Pops.' The featured acts were Slade, Gary Glitter and The Osmonds.
1974: Thin Lizzy debut their new twin-guitar attack with new additions Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson at tonight's concert in Wales.
1974: 'Utopia: Todd Rundgren's Utopia' debut album is released.
1974: The Who's 'Odds & Sods' album consisting of studio outtakes and rarities is released.
1974: John Lennon releases his 5th album, 'Walls And Bridges,' which would go on to top the Billboard album chart a few weeks later. Recorded during his estrangement from Yoko Ono, it turned out to be the last record that Lennon recorded without input from her.
1975: Pink Floyd's album 'Wish You Were Here' hits #1 on the Billboard charts.
1976: Elvis Presley attracts a crowd at a gas station in Memphis, Tennessee when he stops to fill up his Harley. After chatting with fans for a few minutes, the King calmly drives away.
1980: Queen's 'Another One Bites The Dust' hits #1 on the US singles charts. It stays there for three weeks.
1980: On stage during a concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carly Simon collapses from "nervous exhaustion."
1980: For their work on the recent Fleetwood Mac single 'Tusk,' the University of Southern California Country marching band is presented with a platinum version of the album of the same name by three members of the rock band.
1982: Bruce Springsteen releases 'Nebraska,' an album made up of tunes Bruce recorded on a 4-track tape machine in his home studio.
1982: Hall & Oates released their 11th studio album, 'H2O.'
1986: CBS Newsman Dan Rather is attacked by a man who hits him from behind and repeats the phrase "Kenneth, what is the frequency," prompting REM to write the song 'What's the Frequency, Kenneth?'
1987: Whitesnake hit #1 on the Billboard singles chart with 'Here I Go Again.'
1988: Determined to finally clean his system of the alcohol and drugs he's been abusing for years, Ringo Starr, along with wife Barbara Bach, flies to Tucson, AZ to enter the Sierra Tucson Rehabilitation Clinic. He will stay six weeks.
1990: Bonnie Raitt plays the Vote Choice concert sponsored by the Hollywood Women's Political Committee.
1990: Two separate lawsuits are combined on appeal against CBS Records and Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of 17 year old Harold Hamilton and 16 year old Michael Waller, both of whom are alleged to have committed suicide after listening to Osbourne's 'Suicide Solution.' The Supreme Court would refuse to reinstate the case. A California court had already dismissed a separate suit in 1988, ruling that suicide was not a foreseeable result of Osbourne's song.
1991: Savatage release their 6th studio album, 'Streets: A Rock Opera.'
1994: Singer Glenn Frey's stomach surgery causes the Eagles to postpone their much-anticipated reunion tour, titled 'Hell Freezes Over.'
1994: Smashing Pumpkins release their 'Pisces Iscariot' album.
1994: Dream Theater release their 3rd studio album, 'Awake.'
1994: Danny Gatton, who was ranked 63rd on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time in 2003, locked himself in his garage in Newburg, Maryland and shot himself with no explanation. He was 49.
1996: 'That Thing You Do!,' starring Tom Hanks as the manager of fictional '60s band The Wonders, is released in theaters. The title-track to the film was written by Adam Schlesinger, bass player for Fountains of Wayne.
1996: Following the cancellation of several Oasis U.S. tour dates due to a disagreement between Liam and Noel Gallagher, Noel is interviewed in a pub (a bad sign) by a New Musical Express reporter. Asked if he thinks Oasis will ever tour the U.S. again, Noel says, "No. F*ck 'em." Of course, Oasis does return to the U.S.
1996: Gary Cherone, a former member of Extreme, becomes Van Halen's new, if short lived, vocalist.
1996: Dio release their 7th studio album, 'Angry Machines.'
1997: Farm Aid returns to Illinois for the first time since it started in 1985, selling out the New World Music Theater in Tinley Park. Performers include The Dave Matthews Band and Beck.
1999: Paul McCartney releases his first album since the death of his wife Linda in April 1998. Entitled 'Run Devil Run,' the CD is a collection of Rock oldies along with new McCartney songs.
1999: Jimi Hendrix's half-sister Janie announces her plans to exhume the body of her famous brother and move it to a mausoleum where curious onlookers can view it for a price. The public outcry forces her to shelve the idea.
2003: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band wrap up their 2002-03 world tour at New York's Shea Stadium. It's the 120th show of the 14 month tour. Bob Dylan joins the band up to perform 'Highway 61 Revisited.'
2004: Elton John rips Madonna for allegedly lip-synching in concert. "Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage when you pay to see them should be shot," states John.
2005: Nickelback's 'All The Right Reasons' is released.
2005: Exodus releases their 7th studio album, 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine.'
2006: The Beastie Boys headline 'Gimme Shelter: Rock & Rescue NYC' at the Hiro Ballroom. The benefit concert raises money for local animal-rescue shelters.
2005: Badfinger's Mike Gibbins died in his sleep at his Florida home at the age of 56.
2005: Testament release their 7th studio album, 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine.' e
2006: Dave Grohl fulfills his promise to drink a beer with an Australian miner named Brant Webb who asked to hear Foo Fighters music while he was trapped underground for nearly two weeks. Grohl performs a new instrumental song called 'The Ballad Of Beaconsfield Miners' during the Foo Fighters' acoustic concert in Sydney. After the show Grohl hooks up with Webb and his friends for a brew or two.
2007: Gibson Guitar unveils a custom guitar inspired by the Trini Lopez signature model played by Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl.
2008: Nearly 50,000 fans attend Bruce Springsteen's free performance in Philadelphia, the first of a three-rally series at which he appears in support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. "(Our country) needs someone with Senator Obama's understanding, temperateness, deliberativeness, maturity, compassion, toughness, and faith, to help us rebuild our house once again," says the Boss during his set. Springsteen also plays at Obama events in Columbus, OH, and Ypsilanti, MI.
2008: The documentary 'Johnny Cash's America' receives its theatrical premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival in Bearsville, N.Y. John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan and Ozzy Osbourne appear in the film.
2008: Nearly 50,000 fans attend Bruce Springsteen's free performance in Philadelphia, the first of a three-rally series at which he appears in support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. "(Our country) needs someone with Senator Obama's understanding, temperateness, deliberativeness, maturity, compassion, toughness, and faith, to help us rebuild our house once again," says the Boss during his seven-song set. Springsteen also plays at Obama events in Columbus, OH, and Ypsilanti, MI.
2009: Farm Aid takes place in Maryland Heights, MO. Founders/mainstays Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Country legend Willie Nelson perform. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised over $34-million for family farmers.
2010: After being blasted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for allegedly using anti-Semitic images during his 'The Wall Live' tour, former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters writes a letter that's published in Britain's The Independent. "(This is a) serious charge that demands a response," writes Waters. "The song to which he (the ADL's director Abe Foxman) refers, 'Good Bye Blue Sky,' describes how ordinary people, military and civilians alike, suffer trauma in the aftermath of war. There is no anti-Semitism in The Wall Show." In the end though, Waters tweaks the song's accompanying video so the controversial images; a Star of David and dollar signs, are separated.
2011: Duff McKagan's memoir, 'It's So Easy: And Other Lies' is released in bookstores.
2012: Deep Purple and Rush are finally nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Both were eligible for years (20 for Deep Purple and 15 for Rush) before being nominated. Rush gets in, but not Deep Purple.
2013: 'Nothing To Fear,' the first horror movie from Slash's production company, Slasher Films, is in theaters. The plot revolves around a Kansas town which, according to legend, is one of the seven gateways to Hell.
2014: Folsom city officials dedicate the Johnny Cash Trail and Overpass in honor of the classic 'At Folsom Prison' album Cash recorded live in '68.
2014: Paul Revere, organist and leader of Paul Revere & The Raiders, passes away at his home in Idaho at the age of 76.
2015: 'Cass Country,' the first solo album in 15 years from the Eagles singer and drummer Don Henley, debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200. Selling 89,000 copies in the first week, the album also goes to #1 on both the Top Album Sales and the Top Country Albums charts.
2015: Joe Walsh and Steven Tyler perform at the Unite to Face Addiction, a Washington, D.C. rally. They both had well documented addiction problems. Sheryl Crow, the Fray and Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik also hit the stage.

October 5
1947: The first taped radio show is broadcast on ABC, a performance by Bing Crosby that demonstrated the capabilities of the new Ampex 200 recorder.
1961: As a follow up to their US #1 smash, 'Blue Moon,' The Marcels release a similar sounding tune called 'Heartaches,' which will climb to number seven on the US Pop chart.
1962: The Beatles release their first single, 'Love Me Do' b/w 'P.S. I Love You,' in the UK. That night, it is played on Radio Luxembourg, owned by EMI, representing the first time a Beatles song is ever heard on the airwaves. It spent 26 week's on the chart peaking at #17. Beatles producer George Martin has said when 'Love Me Do' was released, it was the day the world changed.
1965: Johnny Cash was arrested crossing the Mexican border into El Paso, Texas after customs officials found hundreds of pills in his guitar case. He would receive a suspended jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.
1966: Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding played together for the first time. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed shortly thereafter.
1967: The Doors played the final night of a five night run at Steve Paul's Scene in New York City.
1968: Cream release their single 'White Room.'
1968: Steppenwolf release theoir single 'Magic Carpet Ride.'
1968: The Rolling Stone's 'Street Fighting Man' peaks without reaching the Top 40. It is banned in some cities out of fear the song might incite riots or civil unrest.
1969: The Who appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1970: The Guess Who release their 8th studio album, 'Share the Land.'
1970: 'Led Zeppelin III' was released in the UK on Atlantic records. The album peaked at #1 on both the UK and US charts. It has now been certified 6 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 6 million copies.
1973: Elton John's 7th studio album 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' is released.
1974: The Beach Boys 'Endless Summer' greatest hits album hits #1. The collection would spend 155 weeks on the Billboard Hot 200, selling over 3 million copies.
1974: The Guess Who peak at #6 with the novelty song 'Clap For The Wolfman.' It's a tribute to legendary DJ Wolfman Jack, who is heard on the song.
1974: ‎Bon Scott‬ performs with ‪AC/DC‬ for the first time at Le-Sands Masonic Hall in ‎Australia‬.
1975: The three original Wailers: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer perform together for the last time at Stevie Wonder's benefit concert, the Wonder Dream Concert, in Kingston, Jamaica.
1975: Harry Chapin's 'Cats in the Cradle' is released. It will enter the Hot 100 in November and top the chart just before Christmas.
1976: Hall And Oates' second album, 'Abandoned Luncheonette,' which contained the hit single 'She's Gone,' is certified Gold just three weeks after its release.
1976: The Doobie Brothers 'It Keeps You Runnin' b/w 'Turn It Loose' 45 single is released.
1977: Fleetwood Mac's 'You Make Loving Fun' b/w 'Gold Dust Woman' 45 single is released.
1979: A little more than a year after the death of drummer Keith Moon, The Who's 'The Kids Are Alright' album is certified platinum.
1979: The Police release their 'Reggatta de Blanc' album.
1979: Riot released their 2nd album, 'Narita.' It was previously released in Japan, but was only available in the U.S. as an import.
1981: Saxon release their 4th studio album, 'Denim and Leather.'
1982: Twenty years after its first release, EMI Records re-issues The Beatles' 'Love Me Do' in the UK. It will rise to #4 by the end of the month.
1984: Queen played the first of nine concerts at the Sun City Super Bowl, Sun City, Republic of Bophuthatswana (integrated into South Africa's North West Province in 1994).
1988: Def Leppard's 'Love Bites' hits number one on the Billboard singles chart.
1989: Motley Crue plays a warm-up show for their upcoming Dr. Feelgood tour at the Whisky a Go Go, in Hollywood, under their pseudonym The Foreskins. The band also films their next video, 'Kickstart My Heart' at the gig.
1990: Deep Purple release their 13th studio album, 'Slaves and Masters.'
1991: Guns N' Roses 'Use Your Illusion II' debuts at #1, followed by 'Use Your Illusion I' on Billboard's albums chart. 'Use Your Illusion II' spent two weeks at #1 and was the band’s second and last #1 album in the U.S.
1991: Ozzy Osbourne debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'No More Tears' which went on to sell four million copies in the U.S. Alongside 'Blizzard of Ozz' it is Osbourne’s highest selling album in the U.S. as a solo artist.
1992: Metallica's video for 'Sad But True' debuted. It was directed by Wayne Isham and was the fifth and final single from 'The Black Album.'
1993: The Beatles 1962-1966 (Red) and 1967-1970 (Blue) are released on CD.
1996: Joan Osborne, Soul Asylum, Jewel, Extra Fancy, The Presidents of the United States of America, and Dog's Eye View, among others, perform at the first annual 'Concert to Benefit The Pedro Zamora Foundation.' The show raises money for the PZF to use toward educating kids about AIDS.
1999: After breaking up "permanently" in 1983, the Who reform with an announcement by singer Roger Daltrey that the trio will re-form for a Las Vegas concert. The show was also to be broadcast live on the Internet.
2000: The book 'The Beatles Anthology,' some twenty years in the making, is published in the US. Price: $60.
2000: The Cars bassist, Benjamin Orr, succumbs to pancreatic cancer at age 53.
2002: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were the musical guest on the season premiere of season 28 of Saturday Night Live.
2003: Ted Nugent’s reality show, 'Surviving Nugent' premieres on VH1. Set on Nugent’s 2000-acre Michigan ranch, it has seven contestants competing in a series of challenges, like building an outhouse and skinning a boar, for a new pickup truck and $25,000.
2004: Neil Young shows up again on the Vote For Change tour. in St. Paul, MN. Wearing a Homeland Security T-shirt, Young joins R.E.M. on their song 'Country Feedback' and performs Bob Dylan's 'All Along The Watchtower' with Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M. and John Fogerty.
2004: Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars undergoes hip-replacement surgery after suffering from a degenerative disease that damages ligaments, tendons and bones.
2004: R.E.M. unfurls their 15th album, the politically oriented 'Around The Sun.'
2004: Dream Theater released their 4th live album, 'Live at Budokan.'
2004: The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane's Addiction are featured on 'Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The '80s Underground,' a four-disc collection. The box set takes its name from a Replacements song and features covers '80s Alternative-Rock songs.
2004: Peter Frampton, Santana, Slash, Vernon Reid and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan appear on the 'Sing A Song With Six Strings' compilation. The songs are inspired by children, fatherhood and family. Several tracks are new releases.
2004: Neil Young shows up again on the Vote For Change tour. This time it's in St. Paul. Wearing a Homeland Security T-shirt, Young joins R.E.M. on their song 'Country Feedback' and performs Bob Dylan's 'All Along The Watchtower' with Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M. and John Fogerty.
2004: Fates Warning release their 10th studio album, 'FWX.'
2005: Pearl Jam plays an intimate show at Chicago's House Of Blues to help raise funds for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. They are joined by ex-Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant for renditions of Zeppelin's 'Fool In The Rain' and Neil Young's 'Rockin' In The Free World.' Tickets for the one-off charity gig go for $1,000 each with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross and Jazz Foundation of America.
2006: Jon Bon Jovi is named Habitat For Humanity's worldwide ambassador at an event held in Philadelphia. Bon Jovi also announces the formation of the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation, which partners with Habitat, the Philly-based Project H.O.M.E. charity and Saturn automakers for an initiative to renovate houses in the city.
2006: Reggae legend Bob Marley was honoured with a heritage plaque at his former north London home at 34 Ridgmount Gardens in Camden. The event was part of Black History Month, a season of events promoting the contribution of African-Caribbean communities in London.
2007: John Mellencamp's 'Jena' video is "so inflammatory, so defamatory, that a line has been crossed and enough is enough," writes Murphy R. McMillin, the mayor of Jena, LA, in a fax to the press. The song/video refer to the 'Jena Six,' a group of black students accused of beating a white classmate after nooses were hung from a tree where black students congregated. Mellencamp sings "Jena, take your nooses down" and says the song is a condemnation of racism, not indictment of the people of Jena.
2007: The recording industry won a key fight against illegal music downloading when a federal jury found a Minnesota woman guilty of sharing copyrighted music online and levied $220,000 in damages against her. In the first such lawsuit to go to trial, the record companies accused the woman of downloading the songs without permission and offering them online through a Kazaa file-sharing account. The Recording Industry Association of America has filed over 26,000 similar lawsuits since 2003.
2008: After 17 years living as a couple, Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night are married. At their wedding, guests wear 14th-century attire and jesters, knights and minstrels provide the entertainment. Night and Blackmore were brought together through a shared love of Renaissance music and together form the band Blackmore's Night.
2009: Elvis Presley's grandson, 17-year-old Benjamin Keough, was offered a $5 million contract by Universal Records to record up to five albums, according to Britain's Daily Telegraph.
2010: Bret Michaels bares all on the cover of Billboard magazine. Michaels, wearing nothing more than his signature bandana, is partly hidden behind a headline that reads "maximum exposure." The Poison frontman and solo artist is promoting his VH1 reality series called 'Life As I Know It.' He calls the show "an all-access backstage pass into my everyday life."
2010: 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' (The Beatles), 'Losing My Religion' (R.E.M.) and 'Only The Good Die Young' (Billy Joel) are performed on FOX's hit teen musical show, 'Glee.'. In the episode, titled Grilled Cheesus, members of the McKinley High School glee club have religious experiences that inspire them to take on spiritually oriented songs.
2010: The three surviving members of John Lennon's first band The Quarrymen were booked to play a special charity concert for Amnesty International, just yards from the late Beatle's former home at the Dakota Apartments in New York, to mark his 70th birthday.
2010: Joe Satriani released his 13th studio album, 'Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards.'
2011: Scottish Folk-Guitar master Bert Jansch dies at age 67. He was a big influence on Led Zeppelin and Neil Young.
2011: The Martin Scorsese documentary 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World' premieres on HBO.
2012: The Beatles issue a limited-edition 45 rpm of their first single 'Love Me Do,' to mark the 50th anniversary of the song's release. 'P.S. I Love You' is on the B-side.
2012: Stone Sour announce via their Facebook page that bassist Johnu Chow has replaced Shawn Economaki.
2012: Art Garfunkel was forced to scrap the remainder of his comeback tour due to ongoing voice problems. The singer was diagnosed with vocal paresis in 2010, prompting he and his former partner Paul Simon to cancel a planned reunion tour.
2013: John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame was discovered to have been defaced with graffiti. After a call to Walk Of Fame authorities, the damage was quickly repaired.

October 6
1958: Billboard magazine runs an article that states "Payola, that under-the-turntable device whereby record companies win plugs and influence disc jockeys, is fast growing into a monster that may yet destroy its creators. According to key record execs, jockey payola is so widespread that it's no longer possible to measure its effectiveness." Disc jockey Alan Freed's career will soon be ended by the scandal.
1962: The Beatles make their first personal appearance. They sign copies of 'Love Me Do' at a record store in Widnes.
1964: The Beatles record 'Eight Days A Week' in 13 takes at Abbey Road Studios in London. It was the first time Lennon & McCartney went into the studio with an incomplete song & then finished it during the recording process.Later that evening they partied with The Ronettes and Mick Jagger at The Ad Lib Club in London.
1965: The Yardbirds 'I'm A Man' b/w 'Still I'm Sad' 45 single is released.
1966: British rocker Johnny Kidd was killed in a car crash in Manchester, England at the age of 26. The car was being driven by the husband of the secretary of his fan club. Although he never made a dent in the US record charts, Kidd had several hits in the UK. He is best remembered on the North America music scene for writing The Guess Who's 1965 chart debut, 'Shakin' All Over.'
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Miss Teenage Brighton Contest, Top Rank Suite, Brighton, England, playing the musical interlude during the contest.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performs on the new BBC 1 radio show Top Gear, with Stevie Wonder, who was visiting the studios, sitting in on drums for a jam called (appropriately enough) 'Jammin' and a version of Stevie's 'I Was Made To Love Her.'
1967: The Doors appeared in concert at the Cal State Los Angeles Gymnasium. California, with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Sunshine Company opening the show.
1968: 'The Doors Are Open' airs on British T.V. The special coincides with the Doors European tour.
1968: The Beatles 'Hey Jude' promotional film, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, is broadcast for the first time in the U.S. on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
1969: The Beatles released a double A-sided single which feature the songs 'Something' And 'Come Together.' Both songs were from the band's 1969 album 'Abbey Road.' It is George Harrison's first A-side single with The Beatles and the only song written by him to top the U.S. charts while he was in the band.
1972: During sessions at RCA Studios, New York City, David Bowie recorded 'The Jean Genie,' which became the lead single from his 1973 album 'Aladdin Sane.'
1972: Chicago 'Dialogue (Part I And II)' b/w 'Now That You've Gone' 45 single is released.
1972: Genesis release their 4th studio album, 'Foxtrot.'
1973: The Doobie Brothers 'China Grove' peaks at #15 on the pop charts.
1976: Rick Dees And His Cast of Idiots receive a Gold record for one of the more bizarre novelty hits of the decade, 'Disco Duck.' In December, it will become only the 4th single ever to be certified Platinum. Dees was fired from his broadcasting job at WMPS in Memphis, Tennessee, when he mentioned that his song, 'Disco Duck,' was almost #1, and that his own radio station would not let him play it. He was soon hired by a rival Memphis station and went on to a highly successful radio career, being inducted into both the National Radio Hall of Fame, and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall Of Fame.
1977: Rod Stewart is named in a $15 million "palimony" suit by actress Britt Eklund.
1977: Aerosmith release their 17th single, 'Draw The Line.'
1978: The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger apologizes to activist Jesse Jackson, who raised a public outcry over the lyrics of the Stones' recent song 'Some Girls,' specifically the line "black girls just want to get------all night." Jagger refuses calls to change the lyrics.
1978: Johnny O’Keefe dies from a heart attack induced by prescribed drugs in Darlinghurst, Australia. He was 43. He allegedly had been depressed over the death of Elvis Presley and was quoted saying, “I’ll be next.” O’Keefe was the first Australian rock ‘n’ roll performer to tour the United States. He was known for his hits 'Wild One,' 'She’s My Baby' and his cover of 'Shout!,' 'Wild One' was revived in 1986 and recorded by Iggy Pop as 'Real Wild Child.'
1979: The Eagles release their single 'Heartache Tonight.' It will become their 5th Billboard #1 single, but stall at #40 in the UK.
1979: Fleetwood Mac`s release the single 'Tusk.'
1979: Led Zeppelin's 'In Through The Out Door' was at #1 on the US album chart. Six versions of the cover were released, each depicting the same bar scene photographed from one of six different angles.
1979: 'Gotta Serve Somebody' gave Bob Dylan his twelfth US top 40 hit when it entered the chart for the first time. Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the song won Dylan the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male in 1980.
1980: John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) is sentenced to 3 months in prison for a bar brawl. Lydon says, “On my arrival the warders decided to make an example of me. They stripped me down, threw me into the yard and hosed me down…Inside there, it was tough — really really tough and hard – and a punishing regime. The warders would wake me up all night long with their truncheons...The embarrassment. I just wanted to crawl under the concrete.”
1984: David Bowie's 'Tonight' album peaks at #11.
1986: Metal Church released their 2nd full-length album, 'The Dark.'
1990: 'Ragged Glory,' a brilliant Neil Young & Crazy Horse LP, can only get to #31 on the album chart.
1990: 'A Gathering of Tribes,' a two-day concert said to be the inspiration behind Lollapalooza, is staged in Mountain View, CA and Costa Mesa, CA by The Cult’s Ian Astbury and promoter Bill Graham. Artists on the bill include Soundgarden, Ice-T, Indigo Girls, Queen Latifah, Joan Baez, Steve Jones, Michelle Shocked, Iggy Pop, The Cramps, London Quireboys,The Mission UK, Crash Vegas and The Charlatans UK. The event raises money for Native-American-related causes and also gives concertgoers a chance to learn about organizations like Act Up, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Rock the Vote, and local animal rights groups.
1990: Queensryche peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Empire' which went on to become their biggest selling album selling three million copies in the U.S.
1990: Billy Idol peaked at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with his cover of The Doors’ 'L.A. Woman.' It was Idol’s final single to chart in the U.S.
1992: R.E.M. released their eighth studio album 'Automatic for the People.' It goes on to sell over four million copies in the U.S.
1994: Eagles singer and guitarist Glenn Frey undergoes abdominal surgery to relieve pain from diverticulitis. The Eagles postpone their Hell Freezes Over reunion tour for the remainder of the year. It is their first concert tour in 14 years.
1995: 'Grind,' the first track from Alice in Chains' eponymous album is released to radio via satellite uplink to stem the excessive spread of taped copies of the song. Earlier in October, the song had been leaked to radio prematurely.
1998: Bruce Springsteen wins in British court to stop the release of early recordings.
1998: Sepultura release their 7th studio album, 'Against.'
2002: Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones donates 100,000 pounds ($184,000) to the school he once attended in Dartford, England, for musical instruments and a band director. The musical center is named after the singer.
2004: Incubus singer Brandon Boyd is arrested at NYC’s LaGuardia Airport after screeners find a switchblade in the bottom of his bag. Boyd is charged with criminal possession of a weapon but allowed to take a later flight to Raleigh, NC, for a performance that night. “I totally forgot it was at the bottom of my bag, and when the security person pulled it out, I thought, ‘Oh, no,’” says Boyd.
2004: On his radio show, Howard Stern announces his move to satellite radio, where he will broadcast on Sirius. The popular DJ gives the service a huge bump in subscribers, and the move to satellite means he can do his show with fewer commercials and restrictions.
2004: Red Hot Chili Pepper`s vocalist Anthony Kiedis publishes his autobiography, 'Scar Tissue.'
2004: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed and Metallica are heard on the in-game soundtrack of 'Tony Hawk`s Underground 2' video game.
2005: U2 is the only guest NBC's 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien.'
2005: Green Day performs as the Network. The latter is a New Wave incarnation. Both groups play Vegas with the Network opening for Green Day. Also, Green Day plays Halo 2 against Xbox Live members. Participating gamers play for Green Day stuff.
2005: A bomb scare interrupts the Rolling Stones concert in Charlottesville, VA. Eight songs into the show Mick Jagger informs the crowd that authorities have directed the group to temporarily stop. Audience members in the first 20 rows vacate their seats while bomb-sniffing dogs check the area. Nothing is found so the concert resumes.
2005: Jimmy Page visits a Cork, Ireland, museum to open an exhibition celebrating the 19th century English architect William Burges.
2006: An audio tape Bob Dylan recorded in 1959 with a high-school friend in his hometown of Hibbing, MN, is up for auction. The cassette features Dylan singing three tunes.
2006: Mumbai-based EMI Virgin India Ltd announces that it will recall all copies of Slayer's most recent album 'Christ Illusion' following protests by a Christian group, Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum (CSF)
2006: Martin Scorsese's film, 'The Departed,' opens featuring two Rolling Stones songs, 'Gimme Shelter' and 'Let It Loose,' on the soundtrack. The movie stars Matt Damon, Leonardo Di Caprio and Jack Nicholson.
2007: John Kay & Steppenwolf play the Dreamcatcher rally in Aberdeen, MD. The show closes out the group's 40th Anniversary Farewell Tour.
2007: Bruce Springsteen was being sued for $850,000 by a man who claimed he backed out of a contract to buy a horse. Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa were both named in legal documents filed in Florida by Todd Minikus. He claimed the couple pulled out of a deal to pay $650,000 for a horse, named Pavarotti.
2008: Pink Floyd's David Gilmour receives the Outstanding Contribution to Music trophy at the Q Awards 2008 in London. The guitarist pays tribute to the recently deceased Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright. "He deserves this just as much as I do," says Gilmour. "His work was vitally important to (Floyd's) entire career."
2009: KISS releases their 19th studio album 'Sonic Boom.' The album is part of a three-disc set that is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores and their online outlets. The collection contains KISS Klassics, 15 re-recorded hits and a DVD with footage of an 2009 concert in Buenos Aires. As part of their Halloween promotion Wal-Mart stores offer special KISS merchandise - T-shirts, wigs, makeup, limited edition M&M's and even versions of Mr. Potato Head. And that evening, the group is on The Late Show with David Letterman. "Our next guests are here to blow the roof off the dump, ladies and gentlemen," says Letterman. The "dump" would be the Ed Sullivan Theater.
2009: Chris Cornell joins Pearl Jam onstage in L.A. The appearance is a reunion of Temple Of The Dog, an early 1990s band that consisted of Cornell and future Pearl Jam members. Cornell started the band as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood, vocalist for Mother Love Bone. Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament were in Mother Love Bone. Cornell performs 'Hunger Strike' and plays guitar on 'Alive' to close the show.
2009: 'Strange Things That Happen: A Life With The Police, Polo And Pygmies,' a book by Police drummer Stewart Copeland, is published.
2009: 'Led Zeppelin: Shadows Taller Than Our Souls' is in stores. Written by Charles R. Cross, the book has nine chapters named after Zeppelin albums. The title comes from a line in 'Stairway To Heaven.'
2010: Just a year after ruling out a reunion with his former group, singer Davy Jones announced plans to reform The Monkees for a 2011 tour.
2010: John Lennon's 1976 application for U.S. residency with his fingerprints and signature is seized by the FBI. "This really has nothing to do with John Lennon per se," but rather "with a government document," FBI Agent James Margolin tells the BBC. That form was scheduled to be part of an online auction conducted by GottaHaveRockAndRoll.com which still offers Paul McCartney's original handwritten lyrics for 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer,' and a brown suede jacket worn by Elvis Presley.
2011: Starship's 'We Built This City' was named 'The worst song of the 1980s' in a poll by Rolling Stone magazine. 'The Final Countdown' by the Swedish band Europe came in second and 'Lady in Red' by Chris de Burgh was third.
2012: The Shins perform at Jack White's Third Man Studios facility in Nashville. The show is mixed, mastered, and immediately pressed to vinyl for sale on the spot. The event marks Third Man's expanded facilities and their state of the art vinyl cutting lathe.
2012: The BBC airs The Beatles 1967 film 'Magical Mystery Tour' for the first time in 33 years.
2012: The Beatles issue a limited-edition 45 rpm of their first single 'Love Me Do,' to mark the 50th anniversary of the disc's release (see above). In '62, the song reached #17 on the British pop chart. 'P.S. I Love You' is on the B-side.
2013: A piece of gum chewed by Gene Simmons (KISS) during an interview on the U.K.'s Soccer AM show sells for $247,000 on eBay. In addition to the gum, the winning bid takes home the original gum wrapper, along with a transcript from the program. All of the proceeds from the auction go to the Street League which helps sports fans get jobs across the U.K., while fighting homelessness.
2014: Former Journey singer Steve Perry leads San Francisco Giants fans through 'Don't Stop Believin' during the team's playoff game against the Washington Nationals. Despite Perry's efforts the visiting Nationals win.
2015: Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and solo artist John Fogerty publishes his memoir, 'Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music.'
2015: System Of A Down, Disturbed, Halestorm, Paramore, Foo Fighters and Avenged Sevenfold are among the artists on Rock Band 4's tracklist. With 1,500 songs, the game is available on Xbox One and the PlayStation4.
2015: Megadeth play Beijing. Even though many of the songs are performed as instrumentals to avoid censorship problems, Chinese government officials halt the concert because of comments made by frontman Dave Mustaine after performing 'Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?' Also, drummer Tony Laureano makes his live debut with the band.
2015: Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale dresses up as a nun for an onstage appearance during Ghost's performance at The Pageant in St. Louis.
2015: Former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge debuts his novel 'Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares'. It's the first in a trilogy of teen-oriented books written in collaboration with novelist Suzanne Young.
2015: 'The 20 Years Queer Tour,' a Garbage 20th anniversary trek, begins in San Diego.
2015: Johnny Cash was inducted into the Music City Walk Of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

October 7
1952: The Philadelphia dance show 'Bandstand,' hosted by Bob Horn and, later, by Dick Clark as 'American Bandstand,' debuts on WFIL-TV.
1957: The idea of expanding his gospel album into a Christmas album works out when Elvis Presley's Elvis' Christmas Album has pre-orders of 500,000 copies, going gold before it is even released. It eventually becomes the best-selling Christmas album of all time.
1957: Little Richard's "'Keep A Knockin', featuring the wailing sax of Grady Gaines, enters the Billboard Top 40 on its way to #8 during a twelve week chart run. It was the seventh time Richard had reached the Pop chart in the last two years.
1963: The Beach Boys release their car themed 4th album, 'Little Deuce Coupe.'
1963: The Rolling Stones recorded the Lennon and McCartney penned song ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ at De Lane Lea Studios in London. The song which was primarily written by Paul McCartney, was finished by Lennon and McCartney in the corner of a room while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were talking.
1964: The Beatles appear (on tape) during a special British Invasion-themed episode of the popular ABC-TV variety show Shindig!, performing 'Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!,' 'I'm A Loser,' and 'Boys.'
1967: After a London hotel accuses the Mamas and the Papas' Cass Elliot of running out on her bill, the singer is jailed overnight and strip-searched, forcing the cancellation of both an upcoming gig and television appearance. After a trial at West London Magistrates Court, at which no evidence was offered for the prosecution, she was released without charge and left the courtroom munching on a hash cookie that she found in her purse.
1967: Promoter Sid Bernstein, who had promoted the Beatles at their first two Shea Stadium concerts, offers one million dollars to the group, who is retired from the road, to perform a third concert there. They refuse.
1968: At the fifth game in baseball's World Series (Detroit vs. St. Louis), Jose Feliciano stuns and outrages the attendees with his jazzy acoustic take on the US National Anthem. Among those joining the uproar are Tigers starting pitcher Mickey Lolich, who complains that the overly long rendition screwed up his pregame routine.
1969: The Youngbloods' 'Get Together' is certified gold.
1975: The US Court of Appeals overturns the longstanding deportation order for John Lennon, ruling that Lennon, in being held accountable for violating a foreign law (a 1968 charge for possession of marijuana in England), had been denied due process.
1976: John Lennon is awarded his Green Card and permanent residency status in the U.S. His deportation was said to be politically motivated. Lennon friend Geraldo Riviera said, “There was a fear that John could imperil the political existence of Richard Nixon.”
1977: Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces he is leaving the group to start a solo career, after much of his songwriting contributions are ignored in favor of Phil Collins songs.
1977: Queen releases 'We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions' as a single. Written by Freddie Mercury, it peaks at #4 on the U.S. Billboard chart.
1978: The Rolling Stones perform their new single, 'Beast Of Burden,' on an episode of NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live.
1978: Heart release their 4th studio album 'Dog & Butterfly.' It's their final album with guitarist Roger Fisher and went on to peak at #17 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sells over 2 million copies in the U.S.
1978: Toto releases their first hit 'Hold The Line.'
1978: Boston release the first single off their second album. 'Don't Look Back' peaks at #4.
1978: Dire Straits release their self-titled debut album.
1981: Loverboy's 2nd album, 'Get Lucky' is released.
1982: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is given a one year suspended sentence for cocaine possession.
1984: Dee Snider is arrested after a concert in Amarillo, TX for using “profane and abusive” language. According to Snider, a mom who had escorted her daughter to the show filed a complaint after Snider screamed, “Suck my mutha-f****n’ d**k!” at a concertgoer who was harassing him. Snider paid a fine of $75.
1986: The Talking Heads release their 7th studio album 'True Stories.'
1986: The memorial service for Metallica bassist Cliff Burton is held in his hometown of Castro Valley, CA.
1986: Slayer release their 3rd album, 'Reign in Blood.'
1987: Exodus release their 2nd studio album, 'Pleasures of the Flesh.'
1989: Melissa Etheridge's album 'Brave And Crazy' enters the U.S. album chart and stays on the survey for 58 weeks.
1989: Jefferson Airplane play a concert where admission is a can of food for the San Francisco Food Bank.
1989: The Rolling Stones peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with what many considered their comeback album 'Steel Wheels' which went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.
1990: Soundgarden performs at the 'Gathering of the Tribes' festival in Costa Mesa, California. In the crowd is Eddie Vedder, who the next day flies to Seattle and meets what will become his Pearl Jam bandmates for the first time. Vedder and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden end up recording vocals together that day for the song 'Hunger Strike' as part of the Temple of the Dog project.
1992: R.E.M. release their album 'Automatic for the People.' It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1995: Peter Frampton kicks off a tour in Boston three days before the release of 'Frampton Comes Alive II,' the sequel to his best-selling live album in history 'Frampton Comes Alive' from 1975.
1993: Metal Church released their 5th album, 'Hanging in the Balance.'
1995: Alanis Morisette becomes the first Canadian female artist to top the Billboard album chart when 'Jagged Little Pill' reaches #1. The record produced six successful singles, including 'You Oughta Know,' 'Ironic,' 'You Learn,' 'Hand in My Pocket,' and 'Head over Feet' and went on to become the biggest selling album ever by a female artist with sales over 30 million.
1996: Bruce Springsteen sells out at the 2,600 capacity Charlotte's Ovens Auditorium in eight minutes during his solo acoustic tour.
1996: The 'Rock the Vote' campaign to get young people registered in the United States gets some NFL involvement, with quarterbacks Jeff Blake, Drew Bledsoe, Jim Kelly and Steve Young recording public service announcements.
1997: Everclear release their album 'So Much For The Afterglow.'
1997: Jimi Hendrix 'South Saturn Delta' is released. It is a compilation from the Hendrix estate that consists of material such as demo tapes, unfinished takes and alternate mixes, previously released material, most of which Hendrix had been working on prior to his death in 1970.
1998: Ozzy Osbourne, Elton John, Meat Loaf & Joe Strummer of The Clash were among the guest stars on 'South Park.' They appeared as musicians whose careers were boosted by Chef’s advice & played a benefit concert for him.
1999: Korn is a multiple winner at the inaugural ARTISTdirect Online Music Awards at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
1999: Don Henley and Eagles Ltd. file a federal suit against Lovearth, a Sarasota, Florida-based Internet company, alleging that its registration of the domain names don-henley.net, don-henley.org, donhenley.org, theendoftheinnocence.com, and e-a-g-l-e-s.com constitutes copyright infringement.
2000: Howard Stern is named nationally syndicated personality of the year at the Billboard/Airplay Monitor Radio Awards.
2004: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne host a star-studded charity fund-raising dinner at their Beverly Hills mansion. Called 'An Evening at Home With the Osbournes,' the event features a performance by Elton John and a live auction. Proceeds go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Los Angeles` Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
2004: Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, suffering from the chronic degenerative illness ankylosing spondylitis undergoes hip surgery to ease the pain of the damaged joint.
2004: The reality show 'Tommy Lee Goes To College' premieres on NBC. Tommy, who was a high school dropout, begins classes in chemistry, literature and the history of Rock 'n' Roll at the University of Nebraska.
2005: Avenged Sevenfold begin a North American tour in support of their "City Of Evil" album. The 33 date trek starts in San Diego.
2006: Rob Zombie's 'The Devil's Rejects' is named Best Horror Movie at Spike TV's Scream Awards 2006 in L.A. Four of the film's cast members, including Zombie's wife, Sheri Moon, are collectively named Most Vile Villain for their portrayal of the Firefly Clan. Marilyn Manson presents Ozzy Osbourne with the Scream Rock Immortal Award during a special tribute. Also, KoRn and My Chemical Romance perform during the ceremony, which celebrates "horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic books."
2006: Former Genesis frontman Phil Collins performs at tennis star Andre Agassi's Grand Slam for Children event in Las Vegas.
2006: Lynyrd Skynyrd shares the stage with several Country acts at a fund-raising concert in Atlanta. Proceeds go toward a memorial at Fort Benning, GA, honoring the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Brigade soldiers fought in World War II and Vietnam.
2006: The Doobie Brothers reunite with their former frontman, singer-keyboardist Michael McDonald, during the first day of the B.R. Cohn winery's 20th annual Charity Fall Music Festival in Glen Ellen, CA.
2006: The Queen musical 'We Will Rock You,' which features many of the band's classic songs, ends its four-year London run.
2007: Bruce Springsteen is interviewed on '60 Minutes.' He talks about his political beliefs in relation to the songs on his 'Magic' album. There's also concert footage and interviews with members of the E Street Band.
2008: The Pretenders unveil their first studio album in six years, 'Break Up The Concrete.' With the exception of bassist Nick Wilkinson, Chrissie Hynde has a new Pretenders line-up backing her.
2008: Tesla release 'Forever More,' the band's first full-album of original material recorded with guitarist Dave Rude.
2008: The Clash's 1982 show at New York's Shea Stadium opening for The Who is released on CD. It was a bootlegger's favorite for decades.
2009: Monkees vocalist Davy Jones ruled out ever reuniting with his former band mates after launching a scathing attack on each of his old pals in The National Enquirer. "It's not a case of dollars and cents. It's a case of satisfying yourself. I don't have anything to prove. The Monkees proved it for me."
2014: The TV series 'The Wonder Years,' which went off the air in 1993, is finally released on DVD. The distributor spent years clearing most of the 285 songs that were used on the show, including the theme, Joe Cocker's version of 'With A Little Help From My Friends.'
2014: Sixx A.M., with Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, release thier third album 'Modern Vintage.'
2014: Joe Perry releases his book 'Rocks: My Life In and Out.' The guitarist co-wrote the book with David Ritz.
2014: Billy Idol's memoir 'Dancing With Myself' is released.
2014: On-line streaming service Spotify announced that it had secured the rights to John Lennon's solo catalog, including his eight proper solo albums and three official compilations.
2014: Weezer releases their 9th studio album, 'Everything Will Be Alright in the End.' It's the band's first album to be released by Republic Records.
2015: 70-year-old Gail Zappa, wife of Frank Zappa and executrix of the Zappa Family Trust, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Since his passing in 1993, Gail put out dozens of posthumous albums by Frank and carefully licensed his image where she deemed appropriate.

October 8
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis records 'Great Balls Of Fire.' He almost passes on the song, which became a huge career defining hit, because he found it blasphemous. Jerry Lee had to be convinced to record the song by Sun Records owner Sam Phillips. When released a month later it will sell over a million copies in the first ten days, eventually selling five million more. The record will peak at #2 in January, 1958, being kept out of the top spot by Danny And The Juniors' 'At The Hop.'
1962: Little Richard returns to Rock n' Roll (he'd given up secular music for the ministry) launching a U.K. tour, sharing the bill with Sam Cooke.
1964: The Beatles recorded their next single ‘She's a Woman’ in seven takes plus overdubs at Abbey Road studios in London. They record the song from start to finish in five hours.
1965: The Florescents supported by The Castiles, which featured a young singer named Bruce Springsteen performed at the I.B. Club in Howell, New Jersey. This was The Castiles first publicly advertised nightclub appearance. Admission was $1.00.
1965: During a UK tour The Rolling Stones appeared at The ABC in Stockton on Tees. Also on the bill, Spencer Davis Group, Unit Four + 2, The Checkmates, The End, and Charles Dickens and The Habits.
1966: Cream drummer Ginger Baker collapses while on stage at a Sussex University gig in England, just after completing his epic 20-minute solo on 'Toad.'
1966: The U.S. government decides to make LSD an illegal.
1967: Jimi Hendrix Arthur Brown and John's Children all appeared at the Saville Theatre in London, England.
1968: "Mama" Cass Elliot's initial solo engagement at Caesars' Palace is a disaster, with Elliot collapsing from exhaustion and her backup band ill-rehearsed. While hospitalized, she contracts tonsillitis, forcing the cancellation of the entire two-week engagement.
1969: David Bowie played the first of a 10 date tour supporting Humble Pie at Coventry Theatre, Coventry, England. Fronted by former Small Faces singer Steve Marriott and featuring Bowies old school friend Peter Frampton. Frampton’s father, Owen taught Art at Beckenham Technical School were Bowie was a pupil. Another of his pupils was George Underwood, who became a painter and designed three David Bowie album covers, 'Space Oddity,' 'Hunky Dory' and 'Ziggy Stardust.'
1971: Hawkwind's 2nd studio album, 'In Search of Space' is released.
1971: The Move's 4th and last album, 'Message from The Country' is released.
1971: John Lennon records the signature song of his solo career, 'Imagine.'
1971: 'Led Zeppelin II' was enjoying its 100th week on the UK album charts. It was the band's first album to hit #1 in the US, knocking The Beatles' 'Abbey Road' twice from the top spot, where it remained for seven weeks. When first released the album had advance orders of 400,000 copies in the USA, (the advertising campaign was built around the slogan Led Zeppelin II Now Flying).
1976: EMI Records signs the Sex Pistols, who receive a 40,000 Pound ($68,000) signing bonus. "Here at last is a group with a bit of guts for younger people to identify with," says an EMI spokesman. The relationship quickly disintegrates and the Pistols are bounced from the label.
1977: NBC airs The Paul Simon Special, which again reunites the singer with old friend Art Garfunkel.
1977: Billy Joel's album 'The Stranger' enters the charts. The LP contained four US Top 30 singles ('Just The Way You Are' - #3, 'Movin' Out' - #17, 'Only The Good Die Young' - #24 and 'She's Always A Woman' - #17)
1979: Warner Brothers Records rush releases Fleetwood Mac's 'Tusk' album weeks ahead of schedule when tracks begin mysteriously popping up on US radio stations. It's their first double album and the follow-up to 'Rumours.' Costing over $1 million to record, at the time it was the most expensive rock album ever made. It sold 4 million copies worldwide, and featured the USC Trojan Marching Band on the title song 'Tusk.'
1980: During his performance at Pittsburgh's Stanley Theater, Bob Marley collapses on stage and is rushed to New York's Sloan-Kettering Hospital for treatment, then flown to Ethiopia for rest. It was to be his last stage performance before losing his battle with cancer in 1981.
1980: Talking Heads 4th studio album, 'Remain in Light' is released.
1983: The Police's 'King Of Pain' rises to #3 on the pop chart. It was their 5th top ten single in the U.S.
1985: Little Richard crashes his sports car into a telephone pole in West Hollywood and is taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital with a broken right leg, bruised ribs and head and facial injuries. Little Richard was driving his car at approximately 60 mph in a 30 mph zone, and was trapped in the car for 30 minutes while county firefighters used the “jaws of life” to pry him loose. Police determine that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
1986: Elton John, David Lee Roth and Cher appear on the opening night of 'The Late Show starring Joan Rivers.' At the end of the program, the hostess stood next to Elton and joined him in singing 'The Bitch .' Back". Joan's decision to host her own show without telling Johnny Carson, for whom she filled in for on 'The Tonight Show,' would permanently sour the friendship between the two.
1987: The acclaimed Chuck Berry documentary 'Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll' premieres in US theaters on the same day that Berry himself is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 1777 N. Vine.
1987: Promoting their space-themed 'Afterburner' record, ZZ Top book passage on what is announced as the first passenger flight to the moon.
1988: The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards performs his first solo single, 'Take It So Hard,' on Saturday Night Live.
1988: Metallica peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with '...And Justice for All' which was their first album to reach the top ten in the U.S. & would go on to sell eight million copies in the U.S.
1988: U2 reached #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first time with 'Desire' which spent one week on top of the chart. The song would go on to reach #3 in the U.S.
1988: Def Leppard's 'Love Bites' is the #1 song in the U.S. It was their 5th single off of their album 'Hysteria.' The song spent one week on top of the chart.
1988: Cheap Trick's Elvis Presley cover of 'Don't Be Cruel' peaks at #4. It was the first Elvis Presley cover to reach the Top 10 in the U.S. since Presley’s death.
1988: Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of The Moon' finally left Billboard's Hot 200 Album Chart after a record breaking 741 weeks.
1989: After Rolling Stone Ron Wood suggested the Who were reforming for the money alone, Who guitarist Pete Townshend publicly answered: "Mick needs a lot more than I do. His last album was a flop," referring to the Stones' legendary miscue 'Dirty Work.'
1990: Eddie Vedder flies from his home in San Diego to Seattle, where he meets his Pearl Jam bandmates for the first time and starts a week of recording that becomes the bulk of their debut album, Ten. Vedder was chosen based on vocals he added to a 3-song instrumental demo the band made.
1990: B.J. Wilson (born Barrie James Wilson), dies of pneumonia. He was 43. Wilson, who had been the drummer in Procol Harem during their formative years, collapsed after a drug overdose in 1987 and was in a vegetative state until his death from pneumonia three years later. During his career, Wilson played briefly with AC/DC after Phil Rudd left in 1983 and also played on the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' soundtrack. He was also asked to be the original drummer for Led Zeppelin by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
1991: Soundgarden released their 3rd studio album, 'Badmotorfinger.'
1992: The US Postal Service issues a booklet of commemorative rock and roll stamps featuring Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Bill Haley, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, and Dinah Washington.
1994: 'Elvis Aaron Presley: The Tribute' is broadcast live on pay-per-view TV in the US. In attendance at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis are Lisa Marie Presley and her husband, Michael Jackson.
1996: Former drummer for Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Chamberlin, pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with the heroin-related death of late former touring bandmate, Jonathan Melvoin.
1996: Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne play a benefit show for environmental groups at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, Oregon. They are greeted by the roar of chainsaws wielded by loggers upset at their efforts to stifle their livelihood.
1996: Marilyn Manson released his 2nd full-length studio album, 'Antichrist Superstar.'
1998: Bruce Springsteen gives evidence in London's High Court in his case against Masquerade Music over that company's attempt to release some of his early '70s recordings in the UK. The artist says that he was living hand-to-mouth at the time the songs in question were written, relying on handouts from Mike Appel, his co-manager at the time.
2002: Bon Jovi release their 8th studio album, 'Bounce.' It is a reference to the U.S.A.'s ability to bounce back from the World Trade Center attacks.
2003: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the London premiere of 'A Concert For George.' The Harrison tribute was filmed the previous year at the Royal Albert Hall.
2003: Slayer heads the third annual Jagermeister Fall Music Tour. The first stop is Minneapolis.
2004: 'Genius: A Night For Ray Charles' concert takes place at the Staples Center in L.A. Hosted by actor Jamie Foxx, who played Charles in a bio film, the show has performances by Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, B.B. King, Al Green and Billy Preston. The concert airs a couple weeks later on CBS. Charles passed away earlier in the year.
2004: Hootie and the Blowfish hold their second annual 'Homegrown Concert' in Charleston. The show is the first in a series designed to improve schools in the Carolinas.
2006: Buckcherry play a festival-closing set at the 2006 Lake Havasu RockFest, in Lake Havasu City, AZ. The Black Crowes, Lit and Live also perform at the three-day event.
2007: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan asks musicians and fans to donate money to the Bob Moog Foundation. The nonprofit organization preserves the archives of the late electronic synthesizer pioneer and provides scholarships. "He was an American original," says Corgan.
2007: On the day before his album 'Rock N Roll Jesus' is released, Kid Rock performs on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman.
2008: Republican presidential nominee John McCain who had already been roundly criticized by Heart, John Mellencamp, Van Halen and Jackson Browne for unauthorized use of their songs, has the Foo Fighters taking issue with the candidate's use of their 1998 hit 'My Hero' during his campaign without the band's permission. "It's frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property," says a Foo Fighters statement. On a happier note, the Warren, OH city council pass a resolution changing the city's Market Alley to David Grohl Alley, in honor of the locally grown Foo Fighters frontman.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne blasts the Westboro Baptist Church for paraphrasing lyrics from his song 'Crazy Train' after they tell reporters the U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are “punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.” Ozzy says, “I am sickened and disgusted by the use of 'Crazy Train' to promote messages of hate and evil by a church.”
2010: In honor of what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday (the next day) the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, plant a time capsule filled with Lennon's solo recordings and fan contributions in Cleveland. The plan is to store the capsule until a ceremonial presentation on October 9th, 2040.
2010: 'Clapton' debuts at #1 on Billboard's Rock Albums chart. It displaces Linkin Park's 'A Thousand Suns.' Eric Clapton's 19th studio album and his first in 5 years, also lands at #5 on the Top 200 Albums chart.
2011: Elton John gives the 3,000th live performance in his storied career at the Las Vegas Colosseum in Caesar's Palace.
2011: Former Weezer bassist (1998-2001) Mikey Welsh is found dead in his Chicago hotel room. He left Weezer due to drug problems. Welsh was 40.
2012: Pete Townshend's autobiography 'Who I Am' is in U.S. bookstores. "Rock n' Roll is a tough career, however cynically or comically it is portrayed by its detractors," says The Who's guitarist/songwriter. "I am lucky to be alive and to have such a crazy story to tell, full of wild adventures and creative machinations."
2012: The Beatles 'Hey Jude' is named the song most often referred to in works of literature according to a list compiled by Small Demons. The website claims the song is mentioned in at least 55 works of fiction.
2012: Record label EMI recalled a vinyl, anniversary edition of The Beatles' hit single 'Love Me Do' after discovering they had accidentally pressed a version that included session musician Andy White playing drums instead of Ringo Starr. Copies of the disc featuring the wrong version were reportedly selling for big money on the internet auction website eBay.com.
2012: Green Day is forced to cancel their appearance at the New Orleans' Voodoo Music Festival, citing Billie Joe Armstrong's problems with substance abuse and rehab. Armstrong had previously had an onstage outburst mid-show in Las Vegas in September of 2012, which began the band's decision to get treatment for Billie.
2013: KoRn issue 'The Paradigm Shift.' The album marks the band's return to Nu Metal, following the Dubstep influenced 'The Path Of Totality,' and the addition of co-founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch.
2013: 'Fortress,' from Alter Bridge, is out. "We pushed ourselves harder and further than we ever have previously in order to make the most out of every individual arrangement," says guitarist Mark Tremonti. "We wanted this album to be our most unpredictable and exciting one yet."
2013: 'CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,' with Blondie, the Talking Heads and Joey Ramone, is out. The film, in theaters three days later, chronicles the legendary Manhattan club that guided the birth of Punk.
2013: Richie Ramone, former drummer for the Ramones, releases his debut solo album, 'Entitled.'
2013: While on their South American tour, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford meet with Uruguay President Jose "Pepe" Mujica. "We believe in what he stands for," states Tyler. "His behavior - the way he gives 70% of his salary to the people to build homes here, in a very small country, I think he's doing it the right way - grass roots - and we believe in that."
2015: Green Day's 'Heart Like A Hand Grenade', the 'lost' documentary chronicling the making of their Bush-era protest album/Rock opera 'American Idiot,' premieres at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival.
2015: Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Yes, The Cars, Steve Miller Band and Nine Inch Nails are among the artists nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's induction class of 2016. Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and Steve Miller get in.

October 9
1958: Eddie Cochran records 'C'mon Everybody.'
1959: Paul McCartney helps to force the last non-Beatle member of the Quarrymen, Ken Brown, from the skiffle group after Brown gets paid for an engagement at Liverpool's Casbah Club for which he was too sick to perform. This leaves the Quarrymen as John, Paul, and George; by May of the following year, the group, now featuring Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best, would be known as the "Beatals."
1964: The Rolling Stones cancel an upcoming South African tour when the British Musicians Union declares an embargo of the country due to their apartheid polices.
1964: The Beach Boys record ‘Dance Dance Dance’ with Glen Campbell playing the lead guitar intro. It became their twelfth US Top 40 hit.
1965: The Beatles start a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Yesterday,' the groups tenth US #1. The track was not released as a single in the UK until 1976.
1967: Legendary New York DJ Murray The K is fired from station WOR-FM, where he had moved to take advantage of the new free-form format of FM radio, when the station's new owners decided to move to a set playlist.
1971: Van Morrison releases 'Wild Night.'
1971: The Who played a show at the University of Surrey, Guildford, with guest John Sebastian joining in on harmonica on 'Magic Bus.' Sebastian was the only outside musician ever to jam with The Who on stage up to that point. Backstage, the group celebrated John Entwistle’s 27th birthday.
1973: Paul Simon's 'Loves Me Like A Rock' is certified gold.
1973: Priscilla Presley finalizes her divorce from Elvis with a second, revised settlement giving her $14,200 a year in support, $725,000 in cash now, half of the sale of the couple's Palm Springs home, and five percent of all new recordings. The ex-couple leave the courthouse holding hands.
1973: Queen's 'Keep Yourself Alive' b/w 'Son And Daughter' 45 is released.
1975: On father John Lennon's 35th birthday, Yoko Ono gives birth to Sean Ono Taro Lennon.
1975: KISS made their famous trip to Michigan's Cadillac High School.
1976: The Who & Grateful Dead began their two days of shows at the Oakland Coliseum for The Day on the Green #8 and #9.
1976: The Sex Pistols signed to EMI records for $68,000, but the contract was terminated three months later with the label stopping production of the 'Anarchy In The UK' single and deleting it from its catalog. EMI later issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the last few months.
1976: Scorpions release their 4th studio album, 'Virgin Killer.'
1978: The Faces' Ian McLagan marries his longtime girlfriend, former model (and first wife of Keith Moon) Kim Kerrigan.
1978: David Bowie releases his second live album, 'Stage.' The album was recorded at concerts in Philadelphia, Providence and Boston.
1978: The Faces' Ian McLagan marries his longtime girlfriend, former model (and first wife of Who drummer Keith Moon) Kim Kerrigan.
1979: Styx releases 'Babe.'
1980: Despite years of hits in the UK, Gary Glitter declares bankruptcy.
1980: John Lennon releases the single 'Starting Over' on his 40th birthday. The 'Double Fantasy' track is Lennon's first record in five years.
1981: The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Prince was the support act and dressed in his controversial bikini briefs and trench coat, he ran off stage after 15 minutes due to the crowd booing and throwing beer cans at him.
1984: Armored Saint released their 1st album, 'March of the Saint.'
1984: The extraordinarily popular children's show 'Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends' begins its run on BBC-TV, featuring a narrator by the name of Ringo Starr.
1985: On what would have been John Lennon's 45th birthday, Yoko Ono formally opened the three and a half acre garden at the Strawberry Fields site in New York's Central Park. The area was planted with trees, shrubs and flowers gathered from across the world and with a one million dollar donation from Yoko.
1987: Bruce Springsteen releases 'Tunnel Of Love.'
1990: Styx release their 12th studio album, 'Edge of the Century.'
1990: Slayer released their 5th studio album, 'Seasons in the Abyss.'
1990: Testament release their 4th studio album, 'Souls of Black.'
1993: Nirvana entered the US album chart at #1 with 'In Utero,' their 3rd and final studio album. Kurt Cobain had originally wanted to name the album 'I Hate Myself and I Want to Die.'
1995: Savatage release their 1st live album, 'Japan Live '94.'
1999: Las Vegas' Grand Hotel holds an auction of several hundred thousand dollars' worth of Elvis memorabilia, including the King's wristwatch, cigar box, and his 1956 Lincoln Continental.
2000: On what would have been John Lennon's 60th birthday, the book 'Lennon Remembers, The Complete Rolling Stone Interviews' is released, containing material too controversial to publish years earlier.
2000: The first ever John Lennon museum opens in Japan on what would have been Lennon's 60th birthday. Yoko allows it to run for 10 years before terminating the agreement, as she felt Lennons spirit should stay in motion.
2001: U2 frontman Bono, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, and Moby make unannounced appearances in New York, at the second of two anti-violence benefit concerts organized by the Beastie Boys.
2003: Joe Strummer's 'Streetcore' album is posthumously released. The former Clash guitarist died of a heart attack the previous December at age 50.
2006: Elton John is presented with a Disney Legends Award. The singer-songwriter, who won an Oscar for his work on the 'Lion King' soundtrack, is recognized for his musical contributions to the Disney legacy.
2007: Kid Rock releases the album 'Rock N Roll Jesus.' Co-produced by Rock and Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) the album features longtime backing group, the Twisted Brown Trucker Band.
2007: Alter Bridge release their 2nd 'Blackbird.'
2007: Overkill release their 14th studio album, 'Immortalis.'
2007: The documentary 'American Landing: Jimi Hendrix At Monterey' premieres in Los Angeles.
2007: Eric Clapton makes an appearance on NBC's Today Show to promote 'Clapton: The Autobiography,' and career-spanning two-CD collection, 'Complete Clapton,' both released on this day.
2007: Imagine Peace Tower is dedicated in Reykjavik, Iceland. Built in honor of John Lennon, it's unveiled on what would have been the late Beatle's 67th birthday. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the ceremony. "I hope Imagine Peace Tower will give light to the strong wishes of world peace from all corners of the planet and give encouragement...in a world filled with fear and confusion," says Yoko Ono, Lennon's widow. The tower of light is illuminated through December 8th, the 27th anniversary of Lennon's death.
2007: George Harrison's solo catalog is available via iTunes. He's the final member of The Beatles to have his music go on sale digitally.
2008: Paul McCartney, a vegetarian for 30 years, was said to be furious when he heard that a Liverpool branch of McDonald's restaurant displayed his picture, accusing them of using it to attract customers. Sir Paul was quoted as saying "What sort of morons do McDonald's think Beatles fans are?"
2008: Def Leppard opens the 2008-09 National Hockey League season with the NHL Face-Off Rocks show at Detroit's Fox Theatre. The band performs 'C'mon C'mon' before the Detroit Red Wings raise their 2008 Stanley Cup Championship banner. Joe Elliot is later handed the Stanley Cup which he inadvertently places upside down on a nearby table.
2008: Marilyn Manson's original bassist, Gidget Gein (Brad Stewart), dies of an apparent drug overdose in Burbank, CA. at 39. Gein first joined the group when it was called the Spooky Kids.
2011: Paul McCartney gets married for a third time at Old Marylebone Town Hall, where Paul married Linda Eastman in 1969. American Nancy Shevell is his new bride.
2012: Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant attend two special premiere screenings of 'Celebration Day' at the historic Ziegfeld Theater in New York. The film documents the band's 2007 concert at London's O2 Arena.
2012: Paul McCartney receives a BMI Million-Air Award to honor over 4 million U.S. broadcast performances of his James Bond film song, 'Live and Let Die.'
2012: KISS release their 20th studio album, 'Monster.'

October 10
1902: Kalamazoo, MI, mandolin maker Orville Gibson founds the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co, Ltd. In 1936 it would create the first commercially successful electric guitar.
1939: The inspiration for the 1966 Beatles song 'Eleanor Rigby' died in her sleep of unknown causes at the age of 44. The song wasn't initially written about her, as Paul McCartney's first draft of the song named the character Miss Daisy Hawkins. Eleanor Rigby's tombstone was noticed in the 1980s in the graveyard of St. Peter's Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool, a few feet from where McCartney and Lennon had met for the first time in 1957.
1956: Elvis Presley's 'Love Me Tender' entered the US chart for a 19 week stay, peaking at #1 for 5 weeks.
1959: The Quarry Men play at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool. Member Ken Brown was suffering from a heavy cold and could not perform, which ultimately caused an argument when Paul McCartney said that Brown should'nt get a share of the performance fee. John Lennon and George Harrison side with McCartney and Brown quits The Quarry Men.
1966: The Monkees release their debut album.
1966: Simon & Garfunkel released their 3rd album 'Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.'
1966: The Beach Boys release the single 'Good Vibrations' is released. It hits #1 a couple of weeks later.
1969: The debut album 'In The Court Of The Crimson King' by King Crimson was released. It is generally viewed as one of the first works to truly embody the progressive rock genre.
1970: Pink Floyd releases 'Atom Heart Mother.'
1970: The US' Federal Communications Commission (FCC) head, Nicholas Johnson, responds to recent comments made by Vice President Spiro Agnew that attacked radio stations for playing songs that contained "drug culture propaganda...(in) too many of the lyrics the message of the drug culture is purveyed," saying, "If we really want to do something about drugs, let's do something about life...The song writers are trying to help us understand our plight and deal with it. It's about the only leadership we're getting. They're not really urging you to adopt a heroin distribution program, Mr. Vice President."
1970: The first issue of the legendary UK rock newspaper Sounds is published.
1975: Deep Purple's only studio album to feature guitarist Tommy Bolin is released. 'Come Taste the Band' also features David Coverdale on vocals. It's the band's 10th studio album.
1977: Steve Perry joins Journey. He replaces Robert Fleischmann. Perry's first gig with the band is two-and-a-half weeks later.
1978: Journey's 'Infinity' album goes platinum. It's the band's first album with Steve Perry.
1978: At Aerosmith's show in Philadelphia, PA, an audience member tosses a cherry bomb firecracker onto the stage, injuring singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry. This causes the band to perform behind a chain-link fence at subsequent concerts.
1979: Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley declares today 'Fleetwood Mac Day' and unveils a star for the band on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6608 Hollywood Blvd.
1979: The film 'The Rose,' a thinly-veiled biopic of Janis Joplin starring Bette Midler, premieres in Hollywood. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Frederic Forrest), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bette Midler, in her screen debut), Best Film Editing and Best Sound.
1980: Budgie released their 8th studio album, 'Power Supply.'
1980: Thin Lizzy released their 10th studio album, 'Chinatown.'
1980: The funeral took place for Led Zeppelin's drummer John ‘Bonzo’ Bonham.
1980: Bruce Springsteen releases 'The River.'
1981: Billy Joel releases 'Songs In The Attic.' It's the first digitally recorded live album and peaks at #8 on the charts.
1985: Guns N' Roses was asked to fill-in for L.A. Guns at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Those in attendance that night got an added bonus when the band performed 'Paradise City' for the first time ever.
1987: Wanda Nicholls made an official complaint that David Bowie raped her and bit her on the legs and back. Bowie dismissed the alleged incident, claiming Nicholls was 'publicity seeking.'
1987: Whitesnake's 'Here I Go Again,' goes to #1 on the singles chart.
1988: U2 release their sixth studio album 'Rattle And Hum.' The double album sells over one million copies in the U.S.
1991: D.A.D. release their 4th studio album, 'Riskin' It All.'
1992: Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash (Saul Hudson) marries Renee Suran in Marina Del Rey, California.
1994: Annihilator release their 4th album, 'King of the Kill.'
1995: Tony Macalpine released his 7th studio album, 'Evolution.'
1995: Peter Frampton releases 'Frampton Comes Alive II.' The album is the sequel to his 1975 smash 'Frampton Comes Alive,' the best-selling live album in history.
1995: Green Day release their 4th studio album 'Insomniac.' The release becomes the group's third-best selling album behind 'Dookie' and 'American Idiot' with sales of over 8 million copies worldwide.
1999: A charity auction selling Elvis Presley's belongings was held at The Grand Hotel, Las Vegas. A wristwatch sold for $32,500, a cigar box $25,000, an autographed baseball sold for $19,000, and a 1956 Lincoln Continental sold for $250,000.
2001: At a time when broadband was rare, U2 webcasts a show for free on U2.com from their Elevation tour in South Bend, Indiana.
2001: Dennis DeYoung sues Styx, his former band, for touring and singing his songs without him. He'd left the band in 1999 due to chronic fatigue syndrome.
2009: Pearl Jam hit #1 on the US album chart with their ninth studio 'Backspacer.'
2005: Perry Farrell appears on the debut episode of VH1 Classic's 'Decades Rock Live' series. The one-hour program features footage from a Doors tribute concert that included Farrell and other artists performing with founding Doors members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger.
2005: Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters' 'Ca Ira' album debuts at #1 on Billboard's traditional classical chart.
2006: Evanescence's 'The Open Door,' sells 447,000 copies during its first week of release to top the Billboard 200 chart.
2006: Green Day are recognized by People for the American Way at their 2006 Spirit of Liberty Awards in Los Angeles. "[Green Day's] 'American Idiot' has effectively raised social and political consciousness among audiences worldwide," writes the PFAW in a prepared statement. The organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
2006: Rare images of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and Janis Joplin are among the photos on sale in New York at the second annual Rock for MS benefit exhibition. Pics of the Stones' Keith Richards, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and Crosby, Stills & Nash are also featured. The event raises raise money for the multiple sclerosis charity MSFriends.
2008: Shinedown appears in the HBO documentary 'Blindsided,' which tells the story of guitarist Jared Hara who went blind at the age of 11 due to a genetic disease. He jams with Shinedown on their tour bus and performs in-concert with the group.
2008: Nine Inch Nails parts ways with drummer Josh Freese following the completion of group's 'North American Lights In The Sky' tour. Freese, who had been with N.I.N. since 2005, leaves for personal reasons.
2009: Alice In Chains 'Check My Brain,' the second single from 'Black Gives Way To Blue,' is released. The song ends up going to number one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
2010: Detroit native Kid Rock teams up with the NFL's Detroit Lions to donate 500 tickets to the National Guard and the Paralyzed Veterans Association for a game against the St. Louis Rams at Ford Field.
2012: A Russian court suspends the sentence of Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich, whose lawyer states she didn't participate in the February "Punk prayer" protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin because she had been stopped and led away before it began. The sentences for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, are upheld.
2012: Eddie Van Halen is named Guitar World's first-ever Greatest Guitarist of All Time. 132 guitarists were eligible in the poll and a half-a-million votes were cast by readers. In the final round of the tournament style voting, Van Halen beat out Queen's Brian May for the top honor.
2013: Paul McCartney and his band surprised New Yorkers by performing songs from his 'New' album in a short impromptu free concert to roughly 3,000 people on a long truck parked in the middle of Times Square.
2013: 'Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County,' with music by John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett and lyrics by Stephen King, opens at Bloomington's Indiana University Auditorium. "John can make Rock 'n' Roll records and I can write books for the rest of our lives," said King. "But that's the safe way to do it - and that's no way to live if you want to stay creative."
2013: 'A Night With Janis Joplin' opens at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. Written and directed by Randy Johnson, the production stars Mary Bridget Davis as Joplin. 2013: Jan Kuehnemund, the guitarist and founder member of Vixen, dies after a long battle with cancer.

October 11
1955: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash kicked off an 11 date tour of the Southern US states in Abilene, Texas.
1965: The Beatles release a cover of Chuck Berry's 'Roll Over Beethoven.'
1967: The Doors appeared at Danbury High School, Danbury, Connecticut. Before the group came on stage an announcer told the audience not to leave their seats during the performance or they would be escorted out of the venue. There was also a beauty pageant just prior to The Doors coming on stage.
1968: During a Beatles recording session at Abbey Road six saxophonists record parts for 'Savoy Truffle' for the forthcoming 'White Album.' George Harrison distorted the saxophones to get the desired sound.
1969: Country Joe and the Fish played a concert on a semi-trailer flatbed at San Quentin Prison.
1969: Muddy Waters is severely injured in a car crash just outside Chicago that leaves three other passengers dead. Waters will remain absent from music for about a year, and will rarely stand up on stage again.
1969: Grand Funk Railroad's album 'On Time' album enters the charts.
1970: Elvis Presley is made an honorary "special" deputy sheriff of Bel Air, CA.
1973: The divorce between Elvis and Priscilla Presley is finalized. The two remain close friends and walk out of the Santa Monica courthouse arm in arm.
1974: Montrose release their 2nd album, 'Paper Money.'
1975: NBC launches Saturday Night Live. Over the next three decades the program showcases countless Rock acts but on the opening night, hosted by comedian George Carlin, the musical highlight is actor/performance artist Andy Kaufman singing the Mighty Mouse theme. Janis Ian also performs her hit 'At Seventeen,' as well as 'In the Winter,' and Billy Preston played 'Nothing from Nothing' and 'Fancy Lady.'
1977: Kansas release their 5th studio album, 'Point of Know Return.'
1981: The Rolling Stones performed at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 95 fans were arrested after trouble broke out at the venue. The tour became the largest grossing of 1981, with $50 million in ticket sales.
1983: KISS performed their 1st ever show without trademark makeup in Lisbon with Helix opening.
1986: The Pretenders release their single 'Don't Get Me Wrong.'
1988: Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach travel to Tucson to undergo treatment for alcohol abuse.
1990: Dave Grohl played his first gig with Nirvana when they appeared at the North Shore Surf Club in Olympia, WA.
1991: Apple Computers settles their first trademark lawsuit against the Beatles' Apple Corps for a paltry $29 million, an issue that the Beatles' handlers would open back up when the Internet made music sales possible on computers.
1994: KoRn release their self-titled debut album.
1997: Elton John goes to number one on the US singles chart with 'Candle In The Wind 97' A re-write of his 1974 hit about Marilyn Monroe. This version raised funds for the Diana, Princess of Wales charity, following her death in Paris. It went on to become the biggest selling single in the world ever.
1997: Gregg Allman, Bo Diddley, Keb'Mo', Buddy Guy and John Hiatt are among the musicians who perform at a tribute to Muddy Waters at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C
1999: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was released on $5000 bail after facing charges relating to a riot at a gig in North Carolina in 1997. Lee allegedly incited the crowd to attack a guard and had also poured a drink over his head.
2004: Buffalo Springfield bassist Bruce Palmer dies of a heart attack at age 58.
2004: The Vote for Change tour wraps up in Washington, DC. with a concert featuring Springsteen, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., The Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks and James Taylor. The goal of the tour was to get president George W. Bush voted out of office in the November elections. Bush won by a narrow margin.
2005: Audioslave release their 'Live In Cuba' concert DVD, which includes performances of Rage Against The Machine and Soundgarden songs.
2005: Freddie Mercury's 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was offered for auction on eBay by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who inherited the car. The vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical 'We Will Rock You.' It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.
2005: Green Day plays the first of two "secret" theater shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. AOL Music makes the L.A. concert available for online viewing.
2005: Current and/or former members of AC/DC, Alice in Chains, Institute, Helmet, KISS, Judas Priest, Whitesnake and Dio contribute to the 11-track 'Numbers From the Beast: An All-Star Salute To Iron Maiden.' The set even features original Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno.
2005: Black Label Society performs at a Hurricane Katrina benefit in Nashville. Proceeds go to the Red Cross to help the hurricane victims.
2005: Rod Stewart receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after a 40-year career. Friend Larry King addresses the crowd.
2006: Former Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick is at Virgin America's corporate headquarters in San Francisco's International Airport to attend the dedication ceremony for start-up airline. The first plane in Virgin's fleet is named Jefferson Airplane in tribute to the band.
2006: Bob Dylan starts a fall North American Tour in Vancouver, BC. The five-week trek has the Kings Of Leon, the Foo Fighters (performing acoustically) and Raconteurs trading off as the opening act.
2007: Graham Nash, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt launch a campaign to prevent Congress from authorizing billions in financial assistance for the nuclear power industry. Through the NukeFree.org website, they urge fans to sign a petition that is later presented to government officials.
2009: Jo Wood, wife of The Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood was granted a divorce after 24 years of marriage on the grounds of adultery. The couple split in 2008 after the 64 year old Wood began a relationship with a 20 year old woman.
2010: Twisted Sister's Dee Snider joins the Broadway musical 'Rock Of Ages' for an 11-week run.
2011: Evanescence (essentially frontwoman Amy Lee with a new band) issue their 3rd studio, self-titled album.
2011: Evanescence's Amy Lee is crowned 2011's Hottest Chick in Hard Rock by Revolver magazine. Lee beats out Lzzy Hale of Halestorm and Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies, among others.
2011: 'Freak Out! My Life with Frank Zappa,' written by former assistant Pauline Butcher, is published. 2011 Butcher spent five years as part of Zappa's entourage (after meeting Zappa in 1967), "He did nothing but get up in the morning, compose all day at the piano and then go to bed," said Butcher. 'Between times he was chain-smoking and drinking endless cups of coffee. The melee went on around him but he ignored it."
2011: Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans 'Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC' is available via Amazon.com. It's the first memoir written by a band member about the group's early years.
2011: After serving as a health columnist for the U.K.'s Sunday Times and Rolling Stone, Ozzy Osbourne releases a book titled 'Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy - Advice from Rock's Ultimate Survivor' containing his best health tips. Ozzy notes that while his column may be useful it's still entertainment.
2012: The Rolling Stones release a new new single, 'Doom And Gloom,' from the band’s most recent greatest hits collection, 'GRRR.' It was the first new studio recordings since 2005's A Bigger Bang.
2012: Metallica's Kirk Hammett begins a promotional tour for his coffee table book, 'Too Much Horror Business,' which details the guitarist's vast collection of horror memorabilia. The first signing is at New York's Tribeca Barnes & Noble.
2013: Duff McKagan delivers the keynote address at the CBGB Music & Film Festival Conference. The five day festival features performances by over 500 artists in over 175 venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
2013: 'Cuatro!,' a documentary chronicling how Green Day's 'American Idiot' went from the recording studio to the Broadway stage is in theaters. The 80-minute film debuted at South by Southwest.
2013: Pearl Jam released their 10th studio album, 'Lightning Bolt.'

October 12
1955: Chrysler introduces the world's first in-car sound systems for their 1956 cars. The players, made by Columbia, are mounted on the bottom edge of the dash, directly above the transmission hump, and are wired directly into the car radio. The 7-inch size of the 45-rpm record was ideal; but using 45s would have meant changing the record every few minutes, a little risky at highway speeds. To solve that problem, 7-inch records for the player were produced in the new 16⅔-rpm format (ultra-microgroove) offering up to an hour of playing time per side. The players were discontinued in 1961.
1956: DJ Alan Freed's second film, 'Don't Knock The Rock,' starring Little Richard, Bill Haley, and the Treniers, opens in New York.
1957: Little Richard publicly renounced rock 'n' roll during an Australian tour. He embraced God, telling a story of dreaming of his own damnation after praying to God when one of the engines on a plane he was on caught fire. The singer threw four diamond rings, valued at $8,000, into Sydney's Hunter River and soon after launched a Gospel career. Five years later he switches back to Rock.
1962: The Beatles meet Little Richard for the first time when they open for him at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, England. Though Richard apparently finds John and George "rude," he is quite taken with Paul, reportedly to the point of attempting to seduce him. On the same day, the band's first single, 'Love Me Do,' enters the British charts.
1965: The Beatles record ‘Run For Your Life’ in its entirety at Abbey Road Studio’s London in five takes for their next album Rubber Soul. (Lennon later admits to lifting two lines from Elvis Presley's 1955 hit ‘Baby Let's Play House’). They also record another new Lennon song ‘This Bird Has Flown’, later known as ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’. The track included George Harrison's double-tracked sitar part, the first appearance of that Indian instrument on a pop record.
1966: The Moody Blues, still in their first incarnation as a white R&B band, split up. Denny Laine signs a solo deal with their label, Deram. The group re-forms a month later with new members Justin Hayward and John Lodge.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first headlining gig, opening at Paris' Olympia Theatre.
1968: Big Brother And The Holding Company hits number one on the US album chart with 'Cheap Thrills.' The cover, drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb, replaced the band's original idea, a picture of the group naked in bed together. Crumb had originally intended his art to be the LP's back cover, but Joplin demanded that Columbia Records use it for the front cover. Initially the album title was to have been Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills.'
1968: John Sebastain leaves the Lovin' Spoonful and starts a solo career.
1969: Tom Zarski, a student at Eastern Michigan University, calls WKNR in Detroit, MI, and informs DJ Russ Gibb on air of the rumor that Paul McCartney died in a car crash, perhaps as long ago as 1966. Zarski tells Gibb that by playing a section of the band's "Revolution 9' backwards, a clue emerges: the phrase "Turn me on, dead man." Gibb proceeds to do just that. Listeners are stunned.
1971: Gene Vincent (born Vincent Eugene Craddock), dies from a ruptured stomach ulcer at 36. While 'Be-Bop-A-Lula' was his signature hit, he had a catalog of other charting songs, which helped him to be posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 1960, while on tour in England, Vincent and songwriter Sharon Sheeley were seriously injured in the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran.
1973: Elton John's album 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' is certified gold.
1975: Singer Rod Stewart ends his longtime association with The Faces by playing one final gig with them at Nassau Coliseum in New York.
1978: Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, is found dead in the Hotel Chelsea in New York City with a stab wound to her abdomen. She was 20. Vicious is charged with her murder, but dies of a heroin overdose before the case goes to trial. There was rampant speculation that Vicious was innocent and a visiting drug dealer was the murderer.
1979: Jethro Tull lead singer Ian Anderson has his right eye torn open by a thorn from a rose an adoring fan threw on stage at the band's Madison Square Garden concert.
1979: Molly Hatchet release their 2nd studio album 'Flirtin' with Disaster.'
1980: Eight audience members are stabbed by a fellow concertgoer at a Blood Sweat and Tears show in Los Angeles.
1982: The Who, with The Clash opening, play New York's Shea Stadium.
1983: KISS performed the first-ever show without their trademark facepaint.
1987: Dee Snider announces he is leaving Twisted Sister, two days after the 'Love Is for Suckers' tour concludes. Snider later reunites with the band ten years later.
1987: McAuley-Schenker Group release their 1st album, 'Perfect Timing.'
1989: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 1st live album, 'Trial by Fire: Live in Leningrad.'
1991: The Day on the Green festival in Oakland, CA features headliners Metallica, Queensrÿche, Faith No More and Soundgarden. It is the final festival presented by Bill Graham before his death.
1991: Nirvana's 'Nevermind' album hits #1 on the US charts.
1991: Nirvana plays Saturday Night Live.
1994: MTV airs the reunion concert special of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, entitled 'Unledded.'
1994: The Cult release their self-titled 6th studio album.
1994: A scaffolding stand holding 1200 people at a Pink Floyd concert in England collapses, throwing hundreds of people 20 feet to the ground. Under the twisted wreckage, 96 people are injured, with 36 going to the hospital with back, neck and rib injuries. David Gilmour, says, “The band is very angry and upset. It is extremely fortunate that no one was killed. We want to find out from the management of Earls Court what happened.” Eventually, a contractor and a safety inspector are charged; it was the failure of a single fitting which led to the accident.
1996: Though they've refused to release it on video for 27 years, largely due to dissatisfaction over their own performance, the Rolling Stones finally release their landmark 1968 all-star BBC television special, 'The Rolling Stones' Rock And Roll Circus.' The show features The Who and a performance by John Lennon with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and Stones`guitarist Keith Richards playing bass.
1999: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young appear at New York's Madison Square Garden to announce their forthcoming album and CSNY2K tour.
2001: Wes Borland, guitarist for Limp Bizkit, leaves the band
2002: The new Elvis Presley compilation '30 No. 1 Hits' debuts at #1 on the US album charts, the first Presley album ever to do so.
2003: For the first time since his notorious rendition at a Detroit baseball game in 1970, singer Jose Feliciano is invited to sing the US national anthem, performing it at a Florida Marlins playoff game with no incident.
2005: Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe is injured during a pyrotechnics explosion at a concert in Casper, Wyoming. He is treated at a local hospital for minor burns to his arm and face.
2005: Nickelback score their first number one album on the Billboard 200 chart with 'All the Right Reasons.' It sells 317,000 copies during its first week of release.
2005: 3 Doors Down autograph copies of their 'Live: Away From The Sun' DVD during the grand opening of the Hollywood Virgin Megastore in Los Angeles. Later that day the group performs on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.
2006: U2's Bono is in Chicago to promote the (RED) line of products that benefit the fight against AIDS in Africa. He and Oprah Winfrey go shopping at retailers participating in the initiative. The effort is supported by the GAP, Apple, Converse and others.
2007: Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt are among the celebrity activists signing a letter asking Congress to make improvements to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The document, which is sanctioned by the Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), urges lawmakers to remove abstinence-until-marriage funding requirements that are included in the legislation.
2007: Paul Rodgers, George Thorogood and Blues great B.B. King appear at the Concert To End Homelessness benefit in San Diego. The event pays tribute to King and raises funds for a new homeless shelter for young adults.
2007: A few thousand Nickelback fans are on hand at the Los Angeles Forum to film a Citibank commercial. The ad features the Canadian group performing "Gotta Be Somebody' (a single from their sixth album, 'Dark Horse').
2009: Dickie Peterson of Blue Cheer dies from liver cancer in Germany. He was 63. Peterson was the lead singer and bassist of the band. Although he was born in North Dakota, Peterson spent the last several decades of his life living in Germany.
2010: Jack White (White Stripes) and Kid Rock are among the performers paying tribute to Country legend Loretta Lynn on the 50th anniversary of her first performance at the Grand Ole Opry. White produced Lynn's 2004 comeback album 'Van Lear Rose.'
2011: “Taz” DiGregorio (born William Joel DiGregorio) is killed in a car accident in Tennessee. He was 67. Taz was a keyboard player in the Charlie Daniels Band and co-wrote many songs with the group, including 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia.'
2011: Paul Leka, songwriter and pianist, dies of lung cancer in Connecticut. He was 68. In addition to working with artists ranging from Harry Chapin and REO Speedwagon to Gloria Gaynor, Leka co-wrote the ’60s hits 'Green Tambourine' and 'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.'
2012: Eric Clapton auctions an abstract piece of art by a German artist Gerhard Richter for $34.2 million. The guitarist bought the painting back in 2001 for $3.4 million.
2013: Bruce Springsteen enters the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. "Election to the Academy honors individual accomplishment and calls upon members to serve the public good," says Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz.

October 13
1962: Don Everly collapsed during rehearsals on stage at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London the night before the beginning of a 22 date Everly Brothers UK tour. Don returns to the U.S. for treatment while brother Phil completes the trek solo.
1963: Beatlemania begins in earnest at the Beatles appear on the popular BBC television show Sunday Night At The Palladium, performing 'She Loves You,' 'From Me To You,' 'I'll Get You,' and 'Twist And Shout.' 15 million people in the UK alone watch the live performance on television, while thousands of fans pack nearby Argyll Street to catch a glimpse of the group.
1965: The Who recorded 'My Generation' at Pye studios in London. Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC initially refused to play the song because it did not want to offend people who stutter.
1968: At EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, John Lennon recorded 'Julia' for the 1968 album, 'The Beatles,' commonly known as 'The White Album.' It was written by John Lennon during the Beatles' 1968 visit to Rishikesh in northern India, where they were studying under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It was here where Lennon learned the song's finger-picking guitar style (known as 'Travis-picking') from Donovan.
1970: The ashes of Janis Joplin are scattered into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Stinson Beach in California.
1971: Don McLean's 'American Pie' album is released.
1973: Genesis released their 5th studio album, 'Selling England by the Pound.'
1974: Ed Sullivan dies of esophageal cancer at 73. The Ed Sullivan show ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971 and broke many cultural barriers at the time. Sullivan was a strong supporter of black music and black performers, and many times fought the network and his advertisers over his bookings. He was also not afraid to book rock and country acts, although there are many stores told of when he tried to have rock bands change particular lyrics he deemed “salty.” He also insisted that the majority of his acts sing live, rather than lip sync. The Beatles appearance on the show in 1964 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion. A record setting 73 million people tuned in that evening making it one of the seminal moments in television history; over 40% of every man, woman and child living in America had watched The Beatles on Sullivan.
1975: Neil Young undergoes throat surgery in Los Angeles to remove a growth from his vocal cords. Though he recovers quickly, Young has voice problems for several months.
1976: Triumph release their self-titled debut album.
1978: Billy Joel releases his '52nd Street' album.
1978: AC/DC released their 1st live album, 'If You Want Blood.'
1979: The Guinness Book of Records claims Paul McCartney (with and without John Lennon) is the most successful composer of all time.
1980: AC/DC's 'Back In Black,' the group's 1st with vocalist Brain Johnson, goes platinum.
1982: KISS release their 10th studio album, 'Creatures of the Night.'
1982: KISS released their 27th single, 'I Love It Loud.'
1986: Saxon released their 8th studio album, 'Rock the Nations.'
1989: Ace Frehley releases his 4th full-length solo album, 'Trouble Walkin'.
1989: Overkill release their 4th studio album, 'The Years of Decay.'
1990: In a move that stuns his longtime fans, Bob Dylan is invited to perform at the West Point US Military Academy. Oddly, he performs his scathing anti-war attack 'Masters Of War,' even more strangely, several cadets turn his protest song 'Blowin' In The Wind' into a singalong.
1995: Pearl Jam's 'Vitalogy' goes five times platimum (over 5 million copies sold).
1997: Billy Joel plays his new classical compositions on National Public Radio's Performance Today show.
1998: The box set 'The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The "Royal Albert Hall Concert" is released, featuring the first ever commercial release of the notorious concert where Dylan "went electric" and suffered a folk-purist heckler calling him a "Judas."
1998: Eric Clapton opens his Crossroads detox center in Antigua, charging $9,000 US for a month of rehab.
2000: Eddie Vedder, Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper and Patti Smith all take part in a Madison Square Garden rally for US presidential candidate Ralph Nader. George Bush would eventually win the election, with Nader taking key votes from Al Gore.
2000: The Eagles' Don Henley is sued by a fan who claims the singer bashed her on the head with maracas after she tried to take his picture at an Arkansas concert.
2004: Velvet Revolver performs in a Hollywood parking lot for 3,000 fans. The gig serves as a warm-up for their U.S. tour.
2004: The Foo Fighters play two free shows in support of Kerry, in Tempe, AZ. as part of the Arizona Democratic Party's Debate Watch Party.
2005: Slipknot guitarist Jim Root breaks his wrist in a mountain-biking accident just prior to the group's North American tour. Slipknot tours without him.
2006: Pearl Jam is honored at a charity event by Seattle's YouthCare organization. The band is presented the Marleen Alhadeff Volunteer of the Year Award for its ongoing commitment to helping young homeless people.
2006: Rob Zombie hosts Turner Classic Movies' weekly cult-film showcase, TCM Underground. The series kicks off with a double-bill by famed B-movie director Ed Wood; 'Bride of the Monster' and 'Plan 9 From Outer Space.' The program makes its debut on Friday the 13th.
2006: QVC broadcasts a live Elton John concert from Las Vegas. The one-hour special features selections from 'The Captain & The Kid,' along with the story behind the album's creation.
2007: Jon Bon Jovi hosts NBC's Saturday Night Live. Though the Foo Fighters, promoting their 6th, 'Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace,' are the musical guest, Bon Jovi (the group) performs 'Lost Highway.'
2007: Artwork by Carlos Santana is auctioned at an event in in Corte Madera, CA, to benefit the Milagro Foundation, the children's charity founded by the guitarist and his wife, Deborah.
2008: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 16th studio album, 'Perpetual Flame.'
2008: Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart reunite for a concert in State College, PA, to support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Allman Brothers Band's Warren Haynes fills in for late singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia. The Allman Brothers Band also performs.
2008: 'MTV Essential: Metallica,' with band member interviews, premieres as part of MTV2's programming celebrating the 20th anniversary of Headbanger's Ball.
2009: Aerosmith's Joe Perry releases a solo album, 'Have Guitar, Will Travel.' The album's lead single is 'We've Got a Long Way To Go.'
2009: Lynch Mob release their 5th studio album, 'Smoke and Mirrors.'
2009: W.A.S.P. release their 14th studio album, 'Babylon.'
2009: Bob Dylan's 'Christmas In The Heart' is released. All money raised from U.S. sales of the holiday collection benefit the Feeding America hunger-relief organization. "(I) hope that (Feeding America and my) efforts can bring some food security to people in need during this holiday season," says Dylan.
2009: Bruce Springsteen performs the first of four concerts as part of the Philadelphia Spectrum's Final Farewell Concert Series. The shows kick off a run of 10 final concerts at the legendary arena.
2010: Jeff Ament's hometown, Big Sandy, MT, gets a skakeboard park. The park was funded by the Pearl Jam bassist (a skater since 1976) who contributed $40,000. "As small towns get smaller and smaller, I think it becomes more important for kids to have something to do outside of just school sports," Ament tells reporters at the dedication. "My dad helped me build ramps, now I can give kids around here something else to do."
2011: Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello performs at the Occupy Wall Street protest in Manhattan. Morello tells Rolling Stone magazine he's one more voice to the growing chorus of millions demanding economic justice at home and around the globe.
2011: Over 2500 fans hailing from 26 countries around the world boarded the 'Destiny' as KISS‬ and the KISS Navy set sail on the first ever KISS Kruise.
2011: Robert Plant and his Band Of Joy are nominated in three categories: Artist of the Year, Duo or Group of the Year and Album of the Year at the Americana Honors and Awards in Nashville"s Ryman Auditorium. They win the Album of the Year. Gregg Allman receives a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Americana culture and is recognized for his instrumental virtuosity.
2012: Co-headliners Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie exchange insults during a show at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI. Manson, upset over an abbreviated set, tells fans "I'm going to kick his (Zombie's) ass." When Zombie hits the stage he shouts, "some tours just don't go (expletive) together," and yells " (expletive) you Marilyn Manson!"
2014: An auction of rare, vintage and signed Rush memorabilia closes after a 10-day run on eBay. The auction benefits Grapes Under Pressure 3 (GUP3) which supports humanitarian causes undertaken by the international wine community.

October 14
1955: Buddy Holly and what would become The Crickets open a show for Bill Haley & The Comets in their hometown of Lubbock, Texas. A talent scout sees Holly and arranges for the singer and his group to record some demos.
1957: The Everly Brothers had their first number one on the US singles chart with 'Wake Up Little Susie.' It was banned by some US radio stations for what many deemed its suggestive lyrics.
1957: Elvis Presley releases 'Jailhouse Rock.'
1964: Rolling Stone Charlie Watts marries his first and only wife, Shirley Ann Shepherd, in Bradford, England. They're still married.
1966: Former R&B cover band Pink Floyd debut an entire set of psychedelic originals at tonight's gig at All Saints Hall in London.
1966: Grace Slick makes her first stage appearance with the band Jefferson Airplane at their Fillmore West gig in San Francisco.
1967: After 15 weeks at #1, The Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' is knocked out of the top spot by Bobbie Gentry's 'Ode To Billie Joe.'
1969: Fred LaBour, entertainment reviewer for the University of Michigan student newspaper The Michigan Daily, turns his assigned review of the new Beatles album, 'Abbey Road,' into a satirical piece headlined "McCartney Dead; New Evidence Brought to Light." In the article, LaBour repeats the musical "clues" that center around the recent "Paul Is Dead" rumors and adds several of his own. He also invents the name "William Campbell" as Paul's "replacement." This finally causes the mainstream press to take note of the phenomenon, and when contacted by other media outlets, LaBour furthers what he thinks is a joke by validating every rumor within the rumor.
1971: The current owners of the Specialty Records catalog, music publishing firm, Arco Industries sue Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty for half a million dollars for allegedly copying several elements of Little Richard's 'Good Golly Miss Molly' for the band's single 'Travelin' Band.' Ironically, CCR had covered 'Good Golly' just a year before 'Travelin' Band.' The suit is later dropped.
1971: John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on ABC-TV's The Dick Cavett Show to promote John's new album 'Imagine,' Yoko's new book, and their upcoming art exhibition.
1972: Joe Cocker and six members of his touring band are arrested after a concert in Adelaide, Australia, when police allegedly discover marijuana and heroin in their hotel rooms. The group are not charged but instead given four hours to leave the country.
1974: Jethro Tull released their 7th studio album, 'War Child.'
1975: KISS release their most popular and recognizable single 'Rock and Roll All Night.'
1977: At the personal request of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Linda Ronstadt sings the US national anthem at the beginning of their third World Series game against the New York Yankees.
1977: KISS release their 2nd live album 'Alive II.' It goes on to sell over 2 million copies.
1978: The KISS solo LPs from Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss all enter the charts.
1983: Riot released their 5th studio album, 'Born in America.'
1985: Iron Maiden release their 1st live album, 'Live After Death.'
1988: Def Leppard becomes the first act in chart history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive albums. 'Pyromania,' with 10 million copies sold and 'Hysteria' with 25 million copies sold.
1989: Motley Crue started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Dr. Feelgood'.
1993: Rage Against The Machine begin their U.S. tour in Hollywood, CA.
1994: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant release their 'No Quarter' album.
1996: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 9th studio album, 'Inspiration.'
1997: Sir Paul McCartney's symphonic poem 'Standing Stone' gets its world debut by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. The piece earns the former Beatle six curtain calls. Critics, however, call it dull and forgettable.
1997: Green Day released their fifth studio album 'Nimrod.' Recorded at Conway Studios in L.A., the album peaks at #10 on the Billboard U.S. charts and is later certified double platinum.
1997: Saxon release their 13th studio album, 'Unleash the Beast.'
1998: B.B. King picks up a lifetime achievement award at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
2000: The Beatles' official autobiography 'Anthology' hits #1 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne seeks treatment for Parkinson's Disease-like tremors and postpones a fall European tour. The veteran rock artist says in a statement, "I have been in Boston for the last three weeks, having medical tests for a tremor which has become markedly worse over the last two years."
2003: Stone Temple Pilot's singer Scott Weiland files for divorce from his wife of three years, Mary Weiland, claiming irreconcilable differences. The couple has two children and separated in September of 2002.
2004: Eric clapton is busted for speeding at 134 mph in his Porsche 911 Turbo near Merceuil, France, and fined 750 Euros. He is suspended from driving in France. After paying his fine, Clapton poses for photographs with the French police. He then left the scene in his Porsche, with his secretary behind the wheel.
2005: Slipknot launch their North American tour in Cincinnati. Guitarist Jim Root broke his wrist the day before in a mountain biking accident but Slipknot decides to start the tour without him.
2005: Lunch boxes decorated by celebrities, including Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, the Beastie Boys' Mike D, U2's Bono and the Edge and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, are up for bid online to raise money for hunger relief. The eBay auction benefits the Food Bank of New York City and the Lunchbox Fund, which provides meals to South African schoolchildren.
2006: A memorial stone honoring late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton is unveiled at the site of the 1986 bus crash that killed him in D'rarp, Sweden. "That really shows the engagement and the love that our fans have for our music and the people behind it," says Metallica frontman James Hetfield. "Cliff is one of the icons that is not easily forgotten."
2007: The Tom Petty documentary film, 'Running Down A Dream' debuts at the New York Film Festival.
2007: Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington breaks his arm during the group's concert in Melbourne, Australia. "He broke it about four songs (into the show), but didn't let it stop him from playing the rest of the set," writes vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda in an online post. "It was crazy." How did it happen? "I went to do a jump off the top of the stairs and...fell straight back and landed right on my wrist," explains the singer. "It f**king hurts, dude."
2007: David Bowie inspired clothing line is at Target stores along with an EP 'Strangers When We Meet.' The six-track disc contains Bowie live and rare studio tracks. The Bowie apparel is the work of British designer Keenan Duffty.
2007: Heart play on the ABC special 'Frosted Pink.' Money raised benefits organizations that focus on cancers that affect women. Ozzy Osbourne's wife, Sharon, also appears on the program.
2008: 'We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year' is released. The 12-track album has 'Run Rudolf Run' featuring ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman' has Black Sabbath/Heaven And Hell vets Tony Iommi and Ronnie James Dio. Alice Cooper, Styx's Tommy Shaw and ex-AC/DC drummer Simon Wright also contribute.
2009: Paul McCartney was named Songwriter of The Year at the 29th Annual ASCAP Awards in London. The awards presentation honored songwriters and publishers of the most performed works in the US during 2008.
2009: A tax lien is filed against Courtney Love in Los Angeles County, claiming she owes the federal government $324,335.21 in back taxes from 2007. "Ms. Cobain has every intention of paying those taxes," claims Love's representative, Keith Fink.
2010: Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan joins his old band and frontman Axl Rose onstage for the first time in seventeen years during a show at London's O2 Arena. McKagan plays bass on 'You Could Be Mine' but switches to rhythm guitar for 'Nice Boys' and 'Knocking On Heaven's Door.'
2011: Chuck Ruff dies in San Francisco, California, after a long illness at 60. Ruff was well-known for his work with The Edgar Winter Group, including the instrumental 'Frankenstein.' He also played on two of Sammy Hagar’s solo records.
2011: After 27 years of marriage, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth announce they are breaking up.
2012: Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson is one of 92 pilots who enter the record books by flying a simulator around the world in real time. The flight, sponsored by Aerobility, a company developing a flight simulator able to teach the disabled to fly an aircraft, takes 10 days.
2014: Exodus release their 10th studio album, 'Blood In, Blood Out.'
2014: Lamb Of God unfurl their documentary 'As The Palaces Burn.' Originally planned to feature fans on the group's 2012 world tour, the majority of the film chronicles frontman Randy Blythe's trial and eventual exoneration of manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic.
2014: 'Jimmy Page,' a book by the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist, is released. "I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs, charting my whole musical journey," says Page in a press release.
2014: Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian releases his autobiography 'I'm the Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax.'
2014: Neil Peart of Rush releases his book 'Far And Near: On Days Like These,' which documents his travels.

October 15
1955: Buddy & Bob (Buddy Holly) open for Elvis Presley at the ‘Big D Jamboree’, held at Lubbock’s Cotton Club in Texas. Nashville talent scout Eddie Crandall was in audience and arranged for Holly to audition and record demos for the Decca US label.
1956: Little Richard records 'Good Golly Miss Molly.'
1960: While in Hamburg, The Beatles back Wally Eymond, the guitarist for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes on his version of George Gershwin's 'Summertime.' Beatles drummer Pete Best doesn't make the session so the band plays with Rory Storm's drummer, Ringo Starr. This is the first known recording of the group together, though the master is lost to history. Two years later, the group would hire Ringo permanently.
1965: Jimi Hendrix signs his first recording contract, and it is was a bad one. It had his name as "Jimmy" and for signing it, Jimi received one dollar and 1% of retail sales for any records sold. It also gave the record company the right to sell it if they wanted.
1966: The Monkees record 'I'm A Believer.'
1966: Vocalist Signe Anderson performs her final show with Jefferson Airplane. She leaves after giving birth to her daughter four months earlier and is replaced by former Great Society singer Grace Slick.
1966: The youth-oriented International Times publication starts in England. Pink Floyd performs at the launch party.
1967: The first Sacramento Pop Festival was held, featuring Jefferson airplane, Spirit, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Stawberry Alarm Clock and Sunshine Company.
1968: The former New Yardbirds, now known as Led Zeppelin, perform their first gig under that name at England's Surrey University.
1971: Former teen idol Rick Nelson is booed when he tries to put the past behind him and play new material at a Madison Square Garden oldies show (a Rock N' Roll Revival). The experience prompts Nelson to write and record his last major hit 'Garden Party.'
1973: Having experienced respiratory problems for the past four days, Elvis Presley is admitted to Memphis' Baptist Memorial Hospital. Dr. George Nichopoulos, Elvis' personal physician, discovers his patient's addiction to Demerol.
1973: The US Supreme Court upholds, by a 7-2 vote, the 1971 FCC directive that bans radio DJs from playing songs that glorify drugs.
1973: The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards is found guilty in Nice, France of possessing and intending to distribute both marijuana and heroin. He receives a one-year suspended sentence, is fined 5,000 francs, and is forbidden from entering the country for two years.
1974: 'Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits' goes gold as frontman Alice (Vincent Furnier) desides to go forward as a solo artist. The rest of the group continues briefly as Billion Dollar Babies.
1976: Ike & Tina Turner dissolve their 19 year-old business partnership. Their divorce is finalized several months later. Ike's drug problems eventually land him in prison. Tina has a successful solo career.
1977: Paul Simon releases 'Slip Slidin' Away.'
1977: Fleetwood Mac's classic 'Rumours' is released.
1978: Toto release their self-titled 1st studio album.
1979: John Lennon and Yoko Ono donate $1,000 to provide bulletproof vests for New York City policemen. The city had been too financially strapped to provide officers with proper protection.
1980: The Cars third album 'Panorama' goes platinum.
1980: For the first time ever, London's legendary Abbey Road Studios auctions off thousands of dollars of equipment, including some used on Beatles recordings.
1983: The debut studio album by Alcatrazz 'No Parole from Rock n' Roll' is released. It features guitar work from a then-unknown Yngwie Malmsteen and spawns such melodic metal tracks as 'Island in the Sun' and 'Hiroshima Mon Amour.'
1983: 'Genesis,' with the hit 'That's All,' is the #1 album in the U.K.
1984: The Talking Heads 'Stop Making Sense,' the soundtrack to the concert film of the same name is released.
1984: AC/DC released their '74 Jailbreak' EP. It features five tracks that had previously been released only in Australia.
1984: Manowar released their 4th album, 'Sign of the Hammer.'
1985: Rush release their 11th studio album, 'Power Windows.'
1987: Joe Satriani released his 2nd studio album, 'Surfing with the Alien.'
1988: Bon Jovi start a four-week run at #1 on the Billboard charts with their fourth album, 'New Jersey.' The album produced five Hot 100 Top 10 singles, the most top ten hits to date for a hard rock album.
1991: Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty is the proud father of son Shane Cody, his fourth child.
1991: The first day of the Guitar Legends festival is held at Seville, Spain. The 5-day festival would include performances by Roger Waters, Joe Satriani and B.B. King.
1995: Paul and Linda McCartney make a memorable appearance on tonight's 'Lisa The Vegetarian' episode of FOX's The Simpsons, doing their voiceovers only on condition that the Lisa character stay a vegetarian forever after.
1996: Motorhead release their 13th studio album, 'Overnight Sensation.'
1996: Corossion Of Conformity release their 5th album, 'Wiseblood.'
1996: KoRn release their 2nd studio album, 'Life Is Peachy.'
1996: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was charged with assault for attacking cameraman Henry Trappler who took pictures of Lee and his then-wife Pamela Anderson Lee as they were leaving Hollywood’s Viper Room. Trappler was treated at a hospital for a broken pelvis. After pleading no contest, Lee was sentenced to four months in prison.
1998: Motorhead release their 3rd live album, 'Nö Sleep at All.'
2000: Dave Edmunds had a triple heart bypass operation at Los Angeles's Cedars Sinai Hospital.
2001: U.D.O. released their 1st live album, 'Live from Russia.'
2002: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 14th studio album, 'Attack!!'
2003: Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick is shot in the right leg in front of the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood. A second bullet grazes the left side of his head. The shooting occurs at 1:20 a.m. following a heated argument outside the club. Minutes after the altercation, the 21-year-old suspect returns with a 9-mm handgun and starts firing indiscriminately into the crowd. Kulick, who is standing in front of the club at the time, was not the intended target of the shooting, according to police. The gunman is later sentenced to 10 years in prison and Kulick completely recovers.
2003: Mike Smith of The Dave Clark Five suffers a fall from a ladder While trying to climb a 7-foot gate after locking himself out of his villa at his home in Spain that leaves him paralyzed from the waist down. Smith fell heavily on his head and cracked his spine in three places. He would remain a near-quadriplegic until his death from pneumonia on February 28th, 2008, less than two weeks before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2004: Bill Eyden, the session drummer hired to play on Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' dies after a lengthy illness at the age of 74. Eyden also worked with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Charlie Watts and was a member of the resident trio at Ronnie Scott's club in London, England until the late 60s.
2005: Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic cuts the ribbon to open of Seattle's Hotel Max. The remodeled, former one-star hotel, displays works by local artists and photographers on room doors. The hotel's fifth floor is devoted to the city's famous Grunge musicians. There are life-size photographs of members of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Courtney Love.
2006: Rob Zombie's 'The Devil's Rejects' wins the Killer Movie prize at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards in L.A. The event celebrates horror-themed cinema, music and television. Presenters include Linkin Park, Korn's Jonathan Davis, Slipknot and Zombie. 30 Seconds to Mars and Avenged Sevenfold take the stage.
2006: The inaugural Long Island Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place Patchogue, N.Y. Among the institution's initial honorees are founding KISS members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss; Mountain's Leslie West; the Vanilla Fudge, Joan Jett, and Billy Joel. Criss, West, Jett and Joel attend the gala, which features an all-star jam.
2006: The final concert is performed at the legendary Manhattan music club CBGB. Patti Smith, who played her first show at CBGB in February 1975, performs. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, bassist, Flea, and Television guitarist Richard Lloyd also appear. The club closes after an extended dispute between club owner Hilly Kristal and the Bowery Residents Committee, which tried to charge Kristal $19,000 in alleged back rent. After efforts to have the building preserved as a historical landmark, a men's clothing store moves in 14 months later and throws out practically everything associated with the former music club.
2007: AC/DC secures the rights to ACDC.com, which was previously held by a pornographic site. "Feel free to visit us from work, school or, for longtime visitors to the site, from the usual privacy of your basement," reads an announcement from the band.
2008: Jon Bon Jovi is the latest musician to disapprove of the use of his songs in John McCain's US presidential campaign. Bon Jovi's song, ‘Who Says You Can't Go Home’, was used during rallies held by Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Foo Fighters, Heart and Jackson Browne had all asked Mr. McCain to stop using their tracks in his presidential bid. Bon Jovi threw a $30,000 per person, fund-raising dinner for Democratic candidate Barack Obama at his New Jersey home in September.
2009: Queensryche's 'American Soldier Tour' gets underway. Lita Ford performs three songs with the band during each set. Lita and Queensryche singer Geoff Tate perform 'Close My Eyes Forever,' the 1988 duet with Ozzy Osbourne, with Tate taking over Ozzy's part.
2009: 'Travelin' Man: On the Road and Behind the Scenes With Bob Seger' is released in bookstores. The biography, co-written by Tom Weschler, Seger's former tour manager and photographer, and music journalist Gary Graff, focuses on Seger from the late 1960s through the 1970s. The forward is penned by John Mellencamp and the afterword comes from fellow Detroit-area musician Kid Rock.
2010: Rolling Stone magazine publishes an exclusive excerpt from guitarist Keith Richard's memoir 'Life,' eleven days before the book hits stores. The 10,000 word excerpt covers the early days of the Rolling Stones.
2010: Bon Jovi headlines the 'Concerts For The Coast' in Gulf Shores, AL, to bring attention and economic relief to the Alabama gulf coast region.
2010: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is the voice of the Mad Hatter on Nickelodeon's 'The Wonder Pets' special 'Alice In Wonderland' themed show.
2011: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation marks the former President's 65th birthday by honoring his charitable work. The Hollywood Bowl concert includes Stevie Wonder and closes with Bono and the Edge performing a 40-minute, seven-song set that includes 'Desire,' 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' and 'Sunday Bloody Sunday,' which recognizes Clinton's work on the Irish peace process.
2011: Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore announce the end of their 27-year marriage.
2012: Stevie Nicks headlines the AIDS Foundation's 11th Annual An Enduring Vision benefit show in New York City.
2012: Duff McKagan hosts a spoken word/multi-media presentation based on his autobiography, 'It's So Easy (And Other Lies)' at The Viper Room in West Hollywood.
2013: Pearl Jam release their 10th studio album 'Lightning Bolt.'
2013: Testament release their 4th live album 'Dark Roots of Thrash.'
2013: 'We Will Rock You,' a musical produced with Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, begins a North American tour at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre. The show features 24 Queen songs.
2013: At BMI's London Awards ceremony, Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd.frontman John Lydon receives the Icon Award for his songwriting. "John Lydon is a true icon whose influence on music, fashion and art has been felt around the world," says Del Bryant, president of BMI.
2014: U2's Bono said he was sorry after their latest album was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world, saying the move was a "drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity". iTunes users complained that the 11-track 'Songs of Innocence' had been added to their music library without permission and that it was not clear how to delete it. When the download controversy exploded iTunes offered an album delete option.
2015: Neil Young launches GoEarth.org, a website designed to promote global conservation.
2015: After demanding that presidential candidate Donald Trump stop playing 'Dream On,' Aerosmith's Steven Tyler pens an essay for the Huffington Post calling for an update of copyright laws. "Songwriters, producers and artists can't survive on what they are being paid."

October 16
1951: An 18-year old Little Richard has his first recording session, laying down a handful tracks at the studios of Atlanta radio station WGST.
1954: Elvis Presley makes his broadcast debut on 'The Louisiana Hayride' radio show.
1963: The largest audience in British television history watch The Beatles perform on 'Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium.'
1965: The Beatles recorded 'Day Tripper' at Abbey Road studio's in London in three takes, they then added vocals and other overdubs, completing the song before the end of the day.
1965: Jefferson Airplane play the Longshoremen's Hall, the first of many 'happenings' in the Bay Area. The Great Society, with future Airplane vocalist Grace Slick, is also on the bill.
1966: Folk singer Joan Baez is among 124 antiwar protesters arrested for blocking entrance to an Army Induction Center in Oakland, California. She is sentenced to ten days in jail.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience 3rd studio album, 'Electric Ladyland' is released.
1969: Leonard Chess (born Lejzor Czyż) dies of a heart attack. He was 52. Chess was a record company executive and founder of the Chess record label which was home to Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson and many more. He was the focal point of the movies 'Cadillac Records' and 'Who Do You Love?' It is said that Chess Records epitomized the independent record business and Chess himself set new standards for the industry in artist development, deal making, networking, and marketing and promotion.
1969: Black Sabbath record their debut album in this single day.
1972: Internal strife between the three remaining band members, reportedly due to leader John Fogerty's reluctance to give up creative control lead to the public breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival. The press statement tries to put the best possible face on the incident, "We don't regard this as breaking up. We look at it as an expansion of our activities."
1975: Bruce Springsteen begins a series of shows at The Roxy in Los Angeles, where he earns adulation from many celebrities and a glowing review in the L.A. Times. This leads to cover stories on Springsteen in both Time and Newsweek on October 27th.
1976: Thin Lizzy release their 7th studio album, 'Johnny the Fox.'
1983: Thin Lizzy's 2nd live album 'Life:Live' is released.
1986: An all-star "60th birthday" bash is thrown for Chuck Berry in his hometown of St. Louis. Berry is joined by Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, and many others on stage at the local Fox Theatre. The making of the concert and the show itself are filmed by veteran director Taylor Hackford for the critically acclaimed 1987 documentary 'Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll.'
1988: U2, Ziggy Marley and Keith Richards are among the performers at the Smile Jamaica concert, which benefits victims of Hurricane Gilbert.
1990: ZZ Top release their 10th studio album, 'Recycler.'
1991: Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell is arrested at a Holiday Inn in Santa Monica, CA after a maid finds syringes, white powder and crack pipes. He is charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance and states, “I needed some time off so I got myself a drug addiction and booked myself into a hospital instead.”
1992: Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary Celebration is held at New York's Madison Square Garden. Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Tom Petty, the Band, Eddie Vedder and Johnny Cash take the stage. Dylan sings 'My Back Pages' and Neil Young does his version of 'All Along The Watchtower.' The show closes with an ensemble rendition of 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door.
1992: The Offspring release their second studio album, 'Ignition,' which is their first release on Epitaph Records, a label owned by Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz.
2001: After Bob Dylan hires extra security guards in preparation for his comeback 'Love And Theft' tour, two of the guards turn Dylan himself back when the singer forgets his own pass. The new guards are fired.
2001: Ozzy Osbourne released his 8th studio album, 'Down to Earth.'
2002: Billy Joel leaves the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT, where it is rumored he's been undergoing treatment for alcoholism.
2003: Simon and Garfunkel open their new "Old Friends" Tour with a concert in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
2004: Velvet Revolver's first U.S. tour kicks off in Antioch, TN.
2004: Tommy Lee of Motley Crue performs with the University of Nebraska marching band during the half-time show of the Baylor-Nebraska game at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium. It's part of a planned NBC reality show that has the 42-year old Lee enrolled at Nebraska.
2005: Queen plays their first ever U.S. show with Paul Rodgers fronting the group in East Rutherford N.J.
2006: A Beatles photography exhibit, described as the most comprehensive ever, opens at the San Francisco Art Exchange. The Long and Winding Road -- The Life and Times of John, Paul, George & Ringo features more than 100 pictures of The Beatles by more than 20 photographers, including never-before-seen shots.
2007: An AC/DC DVD box set titled 'Plug Me In' is released. The two-disc collection contains rare concert and television footage. One focuses on the Bon Scott era while the other delves into Brian Johnson's tenure.
2007: 'The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live At Monterey,' a DVD documenting Jimi Hendrix's breakthrough 1967 performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival is released with footage from the guitarist's entire set plus previously unseen interviews with Hendrix and bandmates Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding.
2007: Graham Nash, David Crosby and Jackson Browne participate in the Pray For Peace Event at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The benefit, which Nash helps organize, includes an interfaith prayer service and a concert featuring acoustic performances. The event celebrates the Dalai Lama being presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, which the Buddhist leader receives the following day.
2007: Alice Cooper and Styx each receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Entertainment Buyers Association's convention in Nashville.
2008: Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel perform at a New York fundraiser for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
2010: Auburn University researcher Justin Havird names a new species of fish “Lepidocephalichthys zeppelin” because the pectoral fin reminds him of the double-neck guitar used by Jimmy Page.
2010: For the first time ever Elton John and Leon Russell hit the road together in support of their joint T Bone Burnett produced album 'The Union.' The first stop is the Wang Theater in Boston. At the same show Burnett's Speaking Clock Revue with Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp, and Gregg Allman also performs. The concert raises money for the Participant Foundation, which supports music and arts education in public schools.
2013: David Bowie is voted the best-dressed Briton in history in a poll conducted by BBC History Magazine. He garners nearly half of the 4,000 votes beating out the likes of Queen Elizabeth I, Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, and Beau Brummell.
2014: Neil Young officially unveils the Ponoplayer, a high-tech music player, at Saleforce's Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.
2015: Saxon release their 21st studio album, 'Battering Ram.'

October 17
1919: The Radio Corporation of America is founded by General Electric as a publicly-held monopoly.
1957: Elvis' third film, 'Jailhouse Rock,' world premieres at the Loews State Theater in Memphis, TN. It is the same theater where Elvis had his first job as an usher just five years earlier.
1960: Dion & The Belmonts breakup becomes official when it is reported in Billboard magazine. Lead singer Dion DiMucci claims the group's not bluesy enough; the band claims Dion just wants a taste of solo fame.
1962: The Beatles make their very first television appearance anywhere when part of their afternoon show at the Cavern in Liverpool is broadcast live on Granada television's 'People And Places.' The band performs two songs: 'Some Other Guy' and 'Love Me Do.'
1963: The Beatles record the first of their 'Christmas Records,' spoken word greetings sent out on vinyl to members of their fan club.
1964: Manfred Mann started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy', possibly the first #1 with a nonsenical song title.
1964: The Rolling Stones release their second album, '12 X 5.' It sells over 500,000 copies in the U.S., and features only three originals – the rest are covers.
1966: The Zombies release 'She's Not There.'
1967: 'Hair,' the world's first hippie rock musical, made its public debut at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
1967: The Beatles attend a small, quiet memorial service for their manager Brian Epstein, held at the New London Synagogue in St. John's Wood (near the Abbey Road Studios).
1968: After shows as the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin play for the first time under their new moniker. The show is at London's Marquee Club.
1969: Led Zeppelin's third US tour opens at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1969: Having been refused union admission to American stages for four years due to both the Davies' brothers incessant fighting and a procedural violation during their 1965 appearance on the NBC-TV show 'Hullabaloo!,' the Kinks returned to the US, opening for Spirit at the Fillmore East in New York.
1970: Eric Clapton releases his version of J.J. Cale's 'After Midnight.'
1973: Montrose release their debut album.
1973: The Rolling Stones performed two shows at Foret Nationale in Brussels, Belgium, as part of a tour of the UK and Europe. Opening for the tour's shows were Billy Preston and American group Kracker, the first band to be signed to Rolling Stones Records. Bobby Keys didn’t show up for the concert, which resulted in him being banned by Mick Jagger from future Rolling Stones tours until 1989, with occasional exceptions. According to legend Bobby missed the gig due to him filling a hotel bathtub with Dom Perignon champagne and drinking most of it.
1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd's 5th studio album 'Street Survivors' is released.
1980: Bruce Springsteen 'The River' is released. It's a double album and sells over 5 million copies.
1981: One man is killed and another injured in an attempted burglary of Rolling Stones ticket offices in Maryland.
1986: The film 'Sid and Nancy,' a bio film of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, opens nationally.
1987: Future Green Day founders, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, give their first live performance as members of the band Sweet Children at Rod's Hickory Pit in Vallejo, CA where Armstrong's mother is working.
1989: KISS release their 15th studio album, 'Hot in the Shade.'
1991: John Mellencamp is hospitalized in Seattle after suffering dizzy spells during a promotion at a local radio station. His doctor later attributes the problem to "too much coffee, stress and not enough breakfast."
1993: Savatage co-founder and guitarist Criss Oliva dies when an oncoming car crossed the median and struck Criss' 1982 Mazda RX-7 head-on, killing him instantly and seriously injuring his wife, Dawn. The drunk driver with seven prior DUIs served a mere 18 months for vehicular homicide. Dawn was critically injured and later died in 2005. Criss formed Savatage with his elder brother Jon and was offered a spot in Megadeth, but turned it down to remain with the band.
1995: The largest video release of all time is made by Rhino Home Video: 21 cassette tapes featuring 58 episodes of NBC-TV's The Monkees.
1995: GZR release their 1st album, 'Plastic Planet.'
1995: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 8th studio album, 'Magnum Opus.'
1995: Sting's former financial adviser, convicted of bilking the singer to the tune of $9.4 million, is sentenced in a London court to six years in jail.
1997: Green Day's single 'Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)' is released. It sells over 2 million copies.
1998: Aerosmith conducts an interactive cybercast of their Homdel, New Jersey concert. Each band member is wearing a small camera for different points of view.
1999: Santana's 'Supernatural' album hits #1, giving them their first chart topping album in 28 years.
1999: Having been diagnosed with a severe case of pneumonia, Johnny Cash is admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
1999: Thomas Durden died aged 79. Wrote the lyrics to Heartbreak Hotel, one of Elvis Presley's early hits. Durden had read a newspaper account of a man who had committed suicide, the man had left a note saying, ''I walk a lonely street,'' Durden used the phrase as the basis for 'Heartbreak Hotel.’
1999: A reunited E Street Band backs Bruce Springsteen to perform the first concert at L.A.'s Staples Arena.
2000: At a charity auction organized by Mick Fleetwood in London, singer George Michael pays one and a half million pounds for the upright piano on which John Lennon wrote the 1971 hit 'Imagine.'
2000: Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi releases his debut solo album, 'Iommi.' It’s star-studded with guest appearances by Queen guitarist Brian May, Nirvana drummer/Foo Fighters singer/guitarist Dave Grohl, Billy Idol, Cult singer Ian Astbury, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, Black Flag’s Henry Rollins and Black Sabbath bandmates Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward.
2000: A flat in Montagu Square London once owned during the 60's by Ringo Starr went on the market for £575,000. The two bedrooms, two-story property was also home for Jimi Hendrix, John & Yoko and Paul McCartney during the 60's.
2005: Freddie Mercury's 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow failed to sell in an eBay auction, having not met its reserve price. It had been listed by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who had inherited the car from him. The auction had attracted nearly 200 bids and exceeded £60,000 (approximately $93,000). The luxury vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical We Will Rock You. It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.
2005: Fats Domino returns to his Ninth Ward home for the first time since Hurricane Katrina to find it utterly destroyed, with his piano and several of his gold records among the ruined items.
2006: Stone Sour's 'Through Glass' is #1 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.
2006: Rod Stewart's 'Still the Same... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time' debuts at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. The covers album sells over 184,000 copies in its first week to become the 4th Rod Stewart album to hit #1.
2006: ZZ Top is presented the International Entertainment Buyers Association's Living Legend Award at a gala banquet in Nashville. ZZ Top are recognized for their "hard-rocking power-trio approach to the Blues," and "superior musicianship...attitude, style and some devilishly funny songs."
2006: 'Truth and Lies,' a DVD documentary covering the Rolling Stones career from the band's formation in the early '60s to '02's 'Forty Licks' tour is released.
2006: 'The Cars Unlocked: The Live Performances,' a two disc set, is released. "This project confirmed that we'd picked a good place to stop," says The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek.
2006: The 'Lucky You' soundtrack is released with songs by Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. The Drew Barrymore film is in theaters 10 days later.
2006: Court documents allegedly filed on behalf of Heather Mills McCartney claim that estranged husband Paul McCartney was physically and verbally abusive toward her, drank heavily and used illegal drugs during their marriage. Heather's attorneys say she "stands by everything that has been filed at court."
2006: U2's Bono appears in a Dublin courtroom to testify against the band's former stylist, whom they say has been selling memorabilia that belongs to the band. Lola Cashman, appealing a 2005 ruling stating that she must return to the group items she has tried to auction off (including the Stetson hat Bono wore on the cover of the 'Rattle And Hum' album), claims they were given to her as gifts. Despite her assertion, U2 prevail.
2007: Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard's side project Brad performs in New York to benefit the Huntington's Disease Society of America.
2007: Paul McCartney is a guest DJ on BBC Radio One to mark the British national radio station's 40th anniversary. Other musicians, including Ozzy Osbourne, do a stint as a Radio One DJ.
2007: Kid Rock's 'Rock N Roll Jesus' is #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Selling in the neighborhood of 170,000 copies in its first week, it's Rock's first chart topping album.
2008: AC/DC release their 14th internationally released studio album, 'Black Ice.'
2008: Guns N' Roses 'Chinese Democracy' album is finally announced to be coming out after more than a decade of waiting.
2008: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is released from the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, CA. Barker had been in treatment for severe burns that he suffered in a 9/19/08 South Carolina plane crash that killed four passengers and seriously injured musical partner DJ AM.
2009: Johnny Depp presented Keith Richards with the 'Rock Immortal' Award at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California, as part of this years Scream Awards.
2009: Bono contributes a special op-ed piece to the New York Times about President Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The U2 frontman writes that Obama has attempted to change the direction and image of the U.S. abroad. "In my view...the administration's approach to fighting nuclear proliferation and climate change, improving relations in the Middle East and, by the way, creating jobs and providing health care at home, are rebranding in action," explains Bono. "I think the man might deserve the hype."
2010: Kings Of Leon guitarist Caleb Followill makes an appearance on the U.S. edition of Iron Chef. He's a guest judge during a segment called the Secret Ingredient. Followill is so impressed by one dish that he asks the other judges whether it is "okay if we eat it all?"
2013: U2's 'Ordinary Love,' the first new cut from the band in three years, is featured in the trailer for the Nelson Mandela biopic, 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.'
2013: Iron Maiden, having taken in more than $15 million in ticket sales from nine live shows, tops Billboard's Hot Tours List for the third time in a year. The two-year Maiden England world tour nets more than $57 million from 54 concerts with a total attendance above 900,000.
2014: 'Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways' debuts on HBO. The eight-episode series chronicles the recording of the band's album 'Sonic Highways' and the musical histories of each city visited.
2015: Neil Young and The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform a rare acoustic performance at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music to support the non-profit organization's mission of offering students the opportunity to study music.
2015: Former Guns N' Roses/SIXX: AM guitarist DJ Ashba performs the national anthem at the 2015 Monster Energy Cup (motorcycle racing) in Las Vegas.

October 18
1922: The British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, the first national broadcasting corporation, is founded on this day in London.
1956: Elvis Presley gets into a fight with two Memphis gas station attendants. As Elvis is getting his car checked, fans gather and he starts signing autographs. The station manager asks Presley to move on. A fight erupts. The two station employees are later found guilty of assault and battery.
1957: For the Quarrymen's gig at the New Clubmoor Hall, Norris Green, Liverpool, Paul McCartney joins the group on stage for the first time, as a guitar player. Having made a few mistakes on his solo for Arthur Smith's 'Guitar Boogie,' a distressed and nervous McCartney attempts to repair his image by showing Quarrymen leader John Lennon some of the songs he's composed. John responds in kind, leading to the beginning of the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership.
1959: 75 teens are arrested outside of the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, KS after a riot breaks out, further goading civic leaders to decry the rock and roll "menace."
1963: Chuck Berry is released from prison after serving 19 months for a Mann Act violation (transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes).
1964: The Animals begin their first UK tour as headliners, playing the ABC Club in Manchester with supporting acts Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, the Nashville Teens, and Tommy Tucker.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays its first major show backing Billy Hallyday at the Paris Olympia Theatre.
1967: The Richard Lester movie 'How I Won The War,' an antiwar satire featuring John Lennon in the role of Pvt. Gripweed, opens at London's Premiere Theatre, with all four Beatles attending. Lester directed the first two Beatle films ('A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help!')
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are busted for marijuana possession in their apartment in London's Montague Square, a flat leased to them by Ringo and previously lived in by Jimi Hendrix. Having gotten wind of the bust ahead of time (and also having begun experimenting with heroin), John, Yoko, and John's friend Pete Shotton clean the place to within an inch of its life, but the police nevertheless claim to find approximately 230 grains of cannabis resin, enough to arrest the two. Later in the day, fater paying a 150 pound fine, the pair are released, but not before Yoko begins to feel discomfort in her stomach, an ominous symptom of the miscarriage she will soon suffer.
1968: Led Zeppelin plays their first London gig at the Marquee Club. This is after the group toured Scandinavia as the New Yardbirds.
1969: In Hawaii, Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane is arrested for possession of marijuana.
1969: Rod Stewart joins the Faces, formerly known as the Small Faces.
1969: A clearly ill Bill Haley plays the First Annual Rock and Roll Revival show at New York's Madison Square Garden and, at the end of his set, receives an eight-minute standing ovation.
1974: The Rolling Stones release 'It's Only Rock N' Roll.'
1975: Paul Simon reunites with former partner Art Garfunkel on the second-ever episode of Saturday Night Live, performing ' n Scarborough Fair,' 'The Boxer,' and their new single, 'My Little Town.'
1976: 'If You Leave Me Now' by Chicago hits #1 of the Billboard singles chart.
1981: Gillan release their 5th album, 'Double Trouble.'
1985: The Cult release their 2nd album, 'Love.'
1986: Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie marries her second husband, Portugese music composer Eduardo Quintela.
1988: Stephen M. Love, brother of Beach Boys singer Mike Love, pleads guilty in LA Municipal Court, to one count of grand theft. He had embezzled $900,000 from the band he formerly managed.
1988: Traveling Wilburys 'Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1' is released.
1989: Guns N' Roses, opening for the Rolling Stones in L.A., are not up to par, due to drug use, and that sends vocalist Axl Rose to threaten onstage, to quit the group. "Unless certain people in this band get their s--t together, these will be the last Guns N' Roses shows you'll f--king ever see. Cause I'm tired of too many people in this organization dancing with Mr. Brownstone."
1990: It's Rocky Horror Picture Show Day in L.A. on the film's 15th anniversary.
1993: Iron Maiden release their 3rd live album, 'A Real Dead One.'
1994: Bob Seger is inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
1994: Queensryche release their 5th studio album,'Promised Land.'
1994: Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' goes triple platinum.
1994: Tenor saxophonist Lee Allen dies of cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 68. A prominent rock-and-roll session musician, his sax playing can be heard anywhere from Little Richard's 'Tutti-Frutti' to Fats Domino's 'I'm Walking' to Etta James' 'Tough Lover.'
1994: Marilyn Manson, opening for Nine Inch Nails, is banned (for moral reasons) from performing in Salt Lake City. Still, N.I.N. frontman Trent Reznor invites Manson onstage and explains why Manson's group isn't playing that evening. In the process, Reznor shreds The Book of Mormon and tosses it into the crowd.
1996: Nirvana's live 'From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah' enters the U.S. chart at #1.
2000: Rage Against The Machine lead singer, Zack De La Rocha, quits the politically charged rock outfit. In a statement, he says, "I feel that it is now necessary to leave Rage because our decision-making process has completely failed. It is no longer meeting the aspirations of all four of us collectively as a band, and from my perspective, has undermined our artistic and political ideal."
2004: Bono of U2 and and Representative John Lewis (D-GA) receive the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Only two awards are given out annually to people who have advanced civil rights.
2005: While in the Washington, D.C. area for a couple of concerts, U2's Bono goes to Capitol Hill to address a group of House Democrats about his concerns over debt relief for impoverished nations and the ongoing global AIDS crisis. The following day Bono lunches with President Bush.
2005: An image of a naked John Lennon taken on the last day of his life, was named the top U.S. magazine cover of the past 40 years. The Rolling Stone front cover, taken by Annie Leibovitz and showing Lennon curled around Yoko Ono, was picked by editors, artists and designers.
2005: The Scorpions, Whitesnake and Queensryche appear on the acoustic compilation 'VH1 Classic Metal Mania - Stripped Volume 2: The Anthems.' An accompanying DVD, titled 'VH1 Classic Metal Mania - Stripped on the Strip: Live at the Key Club,' is also out.
2005: Mudvayne, System Of A Down's Serj Tankian, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Buckethead and Shadows Fall are on the 'Masters Of Horror' soundtrack. The Showtime series features 13 one-hour horror films by genre's most acclaimed directors.
2005: A Perfect Circle's Billy Howerdel is heard on 'Jak X: Combat Racing,' a children's video game. "I was surprised at first [to be asked]," says the guitarist. Members of the Offspring, Limp Bizkit and Queens Of The Stone Age also contribute to the soundtrack.
2005: ITunes presents an all-star cover of Eric Clapton's 'Tears in Heaven' with Ozzy Osbourne, Steven Tyler, Gavin Rossdale and Scott Weiland. The Sharon Osbourne produced charity single aids victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asian tsunami.
2005: U2's Bono goes to Capitol Hill to address a group of House Democrats about his concerns over debt relief for impoverished nations and the ongoing global AIDS crisis. The following day Bono lunches with President George Bush. In his spare time, he and his bandmates perform a pair of D.C. concerts.
2006: Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke says the band may refuse to continue touring if something isn't done to reduce the environmental impact of a major act hitting the road. "The way that tours are structured now and the way it works is a ridiculous consumption of energy," contends Yorke.
2006: Stone Sour play their first concert in Russia.
2006: Hinder's headlining tour starts in College Station, TX. Previously, they opened for Nickelback and Staind.
2006: 'The No Sleep Till Halloween' tour with Papa Roach, Lostprophets and Kill Hannah draws first blood in Lowell, MA. The tour dies (ends) on Halloween night in Universal City, CA.
2007: Kid Rock makes the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (the 2007 Hot Issue). Rock is standing with his shirt open surrounded by four scantily clad (hot) women.
2007: A class-action lawsuit is filed against Aerosmith by fans who bought tickets for a nixed Maui concert. While ticket holders did receive refunds, the action seeks damages for travel expenses and other nonrefundable fees. The group's management claims that Aerosmith bowed out of the show for logistical reasons. However, the lawyer involved in the suit counters that the band was able to play apparently more lucrative shows in Chicago and Honolulu that same week.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie launch a joint tour in Seattle. Guitarist Zakk Wylde is in Ozzy's band for the trek.
2007: The Eagles and the Dixie Chicks co-headline the first of two shows at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
2008: Kid Rock tapes an episode of 'VH1's Storytellers' series. Concert footage features songs from his 'Rock N' Roll Jesus' album.
2008: Police frontman Sting and his wife Trudy are honored for their support of environmental causes by the Oceana conservation organization in Los Angeles.
2008: Smashing Pumpkins perform their single 'G.L.O.W.' at Spike TV's Scream Awards in L.A. Frontman Billy Corgan uses the occasion to complain about the way the music industry has treated his band's comeback. The show is broadcast a few days later.
2009: Aerosmith play the first of two make-up shows required in a settlement that resulted from legal action instigated by fans two years earlier. A concert on Maui comes two days later.
2011: Jane's Addiction release out their first album in 8 years, 'The Great Escape Artist.'
2011: 'Kurt Cobain: The Graphic Novel,' is available on iTunes. Written by Barnaby Legg and Jim McCarthy with art by Flameboy, the graphic, digital book and app tells Cobain's life story in comic book style. App users can go through the novel page by page or frame by frame.
2012: 'Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry' opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, on Berry's 86th birthday. The exhibit includes Berry's '58 recording contract with Chess Records and handwritten lyrics.
2012: KISS bassist Gene Simmons hosts KISS Army Night at the first annual Rocktoberfest at Nokia Plaza, in L.A.
2012: Bruce Springsteen campaigns alongside Bill Clinton at a campaign rally in Parma, OH in support of a second term for President Barack Obama.
2013: Paul McCartney gave an impromptu gig in Covent Garden, London to a crowd of more than 2,000 fans during the lunchtime rush. McCartney's latest solo album 'New' was released in the same week.
2013: Motorhead released their 21st studio album, 'Aftershock.'

October 19
1957: Elvis Presley gets his draft notice. His military service begins the following year.
1961: At a show in Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool, England, Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Beatles combine on stage to form the Beatmakers, performing Jerry Lee Lewis' 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On,' Ray Charles' 'What'd I Say?,' the pop standard 'Red Sails in the Sunset,' and Charles' 'Hit the Road, Jack.'
1964: The incredibly influential English concert called the 'American Negro Blues Festival' kicks off, featuring Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others. It is the first glimpse of these bluesmen for many upcoming British R&B and rock legends.
1966: The Yardbirds, now featuring Jeff Beck on lead guitar and Jimmy Page on rhythm guitar, arrive in New York City to start their first American tour. After two dates of the tour, Beck developed acute tonsillitis and quit the group. He would go on to form The Jeff Beck Group, that gave Rod Stewart his first major exposure.
1967: Hour Glass, with Duane and Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band), open for Eric Burdon & The Animals at San Francisco's Fillmore West Auditorium.
1968: On their farewell tour Cream perform at The Forum in Los Angeles. where live Recordings from the show were included on the 'Goodbye Cream' album which was released the following year.
1968: An 18 year old Peter Frampton meets Steve Marriott at a Small Faces show in London. After striking up a friendship, the two started planning a new group which emerges as Humble Pie the following April.
1970: The Australian outlaw film 'Ned Kelly,' featuring Mick Jagger in his first starring role, is released to scathing reviews.
1970: The Band's 'Stage Fright' album goes gold.
1973: During their ‘Burnin' North American tour, Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of two nights at The Matrix Club in San Francisco.
1973: David Bowie releases his 7th 'Pin Ups.' The album features supermodel Twiggy on the front cover and is a collection of cover versions of some of Bowie's favorite songs.
1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive's 'Not Fragile' hits #1.
1977: In Greenville, South Carolina, Lynyrd Skynyrd play their last show before the plane crash that would kill three of their members. Nazareth is the opening act.
1979: Journey's 'Evolution' album goes platinum.
1979: Styx release their 9th studio album, 'Cornerstone.'
1979: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 'Damn The Torpedoes' is released.
1980: AC/DC begin their first U.K. tour since the death of singer Bon Scott with Geordie's Brian Johnson on vocals.
1980: U2 opens for Slade at the Lyceum Ballroom in London.
1981: At the Holiday Star Theater in Merriville, IN, Bob Dylan calls up longtime friend Larry Kegan, wheelchair-bound since the age of 15, and lets his perform Chuck Berry's 'No Money Down' as tonight's encore.
1981: Debbie Harry's (Blondie) first solo album, 'Koo Koo' is certified gold.
1991: Bonnie Raitt's 'Something To Talk About' peaks at #5 on the singles chart.
1992: Metallica release their 11th single, 'Wherever I May Roam.'
1993: Pearl Jam release their 2nd studio album 'Vs'.
1993: Sepultura release their 5th studio album, 'Chaos A.D.'
1993: Rush release their 15th studio album, 'Counterparts.'
1996: Nirvana's live 'From The Muddy Banks of the Wishkah' enters the U.S. chart at #1.
1997: Original Alice Cooper band guitarist Glen Buxton dies from pneumonia at the age of 49. He co-wrote many classic Alice Cooper hits, including 'School's Out,' 'I'm Eighteen' and 'Elected.'
1998: U2 (w/o Larry Mullen) launch an Amnesty International campaign in Dublin.
2004: Twisted Sister release their 6th studio album, 'Still Hungry.'
2004: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart are the lead performers on the 'Alfie' soundtrack, released on Virgin. Jagger sings lead on about one-third of the songs, including first single Old Habits Die Hard. Another version with Jagger, Stewart and Sheryl Crow is included as a bonus track.
2004: KoRn release their 'Greatest Hits - Volume One.' The set includes their version of the Funk hit 'Word Up' and Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick In The Wall.' There's also a remix of 'Freak On A Leash.'
2004: Artemis Records issues a tribute to the late Warren Zevon, 'Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs Of Warren Zevon.' The album features Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Don Henley and The Pixies. 'Studebaker' is performed by Zevon's son, Jordan and Jakob Dylan.
2004: Following a DNA test, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale confirms that he is the father of 15-year-old British model Daisy Lowe. The admission is particularly difficult for Rossdale's wife, Gwen Stefani, who is reportedly "devastated" by the news.
2004: Melissa Etheridge is at home in California recovering from two operations to treat breast cancer. A tumor and lymph nodes were removed. Earlier, Etheridge canceled tour dates to undergo treatment.
2004: Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters) and Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) perform at a rally for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in Las Vegas. Blink-182 singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge also attends.
2004: 'Words & Music: John Mellenccamp's Greatest Hits' is out. The set covers Mellencamp's career from 1979 - 2004.
2004: Slash picks his ultimate compilation guitar CD for the November issue of Q magazine. Among the songs selected are, 'Machine Gun' and 'All Along The Watchtower' by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin's 'No Quarter,' 'I Ain't Superstitious' from the Jeff Beck Group, Derek & The Dominoes' 'Layla' and 'Burn' by Deep Purple.
2007: Carlos Santana's wife, Deborah, initiates divorce proceedings against the guitarist, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple, married for 34 years, had three children together. A representative for Carlos says the split is "a private matter."
2007: Alice Cooper receives the Rock Immortal honor at the Scream Awards (Spike TV's celebration of horror, sci-fi, comics and fantasy) in L.A. Cooper performs, accompanied by ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and Rob Zombie. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards nabs the Best Cameo Award (for 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End'). The show also features Avenged Sevenfold and Ozzy Osbourne.
2009: A clump of hair believed to have been trimmed from Elvis Presley's head when he joined the US Army in 1958 sold for $15,000 at an auction in Chicago. Other items sold belonging to Presley included a shirt which sold for $52,000, a set of concert-used handkerchiefs, $732 and photos from the reception of Presley's 1967 wedding to Priscilla, sold for nearly $6,000.
2009: New York's Empire State Building is adorned with psychedelic lights to give it a tie-dye appearance in honor of the Grateful Dead. The light show precedes 'The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New York Historical Society' exhibit. The display features "an array of original art and documents related to the band, its members, performances, and productions."
2010: Queen guitarist Brian May is recognized by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for his support of the Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Center in Camberley, U.K., and for launching the 'Save Me' campaign to ensure that the present laws protecting animals from cruelty are kept in place. "Fighting for the welfare of our wild animals is not a task that any of us want to have to do," says May of the award. "We do it because these magnificent animals live, breathe, see, hear, and feel pleasure and pain like we do, but they do not speak our language, so in the world of humans, they have no voice."
2010: 'We Win,' a song by Loaded, the group led by the Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, is used by ESPN and Major League Baseball for their coverage of the American League Championship Series, National League Championship Series and World Series games.
2010: Kings Of Leon release 'Come Around Sundown' featuring the single 'Radioactive.' 2010:'The Union,' the first studio collaboration by Elton John and Leon Russell, is released.
2010: Bob Dylan releases the ninth volume of his 'Bootleg Series.' It's the first official collection of the Witmark Demos, 47 songs that Dylan recorded between '62 and '64 for his first two music publishers.
2011: Poison are sued by Kid Rocker, an obscure, long-gone Rock band, who claim their songs were plagiarized over 20 years earlier. According to Kid Rocker's Billy McCarthy and James Stonich, Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille acquired a tape of the band's songs when he tried out for their group in 1984.
2012: A Washington State Superior Court judge rules that former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate is allowed to perform under the Queensryche name until the lawsuit between him and his former bandmates is resolved. Upon resolution, Tate begins using the 'Operation: Mindcrime' name for his group.
2012: Doro releases her 12th studio album, 'Raise Your Fist.'
2012: Green Day songs are heard in an episode of the TV crime drama, 'CSI: NY.' 'Stop When The Red Lights Flash,' 'Amy,' 'Night Life,' 'Kill The DJ' and 'The Forgotten' are the soundtrack for action sequences with no dialogue.
2013: Queen guitarist Brian May, along with historians Paula Fleming and Denis Pellerin, publish 'Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell.' The book is the result of May's fascination with 19th-century demonic stereopticon images.
2014: Raphael "Raf" Ravenscroft, the sax player who played the riff on Gerry Rafferty's classic 'Baker Street,' passes away at age 60 of a suspected heart attack. 2015: Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi receives the Gibson Les Paul Award at the Q Awards. Iommi played a Gibson guitar for the duration of his career.

October 20
1955: Elvis Presley and Bill Haley and his Comets both appeared at Brooklyn High School auditorium, Cleveland. The concert is filmed for a documentary of Cleveland DJ Bill Randle but never released.
1960: Elvis Presley film 'G.I. Blues' premieres.
1961: Bob Dylan's self-titled debut album is released.
1961: The Beatles played a lunchtime show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool and later that night they appear at The Village Hall in Knotty Ash.
1962: 'Monster Mash' by Bobby Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers hits #1 on its way to becoming the most famous Halloween song of all time. Pickett's vocals were his impression of Boris Karloff.
1963: The Rolling Stones record the first Mick Jagger/Keith Richards composition, 'That Girl Belongs To Yesterday.' The song is also given to American pop singer Gene Pitney who has a hit with it.
1964: A riot predictably breaks out during the Rolling Stones first-ever Paris gig, leading to the arrest of 150 concertgoers at the Olympia Theatre.
1966: The Yardbirds (featuring Jimmy Page) record a version of their hit 'Over Under Sideways Down' as a jingle for General Foods' Great Shakes beverages.
1968: The Yardbirds end their stage career with a gig at Liverpool University.
1969: The Who begin a six-night run at the Fillmore East in New York, performing their new rock opera 'Tommy' in its entirety.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their 'Wedding Album' album. It includes a photo of their own wedding cake and a copy of their marriage certificate.
1973: The Rolling Stones went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Angie,' the group's 7th US chart topper. Allegedly, the song is about Angela Bowie, David's then-significant other.
1973: The Steve Miller Band release 'The Joker' album. The record peaks at #2 on the charts.
1974: Former Animals lead singer Eric Burdon and his wife Rose celebrate the birth of their first daughter, which they name Mirage. (They will later think better of it and rename her Alexandria.)
1976: Marking time while lead singer Robert Plant recovers from a debilitating car accident, Led Zeppelin premiere the concert documentary 'The Song Remains The Same' in New York City. A document of three 1973 shows at Madison Square Garden interspersed with several slightly ridiculous "fantasy" sequences. Though critical reaction is not kind, it goes on to be a success, as does the soundtrack album. The charity night raised $25,000 for the save the children fund.
1977: Guitarist Steve Gaines, lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt, and backup singer Cassie Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd are all killed when the band's small Convair plane runs out of fuel and does down en route from Greenville, SC, to their next gig in Baton Rouge, LA. Crash landing in a forest near Gillsburg, MS, the accident also takes the lives of the band's assistant road manager as well as the two pilots, not to mention severely injuring the rest of the band and most of the other two dozen passengers. The remaining members would not reunite for another decade.
1977: A little over a year after its release, Thin Lizzy's album, 'Jailbreak,' with 'The Boys Are Back In Town,' goes gold.
1977: In town for a gig with The Police, Sting kills some time by walking through the red light district of Paris. Watching the ladies of the night ply their trade gives him the inspiration for what would be the band's first hit: 'Roxanne.'
1978: The Police made their US debut at C.B.G.B.S, New York. The trio had flown on low cost tickets with Laker Airtrain from the UK, carrying their instruments as hand luggage.
1979: Bob Dylan appears on NBC's Saturday Night Live to perform three new religious songs from his upcoming album 'Slow Train Coming,' shocking listeners with his new fundamentalist Christian direction.
1979: The Eagles started a nine week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'The Long Run,' the bands 4th US #1.
1980: U2 release their debut album 'Boy.'
1986: Crimson Glory released their self-titled debut album.
1989: Nine Inch Nails debut album 'Pretty Hate Machine' drops. Even though the set has 'Head Like A Hole,' 'Down In It' and 'Terrible Lie,' it only gets to #75 on the Billboard 200.
1994: In a surprise appearance, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young take the stage during Bob Dylan's concert at New York's Roseland Ballroom and perform 'Rainy Day Women #12 & 35' and 'Highway 61 Revisited' with the legend himself.
1998: Black Sabbath release their 4th live album, 'Reunion.'
1998: Aerosmith release their 4th live album, 'A Little South of Sanity.'
1999: John Mellencamp plays a surprise gig at the 350-person-capacity Mercury Lounge in New York.
1999: A year after nearly dying from pneumonia, Johnny Cash finds himself battling the condition again. Cash is listed in serious condition at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
2001: 'The Concert For New York City,' a benefit show for victims of the recent 9/11 terrorist attacks, is staged at Madison Square Garden, featuring The Who, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Bon Jovi and David Bowie. More than $30 million is raised to help victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
2001: The 15th Anniversary Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA features founder Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Pearl Jam and Billy Idol. The event raises money for the Bay Area School for children with severe learning disabilities (which Young's son attends).
2003: King Diamond release his 11th studio album, 'The Puppet Master.'
2004: Courtney Love wins a conditional discharge and is ordered to pay $2,336 in compensation after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in a New York court. The charge stemmed from a March show where Love injured a concertgoer's head with her microphone stand.
2004: Rage Against the Machine, System Of A Down, U2 and the Clash are featured on 'VH1's 25 Greatest Political Protest Songs.' The special explores the role of politics in Rock music, with interviews and profiled songs.
2006: 'The Prestige' is in select U.S. theaters. The Christopher Nolan-directed film features David Bowie portraying inventor Nikola Tesla.
2007: Former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord premieres his Durham Concerto at Durham Cathedral. The concerto was commissioned to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Durham University. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performs the piece with four soloists, including Lord on Hammond organ.
2007: Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is named honorary mayor of Glens Falls, NY, for a day just prior to a Phil Lesh and Friends concert. Lesh jokingly uses the honor to "pardon" ex-Phish frontman, Trey Anastasio, for a recent drug offense.
2008: AC/DC release their first studio album in eight years, 'Black Ice.' It is available exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores and can also be ordered on the group's website.
2008: Elton John marks the 35th anniversary of 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' with a special performance of the classic 1973 album at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway in New York. Proceeds benefit a number of charities, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
2008: 'The All Together Now' documentary DVD about the making of the Beatles-themed Las Vegas stage production, Love, and its soundtrack, is released. The disc is available exclusively via Best Buy and at the Vegas Love Boutique. The DVD is also screened at select digital movie theaters in the United States.
2009: The Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit releases 'Expando' his first solo album in eight years. Kid Rock and Graham Nash contribute to the set.
2010: The Northern Light Orchestra, featuring Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Bruce Kulick (KISS) and Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) release 'The Spirit Of Christmas.'
2010: Stone Sour top of Billboard's Rock Songs chart with 'Say You'll Haunt Me.' Neon Trees' 'Animal' sits at #2 while Kings Of Leon's 'Radioactive' holds the #3 spot.
2010: Jack White announces the sale of a rare copy of the White Stripes' 1998 seven-inch single, 'Lafayette Blues,' for $18,000. It's one of only 15 copies with a hand-painted cover by White and Italy Records head Dave Buick. The single, the group's second, originally went for $6 at the Stripes' 1998 concert at Detroit's Gold Dollar. The song appeared on the group's eponymous debut album.
2011: Photographer Barry Feinstein dies at 80. Feinstein was responsible for capturing more than 500 record sleeves, including Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' album and the cover photograph for Dylan's album 'The Times They Are A-Changin'. Feinstein's picture of Dylan at a damp ferry port on the banks of the River Severn was also used in 'No Direction Home,' Scorsese's 2005 film. The Rolling Stones sleeve for 'Beggars Banquet,' shot in a graffiti-covered toilet, was also Feinstein's work.
2011: Jon Bon Jovi's JBJ Soul Foundation opens The JBJ Soul Kitchen, a "pay-what-you-can" restaurant in Red Bank, NJ. Specializing in healthy soul food dishes, there are no prices on its menu. Diners can either earn free meals by doing volunteer work in the community or pay a suggested donation.
2012: Guns N' Roses unplug for the 26th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert. GNR's acoustic set includes 'You're Crazy,' 'Welcome To The Jungle,' 'Sweet Child 'O Mine' and 'Paradise City.' They also perform Neil Young's 'Don't Let It Bring You Down' with Young.
2012: Aerosmith's anthem for the NFL's New England Patriots is offered as free download. 'Legendary Child : Patriot's Anthem,' is part of the Pepsi NFL Anthems program.
2014: A lawsuit claiming that Led Zeppelin plagiarized a Spirit song when composing 'Stairway To Heaven' is allowed to move forward. The 2014 suit claims 'Taurus,' written by Spirit guitarists Randy California, was the basis for the Led Zeppelin classic. Zeppelin and Spirit toured together in 1968.
2014: Sick Puppies announce that frontman Shimon Moore has left the band to "focus on other projects" and that band members Emma Anzai and Mark Goodwin are looking for a new singer. A couple days later, Moore says his departure was news to him.
2015: Songs by Pearl Jam, Haim, Lamb Of God, Black Keys, the Killers, Green Day, Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way are on the soundtrack of the 'Guitar Hero Live' video game.
2015: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker's memoir 'Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death & Drums Drums Drums' is released. Barker touches on "stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption."
2015: Three Dog Night singer Cory Wells dies at the age of 74. He was a founding member and one of the group's three vocalists (with Chuck Negron and Danny Hutton).

October 21
1908: The first two-sided vinyl record was offered for sale by the Columbia label in an ad running in this week's Saturday Evening Post.
1956: Elvis Presley visits his favorite local movie theater, the Memphian. When the crowd who are outside scratch his new Cadillac. Elvis then starts a new habit of renting the entire theater whenever he wants to watch a movie.
1957: Elvis Presley's 'Jailhouse Rock' hits #1, for the 1st of 7 weeks.
1958: Buddy Holly has his last recording session. Among the songs taped is 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore.'
1961: Bob Dylan records his debut album for Columbia Records in a day at a cost of $400. Dylan plays guitar, harmonica and sings.
1964: Mod rockers the High Numbers fail their audition with the EMI label, but within a year will find success on Brunswick Records as The Who.
1965: Elvis Presley's original bassist (1954-57) Bill Black, dies in Memphis of a brain tumor at age 39. He also was the leader of the Bill Black's Combo.
1965: The Beatles record a new song called 'Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),' finishing recordings in three takes. They also begin working on another new John Lennon song 'Nowhere Man.'
1966: The Brian Wilson penned Beach Boys masterpiece 'Good Vibrations' is released.
1968: Johnny Cash wins best album at the Country Music Awards for his live release Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.
1971: In Paris, Mick Jagger and girlfriend Bianca become the proud parents of Mick's first child, Jade.
1972: Chuck Berry started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'My Ding-A-Ling,' his first and only US and UK #1.
1974: Queen's 'Killer Queen' b/w 'Flick Of The Wrist' 45 single is released.
1975: The city of Los Angeles declares this "Elton John Week" and awards the musician his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6915 Hollywood Blvd.
1976: Keith Moon plays what is to be his final show with the Who, a concert at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the final date on the band’s 1976 tour. Though Moon would perform with the Who in a couple of special performances filmed for use in the documentary, 'The Kids Are Alright,' this would be his last official Who date.
1977: Meat Loaf releases his 2nd album, 'Bat Out of Hell.'
1980: The Police kick off a North American tour in Winnipeg.
1983: Dio release their 2nd single, 'Rainbow in the Dark.'
1985: The Cinemax cable TV special 'Carl Perkins and Friends' is taped to honor the 30th anniversary of his hit 'Blue Suede Shoes.' Special guests include George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dave Edmunds, and Ringo Starr.
1990: Judas Priest kick off a North American tour in Montreal in support of their 'Painkiller' album. It's the band's first tour with drummer Scott Travis.
1990: Accept release their 2nd live album, 'Staying a Life.'
1990: Don Dokken released his 'Up from the Ashes' album.
1992: Elvis' first grandson, Benjamin Storm, is born to Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough.
1992: Elton John sues the syndicated US television show 'Hard Copy' for alleging that the singer moved to the Atlanta suburbs to be near an AIDS treatment facility.
1994: Yngwie Malmsteen releases his 'I Can't Wait' EP.
1995: Green Day singer Billie Joe is arrested and fined $141 after mooning the audience during a gig in Milwaukee.
1995: Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon dies of a cocaine overdose at 28. Hoon struggled with drug addiction after becoming a star. He was introduced to Axl Rose by his sister and became good friends with him, singing on both 'Use Your Illusion I' and 'Use Your Illusion II.'
1996: A former executive of EMI Records, Jay Barbieri, announces the official launch of the first Internet record label, J-Bird Records at www.j-birdrecords.com. The record label is the first of its kind, a label that operates almost exclusively on the World Wide Web.
1997: Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind 97' was declared by the Guinness Book Of Records as the biggest selling single record of all time, with 31.8 million sales in less than 40 days.
1998: Alice Cooper files a lawsuit against Kiss claiming their song 'Dreamin’ sounds too similar to his song 'I’m Eighteen.' The suit is settled out of court the next year for a figure allegedly in the low six figures.
1999: George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles albums, lends his reputation and four decades of music business experience to a start-up Internet company catering to unsigned bands. Martin announces that he will serve as chairman of the advisory board for Garageband.com.
2003: Rush release their 5th live album, 'Rush in Rio.'
2003: Elton John signs a three-year, $50 million deal to perform 75 shows at Caesar`s Palace. The first of his famous 'Red Piano' concerts at Las Vegas' Caesar's Palace.
2003: