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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock: June

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

Rock B-Days/Today In Rock: June

June 1
Jim McCarty (Cactus, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Buddy Miles Express, The Rockets, Mystery Train, Hell drivers, also recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Seger) - 73
Ron Wood (Jeff Beck Group, The Faces, The Rolling Stones) - 70 - On his 28th birthday, he performs his first gig with the Rolling Stones.
Mike Levine (Triumph) - 69
Simon Gallup (The Cure) - 58
Mike Joyce (The Smiiths) - 55
Alanis Morissette - 44

June 2
Charles Miller (War) - b. 1939 - d. 6/14/80
Charlie Watts (Blues Incorporated, The Rolling Stones, The Charlie Watts Tentet) - 77
Steve Brookins (38 Special) - 67
Bubba Keith (James Gang, Point Blank, solo) -
Micki Steele / Susan Thomas (Runaways, Bangles + more) - 63
Pete Farndon (The Pretenders) - b. 1952 - d. 4/14/83
Dez Cadena (Black Flag) - 57
Jason Falkner (Three O'Clock, Jellyfish, The Grays, solo) - 50
Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes, Little Joy + more) - 38

June 3
Jimmy Rogers (Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, solo band) - b. 1924 - d. 12/19/97
Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople, Hunter/Ronson, solo) - 79
Mickey Finn (T. Rex, Hapshash & the Coloured Coat, Mickey Finn's T. Rex, The Blow Monkeys) b. 1947 - d. 1/11/03 from apparent alcohol related liver problems
Michael Clarke (The Byrds, Firefall, Byrds Celebration, Flying Burrito Brothers, Dillard & Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker + more) - b. 1947 - d. 12/19/93
Dave Alexander (Iggy Pop & The Stooges) - b. 1947 - d. 2/10/75
Suzy Quatro (The Pleasure Seekers, Cradle, Chris Norman, solo, actress) - 68
Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Vision, Kid Rock) - b. 1952 Died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida on Jan. 28th, 2009. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate the musician but he was pronounced dead an hour later.
Kerry King (Slayer) - 54
Doro Pesch (Warlock, Doro) - 54

June 4
Michelle Phillips (The Mamas & the Papas) - 74
Roger Ball (Average White Band) - 74
Paul Samson (born Paul Sanson)(Samson) - b. 1953 - d. 8/9/02)
Jimmy McCulloch (Wings, Thunderclap Newman) - b. 1953 - d. 9/27/79
Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Tin Machine, The Cure) - 62
Selwyn Brown (Steel Pulse) - 60
Paul Taylor (Winger, Aldo Nova, Steve Perry, Alice Cooper, Eric Martin, Tommy Shaw) - 59
Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) - 44
JoJo Garza (Los Lonely Boys) - 37
Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry) - 33
Liv Jagrell (Sister Sin) -
Zachary Farro (Paramore) - 28

June 5
Michael Davis (MC5, Blood Orange, Destroy All Monsters) - b. 1943 - d. 2/17/12
Tom Evans (Badfinger) - b. 1947 - d. 11/19/83
Ellen Foley (singer, actress: Meatloaf, solo) - 67
Nicko McBrain (Streetwalkers, Pat Travers, Trust, Iron Maiden) - 66
Jon Butcher (Jon Butcher Axis, solo) - 62
Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs, Love Spit Love, solo) - 62
Eric Stacy (Faster Pussycat) - 54
Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) - 38

June 6
Levi Stubbs (The Four Tops, voice artist in film and animated television series, most famously for the voice of the alien plant in the 1986 comedic horror film 'Little Shop of Horrors.) - b. 1936 - d. 10/17/08
Gary U.S. Bonds - 79
Howie Kane (Jay and the Americans) - 76
Peter Albin (Big Brother & the Holding Company) - 74
Tony Levin (King Crimson, Liquid Tension Experiment, Peter Gabriel, Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, Head, Bozzio Levin Stevens, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe) - 72
Dwight Twilley - 67
Nick Bowcott (Grim Reaper, Marshall Director of Marketing and Artist Relations) - 59
Steve Vai (Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, Whitesnake, David Lee Roth, Public Image Ltd., solo, G3) - 58
Tom Araya (Slayer) - 57
Jay Bentley (Bad Religion) - 54
Sean Yseult (White Zombie, Ruined Eye, Rock City Morgue, Famous Monsters, Star & Dagger) - 52
James "Munky" Shaffer (Korn, Fear and the Nervous System + more) - 48
Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) - 46
Uncle Kracker / Matthew Shafer (Kid Rock, solo) - 44

June 7
Tom Jones - 78
Clarence White / Clarence LeBlanc (The Kentucky Colonels, Nashville West, The Byrds, Muleskinner) - b. 1944 - d. 7/14/73
Jack Ryland (Three Dog Night) - b. 1949 - d. 11/13/96
Mark Reale (Riot) b. 1955 - d. 1/25/12
Prince - b. 1958 - d. 4/21/16
Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal, earthlings?, Queens of the Stone Age + more) - 57
Michael Cartellone (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Damn Yankees, Accept) - 56
Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots, Talkshow, Spiralarms) - 52
David Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Camp Freddy, Spirits in the Sky, solo + more) - 51

June 8
Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) - 76
Boz Scaggs (Steve Miller Band, Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, solo) - 74
Jeff Rich “Worzel” (Climax Blues Band, Status Quo, Def Leppard, others) - 65
‪Mark Tornillo‬ (Accept, T.T. Quick) - 64
Greg Ginn (Black Flag) - 64
Mick Hucknell (The Frantic Elevators, Simply Red, Faces) - 58
Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran. Arcadia, The Devils, TV Mania + more) ) - 56
P.J. Farley‬ (Trixter) - 46
Derek Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band, The Derek Trucks Band, Soul Stew Revival, Tedeschi Trucks Band) - 39

June 9
Les Paul - b. 1915 - Paul died in hospital in White Plains, New York at the age of 94 suffering from severe pneumonia on Aug. 12th, 2009.
Trevor Bolder (David Bowie, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, Mick Ronson) - b. 1940 - d. 5/21/13
Jon Lord (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, The Flower Pot Men, Santa Barbara Machine Head) - b. 1941 - In 2011, Lord was found to be suffering from pancreatic cancer. He died on July 16th, 2012 at the London Clinic after suffering from a pulmonary embolism.
Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience) b. 1947 - Mitchell was found dead in his US hotel room on Nov. 12th, 2008 at age 61.
Mick Box (Uriah Heep) - 71
George Bunnell (The Strawberry Alarm Clock) - 69
Pete Gill (The Glitter Band, Saxon, Motorhead, Son Of A Bitch) - 67
Paul Chapman (UFO, Gator Country, Universe, Skid Row, Ghost, Lone Star, Kimla Taz) - 64
Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, Joe Satriani, ELO, Spinal Tap, Steve Vai, solo, session player: Robin Zander, Jason Becker, Larry Carlton, Andy Summers, Don Henley, Ray Charles and many others, TV and Movie soundtracks) - 59
Patrick Young (Black 'N Blue) -
Tracey "Spacey T." Singleton (Sound Barrier, Gangland, Fishbone, Mother's Finest, Praise the Dead) -
Johnny Depp (Hollywood Vampires) - 55
Dean Dinning (Toad The Wet Sprocket) - 52
Dean Felber (Hootie & The Blowfish) - 51
Matthew Bellamy (Muse) - 40

June 10
Howlin’ Wolf (born Chester Arthur Burnett) - b. 1910 – d. 1/10/76
Rick Price (Sight and Sound, The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Wizzard, Wizzo Band, Price and Lee) - 74
Terry Luttrell (REO Speedwagon, Starcastle) - 71
Mickey Curry (best known for his long-term collaboration with the singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, although he has also worked with Hall & Oates, Cher, Tina Turner, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Sam Phillips, Tom Waits, Survivor, The Cult, Steve Jones and others) - 62
Kim Deal (The Pixies, the Amps, the Breeders) - 57
Kelley Deal (The Breeders, The Last Hard Men, The Kelley Deal 6000, solo) - 57
Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, The Last Hard Men, Starchildren, Skysaw) - 54

June 11
Bernard Purdie (solo, session drummer for James Brown, B.B. King, ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Jeff Beck, Hummingbird, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Gil Scott-Heron, King Curtis, The Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Brecker, Quincy Jones, Hall & Oates, The Animal Isaac Hayes, Joe Cocker, Todd Rundgren, The Monkees, Cat Stevens, Hair, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (soundtrack) and many more) - 79
Richard Palmer-James (Supertramp, Tetrad, King Crimson, solo) - 71
Frank Beard (ZZ Top, American Blues, The Cellar Dwellars, The Hustlers, The Warlocks) - 69
Donnie Van Zant (.38 Special, Van Zant, Lynyrd Skynyrd) - 66
Joe Holmes (Terriff, Lizzy Borden, Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth, Farmikos) - 55
Dan Lavery (Tonic) - 49

June 12
Billy Kenny (The Ink Sppots, solo) - b. 1914 - d. 3/23/78
Roy Harper (Folk singer, keyboards, guitar, bass, songwriter) - 77
Reg Presley (born Reginald Maurice Ball)(The Troggs) - b. 1941 - d. 2/4/13
Brad Delp (Boston, RTZ, Beatlejuice) b. 1951 - Committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in at his home in the New Hampshire on March 9th, 2007.
Barry Bailey (Atlanta Rhythm Section) - 70
John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Roxy Music, Wishbone Ash, U.K.) - b. 1949 - d. 1/31/17
Pete Farndon (Pretenders, Cold River Lady, The Bushwackers) - b. 1952 - d. 4/14/83
Bun E Carlos (Cheap Trick) - 68
Rocky Burnette - 65
Bobby Sheehan (Blues Traveler) - b. 1968 - d. 8/20/99
Bardi Martin (Candlebox) - 49
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - 41

June 13
Uriel Jones (session drummer for Motown Records' in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers, during the 1960s and early 1970s. Jones played on many Motown classics including ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’, by Marvin Gaye, ‘Cloud Nine’ by the Temptations, ‘I Second That Emotion’ by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and ‘For Once In My Life’ by Stevie Wonder) - b. 1934 - d. 3/24/09
Bobby Freeman (R&B singer, songwriter and record producer, who scored the 1958 US & UK No.5 single 'Do You Want To Dance'. The song has been covered (as 'Do You Wanna Dance') by Del Shannon, The Beach Boys, Johnny Rivers, Bette Midler, John Lennon, Cliff Richard, Marc Bolan & T.Rex, the Mamas & The Papas and the Ramones) - b. 1940 - d. 1/23/17
Marv Tarplin (guitarist and songwriter, best known as the guitarist for the Miracles from the 1950s through the early 1970s who co-wrote several of their biggest hits, including the 1965 Grammy Hall Of Fame inducted 'The Tracks of My Tears') - b. 1941 - d. 9//30/11
Dennis Locorriere (Dr Hook, solo) - 69
Howard Leese (Heart, Bad Company, The Paul Rodgers Band, solo, Raiding The Rock Vault) - 67
Mike Vescera (Loudness, Obsession, Yngwie Malmsteen, Animetal USA) - 56
Robbie Merrill (Godsmack) - 55
Paul De Lisle (Smash Mouth) - 55
Rivers Cuomo (Weezer, Avant Garde, Zoom, solo) - 48

June 14
Spooner Oldham / Dewey Oldham (songwriter, organ, keyboards; Bob Dylan, Delaney Bramlett, Willy DeVille, Joe Cocker, the Hacienda Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, the Everly Brothers, Dickey Betts, J. J. Cale, Frank Black, Drive-By Truckers. Amos Lee, Neil Young, others) - 75
Rod Argent (The Zombies, Argent, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) - 73
Barry Melton (Country Joe and the Fish) - 71
Steve Hunter (Mitch Ryder's Detroit, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, solo, worked with Aerosmith, Jack Bruce, Peter Gabriel) - 70
Alan White (Plastic Ono Band, Yes) - 69
Jimmy Lea (Slade) - 66
King Diamond (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond) - 62
Brian David Willis (Quarterflash) - 60
Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) - 55
Ann Boleyn (Hellion) -

June 15
Harry Nilsson - b. 1941 - d. 1/15/94
Johnny Hallyday (Jean-Philippe Smet) (French Rock n' Roll Singer) - b. 1943 - d. 12//5/17
Muff Winwood (The Spencer Davis Group) - 74 - Became a producer and A&R man for Sony Records.
Noddy Holder (Slade) - 72
Mike Lutz (Brownsville Station) - 69
John Lawry (Petra) - 68
Craig Gruber (Elf, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Black Sabbath, The Rods, Gary Moore, Raven Lord, Bible Black, ED3N, others) - b. 1951 - d. 5/5/15
Steve Walsh (Kansas) - 67
Bernie Shaw (Uriah Heep) - 62
Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) - 55
Brad Gillis (Night Ranger, Ozzy Osbourne) - 55
Riki Rachman (MTV Headbanger's Ball host, 'Loveline' Hos, NASCAR host + more) - 53

June 16
Lamont Dozier (Holland/Dozier/Holland - wrote many hits for Motown records, (14 US Billboard #1 hits), including The Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas plus Freda Payne and Chairmen Of The Board) - 77
John Dawson IV (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Dead, Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions) - b. 1945 - d. 7/21/09
Iain Matthews (Matthews Southern Comfort, Fairport Convention, Plainsong) - 72
Peter Rivera/Peter Hoorelbeke (rare Earth) - 72
Robbin Thompson (member of the early Bruce Springsteen band, Steel Mill, and co-wrote songs with Timothy B. Schmit, Phil Vassar and Butch Taylor and Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band) - b. 1949 - d. 10//10/15
Charlie Dominici (Dominici, Dream Theater, Frankie and the Knockouts) - 67
Ian Mosley (Marillion, solo) - 65
Garry Roberts (Boomtown Rats) - 64
Doane Perry (Jethro Tull + more) - 64
‎Kiko Loureiro‬ (‎Megadeth‬, Angra) - 46

June 17
Cliff Gallup (guitarist, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps )- b. 1930 - d. 10/9/88
Chris Spedding (born Peter Robinson) (Donovan, Paul McCartney, Roxy Music, Sharks, JJ Cale + more) - 74
Paul Young (Sad Cafe, Mike & The Mechanics, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 7/15/00
Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper Band) - b. 1947 - d. 10/19/97
Greg Rolie (Santana, Journey, The Storm, Abraxas Pool, Gregg Rolie Band, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) - 71
Mike Buck (The Fabulous Thunderbirds)- 66
Jello Biafra (born Eric Reed Boucher) (Dead Kennedys, Lard, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, solo + more) - 60
Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks, Demolition 23, Jerusalem Slim, solo) - 56
Bap Kennedy (singer, songwriter, Energy Orchard, collaborations with Steve Earle, Van Morrison, Shane MacGowan and Mark Knopfler, wrote the song 'Moonlight Kiss' which was on the soundtrack for the film 'Serendipity') - b. 1962 - 11/11/16

June 18
Don "Sugarcane" Harris (Don & Dewey, John Mayall, Tupelo Chain Sex, Frank Zappa, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Pure Food and Drug Act, many other sessions/collaborations) - b. 1938 - d. 11/27/99
Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings, solo) - 76
Carl Radle, bassist (Derek and the Dominoes, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Dave Mason, Delaney & Bonnie, Dr. John, George Harrison, J.J. Cale, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Art Garfunkel, Donovan + many more) - b. 1942 - d. 5/30/80
Rick Griffin (American artist and one of the leading designers of psychedelic posters in the 1960s. As a contributor to the underground comix movement, his work appeared regularly in Zap Comix) - b. 1944 - d. 8/18/91
Ricky Gazda (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes) - 66
Oz Fox (Stryper, Bloodgood, SinDizzy, Let It Rawk) - 57
Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses, The Dead Daisies, Slash's Snakepit, Hookers & Blow, Let It Rawk) - 55
Ray LaMontagne - 45

June 19
Tommy DeVito (Four Seasons) - 90
Ann Wilson (Heart, solo) - 68
Tony Richards (Dante Fox, W.A.S.P., DellaVella) - 61
Luke Morley (Thunder) - 58
Simon Wright (Tyton, Dio, AC/DC, UFO, Rhino Bucket, Dio Disciples, Hellion) - 55
Bardi Martin (Candlebox) - 49
Brian "Head" Welch (Korn, Love and Death) - 48

June 20
Danny Cedrone (Bill Haley & His Comets - Cedrone played the lead guitar break on 'Rock Around the Clock.' Comets. He died ten days after the session, of a broken neck after falling down a staircase) - b. 1920 - d. 6//17/54
Billy Guy (The Coasters) - b. 1936 - d. 11/5/02
Mickie Most (record producer, The Most Brothers, Produced hits for The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Lulu and Jeff Beck. Ran his own label, RAK during the 1970s, hits with Hot Chocolate, Suzi Quatro and Mud) - b. 1936 - d. 5/30/03
Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) - 76
Micheal Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot, The Circle) - 64
Kelly Johnson (Girlschool) - b. 6/20/58 - d. 7/15/07
Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant (KIX) - 60
John Taylor (Duran Duran, The Power Station, Neurotic Outsiders, Robert Palmer, solo) - 58
Amir Derakh (Rough Cutt, Jailhouse, Julien K, Dead By Sunrise) - 55
Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam, Green River, Brad, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog + more) - 52
Murphy Karges (Sugar Ray) - 51
Twiggy Ramirez (Jeordie White) - (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Goon Moon + more) - 47
Chino Moreno (Deftones, Palms, Team Sleep, Crosses) - 45
Grace Potter (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals) - 35

June 21
Ray Davies (The Kinks, solo) - 74
Jon Hiseman / Philip John Hiseman (Colosseum, Tempest, Colosseum II, John Mayall, Graham Bond Organisatio + more) - 74
Joey Molland (Badfinger, Natural Gas, Gary Walker and The Rain, The Masterminds, The Merseys) - 71
Don Airey (Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, Wishbone Ash, Saxon, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Steve Vai, Colosseum II, Sinner, Empire, Cozy Powell's Hammer, Thin Lizzy, Brian May, Living Loud + more) - 70
Greg Munford (Strawberry Alarm Clock) - 69
Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) - 68
Nils Lofgren (Neil Young, Crazy Horse, E Street Band, Ringo Starr All Star Band, Lou Reed, Lou Gramm, Grin, solo) - 66
Mark Brzezicki (Big Country, The Cult, Procol Harum, Casbah Club, Ultravox, From The Jam) - 61
Marcella Detroit / Marcy Levy (Eric Clapton, Shakespears Sister, Marcy Levy Band, Siobhan Fahey, solo + more) - 59
Kip Winger (Alice Cooper, Winger, Alan Parsons, Jordan Rudess) - 57
Mike Enzinger (Incubus) - 42
Brandon Flowers (The Killers, solo) - 37

June 22
Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) - 79
Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon, Club Owner, Producer, Manager, Record Label Executive) - 74
Howard Kaylan (The Crossfires, The Turtles, The Mothers of Invention, Flo & Eddie) - 71
Todd Rundgren (Nazz, Utopia, Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, solo) - 70
Larry Junstrom (38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd) - 69
Gary Moffet (April Wine) - 69
Derek Forbes (Simple Minds) - 62
Garry Gary Beers (INXS) - 61
Louie Mayorga (Suicidal Tendencies) - 54
Mike Edwards (Jesus Jones) - 54
Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies, The Vanity Project) - 48

June 23
Niki Sullivan (The Crickets) - b. 1937 - d. 4/6/04
Stuart Sutcliffe - b . 1940 - original bassist of The Beatles for eighteen months (January 1960 - June 1961). Sutcliffe was living in Hamburg, Germany at the time of his death, he died of a brain haemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to hospital on April 10th 1962, aged 22.
Robert Hunter (born Robert Burns in Oceano, CA) - lyricist/poet (Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan). After volunteering to take LSD as part of the CIA's early '60s experiments, Hunter plays in a Bluegrass band with The Dead's future founder, Jerry Garicia. Hunter composed the lyrics for Dead classics, 'Uncle John's Band,' 'Truckin', 'Casey Jones' and 'Dark Star.' When the Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, Hunter was included as a band member, the only non-performer ever so honored. - 77
Bobby Messano (Starz, Joe Lynn Turner, Franke & The Knockouts, Lou Gramm, Steve Winwood, Tycoon, Fiona, Gloria Gaynor, Benny Mardones, Clarence Clemmons, Peter Criss, others, solo) -
Myles Goodwyn (April Wine) - 70
Glenn Danzig (Misfits, Danzig, Samhain, Son of Sam) - 63
Randy Jackson (bassist, A&R executive, producer, Journey, Breakfast Club, Methods of Mayhem, The SignBoston, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan American Idol judge + more) - 62
Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P., Animal, Secret Society, Where Angels Suffer, solo) - 59
Brendan O’Brien - producer of 14 #1 albums (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots, Bruce Springsteen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Danzig, Jackyl, Our Lady Peace, Andrew Dice Clay, Mick Jagger, Paul Westerberg, King's X, Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge, The Jayhawks, Limp Bizkit, Lifehouse, The Wallflowers, Seether, Mastodon, AC/DC, Incubus, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Train, Audioslave, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Kansas, The Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Soundgarden, The Offspring, Korn, Papa Roach, Trey Anastacio, The Nightwatchman, Velvet Revolver, The Fray, Gaslight Anthem, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, Killswitch Engage, Blackberry Smoke + more) - 58
Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Beggars & Thieves, Johnny Halliday, Steve Lukather, Big Noize, Tracii Guns + more) - 57
Chuck Billy (Testament, Legacy, Dublin Death Patrol + more) - 56
Lizzy Borden (Lizzy Borden, Starwood) - 55
Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) - 55
Joey Allen (Warrant) - 54
Mario Calire (Wallflowers) - 44

June 24
Arthur Brown (Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, many collaborations) - 76
Jeff Beck (Upp, The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Honeydrippers, solo) - 74
Christopher Gordon Blandford 'Chris' Wood (Traffic) - b. 194 - d. 7/12/83
Colin Blunstone (The Zombies, Argent, The Alan Parsons Project, Keats, solo) - 73
Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Mick Fleetwood's Zoo, The Zoo, Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band) - 71
Patrick Moraz (Refugee, Yes, Moody Blues) - 70
John Illsley (Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler) - 69
Dennis Danell (Social Distortion) - b. 1961 - d. 2/29/00
Curt Smith (Tears For Fears, Graduate) - 57
Simon Daniels‬ (Jailhouse, Autograph‬) - 56
Richard Z. Kruspe (Rammstein, Emigrate + more) - 51
Jeff Cease (The Black Crowes, Bitter Pills, Bucky Covington, Eric Church) - 51

June 25
Clint Warwick / Albert Clinton Eccles (Moody Blues) - b. 1940 - d. 5/15/04
Carly Simon - 73
Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult, Jim Carroll) - b. 1946 – d. 8/14/13
Ian McDonald (King Crimson, Foreigner, Giles Giles and Fripp, McDonald and Giles, Keith Tippett's Centipede, Fruupp, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, 21st Century Schizoid Band, solo) - 72
Tim Finn (Crowded House, Finn Brothers) - 66
David Paich (Grammy award winning songwriter, Toto, Boz Scaggs) - 64
Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) - 46
Mario Calire (The Wallflowers, Ozomatli) - 44

June 26
Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager. Before working in the music business Parker ran a troupe of dancing chickens. - b. 1910 - d. 1/21/97
Larry Taylor (Canned Heat) - 76
Mick Jones (London SS, The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite, Carbon/Silicon, Gorillaz, The Justice Tonight Band) - 63
Chris Isaak - 62
Patty Smyth (Scandal, solo) - 61
Laurie McAllister / Laurie Hoyt (Runaways, Orchids) - b. 1957 - d. 8/25/11
Stef Burns (born Stephen Birnbaum) - (the Omega, Pablo Cruise, Berlin, Sheila E., Michael Bolton, The Vu, Y&T, Alice Cooper, Huey Lewis and the News) - 59
Teri Nunn (Berlin) - 57
Jürgen "Ventor" Reil (Kreator) - 52
Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) - 49
Nathan Followill (Kings Of Leon) - 39

June 27
Doc Pomus (songwriter - wrote many early 60's hits with Mort Shuman including, 'Sweets For My Sweet,' 'Teenager In Love', 'Save The Last Dance For Me') - b. 1935 - d. 3/14/91
Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys, The Rip Chords, Bruce & Terry, solo) - 76
Joey Covington (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service + more) - b. 1945 - d. 6/4/13
Camile Baudoin (The Radiators) - 70
Gilson Lavis (drums, Chuck Berry, Squeeze, Jools Holland) - 67
Lisa Germano (OP8, John Mellencamp, Eels, Yann Tiersen, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, solo + more) - 60
Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) - 57

June 28
Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) - 75
David Knights (Procol Harum, Ruby) - 73
David "Frankie" Toler (Allman Brothers, The Gregg Allman Band, Marshall Tucker + more) - b. 1951 -d. 6/4/11
Steven Morse (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple, Flying Colors, Kansas, Living Loud, Angelfire, The Dregs) - 63
Kurdt Vanderhoff (Metal Church)- 57
Charlie Clouser (Nine Inch Nails, Burning Retna, Rob Zombie, White Zombie, 9 Ways to Sunday, solo + more) - 55

June 29
Billy Storm (The Valiants, The Alley Cats -With The Valiants, he released the first version of 'Good Golly Miss Molly')
Bob Brunning (Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown, Tramp) - b. 1943 - d. 10/18/11
Ian Paice (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Green Bullfrog, Paice, Gary Moore, Paice Ashton Lord + more) - 70
Don Dokken (Dokken, solo) - 65
Colin Hay (Men at Work, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Lazlo Bane, solo) - 65
Greg Hetson (Bad Religion, Circle Jerks, Black President, Redd Kross) - 57
Mark Stoermer (The Killers) - 41
Tim McCord (The Revolution Smile, Evanescence) - 39

June 30
Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band, The Twilights, Axiom, solo) - 73
Andy Scott (Sweet) - 69
Stanley Clarke (jazz bassist who has worked with Chick Corea, Santana, Keith Richards, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney and the fusion band Return to Forever) - 67
Hal Lindes (Dire Straits) - 65
Brian Vollmer (Helix) - 63
Doug Sampson (Iron Maiden) - 61
Russ Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs) - 58
Yngwie Malmsteen (Steeler, Alcatrazz, Rising Force, Arson Anthem, solo) - 55
Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual + more) - 50
Tom Drummond (Better Than Ezra) - 49

Today In Rock History:
June 1
1961: FM stereo was heard for the first time by listeners in Schenectady, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The FCC would adopt the standard a year later.
1964: The Rolling Stones arrived on BA flight 505 at Kennedy Airport for their debut US tour. The first date was on June 5th in San Bernardino, California.
1966: During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles added overdubs on ‘Yellow Submarine’, with John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water and shouting "Full speed ahead Mister Captain!" Roadie Mal Evans played on a bass drum strapped to his chest, marching around the studio with The Beatles following behind (conga-line style) singing "We all live in a yellow submarine."
1967: The Beatles landmark 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' is released. Nominated for seven Grammys in 1968, it would win four, including Album of the Year, the first rock album to receive this honor. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for 15 weeks, and the UK Albums chart for 27 weeks. In 2003, and again in 2012, the album was placed at #1 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".
1968: Guitarist Dave Mason rejoined Traffic after quitting the band six months earlier. He is gone again by October.
1967: David Bowie released his self titled debut studio album. Two singles were released from the album, 'Rubber Band' and 'The Laughing Gnome'.
1968: Simon And Garfunkel reached the top of the US charts with 'Mrs. Robinson,' which was featured in the soundtrack of the film 'The Graduate,' starring Dustin Hoffman and Ann Bancroft. The song went on to win a Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Pop Performance by a Vocal Duo or Group.
1968: The Rolling Stones 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' b/w 'Child Of The Moon' 45 single is released.
1969: The Plastic Ono Band recorded 'Give Peace A Chance' during a 'bed-in' at the Hotel La Reine in Montreal, Canada. Holed up in room 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel with John and Yoko are acid guru Timothy Leary, singer Petula Clark, comedian Dick Gregory, poet Allen Ginsberg and comedian Tommy Smothers (who plays acoustic guitar with Lennon).
1969: Martin Lamble, drummer for Fairport Convention, dies in a van crash in England. He was 19. Lamble and most of the band were traveling back to London from a gig in Birmingham when their van veered off the road and crashed down an embankment. Fashion designer and magazine columnist, Jeannie Franklyn, who’d been dating guitarist Richard Thompson, was also killed.
1970: The Byrds begin recording 'Chestnut Mare' at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. Recording is completed a week-and-a-half later.
1970: Black Sabbath released their self-titled debut album. It reached #23 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during it stay of over one year, and reached #8 on the UK Albums chart. In 1989, Kerrang! magazine listed the album at #31 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time". In 2003, the album was ranked #241 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's 'Teach Your Children' b/w 'Carry On' 45 single is released. The song peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts that year.
1971: Elvis Presley's birthplace, a two room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, was opened to the public.
1972: Pink Floyd were working at Abbey Road studios in London on their 'Dark Side Of The Moon' album.
1972: The Eagles released their self-titled debut.
1975: The Rolling Stones kicked off their biggest ever U.S. tour at Louisiana State University. The tour would take in 45 shows in 26 cities. Guitarist Ron Wood joined The Stones on tour for first time, replacing Mick Taylor.
1976: The Runaways self-titled debut album is released. It just reached the Billboard 200 Top LP's at #194.
1977: 28 year old, Long Island native, Billy Joel wraps up a four month tour of the US by appearing at Carnegie Hall in New York.
1977: Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of four nights at the Rainbow Theatre in London. There were six nights booked at the Rainbow, but the last two shows were cancelled due to a serious toe injury Marley received, (in a friendly football game with French journalists just before the tour's start in Paris). Subsequently the tour's second leg in the United States was postponed and then cancelled.
1977: Rush begin their 1st European tour in Sheffield in support of the 'All The World's A Stage' album. UK band Stray is the opener.
1977: KISS released their 14th single, 'Christine Sixteen.'
1978: U2 appeared at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, Ireland.
1980: KISS released their 22nd single, 'Shandi.'
1981: The first issue of the Heavy Metal magazine Kerrang! was published as a special pull-out by UK weekly music paper Sounds. AC/DC had the front cover plus features on Motorhead, Girlschool and Saxon.
1982: The Rolling Stones release their live album, 'Still Life.' It’s certified platinum in the U.S.
1982: The Rolling Stones 'Going To A Go Go' b/w 'Beast Of Burden' 45 single is released. From the band's 'Still Life' (American Concert 1981)' album, the album's first single reached #26 in the British charts and #25 in the United States. Both the single and the album were released in the middle of the European tour of the band in 1982. Both tracks are live.
1982: Genesis 'Three Sides Live' is released.
1983: The Police 5th and final studio album, 'Synchronicity' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #455 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The band's most popular release, 'Synchronicity' includes the hit songs 'Every Breath You Take,' 'King of Pain,' 'Wrapped Around Your Finger",' and 'Synchronicity II.'
1985: Dokken released their single 'Alone Again.' It peaked at #64 on Billboard’s Hot 100 on June 8, 1985. ‬
1985: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the European leg of his Born in the USA world tour at Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland.
1985: Sting releases his first solo album, 'The Dream of the Blue Turtles.' It sells over 3 million copies in the U.S. and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, bolstered by four Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 - 'If You Love Somebody Set Them Free' (#30), 'Russians' (#16), 'Fortress Around Your Heart' (#8), and 'Love Is the Seventh Wave' (#17). The album was also nominated for two Grammy Awards - Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Foreigner’s 'Reaction To Action' at #82 & Bruce Springsteen’s 'Glory Days' at #48. Also Night Ranger’s 'Sentimental Street' was #44, and Tears For Fears’ 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' was #2.‬
1987: ‎White Lion‬ released the single 'Wait.'
1991: Queensryche's 'Silent Lucidity' peaks at #9 on the pop charts. It's their 1st and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1991: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Thunder’s 'Dirty Love' at #95 & Scorpions’ 'Wind Of Change' at #91. Damn Yankees’ 'Come Again' was #50, Steelheart’s 'I’ll Never Let You Go' at #39, Black Crowes’ 'She Talks To Angels' at #38, Styx’s 'Love At First Sight' at #32, ‪Firehouse’ 'Don’t Treat Me Bad' at #19, Divinyls’ 'I Touch Myself' at #13, Rod Stewart’s 'Rhythm Of My Heart' at #10, Queensrÿche’s 'Silent Lucidity' at #9 (peak), and Extreme’s 'More Than Words' at #2 (it peaks at #1 the following week)‬.
1996: Soundgarden's 'Down On The Upside' album enters the U.S. charts at #2.
1997: Bob Dylan is discharged from a Los Angeles hospital after being treated for histoplasmosis, a potential life threatening fungal infection that causes swelling of the sac surrounding the heart. Dylan was quoted as saying, "I'm just glad to be feeling better. I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon."
1998: Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots is arrested with about $100 worth of heroin at a New York City housing project prior to what was supposed to be his first solo show.
1999: Napster, the file sharing program invented by 18 year-old Northeastern University drop-out, Shawn Fanning, becomes available on the internet.
1999: Blink 182 release'"Enema Of The State.'
1999: L.A. Guns released their 6th album, 'Shrinking Violet.'
1999: Annihilator released their 7th studio album, 'Criteria for a Black Widow.'
2003: Paul McCartney wrapped up his lucrative world tour with a show in Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles.
2003: Staind were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘14 Shades Of Gray’, the bands second US #1.
2003: Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was arrested on drugs and drink-driving charges after he collided with a car after going through a red light in his home town of Des Moines, Iowa. Gray then tried to write a check for $1,000 to the other driver, who then called the police. Gray failed two alcohol tests at the scene and was arrested for possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, as well drunk-driving. Gray later dies of a morphine overdose in 2010.
2004: Bono speaks to European Union development ministers at Dublin Castle about living up to foreign aid commitments and combating the spread of AIDS in Africa.
2004: The Black Sabath tribute album, 'Evil Lives: A Tribute To Black Sabbath' was released. It features a cover of 'Paranoid' from Vince Neil with George Lynch.
2005: White Stripes singer Jack White married his girlfriend, British model Karen Elson in a canoe on the Amazon in Brazil. Elson appeared in the White Stripes' video 'Blue Orchid.'
2006: Pink Floyd reunites onstage when drummer Nick Mason makes a surprise appearance during the last of guitarist David Gilmour's solo concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall. Gilmour, Mason and Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright perform during the encore.
2008: Alton Kelley, designer of hundreds of classic psychedelic rock posters, dies after a long illness. He was 67. Along with his life-long collaborator Stanley Mouse, Kelly designed the “skull and roses” logo for the Grateful Dead and the “wings and beetles” art for all of the Journey album covers. He was also a founding member of the Family Dog, a loose confederation of artists, poets and musicians who staged some of the earliest psychedelic dance concerts, mainly at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
2008: Dave Grohl joins Paul McCartney onstage at the Liverpool Sound Concert at the 2008 European Capital of Culture.
2008: ZZ Top appears on the two-hour NBC special' America United: In Support of Our Troops.' The show's finale features ZZ Top teaming up with soul legend Sam Moore.
2009: Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr make a surprise appearance at the E3 electronics-industry expo in L.A. to mark the unveiling of 'The Beatles: Rock Band.' The video game goes on sale a few months later.
2009: Pearl Jam is the first musical guest on the premiere of NBC's Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien. They play 'Get Some,' a track off their 'Backspacer' album.
2010: A California judge rules that Republican senatorial candidate Chuck DeVore violated copyright laws by recording parody versions of two Don Henley songs for a YouTube video campaign. DeVore turned 'The Boys Of Summer' into 'Hope Of November' (an attack on President Obama and Hollywood's liberalism) and 'All She Wants To Do Is Dance' became 'All She Wants To Do Is Tax' (a slam against incumbent California Senator Barbara Boxer).
2011: Buffalo Springfield (with surviving members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay) launch their U.S. reunion tour at the Fox Theater in Oakland. It's the band's first tour in 43 years.
2011: Elton John writes Florida Governor Rick Scott requesting that he protect an AIDS/HIV funding initiative. John states that lowering income eligibility for the program would result in over 1,600 people losing their antiviral treatments. "Given that life-saving HIV/AIDS medications can cost between $10,000 and $30,000 per year, this proposal would put these low-income individuals with HIV/AIDS in the untenable position of being completely unable to afford treatment for an incurable, communicable disease," states the singer. The governor does not respond.
2013: Sammy Hagar's hometown of Fontana, California name a street after him: Hagar Way. "All over the world, they can give you honors and Grammy Awards and all them things, but something about-in your hometown, having a street named after you-that warms my heart," says Hagar. The Red Rocker is also the Honorary Grand Marshal of the Fontana Days Parade. 2015: The Foo Fighters pay tribute to Thin Lizzy by performing 'Jailbreak' at Slane Castle, Ireland. "If I could be in any other Rock band in the f***ing world," says Foo fronter Dave Grohl, "it would be Thin Lizzy."
2015: Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has hip replacement surgery.
2015: Nuclear Assault released their EP, 'Pounder.'
2017: Liverpool’s hometown heroes, The Beatles' John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, are honored at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band event.

June 2
1896: Guglielmo Marconi was granted a patent for his electro-magnetic wave communication system, later to be called radio.
1953: Elvis Presley leaves IC Humes High School in Memphis, TN.
1956: Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps release their 'Be-Bop-A-Lula' b/w 'Woman Love' 45 single. The song was successful on three American singles charts: it peaked at #7 on the US Billboard pop music chart, #8 on the R&B chart, and also made the top ten on the C&W Best Seller chart peaking at #5.
1958: Alan Freed, who popularized R&B music by playing it for a white audience, moves from WINS in New York to WABC. Freed put on a lot of concerts featuring the artists he played, and WINS had suspended him over a show in Boston where a riot broke out. His show runs from 7:15 PM to 11:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
1963: The Rolling Stones played two gigs in one day. The first at Studio 51, Ken Colyer Club in Soho, London. The Stones played a regular Sunday afternoon gig at the club from 4 until 6.30 and were billed as Rhythm and Blues with The Rolling Stones. That evening they appeared at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey.
1964: The Rolling Stones played their first American show at a Lynn, Massachusetts high school football stadium. They are part of a package tour with numerous forgettable pop acts. They also made their American television debut on WABC's 'The Les Crane Show.'
1966: The Who kick off a 10-date European tour at the Grona Lund in Stockholm, Sweden.
1967: David Bowie released his first album, which contained the single, 'Love You 'Til Tuesday.' Although the LP got positive reviews, neither it or the single sold well.
1967: Small Faces released their retrospective album, 'From the Beginning' in the UK. It reached #17 on the UK Albums chart. The album was released by Don Arden on Decca after the group had made a switch to the Immediate label headed by Andrew Loog Oldham. It contains their hit records on Decca including their #1 song 'All or Nothing.' Steve Marriott's also covers the Del Shannon classic 'Runaway.'
1967: The Beatles’ 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' was released in the US.
1972: Former teen idol Dion performs in a reunion concert with The Belmonts at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The performance was recorded and released as a live album the following year. They had parted company a dozen years earlier after which Dion had a successful solo career, while The Belmonts managed to chart only a couple of times.
1972: Pink Floyd release their 'Obscurred By Clouds' album.
1973: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham dumps a bucket of water on legendary concert promoter Bill Graham following an argument at a show in San Francisco, CA.
1973: Paul McCartney, backed by his new group Wings, was back on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with a song he wrote for his wife Linda, 'My Love.' McCartney's 'Red Rose Speedway' album also hits the top of the album charts in the US.
1973: The Electric Light Orchestra began their first US tour, a 40-date trek in San Diego, California.
1975: David Bowie released his 'Fame' b/w 'Right' 45 single. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of September 20th.
1976: Wings set a new world record when they performed in front of 67,100 fans in Seattle, the largest attendance for an indoor crowd.
1978: Bruce Springsteen released 'Darkness on the Edge of Town,' the hotly anticipated follow-up to 1975’s 'Born to Run.' The album marks the end of a three-year forced hiatus due to legal battles with former manager Mike Appel. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart, during its 97 weeks. In 2003, the album was ranked #151 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Recovering from legal troubles and the stress of the breakthrough success of 'Born to Run,' Springsteen released a somewhat less commercial album, 'Darkness on the Edge of Town.' The album marked the end of a three year period of forced hiatus from recording brought on by contractual obligations and legal battling with former manager Mike Appel.
1978: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers make their American television debut on 'The Midnight Special.'
1978: Thin Lizzy released the live double album 'Live And Dangerous.' It was recorded in Philadelphia, London and Toronto in 1977, during the tours accompanying the albums 'Johnny The Fox' and 'Bad Reputation.' It reached #84 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart. 'Live and Dangerous' was originally intended to be a studio album. Working with producer Tony Visconti, Thin Lizzy maintained huge success with their previous album Bad Reputation, and the group wanted to work with him again. However, Visconti had a very tight schedule, so Phil Lynott came up with the idea that they spend two weeks together compiling a live album instead.
1980: Accept released their 2nd album, 'I'm a Rebel.'
1980: Cheap Trick released their 1st EP, 'Found All the Parts.'
1984: Aerosmith played at the Capitol Theater in Concord, New Hampshire, the first night on their 59 date North American 'Back In The Saddle' Tour.
1984: Van Halen rose to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'I'll Wait.' The song was co-written with The Doobie Brothers' Michael McDonald.
1986: Queen released their 12th studio album, 'A Kind of Magic.' It spends 13 weeks on Bilboard's top 200 album chart.
1987: Billy Idol sold out a concert at Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately, the gig had to be canceled when it was discovered that repairmen were doing asbestos-removal work.
1989: 52 year old Rolling Stones bass guitarist Bill Wyman married 19 year old Mandy Smith in a secret ceremony in the eastern English town of Bury St. Edmonds. They had been dating since she was 13 and he was 47. Wyman's son and the bride's sister were the only guests. The couple divorced two years later after Wyman said they had spent only five days together as man and wife. Wyman agreed to an $800,000 divorce settlement. Just prior to the couple being divorced in 1993, things got even stranger when Wyman’s oldest son, Stephen, announced his engagement to Mandy Smith’s mother, Patsy.
1992: Rachel Hunter gives birth to Rod Stewart's daughter, Renee.
1992: Guns N’ Roses released 'November Rain.'
1993: U2 re-signs with Island Records.
1993: Iron Maiden perform the first of three nights in Moscow on their first trip to Russia.
1993: Aerosmith appeared at the Landon Arena in Topeka, Kansas. It's the first night on their 18 month, 240 show 'Get A Grip' world tour.
1997: Gary Moore released his 14th solo album, 'Dark Days in Paradise.'
1998: The Smashing Pumpkins 4th studio album, 'Adore' is released.
1998: Deep Purple released their 16th studio album, 'Abandon.'
1999: Junior Braithwaite (born Franklin Delano Alexander Braithwaite) and original lead vocalist of Bob Marley’s Wailers, is shot and killed in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 47. Braithwaite had recently returned to Jamaica after more than 20 years in Chicago.
2000: Napster threatens lawsuits against The Offspring if they don't stop selling merchandise with the Napster logo on it.
2001: 'Hanging By The Moment' by Lifehouse reaches #4 on the pop singles chart.
2002: It was reported that Paul McCartney had thrown his fiancée Heather Mills’ engagement ring out of a hotel window during an argument. Guards at Miami’s Turnberry Isle Resort combed the grounds using metal detectors and later found the $25,500 ring.
2002: MTV announces that 'The Osbournes' show will run for another 20 episodes beginning in the fall.
2002: Motorhead frontman Lemmy's trademark hat is stolen at a recent gig in San Francisco.
2002: Phil Collins, Joe Cocker, The Corrs and Queen’s Brian May were evacuated from England’s Buckingham Palace after a fire broke out in the west wing. The musicians were
rehearsing for the Queen of England’s Golden Jubilee concert.
2003: Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland pled innocent to drug possession charges in Los Angeles. Court officials said Weiland would enter a rehab facility to combat cocaine and heroin addiction.
2003: Following a dispute over songwriting credits with John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney agreed to let “Lennon-McCartney” be. McCartney outraged many Beatles fans by demanding 'Yesterday' and other McCartney songs be credited to “McCartney-Lennon.”
2004: Paul McCartney told Uncut magazine that he tried heroin without realizing it. He said, “I was just handed something, smoked it, then found out what it was. It didn’t do anything for me.”
2004: "The First World Guitar Congress" takes place in Baltimore. The weeklong event includes concerts, classes, symposiums and exhibits by leading manufacturers of guitar equipment.
2004: Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan is banned from driving for 16 months after police pull him over May 22nd and find him intoxicated-more than twice the alcohol limit. Gillan p'leads guilty and is fined 500 pounds (approximately $800 US).
2004: Rob Halford rejoins Judas Priest after a 10-year hiatus when the band kicks off their 'The Reunited' reunion tour at Stadiumsporthalle in Hannover, Germany.
2005: Guitarist Chris D'abaldo announces his departure from Saliva "due to creative differences."
2005: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, along with his son and daughter-in-law, file suit against the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL, the hotel's security director and three local police officers over an altercation that took place during an 2004 New Year's celebration. They seek financial reparations for alleged injuries and mental anguish suffered - not to mention legal costs. Earlier in the year, Lifeson and his son pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest stemming from the incident.
2006: Cirque du Soleil previews 'Love,' The Beatles-themed production, at the Mirage Theater in Las Vegas.
2006: Vince Welnick, keyboardist for The Tubes and the Grateful Dead, commits suicide by He slitting his own throat, allegedly despondent over not being included in a 'Grateful Dead Family Reunion' concert. Welnick was 55. After battling depression for over 10 years, this was Welnick’s second known suicide attempt. In 1994, he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Grateful Dead. Welnick is the fourth Dead keyboardist to die prematurely. The other three were Rod 'Pigpen' McKernan ('73), Keith Godchaux ('80) and Brent Mydland ('90).
2006: Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, Alabama is added to the National Historic Register. The studio opened in 1969 and many famous acts, including Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Rolling Stones recorded there in the 70’s. After being abandoned, the studio was bought in 1999 and two Grammy-nominated albums were recorded there in 2010.
2006: Jackson Browne performs the first of four shows to raise money for the New York congressional campaign of Democratic candidate John Hall (who wins the election). Hall was a founding member of Orleans ('Still The One').
2006: Saxon released their 7th live album, 'The Eagle Has Landed - Part III.'
2007: The 'For The Arts' benefit concert features Jackson Browne and David Crosby. The musicians also donate autographed guitars for an auction. For The Arts is a program of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (California).
2007: Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello (performing as the Nightwatchman) has to escape by boat when violence breaks out at the Move Against G8 rally in Rostock, Germany.
2007: 1,683 guitarists set a world record by simultaneously playing Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' at a baseball park in Kansas City, KS. But this record only stands for three weeks before it's shattered by 1,800 guitarists in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany. The previous mark was set in '94 when 1,323 musicians played the riff in Vancouver, BC.
2008: Van Halen's North American tour comes to a close at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. The trek grosses more than $93 million over 74 shows, a band record. "We send our thanks to the countless new and longtime fans that helped make this tour our most successful," writes the group in a joint statement.
2008: Bo Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Florida at 79. The legendary singer and performer was known for his homemade square guitar, and influenced artists from Buddy Holly, to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Also known as “The Originator”, Diddley was a key musical figure in the transition from blues to rock and roll. In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2008: Uriah Heep released their 21st studio album, 'Wake the Sleeper.'
2009: UFO released their 19th studio album, 'The Visitor.'
2009: Dave Matthews Band release their album 'Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King.' GrooGrux King was the band's nickname for late saxophonist LeRoi Moore who passed away in '08. Recorded in Seattle and New Orleans and produced by Rob Cavallo, it's DMB's first studio album since Moore's death. The set also marks the return of guitarist Tim Reynolds and the addition of Jeff Coffin (Moore's replacement).
2010: Paul McCartney receives the U.S. Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the highest honor given for pop music, at a concert hosted by President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House. "After the last eight years, it's great to have a president who knows what a library is," says McCartney getting in a dig at former President George W. Bush. Of course, that comment sets off some Republicans.
2011: The video for the Foo Fighters single 'Walk' premieres on MTV. Frontman Dave Grohl plays a role similar to Michael Douglas's disenchanted office worker in the film Falling Down.
2011: Metallica is named the most influential Rock band of the last 30 years by Kerrang! Magazine (celebrating their 30th anniversary). Following Metallica in the poll are Green Day (2), Iron Maiden (3), Slipknot (4) and My Chemical Romance (5).
2014: Slash performs an acoustic set with Myles Kennedy in the U.K. Parliament to support MP Mike Weatherley's Rock The House, which seeks to encourage and support young musical talent.
2015: The Darkness release their 4th album 'Last Of Our Kind.' It's their first studio effort with drummer Emily Dolan Davies, who replaced Ed Graham in '14. "The new album is brutal," singer Justin Hawkins states.
2015: Armored Saint released the album 'Win Hands Down.' It reached #183 on the Billboard chart.
2017: German authorities shut down the opening night of the Rock am Ring festival in Nuerburg because of a possible terrorist attack. Authorities receive information that is termed a "concrete threat." The second day of the event goes as scheduled.
2017: Guns N' Roses' 'Greatest Hits,' released in '04, logs its 400th nonconsecutive week on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The 400+ week club includes Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' (927), Journey's 'Greatest Hits' (462) and Metallica's self-titled album (432).
2017: Great White release the Michael Wagener produced album, 'Full Circle.'

June 3
1949: Elvis Presley receives an 'A' in language but only a 'C' in music on his 8th grade report card at Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee.
1950: Brothers Leonard and Phillip Chess launch Chess Records in Chicago. The label releases countless influential Blues recordings.
1953: Elvis Presley graduated from J.C. Hulmes High School in Memphis; his graduation photo shows him to have a split curl in the middle of his forehead, later to become his trademark. He was the first member of his family to graduate high school.
1955: Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley appeared together at an autograph session at a Lubbock, Texas car dealership.
1959: Billboard Magazine splits its album chart into two separate sections: Best Selling Stereophonic LPs and Best Selling Monophonic LPs.
1964: The Rolling Stones make their first U.S. TV appearance on the variety show Hollywood Palace playing Buddy Holly’s 'Not Fade Away.' The show was guest-hosted by a very condescending Dean Martin, who as Bill Wyman says “almost got popped by Keith Richards with his guitar."
1964: Ringo Starr was hospitalized after he collapsed during a photo session for the Saturday Evening Post. He was treated for tonsillitis and pharyngitis and rested for a couple of weeks. During his ten day absence, Jimmy Nichol sat in on drums for shows in Denmark, Holland, Hong Kong and Australia.
1966: The Who arrive at a TV studio in Stockholm to appear on the 'Popside' program for Sverige Television. Coming onstage busting through a Union Jack paper hoop, they mime performances of 'Daddy Rolling Stone,' 'It’s Not True,' 'Bald Headed Woman,' 'The Kids Are Alright,' 'Substitute,' and 'My Generation' while standing on a ramp. The show is directed by Peter Goldmann, later to direct the promotional films for The Beatles’ 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'Penny Lane.' It airs on Swedish television on two days later.
1967: The Doors' 'Light My Fire' is released. Two months later, it will be #1 in the US. It was trimmed from an album-awesome 6:50 to a radio-friendly 2:52.
1967: Jefferson Airplane appeared on American Bandstand and performed 'White Rabbit' and 'Somebody to Love.'
1967: Pink Floyd, Hydrogen Jukebox, and The Sun Trolley played to the largest crowd that the UFO Club had ever held. The Tottenham Court Road club in London was an early part of the London psychedelic scene. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon, and Pete Townshend were among the rock stars in attendance.
1967: Janis Joplin performed at California Hall in Berkeley, California.
1968: Valerie Solanas shoots Andy Warhol and art critic and curator Mario Amaya at Warhol's studio in New York City. Solanas had been to see Warhol after asking for the return of a script which had apparently, been misplaced. Warhol is seriously wounded in the attack and barely survives.
1968: Pink Floyd performed at the Concertgebouw in Vissingen, The Netherlands, supported by Dragonfly.
1969: Yes appeared at the Bay Hotel in Sunderland, England.
1969: Elton John's first album, 'Empty Sky', is released. It sells 4,000 copies.
1970: Deep Purple released their 4th studio album 'Deep Purple In Rock.' This was the first album to feature the classic Mk II lineup of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. It only reached #143 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart, but #4 on the UK Albums chart, remaining there for months.
1970: The Kinks' Ray Davies flies 11,000 Km round trip to England from America to re-record the words "cherry cola" in the song 'Lola' after the BBC refuses to air the song with the original words, "Coca-Cola."
1970: Jimi Hendrix's live album 'Band of Gypsies' is awarded a Gold record.
1971: The Band appeared at London’s Royal Albert Hall during a European tour.
1971: King Crimson played at Winter Gardens in Bournemouth, England.
1971: Bob Dylan 'Watching The River Flow' b/w 'Spanish Is The Loving Tongue' 45 single is release. Produced by Leon Russell, the single reached #41 on the US charts, and #24 in the UK. It was included on Bob Dylan's 'Greatest Hits Vol. II,' which was released on November 17 of the same year.
1972: Joe Cocker, The Beach Boys, Melanie, Richie Havens and Sha Na Na all appeared at the Crystal Palace Garden Party in England.
1972: The Eagles' 'Take It Easy' is released. It will crack the Billboard chart three weeks later and become their first hit single, reaching #12.
1972: The Rolling Stones begin their eight week 'Exile On Main Street' North American tour in Vancouver. Stevie Wonder and Martha Reeves are the opening acts. The 32 date tour grossed $4 million, making it the richest rock tour in history.
1972: Jethro Tull started a two week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Thick As A Brick.'
1972: Blue Oyster Cult and Aliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah performed at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1972: Pink Floyd released the soundtrack to director Barbet Schroeder’s 'Obscured by Clouds' in the UK. The album which was recorded in Paris, France in less than two weeks, peaked at #6 on the UK chart and #46 on the US chart.
1972: David Bowie performed at City Hall in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.
1973: Led Zeppelin played a three hour show at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1975: Aerosmith played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1976: The Grateful Dead played at the Paramount Theater in Portland, Oregon.
1976: Yes headlined at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1976: AC/DC recorded a session for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 that was broadcast later in the month on the 21st.
1977: Bob Marley & the Wailers released their 9th studio album 'Exodus.' The album featured the hits, 'Jamming', 'Waiting In Vain', 'Three Little Birds' and 'One Love'. In 1999, Time magazine named Exodus the best album of the 20th century. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, #15 on the Billboard Black Albums chart, and #8 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #169 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1977: After 19 minutes, ‎Led Zeppelin‬ cancels ‪a concert in ‎Tampa‬ and 100 people get hurt in riot that followed.
1977: Rush performed at the Odeon Theatre in Birmingham, England.
1978: Genesis appeared at the Palais Des Sports in Dijon, France.
1978: Peter Gabriel released his 2nd solo album, 'Peter Gabriel 2' (Scratch). It reached #45 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #10 on the UK Albums chart. The album is the second of four with the same eponymous title. This album is often referred to as Scratch, referring to the album cover by Hipgnosis.
1979: Journey performed at War Memorial Auditorium in Syracuse, New York.
1980: Roxy Music played at the Palais Des Grottes in Cambrai, France.
1981: Iron Maiden performs their first US concert in Las Vegas in support of Judas Priest.
1982: Raven released their 2nd full-length album. 'Wiped Out.'
1982: Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion is opened to the public for the first time. It has since become the second most-visited private home in America with over 600,000 visitors a year. Only the White House has more.
1983: US session drummer Jim Gordon murdered his mother by pounding her head with a hammer. A diagnosed schizophrenic, it was not until his trial in 1984 that he was properly diagnosed. Due to the fact that his attorney was unable to use the insanity defense, Gordon was sentenced to sixteen years-to-life in prison in 1984. A Grammy Award winner for co-writing Layla with Eric Clapton, Gordon worked with The Beach Boys, John Lennon, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, John Lennon, Tom Petty, Alice Cooper, The Byrds and too many others to list.
1985: Bryan Ferry's 6th solo album, 'Boys and Girls' is released. It reached #63 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and topped the UK Albums chart. It was Ferry's first solo effort since the second breakup of Roxy Music.
1992: Bill Clinton, campaigning for US president, makes a whistle stop on The Arsenio Hall Show where he plays the Elvis Presley hit "Heartbreak Hotel" on the saxophone to a cheering, youthful audience. The appearance is later seen by historians as the definitive moment when Clinton captured the trust and support of young voters, and locked the election on charisma points. Amongst many cultural references, the opening theme to the WB Network cartoon Animaniacs includes the line "while Bill Clinton plays the sax" at the start of every episode.
1994: Soundgarden launch a North American headlining tour in San Jose.
1995: The Bryan Adams ballad, 'Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?' It's the top song in the U.S. and is from the 'Don Juan DeMarco' (starring Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando) soundtrack.
1997: Bruce Dickinson released his 4th solo album, 'Accident of Birth.'
1998: Van Halen cancels a show at the Docks club in Hamburg, Germany, after a piece of ceiling plaster fell and hit Alex Van Halen. He suffered a bruised arm.
1988: Guns N’ Roses released their breakthrough single 'Sweet Child O’ Mine.'
1989: Guns N' Roses' single 'Patience' peaks at #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. It stays on the chart for 18 weeks and was their 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1989: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Winger’s 'Headed For A Heartbreak' at #94 & Bon Jovi’s 'Lay Your Hands On Me' at #58. Also, Warrant’s 'Down Boys' was #47, Bon Jovi’s 'I’ll Be There For You' was #20 and Guns N’ Roses peaked at #4 with 'Patience.'
1989: Pink Floyd performed in Moscow.
1989: Michael Damian's 'Rock On' hits #1 on the Hot 100. Damian grew up listening to the song, which was written and recorded by David Essex in 1973.
1989: Queen's 'The Miracle' hits #1 on the UK album charts.
1990: Richard Sohl, pianist and songwriter known for his work with Patti Smith, dies of a heart attack at age 37.
1992 Bill Clinton, campaigning for US president, makes a whistle stop on The Arsenio Hall Show where he plays the Elvis Presley hit 'Heartbreak Hotel' on the saxophone to a cheering, youthful audience. The appearance is later seen by historians as the definitive moment when Clinton captured the trust and support of young voters, and locked the election on charisma points. Amongst many cultural references, the opening theme to the WB Network cartoon Animaniacs includes the line "while Bill Clinton plays the sax" at the start of every episode.
1993: U2 signs a 10 year, six album deal with Island Records. The deal includes a 25% royalty rate.
1993: Aerosmith kick off their highly successful (eighteen month/240 show) Get A Grip Tour in Topeka, Kansas. The tour includes a stop at Woodstock '94.‬
1994: Soundgarden launch a North American headlining tour in San Jose.
1994: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder married longtime girlfriend Beth Liebling in Rome. It was Vedder’s first marriage and the couple would later divorce in September of 2000.
1995: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Firehouse’s 'I Live My Life For You' at #41, Adam Ant’s 'Wonderful' at #39, Collective Soul’s 'December' at #38, Van Halen’s '’t Stop Lovin’ You' at #32, and Bryan Adams’ 'Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?' was #1. ‬
1997: Flotsam and Jetsam released their 6th album, 'High.'
1998: Alex Van Halen bruised his arm after a chunk of plaster fell from the ceiling of the Docks Club in Hamburg, Germany. Van Halen cancelled their concert as a result.
1999: Guitar legend Steve Vai is inducted into the Rock Walk outside Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA.
2000: Former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts was arrested after he threatened his wife with a knife, destroyed his living room in Florida and disappeared. When discovered by police after a helicopter search, he was sent to a psychiatric unit.
2001: Staind's 'Break The Cycle' starts a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart.
2002: Rush's 'Vapor Trails' album debuts at #6 on the Billboard charts (selling 108,000 units).
2002: The Queen's Jubilee "Party at the Palace" celebrates Elizabeth II's 50th year on the throne. Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Eric Clapton, Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Cocker, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart and Steve Winwood are among the performers. Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) steals the show with touching version of 'God Only Knows.' Proceeds are donated to the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Trust. Queen guitarist Brian May played 'God Save the Queen' from the roof of Buckingham Palace.
2003: The Doors announced they had settled a lawsuit launched by Stewart Copeland. Copeland filed a breach of contract lawsuit after the reunited group replaced him with drummer Ty Dennis.
2004: Nickelback's Chad Kroeger shows up at a McDonald's restaurant in Toronto to help launch a joint campaign to give out free music downloads from PureTracks with every Big Mac purchase.
2004: Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen announces that he's running for president. He`s the first to admit that his bid is "to be considered for entertainment purposes only." Still, Kaukonen promotes a nonviolent, anti-hatred and pro-compassion platform with a foreign policy based on the need for "visual peace."
2005: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler receives an honorary doctorate degree from University of Massachusetts - Boston during the commencement ceremony. The degree is awarded in recognition of Tyler's musical achievements and contributions to Boston-area charities.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers were at #1 on the US album charts with 'Stadium Arcadium,' the bands 9th studio album.
2006: Monsters of Rock 2006 at Milton Keynes Bowl in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. The lineup included Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Journey, Thunder, Queensryche and Ted Nugent.
2008: Disturbed release their 4th studio album 'Indestructible.'
2008: Journey released their 13th studio album, 'Revelation.' It's their first with new singer Arnel Pineda, and it hits #1 on Billboard’s Independent album chart.
2008: Weezer's self-titled disc (aka 'The Red Album') is released earlier than originally planned because several tracks were leaked online.
2008: 'Wanderlust," Gavin Rossdale's solo debut, is released. According to Rossdale the set "was nearly a Bush" album, but his former bandmates turned him down when he suggested working on it with them.
2008: Man Raze, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen's side band, release their debut album, 'Surreal.' Man Raze also features Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.
2008: Radiohead's entire back catalog is available via iTunes to coincide with the release of'"Radiohead: The Best Of' compilation.
2008: Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 releases his 4th solo album, 'Requiem.'
2008: Def Leppard's Phil Collen releases the debut album from his band ManRaze. The album titled 'Surreal,' features Simon Laffy (Girl) and Paul Cook (Sex Pistols).
2009: Koko Taylor (born Cora Walton), died after suffering complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding. She was 80. Taylor was known as the "Queen of the Blues” and influenced artists like Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. She won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1985.
2009: Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic files for the position of county clerk in Washington State's Wahkiakum County. His campaign objects to what he calls a "confusing" law that allows candidates to list any party affiliation they choose on the ballot. Novoselic's preferred party is Grange, which is not a party but actually the Grays River Grange; a nonpartisan, progressive organization that he leads. Novoselic later withdraws. "My protest is over," he writes in a blog post. "I [was] just trying to make a point."
2010: A cover version of The Beatles' 'All Together Now' is heard in a Nike commercial during the NBA Finals. Andre 3000, from the Hip-Hop duo OutKast, performs and acoustic version of the song in an ad starring the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant. 'All Together Now' was originally recorded in 1967 and released on the 'Yellow Submarine' soundtrack.
2011: Saxon released their 19th studio album, 'Call To Arms.' Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey made a guest appearance on the album.
2011: Andrew Gold, who reached #7 in the U.S. in 1977 with 'Lonely Boy' and #25 a year later with 'Thank You For Being A Frien,', died of cancer at the age of 59. Along with his solo career, he also arranged songs for and performed on several Linda Rondstadt albums, including 'Heart Like a Wheel' and did session work for James Taylor and Carly Simon.
2012: Actor Johnny Depp performs 'Gold On The Ceiling' with the Black Keys at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. The song is from the Keys' 2011 album 'El Camino.' Introduced by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Depp is awarded the MTV Generation Award.
2014: Rich Robinson (Black Crowes) treleases his 3rd studio album, 'The Ceaseless Sight.'
2015: Led Zeppelin announced on their official website that they would issue remastered, expanded versions of their final three albums later this year, concluding a project that began in 2014 with 1969's self-titled debut.
2016: Volbeat release their 6th full-length album, 'Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie.'
2016: Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor announces that his unplanned spinal surgery due to a broken neck will force the delay of a Slipknot summer tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice And Men. Meanwhile, Officer Downe, directed by Slipknot's M. Shawn Crahan makes its world premiere at the 22nd Los Angeles Film Festival.
2016: Hellyeah release their 5th album, 'Unden!able.' The set marks the first time guitarist Christian Brady and bassist Kyle Sanders appear on a Hellyeah album.
2016: Officer Downe, directed by Slipknot's M. Shawn Crahan makes its world premiere at the 22nd Los Angeles Film Festival.
2017: 3 Doors Down, Asking Alexandria, Hellyeah and Pop Evil perform at the inaugural Scars And Stripes Festival in Las Vegas.

June 4
1942: Capitol Records opens for business, becoming the first major record label based on the US west coast. The company had been established earlier in the year by singer Johnny Mercer and investor Buddy De Sylva as Liberty Records. It was Capitol's manager, Glenn Wallichs, who invented the art of record promotion by sending free copies of new releases to disc jockeys. The company did not call the iconic Capitol Records Tower home until 1956.
1956: Elvis Presley receives a Billboard award for 'Heartbreak Hotel.' The song tops the pop, R&B and Country & Western charts.
1956: Gene Vincent makes his stage debut, performing in his hometown of Norfolk, VA.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis renews his marriage vows to cousin Myra, since he wasn't actually divorced from his first wife when he married her.
1962: The Beach Boys released their 2nd single 'Surfin' Safari.' It was their first release on Capitol Records. The flip side was the song '409.'
1962: The Beatles sign their first record contract with EMI, though it's merely to produce a series of demos. The band will have to pass its upcoming audition to get signed to make actual records.
1963: The first 'Pop Goes The Beatles' program is aired on the BBC in the UK. The band plays a version of 'Pop Goes The Weasel' on the show.
1964: The Beatles begin their first world tour, playing the K.B. Hallen Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. Session drummer Jimmy Nicol, wearing Ringo's suit, sits in for the ailing drummer for this and the next five dates.
1965: The Beatles' 'Beatles For Sale No. 2' EP is released in the UK.
1966: Janis Joplin joins Big Brother & the Holding Company.
1967: The Monkees win two Emmy Awards, one for Outstanding Comedy Series, beating out 'Andy Griffith,' 'Bewitched,' 'Get Smart,' and 'Hogan’s Heroes.'
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Procol Harum, Denny Laine and The Chiffons all appeared at The Saville Theatre in London. Both Paul McCartney and George Harrison were in the audience to see Hendrix perform the title track from 'Sgt. Pepper' which had been released just 3 days earlier.
1968: Having been arrested the month before on charges of marijuana possession, Rolling Stone Brian Jones elects for trial by jury. The rest of the Rolling Stones are in the studio working on tracks for 'Beggars Banquet' and being filmed by Jean-Luc Godard for the movie 'One Plus One.' However, the studio catches fire while the film crew shoots the band on the roof.
1969: Nicky Hopkins leaves The Jeff Beck group.
1969: Hundreds of people in Glenrowan, Australia signed a petition protesting against the casting of Mick Jagger in the role of the Australian folk hero, Ned Kelly.
1969: The 'Johnny Cash At San Quentin' album is released. It topped both the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and Top C&W LP's chart. The album was nominated for a number of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for 'A Boy Named Sue.'
1970: Carlos Santana records 'Black Magic Woman.'
1970: Elvis Presley began five days of recording at RCA's studio B in Nashville, starting each day at 6pm and working until dawn.
1971: Elton John appeared at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1971: Alice Cooper performed at the Eastown Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
1971: Pink Floyd appeared at Philips Veranstal Tungshalle in Düsseldorf, Germany.
1972: Jethro Tull played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1972: Pink Floyd, 'Eclipse' was recorded. It would eventually be released as 'Dark Side of the Moon.'
1973: Father of three Beach Boys, Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson and the group's first manager, Murray Wilson, dies of a heart attack at the age of 55. Because of earlier differences, neither Brian or Dennis would attend the funeral.
1974: Randy Newman appears on this week's UK TV show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test.'
1974: David Bowie kicked off his 73 date 'Diamond Dogs Tour' at the Montreal, Forum in Canada. As part of the elaborate stage show, a giant diamond opens up to reveal Bowie.
1974: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
1975: The Rolling Stones became the first rock band to receive royalties for sales of their records in Russia.
1976: Blondie, Mink DeVille, Talking Heads, Laughing Dogs and Tuff Darts perform at the new wave venue GBGB. Live recordings are made of the performances and are featured on the album Live At CBGB'S New York.
1976: The Sex Pistols appeared at The Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. The now legendary night is regarded as a catalyst to the punk rock movement. In the audience was, Morrissey, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook (soon to form Joy Division) and Mark E Smith, (The Fall). Tickets cost £1.
1976: Elton John appeared at The Capitol Theatre in Leeds, England.
1976: Yes performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1977: Police cancel a planned Led Zeppelin performance in Tampa Bay, Fla., after fans rioted the night before, when the band’s set was interrupted by a vicious thunderstorm.
1977: Eric Clapton played at National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.
1977: The Grateful Dead performed at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.
1978: David Bowie’s European tour plays at the Scandanavium in Gothenberg, Sweden.
1979: Rush and Dire Straits performed at the Pinkpop Festival in Geleen, The Netherlands.
1979: US President Jimmy Carter hosts Chuck Berry, who plays a concert for The First Family at the White House.
1979: Fleetwood Mac records the USC Trojan Marching Band at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for use in their song 'Tusk,' the title track to their first album since 'Rumours.' A film crew captures the action (including Stevie Nicks deftly twirling a baton) which is made into the video for the song.
1980: The Kinks live album 'One for the Road' is released. It reached #14 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1980: Roxy Music appeared at Foret National in Brussels, Belgium.
1981: Bruce Springsteen played at Wembley Arena in London.
1983: Motorhead released the album 'Another Perfect Day.' It was the band's only studio album to feature lead guitarist Brian "Robbo" Robertson, best known for his work with Thin Lizzy.
1983: Demon release their 3rd studio album, 'The Plague.'
1983: Police hit the US Hot 100 at #36 with 'Every Breath You Take.' The Police started a four week run at #1 in the UK. Sting won Song of the Year and The Police won Best Pop Performance for the song at the 1984 Grammy Awards.
1983: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes David Bowie’s 'China Girl' at #74, Prince’s '1999' at #70, Stevie Nicks’ 'Stand Back' at #60, Duran Duran's 'Is There Something I Should Know?' at #57, and The Police’s 'Every Breath You Take' was at #36.
1983: Stevie Nicks releases 'Stand Back.'
1984: Bruce Springsteen releases the album 'Born In The USA,' which will top the Billboard Hot 200 chart for seven weeks and spawn seven Top-10 singles. The LP went on to sell over 15 million copies in the US alone. The album produced a record-tying string of seven Top 10 singles, tying him with Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' and Janet Jackson’s 'Rhythm Nation 1814.'
1985: Elton John begins a high court battle with Dick James Music, seeking the rights to early songs and recordings plus damages estimated at more than $51 million. The singer lost a six-month court battle to recover the copyright to 169 songs however, the court ordered Dick James to hand over millions in unpaid royalties.
1986: After a years-long court battle, the producers of The Beatles' tribute 'Beatlemania!' are forced to pay Apple $10 million in royalties.
1986: The first of a six date ‘Conspiracy of Hope’ tour was held at Cow Palace in San Francisco, California. The benefit concerts on behalf of Amnesty International were held to increase awareness of Amnesty on the 25th anniversary of its work for human rights. The shows were headlined by U2 and Sting, and also featured Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez, and The Neville Brothers.
1988: Van Halen's 'OU812' is the #1 album in the U.S.
1988: The Scorpions peak at #5 on Billboard's 200 album chart with their 'Savage Amusement' album.
1988: Tracy Chapman's self-titled debut album hits #1 on the US chart.
1989: Ozzy Osbourne donates $15,000 for AIDS research.
1990: American punk rock singer Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church died after being hit by a taxi in Paris, France. Bators had been out drinking when he was hit by a taxi while crossing the road; he was taken to hospital but left before seeing a doctor. He died in his sleep as the result of a concussion.
1992: Iron Maiden plays a gig at the Oval pub, Norwich before 400 fans as The Nodding Donkeys, as a thank you to the pub's landlord Chris Hiles.
1992: The US Postal Service announces the results of a poll conducted to see which picture of Elvis Presley should be used on a commemorative stamp. Priscilla Presley announced that young Elvis won by a landslide, getting more votes by a factor of three to one.
1993: Kurt Cobain was arrested after a dispute with Courtney Love at his house in Seattle; the disagreement allegedly concerned the Nirvana's guitarist's collection of firearms. Love says the two were playing loud music and wrestling, and she denies Cobain had assaulted her.
1994: Derek "Lek" Leckenby, lead guitarist for Herman's Hermits, died of cancer at the age of 51. Although studio musicians were used on some of the band's recordings, Leckenby played on all their US and UK number one hits and was regarded as a highly accomplished musician.
1994: Oasis have their first ever front cover when UK music weekly NME features the band.
1994: The alt-rock supergroup who performed The Beatles' songs in the biopic 'Backbeat' reconvenes for a performance at the MTV Music Awards.
1994: The Soundtrack from the film 'The Crow' hits #1 on the US album chart.
1994: Monsters of Rock 1994 took plce at Donnington Park in the UK. The lineup featured Aerosmith, Extreme, Sepultura, Pantera, Therapy? and Pride and Glory.
1996: Bryan Adams released his album, '18 Til I Die.'
1996: Metallica releases their 6th studio album, 'Load.' It sells 680,000 units in its first week (making it the biggest opening week for Metallica) to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. Bob Rock was the producer for the album.
1997: Ronnie Lane of The Small Faces died from multiple sclerosis, 18 years after being diagnosed with the disease. He was 51. His musician friends Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood paid for his medical care. For his work in Small Faces and Faces, Lane was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
1997: Jeff Buckley's body was discovered floating in the Mississippi River. Buckley had disappeared when swimming on May 29th in Wolf River Harbor, while wearing boots, all of his clothing, and singing the chorus of 'Whole Lotta Love' by Led Zeppelin. A roadie in Buckley's band, had remained on shore. After moving a radio and guitar out of reach of the wake from a passing tugboat, he looked up to see that Buckley had vanished.
1998: The Wallflowers perform their cover of David Bowie's 'Heroes' at the MTV Movie Awards. The song is featured in the film 'Godzilla.'
1999: Megadeth film a video for 'Crush 'Em' with WCW champion Bill Goldberg and film star Jean-Claude Van Damme.
2000: Bon Jovi's Crush hits #1 on the UK albums chart.
2000: Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker gets into a fight outside a fast food restaurant in Cuyahoga, Ohio and suffers a broken finger. The injury sidelines the drummer.
2001: Spinal Tap tours the U.S. for its 'Back From the Dead Tour' and appears at New York’s Carnegie Hall with a 20-song, 90-minute performance as part of the annual Toyota Comedy Festival.
2002: Gene Simmons launches his Tongue Magazine, which is one of his few failed business projects, lasting only five issues before folding.
2002: Manowar released the album 'Warriors Of The World.' The album peaked at #2 on the German chart.
2003: A grandfather who set up his own pirate radio station in Wakefield, Yorkshire, is under investigation by local broadcasting authorities. The man known as Ricky Rock had erected a 32-foot transmitter in his garden and had been playing hits by The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and Elvis Presley. Ricky said he set the station up because "talent-less boy bands and dance music" featured on local stations did not cater to the tastes of his generation.
2004: Zakk Wylde and Jerry Cantrell host guitar clinics during the first day of the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas. The event is organized by Eric Clapton to benefit the Crossroads Centre, an Antigua drug-rehabilitation facility. It also marks the launch of Clapton's tour in support of his 'Me and Mr. Johnson' LP.
2004: Three Days Grace kicks off a tour to support their self-titled debut in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Also,
2004: An A&E special featuring Aerosmith airs with live concert footage.
2004: Creed officially announces their spilt after eight years and sales of 30 million albums. Guitarist Mark Tremonti cites differences between himself and singer Scott Strapp as the reason. Strapp works on a solo effort while Tremonti, Creed drummer Scott Phillips and the group's original bassist Brian Marshall form Alter Bridge.
2007: U2's Bono is honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the Board of Directors Special Tribute at the CFDA Fashion Awards ceremony.
2007: Dream Theatre released their 9th studio album, 'Systematic Chaos.'
2009: Rise Against and Rancid begin a joint tour. "This tour is the face of Punk today," says Rise Against's Tim McIlrath.
2009: Metallica plays the first of three sold-out shows in Mexico City. The concerts, part of the 'World Magnetic Tour,' are filmed for a DVD. Avenged Sevenfold is the opener.
2009: Aerosmith are the subject of A&E's Biography series. The episode features conversations with guitarists Brad Whitford and Joe Perry, as well as the group's ex-manager Tim Collins. Vocalist Steven Tyler reportedly declined to participate in the program.
2009: Eddie Money's autobiographical musical 'Two Tickets To Paradise' premieres at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY. Money narrates the show, which features his well-known tunes along with six new compositions.
2010: Rush warns Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul to stop using 'Spirit Of Radio' at rallies and on web ads, since he neglected to ask permission. "This is not a political issue; this is a copyright issue," says a Rush attorney.
2010: Billboard magazine reported that weekly album sales may have hit its lowest point since the early 1970s. According to the RIAA, album shipments in 1973 totaled an average of 7.47 million per week, while last weeks sales totaled 4.98 million units. One industry executive described the situation as "pretty scary."
2010: U2 bassist Adam Clayton files a negligence lawsuit against the group's financial manager. The allegation is that Gaby Smyth initiated the highly-publicized and controversial 2007 decision to relocate the band's publishing company to Holland, to avoid paying high taxes in Ireland. That led to extensive criticism, especially in light of the Bono led anti-poverty initiatives. Clayton launches the action without the rest of the band.
2010: The comedy 'Get Him To The Greek' is in theaters. Metallica's Lars Ulrich appears as himself and plays the lover of singer Jackie Q, the ex-girlfriend of Infant Sorrow frontman Adlous Snow (Russell Brand). For trivia buffs, Infant Sorrow is also the title of a William Blake poem.
2012: Paul McCartney, Elton John and Stevie Wonder perform at the Diamond Jubilee Concert celebrating 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. The Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales attend the London concert.
2012: Herb Reed, bass vocalist for The Platters, died at the age of 83. The L.A. quintet scored four number one hits, including 'The Great Pretender,' 'My Prayer,' 'Twilight Time' and 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,' and placed 23 songs in the Billboard Top 40.
2013: Megadeth release 'Super Collider,' their 14th studio album. It includes Disturbed's Dave Draiman & Dave Mustaine's daughter Electra Mustaine‬.
2013: Queens Of The Stone Age release their 6th studio album '...Like Clockwork.' Produced by the group, the set has Dave Grohl on drums with guest appearances by Elton John, Mark Lanegan, Trent Reznor and former bassist Nick Oliveri.
2013: Filter release their 6th album 'The Sun Comes Out Tonight.' Produced by Bob Marlette (Seether, Shinedown) and recorded at Blue Room Studios in L.A.
2013: Joey Covington (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship) died in an automobile accident in Palm Springs, California after slamming into a retaining wall. He was 67. No drugs or alcohol were involved. Covington was a beloved figure in Palm Springs, sitting in with local bands, and was heavily involved in philanthropic endeavors.
2013: Slayer launches an international tour at the Impact Festival in Warsaw, Poland. It's Slayer's first show with returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who had left the group in 2002. 2013: 'Beach 119,' a short documentary about Hurricane Sandy, with music by Foo Fighters, Gaslight Anthem and Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, debuts online. "This documentary is to give these survivors a voice to tell their story," explains director Marcie Allen.
2014: The Rolling Stones perform in the Holy Land for the first time in their career at Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park. The crowd exceeds 40,000.
2014: Handwritten letters, notes, poems and sketches by John Lennon all exceeded pre-sale estimates at an auction at Sotheby's in New York. The Fat Budgie, a nonsensical poem, sold for $143,000, having been valued at up to $35,000. A handwritten manuscript called I Sat Belonely went for $137,000, four times its estimate. The pieces, part of an 89 lot sale, came from Lennon's books 'In His Own Write' and 'A Spaniard in the Works.'
2015: Jack White is inducted into Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame.
2015: Tremonti, the band fronted by guitarist Mark Tremonti (Creed/Alter Bridge) release their sophomore album, 'Cauterize.'
2015: Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello announces the launch of Firebrand Records. "One-stop shopping for all your rebel-music needs."
2015: The U.S. Postal Service announced that on August 12th they would issue a brand new Elvis Presley commemorative stamp as part of their music icons series. In 1993, the post office issued the first stamp of Elvis which went on to become the largest selling sticker in the organization's history.
2017: Coldplay perform Oasis' "Don't Look Back In Anger" with pop singer Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester concert. The Oasis classic is an anthem for the city following the 5/22nd terror attack that killed 22 following a Grande concert in Manchester – Oasis’ hometown.
2017: Tool play their first New York City concert in eleven years as the headliner of the Governors Ball, a three-day music festival on Randall's Island. "Fox News, Huffington Post, the left, the right, Trump, Breitbart, Facebook - none of these things are your enemy,” Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan tells the audience. “Your enemy is ignorance. That's the fight.” The band then performs “Opiate." 2017: Suicidal Tendencies’ free concert in L.A. is cut short after police pull the plug on the performance less than half an hour into the set in response to members of the audience breaking through one of the security gates. The concert is staged in connection with the unveiling of a mural of Suicidal Tendencies’ singer Mike Muir, who is being honored.

June 5
1942: Capitol Records first recording session takes place when 'The General Jumped at Dawn' by Paul Whiteman's New Yorker Hotel Orchestra is recorded at Radio Recorders Studio in Los Angeles. The record flops, but Capitol soon becomes the most successful record company of the era.
1956: Gene Vincent releases 'Be-Bop-A-Lula.' It peaks at #5 and sells over a million copies.
1956: Elvis Presley made his second appearance on Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theatre, where his hip swinging gyrations during his performance of "Hound Dog" provoked howls of outrage. TV critics panned him, saying his performance looked 'like the mating dance of an aborigine', while others said he had 'no future in the music business.' Jack Gould of The New York Times declared, 'Mr. Presley has no discernible singing ability', while John Crosby of the New York Herald Tribune called Elvis 'unspeakably untalented and vulgar'.
1959: Bob Zimmerman graduated from high school in Hibbing, Minnesota. Zimmerman was known as a greaser to classmates in the remote rural community, because of his long sideburns and leather jacket.
1961: Roy Orbison had his first US #1 hit with 'Running Scared.' Earlier, he had placed 'Only the Lonely' and 'Blue Angel' into the Top 10. Orbison had to be coaxed into the soaring vocal climax at the end of the song because he was being drowned out by the instrumental build-up. Roy and his songwriting partner Joe Melson would later say that they wrote the song in about five minutes.
1964: The Rolling Stones played their first-ever live date in the US when they appeared at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.
1964: David Jones and the King Bees release 'Liza Jane,' their first recording. Jones later becomes David Bowie.
1966: At the Marquee Club in London “The Bowie Showboat”, a lunchtime performance from David Bowie, “three hours of music and mime”, plus a Top Ten disco. Admission was 3 shillings, ($0.42).
1966: Gladys Presley, Elvis' mother, awakens suddenly in Memphis, convinced that her boy is in danger; at that moment, Elvis' first pink Cadillac catches on fire while en route from Fulton, AR. Elvis is unharmed.
1968: In reaction to the slaying of Presidential candidate Senator Robert Kennedy in L.A., David Crosby composes 'Long Time Gone.'
1968: The Rolling Stones begin recording 'Sympathy For The Devil' at London's Olympic Sound Studios. Also responding to Senator Kennedy's assassination, Mick Jagger later adds the line "who killed the Kennedys?" The Stones finish the track in less than a week. David Crosby is also inspired to write 'Long Time Gone' in memory of the senator.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on the Dusty Springfield TV show filmed on ATV, in London, England. Hendrix performed 'Stone Free' and 'Voodoo Chile,' and then played a version of 'Mockingbird' with Dusty Springfield.
1969: 'Feast Of Friends,' The Doors documentary, premieres in L.A. The film isn't that great but clips are used in the 1980's promote the band's catalog.
1969: Donovan and Joan Baez perform at a rally for nuclear disarmament in London.
1969: The Who appeared at the Fillmore East in New York.
1970: Traffic performed at the Eastown Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
1970: The Grateful Dead play San Francisco’s Fillmore West.
1970: Deep Purple released their 6th single, 'Black Night.'
1970: Procol Harum released their 4th album, 'Home.' It reached #34 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart, and #49 on the UK Albums chart.
1971: Grand Funk Railroad smashed the record held by The Beatles when they sold out New York's Shea Stadium in 72 hours. The concert grossed more than $300,000. That was about $2,000 more than The Beatles made at their 1965 Shea concert.
1971: James Taylor's 'You've Got A Friend' is released. Of the 14 US Top 40 hits he will achieve, this will be his only #1.
1971: Paul McCartney’s 2nd solo album 'Ram' started a two-week run at #1 on the UK album chart. It featured the American chart topping single 'Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey.'
1972: Roxy Music performed at Chester, Cheshire, England.
1973: Chicago's 'Feelin' Stronger Every Day' b/w 'Jenny' 45 single is released. It reached #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
1974: Patti Smith's enters a studio for the first time to record her version of 'Hey Joe' (originally by the Leaves and covered Jimi Hendrix and others) at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.
1974: Sly Stone and Kathy Silva are married by Sly's uncle, Bishop Stewart, in front of 19,000 fans during a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. The union would end five months later with Kathy taking custody of the couple's son.
1974: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
1975: During recording sessions for 'Wish You Were Here' at Abbey Road Studios in London, Syd Barrett turned up out of the blue as Pink Floyd were listening to playbacks of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond,' (a tribute to former band member Barrett). This was the last time any member of Pink Floyd saw Barrett. At the time, he was not initially recognized by his former bandmates because he had shaved off all of his hair, including his eyebrows, and had gained a lot of weight.
1976: Rolling Stones become first group to receive record royalties from the USSR when copyright laws are changed.
1976: Heart’s debut single 'Crazy on You' peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1976: ZZ Top appeared at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta.
1976: Elvis Presley performed at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta.
1976: The Who, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, Outlaws and Streetwalkers appeared at Celtic Football Club, Glasgow, Scotland. Tickets cost £4.00 ($7.)
1977: Alice Cooper's pet boa constrictor was bitten by a rat it was trying to eat, and died. Cooper held a public audition to replace the snake, which was featured in his act. Cooper held auditions for a replacement and a snake named Angel got the job.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.
1979: 64 year old Muddy Waters, whose real name is McKinley Morganfield, married 25 year old Marva Jean Brooks. Eric Clapton served as a witness.
1979: Dire Straits played at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris.
1979: Paul McCartney & Wings 'Getting Closer' b/w 'Spin it On' 45 single is released. The first single from the album 'Back to the Egg' hit #20, then was released in the UK in August 1979 as the 2nd single and reached #60. The B-side for the US release was 'Spin It On,' which was also the B-side of the first UK single, 'Old Siam, Sir,' while in the UK the B-side was another album track, 'Baby's Request.'
1980: The Grateful Dead celebrate the band’s fifteenth anniversary playing the Compton Terrace Amphitheater in Tempe, Arizona.
1981: Rush performed at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1981: George Harrison released his 'Somewhere in England' album. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart during its 13 weeks stay, and reached #13 on the UK ALbums chart. 'All Those Years Ago' was released as the lead-off single that May and reached #13 in the United Kingdom and #2 in the United States. It was Harrison's biggest hit since 'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)' in 1973.
1982: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Cheap Trick’s 'If You Want My Love' at #81 and Survivor’s 'Eye Of The Tiger' at #73. Van Halen’s 'Dancing In The Street' wa #50, Rainbow’s 'Stone Cold' was #42, Foreigner’s 'Break It Up' was #35, and Aldo Nova’s 'Fantasy' was. #23‬
1983: During a 48-date North American tour U2 played at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver. It's raining and foggy which only adds to the atmosphere. The show was recorded and released as the concert video 'U2 Live At Red Rocks: Under A Blood Red Sky.'Ttwo songs were included on their first live album 'Under a Blood Red Sky' released that November.
1984: Twisted Sister release their North American debut, 'Stay Hungry.'
1984: Slayer release their debut album 'Show No Mercy.'
1987: The two-day Prince's Trust Concerts begin in London. Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Phil Collins, Dave Edmunds, Ben E. King and Bryan Adams take the stage at the charity event. George Harrison and Eric Clapton perform 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' and Jeff Lynne backing Ringo Starr on 'A Little Help From My Friends.'
1988: Eric Clapton's wife Patti applied for a divorce, the couple had married in 1979.
1989: The Doobie Brothers reformed their original hit making line-up and hit the concert trail to promote the newly released, 'Cycles' album. The first single from the album, 'The Doctor,' made it into the US Top 10, while the follow-up, 'Need a Little Taste of Love' reached #45. Other members of the group performed live vocals on songs previously sung by Michael McDonald, who wasn't invited to re-join the group.
1989: Paul McCartney released his 8th solo studio album, 'Flowers in the Dirt.' It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and stayed on the chart for over one year. It topped the UK Albums chart upon release.
1990: Drummer Jim Hodder drowned in his swimming pool aged 42. He was the original drummer with Steely Dan and also worked with Sammy Hagar and David Soul.
1992: Iron Maiden's 'Fear Of The Dark' tour opens in Reykjavik, Iceland.
1993: Megadeth opened for Metallica in Milton Keynes, England.
1993: Kiss debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their third live album 'Alive III,' which was recorded during concerts in Cleveland, Detroit & Indianapolis. The album went on to be certified Gold the following year.
1995: Danger Danger released their album, 'Dawn.'
1996: Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and wife Pamela Anderson have their first child, Brandon Thomas Lee.
1998: Van Halen cancelled their concert at Hamburg Docks in Germany after drummer Alex Van Halen was injured when some chunks of plaster from the ceiling fell on him. The accident occurred during a sound check and caused only minor bruising to his arm.
1999: Aerosmith wins best song in a movie honors at the MTV Movie Awards for 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing' from the 'Armageddon' movie soundtrack.
2001: Asia release their 9th studio album, 'Aura.' It was released in January 2001 in Japan and France, and on June 5, 2001 in UK and USA.
2002: Dee Dee Ramone (born Douglas Glenn Colvin), dies of a heroin overdose in Hollywood. He was 50. Ramone was the bass guitarist of The Ramones and the group’s primary songwriter. Ramone was found unconscious by his wife Barbara at approximately 8:25 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene by fire department paramedics approximately 15 minutes later.
2003: Keyboardist Dave Rowberry dies in London at age 62. Rowberry joined The Animals after the group had a falling out with founder/leader Alan Price. Rowberry stayed until the original group disbanded in the mid-60s.
2003: Singer Scott Weiland is picked to be the singer for a new project featuring ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum which later becomes Velvet Revolver.
2003: Metallica release their 8th studio album. 'St. Anger.' The St. Anger sessions marks the only time Bob Rock played on any Metallica recordings, filling in for the departed bassist Jason Newsted.
2004: Ted Nugent performs for soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen at a U.S. installation in Iraq. He had previously entertained U.S. service members in Kosovo, Germany and Italy.
2004: Bruce Springsteen's sax player Clarence Clemons marries Dr. Meng Yanhong in Fushun City, China, the bride's home town. Even though Gina is a Chinese citizen, she lives in Dublin operating a clinic for traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and massage. The couple met in Dublin the previous year during the European leg of Springsteen's tour.
2005: Audioslave were at #1 on the US album chart with 'Out of Exile.'
2005: Oasis went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Don’t Believe The Truth,' the band’s 6th UK chart topping album.
2006: Carlos Santana stops by the Macy's store in New York's Herald Square to promote his new men's fragrance. A portion of the proceeds raised from the event benefit Santana's Milagro Foundation.
2006: 'No Direction Home,' the Martin Scorsese-directed documentary on Bob Dylan, gets an trophy at the 65th annual Peabody Awards. The Peabodys honor accomplishments in TV and radio broadcasting.
2006: Elton John is inducted into Mojo magazine's Hall of Fame at the third annual Honours List ceremony in London. David Gilmour (Lifetime Achievement Award), Queen's Brian May (Les Paul Award) and the Pretenders Chrissie Hynde (Songwriter Award) are also recognized.
2006: Elliot Easton of The Cars breaks his clavicle when their tour bus swerves to avoid an accident, and Easton falls out of the bunk. Performing with "The New Cars" fronted by Todd Rundgren, he plays four shows in a brace before getting surgery, which ends the tour.
2007: Dream Theater release 'Systematic Chaos,' their 9th studio album but first on Roadrunner Records. Recorded in New York, the album is co-produced by drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci.
2007: Chris Cornell releases his 2nd solo album, 'Carry On.'
2007: Poison release their (currently) last studio album, 'POISON'D.' A cover of Justin Timberlake's 'Sexy Back' is the WalMart bonus track. ‬
2007: Marilyn Manson releases his 6th studio album, 'Eat Me, Drink Me.' It was recorded by Manson and guitarist/bassist Tim Skold in a rented home-recording studio in Hollywood.
2007: Jurors in the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector were shown the bloody revolver that was found at the feet of Lana Clarkson, the actress he was accused of killing at his home in the early hours of February 3rd, 2003. She had accompanied Spector to his Alhambra, California mansion after meeting him at her job as a hostess at the House of Blues just hours earlier.
2007: Sir Paul McCartney released his 21st solo album, ‘Memory Almost Full’ on the new Hear Music Starbucks label. It was later announced that all copies sold through UK Starbucks would not be eligible for the UK charts as the 533 stores were not registered with the Official Chart Company. The album was being played non-stop in more than 10,000 Starbucks outlets across 29 countries.
2007: Lucy O'Donnell, a former schoolmate of John Lennon's son Julian, claims that she was the subject of a painting by Julian that inspired The Beatles song 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.'
2007: Tesla released their 6th studio album, 'Reel to Reel.'
2008: James Taylor sings the US national Anthem at Game One of the NBA finals in Boston.
2008: Ozzy Osbourne is awarded undisclosed libel damages from the Daily Star over an article in the British tabloid that claimed he was physically unfit to host the previous February's Brit Awards. The newspaper reported that Osbourne was in such poor health that he collapsed twice before the show and needed an electric scooter to move around the set. The publication also issues a formal apology. Osbourne donates a portion of the settlement to his wife's colon cancer charity.
2009: The Dave Matthews Band appears on NBC's Today show. It's the band's first appearance on the program.
2009: Chickenfoot's self-titled debut album is released exclusively in the U.S. through Best Buy outlets. Chickenfoot is Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith. To promote the album the band makes their television debut on the Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien.
2010: Three Days Grace hit #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart with 'The Good Life.'
2010: Living Colour headlines a show at the Central Park Summerstage in New York to celebrate the Black Rock Coalition's 25th anniversary. The Black Rock Coalition was founded in '85 by Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, and others, as a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the complete creative freedom of Black artists.
2010: Led Zeppelin were officially voted the nation’s favorite band by the BBC’s ‘I’m In A Rock ‘N` Roll Band’, coming ahead of both The Beatles and Queen in a phone-in vote. The show also featured Best Singer, Guitarist, and Drummer live phone-in votes which saw Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Bonham all nominated in their categories. John Bonham was crowned top drummer ahead of Dave Grohl and Keith Moon, whilst Jimmy and Robert were runners up to Jimi Hendrix and Freddie Mercury respectively.
2011: Following a five-year hiatus, The Darkness play a concert at the Waterfront, a venue near their hometown of Lowestoft. The group disbanded in 2006 following the departure of singer Justin Hawkins. The band (guitarist Dan Hawkins, drummer Ed Graham and original bassist Frankie Poullain) perform songs from their 2003 debut 'Permission To Land.'
2011: Foo Fighters perform 'Walk' during the 2011 MTV Movie Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City.
2012: 'Banga' is the title of Patti Smith's 11th studio album. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the set is Smith's first collection of original material in eight years.
2012: The Beach Boys album 'That's Why God Made the Radio' is released to coincide with the band's 50th anniversary. It's the first new, all-original Beach Boys LP since the 1998 death of co-founder Carl Wilson and features core members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine. It would go on to reach #3 on the Billboard 200 chart and became their highest charting studio album of new material since 1965.
2012: Neil Young and Crazy Horse release 'Americana,' their first album with the full Crazy Horse line-up of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank "Poncho" Sampedro since 1996. 'Americana' contains classic American folk songs.
2012: Joe Walsh releases his 'Analog Man' album.
2012: Fear Factory released their 8th studio album, 'The Industrialist.' No live drummer was used on the album, with the band instead opting for programmed drums.
2012: L.A. Guns released their album, 'Hollywood Forever.'
2012: Tom Cruise stars as rocker Stacee Jaxx in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit 'Rock of Ages,' an homage to '80s rock and glam metal that features songs from Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Pat Benatar, and Journey.
2012: Guns N' Roses play a private show in Paris where an unidentified model steals three necklaces worth $200,000 from singer Axl Rose. The woman voluntarily reports to the police the following day.
2013: Nine Inch Nails release 'Came Back Haunted,' their first music in five years. The track is from the album 'Hesitation Marks.'
2013: Rob Halford announces that Judas Priest will be reforming after their retirement two years earlier.
2014: Beastie Boys win a $1.7 million verdict in their copyright lawsuit against Monster Beverage over the company's use of the group's music in a promotional video. Monster calls the case "illogical," but admits an employee inadvertently believed Monster had permission to use the music.
2014: John Lennon's original poetry and drawings for 'In His Own Write' and 'A Spaniard in the Works' are auctioned for more than $2.9 million, better than double the pre-sale estimate. It's the largest-ever private collection of Lennon's work, over 100 items, put on the block.
2014: The cover art for the Jimi Hendrix Experience's sophomore album, 'Axis: Bold As Love,' is banned in Malaysia 47 years after its release. The cover shows the Experience standing in front of various forms of Lord Vishnu, the Hindu deity. The music is fine, but not the cover art.
2014: British police charged former Glam Rock star Gary Glitter with eight counts of sexual offenses against girls who were aged between 12 and 14 between 1977 and 1980.
2015: Trixter released their album, 'Human Era.'
2015: 'Love & Mercy,' the biopic about the life of Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson, is released in theaters. Paul Dano portrays the young Wilson, while John Cusack plays the singer-songwriter in later life.
2015: The Replacements reunion tour comes to an end when frontman Paul Westerberg tells the crowd at the Primavera Sound Festival in Spain that they'd just seen the band's final performance. He calls his bandmates "lazy bastards to the end."
2016: An alcohol-related seizure forces Corrosion Of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin to leave the band's tour with Clutch and Lamb Of God. Clutch drummer Jean Paul Gaster and Lamb Of God's Chris Adler fill in. COC continue on the road without Mullin.
2016: Rob Zombie lends his voice to Adult Swim's animated comedy show 'Mr. Pickles.' Zombie voices a character who is "the douche bag leader of a Vegan cult."
2016: The final day of the sell-out Rock am Ring music festival in Germany was cancelled after lightning hurt at least 80 fans. At least eight people were seriously injured by the lightning strike. Red Hot Chili Peppers were among several bands, including Black Sabbath, Foals, Deftones and We Are Scientists, who were part of the line-up at the festival.

June 6
1960: Roy Orbison's 'Only the Lonely' was released in the US where it would go on to reach #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK, it would top the chart next October.
1960: The Silver Beetles and Gerry And The Pacemakers appear together at the Grosvenor Ballroom in Liscard, Wallasey, England. They are billed as "jive and rock specialists."
1960: The Platters' lead singer Tony Williams leaves the group to embark on a solo career. Williams sang lead on Platters classics such as 'Only You,' 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes' and 'The Great Pretender,' but was unable to crack the Top 40 on his own.
1962: After an unsuccessful audition for Decca Records, The Beatles perform their first session for producer George Martin at EMI Records in London. Martin was later quoted as saying "They were pretty awful. I understand why other record companies turned them down," but signed them to a contract the following month. The group recorded four tracks, one of which was ‘Love Me Do,' the four musicians received payments for the session of £7.10 ($12.07) each.
1964: An anonymous ad taken out in six American music trade papers states: "In the public interest, watch The Rolling Stones crush The Beatles!"
1965: The Rolling Stones released their classic single 'Satisfaction' in the US, which went on to give the band their first #1. In the UK, (where it was released in August 1966), the song initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive.
1965: Herman’s Hermits play The Ed Sullivan Show.
1965: The Who played at St. Joseph’s Hall in London.
1966: Roy Orbison's first wife, Claudette, was killed when a truck pulled out of a side road and collided with the motorbike that she and her husband were riding on in Gallatin, Texas, she was 25.
1966: The Beatles 'Paperback Writer' promotion film gets first showing on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1966: The Who head from Sweden to Denmark, flying into Copenhagen. That night Keith Moon and John Entwistle go drinking at the Carousel Club and sit in for a set with The Tremeloes.
1967: 'Just Like Us!' by Paul Revere & The Raiders is the first Rock album on the Columbia label to go gold.
1967: Moby Grape self-titled debut album is released. It reached #24 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #121 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1967: Moby Grape's 'Omaha' b/w 'Someday' 45 single is released.
1968: The Rolling Stones added new lyrics to their soon-to-be-released single 'Sympathy for the Devil,' which referred to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
1968: Screaming Lord Sutch appeared at the Freehold Hullabaloo in Freehold, New Jersey, (Sutch was touring the East Coast in a old custom-painted Rolls Royce ‘hearse’). Support band was The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals).
1969: Rod Stewart signed as a solo artist to Mercury Records.
1969: 'Feast of Friends,' a Doors documentary, premieres in Los Angeles.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival and Soul Survivors appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1970: Syd Barrett played his first gig since leaving Pink Floyd at the Extraveganza '70, at London's Olympia Hall. He was joined on stage by Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. Barrett baffled the audience (and his musicians) when he abruptly took off his guitar during the fourth number and walked off stage.
1970: Felix Cavaliere & The Rascals played at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
1970: With tongue firmly in cheek, Eric Clapton tells the UK's Melody Maker magazine that he intends to vote for guitarist B.B. King in the upcoming British election.
1970: This is the third of a four night residency for the Grateful Dead at San Francisco’s Fillmore West.
1970: The Doors appeared at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1971: John Lennon makes his first stage appearance since 1969 when he and Yoko Ono jam with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention at the Fillmore East in New York. The show is recorded and released as a bonus disc with the Lennon/Ono album 'Some Time In New York City.'
1971: The Ed Sullivan Show airs its final show (which is a repeat), concluding with guests Jerry Vale and Gladys Knight & the Pips after 23 years on the air.
1972: Jethro Tull's 'Thick as a Brick' album hits #1.
1972: Looking Glass released their self-titled debut album. It reached #113 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features the hit, 'Brandy (You're a Fine Girl),' which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1972: David Bowie's seminal album, 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars,' is released. It reached #75 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart, and #5 on the UK Albums chart. It was named the 35th best album ever made by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1973: The Elvis Presley concert documentary 'Elvis On Tour' opens nationwide.
1973: King Crimson played at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Pink Floyd fly to America for a tour. It would end in disaster when an addled Roger Waters spits on the audience. The event would serve as the inspiration for writing 'The Wall' in an attempt to exorcise his demons.
1975: The Rolling Stones appeared at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
1975: The Rolling Stones' compilation album, 'Metamorphosis' is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape charts during its 13 week stay; it reached #45 on the UK Albums chart. It came out the same day as the band's authorized hits collection 'Made in the Shade' and was also seen to be cashing in on The Rolling Stones' summer Tour of the Americas.
1975: The Rolling Stones' compilation album, 'Made in the Shade' is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart, and #14 on the UK Albums chart. It came out the same day as the ABKCO collection 'Metamorphosis' and was also seen to be cashing in on The Rolling Stones' summer Tour of the Americas.
1976: Rolling Stones become first group to receive record royalties from the USSR when copyright laws are changed.
1976: Genesis performed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1977: Queen appeared at Earls Court in London, England.
1977: The Doobie Brothers pioneered the Fairway to Heaven format with a golf classic and concert to benefit The United Way.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.
1978: The Cars release their self-titled debut album. It reached #18 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and was ranked #4 on Billboard's Top Albums of the Year chart for 1979. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album #279 in its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
1979: Def Leppard played at Crookes Workingman's Club in Sheffield. The gig was reviewed in UK music paper 'Sounds' and led to a recording contract with Phonogram Records.
1981: Van Halen appeared at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington.
1981: The 1st issue of Kerang magazine is published as a special pull-out by UK weekly music paper Sounds. AC/DC's Angus Young was on the 1st cover and there were features on Motorhead, Saxon and Girlschool.
1982: Tom Petty, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne all appeared at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California for 'The Peace Sunday: We Have a Dream' concert for nuclear disarmament to a crowd of 85,000 fans. Dylan was joined onstage with Joan Baez and duetted with her on 'Blowin’ In The Wind' and With 'God On Our Side.' The show was partly broadcast on ABC TV’s Entertainment Tonight program on the same day.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult performed at the Agora Ballroom, a “cavernous” former bowling alley in an industrial area in Hartford, Connecticut.
1985: Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler performed first show together as Guns N' Roses at The Troubadour in Hollywood. The band's trek on the West coast from June 6th to June 12th, 1985 became known as "The Hell Tour" due to the difficulties the band faced touring.
1986: A&R man Dick Rowe died of diabetes. Rowe became famous for not signing The Beatles to Decca records and made the classic quote 'Nobody cares about guitar group's anymore.' He did however sign The Rolling Stones to Decca.
1987: Genesis becomes the first group to spend a full year on Hot 100 with tracks from one LP, 'Invisible Touch.'
1987: Heart release their 9th studio album, 'Bad Animals.'
1987: Bon Jovi peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Wanted Dead or Alive,' their 3rd and final top 10 single off of 'Slippery When Wet.'
1987: Billboard's Hot 100 includes Mötley Crüe’s 'Girls, Girls, Girls' at #46, Europe’s 'Rock The Night' #38, Paul Simon’s 'You Can Call Me Al' at #32, Poison’s 'Talk Dirty To Me' at #27, Bryan Adams’ 'Heat Of The Night' at #16, and Bon Jovi's 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' peaked at #7. ‬
1987: Kim Wilde took the Holland-Dozier-Holland classic 'You Keep Me Hangin' On' to the top of the Billboard Pop chart. It was the third time that the song made it into the Top Ten, following the original version by The Supremes, (#1 in 1966) and a remake by Vanilla Fudge, (#6 in 1968).
1988: Britny Fox release their self-titled debut album. The band did a cover of the Slade song 'Gudbuy T'Jane' on this album.
1989: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble release their 4th studio album, 'In Step.' It reached #33 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's, and won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. This was Stevie Ray's final album with Double Trouble. In 1990, he recorded a collaboration album with his brother, Jimmie Vaughan, called 'Family Style'; later that year, Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash.
1989: During a London press conference, The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, a well-known environmentalist and animal rights activist, says her contribution to the environment would be "firebombing McDonald's restaurants." The fast-food corporation confronts Hynde, threatening legal action, forcing her to sign a document vowing to never repeat the statement again.
1991: The record industry (RIAA) dishes out six platinum and multi-platinum album awards to Bob Seger. They're for 'Beautiful Loser,' 'Against The Wind,' 'Live Bullet,' 'Night Moves,' 'Nine Tonight' and 'Stranger In Town.'
1991: Skid Row released their single, 'Slave To The Grind.'
1992: KISS’ 'Revenge' peaks at #6 on Billboard’s 200 album charts. It’s KISS’ 5th highest charting album. It was their first album with Eric Singer on drums after longtime drummer Eric Carr passed away the previous November. The album went on to be certified Gold in the U.S.
1992: After it had been determined that the vows they traded in Switzerland did not constitute a legal marriage, David Bowie and his supermodel spouse Iman repeated their wedding ceremony in Florence, Italy.
1992: The pay-per-view 'Guns N' Roses Invade Paris!' is broadcast. The show also has Soundgarden, Jeff Beck, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and Lenny Kravitz.
1992: The Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Under The Bridge' peaks at #2 on the U.S. pop chart.
1992: Kiss debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Revenge,' which was their first album with Eric Singer on drums after longtime drummer Eric Carr passed away the previous November. The album went on to be certified Gold in the U.S.
1993: The Broadway musical 'Tommy' wins 5 Tony awards. Pete Townshend wins Award for Best Original Score. The show will run until 1995 for a total of 899 performances.
1993: The Velvet Underground reform for the first time in 24 years for a show at London's Wembley Arena.
1994: Bruce Dickinson released his 2nd solo album, 'Balls to Picasso.'
1995: Pink Floyd releases the live double album 'p·u·l·s·e.' It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart as well as the UK Albums chart. The album was recorded during the band's 'Division Bell Tour' in 1994, specifically the UK and European leg, which ran from July to October 1994.
1995: King Diamond released his 6th studio album, 'The Spider's Lullabye.' It was the first King Diamond album to be released on the Metal Blade label.
1996: Billy Preston, the Grammy-winning keyboard player, dies of kidney failure in Scottsdale, AZ. He was 59. Preston was the only non-Beatle credited on any of the Fab Four’s records – the group’s #1 hit 'Get Back' was billed as 'The Beatles with Billy Preston.' In the 70s, he toured and recorded consistently with the Rolling Stones. His solo singles include 'Will It Go Round in Circles,' 'Nothing From Nothing' and 'You Are So Beautiful.' Deeply religious, he did not publicly come out as gay until just prior to his death. He had several legal problems at the end of his life including charges of sexual assault for abusing a 16-year-old boy, and a conviction of insurance fraud for setting fire to his own home in Los Angeles.
1997: Following Phil Collins' departure, Genesis announced that his replacement was Ray Wilson, formerly with the band Stiltskin.
2000: Alice Cooper caused a stir when a song from his 21st studio album (released on this day), 'Brutal Planet' contained a tune called 'Wicked Young Man.' The track describes an adolescent with "a pocket full of bullets and a blueprint of the school", clearly a reference to the April 29, 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. The album featured Ryan Roxie on guitar, Eric Singer on drums, and bassist Bob Marlette.
2001: Elton John auctions off 20 vehicles in his car collection, earning $2.75 million. He says he "doesn't have time to drive them anymore." The most expensive was a '93 Jaguar that sold for over $330,000.
2002: Robbin Crosby of Ratt passes away. Reported causes of his death include AIDS-related complications, and accidental heroin overdose. Robbin was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.Crosby was the co-founder and guitarist in Ratt, and co-wrote many of their biggest hits. At some point, Crosby contracted AIDS and suffered many complications due to the disease, including a pancreatic condition that altered his metabolism.
2003: Officials at Six Flags in Darien Lakes, New York banned Marilyn Manson's Ozzfest appearance in August. The amusement park invoked a contract clause that allows them to restrict artists from performing.
2003: Dave Rowberry, keyboard player with The Animals, dies of an ulcer hemorrhage. He was 62. Rowberry played on many of the group’s big hits, including “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” “It’s My Life,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” and “C. C. Rider.” He also arranged many of the songs, and sang backup vocals.
2004: ZZ Top was nearly swept offstage by a rainstorm at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival in Dallas. Other performers included James Taylor, Santana, John Mayer and Robert Randolph, as well as Clapton himself.
2004: Green Day take home Most Downloaded Song honors for 'I Fought The Law' at the California Music Awards in Oakland. Other winners include A.F.I. (Outstanding Group), Red Hot Chili Peppers (California Favorite), the Offspring (Outstanding Alternative Album), Metallica's Kirk Hammett (Outstanding Guitarist) and Tesla (Spirit of Rock Award).
2004: Metallica play a rare gig at the Download Festival in England’s Donington Park without drummer Lars Ulrich, who is sidelined with an “undisclosed illness.” Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo opens the show by playing on 'Battery' and 'The Four Horsemen,' followed by Slipknot’s Joey Jordison playing the rest of the set apart from “Fade to Black” which is played by Metallica’s drum technician, Flemming Larsen. Later, Ulrich blames his non-appearance on exhaustion, caused by an unrelenting tour schedule and the break-up of his seven-year marriage to Skylar Satenstein. He says, “About halfway over to Midlands Airport (in England)… I don’t know what the f**k happened, but all of a sudden I just f**king lost it. It was pretty f**king scary to be in a little f**king metal tube at 41,000 feet. I’ve never had anxiety attacks of any kind ever.”
2006: Ex-Faith No More frontman Mike Patton releases his solo album, 'Peeping Tom.'
2006: Cheap Trick release the 15th studio album, ''Rockford' (it's where they're from). The band celebrates the release by playing a special hometown show.
2006: Keyboardist Billy Preston dies at age 59 in Scottsdale, AZ. He worked with The Beatles (he's credited on the song 'Get Back'), Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, among many others. He also had a successful solo career ('Nothing From Nothing' and 'Will It Go Round In Circles'). Preston suffered from kidney failure and other problems as a result of high blood pressur
2007: The video for Hinder's take on Steppenwolf's classic 'Born To Be Wild' debuts on The song promotes TNT's coverage of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.
2007: U2's Bono meets with President George Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to the start of the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm, Germany, to discuss the G8's commitment to helping Africa. Talks with Merkel prove difficult. "It was a tough meeting and we're now having a row with the chancellor's office about their aid numbers," writes Bono in a statement.
2007: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora checks into an L.A. detox facility following the taping of Bon Jovi's MTV Unplugged in New York. Sambora was visibly inebriated, missed notes and his backing vocals were off-key. Later, Sambora says, "I did detox, I didn't check into rehab. I was just drinking too much and I needed to get my life together."
2007: Aerosmith's European tour starts in Randers, Denmark. It's the group's first European trek since 1999.
2007: Former Soundgarden/Audioslave singer Chris Cornell makes a solo appearance to promote his 'Carry On' album on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
2008: Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Randall Amplifiers introduce Hammet's own signature amp. The KH-15 Hammett Signature Practice Amplifier has control labels written in the guitarist's own handwriting.
2010: Rage Against The Machine play Finsbury Park in front of 40,000 fans. The free event is a 'thank you' for the successful Facebook campaign which saw fans buy the band's '92 track 'Killing In The Name,' successfully stopping pop singer Joe McElderry (a Simon Cowell creation) from obtaining the 2009 Christmas #1 spot on the U.K. charts.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne becomes a health columnist for The U.K.'s Sunday Times. "When the Sunday Times magazine asked me to be its new health-advice columnist I thought they were taking the p**s, to be honest with you," Osbourne tells the Though drug-addled for decades, Osbourne is an avid jogger and works out.
2010: Washington, D.C.'s legendary 9:30 Club celebrates its 30th anniversary with Henry Rollins, Husker Du's Bob Mould and Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters).
2011: Neil Young, an outspoken critic of digital recording technology and the MP3 music format in particular, files the first of three patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a high-resolution audio alternative to the MP3.
2011: Iron Maiden release their compilation album 'From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010.'
2012: Written by producer-engineer Ken Scott, 'Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust: Off-the-Record with The Beatles, Bowie, Elton, and So Much More' is in bookstores.
2012: An unidentified model is arrested in France following the theft of three necklaces worth $200,000 from Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose. The woman voluntarily goes to the police claiming she isn't sure how the necklaces wound up in her possession. Meanwhile, U2 bassist Adam Clayton appears in court at the trial of his former housekeeper, Carol Hawkins, who's accused of stealing from him on multiple dates between 2004 and 2008.
2012: Adam Clayton's former personal assistant and housekeeper went on trial, accused of stealing almost 3m euros (£2.4m) from the U2 bass player. Carol Hawkins, from Dublin, pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 181 counts of theft. She was accused of stealing money from two of Clayton's bank accounts over a four year period from 2004 to 2008. According to the latest Sunday Times Rich List, Bono, the Edge, Larry Mullen, Mr Clayton and their manager had a combined fortune of €628m, ($788m).
2013: Guitarist Adrian Belew quits Nine Inch Nails saying that "no one is at fault" but "it just was not working." Bassist Eric Avery bowed out of the reconfigured N.I.N. just weeks earlier.
2014: Tesla release their 8th studio album, 'Simplicity.'
2014: Uriah Heep released their 24th studio album, 'Outsider.'
2015: Metallica partner with ESPN and Circuit Of The Americas to assist the victims of the floods in Texas. They donate all download revenue from their X Games show to the American Red Cross of Central Texas.
2016: Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett perform the national anthem before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
2016: Sinsaenum, featuring Dragonforce's Frederic Leclercq and Joey Jordison, formerly of Slipknot, release a self-titled EP.
2017: The site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival was officially recognised for its place in history when Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Bethel Woods Center for the Arts had been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
2017: A week after topping the UK chart, the 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' rose to #3 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

June 7
1954: With Big Joe Turner's 'Shake, Rattle and Roll' riding high on the Billboard R&B chart, Bill Haley And His Comets enter Decca Records' New York studio to record the same number. Haley's version will enter the Pop chart next August for an amazing 27 week run and rise to #7, becoming the first Rock 'n' Roll tune to sell a million copies.
1958: The movie 'High School Confidential,' featuring Jerry Lee Lewis opens.
1963: In England, The Rolling Stones released their first single – a cover of Chuck Berry's 'Come On' backed with Willie Dixon's 'I Wanna Be Loved.' The band had to change Berry's line "some stupid jerk" to "some stupid guy" in order to get the song played on the radio. It reached #21 on the UK single charts. That same night, the group makes their TV debut on the BBC's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.' After the show, its producer is reported to have told Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham to get rid of "that vile looking singer with the tire-tread lips."
1963: The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, performed at the Odeon Cinema in Glasgow, Scotland.
1964: During a world tour, The Beatles flew from Amsterdam to Hong Kong. When the plane stopped to refuel in Beirut, police turned firefighting foam on hundreds of fans who had invaded the runway at the airport.
1964: During their first ever US tour The Rolling Stones were booed off stage at the San Antonio Teen Fair in San Antonio, Texas. Some performing Monkeys who had been the act on before the Stones were brought back on stage for another performance. Only three thousand of 20-thousand seats were sold in the venue for their appearance.
1966: Roy Orbison's wife, 25 year old Claudette, was killed when her motorcycle collided with a truck in Gallatin, Texas. Orbison witnessed the accident. She and Roy had recently reconciled after a short split. The Everly Brothers' 1958 hit, 'Claudette' had been written for her by Roy.
1968: Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane all appeared for the first of a three night run at the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco, California.
1968: Cream played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan
1969: Blind Faith made their live debut at London’s Hyde Park. 120,000 people turned up to see the super-group of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech strut their stuff at the free show.
1969: Keith Richards and his partner Anita Pallenburg were involved in a car crash near their home in Sussex. Richards escaped serious injury but Pallenburg was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone and the car was totaled.
1969: Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell both appeared on the first ABC TV Johnny Cash Show from Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Dylan sang 'I Threw It All Away' and 'Living The Blues' and duetted with Johnny Cash on 'Girl From The North Country.'
1969: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at The Hangar in Columbia, South Carolina.
1969: The Who's 'Tommy' enters the Billboard album chart at #96. It would later peak at #4.
1970: The Who played 'Tommy' at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. The show is the first time The Who play this venue and the last time they perform 'Tommy' in its entirety for nearly two decades.
1971: Carole King's album 'Tapestry' is awarded a Gold record. The album was #1 in the US for 15 straight weeks and would remain on the charts for three years, producing her biggest selling single, 'It's Too Late.' On July 17, 1995 the LP was certified Diamond in the United States by the RIAA for 10 million copies sold in the US and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.
1972: The musical 'Grease' opens on Broadway.
1972: Led Zeppelin performed at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec.
1973: David Bowie played at Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1974, Audiences watching ABC saw highlights from the massive California Jam concert, including performances by Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Black Oak Arkansas.
1974: On 'The Midnight Special,' the Kinks pay host to ELO.
1975: Elton John's album 'Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboys', went to #1 on the US album chart, the first album ever to enter the US chart at #1. Elton would do it again later in the year with 'Rock of the Westies.' Captain Fantastic' is a concept album that gives an autobiographical glimpse at the struggles John (Captain Fantastic) and Taupin (the Brown Dirt Cowboy) had in the early years of their musical careers in London.
1975: Grand Funk Railroad peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Bad Time' which was their 4th and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1975: Pink Floyd begins its North American tour at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The band had arranged for the construction of an large inflatable pyramid to be launched at the climax of 'Dark Side of the Moon,' but it failed to operate that evening. The next several shows were scheduled for indoor venues, so the crew used that time to fix the problem, and it worked successfully in Pittsburgh on June 20th.
1976: Capitol Records re-issues some of The Beatles' hits in a double compilation package called, 'Rock 'N' Roll Music.' (Released June 11 in the UK) Even though Ringo Starr speaks out against it, the album would reach #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #11 on the UK Albums chart.
1976: Alice Cooper's 'I Never Cry' b/w 'Go To Hell' 45 single is released. The song reached #12 in the US charts, and was written about Cooper's drinking problem, which would in one year send the performer into rehab. Cooper called the song "an alcoholic confession".
1976: The Rolling Stones played at the Pavillon De Paris in Paris.
1977: Led Zeppelin played the first of six sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, in New York City during their 11th and final North American tour. Playing a 3 hour set, tickets cost $8.50 - $10.50.
1977: The Sex Pistols make a mockery of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee by playing punk rock from a boat on the Thames River, including their hit, 'Anarchy in the U.K.'
1978: Black Sabbath performed at St. Georges Hall in Bradford, England.
1979: Van Halen appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1979: Blondie performed ‘Sunday Girl' on UK music television show 'Top Of The Pops.'
1979: The US Internal Revenue Service charges Chuck Berry with three counts of tax evasion. Just hours later, he performs for President Carter on the front lawn of the White House. Berry later pled guilty and was ordered to perform a series of benefit shows after serving four months in prison.
1980: Rocky Burnette's 'Tired of Toeing the Line' peaks at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rocky bills himself as The Son Of Rock and Roll as his father, Johnny Burnette had scored a 1960 #1 hit with 'You're Sixteen.' The feat of father and child both scoring a Top Ten hit has also been accomplished by Ozzie and Rick Nelson, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Nat and Natalie Cole as well as Pat and Debbie Boone.
1980: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Triumph’s 'I Can Survive' at #91. Pink Floyd’s 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' was #29, The Pretenders’ 'Brass In Pocket (I’m Special)' was #22, Billy Joel’s 'It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me' was #11, and Gary Numan’s 'Cars' was #9.
1980: Iron Maiden's 'Sanctuary' single is released.
1980: Bob Marley And The Wailers, Average White Band, Joe Jackson and The Q-Tips all appeared at The Summer Of ’80 Garden Party, Crystal Palace, London, England. Tickets £7.50 on the day.
1981: Rush performed at Selland Arena in Fresno, California.
1982: Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion opens for public tours.
1982: Girlschool released their 3rd studio album, 'Screaming Blue Murder.'
1982: Stray Cats debut album, 'Built for Speed' is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, and #156 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Two singles hit the Top 10 - 'Rock This Town' (#9) and 'Stray Cat Strut' (#3). It is a compilation of 12 songs taken from the band's first two albums which were released in the UK. Six songs from Stray Cats and five songs from 'Gonna Ball' plus the title track, which had not previously been released in the UK.
1983: David Ellefson‬ meets ‪‎Dave Mustaine‬ for the first time and soon afterwards they form ‪Megadeth‬.
1984: Lita Ford releases 'Dancing On The Edge.'
1984: The film 'Ghostbusters' is released. Its theme song bears similarities to Huey Lewis's 'I Want a New Drug.' Ghostbusters theme writer Ray Parker, Jr. and Huey settle out of court.
1984: Bob Dylan appeared at Stade de Schaerbeek in Schaarbeek, Belgium
1986: 'All I Need Is A Miracle' by Mike + The Mechanics peaks at #5 on the pop chart.
1987: David Bowie played a concert in West Berlin in front of the Reichstag with the speakers pointing towards the nearby Berlin Wall where thousands of young East Berliners stood and listened.
1988: Bob Dylan performed at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA with Neil Young playing guitar for Dylan’s entire set.
1990: The Black Crowes played their debut UK gig at the Marquee in London.
1991: During their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns n' Roses played the first of two nights at the CNE Stadium in Toronto, Canada.
1991: Jane’s Addiction’s major label debut album 'Nothing’s Shocking' was certified Gold by the RIAA, three years after its initial release.
1993: Pete Townshend, Chuck Berry and Billy Joel are among those present for the "breaking ground" ceremony for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland - 7 years after the city won the right to build the building. Guests stood on a guitar shaped stage at the construction site on the shore of Lake Erie.
1993: On his 35th birthday, Prince changes his name to an unpronounceable symbol, making him, literally, an icon.
1994: Pride & Glory featuring Zakk Wylde, release their self-titled debut album.
1994: Stone Temple Pilots release their 2nd studio album, 'Purple.'
1994: Boston release their 4th studio album 'Walk On.' It's their first album in eight years and their first album without singer Brad Delp, who would rejoin the band for their tour in support of 'Walk On.'
1994: Grace Slick is sentenced to 200 hours of community service and four Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings a week for three months after being convicted of pointing a gun at police the previous March.
1995: Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood collapses on stage in Cleveland. An arm problem, from repetitive guitar playing while on tour, causing his ear to bleed, is diagnosed as the problem.
1997: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher played a five-song set at the Tibet Freedom Concert, Downing Stadium in New York City. U2, Patti Smith and Radiohead also appeared at the concert.
1998: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder sang the national anthem before game three of the NBA Finals between the Utah Jazz & Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago.
1998: Songwriter Wally Gold died in a New Jersey hospital aged 70. Wrote 'It’s My Party,' a hit for Lesley Gore and 'It’s Now or Never,' a hit for Elvis Presley. Also a member of late 50’s group The Four Esquires, produced Kansas & Gene Pitney.
1999: Poison are inducted into Dick Clark's Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1999: Rod Stewart was supposed to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange but he arrived late and decided to toss some soccer balls onto the trading floor instead.
1999" Scorpions peaked at #99 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart with 'Pure Instinct.'
2000: Twisted Sister reunite for the first time in 14 years for a triple threat of the band's biggest hits, in honour of industry mogul Jason Flom, the man instrumental in signing the band.
2001: During their 'The Tour of Brotherly Love' tour, Oasis, The Black Crowes and Spacehog played the first of three nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
2003: Former Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett is made a Member of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II. He is given the award “For service to the community as a prominent advocate for environmental conservation and protection, and to the music industry.”
2004: Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry canceled two fundraising concerts featuring supporters like Jon Bon Jovi, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Wyclef Jean, Barbra Streisand and Willie Nelson, out of respect for the passing of President Ronald Reagan.
2004: Metallica nab the Best International Act honor and The Darkness win the Best Video trophy for their 'Love Is Only a Feeling' clip at the second annual Metal Hammer Golden God Awards held in London.
2004: Debbie Harry of Blondie caused a stir when she insisted on having the scheduled opening act go on after her at a show in Amsterdam. It turns out that the lead singer of the band M.A.S.S. also has blonde hair, a direct violation of Blondie's contract, which states that no show performer can have blonde hair except Debbie.
2004: AC/DC's 'Back in Black' album goes Double Diamond, becoming just the 6th album with RIAA-certified sales of over 20 million in America. In November, the Shania Twain album 'Come On Over' becomes the 7th. Both albums were produced by Mutt Lange.
2005: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is one of the headliners at the 8th annual White Ribbon Concert in Toronto. The event supports the White Ribbon Campaign to end violence by men against women.
2005: Dream Theater released their 8th studio album, 'Octavarium.'
2007: Jackson Browne enters Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 38th annual induction and awards dinner in New York.
2007: The funeral of guitarist, singer Bo Diddley took place in Gainesville, Florida. Many in attendance chanted 'Hey Bo Diddley' shortly after family members had passed by his coffin as a gospel band played Bo Diddley's music. At the service, they presented a floral tribute in form of his trademark square guitar.
2007: The Rolling Stones' European tour kicked off in Belgium to a crowd of over 33,000, many of whom were stuck for hours in a 30-mile traffic jam caused by the show.
2007: Paul McCartney plays a surprise concert at a club in London to celebrate the release of 'Memory Almost Full.' He performs new stuff, old stuff and even some Beatles tunes.
2008: 3 Doors Down were at #1 on the US album chart with their self titled second US #1.
2008: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones make a surprise appearance to jam with Foo Fighters during their Wembley Stadium gig in London. They play 'Rock And Roll' and 'Ramble On.'
2009: After performing the Poison hit 'Nothin' but a Good Time' at the Tony Awards, Bret Michaels has a run-in with the set, and the set wins. He cuts his lip and fractures his nose in the incident. The following year, Michaels is rushed to the hospital and doctors discover that he has a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage. Michaels files a lawsuit for unspecified damages against the Tony Awards and CBS claiming the incident caused the hemorrhage and they eventually agree to settle the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.
2010: Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh was granted a restraining order against an elderly neighbor who allegedly threatened to kill him. The man was also ordered to pay more than $1,500 in legal fees.
2011: Def Leppard release their first ever live album, 'Mirror Ball – Live & More.' The album also contains three new studio tracks and a DVD showing concert and backstage footage.
2011: Alice Cooper releases their box set, 'Old School: 1964-1974.' It includes demos from 'Muscle Of Love,' pre-production songs from 'School's Out,' 1973 Madison Square Garden live track, Live show from St. Louis on the 1971 'Killer' tour and much more.‬
2012: Bob Welch, a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, died of an apparent suicide at the age of 66. Welch had recently had back surgery, from which doctors told him he would not recover. His wife stated that he was in constant pain, and wanted to spare her from taking care of him in his declining health. After his time with the band, he went on to enjoy a successful solo career with hits such as 'Sentimental Lady' and 'Ebony Eyes.' "He was a very, very profoundly intelligent human being and always in good humor, which is why this is so unbelievably shocking," says Mick Fleetwood.
2012: Black Sabbath and Slash Take home Kerrang! Awards. Slash picks up the magazine's Icon Award and Sabbath nabs the Kerrang! Inspiration honor which Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi accept.
2012: Todd LaTorre played his first public show with the members of Queensryche, under the band name Rising West. LaTorre replaced Geoff Tate as vocalist, as the band was in a lawsuit with Tate. Later, the band was awarded naming rights, with Tate awarded the moniker Operation: Mindcrime.
2015: Carlos Santana plays the national anthem in San Francisco before Game 2 of the NBA finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
2015: Sir Elton John lost his cool during a performance at Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium in England after he likened a steward to Hitler as she tried to stop crowds from surging forward during a gig. In an expletive-laden rant, John went on to say it was "not China" and he picked out a female steward, telling her: "You put a uniform on and you think you're Hitler - well you're not."
2016: Queen guitarist Brian May states he doesn't want Presidential candidate Donald Trump playing'"We Are The Champions' at his rallies.
2016: Reed Mullin rejoins Corrosion Of Conformity in Winnipeg - just days after suffering an alcohol-related seizure. His role was filled by tourmates Jean Paul Gaster (Clutch) and Chris Adler (Lamb Of God).
2016: A hacker took control of George Harrison's Twitter page, changing some of the former Beatles' biography before offering to help secure the account. Quickly apprised of the fact that his target died 15 years ago, the intruder tweeted an apology through Harrison's account.
2017: The 50th anniversary reissue of The Beatles' landmark ‘67 album, 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200 behind Bryson Tiller ('True To Self') and Kendrick Lamar ('Damn') at #1 and #2, respectively.

June 8
1954: US record labels started to supply radio stations with 45rpm discs for the first time, replacing the 78 records.
1959: The Clovers record 'Love Potion #9.'
1961: Elvis Presley's movie, 'Wild In The Country' premieres in Memphis.
1963: The Crystals' 'Da Doo Ron Ron' peaks at #3 on the Billboard Pop chart. The effort is the brain child of Phil Spector, who uses a multi-track recording system to build the song layer upon layer to achieve a result that will become known as a "wall of sound". Backing musicians include Glen Campbell on guitar, Hal Blain on drums, Leon Russell on piano and Nino Tempo on sax.
1964: Jan & Dean's 'The Little Old Lady (From Pasdena) b/w 'My Mighty G.T.O.' 45 single is released. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1966: The Beatles begin work on 'Good Day Sunshine.' The song is finished the next day.
1967: The Beatles were in studio when Rolling Stone Brian Jones joined them to play sax on 'You Know My Name (Look Up the Number).'
1967: Procol Harum were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' the group's only UK #1. In 2004 the song was named the most played record of the past 70 years. More than 900 recorded versions by other artists are known.
1969: Brian Jones is asked to leave The Rolling Stones by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, who visit him at his home to deliver the news personally. His firing was due to his erratic behavior and his excessive drug use, which made him incapable of playing music. He released a statement saying, “I no longer see eye-to-eye with the others over the discs we are cutting.” Jones died about a month later from an accidental drowning.
1970: Deep Purple had their van and equipment impounded by East German police while on an European tour, after mistakenly driving too close to the border.
1970: Bob Dylan's 10th studio album, 'Self Portrait' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and topped the UK Albums chart.
1971: Jerry Lee Lewis marries his 4th wife, 29-year-old Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate, a divorcee who worked as a secretary for the Memphis sheriff's department. The pair would split just two weeks later, but never divorced. They would remain married, seeing each other only occasionally until she was found dead, floating in her backyard swimming pool on June 8th, 1982.
1974: Bill Wyman became the first Rolling Stone to release a solo album with 'Monkey Grip,' (it peaked at #99 in the US and #39 in the UK). The album featured guest appearances by, Dr John, Leon Russell and Lowell George.
1974: Paul McCartney and Wings went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Band On The Run,' his third solo US #1. McCartney later stated that George Harrison unwittingly contributed the first line of one part of the song: "If we ever get out of here" when he said it during one of the many Beatles' business meetings.
1974: Keyboardist Rick Wakeman announces he's leaving Yes for a solo career. Patrick Moraz fills the slot in Yes. Wakeman rejoined Yes in 1976, but split from the group again in 1980.
1974: David Bowie started a four-week run at the top of the UK charts with his 3rd #1 album 'Diamond Dogs.'
1979: Paul McCartney & Wings 7th and final studio album, 'Back to the Egg' is released in the U.K. (June 11 in the U.S). It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #6 on the UK Albums chart. The track 'Rockestra Theme' won a Grammy Award in 1980 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
1979: The Who's 'The Kids Are Alright' album is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #26 on the UK Albums chart. It is a companion to the band's documentary film of the same name.
1982: Survivor released their 3rd album, 'Eye Of The Tiger.' It features the title track, which is the theme song of the film 'Rocky III.' The album has been certified 2x platinum by the RIAA in October 1994.
1984: Bruce Springsteen plays a surprise gig at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J., going on after the scheduled act to warm up for his Born In The U.S.A. tour.
1985: Tears For Fears' 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' hits #1 in the US for the first of two weeks.
1989: At a Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior's press conference, vegetarian Chrissie Hynde claimed that she once firebombed a McDonalds restaurant. The following day a McDonalds in Milton Keynes, England was firebombed and Hynde was threatened with legal action.
1991: Bruce Springsteen married Patti Scialfa, at their Beverley Hills home in California. They had one son together already, and a daughter on the way. It was Springsteen’s second marriage.
1991: Extreme went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'More Than Words,' which spent one week on top of the chart. They also peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Extreme II. Pornograffitti' which went on to sell two million copies in the U.S. and it stays 75 weeks on chart.‬
1991: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Trixter’s 'Surrender' at #94. Also, Black Crowes’ 'She Talks To Angel' was #48, Kane Roberts’ 'Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?' at #43, Firehouse’s 'Don’t Treat Me Bad' at #20, Queensrÿche 'Silent Lucidity' at #12 and at #1 was Extreme’s 'More Than Words.'
1992: Faith No More release their 4th studio album, 'Angel Dust.'
1992: W.A.S.P. release their 'The Crimson Idol' album.
1992: Asia released their 5th studio album, 'Aqua.'
1992: Pearl Jam headlined the PinkPop Festival in Landgraaf, Netherlands. Others on the bill included Soundgarden, The Cult, Lou Reed, PJ Harvey, David Byrne and more. PinkPop is the oldest and longest running annual dedicated pop and rock music festival in the world.
1993: The future Donnas perform their first show ever under the name Screen (soon to be Ragady Anne) at Jordan Middle School. They're 8th graders.
1996: Soundgarden's 'Down On The Upside' enters the U.S. album chart.
1996: Metallica reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first and only time with 'Until It Sleeps' which peaked at #10.
1996: The Scorpions peak at #99 on Billboard's 200 album chart with 'Pure Instinct.'
1998: Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr appear in public together for the first time in 30 years to attend the memorial service for Paul's wife, Linda, who succumbed to cancer following a long battle.
1998: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Martin Carr from The Boo Radleys were all involved in a fight at Dingwalls, Camden in London.
1999: Testament release their 8th studio album, 'The Gathering.'
1999: Def Leppard release their 7th studio album, 'Euphoria.'
1999: Pearl Jam's cover of 'Last Kiss' (originally recorded by Wayne Cochran in 1961) for the charity album 'No Boundaries: A Benefit For The Kosovar Refugees,' is released as a single with all of the proceeds going to aid refugees of the Kosovo War. The song peaks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the group's highest charting single. Lead singer Eddie Vedder came across this song when he found the record in an antique store in Seattle before a show. He bought it and stayed up all night listening to it. He took it to the band and they played it throughout the summer of their 1998 tour. Pearl Jam recorded this at a soundcheck and released it as a single to their fan club, who often get songs that are unavailable to the public. After a while, radio stations got copies and started playing it. By the spring of 1999, it was getting a lot of airplay and becoming a hit, even though it was not released as a single or available on an album. Pearl Jam didn't release many singles, but when it was clear there was a great deal of demand for the song, they decided to put it out on the condition that the proceeds from the single go to benefit refugees in Kosovo.
2001: AC/DC, The Offspring, Queens Of The Stone Age and Megadeth all appeared at the Milton Keynes Bowl, England; tickets cost £28.50 ($48.45).
1999: Goo Goo Dolls release their 'Black Balloon' single. It reached #13 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks Chart and #28 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart. It also became the 4th pop hit for the band, reaching #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1999: Biohazard released the album 'New World Disorder.' It reached #187 on the Billboard chart.
1999: Ministry released the album 'Dark Side Of The Spoon.' The single 'Bad Blood' was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2000.
2002: Months of secrecy surrounding Paul McCartney's wedding plans were blown when John Leslie the owner of the 17th century Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan, let slip to reporters that Sir Paul had booked the Castle for the wedding.
2003: Led Zeppelin were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘How The West Was Won,' the bands seventh US #1 album. The performances were from the band's 1972 tour of the United States, recorded at the LA Forum on June 25, 1972 and Long Beach Arena on June 27, 1972.
2003: Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner announced his engagement to Mia Tyler, daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler.
2003: Billy Joel won a Tony award for the orchestration of his musical, 'Movin' Out.'
2003: Former Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett is made a Member of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II. He is given the award “For service to the community as a prominent advocate for environmental conservation and protection, and to the music industry.”
2004: Velvet Revolver release their debut studio album 'Contraband.'
2004: Bad Religion release their 13th full-length studio album 'The Empire Strikes First.'
2004: Sonic Youth release their 'Sonic Nurse' CD.
2004: Gene Simmons released his 2nd solo album, 'Asshole.'
2004: Pigmy Love Circus, with Tool drummer Danny Carey, release their first album in 11 years, 'The Power Of Beef.' "We`re not doing this for money, we're doing it because we love it," says Carey, who was once in Pigmy Love Circus.
2004: Mojo Magazine, edited by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, hits newsstands. The band asked the magazine to write about them and were offered the job by the publication's editor. The Peppers also appear on the cover. So that's how the publishing business works.
2005: The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) says AC/DC's 'Back in Black' has sold more than 21 million copies in the U.S. The 1980 release was the group's first with singer Brian Johnson (following the death of original vocalist Bon Scott).
2006: Weezer's Rivers Cuomo receives his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. It only took 11 years (and a few albums, tours, etc.) after he enrolled in the Ivy League school. Cuomo is also inducted into Harvard's prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honors society. ++
2007: A street in Nijmegan, Netherlands, is named after the Rolling Stones. The group is presented a street sign, Rolling Stonesstraat, by the city's mayor.
2007: Bon Jovi release their album 'Lost Highway.'
2008: Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the Top 50 guitar songs of all time. #5 was ‘Brown Sugar’ by The Rolling Stones, #4 , ‘You Really Got Me’ By The Kinks, #3, ‘Crossroads’, by Cream, #2 ‘Purple Haze’, by Jimi Hendrix and #1 ‘Johnny B Goode' by Chuck Berry.
2008: Eric Clapton leads a celebrity-filled team in a charity cricket game in Cranleigh, England. Roger Waters, ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman and Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford also take the field. The event raises money for several organizations, including the CHASE Children's Hospice and the Crossroads Centre, the rehabilitation facility Clapton helped start on Antigua.
2009: Elton John's stage version of the film 'Billy Elliot' wins big at the Tony Awards, snagging 10 trophies, including Best Musical. Poison performs in support of the '80's based musical 'Rock Of Ages.' During the show's opening number singer Bret Michaels is hit by a descending piece of scenery fracturing his nose and cutting his lip.
2009: Jon Bon Jovi sings at the second annual ''Always Remember' concert in New York. The event benefits the Voices of September 11 organization's 9/11 Living memorial, an interactive website that honors the victims of the 2001 terror attacks. "I'm proud to continue to lend my voice in the support of this event to build a meaningful tribute to those who lost their lives," says Bon Jovi.
2010: KoRn calls for a boycott of oil giant BP, which is responsible for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "We need to do our part to let BP know there are consequences for causing something like this," writes frontman Jonathan Davis via a press release. "The more costly their punishment, the more money they will spend to make sure disasters like this don't happen again." Disturbed, Rise Against and Godsmack join the boycott.
2010: Iron Maiden released their 41st single, 'El Dorado.' The song won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2011.
2010: Saving Abel release their sophomore album, 'Miss America.'
2010: Grace Potter And The Nocturnals unfurl their self-titled album. "This record is the first time it's really been us. The first time we've all found each other and ourselves," says Potter.
2010: Nevermore released their last album 'The Obsidian Conspiracy.' It was the only time the band charted on the Billboard chart at #132.
2010: 'Green Day: Rock Band' is released. The video game features nearly four-dozen songs.
2011: Alan Rubin dies from lung cancer in New York City. He was 68. Rubin was a member of The Blues Brothers, touring with them and appearing with them in movies as 'Mr. Fabulous.' Rubin was a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and played the trumpet. He was also a long-time member of the Saturday Night Live band.
2011: Slipknot's Corey Taylor speaks at Oxford University. "(It) is very ironic seeing as I didn't graduate from high school," says Taylor. "They took a vote about who they would want to speak at their student union and I was the number one pick."
2011: Kid Rock returns as the host of the CMT (Country) Awards in Nashville. "Hosting the CMT Awards was a wonderful bridge to a great afterparty," says Rock, who also hosted the awards the previous year.
2011: Following a stint at an L.A. rehab facility (for alcohol addiction and exhaustion) Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora rejoins the band for their European tour-which is already underway. His first show back is in Croatia.
2012: The '80's-themed film musical 'Rock Of Ages' has a star-studded premiere in Hollywood with cast members Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Brand as well as REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin and Lita Ford (solo and the Runaways).
2013: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are sent off stage by a fire marshal who claims the L.A. concert audience is 100 people over the Fonda Theater's capacity-despite evidence suggesting that wasn't the case. Petty offers fans a refund.
2014: Metallica's James Hetfield narrates 'The Hunt' on the History Channel. The multi-part program chronicles the annual controlled hunt in Alaska for Kodak brown bears. His contribution to the program is criticized by animal rights advocates.
2016: Janis Joplin's childhood home in Port Arthur, Texas was put up for sale. Although surrounding houses usually sold for between $70,000 and $80,000, the asking price for the five-bedroom, three-bathroom house was $500,000. "You're obviously paying for the fame of the home," said the listing realtor.
2015: Muse release 'Drones.' The album was co-produced by the band and Robert 'Mutt' Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard). "To me, 'Drones' are metaphorical psychopaths which enable psychopathic behavior with no recourse," says frontman Matt Bellamy.
2016: Brian Rading, a founding member of Canada's Five Man Electrical Band, died after a long battle with throat cancer at the age of 69. He played bass on the band's 1971, Billboard #3 hit, 'Signs.'
2016: Brian May of Queen posts a note on his website objecting to Donald Trump's use of 'We Are The Champions' at campaign events. "Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump's platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool," May writes. The following month, Trump uses the song as his entrance music when he makes his first appearance at the Republican convention.

June 9
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis (with the help of Sun Records owner Sam Phillips) takes out a full-page ad in Billboard magazine to explain his second divorce and third marriage (to his 14 year old cousin Myra). In the end, the ad doesn't do much good and Jerry Lee remains ostracized for the next few years.
1958: Sheb Wooley hit the top of the Billboard chart with a novelty song called 'The Purple People Eater.' When he first sang the tune for MGM executives, Sheb said he was scraping "the bottom of the barrel", but the brass loved the song and wanted to release it. Three weeks after it hit store shelves it was the #1 record in the US and would start a merchandising craze that included hats, T-shirts and even ice cream.
1963: The Beatles, on the last night of their tour with Roy Orbison, performed at King George's Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire. It was during this tour that The Beatles' fans started throwing jelly babies at them while they were on stage, after an off-the-cuff remark on television that George Harrison enjoyed eating them.
1964: During an evening session Bob Dylan recorded ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. This was the first session for the 'Another Side Of Bob Dylan,' which saw Dylan recording fourteen original compositions that night.
1966: Elvis Presley's movie 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style' is sneak-previewed in Memphis (it opens nationally a month later).
1967: Pink Floyd played two gigs in one day, the first at the College of Commerce in Hull, and then the UFO at The Blarney Club, Tottenham Court Road in London, England.
1967: The Velvet Underground performed at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1967: The Monkees kicked off a North American summer tour at the Hollywood Bowl in California.
1967: Love begins recording their 3rd album, 'Forever Changes,' at Sunset Sound Recorders in L.A.
1968: Cream performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Guitarist Mick Taylor, who has played with John Mayall's Blues Breakers, signs on as Brian Jones replacement in the Rolling Stones. Jones' departure was announced just a day earlier.
1970: The Who appeared at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado.
1970: Jimi Hendrix played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1970: Bob Dylan receives an honorary Doctorate in Music from Princeton University. In part, his citation reads, “Paradoxically, though he is known to millions, he shuns publicity and organizations, preferring the solidarity of his family and isolation from the world. Although he is approaching the perilous age of 30 his music remains the authentic expression of the disturbed and concerned conscience of Young America.” Dylan leaves immediately after the event accompanied by his friend David Crosby, who had been inexplicably licking half an orange throughout the ceremony.
1971: Paul McCartney's 'Ram' LP goes Gold in the US, where it would reach #2 and spend over five months in the Top 10, eventually going Platinum. The album reached #1 in the UK.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at McFarlin Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, Texas.
1972: The Rolling Stones appeared at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
1972: John Hammond signs Bruce Springsteen to Columbia 1972, and Bruce started to assemble the E Street Band from various Asbury Park ex-band mates.
1972: Elvis Presley began a sold out four night stand at Madison Square Garden. Among those who attended the four night stand included David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Art Garfunkel, George Harrison & John Lennon. He was reported to have offered the press a chance to interview him for a fee of $120,000. There were no takers. The shows were recorded and became the album 'Elvis as recorded at Madison Square Garden.'
1972: King Crimson released their 1st live album, 'Earthbound.'
1973: The Grateful Dead play the first of two nights at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
1974: Aerosmith played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Pink Floyd performs at the Capital Centre in the Washington suburb of Landover, Maryland. Tickets cost $7.50.
1976: Yes played at the Broome Country Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, New York.
1977: Geils (The J. Geils Band) released their 9th album, 'Monkey Island.' It reached #51 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. This was the only album that the J. Geils Band released under another name, i.e. "Geils".
1977: George Harrison and Pattie Boyd were officially divorced. Boyd would later marry Eric Clapton two years later.
1978: The Rolling Stones release their 14th British and 16th American studio album 'Some Girls.' It's the first studio album recorded with Ronnie Wood. The album went on to sell over 6 million in the U.S. alone. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for two weeks in July of 1978. It reached #2 on the UK Top 75 Albums chart. In 2003 Some Girls was ranked #269 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The first single from the album, 'Miss You,' was released to very strong response, garnering The Rolling Stones their last US #1 hit and reaching #3 in the UK. The album cover was designed by Peter Corriston and featured The Rolling Stones in garish drag alongside select female celebrities and lingerie ads. The cover immediately ran into trouble when Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli, representing her mother Judy Garland, Raquel Welch, and the estate of Marilyn Monroe threatened legal action.
1978: Moody Blues released their 9th album, 'Octave.' It's their first release after a substantial hiatus following the success of the best-selling 'Seventh Sojourn' in 1972. It reached #6 in the United Kingdom and went platinum in the United States, where the album reached #13. The album produced the hit single 'Steppin' in a Slide Zone,' which hit #39 in the US, in addition to 'Driftwood,' which was a smaller success.
1979: Dave Edmunds' 'Repeat When Necessary' album is released. It reached #59 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was recorded and released at the same time as Nick Lowe's 'Labour of Lust,' and features the same lineup of musicians: Edmunds, Lowe, Billy Bremner and Terry Williams, collectively known as Rockpile.
1979: Nick Lowe's 'Labour of Lust' album is released. It reached #31 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single 'Cruel to be Kind' reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was recorded and released at the same time as Dave Edmunds' 'Repeat When Necessary' and features the same Rockpile personnel.
1979: The 2nd annual Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The bill includes bands in this order: TKO, Sammy Hagar, Nazareth, Van Halen, Boston, Heart and Blue Oyster Cult.
1980: Genesis performed at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.
1981: Rush played at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1982: Motley Crue get a bomb threat before their concert in Edmonton, Alberta, but go on with the show anyway.
1983: Peter Gabriel 'Plays Live' is released. It's his 1st live and 5th album overall. It reached #44 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #8 on the UK Albums chart.
1983: David Bowie appeared at the Auteuil Hippodrome in Paris.
1984: Night Ranger peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Sister Christian,' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1984: Billboard's Hot 100 includes debuts from Def Leppard’s 'Bringin’ On The Heartbreak' at #82, and Scorpions’ 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' at #34, Billy Idol’s 'Eyes Without A Face' at #18, Van Halen’s 'I’ll Wait' at #13, Night Ranger’s 'Sister Christian' at #5 (peak), with Duran Duran’s 'The Reflex' at #4‬.
1986: Genesis release their 13th album 'Invisible Touch,' their most successful. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and has seven songs that reached various charts - 'In Too Deep' (Adult Contemporary #1, Billboard Hot 100 #3, Mainstream Rock #25); 'Tonight, Tonight, Tonight' (Adult Contemporary #8, Mainstream Rock #9, Billboard Hot 100 #3); 'Anything She Does' (Mainstream Rock #40); 'Invisible Touch' (Adult Contemporary #3, Mainstream Rock #1, Billboard Hot 100 #1); 'Land Of Confusion' (Mainstream Rock #11, Billboard Hot 100 #4); 'The Last Domino' (Mainstream Rock #28); and 'Throwing It All Away' (Adult Contemporary #1, Mainstream Rock #1, Billboard Hot 100 #4). It reached #1 in the UK where it remained on the charts for 96 weeks, making it by far the most commercially successful album of their career.
1987: Suicidal Tendencies released their 2nd album, 'Join the Army.'
1989: After suggesting just three days earlier that she would help the environment by "firebombing McDonald's restaurants," Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders signs a document vowing to never repeat the statement again. McDonald's had threatened legal action.
1989: Grunge label, Sub-Pop, holds the first Lame Fest at Seattle's Moore Theater. The headliners are Tad and Mudhoney. The opening act is a little known band called Nirvana.
1989: Exactly 25 years to the day after Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys reached number one with 'Help Me Rhonda,' his daughters Carnie and Wendy, along with John Phillips' daughter Chynna, had the top song in the US with 'Hold On.'
1990: A young John Corabi and his band Angora play the legendary Whisky A GoGo in Holywood.
1990: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts of KISS’ 'Rise To It' at #93. Also, L.A. Guns’ 'The Ballad Of Jayne' was at #46, Aerosmith’s 'What It Takes' at #43, Rod Stewart & Ronald Isley’s 'This Old Heart Of Mine' at #32, Slaughter’s 'Up All Night' at #31, and Billy Idol’s 'Cradle Of Love' at #24.‬
1991: Poison cancels the first of five shows because lead singer Bret Michaels is suffering from a viral infection of his vocal chords and bassist Bobby Dall has a pinched never in his back.
1993: 'What's Love Got to Do With It?,' a film about singer Tina Turner and how she rose to Rock stardom with her husband Ike Turner, opened in US theatres. The film was well received and the stars, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, were both nominated for Oscars. Bassett won a Best Actress Golden Globe for her performance as Tina.
1997: Testament released their 7th studio album, 'Demonic.' The album cover art for Demonic was done by Dave McKean who also did the cover art for the prior Testament studio album, 'Low.'
1998: David Lee Roth releases his 5th full-length studio album, 'DLR Band.' It includes current Korn drummer Ray Luzier.
1998: Slayer released their 8th studio album, 'Diabolus in Musica.' The album peaked at #31 on the Billboard chart.
1998: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall were involved in a brawl at The Metropolitan Hotel in London.
1998: The Ronettes finally got their day in court as a judge in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York heard arguments in their lawsuit against Phil Spector. The Ronettes, whose hits included 'Be My Baby' and 'Walking In The Rain,' charged that the producer breached the group's 34-year-old contract by paying the members no royalties since 1963. The suit asked for $12 million in damages, rescission of the contract, the return of the masters and recoupment of all monies received by the defendants from the sale of Ronettes masters. Although The Ronettes would win this case, a five-judge panel of the New York State Court of Appeals would overturn the decision in October, 2002, saying that the contract the Ronettes signed with Spector in 1963 was still binding.
2002: It was announced that Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was to be given a knighthood for his services to music.
2004: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich posts an explanation for his absence from England's Download Festival, which was held a few days earlier. "I think that the last six months of playing super-duty Metal and traveling all over the world at my age kind of caught up to me a little bit."
2004: Marilyn Manson settles a lawsuit aimed at halting the distribution of a Spooky Kids CD and DVD. The Spooky Kids eventually became Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids. Under the agreement, Empire Musicwerks can continue to sell the items as long as Manson's image is removed from the products.
2004: Keeping her lawyer jumping. Courtney Love is charged with attacking a female friend of her former manager with a bottle and a metal flashlight. The felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon stems from an April 25 incident at the ex-manager's Los Angeles home. An arrest warrant is issued.
2005: John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo) enters the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. Other inductees include Isaac Hayes, Steve Cropper, Bill Withers and David Porter.
2005: During a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, U2's Bono urges European Union officials to help Africa overcome the effects of "stupid poverty" by boosting aid to the continent. "The message to EU leaders is: Don't blow it. This kind of momentum doesn't come every year," says the proactive Bono.
2005: Former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation record 'Live In Paris.' Proceeds go toward the TurtleWill organization, which helps various indigenous people.
2006: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Highway Companions North American Tour gets underway in Charlotte, NC. The trek celebrates the band's 30th anniversary. Stevie Nicks is a supporting act on the first eight shows and also performs with Petty and the Heartbreakers. 2006: Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman showcases his photographic talents in Wyman Shoots, an exhibit at the San Francisco Art Exchange. Also, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis honors the Rolling Stones role in Soul's legacy with a photography exhibit. Rolling Stones 40 X 20 is a career-spanning selection of images by various photographers.
2007: The Steve Miller Band close the Independence Ride at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, DL. About 2,000 motorcycle enthusiasts participate in the 60-mile ride from Philadelphia to Wilmington. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the ING Direct Kids Foundation.
2008: Motley Crue initiate legal proceedings in L.A. against one of their managers. Crue claim that Burt Stein took money from them and conducted deals behind their back.
2008: Whitesnake release the 3CD compilation, 30th Anniversary Collection of their self-titled 1987 album..
2008: Venom released their 12th studio album, 'Hell.' It was their last album to feature Anthony Lant on drums.
2009: 'The Who Sings My Generation,' the debut U.S. album by The Who was selected for the National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as the album was deemed culturally significant. Also included in the 25 culturally significant recordings selected, were 'Tom Dooley' by The Kingston Trio, 'Rumble' by Link Wray.
2009: The Rock Band Unplugged video game is in stores. It features songs by 3 Doors Down, Audioslave and Alice In Chains, the Who, Boston, Police, Billy Idol, Bon Jovi, Judas Priest, Jethro Tull, and Rush.
2009: Green Day is the musical guest on NBC's 'Last Call With Carson Daly' for the first of four consecutive nights. On the last night, Green Day appears as Foxboro Hot Tubs.
2010: Kid Rock hosts the CMT Awards in Nashville. Rock calls the Country group Lady Antebellum "the hillbilly Fleetwood Mac, except I suspect they don't do drugs or sleep with each other."
2011: Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with the line-up that features Gregg Allman, Buffalo Springfield (featuring original members Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay plus Rick Rosas and Joe Vitale) and Robert Plant & Band Of Joy.
2011: Google honored guitar legend Les Paul with a special stylized logo on their web site in memory of his passing on June 13th, 2009.
2011: Corey Taylor appears on TLC's NY Ink. The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman visits the New York ink parlor where he gets a tattoo in memory of his late bandmate Paul Gray.
2012: Melissa Etheridge plays her first Pride event. It's in Pittsburgh.
2013: Elton John was targeted by anti-gay campaigners in Russia who demanded that he tone down his colorful wardrobe and wear "more respectable" clothing for his concert there next month.
2015: Melissa Etheridge releaseses 'A Little Bit Of Me: Live In L.A.' The album was recorded during the final show of the U.S. leg of Etheridge's This Is M.E. Tour.
2015: Trixter release their album, 'Human Era.'
2015: BulletBoys released their album 'Elefante.'
2015: Of Monsters And Men release their album 'Beneath The Skin.'
2015: Bassist Dennis Dunaway's book, 'Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group,' is published. Dunaway was a co-founder of the band.
2015: Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi is a mentor on Guitar Star, a U.K. reality guitar competition.
2015: A Toronto-based company
called Nutritional High announced that they had secured the licensing rights to manufacture and distribute marijuana and hemp-based products using the song titles and bearing the likeness of iconic guitarist Jimi Hendrix.
2015: A copy of The Beatles' White Album signed by convicted murderer Charles Manson went up for auction on the website iOffer. You could also skip the auction and just buy the LP for $50,000.
2015: The documentary 'INSIDE METAL: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock and Metal Pt. 2' DVD was released.
2016: Paul Simon said he was "elated" to notch up his first UK #1 studio album in 26 years after his 13th solo album, 'Stranger To Stranger,' topped the charts.
2017: Alice Cooper releases the single 'Paranoiac Personality,' from his upcoming 'Paranormal' album.
2017: Gene Simmons filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the iconic rock hand gesture, the devil's horns. ‬

June 10
1958: Now in the Army, Elvis Presley gets a weekend furlough. He spends it recording songs (A Fool Such As I,' 'I Got Stung' and 'A Big Hunk Of Love') that are released in '58 and '59.
1964: On their first world tour The Beatles took a flight from Hong Kong to Australia making an unscheduled fuel stop in Darwin, where over 400 fans greet their aircraft. The Beatles then fly on to Sydney, where they arrive in the middle of a heavy downpour. The group were required to appear in an open-top truck in the pouring rain to wave at the 1,000’s of fans greeting them at the airport.
1964: Rolling Stones visit Chess Studios for the first time, recording 'It's All Over Now,' 'I Can’t Be Satisfied' and 'Time Is On My Side' at Chess studios in Chicago. During the day, the Stones got to meet, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy and Chuck Berry.
1964: The first edition of the official The Rolling Stones book was issued, priced at one and six, (the publication ran for 30 issues).
1964: The Beatles 'Hard Day's Night' LP and single released in U.S.
1966: The Beatles' 'Paperback Writer' single is released in the U.S. But it's the B-side, 'Rain,' that is notable for using a reverse tape technique on the guitar solo.
1966: Steve Marriott of The Small Faces collapsed while performing on UK TV show 'Ready Steady Go!' The group were forced to cancel the following weeks gigs.
1966: Bob Dylan's 'I Want You' b/w 'Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues' 45 single is released. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 charts on July 2 at #90, and Billboard tapped the single as a "star performer"—a side "registering greatest proportionate upward progress this week". It peaked at #20 on July 30. 'I Want You' was also successful on other charts. It entered the Cash Box charts at #59 on July 2, and was also tapped for strong upward movement. It rose slowly, and peaked at #25 on August 6. It was also a major hit in the UK, where it peaked at #16.
1966: Janis Joplin plays for the first time with Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1966: The Monkees first recording sessions took place. These sessions featured members of the Wrecking Crew, a group of studio musicians in Los Angeles but proved to be unsuccessful.
1967: The Monkees record 'Pleasant Valley Sunday.'
1967: Cream release their 'Strange Brew' b/w 'Tales of Brave Ulysses' 45 single. The single peaked at #17 on the UK charts in June of that same year. The UK single release was the last Cream single to be released by Reaction Records.
1967: 15,000 people gather at Mt. Tamalpais in California for the Magic Mountain Music Festival, where performers include The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Smokey Robinson and Byrds. The first event of its kind, it is a prototype for Monterey the following week.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Nautilus Club, South Pier, in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England.
1968: The Zurich Rock Festival has Jimi Hendrix, Traffic and Eric Burdon & The Animals.
1969: Pink Floyd played at Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1969: The Byrds, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Smokey Robinson, and Dionne Warwick performed at California’s Fantasy Faire and Magic Mountain Music Festival.
1969: With his father Jerry Lewis as guest host, Gary Lewis performs 'This Diamond Ring' on 'The Tonight Show' with his band Gary Lewis and the Playboys.
1970: The Who appeared at Mammoth Gardens in Denver, Colorado.
1970: Traffic perform at the Fillmore East for the first time since reforming. The group had disbanded 18 months earlier when Steve Winwood joined Blind Faith. With Blind Faith done, Traffic returned.
1970: Edwin Starr's 'War' b/w 'He Who Picks A Rose' 45 single is released. It was a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970, and is not only the most successful and well-known record of his career, but is also one of the most popular protest songs ever recorded.
1971: The Red Rocks Amphitheatrte in Denver bans rock concerts for 5 years when chaos ensues after police fire tear gas into the crowd at a rowdy Jethro Tull concert. The band keeps playing, although many of them couldn’t even see their instruments through the haze. 28 people were hospitalized.
1972: The Rolling Stones double album Exile On Main Street went to #1 on the UK album chart, the bands 7th chart topping album. In 2010, the re-released album entered the UK chart at #1, almost 38 years to the week after it first occupied that position. The Rolling Stones are the first act to ever have a studio album return to #1 after it was first released.
1972: The Rolling Stones performed at the Pacific Terrace Center in Long Beach, California.
1972: Led Zeppelin played at Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York. Tickets were $5 and $6. Earlier this day, members of Led Zeppelin, Peter Grant and Richard Cole attend Elvis Presley’s afternoon concert at Madison Square Garden.
1973: Wet Willie, the Allman Brothers Band and The Grateful Dead played at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. The Allmans joined the Dead onstage for the third set of their show.
1974: The Who began a four-night sold-out run at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It only took 60 hours for the shows to sell out.
1974: Elton John's 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' b/w 'Sick City' 45 single is released. It was is the 1st single from British musician Elton John's 1974 album 'Caribou'; it was released that year during the latter half of May in the United Kingdom, and on June 10 in the United States.
1975: The Eagles 4th studio album, 'One of These Nights' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart for five weeks. The album released three Top 10 singles, 'One Of These Nights,' 'Lyin' Eyes,' and 'Take It To The Limit.' Those singles reached #1, #2, and #4 respectively. The album became the band's first album to top the charts. The band won its first Grammy Award for 'Lyin' Eyes,' and the album was nominated for Album of the Year.
1975: Aerosmith appeared at Brown County Arena in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
1976: At Seattle’s Kingdome, Paul McCartney & Wings play for a crowd of 67,100, setting an indoor attendance record.
1976: Yes played at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
1977: Joe Strummer and Nicky Headon from The Clash were each fined £5 ($8.50) by a London court for spray-painting “The Clash” on a wall.
1977: Motörhead released their 2nd single, 'Motörhead.'
1977: Led Zeppelin played the third of six nights at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1978: Joe Walsh's 'Life's Been Good (To Me So Far),' one of the all-time great songs about Rock excess, is released.
1978: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Nick Gilder’s 'Hot Child In The City' at #88. Also, Genesis’ 'Follow You Follow Me' was #35, Meat Loaf’s 'Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad' was #17, & ABBA’s 'Take A Chance On Me' was #8. ‬
1979: Van Halen played at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1980: Rush performed at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.
1980: Bob Marley & The Wailers 'Uprising' album is released. It reached #45 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and reached the top ten on the UK Albums chart. As Marley died the following year, 'Uprising' is Marley's final album, and it's also one of his best.
1981: ZZ Top appeared at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1981: Bob Dylan headlined at Poplar Creek Music Theatre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois (outside of Chicago.)
1981: Asia, the supergroup featuring Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer & John Wetton began production work for what would become their debut album.
1982: Addie Harris from The Shirelles died of a heart attack after a show in Atlanta. 1961 US #1 and UK #4 single 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow.' They became the first all girl group to have a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.
1982: Eric Clapton performed at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.
1982: Rainbow released their 6th studio album, 'Straight Between the Eyes.' It was recorded at the now defunct Le Studio in Morin Heights, QC.‬
1983: Pantera release their debut album 'Metal Magic' with vocalist Terry Glaze. The album was produced by Jerry Abbott (under the alias "The Eldn"), a Country music songwriter and producer, and father of Pantera's Darrell (Dimebag) and Vinnie Paul, who are 17 and 19 years old, respectively, at the time. The album was produced by Jerry Abbott.
1983: Tank released their 3rd album, 'This Means War.'
1983: The Kinks 'State of Confusion' album is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The single, 'Come Dancing,' reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1983: Stevie Nicks released her 2nd studio album, 'The Wild Heart.' It reached #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and produced three Top 40 singles in 'Stand Back' (#5), 'If Anyone Falls' (#14) and 'Nightbird' (#33).
1984: The annual Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The bill includes bands in this order: 38 Special, Bryan Adams, Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne and Rush.
1985: Talking Heads 6th album, 'Little Creatures' is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, bolstered by the hit singles, 'And She Was' (Mainstream Rock #11, Billboard Hot 100 #54), 'Road To Nowhere' (Mainstream Rock #25), and'"Stay Up Late' (Mainstream Rock #24).
1985: R.E.M.'s 3rd studio album, 'Fables of the Reconstruction' is released. It reached #28 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #35 on the UK Albums chart.
1986: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert in their hometown of Denver, Colorado.
1986: Candlemass released their debut album 'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus.'
1986: Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead went into a five day diabetic coma, resulting in the band withdrawing from their current tour.
1986: Steve Winwood's 4th solo album, 'Back in the High Life' is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #46 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The single 'Higher Love' topped the singles chart and won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. 'Back in the High Life Again' (US #13), 'The Finer Things' (US #8, the second biggest hit from the album), and 'Freedom Overspill' (US #20) were also big hits. It was the 1987 Grammy winner for best engineered non-classical recording.
This was Winwood's last studio album with Island Records after twenty years with the label. The album also features collaborations in backing vocals, featuring Chaka Khan in 'Higher Love,' and James Taylor in 'Back in the High Life Again.'
1991: Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr. kicked off an 8-date tour at the Gothic Theater in Denver.
1991: Guns N’ Roses perform at the SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) in Saratoga Springs, NY. Skid Row opens.
1992: A Los Angeles judge threw out a $25 million palimony suit brought against Rod Stewart by former girlfriend, model Kelly Emberg.
1992: The publishers of John Lee Hooker’s song 'Boogie Chillen' filed a lawsuit against ZZ Top, claiming that 'La Grange' had ripped off Hooker’s song. This lawsuit would be dismissed five months later.
1996: Wal-Mart pulls the Goo Goo Dolls album'"A Boy Named Goo' due to 'offensive' cover art. A baby appears covered with blood. The album sells 1.5 million copies anyway; 50,000 of those come from Wal-Mart prior to the ban.
1997: During an induction ceremony for the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame at the Sheraton New York Hotel, Phil Spector closed his acceptance speech by saying "When I get inducted anywhere, you always think; Obituary. This will look good in the obituary."
2001: Journey is forced to cancel a concert due to severe flooding in Houston.
2001: Radiohead went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Amnesiac.' The band’s 5th studio album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200.
2003" Following a four-year hiatus, Fountains of Wayne reunite in order to release Welcome Interstate Managers. The album spawns the hit single 'Stacy's Mom.'
2004: KISS kick off the North American leg of their Rock The Nation tour at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Selma, Texas. Poison open the show.
2004: Ray Charles dies of acute liver disease in Beverly Hills, California. He was 73. Charles, who became blind at the age of 7, had one of the most recognizable voices in American music. He won almost every award a musician could get, including Grammys, the National Medal of Honor, an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and even his likeness on an American stamp. He was portrayed by Jamie Foxx in the movie 'Ray,' who went on to win an Academy Award for the performance. He left behind a large family – he was married twice but fathered twelve children by ten different women.
2006: Incubus' Brandon Boyd co-hosts the Surfrider Foundation's Celebrity Surf Jam in Huntington Beach, CA. The free event brings professional surfers and celebrities together in an effort to promote coastal conservation. "Celebrity Surf Jam is just one more way I can help raise awareness for [the] need to protect our coastal environments," says Boyd.
2006: Green Day fan Ruby Wilson, of Ovenden, England, avoids disaster thanks to her American Idiot T-shirt. While raking leaves at home the 12-year-old uncovers a live hand grenade, which she identifies from the cover art of the band's 2004 album. The World War II vintage grenade apparently came from a munitions factory that was located nearby.
2006: The surviving members of Led Zeppelin met at a secret rehearsal space in England to run through songs for the forthcoming 02 Arena benefit tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder, the late Ahmet Ertegun. It was the first time the three members had been in the same room with instruments since their four-song set at Led Zeppelin's 1995 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
2007: The Rolling Stones played their first UK festival in over 30 years when they appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival. The Stones arrived at the Isle of Wight on their own privately chartered ferry for their 200-strong entourage including five Winnebago trailers and private security team. The Stones last UK festival appearance was Knebworth Fair in 1976.
2008: My Morning Jacket's 5th studio album, 'Evil Urges' is released.
2008: 'Hits Are For Squares,' a compilation of Sonic Youth songs selected by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Beck and Radiohead (among others) is released on Starbucks Hear Music imprint.
2009: The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan announces that a 19-year-old Berklee College of Music freshman named Mike Byrne has replaced drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. "Mike is an exceptionally talented and gifted drummer and things are going very well," reads a post on the Pumpkins' website.
2009: The joint Aerosmith/ZZ Top tour begins. "To follow (ZZ Top) is gonna kick us into overdrive," says Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. It's gonna be a riot." But the trek ends abruptly weeks later when Aerosmith vocalist Stephen Tyler falls while onstage (actually from a catwalk) and breaks his shoulder.
2009: The Neil Young documentary, 'Don't Be Denied,' premieres as part of PBS' 'American Masters' series. There's an exclusive interview with Young along with performance clips.
2009: Barry Beckett, record producer and session musician of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, dies in Hendersonville, Tennessee, at age 66.
2009: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was inducted into the Mojo Hall Of Fame at the magazine's award ceremony. Singer Richard Hawley won the best album prize, while Kasabian's single ‘Fire’ was named song of the year. Mojo had become the best-selling music magazine in the UK, selling more than twice as many copies as NME. A further 16 honorary prizes were handed out. They included the classic album award, which went to The Stone Roses for their 1989 self-titled debut LP and veteran space rockers Hawkwind accepted the Mojo Maverick honor.
2010: After several months of speculation and recriminations, Steven Tyler (following yet another a trip to rehab) remains Aerosmith's frontman for their 'Cocked, Locked and Ready To Rock' European tour. After Tyler's fall during an '09 concert, several shows, including dates in the Great White North, were cancelled. Now, Canadian promoter, Keystone Entertainment Group Ltd., files suit in a Calgary court against the band accusing them of a breach of contract and failing to respond to requests to reschedule the dates. They ask for approximately $10 million.
2010: Slash is tackled by a fan in Milan while playing the classic solo in the middle of 'Sweet Child o’ Mine.' He handles it perfectly and even continues the song after changing guitars. He says, “What’d I say? Rowdy crowd for sure. But amazing! The guy who nailed me didn’t take me down but he busted my poor . Ah well, it was a kick-ass rock show in the first order!”
2011: Jack White and British model Karen Elson throw a "divorce party" to celebrate their amicable breakup. White was previously married to his White Stripes bandmate Meg White.
2012: Soundgarden's first U.K. show in 15 years takes place at Donington Park's Download Festival, on the event's 10th anniversary.
2013: Former Journey lead singer Steve Perry revealed that he had recently undergone treatment for melanoma and that his prognosis was good.
2013: Black Sabbath release their 19th and final studio album, '13.' It would eventually land at #1 on Billboard's 200 album chart.
2013: 'Wonderwall,' the 1995 hit from Oasis, is voted the biggest song of the past 20 years in a poll conducted by Australia's Triple J's radio network. Nearly one million voters select songs released between 1/1/93 and 12/31/12. The White Stripes are 2nd with 'Seven Nation Army.'
2013: Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell reveals that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Two months earlier, the guitarist had a surgical biopsy. "All things considered, Hodgkin's has an over 80% cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you're going to have a cancer, Hodgkin's is the one to have," states Campbell.
2014: Jack White's sophomore solo album 'Lazaretto,' which refers to a type of hospital set up for those with contagious diseases, is out.
2014: The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde releases 'Stockholm,' her debut album under her own name.
2014: Arch Enemy released their album 'War Eternal.' It was their first album with Alissa White-Gluz on vocals. and it reached number 44 on the #Billboard chart.
2014: Hellyeah release their 4th album, 'Blood For Blood.' Producer Kevin Churko handles the bass duties in the studio due to the departure of Bob Zilla. The album reached #18 on the #Billboard chart.
2014: Tesla release their 7th studio album, 'Simplicity.'. It reaches #24 on Billboard's 200 album chart.
2016: Garbage release their 6th studio album, 'Strange Little Birds,' on their own StunVolume label. The album was recorded at Red Razor Sounds in L.A.
2016: Band Of Horses drop their 5th studio album, 'Why Are You OK.' The set includes the single 'Casual Party.'
2016: Motorhead release the live set 'Clean Your Clock,' recorded in Munich the previous November on what turned out to be the band's final trek.
2016: U2's concert film 'Innocence and Experience - Live in Paris,' directed by Hamish Hamilton, is released.
2016: Rod Stewart was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to music and charity. Stewart said: "I've led a wonderful life and have had a tremendous career thanks to the generous support of the great British public. This monumental honor has topped it off and I couldn't ask for anything more."
2017: Onslaught become the first international Thrash Metal act to play in Lebanon. The concert is at The Station venue in Beirut.

June 11
1957: Elvis Presley's '(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear' b/w 'Loving You' 45 single is released. The song was a US #1 hit for Elvis Presley during the summer of 1957, staying at #1 for 7 weeks, and his third of the four that he would have that year. '(Let Me be Your) Teddy Bear' would also hit #1 on the R&B Best Sellers List, becoming his 4th #1 on that chart. In addition the song would hit number one on the country charts for a single week.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis finds that the marriage scandal involving his 14-year-old second cousin has migrated back to the States when he is booed off a New York stage. The second show is canceled due to poor ticket sales, and Lewis' career, for the time being anyway, is ruined.
1960: Drummer Tommy Moore makes the fateful decision to quit The Beatles and return to his job of driving a forklift at Garston bottle works. He would briefly be replaced by Norman Chapman, who was called into National Service after just three gigs. After going drummerless and mostly jobless for a few weeks, the band would hire Pete Best on August 12th, only one day before they were to go to Hamburg to play a string of club dates.
1962: The Beatles recorded a BBC radio program, 'Here We Go,' at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, in front of a studio audience composed largely of loyal Cavern fans. This was the last recording on which Pete Best played drums.
1964: Chicago police break up a Rolling Stones press conference in the middle of Michigan Avenue.
1964: The Rolling Stones 'Tell Me (You're Coming Back)' b/w 'I Just Want To Make Love To You' 45 single is released. It was their first record to enter the US Top 40. The single reached #24 in the US and #1 in Sweden. It was not released as a single in the UK.
1965: The Rolling Stones' classic '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' is released.
1965: The British government announces The Beatles will receive the MBE (Members of the British Empire). Some conservative MBE holders grumble that the honor shouldn't go to a Rock band and turn in their awards. The Beatles get their MBEs just the same. After all, they about single-handedly saved the British economy. Later, John Lennon returns his award to protest the British government's support of the war in Vietnam.
1965: Them's album 'The Angry Young Them' is released in the UK (July 1965 in the US as "Them").
1965: The Rolling Stones release their 'Got Live If You Want It' album in the UK. The band's first live recording to be released, it was captured during selected dates at Liverpool and Manchester during their British tour in March that year.
1966: The Rolling Stones started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Paint It Black,' the group's 3rd US #1 single. It's the first #1 Pop single to feature a sitar.
1966: Donovan becomes the first rock star busted for drugs by the newly vigilant London drug squad.
1966: European radio stations mistakenly report that The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey is dead. Actually, it was guitarist Pete Townshend who had been injured in a car accident a few days earlier.
1966: Elvis Presley begins shooting his 26th film, 'Double Trouble' in Hollywood.
1966: Melody Maker reports that guitarist Eric Clapton (Yardbirds/John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers), Jack Bruce (Manfred Mann) and Ginger Baker (Graham Bond Organization) have formed the first "Rock supergroup." Cream is born.
1967: Printed in this week's music weekly Melody Maker's ad's pages, 'Freaky lead guitarist, bass and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan's new group. Also any other astral flyers like with car's amplification and that which never grows in window boxes, phone Wimbledon 0697.' The band who formed as Tyrannosaurus Rex, went on to release four underground folk albums before becoming known as T Rex.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios in London on 'The White Album,' John Lennon worked on ‘Revolution 9’ in studio 3, while Paul McCartney recorded ‘Blackbird’ in studio 2.
1968: Fire breaks out at Olympic Studios while Rolling Stones are recording 'Beggar's Banquet.'
1968: Cream appeared at Paul Sauvé Arena in Montreal, Quebec.
1969: The Beatles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Ballad Of John and Yoko' the group's 17th UK #1. The only two Beatles that played on the track were John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
1969: David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' single is released. It's rush-released in the hope to capitalize on the attention surrounding the planned moon landing in July.
1969: Three Dog Night's 2nd studio album, 'Suitable for Framing' is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and three Top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100; 'Easy to Be Hard' (#4), 'Eli's Coming' (#10), and 'Celebrate' (#15).
1970: An American tour planned for Ginger Baker's Airforce is cancelled eight days before it is due to begin. Only 3,000 tickets had been sold.
1970: Traffic jammed at the Fillmore East in New York.
1970: The Rascals, Poco, and Alee Keith played at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971: Procol Harum's 5th studio album, 'Broken Barricades' is released. It reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart, and #42 on the UK Album chart.
1971: Chicago's'"Beginnings' b/w 'Colour My World' 45 single is re-released. Originally released in 1969, the song was the band's 2nd single but failed to chart on its initial release. After the band's success with subsequent singles, 'Beginnings' was re-released in June 1971, backed with 'Colour My World,' Both sides became U.S. radio hits, and the combined single climbed to #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. 'Beginnings' reached #1 on the U.S. Easy Listening chart.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appear at the Eastown Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
1971: Dennis Wilson, drummer for The Beach Boys, severs the nerves in his hand after crashing through a glass door while he was drunk. It stops him from playing music for about three years.
1972: Led Zeppelin performed at the Civic Center in Baltimore. Tickets were priced from $5.50 – $7.50.
1972: The Rolling Stones play the Forum in Inglewood, California. The opening act is Stevie Wonder.
1973: Deep Purple performed at Cobo Arena in, Detroit, Michigan.
1974: The Who headlined at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1975: The Rolling Stones appeared at the Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
1976: The Grateful Dead performed at the Great Boston Music Hall.
1976: Rush began a three night stand at Massey Hall in Toronto. These three shows were recorded for what became the band’s first live album 'All the World’s a Stage.'
1976: AC/DC appeared at Glasgow City Hall in Scotland, on the first night of their 'Lock Up Your Daughters' 19 date UK tour. The tour, which ends in London, is the group's first U.K. trek as headliners.
1976: Santana's 'Amigos' album goes gold.
1977: Joe Strummer and Topper Headon were detained overnight in prison in Newcastle upon Tyne having failed to appear at Morpeth Magistrates on May 21st. Both Clash members were to answer a charge relating to the theft of a Holiday Inn pillowcase. They were both fined £100 ($170).
1977: Ram Jam's 'Black Betty' b/w 'I Should Have Known' 45 single is released. It reached #18 on the singles charts in the United States and the top ten in the UK and Australia.
1977: The Sex Pistols' 'God Save The Queen' peaks at #2 on the U.K. charts. It's shut out of the top spot by Rod Stewart's ballad 'I Don't Want To Talk About It.'
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s 'Rumours' retains the #1 album in the US. Just one of the 31 weeks it would spend in that position in 1977 and 1978.
1978: Genesis appeared at Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany.
1979: Chuck Berry is convicted of income tax evasion and ends up serving about 3 months in prison.
1979: The Knack released their debut LP 'Get The Knack.'
1980: Aerosmith played at Stage West in Hartford, Connecticut.
1981: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed at the Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.
1981: Van Halen kicked off 3 sold out nights in Oakland during the 'Fair Warning' tour.
1982: After much anticipation 'Grease 2,' the sequel to the smash 1978 musical, lands in theaters... but crashes and burns.
1983: Drummer Alex Van Halen married Valerie Kendall in Los Angeles. Brother Eddie Van Halen was best man. The couple divorce less than a year later.
1983: ZZ Top played at the Civic Auditorium Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.
1984: Yes performed at Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden.
1986: A year after Sting released his debut solo album 'Dream Of The Blue Turtles,' the Police reunite for an Amnesty International concert in Atlanta.
1986: 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' his theaters. When Matthew Broderick leads a parade through downtown Chicago to The Beatles 'Twist And Shout,' it renews interest in the group, and the song soon returns to the charts.
1988: The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute is held in London. Mandela, a South African political prisoner, has been jailed for 24 years. The concert, features Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder and Phil Collins, in addition to several pop and R&B performers. It is broadcast worldwide and seen by over one billion people.
1991: Skid Row release their 2nd studio album, 'Slave to the Grind.' It is their first and only #1 album on Billboard's 200 album chart‬.
1991: Lynyrd Skynyrd returns to recording with 'Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991.' It's their 6th album, following 'Street Surviors,' but is their first since the plane wreak take took three band-members lives in 1977. The new lineup initially uses the name "Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991," but eventually has to drop this name after the media and fans essentially ignore it and continue to call them Lynyrd Skynyrd.
1991: The Grateful Dead played at the Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1992: ABBA's Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus join U2 during the their Zoo TV Tour to perform a Rock version of 'Dancing Queen' in Stockholm, Sweden.
2000: Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee and two members of the English band's entourage were arrested after a disturbance at a Holiday Inn in downtown Denver.
2000: Motley Crue ask Hole drummer Samantha Maloney to rehearse with them for their upcoming 'Maximum Rock' tour while Randy Castillo recovers from emergency stomach surgery.
2001: Ozzy Osbourne records new versions of 'No More Tears,' 'Crazy Train,' 'See You On The Other Side,' and the Black Sabbath staples 'War Pigs' and 'Paranoid' for the soundtrack of 'Black Skies,' a video game based on his vision.
2002: W.A.S.P. released their album 'Dying For The World.' It was dedicated to all those who perished in the attacks of the 9/11 events, especially heard on the track 'Hallowed Ground.'
2002: KoRn release their 5th studio album, 'Untouchables.' It debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 selling 434,000 copies in its first week.
2002: Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills at St. Salvator Church in Ireland. Guests included Ringo Starr, Elton John, David Gilmour, Jools Holland and Chrissie Hynde. Heather walked down the aisle clutching a bouquet of 11 'McCartney' roses. After a nasty court battle, they divorce in 2008.
2003: Adam Ant was arrested after going berserk and stripping off in a London cafe. The former 1980's pop star had thrown stones at neighbor's homes smashing windows before going to the nearby cafe.
2004: Van Halen began an ill-fated reunion tour with Sammy Hagar. The band had been hibernating for six years since its Van Halen III album and tour with Gary Cherone. After paying Eddie a surprise visit at his 5150 studio, the band made plans to tour again. Eddie was struggling with addiction at the time, and his relationship with Hagar soured quickly. When the tour finally ended in Tucson, Arizona in November, they went their separate ways. They haven't spoken since.
2004: Courtney Love surrendered to police after allegedly assaulting a woman at the home of her former manager and ex-boyfriend. Ms Love was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. She was later released on bail. The charges related to an incident on April 25, 2004, when Ms. Love allegedly assaulted a woman with a bottle and a torch at the LA home of Jim Barber.
2005: It was announced that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page & Queen guitarist Brian May were on Queen Elizabeth’s annual list of birthday honors. Page was named an officer of the Order of the British Empire & May was named a commander of the Order of the British Empire.
2006: A bass guitar autographed by Van Halen's Michael Anthony is auctioned at a benefit for an aspiring musician suffering from bone cancer. Days earlier, Anthony went to the home of Brian Mammen of San Dimas, CA. During the visit, which was arranged by the Helping Heroes Productions charity, Anthony jammed for an hour with the 18-year-old, even doing a version of 'Panama.'
2006: After singer Jonathan Davis falls ill, Avenged Sevenfold's M Shadows, 10 Years' Jesse Hasek and Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor fill in on vocals during KoRn's appearance at the U.K.'s Download Festival. Davis is diagnosed with blood disorder, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, which forces the cancellation of KoRn's European tour.
2006: Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose invites former GN'R guitarist Izzy Stradlin onstage to perform three songs at the U.K. Download Festival. Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach also joins the group for 'My Michelle.' It's a chaotic set with Rose slipping during 'Sweet Child O' Mine' and leaving the stage twice for extended periods.
2007: Slash is named Riff Lord for his work with Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver at the Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Awards in London. Heaven & Hell (the Black Sabbath-related group) earn the Resurrection Award for best comeback.
2007: Motley Crue's Tommy Lee skips a London show after injuring his left arm. Evanescence drummer Will Hunt fills in. Though far from 100%, wearing an ice pack on his shoulder, Lee doesn't appear in pain during several on-stage appearances. During one such excursion he blurts out, "Who wants a goddamn swig of Jagermeister?"
2007: The Genesis reunion tour of Europe begins in Helsinki, Finland. The line-up is singer-drummer Phil Collins, guitarist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks. It's the group's first tour in 15 years.
2007: Journey's 1981 hit 'Don't Stop Believin' is used in the finale of the final episode of HBO's 'The Sopranos.' Former Journey singer Steve Perry, who co-wrote the tune with keyboardist Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon, says the way the song was utilized in the last scene "blew my mind."
2007: Jackson Browne receives World Hunger Year's annual Harry Chapin Award at a dinner in New York. The anti-poverty organization honors Browne for his involvement in humanitarian causes.
2008: Disturbed's 'Indestructible' debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. It sells 252,000 copies in its first week. The album marks the third straight time the group has topped the survey.
2009: Late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott receives the Icon Award while ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons takes home the Les Paul Award at the Mojo Honours List in London. The Zombies' 'Odessey And Oracle' earns the Classic Album Award.
2010: Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, a major soccer fan, releases his band's 'Represent!' to inspire the U.S. team in their first World Cup game against England since 1950. A day later, the match ends in a tie.
2010: Puddle Of Mudd announce that bassist Doug Ardito has left the group. Ardito joined in 1999. "It's been a great 9 years of Rocking the music of Puddle Of Mudd with Doug," says frontman Wes Scantlin. The group installs Damien Starkey, a friend of the band, as Ardito's 'temporary' replacement.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne releases his 11th studio album, 'Scream.' The album reached #4 on the Billboard chart and is the only Ozzy album to feature Gus G. on guitar.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne sets a Guinness World Record: the world's loudest and longest scream during an appearance at a Los Angeles Dodgers game. The record setting endeavor also helps the annual Think Cure weekend which raises money for cancer research. Ozzy's wife Sharon is a cancer survivor.
2010: It may be the eighth annual Download Festival in England but it's also the 30th anniversary of Rock festivals at Donington, starting with the Monsters of Rock bash in 1980. The three-day U.K. event features AC/DC, Megadeth, Motorhead, Them Crooked Vultures, Stone Temple Pilots and Wolfmother.
2010: Cheap Trick's take on The Beatles, 'Sgt. Pepper Live,' begins its run at the Paris Las Vegas Resort and Casino. The audio production is supervised by engineer Geoff Emerick, who worked on the 1967 'Sgt. Pepper's' album.
2010: The Flaming Lips perform Pink Floyd's 1973 album, 'Dark Side Of The Moon,' in its entirety on the opening night of the annual Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, TN.
2010: Puddle Of Mudd announce that bassist Doug Ardito has left the group. Ardito joined in '99. "It's been a great 9 years of Rocking the music of Puddle Of Mudd with Doug," says frontman Wes Scantlin. The group installs Damien Starkey, a friend of the band, as Ardito's 'temporary' replacement.
2011: Pink Floyd's 1973 album 'The Dark Side Of The Moon,' re-entered the Billboard Album chart at #47, and reached the milestone of 1,000 weeks on Billboard's charts.
2012: Lisa Marie Presley, who owns Graceland and a minority stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises, gave her approval for her father's image to be turned into a hologram, with possible uses that range from a duets album and a TV drama series to appearances at the Graceland mansion in Memphis and perhaps on the road.
2013: Black Sabbath release their album '13.' The set has original Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, plus drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave) in place of the absent Bill Ward who sat out the reunion due to a contract dispute. The Rick Rubin produced set marks the first time the trio has recorded an album since 1978's 'Never Say Die.'
2014: Remastered versions of Led Zeppelin's first three albums land on Billboard's Top 10: 'Led Zeppelin I' (#7), 'II' (#9) and 'III' (#10). These are the first of a remastering project undertaken by Zep guitarist/producer Jimmy Page.
2014: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose appears in a Budweiser World Cup commercial. In the spot, famous soccer players perform GN'R's 'Paradise City.' Rose, who is standing in the audience alongside some models, catches a tossed guitar pick and uses it to open his Bud, and then raises his can in salute to the mock band.
2014: Amen frontman Casey Chaos confirms that the former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has joined the group.
2014: The Ramones' self-titled debut album is certified gold by the RIAA, signifying sales of over 500,000 units. Released in 1976, the landmark Punk album initially peaked at #111 on the Billboard 200.
2015: The Kinks' front man and principle song writer Ray Davies was honored with a London Legend Award at a ceremony held at the Camden Roundhouse. Davies said: “I accept this on behalf of all the young writers coming through, all the young people embarking on careers and as a symbol of the future.”
2016: Five Finger Death Punch's Jeremy Spencer marries Sarah Lopez in "a great private ceremony with immediate family in Las Vegas." 2016: Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder speaks out against a controversial transgender "bathroom bill" during the group's appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival. The Tennessee proposal would have public school students use the bathroom corresponding with their sex at birth.
2016: England's Buckingham Palace announced that Rod Stewart would be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II "for services to music and charity." The 71-year-old singer would now be able to call himself Sir Roderick David Stewart.

June 12
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis' 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On enters the country charts. It's on the C&W charts a week before the pop charts pick it up.
1959: Chess Records release two LPs in US, Chuck Berry's third album 'Chuck Berry Is On Top' and Bo Diddley's first release, 'Go Bo Diddley.'
1964: The Rolling Stones''Tell Me (You're Coming Back)' b/w 'I Just Want To Make Love To You' 45 single is released. Originally featured on their 1964 self-titled album (US title: England's Newest Hit Makers). It was later released as single A-side in the U.S. only, becoming the first Jagger/Richards song that the band released as a single A-side, and their first record to enter the US Top 40. The single reached #24 in the US and #1 in Sweden. It was not released as a single in the UK.
1964: The Zombies record 'She's Not There' at their first recording session for Decca Records. The song would reach #2 in the US and #12 in the UK.
1964: The Beatles arrived in Adelaide, Australia and were greeted by an estimated 250,000 fans, (the biggest welcome the band would ever receive), who lined the ten mile route from the airport to the city centre. The group gave their first four shows in Australia at the Centennial Hall, Adelaide over two nights. Temporary member Jimmy Nicol was standing in for Ringo on drums who was recovering from having his tonsils removed.
1965: The Beatles were included in the Queen’s birthday honors list to each receive the MBE. Protests poured into Buckingham Palace, MP Hector Dupuis said “British Royalty has put me on the same level as a bunch of vulgar numbskulls.”
1965: The Who appeared at The Town Hall, Dudley, Birmingham. England.
1965: Sonny & Cher make their television debut on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
1966: After buying pot from an undercover cop posing as a student at his high school, Steven Tallarico is arrested and charged with drug possession. He is given a year's probation and labelled a "Youthful Offender," which later keeps him from getting drafted. Tallarico later becomes Steven Tyler and forms Aerosmith.
1966: The Dave Clark Five break a record by becoming the first rock band to make 12 appearances on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show. The band later made six more appearances, a record for a British band.
1966: Pink Floyd appeared at The Marquee Club in London. It was at this show that future co-manager Peter Jenner saw the band live for the first time. Floyd went on to sign a management contract with Peter Jenner and Andrew King on Oct. 31st of this year.
1967: Bob Dylan's album 'Greatest Hits' peaked at #10 on the US chart. The cover photograph of the album was taken by Rowland Scherman at Dylan's November 28th, 1965, concert in Washington, D.C., winning the 1967 Grammy award for Best Album Cover, Photography. The original album package also included Milton Glaser's now-familiar psychedelic poster depicting Dylan.
1968: Elvis Presley's 27th film, 'Speedway,' starring Nancy Sinatra, premieres in Charlotte, NC.
1969: Mick Taylor is introduced to the media as the new guitarist of The Rolling Stones. He replaces Brian Jones.
1969: Raven and Johnny Winter played at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1970: David Bowie released the single 'Memory of a Free Festival', which featured guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey's studio debut with Bowie's band, bringing together the line-up that would shortly record The Man Who Sold the World. The track also featured Marc Bolan on lead guitar and backing vocals.
1970: Bob Seger appeared at the Uptown Palladium 12 Theatre‎ in Birmingham, Michigan.
1970: The Guess Who performed at the White House for an audience which included Prince Charles and the Nixons. Mrs. Nixon requested that they drop 'American Woman' from the set.
1970: Janis Joplin and the Full Tilt Boogie Band performed at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
1971: Pink Floyd played at the Palais des Sports in lyon France. The show included the song 'Atom Heart Mother,' performed with the addition of a 20-piece choir, three trombones, three trumpets, and one tuba.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Eastown Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
1972: Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Mardi Gras' LP goes gold.
1972: John Lennon and Yoko Ono release 'Some Time In New York City.'
1972: With the help of her mother, Ronnie Spector left her husband Phil’s Beverly Hills mansion for the last time, leaving behind her adopted sons, three year old Donté and six year old twins, Louis and Gary. Within days she filed for a divorce that would be granted in 1974.
1973: David Bowie appeared at Central Hall in Chatham, England.
1973: Grand Funk record 'We're An American Band,' which will become their first US #1 single by the following September.
1973: KISS begin work on demos with producer Eddie Kramer at Electric Ladyland Studios in New York.
1974: KISS played at I.M.A. Sports Arena in Flint, Michigan.
1975: The Rolling Stones performed at the Boston Garden.
1975: 'Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits,' released in 1973, finally goes gold.
1976: The Who, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, Outlaws and Streetwalkers all appeared at Swansea City Football Club in Swansea, Wales, Tickets cost £4 ($7).
1976: ZZ Top appeared at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1977: Bad Company played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1977: Genesis performed at the Palais de Sports in Paris .
1978: Paul McCartney & Wings 'I’ve Had Enough' b/w 'Deliver Your Children' 45 single is released. The song was written and sung by Paul McCartney and was recorded on board the boat Fair Carol in the Virgin Islands prior to the halt of recording for Linda's pregnancy (and the departure of lead guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Joe English from Wings). It reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and it reached #42 in the UK.
1979: Bruce Springsteen's 'Born To Run' becomes New Jersey's 'unofficial' Youth Rock Anthem. Springsteen is from Asbury Park, NJ.
1979: The Police appeared at The Locarno in Bristol, England, supported by The Cramps.
1981: Bob Dylan performed at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.
1981: Van Halen played the 2nd of 3 sold out nights in Oakland during the 'Fair Warning' tour in front of 11,300 people.
1982: 'No Nukes,' the largest political rally in US history took place when about 750,000 people went to New York's Central Park for the Rally for Nuclear Disarmament, which featured performances by Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and Gary "U.S." Bonds.
1982: Van Halen peaked at #3 on Billboard's 200 album chart with 'Diver Down.'
1984: Rush performed at the Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1985: Megadeth release their 'Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!' album. It includes a version of Nancy Sinatra's 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin', with lyrics altered by Dave Mustaine.
1987: The Los Angeles Coroner's Office rules that blues legend Paul Butterfield died from a heart attack caused by decades of drug and alcohol abuse.
1987: The Grateful Dead appeared at the County Fairgrounds in Ventura, California.
1989: Graceland opens the Elvis Presley Autoland Museum, which contains over 20 cars owned by The King, including his famous Pink Cadillac, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Stutz Blackhawks, a 1975 Dino Ferrari, a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, and the red MG that Elvis drove in the film 'Blue Hawaii.'
1989: Lion release their last studio album, 'Trouble In Angel City.' The band did a cover of Slade's song 'Lock Up Your Daughters' for the album.
1990: Bad Company release their 9th studio album, 'Holy Water.' It was their 3rd with Brian Howe in place of Paul Rodgers as lead vocalist, and it went platinum, selling over 1,000,000 units, and climbed to #35 on The Billboard Top Pop Albums Chart. The first single 'Holy Water,' was a #1 Billboard Album Rock Track for two weeks during the Summer of '90 as the band toured the U.S. with Damn Yankees. The single 'If You Needed Somebody' became a major hit in early 1991, reaching 16 on Billboards Hot 100 chart and #2 (for two weeks) on the Album Rock chart. 'Boys Cry Tough' (#3), 'Stranger, Stranger' (#9) and 'Walk Through Fire' (#28 Hot 100 chart / #14 Album Rock chart) also received substantial airplay.
1991: Ozzy Osbourne released the 'No More Tears' single.
1993: UB40 had their 3rd UK chart topping single with ('I Can’t Help), Falling In Love With You,' a #1 hit for Elvis Presley in 1962.
1993: Rod Stewart entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at #2 with 'Unplugged...and Seated' which was Stewart’s 2nd live album. It contained his first performance with Ronnie Wood in nearly 20 years & went on to sell three million copies in the U.S.
1999: It was reported that Oasis had paid Gary Glitter £200,000 ($340,000) as an out-of-court settlement after being accused of using the Gary Glitter lyric, 'Hello, hello, it's good to be back' in the song 'Hello.'
2000: Bruce Springsteen debuts his new song, 'American Skin (41 Shots),' which protests the NYPD killing of unarmed suspect Amadou Diallo, to resounding boos at Madison Square Garden.
2001: Blink 182 release their 'Take Off Your Pants and Jacket' album, featuring the single, 'Rock Show.'
2001: Warrant release their covers album, 'Under the Influence.' It includes covers by Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Nazareth, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and more. ‬
2003: Van Morrison, Queen, Little Richard and Phil Collins were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in a New York City ceremony.
2004: Adrian Belew joins Primus on stage during their set at Bonnaroo 2004 for three songs: Primus' 'Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers,' Belew's own 'The Lone Rhinoceros,' and King Crimson's 'Thela Hun Ginjeet.'
2004: U2's Bono joins a California based entertainment venture capital firm, Elevation Partners, as a managing director.
2004: Velvet Revolver's 'Slither' tops the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks.
2005: Pink Floyd announced they would reunite with former bassist Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985, on July 2 for the Live 8 London concert. This would be the first time the band had played together as a quartet since The Wall tour in 1981.
2006: KoRn cancels the remaining dates on their European tour when singer Jonathan Davis reveals he is suffering from the blood disorder Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. "If I continued to headbang onstage, I could have dropped dead on the spot," Davis says in London.
2006: Prince received a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his "visionary" use of the Internet; Prince was the first major artist to release an entire album, 1997's Crystal Ball, exclusively on the internet.
2007: The John Lennon tribute album 'Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur' is released. Jackson Browne, Green Day, U2, Aerosmith and R.E.M. cover Lennon songs. Proceeds go to Amnesty International's initiative against the Darfur genocide.
2007: The Traveling Wilburys (George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne) two studio albums are reissued together with extras (including a DVD with videos and a group documentary). Contractual problems kept the group's work out of distribution for several years.
2007: The White Stripes perform a surprise six-song acoustic set at a London veterans hospital for retired military personnel. That evening proceeds from a Jack and Meg concert go to the Chelsea Pensioners' Appeal and charities supported by the London Pearly Kings and Queens Society, a charity fundraising organization.
2007: Ex-Pink Floyd singer-bassist Roger Waters discusses the Millennium Villages project, a U.N. initiative he's involved with that aids impoverished African peoples. "The basic idea (of the campaign) is to tackle all the things that cause extreme poverty at once in simple, cost-effective ways," explains Waters.
2007: Jackson Browne plays benefit concert in Red Bank, NJ, to raise funds for the Joan Dancy and PALS support group, which helps sufferers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease).
2008: The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce selects a number of performers, including Rush, to have stars embedded on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009.
2009: At the Bonnaroo festival, Beastie Boys play together for the last time, as Adam Yauch (MCA) would soon be diagnosed with cancer.
2009: Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson is the keynote speaker at the UCLA College of Letters and Science commencement ceremony in L.A. Delson, a UCLA grad (class of '99), has a bachelor's degree in communication studies. "Brad Delson is a social activist who is committed to change through education," says UCLA dean Judith L. Smith.
2010: Weezer make their first appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival in the Manchester, TN. Clad in an USA soccer jersey, frontman Rivers Cuomo bounces on a trampoline, climbs the stage's rafters, and throws bananas into the crowd.
2010: Elton John sings at a birthday celebration for conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh. Considering Limbaugh's gay bashing it was bit of a surprise. "Elton, during the performance made a lot of cracks," says Sir Elton's partner, David Furnish. "But ultimately, it's a bit like an olive branch, I guess."
2011: Linkin Park headlines the Download Festival at England's Donington Park. "Being American we never had many good Rock festivals to go to as kids," says frontman Chester Bennington. "Donington is a place we all dreamed of playing when we were growing up. "It's awesome."
2011: Coasters lead singer Carl Gardner ('Charlie Brown,' 'Yakety Yak'), dies of heart failure at age 83.
2011: Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, suffers a stroke at his home in Florida. The 69-year-old musician is initially listed as "responsive and in stable condition" after two brain surgeries. However, he passes away six days later. 2012: Rush release their 'Clockwork Angels' album. Co-produced by Rush and Grammy Award winner Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones), it is the group's 19th full-length studio album. It peaks at #2 on Billboard's 200 album chart.
2012: Joe Walsh comes out against Joe Walsh. The Eagles guitarist endorses Tammy Duckworth in her bid to defeat Representative Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) in November's Congressional election.
2012: Pearl Jam’s former chief financial officer Rickey Goodrich was charged with thirty-three counts of theft for allegedly stealing $380,000 from the band’s management company & spending the money on lavish vacations, spa treatments, life insurance & pricey California wines.
2014: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush receive honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from Nipissing University, a public liberal arts school in North Bay, Ontario.
2014: The Kinks' Ray Davies and Donovan are among the inductees into Songwriters Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at NYC's Marriott Marquis Hotel.
2015: Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl fractures his leg when he miscalculates a jump and falls into the security pit during a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. After a trip to the hospital, Grohl returns and finishes the show.
2015: Van Morrison is awarded an honorary knighthood for his "services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland" by Britain's Queen Elizabeth during her annual Birthday Honours celebration.
2017: Black Sabbath receive the Golden God award at the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in London.
2017: Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody has an onstage meltdown. During a performance in Tilburg, Netherlands, he claims he’s out of the band and this is his last show with FFDP. The concert is marred by issues (personal and technical). Later, Moody, whose struggles with substance abuse are widely known, says "I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that I have fallen off the wagon.”

June 13
1958: Frank Zappa gets his diploma from Antelope Valley High, in Lancaster, CA. One of Zappa’s classmates was Captain Beefheart.
1958: Ed Sullivan phones Colonel Tom Parker and says he wants Elvis to make a fourth appearance on his show as soon as he is discharged from the Army. Unfortunately for Sullivan, Elvis would never return to his program as The Colonel chose to book his client on Frank Sinatra's variety show on May 12th, 1960 for a then unheard of fee of $125,000.
1964: The Beatles performed another two shows at Centennial Hall, Adelaide, South Australia. For the four shows that The Beatles performed in Adelaide there were 12,000 tickets, for which 50,000 requests had been placed. The two shows on this day were drummer’s Jimmy Nicol's last as a "temporary Beatle". Ringo Starr (who had been ill), re-joined The Beatles in Melbourne the next day.
1964: The Rolling Stones make a television appearance on 'Hollywood Palace,' a show hosted by Dean Martin. Dino made some jokes at the Stones' expense -- after a trampolinist's act, Dean quipped, "that's the father of The Rolling Stones; he's been trying to kill himself ever since."
1965: The Yardbirds released their debut LP in the states. The album was titled 'For Your Love.' The album was released as The Yardbirds were getting ready for their first US tour. The album is a mix of US-only tracks and previously released singles compiled by The Yardbirds.
1966: The Byrds released their '5D (Fifth Dimension)' b/w 'Captain Soul (Instrumental)' 45 single.
1968: Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Hallucinations performed at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: The Rolling Stones held a press conference and photo-op in Hyde Park to introduce new guitarist Mick Taylor. The 20 year-old former John Mayall's Bluesbreakers member made his live debut with The Stones the following month at a free concert at Hyde Park in London.
1969: Pink Floyd played at the Great Hall, Devonshire House at the University of Exeter, in Exeter, England.
1969: The Who stage the Hollywood premiere of 'Tommy,' performing the rock opera at the Hollywood Palladium as part of the “Magic Circus” with fellow acts Poco, and the Bonzo Dog Band. Attending the show are Janis Joplin, Spirit, Mama Cass Elliot, David Crosby, Peter Tork and The Turtles.
1969: Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam & Dave, and the Staple Singers perform at the Soul Bowl ’69, held at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
1969: The Grateful Dead performed at the Convention Center in Fresno, California.
1969: Led Zeppelin play at Town Hall in Birmingham, the first of 11 shows in England and France before returning to the US. Supporting acts were Liverpool Scene and Blodwyn Pig.
1970: The Beatles had their last original single, 'The Long and Winding Road' hit #1 in the US. The album 'Let It Be' started a four-week run at #1 the US album chart on the same day. Since then, they've reached the top of the charts with re-releases of 'Got to Get You Into My Life' and 'Back in the USSR' (1976), 'The Beatles Movie Medley' (1982), 'Twist and Shout' (1986, included in the movies, 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' and 'Back to School'), 'Baby It's You' and 'Free As a Bird' (both 1995) and 'Real Love' (1996).
1970: Christine McVie releases her solo album and announces her retirement from music. Less than a year later she's in Fleetwood Mac.
1970: Uriah Heep release their debut album '...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble' in the UK.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad, supported by Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) appeared at the Ocean Ice Palace in Bricktown, New Jersey, tickets were $5.00.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band, Traffic, the Mothers Of Invention and Ike & Tina Turner perform at the Cosmic Carnival at Atlanta Stadium.
1971: Grin, led by Nils Lofgrin played at the Alexandria Roller Rink in Alexandria, Virginia.
1971: Alice Cooper performs at Alexandria Roller Rink in Alexandria, VA.
1972: The Rolling Stones performed at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1972: Clyde McPhatter, original lead vocalist with The Drifters, dies from complications of heart, liver, and kidney disease, brought on by alcohol abuse. He was just 39. In 1987, McPhatter was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was the first artist in music history to become a double inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first as a member of the Drifters, and later as a solo artist, and as a result, all subsequent double and triple inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are said to be members of “The Clyde McPhatter Club.” The United States Postal Service also issued a stamp in his honor in 1993.
1973: David Bowie played at the Gaumont State Theatre in London.
1974: King Crimson appeared Cow Palace in San Francisco.
1974: David Bowie, Corinne “Coco” Schwab., Stuey George and driver Jim James leave the MainMan suite at the Sherry Netherland Hotel in New York to begin the nine hour trip by limousine to Montreal for the start of the 'Diamond Dogs' tour.
1975: John Lennon made his last ever TV appearance when he appeared on 'Salute To Sir Lew Grade,' performing 'Slippin And Slidin,' and 'Imagine.'
1975: In San Francisco, Peter Frampton played the first of two nights at the Winterland Ballroom. Recordings from the two shows were used for his double album 'Frampton Comes Alive.'
1975: Jefferson Starship's 'Red Octopus' album is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP"s & Tape chart for four non-consecutive weeks beginning in September, bolstered by the Billboard #3 Hot 100 hit, 'Miracles.'
1975: Lemmy was fired from his former band, Hawkwind.
1976: Aerosmith appeared at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1977: Crosby Stills and Nash performed at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
1977: Rush played at the Empire heatre in Liverpool, England.
1977: Neil Young's 8th studio album, 'American Stars 'n Bars' is released. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1979: The Cars release their 2nd studio second album, 'Candy-O,' which goes on to sell over four million copies in the U.S. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, bolstered by the single, 'Let's Go,' which reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1979: Joni Mitchell's 10th studio album, 'Mingus' is released. It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP's (#17) and Top Jazz LP's (#3) charts. It is a collaboration with jazz legend Charles Mingus, was recorded in the months before his death, and would be Mingus's final musical project; the album is wholly dedicated to him. The artwork features several paintings by Mitchell of Mingus.
1979: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1980: Billy Joel's 'Glass Houses' is #1 on the Billboard 200.
1980: The film 'Roadie,' featuring Meatloaf, Blondie and Roy Orbison, Pat Benatar, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper and Styx opens in the US. Other stars in the movie include Art Carney and Hank Williams, Jr. The film was marketed with the tagline “Bands make it rock...Roadies make it roll.”
1980: Pat Benatar performed a short set and danced with team mascot, 'The Phillie Phanatic,' before a Philadelphia Phillies game.
1980: Paul McCartney releases the single, 'Waterfalls.' It stiffs becoming the first McCartney single ever to miss the Billboard Hot 100 chart, only reaching #106 despite being the follow-up to the #1 hit 'Coming Up.'
1980: The Grateful Dead performs at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington.
1981: Van Halen's 'Fair Warning' peaks at #5 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart.
1981: Van Halen played the last of 3 sold out nights in Oakland during the 'Fair Warning' tour.
1982: Pink Floyd began sessions for 'The Final Cut.
1983: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble release their debut album 'Texas Flood,' which was recorded in only three days at Jackson Browne’s personal studio. The album is later certified double platinum. It reached #38 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The album was named after a cover featured on the album 'Texas Flood,' recorded by blues singer Larry Davis in 1958.
1984: Yes appeared at the Falkoner Teater in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1985: Ratt release their 2nd full-length album, 'Invasion of Your Privacy.' It reaches #7 on Billboard's 200 album chart, and was produced by Beau Hill.
1985: 'Heavy Metal Mania‬ premiered on ‎MTV‬ featuring ‪Dee Snider‬ as host.
1985: The Live 8 concert takes place in The concerts coincided with the 20th anniversary of Live Aid.
1986: Ozzy Osbourne and openers Metallica performed the first of a three night stand at the Long Beach Arena.
1987: Armored Saint, Heretic and Stone Soldier play the Country Club in Reseda, CA.
1987: Motley Crue debut at #5 on US LP chart with 'Girls Girls Girls.'
1987: Whitesnake peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their self-titled album which went on to sell eight million copies in the U.S.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts from Whitesnake’s 'Still Of The Night' at #92, Poison’s 'I Want Action' at #90 & Bryan Adams’ 'Hearts On Fire' at #71. Also, Poison’s 'Talk Dirty To Me' was #45, Europe 'Rock The Night' was #37, Mötley Crüe’s 'Girls Girls Girls' was #35 and Bon Jovi’s 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' was #7‬.
1988: Status Quo released their 18th studio album, 'Ain't Complaining.'
1988: Nuclear Assault release their 7th studio album , 'Survive.'
1988: The biggest charity Rock concert since Live Aid three years earlier took place at London's Wembley Stadium, to denounce South African apartheid. Among the performers were Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, George Michael, Whitney Houston and Dire Straits. Half the money raised went towards anti-apartheid activities in Britain, the rest was donated to children's charities in southern Africa.
1989: Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1991: Mick Jagger announced that he and Jerry Hall were expecting their third child together.
1992: Queen's Brian May joins Guns N' Roses on stage at their show from Wembley Stadium for 'Tie Your Mother Down' & 'We Will Rock You.'‬
1995: Alanis Morissette releases 'Jagged Little Pill.' The album, which sells over 33 million copies, wins four Grammys, including "Album of the Year," and is ranked #1 on the Billboard 200 list of the best-selling albums of the '90s.
1995: Fear Factory release their 2nd studio album, 'Demanufacture.' Produced by Colin Richardson, the album spawns such industrial-metal classics as the title track, 'Replica,' and a cover of Head of David's 'Dog Day Sunrise.'
1998: During the Dave Matthews Band set at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, DC's RFK Stadium, concert-goer Lysa Selfon is struck by lightning. With help from an off duty paramedic, she is revived and eventually makes a full recovery.
2000: The New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association held a rally to protest Bruce Springsteen’s song 'American Skin,' the subject of which was the police shooting of Amadou Diallo.
2000: Bon Jovi release their 7th studio album, 'Crush.' It hits #1 on the UK album chart‬.
2000: Poison release their album 'Power To The People.' It was released on the band's independent label Cyanide Music. It v marked the return of the original lineup, together for the first time since 1991's 'Swallow This Love.'
2000: BB King and Eric Clapton's 'Riding with the King' album is released. It reached three different Billboard charts - Top 200 Albums (#3), Top Blues Albums (#1), and Top Internet Albums (#1). It won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.
2001: KISS enter an agreement with WhiteLight to produce official KISS Kaskets.
2001: Sebastian Bach is named as Favorite Male Replacement, as part of's 2001 Audience Awards.
2001: Reb Beach is officially out of Dokken, opening the door for John Norum to join the group on a full-time basis.
2003: Elton John implores people to practice safe sex as he opens a memorial garden at a British clinic that treats AIDS and HIV.
2003: Metallica's 'St. Anger' debuts at #1.
2003: David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Sting receive a CBE award (Commander of the British Empire) at the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Sting states, “I’m surprised and flattered to receive this honour…If my mum and dad were still here they would be made up.” Gilmour was cited for his charity work. He had recently donated nearly $6 million to the homeless organization Crisis.
2004: Elton John begins a series of concerts at New York's Radio City Music Hall backed by students from London's Royal Academy of Music and the Juilliard School. Proceeds from the first performance are donated to the Elton John Musical Scholarship and a program at Juilliard. John is a Royal Academy alum.
2004: Two die during at the third annual Bonnaroo Music Festival. Toxicology tests show both victims used drugs. There are numerous drug related arrests among the 150,000 who see Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews and The Dead on a farm halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga.
2004: The 4th single from Green Day's 'American Idiot' album, 'Wake Me Up When September Ends' is released. The track goes to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Alternative Songs chart.
2005: Billy Joel's album, '12 Gardens Live' is released. The two-disc set documents the Piano Man's record-breaking 12-night run of sold-out concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden.
2006: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts release their 11th studio album, 'Sinner.' It's their first new studio album in nearly 12 years. On the album, Jett gets political for the first time. She says, "I've wanted to write about political issues and the state of our country, but how do you do that without coming off being preachy? I think a lot of that fear stopped me from even trying."
2006: Three Days Grace release their 2nd album, 'One-X,' with the single 'Animal I Have Become.'
2006: Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and the E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt and Clarence Clemons tape cameos for the video that opens ESPN's Monday Night Football games. It is filmed in Orlando, FL.
2006: KoRn's Jonathan Davis is released from a London hospital where he was treated for a blood disorder. "The doctors have determined that this was an isolated incident," says Davis.
2006: Elliot Easton (The Cars and New Cars) undergoes surgery to repair the collarbone he broke the previous week from a fall on a tour bus.
2006: Three of the original Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, along with Bruce Johnston, who joined the touring lineup in 1965, gathered at the Capitol Records office tower for the presentation of double-platinum plaques marking US shipments of more than 2 million copies of the band's 2003 collection, "Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys".
2006: The Gold Cause Marketing Halo Awards in New York honors the Music Rising initiative (Best Transactional Campaign), which was co-founded by U2 guitarist the Edge. The event is part of the fourth annual Cause Marketing Forum conference. Music Rising assists musicians affected by 2005's Gulf Region hurricanes.
2006: 'Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? The Best Of The Replacements' is released. The album includes new tracks recorded by bassist Tommy Stinson (last seen with Guns N' Roses) and his former bandmates, singer-guitarist Paul Westerberg and drummer Chris Mars. 'Message To The Boys' and 'Pool & Dive' are the band's first recordings in 16 years.
2007: Bob Dylan receives the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, one of Spain's most prestigious honors. "He's a living legend of popular music," says Jose Llado Fernandez-Urrutia, president of the judging panel.
2007: Paul Rodgers performs at a benefit for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation. Proceeds aid the families of police officers killed or injured while on duty.
2007: Styx and ZZ Top perform on Spike TV's first annual Guys Choice awards show. Styx takes part in a salute to comic actor Adam Sandler.
2007: Widely hailed by critics as one of the best albums in Paul McCartney's solo career, 'Memory Almost Full' sold 160,541 copies across all retail outlets in the US in its debut week, landing the record at #3 on Billboard Top 200 chart.
2008: Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland and drummer Eric Kretz are sued by Atlantic Records for allegedly threatening to prematurely end their recording contract with the label. "The band never threatened anything more than remaining away from the studio until equitable terms could be arranged," says STP in a statement. So they weren't trying to end the deal just holding out.
2010: Paul McCartney closes the Isle of Wright Festival with a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Toward the end of 'Let Me Roll It' he plays the riff from 'Purple Haze.' "I was really lucky to know Jimi and hang out with him a little bit in the '60s, he was a great guy," McCartney tells the audience.
2010: Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan wins a Tony Award for his score and orchestration for the musical 'Memphis,' which examines the relationship between race and music in the South during the '50s. Bon Jovi is playing the O2 Arena in London which also means that Bryan misses his first concert in 30 years to attend the awards. Green Day's musical 'American Idiot' gets two Tony Awards; Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design.
2012: IDW Publishing issues 'Dressed To Kill, Part 1.' Written by Chris Ryall (Zombies vs Robots) with art by Jamal Igle (The Ray), it's the first in a series of KISS comic books.
2012: The Beach Boys' first album of all-new material since 1992, 'That's Why God Made the Radio,' raced up the Billboard 200 chart to #3. Their span of Billboard Top Ten LP's stretched to 49 years and one week since they first graced the chart with 'Surfin' U.S.A.' the week of June 15, 1963.
2012: Ringo Starr's birthplace at Nine Madryn Street, in Dingle, was spared from demolition by Liverpool City Council. Housing Minister Grant Shapps said "a tide of community support" had saved the home, which he described as a "beacon of Beatlemania".
2013: Iron Maiden is named the Kerrang! Inspiration Award winner at the magazine's annual event in London.
2013: The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducts Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry at their 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York. Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner are also inducted. It's the first time Jones and Gramm share a stage in over a decade.
2014: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan announces that drummer Mike Byrne has left the group. "Mmm. Let's just say that Mike, like Elvis, has left the building," states Corgan. Byrne, who was heard on '09's 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscope' and '12's 'Oceania,' had been benched by Corgan in favor of Motley Crue's Tommy Lee for the album 'Monuments To An Elegy.'
2014: Linkin Park release their 6th album, 'The Hunting Party.' "It's loud and it's Rock, but not in the sense of what you've heard before," explains Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda.
2016: Filter cancel their concert in Sweden after individual bandmembers and the venue receive death threats electronically.
2016: 'Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie,' the 6th full-length album from Volbeat, debuts at #4 on The Billboard 200, moving 51,000 equivalent album units in its debut week. At #6 is Rob Zombie's 'The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser.' Hellyeah land at #18 with 'Unden!ble.'
2016: Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie is censored in Lithuania because he might scare children. A poster with Eddie's image advertising Maiden's show in Kaunas is removed after authorities intervene.
2016: Iron Maiden's 'The Book Of Souls' wins Album Of The Year while Ghost take home the trophy for Best International Band at the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards. Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison is named a Golden God and Nikki Sixx picks up the Icon honor.
2016: Foo Fighters file a lawsuit in L.A. against Lloyd's of London and several insurance companies and brokers for failing to pay insurance claims after several shows were canceled during the Foo's '15 world tour when frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg.
2017: Anita Pallenberg, the “muse” of the Rolling Stones, dies of complications from Hepatitis C. She was 75. Pallenberg was an actress, model and artist, and part of Andy Warhol’s Factory She initially dated Brian Jones, but when he became physically abusive, Keith Richards rescued her and they began a 13-year relationship and eventually had three children together. She is credited as singing background vocals on 'Sympathy for the Devil,' and the band regularly solicited her opinion on songs and recordings.
2017: 'Runnin' With The Devil: A Backstage Pass To The Wild Times, Loud Rock, And The Down And Dirty Truth Behind The Making Of Van Halen' is in bookstores. Written by the band's early manager Noel Monk, the book “details the most outrageous escapades (and) incredible drug use and drinking that would ultimately fuel the conflict between the band members.”

June 14
1953: Elvis Presley graduates from L.C. Humes High in Memphis.
1958: Fats Domino records 'I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday.'
1961: After a performance at the Majestic Theatre in Newcastle, England, Gene Vincent is mobbed by admirers who accidentally push him down a flight of stairs, where he is knocked out.
1961: Elvis Presley's 7th movie, 'Wild In The Country,' premieres in his hometown of Memphis.
1963: During a UK tour The Beatles played at New Brighton Tower in Wallasey supported by Gerry and the Pacemakers. Tickets cost 6 shillings in advance. Between 1961 -1963, The Beatles played at The Tower Ballroom on 27 occasions
1964: 12-year-old Carol Dryden was discovered by railway workers packed in a tea chest on a station platform addressed to The Beatles.
1964: Touring Australia The Beatles arrived in Melbourne and were greeted at the airport by over 5,000 fans. Another 20,000 fans lined the route from the airport to the hotel, army and navy units were brought in to help control the crowds, cars were crushed, hundreds of girls fainted and over 50 people were admitted to hospital with broken bones.
1964: The Manish Boys, (featuring David Bowie) auditioned for the UK television talent show 'Opportunity Knocks.'
1965: The Byrds 'All I Really Want To Do' b/w 'I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better' 45 single is released. The song was written by Bob Dylan and originally featured on his Tom Wilson-produced 1964 album, 'Another Side of Bob Dylan.' The single reached #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the UK Singles Chart.
1965: The 'Beatles VI' album is released. The LP is released in both mono and stereo versions. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's for six weeks during the summer of 1965.
1965: Paul McCartney records 'Yesterday' by himself, after trying unsuccessfully to fit in the rest of the Beatles. The song would later be recorded by over 3,000 other artists and become the most covered tune in music history. In describing it, Paul has said "I did the tune easily and then the words took about two weeks."
1966: The original 'butcher block' cover for The Beatles 'Yesterday And Today' album is officially recalled by Capitol Records due to "extreme negative feedback," just prior to its release. The cover, with the group placed among cuts of meat and decapitated dolls, soon becomes a collector's item. A standard group photo is used instead.
1966: The Who record preliminary versions of two new Pete Townshend compositions 'Disguises,' and a song from Pete’s first rock opera Quads, 'I’m A Boy.' 'Disguises' is rush mixed to be used the next day on the last episode of BBC-TV’s' A Whole Scene Going.' Pete wears a handlebar mustache and John plays a tuba named “Gladys.”
1967: The Doors appeared at Steve Paul's Scene in New York City. Jimi Hendrix was in the audience.
1967: The Monkees began recording 'Daydream Believer.' It was completed on August 9, with Davy Jones singing lead, Micky Dolenz on harmony vocals, Michael Nesmith on lead guitar, and Peter Tork on piano.
1968: Iron Butterfly release their 2nd studio album, 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.' It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 LP's chart, and topped the UK Albums chart. It has the distinction of being the first album to be awarded platinum status when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) began that achievement level in 1976. Today it is a 4x platinum album with sales of over 30 million copies. The legendary title track reached #30 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1968: 23 year old Rod Stewart got his first major exposure in the US when he opened a tour with The Jeff Beck Group at The Fillmore East in New York. Stewart had a bad case of stage fright and hid behind a speaker cabinet through the first song.
1968: Pink Floyd played at the Midsummer Ball, University College London, Bloomsbury, England.
1969: Mick Taylor’s first photo shoot with the Rolling Stones takes place in London’s Hyde Park. He replaced Brian Jones.
1970: The Grateful Dead release 'Workingman's Dead,' which contains 'Casey Jones.' It is the Dead's 4th studio album and most commercially successful LP to date. It reached #27 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tapes chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #262 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The title of the album comes from a comment from Jerry Garcia to lyricist Robert Hunter about how "this album was turning into the Workingman's Dead version of the band."
1970: Grand Funk Railroad spends $100,000 for a block long billboard in New York's Times Square to advertise its latest record, 'Closer to Home.'
1970: Eric Clapton's Derek and the Dominoes made their live debut in Britain at London’s Lyceum. They told the promoter they were "The Dynamics," but he convinced them to add the "Derek," which was a nickname for Clapton. His mangled name interpretation stuck. They initially told the promoter they were “The Dynamics,” but he convinced them to add “Derek." “The Dynamics” was somehow changed to “The Dominos.” The group was joined by Dave Mason, who played the guitar parts performed by Duane Allman on Derek and the Dominoes' only studio album, 'Layla.'
1970: The sponsors of the original Woodstock Festival announce that they lost more than $1.2 million on the actual concert. They would eventually profit from the sale of the Woodstock sound track and related memorabilia.
1970: Blood, Sweat & Tears begins a tour of Romania, Poland and Yugoslavia on behalf of the US State Department. Working as government ambassadors under the Nixon administration put the band in bad standing with the protest movement they were part of when they played Woodstock.
1971: The first Hard Rock in London opens.
1971: Emerson, Lake & Palmer release their 2nd album, 'Tarkus.' It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's and Tape chart, and topped the UK Albums chart.
1972: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1972: Gate crashers at a Tucson Rolling Stones concert are greeted with tear gas.
1972: Actor Warren Beatty organizes his 5th benefit concert for Presidential candidate George McGovern at Madison Square Garden, featuring, among others, Simon & Garfunkel and Peter, Paul and Mary.
1972: 'Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits' album is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tapes chart, and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #293 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1973: David Bowie appeared at City Hall in Salisbury, England.
1974: David Bowie begins his 'Diamond Dogs' tour in Montreal.
1974: The Allman Brothers Band played at Royals Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
1975: Peter Frampton's concert at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael is recorded. This performance along with a show the following night at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco comprise 'Frampton Comes Alive,' one of the best selling double albums of all time.
1975: America achieve their 2nd Billboard #1 record and their 7th Top 40 hit with 'Sister Golden Hair.'
1975: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by The Sweet’s 'Ballroom Blitz' at #100, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 'Saturday Night Special' at #89, & Aerosmith’s 'Sweet Emotion' at #83. Also, The Temptation’s 'Shakey Ground' (later covered by Aerosmith) was #26, and Alice Cooper’s 'Only Women' at #13.‬
1976: 'Rock N' Roll Music,' a Beatles compilation, goes gold six years after the group disbanded.
1976: The Grateful Dead played the first of two nights at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
1976: Chicago's 'Chicago X' album is released. The band's 9th studio album, and 10th album overall, it reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, bolstered by the #1 Billboard Hot 100 Hit, 'If You Leave Me Now.' The album won three Grammy Awards and was also nominated for Album of the Year, but lost to Stevie Wonder's classic 'Songs in the Key of Life.'
1977: Led Zeppelin played the last of six sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, in New York City during their 11th and final North American tour.
1977: Eric Clapton appeared at Le Pavillon in Paris.
1978: The Rolling Stones performed at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey.
1979: Little Feat announce their breakup. Lowell George has a fatal heart attack two weeks later.
1980: Peter Gabriel reached #1 on the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with his 3rd self-titled album which spent two weeks on top.
1980: Billy Joel started a 6 week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with his second chart topping LP, 'Glass Houses,' his 2nd US #1 album. The album features Joel's first song to peak at #1 on Billboard's Pop Singles chart, 'It's Still Rock and Roll to Me.' 'You May Be Right' hit #7 and 'Don't Ask Me Why' peaked at #19.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult release their 7th studio album, 'Cultösaurus Erectus.' It reached #34 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The tour promoting 'Cultösaurus Erectus' found them co-headlining sports arenas in the United States with Black Sabbath as part of the Black and Blue Tour.
1981: Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Steven Stills and Bonnie Raitt, among others, perform at the No Nukes concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
1981: Bob Dylan performed at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
1981: Rush play the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA.
1982: The Pretenders fired founding bassist Pete Farndon, due to the bassist’s battle with heroin addiction.
1982: Pete Townshend released his 3rd official solo album, 'All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes.' It reached #26 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1982: ‎The 'Metal Massacre'‬ album is released from ‎Metal Blade Records. It features the song 'Hit The Lights' from Metallica. Metallica made their recorded debut on the Metal Blade compilation. The first pressing of Metal Massacre featured a version of 'Hit the Lights' with guitar solos by Lloyd Grant and Dave Mustaine, with James tripling on rhythm guitar, vocals, and bass. They later re-recorded 'Hit the Lights' for the 2nd pressing of 'Metal Massacre' featuring Dave Mustaine on lead guitar and Ron McGovney on bass. The first pressing also included Steeler's 'Cold Day In Hell,' replaced by Black 'n Blue's 'Chains Around Heaven' on the 2nd and 3rd pressings. Other band's featured on the albums included Ratt, Bitch, Malice, Pandemonium, Cirth Ungol and more.
1983: Exciter released their 1st studio album, 'Heavy Metal Maniac.'
1983: ZZ Top played at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.
1984: Yes appeared at Isstadion in Malmo, Sweden.
1985: Canadian Corey Hart releases album, 'Boy in the Box.' It includes Billboard’s Hot 100 singles 'Never Surrender' at #3, '
Boy in the Box' at #26, and 'Everything in My Heart' at #30. 'Eurasian Eyes' did not chart in the US, but hit #29 in Canada. ‬
1986: Anthrax with Exodus perform at the Rock Hotel in New York City. Tickets are only $11.
1986: One fan dies at an Ozzy Osbourne/Metallica show at the Long Beach Arena after falling from a balcony. Long Beach Police say the man “fell over backwards because he was probably overdosing, hit his head, broke his neck and died.” Three others also jumped from the balcony and sustained life-threatening injuries.
1986: Bob Geldof receives an 'honorary' knighthood (for organizing Live Aid). Being Irish, he can't be knighted by the Queen.
1987: 30 hired hands moved 800 rented NHS beds onto Saunton Sands in North Devon for Storm Thorgerson to shoot what would be the cover of the forthcoming Pink Floyd album 'A Momentary Lapse Of Reason.' Rain interrupted the shoot and the team were forced to repeat the exercise two weeks later.
1989: Carole King gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1991: Nirvana appeared at The Palladium in Hollywood.
1994: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts release their 9th studio album, 'Pure and Simple.'
1994: Suicidal Tendencies released their 8th studio album, 'Suicidal for Life.'
1995: Several residents of Columbus, Ohio call the police to complain about the volume of a Ted Nugent concert. The Motor City Madman refused to quiet down because the music was within legal noise limits.
1996: Beatles producer George Martin is made a knight by Queen Elizabeth II.
1995: Rory Gallagher died after a chest infection set in following a liver transplant. Rory was only 47 years old when he passed. Gallagher sold over 30 million albums worldwide and was a major influence on guitarists including Brian May, The Edge, Slash and and Glenn Tipton. He had been a member of Taste before going solo, was voted Melody Maker’s Top Musician of the Year in 1972, and auditioned for The Rolling Stones following the departure of Mick Taylor. Gallagher made his final performance on January 10, 1995 in the Netherlands.
2000: Noel Gallagher from Oasis was voted into 1st place in Melody Maker's annual 'Un-coolest People in Rock' survey. Marilyn Manson came second and Robbie Williams was voted 3rd.
2002: Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones becomes Sir Michael Philip Jagger when he is knighted at the Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours even though Jagger once called the Queen “Chief Witch” and proclaimed “anarchy is the only slight glimmer of hope.”
2003: 'Bring Me To Life,' the debut single from Evanescence, hits #1 in the UK and stays for four weeks. The song peaks at #5 in America.
2003: Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers is awarded a Member of the British Empire medal by Queen Elizabeth in London.
2003: VH1 list the Top 100 songs of the past 25 years (roughly '78 to '03). Nirvana's 'Smell's Like Teen Spirit' is #1.
2004: The Beastie Boys release their 6th studio album, 'To The 5 Boroughs.'
2005: The Foo Fighters release the double album 'In Your Honor.'
2005: The White Stripes release their 4th album, 'Get Behind Me Satan.' 'Blue Orchid' is the first single.
2006: Heather Mills announces that she and Sir Paul McCartney will divorce after four years of marriage.
2006: Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell delivers the keynote speech on the first day of the CMJ Rock Hall Music Fest in Cleveland.
2006: The JCPenney Jam: The Concert for America's Kids featuring 3 Doors Down, Sting and Jon Bon Jovi takes place in L.A. It's an all-star benefit for the JCPenney Afterschool Fund.
2006: Bruce Springsteen plays Milwaukee's non-union Bradley Center in support of his 'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions' album. This upsets local union officials with a representative calling the Boss' decision to play the venue "bafflingly ironic and somewhat infuriating," seeing that he was performing the music of pro-union folk singer Pete Seeger.
2006: The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood checks into the same English rehab center that he spent some time at in April 2005. "He needs some rest but he will definitely be fit for the first night of the European tour," says Wood's spokesman.
2007: The Rolling Stones are #4 (down from #2 in '06) on Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 list. The survey rates stars based on their earnings and media visibility during the previous year. The Stones are the highest rated Rock group. Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods and Madonna are 1,2 and 3, respectively.
2007: Bob Dylan won Spain's Prince of Asturias Arts Award, one of the country's most prestigious honors. Jury chairman Jose Llado called Dylan a "living legend of popular music and the guiding star of a generation that dreamed of changing the world."
2007: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora completes his detox stint at UCLA Medical Center in L.A. after spending a little over a week at the facility. "I was just drinking too much and I needed to get my life together," says the guitarist.
2007: Finger Eleven takes the stage during the 2006-07 edition of the NHL Awards Show in Toronto. The annual ceremony honors professional hockey's best.
2008: Paul McCartney performs a free concert in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. More than 350,000 people turn out for two-and-a-half-hour show (reportedly the biggest concert in the country's history). Organizers ask citizens and businesses to donate to Ukraine's National Cancer Institute's children's department; approximately $600,000 is pledged.
2008: Paul Rodgers is presented with a congressional proclamation in Corona, CA, prior to his benefit concert for the Fender Center's Kids Rock Free program. The document specifically praises the singer for helping to raise $200,000 for the music-education initiative. "(Music) connects us to our emotions and to each other," says Rodgers.
2008: An exhibit of Bob Dylan's artwork titled 'The Drawn Blank Series' opens at London's Halcyon Gallery. The collection features more than 200 of the singer-songwriter's adaptations of photolithographs from his 1994 book, 'Drawn Blank.' "If it pleases the eye of the beholder...There's no more to it than that, to my mind," says Dylan. "Or even if it repels the eye. Either one is fine."
2009: At The Dave Matthews Band concert held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in New York, Dave Matthews is arrested because he allegedly “forcibly touched and groped a 20-year-old woman” at the show. However, the man was not the performer but an 18-year-old suspect who shares the same name as the band's leader.
2009: Trent Reznor tells a Bonnaroo Festival audience in Manchester, TN, that the concert is the Nine Inch Nails's "last show ever in the United States." The group still has a European tour scheduled. "I'll keep going," adds Reznor. "But I think I'm going to lose my mind if I keep doing this." Reznor ends up changing his mind.
2009: The Ventures guitarist Bob Bogle dies after a fight against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The Ventures were inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
2010: The announcement is made that Ozzy Osbourne's genetic code will be analyzed and mapped by U.K. scientists for Knome, a Cambridge, MA, based company. "Sequencing and analyzing individuals with extreme medical histories provides the greatest potential scientific value," says Nathan Pearson, Knome's director of research. Ozzy has survived years of drug and alcohol abuse, a near fatal ATV accident and reality television. Now researchers will attempt to discover how and why.
2010: Tim Bachman, one of the founders of the '70s Rock group Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was charged by Abbotsford, British Columbia police with sexual interference of a person under 14, touching a young person for a sexual purpose and sexual assault. Police charged Bachman for incidents that allegedly began 10 years ago in Abbotsford when the complainant was 11 years old. In May, 2013, he would be found not guilty. Bachman was again arrested by Abbotsford police on May 26, 2014 on new charges relating to incidents from the 1990s involving a different alleged victim.
2011: George Thorogood and the Destroyers released their 15th studio album, '2120 South Michigan Ave.'
2011: Black Country Communion (Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham) release their sophomore album, '2.'
2011: 'A Treasure,' collection of live Neil Young recordings from '84-'85, is released. The album contains previously unreleased tracks.
2011: Tony MacAlpine released his self-titled 11th studio album.
2011: George Thorogood and the Destroyers released their 15th studio album, '2120 South Michigan Ave.'
2011: Despite accidents, injuries (actors falling while swinging about in Spider Man fashion), bad reviews, cost overruns, rewrites (of a wayward plot) and firings (including director and co-writer Julie Taymor), 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' opens on Broadway at Foxwoods Theater (following a record 183 previews). The songs for the musical are by U2's Bono and The Edge, first-time Broadway composers. Also, the album, 'Music From Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,' recorded by the Broadway cast, is released.
2011: The Elton John AIDS Foundation launches an online petition to urge Florida Governor Rick Scott and state legislators not to reduce income eligibility requirements for the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Over 4,200 people sign the petition before it's sent to Scott.
2012: Bob Seger and Jim Steinman (best known for his work with Meat Loaf) are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 43rd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York City.
2012: Ringo Starr's birthplace in Liverpool was saved from the threat of demolition. The house, a run-down three-bedroom Victorian terrace, was one of 400 buildings marked for demolition in the Dingle area of Liverpool, but Beatles fans and city residents had successfully lobbied to save the house, along with 15 others in the area. The Liverpool City Council has agreed to give locals the opportunity to fix up the properties.
2013: 'B.B. King: The Life of Riley' makes its North American premiere at the NXNE Film Festival in Toronto. Actor Morgan Freeman narrates the documentary with appearances by Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Slash, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Ringo Starr and Bono.
2014: Amnesty International's Belgian affiliate apologizes for the unauthorized use Iggy Pop's image in an ad. He is shown with his face beaten and bloody and quote him saying, "The future of Rock & Roll is Justin Bieber." The ad reads, "Torture a man, and he will tell you anything." The ad is pulled.
2014: Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who reunite with former drummer Kenney Jones at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club for Prostate Cancer UK, the organization that helped Jones fight the disease in 2013.
2015: Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett perform 'The Star Spangled Banner' before Game 5 of the NBA Finals in San Francisco as the Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Warriors win.
2015: Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Barrett Martin (Mad Season, Screaming Trees) and Peter Buck (R.E.M.) perform at a tribute concert in Seattle for Bluesman CeDell Davis. The show highlights the influence Mississippi Delta music had on the Seattle Grunge scene.
2016: 'Motley Crue: The End' is in theaters for a one night special engagement. The film documents the band's final tour.
2016: Irish rock guitarist, Henry McCullough died after never fully recovering from a severe heart attack he had suffered four years earlier. He recorded with Paul McCartney and Wings, featuring on the hit James Bond theme, 'Live and Let Die' and 'My Love,' the solo which he made up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. McCullough played with most of the English musicians of the day in the late 60s and 70s, appearing at Woodstock with Joe Cocker, recording guitar for the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack and then appearing with Spooky Tooth. McCartney asked him to join Wings in 1971; his topmost moment in Wings was his lead guitar solo on “My Love.”
2016: The copyright-infringement lawsuit involving Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' is heard in federal court. The suit, brought by the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California and members of the band, claims the acoustic introduction to 'Stairway' was lifted from Spirit's '68 instrumental, 'Taurus.' Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, credited with composing "Stairway To Heaven," attend.
2016: KISS release the concert film 'KISS Rocks Vegas' to pay-per-view. The movie was webcast via and made available on demand at a costs $14.95 until July 14.
2017: Two days after frontman Ivan Moody’s onstage substance abuse related meltdown in Tilburg, Netherlands, Five Finger Death Punch announce that they will finish their remaining European dates with Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext.
2017: The National Music Publishers Association gives Yoko Ono the Centennial Award for song of the century and adds her name to the credits of the award-winning song, 'Imagine.' John Lennon took the sole credit, but later admitted he got the idea from Yoko's book Grapefruit, where she wrote things like, "Imagine 1000 suns in the sky at the same time."
2017: The annual Bridge School benefit concert is cancelled after Neil Young says there over. The concerts, benefiting the school that treated Young's son Ben and others with disabilities, started in 1986.

June 15
1956: John Lennon first met Paul McCartney at a church dinner in Liverpool, where Lennon’s group the Quarrymen performed. Lennon invited McCartney to join the Quarrymen.
1957: After UK radio stations started playing copies of Elvis Presley's 'All Shook Up' which were intended for US servicemen, the tune debuts at #24, a week before its official release date.
1959: 'Hushabye' by the New York quintet, The Mystics, enters the Top 40 of the Billboard Pop Chart. The song will eventually reach #20 during a 9 week run, and be used by Alan Freed as the closing theme to his televised Saturday night Big Beat Show. The following year, the group would record several more tunes using Paul Simon (aka Jerry Landis), and later Jay Traynor on lead vocals, but never recaptured the magic of 'Hushabye.'
1962: The Elektra label opens West Coast office in Los Angeles, from where they sign Love and The Doors.
1963: Jan & Dean release 'Surf City.' The song featured Brian Wilson on backing vocals and would prove to be the duo's only US #1 record.
1964: The Who played at the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill, London.
1964: Ringo Starr re-joins The Beatles in Melbourne, Australia after being released from a London hospital where he was treated for tonsillitis and pharyngitis. In his absence, drummer Jimmy Nicol, formerly of Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames, filled in admirably.
1965: The Rolling Stones kicked off an 8-date mini-European tour at The Odeon Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland, supported by The Hollies.
1965: Bob Dylan records 'Like A Rolling Stone,' his first 'electric' hit, with Mike Bloomfield on guitar and Al Kooper on piano and organ.
1966: The Beatles LP, 'Yesterday and Today' is released by Capitol with the controversial "butcher" cover, with the Beatles smiling amongst a group of decapitated baby dolls. The original photo became a huge publicity problem for Capitol and was quickly replaced by a more conventional cover.
1966: 'Substitute' by The Who peaks at #13 on the German charts.
1967: Guitarist Peter Green quit the John Mayall Band. Green went on to form Fleetwood Mac with John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.
1968: The Beatles publicly admit that the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was a mistake. John Lennon writes 'Sexie Sadie' as a veiled comment on the situation with a special reference to the Maharishi's alleged 'pass' at actress Mia Farrow. Not the first nor last time Farrow attracts an older man's attention.
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono plant their acorns outside Coventry Cathedral in England to help promote peace.
1968: The Soft Machine appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Pink Floyd performed two shows (7:30 and 11:30 pm) at Magic Village in Manchester, England. Also on the bill for this all night event were Purple Stone and the Alchemist, The Jack Lancaster – Bruce Mithcell Quartet, and the Inner Light Show.
1968: Quicksilver Messenger Service supported by The Hallucinations played at Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: During a short 5 date UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England supported by Blodwyn Pig and The Liverpool Scene. The flyer for the tour stated: "Come & take off, levitate with the Led Zeppelin album."
1969: The Doors appeared at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1969: The Frost played at the Sports Arena in Toledo, Ohio.
1970: Jimi Hendrix opens his new Electric Ladyland Studios in New York. The studio was designed to Hendrix’s exact specifications.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad's 3rd studio album, 'Closer to Home' is released. This album reached RIAA gold record status in 1970, making it the group's 3rd gold record in one year.
1970: The Who performed at the Community Theater in Berkeley, California.
1971: The Guess Who's 'Best of the Guess Who' LP goes Gold.
1971: Pink Floyd performed at Abbaye de Royaumont in Royaumont, France. The show that was filmed by French TV channel ORTF, and two songs were broadcast on Cinq Grand Sur La Deux in the early hours of July 12th.
1972: The Rolling Stones appeared at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1973: On television’s Midnight Special, host Jim Croce welcomes guests Wishbone Ash and Bobby Womack.
1973: David Bowie performed at the Odeon Theatre in Taunton, England.
1974: Geoff Britton is selected as the new drummer for Paul McCartney and Wings, replacing Denny Seiwell.
1974: Elvis Presley played the first night of an 18 date US tour by playing four shows at the Tarrant County Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
1975: Hawkwind fires bassist Lemmy Kilmister after he is mistakenly arrested for drug possession at the US/Canada border. Lemmy returns to the UK and forms Motorhead.
1975: ZZ Top played at the Spokane Coliseum in Spokane, Washington.
1976: AC/DC appeared at St. Georges Hall in Bradford, England.
1976: The Sex Pistols recorded their first demos in Clapham's Majestic studios followed by a gig that night at The 100 club in London.
1977: The Sex Pistols held a party on a boat as it sailed down The River Thames in London. The Pistols performed 'Anarchy In The UK' outside The Houses Of Parliament resulting in members from the party being arrested when the boat docked later that day.
1977: Pink Floyd performed at County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1978: During a European tour Bob Dylan played the first of 6 sold out nights at London's Earl Court.
1978: Bob Dylan's 18th studio album, 'Street-Legal' is released. It reached #11 on the Billboard Top 200 LP's & Tapes chart, making it his first studio album to miss the US Top 10 since 1964.
1979: Hawkwind released their 9th studio album, 'PXR5.'
1979: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Pine Knob Music Theatr in, Clarkston, Michigan.
1979: KISS kick off their Return Of KISS (Dynasty) Tour at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1980: Nazareth played at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1981: Iron Maiden‬ released the single 'Purgatory.' It would be their last with singer Paul Di'Anno. The track is a remake of one of the band's earlier songs, entitled 'Floating,' of which 'Purgatory' is a faster re-arrangement.
1981: The Police begin work on their 4th album, 'Ghost In The Machine,' at AIR studios in the Caribbean.
1981: Duran Duran release their self-titled debut album in the UK.
1982: Bassist Pete Farndon is kicked out of The Pretenders due to his drug problems. He ODs the following year.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne and the former Sharon Arden, get married.
1982: KISS released the 2nd compilation album, 'Killers.' It was released only outside the U.S., but quickly became available as an import. Of the album's twelve songs, four were new compositions recorded specifically for it: 'I'm a Legend Tonight,' 'Down on Your Knees,' 'Nowhere to Run,' and 'Partners in Crime.'
1983: David Bowie performed at Ruhrland Stadio in, Bochum, Germany.
1984: Yes appeared at the Scandinavium in Göteborg, Sweden.
1984: John Waite releases his solo album, 'No Brakes.' It includes contributions by Vinnie Vincent, Adam Mitchell & Jean Beauvoir.
1985: Bon Jovi made their 2nd appearance on American Bandstand where they performed 'In and Out of Love' & 'Only Lonely,' and were interviewed by Dick Clark.
1985: Dire Straits started a 9 week run at #1 on the US album chart with, 'Brothers In Arms.' The album is the 7th best-selling album in UK chart history and won two Grammy Awards at the 28th Grammy Awards, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by George Thorogood’s' Willie And The Hand Jive' at #89, and Tears For Fears’ 'Shout' at #66. Also Corey Hart’s 'Never Surrender' was #45, The Power Station’s 'Get It On...' was #43, and Bryan Adams’ 'Heaven' was #2. ‬
1986: U2 and The Police headlined a concert at Giants Stadium in New Jersey celebrating 25 years of Amnesty International. It's the last concert on the Conspiracy of Hope tour. The Police have plans to record an album, but scrap them after drummer Stewart Copeland is injured in a polo match. The trio does not tour again until 2007.
1986: Ozzy Osbourne with openers Metallica performed the last of a three night stand at the Long Beach Arena.
1987: Guns N' Roses‬ released the double A side single 'It's So Easy/Mr. Brownstone.' 'It's So Easy' was written by West Arkeen and GN'R, the song becomes a concert favorite and both guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagen perform it regularly in their post-GN'R bands.
1987: Bon Jovi release their 'Never Say Goodbe' single.
1988: During Bruce Springsteen's stay in Rome during a world tour a photographer took a shot of Bruce in his underpants sharing an intimate moment with his backing singer Patti Scialfa. The picture confirmed the rumours that Bruce and Patti were having an affair.
1989: The Offspring's self-titled debut album is released only on vinyl. A CD and cassette reissue would eventually be released in 1995.
1989: Nirvana's debut album 'Bleach' was released. The title for the album came from a poster 'Bleach Your Works' urging drug users to bleach their needles. Kurt Cobain claimed that most of the lyrics on the album were written the night before recording while he was feeling "pissed off", and that he did not regard them highly.
1990: The Rolling Stones song, 'Paint It Black,' hit #1 in the Netherlands for the second time, 24 years after it first topped the singles chart. The song was included on their 'Singles Collection' box set the previous year.
1991: Skid Row release their single, 'Monkey Business.'
1992: Bruce Springsteen starts his first tour in four years with a show at the Globen Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The tour, the first time he has ever toured without the E Street Band, is in support of his 'Human Touch' and 'Lucky Town' LP's.
1993: Every Mother's Nightmare release their album 'Wake Up Screaming.'
1994: Disney releases 'The Lion King,' an animated musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Elton John. The soundtrack was the first animated film soundtrack to ever be certified Diamond. However, the use of 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' in the film resulted in a lawsuit from the family of composer Solomon Linda seeking $1.6 million for the song's use.
1996: George Martin, the producer of most of the Beatles' recordings, received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
1996: The first of two Tibetan Freedom Concerts take place in San Francisco at Golden Gate Park. The Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, A Tribe Called Quest, Pavement, Cibomatto, Biz Markie, Richie Havens and John Lee Hooker perform on the first day. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Sonic Youth, Beck, Bjork, Yoko Ono/IMA, De La Soul, Fugees, Buddy Guy, and Skatalites play the second. The Beastie Boys host the first Tibetan Freedom Concert, with about 100,000 attending the 2 shows, raising money for the Milarepa Fund.
1999: Carlos Santana's 'comeback' album, 'Supernatural' is released. His 17th studio album features matchbox 20's Rob Thomas on the hit 'Smooth.' Other hits include 'Maria Maria,' and 'Put Your Lights On.' It's their first chart-topping album in 28 years.
1999: Jack and Meg White make their debut on 'The White Stripes.'
1999: Dokken released their 7th studio album, 'Erase the Slate.'
1999: Cheap Trick release their album, 'Music For Hangovers.' The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan guests on it.
1999: Mercyful Fate released their 7th and final studio album, '9.'
2001: Bad Religion drummer Bobby Schayer leaves the group after a decade long run.
2002: A rare autographed copy of The Beatles' album 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' sold at a UK auction for £34,000 ($57,800), more than five times the expected price.
2003: Metallica were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘St. Anger’, the bands 4th US #1.
2003: The second annual Bonnaroo festival ends with a marathon set by the Dead, a group made up of former members of the Grateful Dead.
2003: Radiohead scored their 4th UK #1 with their 6th studio album 'Hail To The Thief.' The title, a phrase used by anti-George W. Bush activists during the controversy surrounding the 2000 US presidential election was a play on 'Hail to the Chief', a march played to announce the arrival of the President of the United States.
2004: Velvet Revolver's debut album 'Contraband' sells 256,000 copies in its first week of release to nail the top spot on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
2004: Johnny Winter kicks off a 9 date tour in Phoenix to support 'I'm A Bluesman,' his first album in eight years.
2005: A judge in Mississippi approved a divorce settlement between Jerry Lee Lewis and his 6th wife, Kerrie Lynn McCarver Lewis. She would receive $250,000 immediately and $30,000 a year for five years.
2006: A federal court jury in Detroit rules that the White Stripes do not have to pay Jim Diamond royalties from their first two albums. Diamond, credited with co-producing the duo's 1999 self-titled debut and mixing the group's 2000 release, 'De Stijl,' filed suit against the Stripes in 2004, claiming that he helped shape their sound and deserves a share of the discs' royalties.
2006: Joan Jett is part of the Warped Tour. Also on the tour are AFI, Academy Is and Saves The Day.
2007: Strong winds cause amplification towers to fall canceling performances by Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, the Killers and My Chemical Romance on the second day of the Heineken Jammin' Festival in Venice, Italy. The towers crash into the crowd sending nineteen fans to the hospital. Only one person suffers a serious injury.
2007: Keyboardist Richard Bell, one-time member of Janis Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band, dies in Toronto at age 62 after a battle with cancer. Bell is heard on Joplin's 'Pearl' album. He also recorded with Joe Walsh and Bonnie Raitt.
2007: Linkin Park wins the Best International Video (group) honor for 'Bleed It Out' at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards. They perform the track live on the show with Timbaland.
2009: Slipknot wins Best Live Band and Best International Band categories at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods in London. Also, Iron Maiden gets Golden God and Best U.K. Band awards, Def Leppard earns the Legend Award and Five Finger Death Punch grabs the Best New Band trophy.
2009: Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford launches Metal Go Apparel. The business' initial offering is a collection of graphic T-shirts.
2009: Paul McCartney unveils a campaign encouraging vegetarianism in the United Kingdom. The Meat Free Monday initiative asks participants to refrain from eating meat on that day. "If this was to happen it could have a hugely beneficial effect on the climate," says McCartney. The campaign is already in the U.S. and Australia.
2010: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers release their 12th studio album, 'Mojo.' "It's Blues-based," says Petty of the album. "Some of the tunes are longer, more jam-y kind of music."
2010: Following a 17 year absence without a studio album, the Steve Miller Band returns with 'Bingo!' "This is a party record, man," says Miller. "It's like the fraternity party gigs I used to play in college."
2010: 'Ozzy Osbourne's Prince of Darkness: Rock Band' video game, is available at the Rock Band store. His Rock Band debut consists of career-spanning solo tracks.
2010: The case against a man accused of threatening Elton John's life was withdrawn just hours before his trial was due to begin. Neal Horsley had responded to Elton's suggestion that Jesus Christ was gay in a Parade magazine interview by writing an angry online response entitled "Why Elton John Must Die". After being held in an Atlanta, Georgia jail since last March, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams dismissed the case against Horsley because his actions did not warrant criminal charges.
2011: Europe release their album, 'Live! At Shepherd’s Bush, London.'
2011: U2 takes the #1 spot Forbes list of the world's highest-paid musicians for the second year in a row. The group's 2010 earnings netted over $195 million. Bon Jovi is 2nd with $125 million and Elton John captures 3rd, earning $100 million.
2011: Sly Stone, the 68-year-old former frontman of Sly And The Family Stone, pleaded not guilty to possession of cocaine after being pulled over for a minor traffic violation by L.A. Police on April 1st. He would enter a rehab facility the following October.
2012: 'Van Halen: Exuberant California, Zen Rock N' Roll' is in bookstores. Written by John Scanlan, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, the book follows the band's pursuit of 'Zen California', a state of mind and way of being that above all celebrates 'the now'.
2014: Casey Kasem, longtime radio disc jockey, host of American Top 40 and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo, dies of complications of Lewy body dementia, similar to Parkinson’s disease. He was 82. After an exemplary career and beloved by millions, Kasem’s death was the stuff of tabloid fodder, pitting his wife Jean Kasem against his three children from a previous marriage. He was not interred until six months after his death, in Oslo, Norway.
2015: Slash releases 'Live at the Roxy 9.25.14' (aka 'Live at the Roxy 25.9.14')‬.
2015: Guitarist Dave Mustaine receives the Metal Hammer Golden God award in London for his work with Megadeth and Metallica.
2016: Jimmy Page takes the stand in a trail where he is accused of stealing part of the song 'Taurus' in for the intro to 'Stairway To Heaven.' Led Zeppelin played on the same bills with the band Spirit, who performed 'Taurus' in their sets, but Page says he never heard that song before writing 'Stairway.' The jury rules in favor of Led Zeppelin.
2017: 'Black Rose,' by Volbeat, is #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart.
2017: A plaque honoring Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham is unveiled in his hometown of Redditch, England.
2018: Lizzy Borden released their first album in 11 years, 'My Midnight Things.'

June 16
1953: Elvis Presley graduated from IC Hulmes High School in Memphis. His graduation photo shows him with a split curl in his hair, which would later become his trademark.
1958: Elvis Presley releases 'Hard Headed Woman.'
1961: Gary 'U.S.' Bonds performs his #1 hit 'Quarter To Three' on American Bandstand.
1962: The Konrads (featuring Dave Jay later to become David Bowie) made their live debut when they played at Bromley Technical School in Kent, England.
1963: The top four spots on the UK chart are held by acts from Liverpool with The Beatles at #1 ('From Me To You'), Gerry And The Pacemakers at #2 ('I Like It'), Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas at #3 ('Do You Want To Know A Secret') and Billy Fury at #4 ('When Will You Say I Love You').
1964: The Rolling Stones paid £1,500 ($2,500) in return air fares from America back to the UK to honour a booking made a year earlier for £100 ($170) at Magdalen College Oxford. Local group, The Falling Leaves were the support act, and the Stones’ bass player, Bill Wyman, had to use one of the Oxford band’s amplifiers because of a malfunction with their equipment.
1965: Herman's Hermits were awarded their first Gold record for 'Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter.' The song was originally an album cut that got so much air play in the US, MGM Records released it as a single.
1965: Bob Dylan recorded 'Like A Rolling Stone' at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City, in the sessions for the forthcoming 'Highway 61 Revisited' album. Session musicians included Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, whose Hammond organ on 'Like A Rolling Stone' became one of rock's most recognizable sounds.
1965: The Who’s manager Chris Stamp goes on his first trip to see Decca Records management in New York. The only way he can make the flight is to have his brother, the actor Terence Stamp, downgrade his first-class ticket to two coach tickets as he flies to America to promote his movie 'The Collector.'
1966: The Who played at the University of Hull in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
1966: The Beatles made a surprise live appearance on the UK television program Top Of The Pops performing 'Paperback Writer' and ‘Rain.' It became The Beatles' last live musical television appearance, with the sole exception of the June 1967 worldwide transmission of ‘All You Need Is Love.'
1966: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (featuring guitarist Eric Clapton) appeared at The Marquee Club in London.
1967: Over 200,000 people attended the first Monterey Pop Festival this week in 1967. Many of the leading Rock acts of the time appeared, including Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Simon and Garfunkel, Canned Heat, The Mamas and The Papas, The Grateful Dead, Eric Burdon and The Animals, The Association, Booker T. and The MGs, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, David Crosby and Steve Miller. John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas would later write, 'San Francisco" (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)' about the festival, which became a big hit for Scott McKenzie later in the year. Tickets cost $3.50–6.50.
1967: Pink Floyd released their 2nd single 'See Emily Play' which was written by original frontman Syd Barrett after seeing a girl named Emily sleeping in the woods after taking a psychedelic drug. The slide guitar work on the song was done by Barrett using a plastic ruler. It reached #6 in the UK charts. The U.S. release was slated for July 24th.
1968: Janis Joplin, Steve Miller and Santana played a benefit at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium. Proceeds from the gig go toward keeping the Matrix Club, another San Francisco venue, open.
1968: The Elvis Presley/Nancy Sinatra movie 'Speedway' premieres in Charlotte, North Carolina, where much of it was filmed.
1969: The Steve Miller Band release their 3rd album, 'Brave New World.' The set is notable for the songs 'Space Cowboy,' 'Celebration Song' and 'My Dark Hour.' The latter two tracks feature Paul McCartney on backing vocals, drums and bass-credited as Paul Ramon.
1969: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band released their 3rd album, 'Trout Mask Replica.' Although it did not chart in the US, its legacy far surpasses the original result. It was ranked #58 on Rolling Stone's 2003 list The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at Aeolian Hall in London, England.
1970: Woodstock Ventures, the company that provided the financial support for the original Woodstock festival announces they lost more than $1.2 million. They hope an album with Woodstock performances and souvenirs will get them to the break even point.
1970: Mungo Jerry were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'In The Summertime.' It went on to become the best selling UK single of 1970 spending seven weeks at #1 and was a hit in 26 other countries. The UK release was a maxi-single playing at 33 rpm, (whereas singles generally played at 45 rpm).
1970: The Who performed at the Berkeley Community Theater. It was The Who’s last small venue concert in the U.S. until 1999.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Boutwell Memorial Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama.
1971: Elvis Presley releases his 'Love Letters From Elvis' album.
1972: Steely Dan's 'Dallas' b/w 'Sail The Waterway' 45 single is released in the UK. It was the first single by Steely Dan. It was not on Steely Dan's debut album 'Can't Buy a Thrill,' but was included on the 1978 compilation album 'Steely Dan.'
1972: David Bowie unveils his landmark album, 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars,' a concept album telling the story of a fictional bisexual alien rock star named Ziggy Stardust. The album which reached #5 in the UK and #75 in the US. It sells over 7 million copieshas been consistently considered one of the greatest albums of all time. The first single from the record, 'Starman,' charted at #10 in the UK while peaking at #65 in the U.S.
1972: Roxy Music's self-titled debut album is released. It reached #10 on the UK Albums chart. The single, 'Virginia Plain' reached #4 on the UK singles chart.
1972: Genesis appeared at the Corn Exchange in Bedford, England.
1973: The Eagles and King Crimson played at the Community Theater in Berkeley, California.
1974: The Grateful Dead played at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. The show has been released as Road Trips, Volume 2, Number 3.
1975: War released their 7th studio album, 'Why Can't We Be Friends?' It reached three different Billboard charts - Top 200 LP's & Tape (#8), Top R&B LP's (#1) and Top Jazz LP's (#14). The title song reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, while 'Low Rider' reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Both were nominated for the Grammy Awards of 1976.
1975: John Lennon sues the U.S. government (Attorneys General John Mitchell and Richard Kleindienst) charging it with "selective prosecution." Seen as a dangerous radical whose immigration efforts must be halted, the U.S. government hit Lennon with various deportation actions.
1975: Singer Adam Wade becomes the first African-American game show host when 'Musical Chairs' debuts on CBS. The short-lived series was created by noted record producer Don Kirshner, and featured a slew of musical guests, including The Tokens, The Spinners, and Sister Sledge.
1975: R&B record executive Don Robey dies of a heart attack at age 71. As founder of Peacock Records and eventual owner of Duke Records, Robey was instrumental in the careers of several R&B artists throughout the '50s and '60s, including Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Ace, Johnny Otis, and Junior Parker.
1975: Pink Floyd performed at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1977: The musical 'Beatlemania' hit Broadway, opening at the Winter Garden Theatre. It ran for more than one-thousand performances.
1978: The movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical 'Grease,' starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, opens in US theaters, becoming the smash hit of the year.
1978: Mac Davis hosts 'The Midnight Special,' welcoming guests Rod Stewart, Todd Rundgren, and Andrew Gold.
1979: Supertramp's 'The Logical Song' reaches #6 on the pop chart.
1979: Bad Company peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy,' their last top 40 single.
1979: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Triumph’s 'Hold On.' Also, Blondie’s 'One Way Or Another' was #47, New England’s 'Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya' at #40, KISS’ 'I Was Made For Lovin’ You' at #35, and Cheap Trick’s 'I Want You To Want Me (live)' at #19‬.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at Earls Court in London.
1978: David Bowie appeared at City Hall in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.
1979: The Electric Light Orchestra started a 5 week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'Discovery' their first #1 LP, featuring the tracks 'Shine A Little Love,' 'Don't Bring Me Down' and 'The Diary Of Horace Wimp.'
1980: The Blues Brothers film starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd premiered in Chicago. The film also featured Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Ray Charles in the role of a streetwise storeowner. The film goes on to gross over $115 million and becomes a cult classic.
1981: Van Halen appeared at the Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas.
1982: Pretenders guitarist, 25 year old James Honeyman Scott, died in his sleep in London, England. The official cause of death is "cocaine related heart failure."
1982: Donny Van Zant of .38 Special is arrested on stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma for public drinking. Tulsa was a dry town.
1983: Ringo Starr releases his 9th solo album, 'Old Wave.'
1983: Dire Straits performed at the Sportpaleis Ahoy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
1984: Roger Waters kicked off his first solo tour in support of 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking' at the Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden. Eric Clapton was Waters’ guitarist.
1984: Scorpions peak at #6 on Billboard's 200 album chart with 'Love At First Sting.'
1986: Krokus released their 9th studio album, 'Change of Address.' The band did a cover of the Alice Cooper song 'School’s Out' on the album, which reached #45 on the Billboard chart.
1987: Lawyers for Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia gave the Ben & Jerry ice cream company permission to market a flavor called “Cherry Garcia.”
1987: D.A.D. released their 2nd album, 'D.A.D. Draws a Circle.'
1988: Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil marries his 2nd wife, Sharisse Rudell, who is infamously labeled a “mud wrestler.” She is the mother of Neil’s daughter, Skylar, who tragically passes away from cancer at the age of 4.
1988: Pink Floyd played Berlin. In East Berlin, two-thousand fans gathered at the wall to listen to the concert.
1989: Skid Row release their 2nd single, '18 and Life.' It peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1989: Celebrating 30 years in the music business and 100 singles released, Cliff Richard performs at London's Wembley Stadium to a sell out crowd of over 72,000. Supporting acts included some old friends from his early days, Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Kalin Twins and The Searchers.
1989: The first day of the UK three day Glastonbury Festival took place featuring Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Throwing Muses, Pixies, All About Eve, Hot House Flowers, The Waterboys, Suzanne Vega and Fairground Attraction. Tickets cost £28 ($48).
1990: The Rolling Stones’ 'Paint It Black' went to #1 in the Netherlands, 24 years after it was first released.
1991: Type O Negative‬ released their debut album 'Slow, Deep And Hard.'
1992: FireHouse‬ released the album 'Hold Your Fire.'
1992: Frank Zappa's 'Beat the Boots II' (Box Set) is released. It was part of Zappa's campaign to dissuade his fans from buying illegal recordings of his concerts.
1993: The U.S. 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: Kristen Pfaff, bassist with Hole, died of a heroin overdose. She was 27. Pfaff had gone to a Minneapolis detox center for heroin addiction in February and had decided to leave Hole and return to her hometown of Minneapolis permanently. She overdosed in Seattle while she was packing up her apartment.
1994: Oasis played at The Erotika Club in Paris. It was the band’s first gig outside the UK.
1995: Pearl Jam kicked off their first tour without the involvement of Ticketmaster. The Seattle band had accused the company of monopolizing the ticket industry.Instead, tickets were sold through a mail-order service.
1996: Rage Against The Machine, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Fugees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lee Hooker, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, De La Soul and Richie Havens all appeared at the two-day Tibetan Freedom Concert in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: A sell-out crowd of over 100,000 made it the largest US benefit concert since Live Aid in 1985.
1996: Van Halen and Sammy Hagar parted ways.
1997: John Wolters (drummer for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) dies of cancer at age 52.
1998: ‎Metallica‬ released the single 'Fuel.' It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1999 but lost to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant for the song 'Most High.'
1999: Phil Collins gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999: Screaming Lord Sutch was found dead after hanging himself. The singer turned politician was 58. He was the first long-haired pop star-boasting hair over 18 inches long and the self-styled lord (real name David Sutch), was Britain's longest-serving political leader, standing in nearly 40 elections.
2001: Four-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres drowned in Tommy Lee's swimming pool while attending a birthday party for Lee's 5-year-old son, Brandon. His parents, James Veres and Ursula Karven, sued Lee for negligence, claiming they should have been told that a swimming pool was involved, (their son could not swim). Lee was cleared by a jury in April 2003.
2002: Nearly twenty-five years after his death, Elvis Presley was at #1 again in the UK. A remix of his 'A Little Less Conversation' by Dutch disc jockey JXL claimed the top spot on the British singles charts, bringing the King's total of chart-topping hits to 18, one more than the Beatles' current tally. This also set a new record for the longest span of No.1 hits with 44 years, 11 months and 9 days. His first UK No.1 single was 'All Shook Up' in 1957.
2003: Shinedown and Soil tour the U.S. The first stop is Evansville, IN.
2004: The three surviving original members of the New York Dolls perform together for the first time since 1975 at the first of two shows at London Royal Festival Hall. The concerts are spearheaded by The Smiths frontman, Morrissey, who was once the president of the Dolls' UK fan club. The band continues to record and perform in various incarnations after the reunion.
2004: A number of Led Zeppelin items go on the block at the Rock Legends auction to benefit the ABC Trust charity, which serves disadvantaged youth in Brazil. The organization was founded in 1998 by guitarist Jimmy Page's wife, Jimena Gomez-Paratcha.
2004: The Newark Museum hosts 'Springsteen: Troubadour of the Highway.' Featuring over 60 photos, the exhibit examines Springsteen's "use of cars and highways as motifs in his music and in related visual imagery."
2005: Motorhead celebrate their 30th anniversary with a concert at the Hammersmith Apollo that is later released in 2007 as 'Better Motörhead than Dead: Live at Hammersmith.'
2005: Nashville DJ Jeremy Campos files a $500,000 lawsuit against Kid Rock. Rock was charged with assault on February 16th after reportedly punching the DJ in the face following an argument. The incident occurred at the club where Campos worked.
2006: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Radiohead and Beck perform at the 5th annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN.
2006: Def Leppard are proclaimed Sheffield Legends by their hometown of Sheffield, England. A star is unveiled outside the town hall. "Def Leppard have been great ambassadors for the city wherever they have performed throughout the world," says Sheffield Council leader Jan Wilson.
2006: The White Stripes win a lawsuit brought on by Ghetto Recorders studio owner Jim Diamond. Diamond claimed he produced the band's first two albums and that the band owed him royalties for his work. In reality, Jack White was the sole producer of those records and Diamond wasn't entitled to any more money as the band had already given him credit as engineer.
2006: Seether announces they have parted ways with touring guitarist Pat Callahan, who officially joined the band's lineup two years earlier. "Seether has since decided to keep it running as a three-piece unit," says an online post.
2006: The Rolling Stones are the most powerful Rock act in the world, according to Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 list. The band sits at #2 behind actor Tom Cruise, on the survey, which rates stars on their earnings and media visibility during the past year. Other Rock artists landing on the Celebrity 100 include U2 (#4), Bruce Springsteen (#11) and Paul McCartney (#14).
2006: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are recognized for their contributions to the music world by the U.K. based Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy organization, which aids ailing children and adults. The couple are presented with a trophy at the annual Silver Clef Lunch in London. Also, the Eagles receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
2007: The Black Crowes perform at the King of the Blues competition in L.A. The annual Guitar Center-sponsored contest promotes guitarists "with deep passion and commitment to the craft." The winner performs at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival the following month.
2007: Peter Frampton performs prior to the start of the Meijer 300 auto race in Sparta, KY. He's also the race's Grand Marshall.
2007: E!'s True Hollywood Story focuses on the relationship between Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and his actress daughter Liv.
2007: 61 year old Rod Stewart marries his 35b year old girlfriend of seven years, model Penny Lancaster, on board the yacht Lady Ann Magee in Portofino, Italy. Stewart has two children with his 3rd wife, and eight in total from five different women.
2008: 'The Gospel According To Bruce Springsteen' is in bookstores. Penned by Rev. Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz, a Unitarian Universalist minister, the book takes a theologically minded look at the Boss' catalog.
2008: Led Zeppelin win the Mojo Best Live Act trophy at Mojo Honours List ceremony in London. The award is in recognition of their one-off London reunion gig the previous December. 'The Future Is Unwritten,' a documentary about late Clash frontman Joe Strummer, receives the Vision Award.
2008: Carlos Santana performs at Samsung's 7th annual Four Seasons Of Hope Gala held in New York. The event raises $1.1 million for charities supported by a variety of celebrities, including Santana's Milagro Foundation. "It is so rewarding to be able to come out and work with a first-class organization such as Samsung on a night like this," says the guitarist.
2009: Street Sweeper Social Club release their self-titled debut. The group features Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Rapper Boots Riley. "It's revolutionary party jams," says Morello.
2009: Buckcherry's version of Deep Purple's 'Highway Star' is available as part of the 'Black Butterfly' album via iTunes. The song is the theme for TNT's coverage of NASCAR's 2009 Sprint Cup Series.
2009: Incubus release a 'greatest hits' compilation, 'Monuments And Melodies.'The two-disc collection features hits, unreleased tracks and two new songs: the single 'Black Heart Inertia' and 'Midnight Swim.'
2009: 'Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison,' the first compilation focusing specifically on the legendary guitarist's post-Beatles recordings, is released.
2009: Wal-Mart ( and Sam's Club stores offer a DVD of the CMT Crossroads episode featuring a collaboration between Def Leppard and Country star Taylor Swift. It's the first time that an episode of the TV show is available for purchase on DVD.
2009: 'Back From The Dead,' a CD/DVD from legendary faux band Spinal Tap, is released in conjunction with the classic mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap's 25th anniversary.
2009: Bad Company's first six studio albums and a compilation are released digitally to coincide with the group's U.S. reunion tour. The recordings are initially an iTunes exclusive.
2009: From the Capitol Vaults three early Red Hot Chili Peppers albums: 'Freaky Styley,' 'Mother's Milk' and 'The Uplift Mofo Party Plan' are reissued on 180-gram vinyl. Also, a vinyl version of Megadeth's 'So Far, So Good . . . So What' is released. 2009
2010: The Big Four (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) performed for the first time ever at the Sonisphere Festival.
2012: Radiohead's stage collapses during construction in Toronto killing the group's drum tech, Scott Johnson. Obviously, the show is cancelled as authorities investigate.
2013: Black Sabbath established a new UK chart record for the longest gap between #1 albums when their new release, '13' debuted at the top, 42 years and 8 months after their 2nd album 'Paranoid' reached the peak.
2015: Third Eye Blind release their 5th album, 'Dopamine.' The set contains the single 'Everything Is Easy.'
2015: U2 frontman Bono visits the Canadian Parliament and the country's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, in Ottawa to discuss foreign aid and development policy. "The world needs more Canada," says Bono.
2016: Meat Loaf was hospitalized after collapsing during a concert in Edmonton, Alberta. The singer, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, was later listed in "stable and in good condition" and was expected to make a full recovery.

June 17
1933: 21-year-old Gladys Love Smith marries 17-year-old Vernon Elvis Presley. On January 8th, 1935, she would give birth to Elvis Aaron Presley and a stillborn identical twin named Jesse Garon Presley.
1954: Guitarist Danny Cedrone died following a freak accident 10 days after he had recorded the lead guitar break on 'Rock Around the Clock' with Bill Haley and His Comets. Session player Cedrone was paid $21 for his work on the session, as at that time Haley chose not to hire a full-time guitarist for his group. He died of a broken neck after falling down a staircase.
1955: After a month of booking gigs in larger venues in Dallas and Houston, Colonel Tom Parker arranges a meeting with Elvis Presley's manager, Bob Neal, which results in an agreement that will see the Colonel handle Presley's show dates and career strategy from now on.
1957: Billboard magazine discontinues the Most Played in Jukeboxes chart, as the popularity of jukeboxes was on the decline and radio stations were incorporating more and more Rock 'n' Roll into their play lists.
1963: The Rolling Stones released their first UK single, 'Come On,' which would peak at #21.
1964: The Elvis Presley's 15th movie, 'Viva Las Vegas,' co-starring Ann-Margret, opens nationally.
1965: Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles completed work on the new Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ with the overdubbing of an additional vocal track by McCartney and a string quartet. They also recorded ‘Act Naturally’ for Ringo's vocal contribution on the ‘Help!’ album and the song ‘Wait,' in four takes. ‘Wait’ will not be included on ‘Help!,' it was included on the following LP, ‘Rubber Soul,'
1965: The Kinks and the Moody Blues made their U.S. concert debut at the Academy of Music in New York City.
1966: Paul McCartney buys the farm in Kintyre, Scotland, that would later inspire his 1977 megahit ballad "Mull Of Kintyre."
1966: Peter Green joins John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
1966: The Who performed at City Hall in Perth, Australia.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Ballroom, Dreamland Amusement Park in Margate, Kent, England, supported by the Tony Merrick Set.
1967: The Hollies' 'Carrie Ann' is released in the U.S., where it will reach #9.
1967: CBS Records releases 5 Moby Grape singles concurrently. 'Changes,' 'Sitting By The Window,' '8:05,' 'Omaha,' and 'Hey Grandma.' It worked for The Beatles only three years earlier. All it does this time is buy the group a lot of criticism and accusations of hype.
1967: Jefferson Airplane peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Somebody to Love,' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1967: The 2nd day of the Monterey International Pop Festival was held. The performers that day were: Canned Heat, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe and the Fish, Al Kooper, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Electric Flag, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Steve Miller Band, Moby Grape, Hugh Masekela, The Byrds, Laura Nyro, Jefferson Airplane, Booker T & The MGs, The Mar-Keys, Otis Redding. At the time of the festival, Big Brother and The Holding Company had a following in the San Francisco area but were not a popular as the others acts playing that day. All of the bands were being filmed but Big Brothers management decided that they didn't want to be, so no cameras were rolling when they hit the stage. The band and Janis went over so well that they were brought back the next day. The second time was filmed. So when you see the videos that say Big Brother & Janis from June 17th, you are actually see their performance from Sunday, the 18th.
1969: Featuring 'In the Ghetto' (a #3 pop hit) and 'Any Day Now,' Elvis Presley's 'From Elvis In Memphis' is released. Recorded at American Sound studios in Memphis, the album only reaches #13 on the Billboard 200 but tops the U.K. chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #190 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1969: Neil Young & Crazy Horse played at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California.
1971: Carole King saw her 'Tapestry' album hit #1 in the US for the first of 15 consecutive weeks. The LP contained such classic tracks as 'It's Too Late.' 'I Feel the Earth Move,' 'So Far Away,' 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow?' and 'You've Got a Friend.' The Grammy Award winning disc is considered by many to be one of the best Rock 'n' Roll albums of all time. The cover photograph taken at King's Laurel Canyon home shows her sitting in a window frame, holding a tapestry she hand-stitched herself, with her cat Telemachus at her feet.
1971: Black Sabbath and Ted Nugent played at the West Palm Beach Auditorium in West Palm Beach, Florida.
1972: Keyboardist Ron (Pigpen) McKernan, founding member of the Grateful Dead, plays his final gig with the band at the Hollywood Bowl. He would die the following March of alcohol-induced liver failure, internal bleeding, complications of Crohn’s disease in March of 1973 at the age 27.
1972: The Eagles released their self-titled debut album. It reached #22 on the Billboard Top LP's & Tape chart, bolstered by three Top 40 singles with 'Take it Easy' (#12), 'Witchy Woman' (#9) and 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' (#22). In 2003, the album was ranked #374 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The single 'Take It Easy' is part of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll".
1972: Pink Floyd release their soundtrack 'Obscured by Clouds' in the U.S.
1972: The Rolling Stones album 'Exile On Main Street' started a 4 week run at the top of the U.S. charts. The double album, regularly regarded as one of the band's best, features 'Rocks Off,' 'Rip This Joint,' 'Happy' and 'Tumbling Dice.'
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1972: David Bowie performed at Town Hall in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.
1973: Joe Saylers, business manager for Three Dog Night and Steppenwolf, is shot in the arm after a confrontation with two strangers in his West Hollywood apartment.
1974: KISS played at the Sunshine Inn in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
1975: Aerosmith appeared at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.
1976: The Grateful Dead begin the first of three nights at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
1976: Neil Diamond performed at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.
1976: Blondie released their debut single 'X Offender.' Written by Gary Valentine and Debbie Harry, the title of the song was originally 'Sex Offender', written about an 18-year-old boy being arrested for having sex with his younger girlfriend. Debbie Harry changed the lyrics so that the song was about a prostitute being attracted to the police officer that had arrested her. Private Stock, the band’s label insisted that the single be changed to 'X Offender' because they were nervous about the original title.
1976: Ian Dury played his last gig with Kilburn and the High Roads before starting his solo career. The show at The Assembly Hall, Walthamstow also had The Sex Pistols, and The Stranglers on the bill.
1977: After Jimmy Helms pulled out of a gig at Shoreditch College, the members of the social committee decided to call upon famous local, Elton John who lived up the road and ask if he would perform. Elton did the gig for two bottles of wine.
1977: Michael Schenker disappears after UFO concert in Leeds, England.
1977: KISS release their 6th studio album, 'Love Gun.' The platinum album is originally released with a paper toy gun. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart and was the first Kiss album to feature a lead vocal performance from Ace Frehley. This marks the first album for the group to feature lead vocal performances from all four band members. It was also the last studio album to feature the entire original lineup of Kiss on every track, as drummer Peter Criss was replaced by session drummer Anton Fig for most of 1979's 'Dynasty.'
1977: Steve Winwood releases his solo self-titled LP, three years after leaving Traffic. It reached #22 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart.
1977: Crosby, Stills & Nash 'CSN' album is released It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. Two singles taken from the album, Nash's 'Just A Song Before I Go' and Stills' 'Fair Game' peaked at #7 and #43 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100.
1977: Eric Clapton played at Rhein-Neckar-Halle in Heidelberg, Germany.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.
1978: Grace Slick's alcoholism prevented her from going on stage with Jefferson Starship at a concert in St. Goarhausen, West Germany. Fans rioted, causing more than $1 million in damage. Two days later, Slick quit the Starship and Marty Balin took over as lead vocalist.
1978: 'You’re The One That I Want' by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John started a 9 week run at #1 on the UK singles chart. The song was from the film 'Grease.'
1979: Yes played at New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1979: Quiet Riot with Randy Rhoads play The Palomino in North Hollywood, CA.
1980: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with special guests Tommy Tutone play the second of two nights at Pine Pine Knob Music Theatre in Township, Michigan.
1980: Van Halen kick off a UK tour with a gig at City Hall in Newcastle. Lucifer's Friend open the shows.
1980: Led Zeppelin begins three week's worth of shows in Europe with a show at Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany. It will prove to be the group's last tour.
1981: Pink Floyd performed The Wall at Earl’s Court Exhibition Hall in Earl’s Court, London.
1983: David Bowie appeared at Freilichttheater in Bad Segeberg, Germany.
1983: James Brown, UB40, Fun Boy Three, The Beat, Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy Cliff, Marillion and Melanie all appeared at this years Glastonbury CND Festival in Shepton Mallet, England.
1984: Van Halen played at the Kansas Coliseum in Valley Center, Kansas.
1985: The famously reclusive Bob Dylan opens up on the syndicated radio show Rockline with Bob Coburn, taking calls from fans.
1985: Marillion released their 3rd studio album, 'Misplaced Childhood.'
1985: Bryan Adams released his 'Summer of '69' single. It was the 4th single from his 'Reckless album, reaching #40 on the Billboard's Top Rock Tracks Chart and p eaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1987: A St. Petersburg, Florida real estate agent named Vittoria Holman sued Mötley Crüe and a concert promoter for hearing loss allegedly incurred at a concert in December 1985. Holman and her daughter had front row seats less than 10 feet (3 meters) from a wall of speakers. The case was settled out of court when the band's insurance company paid Holman over $30,000.
1987: Rod Stewart becomes the proud parent of his 4th child, daughter Ruby, from his girlfriend, model Kelly Emberg.
1988: The documentary 'The Decline Of The Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years' was released.
1989: Ringo Starr announces the second annual line-up of his All-Starr Band, featuring Billy Preston, Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren and Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and The Band's Levon Helm and Rick Danko.
1989: Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford's Metal ballad 'Close My Eyes Forever' peaks at #8 in the U.S. This would be both Ford & Osbourne’s only top 10 single in the U.S.
1989: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Bon Jovi’s 'I’ll Be There For You' at #42, Great White’s 'Once Bitten Twice Shy' at #40, Warrant’s 'Down Boys' at #39, Bon Jovi’s 'Lay Your Hands Of Me' at #37, Cinderella’s 'Coming Home' at #21, GNR’s 'Patience' at #14, and Ozzy & Lita’s 'Close My Eyes Forever' at #8.
1991: Van Halen releases their 9th album, 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge,' also known as F.U.C.K. Sammy Hagar titles the album, allegedly wanting to push the issue of censorship. The album goes on to sell over 3 million in the U.S. alone.
1994: Megadeth is kicked off the Aerosmith tour after just seven dates, when Dave Mustaine says, “We don’t have much time to play because Aerosmith don’t have much time left to live.” Jackyl and 4 Non Blondes open the remaining dates on the US tour.
1994: John Wetton released his 2nd solo album, 'Voice Mail.'
1995: Rod Stewart sets an attendance record at Wembley Stadium in London when 83,000 fans attend his concert. The record holds until 2009, when U2 draws 88,000 on their 360 tour.
1996: Bon Jovi release their single, 'Hey God.'
1997: Attempting to cash-in the hype surrounding the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death (just two months away), RCA issues a 100 track compilation titled, 'Platinum: A Life In Music.' The set features early recordings, live tracks, out-takes and demos.
1997: Ozzy Osbourne cancelled his solo set and his reunion with Black Sabbath, scheduled for an Ozzfest tour stop at the Polaris Amphitheatre near Columbus, Ohio. Osbourne claimed he had lost his voice. Members of the other bands on the bill had performed 35 minutes of Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath songs before Anselmo broke the news that Osbourne would not be performing. Other groups on the bill performed as scheduled but disappointed fans set fires and damaged the outdoor facility. Twenty-three people were arrested and three were slightly hurt. Osbourne and Black Sabbath played a make-up date two weeks later.
1997: Switchfoot's debut album, 'The Legend of Chin,' is released under independent label Re:think Records.
1997: Sugar Ray releases 'Floored,' which includes their breakthrough hit, 'Fly.'
1997: Megadeth release their 7th studio album, 'Cryptic Writings.' It was the band's last studio album to feature drummer Nick Menza.
The album peaked at #10 on the Billboard chart.
1997: Jon Bon Jovi released his 2nd solo studio album, 'Destination Anywhere.'
1999: A teenage girl was crushed to death during a gig by Hole at the Hultsfred Festival, Sweden.
2003: Bryan Adams releases his 'Live at the Budokan' CD/DVD.
2005: Throat cancer claims the life of Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller at age 41. One of the group's founding members, Mueller passes away in his hometown, Minneapolis.
2005: U2 receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 30th annual Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Awards in London.
2006: The Who return to the scene of one of their most famous gigs, England's Leeds University ('Live At Leeds'), to launch their 2006 tour. A commemorative plaque marking the '70 concert is unveiled.
2006: Eddie and Alex Van Halen join Country singer Kenny Chesney during his show in Carson, CA. The brothers play 'Jump' and 'You Really Got Me' with Chesney and his band.
2006: Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones enters rehab to kick his drinking habit, but will recover in time to join the band on its latest 'A Bigger Bang' world tour in a month.
2007: 62 year old Rod Stewart married his girlfriend of nearly seven years, 36 year old Penny Lancaster in a small town just outside the Italian Riviera resort of Portofino. The couple, who have a 1½ year old son together, were wed during a private ceremony attended by a small gathering of family and friends.
2007: The Traveling Wilburys went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Collection.' The lineup of the Wilburys was: George Harrison, (Nelson Wilbury,) Jeff Lynne, (Otis Wilbury,) Roy Orbison, (Lefty Wilbury,) Tom Petty, (Charlie T. Wilbury Jr.,) and Bob Dylan, (Lucky Wilbury.)
2008: The Offspring release their 8th studio album, 'Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace.' It's their first album in nearly five years.
2008: Judas Priest release their 16th studio album, 'Nostradamus.' The limited edition deluxe double CD is housed in a 48-page hardbound book package with an insert containing an exclusive code for one free general admission ticket to see Judas Priest on the Metal Masters Tour. It's their last album with guitarist K.K. Downing.
2008: A basketball injury forces Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson to sit out the first stop on the band's Hootenanny Tour. He needs surgery to fix his knee.
2008: Welsh singer Duffy's single Mercy was named song of the year at the Mojo magazine awards held in London. Best breakthrough act went to The Last Shadow Puppets - the side project of Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner. Other acts honored at the reader-voted Mojo Honours included Led Zeppelin, Paul Weller, the Sex Pistols and Genesis. Ska band the Specials were welcomed into the Mojo Hall of Fame and former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, won the inspiration award for his contribution to rock music.
2009: Kings Of Leon and the L.A. based music publisher Bug Music announce the creation of their own record label imprint.
2009: 60-year-old Billy Joel and his third wife, 27-year-old Katie Lee Joel announced that were splitting up after nearly five years of marriage.
2010: Slash is chosen to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2010: Phil Collins receives the Johnny Mercer Award at the 17th Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards in New York City. The award is the organization's highest honor.
2011: Slipknot performs their first concert since the death of Paul Gray (from a drug overdose). With original bassist Donnie Steele (who left in '95 and was replaced by Gray), Slipknot play the Sonisphere Festival in Athens, Greece. "As you know, tonight is very emotional show for us but it is not, not, a negative day. It is a positive day. A day for celebration. This is our first show-with you," frontman Corey Taylor tells the audience.
2012: Bruce Springsteen played his longest show when he turned in a three-hour-and-48-minute, 32-song, set at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. This surpassed the previously longest show, Dec. 31, 1980 at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York.
2013: Black Sabbath's '13' is their first #1 on the UK album chart since 1970's 'Paranoid.' "I'm in shock," says Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne. "The success of this album has blown me off my feet. We've never had a record climb the charts so fast."
2013: Motorhead receive the 2013 Golden God Award in recognition of their contributions to Rock and Metal. Also, Alice In Chains pick up the Icon award as an undisputed legend and Black Sabbath earn the Best UK Band and Best Album (for '13') honors during the ceremony held in London.
2013: Pink Floyd's entire catalog is available on Spotify. The band said their catalog would be unlocked if fans were successful in pushing the 1975 track 'Wish You Were Here' past a million spins. The effort took less than four days.
2014: An acoustic cover of Guns N' Roses classic 'Sweet Child O' Mine' is featured in a Northern Ireland road safety ad. A car speeding along a country road flips killing a group of children. Due to the ad's disturbing nature it is banned from airing on TV before 9 p.m. 2014: Billy Joel speaks out against the slaughter of elephants for ivory. He supports a proposed New York State law which would ban illegal ivory sales. "I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists," writes Joel in a statement. "But a preference for ivory keys does not justify the slaughter of 96 elephants every day."
2014: The late Lou Reed's guitars, amps, and effects are auctioned to fund a Lou Reed Archive.
2014: Linkin Park release their 6th album, 'The Hunting Party.' It peaks at #3 on the Billboard album chart.
2015: The Beastie Boys are awarded $668,000 to cover legal fees accrued during their long running copyright infringement litigation against Monster energy drink. They originally sought $2.4 million.
2015: In an interview with Forbes magazine, former Cream drummer Ginger Baker had some unkind words for Led Zeppelin. "Jimmy's [Page] a good player, I don't think Led Zeppelin filled the void that Cream left, but they made a lot of money." About Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Baker said that he wasn't "anywhere near what I am. He wasn't a musician." Baker also lashed out at the entire genre of Heavy Metal, saying "I loathe and detest Heavy Metal. I think it is an abortion."
2016: Red Hot Chili Peppers release their 11th studio album, 'The Getaway.' It's their first album since 2011 and their first since 1991 without Rick Rubin producing. The effort was produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Nigel Godrich.
2016: Radiohead release their 9th studio album, 'A Moon Shaped Pool.'
2016: A group of radical Islamists storm the Velvet IndieGround, a record store in Istanbul, and beat Radiohead fans attending a listening party with pipes for drinking alcohol during the holy month of Ramadan. "We hope that someday we will be able to look back on such acts of violent intolerance as things of the ancient past," Radiohead says in a statement.
2016: Tom DeLonge reveals his true reason for leaving blink-182 last year: to investigate UFOs. In an interview with Mic, the 'Aliens Exist' singer claims the truth is out there: "There's been hundreds and hundreds of thousands of eyewitness accounts. Trace evidence that's been analyzed by scientists across the world. Events have happened on the ground. It's all around us. I know of stuff I can't talk about right now."
2017: After a nearly three year delay, a 2.5 acre piece of land called Jimi Hendrix Park opened in Seattle's Central district. Within walking distance from the legendary guitarist's childhood home, the park features plaques detailing Hendrix's life and Hendrix-inspired sculptures.

June 18
1948: Columbia Records begins the first mass production of the 33 1/3 RPM LP. The new format could contain a maximum of 23 minutes of music per side versus the approximately three minutes that could be squeezed on to a 78 RPM disc.
1954: Guitarist Danny Cedrone died following a freak stairway fall just a month after he had recorded the lead guitar solo on 'Rock Around The Clock' with Bill Haley And His Comets.
1959: Fats Domino records 'I Want To Walk You Home.'
1963: Paul McCartney celebrates his 21st birthday at the home of his Aunt Ginny (referred to as Aunty Gin in 'Let 'Em In'), along with various friends, relatives and the other Beatles.
1964: Touring Australia The Beatles played at Sydney Stadium in Sydney. This was Paul McCartney 22nd birthday and after the show his guests included 17 girls who were winners of the Daily Mirrors 'Why I would like to be a guest at a Beatles birthday party' competition.
1966: The Beach Boys release 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' with 'God Only Knows' on the flip side.
1966: The epic Ike & Tina Turner single, 'River Deep Mountain High' is released. Produced by Phil Spector, who considers the record his masterpiece, it falls far short of the Top 40 in the U.S. causing a disillusioned Spector to go into semi-retirement. The song does go to #1 in the U.K.
1967: The Monterey International Pop Festival concludes it’s 3-day stand with performances by Ravi Shankar, The Blues Project, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Group With No Name, Buffalo Springfield (w/David Crosby), The Who, the Grateful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Scott McKenzie and The Mamas & The Papas. Janis Joplin and Big Brother and The Holding Company returned to the stage after originally playing on Saturday the 17th, but their management decided that they didn't want the band filmed. Janis and the band blew everybody away with their performance. The film makers knew they had to have it filmed. After some negotiation, it was agreed that they would perform a couple of songs again on Sunday afternoon so it could be filmed. Jimi Hendrix followed The Who, who had destroyed their equipment at the end of their set. Wanting to upstage The Who, Jim Hendrix 'set the world on fire' when he doused his guitar with lighter fluid and ignited it.
1971: Fleetwood Mac appeared at Up The Junction in Crewe, England.
1971: Jethro Tull play the Los Angeles Forum on their 'Agualung' tour. Livingstone Taylor open the show.
1971: Alice Cooper with special guests Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes and Bronsville Station played the Toledo Sports Arena in Toledo, Ohio.
1972: Alice Cooper‬ released the album 'School's Out.'
1973: Joe Walsh released his second LP with Barnstorm 'The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get.' It featured his Top 40 hit single, 'Rocky Mountain Way,' which helped propel the album into the Top 10.
1974: Peter Hoorelbeke of Rare Earth is arrested after throwing his drumsticks into the crowd.
1975: Elvis Presley was reported to have had some cosmetic surgery done to his face at Mid South hospital in Memphis.
1976: Electric Light Orchestra's greatest hits collection, 'OLE ELO' goes Gold, just as they begin their first major British tour.
1977: Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten was slashed on his face and hands by knife-wielding youths on a London street. They objected to the Pistols' anti-monarchist song 'God Save the Queen.' A tendon in his arm is sliced, causing damage to his guitar playing hand. The next day, another member of the Pistols, Paul Cook, was beaten by a gang armed with iron pipes.
1977: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, supported by The Boomtown Rats appeared at Friars in Aylesbury, England.
1977: Fleetwood Mac score their only Billboard #1 hit with 'Dreams.' Over the next dozen years, they would reach the US Top 40 thirteen more times. Stevie Nicks has stated she wrote the song at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California, in about 10 minutes.
1977: Foreigner 'Feels Like The First Time' peaks at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1977: The Beatles 'Live At The Hollywood Bowl,' recorded in August 1964 and August 1965, rose to the top of the UK album chart. Across the pond, it would climb to #2 on the Billboard Hot 200.
1977: Talking Heads members Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth marry. They eventually form Tom Tom Club and have two children.
1977: James Taylor enters the Billboard chart with an update of Jimmy Jones's 1960 #1 hit, 'Handy Man.' Taylor's version will reach #4.
1977: Billboard's Hot 100 includes Heart’s 'Barracuda' at #48, Boston’s 'Peace Of Mind' at #38, Alice Cooper’s 'You And Me' at #37, The Eagles’s 'Hotel California' at #30, Foreigner’s 'Feels Like the First Time' at #4 (peak) and Fleetwood Mac’s 'Dreams' was #1‬.
1978: 'Almost Summer,' from the movie of the same name, peaks at #28 on the Hot 100. The song was recorded by a band called Celebration featuring Mike Love and was co-written by Love along with fellow Beach Boys members Brian Wilson and Al Jardine.
1978: Grace Slick takes the stage with Jefferson Starship at the Lorelei Festival in Hamburg, Germany, in a state of drunkenness. After she taunts the crowd with comments about Nazis and World War II, the crowd riots, destroying much of their equipment. Slick does not return to the band until 1983.
1980: 'The Blues Brothers,' starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the deadpan R&B team, premieres in New York.
1980: Jefferson Starship play the Pine Pine Knob Music Theatre in Township, Michigan.
1981: Van Halen play Selland Arena in Fresno, CA.
1982: Fifteen months after its U.S. release, Ozzy Osbourne's solo debut 'Blizzard Of Ozz' earns a platinum album.
1982: King Crimson released their 9th studio album, 'Beat.'
1983: The Cotton Bowl in Dallas hosts The Texxas Jam, with Uriah Heep, Ted Nugent, Triumph, Sammy Hagar and Styx performing in that order. The same lineup would play the Astrodome in Houston the following day.
1983: KISS bring their Creatures of the Night Tour/10th Anniversary Tour to 137,000 people at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. It's their largest crowd to date. The tour ends a week later in São Paulo. ‬
1983: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Loverboy’s 'Hot Girls In Love' at #50, Billy Idol's 'White Wedding' at #42, Def Leppard's 'Photograph' at #41, The Eurythmics’s 'Sweet Dreams...' at #37, Bryan Adam’s 'Straight From The Heart' at #29, and Journey’s 'Faithfully' at #12‬.
1984: Judas Priest fans take the song 'Breaking The Law' to heart when they destroy over $250,000 worth of seat cushions at Madison Square Garden, causing the band to be banned for life from the venue. But, guitarist Glenn Tipton has been back. He and K.K. Downing snuck in for a tennis match and thought they were incognito but an usher recognized them and said, “Thanks for the new seats.”
1984: ‎Van Halen‬ released their 19th single, 'Panama.' It would eventually peak at #13 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. ‬
1986: WASP released the single 'Wild Child.' The B side featured a cover of the Mountain song 'Mississippi Queen.'
1987: After two years of marriage, Bruce Springsteen separated from his first wife Julianne Phillips. They would divorce two years later.
1988: Melissa Etheridge's self-titled debut album enters the U.S. chart. It'll stay on the chart for over a year.
1988: Van Halen are #1 for their 3rd and final week on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart with 'Black And Blue.'
1991: Van Halen released their 9th studio album, 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.' The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart. They also release the single, 'Poundcake.'
1991: Bryan Adams releases his mega-hit single, '(Everything I Do) I Do It for You.'
1993: Peter Gabriel kicked off his North American tour in support of Us at the Rochester Community War Memorial in Rochester, NY.
1993: A&M Records chairman Jerry Moss and vice-chairman Herb Alpert announced they were leaving the company they founded more than 30 years earlier. They had sold A&M in 1990 to Polygram for $500 million. Moss and Alpert started the label in the garage of Alpert's Los Angeles home in 1962. The label was the home to such acts as The Police, Bryan Adams, Joan Baez, Flying Burrito Brothers, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, Supertramp and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.
1993: Lollapalooza kicks off its tour in Vancouver, BC. The main stage acts include Primus, Alice in Chains, Dinosaur Jr., Fishbone, Arrested Development, Front 242, Babes in Toyland (first half), Tool (second half), and Rage Against the Machine.
1994: The Beastie Boys entered the US album chart at #1 with 'III Communication'.
1996: Zakk Wylde releases his 'Book Of Shadows' album.
1997: During a North American tour U2 played the first of two nights at Oakland Coliseum, San Francisco supported by Oasis.
1999: A judge dismisses a case brought against Prince in 1994 claiming he stole the idea for his symbol-shaped guitar. In the opinion, the judge writes: "Defendant may as well have had this protracted litigation in mind when he lyrically asked: 'Why do we scream at each other. This is what it sounds like. When doves cry.'"
2000: Jani Lane leaves the Warrant tour with 10 days remaining after falling off the wagon.
2000: It was reported that sales of pirate music CDs had now exceeded more than 500 million a year and accounted for one in every five sold. The Phonographic Industry estimated it was costing the music industry $5.1 billion in lost sales.
2000: The Experience Music Project, a museum including permanent exhibitions on Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana, opens in Seattle.
2002: U2 lost a bid to prevent the demolition of Hanover Quay studio in Dublin. Over 8,000 fans signed an online petition to preserve the studio, where the group recorded ‘All That You Can't Leave Behind’ and some of their 'Pop' album.
2002: Billy Joel checks into an alcohol rehabilitation center in Connecticut for a 10 day stay.
2004: David Gilmour and Jimmy Page perform at the French version of the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Paris.
2005: Foo Fighters mark the release of their 5th album, 'In Your Honor,' with a private, invite-only, free concert for 500 fans near Roswell, NM., where an alleged UFO crashed in 1947.
2005: Green Day begin filming CD/DVD 'In A Bible" at t'e National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England. They play to over 130,000 fans during the two day shoot.
2006: Green Day wins the Best International Group category, while Nickelback scores the MuchLoud Best Rock Video trophy for 'Photograph' at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto.
2006: Paul McCartney turns 64, a mere 39 years after whimsically singing about it on 'When I'm 64' (on The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album).
2007: Motley Crue initiate a $20 million lawsuit against Carl Stubner, one of their managers. The suit, filed in L.A., accuses Stubner of damaging Crue's reputation by deliberately promoting Tommy Lee's solo projects ahead of the group's in order to net a higher commission for himself. The suit asserts that the drummer's involvement in the reality shows 'Tommy Lee Goes to College' and 'Rockstar: Supernova' harmed his image and lost revenue for the group.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne is honored with an Icon Award at Mojo's Honours List ceremony in London. "Awards all mean something to me because I've survived the years both in my job and in my life," says Ozzy. Also, Slash presents Alice Cooper with the U.K music magazine's Hero Award. The Doors earn the Hall of Fame Award while the Stooges get a Lifetime Achievement Award.
2007: The Red Hot Chili Peppers select the winner of a contest where they asked fans to create the official video for 'Charlie.' 420 submissions were uploaded on YouTube with Omri Cohen, a 25-year old aspiring filmmaker from Tarzana, CA, getting the nod. "After watching dozen and dozens of admirable efforts, I finally saw a video for 'Charlie' that made me cry," says lead singer Anthony Kiedis. Cohen gets $5,000 and a trip to Paris to meet the band and see them perform.
2007: American singer and record producer Hank Medress died of lung cancer at 68. He was the vocalist on The Tokens 1961 U.S. #1 hit 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight,' Medress was also in the vocal quartet The Linc-Tones with Neil Sedaka and produced the hit single 'He’s So Fine' by The Chiffons, as well as Tony Orlando’s 'Knock Three Times.'
2008: A Los Angeles hotel filed a lawsuit against Phil Spector, his wife and agent for failing to pay for accommodations for lawyers and expert witnesses in his murder trial. The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites claimed that by the time Spector's trial ended with a hung jury, the defendants owed the hotel more than $104,000.
2009: Crosby, Stills & Nash and Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The New York event also marks the Songwriters Hall of Fame's 40th anniversary.
2009: Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a 32-year-old woman from Minnesota, is found guilty of illegal sharing of music files via the Internet and is ordered to pay $1.92 million, $80,000 per song.
2010: Hand-written lyrics by John Lennon of 'A Day In The Life' are auctioned at Sotheby's in New York. The auctioneer describes the closing track from The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" as "the revolutionary song that marked the Beatles' transformation from pop icons to artists." Estimated to sell for between $500,000 to $700,000, an undisclosed bidder pays $1.2 million for the lyrics.
2010: Bono's opinion piece on Northern Ireland's Bloody Sunday is published in the New York Times. On 1/30/72, British soldiers fired on a civil rights march in the majority Catholic area of the Bogside in Derry, killing 14 unarmed protesters. The violence was the inspiration for the classic U2 song 'Sunday Bloody Sunday.'
2011: Leslie West of Mountain has his right leg amputated below the knee at a Biloxi, Mississippi, hospital the day after performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in the city. West later says, "when I play 'Mississippi Queen' now, I think about Jesus Christ."
2011: Slash receives the inaugural Tom F. Mankiewicz Leadership Award from the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association at its 41st Annual Beastly Ball. The honor recognizes Slash's longtime contributions to establishing environmental welfare programs.
2011: Beady Eye, led by former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, launch their maiden U.S. tour in Chicago to promote their debut album, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding.' Meanwhile, Liam's older brother and former Oasis guitarist, Noel, marries Sara MacDonald at the Lime Wood Hotel in New Forest, England. Liam is not invited to the ceremony. It's the second marriage for Noel.
2011: Clarence Clemons, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, dies of complications caused by a stroke. He was 69 years old. Clemons was beloved by seemingly everyone in the music industry, along with millions of fans. He had appeared on dozens of recordings, with everyone from Great White and Jackson Browne to Lady Gaga, and was also a sporadic actor. Clemons was married 5 times and was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
2012: Bono presents Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with Amnesty International's highest honor. The award, given in Dublin, comes just a day after Suu Kyi received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.
2012: PETA sends a 70th birthday card to Paul McCartney for his help in raising awareness for ethical animal treatment. The card has people dressed as animals in a parody of the famous Beatles 'Abbey Road' album cover. A sign reads "Happy Birthday, Paul! Thank You for Loving Us, Not Eating Us."
2012: At a Radiohead concert in a park in Toronto, metal rigging over a stage collapses one hour before show time. Various technicians were setting up the stage equipment when the incident occurred, injuring some and killing one drum technician, Scott Johnson, who was pinned under the rubble.
2014: Linkin Park is inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
2014: The Illinois State Crime Commission presents Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan with the Jesse White Award for a wrestling-focused outreach program he helped create for Chicago children.
2014: Pearl Jam bassist and skateboarder, Jeff Ament, donates $40,000 to enable a skateboarding park to open in Glendive, MT, where he grew up.
2014: An official sculpture of Jimi Hendrix by artist Karl Schaefer is unveiled at an art reception in Monterey. The event raises funds to inspire creativity in the arts and sciences.
2014: Lyricist Gerry Goffin dies at his home in L.A. of natural causes. He co-wrote more than 50 pop hits, mostly with his ex-wife Carole King, including 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,' 'The Loco-Motion' and '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.' He was 75.
2014: Johnny Mann - of The Johnny Mann Singers who recorded with Johnny Burnette, The Crickets, and Eddie Cochran, dies of heart failure at age 85.
2015: Van Morrison, Blues great Willie Dixon, Cyndi Lauper and Toby Keith were among the inductees into the Song Writers Hall Of Fame at a star-studded gala in New York. The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia was also inducted posthumously alongside the band's lyricist Robert Hunter.
2015: One day after Neil Young criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for using 'Rockin' In The Free World' at a campaign event, Trump's campaign manager states the candidate will refrain from any future use of Young's music.

June 19
1958: Buddy Holly enters Coral Record's studios in New York to record for the first time without The Crickets. None of the tracks he laid down would become hits.
1960: For personal reasons, Gene Vincent bails on the remainder of his U.K. tour and returns to the U.S.
1961: Ben E. King enjoys his biggest hit as 'Stand By Me' reaches #4 on the Billboard singles chart. The same song would re-appear on the Hot 100 in 1986, reaching #9, after it was featured as the title track in a film starring River Phoenix.
1964: The Beatles' Long Tall Sally (EP) is released in the UK. It was the band's 5th official EP release and included songs not previously released on an album or single in the United Kingdom (two of the tracks had seen an American release earlier in the year on The Beatles' 'Second Album,' with the other two released on the North American album 'Something New').
1965: The Who, Solomon Burke, Zoot Money, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Spencer Davis Group, Marianne Faithful, Long John Baldry, The Birds, (featuring a young Ronnie Wood), Dave Witting and the Ray Martin Group all appeared at Uxbridge Blues Festival in England.
1965: The Kinks & The Moody Blues each made their American live debut at the Academy of Music in New York City.
1965: Elvis Presley enjoyed his 15th UK #1 single with his rendition of 'Crying In The Chapel,' which first became a hit for 17-year-old Darrell Glenn when it topped the Cashbox Best Sellers chart in 1953. To date there are over 50 known recorded versions of the song, but none as successful as Presley's which would eventually be awarded Platinum status by the RIAA.
1966: 'Paint It Black' by the Rolling Stones began its 2nd week at #1 on the American singles chart.
1967: Having admitted to taking LSD four tines during an interview with Life Magazine, Beatle Paul McCartney told The Daily Mirror that he didn’t regret that he'd spoken out and hoped that his fans would understand.
1968: The Rolling Stones scored their seventh number one single when 'Jumpin’ Jack Flash' topped the charts. Keith Richards wrote in his autobiography that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards’ country house. They were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded, “Oh, that’s Jack – that’s jumpin’ Jack.”
1969: The Doors appeared at the PNE Garden Auditorium in Vancouver, Canada.
1971: Carole King started a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'It's Too Late/I feel The Earth Move.' Both songs were from her 'Tapestry' album.
1971: Alice Cooper Band play Central Catholic High School's Rockne Hall in Allentown, PA.
1971: Jethro Tull play the Anaheim Convention Center on their 'Agualung' tour. Livingstone Taylor open the show.
1972: The Rolling Stones with special guest Stevie Wonder play the first of two nights at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago.
1973: Edgar Winter Group awarded a gold disc for the 'Frankenstein' single. Winter named the song because of how many cuts and patches were contained in the original studio tape.
1973: Tim Curry begins the role of a lifetime, heading the cast of the stage production of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' in London. Curry reprises his over-the-top vamp role in the 1975 film.
1973: Pink Floyd performed at the Civic Center Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1974: KISS' Paul Stanley collapses on stage from exhaustion at the Electric Ballroom in Atlanta.
1974: The Delinquents a band featuring Mick Jones (later of The Clash) made their debut at the Students Union bar, Queen Elizabeth College, Kensington.
1976: The Beach Boys' cover of Chuck Berry's 'Rock And Roll Music' enters the Billboard Top 40 where it would peak at #5 during a 13 week run. That was one spot higher than Berry's 1957 original.
1977: Led Zeppelin played a concert at the San Diego Sports Arena in between six concerts at Madison Square Garden & six concerts at The Forum in Los Angeles. Jimmy Page was reportedly so out of it due to his heroin habit that he was physically carried on the plane to San Diego.
1977: Blue Oyster Cult, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent & Starz play 'Superfest at the Stadium' (part 11) in Orchard Park, New York.
1977: Six men wielding knives and iron bars outside Shepherd's Bush underground station beat up Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols. Cook required 15 stitches to a head wound.
1977: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers supported by The Boomtown Rats appeared at The Rainbow in London.
1977: Alice Cooper headlined a with support acts The Kinks, The Tubes, Nazareth, Sha-Na-Na and special guest hosts Flo & Eddie at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, CA. The show is filmed and broadcast on US television in September of 1977 as 'Alice Cooper & Friends.'
1978: The Rolling Stones played the Palladium in New York City during their summer tour of North America.
1979: Blue Oyster Cult release their 6th studio album, 'Mirrors.'
1980: The Grateful Dead played the first of three shows at West High Auditorium in Anchorage, Alaska.
1980: Marshall Tucker Band with special guest B.B. King play at Pine Pine Knob Music Theatre in Township, Michigan.
1981: Van Halen play the Los Angeles Sports Arena on their 'Fair Warning' tour.
1982: Asia's self-titled debut album tops the LP charts.
1982: The Steve Miller Band kicked off their first tour in three years in Lake Tahoe.
1982: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ 'Crimson and Clover.' It was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1984: Tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s 10 night stand at Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ went on sale. In the first 24 hours, 202,000 tickets were sold.
1987: Motley Crue's 'Girls, Girls, Girls' tour kicks off in Tuscon, Arizona. The stage show features an inflatable Harley, lots of pyro, and a contraption that spins Tommy Lee and his drum kit upside down while he plays. Whitesnake is the opening act, a new band called Guns N' Roses taking that slot later on the tour.
1987: Guns N’ Roses perform their first concert outside of the U.S. at London’s legendary Marquee Club.
1988: Jimmy Page releases his first solo album, 'Outrider.' It includes guest appearances by Robert Plant & Tony Franklin. Jason Bonham plays drums.
1989: Kreator​ release their 4th studio album, 'Extreme Aggression.'
1991: Guns N' Roses video 'You Could Be Mine' officially premiered on MTV.
1992: The Greenpeace Stop Sellafield, campaign concert took place at G-Mex in Manchester, England with U2, Big Audio Dynamite II, Public Enemy and Kraftwerk.
1995: W.A.S.P. released the album 'Still Not Black Enough' in Japan. The album was originally slated for release as a Blackie Lawless solo album.
1997: Bobby Helms, best known for his perennial Christmas hit, 'Jingle Bell Rock,' died of emphysema at his home in Martinsville, Indiana. He was 63.
1998: Buckcherry is in their 3rd & final week at #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart with 'Lit Up.'
1999: U2's Bono and The Edge are part of a human chain around the G8 Summit Centre in Cologne, Germany to advocate the elimination Third World debt.
2000: The new Motley Crue full length animated video clip for 'Hell On High Heels' has it's world premiere on VH1.
2000: During Bob Dylan’s concert in Portland, OR, Professor Patrick Ladd a British sign-language expert “signed” Dylan’s lyrics for the hearing impaired.
2000: Duran Duran release 'Pop Trash.' It's their last with guitarist Warren Cuccurullo.
2001: Aerosmith inked a multi-million dollar deal with Dodge to plug the auto company in print ads, TV and radio commercials, at NASCAR events and on the group's 'Just Push Play' tour.
2001: Loverboy release 'Live, Loud and Loose,' a collection of live tracks from 1982 to 1986.
2001: Stone Temple Pilots release their 5th studio album, 'Shangri-La Dee Da.'
2003: Scott Weiland introduces himself as the vocalist for Velvet Revolver.
2004: A stick from a thrown lollipop somehow becomes wedged in between David Bowie’s left eyeball and his eyelid. It’s the same eye that caused Bowie trouble in the past, when, as a kid, he got in a now-legendary fight with schoolmate George Underwood that left his eye permanently dilated — causing many to think that his eyes are two different colors. Bowie stops the show and shouts, “You f—ing wanker! You little f—er!” It is later revealed that a woman was pushed in the crowd and the lollipop flew from her hand while she was dancing. Luckily, Bowie escapes serious injury.
2004: Red Hot Chili Peppers play the first of three shows at London's Hyde Park. The concerts earn more than $17 million with tracks recorded for the group's first official concert album, the double-disc 'Live in Hyde Park.'
2006: 'KoRn: Live On The Other Side' concert DVD premieres in nearly 100 movie theaters a day before the disc hits stores. The DVD features an 2005 New York concert.
2006: Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and Country-Folk legend Emmylou Harris launch a North American tour in support of their 'All The Roadrunning' CD. The first stop is Toronto.
2006: Duane Roland, a founding member of the Southern Rock band Molly Hatchet died of natural causes at the age of 53 at his residence in St. Augustine, FL. Roland was part of the Southern-rock group's three-guitar attack from '76 until '90.
2007: Bon Jovi release their 10th studio album, 'Lost Highway.' They also perform on NBC's Today show as part of the program's Toyota Concert Series.
2007: The White Stripes release their 6th album, 'Icky Thump.' Frontman Jack White says his decision to record the album on vintage reel-to-reel equipment was a stylistic choice. "In the technological age, everyone wants to find out what the newest toy is," says White. "That attitude doesn't really coincide with what sounds the best."
2007: 'Wasted Time,' the first single from Fuel's album, 'Angels And Devils,' hits radio. The song marks the debut of Toryn Green as the group's vocalist. He replaced Brett Scallions.
2007: The Illinois Senate passed Senate Resolution 255 which designated that April 1st of every year as Cheap Trick Day in the State of Illinois.
2008: Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis is the top male vote-getter in the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of poll conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "Soon after I (went vegan) I saw some documentary footage of what happens in the factory farming of cows," says the singer. "It sealed the deal." Kiedis beat out fellow vegetarian musicians Eddie Vedder, Serj Tankian, Rob Zombie, Geezer Butler and Rivers Cuomo.
2008: Ringo Starr publishes a collection of his computer generated art in a book titled 'Painting Is My Madness.' The volume is available in a limited run of 3,000 regular and 200 deluxe autographed copies.
2008: Paul McCartney and U2 frontman Bono are among those who submit messages to an online campaign supporting imprisoned Burmese political leader and Nobel Peace Prize honoree Aung San Suu Kyi. The initiative coincides with Suu Kyi's 64th birthday. "(She) is in an inspiration to her country and the rest of the world," writes McCartney.
2010: Green Day performs at London's Wembley Stadium before an estimated audience of 80,000. "Playing Wembley Stadium is kind one of those moments in your career when you just go holy s**t!," says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.
2012: Smashing Pumpkins release their 8th studio album, 'Oceania.' It's the first full-length set to feature the lineup of guitarist/vocalist Billy Corgan (who also produced), drummer Mike Byrne, bassist Nicole Fiorentino and guitarist Jeff Schroeder. The album is a part of the band's 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscope' project.
2012: The former chief financial officer for Pearl Jam was charged with 33 counts of theft for allegedly stealing at least $380,000 from the Seattle band's management company. According to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Rickey Goodrich allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of several years, spending the money on lavish family vacations, spa treatments, life insurance and pricey California wines.
2012: 'The Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey,' a book of photography by Slipknot's M. Shawn Crahan, is on shelves. The forward is by Metallica's Lars Ulrich.
2012: Duff McKagan receives his diploma during the Class of 2012 graduation ceremony at Seattle's Roosevelt High School. The former Guns N' Roses bassist dropped out of the school while in 10th grade. "Finally got my high school diploma today, I did the not-so-popular 48-year plan," tweets McKagen.
2013: Duff McKagan is named Seattle Central Community College's 2013 Distinguished Alumni Of The Year during its commencement ceremonies. McKagan enrolled at Seattle Central before attending Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics. Due to his touring schedule, the bassist is unable to attend the event.
2013: Black Sabbath score their first U.S. #1 album with '13.' The set sells over 120,000 copies in its debut week. Sabbath had previously only reached the Billboard Top 10 once, when their 1971 album 'Master Of Reality' peaked at #8.
2013: The Rolling Stones release their entire catalog on iTunes as part of the band's 50th anniversary celebration.
2013: Slim Whitman the American country music and western music singer/songwriter and instrumentalist died aged 90. He was known for his yodeling abilities and his smooth high octave falsetto, and sold in excess of 120 million records during his career. Michael Jackson cited Whitman as one of his ten favorite vocalists, and Beatle George Harrison cited Whitman as an early influence. Paul McCartney credited a poster of Whitman with giving him the idea of playing his guitar left-handed with his guitar strung the opposite way to a right-handed player’s.
2014: Gerry Goffin, lyricist, dies in Los Angeles. He was 75. During his career, Goffin wrote over 100 Billboard Hot 100 hits. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, with his ex-wife Carole King. He wrote dozens of hits over two decades, including 'The Loco-Motion,' 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow,' 'Pleasant Valley Sunday,' 'Some Kind of Wonderful,' 'Take Good Care of My Baby' and '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.' After their divorce in 1968, Goffin continued writing songs, including a hit for Whitney Houston, 'Saving All My Love for You' in 1985.
2014: Imagine Dragons perform at a rainy world premiere of the film 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' in Hong Kong. Their song 'Battle Cry' is heard on the soundtrack.
2015: Blues musician Wendell Holmes died aged 71. He released 12 albums as part of The Holmes Brothers, a family band that included his siblings Sherman and Willie. During their career, the brothers played with many artists including Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Rosanne Cash, Levon Helm and Willie Nelson.
2015: Paul McCartney pauses during his set at the Firefly Festival in Dover, DE to remember the nine people killed by a racist gunman during bible study at Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church just days earlier. "Let's take a moment to pray for peace and harmony amongst people of different colors in the world," McCartney tells the audience.
2015: Later in the day, Kings Of Leon's Firefly Festival headlining set is canceled at the last minute due to "dangerous, inclement weather" that forces the evacuation of the festival grounds.
2015: Spoon perform at the State Theatre in Portland, ME then check out Loudspeaker Wallpaper, who are playing a Spoon covers show at the nearby Empire club. Spoon takes over for a quick set. Later, Spoon frontman Britt Daniel buys Loudspeaker Wallpaper a round of drinks.
2015: An Australian study finds that listening to Heavy Metal and "extreme music" such as Punk and Death Core has a calming influence and does not make people more aggressive. "Listening to extreme music may represent a healthy way of processing anger for these listeners," the study claims.
2015: Slayer released the single 'Repentless.'
2016: Artists including Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Pearl Jam, U2 and Sir Paul McCartney called for online copyright laws to be reformed. More than 180 artists signed an open letter criticising the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). They claimed the law benefits companies that "exploit music for their financial enrichment", but not artists.

June 20
1948: 'Toast Of The Town,' which would later be called 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' premiered on CBS-TV. The first telecast was produced on a meager budget of $1,375. Only $375 was allocated for talent and $200 of that was shared by the young stars of that night's program, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
1956: Elvis Presley appears on Wink Martindale's local Memphis TV show to promote a benefit concert.
1957: Buddy Holly's 'Words of Love' b/w 'Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues' 45 single is released. Written by Buddy Holly and recorded by him on April 8, 1957. Holly harmonized for himself, by tape-recording each part and combining them. The song was not a notable hit for Holly, although it is regarded as one of his important recordings, and is available in most standard Holly collections. A cover version by The Diamonds reached number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1957. The song was also covered by The Beatles on the album Beatles for Sale.
1965: The Beatles began a 14-day European tour with two performances at the Palais Des Sports in Paris.
1966: The Beatles release their album 'Yesterday & Today,' featuring the band wearing butcher’s aprons on the front cover surrounded by decapitated baby dolls. At the time, some of the Beatles defended the use of the Butcher photograph. John Lennon said that it was “as relevant as Vietnam” and McCartney said that their critics were “soft.” However, this opinion was not shared by all band members. George Harrison said in The Beatles Anthology that he thought the whole idea “was gross, and I also thought it was stupid. Sometimes we all did stupid things thinking it was cool and hip when it was naive and dumb; and that was one of them.” After advance copies were sent to disc jockeys and record reviewers, negative reaction to the cover photo was so strong Capitol recalled 750,000 copies from distributors to replace the cover. They have become a valued collectors item. It was the band's 9th Capitol Records release by The Beatles and the 1th overall American release. It was issued only in the United States and Canada. The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and stayed there for five weeks.
1966: The Rolling Stones' 'Aftermath' (US version) is released The band's 6th U.S. studio album. It is a revamped version of the UK version of 'Aftermath,' which was first released in the UK on on April 15, 1966. The revamped/US Aftermath reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart (it stayed on the chart for 50 weeks). In 2002, the US edition of Aftermath was ranked #108 on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1967: At San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service all perform for the summer solstice celebrations.
1967: Pink Floyd, John Bassett, Georgie Fame, Herbie Goins, and comedian Frankie Howerd played at the Commemoration Ball, Main Marquee, Magdalen College, Oxford England. Floyd performed two twenty-minute sets, at 11pm, and again at 3:15 am.
1969: David Bowie signs with Philips Records and then enters Trident Studios in London to record 'Space Oddity,' a song he wrote after seeing the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie '2001: A Space Odyssey.' The track went on to become a UK #1 when re-released in 1975. Written about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut; Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs 'Ashes to Ashes' and 'Hallo Spaceboy.'
1969: Tim Hardin 'Simple Song Of Freedom' b/w 'Question Of Birth' 45 single is released in the U.S. Written by Bobby Darin, Hardin's recording entered the Billboard chart in August, where it stayed on the charts for 7 weeks, peaking at #50.
1969: Yes appeared at Kent University in Canterbury, England.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, The Grass Roots, and Smyth play the Oakland Coliseum Arena in Oakland, CA.
1969: The first of a three day 2nd Newport Pop Festival in Newport, California, kicked off at Devonshire Downs, formerly a racetrack and multi-purpose event and entertainment facility, is now part of the North Campus of California State University at Northridge. The artists/bands who appeared were, Friday, June 20, 1969: Ike & Tina Turner, Albert King, Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Joe Cocker, Southwind, Spirit and Taj Mahal. Saturday, June 21, 1969: Albert Collins, Brenton Wood, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charity, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Burdon and War, Friends of Distinction, Jethro Tull, Lee Michaels, Love, Steppenwolf and Sweetwater. Sunday, June 22, 1969: Booker T. & the M.G.'s, The Chambers Brothers, The Flock, The Grass Roots, Johnny Winter, Marvin Gaye, Mother Earth, Jimi Hendrix jam with Buddy Miles, Eric Burdon and Mother Earth, Poco, The Byrds, The Rascals and Three Dog Night. A three day ticket cost $15. Hendrix received $125,000 for his appearance, at the time it was the highest fee ever paid to a rock act for a single appearance.
1970: The Neil Young single 'Cinnamon Girl' goes gold.
1970: The FBI begins a search of Memphis International Airport after a bystander hears Who guitarist Pete Townshend talking about “the bomb.” It turns out he was only referring to his new album 'Tommy,' and in the nicest possible way.
1971: Pink Floyd played the last night of a European tour at the Pallazo Dello Sport in Rome.
1973: Dick Clark's American Bandstand 20th Anniversary Special has Cheech And Chong, Neil Diamond, Three Dog Night, Little Richard and Paul Revere & The Raiders.
1974: Bob Dylan and The Band released their live album 'Before the Flood,' which went on to be certified Platinum & peak at #8 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1974: Queen's 'Seven Seas Of Rhye' b/w 'See What A Fool I've Been' single is released. It was written by lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and appeared as the final track on both the group's debut album Queen (1973) and its follow-up Queen II (1974). However, only a less-developed instrumental version was featured on the former. The completed version served as the band's 3rd single, the earliest-released song to appear on their Greatest Hits album, with the exception of some versions where their first single, 'Keep Yourself Alive,' is included.
1974: Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tim Buckley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Doobie Brothers all appeared at the first of the mega one day events held at in Stevenage, England. A special PA system was used for the event, claiming to be the best ever for an outside show, weighing 12 tons and needing five technicians.
1975: At England’s Wembley Stadium, Elton John headlines the killer bill of the Eagles, the Beach Boys, Rufus, and future Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh.
1975: The Ramones with opening act The Talking Heads kick off the first night of a three night stint at CBGB's in New York.
1975: Neil Young's 6th studio album. 'Tonight's the Night' is released. It reached at #25 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #331 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1978: Foreigner release their 2nd studio album, 'Double Vision.' It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It features the band's signature song 'Hot Blooded,' which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The title track was also a major hit, peaking at #2.
1980: The Rolling Stones' 'Emotional Rescue' b/w 'Down In The Hole' 45 single is released. The track from the album of the same name reached #9 on the UK Singles Chart and #3 in the U.S.
1980: The Rolling Stones' 15th British and 17th American studio album. 'Emotional Rescue' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for seven weeks (during its 51 week stay), and the UK Albums chart for two weeks. The title track hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album gave the Rolling Stones their first UK #1 album since 1973's Goats Head Soup.
1980: During a UK tour Fleetwood Mac played the first of six sold-out nights at Wembley Arena in London.
1981: After topping record charts around the world, a medley of hits (including one's by The Beatles) credited to Stars On 45 reaches #1 in America.
1981: Van Halen play the first of two sold out shows on their 'Fair Warning' tour at the Los Angeles Forum.
1983: Duane Eddy performs in San Francisco, kicking off his first US tour in fifteen years.
1983: Iron Maiden release their 9th single, 'The Trooper.'
1985: Scorpions released their 2nd live album, 'World Wide Live.'
1986: The Prince's Trust concert has Eric Clapton, Elton John, Paul McCartney and David Bowie. Both Prince Charles and Princess Diana attend the 10th annual fundraiser.
1987: Boston made their first live appearance in eight years, headlining the Texxas Jam at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on a bill that also included Aerosmith (on the first night on their 'Permanent Vacation' 147 date world tour), Whitesnake, Poison & Tesla. Paul Stanley joins Poison onstage for a cover of 'Strutter.'
1988: Deep Purple release their live album 'Nobody's Perfect.'
1988: Saxon release their 9th studio album, 'Destiny.'
1989: Faith No More release their 3rd studio album, 'The Real Thing.'
1989: Mr. Big release their self-titled debut album.
1990: Winger released the single 'Can't Get Enuff'.
1993: Aerosmith release their 49th single, 'Cryin'.
1994: The Walden Woods benefit in Nashville includes performances by Don Henley and Melissa Etheridge.
1995: Black Sabbath release their 18th studio album, 'Forbidden.' The album featured Ice T on the song 'The Illusion Of Power.'
1995: A judge in Los Angeles awarded ownership of The Kingsmen's recordings to the group itself and away from Scepter-Wand Records. The court ruled that the company breached its contract by not paying The Kingsmen their proper royalties. The main song in question was 'Louie, Louie,' recorded in 1963.
1995: Jeff Buckley played the first night of a UK tour at The Queens Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1996: The Furthur Festival kicks off in Atlanta. The show marks the first time the members of The Grateful Dead perform together since the death of Jerry Garcia.
1998: Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters and Pantera headlined the first Ozzfest held in the U.K. at the Milton Keynes Bowl in Milton Keynes, England. The rest of the bill included Korn, Soulfly, Slayer, Fear Factory, Coal Chamber, Life of Agony, Limp Bizkit, Entombed, Human Waste Project, Neurosis, and Pitchshifter.
1998: Green Day's bassist Mike Dirnt gets his skull fractured in a backstage fight in Irvine Meadows, CA. Though Third Eye Blind's Arion Salazar is involved, it remains uncertain who smacked Dirnt with a beer bottle.
1999: The reunited Armored Saint commence work on their forthcoming album featuring the Symbol Of Salvation line-up - John Bush, Joey Vera, Gonzo Sandoval, Jeff Duncan, and Phil Sandoval.
1999: Ace Frehley tells WNEW 102.7 in New York that there will not be another KISS record with the original four members and that this is without a doubt the final kiss tour with makeup and original members.
2000: Mick Jagger was forced to reveal his financial worth and income to a New York court during his child support battle with the mother of his last child, Brazilian model Luciana Morad.
2000: The White Stripes sophomore album, 'De Stijl' is released. The title is the Dutch word for 'the style.' During the supporting tour, frontman Jack White closed his Detroit upholstery shop to focus on the band full-time.
2000: King Diamond released his 9th studio album, 'House of God.'
2001: The Cult release their 7th studio album, and first new recording in seven years, 'Beyond Good and Evil'.
2004: Organizers at a Paul McCartney gig hired three jets to spray dry ice into the clouds so it wouldn’t rain during the concert. The gig in Petersburg, Russia, was McCartney’s 3,000 concert appearance. He had performed 2,535 gigs with the Quarrymen and the Beatles, 140 gigs with Wings and 325 solo shows.
2004: Bassist Alec John Such auctions some 300 Bon Jovi related memorabilia items. The bassist left the group in the mid-90s and wanted to unload the stuff so he could move into a smaller house. The auction nets $30,000.
2004: Linkin Park (People's Choice Favorite International Group) and Finger Eleven (Best Video) are winners at the 15th annual MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. The event has live sets by Evanescence, Three Days Grace, Hoobastank and the Beastie Boys (who are honored with the special Trail Blazer Award).
2005: The Darkness officially tap Richie Edwards to replace Frankie Poullain on bass. Poullain announced his depature earlier in the month. Edwards had been guitar tech for the group's Dan Hawkins.
2006: The documentary 'Fallen Angel' is released on DVD. Directed by Gandulf Hennig, the film is about Country-Rock pioneer Gram Parsons, the one-time Byrds member who died in 1973. There are interviews with the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards and founding Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon.
2008: Jimmy Buffett announced that his Margaritaville Holdings has partnered with New York gambling company Coastal Marina to buy the Trump Marina Hotel Casino for $316 million. His vast business empire also included tequila, beer, frozen food, footwear, restaurants, a resort, a record label and a recording studio. In 2006, Rolling Stone magazine estimated Buffett's earnings at $44 million.
2008: Jimmy Page receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Surrey in Guildford, England. The guitarist is presented with a degree in recognition of his "services to the music industry." He is also acknowledged for his work with the Action for Brazil's Children Trust charity.
2008: Puddle Of Mudd and Flyleaf perform at the Boost Mobile RockCorps in L.A. RockCorps distributes 3,000 tickets to youths who volunteer a minimum of four hours on projects like cleaning beaches and rebuilding parks.
2008: Slipknot released the single 'All Hope Is Gone.'
2009: Green Day's 'Know Your Enemy' hits #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart.
2009: Dave Matthews Band went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King,' the band’s 7th studio album.
2010: AC/DC earn the Songwriter of the Year award at the 2010 APRA Music Awards in Sydney. The Australasian Performing Rights Association annually honors Australian and New Zealand songwriters.
2011: Leslie West of Mountain has his right leg amputated below the knee at a Biloxi, Mississippi hospital the day after performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in the city. West later says, “When I play ‘Mississippi Queen’ now, I think about Jesus Christ.”
2012: Rush's 'Clockwork Angels' debuts at the top of the Canadian charts. Selling 19,600 units in its first week, it's the group's first #1 studio album debut in the SoundScan era. In the U.S., 'Clockwork Angels' sits at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with sales of 103,000 copies.
2012: Asia released their 13th studio album, 'XXX.'
2012: The film 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' sees its theatrical release in the U.S., with 'Powerless' by Linkin Park playing over the end credits.
2012: Nickelback perform at the National Hockey League Awards show. "As die-hard hockey fans, we can never get enough of the NHL, even when we're on tour," says frontman Chad Kroeger in an official statement.
2013: Deep Purple's first studio album in 8 years, 'Now What,' enters the Billboard 200 album chart where it would peak at #110. The LP did better in Europe, reaching the Top 10 in 19 countries.
2014: Tankard released their 16th studio album, 'R.I.B.'
2014: Songs by Elvis Presley, ABBA and the Spice Girls were among those being used in research that hoped to unlock the secret of how our memory works. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam had created an online game in an attempt to shed light on why some tunes get stuck in your head. Fans were asked to identify song clips and compare them by their catchiness.
2014: The BBC screens the documentary 'Billy Joel: The Bridge To Russia,' about his 1987 tour in the Soviet Union.
2016: Bush team with and the U.N. Refugee Agency for 'People At War,' a video that supports World Refugee Day. "We made this video to raise awareness about the terrible plight of refugees across the world," says Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.
2016: Lawyers for Led Zeppelin asked a judge to throw out a case accusing the band of stealing the riff for 'Stairway To Heaven'. Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and Warner Music argued that the claimants had failed to make their case after three days of testimony. The band were accused of basing Stairway on the 1968 Spirit song, Taurus.
2017: Stone Sour are #1 on the Active Rock chart with “Song #3.” It’s from their ' Hydrograd' album.

June 21
1948: The Columbia label announces its new technological breakthrough, a "long-playing" vinyl phonograph record that can hold up to 23 minutes of music on a side.
1955: Elvis Presley played two shows in Beaumont, Texas, with bassist Bill Black and guitarist Scotty Moore.
1958: Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash" enters the U.S. record charts, where it would reach #3. Bobby would later say that the song only took him about ten minutes to write.
1963: The Rolling Stones played at Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor, Berkshire, England. The influential 1960s rhythm & blues club was the host to many important acts such as The Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Cream.
1965: The Byrds debut album, 'Mr. Tambourine Man is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #7 on the UK Albums chart. The Bob Dylan penned 'Mr. Tambourine Man' single was released ahead of the album in April 1965, reaching #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. The album was selected by Rolling Stone magazine as #232 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1966: In what ended up being the Yardbirds last show at the Marquee Club in London, Jimmy Page made his live debut with the band. With Jeff Beck playing lead, Jimmy did this show as the band's bass player.
1966: After a North American tour The Rolling Stones sued 14 hotels over a booking ban in New York, claiming that the ban was violating civil rights laws.
1966: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded from start to finish, a new John Lennon song ‘She Said She Said’. The song was reportedly based on a bizarre conversation that Lennon had with Peter Fonda while John and George Harrison were tripping on LSD.
1966: Reg Calvert the manager of The Fortunes, Screaming Lord Sutch and the owner of offshore pirate radio station Radio City was shot dead by business rival William Smedley during a confrontation. Smedley was the owner of pirate station Radio Caroline and was later cleared of the murder.
1967: A free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park celebrating the Summer Solstice takes place. The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service all perform.
1967: Jimi Hendrix and the Jefferson Airplane perform at San Francisco’s Fillmore.
1968: The Who appeared at Durham University in Durham, England.
1968: Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones gets busted a second time for marijuana possession.
1968: Pink Floyd played two shows in one day: the first at the Commemoration Ball, Balliol College in Oxford, and then at Middle Earth Club, Covent Garden in London. The club was notable for several drug raids by the police, during which underage revellers were arrested; on one occasion a machine called the 'Trip Machine' was dismantled and taken away by the police.
1968: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers 'Bare Wires' album is released. It features Mick Taylor on guitar, replacing Peter Green, who left to form Fleetwood Mac. 'Bare Wires' also saw bassist Andy Fraser, who would later join Free, being replaced by Tony Reeves, while drummer Keef Hartley was replaced by Jon Hiseman. It reached #59 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: Traffic released 'Last Exit' after they had disbanded. A combination of studio and live material, the album reaches #19.
1969: Deep Purple release the self-titled 'Deep Purple.' It's their 3rd studio album and the last with vocalist Rod Evans.
1969: The first Toronto Pop Festival was held at Varsity Stadium. During it's two days, it featured Chuck Berry, Procol Harum, Johnny Winter, Velvet Underground, Sly & the Family Stone, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Steppenwolf, The Band and more.
1969: Young David Bowie signs with Mercury Records. The label has to wait three years for him to produce a successful follow-up to 'Space Oddity.'
1970: Jim Morrison marries author Patricia Kennealy in a celtic pagan hand fasting ceremony. She claims to be a Dame of the Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani, a High Priestess in a Celtic Pagan tradition.
1970: Pete Townshend of The Who caused a stir at Memphis International Airport. He was overheard saying 'Tommy' seems to be "going down a bomb." meaning the group's song 'Tommy' was a hit. Officials however, only heard the term 'bomb' and police and FBI reacted.
1972: Led Zeppelin appeared at Denver Coliseum on their North American tour.
1972: Gary Glitter appeared on British TV's Top Of The Pops, performing 'Rock & Roll Part 2.'
1972: The first Stonehenge Free Festival was held at Stonehenge, England culminating on the summer solstice. The festival was staged between 1972 and 1984.
1975: Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple to form Rainbow. His replacement is Tommy Bolin. Blackmore says, “I wasn’t interested in the direction they were going. I thought it was only proper of me to say: ‘Look, I’m going. I don’t want to break up the band, but I’m off. Get another guitarist and do your thing.’ I just didn’t want to be around for all that cool pseudo … They were shocked. My music was upfront music, hate music. Their music was becoming much more like ‘if you don’t like it, just click your fingers’”.
1975: The Eagles and The Doobie Brothers both appeared at the Oakland Coliseum. Elton John made a surprise appearance with both groups during the concert.
1975: The Doobie Brothers hit, 'Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)' peaks at #11. It's a cover of a Holland/Dozier/Holland song originally recorded by Kim Weston.
1976: Touring North America for the first time, Wings played the last dates of their 31-date tour with three nights at the Los Angeles Forum. Several songs from the June 23rd show appeared on the album Wings over America.
1976: The Grateful Dead played at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1977: Aerosmith played at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on their 81 date 'Draw The Line' Tour.
1977: Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten was attacked in a brawl outside the live music venue Dingwalls in Camden, London, England.
1979: Four years after leaving the Rolling Stones, guitarist Mick Taylor finally releases his self-titled debut LP. It reached #119 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart in early August with a stay of five weeks on the Top 200.
1979: Angus MacLise, Velvet Underground's first drummer dies of hypoglycemia and pulmonary tuberculosis in Kathmandu. He was 41. Malnutrition also played a part in his death, as MacLise was a heavy drug user who was never particularly mindful of his physical health. He quit the band in 1965, accusing them of “selling out.” MacLise’s wedding ceremony was presided over by renowned LSD guru Timothy Leary, and his son was recognized as a reincarnation of a Tibetan saint and became a Buddhist monk at the age of four. He was also a student of Aleister Crowley and was working on the film version of Crowley’s Diary of a Drug Fiend before he died.
1980: The Eagles headlined the Texxas Jam at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Other acts on the bill included Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, April Wine, Chistopher Cross, Point Blank, Le Roux and Savvy..
1980: The Beach Boys, Santana, Mike Oldfield, Elkie Brooks, Lindisfarne and The Blues Band all appeared at Knebworth ’80, in Knebworth Park, England.
1981: Just after signing a multi-album contract with Warner Brothers, Steely Dan announced they were breaking up. Donald Fagan and Walter Becker, the driving forces behind the band, said their 14 year musical partnership was over. Of course, Fagen and Becker later re-form the group and even win a Grammy.
1982: Crosby, Stills & Nash's 'Daylight Again' album is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Three singles were released from the album, all making the Billboard Hot 100: 'Wasted on the Way' peaked at #9, "'Cross' at #18, and 'Too Much Love to Hide' at #69.
1985: AC/DC‬ released the single 'Danger.'
1985: Motley Crue's 3rd studio album, 'Theatre of Pain' is released. It goes on to reach #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Charts and sell over four million copies in the U.S. It spawns the hits 'Home Sweet Home' and the remake 'Smokin’ In The Boys Room.'
1986: Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Tina Turner and Elton John all appeared at the fourth annual Prince’s Trust Rock Gala held in London.
1986: Genesis Invisible Touch became the band’s 4th UK #1 album.
1987: Judas Priest release 'Priest...Live!,' their 2nd live album. It was recorded at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia on June 15, 1986 and the Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas on June 27, 1986.
1987: White Lion release their 2nd studio album, 'Pride.'
1987: Helix release their 6th album, 'Wild in the Streets.'
1987: Keel released their 4th album, the self-titled 'Keel.' The Michael Wagener produced album is their last with guitarist Marc Ferrari.
1988: The Rascals reunite onstage for the first time in 18 years.
1989: The Who's 25th anniversary trek begins at the Glen Falls Civic Center in New York.
1990: Poison release their 3rd studio album, 'Flesh & Blood.'
1990: Little Richard gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Says Richard: "Like everything I got, it took a long time to get."
1990: Exodus release their 4th studio album 'Impact Is Imminent.'
1991: Guns 'N Roses‬ released their 7th single 'You Could Be Mine,'featured on the 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' soundtrack.
1993: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from John Fogerty, who hoped to recoup legal fees from a copyright lawsuit with the other surviving members of Credence Clearwater Revival.
1994: The 'KISS‬ My Ass: Classic KISS Regrooved' album was released.
1999: Def Leppard's 'Euphoria' debuts on the Billboard Top 200 at #11, selling just under 99,000 copies.
2000: 39 year-old Karen McNeil who claimed she was the wife of Axl Rose and that she communicated with him telepathically was jailed for one year for stalking the singer.
2001: Blues legend John Lee Hooker passes away of natural causes at his Los Altos home at the age of 83. Hooker’s songs have been covered by many artists including AC/DC, ZZ Top, The Yardbirds 'Boom Boom'), Led Zeppelin ('Boogie Chillen' sampled in 'Whole Lotta Love') and The White Stripes ('Boogie Chillen'), Jimi Hendrix ('Red House'), The Doors ('Road House Blues') and George Thorogood ('One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer'). He appeared and sang in the 1980 movie 'The Blues Brothers,' won four Grammy Awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
2002: The first Bonnaroo Music Festival is held. Widespread Panic headline the festival, held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. The inaugural four-day event - named for the Creole slang for "good stuff," borrowed from a Dr. John album - focuses on jam bands and folk acts, welcoming Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Jurassic 5, and The String Cheese Incident to the line-up.
2004: Forbes Celebrity 100 list of who earned the most includes the Rolling Stones (#5), Bruce Springsteen (#8), the Eagles (#21) and Fleetwood Mac (#28). Actor/director Mel Gibson takes the top spot thanks to his film 'The Passion of Christ.'
2005: Spin magazine names Radiohead's 1997 release 'OK Computer' as it's best album of the past 20 years. According to Spin, the album "not only forecast a decade of music but uncannily predicted our global culture of communal distress." The survey coincides with the magazine's 20th anniversary.
2005: The Offspring release their 'Greatest Hits.' The collection contains one previously unreleased tune, 'Can't Repeat.'
2005: Billy Corgan's debut solo album, 'TheFutureEmbrace' is released. Meanwhile, the former Smashing Pumpkins frontman takes out a full page ad in two Chicago newspapers saying he wants the Pumpkins to reform. "I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams," writes Corgan. Smashing Pumpkins split in 2000.
2007: Elton John raises over $215,000 with a rendition of Elvis Presley's 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' at a charity karaoke party held in London. At The Karaoke With the Stars event celebrity guests bid to have Bryan Adams, the Clash's Mick Jones, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde and others perform songs of their choice. Nearly $770,000 is collected for the HOPING Foundation, which provides health and education support for young Palestinian refugees.
2009: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer invites 20 wounded soldiers to attend the band's performance in Bristow, VA, to help him celebrate his 59th birthday. "I can't think of a better gift to receive on my birthday than to have the privilege of sharing a night of our music with these brave and heroic warriors," says Kramer. The troops are Iraq/Afghanistan veterans and patients from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
2009: The Video of the Year honor for 'Gotta Be Somebody' is one of three trophies Nickelback receives at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. They also nab the MuchLOUD Rock Video of the Year and Post Production of the Year awards. The band closes out show with 'Burn It To The Ground.'
2010: Cavo's, 'My Little Secret,' picked by fans to be the group's next single, goes to radio.
2010: An autopsy report states that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray's death was caused by an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, a narcotic analgesic that is 100 times more potent than morphine. According to the Polk County, Iowa Medical Examiner's Office, Gray also had "significant heart disease" at the time of his death (on 5/25/10).
2011: American band Maroon 5 released 'Moves Like Jagger,' featuring Christina Aguilera. Its lyrics refered to a male's ability to impress a female with his dance moves, which he compares to those of Mick Jagger. The video featured old video footage of Jagger and his iconic dance moves. 'Moves Like Jagger' was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. The single peaked at #1 on the U.S. chart.
2011: Crossfade return after five years with 'We All Bleed.' It's the band's first album after being dropped by Columbia Records in 2008.
2011: Radiohead debut 'Staircase' on their YouTube page. The song's broadcast debut is ten days later on the BBC concert program 'From the Basement.'
2012: The Black Keys file lawsuits in L.A. against Home Depot and Yum! Brands Inc., parent company of Pizza Hut, over unauthorized use of their songs in commercials. They allege Home Depot played 'Lonely Boy' to promote power tools and that 'Gold On The Ceiling' was featured in a Cheesy Bites pizza ad.
2015: James Taylor enjoyed his first #1 album on the Billboard Hot 200 when 'Before This World' sold 97,000 units during its debut week. In the 45 years since 'Sweet Baby James' was released in 1970, Taylor had achieved eleven Top 10 albums.
2016: Roger Friedman, owner of the entertainment industry news and film review website Showbiz 411, announced that Led Zeppelin refused a $14 million offer to perform at the 2016 Desert Trip Festival in Indio, California. Those who had already signed on included The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who and Neil Young.
2016: It was reported that David Crosby had reached an agreement to pay $3 million to a jogger he injured in a car accident in California last year.
2016: Trumpeter Wayne Jackson, who formed the Memphis Horns duo with saxophonist Andrew Love, died of congestive heart failure at the age of 74. Jackson and Love played together on 52 #1 songs, supporting the likes of Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Otis Redding, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Peter Gabriel and the Doobie Brothers.
2016: An open letter, signed by Jack White, U2, Paul McCartney and over 150 other artists, calls on Congress to rewrite legislation that would affect online content providers. The letter states there are inadequacies in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which governs how Internet companies can use material uploaded by users.
2017: The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey and Queen's Brian May join a 50-plus lineup to cover Simon & Garfunkel's ‘70 ballad 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' as part of a charity fundraiser for the victims of London's Grenfell Tower fire which killed 79 people.

June 22
1846: In Paris, France, 32 year old Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musician and musical instrument designer, patents the saxophone. Sax continued to make instruments throughout his life, however, rival instrument makers challenged the legitimacy of his patents and initiated a campaign of litigation against him and his company, driving him into bankruptcy twice, in 1856 and 1873.
1956: Elvis Presley started a three-day run playing 10 shows at the Paramount Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The stage manager was told; "Pull all white lights. Presley works all in color, Presley act has no encore. When he leaves the stage, immediately close curtains."
1957: The Quarrymen played twice on this day, both in Liverpool's Rosebery Street. It was at the city's Empire Day celebrations for the 750th anniversary of King John granting Liverpool a Royal Charter.
1959: Chuck Berry's 'Memphis' is released. The song recounts a father's attempts to contact his daughter by phone. It's another of Berry's brilliant story-songs that is often covered.
1961: The Beatles (working under the name 'The Beat Brothers') back singer Tony Sheridan during a recording session in Hamburg. Five songs are recorded with Sheridan but two additional tracks, a cover of 'Ain't She Sweet' and a John Lennon/George Harrison original 'Cry For A Shadow,' are by The Beatles only.
1961: Elvis Presley's 'Wild In The Country' movie opens nationally.
1963: The Safaris' 'Wipe Out' is released. The surf instrumental opens with maniacal laughter followed by the dismissive "wipe out." The song would be re-issued in 1966 and climb to #16 on the Billboard Top 40 and again in 1970 when it failed to chart.
1964: The Beatles played their first ever show in New Zealand at Wellington Town Hall. The local Chief Constable refused a police escort for The Beatles leaving just two policemen to control over 5,000 fans.
1967: The drug trials of Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards begin. Richards serves limited jail time.
1968: The Rolling Stones go to #1 in the UK with 'Jumpin’ Jack Flash.' It was the first time they had visited the top spot in two years.
1968: The Jeff Beck group featuring Rod Stewart made their U.S. debut at the Fillmore East in New York. Stewart had such bad stage fright that he spent the entirety of the first song behind a large speaker cabinet.
1968: Rolling Stone, reviews the bootleg Basement Tapes in an article titled “The Missing Bob Dylan Album.”
1969: Super-group Blind Faith (Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech) release their only album.
1970: Led Zeppelin appeared at Laugardalsholl Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland on the group's one and only visit to Iceland. It is suggested that Robert Plant was inspired to write the lyrics to 'Immigrant Song' during this trip.
1971: Joni Mitchell's 4th album, 'Blue' is released. It reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #3 on the UK Albums Chart. The single 'Carey' reached #93 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2003, 'Blue' was ranked #30 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In January 2000, the New York Times chose 'Blue' as one of the 25 albums that represented "turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music"
1975: At New York’s Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton joined The Rolling Stones onstage to jam on 'Sympathy for the Devil.'
1977: Gallup Poll named KISS the #1 band in America.
1978: The Boomtown Rats, supported by Matt Vinyl & The Decorators appeared at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland.
1979: Queen release their 1st live album, 'Live Killers.'
1979: Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor releases his self titled solo debut.
1980: Don McLean had his second UK #1 single with the Roy Orbison song 'Crying.' The song had been a #2 U.S. hit for Orbison in July 1961. In 1987, Orbison re-recorded the song as a duet with k.d. lang as part of the soundtrack for the motion picture, 'Hiding Out.' Their collaboration won the Grammy Award.
1981: Mark Chapman pleaded guilty to the charge of murdering John Lennon in 1980. He was later sentenced to 20 years to life. Chapman says that “God has told me to plead guilty." At his parole hearing in 2014 he boasted that the killing involved “incredible planning, absolutely, incredible stalking.”
1983: Ozzy reunites with Black Sabbath for a small tour.
1984: Aerosmith welcome back Brad Whitford & Joe Perry to the band and begin their 58 daate Back In The Saddle reunion Tour in Concord, New Hampshire.
1985: Bryan Adams started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'Heaven', his first #1 single.
1987: Marillion release their 4th studio album, 'Clutching at Straws.'
1988: Jesse Ed Davis, Native American session guitarist, dies of a heroin overdose after collapsing in a laundry room in Venice, California. He was 43. Davis worked with some of the biggest stars of the time, everyone from Leon Russell, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty, The Monkees, John Lennon, Leonard Cohen, Keith Moon, Steve Miller, Harry Nilsson and Taj Mahal. He also appeared on most of the solo works from the Beatles.
1988: Robert Palmer releases 'Simply Irresistible' in his native UK, where it peaks at #44. It fares much better in the U.S., where it lands at #2.
1990: Billy Joel becomes the first Rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.
1990: Ry Cooder and David Lindley, The Cure, Happy Mondays, Sinead O’Connor, Deacon Blue, De La Soul, Adamski, Blue Aeroplanes, Julian Cope, Del Amitri, Jesus Jones, James and The Pale Saints all appeared on day one of the Glastonbury Festival. A three day ticket cost £38 ($61).
1991: Actor Eddie Murphy spends $30,800 on Jimi Hendrix memorabilia at a Sotheby's auction.
1991: Jimi Hendrix’s handwritten lyrics to 'Room Full of Mirrors' sold for 35-hundred dollars at a New York auction.
1991: Paul McCartney’s 'Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)' debuted at its peak position of #14 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1992: Black Sabbath release their 16th studio album, 'Dehumanizer.'
1992: Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was rushed to hospital after a gig in Belfast, Northern Ireland suffering from acute stomach pains brought on by ulcers.
1993: Ozzy Osbourne changed his mind about retirement and said he would reunite with Black Sabbath for a tour.
1995: R.E.M. performed 'What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?' with Dan Rather at a sound check in New York. The song was inspired by the words a mugger shouted at Rather years earlier.
1996: U2’s Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of 'Theme from Mission: Impossible' which went on to go Gold in the U.S.
1996: Metallica debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the second time with 'Load,' which spent four straight weeks on top of the chart & went on to sell five million copies in the U.S. despite a backlash from many of their longtime fans.
1998: In London, a memorial service was held for Linda McCartney. Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr all attended.
1998: Todd Rundgren marries Michele Gray on his 50th birthday. The wedding takes place in Hawaii, the 50th state.
2000: Mick Jagger was ordered to reveal his financial worth and income to a New York court in his child support battle with the mother of his last child, Brazilian model Luciana Morad.
2002: U2 guitarist 'The Edge' married his girlfriend of ten years Morleigh Steinberg in Eze in the south of France. The couple first met when she was a belly dancer on the bands Zoo TV tour. Guest's included Bono, Eurythmics Dave Stewart and Lenny Kravitz.
2004: Jet, Train, Dashboard Confessional and Hoobastank are among the groups featured on the 'Spiderman 2' soundtrack.
2004: Motorhead releases their 17th studio album, 'Inferno.'
2004: Scorpions release their 'Unbreakable' album.
2004: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases 'Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour,' their 5th live album. Featuring music from a July 11, 2003 performance at Antioch, Tennessee's Amsouth Amphitheater, it celebrates the band's thirt30 anniversary.
2005: Atlanta is the first U.S. stop on Billy Corgan's tour in support of his debut solo CD, 'TheFutureEmbrace.'
2005: Ted Nugent is ordered to pay $3,500 per month in child support to Karen Gutowski of Dover, NH. While married to his current wife, Shemane, with whom he has 4 children, Nugent fathered a son with Gutowski in 1994.
2006: Founding Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters performs in Nevah Shalom, Israel, a community with a mixed population of Arabs and Jews. The show had been scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv but Waters, an outspoken critic of the dividing wall Israel's government built to separate Palestinian villages, wants to promote a nonviolent solution to the country's civil strife.
2006: Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger gets pulled over in Surrey, Canada, and faces charges of impaired driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level exceeding the legal limit of 0.08. Kroeger is stopped in the early morning, reportedly because he'd been speeding and driving erratically.
2007: Candlemass released their 9th studio album, 'King of the Grey Islands.'
2007: Linkin Park's 'Minutes To Midnight' is certified platinum by the RIAA, the record-industry organization. The album takes less than a month to hit the 1 million-sales mark. The single 'What I've Done' tops both the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and the Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts.
2007: The film 'Evan Almighty' opens with songs by ZZ Top, Creedence Clearwater Revival and former frontman John Fogerty.
2009: Bruce Springsteen lands at #4 on a Forbes magazine list ranking the top-earning musicians of the last 12 months. Madonna, Celine Dion and Beyonce are #1, #2 and #3 respectively, but The Boss still earned approximately $70 million from music sales and touring income.
2009: Linkin Park celebrates the L.A. premiere of 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen' by performing a brief concert outside Mann's Village Theater following the screening. The band's 'New Divide' is on the film's soundtrack. The movie goes national two days later. 2009: We Are The Fallen make their debut in L.A. The band has Evanescence co-founder Ben Moody, two other Evanescence vets (Rocky Gray and John LeCompt, plus Marty O'Brien) and former American Idol contestant Carly Smithson. "We're really going to take this thing to a level that Evanescence never touched," says Moody, still grinding an axe regarding Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne's 10th studio album, 'Scream' is released. The Kevin Churko produced set contains the single 'Let Me Hear You Scream.'
2010: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases 'Live from Freedom Hall,' their 8th live album. It features music performed June 15, 2007 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
2010: Danzng released their 9th studio album, 'Deth Red Sabaoth.'
2010: A Big Four (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax) concert in Sofia, Bulgaria, is broadcast to 450 U.S. theaters; 800 theaters worldwide.
2010: Hole launch their first tour in 12 years (after shows in NY and LA) to support their album 'Nobody's Daughter.' The first stop is Philadelphia.
2010: Ramones drummer Marky Ramone (Marc Bell) files suit in New York Supreme Court claiming he has not received any band royalties since 2008. He asks for $175,000 in back royalties and $1 million in punitive damages.
2010: Peter Gabriel releases a cover of Tom Waits' '83 track 'In The Neighborhood' to help raise awareness for Voice Project, a charity co-founded by Gabriel's daughter Anna, that helps bring relief to those affected by the ongoing conflicts in Northern Uganda, Southern Sudan and Eastern Congo.
2011: Bono’s peahen (a female peacock) is reported to be driving neighbors crazy by escaping into their yards. One newspaper runs the headline: “Bono’s cock drives me nuts”.
2012: Sass Jordan is appointed a Honorary Colonel of 417 Combat Support (CS) Squadron. "Ms. Jordan is a strong supporter to the military and the RCAF, and her support is greatly appreciated by all members of 417 (CS) Squadron," says Lieutenant-General Andre Deschamps, the Commander of the RCAF.
2012: The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried was withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after more than 10,000 fans protested it should be kept as a shrine. Presley was temporarily interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, for two months after he died before being reburied at his Graceland home.
2013: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, are inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.

June 23
1960: Eddie Cochran was at #1 in the UK with the single 'Three Steps To Heaven'. The American singer had been killed 3 months earlier in a car crash while touring the UK.
1963: Del Shannon's cover of The Beatles 'From Me to You' hits the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100, thus becoming the first Lennon-McCartney composition to ever make the U.S. charts.
1965: The Yardbirds played at The City Hall in Salisbury, England. Admission was 10 shillings ($1.40).
1965: The Kinks play a show in Springfield, Illinois and later learn that it was promoted by serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Allegedly, they were invited to his house after the show, where he got them drunk and took a shine to Dave Davies, but the rest of the band thought the place smelled and left.
1966: The Beatles flew to Germany where they began their final world tour.
1966: The Beatles had their 10th consecutive UK #1 single with 'Paperback Writer'/'Rain.' The track is marked by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout, partly in response to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles records. It was also cut louder than any other Beatles record, due to a new piece of equipment used in the mastering process.
1966: The Rolling Stones depart London to begin a tour of America.
1966: The Who performed at the Refectory at the University at Leeds as part of a University Rag Ball along with The Alan Price Set, The Swingin’ Blue Jeans, and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, without recently departed guitarist Eric Clapton, who left to form the new group Cream.
1967: John Entwistle of The Who marries his first wife, childhood sweetheart Alison Wise.
1967: Pink Floyd played two shows. An early gig took place at the Locarno Ballroom in Derby, England, where Floyd, Paperback Edition and Thorndyke Mordikai’s Imagination played at the Rolls Royce Apprectices Ball. Later that night, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, Tomorrow, The Children, Cock-A-Hoop, and The Roll Movement appeared at The 8-Hour Psycho-Chromatic Fantasy, held at Great & Small Halls, Bradford University, Bradford England.
1970: Chubby Checker and three passengers are arrested in Niagara Falls after police discover marijuana and other, unidentified capsules in the rocker's car. The charges are later dropped, however.
1972: Jethro Tull's double album 'Living in the Past' is released in the UK. It contains album tracks, outtakes, the 'Life Is a Long Song' EP, and all of their singles non-lp tracks except 'Aeroplane,' 'Sunshine Day,' 'One for John Gee,' '17' and the original United Kingdom version of 'Teacher' (the United States single version, included in the U.S. version of 'Benefit,' was included instead).
1973: George Harrison started a 5 week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Living In The Material World', his 2nd U.S. #1.
1974: The first World Series of Rock sponsored by WMMS in Cleveland takes place at Cleveland Stadium. The bill includes The Beach Boys, Joe Walsh & Barnstorm, Lynyrd Skynyrd and REO Speedwagon and attracts over 80,000 fans. The stadium is demolished in 1996, but not before fifteen more festivals.
1974: The Grateful Dead performed at the Jai-Alai Fronton in Miami, Florida.
1975: Jefferson Starship's LP 'Red Octopus' was released. The album, marking the return of singer Marty Balin, went to #1 in the U.S. and became the band's biggest seller. Rolling Stone celebrates Marty Balin’s return to the fold by saying, “If it weren’t for Balin, Red Octopus would be completely unlistenable.”
1975: Alice Cooper falls of the 'Welcome to my Nightmare' stage in Vancouver, Canada. He breaks six ribs and suffers a concussion, but continues the show after getting bandaged up. Eventually, he is driven to the local hospital where he gets 15 stitches in his head.
1975: Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of 14 shows over 7 nights at Paul's Mall in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of their 'Natty Dread' Tour.
1976: Paul McCartney and Wings played the last date on their 'Wings Over America' tour at the Forum in Los Angeles. At a Forum show two days earlier, Ringo Starr appeared on stage during the band's final number and presented his old friend with flowers.
1977: An inebriated Keith Moon joined Led Zeppelin onstage in Los Angeles. He “belts seven shades of shit” out of a tympani on 'Moby Dick' and 'Rock and Roll,' then proceeds to call John Bonham the best living rock drummer in the world today.
1979: The Knack released 'My Sharona.'
1979: The Charlie Daniels Band release 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia.'
1979: Supertramp's album, 'Breakfast in America' rose to the top of the U.S. album chart on the strength of three hit singles, 'The Logical Song' (#6), 'Goodbye Stranger' (#15), and 'Take the Long Way Home' (#10). The LP would win two Grammys and sell in excess of 18 million copies worldwide.
1980: The Rolling Stones release 'Emotional Rescue.'
1982: Judas Priest release 'Screaming For Vengeance.'
1983: American Red Cross presented the W.A.S.P. Blood Drive at The Troubadour in Hollywood. The three concerts on consecutive nights offer a half price ticket for each pint of blood given.
1984: Duran Duran begins a two week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'The Reflex.' It's the group’s first U.S. chart topper, from their 3rd album, 'Seven and the Ragged Tiger.'
1985: Bryan Adams starts a two week run at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'Heaven.'
1987: Sammy Hagar released his 9th solo album, 'I Never Said Goodbye.' Eddie Van Halen plays bass on the album.
1990: Actor Gary Busey, who played Buddy Holly in 'The Buddy Holly Story,' pays $237,419 for one of Holly's acoustic guitars at an auction at Sotheby's in New York. The guitar came in a tooled leather case made by Holly himself.
1990: Billy Idol peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with his 4th studio album 'Charmed Life,' which went on to be certified Platinum in the U.S.
1992: Soundgarden released their EP 'Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas.'
1995: Rod Stewart headlined the Rock Over Germany festival, along with Joe Cocker and Elton John.
1995: CBS anchorman Dan Rather shows up at a R.E.M. soundcheck at Madison Square Garden to perform 'What's The Frequency Kenneth?' A couple years earlier Rather was mugged. While his attackers were pummeling him they demanded "What's the frequency Kenneth?" R.E.M. then writes a song referencing the incident.
1995: Andy White makes his debut with Oasis at the Glastonbury Festival. He replaces the band's original drummer, Tony McCarroll, who was fired two months earlier.
1995: Bon Jovi and Van Halen began a three night stand at London’s Wembley Stadium. Thunder and Ugly Kid Joe are also on the bill.
1996: Metallica went to #1 on the US album chart with their 6th studio album 'Load.' The album has now sold over five million copies in America alone.
1998: The DLR BAND releases their self-titled debut.
2000: Paul Allen's Experience Music Project opens in Seattle. The tribute to American music, especially Rock, has performances by Metallica, Matchbox 20, Beck and No Doubt.
2000: Neil Young & Joni Mitchell were among the inductees honored with stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto.
2002: The top pop earners from US sales during 2001 were listed by Rolling Stone magazine as: Madonna at #5 with $49.5 million; Dave Matthews Band at #4 with $52.7 million; The Beatles at #3 with $58 million; Dr. Dre at #2 with $63 million and at the top of the list, U2 with $75 million.
2003: Metallica‬ released the single 'St. Anger.' It went on to win Best Metal Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards.
2004: A statement which appeared on Dave Navarro’s website claimed Jane’s Addiction had split for good. Navarro wrote: “The deal is that it simply didn't work out. In all honesty, we have broken up and rejoined roughly four times over the years. Perhaps that should shed some light as to where we are now.”
2004: The University of St. Andrews in Scotland gives Bob Dylan an honorary doctorate in music. University principal, Dr. Brian Lang, describes Dylan as an “iconic figure for the 20th Century,” adding, “His songs, and in particular his lyrics, are still part of our consciousness.”
2004: The documentary 'Festival Express' chronicling a '70 cross-country Canadian tour (via train) is released in San Francisco. Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band and Buddy Guy are on board. The film, which was shot by Peter Bizou, was stored in the Canadian National Archives for almost 25 years. The Dead's Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh provide commentary.
2004: Singer John Kay is added to the Canadian Walk Of Fame. Kay was actually born in East Germany (back when there was such a place) and immigrated to Canada. He joined Sparrow, which took him to L.A., where he became one of the founders of Steppenwolf.
2005: Four people are stabbed, one fatally, at a Corrosion Of Conformity show at the Masquerade club in Ybor City, FL. According to police, a fight between two women broke out in the mosh pit in front of the stage but spread to other members of the audience. Michael Pyne, a tattoo artist, later pleads guilty to the stabbings and is sentenced to 25 years in prison.
2005: Audioslave file an intellectual property suit against the Miller Brewing Company. Seems an '04 ad in Rolling Stone magazine mentioned the band, apparently against their wishes. The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, says "Audioslave does not endorse commercial products...and does not agree to appear in advertisements for alcoholic beverages."
2006: Robert Plant headlines the 'We’re Doing It For Love' fundraising benefit for Arthur Lee of Love, who is uninsured and suffering from acute myeloid leukemia. Plant performs 12 songs, including five Led Zeppelin songs and five recorded by Love in the 60’s. Sadly, Lee died later that year in August after putting up a courageous fight.
2006: Dave Navarro and porn star Jenna Jameson co-host a three-day Erotica LA adult-film industry event.
2006: Bon Jovi and Nickelback perform at Heinz Field as part of a celebration commemorating the Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl XL win.
2006: Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant performs at a benefit concert in New York for ailing Love frontman Arthur Lee. Ian Hunter (Mott The Hopple) joins Plant for a rendition of the Everly Brothers hit 'When Will I Be Loved.' Love was a cutting edge '60s L.A. underground band and Lee its driving force. Sadly, Lee passes away three weeks later.
2006: Carlos Santana is inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. Proceeds from the event at the famous venue benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonics Association's Music Matters education program.
2007: The re-formed Smashing Pumpkins perform in the U.S. for the first time in seven years. Their tour begins with a nine show stand in Asheville, NC. "Asheville was recommended as a very positive musical community," says Corgan.
2007: 1,800 guitarists in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, set a world record for a mass guitar performance of Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water.' This effort breaks the mark set just three weeks earlier in Kansas City, KS, when over 1,600 played the riff.
2008: 'The Guitar Hero: On Tour' video game featuring Nirvana, Ozzy Osbourne, Jet, and Incubus, is in stores. For a shot of the '80s, the soundtrack also includes Stevie Ray Vaughan and Pat Benatar. The game comes with a special guitar grip that attaches to the DS and a pick-stylus.
2009: The Mars Volta release their 5th studio album, 'Octahedron.'
2009: Cheap Trick release their album, 'The Latest.'
2009: The soundtrack for 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen' is released. The lead track is Linkin Park's 'New Divide.' "The opportunity to be creatively involved with one of the most anticipated films of the summer is pretty exciting," says Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda. The movie is in theaters the next day.
2009: 'Jars,' the first single from Chevelle's 'Sci-Fi Crimes' goes to radio.
2009: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their sophomore effort, 'Reckoning,' R.E.M. reissues a remastered and enhanced version of album.
2009: John Mellencamp's 'Life Death LIVE & Freedom' is released. The eight-song collection features performances from '08 concerts.
2009: Dream Theater released their 10th studio album , 'Black Clouds & Silver Linings.'
2010: 62-year-old Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Allman had begun a series of treatments for Hepatitis C, but chronic damage of his liver led doctors to recommend a transplant. In a statement Allman said "I changed my ways years ago, but we can't turn back time. Every day is a gift."
2010: Pete Quaife, the original bassist for The Kinks, died of kidney failure at the age of 66. Quaife played on such early hits as 'You Really Got Me,' 'All Day and All of the Night' and 'Tired of Waiting for You' before leaving the group in 1969. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with the rest of the original band in 1990. Although he was only with the Kinks for about five years, both Ray and Dave Davies recognized his influence on the band. Ray said, “I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him,” and Dave had this to say, “Quaife was never really given the credit he deserved for his contribution and involvement with The Kinks.”
2010: The Library of Congress adds R.E.M.'s debut single 'Radio Free Europe,' to their National Recording Registry, saying it's "one of the cornerstones of '80s College Rock." Also added are Patti Smith's 'Horses,' Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti' and Howlin' Wolf's 'Smokestack Lightning.'
2010: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' 'Mojo' holds the #2 spot on the Billboard 200 (just behind the debut studio album by Canadian Rapper Drake). 'Mojo' sells 125,000 copies in its debut week.
2010: Flags in New Jersey fly at half-mast in tribute to E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died five days earlier from complications of a stroke. "His partnership with Bruce Springsteen and the rest of the E Street Band brought great pride to our state and joy to every fan of this music around the world," Governor Chris Christie says in a statement.
2011: Metallica launch the two-day Orion Music + More festival in Atlantic City, NJ. Their set at Bader Field features the very first performance of the 'Ride The Lightning' album in its entirety (played in reverse order). "'Ride The Lightning' started to splinter us off from your Slayers and other thrash bands," explains frontman James Hetfield. "It was the first veering off the studded path."
2013: Pink Floyd publishes an editorial in USA Today regarding Pandora's attempt to reduce artist royalties from internet radio. "It's a matter of principle for us. We hope that many online and mobile music services can give fans and artists the music they want, when they want it, at price points that work," write Floyd's Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason. "But those same services should fairly pay the artists and creators who make the music."
2014: Aerosmith pull the plug on a show in Kiev, Ukraine (scheduled for 7/2) due to the ongoing political upheaval in the country. "It is impossible to produce this show in Ukraine while there is civil war," reads the statement from the group. "We can't ensure safety to the artists, crew and the audience."
2015: Breaking Benjamin release 'Dark Before Dawn.' The band features a new line-up: founding member Ben Burnley along with guitarists Jasen Rauch (Red) and Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), bassist Aaron Bruch, and drummer Shaun Foist (Picture Me Broken).
2015: Delta Deep, with Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Stone Temple Pilots' bassist Robert DeLeo, release out their self-titled debut album.
2015: Nickelback cancels tour dates after lead vocalist Chad Kroeger is diagnosed with an operable cyst on his voice box. Kroeger undergoes surgery a short time later.
2015: 'Batman: Arkham Knight' video game is available. Trent Reznor is the music consultant.
2015: Rock photographer Bob Gruen's exhibit opens at Toronto's Liss Gallery. The show includes photos of John Lennon, Led Zeppelin and the Ramones.
2016: Guns N' Roses launch their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour in Detroit.
2016: Trent Reznor, Linkin Park, Courtney Love and Beck are among the over 150 musicians and artists who sign an open letter to Congress pleading for an end to gun violence. The letter, drafted by the editors of Billboard magazine, comes in the wake of the murder of Voice contestant Christina Grimmie and the mass shooting at a gay bar in Orlando.
2016: Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp celebrates its 20th anniversary with a session headlined by Paul Stanley and Don Felder.
2016: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin won a copyright lawsuit that claimed they had plagiarized the music to their most celebrated song, 'Stairway to Heaven.' A Los Angeles jury determined that the lawyer representing the estate of late guitarist Randy Wolfe, who played with the group Spirit, did not prove that the band lifted the song's intro from Spirit's 1968 instrumental 'Taurus.'

June 24
1964: The Beatles played the first of a two night stay in Auckland, New Zealand and although fans were enthusiastic, Auckland police were not. An inspector was quoted as saying "We didn't want 'em here and I don't know why you brought 'em." Only three officers were assigned to a mob of several thousand fans, held just 10 meters from the band's hotel entrance. John Lennon was so angry at the lack of security that the Auckland shows were nearly called off.
1965: John Lennon's second book of poetry and drawings, 'A Spaniard In The Works' was published. The book consisted of nonsensical stories and drawings similar to the style of his 1964 book 'In His Own Write.'
1965: The Hollies went to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'm Alive', the group's first of two UK #1's and over 25 other Top 40 singles. The Hollies originally passed the song over to another Manchester band, the Toggery Five, before changing their mind and recording the song, which was written for them by the US songwriter Clint Ballard, Jr.
1966: The Rolling Stones kicked off their 5th North American tour at the Manning Bowl in Lynn, Massachusetts, with support acts; The McCoys and The Standells. The crowd became so rowdy that the police used tear gas on them, and rock gigs were banned at the Manning Bowl until 1985.
1966: The Mothers of Invention support comedian Lenny Bruce at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium.
1966: At San Francisco's Cow Palace, the Beach Boys’ Summer Spectacular features performances by the Jefferson Airplane, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Percy Sledge, the Byrds, and the Sir Douglas Quintet.
1967: The beginning of the end came for The Lovin' Spoonful when guitarist Zal Yanovsky quit after a performance in New York at the Forest Hills Music Festival. One year later, John Sebastian would also leave the band to go solo. Although he made several unannounced guest appearances during John Sebastian concerts, Yanovsky gradually withdrew from music altogether and eventually became a restaurateur. He was 58 years old when he suffered a fatal heart attack on December 13th, 2002 at his farm near Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
1967: Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' enters the Billboard chart, where it will peak at #5. The song was written by the band around a melody composed by the group's organist, Matthew Fisher, who was inspired by the chord progression of Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Orchestral Suite in D,' composed between 1725 and 1739.
1967: Jefferson Airplane hit the US chart with 'White Rabbit.'
1967: The Monkees went to #1 on the US album charts with 'Headquarters.' It's the group's 3rd chart topper.
1967: Pink Floyd make their debut performance on the BBC’s Top of the Pops, performing their new single 'See Emily Play.' Syd Barrett wears a suit of velvet and satin.
1968: The Beach Boys' 14th studio album, 'Friends' is released. It reached #126 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #13 on the UK Albums chart. Friends was the first Beach Boys album to be released only in stereo (and their first release in true stereo since 1964's The Beach Boys' Christmas Album).
1969: The Doors appeared at The Roach in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1969: Led Zeppelin recorded 'Whole Lotta Love,' 'What Is And What Should Never Be,' 'Traveling Riverside Blues' and 'Communication Breakdown' for BBC Radio 1 at Maida Vale Studios, London. The session was broadcast on June 29, 1969.
1971: Todd Rundgren released his 2nd album, 'Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren.' The singles 'A Long Time, A Long Way To Go' (#92) and 'Be Nice To Me' (#71) hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1972: The Rolling Stones' began a series of four shows over two days that were filmed for 'Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones.' The Stones played two shows each on Saturday June 24 (3pm & 8pm) in Fort Worth, TX. and Sunday June 25 (4pm & 9pm) in Houston which were filmed for the quadrophonic concert documentary.
1972: David Bowie appeared at the Guildford City Hall, England, on his Ziggy Stardust world tour.
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Portland Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
1973: Longtime Blues Project fans are overcome in New York’s Central Park when Al Kooper rejoins his old band onstage.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama' is released as a single. The song peaks at #8 on the pop chart.
1974: The Beach Boys release the compilation album 'Endless Summer.' It hit #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape during a chart stay of 155 weeks. It is a collection of hits from the band's pre-Pet Sounds period, Endless Summer was compiled by their old label Capitol Records, while the Beach Boys were contracted with Reprise Records.
1975: The US Attorney in Newark, New Jersey hands down indictments to 19 music industry executives after a two year investigation. Counts of income tax evasion and payola are leveled against Clive Davis, former president of Columbia Records and Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, architects of the Philadelphia sound of the 70's. Fines and private settlements followed.
1977: Madison Wisconsin Police Detective Bruce Frey witnessed one of the strangest events of his career when he saw Elvis Presley jump out of his limo and stop two teenagers who were beating up a younger lad at a local gas station. Elvis said, "I'll take you on." Frey remembers; "They looked up at him, froze in mid-punch and the victim ran into the gas station." The pair quickly apologized and Elvis got back into the limo and headed for his hotel room at the Sheraton.
1978: 'The Last Waltz'" The Band's triple box-set farewell, peaks at #16 on the U.S. album chart.
1978: Sweet peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Love Is Like Oxygen,' which was their 4th and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1978: Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Beck, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Devo, Brand X and The Atlanta Rhythm Section all appeared at the Knebworth Park Festival in England. Tickets cost £6 ($10).
1978: Jackson Browne and Pete Seeger perform in Seabrook, New Hampshire, to protest a nuclear reactor planned for the site. It's one of the first "no nukes" rallies where musicians get involved, and it leads to a more organized effort: Musicians United For Safe Energy (MUSE), which also involves Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor. The Seabrook plant is built, but efforts to build more are thwarted, as opposition to nuclear power becomes more promenient.
1984: In Dortmund, Germany, Yes were joined onstage by Jimmy Page, who played on a rendition of The Beatles 'I’m Down.'
1985: Saxon release their 7th studio album, 'Innocence Is No Excuse.'
1987: Def Leppard kick off their 'Hysteria' Tour at the Nooderligt in Tilburg, Holland.
1988: INXS sells out Wembley Stadium.
1989: The Who kicked off their latest reunion tour in Toronto.
1989: A Lennon-McCartney song topped the country charts for the first time. It was Roseanne Cash’s cover of 'I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party.'
1989: Paul McCartney scored his 7th UK #1 solo album with 'Flowers In The Dirt,' featuring the single 'My Brave Face.'
1991: Frank Zappa took part at the concert 'Adieu Soviet Army,' organized in Prague, as the farewell to the last soldiers of Soviet Red Army, leaving free Czechoslovakia (the Red Army had occupied Czechoslovakia since the Prague spring). This was probably Zappa's last rock appearance on the stage and it is recorded on the album Adieu C. A. (Soviet Army).
1992: Billy Joel finally gets his high school diploma from Hicksville High School in Long Island, New York. He didn't graduate with his class in 1967 because of missed gym and English credits.
1994: Metallica appeared at Ionia Free Fair in Ionia, Michigan during a North American tour.
1994: Weezer releases 'Undone - The Sweater Song,' the first single from their debut album, 'Weezer' (aka The Blue Album).
1995: Pink Floyd’s 3rd live album 'Pulse' debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & spent one week on top of the chart. The album went on to go double Platinum in the U.S.
1995: In San Francisco, Eddie Vedder called short a Pearl Jam concert because of stomach flu. Neil Young came out to finish the show, but the fans were not happy.
1995: The 'Batman Forever' soundtrack is released, containing Offspring's version of The Damned's 'Smash It Up.'
1996: Van Halen announced that Sammy Hagar had left the band, and that David Lee Roth was back as a temporary replacement.
1996: Opeth released the album 'Morningrise.'
1997: ‎Motley Crue‬ released their 7th studio album 'Generation Swine.' Vince Neil returned as vocalist of the band.
1999: Eric Clapton put 100 of his guitars up for auction at Christie's in New York to raise money for his drug rehab clinic, the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. His 1956 Fender Stratocaster named Brownie, which was used to record the electric version of 'Layla,' was sold for a record $497,500. The auction helped raise nearly $5 million for the clinic.
2000: KISS auctions off old stage gear and raises $888,000, including $32,200 for Gene Simmons’ Psycho Circus costume (including codpiece).
2000: Brownsville Station leader, singer and guitarist Cub Koda dies from complications due to kidney failure. Coda co-wrote, along with bassist Michael Lutz, the great 'Smokin' In The Boy's Room.'
2001: Blink 182 scored their second US #1 album with 'Take Off Your...' The group's 4th studio album has sold over 12 million copies worldwide and contains the singles 'The Rock Show,' 'Stay Together for the Kids,' and 'First Date.'
2002: A London court of appeals ruled against Elton John, who hoped to revive a lawsuit against his former accountants PriceWaterhouseCoopers. John claimed the firm failed to advise him that he would have to pay his own touring costs when he signed a management contract in 1986.
2003: Boston guitarist Tom Scholz filed a lawsuit against Artemis Records for $4 million alleging that the label failed to properly promote their 5th album 'Corporate America,' which was released the previous November.
2004: Cardboard Vampyres, featuring ex-Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and former members of the Cult and Motley Crue, begin their debut tour in New York.
2004: A Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed 'Blackie' sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998. Eric Clapton raised about $7.5 million also auctioning off a 1964 cherry-red Gibson for $847,000 and a 1939 Martin acoustic that Clapton played on his 'Unplugged' album that went for $800,000.
2005: The Thrills, The Zutons, Doves, The Killers, White Stripes, Kaiser Chiefs, Ash, The Coral, Keane, New Order, Coldplay, James Blunt, Brian Wilson, Garbage, Primal Scream and Basement Jaxx all appeared at the UK Glastonbury Festival.
2006: Peter Frampton performs his songs with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at the city's Riverbend Music Center.
2006: AFI were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Decemberunderground’ the American bands 7th and first #1 album.
2007: The White Stripes went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Icky Thump,' the duo’s 6th and final studio album. 'Icky Thump' won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2008.
2008: Shinedown release their 3rd album, 'The Sound Of Madness.'
2008: A blogger who had thought it would be a good idea to leak some finished tracks from Guns N' Roses 'Chinese Democracy' receives a visit from the FBI and a cease-and-desist letter.
2008: Ex-KoRn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch publishes his second book, 'Washed By Blood: Lessons From My Time With KoRn And My Journey To Christ.' "One day I just felt like the Lord said, 'Leave everything, follow me'," says the born-again musician."
2008: The audience attending a New York Philharmonic concert in Central Park are asked to vote by cell phone to select the encore. 'Purple Haze,' by Jimi Hendrix beats 'Flight Of The Bumblebee,' by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
2008: Motley Crue release their 9th and final studio album, 'Saints of Los Angeles,.' The Crue also appear on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman.
2009: 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen' hits theaters. Linkin Park's 'New Divide' is on the soundtrack.
2009: The Doors documentary 'When You're Strange' is screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film is narrated by actor Johnny Depp.
2010: JoJo Billingsley (born Deborah Jo Billingsley) dies of cancer in Alabama. She was 58. Billingsley, background singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, was the only member of the group who was not on the plane that tragically crashed in 1977. She later stated that she had dreamed of the plane crash two nights before and had tried to warn the other band members not to get on the plane.
2010: A double self-portrait caricature of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, drawn by Lennon in 1969 during the couple's Bed-In for Peace in Montreal, sells for nearly $56,000 at Christie's Auction House in London.
2010: Original Kinks bassist, Pete Quaife, dies at age 66 (he'd been on kidney dialysis for over a decade). "I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for him," says Kinks frontman Ray Davies. Exhausted by the infighting, Quaife quit the band in 1969 but last played with the group at their 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
2010: A rare oversized two-part poster featuring Led Zeppelin, The New Barbarians and others at Knebworth Park on August 4th & 11th August, 1971, sold for £5,000 ($7,480) at a Christie’s Rock & Roll auction held in South Kensington, London. At the same auction, a print of Led Zeppelin backstage in front of blackboard taken at Tampa Stadium, June 3rd, 1977 sold for £1,500, ($2,244).
2011: Sepultura released their 12th studio album, 'Kairos.'
2012: named Olivia Newton-John's 1982 hit, 'Physical' as The Sexiest Song Of All Time. Other classic Rock songs that made the top ten were Rod Stewart's 'Tonight's The Night,' Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It ON,' Donna Summer's 'Hot Stuff' and another Rod Stewart contribution, 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy.'
2013: Bassist Jared MacEachern makes his live debut with Machine Head in Spokane, WA. He replaces Adam Duce who was fired four months earlier.
2013: Former Devo drummer Alan Myers died aged 58 in Los Angeles, California, following a long bout with cancer. Myers drummed for Devo between 1976 and 1986.
2013: Queensryche‬ released the self-titled album 'Queensrÿche' in Europe.
2014: ‎Mastodon‬ released the album 'Once More 'Round The Sun.'
2014: Kobra And The Lotus released the album 'High Priestess.'
2014: Corrosion of Conformity released their 9th studio album, 'IX.'
2014: Phish release their album, 'Fuegos.' The group's first studio effort since '09's 'Joy,' was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper/Pink Floyd/KISS).
2014: Bob Dylan's handwritten lyric sheet for 'Like A Rolling Stone' goes on the auction block at Sotheby's in New York. It sells for over $2 million. Also, Elvis Presley's sweat stained 'peacock' jumpsuit nets nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
2014: Slade's Noddy Holder becomes an honorary freeman of the borough in his home town of Walsal (England). During the ceremony Holder is presented with a silver casket containing a record of his admission.
2015: Motley Crue's Vince Neil stars in an episode of ABC's 'Celebrity Wife Swap', trading partners with Gunner Nelson (of Nelson).
2015: Queen announce the launch of Queen Bohemian Lager to celebrate the group's 40th anniversary. The label's crest was originally designed by late frontman Freddie Mercury.
2016: Denner/Shermann, with Mercyful Fate guitarists Michael Denner and Hank Shermann, roll out their full-length debut album, 'Masters Of Evil.'
2016: Billy Joel gave a Billy Joel tribute band called Big Shot the thrill of a lifetime when he joined them on stage for three songs at Huntington, New York's intimate Paramount Theatre.

June 25
1955: Bo Diddley's two-sided hit, 'Bo Diddley' and 'I'm A Man,' top the R&B chart. Both songs become Rock N' Roll staples.
1957: Egyptian government officials announce that Rock 'n' Roll music can no longer be played in public, calling it an "imperialist plot."
1964: Roy Orbison was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'It's Over,' his 2nd UK #1. Orbison was the first American artist to score a UK #1 in the past 47 weeks.
1966: The Beatles started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'Paperback Writer', the group's 12th U.S. #1. The track is marked by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout, partly in response to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles records. It was also cut louder than any other Beatles record, due to a new piece of equipment used in the mastering process.
1966: The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Love, Captain Beefheart, The Lovin Spoonful and Percy Sledge all appeared at The Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California.
1966: Yardbirds hit the US chart with 'Over Under Sideways Down.'
1966: Neil Diamond makes his first appearance on Dick Clark's 'American Bandstand,' performing 'Solitary Man.'
1967: During a north American tour The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave a free afternoon concert in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. They then played another two shows that evening at the Fillmore West.
1967: 400 million people saw The Beatles perform 'All You Need Is Love' live via satellite as part of the TV global link-up, 'Our World.' The BBC commissioned The Beatles to write a song for the program and requested that it contain a message that would easily translate across the globe. The now famous opening bars are from the French national anthem, 'La Marseillaise,' written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon and Gary Leeds provided backing vocals.
1968: The Rolling Stones finish recording their classic 'Beggar's Banquet' album in London.
1969: The Hollies record 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother,' accompanied by Elton John on piano. It will become a #3 hit in the UK and climb to #7 in the US. The track which features Elton John on piano was re-released in late 1988 in the UK following its use in a television advertisement for Miller Lite beer, where it reached #1.
1969: Sly & the Family Stone record 'Hot Fun in the Summertime.' It peaks at #2 in the U.S. that Fall.
1970: Chicago release '25 or 6 to 4' from 'Chicago II.'
1970: Hall & Oates record together for the first time as Whole Oats.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at Fillmore East in New York City.
1972: David Bowie performed at Greyhound in London.
1972: Led Zeppelin’s North American tour stops at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
1973: Chicago's 6th album, 'Chicago VI' is released. It spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart. While Robert Lamm maintains his songwriting prowess on Chicago VI (authoring half of the album's tracks, including his response to some of Chicago's negative reviewers in "Critics' Choice"), it is James Pankow who is responsible for the album's two hits, 'Just You 'N' Me' (#4) and 'Feelin' Stronger Every Day' (#10), the last of which was co-composed with Peter Cetera, who, himself landed another track on Chicago VI, the country-influenced 'In Terms Of Two.'
1975: Frank Zappa's last album with The Mothers of Invention, 'One Size Fits All,' is released. It reached #26 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart.
1975: Tim Buckley, a popular performer and song writer during the 1960s and early '70s, died from a drug overdose at the age of 28.
1976: Johnny Mercer, co-founder of Capitol Records and a prolific songwriter, dies of an inoperable brain tumor. He was 66. Mercer won numerous honors for his large body of work. He had his portrait placed on a U.S. stamp in 1996, in 2009 Clint Eastwood produced a documentary on his life and work titled 'The Dream’s on Me,' and he also won four Academy Awards after being nominated 18 times for Best Original Song.
1976: Uriah Heep performs its last show with David Byron in Bilbao, Spain. The singer is fired a short time later.
1976: Alice Cooper released his 9th studio album, 'Alice Cooper Goes To Hell.' The album was written almost exclusively by Cooper with guitar player Dick Wagner and producer Bob Ezrin. It reached #27 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart. The single, 'I Never Cry,' reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1977: Pink Floyd set a then-record for largest number of tickets sold for a one-act concert when 83,000 fans attend Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium on their 'Animals' tour.
1978: Cream briefly re-form for a concert at Ginger Baker's Polo Club, but advance publicity is so great they call it off.
1978: The Grateful Dead performed at Autzen Stadium on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene.
1980: Billy Joel is awarded a Gold Ticket for performing in front of 100,000 fans at New York's Madison Square Garden. Crowds flocked to see the piano man sing the tunes from his 'Glass Houses' album, which currently sat atop the Billboard Hot 200.
1982: 140,000 show up at London's Wembley Stadium to see the first British concert appearance by the Rolling Stones in six years.
1983: For the first time in the history of the Billboard charts, there are more foreign acts in the top 100 than American artists.
1983: KISS performed the last concert in makeup until 1996 at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
1983: The Police scored their 4th UK #1 album with 'Synchronicity,' also a chart topper in the U.S.
1984: The future Mrs. Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, joins the E Street Band as a back up singer just prior to the launch of the 'Born In The USA' tour.
1984: Prince's Purple Rain (Soundtrack) is released. It's his 6th studio album and the first to officially be credited to Prince and The Revolution. It spent 24 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart (August 4, 1984 to January 18, 1985) becoming one of the top soundtracks ever. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #72 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2012, the album was added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry list of sound recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States." The two main songs from ;Purple 'Rain,'"When Doves Cry' and 'Let's Go Crazy,' would top the Billboard Hot 100 and were hits around the world, while the title track would go to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1987: Boudleaux Bryant, one of Nashville's most prolific songwriters, died of cancer at the age of 67. Bryant and his wife Felice wrote many of the Everly Brothers' hits, including 'Bye Bye Love,' 'Wake Up Little Susie' and 'All I Have to Do Is Dream.' The team also composed 'Rocky Top,' which became an anthem for the state of Tennessee.
1988: Hillel Slovak original guitarist and founding member of The Red Hot Chili Peppers died from a heroin overdose shortly after the band returned from a European tour. He was 26. Slovak had battled his addiction for years but had recently tried to get sober. He was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Slovak recorded two albums with the band, 'Freaky Styley' and 'The Uplift Mofo Party Plan.'
1988: Van Halen started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with 'OU812.
1991: Bonnie Raitt released her 11th album, 'Luck of the Draw.' It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1991: L.A. Guns release their 3rd album, 'Hollywood Vampires.' It's the band's highest charting album, peaking at #42 On Billboard's 200.‬
1991: Anthrax release 'Attack of the Killer B's,' a compilation album of B-sides, covers and rarities.
1992: Billy Joel gets his diploma, 25 years after leaving high school. The piano man had overslept and missed his English and Gym finals in 1967.
1993: Weezer sign with DGC Records.
1993: AC/DC released the single 'Big Gun,' featured on the 'Last Action Hero' soundtrack.
1993: Bruce Springsteen was a surprise guest on David Letterman's final show as host of NBC's Late Night, performing 'Glory Days.' After more than 11 years at NBC, Letterman began a similar show on CBS two months later.
1993: The first of the three day Glastonbury Festival in England featured Suede, Belly, Lemonheads, The Orb, Red Hot Chili Peppers The Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz, Verve, Porno For Pyros and Teenage Fan Club. Tickets cost £58 ($98.60) for the three days.
1994: Five people attending this years UK Glastonbury Festival were shot and injured when a lone madman pulled a gun and started shooting into the crowd.
1994: Stone Temple Pilots 'Purple' started a three week run as the #1 US Album.
1994: Pearl Jam's feud with Ticketmaster results in the cancellation of the group's tour. The group contends the ticket company's surcharges are excessive.
1995: Pearl Jam is forced to cancel several concerts due to its ongoing legal battles with Ticketmaster.
1995: Pink Floyd were at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Pulse’ the bands 5th U.S. #1.
1995: During Elastica's set at the Glastonbury Festival, concert-goer Antony Genn jumps on stage and dances naked for about a minute while the band plays on.
1996: ‎KISS‬ released the live album 'You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best!'
1999: Santana, with Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas on lead vocals, perform 'Smooth' on The Late Show With David Letterman. Santana had not had a Billboard hit since 'Hold On' reached #15 in 1982, but 'Smooth' would top the Hot 100.
2002: Joe Satriani released his 9th album, 'Strange Beautiful Music.' It earned him his 12th Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
2002: Halford released their 2nd studio album, 'Crucible.'
2002: Ozzy Osbourne released his 4th live album, 'Live at Budokan.'
2003: Ozzy Osbourne was accused of fathering a six year old child out of wedlock by a woman who wanted an undisclosed monetary out of court settlement. Osbourne revealed that this was impossible since he had a vasectomy in 1986.
2003: The Recording Industry Association of America disclosed its plans to fight Internet piracy by suing hundreds of individual computer users who illegally share music files online.
2004: After a final encore of 'Ziggy Stardust,' David Bowie goes backstage and collapses at the Hurricane Festival in Germany. He was helicoptered to a hospital and underwent immediate surgery for a blocked artery that required emergency angioplasty. The rest of the tour was cancelled.
2004: The Red Hot Chili Peppers play the last of three shows at London's Hyde Park. 258,000 fans attend the concerts.
2004: Eric Clapton raised about $7.5 million for a drug addiction center he set up in the Caribbean by auctioning off some more of his favorite guitars. The items that were sold were the "Blackie" Stratocaster that Clapton played from 1970-1985 for $1 million, a 1964 cherry-red Gibson for $847,000 and a 1939 Martin acoustic that Clapton played on his 'Unplugged' album went for $800,000.
2006: Turkish-American music producer and arranger Arif Mardin died aged 74 from pancreatic cancer. He worked at Atlantic Records for over 30 years, before moving to EMI. The winner of 11 Grammy Awards, he worked with Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Wilson Pickett, Average White Band, The Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand and Norah Jones.
2007: Hank Medress, best known as the voice behind The Tokens' 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight,' died of lung cancer at the age of 68.
2008: Elton John is a guest at a 90th birthday party for Nelson Mandela held in London. John sings 'Happy Birthday To You' and his own 'Border Song' for the ex-South African president.
2008: KISS guitarist Ace Frehley & Ramones bassist C.J. Ramone made appearances during Pearl Jam’s concert at Madison Square Garden. Frehley played on a rendition of Kiss’ 'Black Diamond' & Ramone played on a rendition of The Ramones’ 'I Believe in Miracles.'
2009: A Sgt Pepper souvenir poster bearing the signatures of all four Beatles sold for $52,500 at a pop memorabilia auction in New York City. Other musical items sold included a set of Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics, which made $25,000 and a bass guitar owned by Kurt Cobain sold for $43,750.
2009: Sky Saxon (born Robert Marsh), leader of the '60's Garage-Rock group the Seeds, dies in Austin TX. The Seeds are best known for their proto-Punk 'Pushin' Too Hard,' a Top 40 hit in '67.
2009: The outlandish Sacha Baron Cohen comedy 'Bruno' premieres in L.A. The film closes with a parody of 'We Are The World' that features Bono, Sting and Elton John.
2010: Rush receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Musicians Institute at 6752 Hollywood Blvd. They are inducted by Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan and Donna Halper, a former music director at Cleveland’s WMMS-FM who was among the first to champion the band on their debut album.
2011: Kings Of Leon documentary 'Talihina Sky,' is screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and at more than 150 British theatres. The film features footage from live shows, recording sessions, and early home videos.
2012: Rush's Geddy Lee is among 600 Ontario residents to receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee commemorative medal at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall. The special medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne.
2012: During a Moscow press conference, Yevgeny Bryun, the Russian Ministry of Health's chief alcohol and drug abuse specialist, claims that The Beatles are responsible for a worldwide increase in drug use. "After The Beatles went to expand their consciousness in Indian ashrams, they introduced that idea-the changing of one's psychic state of mind using drugs-to the population."
2013: Queensryche release their first album with vocalist Todd La Torre, who replaced Geoff Tate. The self-titled album contains the single 'Redemption.'
2013: Rush pledge to donate $1 for every ticket sold at five Canadian shows to the Unison Benevolent Fund, a non-profit charity that takes care of music industry professionals who run into hardship.
2013: The Eagles catalog, a long-time holdout, is available on streaming platforms: Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio and Deezer.
2013: Atlantic City mayor Lorenzo Langford supports James Hetfield's criticism of area hotel prices that resulted in moving the Metallica curated Orion Festival to Detroit. "I thought Atlantic City was going to be a lot better than it was," says Metallica's frontman. "There was some gouging going on in hotels, ripping people off, crap like that."
2014: Amnesty International apologized to Iggy Pop after it had used an image of the singer in its latest anti-torture campaign without the singer's permission. The Belgian advert featured the Stooges frontman's face bloodied and beaten, quoting him as saying Justin Bieber was "the future of rock and roll" and the slogan: "Torture a man and he will tell you anything."
2015: Disturbed singer David Draiman says that he is "done with social media" after dealing with Twitter trolls who baited him about his views. Draiman, the son of Israelis and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, often spoke out against anti-Semitism.
2015: James Taylor scored his first Billboard #1 album after 'Before This World' moved 97,000 units during the previous week, edging out Taylor Swift's '1989,' which was knocked down into the #2 spot.
2015: B.B. King's longtime business manager, LaVerne Toney, was named sole executor of his estimated five to ten million dollar estate, despite objections from a lawyer representing four of the late Blues icon's daughters.
2016: Yellowcard announced they will disband following the release of their self-titled 10th album and a world tour.
2016: Metallica are the face of a Brioni advertising campaign. The band appears in ads wearing Brioni suits and tuxedos as well as sunglasses from the fashion designer's eyewear collection.
2016: An electric guitar owned by Prince and a lock of David Bowie's hair are sold at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. Prince's Yellow Cloud guitar is bought for $137,500 by the owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Bowie's hair, which sells for $18,750, came from a former employee of Madame Tussauds in London.
2016: Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is ordered to pay $25,000 to a company owned by Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan to settle a lawsuit stemming from Huckabee's unauthorized use of the band's 'Eye Of The Tiger' at a rally in support of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was imprisoned after refusing a court order to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
2016: The book 'German Metal Machine: Scorpions In The 70's' is available.
2016: A shirt spattered with the blood of John Lennon was sold by Heritage Auctions for $40,819. The white button down shirt was worn by concierge Jay Hastings when he came to Lennon's aid after the former Beatle was shot in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York on December 8th, 1980.

June 26
1955: Decca Records announces that Bill Haley And His Comets have sold more than 3 million units in thirteen months. Both 'Rock Around The Clock' and 'Shake Rattle and Roll' sold a million copies, while 'Dim, Dim the Lights' and 'Mambo Rock' sold about 500,000.
1955: Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black) played the first of three nights at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. The local paper ran a preview which read; ‘A good looking youngster who has become a juke-box favorite with his 'That's Alright,' 'Mama,' and 'Blue Moon of Kentucky.' Presley is expected to repeat some of his hit tunes at the Airmen's Club show in addition to mixing up a few country tunes with some "bop" and novelty numbers.’
1956: In an article in LOOK magazine entitled, 'The Great Rock 'n' Roll Controversy,' Swing Band leader Benny Goodman makes this comment about Rock 'n' Roll; "I guess it's okay, man. At least it has a beat."
1961: Gary 'U.S.' Bonds scores his only #1 single, 'Quarter To Three.'
1963: John Lennon and Paul McCartney compose 'She Loves You' in a hotel room in Newcastle, England, while on tour there.
1964: The Beatles release 'A Hard Day's Night,' the soundtrack to their first film, in the U.S. It topped the Billboard Top 200 LP's chart and remained there for 14 weeks. The American version of the album was released by United Artists Records, with a different track listing than its UK counterpart, released two weeks later.
1964: During a world tour, The Beatles played two shows at Town Hall, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand. The flight from Auckland to Dunedin was tense due the receipt of an anonymous threat that a "germ bomb" had been placed on board the aircraft.
1964: The Rolling Stones release a cover of Bobby Womack’s 'It's All Over Now' as a single. It went on to become their first #1 single in the U.K.
1965: The Byrds went to #1 on the US singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan's 'Mr Tambourine Man.' The only member of the group to actually play on the record was Roger McGuinn on vocals and 12 string guitar. Studio musicians Leon Russell, Glen Campbell, Larry Knechtel and Hal Blaine recorded the other instruments, while The Byrds' David Crosby and Gene Clark sang background vocals.
1966: In the midst of a German tour, the Beatles make a long-awaited return to Hamburg, the city where they got their start performing in local clubs. This time they come back in an eight-car motorcade and play to 7,000 people at Ernst Mercky Halle.
1966: During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones played two shows, a matinee show at The Coliseum in Washington DC and an evening show at The Baltimore Civic Centre in Maryland. The McCoys and The Standells were the support acts.
1967: The Rolling Stones' 'Flowers' album is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The songs either appeared as singles, had been omitted from the American versions of 'Aftermath' and 'Between the Buttons,' were collected from studio sessions dating back to 1965, or are reissues of songs recently released on other albums.
1967: The Hollies' 'Evolution' album is released. It reached #13 on the UK Albums chart. The U.S. version reached #43 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: Joni Mitchell appeared on the ABC's Mama Cass Show in Los Angeles.
1970: The 3-day Bath (in England) Festival of Blues and Progressive kicks off. The line-up included, Santana, The Flock, Led Zeppelin (headlining act), Hot Tuna, Country Joe McDonald, Colosseum, Jefferson Airplane (set aborted), The Byrds (acoustic set), Dr. John, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, Canned Heat, It's a Beautiful Day, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter, John Mayall with Peter Green, Pink Floyd, (who premiered their new suite, 'Atom Heart Mother,' which at that time was announced as the 'Amazing Pudding'), Pentangle, Fairport Convention, and Keef Hartley.
1970: Free release their 3rd studio album, 'Fire and Water.' It reached #17 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #2 on the UK Albums chart. This is mainly due to the album containing the hit single 'All Right Now' (#4 on the Billboard Hot 100) which they later played to a crowd of over 600,000 people at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at North Georgia Fairgrounds in Marietta, Ohio.
1970: Mountain played at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971: Emerson Lake and Palmer went to #1 on the UK chart with their 2nd album 'Tarkus.'
1971: Pink Floyd play at Hatfield Polytechnic in Hatfield, England. Tickets were 60 pence (about 90 cents.)
1971: Don McLean's 8:36 long epic'"American Pie' debuts on WNEW-FM radio in New York. McLean would later say, "The song starts off with my memories of the death of Buddy Holly. But it moves on to describe America as I was seeing it and how I was fantasizing it might become, so it's part reality and part fantasy, but I'm always in the song as a witness or as even the subject sometimes in some of the verses." The single would rise to #1 in the US, #2 in the UK and reached the Top Ten in fifteen other countries.
1972: Leon Russell released his 3rd solo studio album, 'Carney.' It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart, bolstered by the hit single 'Tightrope,' which reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1972: During sessions at Olympic Studios in London, England, David Bowie recorded 'John, I'm Only Dancing', with Mick Ronson on lead guitar and Lou Reed on rhythm guitar. The track which was released and became a hit single in the UK in September of this year but was not released in America, being judged too risqué by RCA Records. The original video directed by Mick Rock, featuring androgynous dancers from Lindsay Kemp's mime troupe, was banned by British music show Top Of The Pops.
1973: Mick Jagger is named in a paternity suit by a woman named Marsha Hunt. She claimed that Jagger is the father of her two year old daughter, however, after Jagger takes a blood test and she is proved wrong.
1973: Rolling Stone Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg were arrested at their home in Chelsea, London on drugs and gun charges. During the police search, grass, cannabis resin, “Chinese” heroin, mandrax tablets, burnt spoons, syringes and pipes were found, in addition to a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver, a shotgun and 110 rounds of ammunition. Richards received only minor fines during his court trial.
1974: Cher divorced Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married guitarist Gregg Allman, the couple split 10 days after that, got back together and split again. They did stay married for three years, producing Elijah Blue Allman.
1974: Bad Company release their self-titled debut album on Swan Song Records, which was launched by Led Zeppelin. The album becomes a #1 record in the U.S. and #3 on the UK Albums chart. It goes on to sell over five million copies. The singles 'Can't Get Enough' and 'Movin' On' reached #5 and #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. 'Rock Steady,' 'Bad Company' and 'Ready for Love' (the last originally recorded by guitarist Mick Ralphs during his tenure with Mott the Hoople on All the Young Dudes) are also classic rock radio staples.
1974: The Doobie Brothers 'Eyes Of Silver' b/w 'You Just Can't Stop It' 45 single is released. The lead-off single from the 1974 album 'What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits' and written by Tom Johnston. It reached #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1975: Bob Dylan and The Band officially released the heavily bootlegged 'The Basement Tapes.' It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart.
1976: Peter Frampton releases the live version single of 'Baby I Love Your Way.' It peaks at #12.
1976: Aerosmith peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Rocks,' their first album to reach the top 10 on the album chart.
1976: The Grateful Dead played the first of four nights at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
1976: Legendary ’70s group Roxy Music announce they will undergo a “trial separation.”
1977: Lou Reizner, prolific producer, dies of colon cancer. He was 43. Reizner produced Rod Stewart’s first two albums, in addition to the seminal 'Tommy,' the Who’s rock opera.
1977: Elvis Presley makes his last ever live stage appearance when he appears at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis in front of a crowd of 18,000. Before the show, he was presented with a plaque commemorating the 2 billionth record to come out of RCA's pressing plant. The last song the King ever performed publicly was 'Can't Help Falling In Love.' The show also included a rendition of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.' Elvis appears pale, weak, and overweight and would die less than two months later.
1979: Elvis' father, Vernon Presley, died of a heart attack in Tupelo, Mississippi at the age of 63. Nearly two years earlier, he cried at Elvis' coffin, "Son, Daddy will be with you soon. Daddy will be with you soon." Vernon is buried next to his son at Graceland.
1981: Steve Winwood's 'Arc Of A Diver' album went platinum.
1982: Asia peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Heat of the Moment,' where it would remain for three weeks.
1982: Duran Duran's first major hit, 'Hungry Like The Wolf,' peaks at #5 on the U.K. pop chart.
1986: James Hetfield breaks wrist in concert. John Marshall fills in on guitar for the rest of the tour with James doing just vocals.
1989: Bad English release their self-titled debut album. It features the #1 hit single, 'When I See You Smile.'
1990: Danzig releases their 2nd album 'Danzig II: Lucifuge.'
1992: Elton John and Eric Clapton team up for three sold-out shows at London's Wembley Stadium. It is the first public outing for John since undergoing painful hair transplants.
1994: Oasis perform on the NME (New Musical Express) stage at the Glastonbury Festival before an audience of 30,000. It's their biggest show of the year.
1996: Van Halen announce that Sammy Hagar is leaving the band and that David Lee Roth will again become the lead singer. Hagar reunites with the Van Halen brothers for a 2004 tour, but once again, the two factions split.
1997: The Gin Blossoms' album 'Congratulations, I'm Sorry" is certified platinum album. It features 'Til I Hear It From You' and 'Follow You Down.'
1999: Pearl Jam peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of Wayne Cochran’s 'Last Kiss,' which became their highest charting single in the U.S.
1999: Elton John was reported to be in talks with a City finance house to secure a £25 million ($42.5 million) loan, using his back catalogue of hits as security. It had been reported that Elton had been spending £250,000 ($425,000) a week on credit cards.
2001: Iced Earth released their 6th studio album, 'Horror Show.'
2004: Velvet Revolver's 'Contraband' album hits #1 on Billboard's 200 album chart. It spends 155 weeks on the chart.
2004: One of Eric Clapton's prize guitars, "Blackie," a black-and-white Fender Stratocaster, sells for $959,500 at an auction that raises more than $7.4 million for Crossroads Centre, a drug treatment facility. "Lenny," the guitar Stevie Ray Vaughan played from the 1970s until his death in 1990, sells for $623,500. The guitar was donated by Vaughan's estate.
2004: Paul McCartney performs the Glastonbury Music Festival. He opens the set with 'Jet.' The concert marks the end of McCartney's month long European tour but it is his first appearance at Glastonbury.
2007: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend a Las Vegas event marking the one-year anniversary of the Cirque du Soleil troupe's Beatles-themed stage production, 'Love.'
2007: A seven-CD box set chronicling three Pearl Jam concerts played at the breathtaking Gorge Amphitheatre (in George, WA) is released. 'Live At The Gorge 05/06' runs over seven hours.
2007: Beastie Boys issue their instrumental album 'The Mix-Up.' "There are no vocals, no samples," says Mike D. "We played everything."
2007: King Diamond released his 12th studio album, 'Give Me Your Soul...Please.'
2008: Total Guitar magazine voted Celine Dion’s rendition of the AC/DC track ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ as the world's worst cover version ever. In the best cover versions list, Jimi Hendrix was voted into first place with his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ The Beatles rendition of ‘Twist and Shout,' (first recorded by the Top Notes), was in 2nd place, followed by the Guns N' Roses version of the Wings song ‘Live and Let Die.'
2009: It's Def Leppard Day in Hamburg, NY. The proclamation urges locals to enjoy the group's music "today and for years to come." The group is in town for a show with Cheap Trick and Poison.
2009: U.D.O. released their 'Infected' EP.
2010: Eric Clapton's third Crossroads Guitar Festival takes place at Toyota Park just outside of Chicago. "I can go to one place and hear all of my favorite musicians in one day, says Clapton." Those musicians include B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, John Mayer, Buddy Guy and Z.Z. Top. Proceeds benefit the Crossroads Centre.
2012: Offspring's release their 9th studio album, 'Days Go By.'
2012: Linkin Park release their 5th full-length album, 'Living Things.'
2012: Everclear release their first album of original material in six years, 'Invisible Stars.'
2012: Slash scores his first #1 hit on Rock Radio with 'You're A Lie,' the lead track from his 2nd solo album 'Apocalyptic Love.'
2013: John Fogerty performed 'Mystic Highway' from the album 'Wrote a Song for Everyone' on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
2015: Sirius XM Holdings Inc agreed to pay five record companies $210 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the satellite radio company of broadcasting songs made before 1972 without permission and without paying royalties.
2015: Billboard's gate revenue branch, Boxscore announced that The Rolling Stones had grossed over $360 million on tour since 2012.
2016: Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'The Getaway' lands at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, It's kept out of the top spot by Drake's 'Views' which is #1 for the 8th consecutive week.

June 27
1885: Chichester Bell and Charles Tainter applied for a patent on their invention the gramophone.
1964: Jan And Dean's 'The Little Old Lady From Pasadena' was released. It will climb to #3 in the US by August.
1964: The Rolling Stones' 'It's All Over Now' b/w 'Good Times, Bad Times' 45 single is released in the UK. The song was written by Bobby Womack and Shirley Womack. It was first released by The Valentinos featuring Bobby Womack. The Valentinos version entered the Billboard Hot 100 on June 27, 1964, where it stayed on the chart for two weeks, peaking at #94. The Rolling Stones had their first #1 hit with this song in July 1964.
1964: Peter And Gordon's 'World Without Love' reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Paul McCartney wrote the song, but it was not credited to him on the disc, to see if a McCartney tune would be successful even if no one knew he had written it. At the time he composed the song McCartney was courting Jane Asher, the sister of the duo's Peter Asher.
1965: In a rare setback, The Beatles perform two shows in Rome which were both sparsely attended. An Italian newspaper commented that they were "no more than four ugly faces, four heads of long hair, four sublime idiots, four barefoot bums."
1966: Pete Townshend visits New York for the very first time to meet up with Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Allen Klein, Oldham's US advisor. They had expressed an interest in taking over The Who's recording contract. Pete traveled first class "incognito with Herman's Hermits, whom Klein represented in America." Pete joined Herman's Hermits for a press luncheon in their honor where he was photographed by Linda Eastman, later to become Linda McCartney.
1966: Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention's debut album, 'Freak Out!,' is released. It reached #130 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999, ranked at number 243 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003, and featured in the 2006 book '1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.'
1967: Mick Jagger was found guilty of illegal possession of two drugs found in his jacket at a party given by Keith Richards. He was remanded overnight at Lewes jail in England (prison number 7856). Jagger requested books on Tibet and modern art and two packs of Benson & Hedges cigarettes.
1967: The Doors perform at The Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles recorded seven takes of ‘Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey’ for their forthcoming White album.
1968: Elvis Presley appeared on an NBC-TV show that was billed as his "Comeback Special". The show featured the king performing on a small, square stage, surrounded by a mostly female audience. Presley was outfitted in black leather and belted out many of his early recordings, including 'That's All Right Mama,' 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' and 'Blue Suede Shoes.'. The highlight of the show was his final number of the evening, which featured Elvis, alone on the stage, dressed in a white suit, singing 'If I Can Dream.' The show was originally conceived as a Christmas special. But Elvis updates his '50s image and once again displays the raw magnetism that made him world famous, singing both his early hits and new material.
1969: Denver Pop Festival begins featuring Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revivial, Johnny Winter and Iron Butterfly. 50,000 attend at Mile High Stadium. Violence breaks out and the law moves in with clubs and tear gas.
1969: During a North American tour Jimi Hendrix appeared at Boston Gardens in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: The Doors appeared at the Forum in Mexico City, Mexico.
1970: The Trans-Continental Pop Festival (better known as the Festival Express) set off. The tour was unique in that rather than flying to each city, most of the acts traveled on a chartered CN train. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers and, Buddy Guy Blues Band all traveled together on the train playing shows in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary.
1970: Freddie Mercury made his live debut with Smile (guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylors' group) at Truro City Hall in Cornwall, England.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released 'Ohio.' The song was written by Neil Young in response to the shooting deaths of four Kent State students by the Ohio National Guard on May 18th.
1971: Allman Brothers, Edgar Winter, The Beach Boys, Country Joe McDonald, J. Geils Band, Mountain and Albert King (who played on the theater's opening night) performed the final concert at New York City’s Fillmore East.
1973: 'Live And Let Die' opens in the U.S. with the theme song written and performed by Paul McCartney (and his band Wings). It's the eighth James Bond movie and Roger Moore's debut as 007.
1973: Aerosmith's 'Dream On' b/w 'Somebody' 45 single is released. The first single by Aerosmith from their 1973 self-titled debut album. Written by lead singer Steven Tyler, it became their first major hit and classic rock radio staple. Released in June 1973, it peaked at #59 nationally but hit big in the band's native Boston, where it was the #1 single of the year on the less commercial top 40 station, WBZ-FM, #5 for the year on highly rated Top 40 WRKO-AM and #16 on heritage Top 40 WMEX-AM. The album version of 'Dream On' (4:28, as opposed to the 3:25 1973 45rpm edit), was re-issued early in 1976, debuting at #81 On January 10th, breaking into the Top 40 on February 14th and peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 national chart on April 10th. Columbia chose to service Top 40 radio stations with a re-issue of the 3:25 edited version, thus, many 1976 Pop Radio listeners were exposed to the group's first Top 10 effort through the 45 edit. The song is part of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list. It is also ranked #172 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1975: ZZ Top earn their second Gold record for their 4th album, 'Fandango.'
1976: After much legal wrangling, John Lennon finally received his green card from the U.S. Department of Naturalization.
1978: UNICEF named Kansas as their first musical ambassadors of goodwill.
1980: Samson released their 2nd studio album, 'Head On.'
1980: Led Zeppelin appeared at Messehalle in Nuremberg, Germany during their last ever tour. After the group had played just three songs, drummer John Bonham collapsed on stage, causing the remainder of the show to be cancelled.
1981: Motorhead released their 1st live album, 'No Sleep Til Hammersmith.' It becomes their only UK #1 album. It was recorded at Leeds and Newcastle shows during their Short, Sharp Pain In The Neck tour in 1981. The name of the tour was a reference to the injury sustained by Phil Taylor when he was dropped on his head during some after-show horseplay. Despite the title of the album, the London venue the Hammersmith Odeon was not played on the tour.
1982: Virgin Publishing and Sting reach a settlement regarding a '77 contract over recordings by The Police.
1983: Twisted Sister release their 2nd studio album, 'You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll.'
1985: Canadian Lee Aaron releases her 3rd studio album, 'Call of the Wild.' It features Bob Ezrin, Dick Wagner & April Wine's Jerry Mercer.
1986: Queensryche release their 2nd studio album, 'Rage for Order.'
1986: Black Flag play their final ever gig in Detroit, Michigan. The band will go on to confirm their split two months later, in August 1986.
1987: Motley Crue peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Girls, Girls, Girls' which went on to sell four million copies in the U.S.
1988: MCA Records buys the legendary Motown Records for $61 million.
1989: The Who performs the rock opera 'Tommy' in its entirety for the first time in 17 years at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The show raised money for a children's charity as well as the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
1989: Don Henley releases his 3rd solo album, 'The End Of The Innocence.' The LP will reach #8 on the Billboard chart and sell over six million copies in the U.S. alone. It features three Top 40 singles, 'The End of the Innocence' (#8), 'The Heart of the Matter' (#21), and 'The Last Worthless Evening' (#21). The album also featured 'New York Minute' which reached #48 on the charts and was recorded by Henley and the Eagles for the live album 'Hell Freezes Over' in 1994. Henley won another Grammy and an MTV Video Music Award for the title track. In 2003, the album was ranked #389 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1989: ‎Danger Danger‬ released their self-titled debut album.
1989: King's X release their 2nd studio album, 'Gretchen Goes to Nebraska.'
1990: Poison release the single, 'Unskinny Bop.' It peaks at #3 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1990: Sonic Youth's 6th studio album, 'Goo' is released. The band's debut release on a major label (Geffen Records), reached #96 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1991: Carlos Santana was arrested at Houston Airport when officials found Cannabis in his luggage. He later pled no contest to this charge.
1991: Paul McCartney's first Classical work, the semi-autobiographical 'Liverpool Oratorio' is performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool Cathedral.
1992: Emerson, Lake & Palmer released their 8th studio album, 'Black Moon.'
1994: The Ramones received their first and only Gold record for their compilation album 'Ramones Mania.'
1994: Aerosmith became the first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet. The previously unreleased, 'Head First' is distributed via CompuServe. The song takes over an hour to download.
1995: Neil Young released his 23rd album 'Mirror Ball' which featured Pearl Jam as his backing band. It went on to peak at #5 on the album chart & be certified Gold.
1995: Bon Jovi released their 6th studio album, 'These Days.'
1995: Circle Jerks release their 6th and final studio album, 'Oddities, Abnormalities, & Curiosities.' It is the band's first release on a major label, although Mercury Records will go on to drop Circle Jerks after they fail to reach mainstream success.
1997: Radiohead, Cast, The Bluetones, Manson, The Chemical Brothers, Ash, The Seahorses, Smashing Pumpkins, The Prodigy, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Sting, Dodgy, Travis, Ray Davies, Kula Shaker, Steve Winwood all appeared at the 3-day Glastonbury Festival.
1998: Bryan Adams, Anne Murray and Gordon Lightfoot each officially received a granite star on Canada's Walk of Fame, on King Street in Toronto. They were the first three pop artists to be honored inot the newly recognized group of Canadian stars.
2000: A San Francisco appeals court ruled that The Rolling Stones violated Robert Johnson's copyright of 'Love in Vain' and 'Stop Breakin' Down.' The Stones' former record label had wrongly assumed that the songs were public domain.
2000: Sum 41 release their 'Half Hour Of Power' CD.
2002: Timothy White, the influential editor-in-chief of Billboard Magazine, dies of a heart attack. He was 50. White typically wore a bow tie, even to concerts.
2002: One day before the scheduled first show of The Who's 2002 U.S. tour, bass player John Entwistle, dies at age 57 in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Entwistle had gone to bed that night with a stripper, who woke at 10am to find Entwistle cold and unresponsive. The Las Vegas medical examiner determined that death was due to a heart attack induced by an undetermined amount of cocaine. He was voted the greatest bassist of all time in a Rolling Stone reader's poll In 2011.
2004: Beastie Boys were at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘To The 5 Boroughs.’ the rappers 4th U.S. #1.
2004: Slipknot is booed offstage while headlining Fury Fest in Le Mans, France. The group's prolonged sound check forces the event's other 12 bands to shorten their performances. As a result, the audience tosses trash and taunts Slipknot when they hit the stage. Slipknot responds by shortening their show.
2005: Rockin' The Corps all-star concert film hits theaters. The April 1st Camp Pendleton (Oceanside, CA) concert features Godsmack, KISS, Ted Nugent and Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora performing for an audience of military personnel and their families. Proceeds from the screening benefit the Support The Corps charity.
2005: The Supreme Court ruled that file-sharing networks are liable for copyright infringements when they create and distribute software that allows users to illegally swap MP3s. The ruling came in the case of MGM v. file-sharing company Grokster.
2006: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is arrested in Stockholm, Sweden, after a drunken scuffle with security personnel at the band's hotel. Rose argues with a woman at a GN'R party, then fights guards who try to intercede. Rose is charged with damaging property, assault and threatening a police officer. The singer is freed after paying a $5,500 fine. Rose claims it was all a misunderstanding.
2006: The Family Values Tour starts in Virginia Beach, VI. The co-headliners are KoRn and Deftones with support from Stone Sour and Flyleaf. "We haven't toured with (Deftones) since '97 or '96, and we're really excited," says KoRn singer Jonathan Davis.
2006: The KISS Coffeehouse opens in Myrtle Beach, SC. KISS singer-guitarist Paul Stanley and bassist-singer Gene Simmons cut the ribbon at the cafe and meet fans. There's even a performance by the tribute act KISS Army. The eatery features KISS memorabilia.
2006: Metal Church released their 8th studio album, 'A Light in the Dark.'
2006: Crossfade's 'Invincible' hits radio. The track is co-produced by Crossfade frontman Ed Sloan along with veteran studio ace Steve Lillywhite (U2). The track is the first single from the group's sophomore effort, 'Falling Away.'
2007: Paul McCartney gives a free performance at the Amoeba Music store in Hollywood to promote his album, 'Memory Almost Full' (released on Starbucks' Hear Music label). About 900 fans attend, including ex-bandmate, Ringo Starr. "It's got to be the most surreal gig ever," says McCartney.
2007: A French appeals court sides with Elton John in his claim against a Paris antique shop. In his lawsuit, John claims sculptures of four Greek gods that he purchased in '96 for $360,000 were forgeries of 18th century works. John is awarded $500,000 in damages.
2007: At the Phil Spector murder trial, Dr. Vincent DiMaio, a noted forensic expert on gunshot wounds, testified for the defense that actress Lana Clarkson committed suicide by shooting herself in the mouth at the record producer's mansion. These hearings would later end in a mistrial, but Spector would be convicted in May of 2009 and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.
2007: Bon Jovi's 'Lost Highway' debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200. It moves 288,000 copies, well ahead of the White Stripes 'Icky Thump,' which sells 223,000 units to land at #2.
2008: Queen + Paul Rodgers perform at the 90th birthday celebration for former South African President Nelson Mandela in London's Hyde Park . The concert calls attention to Mandela's 46664 campaign to raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic.
2009:: Linkin Park's 'New Divide' is #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart.
2009: A version of Ben E. King's classic 'Stand By Me' recorded by Bon Jovi and bandmate Richie Sambora and exiled Iranian singer Andy Madadian premieres on producer Don Was' My Damn Channel. Bon Jovi and Madadian duet in Farsi and English. The song is intended as "a musical message of worldwide solidarity with the Iranian people"; many of whom are protesting their government's alleged election fraud.
2009: Eddie Van Halen marries publicist, Janie Liszewski, at his L.A. estate. Eddie's son, Wolfgang, is the best man. A string quartet plays Van Halen's 'When It's Love' as the bride proceeds to the altar. Eddie's ex-wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, attends the ceremony.
2009: Neil Young performs in London's Hyde Park. He is joined on stage by Paul McCartney for a duet of 'A Day In The Life.'
2010: Lilith Fair, founded by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan and consisting solely of female solo artists and female-led bands, ramps up for the first time in over a decade. Sheryl Crow is one of the headliners. The first stop is in Calgary but due to the sluggish economy several shows are canceled.
2011: Despite protests from local residents, a larger-than-life statue of Chuck Berry was approved by University City Council. The initial objections stemmed from the singer's time behind bars for his 1962 conviction for illegally transporting a teenager across state lines.
2012: In what is probably the only case of a musician being said to cause someone's death while performing onstage, police in Czechoslovakia arrest Randy Blythe, frontman for heavy metal band Lamb of God, for manslaughter. The arrest alleges that when Blythe pushed a fan off the stage during a 2010 concert, said fan hit his head and died from the injury two weeks later. Blythe had not been aware that there was an arrest warrant for him until returning to Czechoslovakia on a later concert tour. Blythe is held and released on bail, with a later trial set.
2012: Sully Erna's vocal issues force Godsmack to end their first European tour in nearly nine years. "On the advice of his doctors he (Erna) has been advised to not sing for the next several weeks to allow time for his vocal chords to heal," reads a statement on the band's website.
2012: Robert Plant headlines the 30th annual WOMAD festival. The three-day event, founded by Peter Gabriel, is in Charlton Park, Wiltshire, U.K.
2012: AC/DC wines are available online in the U.S. through Vinport. There are four varietals; Back In Black Shiraz, Highway To Hell Cabernet Sauvignon, Thunderstruck Chardonnay and Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc.
2012: The chief medical officer of Russia said that The Beatles were to blame for the country's drug problem. Yevgeny Bryun, the nation's medical chief, said that the country's youth first got introduced to the idea of drug-taking when The Beatles traveled to India to "expand their minds". Bryun added that it was after this news entered public consciousness that people in Russia realised you could make money from the sale of drugs. When business then realized it was possible to make money from this, goods associated with pleasure, that was when the growth in the demand for drugs started."
2012: Gojira released the album 'L'Enfant Sauvage.'
2013: Elton John's annual White Tie & Tiara gala raises over $4.5 million for the AIDS Foundation. One of the auction items is a $180,000 Audi RS 6 Avant car autographed by actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
2015: The surviving members of the Grateful Dead perform the first in a series of multiple venue 'farewell' concerts (Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead) in Santa Clara, CA.
2015: Chris Squire, the bass guitarist and co-founder of 1970s British progressive rock band Yes, died at the age of 67 after battling leukemia. He was the only member to appear on each of their 21 studio albums, released from 1969 to 2014.
2016: Bonny “Mack” Rice, musician and songwriter ('Mustang Sally'), dies of complications of Alzheimer’s disease at his home in Detroit. He was 82. He also wrote 'Respect Yourself' with Luther Ingram.

June 28
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis makes his first appearance on The Steve Allen Show, performing 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On.' After the program airs, sales of the record soar, pushing it to #3 on the Billboard pop chart and #1 on the Billboard R&B chart.
1965: Dick Clark's afternoon teen music show, 'Where The Action Is,' makes its debut on ABC. Guests include Jan And Dean, Dee Dee Sharp and house band Paul Revere And The Raiders.
1966: The Small Faces appeared live at the Marquee Club in London. Admission cost $1.05.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at The Dance Hall, Eel Pie Island Hotel in Twickenham, England.
1968: Ten Years After played at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1968: The Who performed at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded ‘Good Night’, John Lennon’s lullaby for his 5-year-old son Julian with Ringo singing the lead vocal. The track appeared on the 'White Album.'
1968: The Jefferson Airplane make the cover of Life magazine under the headline: "Jefferson Airplane, Top Rock Group, With Music That's Hooked the Whole Vibrating World."
1968: The Rascals are awarded their 3rd Gold record for the Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati composition, 'A Beautiful Morning.' The record peaked at #3 in the U.S.
1968: Pink Floyd released their 2nd album 'A Saucerful Of Secret's in the UK. It is both the last Pink Floyd album on which Syd Barrett would appear and the only studio album to which all five band members contributed. The album sleeve was designed by Hipgnosis, a new company formed by the band's friends Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey 'Po' Powell. That same day the band performed 'A Saucerful of Secrets' for the program 'Release' on BBCTV2. It would air the following evening. That night, Floyd played for the Students Celebration Dance- The End Of It All Ball, at the Music Hall in Shrewsbury, England.
1969: Pink Floyd played at the Winter Gardens Pavilion, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England. Supporting acts were The Ken Birch Band and the Mike Slocombe Combo.
1969: Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, The Nice, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Ten Years After, Taste, The Liverpool Scene and Chicken Shack all appeared at The Bath Festival of Blues in England.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Bad Moon Rising' peaks at #2 on Billboard Hot 100. It was their 2nd Top 10 single. The 'Love Theme From 'Romeo & Juliet' by Henry Mancini and his Orchestra beats out everyone else at #1, while The Beatles' 'Get Back' is just'behind at #3.
1969: Neil Young joins Crosby, Stills and Nash on their tour. Young's addition comes at the suggestion of Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun. CSN becomes CSN&Y.
1969: Jimi Hendrix announces his new bassist, old army buddy Billy Cox.
1969: Elvis Presley had the best selling single in America with the Mac Davis written 'In The Ghetto.' The track had been recorded at the American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, along with 'Suspicious Minds,' 'Kentucky Rain,' and 'Don't Cry Daddy.' The last time The King had topped the Cashbox chart was in December of 1962, with 'Return To Sender.'
1970: Ten Years After performed at the Canadian National Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.
1971: Yes appeared at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood, California.
1972: Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at The Dome in Brighton, England. These were makeup shows for a concert performance at the same venue in January that had to be stopped in the middle of 'Money' due to technical difficulties.
1972: Led Zeppelin performed at the Community Arena in Tucson, Arizona. Tickets cost $4 – $6 (£2.67 – £4.)
1972: The Rolling Stones 'Happy' b/w 'All Down The Line' 45 single is released.E Keith Richards sings lead vocals. Released as the 2nd single from the 'Exile on Main St.,' it reached #22 in the U.S. Credited to Jagger/Richards, 'Happy' was written primarily by Richards in the summer of 1971, at the villa Nellcôte in southern France, over the course of a single afternoon. According to Richards, "We did that in an afternoon, in only four hours, cut and done. At noon it had never existed. At four o'clock it was on tape." The basic tracks were recorded in the Nellcôte basement, using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, with Richards on bass, guitar and vocals, producer Jimmy Miller on drums, and saxophonist Bobby Keys on maracas. Piano by Nicky Hopkins was added later, as were Jim Price's trumpet, Keys' saxophone, Mick Taylor's guitar and the final vocal tracks, including Mick Jagger's backing vocals.
1973: The Searchers, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Herman’s Hermits, and Wayne Fontana appear at a revival show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
1973: One of the first British Invasion revival concerts was held at Madison Square Garden in New York. The show featured Gerry And The Pacemakers, Wayne Fontana, The Searchers and Herman's Hermits. The last time any of them were on the US record charts was in early 1968 when 'I Can Take or Leave Your Loving' was a #22 hit for Herman's Hermits.
1974: The Grateful Dead play at the Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
1974: Elton John releases his 8th studio album, 'Caribou.' It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart for four consecutive weeks during the summer of 1974, and also topped the UK Albums chart. The album contains the singles, 'Don't Let the Sun Go Down on M,'which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and 'The Bitch Is Back,' which reached #4. The album was named for the Caribou Ranch recording studio outside Denver, Colorado, where the album was recorded.
1974: Paul McCartney & Wings' “Band on the Run' b/w 'Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five' is released in the UK. The single sold one million copies just in the USA in 1974, was a #1 in the US and made #3 in the UK. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies. The song features prominently on every McCartney/Wings best-of compilation and in McCartney's live shows. It was the second of five #1 singles for the band on the Billboard Hot 100.
1975: David Bowie hits the U.S. chart with 'Fame,' on the way to #1.
1975: The Eagles started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'One Of These Nights'. The album contained three Top 10 singles, 'One Of These Nights,' (#1) 'Lyin' Eyes,' (#2) and 'Take It To The Limit' (#4).
1975: Roger Waters spat on the audience during a Pink Floyd performance. He later wrote 'The Wall' about the experience.
1975: Wings went to #1 on the UK charts with the album 'Venus And Mars,' featuring the US chart topping single 'Listen What The Man Said.'
1975: American singer songwriter Tim Buckley completed the last show of a tour in Dallas, Texas, playing to a sold-out crowd of 1,800 people. This was Buckley’s last ever show, he died the following day of a heroin and morphine overdose at age 28.
1976: Paul McCartney and Wings 'Let ‘Em In' b/w'“Beware My Love' 45 single is released. It reached the top 3 in both the United States and the United Kingdom: It was a #2 hit in the UK, and in the U.S. it was a #3 pop hit and #1 easy listening hit. In Canada, the song was #3 for three weeks on the pop chart and #1 for three weeks on the MOR chart of RPM Magazine. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies.
1977: Elton John achieved a life long ambition when he became the Chairman of Watford Football Club.
1978: UNICEF picked Kansas as their first musical ambassadors of goodwill.
1978: The Clash supported by The Specials appeared at Friars in Aylesbury, England.
1980: Paul McCartney's ‘Coming Up’ became one of the few 'live' recordings to reach the top of Billboard's Hot 100. American disc jockeys preferred it to the studio version on the flip side of the record. It spent three weeks at #1.
1980: Roxy Music scored their 2nd #1 album with 'Flesh And Blood.' It would return to the top spot again in August for another three weeks, in total spending 60 weeks on the albums chart in the United Kingdom. The album also peaked at #35 in the United States and #10 in Australia.
1982: Robert Plant releases his debut solo album, 'Pictures at Eleven.' It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #2 on the UK Albums chart. Genesis drummer Phil Collins played drums for six of the album's eight songs. Ex-Rainbow drummer Cozy Powell handled drums on 'Slow Dancer' and 'Like I've Never Been Gone.'
1982: Jon Lord releases his album 'Before I Forget' with guests Bernie Marsden, Cozy Powell, Neil Murray, Simon Kirke, Boz Burrell, Ian Paice, Mick Ralphs & Simon Phillips.
1984: Bruce Springsteen shoots his 'Dancing In The Dark' video in front of 200 extras at the St. Paul Civic Center. Courtney Cox, later of 'Friends' fame, plays the front row fan who gets to dance on stage with Bruce. The single (propelled by massive MTV airplay) sells over 1 million copies and also garners Springsteen his first Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance in 1985.
1985: AC/DC release 'Fly On The Wall.' It's their 9th internationally released studio album and the 10th to be released in Australia.
1986: An anti-apartheid concert took place in London at London’s Clapham Common which drew a half-million people. Peter Gabriel, Sting, & Elvis Costello were among the artists who performed.
1987: Great White released their 'Rock Me' single.
1988: Stryper release their 4th studio album, 'In God We Trust.' It peaks at #32 on Billboard's 200 album chart.
1990: At a concert in Liverpool, Paul McCartney performed John Lennon’s 'Strawberry Fields Forever,' 'Help!' and 'Give Peace a Chance' live in public for the first time.
1993: Ozzy Osbourne releases his 3rd live album, 'Live & Loud.'
1994: David Lee Roth kicked off a solo tour in Los Angeles.
1996: Def Leppard kicked off the North American leg of their 133-date 'Slang' world tour at The Blossom Music Centre in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
1996: Van Halen announce that Sammy Hagar has left the group. The group's planned recording with original vocalist David Lee Roth is a straw that breaks Hagar.
1996: KISS begin their reunion tour at Tiger Stadium in Detroit before a sellout crowd of over 43,000, with opener Alice In Chains. It's been 15 years since the original line-up performed together. The 13-month tour included 200 shows in 26 countries, playing to over two million people and set a record for the top-grossing tour of the year.
1996: At a Burt Bacharach concert at The Royal Albert Hall in London, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher joined him on-stage for a version of 'This Guy's In Love With You.'
1997: The classic Pink Floyd album ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ spent its 1056th week on the US album chart. It was rumoured at the time that if the album was played while watching The Wizard of Oz movie, and started exactly when the MGM lion roared the third time during the movie’s intro, very interesting connections could be made between the two.
1997: Bob Seger crashed in his BMW on the Trans-Canada Highway in Nipigon, Ontario. The singer later appeared in court charged with drunk driving.
1997: George Harrison had an operation to remove a growth from his neck. The tumor proved to be benign, but Harrison would succumb to cancer four years later.
1997: The Verve's hit 'Bittersweet Symphony' sampled an orchestral version of the Rolling Stones hit, 'The Last Time' created by Andrew Oldham, the Stones' original producer. As a result, all the song's royalties go to the Stones' publishing company, ABKCO, and Oldham comes after the Verve for money as well.
1997: Radiohead's 'OK Computer' album enters the U.K. chart at #1. The British group’s first self-produced album later appeared in many critics’ lists and listener polls for best album of the year, and also won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.
1999: Testament released their album 'The Gathering.'
2002: Rush kicked off their tour in support of 'Vapor Trails' which was their first tour in five years at the Meadows Music Theater in Hartford, CT.
2004: Jimi Hendrix's brother Leon and stepsister Janie Hendrix go to court to battle over who should receive money from Jimi's posthumous releases, royalties and merchandise. Janie runs Experience Hendrix LLC, with Jimi's cousin, Robert Hendrix. Leon wants a cut but ends up cut out.
2004: Courtney Love shows up five hours late for a court appearance and is scolded by a Manhattan judge who says her tardiness is grounds for arrest. Charges of assault and reckless endangerment stem from an East Village incident earlier in the year.
2005: U2 sue Lola Cashman, one of their former stylists, to regain possession of about $6,000 worth of memorabilia, which includes a cowboy hat and a pair of pants worn by Bono. The band claims Cashman wrongly appropriated the items during the band's '87 Joshua Tree tour. "They sound like trivial items, they're really not," says Bono in a Dublin court. The judge rules in U2's favor.
2005: Weezer score their first #1 single on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks with 'Beverly Hills.' The song exceeds 100,000 digital downloads.
2005: 2 Pac featuring Elton John was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ghetto Gospel.' It was written by Tupac Shakur and produced by Eminem. The song uses samples from the Elton John song 'Indian Sunset' from his 1971 album 'Madman Across the Water.'
2007: Rod Stewart receives ten stitches in his leg after slipping onstage in Manchester, England.
2005: Megadeth‬ released their greatest hits album "'Greatest Hits: Back to the Start.'
2007: 'I Don't Wanna Stop' is Ozzy Osbourne's first #1 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. The song ends an eight-week run by Linkin Park's 'What I've Done.'
2007: Daughtry's self-titled debut is certified triple platinum (3 million sales) by the Recording Industry Association of America. Released in November of 2006, the album is the #5 all-time best digital seller while the songs, 'It's Not Over' and 'Home,' are downloaded over 1 million times as digital tracks and ringtones.
2009: The Who's Roger Daltrey joins the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, at the opening of a hospital unit in Cardiff, Wales, designed specifically for teenage cancer sufferers. The wing is funded by the Teenage Cancer Trust.
2010: Bill Aucoin dies in Florida of prostate cancer. He was 66. Aucoin is credited with discovering Kiss, and was their manager for over a decade. “It was Bill who said, ‘Let’s take this to the nth degree,’” said Gene Simmons. “Let’s breathe fire. Let’s have explosions, and all sorts of things.”
2010: Metallica's 'Death Magnetic,' released in 2008, is certified double platinum by the RIAA having sold over two million copies in the U.S. alone.
2010: AC/DC's 'Black Ice' tour wraps up in Bilboa, Spain, becoming the second highest-grossing concert trek in history; earning nearly $441.6 million. But the Rolling Stones 'A Bigger Bang' tour is still #1.
2010: Fuel announce that former Shinedown guitarist Jasin Todd has joined the group. Todd replaces Yogi Lonich.
2010: Vince Neil is released on $2,000 bail after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in Las Vegas. Neil, who owns a bar in the Las Vegas Hilton hotel, has a record that includes pleading guilty to manslaughter and drunk driving in '84 and arrests for assault and violence in '02, '03 and '04.
2011: 'Rave On,' a tribute to Buddy Holly, is released with covers by Paul McCartney and Black Keys.
2011: Queensryche‬ released their 12th studio album 'Dedicated To Chaos.'
2012: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is arrested in Prague and charged with manslaughter. According to reports, a fan jumped up on the stage at a 2010 show and after Blythe threw him off, the fan sustained head injuries leading to a coma and his subsequent death. After spending time in jail, he is later acquitted in 2013.
2013: Kid Rock kicks off a North American summer tour only charging fans $20 per ticket. "Everyone knows the economy is still hurting people across the country, but I didn't want that to be a reason why everyone couldn't get out and enjoy themselves on a summer night," says Rock of his 'Best Night Ever Tour'.
2013: Boston founder Tom Scholz is ordered to pay the Boston Herald $132,000 in court costs after losing a defamation suit against the newspaper, who suggested the guitarist was responsible for the 2007 suicide of the band's singer Brad Delp.
2013: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer announces the launch of Kramer's Rockin' & Roastin' coffee.
2014: Metallica are the first Metal band to headline the Glastonbury Festival. There's a controversy over the group's inclusion but a sold out show settles the issue. The 44-year old annual U.K. event also features Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys and Jack White.
2015: During her set at Glastonbury, Patti Smith brings out the Dalai Lama so festivalgoers can wish him a happy 80th birthday.
2015: U2 pay tribute to their LGBT fans in Chicago by playing 'Pride' following the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Bono says the decision is a moment to remember for the gay rights movement.
2016: Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor performs with a neck brace during his first show since undergoing surgery. Taylor is ordered by doctors to refrain from headbanging during the band's tour, which kicks off in Nashville.
2016: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's early guitarist, dies at age 84 in Nashville. Moore played on 'Hound Dog,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Blue Suede Shoes,' and many other Presley classics. Moore's guitar work also influenced succeeding generations. He formed the Starlite Wrangers with bassist Bill Black and in 1954, Sun Records impresario Sam Phillips paired Moore with a teenaged Elvis Presley. Together, along with Black, they recorded Presley's first single, 'That's All Right (Mama).' The recording session was only meant to be an audition, instead the trio made music history.

June 29
1928: The famous Winterland Ballroom opens in San Francisco, California. It's an ice-skating rink that can be converted into a general entertainment venue for opera, boxing, and other events, costing a whopping (for 1928) $1 million to build. It will go on to become a concert location for many famous acts, including The Sex Pistols, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and Pink Floyd, to name just a few.
1957: Police in Iran close all dance halls and prosecute their owners after laws are passed that rule Rock and Roll dancing as "harmful to health."
1959: Dick Clark announces his first Caravan of Stars tour, which would feature The Skyliners, Chubby Checker, Duane Eddy, Bobby Darin, Fabian, Buddy Holly, Annette Funicello and Bo Diddley and others.
1961: Del Shannon went tot #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Runaway.' His only UK #1 and the first of 14 UK Top 40 hits.
1962: The U.S. Army grants Jimi Hendrix an honorable discharge on the basis of unsuitability. A month earlier his platoon sergeant filed a report that said: "He has no interest whatsoever in the Army....It is my opinion that Private Hendrix will never come up to the standards required of a soldier. I feel that the military service will benefit if he is discharged as soon as possible." Hendrix would later falsely claim that he had received a medical discharge after breaking his ankle during his 26th parachute jump.
1963: A John Lennon/Paul McCartney composition hits the U.S. charts for the first time. It's Del Shannon's cover of 'From Me To You.' Earlier Shannon toured England with The Beatles. The song stayed on the charts for four weeks, reaching #77. The Beatles' rendition climbed only to #116.
1964: At Brian Epstein's insistence, The Beatles reluctantly record German versions of 'She Loves You' and 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' in Rue de Seures, Paris, under the direction of George Martin.
1964: Touring Australia The Beatles played two shows at the Festival Hall, Brisbane. Over 8,000 fans had waited until after midnight to greet the group as they landed at Brisbane Airport.
1965: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts bought the 16th century house that once belonged to an Archbishop of Canterbury.
1966: Neil Diamond plays American Bandstand for the first time, performing his hit 'Cherry, Cherry.'
1966: 500 police officers were needed to contain the crowd when The Beatles played Tokyo.
1966: Elvis Presley records 'Double Trouble,' 'I Love Only One Girl,' 'It Won't Be Long,' and 'Long Legged Girl.'
1967: Rolling Stone Keith Richard was found guilty of allowing his house to be used for the illegal smoking of cannabis. He was sentenced to one year in jail and a $850 fine, (prison number 5855). Mick Jagger was also fined $170 and given three months in jail on drug charges. Jagger and Richards were both released and granted bail of £7,000 the following day.
1967: While on tour with The Hollies, Graham Nash writes a song called 'Marrakesh Express' which will later be a hit with his new band, Crosby Stills and Nash.
1968: The Jeff Beck Group appeared at the Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1968: The Small Faces started a six week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake.' A concept album with a round cover designed to look like a tobacco tin.
1968: Donovan's 'Hurdy Gurdy Man' enters the Billboard chart, where it will reach #5. The song featured former Yardbirds guitarist, Jeff Beck.
1968: Pink Floyd released 'A Saucerful of Secrets.' The band celebrated by performing at the first major free show in London’s Hyde Park with Jethro Tull, Roy Harper, and T. Rex.
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last concert together at the Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. Noel Redding announces he is quitting the band.
1969: The Status Quo achieve their only hit record in America when 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men' enters the Billboard Top 40, where it will top out at #12. Guitarist Francis Rossi said he wrote most of the song while sitting in a toilet, trying to get away from his wife and mother-in-law. Shortly after the song became a hit, the band dropped "The" from their name.
1969: Led Zeppelin, The Liverpool Scene and Mick Abraham's Blodwyn Pig all played two shows (5:30 and 8:30pm) on this Sunday night at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band at played at the Armory Building in Jacksonville, Florida.
1970: The Who appeared at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
1971: Yes played at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood.
1972: The Rolling Stones performed at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1973: Ian Gillian leaves Deep Purple. Gillan bails at the end of a tour of Japan (in Osaka) citing exhaustion. Graham Bonnet will briefly take his place before David Coverdale comes on board.
1974: Neal Peart replaced John Rustey on drums in Rush.
1974: Singer songwriter Gordon Lightfoot scored his only chart topping single with 'Sundown.' Taken from the album of the same name, it was also #1 on the U.S. album charts in late June.
1975: Tim Buckley dies of a heroin overdose. He was 28. Buckley released nine albums and was the father of two sons, including singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley.
1975: Elton John makes a surprise appearance at Eagles/Doobie Brothers concert at Oakland Coliseum on the Doobies hit 'Listen To The Music'. Then when the Eagles try to play their set, John crashes their party to duet on another song.
1976: The Memphis City Council votes to change Elvis' home street, Highway 51 South, to 'Elvis Presley Boulevard.'
1977: During a North American tour Fleetwood Mac appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1977: Pink Floyd appeared at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.
1978: Peter Frampton broke his arm and cracked several ribs when he was involved in a car crash in the Bahamas. It caused him to miss the premiere of the film he starred in, ;Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' which is derided by critics.
1978: David Bowie played the first of three nights on his 'Low/Heroes' world tour at Earl’s Court in London.
1979: Lowell George of Little Feat dies of a heart attack, possibly compounded by his drug addiction and obesity. He was 34. At the time of his death, George was trying to reform the band. He was found dead at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. George joined Zappa's Mothers of Invention as rhythm guitarist in 1968, played guitar on John Cale's 1973 album 'Paris 1919,' Harry Nilsson's 'Son of Schmilsson' album and Jackson Browne's 'The Pretender'.
1979: The New York Times prints an interview with Pete Townshend where he admits he has reservations about touring, but feels “fired up” about the new Who. On the same day The Kids Are Alright soundtrack is certified gold by the RIAA.
1980: Brian Johnson‬ played his first show with ‪AC/DC‬ in Namur, ‎Belgium‬. On the band's 'Back In Black Tour,' Whitesnake open select dates.‬
1980: Led Zeppelin performed at Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland as part of a European tour.
1980: Roxy Music performed at Hemmerlein Halle in Nuremburg, Germany.
1981: Bob Dylan appeared at Earls Court inLondon.
1982: Eric Clapton played at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1984: Bruce Springsteen's 'Dancing In The Dark' peaks at #2 on the pop charts.
1984: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his 'Born in the USA Tour' with a three night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. After a failed attempt shooting a studio video for 'Dancing In The Dark,' Bruce Springsteen does it live at his concert in St. Paul, Minnesota. During Clarence Clemons' sax solo, he brings 19-year-old Courteney Cox on stage to dance with him. Springsteen would play a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles. Nils Lofgren replacing the newly departed Steve Van Zandt on guitar. Van Zandt would return to the E Street Band when it was reformed briefly in 1995.
1985: David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded a version of the Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 1964 hit 'Dancing In The Street' for the forthcoming 'Live Aid' concert. The original plan was to perform a track together live, with Bowie performing at Wembley Stadium and Jagger at John F. Kennedy Stadium, until it was realized that the satellite link-up would cause a half-second delay that would make this impossible unless either Bowie or Jagger mimed their contribution, something neither artist was willing to do.
1985: John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine, with psychedelic paintwork, sold for a record sum of $3,006,385 at a Sotheby's auction in New York.
1987: Great White‬ released their 3rd full-length studio album 'Once Bitten.'
1988: The Guardian newspaper reported that many music CD's would fade and distort over the next few years due to manufacturing faults, sending shock-waves through the music industry.
1988: Nirvana, Mudhoney and Tad all appeared at the Moore Theatre, Seattle.
1988: Voivod release their 4th album 'Dimension Hatröss.'
1991: Skid Row entered the U.S. album chart at #1 with 'Slave To The Grind.'
1992: Iron Maiden released their 'From Here to Eternity' single.
1993: Billy Idol releases his album 'Cyberpunk.' It was his last studio album until 2005's 'Devil's Playground.'
1993: Jeff Beck released his 12th studio album, 'Crazy Legs.'
1994: Oasis made their debut on BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops performing their new single 'Shakermaker.'
1995: The first TV commercial of Ringo Starr’s career airs for Pizza Hut, as does a similar spot by the newly-reformed Monkees.
1996: It was reported that US record company bosses were considering random drug tests for pop stars similar to those carried out on athletes to try and reduce the drug death toll in the industry.
1996: MasterCard Masters of Music Concert for the Prince's Trust Fund in London is headlined by Eric Clapton (who received an OMB from the Prince the previous year). There's also a performance of The Who's 'Quadrophenia' with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Enwistle and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. Daltrey wears an eye patch during the performance due to an accident during a rehearsal (Gary Glitter hit him in the face with a mic).
1996: It was reported that US record company bosses were considering random drug tests for pop stars similar to those carried out on athletes to try and reduce the drug death toll in the industry.
1996: Record producer George Martin received a Knighthood, also music promoter Harvey Goldsmith became an MBE, which stands for Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. That is the “order of chivalry of British constitutional monarchy,” rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organizations and public service outside the Civil Service. Van Morrison received an OBE, a post-nominal for Officer of the Most Excellent, a grade in the Order of the British Empire.
1998: George Harrison announced that he was having treatments for throat cancer and said, “I'm not going to die on you folks just yet." He passes away three years later.
1999: Gene Simmons appears in an Everclear video with numerous porn stars. Everclear covered Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys Are Back In Town' for the 'Detroit Rock City' soundtrack. The film is about rabid fans' exploits trying to attend a '78 KISS concert.
1999: Slaughter released the album 'Back To Reality.'
1999: Slipknot release their self titled debut studio album.
1999: Styx released their 13th album 'Brave New World,' which was their last album to feature original singer & keyboardist Dennis DeYoung. The album peaked at #175 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1999: Motley Crue released 'Supersonic and Demonic Relics,' an album of of unreleased tracks as well as rare material.
2000: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood checked into a rehab center to treat alcohol addiction. It was believed Wood was hoping to dry out in time for a Rolling Stones world tour.
2000: Vandals pulled Ronnie Van Zant’s casket out of the Lynyrd Skynyrd mausoleum, but were unable to open it. A plastic bag containing Steve Gaines’ ashes had also been removed from a metal urn and had been torn, but only a tiny fraction was spilled. Their remains were shortly moved to an undisclosed burial site. Both Van Zant and Gaines were killed in a 1977 plane crash.
2000: Sting and his bandmates lost simultaneous chess matches against World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov at ABC television studios in New York City’s Times Square. Kasparov defeated them all in 50 minutes.
2001: 'Dream A Little Dream: The Almost-True Story of the Mamas & the Papas,' a stage musical penned by former Papas member Denny Doherty, premieres in Toronto.
2002: Billy Joel checked out of Silver Hill Hospital, a substance abuse and psychiatric center in New Canaan, Connecticut, that he had entered earlier in the month for treatment.
2004: Rush release their 18th studio album, 'Feedback,' comprised of eight cover songs selected from tunes that influenced each band member in their younger years. It reached #19 on the Billboard Top Albums chart.
2004: Courtney Love was reprimanded by Los Angeles Judge Melissa Jackson for turning up five hours late to a hearing. Love pleaded guilty to a single charge of disorderly conduct and was released, on condition she paid the victim's medical bills, joins a drug program and stayed out of trouble.
2007: Apple's new device, the iPhone, is released, integrating music into a phone for the first time.
2007: George McCorkle of The Marshall Tucker Band dies of cancer. He was 59. McCorkle was a founding member and guitarist for the band and wrote their first top 40 hit 'Fire on the Mountain.'
2008: 'Guitar Hero: Aerosmith' is out. "(Working on the game) was just the best experience of our lives," says frontman Steven Tyler. "It lets people outside play along with all the Aerosmith songs and dance between the notes."
2009: 'It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You,' a song co-written by Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and recorded by Country's Tim McGraw, goes to radio.
2010: Mastodon's six-song soundtrack EP for 'Jonah Hex,' a film based on the DC Comics series, is released. "We sacrificed another two weeks away from home to give away an album's worth of material for nothing in return but satisfaction in being a part of something incredible," says bassist Troy Sanders. Even so, the movie bombs.
2010: Forbes magazine unfurls their list of the 100 most powerful celebrities. U2 is #7 while Bruce Springsteen holds the #17 slot. Not surprisingly, Oprah Winfrey is #1.
2010: Rush kicked off their 'Time Machine Tour' at the Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque, NM. During this tour they performed 'Moving Pictures' in its entirety for the first time.
2012: Michael Bay's film 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' is in theaters worldwide. Linkin Park's single 'Iridescent' is featured in the film's closing credits. The band contributed songs to the previous two films in the franchise. The soundtrack also has Skillet, My Chemical Romance and Paramore.
2012: 'Neil Young Journeys,' a collaboration between Young and director Jonathan Demme hits theaters. The documentary was filmed toward the end of Young's 2011 solo tour.
2012: Carol Hawkins, a former assistant to U2's Adam Clayton, is found guilty of stealing $3.5 million dollars from the bassist's bank accounts.
2015: Neil Young and Promise Of The Real, a band featuring Lukas and Micah Nelson (sons of the legendary Willie Nelson), release 'The Monsanto Years,' with songs critical of the food industry giant and those of its ilk.
2016: A scientific research vessel that monitors water quality in Puget Sound (Washington state) is named SoundGuardian in honor Seattle's Soundgarden.
2016: Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie filed for divorce from her 4th husband, Michael Lockwood, just months after the couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last January. Lisa Marie had previously been wed to Danny Keough from 1988 until 1994, Michael Jackson from 1994 to 1999 and to actor Nicolas Cage from 2002 to 2004.

June 30
1956: 25 people are hospitalized after a melee at a Bill Haley concert in Asbury Park, NJ. City council will later vote to ban all Rock 'n' Roll concerts.
1957: Buddy Holly records 'Peggy Sue,' which will go on to reach #3 on the Billboard chart and #6 in the UK. In real life, she was Peggy Sue Gerron, the girlfriend of Crickets drummer Jerry Allison. The song was initially titled 'Cindy Lou' after Buddy's niece, but Allison convinced Buddy to change the title just before the recording session. Allison and Gerron were later married.
1966: The Beatles played the first of three concerts at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Japan. The concert was filmed with The Beatles wearing black suits. The following day's first performance was also filmed, with The Beatles wearing white suits. There was a strict police presence with 3,000 police observing each concert played in front of 10,000 fans. Amateur recordings of the performance quickly became available as a bootleg album known as 'Three Nights in Tokyo.'
1969: Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle and Duster Bennett all appeared at London’s Royal Albert Hall “Pop Proms.”
1969: King Crimson played at the Old Granary in Bristol, England.
1969: Pink Floyd performed a one hour show at the President’s Ball at the Top Rank Suite, in Cardiff, Wales. It was presented by Llandaff Technical College. They were paid £100 ($150).
1970: Chicago's '25 Or 6 To 4' b/w 'Where Do We Go From Here' 45 single is released. Written by Robert Lamm, one of the founding members of Chicago, it was recorded for their 2nd album, 'Chicago' (1970), with Peter Cetera on lead vocals. The song was edited and released as a single in June of that year, climbing to #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #7 on the UK Singles Chart. This recording features an electric guitar solo using a wah-wah pedal by Chicago guitarist Terry Kath, and has been included in numerous Chicago compilation albums.
1971: Yes appeared at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1971: San Francisco’s Fillmore West closed.
1971: Paul Revere And The Raiders receive a Gold record for their only US #1 hit, 'Indian Reservation.' The song, written by John D. Loudermilk, had been a US #20 hit and had reached #3 in the UK for Don Fardon in 1968.
1971: Stephen Stills released his 2nd solo album, 'Stephen Stills 2.' It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart.
1972: Buddy Miles plays at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1973: David Bowie appeared at City Hall in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
1973: George Harrison knocked Paul McCartney and Wings 'My Love' from the top of the U.S. singles chart on both the Billboard Pop chart and the Cash Box Best Sellers list with 'Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth.' His 2nd U.S. #1. The song reached #8 in the UK.
1973: Doobie Brothers get their first Top 10 hit, 'Long Train Runnin,' from 'The Captain And Me' album. It peaks at #8.
1973: Sly & The Family Stone's 6th album, 'Fresh' is released. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart, and topped the Billboard Top R&B LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #186 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Robertson Stadium in Houston, Texas.
1974: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center Arena in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1975: Cher married Greg Allman four days after her divorcing Sonny Bono, the couple split after ten days, followed by a three year on and off marriage. They had one son together, Elijah Blue.
1975: David Bowie began filming 'The Man Who Fell to Earth.'
1975: The Eagles 'One Of These Nights' album goes gold.
1976: Police raid Neil Diamond's house and find less than an ounce of marijuana. The arrest is struck from his record when he agrees to attend a drug aversion program.
1976: Stuart Goddard, (Adam Ant), placed the following ad in the classified section of the Melody Maker, “‘Beat on a bass, with the B-Sides.” Andy Warren answered the ad and the pair went on to form Adam and The Ants.
1977: The first KISS comic book is released by Marvel Comics and has a vial of their blood mixed into the ink. It’s the beginning of Kiss becoming a one billion dollar licensing brand.
1977: KISS release their 6th studio album, 'Love Gun.'
1978: The Sex Pistols, now in "crash and burn mode," release 'My Way,' a song Frank Sinatra made famous.
1978: Host Martin Mull welcomes Jethro Tull, Robert Palmer, and Flo & Eddie on TV’s Midnight Special.
1979: Motorhead released their 5th single, 'No Class.'
1980: Queen release their 8th studio album, 'The Game.'
1980: Girlschool released their 1st studio album, 'Demolition.'
1980: Krokus release their 4th studio album, 'Metal Rendez-vous.'
1980: The Who played at Veterans Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
1981: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at Poplar Creek Music Theater in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
1981: Jerry Lee Lewis is hospitalized with a hole in his stomach and internal bleeding. He nearly dies. Given a 50/50 chance of survival he leaves the hospital two weeks later.
1983: After a ten year split, The Everly Brothers announced that they would be reuniting. The pair had parted company after Phil smashed his guitar and walked off the stage during a 1973 performance.
1984: Huey Lewis and the News went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with 'Sports.'
1984: Bruce Springsteen's 'Dancing In The Dark' reaches its chart peak of #2 on the Hot 100. The song spends four weeks at runner-up, held off the last three by Prince's 'When Doves Cry.' Springsteen never does reach #1 (except as a writer: Manfred Mann's Earth Band took 'Blinded by the Light' to #1 in 1977), but the next six singles from his 'Born In The U.S.A.' album all hit the Top 10.
1986: Savatage released their 3rd full-length album, 'Fight for the Rock".'
1989: 'Great Balls Of Fire!,' a biographical film about the life of Jerry Lee Lewis, debuts in theaters across America. The movie would fizzle at the box office, but critics gave it mostly positive reviews. Jerry Lee was unhappy with the bumpkin-like portrayal of himself by actor Dennis Quaid and later said, "They really fouled it up, the way they did it."
1989: The surviving Beatles took out an injunction against Dave Clark, formerly of The Dave Clark Five, and banned him from selling copies of the old Ready Steady Go! TV show which featured “The Fab Four.” The case was later settled out of court.
1990: Chuck Berry’s estate in Missouri is raided by the police, who seize marijuana, rifles, a shotgun, over $120,000 in cash and homemade porn movies.
1990: Biohazard released their self-titled debut studio album.
1992: Kyuss' 'Blues for the Red Sun,' one of stoner metal's all-time classic albums, is released via Dali Records. It was produced by the band and Chris Goss.
1992: The Beatles Compact Disc 15-EP Collection (Box set) is released. It faithfully reproduced all of the 14 original British EP releases, and even added a bonus EP. Each of the CD's were digitally remastered and enclosed in jackets using the original cover art and sleeve format. The double-CD Magical Mystery Tour EP included a disc each of both mono and stereo versions of the 6 songs, plus the entire 28 page booklet.
1994: Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam testify before a House of Representatives subcommittee claiming Ticketmaster has a monopoly. The federal investigation was eventually dropped.
1994: Virgin Records rushed The Rolling Stones’ 'Voodoo Lounge' into stores early after the album was played over the radio.
1998: System of a Down release their debut album.
1998: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 11th studio album, 'Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra.'
1999: Eric Clapton performed a benefit concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden for his Crossroads rehab center in Antigua. His guests included Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige and Bob Dylan.
1999: Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is named senior vice-president of Interscope Records.
2000: At Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, nine people were crushed to death during a crowd surge during Pearl Jam’s set. Police say the victims had all slipped or fallen in the mud in front of the stage. Lead singer Eddie Vedder stopped the show and got the crowd to move back in an orderly fashion, but it was too late. The Pearl Jam song 'Love Boat Captain' refers to the events with the line "Lost nine friends we'll never know...two years ago today."
2001: Legendary guitarist and producer Chet Atkins dies in Nashville of cancer. He was 77. Atkins recorded over 100 albums during his career, and was a major influence on numerous artists, including George Harrison and Mark Knopfler. In 2002, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2011 Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 21 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
2001: Al Jardine sued the remaining members of The Beach Boys for $4 million, alleging that they were excluding him from playing in the band. The suit would prove unsuccessful and Jardine was later prevented from touring as Beach Boy's Family and Friends.
2004: David Bowie cancelled the remainder of his 'Reality' tour after he suffered what was reported as a pinched nerve in his shoulder. Later, it would be discovered that Bowie needed emergency heart surgery.
2004: Kinks founder member Dave Davies was left paralyzed on the right-hand side of his body after suffering a stroke. For a time, he recovers at his brother Ray’s house, as Ray himself is recovering from being shot by a mugger. Dave is eventually able to walk, talk and play the guitar again.
2004: A Michigan court of appeals rules that Limp Bizkit did not act irresponsibly and is not liable for the injuries sustained by a paramedic during a 2000 performance. According to the lawsuit, Christopher Dickinson was kicked in the head after lead singer Fred Durst encouraged concertgoers to move closer to the stage during an Auburn Hills concert.
2005: Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland injures his ankle as the group performs 'Slither' at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Weiland manages to perform at the Live 8 show in London a few days later but is eventually confined to his bed while he's on the mend.
2005: The record industry says Led Zeppelin has sold 107.5 million albums in the U.S. That secures the #3 spot on the all-time list. Only The Beatles (168.5 million) and Elvis Presley (116.5 million) have done better.
2005: Chevelle announce that bassist Joe Loeffler will not make the group's U.S. summer tour. "Joe is taking a break to be home with family," reads a statement. Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo fills in. A couple weeks later, the group finally bites the bullet and admits Loeffler was sacked due to "irreconcilable differences."
2006: Jackson Browne performs at a Santa Monica High School benefit concert. Proceeds go to Artists for the Arts and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District's music programs.
2006: President George Bush meets with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a major Elvis Presley fan, at Graceland in Memphis.
2006: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are honored in an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. 'Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Thirty Years of Rock and Roll' displays the flowered shirt Petty wore for the 'Free Fallin' video and a gray jacket from his time in the Traveling Wilburys.
2006: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are on hand for the premiere performance of 'Love,' the Beatles-themed Las Vegas production featuring the Cirque du Soleil troupe.
2007: R.E.M. played a five-night series of shows at Dublin's Olympia Theatre. Dubbed ‘working rehearsals’ by the band, many songs from their forthcoming album ‘Accelerate’ were debuted, with many of them still as works in progress.
2008: A long lost 1964 interview with John Lennon and Paul McCartney is broadcast on the BBC. In the interview McCartney expounds on their songwriting technique. "Normally, we sit down and try and bash one out," says The Beatles' bassist. He adds that sometimes each writes a complete song on his own; though they both take credit for it.
2009: Spinal Tap start (and end) their One Night Only World Tour at Wembley Arena in London.
2009: U2's worldwide stadium tour in support of 'No Line On The Horizon' begins in Barcelona, Spain. U2 360 features an innovative in-the-round configuration. The 90,000 in attendance hear a 22-song set.
2009: A previously unreleased live version of Nickelback's 'Something In Your Mouth' is offered for free to people who download Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 browser.
2009: 'Hit Hard: A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom At The Top,' a memoir by Aerosmith's Joey Kramer is published. The book details the drummer's struggle with anxiety and depression, which led to a nervous breakdown in '95.
2009: Music licensing agency, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), determines that Queen's 'We Will Rock You' was the most played song at NFL (football), MLB (baseball) and NHL (hockey) games during the previous 12-month period.
2010: Pearl Jam's video for 'Amongst The Wave' (from 'Backspace')is released. The clip, released in conjunction with the launch of their Oceans website, features footage of crashing waves juxtaposed with shots of the band performing. Video proceeds resulting from iTunes sales benefit Conservation International's Marine Programs.
2010: The Kings Of Leon play their biggest U.K. concert to date at London's Hyde Park before an estimated audience of 65,000. The Black Keys are among the opening acts.
2010: 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' the third installment, is in theaters. The soundtrack includes Metric, The Bravery, Black Keys, The Dead Weather and Band Of Horses.
2010: All Pink Floyd albums released after 'Dark Side Of The Moon' are unavailable at digital stores because the band failed to renegotiate a contract with EMI. This follows a prolonged legal battle in which Pink Floyd successfully stopped EMI from selling individual album or remastered tracks.
2012: Queen and Adam Lambert perform at the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation charity concert at Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev. The show is part of Euro 2012 and is seen by millions of TV viewers throughout the Ukraine and Poland.
2012: Slipknot guitarist Jim Root is sidelined by a burst appendix just as the group launches their Mayhem tour.
2012: One of Paul McCartney's iconic violin shaped Hofner bass guitars sold for more than $64,000 US at a fundraiser for music charity Nordoff Robbins. Exactly which one of Macca's guitars it was is unclear, as he has been known to have acquired several copies of the Hofner 500/1 over the years.
2014: Singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh announces he's resigned from Kansas after 41 years. The group carries on.
2014: The United States Postal Service unveils a Janis Joplin commemorative stamp. Joplin is shown wearing pink tinted glasses and Forever Janis Joplin USA is printed around the border.
2015: Deen Castronovo, drummer for Journey, was jailed after being charged with having sexual intercourse "by forcible compulsion" between June 8 and June 14. He faced felony charges of assault, sexual abuse and unlawful use of a dangerous weapon.
2016: Weezer's 'I Love The U.S.A.' is one of eight tracks released celebrating NASA's mission to Jupiter.
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Rock B-Days/Today in Rock History: May

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

Rock B-Days/Today in Rock History: May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today In Rock History:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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