Rock Birthdays
April 1
Adolph Rickenbacker – b. 1886 – d. 3/76 “The Real Don Steele” (Legendary nationally know DJ. Began his radio career working outside of L.A. at a small station, KBUC in Corona, CA. Became nationally-known as a DJ on radio station KHJ in Los Angeles, where he helped to promote the “ultrahip” top-40 Boss Radio format which began at 3pm on April 27, 1965. He also appeared on TV as host of ‘Boss City’ and ‘The Real Don Steele TV Show,’ a show which ran from 1965 to 1975 on KHJ-TV channel 9 in Los Angeles. Following the years at 93/KHJ, The Real Don Steele continued to be heard on Los Angeles radio stations, including KIQQ (K-100), KTNQ (Ten-Q), KRLA, KCBS-FM and KRTH-FM (K-Earth 101), until his death in August 1997 at the age of 61. The Real Don Steele sound clips from KHJ airchecks are prominently featured in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ (2019) and on its accompanying soundtrack album.) – b. 1938 – d. 8/5/97 Johny Barbata (The Sentinals, The Turtles, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, many others) – 76
Ronnie Laine (Faces) – b. 1946 – d. 6/4/97
Henry Gross (Sha Na Na, solo) – 70
Jeff Porcaro (Toto, session drummer) – b. 1954 – d. 4/5/92
Peter O’Toole (Hothouse Flowers) – 56
Keith St. John (Burning Rain, Lynch Mob, Montrose, Quiet Riot, Kingdom Come + more) – 52
Jesse Tobias (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette, Splendid, Morrissey) – 49
Richard Christy (Public Assassin, Burning Inside, Acheron, Chared Walls Of The Damned, Death, Control Denied, Iced Earth, works on ‘The Howard Stern Show,’ written, directed & acted in several home made independent films, performed as a stand-up comedian) – 47
Michael Poulson (Dominus, Volbeat) – 46
Adrian Patrick (Otherwise) –
Vega De La Rocka (Metalachi)/ Ricky Rodd (Charros of Rock, The Outlaw Mariachi) – 39
Arejay Hale (Halestorm) – 33

April 2
Kurt Winter (Guess Who, Brother) – b. 1946 – d. 12/14/97
Leon Wilkeson (Lynryd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band, The Allen Collins Band) – b. 1952 – d. 7/27/01
Dr. Demento (Barry Hansen -Radio broadcaster and record collector specializing in novelty songs, comedy, and strange or unusual recordings dating from the early days of phonograph records to the present. Hansen created the Demento persona in 1970 while working at Los Angeles station KPPC-FM. His weekly show went into syndication in 1974 and was syndicated by the Westwood One Radio Network from 1978 to 1992. Broadcast syndication of the show ended on June 6, 2010, but the show continues to be produced weekly in an online version.) – 80
Leon Russell (Asylum Choir, solo, as a touring musician he performed with hundreds of notable artists, wrote ‘Delta Lady’ recorded by Joe Cocker, and organized and performed with Cocker’s ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour in 1970, played on albums by The Beach Boys, Dick Dale, Jan and Dean, produced and played in recording sessions for: Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike & Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones. Inductee into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & The Songwriters Hall of Fame) – b. 1942 – d. 11/13/16
Emmylou Harris (solo, has worked with many other artists including Gram Parsons, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, The Band, Mark Knopfler, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Rodney Crowell, Little Feat, and Neil Young) – 74
Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh, Barnstorm, Amboy Dukes, Michael Stanley Band, Stills-Young Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, Peter Frampton, John Entwistle, Zakk Wylde, solo + more) – 72 David Robinson (Rising Tide, The Modern Lovers, the Pop!, DMZ, The Numbers Band, The Cars + more) – 72
Dave Bronze (session bass player, Procol Harum, Robin Trower, Dr. Feelgood, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Nik Kershaw, Tom Jones, Art of Noise + more) – 69
Tony Franklin (Roy Harper, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Blue Murder, The Firm, Donna Lewis, Whitesnake, Kenny Wayne Shepherd + more. Session player on many, many albums/songs. From September 2003 through July 2011, Franklin served as Artist Relations Manager for Fender Musical Instruments Corporation and SWR, many TV musical credits) – 59
Phil Demmel (Machine Head, Vio-Lence, Metal Allegiance, BPMD + more) – 54
Greg Camp (Smash Mouth) – 54
Tony Fredianelli (Apocryptia, Third Eye Blind) – 52

April 3 Jeff Barry (Singer, Songwriter, Producer, wrote hits for Sam Cooke, In the 1960s, Barry would partner, both professionally and personally, with Ellie Greenwich to form one of the decade’s most prolific songwriting and producing teams.In 1962, the two teamed up with Phil Spector, composing several of Spector’s biggest hits, including ones by The Crystals, The Ronettes and Darlene Love. Also with Greenwich wrote hits for The Dixie Cups, The Shangri-Las, Manfred Mann, Connie Francis, Leslie Gore. In 1966, the two discovered a young Neil Diamond, and produced Neil’s first hits, including ‘Solitary Man,’ ‘Cherry, Cherry,’ ‘Kentucky Woman,’ and ‘Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon.’ Barry and Greenwich can be heard singing backgrounds on many of Diamond’s recordings. During the same period, the pair teamed with Phil Spector to write the classics ‘River Deep, Mountain High,’ by Ike and Tina Turner and ‘I Can Hear Music’ by The Ronettes and The Beach Boys. Produced tracks for The Monkees, including the No. 1 hit ‘I’m A Believer.’ Producer and main songwriter for the fictional Archies group. He had a production and administration deal with A&M Records for several years. In subsequent years he shifted his focus to television (writing the theme songs for ‘One Day at a Time,’ ‘The Jeffersons,’ and ‘Family Ties’) and movies (the score for 1980’s ‘The Idolmaker’), although he continued his work in the pop music field. ‘I Honestly Love You,’ written by Barry with Peter Allen, became a 1974 No. 1 for Olivia Newton-John. During the 1970s and 1980s Barry also scored numerous hit songs on the country charts. In 1990, Barry co-produced the theme song for the television series based on ‘Where’s Waldo?’ In May 1991, Barry and Greenwich were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Barry and Greenwich were among the 2010 recipients of the Ahmet Ertegün Award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) – 83
Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) – b. 1941 – d. 3/26/04
Richard Manuel (The Band, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, The Revols, Bob Dylan, The Pencils) – b. 1943 – d. 3/4/88
Dee Murray (Elton John band, Spencer Davis Group) – b. 1946 – d. 1/15/92
Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention, Linda Thompson, Kamila Thompson, French Frith Kaiser Thompson, Danny Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Golden Palominos, solo) – 72
John Siegler (Todd Rundgren and Utopia, sessionist, composer, played with: Hall & Oates, Bette Midler, Desmond Child, Edgar Winter, Cher, Roger Daltrey, Rick Derringer, Meat Loaf, Tim Curry, Air, Moogy Klingman + more) –
Dave Ragsdale (Kansas, Native Window, solo, performed and recorded Louise Mandrell, The Smashing Pumpkins, Jason Bonham, Queensryche + more) – 63
Mike Ness (Social Distortion, Easter, solo) – 59 Cynthia Fox (Legendary Los Angeles DJ: KMET, 101.9 The Edge, KLSX, KLOS, The Sound 100.3, Video Show Host of ‘Night Tracks’ on TBS-TV, KCET-TV Host of pledge drives + more) –
Sebastian Bach (Skid Row, solo, Frameshift, Damnocracy) – 53
Crsis Oliva (Savatage) – b. 1963 – d. 10/17/93
Drew Shirley (Switchfoot, All Together Separate) – 47
Corky Gainsford (Otherwise, Blue Man Group, Code Red Riot + more) –

April 4
Muddy Waters (Father of modern Chicago Blues) – b. 1913 – d. 4/30/83
Clive Davis (Record producer, A&R executive and music industry executive. He has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. From 1967 to 1973, Davis was the president of Columbia Records. He was the founder and president of Arista Records from 1975 through 2000 until founding J Records. From 2002 until April 2008, Davis was the chairman and CEO of the RCA Music Group (which included RCA Records, J Records and Arista Records), chairman and CEO of J Records, and chairman and CEO of BMG North America. While at Columbia he signed Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Laura Nyro, The Electric Flag, Santana, The Chambers Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Billy Joel, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Loggins & Messina, Aerosmith, Earth, Wind & Fire and Pink Floyd (for rights to release their material outside of Europe). At Arista, Davis signed Barry Manilow, Arista’s first mega super seller, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Patti Smith, Al Jourgensen, The Outlaws, Eric Carmen, Exposé, Ace of Base, The Right Profile, Air Supply, Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio, and Alicia Keys, and he brought Carly Simon, Grateful Dead, The Kinks, Jermaine Stewart, Gil Scott-Heron (on whose episode of TV One’s Unsung Davis was interviewed) and Lou Reed to the label. He founded Arista Nashville which became the home to Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Pam Tillis, and Brad Paisley. Davis founded LaFace Records with L.A. Reid and Babyface. LaFace subsequently became the home of TLC, Usher, Outkast, P!nk and Toni Braxton. He founded Bad Boy Records with Sean Combs and it became the home of the Notorious B.I.G., Puffy Combs, Mase, 112, and Faith Evans, although Davis would later admit that he never quite understood rap music. In 1998, Davis signed LFO from European Success. LFO charted #1 with “Summer Girls” in 1999, and went on to multiplatinum success. Davis was made aware of Cissy Houston’s daughter Whitney Houston after he saw the Houston’s perform at a New York City nightclub. Impressed with what he heard, Davis signed her to Arista. Houston became one of the biggest selling artists in music history under the guidance of Davis at Arista.) – 89 Sharon Sheeley (At age 18, Sheeley was the youngest woman to write an American number-one hit, ‘Poor Little Fool, which Ricky Nelson recorded. In 1958 it became Nelson’s first US No. 1 and the Billboard Hot 100’s first No. 1. Songwriter for Eddie Cochran (which whom she has a relationship with), Richie Valens, and later Jackie DeShannon, Brenda Lee, The Fleetwoods and Irma Thomas. On April 16, 1960, Sheeley, Cochran & Gene Vincent were traveling in a private hire taxi from a concert in Bristol to London Heathrow Airport when it slammed into a lamp post near Chippenham, Wiltshire. All three were rushed to hospital. Cochran, who had been thrown from the vehicle, suffered fatal brain injuries and died the next day, at the age of 21. Sheeley suffered a broken pelvis, and Vincent broke his ribs and collarbone and added further damage to his already weak leg. In 1961 she married Los Angeles disc jockey Jimmy O’Neill. They created the ABC-TV series Shindig! (1964–1966). After their divorce she moved away from the music scene.) – b. 1940 – d. 5/17/02 Dave Hill (Slade, The Vendors, The N’ Betweens, Blessings in Disguise, Slade II) – 75
David “Pick” Withers (The Primitives, Brewers Droop, Dire Straits, Dave Edmunds, sessions + more) – 73
Berry Oakley (Allman Brothers Band) – b. 1948 – He was killed in a motorcycle accident November 11, 1972.
Gary Moore (Skid Row, Coliseum II, Thin Lizzy, solo) – b. 1952 – He died on February 6, 2011 of a heart attack while on vacation in Spain.
Peter Baltes (Accept, Don Dokken, recorded with the Scorpions, John Norum + more) – 63
Craig Adams (Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, The Cult, Coloursound, The Alarm) – 59
Dean Roberts (Leatherwolf) –
Mike Starr (Alice in Chains, Sun Red Sun, Days of the New, Gypsy Rose, SATO) – b. 1966 – d. 3/8/11
Josh Todd (Buckcherry, Josh Todd & The Conflict, Spraygun War) – 51
Adam Dutkiewicz (Producer, Killswitch Engage, Aftershock, Burn Your Wishes, Times of Grace, Serpentine Dominion) – 44

April 5
Peter Grant (Manager of Led Zeppelin, Yardbirds and Bad Company. Died from a heart attack on 1995 at age 60. Known as being one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history, Grant secured 90% of concert gate money and intimidated record store owners who dealt in bootlegs. The former wrestler, also worked as a film extra and bodyguard. During the early 60’s Grant worked as a tour manager for Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and The Animals.) – b. 1935 – d. 11/21/95
Alan Clarke (The Hollies) – 79
Kent Henry (born Henry Plischke) (Blues Image, Steppenwolf) – b. 1948 – d. 3/18/09
Dave Holland (Finders Keepers, Trapeze, Justin Hayward, Judas Priest) – b. 1948 – d. 1/16/18
Peter Case (The Nerves, Plimsouls, Paul Collins’ Beat, solo) – 67
Mike McCready (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Mad Season, The Rockfords, Shadow ’86, Flight to Mars, Walking Papers, M.A.C.C) – 55
Jon Donais‬ (Anthrax‬, Shadows Fall‬) – 41

April 6 Louie Shelton (Guitarist -The Wrecking Crew – The Monkees, Other recording credits include: Marvin Gaye, Simon and Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Boz Scaggs, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Jackson 5, Neil Diamond, John Lennon, Barbra Striesand, the Carpenters, the Mamas & the Papas, Glen Campbell, Ella Fitzgerald, the Partridge Family, James Brown, Diana Ross, Otis Spann, Whitney Houston, Joe Cocker, Kenny Rogers, Henry Mancini, Dave Crusin, Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin, and Victor Wooten. He played the guitar solo on Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello,’ Boz Scaggs ‘Lowdown’ and David Gates’ ‘Do you believe He’s coming.’ Shelton became a producer in the 1970s, working with Seals and Crofts, Art Garfunkel, Amy Wooley, England Dan & John Ford Coley, as well as Australian acts Tracey Arbon, Noiseworks and Southern Sons. He remains active and continues to record, produce, and perform. He is a 2007 inductee into the Musicians Hall of Fame as a member of the Wrecking Crew. In 2013 he was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame) – 80 Udo Dirkschneider (Accept, U.D.O.) – 69
Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, The Warren Haynes Band, Dickey Betts Great Southern Band, The Dead, Dave Matthews Band, Coheed and Cambria, David Allan Coe, Phil Lesh & Friends) – 61
Johnny Dee‬ (Britny Fox‬, Waysted, Blaze Bayley, Doro + more‬) – 58
Leo Leoni (Gotthard, CoreLeoni) – 55
Brian Jones (Lillian Axe, solo) – 45

April 7
Ravi Shankar (Indian sitar player) – b. 1920 – 12/11/12
Spencer Dryden (The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Jefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Dinosaurs) – b. 1938 – 1/11/05
Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull, Mick Abrahams Band, Blodwyn Pig, Screaming Lord Sutch, The Toggery Five) – 78
Wells Kelly (Orleans, Meatloaf, Clarence Clemmons, others, sessions) – b. 1949 – d. 10/30/84
Dallas W. Taylor (Clear Light, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Neil Young, Manassas, Ohio Knox, sessions) – b. 1948 – d. 1/18/15
John Oates (Hall & Oates, solo) – 72
Janis Ian – 70
Bruce Gary (The Knack) – b. 1951 – d. 8/22/06

April 8
Keef Hartley (Little Big Band, Dog soldier, The Artwoods, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Keef Hartley Band, solo) – b. 1944 – d. 11/26/11
Steve Howe (Yes, Asia, GTR, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Bodast, Tomorrow, The Syndicats, Explorer’s Club, solo) – 74
Mel Schacher (Question Mark and the Mysterians, Grand Funk Railroad, Flint) – 70 James ‘Les” Binks (Fancy, Judas Priest, Axis Point, Lionheart, Tytan, The Shakers, Metalworks, K.K. Downing’s Steel Mill) – 70
Adam Woods (The Fixx) – 68
Izzy Stradlin (born Jeffrey Dean Isbell) (Guns N’ Roses, Izzy Stradlin & The Ju Ju Hounds, Hollywood Rose, London) – 59
Julian Lennon (singer, songwriter, producer, photographer, filmmaker, author and philanthropist. He is the founder of The White Feather Foundation) – 58
Donita Sparks (L7, Donita Sparks and The Stellar Moments) – 58
Paul Gray (Slipknot) – b. 1972 – d. 3/24/10

April 9
Carl Perkins – b. 1932 – d. 1/19/98
Terry Knight / Richard Terrance Knapp (DJ at WTAC in Flint, MI., WJBK in Detroit, Mi. & CKLW in Windsor, Ontario. One of the first American DJs to air the Rolling Stones. He was awarded the honorary title of “The Sixth Stone”, Terry Knight and the Pack, solo, composer, Producer & Manager for Grand Funk Railroad, Producer for Bloodrock, Record Label owner: Brown Bag Records + more) – b. 1943 – d. 11/1/04
Steve Gadd (Kate Bush, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Al Jarreau, Joe Cocker, Stuff, Bob James, Chick Corea, Eric Clapton, Pino Daniele, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Eddie Gomez, The Manhattan Transfer, Michal Urbaniak, Steps Ahead, Al Di Meola, Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Carly Simon, Richard Tee, Jon Bon Jovi, Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, The Bee Gees, and Michael McDonald) – 76
Glen Burtnik (LaBamba and The Hubcaps, Styx, Liverpool, songwriter, solo, played Paul McCartney in Broadway’s ‘Beatlemania,’ Cats on a Smooth Surface, Dennis DeYoung, The Orchestra) – 66
Mark Kelly (Chemical Alice, Marillion, DeeExpus, Travis, Mark Kelly’s Marathon) – 60
Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few, Le Projet, The Hiwatts) – 52
Gerald Way (My Chemical Romance, solo, co-founder of DC Comics’ Young Animal imprint) – 44
Albert Louis Hammond, Jr. (The Strokes) – 41

April 10
Nate Nelson (The Flamingos, The Platters) – b. 1932 – d. 4/10/82
Bunny Wailer / Neville Livingston (Bob Marley, Wailers) – b. 1947 – d. 2/2/2021
Fred Smith (Blondie, Television, The Fleshtones + more) – 73 Burke Shelley (Budgie) – 71
Brian Setzer (The Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Bloodless Pharoahs, Stray Cats, The Tomcats, Drake Bell, solo) – 62
Joe Cole (Actor, writer, roadie: Black Flag, Rollins Band, Hole) – b. 1961 – d. 12/19/91
Warren DeMartini (Ratt, Dokken, Whitesnake, solo) – 58
Tim “Herb” Alexander (Primus, Into the Presence, Laundry, A Perfect Circle, Born Naked, Blue Man Group, Puscifer, Überschall + more) – 56
Mike Mushok (Staind, Newsted, Saint Asonia) – 51
Bryce Soderberg (Lifehouse, AM Radio) – 41

April 11 Wendy Dio (manager: Rough Cutt, Nuhaven, Hellion, co-founder of the Niji Entertainment Group, chair of the privately sponsored organization, Children of the Night, dedicated to rescuing America’s children from prostitution) – 76
Bob Harris (British music presenter known for being a host of the BBC2 music program ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test,’ and as a co-founder of the listings magazine Time Out) – 75
Tom Hill (Geordie) – 71
Stuart Adamson (The Skids, Big Country) – b. 1958 – d. 12/16/01
Doug Hopkins (Gin Blossoms, The Chimeras) – b. 1961 – d. 12/5/93
Nigel Pulsford (Bush) – 60
Tom Hunting (Exodus, Angel Witch, I4NI, IR8, Sexoturica, Piranha) – 56
Michael O’Mara (L.A. Guns/Gunzo, Pyromania, True 2 Crue, Zepidemic)
Oliver Riedel (Rammstein) – 50 Ryan Shuck (Sexart, Orgy, Julien-K, Dead By Sunrise, Adema, composer) – 48 Tom Thacker (Sum 41, Gob) – 44
Christopher James Gaylor (All American Rejects) – 42
Josh Stone (solo, SuperHeavy) – 34

April 12
Guy Stevens (DJ, Producer, Band Manager, writer for the Record Mirror, and wrote the first UK press profiles of such musicians as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, ran the Sue record label in the UK, president of the Chuck Berry Appreciation Society, brought Berry to the UK for his first tour after paying his bail to get him out of jail for offences under the Mann Act, head of A&R at Island Records, named the bands Procol Harum & Mott The Hoople, produced albums by Free, Mott The Hoople, The Clash + more) – b. 1943 – d. 8/28/81
John Kaye (The Sparrows, Steppenwolf) – 77
Jakson Spires (Blackfoot) – b. 1951 – d. 3/16/05
Pat Travers (Pat Travers Band) – 67
D.D. Verni (Overkill, The Bronx Casket Co.) – 60
Art Alexakis (Shakin’ Brave, established Shindig Records, The Easy Hoes, Colorfinger, Everclear, A&R representative for Capitol Records, producer, songwriter, established his own label, Popularity Recordings, hosted a weekly radio show on Sirius XM’s 1990s alternative and grunge music channel, Lithium, Actor, political activist – lobbied for special concerns which included drug awareness policies, gay rights and support of the families of the military) – 59
Nicholas Lofton Hexum (311, The Nick Hexum Quintet) – 51
Jose Mangin (Oversees/host on SiriusXM’s LiquidMetal, responsible for building/running Octane (active rock) for over seven years, and Ozzy’s Boneyard (classic metal) for three. Former host of Headbangers Ball) – 44
Alessandro Venturella (Krokodil, Cry for Silence, Slipknot) – 37
Brendon Urie (Panic! at the Disco) – 33

April 13
Jack Casady (The Triumphs, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Mickey and the Heartbeats, Jack Casady and the Degenerates, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane, SVT, The Yanks, KBC Band, Moonalice, played on albums by: David Crosby, Roky Erickson, Warren Zevon, Producer, solo + more ) – 77
Lowell George (The Factory, Little Feat, Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention, solo, Producer: Grateful Dead’s ‘Shakedown Street,’ Little Feat, Robert Palmer, solo albums + more, session player: John Cale, Harry Nilsson, James Taylor, John Sebastian, Jackson Browne, Robert Palmer + more) – b. 1945 – died from a heart attack on 6/29/79.
Riff West (Molly Hatchet) – b. 1950 – 11/19/14
Max Weinberg (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, bandleader for Conan O’Brien on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ and ‘The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien’) – 70
Randy Piper (Sister, Circus Circus, W.A.S.P., Animal, F-4, Where Angels Suffer) – 68
Jimmy Destri (the 86 Proof, Milk and Cookies, Blondie, solo, Jimmy Destri and The Sound Grenade, Producer, Alcohol & Addiction Counselor) – 67
Butch Taylor (Secrets, Dave Matthews Band, composer for TV and Film, Robert Jospe Trio) – 60
Marc Ford (Black Crowes, Burning Tree, The Neptune Blues Club, Jefferson Steelflex, Fuzz Machine, The Sinners, Blue Floyd, The Steepwater Band, Ryan Bingham, Ben Harper, The Scarecrows) – 55
Hillel Slovak (Anthym, Defunkt, What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers) – b. 1962 – Died from a heroin overdose on 1/27/88.
Aaron Lewis (Staind, solo) – 49

April 14
Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmore’s Night) – 76
Kenny Aaronson (Dave Edmunds, Chuck Leavell, Michael Shrieve, Steve Cropper, Brian Setzer, Lita Ford, Tony Iommi, Dave Gilmour, Billy Idol, Billy Squier, Foghat, Brian Setzer, Dave Edmunds, HSAS (Sammy Hagar, Neil Schon, Kenny Aaronson, Michael Shrieve), Mick Taylor, Graham Parker, Hall and Oates, Edgar Winter, Robert Gordon, Leslie West Band, Rick Derringer, Joan Jett + more) – 69
Danny Bowes (Thunder, Terraplane) – 61
Vinnie Moore (UFO, Red Zone Rider, Alice Cooper, Vicious Rumors, solo) – 57
Barrett Martin (Skin Yard, Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Tuatara, solo, Walking Papers, Levee Walkers, adjunct Professor of Music in the liberal arts department at Antiouch University in Seattle, Author) – 54
Martyn LeNoble (Thelonious Monster, Porno for Pyros, Jane’s Addiction, The Cult, Soulsavers, Dave Gahan, Scott Weiland, Mark Lanegan, Daniel Lanois, Sarah McLachlan, Layne Staley, Tom Morello, Josh Klinghoffer) – 52
Adam Duce (Machine Head, Sintanic) – 49
Win Butler (Arcade Fire) – 41

April 15
Bessie Smith (Legendary Blues Singer, Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues”, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920’s and 1930’s) – b. 1894 – d. 9/26/37
Adolph Jacobs (The Coasters, played guitar on Little Richard’s ‘The Second Coming’ album, Doo Wop Hall of Fame member + more) – b. 1939 – d. 7/23/14
“Mighty” Sam McClain (Blues singer, songwriter) – b. 1943 – d. 6/15/15
Dave Edmunds (solo, Love Sculpture, Rockpile, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) – 77
Mike Chapman (Songwriter, Producer: The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Blondie, The Knack, Exile, Toni Basil, Nick Gilder, Tina Turner, Pat Benatar, Huey Lewis and the News + more, Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) recipient) – 74
Phil Mogg (UFO, Mogg/Way, $ign of 4) – 73
Michael Kamen (American composer and orchestral arranger. Worked with many acts including Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Metallica and more. Kamen co-wrote Bryan Adams’ ballad ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You’) – b. 1948 – d. 11/18/03.
Jack Lancaster (Blodwyn Pig, Aviator, The Soul Searchers, solo; has performed live on tour, composed for television and film, performed as a session musician and has produced, written and arranged recording sessions with artists including Gary Moore, Phil Collins, Rod Argent, Anthony Phillips, Hans Zimmer, Stéphane Grappelli, Brian Eno, Vangelis and Rick van der Linden) –
Jeff Golub (Jazz Guitarist, Billy Squier, Rod Stewart, solo, he worked as a sideman for Ashford & Simpson, Tina Turner, John Waite, Dar Williams, Vanessa Williams, and Peter Wolf, member of Dave Koz and the Kozmos, the house band of The Emeril Lagasse Show) – b. 1955 – d. 1/1/15
Gene Allen (Lizzy Borden, Royal air Force, Phoenix Down, Generation Aliens ) –
Frankie Poullian (The Darkness) – 54
Ed O’Brien (Radiohead, 7 Worlds Collide) – 53
Phil Labonte (Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, All That Remains) – 46
Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) – 41

April 16
Dusty Springfield – b. 1939 – d. 3/2/1999
“Lonesome” Dave Peverett (Savoy Brown, Foghat, The Gods) – b. 1943 – d. 2/7/2000
Gerry Rafferty – (Stealers Wheel, Humblebums, solo) – b. 1947 – Died on Jan. 4, 2011 at the age of 63 after suffering a long illness.
Lee Kerslake (Ozzy Osbourne, Uriah Heep, The Gods, Toe Fat, Head Machine, National Head Band, Ken Hensley, David Byron, Living Loud) – b. 1947 – d. 9/19/2020
Bill ‘Sputnick’ Spooner (The Tubes, solo) – 72
John Bentley (Squeeze, solo) – 70
Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil, Former Member of the Australian House of Representatives, environmentalist, activist) – 68
Jason Scheff (Chicago, solo, L.E.O. + more) – 59
Dave Pirner (Murphy & Pirfinkle, Soul Asylum) – 57

April 17
Don Kirshner – b. 1934 – d. 1/17/11 – (Songwriter, producer, impresario and publicist -the bands: The Monkees, The Archies and Kansas – Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert TV show)
Roy Estrada (Little Feat, Frank Zappa, Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart, Lowell George) – 78
Jan Hammer (solo, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tommy Bolin, Carlos Santana, Joni Mitchell, Mick Jagger, Neil Schon, Jeff Beck, Al Dimeola, Clarence Clemons, Steve Lukather + more) – 73
Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Green Jelly) – 57
Liz Phair – 54
Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath, Steel, Storm Corrosion) – 47
Vassilios Metropoulos (Otherwise) –
Heidi Shepherd (Butcher Babies) – 36

April 18
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (blues artist) – b. 1924 – d. 9/10/05
Glen Hardin (The Crickets, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, Ricky Nelson, Gram Parsons + many more) – 82
Mike Vickers (Manfred Mann, solo, Baker Street Philharmonic, the Manfreds, one of the first musicians in the UK to use the Mogg synthesiser, He taught The Beatles to play it, and he demonstrated it on the BBC science programme ‘Tomorrow’s World.’ Keith Emerson first used Vikers’ Moog (live, with Vickers patching and Emerson playing) in 1970 before Emerson got his own, composer and arranger for records, television shows and films) – 81
Skip Spence (Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane) – b. 1944 – He died on April 16, 1999
Tommy Shannon (Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble, Arc Angels, Storyville) – 75
Mick Sweda (Bulletboys, King Kobra, Brain Stem Babies, Lies, Deceit & Treachery) – 61
Kelly Hanson (Hurricane, Foreigner) – 60
Bernie K (Sound Barrier) –
‪Mike Mangini‬ (Dream Theater, Extreme, Annihilator, MullMuzzler, Tribe of Judah, Mourning Widows) – 58
Greg Eklund (Everclear) – 51
Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge, Tremonti) – 47

April 19
Alexis Korner (“The Father of British Blues”) – b. 1928 – d. 1/1/84
Eddie Kramer (Producer and Engineer: Jimi Hendrix, Traffic, Blue Cheer, John Mayall, Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, Peter Frampton, Derek and the Dominoes, KISS, Mott the Hoople, April Wine, Angel, Ace Frehley, Robin Trower, Foghat, Fastway, Triumph, Alcatrazz, Anthrax, Loudness, Buddy Guy, Icon, Pretty Maids, Carl Perkins, Brian May + more) – 78
Alan Price (The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, The Alan Price Set, Price and Fame, Alan Price and Friends, The Animals, Eric Burdon, The Electric Blues Company, Bobby Tench, Zoot Money) – 79
Larry Ramos (The Association) – b. 1942 – 4/30/14
Bernie Worrell (Parliament, Funkadelic, Talking Heads) – b. 1944 – d. 6/24/16
Mark Volman (The Turtles, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Flo & Eddie) – 74
Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Winger, Fiona, Platypus, Jelly Jam, Rudess/Morgenstein Project) – 68
Bob Rock (The Payola$, Rock and Hyde, Metallica – Producer and Engineer – Loverboy, Honeymoon Suite, Black ‘N Blue, Kingdom Come, The Cult, Blue Murder, Mötley Crüe, Little Caesar, Electric Boys, David Lee Roth, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Bryan Adams, Our Lady Peace, Quireboys, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Veruca Salt, Colin James, Tal Bachman, Econoline Crush, American Hi-Fi, Tonic, The Tragically Hip, Michael Bublé, Gavin Rossdale, Bush, The Offspring, Prism, Survivor, Loverboy, Krokus, Chilliwack, Aerosmith, Simple Plan, 311) – 67
Paul Day (Original Iron Maiden vocalist, More, Sweet, Wildfire, Crimzon Lake, Defaced, Buffalo Crows) – 65 Tony Martin (Black Sabbath, Cozy Powell’s Hammer, Misha Calvin, Rondinelli, Aldo Giuntini, Phenomena) – 64
Joe Floyd (Warrior) –
Pamela Moore (Queensrÿche, Radar, Solna, Eden’s Curse, solo) –
Bekka Bramlett (Fleetwood Mac, The Zoo, Faith Hill, Delaney and Bonnie, Bekka & Billy, Sessions as a backing vocalist for: Belinda Carlisle, Warrant, Richie Sambora, Faster Pussycat, Mitch Malloy, Joe Cocker, Vince Gill, Bad Company, Iris DeMent, Delbert McClinton, Jonny Lang, Hank Thompson, Bryan White, Kenny Rogers, Jim Horn, Buddy Guy, Travis Tritt, Rita Coolidge, Lee Ann Womack, Billy Burnette, Jewel, Dwight Yoakam, Brooks & Dunn, Tanya Tucker, Amy Grant, Jim Lauderdale, 3 Doors Down, Bob Seger, Albert Lee, Robert Plant, Bonnie Bramlett + more) – 53
Jon Dette (Slayer, Testament, Anthrax, Iced Earth, Animetal USA, Killing Machine) – 51

April 20
Jimmy Winston (The Moments, Small Faces) – 76
Ken Scott (British record producer/engineer widely known for being one of the five main engineers for the Beatles, as well as engineering Elton John, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Duran Duran, the Jeff Beck Group) – 74
Craig Frost (Flint, Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band) – 73
Jon Hyde (Hokus Pokus, Detective, Monarch) –
Kal Swan (Tyton, Lion, Bad Moon Rising) – 58
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Transatlantic, Liquid Tension Experiment, Neal Morse, OSI, Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob, Stone Sour, Flying Colors, Bigelf, The Winery Dogs) – 54
Mikey Welsh (Weezer, The Rivers Cuomo Band + more) – b. 1971 – d. 1/8/11

April 21
Iggy Pop (James Osterberg) – 74
Robert Smith (The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Glove, Easy Cure, Crystal Castles, Malice, 65daysofstatic, solo) – 62
Oni Logan (Lynch Mob, Dio Disciples) –
Branden Steineckert (The Used, Rancid, Apocalypse Radio) – 43

April 22
Glen Campbell singer, songwriter, member of the legendary “Wrecking Crew” (playing on recordings by Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, The Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, Merle Haggard, Jan and Dean, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Phil Spector + more), Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, The Champs, The Forte’ Four, The Green River Boys, The Beach Boys, Bobbie Gentry, Anne Murray, John Hartford, Jimmy Webb, Kenny Rogers, Leon Russell, Roy Clark, Linda Ronstadt, Andy Williams, solo) – b. 1936 – d. 8/8/17
Peter Frampton (The Herd, Humble Pie, Frampton’s Camel David Bowie, George Harrison, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) – 71
Paul Carrack (Warm Dust, Ace, Roxy Music, Squeeze, Nick Lowe, Mike + The Mechanics, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters + many others, solo) – 70
Kenny Lyon (Lemonheads) – 65
Robb Reiner (Anvil) – 63
Hook Herrera (Gov’t Mule, Kevin Kinney, Mötley Crüe, The Reverend Horton Heat, Willy DeVille + more) – Kimberley Dahme (Boston, solo) – 55
Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down) – 47
Daniel Johns (Silverchair) – 43

April 23
Roy Orbison (solo, Traveling Wilburys, Teen Kings, The Wink Westerners, Class of ’55) b. 1936 – Orbison died on December 6, 1988
Glenn Cornick (Jethro Tull, Wild Turkey, Paris, Carthago) – b. 1947 He died in Hilo, Hawaii, on August 28, 2014 due to congestive heart failure at 67
David Cross (King Crimson, Radius, Electric Chamber Music, David Cross Band, solo) – 72
John Miles (Tina Turner, The Alan Parsons Project, Influence, The John Miles Set, solo, + more) – 72
Narada Michael Walden (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, soundtracks, freelance) – 69
Steve Clark (Def Leppard) b. 1960 – Clark died on January 8, 1991 after a night of heavy alcohol consumption combined with prescription drugs.
Simon Matthews (Jesus Jones) – 57
Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat, Sin City Sinners) – 54
Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray) – 53

April 24
Tony Visconti (Producer, Arranger, Musician; David Bowie, T. Rex, The Moody Blues, Sparks, Kristeen Young, Morrissey, Richard Barone, Thin Lizzy, Alejandro Escovedo, Kaiser Chiefs, many more) – 77
Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Don Harrison Band) – 76
Steve York (Manfred Mann) – 73
Nigel Harrison (Blondie) – 70
Jack Blades (Rubicon, Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades, Revolution Saints, solo) – 67
Boris Williams (The Cure, Thompson Twins, Strawberry Switchblade, Shelleyan Orphan, Babacar) – 64
David J / David Jay Haskins (Bauhaus, The Jazz Butcher, Love & Rockets) – 64
Billy Gould (Faith No Man, Faith No More, Brujeria, Fear And The Nervous System, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Harmful) – 58
Joey Vera (Fates Warning, Armored Saint, Anthrax, Engine, Motor Sister + more) – 58
Patty Schemel (Hole) – 54
Shannon Larkin (Ugly Kid Joe, Godsmack) – 54
Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) – 53
Brian Marshall (Creed, Alter Bridge) – 48
Tyson Ritter (The All-American Rejects) – 37

April 25
Albert King – b. 1923 – 12/21/92
Jerry Leiber, (& Stoller) (songwriter and producer for Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Monkees, Cliff Richard. Among their hit songs: Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, King Creole, Don’t, There Goes My Baby, Searchin’, Yakety Yak and Kansas City) – b. 1933 – d. 8/22/11
Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Southern Pacific, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, The Don Harrison Band) – 76
Steve Ferrone (Average White Band, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Scritti Politti + more) – 71
David Sikes (Boston, Giuffria) – 66
Fish (Derek Dick – Marillion, Tony Banks, Ayreon, solo) – 64
Billy Rankin (Nazareth, solo + more) – 62
Brian Tatler (Diamond Head) – 61
Paul Baloff (Exodus, Piranha, Hirax, Heathen) – b. 1960 – d. 2/2/02
Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction, Garbage, Nine Inch Nails, Deconstruction, Polar Bear, Smashing Pumpkins, solo + more) – 56

April 26
Ma Rainey / Gertrude Pridgett (blues singer) – b. 1886 – d. 12/22/39
Duane Eddy – 83
Bobby Rydell / Robert Louis Ridarelli (singer) – 79
Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Wonder Wheel, solo) – 76
Mike Finnigan (B3 Hammond Organ player and vocalist. Has worked with many artists including, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills and Nash, Peter Frampton, Cher, Ringo Starr, Leonard Cohen, Tower of Power and Rod Stewart) – 76
Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams Jr, others, solo) – 72
John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream, Ratt, Brides of Destruction, Angora, E.S.P. – The Eric Singer Project, Union, Angel City Outlaws, Twenty 4 Seven, Tuff, The Dead Daisies) – 62
Roger Taylor (Duran Duran, Arcadia, The Power Station) – 61
Chris Mars (Golden Smog, The Replacements) – 60
Joey Jordison (Slipknot, Murderdolls, Scar The Martyr + more) – 46
Jose Antonio Pasillas II (Incubus) – 45

April 27
Casey Kasem (Legendary DJ, host of America’s Top 40 radio countdown) – b. 1932 – d. 6/15/14
Jerry Mercer (Mashmakhan, Roy Buchanan, The Wackers, April Wine) – 82
Peter Ham (Badfinger, The Iveys) – b. 1947. – d. 4/24/75
Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Delaney Bramlett, John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band, George Harrison, Traveling Wilburys, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, The Manhattan Transfer, Steve Miller Band, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Harry Chapin, others) – 79
Gordon Haskell (Ravens, League of Gentlemen, King Crimson, solo) – 75
Kate Pierson (The B-52’s, Fred Schneider III, Cindy Wilson, NiNa) – 73
Ace Frehley (Cathedral, Molimo, Wicked Lester, KISS, Frehley’s Comet, solo) – 70
Wally Palmar (The Romantics, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) – 68
Whitey Kirst (Iggy Pop, The Web of Spider, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Goon Moon, solo) – 54
Will Boyd (Evanescence) – 42
Tara McLeod‬ (Kittie) – 37
Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy, solo)- 37

April 28
John Wolters (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) – b. 1945 – d. 6/16/97
Steve Khan (Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Michael Franks, Hubert Laws, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, James Brown, Maynard Ferguson, Weather Report, solo) – 74
Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers Band, The Rolling Stones, Sea Level, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Gov’t Mule, John Mayer + more) – 69
Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, Ciccone Youth, Mirror/Dash, Free Kitten, Harry Crews, CKM, Anxious Rats, Body/Head) – 68
Eddie Jobson (Jethro Tull, UK, Yes, Curved Air, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa + more) – 66
Jimmy Barnes (Cold Chisel, solo) – 65
Doug Marks (Hawk, founded Metal Method Guitar Lessons and instructional videos) –
Karl Logan (Manowar) – 56
Daisy Berkowitz – Scott Putesky (Marilyn Manson) – b. 1968 – d. 10/22/17

April 29
Carl Gardner (The Coasters) – b. 1928 – d. 6/12/11
Joe Porcaro (Recorded with: Toto, Pink Floyd, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Freddie Hubbard, Don Ellis, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Natalie Cole, The Monkees, Gladys Knight, Madonna, James Newton Howard, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Danny Elfman, John Frizzell, Steve Porcaro – done many film scores, co-founder of the Los Angeles Music Academy, now know as the Los Angeles College of Music. His sons Jeff, Mike and Steve were in Toto and great musicians in their own right) – b. 1930 – d. 7/6/2020
Otis Rush (Blues guitarist/vocalist) – b. 1934 – d. 9/29/18
Klaus Voormann (Artist, designed the cover for The Beatles ‘Revolver’ album. A friend of The Beatles during their Hamburg residency, Voorman later joins the Plastic Ono Band and backs John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Also played with Manfred Mann, Badfinger, Harry Nilsson, Carly Simon, many others) – 83
Tommy James (Shondells, solo) – 74
Joel Larson (The Grass Roots, Gene Clark Group, The Turtles, The Merry-Go-Round, Lee Michaels) –
Mark Kendall (Dante Fox, Great White) – 64
Greg Christian‬ (Testament‬) – 55
Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) – 48

April 30
Wayne Kramer (MC5, Air-Raid, Mudhoney, The Gun Club, Pere Ubu, solo) – 73
Bob “Willard” Henke (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, Goose Creek Symphony) – 70
Paulo ‘Destructor’ Xisto Pinto, Jr (Sepultura) – 52
Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down) – 50
J.R. Richards (Dishwalla, solo) – 49

Today in Rock History
April 1
1877: Thomas Edison devises a telephone design that becomes the basis for his later claim to the invention of the microphone.
1955: 29-year-old George Martin, became the head of A&R for EMI’s Parlophone label. In a career that spanned more than six decades, the future Beatles’ producer, is considered one of the greatest record producers of all time, with 30 number-one singles in the UK and 23 in the US.
1955: Elvis Presley releases his 4th single ‘Baby, Let’s Play House’ backed with ‘I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone.’
1956: Elvis Presley does a screen test in Hollywood, a scene from ‘The Rainmaker.’ Elvis gets a three-picture deal from Paramount out of it. He ends up starring in 31 movies.
1956: Little Richard and Fats Domino are on the ‘Rhythm and Blues of 1956’ tour. It kicks off in Richmond, VA, and winds up in Canada.
1957: After being rejected by no less than 30 labels, the Everly Brothers’ ‘Bye Bye Love’ is released on Cadence Records. It hits #2 on the pop chart and tops the Country & Western chart.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis’ third Top 10 single, ‘Breathless,’ peaks at #7.
1959: Freddy Cannon releases ‘Tallahassee Lassie,’ which becomes his first hit. The song is later covered by The Rolling Stones.
1961: Rock and roll singer Troy Shondell releases his sole hit, ‘This Time.’
1961: The Beatles began a three-month residency at The Top Ten Club in Hamburg, playing 92 straight nights. The group played for seven hours a night on weekdays and eight hours at weekends with a fifteen-minute break every hour. It was during this visit that Astrid Kirchherr cut Stuart Sutcliffe’s hair into the style destined to become known as the “Beatle haircut” which The Beatles later adopted themselves.
1964: John Lennon was reunited with his absentee father, Fred.
1965: The Rolling Stones release their 3rd American studio album, ‘The Rolling Stones, Now!,’ including the hit ‘Heart Of Stone.’
1965: The Who recorded an appearance for ‘Top Of The Pops’ at the Manchester, UK television studio. The band then played a gig supporting Donovan at The Town Hall in Wembley, with Rod Stewart & the Soul Agents appearing at the bottom of the bill.
1966: The Who and The Yardbirds appear together in a live French edition of ‘Ready, Steady GO!’ called, appropriately, ‘Ready, Steady, Allez!’ According to producer Vicki Wickham, both groups run out of the studio and into the alley at the end of the show. The cameras chase them only to catch the bands urinating against a wall. The same night The Who perform at La Locomotive Club in Paris, compèred by Ronnie Bird who will soon release ‘Ne t’en fais pas pour Ronnie,’ a French-language re-write of ‘A Legal Matter.’ The show is broadcast on Radio Luxembourg.
1966: David Bowie releases his first solo single, ‘Do Anything You Say.’ Bowie had previously recorded as David Jones and The Lower Third.
1966: The Troggs use 45 minutes of spare studio time to record ‘Wild Thing’ at Regent Sound Studio in London. The raw, simple little tune would climb to #2 in the UK and #1 in the US, selling over a million copies by the following June.
1966: John Lennon bought a copy of Timothy Leary’s ‘The Psychedelic Experience and The Tibetan Book Of The Dead,’ where he read near the beginning of the book’s introduction; “When in doubt, relax, turn off your mind, float downstream,” which captured Lennon’s imagination and became the first line of ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’, (which he recorded 5 days later).
1967: The Beatles recorded the song ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ It was the last they recorded for the album of the same name.
1967: An audience rioted at a Rolling Stones gig in Vienna. 154 fans were arrested.
1967: The Kinks played Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland.
1967: Janis Joplin played the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1967: Pink Floyd played the Birdcage Club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1967: Day Eight of The Who appearing on Murray the K’s ‘Music In The Fifth Dimension’ shows at RKO 59th Street Theater. Pete in conversation with NME’s Keith Altham, “Originally we were supposed to do four numbers, but we complained and said it was impossible to put the act over with only four numbers, so they cut it to two!” Roger: ‘I mean, how can you ever put The Who on stage and say ‘play two songs, work the audience into a frenzy, and smash all your gear!”
1968: Dick Clark appears at a San Francisco concert headlined by the Siegel Schwall Band. He is shilling his new movie, ‘Psych-Out,’ which features Jack Nicholson rocking at the Fillmore West.
1969: After playing on hits for the likes of Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, four session musicians start Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, where they record The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones.
1969: Ambrose Slade (Slade) made their live debut in the UK at Walsall Town Hall in Walsal, England.
1969: The Beach Boys sue their label, Capitol Records, for $2 million in unpaid royalties and for ‘general mismanagement’. They also announce the formation of Brothers Records, distributed by Warner/Reprise Records.
1969: The Atlantic City Pop Festival has Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Little Richard and Joe Cocker on the bill.
1970: 50 musicians recorded the orchestral scores for The Beatles tracks ‘The Long And Winding Road’ and ‘Across The Universe’ for the Phil Spector produced sessions. The bill for the 50 musicians was £1,126 and 5 shillings, ($1,914).
1970: As an April Fool’s joke, John Lennon and Yoko Ono issued a statement to the press that they were having dual sex change operations.
1970: Earls Court in London received over one million postal ticket applications for The Rolling Stones forthcoming six concerts as part of the group’s European tour.
1970: The Joni Mitchell album ‘Ladies Of The Canyon,’ with the songs ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ and ‘The Circle Game’ is released.
1970: The Moody Blues appeared at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, UT.
1970: Ringo Starr goes into the studio to lay down the final drum tracks for the ‘Let It Be’ album. In the studio only with producer Phil Spector, he is the last Beatle to record anything for the group (until he, Paul and George work on ‘The Beatles Anthology’).
1970: The Woodstock movie premieres in Hollywood. It eventually grosses $50 million in the United States and goes on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
1971: John Entwistle releases his and The Who’s first commercial solo record ‘I Believe In Everything’ backed with ‘My Size.’ To promote it he hires a stagecoach with livery to deliver the single to Harlequin Records in London. The stagecoach ends up getting a parking ticket.
1971: Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ is played on the radio for the first time. The song is part of a London concert recording that is broadcast on the BBC’s ‘John Peel Rock Hour.’ Over the ensuing decades it becomes the most played song on the radio.
1971: ‘The Cry of Love’ album goes gold six months after Jimi Hendrix’s death.
1972: Following a successful run as a Country performer, Jerry Lee Lewis returns to Rock n’ Roll with ‘The Killer Rocks On.’
1972: The three-day Mar Y Sol festival in Puerto Rico took place, featuring Rod Stewart, Dr John, The Allman Brothers, The J. Geils Band, Osibisa, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Alice Cooper, The Mahavishnu Orchestra and a then-unknown Billy Joel. Security was simple as the event took place on an island accessible by ticket only.
1973: Roxy Music played the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band played Hara Arena in Dayton, OH. 1973″ Alice Cooper with special guests Flo & Eddie played Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, OH.
1974: KISS played The Agora in Cleveland, OH.
1974: Blue Suede’s ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ is the #1 Billboard hit.
1974: The Who sell out a record 80,000 seats in 60 hours for Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1974: Tom Petty leaves Gainesville, FL, headed for L.A. with a Mudcrutch demo in hand. It soon finds interest from seven record labels & Petty later signed with British record producer Denny Cordell’s label Shelter Records and formed the Heartbreakers.
1975: Journey release their self-titled debut album.
1975: Genesis appeared at Friedrich Ebert Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
1976: The Who return to Boston Garden to make up for the show of March 9th they didn’t finish because of Keith Moon’s collapse. Keith runs around the stage to show he’s in fine shape and Roger Daltrey adds “thanks for waiting for the encore!” John Entwistle, however, has a rougher time. After numerous requests by Roger to “turn down,” John throws his bass onto the stage and tells Roger he can play it. This show is later bootlegged as ‘Behind Blind Eyes.’
1976: AC/DC made their live debut in the UK, playing at The Red Cow in Hammersmith, London.
1976: Rush played the Civic Centre Arena in Ottawa, Canada.
1976: Rush’s classic ‘2112’ album is released. The band’s 4th studio album reached #61 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In a reader’s poll held by Rolling Stone, it came #2 in the list of favorite Prog Rock albums. The Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada, a non-profit Canadian charitable organization dedicated to promoting the preservation of Canada’s audio-visual heritage, has sponsored MasterWorks, which annually recognizes 12 culturally significant Canadian classics from the film, radio, TV and music industries. In 2006, 2112 was one of the albums chosen to be preserved.
1976: Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s house is robbed and over $50,000 of guitars are taken.
1976: Jimmy Buffett released one of his most popular songs,’Margaritaville.’
1976: John Lennon’s father Freddie died of stomach cancer in Brighton General Hospital at the age of 63. Just days before, after being told of his father’s condition, John had sent a huge bouquet of flowers with a card that read “With much love from John, Yoko and Sean.”
1976: The Buzzcocks played their debut live gig when the appeared at Bolton Institute Of Technology. The power was turned off after three numbers.
1976: Uriah Heep, the Outlaws and Skyhooks played Hara Arena in Dayton, OH. 1977: Elvis Presley is admitted to a Memphis hospital suffering from fatigue and intestinal flu (he stays there for six days).
1978: The Philadelphia Fury, the soccer team co-owned by Mick Jagger, Peter Frampton, Paul Simon & Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman played their first game against the Washington Diplomats at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. The Fury lost 3-0.
1978: Eric Clapton peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Lay Down Sally’ which was Clapton’s second top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1978: Billboard’s Hot 100 inludes Angel’s ‘Ain’t Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore’ at #89 & John Travolta/Olivia Newton John’s ‘You’re The One That I Want’ at #65 (debuts), KISS’ ‘Rocket Ride’ at #48, Billy Joel’s ‘Just The Way You Are’ at #16 and Kansas’ ‘Dust In The Wind’ at #10. ‬
1978: Elvis Costello and The Attractions appeared at The Bracknell Sports Centre in Berkshire, England. 1978: Journey with special guests Montrose & Van Halen played Kiel Opera House in St. Louis, MO.
1979: The Who released their album ‘The Kids Are Alright.’ 1979: Angel with special guests Molly Hatchet played Morris Civic Auditorium in South Bend, IN.
1980: Iron Maiden perform their first major headline gig at the Rainbow in London. The Tygers Of Pan Tang open select dates.
1980: ZZ Top played Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY.
1981: John Lennon’s ‘Woman’ goes gold. It’s the 3rd Top 10 single from ‘Double Fantasy.’ The other two are ‘Starting Over’ and ‘Watching The Wheels.’
1981: The Go Go’s sign with IRS Records.
1982: Aldo Nova released his self-titled debut album.
1983: Ratt play the Roxy in West Holywood, CA. 1983: Billy Squier and Def Leppard played UIC Pavillion in Chicago, IL. 1983: Ozzy Osbourne with special guests Vandenberg played the Centrum in Worcester, MA.
1983: Kirk Hammett joins Metallica after Dave Mustaine is let go. 1984: Ozzy Osbourne with special guests Ratt played San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1985: Rolling Stone Magazine declares U2 “The Band of the Eighties.”
1985: Slayer‬ appeared at Slipped Disc Records in ‪NYC‬ for a meet and greet to promote the album ‘Hell Await.’
1985: David Lee Roth officially leaves Van Halen to start a solo career. Roth later reconsiders and joins Van Halen briefly in 1996 and in 2000, before re-joining permanently in 2006. 1985: George Thorogood & the Destroyers played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1986: Bruce Hornsby and the Range release ‘The Way It Is,’ an album that would produce four hits (including the title track) and be certified multi-platinum.
1986: Saxon & Armored Saint played The Oasis in Sacramento, CA.
1989: The Bangles’ ballad ‘Eternal Flame’ is the #1 song in the U.S.
1989: Living Colour are the musical guests on Saturday Night Live, performing ‘Cult of Personality’ and ‘Open Letter to a Landlord.’ 1989: Bon Jovi with special guests Skid Row played The Mecca in Milwaukee, WI.
1991: The Rolling Stones release ‘Flashpoint,’ a live album recorded throughout their ‘Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle’ Tour.
1992: Billy Idol pleads no contest to charges of misdemeanor assault and battery and is fined $2,000. The incident happened in October of 1991, when Idol ended up in a car with two women and allegedly punched one of them.
1992: Nigel Preston dies of a heroin overdose. He was 28. Preston was the drummer and founding member of the Cult, who missed the filming of the video ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ because he had been booked for armed robbery the previous evening.
1992: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ is their first certified platinum album.
1992: Nirvana’s classic single, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ goes platinum.
1993: Neil Young, David Crosby, Kenny Loggins and the Wilson sisters were among the performers at a pro-environment rally in Portland, OR. Thousands of people listened in the rain.
1993: Melissa Etheridge appears at the ‘March On Washington’ event in the nation’s capital.
1994: Kurt Cobain jumps a six foot wall at a rehab center in Marina del Rey and returns to Seattle. He kills himself four days later.
1995: A former Led Zeppelin fan was arrested for trying to stab Jimmy Page at a Page & Plant concert.
1999: Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer and Rhythm & Blues Hall of Famer Jesse Stone dies in Altamonte Springs, Fla. He is 97. Stone, one of the founders of Atlantic Records, helped define the rock sound through his work as writer and arranger of such seminal hits as Big Joe Turner’s ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll.’
2000: Carlos Santana earns his second #1 single with ‘Maria, Maria’ from his ‘Supernatural’ album. It had a nione week run at #1.
2000: Ted Nugent, opening for KISS, tells the Houston audience, “If you’re not gonna speak English, get the f**k out of America.” This anti-Latino rant gets a Nugent show slated for next August canceled.
2002: Paul McCartney kicked off the first leg of his 19 date ‘Driving USA’ North American tour at The Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA. While promoting his ‘Driving Rain’ album, McCartney also performs Wings and Beatles classics. It’s the highest grossing tour of the year taking in more than $100 million.
2003: Pearl Jam kicked off their first North American tour in three years at Denver’s Pepsi Center. During the show, Eddie Vedder took a George W. Bush mask and impaled it with his microphone stand during the song ‘Bu$hleaguer’ which caused some fans to walk out..
2003: As an April Fool’s gag, Bruce Springsteen Web site,, reported that “The Boss” would take part in a Bruceapalooza show with Cream’s Jack Bruce, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson and Bruce Cockburn.
2003: White Stripes release their 4th album, ‘Elephant.’
2004: Paul Atkinson dies of liver and kidney disease. He was 58. Atkinson was the guitarist in the Zombies and a successful A&R rep who received the President’s Merit Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for his work. He worked for Columbia and RCA discovering and signed such bands as ABBA, Bruce Hornsby, Mr. Mister, Judas Priest, and Michael Penn.
2005: During the first leg of their ‘Vertigo’ World tour, U2 performed at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA., with Kings Of Leon as the opening act. By the end of the 131 date tour, 4,619,021 tickets had been sold with a total gross of $389 million.
2005: ‘Rockin’ The Corps,’ a show for an audience of more than 25,000 military personnel and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station in Oceanside, CA, features Godsmack, KISS and Ted Nugent. The concert celebrates the return of armed forces from overseas (Iraq, Afghanistan and other nations).
2005: A fan site claims Maynard James Keenan is abandoning Tool “for the time being, if not entirely” due to a religious conversion.
2006: Rare memorabilia from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, and Van Halen is auctioned to benefit the cancer-treatment center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
2006: A Buckcherry episode of DirecTV’s ‘CD USA’ airs.
2006: Spin magazine publishes a review of the Guns N’ Roses album ‘Chinese Democracy,’ which Axl Rose and his gang have been working on since 1994. It’s an April Fool, and the album isn’t released until 2008.
2006: Concert tickets are auctioned off to benefit Music Rising, the instrument-replacement initiative co-founded by U2’s the Edge. Tickets are for shows by Nine Inch Nails, Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar and Queensryche.
2007: Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, Steven Tyler, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, and Robert Plant appear in public-service announcements on VH1 Classic as part of Autism Awareness Month.
2007: REO Speedwagon sing the national anthem at the opening-day baseball game in St. Louis, as the Cardinals take on the New York Mets.
2007: Neil Young, Rush, Three Days Grace and Red Hot Chili Peppers compete for trophies at the 2007 Juno Awards, Canada’s top music honors. They all come up empty.
2007: The Hammersmith Palais in London, subject of The Clash song ‘(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais,’ hosts its last concert – a gig by The Fall.
2008: The last televised interview granted by John Lennon is released on DVD. The two-disc set, titled ‘The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder: John, Paul, Tom and Ringo,’ features a 1975 Lennon interview plus Snyder’s chats with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney and videos by Starr and Wings.
2008: R.E.M. release ‘Accelerate.’ “I feel like there’s a confidence in the material, and a communication between the three (band members) that hasn’t been there for some time,” says frontman Michael Stipe. As for the album’s relevance, Stipe adds, “There’s a line in one of the (album’s) songs where this guy feels like one of his feet is nailed to (a car’s) floorboard. I feel like, as a culture, that’s where we are right now.”
2008: The Rolling Stones release ‘Shine A Light,’ the soundtrack to their concert film of the same name, directed by Martin Scorsese.
2008: Theory Of A Deadman release their 3rd full-length studio album ‘Scars & Souvenirs.’ It peaked at number 36 on the Billboard chart and was certified platinum. 2008: Sevendust released their 7th studio album, ‘Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow.’
2008: It’s Cheap Trick Day in Illinois. Guitarist Rick Nielsen and drummer Bun E. Carlos attend a news conference celebrating the event in the band’s hometown of Rockford, IL. It was declared in June the previous year that April 1st of every year would be Cheap Trick Day.
2008: Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger is found guilty of drunken driving in a Canadian court. The conviction stems from an early-morning June 2006 traffic stop in Surrey, British Columbia. Kroeger’s blood-alcohol level tested at nearly twice the legal limit when he was pulled over for speeding in his Lamborghini.
2008: Scott Weiland officially leaves Velvet Revolver. “This band is all about its fans and its music and Weiland isn’t 100 percent committed to either,” says guitarist Slash in a statement. “Among other things, his increasingly erratic onstage behavior and personal problems have forced us to move on.” On the same day, STP reveal plans for an extensive reunion tour.
2008: Sevendust release their 7th studio effort, ‘Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow,’ with the lead single ‘Prodigal Son.’ They also kick off a U.S. tour that starts in Port St. Lucie, FL. Saliva opens on most dates with Black Stone Cherry playing the remainder.
2008: Candlebox release their live album, ‘Alive In Seattle.’
2009: ‘The Imagine A Better World’ collection, a line of ecologically friendly plush toys based on sketches John Lennon made for his son Sean, are available. The collection includes stuffed elephants, rhinoceroses and giraffes made from organic terry cloth, natural corn fibers and other ‘green’ fabrics.
2009: Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band launch their tour in support of the ‘Working On A Dream’ album in San Jose, CA.
2009: The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame (in Cleveland) unveils a Bruce Springsteen exhibit titled ‘From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen.’
2009: Carlos Santana announced that he has been booked to perform about 36 concerts per year at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The show was to be called ‘The Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits.’
2010: ‘Kings Of Leon: Sex On Fire’ is in bookstores. Written by Michael Heatley, the biography uses ‘insider accounts’ to tell the band’s story.
2010: Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke reform Bad Company for a U.K. tour. Birmingham is the first stop. “These dates are to thank the fans for keeping the music alive,” says Rodgers. “We made great music together and had the time of our lives doing it” adds Ralphs.
2012: KISS are presenters at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. They hand the Vocal Group award to Lady Antebellum. Train frontman Pat Monahan performs a duet of ‘Marry Me’ with Country star Martina McBride as a couple is married on stage.
2012: Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) is “fired” from the TV show Celebrity Apprentice by host/boss Donald Trump. For his brief efforts, Snider nets $325,000 for the March of Dimes.
2012: The Juno Awards are held in Ottawa, Ontario. Nickelback are nominated in four categories but get shut out.
2012: TouchTunes adds The Beatles’ studio albums to its catalog. “It is a privilege to partner with EMI and Apple Corps Ltd. to make available the sound recordings of the most celebrated band of all time,” says Charles Goldstuck, CEO of TouchTunes Interactive Networks.
2013: A signed copy of The Beatles’ album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ sold at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions for $290,500 (£191,000). The selling price far exceeded the $30,000 (£19,700) originally estimated for the rare LP record. The UK Parlophone copy of the album included a high gloss cover and vinyl gatefold sleeve.
2013: ‘Sempiternal,’ by Bring Me The Horizon, is released. The title is common parlance for either an infinite or an indeterminately long period of time.
2014: Lacuna Coil’s ‘Broken Crown Halo’ album is released. It’s the last album to feature drummer Cristiano ‘Criz’ Mozzati and guitarist Cristiano ‘Pizza’ Migliore, who left just weeks earlier.
2014: Chevelle release their 7th album, ‘La Gargola.’
2014: Recordings by U2, (‘The Joshua Tree’), the Everly Brothers, (‘Cathy’s Clown’), Jeff Buckley, (‘Hallelujah’), Linda Ronstadt, (‘Heart Like a Wheel’) and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s(‘Fortunate Son’) were among those newly selected for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
2015: Cynthia Lennon [née Powell] dies of cancer in Mallorca, Spain. She was 75. Cynthia was the first wife of John Lennon, and Julian Lennon’s mother. The couple, who met just before Beatlemania swept the music world, divorced in 1968 after Cynthia discovered her husband’s affair with Japanese artist Yoko Ono.
2016: Weezer release their 10th studio album. The eponymous LP is referred to as ‘The White Album.’
2016: Black Stone Cherry release their 5th studio album ‘Kentucky.’
2016: Cheap Trick released their 17th studio album, ‘Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello.’
2016: Aviva Maloney, who played in The Monkees’ back-up band for nearly twenty years, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Warner Music Group. She claimed she later found out that the reason she was let go was because she didn’t look good on stage.
2016: Singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, from Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Appetite For Destruction’-era lineup, perform together for the first time in nearly twenty-six years at the Troubadour in L.A. The show is billed as “Not In This Lifetime,” quoting what Rose once said regarding a possible classic GN’R lineup reunion.
2017: ‘Guns N’ Roses FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Bad Boys of Sunset Strip’ is released. The book tells the story of how the band “unleashed their debut album upon the atrophied and decadent Rock charts of Reagan’s America.”
2017: After months of uncertainty and controversy, Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature at a jovial, champagne-laced ceremony. The academy, which awards the coveted prize, ended prolonged speculation as to whether the 75-year-old troubadour would use a concert stopover in Stockholm to accept the gold medal and diploma awarded to him back in October.

April 2
1955: Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), Slim Whitman, Hoot and Curley, Johnny Horton, Tibby Edwards and Floyd Cramer all appeared at the Louisiana Hayride broadcast from Shreveport Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, and shown on KWKH Television.
1957: Elvis Presley played two concerts before 23,000 people at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Presley performed outside the US only four times in his career – the two concerts in Toronto, one the next night in Ottawa and a later performance in Vancouver.
1964: The Beach Boys record the instrumental track for ‘I Get Around’ at United Western Recorders in Hollywood. It becomes their first US #1 single by the following July, selling nearly two million copies.
1964: The Beatles had their fourth UK #1 single with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’ With advanced sales of over 2.1 million, it holds the record for the greatest advanced orders for a single in the UK.
1965: The Who made their first radio appearance on the UK BBC’s ‘Joe Loss Pop Show.’
1965: The UK music show ‘Ready Steady Go!’ takes on a temporary name change to ‘Ready Steady Goes Live!’ Acts would now perform their songs live instead of miming to their records. The series ran until December 23rd, 1966, with the last show being titled ‘Ready Steady Goes!’
1966: The Who ‘Substitute’ b/w ‘Waltz For A Pig’ 45 single is released.
1966: Bob Dylan ‘Rainy Day Women #12 And 35’ b/w ‘Pledging My Time’ 45 single is released.
1966: A charity concert for the Braille Institute of America took place at The Hollywood Bowl featuring Jan and Dean, Sonny & Cher, The Mamas And The Papas, The Turtles, Otis Redding, Donovan and Bob Lind.
1967: An 18 year old Steve Winwood officially leaves the Spencer Davis Group to form the band Traffic with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. Winwood had been with Spencer Davis since he was 15.
1967: An overzealous audience member throws a smoke bomb onto the stage at The Rolling Stones concert at the Town Hall in Vienna, Austria, leading to a riot and the arrest of 154 fans.
1967: The Beatles are photographed with a photo collage and wax figures from Madame Tussaud’s museum for the cover artwork of their soon to be released ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album at Chelsea Manor Studios in London. Before the album sleeve is printed, figures of Adolf Hitler and Jesus Christ were removed.
1967: The last day of Murray the K’s ‘Music In The Fifth Dimension’ shows from the RKO 58th Street Theater in New York City. It’s the final day and The Who and the other bands just can’t wait to go home. For the last and final show The Who and Cream planned to have an egg-and-flour fight on stage but Murray the K heard about it and threatened not to pay them if they went ahead with it. So instead they had a food fight in the dressing room which was left in a complete mess and flooded after Pete Townshend left a shower running.
1968: Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company, as her band was being billed, played The New Generation in New York.
1968: Jimi Hendrix played the Paul Suave Arena in Montreal, Canada.
1968: The Byrds ‘You Ain’t Going Nowhere’ b/w ‘Artificial Energy’ 45 single is released. The song was written by Bob Dylan in 1967 in Woodstock, New York, during the self-imposed exile from public appearances that followed his July 29, 1966, motorcycle accident. The Byrds recorded a version of the song in 1968 and issued it as a single. The Byrds’ version is notable for being the first commercial release of the song, predating Dylan’s own version by three years; a later cover by Byrds members Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman reached the top 10 of the Hot Country Songs charts in 1989. It reached #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #45 on the UK Singles Chart.
1969: Bruce Springsteen’s new group Child made their live debut at the Pandemonium Club in Wanamassa, NJ.
1970: Phil Spector completed final editing and mixing for The Beatles ‘Let It Be’ album, 16 months after the ‘Get Back’ project had begun.
1970: Janis Joplin get tattoos on her wrist and heart, the one on her chest reading “One For The Boys.”
1971: Janis Joplin was at #1 on the US album charts with the posthumously released ‘Pearl.’ The album features the #1 hit ‘Me and Bobby McGee,’ written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster on which she played acoustic guitar.
1971: Rod Stewart begins recording his third solo album, ‘Every Picture Tells A Story.’ The album, which contains the hit ‘Maggie May,’ is Stewart’s breakthrough effort. 1971: Mountain, Black Sabbath & Humble Pie played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1971: Ringo Starr releases his best solo effort and biggest chart success, ‘It Don’t Come Easy.’ The track was written by Ringo and produced by George Harrison. It climbs to #4 in both the US and the UK and was the first of ten Billboard Top 40 hits he will enjoy over the next ten years.
1973: The Beatles ‘1962-1966’ and ‘1967-1970’ albums are released. Fans call them “the red album” and “the blue album.” 1962-1966: Reached #3 on both the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and on the UK Albums chart. 1967-1970: It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart.
1973: The Grateful Dead played the Boston Garden in Boston, MA. 1973: Alice Cooper with special guests Flo & Eddie played the Convention Center in Louisville, KY.
1973: Led Zeppelin played the Centre Sportif on the Ile de Vannes in Paris.
1974: Queen played Barbarella in Birmingham, England.
1975: Genesis played Killesberghalle in Stuttgart, Germany.
1975: Bad Company release their 2nd studio album, ‘Straight Shooter.’
1975: KISS released their 5th single, ‘Rock and Roll All Nite.’ 1976: Uriah Heep played the Memorial Field House in Huntington, WV. Sole support was provided by Skyhooks as Wet Willie was a no-show.
1976: Robin Trower played the Capital Centre in Landover, MD. 1976: Chicago played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA. 1976: Mountain, Black Sabbath & Fleetwood Mac played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1977: Fleetwood Mac went to #1 on the US album chart with ‘Rumours,’ less than two months following its release. The album stays on the chart for over a year-and-a-half. Along with winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, the record has sold over 45 million copies worldwide. Also on this day Fleetwood Mac kicked off a 7-date UK tour at the Odeon in Birmingham, England.
1977: Kansas reached the top 5 of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time as ‘Leftoverture’ peaked at #5 where it stayed for four weeks.
1977: Wings peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with a live rendition of Paul McCartney’s ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ which was their eleventh top 10 single in the U.S.
1977: Billboard’s Hot 100 inludes KISS’ ‘Calling Dr. Love’ at #48, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go Your Own Way’ at #29, The Electric Light Orchestra’s ‘Do Ya’ at #24, Kansas’ ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ at #11, Wings’ ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ at #10, The Eagles’ ‘Hotel California at #8, and Hall & Oates’ ‘Rich Girl’ at #1‬.
1978: Cheap Trick performs at Tokyo’s Budokan Hall with the album recorded, ‘Live At Budokan” eventually selling over three million copies. It’s Cheap Trick’s best seller.
1978: KISS release their greatest hits album, ‘Double Platinum.’ 1978: Blue Oyster Cult with special guests Angel & The Godz played Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. 1980: Humble Pie, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, Angel & Mother’s Finest all played The First Annual Rock & Roll Marathon at Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI. 1982: J. Geils Band with Johnny And The Distractions played The Alladin Theatre in Las Vegas, NV. 1983: Y&T played The Country Club in Reseda, CA. 1983: Billy Squier and Def Leppard played Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN.
1983: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Final Cut’ tops the U.K. album chart. It cracks the Top 10 in the U.S., peaking at #6.
1983: U2’s ‘War’ album hits the US LP charts.
1987: U2’s 5th studio album, “The Joshua Tree,” makes its debut at #7 on the U.S. album chart.
1987: U2 kicked off their 29-date North American ‘Joshua Tree’ tour at Arizona State Activity Center.
1987: One of the greatest jazz drummers of all time, Buddy Rich died aged 69 due to complications caused by a brain tumor. Rich worked with many acts including, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey’s band, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson. Rush’s Neil Peart organized a pair of 90s tribute albums (titled Burning for Buddy), which also featured the work of Kenny Aronoff, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Max Roach, Steve Smith and Matt Sorum. 1988: KISS and Anthrax played Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Las Vegas in Nevada.
1990: Nirvana went into Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin and started work on demo versions of ‘In Bloom’, ‘Dive’, ‘Lithium’, ‘Pay To Play’, ‘Imodium’, ‘Sappy’ and ‘Polly’ with Butch Vig producing.
1990: Eric Clapton was fined £300 with £10 costs by Walton-on-Thames Magistrates court, after being booked for speeding at 105 mph. Clapton was also banned from driving for three months. 1990: Rush with special guests Mr. Big played the first of two nights at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA.
1991: White Lion’s 4th studio album, ‘Mane Attraction’ is released.
1991: Lenny Kravitz releases his ‘Mama Said’ album. It brings him international acclaim with a #8 spot on the UK Albums Chart and #39 in the US. 1991: Pantera released their first home video ‘Cowboys From Hell: The Videos.’
1992: Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is certified platinum by the record industry.
1993: The London press announces that the son of Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman is engaged to the mother of Bill’s ex-wife Mandy Smith. The engagement is called off a few months later.
1993: Savatage release their 7th album, ‘Edge of Thorns.’
1993: Testament released their 2nd EP, ‘Return to the Apocalyptic City.’
1994: KISS play Chicago’s Blazefest at The Odeum in Villa Park, IL.
1997: Joni Mitchell is reunited with Kilauren Gibb, the daughter she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier.
1999: The Black Crowes played a concert in Knoxville, Tennessee. Joshua Harmon, a teenager sitting in the second row sued the band a year later for $5,000 claiming significant hearing loss.
2001: Journey released their 11th studio album, ‘Arrival.’ 2001: Rammstien released their 3rd studio album, ‘Mutter.’
2003: Singer Edwin Starr died at his British home in Nottingham aged 61. Formed The Future Tones in 1957, had the 1970 US #1 and UK #3 anti-Vietnam War protest song ‘War.’ According to Starr, the song was recorded in one take.
2004: Paul Atkinson, guitarist for The Zombies, lost his battle with liver and kidney disease. He was just 58.
2005: Green Day is named Favorite Music Group at the 18th annual Kids Choice Awards. The event is held in Los Angeles and broadcast on Nickelodeon.
2006: Bryan Adams gets into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The formal presentation is during the Juno Awards
2006: A John Lennon schoolbook containing the 12-year-old’s drawing of Lewis Carroll’s poem The Walrus and the Carpenter was sold at auction for $239,733. The poem inspired Lennon to write The Beatles’ 1967 song ‘I Am the Walrus.’ Also sold for $22,741, was a ship’s log book written by Lennon during a stormy trip to Bermuda in 1980, and a letter from Paul McCartney to his bandmates Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr failed to reach its $94,742 reserve price.
2006: Ex-Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Queen’s Brian May, Alice Cooper, Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood and the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde donate footwear to an online auction to benefit the Mines Advisory Group. The organization helps clear land mines.
2006: Foo Fighters perform during the ‘Election Day (Part 1)’ episode of the NBC political drama ‘The West Wing.’ The group also appears on the show a week later.
2006: The Rolling Stones play the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
2006: KISS bassist-singer Gene Simmons is the grand marshal of the Honda Grand Prix auto race in St. Petersburg, FL. He gets to wave the checkered flag at the IndyCar event.
2006: Green Day receive the Favorite Music Group honor for the second year in a row at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
2007: Linkin Park issue the first single, ‘What I’ve Done,’ from their 3rd studio album, ‘Minutes To Midnight.’
2007: Canada’s MuchMusic cable network broadcasts Behind The Pain, a documentary chronicling Three Days Grace singer Adam Gontier’s battle with addiction to painkillers. “The whole message behind it is that there is hope,” says Gontier.
2008: The Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones film ‘Shine A Light’ hits theaters as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jack White hit Rolling Stone’s cover.
2009: Ace Frehley performs at the grand opening of the Hard Rock Cafe in Yankee Stadium. He plays his solo hit ‘New York Groove’ during the private event.
2010: Two men received minor injuries and a third suffered a broken leg when part of the stage being set up for a concert by Elton John at the Chichen Itza ruins in Mexico collapsed during construction.
2011: The U.S. Festival makes its overseas debut at O’Higgins Park in Santiago, Chile. The two day event features headliners Jane’s Addiction and the Killers, plus 30 Seconds To Mars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Deftones.
2011: Robbie Robertson is inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in Toronto. Robertson has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
2011: For the first time since 1982, Sir Elton John appears on the Saturday Night Live. He’s the host and musical guest, along with Leon Russell, his collaborator on the 2010 album ‘The Union.’
2012: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson appears at the Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert at the London Palladium. Dickinson joins Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, Cream/Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker and the Buddy Rich Orchestra in paying tribute to the Jazz drummer and bandleader.
2012: U2’s Bono and the Edge announce that they are investors in the file-hosting service Dropbox, a service that provides users with online file storage designed to be a tool of collaboration.
2012: Slayer’s ‘Reign In Blood’ wine, named after their 1986 album, is available in Sweden and online. The Cabernet Sauvignon is made in California.
2012: ‘Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone’ is in bookstores. Ramone (John Cummings), one of the founding members of the legendary New York City-based Punk band the Ramones, died of prostate cancer in ’04. “Johnny’s legacy to him was so important, even while he was sick,” says Ramone’s widow Linda. “It was like he knew he was dying, and he wanted to do something.”
2013: A decade after its physical release, the stripped-down, Phil Spector-free version of The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ made its debut on iTunes.
2013: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora exits the band’s tour to deal with “personal issues.”
2013: ‘In Your Dreams,’ a documentary about Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks, is screened in over 50 North American theaters. The flick tracks Nicks as she records the album of the same name.
2013: Late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott is named the second greatest Australian singer of all-time in a Herald Sun newspaper survey. Pop singer John Farnham tops the list.
2013: Rush frontman Geddy Lee, a long-time Toronto Blue Jays fan, throws out the first pitch at the Jays home opener.
2013: A grand piano used in the Motown Records studios was fully restored and put on display at a museum dedicated to the legendary record label in Detroit. Sir Paul McCartney helped fund the restoration of the 1877 Steinway, which was originally in Motown’s Studio B. and was used to create hits for names including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Edwin Starr.
2013: Killswitch Engage release ‘Disarm The Descent,’ their 6th studio album but first since the departure of singer Howard Jones and the reuniting with the group’s original vocalist Jesse Leach (last heard on ’02’s ‘Alive Or Just Breathing’). “From the music, to the lyrics, to the artwork, we are all proud of what we have accomplished,” says Leach.
2014: William Brockie, the father of late Gwar frontman Dave Brockie (stage name Oderus Urungus), sues the band for allegedly holding onto his son’s musical equipment, artwork and ashes. He also seeks $1 million in compensatory damages plus punitive damages for a supposed breach of contract and the unauthorized use of Brockie’s image. The group denies all charges in a statement. Brockie died from a heroin overdose in March of 2014.
2014: Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) is among the musicians teaching an online Stanford University music courses. The classes help students understand music as a “tool for unlocking creative potential.”
2014: Recordings by U2 (‘The Joshua Tree’), the Everly Brothers (‘Cathy’s Clown’), Jeff Buckley (‘Hallelujah’), Linda Ronstadt (‘Heart Like a Wheel’) and Creedence Clearwater Revival (‘Fortunate Son’) were among those newly selected for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
2015: Panic! At The Disco announce that founding member Spencer Smith has officially left. The drummer was on hiatus since ’13 to treat his addictions.
2015: Brazilian guitarist ‪Kiko Loureiro‬ officially joined ‎Megadeth‬. He replaces Chris Broderick who split the previous November.
2017: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, a major Chicago Cubs fan, appears in a Major League Baseball commercial featuring the Cubs sluggers Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.
2017: Dave Mustaine’s vineyards pick up the Platinum Award/Best in Show at the San Diego International Wine Competition. The Megadeth frontman names each of his wines after one of his songs.
2018: Jack White’s ‘Boarding House Reach’ is #1 on the Billboard 200. It’s his 3rd consecutive chart-topping record as a solo artist.

April 3
1956: Elvis Presley appears on The Milton Berle Show live from the flight deck of the USS Hancock. He earns $5,000 and performs ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and ‘Blue Suede Shoes.’ It’s estimated that one out of every four Americans sees the show.
1959: The BBC bans The Coasters’ song ‘Charlie Brown’ because of the word “spitball.” Two weeks later they would change their decision and start to play the single, which rose to #6 on the UK chart.
1960: Elvis Presley enters a Nashville studio where he records ‘It’s Now Or Never’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight?’.
1960: The Everly Brothers kick off their first U.K. tour in London, where they were supported by The Crickets.
1963: Elvis Presley’s ‘It Happened At The World’s Fair’ movie opens in Los Angeles (it opens nationally a week later).
1964: Bob Dylan made his first entry on the UK charts with ‘The Times They Are A-Changin,’ which would reach #9. In 2004 the song was ranked #59 on Rolling Stone’s list of the ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’.
1965: Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs release their garage classic ‘Wooly Bully.’
1966: Pink Floyd perform at The Marquee Club in London.
1966, Peter Tork opened a solo stint in Hollywood at The Troubadour. Tork had already auditioned for The Monkees, who he will join later in the year.
1967: The Who are in Pye No. 2 Studio in England to record their new single, another Pete Townshend composition called ‘Pictures of Lily’ which Pete had written one night in his girlfriend Karen Astley’s flat in Eccleston Square, Victoria, London. Also put on tape this day was John’s composition ‘Doctor Doctor’ which became the B-side. The session was produced by Kit Lambert with Alan McKenzie as engineer.
1967: Working on The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album at Abbey Road studios in London, George Harrison recorded his lead vocal on his song ‘Within You Without You,’ as well as a sitar part, and some acoustic guitar parts.
1968: Simon & Garfunkel’s 4th studio album, ‘Bookends’ is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for seven non-consecutive weeks, with Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Graduate’ soundtrack topping the charts for two weeks in between. Four singles charted:'”A Hazy Shade of Winter,’ ‘At the Zoo,’ ‘Fakin’ It’ and ‘Mrs. Robinson,’ which peaked at #13, #16 and #23 and #1, respectively. In 2003, the album was ranked #233 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1968: Moby Grape’s ‘Wow / Grape Jam’ (2 LPs) is released. It was released as two completely different albums in separate covers but packaged together and sold for the price of a single LP. ‘Grape Jam’ was originally intended to be a free bonus album to be given away with Wow. Each album was later released as an individual CD with bonus tracks. Wow originally had a color gatefold sleeve, while Grape Jam had a color non-gatefold cover. This was Moby Grape’s highest charting release in the U.S., peaking at #20 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
1969: The Doors’ Jim Morrison turns himself in to the FBI in Los Angeles. He is charged with inter-state flight to avoid prosecution on six charges of lewd behavior and public exposure at a concert in Miami on March 2nd, 1969. He is later released on $2000 bail. 1969: Blood, Sweat & Tears and Ten Years After played Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY.
1971: Tom Waits appeared at the Heritage Coffee House in San Diego, CA.
1972: Puerto Rico’s Mar y Sol Festival ends, having run out of its already meager supply of food. Hundreds of Americans who flew to Puerto Rico to see Emerson, Lake & Palmer are stranded at the San Juan airport. 1972: Deep Purple with special guests Buddy Miles & Nazareth played the Convention Center in Louisville, KY.
1973: A artistic photo of Alice Cooper and kindred spirit, ‘soft watch’ painter Salvador Dali, is hung in the Knoedler Gallery in New York.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd record their classic ‘Free Bird’ (often written as ‘Freebird’) at Studio One in Doraville, GA. The song comes out six months later.
1975: Steve Miller was charged with setting fire to the clothes of a friend, Benita Diorio. When police arrived at Miller’s house, Diorio was putting out the flames, Miller then got into a fight with some of the policemen and was charged with resisting arrest.
1976: Aerosmith’s self-titled debut album peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, two and a half years after its initial release when it peaked at #166.
1976: David Bowie peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Golden Years’ which was Bowie’s second top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: A then-unknown Sex Pistols opened for The 101’ers at The Nashville Rooms in London. The 101ers were a pub rock band, notable as being the band that Joe Strummer left to join The Clash. 1976: Bachman-Turner Overdrive with special guests Wishbone Ash played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1978: The ‘FM’ soundtrack is released with songs by Tom Petty, Steely Dan and a Linda Ronstadt version of ‘Tumbling Dice.’
1978: B.B. King and lawyer F. Lee Bailey, chairmen of the Foundation for the Advancement of Inmate Rehabilitation and Recreation, visit Boston’s Norfolk Prison. King performs for the cons.
1979: The ‘Van Halen II’ album is released and goes gold. The group spent eighteen days recording their debut but only six for their sophomore effort.
1981: The Elvis Presley documentary movie ‘This Is Elvis’ (with Ral Donner narrating) premieres in Memphis.
1982: Motorhead released their 10th single, ‘Iron Fist.’ This is the last single featuring the classic Motörhead line-up of Lemmy, “Fast” Eddie Clarke and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor.‬ 1982: J. Geils Band with Johnny And The Distractions played the University of California Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, CA.
1983: Danny Rapp (Danny & the Juniors) dies at age 41 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He’s discovered in a hotel room in Quartzsite, Arizona.
1983: After completing a 29-date UK tour, U2 appeared on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’ performing their latest single ‘Two Hearts Beat As One.’ 1983: KISS with special guests Motley Crue played the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. It was the final American show KISS would play in makeup for over thirteen years.
1984: Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ is a certified gold record. 1985: Deep Purple with special guests Girlschool (replacing Giuffria) played the Civic Center in St. Paul, MN.
1987: Voivod released their album ‘Killing Technology.’
1988: The Traveling Wilburys record ‘Handle With Care’ in Malibu, FL. The Quintet is comprised of Nelson (George Harrison), Lucky (Bob Dylan), Otis (Jeff Lynn), Charlie (Tom Petty) and Lefty (Roy Orbison). 1988: Whitesnake with special guests Great White played McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, CO.
1989: 23 people were arrested after several thousand fans without tickets tried to crash a Grateful Dead concert at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. “I don’t want those deadenders ever back again,” Mayor Sophie Masloff declares. 1990: Testament, Savatage & Nuclear Assault played The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY.
1991: Paul McCartney recorded his unplugged session for MTV.
1991: U.D.O, released their 4th album, ‘Timebomb.’
1992: Guns N’ Roses & Brian May played Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA. 1992: Bryan Adams with special guests The Storm played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1993: ‘Coverdale/Page,’ a one-off album featuring Whitesnake/Deep Purple singer David Coverdale & Jimmy Page debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The album went on to sell a million copies in the U.S. The track ‘Pride And Joy’enters its 6th & final week at #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.
1994: A forthcoming tour by Nirvana and Hole was cancelled amid continuing speculation about Kurt Cobain’s drug problems.
1995: Scorpions released their 3rd live album, ‘Live Bites.’ It Culled tracks from live shows recorded between 1988 & 1994 in Leningrad, San Francisco, Mexico City, Berlin and Munich.
1998: Dave Navarro announces he is leaving the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
2000: The Black Crowes were sued by Ohio fan Joshua Harmon for $385,000 claiming that Harmon suffered hearing damage after sitting in the second row at a Black Crowes concert the previous April in Knoxville, TN.
2001: W.A.S.P. released the album ‘Unholy Terror.’
2001: Anvil released the album ‘Plenty Of Power.’
2002: Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine announces that due to an injury to his left arm and hand he has decided to exit the band and explore other areas of the music business where he might make a contribution without being able to play his instrument.
2003: Stax records songwriter Homer Banks died aged 61. Wrote ‘I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down,’ recorded by Sam & Dave and a UK hit for Elvis Costello. Rod Stewart, The Emotions, Isaac Hayes, Millie Jackson and Johnny Taylor all covered his songs.
2004: Limp Bizkit cancel their South African tour due to unspecified “personal reasons.”
2005: Green Day and Sum 41 are winners at Canada’s 2005 Juno Awards in Winnipeg. Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ takes home the International Album of the Year trophy, while Sum 41’s ‘Chuck’ claims the Rock Album Of The Year honor.
2005: Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr is arrested in Seattle for “investigation of property destruction and theft” after allegedly pulling a hood ornament off a car. Starr left Alice In Chains in 1993.
2006: ‘The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock’ album is released.
2006: Nickelback wins Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year honors at the Juno Awards. Neil Young is also a two time winner earning the Adult Alternative Album of the Year honor for ‘Prairie Wind,’ and the Producer of the Year trophy for his work on ‘The Painter,’ a song on the CD. Bryan Adams is also inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
2006: U2’s Bono charges Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with exploiting the singer’s image to win support for his re-election campaign. In an editorial that appears in Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper, Bono takes exception to his picture being used in a brochure promoting Berlusconi’s work on behalf of the world’s poorest countries. Bono claims Italy is not doing its share to aid the Third World.
2006: ‘Dani California,’ the first single from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 9th studio album, ‘Stadium Arcadium’ makes its radio premiere when KTBZ/Houston’s Don Jantzen plays the song continuously for his three hour show. The single peaks at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2007: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denied that he snorted the ashes of his late father. Jane Rose, Richards’ manager, told MTV News the remarks were made ‘in jest’, and she could not believe they had been taken seriously. Richards had said in an interview with the NME: ‘He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow.’ But NME interviewer Mark Beaumont was convinced that Richards was not joking when speaking to him about the alleged incident. ‘He did seem to be quite honest about it. There were too many details for him to be making it up,’ he later told BBC news.
2007: Jon Bon Jovi is in Brooklyn to assist in the renovation of an energy-smart condominium complex. The restoration of the low-income housing facility is sponsored by the Force for Global Good initiative launched by Delta Air Lines in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.
2007: World Wide Red Light District agrees to cease distribution of a sex-tape with Ex-Creed frontman Scott Stapp, Kid Rock and four women. Stapp filed an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against adult-film company.
2007: Kings Of Leon’s 3rd studio album ‘Because Of The Times’ is released.
2007: Static-X released their 5th album ‘Cannibal.’ “I think it’s the most Metal record we’ve ever made,” says frontman Wayne Static who co-produced the disc. It features a guest appearance from guitarist John 5 on the title track.
2007: Shadows Fall released their album ‘Threads Of Life.’ The album debuted at #46 on the #Billboard 200 chart. The song ‘Redemption’ received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 50th Grammy Awards.
2007: ‘Black Sabbath: The Dio Years’ retrospective is released. The disc features nine songs from Ronnie James Dio’s ’79-’82 stint and three from the ’92’s ‘Dehumanizer.’ There are also three new tracks and a live song.
2007: The soundtrack to ‘Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten’ is released. It contains Clash and solo Strummer tunes, including a pair of previously unreleased covers of ‘I’m So Bored With the U.S.A.’ (The Clash) and ‘Corrina, Corrina’ (Bob Dylan).
2007: ‘The Rock, Paint, Bid’ online auction to benefit MusiCares begins. Among the items are Guitar Hero II video-game controllers designed by Nickelback, Buckcherry and My Chemical Romance.
2008: The MTV reality show ‘Rock The Cradle’ features the offspring of Eddie Money, the Eagles’ Joe Walsh and the Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston, and the son of Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider. They compete against one another, demonstrating their vocal chops, in eight live weekly competitions.
2009: Metallica released their ‘Broken, Beat & Scarred’ single. The song was their 6th single and was from their 9th studio album, ‘Death Magnetic.’
2010: Guitarist Benji Madden wins a celebrity boxing match. He knocks out former MTV ‘Headbangers Ball’ host Riki Rachtman during a bout at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. “Benji Madden just kicked my ass,” says Rachtman. “I got wasted by the guy in Good Charlotte.”
2011: Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea are the victims of a robbery at their New Jersey home. The thief, later apprehended, reportedly makes off with over $100,000 worth of Dorothea’s jewelry.
2011: Beady Eye, Paul Weller and Primal Scream give a benefit concert at the Brixton O2 Academy in London for victims of the 3/11/11 Japanese earthquake/tsunami. Proceeds go to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.
2012: ‘April Fool,’ the lead single from Patti Smith’s album ‘Banga’ is available on iTunes. The song features Television’s Tom Verlaine.
2012: Elton John and Sting perform at a Carnegie Hall charity benefit for the Rainforest Fund.
2012: KISS bassist Gene Simmons endorses Mitt Romney for president saying, “America is a business and should be run by a businessman.” Then he attends the opening ceremony of his Rock & Brews restaurant chain with a luncheon to benefit the Wounded Warrior program. Simmons presents two severely injured vets with a check for $25,000.
2013: Police in Manchester begin recording attacks on Goths, Emos and Punks as hate crimes following a campaign by the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Lancaster was murdered in ’07 at the age of 20 because she and her boyfriend were wearing Goth clothing.
2013: Whitesnake released their live album, ‘Made In Japan,’ in Japan. It was released at a later date in other territories. It was recorded at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Saitama during the Loud Park Festival.
2014: Arthur Smith, one of postwar country music’s finest guitar pickers, dies at age 93 of natural causes. His 1949 instrumental ‘Guitar Boogie’ was one of the first to showcase the electric guitar and as such had a major influence on the development of rockabilly and rock in general.
2015: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong opens a music store, Broken Guitars, in Oakland, CA.
2015: Robert Burns Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd’s original drummer, was killed in a single car accident in Georgia at the age of 64. His car struck a mailbox and a tree with the front of the vehicle. Burns was the only occupant of the car and was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He played on the band’s first two albums, 1973’s ‘Pronounced ‘Leh-‘nerd ‘Skin-‘nerd’ and 1974’s ‘Second Helping’ before leaving due to the rigors of touring. He rejoined Skynyrd on stage at the band’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony performance in 2006 where he was enshrined alongside his former band mates.
2016: The iHeartRadio Music Awards honor U2 for their contributions to the music industry and social causes with an Innovator Award.
2016: Former Guess Who lead singer Burton Cummings was inducted into The Canadian Music Hall Of Fame as a solo artist during a ceremony at the 2016 Juno Awards in Calgary. The entire band had previously been enshrined in 1987.
2017: Art Of Anarchy, featuring Creed singer Scott Stapp, Disturbed bassist John Moyer and ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, kick off their first headlining tour. The first stop is in Amityville, NY.
2017: David Byrne (Talking Heads) slams President Donald Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate funding for federal arts agencies and initiatives at a rally in New York City.

April 4
1956: Elvis Presley played the first of two nights in San Diego Arena. The local Police chief issued a statement saying if Elvis ever returned to the city and performed like he did, he would be arrested for disorderly conduct.
1960: RCA Victor decides to release all future singles, starting with its next, Elvis Presley’s ‘Stuck On You,’ in both mono and stereo versions.
1963: The Hollies cut test recordings at London’s Abbey Road Studios.
1964: The Beatles held the top five places on the US singles chart, at #5 ‘Please Please Me’, #4 ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, #3, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, #2 ‘Love Me Do’ and at #1 ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’ They also had another nine singles on the chart, bringing their total to fourteen singles on the Hot 100. Billboard magazine wrote, “Just about everyone is tired of Beatles. Disc jockeys are tired of playing the hit group, the writers of trade and consumer publications are tired of writing about them and the manufacturers of products other than Beatles records are tired of hearing about them. Everyone’s tired of the Beatles – except the listening and buying public.” The Beatles also have the #1 and #2 albums, ‘Meet the Beatles’ and ‘Introducing the Beatles.’ Beatles singles also occupy positions #31, #41, #46, #58, #65, #68, and #79. The following week, another two songs would enter the Top 100, giving The Beatles a total of 14 songs on the singles chart.
#31: I Saw Her Standing There (Capitol)
#41: From Me To You (Vee Jay)
#46: Do You Want To Know A Secret (Vee Jay)
#58: All My Loving (Capitol)
#65: You Can’t Do That (Capitol)
#68: Roll Over Beethoven (Capitol)
#79: Thank You Girl (Vee Jay)
There were also two Beatles tribute records on the list: ‘We Love You Beatles’ by The Carefrees at 42, and ‘A Letter To The Beatles’ by The Four Preps at #85. The following week two more Beatles singles entered the chart: ‘There’s A Place’ (#74) and ‘Love Me Do’ (#81).
1964: The Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album.
1964: A court orders The Trashmen of ‘Surfin’ Bird’ fame to pay royalties to Beechwood Music, holder of the copyright for The Rivingtons’ 1962 hit ‘Papa Oom Mow Mow,’ which The Trashmen hit borrows heavily from.
1966: The Who performed at Top Rank Suite in Reading, Berkshire, England.
1967: Paul McCartney advised Beatles publicist and Monterey Pop Festival organizer Derek Taylor that they should book a young guitarist called Jimi Hendrix for their gig.
1967: Jimi Hendrix guests on the first broadcast of the BBC show ‘Dee Time,’ hosted by Kiki Dee. Cat Stevens is also on the show.
1968: US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. is killed after being shot on a Memphis motel balcony. King’s life inspires a number of songs, including U2’s ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love).’ b
1969: Jethro Tull played The 13th Hour in Evansville, IN.
1969: Slade was formed in Wolverhampton, England.
1969: CBS cancels the highly rated but controversial ‘Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.’ Artist to appear on the show include The Who, The Doors and Jefferson Airplane.
1970: Brinsley Schwarz’s promotion company sent 133 UK journalists, by plane to New York to see the band supporting Van Morrison at the Fillmore East, at a cost of £120,000 ($204,000). The event turned into a disaster. The group planned to leave a few days before the show to rehearse, but were denied visas on a technicality. They were finally given visas on the morning of the show, and arrived hours before the concert. The plane carrying the journalists developed a mechanical fault, delaying the flight and when the journalists arrived In New York 18 hours later, they were all hung over. Brinsley Schwarz gave a underwhelming live performance, resulting in a flood of scathing reviews.
1970: Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to #1 on the US album chart with ‘Deja Vu.’
1970: Janis Joplin reunites with Big Brother & the Holding Company in San Francisco for a one-off reunion concert.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Ludlow Garage, a venue which began life as an automobile shop, and later became a music club located in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati, OH.
1970: Pink Floyd were at EMI Studios in London holding recording sessions for ‘Atom Heart Mother.’
1970: Led Zeppelin played at the Coliseum in Indianapolis, IN. Ticket prices ranged from $4 to $6.
1971: The Grateful Dead perform at the Manhattan Center in New York.
1971: Black Sabbath appeared at the Alexandria Roller Rink in Alexandria, VA.
1972: ZZ Top released their 2nd album, ‘Rio Grande Mud.’ It reached #104 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The album title was inspired by the Rio Grande, the river that forms the border between Mexico and Texas and means “big river” in Spanish.
1972: Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ enters its 7th and final week atop the US album charts.
1972: Elvis Presley releases ‘An American Trilogy’ with ‘First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ on the flip side.
1973: A taped Elvis Presley concert entitled ‘Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii’ is telecast on NBC and proves to be a huge success. The total worldwide audience for the show, the first commercial worldwide satellite broadcast, amounts to over a billion people.
1973: In a press release, Atlantic Records announced that shipments of Led Zeppelin’s album ‘Houses of the Holy,’ released on March 28, were large enough to qualify for gold status. The label also revealed plans for a thirty city tour commencing May 4th. 1973: Yes with special guests Poco & Albert Hammond played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1974: KISS played at the Nordic Arena in Hartland, MI.
1974: Van Halen make their Sunset Strip debut at Gazzarris. The group later becomes the house band at the West Hollywood club.
1975: Genesis appeared at the Circus Kröne in Munich, Germany during Peter Gabriel’s last tour with the band.
1976: The Sex Pistols played the first night of a residency at the El Paradiso club in Soho, London, England.
1977: The Clash release their self-titled debut album.
1978: David Bowie performed at Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, CA.
1980: ZZ Top appeared at the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, CT. 1980: Frank Zappa played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA. 1981: Johnny Winter, Little Feat & J. Geils Band played two nights at the Santa Monica Civic in Santa Monica, CA.
1981: Styx went to #1 for the first and only time on the US album chart with ‘Paradise Theatre,’ a concept album based on the rise and fall of a theatre in Chicago.
1981: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Phil Collins’ ‘I Missed Again’ at #47, The Who’s ‘You Better You Bet’ at #35, REO Speedwagon’s ‘Take It On The Run’ at #27, April Wine’s ‘Just Between You And Me’ at #25, and The Police’s ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’ at #12‬.
1981: The Who’s ‘Face Dances’ album entered the Billboard album chart. 1982: J. Geils Band with Johnny And The Distractions played Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, CA. 1982: Sammy Hagar with special guests Quarterflash played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA. 1984: Ozzy Osbourne wrapped up a two night stint at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA. Ratt opened the first night, with Slade opening the second night. 1986: Venom with special guests Overkill & Carnivore played The Ritz in New York City.
1986: Judas Priest released their single ‘Turbo Lover.’ It was one of the first tracks recorded for the ‘Turbo’ album with the use of guitar synthesizers.
1987: Starship (were about down to Mickey Thomas and Grace Slick at this point) take the Diane Warren’s ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,’ to #1.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Bryan Adams’ ‘Heat Of The Night’ at #42, Poison’s ‘Talk Dirty To Me’ at #41, Peter Wolf’s ‘Come As You Are’ at #24, Lou Gramm’s ‘Midnight Blue’ at #11, Europe’s ‘The Final Countdown’ at #8, and Genesis’ ‘Tonight Tonight Tonight’ at #3. ‬
1987: U2 entered the US album chart at #7 with ‘The Joshua Tree’ making it the highest chart new entry in America for seven years.
1989: Bon Jovi release their single, ‘I’ll Be There for You.’ It would eventually go to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. ‬
1992: Beastie Boys make their first concert appearance playing instruments at a show at The Palladium in Los Angeles.
1992: The film soundtrack from ‘Wayne’s World’ started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart. 1992: Pantera with special guests My Sister’s Machine & Crowbar played the Capitol Theatre in Flint, MI.
1994: Kurt Cobain’s mother filed a missing persons report about her son.
1994: Pink Floyd’s 14th and last studio album, ‘The Division Bell’ is released. It topped both the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart (for four weeks) and UK Albums chart.
1994: ‘No Excuses,’ the lead single from Alice In Chains’ third EP, ‘Jar Of Flies,’ is released. The track peaks at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, making it Alice In Chains’ only Top 50 song. It is also their first #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks.
1995: Blind Guardian released their 5th studio album, ‘Imaginations from the Other Side.’
1995: Black Sabbath released their 2nd official live release, ‘Cross Purposes Live.’
1996: Jerry Garcia’s widow, Deborah, and Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir scatter part of Jerry’s ashes in the Ganges River in India. Eleven days later, the other portion of Garcia’s ashes was strewn on waters near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
1996: Alanis Morissette’s ‘Ironic’ peaks at #4 on the pop chart.
1996: More trouble for Wilson Pickett, who after serving a one-year jail sentence in 1994 is arrested at his New Jersey home and charged with possession of two grams of cocaine. Still on probation, he enters a rehab center in August.
1998: ‘Van Halen III,’ the first and last album with vocalist Gary Cherone (Extreme), enters the U.S. chart at #4.
1998: Van Halen’s ‘Without You’ holds the #1 spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs for the 5th of 6 weeks.
2003: Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach was sacked from the touring production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar.’ He wrote on his Web site, “The producers of the show have elected to let my understudy go on in place of me.” He vowed to return to rock ‘n’ roll.
2003: The Rolling Stones played their first ever gig in India, in the middle of a monsoon before a crowd of 30-thousand fans.
2004: Disturbed holds an open audition in Chicago to replace Fuzz. The bassist left a few months earlier. A L.A. audition session was held in March.
2005: Eric Clapton, Robert Plant and The Who’s Roger Daltrey perform at the fifth Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concert series at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
2005: Kurt Cobain’s Washington hometown adds a sign below their “Welcome to Aberdeen” that reads “Come As You Are.” The sign is up in time for the 11th anniversary of the Nirvana leader’s death.
2005: The reunited Queen performed at Rome’s Palalottomatica, in spite of a request from city officials to postpone their concert out of respect for Pope John Paul II, who died earlier in the week.
2006: Songs by Nickelback, Rush and Default are featured on the Canadian compilation ‘Oh What A Feeling 3.’ The four-CD box set contains tracks by artists who have won or been nominated for Juno Awards. Proceeds from the release benefit MusiCan, the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, Safehaven Project for Community Living and War Child Canada charities
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ video, ‘Dani California,’ premieres on MTV and the MTV Overdrive broadband service.
2006: Rob Zombie’s 4th solo album, ‘Educated Horses,’ is #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chsrt. The set sells over 100,000 copies in its first week. That lands the CD at #5 on the Billboard’s Top 200.
2006: Queensryche release their 9th studio album, ‘Operation: Mindcrime II.’ The original ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ was issued in 1988. The role of Dr. X (played by actor Anthony Valentine on the first album) went to Ronnie James Dio.
2006: The double-disc compilation, ‘The Essential Judas Priest,’ is released. Also, they roll out ‘Live Vengeance ’82’ concert DVD. The 95-minute film was shot in Memphis, TN.
2007: A Swedish couple ran into trouble with authorities after trying to name their baby Metallica. Michael and Karolina Tomaro went to court with the country’s National Tax Authority about naming their daughter after the rock band. The six-month-old has been baptised Metallica, but tax officials said the name was “inappropriate”. Under Swedish law, both first names and surnames need to win the approval of authorities before they can be used.
2007: Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards issued a statement that said he was joking when he told NME magazine that the strangest thing he ever snorted was his father’s ashes. “It was an off-the-cuff remark, a joke and it is not true. File under April Fools’ joke”.
2008: Eleven Seven Records announce that Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx has been named the label’s president. The artist roster includes Buckcherry, Trapt and Drowning Pool.
2008: The Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones concert film, ‘Shine A Light,’ opens at 93 IMAX theaters in the U.S. The next week, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jack White appear on the cover of Rolling Stone with the headline, “Blues Brothers.”
2008: Procol Harum founder Gary Brooker won his court battle over royalty rights to the band’s most famous hit, 1967’s ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale.’ In 2006, London’s High Court awarded former keyboard player Matthew Fisher 40 percent of the copyright of the track, which has sold an estimated 10 million copies worldwide, after he successfully argued that he wrote the organ music to the song. Brooker appealed and judge John Mummery said that while Fisher should be credited with co-authorship, the fact that it took him 38 years to take the case to court meant he should not benefit financially.
2009: Metallica’s single, ‘Cyanide,’ from ‘Death Magnetic,’ is #1 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
2009: Cleveland’s Public Hall, site of historic concerts by The Beatles in 1964 and The Doors in 1968, is center stage again as the site of the 24th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The class of 2009 inductees includes Jeff Beck, Metallica, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Run-DMC and Bobby Womack. Early Influence inductee Wanda Jackson and Sidemen inductees Bill Black, DJ Fontana and Spooner Oldham. Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine is invited to the ceremony but his Megadeth obligations prevent it. However, Mustaine does pen an open letter to the band congratulating them. Ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted does perform with the group.
2009: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder performs at the David Lynch Foundation’s ‘Change Begins Within’ benefit concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. But even he is eclipsed as Ringo Starr joins Paul McCartney at the end of the latter’s event-closing set for a rendition of ‘With a Little Help From My Friends.’ Paul introduces Ringo as Billy Shears, the fictional singer of the song on ‘Sgt. Peppers.’ The show raises approximately $3 million for the foundation.
2010: The Boston Red Sox opened their 2010 campaign in style by having Neil Diamond sing ‘Sweet Caroline.’ which plays over the loudspeakers during the 8th inning of every Red Sox home game. Aersomith front man Steven Tyler took the field during the 7th inning stretch to sing ‘God Bless America.’
2010: Bob Dylan is refused permission to play in Beijing and Shanghai by China’s Ministry of Culture. Dylan’s involement in the ’60s counterculture movement is reportedly the reason. The decision forces Dylan to cancel plans for a Southeast Asia tour.
2011: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne owe over $1.7 million in back taxes ($718,948 from ’08, and $1.024 million from 2009) according papers filed at the Los Angeles County Recorder’s Office. Ozzy’s wealth is estimated at well over $100 million.
2011: Beady Eye (with former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher) release a cover of The Beatles’ ‘Across The Universe’ to raise funds for the British Red Cross’ Japan tsunami relief. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, where The Beatles produced the original, Beady Eye’s version is downloadable through the band’s official website.
2011: Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr reached out to cancer survivor Alexx Kipp through the Make-A-Wish Foundation by meeting him at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles, where they chatted and played drums together. Ringo later surprised Kipp by giving him his drum set.
2011: Manowar drummer Scott Columbus died. He was 54. The exact cause of his death is still unknown.
2012: Shinedown’s ‘Amaryllis,’ debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts. Selling over 105,000 copies in its first week, the album is #4 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Digital Albums chart.
2012: The Eagles perform their first concert in South Africa. More than 60,000 fans see the show at Cape Town Stadium.
2012: Three former members of Absent Element, the band which featured one-time American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry, file suit in Guilford County Superior Court seeking royalties for ‘Home’ and three other songs. “The songs listed in this lawsuit were written solely by me and no one else,” replies Daughtry. Former band members counter that they are entitled to a share of the royalties because they, along with Daughtry, had agreed to split revenues equally.
2013: Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman turned himself in to British police after reports emerged suggesting he began a sexual relationship with his second wife, Mandy Smith, when she was 14 years old. After a brief meeting, the authorities decided not to pursue charges.
2013: Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) cancels planned shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg over the Russian government’s crackdown on human rights groups; Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, among them.
2014: Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King was heckled by audience members during a concert in St. Louis, Missouri for giving what they later called a weak performance. After paying up to $150 to see the 88-year-old King, several people walked out.
2015: Marilyn Manson is sucker punched by a fellow patron at a Denny’s in Alberta, Canada. The rocker, who stopped by the restaurant for a late-night meal after a show promoting his ‘Pale Emperor’ album, denies claims that he insulted the assailant’s girlfriend and spurred the incident.
2016: Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor sits in with The 8G Band for the first of four nights on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
2016: It was reported that David Bowie had dominated the UK album charts for the first quarter of 2016. Bowie had the most entries to the chart with six albums in the top 40, after fans sought out his music in the wake of his death in January with his final album ‘Blackstar’ becoming the second best selling album of the year so far, (behind Adele’s ’25’).
2017: Ghost lead singer and founder Tobias Forge, who performs as Papa Emeritus, is sued by four former members (Nameless Ghouls) who accuse him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from album sales and tours. Forge’s lawyer disputes the claims and infers the group was never a partnership.

April 5
1961: On ‘The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet’ episode ‘A Question of Suits and Ties,’ Ricky Nelson sings ‘Travelin’ Man’ in what could be considered the first music video. Singer-songwriter Jerry Fuller wrote it with Sam Cooke in mind, but Cooke’s manager was unimpressed and did not keep the demo, which eventually wound up being passed along to Nelson via bassist Joe Osborn. His version reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was released as a double A-side with “Hello Mary Lou”, which reached No. 9 on the same chart. In the UK ‘Travelin’ Man,’ coupled with ‘Hello Mary Lou,’ reached No. 2, becoming Nelson’s biggest UK hit. Nelson is accompanied on the recording by the vocal quartet, The Jordanaires. 1962: The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool as part of a special night presented by the Beatles’ fan club. The Beatles wear their black leather outfits for the first half of the performance, for old time’s sake, then change into their new suits for the second half of the show.
1964: The Beatles film the famous opening scene from their first movie, ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ running away from several rabid female fans at London’s Marylebone train station.
1964: Jerry Lee Lewis plays at The Star Club in Germany and records an LP called ‘Live At The Star Club,’ backed by The Nashville Teens (who were neither from Nashville or in their teens). Unfortunately, due to legal constraints, the album would only be available in Europe for several decades.
1965: The Beach Boys, with a rare Al Jardine lead vocal, release their #1 hit, ‘Help Me, Rhonda.’
1965: 30 year old Sonny Bono and his 18 year old wife Cher are signed to Atco Records by Ahmet Ertegun. The duo had earlier made a handful of unsuccessful singles as Caesar And Cleo, but over the next seven years they would enjoy eleven Billboard Top 40 hits.
1967: Elvis Presley’s 24th movie, ‘Double Trouble,’ premieres in Hollywood.
1967: Paul McCartney flies to America to attend girlfriend Jane Asher’s 21st birthday party in Denver, Colorado. He gave her a large diamond ring, which she later lost.
1967: Monkees fans march in London in protest of band member Davy Jones’ announced induction.’ into the Army. The teen heartthrob is eventually exempted from duty for being his family’s main provider.
1968: Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Mrs. Robinson’ b/w ‘Old Friends/Bookends’ 45 single is released.
1968: With tensions high the night after Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated, James Brown goes ahead with his concert at the Boston Garden, agreeing to televise the show to help keep calm in the city.
1968: Vanilla Fudge played at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, LA.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Roundhouse in Dagenham in East London.
1969: ‘These Eyes’ by The Guess Who enters the Billboard chart on its way to #6 a month later. Guitarist Randy Bachman wrote the basic piano chords with an original title of ‘These Arms.’ Vocalist Burton Cummings changed the title to ‘These Eyes’ and added the middle eight bars.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Ludlow Garage in Cincinnati, OH.
1971: Chicago became the first American Rock group to perform at Carnegie Hall. They played six sold out shows and recorded the concerts for the four-record album, ‘Chicago at Carnegie Hall,’ which became their 3rd album to make the top 5 in the US.
1971: Rolling Stones Leave England and become tax-exiles. In an interview with Mick Jagger and Roy Carter of the NME shortly before the release of Exile on Main Street, Mick said, “So after working for eight years I discovered at the end that nobody had ever paid my taxes and I owed a fortune. So then you have to leave the country. So I said fuck it, and left the country.”
1971: Keith Moon performs again as part of an All-Star Jam Session at the Bumpers Club in London.
1971: The Grateful Dead performed at the Manhattan Center in New York City.
1972: Elvis Presley kicked of a 15 date US tour at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY.
1973: Yes appeared at The Forum, Inglewood, CA.
1974: Genesis performed at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN.
1974: The Guess Who host a celebrity tennis tournament in Toronto to benefit Ballet of Canada.
1975: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN. 1975: Santana played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1975: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Alice Cooper’s ‘Only Women’ at #83 (debut), Styx’s ‘Lady’ at #42, John Lennon’s ‘Stand By Me’ at #36, Ace’s ‘How Long’ at #35, and Queen’s ‘Killer Queen’ at #32‬.
1977: David Bowie and Iggy Pop perform together on Dinah Shore’s daytime show on NBC.
1977: Black Sabbath appeared at the Pavillion de Paris in Paris.
1978: Duran Duran play their first live gig, in Birmingham, England. Singer Stephen Duffy leaves the band two years later and is replaced by Simon Le Bon shortly before the band are signed to EMI records.
1979: Journey’s ‘Evolution’ album is released.The album peaks at #20 on Billboard’s 200 album chart in May 1979.
1979: Roxy Music played at the Masonic Auditorium in Detroit, Michigan.
1980: The Grateful Dead were the musical guests on Saturday Night Live. They performed ‘Alabama Getaway’ and ‘Saint of Circumstance.’
1980: Genesis went to #1 of the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with ‘Duke,’ which began a two reek run on top.
1980: R.E.M. makes its debut at a friend’s birthday party held in a converted Episcopal church in Athens, GA. under the name Twisted Kite.
1981: Canned Heat’s vocalist/harmonica player, Bob ‘The Bear’ Hite, dies between sets at a North Hollywood club at the age of 36.
1982: The record industry trade magazine Record World folds after 36 years.
1983: The Beach Boys and The Grass Roots are banned from playing a 4th of July concert in Washington, D.C. by Interior Secretary James Watt who states the group attracts the “wrong element of people.” Watt picks Wayne Newton as the replacement. President Ronald Regan would overturn the decision two days later.
1983: Danny Rapp, leader of 50’s group Danny and the Juniors committed suicide in a hotel in Arizona by shooting himself. (1958 US #1 & UK #3 single ‘At The Hop’). 1983: Billy Squier and Def Leppard played Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1984: At the American Video Awards, the Best Group Video honor goes to the Police for ‘Every Breath You Take.’ The black and white clip was the handy work of the team of Godley & Creme. 1984: Sammy Hagar and Dokken played Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
1985: Thousands of radio stations play ‘We Are The World’ simultaneously at 10:50 a.m. EST. In the next few weeks, the song goes to #1 in America and the UK.
1986: John Mellencamp’s ‘R.O.C.K. In the USA’ peaks at #2 on the U.S. charts.
1986: Ozzy Osbourne peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘The Ultimate Sin,’ which was Osbourne’s first top 10 album as a solo artist in the U.S.
1986: Van Halen hit #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart with ‘Why Can’t This Be Love.’
1986: Guns N’ Roses play the The Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood, CA. 1986: Cheap Trick play L’Amour in Brooklyn, NY.
1987: Jazz drummer Buddy Rich’s funeral takes place in Los Angeles, with Frank Sinatra, Artie Shaw, and Johnny Carson in attendance.
1988: Bluesy folk rock singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman releases her self-titled debut album. It reached #1 on both the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and the UK album charts. The first single ‘Fast Car’ was very popular, peaking at #5 in the UK and #6 in the US. The second single ‘Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution’ was less successful, reaching only #75 in the US, but received much airplay and also charted in the Adult Contemporary and Modern Rock charts amongst others. ‘Baby Can I Hold You,’ the 3rd single, reached #48. In 1989, the album was rated #10 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Albums of the 80s,’ In 2003, the album was ranked #261 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. 1989: Jon Butcher Axis with special guests Flesh and Blood played Billy’s Old Mill in Greenfield, WI. 1990: Rush with special guests Mr. Big played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1991: The Grateful Dead wrap up their three-day stand at Atlanta’s Omni. Here’s the tally: 57 arrests and 4,556 LSD tabs confiscated; along with 29 bags of ‘shrooms and 24 lids of marijuana.
1992: Kansas recorded their 2nd live album at the Whisky A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, which was released the following July as ‘Live at the Whisky. ‘
1993: Construction began on the Roll and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
1994: Kurt Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at his home in Seattle. Cobain’s body wasn’t discovered until April 8, by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system, who initially believed that Cobain was asleep, until he saw the shotgun pointing at his chin. A suicide note was found that said, “I haven’t felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing…for too many years now”. A high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium were found in Cobain’s body. His death was officially ruled as suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
1995: Jimi Hendrix’s former girlfriend, Monika Danneman, committed suicide after losing a court case brought by another former lover, Kathy Etchingham. The two had been in dispute over the circumstances of Hendrix’s death, leading to the police reopening their inquiries into the incident in 1993. 1996: Iron Maiden & Fear Factory played The Palace in Hollywood, CA.
1997: The Chemical Brothers went to #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Block Rockin Beats.’ The song was taken from their 2nd album ‘Dig Your Own Hole,’ and won a Grammy award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
1997: Aerosmith debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Nine Lives,’ which was their 2nd and final album to reach #1 in the U.S. where it went on to sell two million copies.
1997: Kiss performed without Peter Criss in Columbus, GA due to severe pains in his arms. Peter’s drum tech Eddie Kanon performed in the Criss cat makeup, ‘Beth’ was removed from the set list and Paul Stanley sang lead on ‘Black Diamond.’
1998: Drummer extraordinaire Cozy Powell, who had played with acts including Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath and more, died in a car crash. He reportedly was going 104 mph in bad weather on the M4 in England while talking with his girlfriend on the phone when a rear tire blew out and he lost control of the car. Cozy was driving under the influence of alcohol and not wearing a seatbelt and he died at the scene. He was 50 years old.
2000: The Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek reunited with guitarist Robby Krieger at a Los Angeles tribute to their legendary band. 2001: KISS wrapped a three-night stint at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia; support was provided by The Screaming Jets.
2002: R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was acquitted of air rage charges. Buck was alleged to have gone on a drunken rampage after drinking 15 glasses of wine during a transatlantic flight to London in 2001. U2’s Bono testified on Buck’s behalf.
2002: Layne Staley died of a drug overdose, eight years to the day after Kurt Cobain committed suicide. Like Cobain, the Alice in Chains singer’s body was not found until several days later. Staley struggled throughout his adult life with depression and a severe drug addiction. He died from a combination of heroin and cocaine, commonly known as a “speedball.”
2002: The Calling’s guitarist Aaron Kamin is electrocuted during a soundcheck prior to a Bangkok concert. He is hospitalized.
2004: Nirvana fans held a vigil in Seattle’s Viretta Park on the 10th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death.
2004: It’s announced that Matt Laughran is Cold’s guitarist replacing Kelly Hayes who stepped in after Terry Balsamo left earlier in the year to join Evanescence.
2005: Aberdeen, Washington added the phrase “Come As You Are” to their “Welcome to Aberdeen” sign on the 11th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death.
2005: Adema releases their 3rd studio album ‘Planets,’ their album with vocalist Luke Caraccioli, who replaced Mark Chavez. 2005: Corrosion Of Conformity released their 7th album ”In the Arms of God.’ It was guitarist Pepper Keenan’s last appearance on a COC record for nearly 13 years.
2006: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee bows out of the group’s Alberta, Canada, show due to an ongoing bout of tendonitis. The band enlists Harvey Warren, from the Canadian tribute act Broken Toyz. He calls the gig ‘a chance of a lifetime’.
2006: Gene Pitney was found dead aged 65 in his bed in a Cardiff hotel. The American singer was on a UK tour and had shown no signs of illness. Pitney helped The Rolling Stones break the American market with his endorsement of the band. Jagger and Richards wrote his hit ‘That Girl Belongs to Yesterday’ which became the Stones duo’s first composition to reach the American charts. He scored the 1962 US #4 single ‘Only Love Can Break A Heart.’ and 1967 solo UK #5 & 1989 UK #1 single with Marc Almond ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart,’ plus over 15 other US & UK Top 40 hits.
2007: A Bruce Springsteen tribute concert, that features a Springsteen performance, is held at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Proceeds benefit Music For Youth, which provides music education to unprivileged kids.
2007: Former KISS guitarist Mark St. John died of a brain hemorrhage. He was 51 years old. According to the Orange County Coroner, the cause of death was a brain hemorrhage brought on by an accidental overdose of methamphetamines. St. John was Kiss’ third official guitarist, having replaced Vinnie Vincent in 1984 and appeared on the album ‘Animalize.’ 2007: Asking Alexandria released their 2nd album ‘Reckless & Relentless.’ It debuted at number 9 on the Billboard chart.
2008: Apple’s iTunes overtook supermarket group Wal-Mart to become the largest music retailer in the US. Market research firm NPD said iTunes surpassed Wal-Mart in January and February if 12 downloads are considered equal to the sale of one CD album. iTunes had sold more than four billion songs since its launch in 2003.
2008: Toto breaks up after performing its final concert in Seoul.
2009: Deftones are at the Bamboozle Left Festival in Irvine, CA. It’s the band’s first show since a November 2008 car crash left bassist Chi Cheng in a coma.
2009: ‘Itch, Love Stories About Heroin,’ author Tanya Vece’s biography about the life and tragic death of Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley, is in bookstores. “The perception that he was just this junkie who got caught up in the music business, that’s not it at all,” says Vece, the eldest daughter of Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx. “I want people to know Layne for who he really was.”
2009: Kid Rock performs at WrestleMania’s 25th anniversary event in Houston. AC/DC’s ‘Shoot To Thrill’ and ‘War Machine’ (from ‘Black Ice’) are the official theme songs.
2010: Atoms For Peace began their first proper U.S. tour with two sold-out shows at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. Joining the Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke are Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, producer Nigel Godrich and session musicians, drummer Joey Waronker and percussionist Mauro Refosco.
2011: The Ravonettes’ 5th album, ‘Raven In The Grave’ is released. 2011: The SMithereens released their 11th studio album, ‘2011.’
2011: Robbie Robertson releases his first solo album in over a decade, ‘How To Be Clairvoyant.’
2011: An online EMI artists auction benefiting the Red Cross’s Japan earthquake and tsunami aid efforts gets underway. The two-week auction features an exclusive Iron Maiden limited edition Ed Force One A2 print (signed by the band). Megadeth donates a guitar signed by frontman Dave Mustaine. Items from The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Coldplay and 30 Seconds To Mars are also on the block.
2011: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is charged with battery and disorderly conduct for allegedly jabbing his ex-girlfriend, Alicia Jacobs, in the Shimmer Cabaret lounge at the Las Vegas Hilton twelve days earlier. Neil’s arraignment is the following month.
2011: Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong reprises his role as St. Jimmy for the final Broadway performances of ‘American Idiot,’ the musical inspired by the Green Day album of the same name.
2011: A statue in tribute to Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain was unveiled in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, The unveiling marked the 17th anniversary of Cobain’s death, which occurred on April 5, 1994. The statue designed by local artists Kim and Lora Malakoff was of his signature Fender Jag-Stang guitar. The concrete guitar was eight and a half feet tall and also featured a ribbon with lyrics written on it from Nirvana’s ‘On a Plain’. It reads: “One more special message to go and then I’m done and I can go home.”
2011: The Recording Academy announced a major streamlining of its Grammy categories, cutting them from 109 down to 78. Gone are awards for Best Male and Female Vocal in the Pop, Country and R&B genres, Pop and Country collaboration, and Best Pop, Rock and Instrumental Performances. In all, 52 awards were eliminated and 21 were created.
2012: The Philip Lynott Exhibition opens at the 02 in London, celebrating the legacy of the Thin Lizzy frontman.
2012: ‘Louder Than Love – The Grande Ballroom Story’ makes its’ the world premiere at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Many iconic Midwest bands got established by playing the Grande. The film features Alice Cooper, Motorhead’s Lemmy and Slash.
2012: Jim Marshall, also known as The Father of Loud or The Lord of Loud, died at age 88. Marshall was an English businessman and pioneer of guitar amplification. His company, Marshall Amplification, created equipment that is used by some of the biggest names in rock music, producing amplifiers with an iconic status. In 2003 Marshall was awarded an OBE for “services to the music industry and to charity”. Marshall is considered to be one of the four fathers of rock music equipment along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover.
2013: Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna sings the national anthem at the Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic game at the United Center in Chicago.
2013: Mark Knopfler cancelled two shows in Russia in protest over what he called the country’s “crackdown” on human rights groups. The former Dire Straits frontman pulled out of the gigs in June after Russian authorities searched the offices of organizations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Critics said the raids were an attempt to crush government dissent.
2013: Volbeat released the album ‘Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies.’
2016: Tom DeLonge, ex-Blink-182, launches a cross-media series, Sekret Machines. The first installment is a 704-page hardcover novel, ‘Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows,’ which DeLonge wrote with author A.J. Hartley.
2016: The Rolling Stones first exhibition showcasing hundreds of items from their career opens at the Saatchi Gallery in London. However, the group is banned from performing on the lawn outside the venue because residents in the affluent neighborhood overrule the Stones’ proposal.
2017: Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O’Neill is found dead in a Tampa, Florida, hotel room. The band announces the 61-year-old rocker died from a chronic illness.

April 6
1956: The iconic Capitol Records Tower opens at the corner of Hollywood and Vine in LA. The 13-story building is said to be designed to look like a stack of records, but the architect says that is just a coincidence. More trivia – the blinking red light on top of the building spells out H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D in morse code.
1956: Paramount signs Elvis Presley to a three picture deal just five days after his first screen test in Hollywood. Elvis was to be paid $100,000 for his first movie, $150,000 for the second and $200,000 for the third.
1957: The classic Elvis single ‘All Shook Up’ is released.
1959: Fabian’s ‘Turn Me Loose’ enters the Billboard Pop chart, where it will reach #9. The song was written especially for the teen idol by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.
1960: The Everly Brothers started their first UK concert tour at London’s New Victoria Theatre, supported by The Crickets.
1962: Russia’s official newspaper, Pravda, warns Soviet teens of the decadent dangers of the new “twist” dance craze.
1963: Fats Domino moves from Imperial to ABC Paramount Records. He had been with Imperial Records since the start of his career. Unfortunately, Fats had only one more Top 40 hit, ‘Red Sails In The Sunset,’ which reached #35 later in the year.
1965: The Beach Boys record ‘California Girls,’ which will reach number three in the US by August. In 2004, the song was ranked #71 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1965: The Beatles ‘Beatles For Sale’ [EP] is released in the UK.It entered the UK EP chart on 10 April and reached the top spot on April 24. It remained there for five weeks, and spent another week at #1 from June 12. The EP was only ever released in mono.
1966: The first session of what would become The Beatles album ‘Revolver’ started in the evening at Abbey Road studios London, with the recording of the basic track of ‘Tomorrow Never Knows.’
1967: The first master tape of The Beatles new album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ was made. The song order on side one is different from the final product at this point, the last five songs on that side being initially ordered as follows: ‘Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite’, ‘Fixing a Hole’, ‘Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds’, ‘Getting Better’, and ‘She’s Leaving Home’. The Beatles had specified that there were to be no gaps between songs – a unique idea at the time.
1967: The Young Rascals ‘Groovin’ b/w ‘Sueno’ 45 single is released.
1968: The Beatles Apple Corps Ltd. record company, management and publishing firm, opened their offices in London.
1968: Simon and Garfunkel went to #1 on the US album chart with the soundtrack of Mike Nichols’ movie ‘The Graduate,’ on the strength of the hit single ‘Mrs. Robinson.’ In 1996, ‘The Graduate’ was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
1968: Pink Floyd announces that founder Syd Barrett has officially left the group, saying that he is suffering from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use.
1968: The Troggs played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Johnny Winter’s self-titled 2nd official album is released. It reached #24 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1969: The first and last Palm Springs Pop Festival is held. Expecting 15,000 to see Ike & Tina Turner, John Mayall and others, 25,000 show up. Crowd control troubles and rioting result.
1969: Original bassist Pete Quaife leaves The Kinks. Nobby Dalton takes his place.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at the Boat Club in Nottingham, Leicestershire, England.
1970: Hawkwind appeared at Speakeasy Club in London.
1971: After her performance at the Troubadour club in Los Angeles, 25 year old Carly Simon is introduced to 23 year old James Taylor. Carly and James did an interview that ran in the Jan. 4, 1973 issue of Rolling Stone. In the interview she recalled the night:
CARLY: “When we were officially introduced it seemed as though we’d known each other for a long time as we knew about each other from the summer place [Cape Cod, Mass.]. James came up and embraced me upon first meeting, and then we went into the bathroom and fucked.” The pair would marry the following year, but split in September of 1981.
1971: The Rolling Stones release ‘Brown Sugar,’ the first single on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduces the infamous licking-tongue-and-lips logo designed by John Pasche.
1971: Yes played Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1972: The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz guest stars in tonight’s ‘Barbara Lost’ episode of ABC-TV’s ‘My Three Sons.’
1972: Genesis played Palasport in Belluno, Italy. 1972: Humble Pie with special guests Alexis Korner & Edgar Winter played the Atalnta Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta, GA.
1973: Roxy Music played Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland.
1973: Richie Havens and Fleetwood Mac played the University of Oklahoma Field House in Norman, OK.
1973: Queen sign their first recording contract.
1973: David Bowie released ‘Drive-In Saturday’ which became a Top 3 UK hit. The lyrics name-checked Mick Jagger (“When people stared in Jagger’s eyes and scored”), the model Twiggy (“She’d sigh like Twig the wonder kid”), and Carl Jung (“Jung the foreman prayed at work”).
1973: The Smothers Brothers win over $750,000 from CBS Television in a lawsuit over the cancellation of their TV show.
1974: The Rolling Stones premiere their concert film ‘Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones’ at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre. The band’s famed tongue logo hangs above the venue’s marquee, and the occasion is celebrated with the release of 2,000 white doves into the air. The film is the first-ever to feature a quadraphonic soundtrack.
1974: The California Jam 1 festival took place in Ontario, California, featuring The Eagles, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Earth Wind and Fire, ELP, Black Oak Arkansas and Seals & Croft. Over 200,000 fans attended. Deep Purple were identified at the time as the loudest band in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.
1974: Foghat, James Gang and Spirit played Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, MO.
1974: Billy Joel scores his first Top 40 hit with ‘Piano Man.’
1974: A seven piece group called Blue Swede became the first Swedish act to top the US charts when their version of ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ went to #1. Although the arrangement brought a fresh sound to the old B.J. Thomas hit, the single didn’t chart at all in the UK.
1975: Rush played at Lisner Auditorium, at George Washington University in Washington, DC. 1975: Santana played the San Diego Sports Arena.
1977: Led Zeppelin played the first of four nights at the Chicago Stadium. Tickets were $9 and $10
1978: Peter Frampton guest-stars on NBC-TV’s ‘Black Sheep Squadron.’
1979: Rod Stewart marries Alana Hamilton, the ex-wife of actor George Hamilton. They would be together for five years.
1979: Van Halen appeared at the Center For the Performing Arts in San José, California.
1979: Twisted Sister sell out New York’s Palladium. First time an unsigned band had headlined and filled the 3,000-seat theater.
1980: Rush played at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1983: Ronald Reagan’s secretary of the Interior, James Watt, cancels an appearance by The Beach Boys at Washington DC’s Independence Day festivities, infamously stating that the band would attract “an undesirable element.” 1983: Billy Squier and Def Leppard played Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY.
1984: E-Street Band member Steve “Little Steven” Van Zandt announces that he’s exiting the band. He rejoins the band in 1999 when they reunite with Springsteen.
1987: Roger Waters says he will contest the use of the name “Pink Floyd” by anyone else other than himself as he believes he is the creative driving force behind the band.
1987: The Cult release their 3rd album, ‘Electric.’ It reached #38 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1988: ‎Poison‬ released the single ‘Nothin’ But A Good Time.’
1991: Ringo Starr guests as himself on Fox TV’s “Brush With Greatness” episode of The Simpsons.
1991: R.E.M.’s ‘Losing My Religion’ enters the singles charts on it’s way to #4 and a million sold.
1991: Over a year after its release, The Black Crowes peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their debut album ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ which went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.
1991: Tesla peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of Five Man Electrical Band’s ‘Signs,’ which was their 2nd and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1991: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Queensrÿche’s ‘Silent Lucidity’ at #43, Divinyls’ ‘I Touch Myself’ at #24 and Tesla’s ‘Signs’ peaking at #8.
1992: George Harrison appeared in his first British post-Beatles solo concert, 22 years after the break-up of the group. The London show was a benefit for the Natural Law party, a fringe group with several candidates in the British election three days later.
1992: Pearl Jam’s ‘Even Flow’ single is released. The song eventually peaks at #3 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. 1992: Metallica played the first of two nights at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1993: Bruce Hornsby releases his first solo album, ‘Harbor Lights.’ Jerry Garcia, Pat Metheny, Bonnie Raitt, Branford Marsalis, and Phil Collins all make appearances on this jazzy recording.
1993: Peter Criss, former drummer for the rock group KISS, settles a libel lawsuit against Star magazine for portraying him as a homeless alcoholic. ”At least now I can go on with a clearer head, now that this is over,” he said. “I could write a song about this whole thing. Maybe I will.” A Jan. 8, 1991, story in the Star said Criss was “living like a dog,” getting his meals on bread lines and sleeping in a men’s room at the Santa Monica Pier. It was all a hoax.
1993: Monster Magnet released their 2nd full length album, ‘Superjudge.’
1993: Tool released their debut full-length album ‘Undertow.’
1994: Soul Asylum’s ‘Grave Dancers Union’ album, with ‘Runaway Train,’ is certified double platinum (2 million sales). 1995: Robert Plant & Jimmy Page played Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, NJ.
1996: The Beatles debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Anthology 2’ which spent one week on top of the chart & went on to be certified four times Platinum.
1998: On the TV show ‘Murphy Brown,’ Candice Bergen’s lead character turns 50, and her coworkers celebrate by recreating an episode of American Bandstand. Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Fabian and Lesley Gore all make appearances.
1998: Wendy O. Williams former singer of The Plasmatics died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Williams was known for her wild stage theatrics which included blowing up equipment, near nudity and chain-sawing guitars. In January 1981 police in Milwaukee arrested her for simulating sex on stage, later that same year in Cleveland, Ohio Williams was acquitted of an obscenity charge for simulating sex on stage wearing only shaving cream.
1999: An All-Star Tribute To Johnny Cash is held in New York with performances by Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews and, of course, Rosanne Cash. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and U2 appear via satellite.
1999: Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead appear at an Al Gore Presidential fundraiser, with Gore’s wife, notorious anti-rock crusader Tipper, playing congas.
2000: An all-star tribute to Joni Mitchell was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City featuring performances by Elton John, Bryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, Richard Thompson, k.d. Lang, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
2003: Linkin Park started a two week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Meteroa’ the bands first US and UK #1 album.
2004: Modest Mouse release their 4th full-length album, ‘Good News For People Who Love Bad News.’
2004: Nickelback, 3 Doors Down, Hoobastank, Saliva and Bon Jovi are among the acts contributing songs to the compilation ‘There’s A Rumble in the House! The Greatest Hits Of The Arena Football League–Volume 1 CD.’ Jon Bon Jovi co-owns the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul.
2004: 66 year old Niki Sullivan, one of the original Crickets, passed away at his home in Independence, Missouri. Sullivan joined up with Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison and Joe Mauldin in 1956 and played on most of the songs the band recorded. He co-wrote a number of his hit songs and sang back-up vocals on 27 of the 32 songs Buddy recorded over his brief career. The hassle of touring finally forced him to drop out of the group in 1957. He retired from the music business, but occasionally performed at Holly tribute events.
2005: Based on their cultural or historical significance, James Brown’s ‘Live At The Apollo’ (’65), the Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’ (’66), ‘The Allman Brothers Band At The Fillmore East’ (’77) and Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ (’91) are added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
2005: A Polish government decree relating to the recent death of Pope John Paul II forces Judas Priest to cancel their concert in Katowice. John Paul was the first Polish Pope.
2006: Alice In Chains confirm that William DuVall of the Atlanta-based Comes With The Fall is the group’s new frontman, replacing the late Layne Staley.
2006: Tom Morello is honored during the second annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards at the National Museum of Women in Washington, D.C. The guitarist is recognized for his ongoing activism as a champion of workers’ rights.
2006: Bruce Springsteen enters the Freehold High School Hall of Fame. The Boss’ mother, Adele, accepts the honor during the inaugural induction ceremony and reads a note on her son’s behalf. Springsteen is unable to attend because “he was working on a new record.”
2007: Chris Cornell’s solo North American tour starts in Las Vegas.
2007: Walt Disney Pictures says Rolling Stones guitarist, Keith Richards, won’t publicize the movie ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.’ Richards has a cameo, as Capt. Jack Sparrow’s (Johnny Depp) father.
2007: White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, who is battling colon cancer, receives a guitar autographed by The Who’s Roger Daltrey, KISS’ Paul Stanley and Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson.
2008: Triumph is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards. Shortly after this Triumph announced plans for a reunion tour in 2009, which didn’t take place.
2008: Jethro Tull commemorates their 40th anniversary with a U.K. tour that begins in Swindon and concludes in London.
2009: CBS’ telecast of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Game opens with a 90-second snippet of Green Day’s ‘Know Your Enemy,’ the first single off the band’s album, ’21st Century Breakdown.’
2009: Divorce proceedings begin in London to officially end Pete Townshend’s 40-year marriage to Karen Astley. According to court documents, Astley claims that The Who’s guitarist’s actions are “no longer tolerable.” Townshend is in a long-term relationship with Rachel Fuller, a musician with whom he frequently collaborates.
2010: ‘Slash & Friends,’ the debut solo album from the former Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist, is released in the U.S. The set features guest vocals by the Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie, Iggy Pop, Chris Cornell and Ozzy Osbourne.
2010: The Scorpions are added to Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame during a ceremony at the Hollywood Guitar Center store.
2011: Bob Dylan plays his first-ever concert in China at the Beijing Worker’s Gymnasium. His set consists of pre-approved songs submitted to the government’s Culture Ministry and approved by communist leaders
2012: Accept release their 13th studio album, ‘Stalingrad.’ It’s their first album to crack the top 100 in the US since ‘Metal Heart’ in ’85.
2013: Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive,’ tops the Rock Songs chart. The song also peaks at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and is the band’s first Top 10 single.
2014: Bruce Springsteen kicks off his performance at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival in Dallas with a cover of Van Halen’s ‘Jump.’, and
2014: Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan plays his first full show with the band in 17 years. The Buenos Aires stop is the first of five concerts McKagan performs with the group. “Our regular bass player, Mr. Tommy Stinson, is doing a show at Coachella with The Replacements, so we had to try to find a new guy,” says GN’R frontman Axl Rose.
2015: Singer-songwriter Don McLean’s original manuscript and notes to his anthem ‘American Pie’ are auctioned to anonymous bidder for $1.2 million.
2015: Singer Johnny Solinger announces he has left Skid Row after 15 years so that he can focus on his solo career. However, bassist Rachel Bolan claims Solinger was let go. Solinger replaced original vocalist Sebastian Bach when the band reformed in 1999. TNT frontman Tony Harnell takes over from Solinger.
2015: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler officially signs with Dot Records to release his debut Country solo album.
2016: Drowning Pool launch their fifth USO tour at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

April 7
1956: The CBS Radio Network premiered the first regularly scheduled national broadcast rock & roll show, Alan Freed’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party.’
1956: Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’ enters the US Pop chart, where it would climb to #6. The record would top the R&B chart and became the first of his three US Top 10 hits. A cover version by Pat Boone appeared on the Pop chart simultaneously and reached #8.
1958: The Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show played two shows at the Memorial Hall in Canton, Ohio, It featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins and The Pastels.
1958: Capitol Records officially abandons the sale of 78 RPM singles in the UK, choosing to issue all new releases as 45 RPM only.
1959: As the snow melts in Mason City, Iowa, Buddy Holly’s glasses are found from the plane crash that killed him two months earlier. They are turned in to police, where they stay until 1980, when a sheriff finds them and returns them to Holly’s widow.
1962: The Rolling Stones began to take shape when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met guitarist Brian Jones at the Ealing Jazz Club. Jones performs ‘Dust My Blues’ which impresses Jagger and Richards. Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts came into the picture in January of 1963.
1962: The Beatles played at the Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool without George Harrison who was ill. This was the group’s last performance before leaving for their third extended engagement in Hamburg, West Germany.
1966: Working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recorded overdubs on the new John Lennon song ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ and the new Paul McCartney song ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ for the forthcoming ‘Revolver’ album.
1967: Paving the way for what would become an FM radio format, Tom Donahue, a San Francisco DJ, starts to program ‘progressive’ music on San Francisco’s KMPX-FM. KMPX begins playing Rock ‘n’ Roll album cuts instead of 45 RPM singles.
1967: The Who flew to Essen for a two-week German tour. Their entourage was without Keith who missed the flight and had to take the next one. Along for the tour were Kit Lambert with Richard ‘The Beast’ Green as Who publicist. Also along for the ride were Pete’s Royal College of Art chums, film-maker Richard Stanley and photographer Chris Morphet. Publicity film and stills were shot in the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) of the group larking about with bunches of flowers, juggling oranges, playing a Melodica and rolling down a grassy hill. All very groovy 60s kinds of thing that several groups (starting with The Beatles) were photographed doing for teen magazines and Sunday newspapers.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Floral Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the ABC Theatre in Carlisle, Cumbria, England.
1968: At the Generation Club in New York, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, B.B. King, Richie Havens and Buddy Guy take the stage for a jam session in tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., who was killed three days earlier.
1968: At the end of a North American tour The Who played at the CNE Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario.
1969: John Lennon recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in his Toronto hotel room. It became his first solo single.
1969: Sly & The Family Stone’s 4th studio album, ‘Stand!’ is released. It reached #13 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #3 on the Top R&B LP’s chart, bolstered by the #1 hit (on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Top R&B Singles charts) ‘Everyday People.’ In 2003, the album was ranked #118 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1969: Nazz ‘Nazz Nazz’ is released. It reached #80 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1970: On this week’s Top 5 singles chart; #5, ‘Bridge Over Trouble Water’by Simon and Garfunkel, #4, ‘Spirit In The Sky,’ Norman Greenbaum, #3, ‘Instant Karma’ by John Lennon, #2, ‘ABC’ The Jackson Five, and at #1, ‘Let It Be,’ The Beatles.
1970: Genesis played Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. 1970: Led Zeppelin played the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, NC.
1970: Delaney & Bonnie’s 3rd album, ‘Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: On Tour with Eric Clapton’ is released. It reached #29 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #39 on the British album chart.
1971: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s 2nd album, ‘4 Way Street’ is released. It shipped Gold and reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. A document of their tour from the previous year, the live recordings presented were taken from shows at The Fillmore East, New York, June 2–June 7, 1970 The Chicago Auditorium, Chicago, July 5, 1970 and The Forum, Los Angeles, June 26–June 28, 1970.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at The Place, a small club in Miami, Florida. 1971: Elton John played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1972: The Grateful Dead appeared at The Empire Poo in, London, England, tickets cost £1 ($1.50.)
1973: Yes performed at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1973: Humble Pie, Foghat and Gentle Giant played the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, WV.
1974: Aerosmith played the Michigan Palace in Detroit.
1974: The Eagles with opener Jesse Colin Young play Robertson Gymnasium in Santa Barbara, CA.
1975: Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form his own band Rainbow. Tommy Bolin replaced Blackmore. Blackmore would re-join Deep Purple in 1984 before leaving for good in 1993.
1975: Deep Purple played Palais Des Sports in Paris.
1976: Rush played Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. 1976: Bad Company with special guests Rush played the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. 1976: Elton John played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1976: The Beatles ‘Helter Skelter’ [mono] b/w ‘Helter Skelter’ [stereo] DJ promo 45 single is released in the US.The song was written by Paul as a deliberate effort to create a sound as loud and dirty as possible. It was included in the Beatles 1968 double LP, The Beatles, aka The White Album. It was ranked #52 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs” list. It was also released in 1976 as the B-side of a single with ‘Got To Get You Into My Life.’ The single peaked at #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Then on April 6, 1976 it was released as a “Not For Sale” promotional 45 single.
1976: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Heart’s ‘Crazy On You’ debuting at #86, Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’ at #49, KISS’ ‘Shout It Out Loud’ at #40, Sweet’s ‘Action’ at #20, David Bowie’s ‘Golden Years’ at #17, and Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’ at #16.
1977: The Damned that are the first British Punk band to play U.S. shows. They begin a four-night stand at CBGBs.
1977: Black Sabbath played at Stadthalle in Offenbach am Main, Germany.
1978: Prince releases his debut album, ‘For You.’
1978: The Police released ‘Roxanne.’ The single didn’t chart in England or the U.S. until the following year.
1978: The Band’s ‘The Last Waltz’ album is released. The triple-album documents the Band’s “farewell” concert which took place at Bill Graham’s Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving Day 1976. The event included an actual Thanksgiving dinner for 5000 attendees, with ballroom dancing and a stage set for La Traviata borrowed from the San Francisco Opera.
1978: Genesis’ 9th studio album ‘…And Then There Were Three…’ is released in the UK (March 23 in the US). It reached #14 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and reached #3 on the UK Albums chart, and remained on the charts for 32 weeks. It is the band’s first album as a trio.
1979: 24 year old Rickie Lee Jones performs her upcoming single ‘Chuck E’s In Love’ on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ The song would rise to #4 on the Billboard chart and help bring Jones a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. She also performs a full-beatnik rendition of ‘Coolsville,’ complete with cigarette and beret.
1979: The Doobie Brothers’ ‘Minute By Minute’ is the #1 album in the U.S. It sells three-million copies.
1979: The inaugural California World Music Festival kicked off its first day at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Cheech and Chong were the hosts, with the co-headliners Ted Nugent & Cheap Trick joined on the bill by REO Speedwagon, Mahogany Rush, Toto, The Outlaws & Fabulous Poodles.
1979: Dire Straits peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their debut single ‘Sultans of Swing.’ 1980: Van Halen kicked off a four date Western Canadian tour at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, Ontario, Canada.
1981: The Who’s former manager Kit Lambert died after falling down a flight of stairs in his mother’s home in London, England. Along with his partner, Chris Stamp, Lambert guided The Who from 1964 through 1967 and produced many of their albums including ‘The Who Sell Out’ and ‘Tommy.’
1981: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their first full-scale tour in Hamburg, Germany. This was Springsteen’s first tour outside North America, which would take in 10 countries.
1984: The Romantics single ‘One In A Million’ peaks at #37 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Night Ranger’s ‘Sister Christian’ at #48, Steve Perry’s ‘Oh Sherrie’ debuts at #47, Duran Duran’s ‘New Moon On Monday’ at #43, Bon Jovi’s ‘Runaway’ at #42, The Romantics peak at #37 with ‘One In A Million,’ and Kenny Loggins’ ‘Footloose’ was #1.‬
1984: Keel played their first-ever concert at The Perkins Palace in Pasadena, CA.
1985: Grateful Dead played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA. 1986: Van Halen with special guests Bachman-Turner Overdrive played the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke, FL.
1986: Elton John is recognized for his Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 31st Ivor Novello Awards.
1987: Roger Waters’ lawyers issued a statement that Roger believed himself to be the creative driving force behind Pink Floyd and therefore he would contest the use of the name by anyone else and any former members of Pink Floyd.
1987: Pastor Oral Roberts says that God will kill him if he doesn’t raise $1 million in donations. In response, Ozzy Osbourne sends him one dollar to use toward psychiatric treatment.
1987: Whitesnake releases their self-titled 7th album, which goes on to sell over 8 million copies in the U.S. alone. It peaks at #2 on Billboard’s 200 album chart and #8 on the UK Albums chart. The breakthrough included four hit tracks: ‘Give Me All Your Love’ (Billboard Hot 100 #48, Mainstream Rock #22), ‘Here I Go Again’ (Billboard Hot 100 #1 Mainstream Rock #4),'”Is This Lov'” (Billboard Hot 100 #2 Mainstream Rock #13), and ‘Still Of The Night’ (Billboard Hot 100 #79 Mainstream Rock #18).
1988: Alice Cooper nearly hanged himself while rehearsing his act at the Wembley Arena in London when a safety rope broke and left him swinging by his neck. He was promptly rescued by a quick thinking roadie.
1988: Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple to form Rainbow with Ronnie James Dio. He is replaced by Tommy Bolin. Blackmore rejoins Deep Purple in 1984 but leaves permanently in 1993.
1989: Sepultura released their 3rd studio album (and first for Roadrunner Records), ‘Beneath the Remains.’ 1989: Poison with special guests Tesla played the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
1990: Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee suffers a mild concussion after falling 20 feet from the scaffolding above his elevated drum kit. Tommy was descending as usual on a bungee rope but panicked when he thought his roadie wouldn’t pull the brake in time. He was turned upside down and smashed heads with a person in the audience, before he hit the ground head-first and blacked out. He was immediately rushed to the hospital in New Haven, CT.
1990: Opeth was formed.
1990: After a year on the album chart, Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Nick Of Time’ finally reaches #1.
1990: Guns N’ Roses perform their last concert with the Appetite For Destruction lineup at Farm Aid IV at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis. Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Elton John, Bruce Hornsby, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Don Henley, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson also perform. 1990: Rush with special guests Mr. Big played the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA.
1990: At Farm Aid IV in Indianapolis, Elton John sings ‘Candle In The Wind’ for 18 year old Ryan White, who is suffering from AIDS. White will die just hours after the show and Elton will act as a pallbearer at his funeral four days later.
1990: Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee was injured when performing a stunt during a concert, falling 20 feet from a lighting rig. Tommy was descending as usual on a bungee rope but panicked when he thought his roadie wouldn’t pull the brake in time. He was turned upside down and smashed heads with a person in the audience, before he hit the ground head-first and blacked out. He was immediately rushed to the hospital in New Haven, CT. 1992: Metallica played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1994: Courtney Love was arrested on drugs and theft charges after a reported overdose. At this time, Love was unaware that her husband Kurt Cobain was dead at their home, (his body wasn’t discovered until April 8, by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system at their house).
1995: Eddie Van Halen had a loaded Beretta semi-automatic pistol taken away from him after Burbank airport police discovered the handgun in his carry-on luggage. He misses a concert and gets fined.
1997: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher married actress Patsy Kensit at Marylebone Registry office in London. They divorced three years later.
1997: U2’s ‘Discotheque’ album is certified gold by the record industry.
1997: Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell informs the group’s label, A&M, that the band is history.
1998: Legendary rock drumer Cozy Powell, dies in a car wreck outside of Bristol when his car hits plows into road a divider.
1998: Goo Goo Dolls released their single ‘Iris,’ from their album ‘Dizzy Up The Girl.’ The song became one of the biggest alternative rock staples of the 1990’s, and also is one of the biggest crossover hits in the history of popular music. It reached #1 on the modern rock, pop and adult contemporary charts and became the most played song of 1998 for all formats. The worldwide hit also went to #1 in Australia, Canada and Italy. 1998: Jerry Cantrell released his debut solo album ‘Boggy Depot.’
2000: Heinz, bass player and singer with The Tornadoes died aged 57. The group had the Joe Meek produced 1962 UK and US #1 single ‘Telstar,’ making them the first UK group to score a US #1 single. Heinz had the 1963 solo hit ‘Just Like Eddie,’ a tribute to Eddie Cochran, which featured future Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.
2001: Paul McCartney bought the four-bedroom Beverly Hills home of Courtney Love for $3.995m. The gated 1930’s house had it’s own swimming pool and 1.5 acres of land.
2003: Jury selection began in a wrongful-death suit brought against Tommy Lee in connection with the 2001 drowning death of a boy at a pool party.
2004: Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil had a misdemeanor battery case dismissed after he completed 100 hours of community service. Neil was charged after a 2002 scuffle outside a Sunset Strip nightclub.
2004: Cold kicks off a U.S. trek with Sevendust.
2004: Kid Rock hosts a New York City event celebrating the Ford Mustang’s 40th anniversary.
2004: A High Court judge rules that a trademark battle between Apple Computer Inc. and The Beatles’ record company Apple Corps Ltd. should be heard in London. The record company is suing Apple Computer claiming the American company violated a ’91 agreement by entering the music business with its iTunes online store.
2005: Singer-guitarist Mark Lanegan takes a break from the Queens Of The Stone Age tour. Exhaustion is cited as the reason. QOTSA’s website wishes Lanegan “a speedy recovery, so that he can return [to] the touring Queen’s circus ASAP.”
2005: Velvet Revolver performs ‘Dirty Little Thing,’ from their ‘Contraband’ album, on NBC’s Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
2005: Canadian born Mighty Mike, the diminutive emcee on Motley Crue’s 2005 tour is refused entry into the United States following the band’s show in Winnipeg, Canada. Not the type to take things too seriously, the Crue lets the one-liners fly. “This could set U.S./Canadian relations back a couple of weeks,” quips singer Vince Neil. Drummer Tommy Lee jokes, “It’s no big deal, hopefully Mighty Mike will grow from this experience.”
2005: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne revealed that their eldest daughter Aimee had surgery after a breast cancer scare.
2006: An internet fan site broke the news that Love front man Arthur Lee was battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He would succumb to the disease on August 3rd.
2008: 66 year old Bob Dylan received an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his “profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”
2006: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton performs at the 11th annual Banned In Boston event. Hamilton dresses as former first lady Barbara Bush for a musical number. “I always seem to find myself cast in drag,” jokes the bassist. “I seem to be getting kind of good at it, which worries me.” The fund-raiser supports the city’s Urban Improv violence-prevention program.
2007: Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready performs with his UFO tribute band, Flight To Mars at the fifth annual Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America benefit concert in Seattle. McCready has long suffered from Crohn’s disease.
2007: Judas Priest singer Rob Halford appears on the debut episode of Rocknation, a syndicated weekly cable TV Heavy Metal program.
2008: The newly reunited Stone Temple Pilots announce a 65-date reunion tour and play for the first time since 2002.
2008: 66 year old Bob Dylan received an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his “profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”
2009: ‘Sick,’ from Duff McKagan’s band Loaded, is released. It’s the band’s follow-up to 2001’s ‘Dark Days.’ Two songs are streamed on Playboy’s official site where McKagan writes a financial column.
2009: Chickenfoot, the “supergroup” with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith appear on the cover of the June issue of Guitar World.
2009: Neil Young’s ‘Fork In The Road’ album is released.
2009: The jukebox musical ‘Rock of Ages,’ a celebration of glam metal and classic rock of the ’80s, opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York.
2009: The Bob Dylan documentary DVD, ‘Never Ending Tour Diaries,’ is released. Former Dylan drummer Winston Watson recorded home-video footage during a five-year run with Dylan in the ’90s. There are on-stage collaborations with Neil Young, George Harrison and the Rolling Stones.
2009: Green Day perform their ’21st Century Breakdown’ album in its entirety at a 500-capacity club in San Francisco. The trio is augmented by two extra guitarists and a keyboardist at the surprise show.
2009: Slipknot takes home Best Live Band and Monster Riff of the Year trophies at the first-ever Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards in L.A. Ozzy Osbourne receives a lifetime achievement honor. Other winners include Metallica, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Pantera/HellYeah drummer Vinnie Paul. The ceremony celebrates Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
2010: Public Image Ltd. make their first television appearance in over 18 years when they perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) tells Kimmel “it just annoys me to see how much I’ve influenced modern music without any appreciation.”
2010: The Top 9 American Idol finalist perform songs from The Beatles’ “Lennon-McCartney Songbook.” Paul McCartney makes a brief cameo.
2012: The first Lollapalooza Brazil in Sao Paulo is headlined by the Foo Fighters. Arctic Monkeys, Foster The People and Joan Jett are among the performers at the two-day event. Over 70,000 attend to support the expansion of the festival to South America.
2013: Former AC/DC bassist Neil Smith dies after a battle with cancer. He was 60.
2013: Andy Johns, the legendary producer and engineer, dies of complications from a stomach ulcer. He was 62. Johns worked on classic albums that have sold in excess of 160 millions copies by bands ranging from Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones to Van Halen and Cinderella.
2014: 25-year-old Peaches Geldof, daughter of the Live Aid mastermind Bob Geldof, is found dead in Kent, England after overdosing on heroin. Her mother, Paula Yates, died in 2000 when Peaches was 11.
2015: Elton John and Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) release a joint statement in support of transgender prisoners in the state of Georgia, where the issue had come to the forefront. “Transgender women in male prisons have an equal right to protection from violence and abuse in prison, yet they continue to face horrific injustices,” states the duo.
2015: The original manuscript of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ sold for $1.2 million at a New York auction. The 16-page draft had been expected to fetch as much as $1.5 million at the Christie’s sale. McLean said writing the song was “a mystical trip into his past”.
2016: DJ Ashba (Guns N’ Roses) opens Ashba Clothing, a retail store, at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas.
2016: Simon And Garfunkel’s 52-year-old track ‘The Sounds Of Silence’ made a surprise return to the Billboard charts when it debuted at #6 on the Hot Rock Songs chart as well as #2 on the Streaming Rock Songs chart. The song was featured in a viral video that showed actor Ben Affleck looking pensive as his ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Freedom’ co-star Henry Cavill discussed the negative reviews given to their new movie.
2017: Deep Purple release their album ‘Infinite.’
2017: The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center took place in Brooklyn, New York. The inductees: Yes, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, 2Pac with the Award for Musical Excellence going to Nile Rodgers. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson inducted Yes, Dhani Harrison did the honors for ELO, David Letterman inducted Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne for Joan Baez, Snoop Dog for 2Pac and Pharell for Nile Rodgers.
2017: Megadeth bassist David Ellefson leads the grand opening celebration of the first brick and mortar Ellefson Coffee Co. in his hometown of Jackson, MN. Previously, the coffee was only available online.
2017: Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin exits the stage mid-song during a Dallas concert after having a stare down with drummer Dave Moreno. Scantlin places his hands on his hips before shouting “David what?” A few seconds later he drops the mic, picks up his bag and walks offstage.

April 8
1956: During a tour of Colorado, Texas and New Mexico, Elvis Presley played two shows at Denver Coliseum in Colorado, (1 matinee and 1 evening).
1960: Elvis Presley’s 10th album, ‘Elvis is Back!’ is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard chart, and topped the UK Album chart.
1963: John and Cynthia Lennon become the proud parents of a baby boy who they name Julian, after John’s late mother, Julia. He grow up to have a music career of his own, scoring Top Ten hits with ‘Valotte’ (#9 in 1984) and ‘Too Late for Goodbyes’ (#5 in 1985).
1966: The Who played at Queens Hall in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
1966: The Righteous Brothers reach the top of the Billboard singles chart for the second time with ‘(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration.’
1967: The Doors first single, ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side),’ hits a wall, stalling at #126 in the US. Their next release, ‘Light My Fire,’ does much better, going to #1.
1967: Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley and Booker T And The MG’s all appeared at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in England.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Rhodes Arts Complex in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
1967: John Lennon took his Rolls Royce to coachbuilders J.P. Fallon Ltd. in Surrey to inquire if they could paint his car in psychedelic colors. This was based on an idea by Marijke Koger (“The Fool” who was a member of Dutch team of gypsy artists). J.P. Fallon commissioned Steve Weaver’s pattern of scroll and flowers for the Phantom V. The cost for having the work done came in at £2,000. A custom interior/exterior sound system was also installed as well as a Sony television; telephone (WEYBRIDGE 46676) and a portable refrigerator.
1969: Led Zeppelin performed at Cherry Tree in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England.
1970: The UK premiere of the Woodstock movie took place in London.
1971: Pink Floyd began the recording sessions for the album Meddle at EMI Studios in London.
1971: Chicago began a week long stint at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, which was released as a quadruple album box set later in the year. 1971: Johnny Winter, J. Geils Band & Dreams played the first of three nights at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, CA.
1972: Written after the ‘Bloody Sunday Massacre’, in Northern Ireland Paul McCartney and Wings released ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish.’ The song was banned by the BBC and the IBA. It peaked at #16 in the UK and #21 in the U.S.
1972: The Grateful Dead perform at the Wembley Empire Pool in London as part of their landmark Europe ’72 tour, which has been released on CD as a complete box set.
1972: Humble Pie played The Warehouse in New Orleans, LA.
1973: Humble Pie and Gentle Giant played the Hampton Roads Coliseum in Hampton, VA. 1973: Beck, Bogert & Appice with special guests Steely Dan & Wet Willie played Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI.
1973: During his ‘Ziggy Stardust’ world tour, David Bowie played the first of three sold out nights at Shinjuku Koseinenkin, Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan.
1973: ‘Journey Through The Past’ Neil Young’s filmed autobiography premieres at the Dallas Film Festival.
1974: Paul McCartney & Wings ‘Band On The Run’ b/w ‘Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five’ 45 single is released. The single sold one million copies in 1974 in the United States, where it reached #1, and it went to #3 in the UK. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies. It was the second of five #1 singles for the band on the Billboard Hot 100.
1974: Dr. John releases the album ‘Desitively Bonnaroo.’ The title, a creole saying for “good stuff,” provides the appellation for the Bonnaroo music festival.
1974: Brownsville Station played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI.
1975: Rush appeared at the Civic Theatre in Akron, OH.
1975: Aerosmith released their 3rd album, ‘Toys in the Attic.’ It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It is ranked #228 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album’s title track is part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list. Also featuring ‘Walk This Way’ and ‘Sweet Emotion,’ it remains the band’s most successful album domestically, selling in excess of eight million copies. Steven Tyler said that his original idea for the album cover was a teddy bear sitting in the attic with its wrist cut and stuffing spread across the floor. They decided, in the end, to put all of the animals in instead.
1975: John Lennon was a guest on the Tomorrow Show on NBC with Tom Snyder. It was later broadcast on April 29.
1976: The Rolling Stones ‘Fool To Cry’ b/w ‘Hot Stuff’ 45 single is released. It reached #6 on the UK Singles Charts and #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1976: Firefall released their self-titled debut album. It features three singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100 – ‘You Are the Woman’ (#9), ‘Livin’ Ain’t Livin’ (#42) and ‘Cinderella’ (#34).
1976: David Bowie’s world tour moves to Europe for a performance at Philips Halle in Dusseldorf, Gemany.
1976: Bad Company performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD.
1976: Genesis appeared at the Beacon Theater in New York City.
1977: The Damned became the first English punk group to play New York’s famed venue CBGB. At their hotel, they discovered that The Rolling Stones left a birthday cake, seven meringue pies and three prostitutes for them.
1977: Clash release their self-titled debut album in the UK. It was released in the United States in 1979, dropping four tracks and adding five other tracks. It reached #12 on the UK Albums chart. In 2000, Q magazine rated the album #48 on its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.
1977: Judas Priest‬ released their Roger Glover produced 3rd studio album ‘Sin After Sin’ featuring the single ‘Diamonds & Rust.’ 1977: Jethro Tull played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1978: Eddie Money saw his first U.S. hit, ‘Baby Hold On’ enter the Billboard chart, where it would reach #11. He would go on to place nine more songs in the Top 40, including two Top 10 hits ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ (#4 in 1986) and ‘Walk On Water’ (#9 in 1988).
1979: The inaugural California World Music Festival kicked off its second day at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Aerosmith was the co-headliner (with Van Halen), playing the first night on their 38 date ‘Night In The Rut’ Tour. Hosted by Cheech and Chong, the lineup also included AC/DC, UFO, Eddie Money, Toto & Mother’s Finest.
1979: Van Halen began their first world tour.
1980: Van Halen performed at the Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta.
1980: Brian Johnson fills the vacant vocalist slot in AC/DC, 6 weeks after the death of Bon Scott. Scott himself had spoken about Johnson to his bandmates when he saw him onstage in England in the early 1970’s.
1981: Pat Travers Band, Rainbow and Krokuys played The Old Lady of Brady Theatre in Tulsa, OK.
1982: Toto’s ‘Toto IV’ album is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The album received six Grammy Awards including Record of the Year for ‘Rosanna,’ Album of the Year and Producer of the Year for the band. The single ‘Rosanna’ reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the album’s 3rd single, ‘Africa,’ became the group’s only Hot 100 #1 hit. ‘I Won’t Hold You Back’ came next and reached the top 10 in the USA. 1983: Billy Squier and Def Leppard played Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis, MN.
1986: Foghat & Wishbone Ash played The Oasis in Sacramento, CA.
1988: R.E.M. left IRS Records and signed with Warner Brothers records.
1988: Yngwie Malmsteen’s 4th studio album, Rising Force ‘Odyssey’ is released, featuring Joe Lynn Turner on the vocals. It’s his highest charting U.S. album to date, reaching number 40 and staying in the charts for over four months.
1989: 26-year-old David Hirsch replaced 59-year-old Dick Clark on American Bandstand. His debut also marked Bandstand’s move to the USA cable network from national syndication. Clark had been the host of the program for 33 years. 1990: Faith No More with special guests Primus played The Omni in Oakland, CA.
1994: The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Pink Floyd’s 1973 album ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ had become the fourth biggest-selling album in U.S. history and had passed the 13 million mark in sales. Worldwide, ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ has sold more than 25 million copies.
1994: The Offspring’s breakthrough album ‘Smash’ is released. Thanks to the success of the singles ‘Come Out and Play’ and ‘Self Esteem,’ ‘Smash’ eventually becomes one of the best selling independent records of all time, selling at least 15 million copies worldwide.
1994: An electrician hired to install a security system at Kurt Cobain’s residence finds the body of the 27 year old Nirvana front man lying on the floor of a room above the garage with a shotgun on his chest and a suicide note nearby. Not everyone was convinced his death was a suicide and The Mystery Of Kurt Cobain’s Death is still a hotly debated topic today.
1996: Ted Nugent demonstrated archery at Michigan’s state capitol in Lansing. Nugent declared archery as a way to keep kids off alcohol and drugs.
1997: KISS released the compilation album ‘Greatest Kiss.’
1997: Singer-songwriter Laura Nyro dies at age 49 of ovarian cancer.
1998: The Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was exploring islands near Rio de Janeiro in a small boat when one of the engines caught fire. He, along with ten other passengers were rescued when nearby journalists came to their aid.
1998: Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee is sentenced to at least six months in County Jail after pleading no contest to a felony charge of beating his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee. He was released after 90 days for good behavior. Concurrently, he completed a 30-day sentence for beating a security guard at a Crüe concert in Phoenix.
2000: Santana returned to the top of the US singles chart for the second time in six months with ‘Maria Maria,’ another track pulled from the Grammy Award winning album ‘Smooth.’
2000: At the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California, Santana recreated tracks from his ‘Supernatural’ album with Dave Matthews, Lauryn Hill, Sarah McLachlan and Rob Thomas for a TV special.
2002: Marilyn Manson denied claims that he was responsible for the death of a woman after a party at his mansion in 2001. Jennifer Syme, a former girlfriend of actor Keanu Reeves, died when her Jeep Cherokee hit three parked cars. Her mother, Maria St John, was suing the singer for wrongful death, claiming Manson was negligent in “instructing the woman to operate a motor vehicle in her incapacitated condition”.
2003: Godsmack’s 3rd album, ‘Faceless,’ is released.
2003: Judas Priest released their 4th live album, ‘Live in London.’
2003: Jet play their first L.A. concert. Just 50 people show up. Exactly one year later, the group gives two sold out L.A. shows at the legendary Wiltern theater.
2003: Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, releases her first solo album, ‘To Whom It May Concern.’ It debuts at #5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
2004: Vince Neil pleads no contest to battery charges stemming from an 2003 incident in which he allegedly assaulted a prostitute at a legal Nevada brothel. The judge gives Neil a 30-day suspended jail sentence, orders him to complete anger-management sessions and fines him $1,000.
2005: Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash performs the U.S. and Canadian national anthems at the Toronto Blue Jays’ home opener against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
2006: The Rolling Stones play their first-ever concert in mainland China with a gig in Shanghai at Shanghai’s Grand Stage Theatre. The Stones were banned from performing three songs (‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ ‘Rough Justice’). Chinese rock star Cui Jian joined the band on stage for a duet with Mick Jagger on ‘Wild Horses.’
2008: Led Zeppelin topped the list of Classic Rock magazine’s ‘Best Live Acts Of All Time’. The Who were voted in at #2 and AC/DC at #3.
2008: P.O.D. release ‘When Angels & Serpents Dance.’ The album marks the band’s first effort since original guitarist Marcos Curiel returned to the band.
2008: ASHES diVIDE roll out their debut album ‘Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright.’ The group is the brainchild for former A Perfect Circle guitarist and founding member, Billy Howerdel.
2008: Former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery releases ‘Help Wanted.’ Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and Garbage singer Shirley Manson all guest on the album.
2010: Slipknot’s Joey Jordison makes his debut as Rob Zombie’s drummer during a performance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in L.A. And the winners are: Album of the Year – Alice In Chains’ ‘Black Gives Way To Blue’; Best Live Band – Metallica; Best Vocalist – Ronnie James Dio (Heaven & Hell); Best Guitarist – Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society); Best Drummer – Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold).
2010: Malcolm McLaren former manager of the Sex Pistols, the New York Dolls and Bow Wow Wow died from cancer at age 64. As a solo artist he scored the 1983 UK #3 single ‘Double Dutch.’ He set up the fashion store Let It Rock in the late 60’s with Vivienne Westwood selling rubber and fetish gear. He recruited local kids who frequented his Kings Road boutique ‘Sex’ and dubbed them the Sex Pistols.
2011: Ozzy Osbourne provides the voice for the Earth Troll character in an installment of the Disney Channel’s ‘Fish Hooks.’ The segment focuses on the importance of recycling.
2012: It was reported that organizers for the 2012 ceremony had recently asked the manager of The Who if legendary drummer Keith Moon would be able to perform at the forthcoming London Olympics Games. Who manager Bill Curbishley, told The Times how he responded to the request. “I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to The Who’s anthemic line ‘I hope I die before I get old,'” he said. “If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him.”
2013: ‘Bill Wyman’s Scrapbook’ is available. The limited-edition book by the former Rolling Stones’ bassist has letters, photographs and memorabilia from his musical career.
2014: A documentary that chronicled the history of one of the British Invasion’s most popular bands called, ‘The Dave Clark Five and Beyond — Glad All Over,’ premiered on PBS’ Great Performances.
2014: KISS frontman Paul Stanley publishes his autobiography, ‘Face The Music: A Life Exposed.’
2014: Black Label Society release their 9th studio album, ‘Catacombs Of The Black Vatican.’ It is the first BLS set to feature former Breaking Benjamin drummer Chad Szeliga.
2015: Sixx A.M., with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, launch their first North American headlining tour in San Francisco.
2016: Zakk Wylde’s solo album ‘Book Of Shadows II’ is released. The set from the Black Label Society guitarist marks the 20th anniversary of the first ‘Book Of Shadows’ release
2016: Guns N’ Roses begin their ‘Not In This Lifetime’ tour in Las Vegas featuring original members Slash, Duff McKagan and Axl Rose.
2016: Deftones release their 8th album, ‘Gore.’
2016: Filter release their 7th album, ‘Crazy Eyes.’
2016: Zakk Wylde’s solo album ‘Book Of Shadows II’ is released. The set from the Black Label Society guitarist marks the 20th anniversary of the first ‘Book Of Shadows’ release.
2016: Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller and Chicago are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple) and vocalist/bassist Peter Cetera (Chicago) are no-shows while guitarist Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) and Steve Miller are critical of event ticket prices. Miller goes on a backstage rant saying the Hall is like “a private boys club,” and lets loose on the organizers. “It’s a bunch of jackasses and jerks and f–king gangsters and crooks.” Miller also notes the absence of a single female inductee.
2016: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band cancel their concert in Greensboro, NC to protest the passing of the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as the “bathroom bill.” Springsteen condemns lawmakers for passing a bill that “infringes so heavily on the rights” of the state’s LGBT community. “No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden,” Springsteen writes. Pearl Jam follows suit, bowing out of a show in Raleigh.
2016: The Baltimore Orioles play the Woody Guthrie song ‘This Land Is Your Land’ during the seventh inning stretch in their game against the Rays, starting a tradition of playing the song at every Friday home game. It’s part of their “Community Heroes” program to honor local citizens and an effort to diversity their musical selections to reflect progressive ideals. On Saturday nights they play ‘America The Beautiful,’ and on Sundays it’s ‘God Bless America.’
2016: The Guns N’ Roses reunion tour gets underway in Las Vegas. Axl Rose, who fractured his foot at a warm-up show, performs from the throne Dave Grohl used to play Foo Fighters shows when he was hobbled.
2016: Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani are officially divorced after 14 years of marriage. They share three sons: Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo.

April 9
1860: What is believed to be the world’s oldest recording was made by French inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville when he recorded a young lady, believed by historians to be his daughter, singing “Au Clair de la Lune”. The song was captured on a “phonautograph”, a device that engraved sound waves onto a sheet of paper blackened by the smoke of an oil lamp. The event took place 17 years before Thomas Edison invented his phonograph.
1953: Elvis Presley performs at the L.C. Humes High School talent contest, singing ‘Keep Them Cold, Icy Fingers Off Of Me.’
1956: Gene Vincent records ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ (and ‘Race With The Devil’) in Norfolk, VA. A week later, the guitarist is back performing with the group.
1963: The Beatles appeared live on the ITV show Tuesday Rendezvous, miming ‘From Me to You’ and ‘Please Please Me’ (during the closing credits). In the evening The Beatles played live at the Gaumont State Cinema in Kilburn, London.
1964: Capitol and Vee Jay Records settle their feud out of court over the rights to recordings by The Beatles. Capitol contended in the suit that Vee Jay’s rights to the Beatles had been cancelled on August 8th 1963, for non-payment of royalties. Vee Jay was forced to stop selling ‘From Me To You,’ ‘Please Please Me,’ ‘Love Me Do’ and other early Beatle releases.
1964: The Rolling Stones make their first live appearance on British TV’s Ready Steady Go!
1965: Rolling Stones’ dress sense attacked by E.M. Roberts, a Welsh headmaster, who is particularly critical of corduroy trousers. He said it was a ‘disservice to the young if adults interpret freedom as a complete disregard of the rules’.
1965: Bruce Johnston joins The Beach Boys as the permanent replacement for Brian Wilson. Glen Campbell had been briefly been playing bass on the road and singing Brian Wilson’s vocal parts.
1965: The Yardbirds ‘For Your Love’ b/w ‘Got To Hurry’ 45 single is released. Written by future 10cc member Graham Gouldman, it peaked at #3 on UK Singles Chart and became their highest charting single in the U.S., peaking at #6.
1965: The Beatles ‘Ticket To Ride’ b/w ‘Yes It Is’ 45 single is released in the UK. It was recorded February 15, 1965 and released two months later. In 2004, this song was ranked #384 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
1966: Jeff Beck collapsed on stage during a Yardbirds gig in Marseilles, France. A week later, the guitarist is back performing with the group.
1967: The Doors and The Jefferson Airplane appeared at Cheetah on the Santa Monica Pier in Venice, California. This was the largest show The Doors had played to date with a crowd of over 3,000.
1967: The Who appeared at Thalia Theater in Wuppertal, Germany.
1968: Jimi Hendrix and B. B. King performed at the Generation Club in New York.
1969: King Crimson makes its debut performance at the Speakeasy in London.
1969: Emerson, Lake and Palmer perform their first concert at the Speakeasy in London.
1969: Yes played at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: Bob Dylan’s 9th studio album, ‘Nashville Skyline’ is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and topped the UK Albums chart. The single, ‘Lay Lady Lay’ was a Top 10 hit, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1970: Paul McCartney announces a “temporary break with The Beatles,” citing “personal differences” and adding that he will no longer record with John Lennon. Paul disapproved of Yoko Ono and of Beatles financial advisor Allen Klein. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney’s resignation, John said, “Paul hasn’t left. I sacked him.” A week after McCartney’s announcement, he released his first solo album, spelling the end of the Beatles.
1970: Pink Floyd kicked off their 2nd North American tour at The Fillmore East in New York City. 1970: Led Zeppelin played Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, FL.
1970: Dr. John’s 3rd album, ‘Remedies’ is released. A dark, almost psychedelic release from 1970 which is murky, mysterious and sometimes downright evil sounding. A great late-night listening record for flirting with the dark side of the psyche.
1973: Newly signed to EMI Records, Queen played a showcase gig for their new record label at the Marquee Club in London.
1973: Paul McCartney releases the ballad ‘My Love,’ which becomes his second solo chart topper.
1974: Bruce Springsteen is introduced to Jon Landau, a rock critic who would later become his manager and help produce Born to Run.
1976: American folk singer songwriter Phil Ochs hung himself at his sisters home in Queens, New York. He wrote ‘There But For Fortune’, a hit for Joan Baez.
1977: Shatterstar Featuring Rudy Sarzo, Jeff Rollings (RIP), Bob Marlette & Frankie Banali play the Rush West club in Glen Ellyn, IL near Chicago.
1977: Peter Gabriel scores debut solo hit with ‘Solsbury Hill.’
1977: During a Led Zeppelin concert at Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Jimmy Page collapsed onstage due to food poisoning one hour into their set.
1977: Rush, Rick Derringer and Max Webster played Hara Arena in Dayton, OH.
1977: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at Pittsburgh Civic Center in Pittsburgh, PA. 1977: Boston with special guests John Miles & Starbuck played the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke, FL.
1977: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Aerosmith’s ‘Back In The Saddle’ at #84 (debut), Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go Your Own Way’ at #51, Queen’s ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ at #49, KISS’ ‘Calling Dr. Love’ at #31, The Electric Light Orchestra’s ‘Do Ya’ at #29, and Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’ was #1. ‬
1978: Rainbow’s 3rd studio album, ‘Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll’ is released. It reached #89 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #7 on the UK Albums chart. It was their last album to feature original lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio.
1979: Blondie received their first Gold record for their 3rd album ‘Paralell Lines,’ which went on to sell a million copies in the U.S. 1980: ZZ Top with special guests Roadmaster played Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY.
1982: The Grateful Dead played at the Community War Memorial Auditorium in Rochester, NY. 1982: Black Sabbath with special guests The Outlaws played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1982: Iron Maiden releases ‘The Number Of The Beast.’ The album goes straight into the UK charts at #1.
1983: ‎Dave Mustaine‬ played his last concert in Brooklyn with ‪Metallica‬. It look place at the legendary club L’Amour.
1983: David Bowie was at #1 on the UK singles chart with the title track from his latest album ‘Let’s Dance,’ his 4th UK #1 and featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar. A US #1 hit, it was Bowie’s first single to reach #1 on both sides of the Atlantic.
1984: R.E.M.’s 2nd album, ‘Reckoning’ is released. It reached #27 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Produced by Mitch Easter and Don Dixon, the album was recorded at Reflection Sound Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina over 16 days in December 1983 and January 1984. Dixon and Easter intended to capture the sound of R.E.M.’s live performances, and used binaural recording on several tracks. Singer Michael Stipe dealt with darker subject matter in his lyrics, and water imagery is a recurring theme on the record.
1984: Cher, for her performance in ‘Silkwood,’ loses the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award to Linda Hunt (in ‘The Year Of Living Dangerously’). Cher would win for Best Actress three years later for her role in ‘Moonstruck.’
1986: ‘Time,’ a musical co-written and produced by one-time drummer, Dave Clark (former namesake of the Dave Clark Five), makes its debut in London.
1987: Ratt and Poison played Selland Arena in Fresno, CA.
1988: Dave Prater of soul duo Sam & Dave was killed when his car left the road and hit a tree in Syracuse, Georgia, on his way to his mother’s house in Ocilla. He was 50. Prater recorded for Stax Records from 1965 to 1968, with hits including ‘Soul Man’ and ‘Hold On, I’m Coming.’
1988: Brook Benton, most often remembered for his 1970 #4 hit, ‘A Rainy Night In Georgia,’ died of complications from spinal meningitis at the age of 57. Along with his own hits, Benton also wrote ‘A Lover’s Question’ by Clyde McPhatter and ‘The Stroll’ by The Diamonds.
1989: The Rolling Stones’ 52-year-old bassist, Bill Wyman, reveals his plans to marry 19 year old Mandy Smith. The two had been dating since she was 13 with the consent of her mother. The pair divorced in 1991. 1989: Anthrax with special guests Exodus & Helloween played the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA. on the MTV Headbanger’s Ball Tour. 1990: Bonham with special guests Johnny Crash & Broken Ties played The Omni in Oakland, CA.
1991: Record producer Martin Hannett died. He worked with many Manchester acts including The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, Magazine as well as U2 and The Psychedelic Furs.
1992: Fort Smith, Arkansas resident Sean Pierce is walking home wearing a T-shirt he purchased the day before at a Van Halen concert when he’s arrested for ‘violating a statute against wearing a smutty shirt’. The shirt has the title of the group’s album ‘For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge’ printed on it. Van Halen offers to pay Pierce’s fine.
1993: Nirvana headline a concert in San Francisco to benefit the Tresnjevka Woman’s Group in Zagreb. Bassist Kirst Novoselic (who is of Croatian descent) says, “I was really pissed off by everything I’d been reading and nobody was doing anything about it.” Civil war and ‘ethnic cleansing’ crippled the former Yugoslavia (Balkans region).
1994: Pantera entered the US album chart at #1 with ‘Far Beyond Driven.’
1997: Soundgarden announce that they are to disband. The group reforms thirteen years later.
1997: Songwriter Mae Boren Axton died aged 82 after drowning in her bath at her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee after an apparent heart attack. Known as the “Queen Mother of Nashville” she wrote over 200 songs including a co-writing credit on the Elvis Presley hit ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’ She was the mother of country singer, songwriter Hoyt Axton.1997: Songwriter Laura Nyro died at her home in Danbury, Connecticut of ovarian cancer at the age of 49. Nyro wrote numerous hit songs including ‘Eli’s Coming’ by Three Dog Night, ‘And When I Die’ by Blood, Sweat And Tears, ‘Stoney End’ by Barbra Streisand, along with ‘Stoned Soul Picnic’ and ‘Wedding Bell Blue’ by the Fifth Dimension.
1999: Bruce Springsteen begins his first tour with the E Street Band since 1988 with a concert in Barcelona. The European leg ends in June, with the first American show in their home turf of New Jersey on July 15. The tour lasts until July 2000, a total of 132 shows.
2002: Megadeth released their ‘Rude Awakening’ DVD.
2002: Motorhead release their 16th studio album, ‘Hammered.’ WWE Superstar Triple H did spoken word co-Vocals on the song ‘Serial Killer,’ with Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed guesting on ‘Mine All Mine.’
2004: Pearl Jam receive an IMPACT Award from the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy. The honor recognizes musicians who “have crossed all musical boundaries and who have been recognized as an asset to the music community.”
2007: Action figures of singer Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora are unveiled. The Sambora doll plays a double-neck guitar, while the Bon Jovi figurine is at a microphone stand. Makes sense. The dolls are in stores a few months later.
2008: R.E.M.’s ‘Accelerate’ sells 115,000 copies in its first week to land at #2 on the Billboard 200. The album makes its debut at #1 in the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and the Czech Republic and #2 in Germany, Italy, Holland and Austria.
2008: Green Day admits (in an email to MTV) that they are also the Garage Rock band Foxboro Hot Tubs. The group posted a downloadable EP titled ‘Stop Drop and Roll!!!’ for free a couple months earlier.
2008: ‘Idol Gives Back,’ American Idol’s charity effort, features Heart performing a shortened version of “Barracuda” with pop singer Fergie. U2’s Bono, former Idol contestant Chris Daughtry and actor Brad Pitt also appear. Though the show fails to earn the previous year’s ratings it does raise millions of dollars for various U.S. charities that help disadvantaged children.
2008: Elton John’s benefit concert for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in New York nets $2.5 million for her campaign. “There is no one more qualified to lead America,” Elton tells the crowd at Radio City Music Hall.
2008: Steve Miller receives the ASCAP Golden Note Award at the performing-rights organization’s 25th annual Pop Music Awards at L.A.’s Kodak Theatre. ASCAP president Marilyn Bergman calls Miller an “iconic music creator whose enduring and instantly recognizable songs say ‘America’ around the world.”
2008: Elton John performed in concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to raise funds for Hillary Clinton’s US Presidential campaign. With ticket prices ranging from $125 to $2,300, the effort took in over $2.5 million.
2008: Shinedown guitarist Jasin Todd is arrested in Jacksonville, FL, on charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer. Though it was in the works prior to the arrest, two days later Todd is officially out of Shinedown.
2009: Duff McKagan’s Loaded celebrate the release of their ‘Sick’ album (issued two days earlier) with a release party in their hometown of Seattle, the first date of Loaded’s U.S. tour.
2010: ‘When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors’ is shown in select U.S. theaters. The biographical film, charting the group’s rise and fall, is narrated by actor Johnny Depp.
2010: Eddie Vedder wins a copyright infringement case revolving around the lyrics to a song the singer performed for the 2007 Sean Penn-directed movie ‘Into The Wild.’ The song’s composer sued the Pearl Jam frontman for changes made to ‘Hard Sun.’ But a U.S. District Court judge rules that some lyric changes are allowed under the law.
2010: Based on a true story of an Army vet who snapped and stole a tank, Megadeth unveil the video for ‘The Right To Go Insane.’ The clip features frontman Dave Mustaine sneaking onto a military facility, stealing a tank and crashing into things. Filming caused a stir a month earlier because no one informed authorities of the tank so the police stormed the set assuming it was some terrorist activity.
2010: 30,000 BBC station 6 Music listeners name John Frusciante (fomerly of the Red Hot Chili Peppers – he left in ’09) the top guitarist of the last 30 years. Slash (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver) comes in second.
2011: A self-portrait by late Pink Floyd vocalist Syd Barrett is stolen from the Syd Barrett Arts and Letters Exhibition at the Idea Generation Gallery in London. The 12-inch by 9-inch self-portrait is later returned, in the mail, undamaged and intact.
2012: Ron Wood’s painting exhibit, ‘Faces, Time and Places,’ opens at the 498 Broome St. Gallery in New York City.
2012: KISS make the first of two appearances on ABC-TV’s ‘Dancing With The With The Stars’ competition. The performances promote their tour with Motley Crue. A second stint comes the following night.
2012: Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ is the all-time best-selling album in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Company. The album tops the list having sold 5.8 million copies. The Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is next, with sales of 5 million.
2012: A ballet based on the life Elton John, ‘Love Lies Bleeding,’ makes its television debut on the CBC. The one-hour ballet was filmed by director Moze Mossanen at the Banff Centre’s Eric Harvie Theatre.
2012: ‘Florence + The Machine MTV Unplugged’ is available via digital retailers. The set features tracks from the group’s debut ‘Lungs’ and follow-up ‘Ceremonials.’ There’s also a duet with Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age/Eagles Of Death Metal) on the Johnny Cash/June Carter classic “Jackson.” The CD version is out the following day.
2013: Drowning Pool released their 5th studio album, ‘Resilience.’ It’s the band’s first set with lead singer Jasen Moreno, who replaced Ryan McCombs.
2013: Device, a group led by Disturbed’s David Draiman and former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo, release their self-titled debut album. “It’s not Metal,” Draiman says. “It’s futuristic Rock.”
2013: Stone Sour release ‘House Of Gold & Bones Pt. 2,’ the conclusion of their two part concept album. Produced by David Bottrill (Tool, Muse), the set was recorded at Sound Farm Studios just outside of Des Moines.
2013: Volbeat release their ‘Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies’ album. It features former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano and is co-produced by Caggiano and Jacob Hansen.
2015: The Replacements launch their ‘Back By Unpopular Demand’ Tour, their first U.S. trek in 24 years. It begins at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre.
2015: Imagine Dragons’ track ‘I’m So Sorry’ is heard in the trailer promoting the third season of the Netflix show ‘Orange Is The New Black.’
2018: Fleetwood Mac officially announced that they had fired guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and replaced him with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House for their upcoming tour.

April 10
1956: Leo Fender patents the successor to his popular “Telecaster” model of electric guitar, this time called the “Stratocaster.”
1957: Rick Nelson sings ‘I’m Walkin’ on his parent’s TV show, ‘The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,’ beginning his Rock n’ Roll career. Originally done to impress a date, the record sells half a million copies in the next week alone.
1958: Dick Clark devoted an hour of his American Bandstand TV show to the memory of Chuck Willis, who had died earlier in the day from peritonitis. Willis recorded hits that included: ‘C.C. Rider’ (#12), ‘What Am I Living For’ (#9) and “‘Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes’ (#24).
1959: Bobby Darin records ‘Splish Splash.’ The record will become a world wide hit, although he was outsold in Britain by a rival version from comedian Charlie Drake.
1961: Del Shannon is the guest on ABC-TV’s American Bandstand, singing his recent breakthrough hit, ‘Runaway.’
1962: The Beatles former bass player Stuart Sutcliff died. (original bassist for eighteen months from January 1960 to June 1961). Sutcliff had stayed in Hamburg Germany after leaving the group. He died of a brain haemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to hospital at age 22. Sutcliffe was included in the band because he had the equipment and place to rehearse, although he couldn’t play very well. His girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, created The Beatle haircut for Stu, and John and Paul followed soon after. Sutcliffe can be heard on very early Beatle tracks included on ‘Anthology 1.’ He left the band in 1961 to resume painting because his headaches were getting too severe to play.
1964: ‘The Beatles Second Album’ is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for five weeks beginning May 2, 1964, replacing ‘Meet the Beatles!’ It was the first time an artist replaced itself at #1 one on the U.S. album charts. Songs for this album were compiled from four different UK releases. Included were the five remaining tracks from the group’s second British LP With the Beatles. Those songs were left off the previous Capitol album ‘Meet the Beatles!’ Also included were ‘Thank You Girl’ (the B-side to the British single ‘From Me to You’), the single ‘She Loves You’ / ‘I’ll Get You,’ ‘You Can’t Do That’ from the A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack in the UK, and two new songs, ‘Long Tall Sally’ and ‘I Call Your Name,’ both released a month later in the UK on the ‘Long Tall Sally’ EP.
1965: A British school in Wrexham, North Wales, asked parents to please keep children in school uniform and not to send them to school in ‘corduroy trousers’, like the ones worn by The Rolling Stones.
1967: Paul McCartney visits a Beach Boys recording session and is said to have loaned his production assistant to the track ‘Vegetables’ for the Smile album.
1967: The Who begins a six-day season at Brian Epstein’s Saville Theatre, with Jimi Hendrix on the bill.
1967: The Young Rascals ‘Groovin’ b/w ‘Sueno’ 45 single is released. Written by group members Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati and with a lead vocal from Cavaliere, it is indeed a slow, relaxed groove, based on Cavaliere’s newfound interest in Afro-Cuban music. Instrumentation included a conga, harmonica, and an effective, Cuban-based bass guitar line from ace session musician Chuck Rainey. The result was fairly different from the Rascals’ white soul origins, enough so that Atlantic Records head Jerry Wexler did not want to release ‘Groovin’. Cavaliere credits disc jockey Murray the K with intervening to encourage Atlantic to release the song. “To tell you the truth, they didn’t originally like the record because it had no drum on it,” admits Cavaliere. “We had just cut it, and he came in the studio to say hello. After he heard the song, he said, ‘Man, this is a smash.’ So, when he (later) heard that Atlantic didn’t want to put it out, he went to see (Atlantic executive) Jerry Wexler and said, ‘Are you crazy? This is a friggin’ #1 record.’ He was right, because it eventually became #1 for five straight weeks.”
1968: Bill Kreutzmann invites Mickey Hart to join Grateful Dead as its second drummer.
1968: The Mothers of Invention appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Drummer Mickey Hart accepts an invitation from Bill Kreuztmann to join the Grateful Dead.
1968: Janis Joplin performed at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival agree to perform at the upcoming Woodstock Festival in New York. They play but for contractual reasons, do not appear in the accompanying film.
1969: Canned Heat, Pogo and Ace of Cups play Robertson Gym on the University of Santa Barbara campus. Tickets were $2.50 for students, $3.50 general admission and $3.50 at the door.
1970: Elton John’s self-titled 2nd album is released in the UK. It was released as his first album in the U.S. on July 22. It reached #5 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #468 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
1970: Doors singer Jim Morrison was dragged off stage by keyboardist Ray Manzarek during a concert in Boston, after Morrison asked the audience, “Would you like to see my genitals?”. Theater management quickly switched off the power. Morrison had been arrested in Miami a year earlier for “lewd and lascivious behavior” during a performance.
1970: 27 year-old Paul McCartney issued a press statement, announcing that The Beatles had split, (one week before the release of his solo album). McCartney said, “I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John”. John Lennon, who had kept his much-earlier decision to leave The Beatles quiet for the sake of the others, was furious. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney’s resignation, Lennon said, “Paul hasn’t left. I sacked him.”
1970: Emerson, Lake And Palmer was formed when drummer Carl Palmer joined keyboardist Keith Emerson and singer/guitarist Greg Lake.
1971: The Doors ‘Love Her Madly’ peaks at #11 on the pop charts.
1971: The Grateful Dead played at East Hall at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
1972 – Delaney & Bonnie’s ‘Where There’s A Will There’s A Way’ b/w ‘Lonesome And A Long Way From Home’ 45 single is released in the U.S., from the album ‘On Tour with Eric Clapton.’
1972: Joe Cocker played The Warehouse in New Orleans, LA.
1973: Led Zeppelin’s 5th album, ‘Houses of the Holy’ was certified Gold. It was the band’s 5th Gold record and went on to sell 11 million copies in the US.
1975: Pink Floyd performed at the Seattle Center Coliseum, the first US date of their North American tour.
1976: The UK music magazine The Melody Maker reviewed a show by The Sex Pistols with the words, “I hope we shall hear no more of them.”
1976: Peter Frampton’s ‘Frampton Comes Alive!’ reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first of ten non-consecutive weeks on top and became the biggest selling live album of all time. Today it’s the 4th biggest selling live album of all time. The LP would stay on the chart for 97 weeks and was voted Album of the year in the 1976 Rolling Stone readers poll.
1976: Three years after its initial release, Aerosmith’s classic, ‘Dream On,’ peaks at #6 on the U.S. pop chart. After its initial release it only peaked at #59.
1976: Bad Company’s 3rd album ‘Run with the Pack’ peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart where it stayed for two weeks. The following December, it would become their first Platinum album.
1978: Gene Simmons and Cher appear on the cover of Rolling Stones as a couple. 1978: Genesis played Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, MO.
1978: Jethro Tull’s 11th album, ‘Heavy Horses’ is released. It reached #19 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and peaked at #20 on the UK Albums Chart. 1979: Van Halen with special guest Robert Fleischman played the Reno Centennial Coliseum in Reno, NV.
1981: Tygers Of Pan Tang release their album, ‘Spellbound.’
1982: Iron Maiden scored their first UK #1 album with ‘The Number Of The Beast.’ The bands 3rd studio album saw the debut of vocalist Bruce Dickinson and the final appearance of the late drummer Clive Burr. This was their first album to reach #1 in the UK Albums Chart, and be certified platinum in the US.
1982: ‘Ebony and Ivory,’ a duet by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, debuts on the US charts at #29. It will eventually reach #1 in both the US and UK, becoming Wonder’s first British chart topper. The song listed at #59 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of all time, but in October 2007 it was named “the worst duet in history” by BBC 6 Music listeners and these days gets little airplay on either side of the Atlantic.
1982: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Loverboy’s ‘When It’s Over’ at #79 (debut), Soft Cell’s ‘Tainted Love’ at #50, The Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’ at #39, Foreigner’s ‘Juke Box Hero’ at #26, Van Halen’s ‘(Oh) Pretty Woman’ at #14, and Journey’s ‘Open Arms’ at #7. 1983: Billy Squier and Def Leppard played Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne and UFO played Rochester War Memorial in Rochester, NY.
1982: Black Sabbath and The Outlaws played the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA.
1984: Saxon, Accept and Heavy Pettin’ played the Albuquerque Civic Auditorium in Albuquerque, NM.
1986: Y&T with City Kidd (Tesla) played The Oasis in Sacramento, CA. 1986: KISS with special guests Blue Oyster Cult played the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore, MD.
1987: Ratt and Poison played Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA.
1989: The Cult release their 4th album, ‘Sonic Temple.’ Produced by Bob Rock, it will go on to peak at #10 on the US chart, and #3 on the UK Albums chart. The album features the tracks ‘Fire Woman,’ ‘Sun King,’ ‘Edie (Ciao Baby)’ and ‘Sweet Soul Sister.’
1990: Death Angel release their 3rd studio album, ‘Act III.’ The album was produced by famed metal producer Max Norman and was their only major label release.
1991: Peter Noone guest stars as a rock star on the “Glitter Rock” episode of NBC-TV’s ‘Quantum Leap.’
1992: Sam Kinison died at the age of 38 after his Pontiac Trans Am was struck head-on on U.S. Route 95, around 15 miles northwest of Needles, California, by a pickup truck driven by 17-year-old Troy Pierson, who had been drinking alcohol. Pierson ultimately got a sentence of probation and did not serve one day in jail. Kinison’s brother and manager, Bill, had been following in a van and witnessed the accident. Kinison was not wearing a seat belt and was initially able to walk around after the accident. His brother urged him to lie down, but within minutes, he had died from internal injuries.The pickup truck crossed the center line of the roadway and went into Kinison’s lane. At the time of the collision, Kinison was traveling to Laughlin, Nevada to perform at a sold-out show.
1992: Axl Rose left Chicago before a Chicago sheriff could arrest him for allegedly starting a riot during a Guns N’ Roses concert in St. Louis the previous July. St. Louis County authorities had issued a warrant for Rose’s arrest. 1992: Skid Row with special guests Pantera played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1993: Depeche Mode’s 8th album, ‘Songs of Faith and Devotion,’ reaches #1 in America, knocking Whitney Houston’s soundtrack from ‘The Bodyguard’ off the top spot, and holding off challengers Eric Clapton, Kenny G and Sting.
1994: Over 5,000 fans attended a public memorial service held for Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain at the Seattle Center. Cobain shot himself five days earlier.
1998: Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland married Heather McMillan. The honeymoon was spent visiting amusement parks across the country.
1998: Cleveland radio disc jockey Eddie O’Jay, a pioneer of R&B radio who inspired The O’Jays’ moniker and became their manager, dies at age 73.
1998: Matchbox 20’s show at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, taped the previous month, is broadcast on MTV as “Live From The 10 Spot.
1999: Offspring release their single, ‘Why Don’t You Get A Job?’.
1999: The all-star tribute concert ‘Here There and Everywhere: A Concert For Linda’ is held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where Paul McCartney, George Michael, Chrissie Hynde, Elvis Costello and Sinead O’Connor raise money for animal charities while remembering Paul’s wife Linda, who has recently succumbed to breast cancer.
1999: Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin plays his first show with Smashing Pumpkins since being re-instated. He was kicked out three years earlier due to drug problems.
2001: Bruce Springsteen won a court battle to keep the rights to his early songs. Ronald Winter of Masquerade Music had released the album ‘Before The Fame’ was found to be in breach of copyright.
2003: Little Eva (Boyd), whose version of ‘The Loco-Motion’ went all the way to #1 in the U.S. in 1962, passed away at the age of 57 after a long illness. Eva was working as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin who asked her to record the song they’d just written. ‘The Loco-Motion’ was also a hit for Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 (US #1) and for Kylie Minogue in 1988 (US #3).
2005: The final episode of The Osbournes was aired on MTV in the UK. The show reached a peak audience of eight million at it’s height during a three year run. Ozzy Osbourne was at a loss to explain its popularity, saying, “I suppose Americans get a kick out of watching a crazy Brit family like us make complete fools of ourselves every week.”
2006: Bon Jovi and Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles win the Collaborative Video of the Year trophy for ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’ at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville.
2007: A fire destroyed the former home of the late Country singer Johnny Cash. The 13,880-square-foot house, located in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville, was home to Johnny and his wife June until their deaths in 2003. The property was purchased by The Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb in January 2006. Gibb and his wife Linda had said they planned to restore the home on Old Hickory Lake and hoped to write songs there.
2007: Hellyeah, with Mudvayne’s singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett, former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott and Danzig bassist Jerry Montano, release their debut album. The album debuted at #9 on the Billboard chart. This was their only album to feature original bassist Jerry Montano.
2007: Fans of the late, great Doors singer, Jim Morrison, petition Florida governor Charlie Crist to pardon the Lizard King who was convicted of exposing himself (among other charges) during the infamous Miami concert in ’70. The case was on appeal when Morrison died in Paris a year later. Surprisingly, Crist claims he’s seriously considering a pardon, which eventually grants. 2007: Type O Negative with special guests Celtic Frost & Brand New Sin played First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN.
2008: Whitesnake singer David Coverdale and guitarist Doug Aldrich treat an invitation-only crowd to an acoustic performance at a New York club to celebrate the release of the band’s ‘Good To Be Bad’ album.
2010: Mired in a sex abuse scandal that won’t go away, the Vatican tries to change the topic by praising The Beatles. The Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano publishes its first-ever statement praising the group. The article acknowledges that The Beatles took drugs and lived an “uninhibited lifestyle,” but contends they also wrote powerful songs that “changed forever pop music.” To top it off, the paper pretty much dismisses John Lennon’s infamous “we’re bigger than Christ” statement (made forty-four years earlier) as a non-issue.
2011: U2’s 360 tour is the highest grossing tour of all time following their performance in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The group’s $558 million in earnings tops the Rolling Stones’ ‘A Bigger Bang’ tour.
2011: Just days after performing his first concert in China, Bob Dylan debuts in Vietnam playing at the RMIT University in Ho Chi Minh City for approximately 4,000 fans.
2012: Halestorm release their 2nd album ‘The Strange Case Of…’.
2012: Zakk Wylde’s ‘Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berzerker’s Guide To World Tour Domination’ book is released.
2012: Bonnie Raitt’s 19th album, ‘Slipstream’ is released. It’s her first studio recording in seven years.
2013: Ghost released the album ‘Infestissumam.’ The album debut at #28 on the Billboard chart.
2014: Major record labels including Warner Music, Universal Music, Sony Music and Capitol Records filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the file sharing site Megaupload, asking for $13 million in damages.
2014: The estate of Elvis Presley filed a lawsuit against Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A., the Italian company that manufactures Beretta guns, for using Presley’s image in an advertising campaign.
2015: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett’s ‘Fear FestEvil’ convention gets underway. Slash, Corey Taylor and John 5 appear as horror panelists during the three day event.
2015: KISS opened their 40th Anniversary South American Tour at Stadium El Campin in Bogata, Columbia.
2016: The Queens Museum (NYC) presents “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk,” a retrospective exhibition that examines the group’s influence. 2018: Black Veil Brides’ ‘In the End’ and The Pretty Reckless’ ‘Heaven Knows’ have are certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 units. 2018: Guitarist Taylor Lumley announces his exit from Beartooth to focus more “on my life and my art.”

April 11
1956: While flying from Amarillo to Nashville, Elvis Presley’s plane is forced to make an emergency landing in Arkansas. The incident will leave him with a permanent fear of air travel.
1957: Elvis Presley’s ‘All Shook Up’ hits #1 on the Billboard Pop charts.
1959: After the BBC lifts its ban on The Coasters’ new single ‘Charlie Brown,’ the song is played on radio’s Pick of the Pops. It will go on to become the group’s best selling UK hit, reaching #6.
1961: A 19 year old Bob Dylan plays his first New York gig at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village, when he opens for John Lee Hooker.
1962: Elvis Presley’s ‘Follow That Dream’ movie premieres in Ocala, FL., near where it was filmed. It opens nationally six weeks later.
1963: ‘From Me To You,’ by The Beatles, is released in the U.K.
1964: The Beatles set a new chart record when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs ranged from ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ at #1 to ‘Love Me Do’ at #81.
1965: In a rare joint appearance both The Beatles and Rolling Stones perform at the New Musical Express concert at London’s Wembley Empire Pool. The show put on by the most important music trade paper in Britain features the magazine’s poll winners. Also on the bill are the Animals, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, Them, Tom Jones, The Seekers, Freddie And The Dreamers, Herman’s Hermits, Cilla Black and Donovan.
1966: Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Dewey Martin, and Bruce Palmer make their public debut as Buffalo Springfield at the Troubadour in Hollywood, CA. They got their name after seeing it on the side of a steamroller.
1966: NBC broadcasts the last episode of the Rock and Roll TV show, ‘Hullabaloo,’ which features Paul Anka, Lesley Gore, Peter And Gordon and The Cyrkle. The show had been on the air since January 1965, a year after ABC came up with Shindig!
1967: Flying back to London from the U.S. after participating in The Beach Boys’ aborted ‘Smile’ sessions, Paul McCartney writes ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and sketches the ideas for the film of the same name.
1967: During a 18-date European tour The Rolling Stones played two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris.
1968: Janis Joplin, along with Big Brother And The Holding Company, made their national TV debut on ABC-TV’s Hollywood Palace.
1969: Credited to The Beatles with Billy Preston, ‘Get Back’ is released as a single in the UK. An alternate mix appears on the ‘Let It Be’ album.
1970: Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac while on tour in Germany, to avoid breach of contract he agreed to finish the current tour.
1970: Norman Greenbaum’s ‘Spirit In The Sky’ tops out at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although the song would sell over two million copies, it would be his only U.S. Top 40 hit.
1970: The Beatles started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Let It Be.’ It became the group’s 19th U.S. #1 in 6 years. It displaced Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Meanwhile, John Lennon’s ‘Instant Karma (We All Shine On)’ sits at #3 on the pop chart.
1971: Edgar Winter’s White Trash released their self-titled album. It was the 2nd studio album by Edgar Winter, and his first with his group White Trash. It reached #111 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and produced the single ‘Keep Playin’ That Rock and Roll”, which went to #70 on Billboard’s Top 100. 1972: Johnny Winter & J. Geils Band played the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA.
1972: Creedence Clearwater Revival release their 7th and final studio album, ‘Mardi Gras.’
1972: Argent’s ‘Hold Your Head Up’ b/w ‘Keep On Rollin’ 45 single is released. It reached #5 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles charts. The album version is 6:15 while the single version is 3:15. The DJ edit has a run-time of 2:53.
1973: The Beach Boys played the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, GA. The Beach Boys were at a very low ebb in popularity in America and this show proved a financial disaster for the promoter, with less than 3,000 tickets sold for the 16,000 capacity venue. Opening act was Mothers Finest and middle of the bill was Bruce Springsteen who played a 60-minute set. 1973: Humble Pie with special guests Foghat & Gentle Giant played the War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, PA.
1974: David Bowie Arrives in New York on the SS France. Checks into the Sherry Netherlands Hotel on 5th Avenue. During his stay in New York Bowie spent time putting together a new tour band and seeing live music, particularly black artists such as The Temptations, The Spinners and Marvin Gaye at venues in Harlem such as the Apollo Theater. 1975: Aerosmith with special guests Baker Gurvitz Army played the second of two shows at the Toledo Sports Arena in Toledo, OH. The first took place on April 9.
1976: During a tour of Australia, Queen appeared at the Entertainments Centre in Perth.
1977: Alice Cooper played to an audience of 40,000 in Sydney, Australia, the largest crowd to attend a rock concert in the country’s history. After the show Cooper was placed under house arrest at his hotel until he posted a bond for $59,632. That amount was the sum that a promoter claimed to have paid Cooper for a 1975 Australia tour he never made. The two settled when it was found that the promoter did not fulfill his part of the agreement either. 1979: Supertramp played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1981: The Police’s ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’ peaks at #10 on the U.S. pop charts. It was their 2nd top 10 single in the U.S.
1981: Whitesnake released their 4th studio album, ‘Come an’ Get It.’
1981: Eddie Van Halen married actress Valerie Bertinelli, co-star of the 1980’s television hit, ‘One Day at a Time.’ The two had met eight months earlier when Bertinelli’s brother took her to a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana. They would separate in 2001 and divorce in 2005.
1981: Daryl Hall And John Oates reached the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 with their 10th Top 40 hit, ‘Kiss On My List.’ The tune was a #33 hit in the UK.
1983: Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes perform ‘Up Where We Belong’ at the Academy Awards in LosIt aAngeles, where the song wins in the Best Original Song category. The record had reached #1 in America in November of 1982, selling over two million copies.
1983: Iron Maiden’s ‘Flight of Icarus’ single is released. It was the band’s first single to be released in the United States and the band’s 8th overall.
1983: Savatage release their debut album ‘Sirens.’
1983: R.E.M. release their ‘Murmur’ album.
1983: Metallica fires original guitarist Dave Mustaine due to Mustaine’s alcoholism, drug abuse and personality clashes with the rest of the band. Mustaine says, “I would drink and have fun until someone would refute something I had said. And then that was war, baby. I’d be aggressive and confrontational because I was a violent drunk. I lost all inhibitions when I was drinking, and that didn’t go over to well in the end.” Mustaine later formed Megadeth.
1985: A court ruling gave the Rock group Boston the right to record for MCA instead of CBS. The legal dispute had prevented the release of the band’s 3rd album for more than five years.
1986: Dave Clark’s musical Time opened at London’s Dominion Theatre, starring Cliff Richard. Despite poor reviews, the show enjoyed a long run. 1986: Zebra played L’Amour in Brooklyn, NY.
1987: Robert Cray Band’s ‘Strong Persuader’ album moves to #13 on the charts, becoming the highest-charting blues LP for 24 years. 1987: Ratt & Poison played the Orange Pavilion in San Bernadino, CA.
1988: Cher wins the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the film Moonstruck.
1988: Iron Maiden’s the 7th studio album, ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’ is released. The album debuted at #1 on the UK Official Charts (their first since ‘The Number of the Beast’) as well as #12 on the Billboard charts.
1990: Elton John plays at the funeral for Ryan White, the 18-year-old got AIDS from a blood transfusion.
1990: Celtic Frost release their 5th studio album, ‘Vanity/Nemesis.’ 1991: Testament with special guests Green Jello & Pro-Pain played The Mirage in Minneapolis, MN.
1991: Ringo Starr became the first living member of The Beatles to make a guest appearance on The Simpsons. Starr asked to be animated the way he was in ‘Yellow Submarine’ because he didn’t like his appearance in The Beatles cartoon series. The episode was titled ‘Brush With Greatness.’
1992: Pearl Jam were the musical guest on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ in New York City where they performed ‘Alive’ & ‘Porch.’ Sharon Stone was the host.
1992: Def Leppard scored their second UK #1 album with ‘Adrenalize.’
1992: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson & British comedian Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean reached #9 on the U.K. Singles Chart with a cover of Alice Cooper’s ‘Elected’ which was recorded for the U.K.’s charity organization Comic Relief.
1993: Alice In Chains, Masters Of Reality and Circus Of Power played the Event Center of San Jose State in San Jose, CA.
1994: Oasis release their debut single, ‘Supersonic.’ It peaks at #31 in the UK. It was also the band’s first single to chart in the United States, where it peaked at #11 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
1995: ‎White Zombie‬ released their fourth and final album ‘Astro-Creep: 2000.’
1995: Firehouse release their ‘Firehouse 3’ album.
1997: Grand Funk reformed for a three concert tour to raise money for the Bosnian-American Relief Fund. Further gigs were booked over the following eighteen months and a 3 CD collection was released in 1999.
1997: Paul McCartney gives a twenty-minute concert playing songs from his upcoming album ‘Flaming Pie’ from the top of a building he owns in London.
1999: Carlos Santana receives the Special Achievement Award at the American Latino Media Arts Awards in Pasadena.
2000: No Doubt release their ‘Return To Saturn’ album.
2000: Great White release their’The Best Of Great White’ Greatest Hits album.
2000: Bulletboys release their ‘Burning Cats And Amputees’ Greatest Hits album.
2002: Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock are engaged after he proposes to her in the desert outside Las Vegas.
2005: Melissa Etheridge is named one of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential People” in the world not only for her inspirational life and career, but also after bravely going public with her fight with breast cancer, undergoing two operations, and performing at the Grammy’s the previous February.
2005: It’s revealed that Green Day, along with Marilyn Manson and Eminem, are on a list of musicians banned from performing at the Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University in Carson. Two Green Day shows are in jeopardy. But calm heads prevail and the concerts are allowed. However, Metallica remains on the list along with more than two dozen others.
2005: Eagles Of Death Metal play the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. What’s unique is the show’s first two songs are performed without amps and transmitted via radio to audience members listening on miniature receivers. The final three songs get the full speaker treatment. The event is held to promote the prevention of hearing loss.
2006: 10,000 Elton John related items, including clothing and accessories, go on sale to benefit Elton John AIDS Foundation. The event, dubbed Elton’s Closet, is held in New York’s Rockefeller Center.
2006: Queen appear on American Idol in pre-taped segments working with and encouraging the contestants.
2006: A Queen compilation titled ‘Stone Cold Classics’ is released. The disc includes the group’s best-known songs, as well as two performances featuring one-time frontman Paul Rodgers.
2006: ‘The Essential Judas Priest’ compilation album is released.
2006: Buckcherry releases ‘Fifteen,’ the band’s first album in four years.
2006: ‘MTV2 Headbangers Ball – The Revenge’ compilation album features Slipknot, Korn, 10 Years, Mudvayne, Avenged Sevenfold and Black Label Society.
2007: Richie Sambora and wife, actress Heather Locklear, divorce after 11 years of marriage.
2007: Linkin Parks’ ‘What I’ve Done’ hits #1 on Radio and Records Alternative National Airplay. The first single from the group’s ‘Minutes To Midnight’ album is their sixth consecutive #1.
2007: Hellyeah release their self-titled debut album.
2007: Godsmack singer Sully Erna is involved in an automobile accident in Methuen, MA. One woman is seriously injured. According to police, Erna’s Hummer rear-ended another vehicle causing it to smash into a third car.
2007: Bassist Tommy Stinson’s hand injury resulting from a tumble down a flight of stairs causes Guns N’ Roses to postpone a tour of Japan.
2008: Rush kicked off the 3rd and final leg of their ‘Snakes and Arrows’ Tour in support of their 18th studio album of the same name in San Juan, PR at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico. It was the first time Rush had ever played Puerto Rico.
2008: Dave Matthews performs at the kick-off for the Seeds of Compassion Festival in Seattle. The Dalai Lama speaks at the event the following day.
2008: Shinedown singer Brent Smith reports that Silvertide guitarist Nick Perri has replaced Jasin Todd. The announcement comes two days after Todd was arrested in Jacksonville, FL, on charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer. Smith adds that Todd’s departure from the group “all went down awhile ago.” The singer also announces that Eric Bass is the band’s bassist.
2008: Finger Eleven perform ‘Paralyzer’ at the Miss USA Pageant in Las Vegas.
2009: Perry Farrell celebrates his 50th birthday with a belated (he was born on 3/29) bash in Las Vegas that includes performances by his bands Porno For Pyros and Jane’s Addiction. The set marks Porno For Pyros’ first appearance in 12 years.
2011: Ray Davies of The Kinks told that he was scheduled to meet with his brother Dave to discuss a possible reunion. Earlier attempts were derailed when Dave suffered a stroke in 2004.
2011: Former Florida governor Charlie Crist and ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne reach an out of court settlement over the politician’s illegal use of ‘Road To Nowhere’ during his 2010 Senatorial campaign. Crist makes a formal video apology that is posted on YouTube.
2011: Chicago blues musician Lacy Gibson dies at age 74 of a heart attack.
2012: Axl Rose announces that he has no plans to attend Guns N’ Roses induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “I won’t be attending … and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Rose writes on Facebook.
2012: Rush receives The Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award at the 4th annual Revolver Golden God Awards held at Club Nokia in L.A. “Our ‘lifetimes’ are not over yet, and we dearly hope our ‘achievements’ are not either, so I suppose you could say that to us this is the So Far, So Good award,” says Rush drummer Neil Peart. Duff McKagan also presents the inaugural edition of the Riff Lord award to Slash.
2013: Stern Pinball introduce a Metallica pinball machine. Players hear ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls,’ ‘Master Of Puppets’ and ‘Enter Sandman,’ among other Metallica classics.
2013: With an estimated fortune of $1.05 billion, Paul McCartney once again topped the London Sunday Times’ Rich List, a rundown of Britain’s wealthiest musicians. He has been at the top of every Rich List since the newspaper began compiling it in 1989.
2014: KISS, Beatles manager Brian Epstein, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and the E Street Band are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. KISS is inducted by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist and obsessive Kiss fan Tom Morello. He closes his speech by saying, “Tonight proves, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that the high school bullies and the critics were mistaken. We Kiss fans were right. So let’s celebrate. Nirvana are included by REM’s Michael Stipe, who says, “Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard. Nirvana were kicking against the mainstream. They spoke truth and a lot of people listened.”
2014: ‘Chasing the Sun: Oasis 1993-1997,’ a two-day exhibition of art and memorabilia commemorating the twentieth anniversary of Oasis’s first single, ‘Supersonic,’ opens in London.
2015: The Coachella Music Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, CA. is where AC/DC play their first show in six years. Retired rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young is replaced by his nephew Stevie Young, while drummer Chris Slade takes over from Phil Rudd.
2015: Jack White headlines the Coachella Music Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, CA.
2015: Vince Neil’s Las Vegas Outlaws take on the L.A. KISS in an Arena Football League matchup in Anaheim. The Motley Crue frontman’s Outlaws beat the winless KISS 61-48.
2016: People hate Nickelback because the group appears to “lack authenticity.” That’s what Finnish doctoral student Salli Anttonen claims in her paper Hypocritical Bullsh*t Performed Through Gritted Teeth: Authenticity Discourses in Nickelback’s Album Reviews in Finnish Media.
2017: Mastodon top Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart with ‘Emperor Of Sand.’ The album also goes to #7 on the Billboard 200, making it Mastodon’s 3rd consecutive Top 10 album. ‘The Hunter’ and “Once More ‘Round the Sun’ were the first two.
2017: Five Finger Death Punch claim they’re being held hostage by their “sinking ship” of a record label file a lawsuit. The band says the Prospect Park imprint is drowning in debt and is more like “Prospect Dark.”
2017: ‘So Let It Be Written,’ the first unauthorized biography of Metallica frontman James Hetfield, is out. Authored by Mark Eglinton, the forward is provided by Testament’s Chuck Billy. “Hopefully this book will rekindle certain special memories about one of Metal’s most charismatic and important individuals.”
2017: J Geils died of natural causes at his home in Groton, Massachusetts at the age of 71. Geils formed his namesake band in 1970, and they released 11 albums prior to their dissolution in 1985, mainly due to the departure of lead singer Peter Wolf. In 2012, Geils was forced to file a lawsuit against the other members of the band when they planned to tour without him. With the J. Geils Band he had the 1982 U.S. #1 & UK #3 single ‘Centerfold’, which was taken from their #1 1981 album ‘Freeze Frame.’

April 12
1954: Big Joe Turner releases ‘Shake, Rattle And Roll.’
1954: Bill Haley & His Comets record ‘(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock’ at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. The record will become a modest hit, selling 75,000 copies, but would become a national sensation when it was featured in the movie ‘The Blackboard Jungle’ twelve months later. It went on to be a world-wide #1 and the biggest selling pop single with sales over 25 million. Written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers, ‘Rock Around The Clock’ was first recorded by Italian-American band Sonny Dae and His Knights.
1957: Alan Freed’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Easter Jubilee opens for a ten-day run at Brooklyn’s Paramount. Buddy Knox, Charlie Gracie and Bo Diddley are also included on the show.
1963: Bob Dylan plays his first major solo concert at New York’s Town Hall.
1963: Billed as ‘A Shot Of Rhythm and Blues’, The Beatles were one of eight other groups who appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1963: The Beatles ‘From Me To You’ b/w ‘Thank You Girl’ 45 single was released in the U.K. It was released in the U.S. on May 22. The single was the Beatles’ first #1 in some of the United Kingdom charts, second in others, but failed to make an impact in the United States at the time of its initial release. However, a 1963 cover version released by Del Shannon resulted in the song becoming the first Lennon–McCartney tune to enter the American pop chart. It was one of the very last songs to be credited “McCartney–Lennon”; soon afterwards their songs began appearing credited to “Lennon–McCartney.” Nine days after it’s release, it kicked off a twenty-one week run in the British charts, culminating with reaching #1 on May 4, a position it would retain for seven weeks.
1964: 22-year-old Chubby Checker marries 21-year-old Catharina Johanna Lodders, who had won the Miss World Pageant in 1962. She is said to be the subject of his 1963, Billboard #12 hit, ‘Loddy Lo.’
1965: The Byrds release their ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ b/w ‘I Knew I’d Want You’ 45 single. Originally written and performed by Bob Dylan, it was released on his 1965 album ‘Bringing It All Back Home.’ Dylan’s and The Byrds’ versions have appeared on various lists ranking the greatest songs of all time, including an appearance by both on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 best songs ever. Both versions also received Grammy Hall of Fame Awards.
1966: Jan Berry of Jan and Dean is almost killed when he crashes into a parked truck near Dead Man’s Curve in Los Angeles. Berry is partially paralyzed and suffers brain damage after being in a coma for almost two months.
1967: Mick Jagger was punched in the face by an airport official during a row at Le Bourget Airport in France. Jagger lost his temper after The Stones were being searched for drugs resulting in them missing their flight.
1967: Greyhound bus company begins a guided tour service of ‘Hippyland’ in San Francisco.
1968: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention play a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy people) dinner. Zappa calls the shindig a “load of pompous hokum.” He tells the audience tells the audience, “All year long you people have manufactured this crap, now for one night you’re gonna have to listen to it!”.
1968: Life magazine does a story on The Doors but, like so many others, focuses on Jim Morrison. They push the singer’s myth right over the top with the quote “he appears in public and on his records to be moody, temperamental, enchanted in the mind and extremely stoned on something.”
1969: After scoring a series of instrumental hits in the early 1960’s, The Ventures were back on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the last time with the theme from the TV show, ‘Hawaii Five-0.’
Blood, Sweat And Tears’ first hit, “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”, tops out at number two on the Billboard Pop chart. They would have two more second place finishes with “Spinning Wheel” and “And When I Die”, but never enjoyed a number one record on the Hot 100.
1969: Blood, Sweat And Tears’ first hit, “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”, tops out at #2 on the Billboard Pop chart. They would have two more second place finishes with ‘Spinning Wheel’ and ‘And When I Die,’ but never enjoyed a #1 record on the Hot 100.
1969: John Lennon changes his middle name to Ono from Winston on the roof of the Apple Records building in London.
1969: Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman.
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the Philadelphis Spectrum. Tickets were $6.50/5.50/4.50/3.50.
1969: Led Zeppelin enter the British albums chart with their self-titled debut in its third week of release.
1971: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s album ‘Four Way Street’ is certified gold before it even appears on the LP chart.
1971: Paul McCartney’s ‘Another Day’ b/w ‘Oh Woman, Oh Why’ Promotional 45 single was released to radio stations, who requested a MONO mix. This alternate mono version of the B-side to ‘Another Day featured some extra ‘gun-shots’ and distinctive McCartney vocals. ‘Another Day’ and ‘Oh Woman, Oh Why’ were not originally released as part of a Paul McCartney album, they were released as bonus tracks on later editions of ‘Ram.’
1972: Manassas release their self-titled debut double album. The band includes Stephen Stills, Chris Hillman, Dallas W Taylor, Joe Lala and Al Perkins, among others. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. Interestingly, Stills’ album shared the Top 10 with an album by David Crosby and Graham Nash (Graham Nash/David Crosby) and an album by Neil Young (Harvest), all collectively members of the quartet Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
1972: The Rolling Stones release ‘Exile on Main Street.
1973: The movie musical ‘That’ll Be The Day,’ starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and Dave Edmunds premieres in London.
1973: The J. Geils Band released their 4th album, ‘Bloodshot.’ It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and includes the Top-40 (#30) hit, ‘Give it to Me.’
1973: Procol Harum and Gentle Giant played Akron Civic Theatre in Akron, Ohio.
1974: Poco released their 7th album, ‘Seven.’ It reached #68 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1975: David Bowie announced his second career retirement, saying, ‘I’ve rocked my roll. It’s a boring dead end, there will be no more rock ‘n’ roll records from me.’
1975: Elton John started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Philadelphia Freedom’, his 4th U.S. #1. The song was inspired by Billie Jean King’s World Team Tennis League entry.
1975: During a North American tour, Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at The Cow Palace in San Francisco.
1975: The film version of The Who’s ‘Tommy’ opens.
1975: Linda Ronstadt has a major hit with the release of an Everly Brothers cover, ‘When Will I Be Loved.’
1976: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band releases their ‘Live Bullet’ album. It was recorded live at Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan on September 4 & 5, 1975, in front of 24,000 fans. It reached #34 on the Billboard Top 200 LP’s chart during its 168 week stay.
1977: Bob Deger and The Silver Bullet Band, Ozark Mountain Daredevils and Starz played the Fairgrounds Pavillion in Tulsa, OK.
1979: Mickey Thomas replaces Marty Balin as the lead singer for Jefferson Starship. Thomas’ voice had previously been heard on the 1976 Elvin Bishop hit, ‘Fooled Around and Fell in Love.’
1980: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The J. Geils Band’s ‘Love Stinks’ at #83 (debut) & ‘Come Back’ at #54, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ ‘Refugee’ at #39, The Pretenders’ ‘Brass In Pocket (I’m Special)’ at #33, Queen’s ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ at #8, and Blondie’s ‘Call Me’ at #2. ‬
1982: John Cougar’s 5th album, ‘American Fool’ is released. It reached #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and feature three Billboard Hot 100 charting tracks: ‘Hurts So Good’ (#2), ‘Jack and Diane’ (#1), and ‘Hand to Hold On To’ (#19). 1982: Rush with Krokus played the Bayfront Center Arena in St. Petersburg, Florida. 1983: Billy Squier and Def Leppard played Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, NM.
1983: Saxon played the Fox Theatre in San Diego, CA.
1984: ‘Louie Louie Day’ is held in Olympia, Washington as an unsuccessful attempt is made to make it the official state song.
1984: Rush release their 10th studio album, ‘Grace Under Pressure.’ It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The band shared production duties with Peter Henderson after Producer Steve Lillywhite initially agreed to do the record. “He got an offer from Simple Minds, changed his mind, blew us off and went and did the Simple Minds record,” said Geddy Lee. It was their first album not to be produced by longtime collaborator Terry Brown.
1986: Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go’s marries actor Morgan Mason.
1986: Ozzy Osbourne with special guests Metallica performed at teh Johnstown War Memorial in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
1986: KISS’ Asylum Tour wraps up. It was their first North America only tour since 1979’s ‘Dynasty’ Tour. ‬
1986: Billboard’s Hot100 includes Journey’s ‘Be Good To Yourself’ at #51 (debut), Honeymoon Suite’s ‘Feel It Again’ at #47, Loverboy’s ‘This Could Be The Night’ at #21, Elton John’s ‘Nikita’ at #17, Van Halen’s ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’ at #12, and The Bangles’ ‘Manic Monday’ at #3. ‬
1988: Cheap Trick released their 10th studio album, ‘Lap of Luxury.’ Billboard’s Hot 100 sees ‘The Flame’ hit #1 on July 9th,’ Don’t Be Cruel’ peaks at #4 on Oct. 8th & ‘Ghost Town’ was #33 on Dec. 24th. It’s the band’s 3rd highest disc on Billboard’s 200 album chart at #16. ‬
1989: Great White released their 4th studio album, ‘…Twice Shy.’ It would prove to be the band’s most commercially successful album, reaching number nine and being certified double platinum. It featured the hit ballad ‘The Angel Song’ and their top-five cover of Ian Hunter & Mick Ronson’s glam classic ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy.’ 1989: Mark & Brian (Mark Thompson & Brian Phelps) on Los Angeles station KLOS asked ‘what ever happened to David Cassidy’ The singer called the station up and the presenters invited him onto the show. David played three songs live on air and was subsequently signed by a new record label.
1990: The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ announced that Asteroids 4147-4150 were named Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr. Astronomer Dr. Bowell says, “My colleague and I have been fans of the Beatles for 25 years. We thought this would be an unusual distinction for them.”
1990: During their ‘Behind The Mask’ World Tour, Fleetwood Mac played the first of five nights at Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.
1992: The Eagles’ Don Henley leads 6,000 fans through Walden Woods in Massachusetts as part of a benefit walk to save the literally significant woods popularized by Henry Thoreau’s work.
1992: U2 and The Pixies played the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
1993: The Grateful Dead sang the US national anthem before the San Francisco Giants’ home opener.
1993: Actress Lisa Bonet files for divorce from Lenny Kravitz.
1993: Megadeth released the single ‘Skin O’ My Teeth.’ The B-side is ‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due (General Schwarzkopf Mix).’‬
1993: Alice In Chains, Masters Of Reality and Circus Of Power played Bren Events Center on the University of Irvine campus in Irvine, CA. 1994: Soundgarden and special guests Tad played Rock City in Nottingham, England.
1994: Hole release their ‘Doll Parts album. 1994: Rollings Band released their fourth full length album ‘Weight.’ It reached number 33 on the Billboard chart and was a top-ten hit in Australia.
1996: The John Mellencamp Pavilion at Indiana University is dedicated. Mellencamp contributes $1.5 million toward the building’s construction.
1996: The Hollywood Rock Walk inducts Jan & Dean, The Ventures, the Chantays and The Surfaris.
2000: Metallica filed a suit against Napster, Yale University, The University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says, “We take our craft — whether it be the music, the lyrics, or the photos and artwork — very seriously, as do most artists. It is therefore sickening to know that our art is being traded like a commodity rather than the art that it is.”
2002: Ozzy Osbourne received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
2005: Mudvayne released their third album ‘Lost And Found.’ It debuted at number two on the Billboard chart and had three mainstream rock hits.
2006: The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1967 debut album, ‘Are You Experienced,’ is among 50 recordings chosen to be preserved in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Honorees are selected annually for their cultural or historical importance.
2007: Aerosmith kicks off their world tour in San Paulo, Brazil. This trek marks the return of bassist Tom Hamilton who missed the previous trek recovering from throat cancer.
2007: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is in New Orleans to help build houses for Habitat for Humanity.
2007: The Beatles’ company, Apple Corps, settled a 30 million pound ($59.2 million) royalties dispute with the band’s label, EMI. The suit alleged unpaid royalties on Beatles albums based on an audit of sales between 1994 and 1999, a period which included the release of three Anthology compilations. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.
2008: Lou Reed marries singer Laurie Anderson in Boulder, CO. They had lived together for the previous 10 years.
2008: Metal Skool changed their name to Steel Panther.
2009: The Dead, the group featuring the four main surviving Grateful Dead members, launch their first tour since 2004. The trek starts in Greensboro, NC. The Dead’s touring lineup includes Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes.
2010: Faith No More perform their first local show in 12 years at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.
2010: Bret Michaels is rushed to a San Antonio hospital after suffering abdominal pain. There he undergoes an emergency appendectomy. This is the first of several serious medical issues.
2010: The Vatican’s official newspaper L’Osservatore Ramano published a story praising The Beatles and saying that it forgives John Lennon’s 1966 comment that the group was “bigger than Jesus.”
2011: The auction house Profiles In History announced that they would be placing the handwritten lyrics for John Lennon’s “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” up for auction. The expected price was to be $200,000.
2011: The Foo Fighters release their seventh studio album, ‘Wasting Light.’ Produced by Butch Vig (‘Nevermind’), the set has a guest appearance by ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic (bass and accordion on ‘I Should Have Known’).
2011: ‘Bob Dylan In Concert – Brandeis University 1963,’ a previously unknown concert recording, is released by Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings. The performance was just two weeks prior to the release of ‘The Freewheeling Bob Dylan’ album.
2011: ‘This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx,’ a collection of photography and stories by the Motley Crue bassist, is in bookstores.
2012: The Eagles perform at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai. It’s their first Middle-Eastern concert.
2012: Pantera release their ‘Piss’ single.
2012: Saxophone player Andrew Love died aged 70. He was best known for being a member of The Memphis Horns with trumpet player Wayne Jackson where the two created the signature horn sound at Stax Records on hit records by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and others such as Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield.
2013: Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival is at New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the first time.
2014: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine is the featured soloist with the San Diego Symphony. Mustaine plays music by Classical composers Richard Wagner, Antonio Vivaldi and Antonin Dvorak.
2015: ‘Sunny Afternoon,’ a play based on Ray Davies’ early years in The Kinks, is named Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards in London. Davies is given an Outstanding Achievement Award.
2016: U2’s Bono goes to Capitol Hill to garner support for development efforts across the Middle East and Africa. Bono states that the U.S. is uniquely positioned to help millions of refugees around the world and prevent chaos.
2016: A US court ruled that Led Zeppelin founders Robert Plant and Jimmy Page must face trial in a copyright row over the song ‘Stairway to Heaven’. The copyright infringement action had been brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, who played on the same bill as Led Zeppelin in the 1960s, and claimed he should be given a writing credit on the track.

April 13
1957: Elvis Presley’s ‘All Shook Up’ went to #1 on the Cash Box best seller list and The Billboard Pop chart, where it would stay for the next eight weeks.
1962: The Beatles made their third trip to Germany for a 48-night residency at The Star Club in Hamburg. Gene Vincent joins them for two weeks of the run. During the seven week run The Beatles had only one day off. During their stay they will record two tracks with Tony Sheridan, ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ and Swanee River,’ but whether these were the versions of Sheridan’s songs that were eventually released is uncertain.
1963: ‘Surfin’ USA’ by the Beach Boys was released in the U.S., where it will become the group’s second Billboard chart-maker, reaching #3. The song was a note-for-note copy of Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ with new lyrics. After Berry sued, he was granted royalties and all further issues of the song gave him writing credit.
1965: The Who began recording “Anywhere, Anyhow, Anyway” at IBC Studios in London.
1965: The Beatles record the song ‘Help!’ during an evening recording session at Abbey Road in London.
1965: The Beatles win their first Grammy Awards, taking Best New Artist and Best Performance by a Vocal Group for ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’
1966: At Abbey Road, the Beatles record “Paperback Writer.’
1966: During a four month world tour, Bob Dylan appeared at Sydney Stadium in Sydney Australia, the first of seven shows in Australia.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Tilbury Railway Club in Tilbury, England.
1967: Rolling Stones perform behind Iron Curtain for the first time at the Palace of Culture in Warsaw. Police use tear gas to subdue 2,000 fans.
1967: Jerry Lee Lewis plays the villain, Iago, in ‘Catch My Soul,’ an updated musical version of Shakespeare’s Othello. Lewis gets the best reviews but the show closes on this day.
1970: Led Zeppelin becomes the first band in history to sell out the Montreal Forum.
1970: Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ goes gold.
1970: The debut album from Chicago Transit Authority goes gold.
1970: Genesis appeared at Friars in Aylesbury, England. Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and band received £10 for the gig.
1971: The Rolling Stones released ‘Brown Sugar,’ the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduces the infamous licking tongue and lips logo.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band’s classic album, ‘Eat A Peach,’ goes gold.
1973: Roger Daltrey releases first solo LP, produced by Adam Faith, entitled ‘Daltrey.’ The album went on to reach #45 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & had most of its songs co-written by the then-unknown Leo Sayer.
1973: During an appearance on ABC’s ‘In Concert,’ The J. Geils Band was censored while performing ‘Give It to Me’ due to the lyric “get it up.”
1973: David Bowie’s ‘6th studio album ‘Aladdin Sane’ is released. It was recorded at London’s Trident Studios. The name of the album is a pun on ‘A Lad Insane.’ It reached #17 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and topped the UK Albums chart. It was one of six Bowie entries in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time (#277).
1973: The Wailers, led by Bob Marley, release their 5th studio album and major label debut, ‘Catch a Fire.’ The first album on their new label, Island Records, it makes Marley and the Wailers international recording stars and brings reggae music to the forefront. It reached #171 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and #51 on the Billboard Black Albums chart. It is #123 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. 1973: Deep Purple with special guests Fleetwood Mac & Rory Gallagher played Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, CA.
1974: Elton John went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Bennie And The Jets,’ his second U.S. #1.
1974: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The O’Jays’ ‘For The Love Of Money’ at #90 (debut), Rick Derringer’s ‘Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo’ at #48, David Essex’s ‘Rock On’ at #30, Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’ at #27, Paul McCartney and Wings’ ‘Jet’ at #14, and Elton John’s ‘Bennie And The Jets’ at #1. ‬
1974: Paul McCartney’s ‘Band On The Run,’ went to #1 on the U.S. album charts. McCartney’s third US #1, which went on to sell over 6 million copies world-wide.
1974: Genesis played Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, MO. 1976: Bad Compaqny with special guests Kansas played the Civic Center in Providence, RI. 1977: ZZ Top with special guests Rush played Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI.
1979: Five days into Van Halen’s latest tour, David Lee Roth collapsed from exhaustion and a stomach virus on stage at Spokane Coliseum in Washington. Earlier that day, Eddie & Alex Van Halen, along with Michael anthony made an appearance at Music Market Records & Tapes for an in-store signing. David Lee Roth unable to make it due to illness, spending the day in bed at their hotel.
1979: Thin Lizzy releases their 9th studio album, ‘Black Rose: A Rock Legend.’ The album, which featured guitarist Gary Moore and Huey Lewis on harmonica for two songs contained the hits ‘Do Anything You Want To,’ ‘Waiting For An Alibi’ and ‘Sarah,’ which was written with Moore about Lynott’s newborn daughter. It reached #2 on the UK Albums chart, and #81 on the Billboard Top Lp’s chart.
1980: The 1950’s musical ‘Grease’ finally closes its Broadway show after 3,883 performances and earning over $8 million. The show ranked 12th on Broadway’s all-time appearance list.
1981: Billy Squier’s 2nd album, ‘Don’t Say No’ is released. It stayed on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for 111 weeks, reaching #5. It includes the hits ‘In the Dark,’ ‘Lonely Is the Night,’ ‘My Kinda Lover’ and ‘The Stroke.’
1982: Guitarist Brad Gillis plays his 1st show with Ozzy Osbourne.
1982: David Crosby was arrested when police found him preparing cocaine backstage in his dressing room before a show in Dallas.
1983: Pete Farndon, bassist for The Pretenders died of a drug overdose. He was just 30 years old.
1983: R.E.M. released their debut album, ‘Murmur.’ It reached #36 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. A re-recorded version of ‘Radio Free Europe’ was the album’s lead single and reached #78 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1989, it was rated #8 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s. 1983: Anvil released their third album ”Forged in Fire,’ 1983: Billy Squier and Def Leppard played McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, CO.
1984: Saxon and Accept played the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA.
1985: ‘We Are The World’ is #1. The song, which raises money for Africa relief. It opens with Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner and Billy Joel singing the first verse. Michael Jackson and Diana Ross follow, completing the first chorus together. Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson and Al Jarreau sing the second verse, before Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry and Daryl Hall go through the second chorus. Co-writer Jackson, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper and Kim Carnes follow with the song’s bridge. This structuring of the song is said to “create a sense of continuous surprise and emotional buildup”. ‘We Are the World’ concludes with Bob Dylan and Ray Charles singing a full chorus, Wonder and Springsteen duetting, and ad libs from Charles and Ingram.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Til Tuesday’s ‘Voice Carry’ at #81 (debut), Katrina & The Waves’ ‘Walking On Sunshine’ at #50, David Lee Roth’s ‘Just A Gigolo’ at #43, The Power Station’s ‘Some Like It Ho’ at #17, Murray Head’s ‘One Night in Bangkok’ at #12, and Animotion’s ‘Obsession’ at #9‬. 1986: Black Sabbath with special guests W.A.S.P. played the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore, MD.
1987: TNT release their 3rd studio album, ‘Tell No Tales.’
1987: Fleetwod Mac released their 14th studio album, ‘Tango In the Night.’ It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top albums Chart. Four singles from the album reached the Billboard Top 20: ‘Big Love’ at #5, ‘Little Lies’ at #4, ‘Everywhere’ at #14 and ‘Seven Wonders’ at #19. 1987: U2 with special guests Lone Justice played the first of two nights at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1988: Joe Satriani played The Crest Theatre in Sacramento, CA. 1988: Humble Pie played The Country Club in Reseda, CA.
1989: Poison and Tesla played the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV. 1989: Metal Church played T.A. Verns in Milwaukee, WI. 1990: The Hooters played The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY. 1990: Devo with special guests Sly Buddah & Poetic Justice played The Omni in Oakland, CA.
1991: R.E.M. made their broadcast television debut as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live performing ‘Losing My Religion’ & ‘Shiny Happy People.’
1992: Iron Maiden release their 22nd single, ‘Be Quick or Be Dead.’
1993: Declared by then-Massachusetts Governor William Weld, the first ‘Aerosmith Day’ was observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
1993: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘In Concert/MTV Unplugged’ album is released.
1994: The Los Angeles Times reported that Kurt Cobain’s drug overdose in Italy a month earlier was in fact a failed suicide attempt.
1994: Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announced they had separated after nine years of marriage.
1996: Rage Against The Machine appeared on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Their two-song performance was cut to one song (‘Bulls On Parade’) when the band attempted to hang inverted American flags from their amplifiers. They were protesting the show’s host Steve Forbes of Forbes Magazine and General Electric, owner of NBC, SNL’s network.
1999: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers released their album ‘Echo.’ 1999: Staind released their major label debut album ‘Dysfunction.’
2000: D-A-D released their 7th album, ‘Everything Glows.’
2000: Metallica sue Napster, the UUniversity of Southern California, Yale and Indiana U. for Copyright Infringement‬.
2001: After the conclusion of the KISS ‘Farewell’ Tour, Ace Frehley once again left the band lineup.
2003: The Beatles Apple Corp company was listed as Britain’s fastest profit-growth firm with an annual profit growth of 194%.
2003: For the first time since Jimmy Carter was in the White House, Lynyrd Skynyrd had a hit single on the radio. Rock stations across the country played the band’s ‘Red White and Blue,’ an anti-protest song that includes the line “If they don’t like it, they can just get the hell out.” The song’s success prompted the band to rush out its new album ‘Vicious Cycle’ in May.
2004: Crossfade release their self-titled debut album. The profanities on the album are censored, but the band are unable to release an explicit version due to lack of funds.
2005: Johnnie Johnson, a Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer who teamed with Chuck Berry on ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ and ‘No Particular Place to Go,’ died of natural causes at the age of 80.
2006: The Black Crowes’ Chris and Rich Robinson embark on their first acoustic tour, called ‘Brothers Of A Feather.’ They play covers, Crowes classics and new material. The first stop on the two week trek is Brooklyn, NY.
2007: Julian Lennon sold a ‘significant’ stake of his share in the songs his father John wrote for The Beatles to US music publishing company Primary Wave. The firm would now receive payments when any Lennon compositions were sold on CD, performed live or played on the radio. The company, who were about to market Julian Lennon’s new music project, declined to reveal how much the deal was worth.
2007: The first single from Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Black Rain’ album, ‘I Don’t Want To Stop’ is on his web site.
2007: Bring Me the Horizon vocalist Oli Sykes appears in Magistrate’s Court, after being accused of urinating on a female fan at one of the band’s gigs six days earlier. Due to lack of evidence, charges are later dropped.
2008: Founding Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, ex-Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter and former Boston axeman Barry Goudreau (collectively called Super Group) back Chuck Berry at a benefit concert in Boston. The event raises money for the Right Turn organization that supports New England musicians fighting substance abuse and other health issues.
2008: The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend play a special acoustic set during the final night of the Teenage Cancer trust’s 2008 concert series at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
2008: Queen guitarist Brian May begins his tenure as chancellor of England’s Liverpool John Moores University. “I am passionate about education and lifelong learning,” says May in a statement. “It is never, ever too late to start learning. I proved that by completing my Ph.D., 30 years after I started it.”
2008: Producer and drummer Clifford Davies, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home in Atlanta. He was 59. Davies had worked with Ted Nugent from 1979-1982. It was reported that Davies was “extremely distraught” over outstanding medical bills.
2009: Phil Spector was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion six years before. The verdict would send the 69 year old music producer to prison for at least 18 years.
2009: ‘Arma . . . Geddon,’ the lead single from Marilyn Manson’s ‘The High End Of Low,’ is released to radio.
2010: Jeff Beck releases his first solo album in seven years, ‘Emotion & Commotion.’
2010: Brian May launched a major new campaign to try to prevent the return of legalised blood sports to the British Countryside. The ‘SAVE-ME’ campaign – named after May’s song, called on the British public to consider how their vote will affect the welfare of animals; and in particular fox-hunting, stag hunting and hare-coursing. The first ‘SAVE-ME campaign poster was unveiled by Brian at a prime advertising site on London’s West Cromwell Road.
2010: The songs of Elvis Presley are featured on ‘American Idol.’ ’09 Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert, advises the finalists.
2011: After learning from the press that America’s Internal Revenue Service had placed a lien on one of their Los Angeles-area residences, Ozzy and Sharron Osbourne moved quickly to pay off their $1.7 million U.S. tax debt. Sharon pointed the finger directly at their financial advisors for not doing their job properly.
2011: Don Henley, Stevie Wonder and more perform at the annual Grammys on the Hill event at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel in Washington D.C.
2011: Zakk Wylde was guitarist for James Durbin on American Idol during his performance of ‘Heavy Metal.’
2012: Five of Tom Petty’s guitars were stolen from a soundstage in Culver City, California, where Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers, were rehearsing for their upcoming worldwide tour. The stolen gear included a 1967 Blonde Rickenbacker, a 1967 Epiphone Sheridan, a 1965 Gibson SG TV Jr., a Fender Broadcaster and a Dusenberg Mike Campbell Model, which belonged to Campbell himself. Petty was offering a “no questions asked” reward bounty of $7,500 to anyone with information leading to the guitars’ recovery.
2012: The Black Keys make their fifth appearance at Coachella Festival but their first as a headliner.
2012: A New York judge ordered Prince to pay $3.95 million to Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics for failing to promote the 3121 line of scents after indicating that he would do so.
2013: Keith Richards makes a surprise appearance on the second night of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. Clapton and Richards guitarist play the Blues standard, ‘Key To The Highway’ and ‘Sweet Little Rock n’ Roller.’
2013: Deftones bassist Chi Cheng passes away. He had been in a coma-like semi conscious state since an 2008 car accident.
2013: Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” tops the Rock Songs chart. The song also peaks at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and is the band’s first top 10 single.
2016: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea performs the national anthem at Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game. Flea is a mega L.A. Lakers fan. The home team beats the Utah Jazz.
2016: Led Zeppelin’s single-day world record for merchandise sales in an arena is broken by Bryant. During his final game at the Staples Center, $1.2 million worth of Kobe merchandise is sold. In ’07, Led Zeppelin’s London O2 Arena concert moved $1 million worth of merchandise.

April 14
1955: Fats Domino’s ‘Ain’t It A Shame’ b/w ‘La-La’ 45 single is released in the US. The 45 single listed the song as ‘Ain’t It A Shame,’ despite the real title ‘Ain’t That A Shame.’
1963: The Beatles meet The Rolling Stones for the first time after one of the Stones’ concerts at The Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. All four members of The Beatles were in the audience. The name of the club derived from Bo Diddley’s 1960 song ‘Doing the Craw-Daddy,’ which The Rolling Stones regularly performed as part of their set. In turn the club would inspire the name of the American music magazine ‘Crawdaddy!’
1964: The King Bees, (featuring a young David Bowie then David Jones), played at a wedding reception at the Jack Of Clubs in London.
1965: The Elvis Presley/Shelley Fabares movie, ‘Girl Happy’ opens.
1966: The Beatles record ‘Paperback Writer’ and the vocals for ‘Eleanor Rigby.’
1966: The Spencer Davis Group were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Somebody Help Me,’ the group’s second UK #1.
1967: David Bowie’s novelty record ‘The Laughing Gnome’ was released in the UK. The track consisted of the singer meeting and conversing with the creature of the title, whose sped-up voice (created by Bowie and studio engineer Gus Dudgeon) delivered several puns on the word “gnome”. The song became a hit when reissued in 1973, despite it being radically different to his material at the time, the single made #6 in the UK charts.
1967: Jimi Hendrix The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink all appeared at the The Odeon, Blackpool, England, tickets cost 5 and 10 shillings, ($0.70 and $1.40).
1967: The final episode of ‘Where The Action Is,’ which brought Paul Revere And The Raiders to fame, airs on ABC-TV.
1968: Producer Phil Spector marries Ronnie Bennett of The Ronettes. Although Ronnie’s mother was in attendance. the other two Ronnettes, her sister Estelle and her cousin Nedra Talley were not invited. The union would prove to be a very unhappy one for Bennett, who filed for divorce in 1972, citing several instances of alleged cruelty.
1968: During a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Pink Floyd demonstate ‘Azimuth co-ordinator’, a device for projecting sound from anywhere in the concert hall, called ‘more furious madness from the massed gadgets of Auzimenes’s.
1969: The recording of ‘The Ballad Of John and Yoko’ took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous. On some stations, the word ‘Christ’ was edited in backwards to avoid the ban.
1969: ‘In the Ghetto,’ the lead single from Elvis Presley’s ‘From Elvis In Memphis,’ is released. The song reaches #3 on the pop chart to become Presley’s first Top 10 hit in four years.
1969: The Monkees’ TV special, ’33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee,’ aired on NBC. The plot featured Rock musicians Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll as mad scientists looking for something to rot the minds of young people. It ended up being The Monkees’ final performance as a quartet until 1986, as Peter Tork quit the group at the end of the production.
1969: At Abbey Road Studios, John Lennon and Paul McCartney record ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko,’ The Beatles’ single that didn’t include George and Ringo. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars.
1969: Pink Floyd debuted a new performance piece at the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank London. The Man/The Journey are two suites of music built around existing songs and new pieces of music the band was working on. Included in the action on stage were sequences during which the band sawed wood and nailed pieces of it to form a table. Another had the members were served tea. There is a well known bootleg tape of the September 17th show in Amsterdam that has the same set list.
1970: Stephen Stills broke his wrist in a car accident, resulting in the cancellation of an American tour by Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young. Stills drove into a parked car while watching a police patrol car in his rear-view mirror.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival made their live UK debut when they played the first of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall in London. 1970: Led Zeppelin played the Civic Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
1971: The Illinois Crime Commission issued a list of ‘drug-oriented records’ including ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane, ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ by Procol Harum and The Beatles ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.’
1972: Gentle Giant’s ‘Three Friends’ album is released. It is the progressive rock band’s first US release to chart, peaking at #197 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s. 1972: Johnny Winter & J. Geils Band played Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
1973: Humble Pie, Edgar Winter Group and Gentle Giant played Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1973: Led Zeppelin start a two-week run at #1 on the album charts with ‘Houses of the Holy.’ The six kids pictured on the cover are actually a collage of two child model siblings, Stefan (5) and Samantha (7) Gates. The photo shoot lasted 10 days at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
1973: Yes and Poco played the Dallas Memorial in Dallas, TX.
1973: Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac & Rory Gallagher played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA
1974: Pete Townshend plays solo for the first time at Roundhouse in London. He’s backed by tapes he made in his home studio.
1975: Genesis play the first of two nights at Empire Pool in Wembley, England.
1975: After rumour’s that Jimmy Page, Steve Marriott, Jeff Beck and Chris Spedding would replace Mick Taylor as guitarist in The Rolling Stones, a press release confirmed that former Faces guitarist Ron Wood would be joining the band for their forthcoming American tour.
1975: The Doobie Brothers get their first gold single for ‘Black Water.’
1978: Art Garfunkel started a six week run at #1 in the UK with the theme from the film ‘Watership Down,’ ‘Bright Eyes’ which went on to become the biggest selling single of the year. The song was written by the man behind The Wombles, Mike Batt.
1979: The Doobie Brothers went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘What A Fool Believes’, the group’s second U.S. #1. The record, sung by Michael McDonald, would win Grammy Awards in 1980 for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
1979: Dire Straits debut hit ‘Sultans Of Swing’ peaks at #4. They also peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their self-titled debut album. It later went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.
1979: Florida Jam ’79 featuring headliners Aerosmith took place at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Also on the bill are Ted Nugent, Blackfoot, Brownsville Station, Cheap Trick and Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush.
1980: A bill is introduced to make Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ New Jersey’s state song. After some consideration, the song was eventually cited by legislators as the state’s “rock anthem.”
1980: The debut self-titled album from Iron Maiden was released. It peaked at number four in the U.K. sales chart.
1980: Judas Priest release their 6th studio album, ‘British Steel.’
1980: The Knack’s 2nd album, ‘But The Little Girls Understand’ was certified Gold by the RIAA. It was released the prior February 15.
1980: Blondie’s ‘Call Me’ hits #1 Billboard Pop charts.
1980: Paul McCartney & Wings ‘Coming Up’ b/w ‘Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)’ / ‘Lunch Box/Odd Sox’ 45 single is released. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies. Although the live version received more airplay and was considered to be the “hit”, Billboard listed the A-side on the Hot 100 for the first 12 weeks on the chart, including three weeks at #1, before switching to the more popular B-side for the remaining nine weeks on the chart. In the U.S., Columbia Records promoted the live version, which subsequently received more airplay than the studio version. McCartney was unaware of Columbia’s move, otherwise he might have pushed for the A-side, which he thought was the stronger version. An executive from Columbia Records explained the switch by stating “Americans like the sound of Paul McCartney’s real voice.” This single became Wings’ 6th and final #1 single.
1982: Van Halen release their 5th studio album, ‘Diver Down,’ which goes on to sell four million copies in the U.S., and spends 65 weeks on the album chart. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums Chart.
1983: The Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon died from a drug overdose. He was fired from the group on June 14, 1982 (two days before Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of heart failure). Farndon was in the midst of forming a new band with former Clash drummer Topper Headon when he died.
1983: Tears For Fears appeared at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester, England.
1983: David Bowie’s 15th studio album, ‘Let’s Dance’ is released. Co-Produced with Nile Rodgers, it reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200Top Lp’s Chart, and hit #1 on the UK Albums Chart. The title track became one of Bowie’s biggest hit singles, hitting #1 in the U.S., U.K., and many other countries.
1984: Saxon played The Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA.
1986: ‘Stars’ is released from the Hear N’ Aid benefit album, featuring 40 artists from the Metal community (led by Ronnie James Dio), aiding in the fight against African famine relief.
1986: Judas Priest release their 10th studio album, ‘Turbo.’
1986: Members of the First Church of the Nazarene in Ironton, Ohio, held a record burning after evangelist Jim Brown told them that the song ‘A Horse is a Horse,’ the theme song from the US TV show Mr. Ed, contained satanic messages when played backwards.
1987: Fleetwood Mac released their ‘Tango In The Night’ album.
1989: Tom Petty’s ‘Full Moon Fever’ album is released. It’s credited just to him, although members of The Heartbreakers play on it.
1990: Rock and roll singer Thurston Harris, known for his hit 1957 cover of Bobby Day’s ‘Little Bitty Pretty One,’ dies at age 58 of a heart attack. 1990: Junkyard with special guests The Black Crowes, Ace Diamond Lifeline & Voodoo Cats played The Omni in Oakland, CA. 1992: L7 released their third album, ‘Bricks Are Heavy.’
1994: Kurt Cobain was cremated at the Bleitz Funeral Home, Seattle. The death certificate listed Cobain’s occupation as Poet/Musician and his type of business as Punk Rock. One third of Cobain’s ashes were later scattered in the Wishkah River in Washington, one third were scattered in a Buddhist temple in New York & the rest are with Courtney Love.
1996: Rage Against The Machine’s video for ‘Bulls On Parade’ debuts on MTV.
1997: Depeche Mode release their 9th album, ‘Ultra’ in the UK. Work on the album had to be stopped in 1996 when lead singer Dave Gahan nearly died of a drug overdose; he spent a lot of time making court appointements and trying to get sober when operations resumed. The band is in no condition to tour to support the album, but it still makes #1 in the UK and sells over 500,000 copies in America.
1998: Helloween released their 8th studio album, ‘Better Than Raw.’
1998: Clutch’s 3rd full-length album, ‘The Elephant Riders’ is released.
1999: Metallica filed suit against Napster Inc, Yale University, the University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement. Yale and Indiana were dropped from the suit after they blocked access to Napster on campus servers.
2000: At a show at The Garage in London, The all-girl punk rockers L7 raffle off a chance to “meet intimately” with their drummer, Dee Plakas, claiming they “want their fans to get more bang for their buck.” Whether or not they go through with the stunt is unclear, but the stunt drums up plenty of publicity for the show. 2000: Nine Inch Nails and special guests A Perfect Circle played The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI.
2001: Staind’s ‘It’s Been Awhile,’ from the album ‘Break The Cycle,’ is released. The song peaks at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 but goes to #1 on both the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.
2002: Nickelback score Juno Awards for Best Group, Best Single (‘How You Remind Me’) and Best Album (‘Silver Side Up’). 2003: Opeth released their seventh full-length album, ‘Damnation.’
2004: Former American Bandstand host, Dick Clark, revealed that he has had type 2 diabetes since 1994, but kept it a secret from everyone except close friends and family.
2004: A card featuring the mug shot of White Stripes frontman Jack White is added to an updated edition of Starz Behind Barz, a deck of novelty playing cards. Other celebrities with arrest pictures featured in the set are Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland, Marilyn Manson, Kid Rock, Ozzy Osbourne and Tommy Lee.
2005: Audioslave launch a club tour playing songs from past bands (Soundgarden & Rage Against The Machine) feeling it is “time to own those histories.” They had avoided performing ‘Black Hole Sun’ and ‘Bulls On Parade’ to avoid using those songs as a “crutch” to “help sell and break Audioslave.”
2006: The film, ‘Herbie Hancock: Possibilities,’ opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Carlos Santana and Sting are featured in the documentary about the making of jazz keyboardist ’05 duets album ‘Possibilities.’
2006: The Heritage Auction Galleries’ Signature Music and Entertainment auction in Dallas features Kurt Cobain’s ’60s Mosrite Gospel guitar. When the late Nirvana frontman’s guitar first was put on the block in 2004 it sold for $117,500.
2006: The Offspring’s Greg K (Kriesel) and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington are among the musicians teeing off at the Punk Rock Pro-Am charity golf tournament in Jamul, CA. The event raises funds for the Surfrider Foundation and the Music For A Cure organization.
2007: Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha perform together in Chicago at the Coalition of Immokalee Worker’s 2007 Truth Tour.
2008: The Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collaboration ‘Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)’ wins the Wide Open Country Video of the Year trophy at the CMT Awards in Nashville. Bon Jovi’s duet with LeAnn Rimes, ‘Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore,’ wins the Collaborative Video prize, and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and bassist Timothy B. Schmit are also award presenters.
2008: Dr. Brian May of Queen was appointed The Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University in Liverpool, UK. The title Chancellor is an honorary title and is the titular head of the university who is appointed on the approval of the board of governors. The duties of the chancellor include the conferring of degrees at graduation ceremonies and being an ambassador for the university both nationally and internationally. May stepped down at the end of his five year term in 2013.
2009: Testament release their 3rd live album, ‘Live Eindhoven ’87.’ It features the group’s complete 1987 performance at that year’s Dynamo Open Air Festival.
2009: Former Beatle George Harrison was honoured with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Sir Paul McCartney attended the unveiling outside the landmark Capitol Records building, joining Harrison’s widow Olivia and son Dhani. Eric Idle, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty also attended the ceremony.
2009: Kings Of Leon are on the cover of Rolling Stone for the first time. “It’s one of those things I’m pretty sure will sink in down the road, like, ‘holy s**t,” says frontman Caleb Followill. The accompanying article is titled The God-Fearing, Booze Swilling Rise of America’s Hottest Band.
2009: The EVH Brand Signature Striped Sneakers, a line modeled after Eddie Van Halen’s favored footwear, is announced. The design mimics Van Halen’s Frankenstein guitar. “(For 15 years) people would ask me, “Where can I get a pair of those?'” explains Van Halen. “So making them available and official seemed like a natural progression.”
2009: The horror film Bled is released direct to DVD. The flick features Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody who had no acting experience prior to accepting a role. “I was really excited to do it!” Moody plays the Incubus, ‘a wraith-like monstrosity’.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne’s song ‘Let Me Hear You Scream,’ from his album ‘Scream,’ makes its debut on the CBS series ‘CSI: New York.’ The song is heard in a scene depicting a prison riot.
2010: ‎Peter Steele,‬ former singer with ‪‎Type O Negative‬ died of heart failure. He was just 48 years old.
2010: Blues musician Mississippi Slim, real name Walter Horn Jr., dies at age 66 after suffering a heart attack.
2011: The Beatles first recording contract is auctioned for over $114,000 at London’s Theater Royal. Signed in 1961 by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and the group’s original drummer Pete Best, while band was performing club dates in Hamburg, Germany, the contract with Kaempfert Productions on behalf of Polydor Records was for the group’s early recording and publishing rights.
2012: The Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood and drummer Kenney Jones appear in-person at John Varvatos 315 Bowery Boutique in New York City to promote the publication of a limited edition book by Wood, Jones and keyboardist Ian McLagan simply titled ‘Faces 1969-1975.’ It tells the group’s story incorporating over 200 photographs from start to finish.
2012: Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Small Faces/Faces, Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Miracles and The Midnighters are inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame at Cleveland’s Public Hall. As expected, frontman Axl Rose is a no-show. The flu keeps Rod Stewart from fronting the Faces during their induction. Also, Rock and Roll’s first generation of backing bands get their due. The Blue Caps (Gene Vincent), The Comets (Bill Haley) and the Crickets (Buddy Holly) are inducted.
2012: Slash (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver) begins a six-part BBC program that looks at his influences and development. AC/DC, Aerosmith and Metallica are among the groups discussed in the six-hour radio program.
2013: The inaugural Fort Rock Festival takes place at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers, FL. 3 Doors Down, Stone Sour and the Offspring are the headliners.
2015: Halestorm release their 3rd studio album ‘Into The Wild Life.’
2015: To commemorate the 35th anniversary of their ‘British Steel’ album, Judas Priest team with Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee to present a limited-edition British Steel blend that is available at Dark Matter locations.
2015: Activision announces the re-launch of Guitar Hero with event at New York City’s Best Buy Theater. Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way are on hand as the company unveils a new iteration of the game.
2015: 65-year-old Billy Joel announced that he and his 33-year-old girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, were expecting a baby. The child would be her first and his second.
2015: Percy Sledge, whose 1966 hit ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ topped both the Billboard Pop chart and R&B chart, died of liver cancer at the age of 74. The song came when Sledge’s girlfriend left him for a modelling career after he was laid off from a construction job in late 1965.
2016: Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed the National Anthem at Staples Center in Los Angeles for Kobe Bryant’s LA Lakers farewell game.
2016: Prince plays what turns out to be his last show. It’s at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. He passes away a week later (4/21). His last song is ‘Purple Rain.’
2016: ‘Lemmy: The Definitive Biography,’ written by Mick Wall is available in the U.K. The book on the late Motorhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister contains original interviews with Lemmy, former bandmates, friends, managers, fellow artists and record industry staffers.

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

April 16
1955: Elvis Presley was the headliner on The Big D Jamboree, a live radio show on KRLD in Dallas, Texas. Tickets for the show at the Sportatorium were $.60 for adults, $.30 for children.
1956: Buddy Holly’s ‘Blue Days, Black Nights’ b/w ‘Love Me’ 45 single is released in the U.S. Holly’s first U.S. 45, also included in his 1958 album ‘That’ll Be the Day.’ Decca, Holly’s first major record label, after failing to produce a hit single from Holly’s early recordings, packaged these 1956 tunes after he had some success with recordings from the Brunswick and Coral labels.
1963: The Beatles perform on BBC TV for the first time on ‘The 625 Show.’
1964: The Beatles filmed the “chase scenes” for ‘A Hard Days Night’ with actors dressed as policemen in the Notting Hill Gate area of London. In the evening they recorded the title track for the film, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ at Abbey Road. John and Paul had the title first, and had to write a song to order, completing the track in nine takes.
1964: The Rolling Stones’ self-titled, debut album was released in Great Britain. It sold over 200,000 copies, hitting #1 two weeks later and was the first non-Beatles album to reach the top in over a year. Six weeks later (May 30) it would be issued in America with a slightly different track list, where it would reach #11. In the U.S. it was subtitled ‘England’s Newest Hit Makers,’ which later became its official title.
1965: The Hollies began their first US tour in New York. It wasn’t until the following year that the group cracked the US Top 10 with ‘Bus Stop.’
1966: Bob Dylan’s ‘Rainy Day Women #12 & 35’ is released.
1967: Cream appeared at the ‘Daily Express Record Star Show’ at The Empire Pool in Wembley, England.
1967: The Who play two concerts in one day, the first at the Oberschwabenhalle in Ravensburg followed by a gig for 1,400 fans at the Donauhalle in Ulm, West Germany.
1969: The Beatles recorded 13 takes of backing tracks for ‘Something’ at EMI Studios in London.
1969: Elektra Records dropped Detroit’s MC5 from their label after the band took out an advertisement in a local paper that included the company logo and said; “Fuck Hudsons.” The band were protesting at the Michigan department store’s refusal to stock their albums.
1969: The Band make their solo stage debut at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, with the first of three nights at the venue.
1970: The Led Zeppelin single ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was certified Gold in the U.S. after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at #4 on the U.S. singles chart. In the UK Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a ‘no-singles’ approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK, and he halted the release.
1970: Pink Floyd play thge first of two nights at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
1971: Ringo Starr’s ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ b/w ‘Early 1970’ 45 single is released. It was Starr’s first solo single in the UK, but his second in the US (the first was ‘Beaucoups of Blues’), following the breakup of the Beatles. This song may also be considered Starr’s signature song. The song was issued as a non-album single and debuted on the American Billboard chart on May 1, 1971. It peaked at #4 and remained in the Top 40 for 11 weeks. It was produced by George Harrison, who also played guitar on the song. Additional musicians included Gary Wright on piano, Klaus Voorman on bass and backing vocals from Pete Ham and Tom Evans.
1971: The Rolling Stones release ‘Brown Sugar,’ which is the first single out on their own label, Rolling Stones Records.
1972: The Electric Light Orchestra made their debut at The Fox and Greyhound in Croydon, London, promoting their debut album, ‘No Answer.’ The concert didn’t get very good reviews and founding member Roy Wood split several months later, leaving Jeff Lynne to write and produce most of the band’s material.
1972: Pink Floyd performed at Pirates World in Dania, FL.
1972: The legendary ‪Rainbow Bar & Grill‬ opened in ‎West Hollywood, CA.‬
1973: Paul McCartney’s first television special, ‘James Paul McCartney,’ airs in America on the ABC. The show featurES a few Beatles songs, new Wings tracks, sketches, and a final performance of a song called ‘Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance,’ originally written for Twiggy. It would be broadcast in the UK on May 10th.
1973: During his Ziggy Stardust World tour, David Bowie appeared at the Kobe in Kobe Kokusai Kaikan, Japan.
1973: Yes and Poco performed the first of two nights at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, MO.
1974: Queen make their U.S. live debut at Regis College in Denver, CO. opening for Mott the Hoople.
1975: Genesis play the Gaumont Theatre in Southhampton, UK on their ‘The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’ Tour.
1976: Aerosmith played at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, the first date on their 76 date North American ‘Rocks’ Tour. Opening acts included Jeff Beck, Rush, and Nazareth.
1976: Boz Scaggs goes to visit friend Bobby “Blue” Bland backstage at the famed Antone’s in Austin, TX, and is beaten unconscious by two bouncers.
1977: Fleetwood Mac release ‘Dreams.’
1980: Eric Clapton’s live double album ‘Just One Night’ is released. Recorded live at the Budokan Theatre, Tokyo in December 1979 when Clapton was touring with his last record, ‘Backless.’ For this tour, Clapton’s back-up band included regular Joe Cocker keyboardist Chris Stainton and famed English country picker Albert Lee. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1982: Motorhead release their ‘Iron Fist’ album. 1982: ZZ Top with special guests LeRoux & Prism played the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX.
1983: Styx ‘Mr. Roboto’ peaks at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It spends a total of 18 weeks on the chart. ‬
1983: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Phil Collins’ ‘I Don’t Care Anymore’ at #72, Journey’s ‘Faithfully’ at #55 (debut), Bryan Adams’ ‘Straight From The Heart’ at #39, Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ at #35, Def Leppard’ ‘Photograph’ at #32, David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ at #15, and Styx’s ‘Mr. Roboto’ at #3 (peak).‬
1983: Kirk Hammett played his very first gig with Metallica at The Showplace in Dover, New Jersey.
1984: Saxon release their 6th studio album, ‘Crusader.’
1984: Venom release their 3rd album, ‘At War with Satan.’
1985: During the North American leg of their ‘Unforgettable Fire’ tour U2 played the first of two nights at The Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts. April 18 was the other.
1987: Deep Purple’s ‘House Of Blue Light’ tour opens. 1987: Ratt & Poison played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA. 1987: Bon Jovi with special guests Cinderella played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA. It was their fourth show at the venue in less than two weeks.
1988: INXS single ‘Devil Inside’ peaks at #2 in the U.S.
1988: Scorpions release their 10th studio album, ‘Savage Amusement.’
1990: Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt perform at the Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute To A Free South Africa concert at London’s Wembley Stadium.
1990: Nirvana with special guests Rocktopus & Heimlich Maneuver played Lee’s Palace in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1991: The Temple Of The Dog self-titled album is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The album is a tribute to Andrew Wood, the former lead singer of Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. Wood died on March 19, 1990 of a heroin overdose. The line-up included former Mother Love Bone members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, Wood’s former roomate Chris Cornell, drummer Matt Cameron, Mike McCready and Eddie Vedder. McCready and Vedder were featured on the album due to their involvement with Ament and Gossard’s next project, which became Pearl Jam. It peaks at #5 Billboard’s 200 album chart‬. 1991: Yes played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA. 1991: Cinderella with special guests Slaughter played the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, Ontario.
1992: Guns N’ Roses launch a European tour with Soundgarden as the opening act. 1992: Van Morrison played the Berkeley Community Theatre in Berkeley, CA.
1992: Nirvana appears on the cover of Rolling Stone with Kurt Cobain wearing a T-shirt that says, “Corporate Magazines Still Suck.”
1992: David Milgaard is released from jail in Canada after serving 23 years for a crime he didn’t commit. The Tragically Hip, who have helped in his fight for justice, write the song ‘Wheat Kings’ about the ordeal.
1993: David Lee Roth was arrested in New York’s Washington Square Park for allegedly buying a $10 bag of marijuana. Roth’s offense had a maximum penalty of 15 days in jail and a $250 fine but was ultimately “adjourned pending dismissal,” meaning the charges would be wiped out if Roth stayed out of trouble for a year.
1993: Billy Burnette leaves Fleetwood Mac to pursue a country music career.
1993: Paul McCartney headlined a concert at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate ‘Earth Day’ along with Ringo Starr, Don Henley and Steve Miller. McCartney had last performed there as a member of the Beatles in 1965.
1994: Pearl Jam made their second appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ where they performed ‘Not for You,’ ‘Rearviewmirror’ & ‘Daughter.’ During the closing credits, Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder pointed out the letter K on his shirt over his heart which was considered by many as Vedder’s tribute to Kurt Cobain.
1994: Prince had his first UK #1 with ‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The World’, (his 37th single release). It was his first release since changing his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol.
1995: Bob Seger’s wife Juanita Dorricott gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Samantha Char.
1996: Rage Against The Machine release their 2nd studio album, ‘Evil Empire.’ It debuted at number one and has been certified triple platinum.
1996: KISS appeared in full make-up at the 38th Grammy Awards, where they announced a reunion tour. It would mark the first time all four members had appeared together in over fifteen years. The tour would go on to gross $143.7 million dollars.
1996: Having been released four years earlier, Soundgarden’s ‘Badmotorfinger’ is recognized for selling 2-million copies.
1997: Elton John is awarded an honorary membership in the Royal Academy of Music with the likes of Classical composers Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss. John is also re-appointed chairman of the Watford Football Club.
1999: Original Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape drummer Skip Spence dies from lung cancer at the age of 52. He had battled schizophrenia and alcoholism and had been on a ventilator for 11 days before his death. Skip had spent 6 months in Bellevue and was a diagnosed schizophrenic, battling drug and alcohol problems his entire life. But, he was also called one of “psychedelia’s brightest lights” – just a few weeks after his death, the tribute CD More Oar: A Tribute to The Skip Spence Album was released and featured such luminaries as Robert Plant, Tom Waits, and Beck, all paying tribute.
2002: Sheryl Crow releases her 4th studio album ‘C’mon, C’mon.’
2002: David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar hold a press conference in Los Angeles to announce their joint headlining tour: Sam & Dave The Heavyweight Champs of Rock n Roll.
2003: Jerry Lee Lewis files for divorce from his sixth wife, former Jerry Lee Lewis fan club president Kerrie McCarver
2004: Jet’s ‘Cold Hard Bitch’ moves to the #1 spot on Billboard Magazine’s Mainstream Rock chart, ending the 13-week run at the top by Nickelback’s ‘Figured You Out.’
2005: Def Leppard auctions off a meeting with band members along with attending a private rehearsal in Los Angeles before the start of their U.S. tour. Proceeds benefit the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre and the T.J. Martell Foundation.
2005: ‘OK Computer’ by Radiohead was voted the best album of all time in a poll by UK TV station Channel 4. U2 were in 2nd place with ‘The Joshua Tree’ and Nirvana in 3rd with ‘Nevermind.’
2006: Dio released the ‘Holy Diver – Live’ album. It was recorded on tour in 2005.
2007: Bon Jovi performs at the CMT (Country Music Television) Awards ceremony.
2007: W.A.S.P. release their 13th studio album, ‘Dominator.’
2007: Annihilator released their 12th album, ‘Metal.’ It featured guest appearances by Danko Jones, Arch Enemy’s Angela Gossow, and Children Of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho.
2008: Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh announces a performance-oriented scholarship for Ohio’s Kent State University, which he attended in the late ’60s. Walsh donates $50,000 to the institution’s College of the Arts.
2008: Bruce Springsteen endorses Barack Obama for president. “Critics have tried to diminish Senator Obama through the exaggeration of certain of his comments and relationships in order to distract us from discussing the real issues,” writes Springsteen.
2009: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan appears in a video ad for TNA Wrestling’s Lockdown event in Philadelphia. In the commercial, Corgan recites an altered version of the lyrics to ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’ while standing in a steel cage.
2010: Soundgarden play a ‘secret show’ reunion gig at Seattle’s Showbox Theater. For their first stage appearance in thirteen years, the band appears under the name Nudedragons-an anagram of Soundgarden.
2010: KISS launch an auction for a fan ‘meet and greet’ (concert tickets, photo with the group and money to spend on the KISS online store) in the U.K. to raise money for Brazilian children. The ten-day eBay auction is held in conjunction with the ABC Trust’s Action For Brazil’s Children campaign.
2011: Rob Zombie announces that he has just finished directing a commercial for a fabric softener. “A very scary TV commercial for Woolite called ‘The Torturer,’ Zombie writes on his website. The commercial was shot in Vancouver, B.C.
2011: A Nirvana exhibit at Seattle’s Experience Music Project opens. ‘Taking Punk To The Masses’ has frontman Kurt Cobain’s famous yellow sweater, a smashed Univox guitar and handwritten lyrics. “There’s a story with Nirvana at its center, but it’s a story that also includes the many people, bands and institutions that make up a music community,” says Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, who adds that Cobain was “a visionary artist who touched people all over the world.”
2011: Jack White (White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather) is honored with Nashville’s first ever Music City Ambassador award. Originally from Detroit, White relocated to Nashville. 2011: Rob Zombie announces that he has just finished directing a commercial for a fabric softener. “A very scary TV commercial for Woolite called ‘The Torturer,,” Zombie writes on his website. The commercial was shot in Vancouver, B.C.
2012: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer launches his own organic coffee brand, called Rockin’ & Roastin. It’s an organic, fair traded coffee that is available in four different roasts.
2013: Skid Row release their first new material in seven years when the EP ‘United World Rebellion Chapter One’ is released.
2013: Fall Out Boy end a three-year hiatus with the release of their comeback album ‘Save Rock And Roll.’ “This isn’t a reunion because we never broke up,” says a post on the band’s website. To promote the album, the group throws out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium before L.A. takes on the San Diego Padres.
2013: Edwin Shirley the co-founded Edwin Shirley Trucking, which became one of the largest music transport companies in Europe died of cancer. Brian May noted Shirley’s importance to their touring operation: “Edwin was at the head of Queen’s vehicle convoy for so many years I can’t begin to remember how many… He was a great pal of Gerry Stickells, our illustrious Tour Manager and the two of them wrote the book on how to party on tour.”
2014: Black Label Society’s, ‘Catacombs Of The Black Vatican,’ debuts on top of Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart (#5 on the Billboard 200) selling 26,000 copies its first week of release.
2014: Bassist Nick Oliveri performs with Queens Of The Stone Age for the first time in 10 years. He sings lead vocals on ‘You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire’ during the encore at a Portland, OR show.
2015: Alice Cooper performs at the grand opening of John Varvatos fashion store in Detroit, his home town.
2015: Nielsen SoundScan released figures that showed vinyl album sales were up 53% during the first three months of the year, compared to last year. The top selling album during that period was The Beatles’ ‘AbbEy Road,’ which sold 172,000 copies. Vinyl unit sales rose to 9.2 million in 2014, up from 6.1 million in 2013.
2015: Former Rolling Stones bassist, 78-year-old Bill Wyman announced that he would release ‘Back to Basics,’ his first solo album in 33 years, on June 22nd on Proper Records.
2015: Slayer release their single ‘When The Stillness Comes.’ 2015: Neil Young played a surprise show at SLO Brewing Co. in San Luis Obispo, CA., backed by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Young took the stage at 9pm and played until midnight. Concertgoers paid just $10 to hear Young play two sets that included a nearly 10-minute long version of ‘Down By the River’ as well as favorites such as ‘Everybody Knows This is Nowhere’ and ‘Ordinary People.’ The energetic crowd that packed the venue, which has a capacity of 457 people, ranged from college students to older folks. Promise of the Real followed that by recording with Young for his next album and backing him on a subsequent tour.
2016: Metallica are Record Store Day Ambassadors. Their Berkeley, CA in-store concert is streamed live. Following their performance Metallica go El Cerrito, where the group lived from ’83 to ’86. The band receives a proclamation from El Cerrito’s mayor recognizing the group’s ties to the community.
2016: AC/DC announce that Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose will replace the ailing Brian Johnson for the remainder of AC/DC’s 2016 tour, then AC/DC guitarist Angus Young appears with Guns N’ Roses during their headlining set at Coachella.
2016: Black Veil Brides vocalist Andy Biersack marries Juliet Simms, best known as a contestant on the 2012 season of the NBC reality TV talent competition ‘The Voice.’ They’d been dating for five years.
2016: Iron Maiden release their 43rd single, ‘Empire of the Clouds.’

April 17
1955: Fats Domino’s ‘Ain’t That a Shame’ is released on Imperial Records. It will rise to the top of the Billboard R&B chart and #10 on the Pop chart, becoming the first of 37 Top 40 hits The Fat Man will have over the next eight years.
1960: 21-year-old Eddie Cochran dies from injuries sustained in a car accident while on tour in the United Kingdom. Cochran died as a result of a traffic accident in a taxi carrying Cochran, his fiancee Sharon Sheeley and Gene Vincent traveling through Chippenham, Wiltshire, on the A4. The speeding taxi blew a tire, lost control, and crashed into a lamp post on Rowden Hill, where a plaque now marks the spot. No other car is involved. Sheeley and Vincent are seriously injured but survive. Cochran and Vincent had recently decided to extend their successful tour of the U.K. Their touring mate, Freddy Cannon, was supposed to be with them, but was running late and took another cab.
1961: Paul Revere And The Raiders’ first US chart hit, ‘Like Long Hair’ tops out at #38 on the Billboard chart. The song was a boogie-woogie arrangement of Rachmaninoff’s ‘Prelude in C-Sharp Minor’ and featured Revere on piano.
1964: Them (with Van Morrison) make their first concert appearance, at Belfast’s Maritime Hotel.
1964: The Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album in the UK. It topped the UK Albums chart for 12 weeks. It was released in the US on May 30, 1964 with a different track listing.
1964: After an extensive U.S. government investigation of the Kingsmen’s hit song ‘Louie Louie,’ and its supposedly filthy lyrics, the FBI issued a report claiming the words of the Kingsmen’s famous version are incomprehensible.
1965: RCA and LearJet Corporation announce the development of the combination 8 track tape player and car radio that will become available in next Fall’s new cars.
1965: The Beach Boys release ‘Help Me Rhonda,’ featuring rhythm guitarist Al Jardine on lead vocal. The song will become the group’s second Billboard #1.
1965: Bob Dylan’s debut album ‘The Freewheelin” Bob Dylan’ was at #1 on the album chart. The album opens with ‘Blowin’ in the Wind,’ which became an anthem of the 1960s, and an international hit for folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary.
1965: Paul McCartney spent the day shopping for furniture in Portobello Road, London disguised in a cloth cap, moustache, glasses and overcoat.
1965: The Moody Blues peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Go Now’ which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1966: The Who performed at the Regal Cinema in London.
1966: ‘Wild Thing” by The Troggs is released. By June, it will be #1 in the U.S. and #2 in the UK.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played in Luton, Bedfordshire, England.
1969: The Band make their solo stage debut at Winterland in San Francisco.
1970: Pink Floyd play the first of two nights at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA.
1970: Country Joe & the Fish along with the Hampton Grease Band played at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1970: Paul McCartney releases his first solo album ‘McCartney’ in the UK. (April 20 in the US). It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s for three weeks, and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart. McCartney played all the instruments on the album.
1970: Ten Years After release their 4th studio album, ‘Cricklewood Green.’ At least one of the members of the band was living with his Dad, who lived in the Cricklewood area of London, whenever he was home in the UK. Somehow, some seeds ended up in the back yard of his Dad’s house before he left for the tour. When he returned home, his Dad had watered and taken care of the plants. There were a couple of 6 foot tall ‘plants’ growing in the backyard. The un-named band member quickly cut the plants down and let them dry. While recording the album, the plants, which had become known to the band as “Cricklewood Green” were consumed. Plus they thought it was a great name for the album.
1970: Johnny Cash performs at the White House. President Nixon requests ‘Okie From Muskogee,’ a Merle Haggard song, but Cash plays ‘A Boy Named Sue’ instead.
1970: Santana began sessions for what would be their breakthrough album ‘Abraxas’ at Wally Heider Recording Studio in San Francisco, California. When released in September of this year, Abraxas peaked at #1 on the U.S. chart.
1971: Three Dog Night started a six week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Joy To The World.’ The group’s second U.S. #1.
1971: Each of the four ex-Beatles has a solo single on the UK chart. Paul McCartney with ‘Another Day’, John Lennon ‘Power To The People’, George Harrison ‘My Sweet Lord’ and Ringo Starr ‘It Don’t Come Easy.’
1971: The Doors’ ‘Love Her Madly’ is released. It would become the band’s 7th Billboard Top 40 single, reaching #11.
1971: Ten Years After played Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1972: The Grateful Dead perform at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark during their legendary Europe ’72 tour.
1972: Keith Richards Girlfriend Anita Pallenberg gave birth to their second child, daughter Dandelion.
1972: Neil Young’s ‘Old Man’ b/w ‘The Needle And The Damage Done’ 45 single is released. The song was written for the caretaker of the Northern California Broken Arrow Ranch, which Young purchased for $350,000 in 1970. The song compares a young man’s life to an old man’s and shows that the young man has, to some extent, the same needs as the old one. James Taylor played six-string banjo (tuned like a guitar) and sang on the song, and Linda Ronstadt also contributed vocals. 1971: Ten Years After played Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1972: Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ b/w ‘Suzie (Dramas)’ 45 single is released. It rises to #2 in the UK and #6 in the U.S.
1973: Pink Floyd’s album ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ went gold in the U.S. The LP went on to stay in the U.S. chart for more than ten years and become the longest charting rock record of all time.
1973: Yes appeared at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1973: The Eagles ‘Tequila Sunrise’ b/w ‘Twenty-One’ 45 single is released.
1973: The Eagles 2nd studio album, ‘Desperado’ is released. It reached #41 on the Billboard Top 200 LP’s & Tapes chart. Although the title track is one of the Eagles’ signature songs, it was never released as a single. The song ‘Desperado’ was ranked #494 on Rolling Stone’s 2004 list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The album did yield two singles, though: ‘Tequila Sunrise’ and ‘Outlaw Man.’ Those two singles reached #64 and #59 respectively.
1974: Vinnie Taylor, guitarist with Sha Na Na was found dead in a Holiday Inn hotel room in Charlottesville, Virginia from a drug overdose.
1975: Ritchie Blackmore plays his last concert with Deep Purple (during their initial run) at the Palais des Sports in Paris. The guitarist has already formed Rainbow.
1975: Pink Floyd performed at the Coliseum in Denver, Colorado.
1975: Elvis Presley bought a Convair 880 Jet formally owned by Delta Airlines for $250,000, which he re-christened Lisa Marie. Presley spent a further $600,000 refurbishing the Jet to include personal quarters, a meeting area and a dance floor.
1976: Thin Lizzy’s ‘Jailbreak’ album is released.
1976: Thin Lizzy release th single, ‘The Boys Are Back In Town.’ It peaks #12 on Billboard’s Hot 100 on July 24, 1976. It was their only top 20 single (in the U.S.) and one of two Hot 100 hits for them. ‬
1976: Queen’s ‘A Night At The Opera’ peaks at #4 on the U.S. album charts.
1976: David Bowie performed at Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland.
1976: Rush, Thin Lizzy & Starcastle played the Pekin Memorial Arena in Pekin, IL.
1976: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Heart’s ‘Crazy On You’ at #86 (debut), Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’ at #49, Bad Company’s ‘Young Blood’ at #42, KISS’ ‘Shout It Out Loud’ at #40, Hall & Oates’ ‘Sara Smile’ at #29, and Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’ at #16.‬
1977: The Stranglers, Cherry Vanilla, The Police, and The Jam all appeared at The Roundhouse in London.
1978: Genesis played at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1979: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Cameron Indoor Stadium, on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
1979: Written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, the Doobie Brothers’ ‘What A Fool Believes’ tops the U.S. singles chart.
1980: Bob Marley performs at the Independence Day celebration in Salisbury, Zimbabwe.
1980: ‎Black Sabbath‬ performed first ever live show with ‪Ronnie James Dio‬ on vocals in ‪Aurich‬, ‎Germany on The Heaven & Hell Tour.
1980: Pink Floyd’s ‘Run Like Hell’ b/w ‘Don’t Leave Me Now’ 45 single is released. 1981: Rainbow with special guests Pat Travers Band & Krokus played Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI.
1982: Van Halen’s cover of Roy Orbison’s ‘(Oh) Pretty Woman’ just misses the U.S. Top 10, peaking at #12.
1982: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Toto ‘Rosanna’ at #81 & Asia’s ‘Heat Of The Moment’ at #68. Tommy Tutone’s ‘867-5309/Jenny’ was #15, Huey Lewis and the News’ ‘Do You Believe In Love’ #7, and The J. Geils Band’s ‘Freeze Frame’ at #4.
1982: Iron Maiden’s 3rd album, ‘Number Of The Beast,’ enters the U.K. chart at #1.
1982: Huey Lewis & the News single ‘Do You Believe In Love’ peaks at #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1982: Motorhead release their 5th studio album, ‘Iron Fist.’
1982: Black Sabbath and The Outlaws performed at The Cow Palace in Daly City, CA.
1983: Felix Pappalardi, producer and bass player with American rock band Mountain was shot dead by his wife Gail Collins during a jealous rage. Collins was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and sentenced to four years in prison. Pappalardi who was 43 had produced the Cream albums ‘Disraeli Gears’ and ‘Wheels of Fire.’
1984: Saxon played The Warfield in San Francisco, CA.
1986: Hear N’ Aid’s ‘Stars’ video premieres.
1986: Stevie Ray Vaughn cancelled his tour of Europe following the American bombing of Libya. 1986: ZZ Top with special guest Jimmy Barnes played the first of two nights at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI. 1986: Rush played the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore, MD. Scheduled openers Marillion were forced to cancel.
1986: Bruce Hornsby and the Range ‘The Way It Is is’ album is released.
1987: Carlton Barrett, drummer for Bob Marley And The Wailers, was shot and killed outside his home in Kingston, Jamaica. Barrett’s widow, her lover and an accomplice were charged with murder two weeks later. 1987: Ratt & Poison played the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena in Oakland, CA. 1988: Aerosmith with special guests White Lion played the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke, FL.
1989: Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘No Rest For The Wicked’ is certified platinum by the record industry. It was last certified in 1997 at 2X platinum.‬
1989: Annihilator‬ released their debut album ‘Alice In Hell.’
1991: Nirvana appeared at the OK Hotel in Seattle, Washington, where they played a new song, ‘Smell’s Like Teen Spirit’ live for the first time.
1993: Aerosmith‬ released the single ‘Eat The Rich.’
1993: David Bowie went to the top of the UK album chart with ‘Black Tie, White Noise,’ his 8th UK #1 LP.
1994: Pink Floyd started a four-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with The Division Bell, their fourth chart topping album.
1998: Linda McCartney died at 56 after a long battle against cancer, while vacationing with her family near Tucson, Arizona. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995. Paul was at her bedside, speaking to her when she passed away. She married Paul in 1969 when she was working as a photographer. As well as a being a member of Wings, she became an animal rights campaigner and launched her own brand of vegetarian food.
2001: Halford released their 1st live album, ‘Live Insurrection.’ 2001: U2 with special guest PJ Harvey played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
2003: Earl King the New Orleans Blues guitarist died aged 69. King wrote the classic song ‘Come On, (Let The Good Times Roll),’ covered by Jimi Hendrix.
2004: Kurt Cobain’s Mark IV-style Mosrite Gospel guitar sold for $100,000 at the Icons of 20th Century Music auction held in Dallas, Texas. Other items sold included Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s song writing piano which sold for $140,000 and a 1966 Rickenbacker guitar owned by The Byrds Roger McGuinn’s sold for $99,000.
2004: ABC News reports that AC/DC’s ‘Shoot To Thrill’ is among the Rock tracks that U.S. Marines play in Fallujah, Iraq, to rattle Iraqi insurgents.
2004: Scorpions start their Unbreakable World Tour in Hanover, Germany.
2006: Dio’s ‘Holy Diver – Live’ album is released.
2006: Ric Ocasek made his first appearance on ‘The Colbert Report’ where he put Todd Rundgren “on notice”.
2006: A big-budget Coke commercial with a new song by Jack White called ‘Love Is The Truth’ hits Ythat happened ouTube, then quickly goes away.
2006: A charity performance of Lestat, a vampire-themed musical composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin is held in New York. Lyricist Taupin appears at the special pre-Broadway opening event to benefit John’s AIDS Foundation.
2007: ‘Year Zero’ from Nine Inch Nails, is released. Trent Reznor cites the Bush administration as the chief inspiration behind the album’s bleak vision of the future. “As an American, I’m appalled by the behavior of our government and the direction that it has taken and its arrogance,” says Reznor.
2007: Bryan Ferry was forced to make an apology after praising Nazi iconography in a German magazine. Talking to Welt am Sonntag, he said the Nazis “knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves…I’m talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags. Just amazing – really beautiful.” British MPs asked shoppers to think twice about shopping in Marks and Spencer asking for Ferry to be dropped as the face of the M&S Autograph menswear collection. Ferry said he was “deeply upset” by the publicity surrounding the interview.
2007: Breaking Benjamin issue a special collector’s edition of their 3rd album, ‘Phobia.’ It has the band’s first-ever concert DVD, which was recorded the previous February in Bethlehem, PA.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne released his 35th single, ‘I Don’t Wanna Stop.’
2008: Danny Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen and a member of The E Street Band, died of cancer at the age of 58. Federici had worked with Springsteen for over 40 years, starting with Steel Mill and Child with Springsteen.
2008: Van Halen resume their ’08 tour in Reno. This comes after guitarist Eddie Van Halen has a battery of unspecified tests, likely checking for the recurrence of cancer).
2009: Saliva hit the stage with Silvertide’s vocalist Walt Lafty as a temporary replacement for the ailing Josey Scott on the SnoCore Tour. Scott is recovering from an ulcer operation. The show takes place in Sayreville, NJ. Despite Lafty’s efforts, Saliva bails on the SnoCore trek after a couple shows.
2009: ‘Crank 2: High Voltage’ opens. Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Tool’s Maynard James Keenan both appear in the film. Bennington is a veteran of the first Crank movie. The soundtrack contains songs written and performed by Faith No More’s Mike Patton.
2009: Ted Nugent reunites with the other members of his late-60s group, the Amboy Dukes, for the Detroit Music Awards. The psychedelic band, which is best-known for its 1968 hit ‘Journey To The Center Of The Mind,’ receives a distinguished achievement honor at the event. The band also performs for the first time in over 30 years.
2009: Don Henley sues California politician Charles DeVore over the unauthorized use of his songs ‘The Boys Of Summer’ and ‘All She Wants To Do Is Dance.’ DeVore used the songs in videos promoting his U.S. Senate campaign. Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, who co-wrote ‘Boys,’ is also plaintiff.
2009: Davy Jones of The Monkees visits Bikini Bottom when he plays himself on the SpongeBob SquarePants episode ‘SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One.’
2010: ‘Between The Lines,’ the lead single from Stone Temple Pilots self-titled comeback album, is #1 on Billboard’s Rock Songs chart.
2010: Record Store Day has the Smashing Pumpkins giving a special performance at Space 15 Twenty in L.A. Fans receive the EP ‘Teagarden By Kaleidyscope Vol 1: Songs For A Sailor.’
2012: Ted Nugent tells a NRA audience that if President Barack Obama wins a second term, he’ll “either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” He also urges Republicans to “ride into that battlefield and chop their [Democrats] heads off in November.”
2013: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducts Heart, Rush, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Donna Summer along with Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.
2013: Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor launches a comic book series, ‘House Of Gold & Bones’ (also the name of the Stone Sour concept double album). “This has been a dream of mine for years now, and this project was tailor made for a comic, no pun intended,” says Taylor. The sci-fi/fantasy is a morality play “set in this crazy world where nothing’s really what it seems, but at the center of it is really a concept about life and evolution and changes.”
2013: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry receive the ASCAP Founders Award during the 30th annual Pop Music Awards (presented by the performance rights organization) at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
2013: The Doors’ drummer John Densmore publishes his memoir ‘The Doors: Unhinged.’ This is Densmore’s second shot at chronicling The Doors. His first was 1991’s ‘Riders On The Storm.’
2013: The Rascals reunited for three weeks worth of shows on Broadway called Once Upon A Dream. It was the first time they had been together for any extended period of time since 1970.
2014: The bio flick ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ has its world premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival.
2015: Don Henley settled his lawsuit with the Duluth Trading Company after the Wisconsin apparel makers sent promotional emails to their customers urging them to “Don a Henley and Take It Easy” last Fall. Duluth Trading posted an apology on its website and made an undisclosed contribution to the Walden Woods Project, the not-for-profit organization founded by Henley in 1990.
2015: Neil Young plays a surprise concert at SLO Brew in San Luis Obispo, CA. Young was joined on stage by Lukas & Micah Nelson(Country legend Willie Nelson’s sons) and their band Promise of the Real. The Nelson brothers band ultimately tours as Young’s backing band and record with him.
2016: Paul McCartney is joined by Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic for a cover of The Beatles ‘Helter Skelter’ during the Seattle stop of McCartney’s North American tour.
2016: The annual independent music retailer celebration called Record Store Day spurred sales of 521,000 vinyl albums according to Nielsen Music. Vinyl album sales in 2016 stood at 4.09 million, which accounted for 6.6 percent of all album sales.

April 18
1957: Buddy Knox, whose ‘Party Doll’ was a recent #1, is called up for six months of active duty with the US Army Reserve. Roulette Records rushed Knox to the studio to cut over 20 songs to ensure his career does not stall while he’s in uniform. He does anyway.
1963: The Beatles and Del Shannon perform on ‘Swinging Sound ’63’ at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The show is broadcast live on the BBC. Backstage at the show Paul McCartney meets an actress and TV personality named Jane Asher. She would become his fiancee but never his wife.
1964: American Bandstand airs a taped telephone interview with The Beatles.
1964: The Beatles held the UK and U.S. #1 position on this day with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’
1964: The Beatles appeared on the UK TV comedy program ‘The Morecambe and Wise Show,’ playing ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.
1966: The famous Cavern Club in Liverpool was sold to restaurant owner Joseph Davey for 55-hundred pounds.
1966: In London, John Lennon and George Harrison turned up at a concert by The Lovin’ Spoonful at the Marquee Club.
1968: During a European tour, Pink Floyd played 2 shows at the Piper Club in Rome, Italy.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee.
1969: The Grateful Dead played Purdue Memorial Union Ballroom at Purdue University in Lafayette, IN
1970: Norman Greenbaum peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Spirit in the Sky,’ which was Greenbaum’s first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: Badfinger peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Come and Get It,’ which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: Santana, Taj Mahal and It”s A Beautiful Day all appeared at London”s Royal Albert Hall.
1970: Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) played in the Main Gym at Ocean County College in New Jersey. Tickets cost $2.00.
1970: Iron Butterfly performs at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1970: Joe Cocker played two shows at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA.
1970: Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant collapsed onstage at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona due to exhaustion. The band cancelled their subsequent show in Las Vegas.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Harrisburg Area Community College ion Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
1972: Pink Floyd appeared at Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
1973: David Bowie performed at Shibuya Public Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
1973: The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young documentary ‘Journey Through The Past,’ directed by Neil Young, debuts at the Dallas Film Festival.
1974: Mott The Hoople and Queen played Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1975: John Lennon releases ‘Stand by Me’ is released in the UK (March 1975 in the US). There have been over 400 recorded versions of ‘Stand by Me,’ including versions by John Lennon, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, U2, Usher, and Elton John. It was ranked #121 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances.
1975: ZZ Top:’s 4th album, ‘Fandango!’ is released. It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s charts. The only single released from the album, ‘Tush,’ peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1975: Alice Cooper’s ‘Welcome to my Nightmare: The Making Of A Record Album’ debuts on National Television.
1975: Genesis play the first of two nights at Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England on their ‘The Lamb Lies On Broadway’ Tour.
1975: ZZ Top and Status Quo played Memorial Fieldhouse in Huntington, WV.
1976: Bob Dylan performs at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, FL.
1976: The Steve Miller Band album ‘Fly Like An Eagle; goes gold after being released a little over a year earlier.
1978: The movie ‘FM,’ which will become the basis for the TV show ‘WKRP in Cincinnati,’ makes it’s debut. Linda Ronstadt and Jimmy Buffett both appear in the film.
1978: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, PA.
1980: ‘Another Brick In The Wall (part II)’ becomes Pink Floyd’s only #1 single in the U.S.
1980: Judas Priest has a top 5 album in the UK as ‘British Steel’ peaks at #4. It’s the first time that’s happened in band history.
1981: U2 played Harpo’s in Detroit, MI.
1981: Yes’ rhythm section – Alan White and Chris Squire – began rehearsals with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Although their planned super-group (rumored to be named XYZ) never recorded anything, it spelled the temporary end of Yes. Yes would reform 2 1/2 years later, releasing ‘90125,’ which contained the #1 single, ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart.’ 1983: Billy Squier with special guests Def Leppard played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1984: The Pretender’s ‘Learning To Crawl’ is certified platinum.
1987: Foreigner singer Lou Gramm peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with his debut single as a solo artist, ‘Midnight Blue.’
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Bon Jovi’s ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ at #46, Poison’s ‘Talk Dirty To Me at #28, Chris DeBurgh’s ‘The Lady In Red’ at #24, Bryan Adams’ ‘Heat Of The Night’ at #21 and Cutting Crew’s ‘(I Just) Died In Your Arms’ at #10.‬
1987: On the 1st leg of their ‘Joshua Tree’ tour, U2 played the second of five nights at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in California.
1987: MTV’s Headbangers Ball made its debut.
1987: Ratt and Poison played Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA.
1988: Eric Clapton’s ‘Crossroads’ (Box Set) is released. The set includes his work with The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Derek and the Dominos, as well as his solo career. Several live or alternate studio recordings were previously unreleased. Anthony DeCurtis won a Grammy Award for Best Liner Notes for his contribution to the album.
1988: The accused murderer of reggae legend Peter Tosh, Dennis “Leppo” Lobban, goes on trial in Jamaica.
1988: The Motown song writing team of Holland-Dozier-Holland is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
1992: Def Leppard started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Adrenalize,’ which began a five week run on top, beating out ‘Human Touch’ and ‘Lucky Town’ released simultaneously by Bruce Springsteen.
1995: Scorpions release their 3rd live album, ‘Live Bites.’
1995: Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol was told by phone that he was being sacked from the group. McCarrol sued the Manchester group for millions in unpaid royalties and in 1996 Oasis agreed to pay him a one-off sum of £550,000 ($935,000).
1996: Bernard Edwards bass guitarist and producer from Chic, died of pneumonia in a Tokyo Hotel room while touring Japan. Also worked with ABC, Power Station, Sister Sledge, Sheila and B. Devotion, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Debbie Harry, Air Supply, and Rod Stewart.
1996 Gavin Rossdale of Bush is shirtless on the cover of Rolling Stone, but the article inside trashes the band, calling them “Nirvanawannabes.”
2000: Four Monkee look-alikes were signed to play the 60’s pop legends in a TV movie about the group’s meteoric rise. The film called ‘Daydream Believers’ was set to start filming in Toronto.
2003: Etta James gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2003: Aerosmith and Kiss announced that they would be touring together on a co-headlining tour named ‘Rocksimus Maximus,’ which would start in August and go on through the end of the year and gross over $64 million.
2004: Guns N’ Roses reached #1 on the U.K. Album Chart with their Greatest Hits album. The album peaked at #3 in the U.S.
2005: Singer Clare Torry wins a lawsuit over royalties and songwriting credit for the Pink Floyd song ‘The Great Gig In The Sky.’ She contributed improvised vocals to the 1973 creation.
2006: ‘Sir Elton John — Elements of an Icon,’ a free exhibit featuring outfits and accessories owned by John opens in New York.
2006: A sale of clothes belonging to Sir Elton John raised more than $700,000 for the singer’s Aids charity. Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton’s Closet, at New York’s Rockefeller Center.
2007: Clarence Clemons is inducted into the Legends of Music Walk of Fame in his hometown of Norfolk, VA. The saxophonist (with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) also performs at a concert following the ceremony.
2007: Paul McCartney and his hometown of Liverpool, England, are jointly presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism prize at the 2007 Enjoy England Awards for Excellence in London. “It’s great to think that in some small way I’ve done something to help tourism for the place of my birth, which I’m so proud of,” says Sir Paul.
2008: R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic endorse Oregon’s Steve Novick for the U.S. Senate. Supporters who contribute to the Democrat’s campaign are eligible for free tickets to a Pearl Jam concert.
2008: Whitesnake‬ released the album ‘Good To Be Bad.’
2009: Shinedown performs an acoustic version of ‘Second Chance’ on CBS’ The Early Show. They also appear in a few teaser segments throughout the program. Later in the day, they give an acoustic performance and do an autograph-signing session in New York as part of Record Store Day.
2009: Sable Starr dies of brain cancer in Reno, Nevada, at the age of 51. In the 1970’s she was a famous groupie, following rock stars around the venues of LA from the age of 14. At the time of her death she has retired from the rock and roll lifestyle and is working in a casino.
2009: Yes drummer Alan White, bassist Chris Squire and Cars guitarist Elliot Easton perform John Lennon compositions at an all-star concert in Snoqualmie, WA. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, a charity that supports the fight against breast cancer.
2010: Atoms Of Peace play the third night of the Coachella festival. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is joined by Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, producer Nigel Godrich, and session musicians Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco.
2010: The AC/DC Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 2’ soundtrack album is released. It peaks at #4 on Billboard’s 200 album chart.‬
2011: Elton John announced that he’ll return to The Coliseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with his ‘Million Dollar Piano’ show starting in September. His first stay at Caesars Palace ended in April 2009, but was extended to a five-year run because of audience demand.
2012: An original and extremely rare 1963 mono copy of The Beatles ‘Please Please Me’ album, signed by the Fab Four, sold on an eBay auction for nearly $25,000. Paul McCartney and John Lennon both signed their names with “love” in royal blue ink whereas George Harrison and Ringo Starr signed their names in midnight blue ink. The autographs were signed in May of 1963.
2012: ASCAP, the performing rights organization, honors Peter Frampton and Trent Reznor at their annual Pop Awards in L.A.
2012: A collection of five vintage guitars belonging to Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, worth a reported $175,000, are recovered by law enforcement after they were stolen the previous week. Petty took to Twitter to help recover them, offering a $7,500 reward, no questions asked.
2012: Legendary host of American Bandstand and television producer Dick Clark dies of a massive heart attack at Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica. Clark was 82. Clark was a disc jockey and television personality who hosted American Bandstand and introduced “rock & roll” to many teenagers. He was also the host and creator of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, along with numerous other specials, game shows and TV award shows.
2013: Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon died aged 69. A childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief. His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse. In 2003, Thorgerson suffered a stroke, from which he recovered. He was later diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer, which he battled for several years.
2013: Rush and Heart are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Nokia Theater in L.A. “They (Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson) blasted any sexist barriers in front of them,” says Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell in his induction speech. Public Enemy becomes the fourth hip-hop act inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (the others that preceded PE into the Hall were Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Run-DMC, and the Beastie Boys). Other 2013 inductees are Albert King, Donna Summer, and Randy Newman.
2014: Linda Ronstadt’s newest album, ‘Duets’ rose to #32 on the Billboard album chart, her highest position since ‘Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind’ peaked at #7 in 1990.
2015: Ringo Starr was inducted into Cleveland’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, becoming the last of The Beatles to receive that honor. Also inducted into The Hall were Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lou Reed, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers, The 5 Royals and Green Day. Paul McCartney inducts Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder inducts Bill Withers, Patti Smith inducts Lou Reed, Peter Wolf inducts the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Fall Out Boy inducts Green Day, John Mayer inducting Stevie Ray Vaughan and Miley Cyrus inducts Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.
2015: Metallica‬ released its early cassette ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’ on ‪Record Store Day 2015‬.
2015: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is the Record Store Day Ambassador and The Foo Fighters play a set for 150 fans during at The Record Connection in Niles, OH.
2015: Eddie Vedder makes a surprise appearance at Seattle’s Easy Street Records to perform ‘Leaving Here’ with the Sonics for that band’s Record Store Day performance. The legendary Garage Rock group’s show benefits Seattle’s public radio station KEXP.
2015: That Metal Show‬ aired on ‪VH1 Classic‬ featuring ‪Kirk Hammett‬ and ‎Michael Schenker‬.
2016: Following Bruce Springsteen and others, Pearl Jam cancel their concert in Raleigh, North Carolina to protest the state’s HB2 law, also known as the anti-LGBT “bathroom bill.” “It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina,” writes the band “This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.”
2017: Metallica’s ‘Hardwired To Self-Destruct’ goes platinum (1-million units).
2017: “From Cradle To Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rocked And Raised Rock Stars” by Virginia Grohl, is released. The book’s forward is by her son, Dave, of Foo Fighters fame.

April 19
1965: The Beatles single ‘Ticket to Ride’ b/w ‘Yes It Is’ 45 single was released on Capitol Records in the U.S. The single’s label stated that the song was from the upcoming movie ‘Eight Arms to Hold You’ (the original name for the movie ‘Help!’). It was recorded February 15, 1965 and released two months later. In 2004, this song was ranked #384 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The song was released as a single on April 9 in the United Kingdom and April 19 in the United States with ‘Yes It Is’ as its B-side, topping the Hot 100 for a week in the US and the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in the UK.
1965: The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London, England under the title Teenage Command Performance.
1967: Jimi Hendrix The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens, played two shows at The Odeon in Birmingham, England.
1967: On their last day in West Germany following ten days of gigs and publicity shoots The Who are at the Stadhalle in Bremen where they videotape a mimed performance of their latest single ‘Pictures of Lily,’ which was released two days later on 21 April. This videotape clip was inserted into NDR TV’s Beat Club show which was then broadcast on May 1.
1967: Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens, played two shows at The Odeon in Birmingham, England.
1968: Big Brother and The Hoilding Company with openers Mint Tattoo played Selland Arena in Fresno, CA.
1968: John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.
1968: Johnny Cash appeared at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
1968: The Zombies released their 3rd studio album, ‘Odessey and Oracle’ in the UK. In 2003, Rolling Stone placed Odessey at #80 in its “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.’Time of the Season’ was released as a single and became a surprise hit in early 1969 (#3 in the US). The album was received indifferently on release, though has since become critically respected.
1968: Pink Floyd released their 4th UK single ‘It Would Be So Nice,’ written by Richard Wright, with “Julia Dream” by Roger Waters on the B-side. Pink Floyd were on tour in Europe on this day, and played their second night at the Piper Club, in Rome, Italy.
1969: Ten Years After played at The Rock Pile in Toronto, Ontario.
1969: Smile (later to be known as Queen) perform at the Revolution Club in London.
1969: Steppenwolf peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Rock Me’ which was their 3rd and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1969: A cover of Otis Redding’s classic, ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ is Three Dog Night’s first charting single. It peaks at #29.
1969: The Beach Boys’ excellent cover of The Ronettes’ 1966 hit, ‘I Can Hear Music’ peaks at #24 on the Hot 100. The Ronettes’ version stalled at #100.
1970: Led Zeppelin played the Las Vegas Convention Center.
1971: The Doors 6th studio album, ‘L.A. Woman,’ is released. It’s their last with lead singer Jim Morrison, who dies just two-and-a-half months later.
1971: Chicago’s ‘Lowdown’ b/w ‘Loneliness Is Just A Word’ 45 single is released. Wwitten by Peter Cetera and Danny Seraphine for Chicago and recorded for their 3rd album ‘Chicago III’ (1971). It was the second single released from this album, and peaked at #35 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
1971: Hawkwind performed at the Playhouse Theatre in London.
1972: Genesis appeared at the Teatro Mostra Mediterraneo in Naples, Italy.
1973: Yes played at the Georgia Tech Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1974: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appeared at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The gig was unadvertised by its promoter, who gambled that word-of-mouth would be enough to fill the 550-seat venue, only 250 people attended. Tickets cost $4.50 and $5.50 in advance.
1974: While in New York, David Bowie sees Todd Rundgren’s band Utopia at Carnegie Hall, and attends the aftershow party.
1974: Eagles ‘Already Gone’ b/w ‘Is It True?’ 45 single is released. Recorded by the Eagles for their 1974 album ‘On the Border,’ written by Jack Tempchin and Robb Strandlund and produced by Bill Szymczyk, it peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 29, 1974, and spent 15 weeks on the chart. Tempchin had already written one of the Eagles’ previous singles, ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling.’ ‘Already Gone’ was one of the first songs that the Eagles recorded after they moved to Los Angeles, and is one of the few Eagles songs not written by any member of the band.
1975: During a 29 date North American tour Pink Floyd performed at the Tucson Community Center Arena in Tuscon, Arizona.
1975: The Raspberries split up.
1975: Elton John fires his rhythm section, bassist Dee Murray and drummer Nigel Olsson. They would have to wait until the next decade for the pianist to rehire them.
1977: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1977: Heart released their 2nd studio album, ‘Magazine.’
1978: More than forty musicians, including The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Daryl Hall, petition Jimmy Carter to halt the USA’s commitment to nuclear power.
1978: ‘Because The Night’ is released by the Patti Smith Group. Composed by Smith and Bruce Springsteen, it is the group’s most successful recording making it to #13.
1980: 32 year old English singer with Geordie Brian Johnson joined Australian group AC/DC, replacing the late Bon Scott.
1980: Blondie’s ‘Call Me’ (from the American Gigolo soundtrack) is the #1 song in the U.S. Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ is #2.
1980: Judas Priest reached the top five of the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with British Steel which peaked at #4. It would also be their first album to reach the top 40 of the Billboard 200 Album Chart peaking at #34 in July of the same year.
1980: R.E.M. played their first gig as R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club in Athens, Georgia to 150 people. The show ended at 2am when police closed it down due to the venue being unlicensed. 1980: Humble Pie, Angel, Mahogany Rush & Mother’s Finest played the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke, FL.
1982: The Grateful Dead played the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
1982: Paul Simon And Art Garfunkel reunite for a European tour after the success of their New York Central Park concert the year before. Tensions between the pair cause them to split again before they can tour the US and by the time the album they were working on came out 18 months later, all traces of Garfunkel’s contributions had been electronically removed.
1984: King Crimson played at The Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis, IN.
1984: Van Halen play the Montreal Forum on the ‘1984’ tour.
1984: ‘KISS: Animalize Live Uncensored’ home video was released. It was recorded at Cobo Hall on December 8, 1984 during the Animalize World Tour. 1985: Poison headlined a show at The Troubadour in West Holywood, CA. with support acts The Joneses and What.
1985: Bryan Adams was on the UK album chart with ‘Reckless.’ His 4th studio album was the first Canadian album to sell more than one million units within Canada. Six singles were released from the album: ‘Run to You,’ ‘Somebody,’ ‘Heaven,’ ‘Summer of ’69,’ ‘One Night Love Affair,’ and ‘It’s Only Love.’ All six singles made the top 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100, a feat that at the time had been accomplished previously only by Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
1986: Prince started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kiss.’ Prince also had the #2 song ‘Manic Monday’, by The Bangles, which he wrote under the pseudonym ‘Christopher.’
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Honeymoon Suite’s ‘Feel It Again’ at #43, Loverboy’s ‘This Could Be The Night’ at #34, Heart’s ‘These Dreams’ at #23, Dire Straits’ ‘So Far Away’ at #21, Van Halen’s ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’ at #9 & Falco’s ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ at #4. 1986: Stryper played L’Amour in Brooklyn, NY. 1986: Heart with special guests Honeymoon Suite played the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore, MD.
1988: Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher) is inaugurated as mayor of Palm Springs, CA. 1989: Metallica with special guests Queensryche played Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena in Ashwaubenon, WI. The arena was on the corner of Lombardi Avenue and Oneida Street, across from Lambeau Field. The arena opened on November 11, 1958. The final event held at the arena was a Bret Michaels concert on April 6, 2019.
1990: Aerosmith is the big winner at the Boston SKC Awards. Joe Perry is voted Outstanding Guitarist, Tom Hamilton is the Outstanding Bassist, ‘Pump’ is the Outstanding Pop/Rock Album, ‘Janie’s Got A Gun’ earns the Outstanding Song/Songwriter honor and the group earns Outstanding Pop/Rock Band trophy.
1990: The TV movie, ‘Summer Dreams: The Story Of The Beach Boys’ airs on ABC.
1990: On this week’s BBC- TV’s ‘French and Saunders’ show, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Lemmy, Mark King (Level 42,) and Gary Moore all appeared in a comedy courthouse sketch. The sketch ended with all the guitarist’s jamming together.
1993: Los Angeles session musician Steve Douglas (Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan) dies at age 54 of heart failure.
1993: Depeche Mode begin their ‘Devotional’ tour in Lille, France. They reach new levels of excess on the trek, culminating with lead singer Dave Gahan having a heart attack during a show.
1994: Live’s ‘Throwing Copper’ album is released.
1996: Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Frampton and Cypress Hill appear on the “Homerpalooza” episode of The Simpsons.
1997: Taylor Hawkins makes his debut as the Foo Fighters’ drummer at the Alligator Lounge in Santa Monica, CA.
1997: Eldon “El Duce” Hoke (drummer, lead singer of The Mentors) dies at age 39 after being struck by a train in Riverside, California. The coroner’s report calls the cause of death a “misadventure.”
1998: Sonny and Cher get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For Sonny, who died January 5, 1998, it’s a posthumous honor.
1999: Neil Young performed at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, but the venue mistakenly billed him as Bob Dylan. During the concert, Young jokingly said “That was Bob playing guitar with me on the last song.”
2000: Phil Collins wins a royalties lawsuit against Louis Satterfield and Rahmlee Michael Davis. The two members of Earth, Wind and Fire’s horn section were overpaid $390,000 in royalties when they backed Collins on his 1990 tour. Five songs on which the pair performed were later included on the ‘Serious Hits… Live!’ album, but royalties were paid based on all fifteen tracks.
2000: The Allman Brothers Band announce that founding guitarist Dickey Betts will not be a part of their summer tour. Reason given: “sadly, there are creative differences.”
2001: David Lee Roth confirmed internet rumors that he briefly reunited with Van Halen the previous July and wrote new songs with Eddie Van Halen and that he had not been in contact with the band since then. Roth later rejoined Van Halen in 2006.
2002: Alice In Chains’ frontman Layne Staley is found dead. Drug overdose is listed as the probable cause. Coroner says he may have been dead for up to two weeks before his body was discovered. He was 34 years old.
2002: Police were investigating how tracks from the forthcoming Oasis album ‘Heathen Chemistry’ had been illegally circulated on the Internet. They thought the person responsible had access to their private recording sessions.
2003: Good Charlotte’s ‘The Anthem’ peaks at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2004: Two singles from Staind’s ’14 Shades of Grey’ CD, ‘Zoe Jane’ and ‘Yesterdays,’ are released to radio.
2004: A stage musical version of the film, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ opens in London.
2004: Billy Corgan performs his first-ever-solo acoustic show in his native Chicago. The 90 minute set features new songs.
2005: Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. announced that two 30-second TV commercials designed to attract vacationing families to Graceland to experience the “real” Elvis Presley would air nationally in the U.S. starting in April 2006. It was the first time that the company has used television advertising to promote Graceland tourism.
2005: Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler releases his solo album “Ohmwork.” The disc is a follow-up to the ’97 effort, “Black Science.
2005: American Head Charge guitarist Bryan Ottoson is found dead in a bunk on the group’s bus while touring in support of Mudvayne. A short time later American Head Charge recruits Black Flood Diesel’s Benji Hellberg to finish the tour.
2005: ‘XXX: State Of The Union’ soundtrack is unleashed with KoRn and Rapper Xzibit’s cover of Public Enemy’s classic ‘Fight The Power.’ The soundtrack also features a mash-up with Three Days Grace and Atlanta Rapper Bone Crusher. The film is in theaters ten days later.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea denounces President George W. Bush in an online message. “Bush should definitely be impeached,” writes Flea. “He is a liar and his lies have (brought) misery to millions of people.”
2006: A Florida judge throws out an invasion-of-privacy suit brought against Scott Stapp and video distributor World Wide Red Light District by a woman who appeared in a 1999 sex tape with the ex-Creed singer and Kid Rock. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gerald Hubbart rules that the woman cannot sue while remaining anonymous. She is given 20 days to re-file under her own name.
2006: A school exercise book hand-illustrated by a 12-year-old John Lennon is among the Beatles-related memorabilia up for bid during a London auction. There’s also a logbook of a 1980 trip to Bermuda and Lennon’s christening bracelet.
2007: The De-Faced Value art exhibit featuring images of Phil Collins reworked by various artists and musicians opens at a London gallery. Robert Plant, Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman and ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman created portraits by painting over copies of the Collins albums ‘Face Value’ and ‘No Jacket Required.’ Proceeds benefit the U.K. charity Children In Hunger.
2007: KoRn announces that Slipknot’s Joey Jordison is their drummer for their ‘Family Values’ Tour. The announcement is made at a KoRn hosted costume ball held in a Los Angeles cemetery.
2007: Reports are confirmed that bassist Jerry Montano has left Hellyeah.
2007: Nine Inch Nails perform a secret gig for a small group of fans in an abandoned Los Angeles warehouse. The attendees are summoned by cell phone to an Art Is Resistance meeting. It’s part of the ‘Year Zero’ album promotional campaign.
2008: Van Halen take the stage in Las Vegas at Tiger Woods’ annual Tiger Jam charity event, which raises approximately $1.5 million.
2008: Metallica visit at Rasputin Music shop in Mountain View, CA, as part of Record Store Day, a national celebration of independent record retailers. The group signs autographs and talks with fans.
2009: A tribute concert for Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans, who has cancer, takes place in Columbus, MS. Called the ‘Mississippi Kid Festival,’ there are performances by Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke, as well as members of 38 Special, the Marshall Trucker Band and Molly Hatchet. Evans joined Skynyrd in 2001.
2010: The soundtrack to ‘Iron Man 2’ is released. It features 15 AC/DC tracks including ‘Shoot To Thrill,’ which a video is shot for. There’s also a special edition with a 50-minute DVD featuring AC/DC footage and movie clips.
2010: ‘Man On A Train’ begins shooting in Orangeville, Ontario. The film features U2 drummer Larry Mullen who plays a bank robber. The movie is a remake of an 2002 French flick.
2010: Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ is voted the UK’s favorite Rock anthem in a poll conducted by digital station Absolute Classic Rock. At #2 is The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again.’
2010: A week after Catholic Church officials published an article in the Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano newspaper that said they forgive John Lennon’s remarks about The Beatles being “bigger than Jesus”, Ringo Starr rejected their forgiveness. The newspaper’s editors had written, “The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic… (but) what would Pop music be like without the Beatles?” Ringo was unimpressed and replied “Didn’t the Vatican say we were Satanic or possibly Satanic? And they’ve still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they’ve got more to talk about than the Beatles.”
2011: Jon Bon Jovi opens Covenant House, a homeless shelter in Philadelphia. The development has 10 two-bedroom units which houses 20 formerly homeless people aged 18 to 21.
2012: ‘Headlong Flight,’ the lead single from Rush’s ‘Clockwork Angels’ album goes to radio.
2012: Members of Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, KISS and Metallica begin an unprecedented South American tour called Titans of Rock. The line-up has Duff McKagan, Joe Elliot, Steve Stevens, Gene Simmons, Matt Sorum, Jason Newsted, and Vince Neil. The trek starts in Lima, Peru.
2012: Ted Nugent meets with the Secret Service over comments he made about President Barack Obama during the National Rifle Association convention the previous week. Nugent told the gun rights group he would be “dead or in jail” if Obama is re-elected. The Secret Service decides to let the matter drop determining that Nugent doesn’t pose a threat to Obama.
2012: Disgraced music mogul Phil Spector launched a lawsuit against City of Alhambra officials in California for allegedly destroying the home where he murdered actress Lana Clarkson almost a decade ago. Spector claimed a city-commissioned construction project on the hill where his home stands caused significant damage to his property.
2012: Greg Ham dies of a heart attack in Australia. He was 58. Ham played multiple instruments in the band Men at Work, including saxophone, flute, organ, piano and synthesizer.
2012: Levon Helm, a member of Ronnie Hawkins’ Hawks, who became Bob Dylan’s backup group before going out on their own as the Band, died of throat cancer at age 71. Helm was the drummer and lead vocalist of The Band and sang on classics such as ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,’ ‘Up on Cripple Creek,’ and ‘The Weight.’ He also had a successful career as an actor, appearing as Loretta Lynn’s father in Coal Miner’s Daughter and as Captain Jack Ridley in The Right Stuff, plus others. In 1994, Helm was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Band. Elton John and Bernie Taupin named their song “Levon” in his honor.
2013: ‘Ain’t In It For My Health,’ a documentary about Levon Helm debuts in New York City on the first anniversary of the drummer’s passing. Directed by Jacob Hatley, the film combines archival footage along with sequences shot during the last few years of Helm’s life.
2013: 3 Doors Down bass player Robert Todd Harrell is arrested on vehicular homicide and drug charges after he being involved in a fatal crash in Nashville. As a result, 3 Doors Down cancel tour plans. Harrell was arrested the previous year for driving under the influence.
2013: Black Sabbath released the single ‘God Is Dead?’
2014: Stephen Pearcy leaves Ratt after performing with them for 30 years.
2014: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong joins The Replacements on stage at the Coachella festival.
2014: Industry sales figures revealed that his year’s Record Store Day saw a surge in vinyl sales, with an increase of 133% over the previous week.
2014: As part of Record Store Day, Jack White nails the record for the world’s fastest single release. The first pressings of ‘Lazaretto’ arrive in fans’ hands 3 hours, 55 minutes and 21 seconds after being recorded live in Nashville. The B-side is a cover of Elvis Presley’s 1969 song ‘Power Of My Love.’ Also released: Bruce Springsteen’s four-song vinyl EP, ‘American Beauty’ and R.E.M.’s ‘Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions.’ That collection comes from a pair of MTV Unplugged appearances plus 11 tracks not originally included.
2015: ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck,’ a documentary about the Nirvana frontman, premieres at the TriBeCa Film Festival.
2016: Deftones’ 8th studio album, ‘Gore,’ debuts at #2 on The Billboard 200 (beat out of the top spot by The Lumineers’ ‘Cleopatra’). It is the band’s highest-charting effort since their self-titled third album went to #2 in ’03.
2016: Following a hugely successful touring exhibition, Dysfunctional Family Portraits, consisting of Slipknot photos by Paul Harries, is available in North America. The book was released in the U.K. the previous year.
2017: Ted Nugent and Kid Rock visit President Trump in the Oval Office They are joined by Sarah Palin, the former Alaskan governor and GOP vice presidential nominee. Palin jokes that she invited Rock and Nugent because ‘Jesus was booked.”

April 20
1949: Phil Spector’s father commits suicide when Phil is just 9 years old. The title of the song ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him,’ which Phil Spector wrote for the Teddy Bears, comes from the inscription on his father’s headstone.
1957: Elvis Presley’s ‘All Shook Up’ starts an eight week stay at the top of the U.S. record charts. Songwriter Otis Blackwell would later say that he wrote the tune at the suggestion of an associate who was shaking a bottle of Pepsi. The song went on to be the biggest single of 1957, selling over 2 million copies.
1961: Del Shannon’s ‘Runaway’ is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1963: Rick Nelson marries his first wife, Kris Harmon, daughter of college football legend Tom Harmon and brother of actor Mark Harmon, in Los Angeles. A pregnant Kris gives birth to daughter Tracy only six months later. The couple divorce in 1982.
1966: During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles worked on a new John Lennon song ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’, and a new George Harrison song ‘Taxman’.
1968: Deep Purple made their live debut in Tastrup, Denmark. Originally known as Roundabout, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore renames the band Deep Purple after his grandmother’s favorite song. ‘Deep Purple’ had been a hit for Peter De Rose. Blackmore’s grandmother had repeatedly asked if they would be performing the song.
1968: The Rolling Stones record ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash,’ which will reach #1 in the UK and #3 in the US by next July.
1968: Apple Music, the Beatles’ new label, runs their famous ‘This Man Has Talent’ ads in Britain’s New Musical Express, seeking demo tapes from unknown artists. Most are never heard but pile up in Apple’s offices, and the majority of the label’s signings are acquired through more conventional means. Artists such as Badfinger, James Taylor, Mary Hopkin, Jackie Lomax, David Peel, and Elephant’s Memory were signed up.
1968: The Righteous Brothers played at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia
1969: Jimi Hendrix appeared at McFarlin Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, Texas.
1970: Neil Young With Crazy Horse ‘Cinnamon Girl’ b/w ‘Sugar Mountain’ 45 single is released. ‘Cinnamon Girl’ debuted on the 1969 album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, which was also Young’s first album with backing band Crazy Horse. Released as a single the following year, it reached #55 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.
1970: The New York Times reported that Catholic and Protestant youth group’s had adopted The Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine’ as a religious symbol.
1970: Jethro Tull’s 3rd album, ‘Benefit’ album is released. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and became Tull’s first million-seller.
1970: Paul McCartney releases his first solo album, ‘McCartney,’ in the US.
1970: Traffic, Mott The Hoople, If and Bronco all appeared at The Roundhouse in London. Tickets are 25 shillings
1971: Jethro Tull played at the Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Detroit, Michigan.
1971: Five friends at San Rafael High School in California coin the term “4:20” as a euphemism for smoking pot. April 20th becomes a popular day to spark one up, as does 4:20 pm. Note that the Boston song ‘Smokin’ clocks in at 4 minutes, 20 seconds, and if you multiply the title numbers in Bob Dylan’s ‘Rainy Day Women #12 And #35,’ you get 420.
1972: David Bowie appeared at the Harlow Playhouse in Harlow, England.
1972: Dr. John’s 5th album, ‘Dr. John’s Gumbo’ is released. It reached #112 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 402 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It is a tribute to the music of his native city, New Orleans.
1973: King Crimson performed at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago.
1973: Cheech & Chong performed the first of three nights at the Mill Run Theatre in Niles, Illinois.
1974: Queen played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee, popening for Motrt The Hoople.
1974: The Marshall Tucker Band, Jo Jo Gunne and Lynyrd Skynyrd played Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, MO.
1974: The Edgar Winter Band featuring Rick Derringer with special guests The James Gang played Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
1974: Steely Dan and Montrose played the Allen Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio.
1974: Paul McCartney releases their ‘Band on the Run’ single in the U.S.
1974: Robin Trower’s 2nd solo album, ‘Bridge of Sighs’ is released. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, during its 31 week stay. The album was produced by organist Matthew Fisher, formerly Trower’s bandmate in Procol Harum. Acclaimed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick was this album’s sound engineer.
1975: Roxy Music played at the Festival Theatre in Adelaide, Australia.
1976: George Harrison, who is good friends with Eric Idle, joins Monty Python on stage at the comedy troupe’s show at New York’s City Center. Dressed as a Canadian Mountie, Harrison joins the chorus for ‘The Lumberjack Song.’ No mention is made of Harrison’s appearance, and few in the audience recognize him. The next night, Harry Nilsson shows up to perform the same feat, but with disastrous results, as he falls into the audience and breaks his arm.
1976: The Rolling Stones finally released their long-awaited album ‘Black and Blue.’
1977: Led Zeppelin performed the second of two nights at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1978: REO Speedwagon appear in the movie FM, about a top Los Angeles radio station and its motley crew of rock ‘n roll DJs who fight corporate oppression.
1979: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey.
1979: George Harrison’s ‘Love Comes To Everyone’ b/w ‘Soft-hearted Hana’ 45 single is released in the UK. (May 11, 1979 in the U.S.) It was issued as the 2nd single of his self-titled 1979 album. The song was performed live by the ex-Beatle once only during his Japanese Tour in 1991. The song peaked at #38 on the US Adult Contemporary charts.
1981: John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas is sentenced to 5 years in jail after pleading guilty to drug possession charges. His five year sentence will be suspended after thirty days in exchange for 250 hours worth of community service. Phillips started touring the US lecturing against the dangers of taking drugs.
1982: Black Sabbath and The Outlaws played the UC Davis Rec Hall in Davis, CA.
1983: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
1985: Girlschool released their 2nd studio album, ‘Hit and Run.’
1987: In Rhode Island, police considered charging a youth who was said to have bitten the head off a gerbil in tribute to Ozzy Osbourne.
1988: Pink Floyd played Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, CA.
1989: Jane’s Addiction kicked off a 7 night stand at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, CA. (April 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28 & 29)
1990: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 5th studio album, ‘Eclipse.’ 1990: The 1st Annual Thrash Awards take place The Omni in Oakland, CA. Violence, Primus and more played the show.
1991: John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival marries his second wife, Julie Lebiedzinksi, in Bristol, IN. The two are still married.
1991: Steve Marriott leader of Small Faces and Humble Pie, died in a fire at his home in Essex. His work became a major influence for many 90’s bands. Small Faces had the 1967 UK #3 & U.S. #16 single ‘Itchycoo Park’, plus 1968 #1 UK album ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’, Humble Pie, 1969 UK #4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’. As a child actor he played parts in Dixon of Dock Green and The Artful Dodger in Oliver. Marriott was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Small Faces.
1992: Metallica released their 10th single, ‘Nothing Else Matters.’ It would peak at #34 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1992: ‘A Concert For Life’ took place at Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury and for aids awareness. Acts appearing included; Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi, David Bowie, Mick Ronson, James Hetfield, George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Axl Rose and Slash.
1993: Alice In Chains, Masters Of Reality and Circus Of Power played Palmer Auditorium in Davenport, Iowa.
1993: Aerosmith released their 11th studio album, ‘Get a Grip’, which became their first album to debut at #1. It went on to sell 7 million copies in a 2-year timespan in the United States alone and sold 20 million copies worldwide as well as winning the band two Grammy awards. Six songs reached various Billboard charts: ‘Amazing” – Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks (#3), Billboard Hot 100 (#24), Billboard Top 40 Mainstream (#9). ‘Cryin’ – Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks (#1), Billboard Hot 100 (#12), Billboard Top 40 Mainstream (#11). ‘Eat the Rich’ – Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks (#5). ‘Fever’ – Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks (#5). ‘Livin’ on the Edge’ – Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks (#1), Billboard Hot 100 (#18), Billboard Top 40 Mainstream (#19). ‘Crazy’ – Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks (#7), Billboard Hot 100 (#17), Billboard Top 40 Mainstream (#7). ‘Get a Grip’ featured guests including Don Henley, who sang backup on ‘Amazing,’ and Lenny Kravitz, who offered backup vocals and collaboration to ‘Line Up.’ As on ‘Permanent Vacation’ and ‘Pump,’ this album featured numerous song collaborators from outside the band including Desmond Child, Jim Vallance, Mark Hudson, Richie Supa, Taylor Rhodes, Jack Blades, and Tommy Shaw.
1995: Eddie Van Halen pled no contest to an incident which took place thirteen days earlier where a semi-automatic pistol was seized from his carry-on luggage at Burbank Airport where he was detained. He was fined $300 & given probation for one year.
1996: The opening date of Kiss’ reunion tour at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium sold out in 47 minutes with ticket prices ranging from $27.50-$85.
1998: U.D.O. released their 6th album, ‘No Limits,’
1999: Billy Joel performs what he says is his last Rock music concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. He planned on devoting his efforts to Classical music, but later returned to touring and singing his hits.
1999: Alice Cooper released his 4-CD box set, ‘The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper.’ It includes select tracks from every studio album released up until then, plus many B-sides, unreleased songs, and other rarities.
2000: Robert Plant appeared at Disney’s Theatre of the Stars in Orlando, Florida to leave his handprints outside the theater.
2001: A memorial concert for former Small Faces and Humble Pie front man Steve Marriott took place at the London Astoria with Peter Frampton, Midge Ure, Chris Farlowe and Humble Pie.
2002: Pop singer Alan Dale (‘(The Gang that Sang) Heart of My Heart’) dies at age 76. Also known for playing a rock ‘n roll singer in the 1956 film ‘Don’t Knock the Rock,’ featuring Alan Freed, Little Richard, The Treniers, and Bill Haley & His Comets.
2002: In the dispute over who owned the rights to Nirvana’s recordings former members Dave Grohl and Kirst Novoselic asked a Seattle Court to prove that Courtney Love was mentally stable. They told the court that Love was ‘irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable.’ They also claimed a contract was invalid because Love was ‘stoned’ at the time.
2003: Godsmack were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Faceless.’
2004: Drowning Pool release their sophomore LP ‘Desensitized.’ It’s their first album with vocalist Jason ‘Gong’ Jones who replaced late singer Dave Williams.
2004: U2 frontman Bono makes Time magazine’s 2004 list of the 100 most influential people.
2004: Anthrax released their 2nd full-length live album, ‘Music of Mass Destruction.’
2004: Black Label Society released their 5th studio album, ‘Hangover Music Vol. VI.’
2006: David Gilmour, performs the title track from his solo release ‘On An Island’ on NBC’s Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
2006: Bob Dylan wins the DVD of the Year trophy for the Martin Scorsese-directed ‘No Direction Home’ documentary at the sixth annual Jammy Awards in New York.
2007: Bob Seger’s ‘Face The Promise’ takes home the Outstanding National Major Label Recording prize, while the song ‘Wait for Me’ and its accompanying video also earn honors at the 2007 Detroit Music Award.
2007: Guitars played by Eric Clapton’s (including his famous ‘Blackie’), Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana are displayed at the Holy Grail Guitar Exhibition in Dallas. It’s part of the 30th annual Dallas International Guitar Festival.
2009: ‘Know Your Enemy’ the first single from Green Day’s ’21st Century Breakdown’ album goes to radio.
2010: Green Day’s musical, ‘American Idiot,’ opens on Broadway at the St. James Theatre, a year after its debut at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
2010: Ratt release their 7th studio album, ‘Infestation.’ It peaked at #30 on Billboard 200 album chart.
2011: The Beastie Boys’ ‘Fight For Your Right Revisited’ premieres on VH1. Directed by the Beastie’s Adam Yauch, the short film is about the group’s ’87 Rap/Rock anthem ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party).’
2011: Elton John performs during the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival. There is a screening Cameron Crowe’s documentary ‘The Union,’ which features John and Leon Russell, followed by a live performance.
2011: Kid Rock makes a surprise visit to Romeo High School, his old stomping ground, and presents the music program with a donation of $5,000. He appears at the end of the Detroit area school’s Get Up and Get Moving pep assembly. Rock’s donation is matched by a contribution from Best Buy Mobile and the Grammy Foundation.
2011: K.K. Downing, guitarist and founding member of Judas Priest, announces he is leaving the band. The band name 31-year-old Richie Faulkner as Downing’s replacement for their upcoming ‘Epitaph’ tour.
2011: The Foo Fighters 7th album ‘Wasting Light’ is their first #1 album in the U.S.
2011: The Revolver Golden Gods Awards show is held at L.A.’s Club Nokia. Avenged Sevenfold take home the Album of the Year trophy (presented by Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of Alice In Chains). The band’s M. Shadows earns the Best Vocalist Award. Alice Cooper picks up the Golden God honor.
2012: Bert Weedon, inventor of “Play In A Day” guitar guides, dies at the age of 91. Released in 1957 in Britain, “Play In A Day” sold over two million copies and was a major influence on musicians including Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi, Eric Clapton, Brian May and John Lennon.
2012: ‘The Grateful Dead: The Epic Tour’ online video game is out. It is based on 10 especially memorable Dead shows staged between ’70 and ’90. “What we’re doing is creating an adventure by traveling through Grateful Dead history, Grateful Dead time and space,” states Adam Blumenthal of Curious Sense, the digital media company that created The Epic Tour.
2013: Jack White is Record Store Day Ambassador 2013. The day features special releases by David Bowie, Black Keys, Iggy & the Stooges, Linkin Park, Deftones and Avenged Sevenfold offer special releases. Record Store Day, an internationally celebrated event to celebrate the art of music, spurred sales of 244,000 vinyl LPs according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the largest one-week total for vinyl albums since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.
2013: Kings Of Chaos, featuring three Guns N’ Roses vets – drummer Matt Sorum, bassist Duff McKagen and guitarist Gilby Clarke – make their live debut at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney.
2013: Neil Diamond sang ‘Sweet Caroline’ at Fenway Park in Boston during the seventh inning stretch. The city was celebrating returning to normal day-to-day life after the accused Boston Marathon bomber had been arrested the day before.
2015: Jack White performs the first of a series of low key acoustic shows. The first stop is at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.
2015: Norway’s Ministry of Culture announced that the country will start turning off FM radio on January 11, 2017, with the intent to stop transmission of the last FM signal to the country’s northernmost regions by December 13 of that year. In its statement, the Norwegian government said the cost of transmitting national radio channels through the FM network is eight times higher than via the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) system, the standard digital radio technology used across Europe.
2017: Prince’s complex-turned-museum, Paisley Park in Chanhassen, MN marks the one-year anniversary of his death with the four-day “life and legacy” celebration.
2017: Rush receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner. The honor is for the group’s achievements and longstanding career in the music industry, social activism and support of humanitarian causes.
2017: On the one-year anniversary of beginning immunotherapy to combat oral cancer, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett launches a fundraising drive to support the therapy. Funds go to the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health where Rockett underwent treatment.

April 21
1956: Elvis Presley gets his first #1, as ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ moves into the top spot on the charts.
1960: Dick Clark testifies before a Congressional committee investigating the payola scandal. He admits he had a financial interest in 27 percent of the records he played on the show over a two year period, but is cleared of all charges.
1961: The Beatles played their first-ever gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
1962: Elvis Presley’s ‘Good Luck Charm’ hits #1.
1963: Beatles and Rolling Stones meet for the first time during a Rolling Stones performance at Crawdaddy Club. ‘We got all nervous’, says Bill Wyman, ‘but then we had a chat with them afterwards and stayed up all night rapping and became really good mates.’
1965: The Beach Boys appear on ABC-TV’s ‘Shindig!,’ performing their current hit, ‘Do You Wanna Dance?,’ which will reach #12 in the U.S.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life’, in the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up and randomly re-assembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs. These were omitted from the American version of the album.
1967: The Who appeared at The Dome in Brighton, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at City Hall in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.
1967: Pink Floyd played two shows, an early performance at the Starlite Ballroom, in Greenford, and the late show at UFO, held at The Blarney Club, Tottenham Court Road in London.
1969: Janis Joplin performed at The Royal Albert Hall, London, (her first London appearance). The opening act was Yes. Her performance earned rave reviews in Disc, Melody Maker, and Telegraph, among others.
1969: Andy Warhol agrees to design the artwork for the Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’ record. The iconic design includes a working zipper, which is very difficult to produce, but makes it one of the most memorable album covers of all time.
1969: Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention’s 5th studio album, ‘Uncle Meat’ is released. It reached #43 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It was released as a double album by Bizarre and Reprise Records, subtitled “Most of the music from the Mother’s movie of the same name which we haven’t got enough money to finish yet.” It was originally developed as a part of No Commercial Potential, a project which spawned three other albums sharing a conceptual connection: ‘We’re Only in It for the Money,’ ‘Lumpy Gravy’ and ‘Cruising with Ruben & the Jets.’ The album also served as a soundtrack album to a proposed science fiction film which would not be completed, though a direct-to-video film containing test footage from the project was released by Zappa in 1987.
1970: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut) and Heavy Jelly all appeared at The Roundhouse in London. Tickets cost 25 shillings.
1970: Three Dog Night, along with Stone the Crows, played at The Warehouse in New Orleans, LA.
1970: Elton John performs his debut solo gig as a support act for T. Rex in London. Also on the bill were Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, and Heavy Jelly.
1971: Rolling Stones release the ‘Sticky Fingers’ album.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band played at New Haven Arena, New Haven, CT.
1972: David Bowie performs at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1972: Pink Floyd appeared at the Lyric Theatre in Baltimore, MD.
1972: The Grateful Dead performed an eighty minute set that was taped for the German TV show ‘Beat Club,’ in Bremen, Germany. 1973: King Crimson played at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum in Indianapolis, IN.
1973: Johnny Winter and special guests Slade played Hara Arena in Dayton, OH.
1973: Alice Cooper went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Billion Dollar Babies.’ The effort also topped the chart in the UK. In keeping with the band’s controversial style, the lyrics covered topics such as necrophilia, the fear of dentists, horror, and sexual harassment. The album would be certified Platinum in 1986.
1974: Genesis appeared at the Montreal University Sports Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The show was broadcast by CHOM-FM radio, and is a popular bootleg among Genesis fans.
1975: Yes headlined at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1976: Elvis Presley performed at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO.
1976: Women Against Violence Against Women ca inled for a boycott of all Warner Communications albums because of the promotional campaign for The Rolling Stones’ new album ‘Black and Blue.’ The album was being promoted with a controversial advertising campaign that depicted the model Anita Russell, bruised and bound, under the phrase ‘I’m Black and Blue from the Rolling Stones – and I love it!’
1976: Former Raspberries lead singer Eric Carmen enters the US Pop chart with his first and biggest solo hit, ‘All by Myself.’ The record would reach #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100, #1 on the Cash Box Top 100 and #12 in the UK.
1976: A night after George Harrison joins Monty Python during their performance of ‘The Lumberjack Song’ at a New York show, Harry Nilsson tries it. While Harrison blended in as a member of the chorus (dressed as a Mountie), Nilsson wears dark glasses and makes a spectacle. When he goes to the front of the stage to shake hands with audience members, he falls into the crowd and breaks his arm.
1977: Elvis Presley begins his last concert tour in Greensboro, NC.
1977: ZZ Top appeared at the Rochester Community War Memorial in Rochester, NY.
1978: The Grateful Dead played at Rupp Arena on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.
1978: Fairport Convention singer Sandy Denny died at age 31. While on vacation with her parents in Cornwall, England, Denny was injured in a fall down a staircase. A month after the fall she collapsed at a friend’s home. Four days later she died at the hospital, her death was ruled to be the result of a traumatic mid-brain hemorrhage. She was a member of Fairport Convention and a solo artist. Her 1967 song “Who Knows Where the Time Goes,” was covered by Judy Collins. . She was the only guest vocalist to ever appear on a Led Zeppelin album, dueting with Robert Plant on the song ‘Battle of Evermore.’ 1978: Journey with special guests Montrose & Van Halen played the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke, FL.
1979: Roxy Music played at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA.
1980: Pete Townshend’s ‘Empty Glass’ album is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, bolstered by the #9 hit, ‘Let My Love Open the Door.’ It was rated #57 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s. The album deals with a plethora of issues that Townshend was struggling with, including alcoholism, drug abuse, marital problems and deceased friends. Empty Glass also contained the devotional love song, ‘Let My Love Open the Door,’ which became a top 10 hit single in the U.S., along with the other (modestly successful) singles, ‘Rough Boys’ and ‘A Little Is Enough.’ 1980: UFO with special guests Sue Saad & the Next played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1981: U2 performed at The Decade in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This small club in the Oakland section of town hosted a number of up and coming acts like The Ramones and the Police, as well as impromptu shows from Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi during its heyday.
1982: Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in the group cancelling a tour. The singer was found living rough in Paris, France.
1984: ‘Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)’ hits #1 on the Hot 100, giving Phil Collins his first solo chart-topper. He would go on to have six more.
1984: The ‘Footloose’ soundtrack is #1 on the U.S. Album Chart. The album contains Kenny Loggins’ title track and the Top 10 Ann Wilson (Heart) and Mike Reno (Loverboy) duet, ‘Almost Paradise.’
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Phil Collins’s ‘Against All Odds…’ at #1, Kenny Loggins’ ‘Footloose’ at #2, Night Ranger’s ‘Sister Christian’ at #32, Van Halen’s ‘I’ll Wait’ at #33, Bon Jovi’s ‘Runaway’ at #39, Duran Duran’s ‘The Reflex’ at #46, and Scorpions ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ at #47. ‬
1984: Van Halen appeared at the Colisée de Québec in Quebec City.
1984: Scorpions and Bon Jovi played thge Cal Expo Ammphitheatre in Sacramento, CA. 1984: David Crosby with special guest Roger McGuinn played Chuck Landis’ Country Club in Reseda. CA. 1985: Pink Floyd played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1986: Accept release their 7th studio album, ‘Russian Roulette.’ It would be the last Accept album to feature Udo Dirkschneider as vocalist until the 1993 reunion album ‘Objection Overruled.’
1987: Testament release their debut studio album ‘The Legacy.’
1987: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ‘Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)’ album is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The track ‘Jammin’ Me’ topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for four weeks, and reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1987: Stryper and Hurricane play the University of Pacific Spanos Center in Stockton, CA.
1990: Paul McCartney played in front of 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, creating a new world record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert. 1990: Britny Fox played The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY.
1990: KISS reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the second & final time with ‘Forever,’ which peaked at #8 & was written by Paul Stanley & Michael Bolton.
1990: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Damn Yankees’ ‘Coming Of Age’ at #85 (debut), Faster Pussycat’s ‘House Of Pain’ at #40, Alannah Myles’ ‘Black Velvet’ at #14, Aerosmith’s ‘What It Takes’ at #13, Mötley Crüe’s ‘Without You’ at #9, and KISS peaks at #8 with ‘Forever.’
1990: Van Halen christen the opening night of their Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with a live performance. Sammy Hagar would eventually buy out the rest of the band due to the club’s early financial failure. In later years, Cabo Wabo became a huge success.
1992: Slaughter‬ released the album ‘The Wild Life.’
1992: Beastie Boys release their 3rd studio album, ‘Check Your Head.’ It reached both the Billboard 200 Top Albums (#10) chart and Top R&B (#37) chart.
1993: Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann rescues a 17-year-old surfer in Mendocino, CA after noticing him drowning in a riptide.
1993: Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman married for the third time when he tied the knot with 33-year-old fashion designer Suzanne Accosta in the medieval French village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. They’re still married to this day and they’ve had three children together.
1994: Courtney Love turned in the shotgun Kurt Cobain used to kill himself with to a guns-for-tickets trade-in program.
1996: The Wallflowers release their sophomore album, ‘Bringing Down The Horses.’ Entirely composed by frontman Jakob Dylan, the set peaks at #4 on the album chart the following month and sells 3 million copies.
1998: Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant released their ‘Walking into Clarksdale’ reunion album. The single ‘Most High’ reached #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and #26 in the UK, and was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1999. ‘Walking into Clarksdale’ took 35 days to record. The album was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini over a five-month period at Abbey Road Studios. Clarksdale is a town in the Mississippi Delta, a historical home of Delta blues music.
1999: Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra led by Michael Kamen record the ‘S&M’ live album at The Berkeley Community Theatre on the first of two nights.‬
2000: Neal Matthews of The Jordanaires died of a heart attack. He sang back-up on Elvis Presley’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ and ‘Hound Dog’ and also worked with Ricky Nelson, Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Marie Osmond, Tom Jones and Merle Haggard.
2001: R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was charged by police at Heathrow airport with being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting British Airways crew. Buck was taken into custody after landing on a flight from Seattle and questioned by police for 12 hours. He is accused of drinking 15 glasses of wine, overturning a service cart and engaging in other bad behavior, but charges are eventually dropped. Buck claimed that ingesting both a sleeping pill and wine caused him to lose it.
2003: EMI and Universal Music sue the file-sharing service Napster for copyright violations.
2003: Brother Records launched a lawsuit against former Beach Boy Al Jardine for using the band’s name when he tours, contrary to a January 28th court ruling. Jardine appeared under variations of the Beach Boy name, including Beach Boys Family and Friends and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys. Jardine would win the lawsuit the following November
2005: Alex Lifeson of Rush pleads no contest to a charge of resisting arrest in Florida from an incident involving his son at the Ritz Carlton hotel. He is sentenced to 12 months of probation, and later receives a confidential settlement from the hotel.
2005: Tampa Bay is the first stop on Sevendust’ U.S. tour. This is the group’s first trek with guitarist Sonny Mayo. He replaces Clint Lowery, who left Sevendust to focus on his group, Dark New Day.
2006: A musical centering on Kinks songs premieres at Arts Bank Theater in Philadelphia. ‘The Kinks: A Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy’ is about a London Rock musician in the early 1990’s.
2006: E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren hits the road in support of his solo album, ‘Sacred Weapon.’ The first stop is Falls Church, VA. 2006: A post on the Smashing Pumpkins’ web site officially announces that the group will reunite and record. But the only two committed at this point are frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.
2007: Eddie Van Halen is an honorary race official at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 (part of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series) in Phoenix.
2007: Graham Nash’s photography is exhibited at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery. The presentation includes portraits of Nash’s bandmates David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young.
2007: The Icons of Music Auction in New York to benefit Music Rising, the Hurricane Katrina-relief charity co-founded by U2’s the Edge, raises over $2.4 million. The Edge is on hand to witness a final bid of $410,000 for a guitar once owned by the late Jimi Hendrix. A pair of axes donated by the Edge go for $240,000 and $105,000, respectively, while a signed guitar by U2 frontman Bono sells for $187,500.
2007: Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday. He learned some chords from her father, Gus Dupree, a musician who instilled him with an early passion for music.
2009: Bob Seger was named in a negligence lawsuit filed by a man who says he suffered injuries when his motorcycle was struck by the rocker’s 2004 Lexus driven by Seger’s bass player Christopher Campbell. Campbell was ticketed for failure to stop after the accident, which happened about 30 miles northwest of Detroit.
2009: Don Henley filed a lawsuit against Republican politician Charles DeVore for using two of his songs, ‘The Boys of Summer’ and ‘All She Wants To Do Is Dance’ in campaign ads that appeared on YouTube.
2009: Tinted Window’s self-titled debut album is out. The ‘supergroup’ has Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Fountains Of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger and Hanson’s Taylor Hanson. They also perform on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman
2009: Jane’s Addiction release ‘A Cabinet Of Curiosities,’ a limited-edition box set of rarities. There are demos, live cuts, covers and videos.
2009: Jon Bon Jovi is honored for his charity work by the Food Bank for New York at the nonprofit organization’s sixth annual Can-Do Awards Dinner. The singer is recognized, in part, for his support of efforts to provide housing to low-income families.
2009: Rod Stewart makes a surprise appearance at Jeff Beck’s L.A. concert. It’s the first time they perform together in over 25 years. “It is a privilege to be onstage with this guy,” says Stewart. The two first worked together in the shortlived Jeff Beck Group in the late 1960’s.
2009: Iron Maiden‬’s first feature-length film, ‘Flight 666’ was released in theaters around the world.
2010: In a NME interview Courtney Love declares that she wants to be known as Courtney Michelle (Michelle being her middle name). The Hole frontwoman says the ‘Love’ moniker has too much baggage.
2010: Patti Smith receives the ASCAP Founders Award at the 27th annual Pop Music Awards in L.A. “Patti fused raw Rock energy with the heart of a poet and ignited the 1970s New York Punk scene,” says ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams.
2010: Elton John headlines American Idol’s ‘Idol Gives Back’ program. He performs ‘Your Song’ on behalf of his Elton John AIDS Foundation. Jeff Beck and Joss Stone play a rendition of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins ‘I Put A Spell On You.’
2011: ‘Talihina Sky: The Story Of Kings Of Leon’ premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film has band interviews and live footage.
2011: Alter Bridge provides live recordings from their tour on USB flash drives. The USB drive is in the shape of Mark Tremonti’s PRS guitar.
2012: Iggy Pop is the official ambassador for Record Store Day 2012 which celebrates independent record stores. “I got my name, my musical education and my personality all from working at a record store during my tender years,” says Pop in a statement.
2013: Christina Amphlett, lead singer of the Divinyls, dies of breast cancer in New York City at 53. Her cancer treatment was complicated by her multiple sclerosis, making her unable to receive radiation or chemotherapy. Amphlett was also a stage and screen actress.
2013: Rush get their 9th Juno Award when ‘Clockwork Angels’ is named Rock Album of the Year.
2013: Former Krokus drummer Dani Crivelli dies. The drummer performed on the ‘Heart Attack’ album and subsequent tour before leaving the group.
2013: Sir Paul McCartney tops the London Sunday Times Rich List of musical millionaires for 25th consecutive time.
2015: Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge rolls out ‘To The Stars: Demos, Odds And Ends,’ an LP that came directly from his ‘personal stash’.
2015: 60-year-old Phil Rudd, drummer for the Australian rock band AC/DC, plead to guilty to a charge of making a threat to kill, at a court in Tauranga, New Zealand. A month after firing a number of employees over a lack of security at a launch party for his latest solo album in August, 2014, Rudd admitted he telephoned an associate and said he wanted one of the people he fired “taken out.” Rudd was released on bail until his next hearing in June.
2016: The Ramones self-titled debut set tops Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time. Second place goes to The Clash’s self-titled debut.
2016: Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson), dies of an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57. Prince has been called one of the most influential artists of the rock & roll era and is a seven-time Grammy winner and an Academy Award winner for his seminal film Purple Rain. Prince scored Top 10 hits with ‘Little Red Corvette,’ ‘When Doves Cry,’ ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ and ‘Kiss,’ and several of his songs also became hits for others, including ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ for Sinead O’Connor, ‘Manic Monday’ for the Bangles and ‘I Feel for You’ for Chaka Khan. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility.
2016: Lonnie Mack (born Lonnie Macintosh), performer of “the first of the guitar-hero records” dies of natural causes near his log-cabin home outside of Nashville, Tennessee. He was 74. Mack was a major influence for Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes, Adrian Belew and Ted Nugent. Mack also recorded with the Doors on ‘Morrison Hotel.’ Years later, they released an instrumental entitled ‘Blues for Lonnie.’
2016: Five Finger Death Punch is sued by their label Prospect Park. The lawsuit, filed in California Superior Court, states: “The members of FFDP have unequivocally repudiated their contractual obligations. In doing so, the members of FFDP are shamelessly attempting to cash in before the anticipated downfall of their addicted bandmate (Ivan Moody).” The group obviously denies the charge.
2017: Of Mice & Men perform with bassist Aaron Pauley taking over lead vocals from Austin Carlile for the first time at the Las Rageous Festival. Carlile announced his departure the previous December due to his battle with the Marfan Syndrome genetic disorder.
2018: 30 Seconds To Mars debut at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘America.’ Frontman Jared Leto promotes the album by traveling across America by “any means possible.” It’s their best showing to date.

April 22
1957: Elvis Presley had his custom built ‘Music Gates’ installed at Gracelands. The gates were designed by Abe Saucer and custom built by John Dillars Jr, of Memphis Doors inc.
1959: Alan Freed premieres his last Rock ‘n’ Roll movie, ‘Go Johnny Go,’ starring Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, Jimmy Cavallo and The Flamingos.
1962: Jerry Lee Lewis’ three-year-old son, Steve Allen Lewis (named after the TV host and good friend), drowned in the shallow water of a still under construction swimming pool at the Lewis home near Coro Lake, Tennessee.
1964: In the UK, the President of the National Federation Of Hairdressers offered a free haircut to the next group to reach the top of the Pop chart. He was quoted as saying ‘The Rolling Stones are the worst, one of them looks as if he’s got a feather duster on his head.’
1965: The Beatles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ticket To Ride.’ Taken from the film ‘Help!’ it was the group’s seventh UK chart topper.
1966: The Troggs ‘Wild Thing’ b/w ‘From Home’ 45 single is released in the UK. ‘Wild Thing’ is a song written by New York City-born songwriter Chip Taylor. Originally recorded by The Wild Ones in 1965, “Wild Thing” is best known for its 1966 cover by the English band The Troggs, which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1966. The song peaked at one position lower in Britain. As performed by The Troggs, ‘Wild Thing’ is ranked #257 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1966: Two dozen local group’s appeared at a “battle of the bands” gig in Matawan Keyport Roller Drome in New Jersey. All acts performed three songs each. The Rogues won first place, second was Sonny & The Starfires, and third place went to The Castiles, (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals). The three winners were given an opportunity to perform at the Roller Drome the following week as part of a major concert headlined by The Crystals.
1966: With Andy Warhol producing, the Velvet Underground start recording their debut, ‘Velvet Underground & Nico.’
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Odeon Theatre in Manchester, England.
1967: Pink Floyd performed a 45-minute set at Benn Memorial Hall, in Rugby England. Keyboardist Rick Wright was quoted in a local paper, “We started off as an R&B group, but later decided to adopt our own style. Our music is made to represent hallucinatory effects and this is enhanced by the use of lights.”
1967: Elvis Presley’s 23rd film, ‘Easy Come, Easy Go,’ premieres in Hollywood.
1968: Cream performed at Massey Hall in Toronto.
1968: The Monkees 5th studio album, ‘The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees’ is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, the first Monkees album not to reach #1. It featured the group’s sixth million-selling single in ‘Valleri’ and yet another number one in ‘Daydream Believer,’ a bittersweet pop song from the pen of former Kingston Trio member John Stewart. Perhaps no other two tracks define Davy Jones as a pop music singer more than these two hits.
1969: John Winston Lennon legally changed his name to John Winston Ono Lennon during a short ceremony on the roof of the Apple Records building in London. John always hated his middle name, given to him by his mother in honor of Winston Churchill, but British law did not allow him to change it. He could however add Ono, and would never use Winston again, except for legal documents.
1969: In Dolton, England, The Who performed their rock opera ‘Tommy,’ live in its entirety for the first time.
1969: Fleetwood Mac kicked off a 10-date UK tour at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill, BB King, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Duster Bennett.
1970: Iron Butterfly release ‘Live,’ their 1st live album.
1970: Pink Floyd performs at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York.
1971: Pink Floyd premiered their song ‘Return of the Son of Nothing.’ The song was later re-titled ‘Echoes.’
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN.
1971: The Grateful Dead played Bangor Auditorium in Bangor, ME.
1971: Pink Floyd performs at Norwich Lads Club in Norwich, England.
1972: Deep Purple scored their second UK #1 album with ‘Machine Head.’
1972: Alice Cooper peaks at #49 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with the single ‘Be My Lover.’
1972: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Alice Cooper’s ‘Be My Lover’ at #49 (peak), Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock And Roll’ at #47, April Wine’s ‘You Could Have Been A Lady’ at #45, Yes’ ‘Roundabout’ at #13, Neil Young’s ‘Heart Of Gold’ at #8 and America’s ‘Horse With No Name’ at #4. ‬
1973: Yes appeared at the West Palm Beach Auditorium in West Palm Beach, Florida.
1974: It was Tina Turner’s first day on the set of ‘Tommy.’ Her part was the ‘Acid Queen.’
1974: The L.A. group Redbone earned a Gold record for the single ‘Come and Get Your Love,’ which was currently #5 on the Hot 100.
1975: Pink Floyd performed at the Sports Arena in San Diego, CA as part of their North American tour.
1975: Genesis play the first of two nighta at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, UK on their ‘The Lamb Lies On Broadway’ Tour.
1975: Rush appeared at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.
1976: Bob Dylan played at the Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Clearwater, FL.
1977: The Grateful Dead play at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1977: Black Sabbath appeared at Lisebergshalle in Gothenberg, Sweden. AC/DC were the support act. This would be the last concert on Black Sabbath’s Technical Ecstasy Tour.
1978: John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first ever musical appearance as The Blues Brothers when they appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live’. They play a cover of ‘Soul Man’ by Sam & Dave, who they used as the basis for their characters.
1978: Former Stealers Wheel vocalist Gerry Rafferty releases his biggest solo hit, ‘Baker Street.’ It will reach #2 on the Hot 100 and #3 in the UK and was written about one of London’s most famous streets, home to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes.
1978: Bob Marley And The Wailers perform at the ‘One Love Peace Concert’ in Jamaica. It was Marley’s first public appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt a year and a half earlier. At the concert, Marley manages to unite Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley with rival Edward Seaga, who had both been using local warlords to battle for power.
1978: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Tumbling Dice’ b/w ‘I Will Never Marr’ 45 single is released. In an interview with Hit Parader magazine, Ronstadt said that her band played ‘Tumbling Dice’ for soundchecks, but nobody knew the words. Jagger suggested that Ronstadt should sing more rock songs and suggested ‘Tumbling Dice.’ Ronstadt made him write down the lyrics.
1978: KISS peak at #39 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with the Ace Frehley classic, ‘Rocket Ride.’
1978: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Genesis’ Follow You Follow Me’ at #83 (debut), Meat Loaf’s ‘Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad’ at #46, KISS’ ‘Rocket Ride’ at #39, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s ‘You’re The One That I Want’ at #11 and Kansas’ ‘Dust In The Wind’ at #6.‬
1978: Former Stealers Wheel vocalist Gerry Rafferty releases his biggest solo hit, ‘Baker Street.’ It will reach #2 on the Hot 100 and #3 in the UK and was written about one of London’s most famous streets, home to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes.
1979: The Rolling Stones played two concerts for the blind at the Civic Auditorium in Oshawa, Ontario. The shows were done in lieu of a jail sentence for guitarist Keith Richards, who was convicted of heroin possession in Toronto two years earlier. John Belushi emceed both concerts.
1980: The J. Geils Band release their most successful album to date, ‘Love Stinks.’
1980: The Who appear at The Salt Palace Arena in Salt Lake City, UT.
1980: The Joe Perry Project plays two shows (7 & 10pm) at the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio.
1981: Ozzy Osbourne played the opening show of their North American tour at Towson Center in Towson, MD. It was the first show billed as “Ozzy Osbourne,” and Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge’s first show with Ozzy.
1981: Two days after being released from a St. Paul, Minnesota hospital following a month-long treatment for bleeding ulcers, Eric Clapton is involved in a car accident and is hospitalized in Seattle, Washington, suffering bruised ribs and a lacerated shin.
1985: Eric Clapton played at The Coliseum in Richmond, VA.
1987: Iron Maiden and Waysted played Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
1988: Pink Floyd played the first of two consecutive night at Oakland Stadium in Oakland, CA.
1988: Megadeth, Warlock and Sanctuary played Thje Beacon Theatre in New York City.
1989: Guns N’ Roses released the single ‘Patience.’
1990: Sammy Hagar opened his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico.
1990: Ric Ocasek of The Cars performed his debut solo concert at New York City’s Central Park as part of Earth Day festivities on a bill that also included the B-52’s and Hall & Oates.
1991: The Dave Matthews Band played their first ever-live show when they appeared at The Earth Day festival in Charlottesville, Virginia.
1993: The Who’s ‘Tommy’ opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. It is performed 899 times until it closes in June of 1995.
1996: Pantera release ‘The Great Southern Trendkill.’ It turns out to be the group’s last platinum album.
1997: Offspring’s ‘Ixnay On The Hombre’ goes platinum. It’s the group’s first album for Columbia Records.
1997: Fates Warning release their 8th studio album, ‘A Pleasant Shade of Gray.’
1998: Faith No More announces they are splitting up.
1999: Marilyn Manson released a statement on the Columbine High School shootings. “It’s tragic and disgusting anytime young people’s lives are taken in an act of senseless violence. My condolences go out to the students and their families.”
1999: Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra led by Michael Kamen record the ‘S&M’ live album at The Berkeley Community Theatre on the 2nd of two nights.‬
2003: Black Label Society released their 4th studio album, ‘The Blessed Hellride.’ Ozzy Osbourne appears on the first single ‘Stillborn,’ though his name was not used to promote the track.
2003: Songwriter Felice Bryant died of cancer at 78. Along with her husband Boudleaux, she wrote The Everly Brothers hits, ‘Bye Bye Love,’ ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ and ‘Wake Up Little Susie.’ Other acts to record their songs include Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon And Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, The Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ruth Brown, Cher, R.E.M. and Ray Charles.
2004: Metallica quashed an Internet rumor that James Hetfield committed suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills. They releases a statement that read, “Contrary to what you may have read on message boards, James Hetfield is alive and doing extremely well.”
2004: It was reported that U.S. Marines were blasting AC/DC’s ‘Shoot to Thrill’ at high volumes in the hopes of driving insurgents from their homes in Iraq.
2006: Ozzy Osbourne is interviewed on IFC’s Henry Rollins Show.
2006: Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington throws a party to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Club Tattoo shops he co-owns. The Tempe, AZ., event features performances by Bennington’s Bucket of Weenies side group, Linkin Park Rapper Mike Shinoda’s Fort Minor Project, and Story Of The Year.
2006: Tom Petty is a special guest at ASCAP’s ‘I Create Music Expo.’ Petty is interviewed and takes questions from musicians and composers.
2008: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora pleads no contest to a drunken-driving charge stemming from an arrest the previous month in Laguna Beach, CA. A related DUI count is dropped as part of the deal, which calls for the guitarist to pay penalties totaling $1,600, attend an alcohol-education class and undergo three years probation.
2008: It was revealed that 60’s singer Tommy Steele took Elvis Presley on a secret tour of London in 1958 after Presley struck up a friendship with Steele. When the rock legend flew into London for a day, Steele apparently took him round the city, showing him famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament. For more than 50 years, Presley fans had believed the only time Elvis ever set foot in the UK was during a stop-over at Prestwick Airport in Scotland in March of 1960.
2008: Saints Of The Underground (Jani Lane, Keri Kelli, Robbie Crane and Bobby Blotzer) release their album ‘Love The Sin, Hate The Sinner.’ ‬
2009: 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold performs at the Nashville4Africa benefit concert in Music City. The event raises money for African charities.
2009: Elton John ends his Red Piano residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas following five years of on-and-off performances.
2009: Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson receive the Founders Award at ASCAP’s 26th annual Pop Music Awards in L.A. The performing rights organization’s president Marilyn Bergman describes the Wilsons as “music trailblazers” whose “success and influence helped pave the way for other female artists.
2009: A reunited Poco performs at The Maverick in Santa Ynez, CA. Bassist Timothy B. Schmit, now with The Eagles, joins in. The Poco lineup also includes singer-guitarist (and Buffalo Springfield co-founder) Richie Furay. Poco plays the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA, four days later.
2009: Jeff Beck is joined onstage by Rod Stewart for the first time in over 25 years at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
2010: Following an emergency appendectomy ten days earlier, Poison frontman Bret Michaels suffers a severe headache caused by bleeding at the base of his brain stem and is rushed to the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix for treatment.
2010: Bruce Springsteen receives the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award. Presented by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the honor goes immigrants or their descendants “who have made a major contribution to the American experience.” Springsteen’s maternal great-grandmother, Raffaela Zerilli, arrived at Ellis Island from Vico Equense, Italy in 1900. “You can’t really know who you are and where you’re going unless you know where you came from,” says Springsteen.
2010: ‘James Hetfield: The Wolf At Metallica’s Door,’ the biography of Metallica’s frontman was published.
2011: At age 51, Bryan Adams becomes a father for the first time when his baby girl Mirabella Bunny is born.
2011: Ginger Fish (Kenneth Robert Wilson) joins Rob Zombie as a permanent band member (replacing Joey Jordison who returned to Slipknot).
2011: Elton John appears on ’20/20,’ the ABC TV news magazine show. In an interview with Barbara Walters, John and his partner David Furnish discuss the raising of their son, Zachary.
2011: Kings Of Leon guitarist Matthew Followill and his wife, musician Johanna Bennett, welcome son Knox Cameron Patrick into the world. Matthew is the first Followill to become a father. Knox is born in Nashville and weighs 6 lbs., 10 oz.
2011: Pearl Jam receive the Planet Defender award from Rock the Earth, a not-for-profit environmental advocacy organization.
2012: Killswitch Engage play a reunion show in Worcester, MA. It’s their first concert since the return of frontman Jesse Leach four months earlier.
2012: Cheap Trick perform at the Earth Day concert at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Bad weather keeps the attendance low.
2013: Richie Havens, who rose to fame as the opening act at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, died following a heart attack at the age of 72. Havens legendarily opened the 1969 Woodstock rock festival, playing for nearly three hours. The promoters kept extending his set because other performers could not get to the site, due to traffic congestion. Later, he dabbled in acting, performed at Bill Clinton’s inauguration, and co-headlined the 1996 Tibetan Freedom Concert for an audience of more than 100,000. During his lengthy career he scored just one Billboard Top 40 hit, a cover of George Harrison’s ‘Here Comes The Sun,’ which reached #16 in 1971.
2014: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil becomes a part owner of the Arena Football League’s Jacksonville Sharks. Neil plans to move the franchise to his adopted hometown of Las Vegas.
2014: Sebastian Bach released his 5th solo album, ‘Give ‘Em Hell.’ The album debuted at #72 on the Billboard 200 chart. Duff McKagan played bass on the album.
2016: Candlebox release their 6th album, ‘Disappearing In Airports.’ 2017: St. Vincent (Annie Clark) is the Record Store Day ambassador. She is the first female Rock performer to hold that title in Record Store Day’s 10-year history. The top vinyl album seller is the Grateful Dead set ‘P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 7/29/66.’ The #1 single is a seven-inch with remastered versions of The Beatles’ ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and “Penny Lane.” The annual event promotes brick-and-mortar music shops through special releases.

April 23
1956: Elvis Presley, accompanied by Bill Black and Scotty Moore, made his Las Vegas debut at the New Frontier Hotel when he opened for the Freddie Martin Orchestra and comedian Shecky Greene. Despite having ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ at the top of the charts, Elvis was not well-received by the middle-aged audience. Management of the Frontier was so unimpressed, they gave Elvis his walking papers after one week of a two-week engagement. Presley wouldn’t play Las Vegas again for almost 13 years.
1960: The Nerk Twins appeared at The Fox And Hounds in Caversham, Berkshire, England. The Nerk Twins being John Lennon and Paul McCartney.The pub is owned by McCartney’s cousin and her husband. The duo play another set the next day.
1962: A song called ‘My Bonnie’ by Tony Sheridan and The Beatles was issued in America on the Decca label. It was the first commercial release anywhere in the world to carry The Beatles name. John Lennon would later say “It’s just Tony Sheridan singing with us banging in the background. They’re flogging it, but I wish they’d just shut up! It’s terrible! It could be anybody.” The mono 45 failed to chart on Billboard or Cashbox.
1963: Jan And Dean record ‘Surf City’ with The Beach Boys providing background vocals. The Brian Wilson penned tune became the first surf song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and even crossed over to the R&B chart where it reached #3.
1963: Bob Dylan performs his first major solo concert in New York City at NYC’s Town Hall.
1964: The Beatles shoot the ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ scene for their movie ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’
1965: The Rolling Stones kicked off their third North American tour at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal, Canada. The 4,750-seat, multi-purpose arena was built in 1962.
1966: The Who played at the Odeon Theatre in Rochester, Kent, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Gaumont Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.
1969: The Beatles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get Back’ the group’s 16th UK #1. Credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston”, it was the Beatles’ only single that credited another artist, ‘Get Back’ was also the Beatles’ first single release in true stereo in the U.S.
1969: Joe Cocker’s debut album, ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’ is released. It reached #35 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1969: Los Angeles’ famed folk and rock club The Ash Grove, launching pad for everyone from Linda Ronstadt to Canned Heat, catches fire and nearly burns to the ground.
1969: The Grateful Dead play the last of three shows at The Ark in Boston. The ill-fated club near Fenway Park didn’t last very long, and was subsequently taken over by the more famous venue the Boston Tea Party.
1970: Norman Greenbaum’s ‘Spirit in the Sky’ is awarded a Gold record. The single sold two million copies in 1969 and 1970 and reached #3 in the U.S. and #1 in the UK.
1971: The Rolling Stones 9th British and 11th American studio album, ‘Sticky Fingers’ is released. It topped both the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart (4 weeks) and UK Albums chart (5 weeks). In 2003, ‘Sticky Fingers’ was listed as #63 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1971: The J. Geils Band ‘Wait’ b/w ‘Cruisin’ For A Love’ 45 single is released. It wass the 2nd single from their 1970 debut ‘The J. Geils Band’ album.
1971: Emerson, Lake and Palmer performed at the Eastown Theater in Detroit, MI.
1973: Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ is released. Herbie Flowers plays the hypnotic bass line.
1972: Pink Floyd’s North American tour stops at Cincinnati’s Music Hall for a performance of Dark Side of the Moon.
1972: Procol Harum played at Ford Auditorium in Detroit, MI.
1973: King Crimson played at Henry Levitt Arena in Wichita, KS.
1973: Manassas released their 2nd and last album, ‘Down the Road.’ It reached #26 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The single, ‘Isn’t It About Time,’ reached #56 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1974: Yes performed Palazzo Di Palaeur Dello Sport in Rome, Italy.
1974: Mama Cass Elliot collapses before an appearance on The Tonight Show where she had been scheduled to host the program. She was later taken to hospital on a stretcher.
1975: During a North American tour Pink Floyd played the first of five sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, CA.
1975: Bob Seger’s 8th album, ‘Beautiful Loser’ is released. It reached #131 on the Billboard Top 200 LP’s chart. It set the stage perfectly for the breakthrough success of his next release a year later, ‘Live Bullet.’ The last Seger studio album released before he formed his famed backing group, the Silver Bullet Band.
1975: The Doobie Brothers ‘Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)’ b/w ‘Slat Key Soquel Rag’ 45 single is released. It reached a Hot 100 peak of #11 that June, signaling a downturn in the Doobie Brothers’ popularity which would last until 1979.
1975: Pete Ham of Badfinger hangs himself in his London home. Ham, who was the group’s lead singer and primary songwriter, was despondent over the business dealings that saw the bands album ‘Wish You Were Here’ pulled from stores and his income cut off.
1976: The Ramones released their debut album. The cover depicts the band members standing in a line leaning against a brick wall, taken by Roberta Bayley. It has been ranked #33 on Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The cover was ranked #58 on the top 100 greatest album covers of all-time by Rolling Stone. The set, which peaks at #111, features the single ‘Blitzkrieg Bop.’
1976: The Rolling Stones release their 13th British and 15th American studio album, ‘Black and Blue.’ It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for four weeks, and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart.
1976: Jethro Tull released their 9th studio album, ‘Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young to Die!’ in the UK (May 17, 1976 in the US). It reached #14 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s.
1976: Budgie released their 6th album, ‘If I Were Brittania I’d Waive the Rules.’
1976: AC/DC embarked upon their first U.K. tour with a gig at London’s Red Cow Pub.
1976: The Sex Pistols played The Nashville Rooms in London supporting The 101’ers, who featured Clash vocalist Joe Strummer.
1976: Bob Marley and The Wailers kicked off their Rastaman Vibration North American and European 42-date tour at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA.
1976: Genesis appeared at the Opera House in St. Louis, MO. 1976: Robin Trower with special guests Status Quo played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1977: Joan Jett supported by Blondie perform at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1977: Van Halen‬ & Quiet Riot rock Glendale College Auditorium in Glendale, CA. Tickets were $3.75.
1977: A Siouxsie & the Banshees performance at London’s Roxy Club inspires audience member Stuart Goddard to form the Ants. He later becomes international pop star Adam Ant.
1978: Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious filmed his version of ‘My Way’ for the Sex Pistols film ‘The Great Rock n Roll Swindle.’
1979: David Bowie premiered his new single ‘Boy’s Keep Swinging,’ on the BBC’s TV’s ‘Kenny Everett Video Show.’
1979: Blondie’s Heart Of Glass is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1980: The Who performed at McNichols Arena in Denver, CO.
1980: Rush played at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI.
1980: Bob Dylan appeared at Le Theatre Saint-Denis in Montreal, Quebec.
1981: Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, who are all in Germany appearing at different festivals, join Johnny Cash on stage in Stuttgart for a performance that is recorded and released as the album The Survivors. The trio toured together back in 1957.
1982: Black Sabbath performed at Seattle Arena in Seattle, WA.
1982: Ray Charles played the Santa Monica Civic in Santa Monica, CA.
1983: U2 kicked off their 48-date ‘War’ North American tour at The Carolina Concert For Children benefit in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Also on the bill were Grand Master Flash, The Producers, and Todd Rundgren, although by most accounts U2 was the highlight of the concert. At one point during the show, Bono began climbing up the vertical rigging tower, while carrying a large white flag. He made his way up on top of the scaffolding, at least 20-25 feet above the stage, in the rain, waving the flag, a scene for the ages. There were only about 4000 in attendance, well short of the 20,000 capacity. 1983: Journey, Aerosmith, Sammy Hagar & Bryan Adams played Rock Superbowl XVII at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, FL.
1986: Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica played Providence Civic Center in Providence, RI.
1987: Carole King sues her record label for breach of contract, claiming that owner Lou Adler owes her over $400,000 in royalties. She also asks for rights to her old recordings.
1987: Death Angel release their debut studio album, ‘The Ultra-Violence.’ Drummer Andy Galeon just 14 years old when the album was recorded.
1987: Roy Orbison celebrated his 51st birthday by re-recording some of his biggest hits. Included were ‘Oh Pretty Woman,’ ‘Crying,’ ‘Only the Lonely,’ ‘Dream Baby,’ ‘Running Scared’ and many others. These newer recordings are nowhere near the quality of the originals, so if you’re in the market, make sure you buy the original hits, available from Sony Music and specialty labels like Rhino.
1988: Roy Orbison celebrated his 52nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert, during which the audience sang happy birthday to him. Orbison died that December of a heart attack.
1988: Iron Maiden’s ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’ is the #1 album in the U.K. It spent one week at the top.
1991: Founder member of The New York Dolls Johnny Thunders (John Anthony Genzale, Jr), died of a drug overdose. He renamed himself Johnny Thunders, after a comic book of the same name. The influential New York Dolls formed in 1972 and made just two albums. A teenage Morrissey acted as president of the UK branch of the New York Dolls fan club. Formed The Heartbreakers with Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan, and Television bassist Richard Hell.
1992: Drummer Eric Singer plays his first show with KISS at The Stone in San Francisco on the ‘Revenge’ tour.
1993: During their ‘Use Your Illusion’ Tour, Guns n’ Roses played the first of two nights at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico.
1994: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Division Bell’ is the #1 album in the U.S. It spent four weeks on top of the chart and went on to sell three million copies in the U.S.
1994: An Earth Day concert in Minneapolis features Melissa Etheridge, Robert Cray and Natalie Merchant.
1995: Peter Hodgson, from Liverpool found a tape in his attic containing 16 of The Beatles’ earliest recordings made in 1959. The tape included ‘Hello Little Girl’, a Lennon-McCartney composition that the Beatles never recorded and Ray Charles’ ‘Hallelujah, I Love Her So’. The sessions had been made on a reel-to-reel recorder that Hodgson’s father had lent to Paul McCartney.
1996: Kenny Wayne Shepherd played The Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
2002: Dokken released their 8th studio album, ‘Long Way Home.’
2003: Twisted Sister announce their reformation for their first tour in 16 years. The following month they kick off the tour on USO military bases in South Korea.
2003: Pearl Jam purchased a 1,400 square-mile area of rainforest in Madagascar to compensate for the 5,700 tons of greenhouse gas emissions they estimated that they will incur on their tour of North America.
2004: Green Day is forced to send out a press release proving to people that Billie Joe is still alive after several rumors on the internet had him dead.
2004: The White Stripes are winners at the 2004 Detroit Music Awards. The Stripes take home the Outstanding National Major Label Recording honor (for ‘Elephant’) and the Outstanding National Single award (for ‘Seven Nation Army’).
2005: Slipknot’s North American tour experiences another casualty when exhaustion forces bassist Paul Gray to be hospitalized and miss the band’s homecoming show in Ames, IA. Earlier in the month, vocalist Corey Taylor’s illness forced the cancellation of a couple shows. Gray rejoins the group when they start their European tour.
2006: System Of A Down perform at the fourth annual Souls benefit concert in Los Angeles. The event is designed to draw people’s attention to the Armenian genocide that was committed during the early 20th century.
2006: Phil Walden, founder of Capricorn Records, one of the linchpins of 1970’s Southern Rock, dies at age 66. Capricorn’s best known act was the Allman Brothers Band.
2007: U2’s The Edge is honored for his contributions to the Food Bank for New York City at the Can-Do Awards Dinner. The NYC event raises more than $1 million for the Food Bank, an organization that feeds 250,000 people a day. The guest list includes Bill Clinton, David Bowie, U2 bassist Adam Clayton, Patti Smith and members of R.E.M. The guitarist is a longtime supporter of the organization’s battle against hunger.
2008: Jane’s Addiction is awarded the Godlike Genius Award for Extraordinary Services to Music at the first U.S. NME Awards in L.A. The original line-up performs for the first time since 1991. Also, Foo Fighters ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience + Grace’ wins Album Of The Year while The Killers take home the Best Indie/Alternative Group and Best Indie/Alternative Track (‘Tranquilize’) trophies. And finally, Mick Jones (The Clash) receives the Inspiration Award.
2008: Smashing Pumpkins are inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk in L.A. Frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (the only original members left) are on hand.
2008: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was sentenced to three years probation after admitting to driving under the influence of alcohol. 48-year-old Sambora who was not at the court hearing would also have to attend first offender alcohol awareness classes. He was arrested in Laguna Beach after his car was seen weaving between traffic lanes.
2008: Nine Inch Nails release ‘Discipline’ to radio. The track reportedly is delivered to radio stations within 24 hours of being mixed in the studio.
2008: The Grateful Dead donate 40-plus years of music and memorabilia to the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dead Central, located in the school’s library, houses recordings and exhibits.
2009: Carlos Santana is honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Billboard’s 20th annual Latin Music Conference & Awards in Miami Beach, FL. Santana is recognized for helping to spread the influence of Latin music across other genres, including Pop and Rock.
2010: U2’s 7th studio album, ‘Achtung Baby,’ is #1 on Spin magazine’s list of the best albums of the past 25 years (to celebrate the publication’s 25th anniversary).
2010: Asia released their 12th studio album, ‘Omega.’
2011: Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth (collectively known as “Big Four”) play their first U.S. concert together in Indio, CA.
2011: Norio Ohga, former President and Chairman of Sony, dies in Tokyo. He was 81. Ohga was credited with spurring the development of the compact disc.
2012: Ted Nugent was axed from a concert at U.S. military base Fort Knox following the controversy over his rant against President Barack Obama when he insisted Americans had to rise up against Obama and the Democrats when America goes to the polls in November.
2012: Chris Ethridge, bassist and co-founder of The Flying Burrito Brothers, passed away at the age of 65.
2013: Rob Zombie releases his album ‘Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.’
2013: Glen Campbell’s publicist told members of the press that his client is no longer capable of performing on stage due to advancing Alzheimer’s disease. Sandy Brokaw went on to say that the 77-year-old Campbell planned on recording one final album called ‘See You There,’ which would feature new renditions of old songs. Campbell would pass away on August 8th, 2017.
2014: Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose receives the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in L.A. GN’R, with founding bassist Duff McKagan, headline the event.
2014: Winger release their 6th studio album ‘Better Days Comin’.
2015: London England’s Sunday Times named Sir Paul McCartney as the wealthiest UK musician with assets of an estimated at over 730 million pounds. He was followed by Andrew Lloyd-Webber at 650 million, the band U2 with 431 million, Elton John with 270 million and Mick Jagger with 225 million pounds.
2016: Bruce Springsteen salutes the recently deceased Prince by opening his show in Brooklyn with a rendition of ‘Purple Rain’ (Nils Lofgren takes the guitar solo). The E Street Band wears purple for the show, deviating from their usual black.
2016: Cheap Trick’s ‘Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello’ album peaks at #31 on Billboard’s 200 Album Chart. It was their first Top 40 album since ‘Lap Of Luxury’ reached #16 in Sept. 1988. And their first in the Top 50 since ‘Busted’ peaked at #48 in August 1990.

April 24
1954: Billboard magazine featured a headline that read: “Teenagers Demand Music with a Beat – Spur Rhythm and Blues.” It was a sign of things to come. Within a year, R&B music by both Black and White artists caught the public’s fancy.
1956: Elvis Presley signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures that allowed him one film a year with other studios.
1957: 16 year old Ricky Nelson releases his first record, ‘Teenager’s Romance,’ with his cover of Fats Domino’s ‘I’m Walkin’ on the flip side. The disc sold nearly 60,000 copies within three days and eventually went over a million.
1959: ‘Your Hit Parade,’ the Saturday night, Pop-music show that had been running since April 12th, 1935, has its final US radio broadcast.
1961: Del Shannon releases ‘Runaway.’ The high pitched keyboard sound is produced by a musitron. It has since been ranked at #466 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1961: Bob Dylan makes his recording debut when he plays harmonica on the Harry Belafonte song ‘Calypso King.’ Dylan makes $50 for the session.
1965: The Kinks peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Tired of Waiting for You’ which was their third top 10 single in the U.S.
1965: The Rolling Stones played the Ottawa Auditorium in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
1966: The Who performed at Birmingham Hippodrome in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at Blue Opera Club, held at at The Feathers public house in London, England. A patron threw a penny a Roger Waters resulting in gash to his forehead.
1968: The Beatles new company Apple Records turned down the offer to sign new artist David Bowie. Apple later signed Mary Hopkin, James Taylor, Badfinger and Billy Preston.
1968: Enjoying a wild birthday party Keith Moon drummer with The Who drove his Lincoln car into a Holiday Inn swimming pool.
1969: Paul McCartney publicly denies rumors that he is dead.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at Fillmore West in San Francisco. It is a popular bootleg concert.
1970: Tricia Nixon, President Richard Nixon’s daughter, invites Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick to the White House. Slick chooses revolutionary Chicago Seven defendant Abbie Hoffman as her escort. Hoffman doesn’t get past the Secret Service and Slick leaves, missing the social connection of a lifetime.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band and J. Geils Blues Band performed at the Woodrose Joint Happening at the Paramount Theatre in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1971: Fleetwood Mac announce that guitarist Bob Welsh will be the replacement for the departed Jeremy Spencer.
1971: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s ‘4 Way Street’ album hits #1.
1971: Alice Cooper peaks at #21 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘(I’m) Eighteen…’ It was their first top 40 single in the U.S.
1971: The Grateful Dead appeared at Wallace Wade Stadium, on the campus of Duke University in Durham, NC.
1972: Pink Floyd played at the Sports Arena in Toledo, Ohio.
1972: John Lennon’s controversial single, ‘Woman Is the Nigger of the World’ was released in the U.S. The song peaked at #57, despite virtually every radio station in the country refusing to play it. Yoko Ono said the phrase during a magazine interview in 1967 and Lennon later explained that he was making a point that women deserved higher status in society.
1973: King Crimson appeared at the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1974: Grand Funk Railroad’s cover of Little Eva’s early ’60s pop hit ‘Locomotion’ hits #1. It is one of the few times a song tops the chart by two different performers.
1974: Pamela Courson the long-term companion of the late Jim Morrison died of a drugs overdose. It was Courson who found The Doors singer dead on July 3, 1971 in the bathtub of their apartment in Paris, France.
1975: Peter Ham, British singer, songwriter with Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage of his Surrey home, aged 27. Ham co-wrote ‘Without You’, with band mate Tom Evans (who also later committed suicide). The song won an Ivor Novello award for Song Of The Year in 1973, and was a hit for Harry Nilson and Mariah Carey. Ham was a founder member of The Iveys, who became Badfinger, were signed to the Beatles’ Apple label, their first hit ‘Come And Get It’ was written by Paul McCartney.
1975: Genesis play the first of two nights at City Hall in Nedwcastle, England on their ‘The Lamb Lies On Broadway’ Tour. 1975: Lynyrd Skynyrd with special guests Charlie Daniels Band & Golden Earring played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1976: ‘Wings At The Speed Of Sound’ went to #1 on the US album chart. It spent seven non-consecutive weeks on top of the chart and was Paul McCartney’s 5th #1 after The Beatles.
1976: Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together.
1976: Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ makes it into the U.S. Top 10 at #9. It was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: Led Zeppelin scored their 6th #1 album with ‘Presence.’
1976: David Bowie performed at Nya Masshallen in Helsinki, Finland.
1977: Talking Heads begin their first European tour, supporting The Ramones.
1977: Following in Johnny Cash’s footsteps, Santana and others perform a California’s Soledad Prison.
1977: Pink Floyd performed at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
1978: David Bowie appeared at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1978: Scorpions ‘Tokyo Tapes’ album was recorded at Nakano Sun Plaa (Yokyo’s Nakone Ward, Japan) on April 24 & 27 during their Japanese tour.
1979: Ray Charles’ ‘Georgia On My Mind’ was proclaimed the state song of Georgia. The music to the song was written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael who also recorded a version of the song in New York in the same year. Ray Charles, a native of Georgia, recorded it in 1960 on the album ‘The Genius Hits the Road.’
1980: ZZ Top performed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1981: Motley Crue played their very first gig at the Starwood in West Hollywood. It was two sets opening for Y&T. Mötley’s set list that night included a cover of the Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer.’ The band also played at the Starwood the following night.
1982: John Cougar’s ‘Hurts So Good’ is released. It’s his first Top 10 song and peaks at #2.
1982: The Motels ‘Only The Lonely’ b/w ‘Change My Mind’ 45 single is released. It reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #6 on the Mainstream Rock chart. From their album ‘All Four One,’ which reached #16 on the Billboard charts.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1983: Bryan Adams, Sammy Hagar, Aerosmith, and Journey performed at the Miami Baseball Stadium.
1984: The Scorpions with special guests Bon Jovi played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Forum.
1984: 48 year old Jerry Lee Lewis married wife number six, 22 year old Kerrie McCarver. They would split in 2002. 1985: Guns N’ Roses played their third show as a band at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. They were the second band on the bill, playing after Angeles and before Czar.
1987: Deep Purple played at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1987: Motorhead, Lizzy Borden and Savage Grace played The Hollywood Palladium.
1988: Megadeth, Warlock and Sanctuary played The Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ.
1989: Kingdom Come released their 2nd album, ‘In Your Face.’
1989: Black Sabbath released their 14th album, Headless Cross.’ It reached #115 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s, and was the band’s second album to feature singer Tony Martin and the first to feature drummer Cozy Powell. Laurence Cottle played bass on the recording on a session-basis but was never an official band member. Cottle did appear in the video for the title track, but was not featured in any promotional photos.
1989: Tom Petty released his debut solo album ‘Full Moon Fever,’ which would go on to be the biggest selling non-compilation album of his career, selling five million copies. It is officially his first solo release, though it features contributions from several members of his backing band, the Heartbreakers, along with fellow members of the Traveling Wilburys. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #8 on the UK Albums chart. There were five singles released from the album, two hitting the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 (‘I Won’t Back Down’ and ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream’) and three (‘I Won’t Back Down,’ ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream,’ ‘Free Fallin’) topping the Mainstream Rock chart. Jeff Lynne co-produced and George Harrison and Roy Orbison guest. The only non-Petty composition is a version of Gene Clark’s ‘Feel A Whole Lot Better,’ while ‘Zombie Zoo,’ a bewildered parent’s diatribe on the kids of today, comes perilously close to social commentary.
1990: The road crew for Roger Waters discovered an unexploded World War II bomb while constructing the set for ‘The Wall’ concert in Potsdamer Platz, Germany.
1990: World Party release their 2nd album, ‘Goodbye Jumbo.’ It reached #73 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. The single “Way Down Now” spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart.
1991: Jane’s Addiction performed at New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the first time for a sellout concert with 14,314 in attendance.
1992: David Bowie married Somali born model and actress Iman in Switzerland. Iman first got married at the age of eighteen to a young Somali man. Then, in 1977, she wed American basketball player Spencer Haywood.
1992: Wilson Pickett was arrested after hitting an 86-year-old man with his car. Pickett was charged with driving with open bottles of alcohol in his car.
1992: ‘Elvis — The Great Performances’ airs on CBS-TV.
1993: At Farm Aid 6, Willie Nelson, John Cougar Mellencamp and Neil Young were among 40 artists who played in front of 40,000 people at the concert in Ames, Iowa.
1994: The Smashing Pumpkins played Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
1995: Oasis released ‘Some Might Say’ which went on to give the band their first UK #1 single.
1996: After being forced to cancel shows, Stone Temple Pilots issue a statement saying that lead singer Scott Weiland has “become unable to rehearse or appear for these shows due to his dependency on drugs. He is currently under a doctor’s care in a medical facility.”
2001: L.A. Guns released their 9th studio album, ‘Man in the Moon.’
2003: Creed is sued by several fans after a series of concerts where they were to intoxicated to perform. 2003: Motorhead played the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA.
2004: System Of A Down headline the SOULS, 2004 concert in Los Angeles. The event benefits the Armenian National Committee of America, which seeks to raise awareness about Armenian genocide. System Of A Down also raise money for Amnesty International by auctioning off three pairs of tickets to their show.
2004: David Bowie invites fans to create a mash up; namely taking a track from his ‘Reality’ album and mixing it with a classic Bowie song. The record industry views this as a form of bootlegging but Bowie’s web site offers prizes for creativity.
2005: After 94 performances, the Broadway musical and Beach Boys tribute Good Vibrations closes.
2006: System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian and drummer John Dolmayan launch a three-day rally in Washington, D.C. to urge politicians to pass legislation recognizing the Armenian genocide of the early 1900s. The campaign kicks off with a demonstration outside of the Turkish Embassy. More than 1,000 people attend.
2007: David Bowie and Robert De Niro are photographed smiling together in New York at the opening party for the renowned actor’s Tribeca Film Featival. There had been speculation that De Niro was fuming over Bowie’s supposedly competing High Line Festival which is a couple weeks later.
2007: Sheryl Crow said a ban on using too much toilet paper should be introduced to help the environment. The singer suggested using “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required”. Crowe made the comments on her website after touring the US on a biodiesel-powered bus to raise awareness about climate change. Crow had also designed a clothing line with what she called a “dining sleeve”. The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another “dining sleeve” after the diner has used it to wipe his or her mouth.
2007: ‘One Man Revolution,’ the first album by the Nightwatchman, guitarist Tom Morello’s solo acoustic persona, is released. The disc is produced by Brendan O’Brien, a veteran of both Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave projects.
2007: US President George W. Bush is denied a luxury suite at the Imperial Hotel in Vienna when Mick Jagger, in town with The Rolling Stones on a tour, books it first.
2007: ‘The String Quartet Tribute To Chris Cornell’ is issued. The album features orchestral versions of songs written or co-written by the singer during his tenure with Soundgarden and Audioslave, as well as from his solo career.
2008: Filter hits the road for the first time in nearly six years to promote ‘Anthems For The Damned.’ The six-week tour starts in Austin.
2008: Jane’s Addiction reunite to rock the NME Awards.
2008: ‘Pork & Beans,’ the first single from Weezer’s self-titled sixth album, is available for digital download.
2009: The video for Green Day’s ‘Know Your Enemy,’ the first single from ’21st Century Breakdown,’ premieres on MTV, VH1 and all other worldwide MTV Networks platforms.
2009: Aerosmith settles a class-action lawsuit brought against them after they pulled out of a sold-out concert on Maui, Hawaii, in September 2007. As part of the deal, the group gives a free performance on Maui in 2009. The suit claimed that the cancellation cost ticket buyers up to $3 million in various expenses.
2009: Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne is presented with ASCAP’s Golden Note Award on during the performing-rights organization’s “I Create Music” Expo in L.A.
2009: Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Elton John are ranked third, sixth and eighth, respectively, on The Sunday Times of London’s list of wealthiest U.K. music celebrities. Sting and Keith Richards also appear in the tally’s Top 10.
2010: Rush’s documentary ‘Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage’ premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
2010: Al four original members of The Rascals reunite for only the second time since breaking up four decades earlier (first time since their 1997 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction). The group performs at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Grill in New York to raise money for the Kristen Ann Carr Fund after an invite by The E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt. Hopes of a more permanent reunion were quickly dashed by guitarist Gene Cornish, who said “I speak on behalf of the band when I say all the money offers in the world could not entice The Rascals to reunite.” They would get back together however, for a series of concerts beginning in 2012.
2011: ‘American Idiot,’ the Green Day musical inspired by the album of the same name, ends its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre after 13-months (421 performances). Following the final curtain, Green Day performs a ten-song set at the theater. Ticket sales dropped after Armstrong left the cast but he rejoined the musical, playing St. Jimmy, for the final performances.
2011: ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’ premiered at the ‪Tribeca Film Fest‬ival.
2012: Jack White’s debut solo album, ‘Blunderbuss’ is released.
2012: The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour begins in Tucson, AZ.
2012: Ozzy Osbourne became a grandfather when his son Jack’s fiancee, Lisa Stelly, gave birth to the couple’s first child.
2013: Steven Van Zandt introduces ‘Rock And Roll: An American Story,’ a multimedia-based curriculum for middle and high school students. The program also covers Rock’s roots and social impact.
2014: Stephen Pearcy announces he has quit Ratt. “I am officially done with having anything to do with them, due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks and threats in the public forum, and most of all, disrespect to the fans,” explains Pearcy.
2015: Two and a half years after a video of the Louisville Kids Band performing an all-percussion version of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train’ surfaced on YouTube, Ozzy donates $10,000 to the non-profit musical project. The video garnered over 800,000 views.
2015: Rufus Taylor, the son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor, plays his first show with The Darkness. It is in London. Taylor replaces Emily Dolan Davies, who left the previous month, after a short stint with the band.
2016: Iron Maiden give their first-ever concert in China. It’s at the Beijing LeSports Center during the group’s ‘The Book Of Souls’ world tour.
2019: South Austin, Texas based band Copper Chief played their first ever California gig at The Siren in Morro Bay, CA. Rusted Stone opened the show.

April 25
1949: An article by Deac Aylesworth in Look Magazine predicted that radio was doomed and that within three years, TV would overshadow radio completely.
1955: The UN’s commission on narcotics releases a report stating “definite connection between increased marijuana smoking and that form of entertainment known as bebop and rebop.”
1960: Eddie Cochran is laid to rest in Cypress, CA. He was killed in a London car accident a week earlier while on tour with Gene Vincent.
1960: Elvis Presley started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Stuck On You’, his first hit single after his two-year stint in the US Army. It became his first #1 single of the 1960’s and thirteenth overall.
1961: Elvis Presley makes his last stage appearance for nearly eight years, at Bloch Arena in Hawaii.
1965: During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to over 16,000 fans.
1966: The Who release their debut album, ‘The Who Sings My Generation.’ It was released in the UK in December 1965 with a slightly different title (‘My Generation’), a different cover and a slightly altered track listing. In 2003, the album was ranked number 236 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2006, it was ranked #49 in NME’s list of the 100 Greatest British Albums. In 2004, the title track was #11 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. In June 2009, the edited 1966 US version of the album ‘The Who Sings My Generation’ was selected for the National Recording Registry of the US Library of Congress. The album, deemed “culturally significant”, will be preserved and archived.
1967: Herman’s Hermits, The Who and The Blue Magoos playeds Kiel Opera House in St. Louis, MO.
1967: Just days after the completion of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ The Beatles embark upon their next project, recording the theme to ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ at Abbey Road studios in London.
1968: The Beatles turn down a chance to perform before the Queen at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show. They’d already performed before the queen.
1969: The Moody Blues released their 4th album, ‘On the Threshold of a Dream.’ It topped the UK Albums chart and reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1969: Jethro Tull’s ‘Living In The Past’ b/w ‘Driving Song’ 45 single is released in the UK. The song was originally recorded during sessions for Tull’s 1969 album ‘Stand Up,’ but not included on the album, and released in the same year as a stand-alone single. However, it became more popular after its 1972 release on Tull’s compilation album, also called ‘Living in the Past.’ After its release on the album, it became the band’s first Top 20 hit in the U.S., peaking at #11.
1970: The Who ‘The Seeker’ b/w ‘Here For More’ 45 single is released. 1971: Procol Harum & Emerson, Lake & Palmer played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA. 1972: Joe Cocker played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1973: Sweet received their first Gold single in the U.S. for ‘Little Willy’ which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1973: Alice Cooper plays the Municipal Auditorium in Mobile, AL.
1974: Steely Dan’s ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’ b/w ‘Any Major Dude Will Tell You’ 45 single is released. It’s the opening track of their 3rd album ‘Pretzel Logic.’ It was the most successful single of the group’s career, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1974. The song features Jim Gordon on drums, as does the bulk of the Pretzel Logic album. The guitar solo is by Jeff “Skunk” Baxter who would soon go on to join The Doobie Brothers.
1974: Pamela Courson the long-term companion of the late Jim Morrison died of a drugs overdose. It was Courson who found the Doors singer dead on July 3, 1971 in the bathtub of their apartment in Paris, France.
1974: The streaking fad hits its peak as Rolling Stone reports that Yes and Greg Allman concerts have been interrupted by naked people running around.
1975: The original New York Dolls break up after Jerry Nolan and Johnny Thunders leave the band in the middle of a tour in Florida. They carry on with replacements into 1976, but disband that year, returning again in 2004.
1975: The Alice Cooper horror/music special ‘Alice Cooper: The Nightmare’ (featuring Vincent Price) airs on ABC.
1975: The Doobie Brothers 5th studio album, ‘Stampede’ is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The first and most successful single released from this album was ‘Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While),’ a classic Motown tune written by the legendary songwriting trio of Holland-Dozier-Holland. With ex-Steely Dan guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter finally a full-time member of the band, the California quintet steps up everything from the arrangements to the songwriting. The group also invited several distinguished guests along for the ride: Vocalist Maria Muldaur, soul legend Curtis Mayfield, slide guitarist Ry Cooder, and jazz hand Victor Feldman among them. 1976: Procol Harum and Emeraon, Lake & Palmer played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1977: Elvis Presley made the last recordings of his life during a concert at the Saginaw, Michigan Civic Center. Three songs from the show appeared on the posthumously released Presley album, ‘Moody Blue.’
1978: Queen’s single ‘We Are the Champions’ was certified Platinum.
1979: The Police made their debut on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’ performing ‘Roxanne.’ The single which was taken from their album ‘Outlandos d’Amour,’ was written from the point-of-view of a man who falls in love with a prostitute.
1979: The movie ‘Rock and Roll High School’ starring the Ramones is released.
1979: The Doobie Brothers ‘Minute By Minute’ b/w ‘Sweet Feelin’ 45 single is released. ‘Minute by Minute’ is a song written by Michael McDonald and Lester Abrams originally released by the Doobie Brothers on their 1978 album ‘Minute by Minute.’ It was also released as a single in 1979 and reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, but lost out to The Doobie Brothers’ own ‘What a Fool Believes.’
1980: Black Sabbath release their 9th studio album, ‘Heaven and Hell.’ It’s the first Sabbath album to feature Ronnie James Dio as lead singer, replacing Ozzy Osbourne. The album reaches #28 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart goes on to reach platinum status in the U.S. In 2017, it was ranked 37th in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.” 1980: J. Geils Band & 3-D played the Palladium in New York City. 1980: Journey with special guests The Babys played the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke, FL.
1981: Wings disband when guitarist Denny Laine quits. 1981: Ozzy Osbourne played The Tower Theater in Upper Dalby, PA.
1983: Krokus released their 7th studio album, ‘Headhunter.’ The album reached #25 on the Billboard charts and featured a cover of the BTO song ‘Stayed Awake All Night.’
1984: The Scorpions with special guests Bon Jovi played the second of two nights at the Los Angeles Forum.
1984: Motley Crue played the Bakersfield Civic Auditorium in Bakersfield, CA.
1985: During their ‘The Works’ world tour, Queen played the first of four nights at Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.
1985: Exodus’ first studio album ‘Bonded by Blood’ is released. It was their only full-length studio album to feature Paul Baloff on vocals.
1987: Stryper and Hurricane played Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA.
1987: U2 reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with ‘The Joshua Tree,’ which began a nine week run on top of the chart & went on to sell ten million copies in the U.S.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Billy Idol’s ‘Sweet Sixteen’ at #94, Cinderella’s ‘Somebody Save Me’ at #91, Genesis’ ‘In Too Deep’ at #51, Bon Jovi’s ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ at #36, Poison’s ‘Talk Dirty To Me’ at #21, and Bryan Adams’ ‘Heat Of The Night’ at #18. ‬
1988: Bon Jovi’s manager Doc Mcgee was convicted on drug offences arising from the 1982 seizure of 40,000lb of marijuana smuggled into north Carolina from Colombia. McGee was sentenced to a five year suspended prison term and a $15,000 fine, and is ordered to set up an anti-drug foundation. He gives back to the community by organizing the Moscow Music Peace Festival, an all-star hard rock event dedicated to promoting world peace and helping curb illegal drug use in the Soviet Union. Ironically, several of the headliners at the time were heavy drug users, including Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row and Mötley Crüe.
1989: Bon Jovi and Skid Row played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, CA.
1989: The self-titled debut album from Blue Murder was released.
1990: At Sotheby’s auction house in London, Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Fender Stratocaster that he used during his appearance at Woodstock sold for $334,620 making it the most expensive guitar ever sold at the time.
1992: Soundgarden’s ‘Batmotorfinger’ enters the U.S. album chart at #39.
1993: Legendary album artist Stanley “Mouse” Miller, designer of Grateful Dead’s “skull and roses” logo, has his upcoming liver transplant financed by the band.
1994: Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a TV cameraman during the memorial services for actor River Phoenix the previous November.
1994: The Eagles played the first of two shows at Warner Studios in Burbank, CA where they recorded their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ album. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit first got back together the previous December for the making of a Travis Tritt video of their song, ‘Take It Easy.’ The name of the album was taken from an earlier quote by Glen Frey, who responded to the question “When will the Eagles get back together?” The concert is taped and shown on MTV later in the year.
1994: Smashing Pumpkins played Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
1996: A pair of skin-tight trousers owned by Queen singer Freddie Mercury was sold at a pop memorabilia sale in London.
1997: U2’s ‘Pop Mart’ world tour kicked off at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour featured the largest video screen in the world and would visit 80 cities around the planet.
1999: Paul Simon performs ‘Mrs. Robinson’ and receives loud cheers following the line “Where have you gone Joe Di Maggio?” during a ceremony honoring the Yankee Clipper at New York’s Yankee Stadium.
2000: Bush & Moby play Rimac Arena on the University of California San Diego campus.
2000: Limp Bizkit announce that their Back To Basics Tour will be sponsored by Napster.
2000: Venom release their 10th album, ‘Resurrection.’
2000: Papa Roach release ‘Infest.’ The album will go on to become the 20th highest-selling album of 2000 in the United States. The album also earns Papa Roach two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Music Video (for ‘Broken Home’).
2000: Eric Clapton is reunited with his former Derek and the Dominos keyboard player Bobby Whitlock for their first performance together in 29 years. The setting is the London-based BBC TV series Later With Jools Holland.
2001: Fear Factory released the album ‘Digimort.’ It was their last album to feature founding guitarist/songwriter Dino Cazares for eight years until his return to the band in 2009.
2003: The parents of the late Doors frontman Jim Morrison sue the remaining members for touring with a new singer as “The Doors 21st Century” using the band’s image and logo.
2004: Billy Joel lost control of his car on a rain-slicked road in Bayville, New York and crashed into a house. No one in the building was injured and the piano man walked away unscathed except for cutting his hand. It was Joel’s third car accident in two years.
2005: Bruce Springsteen played the opening show on his Devils & Dust Tour North American Tour at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
2006: Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland and Duff McKagan are guest hosts on ‘Nashville Star.’ They participate in the jam session that is a regular feature of the show.
2006: The Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Dani California’ tops Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, while still at #1 on the Modern Rock charts.
2006: Jon Bon Jovi’s duet with Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home,’ hits the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country chart. Bon Jovi is the first Rock act to ever top the Country chart.
2006: A New York bankruptcy court rules that Creative Trains, a company owned by Neil Young, may proceed in establishing a joint business entity with the cash-strapped model-train maker Lionel. The new venture, known as Liontech Trains, develops an upgraded control system for Lionel. The latter corporation’s creditors had opposed the partnership because Young also owns a stake in Lionel, but a judge decrees that the venture can move forward.
2006: Godsmack’s ‘IV’ album is released.
2006: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions’ is released.
2007: Aides to George Bush were told they couldn’t book a luxury five star hotel suite because Mick Jagger had already booked it during The Rolling Stones current world tour. Jagger had splashed out £3,600 a night for the suite at the five-star Imperial Hotel in Vienna, Austria, in advance of the band appearing in Vienna. President Bush had sent U.S. secret service agents to vet the hotel before finding it was booked.
2007: Nine Inch Nails 6th studio album, ‘Year Zero’ hits #2 on the Billboard 200 chart just one week after its release. It sells 187,000 copies.
2007: U2’s Bono appears on FOX’s ‘American Idol’ during the second night of the program’s two-part Idol Gives Back charity special. The U2 singer meets with the finalists to discuss the mission of the ONE campaign, which he co-founded to combat poverty in the world’s underprivileged nations.
2008: Phil Collins announces his retirement from releasing albums and touring. A few years later, he would retire from the business completely to spend time with his family.
2008: Def Leppard released their 10th studio album, ‘Songs from the Sparkle Lounge.’ It peaks at #5 on the Bilboard charts.
2010: The London Sunday Times’ annual list of the Top 20 richest British music millionaires includes Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton. McCartney leads all other musicians with a net worth of over $700 million. By contrast, fellow ex-Beatle Starr has a ‘modest’ $215 million.
2012: Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) appear on ‘American Idol’ to perform with the top six Idol finalists.
2012: Marilyn Manson released his 8th studio album, ‘Born Villian.’
2015: Anthrax launch a U.S. tour with Volbeat but they do it without drummer Charlie Benante due to ongoing problems with his hand. He is replaced by Jon Dette, who covered for Benante in 2013 while he underwent surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.
2015: Motorhead cancel appearances at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil due to frontman Lemmy Kilmister’s illness. He is sent to the hospital for “a serious gastric disorder, followed by dehydration.”
2015: Eagles’ drummer Don Henley lashed out on his Facebook page against fans using cell phones to capture images and video at the band’s concerts. “The madness, the rudeness, the thoughtlessness must stop. Constantly looking at the world through a viewfinder is not seeing. Listening to live music while recording on a smartphone is not hearing. Experiencing life second-hand is not living. Be here now.” At Eagles’ shows on their most recent tour, ushers were instructed to reprimand those who ignored the ban and remove repeat offenders.
2015: Bill Ward released his 3rd solo album, ‘Accountable Beasts.’ It was released as a digital download
2016: R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe authors an op-ed in USA Today asking Georgia governor Nathan Deal to veto a bill that would allow students to carry guns on college campuses. “If the governor signs the bill on his desk, he’ll be going against the 78% of Georgians who say they oppose guns on campus, as well as a host of college administrators and prominent student and faculty organizations that have spoken out against the bill,” writes the Georgia native.
2017: The Rolling Stones take home Album of the Year (for ‘Blue & Lonesome’) and Blues Artists of the Year at the annual U.K. Jazz FM Awards in London. 2017: An Evening with David Crosby & Friends played Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA.

April 26
1960: Production begins on Elvis Presley’s first post-Army movie, ‘G.I. Blues’ in Los Angeles.
1962: Four days after his three year old son drowned in the family swimming pool, Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in London to begin a tour of England. It has been four years since Lewis fled the UK because of the disclosure that he was married to his thirteen year old cousin, Myra Gale Brown. Lewis would perform thirty-two times and gross nearly $50,000.
1963: Frankie Avalon inks a deal to appear in the Hollywood movie, ‘Beach Party,’ where he and Annette Funicello would sing, battle a motorcycle gang led by Eric Von Zipper and dance to Dick Dale And The Del Tones.
1964: The Beatles attended a London birthday party for Roy Orbison, who had turned 28 a few days earlier.
1964: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five headlined the NME poll winner’s concert at Wembley Empire Pool in London.
1965: Bob Dylan arrives in England for a tour promoting his new album, ‘Bringing It All Back Home.’ D.A. Pennebaker films his performances and acerbic exchanges with the press for the documentary ‘Don’t Look Back.’
1965: The Rolling Stones’ concert in Ontario, Canada came to an early end when the police chief unplugged their microphones and amps.
1965: The Who perform at Town Hall in Bridgwater, Summerset, England. They are paid £200 ($320).
1966: The Who performed at the Lynx Club in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England.
1966: At Abbey Road, The Beatles recorded 32 takes of ‘Octopus’s Garden.’
1967: Mama Cass Elliot gives birth to a daughter she names Owen Vanessa. She never told anyone who the father is.
1968: The Beatles recorded ‘Octopus’s Garden.’ The song was one of only two songs written by Ringo Starr that The Beatles recorded.
1969: King Crimson appeared at the Technical College in Ewell, Surrey, England.
1969: Jimi Hendrix played at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1969: The Original Cast of ‘Hair’ started a 13-week run at number one on the album chart.
1969: The Doobie Brothers played at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California.
1969: ‘Get Back,’ credited to the Beatles with Billy Preston, goes to #1 on the UK singles chart.
1969: During the bands second North American tour Led Zeppelin played the second of two nights at The Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. It was during this show that ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was played live for the first time.
1969: The Bob Seger System’s ‘Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man’ album is released. It reached #62 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The title track reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a staple of Seger’s live act for years.
1969: The fortunes of Canada’s Guess Who were about to change as their latest single ‘These Eyes’ entered the Billboard Top 40. It would climb to #6 and was followed by twelve more hits over the next five years. Lead singer Burton Cummings would later recall; “We fought RCA tooth and nail not to release that as a single because we wanted to be a Rock band.”
1970: Jimmy Page’s solo appearance on the BBC’s ‘Julie Felix Show’ revealed an interesting change of direction for Led Zeppelin. While the band was pegged as a purveyor of blues bombast, his performance of the acoustic ‘White Summer/Black Mountain Side,’ influenced by folk guitarist Bert Jansch, was a good indication of the gentler direction of ‘Led Zeppelin III.’
1971: John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison officially end their plans to appeal Paul McCartney’s efforts to legally disolve The Beatles.
1972: Alice Cooper ‘School’s Out’ b/w ‘Gutter Cat’ 45 single is released. It became Alice Cooper’s first major hit single, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and propelling the album to #2 on the Billboard 200 pop albums chart. In Canada, the single went to #3 on the RPM Top Singles Chart following the album reaching #1. In Britain, the song went to #1 on the UK singles chart for three weeks in August 1972. It also marked the first time that Alice Cooper became regarded as more than just a theatrical novelty act. The single version of the song is a slightly sped-up mix of the album version with one major difference – the “turn-off” effect used upon the school bell and sound effects at the end of the album version is not used on the single version, allowing the school bell and effects to simply fade out. In 2004, ‘School’s Out’ was ranked #319 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2009 it was named the 35th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
1972: America’s ‘I Need You’ b/w ‘Riverside’ 45 single is released. The song was a top 10 hit and spent 10 weeks in Billboard Hot 100 wherein it peaked at #9. It was the band’s second top 10 single, following the success of their previous hit ‘A Horse With No Name.’ It was also charted in Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart at #7, and both Cash Box Singles Chart and Record World Singles Chart at #8.
1972: Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at Ford Auditorium in Detroit, Michigan in support of ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’
1973: Elton John launches his Rocket Records.
1973: Alice Cooper played the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, LA.
1974: Queen appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Boston.
1975: Pink Floyd perform at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Tickets range from $5.50 to $8.50.
1976: David Bowie performed at Kungliga Tennishallen in Stockholm, Sweden.
1976: Bruce Springsteen played The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA.
1976: ‘Wings At The Speed Of Sound’ went to #1 on the US album chart. Paul McCartney’s 5th #1 album after The Beatles became his most successful American chart album, spending seven unconsecutive weeks at #1. The album featured the hits ‘Let ‘Em In’ and ‘Silly Love Songs’.’
1977: Grateful Dead performed at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
1977: Studio 54 opens in New York City, owned by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager. Within a month of opening, the New York State Liquor Authority raids the club for selling liquor without a license, and closes it temporarily.
1977: Jim Steinman’s play ‘Neverland’ opens at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Five months later, three of the songs he wrote for the production appear on Meat Loaf’s seminal album ‘Bat Out Of Hell,’ which would become one of the 10 best-selling albums of all time.
1978: ‘The Last Waltz,’ director Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed documentary of The Band’s star-studded last concert, opens in theaters. The film features performances by Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mtchell, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The Staple Singers and Dr. John.
1978: Ringo Starr’s TV special, ‘Ringo,’ a musical version of ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ aired on American television. Ringo played both characters, George Harrison provided the narration. The special finishes 53rd out of 65 shows for thst week.
1979: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1980: Blondie were at #1 on the singles chart with ‘Call Me,’ featured in the Richard Gere movie ‘American Gigolo.’
1980: X release their debut album, ‘Los Angeles.’ In 1989, it was ranked #24 on Rolling Stone’s list The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s. In 2003, the album was ranked #286 on the magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The title track is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
1980: Humble Pie performed at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1980: The Who play at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
1980: Van Halen played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan. 1980: J. Geils Band, The Romantics & 3-D played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1982: Out on a day’s shopping, Rod Stewart was robbed by a gunman of his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
1982: Meat Loaf played the first of four sold out nights at Wembley Arena in London.
1982: Iron Maiden’s ‘The Number of the Beast’ single is released. It reached #18 on the UK Official Charts.
1982: While on his way to rehearse with The Clash in London, singer Joe Strummer had a change of heart and boarded a train to France, which caused The Clash to cancel a tour. Strummer re-appeared three weeks later claiming he was suffering from exhaustion. Strummer returns and The Clash are performing live again by the end of the month.
1982: Rod Stewart was robbed of his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Stewart had recently released a remake of the 1975 hit by the band Ace, ‘How Long,’ which failed to crack the US Top 40.
1982: Paul McCartney’s album ‘Tug of War’ is released. It topped the Billboard 200 top albums chart for three weeks, and reached #11 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart. It was nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy in 1983. ‘Tug of War’ is the follow-up to the 1980 album ‘McCartney II,’ and his first official solo album after the dissolution of Wings in April 1981. The recording sessions for the album reunited McCartney with producer George Martin. ‘Tug of War’ was also McCartney’s first album after the death of his former Beatles band mate John Lennon. 1983: Hall & Oates played the first of four consecutive nights at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA.
1984: Mike McCartney unveiled the £40,000 statue of The Beatles by John Doubleday at the new £8 million Cavern Walks shopping centre in Liverpool, England. John’s first wife, Cynthia, was also in attendance.
1985: Hooters 2nd studio album, ‘Nervous Night’ is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, bolstered by three Top 40 hits – ‘And We Danced’ (#21), ‘Day by Day’ (#18), and ‘Where Do the Children Go’ (#38). Rolling Stone named The Hooters the Best New Band of the Year for 1986.
1986: Van Halen started a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘5150’, their first album with Sammy Hagar. 1986: Heart with special guests Honeymoon Suite played the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke, FL.
1986: Judas Priest peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Turbo,’ which went on to sell one million copies in the U.S.
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Loverboy’s ‘Lead A Double Life’ at #96 (debut), Honeymoon Suite’s ‘Feel It Again’ at #38, John Cougar Mellencamp’s ‘R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.’ at #27, Van Halen’s ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’ at #5, with ‘KISS’ by Prince & The Revolution‬ at #1. 1987: Motorhead, Heretic, Tactics & Tyranny played Chuck Landis’ Country Club in Reseda, CA.
1988: Mick Jagger appeared in White Plains, New York, Federal Court in the copyright infringement case brought by reggae singer Patrick Alley, who claimed the Mick Jagger solo track ‘Just Another Night’ was a plagiarism of his own song of the same name. Alley was claiming $7 million in profits from the track. During the case Sly Dunbar played drums to the court to show how the beats were different in each song and Mick sang and played demos of his song to show the court the development of the track. At the end of the week-long trial, Jagger won the case.
1990: Nirvana appeared at the Pyramid Club in New York City. The bands label Sub Pop filmed the show and the performance of ‘In Bloom’ was later used as a promo clip.
1994: Grace Slick pleaded guilty to pointing a shotgun at police in her California home. She claimed she was under stress because her home had burned down the previous year. She was later sentenced to 200 hours of community service and told to attend four Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week for three months.
1995: Courtney Love reportedly turned down an offer of $1 million from Playboy to pose nude for the magazine.
1995: Tony McCaroll, Oasis’ original drummer, is fired from the group following an altercation with Noel and Liam Gallagher nearly a week earlier.
1997: ABC’s telecast of ‘U2: A Year in POP’ becomes the lowest-rated prime-time program in the history of major network television.
1998: U2 made a guest appearance on the 200th episode of ‘The Simpsons.’ According to writers, U2 contacted them about making an appearance and the writers immediately wrote them into the episode.
2003: The Morgan Creek Bridge in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is renamed the James Taylor Bridge in honor of the singer, who mentioned it in his song ‘Copperline.’
2003: David Lee Roth apprehended and detained a knife-wielding man he discovered trespassing on his Southern California estate. The former Van Halen frontman kept the felon at bay with a shotgun. Says Roth: “Anyone found bearing arms here at night…will be found here in the morning.” It later turns out the man is his neighbor, and is booked on possession of the knife and methamphetamines.
2005: A public memorial service is held in Minneapolis for American Head Charge guitarist Bryan Ottoson who died suddenly the previous week while on tour with Mudvayne.
2005: Bruce Springsteen’s 13th studio album ‘Devils & Dust’ is released. The album debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200 album chart. Springsteen received five Grammy Award nominations for this work, three for the song ‘Devils & Dust,’ Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, and two for the album as a whole, Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Long Form Music Video. His sole award came for Best Solo Rock Vocal, an award he garnered in previous years for ‘Code of Silence’ and ‘The Rising.’
2005: Hater, with ex-Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd, release ‘The 2nd.’ As the title idicates, this is the group’s sophomore effort and features former bandmate/current Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron.
2006: Eric Clapton is named the ambassador for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Arts and Music Education Initiative. He’s featured in a public-service announcement promoting a campaign to help fund arts and music programs for young people.
2007: During opening statements in Phil Spector’s murder trial, defense attorney Bruce Cutler told the jury that before police even had a cause of death, they had murder on their mind. “Fame and success come back to haunt you.” After months of testimony, jurors would announce a deadlock of ten for guilty and two for not guilty. The judge then declared a mistrial and a new trial was slated to begin in August, 2008. Spector was convicted on April 14th, 2009.
2009: Alice Cooper, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau perform at the second annual Rock & Roll Supergroup Benefit Concert in Boston. The show raises money for the Right Turn addiction-recovery organization, which provides support and rehabilitation to artistic people dealing with alcoholism, drug addiction and mental-health problems.
2010: Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie launch a limited North American tour starting in Winnipeg. “The dream or the nightmare comes true!,” Zombie writes on his website of what’s biled as ‘The Gruesome Twosome Tour.’ .
2010: Linkin Park offer an iPod, iPhone and iPad app where users play through multiple levels to eventually unlock a lost track, ‘Blackbirds,’ that was written specifically for the Linkin Park: 8-Bit Rebellion game. “They were able to turn my sketches and our creative ideas into a living, breathing world,” says frontman Mike Shinoda in a statement.
2012: Paul McCartney appears in a special live episode of NBC’s ’30 Rock.’ After wandering on to the set looking for a bathroom, McCartney returns claiming to have hit his head and lost his memory. At that point, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) claims to be Paul’s girlfriend and leads him away.
2013: Three Days Grace score their tenth #1 single on Billboard’s Active Rock chart. ‘The High Road,’ from their 2012 album ‘Transit To Venus,’ gives Three Days Grace the record for the most #1’s on the chart. They had been tied with Linkin Park and Shinedown.
2014: Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble are on the list of inaugural inductees into the Austin City Limits Hall Of Fame.
2016: Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck’s air-sea-land performance, the first of its kind in the world, is the subject of a short Jagermeister documentary video. Tuck performed continuously during a skydive, a speedboat ride and a sled drive for the German herbal liqueur maker’s publicity stunt.
2016: In the first week after the death of Pop star Prince, fans bought 654,000 copies of his albums and downloaded 2.82 million of his songs. ‘The Very Best of Prince,’ ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘The Hits / The B-Sides’ re-entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at 1, 2 and 6, respectively.
2016: The National Film And Sound Archive of Australia published previously unseen footage of The Beatles getting ready for a television performance in Manchester on November 1st, 1965. The 49 second silent video was donated by Melinda Doring, daughter of make-up artist Dawn Swane, who shot the original film while helping to prepare the band for their show.
2019: John Mellencamp played the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA.

April 27
1956: Capitol Records signs Gene Vincent, intending to market him as the next Elvis.
1957: Elvis Presley makes his first concert appearance outside the U.S. It’s in Toronto.
1963: The Beatles performed at The Memorial Hall, Northwich, Cheshire, England. The Beatles made a total of six concert appearances at this venue in Northwich.
1964: The Beatles ‘Love Me Do’ b/w ‘P.S. I Love You’ 45 single is released. When the single was originally released in the United Kingdom, it peaked at #17; in 1982 it was re-issued and reached #4. In the United States the single was a #1 hit in 1964.
1964: John Lennon’s book ‘In His Own Write’ was published in the United States. Newsweek declared that The Beatles’ singer-guitarist is “an unlikely heir to the English tradition of literary nonsense.”
1966: The Beatles started recording the new John Lennon song ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ at Abbey Road studios in London. Recording began at 11:30 PM. The band recorded 13 takes, concluding on May 6th. The song features the then-unique sound of a reversed guitar duet played by George Harrison, partly because the tape was played backwards accidentally. Paul McCartney wanted to see if the band could recreate the sound. George recorded two guitar parts specifically for that purpose. It was released on the album ‘Yesterday And Today.’
1966: The Kinks ‘Dedicated Follower Of Fashion’ b/w ‘Sittin’ On My Sofa’ 45 single is released. It reached the top of the charts in The Netherlands and New Zealand. In the U.S., however, it barely managed to crack the Top Forty, peaking at #36. The lyrics won Ray Davies an Ivor Novello Award for songwriting in 1966.
1967: Traffic enters U.S. charts with debut album ‘Mr. Fantasy.’
1968: Simon & Garfunkel release ‘Mrs. Robinson’ from ‘The Graduate’ soundtrack.
1968: Sly & The Family Stone’s 2nd studio album, ‘Dance to the Music’ is released. It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart (#142) and Top R&B LP’s (#11) chart.It contains the Top Ten hit single of the same name, which was influential in the formation and popularization of the musical subgenre of psychedelic soul and helped lay the groundwork for the development of funk music.
1969: The Who performed at the Kinema Ballroom in Dunfermline, England.
1969: A court found John Lennon’s erotic lithographs “unlikely to deprave or corrupt,” and his exhibition in London was re-opened.
1969: Pink Floyd performed at Mothers Club in Erdington, Birmingham, England. Recordings from this show were included in the group’s 1969 album ‘Ummagumma.’ Radio 1 DJ John Peel served as the emcee, He wrote in his weekly column for Disc & Music Echo, “At one moment they are laying surfaces of sound one upon another in symphonic thunder; at another isolated, incredibly melancholy sounds which cross another sounding like dying galaxies lost in sheer corridors of time and space.”
1969: Joe Cocker made his debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, singing ‘Feelin’ Alright.’
1970: David Bowie and The Hype, Barclay James Harvest, High Tide and The Purple Gang all performed at Stockport Grammar School, England.
1971: Alice Cooper’s ‘Caught In A Dream’ b/w ‘Hallowed Be My Name’ 45 single is released. From the album, ‘Love It to Death.’ It reached #94 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1971: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City. The Beach Boys also appeared on stage with the Dead, who together performed a short set of Beach Boys songs.
1972: New York mayor John Lindsey stepped into the John Lennon immigration furor and asked that the radical Beatle not be deported.
1972: Pink Floyd appeared at Ford Auditorium in Detroit, Michigan.
1973: King Crimson played at Irvine Auditorium in Philadelphia.
1974: A free afternoon event was held in the parking lot of the University of Connecticut, Ice Hockey Arena in Storrs. The four acts that appeared were Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Fairport Convention and Fat Back. Springsteen then went on to play another gig that evening at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
1974: The Cherry Blossom Music Festival in Richmond, Virginia, turns into a riot when police start busting fans for drugs. Over 70 people are arrested. Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs are on the bill.
1974: Genesis appeared at the Century Theatre in Buffalo, New York.
1974: KISS’ debut album peaks at #87 on Billboard’s 200 album chart.
1975: Pink Floyd played the last of a four night run at Los Angeles’ Sports Arena. A total of 511 fans were arrested over the four nights, most for possession of marijuana. L.A. Police Chief Ed Davis says “They have a dope festival. It”s called a Rock concert or something.”
1975: Genesis play the first of two nights at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, England on their ‘The Lamb Lies On Broadway’ Tour.
1976: Customs officers on a train at the Russian/Polish Border detained David Bowie, after Nazi books and mementoes were found in his luggage. Bowie claimed that the material was being used for research on a movie project about Nazi propaganda leader Joseph Paul Goebbels.
1977: Eric Clapton performed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1978: David Bowie appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1979: Roxy Music played at the Festival Hall in Osaka, Japan.
1979: Ozzy Osbourne is fired from Black Sabbath and replaced by Ronnie James Dio. Osbourne first reunites with the band at Live Aid in 1985 and then many times after.
1980: Rush performed at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1980: Three years and a day after opening its doors, New York’s legendary Studio 54 was closed for liquor license violations. Several months earlier, owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager were jailed for tax evasion. The club would reopened under new management in 1981.
1981: Ringo Starr married actress and one time ‘Bond girl’ Barbara Bach. The pair met while filming the movie, ‘Caveman,’ with Dennis Quaid and Shelley Long. In attendance at the wedding were George Harrison and Paul McCartney.
1981: Wings announced that they were splitting up due to Denny Laine leaving the band. Laurence Juber and Steve Holley already left in February.
1984: Twisted Sister‬ released their 7th single ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It.’ The song reached #21 on the Bllboard singles chart.
1984: Motley Crue and Saxon played the UCSB Special Events Center on the UC Santa Barbara campus in Santa Barbara, CA. 1984: Malice, Mondo Cane & Madam X played Chuck Landis’ Country Club in Reseda, CA.
1985: USA For Africa started a three-week run at #1 on the US chart with ‘We Are The World’. The US artists’ answer to Band Aid had an all-star cast including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes and Ray Charles, along with the composer’s of the track, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes the Eurythmics’ ‘Would I Lie To You?’ at #62 (debut), The Firm’s ‘Radioactive’at #46, Bryan Adams’ ‘Somebody’ at #37 & ‘Heaven’ at #35, Murray Head’s ‘One Night In Bangkok’at #6, and Simple Minds’ ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ at #5.
1986: Robert Palmer’s ‘Addicted To Love’ is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit. 1986: Great White played Joshua’s Parlor in Long Beach, CA.
1987: U2 makes the cover of Time magazine with the headline “Rock’s Hottest Ticket.”
1987: Slade released their 14th studio album, ‘You Boyz Make Big Noize.’
1987: ‎Ace Frehley‬ released his 2nd solo album ‘Frehley’s Comet.’ It was the first album that Frehley released after leaving Kiss in 1982.
1990: The American leg of David Bowie’s ‘Sound and Vision’ world tour starts. Bowie says this tour will be the last time he will perform his old hits like ‘Golden Years’ and ‘Fame.’ 1990: Butthouse Surfers played The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY.
1993: Vince Neil releases his debut solo album, ‘Exposed.’ The album reached #13 on the Billboard charts.
1994: John Mellencamp and Elaine Irwin had their first child together when their son Hud was born. This was Mellencamp’s 4th child.
1994: The Fillmore re-opened in San Francisco. Acts that played there were Smashing Pumpkins and American Music Club.
1996: Oasis played the first of two nights at Manchester’s Maine Road football ground as a ‘thank you’ to their fans, the 80,000 tickets sold out in hours.
1997: Bill Ward released his 2nd solo album, ‘When the Bough Breaks.’
1999: R.E.M. makes its television series debut on Fox’s ‘Party of Five.’
1999: The Lollapalooza festival tour is cancelled for the second consecutive year.
2003: Former Talking Heads singer and guitarist David Byrne made a guest appearance on ‘The Simpsons’ who helps Homer Simpsons produce & record a song.
2003: Iggy Pop reunited with The Stooges for the first time in 30 years on the closing night of California’s Coachella Festival. Other performers included The White Stripes, The Hives, Primal Scream, Blur, Hot Hot Heat, The Libertines and Queens of the Stone Age.
2004: The Recording Industry Association of America filed 477 more lawsuits against accused file sharers. Sixty-nine of the accused had allegedly been using university networks to distribute music through peer-to-peer services.
2004: Joan Jett released her 10th studio album, ‘Naked.’ It was only released in Japan.
2005: U2 films the video for ‘City Of Blinding Lights’ at General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada. More than 3,500 people are recruited to be the audience as the group runs through the song seven times to get all the angles. U2 then plays a few other songs from ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.’
2005: Motley Crue’s performance in Grand Rapids, MI, is filmed for a TV special and DVD.
2005: The Foo Fighters begin work on the ‘Best Of You’ video with director Mark Pellington. The song is the first single from the group’s ‘In Your Honor’ album.
2006: Keith Richards is taken to hospital with a head injury after falling out of a palm tree on vacation in Fiji. He suffered a brain hemorrhage and later undergoes cranial surgery in New Zealand which caused The Rolling Stones to postpone their European tour.
2006: Slash and his second wife, Perla, file for divorce in Los Angeles. Married in ‘2001, they have two sons. Perla worked as Velvet Revolver’s manager.
2006: Members of Cheap Trick and the Allman Brothers Band initiate a class-action suit against Sony BMG claiming that the music company hasn’t paid them what’s due from digital-download sales. The action also includes ring tone sales. Cheap Trick and the Allmans ask for more than $25 million in damages.
2007: John Mellencamp entertains wounded military personnel at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The performance is televised live on HDNet. “You can support the troops and not support the war,” says Mellencamp, a vocal critic of the Iraq invasion.
2008: A giant inflatable pig, covered with political slogans, that was part of Roger Waters stage set during his performance at the Coachella Festival in Indio, CA, breaks free from its mooring. Festival organizers offer $10,000 cash and four lifetime passes to Coachella to whoever tracks it down. The pig crash-lands a few miles away and is found two days later. The two couples split the reward.
2008: Prince makes the crowd go crazy by covering Radiohead during an epic headlining set after being a last-minute addition to the Coachella Festival.
2009: Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was the victim of a robbery outside Southern Tracks Recording studios in Atlanta, where the band were recording. Ament and a band employee had arrived at the rear of the studio when three assailants brandishing knives emerged from the woods wearing black masks and smashed the windows of a rented Jeep. The robbers grabbed a BlackBerry and Ament’s passport and stole $3,000 in cash and $4,320 worth of goods.
2009: The RIAA agreed to accept $7,000 to settle a piracy lawsuit it brought against a suburban New York family. The settlement ended a four-year battle between record companies and a 46 year old mother of five, who was accused of illegally downloading and distributing music.
2009: Aerosmith were to hold a free concert in Hawaii to placate angry fans who brought a legal case against them. Fans filed a class action case, which claimed the band had cancelled a sold-out show in Maui two years ago, leaving hundreds of fans out of pocket in favor of a bigger gig in Chicago. Lawyers for the would-be concert-goers said Aerosmith had now agreed to put on a new show, and would pay all expenses. Everyone who bought a ticket to the original concert would receive a free ticket.
2011: Rod Stewart was honored at the 28th annual ASCAP Pop Awards in Los Angeles.
2012: Bob Dylan receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, which is the highest honor awarded to a United States civilian citizen. Dylan is only the 29th musician to receive the award.
2012: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil appears in the season finale of Ghost Adventures, the paranormal series airing on The Travel Channel. Vince joins the show’s team of paranormal investigators.
2012: Neal Schon, Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani perform at the Ronnie Montrose tribute, A Concert for ‘Ronnie Montrose – a Celebration of His Life in Music,’ at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom. Hagar was an original member of Montrose.
2013: Slash appears in a PSA style video calling attention to the crisis facing sharks.
2013: A blue plaque was unveiled at Swansea railway station in Wales, honoring Peter Ham who co-wrote ‘Without You’, a hit for both Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey. Ham who was a member of Badfinger were signed to The Beatles Apple Records label. Ham took his own life in 1975 at the age of 27.
2014: KISS frontman Paul Stanley’s autobiography ‘Face The Music: A Life Exposed’ debuts at #2 on The New York Times print hardcover non-fiction Best Sellers list.
2015: Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, is named a Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development for TNA Wrestling. A huge wrestling fan, part of his job is to “develop characters and create story lines” for TNA’s flagship program Impact Wrestling.
2015: Guns N’ Roses leader Axl Rose is unsuccessful in a last-minute appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to halt the executions of two Australians on decade-old drug charges. The pair and six others are executed by a firing squad two days later.
2017: Guitarist Craig Chaquico filed a lawsuit to prevent some of his former bandmates from using the name Jefferson Starship. Chaquico said the band’s members agreed to retire the name after founding member Paul Kantner left the group in 1985. Chaquico allowed Kantner to use the Jefferson Starship name for several years, but that right ended when Kantner died in 2016, the lawsuit said.

April 28
1958: Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show played 2 shows at the Central High School Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The tour featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, Buddy Holly, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins and The Pastels.
1963: Andrew Oldham saw The Rolling Stones for the first time in London’s Crawdaddy Club. He agreed to manage the band the next day. Oldham, who worked for Brian Epstein (The Beatles’ manager), later produces the Stones’ first recording session even though he has no prior experience.
1964: Elvis Presley released his recording of ‘Viva Las Vegas’ from the movie of the same name.
1964: The Beatles recorded the TV special ‘Around The Beatles’ at Wembley studios England. As well as performing songs they played Act V Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ with John playing the female role of Thisbe, Paul as Pyramus, George as Moonshine and Ringo as Lion. Paul later named his cat Thisbe.
1966: The Kinks perform at the Mecca Ballroom in Nottingham, England.
1966: The Young Rascals’s ‘Good Lovin’ hits #1 on Billboard’s Pop Charts. This is the first of three #1 songs for group, which later records as just The Rascals.
1966: The Who perform at The Witchdoctor at the Savoy Room in Catford, England.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at the Tabernacle Club in Hillgate, Stockport, England.
1967: The Grateful Dead, The Doors, UFO and Captain Speed play the Stockton Ballroom in Stockton, CA.
1967: Johnny Cash appeared at the Burlington Auditorium in Burlington, IA.
1967: Mama Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas gives birth to her only child, Owen Vanessa Elliot. She keeps the identity of the girl’s father a mystery during her lifetime. In later years, Owen tracks down her biological father with the help of Cass Elliot’s bandmate, Michelle Phillips.
1968: The Broadway musical ‘Hair’ opened at the Baltimore Theatre in New York City. The show featured the songs ‘Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In’, ‘Good Morning Starshine’ and the title song. The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1, 1972. The show is made into a movie in 1979. The show returns to Broadway in 2009.
1968: The Mothers of Invention played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, MI.
1968: Cream performed at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, MO.
1969: Yes appeared at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: The Chicago Transit Authority released their self-titled first album. After a legal problem with the actual train system in Chicago by the same name, they shortened their name to simply “Chicago.” It reached #17 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #9 on the UK Albums chart. While critical reaction was also strong, the album initially failed to produce any hit singles, with the group seen as an album-oriented collective. In 1970 and 1971, ‘Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?’ (#7), ‘Beginnings’ (#7) and ‘Questions 67 and 68’ (#71/#24 re-release) would all prove to be belated hits. Buoyed by the success of their later albums, the album stayed on the charts for a then-record 171 weeks, and was certified gold (and later platinum and double platinum).
1970: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the State University of New York in Stony Brook.
1971: Hawkwind appeared St. Michels Mount in Penzance, England.
1972: Wishbone Ash’s 3rd album, ‘Argus’ is released. It reached #167 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #2 on the UK Albums chart.
1972: The first single from David Bowie’s ‘The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust’ is released, ‘Starman’ b/w ‘Suffragette City.’ The song was a late addition to the album ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ included at the insistence of RCA’s Dennis Katz, who heard a demo and loved the track, believing it would make a great single. The lyrics describe Ziggy Stardust bringing a message of hope to Earth’s youth through the radio, salvation by an alien ‘Starman.’
1972: Pink Floyd played at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.
1973: King Crimson performed at the Academy of Music in New York City.
1973: Pink Floyd’s album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ went to #1 on the US chart, it went on to enjoy a record breaking 741 weeks, selling over 20 million copies world-wide.
1973: Deep Purple’s ‘Made In Japan’ peaks at #6 on Billboard’s 200 album chart. It spends 52 weeks on the chart.‬
1973: The Faces scored their first #1 album with ‘Ooh La La.’
1974: Queen appeared at Exposition Hall in Portland, Maine.
1975: John Lennon is the guest on tonight’s episode of NBC-TV’s Tonight Show, while Ringo Starr appears on NBC’s Smothers Brothers Show to sing his latest hit, ‘No No Song.’
1976: The Rolling Stones played at Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany.
1977: Eric Clapton appeared at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1978: Mike Oldfield played the first of two nights at London’s Wembley Arena.
1978: AC/DC release ‘Powerage.’
1978: AC/DC played The Capitol Theatre in Aberdeen, Scotland.
1978: Cheap Trick played a couple of shows in Japan (Apr. 28 & 30) at the Budokan arena. The shows were recorded for a live album to be released in Japan. The US division of their label wanted to release it in the US, but rumor has it the bands management didn’t want it released. The reasons: the band wouldn’t get any advance on it and the recording was missing some very important parts. The label won the argument and it became Cheap Trick’s best-selling recording, ranking number 426 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. The album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 and became the group’s best selling album with over three million copies sold.
1979: Blondie’s ‘Heart Of Glass’ is the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. They would score three more chart toppers over the next two years. When ‘Heart of Glass’ hit #1, Andy Warhol throws a party for the group at Studio 54 in New York.
1979: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Cheap Trick’s ‘I Want You To Want Me (Live)’ at #78, Van Halen’s ‘Dance The Night Away’ at #68, The Cars’ ‘Good Times Roll’ at #43, Bob Seger’s ‘Old Time Rock And Roll’ at #41, April Wine’s ‘Roller’ at #34, The Police’s ‘Roxanne’ at #32, and Styx’s ‘Renegade’ at #25.‬
1980: Marshall Tucker Band bass player Tommy Caldwell died of injures from a car accident aged 30 in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was the original frontman for the Marshall Tucker Band between 1973 and 1980.
1980: The Grateful Dead played at Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, AL.
1980: Alice Cooper released his 12th studio album, ‘Flush the Fashion.’
1981: Former member of T Rex, Steve Currie was killed in a car crash returning to his home near Vale de Parra, Algarve, Portugal, he was 33 years old. Joined T. Rex (recently renamed from Tyrannosaurus Rex) as bass guitarist in late 1970, also worked as a session player, played on ‘Motorbikin’ by Chris Spedding.
1982: The California State Assembly consumer-protection-committee heard testimony from “experts” who claimed that when ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was played backward, contained the words: “I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord turns me off, there’s no escaping it. Here’s to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I live for Satan.”
1982: Marshall Crenshaw’s self-titled debut album is released. It spent over six months on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, reaching #50. It featured his breakthrough classic hit, ‘Someday, Someway,’ which reached #36 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the summer of 1982, as well as #31 on the Cash Box singles chart.
1983: During the second leg of their ‘War’ North American tour, U2 performed at the Rochester Institute Of Technology Ice Rink in Rochester, NY.
1983: Iron Maiden release the single for ‘Flight Of Icarus.’
1984: King Crimson appeared at Kani Hoken Hall in Tokyo.
1984: Bon Jovi made their debut appearance on U.S. television on American Bandstand where they performed ‘Runaway’ & ‘She Don’t Know Me.’
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Queen’s ‘I Want To Break Free’ at #73 (debut), Genesis’ ‘Illegal Alien’ at #49, Bon Jovi’s ‘Runaway’ at #45, Scorpions’ ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ at #38, Duran Duran’s ‘The Reflex’ at #36, Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ at #23, and Eurythmics’ ‘Here Comes The Rain Again’ at #18.‬
1985: Bryan Ferry releases his ‘Slave To Love’ single.
1985: Eric Clapton performed at the Civic Center in Providence, RI.
1986: White Zombie make their band debut at CBGB’s in New York City.
1987: Ozzy Osbourne found himself on a plane bound to Boston with returning spring-breakers from Miami. He bought three rounds of drinks for all and entertained the passengers with a rendition of ‘Crazy Train’ over the PA system.
1988: During a North American tour, Pink Floyd perform at Texas Stadium in Irving, TX.
1988: Rush played at Wembley Arena in London.
1989: Jon Bon Jovi marries his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley, at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.
1990: Guns N’ Roses leader Axl Rose married Erin Everly, daughter of The Everly Brothers Don at Cupid’s Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They divorced in January of 1991 after a stormy nine months of marriage. Erin later files a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Axl for domestic violence, which is settled out of court.
1990: Robert Plant peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with his 5th full-length solo album ‘Manic Nirvana’ which went on to go Gold in the U.S.
1990: Motley Crue peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Without You,’ which was their 2nd and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1990: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Slaughter ‘Up All Night’ at #98 & Alice Cooper ‘Only My Heart Talkin’ at #91. Plus, KISS’ ‘Forever’ at #19, Aerosmith’s ‘What It Takes’ at #11 & Mötley Crüe’s ‘Without You’ peaks at #8. ‬
1991: Bonnie Raitt marries her first husband, actor Michael O’Keefe, in New York. The couple would divorce in 1999.
1995: Bob Seger receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Motor City (Detroit) Music Awards. Seger was born in nearby Dearborn.
1998: Blind Guardian released their 6th full-length album ‘Nightfall In Middle-Earth.’ It was the first album by Blind Guardian to be released in the U.S. The album was produced by Flemming Rasmussen.
1999: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999: Marilyn Manson cuts short a concert in Des Moines, IO, and abruptly walks offstage after he realizes that someone stuck a large yellow smiley face on one of his stage props. The resulting rowdiness ends in 23 arrests.
2002: Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil assaults record producer Michael Schuman outside of the Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip. He later pleads guilty to a misdemeanor charge of battery.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne’s son Jack went into rehab. The 17 year old was a patient at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, CA.
2003: Apple launches iTunes and so starts the decline of CD sales. It becomes the first widely-successful legal music download site, thanks to the emergence of the iPod, which lets people take their music with them. At first, the service was available only to Mac users and the music files were encoded in Apple’s proprietary format restricting where they could be played.
2005: Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society takes a baseball bat to the Big Easy nightclub in Boise, Idaho. The show is cancelled. Wylde and another man are briefly detained by police, but the case is dropped when no one wants to press charges.
2006: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx gets served papers, as one-time Baywatch babe Donna D’Errico, files for divorce to end their nine year marriage, reportedly because of irreconcilable differences.
2006: The Edge (U2) makes two surprise onstage appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. “(Being here) is a chance to see some of the things that have been happening as a result of the work that Music Rising has been doing,” says the guitarist of the post-Hurricane Katrina charity initiative he helped start.
2006: Neil Young streams his album ‘Living With War’ for free on his official web site. The 10-track effort includes the song ‘Let’s Impeach The President.’
2007: Aerosmith headline A Concert for Lili Claire in Las Vegas. The annual event raises money for the Lili Claire Foundation, which provides support to children with neurogenetic conditions.
2007: Jonathan Davis of Korn’s wife Devn gives birth to the couple’s second child, Zeppelin.
2008: Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) is sentenced to 192 hours in jail after pleading no contest to a DUI charge stemming from his arrest on a L.A. freeway on-ramp the previous November. Weiland, who had originally entered a not-guilty plea is also ordered to enter an 18-month alcohol-treatment program and pay $2,000 in fines.
2009: Heaven & Hell’s ‘The Devil You Know’ album is released. The lead single is “Bible Black.’ Aside from Dio, the band also includes Sabbath vets Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Vinny Appice. It peaked at #8 (May 16th 2009) on Billboard’s 200 album chart.
2009: A TV commercial for insurance featuring Iggy Pop was ruled as misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority. In the advert, the singer was seen exclaiming that he had an insurance policy with Swiftcover but the company did not cover musicians at the time of the ad being shown. Swiftcover had since started to offer policies to musicians, and stated that Mr Pop would continue to endorse the company.
2009: The Black Crowes release ‘Warpaint Live,’ a two-CD set recorded in L.A. The 2008 concert features songs from ‘Warpaint’ plus older material.
2009: Bob Dylan’s ‘Together Through Life’ is released. He says the album has a “more of a romantic edge” than the songs on his previous studio effort, ‘Modern Times.’
2010: Metallica’s ‘Master Of Puppets’ tops’s list of The 50 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time. The 1986 album is followed by Iron Maiden’s ‘The Number Of The Beast’ (#2) and Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Appetite For Destruction’ (#3).
2010: Gene Simmons tells Britain’s Daily Telegraph in an interview that KISS is among the world’s most recognizable brands. “You don’t know how big the image is,” says Simmons. “By some experts, it is believed to be the most recognized pop culture image on Earth — even above Mickey Mouse.”
2011: “Our support for Richie (Sambora) is absolute,” Bon Jovi says in a statement. “Although he will be absent from upcoming shows for the time being, we very much look forward to his healthy return.” The 52 year-old guitarist, who is coping with two breakups and the death of his father, enters rehab. Bon Jovi’s tour continues with guitarist Phil ‘X’ Xenidis filling in.
2010: Rob Zombie and Alice Copper played the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on their ‘The Gruesome Twosome Tour.’
2011: Recording equipment seller MJQ Ltd. announced that it would be auctioning off microphones and equipment from John Lennon’s home studio, on which he recorded early solo albums and his hit song “Imagine”. The microphones were expected to fetch at least 5,000 pounds each.
2011: Fox News Channel anchor Glenn Beck blasts an episode of the Fox TV show Glee in which the cast performs My Chemical Romance’s anthem, ‘Sing.’ “I’ve watched it with a sense of horror, combined with a sense of admiring awe,” says Beck of musical comedy-drama. “Pay attention to the lyrics. This is propaganda.” A few days later, MCR’s frontman Gerard Way responds, dismissing Beck’s criticism. “I can’t tell what he’s angrier about, the fact that it’s how I feel about the persistent sterilization of our culture, or the fact that it’s on network television for everyone to hear.”
2012: ‘AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels,’ an exhibit about the band, opens at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle. The display features 400 pieces of memorabilia related to the band and its 40-year history.
2014: Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell appeared in court after being arrested over a domestic dispute. The arrest came after a caller from the singers’ home phoned the emergency services and then hung up. Simon told a Superior Court judge in Norwalk, Connecticut, he had a rare argument with his wife on Saturday night at their home and they were now fine.
2014: Scorpions drummer James Kottak is sentenced to one month in a Dubai jail for being intoxicated and drinking without a license, flipping off passengers on his flight from Russia, and allegedly exposing himself. He is also convicted of insulting Islam. Kottak spent time in prison, forcing the Scorpions to find a fill-in drummer for the tour. He later said, “I am determined to come to grips with my alcoholism and am doing everything on a daily basis to beat this relentless disease.”
2014: Members of Queensryche and their former singer Geoff Tate announce they have reached a settlement in their dispute over the use of the band’s name. Original Queensryche members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton plus recent members, Todd La Torre and Parker Lundgren, are the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche. Tate wins the exclusive rights to perform ‘Operation: Mindcrime I’ and ‘II’ in their entirety as a unique performance.
2015: Stone Sour release their covers EP ‘Meanwhile In Burbank’ on iTunes. The set contains their versions of songs by Metallica, Black Sabbath, Alice In Chains, Judas Priest and KISS.
2015: Raven released the album ‘ExtermiNation.’
2015: Motorhead’s five-day Motorboat cruise from Miami to the Bahamas with Slayer, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies and Corrosion Of Conformity gets underway.
2015: Jack Ely, best known for singing the Kingsmen’s hit ‘Louie Louie,’ dies of an unknown illness in Oregon at 71. His son Sean said that Ely was a Christian Scientist and he believed that his father suffered from skin cancer. During the recording of the song, the band tried to replicate a live performance, leading Ely to practically shout the words. He was also wearing braces at the time of the performance, which famously slurred his words.
2015: Paul McCartney played Japan’s famed Nippon Budokan where he included a performance of ‘Another Girl’ live’for the first time ever. The song, included on The Beatles’ 1965 album ‘Help,’ had never been played on stage anywhere by the band or any of its members solo.
2015: Everclear’s ‘Black Is The New Black’ album is out. “This is not an upbeat Everclear record,” states frontman Art Alexakis. “It’s pretty dark, lyrically and musically. Which is kind of bizarre because right now things are really good!”
2015: ‘Angel Acoustic,’ an unplugged set from Theory Of A Deadman is released.
2017: Mastodon’s Brent Hinds proposes to his girlfriend Raísa Moreno onstage during the band’s concert in Birmingham, AL. The singer/guitarist grew up in nearby Helena.
2017: Sony Music sues Applebee’s restaurant chain for the unauthorized use of AC/DC’s ‘Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution’ in an advertising campaign. Applebee’s claim that they made the licensing payment to the third parties who set up the deal.
2018: Breaking Benjamin’s ‘Ember’ debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart moving 88,000 units, with 80,000 of those coming in traditional album sales.

April 29
1960: With the payola scandal still in the news, Dick Clark relinquished the rights to music publishing that he owned. The value of those rights, Clark indicated later, amounted to about $80 million.
1962: Only four years after being banished from the U.K. because he’d married his 13 year old cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis returns for a triumphant tour.
1963: Publicist Andrew Oldham and agent Eric Easton signed a management deal with The Rolling Stones after buying the rights to the bands first recordings for £90. They also persuade keyboard player Ian Stewart to drop out of the line up and become the bands road manager, (and still play piano at the back of the stage).
1965: Jimmy Nicol, the drummer who stood in for Ringo Starr during a Beatles Australian tour in 1964, appeared in a London Court faced with bankruptcy with debts of 4,000 pounds. Later in the year he would join the successful Swedish group, The Spotnicks, recording with them and twice touring the world. As for his eight show stint with The Beatles, Nicol would later say “Standing in for Ringo was the worst thing that ever happened to me. Until then I was quite happy earning thirty or forty pounds a week. After the headlines died, I began dying too.”
1967: The 14 hour Technicolour Dream benefit party for The International Times was held at Alexandra Palace in London. Seeing the event mentioned on TV, John Lennon called his driver and went to the show. Coincidentally, Yoko Ono was one of the performers. Other acts to appear included The Flies, Pink Floyd, Arthur Brown, The Move and Suzie Creamcheese.
1967: Jimi Hendrix The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens in England.
1967: The Turtles’ Happy Together’ album is released. It reached #25 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and features the title track (Billboard Hot 100 #1 for 3 weeks), and three other Billboard Hot 100 tracks – ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’ (#3), ‘She’s My Girl’ (#14), and ‘You Know What I Mean’ (#12).
1967: The Grateful Dead, The Doors, UFO and Captain Speed play a show at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA.
1969: Working on tracks for the forthcoming Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album, Ringo Starr added his vocal to ‘Octopus’s Garden.’ It was only the second time that one of Ringo’s own compositions had been recorded by the band, the first being ‘Don’t Pass Me By’ in 1968.
1970: As he announced the upcoming release of his first solo album ‘All Things Must Pass,’ George Harrison said he expected The Beatles would one day re-form. They never did.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band played at Aliotta’s Lounge in Buffalo, NY.
1971: Promoter Bill Graham announced he was closing The Fillmore in both San Francisco and New York.
1972: New York Mayor John Lindsay intervened in the immigration proceedings against John Lennon. Lindsay called attempts by the U.S. government to deport Lennon “a grave injustice in light of Lennon’s unique contributions to music and art.” Lennon was granted permanent resident status in the U.S. in 1976.
1972: David Bowie performed at Town Hall in High Wycombe, England.
1973: In Stockton, CA, police fired tear gas on a crowd of 15,000 that had come to see Fleetwood Mac, Canned Heat, Elvin Bishop and Buddy Miles play a festival at a baseball stadium. In the ensuing chaos, 28 cops were hurt and 50 people were arrested.
1974: King Crimson performed at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, PA.
1975: Yes played at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, England.
1975: Hawkwind begin their North American Warrior On The Edge Of Time tour at the Ambassador Theatre in St. Louis. MO.
1975: Genesis play the first of two nights at Colston Hall in Bristol, England on their ‘The Lamb Lies On Broadway’ Tour.
1976: Genesis played the Community Theater in Berkeley, CA.
1976: Bruce Springsteen jumps the fence at Graceland in an attempt to meet Elvis Presley. Security guards catch him. Springsteen tells them who he is but the guards are unimpressed and escort ‘The Boss’ off the premises without ever meeting ‘The King’.
1976: Bob Dylan appeared at Expo Hall, Municipal Auditorium in Mobile, AL.
1977: The Grateful Dead played the first of five nights at the Palladium in New York City.
1977: The Kinks appeared at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.
1977: Eric Clapton concludes his tour at London’s Rainbow Theatre. After walking off stage during his set, then returning and admitting that he’s “tired and emotional,” Pete Townshend joins Slowhand for ‘Layla’ and ‘Crossroads.’
1977: The Grateful Dead played the first of five nights at the New York Palladium. 1977: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band with special guest Sammy Hagar played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1977: Alice Cooper released his 10th studio album, ‘Lace and Whisky.’
1977: Cheap Trick release their self-titled debut album.
1978: P.J. Proby was fired from his role in the London stage musical, ‘Elvis,’ after repeatedly changing his lines from the script. Proby had been cast as the oldest of three Presleys in the play.
1978: AC/DC played The Appolo Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.
1979: Van Halen release their single, ‘Dance The Night Away.’
1979: Van Halen played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN.
1980: ‘Against The Wind’ by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band was simultaneously certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA. The album later went on to sell five million copies in the U.S. & became Seger’s first and only #1 album in the U.S.
1980: Black Sabbath starts their first world tour with new lead singer Ronnie James Dio.
1981: Van Halen release their 4th studio album ‘Fair Warning.’ It went on to reach #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sells two million copies in the U.S.
1981: Ozzy Osbourne with legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads took to the stage at 31 Studios in Ogden, New York to film a live performance, which would be broadcast on the ‘After Hours’ TV Show in support of Ozzy Osbourne’s debut solo album, Blizzard of Ozz.
1983: Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ (with Eddie Van Halen’s guitar solo) is the #1 song in the U.S. It has a 3-week stay at the top.
1983: Roxy Music performed at California State University, Fresno, CA.
1983: U2 played Farrell Hall on the State University of New York campus in Delhi, NY.
1983: Armored Saint headlined the Metal Blade Records ‘Metal Massacre II’ show at The Troubadour in Hollywood. L.A.’s Overkill and Savage Grace opened the show.
1984: Yes appeared at the Civic Center in Erie, PA.
1984: Scorpions and Bon Jovi played the Cow Palace in Daly City, CA.
1985: Freddie Mercury releases his solo album ‘Mr. Bad Guy.’ Although it sells okay in the UK, in the US it doesn’t make even the top 150.
1988: Eric Clapton’s wife, Patti “Layla” Boyd, files for divorce, citing Clapton’s affair with an Italian TV personality, who bore his child.
1989: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts from Warrant’s ‘Down Boys’ at #90, BulletBoys ‘For The Love Of Money’ at #87, ad Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ at #75. Also, Poison’s ‘Your Mama Don’t Dance’ at #30, GNR’s ‘Patience’ at #22, Bon Jovi’s ‘I’ll Be There For You’ at #2.
1989: Bon Jovi and Skid Row played the first of two nights at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.
1990: The TV movie ‘Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys’ airs on ABC.
1993: Mick Ronson, guitarist for David Bowie’s band Ziggy Stardust’s Spiders From Mars, died of liver cancer at the age of 46. He also worked with other artists ranging from Lou Reed to Elton John, Ian Hunter, Bob Dylan and Morrissey.
1994: Rush and Candlebox played the first of two nights at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1996: Phil Spector calls off a planned project to produce Celine Dion when they can’t agree to terms.
1996: Black Sabbath release the later years compilation ‘The Sabbath Stones,’ featuring vocalists Glenn Hughes, Tony Martin and Ronnie James Dio.
1997: The Fabulous Thunderbirds bassist Keith Ferguson died of liver failure at the age of 50, due in part to a nearly thirty-year addiction to heroin.
1997: W.A.S.P. released their 7th studio album, ‘Kill.Fuck.Die.’ The album featured the return of guitarist Chris Holmes.‬
1997: Cheap Trick release their 13th studio album and 2nd self-titled album, ‘Cheap Trick ’97.’
1997: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases the album ‘Twenty,’ which is titled after the fact that it’s being released twenty years after the plane crash that claimed the lives of three band members. It’s their 9th studio album.
1998: Steven Tyler suffered a knee ligament injury after he dropped his microphone stand on his knee during ‘Mama Kin’ at a concert in Anchorage, Alaska delaying Aerosmith’s ‘Nine Lives’ tour and necessitating camera angle adjustments for the filming of the video for ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.’
1999: Tommy Lee quits Mötley Crüe after his reunion with Pamela Anderson Lee. He says, “I wish the guys all the best of luck this summer. I will miss them and the fans, but it’s time for me to totally embrace my family and my new projects.” His new project is Methods of Mayhem.
2000: Bush & Moby play the Santa Barbara Bowl.
2001: A blue plaque was unveiled at 38 Aubrey Walk, Kensington, London to honor the musical heritage of the address where British singer Dusty Springfield lived between 1968-1972.
2001: Rod Stewart announces that “I think [marriage] vows should be changed, because they’ve been in existence for 600 years, when people used to live until they were only 35. So they only had to be with each other for 12 years, then they would die anyway. But now, it’s a big commitment because you’re going to be with someone for 50 years. It’s impossible. The vows should be written like a dog’s license that has to be renewed every year.”
2002: A car crash in Orlando involving vocalist Scott Stapp forces the cancellation of the final twenty dates on Creed’s Weathered Tour. Stapp suffers neck and back injuries.
2003: A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997.
2003: Great White played their first gig since a fire at one of their Rhode Island shows killed 100 people. The concert established a scholarship fund for the son of guitarist Ty Longley, who died in the fire.
2003: Jack Osbourne entered the Las Encinas rehab clinic in Pasadena, California. He was suffering from insomnia and depression following the success of the The Osbournes TV show.
2004: Metallica wins a Prism Award (Music Video category) in Los Angeles for their “Frantic” clip. The honors are handed out to acknowledge accurate portrayals of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in various entertainment fields.
2006: Incubus members Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger and Ben Kenney play an acoustic set at Amnesty International USA’s Make Some Noise for Darfur benefit concert in Portland, OR. The Nightwatchman (Audioslave’s Tom Morello) and Collective Soul also perform. The goal is to heighten awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur region of western Sudan.
2006: Courtney Love performs at a Los Angeles benefit. She is accompanied by Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan and producer-songwriter Linda Perry. Both contributed to Love’s album, ‘How Dirty Girls Get Clean.’
2007: Rage Against The Machine take the stage on the last day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (in Indio, CA). It’s their first show since disbanding in 2000. According to guitarist Tom Morello, Rage Against The Machine decided to perform at the festival “to deliver a knockout blow to the Bush administration. Hopefully, one night in the desert is all it will take.”
2007: Mick Jagger, Elton John and ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler participate in the Global Day for Darfur campaign in London. A statement is issued, endorsed by the performers, accusing the international community of providing inadequate protection to more than 200,000 civilians “slaughtered” in Sudan’s Darfur region.
2007: Sammy Hagar receives Recording Academy Honors Awards for his musical achievements and artistic contributions to the community at the San Francisco Chapter Recording Academy Honors. Metallica frontman James Hetfield is a presenter.
2007: Police guitarist Andy Summers appears at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to promote his autobiography, ‘One Train Later’.
2007: 30 Seconds To Mars earn two awards, Video of the Year and Best Rock Video for ‘The Kill (Bury Me),’ at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards. Evanescence win the Album of the Year trophy, Red Hot Chili Peppers get the Best Group nod and Silverchair nab the Video Vanguard award.
2008: Testament released their 9th studio album ‘The Formation Of Damnation.’ The album peaked at #59 on the Billboard charts.
It was the band’s only studio album recorded with drummer Paul Bostaph.
2008: Mudcrutch’s self-titled debut is released. The band is Tom Petty’s pre-Heartbreakers unit. The album “has an edgy Country-Rock feel,” says Petty.
2008: Steve Winwood issues his album ‘Nine Lives’ with ;’Dirty City'” a track that features Winwood’s former Blind Faith bandmate, Eric Clapton.
2008: Def Leppard’s ‘Songs From The Sparkle Lounge’ is released. ‘Nine Lives’ is the first single. Also, the group performs the track on ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars.’
2009: The documentary ‘Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful’ makes its debut as a work in progress during the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
2009: An anonymous Queen fan won a two-hour one-to-one guitar lesson with Brian May, after bidding £7,600 (approximately $11,900) at a private charity auction. The auction, in support of the Action for Brazil’s Children Trust, of which May is a patron, was held at the exclusive Cuckoo Club in London.
2009: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler headlines the Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp in Hollywood. The camp’s itinerary includes a recording session at Capitol Studios and a live performance at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip.
2013: Kingdom Come released their 13th album, ‘Outlier.’
2014: Saliva release ‘Rise Up.’ The set features vocalist Bobby Amaru, who replaced original frontman Josey Scott.
2014: The Quiet Riot movie ‘Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back’‬ premiered at the Newport Film Festival. The film, which was made possible by a Kickstarter campaign, revolves around drummer Frankie Banali’s struggles to keep the group going following the 2007 drug overdose death of frontman Kevin DuBrow.
2014: Atlanta Rhythm Section bassist Paul Goddard died of cancer at age 68.
2014: David Gilmour, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway all signed an open letter, published by The Guardian, to keep musical instruments available to UK prisoners. Spearheaded by Billy Bragg, the singer-songwriter founded an “independent initiative” called Jail Guitar Doors in 2007 to provide instruments for the rehabilitation of inmates.
2015: Whitesnake released their 12th studio album, ‘The Purple Album.’
2015: My Morning Jacket announce the launch of a philanthropic effort. “The Waterfall Project supports & promotes engagement around causes we hold dear,” the band writes in a statement. “The Waterfall will focus on supporting and amplifying environment and climate issues.”
2015: 71-year-old Pattie Boyd, the model and artist whose relationships with George Harrison and Eric Clapton inspired the classic love songs ‘Something’ and ‘Layla,’ married property developer Rod Weston. She married Harrison in 1966 at the height of “Beatlemania”, but they split in 1974. Clapton and Boyd were wed in 1979, separating five years later before officially divorcing in 1989.
2016: Scott Bennett, a multi-instrumentalist who has recorded and toured steadily with Brian Wilson since 1998, was convicted of rape by instrumentation and sexual battery. Bennett’s attorney vowed to appeal the conviction, maintaining that both parties were inebriated.
2016: Rob Zombie’s ‘The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispense’ album” is released. Produced by Chris ‘Zeuss’ Harris, the album features guitarist John 5 and drummer Ginger Fish.
2016: Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd do a shot-for-shot remake of the Styx video for ‘Too Much Time On My Hands.’
2016: Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and his celebrity lookalike Will Ferrell host the all-star Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera. The charity event at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium.
2017: Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ lands on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart (#16) for the first time thanks to an appearance in the trailer for ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’ The track from ‘Led Zeppelin III’ was released in ’70.
2018: Ozzy Osbourne kicked off his ‘No More Tours 2’ tour at the ‘Welcome To Rockville’ festival in Jacksonville, FL.

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1957: Elvis Presley recorded the Leiber and Stoller song ‘Jailhouse Rock’ as featured in his 3rd motion picture of the same name. In the movie, Mike Stoller had a small role as a piano player. The song went on to top the Cashbox Best Sellers list, the Billboard Pop music chart, the R&B chart and even the Country And Western chart. ‘Jailhouse Rock’ later became the first song to debut at #1 in Great Britain.
1960: The Everly Brothers started a seven week run at the top of the UK singles chart with ‘Cathy’s Clown,’ giving Warner Brothers Records a #1 hit with their very first release.
1964: The Beatles receive $140,000 for the rights to having their pictures included in packages of bubble gum in the USA.
1964: During a UK tour The Beatles played two shows at The Odeon Cinema in Glasgow. They were also interviewed by BBC Scotland and STV for the evening news programs.
1965: Bob Dylan begins the tour immortalized in the documentary ‘Don’t Look Back,’ performing at the City Hall in Sheffield, England.
1965: Herman’s Hermits make their U.S. stage debut with The Zombies as their opening act.
1965: The Kinks kick off their first UK tour as headliners, with The Yardbirds as one of the opener.
1966: The Young Rascals went to #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Lovin.’ Another version of the same song by The Olympics had stalled at #81 the previous year.
1967: Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Granada Theatre in Tooting, London.
1968: The Kaleidoscope Ballroom opens on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles with Jefferson Airplane and Canned Heat.
1968: Blood, Sweat & Tears founder Al Kooper leaves the band after the recording of the group’s debut album ‘Child s Father To Man.’
1970: Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for the Allman Brothers Band, was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon’s lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Lyndon was acquitted.
1971: The New York Times says promoter Bill Graham plans to close down the Fillmore East after a four year run. Changing concert economics is blamed.
1973: Paul McCartney & Wings ‘Red Rose Speedway’ album is released.
1975: The Vietnam War ends with the fall of Saigon. Many returning veterans suffer ill effects, which is the subject of the song ‘Still in Saigon’ by The Charlie Daniels Band.
1976: The Who’s drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers $100 each to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.
1976: KISS‬ released the single ‘Flaming Youth.’
1976: AC/DC put out their 1st internationally released studio album ‘High Voltage.’
1976: Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘Rastaman Vibration’ album is released.
1977: Steve Miller’s ‘Jet Airliner’ is released. It will become his 4th U.S. Top 10 hit.
1977: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Alice Cooper’s ‘You And Me’ at #80 (debut). Also, Aerosmith’s ‘Back In The Saddle’ at #76, Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ at #41, Wings’ ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ at #40, KISS’ ‘Calling Dr. Love’ at #20, and The Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’ at #2‬.
1977: Led Zeppelin broke a new world attendance record at a concert when they played to 76,229 people at a gig at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The Who held the previous record at the same venue with 75,962 people.
1978: REO Speedwagon and The Babys played Duluth Arena in Duluth, MN.
1978: The Clash are among the acts at a “Rock Against Racism” concert, playing to over 50,000 in London’s Victoria Park to combat the National Front, a neo-Nazi group in the UK whose slogan is “Keep Britain White.”
1980: The film ‘McVicar’ with Roger Daltrey from The Who in the title role premiered in London. John McVicar was a 1960’s armed robber turned writer who Scotland Yard publicly announced to be Public Enemy Number One and “wanted dead or alive”.
1982: American music journalist, author and musician Lester Bangs died of a heart attack aged 33. Dubbed “America’s Greatest Rock Critic,” Bangs worked for Rolling Stone, Creem, The Village Voice, Playboy, Penthouse and many others. His reviews could be scathing and he took an antagonistic approach to interviewing: “Well basically I just started out to lead [an interview] with the most insulting question I could think of. Because it seemed to me that the whole thing of interviewing as far as rock stars and that was just such a suck-up. It was groveling obeisance to people who weren’t that special, really. It’s just a guy, just another person, so what?”
1982: Cheap Trick releases their 6th studio album ‘One on One.’
1983: Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield, dies of heart failure at his home in Westmont, Illinois. He was 68. Dubbed the “Father of Chicago blues” he influenced countless rock acts including Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, AC/DC, Humble Pie and so many more. The Rolling Stones got their name from his song ‘Rollin’ Stone.’ He has been ranked #17 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
1983: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of London’s legendary Marquee Club, Manfred Mann reforms in their original Sixties incarnation to play the venue they (and so many others) started in.
1983: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Sammy Hagar’s ‘Never Give Up’ at #46, Golden Earring’s ‘Twilight Zone’ at #39, Journey’s ‘Faithfully’ at #31, Bryan Adams’ ‘Straight From The Heart’ at #21, Def Leppard’s ‘Photograph’ at #19, Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ at #17, and David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ at #6.‬
1984: Motley Crue‬ released the single ‘Too Young To Fall In Love.’ It peaked at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1984: Roger Waters ‘The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking’ album is released
1986: Keel’s 3rd studio album ‘The Final Frontier’ is released.
1988: For the first time since its release 11 years earlier, Pink Floyd’s landmark LP ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ leaves the Billboard charts, only to return a few months later. The band is still on the chart though, with ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ at #62.
1988: Aerosmith peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Angel,’ which was their 3rd top 10 single in the U.S.
1988: Whitesnake and Grteat White played the Met Center in Bloomington, MN.
1989: Bon Jovi and Skid Row played Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.
1990: Motley Crue’s ‘Without You’ peaks at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1988: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts of Honeymoon Suite’s ‘Love Changes Everything’ at #91. Plus, Rick Astley’s ‘Together Forever’ at #36, White Lion’s ‘Wait’ at #17, Foreigner’s ‘I Don’t Want To Live Without You’ at #16, and Aerosmith’s ‘Angel’ at #3‬.
1991: Yes release their 13th studio album ‘Union.’
1991: Nirvana signed a recording contract with Geffen’s DGC label for $290,000.
1996: Black Sabbath release the non-Ozzy collection ‘The Sabbath Stones’ featuring Glenn Hughes, Tony Martin & Ronnie James Dio. ‬
1999: 51 year old Darrell Sweet, drummer of the Scottish Rock group Nazareth, suffered a fatal heart attack just as the band was embarking on the second leg of a US tour. The band had arrived at the Amphitheater in New Albany, Indiana, when Sweet began feeling ill and within minutes went into cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the New Albany Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
1999: All five members of Aerosmith visit shooting victim Lance Kirklin in a Colorado hospital before their show in Denver that evening. The band dedicates ‘Living On The Edge’ to the student, who was one of 28 wounded and 13 killed by two deranged classmates at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20th.
2001: A light aircraft carrying Sting went off the runway as it landed in Florence. None of the four aboard, Sting a friend and two pilots were hurt. Brake failure was suspected as the cause of the accident.
2002: Roger Daltrey of The Who stars as music teacher Mr. Wilkinson on the ‘That ’70s Musical’ episode of ‘That 70’s Show’.
2002: Linkin Park’s ‘Hybrid Theory’ album is certified 8x platinum,
2003: ‎Metallica‬ played at ‎San Quentin‬ prison while filming title track of band’s ‎St. Anger‬ album.
2004: Gene Simmons of KISS plays an angry mob king in the NBC crime drama ‘Third Watch.’
2004: Ray Charles appears at his Los Angeles recording studio to attend a ceremony marking it as a national historic landmark. It is the last public appearance he ever makes.
2005: The Dave Matthews Band agreed to pay $200,000 after their tour bus dumped human waste on a boatload of tourists in Chicago in August 2004. Bus driver Stefan Wohl who was alone on board the bus at the time the sewage was dumped was fined $10,000, the band had already donated $100,000 to two group’s that protect the Chicago River and its surrounding area. The Dave Matthews Band offered their “deepest apologies” to more than 100 boat passengers who were on an architectural tour.
2006: Tool headline at the second night of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA. It’s the band’s first scheduled U.S. performance since 2002.
2006: Bruce Springsteen performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It’s his first appearance at the event and he is critical of the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, saying “I saw sights I never though I would see in an American city. The criminal ineptitude makes you furious.”
2008: A giant inflatable pig which floated away during a Roger Waters concert was recovered in tatters in California. Two families from La Quinta who found what was left of the inflatable, decided to share four life tickets to the Coachella festival that were offered as part of the reward.
2008: Gail Renard, who was given the hand written lyrics to ‘Give Peace A Chance’ by John Lennon in 1969, announced plans to sell the lyric sheet at a Christie’s auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to hang on to the piece of paper, saying “It will be worth something someday.” The piece of music history was expected to fetch around $400,000, but when it was actually sold in July of this year, it went for $790,000.
2011: Foreigner’s ‘Extended Versions’ (recorded live in Nashville in 2010) peaks at #88 on Billboard’s album chart.
2012: Accept peak at #81 with their album ‘Stalingrad.’
2013: Iggy Pop And The Stooges release their 5th studio album, ‘Ready To Die.’ It’s the first to feature guitarist James Williamson since the band’s classic 1973 album ‘Raw Power.’
2013: Deep Purple release their 19th studio album, ‘Now What?!’ It’s their first release in seven years.
2013: Fleetwood Mac release ‘Extended Play,’ that includes their first new music in 10 years.
2013: Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon, was subpoenaed to testify for the prosecution in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial. She reportedly had evidence to support Katherine Jackson’s claim that promoters were negligent in ignoring life-threatening health concerns while organizing Michael’s ‘This Is It’ comeback concerts.
2014: ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ screens in more than 250 theaters across the U.S. The film documents Cooper’s rise, fall and eventual resurrection.
2015: Ben E. King, (Benjmin Earl Nelson), soul and R&B singer with The Drifters, died at the Hackensack University Medical Center at the age of 76. He was a member of The Drifters and sang lead on their biggest singles, ‘This Magic Moment,’ ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ and ‘There Goes My Baby.’ King also reached the Billboard Top 40 seven times as a solo artist, including his 1961 #4 hit, ‘Stand By Me.’
2015: John Fogerty paid a visit to The Late Show With David Letterman during a week-long farewell to the legendary host who was set to retire on May 20th. Fogerty performed a medley of his CCR hits, including ‘Travelin’ Band,’ ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘Fortunate Son.’
2015: The U2 album cover ‘Songs Of Innocence’ is called out by Russian politician Alexander Starovoltov, a member of the conservative LPDR Party. He asks the country’s attorney general to investigate Apple for distributing “gay propaganda” to Russian youth. The physical edition of the album features drummer Larry Mullen Jr. hugging the waist of his 18 year old son. Both are shirtless, so Starovolotov to assume it’s promoting gay sex.
2016: A fan-funded statue of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott is unveiled at the 10th annual Bonfest in the singer’s hometown of Kirriemuir in Scotland. After Scott was born, his family moved to Australia.