Rock Birthdays – March
Jerry Donald Fisher (Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jerry Fisher & the Music Company) – 77
Roger Daltrey (The Who, The RD Crusaders, No Plan B Band, solo + more) – 76
Mike D’Abo (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, A Band Of Angels, The Manfreds, solo) – 76
Dave Marsh (Music Critic, Author, Editor, Radio host – Early Editor for Creem Magazine, wrote for Newsday, The Village Voise, Rolling Stone, written numerous books, committee member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) – 70
Rob Affuso (Skid Row, Sebastian Bach) – 57
Ryan Peake (Nickelback) – 47
Daniel Dekay (Diemonds) –
Lou Reed (Louis Firbank) (Velvet Underground, solo) – b. 1942 – d. 10/27/13
Rory Gallagher (Taste, solo) – b. 1948 – d. 6/14/95
Ralph Schuckett (keyboardist, songwriter, record producer and TV/film composer; Clear Light, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Jo Mama, Carole King, Lou Reed, Todd Rundgren, Utopia, many sessions) – 72
Larry Carlton (Fourplay, The Crusaders, sessions – Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, many others, solo) – 72
Hunt Sales (Todd Rundgren, Tony Sales, Iggy Pop, Tin Machine + more) – 66
Dale Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Prince, Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio) – 65
Mark Evans (AC/DC, Finch, Contraband, Heaven, The Party Boys, Dave Tice Band) – 64
Steve “Lips” Kudlow (Anvil) – 64
Scott Dalhover (Dangerous Toys) – 57
Stevie Rachelle (Tuff) – 54
Junior Parker (blues singer/songwriter who wrote ‘Mystery Train’, which was covered by Elvis Presley. He also worked with B.B. King and Howlin’ Wolf) – b. 1927 – d. 11/18/71
Mike Pender (The Searchers, solo) – 79
Jance Garfat (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) – b. 1944 – d. 11/6/06
Terence Charles “Snowy” White (Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Roger Waters & The Bleeding Heart Band, Max Middleton, Snowy White’s Blues Agency, Snowy White and the White Flames) – 72
Richie Cannata (producer, multi-instrumentalist, saxophonist in Billy Joel’s band, worked with The Beach Boys, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez and more) – 71 Re-Styles / Shirley Marie MacLeod (The Tubes) – 70
Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon, Black Oak Arkansas, Ted Nugent, Cher) – 67
Robyn Hitchcock (Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians) – 67
Ricky Wilson (The B-52’s) – b. 1953 – d. 10/12/85
John Lilley (The Hooters) – 66
Chris “Merrick” Hughes (Adam and the Ants) – 66
Kevin Steele (Roxx Gang, The Mojo Gurus) – 57
Lonnie Vencent (Hawk, Bulletboys) – 57
David Draiman (Disturbed) – 47
Joe “Blower” Garvey (Hinder) – 36
March 4: Willie Johnson (Blues guitarist; Howlin’ Wolf, solo) – b. 1923 – d. 2/26/95
Chris Squire (The Selfs, The Syn, Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, Yes, XYZ, Conspiracy) – b. 1948 – d. 6/27/15
Chris Rea – 69
Pete John Haycock (Climax Blues Band, Electric Light Orchestra Part II, The Love Power Band, solo) – b. 1951 – d. 10/30/13
Jason Newsted (Flotsam & Jetsam, Metallica, Voivod, Rock Star Supernova, Newsted) – 57
Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Forbidden, Testament, Blackgates) – 57
Evan Dando (The Lemonheads) – 53
Anders Jolholm (Volbeat) – 49
JB Lenoir (US blues guitarist, singer-songwriter) – b. 1929 – d. 4/29/67
Richard Bell (Full Tilt Boogie Band, Crowbar, Ronnie Hawkins, The Band, Burrito Deluxe, Porkbelly Futures, Colin Linden, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, sessionist) – b. 1946 – d. 6/15/07
Louis Cennamo (Renaissance, The Herd, Colosseum, Steamhammer, Armageddon, Illusion) – 74
Alan Clark (Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Geordie, solo + more) – 67
Nick Launay (Producer, engineer; Public Image Ltd, Killing Joke, Gang of Four, The Slits, Midnight Oil, The Church, INXS, Tim Finn, Talking Heads, David Byrne, The Posies, Silverchair, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Ataris, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush, Eric Clapton, Lou Reed, Arcade Fire, Cassandra Wilson, many others) – 60
John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ataxia, Trickfinger, Josh Klinghoffer, The Mars Volta, Omar Rodríguez-López, Venetian Snares, Swahili Blonde, Warpaint, Truth Hurts, Pearl Jam) – 50 Fergal Lawler (The Cranberries) – 49
March 6: Walter “Furry” Lewis – b. 1893 – d. 9/14/81
Ben Keith/Bennett Keith Schaeufele (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird, Terry Reid, Todd Rundgren, Lonnie Mack, The Band, Blue, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Paul Butterfield, J. J. Cale, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Ian and Sylvia, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray, Ringo Starr, solo) – b. 1937 – d. 7/26/10
Hugh Grundy (The Zombies, A&R Columbia Records) – 75
Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, Kate Bush, Jokers Wild, Deep End, Richard Wright, The Orb, Bryan Ferry, solo) – 74
Walter Trout (John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, John Mayall’s Bluesbrekers, Bluesbreakers, Canned Heat, The Radicals, solo) – 69
Joey DeMaio (Manowar) – 66
Michael Romeo (Symphony X) – 52
Chris Broderick (Megadeth, Jag Panzer, Nevermore, Act Of Defiance) – 50
Jaret Reddick (Bowling for Soup, coolfork!, Jarinus, Love Händel, People on Vacation, Terminal Seasons, The Boster) – 48
Chris White (The Zombies, Argent) – 77
Arthur Lee (The American Four, Love, solo) – b. 1945 – d. 8/3/06
Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum, Robin Trower) – 74
Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band, solo) – 74
Jules Shear (Jules and the Polar Bears) – 68
Matt Frenette (Loverboy) – 66
Eric Knutson (Flotsam And Jetsam) – 54
Randy Guss (Toad The Wet Sprocket) – 53
Warrel Dane (Sanctuary, Nevermore) – b. 1969 – d. 12/13/17
Alessandro Venturella (Slipknot) – 42
“Mississippi” John Hurt (Blues singer, guitarist) – b. 1892 (some sources state his birthday as July 3, 1893) – d. 11/2/66
Micky Dolenz (Monkees) – 75
Randy Meisner (Eagles, Poco, Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band, Linda Rondstadt, solo) – 74
Michael Allsup (Three Dog Night) – 73
Mel Galley (Whitesnake, Trapeze, Phenomena, Finders Keepers, Glenn Hughes, Cozy Powell, solo) – b. 1948 – d. 7/1/08
Dave Lambert (Strawbs, solo) – 71
Clive Burr (Iron Maiden, Samson, Desperado) – b. 1957 – d. 3/12/13 (due to complications related to MS)
Gary Numan (Tubeway Army, solo) – 62
Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & The Raiders) – 78
John Cale (Theater of Eternal Music, The Velvet Underground, John Cage, Phil Manzanera, Nico, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Kevin Ayers, Nick Drake, solo) – 78
Trevor Burton (The Move, Danny King & The Mayfair Set, Balls, Raymond Froggatt and The Pink Fairies, Steve Gibbons Band, The Trevor Burton Band) – 76
Robin Trower (Procol Harum, The Paramounts, Bryan Ferry, Jack Bruce, solo) – 75
Jim Cregan (Rod Stewart, Family, Cockney Rebel, Farm Dogs, others, solo) – 74
Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) – 72
Frank Rodriguez (? & The Mysterians) – 59
Shannon Leto (Thirty Seconds To Mars) – 50
Dean Torrence (Jan & Dean) – 80
Tom Scholz (Boston) – 73
Ted Mckenna (Tear Gas, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rory Gallagher, The Greg Lake Band, Michael Schenker Group, Ian Gillan, Gwyn Ashton, The Paul Rose Band Band of Friends) – b. 3/10/50 – 1/19/19
Gail Greenwood (Belly, L7, Boneyard) – 60
Jeff Ament (Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, Temple Of The Dog, Green River, War Babies, Three Fish, Derranged Diction, RNDM) – 57
Rick Rubin (Producer: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Slayer, Danzig, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Weezer, Linkin Park, The Cult, Neil Diamond, Joe Strummer, Mick Jagger, System of a Down, The Mars Volta, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top + many more) – 57
Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam) – 54
Edie Brickell (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, The Heavy Circles, The Gaddabouts, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell) – 54
Tommy Denander (Prolific sessionist with artists such as: Michael Jackson, Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Ricky Martin, BB King, Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, David Coverdale, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Toto, Fee Waybill, Richard Marx, Robin Beck, House Of Lords, Westlife, Backstreet Boys, David Archuleta, Tokio Hotel, Radioactive, Michael Schenker, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kenny Loggins, Kelly Keagy, Jimi Jamison and others) – 52
Kari Kane (Pretty Boy Floyd) – 51
Douglas Ardito (Puddle Of Mudd) – 49
John Charles LeCompt (Evanescence, We Are The Fallen, Machina, Living Sacrifice, Mourningside) – 48
Jerry Horton (Papa Roach) – 43
Ben Burnley (Breaking Benjamin) – 40
Ryan Patrick (Otherwise) –
Harvey Mandel (Charlie Musselwhite, solo, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, John Mayall, Pure Food & Drug Act) – 75
Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge, Tommy Bolin, Alice Cooper, solo) – 73
“Blue” Weaver / Derek John Weaver (Mott The Hoople, The Strawbs) – 73
George Kooymans (Golden Earring, Tornados) – 72
Robert Fleischman (Journey, Asia, Liberty N’ Justice, Vince Vincent Invasion, Channel, solo, others) –
Bruce Watson (Big Country) – 59
Lenny Wolf (Stone Fury, Kingdom Come) – 58
Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel, Hellyeah, Gasoline) – b. 1964 – d. 6/22/18
Uli Kusch (Helloween, Masterplan, Gamma Ray) – 53
Geoff Gayer (Leatherwolf) –
Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, many others) – 51
Adam Wakeman (Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Snakecharmer) –
Joel & Benji Madden (Good Charlotte) – 41
Leonard Chess (Founder of Chess Record Label) – b. 1917 – d. 10/16/69
James Taylor – 72
Bill Payne (Little Feat, Phil Lesh and Friends, J. J. Cale, Doobie Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Bryan Adams, Pink Floyd, Bob Seger, Toto, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Helen Watson, Stevie Nicks, Shocking Edison, Stephen Bruton, solo, many others) – 70
Mike Gibbons (The Iveys, Badfinger) – b. 1949 – d. 10/4/05
Guy Speranza (Riot) – b. 1956 – d. 11/8/03
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden, British Lion, solo) – 64
Minoru Niihara (Loudness) – 60
Matthew McDonough (Mudvayne) – 51 Ben Kenney (Incubus) – 43
Mike Stoller (Songwriter, composer; Stoller & Leiber) – 87
Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention, he has toured and/or recorded with Chris Rea, Jethro Tull, Jimmy Page, Andy Fairweather-Low, Rosanne Cash, Elton John, XTC, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Cat Stevens, Brian Eno, Nick Drake, Spirogyra + many more) – 72
Rustee Allen (Robin Trower, Sly & the Family Stone, Graham Central Station, others) – 67
Adam Clayton (U2, Automatic Baby, Passengers, Daniel Lanois, Little Steven) – 60
David Draiman (Disturbed, Device) – 47
Ed Sloan (Crossfire) – 43
Jim Pons (The Turtles, The Leaves, The Mothers of Invention, Flo and Eddie, Film Director) – 77
Walter Parazaider (Chicago) – 75
Rick Dees (Legendary Hall of Fame DJ, Actor, TV Host (Into the Night, Solid Gold) + more) – 70
Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies, Los Cyclos, Infectious Grooves, Cyco Miko) – 58
Lightnin’ Hopkins (blues singer/songwriter0 – b. 1912 – d. 1/30/82
D.J. Fontana (Elvis Presley) – b. 1931` – d. 6/13/18
James Mitchell (tenor saxophone, The Memphis Horns. Worked with Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Sam And Dave, Elvis Presley, The Doobie Brothers, Otis Redding and more) – b. 1931 – d. 12/18/00
Arif Mardin (Turkish-American music producer and arranger. In 1969, he became Vice President of Atlantic Records and later served as Senior Vice President until 2001. He worked with Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Wilson Pickett, Average White Band, The Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand and more recently Norah Jones) – b. 1932 – d. 6/25/06
Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead) – 80
Mike Love (The Beach Boys) – 79
Hughie Flint (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, McGuinness Flint) – 79
Sly Stone (Sly and The Family Stone) – 77
David Costell (Gary Lewis and the Playboys) – 76
Howard Scott (War) – 74
Ry Cooder (Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band, Buena Vista Social Club, Rising Sons, Little Village, worked with Gordon Lightfoot, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, John Lee Hooker, solo) – 73
Hernandez Lugo (? & The Mysterians) – 73
Stephen Nisbett (Steel Pulse, owner of his own record company, Grizzly Records) – b. 1948 – d. 1/18/18
Preston Hubbard (Fabulous Thunderbirds) – 67
Dee Snider (Twisted Sister, Desperado, Widowmaker) – 65
Bret Michaels (Poison, solo) – 57
Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa, The Prog Collective, Conspiracy, solo, producer) – 55
Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) – 52
Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) – 52
Mark Hoppus (Blink 182, +44, solo) – 48
DJ Joseph Hahn (Linkin Park) – 43
Marshal Dutton (Hinder) –
Michael Bruce (Alice Cooper, Billion Dollar Babies, The Josiah-Bruce Band, The Michael Bruce Group) – 72
Richie Teeter (Dictators, Twisted Sister) – b. 1951 – d. 4/11/12
Johnny Z (founder of Megaforce Records – Major figure in the East Coast metal scene, launching the career of Metallica. Zazula offered the band their first opportunity to play in the New York area and organized their first tours with Raven) – 68
Nancy Wilson (Heart, Roadhouse Royale) – 66
Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, Alice Cooper, Megadeth, White Lion, Suicidal Tendencies, Lita Ford, Dokken, Black Star Riders) – 57
Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen, Tremonti) – 29
Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship) b. 1941 – d. 1/28/16
John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful, solo) – 76
Pattie Boyd (ex-wife of Eric Clapton and George Harrison) – 76
Harold Ray Brown (War, Night Shift, Lowrider) – 74
Fran Byrne (Ace) – 72
Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy, The Greedies, Phenomenon, 21 Guns, Black Star Riders) – 69
Marc Russo (The Doobie Brothers, Yellowjackets) –
Wally Stocker (The Babys) – 66
Jizzy Pearl (Love/Hate, L.A. Guns, Ratt, Adler’s Appetite, solo, Quiet Riot) – 62
Paul Black (LA Guns, Jo & Paul’s Sonic Boom) – 61
Roxy Petrucci (Madam X, Vixen) – 58
Janet Gardner (Vixen) – 58
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, The Marked, Spirits in the Sky, Starchildren) – 53
Van Conner (Screaming Trees) – 53
Melissa Auf der Mar (The Smashing Pumpkins, Tinker, Hole, Hand of Doom, The Chelsea, solo) – 48
Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) – 45
Wilson Pickett – b. 1941 – d. 1/19/06
Eric Woolfson (Alan Parsons Project, solo) – b. 1945 – d. 12/2/09
Barry “BJ” Wilson (Procol Harum, The Paramounts) – b. 1947 – d. 10/8/90
Bobby Whitlock (Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel, Derek & The Dominos, Delaney & Bonnie, George Harrison, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, many others, solo) – 72
John Hartman (Doobie Brothers) – 70
Bernie Torme (Gillan, Guy McCoy Torme, Ozzy Osbourne, Atomic Rooster, Desperado, Tormé) – 68
John Elefante (Kansas, Mastedon, solo) – 62
Grant Hart (Husker Du, Nova Mob, solo) – b. 1961 – d. 9/13/17
Jeff LaBar (Cinderella, Naked Beggars, solo) – 57
Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, Ignitor, Spastic Ink) – 55
Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) – 54
Jon Levin (Warlock, Doro, Dokken) – 54
Adam Levine (Maroon 5) – 41
Michael Wilhelm (The Charlatans [SF band), The Flamin’ Groovies, Loose Gravel, solo) – 78
Paul Atkinson (The Zombies) – b. 1946 – d. 4/1/04
Ricky Wilson (The B-52’s) – b. 1953 – d. 10/12/85
Billy Sheehan (Talas, UFO, David Lee Roth, Richie Kotzen, Marty Friedman, Tim “Ripper” Owens, B’z, Steve Vai, G3, Niacin, Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs) – 66
Anthony Marinelli (performed on the synthesizer for albums including Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller,’ also worked with Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins, Herb Alpert, Supertramp, The Crystal Method, Billy Childs and James Brown. Marinelli has also scored many film soundtracks) – 61
Zach Lind (Jimmy Eat World) – 43
Matt Mcjunkins (30 Seconds to Mars, ASHES dIVIDE, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) –
Sister Rosetta Tharpe – b. 1915 – d. 10/9/73
Sam Lay (recorded and performed with Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Eddie Taylor, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Bo Diddley, Magic Sam, Jimmy Rogers, Earl Hooker and Muddy Waters. In the mid-1960s, Lay later joined the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Bob Dylan used Lay as his drummer when he introduced electric rock at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Lay also recorded with Dylan, notably on the album ‘Highway 61 Revisited’) – 83
Carl Palmer (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia, Atomic Rooster, PM, 3, solo) – 70
Jimmie Vaughan (Fabulous Thunderbirds, solo, The Vaughan Brothers, The Tilt-A-Whirll) – 69
Jance Garfat (Dr Hook & the Medicine Show) – b. 1944 – d. 11/6/06
Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) – 48
Chester Bennington (Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise, Julien-K, Grey Daze, Stone Temple Pilots) – b. 1976 – d. 7/20/17
Son House / Eddie James House Jr (Blues singer, guitarist) – b. 1902 – d. 10/19/88
Solomon Burke (Rhythm & blues singer) – b. 1940 – d. 10/10/10
John Boylan (American producer and songwriter, worked with Rick Nelson, the Association, the Dillards, managed Linda Ronstadt and introduced her to a then unknown group of musicians who went on to become her backing band in 1971, and later became the Eagles) – 79
Rose Stone / Rosemary Stewart (Sly & The Family Stone) – 75
Ray Dorset (Mungo Jerry, Good Earth) – 74
Eddie Money – 71
Roger Hodgson (Supertramp, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, Argosy, solo) – 70
Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) – 69
Andy Parker (UFO, Waysted) – 68
Jonathan Norton (drummer/percussionist/vocalist worked with Eels, Lisa Germano, Tracy Chapman, Rufus Wainwright, Fiona Apple, Michael Penn, Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams) – 62
Robert Sweet (Stryper, Roxx Regime, King James, Blissed, Dbeality, Final Axe, Menchen, Seventh Power) – 60
Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats, Phantom Rocker & Slick, Dead Men Walking with Kirk Brandon, Mike Peters, Captain Sensible, Headcat) – 59
Share Ross (Vixen, Contraband, Down N’ Outz) – 57
Sean Dickson (The Soup Dragons) – 53
Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) – 52
Deryck Whibley (Sum 41) – 40
Keith Reif (Yardbirds, Ressistance) – b. 1943 – d. 3/22/43 – Reif died on May 14th 1976 from an electric shock received from his improperly grounded guitar amplifier rehearsing at home.
Chris Stainton (Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, The Grease Band, Spooky Tooth, Eric Clapton, Boxer, The Who, Jim Capaldi, Ian Hunter, Elkie Brooks, Bryn Haworth, Maddy Prior, Roger Waters, B.B. King, Jimmy Smith , David Gilmour, The Alarm, Bryan Ferry, Tundra, Billl Wyman’s Rhythm Kings) – 76
Harry Vanda (Easybeats) – 74
Randy Jo Hobbs (The McCoys, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter) – b. 1948 – d. 8/5/93
Jay Dee Daugherty (Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine, The Church, Indigo Girls + more) – 68 Andrew Freeman (Thirty Stones, The Offspring, Hurricane, Lynch Mob, Blockk 16, Devil’s Hand, Raiding The Rock Vault, Lies Deceit & Treachery, Last In Line)
Aaron North (Jubilee, The Icarus Line, Nine Inch Nails) – 41
Andy Pugh (Otherwise) –
David Grisnman (Jerry Garcia, With Old & in the Way + more) – 75
Ric Ocasek (The Cars, solo) – 71
Phil Lanzon (Uriah Heep) – 70
Ira Black (Metal Church, Vicious Rumors, Heathen, Lizzy Borden, Attika7, Dokken + more) – 49
Carol Kaye (The Wrecking Crew) – 85
Mike Kellie (Spooky Tooth, The Only Ones, session drummer for; The Who (Ken Russell’s film soundtrack of Tommy), Joe Cocker, Traffic, George Harrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Peter Frampton;, Maurice Gibb, Luther Grosvenor, Paul Kossoff, Jim Capaldi, Pat Travers, Andy Fraser and more) – 73
Lee Oskar (War, S.O.B. (Same Old Band), Lowrider Band) – 72
Nick Lowe (Producer, Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile, Elvis Costello, The Attractions, The Imposters, Huey Lewis and the News, Noise To Go, The Cowboy Outfit, Johnny Cash, Little Village, Bill Kirchen, solo) – 71
Steve Lang (April Wine) – b. 1949 – d. 2/4/17
Dougie Thomson (Supertramp, The Alan Bown Set) – 69
Steve Souza (Exodus) – 56
Chad Butler (Switchfoot) – 46
Elton John – 73
Michael Stanley (Michael Stanley Band) – 71
Jeff Healey – Canadian guitarist, singer – b. 1966 – d. 3/2/08 of cancer
Ron Keel (Steeler, Keel, solo) – 59
Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses, The Psychedelic Furs, Love Spit Love) – 54
Steven Tyler (Aerosmith, solo) – 72
Richard Tandy (Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne, Tandy Morgan Band) – 72
Fran Sheehan (Boston) – 71
Jeff Plate (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Metal Church, Savatage) – 58
Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel) – 55
James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins, Starchildren, A Perfect Circle, Vanessa and the O’s, Tinted Windows, Whiskeytown) – 52
Robert Lockwood Jr. (Blues guitarist) – b. 1915 – d. 11/21/06
Andy Bown (Status Quo, The Herd, Judas Jump, Peter Frampton, Pink Floyd) – 74
Tony Banks (Genesis, Bankstatement, Strictly Inc., solo) – 70
Wally Stocker (Babys, Humble Pie, Air Supply) – 67
Andrew Farris (INXS) – 61
Kevin Chalfant (Journey, 707, Steel Breeze, The Storm, Alan Parsons Live Project) –
Johnny April (Staind) – 55
Brent Fitz (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil, Theory Of A Deadman, Union, The Guess Who, Bulletboys, Econoline Crush, Gene Simmons, Torque) – 50
Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler, Stolen Ogre) – 50
Charlie McCoy (session musician on harmonica and a wide variety of instruments, member of Area Code 615 and played the harmonica on the 1970 theme for UK BBC TV Music show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’, ‘Stone Fox Chase.’ McCoy has performed with musicians including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings and Loretta Lynn) – 79
Chuck Portz (The Turtles) – 75
John Evan (Jethro Tull, John Evans Band) – 72
Jackie Chambers (Girlschool) – 60
Ged Grimes (Danny Wilson, Simple Minds) – 58
Steve Turner (Mudhoney, The Fall-Outs, The Thrown Ups, Monkeywrench) – 55
Kofi Baker (Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience, Ginger Baker, has toured with John Ethridge (Soft Machine), Steve Waller (Manfred Mann), Randy California (Spirit), Steve Marriot’s Humble Pie) – 51
Matt Nathanson – 47
Dave Keuning (The Killers) – 44
Chad Allen (Expressions, Guess Who) – 77
John ‘Speedy’ Keene (Thunderclap Newman, session player with The Who, Rod Stewart, Kenny G, Motörhead, The Lightning Seeds, The Mission + others, solo) – b. 1945 – d, 3/21/02
Billy Thorpe (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, solo) – b. 1946 – d. 2/28/07
Bobby Kimball (Toto, Yoso, Far Corporation, solo) – 73
Michael Brecker (Brecker Brothers, many jazz and rock collaborations included work with Steely Dan, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Donald Fagen, Dire Straits, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, John Lennon, Aerosmith, Dan Fogelberg, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Daltrey, and Parliament-Funkadelic) – b. 1949 – d.1/13, 2007
Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Psi com, Satellite Party, PerryEtty vs Chris Cox) – 61
John Popper (Blues Traveler, The John Popper Project, Frogwings, The Duskray Troubadors) – 53
Donnie Vie (Enuff Z’Nuff) – 52
March 30: Sonny Boy Williamson (American Blues Harmonica player, singer & songwriter) – b. 1914 – d. 6/1/48
Graeme Edge (Moody Blues, The Graeme Edge Band) – 79 Ken Forssi (Love,The Surfaris, session player) – b. 1943 – d. 1/5/98
Eric Clapton (The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Plastic Ono Band, Santana, Delaney, Bonnie & Friends, Derek and the Dominos, B.B. King, George Harrison, solo + more) – 75
Jim Dandy (Black Oak Arkansas) – 72
Dave Ball (Bedlam, Procol Harum) – b. 1950 – d. 3/31/15
Gary Falcone (Has recorded with bands and artists such as Yes, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Celine Dion, Don Henley, Joe Cocker, David Lee Roth, Kenny Loggins, Megadeath, Chicago, Wang Chung, Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, Aaron Neville, Janet Jackson, Sam Kinison, Barry Manilow, Sammy Hagar, Eddie Van Halen, Sergio Mendes, Thomas Dolby, Billy Joel, Patty LaBelle, Paul Stanley, Steve Vai, David Foster, Monkeys, Jose Feliciano, Lynyrd Skynrd + more) – 65
Rupert Greenall (The Fixx) – 60
Re Styles (Shirley Marie MacLeod) (The Tubes) – 60
Tracy Chapman – 56
Rick Richards (The Georgia Satellites, Izzy Stradlin and The JuJu Hounds, Raggedy Ann + more) –
Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Lanegan, Zilch, Wasted Youth, Goatsnake, Danzig, Sugartooth, Mark Lanegan Band, Desert Sessions, Son of Sam) – 54
Steve Summers (Pretty Boy Floyd) – 54
Berry Duane Oakley (Bloodline, Oakley Krieger Band, Allman Betts Band + more) – 47
Herb Alpert (Formed A&M Records with Jerry Moss, at first operating from his garage at home) – 85
Hugh McCracken (guitarist/session musician – He appeared on many recordings by Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Billy Joel, Roland Kirk, Roberta Flack, B. B. King, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Monkees, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, James Taylor, Phoebe Snow, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Graham Parker, Eric Carmen, Loudon Wainwright III, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, The Four Seasons, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Gary Wright and Andy Gibb. Because of such high demand for his work, McCracken declined Paul McCartney’s invitation to help form his new band, Wings after appearing on his 1971 album ‘Ram’) – b. 1942 – d. 3/28/13
Al Nichol (The Turtles) – 74
Mick Ralphs (Bad Company, Mott The Hoople, David Gilmour, solo) – 76
Thiis van Leer (Focus, solo) – 72
Keith Boyce (The Heavy Metal Kids, Gates Of Dawn, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Mike Oldfield, Bram Tchaikovsky, Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), Tim Bogert, Savoy Brown + more) –
Sean Hopper (Huey Lewis & The News) – 67
Tony Brock (The Babys, Rod Stewart, Strider, Roy Orbison, Jimmy Barnes, Elton John) – 66
Angus Young (AC/DC, Kantuckee, Tantrum, Marcus Hook Roll Band) – 65
Jeff Young (Megadeth, Equilibrium, Broken Silence) – 58
Erik Turner (Warrant) – 56
Patrick Lachman (Damageplan, Halford) – 50
Today In Rock History
1941: The world’s first commercial FM radio station, Nashville’s W47NV, begins broadcasting.
1952: Already operating a recording studio, Memphis Recording Service, Sam Phillips starts Sun Records by releasing ‘Drivin’ Slow’ by 16-year-old saxophonist Johnny London. The label launches the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.
1957: Chuck Berry’s classic” ‘School Days’ is released.
1957: The Everly Brothers sign with Cadence Records and record ‘Bye Bye Love,’ a teen-age love song that was written by 37 year old Boudleaux Bryant and his 31 year old wife, Felice. Although nearly 30 other artists turned the song down, The Everly’s version will rise to #2 in the US and #6 in the UK by next May.
1958: Buddy Holly & The Crickets launch their one and only U.K. tour in London. They play two sets each evening for 25 nights.
1966: Gene Clark announces he’s left the Byrds. A fear of flying is given as the reason.
1958: Elvis Presley begins filming the movie ‘King Creole’ in New Orleans.
1961: Elvis Presley signed a five-year movie deal with producer Hal Wallis.
1963: Filming begins in Hollywood for Elvis Presley’s 13th film, ‘Fun In Acapulco.’
1963: Gerry And The Pacemakers release their first British single, ‘How Do You Do It,’ which will go on to top the UK chart the following April. The song had been turned down by Adam Faith and although The Beatles had recorded it, they declined to issue their version.
1965: After selling over 3 million copies in the US alone, Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’ is awarded a Gold record. The song, which had been recorded in four different languages, was a success in a dozen other countries and was inducted into The Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2003.
1966: Gene Clark of The Byrds announced he was leaving the group due to his chronic fear of flying. He had also had some problems getting along with Roger McGuinn.
1966: A day after Liverpool’s Cavern Club closed due to bankruptcy, a hundred Beatles fans barricaded themselves inside. Still, the vacant venue, where the Beatles had a two-year residency, was later turned into a subway station.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new song John Lennon song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.’ The song was inspired by a drawing his 3 year-old son Julian returned home from school with one day. The picture, which was of a little girl with lots of stars, was his classmate – Lucy O’Donnell, who also lived in Weybridge, and attended the same school as Julian.
1967: In Ottawa, The Animals refuse to go on unless they are paid in advance. The concert is canceled. As a result, the audience riots resulting in several thousands of dollars worth of damage.
1967: ‘Happy Jack’ peaks at #4 on the German charts. It is The Who’s biggest singles hit in that country.
1968: Elton John’s first single ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’ was released on the Phillips label. It didn’t chart.
1968: On or around this date, Pink Floyd officially announces Syd Barrett’s departure from the band.
1968: The Hollies played at the Civic Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
1968: Johnny Cash marries June Carter of the gospel stars The Carter Family. They remain married for 35 years until her death. Before they married one another, Johnny had been married once; June had been married twice.
1969: Jim Morrison is arrested after a Doors concert in Miami after allegedly showing his penis to the audience during a show in Miami. Although it has never been confirmed that he actually exposed himself, he did say, “You want to see my c*ck, don’t you? That’s what you came for isn’t it? YEAHHHH!” Morrison was inebriated, but he was also playing in a venue that had been oversold to three times its capacity, on a hot night with no air-conditioning. He would be found guilty of two misdemeanors — indecent exposure and “open profanity,” and sentenced to eight months hard labor. Morrison died in Paris while the sentence was on appeal. On December 9, 2010, a pardon was requested by outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist and the state Clemency Board unanimously granted it.
1969: Pink Floyd performed at University College, in Bloomsbury, London, England.
1969: The Who play Mother’s Club in Erdington Birmingham, England.
1969: The Jeff Beck Group performed at the Alexandria Roller Rink in Alexandria, Virginia.
1970: Mott The Hoople, supported by Genesis, appeared at The Northcote Arms in Middlesex, England.
1970: On The Ed Sullivan Show, two clips were aired of The Beatles performing ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Two of Us.’ It was the last time the band appeared on the show that broke them in America.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.
1971: Tony Iommi was nearly killed when a crazed fan dashed towards him with a large knife in Memphis, TN.
1972: John Lennon was granted an extension on his American work visa.
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘The Session’ comes out. The album features an all-star cast, including Peter Frampton and Alvin Lee, as they roll through the oldies. It is Jerry Lee’s highest charting album.
1973: The New York’s Joffrey Ballet performs ‘Deuce Coupe Ballet’ consisting entirely of Beach Boys music.
1973: Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker renegotiates Elvis into a 50-50 split on new royalties, and lands another seven-year, fourteen-album deal with RCA for $3.5 million.
1973: Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, sells all of Elvis’ back catalog recordings to RCA for a lump sum of $5.4 million, forgoing all future royalties, in an apparent attempt to garner the King some quick, much-needed cash.
1973: Pink Floyd releases ‘Dark Side Of The Moon.’ Though it is RIAA certified at 15X platinum, some estimates claim it has sold 50 million copies worldwide.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the New Haven Arena in New Haven, Connecticut.
1974: Rush release their self-titled debut album. It’s also their last with drummer John Rutsey. The album’s ‘Working Man’ becomes a breakout song in blue collar Cleveland, Ohio, after winning WMMS disc jockey Donna Halper’s endorsement. One year later the band releases ‘Fly by Night,’ its first album to include Neil Peart.
1974: Aerosmith release their 2nd studio album, ‘Get Your Wings.’
1974: Queen begin their first UK tour in Blackpool.
1974: Chris Difford placed an ad in a shop window “lyricist seeks musician for co-writing.” Glen Tillbrook answered the ad. The pair went on to form Squeeze.
1975: Bob Dylan’s album ‘Blood On The Tracks’ hits #1.
1975: The Eagles had their first million seller and first #1 record in the US when ‘Best of My Love’ reached the top of the Billboard chart. ‘Take It Easy’ had made it to #12, ‘Witchy Woman’ reached #9, ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ hit #22 and ‘Already Gone’ stalled at #32.
1975: Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Paul McCartney for Best pop vocal on ‘Band On The Run’ and Elvis Presley wins for Best Inspirational Performance for his live version of ‘How Great Thou Art.’
1976: KISS released their 6th single ‘Shout It Out Loud.’
1976: David Bowie performed at the Detroit Olympia in Detroit, Michigan.
1977: Iggy Pop and David Bowie, plus The Vibrators appeared at Friars in Aylesbury, England.
1977: After years of estrangement, Bob Dylan’s wife, Sara Lowndes — subject of ‘Lay Lady Lay’ and ‘Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands,’ among other songs — files for divorce in Santa Monica, CA.
1977: Manfred Mann gets their first Gold record for ‘Blinded by the Light,’ a song written by Bruce Springsteen. It was their first US #1 record since ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy,’ thirteen years earlier.
1977: Canadian band, Max Webster, fronted by Kim Mitchell release their ‘High Class In Borrowed Shoes’ album
1978: David Coverdale released his 2nd solo album, ‘Northwinds.’
1979: The Coca-Cola Company introduces Mello Yello as a competitor to Pepsi’s Mountain Dew in the urine-colored soda category. Donovan hopes they will use his song ‘Mellow Yellow’ in their advertising, but the company declines.
1980: Patti Smith marries MC 5’s Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith in Detroit. They have two children, and remain married until his death from heart failure in 1994.
1981: Ted Nugent releases his live album ‘Intensities In 10 Cities.’
1981: NBC-TV airs ‘Elvis And The Beauty Queen,’ the story of his final years and his relationship with girlfriend Linda Thompson, featuring future star Don Johnson as Elvis Presley.
1982: Rod Stewart performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1982: MTV launches its catchy “I Want My MTV” campaign. The effort builds public demand for cable systems to offer the channel. Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger and David Bowie v release their fourth album, ‘Power Metal,’ It’s their first to feature Phil Anselmo on vocals.
1982: Krokus release their 6th studio album, ‘One Vice at a Time’ .
1985: Ford licenses The Beatles’ ‘Help!’ for a new commercial, the very first such use of the group’s songs in a TV ad.
1986: The Rolling Stones release their album ‘Dirty Work’
1986: Mr. Mister’s ‘Kyrie’ hits #1 in America. The refrain “Kyrie eleison” is Greek for “Lord, have mercy.”
1990: During a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers concert at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA, Bob Dylan & Bruce Springsteen made guest appearances on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Travelin’ Ban’” & the Animals’ ‘I’m Crying.’
1991: The Oliver Stone film, ‘The Doors’ is released. It stars Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison, after Ian Astbury of the Cult turns the role down.
1993: Q magazine publishes an interview with Sting and Bob Geldof where Sting explains how his sex lasts for hours through the benefits of yoga.
1994: Nirvana played their final ever concert when they appeared at The Terminal Einz in Munich, Germany. The 3,000 capacity venue was a small Airport Hanger. The power went off during the show so they played an impromptu acoustic set including a version of The Cars ‘My Best Friend’s Girl.’ Kurt Cobain is very sick, and the rest of the tour is cancelled. He is found dead a little over a month later.
1994: Soul Asylum’s ‘Runaway Train’ wins Best Rock Song at the 36th annual Grammy Awards in New York. Ozzy Osbourne wins Best Metal Performance Grammy for ‘I Don’t Want To Change The World.’ Bruce Springsteen, Steve Winwood and Bonnie Raitt perform a tribute to Cutis Mayfield.
1995: Quiet Riot released their 8th studio album, ‘Down to the Bone.’
1995: D-A-D released their 5th studio album, ‘Helpyourselfish.’
1995: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Streets of Philadelphia’ won three Grammys for Song of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. Sheryl Crow winss Best New Artist and Record of the Year for ‘All I Wanna Do.’ Soundgarden earn a pair of statues for ‘Black Hole Sun’ (Best Hard Rock Performance) and ‘Spoonman’ (Best Metal Performance) Also, the trophy for Best Rock Performance-Female went to Melissa Etheridge for ‘Come To My Window.’ Eric Clapton wins his ninth Grammy, winning Best Traditional Blues Album for ‘From The Cradle.’
1995: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry left the stage during the middle of a concert in Lausanne, Switzerland with a severe headache. He was later diagnosed with a brain aneurysm & concerts scheduled through May were postponed.
1997: A Motley Crue fan who claimed his hearing had been irreparably damaged after a show in New Jersey had his lawsuit thrown out of court. The judge told Clifford Goldberg who had sat near the front of the stage, knew the risk he was taking.
1997: ‘Bowie Bonds’ were issued on the US Stock Exchange. Linked to David Bowie’s back catalog albums with money earned on the bonds via interest from royalties, investors could expect to make an 8% profit in about 10 years.
2004: Warner Music Group leaves parent company Time Warner for the first time, bought out as a separate entity by investors led by former Universal Music head Edgar Bronfman Jr.
2005: Judas Priest released their 14th studio album, ‘Angel of Retribution.’ It’s their first album in 15 years to feature Rob Halford, on vocals and it peaks at #13 on Billboard’s 200 Chart.
2005: A British judge finds that Linkin Park cannot file lawsuits against people selling unauthorized posters of the band. The group had wanted to copyright its name to terminate the sale of bootleg merchandise.
2005: Purple Haze Records in Britan is prohibited from selling a bootleg 1969 Jimi Hendrix Experience concert. Purple Haze claims they purchased the rights from another company, who apparently didn’t own the rights either.
2005: Slipknot percussionist Clown (Shawn Crahan or No. 6) skips the band’s appearance NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien because his wife, who reportedly has Crohn’s disease, is sick. Slipknot perform ‘Before I Forget’ and dedicates the song to Crahan and his family.
2006: A limited-edition line of teas featuring original artwork from late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia are sold by the Republic of Tea company. A portion of the proceeds from J. Garcia Artisan Teas benefit DrawBridge, a nonprofit arts organization for homeless youths.
2006: Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen begins his first solo tour in New Brunswick, NJ.
2006: Carlos Santana and his wife Deborah, are honored for their work with the Milagro Foundation during a Beverly Hills, CA, charity gig. The organization raises money to benefit underprivileged children around the world.
2008: ‘What I Learned About Success From the World’s Greatest Rock Stars’ is in bookstores. Written by Rock radio personality Dayna Steele, the book has her reminiscences of interactions with Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, David Bowie, Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Sammy Hagar, U2’s Bono and Ozzy Osbourne. The foreword is by KISS’ Gene Simmons.
2010: U2 tops the 2009 Billboard Money Makers list earning more than $108 million. Bruce Springsteen is second with a mere $57 million.
2010: Megadeth perform their classic album, ‘Rust In Peace,’ in its entirety during a tour in celebration of the album’s 20th anniversary. The first show is in Spokane, WA.
2011: ‘Rope,’ the lead single from the Foo Fighters’ seventh album ‘Wasting Light,’ is released. The song tops the Billboard Rock Songs chart a week later.
2011: The spacesuit worn by Ozzy Osbourne in the Best Buy Super Bowl commercial is sold to raise money for Sharon Osbourne’s Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
2011: A New York City law firm launched a $700,000 lawsuit against Prince for unpaid legal services.
2012: The AC/DC pinball machine was released.
2013: Saxon released their 20th studio album, ‘Sacrifice.’
2013: Jo Wood, former wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, publishes her autobiography, ‘Hey Jo.’ One precious moment talks about Ronnie bringing cocaine to the hospital following birth of their son Tyrone.
2015: Tickets for The Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well tour showed up on Stub Hub with a top-price at $116,000 for the three-day show. The cheap seats for the event, set for Chicago’s Soldier Field July 3-5, could be had for a mere $1350. Originally the seats were priced from $59.50 to $199.50 per day.
2016: 76-year-old Ginger Baker posted on his blog that he had cancelled all of his scheduled shows for the year and was going into immediate retirement. The former drummer for Cream and Blind Faith explained that he had been diagnosed with serious heart problems.
1955: Bo Diddley records ‘Bo Diddley’ and ‘I’m A Man’ during his first session at at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago, where he laid down ‘Bo Diddley’, which went on the top the US R&B chart by the following June. Even though the song didn’t crack the Hot 100, it was added in 2012 to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” American sound recordings.
1955: Elvis Presley appeared at Porky’s Rooftop Club in Newport, Arkansas. Constantly on the road, performing night after night this was the group’s 46th show this year, (Elvis along with Scotty Moore and Bill Black).
1957: The Del-Vikings saw their biggest hit, ‘Come Go With Me,’ enter the Billboard Top 40 where it would peak at #4, selling over a million copies in the process. Dion would cover the song in 1963, but could do no better than #48. The Beach Boys also tried their luck with the tune and reached #18 in 1982.
1960: After completing his national service and flying back to America, Elvis Presley stepped on British soil for the first and only time in his life when the plane carrying him stopped for refueling at Prestwick Airport, Scotland.
1961: The Everly Brothers had their 3rd UK #1 single with ‘Walk Right Back’ a song written by Sonny Curtis of The Crickets.
1963: Franke Valli & The Four Seasons started a three week run at #1 with ‘Walk Like A Man.’ With this single. the Four Seasons became the first group in the history of the Billboard Charts to have three consecutive #1 songs. During the recording session, the room directly above the studio caught fire, and smoke and water began pouring in. Producer Bob Crewe was so intent on finishing the production that he blocked the studio door and continued recording until firemen broke the door down.
1963: The Cascades achieved their only Billboard Top 40 hit when ‘Rhythm Of The Rain’ topped out at #3. The song was also a top 5 hit in the UK.
1964: Beatles begin work on their first movie ‘Hard Day’s Night’ in London at Marylebone train station in London, with director Richard Lester.
1964: The Beatles ‘Twist & Shout’ b/w ‘There’s a Place’ 45 single is released. Written by Phil Medley and Bert Russell, it was originally titled ‘Shake It Up, Baby’ and recorded by the Top Notes and then covered by The Isley Brothers. It was covered by The Beatles with John Lennon on the lead vocals and originally released on their first album ‘Please Please Me.’ Released by by Vee-Jay Records on the Tollie label, it reached #2 on April 4, 1964, during the week that the top five places on the chart were all Beatles singles. (In the Cashbox singles chart for the same week, ‘Twist and Shout’ was #1) In the United States, ‘Twist and Shout’ was the only million-selling Beatles single that was a cover record, and the only Beatles cover single to reach the Top 10 on a national record chart. The song failed to hit #1 because the Beatles had another song occupying the top spot, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’
1968: Blue Cheer gave birth to heavy metal when their interpretation of ‘Summertime Blues’ was released. The single goes to #14.
1968: Cat Stevens begins a three-month hospital stay after being diagnosed with tuberculosis.
1968: ‘Call Me Lighting’ backed with ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ enters the US charts. It reaches #40 in the Billboard charts and #38 in Cash Box. That night The Who perform at New Edmonton Gardens in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. After the show they are thrown out of their hotel’s English-style pub for having long hair. In response John Entwhistle writes the song ‘What Are We Doing Here?’
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed at a jazz festival in Cambridge, England. It was the first time a Beatle had performed solo.
1970: Genesis appears at the Mistrale Club, Beckenham, in the London Borough of Bromley, England.
1972: Yes appeared at the Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York.
1973: David Bowie played at the Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan.
1973: The Doobie Brothers 3rd studio album ‘The Captain and Me.’ It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and features some of their most popular hits including ‘Long Train Runnin’, ‘China Grove’ and ‘Without You.’
1973: Todd Rundgren’s ‘A Wizard, a True Star’ album is released. It reached #86 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The album, and especially the first side of the vinyl recording, is an extended medley after the fashion of the Beatles’ late recordings; brief songs segue into one another, and the lyrics are frequently humorous or hallucinatory. The first side features a cover version of ‘Never Never Land’ from the Broadway version of Peter Pan, with the second side featuring a medley of covers of R&B hits. The album’s length (55:56) pushed the limits of how much music could fit on a long-playing record; as a result, the sound quality is a little lower in comparison. Acknowledging that on the album’s inner sleeve, which was packed with his handwritten notes, Rundgren advised listeners to turn up the volume on their speakers, being that each side of the record is about 6 or 7 minutes longer than standard records. The compact disc version was thought to avoid these difficulties.
1974: At this year’s Grammys Stevie Wonder won four awards: Album of the year for ‘Innervisions,’ Best R&B song and Best vocal for ‘Superstition’ and Pop vocal performance for ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life.’ ‘Innervisions’ also won for Best Engineered Recording.
1975: Los Angeles Police pull over Paul McCartney’s Lincoln Continental for allegedly running a red light. They detect the smell of marijuana and arrest Linda McCartney for having six to eight ounces of the drug in her purse. Paul was driving but is not charged with anything.
1976: The Who appeared at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris.
1977: Black Sabbath performed at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland.
1977: Quiet Riot release their self=titled debut album in Japan. The band features Randy Rhoads on guitar.
1977: AC/DC appeared at The Top Rank in Swansea, England.
1977: David Bowie and Iggy Pop played at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1978: Eric Clapton performed at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama.
1979: Rush appeared at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
1979: Stevie Ray Vaughn played at Soap Creek Saloon in Austin, Texas.
1980: ZZ Top performed Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1981: Iron Maiden released their 4th single, ‘Twilight Zone,’ from the album ‘Killers.’ At the time of its release, it was the band’s second-most successful single, peaking at #31 in the UK Singles Chart.
1982: David Bowie made his television acting debut, appearing in a production of ‘Bertolt Brecht’s Baal’ on the BBC.
1983: Sony, Philips and Polygram introduce a revolutionary new digital audio system called a Compact Disc that contains up to 1 hour of music.
1984: Mick Jagger’s wife Jerry Hall gave birth to Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger.
1984: ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ premiered, forever changing the perception of hard rock and heavy metal bands. Whether it be finding the way to the stage from the backstage tunnel, turning the amp to “11”, or the miniature Stonehenge stage setup, Spinal Tap is forever ingrained in rock n’ roll lore.
1985: John Fogerty peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘The Old Man Down the Road’ which was Fogerty’s only top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1985: Phil Collins started a five-week run at #1 on the UK chart with his 3rd solo LP ‘No Jacket Required.’ 1985: Metallica and Armored Saint played The Big Apple Mint Club in El Paso, TX.
1987: Overkill released the album ‘Taking Over.’ The album is Overkill’s last to feature drummer Rat Skates, who left the band later in 1987 and was replaced by Sid Falck.
1988: U2 win a couple of Grammys (Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance) for ‘Joshua Tree.’ Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ is named Record Of The Year at the 30th Grammy Awards. ‘Bring On The Night’ by Sting is awarded Best Pop Vocal Performance and George Michael and Aretha Franklin win Best R&B Performance for ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me).’
1991: 21 years after its initial release, ‘All Right Now’ by Free reached #2 on the UK singles chart when it was reissued to coincide with its use in a Wrigley’s Chewing gum TV ad.
1996: The Gin Blossoms released their album ‘Congratulations, I’m Sorry.’ It contains hits ‘Til I Hear It From You’ and ‘Follow You Down.’
1996: Oasis scored their second UK #1 single when ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ went to #1. From the band’s ‘What’s The Story Morning Glory’ album, it was the first Oasis single to feature Noel on lead vocals instead of his brother, Liam Gallagher.
1999: The Las Vegas House of Blues opened with a performance by Bob Dylan. U2’s Bono joined him to sing ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door.’
1999: Dusty Springfield died of breast cancer at the age of 59, after a five year battle. She would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame less than two weeks after she passed away, having placed 18 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 from 1964 to 1970. Her first huge single was ‘I Only Want To Be With You,’ she later recorded the Bacharach-David composition ‘The Look of Love’ for the James Bond film ‘Casino Royale.’ She also collaborated and had hits with the Pet Shop Boys and many others. Her friend Elton John said, “I’m biased but I just think she was the greatest white singer there ever has been…Every song she sang, she claimed as her own.”
2003: Singer, songwriter Hank Ballard died at his Los Angeles home from throat cancer. His exact age is uncertain as most biographies say he was 66, but friends say he was actually 75. He originally released ‘The Twist’ on the B-side of his 1959 tune ‘Teardrops On Your Letter,’ but after Chubby Checker took the song to #1, Ballard re-released his version and had a Top 30 hit with it as well in 1960. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990
2004: Metallica kicked off the first North American leg of their 137 date ‘Madly in Anger with the World Tour’ at the America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Metallica offers audio recordings of every show on their tour for sale within days of each performance via their LiveMetallica.com. website. Godsmack are the openers.
2004: Springfield, IL. Mayor Timothy Davlin proclaims Puddle Of Mudd Day following the group’s gig there.
2004: ‘The Essential Cheap Trick’ compilation album is released.
2005: Tesla performs an acoustic set at New York’s Irving Plaza. It’s part of a commemorative tour. The group’s ‘Five Man Acoustical Jam’ was released in 1990.
2005: Fred Durst files an $80 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against several online media companies that hosted an illicit homemade sex video starring the Limp Bizkit vocalist. The invasion-of-privacy suit includes a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent further distribution of the flick.
2006: Paul McCartney and wife Heather Mills head to the ice floes off the Canada’s east coast to oppose the opening of seal hunting season.
2006: A woman who says she appeared in a sex tape featuring Scott Stapp and Kid Rock files an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Stapp and the company trying to distribute the video. She thought the former Creed frontman would keep the ’99 tape in his private possession, while Stapp maintains the video was stolen from him. The woman wants the tape taken out of circulation and a few dollars to cover emotional distress.
2007: U2 singer Bono receives the Chairman’s Award at the NAACP’s 38th Image Awards in L.A.
2007: The Orcutt Children’s Arts Foundation honors Jackson Browne at its fourth annual event in Santa Maria, CA. The foundation raises money to fund opportunities for local schoolchildren to take part in visual and performing-arts activities.
2007: Jimi Hendrix was crowned the ‘wildest guitar hero’ of all-time in a poll of music fans for Classic Rock magazine. Hendrix beat Keith Richards into second place, with Stevie Ray Vaughan in third. Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page made it to number four, followed by Dimebag Darrell, who played for several heavy metal bands including Pantera and Damageplan.
2008: Canadian guitarist and singer Jeff Healey died of cancer. Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes when he was eight months old, resulting in his eyes being surgically removed. After living cancer-free for 38 years, he developed sarcoma in his legs. Despite surgery for this, the sarcoma spread to his lungs and ultimately was the cause of his death. Healey released over 12 albums, presented a long running radio show and worked with many artists including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, BB King, ZZ Top, Steve Lukather, Eric Clapton and Ian Gillan.
2008: Nine Inch Nails release their 6th album, an almost entirely instrumental ‘Ghosts I-IV,’ as a free digital release – a concept they will revisit with their next album, ‘The Slip,’ in July. Physical copies are sold at a regular price a few months after the digital releases.
2009: U2 begins a five-night run on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman to promote their album ‘No Line On The Horizon.’ It’s the group’s first performance on Lettermen since 2001.
2009: Van Morrison is the first-ever musical guest on the debut of NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Morrision performs songs from his 1968 album ‘Astral Weeks.’
2010: The Music of The Who, a charity tribute concert, takes place at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Performances of The Who’s catalog by Patti Smith, Living Colour and others, benefits Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Church Street School for Music & Art and The American Symphony Orchestra.
2012: Five days after Kid Rock endorsed Mitt Romney for President, Motor City Madman Ted Nugent does the same.
2013: A pencil doodle by Paul McCartney when he was a teenager sold for over $5,000. The sketches were drawn by McCartney during the late 1950’s while a student at the Liverpool Institute High School For Boys. The drawings showed multiple faces with different expressions on a single sheet of paper in pencil. The auction house said the drawing sold for $5,692.
2014: Nominated for Best Original Song, U2 plays ‘Ordinary Love,’ from the movie ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,’ during the Oscars. But they lose to “Let It Go” from the movie ‘Frozen.’
2015: Europe released their 10th studio album, ‘War of Kings.’
2015: ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, announced that in 2014 the organization gained a 6% increase in revenue to just over $1 billion, up from the $944.4 million it collected in 2013.
2016: Bob Dylan sold his personal archive of notes, draft lyrics, poems, artwork and photographs to the University of Tulsa, where they would be made available to scholars and curated for public exhibitions. The 6,000 item collection also included master recording tapes of Dylan’s entire music catalog, along with hundreds of hours of film video.
2016: Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says Phish “have been one of the great bands in this country” at a rally in Portland, ME. The band’s drummer, Jon Fishman, is in attendance.
2017: Godsmack’s five-year-old cover of The Beatles’ ‘Come Together’ is #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart. The song resurfaces when it is posted on a Rock music website. 2018: The Breeders release ‘All Nerve,’ the group’s first album since ‘08’s ‘Mountain Battles’ and their first since the pivotal ‘93 set, ‘Last Splash’ to have Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson.
2018: Stone Temple Pilots embark on their first tour with singer Jeff Gutt. Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington were the previous vocalists. The trek kicks off in Santa Clarita, CA. Actor Johnny Depp and MC5 frontman Wayne Kramer are on hand for a cover of MC5’s ‘Kick Out The Jams.’
1956: Elvis Presley’s RCA debut, ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ enters the Top 100, debuting at #68. Although many staff members at RCA Victor believed that the release was a mistake, the song would rise to #1 on the US Pop chart for 8 weeks and spend 17 weeks at the top of the Country chart.'”Heartbreak Hotel’ would later be ranked #45 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1957: The head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, Samuel Cardinal Strich, bans Rock ‘n’ Roll from Catholic schools in his district, saying “When our schools and centers stoop to such things as Rock And Roll tribal rhythms, they are failing seriously in their duty.” A week after his remarks, a survey of record retailers, distributors and disc jockeys revealed that the Cardinal’s words had no affect on Rock record sales in the area.
1959: The Drifters, with new lead vocalist Ben E. King, record their breakthrough hit, ‘There Goes My Baby,’ at Atlantic’s studios in New York. The song will become the group’s first of 16 Billboard Top 40 hits.
1963: The Beatles played the last show on a UK tour supporting Helen Shapiro at The Gaumont Cinema in Hanley, Stoke.
1965: Eric Clapton plays his last show with The Yardbirds, leaving to join John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. He is replaced by Jeff Beck.
1966: The Rolling Stones start work on ‘Aftermath’ in Hollywood. The album contains ‘Paint It Black’ with Brian Jones on sitar.
1966: Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin created the group, Buffalo Springfield. Their stay on the Rock music scene would only last a couple of years before the group would fragment. Stills teamed up with David Crosby of The Byrds and Graham Nash of The Hollies to form Crosby, Stills and Nash, while Young released several solo projects before joining them. Furay got together with Jim Messina and Randy Meisner to create Poco in 1968. Palmer dropped out of the lime light while Martin toured as Buffalo Springfield with fill-in musicians.
1966: Fans at Ottawa, Ontario’s Coliseum riot after waiting an hour for The Animals to perform. The band however, refuses to play unless they are paid in advance. The concert is eventually cancelled.
1966: The Who played at the Victoria Ballroom in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England.
1967: The Jeff Beck group, featuring a virtually unknown singer named Rod Stewart, along with bass player Ron Wood and drummer Aynsley Dunbar, make their debut at the Astoria in London on a package tour with Roy Orbison & The Small Faces. Due to receiving poor notices, The Jeff Beck Group was asked not to complete the tour.
1967: A twice-nightly tour kicked off in the UK at The ABC in Romford Essex featuring, The Small Faces, Jeff Beck, Roy Orbison and Paul and Barry Ryan.
1967: The Doors appear at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. Country Joe & The Fish and Sparrow opened the show.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Market Hall in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.
1967: After a promoter refuses to pay the Animals an advance for their concert in Ottawa, the band decides not to play. The audience riots and causes $5,000 in damages
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1968, Blood, Sweat & Tears appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Led Zeppelin recorded their first BBC Radio 1 ‘Top Gear’ session during the afternoon at the Playhouse Theatre in London, England. Songs recorded were ‘Dazed And Confused,’ ‘Communication Breakdown,’ ‘You Shook Me’ and ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby.’
1970: Genesis plays at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.
1971: South African radio lifts five-year ban on Beatles.
1971: Elton John makes his first major London appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. He’s backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco
1972: Jethro Tull released their 5th studio album, ‘Thick as a Brick.’
1972: Harry Nilsson receives a Gold record for his album, ‘Nilsson Schmilsson.’
1973: Jimi Hendrix’s personal manager, Michael Jeffrey, was one of 68 people killed in a plane crash in France. Jeffery was en route to a court appearance in London related to Hendrix.
1973: The live album ‘The Concert for Bangla Desh,’ taken from the Madison Square Garden benefit concert organized by George Harrison, and featuring Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, wins the Grammy for Album of the Year.
1973: Slade’s ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’ entered the UK at #1, making Slade the first act to achieve this since The Beatles.
1973: The #1 Billboard Album is Elton John’s ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player.’
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at Ellis Auditorium North Hall in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
1976: David Bowie performed at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1977: The first night of an UK tour with Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Cherry Vanilla, and The Police kicked off at the Roxy Club in London.
1978: Van Halen start their first ever US tour in Chicago as the opening act for Journey and Montrose. Even then, they had the legendary “brown M&Ms” provision in their contract. It ends in December after 174 shows.
1978: Whitesnake (originally billed as David Coverdale’s Whitesnake) plays its first show in England at Lincoln Technical College. What was supposed to be their first show at The Nottingham Sky Bird Club had been cancelled due to logistical problems – the stage was too small. The band is comprised of David Coverdale, guitarist Mick Moody, fellow guitarist Bernie Marsden, bassist Neil Murray, keyboardist Pete Solley and drummer David “Duck” Dowle.
1978: Patti Smith Group’s ‘Easter’ album is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, bolstered by the success of the single, ‘Because the Night’ (co-written by Bruce Springsteen and Smith), which reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 in the UK.
1978: Frank Zappa’s live double album, ‘Zappa in New York’ is released. It reached #57 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The group included future Missing Persons/UK drummer Terry Bozzio, Jethro Tull/Roxy Music/UK keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson and a fantastic horn section that would gain notoriety in the Saturday Night Live house band (The Brecker Brothers), among others. Although the concert was recorded during a multi-night stand at New York’s Palladium in December of 1976, the album’s release was held up by Warner Bros. because of their objection to the homo-erotic track ‘Punky’s Whips.’ Surprises abound on Zappa in New York, such as a cameo by Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo, who introduces the aforementioned ‘Punky’s Whips’ and other tracks.
1979: Frank Zappa’ double album ‘Sheik Yerbouti’ is released. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The first album to be released on his own eponymous label after his departure from Warner Bros. Records, it emphasized the comedic aspect of his lyrics more than ever before, beginning a period of increased record sales and mainstream media attention. Sheik Yerbouti remains Zappa’s biggest selling album worldwide with over 2 million units sold to date. The title is a play on words; Zappa appears on the cover in character in Arab headdress, and the name, meant to resemble an Arabic transcription, is pronounced like the title of KC and the Sunshine Band’s 1976 disco hit ‘Shake Your Booty.’
1980: Sotheby’s hold their first auction of rock memorabilia. Four dollar bills signed by The Beatles sell for $528. A napkin signed by Elvis Presley fetches $800.
1981: U2 begins their first major tour of the US with two shows at a Washington, DC, club called The Bayou.
1981: The Elvis Presley documentary movie, ‘This Is Elvis’ (with Ral Donner narrating) premieres in Memphis.
1982: A re-formed version of The Mamas And The Papas, with original members John Phillips and Denny Doherty, joined by Phillips’ daughter Mackenzie and Spanky McFarlane of Spanky and Our Gang, play the first show of their brief reunion tour.
1983: A Hell’s Angels biker identified only as “Butch” confirms, in front of a U.S. Senate hearing, that the motorcycle gang had indeed taken out a contract to kill Mick Jagger. The Rolling Stones leader was seen as having blamed the gang for the death of concertgoer Meredith Hunter at Altamont.
1984: John Lennon peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Nobody Told Me’ which was final top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S. 1984: Billboard’s 200 Album chart has Bon Jovi’s ‘Bon Jovi’ at #135, Iron Maiden’s ‘Piece Of Mind’ #133, Mötley Crüe’s ‘Too Fast For Love’ #90 & ‘Shout At The Devil’ #19, KISS’ ‘Lick It Up’ #72, Ozzy’s ‘Bark At The Moon’ #41, Def Leppard’s ‘Pyromania’ #28, Judas Priest’s ‘Defender Of The Faith’ #18 and Van Halen’s ‘1984’ at #3. 1984: The Police peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Wrapped Around Your Finger’ which was their 6th and final top 10 single in the U.S. 1985. Metallica & Armored Saint play the Graham Central Station in Albuquerque, NM. Admission is $6.
1986: ‘Master Of Puppets,’ the 3rd studio album by Metallica is released. It’s the group’s first record to be certified gold for sales of over 500,000 copies but their last to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who dies in a bus crash in Sweden while the group is touring to promote the album. It reached #29 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #167 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. 1987: Bon Jovi trelease their single, ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive.’
1989: Triumph release their greatest hits ‘Classics’ album.
1989: D-A-D release their 3rd album, ‘No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims.’ 1990: Billboard’s 200 Album chart has L.A. Guns’ ‘Cocked & Loaded’ at #177, Metallica’s ‘…And Justice For All’ #167, Alice Cooper’s ‘Trash’ #47, Warrant’s ‘Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich’ #45, Tesla’s ‘The Great Radio Controversy’ #33, Bad English’s ‘Bad English’ #30, Mötley Crüe’s ‘Dr. Feelgood’ #18, Skid Row’s ‘Skid Row’ #13, and Aerosmith’s ‘Pump’ at #7.
1990: During a world tour Paul McCartney played the first of 6 sold-out nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The final night was broadcast live to venues in 10 other Japanese cities.
1993: Sting holds his 3rd annual Rainforest benefit concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall. In addition to the ex-Police frontman, Don Henley, Bryan Adams and Tina Turner perform.
1994: In Italy Kurt Cobain lapses into a coma after overdosing on the drug Rohypnol. After having his stomach pumped, he awakes from his coma. This possible suicide attempt is a precursor to his death by his own hand about a month later.
1994: The Smashing Pumpkins were banned from appearing on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’ due to the content of the song’s lyrics.
1995: Foo Fighters made their live debut during a benefit show at The Satyricon in Portland, Oregon. 1994: White Zombie, Prong and The Obsessed played Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, OR.
1995: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry undergoes successful brain surgery. Berry collapsed due to a brain aneurysm during a concert in Switzerland.
1997: U2’s 9th studio album, ‘Pop’ is released. It hits #1 in 35 countries, including the U.S.
1998: Bad Religion’s breakthrough album, ‘Stranger Than Fiction,’ released almost four years earlier, is certified gold by the RIAA, becoming the band’s only album to achieve this certification in the United States. 1999: Triumph release their album ‘Classics.’
1999: Oasis agreed to pay their former drummer Tony McCarroll a sum of £550,000 ($935,000) after he sued the Manchester band for millions in unpaid royalties. McCarroll had been fired from the band in 1995.
1999: US music professor Peter Jeffrey went to court to sue The Smashing Pumpkins, their promoters and a company who make ear plugs after claiming his hearing was damaged at a concert in Connecticut.
2003: Ray Jackson sued Rod Stewart over Stewart’s song ‘Maggie May.’ Jackson claimed he came up with mandolin melody & claimed that he lost over $1.5 million because he wasn’t credited for the distinctive “hook”. He was paid $22 for the recording session with Stewart in 1971.
2004: Elton John announced he was planning to marry his long-term partner David Furnish if new UK laws allowed it. A Civil Partnership bill was being passed through Parliament which would give gay couple’s greater rights.
2006: Axl Rose files a counterclaim in Los Angeles against his former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Slash to reaffirm his control of the band’s copyrights. The singer contends that Slash and ex-GN’R bassist Duff McKagan have filed ‘baseless lawsuits’ against him. “Axl has a responsibility to protect the Guns N’ Roses legacy and expose the truth,” says Rose’s lawyer.
2006: Gary Glitter (born Paul Gadd) is sentenced to three years in a Vietnamese prison after being found guilty of molesting two young girls ages 10 and 11.
2007: Incubus play their first-ever concert in Iceland.
2007: Peter Frampton narrates a recital of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf at a library in Independence, KY. The free lunchtime performance features music by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.
2008: Beatles engineer Norman Smith died at the age of 85. Smith who worked on every studio recording the band made between 1962 and 1965 was nicknamed “Normal Norman” by John Lennon. As a producer in 1966, he signed Pink Floyd and produced their early albums.
2008: The Black Crowes release their 7th studio album, ‘Warpaint.’
2008: Kid Rock’s attorney enters a not-guilty plea in Georgia’s DeKalb County State Court in regard to an 2007 fight Rock was involved in at an Atlanta Waffle House restaurant. Rock faces a misdemeanor battery charge after being arrested along with members of his entourage five months earlier following an altercation. Rock claims he was provoked.
2008: Scott Weiland exits a rehab facility after undergoing treatment for an undisclosed substance problem. The singer faces a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. Two days later he pleads not guilty.
2009: Queensryche release their 12th studio album, ‘America Soldier,’ a concept album looking at war from a frontline soldier’s perspective. 2009: Rush release their ‘Retrospective 3’ album.
2009: To celebrate the release of U2’s 12th studio album and their appearance every night for a week on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman,’ New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renames part of 53rd Street in midtown Manhattan, U2 Way.
2009: England’s Liverpool Hope University announces a Master of Arts program focusing on The Beatles. Students complete four 12-week modules and write a dissertation in the postgraduate class titled ‘The Beatles, Popular Music and Society.’
2010: Police storm the set of Megadeth’s ‘Right To Go Insane’ video because the band is using a M68a tank. The band had neglected to inform authorities about the tank so panic ensued.
2010: The Israeli boycott of Metallica ends peacefully when an agreement is reached to lower ticket prices. The controversy stemmed from fan complaints about the cost of admission for concert at the Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv.
2011: R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe performs at the annual Tibet House U.S. benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. The event is hosted by composer Philip Glass and includes an appearance by Patti Smith.
2011: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler launches a new mobile phone app called Steven Tyler’s AppSoLewdly. Available exclusively at iTunes, the app allows fans access to uncensored content, including photos and videos made by Tyler.
2012: Twisted Sister honor a fallen police officer at a benefit show at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. John Falcone, a Poughkeepsie police officer, was killed while on duty the previous month. “We tend to do our benefits based on the proximity of the person and the place, the conditions, the circumstances, as it relates to us,” explains guitarist Jay Jay French. All proceeds go to law enforcement support organizations.
2012: Legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose dies at the age of 65. He the bands Montrose and Gamma and also performed and did session work with a variety of musicians, including Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, The Beau Brummels, Boz Scaggs, Beaver & Krause, Gary Wright, Tony Williams, The Neville Brothers, Dan Hartman, Marc Bonilla, Edgar Winter, and Johnny Winter. The first Montrose album was often cited as “America’s answer to Led Zeppelin” and Montrose the guitarist was often referred to as one of the most influential guitarists in American hard rock.
2013: Bobby Rogers, a founding member of the Motown group The Miracles, died at the age of 73 following a long illness. His voice can be heard on the group’s hits ‘Shop Around,’ ‘You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,’ ‘The Tracks of My Tears,’ ‘Going to a Go-Go,’ ‘I Second That Emotion’ and ‘The Tears of a Clown.’
2015: ‘Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute’ album was released. It featured Gus G, Brad Gillis, Doug Aldrich, George Lynch, Jon Donais, Bernie Torme, Joel Hoelkstra, Tom Morello, Bruce Kulick and more.
2015: Keith Richards objected to a planned £1.5million cafe being built on a beachfront near his country mansion. The guitarist lodged an objection against the new development which is near his Redlands estate where he was famously arrested with band mate Mick Jagger in 1967 in a drugs raid. Richards is opposed to the planned restaurant which was earmarked for West Wittering beach in West Sussex.
2015: The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that they were currently reviewing a petition asking them to consider reopening the investigation into the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper on February 3rd, 1959. The petition, submitted by New England pilot L.J. Coon, asked the NTSB to consider factors other than pilot error when determining what caused the crash.
2017: Former American Idol singer James Durbin joins Quiet Riot as new vocalist.
2017: Jim Fuller, a co-founding member of The Surfaris whose lead guitar work is heard on the band’s signature hit “Wipe Out”, died at the age of 69 after a long illness.
2017: During his show at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Billy Joel brought two members of The Young Rascals, Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish on stage. The pair proceeded to play their biggest hit, ‘Good Lovin’, with Cavaliere reprising his famous Hammond B-3 organ solo. 2017: Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album marks its 350th week on the Billboard 200 chart— the eighth most total weeks in the chart’s history. The longest run on the list belongs to Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ at 927 weeks.
2018: Journey’s ‘Greatest Hits’ became just the third album to spend 500 weeks on the Billboard 200 in the chart’s 61-year history. It joined Bob Marley And The Wailers’ ‘Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers’ (510 weeks) and the longevity all-time leader, Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ (937 weeks). The disc debuted in December, 1988 and peaked at #10 the following year. Between October 1990 and December 2009 it disappeared from the chart, but after a change in eligibility rules it returned and has stayed there pretty much ever since.
1957: Gene Vincent’s ‘Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps’ album is released.
1963: ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.’ by The Beach Boys, With lead vocals by Mike Love climbs to #3 on the pop chart.
1966: John Lennon’s statement that The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus Christ’ was published in The London Evening Standard. “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular then Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.” Christian group’s in the US were outraged resulting in some states burning Beatles records. Lennon later apologized.
1966: The Beatles ‘Yesterday’ (Extended Play) is released in the UK. It was also released in Portugal and Spain. All four of the tracks also appeared on the ‘Help!’ album: ‘Yesterday,’ ‘Act Naturally,’ ‘You Like Me Too Much’ and ‘It’s Only Love.’ The Beatles’ 11th EP was released in mono only, and the cover photograph was taken by Robert Whitaker. Unusually for 1966, each Beatle took lead vocals on a song. The EP’s release happened to coincide with the first publication of John Lennon’s comments that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus Christ”. ‘Yesterday’ entered the UK EP chart on March 12 and spent six weeks at #1. In all it remained on the hit parade for 13 weeks.
1966: The Who’s ‘Substitute’ b/w ‘Instant Party/Circles’ 45 single is released in the UK. It reached #5 in the UK, and was later included on the compilation album ‘Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy’ in 1971. It became a UK top 10 hit again when re-issued in 1976, reaching #7.
1967: Eighteen year old Stevie Winwood and his brother, Muff, announce they are leaving The Spencer Davis Group. Steve forms Traffic later that year.
1967: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Ruby Tuesday’ went to #1 the Billboard singles chart after American disc jockeys shied away from playing the flip side, ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together.’
1967: Janis Joplin performs with the Steve Miller Band in the ‘Journey to the End of Night’ event at California Medical Center auditorium.
1967: The Who played at the California Ballroom in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England.
1968: Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention’s 3rd studio album, ‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ is released. It reached #30 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 296 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1970: In Tampa, Florida, Janis Joplin is fined $200 for using obscene language during a November 1969 concert there. Joplin is currently in Rio de Janeiro, where she hopes to “get off drugs and dry out.”
1971: The Rolling Stones announced that they were to become the UK’s first rock and roll tax exiles, residing in France. The band also kicked off a 9-date UK tour at Newcastle City Hall, supported by The Groundhogs.
1972: Badfinger receive a Gold record for the Billboard #4 hit, ‘Day After Day.’ The song featured George Harrison on guitar and Leon Russell on piano.
1972: Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’ hits the U.S. LP chart.
1972: David Bowie performed at Southsea Pier Pavilion in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1972: T. Rex peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Bang a Gong (Get It On)’ which was their only top 10 single in the U.S.
1973: To promote new album ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ Pink Floyd being a three-week tour of the U.S. at the Dane County Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1974: Queen performed at Festival Hall in Paignton, England.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the Dallas County Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Tickets were priced from $6.50 to $8.50.
1976: Crazy Horse appeared at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan.
1977: The Rolling Stones perform the first of two nights at Toronto’s small El Morcambo Tavern, a rare intimate show that provides four tracks for their notoriously bad 1977 LP ‘Love You Live.’
1977: CBS released The Clash’s self- titled first album in the UK. CBS in the U.S. refused to release it until 1979. Americans bought over 100,000 imported copies of the record making it one of the biggest- selling import records of all time.
1978: The internal Revenue Service carried out a dawn raid at the home of Jerry Lee Lewis and removed cars worth over $170,000 to pay off his tax debts.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo.
1978: David Coverdale’s new band Whitesnake play their first show at Lincoln Technical College.
1982: Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil and his daughter Moon Unit formed a band called Fred Zeppelin. Their first single was ‘My Mother is a Space Cadet.’
1983: Thin Lizzy’s 12th and final studio album, ‘Thunder and Lightning’ is released.
1983: During a concert at the Convention Center in Louisville, KY, Neil Young collapsed onstage due to exhaustion.
1984: The Police play the final concert of their Synchronicity tour in Melbourne, Australia. It is their last show, except for a few special events together, until 2007. 1985: Armored Saint and Metallica played DJ’s Nighclub in Colorado Springs, CO.
1985: Trouble release their 2nd studio album, ‘The Skull.’
1985: Accept released their 6th studio album, ‘Metal Heart.’ The album reached #94 on the Billboard chart.
1986: Richard Manuel commits suicide by hanging. He was 42. Manuel was best known as the pianist, regular lead singer, and occasional drummer of the Band. After kicking his drug and alcohol addiction, Manuel became despondent when manager and father figure Albert Grossman died, and returned to his addictions. Prior to his death, he had ingested cocaine and an entire bottle of Grand Marnier. In 1994, Manuel was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Band.
1987: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers obtained a restraining order against the B.F. Goodrich Tire Company from using a song similar to Petty’s ‘Mary’s New Car.’
1988: David Lee Roth starts his ‘Skyscraper’ Tour in Lakeland, Florida. It ends Dec. 13th after 146 shows.
1988: Def Leppard starts European leg of the ‘Hysteria’ Tour in Stockholm, Sweden with McAuley Schenker Group as openers.
1989: Time Inc. and Warner Communications merge into Time Warner, creating the world’s largest media company.
1990: Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones announces his judicial separation from his bride of nine months, the former Mandy Smith. When they wed, he was 52 and she was 18.
1993: Pearl Jam wins Best New Band and singer Eddie Vedder nabs Best New Male Singer at Rolling Stone’s Music Awards. Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea (Michael Balzary) is voted Best Bassist in Rolling Stone’s Reader’s Picks.
1994: Kurt Cobain was rushed to hospital after overdosing on alcohol and drugs in a Rome hotel during a Nirvana European tour. Cobain had taken 50-60 pills of Rohypnol mixed with champagne; rumours on the internet claimed that Kurt was dead.
1994: Cheap Trick released their 12th studio album ‘Woke up with a Monster.’
1996: The Beatles song ‘Real Love,’ compiled from a John Lennon demo recording, is released in the UK.
1998: Bad Religion’s breakthrough album, ‘Stranger Than Fiction,’ released almost four years earlier, is certified gold by the RIAA, becoming the band’s only album to achieve this certification in the United States.
2002. Poison release their single for their cover of The Who’s ‘Squeeze Box. ‘ It was featured on theoir ‘Hollywierd’ album and later appeared on their ‘Poison’d!’ covers album.
2003: Evanescence release their first album, ‘Fallen,’ featuring the hits ‘Bring Me To Life’ and ‘Going Under.’
2003: Bruce Springsteen plays Hank Ballard’s 1960 hit ‘Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go’ at his show in Jacksonville, Florida, to honor Ballard, who died two days earlier.
2004: Brian Wilson appeared at the Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow during his 11-date UK tour. The shows saw Wilson performing the full suite of songs from his unreleased masterpiece Smile.
2005: ‘Be Cool,’ the sequel to the 1995 film ‘Get Shorty,’ is released with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler portraying himself.
2005: 3 Doors Down perform at the launch of the college sports network ESPNU in Stillwater, OK. The live telecast takes place at a pep rally hosted by Oklahoma State University prior to their basketball game against the University of Texas.
2005: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton hosts Peace Games 2nd annual School House Rocks benefit in Boston. The bassist, a longtime supporter of Peace Games, a youth charity that promotes anti-violence, performs and donates a package of Aerosmith memorabilia for a silent auction held at the event.
2008: The Black Crowes release their ‘Warpaint’ album, containing the single ‘Goodbye Daughters Of The Revolution.’
2008: Louis Vuitton announces that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is the new public face of French luxury handbag and luggage fashion house. Richards donates his modeling fee to Al Gore’s Climate Project.
2009: Not Fade Away Gallery in New York unveils a display titled ‘The British Are Coming: The Beatles and the Rolling Stones 1964-66’ featuring many unseen photos taken Bob Bonis who served as tour manager for both groups.
2010: A video for President Obama’s United We Serve volunteer program featuring Jon Bon Jovi makes its debut at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
2010: Redbone co-founder Lolly Vegas, who wrote and sang their hit ‘Come and Get Your Love,’ dies of lung cancer at age 70.
2011: Kings Of Leon perform ‘The Immortals’ in a video which is shown in movie theaters (and later on TV) to promote the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on Turner Sports and CBS.
2011: In an interview with Al Jazeera, Roger Waters (ex-Pink Floyd) encourages fellow musicians to avoid playing shows in Israel. “I’m against Israel for exactly the same reasons that I was against South Africa: it’s a two-tiered racist system,” Waters says.
2011: Duff McKagan launches Meridian Rock, a money management company for Rock stars. The bassist, who took courses and schooled himself in money matters, has also written financial columns for the Seattle Weekly and Playboy.com.
2011: Detroit members of the NAACP protest the organization’s plans to give their Great Expectations Award to Kid Rock. They claim Rock’s use of the Confederate flag in his shows does not fit with the organization’s mission. “It’s a slap in the face for anyone who fought for civil rights in this country,” says Adolph Mongo, head of Detroiters for Progress.
2012: According to Nielsen SoundScan in the US, vinyl sales increased 36 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year, concluding that vinyl records where making a big comeback for music fans.
2012: The Black Keys are inducted into the Firestone High School’s Hall of Fame. Drummer Pat Carney and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach are both graduates of the Ohio school.
2015: Kid Rock’s ‘First Kiss’ album sells 137,000 units in its debut week to land at #2 on the Billboard 200.
2015: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker states that guitarist Tom DeLonge’s “indefinite” departure from the group should just be definite. “I think the right thing for him to do would (be to) just man up and quit the band. I think that would give him some closure too.” The comment comes after a series of acrimonious statements between band members.
2015: Beastie Boys’ ‘Licensed To Ill’ is certified as selling 10 million copies by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA). The trio’s debut album was released in 1986.
2015: Daryl Hall and John Oates were suing cereal maker Early Bird Foods & Co. over the company’s use of the name Haulin’ Oates for their maple syrup granola bars. The two musicians accused the Brooklyn-based firm of infringing on their trademark with the packet of cereal deliberately creating a phonetic play on the band’s well-known name.
2016: Paramore and former bassist Jeremy Davis battle over his entitlement to a share of the band’s income. Davis left Paramore in ’15. The court is asked to decide whether Davis was a partner or an employee. Davis, in his suit against Varoom Whoa, the entity that owns Paramore, states he was a partner. 2016: Bon Jovi’s ‘This House Is Not For Sale’ once again tops the Billboard 200. The return is entirely due to a deal that packaged tickets to Bon Jovi’s tour with a free physical or digital copy of the album. 120,000 fans take advantage of the offer. The album initially topped the chart when it was released 15 months earlier. 2018: Greta Van Fleet perform at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 26th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party in L.A. “We were speechless when Elton called us,” says the band’s guitarist Jake Kiszka. 2018: Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) performs the late Tom Petty’s ‘Room At The Top’ during the In Memoriam segment of the Academy Awards in Hollywood.
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1951: Ike Turner cuts ‘Rocket 88,’ a song many consider the first Rock n’ Roll record with producer Sam Phillips at his Memphis Recording Service. When the up-tempo combination of Swing and Jazz is released, it is credited to Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats. Three months later it tops the R&B chart.
1953: America learns of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s death when Air Force Staff Sergeant Johnny Cash intercepts a coded message from Russia. Cash enlisted in 1950 after he turned 18 and was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the US Air Force Security Service at Landsberg, West Germany, where he proved his skill as a Morse Code operator.
1955: Elvis Presley makes his regional T.V. debut on ‘The Louisiana Hayride.’ It’s the first time the show is carried over the TV airwaves by local station KWKH, making this Presley’s first television appearance.
1959: Chuck Berry performs ‘Almost Grown’ and ‘Little Queenie’ on American Bandstand.
1959: Bobby Darin records ‘Dream Lover,’ which would reach #2 in the US the following summer.
1960: Sgt. Presley leaves the Army after a two year hitch. Elvis gets discharged at Fort Dix, NJ and receives his final paycheck of $109.54. He was later quoted as saying, “You can’t breathe or even go to the bathroom without them knowin’ about it…I never hated anything so much in my life as I have the army.” He will be on reserve for 4 more years.
1963: The Beatles recorded what would be their 3rd single ‘From Me to You’ just five days after John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song. Originally planned as the B-side of the record, it was switched to the A-side during the recording session, with ‘Thank You Girl’ demoted to the B-side. The song was written while riding on a tour bus (opening for Helen Shapiro).
1963: Country singers Patsy Cline (30), Cowboy Copas (49) and Hawkshaw Hawkins (41) are killed in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee. They were travelling to Nashville after appearing at a benefit concert for disc jockey “Cactus” Jack Call, who had died in a car crash. Cline was the first country singer to cross over as a pop artist and in 1973, she was the first female solo artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1997, 34 years after her death, Cline’s recording of “Crazy” was named the #1 jukebox hit of all time.
1965: The Mannish Boys released their debut single ‘I Pity The Fool’, featuring a young David Bowie.
1965: Rolling Stones kicked off their 5th UK tour at The Regal Theatre, Edmonton, London. A 14-date package tour with The Hollies, The Konrads and Dave Berry and the Cruisers.
1965: The Kinks ‘Kinda Kinks’ was released in the UK (August 11, 1965 in the US). It reached #3 on the UK albums chart, and it features the UK #1 hit, ‘Tired of Waiting for You.’
1965: The Yardbirds release ‘For Your Love.’
1966: The Yardbirds begin recording their final album, ‘Little Games.’ It’s future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page’s only complete album with the band.
1967: The Lovin’ Spoonful appeared at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1967: Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, The Ryan Brothers and Lee Dorsey all perform at the Saville Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in London. Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles leased the theatre in 1965, presenting both plays and music shows. The venue became notorious for its Sunday night concerts.
1968: Jerry Lee Lewis opens as Iago in Catch My Soul, a rock musical version of Shakespeare’s Othello, in Hollywood.
1969: The rock magazine Creem is published for the first time.
1969: Elvis Presley goes to Hollywood and begins filming his last non-concert movie, ‘Change Of Habit,’ co-starring Mary Tyler Moore as a nun who falls for Elvis.
1969: Yes played at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: The Byrds 7th album, ‘Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde’ is released. It reached #153 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #15 on the UK Albums Chart.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono check into the London Clinic. Later in the month the couple begin a primal-scream course led by therapist Dr. Arthur Janov. Lennon starts writing songs, such as ‘Mother’ and ‘Isolation’ – that will appear on Plastic Ono Band.
1971: Led Zeppelin kick off what they call their “Thank-you” tour by playing in some of the same UK halls and clubs that they appeared in when they were first starting out. Their contracts state that they will play for their 1968 fee if club owners agree to charge 1968 prices at the door. The first show was at The Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of ‘Black Dog,’ ‘Stairway To Heaven.’ ‘Going To California’ and ‘Rock And Roll.’
1971: Badfinger begin their first tour as headliners with a gig in Toledo, OH.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Long Beach Civic Arena in Long Beach, California.
1972: The Grateful Dead played at San Francisco’s Winterland Arena.
1973: The former U.S. manager of Jimi Hendrix Michael Jeffrey was one of 68 people killed in a plane crash in France. Jeffery was en-route to a court appearance in London related to Hendrix.
1974: Gregg Allman’s ‘Laid Back’ goes gold. The album, released the previous year, contains ‘Midnight Rider.’
1974: Bob Seger’s 7th album, ‘Seven’ is released. Although the album failed to make the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, the single ‘Get Out Of Denver’ reached #80 on the Billboard Hot 100. Critics and longtime Seger fans tend to regard the album as a lost classic, much like its predecessor ‘Back in ’72.’
1975: Rod Stewart meets actress Britt Eklund at a party at Joni Mitchell’s house, beginning a 5-year romance.
1975: Rush played at the Electric Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia.
1976: David Bowie appeared at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1976: Slade release their 5th studio album, ‘Nobody’s Fools.’
1977: AC/DC performed at the County Cricket Ground in Northampton, England.
1977: C-H-U-M radio contest winners get to see the Rolling Stones in a Toronto nightclub. Some tracks recorded that night wind up on ‘Love You Live.’
1979: ABC Records (US) cites declining profits and goes out of business.
1981: The Grateful Dead played at Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1982: John Belushi died of a drug overdose of cocaine and heroin at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood at the age of 33. He and Dan Aykroyd had a hit record as The Blues Brothers in 1978 with a remake of the Sam and Dave classic, ‘Soul Man,’ while their album ‘Briefcase Full of Blues’ reached #1 on the Billboard 200, going double Platinum. Belushi was one of the original cast members on Saturday Night Live, played “Joliet” Jake Blues in The Blues Brothers and also appeared in the film ‘Animal House.’ His tombstone reads “I may be gone, but rock n roll lives on.”
1983: Cliff Burton played his very first gig with Metallica at The Stone in San Francisco. Kirk Hammett also played his last show with Exodus. Order of Performances 1. Lääz Rockit, 2. Exodus, 3. Metallica.
1983: Aerosmith appeared at the Cape Cod Coliseum in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
1983: Twisted Sister played the famed Marquee Club in London. 1983: Armored Saint and Ratt played The Troubadour in Hollywood.
1983: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Vandenberg’s ‘Burning Heart’ at #43, The Greg Kihn Band’s ‘Jeopardy’ at #34, Supertramp’s ‘My Kind Of Lady’ at #32, Phil Collins’ ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ at #29, Golden Earring’s ‘Twilight Zone’ at #16 and Journey’s ‘Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)’ at #15.
1984: Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s 1st album,’Rising Force’ is released. The album received a nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1986 Grammy Awards.
1984: David Gilmour released his 2nd solo studio album, ‘About Face.’ It reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #21 on the UK Albums chart. The album was co-produced by Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour. Two songs, ‘All Lovers Are Deranged,’ and the more radio-friendly ‘Love on the Air’ were co-written by Gilmour, who composed the music, and his longtime friend, Pete Townshend of The Who, who served as lyricist. The remainder of the songs are credited solely to Gilmour himself. Some of the musicians working with Gilmour were Jeff Porcaro, Pino Palladino, Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, Roy Harper, Michael Kamen (who also worked on Waters’ album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking), Sam Brown and Steve Winwood.
1985: Eric Clapton performed at the Wembley Arena in London.
1985: REO Speedwagon’s ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’ is #1 on the Billboard singles charts. 1985: Metallica and Armored Saint played the Rainbow Music Hall in Denver, CO.
1988: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Tunnel Of Love’ at #56, George Harrison’s ‘When We Was Fab’ at #31, Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’ at #20 and Foreigner’s ‘Say You Will’ at #15. #1 was George Michael’s ‘Father Figure.’
1992: R.E.M. cleaned up in The Rolling Stone Music Awards winning Album of the year, for ‘Out Of Time’, Artist of the year, Best single for ‘Losing My Religion’, Best video for ‘Losing My Religion’ and Best band, Best guitarist and Best songwriter awards.
1994: Grace Slick is arrested for pointing a shotgun at police at her home in Tiburon, California after they were summoned at 3:30am by an intoxicated caller. She refuses to drop the firearm when ordered to do so, so police tackle her and wrestle the gun away. Slick is later sentenced to 200 hours of community service, mandatory Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and random drug and alcohol testing. The incident prompts her to quit drinking. “I can’t drink anymore because I’m so bad at it,” she admits. “If I had continued I’d be dead by now. There isn’t any other drug that can turn you into an ass in just three hours. I love it. It’s fabulous. But I just can’t do it.”In June, she would be sentenced to 200 hours of community service and three month’s worth of Alcoholic’s Anonymous meetings.
1996: Overkill released their album ‘The Killing Kind.’ It was their first album to feature guitarists Joe Comeau and Sebastian Marino.
1996: The Beatles ‘Real Love’ b/w ‘Baby’s In Black’ 45 single is released. Written by John Lennon. Lennon made six takes of the song in 1979 and 1980 with ‘Real Life,’ different song that merged with ‘Real Love.’ The song was ignored until 1988 when the6thh take was used on the documentary soundtrack ‘Imagine: John Lennon.’ ‘Real Love’ was subsequently reworked by the three remaining members of The Beatles (Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) in early 1995, an approach also used for another incomplete Lennon track, ‘Free as a Bird.’ ‘Real Love’ was released as a Beatles single in 1996 in the United Kingdom, United States and many other countries; it was the opening track on the Beatles’ ‘Anthology 2’ album. It is the last “new” credited Beatles song to originate and be included on an album. To date, it is the last single by the group to become a Top 40 hit in the US. The song reached #4 and #11 in the UK and US singles charts, respectively, and earned a gold record faster than a number of the group’s other singles.
1999: Trauma Entertainment files a $40 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the members of Bush for failure to deliver their next album.
2001: Kiss singer & guitarist Paul Stanley was served divorce papers from his wife of nine years Pamela Bowen Stanley, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce.
2001: Aerosmith release their 13th studio album, ‘Just Push Play.’ The album’s first single, ‘Jaded,’ became a major Top 10 hit in the U.S. and around the world.
2002: Black Label Society release their 3rd album, ‘1919 ★ Eternal.’ The album featured future Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.
2002: The first episode of ‘The Osbournes’ TV show was aired on MTV in the US. Focusing on Ozzy and his family, they bicker, squabble, curse and hang out backstage at Ozzy’s shows. In its first season, it became the most-viewed series to date on MTV.
2004: Paul McCartney’s net worth was estimated by the U.K.’s The Mail on Sunday to be $1.3 billion, more than Mick Jagger, Elton John & Madonna’s fortunes combined.
2004: Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down is arrested in Moss Point, MS, after allegedly assaulting a newspaper carrier who accused him of stealing papers from a coin-operated vending machine. An attorney for Harrell contends that the bassist paid for the newspapers.
2005: A charity cover of ‘Across The Universe’ marks the first time in nine years that a John Lennon/Paul McCartney song lands on the Billboard Hot 100 (#22). The Beatles originally recorded the song in 1969 for the World Wildlife Fund and it appeared on ‘Let It Be.’ Bono, Velvet Revolver and other artists performed the song at the Grammys to raise funds for Tsunami Aid.
2005: A commemorative plaque for the The Jimi Hendrix Experience was unveiled in Loisin-sous-Lens. Hendrix had appeared at The Twenty Club when it opened in 1967. It was his first European tour where he was totally unknown. Club owner Rikki Stein stated: “The place was packed and at the end of ’Wild Thing’, his first number, there was total silence. The entire audience just stood there, open-mouthed. They’d never seen or heard anything like it in their life.”
2006: Elton John hosts an Academy Awards party to benefit his AIDs Foundation. The event raises $2.9 million.
2006: David Crosby was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana after leaving his bag in a New York hotel. The luggage was found by a hotel employee looking for identification, finding instead a handgun and weed.
2007: Records by the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon were chosen for preservation by the US Library of Congress. The Stones’ ‘Satisfaction’ and Simon’s ‘Graceland’ album entered the National Recordings Registry, which preserves historic works for future generations. Other recordings chosen this year included Carl Perkins’ ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ ‘Be My Baby’ by The Ronettes, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ by Sam Cooke and the album ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico.’
2007: Saxon released their 17th studio album, ‘The Inner Sanctum.’ It is the first album by the band to feature drummer Nigel Glockler since 1997’s ‘Unleash the Beast.’
2007: Deftones announce plans to donate royalties from their ‘Hole In The Earth’ ringtone to Virgin Mobile’s RE*Generation, an advocacy group focused on at-risk and homeless teens. The initiative, which began in 2006, is a partnership with StandUp for Kids and YouthNoise nonprofit organizations.
2009: Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix, entities who oversee the late Jimi Hendrix’s copyrights, are back in court again as they file a trademark-infringement lawsuit in a federal court charging the Las Vegas-based HendrixLicensing.com with selling unauthorized Hendrix-branded merchandise. “Protection of my brother’s legacy and his unique gift is our family’s highest priority,” says the late guitarist’s stepsister and Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix.
2010: Over 100 tracks from Linkin Park’s ‘LP Archives: Official Tour Bootlegs’ are available for download to LP Underground fan club members.
2011: 61 year-old Charles Mulchrone’s teenage love for The Beatles paid dividends when he sold his old autograph book at Sheppard’s auction house, Durrow, for 1,300 euros. It contained the signatures of John Lennon and Yoko Ono when the couple stayed at a hotel in Mulranny in the summer of 1968. Charles plucked up the courage to approach them and got their signatures, he said they were “sweet as pie” to him. John Lennon had bought Dorinish island in Clew Bay, Ireland and it was said that he had wanted to build a house there.
2013: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is acquitted of manslaughter charges by a Czech court. He was accused of pushing Daniel Nosek off the stage during a 2010 Lamb Of God show, leading to a head injury which later caused Nosek’s death. “I am a free man,” says Blythe, following the verdict. “Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace.”
2013: ‘People, Hell And Angels,’ a collection of 12 previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix recordings, laid down between 1968 and ’70, is released.
2013: Krokus released their 17th studio album, ‘Dirty Dynamite.’ It includes a cover of the Beatles song'”Help!’
2013: Linkin Park begins selling a special bracelet with all of the proceeds going to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Sales go through the band’s non-profit foundation, Music for Relief.
2013: Rock & Brews announces that KISS legend Paul Stanley will join Gene Simmons in the restaurant venture.
2013: Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath and rapper Coolio appear on Celebrity Wife Swap, where they send their respective partners to each others’ homes. McGrath’s wife, Carin, struggles with all the chores she has to do at Coolio’s house, while Coolio’s girlfriend Mimi – who leaves him just weeks after the episode is taped – squirms under the watchful eye of helicopter parent McGrath.
2014: ‘One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band,’ debuts at #10 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. The oral history contains never before published interviews with band members.
2014: Movie director Richard Lester, who directed The Beatles’ film ‘Help!’, announced that he was putting the piano John Lennon and Paul McCartney played while filming the movie was going up for auction. The instrument was expected to sell for 50,000 Pounds (over US $83,600).
2018: The Gibson guitar company laid off about fifteen employees from it’s Custom Shop as it continued to battle bankruptcy. Founded by Orville Gibson in 1902 as The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, the firm reportedly had an outstanding debt of $519 million as of December 31, 2017. 2018: Sixteen years after the debut of their reality series, Ozzy Osbourne and his family launch a 10-week podcast where they talk about themselves and their notorious TV show.
1958: The Everly Brothers record their hit ballad ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream,’ which will become their 2nd U.S. #1 hit, after ‘Wake Up Little Susie.’ It will also top the UK chart. ‘
1964: Elvis Presley’s 14th movie ‘Kissin’ Cousins’ was released in the U.S. Completed in just 17 days, the picture was widely panned by critics, but as always, fans flocked to theaters to see their idol. ‘Kissin’ Cousins’ earned $3 million at the box office and finished at #26 on the year end list of the top-grossing movies of 1964.
1964: The Rolling Stones ‘Not Fade Away’ b/w ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ 45 single is released. Credited to Buddy Holly (originally under his first and middle names, Charles Hardin) and Norman Petty (although Petty’s co-writing credit is most likely a formality), and first recorded by Holly’s band The Crickets in Clovis, New Mexico, on May 27, 1957. The Stones version was recorded in late January 1964 and released by Decca on February 21, 1964 in the UK (with ‘Little by Little’ as the B-side), it was their first Top 5 hit in Great Britain, reaching #3. On March 6, 1964 it was the Rolling Stones’ first single release in the United States, on the London Records label, with ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ as the B-side (briefly preceded by ‘Stoned,’ which had immediately been withdrawn). The single reached #48 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1965: Rolling Stones record tracks in Liverpool for ‘Got Live if You Want It’ LP.
1965: ‘The Rolling Stones Number 2’ album went back to #1 on the UK charts for six weeks.
1965: The Temptations went to #1 on the US singles chart with the Smokey Robinson penned ‘My Girl,’ making the group the first male act to have a chart topper for Motown Records. The single reached #43 in the UK.
1966: The Rolling Stones started recording sessions for their 10th UK single ‘Paint It Black’ at RCA studios in Hollywood. It was originally titled ‘Paint It Black’ without a comma. Keith Richards has stated that the comma was added by the record label, Decca. The song went on to reach #1 in the U.S.
1967: The Beatles recorded sound effects onto the song ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at Abbey Road studios in London. The beginning audience murmurs and sounds of a band preparing for a performance are added, along with screams from a tape of the Beatles in concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
1970: A far out line-up at the Fillmore East in New York – Neil Young & Crazy Horse, the Steve Miller Band and Miles Davis.
1970: David Bowie released the single ‘The Prettiest Star’ in the UK as a follow-up single to ‘Space Oddity’. The track featured Marc Bolan on guitar, with whom Bowie would spend the next few years as a rival for the crown of the king of glam rock. Despite receiving good reviews, the single reportedly sold fewer than 800 copies, a major disappointment on the back of the success of ‘Space Oddity.’
1970: Charles Manson released an album called ‘Lie’ to help raise money for his defense in the Tate-LeBianca murder trial. The album jacket was made to look like a cover of Life magazine with the letter f removed from the word Life. In the mid sixties, Manson had been a wanna-be musician who befriended Beach Boys’ drummer Dennis Wilson, eventually talking the group into recording one of his songs, ‘Cease To Exist.’ The title was changed to ‘Never Learn Not To Love’ and was released as the B-side of the single ‘Bluebirds Over The Mountain,’ which eventually climbed to #61 in the US in early 1969.
1970: Canned Heat and Bloodrock appeared at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971: Led Zeppelin performed at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. It’s the group’s first show in Dublin, where they played ‘Stairway To Heaven’ live for only the second time.
1971: The Rolling Stones performed at the Coventry Theatre in Coventry, West Midlands, England.
1971: Judas Priest (formerly Freight) play their first gig at St. John’s Hall in Essington. It includes It features founding members K.K. Downing and Ian Hill along with drummer John Ellis and singer Al Atkins.
1972: Pink Floyd played the first night on a 7-date tour of Japan at the Tokyo-To Taiikukan, in Tokyo, Japan.
1972: Badfinger’s ‘Baby Blue’ b/w ‘Flying’ 45 single is released. The song was written by Pete Ham, produced by Todd Rundgren, and released on Apple Records. Ham wrote the song about a woman named Dixie Armstrong, whom he had dated during Badfinger’s last US tour.
‘Baby Blue’ was released as a single in a blue-tinted picture sleeve. Because Al Steckler, the head of Apple US, felt that it needed a stronger hook in the opening, he overdubbed reverb on the snare drum track in the first verse and the middle eight to create a “US single version” for the song in February 1972. It would become the group’s last Top 20 single, peaking at #14 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.
1973: John Lennon’s visa extension is cancelled by the U.S. Immigration Department. It’s just another step in the long legal battle to determine whether Lennon will be allowed to stay. In the end, Lennon wins.
1973: An attempt to bring Elvis Presley to the UK for shows at London’s Earl’s Court failed. Promoters had hoped that Elvis would be available during the summer but were told that Elvis now had US tour and filming commitments.
1974: Yes played at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1975: Genesis performed at the Pavilhao dos Desportos in Cascais. Portugal.
1975: Average White Band win gold record for ‘Pick Up the Pieces.’
1975: Led Zeppelin is awarded a gold record for their classic double album ‘Physical Graffiti.’ In 2006 the album was certified platinum 16 times.
1976: Fleetwood Mac release the Stevie Nicks-penned single ‘Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win).’ It’s becomes their biggest hit so far, peaking at #11.
1976: Elton John was immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds in London. The first rock star to be so since The Beatles.
1976: The Beatles ‘The Singles Collection 1962-1970’ (Box set) is released. On February 6, 1976 the 9 year contract The Beatles had signed with EMI came to an end. However EMI retained the right to reissue anything it wanted from the old catalog. The first edition of The Singles Collection came with 22 singles in a green box. All 22 singles had the same design for the front sleeve but different photographs on the rear. A little later EMI released the collection in a newly designed box (2nd Edition) and added Yesterday/I Should Have Known Better (R 6013). As this sold out, it was reissued with 24 singles, adding Back In The USSR/Twist And Shout (R 6016). The 3rd Edition of The Singles Collection was issued in 1978. EMI again added a new single, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/With A Little Help From My Friends/A Day In The Life.
1977: Rush appeared at The Palladium in New York.
1979: Roxy Music performed at the Congresgebouw in The Hague, Netherlands.
1982: King Crimson played at Alexander Hall at Princeton University.
1982: Dick Clark’s American Bandstand podium is given to the Smithsonian.
1982: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The Cars’ ‘Shake It Up’ at #4, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ (cover of the Arrows) ‘Love Rock N’ Roll’ at #3, Journey’s ‘Open Arms’ at #2 and #1 was The J. Geils Band’s ‘Centerfold.’
1987: Bon Jovi film part of their video for ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN.
1988: Frank Zappa appeared at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1989: Dream Theater released their debut studio album, ‘When Dream and Day Unite.’ It’s the only Dream Theater album to feature Charlie Dominici on vocals.
1989: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and wife Theresa become parents to daughter Chelsea Anna.
1990: Aerosmith is inducted into Hollywood’s Rock Walk on Sunset Boulevard in the midst of a three night sellout stand at The Forum in Los Angeles.
1993: Bon Jovi’s ‘Bed Of Roses’ peaks at #10 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It was their 9th Top 10 in the U.S.
1993: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Ugly Kid Joe’s ‘Cats In The Cradle’ at #27, Bon Jovi’s ‘Bed Of Roses’at #10 (peak), Duran Duran’s ‘Ordinary World’ at #3, and #1 was Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle with ‘A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme).’
1995: During a 12-date tour of Australian and New Zealand, Pearl Jam played at Perth Entertainment Center in Perth, Australia.
2000: Eric Clapton is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a third time, a first. Now in as a solo artist, he’s also in as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Potentially, Eric could be inducted four more times based on his membership in John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, and Derek & The Dominos. The Lovin’ Spoonful, Bonnie Raitt, legendary L.A. session drummer Hal Blaine and guitar pioneer Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley) are also inducted.
2001: Metallica land in 18th place on Forbes Magazine’s list of Most Powerful Celebrities.
2001: Led Zeppelin was named as “the most bootlegged band” when 422 illegal albums were counted. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Beatles were next in line with over 350 unauthorized titles available.
2001: Mike “Smitty” Smith, the original drummer for Paul Revere And The Raiders died of natural causes at his home in Hawaii at the age of 58.
2002: Tommy Thayer plays his first show with KISS at a private affair at the Grand Lido Braco in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Other performers included Scorpions, Nazareth, and Sugar Ray.
2004: David Crosby was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana after leaving his bag in a New York hotel. The luggage was found by a hotel employee looking for identification, finding instead a handgun and marijuana. The employee called authorities, and Crosby, discovering the missing luggage himself, telephoned to say he would return for it. He was met by New York police, who arrested him.
2004: Dave Matthews Band receives the special Chairman’s Award from the NAACP for their devotion to social and environmental causes.
2006: David Gilmour’s 3rd solo album ‘On An Island’ is released. The Pink Floyd guitarist’s set features Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, touring bassist Guy Pratt, David Crosby and Graham Nash.
2006: In the wake of its pre-release leak, the new Pearl Jam single ‘World Wide Suicide’ becomes available for free download without digital rights management restrictions from the band’s website.
2007: KoRn’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ album is released. The set was taped the previous year.
2007: Heaven & Hell, featuring an early-’80s Black Sabbath lineup (including Ronnie James Dio), begin their world tour with a Canadian trek that starts in Vancouver.
2007: Experience Hendrix, the business entity that oversees Hendrix’s estate files a suit against Electric Hendrix Vodka for trademark infringement and false advertising.
2007: A two-hour film culled from rare footage of John Lennon that was to premiere at a free screening at Berwick Academy in South Berwick, MA, gets cancelled after the legal team representing Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, orders the school not to screen the movie. Ono claims she owns the rights to 3 Days In The Life, though its director, Ono’s first husband, Tony Cox, sold the film to three fans in 2000. The footage was shot in February 1970 for a never-completed documentary project.
2007: the ‘VH1 Classic Presents: Metal Mania – Stripped, Vol 3’ album was released. mThe album featured 15 acoustic renditions of hair metal classics including ‘In My Dreams’ and ‘Way Cool Jr.’
2007: The Librarian of Congress added Carl Perkins’ ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ The Ronettes’ ‘Be My Baby,’ The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’ The Velvet Underground & Nico’s self-titled debut album, The Wailers’ ‘Burnin’, Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ & Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’to enter the 2006 National Recording Registry. The selection is for recordings deemed “significant.”
2007: Neil Young’s ‘Heart Of Gold’ DVD wins in the Best New Concert category at the third annual Music DVD Awards in West Hollywood, CA. Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday concert, ‘Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll,’ with performances by the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and Eric Clapton, earns the Best of Show honor.
2007: According to Dr. Bill Bass, a forensic anthropologist hired by the son of J.P. Richardson, The Big Bopper suffered massive fractures and likely died immediately in the 1959 plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Jay Richardson had hired Dr. Bass of the University of Tennessee to look into rumors that a gun may have been fired on board the plane and that the Big Bopper might have survived the crash and died while trying to get help. Dr. Bass’ report says that those rumors are groundless. “There was no indication of foul play. [He] died immediately. He didn’t crawl away.” Jay Richardson was pleased with the findings, saying “I was hoping to put the rumors to rest.”
2009: U2 are on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ to promote ‘No Line On The Horizon.’ It’s the first time the group has been on a U.S. morning show.
2009: Phil Collins participates in a San Antonio ceremony commemorating the historic 1836 battle at the Alamo between Mexican soldiers and Texan defenders. The Genesis frontman is an Alamo aficionado, and collects artifacts and memorabilia. He’s also made an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas.
2009: Thousands of Phish fans descend upon Hampton, Virginia, to see Page McConnell, John Fishman, Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon return to the stage.
2010: Alice In Chains nail their second #1 song from ‘Black Gives Way To Blue’ with ‘Your Decision.’ The follow-up to ‘Check My Brain’ has a six-week run at the top.
2010: The U.K.’s Royal Mail unveils a Pink Floyd souvenir stamp featuring the artwork from the band’s ’94 album, “The Division Bell.” “It’s the first time Royal Mail has worked with a major Rock band to produce a product of this kind, and reflects the band’s enormous global impact,” says Royal Mail’s Julietta Edgar.
2011: Meat Loaf is a contestant on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice TV show. He completes business-oriented tasks to raise money for charity.
2012: ‘Wrecking Ball,’ Bruce Springsteen’s 17th studio album, is released.
2012: Elvis Costello and Living Colour are among the performers at the Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration at the Apollo Theatre in New York City. “Robert Johnson’s music continues to weave its way, beyond the Blues, into and through almost every other popular genre today,” says event director Joe Morton. Concert proceeds go toward the construction of The Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis.
2012: It’s announced that Rush are among the winners of a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, one of Canada’s most prestigious prizes. They receive $25,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a commemorative medallion struck by the Royal Canadian Mint.
2013: Alvin Lee dies in Spain at 68. According to his website, he died from “unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure”. While Ten Years After is best known for the hit ‘I’d Love To Change The World,’ Lee gave an incendiary performance of ‘I’m Going Home’ at Woodstock that was immortalized in the movie.
2013: Yoko Ono gave producers of the NBC comedy ‘The New Normal’ permission to use John Lennon’s ‘Beautiful Boy’ during the season finale.
2014: Queen announce they will tour with Adam Lambert, the American Idol runner-up, as their lead vocalist. Lambert fronted the band for one-off shows but nixed earlier tour proposals.
2016: Reports began appearing that Graham Nash made comments to the Dutch publication Lust For Life that indicated that the end of the line had come for Crosby, Stills And Nash. He was quoted as saying “You asked me if there’s more of CSN? My answer is no, and that’s very sad,because we’re pretty good. But I don’t like David Crosby right now. He’s been awful to me these last two years, just fucking awful.”
2016: Lana Rae Meisner, wife of former Eagles’ bassist Randy Meisner, died after she accidently shot herself while looking for something in a closet. Although the couple had a history of domestic incidents, police immediately cleared Randy of any wrongdoing whatsoever.
1955: Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes” enters the Rhythm & Blues charts. It’s the first time a Country & Western artist lands on the R&B charts.
1958: The first US DJ convention is held in Kansas. Broadcasters vote against Top 40 formatting recently adopted by American stations.
1962: The Beatles appear on the BBC for the first time, recording for the radio show Here We Go, also marking the band’s first full live performance caught on tape, and the first performance in what would become their trademark collarless suits designed by Beno Dorn.
1964: The Beatles’ ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ battles ‘She Loves You’ for the top spot on the U.S. charts.
1964: Capitol Records is swamped with requests for heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay’s album ‘I Am the Greatest’ after Clay defeated Sonny Liston on February 25th.
1965: During a Rolling Stones gig at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, England a female fan fell from the circle while the group were playing. The crowd below broke her fall and the girl escaped serious injury just breaking a few teeth.
1966: Tina Turner records her vocals for ‘River Deep Mountain High.’ Producer Phil Spector spends $22,000 on the song. Ike & Tina’s version stiffs in the U.S. but rules the U.K. chart.
1966: Brian Wilson released ‘Caroline No’ the first solo single by a Beach Boy. Before it evolved into the final song we know today, the song was originally written as ‘Carol I Know’. It would later peak at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart & be included on The Beach Boys’ album ‘Pet Sounds.’
1967: Working on their next album The Beatles recorded additional overdubs for ‘Lovely Rita’, including harmony vocals, effects, and the percussive sound of a piece of toilet paper being blown through a haircomb.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Winter Gardens in Malvern, Worcestershire, England.
1968: The definitive (and lengthy-16:51) version of ‘Toad,’ Ginger Baker’s epic drum solo, is recorded at Fillmore West in San Francisco (2nd show). The original studio-take appears on Cream’s debut ‘Fresh Cream.’ This version is found on the studio/live ‘Wheels Of Fire,’ the first double-album to go platinum.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Bluesville 69 Club at the Hornsey Wood Tavern in Finsbury Park, London, England. The venue was a function room at the back of the pub, and was so small that the stage was only just big enough for John Bonham’s drums, and the rest of the group had to stand on the floor at the same level as the crowd.
1969: The Who release their 17th single, ‘Pinball Wizard.’
1969: Steppenwolf released their 3rd studio album, ‘At Your Birthday Party.’
1970: Mountain release their debut studio album, ‘Climbing!’ It reached #17 on the Billboard chart, bolstered by the single, ‘Mississippi Queen,’ which reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at the Casino de Montreux in Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland.
1970: Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ is the only song keeping Creedence Clearwater Revival’s two-sided hit ‘Travelin’ Band’/’Who’ll Stop The Rain’ out of the top spot on the U.S. pop chart. It was CCR’s 5th top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: Pink Floyd played a 3 PM show at the University of Bristol Arts Festival in Bristol, England.
1971: Genesis performed at La Ferme in Woluwe St Lambert, Belgium.
1971: Black Sabbath and Fleetwood Mac played at the Painters Mill Music Fair in Owings Mill, Maryland.
1972: Yes played at Kutztown State College in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
1973: CBS records hold a showcase concert at Max’s Kansas City in new York to mark the signing of Bruce Springsteen. During the gig, CBS records boss John Hammond suffered a heart attack.
1973: The ‘Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory’ album from Traffic goes gold.
1973: The Byrds release their 12th and final album, ‘Byrds.’ It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #31 in the UK. It was recorded as the centerpiece of a reunion between the five original members of The Byrds: Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, and Michael Clarke. The last time that all five members had worked together as The Byrds was in 1966, prior to Gene Clark’s departure from the band.
1974: Yes appeared at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1975: In London, the audience at the Hammersmith Odeon learns about Chuck Berry’s unusual concert practices when he walks off stage after 58 minutes. Berry defends himself by saying he was contracted to play only 45. He added, “They wouldn’t turn the house lights on. I always have them on for my last number.”
1975: David Bowie releases his 9th album ‘Young Americans.’ It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The album featured the song ‘Fame’ (co-written with Carlos Alomar and John Lennon), which gave Bowie his first US #1 hit single for two weeks in later 1975.
1976: David Bowie played at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1976: A likeness of Elton John is added to the waxworks at Madame Tussaud’s in London. He’s the first rock start to be immortalized in wax since The Beatles.
1977: Foreigner’s self-titled debut album is released. ‘Feels Like The First Time’ and ‘Cold As Ice’ make an immediate impact.
1978: Johnny Winter appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1978: While on their first world tour in Madison, WI, Van Halen played the Shuffle Inn, as the Orpheum Theater couldn’t accomodate 3 bands (VH was on tour with Journey & Montrose). The band had a 3 night stay over at the Sheridan Inn, raising hell partying before their next gig in Milwaukee, resulting in a thank you in the liner notes of the Van Halen II album to the “The Sheridan Inn (seventh floor) Madison, Wisconsin, and all the hall managers who waded through the rubble of Van Halenized backstages around the world.”
1979: The Police get a badly needed break when they play the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas, where the radio station KLBJ has been playing their single ‘Roxanne,’ the first station in America to do so. The song starts to catch on, and seven weeks later peaks at #32, giving the band their first hit.
1980: Rush performed at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.
1980: Judas Priest kicked off their British Steel Tour at Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales. During the UK leg of the tour, they were supported by Iron Maiden.
1981: Eric Clapton headlined at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
1981: The Grateful Dead played at Cole Field House on the Campus of the University of Maryland at College Park.
1981: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Molly Hatchet’s ‘The Rambler’ at #92 (debut), Loverboy’s ‘Turn Me Loose’ at #48, The Alan Parsons Project’s ‘Games People Play’ at #18, REO Speedwagon’s ‘Keep On Loving You’ at #4. Eddie Rabbitt’s ‘I Love A Rainy Night’ was #1.
1983: KIX release their 2nd studio album, ‘Cool Kids.’ The album reached #177 on the Billboard charts.
1987: Peter Gabriel reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the second and final time with ‘Big Time,’ which peaked at #8. The song featured Stewart Copeland from The Police on drums.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Duran Duran’s ‘Skin Trade’ at #43, Lou Gramm’s ‘Midnight Blue’ at #29, Cinderella’s ‘Nobody’s Fool’ at #26, Beastie Boys’ ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)’ at #7 and Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ was #1.
1987: The first five Beatles albums, ‘Please Please Me,’ ‘With the Beatles,’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ ‘Beatles for Sale’ and ‘Help!’ were released on Compact disc. Capitol Records decided to release the original UK mixes of the Beatles albums, which means that the first four CDs are released in mono. This marks the first time that many of these mono mixes were available in the US.
1987: The Beastie Boys appear on ‘Soul Train,’ where they perform ‘Brass Monkey.’ They win over host Don Cornelius, who tells them, “You’re very chilling, very hip, and we like your music.”
1988: The Beatles ‘Past Masters Volume One & Volume Two’ are released. The two-volume compilation album was part of the issue of the band’s entire back catalogue on CD. Compiled by the noted Beatles authority Mark Lewisohn, this collection of many of the band’s biggest hits as well as rarities includes every song released commercially by the band that was not available on The Beatles’ twelve original UK albums or the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ LP.
1994: The U.S. Supreme Court decided that rap group 2 Live Crew’s parody of Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ did not break federal copyright laws.
1995: Warrant release their Beau Hill produced 4th studio album, ‘Ultraphobic.’ It featured former Kingdom Come and Wild Horses members Rick Steier and James Kottak.
2000: Pantera’s ‘Reinventing The Steel’ album is released. It’s the last studio album with Phil Anselmo (vocals), Dimebag Darrell (guitar), Rex Brown (bass) and Vinnie Paul (drums).
2000: Armored Saint release their 5th studio album, ‘Revelation.’ The band reformed in the entire ‘Symbol of Salvation’ lineup to record ‘Revelation’ in 1999 after six years of being disbanded.
2000: Disturbed released their debut album ‘The Sickness.’ The album peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2003: AC/DC’s Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson performed an acoustic version of ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ live on ‘The Howard Stern Show.’
2006: Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, a project led by the Foo Fighters’ drummer, release their self-titled debut album.
2006: Rod Stewart is ordered to pay $3 million to Harrah’s in Las Vegas after defaulting on a show in 2000.
2006: Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen releases his third solo album ‘Morph The Cat.’
2006: Van Morrison is named an honorary citizen of Nashville in a ceremony held during the singer-songwriter’s concert at the city’s famed Ryman Auditorium.
2007: The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ tops the National Association of Recording Merchandisers Definitive 200, a list of “great, classic albums.” Rock artists with discs landing in the Top 10 include Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.
2007: Blues Traveler singer and harmonica player John Popper is arrested after the blue Mercedes he is traveling in is clocked doing 111 mph on a highway west of Spokane, WA. State patrol officers search the car and find guns and a small amount of marijuana. Grand Funk Railroad celebrates their 40th anniversary by playing 40 concerts. The first stop is Trinidad, CA. However, this edition is without guitarist/vocalist Mark Farner.
2007: Rhett Hutchence the brother of INXS singer Michael Hutchence defended his decision to sell some of the late star’s belongings online saying he needed money to set up home with his new girlfriend. Items in the auction included lyrics, T-shirts and a fax his brother had sent to his then girlfriend Kylie Minogue.
2008: ZZ Top are honored at the Austin Film Society’s annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, (which coincides with South By Southwest). The trio receives the AMD Live! Soundtrack Award, The gala raises funds to promote movie appreciation and support emerging filmmakers.
2008: The Zombies’ four surviving members reunite in London for the first of two special 40th anniversary performances of their 1968 album, ‘Odessey And Oracle.’ It’s the first time all of the surviving original Zombies play the songs live onstage. Guitarist Keith Airey replaces founding guitarist Paul Atkinson, who died in 2004.
2009: Grand Funk Railroad celebrates their 40th anniversary by playing 40 concerts. The first stop is Trinidad, CA. However, this edition is without guitarist/vocalist Mark Farner.
2012: A class action suit filing reveals that Sony will pay $7.95 million to Cheap Trick, the Allman Brothers Band and others, to end a five-year dispute over digital music revenue. Most of the settlement goes to artists who have a minimum of 28,500 downloads from Apple’s iTunes store.
2012: Funeral services were held for Davy Jones at Holy Cross Catholic parish in Indiantown, Florida. The three surviving Monkees, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz, did not attend so as not to draw more attention to the grieving family. Instead, they attended memorial services in New York City as well as organising their own private memorial in Los Angeles along with Jones’s family and close friends.
2012: Sales of albums by The Monkees soared following the death of singer Davy Jones. ‘Best Of The Monkees’ re-entered the Billboard album chart at #20 with sales of over 17,000 units, followed by ‘Flashback With the Monkees,’ coming in at #125, selling over 5,000 copies. .
2012: The She-Bop-A-Lula, a photography exhibit of female Rockers, opens at the Strand Gallery in London. The 60-plus images feature Debbie Harry (Blondie), Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, Suzi Quatro and Patti Smith. The exhibition supports Breakthrough, the UK’s leading Breast Cancer Charity.
2013: A memorial show for late Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr is held at Seattle’s Studio Seven just a day before the second anniversary of Starr’s death from a suspected overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol at age 44.
2013: Peter Banks, the original Yes guitarist, dies in his London home from heart failure at age 65. Banks is heard on the group’s first two albums. He left the band in 1970 when orchestral arrangements proposed by singer Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire replaced almost all of his parts.
2015: Three-fifths of a Guns N’ Roses reunion takes place as Slash and Gilby Clarke plus bassist Duff McKagan perform during a Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2016: AC/DC are forced to postpone their ‘Rock Or Bust’ tour dates as Brian Johnson faces ‘total hearing loss.’
2016: Michael White, the British producer whose work includes the films ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ dies of heart failure at age 80.
2017: Tom DeLonge (Blink 182) and co-author Peter Levenda publish ‘Sekret Machines: GODS,’ an “investigative journey to the heart of the UFO phenomenon.” 2018: Gary Burden, album cover art designer, dies in Los Angeles of undisclosed causes. He was 84. Burden designed the first Crosby, Stills & Nash album in 1969, and then continued to work with many others, including Joni Mitchell, the Doors, the Eagles, The Mamas & The Papas and most importantly, Neil Young. Burden designed more than 40 albums for Young and won a Grammy for the Neil Young release The Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972 for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Packaging in 2010.
1961: The Beatles played at The Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime. That night they performed twice: at Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool, and at Hambleton Hall in Huyton, Liverpool.
1962: The Beatles make their radio debut on the BBC performing covers of ‘Dream Baby,’ ‘Please Mr. Postman’ and ‘Memphis, Tennessee.’ It was reportedly the first time The Beatles wore suits onstage.
1964: The Dave Clark Five appear for the first time on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show, performing ‘Do You Love Me’ and ‘Can’t You See That She’s Mine.’ It will be the first of eighteen appearances for the group.
1965: David Bowie makes his first TV appearance when his band The Manish Boys appears on the British show ‘Gadzooks! It’s All Happening’ when they performed their current single ‘I Pity The Fool.’ At the time, he’s still known as David Jones.
1965: Bob Dylan’s single ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ was released. The lead track from his ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ album, gave Dylan his first top 40 hit. It peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also entered the Top 10 on the singles chart in the United Kingdom. The song is also noted for its innovative film clip, in what became one of the first ‘modern’ promotional film clips. The clip was shot in an alley behind the Savoy Hotel in London, the cue cards which Dylan holds were written by Donovan, Allen Ginsberg, and Dylan himself.
1965: The Beach Boys 8th album, ‘The Beach Boys Today!’ is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #6 on the UK Top 40 Album Chart. Three singles hit the Top 40 in the US: ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’ (#8), ‘When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)’ (#9), and ‘Do You Wanna Dance?’ (#12).
1966: Bob Dylan recorded ‘Just Like A Woman’ for his ‘Blonde On Blonde’ album at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
1968: Promoter Bill Graham’s East Coast version of the Fillmore, the Fillmore East opens in New York City. Big Brother and the Holding Company tops the bill that includes Albert King and Tim Buckley. Although the club was only open for 4 years, many seminal live albums were recorded there, including ones from The Allman Brothers Band, Joe Cocker, Derek and the Dominos, The Grateful Dead, Humble Pie, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa and many more.
1968: Elvis Presley’s 26th movie, ‘Stay Away, Joe,’ premieres in New York City. The comedy features Elvis as a Native American rodeo champion.
1968: Cream played the first of two nights at at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California. The concert was recorded with some tracks ending up on their ‘Wheels Of Fire’ double album. 1968: Jimi Hendrix and Soft Machine played at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York.
1969: The Small Faces split up after performing their final concert, on the Channel Islands. Singer Steve Marriott announced he was leaving the band to focus on Humble Pie. Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones linked up with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart and formed The Faces.
1969: ‘Proud Mary’ is Creedence Clearwater Revival’s first million selling single.
1969: Elektra Records signs Detroit’s MC5.
1970: The New York Times publishes an advance review of The Who’s ‘Live at Leeds’ by Nik Cohn in which he calls it “…the definitive hard-rock holocaust. It is the best live rock album ever made.”
1970: Led Zeppelin played at Cricus Krone Bau in Munich, Germany.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at Mothers in Erdington, Birmingham, England.
1971: The Who hold the fourth and last session of the ill-fated ‘Lifehouse’ project. Filming still has not begun, the band is completely confused about Pete’s plans, the audience is uncooperative, mostly calling out for old Who tunes during the new Lifehouse songs, and producer/manager Kit Lambert is openly critical, stamping about and yelling, “What in the hell are we doing here?” Since Lambert is due to travel to New York the next week to produce Labelle’s first album at the Record Plant, he suggests The Who fly over and record the new material there as well. Lifehouse was a science fiction rock opera by the Who intended as a follow-up to ‘Tommy.’ It was abandoned as a rock opera in favor of creating the traditional rock album, Who’s Next.
1971: The Rolling Stones appeared at Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland.
1971: WPAX Hanoi goes on the air. Abbie Hoffman and many others make tapes in a loft in New York; tapes are then broadcast to US troops. Station opens with Jimi Hendrix’s Star-Spangled Banner.
1972: King Crimson played at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1973: Ron Mckernan, keyboard player with The Grateful Dead, died at age 27 from a stomach hemorrhage and liver failure brought on by alcohol poisoning in Corte Madera, CA. Pigpen was a founding member and the original frontman of The Grateful Dead. Initially nicknamed “Big Ron,” Pigpen probably got his name for his similarity to the permanently dirty character in the comic strip Peanuts. McKernan was close friends with Janis Joplin, bonding with their love of alcohol over psychedelic drugs.
1973: Paul McCartney was fined £100 ($170) for growing cannabis at his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland. McCartney claimed some fans gave the seeds to him and that he didn’t know what they would grow.
1973: Genesis performed at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.
1974: Rising from the ashes of Free and Mott The Hoople, the newly-formed Bad Company play their first live gig, at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
1974: The Cars ‘Since You’re Gone’ single is released.
1974: Queen’s ‘Queen II’ album is released. It reached #49 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1974: Yes performed at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1974: Bad Company kicked off their first UK tour at Newcastle City Hall.
1975: The New Music Express says the Rolling Stones have selected American guitarist Wayne Perkins to replaced Mick Taylor. But it’s Ron Wood (formerly of the Faces and Jeff Beck Group) who eventually gets the nod.
1975: The Ramones played at CBGB’s in New York.
1975: Styx single ‘Lady’ peaks at #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It was their first Top 10 hit in the US.
1975: John Entwistle’s solo project, ‘The Ox,’ perform at New York City’s Academy Of Music.
1975: Keith Moon’s forthcoming solo album ‘Two Sides Of The Moon’ receives a favorable review in Melody Maker. The article also includes a photo of Iggy Pop riding on Keith’s back.
1976: Roxy Music appeared at the Calderone Theater in New York.
1976: Having left Spooky Tooth for a solo career, Gary Wright gets a gold record for “Dream Weaver.
1977: Foreigner release their self-titled debut album. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart (during its 113 week stay), and included three Top 40 singles – ‘Feels Like the First Time’ (#4), ‘Cold as Ice’ (#6) and ‘Long, Long Way from Home’ (#20).
1977: Santana performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1978: Steely Dan goes platinum for the first time with their ‘Aja’ album.
1979: Rolling Stone reports that inflation has ballooned the cost of making and promoting a major label LP to between $350,000 and $500,000.
1980: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Led Zeppelin’s ‘Fool In The Rain’ at #69, Foreigner’s ‘Women’ at #50, 38 Special’s ‘Rockin’ Into The Night’ at #44, Pat Benatar’s ‘Heartbreaker’ at #24, Tom Petty’s ‘Refugee’ at #17m and Queen’s ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ at #1.
1980: Rush peak at #4 on Billboard’s 200 album chart with ‘Permanent Waves.’ It’s their 1st Top 5 album in the U.S.
1982: The Cars ‘Since You’re Gone’ b/w ‘Think It Over’ 45 single is released. Since You’re Gone peaked at #24 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Think It Over’ peaked at #41 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
1984: Van Halen played at Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1984: Ozzy Osbourne with special guests Motley Crue played the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin. 1985: Armored Saint and Metallica played the Pomona Valley Auditorium in Pomona, CA.
1986: ZZ Top performed at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
1986: Roger Daltrey’s tribute to Keith Moon, ‘Under a Raging Moon,’ hits the British charts. It is released in different formats including a double 45 EP pack with live cuts from 1985. It peaks at #43.
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Honeymoon Suite’s ‘Feel It Again’ at #86 (debut), Robert Palmer’s ‘Addicted To Love’ at #38, The Bangles’ ‘Manic Monday’ at #26, ZZ Top’s ‘Stages’ at #21, Loverboy’s ‘This Could Be The Night’ at #19, Heart’s ‘These Dreams’
at #4 and Mr. Mister’s ‘Kyrie’ at #1.
1987: At Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena Bob Seger announces the end of “his last tour ever”, only to start touring again soon after.
1990: Bonnie Raitt is named the Best Female Singer in Rolling Stone magazine’s Critic’s Awards.
1990: Rolling Stone dubs Jefferson Airplane’s disastrous new comeback album Most Unwanted Comeback of the Year.
1992: Skid Row and special guest Pantera played the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center in Oakland, CA. 1993: Beavis & Butthead premiered on MTV.
1994: David Lee Roth released his Nile Rodgers produced 4th full-length studio album, ‘Your Filthy Little Mouth.’ It features Frehley’s Comet bassist John Regan, with Travis Tritt also on co-lead vocals on ‘Cheatin’ Heart Cafe.’
1994: Kurt Cobain was discharged from the Rome American Hospital in Italy, where he was recovering from an overdose of prescription drugs and champagne.
1994: Soundgarden’s 4th album, ‘Superunknown’ is released. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 310,000 copies in its opening week and reached high positions on charts worldwide. Five singles were released from the album: ‘The Day I Tried to Live,’ ‘My Wave,’ ‘Fell on Black Days,’ ‘Spoonman’ and ‘Black Hole Sun,’ the latter two of which won Grammy Awards. In 1995, the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. The album has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the United States and remains Soundgarden’s most successful album. In 2003, the album was ranked #336 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was ranked #38 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the Nineties, and #5 on Guitar World magazine’s top 10 list of guitar albums of 1994.
1994: Rush appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York. 1994: White Zombie, Prong and The Obsessed played the Sacramento Exhibit Hall in Sacramento, CA.
1995: Ingo Schwichtenberg commits suicide by jumping in front of a subway train. He was just 29. Schwichtenberg was the drummer and a founding member of Helloween. Schwichtenberg was fired from the band in 1993 for drug and alcohol abuse and also for his refusal to take his medication for his schizophrenia, which would lead to bizarre episodes such as uncontrollable sobbing, causing him to cancel shows.
1997: The Wallflowers ‘One Headlight’ tops the Modern Rock chart.
2004: 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell was charged with simple assault in Moss Point, Mississippi. Harrell allegedly hit a newspaper deliveryman who accused him of taking more than one paper from a vending machine outside the local Cheap-O Deep-O. The 53-year-old deliveryman was also charged with pulling a gun.
2004: The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office charged Courtney Love with disorderly conduct. The charge was in connection with her 2003 arrest for drugs after she allegedly tried to break into her boyfriend’s apartment.
2005: Black Label Society released their album ‘Mafia.’ The track ‘In This River’ was written before the death of Zakk Wylde’s friend and fellow guitarist Dimebag Darrell, but it has since been dedicated to him.
2005: A 9-year-old boy wakes from a coma after hearing Green Day’s “American Idiot.” Wales resident Corey George, a Green Day fan, was hit by a car and unconscious for two weeks when his parents played him the disc. “Within an hour he had opened his eyes,” says Corey’s father.
2005: Rush gets the Classical treatment. ‘The String Quartet Tribute to Rush’s 2112,’ arranged by Todd Rubenstein, makes its debut.
2005: Axis of Justice, co-founded by Audioslave’s Tom Morello, helps a Coalition of Immokalee Workers (C.I.W.) reach a settlement with Taco Bell. The coalition boycotted the fast-food chain over unfair working conditions. “By standing up and standing together, we can change the world,” says Morello. Most C.I.W. members are immigrants with low-wage jobs in Florida.
2006: Sammy Hagar’s Tahoe Wabo in Nevada is honored as one of the Top 100 bars and clubs in the United States by the editors of Nightclub & Bar magazine.
2006: Pearl Jam’s ‘World Wide Suicide,’ hits #3 on Billboard Radio Monitor’s Modern Rock chart becoming the group’s highest debut (to date) single. A week later, Pearl Jam tops the chart.
2007: Eddie Van Halen quietly announces that he’s checked in to rehab. “I have decided to enter a rehabilitation facility to work on myself, so that in the future I can deliver the 110 percent that I feel I owe (Van Halen’s fans),” the guitarist says in a statement. The rehab move causes Eddie to miss his group’s induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.
2009: A blue plaque in honour of The Who drummer Keith Moon was unveiled on the site of the Marquee Club in Soho, London, where in 1964 the band played the first of 29 gigs there. Surviving Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend attend the marker’s unveiling, which is sponsored by the U.K.’s Heritage Foundation. Fans on scooters turned up to pay tribute to Moon, who was 32 when he died of an accidental overdose in 1978.
2009: U2 started a two week run at #1 on the UK album chart with their 12th studio album ‘No Line on the Horizon.’
2010: The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announces they have recruited Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro to star their anti-fur Ink Not Mink ads.
2011: Mike Starr, former bassist for Alice In Chains, is found dead by police in a Salt Lake City home. “There is nothing to indicate that this was foul play by another individual,” says a police representative. Three weeks earlier, the 44 year-old Starr was jailed after he was found in illegal possession of prescription drugs. Mike was the original bassist of Alice In Chains, and was the last person to see singer Layne Staley alive; he blamed himself partly for Staley’s death. Starr also appeared on Celebrity Rehab in 2010 with fellow recovering addicts Mackenzie Phillips and Tom Sizemore.
2011: ‘Rope’ is #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart just a week after its release. The song is the lead single from the Foo Fighters’ seventh studio album, ‘Wasting Light.’
2011: Seether’s ‘Country Song,’ the first single from ‘Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray.’ It goes to #1 on both the US & Canada Active Rock charts as well as #1 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart.
2012: Blaze Bayley released the album ‘The King Of Metal.’
2013: The Journey documentary ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,’ opens in U.S. theaters. The movie focuses on singer Arnel Pineda, and how he came to join the band.
2015: Jon Bon Jovi sings ‘Dead Or Alive,’ with comedians serving as back-up singers, on Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars. Hosted by Jon Stewart, and taped at New York’s Beacon Theatre a week earlier (2/28), the event raises funds for autism education and support programs.
2016: Sir George Martin, the “fifth Beatle,” dies in his sleep at his home in Wiltshire, England. He was 90. “If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George,” Paul McCartney said in a statement. “From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. He was like a second father to me.” Martin spent seven years with the Beatles, the most successful group in music history, and produced virtually all of their albums. He also worked with countless others over a career that spanned decades, including Peter Sellers, Shirley Bassey, America, Cheap Trick, Jeff Beck, UFO, Ultravox and Celine Dion. Elton John had Martin produce his updated version of ‘Candle in the Wind,’ done in honor of Princess Diana, in 1997. Twenty-three Martin productions hit #1 in the United States, along with thirty in the UK.
2016: AC/DC postponed the rest of their current US tour after singer Brian Johnson was warned he was going deaf. The band posted a statement on their website saying doctors had advised Johnson to stop touring immediately or “risk total hearing loss”.
1964: The Beatles filmed the last day of train scenes for the movie ‘A Hard Days Night.’ During their six days of filming aboard a moving train, The Beatles traveled a total of 2,500 miles on the rails.
1964: Capitol Records released a song called ‘Letter To The Beatles’ by The Four Preps. The lyrics describe a boy lamenting the fact that he’s lost his girlfriend to The Fab Four. On its first day, the record shot to No.85 on the charts and it looked like The Preps were going to have another hit on their hands. Unfortunately they had included a few bars from ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ without permission and Capitol was forced to withdraw the single to avoid a lawsuit.
1966: The Beach Boys record ‘God Only Knows.’
1967: Pink Floyd and The Thoughts perform at The Marquee Club in London.
1967: The Small Faces, Family and The Strollers appeared at the Skyline Ballroom, Hull, Yorkshire.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Skyline Hotel in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
1968: Jimi Hendrix and Soft Machine played at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York.
1968: ‘Who’s Who in America’ was released, becoming the first edition to include notable rock stars other than Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Making the cut were The Rolling Stones, The Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and The Papas, The Doors, The Monkees, The Grateful Dead and Donovan.
1968: Bob Dylan started a ten week run at #1 on the UK chart with ‘John Wesley Harding.’ The album marked Dylan’s return to acoustic music after three albums of electric rock music and was exceptionally well received by critics, also reaching the second spot on the US charts. The commercial performance was considered remarkable, considering that Dylan had made Columbia Records release the album without much publicity.
1968: The Who return to the site of their first non-New York U.S. show, the Grande Ballroom in Dearborn, Michigan, with Soap opening. At this show The Who add ‘Little Billy’ to their show list. They also break all attendance records for the ballroom.
1969: Janis Joplin played at the University of Toledo Fieldhouse in Toledo, Ohio.
1969: CBS aired a rerun of the The Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour, a variety show notable for its satiric humor and musical appearances by the Beatles, the Doors, and the Who. The program came under fire when guest Joan Baez used her appearance to publicize the predicament of her husband, who had been arrested for objecting to the draft. The network explained the decision by stating that because that week’s episode did not arrive in time to be previewed, it would not be shown. An edited version aired two months later. 1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival were the musical guest on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘Good Golly Miss Molly.’
1970: Having recently changed their name from Earth to Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward made their concert debut at The Roundhouse in London.
1971: Led Zeppelin performs at Leeds University in Leeds, England, during their ‘Back To The Clubs’ tour.
1971: Alice Cooper’s 3rd album, ‘Love It to Death’ album is released. ‘I’m Eighteen’ was the band’s first Top 40 hit in the U.S., a success that led to a recording deal with Warner Brothers Records.
1972: A George McGovern presidential fundraiser stars Carole King, James Taylor, Quincy Jones and Barbra Streisand (Cass Elliot, of The Mamas & the Papas, serves as a celebrity usher).
1973: Black Sabbath kicked off an 8-date sold out UK tour at Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow.
1974: Aerosmith appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Boston.
1974: Bad Company play their first show in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
1974: David Essex ‘Rock O’npeaks at #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It’s his only US top 10.
1975: Elvis Presley begins his final recording session at RCA’s Hollywood studios.
1975: Genesis played at the Nuevo Pabellon Club in Badalona, Spain.
1976: David Bowie appeared at the Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1976: The Who postponed their North American tour after Keith Moon collapsed at the Boston Garden.
1976: Queen go gold with ‘A Night at the Opera,’
1976: Keith Moon collapses onstage at the beginning of a Who concert at the Boston Garden.
1977: The Sex Pistols, with Sid Vicious as their new bassist, sign with A&M in the label’s London offices. The next day they will stage a publicity stunt in which they sign a contract in front of Buckingham Palace.
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ becomes the group’s second consecutive platinum album.
1978: The Eagles record ‘I Can’t Tell You Why.’
1978: Bob Dylan performs at the Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
1979: ‘Heroes of Rock and Roll’ documentary is first shown on ABC
1981: Robert Plant played a secret gig at Keele University, England with his new band The Honey Drippers.
1983: Randy Newman’s ‘I Love L.A.’ b/w ‘Song For The Dead’ 45 single is released.
1985: REO Speedwagon’s ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’ goes to #1 for three weeks. The #3 slot is held by Glenn Frey’s ‘The Heat Is On’ with David Lee Roth’s cover of the Beach Boys’ classic ‘California Girls’ right behind.
1985: Mountain released their 5th studio album, ‘Go for Your Life.’
1984: Yes performed at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.
1985: Mick Jagger released his solo single ‘Just Another Night’ a #12 hit in the US.
1986: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith go to Magic Ventures Studios in New York, where they record parts of their song “Walk This Way” so Run-D.M.C. can transform it into a Hip-Hop jam. Neither act is thrilled about the collaboration (Run-D.M.C.’s producer Rick Rubin spearheaded the effort), but the resulting track is a huge hit, revitalizing Aerosmith’s career and delivering a new (mostly white) audience to the rappers.
1987: U2 released their breakthrough album ‘The Joshua Tree.’ The band’s 5th album would become their first #1, produce two #1 hits, and win the band their first two Grammy awards. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for nine weeks during its 103 weeks stay. It reached #2 on the UK Albums chart. It won the two Grammy awards in 1987 for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album at #27 on their 2012 list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, calling it “an album that turns spiritual quests and political struggles into uplifting stadium singalongs”. It was U2’s best position on the list.
1987: John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Carole King & Gerry Goffin, Sam Cooke, and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil are all inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
1987: Gary Moore released his 7th studio album, ‘Wild Frontier.’
1987: Whitesnake release their ‘Still of the Night’ single.
1990: At The Central in Seattle, Mother Love Bone plays their last show, as their lead singer Andrew Wood dies of a heroin overdose 10 days later. Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard from the band form Pearl Jam later that year.
1991: ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ gave The Clash their only UK #1 single after the track was used for a Levi’s TV advertisement. The track was first released in 1982 from their album ‘Combat Rock’ album.
1992: Skid Row with special guest Pantera played at the Sacramento Exhibit Hall in Sacramento, California.
1993: Lenny Kravitz releases ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way.’
1993: Overkill release their 6th studio album, ‘I Hear Black.’ The album debuted at #122 on the Billboard 200 Chart, It was also the band’s first album to feature drummer Tim Mallare.
1993: Sting releases his 4th solo album, ‘Ten Summoner’s Tales,’ which contains the hit ‘Fields of Gold.’
1995: Oasis make their U.S. network T.V. debut on Late Night With David Letterman.
1996: ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis reaches #8 on the U.S. singles chart.
1998: Iron Maiden released the single ‘The Angel And The Gambler.’ It was their first single off the album ‘Virtual XI.’
1999: Scorpions released the album ‘Eye II Eye.’
2000: PETA member – and Pretenders lead singer – Chrissie Hynde leaped into the window of a New York Gap store to protest the alleged use in their clothing of cow leather from India, where the animal is held sacred. She and three others were arrested and charged with criminal mischief.
2001: Eric Singer replaces Peter Criss as the drummer for KISS. He began his second tour of duty with KISS, performing while wearing the band’s famous “Catman” makeup for the first time at a show in Yokohama, Japan.
2004: Brides Of Destruction released their debut album ‘Here Come The Brides.’ It was their only album that featured Nikki Sixx, who would leave the band to rejoin Motley Crue for their reunion tour in 2005.
2004: Exodus return after a 12-year hiatus with their 6th studio album ‘Tempo of the Damned.’
2004: Tesla released the album ‘Into The Now.’ It was the band’s first studio album since 1994’s ‘Bust A Nut.’
2004: The White Stripes’ Jack White pleads guilty in a Wayne County, MI, court to assault and battery charges stemming from a 12/13/03 fight with Von Bondies frontman Jason Stollsteimer. White is ordered to pay $750 in fines and attend anger-management classes. A long standing dispute over the level of White’s involvement in the Von Bondies debut album sparked the confrontation.
2004: Former Crazy Town guitarist Rust Epique died of heart failure from an apparent heart attack at his home in Las Vegas. Epique was 36. Crazy Town had the 1999 world-wide #1 single ‘Butterfly.’
2005: 53-year-old Danny Joe Brown, the original lead singer of Molly Hatchet, died from renal failure due to complications from diabetes. Brown was the front man for the band’s self-titled album in 1978, which went Platinum. He is best known for writing and singing on such songs as ‘Flirtin’ with Disaster’ a+nd ‘Whiskey Man.’
2005: The tour bus driver for The Dave Matthews Band pleads guilty to dumping sewage into the Chicago River, which hit a group of tourists cruising on an architectural tour. Stefan Wohl denied the charges at first, but admitted it when confronted with surveillance video. The band was not on the bus at the time.
2007: KISS’ Gene Simmons & TommyThayer perform at a rally for the U.S. Armed Forces at Camp Pendleton.
2007: Brad Delp lead singer of US rock band Boston committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in after lighting two charcoal grills inside his sealed master bathroom at his home in the New Hampshire town of Atkinson. Although Tom Scholz was the primary songwriter in Boston, Delp co-wrote a few songs including ‘Smokin’, ‘Let Me Take You Home Tonight’ and ‘Party.’ He was found with a note paper-clipped to his shirt which read: “Mr. Brad Delp. I am a lonely soul.”
2007: Red Hot Chili Peppers and YouTube launch a contest with fans making a video for ‘Charlie,’ a track from RHCP’s ‘Stadium Arcadium’ album. The winner gets $5,000 plus a trip to Paris to meet the band and attend a concert.
2007: Courtney Love gets sued by a luxury rehab center, Brau Monde International, in Newport Beach, CA. Love checked in following a drug overdose at a Hollywood club in ’05. According to the center, Love has paid some, but not all, of her bill.
2007: KISS’ Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer play for military personnel at Camp Pendleton in California. The set is filmed for an episode of A&E’s Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
2007: John Mellencamp is presented with a finished custom Exile motorcycle built for the TLC network’s ‘Motorcycle Mania 4.’ At the Dayton Beach event, Mellencamp performs a solo acoustic version of ‘Pink Houses.’ The program documenting the bike’s construction airs the following month.
2007: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis performs solo on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.
2008: A documentary about Boston’s Brad Delp premieres on a Salem, MA, cable station marking the one-year anniversary of the singer’s suicide. ‘Remembering Brad Delp…With a Little Help From His Friends’ has performance clips and interviews.
2008: ‘Nine Lives,’ the first single from Def Leppard’s “Songs From The Sparkle Lounge,” is heard at the beginning of NBA games broadcast on ABC.
2009: The Allman Brothers Band takes up their annual residency at New York’s Beacon theater with 10 shows in 13 days. The previous year’s stand was cancelled because frontman Gregg Allman was undergoing treatment for hepatitis C.
2011: Whitesnake released their 11th studio album, ‘Forevermore.’ The album debuted at #49 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
2011: Phil Collins clears up rumors about why he is retiring. Speculation has included health problems, bad reviews, depression and an interest in devoting time to his collection of Alamo memorabilia, but Collins states the real reason is: “So I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis.”
2011: Eric Clapton auctions more than 70 guitars and 70 amps in New York City to raise funds for the Crossroads Centre, Antigua, the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center which he founded in 1998. It’s Clapton’s third guitar auction to benefit the center.
2011: The Eagles perform on mainland China for the first time when they appear at the Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena.
2012: 76-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis gets married for the seventh time, taking his caregiver, 62-year-old Judith Brown, as his bride. Brown was previously married to Lewis’ cousin Rusty.
2012: The Rolling Stones Facebook page passes the 9 million mark and guitarist Keith Richards celebrates by posting a picture of himself holding a card saying “9,000,000 Stones Fans.” “Thanks to everyone of you Facebookers who like the Rolling Stones,” reads the post. “It’s only Rock and Roll but we love you!”
2012: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform a special concert at New York’s Apollo Theater to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of satellite radio. The show airs live on Sirius XM’s all-Springsteen channel E Street Radio.
2012: U2, earning $32 million in 2011, places second behind Taylor Swift, on Billboard’s Top 40 Money Makers List. U2 is the only Rock act in the Top 5.
2013: Former KISS drummer Peter Criss is the American Cancer Society’s Humanitarian of the Year Award honoree. Having beaten cancer himself, Criss is an advocate of regular check-ups for men.
2017: Pearl Jam donate 100% of T-shirt proceeds and 25% of all goods sold on the band’s official web site to Planned Parenthood Federation Of America.
2017: Metallica’s ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ jumps to #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart (behind Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’) with an over 200-percent jump in sales after the record is bundled with ticket purchases for their summer tour.
2018: Judas Priest release their album ‘Firepower.’ It was the band’s first studio album since 1988’s ‘Ram It Down’ to be produced by Tom Allom.
1955: RCA Victor places a half-page ad in Billboard announcing Elvis Presley as the “new singing rage.”
1956: Bobby Darin makes his first television appearance, singing ‘Rock Island Line’ on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show. The budding entertainer is clearly nervous – he keeps glancing at his palms where he’s written the song’s lyrics. It would take two more years before he had his first US Top 40 hit, ‘Splish Splash,’ which he would follow with twenty-one more.
1958: Big Records released ‘Our Song’ by a teenage duo from Queens, New York, Tom and Jerry. The duo will become famous in the 1960s under their real names, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.
1964: Simon and Garfunkel records ‘The Sound Of Silence’ as an acoustic duo. It wasn’t until record company producers added electric guitar, bass and drums, without the knowledge of Paul and Art, that the song would become a hit in late 1965.
1965: Davie Jones (David Bowie) and the Manish Boys appeared at the Bromel Club in Bromley Hill, England.
1965: The Beatles’ ‘Eight Days a Week’ goes to #1. It’s the first single by a British act to top the American charts but not make the charts in Britain, where it was unreleased.
1966: Bob Dylan recorded ‘Rainy Day Women No 12 & 35’ at CBS Studios in Nashville. The song would go on to peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1966: The Who played at the Ram Jam Club in Brixton, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at Club A Go Go in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.
1967: The Monkees held the #1 position on the album chart with More Of The Monkees.
1967: The Beatles record ‘Getting Better.’
1967: Sonny & Cher guest star as “Jerry and Ramona” on ‘The Hot Number Affair’ episode of the NBC-TV spy spoof ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’
1968: Cream plays San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. During the show they uncork Robert Johnson’s Blues classic “Crossroads.” This version lands on the group’s studio/live ‘Wheels Of Fire’ album.
1968: The Who play the Opera House in Aurora, Illinois. The show is filmed by a BBC camera crew for a Tony Palmer documentary, They also film that night’s performance at the Exposition Gardens in Peoria, Illinois.
1968: Jimi Hendrix performed at the International Ballroom in Washington, D.C.
1969: Led Zeppelin ‘Good Times Bad Times’ b/w ‘Communication Breakdown’ 45 single is released.
1970: Genesis played at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad began recording the album ‘Closer To Home.’
1971: Beatles manager Allen Klein is barred from involvement in the band’s affairs as the Fab Four’s career together winds down. According to legend, it is also on this night that John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr go to Paul McCartney’s London townhouse and throw a brick through one of the windows.
1972: America’s self-titled debut album is certified gold.
1972: Thin Lizzy released their 2nd studio album, ‘Shades of a Blue Orphanage’ in the UK. The title is a combination of the members’ previous bands: Shades of Blue and Orphanage.
1972: Jethro Tull’s 5th studio album ‘Thick as a Brick’ is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for two weeks in June 1972. Its lyrics are based on a poem written by a fictitious boy, Gerald Bostock, said to have been adapted to music by Jethro Tull—although the band’s Ian Anderson in fact wrote the lyrics himself.
1972: Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper and Yes appeared at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.
1973: The Pink Floyd album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ was released in America, it spent over 740 weeks on the chart over a 14-year period. The album then moves to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, and logs another 759 weeks. Sales have topped an estimated 45 million copies worldwide.
1973: Steely Dan’s ‘Reeling In The Years’ b/w ‘Only A Fool Would Say That’ 45 single is released. It was the 2nd single from their 1972 album, ‘Can’t Buy a Thrill.’ It reached #11 on the Billboard HOT 100 chart. The song was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker and features Fagen on vocals. In March 2005, Q magazine placed the song at #95 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has reportedly said that Elliott Randall’s guitar solo on “Reeling In the Years” is his favorite solo of all time. That solo was also ranked the 40th best guitar solo of all time by the readers of Guitar World magazine. Fagen referred to the song as “dumb but effective” in Rolling Stone magazine.
1973: The Who played at the Sporthal de Vliegermolen, Voorburg, The Netherlands.
1974: David Bowie performs the Philadelphia concert that is later released as the album ‘David Live.’
1975: John Lennon releases his cover of Ben E. King’s ‘Stand by Me’ b/w ‘Move Over Ms. L’ as a single in the U.S. There have been over 400 recorded versions of ‘Stand by Me,’ including versions by John Lennon, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, U2, Usher, and Elton ‘ohn. “Stand’by Me” was ranked #121 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the 4th most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1976: Judas Priest released their 2nd single, ‘The Ripper.’
1977: At 7am in the morning on a trestle table set up out-side Buckingham Palace, London, The Sex Pistols signed to A&M Records. The contract lasted for six days.
1977: Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’ is certified Platinum by the RIAA. It was last certified in 1995 at 4X Platinum.
1977: AC/DC appeared at St. Andrews Hall in Norwich, England.
1979: Motorhead release their 4th single, ‘Overkill.’ It was was the closing song on the band’s final tour, making it the last song the band ever played live.
1979: Rush appeared at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1981: Jimmy Page takes the stage for the first time since the breakup of Led Zeppelin when he joins Jeff Beck for some encores at a London show.
1981: The Who performed at Wembley Arena in London.
1981: Joe Walsh released his 5th studio album, ‘There Goes the Neighborhood.’ It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and features three tracks that reached the Billboard charts – ‘Rivers (Of The Hidden Funk)’ (Mainstream Rock – #35), ‘Things’ (Mainstream Rock – #36), and ‘A Life of Illusion’ (Mainstream Rock #1 and Hot 100 #34).
1982: King Crimson played at Dora Cohen Hall, Oxford Polytechnic in Oxford, England.
1984: Ian Gillan quits Black Sabbath. He’s replaced briefly by former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes. ‘Born Again’ is the most overlooked Sabbath album to date. The Born Again tour had ended on March 4th. Openers on that tour had included an up & coming band, Quiet Riot. Shortly after this departure Gillan re-joined Deep Purple for a reunion tour.
1984: Van Halen held the #1 position on the US singles chart with ‘Jump.’
1984: Trouble released their debut studio album, ‘Psalm 9.’
1985: The Grateful Dead performed at the Community Theater in Berkeley, California. 1985: Armored Saint and Metallica played the Hollywood Paladium.
1990: Though released the previous September, Soundgarden’s debut ‘Louder Than Love’ finally lands on the U.S. album chart, anchoring the #108 spot.
1990: Bad English’s ‘Price Of Love’ peaks at #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 1nd it spends 19 weeks on the charts.
1991: Iron Maiden with special guest Anthrax performed at the Salem Armory Auditorium in Salem, Oregon.
1991: Mookie Blaylock goes on the Seattle radio station KISW and announces they are changing their name to Pearl Jam, inspired by the jamming they saw at a Neil Young concert a few weeks earlier. 1992: Skid Row with special guest Pantera played at the San Jose State Events Center in San Jose, CA.
1992: Red Hot Chili Peppers release ‘Under The Bridge.’ The 2nd single from the group’s 5th studio album, ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik,’ goes to #2 on the Billboard chart.
1992: King’s X released their self-titled 4th album. It reached #138 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart , and the single, ‘Black Flag’ reached #17 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
1998: Motorhead released their 14th studio album, ‘Snake Bite Love.’
2000: A sign posted by Jimi Hendrix’s sister in the Seattle cemetery where he’s buried is stolen by an apparent memorabilia seeker. The five-by-eight-foot placard detailed plans to move Jimi’s body to a mausoleum.
2000: AC/DC perform on television for the first time in more than 20 years, live from MTV Studios.
2000: The Daily Mail published pictures of Paul McCartney dancing with a cowgirl on the bar of a New York club. McCartney sang along to ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ through a megaphone and mimicked a strip tease in front of 100 onlookers.
2000: Chrissie Hynde leads an animal rights rally at a GAP store in Manhattan protesting the chain’s sale of “illegally and cruelly” obtained leather products.
2002: VH1 premiers it’s new program, ‘Ultimate Albums.’ The debut episode focuses on Def Leppard’s 1983 release ‘Pyromania.’
2002: Alanis Morissette went to #1 on the U.S. album chart and #2 on the UK chart with ‘Under Rug Swept.’
2003: Spanish hairdresser Rafael Pages paid over $1,400 for a lock of hair George Harrison cut off in 1964 to be displayed in Pages’ hairdressing museum in Barcelona.
2003: Johnny Cash was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee to undergo treatment for pneumonia.
2003: AC/DC, The Clash, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Floyd Cramer and The Police are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. AC/DC are inducted by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, the band goes on to play ‘Highway To Hell’ and then performs ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ with Tyler. The Police performed together for the 2nd time since their break-up during their induction.
2004: The Recording Industry Association of America orders a DJ who combined music from Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ with rapper Jay-Z’s ‘The Black Album’ to create what he dubbed ‘The Double Black Album’ to stop selling and distributing the mix CD.
2005: Danny Joe Brown, lead singer of Molly Hatchet, dies of complications from diabetes at his home in Davie, FL. The 53 year old singer joined Molly Hatchet in 1975. Three years later the group’s self-titled album went platinum.
2006: Former Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and the surviving members of Alice In Chains perform with Heart. The Atlantic City performances air on VH1’s ‘Decades Rock Live!’.
2006: The documentary ‘Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey’ receives its U.S. premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Tracing the evolution or devolution of Heavy Metal, the film has appearances by Korn, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Audioslave’s Tom Morello, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Motley Crue’s Vince Neil, Steppenwolf’s John Kay, Alice Cooper and Rush’s Geddy Lee.
2006: U2 heads Rolling Stone’s list of Rock’s Top 30 Moneymakers after bringing in an estimated $154.2 million during 2005. The Rolling Stones ($92.5 million), the Eagles ($63.2 million), Paul McCartney ($56 million), Elton John ($48.9 million) round out the Top 5. Earnings are tabulated from concerts, recording sales and other income sources.
2008: Billy Joel inducts John Mellencamp into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in New York. The Ventures, Dave Clark Five, Leonard Cohen and Madonna are also inducted. Mellencamp joins Joan Jett, John Fogerty and Joel in a tribute to the DC5.
2008: Filter reunite with former bassist-turned-army sergeant Frank Cavanagh in Kuwait during the group’s set at the Operation MySpace concert. Cavanagh, who parted ways with Filter in 2002, performed “Hey Man, Nice Shot” with his ex-bandmates.
2009: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 17th studio album, ‘Angels of Love.’
2009: Tickets for a one-off gig by Sir Paul McCartney in Las Vegas sold out seven seconds after going on sale. The former Beatle was booked to perform at the opening of the New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on April 19, 2009 in-front of 4,000 fans. Tickets cost $750 each.
2009: ‘Got The Life: My Journey Of Addiction, Faith, Recovery and KoRn’ is in stores. Written by bassist Reginald ‘Fieldy’ Arvizu, the book delves into the “extreme highs and drug-and-booze-fueled lows” of the Nu-Metal act and Fieldy himself-there are also details about the musician’s path to finding God.
2010: Metallica fans, unable to get tickets, riot outside Bogota’s Simon Bolivar Park in Colombia during the band’s concert. Police trucks and tanks are deployed as the crowd attempts to illegally enter the venue, resulting in nearly 160 arrests.
2010: ‘The Runaways,’ based on the 1970s female Punk band, is in theaters. Directed by Floria Sigismondi, the film stars Twilight’s Kristen Stewart as guitarist Joan Jett, and Dakota Fanning as frontwoman Cherie Currie.
2010: Pink Floyd sues EMI over iTunes sales of individual songs. The band’s 1999 contract states Floyd songs can not be isolated and sold outside the context of their original albums. But on iTunes, songs are offered as a la carte purchases. EMI argues that separating the songs only applies to their physical releases, and predates digital music services like iTunes.
2010: Lawyers for Phil Spector appeal his 2009 murder conviction claiming he didn’t get a fair trail. The legendary producer (The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison) was sentenced to prison for 19 years to life for shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his California mansion in 2003. The appeal is rejected.
2010: An anti-abortion activist was arrested after allegedly making threats on Elton John’s life. The man was upset when the singer suggested that Jesus Christ was gay in a Parade magazine interview in February, and he wrote an angry online response, entitled Why Elton John Must Die.
2011: Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper and Crosby & Nash perform at the Tucson Convention Center. The fundraiser for the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, which manages the Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding, supports the victims of the 1/8/11 shooting in Tucson that left six dead and seriously injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The goal is to promote civility in public debate and raise awareness for mental illness.
2011: Slipknot announce that founding member, Donnie Steele, will be the band’s bassist on their summer tour, replacing the late Paul Gray. Steele left in 1995, only one year after Slipknot’s formation. Gray passed away of a drug overdose in May 2010.
2012: Jack White begins his first solo headlining tour in Chattanooga, TN.
2013: Green Day give their first concert since frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s 9/22/12 onstage meltdown during the iHeart Radio Music Festival and subsequent stint in rehab.
2013: Steven Tyler and Slash perform at the John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit, to raise money for the Santa Monica rape treatment center.
2013: Vince Neil cuts short a Motley Crue show in Sydney, Australia and is rushed to the hospital where he undergoes surgery to remove kidney stones.
2015: Europe release their 10th studio album, ‘War of Kings.’
2015: ‘Ride’ is the title of the debut album from Motor Sister. The band has Anthrax frontman Scott Ian, his wife Pearl Aday, bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint) and drummer John Tempesta (The Cult).
2015: The guitar that John Lennon used to write The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’ is sold to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for $530,000.
2016: Keith Emerson, keyboardist and founder of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, is found dead with a single bullet shot to the head. He was 71.
2016: Just over a month after ‘American Pie’ singer Don McLean was arrested on charges of domestic assault, his wife, Patrisha McLean, filed for divorce.
2016: Eagles’ drummer Don Henley told BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo that the band would not re-group after the death of its co-founder Glenn Frey in February. Referring to the tribute to Frey at the Grammy Awards, Henley said, “I think it was an appropriate farewell. I don’t think you’ll see us performing again. I think that was probably it.” It wasn’t as Glenn’s son Deacon and Vince Gill joined the band for subsequent concerts in the future.
2017: Stone Sour singles ‘Bother’ and ‘Through Glass’ are certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America). 2017: Kid Rock’s “American Badass Grill” is available for purchase online. The grill can simultaneously cook twelve burgers – or three beer can chickens. 2017: Kid Rock’s “American Badass Grill” is available for purchase online. The grill can simultaneously cook twelve burgers – or three beer can chickens. 2018: Rage Against The Machine are back – if only on Twitter. A tweet goes out when right-wing British politician Nigel Farage calls his podcast ‘Farage Against The Machine’. “This pissweasel IS the machine – peddling the sort of inane, blame-heavy bullshit that the guys in @RATM have been raging against since day one…” 2018: The anti-Trump protest song “Can’t Deny Me,” the first original Pearl Jam song since ’13, goes to Ten Club members (the group’s fan club) and premieres on Sirius XM’s Pearl Jam Radio. The release coincides with bassist Jeff Ament’s 55th birthday.
1958: After finding out that her husband, Jerry Lee Lewis, has married his 13 year old cousin, Jane Mitcham files for divorce.
1959: RCA sends a Gold record to Elvis Presley as his single ‘A Fool Such As I’ reaches the one million sales mark.
1963: Manfred Mann hold their first concert (as the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers) at the Marquee Theatre in London.
1964: The Beatles spent the day filming at Twickenham Studios for ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’ Filming on a stage set made to look like a train guard’s cage, where the Beatles played cards and mimed to ‘I Should Have Known Better’.
1964: Of Elvis Presley’s regrettable movies, ‘Kissin’ Cousins,’ is among the most forgettable. It premieres and has Elvis playing two roles (himself and his cousin).
1965: The Who go into IBC Studios, London to record their first album. Songs known to be recorded on this date are Pete Townshend’s ‘You’re Gonna Know Me’ (later retitled ‘Out In The Street’), plus covers of James Brown’s ‘Please Please Please’ and ‘I Don’t Mind,’ Bo Diddley’s ‘I’m A Man,’ Martha and the Vandella’s ‘Motoring’ and ‘Heat Wave,’ and Paul Revere and the Raiders’ ‘Louie Go Home’ as ‘Lubie (Come Back Home.)’ On the 16th, they meet again with producer Shel Talmy for “L.P. routining” and have another studio session at IBC on the 19th. The album is eventually rejected and some of the tracks are not released for over twenty years.
1966: Love’s self-titled debut album is released.
1966: Marianne Faithfull, Coltrane Union, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Rick & Us, plus Pink Floyd performed for the first of two nights billed as “The Tea Set.” The shows took place at the Rag Ball, on the Concourse Area of the University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, England. It was the first time a film was played on a screen behind the band as Pink Floyd performed their set.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appears at the International Club in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
1967: Music publisher, Dick James, announced that 446 different versions of the Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ had been recorded so far.
1968: The Otis Redding single ‘Dock Of The Bay,’ went gold in the US three months after the singer was killed in a plane crash.
1970: Crosby, Stills & Nash win the Grammy for Best New Artist, beating out Chicago and Led Zeppelin.
1970: ‘Deja Vu,’ the first album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, (and the second by the trio configuration of Crosby, Stills, and Nash), was released. It topped the pop album chart for one week and spawned three Top 40 singles: ‘Teach Your Children,’ (#16), ‘Our House’ (#30) and ‘Woodstock’ (#11). It reached #5 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #148 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1970: The Beatles ‘Let it Be’ b/w ‘You Know My Name (Look Up My Number)’ 45 single is released. Written by Paul McCartney, but credited to Lennon–McCartney. In 2004, it was ranked#20 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2010, the magazine placed the song at #8 on The Beatles’ 100 Greatest Songs. It was their final single before McCartney announced his departure from the band (by that time, Lennon had already left). Both the ‘Let It Be’ album and the U.S. single ‘The Long and Winding Road’ were released after McCartney’s announced departure from and subsequent break-up of the group. ‘Let It Be” holds the #1 spot on “The Fans’ Top 10” poll included in The 100 Best Beatles Songs: An Informed Fan’s Guide by Stephen J. Spignesi and Michael Lewis. The song is #3 in the 100 Best Beatles Songs list, only behind ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘A Day in the Life,’ which is #1.
1970: Blood, Sweat & Tears are nominated for a then-record eleven Grammy Awards (but only win three).
1970: Winners at the 12th annual Grammy awards included Joe South for song of the year with ‘Games People Play.’ Crosby Stills and Nash won best new artist, and The Fifth Dimension won Record of the year with ‘Aquarius / Let The Sun Shine In.’ Album of the Year went to producer James William Guercio and Blood, Sweat & Tears for Blood, Sweat & Tears.
1970: Led Zeppelin perform at the Musikhalle in Hamburg, Germany.
1970: Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘One Plus One,’ starring the Rolling Stones, opens in the U.S. The obtuse film features Godard’s trademark Marxist lecturing interspersed with scenes of the Stones composing ‘Sympathy for the Devil.’ The producers later recut the footage to include more Mick and redub the movie ‘Sympathy for the Devil.’ Critics remained baffled.
1971: Jim Morrison of The Doors arrived in Paris booking into The Hotel George’s, the following week he moved into an apartment at 17 Rue Beautreillis in Paris. Morrison lived in Paris until his death on July 3, 1971.
1972: Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’ album hits #1 in the US and UK. Backing vocals on ‘Heart Of Gold’ and ‘Old Man’ are provided by Linda Ronstadt. The set also contains ‘Southern Man.’
1972: Wings’ ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’ is listed as #23 in the Melody Maker chart. An article in the same issue reports it has been banned by the BBC as “unsuitable for broadcasting.”
1972: Harry Nilsson was at #1 on the singles chart with his version of The Peter Ham and Tom Evans song ‘Without You.’ It was first recorded by Badfinger in 1970. The song was also a #1 for Mariah Carey in 1994.
1973: Pink Floyd played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada on the North American leg of the Dark Side of the Moon tour.
1974: Deep Purple performed at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1974: Chicago’s ‘Chicago VII’ album is released.
1974: Janis Joplin’s manager Albert Grossman was awarded $112,000 on her life insurance policy after the insurance company argued that Joplin’s overdose death in 1970 was a suicide & not an accident.
1975: Alice Cooper’s 8th studio album, ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ is released. It was Alice Cooper’s first solo album and his only album for the Atlantic Records label.
1975: Mick Jagger stops by Record Plant studios in Los Angeles, and ends up getting involved in a jam session with Wings and Ron Wood.
1975: 10cc’s 3rd album,’The Original Soundtrack’ was released. It featured the world wide, multi million selling single ‘I’m Not in Love’ notable for its innovative and distinctive backing track, composed mostly of the band’s multitracked vocals. The song was the band’s breakthrough hit worldwide, reaching #1 in Ireland and Canada and #2 in the U.S., as well as reaching the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and several European countries. The album was the first to be released by Mercury Records after signing the band for $1 million in February 1975. The catalyst for the deal was the fact the record executives had heard one song – ‘I’m Not in Love’. Eric Stewart recalled: “At that point in time we were still on Jonathan King’s label, but struggling. We were absolutely skint, the lot of us, we were really struggling seriously, and Philips Phonogram wanted to do a deal with us. They wanted to buy Jonathan King’s contract. I rang them. I said come and have a listen to what we’ve done, come and have a listen to this track. And they came up and they freaked, and they said, “This is a masterpiece. How much money, what do you want? What sort of a contract do you want? We’ll do anything, we’ll sign it.” On the strength of that one song, we did a five-year deal with them for five albums and they paid us a serious amount of money.”
1976: The Who appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1976: David Bowie performed at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1977: T. Rex released their 12th and final studio album, ‘Dandy in the Underworld.’
1977: The Clash appeared at The Roxy Club in London, supported by The Slits, the first all-female punk group who were making their live debut.
1978: The Talking Heads land on the U.S. singles chart for the first time-but just barely. ‘Psycho Killer’ reaches #92.
1978: Van Halen’s self-titled debut is released this week in 1978.
1978: Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ album began a 416-week run on the UK chart.
1979: Roxy Music played at the Olympia in Paris.
1981: Rush played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1983: Blue Oyster Cult performed at the Holiday Star Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana.
1983: Styx launch their ‘Kilroy Was Here’ tour at the Fox Theater in San Diego. It ends Oct. 23rd after 59 shows. On this tour there was a theatrical stage built around the album in which band members had roles & dialogue in addition to playing the music.
1983: Quiet Riot’s 3rd studio album, ‘Metal Health’ is released. It is the first Heavy Metal album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
1983: Helix release their 3rd studio album, ‘No Rest for the Wicked.’ The song ‘Heavy Metal Love’ peaked at #23 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.
1985: Eric Clapton’s ‘Behind the Sun’ album is released.
1986: Aerosmith appeared at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts. 1988: Ted Nugent and Armored Saint played the Santa Monica Civic in Santa Monica, CA.
1989: Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander & Heart’s Ann Wilson peak at #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘Surrender To Me’ from the ‘Tequila Sunsrise’ movie soundtrack.
1989: Guns N’ Roses ‘Paradise City’ peaks at #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It spends 17 weeks on the chart. It was their 3rd top 10 single in the U.S.
1989: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Living Colour’s ‘Cult Of Personality’ at #77 (debut), Cinderella’s ‘The Last Mile’ at #49, Def Leppard’s ‘Rocket’ at #46, Van Halen’s ‘Feel So Goo’ at # 36, Robin Zander & Ann Wilson’s ‘Surrender To Me’ at #6 (peak) and Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Paradise City’ at #5.
1989: 38 Special’s biggest hit, ‘Second Chance’ enters the Billboard charts where it will reach #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.
1991: Pearl Jam begin recording their debut album, ‘Ten,’ at London Bridge Studios in Seattle.
1991: Helloween release their 4th studio album, ‘Pink Bubbles Go Ape.’ It marked the departure of guitarist Kai Hansen, with Roland Grapow replacing him.
1992: The Grateful Dead performed at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1993: Oasis recorded their first demos at The Real People’s studio in Liverpool. The set included ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,’ ‘Columbia,’ and ‘Fade Away.’
1993: Eric Clapton hit #1 in the U.S. with his ‘Unplugged’ album that had been in the Top 10 for six months. The additional attention created by his six Grammys at the annual awards ceremony pushed sales of his ‘live’ album even higher. ‘Unplugged’ beat out ‘Achtung Baby,’ ‘The Beauty And The Beast’ soundtrack and albums by Annie Lennox and kd lang for album of the year.
1995: Van Halen kicked off their 131-date ‘Balance World Tour’, at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida. Dubbed the “Ambulance” Tour by Eddie Van Halen due to his hip surgery, and his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen wearing a neck brace for most of the tour.
1996: Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr turn down a $225 million offer to do a reunion tour.
1996: Annihilator released their 5th studio album, ‘Refresh the Demon.’ The re-release included a cover of the AC/DC song ‘Riff Raff.’ 1996: White Zombie and Filter play the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center in Oakland, CA.
1997: Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming Sir Paul McCartney. Sir Paul told reporters: “Proud to be British, wonderful day and it’s a long way from a little terrace in Liverpool.”
2000: KISS open its Farewell Tour at the Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ. It lasts 142 shows.
2001: Slash makes a guest appearance on Rod Stewart’s cover of Prince’s ‘Peach.’
2001: Aerosmith are certified by the Recording Industry Association Of America as the tenth highest act in music history, with total sales of 59.5 million units.
2001: Billboard.com reports that Led Zeppelin’s self-titled four-disc box set has now sold over 10 million copies in the United States, earning it a diamond certification.
2003: The band 311 designates 3/11 as their own personal holiday. They play their first “311 Day” concert at the State Palace Theatre in New Orleans, starting a tradition of playing special gatherings on March 11.
2004: Stone Sour/Slipknot singer Corey Taylor marries his fiancee, Scarlett, in Des Moines, Iowa, in front of a small gathering of friends and family. The couple has a son named Griffin who was born in 2002.
2005: The front door of Ozzy Osbourne’s childhood home in Birmingham went up for sale because the current owner was fed up with fans defacing it. Ali Mubarrat, who now owned the house in Lodge Road, Aston, said over the years it had become a pilgrimage destination. He was now auctioning the door on eBay and giving the money to charity.
2007: The first official listening party for Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Year Zero’ album is held in Salt Lake City. More than a dozen parties are held around the U.S.
2007: Heaven & Hell begin world tour in Vancouver, Canada.
2008: Kid Rock does a meet-and-greet at a Waffle House restaurant outside of Atlanta to raise money for the Nicholas House, a local homeless shelter. Rock faces misdemeanor charges resulting from an altercation months earlier at another Waffle House restaurant in Atlanta.
2009: Iron Maiden’s tour manager criticised people who were arrested for trying to gatecrash a concert in Bogota. Colombian police arrested more than 100 people after stones were thrown hours before the group were due to perform. In a statement posted on the band’s website, Rod Smallwood said: “We abhor the inane behaviour of a small minority of people outside.” Riot police fired tear gas canisters at those who tried to enter the concert without tickets.
2009: U2’s ‘No Line On The Horizon’ makes its debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 after selling 484,000 copies during its first week of release. It’s the group’s 7th #1 album.
2010: Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck singles out Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA” as a perfect example of the progressive politics he says are destroying the country. On his radio show Beck reads the lyrics to the ’84 hit about the down and out experiences of a Vietnam era vet concluding that it’s time to “wake up out of the propaganda.”
2010: Kings Of Leon’s Tap Tap Revenge game- Kings Of Leon Revenge-is available for iPhone and iPod Touch. The game features 10 songs including ‘Use Somebody’ and ‘Sex On Fire.’
2011: Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Andrews (Paul Di’Anno) is jailed after being convicted of fraud. Having claimed that he suffered severe nerve damage to his back that prevented him from working, he was spotted in an 2006 YouTube video jumping around on stage.
2011: All That Remains play a Tokyo show before 150 people. The small turn out is due to a massively destructive earthquake and tsunami earlier in the day. The quake interferes with train schedules which results in the small turn out. “The people that came to the show were really, really, really happy that we played for them,” says frontman Phil Labonte. “They expected the show to be canceled and were glad it wasn’t.”
2012: Aerosmith is featured on 60 Minutes.
2012: The anti-gay group Westboro Baptist Church protests a Kansas City Radiohead show. Picketers slam the British rockers with homophobic slurs. The Westboro website states that “(Radiohead are) freak monkey’s [sic] with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness. It changes nothing, God is undoing and digging up and throwing down this nation.” Happy thoughts to you too.
2013: Bob Dylan becomes the first Rock star to be voted an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
2014: Bon Jovi tops Billboard’s list of annual earnings, bringing in an estimated total of $29.4 million in 2013. The band has topped the chart for three of the previous six years.
2015: Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson is hospitalized after being stabbed in the head during a knife fight with his brother Andrew outside of the guitarist’s Clive, IA home. Both are intoxicated but suffer non-life threatening wounds. The siblings are charged with assault.
2015: Jimmy Greenspoon dies of cancer in Maryland at 67. Greenspoon was the keyboardist in Three Dog Night, and also performed and recorded with the likes of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Linda Ronstadt and Jimi Hendrix, among others. Additionally, he composed original music for films, including ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘United 93,’ ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Predator.’
2016: Killswitch Engage released the album ‘Incarnate.’
2016: Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 71. Suffering from heart disease and depression associated with alcohol, Emerson allegedly was worried about playing poorly due to nerve damage in one of his hands. Beginning with The Nice and then with ELP and his solo work, Emerson has been described as “perhaps the greatest, most technically accomplished keyboardist in rock history.” Known for extreme on-stage theatrics, Emerson could play his keyboard upside down, while using knives to wedge down the keys.
1953: Popular WDIA disc jockey Rufus Thomas signs with an upstart Memphis label called Sun Records in order to release a song called ‘Bear Cat,’ an answer record to Big Mama Thornton’s hit ‘Hound Dog.’
1957: Buddy Holly And The Crickets record ‘Maybe Baby,’ which would be released the following year and climb to #17 in the US and #4 in the UK.
1959: An American Bandstand viewer’s pole lists 15 year old Fabian Forte as the Most Promising New Talent. The young man is currently enjoying success with ‘Turn Me Loose,’ which will crack the U.S. Top 10 in April.
1961: Elvis Presley records his ‘Something For Everybody’ album in 12 hours. The records are getting the same “rush job” as his films.
1963: John Lennon misses the first of three shows at the Granada Cinema in Bedford due to a severe cold. The Beatles perform as a trio.
1965: In the Bahamas, The Beatles wrap up filming on their second movie, ‘Help!.’ Ringo Starr recalled, “A hell of a lot of pot was being smoked while we were making the film. It was great. That helped make it a lot of fun.”
1965: Singer James Darren guest stars on the ‘Surfin’ Fred’ episode (the 5th season finale) of ABC-TV’s ‘The Flintstones,’ playing a singer named, naturally, James Darrock.
1966: The first album by Love is released in the US.
1966: The Who at Birdcage Club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1966: The theme song to the TV series ‘Batman’ reaches its chart peak of #17.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Gyro Club in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England.
1967: The Velvet Underground release their debut album ‘The Velvet Underground And Nico.’ It reached #171 at the time of release. It ranked #13 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time as well as being added to the 2006 National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.
1968: Pink Floyd were at EMI Studios in London recording the single ‘It Would Be So Nice.’
1968: The Rolling Stones started recording their next single ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ with new producer Jimmy Miller at Olympic studios in London. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards’ country house, where they were awakened one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded, “Oh, that’s Jack – that’s jumpin’ Jack.”
1969: Paul McCartney married photographer Linda Eastman in a small civil ceremony at the Marylebone Registry Office, in the City of Westminster in central London. Contrary to the popular rumor of the day, she was not related to the Eastmans of Eastman-Kodak fame. Paul’s brother, Mike, served as the best man, but none of the other Beatles were in attendance. They then held a reception lunch at The Ritz Hotel, Paul then went to Abbey Road studios in the evening to work.
1969: George Harrison and his wife Pattie wanted to attend Paul’s wedding but were arrested for possession of marijuana (specifically, cannabis resin) at their house in Esher, Surrey, England. Sergeant Pilcher, the man behind the raid, was convicted of planting drugs in other cases and went to jail in 1972. He was well-known for singling out and busting rock stars.
1969: Simon & Garfunkel win Record of the Year for ‘Mrs. Robinson. at the Grammy Awards.
1970: Led Zeppelin played at Rheinhalle in Dusseldorf, Germany.
1971: Mick Jagger marries Bianca Perez Morena de Macias.
1971: John Lennon releases his solo single ‘Power to the People,’ having recorded it a mere four days before.
1971: Jethro Tull release their ‘Aqualung’ album.
1971: The Allman Brothers record ‘Live At The Fillmore East’ on the first of two nights at the Fillmore East in New York. Both shows were recorded and released as The Allman Brothers live double album, which became the groups breakthrough album.
1971: Paul McCartney wins his lawsuit to dissolve The Beatles and turn their affairs over to a receiver and not Allen Klein, who is managing the other members.
1972: King Crimson appeared at Summit Studios in Denver, Colorado.
1973: The Eagles appeared at Oxford Polytechnic during a UK tour, JD Souther was the support act.
1974: John Lennon made the headlines after an incident at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Out on a drinking binge with Harry Nilsson, Lennon hurled insults at the performing Smothers Brothers and punched their manager before being forcibly removed. Nilsson says, “It ruined my reputation for 10 years. Get one Beatle drunk and look what happens.” It wasn’t the first time, however, that Lennon had been ejected from the Troubadour. A month earlier, an inebriated Lennon, at the club to see soul singer Ann Peebles, somehow ended up with a sanitary napkin attached to his forehead. “Do you know who I am?” Lennon said, when a waitress questioned why he wasn’t leaving a tip on the way out. “Yes,” the waitress reportedly shot back. “You’re some —hole with a Kotex on your head.”
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the Long Beach Civic Arena in Long Beach, California.
1975: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson marries his longtime girlfriend Charlene.
1976: David Bowie performed at the Scope in Norfolk, Virginia.
1977: The Sex Pistols were involved in a fight at London’s Speakeasy Club with Bob Harris, presenter of BBC 2’s The Old Grey Whistle Test resulting in one of the show’s engineers needing 14 stitches in his head. Two days later Harris’s solicitors contact Derek Green at A&M the bands record label. Harris’s management also managed Peter Frampton, one of the label’s top acts at A&M. Green discussed the matter with the company’s two founders, Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert and the decision is made to cancel the Pistols contract and halt production of the bands first single, ‘God Save The Queen’.
1977: Steve Miller Band peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with the title track off of ‘Fly Like an Eagle,’ which was their 3rd top 10 single in the U.S.
1978: Bob Dylan appears at Festival Hall in Brisbane, Australia.
1979: Roxy Music headlines at Musensaal in Mannheim, Germany.
1980: Billy Joel released his 7th studio album, ‘Glass Houses.’ It topped the Billboard 200 Chart for 6 weeks and was ranked #4 on Billboard’s 1980 year-end album chart. It features Joel’s first song to peak at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, ‘It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me.’ In 1981, Joel won a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for his work on ‘Glass Houses.’
1980: Peter Gabriel played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1981: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Boston Garden.
1981: The Rolling Stones release ‘Sucking In The Seventies.’
1982: Diamond Head released their 2nd studio album, ‘Borrowed Time.’ It peaks at #24 on UK album charts.
1983: U2’s ‘War’ album enters the U.K. album chart at #1. It went on to spend a total of 147 weeks on the chart. 1983: Armored Saint and August Redmoon played the Woodstock Concert Club in Anaheim, CA.
1984: Marillion release their 2nd studio album, ‘Fugazi.’ It reached #5 on the UK album charts during its 20 week stay. It includes the UK Top 40 singles ‘Punch And Judy,’ that peaked at #29, and ‘Assassing,’ which peaked at #22.
1987: Guns N’ Roses record ‘Welcome To The Jungle.’ The song becomes their second single (following ‘It’s So Easy’). A top 10 hit (#7) the song is later named “the greatest Hard Rock song of all time by VH1.”
1988: David Lee Roth’s ‘Just Like Paradise’ peaks at #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It was his 2nd and final Top 10 as a solo artist. Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’ was at #14, Eric Carmen’s ‘Hungry Eyes’ at #20, Foreigner’s ‘Say You Will’ at #29, Aerosmith’s ‘Angel’ at #30 and The Bangles’ ‘Hazy Shades Of Winter’ at #52. 1988: Ted Nugent and Armored Saint played the San Jose Civic in San Jose, CA.
1990: Nirvana and Tad performed at the Town Pump in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1990: Motley Crue released their 12th single, ‘Without You.’ In April, it peaks at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1991: Bulletboys release their 2nd album, ‘Freakshow.’ In April, it peaks at #69 on Billboard’s 200 Album Chart. Their cover of Tom Waits ‘Hang on St. Christopher’ peaked at #22 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.
1991: Judas Priest ‘A Touch Of Evil’ b/w /Between the Hammer & the Anvil’ single was released.
1992: Red Hot Chili Peppers perform ‘Under The Bridge’ on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops.
1993: Oasis played at the Le Bateau in Liverpool, England in front of 20 people.
1995: The Spin Doctors played a gig at singer Chris Barron’s old School in Princeton and raised $10,000 towards a trip to France and the UK for the school choir.
1996: The ‘KISS Unplugged’ album is released.
1998: Tankard released the album ‘Disco Destroyer.’
1998: Attorneys for Korn send a cease-and-desist demand to a Michigan high school assistant principal who suspended a student for wearing a Korn T-shirt and said in an interview that Korn’s music is “indecent, vulgar, obscene and intends to be insulting.” In retribution, a local radio station gave away hundreds of free Korn T-shirts, which were donated by the band, outside the school. Ottawa County policemen helped hand out the shirts.
2002: John “Speedy” Keene of Thunderclap Newman dies at age 56.
2003: The Chinese Ministry of Culture bans four Rolling Stones’ songs prior to the group’s first tour of the mainland. The songs, banned for sexual references and/or inter-racial coupling, are ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ ‘Beast Of Burden’ and ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together.’
2003: Elvis Costello filled in for David Letterman as host of The Late Show after Letterman fell ill.
2006: Former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour went to #1 on the UK album chart with his 3rd solo album ‘On An Island.’
2007: Work on Metallica’s ‘Death Magnetic’ album begins. “We’re pretty f**kin’ psyched about it and pretty f**kin’ psyched to be sharing this experience with (producer) Rick (Rubin),” reads the group’s online post.
2007: Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland and guitarist Slash present Van Halen’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Velvet Revolver perform rather than Van Halen. Frontman David Lee Roth won’t share the stage with his replacement, Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony was booted after a quarter century with the band. The only inductees from the band to attend the ceremony are former members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony. Velvet Revolver plays ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love’ and Anthony and Hagar perform ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’ with David Letterman and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band leader Paul Shaffer.
2007: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder inducts R.E.M. into the Hall of Fame, while Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha handles the honors for Patti Smith. Vedder joins R.E.M. for a rendition of the group’s ‘Man On The Moon.’ The show closes with an all-star jam (Hagar, R.E.M., Vedder and the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards) on other new inductee Patti Smith’s ‘People Have The Power.’
2007: ‘Far Cry,’ the first single from Rush’s ‘Snakes And Arrows’ album, hits radio.
2007: Disappointed with his share of the profits from a cell phone commercial that was authorized to use the group’s famous 1968 hit ‘The Weight,’ The Band’s Levon Helm sues Cingular, the commercial’s creator.
2007: Matchbook Romance announce on MySpace that they are taking an “indefinite hiatus,” which lasts until 2015.
2008: ‘American Idol’ does an all-Beatles episode, somehow securing the rights to the songs after 7 years of negotiations. Over 31 million viewers tuned in to the show. The following day, the top five Google searches were also Beatle related.
2008: ‘Halloween,’ the Rob Zombie-directed remake of the horror classic, wins Best Film in the 6th annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards voting. The trophy is presented at the WonderFest toy collectors’ expo in Louisville, KY.
2009: Bob Dylan mingled unnoticed among 14 other tourists at John Lennon’s childhood home in Liverpool. The Folk legend strolled around the place where the late former Beatle grew up with his aunt Mimi and uncle George and later said that he was “enthralled” to see the bedroom where Lennon wrote some of his earliest songs.
2010: Over 130 people were arrested and eight people were hospitalised as fans tried to gatecrash a Metallica show in Colombia. 1,500 police and four tanks were brought in to manage the crowds as property was vandalized and destroyed, as thousands of ticketless fans rioted during Metallica’s first Colombian concert in eleven years.
2010: The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh celebrates his 70th birthday (which is three days later) with a jam-session at the Bill Graham Civic Arena in San Francisco. Bandmate Bob Weir and the Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson take part in the festivities.
2011: Foo Fighters’ ‘Rope’ begins a twenty-week run at #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.
2012: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has harsh words for ‘posers’ in the music industry. During a SXSW interview, Corgan claims up-and-coming musicians “have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal, not to be respected-not to be dangerous. I was part of a generation that changed the world, and it was taken over by posers.”
2012: Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack dies at his home in Dubois, WY after a battle with cancer. Hossack was 65. He had been battling cancer for some time and succumbed to complications of the disease with his family at his side. Hossack was a member of the Doobie Brothers between 1971 and 1973, playing on several of the band’s best-known hits, including ‘Listen to the Music’ and ‘China Grove.’ He left the band in 1973, but returned in 1987 to record the albums ‘Cycles,’ ‘Brotherhood’ and 2010’s ‘World Gone Crazy.’
2013: Bob Dylan was voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, marking the first time a rock musician had been chosen for the elite honor society. Officials in the Academy, which recognizes music, literature and visual art, were unable to decide if Dylan belonged for his words or his music and instead inducted him as an honorary member
2013: David Bowie’s first album in 10 years, ‘The Next Day,’ is released. It’s also Bowie’s 25th solo studio effort.
2013: Eric Clapton releases his 21st studio album ‘Old Sock.’ It is essentially a covers set.
2013: Bon Jovi’s 12th album ‘What About Now?’ is released. The lead single ‘Because We Can’ serves as the title of the group’s fifteenth major tour.
2013: Iron Maiden announces Trooper, a premium British beer. “I’m a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer,” says frontman Bruce Dickenson of the handcrafted brew.
2013: Original Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr dies from health complications due to Multiple Sclerosis at age 56. Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson considered Burr to be “…the best drummer the band ever had. That’s not taking anything away from [present drummer] Nicko. It’s just that Clive had this incredible feel, and you can’t learn that, and I regret that he wasn’t given more time to try and sort himself out.” Burr played on four Maiden records, including their breakout in the U.S., ‘The Number of the Beast.’
2014: KISS bassist Gene Simmons guest stars as himself in an episode of the CBS series, ‘CSI (Crime Scene Investigation).’
2016: Iron Maiden’s personal Boeing 747 was badly damaged after colliding with a tow truck while grounded at Santiago, Chile. The band’s crew and their twenty tons of equipment were not onboard at the time of the crash, but two ground crew workers were injured.
1956: Elvis Presley’s first album is released by RCA. The self-titled disc would sell over a million copies and become The King’s first Gold record.
1958: The Quarry Men, with both John Lennon and Paul McCartney playing guitar, perform at the Morgue Skiffle Cellar in Oakhill Park.
1958: The Recording Industry Association of America introduced its awards for record sales, (RIAA). The Beatles hold the record for being awarded the most with 76 platinum certifications.
1961: Ricky Nelson records ‘Travelin’ Man,’ which would go on to become his second and final U.S. #1 hit as well as reaching #2 in the UK.
1964: Billboard reported that sales of Beatles singles currently accounted for 60 percent of the US singles market and The Beatles album Meet the Beatles had reached a record 3.5 million copies sold.
1965: Beatles begin filming Australian sequences of film ‘Help!’.
1965: The Beatles topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the 7th time with ‘Eight Days A Week.’ Paul McCartney would later say the name of the song came from a chauffeur who drove him one day. “I said, ‘How’ve you been?’. ‘Oh working hard,’ he said, ‘Working eight days a week.'”
1965: Eric Clapton leaves Yardbirds, considering the group to have become “too commercial.” Clapton wanted to continue in a blues type vein, while the rest of the band preferred the more commercial style of their first hit, ‘For Your Love.’
1965: Tailor and Cutter magazine publicly requests that the Rolling Stones wear ties. The Stones dismiss the suggestion continuing to flout their open collars.
1965: ‘Do You Wanna Dance,’ The Beach Boys’ cover of Bobby Freeman’s 1958 #5 hit ‘Do You Want To Dance’ enters the Billboard Top 40 on its way to #12. It would prove to be the highest charting Beach Boys song to feature drummer Dennis Wilson on lead vocals, although it was actually Hal Blaine who played drums on the recording. Among the other studio musicians on the track were Leon Russell on organ and future Bread member Larry Knechtel on bass.
1965: The Rolling Stones ‘The Last Time’ b/w ‘Play with Fire’ 45 single is released. This was The Rolling Stones’ first British single written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1965: The Kinks release ‘Tired of Waiting for You.’
1966: Rod Stewart leaves Steampacket to go solo.
1966: Pink Floyd, billed as Pink Floyd Sound with AMM. A Spontaneous Underground Event, perform at The Marquee, on Wardour Street in London. Although the fourth “Spontaneous Event,” it was the first to feature the Floyd, and they became a regular fixture thereafter.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, six members of Sounds, Inc. recorded the horn parts for The Beatles song ‘Good Morning Good Morning’ (three saxophones, two trombones, and one french horn).
1967: The original incarnation of The Byrds release their last Top 40 single. Their cover Bob Dylan’s ‘My Back Pages’ only gets to #30 on the Billboard 100.
1967: The Beatles’ ‘Penny Lane’ is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1968: The Byrds’ ‘Greatest Hits’ is certified gold.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival kicked off a three night stint at the Fillmore West with Jethro Tull.
1970: Police fear a Beatles connection when a terrorist organization calling itself Revolutionary Force 9 takes credit for three bombings in New York.
1970: Tyrannosaurus Rex 4th album, ‘A Beard of Stars’ is released. The band comprised of Marc Bolan (vocals, guitar, organ, bass) and the first with new partner Mickey Finn (percussion). It is notable for the beginning of Bolan using electric instruments on the T.Rex albums.
1971: The Rolling Stones appeared live at Leeds University in England.
1971: Brewer and Shipley entered the US singles chart with ‘One Toke Over The Line.’ The song, which featured The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia on steel guitar, peaked at #10 despite being banned by radio stations for its drug references. Brewer and Shipley maintained that the word “toke” meant “token” as in ticket, hence the line “waitin’ downtown at the railway station, one toke over the line.”
1971: Allman Brothers Band play their final night of a three-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York. The recordings from these shows were used for the iconic ‘At Fillmore East’ album.
1971: Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain?,’ which was their 10th top 10 single in the U.S.
1972: The Eagles begin recording their self-titled debut album in London.
1974: The Doobie Brothers ‘Another Park, Another Sunday’ b/w ‘Black Water’ 45 single is released. Written by Tom Johnston – from the LP, ‘What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits.’ It reached #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. ‘Another Park, Another Sunday’ was chosen to be the album’s first single. “It’s about losing a girl,” stated Johnston. “I wrote the chords and played it on acoustic, and then Ted [Templeman] had some ideas for it, like running the guitars through Leslie speakers.”
1976: Foghat’s ‘Slow Ride’ peaks at #20 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1976: The Four Seasons started a three week run at #1 on the singles chart with ‘December 1963, (Oh What A Night)’, the group’s 5th #1. It was also their only UK #1. Since 1962, the group had placed 31 songs in Billboard’s Top 40.
1976: Nazareth peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of ‘Love Hurts,’ which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The Who’s ‘Squeeze Box’at #61, Styx’s ‘Lorelei’ at #50, Peter Frampton’s ‘Show Me The Way’ at #37, Sweet’s ‘Action’ at #30, Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at #22, Foghat’s ‘Slow Ride’ at #20, Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’ at #16 and Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’ at #8 (peak).
1977: Iggy Pop and David Bowie kicked off a North American tour at Le Plateau Theatre in Montreal, Canada with Blondie as the opening act.
1978: Van Halen embark on their first tour.
1980: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ goes Platinum a few weeks into its fifteen week stay at number one on the Billboard chart. The two-record set is mostly the brainchild of bassist Roger Waters, who emerges as the group’s creative leader.
1981: Slade released their 9th studio album, ‘We’ll Bring The House Down.’
1981: John Lennon b/w Yoko Ono ‘Watching The Wheels’ b/w ‘Yes, I’m Your Angel’ 45 single is released. It was released posthumously in after John’s murder. It was the 3rd and final single released from Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Double Fantasy’ album, and reached #10 in the U.S and #30 in the UK.
1982: Diamond Head released the album ‘Borrowed Time.’
1983: Sammy Hagar played to a crowd of 17,000 at he Checkerdome in St. Louis for a concert that was broadcast live over radio stations across the U.S. and was also shown on MTV. The broadcast helped break Sammy out nationwide, as it was many’s first exposure to the Red Rocker. St. Louis was an early and total supporter of Hagar.
1984: The Cars release the Mutt Lange produced ‘Heartbeat City’ album. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #25 on the UK Albums chart. The band’s 5th studio album includes five American Top 40 singles, two of which (‘Drive’ and ‘You Might Think’) were Top 10 as well, reaching #3 and #7, respectively. A number of songs from the album gained significant radio and TV exposure, notably ‘You Might Think,’ which had a memorable music video in heavy rotation on MTV in 1984 and 1985. Another hit single frequently seen on MTV was ‘Magic,’ in which singer/songwriter Ric Ocasek walked on water—that is, the water in a swimming pool at a backyard barbecue party. This song reached #12 in the U.S.
1985: Bob Geldof and Midge Ure received the Best Selling A Side award at the 30th Ivor Novello Awards for ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’.
1987: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1987: Bryan Adams releases ‘Heat Of The Night.’ It is believed to be the first commercially available cassette single in the U.S.
1988: David Lee Roth reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Just Like Paradise.’ 1988: Ted Nugent and Armored Saint played The Warfield in San Francisco, CA.
1992: Bad Religion release their sixth full-length studio album ‘Generator.’ This is the band’s debut album with drummer Bobby Schayer, who remained in the band until 2000’s ‘The New America.’
1993: Eric Clapton started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Unplugged.’
1993: Van Halen simultaneously debuts and peaks at #5 on Billboard’s 200 album chart with ‘Live: Right Here, Right Now,’ which went on to sell two million copies. Sammy Hagar revealed in his 2011 autobiography ‘Red’ that the entire album was re-recorded in the studio.
1996: Ramones fans rioted in Buenos Aires after they found out that they had waited all night to buy tickets for a concert that was already sold out.
1999: Hole pulls out of their U.S. tour with Marilyn Manson.
2003: The surviving members of MC5 performed at the 100 Club in London with special guests which included Ian Astbury of The Cult & Lemmy of Motorhead.
2004: Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott and bassist Rick Savage play an acoustic set in their hometown of Sheffield, England, to benefit a local charity that helps parents who have sick children.
2004: Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament finishes a six-day ascent to the summit of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. It’s part of the Climb for the Children 2004 initiative, which raises funds for the Save the Children youth-assistance organization.
2006: The Sex Pistols refused to attend their own induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City. Blondie, Herb Alpert, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Black Sabbath were all inducted but the Pistols posted a handwritten note on their website, calling the institution “urine in wine”, adding “We’re not your monkeys, we’re not coming. You’re not paying attention”. Sabbath is introduced by Metallica frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, who say, “Sabbath is and always will be synonymous with Heavy Metal.” Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne calls the honor “an achievement I’m really proud about.” Metallica performs ‘Hole in the Sky’ and ‘Iron Man’ at the ceremony. Tony Iommi almost wasn’t able to take his award back to England because airport security said it could have been used as a weapon. Kid Rock inducts Skynyrd then performs with the band. The night also has Deborah Harry refusing to let former members of Blondie perform with the present line-up. The event takes place at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria.
2006: The Kinks came out the top earners for music used in TV adverts in the US, earning them £6m a year. The sixties group were enjoying a resurgence with their music being used to sell washing powder, computers and medicines. Led Zeppelin came in second place with £4m and The Rolling Stones third with £2.3m.
2007: Type O Negative released their final album ‘Dead Again.’
2007: ‘Live At Massey Hall,’ an album documenting Neil Young’s 1971 solo concert in Toronto, is released.
2007: A Guns ‘N’ Roses track from the long delayed ‘Chinese Democracy’ album, gets posted then picked up by Rock radio. According the band, the song is an unfinished, unauthorized demo. The track ‘Better’ was leaked from an ‘experimental edit’ for a Harley-Davidson commercial.
2007: Black Sabbath release the single ‘The Devil Cried.’ It is one of three new tracks on the ‘Black Sabbath: The Dio Years’ album.
2008: South By Southwest features a rare performance from R.E.M.
2009: System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan buys a copy of Action Comics No. 1, the first comic book to feature the Superman character, for $317,200 at an Internet auction. Dolmayan, a longtime collector, also operates an online comic selling business. “This is one of the premier books you could collect,” says Dolmayan. “It’s considered the Holy Grail of comic books.” He purchases the rare 1938 magazine representing an unidentified client.
2009: Alice Cooper reunites with the other surviving founding members of his namesake group (Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith-guitarist Glen Buxton passed away in 1997) on the opening day of Monster-Mania Con 12, a horror-film convention, in Cherry Hill, NJ. They don’t perform but they do sign autographs.
2010: A Guns N’ Roses VIP party in Sao Paulo, Brazil, turns nasty when the group doesn’t show for a performance. As event organizers break the news, patrons begin fighting and destroying the club. “The audience got angry and started to mount the stage, and fight and destroy everything,” an eyewitness tells the New York Post. It may have been the best GN’R no show ever.
2012: Adrenaline Mob released their debut full-length album, ‘Omertá.’
2012: A fight breaks out during a Van Halen concert in Manchester, NH. Frontman David Lee Roth halts the band’s rendition of Roy Orbison’s “(Oh) Pretty Woman.” “What do you think this is, a f-ing mosh pit?, Roth shouts at the fighters. “You’ve got all the best looking women on the f-ing east coast here and all you can f-ing think of is f-ing fighting?” As security sorts out the mess, Roth instructs the band to “start it back at the top…let’s do the whole thing over again.”
2013: Jimi Hendrix scored his highest chart debut since 1969 when his new studio album, ‘People, Hell & Angels,’ consisting of unreleased tracks recorded with a variety of musicians between 1968 and 1970, sold 72,000 copies in the US on the week of release and made its debut at #2 on the charts. It’s the guitarist’s highest-charting album since “Electric Ladyland” went to #1 in 1968.
2013: Guitarist Joe Bonamassa says he’s done with Black Country Communion because there’s “too much tension” when the group tours.
2013: Bob Dylan was voted into the century-old American Academy of Arts and Letters.
2014: A Jimi Hendrix stamp makes its debut at the South By SouthWest (SXSW) music festival in Austin. The late guitarist’s stamp is part of the United States Postal Service’s U.S. Music Icons series.
2014: Four people die and 23 are injured after a drunk driver crashes through barricades at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. The driver is accused of driving drunk and fleeing from police, then intentionally steering into the festival crowd and accelerating. Jamie West, 27, and Steven Craenmehr, 35, were killed at the scene. Sandy Le, 26, and DeAndre “Dre” Tatum, 18, later died at the hospital. The driver was later convicted of four charges of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.
2016: Nik Green, keyboardist for John Sykes’ Blue Murder passes. 2017: Nickelback’s ‘All The Right Reasons’ is certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA), for sales and streams of ten million units in the U.S. “We’re very thankful to have an album that so many people have appreciated,” says guitarist Ryan Peake in a statement. 2018: Judas Priest kick off their ‘Firepower’ world tour in Wilkes-Barre, PA. It’s the band’s first performance since guitarist Glenn Tipton announced that he was not touring due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease. He is replaced by ‘Firepower’ album producer Andy Sneap. It’s also the first time Priest play “Saints In Hell” live. The track is from the ‘Stained Class’ album.
1955: Popular Country star Jimmy Dean interviews Elvis Presley on Dean’s Washington, DC television show ‘Town and Country Time.’ A nervous Elvis answers every question with “yep” and “nope.” Dean later remembered the interview as “Possibly the worst I’ve ever done,” and during his Vegas years Presley himself would apologize for his brevity, saying he was simply scared of the camera.
1959: Elvis Presley led the Billboard Hot 200 chart with ‘For LP Fans Only.’ It was the first album ever issued without the artist’s name to be found anywhere on the cover – front or back.
1963: On a UK tour with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe, The Beatles poerform at the Gaumont Cinema in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. For the third night in a row, John Lennon is suffering from a bad cold and was unable to perform.
1964: Billboard reports that Beatle records currently account for 60 per cent of U.S. record sales.
1964: The Beatles’ ‘Twist And Shout’ enters the charts
1966: The Who’s ‘Substitute’ b/w The Who Orchestra: ‘Waltz For A Pig’ 45 single is released in the UK. It reached #5 the UK, and was later included on the compilation album ‘Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy’ in 1971. It became a UK top ten hit again when re-issued in 1976, reaching #7. In 2006, it was listed at #91 in Pitchfork’s list of the 200 greatest songs of the 1960’s.
1966: ‘Eight Miles High,’ by the Byrds is released in the U.S. Influenced by Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shanker and Jazz great John Coltrane, the song is banned by several radio stations for allegedly “advocating the use of recreational drugs” (causing it to stall at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100). Considered by many to be the “the first bona fide psychedelic Rock song,” it is later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for “recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance.”
1968: The BBC-TV program ‘Top Of The Pops’ broadcasts The Beatles’ new promotional video for ‘Lady Madonna,’ which, oddly enough, is made up entirely of clips from the band’s recording of ‘Hey Bulldog.’
1969: Free released their debut album, ‘Tons of Sobs.’
1969: Beatles get gold disc for ‘Yellow Submarine.’
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a live concert for Dutch TV show ‘Fan Club’ in Amsterdam, Holland.
1970: John Lennon’s ‘Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)’ hits #1.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at Meisteringer Halle in Nurnberg, West Germany.
1970: Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ enters the second week of a ten week run atop the US album charts.
1971: Rolling Stones play a farewell concert at the Roundhouse, London, before moving to France to escape UK taxes.
1971: The Grateful Dead played at Camp Randall Field House on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
1972: Carole King and producer Lou Adler win a Grammy for ‘It’s Too Late’ as Record of the Year, and ‘Tapestry’ wins a Grammy as Album of the Year. King also took home a statue for Songwriting for ‘You’ve Got A Friend,’ while Carly Simon wins a Grammy as Best New Artist.
1973: Elton John was at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Crocodile Rock.’
1975: Justin Hayward & John Lodge’s album ‘Blue Jays’ is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #4 on the UK Albums chart. It was recorded and released during the Moody Blues’ five-year hiatus.
1978: Blondie were at #2 on the UK chart with their version of the Randy & the Rainbows song ‘Denis’, kept out of the #1 position by Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’.
1981: Eric Clapton was hospitalized with bleeding ulcers causing a U.S. tour to be cancelled. He’s forced to cancel the remaining 47 dates on his tour and is out for 7 months as he was back in hospital five weeks later after being involved in a car crash.
1980: Def Leppard release their debut studio album, ‘On Through the Night.’ The album was produced by Tom Allom. and it reached #51 on the Billboard 200 album charts and #15 on the UK Albums Chart.
1981: Roxy Music were at #1 on the UK singles chart with their cover of the John Lennon song ‘Jealous Guy.’
1981: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes has Rush’s ‘Limelight’ at #83 (debut), AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ at #51, Loverboy’s ‘Turn Me Loose’ at #44, Hall & Oates’ ‘Kiss Is On My List’ at #14, and Styx’s ‘The Best Of Times’ at #4.
1981: Iron Maiden release the ‘Twilight Zone’/’Wrathchild’ single.
1982: Metallica (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Ron McGovney and Dave Mustaine) made their live debut when they appeared at Radio City in Anaheim, California before an audience of nearly 200. They performed two original songs (‘Hit the Lights’ and ‘Jump in the Fire’), and four Diamond Head covers in the 9 song set. Metallica formed in Los Angeles, California, in late 1981 when Danish-born drummer Lars Ulrich placed an advertisement in a Los Angeles newspaper, The Recycler, which read, “Drummer looking for other metal musicians to jam with Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden.” Guitarists James Hetfield and Hugh Tanner of Leather Charm answered the advertisement. Setlist:
1. ‘Hit the Lights’
2. ‘Blitzkrieg’ (Blitzkrieg cover)
3. ‘Helpless’ (Diamond Head cover)
4. ‘Jump in the Fire’
5. ‘Let it Loose’ (Savage cover)
6. ‘Sucking My Love’ (Diamond Head cover)
7. ‘Am I Evil?’ (Diamond Head cover)
8. ‘The Prince’ (Diamond Head cover)
9. ‘Killing Time’ (Sweet Savage cover)
1983: Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such formed Bon Jovi.
1983: Europe release their self-titled debut studio album. The single ‘Seven Doors Hotel’ was a huge hit in Japan reaching the top 10.
1983: Marillion’s 1st album, ‘Script for a Jester’s Tear’ is released in the UK. It reached #7 on the UK album chart during its 31 week stay. The single released before the album was ‘Market Square Heroes,’ with the double B-sides ‘Three Boats Down from the Candy’ and the 17 minute epic ‘Grendel.’ ‘He Knows You Know’ and ‘Garden Party’ were also released as singles, and became Top 40 hits in the UK.
1984: Joe Jackson released his 7th studio album ‘Body and Soul.’ It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, bolstered by the hit single ‘You Can’t Get What You Want’ (Billboard Hot 100 (#15) and Adult Contemporary (#13). In the UK it peaked at #14.
1984: Rainbow played their last ever for 11 years at Tokyo’s Budokan where they were accompanied by a Japanese symphony orchestra which included guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s adaptation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Blackmore & bassist Roger Glover shortly re-joined Deep Purple for a reunion tour.
1985: Iron Maiden play the first of four sold-out shows at the Long Beach Arena, the first band ever to achieve this. The concerts were recorded for the live album and video ‘Live After Death,’ which were released the following October. 1985: Metallica and Armored Saint played the first of two nights at the Kabuki Nightclub in San Francisco, CA.
1986: Voivod release their 2nd album, ‘Rrröööaaarrr.’ They are credited as one of the “big four” Canadian thrash metal bands, along with Sacrifice, Razor, and Annihilator.
1986: Frank Zappa made a guest appearance on ‘Miami Vice’ as drug dealer Mario Fuente.
1987: Bruce Springsteen’s live box set goes platinum in the U.S.
1987: Huey Lewis & The News hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Jacob’s Ladder.’ The song was written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother, John Hornsby.
1987. Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Poison’s ‘Talk Dirty To Me’ at #83 (debut), Crowded House’s ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ at #20, Europe’s ‘The Final Countdown’ at #17, Georgia Satellites’s ‘Keep Your Hands To Yourself’ at #16 and Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ at #4.
1988: The Beatles ‘Lady Madonna’ b/w ‘The Inner Light’ 45 picture disc single is released. It was released by EMI Records as part of an official Beatles “It Was 20 Years Ago” Picture Disc Collection. Each single was released precisely twenty years after its original release date; so for example, the ‘Love Me Do’ picture disc single was re-released in 1982, and so on.
1989: Extreme release their self-titled debut album. The album reached #80 on the Billboard 200 album charts.
1990: Flea and Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chili Peppers were arrested for sexually harassing a woman on Daytona Beach, Florida. They pull a woman’s bathing suit bottom partially off and start slapping her buttocks, and then Flea kneels atop her demanding that she perform oral sex on him. They plead guilty, apologize and were each fined $1,000.
1991: R.E.M. played the first of two nights at London’s Borderline Club under the name of ‘Bingo Hand Job.’
1991: American songwriter and Blues singer Doc Pomus died from lung cancer aged 65. He is best known as the lyricist of many rock and roll hits written with Mort Shuman including, ‘A Teenager in Love’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Sweets For My Sweet’, ‘Can’t Get Used to Losing You’, ‘Little Sister’, ‘Suspicion’, ‘Surrender’ and ‘Viva Las Vegas.’ His brother is famed New York attorney Raoul Felder. Pomus was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer in 1992 and also the Songwriters Hall of Fame the same year.
1992: Farm Aid V, hosted by Willie Nelson attracts about 40,000 people in Irving, Texas and features performances by Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bonnie Raitt.
1994: Bonnie Raitt’s12th album, ‘Longing in Their Hearts’ is released. It topped the Billboard Top Albums chart, and won two Grammy Awards – Best Engineered Album and Best Pop Vocal Album. The title song was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and ‘Love Sneakin’ Up On You’ was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
1995: Mad Season released their only studio album, ‘Above.’ The group includes Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees.
1998: A few weeks after winning a Grammy for Best Country Album, Johnny Cash’s record companyand Producer Rick Rubin take out a full page ad in Billboard featuring an old photo of Cash flipping the bird, and the text: “American Recordings and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support.”
2000: Reports surfaced that drummer Josh Freese had left the revamped version of Guns N’ Roses to perform with A Perfect Circle. Axl Rose carried on recording ‘Chinese Democracy’ with the assistance of the mysterious Buckethead, a guitarist known for wearing a fast-food chicken bucket on his head.
2000: ‘Reinventing The Steel,’ the 9th and final studio album by Pantera, is released.
2000: Poison release their 5th studio album, ‘Crack a Smile… and More!’
2001: Peter Blake, who designed The Beatles classic Sgt. Pepper album cover sued the group’s record company for more money. Blake was paid $340 for the famous figures in 1967, but was now ‘cheesed off’ that EMI had never offered to pay more money.
2002: Billy Joel is joined onstage by AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams during his Tampa, Florida show (with Elton John) for a version of the AC/DC staple ‘Highway To Hell.’
2003: Ozzy Osbourne held a farewell party for bassist Robert Trujillo after their show at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, who left Ozzy’s band for Metallica. At the shindig, Ozzy’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, collapsed from heat exhaustion and was rushed to the hospital.
2004: Thieves steal $325,000 worth of Elvis Presley’s jewelry and kitsch from the Elvis-A-Rama Museum in Las Vegas. Among the stolen inventory: a gold-plated handgun, a custom scarf, a bracelet and Presley’s Humes High School ring from 1953.
2005: U2, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, The O’Jays and Percy Sledge were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 20th anniversary, U2 perform ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ to mark their induction into the Hall. Bruce Springsteen does the honors and says “[U2] are the keepers of some of the most beautiful sonic orchestration in Rock and Roll.” U2’s Bono famously states, “God makes music out of his mistakes. I know, I’m one of them.” The Pretenders are inducted by Neil Young, Eric Clapton inducted Buddy Guy, Rod Stewart inducted Percy Sledge and Justin Timberlake inducted The O’Jays.
2005: U2’s Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson launch a clothing line called Edun (nude spelled backward). The business utilizes fair-labor factories in South America and Africa. Bono helps with promotion but steers clear of fashion design-for good reason. “I’m the man who brought you the mullet,” says the singer.
2006: Sepultura released their 10th studio album. ‘Dante XXI.’ This was their last album to feature Igor Cavalera on drums.
2006: U2 topped Rolling Stone magazine’s annual list of the year’s biggest money earners from 2005 with $154.2 million, The Rolling Stones were listed second with $92.5 million and The Eagles third with $63.2 million. Paul McCartney was in fourth place with $56 million and Elton John in fifth with $48.9 million.
2006: The Cars announced they were reforming – but without frontman Ric Ocasek. Singing duties would be handled by Todd Rundgren.
2006: Scott Stapp follows Kid Rock when he initiates a lawsuit in L.A. to block World Wide Red Light District from releasing or promoting a ’99 sex tape featuring the two Rockers and four women. The former Creed frontman claims the tapes were stolen and their release has caused emotional distress.
2006: The Rolling Stones play their first-ever show at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall. It’s a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation which distributes funds to nonprofit charities.
2006: ‘Flying High Again: The World’s Greatest Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne’ is released. The 12-track album features Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, Lita Ford, Judas Priest and Whitesnake.
2006: Queensryche’s ‘Operation: Mindcrime II’ is released. It’s the sequel to the classic 1988 album, ‘Operation: Mindcrime.’ This time around Ronnie James Dio plays Dr. X.
2006: Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood, Yes bassist Chris Squire’s side project the Syn and Dave Mason perform in Los Angeles at a benefit show with proceeds going to the Guitar Center Music Foundation, a charity that supports music education in public schools.
2006: David Lee Roth contributes vocals to two songs (‘Jump’ and ‘Jamie’s Cryin’) on ‘Strummin’ With the Devil,’ a bluegrass tribute album to Van Halen.
2006: Black Sabbath release ‘Greatest Hits 1970-1978.’
2007: The video for ‘Hump de Bump,’ from the Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Stadium Arcadium’ album, premieres on MTV. Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis asked friend Chris Rock to direct the clip. “Sure, as long as you guys agree to be the only white people in the video,” answered the comedian.
2007: The Who’s Pete Townshend gives keynote address at the 2007 South X Southwest Music Conference in Austin, TX. During the speech he announces plans to launch a website for The Method project, a computer program that generates personalized music for users. Later, he jams with ex-Faces/Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan at the Austin Music Awards.
2007: Gibson Guitar announce a limited-edition replica of Jimmy Page’s double-necked electric guitar, based on the 1971 Gibson EDS-1275 that features both a 12-string and a 6-string neck. The Led Zeppelin guitarist’s majestic double neck was a fixture of the band’s live shows. A run of 25 signed, ‘aged’ versions of the guitar retail for $33,500. A cheaper edition goes for $10,000 to $12,000.
2008: Stone Temple Pilots announce they are reuniting for one final tour.
2010: Guns N’ Roses cancel their show in Rio de Janeiro because the stage collapsed due to heavy rain. The accident results in minor injuries but no fatalities.
2011: Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Leon Russell, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during ceremonies in New York. “We have always been a Hard Rock band, we just wanted to decorate it a little bit differently,” says Cooper after performing ‘School’s Out’ with a live boa constrictor around his neck.
2011: Blink-182 singer Mark Hoppus puts several items up for an online auction to aid victims of the major earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.
2011: Ronnie Hammond, the lead singer of The Atlanta Rhythm Section, died of heart failure at the age of 60. He led the band to two Billboard Top Ten hits, ‘So Into You’ in 1977 and ‘Imaginary Lover’ in 1978.
2011: Electric blues musician Big Jack Johnson dies at age 70.
2012: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ makes its debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. With first week sales of 196,000 units, the album beats out Adele’s ’21.’ Springsteen is tied with Elvis Presley for the 3rd most #1 albums at 10. The Beatles hold the record with 19.
2012: Quiet Riot announce they have a new lead singer, Scott Vokoun. He’s the group’s 3rd vocalist in a year and a half. Vokoun replaces Mark Huff who was fired. Between Huff and Vokoun, former Montrose vocalist Keith St. John filled in.
2013: Dave Grohl is the keynote speaker at the South By Southwest conference in Austin, TX. Grohl addresses the invited bands and guests at the Austin Convention Center.
2015: Rush receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the Juno Awards. The honor recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada.
2016: Sony ATV Music Publishing announced that it would buy out Michael Jackson’s share of a joint music publishing venture for $750m. The purchase gives Sony the rights to about three million songs, including works by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Taylor Swift, but did not include Jackson’s master recordings.
2017: David Bowie is honored with a full set of 10 postage stamps from the Royal Mail (U.K.). The stamps commemorate six Bowie album covers as well as four of his tours.
1955: Fats Domino records ‘Ain’t It A Shame’ at Master Recorders in Los Angeles.
1955: Colonel (honorary) Tom Parker becomes Elvis Presley’s manager. Having already managed several major Country stars, Parker makes Elvis his life’s work. The partnership is beneficial to both parties though not always artistically rewarding. Parker had previously managed the ‘Great Parker Pony Circus’ with one of the acts being a troupe of dancing chickens.
1955: Ray Charles peaked at #2 on the US R&B charts with the Atlantic single ‘I Got A Woman’, widely considered the first song to be labelled “soul” – a blending of R&B and gospel.
1958: Elvis Presley gives his last live performances at Russwood Park in Memphis, before going into the Army.
1965: Elvis Presley begins filming his 19th movie, ‘Harum Scarum,’ in Los Angeles.
1967: The first session recording George Harrison’s new song ‘Within You Without You’ took place at Abbey Road studios, London. George was the only Beatle to perform on this song, which was still called ‘Untitled’. Harrison played the swordmandel and tamboura, Natver Soni played tabla, Amrat Gajjar played dilruba, PD Joshi played swordmandel, and an undocumented musician played a droning tamboura.
1968: The Beatles’ ‘Lady Madonna’ b/w ‘Inner Light’ 45 single is released in the UK. It was recorded on February 3 & 6, 1968 before the Beatles left for India. It topped the UK Singles chart.
1968: Life Magazine calls Jimi Hendrix “the most spectacular guitarist in the world.”
1968: The Byrds play the Grand Ole Opry. The Nashville establishment doesn’t think much of a bunch of ‘hippie longhairs’ playing the Country music institution, even though the band had cut their hair shorter than usual for the show.
1968: The Rolling Stones started daily sessions at Olympic Studios in London to start recording their next album, Beggars Banquet. Working from 7pm to 8am each day without a break, the Stones worked on ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘Child Of The Moon’, ‘Jigsaw Puzzle’ and ‘Parachute Woman’ as well as the instrumental foundation for a song called ‘Did Everybody Paid Their Dues?’ (which would later become ‘Street Fighting Man’).
1969: Janis Joplin was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents.
1969: Tyrannosaurus Rex singer Marc Bolan’s first book of poetry ‘The Warlock Of Love’ was published.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono get caught “standing in the dock at Southampton, trying to get to Holland or France” as passport problems stall their wedding. They would get married 5 days later in Gibraltar, and use their adventure in the lyrics to ‘The Ballad Of John And Yoko.’
1969: Cream started a two-week run at #1 on the UK chart with their 4th and final original album ‘Goodbye.’ The single, ‘Badge’, (which was written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison) was subsequently released from the album a month later.
1969: Bob Dylan gave a brief phone interview to Jann Wenner that was later published in Rolling Stone.
1969: During a Scandinavian tour Led Zeppelin played two shows in one day. The first was at Teens Club Box 45 in Gladsaxe, Denmark and the second at the Brondby Pop Club in Norregard, Denmark.
1970: Pink Floyd played a concert at Niedersachsenhalle in Hannover, West Germany. Roger Waters announced the closing number ‘Atom Heart Mother’ as ‘Consequently.’
1971: CBS-TV announces it will cancel The Ed Sullivan Show, then the longest-running TV show in history, after 23 years.
1972: Radio station KHJ in Los Angeles is raided at 7 a.m. Police were called by the station’s fans who thought there must be something amiss as Robert W. Morgan played Donny Osmond’s ‘Puppy Love’ over and over again from 6 a.m.
1973 The Emerson, Lake & Palmer film Pictures At An Exhibition, taken from a 1970 performance at the Lyceum in London, opens in theaters. The album of the same name is taken from a later performance.
1973: Elton John had the #1 album in the US with ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player,’ which contained two hit singles, ‘Crocodile Rock’ and ‘Daniel.’ According to Philip Norman’s 1990s authorized biography, Groucho Marx jokingly pointed his index fingers at Elton, as if holding a pair of six-shooters. John is reported to have put up his hands and said, “Don’t shoot me, I’m only the piano player”, so naming the album.
1974: The Emerson, Lake and Palmer film, ‘Pictures At An Exhibition’ premieres in Los Angeles.
1974: Yusuf / Cat Stevens ‘Oh Very Young’ b/w ‘100 I Dream’ 45 single is released in the UK. ‘Oh Very Young’ It was released on his 1974 album ‘Buddha and the Chocolate Box.’ The song, which expresses an older person’s wistful appreciation of the idealism of youth and the inevitable disillusionment of maturity, reached #10 in the U.S. charts.
1975: The Doobie Brothers hit #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Black Water’, the group’s first of two U.S. #1’s. The song was originally was issued as the “B” side of ‘Another Park, Another Sunday.’ Four years later, they would duplicate the feat with ‘What A Fool Believes.’
1975: Electric Light Orchestra peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Can’t Get It Out of My Head,’ which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1975: Led Zeppelin’s ‘Physical Graffiti’ hits #1 on the UK charts. It was the first on their own ‘Swan Song’ label, the album spent six weeks at #1 on the chart.
1975: Led Zeppelin sold 30-thousand tickets in just six hours for their shows at London’s Earls Court.
1975: Mickey Finn announced he was leaving T. Rex and Marc Bolan said he would carry on under his own name. Bolan died in a car accident about two years later.
1975: Mick Jagger was in paternity trouble. He reportedly reached a settlement with former lover Marsha Hunt.
1976: KISS release the 4th studio album, ‘Destroyer.’ The platinum album features the hit ballad ‘Beth,’ ‘Detroit Rock City,’ ‘Shout It Out Loud,’ and ‘God of Thunder.’ It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s. In 1989, Kerrang Magazine listed the album at #36 among the “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time”.
1976: At the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Deep Purple play their last show with their Mark IV lineup, which includes David Coverdale, Ian Paice, Jon Lord and Glenn Hughes, and has been extant since 1968. The group gets back together in 1984 with Paice, Lord, Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover.
1977: Pink Floyd played the first of six sold-out nights at Empire Pool in Wembley, London, England.
1977: Bad Company’s 4th studio album ‘Burnin’ Sky’ was certified Gold by the RIAA. It was commercially, Bad Company’s second least successful album in the U.S. with Paul Rodgers singing for them.
1977: Kansas received their first Platinum album for their 4th studio album ‘Leftoverture,’ which later went on to sell four million copies in the U.S. alone.
1978: American Hot Wax (story of a week in the life of DJ Alan Freed) premieres in New York. It is widely considered one of the best Rock and Roll movies of all time and features appearances and performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.
1979: At a party following a Stephen Stills concert, Elvis Costello gets in an argument with Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie, and reportedly refers to Ray Charles as a “blind, ignorant nigger.” Costello pleads inebriation, and says he was just trying to outrage her.
1980: Peter Gabriel reached the top 10 on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first time with ‘Games Without Frontiers,’ which peaked at #4.
1980: The film ‘Rude Boy,’ starring the Clash, premieres at London’s Prince Charles Cinema. The band members were disenchanted with the movie and it didn’t see release in the U.S. until 2006..
1981: AC/DC release their 25th single, ‘Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution.’ It hits #15 in the UK.
1982: Asia’s self-titled debut album is released. Ex-members of such bands as Yes (guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes), King Crimson (bassist/vocalist John Wetton), and ELP (drummer Carl Palmer) formed the supergroup. The album reached #1 in the U.S. on the Billboard album charts. Asia was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA on February 10, 1995. The album contains the band’s biggest hit and signature song, ‘Heat of the Moment,’ which reached #4 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1982: The Songwriters Hall Of Fame, formed in 1969, finally lets Bob Dylan in at the 13th annual dinner held at the Hilton Hotel in New York City. After the ceremony Dylan gave a short interview to Jane Hansen, which was broadcast by NBC,-TV in New York City.
1983: Cathy Smith is arrested for second-degree murder for providing the drugs that killed John Belushi.
1984: John Lennon/Yoko Ono ‘I’m Stepping Out’ b/w ‘Sleepness Night’ 45 single is released. It’s the final single from the final John Lennon and Yoko Ono album ‘Milk and Honey.’ In it, Lennon celebrates his enthusiasm for the night life of New York City, and makes tongue in cheek reference to his “househusband” period. It reached #88 in the UK Singles chart and #55 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
1986: Starship’s ‘Sara’ hits #1 on the Hot 100. It’s the second chart-topper (following ‘We Built This City’) for the 3rd iteration of the group, which was previously Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.
1988: Mick Jagger opened his first ever solo tour, his first ever performances in Japan and his first full concerts since 1982, with three shows at Osaka’s Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan. The show is mostly made up of Rolling Stones songs, including songs not performed for a long time, including ‘Bitch,’ ‘Gimmie Shelter,’ ‘Ruby Tuesday’ and ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ as well as the Jimi Hendrix song ‘Foxy Lady.’
1989: The Rolling Stones signed a $70 million contract to play 50 North American dates. It was the largest contract in rock history.
1993: The ‘Coverdale•Page’ album by David Coverdale and Jimmy Page was released.
1993: ‘Rooster,’ a single from Alice In Chains’ sophomore album ‘Dirt,’ was released. Written by guitarist Jerry Cantrell for his father, who went by the nickname ‘Rooster’ while serving with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, the song peaks at #7 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
1994: Motley Crue released their self-titled album featuring John Corabi on vocals. The album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Charts.
1994: Pantera released the single ‘I’m Broken.’ The song was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 1995 Grammy Awards.
1994: Sammy Hagar released his compilation album, ‘Unboxed.’
1995: Mad Season, a band with Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), John Baker Saunders and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), issue their debut album, ‘Above.’
1999: Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame by U2’s Bono. Springsteen performed with the E Street Band for the first time in a decade. Producer George Martin, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Del Shannon, Curtis Mayfield, The Staple Singers and Dusty Springfield were also inducted. Neil Young handles McCartney’s induction honors.
2000: Mick Jagger was ordered to increase his child support payments to Brazilian model Luciana Morad from $5,500 a month to $10,000. Mick was asked to confirm that he was the father of her child by the court, while Ms Morad was seeking a $10 million settlement. Morad told the court her monthly expenses: $3,500 for a nanny; $2,500–3,000 for food and $3,350 to rent her place on New York’s Upper West Side.
2000: Sir Paul McCartney confirmed that him and former model Heather Mills had become ‘an item’. The couple had met after working on the same charity project.
2000: Yngwie Malmsteen’s ‘Anthology 1994-1999’ is released in Japan through Pony Canyon.
2000: Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello guest starred on ‘Star Trek: Voyager.’
2001: Pantera’s Philip Anselmo is given a release to use his real name in side-project bands.
2002: Liverpool Airport is rechristened Liverpool John Lennon Airport in an official ceremony. Yoko Ono unveiled a seven foot bronze statue of John Lennon overlooking the check-in hall of the airport. The re-branding featured a sketch of Lennon’s face with the words ‘Above Us Only Skies.’
2002: A rare autographed copy of The Beatles album ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ sold at auction for 34,000 Pounds. (about $59,000).
2002: Marshall Leib of The Teddy Bears died of a heart attack at the age of 63. Leib, along with Carol Connors and Phil Spector, scored a Billboard chart topper in 1958 with ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him.’
2002: KoRn’s ‘Follow The Leader’ album is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.
2003: Clutch released their album ‘Earth Rocker.’
2003: Guns N’ Roses members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff asked for a preliminary injunction against Geffen Records to prevent the release of a Greatest Hits CD. A US District Court judge denied their request.
2003: The Offspring announce that their new album will be called ‘Chinese Democracy,’ mocking the long-delayed Guns N’ Roses release. Offspring lead singer Dexter Holland says, “Axl ripped-off my braids, so I ripped-off his album title.”
2004: George Harrison, Jackson Browne, Prince, Bob Seger, The Dells, Traffic and ZZ Top were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City. Bruce Springsteen inducts Browne, fellow Traveling Wilburys Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty induct Harrison, Kid Rock inducts Seger, Dave Matthews inducts Traffic and Keith Richards inducts ZZ Top.
2004: Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm issues a proclamation declaring Bob Seger Day.
2004: Metallica gets the Governors Award from the San Francisco Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). The award is given to artists who transcend musical boundaries.
2004: A U.S. District Court judge denied the request of a preliminary injunction against Geffen Records filed by Axl Rose, Slash & Duff McKagan to prevent the release of a Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits album.
2006: David Bowie unfurls his Serious Moonlight concert DVD. The 1983 Vancouver show was previously only available on VHS.
2006: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour’s solo album, ‘On An Island’ debuts at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart after moving more than 96,000 copies in its first week.
2006: Phil Collins and his wife of six years, Orianne, announced their separation “claiming they’ve been growing apart.”
2006: A crew of workers with the Louisiana State Museum recovered what was left of three pianos in Fats Domino’s New Orleans home, which was submerged in almost 10 feet of water when Hurricane Katrina caused a levee break near his neighborhood last August. Museum officials were hoping the Domino family would donate a black Steinway baby grand for inclusion in a traveling exhibit about hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
2007: Guitarist Tom Morello begins a tour under his Nightwatchman moniker to support his ‘One Man Revolution’ album. The seven show jaunt starts at the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX. He gets the all-star treatment when ex-Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash and Primus frontman Les Claypool join him onstage as they roll through Rage Against The Machine and Jane’s Addiction songs.
2007: Former Fuel frontman Brett Scallions replaces the Cult’s Ian Astbury as the lead singer of The Doors spin-off group Riders On The Storm.
2007: Kelly Ann Kozlowski accuses Kid Rock of assault. In the end, the case isn’t pursued due to ‘insufficient evidence’. Big surprise. About a week later, Rock files legal action seeking unspecified damages from Kozlowski, charging her with defamation, trespassing and invasion of privacy.
2009: Task Brasil auctions autographed guitars and other items signed by Jimmy Page, Slash, Jack Bruce and Eric Burdon on e-Bay. Task Brasil is a charity assisting Brazilian children living in harsh conditions. Page is a major supporter of the organization.
2010: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2010 – Genesis, The Hollies, The Stooges, Jimmy Cliff and ABBA, are inducted at the 25th Annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Wyclef Jean inducts Cliff, Trey Anastasio inducts Genesis, Steven Van Zandt inducts The Hollies and The Stooges are inducted by Billie Joe Armstrong. Original Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel does not attend as he’s preparing for a European tour. Iggy Pop performs ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ with help from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament.
2011: Sammy Hagar’s biography, ‘RED: My Uncensored Life in Rock,’ is in bookstores.
2011: Disney Studios scrapped plans for a 3D remake of The Beatles 1968 film ‘Yellow Submarine.’ The new film which was being developed by Forrest Gump Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis was going to incorporate the 16 Beatles songs and recordings from the original animated film. Budget issues and a cancelled meeting with surviving Beatles’ members were cited as reasons for the film’s demise.
2011: Jon Bon Jovi criticizes Apple’s Steve Jobs in the Sunday Times Magazine saying that Jobs is “personally responsible for killing the music business.” “Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like,” says Bon Jovi. Apple’s iTunes had recently sold its 10 billionth track.
2012: Bruce Springsteen is the keynote speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. NPR provides a live stream of Springsteen’s address.
2012: KISS open a band-themed 18-hole miniature golf course in Las Vegas. There’s also a state-of-the-art arcade, a KISS gift shop, a Rock n’ Roll All Nite Cafe and the Hotter Than Hell Wedding Chapel.
2012: The Temptations joined a class action lawsuit against Universal Music, seeking revenue from digital downloads and ringtones.
2012: Lisa Marie Presley announced that she would release her first new album, in five years, ‘Storm and Grace.’
2013: Green Day perform at the SXSW Festival in Austin and are on hand for the screening of two documentaries: Broadway Idiot, which chronicles the Broadway adaptation of the band’s album, ‘American Idiot’ and ‘Quatro!,’ covering the band’s recording of their album trilogy, “Uno!,” “Dos!” and “Tre!”.
2013: Friends of Lana Clarkson, the actress murdered by music producer Phil Spector, were protesting at a screening of the film about his trial. The movie, starring Al Pacino, towards Spector’s defence case. Clarkson’s former publicist, Edward Lozzi, called the film a “slap in the face”.
2013: Elton John was forced to cancel a concert in Birmingham, Alabama, just hours before the show due to medical reasons.
2014: Iggy & The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies of a heart attack after suffering a stroke three years prior at the age of 64. He co-founded the band in 1967 with frontman Iggy Pop, bassist Dave Alexander, and his guitarist brother Ron.
2015: Elton John boycotts Italian fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana following comments made by founder Stefano Gabbana who referred to children born via vitro fertilization as ‘synthetic’. He added that children should not be raised by same sex parents. Elton’s children (Zachary & Elijah) were conceived using vitro fertilization.
2015: Mike Porcaro bassist with Toto died following a battle Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 59. b He was the middle brother of Toto members Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro. He also worked and toured with Michael Franks, Seals and Crofts, Larry Carlton, and Boz Scaggs.
1964: DJ Alan Freed is charged with income-tax evasion by federal grand jury probing into radio and record company payola, less than two years after he admits guilt in the same investigation.
1964: The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’
1964: The Beatles ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ b/w ‘You Can’t Do That’ 45 single is released. ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ was recorded on January 29, 1964 at EMI’s Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, where the Beatles were performing 18 days of concerts at the Olympia Theatre. The Beatles established four records on the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ at #1. Until Billboard began using SoundScan for their charts, it had the biggest jump to #1: (#27 to #1; no other single had ever done this). It gave the Beatles three consecutive #1 songs (‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ was replaced at #1 by ‘She Loves You’ which was in turn replaced by ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’). The three songs spent a combined total of 14 consecutive weeks at #1. When ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ went to #1 (April 4, 1964), the entire top five of the Hot 100 was by the Beatles, the next positions being filled by ‘Twist and Shout,’ ‘She Loves You,’ ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and ‘Please Please Me,’ respectively. No other act has held the top five spots simultaneously. During its second week at #1 (11 April 1964), the Beatles had fourteen songs on the Hot 100 at the same time. The song spent five consecutive weeks at #1. The only Beatles songs to exceed that mark were ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ at seven weeks and ‘Hey Jude’ at nine weeks. Rolling Stone ranked ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ at #289 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1965: The Beatles continue filming in Austria for their second movie, ‘Help!’ They completed the “ski lift” segment of the film.
1965: The Rolling Stones were at #1 on the singles chart with ‘The Last Time,’ the band’s third chart topper and first #1 for songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
1967: Pink Floyd were at Studio 3, EMI Studios in London, recording for the album ‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn.’ They recorded a short version on this day of ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ that was released in July on a French EP.
1968: The Who’s ‘Call Me Lightning’ b/w ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ 45 single is released The single peaked at #40 on the U.S. singles chart. The B-side of the U.S. single ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ was written by John Entwistle.
1968: Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay’ hits #1, becoming the first-ever posthumous #1 hit. Redding died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967.
1969: Fleetwood Mac, The Move, Amen Corner, Peter Sarstedt, The Tymes, Harmony Grass and Geno Washington all appeared at Pop World 69 at London’s Wembley Empire Pool.
1970: The Beatles released ‘Let It Be.’
1971: ‘Let It Be’ wins a Grammy for Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture or Television Special in 1970. George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr (composers) for ‘Let It Be’ performed by The Beatles. Paul and Linda accept the award from presenter John Wayne.
1971: Winners at this years Grammy Awards included, Simon and Garfunkel who won Record of the year, Song of the year and Album of the year for ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’
1971: Blues legend Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) wins his first Grammy Award for his album ‘They Call Me Muddy Waters.’
1971: With Leon Russell sitting in on piano, Bob Dylan cuts ‘Watching the River Flow’ and ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece.’
1972: John Lennon lodged an appeal with the US immigration office in New York, after he was served with deportation orders arising from his 1968 cannabis possession conviction.
1972: Neil Diamond appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
1973: T. Rex 8th album ‘Tanx’ is released. It reached #102 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1973: Humble Pie’s 7th album, ‘Eat It’ is released. A double album, it reached #13 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #34 on the UK Albums chart. Side 1 features Steve Marriott- penned rock and roll; Side 2 offers classic R&B covers; Side 3 is a collection of Marriott’s acoustic songs; and Side 4 excerpts a live concert performance from Glasgow.
1973: Alice Cooper’s ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ b/w ‘Raped And Freezin’ 45 single is released. The single reached #25 on the US charts and #10 on the UK charts, and helped ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ to reach #1 in both the UK and the US. Michael Bruce and Alice Cooper wrote the song.
1974: During a U.S. tour Elvis Presley played the first of four nights at the Midsouth Coliseum in Memphis Tennessee. This was the first time Elvis had played in Memphis since 1961.
1975: London’s Rainbow Theatre, home to many a memorable live album, closes with an all-star concert that includes Procol Harum, John Martyn, Hatfield & the North, Richard & Linda Thompson, Frankie Miller, Sassafras, and the Kevin Coyne Band.
1977: After being with the label for just six days The Sex Pistols were fired from A&M due to pressure from other label artists and its Los Angeles head office. 25,000 copies of ‘God Save The Queen’ were pressed and the band made £75,000 ($127,500) from the deal.
1978: REO Speedwagon’s 7th studio album, ‘You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish’ is released. Both singles released from the album reached the Billboard Hot 100 – ‘Roll With The Changes’ (#58) and ‘Time For Me To Fly’ (#56).
1979: Twisted Sister sold out 3,000 seatNew York’s Palladium. It was the first time an unsigned band had headlined and filled the three-thousand seat theater.
1979: CBS-TV airs the ‘Wings Over America’ special, chronicling the adventures of Paul McCartney’s band Wings on their 1975-1976 tour.
1980: The Police record an early version of ‘Driven To Tears’ in Melbourne’s Armstrong Studios (Armstrong’s / Studio 2).
1981: U2 plated The Woodstock Concert Theater in Anaheim, California on the fourth leg of the North American ‘Boy’ tour.
1981: Accept release their 3rd album, ‘Breaker.’ Many early international pressings contain a censored version of ‘Son of a Bitch’ called ‘Born to be Whipped’ with tamed down lyrics.
1981: The Who’s 9th album, ‘Face Dances’ is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #2 on the UK charts. 1984: Armored Saint, Malice, Odin and Sin played Perkins Palace in Pasadena, CA.
1985: Glenn Frey peaks at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘The Heat Is On’ from the ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ soundtrack.
1985: Duran Duran peak at #16 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘Save A Prayer.’
1985: David Lee Roth’s debut solo EP, ‘Crazy From The Heat,’ peaks at #15 on Billboard’s 200 Album chart.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Tears For Fears ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ at #70, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’ at #64, The Power Station’s ‘Some Like It Hot’ at #57 & Foreigner’s ‘That Was Yesterday’ at #47.
1987: MTV goes international with the channel’s Australian launch.
1989: MTV America launched a contest to give away Jon Bon Jovi’s childhood home.
1992: During a Metallica gig at Orlando Arena fans dangled an usher by his ankles from the balcony as trouble broke out at the concert. The band was charged $38,000 for repairs and cleaning after the audience trashed the building.
1994: Motley Crue released the single ‘Hooligan’s Holiday.’
1996: The Ramones performed what they claimed would be their last ever date in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1999: Jeff Beck released ‘Who Else!’ It was his first solo album in six years.
1999: Stone Temple Pilots play in impromptu gig at the Viper Room in L.A. It’s the first time in two years the band has performed.
1999: The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) creates the Diamond sales award for album sales in excess of 10 million copies. Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits, gets the first diamond award. Groups who have already hit the mark are AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Boston, Journey, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Van Halen and ZZ Top.
2000: The record industry acknowledges that a pair of Dave Matthews Band albums are multi-platinum: ‘Crash’ at seven million copies sold while ‘Under The Table Dreaming’ sits at six million.
2004: Mick Jones of The Clash joined The Libertines onstage at a Love Music Hate Racism gig in London and performed The Clash hit “Should I Stay or Should I
Go” with the band.
2004: Courtney Love showed up to court two hours late for a preliminary hearing for a drug possession charge. During the proceedings, Love fired her legal team and rehired them after a warning from the judge.
2005: Billy Joel checked into a rehabilitation centre for alcohol abuse. A statement from the 55-year-old singer’s spokesperson put his latest problems down to “a recent bout of severe gastrointestinal distress.”
2005: Trivium released the album ‘Ascendancy.’ On the re-release of the album, the band did a cover of Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets.’ ‘Ascendancy’ won the “Album of the Year Award” from Kerrang! magazine.
2006: Staind plays the first of three concerts for U.S. military service members stationed in Germany during their European tour. The Mannheim concert is followed by shows in Franconia and Baumholder.
2006: 3 Doors Down embark on a 13-city overseas headlining tour that begins in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
2007: The Archdeacon of Trinidad and Tobago recommends that Elton John be banned from performing at the upcoming Plymouth Jazz Festival. John is the scheduled headliner. The clergyman claims that John’s sexual orientation conflicts with biblical teachings and that his presence may spread homosexuality throughout the Caribbean island. “(John) is not coming here to preach about what lifestyle people should have,” says a festival official.
2008: Daniel MacMaster, vocalist for Bonham, died of complications from a Group A strep infection that entered his bloodstream while he battled pneumonia; he was 39.
2008: KISS performs at the opening event of the 2008 Formula One auto racing season in Melbourne, Australia.
2009: Saving Abel’s self-titled major label debut is certified gold by the RIAA, just a year and five days after its release.
2009: System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian performs a one-off show with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in Auckland, New Zealand. The concert is recorded for a DVD.
2010: Armored Saint released the album ‘La Raza.’ The band reformed the entire ‘Symbol of Salvation’ lineup to record ‘La Raza’ in 2009 after an eight-year hiatus.
2010: Songs recorded by the Rolling Stones are featured on American Idol.
2010: A rare Led Zeppelin recording from the group’s 1971 gig at St Matthew’s Baths Hall in Ipswich, England was unearthed at a car boot sale. The bootleg copy of the audio from the group’s gig on November 16, 1971 was picked up for just “two or three pounds” by music fan Vic Kemp.
2010: The White Stripes documentary ‘Under Great White Northern Lights’ is available on DVD, CD and vinyl as part of the limited edition box set. The Emmett Malloy-directed film chronicles the band’s 2007 Canadian tour.
2011: Jack White makes a surprise appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin to mark the launch of his Third Man Rolling Record Store.
2011: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, suffering the effects of a kidney stone, collapses before a show in Russia but manages to play an abbreviated 6 song set.
2011: Stone Temple Pilots begin their first ever tour of Australia and New Zealand with a concert at Challenge Stadium in Perth. Ten days later the tour ends at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.
2012: Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Billy Corgan, Robbie Krieger and Perry Farrell appear in the documentary film Sunset Strip, which premieres during the SXSW festival in Austin.
2012: Tom Morello takes his SXSW show (at the Swan Dive) to the street and turns it into an “Occupy SXSW” event. Police arrive and shut down the performance.
2013: Guns N’ Roses have a working tap onstage. “We’re Rocking the Sidney Myer Music Bowl (an outdoor venue in Melbourne, Australia) with some ice cold beer on tap off the riser,” writes the band on their website.
2015: Free bassist Andy Fraser dies in Temecula, CA, after suffering a heart attack. The musician had been dealing with AIDS and cancer in recent years. He was 62. The London-born musician became a founding member of the British group when he was just 15 and went on to write most of the material with Free lead singer Paul Rodgers, including Free’s 1970 hit ‘All Right Now.’
2015: Molly Hatchet’s original drummer Bruce Crump passes away at age 57.
2017: Ray Davies, frontman of The Kinks, is knighted for services to the arts by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
2017: James Cotton, legendary blues harmonica player, dies of pneumonia in Austin, TX. He was 81. Cotton got his start with Sam Phillips at Sun Records, and in 1955 was recruited by Muddy Waters to join his band, where he stayed for the next decade. Cotton played with numerous musicians over the years, including Gregg Allman, the Grateful Dead, Johnny Winter, Santana, Todd Rundgren, Steve Miller, Janis Joplin and so many more. He won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for Deep in the Blues in 1996.
1956: Carl Perkins makes his first TV appearance, on the ‘Ozark Jamboree.’
1956: The movie ‘Rock Around The Clock’ premieres in Washington, DC. The film features Bill Haley & His Comets and Little Richard.
1957: Elvis Presley buys the Graceland mansion for $102,500, which would be about $850,000 today. Not content with the 10,000+ square foot home, the King almost doubles its size before moving in. The original building had at one time been a place of worship, used by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder’s daughter, Grace Toof.
1966: Keith Moon of The Who secretly marries his pregnant girlfriend, Kim Kerrigan.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles finished the recording of ‘She’s Leaving Home’ after adding backing vocals to the track. Harpist Sheila Bromberg who was part of the string section on the track became the first woman to play on a Beatles recording.
1967: Jimi Hendrix Experience ‘Purple Haze’ b/w ’51st Anniversary’ 45 single is released in the UK. It entered the UK charts at #39 and peaked at #3, spending 14 weeks in the chart. It was released in the US on June 19, 1967, where it peaked at #65, spending only 8 weeks in the chart. In March 2005, Q magazine ranked ‘Purple Haze’ at #1 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at #17 in their “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
1967: Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave and Booker T and The MG’s appeared at London’s Finsbury Park Astoria on the first night of a 17-date UK tour.
1967: Grateful Dead release their self-titled debut album. It reached #73 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1968: The Rolling Stones begin recording their 7th studio album, ‘Beggar’s Banquet,’ at Olympic Studios in London.
1968: Mick Jagger joins a demonstration at Grosvenor Square in London to protest the Vietnam War. When the group, estimated at 25,000, marches to the American embassy, they are met with police resistance and rioting ensues. Jagger had left the protest before it reached the embassy, but used the events as inspiration for the Rolling Stones song ‘Street Fighting Man.’
1968: A Pink Floyd show to be held at tUniversiteit Leuven, in Leuven, Belgium was cancelled just as the band was about to take the stage when fighting broke out between French and Flemish members of the audience.
1969: James Taylor’s ‘Carolina In My Mind’ b/w ‘Something’s Wrong’ 45 single is released. Released as a single, the song earned critical praise but not commercial success. It was re-recorded for Taylor’s 1976 Greatest Hits album in the version that is most familiar to listeners. It has been a staple of Taylor’s concert performances over the decades of his career. The song references Taylor’s years growing up in North Carolina. Taylor wrote it while overseas recording for The Beatles’ label Apple Records. He started writing the song at producer Peter Asher’s London flat on Marylebone High Street, resumed work on it while on holiday on the Mediterranean island of Formentera, and then completed it while stranded on the nearby island of Ibiza with a Swedish girl Karin he had just met. The song reflects Taylor’s homesickness at the time, as he was missing his family, his dog, and his state.
1970: Chicago’s ‘Make Me Smile’ b/w ‘Colour My World’ single is released. ‘Make Me Smile’ became the band’s first Top 10 record, peaking at #9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1971: Peter Gabriel married is girlfriend Jill. They were together on and off for 17 years.
1973: Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ first entered the charts. The album spends 741 weeks, a record, on the Billboard 200.
1973: Dr Hook’s single ‘On The Cover Of Rolling Stone peaked at #6 on the US chart. The single was banned in the UK by the BBC due to the reference of the magazine.
1976: Bob Dylan’s protest song ‘Hurricane’ led to boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s murder case being reopened.
1976: The Doobie Brothers ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’ b/w ‘For Someone Special’ single is released.
1977: Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s 5th studio album, ‘Works Volume 1’ is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It is a double album divided into four major sections, one each highlighting each band member, and one for combined works.
1978: The Irish high school band U2 win the Limerick Civic Week Pop ’78 talent competition with a prize earning them a chance to record a demo for CBS Records. They had recently changed their name from The Hype.
1978: Elvis Costello and The Attractions 2nd album and his first with The Attractions, ‘This Year’s Model’ is released. It reached #30 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #4 on the UK Albums chart. In 2000, Q magazine placed This Year’s Model at #82 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2003, the album was ranked #98 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1979: Bad Company’s 5th studio album, ‘Desolation Angels’ is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Paul Rodgers stated that the album’s title came from the novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac.
1979: Talking Heads make their first major TV appearance, performing ‘Take Me to the River’ on American Bandstand. The lip-synced performance goes well, but the interview is a little awkward.
1981: Blues Project, with Al Kooper, Steve Katz and Roy Blumenfeld, reunite for one-off concert at Bonds in New York.
1984: ‘New Moon On Monday,’ Duran Duran’s 10th single, peaks at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1984: Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ peaked at #1 in the US. Over the years David Lee Roth has given various accounts of the meaning behind the lyrics, but most often says they are about a TV news story he saw where a man was about to kill himself by jumping off a building. The album ‘1984’ peaked at #2.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 has the mighty Van Halen at #1 with ‘Jump,’ Queen’s ‘Radio Ga-Ga’ was at #28, UB40’s ‘Red Red Wine’ at #37, The Romantics’ ‘One In A Million’ at #47, Billy Idol’s ‘Rebel Yell’ at #48, Genesis’ ‘That’s All’ at #51 and Yes’ ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart #57
1985: Serial killer Richard Ramirez kills a man and leaves an AC/DC hat behind at the crime scene. Ramirez becomes known as the “Night Stalker” as he continues his killing spree. It’s revealed by a childhood friend that AC/DC is his favorite band, and some speculate that AC/DC stands for “Anti-Christ/Devil’s Child,” which the group disavows. 1985: Metallica and Armored Saint played the Moore Theater in Seattle, WA.
1988: The Grateful Dead performed at the Henry J. Kiser Auditorium in Oakland, California.
1990 Ozzy Osbourne releases his ‘Just Say Ozzy’ live EP.
1990: Rick Grech dies from kidney and liver failure due to alcoholism at 43. Grech was the bassist of Blind Faith and Traffic and also was an active session musician, playing with Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Muddy Waters, The Bee Gees and Gram Parsons.
1992: After reuniting at their ex-manager’s funeral, Spinal Tap issue their 17th album, ‘Break Like The Wind.’
1998: Van Halen release ‘Van Halen III,’ their 11th studio album. It is the only album with former Extreme lead singer Gary Cherone, and the only album to not attain platinum status. The band even does a signing at the Times Square Virgin Megastore.
1998: Mick Fleetwood joins The Corrs onstage for a St. Patrick’s Day performance at Royal Albert Hall in London. Their performance of the Fleetwood Mac song ‘Dreams’ is released as a single and becomes the first hit for The Corrs, going to #6 in the UK.
1998: Matchbox Twenty’s ‘Yourself Or Someone Like You’ is named the Best Selling Recording by a New Artist by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers. Selling over 3 million copies it stays on the album chart for over two years.
2000: Widower Paul McCartney admitted that he was dating model Heather Mills and it was also revealed that the ex-Beatle was worth around $865 million dollars.
2001: Seven Pearl Jam bootleg albums from their North American tour debut in the Billboard 200 albums chart, breaking the record for most appearances on the chart in a single week that the band established the previous year, when five bootlegs from their European tour landed on the chart.
2003: Paul McCartney topped the Rolling Stone rich list with earnings of $72 million dollars, followed by The Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band.
2003: Dire Straits’ guitarist Mark Knopfler breaks his collarbone and six ribs in a London motorcycle accident.
2004: The Kinks singer Ray Davies received his CBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.
2004: Hoobastank headlines the MTV Campus Invasion tour. Lostprophets and Ima Robot are also along for the three month trek.
2004: Courtney Love makes an appearance on the ‘Late Show with David Letterman.’ With her back to the camera, she lifts her skirt, and later goes topless, which is blocked out for viewers.
2004: The White Stripes’ Jack White sits in with Bob Dylan on the final night of his three-night stand in Detroit.
2005: Robert Plant is presented with his lifetime achievement Grammy award at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
2006: Kid Rock enters into a preliminary agreement with World Wide Red Light District video distributors to block the release of a 1999 sex tape. Rock’s lawyers and the company agree to extend a temporary injunction on selling the 45-minute video without further court proceedings. The skin flick features Rock and ex-Creed frontman Scott Stapp with four women.
2006: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora files a legal request in Los Angeles calling for his prenuptial agreement with estranged wife Heather Locklear to be honored. He asks for joint custody of his 8-year-old daughter with Locklear, Ava Elizabeth, while Locklear wants to grant him only visitation rights. In addition, Sambora doesn’t want to be required to provide spousal support. The document also reveals that the couple separated the previous December.
2006: Ann Wilson of Heart is interviewed by the artistic director of Seattle’s Experience Music Project as part of the institution’s Oral History Program. Proceeds from the event benefit the Experience Music Project’s School Group Visit program.
2007: KISS’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley participate in a panel discussion about their KISS Comic Group at Wizard World Los Angeles comic-book convention.
2007: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band wrap up their ‘Face The Promise’ tour in their hometown of Detroit.
2008: Heather Mills rakes in almost $50 million in her divorce from Paul McCartney. Mills is labeled “opportunistic” but claims that losing her leg was “easier to cope with than my divorce from Paul.”
2008: Radiohead and Aniboom animation company launch a contest in which fans create their own animated videos for one of nine songs from “In Rainbows.” 10 semifinalists receive $1,000 each to make short clips for their chosen tunes. One grand-prize winner, selected by Radiohead, receives $10,000 to create a full-length video.
2009: Chicago blues harmonicist Lester “Mad Dog” Davenport dies of prostate cancer at age 77.
2009: Static X released the album ‘Cult of Static.’ This was their last to feature drummer Nick Oshiro and founding member and vocalist Wayne Static.
2010: Universal Music Group unveil their Six-String iPhone application. Users can “play along – pluck, strum and change chords” to tracks by Bon Jovi, Tom Petty and others.
2010: Alex Chilton (born William Alexander Chilton) dies from a heart attack. He was 59. Chilton was the lead singer for The Box Tops and Big Star, gaining a cult following with many rock and alternative bands. At only 16, he attained a #1 record with ‘The Letter.’
2010: The Jimi Hendrix album ‘Valleys Of Neptune’ debuts at #4 on the Billboard charts, selling 95,000 copies in its first week. It’s the guitarist’s highest-charting album since 1971’s ‘The Cry Of Love,’ also issued posthumously, peaked at #3. Four Hendrix albums also return to the Billboard chart. He even graces the cover of Rolling Stone.
2011: Nirvana and Rush apps (based on ‘Nevermind’ and ‘2112’ & ‘Moving Pictures,’ respectively) are released with video content, band member interviews and social networking content. The apps do not include full songs.
2013: John Lennon and George Harrison were honored with a blue plaque at the site of the former Apple Boutique in a ceremony in London held at at 94 Baker Street. The new plaque reads “John Lennon, M.B.E., 1940-1980, and George Harrison, M.B.E., 1943-2001, worked here.”
2017: The 10th annual Musink, presented by Travis Barker (Blink-182), begins at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA. The three-day convention, America’s largest tattoo and music festival, features headliners NOFX, The Used, Bad Religion and Pennywise.
2017: Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, a band featuring Alice In Chains singer William DuVall, make its U.S. live debut in Austin during South By Southwest (SXSW).
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis is the first artist to sing three songs on American Bandstand – ‘Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Goin’ On,’ ‘You Win Again’ and ‘Breathless.’
1960: The Everly Brothers record ‘Cathy’s Clown,’ which is released as the first single under their new 10-year deal with Warner Bros. Records.
1960: The film ‘Rio Bravo,’ starring Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan and John Wayne, premieres in New York City.
1965: The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 ($8.50) for urinating in a public place. The incident took place at a gas station after a gig in Romford, Essex, England. This was after the last show on their 5th UK package tour with The Hollies, The Konrads, all girl-group Goldie and the Gingerbreads and Dave Berry and the Cruisers.
1965: John Lennon gave his friend and ex-Quarry Man Pete Shotton £20,000 to open Hayling Supermarkets. Lennon, George Harrison and Shotton became joint directors of Hayling Supermarkets Ltd.
1965: Excerpts from six numbers performed by The Who at The Marquee Club in February appear on a French Television program called ‘Seize Millions de Jeunes’ on ORTF TV 2. It is part of documentary about Mods shot by two French acquaintances of the band’s co-manager Chris Stamp. A scheduled appearance that day at the Civic Hall in Crawley is postponed until April 18th.
1966: That morning, The Who are filmed miming to ‘I Can’t Explain,’ ‘Bald Headed Woman,’ and ‘Substitute’ at Tower Pier, London for Dick Clark’s ABC-TV U.S. program ‘Where The Action Is.’ That evening they head out to Wembley’s Studio One to perform ‘Substitute’ and ‘Barbara Ann’ on ‘Ready, Steady, GO!,’ then head to Basildon to play the Locarno Ballroom.
1967: The UK music magazine New Musical Express announced that former Spence Davis Group member Steve Winwood was planning to form a new group with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. The ensemble would choose the name Traffic.
1967: The Beatles scored their 13th US #1 single with ‘Penny Lane.’ The song’s title is derived from the name of a street near Lennon’s house, in Liverpool. McCartney and Lennon would meet at Penny Lane junction in the Mossley Hill area to catch a bus into the center of the city.
1967: The Who’s ‘Happy Jack’ b/w ‘Whiskey Man’ single is released. It peaked at #3. It was also their first top forty hit in the USA, peaking at #24. It was included on the USA version of their 2nd album. The album was titled ‘A Quick One’ in the UK and re-titled ‘Happy Jack’ in the USA.
1967: The Monkees ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You’ b/w ‘The Girl I Knew Somewhere’ 45 single is released. Written by Neil Diamond, Davy Jones sang the lead vocal (this was Jones’ first lead vocal on a Monkees single). It went to #1 in the US Cashbox charts and #2 on the Billboard charts. The record’s B-side was Michael Nesmith’s ‘The Girl I Knew Somewhere,’ which also charted on Billboard, peaking at #39.
1967: Pink Floyd sign their first recording contract, with EMI.
1967: Pink Floyd played at Enfield College of Technology in Enfield, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany.
1967: Peter, Paul and Mary’s 7th studio album, ‘Album 1700’ is released. It reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. Released over two years later, the single ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ turned out to be Peter, Paul & Mary’s biggest (and final) hit, becoming their only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The first single from the album, ‘I Dig Rock And Roll Music’ reached the Top Ten (#9).
1968: The Beatles ‘Lady Madonna’ b/w ‘The Inner Light’ single is released. It was recorded on February 3 & 6, 1968 before the Beatles left for India. It reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the UK chart. ‘Lady Madonna’ is based Paul McCartney’s piano part for the song on Humphrey Lyttelton’s 1956 trad jazz recording ‘Bad Penny Blues,’ which George Martin produced. McCartney said of writing the song in a 1994 interview, “‘Lady Madonna’ was me sitting down at the piano trying to write a bluesy boogie-woogie thing…It reminded me of Fats Domino for some reason, so I started singing a Fats Domino impression. It took my voice to a very odd place.” Domino himself covered the song later in 1968.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Ellis Auditorium AmphiTheater, Memphis, Tennessee.
1970: Steppenwolf’s politically-oriented ‘Monster’ album goes gold.
1971: Jimi Hendrix ‘Freedom’ b/w ‘Angel’ 45 single is released. From the album ‘The Cry of Love,’ which was released posthumously in 1971 and became a hit. This was the only single released from the album and was somewhat successful on the charts, reaching #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It is now one of the more popular songs in the Hendrix collection, and is a staple in many compilation works.
1971: Led Zeppelin played at the Mayfair Ballroom in Newcastle, England during their ‘Back to the Clubs’ tour.
1972: Neil Young’s has a #1 hit with ‘Heart Of Gold.’ Backing vocals were provided by James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.
1972: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock And Roll’ debuting at #71, Yes’ ‘Roundabout’ at #28, T. Rex’s ‘Bang A Gong (Get It On)’ at #13, America’s ‘A Horse With No Name’ at #2 and Neil Young’s ‘Heart Of Gold’ was at #1.
1972: Deep Purple released their 10th single, ‘Never Before.’
1972: T. Rex played the first of two sold out nights at Wembley’s Empire Pool. Ringo Starr filmed the shows for the ‘Born To Boogie’ Apple documentary.
1972: Yes appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1972: Paul Simon scored his first solo #1 album when his self-titled debut went to the top of the charts.
1973: Paul McCartney and Wings played a benefit gig for the drug charity, Release at The Hard Rock Cafe in England.
1973: King Crimson played at the Rainbow Theatre, London.
1974: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of eight shows over four nights at Gertie’s in Dallas, Texas.
1975: ‘Tommy: The Movie’ has its world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. A morning press conference is attended by all the movie’s stars except Oliver Reed, Jack Nicholson, Roger Daltrey, and director Ken Russell. Daltrey and Russell are back in England working on his next film, ‘Lisztomania.’ The film receives a standing ovation despite occasional sound problems. Afterwards, The Who and celebrities attend a midnight party designed by new Hollywood hotshot Allan Carr in a sealed-off section of a New York subway station located under the IND Station at 57th Street and Sixth Avenue.
1976: ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth,’ starring David Bowie, premieres in London. The film is based on Walter Tevis’ novel of the same name, about an alien who visits Earth in search of water for his planet, which is suffering from a drought.
1976: Bob Dylan played at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1976: The Who perform at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1977: The Clash released their debut single ‘White Riot’ b/w ‘1977’ in the UK. It peaked at #38 on the UK charts. In March 2005, Q magazine placed ‘White Riot’ at #34 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.
1977: Iggy Pop’s debut solo album, ‘The Idiot’ is released. It reached #30 on the UK Albums chart and #72 on the Billboard Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart. ‘Sister Midnight’ and ‘China Girl’ were released as singles in February and May 1977, respectively—both with the same B-side, ‘Baby.’ It was the first of two LPs released in 1977 which Pop wrote and recorded in collaboration with David Bowie.
1977: The Grateful Dead played at Winterland Arena in San Francisco, California.
1977: AC/DC performed at Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry, England.
1978: California Jam 2 draws an estimated 350,000 fans to Ontario Motor Speedway near Los Angeles. Performers include Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Santana, Heart, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush and Rubicon, featuring a young Jack Blades. ABC televises the event. A Double LP album from the was released.
1978: Rush played at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1979: Roxy Music performed at Eissporthalle in Berlin, Germany.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne’s legendary guitarist Randy Rhoades plays his last concert in Knoxville, TN. He dies the following day in a Florida plane crash.
1982: Asia released their self-titled debut album. This “supergroup”, featuring bassist/vocalist John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and guitarist Steve Howe, was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 1970’s – Yes, ELP, King Crimson, and The Buggles.
1983: Billy Squier kicks off his first arena headlining tour in support of ‘Emotions in Motion.’ Def Leppard are the opening act. 1983: Metallica and Armored Saint played The Keystone in San Francisco, CA.
1984: Van Halen played at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island. 1985: Metallica and Armored Saint played The New York Theatre in Vancouver, Canada.
1985: Peter Gabriel’s ‘Birdy’ (OST) is released. It was the first soundtrack and 6th album overall by Peter Gabriel, for the movie of the same name. The album marked Gabriel’s first work with producer Daniel Lanois.
1986: Raven released the album ‘The Pack Is Back.’ The album reached #121 on the Billboard charts, and was produced by legendary producer Eddie Kramer.
1989: A radio station in California arranged to have all it’s Cat Stevens Records destroyed by having a steamroller run over them in protest of the singer’s support of Ayatollah Khomeni.
1991: When the Irish Family Planning Association is found guilty of illegally selling condoms in Dublin, U2 steps in to pay the fine-about $900.
1994: In a tragic forerunner of later events, police confiscate 4 guns and 25 boxes of ammo after Kurt Cobain’s wife, Courtney Love calls them, fearing he would commit suicide.
1994: The Rolling Stones introduce Darryl Jones as the replacement for baseman Bill Wyman, who had previously announced that he would no longer tour with the band.
1995: Bruce Springsteen ‘Greatest Hits’ is the #1 US LP.
1996: Released nearly two years earlier, Soundgarden’s ‘Superunknown’ is credited with selling over 5 million copies.
1996: The Beatles ‘Anthology 2’ is released. Like its predecessor, it topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and the UK Albums chart. It is the second of the three-volume Anthology collection, all of which tie-in with the televised special The Beatles Anthology. The opening track is “Real Love”, the second of the two recordings that reunited the Beatles by means of magnetic tape.
1996: The Sex Pistols announce they are reforming for their 20th anniversary, which they call the Filthy Lucre Tour. Lead singer Johnny Rotten, who once vowed never to reunite the group, says, “We have found a common cause to bring us back together again, and it’s your money.” They would get tour again in 2002 and 2007.
1997: Autograph released the album ‘Missing Pieces.’
1997: Aerosmith release their 12th studio album, ‘Nine Lives.’ The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.
1997: It’s announced that Joni Mitchell has been reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption many years earlier.
2000: A film company paid over a million dollars for nine hours of film shot by Yoko Ono during the 1970’s that showed John Lennon smoking hash and talking about his political beliefs.
2001: John Phillips dies of heart failure in Los Angeles. He was 65. Phillips was the vocalist and guitarist of The Mamas & the Papas. He was also a promoter, most notably of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. His life was marked by many scandals including drug trafficking, alleged incest, and alcoholism after a liver transplant. His second solo album was released on Rolling Stones records and featured Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood. Phillips was married to Michelle Gilliam, they had one child together, Chynna Phillips, vocalist of the 1990’s pop trio Wilson Phillips.
2002: The Ramones, Talking Heads, Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney, Isaac Hayes and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are welcomed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Ramones were inducted into the by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam and close friend of the Ramones. The ceremony took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Wallflowers member Jakob Dylan inducts Tom Petty.
2002: The Doobie Brothers, Dionne Warwick and Petula Clark are among the entertainers at Liza Minelli’s wedding reception.
2003: Former Metallica member Jason Newsted becomes Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist, but it only lasts until the end of the year.
2004: Courtney Love exposed her breasts during an appearance on David Letterman’s TV talk show. The singer who had her back to the audience flashed at the presenter while singing the song Danny Boy. After the show, she went on to perform a surprise gig at the Plaid night-club in Manhattan where she was alleged to have injured a man by throwing a microphone stand into the crowd. Ms Love was charged with assault and reckless endangerment.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne’s late guitarist Randy Rhoads is inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne attend the ceremony.
2004: Courtney Love is arrested in New York and charged with reckless endangerment and third-degree assault after throwing a microphone stand at an East Village nightspot, striking a man in the head. This incident adds to Love`s legal troubles.
2005: Pearl Jam performs a benefit concert for Seattle’s Northwest School. Guitarist Stone Gossard attended the prep school. Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson also take the stage.
2008: Lou Reed, Damien Rice, Moby and more take part in the Speak Up! concert (which benefits Iraq war veterans) held at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.
2008: Robert Plant’s collaborative album with Bluegrass performer Alison Krauss, ‘Raising Sand,’ is certified platinum.
2009: New Orleans singer/pianist Eddie Bo dies of a heart attack at age 78.
2009: Chickenfoot, the “supergroup” with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith play a private show, the group’s debut, for Best Buy employees in the Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA.
2009: One-time Steppenwolf guitarist, Kent Henry, dies in Portland, OR. He was a member of Blues Image prior to replacing Larry Byrom in Steppenwolf. He was 60.
2010: Stone Temple Pilots perform at SXSW in Austin to promote their self-titled comeback album. During their encore the group is joined by former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger who STP frontman Scott Weiland introduces as “a man who was part of the greatest Rock & Roll group in history.” Krieger and STP perform The Doors classic ‘Roadhouse Blues.’
2012: Following shows at the Apollo Theater in NYC and SXSW, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off their first U.S. tour in over two years at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. The “Wrecking Ball” tour, to promote the album of the same name, is the Springsteen’s first trek with the E Street Band since the death of saxophonist Clarence Clemons the previous June. Two saxophonists replace Clemons. One of whom is Jake Clemons, Clarence’s nephew.
2013: 30 Seconds To Mars debut ‘Up In The Air’ from the SpaceX cargo mission, where it’s played by astronauts on the International Space Station. Meanwhile, back on earth, Houston mayor, Annise D. Parker, proclaims 30 Seconds To Mars Day.
2013: John Lennon and George Harrison get a blue plaque in London. The plaque marks the site of The Beatles former Apple Records boutique on Baker Street. It is unveiled by Rod Davis, the banjo player in Lennon’s first band, The Quarrymen.
2013: David Bowie’s first album in a decade become the fastest-selling of the year, hitting the top spot in the UK charts in its first week of release. The Next Day was the 66-year-old’s first #1 since 1993’s ‘Black Tie White Noise’ and sold 94,000 copies in the first week.
2014: The Beastie Boys settle their lawsuit against toy maker GoldieBlox over the unauthorized use of ‘Girls.’ The company created a parody of the 1987 track in an ad where three girls were seen singing the melody with altered lyrics. The Beastie Boys get a monetary settlement and a public apology from GoldieBlox.
2014: Joe Lala (drummer for The Blues Image) dies of lung cancer at age 66.
2015: Stone Sour confirm that guitarist Christan Martucci is the permanent replacement for Jim Root. Martucci had been Sour Sour’s touring guitarist.
2017: The legendary Chuck Berry passes away of a reported cardiac arrest at his home near St. Louis, Missouri. He was 90. Berry revolutionized music by transforming the major elements of rhythm and blues into what we now know as rock and roll. His career started in Chicago when Muddy Waters introduced him to Leonard Chess of Chess Records, where he recorded the million-selling single ‘Maybelline.’ He followed that with ‘Roll Over Beethoven,’ ‘Rock and Roll Music,’ ‘Sweet Little Sixteen,’ ‘Johnny B. Goode’ and so many others. His influence cannot be underestimated – from John Lennon who said “if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’” to Bruce Springsteen who proclaimed “Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived” to Rolling Stone magazine who best summed his career up by saying “he’s the father of rock & roll” who “gave the music its sound and its attitude, even as he battled racism – and his own misdeeds – all the way.” Among many other honors, Berry received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986 and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000.
1958: During his only UK tour, Buddy Holly played two shows at the Regal Cinema in Hull, Yorkshire.
1958: As Tom and Jerry, Simon & Garfunkel release their third single called ‘Our Song.’
1962: Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album was released in the Untied States. Initially poor sales led the record to be known around Columbia Records as ‘Hammond’s Folly.’ John Hammond was producer of Dylan’s early recordings and the man responsible for signing Dylan. It did not chart in the US, but did reach #13 on the UK Albums chart. The album was praised by the New York City weekly newspaper Village Voice as an “explosive country blues debut,” but featured only two Dylan original compositions, ‘Talkin’ New York’ and ‘Song To Woody,’ with the rest being old folk standards.
1964: The British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who is the “Mr. Wilson” in their song Taxman, presents The Beatles with the Show Business Personalities of 1963 award at the Variety Club of Great Britain Annual Show Business Awards.
1965: The Tailor And Cutter Magazine ran an article asking The Rolling Stones to start wearing ties. The current fashion did not include wearing ties with shirts and many tie-makers were facing financial disaster. Mick Jagger said of the appeal, “The trouble with a tie is that it could dangle in the soup. It is also something extra to which a fan can hang when you are trying to get in and out of a theater.”
1966: The Who played Kings Hall in Stoke-On-Trent, England.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played two shows at The Capitol Theatre in Ottawa, Canada.
1968: Jimi Hendrix Experience’s debut album ‘Are You Experienced goes gold.
1968: Bob Dylan’s ‘John Wesley Harding’ album goes gold.
1968: Donovan travels to India to study transcendental meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1969: During a UK tour, Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Top Rank Club in Cardiff, Wales.
1970: Pink Floyd played at the Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden.
1970: Rolling Stone magazine reveals that opening lyrics to John Lennon’s ‘Come Together’ were written by Chuck Berry for ‘You Can’t Catch Me’ – “Here come old flat top, he come groovin’ up slowly.”
1970: David Bowie marries his first wife, Angela, who contrary to rumor, was not the subject of The Rolling Stones’ song, ‘Angie.’
1971: Jethro Tull release ‘Aqualung,’ the groups 4th studio album. It would eventually peak at #7 on Billboard’s 200 Album chart and #4 on the UK Albums chart. ‘Aqualung,’ to many, is Tull’s masterpiece. The title track and ‘Locomotive Breath,’ would be joined by ‘My God,’ ‘Cross-Eyed Mary,’ and ‘Hymn 43’ as classic rock staples. There’s no arguing with its commercial success, having sold more than seven million copies and continuing to outsell anything in the back catalog.
1971: Humble Pie performs at the Fillmore East in New York. In attendance are members of The Who.
1971: T Rex were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hot Love.’ The group’s first of four UK #1’s spent six weeks at the top of the charts.
1971: Mott the Hoople released their 3rd album, ‘Wildlife.’ After the edgier rock of their first two albums this record has a softer feel (leading to its nickname “Mildlife” among band members). Even Ian Hunter’s trio of compositions is introspective, though disarmingly beautiful. For the first (and only) time Mick Ralphs’ contributions predominate, leading to an almost country-rock feel.
1974: Jefferson Airplane re-named the group and became Jefferson Starship. The new line-up included Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, drummer Johnny Barbata, David Freiberg, Peter Kaukonen, Craig Chaquico and Papa John Creach.
1974: Aerosmith release their 4th single, ‘Same Old Song and Dance’ b/w ‘Pandora’s Box.’
1975: America’S ‘Sister Golden Hair’ b/w ‘Midnight’ 45 single is released. It was their 2nd single to reach #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, remaining in the top position for just one week.
1975: America’s 5th studio album, ‘Hearts’ is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and produced three hit singles: ‘Sister Golden Hair’ went to #1 on the Billboard singles chart and #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart; and ‘Daisy Jane’ which peaked at #20 on the Billboard singles chart and #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart; and the funky ‘Woman Tonight’ which reached #44 on the Billboard singles chart and #41 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks including ‘Old Virginia,’ ‘Bell Tree’ and ‘Midnight.’ The album was produced by legendary Beatles producer George Martin.
1975: During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. Tickets cost $7.50 in advance.
1975: KISS release ‘Dressed to Kill,’ their 3rd studio album. Produced by Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart, it reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. ‘C’mon and Love Me’ and ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ were released as singles. Both failed to rise up the charts until ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ was released in its live format as a single later that year off their live album ‘Alive!’ and reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1975. KISS start their ‘Dressed To Kill Tour’ in Northampton, Pennsylvania. ‘KISS Alive!’ was recorded on this tour.
1975: ‘Tommy: The Movie’ has its Los Angeles premiere at Mann’s Wilshire Theater. Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, John Entwistle, Ann-Margret, Tina Turner, Elton John, and Robert Stigwood attend. All are interviewed by David Frost for an ABC Wide World Special. Other celebrities interviewed by Army Archerd going into the theater or the afterwards party held at the Studio One Club include Paul and Linda McCartney, Ron Wood, Kenney Jones, Sally Kellerman, Dean Martin, Tommy Smothers, and Ryan and Tatum O’Neal. The special airs on U.S. television on the 26th.
1976: Former Free guitarist, 26 year old Paul Kossoff died of heart failure while on a flight across the US. He had been troubled with heart disease most of his life. Free is most often remembered for their hit, ‘All Right Now.’ Lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to form Bad Company with Free drummer Simon Kirke, Boz Burrell (from King Crimson) and Mick Ralphs (of Mott the Hoople).
1976: The Doobie Brothers 6th studio album, ‘Takin’ It to the Streets’ is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and two Top 40 single – ‘Takin’ It to the Streets’ (#13) and ‘It Keeps You Running’ (#37).
1976: Bad Company’s ‘Run With The Pack’ b/w'”Do Right By Your Woman’ 45 single is released in the UK.
1976: Gary Thain bass player with Uriah Heep died of a drug overdose aged 28.
1978: Billy Joel makes his U.K. concert debut at London’s Theatre Royal. in 1989.
1979: Elton John appeared at the Odeon Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Tickets £5.00
1980: In proceedings against the doctor who supplied the prescription drugs that killed Elvis Presley, Elvis’ autopsy is entered as evidence. Dr. George Nichopoulos, who was known as “Dr. Nick” was eventually found guilty of overprescribing the drugs. He later has his medical license revoked.
1980: Pete Townshend is filmed miming to his single ‘Rough Boys’ for the Kenny Everett Video Show in the UK accompanied by Kenney Jones.
1981: The J. Geils Band hit #1 on the singles chart with ‘Centerfold.’
1982: Ozzy Osbourne and former Quiet Riot member Randy Rhoads was killed when the plane he was riding in crashed. After driving much of the night, the band had stopped near a small airstrip. The tour bus driver, Andrew Aycock, talked the band’s keyboardist, Don Airey, into taking a test flight in a 1955 Beechcraft Bonanza, the joyride ended, and the plane landed safely. Then Aycock took Rhoads and Rachel Youngblood on another flight and attempts were made to “buzz” the tour bus. The left wing clipped the bus, which sent the plane spiraling into a nearby house and bursting into flames. All three bodies were burned beyond recognition, and were identified by dental records.
1984: The Beatles ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ b/w ‘You Can’t Do That’ 45 picture disc single is released. This picture disc 45 single was released by EMI Records as part of an official BEATLES “It Was 20 Years Ago” Picture Disc Collection. Each single was released precisely twenty years after its original release date; so for example, the ‘Love Me Do’ picture disc single was re-released in 1982, and so on. 1986: Metallica and Armored Saint played the Starry Night in Portland, OR.
1987: Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Tribute” was released in honor of Randy Rhoads. It came out on five years to the day after his death. The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1988: Whitesnake’s ‘Give Me All Your Love’ peaks at #48 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1988: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Foreigner’s ‘I Don’t Want To Live Without You’ debuting at #64, Whitesnake’s ‘Give Me All Your Love’ at #48, Aerosmith’s ‘Angel’ at #23, INXS’ ‘Devil Inside’ at #16 and Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’ at #11.
1990: Andrew Wood, lead singer of Mother Love Bone, dies of a heroin overdose at age 24. Members of the band go on to form Pearl Jam. Several bands wrote songs in tribute to his life including Alice In Chains (‘Would?’), Chris Cornell (‘Say Hello 2 Heaven’) and Candlebox (‘Far Behind’).
1990: Robert Plant released his 5th solo album, ‘Manic Nirvana.’
1993: Jeff Ward (drummer for several bands, including Low Pop Suicide and Nine Inch Nails) commits suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning at age 30. Several bands dedicated albums to him after his death, including Nine Inch Nails’ ‘The Downward Spiral.’
1994: Sheryl Crow’s ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’ hits the charts. It stays there for over a year, peaking at #3.
1996: ‘Beatles Anthology II’ is released. The album featured ‘Real Love’, a track the remaining members of the Beatles recorded using an old demo track of John Lennon’s. The song was first recorded by Lennon in 1977 with a handheld tape recorder on his piano at home, it originated as part of an unfinished stage play that Lennon was working on at the time entitled ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko.’
1997: Aerosmith release their ‘Nine Lives’ album.
1999: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played the second night at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in New Jersey as warm up dates for their forthcoming Reunion Tracks tour.
2001: Aerosmith (inducted by Kid Rock), Queen (inducted by the Foo Fighters), Paul Simon (inducted by Marc Anthony), Soloman Burke and Steely Dan (inducted by Moby) are inducted at the 16th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame award ceremonies at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Keith Richards inducted Johnnie Johnson and James Burton. Richards also took part in the closing jam with Bono, Paul Simon, Kid Rock, Solomon Burke, Robbie Robertson and others.
2001: Gojira released their debut album ‘Terra Incognita.’
2002: Megadeth released their 1st live album, ‘Rude Awakening.’
2004: The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ albums are added in the Library of Congress. The Library digitally stores and saves significant musical works.
2005: Paul Rodgers along with Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor perform at the Nelson Mandela 46664 AIDS Awareness Concert in South Africa.
2006: Green Day is recognized for their musical contributions by the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy.
2006: The Offspring’s Dexter Holland runs in the Los Angeles Marathon. He raises money for the Innocence Project, a nonprofit charity that supports the legal funds of people wrongly convicted of crimes.
2009: Eric Clapton performs with the Allman Brothers Band during their annual residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre.
2009: High-definition footage from Motley Crue’s Crue Fest 2008 DVD is screened at dozens of U.S. theaters. Shot during the traveling festival’s stop in Toronto, the DVD features the Crue plus performances by Buckcherry, Trapt and Papa Roach.
2009: Bruce Springsteen makes a guest appearance on Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.’
2010: ‘The Runaways’ movie hits theaters. The film, which focuses on Starring Kristen Stewart as group member Joan Jett, is a flop.
2010: Scorpions release their 17th studio album, ‘Sting in the Tail.’ It would eventually peak at #23 on Billboard’s 200 Album chart.
2012: A graveside memorial marks the 30th anniversary of Randy Rhoads’ death. More than 350 friends, family and fans pay their respects.
2013: ‘Specter At The Feast’ by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club arrives. The band used the album to overcome the ’10 death of frontman Robert Been’s father, Michael, who was involved with the band. “No one really wanted to find those words or dig in deep,” says Been. “You have to go back again and dig a bit deeper, and it was excruciating.”
2013: ‘The Next Day’ is David Bowie first UK #1 album in 20 years. The album sells over 94,000 copies its first week easily beating the 2nd place album, Bon Jovi’s ‘What About Now?’
2013: Anthrax release their Classic Rock covers E.P., ‘Anthems.’ The set includes their versions of ‘Jailbreak’ (Thin Lizzy), ‘Smokin’ (Boston), ‘T.N.T.’ (AC/DC) and more.
2015: Blink-182 perform their first show without co-founding guitarist Tom DeLonge. In his place at the Roxy in West Hollywood is Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba.
2017: The We Are X’ hits #1 on the U.K. Rock and Metal Chart. The Japan X documentary soundtrack also tops the charts in several other counties.
1960: Elvis Presley conducts his first post-Army recording session. The hit ‘Stuck On You” is one of the tracks. Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who had quit Presley’s touring band in 1957, were in the studio with him for the last time.
1961: Elvis Presley’s ‘Surrender’ hits #1. It used updated lyrics put to a melody that was written in 1911 as ‘Come Back To Sorrento.’ The song also hit #1 in the UK.
1961: Elvis Presley begins filming his 9th movie, ‘Blue Hawaii,’ on location.
1961: Ricky Nelson records ‘Hello Mary Lou,’ which would climb to #9 in the U.S. by early May.
1964: The Beatles ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ b/w ‘You Can’t Do That’ 45 single is released in the UK.
1964: The Beatles appeared live on the UK television program ‘Ready Steady Go!’ lip syncing to ‘It Won’t Be Long’, ’You Can’t Do That’, and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. They were also presented with a special award from Billboard magazine, in recognition of The Beatles having the top three singles on the chart simultaneously.
1967: The Beatles’ ‘Penny Lane b/w Strawberry Fields Forever’ is certified gold.
1968: Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Mesina, were arrested in Los Angeles for ‘being at a place where it was suspected marijuana was being used.’ Clapton was later found innocent, the others paid small fines.
1969: John Lennon married Yoko Ono at the British Consulate Office in Gibraltar. They spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam campaigning for an international “Bed-In” for peace. They planned another “Bed-in” in the United States, but were denied entry. The couple then went to Montréal, and during a “Bed-in” at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’. Lennon also detailed this period in The Beatles’ ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’, recorded by Lennon and McCartney on April 14, 1969. Lennon said at the time, “We chose Gibraltar because it is quiet, British and friendly. We tried everywhere else first. I set out to get married on the car ferry and we would have arrived in France married, but they wouldn’t do it. We were no more successful with cruise ships. We tried embassies, but three weeks’ residence in Germany or two weeks’ in France were required.” The Beatles song “The Ballad of John and Yoko” details the ordeal of finding a location for the nuptials.
1970: David and Angela Bowie were married at Beckenham Registry Office in London. They met at a press reception for King Crimson’s ‘The Court Of King Crimson’ album. They were divorced in 1980.
1970: The Grateful Dead performed at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York.
1970: The Who ‘The Seeker’ b/w ‘Here For More’ 45 single is released in the U.K. It reached #19 on the UK single chart. It hit the Billboard charts in the U.S. on April 11, 1970, eventually peaking at #44.
1971: At their own expense The Rolling Stones placed full page advertisements in all the UK’s music papers disclaiming any connection with the release of the Decca album ‘Stone Age’ saying ‘in our opinion the content is below the standard we try to keep.’
1971: Janis Joplin started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with the Kris Kristofferson written ‘Me And Bobby McGee’. Joplin died the year before on October 4th at age 27.
1971: The Iron Butterfly’s ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ slips off the Billboard album chart after a 138 week run.
1972: Paul Simon’s ‘Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard’ b/w ‘Congratulations’ 45 single is released. It reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Simon made a video for this song in 1988 that showed him playing basketball with some school kids on a playground. The video had a rap intro by Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane, and a cameo by baseball legend Mickey Mantle, who lip-synchs the chorus. At the end of the video, NFL Hall-of-Famer John Madden is shown giving tips to the young players.
1972: Ringo Starr records ‘Back Off, Boogaloo,’ which will become the 2nd of his seven U.S. Top 10 singles. The session was produced by George Harrison.
1973: Slade were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cum On Feel The Noize,’ the group’s 4th UK #1.
1973: Jim Croce’s ‘Bad, Bad Leroy Brown’ b/w ‘A Good Time Man Like Me Ain’t Got No Business (Singin’ The Blues)’ 45 single is released. It spent two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1973. Croce was nominated for two 1973 Grammy awards in the Pop Male Vocalist and Record of the Year categories for ‘Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.’
1976: Status Quo started a three-week run at #1 on the UK chart with their 3rd #1 album ‘Blue For You.’ The bands record label set up a deal with Levi Jeans, advertising in over 6,000 clothes shops to help promote the album.
1976: Alice Cooper married 19 year old Sheryl Goddard. She was a dance instructor who had performed on his ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ tour. Cooper was 28 and according to legend had just rejected several advances from actress Raquel Welch.
1976: Boz Scaggs’ ‘Silk Degrees’ featuring ‘Lowdown’ hits the charts. It’s his 7th solo album and the first to go platinum. It will climb to #2. Among the accompanying studio musicians were David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro and David Hungate, who would go on to form the band Toto.
1976: Bad Company release ‘Young Blood.’
1977: Lou Reed was banned from appearing The London Palladium in England because of his punk image.
1977: T-Rex played their final gig when they appeared at The Locarno in Portsmouth, England.
1978: Paul McCartney & Wings ‘With A Little Luck’ b/w ‘Backwards Traveller / Cuff Link’ 45 single is released. It hit #1 in the U.S. later that spring. It also reached #5 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and it reached #5 in the UK.
1980: 28 year old Joseph Riviera held up the Asylum Records office in New York and demanded to see either Jackson Browne or The Eagles. Riviera wanted to talk to them to see if they would finance his trucking operation. He gave himself up when told that neither act was in the office at the time.
1981: Praying Mantis released their debut album ‘Time Tells No Lies.’ The band at one time had former Iron Maiden members Clive Burr and Paul Di’Anno.
1982: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ started a 7 week run as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1988: Iron Maiden released their 16th single, ‘Can I Play with Madness.’ It peaks at #3 on the UK charts.
1989: After 37 years on the air, Dick Clark announces he will discontinue hosting his creation, ABC-TV’s highly influential ‘American Bandstand.’ The show continues with another host, but folds for good soon after.
1990: Eric Clapton plays 3 songs on Saturday Night Live: ‘Pretending,’ ‘No Alibis’ and ‘Wonderful Tonight.’
1990: CBS Records loses its $20 million lawsuit against Boston’s Tom Scholz. The label claims Scholz failed to fulfill contract obligations (10 albums in 5 years). Of course, Scholz countersues for unpaid royalties. Boston ends up recording next for MCA.
1991: Eric Clapton’s four year old son, Conor, fell to his death from the 53rd story of a New York City apartment after a housekeeper who was cleaning the room left a window open. The boy was in the custody of his mother, Italian actress, Lori Del Santo and the pair were visiting a friend’s apartment. Clapton was staying in a nearby hotel after taking his son to the circus the previous evening. The tragedy inspired his song ‘Tears in Heaven.’
1994: Rush were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the Juno Awards of 1994 at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto.
1995: The Beatles ‘Baby It’s You’ (EP) is released. It reached #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the UK chart. The Beatles performed ‘Baby It’s You’ as part of their stage act from 1961 until 1963. They recorded it on February 11, 1963 for their first album, ‘Please Please Me,’ along with ‘Boys,’ another song by the Shirelles. American label Vee-Jay Records included it on ‘Introducing… The Beatles and Songs, Pictures and Stories of the Fabulous Beatles.’ Capitol included it on ‘The Early Beatles.’ The Beatles released a live version on ‘Live at the BBC’ in 1994. The song was issued as a CD single and a vinyl single in 1995 in both the UK and the US, their first in nearly a decade. Both versions have four tracks, making it an EP instead of a regular issue single.
1998: Matchbox Twenty tape their show at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom for later broadcast on MTV as ‘Live From The 10 Spot.’
1999: Garbage perform on Saturday Night Live.
2001: Sepultura released their album ‘Nation.’ The song ‘Human Cause’ featured Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed.
2003: On the day the Iraq war begins, Bruce Springsteen opens his Melbourne, Australia show with a quiet, acoustic version of his hit ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ and follows it with a cover of Edwin Starr’s ‘War.’
2006: Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) and surprise guest James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) appear at the Bring ‘Em Home concert, marking the third anniversary of the United States-led invasion of Iraq. The event is held at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
2006: While on tour in Peru, Carlos Santana slams the United States’ decision to wage war in Iraq. “I try to present a dimension that brings harmony and healing. My concept is the opposite of George W. Bush,” says Santana. “There is more value in placing a flower in a rifle barrel than making war.”
2007: Founding Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship singer-guitarist Paul Kantner is sued for trademark infringement by former band mate Grace Slick and ex-manager Bill Thompson. Kantner used the Jefferson Starship moniker in apparent violation of a 1985 settlement. Slick and Thompson let it slide until Kantner’s band crossed the line, at least according to the plaintiffs, by signing a lucrative sponsorship deal involving Microsoft.
2008: During a concert in Glasgow, Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland announces to the audience that they are witnessing ‘the last tour’ by the group. Later, the vocalist argues with a sound person before storming off the stage.
2008: The Eagles kick off their world tour in support of their album, ‘Long Road Out of Eden.’
2009: Smashing Pumpkins announce that drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has left the group. The departure leaves frontman Billy Corgan as the only remaining original member.
2009: Motley Crue play their single ‘White Trash Circus’ on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
2009: Metallica performs at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. The group celebrates the release of the ‘Guitar Hero: Metallica’ video game.
2009: Tinted Windows with Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, singer Taylor Hanson of Hanson and bassist Adam Schlesinger from Fountains Of Wayne make their live debut at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin.
2012: ‘Lucifer Rising And Other Sound Tracks,’ Jimmy Page’s early 1970’s home studio –recordings of avant garde music, is available on the former Led Zeppelin guitarist’s website.
2012. KISS & Mötley Crüe announce ‘The Tour,’ a 40 date co-headlining U.S. trek.
2013: Bon Jovi tops the Billboard album chart with “What About Now?” The group sells 96,000 copies its first week.
2013: U2’s Bono is the only musician to land on Forbes magazine’s Top 10 Most Influential Celebrities list. Bono is eighth, behind Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg but ahead of Suze Orman and Clint Eastwood.
2013: “I still miss him,” Yoko Ono tweets on what would have been the 44th anniversary of her marriage to John Lennon. The tweet includes an image of the bloodied glasses Lennon was wearing when he was shot to death on 12/08/80. Ono also includes a plea to end gun violence.
2015: Andy Summers documentary ‘Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police’ opens in New York City
2015: Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob drummer A.J. Pero died of a heart attack. He was 55. Adrenaline Mob’s band members attempted but failed to wake Pero on their tour bus traveling from Baltimore to Poughkeepsie.
1952: Alan Freed staged the Moondog Coronation Ball, which was billed as the “first ever rock ‘n’ roll stage show.” Held at the Cleveland Arena and organized by WJW DJ Freed (“Moondog” on the air), the show was to feature performances by Billy Ward and The Dominoes, Tiny Grimes, and Paul Williams. The crowd is over capacity, with over 10,000 people inside and another 20,000 waiting outside and police shut down the show because of fire code violations after just one song by Williams. Doors and windows were smashed, a few fights broke out, but no one asked for their $1.75 admission back. The event proves to the music industry that this type of R&B music has widespread appeal – to white audiences as well as black.
1956: The movie ‘Rock Around The Clock,’ about a concert promoter (played by DJ Alan Freed) who brings Rock and Roll to the masses, opens in theaters. The film stars Bill Haley and His Comets and is named after their hit song. It is one of the first movies based on rock music and aimed at teenagers.
1956: Elvis Presley appeared at the 4,000 seated YMCA Gymnasium in Lexington, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, featuring June Carter, Rod Brasfield, Hal and Ginger. Tickets cost $1 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved seats.
1961: The Beatles played The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England for the first time.
1963: Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas enter Abbey Road studios to record the Lennon / McCartney tune ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret,’ which will reach #1 in the UK, topping The Beatles themselves.
1964: After ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ had held the #1`1 position on the US singles chart for seven weeks, The Beatles started a two-week run at #1 with ‘She Loves You’.
1965: The Who performed at the Trade Union Hall in Watford, England.
1966: The Beach Boys release the ‘Sloop John B’ b/w ‘You’re So Good To Me’ 45 single. ‘Sloop John B’ was originally a traditional tune from the West Indies folk song, ‘The John B. Sails,’ taken from a collection by Carl Sandburg (1927).
1967: John Lennon takes his first major LSD trip and freaks out while recording backing vocals on the track ‘Getting Better.’ Producer George Martin, not realizing the effects of the drug, takes Lennon to the roof of Abbey Road Studios to get some fresh air. Paul and George, upon learning where John was, rush up to get him down. The group works on a piano track for ‘Lovely Rita’ instead.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at Speakeasy in London.
1969: Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer’ b/w ‘Baby Driver’ 45 single is released. Written by Paul Simon in 1968 and first recorded by Simon & Garfunkel, ‘The Boxer’ was released as the follow-up single to their #1 hit ‘Mrs. Robinson,’ and reached #7 on the U.S. charts. Rolling Stone ranked the song #105 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1970: The Faces, with new singer Rod Stewart, released their debut album ‘First Step.’ Before Stewart joined the group, they were known as The Small Faces. In the USA it was initially miscredited to the Small Faces due to a miscommunication with the label. It reached #119 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1970: Beatles ‘Let It Be’ debuts at #6 on Billboard Hot 100, the highest ever new entry.
1970: Santana peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Evil Ways’ which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: Pink Floyd played the last date of their March European Tour at the Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1971: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Boat Club in Nottingham, England on their ‘Back To The Clubs’ tour. This was the first tour which saw Zeppelin performing ‘Stairway To Heaven’, ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Going To California’. Zeppelin opened the set with ‘Immigrant Song’ and ‘Heartbreaker’
1972: The Grateful Dead played the first of seven nights at the Academy of Music in New York City, New York.
1974: Yes appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington. Two people were arrested for scalping the $7.50 face value tickets for as much as $20.
1975: Frankie Valli’s ‘My Eyes Adored You’ hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
1975. Alice Cooper kicked off his Welcome to My Nightmare Tour in Kalamazoo, MI.
1976: David Bowie and Iggy Pop were busted for suspected marijuana possession in New York. Police found 182 grams (a little over 6.4 ounces) of weed. The pair spent the rest of the night in the Monroe County Jail and were released at about 7 a.m. on $2,000 bond each. His hearing takes place on April 20 (4/20), and the charges are dropped.
1977: AC/DC’s ‘Let There Be Rock’ album is released in Australia. It was the band’s 3rd internationally released album, released in the rest of the world the following July 25 via Atlantic Records.
1977: Slade released their 7th album, ‘Whatever Happened to Slade.’
1977: Bassist Sid Vicious makes his debut with the Sex Pistols at Notre Dame Halls in London. Nancy Spungen is in the audience.
1977: The Eagles performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1978: Carole King’s third husband, Rick Evers, dies of a drug overdose after working on Carole’s album ‘Welcome Home,’ which was released two months later. Evers had co-writing credits on three songs from the album and appears on the cover with King.
1978: Dire Straits played at The Marquee Club in London.
1980: Judas Priest released the single ‘Living After Midnight.’ The song peaked at #12 on the UK Official Charts.
1981: REO Speedwagon’s ‘Keep on Loving You’ is the #1 U.S. single. John Lennon’s ‘Woman’ is at #2, followed by ‘Best Of Times’ from Styx at #3.
1981: John Lennon peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart posthumously with ‘Woman’ which was Lennon’s 6th top 10 single in the U.S.
1981: Debuts on Billboard’s Hot 100 include Phil Collins’ ‘I Missed Again’ at #79, REO Speedwagon’s ‘Take It On The Run’ at #65, The Who’s ‘You Better You Bet’ at #63, Styx’s ‘Too Much Time On My Hands’ at #60. The #1 spot was held by REO Speedwagon’s ‘Keep On Loving You.’
1982: Scorpions released their 19th single, ‘No One Like You.’ It was released as the lead single from the band’s 8th studio album ‘Blackout.’
1983: Pink Floyd released their 12th studio album, ‘The Final Cut’ in the UK. It’s their last album recorded with Roger Waters. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It is the only Pink Floyd album on which Waters is credited for the writing and composition of every song. Most of the lyrics are sung by Waters; lead guitarist David Gilmour provides vocals on only one of the album’s tracks.
1983: Saxon released their 5th studio album, ‘Power & the Glory.’ The album has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.
1983: Zebra released their self-titled debut album. The album peaked at #29 on the #Billboard charts.
1984: Strawberry Fields, an area in Central Park bought by Yoko Ono in memory of her late husband was opened. Every December 9, thousands of fans converge on the spot to remember her late husband, who was murdered by a deranged fan on that day in 1980.
1984: The #1 song in America was Van Halen’s ‘Jump.’
1985: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the second leg of his Born in the USA world tour at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia. 1986: Armored Saint and Saxon played the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, AZ.
1987: ZZ Top wrapped up their 14 month ‘Afterburner’ world tour with a final show at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
1987: Beatlemania returns to US charts as the group holds down the Top 4 on US CD chart:
1. ‘Hard Day’s Night’
2. ‘Please Please Me’
3. ‘Beatles for Sale’
4. ‘With the Beatles’
1987: U2 scored their 3rd UK #1 album with ‘The Joshua Tree,’ selling 235,000 in it’s first week. The album became the fastest selling in UK history and the first album to sell over a million CDs, spending a total of 156 weeks on the UK chart. It was also a U.S. #1.
1987: Whitesnake released their 19th single, ‘Still of the Night.’
1988: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases ‘Southern by the Grace of God,’ their 2nd live album. It features music recorded in 1987 in what was supposed to be a one-time touring tribute to band members who died in a 1977 plane wreak that seemingly ended the band. Four years later, an updated Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup records new material and begins touring again regularly.
1989: Dick Clark announced that he would no longer host ‘American Bandstand.’
1989: Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Nick of Time’ album is released. The album was ranked number 229 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It won Grammys for Album Of The Year (Bonnie Raitt, Don Was), Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (Bonnie Raitt) and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Nick of Time).
1991: Leo Fender, the inventor of The Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars died from Parkinson’s disease. He started mass producing solid body electric guitars in the late 40s and when he sold his guitar company in 1965, sales were in excess of $40 million a year.
1991: Smashing Pumpkins sign a record deal with Caroline Records/Virgin. The group started as a duo with guitarist Billy Corgan and bassist D’Arcy.
1992: Eric Clapton’s ‘Tears In Heaven’ (about his deceased son, Conner), peaks at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1992: Johnny & Edgar Winter performed together for the first time in 15 years at the Sting club in New Britain, CT.
1994: Bruce Springsteen took home a Best Original Song Oscar for ‘Streets of Philadelphia.’ The song appears in the film ‘Philadelphia’ starring Tom Hanks. The song goes on to win four Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo, and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.
1994: The Grateful Dead performed their last concert with Jerry Garcia in Cleveland, Ohio.
1994: Yes release their album ‘Talk.’ It peaks at #33 on Billboard’s 200 album chart.
1995: MTV airs Melissa Etheridge’s ‘Unplugged’ set. It includes a duet with Bruce Springsteen on ‘Thunder Road.’
1992: Johnny & Edgar Winter performed together for the first time in 15 years at the Sting club in New Britain, CT.
2000: Pantera released their 9th and final studio album, ‘Reinventing the Steel.’ The album reached #4 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2000: Dio released their 8th studio album, ‘Magica.’ The album marked the return of guitarist Craig Goldy and also featured Jimmy Bain on bass and Simon Wright on drums.
2000: Mr. Big released the album ‘Get Over It.’ It was their first studio album to feature guitarist Richie Kotzen.
2000: Kurt Cobain and Happy Monday’s singer Shaun Ryder both beat older stars such as Keith Richards and Keith Moon in a league of rock ‘n’ roll excess compiled by UK music weekly Melody Maker. Liam Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson all featured in the Top 10.
2002: John “Speedy” Keene, vocalist and drummer for Thunderclap Newman died at the age of 56. The band’s biggest hit came in 1969 with ‘Something In The Air.’
2003: Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry divorces his first wife, model Lucy Helmore, after 21 years, on grounds of adultery.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne was named the nation’s favorite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet earth. The 55-year-old singer came top of a poll as the face people want to represent them to alien life. The poll of internet users was carried out following the discovery of signs of water on Mars. Ozzy won 26 per cent of the vote. A spokesman for Yahoo! News said: “As the world waits desperately for signs of alien life, we decided to ask our users who they thought was best suited for this most auspicious of roles. Ozzy is a great choice but I’m not sure what the Martians would make of his individual approach to the English language.”
2005: MTV aired the final episode of ‘The Osbournes.’ Dr. Phil McGraw visited the family where he held a frank discussion about drug abuse & other issues.
2006: Three South African women whose father, Solomon Linda, wrote ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ in 1939, won a six-year court battle that gave them 25 per cent of all past and future royalties from the song. Linda who was a cleaner at a Johannesburg record company when he wrote the song, received virtually nothing for his work and died in 1962 with $25 in his bank account. The song had been recorded by Pete Seeger (as ‘Wimoweh,’) The Kingston Trio, The Tokens, Karl Denver and R.E.M. and was featured in the Disney film ‘The Lion King.’ It was estimated that the song had earned $15 million for its use in The Lion King alone.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers make their entire back catalog, from their self-titled 1984 debut to 2002’s ‘By the Way,’ available for purchase digitally in North America through iTunes. There are extra tracks, bonus videos and artwork.
2006: The Black Crowes release first-ever concert DVD, ‘Freak N’ Roll…Into the Fog,’ featuring two-and-a-half hours of footage recorded during the band’s August ’05 stint in San Francisco. It also includes behind-the-scenes clips.
2007: Paul McCartney officially becomes the first artist to sign with Starbucks’ Hear Music label (launched in partnership with Concord Records). The former Beatle states he has already started an album.
2008: Beach Boys founding members Mike Love and Al Jardine settle a lawsuit Love filed in 2003, claiming Jardine was touring under variations of the group name, to which Love owns the rights. The settlement leads to a reunion of the group in 2012 for their 50th anniversary.
2008: Kid Rock is accused of helping beat up three men outside a Hollywood bar in 2006. A lawsuit filed in L.A. contends the alleged victims were ‘assaulted and battered’ by Rock and others after asking for autographs. The plaintiffs, who also claim Rock’s party stole cameras and bags during the attack, seek a settlement worth at least $15 million.
2009: Guns N’ Roses reveal that guitarist Dj Ashba has replaced Robin Finck. “Dj’s a gifted, energetic guitarist that Guns N’ Roses is proud to have on board,” says singer Axl Rose in a statement.
2009: U2 went to #1 on the US album chart with ‘No Line on the Horizon,’ the bands 12th studio album.
2009: Disturbed’s ‘Music as a Weapon IV’ tour begins in Waterloo, IA. The group also introduces an Official Bootleg Series offering audio downloads of all of their tour performances. Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil are the opening acts.
2009: The Neil Young concert film ‘Trunk Show’ premieres at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. Directed by Jonathan Demme, the movie has footage from a pair of 2007 Philly shows.
2010: The CBS prime-time drama ‘Cold Case’ features only Pink Floyd songs.
2010: Phil Spector was allegedly beaten at the state prison in Corcoran, California, after mouthing off to another inmate. The 70 year old former record producer, who was jailed in 2009 for murdering actress Lana Clarkson, wound up with bruises, a black eye and lost a couple of teeth.
2011: Blues musician Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins dies at age 97.
2011: Canada’s Bryan Adams is the 2,435th star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. Adams’ star is placed in front of the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard.
2011: ‘Ladies and Gentleman: The Rolling Stones’ app is out. The video content includes footage filmed over four nights in Texas in during the band’s Exile on Main Street tour in 1972.
2011: A lost David Bowie album called ‘Toy,’ which went unreleased since 2001, mysteriously appeared on several file-sharing websites. The collection of mostly re-recorded tracks from Bowie’s early years, had been locked in a dispute with Virgin Records.
2012: Thanks to a price war between Google Play and AmazonMP3 digital stores Guns N’ Roses ‘Greatest Hits’ is on sale for 25 cents. The 85,000 copies purchased push the set to #3 on the Billboard 200 – behind One Direction and Adele.
2013: Led Zeppelin receives the inaugural International Lifetime Achievement Award at the Echo Awards in Berlin. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones are on hand to accept the trophy. The Echo Awards are presented by the German Phono Academy.
2013: ‘Ramones’, by the Ramones (1976), Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ (1973), and Big Brother & The Holding Company ‘Cheap Thrills’ (1968) are added to the Library of Congress’ national registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
2013: John Mayer hosts a Google+ hangout, an online virtual meeting place with his fans. The PR action of the pop-blues rocker is a historic precedent, in that this marks the first time such a big-name celebrity has made an exclusive appearance on Google+, a social network competitor to Facebook.
2014: A letter from John Lennon to producer Phil Spector written in the mid-70s (during Lennon’s “Lost Weekend”) sells at auction. It accuses Harry Nilsson and The Who’s drummer Keith Moon of urinating on a studio console.””Phil: Should you not yet know it was Harry and Keith who pissed on the console,” the letter begins. Lennon, facing expulsion from A&M Studio in Hollywood over the incident, produced Nilsson’s 1974 album, ‘Pussy Cats,’ which featured Moon. The letter is sold to a private collector.
2015: Former Adrenaline Mob drummer Mike Portnoy rejoins his former bandmates to perform a show in New Jersey following the sudden death of the group’s recent drummer AJ Pero from an apparent heart attack a day earlier.
2015: Robert Plant joins Jack White on stage for a version of Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Lemon Song’ during White’s headlining set at Lollapalooza Argentina.
2016: A rare Beatles record found in the loft of Les Maguire – the keyboardist in fellow Liverpool act, Gerry and the Pacemakers sold for £77,500 at auction. The 10-inch acetate of ‘Till There Was You’ and ‘Hello Little Girl’ from 1962 was described as “a Holy Grail item”. It was the first Beatles disc to be cut before the band broke into the national charts.
1955: At Memphis Recording Service (also home of Sun Records), Johnny Cash has his first session. With Luther Perkins on guitar and Marshall Grant on bass, Johnny sang five Country / Gospel numbers, of which ‘Mr. Porter’ was the only useable cut. Phillips tells Johnny to come back when he’s written a hit.
1956: Carl Perkins is seriously injured in a car accident near Dover, Delaware on his way to perform on NBC-TV’s Perry Como Show. He received a broken collarbone and a concussion in a car accident that killed his brother Jay. An eight seat Chrysler Imperial that was loaned to Perkins while he awaited delivery of his new Cadillac Sixty Special, plowed into the back of a pickup truck after his manager, Dick Stuart fell asleep. The accident also killed the local farmer who was driving the pickup and Perkins would spend several days in the hospital. This stymies promotion for his single ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ but the song still reaches #2 in May.
1957: Elvis Presley’s ‘All Shook Up’ b/w ‘That’s When Your Heartaches Begin’ 45 single is released. Elvis recorded the song at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. Take 10 was selected for release. In March the song enterred Billboard’s Top 100 Chart at #25. It topped the Hot 100 on April 13, staying there for 8 weeks, becoming his 2nd single to hit #1. It also peaked at #3 on the Country Charts. It is certified 2x platinum by the RIAA and was ranked #352 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It also became Presley’s first #1 single in the UK, staying there for 7 weeks. Sales of the song exceeded 2 million, and it was named Billboard’s Year End #1 song for 1957.
1963: The Beatles ‘Please Please Me’ debut album is released in the UK. The LP would reach the top spot in May and remained there for thirty weeks before being replaced by ‘With the Beatles.’ The collection, minus ‘Please Please Me’ and ‘Ask Me Why’ would be issued by Vee-Jay Records in North America on January 10th, 1964 as ‘Introducing… The Beatles.’
1965: The Beatles ‘The Early Beatles’ album is released in the U.S. It was more of an early compilation because all of the tracks had previously been featured on the early 1964 Vee-Jay release ‘Introducing…The Beatles.’ It was The Beatles’ 6th album on Capitol Records, and their 8th album for the American market.
1965: Who manager Kit Lambert receives a letter stating that their April 15th gig at the Locarno Ballroom, Swindon has been canceled because the promoter has had a lot of trouble lately and he feels that The Who are not the type of Group that would go well in his Ballroom. A copy of this document later appears included in the Live at Leeds album. The Who play that night at Parr Hall in Warrington, Lancashire.
1965: Bob Dylan’s 5th studio album ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ was released. The album was the first of Dylan’s LPs to break into the US top 10, and it also topped the UK charts later that Spring. The lead-off track, ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ became Dylan’s first single to chart in the US, peaking at #39. The album’s iconic cover, photographed by Daniel Kramer, features Sally Grossman, wife of Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman, lounging in the background. The artefacts scattered around the room include vinyl LPs by The Impressions and Robert Johnson.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at The Guildhall in Southampton, England.
1967: The Who play their first American live gig at New York’s Paramount Theater.
1968: The Grateful Dead performed at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Two days after their wedding in Gibraltar, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their “Bed-in,” inviting members of the media into their Amsterdam hotel room where they are promoting peace with songs, signs and dialogue. These events are outlined in the song ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko.’
1969: The Who’s ‘Pinball Wizard’ b/w ‘Dogs Part Two’ 45 single is released in the U.S. It reached #4 on the UK charts and #19 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at Mothers in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
1970: Joe Cocker performed at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
1970: The New York club Electric Circus is damaged by a bomb.
1970: Led Zeppelin played to a sold out crowd of 6,000 at the Seattle Arena in Seattle, Washington. Ticket prices ranged from $4-6.
1971: John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band ‘Power To The People’ b/w ‘Touch Me’ 45 single is released. It peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the British singles chart.
1971: At a truck stop in Jackson, Alabama, The Allman Brothers Band are arrested by state troopers and charged with marijuana and heroin possession after drugs are found in the back seat of the band’s car. It was their first bust all together, though a roadie had recently been shot off his motorcycle by two cops in another brush with the law. The charges were later reduced to disturbing the peace and the band paid over $5,000 in fines and expenses.
1972: Yes played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan
1973: King Crimson appeared at Town Hall in Leeds, England.
1974: King Crimson filmed at show at ORTF TV Studios in Paris.
1974: The Eagles release their 3rd studio album, ‘On the Border.’ It’s the first Eagles album to feature guitarist Don Felder. It reached #17 on the Billboar Top 200 Album Chart, and #28 on the UK Albums Chart. The single ‘Best of My Love’ hit #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary Chart in 1975.
1974: Ten Years After play their last gig at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1974: Frank Zappa’s 18th album, ‘Apostrophe (‘) is released. It reached #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. An edited version of its lead-off track, ‘Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow,’ was Zappa’s first chart single, reaching #86. It remains Zappa’s biggest commercial success in the US.
1975: Franki Valli returned to the US Top 40 for the first time in nearly seven years when ‘My Eyes Adored You’ went to #1, his first solo #1. The song was originally titled ‘Blue Eyes In Georgia’ by its writers, Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, but Valli altered the lyrics to suit himself.
1975: Led Zeppelin started a six week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Physical Graffiti,’ the group’s 4th U.S. #1 album. On its first day of release the album shipped a million copies – no other album in the history of Atlantic records had generated so many sales. ‘Physical Graffiti’ has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies. It stays at #1 until May 3rd when it’s replaced by ‘Chicago VIII.’
1975: The Rolling Stones went into the studio and began recording ‘Black and Blue.’
1975: Genesis played at the Salle d’Exposition in Annecy, France.
1976: Elvis Presley ‘The Sun Sessions’ is released, a compilation of Elvis Presley recordings at Sun Studios in 1954 and 1955.
1976: David Bowie performed at the Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1976: While campaigning for President, Jimmy Carter tells NARM (The National Association of Record Merchandisers) that he listened to Dylan, Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin while Governor of Georgia.
1976: Elvis Presley’s ‘The Sun Sessions’ compilation album is released. It includes all the master takes of Elvis’ 1954-55 recordings for Sun Records. It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP (#76) and Country LP (#2) Charts, and went to #16 on the UK Albums Chart.
1977: Aerosmith’s ‘Back In The Saddle’ b/w ‘Nobody’s Fault’ 45 single is released in the U.S. It’s the band’s 16th single, and it peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1978: The Police signed to A&M Records.
1978: A Beatles parody special called ‘The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash,’ airs on ABC. The special stars various members of the Monty Python troupe.
1980: Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’, started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart. It’s also #1 in the UK, Germany, Australia, Italy and in many other countries around the world. Pink Floyd received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group for the song, but lost to Bob Seger’s ‘Against The Wind.’ It’s a rare hit single for the band, whose only other Top 40 appearance is ‘Money,’ which hit #13 in 1973.
1980: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The Romantics’ ‘What I Like About You’ at #49, Journey’s ‘Anyway You Want It’ at #47, Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’ at #45, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ ‘Refugee’ at #15, Queen’s ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ at #3 and Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ at #1.
1982: Iron Maiden’s 3rd studio album, ‘The Number of the Beast’ is released. It’s their first album with Bruce Dickinson singing for them. It has been cited as one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time.
1982: The Beatles ‘Reel Music’ album is released, a compilation featuring a selection of songs by The Beatles that were featured in their films. It reached #19 on the Billboard 200 Top LP Chart. It was the first Beatles album released after John Lennon’s death.
1983: Iron Maiden released their 2nd live album, ‘A Real Live One.’
1984: Queen filmed the video for ‘I Want To Break Free’ at Limehouse Studio in London. Directed by David Mallet, it was a parody of the northern British soap opera ‘Coronation Street’ with the band members dressed in drag. Guitarist Brian May later said the video ruined the band in America, and was initially banned by MTV in the US.
1984: Bob Dylan and Liberace appear on Late Night With David Letterman. And no, they don’t perform together.
1984: Savatage release their ‘The Dungeons Are Calling’ EP.
1985: Alcatrazz’s only studio album with Steve Vai, ‘Disturbing the Peace,’ is released. The band’s 2nd studio album, Produced by Eddie Kramer, with the lead-off track, ‘God Blessed Video,’ would attract a whole new audience years later when it was included on the popular video game, ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.’ 1986: Armored Saint & Saxon played the California Theater in San Diego, CA.
1986: Dokken peak at #77 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘In My Dreams.’
1986: Heart enjoyed their first chart-topper with ‘These Dreams.’ The lyric is written by Bernie Taupin, who is Elton John’s songwriting partner. At #2 is another Rock ballad, ‘Sara’ by Starship. John Mellencamp’s ‘R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.’ holds the #5 spot.
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Shot In The Dark’ at #95 (debut), Dokken’s ‘In My Dreams’ at #77 (peak), Van Halen’s ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’ at #43, Rolling Stones’ ‘Harlem Shuffle’ at #31, Loverboy’s ‘This Could Be The Night’ at #11 and Heart’s ‘These Dreams’ at #1.
1986: Mark Dinning, who scored a U.S #1 hit in 1960 with ‘Teen Angel,’ died following a heart attack at the age of 52. The song had been written by his sister, Jeannie. Although he never had another hit, Mark continued performing throughout the 1960s, but felt his lack of success was because “groups were in and singles were out” once the British Invasion started. He died just after returning home from a club appearance in Jefferson City, Missouri.
1987: Anthrax’s 3rd studio album, ‘Among the Living’ is released. The cover shows an image of Henry Kane, a character in the film Poltergeist II: The Other Side, which the band finds terrifying. 1988: The Smithereens released their album ‘Green Thoughts.’
1989: After 33 years Dick Clark announces he’ll no longer host ‘American Bandstand.’
1989: White Zombie released their 2nd studio album, ‘Make Them Die Slowly.’
1992: Polygram Records officially announced that Tears For Fears had split up, Roland Orzabal continued using the name Tears For Fears.
1994: Ted Nugent recorded a public service announcement warning kids against inhaling aerosol spray cans.
1994: Pantera release their 7th album, ‘Far Beyond Driven’ .
1994: Dan Hartman died of an AIDS-related brain tumor in Westport, Connecticut. He was 43. Hartman was a singer, songwriter and producer who had also been a member of the Edgar Winter Group and wrote the band’s hit “Free Ride.” His biggest single was “I Can Dream About You,” which was featured on his album of the same name as well as the Streets of Fire soundtrack in 1984. Had the 1978 #1 dance hit ‘Instant Replay,’ wrote hits for others and collaborated with Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, Holly Johnson and Steve Winwood.
1994: The Smashing Pumpkins single ‘Disarm’ is released. Written by Billy Corgan, who considers it the most personally important song on the album ‘Siamese Dream.’ It is banned by the U.K.’s Top of the Pops T.V. show because of the lyric “cut that little child.” In the U.S., the track peaks at #5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
1994: Pantera’s 7th studio album, ‘Far Beyond Driven’ is released. It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 becoming the first Extreme-Metal album to top the chart. It is also the first album where Darrell Abbott is credited as ‘Dimebag Darrell’.
1996: Don Murray dies from post-operative complications for ulcer surgery. He was 50. Murray was the drummer in The Turtles.
1997: Paul McCartney’s birth certificate was sold to a Beatles memorabilia bidder for $84,146.
1997: Marilyn Manson severs an artery in his hand forcing the cancellation of another set of concerts.
2000: A fan fell 90 feet to his death during a Kiss concert at the Oakland Arena in California.
2000: In the presence of Angus Young, the Spanish town of Leganes unveiled a sign designating a street “Calle de AC/DC.”
2000: Yusuf Islam the former singer Cat Stevens joined the campaign to save the Section 28 ban on the promotion of homosexuality in UK schools. He praised peers for fighting the government’s plans to scrap Section 28.
2001: Earl Beal of the Philadelphia vocal group The Silhouettes died at the age of 76. The group topped the Billboard chart in 1958 with ‘Get A Job.’
2003: Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose sent Offspring a cease and desist letter after they announced plans to call their new record ‘Chinese Democrazy.’.
2004: A new book claimed that Elvis Presley’s ancestors came from a small village called Lonmay in the North East of Scotland. Author Allan Morrison said he’d found evidence that Elvis’s great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was married in the village 300 years ago.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne was voted the nation’s favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet Earth. The 55 year old singer topped a Yahoo poll as the face people wanted to represent them to alien life.
2004: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is charged with two counts of battery, more than three months after a New Year’s Eve scuffle with sheriff`s deputies at a Naples, FL, hotel. Deputies say the fight started when the guitarist`s son refused to get off the stage at The Ritz-Carlton, where the house band was performing. Lifeson tried to intervene when deputies escorted his son off the property.
2004: The Who’s Pete Townshend, appearing on a BBC documentary, says he considered suicide after his 2003 arrest on suspicion of possessing child pornography. He was eventually cleared of possessing pornographic images.
2004: A ‘serious’ bomb threat forces the cancellation of a Limp Bizkit concert in Katowice, Poland, just minutes before the band is scheduled to take the stage. The crowd exits without incident and frontman Fred Durst vows that “Bizkit will return to Poland.”
2005: ‘Nirvana-Nevermind,’ a documentary DVD on the making of the “Nevermind” album, is released. Bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl and producer, Butch Vig appear.
2005: Queens Of The Stone Age release their 4th album ‘Lullabies To Paralyze.’
2005: Overkill released the album ‘ReliXIV.’
2005: Billy Idol released his album ‘Devil’s Playground.’
2005: The Black Crowes reunite for five shows at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
2005: The soundtrack to the WB TV drama ‘Summerland’ is released. The set features Collective Soul and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Collective Soul contributes ‘General Attitude’ from their ‘Youth’ disc, while Shepherd offers up his hit ‘Alive.’
2005: Billy Idol’s first album of new material in twelve years, ‘Devil’s Playground’ is released.
2005: Rod Price, founding member of Foghat died after falling down a stairway at his home after suffering a heart attack. He was 57. Price was the original guitarist in Foghat, known as the “Slide King of Rock And Roll.” Price played on Foghat’s first ten albums.
2006: Aerosmith canceled their North American tour as Steven Tyler entered the hospital for throat surgery. A publicist denied the singer was suffering from throat cancer.
2007: Incubus put their European tour on hold and cancel a South American trek because guitarist Mike Einziger’s severe hand injury requires surgery.
2007: Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger reports that the band’s charity single ‘If Everyone Cared’ raised more than $200,000 for Amnesty International and International Children’s Awareness Canada.
2010: Them Crooked Vultures kick off a series of concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall to benefit Britain’s Teenage Cancer Trust. The Who and Noel Gallagher are among the acts who also take the stage during the week-and-a-half long fundraiser.
2011: Green Day’s ‘Awesome As F***,’ drops. The two-disc set (either CD and DVD or CD and Blu-ray) includes performances from the band’s ’09 -’10 world tour with portions filmed in Japan. It’s their first live release since ’05’s ‘Bullet In A Bible.’
2011: Soundgarden release their first live album, ‘Live On I-5’ (named after the West Coast interstate).
2011: The Foo Fighters play the first of two shows that raise over $1 million for victims of the Australian floods and New Zealand earthquakes. The show at the Auckland Town Hall is followed five days later by a performance at the Riverstage in central Brisbane.
2012: Paul McCartney announced that his 1971 album ‘Ram,’ which included the hit single “Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey”, had been re-mastered and would be re-released next May. Macca was quoted as saying “This is an album from a long, long time ago, when the world was different. It reminds me of my hippie days and the free attitude with which it was created.”
2013: A rare set of 61 black-and-white photos photographs taken at The Beatles’ 1965 concert at Shea Stadium are auctioned for approximately $46,700. Photographer Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get backstage.
2013: My Chemical Romance announces their breakup after 12 years as a band. “We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible,” reads a band statement. “We shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends.” Frontman Gerald Way adds that the band wanted to end it before moving in uncomfortable directions. However, just over a year later the group issues the single “Fake Your Death,” which they call their eulogy song.
2013: Pretty Maids released their13th studio album, ‘Motherland.’
2013: Depeche Mode released their 13th album, ‘Delta Machine.’
2015: ‘Inventory,’ a composition by Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe and Matthew Frain, a member of the Richmond Ballet in Richmond, VA debuts at Richmond’s dance fest.
2016: Smashing Pumpkins’ In Plainsong Tour, an “acoustic-electro evening” of music, kicks off in Portland, OR. Original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is in the line-up alongside guitarist Jeff Schroeder. Liz Phair serves as the opening act.
2016: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl posts an open letter asking local authorities in Cornwall, England to lift restrictions on a teen Metal band, Black Leaves Of Envy, who are deemed too loud to jam in a family garage. “I believe that in doing so, you will be sending a message that Cornwall is not only a home to music and the arts, but a place that encourages children to follow their dreams,” writes Grohl.
2016: A 10-inch vinyl record recorded by The Beatles in ’62 is bought by an anonymous British collector for $110,000. It features ‘Hello Little Girl,’ the first song John Lennon ever wrote.
2017: Former Boston drummer, 67-year-old Sib Hashian, collapsed and died on stage during a performance on a Caribbean cruise ship. The Legends Of Rock cruise also featured Sib’s old Boston bandmate Barry Goudreau, original Beach Boys star David Marks and Foreigner singer Lou Gramm.
1955: Elvis Presley auditions for Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts. He performs ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight.’ The scouts pass on Elvis preferring Pat Boone.
1956: Elvis Presley releases his self-titled debut studio album. It spent ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart in 1956, the first rock and roll album ever to make it to the top of the charts. In 2003, it was ranked #55 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1956: Fats Domino headlines the first day of a 3-day concert organized by the DJ Alan Freed in Hartford, Connecticut. Over the course of the shows, 11 fans are arrested by over-zealous police. It’s a litmus test for rock concerts and their effect on young people, as psychiatrist Francis Braceland testifies afterwards that rock music is “a communicable disease with music appealing to adolescent insecurity and driving teenagers to do outlandish things. It is cannibalistic and tribalistic.”
1963: The Beach Boys ‘Surfin’ USA’ peaks at #3 on the U.S. pop chart.
1964: Elvis Presley received his final discharge from the US Army Reserve. He had left active duty in February of 1960
1964: The Beatles ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’ b/w ‘Thank You Girl’ 45 single is released. It reached the #2 spot behind another Beatles song, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Cash Box chart. In the U.S., it was the most successful Beatles song on which Harrison sang lead vocal until “Something” peaked at #1 as part of a double-sided number one hit with ‘Come Together’ in 1969.
1964: The Beatles’ ‘Souvenir Of Their Visit To America’ is released. It was the first of three Beatles E.P.’s released in the United States and the only one released by Vee-Jay Records.
1964: The Duke of Edinburgh presents The Beatles with an award for Best Beat Group at the annual Carl-Alan Awards.
1964: John Lennon publishes ‘In His Own Write.’ The title was originally ‘In His Own Write and Draw’ (since it also contains sketches). The book becomes an instant best-seller.
1967: Jimi Hendrix hits the UK chart with ‘Purple Haze.’
1967: At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards for 1966: Best-selling British single ‘Yellow Submarine’, most-performed song ‘Michelle’, and next-most-performed song ‘Yesterday’. None of the Beatles attended and the winning songs were played by Joe Loss and his Orchestra. The lead vocal for ‘Michelle’ was sung by Ross MacManus, whose son would go on to become the professional musician Elvis Costello.
1968: Blue Cheer enter the Billboard Hot 100 for the first and only time with their Heavy Metal version of Eddie Cochran’s 1958 hit ‘Summertime Blues.’ The single would rise to #14 and helped push the album ‘Vincebus Eruptum’ to #11. Jim Morrison of The Doors called the trio “The single most powerful band I’ve ever seen.”
1969: The Rally for Decency in Miami attracted 30,000 people. The rally protested “longhairs and weird dressers” and later was commended by President Richard Nixon. Celebrities at the event included Kate Smith, Jackie Gleason, The Lettermen and orange juice pitchwoman and future anti-gay advocate Anita Bryant.
1970: Although The Beatles had abandoned the tracks originally cut for ‘Let It Be,’ their business manager Allen Klein invited Phil Spector to remix the recordings. Spector’s tampering with the original recordings further alienated Paul McCartney from the band.
1970: Leon Russell’s self-titled debut album was released. It reached #60 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, bolstered by the track ‘A Song For You.’
1972: Pink Floyd spent the first of eight days recording performances at Pompeii’s Roman Amphitheatre.
1972: The film of ‘The Concert For Bangla Desh’ featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton premiered in New York. The concert raises $250,000 (almost $1.5 million in today’s dollars) for Bangladesh relief, and becomes the first benefit concert of this magnitude in history, setting the template for many future philanthropic music campaigns.
1973: John Lennon was ordered to leave the U.S. within 60 days by the immigration authorities; he began a long fight to win his Green Card which he was given on July 27, 1976.
1973: Paul McCartney & Wings ‘My Love’ b/w ‘The Mess’ is released in the UK. It the most successful track from their 1973 album ‘Red Rose Speedway.’ McCartney wrote it about his feelings for his wife Linda, also in the band It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the UK Singles Chart. It also went to #1 on the Easy Listening chart for three weeks. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies. The song was recorded live with an orchestra at Olympic Studios. It contains a guitar solo by the Irish guitarist Henry McCullough, then part of the Wings line-up.
1973: Bruce Springsteen released his first single, ‘Blinded by the Light.’
1973: King Crimson released their 5th studio albu, ‘mLarks’ Tongues in Aspic.’ It reached #61 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It was the debut of King Crimson’s third incarnation, featuring original member and guitarist Robert Fripp and new members John Wetton (vocals, bass guitar), David Cross (violin, Mellotron), Jamie Muir (percussion), and Bill Bruford (drums), as well as lyricist Richard Palmer-James.
1973: Roxy Music’s ‘For Your Pleasure’ album is released. It reached #4 on the UK Albums chart, but only #193 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #394 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: Hall & Oates’ ‘She’s Gone’ peaks at #60 on the Hot 100. Later that year, a version by Tavares hits #50, and in 1976, the original goes to #7 when it is re-released. The duo were each dealing with girl problems when they wrote the song together.
1975: The Band appears at the Students Need Athletics Culture & Kicks (SNACK) benefit at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium. Proceeds go toward covering an education budget shortfall.
1976: Judas Priest’s release their 2nd album, ‘Sad Wings of Destiny.’ It was Judas Priest’s second and final studio record made while under contract with Gull Records, an independent UK company. Despite critical acclaim, the band was struggling financially due to lack of support from the label. Shortly after changing management, the band severed their ties with Gull and signed with Columbia Records. Consequently, Judas Priest lost all rights to the recordings on their first two albums and to all demo recordings made during the sessions while under contract with Gull. Sad Wings of Destiny was initially published and distributed by Janus Records in the United States.
1977: Elvis Presley performs at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. This was the first date of 49 date U.S. tour over three months and Presley’s last ever tour. His last ever show was on June 26, 1977 at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Indiana.
1978: Rolling Stone reported that Fleetwood Mac was working on plans to perform in Moscow. The group’s advisor Michael Shapiro said there was one small condition: “Everything of course, depends on world peace.”
1979: The ‘Van Halen II’ album is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1979: Van Halen’s ‘Dance the Night Away’ b/w ‘Outta Love Again’ 45 single was released.
1980: A gunman holds up Elektra Records in New York demanding to speak to Eagles or Jackson Browne. He gives up and leaves when told they live in California.
1980: U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get about $100,000 for their first album.
1980: Journey releases their 6th album, ‘Departure.’ It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The album includes ‘Any Way You Want It,’ the lead off track and top 25 single. The album would mark the last full time studio album appearance of founding member Gregg Rolie, who had become tired of life on the road and decided to leave the band after assisting in the selection of his replacement, Jonathan Cain, then of The Babys.
1982: Rick Springfield released his album ‘Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet.’ The album went platinum, and produced three top 40 singles; ‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’ (#2 for 4 weeks), ‘What Kind of Fool Am I’ (#21) and ‘I Get Excited’ (#32). ‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’ and ‘Calling All Girls’ also received Album Rock airplay, charting at #11 and #4 respectively.
1983: ZZ Top’s 8th studio album, ‘Eliminator’ is released. It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It ranked #396 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and was listed at #39 in The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80’s. The album was on the charts for over a year, and had huge hits with ‘Sharp Dressed Man,’ ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’ and ‘Legs.’
1985: Billy Joel married Christie Brinkley on a boat moored alongside the Statue Of Liberty. Her engagement ring was described as a diamond solitaire “the size of a sugar cube.” The pair would split in March of 1994.
1985: John Lennon’s son Julian gave his first concert in San Antonio, Texas. Over the next two years he would place four songs on the Hot 100, including ‘Valotte’ (#9) and ‘Too Late For Goodbyes’ (#5).
1985: John Fogerty went to #1 on theBillboard album chart with his 3rd solo LP, ‘Centerfield.’ Using over-dubbing, Fogerty played all of the instruments on every track. The RIAA has since certified the album Double-Platinum (2 million album sales) on the strength of the hit singles ‘The Old Man Down the Road,’ ‘Rock and Roll Girls’ and the title track.
1985: Dio peaks at #30 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart with ‘Hungry For Heaven’ .
1985: Journey’s peaks at #9 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘Only The Young’ from the ‘Vision Quest’ soundtrack. It stays 16 weeks on the chart
1985: Former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Centerfield.’
1987: Whitesnake release their ‘Is This Love’ single.
1988: In front of a crowd of 46,000 Mick Jagger makes his first onstage solo appearance in Japan. The Rolling Stones had previously been banned from the country by Japanese authorities.
1988: Fates Warning release their 4th studio album, ‘No Exit.’
1989: The Ramones release their 11th studio album, ‘Brain Drain.’
1990: Fleetwood Mac kicked off their ‘Behind The Mask’ world tour with 14 dates in Australian starting at the Boondall Entertainment Centre in Brisbane.
1991: Elton John joined George Michael on stage at London’s Wembley Arena for a duet on the 1974 hit ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.’ The ‘live’ version will be released as a single and would top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic next December. Michael will donate $500,000 from the royalties to various charities.
1993: Depeche Mode released their final album with Alan Wilder, ‘Songs of Faith and Devotion.’ It was also their last album to go to #1 in the U.S.
1997: U2 were at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Pop’ the bands 5th U.S. #1 album.
1998: Iron Maiden released their 11th studio album, ‘Virtual XI.’
1999: Quiet Riot released the album ‘Alive And Well.’ The band did a cover of AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’ for the album.
It was recorded following a reunion of the classic 80’s Quiet Riot lineup of Kevin DuBrow, Rudy Sarzo, Carlos Cavazo, and Frankie Banali. It includes a cover of ‘Highway to Hell’ by AC/DC.
2002: ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend of about 10 years, actress Charleen “Chuck” McCrory, get married in Houston.
2004: The Allman Brothers release their live album, ‘One Way Out.’
2004: A 14-track ‘Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits’ is released. Frontman Axl Rose did not sanction the track selection, which results in an online petition in protest. A suit filed by Rose and ex-bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan also fails to halt the album.
2004: Van Halen announces plans for a U.S. tour. They don`t have dates or venues, just a list of 11 cities they intend to visit. The group also fails to mention who the band’s singer will be. It ends up being Sammy Hagar.
2004: Triumph release their live album, ‘A Night Of Triumph.’
2006: A photographer files a complaint against Kid Rock. According to the charges, the shutter bug was beaten by Rock’s bodyguards a day earlier as he attempted to take a picture of the musician outside a Los Angeles hotel. The accuser further alleges that Rock took his camera before leaving the scene with his entourage.
2006: Tom Morello calls out numbers during the Rock-N-Roll Bingo charity event in Los Angeles. Proceeds benefit the South Central Farmers activist organization.
2007: The Spectrum Dance Theater debuts ‘Never-Mind,’ an interpretive dance program based on Nirvana’s music. The world premiere is in Seattle.
2007: Jackson Browne and Cars guitarist Elliot Easton perform at a benefit concert for L.A.’s Midnight Mission homeless shelter. The Malibu event is hosted by Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora.
2007: Ex-Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, former Deep Purple/Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner, Eddie Money and Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander participate in the Rock On Scramble & Jam benefit show in Fort Myers, FL. Proceeds go to the March of Dimes and the John Entwistle Foundation.
2007: Stone Sour headline the Jagermeister Music Tour. The first show is in St. Paul, MN.
2007: 30 Seconds To Mars’ ‘From Yesterda’ replaces Three Days Grace’s ‘Pain’ at the top of Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. Meanwhile, ‘From Yesterday’ sits just outside the Top 10 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks at #11.
2008: Jack Johnson was at N#1 on the U.S. album chart with his 5th album ‘Sleep Through The Static,’ the album spent three weeks at the top of the charts.
2008: Neil Aspinall, who ran the Apple Corps music empire for the Beatles from 1970 – 2007 died at a hospital in New York from cancer aged 66. A school friend of Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison, he was regarded by some of the band as the “fifth Beatle” becoming the Beatles’ road manager in 1961 before becoming their personal assistant. He led the legal battle with Apple computers over the use of the Apple name and a royalties dispute between the Beatles and record label EMI. Aspinall had also played background instruments on Beatles tracks including ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ ‘Within You Without You’ and ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite.’
2009: Paul McCartney joins the International Board of Advisors of the OneVoice campaign, which promotes Israeli-Palestinian peace. “(OneVoice representatives) told me that the vast majority of people in both societies are moderates and simply want a better life for their families,” explains McCartney. “This gave me great hope that, one day, people like them will help to bring about a peaceful resolution to the (area’s) troubles.”
2010: An Ask Billboard: Battle of The Rock Bands, Part 2 online survey picks Metallica over Guns N’ Roses. Metallica wins by 16 million votes.
2010: Jim Marshall dies in New York City. He was 74. Marshall’s iconic photographs graced more than 500 album covers and included classic shots like Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival. In 2014, Marshall was posthumously given a Trustees Award at the Grammys – the first photographer to receive one.
2011: During his Pittsburgh concert, Elton John pays tribute to late movie icon Elizabeth Taylor by dedicating ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On M'” to her on the night of her passing. Taylor, like John, was active in raising awareness (and money) to combat AIDS and HIV.
2011: The Who’s Pete Townshend told Britain’s Uncut magazine that he regretted ever forming the band. “What would I have done differently? I would never have joined a band. Even though I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration.”
2012: Ministry released the album ‘Relapse.’
2012: Iron Maiden released their 10th live album, ‘En Vivo!’
2013: The David Bowie Is exhibition opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum in central London. The four-month show displays Bowie’s stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, photography, films, music videos and set designs.
2014: Gwar frontman David Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) is found dead at his home in Virginia. Months later, the Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office concludes that Brockie died of an accidental heroin overdose. He was 50 years old.
2015: Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock released their 4th album, ‘Spirit on a Mission.’ It includes Herman Rarebell & Francis Buchholz.
2016: Metallica’s ’86 album ‘ Master Of Puppets’ is among 25 sound recordings selected for induction into the U.S. Library Of Congress National Recording Registry.
2018: The UK’s mighty Thunder release new CD/DVD, Stage.
2018: L.A. Guns’ release the live album, ‘Made In Milan.’
1945: Billboard published the first LP chart.
1958: 23 year old Elvis Presley is sworn in as Private 53310761 for a two year hitch in the U.S. army, where he would earn $78 per month. Accompanied by his parents and newspaper reporters from all over the world, Elvis answered an onslaught of nonsensical questions before summing up his feelings: “I simply want to be treated like all the other fellows.”
1962: The Beatles appeared at The Barnston Women’s Institute, admission was seven shillings and six pence, ($1.05).
1962: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first performed together as Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.
1963: The Beatles were the opening act for American Pop stars Chris Montez and Tommy Roe in the quartet’s hometown of Liverpool.
1965: Bill Wyman, bass player with The Rolling Stones is knocked unconscious when he gets a shock from a mic stand onstage during the first performance of the band’s tour in Odense, Denmark.
1965: The Beatles continued filming ‘Help’ at Twickenham Studios, England. They shot the interior temple scenes, including the one where they “dive through a hollow sacrificial altar and into water”. That scene was then cut to the swimming pool scene filmed in the Bahamas on February 23.
1966: The New York State Assembly made it illegal to sell bootleg recordings.
1966: The Beatles posed with mutilated and butchered dolls for the cover of the album, ‘Yesterday and Today.’ After a public outcry, the L.P. was pulled from stores and re-issued with a new cover that showed them sitting in and around a steamer trunk.
1968: As Janis Joplin’s solo career staggered along, the San Francisco Chronicle advised that she should “go back to Big Brother, if they’ll have her.”
1969: Sly & The Family Stone’s ‘Stand!’ b/w ‘I Want To Take You Higher’ 45 single is released. The b-side was also a hit single in 1969/1970. In 2004 the song was ranked #241 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1972: Slade released their 1st live album ‘Slade Alive!’
1973: Pink Floyd released ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’
1973: Alice Cooper went to #1 on the UK album chart with ‘Billion Dollar Babies.’ Also a #1 in the U.S.
1973: Led Zeppelin’s ‘Dancing Days’ premieres on the BBC. The song is the lead track from the group’s 5th album, ‘Houses Of The Holy.’
1973: During a show in Buffalo, NY, a fan bites Lou Reed on the butt. The assailant shouts “leather” before security hauls him away. Reed commented after the concert that the U.S. “seems to breed real animals.”
1975: Grand Funk ‘Bad Time’ b/w ‘Good And Evil’ 45 single is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June. Produced by Jimmy Ienner and arranged by Tony Camillo, it was the group’s 4th single to reach the Top 10, and was the band’s final Top 40 hit in the U.S.
1975: Led Zeppelin kick of a three night stint at The Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, CA. (March 24, 25 & 27) Ticket prices were $6.75,$7.75 & $8.75.
1975: Lynyrd Skynyrd release their 3rd studio album, ‘Nuthin’ Fancy.’ It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The single ‘Saturday Night Special’ made the Top 40, reaching #27 on the Hot 100.
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ b/w ‘Songbird’ 45 single is released. It was the 2nd single from the ‘Rumours’ album, and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week on June 18.
1978: British record labels are granted the right to seize bootleg recordings.
1979: Motörhead’s 2nd studio album, ‘Overkill’ is released. It reached #24 on the UK Album Chart. Kerrang! MAgazine listed the album at #46 among the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time.
1980: The Beatles ‘Rarieties’ is released. A compilation album by The Beatles featuring a selection of songs by The Beatles, it reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1982: The Talking Heads release their first live album, ‘The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads.’ It reached #31 on the Billboard 200 Top Album Chart, and went to #22 on the UK Albums Chart. 1983: Armored Saint, Malice and Black & Blue played The Country Club in Reseda, CA.
1984: Kurt Jefferies wins MTV’s ‘Lost Weekend With Van Halen’ promotion. He is never the same again.
1984: Warlock released their debut album ‘Burning The Witches.’ The first nucleus of the band was formed under the name “Snakebite” in Düsseldorf, West Germany in 1980.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Scorpions’ ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ at #83 (debut), Bon Jovi’s ‘Runaway’ at #50, Billy Idol’s ‘Rebel Yell’ at #46, Phil Collins’ ‘Against All Odds’ at #12, and Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ at #1.
1986: Van Halen released their 7th studio album, ‘5150,’ the band’s first recording with new singer Sammy Hagar. Produced by Mick Jones (Foreigner) and recorded at Eddie Van Halen’s home studio, the set goes to #1 on the Billboard album chart, spending 3 weeks on top. 1986: Armored Saint and Saxon played the Antelope Valley Fair Centre Hall
1986: Loudness release their 6th studio album, ‘Lightning Strikes’ in Japan.
1986: The Rolling Stones released their 18th British and 20th American album, ‘Dirty Work.’ It reached #4 on both the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and UK Album Chart.
1988: Riot released the album ‘Thundersteel.’
1988: Frehleys Comet released the album ‘Second Sighting.’ ‘Dancin’ With Danger’ is a cover version of a song recorded by the band Streetheart which featured future Loverboy members Paul Dean and Matt Frenette.
1990: Alannah Myles takes ‘Black Velvet’ to #1. The song references Elvis Presley.
1991: The Black Crowes were booted off the ZZ Top tour after Chris Robinson dissed Miller Beer, the sponsors of the tour.
1992: Slik Toxik released the album ‘Doin’ The Nasty.’ The album won the 1993 Juno Award for Best Rock Album of the Year.
1996: The Oasis album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ peaks at #4 on the U.S. album chart. It goes on to sell seven million copies worldwide.
1997: U.D.O. released their 5th studio album, ‘Solid.’ Former Accept drummer Stefan Kaufmann joined U.D.O. as a guitar player on this album.
1998: Journey release ‘Greatest Hits Live.’ It spends 7 weeks on Billboard’s 200 album chart.
2000: A film company paid £635,000, ($1,079,500) for over nine hours of film shot during the 1970’s by Yoko Ono. The film contained shots of Lennon smoking hash and talking about his political beliefs.
2000: Sir Elton John’s ‘Aida’ opened on Broadway. It took Elton 21 days to write the music and five years to make the production.
2000: Jack and Meg White of The White Stripes get divorced not long after releasing their second album, ‘De Stijl.’ Despite the split, the band stays together until 2011.
2001: Duane Allman Boulevard is dedicated in Macon, Georgia, near where he died at age 24 in a motorcycle crash on October 29, 1971.
2001: Sammy Hagar and his wife, Kari, welcome their second child, Samantha Pastel Hagar, in a Northern California hospital.
2002: Randy Newman, who had been previously nominated 15 times, finally won his first Oscar for ‘If I Didn’t Have You,’ from the animated feature ‘Monsters Inc. ‘
2003: Ex-Van Halen singer David Lee Roth started a fill-in job as a morning DJ in L-A for a week.
2003: Linkin Park’s ‘Meteora’ debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
2004: A Los Angeles judge grants Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland permission to take a nine-hour break from drug rehab to shoot a video for ‘Slither,’ the first single from the band’s debut album, ‘Contraband.’
2005: Anthrax announced they were reforming with their ‘Among the Living’ line-up for a tour.
2005: Rod Price, a founding member of Foghat, died after falling down a stairway at his home. The 57 year old guitarist was with the band for three Platinum and eight Gold records, including their highest charting U.S. single ‘Slow Ride’ in 1976.
2006: Rage released the album ‘Speak Of The Dead.’
2006: Doro released her 10th studio album, ‘Warrior Soul.’
2006: ‘Stoned,’ a film based on the 1969 death of original Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, gets its U.S. premiere at select theaters in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley, CA. Songs by Jefferson Airplane, Traffic and the Small Faces, as well as cover versions of Stones tunes, are featured in the movie.
2006: Graham Nash and former Buffalo Springfield bassist Jim Messina perform a benefit show for the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Hermosa Beach, CA. The acoustic concert is part of the environmental organization’s Watershed Expo 2006 educational conference.
2007: Australia’s Jet launch a five-week North American tour in support of their ‘Shine On’ album. The first show is in Homestead, FL.
2007: Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland and his wife, Mary, trash a room at Graciela luxury hotel. The Burbank establishment considers pressing charges. Later that day, Mary is arrested for torching her husband’s wardrobe in front of their Toluca Lake home. Later, Mary blames her bipolar disorder for the incidents. “The weekend’s difficulties were brought on by a reaction to an imbalance in (my) medications,” she explains in a statement. “Reports that we were fighting are untrue. Scott was simply trying to help calm me down.”
2007: Paul McCartney receives the Wyler Award for his animal-rights activism at the Humane Society of the United States’ 21st Genesis Awards in Beverly Hills, CA.
2008: During a North American tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.
2008: R.E.M.’s ‘Accelerate’ album is streamed in its entirety via the online social music service iLike. The album is streamed for three days. The CD comes out a week later.
2008: Scott Weiland confirms his intention to leave Velvet Revolver after their European trek.
2008: The Smashing Pumpkins file a breach-of-contract lawsuit in Los Angeles against their former label Virgin Records. The band claims Virgin ‘irreparably harmed the group’ by illegally authorizing the use of the Pumpkins’ music and image for a joint promotional campaign by Amazon.com and PepsiCo. “It’s a frustrating situation, honestly, to be treated so poorly by a label where we had so much success,” says frontman Billy Corgan.
2008: Jimi Hendrix’s estate has wins a summary judgment in the U.K. against The Times of London. Experience Hendrix and a co-claimant sued The Times for using a live Jimi Hendrix Experience recording as a CD insert in a September 2006 edition of the newspaper. The London court determines that the newspaper didn’t establish sufficient rights to the recording.
2008: Neal Aspinall, The Beatles’ road manager, friend and business partner, dies in New York at age 66 after an apparent battle with lung cancer. Aspinall grew up with Paul McCartney and George Harrison and helped oversee its Apple Corps company until his 2007 resignation.
2009: Prince launches Lotusflow3r.com, which for $77 subscriptions, offers access to his videos and music. It shuts down after a year.
2009: Tom Morello’s Justice Tour starts in Seattle. Members of Velvet Revolver, System Of A Down, Slipknot and Soundgarden are among the guests. The trek raises money for various anti-poverty organizations. “The model of the Justice Tour is simple,” says Morello. “Feed the poor. Fight the power. Rock the f**k out.” The other two tour stops are S.F and L.A.
2009: The prosecutor in the Phil Spector murder retrial told the jury he was a “demonic maniac” when he drinks and “a very dangerous man” around women. Deputy District Attorney Truc Do urged jurors to find the music producer guilty of murdering Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. During her closing argument, she also accused Mr Spector of demonstrating a “conscious disregard for human life”.
2009: Raven released their 12th album, ‘Walk Through Fire.’
2009: Papa Roach’s release their ‘Metamorphosis’ album.
2009: Mastodon release their ‘Crack The Skye’ album.
2010: Bon Jovi plays a special show for fans of the defunct Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League team at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. Jon Bon Jovi, the team’s majority owner, promised a free show if the Soul didn’t win a championship in 2009 but the league folded before the season. Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was a minority owner.
2010: Sheryl Crow performs at the Starbucks shareholders meeting in Seattle. She confesses to being a “Starbucks groupie.”
2010: 24/7 Wall Street names U2’s Bono the “Worst Investor in America” due to his involvement with Elevation Partners, “arguably the worst run institutional fund of any size in the United States” according to the site. Bono is one of the five members of the firm’s investment team which made a series of bad investments including the Palm mobile device.
2010: Johnny Maestro died of cancer at the age of 70. He was the lead singer for The Crests on their seven Top 40 records, including the 1959, #2 hit ‘Sixteen Candles.’ He also led The Brooklyn Bridge to #3 with ‘The Worst That Could Happen’ in 1969.
2011: Roger Daltrey gives a one-night performance of The Who’s ‘Tommy’ at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Daltrey’s show is part of the Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual week of music and comedy benefit performances.
2012: Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir teams up with members of The National (Aaron Dessner, Scott and Bryan Devendorf) for a night of music and voter education at Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA. The Bridge Session, a live webcast, has music and a political discussion.
2013: Black Crowes return from the self-imposed ‘indefinite hiatus’ when they launch a week-long U.K. tour in Manchester.
2013: Stevie Nicks appears on ‘Oprah’s Master Class.’ Nicks offers some useful advice to the cable show’s viewers. “If you’re gonna start doing coke, save your money because it’s gonna cost you $50,000 to go to rehab.”
2013: Pictures of The Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium concert, taken by an amateur photographer who bluffed his way backstage, sold for £30,000 at auction. Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get next to the stage for the historic New York show. His 61 black and white images with copyright fetched £30,680, the successful bidder was a South American gentleman currently living in Washington who is a huge collector of Beatles memorabilia.
2014: Magnum released their 18th studio album, ‘Escape from the Shadow Garden.’
2015: Stevie Nicks is honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore 33rd Annual Awards Dinner. Nicks holds the USO record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting combat-wounded service members. She also wrote the song ‘Soldier’s Angel’ after visiting recovering vets.
2015: Van Halen announce their 2015 summer tour and upcoming Jimmy Kimmel appearance.
2015: Albums by The Doors, Steve Martin and Sly And The Family Stone were selected for inclusion into America’s Library of Congress National Recording Registry. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ by The Righteous Brothers, ‘Sixteen Tons’ by Tennessee Ernie Ford and ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E. King were also chosen.
2017: Steel Panther release their album, ‘Lower The Bar.’
2017: Art Of Anarchy release their album, ‘The Madness.’
2017: Pete Shotton, a former member of John Lennon’s pre-Beatles group The Quarrymen, passed away at the age of 75. In 1956, Lennon formed a Skiffle group named after Quarry Bank High School, and Shotton joined on percussion, playing a washboard. He left shortly after Lennon met Paul McCartney because they were moving more towards Rock ‘n’ Roll, thus negating the need for a washboard.
1955: The movie ‘Blackboard Jungle’ is released, giving new exposure to the song ‘Rock Around The Clock,’ which is featured in the film. A few months later, the song becomes the first ever #1 rock song.
1956: Alan Freed’s 3-day Rock n’ Roll Show in Hartford, Connecticut, concludes after several arrests. Hartford Institute of Living psychiatrist Dr. Francis Braceland claims “Rock n’ Roll is a communicable disease driving teenagers to do outlandish things. It’s cannibalistic and tribalistic.”
1957: Elvis Presley buys the Graceland Mansion in Memphis for $102,500.
1958: Having been sworn in as Private 53310761 the previous day Elvis Presley received the regulation short back and sides haircut from army barber James Peterson. Presley would earn $78 per month as an army private.
1958: Buddy Holly appeared at The Gaumont Theatre in London, the final date on his only UK tour. Also on the bill was Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, Des O’Connor, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra.
1960: Roy Orbison records ‘Only The Lonely.’
1960: Ray Charles updates Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Georgia On My Mind,’ a song that first became a #10 hit for Frankie Trumbauer in 1931. Charles’ version will become his 5th Billboard Pop chart hit and his first #1 next November.
1961: Elvis Presley performs at the Block Arena in Pearl Harbor. The benefit show (for the USS Arizona) is Elvis’ last live performance for over seven years.
1963: The Beach Boys ‘Surfin’ USA’ album is released.
1963: Johnny Cash records one of his biggest Pop hits, ‘Ring Of Fire,’ which will climb to #17 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Country Chart. The song was written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore and was originally recorded by June’s sister, Anita Carter. When her version failed to become a hit, Johnny added the mariachi-style horns and changed a few of the words. Four years later, Johnny and June were married.
1964: The Beatles made their debut on UK TV show ‘Top Of The Pops’ singing ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That.’ The show had been recorded on March 19th.
1965: Jeff Beck joined The Yardbirds and would later help record the hits, ‘Heart Full of Soul’ and ‘Shapes of Things’ before leaving in the Fall of 1966. Jimmy Page had also joined the band, but The Yardbirds would split up in 1968. Page then re-shaped the group to form The New Yardbirds, later renaming them Led Zeppelin.
1965: The Yardbirds release ‘For Your Love,’ which will reach #3 in the UK and #6 in the U.S. Organist Brian Auger was hired to play keyboards on the track, but when he arrived at the recording studio there was no organ, or even a piano there. All that could be found was a two-tiered harpsichord on which Auger improvised the now familiar intro. After the session he wondered, “Who in their right mind is going to buy a Pop single with harpsichord on it.”
1966: At a photo session in Bob Whitaker’s studio in London, The Beatles posed in white coats using sides of meat with mutilated and butchered dolls for a publicity photo that is used by Capitol in America for the cover of the Beatles’ next American album, ‘Yesterday And Today.’ After a public outcry, the LP was pulled from stores and re-issued with a new cover, making the original an instant collector’s item. The total cost to Capitol to replace the cover and promotional materials was $250,000, wiping out their initial profit. At the time, some of the Beatles defended the use of the Butcher photograph. Lennon said that it was “as relevant as Vietnam” and McCartney said that their critics were “soft.” However, this opinion was not shared by all band members. George Harrison said in The Beatles Anthology that he thought the whole idea “was gross, and I also thought it was stupid. Sometimes we all did stupid things thinking it was cool and hip when it was naïve and dumb; and that was one of them.”
1966: The Who play the Corn Exchange in Hertford, England.
1966: The Yardbirds ‘Shapes Of Things’ b/w ‘New York City Blues’ 45 single is released.
1967: Buffalo Springfield peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘For What It’s Worth,’ which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1967: The Turtles begin a three week run at #1 with ‘Happy Together.’ The song, written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, two former members of a band called The Magicians, had been rejected a dozen times before it was offered to The Turtles.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Gliderdrome Bingo Hall in Boston, Lincolnshire, England. The building was originally an open air skating rink. A roof was added just after the outbreak of World War II. The Gliderdrome was destroyed by fire on in May of 1959, but the “new” Glider was opened within a year on Wednesday, January 27, 1960.
1967: The Doors debut album, featuring ‘Light My Fire.’ enters the Billboard Hot 200 chart. The LP had been released during the first week of January and would end up leading Billboard for three weeks and Cashbox for a week.
1967: The Who and Cream made their U.S. concert debuts at the RKO 58th Street Theatre in New York City as part of a multi-artist extravaganza promoted by DJ Murray the K.
1967: The Rolling Stones licked off a three-week European tour in Orebro, Sweden. Arriving in Copenhagen for the tour the group were delayed after customs officers search all their luggage for drugs.
1967: Pink Floyd played three gigs in 24 hours. The appeared at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England, then the New Yorker Discotheque in Swindon and then played at the Shoreline Club in Bognor Regis (in the early hours March 26).
1967: The Beatles perform ‘All You Need Is Love’ during a global satellite broadcast.
1968: The 58th and final episode of ‘The Monkees’ TV series was broadcast in the U.S.
1969: John and Yoko invited the world’s press into their hotel suite at the start of a week long “Bed-In” at the Amsterdam Hilton. The couple invited the world’s press into their hotel room every day, to talk about promoting world peace.
1969: Roy Orbison marries his second wife, 19-year-old Barbara Jakobs, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Barbara would go on to manage Roy’s career and following his death in 1988, took charge of his business affairs. Sadly, she would die from pancreatic cancer at the age of 61 on December 6, 2011, 23 years to the day after her husband’s death. .
1969: Yes appeared at Madam Toussauds Hall Of Kings in London.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at the Denver Coliseum in Denver, Colorado.
1970: Band of Gypsys (Jimi Hendrix) ‘Band of Gypsys’ live album is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s Chart and at #6 on the UK Top Albums Chart. It was recorded over two nights (Dec. 31, 1969 and Jan. 1, 1970) at the Fillmore East.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s ‘Deja Vu’ album goes gold.
1971: Grand Funk Railroad played at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the O’Shaughnessy Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1971: New York radio station WNBC banned the song ‘One Toke Over the Line’ by Brewer and Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country follow suit, but the record still makes it to Billboard’s #10.
1972: America started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with their debut hit ‘Horse With No Name.’
1972: Deep Purple’s 6th studio album, ‘Machine Head’ is released. The album reached #7 in the U.S., remaining on the Billboard 200 for 118 weeks.
1972: The Kinks ‘The Kink Kronikles’ compilation album is released. It reached #94 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #231 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1973: King Crimson performed at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
1973: Roxy Music appeared at Festival Hall in Torbay, England.
1974: Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple for the first time, in Paris.
1974: Rolling Stone reports that concerts by Yes, Gregg Allman, and the Beach Boys have all been hit by streakers, no doubt inspired by Ray Stevens’ #1 hit ‘The Streak.’
1974: KISS performed at the Bayou Theater in Washington D.C.
1974: Gregg Allman himself performs the last date of a solo tour. To reassure the audience that the Allman Brothers Band are not splitting up, the entire band comes out and performs a 90-minute encore.
1974: Gordon Lightfoot ‘Sundown’ b/w Too Late For Prayin’ 45 single was released. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100and Easy Listening Charts, and #13 on the Hot Country Singles Chart.
1975: Aerosmith played at the War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It’s the first concert on their 63-date North American ‘Toys In The Attic’ tour.
1976: David Bowie and Iggy Pop are busted for marijuana possession in Rochester, NY. Bowie pleads not guilty. The charges are eventually dropped.
1976: The Talking Heads begin a series of shows as the headliner at CBGBs in New York. They had regularly played the venue as an opener.
1976: Paul McCartney & Wings 5th album, ‘Wings at the Speed of Sound’ is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for seven weeks throughout the summer of 1976 (and blocking the Beatles’ then-new compilation Rock ‘n’ Roll Music, which reached #2), and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart.
1976: Jackson Browne’s first wife, Phyllis, commits suicide less than a year after they were married. Much of the music on Browne’s album, ‘The Pretender’ displays the sense of despair at her death.
1977: After a decade of having only local success in the Michigan area, 33 year old Bob Seger gets his big break. His 7th album, ‘Night Moves’ goes Platinum on the strength of three Top Forty hits: ‘Night Moves,’ ‘Mainstreet’ and ‘Rock and Roll Never Forgets.’
1977: Elvis Costello released his debut single ‘Less Than Zero,’ which fails to chart.
1978: One of the greatest covers in Rock history, Van Halen’s take on the Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’ doesn’t do much damage on the Top 40, only reaching #36.
1978: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You’ at #48, Eddie Money’s ‘Baby Hold On’ at #46, Styx’s ‘Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)’ at #41 and Van Halen’s ‘You Really Got Me’ at #36 (peak).
1978: ’20 Golden Greats by Buddy Holly and The Crickets’ went to #1 on the UK album chart, giving Holly his first ever chart topping, LP almost 20 years since his first release in 1959.
1978: Kansas performed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1979: Van Halen kicked off their first headlining tour as the ‘World Vacation’ tour hit Selland Arena in Fresno, CA.
1980: The Police are the first Western Rock group to play Bombay (now Mumbai), India.
1980: Judas Priest release their classic ‘British Steel’ album.
1980: Scorpions release their ‘Animal Magnetism’ album.
1980: Triumph release their 4th studio album, ‘Progressions of Power.’
1981: Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a dove at a press conference in L.A., claiming it was a rubber one and the whole legend is born.
1981: Rush appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1982: The Police performed at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
1985: Prince wins a Best Original Song Score Oscar for the film ‘Purple Rain.’
1985: The Power Station’s self-titled debut album is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #12 on the UK Albums chart.
1986: Guns N’ Roses signed a world-wide deal with Geffen Records, after the A&R rep sees them just once. He tells other agents the band is terrible so he can close the deal. Chrysalis Records has a chance to sign the band, but loses out when their A&R rep (female) refuses to walk down Sunset Boulevard naked (an Axl request). The Gunners receive a $75,000 advance and their 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction, sells more than 28 million copies worldwide.
1988: Krokus released their 10th studio album, ‘Heart Attack.’ The album featured the return of original Krokus founding member Chris von Rohr.
1989: Mike + The Mechanics’ sentimental ‘The Living Years’ is the #1 pop song. The ‘Mike’ in the group is guitarist Mike Rutherford of Genesis fame.
1989: Fire destroyed a recording studio on Chuck Berry’s farm at Wentzville, Missouri. Among the items lost was a tape containing 13 unreleased Berry songs.
1990: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson wins a Golden Raspberry award for ‘Worst Original Song’ for ‘Bring Your Daughter…to the Slaughter’ from ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child’ movie.
1990: Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee is arrested for mooning the audience during a gig in Augusta, GA. Lee is charged with “Indecent Exposure/Live Sexually Explicit Act” and fined $1,647. The arresting officer tells the Augusta Chronicle that Lee, “…could not have been a nicer guy, and the entire group was extremely cordial and even thanked us for doing our jobs!”
1991: Sepultura released their 4th studio album, ‘Arise.’ The album peaked at #119 on the Billboard chart.
1993: The Grateful Dead performed at the Dean Smith Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
1995: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder was rescued after a riptide carries him 250 feet offshore in New Zealand.
1997: George Thorogood & The Destroyers released their 10th studio album, ‘Rockin’ My Life Away.’
1997: GWAR released the album ‘Carnival Of Chaos.’ It was the last Gwar album to feature Peter Lee as Flattus Maximus.
1997: Queensryche released the album ‘Hear In The Now Frontier.’ It peaked at #19 on the Billboard chart and would be their last album with original guitarist Chris DeGarmo in the lineup.
1999: Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan performs with his dad (Billy Corgan Sr.) at a benefit for Chicago’s Next Street program which helps homeless teens.
2001: Bob Dylan earns an Oscar for his song ‘Things Have Changed’ from the film ‘Wonder Boys.’
2002: Bono from U2 made a appearance at the air rage trial of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, telling the court ‘I came to court because Peter is actually famously know for being a peaceable person. I once had to twist his arm to get him to a boxing match’. Buck was later cleared of all charges. He had been accused of attacking two cabin staff and covering them in yogurt, knocking over a trolley and trying to steal a knife. Buck did not deny his behavior but claimed a Zolpiden sleeping pill reacted violently with alcohol, turning him into a “non-insane automaton”.
2002: Iron Maiden release their 5th live album, ‘Rock In Rio,’ recorded on their 2001 ‘Brave New World’ Tour.
2003: Liv Tyler the daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven married Royston Langdon from Spacehog.
2003: George Thorogood & The Destroyers released their 12th studio album, ‘Ride ‘Til I Die.’
2003: Overkill released their 12th full-length studio album, ‘Killbox 13.’
2004: MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball Tour featuring Drowning Pool and Damageplan kicks off in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
2004: ‘Suspicion,’ the final ever episode of ‘The Chris Isaak Show, an adult comedy starring Chris Isaak, airs on Showtime.
2005: Beck’s ‘E-Pro’ tops Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart ending Green Day’s 16 week run with ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.’
2005: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze broke out while they were sleeping. The couple were roused by a fire alarm and ran to safety in the garden, rescuing their pets as they escaped. This is the same estate where Ozzy nearly killed himself in a quad bike accident two years earlier. The mansion was also robbed in 2004.
2006: Tom Morello (under the Nightwatchman moniker) performs at a benefit concert in San Francisco to aid the Doe Family Legal Fund, which supports a group of protesters suing San Francisco law officers over an alleged ’04 police-brutality incident.
2007: Flyleaf’s first U.S. headlining trek, the Justice & Mercy tour, starts in Memphis.
2007: Modest Mouse’s ‘We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank’ goes to the top of the album chart selling nearly 129,000 copies in its first week. The set features the guitar work of former Smiths’ guitarist, Johnny Marr.
2007: Elton John spends his 60th birthday performing his 60th show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The concert opens with an introduction by former President Bill Clinton. Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin join John onstage.
2008: P.O.D. kick off a tour of Hard Rock Cafes to promote their album ‘When Angels & Serpents Dance.’
2008: The Raconteurs release ‘Consolers Of The Lonely.’ It’s available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download. The video for the lead single, ‘Salute Your Solution,’ is also released.
2008: Richie Sambora was arrested in California on suspicion of drink driving. The 48 year-old Bon Jovi guitarist was arrested after a police officer noticed his black Hummer weaving in traffic lanes in Laguna Beach. He was ordered to appear in court on one count of driving under the influence.
2008: Guns N’ Roses sign with Geffen Records, after the A&R rep sees them just once. He tells other agents the band is terrible so he can close the deal. Chrysalis Records has a chance to sign the band, but loses out when their A&R rep (female) refuses to walk down Sunset Boulevard naked (an Axl request). The Gunners receive a $75,000 advance and their 1987 debut album, ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ sells more than 28 million copies worldwide.
2008: B-52s release ‘Funplex,’ their first album of original material in 16 years.
2008: Songs by Theory Of A Deadman, Airbourne and Saliva (with Shinedown singer Brent Smith) are released on the ‘WWE: The Music, Vol. 8’ compilation. The tunes serve as entrance music for some of the wrestling organization’s stars.
2009: The Green Day documentary, ‘Heart Like A Hand Grenade’ premieres in Hollywood. The film “offers an intimate look (at) the band recording their album ‘American Idiot’, art house style.” The long delayed project is directed by indie filmmaker John Roecker (Live Freaky! Die Freaky!).
2009: Prince opens his new $77 subscription website Lotusflow3r to the public. Unfortunately, eager fans are greeted by a host of problems including bandwith issues and confusion on how to even get to the site’s subscription page.
2009: Slash makes a surprise visit to an East Los Angeles middle school. He’s there on behalf of the Little Kids Rock organization, which promotes music education for children. Slash sits for a Q&A session before playing GN’R’s classic ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ with a group of students. Four Slash autographed acoustic guitars are donated to the school.
2010: Kings Of Leon set a record for downloads in the U.K. They move more than 250,000 copies of their ’08 album ‘Only By The Night.’
2010: Frontman Liam Gallagher’s clothing line, Pretty Green, a collection of T-shirts, jeans and footwear, is available online in the U.S. Meanwhile, estranged brother, guitarist Noel, plays his first solo concert since Oasis’ 2009 implosion. The London’s Royal Albert Hall show (with a second the following evening) benefits Teenage Cancer Trust.
2010: Axl Rose’s former managers file a $1.9 million lawsuit that claims the Guns N’ Roses leader reneged on an 2008 verbal agreement. The dollar amount represents 15 percent of an estimated $12 million GN’R earned from Southeast Asia, Canada and South America tours.
2011: ‘Songs For Japan’ is released. Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, U2, R.E.M., Bon Jovi and Elton John donate tracks to the album for Japan Disaster Relief. Two weeks earlier (3/11), the country suffered a horrific earthquake, tsunami and massive nuclear power plant radiation (caused by the earthquake).
2011: Bret Michaels files a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Tony Award Productions and CBS, blaming them for his 2010 brain hemorrhage. A backdrop fell on Michaels after a performance at the 2009 Tony Awards. The incident left him with a broken nose and a split lip. Michaels claims that he was not properly advised on how to exit the stage.
2013: Iron Maiden release the expanded ‘Maiden England ’88.’
2014: KISS make the cover of the Rolling Stone (magazine) for the first time. The ongoing feud between original KISS members, in advance of their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction, lands them on the cover for the very first time.
2014: A little over a year after disbanding, My Chemical Romance issue their greatest hits compilation, ‘May Death Never Stop You,’ featuring the single ‘Fake Your Death,’ which they call their eulogy song.
2014: Asia released their 14th studio album, ‘Gravitas.’
2015: Radiohead’s OK Computer’ and The Doors’ self-titled ’67 debut are selected, as seminal works, for inclusion into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
2015: Ringo Starr told Rolling Stone magazine that The Beatles would have gotten back together at some point if John Lennon and George Harrison had lived. “We still had the songs and we still could play. We could have put it together…Of course, it’s ended now. John and George are gone.”
2016: Asking Alexandria release their album ‘The Black.’
2016: Metal Church release their album ‘XI.’ The band’s 11th studio release also marks the return of vocalist/frontman Mike Howe. It was the band’s first album with Howe in 23 years.
2016: The Rolling Stones give a free concert in Havana, Cuba. They are are the biggest act to perform there since Cuba’s communist revolution in ’59. The Stones spend around $7 million to finance the trip.
2016: Judas Priest released the live album ‘Battle Cry.’
2016: Amon Amarth released the album ‘Jomsviking.’ The album peaked at #19 on the Billboard charts and was produced by Andy Sneap.
2017: Imagine Dragons begin a 29-week run at #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart with ‘Believer.’
2017: Having announced they are ‘retiring’ after their current tour, Yellowcard play what they say is their final concert. It’s in Anaheim, where the band played their first-ever sold out show.
2017: The 5th annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert & Award Show in L.A. has the debut live performance of Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson’s band Roadcase Royale.
2017: Megadeth’s A Tout le Monde wins its first Gold Medal from the Beverage Testing Institute based out of Chicago who rank the beer as “Exceptional.”
1956: After Bob Neal’s management contract with Elvis Presley expired on March 15th, Colonel Tom Parker takes over. His position of personal representative and manager will pay him 25 percent of Presley’s earnings.
1957: Ricky Nelson records his first songs for the Verve label. ‘A Teenager’s Romance’ will climb to #2 on the Billboard chart and a cover of Fats Domino’s ‘I’m Walkin’ will reach #4. Over his fifteen year recording career, Rick will place 36 songs in the US Top 40.
1958: Eddie Cochran records his only U.S. Top Ten hit, ‘Summertime Blues,’ which will rise to #8 in the U.S. next Fall. It reached #18 in the UK.
1961: The Beatles performed at the Casbah Coffee Club in West Derby, Liverpool, their last performance before travelling to Hamburg, West Germany, for their second visit.
1964: Chuck Berry records ‘No Particular Place To Go.’
1964: Former Beatles drummer Pete Best appears on the game show ‘I’ve Got A Secret.’
1964: The British invasion continued to make its way around the world with The Beatles having the top six positions on the Australian pop chart.
1965: It’s announced that Jeff Beck will replace Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds. Clapton objected to the perceived commercial direction the group was taking.
1965: Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious for several minutes.
1966: The photograph for the “butcher” cover for The Beatles’ American ‘Yesterday And Today’ album is taken.
1966: The Strangeurs, featuring future Aerosmith frontman Steven Tallarico (later Steven Tyler), open for The Byrds at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. The Strangeurs arrange for girls to sit in the front row and scream for them, but it’s hardly necessary as the crowd goes nuts during their set, where they play six songs instead of their allotted two.
1966: The Who performed at St. George’s Ballroom in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Tabernacle Club in Stockport in Manchester, England.
1968: Pink Floyd performed live for the program ‘Late Night Line Up’ at BBC Lime Grove Studios in London. It was broadcast on September 10th by BBC2 TV.
1968: Blues artist Little Willie John died in prison under mysterious circumstances after being convicted of manslaughter two years earlier. He had fourteen hits on the U.S. R&B charts and the same number on the Pop charts, including ‘Fever,’ ‘Sleep,’ and ‘Talk To Me, Talk To Me.’
1969: Marvin Gaye was at #1 on the UK singles chart, with ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine.’ The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips.
1970: Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul And Mary was arrested in Washington, DC for “Taking immoral liberties” with a 14 year-old girl. He pleads guilty and is sentenced to three months in jail. Just days earlier, the trio had won a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children for their album, ‘Peter, Paul and Mommy.’ Yarrow was later pardoned by President Gerald Ford.
1970: Canned Heat and the MC5 played at the Varsity Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Alumni Hall in Atlanta, Georgia.
1970: The Woodstock movie premieres in Hollywood.
1971: The Rolling Stones lips and tongue logo appears for the first time when it is used on VIP passes for their show at the Marquee Club in London. It’s a “farewell” show, before the band leaves to live in France, and record ‘Exile On Main St.’
1971: The ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ live album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer was recorded at Newcastle City Hall in England.
1971: Black Sabbath appeared at Memorial Coliseum in Dallas, Texas.
1972: Yes played at Lakeland Community College in Mentor, Ohio.
1972: Mott The Hoople was ready to call it quits when friend of the band David Bowie offered to produce their next album, and offered them two new songs he’d written: ‘Suffragette City,’ which the band turned down, and ‘All The Young Dudes,’ the song that provided them with their breakthrough.
1973: Beck, Bogert & Appice ‘Beck, Bogert & Appice’ album is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1973: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
1974: Queen appeared at Douglas Palace Lido, Isle Of Man, England.
1974: David Essex received a Gold record for the hit ‘Rock On,’ which made #5 in the US and #3 in the UK.
1975: The film version of The Who’s ‘Tommy’ premieres in London.
1976: Genesis kicked off their first North American tour with Phil Collins singing for them in London, ON.
1976: Keith Richards’ girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg gave birth to a baby boy, Tara. He died ten weeks later from pneumonia.
1976: Thin Lizzy’s 6th studio album ‘Jailbreak’ is released. It reached #18 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, helped by the #12 hit, ‘The Boys Are Back in Town.’ It was their first album to chart in the U.S. and became their only Gold record in the U.S.
1976: The final U.S. show of David Bowie’s World Tour.was held at Madison Square Garden in New York. Afterwards, a small party was held at the Penn Plaza Club for Bowie and the crew.
1976: One-man blues band Duster Bennett was killed in a car accident. He worked with Alexis Korner, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac and B.B. King and released tghe 1970 album ‘Smiling Like I’m Happy.’
1976: Santana’s 7th studio album, ‘Amigos’ is released. It reached #10 on both the Billboard 200 Top LP’s and Top Black LP’s charts. The single, ‘Let It Shine,’ reached the Billboard Hot 100 (#77) and Top Black Singles (#78) charts.
1977: The Clash release their first single, making an immediate political statement with ‘White Riot.’ It is only released in the UK, and not available in America until two years later.
1977: ‘Rich Girl’ hits #1 for the first of three weeks, giving Hall & Oates their first of six chart-toppers on the Hot 100.
1977: Elvis Costello releases his debut single ‘Less Than Zero’ on Stiff Records.
1978: Aerosmith performed at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
1980: Seven years after its release, Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ breaks the record for the longest-charting Pop album, previously held by Carole King’s ‘Tapestry.’ At the same time, their latest single ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ was topping both the Cashbox Best Sellers chart and the Billboard Hot 100.
1980: Jon Paulos, drummer for The Buckinghams on their string of 1967 hits, including ‘Kind Of A Drag’ and ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,’ died of a drug overdose. He was 32.
1980: The Police became the first Western pop group to play in Bombay, India for over ten years when they played a one off gig in the city.
1980: Van Halen release their 3rd studio album ‘Women and Children First.’ It went on to reach #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell three million copies in the U.S. Kerrang Magazine listed the album at #30 among the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time. The album is somewhat different to their first two albums in the way that it features more studio overdubs. ‘Could This Be Magic’ contains the only female backing vocal ever recorded for a Van Halen song; Nicolette Larson sings during some of the choruses. The rain sound in the background is not an effect. It was raining outside, and they decided to record the sound in stereo using two Neuman KM84 microphones, and add it to the track. The opening track, ‘And the Cradle Will Rock…’, begins with what sounds like a guitar, but is, in fact, a phase shifter-effected Wurlitzer electric piano played through Van Halen’s 1960’s model 100-watt Marshall Plexi amplifier.
1983: Motley Crue open the first of five shows for KISS on the West Coast leg of their ‘Creatures Of The Night’ tour.
1983: Duran Duran peak at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘Hungry Like The Wolf.’
1983: Duran Duran’s ‘Is There Something I Should Know’ debuts at #1 on the U.K. chart. Previously, only Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and The Beatles had ever managed that feat. The group were on a US promotional trip on this day, where they were greeted by 5,000 screaming fans at an in-store appearance in New York City.
1983: Golden Earring peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Twilight Zone’ which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1985: Slayer’s ‘Hell Awaits’ album is released. The album was produced by Brian Slagel.
1985: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 6th album, ‘Southern Accents’ is released. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #23 on the UK chart. The album’s first single,’Don’t Come Around Here No More,’ cowritten by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its music video featured Alice in Wonderland imagery.
1985: Guns N’ Roses featuring Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Tracii Guns, Ole Beich (bass) & Rob Gardner (drums) performed their first ever concert at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA.
1986: Guns N’ Roses sign with Geffen Records for an estimated $250,000. 1986: Armored Saint and Saxon played the Las Vegas Troubadour.
1987: Nike begins airing a commercial using the Beatles song ‘Revolution,’ marking the first time an original version of a Beatles song is used in an ad.
1987: James Hetfield of Metallica breaks his wrist while skateboarding causing the band to cancel a scheduled appearance on Saturday Night Live and delay the release of the ‘Garage Day Re-Revisited’ album. The band’s management company reportedly added a clause to his contract that forbid skateboarding while Metallica were out on tour.
1988: Iron Maiden’s ‘Can I Play With Madness’ single is released. It was the first single from their 7th studio album, ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,’ and hit #3 on the UK’s Official Charts.
1988: Def Leppard ‘Hysteria’ single peaks at #10 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It’s their first Top 10 single in the U.S.
1988: Donald Fagen’s ‘Century’s End’ b/w ‘Shanghai Confidential’ 45 single is released. Written by Donald Fagen and Timothy Meher. it was featured on the soundtrack to the film ‘Bright Lights, Big City.’
1990: Gary Moore’s 10th solo album, ‘Still Got the Blues’ is released. It reached #83 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and features two Billboard charting singles – ‘Movin On’ (Mainstream Rock – #30) and ‘Still Got The Blues’ (The Billboard Hot 100 – #97, Mainstream Rock – #9).
1990: Heart released their 10th studio album, ‘Brigade.’
1991: Mr Big’s 2nd studio album, ‘Lean into It’ is released. The album peaked at #15 on the #Billboard 200 charts, while the single ‘To Be with You’ hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1991: Keel’s 2nd studio album, ‘The Right to Rock’ is released.
1991: Metal Church release their 4th album, ‘The Human Factor.’ It was the band’s only release on Epic Records.
1991: Bob Dylan’s ‘The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991’ is released. The compilation box set was the first installment in the Dylan bootleg series, comprising material spanning the first three decades of his career, from 1961 to 1989. It has been certified with a gold record by the RIAA as of August 1997, and peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200 and #32 in the UK. Of the 58 total tracks, 46 are session outtakes from the recording sessions for studio albums. The remaining dozen tracks are with one exception live recordings and demo records, three of latter being later duplicated on Volume 9 of the series.
1994: Soundgarden entered the Billboard album chart at #1 with ‘Superunknown.’ It spent one week at #1, and went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.
1997: Whitesnake released their 9th studio album, ‘Restless Heart.’
1997: Machine Head released the album ‘The More Things Change…’ It is the band’s last release to feature original lead guitarist Logan Mader, and the first to feature current drummer Dave McClain.
2000: Santana started a two-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with Supernatural. The album went on to win eight Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Song Of The Year.
2000: Phil Collins is awarded an Oscar for Best Original Song for ‘You’ll Be In My Heart’ from the Disney animated feature ‘Tarzan’.
2001: Sum 41 released their single ‘Fat Lip.’
2002: Hatebreed released the album ‘Perseverance.’ It would be the band’s last album to feature Lou Richards on lead guitar before his departure in 2002.
2002: All That Remains released their debut album ‘Behind Silence And Solitude.’ It was the only All That Remains album with guitarist Chris Bartlett and bass guitarist Dan Egan.
2002: Three Dog Night’s original bass player, Joe Schermie, Jr., who played on all the group’s biggest hits from 1968-1973, died of a heart attack. He had just turned 55 a month earlier.
2002: Randy Castillo, drummer who played with Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Ozzy, and Lita Ford (among others), died of cancer (squamous cell carcinoma). He was 51.
2004: 62 year old Jan Berry, of Jan & Dean fame dies following a massive seizure. Together, the pair sold more than 10 million records and placed 14 hits in the US Top 40. Jan was a week away from his 63rd birthday.
2004: 3 Doors Down, who hail from Escatawpa, MS, play a homecoming charity concert in nearby Mobile, AL. A portion of the show`s proceeds benefit local charities. The group donates eight guitars and a dozen decorated drumheads for an auction benefiting Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity, among other charities.
2006: Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays – back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
2006: Jon Bon Jovi plays himself in an episode of NBC’s ‘The West Wing.’ The show features the New Jersey rocker lending his support to Democratic presidential candidate Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits). Bon Jovi also performs a portion of ‘Welcome To Wherever You Are’ from'”Have A Nice Day.’
2006: Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays – back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
2006: ‘Call On,’ the first single from the Kings Of Leon’s 3rd studio album, ‘Because Of The Times,’ is released.
2006: U2’s The Edge donated his favourite guitar a 1975 Gibson Les Paul to a charity he co-founded to replace instruments lost or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S.
2007: Digital downloads of all of Elton John’s albums are available for purchase exclusively (for a little over a month) by iTunes. The releases include nearly 400 tracks from John’s four-decade career.
2008: The B-52’s lose their apostrophe, becoming the B-52s with the release of their album ‘Funplex.’ The apostrophe, which is grammatically incorrect, was there because when a friend designed their logo, that person put it there.
2008: Guitarist Clint Lowery returns to Sevendust to replace Sonny Mayo.
2008: A promotion is launched promising a free can of Dr Pepper to nearly everybody in America if Guns N’ Roses release their long-delayed ‘Chinese Democracy’ album in 2008. “We completely understand and empathize with Axl’s (Rose) quest for perfection,” says Pepper marketing director Jaxie Alt.
2008: In Flames released the album ‘A Sense Of Purpose.’ This was the band’s last album with guitarist Jesper Stromblad.
2009: The Allman Brothers 40th Anniversary show takes place at the Beacon Theater in New York.
2009: On ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Ozzy Osbourne claims he’s started writing his autobiography. “I can’t remember anything,” says Ozzy. “It’s going to be the thinnest book in the world.”
2009: Metallica unveils the video for their single, ‘Broken, Beat And Scarred,’ from ‘Death Magnetic.’ The 2008 concert clip was directed by Wayne Isham.
2009: 3 Doors Down headline the Mississippi Rocks The Ryman concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The show celebrates modern music in Mississippi.
2009: A jumpsuit that Elvis Presley wore at a concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden sold at an auction for $212,588.
2011: Slash auctions personal items, including a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 1966 Corvette Stingray, and the Guild guitar used on the 1989 hit ‘Patience.’ “I have a bad habit of collecting stuff that I don’t necessarily use,” says Slash. “I know that somebody would love to have that car because muscle cars are very, very popular,” Slash says in a statement. Proceeds go to the Los Angeles Youth Network which aids homeless and abused adolescents.
2012: All-American Rejects issue their 4th studio album, ‘Kids In The Street.’
2012: Jet announce they have disbanded following a two-year hiatus. The four-piece formed in 2001 and were best known for their debut set, ‘Get Born,’ featuring the hit ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl.’
2012: Alter Bridge’s ‘Live At Wembley,’ an album/DVD package from their headlining performance in 2011 at London’s Wembley Arena is released.
2012: Iron Maiden’s live DVD/CD set ‘En Vivo’ is in stores. Filmed in Santiago, Chile there’s an 88-minute tour documentary titled ‘Beyond The Beast’ which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the band.
2013: Suicidal Tendencies release their 11th studio album, ’13.’
2013: The Strokes release their 5th album, ‘Comedown Machine.’
2013: Sevendust release their 9th studio album, ‘Black Out The Sun.’ The band self-produced and recorded the album at The Architekt Studios in Butler, NJ with the help of mixer/engineer Mike Ferretti.
2015: The Who perform at the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit at London’s Royal Albert Hall. They perform at the venue after receiving an apology for being banned more than 40 years earlier (12/9/72). The Hall worried about the damage Rock acts and their fans would inflict. “We’ve had a long think and, on reflection, you’re welcome back any time,” writes the Hall’s management.
2016: Guitarist James Iha rejoins his former Smashing Pumpkins bandmates on stage for the first time in sixteen years at the Ace Hotel in LA. Iha, who is celebrating his 48th birthday, walks onstage with guitar in hand and performs with Pumpkins leader Bill Corgan.
2016: Stone Temple Pilots reunite with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington for a one-off performance at From Bach To Rock to benefit Palos Verdes Peninsula public schools. Bennington briefly fronted STP.
2016: Billy Joel’s iconic hit, ‘Piano Man,’ was selected by the US Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its “cultural, historic, or artistic significance.” Even though the record only made it #25 on the Hot 100 in 1974, it had become Joel’s signature song, and was ranked at #421 in the 2004 list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1952: Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee began releasing records. The label would later become the home of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others.
1958: CBS records announced the invention of stereophonic records. Although the new format would be playable on ordinary record players, when used on the new stereo players, a new rich and fuller sound would be heard.
1960: Two anti-payola bills are introduced in US Congress by Representative Emanuel Celler of New York. He blames payola for “the cacophonous music called Rock and Roll” and says that Rock and Roll would never have gained popularity, “especially among teenagers,” if not for the result of payola.
1961: The very first record ever released by Del Shannon, ‘Runaway’ enters the Billboard chart on its way to becoming a million selling, #1 hit. In 2004, Rolling Stone rated the song as #466 on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1964: The British invasion continued to make it’s way around the world with The Beatles having the top six positions on the Australian pop chart.
1965: Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton in Yardbirds,
1965: Bob Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ album is released.
1965: The Who released their first US chart entry, ‘I Can’t Explain.’ Although the song could only climb as high as #93 on the Billboard Hot 100, the band still gained a large following thanks to their exciting live performances.
1966: The Who appeared at the Central Pier in Morecambe, Lancashire, England.
1966: Roy Orbison fell off a motorbike during a UK tour, fracturing his foot. He played the remaining dates sitting on a stool and walking on crutches.
1967: The Young Rascals record ‘Groovin.’
1967: ‘Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits’ album is released. It contains every Top 40 single Dylan enjoyed through 1967. It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s, and #3 on the UK Album chart. Certified 5x platinum in the United States, it is one of his very best-selling albums.
1967: Fats Domino played his first ever UK date at London’s Saville Theatre, supported by The Bee Gees and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
1967: At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards: best-selling British single of 1966 – ‘Yellow Submarine,’ most-performed song of 1966 – ‘Michelle’ and next-most-performed song – ‘Yesterday.’
1967: The first of several riots break out on the Rolling Stones European tour. This one occurs in Halsinborg, Sweden.
1968: The Who appear at The Forum in Montreal, Canada. Opening for them is The Troggs making their North American debut.
1968: The Beatles were at #1 on the singles chart with ‘Lady Madonna,’ the group’s 14th chart topper.
1969: Pink Floyd played at St. James’ Church Hall, Chesterfield, England, supported by King Mob Echo and Gandalf’s Garden.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1970: Alice Cooper released their 2nd studio album ‘Easy Action.’ The title comes from a line in the musical film ‘West Side Story,’ which was one of the band’s favorite films.
1971: Ike & Tina Turner’s R&B take on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Proud Mary’ is their first Top 10 single (#4).
1971: New York radio station WNBC banned the song ‘One Toke Over the Line’ by Brewer & Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country followed.
1971: George Harrison peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘What is Life’ which was Harrison’s 2nd top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1971: Bruce Springsteen & Friendly Enemies opened for The Allman Brothers Band at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey, tickets cost $4.00. Springsteen had just disbanded his group Steel Mill and within a few weeks would form Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom with Steve Van Zandt.
1971: Three Dog Night’s version of Hoyt Axton’s ‘Joy To The World’ enters the Billboard Hot 100 on its way to becoming the biggest selling single of the year. Unlike most Three Dog Night songs recorded at that point, instead of having just the three main vocalists singing harmony, the song was recorded with all seven members of the band singing.
1972: Elvis Presley records what proves to be his last Top Ten hit during his lifetime, ‘Burning Love.’ It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Cashbox Best Sellers chart and #7 in the UK. The song’s writer, Dennis Linde, later overdubbed the opening guitar riffs into the record’s final mix.
1972: Grand Funk Railroad fires manager/marketing guru Terry Knight. The action triggers numerous lawsuits and public backbiting.
1973: Jerry Garcia from The Grateful Dead was arrested when police found cocaine and LSD in his car after being busted for speeding in New Jersey.
1973: Rolling Stone magazine reported that after becoming a disciple of Sri Chinmoy, Carlos Santana had changed his name to ‘Devadip’, which means ‘the lamp of the light of the Supreme’.
1975: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at the Bayfront Center Arena in St. Petersburg, Florida.
1976: Genesis appeared at Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, Ontario.
1976: Paul McCartney and Wings were forced to postpone forthcoming US tour for three weeks after guitarist Jimmy McCulloch fell in his hotel bathroom and broke a finger.
1976: Gary Wright peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Dream Weaver’ which was Wright’s first top 10 single in the U.S. The song is inspired by the writing of Paramahansa Yogananda.
1977: Genesis played at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1978: The Beatles parody ‘All You Need Is Cash’ featuring The Rutles was shown in the UK on BBC-TV. It was first broadcast on March 22, 1978 on NBC, earning the lowest ratings of any show on Prime time network television that week.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at the Entertainment Centre in Perth, Australia.
1979: Eric Clapton married Pattie Harrison (the ex wife of George) at Temple Bethel in Tucson, Arizona. Patti applied for a divorce in 1988. Pattie was the subject of the song ‘Layla.’ Harrison attends the wedding and remains friends with Clapton.
1979: Dire Straits’ ‘Sultans Of Swing’ peaks at #4 on the U.S. singles chart.
1979: Bruce Springsteen’s debut video for ‘Rosalita’ gets aired on the BBC.
1979: Ian Hunter’s ‘You’re Never Alone with a Schizophrenic’ album is released. It reached #35 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The title was dreamed up by co-producer Mick Ronson which he had planned for one of his solo albums. Hunter loved the title so much that he offered Ronson co-writing credit on the first single ‘Just Another Night’ in exchange for the use of the title for the album. The album became one of Hunter’s biggest sellers at the time. Later, singer Barry Manilow covered the song ‘Ships’ which became a top ten hit.
1980: Rush appeared at Memorial Arena in Victoria, British Columbia.
1981: Eric Clapton performed at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1981: AC/DC releases ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ in the U.S.
1981: Rush recorded their concert at the Montreal Forum for their second live album ‘Exit…Stage Left,’ which was released in October of 1981 and on video in 1982.
1982: Former Small Faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane was admitted to hospital for treatment for multiple sclerosis, (Lane died from the disease in 1997).
1982: Saxon with openers Metallica played the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood.
1984: Bryan Adams went into Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver, Canada to record ‘Run To You’ for his 4th studio album, ‘Reckless.’ It was the first single released from the album and and the music video shot in London and Los Angeles was nominated for the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards in five different categories. It ultimately peaks at #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1984: Metallica made their UK live debut at the Marquee in London.
1984: Ratt’s debut studio album ‘Out of the Cellar’ is released. It peaks at #7 on Billboard’s 200 album chart. ‘Round & Round’ reaches #12 & ‘Wanted Man’ peaks at #87 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The lady on the cover is the beautiful Tawny Kitaen.
1984: Scorpions release their 9th studio album, ‘Love at First Sting.’ The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard charts. The song ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’ reached #25 and ‘Still Loving You’ reached #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1984: King Crimson’s ‘Three of a Perfect Pair’ album is released. It reached #58 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1985: Bon Jovi’s second studio album ‘7800° Fahrenheit’ is released. It charts for 85 weeks and goes platinum.
1986: Ozzy Osbourne embarks on his ‘Ultimate Sin’ tour in Wichita, KS. with Metalica as the opener. 1986: Armored Saint and Saxon played the Pomona Valley auditorium in Pomona, CA.
1986: Van Halen’s ‘5150’ tour, the first gig with Sammy Hagar as lead vocalist, kicks off 112 date North American tour at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, LA. The show sells out in five minutes. Hagar says, “We had made the commitment that we weren’t going to play any of the old material – only ‘You Really Got Me,’ ‘I Can’t Drive 55,’ ‘One Way To Rock’ and ‘Jump.’ Two of mine and two of theirs. When you’re rich and famous rock stars and young and really in the middle of it, you make some stupid mistakes and ironically you get away with it half the time, which makes you even stupider. I thought ‘Man, this could bomb.’”
1987: U2 performed from the roof of a store in downtown LA to make the video for ‘Where The Streets Have No Name.’ attracting thousands of spectators and bringing traffic to a standstill. The police eventually stop the shoot due to traffic concerns.
1988: The Grateful Dead played at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.
1990: Social Distortion’s self-titled 3rd album is released. It reached #128 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and features three tracks that reached on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart – ‘Ball and Chain’ (#13), ‘Let It Be Me’ (#11), and ‘Ring of Fire’ (#25).
1991: Britny Fox released their 4th album, ‘Bite Down Hard.’
1992: On the Auburn Hills (MI) stop of U2’s Zoo TV Tour, Bono orders 10,000 pizzas from a local pizzeria. An hour later just 100 pepperoni pizzas are delivered. Still, each of the three delivery guys gets a $50 tip.
1993: Kyuss begins a run of Australian tour dates opening for Metallica, during the latter group’s tour in support of ‘The Black Album,’ at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney.
1995: Elton John and Tim Rice win the Oscar for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture for ‘Can You Feel The Love’ from ‘The Lion King.’
1997: Ian Dury, the English rocker who initially rose to fame during the late 1970s as founder and lead singer of the British band, Ian Dury And The Blockheads, died of colorectal cancer a few weeks short of his 58th birthday. Dury had been disabled by polio as a child, formed Kilburn and the High Roads during the 1970’s. His first album ‘New Boot’s And Panties’ became a punk classic spending 90 weeks on the UK chart, featured the 1979 UK #1 single ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick.’ He also was an actor, painter and became a Unicef ambassador in the fight against AIDS.
2001: Bruce Springsteen releases ‘Live In New York City,’ the accompanying album to an HBO concert film that follows the Boss and his E Street Band on a ten-show tour, ending at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
2003: John Lennon’s boyhood home in Liverpool is opened to the public.
2004: Disturbed hold an open audition in L.A. to replace bassist Fuzz (Steve Kmak) who left in early ’03. Another open audition is held a week later in Chicago. Matt Konopinski gets the nod before John Moyer takes over.
2006: Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
2006: Venom released their 11th studio album,’Metal Black.’
2006: Pete Wells, guitarist in Rose Tattoo, dies of prostate cancer at age 59.
2006: Sting and wife Trudie Styler star in a one-off performance of a play called Twin Spirits in New York. Proceeds go to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS charity.
2007: The wife of then Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland was arrested on suspicion of burning over $10,000 of his belongings outside their home after police in southern California found a bin of smouldering clothes. Earlier that day, the couple left two rooms vandalised after an argument at a luxury hotel.
2007: Good Charlotte issue ‘Good Morning Revival.’ The album features ‘The River’ with Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows and guitarist Synyster Gates.
2007: Machine Head released their 6th album, ‘The Blackening.’ The single ‘Aesthetics of Hate’ was written as a tribute to Dimebag Darrell.
2007: Former Jefferson Airplane and Starship singer Grace Slick along with former manager Bill Thompson, filed a lawsuit in California federal court charging that another former member, Paul Kantner, violated both trademark rights and an $80,000 legal settlement he signed in 1985 by using the name Paul Kantner’s Starship while touring.
2008: Sevendust announce the return of original guitarist Clint Lowery. He replaces Sonny Mayo, who joined when Lowerry left in 2004 for Dark New Day.
2008: REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin is a guest on a special celebrity edition of FOX’s ‘Don’t Forget The Lyrics.’ The singer successfully remembers REO’s ‘Keep On Loving You’ (plus a couple other ’80s songs) on the way to winning $350,000 for the MusiCares charity.
2009: Peter Gabriel delivers a petition to the Mexican government urging the investigation of the murders and disappearances of hundreds of women along the country’s border with the United States. Gabriel also meets with Mexican president Felipe Calderon who vows that the Mexican government will actively seek justice for the victims. The appeal is launched by the Gabriel-founded Witness organization, which seeks to end human-rights violations worldwide.
2009: Collective Soul perform at a benefit concert in Atlanta for the Save Darfur Coalition.
2010: The May 2010, edition of Q goes on sale containing a list of the top frontmen of all-time as selected by the magazine’s readers. Oasis’ Liam Gallagher is #1 beating out Bono, Freddie Mercury, Jim Morrison and John Lennon. “There is Elvis (Presley) and me,” says the ever humble Gallagher. “I couldn’t say which of the two is best.” Blondie’s Debbie Harry, at #12, is the only woman to make the list.
2011: Neil Young takes home the Artist of the Year honor at the Juno Awards. It’s his first appearance at the Canadian event in 29 years.
2012: Shinedown release their 4th full-length album ‘Amaryllis.’ “It’s not a record for the faint of heart,” admits Smith. “I was looking for the kind of emotion that made every hair on the back of my neck stand on end. Because of that, I feel in my heart and soul that this album is a game changer for our band.”
2012: David Bowie’s landmark album ‘Ziggy Stardust’ was celebrated with a blue plaque in central London. Former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp, unveiled a plaque at the spot where the cover of the 1972 release was shot. The location in Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, is now a pedestrianised area brimming with bars and restaurants.
2012: Overkill released their 16th studio album, ‘The Electric Age.’ It was the first Overkill album to crack the top 100.
The album peaked at #77 on the Billboard 200 charts.
2012: Kill Devil Hill released ther self-titled debut studio album.
2013: Gordon Stoker, the tenor voice of The Jordanaires who backed Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and many more, passed away at the age of 88. Estimated sales of records that the vocal group sang on total more than eight billion copies.
2013: Crawdaddy magazine founder Paul Williams dies at age 64. Not to be confused with the singer/songwriter/actor Paul Williams, the subject of the 2011 documentary, ‘Paul Williams Still Alive.’
2014: Fleetwood Mac officially announce the return of singer/keyboardist Christine McVie. She left the group 16 years earlier due to a fear of flying. The reunion and an upcoming tour are announced on The Today Show.
2014: Drummer Matt Chamberlain performs live with Soundgarden for the first time in Lima, Peru. Due to prior oblations with Pearl Jam, Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron is unavailable for a series of South American shows.
2015: Adam Horovitz (a.k.a. Ad-Rock) of the Beastie Boys makes his first ‘solo’ TV appearance on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Horovitz is there to promote his featured role in the film ‘While We’re Young.’
2017: Anthrax launch their craft beer, Wardance, a pale ale from Butternuts Beer and Ale Brewery.
2017: In the week following his death, Chuck Berry returns to the Billboard 200 when his ‘05 compilation ‘The Definitive Collection’ goes to #33. It’s his best showing in 45 years.
1958: Eddie Cochran records his classic tune ‘Summertime Blues.’ It was later covered by artists such as Blue Cheer, The Who & Rush.
1958: Buddy Holly kicked off the first night of a 43 date tour at Brooklyn Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show also featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Pastels, Jo-Ann Campbell and Ed Townsend. Freed decides that Chuck Berry should close the show rather than Jerry Lee Lewis. An enraged Jerry Lee sets his piano on fire during ‘Great Balls Of Fire.’ On most days the acts played two shows.
1963: Radio Caroline goes on the air. The pirate radio station (actually a ship broadcasting off the English coast) gives music fans an alternative to the BBC. The first song aired is the Rolling Stones’ ‘Not Fade Away’ (written and originally recorded by Buddy Holly).
1964: Madame Tussauds in London unveiled the wax works images of The Beatles, the first pop stars to be honored. They would later use their wax versions on the cover of the ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album.
1964: Jan And Dean’s double sided hit, ‘Dead Man’s Curve’/’New Girl in School’ enters the U.S. chart where it peaks at #8.
1964: Heavyweight boxing champ Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) hits #102 in the U.S. with his cover of ‘Stand By Me.’
1966: The Rolling Stones best of’ compilation ‘Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)’ is released in the United States. It was the band’s first official compilation album. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart during its two year stay.
1966: The Young Rascals released their self-titled debut LP ‘The Young Rascals.’ It reached #15 on the Billboard Top LP’s chart and #10 in Cashbox.
1967: Working on session for the new Beatles album ‘Sgt Pepper’ at Abbey Road studios in London, John Lennon recorded his lead vocal for ‘Good Morning Good Morning’, and Paul McCartney added a lead guitar solo to the track. Lennon had decided he wanted to end the song with animal sound effects, and asked that they be sequenced in such a way that each successive animal was capable of scaring or eating the preceding one.
1967: Van Morrison records ‘Brown Eyed Girl,’ which will enter the Billboard chart next August and rise to #10. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at the Chinese R&B Jazz Club, Corn Exchange in Bristol, England.
1968: Steppenwolf appeared at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1968: Pink Floyd recorded a performance of ‘Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun’ for the BBC 2 TV ‘Omnibus – The Sound of Change’ show at the Abbey Mills Pumping Station, East Stratford, in London. The special, which was produced by Tony Palmer, also featured performances by The Who, Cream and Jimi Hendrix focused on the “socio-political context of rock music.” The show was later broadcast in black and white on November 3rd and repeated (in color) in May of the following year.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: Ringo Starr announces The Beatles will make no public appearances in the near future. John counters saying the group will make several appearances during the year. Ringo is right.
1969: Joe Cocker plays his first live gig in the US.
1970: Crosby, Stills & Nash release ‘Woodstock,’ a song celebrating the 1969 festival which contains some factual errors, especially when it comes to the head count. Not surprising, since it was written by Joni Mitchell who passed on performing at the legendary concert to appear on The Dick Cavett Show.
1970: John Lennon peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles Chart with ‘Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)’ which was Lennon’s first top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad and Illinois Speed Press played at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1970: Simon and Garfunkel were in the 5th of six consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billbord Hot 100 singles chart with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’ They also hit #1 on the UK singles chart, the duo’s only UK #1. Only Art Garfunkel sang on the track.
1971: Yes appeared at Deutschlandhalle Berlin Arts Festival in Berlin, Germany.
1972: King Crimson played at the Orpheum in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
1972: Grand Funk fires manager Terry Knight, who promptly sues them. After nearly two years of litigation, the band ultimately won their separation from Knight, but at heavy financial cost.
1973: The Doobie Brothers ‘Long Train Runnin’ b/w ‘Without You’ 45 single is released. It was included on the band’s 1973 album ‘The Captain and Me’ and released as a single, becoming a top 10 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #8. This song became very famous for its intro with the guitar.
1973: Led Zeppelin’s 5th studio album ‘Houses Of The Holy’ is released. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed ‘Houses of the Holy.’ It was certified 11x platinum by the RIAA in 1999. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s for two weeks during its 39 week run, and topped the UK chart. In 2003, Houses of the Holy was ranked #149 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The cover is a collage of several photographs which were taken at the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland, by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis. The two children who modeled for the cover were siblings Stefan and Samantha Gates. The title track was originally recorded for the album, but was delayed until the band’s next album ‘Physical Graffiti’ in 1975.
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Civic Center Arena in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1974: Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup dies of a stroke. Crudup wrote Elvis Presley’s first regional hit ‘That’s All Right (Mama).’
1974: During a UK tour, Queen appeared at Aberystwyth University in Wales.
1975: ZZ Top performed at the Toledo Sports Arena in Toledo, Ohio.
1975: At an Elvis Presley concert at the Hilton in Las Vegas, Barbra Streisand goes backstage and offers Elvis the lead role in her upcoming film ‘A Star Is Born.’ Elvis is interested, but on the advice of his manager Colonel Parker, he demands too much money and top billing, so Kris Kristofferson is chosen for the role instead.
1976: Genesis began their first North American tour since Peter Gabriel left the band, performing in Buffalo, New York, with Phil Collins taking over as lead singer.
1977: Kiss played the first of five sold-out nights on their Alive II world Tour at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
1977: During a UK tour, Pink Floyd played the first of four sold out nights at New Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford.
1978: Aerosmith appeared at the Orpheum Theatre in their hometown of Boston.
1978: Alice Cooper appears on ‘The Muppet Show,’ where he performs ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ and ‘School’s Out.’ He also offers to give the Muppets fame and riches if they’ll sign their souls over to him. Kermit is horrified. Gonzo spends the entire episode looking for a pen.
1979: The day after they are married, Eric Clapton sings ‘Wonderful Tonight’ to his new wife Pattie at his concert in Tucson. He wrote the song about her while waiting for her to get ready to go out.
1980: Genesis’ 10th studio album, ‘Duke’ was released. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1981: Blondie started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rapture’, the group’s 4th U.S. #1 and a #5 hit in the UK. It was the first #1 song in the U.S. to feature rap and its lyrics, notable for name-checking hip-hop pioneers Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash.
1981: Elton John’s version of The Beatles ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ was released as a tribute to John Lennon.
1981: Rush peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their 8th studio album ‘Moving Pictures,’ which spent three consecutive weeks at #3. The album became their most commercially successful album in the U.S. where it sold four million copies.
1981: Helix released their album ‘White Lace & Black Leather.’ It was their first album featuring bassist Mike Uzelac and only album with drummer Leo Niebudek.
1982: On his way to a “no-nukes” rally, David Crosby was arrested after crashing his car on the San Diego Highway. Police also found cocaine and a pistol in the Crosby Stills & Nash stars car. When the police asked Crosby why he carried the gun, his reply was, “John Lennon.”
1984: Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac files for bankruptcy amidst reports that he has lost $8 million.
1984: King Crimson’s ‘Three of a Perfect Pair’ album is released. It reached #58 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1985: 6,000 radio stations in the US and Canada simultaneously played ‘We Are the World,’ the fundraising song for African famine relief recorded by 45 superstar performers at 10:15 am EST. Sales of the single, album, video and related merchandise initially raised more than $38 million in the US.
1986: The Grateful Dead performed at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. 1986: Armored Saint and Saxon played the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA.
1987: After hearing that Arizona Governor Evan Mecham would not honor the new national holiday Martin Luther King Day, the racially integrated Doobie Brothers move their upcoming show from Phoenix to Las Vegas.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Bryan Adams’ ‘Heat Of The Night’ at #54 (debut), Poison’s ‘Talk Dirty To Me’ at #50, Chris DeBurgh’s ‘The Lady In Red’ at #41, Cutting Crew’s ‘(I Just) Died In Your Arms’ at #34, Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ at #19 and Europe’s ‘The Final Countdown’ at #8.
1988: King’s X debut album ‘Out of the Silent Planet’ is released. The album peaked at #144 on the Billboard Charts.
1991: AC/DC released their single ‘Are You Ready.’ The song was featured in the 2001 movie ‘Rock Star.’
1991: The funeral is held for Eric Clapton’s son Conor, who was 4 years old when he fell to his death out an open window. Clapton’s song ‘Tears In Heaven’ is about Conor.
1991: Phil Collins and George Harrison were among tmany mourners who attended funeral service in England for Eric Clapton’s son Conor.
1992: Over a $100,000 worth of damage was caused at The Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California when Ozzy Osbourne invited the first two rows of the audience on stage. Several others took up the offer and the band was forced to exit the stage.
1992: During a North American tour Pearl Jam performed at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago with Smashing Pumpkins as the support act.
1992: INXS headline the Concert For Life in Sydney’s Centennial Park. The AIDS and heart research benefit raises over $1.5 million.
1992: Van Halen’s ‘Right Now’ peaks at #55 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1992: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ at #85 (debut), Van Halen’s ‘Right Now’ at #55 (peak), Bryan Adams’ ‘Thought I’d Died And Gone To Heaven’ at #45, Ozzy’s ‘Mama I’m Coming Home’ at #35, and Mr. Big’s ‘To Be With You’ at #4.
1993: Poison release their ‘Until You Suffer Some (Fire and Ice)’ single.
1994: Pink Floyd’s 14th studio album, ‘The Division Bell’ is released.
1994: After Chris Novoselic and Dave Grohl threaten to disband Nirvana if Kurt Cobain doesn’t get drug treatment, Cobain enters the SoCal Exodus Recovery Center. This is after Cobain nearly dies from an OD in Rome only weeks earlier. Cobain walks out three days later.
1995: Skid Row released their 3rd studio album, ‘Subhuman Race.’ Produced by Bob Rock, It peaked at #35 on Billboard’s 200 album chart. It was the band’s last album with Sebastian Bach and Rof Afuso..
1996: Genesis drummer Phil Collins announces he’s leaving the group to pursue a solo career, soundtrack work and some jazz projects.
1998: Kiss played the first of five sold-out nights on their ‘Alive II’ world Tour at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
2000: Jimmy Page accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages from a magazine which claimed he had caused or contributed to the death of his Led Zeppelin bandmate John Bonham. Page’s solicitor, Norman Chapman, told High Court Judge Mr Justice Morland that the feature in Ministry magazine printed in 1999 claimed Page was more concerned with keeping vomit off his bed than saving his friend’s life, and that he stood over him wearing Satanist robes and performing a useless spell. The magazine also apologized and offered to pay Page’s legal bills. The money awarded to Page was donated to the Action for Brazil’s Children Trust.
2003: The recent SARS scare forces The Rolling Stones to cancel their upcoming series of shows in Hong Kong — though they would later reschedule those shows and play them as a sign to visitors that China was safe to visit.
2004: Van Halen confirms that Sammy Hagar will return as their lead singer for an upcoming North American tour.
2005: Queen kicked off their first tour with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and Free replacing Freddie Mercury on vocals at London’s Brixton Academy.
2005: After playing a warm-up date the night before at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, U2 kicked off their ‘Vertigo’ tour at the iPay One Center in San Diego, California. The 131 date world tour would see the band playing in North America, Europe, South America and Japan. By the time it finished, the Vertigo Tour had sold 4,619,021 tickets, grossing $389 million; the second-highest figure ever for a world tour.
2006: Rob Zombie’s ‘Educated Horses’ album with ‘Foxy, Foxy’ is out. “It’s amazing how different things can be when you work with people who are excited and energetic,” says Zombie of the album.
2006: Stewart Copeland’s ‘Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out’ is released on DVD. The drummer pieced together the movie from Super 8 footage he filmed throughout the Police’s career.
2007: 3 Doors Down’s Brad Arnold and Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ricky Medlocke take part in the ‘Fashion Fights Poverty’ photo shoot in Nashville. Arnold appears in the ‘Dress Responsibly,’ a style guide and catalog focusing on “ethical and socially conscious clothes.”
2010: Rush are inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Primus frontman Les Claypool pays tribute by performing a rendition of ‘Spirit Of Radio.’
2011: Vicious Rumors released their album ‘Razorback Killers.’ It features several guests including Brad Gillis, Testament guitarist Eric Peterson and Mark McGee.
2012: A plaque is unveiled at 23 Heddon Street in London’s West End to mark the spot where David Bowie was photographed for the cover of his landmark ’72 album, ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust.’ Bowie stares into photographer Brian Ward’s camera from a dimly-lit doorstep on a small side-street. The plaque coincides with the album’s 40th anniversary.
2012: Blues harmonica player Jerry “Boogie” McCain, known for the self-penned tunes ‘Ain’t No Use for Drug Abuse’ and ‘Burn the Crackhouse Down,’ dies at age 81.
2012: The 12th annual ‘Concert for Teenage Cancer Trust’ kicks-off at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey, Pulp and Paul Weller perform during the weeklong series with proceeds going toward improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
2012: A Quiet Riot concert in Scottsdale, AZ marks the debut of vocalist Scott Vokoun fronting the group.
2013: Hugh McCracken dies of leukemia in New York City at 70. He appeared on many recordings by Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Billy Joel, Roland Kirk, Roberta Flack, B. B. King, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Monkees, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, James Taylor, Phoebe Snow, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Graham Parker, Eric Carmen, Loudon Wainwright III, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, The Four Seasons, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Gary Wright and Andy Gibb. Because of such high demand for his work, McCracken declined Paul McCartney’s invitation to help form his new band, Wings after appearing on his 1971 album ‘Ram.’
2013: Charlie Daniels was recovering after having a pacemaker implanted to regulate his heart rate. The 76-year-old ‘Devil Went Down To Georgia’ singer was slated to resume his current tour in just a couple of weeks.
2014: Gamma Ray released their 11th studio album, ‘Empire of the Undead.’ It was their first album to feature new drummer Michael Ehre.
2015: Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds perform at the 15th annual ‘Teenage Cancer ‘benefit at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Noel’s ex-Oasis bandmate and brother Liam, attends the show.
2017: Anthrax celebrate the release of their very own craft beer (the day before), ‘Wardance’ with a New York City ‘beer crawl’.
1956: The North Alabama White Citizens Council comes out against Rock n’ Roll calling it “immoral.”
1958: Elvis Presley begins boot camp in Ft. Hood, Texas, where he insists on doing KP and guard duty just like the other soldiers.
1966: Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was injured during a gig in Marseilles after a fan threw a chair at the stage, Jagger required eight stitches in the cut.
1967: During a European tour The Rolling Stones appeared at the Bremen-Stadthalle in Germany. Also on the tour, The Easybeats and The Creation.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles finished recording ‘Good Morning Good Morning’. They then started work on a new song ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’, (originally titled ‘Bad Finger Boogie’), recording 10 takes of the rhythm track, then Ringo overdub a double-tracked lead vocal.
1968: Sly & the Family Stone performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Zombies’ ‘Time Of The Season’ is #1 in the U.S. The song is released nearly two years after the group had disbanded.
1969: A baby boy is born that will be adopted by Ronnie and Phil Spector, who will name the child Donte Phillip Spector.
1969: Blood Sweat & Tears’ self-titled LP hits #1.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Black Sabbath, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Curved Air, J.J. Jackson’s Dilemma, Shy Limbs, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Sunflower Brass Band and Toe Fat all appeared at the London Free Easter Festival in Bethnal Green, London, England.
1969: Janis Joplin performed at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1969: A baby boy is born that will be adopted by Ronnie and Phil Spector, who will name the child Donte Phillip Spector.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono announced they were expecting a baby boy.
1970: Led Zeppelin played at Hofheinz Pavillion at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. Tickets cost $6.50.
1972: In Bombay, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page recorded versions of ‘Four Sticks’ and ‘Friends’ with the Bombay Symphony Orchestra. Unfortunately, differing music theories led to the sessions being scrapped. Said Plant, “It’s very hard for them to cope with the Western approach to music with their counting of everything, their times and so on.”
1972: Pink Floyd performed at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1973: Roxy Music appeared at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1973: Dr. Hook And The Medicine Show got their picture on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine after their hit, ‘The Cover of Rolling Stone’ reached #6 on the US singles chart. According to members of the group, they really did buy five copies for their mothers, just like the song said.
1973: Lynyrd Skynyrd record ‘Gimme Three Steps.’
1974: Mott the Hoople released their 7th album, ‘The Hoople.’ It reached #28 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #11 on the UK Albums chart.
1974: King Crimson released their 6th studio album, ‘Starless and Bible Black.’ It reached #64 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1974: King Crimson played at Stadthalle in Heidelberg, Germany.
1975: Sugarloaf peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You’ which was their 2nd and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1975: All six Led Zeppelin studio albums were on the Billboard 200 album chart at the same time, including their latest, ‘Physical Graffiti,’ at #1. Following were ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ at #83; ‘Houses of the Holy’ at #92; ‘Led Zeppelin II’ at #104; ‘Led Zeppelin’ at #116; and ‘Led Zeppelin III’ at #124.
1975: Jeff Beck’s 2nd solo album, ‘Blow by Blow’ is released. Beck went fusion and did it well. It was produced by George Martin, Blow By Blow peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts, went platinum, and scored a Grammy for Best Instrumental Album.
1976: Electric Light Orchestra appeared at Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1976: During a European tour Neil Young started a three night run at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1978: David Bowie kicked off his ‘Low/Heroes’ 77-date World Tour at San Diego Sports Arena.
1978: Thin Lizzy filmed their London, U.K. performance for the ‘Live And Dangerous’ video.
1978: After fourteen years of marriage, Tina Turner’s divorce from her husband Ike became final.
1979: Supertramp release their 6th album ‘Breakfast in America,’ which goes on to sell six million copies in the U.S. and win two Grammy Awards. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for six weeks. It was recorded in 1978 at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles. It featured four U.S. Billboard hit singles: ‘The Logical Song’ (#6), ‘Goodbye Stranger’ (#15), ‘Take the Long Way Home’ (# 10), and ‘Breakfast in America’ (#62).
1979: After attending a Dire Straits show during their residency at the Roxy in Los Angeles, Bob Dylan asked Mark Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on the sessions for his next album. ‘Slow Train Coming’ was the album, recorded in Muscle Shoals in May of 1979, with Jerry Wexler producing. Dylan had first heard Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler when his assistant Arthur Rosato played him the single ‘Sultans of Swing.’
1980: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Rush’s ‘The Spirit Of The Radio’ at #51 (peak), Blondie’s ‘Call Me’ at #5, and Queen’s ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ at #3.
1980: Rush played at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada.
1980: Cheap Trick play the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, N.J.
1980: Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, spent its 303rd week on the US album chart, beating the record set by Carole King’s album ‘Tapestry.’ The album remained in the US Billboard charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in chart history. After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006.
1980: Brian Johnson of the band Geordie replaces the deceased Bon Scott in AC/DC. Johnson’s first album with the band is ‘Back In Black,’ which becomes the second-best selling album worldwide to ‘Thriller.’
1982: Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney release ‘Ebony And Ivory.’
1982: Scorpions released their 8th studio album, ‘Blackout.’ It peaks at #10 on Billboard’s 200 album chart. During writing of the album, Klaus Meine had to undergo surgery on his vocal cords. Demos of the material were recorded with Don Dokken.
1982: Iron Maiden released their 3rd studio album, ‘The Number of the Beast.’ It’s their first album with Bruce Dickinson singing for them. It has been cited as one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time.
1983: At the end of their 29 date ‘War’ UK tour, U2 performs at Hammersmith Palais in London. 1983: Sharks (later Shark Island) and Armored Saint played Pookies in Pasadena, CA.
1985: Roger Waters appeared at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.
1986: Beatles records officially went on sale in Russia. Before that, only tapes were available on the black market, but most Soviet music lovers could not afford them. There was little information about The Beatles in the USSR and official Soviet publications about the band were mainly critical and condemnatory. 1986: Saxon, Armored Saint and Heretic played the Santa Monica Civic in Santa Monica, CA.
1987: Guns N’ Roses and Faster Pussycat performed at The Roxy in Hollywood.
1987: Alice Copper appeared with Jake “The Snake” Roberts in front of more than 93,000 fans at Wrestlemania III, which took place at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
1987: Prince is named Worst Actor and Worst Director for ‘Under the Cherry Moon’ at the 7th Golden Raspberry Awards. The film also earns Razzies for Worst Picture (tied with ‘Howard the Duck’), Worst Supporting Actor (Jerome Benton), and Worst Original Song (‘Love or Money’).
1993: White Lion singer Mike Tramp’s new band Freak Of Nature released their self-titled debut album.
1996: Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson Lee sued Penthouse in an effort to prevent the magazine from distributing a home video of the couple having sex.
1996: Two former members of the 1950’s vocal group, The Teddy Bears, filed suit in Los Angeles against producer Phil Spector and several labels. Carol Connors and Marshall Lieb alleged they had not received royalties from re-issues of their 1958 #1 hit ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him.’
1998: ‘The Not In Our Name: Dead Man Walking’ benefit concert to repeal the death penalty is held in L.A. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament perform.
1999: The David Bowie Internet Radio Network broadcast its first show for Rolling Stone Radio. The show was Bowie’s favorite songs with Bowie introducing each track.
2000: Phil Collins took out a high court action against two former members of Earth, Wind And Fire. Collins claimed his company had overpaid the musicians by $85,000 in royalties on tracks including ‘Sussudio’ and ‘Easy Lover.’
2001: Brian Wilson was honored in a three hour tribute at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Guest performances included Billy Joel singing ‘Don’t Worry Baby,’ while Paul Simon sang an acoustic version of ‘Surfer Girl.’ Wilson-Phillips made a rare appearance, as did The Go-Gos and the trio of Carly Simon, David Crosby and Jimmy Webb. Also singing Beach Boy songs were Ann and Nancy Wilson, Elton John and Aimee Mann. Brian Wilson himself also took the stage for the final three songs, ‘Barbara Ann,’ ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.’ and ‘Fun, Fun, Fun.’
2003: Guitarist Mike Smith makes his debut with Limp Bizkit at Wrestlemania XIX in Seattle. Smith replaces Wes Borland (temporarily).
2004: Jon Bon Jovi becomes a dad for the first time.
2004: Prince launches his first arena tour in six years.
2004: U.D.O. released their 9th album, ‘Thunderball.’
2004: Anvil released their album ‘Back To Basics.’
2005: Mudvayne headlines a North American tour. Also along for the ride are Life of Agony, American Head Charge and Bloodsimple.
2005: Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm at a hospital in New York. Doctors expected the 59 year old to make a full recovery. The aneurysm was discovered when Young’s vision became blurred after he performed with The Pretenders at their induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and experienced blurred vision. Post-surgery, Young decides to stop smoking pot so that he can be more cognizant of his body as he ages.
2005: AC/DC’s two-DVD set ‘Family Jewels’ with concert performances, television appearances and promotional videos from ’75 to ’93 is released. Disc one contains clips featuring original frontman Bon Scott, with disc two covering the Brian Johnson years.
2005: Weezer releases ‘Beverly Hills,’ the lead single from their ‘Make Believe’ album.
2005: Beck’s eclectic ‘Guero’ album is released. The set has contributions from White Stripes’ Jack White.
2006: The Beatles’ business entity, Apple Corps, relaunches its trademark-infringement battle with Apple Computer in London over the latter’s iTunes service. The action claims that the iPod manufacturer violated a 1991 agreement in which they agreed to steer clear of music-related endeavors. Of course, Apple Corps is seeking millions in compensation.
2006: Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge is injured when his motorcycle hits a car in his hometown of Birmingham, AL. Burbridge receives minor leg wounds. He’s back performing with his other band, Oteil and the Pacemakers, a short time later.
2007: U2 singer Bono accepted an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin. Fellow band members The Edge and Adam Clayton joined the frontman’s wife and four children at the British ambassador David Reddaway’s official residence. He was not entitled to be called “Sir” because he is not a British citizen. The U2 singer’s title is Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).
2007: A stage production based on Neil Young’s 2003 concept album, ‘Greendale,’ premieres at Dallas’ Undermain Theatre. ‘Greendale’s’ songs are performed by a live band and an ensemble cast.
2007: My Chemical Romance’s guitar tech, Matt Cortes, takes over for Frank Iero who leaves the tour due to an undisclosed illness. “He was basically playing laying down because he is extremely f**king sick,” says singer Gerard Way during a London show. “We had to just send him home.” Iero also missed several shows earlier in the year due to illness.
2008: 3 Doors Down perform at the SpeedJam 2008 auto-racing event at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway.
2009: Nominated in five categories at the 38th annual Juno Awards In Vancouver, Nickelback wins Group of the Year, Album of the Year (‘Dark Horse’) and Fan Choice at Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys. They also perform their ‘Dark Horse’ hit ‘Something In Your Mouth.’
2009: ‘Guitar Hero: Metallica,’ is released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems. There are also songs from Slayer. “There had been some issues with (the content of) their lyrics but we stood up for Slayer, and we finally got Slayer cleared,” states Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. Alice In Chains’ ‘No Excuses,’ Foo Fighters’ ‘Stacked Actors’ and System Of A Down’s ‘Toxicity’ round out the set list.
2009: A commercial for Dr Pepper Cherry soda featuring KISS’ Gene Simmons and his son, Nick, premieres. The KISS track ‘Calling Dr. Love’ is also featured in the Trust Me, I’m a Dr. campaign.
2009: Oasis’ 1995 hit ‘Wonderwall’ tops a Virgin Radio listener’s poll of the best British songs of all time.
2009: Trapt headline the Contagious Tour, named after a single from their ’08 “Only Through The Pain” album. The trek begins in Maplewood, MN.
2010: Weezer premieres the video for ‘I’m Your Daddy’ on MySpace. The video for a track from the band’s ’09 set ‘Raditude’ features footage of the band backstage and on the road. There is also cameos by Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams.
2011: A website that illegally sold Beatles songs online for 25 cents each agreed to pay record companies almost $1m to settle a legal case. BlueBeat.com, based in the US, streamed and sold music by The Beatles, Coldplay and others until it was sued in 2009. In the few days before it was forced to shut down, it had distributed more than 67,000 Beatles tracks.
2011: Sum 41 released their 5th studio album, ‘Screaming Bloody Murder.’
2011: Slipknot drummer Shawn (Clown) Crahan’s band Black Dots Of Death issue their debut album, ‘Ever Since We Were Children.’ ‘Let’s Get F***ed Up’ is the lead single.
2011: Amon Amarth released the album ‘Surtur Rising.’ It debuted at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts.
2012: Red Hot Chili Peppers begin their first U.S. tour in five years, and after postponing the start of the trek due to singer Anthony Kiedis’ foot injuries. Tampa is the first stop on the ‘I’m With You’ tour, the group’s first U.S. trek since the departure of longtime guitarist John Frusciante (and the addition of one-time touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer).
2012: Slash releases a version of his song ‘Gotten,’ featuring Maroon 5’s Adam Levine on vocals. Download proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Youth Network which helps over 10,000 runaway and homeless youth on the streets of L.A. every night.
2013: A letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney, written in 1971 during the aftermath of The Beatles’ breakup, was announced as being one of the items being put up for sale on May 30th as part of an online auction organized by Profiles in History.
2015: 72-year-old Norman Greenbaum, who wrote and sang the 1969 hit ‘Spirit in the Sky,’ was critically injured when the car he was riding in turned left, crossing into the path of an on-coming motorcycle. The 20-year-old motorcyclist was killed and his passenger was severely injured. After a lengthy recovery, Greenbaum returned to the stage in Santa Rosa, California on November 15, 2015.
2015: After weeks of speculation, following the departure of drummer Shawn Drover, Megadeth confirm that Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler is going to be their new drummer.
2015: The Treatment announce the departure of frontman Matt Jones. He is replaced by Mitchel Emms.
2016: R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe makes his solo debut on late night television with an appearance on the Tonight Show. He covers David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ in advance of the Bowie tribute concert at Carnegie Hall two nights later.
2016: Andy Newman from Thunderclap Newman died aged 73. Thunderclap Newman, whose 1969 #1 hit ‘Something in the Air’ became one of the indestructible staples of British 1960’s pop. Primarily a keyboard player his schoolfriends nicknamed him Thunderclap in honour of his playing technique. The band that would become Thunderclap Newman was formed in late 1968 at the instigation of the Who’s Pete Townshend.
2017: Butcher Babies officially announce that drummer Chase Brickenden has replaced Chris Warner. Brickenden filled-in during the band’s Knotfest performances in the U.S. and Japan.
2017: The United States Library of Congress added Don McLean’s 1971 hit ‘American Pie’ to their National Recording Registry of 2016. ‘American Pie’ joins Judy Garland’s ‘Over The Rainbow,’ N.W.A.’s album, ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and the Eagles’ 1976 ‘Their Greatest Hits’ as treasures worthy of preservation.
2017: Guns N’ Roses claim the top spot on Pollstar’s 2016 highest average per city gross list for the dates on their Not In This Lifetime reunion world tour with an average per city gross of over $5 million. 2019: L.A. Guns released their album ‘The Devil You Know.’
2019. Def Leappard were enshrined into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Brian May of Queen gives the induction speech.
1957: Buddy Knox became the first artist in the Rock ‘n’ Roll era to write his own number one hit when ‘Party Doll’ topped the Billboard chart. Buddy would go on to place four more songs in the Top 40 between 1957 and 1961.
1958: Little Richard had his final US Top 10 hit with a song he had recorded in October, 1956, ‘Good Golly Miss Molly.’ The previous Autumn he had given up Rock ‘n’ Roll and had enrolled at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, to study theology.
1962: The Russian newspaper Pravda warns communist youths about the dangers of dancing the Twist.
1963: 16 year old Lesley Gore records her breakthrough hit, ‘It’s My Party.’ Producer Quincy Jones hurried Gore into the studio when he found out that Phil Spector was going to cut the song with The Crystals. The single would reach #1 in the US and #9 in the UK.
1963: The Chiffons enjoy the first of their five Billboard Top 40 hits when ‘He’s So Fine’ climbs to #1. In the UK, it reached #16.
1964: Former Beatles drummer Pete Best appears on US TV’s ‘I’ve Got A Secret.’ It only took a handful of questions before the panel guessed his former occupation and when host Gary Moore asked him why he left the group, he said “I thought I’d like to start of group of my own and I thought at that time they weren’t going to go as big as they are now.”
1966: In Paris, 85 rioters are arrested at a Rolling Stones concert.
1967: During Jimi Hendrix’s appearance on the BBC’s Top of the Pops, a technician mistakenly cued Alan Price’s ‘Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear’ instead of Hendrix’s ‘Purple Haze.’ Hendrix replied “I don’t know the words to that one man.”
1967: The photo session took place at Chelsea Manor studios in London with Michael Cooper for the cover of The Beatles ‘Sgt Pepper’s’ album, using cardboard cutouts and wax figures to represent The Beatles’ heroes, including depictions of Edgar Allan Poe, Lenny Bruce, Vidal Sassoon, Laurel and Hardy and Bob Dylan. Mae West initially declines but is later won over by a personal request from the group. After the shoot The Beatles resumed work at Abbey Road studios on ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ adding guitars, bass, tambourine, and backing vocals. The session began at 11:00 pm and ends at 7:30 am.
1967: The Turtles’s ‘Happy Together’ hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
1967: During an appearance by Jimi Hendrix on ‘Top Of The Pops’ a technician created a lip-sync mishap by putting on the backing track of Alan Price’s ‘Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear’, to which Hendrix responded ‘I don’t know the words to this one man.’
1968: Jimi Hendrix appeared at the University of Toledo Fieldhouse in Toledo, Ohio.
1968: ‘Live Yardbirds’ is recorded at Anderson Theatre in New York City. Originally rejected for release by the group due to poor sound quality, the album, which features Jimmy Page, is rolled out three years later to capitalize on Page’s Led Zeppelin success.
1968: The Who performed at the Westbury Music Fair in Westbury, New York.
1968: Sly & the Family Stone appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Buffalo Springfield played at the Fairgrounds Coliseum in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1969: After having two giant hits with ‘The Letter’ (#1) and ‘Cry Like A Baby’ (#2), The Box Tops’ ‘Sweet Cream Ladies’ tops out at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100. They would reach #18 later in the year with ‘Soul Deep,’ their final Top 40 entry.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at the Farx Club in the Northcote Arms, in Southall, Middlesex, England. The support acts were Smokey Rice and Great Circle. The band’s fee was to be £75 ($112.50) or 60% of the gate, whichever was greater.
1970: Led Zeppelin walked off stage during a Pittsburgh gig and said they wouldn’t play until the police stopped intimidating their audience. Ten minutes later they resumed the show. Prior to the show, the band’s manager trashed twenty four bottles of champagne because they weren’t Dom Perignon per the group’s rider. The promoter was unable to get the famous brand and his $100 per bottle substitute was deemed “garbage” by Zep’s manager.
1971: Six months after his death, Jimi Hendrix’s album, ‘The Cry of Love’ is certified Gold.
1971: Yes appeared at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band played at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
1973: King Crimson headlined at Niedersachsen Halle, inHanover, Germany.
1974: Paul McCartney & Wings peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Jet’ which was their 5th top 10 single in the U.S.
1974: Deep Purple peaked at #91 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘Might Just Take Your Life’ from the ‘Burn’ album. It was their last song to chart until 1985.
1974: The Ramones play their first “show” in the band’s rehearsal space on Manhattan’s East 20th Street — then known as Performance Studios. It took place before just a handful of friends and associates, including future drummer Tommy Erdelyi, who, at the time, was acting as the trio’s manager. The included Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone) who was still sitting in on drums, with bassist Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone) trying in vain to also handle lead vocals, and guitarist John Cummings (Johnny Ramone).
1975: Genesis played at Saarlandhalle in Saarbrucken, Germany.
1975: Peter Frampton released his 4th studio album, ‘Frampton.’
1975: Jeff Beck’s first solo album ‘Blow by Blow’ was released. The album went on to receive praise both from rock fans & jazz fans & sell over a million copies in the U.S.
1976: The Sex Pistols played their first show at The 100 club in London. They begin a weekly residency at the club in June.
1977: The Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’ went to the #1 spot on the album chart.
1977: Pink Floyd performed the third of four nights at New Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground in Stafford, England.
1978: Paul Simonon and Topper Headon of The Clash were arrested in Camden Town, London after shooting down racing pigeons with air guns from the roof of Chalk Farm Studios. Four police cars and a helicopter were required to make the arrest. Their fines totalled £800 ($1,360).
1978: U2 won 500 pounds and a CBS audition in a Guinness talent contest in Limerick, Ireland.
1978: David Bowie appeared at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
1979: Van Halen played at Caldwell Stadium in Caldwell, Idaho.
1979: Triumph’s release their 3rd studio album, ‘Just a Game.’
1980: Genesis releases ‘England By The Pound.’
1980: ZZ Top performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1981: Pretenders ‘Extended Play’ is released in the U.S. It reached #27 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The five-track EP because of the differences between the U.S. and British approaches to record-making. The Pretenders scored on both sides of the Atlantic with their debut album in January 1980, then released two successful singles in Britain, ‘Talk of the Town’ (March 1980), which made the U.K. Top Ten, and ‘Message of Love’ (January 1981), which also was a hit. But one-off singles are a rarity in the U.S., and since the band did not have a full-length album ready yet, Sire Record put the singles on this EP to forestall imports. They then appeared again on ‘Pretenders II’ five months later.
1981: U2 demanded cash for a concert in Lubbock, Texas, at which point the club owner pulled out a gun and told them they would take a check like everyone else.
1982: U2 played the second of two nights at the San Francisco Civic Centre.
1983: Rush appeared at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1984: Greg Lake left Asia and was replaced by original Asia guitarist John Wetton.
1984: David Gilmour appeared on the Tyne Tees TV show ‘The Tube,’ broadcast live from Newcastle upon-Tyne, England.
1985: Phil Collins started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘One More Night,’ his second U.S. chart topper.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The Power Station’s ‘Some Like It Hot’ at #30, David Lee Roth’s California Girls #23, Duran Duran’s Save A Prayer #22, Bryan Adams’ Somebody #13, USA For Africa’s We Are The World #5, with Phil Collins hitting #1 with ‘One More Night.’
1987: Prince releases his 9th album, ‘Sign o’ the Times.’
1991: Tesla peaked at #12 on Billboard’s 200 album chart with their ‘Five Man Acoustical Jam’ album.
1987: Bryan Adams releases his ‘Into The Fire’ album.
1990: Forbidden released their album ‘Twisted Into Form.’ It was their last album with drummer Paul Bostaph before he joined Slayer in 1992.
1991: The Almighty release their album, ‘Soul Destruction.’ 1992: Dio releases the compilation album, ‘Diamonds – The Best of Dio.’
1992: R.E.M. started recording sessions for their ‘Automatic For The People’ album at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York.
1992: The soundtrack to ‘Wayne’s World’ was the #1 album in the US. It featured the return to the charts of Queen’s, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ actually making the song a bigger hit the second time around. Tracks by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, as well as a new version of ‘Dream Weaver’ from Gary Wright, were also included on the LP.
1994: Pink Floyd played their first concert in more than five years, opening a North American tour before more than 55,000 fans in Miami.
1996: The Gin Blossoms crack the U.S. Top 10 for the first time with the two-sided single, ‘Til I Hear It From You’ and ‘Follow You Down.’ The single reaches #9.
1996: The Beatles had the #1 album on the UK chart with ‘Anthology 2.’ It had similar success in America where it topped the Billboard Hot 200 and sold over 1.7 million copies.
1996: A contractual dispute leads Offspring to part ways with Epitaph Records. The group eventually signs with Columbia Records.
1999: KISS cancels 3 concerts in Russia after the American bombing of Yugoslavia.
2000: Rolling Stone Mick Jagger made a nostalgic visit to his old school. He opened the new arts center that had been named after him at Dartford Grammar. The singer said he had spent the worst years of his life at the school.
2003: Linkin Park went to #1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘Meteora.’ It was also a US #1.
2004: Todd Harrell (3 Doors Down) is acquitted of one count of simple assault in a Moss Point, MS., municipal court. The charges stemmed from a 3/5/04 altercation with a man who accused the bassist of stealing newspapers from a coin-operated vending machine.
2004: A Perfect Circle postpones several dates on their North American tour because singer Maynard James Keenan is ill.
2004: The Darkness nixes a concert in Cleveland just hours before they are scheduled to take the stage because singer Justin Hawkins lost his voice. The Darkness cancels additional shows.
2004: Guns N’ Roses pulled out of the Rock in Rio Lisbon festival after the sudden departure of guitarist Buckethead.
2004: Soulfly released their 4th studio album ‘Prophecy.’ It peaked at #82 on the Billboard Charts. David Ellefson plays bass on some of the album.
2004: ‘Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall’ album is released. ?It is a complete recording of Bob Dylan’s October 31, 1964 “Halloween” show at New York’s Philharmonic Hall, released on March 30, 2004. It debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart on April 17, 2004 at #28, and spent 4 weeks on the chart. It also reached #33 in the U.K.
2004: Aerosmith’s 14th studio album ‘Honkin’ on Bobo’ album is released. It features 11 covers including ‘Baby, Please Don’t Go,’ ‘Stop Messin’ Around’ and ‘Road Runner,’ and a brand new song ‘The Grind.’
2006: Courtney Love sells a 25-percent share of her stake in Nirvana’s publishing rights to Larry Mestel, of Primary Wave Music Publishing. “I needed a partner to take Kurt Cobain’s songs and bring them into the future and into the next generation,” says Love. It’s claimed Love made more than $50 million on the deal.
2007: The debut U.S. concert by Heaven & Hell, the band featuring a Ronnie James Dio-fronted Black Sabbath lineup, is recorded for a DVD and CD. The performance takes place at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
2007: Guitars signed by Bruce Springsteen, The Who’s Pete Townshend and Sting are up for bid at the third annual Musicians On Call Benefit Concert and Auction in New York. The event helps support the organization’s program of entertaining hospital patients through live and recorded music.
2007: A man was arrested by police and detained under the Mental Health Act after trying to force his way into Paul McCartney’s mansion, screaming: “I must get to him.” The middle-aged man burst through security patrols into McCartney’s isolated Sussex estate; guards who feared an assassination attempt were scrambled to intercept him as he sped towards the front door. He was finally halted by trees and a fence just yards from Sir Paul’s six-bedroom home at Peasmarsh.
2007: Stevie Nicks performs two of her more famous songs from her tenure with Fleetwood Mac, ‘Landslide’ and ‘Rhiannon,’ on NBC’s Today Show. The appearance is in support of her career-spanning compilation, ‘Crystal Visions: The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks.’
2008: Heart performs on a cruise to raise money for the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation to aid in the fight against breast cancer. The week-long ‘Cruise For Our Cause’ visits several Caribbean locations. The excursion is organized by Olivia, a travel company that caters exclusively to the lesbian community.
2008: The Rolling Stones and director Martin Scorsese attend the New York premiere of the band’s ‘Shine A Light’ concert film.
2009: Saliva’s Josey Scott has an emergency operation to treat a hemorrhaged arterial bleeding ulcer. The surgery, which takes place in Jackson, TN, forces Saliva to cancel 13 appearances on the ‘Snocore’ tour.
2009: Tickets for U2’s first four North American shows (Chicago, Toronto, Boston and New York) on their ‘360 Tour’ sell out in record time. The band then schedules an extra concert in each city.
2010: Paul McCartney performs at the Hollywood Bowl for the first time since 1993. The show is a stop on his ‘Up and Coming’ tour.
2010: The 51st birthday party for Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell (his actual B-Day was the day before) at Les Deux in L.A. is also the band’s first appearance with bassist Duff McKagan. One of the songs is a rendition of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love.’
2010: The Who close out a series of concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall marking the 10th anniversary of benefit shows in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity. They perform a complete rendition of their 1973 rock opera ‘Quadrophenia’ with guest vocalists Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Tom Meighan (Kasabian).
2011: Buffalo Springfield, which split in 1968, announces a reunion tour with original members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay. The tour lasts seven shows, ending with a performance at Bonnaroo. Another 30 dates are planned, but Young calls it off.
2011: Harper/Collins announced that Billy Joel had decided to back out of a book deal that would have seen him publish his memoirs. Tentatively called ‘The Book of Joel,’ the autobiography was slated to deal with Joel’s musical history, his failed marriage to Christie Brinkley, as well as his battles with substance abuse.
2012: Jerry Lee Lewis gets married for the 7th time. The lucky lady is Judith Brown, an ex-wife of a cousin and Jerry’s caregiver. She is also the aunt of Myra Gale Brown, who married Lewis when she was just 13.
2012: “Weird Al” Yankovic launched a $5 million lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment for underpayment of royalties. The case would be settled in December, 2013 in Yankovic’s favor for undisclosed terms.
2013: Producer Phil Ramone dies of complication from surgery of an aortic aneurysm at 79. Trained as a classical violinist at the Juilliard School, Ramone went on to win 14 Grammys and produce artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Elton John and Bob Dylan. He is also credited as recording Marilyn Monroe’s hazy version of ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’ for JFK. Later, he invented surround sound for movies and produced the first ever album on CD – Billy Joel’s ’52nd Street.’
2013: A rare, signed copy of The Beatles’ album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ sells for $290,500 at an auction in Texas. The previous record for a signed cover was $150,000 for the band’s 1964 set ‘Meet The Beatles.’
2014: Bachman-Turner Overdrive are inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame as part of the 43rd Annual Juno Awards at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
2015: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil performs the National Anthem before the Las Vegas Outlaws debut game at the Thomas & Mack Center. Rockstar Sports Group, of which Neil is a partner, were awarded the Arena Football League franchise the previous September.
2015: Van Halen shut down Hollywood Boulevard to play their hits on the first of a two-night run on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Singer David Lee Roth cuts his nose while furiously twirling a metal baton during the opening number, ‘Panama.’ He gets it bandaged and carries on but the injury requires fourteen stitches. The mini-concert promotes the group’s album ‘Tokyo Dome Live In Concert.’
2015: ‘Led Zeppelin,’ a concert film opens in U.S. theaters. The two-hour film features over a dozen live performances from the 1970s.
2015: ‘Brian-Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson,’ a tribute concert honoring the Beach Boys’ singer/songwriter is held in L.A. The show features appearances by The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Heart’s Ann Wilson and Wilson Phillips.
1949: RCA Victor introduced the 45rpm single record, which had been in development since 1940. The 7-inch disc was designed to compete with the Long Playing record introduced by Columbia a year earlier. Both formats offered better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78rpm record that was currently in use. Advertisements for new record players boasted that with 45rpm records, the listener could hear up to ten records with speedy, silent, hardly noticeable changes.
1957: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Obie Wheeler, Carl Perkins and Glen Douglas open a tour of the South in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1957: Billed as the nation’s only atomic powered singer, Elvis Presley played two shows (2pm and 6pm), at the Olympia in Detroit, Michigan in front of 24,000 fans.
1957: The Soviet Culture newspaper in Moscow dismisses Rock n’ Roll as nothing more than a wayward capitalist venture designed to part the gullible masses from their hard earned dollars.
1958: Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B. Goode’ is released. It would enter the Billboard charts six weeks later and peak at #8 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart. The song is named after his piano player (Johnnie Johnson) and the street where he grew up (Goode Avenue). The song’s original lyrics referred to Johnny as a “colored boy”, but Berry later acknowledged that he changed it to “country boy” to ensure radio play. The song has since gone on to be covered by artists ranging from AC/DC and Judas Priest to The Beach Boys and Elvis Presley.
1962: The Beatles played their first gig in the South of England when they appeared at The Subscription Rooms, Stroud. Tickets cost 5 shillings, ($0.70).
1964: The Beatles set a recording industry record that may never be equaled. They held the top 5 positions on the US singles chart with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ at #1, ‘Twist and Shout’ at #2, ‘She Loves You’ at #3, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ at #4 and ‘Please Please Me’ at #5. In Canada, they had nine of the top 10 singles, while the Australian charts saw them occupying the first six places.
1964: Filming for ‘A Hard Days Night,’ The Beatles played a “live television performance” in front of a studio of screaming fans (one of those fans was Phil Collins). The four songs used in the film were ‘Tell Me Why’, ‘I Should Have Known Better’, ‘And I Love Her’, and ‘She Loves You’.
1966: Elvis Presley’s ‘Frankie & Johnnie’ movie premieres in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1967: Robert Plant releases second pre-Zep solo single, ‘Our Song.’
1967: Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar live on stage for the first time when he was appearing at The Astoria in London, England. It was the first night of a 24-date tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink. He burned his hands during the stunt and was later taken to the hospital. The Fender Stratocaster burned on stage by Hendrix sold for £280,000 at a 2008 London auction of rock memorabilia.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Top Spot Ballroom in Ross-on-Wye, England.
1968: The Who performed at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.
1969: Led Zeppelin performed at the Cooks Ferry Inn, in Edmonton, in north London.
1969: George Harrison and his wife, Patti, appeared in a U-K court on a marijuana possession charge. They were fined 250 pounds. They were arrested on Paul McCartney’s wedding day.
1969: In Amsterdam, John Lennon and Yoko Ono called off their “bed-in” so they could premiere Yoko’s new film, ‘Rape,’ in Vienna. They also announce their “Bagism” project, giving the entire press conference from inside a white bag.
1969: A short John Lennon film entitled ‘Rape’ appears on Australian TV.
1970: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1972: The Beatles Official Fan Club closed. Freda Norris, who ran the club, commented that the membership in 1965 was at 80,000 & now membership was at 11,000. The Beatles Monthly magazine had ceased three years previously.
1972: Deep Purple released their 6th album, ‘Machine Head.’ It reached #1 on the UK Albums chart, and #7 on The Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The legendary single, “Smoke on the Water”, also charted in the UK (#21) and on the Billboard Hot 100 (#4).
1972: The #1 single in the U.S. is America’s self-titled debut, featuring their classic ‘A Horse With No Name.’
1973: The Grateful Dead played at War Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1973: Roxy Music appeared at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1973: Lou Reed enters the Top 40 with ‘Walk on the Wild Side.’
1973: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Alice Cooper’s ‘Hello Hurray’ at #47, Dobie Gray’s ‘Drift Away’ at #36, Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On The Wild’ at #31, The Sweet’s ‘Little Willy’ at #25, The Moody Blues’ ‘I’m Just A Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)’ at #22, and David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ at #17.
1973: Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ entered the Billboard album chart for the very first time.
1973: Elton John appears on the front page of Melody Maker, which proclaims “Now Elton’s A Teen Idol!”
1974: Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Aerosmith headlined at the Civic Center in Lansing, Michigan.
1976: Led Zeppelin released their 7th studio album ‘Presence’ on their own Swan Song Records. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for two weeks. Jimmy Page and manager Peter Grant were fearful that Plant might have quit the band during his (and his family’s) recovery from a serious car accident the year before. So, the band rushed to Musicland Studios in Germany (for tax reasons) to get Plant out of his depression and “back in the groove.” After a month of rehearsals, the album was recorded in just eighteen days with Plant in a wheelchair.
1977: Elvis Presley’s concert in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is postponed during intermission when he is too ill to go onstage. The next day, he is admitted to a Memphis hospital for a six day stay, suffering from fatigue and intestinal flu.
1978: Eric Clapton played at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
1979: Roxy Music appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, Massachusetts.
1979: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes April Wine’s ‘Roller’ at #47, The Police’s ‘Roxanne’ at #46, The Babys’ ‘Every Time I Think Of You’ at #37, Billy Joel’s ‘Big Shot’ at #14, Rod Stewart’s ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’ at #7, Dire Straits’ ‘Sultans Of Swing’ at #6 and The Bee Gees’ ‘Tragedy’ at #1.
1980: Rush performed at the Brandt Center in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
1980: Scorpions 7th studio album ‘Animal Magnetism’ is released. It peaks at #52 on Billboard’s 200 album chart.
1982: The Doobie Brothers announced that they were splitting up. The band started in the 1970s with the #11 hit ‘Listen to the Music’ and would re-unite in 1987 and released the Top Ten smash, ‘The Doctor’ in 1989.
1982: ZZ Top played at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1982: Toto release their #2 single ‘Rosanna.’
1983: Pink Floyd released ‘The Final Cut,’ their last album with Roger Waters.
1984: Motley Crue peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Shout at the Devil,’ which went on to be certified four times Platinum in the U.S.
1984: Kenny Loggins started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Footloose,’ the theme from the film with the same name, a #6 hit in the UK.
1986: O’Kelly Isley of The Isley Brothers died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 48. As a trio, the Isleys started as a Gospel group in the early 1950s, switching to R&B in the latter half of the decade. Their first big hit was ‘Shout’ in 1959, followed in 1962 by the original version of ‘Twist and Shout,’ later covered by the Beatles. The Isley Brothers’ biggest hit came in 1969 with the million-selling ‘It’s Your Thing.’
1987: Prince released his 9th studio album ‘Sign o’ the Times,’ the set featured the title track, ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’ and ‘U Got the Look’, (with Sheena Easton). In 1989, Time Out magazine ranked it as the greatest album of all time.
1989: Guns N’ Roses released their acoustic single ‘Patience.’
1992: Bruce Springsteen releases the ‘Human Touch’ and ‘Lucky Town’ albums simultaneously. A creative spurt at the end of the ‘Human Touch’ sessions produced ‘Lucky Town.’ The single, ‘Human Touch’ (backed by ‘Lucky Town’s’ ‘Better Days’), peaks at #1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart.
1992: Def Leppard released their 5th studio album ‘Adrenalize,’ the first by the band following the 1991 death of guitarist Steve Clark. Former Dio and Whitesnake guitarist Vivian Campbell, was brought in as the newest member in April 1992. He appears in all promotional videos for the album’s singles (except ‘Let’s Get Rocked’), despite not playing on the album. It would eventually reach #1 on Billboard’s 200 album chart.
1992: GWAR released the album ‘America Must Be Destroyed.’ 1992: Mitch Malloy released his self-titled debut album.
1994: Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain walks out of the drug treatment Exodus Recovery Center in Marina del Rey and with him goes any chance of survival. Cobain entered the treatment center only three days earlier. He is dead of a self-inflicted gun shot wound a week later.
1995: Jimmy Page escaped being knifed when a fan rushed the stage at a Page and Plant gig at Auburn Hills, Michigan. The fan was stopped by two security guards, who he knifes instead. After his arrest, he told police that he wanted to kill Jimmy Page because of the Satanic music he was playing.
1996: Phil Collins announced his departure from Genesis after having spent 21 years as their lead singer.
2000: The film ‘High Fidelity’ hit theaters in the U.S. It featured an appearance by Bruce Springsteen, his first Hollywood cameo.
2003: White Stripes release their fourth album ‘Elephant’ in the U.K.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne confirmed he was reforming Black Sabbath for a summer tour.
2004: Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello and System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian are among the musicians who take part in the Axis of Justice concert series in West Hollywood, CA.
2005: ‘When Metallica Ruled The World’ premieres on VH-1.
2006: Warrant released the album ‘Born Again.’ The album featured vocalist Jaime St. James who replaced Jani Lane in 2004.
2006: The London Teenage Cancer Trust concerts feature the Scorpions, Judas Priest and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan. The event is co-produced by Roger Daltrey.
2006: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry announced that digital music sales almost tripled around the world in 2005, reaching $1.1 billion in value.
2007: A new world record for the longest non-stop concert was set by hundreds of musicians in Japan. The performance began on the evening of 23 March in the city of Omi, with musicians aged between six and 96 taking turns with over 2,000 tunes being performed over 182 hours. Organisers praised the musicians, one of whom carried on despite a major earthquake during her piano piece. The previous world record was set in Canada in 2001 with 181 hours.
2007: Heaven & Hell (essentially the Ronnie James Dio edition of Sabbath – Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler but not Bill Ward) appear on VH1 Classic’s ‘Hangin’ With.’
2008: U2 join Madonna and sign a huge contract with Live Nation. They take a lot of of stock in the company that they’d later sell off.
2009: Queensrÿche’s 1th studio album, ‘American Soldier’ is released. The album peaked at #25 on the Billboard chart.
2009: Stevie Nicks releases ‘The Soundstage Sessions: Live in Chicago.’ The limited-edition CD/DVD contains audio and video footage from Nicks’ performance for PBS’ Soundstage series.
2009: ‘The Complete Metallica,’ a digital ‘box set’ is available exclusively through iTunes. It features nine studio albums, plus covers and live tracks.
2009: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases ‘Live at the Cardiff Capitol Theatre.’ It features music recorded at Cardiff, Wales’ Capitol Theatre on November 4, 1975. It’s released alongside the album ‘Authorized Bootleg: Live In Winterland, San Francisco, CA, 3/07/76.’
2009: Filter releases out their first retrospective album, ‘The Very Best Things (1995-2008).’ The collection spans the band’s career, including three songs that Filter contributed to soundtracks.
2009: The Ozzy Osbourne clan returns to TV when their FOX variety series ‘Osbournes Reloaded’ premieres. The family show mixes live performances and skits. More than 15 FOX affiliates across the United States refuse to air the episode after deeming the program’s content unsuitable for younger viewers. In addition, another 10 affiliates bump the show from prime time to a later hour.
2011: Bruce Springsteen’s open letter against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s budget plan is printed in the Asbury Park Press. Springsteen states the governor’s policy favors the state’s most wealthy residents.
2012: Lars Ulrich and drummer Mike Portnoy are featured guests on the 10th season kick-off episode of ‘That Metal Show.’
2012: It’s National Learn to Play Day in the U.K. Free musical instrument lessons are available to the public. Music instructors include Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and Whitesnake’s guitarist Doug Aldrich. Over 60 music shops participate nationwide.
2015: Joni Mitchell was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. The singer songwriter was admitted to intensive care where she underwent tests. Los Angeles fire officials said paramedics had answered a 911 call in Bel Air, where Mitchell lives, and had taken a patient whom they did not identify to hospital.
2015: Van Halen release their first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 at the famed Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, ‘Tokyo Dome Live In Concert’ includes 23 songs, spanning all seven of the band’s albums with Roth.
2015: Three Days Grace issue their 5th album, ‘Human.’ It is their first effort with frontman Matt Walst, brother of bassist Brad, who replaced Adam Gontier in ’13.
2015: Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland (And The Wildabouts) releases ‘Blaster.’ “The album has its own distinctive sound, but it also can entice those Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans who have stuck by me,” says Weiland. 2015: ‘Kintsugi’ is the title of Death Cab For Cutie’s eighth studio album. It’s the band’s first album as a trio following the departure of founding member Chris Walla.
2015: Boz Scaggs releases his latest album, ‘A Fool To Care.’
2016: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich appears on the panel for the History Channel’s ‘Join Or Die.’ The panel debates who was the most influential band: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, The Ramones, Run DMC or Nirvana. No surprise, it’s The Beatles.
2016: John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) tops Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Drummers Of All Time.
2016: Black Sabbath launch a clothing line based on Sabbath album covers, logos and other insignia.
2016: Michael Stipe, Cyndi Lauper, Ann Wilson and Perry Farrell are among the performers at a Carnegie Hall concert honoring David Bowie.
2017: John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols/Public Image LTD) presents Mr. Rotten’s Songbook. It is a collection of singer’s handwritten and annotated lyric sheets along with his artwork.