June 1
Jim McCarty (Cactus, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Buddy Miles Express, The Rockets, Mystery Train, Hell drivers, also recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Seger) – 75
Ron Wood (Jeff Beck Group, The Faces, The Rolling Stones) – 71 – On his 28th birthday, he performs his first gig with the Rolling Stones.
Mike Levine (Triumph) – 71
Simon Gallup (The Cure) – 60
Mike Joyce (The Smiiths) – 57
Alanis Morissette – 46

June 2
Charles Miller (War) – b. 1939 – d. 6/14/80
Charlie Watts (Blues Incorporated, The Rolling Stones, The Charlie Watts Tentet) – 79
Steve Brookins (38 Special) – 69
Bubba Keith (James Gang, Point Blank, solo) –
Micki Steele / Susan Thomas (Runaways, Bangles + more) – 65
Pete Farndon (The Pretenders) – b. 1952 – d. 4/14/83
Dez Cadena (Black Flag) – 59
Jason Falkner (Three O’Clock, Jellyfish, The Grays, solo) – 52
Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes, Little Joy + more) – 40

June 3
Jimmy Rogers (Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, solo band) – b. 1924 – d. 12/19/97
Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople, Hunter/Ronson, solo) – 81
Mickey Finn (T. Rex, Hapshash & the Coloured Coat, Mickey Finn’s T. Rex, The Blow Monkeys) b. 1947 – d. 1/11/03 from apparent alcohol related liver problems
Michael Clarke (The Byrds, Firefall, Byrds Celebration, Flying Burrito Brothers, Dillard & Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker + more) – b. 1947 – d. 12/19/93
Dave Alexander (Iggy Pop & The Stooges) – b. 1947 – d. 2/10/75
Suzy Quatro (The Pleasure Seekers, Cradle, Chris Norman, solo, actress) – 70
Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Vision, Kid Rock) – b. 1952 Died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida on Jan. 28th, 2009. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate the musician but he was pronounced dead an hour later.
Kerry King (Slayer) – 56
Doro Pesch (Warlock, Doro) – 56

June 4
Michelle Phillips (The Mamas & the Papas) – 76
Roger Ball (Average White Band) – 76
Paul Samson (born Paul Sanson) (Samson) – b. 1953 – d. 8/9/02)
Jimmy McCulloch (Wings, Thunderclap Newman) – b. 1953 – d. 9/27/79
Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Tin Machine, The Cure) – 64
Selwyn Brown (Steel Pulse) – 62
Paul Taylor (Winger, Aldo Nova, Steve Perry, Alice Cooper, Eric Martin, Tommy Shaw) – 60
Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) – 46
JoJo Garza (Los Lonely Boys) – 39
Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry) – 35
Liv Jagrell (Sister Sin, Hysterica) – 40
Zachary Farro (Paramore) – 30

June 5
Michael Davis (MC5, Blood Orange, Destroy All Monsters) – b. 1943 – d. 2/17/12
Tom Evans (Badfinger) – b. 1947 – d. 11/19/83
Ellen Foley (singer, actress: Meatloaf, solo) – 69
Nicko McBrain (Streetwalkers, Pat Travers, Trust, Iron Maiden) – 68
Jon Butcher (Jon Butcher Axis, solo) – 64
Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs, Love Spit Love, solo) – 64
Eric Stacy (Faster Pussycat) – 56
Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) – 40

June 6
Levi Stubbs (The Four Tops, voice artist in film and animated television series, most famously for the voice of the alien plant in the 1986 comedic horror film ‘Little Shop of Horrors.) – b. 1936 – d. 10/17/08
Gary U.S. Bonds – 81
Howie Kane (Jay and the Americans) – 78
Peter Albin (Big Brother & the Holding Company, Country Joe and The Fish) – 76
Tony Levin (King Crimson, Liquid Tension Experiment, Peter Gabriel, Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, Head, Bozzio Levin Stevens, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe) – 74
Dwight Twilley – 69
Nick Bowcott (Grim Reaper, Marshall Director of Marketing and Artist Relations, Jackson/Charvel /EVH Marketing & Artist Relations, writer, trainer, clinics) – 61
Steve Vai (Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, Whitesnake, David Lee Roth, Public Image Ltd., solo, G3) – 60
Tom Araya (Slayer) – 59
Jay Bentley (Bad Religion) – 56
Sean Yseult (White Zombie, Ruined Eye, Rock City Morgue, Famous Monsters, Star & Dagger) – 54
James “Munky” Shaffer (Korn, Fear and the Nervous System + more) – 50
Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) – 48
Uncle Kracker / Matthew Shafer (Kid Rock, solo) – 46

June 7
Tom Jones – 80
Clarence White / Clarence LeBlanc (The Kentucky Colonels, Nashville West, The Byrds, Muleskinner) – b. 1944 – d. 7/14/73
Jack Ryland (Three Dog Night) – b. 1949 – d. 11/13/96
Mark Reale (Riot) b. 1955 – d. 1/25/12
Prince – b. 1958 – d. 4/21/16
Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal, earthlings?, Queens of the Stone Age + more) – 59
Michael Cartellone (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Damn Yankees, Accept) – 58
Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots, Talkshow, Spiralarms) – 54
David Navarro (Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Camp Freddy, Spirits in the Sky, solo + more) – 53

June 8
Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) – 78
Boz Scaggs (Steve Miller Band, Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, solo) – 76
Jeff Rich “Worzel” (Climax Blues Band, Status Quo, Def Leppard, others) – 67
‪Mark Tornillo‬ (Accept, T.T. Quick) – 66
Greg Ginn (Black Flag) – 66
Mick Hucknell (The Frantic Elevators, Simply Red, Faces) – 60
Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran. Arcadia, The Devils, TV Mania + more) ) – 58
P.J. Farley‬ (Trixter) – 49
Derek Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band, The Derek Trucks Band, Soul Stew Revival, Tedeschi Trucks Band) – 41

June 9
Les Paul – b. 1915 – Paul died in hospital in White Plains, New York at the age of 94 suffering from severe pneumonia on Aug. 12th, 2009.
Trevor Bolder (David Bowie, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, Mick Ronson) – b. 1940 – d. 5/21/13
Jon Lord (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, The Flower Pot Men, Santa Barbara Machine Head) – b. 1941 – In 2011, Lord was found to be suffering from pancreatic cancer. He died on July 16th, 2012 at the London Clinic after suffering from a pulmonary embolism.
Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience) b. 1947 – Mitchell was found dead in his US hotel room on Nov. 12th, 2008 at age 61.
Mick Box (Uriah Heep) – 73
George Bunnell (The Strawberry Alarm Clock) – 71
Pete Gill (The Glitter Band, Saxon, Motorhead, Son Of A Bitch) – 69
Paul Chapman (UFO, Gator Country, Universe, Skid Row, Ghost, Lone Star, Kimla Taz) – 66
Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band, Joe Satriani, ELO, Spinal Tap, Steve Vai, solo, session player: Robin Zander, Jason Becker, Larry Carlton, Andy Summers, Don Henley, Ray Charles and many others, TV and Movie soundtracks) – 61
Patrick Young (Black ‘N Blue) –
Tracey “Spacey T.” Singleton (Sound Barrier, Gangland, Fishbone, Mother’s Finest, Praise the Dead) –
Johnny Depp (Hollywood Vampires, actor) – 57
Dean Dinning (Toad The Wet Sprocket) – 54
Dean Felber (Hootie & The Blowfish) – 53
Matthew Bellamy (Muse) – 42

June 10
Howlin’ Wolf (born Chester Arthur Burnett) – b. 1910 – d. 1/10/76
Rick Price (Sight and Sound, The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Wizzard, Wizzo Band, Price and Lee) – 76
Terry Luttrell (REO Speedwagon, Starcastle) – 73
Mickey Curry (best known for his long-term collaboration with the singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, although he has also worked with Hall & Oates, Cher, Tina Turner, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Sam Phillips, Tom Waits, Survivor, The Cult, Steve Jones and others) – 64
Kim Deal (The Pixies, the Amps, the Breeders) – 59
Kelley Deal (The Breeders, The Last Hard Men, The Kelley Deal 6000, solo) – 59
Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, The Last Hard Men, Starchildren, Skysaw) – 56

June 11
Bernard Purdie (solo, session drummer for James Brown, B.B. King, ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Jeff Beck, Hummingbird, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Gil Scott-Heron, King Curtis, The Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Brecker, Quincy Jones, Hall & Oates, The Animal Isaac Hayes, Joe Cocker, Todd Rundgren, The Monkees, Cat Stevens, Hair, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (soundtrack) and many more) – 81
Richard Palmer-James (Supertramp, Tetrad, King Crimson, solo) – 73
Frank Beard (ZZ Top, American Blues, The Cellar Dwellars, The Hustlers, The Warlocks) – 71
Donnie Van Zant (.38 Special, Van Zant, Lynyrd Skynyrd) – 68
Joe Holmes (Terriff, Lizzy Borden, Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth, Farmikos) – 57
Dan Lavery (Tonic) – 51

June 12
Billy Kenny (The Ink Sppots, solo) – b. 1914 – d. 3/23/78
Roy Harper (Folk singer, keyboards, guitar, bass, songwriter) – 79
Reg Presley (born Reginald Maurice Ball)(The Troggs) – b. 1941 – d. 2/4/13
Brad Delp (Boston, RTZ, Beatlejuice) b. 1951 – Committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in at his home in the New Hampshire on March 9th, 2007.
Barry Bailey (Atlanta Rhythm Section) – 72
John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Roxy Music, Wishbone Ash, U.K.) – b. 1949 – d. 1/31/17
Pete Farndon (Pretenders, Cold River Lady, The Bushwackers) – b. 1952 – d. 4/14/83
Bun E Carlos (Cheap Trick, Tinted Windows) – 70
Rocky Burnette – 67
Bobby Sheehan (Blues Traveler) – b. 1968 – d. 8/20/99
Bardi Martin (Candlebox) – 51
Kenny Wayne Shepherd – 43

June 13
Uriel Jones (session drummer for Motown Records’ in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers, during the 1960s and early 1970s. Jones played on many Motown classics including ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’, by Marvin Gaye, ‘Cloud Nine’ by the Temptations, ‘I Second That Emotion’ by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and ‘For Once In My Life’ by Stevie Wonder) – b. 1934 – d. 3/24/09
Bobby Freeman (R&B singer, songwriter and record producer, who scored the 1958 US & UK No.5 single ‘Do You Want To Dance’. The song has been covered (as ‘Do You Wanna Dance’) by Del Shannon, The Beach Boys, Johnny Rivers, Bette Midler, John Lennon, Cliff Richard, Marc Bolan & T.Rex, the Mamas & The Papas and the Ramones) – b. 1940 – d. 1/23/17
Marv Tarplin (guitarist and songwriter, best known as the guitarist for the Miracles from the 1950s through the early 1970s who co-wrote several of their biggest hits, including the 1965 Grammy Hall Of Fame inducted ‘The Tracks of My Tears’) – b. 1941 – d. 9//30/11
Dennis Locorriere (Dr Hook, solo) – 71
Howard Leese (Heart, Bad Company, The Paul Rodgers Band, solo, Raiding The Rock Vault) – 69
Mike Vescera (Loudness, Obsession, Yngwie Malmsteen, Animetal USA) – 58
Robbie Merrill (Godsmack) – 57
Paul De Lisle (Smash Mouth) – 57
Rivers Cuomo (Weezer, Avant Garde, Zoom, solo) – 50

June 14
Spooner Oldham / Dewey Oldham (songwriter, organ, keyboards; Bob Dylan, Delaney Bramlett, Willy DeVille, Joe Cocker, the Hacienda Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, the Everly Brothers, Dickey Betts, J. J. Cale, Frank Black, Drive-By Truckers. Amos Lee, Neil Young, others) – 77
Rod Argent (The Zombies, Argent, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) – 75
Barry Melton (Country Joe and the Fish) – 73
Steve Hunter (Mitch Ryder’s Detroit, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, solo, worked with Aerosmith, Jack Bruce, Peter Gabriel) – 72
Alan White (Plastic Ono Band, Yes) – 71
Jimmy Lea (Slade) – 68
King Diamond (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond) – 64
Brian David Willis (Quarterflash) – 62 Ann Boleyn (Hellion) – 60
Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) – 58 Dave Rude (Tesla, Dave Rude Band) – 42

June 15
Harry Nilsson – b. 1941 – d. 1/15/94
Johnny Hallyday (Jean-Philippe Smet) (French Rock n’ Roll Singer) – b. 1943 – d. 12//5/17
Muff Winwood (The Spencer Davis Group, Became a producer and A&R man for Sony Records) – 77
Noddy Holder (Slade) – 74
Mike Lutz (Brownsville Station) – 71
John Lawry (Petra) – 70
Craig Gruber (Elf, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Black Sabbath, The Rods, Gary Moore, Raven Lord, Bible Black, ED3N, others) – b. 1951 – d. 5/5/15
Steve Walsh (Kansas) – 69
Bernie Shaw (Uriah Heep) – 64
Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) – 57
Brad Gillis (Night Ranger, Ozzy Osbourne, solo) – 57
Riki Rachman (MTV Headbanger’s Ball host, ‘Loveline’ Host, Morning SHow Radio Host, NASCAR host, Podcast Host + more) – 55

June 16
Lamont Dozier (Holland/Dozier/Holland – wrote many hits for Motown records, (14 US Billboard #1 hits), including The Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas plus Freda Payne and Chairmen Of The Board) – 79
John Dawson IV (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Dead, Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions) – b. 1945 – d. 7/21/09
Iain Matthews (Matthews Southern Comfort, Fairport Convention, Plainsong) – 74
Peter Rivera/Peter Hoorelbeke (rare Earth) – 74
Robbin Thompson (member of the early Bruce Springsteen band, Steel Mill, and co-wrote songs with Timothy B. Schmit, Phil Vassar and Butch Taylor and Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band) – b. 1949 – d. 10//10/15
Charlie Dominici (Dominici, Dream Theater, Frankie and the Knockouts) – 68
Ian Mosley (Marillion, solo) – 67
Garry Roberts (Boomtown Rats) – 66
Doane Perry (Jethro Tull + more) – 66
‎Kiko Loureiro‬ (‎Megadeth‬, Angra) – 48

June 17
Cliff Gallup (guitarist, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps )- b. 1930 – d. 10/9/88
Chris Spedding (born Peter Robinson) (Donovan, Paul McCartney, Roxy Music, Sharks, JJ Cale + more) – 76
Paul Young (Sad Cafe, Mike & The Mechanics, solo) – b. 1947 – d. 7/15/00
Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper Band) – b. 1947 – d. 10/19/97
Greg Rolie (Santana, Journey, The Storm, Abraxas Pool, Gregg Rolie Band, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) – 73
Mike Buck (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) – 68
Jello Biafra (born Eric Reed Boucher) (Dead Kennedys, Lard, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, solo + more) – 62
Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks, Demolition 23, Jerusalem Slim, solo) – 58
Bap Kennedy (singer, songwriter, Energy Orchard, collaborations with Steve Earle, Van Morrison, Shane MacGowan and Mark Knopfler, wrote the song ‘Moonlight Kiss’ which was on the soundtrack for the film ‘Serendipity’) – b. 1962 – 11/11/16

June 18
Don “Sugarcane” Harris (Don & Dewey, John Mayall, Tupelo Chain Sex, Frank Zappa, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Pure Food and Drug Act, many other sessions/collaborations) – b. 1938 – d. 11/27/99
Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings, solo) – 78
Carl Radle, bassist (Derek and the Dominoes, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Dave Mason, Delaney & Bonnie, Dr. John, George Harrison, J.J. Cale, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Art Garfunkel, Donovan + many more) – b. 1942 – d. 5/30/80
Rick Griffin (American artist and one of the leading designers of psychedelic posters in the 1960s. As a contributor to the underground comix movement, his work appeared regularly in Zap Comix) – b. 1944 – d. 8/18/91
Ricky Gazda (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes) – 68
Oz Fox (Stryper, Bloodgood, SinDizzy, Let It Rawk) – 59
Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses, The Dead Daisies, Slash’s Snakepit, Hookers & Blow, Let It Rawk) – 57
Ray LaMontagne – 47

June 19
Tommy DeVito (Four Seasons) – 92
Ann Wilson (Heart, solo) – 70
Tony Richards (Dante Fox, W.A.S.P., DellaVella) – 63
Luke Morley (Thunder) – 60
Simon Wright (Tyton, Dio, AC/DC, UFO, Rhino Bucket, Dio Disciples, Hellion) – 57
Bardi Martin (Candlebox) – 51
Brian “Head” Welch (Korn, Love and Death) – 50

June 20
Danny Cedrone (Bill Haley & His Comets – Cedrone played the lead guitar break on ‘Rock Around the Clock.’ Comets. He died ten days after the session, of a broken neck after falling down a staircase) – b. 1920 – d. 6//17/54
Billy Guy (The Coasters) – b. 1936 – d. 11/5/02
Mickie Most (record producer, The Most Brothers, Produced hits for The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Lulu and Jeff Beck. Ran his own label, RAK during the 1970s, hits with Hot Chocolate, Suzi Quatro and Mud) – b. 1936 – d. 5/30/03
Brian Wilson (Beach Boys, solo) – 78
Micheal Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot, The Circle) – 66
Kelly Johnson (Girlschool) – b. 6/20/58 – d. 7/15/07
Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant (KIX) – 62
John Taylor (Duran Duran, The Power Station, Neurotic Outsiders, Robert Palmer, solo) – 60
Amir Derakh (Rough Cutt, Jailhouse, Julien K, Dead By Sunrise) – 57
Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam, Green River, Brad, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog + more) – 54
Murphy Karges (Sugar Ray) – 53
Twiggy Ramirez (Jeordie White) – (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Goon Moon + more) – 49
Chino Moreno (Deftones, Palms, Team Sleep, Crosses) – 47
Grace Potter (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals) – 37

June 21
Ray Davies (The Kinks, solo) – 76
Jon Hiseman / Philip John Hiseman (Colosseum, Tempest, Colosseum II, John Mayall, Graham Bond Organisatio + more) – 76
Joey Molland (Badfinger, Natural Gas, Gary Walker and The Rain, The Masterminds, The Merseys) – 73
Don Airey (Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, Wishbone Ash, Saxon, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Steve Vai, Colosseum II, Sinner, Empire, Cozy Powell’s Hammer, Thin Lizzy, Brian May, Living Loud + more) – 72
Greg Munford (Strawberry Alarm Clock) – 71
Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) – 70
Nils Lofgren (Neil Young, Crazy Horse, E Street Band, Ringo Starr All Star Band, Lou Reed, Lou Gramm, Grin, solo) – 68
Mark Brzezicki (Big Country, The Cult, Procol Harum, Casbah Club, Ultravox, From The Jam) – 63
Marcella Detroit / Marcy Levy (Eric Clapton, Shakespears Sister, Marcy Levy Band, Siobhan Fahey, solo + more) – 61
Kip Winger (Alice Cooper, Winger, Alan Parsons, Jordan Rudess) – 59
Mike Enzinger (Incubus) – 44
Brandon Flowers (The Killers, solo) – 39

June 22
Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) – 81
Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon, Club Owner, Producer, Manager, Record Label Executive) – 76
Howard Kaylan (The Crossfires, The Turtles, The Mothers of Invention, Flo & Eddie) – 73
Todd Rundgren (Nazz, Utopia, Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band, solo) – 72
Larry Junstrom (38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd) – 71
Gary Moffet (April Wine) – 71
Derek Forbes (Simple Minds) – 64
Garry Gary Beers (INXS, Ashenmoon) – 63
Louie Mayorga (Suicidal Tendencies) – 56
Mike Edwards (Jesus Jones) – 56
Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies, The Vanity Project) – 50

June 23
Niki Sullivan (The Crickets) – b. 1937 – d. 4/6/04
Stuart Sutcliffe – b . 1940 – original bassist of The Beatles for eighteen months (January 1960 – June 1961). Sutcliffe was living in Hamburg, Germany at the time of his death, he died of a brain haemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to hospital on April 10th 1962, aged 22.
Robert Hunter – born Robert Burns in Oceano, CA. (lyricist/poet (Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan). After volunteering to take LSD as part of the CIA’s early ’60s experiments, Hunter plays in a Bluegrass band with The Dead’s future founder, Jerry Garicia. Hunter composed the lyrics for Dead classics, ‘Uncle John’s Band,’ ‘Truckin’, ‘Casey Jones’ and ‘Dark Star.’ When the Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, Hunter was included as a band member, the only non-performer ever so honored) – b. 1941 – d. 9/23/19
Bobby Messano (Starz, Joe Lynn Turner, Franke & The Knockouts, Lou Gramm, Steve Winwood, Tycoon, Fiona, Gloria Gaynor, Benny Mardones, Clarence Clemmons, Peter Criss, others, solo) –
Myles Goodwyn (April Wine. solo) – 72
Glenn Danzig (Misfits, Danzig, Samhain, Son of Sam) – 65
Randy Jackson (bassist, A&R executive, producer, Journey, Breakfast Club, Methods of Mayhem, The SignBoston, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan American Idol judge + more) – 64
Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P., Animal, Secret Society, Where Angels Suffer, solo) – 61
Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Beggars & Thieves, Johnny Halliday, Steve Lukather, Big Noize, Tracii Guns, Last In Line + more) – 59
Chuck Billy (Testament, Legacy, Dublin Death Patrol + more) – 58
Lizzy Borden (Lizzy Borden, Starwood) – 57
Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) – 57
Joey Allen (Warrant) – 56

June 24
Arthur Brown (Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, many collaborations) – 78
Jeff Beck (Upp, The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Honeydrippers, solo) – 76
Christopher Gordon Blandford ‘Chris’ Wood (Traffic) – b. 1944 – d. 7/12/83
Colin Blunstone (The Zombies, Argent, The Alan Parsons Project, Keats, solo) – 75
Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo, The Zoo, Mick Fleetwood’s Island Rumours Band) – 73
Patrick Moraz (Refugee, Yes, Moody Blues) – 72
John Illsley (Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler) – 71
Dennis Danell (Social Distortion) – b. 1961 – d. 2/29/00
Curt Smith (Tears For Fears, Graduate) – 59
Simon Daniels‬ (Jailhouse, Autograph‬) – 58
Richard Z. Kruspe (Rammstein, Emigrate + more) – 53
Jeff Cease (The Black Crowes, Bitter Pills, Bucky Covington, Eric Church) – 53

June 25
Clint Warwick / Albert Clinton Eccles (Moody Blues) – b. 1940 – d. 5/15/04
Carly Simon – 75
Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult, Jim Carroll) – b. 1946 – d. 8/14/13
Ian McDonald (King Crimson, Foreigner, Giles Giles and Fripp, McDonald and Giles, Keith Tippett’s Centipede, Fruupp, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, 21st Century Schizoid Band, solo) – 74
Tim Finn (Crowded House, Finn Brothers) – 68
David Paich (Grammy award winning songwriter, Toto, Boz Scaggs) – 66
Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) – 48
Mario Calire (The Wallflowers, Ozomatli) – 46

June 26
Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager. Before working in the music business Parker ran a troupe of dancing chickens. – b. 1910 – d. 1/21/97
Larry Taylor (Canned Heat) – 78
Georgie Fame / Clive Powell (Blue Flames, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Alan Price, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, Van Morrison, solo) – 76
Richard McCarken (Taste) – 72
Mick Jones (London SS, The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite, Carbon/Silicon, Gorillaz, The Justice Tonight Band) – 65
Chris Isaak – 64
Patty Smyth (Scandal, solo) – 63
Laurie McAllister / Laurie Hoyt (Runaways, Orchids) – b. 1957 – d. 8/25/11
Stef Burns (born Stephen Birnbaum) – (the Omega, Pablo Cruise, Berlin, Sheila E., Michael Bolton, The Vu, Y&T, Alice Cooper, Huey Lewis and the News) – 61
Teri Nunn (Berlin) – 59
Jürgen “Ventor” Reil (Kreator) – 54
Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) – 51
Nathan Followill (Kings Of Leon) – 41

June 27
Eric Hickey (American Rockabilly singer best known for his hit ‘Bluebirds over the Mountain’) – b. 1934- 7//12/04
Doc Pomus (songwriter – wrote many early 60’s hits with Mort Shuman including, ‘Sweets For My Sweet,’ ‘Teenager In Love’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’) – b. 1935 – d. 3/14/91
Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys, The Rip Chords, Bruce & Terry, solo) – 78
Joey Covington (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service + more) – b. 1945 – d. 6/4/13
Jim Fuller (The Surfaris – Fuller was known as the “Godfather” of surf music, a Californian instrumental music and with his Fender guitar contributed to the popularity of Leo Fender’s instruments) – b. 1947 – d. 3/3/17
Camile Baudoin (The Radiators) – 72
Gilson Lavis (drums, Chuck Berry, Squeeze, Jools Holland, Jerry Lee Lewis and Dolly Parton. He was working in a brickyard when he noticed the advertisement in Melody Maker for Squeeze who he joined in the seventies) – 69
Lisa Germano (OP8, John Mellencamp, Eels, Yann Tiersen, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, solo + more) – 62
Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) – 59

June 28
Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) – 77
David Knights (Procol Harum, Ruby) – 75
David “Frankie” Toler (Allman Brothers, The Gregg Allman Band, Marshall Tucker + more) – b. 1951 -d. 6/4/11
Kurdt Vanderhoff (Metal Church)- 59
Charlie Clouser (Nine Inch Nails, Burning Retna, Rob Zombie, White Zombie, 9 Ways to Sunday, solo + more) – 57

June 29
Billy Storm (The Valiants, The Alley Cats -With The Valiants, he released the first version of ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’) – Little Eva – b. 1943 – d. 4/10/03
Bob Brunning (Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown, Tramp) – b. 1943 – d. 10/18/11
Ian Paice (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Green Bullfrog, Paice, Gary Moore, Paice Ashton Lord + more) – 72 Billy Hinsche (Dino, Desi & Billy, The Beach Boys, Carl Wilson, backing vocals on recordings for Elton John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” Warren Zevon’s “Desperados Under The Eaves,” America’s “Hat Trick,” Joan Jett’s “Good Music” and others) – 68 Don Dokken (Dokken, solo) – 67
Colin Hay (Men at Work, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Lazlo Bane, solo) – 67 Mitchell Fromm (keyboardist, Crossfire, Gamma, David LaFlamme, Latin Playboys, solo, Producer: Crowded House, Richard Thompson, Los Lobos, American Music Club, Suzanne Vega, Paul McCartney, The Bangles, Sheryl Crow, Peter Case, Elvis Costello, Robin Gibb, Randy Newman, Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt, The DelFuegos + many more) – 66
Greg Hetson (Bad Religion, Circle Jerks, Black President, Redd Kross) – 59
Mark Stoermer (The Killers) – 43
Tim McCord (The Revolution Smile, Evanescence) – 41

June 30
Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band, The Twilights, Axiom, solo) – 75
Dave Van Ronk (important figure in the American folk music revival and New York City’s Greenwich Village scene in the Sixties, he was nicknamed the “Mayor of MacDougal Street”. Bob Dylan recorded Van Ronk’s arrangement of the traditional song ‘House of the Rising Sun’ on his first album, which The Animals turned into a #1 UK single in 1964, helping inaugurate the folk-rock movement) – b. 1936 – d. 2/10/02
Andy Scott (Sweet) – 71
Stanley Clarke (jazz bassist who has worked with Chick Corea, Santana, Keith Richards, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney and the fusion band Return to Forever) – 69
Hal Lindes (Dire Straits, composer) – 67
Brian Vollmer (Helix) – 65
Doug Sampson (Iron Maiden) – 63
Russ Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs) – 60
Brendan O’Brien (producer of 14 #1 albums – Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, The Black Crowes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, Stone Temple Pilots, Audioslave, King’s X, Rage Against The Machine, Seether, Mastdon, Incubus, Soundgarden, The Offspring, Korn + more) – 60
Yngwie Malmsteen (Steeler, Alcatrazz, Rising Force, Arson Anthem, solo) – 57
Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual + more) – 52
Tom Drummond (Better Than Ezra) – 51

Today In Rock History:
June 1
1961: FM stereo was heard for the first time by listeners in Schenectady, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The FCC would adopt the standard a year later.
1964: The Rolling Stones arrived on BA flight 505 at Kennedy Airport for their debut US tour. The first date was on June 5th in San Bernardino, California.
1966: During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles added overdubs on ‘Yellow Submarine’, with John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water and shouting “Full speed ahead Mister Captain!” Roadie Mal Evans played on a bass drum strapped to his chest, marching around the studio with The Beatles following behind (conga-line style) singing “We all live in a yellow submarine.”
1967: The Beatles landmark ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is released. Nominated for seven Grammys in 1968, it would win four, including Album of the Year, the first rock album to receive this honor. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for 15 weeks, and the UK Albums chart for 27 weeks. In 2003, and again in 2012, the album was placed at #1 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
1968: Guitarist Dave Mason rejoined Traffic after quitting the band six months earlier. He is gone again by October.
1967: David Bowie released his self titled debut studio album. Two singles were released from the album, ‘Rubber Band’ and ‘The Laughing Gnome’.
1968: Simon And Garfunkel reached the top of the US charts with ‘Mrs. Robinson,’ which was featured in the soundtrack of the film ‘The Graduate,’ starring Dustin Hoffman and Ann Bancroft. The song went on to win a Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Pop Performance by a Vocal Duo or Group.
1968: The Rolling Stones ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ b/w ‘Child Of The Moon’ 45 single is released.
1969: The Plastic Ono Band recorded ‘Give Peace A Chance’ during a ‘bed-in’ at the Hotel La Reine in Montreal, Canada. Holed up in room 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel with John and Yoko are acid guru Timothy Leary, singer Petula Clark, comedian Dick Gregory, poet Allen Ginsberg and comedian Tommy Smothers (who plays acoustic guitar with Lennon).
1969: Martin Lamble, drummer for Fairport Convention, dies in a van crash in England. He was 19. Lamble and most of the band were traveling back to London from a gig in Birmingham when their van veered off the road and crashed down an embankment. Fashion designer and magazine columnist, Jeannie Franklyn, who’d been dating guitarist Richard Thompson, was also killed.
1970: The Byrds begin recording ‘Chestnut Mare’ at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. Recording is completed a week-and-a-half later.
1970: Black Sabbath released their self-titled debut album. It reached #23 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart during it stay of over one year, and reached #8 on the UK Albums chart. In 1989, Kerrang! magazine listed the album at #31 among the “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time”. In 2003, the album was ranked #241 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s ‘Teach Your Children’ b/w ‘Carry On’ 45 single is released. The song peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts that year.
1971: Elvis Presley’s birthplace, a two room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, was opened to the public.
1972: Pink Floyd were working at Abbey Road studios in London on their ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ album.
1972: The Eagles released their self-titled debut.
1973: Carole King played the Los Angeles Forum.
1974: Johnny Winter and 10CC played Madson Square Garden in New York City.
1975: The Rolling Stones kicked off their biggest ever U.S. tour at Louisiana State University. The tour would take in 45 shows in 26 cities. Guitarist Ron Wood joined The Stones on tour for first time, replacing Mick Taylor.
1976: The Runaways self-titled debut album is released. It just reached the Billboard 200 Top LP’s at #194.
1977: 28 year old, Long Island native, Billy Joel wraps up a four month tour of the US by appearing at Carnegie Hall in New York.
1977: Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of four nights at the Rainbow Theatre in London. There were six nights booked at the Rainbow, but the last two shows were cancelled due to a serious toe injury Marley received, (in a friendly football game with French journalists just before the tour’s start in Paris). Subsequently the tour’s second leg in the United States was postponed and then cancelled.
1977: Rush begin their 1st European tour in Sheffield in support of the ‘All The World’s A Stage’ album. UK band Stray is the opener.
1977: KISS released their 14th single, ‘Christine Sixteen.’
1978: U2 appeared at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, Ireland.
1978: REO Speedwagon and Rainbow played the Erie County Fieldhouse in Erie, PA.
1980: KISS released their 22nd single, ‘Shandi.’
1981: The first issue of the Heavy Metal magazine Kerrang! was published as a special pull-out by UK weekly music paper Sounds. AC/DC had the front cover plus features on Motorhead, Girlschool and Saxon.
1982: The Rolling Stones release their live album, ‘Still Life.’ It’s certified platinum in the U.S.
1982: The Rolling Stones ‘Going To A Go Go’ b/w ‘Beast Of Burden’ 45 single is released. From the band’s ‘Still Life’ (American Concert 1981)’ album, the album’s first single reached #26 in the British charts and #25 in the United States. Both the single and the album were released in the middle of the European tour of the band in 1982. Both tracks are live.
1982: Genesis ‘Three Sides Live’ is released.
1983: The Police 5th and final studio album, ‘Synchronicity’ is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #455 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The band’s most popular release, ‘Synchronicity’ includes the hit songs ‘Every Breath You Take,’ ‘King of Pain,’ ‘Wrapped Around Your Finger”,’ and ‘Synchronicity II.’
1985: Dokken released their single ‘Alone Again.’ It peaked at #64 on Billboard’s Hot 100 on June 8, 1985. ‬
1985: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the European leg of his Born in the USA world tour at Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland.
1985: Sting releases his first solo album, ‘The Dream of the Blue Turtles.’ It sells over 3 million copies in the U.S. and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, bolstered by four Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 – ‘If You Love Somebody Set Them Free’ (#30), ‘Russians’ (#16), ‘Fortress Around Your Heart’ (#8), and ‘Love Is the Seventh Wave’ (#17). The album was also nominated for two Grammy Awards – Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Foreigner’s ‘Reaction To Action’ at #82 & Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Glory Days’ at #48. Also Night Ranger’s ‘Sentimental Street’ was #44, and Tears For Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ was #2.‬
1987: ‎White Lion‬ released the single ‘Wait.’
1991: Queensryche’s ‘Silent Lucidity’ peaks at #9 on the pop charts. It’s their 1st and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1991: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Thunder’s ‘Dirty Love’ at #95 & Scorpions’ ‘Wind Of Change’ at #91. Damn Yankees’ ‘Come Again’ was #50, Steelheart’s ‘I’ll Never Let You Go’ at #39, Black Crowes’ ‘She Talks To Angels’ at #38, Styx’s ‘Love At First Sight’ at #32, ‪Firehouse’ ‘Don’t Treat Me Bad’ at #19, Divinyls’ ‘I Touch Myself’ at #13, Rod Stewart’s ‘Rhythm Of My Heart’ at #10, Queensrÿche’s ‘Silent Lucidity’ at #9 (peak), and Extreme’s ‘More Than Words’ at #2 (it peaks at #1 the following week)‬.
1996: Soundgarden’s ‘Down On The Upside’ album enters the U.S. charts at #2.
1997: Bob Dylan is discharged from a Los Angeles hospital after being treated for histoplasmosis, a potential life threatening fungal infection that causes swelling of the sac surrounding the heart. Dylan was quoted as saying, “I’m just glad to be feeling better. I really thought I’d be seeing Elvis soon.”
1998: Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots is arrested with about $100 worth of heroin at a New York City housing project prior to what was supposed to be his first solo show.
1999: Napster, the file sharing program invented by 18 year-old Northeastern University drop-out, Shawn Fanning, becomes available on the internet.
1999: Blink 182 release'”Enema Of The State.’
1999: L.A. Guns released their 6th album, ‘Shrinking Violet.’
1999: Annihilator released their 7th studio album, ‘Criteria for a Black Widow.’
2003: Paul McCartney wrapped up his lucrative world tour with a show in Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles.
2003: Staind were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘14 Shades Of Gray’, the bands second US #1.
2003: Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was arrested on drugs and drink-driving charges after he collided with a car after going through a red light in his home town of Des Moines, Iowa. Gray then tried to write a check for $1,000 to the other driver, who then called the police. Gray failed two alcohol tests at the scene and was arrested for possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, as well drunk-driving. Gray later dies of a morphine overdose in 2010.
2004: Bono speaks to European Union development ministers at Dublin Castle about living up to foreign aid commitments and combating the spread of AIDS in Africa.
2004: The Black Sabath tribute album, ‘Evil Lives: A Tribute To Black Sabbath’ was released. It features a cover of ‘Paranoid’ from Vince Neil with George Lynch.
2005: White Stripes singer Jack White married his girlfriend, British model Karen Elson in a canoe on the Amazon in Brazil. Elson appeared in the White Stripes’ video ‘Blue Orchid.’
2006: Pink Floyd reunites onstage when drummer Nick Mason makes a surprise appearance during the last of guitarist David Gilmour’s solo concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Gilmour, Mason and Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright perform during the encore.
2008: Alton Kelley, designer of hundreds of classic psychedelic rock posters, dies after a long illness. He was 67. Along with his life-long collaborator Stanley Mouse, Kelly designed the “skull and roses” logo for the Grateful Dead and the “wings and beetles” art for all of the Journey album covers. He was also a founding member of the Family Dog, a loose confederation of artists, poets and musicians who staged some of the earliest psychedelic dance concerts, mainly at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
2008: Dave Grohl joins Paul McCartney onstage at the Liverpool Sound Concert at the 2008 European Capital of Culture.
2008: ZZ Top appears on the two-hour NBC special’ America United: In Support of Our Troops.’ The show’s finale features ZZ Top teaming up with soul legend Sam Moore.
2009: Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr make a surprise appearance at the E3 electronics-industry expo in L.A. to mark the unveiling of ‘The Beatles: Rock Band.’ The video game goes on sale a few months later.
2009: Pearl Jam is the first musical guest on the premiere of NBC’s Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien. They play ‘Get Some,’ a track off their ‘Backspacer’ album.
2010: A California judge rules that Republican senatorial candidate Chuck DeVore violated copyright laws by recording parody versions of two Don Henley songs for a YouTube video campaign. DeVore turned ‘The Boys Of Summer’ into ‘Hope Of November’ (an attack on President Obama and Hollywood’s liberalism) and ‘All She Wants To Do Is Dance’ became ‘All She Wants To Do Is Tax’ (a slam against incumbent California Senator Barbara Boxer).
2011: Buffalo Springfield (with surviving members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay) launch their U.S. reunion tour at the Fox Theater in Oakland. It’s the band’s first tour in 43 years.
2011: Elton John writes Florida Governor Rick Scott requesting that he protect an AIDS/HIV funding initiative. John states that lowering income eligibility for the program would result in over 1,600 people losing their antiviral treatments. “Given that life-saving HIV/AIDS medications can cost between $10,000 and $30,000 per year, this proposal would put these low-income individuals with HIV/AIDS in the untenable position of being completely unable to afford treatment for an incurable, communicable disease,” states the singer. The governor does not respond.
2013: Sammy Hagar’s hometown of Fontana, California name a street after him: Hagar Way. “All over the world, they can give you honors and Grammy Awards and all them things, but something about-in your hometown, having a street named after you-that warms my heart,” says Hagar. The Red Rocker is also the Honorary Grand Marshal of the Fontana Days Parade. 2015: The Foo Fighters pay tribute to Thin Lizzy by performing ‘Jailbreak’ at Slane Castle, Ireland. “If I could be in any other Rock band in the f***ing world,” says Foo fronter Dave Grohl, “it would be Thin Lizzy.”
2015: Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has hip replacement surgery.
2015: Nuclear Assault released their EP, ‘Pounder.’
2017: Liverpool’s hometown heroes, The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, are honored at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band event.

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

June 3
1949: Elvis Presley receives an ‘A’ in language but only a ‘C’ in music on his 8th grade report card at Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee.
1950: Brothers Leonard and Phillip Chess launch Chess Records in Chicago. The label releases countless influential Blues recordings.
1953: Elvis Presley graduated from J.C. Hulmes High School in Memphis; his graduation photo shows him to have a split curl in the middle of his forehead, later to become his trademark. He was the first member of his family to graduate high school.
1955: Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley appeared together at an autograph session at a Lubbock, Texas car dealership.
1959: Billboard Magazine splits its album chart into two separate sections: Best Selling Stereophonic LPs and Best Selling Monophonic LPs.
1964: The Rolling Stones make their first U.S. TV appearance on the variety show Hollywood Palace playing Buddy Holly’s ‘Not Fade Away.’ The show was guest-hosted by a very condescending Dean Martin, who as Bill Wyman says “almost got popped by Keith Richards with his guitar.”
1964: Ringo Starr was hospitalized after he collapsed during a photo session for the Saturday Evening Post. He was treated for tonsillitis and pharyngitis and rested for a couple of weeks. During his ten day absence, Jimmy Nichol sat in on drums for shows in Denmark, Holland, Hong Kong and Australia.
1966: The Who arrive at a TV studio in Stockholm to appear on the ‘Popside’ program for Sverige Television. Coming onstage busting through a Union Jack paper hoop, they mime performances of ‘Daddy Rolling Stone,’ ‘It’s Not True,’ ‘Bald Headed Woman,’ ‘The Kids Are Alright,’ ‘Substitute,’ and ‘My Generation’ while standing on a ramp. The show is directed by Peter Goldmann, later to direct the promotional films for The Beatles’ ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane.’ It airs on Swedish television on two days later.
1967: The Doors’ ‘Light My Fire’ is released. Two months later, it will be #1 in the US. It was trimmed from an album-awesome 6:50 to a radio-friendly 2:52.
1967: Jefferson Airplane appeared on American Bandstand and performed ‘White Rabbit’ and ‘Somebody to Love.’
1967: Pink Floyd, Hydrogen Jukebox, and The Sun Trolley played to the largest crowd that the UFO Club had ever held. The Tottenham Court Road club in London was an early part of the London psychedelic scene. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon, and Pete Townshend were among the rock stars in attendance.
1967: Janis Joplin performed at California Hall in Berkeley, California.
1968: Valerie Solanas shoots Andy Warhol and art critic and curator Mario Amaya at Warhol’s studio in New York City. Solanas had been to see Warhol after asking for the return of a script which had apparently, been misplaced. Warhol is seriously wounded in the attack and barely survives.
1968: Pink Floyd performed at the Concertgebouw in Vissingen, The Netherlands, supported by Dragonfly.
1969: Yes appeared at the Bay Hotel in Sunderland, England.
1969: Elton John’s first album, ‘Empty Sky’, is released. It sells 4,000 copies.
1970: Deep Purple released their 4th studio album ‘Deep Purple In Rock.’ This was the first album to feature the classic Mk II lineup of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. It only reached #143 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart, but #4 on the UK Albums chart, remaining there for months.
1970: The Kinks’ Ray Davies flies 11,000 Km round trip to England from America to re-record the words “cherry cola” in the song ‘Lola’ after the BBC refuses to air the song with the original words, “Coca-Cola.”
1970: Jimi Hendrix’s live album ‘Band of Gypsies’ is awarded a Gold record.
1971: The Band appeared at London’s Royal Albert Hall during a European tour.
1971: King Crimson played at Winter Gardens in Bournemouth, England.
1971: Bob Dylan ‘Watching The River Flow’ b/w ‘Spanish Is The Loving Tongue’ 45 single is release. Produced by Leon Russell, the single reached #41 on the US charts, and #24 in the UK. It was included on Bob Dylan’s ‘Greatest Hits Vol. II,’ which was released on November 17 of the same year.
1972: Joe Cocker, The Beach Boys, Melanie, Richie Havens and Sha Na Na all appeared at the Crystal Palace Garden Party in England.
1972: The Eagles’ ‘Take It Easy’ is released. It will crack the Billboard chart three weeks later and become their first hit single, reaching #12.
1972: The Rolling Stones begin their eight week ‘Exile On Main Street’ North American tour in Vancouver. Stevie Wonder and Martha Reeves are the opening acts. The 32 date tour grossed $4 million, making it the richest rock tour in history.
1972: Jethro Tull started a two week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Thick As A Brick.’
1972: Blue Oyster Cult and Aliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah performed at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1972: Pink Floyd released the soundtrack to director Barbet Schroeder’s ‘Obscured by Clouds’ in the UK. The album which was recorded in Paris, France in less than two weeks, peaked at #6 on the UK chart and #46 on the US chart.
1972: David Bowie performed at City Hall in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.
1973: Led Zeppelin played a three hour show at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1975: Aerosmith played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1976: The Grateful Dead played at the Paramount Theater in Portland, Oregon.
1976: Yes headlined at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1976: AC/DC recorded a session for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 that was broadcast later in the month on the 21st.
1977: Bob Marley & the Wailers released their 9th studio album ‘Exodus.’ The album featured the hits, ‘Jamming’, ‘Waiting In Vain’, ‘Three Little Birds’ and ‘One Love’. In 1999, Time magazine named Exodus the best album of the 20th century. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, #15 on the Billboard Black Albums chart, and #8 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #169 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1977: After 19 minutes, ‎Led Zeppelin‬ cancels ‪a concert in ‎Tampa‬ and 100 people get hurt in riot that followed.
1977: Rush performed at the Odeon Theatre in Birmingham, England.
1978: Genesis appeared at the Palais Des Sports in Dijon, France.
1978: Peter Gabriel released his 2nd solo album, ‘Peter Gabriel 2’ (Scratch). It reached #45 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #10 on the UK Albums chart. The album is the second of four with the same eponymous title. This album is often referred to as Scratch, referring to the album cover by Hipgnosis.
1979: Journey performed at War Memorial Auditorium in Syracuse, New York.
1980: Roxy Music played at the Palais Des Grottes in Cambrai, France.
1981: Iron Maiden performs their first US concert in Las Vegas in support of Judas Priest.
1982: Raven released their 2nd full-length album. ‘Wiped Out.’
1982: Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion is opened to the public for the first time. It has since become the second most-visited private home in America with over 600,000 visitors a year. Only the White House has more.
1983: US session drummer Jim Gordon murdered his mother by pounding her head with a hammer. A diagnosed schizophrenic, it was not until his trial in 1984 that he was properly diagnosed. Due to the fact that his attorney was unable to use the insanity defense, Gordon was sentenced to sixteen years-to-life in prison in 1984. A Grammy Award winner for co-writing Layla with Eric Clapton, Gordon worked with The Beach Boys, John Lennon, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, John Lennon, Tom Petty, Alice Cooper, The Byrds and too many others to list.
1985: Bryan Ferry’s 6th solo album, ‘Boys and Girls’ is released. It reached #63 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and topped the UK Albums chart. It was Ferry’s first solo effort since the second breakup of Roxy Music.
1992: Bill Clinton, campaigning for US president, makes a whistle stop on The Arsenio Hall Show where he plays the Elvis Presley hit “Heartbreak Hotel” on the saxophone to a cheering, youthful audience. The appearance is later seen by historians as the definitive moment when Clinton captured the trust and support of young voters, and locked the election on charisma points. Amongst many cultural references, the opening theme to the WB Network cartoon Animaniacs includes the line “while Bill Clinton plays the sax” at the start of every episode.
1994: Soundgarden launch a North American headlining tour in San Jose.
1995: The Bryan Adams ballad, ‘Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?’ It’s the top song in the U.S. and is from the ‘Don Juan DeMarco’ (starring Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando) soundtrack.
1997: Bruce Dickinson released his 4th solo album, ‘Accident of Birth.’
1998: Van Halen cancels a show at the Docks club in Hamburg, Germany, after a piece of ceiling plaster fell and hit Alex Van Halen. He suffered a bruised arm.
1988: Guns N’ Roses released their breakthrough single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.’
1989: Guns N’ Roses’ single ‘Patience’ peaks at #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. It stays on the chart for 18 weeks and was their 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1989: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Winger’s ‘Headed For A Heartbreak’ at #94 & Bon Jovi’s ‘Lay Your Hands On Me’ at #58. Also, Warrant’s ‘Down Boys’ was #47, Bon Jovi’s ‘I’ll Be There For You’ was #20 and Guns N’ Roses peaked at #4 with ‘Patience.’
1989: Pink Floyd performed in Moscow.
1989: Michael Damian’s ‘Rock On’ hits #1 on the Hot 100. Damian grew up listening to the song, which was written and recorded by David Essex in 1973.
1989: Queen’s ‘The Miracle’ hits #1 on the UK album charts.
1990: Richard Sohl, pianist and songwriter known for his work with Patti Smith, dies of a heart attack at age 37.
1992 Bill Clinton, campaigning for US president, makes a whistle stop on The Arsenio Hall Show where he plays the Elvis Presley hit ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ on the saxophone to a cheering, youthful audience. The appearance is later seen by historians as the definitive moment when Clinton captured the trust and support of young voters, and locked the election on charisma points. Amongst many cultural references, the opening theme to the WB Network cartoon Animaniacs includes the line “while Bill Clinton plays the sax” at the start of every episode.
1993: U2 signs a 10 year, six album deal with Island Records. The deal includes a 25% royalty rate.
1993: Aerosmith kick off their highly successful (eighteen month/240 show) Get A Grip Tour in Topeka, Kansas. The tour includes a stop at Woodstock ’94.‬
1994: Soundgarden launch a North American headlining tour in San Jose.
1994: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder married longtime girlfriend Beth Liebling in Rome. It was Vedder’s first marriage and the couple would later divorce in September of 2000.
1995: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Firehouse’s ‘I Live My Life For You’ at #41, Adam Ant’s ‘Wonderful’ at #39, Collective Soul’s ‘December’ at #38, Van Halen’s ‘’t Stop Lovin’ You’ at #32, and Bryan Adams’ ‘Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?’ was #1. ‬
1997: Flotsam and Jetsam released their 6th album, ‘High.’
1998: Alex Van Halen bruised his arm after a chunk of plaster fell from the ceiling of the Docks Club in Hamburg, Germany. Van Halen cancelled their concert as a result.
1999: Guitar legend Steve Vai is inducted into the Rock Walk outside Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA.
2000: Former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts was arrested after he threatened his wife with a knife, destroyed his living room in Florida and disappeared. When discovered by police after a helicopter search, he was sent to a psychiatric unit.
2001: Staind’s ‘Break The Cycle’ starts a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart.
2002: Rush’s ‘Vapor Trails’ album debuts at #6 on the Billboard charts (selling 108,000 units).
2002: The Queen’s Jubilee “Party at the Palace” celebrates Elizabeth II’s 50th year on the throne. Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Eric Clapton, Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Cocker, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart and Steve Winwood are among the performers. Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) steals the show with touching version of ‘God Only Knows.’ Proceeds are donated to the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Trust. Queen guitarist Brian May played ‘God Save the Queen’ from the roof of Buckingham Palace.
2003: The Doors announced they had settled a lawsuit launched by Stewart Copeland. Copeland filed a breach of contract lawsuit after the reunited group replaced him with drummer Ty Dennis.
2004: Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger shows up at a McDonald’s restaurant in Toronto to help launch a joint campaign to give out free music downloads from PureTracks with every Big Mac purchase.
2004: Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen announces that he’s running for president. He`s the first to admit that his bid is “to be considered for entertainment purposes only.” Still, Kaukonen promotes a nonviolent, anti-hatred and pro-compassion platform with a foreign policy based on the need for “visual peace.”
2005: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler receives an honorary doctorate degree from University of Massachusetts – Boston during the commencement ceremony. The degree is awarded in recognition of Tyler’s musical achievements and contributions to Boston-area charities.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers were at #1 on the US album charts with ‘Stadium Arcadium,’ the bands 9th studio album.
2006: Monsters of Rock 2006 at Milton Keynes Bowl in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. The lineup included Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Journey, Thunder, Queensryche and Ted Nugent.
2008: Disturbed release their 4th studio album ‘Indestructible.’
2008: Journey released their 13th studio album, ‘Revelation.’ It’s their first with new singer Arnel Pineda, and it hits #1 on Billboard’s Independent album chart.
2008: Weezer’s self-titled disc (aka ‘The Red Album’) is released earlier than originally planned because several tracks were leaked online.
2008: ‘Wanderlust,” Gavin Rossdale’s solo debut, is released. According to Rossdale the set “was nearly a Bush” album, but his former bandmates turned him down when he suggested working on it with them.
2008: Man Raze, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen’s side band, release their debut album, ‘Surreal.’ Man Raze also features Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.
2008: Radiohead’s entire back catalog is available via iTunes to coincide with the release of'”Radiohead: The Best Of’ compilation.
2008: Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 releases his 4th solo album, ‘Requiem.’
2008: Def Leppard’s Phil Collen releases the debut album from his band ManRaze. The album titled ‘Surreal,’ features Simon Laffy (Girl) and Paul Cook (Sex Pistols).
2009: Koko Taylor (born Cora Walton), died after suffering complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding. She was 80. Taylor was known as the “Queen of the Blues” and influenced artists like Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. She won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1985.
2009: Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic files for the position of county clerk in Washington State’s Wahkiakum County. His campaign objects to what he calls a “confusing” law that allows candidates to list any party affiliation they choose on the ballot. Novoselic’s preferred party is Grange, which is not a party but actually the Grays River Grange; a nonpartisan, progressive organization that he leads. Novoselic later withdraws. “My protest is over,” he writes in a blog post. “I [was] just trying to make a point.”
2010: A cover version of The Beatles’ ‘All Together Now’ is heard in a Nike commercial during the NBA Finals. Andre 3000, from the Hip-Hop duo OutKast, performs and acoustic version of the song in an ad starring the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. ‘All Together Now’ was originally recorded in 1967 and released on the ‘Yellow Submarine’ soundtrack.
2011: Saxon released their 19th studio album, ‘Call To Arms.’ Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey made a guest appearance on the album.
2011: Andrew Gold, who reached #7 in the U.S. in 1977 with ‘Lonely Boy’ and #25 a year later with ‘Thank You For Being A Frien,’, died of cancer at the age of 59. Along with his solo career, he also arranged songs for and performed on several Linda Rondstadt albums, including ‘Heart Like a Wheel’ and did session work for James Taylor and Carly Simon.
2012: Actor Johnny Depp performs ‘Gold On The Ceiling’ with the Black Keys at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. The song is from the Keys’ 2011 album ‘El Camino.’ Introduced by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Depp is awarded the MTV Generation Award.
2014: Rich Robinson (Black Crowes) treleases his 3rd studio album, ‘The Ceaseless Sight.’
2015: Led Zeppelin announced on their official website that they would issue remastered, expanded versions of their final three albums later this year, concluding a project that began in 2014 with 1969’s self-titled debut.
2016: Volbeat release their 6th full-length album, ‘Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie.’
2016: Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor announces that his unplanned spinal surgery due to a broken neck will force the delay of a Slipknot summer tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice And Men. Meanwhile, Officer Downe, directed by Slipknot’s M. Shawn Crahan makes its world premiere at the 22nd Los Angeles Film Festival.
2016: Hellyeah release their 5th album, ‘Unden!able.’ The set marks the first time guitarist Christian Brady and bassist Kyle Sanders appear on a Hellyeah album.
2016: Officer Downe, directed by Slipknot’s M. Shawn Crahan makes its world premiere at the 22nd Los Angeles Film Festival.
2017: 3 Doors Down, Asking Alexandria, Hellyeah and Pop Evil perform at the inaugural Scars And Stripes Festival in Las Vegas. 2018: Jethro Tull played Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA.

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

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

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

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

June 8
1954: US record labels started to supply radio stations with 45rpm discs for the first time, replacing the 78 records.
1959: The Clovers record ‘Love Potion #9.’
1961: Elvis Presley’s movie, ‘Wild In The Country’ premieres in Memphis.
1963: The Crystals’ ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’ peaks at #3 on the Billboard Pop chart. The effort is the brain child of Phil Spector, who uses a multi-track recording system to build the song layer upon layer to achieve a result that will become known as a “wall of sound”. Backing musicians include Glen Campbell on guitar, Hal Blain on drums, Leon Russell on piano and Nino Tempo on sax.
1964: Jan & Dean’s ‘The Little Old Lady (From Pasdena) b/w ‘My Mighty G.T.O.’ 45 single is released. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1966: The Beatles begin work on ‘Good Day Sunshine.’ The song is finished the next day.
1967: The Beatles were in studio when Rolling Stone Brian Jones joined them to play sax on ‘You Know My Name (Look Up the Number).’
1967: Procol Harum were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ the group’s only UK #1. In 2004 the song was named the most played record of the past 70 years. More than 900 recorded versions by other artists are known.
1969: Brian Jones is asked to leave The Rolling Stones by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, who visit him at his home to deliver the news personally. His firing was due to his erratic behavior and his excessive drug use, which made him incapable of playing music. He released a statement saying, “I no longer see eye-to-eye with the others over the discs we are cutting.” Jones died about a month later from an accidental drowning.
1970: Deep Purple had their van and equipment impounded by East German police while on an European tour, after mistakenly driving too close to the border.
1970: Bob Dylan’s 10th studio album, ‘Self Portrait’ is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and topped the UK Albums chart.
1971: Jerry Lee Lewis marries his 4th wife, 29-year-old Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate, a divorcee who worked as a secretary for the Memphis sheriff’s department. The pair would split just two weeks later, but never divorced. They would remain married, seeing each other only occasionally until she was found dead, floating in her backyard swimming pool on June 8th, 1982.
1974: Bill Wyman became the first Rolling Stone to release a solo album with ‘Monkey Grip,’ (it peaked at #99 in the US and #39 in the UK). The album featured guest appearances by, Dr John, Leon Russell and Lowell George.
1974: Paul McCartney and Wings went to #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Band On The Run,’ his third solo US #1. McCartney later stated that George Harrison unwittingly contributed the first line of one part of the song: “If we ever get out of here” when he said it during one of the many Beatles’ business meetings.
1974: Keyboardist Rick Wakeman announces he’s leaving Yes for a solo career. Patrick Moraz fills the slot in Yes. Wakeman rejoined Yes in 1976, but split from the group again in 1980.
1974: David Bowie started a four-week run at the top of the UK charts with his 3rd #1 album ‘Diamond Dogs.’
1979: Paul McCartney & Wings 7th and final studio album, ‘Back to the Egg’ is released in the U.K. (June 11 in the U.S). It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #6 on the UK Albums chart. The track ‘Rockestra Theme’ won a Grammy Award in 1980 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
1979: The Who’s ‘The Kids Are Alright’ album is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #26 on the UK Albums chart. It is a companion to the band’s documentary film of the same name.
1982: Survivor released their 3rd album, ‘Eye Of The Tiger.’ It features the title track, which is the theme song of the film ‘Rocky III.’ The album has been certified 2x platinum by the RIAA in October 1994.
1984: Bruce Springsteen plays a surprise gig at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J., going on after the scheduled act to warm up for his Born In The U.S.A. tour.
1985: Tears For Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ hits #1 in the US for the first of two weeks. 1988: Iron Maiden and Guns N’ Roses played the first of two nights at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA.
1989: At a Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior’s press conference, vegetarian Chrissie Hynde claimed that she once firebombed a McDonalds restaurant. The following day a McDonalds in Milton Keynes, England was firebombed and Hynde was threatened with legal action.
1991: Bruce Springsteen married Patti Scialfa, at their Beverley Hills home in California. They had one son together already, and a daughter on the way. It was Springsteen’s second marriage.
1991: Extreme went to #1 on the US singles chart with ‘More Than Words,’ which spent one week on top of the chart. They also peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Extreme II. Pornograffitti’ which went on to sell two million copies in the U.S. and it stays 75 weeks on chart.‬
1991: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Trixter’s ‘Surrender’ at #94. Also, Black Crowes’ ‘She Talks To Angel’ was #48, Kane Roberts’ ‘Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?’ at #43, Firehouse’s ‘Don’t Treat Me Bad’ at #20, Queensrÿche ‘Silent Lucidity’ at #12 and at #1 was Extreme’s ‘More Than Words.’
1992: Faith No More release their 4th studio album, ‘Angel Dust.’
1992: W.A.S.P. release their ‘The Crimson Idol’ album.
1992: Asia released their 5th studio album, ‘Aqua.’
1992: Pearl Jam headlined the PinkPop Festival in Landgraaf, Netherlands. Others on the bill included Soundgarden, The Cult, Lou Reed, PJ Harvey, David Byrne and more. PinkPop is the oldest and longest running annual dedicated pop and rock music festival in the world.
1993: The future Donnas perform their first show ever under the name Screen (soon to be Ragady Anne) at Jordan Middle School. They’re 8th graders.
1996: Soundgarden’s ‘Down On The Upside’ enters the U.S. album chart.
1996: Metallica reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first and only time with ‘Until It Sleeps’ which peaked at #10.
1996: The Scorpions peak at #99 on Billboard’s 200 album chart with ‘Pure Instinct.’
1998: Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr appear in public together for the first time in 30 years to attend the memorial service for Paul’s wife, Linda, who succumbed to cancer following a long battle.
1998: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Martin Carr from The Boo Radleys were all involved in a fight at Dingwalls, Camden in London.
1999: Testament release their 8th studio album, ‘The Gathering.’
1999: Def Leppard release their 7th studio album, ‘Euphoria.’
1999: Pearl Jam’s cover of ‘Last Kiss’ (originally recorded by Wayne Cochran in 1961) for the charity album ‘No Boundaries: A Benefit For The Kosovar Refugees,’ is released as a single with all of the proceeds going to aid refugees of the Kosovo War. The song peaks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the group’s highest charting single. Lead singer Eddie Vedder came across this song when he found the record in an antique store in Seattle before a show. He bought it and stayed up all night listening to it. He took it to the band and they played it throughout the summer of their 1998 tour. Pearl Jam recorded this at a soundcheck and released it as a single to their fan club, who often get songs that are unavailable to the public. After a while, radio stations got copies and started playing it. By the spring of 1999, it was getting a lot of airplay and becoming a hit, even though it was not released as a single or available on an album. Pearl Jam didn’t release many singles, but when it was clear there was a great deal of demand for the song, they decided to put it out on the condition that the proceeds from the single go to benefit refugees in Kosovo.
2001: AC/DC, The Offspring, Queens Of The Stone Age and Megadeth all appeared at the Milton Keynes Bowl, England; tickets cost £28.50 ($48.45).
1999: Goo Goo Dolls release their ‘Black Balloon’ single. It reached #13 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks Chart and #28 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart. It also became the 4th pop hit for the band, reaching #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1999: Biohazard released the album ‘New World Disorder.’ It reached #187 on the Billboard chart.
1999: Ministry released the album ‘Dark Side Of The Spoon.’ The single ‘Bad Blood’ was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2000.
2002: Months of secrecy surrounding Paul McCartney’s wedding plans were blown when John Leslie the owner of the 17th century Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan, let slip to reporters that Sir Paul had booked the Castle for the wedding.
2003: Led Zeppelin were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘How The West Was Won,’ the bands seventh US #1 album. The performances were from the band’s 1972 tour of the United States, recorded at the LA Forum on June 25, 1972 and Long Beach Arena on June 27, 1972.
2003: Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner announced his engagement to Mia Tyler, daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler.
2003: Billy Joel won a Tony award for the orchestration of his musical, ‘Movin’ Out.’
2003: Former Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett is made a Member of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II. He is given the award “For service to the community as a prominent advocate for environmental conservation and protection, and to the music industry.”
2004: Velvet Revolver release their debut studio album ‘Contraband.’
2004: Bad Religion release their 13th full-length studio album ‘The Empire Strikes First.’
2004: Sonic Youth release their ‘Sonic Nurse’ CD.
2004: Gene Simmons released his 2nd solo album, ‘Asshole.’
2004: Pigmy Love Circus, with Tool drummer Danny Carey, release their first album in 11 years, ‘The Power Of Beef.’ “We`re not doing this for money, we’re doing it because we love it,” says Carey, who was once in Pigmy Love Circus.
2004: Mojo Magazine, edited by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, hits newsstands. The band asked the magazine to write about them and were offered the job by the publication’s editor. The Peppers also appear on the cover. So that’s how the publishing business works.
2005: The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) says AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’ has sold more than 21 million copies in the U.S. The 1980 release was the group’s first with singer Brian Johnson (following the death of original vocalist Bon Scott).
2006: Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo receives his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. It only took 11 years (and a few albums, tours, etc.) after he enrolled in the Ivy League school. Cuomo is also inducted into Harvard’s prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honors society. ++
2007: A street in Nijmegan, Netherlands, is named after the Rolling Stones. The group is presented a street sign, Rolling Stonesstraat, by the city’s mayor.
2007: Bon Jovi release their album ‘Lost Highway.’
2008: Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the Top 50 guitar songs of all time. #5 was ‘Brown Sugar’ by The Rolling Stones, #4 , ‘You Really Got Me’ By The Kinks, #3, ‘Crossroads’, by Cream, #2 ‘Purple Haze’, by Jimi Hendrix and #1 ‘Johnny B Goode’ by Chuck Berry.
2008: Eric Clapton leads a celebrity-filled team in a charity cricket game in Cranleigh, England. Roger Waters, ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman and Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford also take the field. The event raises money for several organizations, including the CHASE Children’s Hospice and the Crossroads Centre, the rehabilitation facility Clapton helped start on Antigua.
2009: Elton John’s stage version of the film ‘Billy Elliot’ wins big at the Tony Awards, snagging 10 trophies, including Best Musical. Poison performs in support of the ’80’s based musical ‘Rock Of Ages.’ During the show’s opening number singer Bret Michaels is hit by a descending piece of scenery fracturing his nose and cutting his lip.
2009: Jon Bon Jovi sings at the second annual ”Always Remember’ concert in New York. The event benefits the Voices of September 11 organization’s 9/11 Living memorial, an interactive website that honors the victims of the 2001 terror attacks. “I’m proud to continue to lend my voice in the support of this event to build a meaningful tribute to those who lost their lives,” says Bon Jovi.
2010: KoRn calls for a boycott of oil giant BP, which is responsible for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “We need to do our part to let BP know there are consequences for causing something like this,” writes frontman Jonathan Davis via a press release. “The more costly their punishment, the more money they will spend to make sure disasters like this don’t happen again.” Disturbed, Rise Against and Godsmack join the boycott.
2010: Iron Maiden released their 41st single, ‘El Dorado.’ The song won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2011.
2010: Saving Abel release their sophomore album, ‘Miss America.’
2010: Grace Potter And The Nocturnals unfurl their self-titled album. “This record is the first time it’s really been us. The first time we’ve all found each other and ourselves,” says Potter.
2010: Nevermore released their last album ‘The Obsidian Conspiracy.’ It was the only time the band charted on the Billboard chart at #132.
2010: ‘Green Day: Rock Band’ is released. The video game features nearly four-dozen songs.
2011: Alan Rubin dies from lung cancer in New York City. He was 68. Rubin was a member of The Blues Brothers, touring with them and appearing with them in movies as ‘Mr. Fabulous.’ Rubin was a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and played the trumpet. He was also a long-time member of the Saturday Night Live band.
2011: Slipknot’s Corey Taylor speaks at Oxford University. “(It) is very ironic seeing as I didn’t graduate from high school,” says Taylor. “They took a vote about who they would want to speak at their student union and I was the number one pick.”
2011: Kid Rock returns as the host of the CMT (Country) Awards in Nashville. “Hosting the CMT Awards was a wonderful bridge to a great afterparty,” says Rock, who also hosted the awards the previous year.
2011: Following a stint at an L.A. rehab facility (for alcohol addiction and exhaustion) Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora rejoins the band for their European tour-which is already underway. His first show back is in Croatia.
2012: The ’80’s-themed film musical ‘Rock Of Ages’ has a star-studded premiere in Hollywood with cast members Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Brand as well as REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin and Lita Ford (solo and the Runaways).
2013: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are sent off stage by a fire marshal who claims the L.A. concert audience is 100 people over the Fonda Theater’s capacity-despite evidence suggesting that wasn’t the case. Petty offers fans a refund.
2014: Metallica’s James Hetfield narrates ‘The Hunt’ on the History Channel. The multi-part program chronicles the annual controlled hunt in Alaska for Kodak brown bears. His contribution to the program is criticized by animal rights advocates.
2016: Janis Joplin’s childhood home in Port Arthur, Texas was put up for sale. Although surrounding houses usually sold for between $70,000 and $80,000, the asking price for the five-bedroom, three-bathroom house was $500,000. “You’re obviously paying for the fame of the home,” said the listing realtor.
2015: Muse release ‘Drones.’ The album was co-produced by the band and Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard). “To me, ‘Drones’ are metaphorical psychopaths which enable psychopathic behavior with no recourse,” says frontman Matt Bellamy.
2016: Brian Rading, a founding member of Canada’s Five Man Electrical Band, died after a long battle with throat cancer at the age of 69. He played bass on the band’s 1971, Billboard #3 hit, ‘Signs.’
2016: Brian May of Queen posts a note on his website objecting to Donald Trump’s use of ‘We Are The Champions’ at campaign events. “Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool,” May writes. The following month, Trump uses the song as his entrance music when he makes his first appearance at the Republican convention.

June 9
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis (with the help of Sun Records owner Sam Phillips) takes out a full-page ad in Billboard magazine to explain his second divorce and third marriage (to his 14 year old cousin Myra). In the end, the ad doesn’t do much good and Jerry Lee remains ostracized for the next few years.
1958: Sheb Wooley hit the top of the Billboard chart with a novelty song called ‘The Purple People Eater.’ When he first sang the tune for MGM executives, Sheb said he was scraping “the bottom of the barrel”, but the brass loved the song and wanted to release it. Three weeks after it hit store shelves it was the #1 record in the US and would start a merchandising craze that included hats, T-shirts and even ice cream.
1963: The Beatles, on the last night of their tour with Roy Orbison, performed at King George’s Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire. It was during this tour that The Beatles’ fans started throwing jelly babies at them while they were on stage, after an off-the-cuff remark on television that George Harrison enjoyed eating them.
1964: During an evening session Bob Dylan recorded ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. This was the first session for the ‘Another Side Of Bob Dylan,’ which saw Dylan recording fourteen original compositions that night.
1966: Elvis Presley’s movie ‘Paradise, Hawaiian Style’ is sneak-previewed in Memphis (it opens nationally a month later).
1967: Pink Floyd played two gigs in one day, the first at the College of Commerce in Hull, and then the UFO at The Blarney Club, Tottenham Court Road in London, England.
1967: The Velvet Underground performed at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1967: The Monkees kicked off a North American summer tour at the Hollywood Bowl in California.
1967: Love begins recording their 3rd album, ‘Forever Changes,’ at Sunset Sound Recorders in L.A.
1968: Cream performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Guitarist Mick Taylor, who has played with John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, signs on as Brian Jones replacement in the Rolling Stones. Jones’ departure was announced just a day earlier.
1970: The Who appeared at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado.
1970: Jimi Hendrix played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1970: Bob Dylan receives an honorary Doctorate in Music from Princeton University. In part, his citation reads, “Paradoxically, though he is known to millions, he shuns publicity and organizations, preferring the solidarity of his family and isolation from the world. Although he is approaching the perilous age of 30 his music remains the authentic expression of the disturbed and concerned conscience of Young America.” Dylan leaves immediately after the event accompanied by his friend David Crosby, who had been inexplicably licking half an orange throughout the ceremony.
1971: Paul McCartney’s ‘Ram’ LP goes Gold in the US, where it would reach #2 and spend over five months in the Top 10, eventually going Platinum. The album reached #1 in the UK.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at McFarlin Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, Texas.
1972: The Rolling Stones appeared at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
1972: John Hammond signs Bruce Springsteen to Columbia 1972, and Bruce started to assemble the E Street Band from various Asbury Park ex-band mates.
1972: Elvis Presley began a sold out four night stand at Madison Square Garden. Among those who attended the four night stand included David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Art Garfunkel, George Harrison & John Lennon. He was reported to have offered the press a chance to interview him for a fee of $120,000. There were no takers. The shows were recorded and became the album ‘Elvis as recorded at Madison Square Garden.’
1972: King Crimson released their 1st live album, ‘Earthbound.’
1973: The Grateful Dead play the first of two nights at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
1974: Aerosmith played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Pink Floyd performs at the Capital Centre in the Washington suburb of Landover, Maryland. Tickets cost $7.50.
1976: Yes played at the Broome Country Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, New York.
1977: Geils (The J. Geils Band) released their 9th album, ‘Monkey Island.’ It reached #51 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. This was the only album that the J. Geils Band released under another name, i.e. “Geils”.
1977: George Harrison and Pattie Boyd were officially divorced. Boyd would later marry Eric Clapton two years later.
1978: The Rolling Stones release their 14th British and 16th American studio album ‘Some Girls.’ It’s the first studio album recorded with Ronnie Wood. The album went on to sell over 6 million in the U.S. alone. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for two weeks in July of 1978. It reached #2 on the UK Top 75 Albums chart. In 2003 Some Girls was ranked #269 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The first single from the album, ‘Miss You,’ was released to very strong response, garnering The Rolling Stones their last US #1 hit and reaching #3 in the UK. The album cover was designed by Peter Corriston and featured The Rolling Stones in garish drag alongside select female celebrities and lingerie ads. The cover immediately ran into trouble when Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli, representing her mother Judy Garland, Raquel Welch, and the estate of Marilyn Monroe threatened legal action.
1978: Moody Blues released their 9th album, ‘Octave.’ It’s their first release after a substantial hiatus following the success of the best-selling ‘Seventh Sojourn’ in 1972. It reached #6 in the United Kingdom and went platinum in the United States, where the album reached #13. The album produced the hit single ‘Steppin’ in a Slide Zone,’ which hit #39 in the US, in addition to ‘Driftwood,’ which was a smaller success.
1979: Dave Edmunds’ ‘Repeat When Necessary’ album is released. It reached #59 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It was recorded and released at the same time as Nick Lowe’s ‘Labour of Lust,’ and features the same lineup of musicians: Edmunds, Lowe, Billy Bremner and Terry Williams, collectively known as Rockpile.
1979: Nick Lowe’s ‘Labour of Lust’ album is released. It reached #31 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The single ‘Cruel to be Kind’ reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was recorded and released at the same time as Dave Edmunds’ ‘Repeat When Necessary’ and features the same Rockpile personnel.
1979: The 2nd annual Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The bill includes bands in this order: TKO, Sammy Hagar, Nazareth, Van Halen, Boston, Heart and Blue Oyster Cult.
1980: Genesis performed at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.
1981: Rush played at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1982: Motley Crue get a bomb threat before their concert in Edmonton, Alberta, but go on with the show anyway.
1983: Peter Gabriel ‘Plays Live’ is released. It’s his 1st live and 5th album overall. It reached #44 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #8 on the UK Albums chart.
1983: David Bowie appeared at the Auteuil Hippodrome in Paris. 1983: Steeler played The Country Club in Reseda, CA.
1984: Night Ranger peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Sister Christian,’ which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts from Def Leppard’s ‘Bringin’ On The Heartbreak’ at #82, and Scorpions’ ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ at #34, Billy Idol’s ‘Eyes Without A Face’ at #18, Van Halen’s ‘I’ll Wait’ at #13, Night Ranger’s ‘Sister Christian’ at #5 (peak), with Duran Duran’s ‘The Reflex’ at #4‬.
1986: Genesis release their 13th album ‘Invisible Touch,’ their most successful. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and has seven songs that reached various charts – ‘In Too Deep’ (Adult Contemporary #1, Billboard Hot 100 #3, Mainstream Rock #25); ‘Tonight, Tonight, Tonight’ (Adult Contemporary #8, Mainstream Rock #9, Billboard Hot 100 #3); ‘Anything She Does’ (Mainstream Rock #40); ‘Invisible Touch’ (Adult Contemporary #3, Mainstream Rock #1, Billboard Hot 100 #1); ‘Land Of Confusion’ (Mainstream Rock #11, Billboard Hot 100 #4); ‘The Last Domino’ (Mainstream Rock #28); and ‘Throwing It All Away’ (Adult Contemporary #1, Mainstream Rock #1, Billboard Hot 100 #4). It reached #1 in the UK where it remained on the charts for 96 weeks, making it by far the most commercially successful album of their career.
1987: Suicidal Tendencies released their 2nd album, ‘Join the Army.’
1989: After suggesting just three days earlier that she would help the environment by “firebombing McDonald’s restaurants,” Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders signs a document vowing to never repeat the statement again. McDonald’s had threatened legal action.
1989: Grunge label, Sub-Pop, holds the first Lame Fest at Seattle’s Moore Theater. The headliners are Tad and Mudhoney. The opening act is a little known band called Nirvana.
1989: Exactly 25 years to the day after Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys reached number one with ‘Help Me Rhonda,’ his daughters Carnie and Wendy, along with John Phillips’ daughter Chynna, had the top song in the US with ‘Hold On.’
1990: A young John Corabi and his band Angora play the legendary Whisky A GoGo in Holywood.
1990: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts of KISS’ ‘Rise To It’ at #93. Also, L.A. Guns’ ‘The Ballad Of Jayne’ was at #46, Aerosmith’s ‘What It Takes’ at #43, Rod Stewart & Ronald Isley’s ‘This Old Heart Of Mine’ at #32, Slaughter’s ‘Up All Night’ at #31, and Billy Idol’s ‘Cradle Of Love’ at #24.‬
1991: Poison cancels the first of five shows because lead singer Bret Michaels is suffering from a viral infection of his vocal chords and bassist Bobby Dall has a pinched never in his back.
1993: ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It?,’ a film about singer Tina Turner and how she rose to Rock stardom with her husband Ike Turner, opened in US theatres. The film was well received and the stars, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, were both nominated for Oscars. Bassett won a Best Actress Golden Globe for her performance as Tina.
1997: Testament released their 7th studio album, ‘Demonic.’ The album cover art for Demonic was done by Dave McKean who also did the cover art for the prior Testament studio album, ‘Low.’
1998: David Lee Roth releases his 5th full-length studio album, ‘DLR Band.’ It includes current Korn drummer Ray Luzier.
1998: Slayer released their 8th studio album, ‘Diabolus in Musica.’ The album peaked at #31 on the Billboard chart.
1998: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall were involved in a brawl at The Metropolitan Hotel in London.
1998: The Ronettes finally got their day in court as a judge in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York heard arguments in their lawsuit against Phil Spector. The Ronettes, whose hits included ‘Be My Baby’ and ‘Walking In The Rain,’ charged that the producer breached the group’s 34-year-old contract by paying the members no royalties since 1963. The suit asked for $12 million in damages, rescission of the contract, the return of the masters and recoupment of all monies received by the defendants from the sale of Ronettes masters. Although The Ronettes would win this case, a five-judge panel of the New York State Court of Appeals would overturn the decision in October, 2002, saying that the contract the Ronettes signed with Spector in 1963 was still binding.
2002: It was announced that Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was to be given a knighthood for his services to music.
2004: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich posts an explanation for his absence from England’s Download Festival, which was held a few days earlier. “I think that the last six months of playing super-duty Metal and traveling all over the world at my age kind of caught up to me a little bit.”
2004: Marilyn Manson settles a lawsuit aimed at halting the distribution of a Spooky Kids CD and DVD. The Spooky Kids eventually became Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids. Under the agreement, Empire Musicwerks can continue to sell the items as long as Manson’s image is removed from the products.
2004: Keeping her lawyer jumping. Courtney Love is charged with attacking a female friend of her former manager with a bottle and a metal flashlight. The felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon stems from an April 25 incident at the ex-manager’s Los Angeles home. An arrest warrant is issued.
2005: John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo) enters the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Other inductees include Isaac Hayes, Steve Cropper, Bill Withers and David Porter.
2005: During a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, U2’s Bono urges European Union officials to help Africa overcome the effects of “stupid poverty” by boosting aid to the continent. “The message to EU leaders is: Don’t blow it. This kind of momentum doesn’t come every year,” says the proactive Bono.
2005: Former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation record ‘Live In Paris.’ Proceeds go toward the TurtleWill organization, which helps various indigenous people.
2006: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Highway Companions North American Tour gets underway in Charlotte, NC. The trek celebrates the band’s 30th anniversary. Stevie Nicks is a supporting act on the first eight shows and also performs with Petty and the Heartbreakers. 2006: Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman showcases his photographic talents in Wyman Shoots, an exhibit at the San Francisco Art Exchange. Also, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis honors the Rolling Stones role in Soul’s legacy with a photography exhibit. Rolling Stones 40 X 20 is a career-spanning selection of images by various photographers.
2007: The Steve Miller Band close the Independence Ride at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, DL. About 2,000 motorcycle enthusiasts participate in the 60-mile ride from Philadelphia to Wilmington. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the ING Direct Kids Foundation.
2008: Motley Crue initiate legal proceedings in L.A. against one of their managers. Crue claim that Burt Stein took money from them and conducted deals behind their back.
2008: Whitesnake release the 3CD compilation, 30th Anniversary Collection of their self-titled 1987 album..
2008: Venom released their 12th studio album, ‘Hell.’ It was their last album to feature Anthony Lant on drums.
2009: ‘The Who Sings My Generation,’ the debut U.S. album by The Who was selected for the National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as the album was deemed culturally significant. Also included in the 25 culturally significant recordings selected, were ‘Tom Dooley’ by The Kingston Trio, ‘Rumble’ by Link Wray.
2009: The Rock Band Unplugged video game is in stores. It features songs by 3 Doors Down, Audioslave and Alice In Chains, the Who, Boston, Police, Billy Idol, Bon Jovi, Judas Priest, Jethro Tull, and Rush.
2009: Green Day is the musical guest on NBC’s ‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ for the first of four consecutive nights. On the last night, Green Day appears as Foxboro Hot Tubs.
2010: Kid Rock hosts the CMT Awards in Nashville. Rock calls the Country group Lady Antebellum “the hillbilly Fleetwood Mac, except I suspect they don’t do drugs or sleep with each other.”
2011: Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with the line-up that features Gregg Allman, Buffalo Springfield (featuring original members Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay plus Rick Rosas and Joe Vitale) and Robert Plant & Band Of Joy.
2011: Google honored guitar legend Les Paul with a special stylized logo on their web site in memory of his passing on June 13th, 2009.
2011: Corey Taylor appears on TLC’s NY Ink. The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman visits the New York ink parlor where he gets a tattoo in memory of his late bandmate Paul Gray.
2012: Melissa Etheridge plays her first Pride event. It’s in Pittsburgh.
2013: Elton John was targeted by anti-gay campaigners in Russia who demanded that he tone down his colorful wardrobe and wear “more respectable” clothing for his concert there next month.
2015: Melissa Etheridge releaseses ‘A Little Bit Of Me: Live In L.A.’ The album was recorded during the final show of the U.S. leg of Etheridge’s This Is M.E. Tour.
2015: Trixter release their album, ‘Human Era.’
2015: BulletBoys released their album ‘Elefante.’
2015: Of Monsters And Men release their album ‘Beneath The Skin.’
2015: Bassist Dennis Dunaway’s book, ‘Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group,’ is published. Dunaway was a co-founder of the band.
2015: Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi is a mentor on Guitar Star, a U.K. reality guitar competition.
2015: A Toronto-based company called Nutritional High announced that they had secured the licensing rights to manufacture and distribute marijuana and hemp-based products using the song titles and bearing the likeness of iconic guitarist Jimi Hendrix.
2015: A copy of The Beatles’ White Album signed by convicted murderer Charles Manson went up for auction on the website iOffer. You could also skip the auction and just buy the LP for $50,000.
2015: The documentary ‘INSIDE METAL: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock and Metal Pt. 2’ DVD was released.
2016: Paul Simon said he was “elated” to notch up his first UK #1 studio album in 26 years after his 13th solo album, ‘Stranger To Stranger,’ topped the charts.
2017: Alice Cooper releases the single ‘Paranoiac Personality,’ from his upcoming ‘Paranormal’ album.
2017: Gene Simmons filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the iconic rock hand gesture, the devil’s horns. ‬ 2019: Foreigner played Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA.

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

June 11
1957: Elvis Presley’s ‘(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear’ b/w ‘Loving You’ 45 single is released. The song was a US #1 hit for Elvis Presley during the summer of 1957, staying at #1 for 7 weeks, and his third of the four that he would have that year. ‘(Let Me be Your) Teddy Bear’ would also hit #1 on the R&B Best Sellers List, becoming his 4th #1 on that chart. In addition the song would hit number one on the country charts for a single week.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis finds that the marriage scandal involving his 14-year-old second cousin has migrated back to the States when he is booed off a New York stage. The second show is canceled due to poor ticket sales, and Lewis’ career, for the time being anyway, is ruined.
1960: Drummer Tommy Moore makes the fateful decision to quit The Beatles and return to his job of driving a forklift at Garston bottle works. He would briefly be replaced by Norman Chapman, who was called into National Service after just three gigs. After going drummerless and mostly jobless for a few weeks, the band would hire Pete Best on August 12th, only one day before they were to go to Hamburg to play a string of club dates.
1962: The Beatles recorded a BBC radio program, ‘Here We Go,’ at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, in front of a studio audience composed largely of loyal Cavern fans. This was the last recording on which Pete Best played drums.
1964: Chicago police break up a Rolling Stones press conference in the middle of Michigan Avenue.
1964: The Rolling Stones ‘Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)’ b/w ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’ 45 single is released. It was their first record to enter the US Top 40. The single reached #24 in the US and #1 in Sweden. It was not released as a single in the UK.
1965: The Rolling Stones’ classic ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ is released.
1965: The British government announces The Beatles will receive the MBE (Members of the British Empire). Some conservative MBE holders grumble that the honor shouldn’t go to a Rock band and turn in their awards. The Beatles get their MBEs just the same. After all, they about single-handedly saved the British economy. Later, John Lennon returns his award to protest the British government’s support of the war in Vietnam.
1965: Them’s album ‘The Angry Young Them’ is released in the UK (July 1965 in the US as “Them”).
1965: The Rolling Stones release their ‘Got Live If You Want It’ album in the UK. The band’s first live recording to be released, it was captured during selected dates at Liverpool and Manchester during their British tour in March that year.
1966: The Rolling Stones started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Paint It Black,’ the group’s 3rd US #1 single. It’s the first #1 Pop single to feature a sitar.
1966: Donovan becomes the first rock star busted for drugs by the newly vigilant London drug squad.
1966: European radio stations mistakenly report that The Who’s lead singer Roger Daltrey is dead. Actually, it was guitarist Pete Townshend who had been injured in a car accident a few days earlier.
1966: Elvis Presley begins shooting his 26th film, ‘Double Trouble’ in Hollywood.
1966: Melody Maker reports that guitarist Eric Clapton (Yardbirds/John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers), Jack Bruce (Manfred Mann) and Ginger Baker (Graham Bond Organization) have formed the first “Rock supergroup.” Cream is born.
1967: Printed in this week’s music weekly Melody Maker’s ad’s pages, ‘Freaky lead guitarist, bass and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan’s new group. Also any other astral flyers like with car’s amplification and that which never grows in window boxes, phone Wimbledon 0697.’ The band who formed as Tyrannosaurus Rex, went on to release four underground folk albums before becoming known as T Rex.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios in London on ‘The White Album,’ John Lennon worked on ‘Revolution 9’ in studio 3, while Paul McCartney recorded ‘Blackbird’ in studio 2.
1968: Fire breaks out at Olympic Studios while Rolling Stones are recording ‘Beggar’s Banquet.’
1968: Cream appeared at Paul Sauvé Arena in Montreal, Quebec.
1969: The Beatles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Ballad Of John and Yoko’ the group’s 17th UK #1. The only two Beatles that played on the track were John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
1969: David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ single is released. It’s rush-released in the hope to capitalize on the attention surrounding the planned moon landing in July.
1969: Three Dog Night’s 2nd studio album, ‘Suitable for Framing’ is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and three Top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100; ‘Easy to Be Hard’ (#4), ‘Eli’s Coming’ (#10), and ‘Celebrate’ (#15).
1970: An American tour planned for Ginger Baker’s Airforce is cancelled eight days before it is due to begin. Only 3,000 tickets had been sold.
1970: Traffic jammed at the Fillmore East in New York.
1970: The Rascals, Poco, and Alee Keith played at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971: Procol Harum’s 5th studio album, ‘Broken Barricades’ is released. It reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart, and #42 on the UK Album chart.
1971: Chicago’s'”Beginnings’ b/w ‘Colour My World’ 45 single is re-released. Originally released in 1969, the song was the band’s 2nd single but failed to chart on its initial release. After the band’s success with subsequent singles, ‘Beginnings’ was re-released in June 1971, backed with ‘Colour My World,’ Both sides became U.S. radio hits, and the combined single climbed to #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. ‘Beginnings’ reached #1 on the U.S. Easy Listening chart.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appear at the Eastown Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
1971: Dennis Wilson, drummer for The Beach Boys, severs the nerves in his hand after crashing through a glass door while he was drunk. It stops him from playing music for about three years.
1972: Led Zeppelin performed at the Civic Center in Baltimore. Tickets were priced from $5.50 – $7.50.
1972: The Rolling Stones play the Forum in Inglewood, California. The opening act is Stevie Wonder.
1973: Deep Purple performed at Cobo Arena in, Detroit, Michigan.
1974: The Who headlined at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1975: The Rolling Stones appeared at the Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
1976: The Grateful Dead performed at the Great Boston Music Hall.
1976: Rush began a three night stand at Massey Hall in Toronto. These three shows were recorded for what became the band’s first live album ‘All the World’s a Stage.’
1976: AC/DC appeared at Glasgow City Hall in Scotland, on the first night of their ‘Lock Up Your Daughters’ 19 date UK tour. The tour, which ends in London, is the group’s first U.K. trek as headliners.
1976: Santana’s ‘Amigos’ album goes gold.
1977: Joe Strummer and Topper Headon were detained overnight in prison in Newcastle upon Tyne having failed to appear at Morpeth Magistrates on May 21st. Both Clash members were to answer a charge relating to the theft of a Holiday Inn pillowcase. They were both fined £100 ($170).
1977: Ram Jam’s ‘Black Betty’ b/w ‘I Should Have Known’ 45 single is released. It reached #18 on the singles charts in the United States and the top ten in the UK and Australia.
1977: The Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save The Queen’ peaks at #2 on the U.K. charts. It’s shut out of the top spot by Rod Stewart’s ballad ‘I Don’t Want To Talk About It.’
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ retains the #1 album in the US. Just one of the 31 weeks it would spend in that position in 1977 and 1978.
1977: The Tubes played Warnors Theatre in Fresno, CA.
1978: Genesis appeared at Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany.
1979: Chuck Berry is convicted of income tax evasion and ends up serving about 3 months in prison.
1979: The Knack released their debut LP ‘Get The Knack.’
1980: Aerosmith played at Stage West in Hartford, Connecticut.
1981: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed at the Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.
1981: Van Halen kicked off 3 sold out nights in Oakland during the ‘Fair Warning’ tour.
1982: After much anticipation ‘Grease 2,’ the sequel to the smash 1978 musical, lands in theaters… but crashes and burns.
1983: Drummer Alex Van Halen married Valerie Kendall in Los Angeles. Brother Eddie Van Halen was best man. The couple divorce less than a year later.
1983: ZZ Top played at the Civic Auditorium Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.
1984: Yes performed at Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden.
1986: A year after Sting released his debut solo album ‘Dream Of The Blue Turtles,’ the Police reunite for an Amnesty International concert in Atlanta.
1986: ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ his theaters. When Matthew Broderick leads a parade through downtown Chicago to The Beatles ‘Twist And Shout,’ it renews interest in the group, and the song soon returns to the charts.
1989: Bon Jovi and Skid Row played Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
1988: The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute is held in London. Mandela, a South African political prisoner, has been jailed for 24 years. The concert, features Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder and Phil Collins, in addition to several pop and R&B performers. It is broadcast worldwide and seen by over one billion people.
1991: Skid Row release their 2nd studio album, ‘Slave to the Grind.’ It is their first and only #1 album on Billboard’s 200 album chart‬.
1991: Lynyrd Skynyrd returns to recording with ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991.’ It’s their 6th album, following ‘Street Surviors,’ but is their first since the plane wreak take took three band-members lives in 1977. The new lineup initially uses the name “Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991,” but eventually has to drop this name after the media and fans essentially ignore it and continue to call them Lynyrd Skynyrd.
1991: The Grateful Dead played at the Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1992: ABBA’s Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus join U2 during the their Zoo TV Tour to perform a Rock version of ‘Dancing Queen’ in Stockholm, Sweden.
1993: Harem Scarem releases their album ‘Mood Swings.’
2000: Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee and two members of the English band’s entourage were arrested after a disturbance at a Holiday Inn in downtown Denver.
2000: Motley Crue ask Hole drummer Samantha Maloney to rehearse with them for their upcoming ‘Maximum Rock’ tour while Randy Castillo recovers from emergency stomach surgery.
2001: Ozzy Osbourne records new versions of ‘No More Tears,’ ‘Crazy Train,’ ‘See You On The Other Side,’ and the Black Sabbath staples ‘War Pigs’ and ‘Paranoid’ for the soundtrack of ‘Black Skies,’ a video game based on his vision.
2002: W.A.S.P. released their album ‘Dying For The World.’ It was dedicated to all those who perished in the attacks of the 9/11 events, especially heard on the track ‘Hallowed Ground.’
2002: KoRn release their 5th studio album, ‘Untouchables.’ It debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 selling 434,000 copies in its first week.
2002: Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills at St. Salvator Church in Ireland. Guests included Ringo Starr, Elton John, David Gilmour, Jools Holland and Chrissie Hynde. Heather walked down the aisle clutching a bouquet of 11 ‘McCartney’ roses. After a nasty court battle, they divorce in 2008.
2003: Adam Ant was arrested after going berserk and stripping off in a London cafe. The former 1980’s pop star had thrown stones at neighbor’s homes smashing windows before going to the nearby cafe.
2004: Van Halen began an ill-fated reunion tour with Sammy Hagar at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, NC. The band had been hibernating for six years since its Van Halen III album and tour with Gary Cherone. After paying Eddie a surprise visit at his 5150 studio, the band made plans to tour again. Eddie was struggling with addiction at the time, and his relationship with Hagar soured quickly. When the tour finally ended in Tucson, Arizona in November, they went their separate ways. They haven’t spoken since.
2004: Courtney Love surrendered to police after allegedly assaulting a woman at the home of her former manager and ex-boyfriend. Ms Love was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. She was later released on bail. The charges related to an incident on April 25, 2004, when Ms. Love allegedly assaulted a woman with a bottle and a torch at the LA home of Jim Barber.
2005: It was announced that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page & Queen guitarist Brian May were on Queen Elizabeth’s annual list of birthday honors. Page was named an officer of the Order of the British Empire & May was named a commander of the Order of the British Empire.
2006: A bass guitar autographed by Van Halen’s Michael Anthony is auctioned at a benefit for an aspiring musician suffering from bone cancer. Days earlier, Anthony went to the home of Brian Mammen of San Dimas, CA. During the visit, which was arranged by the Helping Heroes Productions charity, Anthony jammed for an hour with the 18-year-old, even doing a version of ‘Panama.’
2006: After singer Jonathan Davis falls ill, Avenged Sevenfold’s M Shadows, 10 Years’ Jesse Hasek and Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor fill in on vocals during KoRn’s appearance at the U.K.’s Download Festival. Davis is diagnosed with blood disorder, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, which forces the cancellation of KoRn’s European tour.
2006: Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose invites former GN’R guitarist Izzy Stradlin onstage to perform three songs at the U.K. Download Festival. Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach also joins the group for ‘My Michelle.’ It’s a chaotic set with Rose slipping during ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and leaving the stage twice for extended periods.
2007: Slash is named Riff Lord for his work with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver at the Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods Awards in London. Heaven & Hell (the Black Sabbath-related group) earn the Resurrection Award for best comeback.
2007: Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee skips a London show after injuring his left arm. Evanescence drummer Will Hunt fills in. Though far from 100%, wearing an ice pack on his shoulder, Lee doesn’t appear in pain during several on-stage appearances. During one such excursion he blurts out, “Who wants a goddamn swig of Jagermeister?”
2007: The Genesis reunion tour – the ‘Turn It On Again: The Tour’ of Europe begins in Helsinki, Finland. The line-up is singer-drummer Phil Collins, guitarist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks. It’s the group’s first tour in 15 years.
2007: Journey’s 1981 hit ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ is used in the finale of the final episode of HBO’s ‘The Sopranos.’ Former Journey singer Steve Perry, who co-wrote the tune with keyboardist Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon, says the way the song was utilized in the last scene “blew my mind.”
2007: Jackson Browne receives World Hunger Year’s annual Harry Chapin Award at a dinner in New York. The anti-poverty organization honors Browne for his involvement in humanitarian causes.
2008: Disturbed’s ‘Indestructible’ debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. It sells 252,000 copies in its first week. The album marks the third straight time the group has topped the survey.
2009: Late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott receives the Icon Award while ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons takes home the Les Paul Award at the Mojo Honours List in London. The Zombies’ ‘Odessey And Oracle’ earns the Classic Album Award.
2010: Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, a major soccer fan, releases his band’s ‘Represent!’ to inspire the U.S. team in their first World Cup game against England since 1950. A day later, the match ends in a tie.
2010: Puddle Of Mudd announce that bassist Doug Ardito has left the group. Ardito joined in 1999. “It’s been a great 9 years of Rocking the music of Puddle Of Mudd with Doug,” says frontman Wes Scantlin. The group installs Damien Starkey, a friend of the band, as Ardito’s ‘temporary’ replacement.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne releases his 11th studio album, ‘Scream.’ The album reached #4 on the Billboard chart and is the only Ozzy album to feature Gus G. on guitar.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne sets a Guinness World Record: the world’s loudest and longest scream during an appearance at a Los Angeles Dodgers game. The record setting endeavor also helps the annual Think Cure weekend which raises money for cancer research. Ozzy’s wife Sharon is a cancer survivor.
2010: It may be the eighth annual Download Festival in England but it’s also the 30th anniversary of Rock festivals at Donington, starting with the Monsters of Rock bash in 1980. The three-day U.K. event features AC/DC, Megadeth, Motorhead, Them Crooked Vultures, Stone Temple Pilots and Wolfmother.
2010: Cheap Trick’s take on The Beatles, ‘Sgt. Pepper Live,’ begins its run at the Paris Las Vegas Resort and Casino. The audio production is supervised by engineer Geoff Emerick, who worked on the 1967 ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ album.
2010: The Flaming Lips perform Pink Floyd’s 1973 album, ‘Dark Side Of The Moon,’ in its entirety on the opening night of the annual Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, TN.
2010: Puddle Of Mudd announce that bassist Doug Ardito has left the group. Ardito joined in ’99. “It’s been a great 9 years of Rocking the music of Puddle Of Mudd with Doug,” says frontman Wes Scantlin. The group installs Damien Starkey, a friend of the band, as Ardito’s ‘temporary’ replacement.
2011: Pink Floyd’s 1973 album ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon,’ re-entered the Billboard Album chart at #47, and reached the milestone of 1,000 weeks on Billboard’s charts.
2012: Lisa Marie Presley, who owns Graceland and a minority stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises, gave her approval for her father’s image to be turned into a hologram, with possible uses that range from a duets album and a TV drama series to appearances at the Graceland mansion in Memphis and perhaps on the road.
2013: Black Sabbath release their album ’13.’ The set has original Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, plus drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave) in place of the absent Bill Ward who sat out the reunion due to a contract dispute. The Rick Rubin produced set marks the first time the trio has recorded an album since 1978’s ‘Never Say Die.’
2014: Remastered versions of Led Zeppelin’s first three albums land on Billboard’s Top 10: ‘Led Zeppelin I’ (#7), ‘II’ (#9) and ‘III’ (#10). These are the first of a remastering project undertaken by Zep guitarist/producer Jimmy Page.
2014: Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose appears in a Budweiser World Cup commercial. In the spot, famous soccer players perform GN’R’s ‘Paradise City.’ Rose, who is standing in the audience alongside some models, catches a tossed guitar pick and uses it to open his Bud, and then raises his can in salute to the mock band.
2014: Amen frontman Casey Chaos confirms that the former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has joined the group.
2014: The Ramones’ self-titled debut album is certified gold by the RIAA, signifying sales of over 500,000 units. Released in 1976, the landmark Punk album initially peaked at #111 on the Billboard 200.
2015: The Kinks’ front man and principle song writer Ray Davies was honored with a London Legend Award at a ceremony held at the Camden Roundhouse. Davies said: “I accept this on behalf of all the young writers coming through, all the young people embarking on careers and as a symbol of the future.”
2016: Five Finger Death Punch’s Jeremy Spencer marries Sarah Lopez in “a great private ceremony with immediate family in Las Vegas.” 2016: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder speaks out against a controversial transgender “bathroom bill” during the group’s appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival. The Tennessee proposal would have public school students use the bathroom corresponding with their sex at birth.
2016: England’s Buckingham Palace announced that Rod Stewart would be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II “for services to music and charity.” The 71-year-old singer would now be able to call himself Sir Roderick David Stewart.

June 12
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On enters the country charts. It’s on the C&W charts a week before the pop charts pick it up.
1959: Chess Records release two LPs in US, Chuck Berry’s third album ‘Chuck Berry Is On Top’ and Bo Diddley’s first release, ‘Go Bo Diddley.’
1964: The Rolling Stones”Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)’ b/w ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’ 45 single is released. Originally featured on their 1964 self-titled album (US title: England’s Newest Hit Makers). It was later released as single A-side in the U.S. only, becoming the first Jagger/Richards song that the band released as a single A-side, and their first record to enter the US Top 40. The single reached #24 in the US and #1 in Sweden. It was not released as a single in the UK.
1964: The Zombies record ‘She’s Not There’ at their first recording session for Decca Records. The song would reach #2 in the US and #12 in the UK.
1964: The Beatles arrived in Adelaide, Australia and were greeted by an estimated 250,000 fans, (the biggest welcome the band would ever receive), who lined the ten mile route from the airport to the city centre. The group gave their first four shows in Australia at the Centennial Hall, Adelaide over two nights. Temporary member Jimmy Nicol was standing in for Ringo on drums who was recovering from having his tonsils removed.
1965: The Beatles were included in the Queen’s birthday honors list to each receive the MBE. Protests poured into Buckingham Palace, MP Hector Dupuis said “British Royalty has put me on the same level as a bunch of vulgar numbskulls.”
1965: The Who appeared at The Town Hall, Dudley, Birmingham. England.
1965: Sonny & Cher make their television debut on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
1966: After buying pot from an undercover cop posing as a student at his high school, Steven Tallarico is arrested and charged with drug possession. He is given a year’s probation and labelled a “Youthful Offender,” which later keeps him from getting drafted. Tallarico later becomes Steven Tyler and forms Aerosmith.
1966: The Dave Clark Five break a record by becoming the first rock band to make 12 appearances on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show. The band later made six more appearances, a record for a British band.
1966: Pink Floyd appeared at The Marquee Club in London. It was at this show that future co-manager Peter Jenner saw the band live for the first time. Floyd went on to sign a management contract with Peter Jenner and Andrew King on Oct. 31st of this year.
1967: Bob Dylan’s album ‘Greatest Hits’ peaked at #10 on the US chart. The cover photograph of the album was taken by Rowland Scherman at Dylan’s November 28th, 1965, concert in Washington, D.C., winning the 1967 Grammy award for Best Album Cover, Photography. The original album package also included Milton Glaser’s now-familiar psychedelic poster depicting Dylan.
1968: Elvis Presley’s 27th film, ‘Speedway,’ starring Nancy Sinatra, premieres in Charlotte, NC.
1969: Mick Taylor is introduced to the media as the new guitarist of The Rolling Stones. He replaces Brian Jones.
1969: Raven and Johnny Winter played at Boston Tea Party in Boston, MA.
1970: David Bowie released the single ‘Memory of a Free Festival’, which featured guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey’s studio debut with Bowie’s band, bringing together the line-up that would shortly record The Man Who Sold the World. The track also featured Marc Bolan on lead guitar and backing vocals.
1970: Bob Seger appeared at the Uptown Palladium 12 Theatre‎ in Birmingham, MI.
1970: The Guess Who performed at the White House for an audience which included Prince Charles and the Nixons. Mrs. Nixon requested that they drop ‘American Woman’ from the set.
1970: Janis Joplin and the Full Tilt Boogie Band performed at Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY.
1971: Pink Floyd played at the Palais des Sports in lyon France. The show included the song ‘Atom Heart Mother,’ performed with the addition of a 20-piece choir, three trombones, three trumpets, and one tuba.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Eastown Theater in Detroit, MI.
1972: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Mardi Gras’ LP goes gold.
1972: John Lennon and Yoko Ono release ‘Some Time In New York City.’
1972: With the help of her mother, Ronnie Spector left her husband Phil’s Beverly Hills mansion for the last time, leaving behind her adopted sons, three year old Donté and six year old twins, Louis and Gary. Within days she filed for a divorce that would be granted in 1974.
1973: David Bowie appeared at Central Hall in Chatham, England.
1973: Grand Funk record ‘We’re An American Band,’ which will become their first US #1 single by the following September.
1973: KISS begin work on demos with producer Eddie Kramer at Electric Ladyland Studios in New York.
1974: KISS played at I.M.A. Sports Arena in Flint, MI.
1975: The Rolling Stones played the Boston Garden in Boston, MA.
1975: ‘Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits,’ released in 1973, finally goes gold.
1976: The Who, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, Outlaws and Streetwalkers all appeared at Swansea City Football Club in Swansea, Wales, Tickets cost £4 ($7).
1976: ZZ Top with special guests Aerosmith & Point Blank played Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA.
1977: Bad Company played at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD.
1977: Genesis performed at the Palais de Sports in Paris .
1978: Paul McCartney & Wings ‘I’ve Had Enough’ b/w ‘Deliver Your Children’ 45 single is released. The song was written and sung by Paul McCartney and was recorded on board the boat Fair Carol in the Virgin Islands prior to the halt of recording for Linda’s pregnancy (and the departure of lead guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Joe English from Wings). It reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and it reached #42 in the UK.
1979: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ becomes New Jersey’s ‘unofficial’ Youth Rock Anthem. Springsteen is from Asbury Park, NJ.
1979: The Police appeared at The Locarno in Bristol, England, supported by The Cramps.
1981: Bob Dylan performed at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI.
1981: Van Halen played the 2nd of 3 sold out nights in Oakland during the ‘Fair Warning’ tour in front of 11,300 people.
1982: ‘No Nukes,’ the largest political rally in US history took place when about 750,000 people went to New York’s Central Park for the Rally for Nuclear Disarmament, which featured performances by Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and Gary “U.S.” Bonds.
1982: Van Halen peaked at #3 on Billboard’s 200 album chart with ‘Diver Down.’
1984: Rush performed at the Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, AK.
1985: Megadeth release their ‘Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good!’ album. It includes a version of Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, with lyrics altered by Dave Mustaine.
1987: The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office rules that blues legend Paul Butterfield died from a heart attack caused by decades of drug and alcohol abuse.
1987: The Grateful Dead appeared at the County Fairgrounds in Ventura, CA. 1988: Iron Maiden and Guns N’ Roses played The Forum in Inglewood, CA.
1989: Graceland opens the Elvis Presley Autoland Museum, which contains over 20 cars owned by The King, including his famous Pink Cadillac, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Stutz Blackhawks, a 1975 Dino Ferrari, a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, and the red MG that Elvis drove in the film ‘Blue Hawaii.’
1989: Lion release their last studio album, ‘Trouble In Angel City.’ The band did a cover of Slade’s song ‘Lock Up Your Daughters’ for the album.
1990: Bad Company release their 9th studio album, ‘Holy Water.’ It was their 3rd with Brian Howe in place of Paul Rodgers as lead vocalist, and it went platinum, selling over 1,000,000 units, and climbed to #35 on The Billboard Top Pop Albums Chart. The first single ‘Holy Water,’ was a #1 Billboard Album Rock Track for two weeks during the Summer of ’90 as the band toured the U.S. with Damn Yankees. The single ‘If You Needed Somebody’ became a major hit in early 1991, reaching 16 on Billboards Hot 100 chart and #2 (for two weeks) on the Album Rock chart. ‘Boys Cry Tough’ (#3), ‘Stranger, Stranger’ (#9) and ‘Walk Through Fire’ (#28 Hot 100 chart / #14 Album Rock chart) also received substantial airplay.
1991: Ozzy Osbourne released the ‘No More Tears’ single.
1993: UB40 had their 3rd UK chart topping single with (‘I Can’t Help), Falling In Love With You,’ a #1 hit for Elvis Presley in 1962.
1993: Rod Stewart entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at #2 with ‘Unplugged…and Seated’ which was Stewart’s 2nd live album. It contained his first performance with Ronnie Wood in nearly 20 years & went on to sell three million copies in the U.S.
1999: It was reported that Oasis had paid Gary Glitter £200,000 ($340,000) as an out-of-court settlement after being accused of using the Gary Glitter lyric, ‘Hello, hello, it’s good to be back’ in the song ‘Hello.’
2000: Bruce Springsteen debuts his new song, ‘American Skin (41 Shots),’ which protests the NYPD killing of unarmed suspect Amadou Diallo, to resounding boos at Madison Square Garden.
2001: Blink 182 release their ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’ album, featuring the single, ‘Rock Show.’
2001: Warrant release their covers album, ‘Under the Influence.’ It includes covers by Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Nazareth, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and more. ‬
2003: Van Morrison, Queen, Little Richard and Phil Collins were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in a New York City ceremony.
2004: Adrian Belew joins Primus on stage during their set at Bonnaroo 2004 for three songs: Primus’ ‘Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers,’ Belew’s own ‘The Lone Rhinoceros,’ and King Crimson’s ‘Thela Hun Ginjeet.’
2004: U2’s Bono joins a California based entertainment venture capital firm, Elevation Partners, as a managing director.
2004: Velvet Revolver’s ‘Slither’ tops the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks.
2005: Pink Floyd announced they would reunite with former bassist Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985, on July 2 for the Live 8 London concert. This would be the first time the band had played together as a quartet since The Wall tour in 1981.
2006: KoRn cancels the remaining dates on their European tour when singer Jonathan Davis reveals he is suffering from the blood disorder Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. “If I continued to headbang onstage, I could have dropped dead on the spot,” Davis says in London.
2006: Prince received a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his “visionary” use of the Internet; Prince was the first major artist to release an entire album, 1997’s Crystal Ball, exclusively on the internet.
2007: The John Lennon tribute album ‘Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur’ is released. Jackson Browne, Green Day, U2, Aerosmith and R.E.M. cover Lennon songs. Proceeds go to Amnesty International’s initiative against the Darfur genocide.
2007: The Traveling Wilburys (George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne) two studio albums are reissued together with extras (including a DVD with videos and a group documentary). Contractual problems kept the group’s work out of distribution for several years.
2007: The White Stripes perform a surprise six-song acoustic set at a London veterans hospital for retired military personnel. That evening proceeds from a Jack and Meg concert go to the Chelsea Pensioners’ Appeal and charities supported by the London Pearly Kings and Queens Society, a charity fundraising organization.
2007: Ex-Pink Floyd singer-bassist Roger Waters discusses the Millennium Villages project, a U.N. initiative he’s involved with that aids impoverished African peoples. “The basic idea (of the campaign) is to tackle all the things that cause extreme poverty at once in simple, cost-effective ways,” explains Waters.
2007: Jackson Browne plays benefit concert in Red Bank, NJ, to raise funds for the Joan Dancy and PALS support group, which helps sufferers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
2008: The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce selects a number of performers, including Rush, to have stars embedded on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009.
2009: At the Bonnaroo festival, Beastie Boys play together for the last time, as Adam Yauch (MCA) would soon be diagnosed with cancer.
2009: Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson is the keynote speaker at the UCLA College of Letters and Science commencement ceremony in L.A. Delson, a UCLA grad (class of ’99), has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. “Brad Delson is a social activist who is committed to change through education,” says UCLA dean Judith L. Smith.
2010: Weezer make their first appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival in the Manchester, TN. Clad in an USA soccer jersey, frontman Rivers Cuomo bounces on a trampoline, climbs the stage’s rafters, and throws bananas into the crowd.
2010: Elton John sings at a birthday celebration for conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh. Considering Limbaugh’s gay bashing it was bit of a surprise. “Elton, during the performance made a lot of cracks,” says Sir Elton’s partner, David Furnish. “But ultimately, it’s a bit like an olive branch, I guess.”
2011: Linkin Park headlines the Download Festival at England’s Donington Park. “Being American we never had many good Rock festivals to go to as kids,” says frontman Chester Bennington. “Donington is a place we all dreamed of playing when we were growing up. “It’s awesome.”
2011: Coasters lead singer Carl Gardner (‘Charlie Brown,’ ‘Yakety Yak’), dies of heart failure at age 83.
2011: Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, suffers a stroke at his home in Florida. The 69-year-old musician is initially listed as “responsive and in stable condition” after two brain surgeries. However, he passes away six days later. 2012: Rush release their ‘Clockwork Angels’ album. Co-produced by Rush and Grammy Award winner Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones), it is the group’s 19th full-length studio album. It peaks at #2 on Billboard’s 200 album chart.
2012: Joe Walsh comes out against Joe Walsh. The Eagles guitarist endorses Tammy Duckworth in her bid to defeat Representative Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) in November’s Congressional election.
2012: Pearl Jam’s former chief financial officer Rickey Goodrich was charged with thirty-three counts of theft for allegedly stealing $380,000 from the band’s management company & spending the money on lavish vacations, spa treatments, life insurance & pricey California wines.
2014: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush receive honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from Nipissing University, a public liberal arts school in North Bay, Ontario.
2014: The Kinks’ Ray Davies and Donovan are among the inductees into Songwriters Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at NYC’s Marriott Marquis Hotel.
2015: Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl fractures his leg when he miscalculates a jump and falls into the security pit during a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. After a trip to the hospital, Grohl returns and finishes the show.
2015: Van Morrison is awarded an honorary knighthood for his “services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland” by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth during her annual Birthday Honours celebration.
2017: Black Sabbath receive the Golden God award at the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in London.
2017: Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody has an onstage meltdown. During a performance in Tilburg, Netherlands, he claims he’s out of the band and this is his last show with FFDP. The concert is marred by issues (personal and technical). Later, Moody, whose struggles with substance abuse are widely known, says “I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that I have fallen off the wagon.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 20
1948: ‘Toast Of The Town,’ which would later be called ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ premiered on CBS-TV. The first telecast was produced on a meager budget of $1,375. Only $375 was allocated for talent and $200 of that was shared by the young stars of that night’s program, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
1956: Elvis Presley appears on Wink Martindale’s local Memphis TV show to promote a benefit concert.
1957: Buddy Holly’s ‘Words of Love’ b/w ‘Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues’ 45 single is released. Written by Buddy Holly and recorded by him on April 8, 1957. Holly harmonized for himself, by tape-recording each part and combining them. The song was not a notable hit for Holly, although it is regarded as one of his important recordings, and is available in most standard Holly collections. A cover version by The Diamonds reached number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1957. The song was also covered by The Beatles on the album Beatles for Sale.
1965: The Beatles began a 14-day European tour with two performances at the Palais Des Sports in Paris.
1966: The Beatles release their album ‘Yesterday & Today,’ featuring the band wearing butcher’s aprons on the front cover surrounded by decapitated baby dolls. At the time, some of the Beatles defended the use of the Butcher photograph. John Lennon said that it was “as relevant as Vietnam” and McCartney said that their critics were “soft.” However, this opinion was not shared by all band members. George Harrison said in The Beatles Anthology that he thought the whole idea “was gross, and I also thought it was stupid. Sometimes we all did stupid things thinking it was cool and hip when it was naive and dumb; and that was one of them.” After advance copies were sent to disc jockeys and record reviewers, negative reaction to the cover photo was so strong Capitol recalled 750,000 copies from distributors to replace the cover. They have become a valued collectors item. It was the band’s 9th Capitol Records release by The Beatles and the 1th overall American release. It was issued only in the United States and Canada. The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and stayed there for five weeks.
1966: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Aftermath’ (US version) is released The band’s 6th U.S. studio album. It is a revamped version of the UK version of ‘Aftermath,’ which was first released in the UK on on April 15, 1966. The revamped/US Aftermath reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart (it stayed on the chart for 50 weeks). In 2002, the US edition of Aftermath was ranked #108 on the List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1967: At San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service all perform for the summer solstice celebrations.
1967: Pink Floyd, John Bassett, Georgie Fame, Herbie Goins, and comedian Frankie Howerd played at the Commemoration Ball, Main Marquee, Magdalen College, Oxford England. Floyd performed two twenty-minute sets, at 11pm, and again at 3:15 am.
1969: David Bowie signs with Philips Records and then enters Trident Studios in London to record ‘Space Oddity,’ a song he wrote after seeing the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’ The track went on to become a UK #1 when re-released in 1975. Written about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut; Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs ‘Ashes to Ashes’ and ‘Hallo Spaceboy.’
1969: Tim Hardin ‘Simple Song Of Freedom’ b/w ‘Question Of Birth’ 45 single is released in the U.S. Written by Bobby Darin, Hardin’s recording entered the Billboard chart in August, where it stayed on the charts for 7 weeks, peaking at #50.
1969: Yes appeared at Kent University in Canterbury, England.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, The Grass Roots, and Smyth play the Oakland Coliseum Arena in Oakland, CA.
1969: The first of a three day 2nd Newport Pop Festival in Newport, California, kicked off at Devonshire Downs, formerly a racetrack and multi-purpose event and entertainment facility, is now part of the North Campus of California State University at Northridge. The artists/bands who appeared were, Friday, June 20, 1969: Ike & Tina Turner, Albert King, Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Joe Cocker, Southwind, Spirit and Taj Mahal. Saturday, June 21, 1969: Albert Collins, Brenton Wood, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charity, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Burdon and War, Friends of Distinction, Jethro Tull, Lee Michaels, Love, Steppenwolf and Sweetwater. Sunday, June 22, 1969: Booker T. & the M.G.’s, The Chambers Brothers, The Flock, The Grass Roots, Johnny Winter, Marvin Gaye, Mother Earth, Jimi Hendrix jam with Buddy Miles, Eric Burdon and Mother Earth, Poco, The Byrds, The Rascals and Three Dog Night. A three day ticket cost $15. Hendrix received $125,000 for his appearance, at the time it was the highest fee ever paid to a rock act for a single appearance.
1970: The Neil Young single ‘Cinnamon Girl’ goes gold.
1970: The FBI begins a search of Memphis International Airport after a bystander hears Who guitarist Pete Townshend talking about “the bomb.” It turns out he was only referring to his new album ‘Tommy,’ and in the nicest possible way.
1971: Pink Floyd played the last night of a European tour at the Pallazo Dello Sport in Rome.
1973: Dick Clark’s American Bandstand 20th Anniversary Special has Cheech And Chong, Neil Diamond, Three Dog Night, Little Richard and Paul Revere & The Raiders.
1974: Bob Dylan and The Band released their live album ‘Before the Flood,’ which went on to be certified Platinum & peak at #8 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1974: Queen’s ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’ b/w ‘See What A Fool I’ve Been’ single is released. It was written by lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and appeared as the final track on both the group’s debut album Queen (1973) and its follow-up Queen II (1974). However, only a less-developed instrumental version was featured on the former. The completed version served as the band’s 3rd single, the earliest-released song to appear on their Greatest Hits album, with the exception of some versions where their first single, ‘Keep Yourself Alive,’ is included.
1974: Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tim Buckley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Doobie Brothers all appeared at the first of the mega one day events held at in Stevenage, England. A special PA system was used for the event, claiming to be the best ever for an outside show, weighing 12 tons and needing five technicians.
1975: At England’s Wembley Stadium, Elton John headlines the killer bill of the Eagles, the Beach Boys, Rufus, and future Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh.
1975: The Ramones with opening act The Talking Heads kick off the first night of a three night stint at CBGB’s in New York. 1975: ZZ Top with special guests Aerosmith played the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
1975: Neil Young’s 6th studio album. ‘Tonight’s the Night’ is released. It reached at #25 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #331 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1978: Foreigner release their 2nd studio album, ‘Double Vision.’ It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It features the band’s signature song ‘Hot Blooded,’ which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The title track was also a major hit, peaking at #2.
1980: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Emotional Rescue’ b/w ‘Down In The Hole’ 45 single is released. The track from the album of the same name reached #9 on the UK Singles Chart and #3 in the U.S.
1980: The Rolling Stones’ 15th British and 17th American studio album. ‘Emotional Rescue’ is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for seven weeks (during its 51 week stay), and the UK Albums chart for two weeks. The title track hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album gave the Rolling Stones their first UK #1 album since 1973’s Goats Head Soup.
1980: During a UK tour Fleetwood Mac played the first of six sold-out nights at Wembley Arena in London.
1981: After topping record charts around the world, a medley of hits (including one’s by The Beatles) credited to Stars On 45 reaches #1 in America.
1981: Van Halen play the first of two sold out shows on their ‘Fair Warning’ tour at the Los Angeles Forum.
1983: Duane Eddy performs in San Francisco, kicking off his first US tour in fifteen years.
1983: Iron Maiden release their 9th single, ‘The Trooper.’ The single’s B-Side was a cover of Jethro Tull’s ‘Cross-Eyed Mary.’ The single reached #12 on the UK’s Official Charts.
1985: Scorpions released their 2nd live album, ‘World Wide Live.’
1986: The Prince’s Trust concert has Eric Clapton, Elton John, Paul McCartney and David Bowie. Both Prince Charles and Princess Diana attend the 10th annual fundraiser.
1987: Boston made their first live appearance in eight years, headlining the Texxas Jam at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on a bill that also included Aerosmith (on the first night on their ‘Permanent Vacation’ 147 date world tour), Whitesnake, Poison & Tesla. Paul Stanley joins Poison onstage for a cover of ‘Strutter.’ 1987: Bon Jovi and Cinderella played Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA.
1988: Deep Purple release their live album ‘Nobody’s Perfect.’
1988: Saxon release their 9th studio album, ‘Destiny.’ It was their only studio album to feature drummer Nigel Durham and bassist Paul Johnson.
1989: Faith No More release their 3rd studio album, ‘The Real Thing.’
1989: Mr. Big release their self-titled debut album.
1990: Winger released the single ‘Can’t Get Enuff’.
1991: Guns N’ Roses played the second of two shows at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland as part of their ‘Use Your Illusion’ Tour.
1993: Aerosmith release their 49th single, ‘Cryin’.
1994: The Walden Woods benefit in Nashville includes performances by Don Henley and Melissa Etheridge.
1995: Black Sabbath release their 18th studio album, ‘Forbidden.’ It was their last album to feature Tony Martin on vocals.
1995: A judge in Los Angeles awarded ownership of The Kingsmen’s recordings to the group itself and away from Scepter-Wand Records. The court ruled that the company breached its contract by not paying The Kingsmen their proper royalties. The main song in question was ‘Louie, Louie,’ recorded in 1963.
1995: Jeff Buckley played the first night of a UK tour at The Queens Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1996: The Furthur Festival kicks off in Atlanta. The show marks the first time the members of The Grateful Dead perform together since the death of Jerry Garcia.
1998: Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters and Pantera headlined the first Ozzfest held in the U.K. at the Milton Keynes Bowl in Milton Keynes, England. The rest of the bill included Korn, Soulfly, Slayer, Fear Factory, Coal Chamber, Life of Agony, Limp Bizkit, Entombed, Human Waste Project, Neurosis, and Pitchshifter.
1998: Green Day’s bassist Mike Dirnt gets his skull fractured in a backstage fight in Irvine Meadows, CA. Though Third Eye Blind’s Arion Salazar is involved, it remains uncertain who smacked Dirnt with a beer bottle.
1999: The reunited Armored Saint commence work on their forthcoming album featuring the Symbol Of Salvation line-up – John Bush, Joey Vera, Gonzo Sandoval, Jeff Duncan, and Phil Sandoval.
1999: Ace Frehley tells WNEW 102.7 in New York that there will not be another KISS record with the original four members and that this is without a doubt the final kiss tour with makeup and original members.
2000: Mick Jagger was forced to reveal his financial worth and income to a New York court during his child support battle with the mother of his last child, Brazilian model Luciana Morad.
2000: The White Stripes sophomore album, ‘De Stijl’ is released. The title is the Dutch word for ‘the style.’ During the supporting tour, frontman Jack White closed his Detroit upholstery shop to focus on the band full-time.
2000: King Diamond released his 9th studio album, ‘House of God.’ The album’s storyline is loosely based on the legend of Rennes-le-Château.
2001: The Cult release their 7th studio album, and first new recording in seven years, ‘Beyond Good and Evil’.
2004: Organizers at a Paul McCartney gig hired three jets to spray dry ice into the clouds so it wouldn’t rain during the concert. The gig in Petersburg, Russia, was McCartney’s 3,000 concert appearance. He had performed 2,535 gigs with the Quarrymen and the Beatles, 140 gigs with Wings and 325 solo shows.
2004: Bassist Alec John Such auctions some 300 Bon Jovi related memorabilia items. The bassist left the group in the mid-90s and wanted to unload the stuff so he could move into a smaller house. The auction nets $30,000.
2004: Linkin Park (People’s Choice Favorite International Group) and Finger Eleven (Best Video) are winners at the 15th annual MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. The event has live sets by Evanescence, Three Days Grace, Hoobastank and the Beastie Boys (who are honored with the special Trail Blazer Award).
2005: The Darkness officially tap Richie Edwards to replace Frankie Poullain on bass. Poullain announced his depature earlier in the month. Edwards had been guitar tech for the group’s Dan Hawkins.
2006: The documentary ‘Fallen Angel’ is released on DVD. Directed by Gandulf Hennig, the film is about Country-Rock pioneer Gram Parsons, the one-time Byrds member who died in 1973. There are interviews with the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and founding Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon.
2008: Jimmy Buffett announced that his Margaritaville Holdings has partnered with New York gambling company Coastal Marina to buy the Trump Marina Hotel Casino for $316 million. His vast business empire also included tequila, beer, frozen food, footwear, restaurants, a resort, a record label and a recording studio. In 2006, Rolling Stone magazine estimated Buffett’s earnings at $44 million.
2008: Jimmy Page receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Surrey in Guildford, England. The guitarist is presented with a degree in recognition of his “services to the music industry.” He is also acknowledged for his work with the Action for Brazil’s Children Trust charity.
2008: Puddle Of Mudd and Flyleaf perform at the Boost Mobile RockCorps in L.A. RockCorps distributes 3,000 tickets to youths who volunteer a minimum of four hours on projects like cleaning beaches and rebuilding parks.
2008: Slipknot released the single ‘All Hope Is Gone.’
2009: Green Day’s ‘Know Your Enemy’ hits #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart.
2009: Dave Matthews Band went to #1 on the US album chart with ‘Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King,’ the band’s 7th studio album.
2010: AC/DC earn the Songwriter of the Year award at the 2010 APRA Music Awards in Sydney. The Australasian Performing Rights Association annually honors Australian and New Zealand songwriters.
2011: Leslie West of Mountain has his right leg amputated below the knee at a Biloxi, Mississippi hospital the day after performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in the city. West later says, “When I play ‘Mississippi Queen’ now, I think about Jesus Christ.”
2012: Rush’s ‘Clockwork Angels’ debuts at the top of the Canadian charts. Selling 19,600 units in its first week, it’s the group’s first #1 studio album debut in the SoundScan era. In the U.S., ‘Clockwork Angels’ sits at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with sales of 103,000 copies.
2012: Asia released their 13th studio album, ‘XXX.’
2012: The film ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ sees its theatrical release in the U.S., with ‘Powerless’ by Linkin Park playing over the end credits.
2012: Nickelback perform at the National Hockey League Awards show. “As die-hard hockey fans, we can never get enough of the NHL, even when we’re on tour,” says frontman Chad Kroeger in an official statement.
2013: Deep Purple’s first studio album in 8 years, ‘Now What,’ enters the Billboard 200 album chart where it would peak at #110. The LP did better in Europe, reaching the Top 10 in 19 countries.
2014: Tankard released their 16th studio album, ‘R.I.B.’
2014: Songs by Elvis Presley, ABBA and the Spice Girls were among those being used in research that hoped to unlock the secret of how our memory works. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam had created an online game in an attempt to shed light on why some tunes get stuck in your head. Fans were asked to identify song clips and compare them by their catchiness.
2014: The BBC screens the documentary ‘Billy Joel: The Bridge To Russia,’ about his 1987 tour in the Soviet Union.
2016: Bush team with People.com and the U.N. Refugee Agency for ‘People At War,’ a video that supports World Refugee Day. “We made this video to raise awareness about the terrible plight of refugees across the world,” says Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.
2016: Lawyers for Led Zeppelin asked a judge to throw out a case accusing the band of stealing the riff for ‘Stairway To Heaven’. Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and Warner Music argued that the claimants had failed to make their case after three days of testimony. The band were accused of basing Stairway on the 1968 Spirit song, Taurus.
2017: Stone Sour are #1 on the Active Rock chart with “Song #3.” It’s from their ‘ Hydrograd’ album.

June 21
1948: The Columbia label announces its new technological breakthrough, a “long-playing” vinyl phonograph record that can hold up to 23 minutes of music on a side.
1955: Elvis Presley played two shows in Beaumont, Texas, with bassist Bill Black and guitarist Scotty Moore.
1958: Bobby Darin’s “Splish Splash” enters the U.S. record charts, where it would reach #3. Bobby would later say that the song only took him about ten minutes to write.
1963: The Rolling Stones played at Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor, Berkshire, England. The influential 1960s rhythm & blues club was the host to many important acts such as The Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Cream.
1965: The Byrds debut album, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #7 on the UK Albums chart. The Bob Dylan penned ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ single was released ahead of the album in April 1965, reaching #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. The album was selected by Rolling Stone magazine as #232 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1966: In what ended up being the Yardbirds last show at the Marquee Club in London, Jimmy Page made his live debut with the band. With Jeff Beck playing lead, Jimmy did this show as the band’s bass player.
1966: After a North American tour The Rolling Stones sued 14 hotels over a booking ban in New York, claiming that the ban was violating civil rights laws.
1966: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded from start to finish, a new John Lennon song ‘She Said She Said’. The song was reportedly based on a bizarre conversation that Lennon had with Peter Fonda while John and George Harrison were tripping on LSD.
1966: Reg Calvert the manager of The Fortunes, Screaming Lord Sutch and the owner of offshore pirate radio station Radio City was shot dead by business rival William Smedley during a confrontation. Smedley was the owner of pirate station Radio Caroline and was later cleared of the murder.
1967: A free concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park celebrating the Summer Solstice takes place. The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service all perform.
1967: Jimi Hendrix and the Jefferson Airplane perform at San Francisco’s Fillmore.
1968: The Who appeared at Durham University in Durham, England.
1968: Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones gets busted a second time for marijuana possession.
1968: Pink Floyd played two shows in one day: the first at the Commemoration Ball, Balliol College in Oxford, and then at Middle Earth Club, Covent Garden in London. The club was notable for several drug raids by the police, during which underage revellers were arrested; on one occasion a machine called the ‘Trip Machine’ was dismantled and taken away by the police.
1968: John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers ‘Bare Wires’ album is released. It features Mick Taylor on guitar, replacing Peter Green, who left to form Fleetwood Mac. ‘Bare Wires’ also saw bassist Andy Fraser, who would later join Free, being replaced by Tony Reeves, while drummer Keef Hartley was replaced by Jon Hiseman. It reached #59 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1969: Traffic released ‘Last Exit’ after they had disbanded. A combination of studio and live material, the album reaches #19.
1969: Deep Purple release the self-titled ‘Deep Purple.’ It’s their 3rd studio album and the last with vocalist Rod Evans.
1969: The first Toronto Pop Festival was held at Varsity Stadium. During it’s two days, it featured Chuck Berry, Procol Harum, Johnny Winter, Velvet Underground, Sly & the Family Stone, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Steppenwolf, The Band and more.
1969: Young David Bowie signs with Mercury Records. The label has to wait three years for him to produce a successful follow-up to ‘Space Oddity.’
1970: Jim Morrison marries author Patricia Kennealy in a celtic pagan hand fasting ceremony. She claims to be a Dame of the Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani, a High Priestess in a Celtic Pagan tradition.
1970: Pete Townshend of The Who caused a stir at Memphis International Airport. He was overheard saying ‘Tommy’ seems to be “going down a bomb.” meaning the group’s song ‘Tommy’ was a hit. Officials however, only heard the term ‘bomb’ and police and FBI reacted.
1972: Led Zeppelin appeared at Denver Coliseum on their North American tour.
1972: Gary Glitter appeared on British TV’s Top Of The Pops, performing ‘Rock & Roll Part 2.’
1972: The first Stonehenge Free Festival was held at Stonehenge, England culminating on the summer solstice. The festival was staged between 1972 and 1984.
1975: Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple to form Rainbow. His replacement is Tommy Bolin. Blackmore says, “I wasn’t interested in the direction they were going. I thought it was only proper of me to say: ‘Look, I’m going. I don’t want to break up the band, but I’m off. Get another guitarist and do your thing.’ I just didn’t want to be around for all that cool pseudo … They were shocked. My music was upfront music, hate music. Their music was becoming much more like ‘if you don’t like it, just click your fingers’”.
1975: The Eagles and The Doobie Brothers both appeared at the Oakland Coliseum. Elton John made a surprise appearance with both groups during the concert.
1975: The Doobie Brothers hit, ‘Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)’ peaks at #11. It’s a cover of a Holland/Dozier/Holland song originally recorded by Kim Weston.
1976: Touring North America for the first time, Wings played the last dates of their 31-date tour with three nights at the Los Angeles Forum. Several songs from the June 23rd show appeared on the album Wings over America.
1976: The Grateful Dead played at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1977: Aerosmith played at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on their 81 date ‘Draw The Line’ Tour.
1977: Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten was attacked in a brawl outside the live music venue Dingwalls in Camden, London, England.
1979: Four years after leaving the Rolling Stones, guitarist Mick Taylor finally releases his self-titled debut LP. It reached #119 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart in early August with a stay of five weeks on the Top 200.
1979: Angus MacLise, Velvet Underground’s first drummer dies of hypoglycemia and pulmonary tuberculosis in Kathmandu. He was 41. Malnutrition also played a part in his death, as MacLise was a heavy drug user who was never particularly mindful of his physical health. He quit the band in 1965, accusing them of “selling out.” MacLise’s wedding ceremony was presided over by renowned LSD guru Timothy Leary, and his son was recognized as a reincarnation of a Tibetan saint and became a Buddhist monk at the age of four. He was also a student of Aleister Crowley and was working on the film version of Crowley’s Diary of a Drug Fiend before he died.
1980: The Eagles headlined the Texxas Jam at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Other acts on the bill included Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, April Wine, Chistopher Cross, Point Blank, Le Roux and Savvy..
1980: The Beach Boys, Santana, Mike Oldfield, Elkie Brooks, Lindisfarne and The Blues Band all appeared at Knebworth ’80, in Knebworth Park, England.
1981: Just after signing a multi-album contract with Warner Brothers, Steely Dan announced they were breaking up. Donald Fagan and Walter Becker, the driving forces behind the band, said their 14 year musical partnership was over. Of course, Fagen and Becker later re-form the group and even win a Grammy.
1982: Crosby, Stills & Nash’s ‘Daylight Again’ album is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Three singles were released from the album, all making the Billboard Hot 100: ‘Wasted on the Way’ peaked at #9, “‘Cross’ at #18, and ‘Too Much Love to Hide’ at #69. 1984: Slayer, Savage Grace & Thrust played the Country Club in Reseda, CA.
1985: AC/DC‬ released the single ‘Danger.’
1985: Motley Crue’s 3rd studio album, ‘Theatre of Pain’ is released. It goes on to reach #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Charts and sell over four million copies in the U.S. It spawns the hits ‘Home Sweet Home’ and the remake ‘Smokin’ In The Boys Room.’
1986: Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Tina Turner and Elton John all appeared at the fourth annual Prince’s Trust Rock Gala held in London.
1986: Genesis Invisible Touch became the band’s 4th UK #1 album.
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Berlin’s ‘Take My Breath Away’ at #96 & Journey’s ‘Suzanne’ at #63. Journey’s ‘Be Good To Yourself’ was #36, Van Halen’s ‘Dreams’ #30, Genesis’ ‘Invisible Touch’ #17, and Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’ at #15.
1987: Judas Priest release ‘Priest…Live!,’ their 2nd live album. It was recorded at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia on June 15, 1986 and the Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas on June 27, 1986.
1987: White Lion release their 2nd studio album, ‘Pride.’ The album reached #11 on the Billboard chart.
1987: Helix release their 6th album, ‘Wild in the Streets.’ The band did a cover of the Nazareth song ‘Dream On’ on this album. ‘She’s Too Tough’ was written by vocalist Joe Elliott.
1987: Keel released their 4th album, the self-titled ‘Keel.’ The Michael Wagener produced album is their last with guitarist Marc Ferrari.
1988: The Rascals reunite onstage for the first time in 18 years.
1989: The Who’s 25th anniversary trek begins at the Glen Falls Civic Center in New York.
1990: Poison release their 3rd studio album, ‘Flesh & Blood.’ The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart.
1990: Little Richard gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Says Richard: “Like everything I got, it took a long time to get.”
1990: Exodus release their 4th studio album ‘Impact Is Imminent.’ It was their first album to feature John Tempesta on drums. The album reached #137 on the Billboard chart.
1990: Slash joins The Black Crowes on stage at The Marquee in New York City to jam on the Jimmy Reed song, ‘I Know It’s A Sin.’
1991: Guns ‘N Roses‬ released their 7th single ‘You Could Be Mine,’featured on the ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ soundtrack.
1993: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from John Fogerty, who hoped to recoup legal fees from a copyright lawsuit with the other surviving members of Credence Clearwater Revival.
1994: The ‘KISS‬ My Ass: Classic KISS Regrooved’ album was released. Anthrax, Lenny Kravitz, Garth Brooks, Gin Blossoms and others pay homage by covering KISS.
1999: Def Leppard’s ‘Euphoria’ debuts on the Billboard Top 200 at #11, selling just under 99,000 copies.
2000: 39 year-old Karen McNeil who claimed she was the wife of Axl Rose and that she communicated with him telepathically was jailed for one year for stalking the singer.
2001: Blues legend John Lee Hooker passes away of natural causes at his Los Altos home at the age of 83. Hooker’s songs have been covered by many artists including AC/DC, ZZ Top, The Yardbirds ‘Boom Boom’), Led Zeppelin (‘Boogie Chillen’ sampled in ‘Whole Lotta Love’) and The White Stripes (‘Boogie Chillen’), Jimi Hendrix (‘Red House’), The Doors (‘Road House Blues’) and George Thorogood (‘One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer’). He appeared and sang in the 1980 movie ‘The Blues Brothers,’ won four Grammy Awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
2002: The first Bonnaroo Music Festival is held. Widespread Panic headline the festival, held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. The inaugural four-day event – named for the Creole slang for “good stuff,” borrowed from a Dr. John album – focuses on jam bands and folk acts, welcoming Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Jurassic 5, and The String Cheese Incident to the line-up.
2004: Forbes Celebrity 100 list of who earned the most includes the Rolling Stones (#5), Bruce Springsteen (#8), the Eagles (#21) and Fleetwood Mac (#28). Actor/director Mel Gibson takes the top spot thanks to his film ‘The Passion of Christ.’
2005: Spin magazine names Radiohead’s 1997 release ‘OK Computer’ as it’s best album of the past 20 years. According to Spin, the album “not only forecast a decade of music but uncannily predicted our global culture of communal distress.” The survey coincides with the magazine’s 20th anniversary.
2005: The Offspring release their ‘Greatest Hits.’ The collection contains one previously unreleased tune, ‘Can’t Repeat.’
2005: Billy Corgan’s debut solo album, ‘TheFutureEmbrace’ is released. Meanwhile, the former Smashing Pumpkins frontman takes out a full page ad in two Chicago newspapers saying he wants the Pumpkins to reform. “I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams,” writes Corgan. Smashing Pumpkins split in 2000.
2007: Elton John raises over $215,000 with a rendition of Elvis Presley’s ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight?’ at a charity karaoke party held in London. At The Karaoke With the Stars event celebrity guests bid to have Bryan Adams, the Clash’s Mick Jones, the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and others perform songs of their choice. Nearly $770,000 is collected for the HOPING Foundation, which provides health and education support for young Palestinian refugees.
2009: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer invites 20 wounded soldiers to attend the band’s performance in Bristow, VA, to help him celebrate his 59th birthday. “I can’t think of a better gift to receive on my birthday than to have the privilege of sharing a night of our music with these brave and heroic warriors,” says Kramer. The troops are Iraq/Afghanistan veterans and patients from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
2009: The Video of the Year honor for ‘Gotta Be Somebody’ is one of three trophies Nickelback receives at Canada’s MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. They also nab the MuchLOUD Rock Video of the Year and Post Production of the Year awards. The band closes out show with ‘Burn It To The Ground.’
2010: Cavo’s, ‘My Little Secret,’ picked by fans to be the group’s next single, goes to radio.
2010: An autopsy report states that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray’s death was caused by an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, a narcotic analgesic that is 100 times more potent than morphine. According to the Polk County, Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office, Gray also had “significant heart disease” at the time of his death (on 5/25/10).
2011: American band Maroon 5 released ‘Moves Like Jagger,’ featuring Christina Aguilera. Its lyrics refered to a male’s ability to impress a female with his dance moves, which he compares to those of Mick Jagger. The video featured old video footage of Jagger and his iconic dance moves. ‘Moves Like Jagger’ was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. The single peaked at #1 on the U.S. chart.
2011: Crossfade return after five years with ‘We All Bleed.’ It’s the band’s first album after being dropped by Columbia Records in 2008.
2011: Radiohead debut ‘Staircase’ on their YouTube page. The song’s broadcast debut is ten days later on the BBC concert program ‘From the Basement.’
2012: The Black Keys file lawsuits in L.A. against Home Depot and Yum! Brands Inc., parent company of Pizza Hut, over unauthorized use of their songs in commercials. They allege Home Depot played ‘Lonely Boy’ to promote power tools and that ‘Gold On The Ceiling’ was featured in a Cheesy Bites pizza ad.
2015: James Taylor enjoyed his first #1 album on the Billboard Hot 200 when ‘Before This World’ sold 97,000 units during its debut week. In the 45 years since ‘Sweet Baby James’ was released in 1970, Taylor had achieved eleven Top 10 albums.
2016: Roger Friedman, owner of the entertainment industry news and film review website Showbiz 411, announced that Led Zeppelin refused a $14 million offer to perform at the 2016 Desert Trip Festival in Indio, California. Those who had already signed on included The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who and Neil Young.
2016: It was reported that David Crosby had reached an agreement to pay $3 million to a jogger he injured in a car accident in California last year.
2016: Trumpeter Wayne Jackson, who formed the Memphis Horns duo with saxophonist Andrew Love, died of congestive heart failure at the age of 74. Jackson and Love played together on 52 #1 songs, supporting the likes of Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Otis Redding, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Peter Gabriel and the Doobie Brothers.
2016: An open letter, signed by Jack White, U2, Paul McCartney and over 150 other artists, calls on Congress to rewrite legislation that would affect online content providers. The letter states there are inadequacies in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which governs how Internet companies can use material uploaded by users.
2017: The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey and Queen’s Brian May join a 50-plus lineup to cover Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘70 ballad ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ as part of a charity fundraiser for the victims of London’s Grenfell Tower fire which killed 79 people.

June 22
1846: In Paris, France, 32 year old Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musician and musical instrument designer, patents the saxophone. Sax continued to make instruments throughout his life, however, rival instrument makers challenged the legitimacy of his patents and initiated a campaign of litigation against him and his company, driving him into bankruptcy twice, in 1856 and 1873.
1956: Elvis Presley started a three-day run playing 10 shows at the Paramount Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The stage manager was told; “Pull all white lights. Presley works all in color, Presley act has no encore. When he leaves the stage, immediately close curtains.”
1957: The Quarrymen played twice on this day, both in Liverpool’s Rosebery Street. It was at the city’s Empire Day celebrations for the 750th anniversary of King John granting Liverpool a Royal Charter.
1959: Chuck Berry’s ‘Memphis’ is released. The song recounts a father’s attempts to contact his daughter by phone. It’s another of Berry’s brilliant story-songs that is often covered.
1961: The Beatles (working under the name ‘The Beat Brothers’) back singer Tony Sheridan during a recording session in Hamburg. Five songs are recorded with Sheridan but two additional tracks, a cover of ‘Ain’t She Sweet’ and a John Lennon/George Harrison original ‘Cry For A Shadow,’ are by The Beatles only.
1961: Elvis Presley’s ‘Wild In The Country’ movie opens nationally.
1963: The Safaris’ ‘Wipe Out’ is released. The surf instrumental opens with maniacal laughter followed by the dismissive “wipe out.” The song would be re-issued in 1966 and climb to #16 on the Billboard Top 40 and again in 1970 when it failed to chart.
1964: The Beatles played their first ever show in New Zealand at Wellington Town Hall. The local Chief Constable refused a police escort for The Beatles leaving just two policemen to control over 5,000 fans.
1967: The drug trials of Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards begin. Richards serves limited jail time.
1968: The Rolling Stones go to #1 in the UK with ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash.’ It was the first time they had visited the top spot in two years.
1968: The Jeff Beck group featuring Rod Stewart made their U.S. debut at the Fillmore East in New York. Stewart had such bad stage fright that he spent the entirety of the first song behind a large speaker cabinet.
1968: Rolling Stone, reviews the bootleg Basement Tapes in an article titled “The Missing Bob Dylan Album.”
1969: Super-group Blind Faith (Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech) release their only album.
1970: Led Zeppelin appeared at Laugardalsholl Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland on the group’s one and only visit to Iceland. It is suggested that Robert Plant was inspired to write the lyrics to ‘Immigrant Song’ during this trip.
1971: Joni Mitchell’s 4th album, ‘Blue’ is released. It reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #3 on the UK Albums Chart. The single ‘Carey’ reached #93 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2003, ‘Blue’ was ranked #30 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In January 2000, the New York Times chose ‘Blue’ as one of the 25 albums that represented “turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music”
1975: At New York’s Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton joined The Rolling Stones onstage to jam on ‘Sympathy for the Devil.’ 1976: Blackmore’s Rainbow with special guest Ted Nugent played Hara Arena in Dayton, OH. Thin Lizzy was originally on the bill, but cancelled.
1977: Gallup Poll named KISS the #1 band in America.
1978: The Boomtown Rats, supported by Matt Vinyl & The Decorators appeared at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland.
1979: Queen release their 1st live album, ‘Live Killers.’
1979: Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor releases his self titled solo debut.
1980: Don McLean had his second UK #1 single with the Roy Orbison song ‘Crying.’ The song had been a #2 U.S. hit for Orbison in July 1961. In 1987, Orbison re-recorded the song as a duet with k.d. lang as part of the soundtrack for the motion picture, ‘Hiding Out.’ Their collaboration won the Grammy Award.
1981: Mark Chapman pleaded guilty to the charge of murdering John Lennon in 1980. He was later sentenced to 20 years to life. Chapman says that “God has told me to plead guilty.” At his parole hearing in 2014 he boasted that the killing involved “incredible planning, absolutely, incredible stalking.”
1981: Foreigner release their single, ‘Urgent.’ 1982: Asia played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1983: Ozzy reunites with Black Sabbath for a small tour.
1984: Aerosmith welcome back Brad Whitford & Joe Perry to the band and begin their 58 daate Back In The Saddle reunion Tour in Concord, New Hampshire.
1985: Bryan Adams started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Heaven’, his first #1 single.
1987: Marillion release their 4th studio album, ‘Clutching at Straws.’
1987: Guns N’ Roses plays it’s second ever European show at the Marquee Club in London.
1988: Jesse Ed Davis, Native American session guitarist, dies of a heroin overdose after collapsing in a laundry room in Venice, California. He was 43. Davis worked with some of the biggest stars of the time, everyone from Leon Russell, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty, The Monkees, John Lennon, Leonard Cohen, Keith Moon, Steve Miller, Harry Nilsson and Taj Mahal. He also appeared on most of the solo works from the Beatles.
1988: Robert Palmer releases ‘Simply Irresistible’ in his native UK, where it peaks at #44. It fares much better in the U.S., where it lands at #2.
1990: Billy Joel becomes the first Rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.
1990: Ry Cooder and David Lindley, The Cure, Happy Mondays, Sinead O’Connor, Deacon Blue, De La Soul, Adamski, Blue Aeroplanes, Julian Cope, Del Amitri, Jesus Jones, James and The Pale Saints all appeared on day one of the Glastonbury Festival. A three day ticket cost £38 ($61).
1991: Actor Eddie Murphy spends $30,800 on Jimi Hendrix memorabilia at a Sotheby’s auction.
1991: Jimi Hendrix’s handwritten lyrics to ‘Room Full of Mirrors’ sold for 35-hundred dollars at a New York auction.
1991: Paul McCartney’s ‘Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)’ debuted at its peak position of #14 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1992: Black Sabbath release their 16th studio album, ‘Dehumanizer.’ It peaked at #44 on the Billboard chart.
1992: Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain was rushed to hospital after a gig in Belfast, Northern Ireland suffering from acute stomach pains brought on by ulcers.
1993: Ozzy Osbourne changed his mind about retirement and said he would reunite with Black Sabbath for a tour.
1993: Death released the album ‘Individual Thought Patterns. It was their only album by the band to feature guitarist Andy LaRocque, and their first to feature drummer Gene Hoglan.
1995: R.E.M. performed ‘What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?’ with Dan Rather at a sound check in New York. The song was inspired by the words a mugger shouted at Rather years earlier.
1996: U2’s Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of ‘Theme from Mission: Impossible’ which went on to go Gold in the U.S.
1996: Metallica debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the second time with ‘Load,’ which spent four straight weeks on top of the chart & went on to sell five million copies in the U.S. despite a backlash from many of their longtime fans.
1998: In London, a memorial service was held for Linda McCartney. Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr all attended.
1998: Todd Rundgren marries Michele Gray on his 50th birthday. The wedding takes place in Hawaii, the 50th state.
2000: Mick Jagger was ordered to reveal his financial worth and income to a New York court in his child support battle with the mother of his last child, Brazilian model Luciana Morad.
2002: U2 guitarist ‘The Edge’ married his girlfriend of ten years Morleigh Steinberg in Eze in the south of France. The couple first met when she was a belly dancer on the bands Zoo TV tour. Guest’s included Bono, Eurythmics Dave Stewart and Lenny Kravitz.
2004: Jet, Train, Dashboard Confessional and Hoobastank are among the groups featured on the ‘Spiderman 2’ soundtrack.
2004: Motorhead releases their 17th studio album, ‘Inferno.’ Steve Vai made a guest appearance on this album and played lead guitar on the song ‘Terminal Show.’
2004: Scorpions release their ‘Unbreakable’ album.
2004: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour,’ their 5th live album. Featuring music from a July 11, 2003 performance at Antioch, Tennessee’s Amsouth Amphitheater, it celebrates the band’s thirt30 anniversary.
2005: Atlanta is the first U.S. stop on Billy Corgan’s tour in support of his debut solo CD, ‘TheFutureEmbrace.’
2005: Ted Nugent is ordered to pay $3,500 per month in child support to Karen Gutowski of Dover, NH. While married to his current wife, Shemane, with whom he has 4 children, Nugent fathered a son with Gutowski in 1994.
2006: Founding Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters performs in Nevah Shalom, Israel, a community with a mixed population of Arabs and Jews. The show had been scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv but Waters, an outspoken critic of the dividing wall Israel’s government built to separate Palestinian villages, wants to promote a nonviolent solution to the country’s civil strife.
2006: Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger gets pulled over in Surrey, Canada, and faces charges of impaired driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level exceeding the legal limit of 0.08. Kroeger is stopped in the early morning, reportedly because he’d been speeding and driving erratically.
2007: Candlemass released their 9th studio album, ‘King of the Grey Islands.’
2007: Linkin Park’s ‘Minutes To Midnight’ is certified platinum by the RIAA, the record-industry organization. The album takes less than a month to hit the 1 million-sales mark. The single ‘What I’ve Done’ tops both the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and the Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts.
2007: The film ‘Evan Almighty’ opens with songs by ZZ Top, Creedence Clearwater Revival and former frontman John Fogerty.
2009: Bruce Springsteen lands at #4 on a Forbes magazine list ranking the top-earning musicians of the last 12 months. Madonna, Celine Dion and Beyonce are #1, #2 and #3 respectively, but The Boss still earned approximately $70 million from music sales and touring income.
2009: Linkin Park celebrates the L.A. premiere of ‘Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen’ by performing a brief concert outside Mann’s Village Theater following the screening. The band’s ‘New Divide’ is on the film’s soundtrack. The movie goes national two days later. 2009: We Are The Fallen make their debut in L.A. The band has Evanescence co-founder Ben Moody, two other Evanescence vets (Rocky Gray and John LeCompt, plus Marty O’Brien) and former American Idol contestant Carly Smithson. “We’re really going to take this thing to a level that Evanescence never touched,” says Moody, still grinding an axe regarding Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne’s 10th studio album, ‘Scream’ is released. The Kevin Churko produced set contains the single ‘Let Me Hear You Scream.’
2010: Vince Neil releases his solo album, ‘Tattoos & Tequila.’
2010: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases ‘Live from Freedom Hall,’ their 8th live album. It features music performed June 15, 2007 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
2010: Danzng released their 9th studio album, ‘Deth Red Sabaoth.’ The album reached #35 on the Billboard chart. It marked his highest-charting album since the release of ‘Danzig 4’ in 1994.
2010: A Big Four (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax) concert in Sofia, Bulgaria, is broadcast to 450 U.S. theaters; 800 theaters worldwide.
2010: Hole launch their first tour in 12 years (after shows in NY and LA) to support their album ‘Nobody’s Daughter.’ The first stop is Philadelphia.
2010: Ramones drummer Marky Ramone (Marc Bell) files suit in New York Supreme Court claiming he has not received any band royalties since 2008. He asks for $175,000 in back royalties and $1 million in punitive damages.
2010: Peter Gabriel releases a cover of Tom Waits’ ’83 track ‘In The Neighborhood’ to help raise awareness for Voice Project, a charity co-founded by Gabriel’s daughter Anna, that helps bring relief to those affected by the ongoing conflicts in Northern Uganda, Southern Sudan and Eastern Congo.
2011: Bono’s peahen (a female peacock) is reported to be driving neighbors crazy by escaping into their yards. One newspaper runs the headline: “Bono’s cock drives me nuts”.
2012: Sass Jordan is appointed a Honorary Colonel of 417 Combat Support (CS) Squadron. “Ms. Jordan is a strong supporter to the military and the RCAF, and her support is greatly appreciated by all members of 417 (CS) Squadron,” says Lieutenant-General Andre Deschamps, the Commander of the RCAF.
2012: The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried was withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after more than 10,000 fans protested it should be kept as a shrine. Presley was temporarily interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, for two months after he died before being reburied at his Graceland home.
2013: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, are inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.

June 23
1960: Eddie Cochran was at #1 in the UK with the single ‘Three Steps To Heaven’. The American singer had been killed 3 months earlier in a car crash while touring the UK.
1963: Del Shannon’s cover of The Beatles ‘From Me to You’ hits the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100, thus becoming the first Lennon-McCartney composition to ever make the U.S. charts.
1965: The Yardbirds played at The City Hall in Salisbury, England. Admission was 10 shillings ($1.40).
1965: The Kinks play a show in Springfield, Illinois and later learn that it was promoted by serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Allegedly, they were invited to his house after the show, where he got them drunk and took a shine to Dave Davies, but the rest of the band thought the place smelled and left.
1966: The Beatles flew to Germany where they began their final world tour.
1966: The Beatles had their 10th consecutive UK #1 single with ‘Paperback Writer’/’Rain.’ The track is marked by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout, partly in response to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles records. It was also cut louder than any other Beatles record, due to a new piece of equipment used in the mastering process.
1966: The Rolling Stones depart London to begin a tour of America.
1966: The Who performed at the Refectory at the University at Leeds as part of a University Rag Ball along with The Alan Price Set, The Swingin’ Blue Jeans, and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, without recently departed guitarist Eric Clapton, who left to form the new group Cream.
1967: John Entwistle of The Who marries his first wife, childhood sweetheart Alison Wise.
1967: Pink Floyd played two shows. An early gig took place at the Locarno Ballroom in Derby, England, where Floyd, Paperback Edition and Thorndyke Mordikai’s Imagination played at the Rolls Royce Apprectices Ball. Later that night, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, Tomorrow, The Children, Cock-A-Hoop, and The Roll Movement appeared at The 8-Hour Psycho-Chromatic Fantasy, held at Great & Small Halls, Bradford University, Bradford England.
1970: Chubby Checker and three passengers are arrested in Niagara Falls after police discover marijuana and other, unidentified capsules in the rocker’s car. The charges are later dropped, however.
1972: Jethro Tull’s double album ‘Living in the Past’ is released in the UK. It contains album tracks, outtakes, the ‘Life Is a Long Song’ EP, and all of their singles non-lp tracks except ‘Aeroplane,’ ‘Sunshine Day,’ ‘One for John Gee,’ ’17’ and the original United Kingdom version of ‘Teacher’ (the United States single version, included in the U.S. version of ‘Benefit,’ was included instead).
1973: George Harrison started a 5 week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Living In The Material World’, his 2nd U.S. #1.
1974: The first World Series of Rock sponsored by WMMS in Cleveland takes place at Cleveland Stadium. The bill includes The Beach Boys, Joe Walsh & Barnstorm, Lynyrd Skynyrd and REO Speedwagon and attracts over 80,000 fans. The stadium is demolished in 1996, but not before fifteen more festivals.
1974: The Grateful Dead performed at the Jai-Alai Fronton in Miami, Florida.
1975: Jefferson Starship’s LP ‘Red Octopus’ was released. The album, marking the return of singer Marty Balin, went to #1 in the U.S. and became the band’s biggest seller. Rolling Stone celebrates Marty Balin’s return to the fold by saying, “If it weren’t for Balin, Red Octopus would be completely unlistenable.”
1975: Alice Cooper falls of the ‘Welcome to my Nightmare’ stage in Vancouver, Canada. He breaks six ribs and suffers a concussion, but continues the show after getting bandaged up. Eventually, he is driven to the local hospital where he gets 15 stitches in his head.
1975: Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of 14 shows over 7 nights at Paul’s Mall in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of their ‘Natty Dread’ Tour.
1976: Paul McCartney and Wings played the last date on their ‘Wings Over America’ tour at the Forum in Los Angeles. At a Forum show two days earlier, Ringo Starr appeared on stage during the band’s final number and presented his old friend with flowers.
1977: An inebriated Keith Moon joined Led Zeppelin onstage in Los Angeles. He “belts seven shades of shit” out of a tympani on ‘Moby Dick’ and ‘Rock and Roll,’ then proceeds to call John Bonham the best living rock drummer in the world today.
1979: The Knack released ‘My Sharona.’
1979: The Charlie Daniels Band release ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia.’
1979: Supertramp’s album, ‘Breakfast in America’ rose to the top of the U.S. album chart on the strength of three hit singles, ‘The Logical Song’ (#6), ‘Goodbye Stranger’ (#15), and ‘Take the Long Way Home’ (#10). The LP would win two Grammys and sell in excess of 18 million copies worldwide.
1979: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by The Knack’s ‘My Sharona’ at #86. KISS’ ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You’ at #30, Van Halen’’s Dance The Night Away’ at #20, Cheap Trick’s ‘I Want You To Want Me (live)’ at #16, Bad Company’s ‘Rock N’ Roll Fantasy’ at #13, and Sister Sledge’s ‘We Are Family’ at #2. ‬
1980: The Rolling Stones release ‘Emotional Rescue.’
1982: Judas Priest release ‘Screaming For Vengeance.’
1983: American Red Cross presented the W.A.S.P. Blood Drive at The Troubadour in Hollywood. The three concerts on consecutive nights offer a half price ticket for each pint of blood given.
1984: Duran Duran begins a two week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘The Reflex.’ It’s the group’s first U.S. chart topper, from their 3rd album, ‘Seven and the Ragged Tiger.’
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts from John Waite’s ‘Missing You’ at #89 & Van Halen’s ‘Panama’ at #52. Phil Collins’ ‘Against All Odds’ was #34, Steve Perry’s ‘Oh Sherrie’ #9, and Huey Lewis & The News’ ‘The Heart Of Rock N’ Roll’ #6. ‬
1985: Bryan Adams starts a two week run at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘Heaven.’
1987: Sammy Hagar released his 9th solo album, ‘I Never Said Goodbye.’ Eddie Van Halen plays bass on the album.
1990: Actor Gary Busey, who played Buddy Holly in ‘The Buddy Holly Story,’ pays $237,419 for one of Holly’s acoustic guitars at an auction at Sotheby’s in New York. The guitar came in a tooled leather case made by Holly himself.
1990: Billy Idol peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with his 4th studio album ‘Charmed Life,’ which went on to be certified Platinum in the U.S.
1992: Soundgarden released their EP ‘Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas.’
1995: Rod Stewart headlined the Rock Over Germany festival, along with Joe Cocker and Elton John.
1995: CBS anchorman Dan Rather shows up at a R.E.M. soundcheck at Madison Square Garden to perform ‘What’s The Frequency Kenneth?’ A couple years earlier Rather was mugged. While his attackers were pummeling him they demanded “What’s the frequency Kenneth?” R.E.M. then writes a song referencing the incident.
1995: Andy White makes his debut with Oasis at the Glastonbury Festival. He replaces the band’s original drummer, Tony McCarroll, who was fired two months earlier.
1995: Bon Jovi and Van Halen began a three night stand at London’s Wembley Stadium. Thunder and Ugly Kid Joe are also on the bill.
1996: Metallica went to #1 on the US album chart with their 6th studio album ‘Load.’ The album has now sold over five million copies in America alone.
1998: The DLR BAND releases their self-titled debut.
2000: Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project opens in Seattle. The tribute to American music, especially Rock, has performances by Metallica, Matchbox 20, Beck and No Doubt.
2000: Neil Young & Joni Mitchell were among the inductees honored with stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto.
2002: The top pop earners from US sales during 2001 were listed by Rolling Stone magazine as: Madonna at #5 with $49.5 million; Dave Matthews Band at #4 with $52.7 million; The Beatles at #3 with $58 million; Dr. Dre at #2 with $63 million and at the top of the list, U2 with $75 million.
2003: Metallica‬ released the single ‘St. Anger.’ It went on to win Best Metal Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards.
2004: A statement which appeared on Dave Navarro’s website claimed Jane’s Addiction had split for good. Navarro wrote: “The deal is that it simply didn’t work out. In all honesty, we have broken up and rejoined roughly four times over the years. Perhaps that should shed some light as to where we are now.”
2004: The University of St. Andrews in Scotland gives Bob Dylan an honorary doctorate in music. University principal, Dr. Brian Lang, describes Dylan as an “iconic figure for the 20th Century,” adding, “His songs, and in particular his lyrics, are still part of our consciousness.”
2004: The documentary ‘Festival Express’ chronicling a ’70 cross-country Canadian tour (via train) is released in San Francisco. Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band and Buddy Guy are on board. The film, which was shot by Peter Bizou, was stored in the Canadian National Archives for almost 25 years. The Dead’s Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh provide commentary.
2004: Singer John Kay is added to the Canadian Walk Of Fame. Kay was actually born in East Germany (back when there was such a place) and immigrated to Canada. He joined Sparrow, which took him to L.A., where he became one of the founders of Steppenwolf.
2005: Four people are stabbed, one fatally, at a Corrosion Of Conformity show at the Masquerade club in Ybor City, FL. According to police, a fight between two women broke out in the mosh pit in front of the stage but spread to other members of the audience. Michael Pyne, a tattoo artist, later pleads guilty to the stabbings and is sentenced to 25 years in prison.
2005: Audioslave file an intellectual property suit against the Miller Brewing Company. Seems an ’04 ad in Rolling Stone magazine mentioned the band, apparently against their wishes. The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, says “Audioslave does not endorse commercial products…and does not agree to appear in advertisements for alcoholic beverages.”
2006: Robert Plant headlines the ‘We’re Doing It For Love’ fundraising benefit for Arthur Lee of Love, who is uninsured and suffering from acute myeloid leukemia. Plant performs 12 songs, including five Led Zeppelin songs and five recorded by Love in the 60’s. Sadly, Lee died later that year in August after putting up a courageous fight.
2006: Dave Navarro and porn star Jenna Jameson co-host a three-day Erotica LA adult-film industry event.
2006: Bon Jovi and Nickelback perform at Heinz Field as part of a celebration commemorating the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl XL win.
2006: Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant performs at a benefit concert in New York for ailing Love frontman Arthur Lee. Ian Hunter (Mott The Hopple) joins Plant for a rendition of the Everly Brothers hit ‘When Will I Be Loved.’ Love was a cutting edge ’60s L.A. underground band and Lee its driving force. Sadly, Lee passes away three weeks later.
2006: Carlos Santana is inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. Proceeds from the event at the famous venue benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonics Association’s Music Matters education program.
2007: The re-formed Smashing Pumpkins perform in the U.S. for the first time in seven years. Their tour begins with a nine show stand in Asheville, NC. “Asheville was recommended as a very positive musical community,” says Corgan.
2007: 1,800 guitarists in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, set a world record for a mass guitar performance of Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water.’ This effort breaks the mark set just three weeks earlier in Kansas City, KS, when over 1,600 played the riff.
2008: ‘The Guitar Hero: On Tour’ video game featuring Nirvana, Ozzy Osbourne, Jet, and Incubus, is in stores. For a shot of the ’80s, the soundtrack also includes Stevie Ray Vaughan and Pat Benatar. The game comes with a special guitar grip that attaches to the DS and a pick-stylus.
2009: The Mars Volta release their 5th studio album, ‘Octahedron.’
2009: Cheap Trick release their album, ‘The Latest.’
2009: The soundtrack for ‘Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen’ is released. The lead track is Linkin Park’s ‘New Divide.’ “The opportunity to be creatively involved with one of the most anticipated films of the summer is pretty exciting,” says Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda. The movie is in theaters the next day.
2009: ‘Jars,’ the first single from Chevelle’s ‘Sci-Fi Crimes’ goes to radio.
2009: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their sophomore effort, ‘Reckoning,’ R.E.M. reissues a remastered and enhanced version of album.
2009: John Mellencamp’s ‘Life Death LIVE & Freedom’ is released. The eight-song collection features performances from ’08 concerts.
2009: Dream Theater released their 10th studio album , ‘Black Clouds & Silver Linings.’
2010: 62-year-old Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Allman had begun a series of treatments for Hepatitis C, but chronic damage of his liver led doctors to recommend a transplant. In a statement Allman said “I changed my ways years ago, but we can’t turn back time. Every day is a gift.”
2010: Pete Quaife, the original bassist for The Kinks, died of kidney failure at the age of 66. Quaife played on such early hits as ‘You Really Got Me,’ ‘All Day and All of the Night’ and ‘Tired of Waiting for You’ before leaving the group in 1969. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with the rest of the original band in 1990. Although he was only with the Kinks for about five years, both Ray and Dave Davies recognized his influence on the band. Ray said, “I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him,” and Dave had this to say, “Quaife was never really given the credit he deserved for his contribution and involvement with The Kinks.”
2010: The Library of Congress adds R.E.M.’s debut single ‘Radio Free Europe,’ to their National Recording Registry, saying it’s “one of the cornerstones of ’80s College Rock.” Also added are Patti Smith’s ‘Horses,’ Little Richard’s ‘Tutti Frutti’ and Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Smokestack Lightning.’
2010: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ ‘Mojo’ holds the #2 spot on the Billboard 200 (just behind the debut studio album by Canadian Rapper Drake). ‘Mojo’ sells 125,000 copies in its debut week.
2010: Flags in New Jersey fly at half-mast in tribute to E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died five days earlier from complications of a stroke. “His partnership with Bruce Springsteen and the rest of the E Street Band brought great pride to our state and joy to every fan of this music around the world,” Governor Chris Christie says in a statement.
2011: Metallica launch the two-day Orion Music + More festival in Atlantic City, NJ. Their set at Bader Field features the very first performance of the ‘Ride The Lightning’ album in its entirety (played in reverse order). “‘Ride The Lightning’ started to splinter us off from your Slayers and other thrash bands,” explains frontman James Hetfield. “It was the first veering off the studded path.”
2013: Pink Floyd publishes an editorial in USA Today regarding Pandora’s attempt to reduce artist royalties from internet radio. “It’s a matter of principle for us. We hope that many online and mobile music services can give fans and artists the music they want, when they want it, at price points that work,” write Floyd’s Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason. “But those same services should fairly pay the artists and creators who make the music.”
2014: Aerosmith pull the plug on a show in Kiev, Ukraine (scheduled for 7/2) due to the ongoing political upheaval in the country. “It is impossible to produce this show in Ukraine while there is civil war,” reads the statement from the group. “We can’t ensure safety to the artists, crew and the audience.”
2015: Breaking Benjamin release ‘Dark Before Dawn.’ The band features a new line-up: founding member Ben Burnley along with guitarists Jasen Rauch (Red) and Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), bassist Aaron Bruch, and drummer Shaun Foist (Picture Me Broken).
2015: Delta Deep, with Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and Stone Temple Pilots’ bassist Robert DeLeo, release out their self-titled debut album.
2015: Nickelback cancels tour dates after lead vocalist Chad Kroeger is diagnosed with an operable cyst on his voice box. Kroeger undergoes surgery a short time later.
2015: ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ video game is available. Trent Reznor is the music consultant.
2015: Rock photographer Bob Gruen’s exhibit opens at Toronto’s Liss Gallery. The show includes photos of John Lennon, Led Zeppelin and the Ramones.
2016: Guns N’ Roses launch their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour in Detroit.
2016: Trent Reznor, Linkin Park, Courtney Love and Beck are among the over 150 musicians and artists who sign an open letter to Congress pleading for an end to gun violence. The letter, drafted by the editors of Billboard magazine, comes in the wake of the murder of Voice contestant Christina Grimmie and the mass shooting at a gay bar in Orlando.
2016: Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp celebrates its 20th anniversary with a session headlined by Paul Stanley and Don Felder.
2016: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin won a copyright lawsuit that claimed they had plagiarized the music to their most celebrated song, ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ A Los Angeles jury determined that the lawyer representing the estate of late guitarist Randy Wolfe, who played with the group Spirit, did not prove that the band lifted the song’s intro from Spirit’s 1968 instrumental ‘Taurus.’
2017: In the U.K., Royal Blood’s second album, ‘How Did We Get So Dark?,’ debuts at #1.
2017: Lita Ford launches her Kiss Me Deadly Apparel line of clothing.

June 24
1964: The Beatles played the first of a two night stay in Auckland, New Zealand and although fans were enthusiastic, Auckland police were not. An inspector was quoted as saying “We didn’t want ’em here and I don’t know why you brought ’em.” Only three officers were assigned to a mob of several thousand fans, held just 10 meters from the band’s hotel entrance. John Lennon was so angry at the lack of security that the Auckland shows were nearly called off.
1965: John Lennon’s second book of poetry and drawings, ‘A Spaniard In The Works’ was published. The book consisted of nonsensical stories and drawings similar to the style of his 1964 book ‘In His Own Write.’
1965: The Hollies went to #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m Alive’, the group’s first of two UK #1’s and over 25 other Top 40 singles. The Hollies originally passed the song over to another Manchester band, the Toggery Five, before changing their mind and recording the song, which was written for them by the US songwriter Clint Ballard, Jr.
1966: The Rolling Stones kicked off their 5th North American tour at the Manning Bowl in Lynn, Massachusetts, with support acts; The McCoys and The Standells. The crowd became so rowdy that the police used tear gas on them, and rock gigs were banned at the Manning Bowl until 1985.
1966: The Mothers of Invention support comedian Lenny Bruce at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium.
1966: At San Francisco’s Cow Palace, the Beach Boys’ Summer Spectacular features performances by the Jefferson Airplane, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Percy Sledge, the Byrds, and the Sir Douglas Quintet.
1967: The beginning of the end came for The Lovin’ Spoonful when guitarist Zal Yanovsky quit after a performance in New York at the Forest Hills Music Festival. One year later, John Sebastian would also leave the band to go solo. Although he made several unannounced guest appearances during John Sebastian concerts, Yanovsky gradually withdrew from music altogether and eventually became a restaurateur. He was 58 years old when he suffered a fatal heart attack on December 13th, 2002 at his farm near Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
1967: Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ enters the Billboard chart, where it will peak at #5. The song was written by the band around a melody composed by the group’s organist, Matthew Fisher, who was inspired by the chord progression of Johann Sebastian Bach’s ‘Orchestral Suite in D,’ composed between 1725 and 1739.
1967: Jefferson Airplane hit the US chart with ‘White Rabbit.’
1967: The Monkees went to #1 on the US album charts with ‘Headquarters.’ It’s the group’s 3rd chart topper.
1967: Pink Floyd make their debut performance on the BBC’s Top of the Pops, performing their new single ‘See Emily Play.’ Syd Barrett wears a suit of velvet and satin.
1968: The Beach Boys’ 14th studio album, ‘Friends’ is released. It reached #126 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #13 on the UK Albums chart. Friends was the first Beach Boys album to be released only in stereo (and their first release in true stereo since 1964’s The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album).
1969: The Doors appeared at The Roach in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1969: Led Zeppelin recorded ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ ‘What Is And What Should Never Be,’ ‘Traveling Riverside Blues’ and ‘Communication Breakdown’ for BBC Radio 1 at Maida Vale Studios, London. The session was broadcast on June 29, 1969.
1971: Todd Rundgren released his 2nd album, ‘Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren.’ The singles ‘A Long Time, A Long Way To Go’ (#92) and ‘Be Nice To Me’ (#71) hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1972: The Rolling Stones’ began a series of four shows over two days that were filmed for ‘Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones.’ The Stones played two shows each on Saturday June 24 (3pm & 8pm) in Fort Worth, TX. and Sunday June 25 (4pm & 9pm) in Houston which were filmed for the quadrophonic concert documentary.
1972: David Bowie appeared at the Guildford City Hall, England, on his Ziggy Stardust world tour.
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Portland Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
1973: Longtime Blues Project fans are overcome in New York’s Central Park when Al Kooper rejoins his old band onstage.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ is released as a single. The song peaks at #8 on the pop chart.
1974: The Beach Boys release the compilation album ‘Endless Summer.’ It hit #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape during a chart stay of 155 weeks. It is a collection of hits from the band’s pre-Pet Sounds period, Endless Summer was compiled by their old label Capitol Records, while the Beach Boys were contracted with Reprise Records.
1975: The US Attorney in Newark, New Jersey hands down indictments to 19 music industry executives after a two year investigation. Counts of income tax evasion and payola are leveled against Clive Davis, former president of Columbia Records and Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, architects of the Philadelphia sound of the 70’s. Fines and private settlements followed.
1977: Madison Wisconsin Police Detective Bruce Frey witnessed one of the strangest events of his career when he saw Elvis Presley jump out of his limo and stop two teenagers who were beating up a younger lad at a local gas station. Elvis said, “I’ll take you on.” Frey remembers; “They looked up at him, froze in mid-punch and the victim ran into the gas station.” The pair quickly apologized and Elvis got back into the limo and headed for his hotel room at the Sheraton.
1978: ‘The Last Waltz'” The Band’s triple box-set farewell, peaks at #16 on the U.S. album chart.
1978: Sweet peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Love Is Like Oxygen,’ which was their 4th and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1978: Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Beck, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Devo, Brand X and The Atlanta Rhythm Section all appeared at the Knebworth Park Festival in England. Tickets cost £6 ($10).
1978: Jackson Browne and Pete Seeger perform in Seabrook, New Hampshire, to protest a nuclear reactor planned for the site. It’s one of the first “no nukes” rallies where musicians get involved, and it leads to a more organized effort: Musicians United For Safe Energy (MUSE), which also involves Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor. The Seabrook plant is built, but efforts to build more are thwarted, as opposition to nuclear power becomes more promenient.
1984: In Dortmund, Germany, Yes were joined onstage by Jimmy Page, who played on a rendition of The Beatles ‘I’m Down.’
1985: Saxon release their 7th studio album, ‘Innocence Is No Excuse.’ It was their last album with original bassist Steve Dawson.
1985: Motley Crue released the single ‘Smokin’ In The Boys Room.’ It reached #16 on the #Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1987: Def Leppard kick off their ‘Hysteria’ Tour at the Nooderligt in Tilburg, Holland.
1988: INXS sells out Wembley Stadium.
1989: The Who kicked off their latest reunion tour in Toronto.
1989: A Lennon-McCartney song topped the country charts for the first time. It was Roseanne Cash’s cover of ‘I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party.’
1989: Paul McCartney scored his 7th UK #1 solo album with ‘Flowers In The Dirt,’ featuring the single ‘My Brave Face.’
1991: Frank Zappa took part at the concert ‘Adieu Soviet Army,’ organized in Prague, as the farewell to the last soldiers of Soviet Red Army, leaving free Czechoslovakia (the Red Army had occupied Czechoslovakia since the Prague spring). This was probably Zappa’s last rock appearance on the stage and it is recorded on the album Adieu C. A. (Soviet Army).
1992: Billy Joel finally gets his high school diploma from Hicksville High School in Long Island, New York. He didn’t graduate with his class in 1967 because of missed gym and English credits.
1994: Metallica appeared at Ionia Free Fair in Ionia, Michigan during a North American tour.
1994: Weezer releases ‘Undone – The Sweater Song,’ the first single from their debut album, ‘Weezer’ (aka The Blue Album).
1995: Pink Floyd’s 3rd live album ‘Pulse’ debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & spent one week on top of the chart. The album went on to go double Platinum in the U.S.
1995: In San Francisco, Eddie Vedder called short a Pearl Jam concert because of stomach flu. Neil Young came out to finish the show, but the fans were not happy.
1995: The ‘Batman Forever’ soundtrack is released, containing Offspring’s version of The Damned’s ‘Smash It Up.’
1996: Van Halen announced that Sammy Hagar had left the band, and that David Lee Roth was back as a temporary replacement.
1996: Opeth released the album ‘Morningrise.’
1997: ‎Motley Crue‬ released their 7th studio album ‘Generation Swine.’ Vince Neil returned as vocalist of the band. Bryan Adams co-wrote the song ‘Glitter.’
1999: Eric Clapton put 100 of his guitars up for auction at Christie’s in New York to raise money for his drug rehab clinic, the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. His 1956 Fender Stratocaster named Brownie, which was used to record the electric version of ‘Layla,’ was sold for a record $497,500. The auction helped raise nearly $5 million for the clinic.
2000: KISS auctions off old stage gear and raises $888,000, including $32,200 for Gene Simmons’ Psycho Circus costume (including codpiece).
2000: Brownsville Station leader, singer and guitarist Cub Koda dies from complications due to kidney failure. Coda co-wrote, along with bassist Michael Lutz, the great ‘Smokin’ In The Boy’s Room.’
2001: Blink 182 scored their second US #1 album with ‘Take Off Your…’ The group’s 4th studio album has sold over 12 million copies worldwide and contains the singles ‘The Rock Show,’ ‘Stay Together for the Kids,’ and ‘First Date.’
2002: A London court of appeals ruled against Elton John, who hoped to revive a lawsuit against his former accountants PriceWaterhouseCoopers. John claimed the firm failed to advise him that he would have to pay his own touring costs when he signed a management contract in 1986.
2003: Boston guitarist Tom Scholz filed a lawsuit against Artemis Records for $4 million alleging that the label failed to properly promote their 5th album ‘Corporate America,’ which was released the previous November.
2004: Cardboard Vampyres, featuring ex-Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and former members of the Cult and Motley Crue, begin their debut tour in New York.
2004: A Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed ‘Blackie’ sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998. Eric Clapton raised about $7.5 million also auctioning off a 1964 cherry-red Gibson for $847,000 and a 1939 Martin acoustic that Clapton played on his ‘Unplugged’ album that went for $800,000.
2005: The Thrills, The Zutons, Doves, The Killers, White Stripes, Kaiser Chiefs, Ash, The Coral, Keane, New Order, Coldplay, James Blunt, Brian Wilson, Garbage, Primal Scream and Basement Jaxx all appeared at the UK Glastonbury Festival.
2006: Peter Frampton performs his songs with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at the city’s Riverbend Music Center.
2006: AFI were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Decemberunderground’ the American bands 7th and first #1 album.
2007: The White Stripes went to #1 on the UK album chart with ‘Icky Thump,’ the duo’s 6th and final studio album. ‘Icky Thump’ won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2008.
2008: Shinedown release their 3rd album, ‘The Sound Of Madness.’
2008: A blogger who had thought it would be a good idea to leak some finished tracks from Guns N’ Roses ‘Chinese Democracy’ receives a visit from the FBI and a cease-and-desist letter.
2008: Ex-KoRn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch publishes his second book, ‘Washed By Blood: Lessons From My Time With KoRn And My Journey To Christ.’ “One day I just felt like the Lord said, ‘Leave everything, follow me’,” says the born-again musician.”
2008: The audience attending a New York Philharmonic concert in Central Park are asked to vote by cell phone to select the encore. ‘Purple Haze,’ by Jimi Hendrix beats ‘Flight Of The Bumblebee,’ by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
2008: Motley Crue release their 9th and final studio album, ‘Saints of Los Angeles,.’ The Crue also appear on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman.
2009: ‘Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen’ hits theaters. Linkin Park’s ‘New Divide’ is on the soundtrack.
2009: The Doors documentary ‘When You’re Strange’ is screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film is narrated by actor Johnny Depp.
2010: JoJo Billingsley (born Deborah Jo Billingsley) dies of cancer in Alabama. She was 58. Billingsley, background singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, was the only member of the group who was not on the plane that tragically crashed in 1977. She later stated that she had dreamed of the plane crash two nights before and had tried to warn the other band members not to get on the plane.
2010: A double self-portrait caricature of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, drawn by Lennon in 1969 during the couple’s Bed-In for Peace in Montreal, sells for nearly $56,000 at Christie’s Auction House in London.
2010: Original Kinks bassist, Pete Quaife, dies at age 66 (he’d been on kidney dialysis for over a decade). “I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him,” says Kinks frontman Ray Davies. Exhausted by the infighting, Quaife quit the band in 1969 but last played with the group at their 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
2010: A rare oversized two-part poster featuring Led Zeppelin, The New Barbarians and others at Knebworth Park on August 4th & 11th August, 1971, sold for £5,000 ($7,480) at a Christie’s Rock & Roll auction held in South Kensington, London. At the same auction, a print of Led Zeppelin backstage in front of blackboard taken at Tampa Stadium, June 3rd, 1977 sold for £1,500, ($2,244).
2011: Sepultura released their 12th studio album, ‘Kairos.’ It was their last album recorded with drummer Jean Dolabella, as he left the band five months after its release.
2012: Billboard.com named Olivia Newton-John’s 1982 hit, ‘Physical’ as The Sexiest Song Of All Time. Other classic Rock songs that made the top ten were Rod Stewart’s ‘Tonight’s The Night,’ Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It ON,’ Donna Summer’s ‘Hot Stuff’ and another Rod Stewart contribution, ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy.’
2013: Bassist Jared MacEachern makes his live debut with Machine Head in Spokane, WA. He replaces Adam Duce who was fired four months earlier.
2013: Former Devo drummer Alan Myers died aged 58 in Los Angeles, California, following a long bout with cancer. Myers drummed for Devo between 1976 and 1986.
2013: Queensryche‬ released the self-titled album ‘Queensrÿche.’ It was their first album to feature singer Todd La Torre. Pamela Moore did guest vocals on the song “A World Without
2014: ‎Mastodon‬ released the album ‘Once More ‘Round The Sun.’ The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard chart.
2014: Kobra And The Lotus released the album ‘High Priestess.’
2014: Corrosion of Conformity released their 9th studio album, ‘IX.’
2014: Phish release their album, ‘Fuegos.’ The group’s first studio effort since ’09’s ‘Joy,’ was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper/Pink Floyd/KISS).
2014: Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyric sheet for ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ goes on the auction block at Sotheby’s in New York. It sells for over $2 million. Also, Elvis Presley’s sweat stained ‘peacock’ jumpsuit nets nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
2014: Slade’s Noddy Holder becomes an honorary freeman of the borough in his home town of Walsal (England). During the ceremony Holder is presented with a silver casket containing a record of his admission.
2015: Motley Crue’s Vince Neil stars in an episode of ABC’s ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’, trading partners with Gunner Nelson (of Nelson).
2015: Queen announce the launch of Queen Bohemian Lager to celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary. The label’s crest was originally designed by late frontman Freddie Mercury.
2016: Denner/Shermann, with Mercyful Fate guitarists Michael Denner and Hank Shermann, roll out their full-length debut album, ‘Masters Of Evil.’
2016: Billy Joel gave a Billy Joel tribute band called Big Shot the thrill of a lifetime when he joined them on stage for three songs at Huntington, New York’s intimate Paramount Theatre.
2017: The Toronto High Park Zoo names three baby capybaras, large South American rodents, after Rush’s Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. This follows a poll conducted by the Friends of High Park Zoo where 32,500 votes are cast to name the capybaras.

June 25
1955: Bo Diddley’s two-sided hit, ‘Bo Diddley’ and ‘I’m A Man,’ top the R&B chart. Both songs become Rock N’ Roll staples.
1957: Egyptian government officials announce that Rock ‘n’ Roll music can no longer be played in public, calling it an “imperialist plot.”
1964: Roy Orbison was at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s Over,’ his 2nd UK #1. Orbison was the first American artist to score a UK #1 in the past 47 weeks.
1966: The Beatles started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Paperback Writer’, the group’s 12th U.S. #1. The track is marked by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout, partly in response to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles records. It was also cut louder than any other Beatles record, due to a new piece of equipment used in the mastering process.
1966: The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Love, Captain Beefheart, The Lovin Spoonful and Percy Sledge all appeared at The Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California.
1966: Yardbirds hit the US chart with ‘Over Under Sideways Down.’
1966: Neil Diamond makes his first appearance on Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand,’ performing ‘Solitary Man.’
1967: During a north American tour The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave a free afternoon concert in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. They then played another two shows that evening at the Fillmore West.
1967: 400 million people saw The Beatles perform ‘All You Need Is Love’ live via satellite as part of the TV global link-up, ‘Our World.’ The BBC commissioned The Beatles to write a song for the program and requested that it contain a message that would easily translate across the globe. The now famous opening bars are from the French national anthem, ‘La Marseillaise,’ written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon and Gary Leeds provided backing vocals.
1968: The Rolling Stones finish recording their classic ‘Beggar’s Banquet’ album in London.
1969: The Hollies record ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,’ accompanied by Elton John on piano. It will become a #3 hit in the UK and climb to #7 in the US. The track which features Elton John on piano was re-released in late 1988 in the UK following its use in a television advertisement for Miller Lite beer, where it reached #1.
1969: Sly & the Family Stone record ‘Hot Fun in the Summertime.’ It peaks at #2 in the U.S. that Fall.
1970: Chicago release ’25 or 6 to 4′ from ‘Chicago II.’
1970: Hall & Oates record together for the first time as Whole Oats.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at Fillmore East in New York City.
1972: David Bowie performed at Greyhound in London.
1972: Led Zeppelin’s North American tour stops at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
1973: Chicago’s 6th album, ‘Chicago VI’ is released. It spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart. While Robert Lamm maintains his songwriting prowess on Chicago VI (authoring half of the album’s tracks, including his response to some of Chicago’s negative reviewers in “Critics’ Choice”), it is James Pankow who is responsible for the album’s two hits, ‘Just You ‘N’ Me’ (#4) and ‘Feelin’ Stronger Every Day’ (#10), the last of which was co-composed with Peter Cetera, who, himself landed another track on Chicago VI, the country-influenced ‘In Terms Of Two.’
1975: Frank Zappa’s last album with The Mothers of Invention, ‘One Size Fits All,’ is released. It reached #26 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart.
1975: Tim Buckley, a popular performer and song writer during the 1960s and early ’70s, died from a drug overdose at the age of 28.
1976: Johnny Mercer, co-founder of Capitol Records and a prolific songwriter, dies of an inoperable brain tumor. He was 66. Mercer won numerous honors for his large body of work. He had his portrait placed on a U.S. stamp in 1996, in 2009 Clint Eastwood produced a documentary on his life and work titled ‘The Dream’s on Me,’ and he also won four Academy Awards after being nominated 18 times for Best Original Song.
1976: Uriah Heep performs its last show with David Byron in Bilbao, Spain. The singer is fired a short time later.
1976: Alice Cooper released his 9th studio album, ‘Alice Cooper Goes To Hell.’ The album was written almost exclusively by Cooper with guitar player Dick Wagner and producer Bob Ezrin. It reached #27 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart. The single, ‘I Never Cry,’ reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1977: Pink Floyd set a then-record for largest number of tickets sold for a one-act concert when 83,000 fans attend Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium on their ‘Animals’ tour.
1978: Cream briefly re-form for a concert at Ginger Baker’s Polo Club, but advance publicity is so great they call it off.
1978: The Grateful Dead performed at Autzen Stadium on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene.
1980: Billy Joel is awarded a Gold Ticket for performing in front of 100,000 fans at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Crowds flocked to see the piano man sing the tunes from his ‘Glass Houses’ album, which currently sat atop the Billboard Hot 200.
1982: 140,000 show up at London’s Wembley Stadium to see the first British concert appearance by the Rolling Stones in six years.
1983: For the first time in the history of the Billboard charts, there are more foreign acts in the top 100 than American artists.
1983: KISS performed the last concert in makeup until 1996 at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
1983: The Police scored their 4th UK #1 album with ‘Synchronicity,’ also a chart topper in the U.S.
1984: The future Mrs. Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, joins the E Street Band as a back up singer just prior to the launch of the ‘Born In The USA’ tour.
1984: Prince’s Purple Rain (Soundtrack) is released. It’s his 6th studio album and the first to officially be credited to Prince and The Revolution. It spent 24 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart (August 4, 1984 to January 18, 1985) becoming one of the top soundtracks ever. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #72 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2012, the album was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry list of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.” The two main songs from ;Purple ‘Rain,'”When Doves Cry’ and ‘Let’s Go Crazy,’ would top the Billboard Hot 100 and were hits around the world, while the title track would go to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1987: Boudleaux Bryant, one of Nashville’s most prolific songwriters, died of cancer at the age of 67. Bryant and his wife Felice wrote many of the Everly Brothers’ hits, including ‘Bye Bye Love,’ ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ and ‘All I Have to Do Is Dream.’ The team also composed ‘Rocky Top,’ which became an anthem for the state of Tennessee.
1988: Hillel Slovak original guitarist and founding member of The Red Hot Chili Peppers died from a heroin overdose shortly after the band returned from a European tour. He was 26. Slovak had battled his addiction for years but had recently tried to get sober. He was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Slovak recorded two albums with the band, ‘Freaky Styley’ and ‘The Uplift Mofo Party Plan.’
1988: Van Halen started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘OU812.
1991: Bonnie Raitt released her 11th album, ‘Luck of the Draw.’ It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1991: L.A. Guns release their 3rd album, ‘Hollywood Vampires.’ It’s the band’s highest charting album, peaking at #42 On Billboard’s 200.‬
1991: Anthrax release ‘Attack of the Killer B’s,’ a compilation album of B-sides, covers and rarities.
1992: Billy Joel gets his diploma, 25 years after leaving high school. The piano man had overslept and missed his English and Gym finals in 1967.
1993: Weezer sign with DGC Records.
1993: AC/DC released the single ‘Big Gun,’ featured on the ‘Last Action Hero’ soundtrack.
1993: Bruce Springsteen was a surprise guest on David Letterman’s final show as host of NBC’s Late Night, performing ‘Glory Days.’ After more than 11 years at NBC, Letterman began a similar show on CBS two months later.
1993: The first of the three day Glastonbury Festival in England featured Suede, Belly, Lemonheads, The Orb, Red Hot Chili Peppers The Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz, Verve, Porno For Pyros and Teenage Fan Club. Tickets cost £58 ($98.60) for the three days.
1994: Five people attending this years UK Glastonbury Festival were shot and injured when a lone madman pulled a gun and started shooting into the crowd.
1994: Stone Temple Pilots ‘Purple’ started a three week run as the #1 US Album.
1994: Pearl Jam’s feud with Ticketmaster results in the cancellation of the group’s tour. The group contends the ticket company’s surcharges are excessive.
1995: Pearl Jam is forced to cancel several concerts due to its ongoing legal battles with Ticketmaster.
1995: Pink Floyd were at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Pulse’ the bands 5th U.S. #1.
1995: During Elastica’s set at the Glastonbury Festival, concert-goer Antony Genn jumps on stage and dances naked for about a minute while the band plays on.
1996: ‎KISS‬ released the live album ‘You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best!’
1999: Santana, with Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas on lead vocals, perform ‘Smooth’ on The Late Show With David Letterman. Santana had not had a Billboard hit since ‘Hold On’ reached #15 in 1982, but ‘Smooth’ would top the Hot 100.
2002: Joe Satriani released his 9th album, ‘Strange Beautiful Music.’ It earned him his 12th Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
2002: Halford released their 2nd studio album, ‘Crucible.’
2002: Ozzy Osbourne released his 4th live album, ‘Live at Budokan.’
2003: Ozzy Osbourne was accused of fathering a six year old child out of wedlock by a woman who wanted an undisclosed monetary out of court settlement. Osbourne revealed that this was impossible since he had a vasectomy in 1986.
2003: The Recording Industry Association of America disclosed its plans to fight Internet piracy by suing hundreds of individual computer users who illegally share music files online.
2004: After a final encore of ‘Ziggy Stardust,’ David Bowie goes backstage and collapses at the Hurricane Festival in Germany. He was helicoptered to a hospital and underwent immediate surgery for a blocked artery that required emergency angioplasty. The rest of the tour was cancelled.
2004: The Red Hot Chili Peppers play the last of three shows at London’s Hyde Park. 258,000 fans attend the concerts.
2004: Eric Clapton raised about $7.5 million for a drug addiction center he set up in the Caribbean by auctioning off some more of his favorite guitars. The items that were sold were the “Blackie” Stratocaster that Clapton played from 1970-1985 for $1 million, a 1964 cherry-red Gibson for $847,000 and a 1939 Martin acoustic that Clapton played on his ‘Unplugged’ album went for $800,000.
2006: Turkish-American music producer and arranger Arif Mardin died aged 74 from pancreatic cancer. He worked at Atlantic Records for over 30 years, before moving to EMI. The winner of 11 Grammy Awards, he worked with Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Wilson Pickett, Average White Band, The Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand and Norah Jones.
2007: Hank Medress, best known as the voice behind The Tokens’ ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight,’ died of lung cancer at the age of 68.
2008: Elton John is a guest at a 90th birthday party for Nelson Mandela held in London. John sings ‘Happy Birthday To You’ and his own ‘Border Song’ for the ex-South African president.
2008: KISS guitarist Ace Frehley & Ramones bassist C.J. Ramone made appearances during Pearl Jam’s concert at Madison Square Garden. Frehley played on a rendition of Kiss’ ‘Black Diamond’ & Ramone played on a rendition of The Ramones’ ‘I Believe in Miracles.’
2009: A Sgt Pepper souvenir poster bearing the signatures of all four Beatles sold for $52,500 at a pop memorabilia auction in New York City. Other musical items sold included a set of Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics, which made $25,000 and a bass guitar owned by Kurt Cobain sold for $43,750.
2009: Sky Saxon (born Robert Marsh), leader of the ’60’s Garage-Rock group the Seeds, dies in Austin TX. The Seeds are best known for their proto-Punk ‘Pushin’ Too Hard,’ a Top 40 hit in ’67.
2009: The outlandish Sacha Baron Cohen comedy ‘Bruno’ premieres in L.A. The film closes with a parody of ‘We Are The World’ that features Bono, Sting and Elton John.
2010: Rush receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Musicians Institute at 6752 Hollywood Blvd. They are inducted by Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan and Donna Halper, a former music director at Cleveland’s WMMS-FM who was among the first to champion the band on their debut album.
2011: Kings Of Leon documentary ‘Talihina Sky,’ is screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and at more than 150 British theatres. The film features footage from live shows, recording sessions, and early home videos.
2012: Rush’s Geddy Lee is among 600 Ontario residents to receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee commemorative medal at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall. The special medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.
2012: During a Moscow press conference, Yevgeny Bryun, the Russian Ministry of Health’s chief alcohol and drug abuse specialist, claims that The Beatles are responsible for a worldwide increase in drug use. “After The Beatles went to expand their consciousness in Indian ashrams, they introduced that idea-the changing of one’s psychic state of mind using drugs-to the population.”
2013: Queensryche release their first album with vocalist Todd La Torre, who replaced Geoff Tate. The self-titled album contains the single ‘Redemption.’
2013: Rush pledge to donate $1 for every ticket sold at five Canadian shows to the Unison Benevolent Fund, a non-profit charity that takes care of music industry professionals who run into hardship.
2013: The Eagles catalog, a long-time holdout, is available on streaming platforms: Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio and Deezer.
2013: Atlantic City mayor Lorenzo Langford supports James Hetfield’s criticism of area hotel prices that resulted in moving the Metallica curated Orion Festival to Detroit. “I thought Atlantic City was going to be a lot better than it was,” says Metallica’s frontman. “There was some gouging going on in hotels, ripping people off, crap like that.”
2014: Amnesty International apologized to Iggy Pop after it had used an image of the singer in its latest anti-torture campaign without the singer’s permission. The Belgian advert featured the Stooges frontman’s face bloodied and beaten, quoting him as saying Justin Bieber was “the future of rock and roll” and the slogan: “Torture a man and he will tell you anything.”
2015: Disturbed singer David Draiman says that he is “done with social media” after dealing with Twitter trolls who baited him about his views. Draiman, the son of Israelis and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, often spoke out against anti-Semitism.
2015: James Taylor scored his first Billboard #1 album after ‘Before This World’ moved 97,000 units during the previous week, edging out Taylor Swift’s ‘1989,’ which was knocked down into the #2 spot.
2015: B.B. King’s longtime business manager, LaVerne Toney, was named sole executor of his estimated five to ten million dollar estate, despite objections from a lawyer representing four of the late Blues icon’s daughters.
2016: Yellowcard announced they will disband following the release of their self-titled 10th album and a world tour.
2016: Metallica are the face of a Brioni advertising campaign. The band appears in ads wearing Brioni suits and tuxedos as well as sunglasses from the fashion designer’s eyewear collection.
2016: An electric guitar owned by Prince and a lock of David Bowie’s hair are sold at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. Prince’s Yellow Cloud guitar is bought for $137,500 by the owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Bowie’s hair, which sells for $18,750, came from a former employee of Madame Tussauds in London.
2016: Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is ordered to pay $25,000 to a company owned by Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan to settle a lawsuit stemming from Huckabee’s unauthorized use of the band’s ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ at a rally in support of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was imprisoned after refusing a court order to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
2016: The book ‘German Metal Machine: Scorpions In The 70’s’ is available.
2016: A shirt spattered with the blood of John Lennon was sold by Heritage Auctions for $40,819. The white button down shirt was worn by concierge Jay Hastings when he came to Lennon’s aid after the former Beatle was shot in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York on December 8th, 1980. 2017: The ‘United We Rock’ Tour featuring REO Speedwagon, Styx & Don Felder played Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA.

June 26
1955: Decca Records announces that Bill Haley And His Comets have sold more than 3 million units in thirteen months. Both ‘Rock Around The Clock’ and ‘Shake Rattle and Roll’ sold a million copies, while ‘Dim, Dim the Lights’ and ‘Mambo Rock’ sold about 500,000.
1955: Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black) played the first of three nights at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. The local paper ran a preview which read; ‘A good looking youngster who has become a juke-box favorite with his ‘That’s Alright,’ ‘Mama,’ and ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky.’ Presley is expected to repeat some of his hit tunes at the Airmen’s Club show in addition to mixing up a few country tunes with some “bop” and novelty numbers.’
1956: In an article in LOOK magazine entitled, ‘The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Controversy,’ Swing Band leader Benny Goodman makes this comment about Rock ‘n’ Roll; “I guess it’s okay, man. At least it has a beat.”
1961: Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds scores his only #1 single, ‘Quarter To Three.’ Bonds and Gene Barge (Daddy G.) added simply added lyrics to an instrumental called, ‘A Night With Daddy G.’ He would go on to place five more songs in the Top 40, including ‘Dear Lady Twist’ (#5 in 1962), before being pushed aside by the British Invasion. After years of touring the oldies circuit, Bonds would reach #11 in 1981 with ‘This Little Girl’ and #21 in 1982 with ‘Out Of Work.’
1963: John Lennon and Paul McCartney compose ‘She Loves You’ in a hotel room in Newcastle, England, while on tour there.
1964: The Beatles release ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ the soundtrack to their first film, in the U.S. It topped the Billboard Top 200 LP’s chart and remained there for 14 weeks. The American version of the album was released by United Artists Records, with a different track listing than its UK counterpart, released two weeks later.
1964: During a world tour, The Beatles played two shows at Town Hall, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand. The flight from Auckland to Dunedin was tense due the receipt of an anonymous threat that a “germ bomb” had been placed on board the aircraft.
1964: The Rolling Stones release a cover of Bobby Womack’s ‘It’s All Over Now’ as a single. It went on to become their first #1 single in the U.K.
1965: The Byrds went to #1 on the US singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Mr Tambourine Man.’ The only member of the group to actually play on the record was Roger McGuinn on vocals and 12 string guitar. Studio musicians Leon Russell, Glen Campbell, Larry Knechtel and Hal Blaine recorded the other instruments, while The Byrds’ David Crosby and Gene Clark sang background vocals.
1966: In the midst of a German tour, the Beatles make a long-awaited return to Hamburg, the city where they got their start performing in local clubs. This time they come back in an eight-car motorcade and play to 7,000 people at Ernst Mercky Halle.
1966: During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones played two shows, a matinee show at The Coliseum in Washington DC and an evening show at The Baltimore Civic Centre in Maryland. The McCoys and The Standells were the support acts.
1967: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Flowers’ album is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The songs either appeared as singles, had been omitted from the American versions of ‘Aftermath’ and ‘Between the Buttons,’ were collected from studio sessions dating back to 1965, or are reissues of songs recently released on other albums.
1967: The Hollies’ ‘Evolution’ album is released. It reached #13 on the UK Albums chart. The U.S. version reached #43 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1969: Joni Mitchell appeared on the ABC’s Mama Cass Show in Los Angeles.
1970: The 3-day Bath (in England) Festival of Blues and Progressive kicks off. The line-up included, Santana, The Flock, Led Zeppelin (headlining act), Hot Tuna, Country Joe McDonald, Colosseum, Jefferson Airplane (set aborted), The Byrds (acoustic set), Dr. John, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, Canned Heat, It’s a Beautiful Day, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter, John Mayall with Peter Green, Pink Floyd, (who premiered their new suite, ‘Atom Heart Mother,’ which at that time was announced as the ‘Amazing Pudding’), Pentangle, Fairport Convention, and Keef Hartley.
1970: Free release their 3rd studio album, ‘Fire and Water.’ It reached #17 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #2 on the UK Albums chart. This is mainly due to the album containing the hit single ‘All Right Now’ (#4 on the Billboard Hot 100) which they later played to a crowd of over 600,000 people at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at North Georgia Fairgrounds in Marietta, Ohio.
1970: Mountain played at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971: Emerson Lake and Palmer went to #1 on the UK chart with their 2nd album ‘Tarkus.’
1971: Pink Floyd play at Hatfield Polytechnic in Hatfield, England. Tickets were 60 pence (about 90 cents.)
1971: Don McLean’s 8:36 long epic'”American Pie’ debuts on WNEW-FM radio in New York. McLean would later say, “The song starts off with my memories of the death of Buddy Holly. But it moves on to describe America as I was seeing it and how I was fantasizing it might become, so it’s part reality and part fantasy, but I’m always in the song as a witness or as even the subject sometimes in some of the verses.” The single would rise to #1 in the US, #2 in the UK and reached the Top Ten in fifteen other countries.
1972: Leon Russell released his 3rd solo studio album, ‘Carney.’ It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart, bolstered by the hit single ‘Tightrope,’ which reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1972: During sessions at Olympic Studios in London, England, David Bowie recorded ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’, with Mick Ronson on lead guitar and Lou Reed on rhythm guitar. The track which was released and became a hit single in the UK in September of this year but was not released in America, being judged too risqué by RCA Records. The original video directed by Mick Rock, featuring androgynous dancers from Lindsay Kemp’s mime troupe, was banned by British music show Top Of The Pops.
1973: Mick Jagger is named in a paternity suit by a woman named Marsha Hunt. She claimed that Jagger is the father of her two year old daughter, however, after Jagger takes a blood test and she is proved wrong.
1973: Rolling Stone Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg were arrested at their home in Chelsea, London on drugs and gun charges. During the police search, grass, cannabis resin, “Chinese” heroin, mandrax tablets, burnt spoons, syringes and pipes were found, in addition to a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver, a shotgun and 110 rounds of ammunition. Richards received only minor fines during his court trial.
1974: Cher divorced Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married guitarist Gregg Allman, the couple split 10 days after that, got back together and split again. They did stay married for three years, producing Elijah Blue Allman.
1974: Bad Company release their self-titled debut album on Swan Song Records, which was launched by Led Zeppelin. The album becomes a #1 record in the U.S. and #3 on the UK Albums chart. It goes on to sell over five million copies. The singles ‘Can’t Get Enough’ and ‘Movin’ On’ reached #5 and #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. ‘Rock Steady,’ ‘Bad Company’ and ‘Ready for Love’ (the last originally recorded by guitarist Mick Ralphs during his tenure with Mott the Hoople on All the Young Dudes) are also classic rock radio staples.
1974: The Doobie Brothers ‘Eyes Of Silver’ b/w ‘You Just Can’t Stop It’ 45 single is released. The lead-off single from the 1974 album ‘What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits’ and written by Tom Johnston. It reached #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1975: Bob Dylan and The Band officially released the heavily bootlegged ‘The Basement Tapes.’ It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart.
1976: Peter Frampton releases the live version single of ‘Baby I Love Your Way.’ It peaks at #12.
1976: Aerosmith peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Rocks,’ their first album to reach the top 10 on the album chart.
1976: The Grateful Dead played the first of four nights at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
1976: Legendary ’70s group Roxy Music announce they will undergo a “trial separation.”
1977: Lou Reizner, prolific producer, dies of colon cancer. He was 43. Reizner produced Rod Stewart’s first two albums, in addition to the seminal ‘Tommy,’ the Who’s rock opera.
1977: Elvis Presley makes his last ever live stage appearance when he appears at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis in front of a crowd of 18,000. Before the show, he was presented with a plaque commemorating the 2 billionth record to come out of RCA’s pressing plant. The last song the King ever performed publicly was ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love.’ The show also included a rendition of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’ Elvis appears pale, weak, and overweight and would die less than two months later.
1979: Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley, died of a heart attack in Tupelo, Mississippi at the age of 63. Nearly two years earlier, he cried at Elvis’ coffin, “Son, Daddy will be with you soon. Daddy will be with you soon.” Vernon is buried next to his son at Graceland.
1981: Steve Winwood’s ‘Arc Of A Diver’ album went platinum.
1982: Asia peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Heat of the Moment,’ where it would remain for three weeks.
1982: Duran Duran’s first major hit, ‘Hungry Like The Wolf,’ peaks at #5 on the U.K. pop chart. 1984: Icon played the Country Club in Reseda, CA.
1986: James Hetfield breaks wrist in concert. John Marshall fills in on guitar for the rest of the tour with James doing just vocals.
1989: Bad English release their self-titled debut album. It features the #1 hit single, ‘When I See You Smile.’
1990: Danzig releases their 2nd album ‘Danzig II: Lucifuge.’
1990: Nelson release their debut album ‘After the Rain,’ which sells over 2 million copies thanks to the #1 single ‘(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection.’ Nelson is the duo of Gunnar and Matthew, the twin sons of Rick Nelson.
1990: Sonic Youth release their album, ‘Goo.’ With songs like ‘Kool Thing,’ the album is a seminal landmark in alternative rock.
1990: Guns N’ Roses release single, ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ taken from the soundtrack to the Tom Cruise movie, ‘Days Of Thunder.’
1990: The soundtrack to the Tom Cruise movie, ‘Days Of Thunder,’ is released. It includes David Coverdale’s ‘The Last Note Of Freedom,’ Guns N’ Roses cover of ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,’ John Waite’s ‘Deal For Life’ and more. ‬
1992: Elton John and Eric Clapton team up for three sold-out shows at London’s Wembley Stadium. It is the first public outing for John since undergoing painful hair transplants.
1994: Oasis perform on the NME (New Musical Express) stage at the Glastonbury Festival before an audience of 30,000. It’s their biggest show of the year.
1996: Van Halen announce that Sammy Hagar is leaving the band and that David Lee Roth will again become the lead singer. Hagar reunites with the Van Halen brothers for a 2004 tour, but once again, the two factions split.
1997: The Gin Blossoms’ album ‘Congratulations, I’m Sorry” is certified platinum album. It features ‘Til I Hear It From You’ and ‘Follow You Down.’
1999: Pearl Jam peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of Wayne Cochran’s ‘Last Kiss,’ which became their highest charting single in the U.S.
1999: Elton John was reported to be in talks with a City finance house to secure a £25 million ($42.5 million) loan, using his back catalogue of hits as security. It had been reported that Elton had been spending £250,000 ($425,000) a week on credit cards.
2001: Iced Earth released their 6th studio album, ‘Horror Show.’ It was the first Iced Earth album to feature drummer Richard Christy, and the only album to feature Steve DiGiorgio on bass.
2004: Velvet Revolver’s ‘Contraband’ album hits #1 on Billboard’s 200 album chart. It spends 155 weeks on the chart.
2004: One of Eric Clapton’s prize guitars, “Blackie,” a black-and-white Fender Stratocaster, sells for $959,500 at an auction that raises more than $7.4 million for Crossroads Centre, a drug treatment facility. “Lenny,” the guitar Stevie Ray Vaughan played from the 1970s until his death in 1990, sells for $623,500. The guitar was donated by Vaughan’s estate.
2004: Paul McCartney performs the Glastonbury Music Festival. He opens the set with ‘Jet.’ The concert marks the end of McCartney’s month long European tour but it is his first appearance at Glastonbury.
2007: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend a Las Vegas event marking the one-year anniversary of the Cirque du Soleil troupe’s Beatles-themed stage production, ‘Love.’
2007: A seven-CD box set chronicling three Pearl Jam concerts played at the breathtaking Gorge Amphitheatre (in George, WA) is released. ‘Live At The Gorge 05/06’ runs over seven hours.
2007: Beastie Boys issue their instrumental album ‘The Mix-Up.’ “There are no vocals, no samples,” says Mike D. “We played everything.”
2007: King Diamond released his 12th studio album, ‘Give Me Your Soul…Please.’ This was the last album to feature bassist Hal Patino.
The album peaked at #174 on the Billboard 200.
2008: Total Guitar magazine voted Celine Dion’s rendition of the AC/DC track ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ as the world’s worst cover version ever. In the best cover versions list, Jimi Hendrix was voted into first place with his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ The Beatles rendition of ‘Twist and Shout,’ (first recorded by the Top Notes), was in 2nd place, followed by the Guns N’ Roses version of the Wings song ‘Live and Let Die.’
2009: It’s Def Leppard Day in Hamburg, NY. The proclamation urges locals to enjoy the group’s music “today and for years to come.” The group is in town for a show with Cheap Trick and Poison.
2009: U.D.O. released their ‘Infected’ EP.
2010: Eric Clapton’s third Crossroads Guitar Festival takes place at Toyota Park just outside of Chicago. “I can go to one place and hear all of my favorite musicians in one day, says Clapton.” Those musicians include B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, John Mayer, Buddy Guy and Z.Z. Top. Proceeds benefit the Crossroads Centre.
2012: Offspring’s release their 9th studio album, ‘Days Go By.’
2012: Linkin Park release their 5th full-length album, ‘Living Things.’
2012: Everclear release their first album of original material in six years, ‘Invisible Stars.’
2012: Slash scores his first #1 hit on Rock Radio with ‘You’re A Lie,’ the lead track from his 2nd solo album ‘Apocalyptic Love.’
2013: John Fogerty performed ‘Mystic Highway’ from the album ‘Wrote a Song for Everyone’ on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
2015: Sirius XM Holdings Inc agreed to pay five record companies $210 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the satellite radio company of broadcasting songs made before 1972 without permission and without paying royalties.
2015: Billboard’s gate revenue branch, Boxscore announced that The Rolling Stones had grossed over $360 million on tour since 2012.
2016: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘The Getaway’ lands at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, It’s kept out of the top spot by Drake’s ‘Views’ which is #1 for the 8th consecutive week.
2016: An electric guitar owned by Prince and a lock of David Bowie’s hair sold at auction in the US for a total of more than $150,000. The Yellow Cloud guitar, said to be one of Prince’s favourites, was bought for $137,500. Bowie’s hair, which sold for $18,750, came from a former employee of Madame Tussauds in London who had used it to recreate the music icon’s 1983 hairdo.
2017: U2’s bassist Adam Clayton is honored at the 13th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert in New York City. Clayton receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his work with the MusiCares MAP Fund, an organization that assists musicians in recovery.

June 27
1885: Chichester Bell and Charles Tainter applied for a patent on their invention the gramophone.
1964: Jan And Dean’s ‘The Little Old Lady From Pasadena’ was released. It will climb to #3 in the US by August.
1964: The Rolling Stones’ ‘It’s All Over Now’ b/w ‘Good Times, Bad Times’ 45 single is released in the UK. The song was written by Bobby Womack and Shirley Womack. It was first released by The Valentinos featuring Bobby Womack. The Valentinos version entered the Billboard Hot 100 on June 27, 1964, where it stayed on the chart for two weeks, peaking at #94. The Rolling Stones had their first #1 hit with this song in July 1964.
1964: Peter And Gordon’s ‘World Without Love’ reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Paul McCartney wrote the song, but it was not credited to him on the disc, to see if a McCartney tune would be successful even if no one knew he had written it. At the time he composed the song McCartney was courting Jane Asher, the sister of the duo’s Peter Asher.
1965: In a rare setback, The Beatles perform two shows in Rome which were both sparsely attended. An Italian newspaper commented that they were “no more than four ugly faces, four heads of long hair, four sublime idiots, four barefoot bums.”
1966: Pete Townshend visits New York for the very first time to meet up with Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Allen Klein, Oldham’s US advisor. They had expressed an interest in taking over The Who’s recording contract. Pete traveled first class “incognito with Herman’s Hermits, whom Klein represented in America.” Pete joined Herman’s Hermits for a press luncheon in their honor where he was photographed by Linda Eastman, later to become Linda McCartney.
1966: Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention’s debut album, ‘Freak Out!,’ is released. It reached #130 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It was honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999, ranked at number 243 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003, and featured in the 2006 book ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.’
1967: Mick Jagger was found guilty of illegal possession of two drugs found in his jacket at a party given by Keith Richards. He was remanded overnight at Lewes jail in England (prison number 7856). Jagger requested books on Tibet and modern art and two packs of Benson & Hedges cigarettes.
1967: The Doors perform at The Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles recorded seven takes of ‘Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey’ for their forthcoming White album.
1968: Elvis Presley appeared on an NBC-TV show that was billed as his “Comeback Special”. The show featured the king performing on a small, square stage, surrounded by a mostly female audience. Presley was outfitted in black leather and belted out many of his early recordings, including ‘That’s All Right Mama,’ ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’ and ‘Blue Suede Shoes.’. The highlight of the show was his final number of the evening, which featured Elvis, alone on the stage, dressed in a white suit, singing ‘If I Can Dream.’ The show was originally conceived as a Christmas special. But Elvis updates his ’50s image and once again displays the raw magnetism that made him world famous, singing both his early hits and new material.
1969: Denver Pop Festival begins featuring Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revivial, Johnny Winter and Iron Butterfly. 50,000 attend at Mile High Stadium. Violence breaks out and the law moves in with clubs and tear gas.
1969: During a North American tour Jimi Hendrix appeared at Boston Gardens in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: The Doors appeared at the Forum in Mexico City, Mexico.
1970: The Trans-Continental Pop Festival (better known as the Festival Express) set off. The tour was unique in that rather than flying to each city, most of the acts traveled on a chartered CN train. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers and, Buddy Guy Blues Band all traveled together on the train playing shows in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary.
1970: Freddie Mercury made his live debut with Smile (guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylors’ group) at Truro City Hall in Cornwall, England.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released ‘Ohio.’ The song was written by Neil Young in response to the shooting deaths of four Kent State students by the Ohio National Guard on May 18th.
1971: Allman Brothers, Edgar Winter, The Beach Boys, Country Joe McDonald, J. Geils Band, Mountain and Albert King (who played on the theater’s opening night) performed the final concert at New York City’s Fillmore East.
1973: ‘Live And Let Die’ opens in the U.S. with the theme song written and performed by Paul McCartney (and his band Wings). It’s the eighth James Bond movie and Roger Moore’s debut as 007.
1973: Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’ b/w ‘Somebody’ 45 single is released. The first single by Aerosmith from their 1973 self-titled debut album. Written by lead singer Steven Tyler, it became their first major hit and classic rock radio staple. Released in June 1973, it peaked at #59 nationally but hit big in the band’s native Boston, where it was the #1 single of the year on the less commercial top 40 station, WBZ-FM, #5 for the year on highly rated Top 40 WRKO-AM and #16 on heritage Top 40 WMEX-AM. The album version of ‘Dream On’ (4:28, as opposed to the 3:25 1973 45rpm edit), was re-issued early in 1976, debuting at #81 On January 10th, breaking into the Top 40 on February 14th and peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 national chart on April 10th. Columbia chose to service Top 40 radio stations with a re-issue of the 3:25 edited version, thus, many 1976 Pop Radio listeners were exposed to the group’s first Top 10 effort through the 45 edit. The song is part of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list. It is also ranked #172 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1975: ZZ Top earn their second Gold record for their 4th album, ‘Fandango.’
1976: After much legal wrangling, John Lennon finally received his green card from the U.S. Department of Naturalization.
1978: UNICEF named Kansas as their first musical ambassadors of goodwill.
1980: Samson released their 2nd studio album, ‘Head On.’ The album featured Bruce Dickinson on vocals.
1980: Led Zeppelin appeared at Messehalle in Nuremberg, Germany during their last ever tour. After the group had played just three songs, drummer John Bonham collapsed on stage, causing the remainder of the show to be cancelled.
1981: Motorhead released their 1st live album, ‘No Sleep Til Hammersmith.’ It becomes their only UK #1 album. It was recorded at Leeds and Newcastle shows during their Short, Sharp Pain In The Neck tour in 1981. The name of the tour was a reference to the injury sustained by Phil Taylor when he was dropped on his head during some after-show horseplay. Despite the title of the album, the London venue the Hammersmith Odeon was not played on the tour. It reached #1 on the UK’s Official Charts making it the highest charting Motörhead album.
1982: Virgin Publishing and Sting reach a settlement regarding a ’77 contract over recordings by The Police. 1982: Rainbow, Scorpions & Riot played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1983: Twisted Sister release their 2nd studio album, ‘You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll.’ The album reached #164 on the Billboard chart.
1985: Canadian Lee Aaron releases her 3rd studio album, ‘Call of the Wild.’ It features Bob Ezrin, Dick Wagner & April Wine’s Jerry Mercer. She did a cover of the Kix song ‘Burnin’ Love’ on this album.
1986: Queensryche release their 2nd studio album, ‘Rage for Order.’
1986: Black Flag play their final ever gig in Detroit, Michigan. The band will go on to confirm their split two months later, in August 1986.
1987: Motley Crue peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ which went on to sell four million copies in the U.S.
1988: MCA Records buys the legendary Motown Records for $61 million.
1989: The Who performs the rock opera ‘Tommy’ in its entirety for the first time in 17 years at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The show raised money for a children’s charity as well as the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
1989: Don Henley releases his 3rd solo album, ‘The End Of The Innocence.’ The LP will reach #8 on the Billboard chart and sell over six million copies in the U.S. alone. It features three Top 40 singles, ‘The End of the Innocence’ (#8), ‘The Heart of the Matter’ (#21), and ‘The Last Worthless Evening’ (#21). The album also featured ‘New York Minute’ which reached #48 on the charts and was recorded by Henley and the Eagles for the live album ‘Hell Freezes Over’ in 1994. Henley won another Grammy and an MTV Video Music Award for the title track. In 2003, the album was ranked #389 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1989: ‎Danger Danger‬ released their self-titled debut album. The album peaked at #88 on the Billboard chart. ‘Bang Bang’ was the band’s only single to chart in the United States.
1989: King’s X release their 2nd studio album, ‘Gretchen Goes to Nebraska.’ The album peaked at #123 on the Billboard chart.
1990: Poison release the single, ‘Unskinny Bop.’ It peaks at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1990: Sonic Youth’s 6th studio album, ‘Goo’ is released. The band’s debut release on a major label (Geffen Records), reached #96 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1991: Carlos Santana was arrested at Houston Airport when officials found Cannabis in his luggage. He later pled no contest to this charge.
1991: Paul McCartney’s first Classical work, the semi-autobiographical ‘Liverpool Oratorio’ is performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool Cathedral.
1992: Emerson, Lake & Palmer released their 8th studio album, ‘Black Moon.’
1994: The Ramones received their first and only Gold record for their compilation album ‘Ramones Mania.’
1994: Aerosmith became the first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet. The previously unreleased, ‘Head First’ is distributed via CompuServe. The song takes over an hour to download.
1995: Neil Young released his 23rd album ‘Mirror Ball’ which featured Pearl Jam as his backing band. It went on to peak at #5 on the album chart & be certified Gold.
1995: Bon Jovi released their 6th studio album, ‘These Days.’
1995: Circle Jerks release their 6th and final studio album, ‘Oddities, Abnormalities, & Curiosities.’ It is the band’s first release on a major label, although Mercury Records will go on to drop Circle Jerks after they fail to reach mainstream success.
1997: Radiohead, Cast, The Bluetones, Manson, The Chemical Brothers, Ash, The Seahorses, Smashing Pumpkins, The Prodigy, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Sting, Dodgy, Travis, Ray Davies, Kula Shaker, Steve Winwood all appeared at the 3-day Glastonbury Festival.
1998: Bryan Adams, Anne Murray and Gordon Lightfoot each officially received a granite star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, on King Street in Toronto. They were the first three pop artists to be honored inot the newly recognized group of Canadian stars.
2000: A San Francisco appeals court ruled that The Rolling Stones violated Robert Johnson’s copyright of ‘Love in Vain’ and ‘Stop Breakin’ Down.’ The Stones’ former record label had wrongly assumed that the songs were public domain.
2000: Sum 41 release their ‘Half Hour Of Power’ CD.
2002: Timothy White, the influential editor-in-chief of Billboard Magazine, dies of a heart attack. He was 50. White typically wore a bow tie, even to concerts.
2002: One day before the scheduled first show of The Who’s 2002 U.S. tour, bass player John Entwistle, dies at age 57 in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Entwistle had gone to bed that night with a stripper, who woke at 10am to find Entwistle cold and unresponsive. The Las Vegas medical examiner determined that death was due to a heart attack induced by an undetermined amount of cocaine. He was voted the greatest bassist of all time in a Rolling Stone reader’s poll In 2011.
2004: Beastie Boys were at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘To The 5 Boroughs.’ the rappers 4th U.S. #1.
2004: Slipknot is booed offstage while headlining Fury Fest in Le Mans, France. The group’s prolonged sound check forces the event’s other 12 bands to shorten their performances. As a result, the audience tosses trash and taunts Slipknot when they hit the stage. Slipknot responds by shortening their show.
2005: Rockin’ The Corps all-star concert film hits theaters. The April 1st Camp Pendleton (Oceanside, CA) concert features Godsmack, KISS, Ted Nugent and Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora performing for an audience of military personnel and their families. Proceeds from the screening benefit the Support The Corps charity.
2005: The Supreme Court ruled that file-sharing networks are liable for copyright infringements when they create and distribute software that allows users to illegally swap MP3s. The ruling came in the case of MGM v. file-sharing company Grokster.
2006: Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose is arrested in Stockholm, Sweden, after a drunken scuffle with security personnel at the band’s hotel. Rose argues with a woman at a GN’R party, then fights guards who try to intercede. Rose is charged with damaging property, assault and threatening a police officer. The singer is freed after paying a $5,500 fine. Rose claims it was all a misunderstanding.
2006: The Family Values Tour starts in Virginia Beach, VI. The co-headliners are KoRn and Deftones with support from Stone Sour and Flyleaf. “We haven’t toured with (Deftones) since ’97 or ’96, and we’re really excited,” says KoRn singer Jonathan Davis.
2006: The KISS Coffeehouse opens in Myrtle Beach, SC. KISS singer-guitarist Paul Stanley and bassist-singer Gene Simmons cut the ribbon at the cafe and meet fans. There’s even a performance by the tribute act KISS Army. The eatery features KISS memorabilia.
2006: Metal Church released their 8th studio album, ‘A Light in the Dark.’ It was their last album to feature Jay Reynolds on guitar. ‬
‪’Watch the Children Pray 2006′ is a remake of their song with the same name from their album The Dark, recorded and dedicated to late vocalist David Wayne.‬
2006: Whitesnake release the ‘Gold’ compilation album. It also includes some Coverdale Page tracks.
2006: Crossfade’s ‘Invincible’ hits radio. The track is co-produced by Crossfade frontman Ed Sloan along with veteran studio ace Steve Lillywhite (U2). The track is the first single from the group’s sophomore effort, ‘Falling Away.’
2007: Paul McCartney gives a free performance at the Amoeba Music store in Hollywood to promote his album, ‘Memory Almost Full’ (released on Starbucks’ Hear Music label). About 900 fans attend, including ex-bandmate, Ringo Starr. “It’s got to be the most surreal gig ever,” says McCartney.
2007: A French appeals court sides with Elton John in his claim against a Paris antique shop. In his lawsuit, John claims sculptures of four Greek gods that he purchased in ’96 for $360,000 were forgeries of 18th century works. John is awarded $500,000 in damages.
2007: At the Phil Spector murder trial, Dr. Vincent DiMaio, a noted forensic expert on gunshot wounds, testified for the defense that actress Lana Clarkson committed suicide by shooting herself in the mouth at the record producer’s mansion. These hearings would later end in a mistrial, but Spector would be convicted in May of 2009 and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.
2007: Bon Jovi’s ‘Lost Highway’ debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200. It moves 288,000 copies, well ahead of the White Stripes ‘Icky Thump,’ which sells 223,000 units to land at #2.
2008: Queen + Paul Rodgers perform at the 90th birthday celebration for former South African President Nelson Mandela in London’s Hyde Park . The concert calls attention to Mandela’s 46664 campaign to raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic.
2009: Linkin Park’s ‘New Divide’ is #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart.
2009: A version of Ben E. King’s classic ‘Stand By Me’ recorded by Bon Jovi and bandmate Richie Sambora and exiled Iranian singer Andy Madadian premieres on producer Don Was’ My Damn Channel. Bon Jovi and Madadian duet in Farsi and English. The song is intended as “a musical message of worldwide solidarity with the Iranian people”; many of whom are protesting their government’s alleged election fraud.
2009: Eddie Van Halen marries publicist, Janie Liszewski, at his L.A. estate. Eddie’s son, Wolfgang, is the best man. A string quartet plays Van Halen’s ‘When It’s Love’ as the bride proceeds to the altar. Eddie’s ex-wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, attends the ceremony.
2009: Neil Young performs in London’s Hyde Park. He is joined on stage by Paul McCartney for a duet of ‘A Day In The Life.’
2010: Lilith Fair, founded by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan and consisting solely of female solo artists and female-led bands, ramps up for the first time in over a decade. Sheryl Crow is one of the headliners. The first stop is in Calgary but due to the sluggish economy several shows are canceled.
2011: Despite protests from local residents, a larger-than-life statue of Chuck Berry was approved by University City Council. The initial objections stemmed from the singer’s time behind bars for his 1962 conviction for illegally transporting a teenager across state lines.
2012: In what is probably the only case of a musician being said to cause someone’s death while performing onstage, police in Czechoslovakia arrest Randy Blythe, frontman for heavy metal band Lamb of God, for manslaughter. The arrest alleges that when Blythe pushed a fan off the stage during a 2010 concert, said fan hit his head and died from the injury two weeks later. Blythe had not been aware that there was an arrest warrant for him until returning to Czechoslovakia on a later concert tour. Blythe is held and released on bail, with a later trial set.
2012: Sully Erna’s vocal issues force Godsmack to end their first European tour in nearly nine years. “On the advice of his doctors he (Erna) has been advised to not sing for the next several weeks to allow time for his vocal chords to heal,” reads a statement on the band’s website.
2012: Robert Plant headlines the 30th annual WOMAD festival. The three-day event, founded by Peter Gabriel, is in Charlton Park, Wiltshire, U.K.
2012: AC/DC wines are available online in the U.S. through Vinport. There are four varietals; Back In Black Shiraz, Highway To Hell Cabernet Sauvignon, Thunderstruck Chardonnay and Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc.
2012: The chief medical officer of Russia said that The Beatles were to blame for the country’s drug problem. Yevgeny Bryun, the nation’s medical chief, said that the country’s youth first got introduced to the idea of drug-taking when The Beatles traveled to India to “expand their minds”. Bryun added that it was after this news entered public consciousness that people in Russia realised you could make money from the sale of drugs. When business then realized it was possible to make money from this, goods associated with pleasure, that was when the growth in the demand for drugs started.”
2012: Gojira released the album ‘L’Enfant Sauvage.’
2013: Elton John’s annual White Tie & Tiara gala raises over $4.5 million for the AIDS Foundation. One of the auction items is a $180,000 Audi RS 6 Avant car autographed by actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
2014: Quiet Riot release their album, ‘Quiet Riot 10.’ It features then new vocalist Jizzy Pearl on the studio cuts while the live material includes Kevin DuBrow.
2015: The surviving members of the Grateful Dead perform the first in a series of multiple venue ‘farewell’ concerts (Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead) in Santa Clara, CA.
2015: Chris Squire, the bass guitarist and co-founder of 1970s British progressive rock band Yes, died at the age of 67 after battling leukemia. He was the only member to appear on each of their 21 studio albums, released from 1969 to 2014.
2016: Bonny “Mack” Rice, musician and songwriter (‘Mustang Sally’), dies of complications of Alzheimer’s disease at his home in Detroit. He was 82. Rice originally recorded ‘Mustang Sally’ himself in 1965, but the song was not initially a hit. It became a chart success two years later, after Rice’s former Falcons bandmate Wilson Pickett asked if he could record it. He also wrote ‘Respect Yourself’ with Luther Ingram.

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

June 29
1928: The famous Winterland Ballroom opens in San Francisco, California. It’s an ice-skating rink that can be converted into a general entertainment venue for opera, boxing, and other events, costing a whopping (for 1928) $1 million to build. It will go on to become a concert location for many famous acts, including The Sex Pistols, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and Pink Floyd, to name just a few.
1957: Police in Iran close all dance halls and prosecute their owners after laws are passed that rule Rock and Roll dancing as “harmful to health.”
1959: Dick Clark announces his first Caravan of Stars tour, which would feature The Skyliners, Chubby Checker, Duane Eddy, Bobby Darin, Fabian, Buddy Holly, Annette Funicello and Bo Diddley and others.
1961: Del Shannon went tot #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Runaway.’ His only UK #1 and the first of 14 UK Top 40 hits.
1962: The U.S. Army grants Jimi Hendrix an honorable discharge on the basis of unsuitability. A month earlier his platoon sergeant filed a report that said: “He has no interest whatsoever in the Army….It is my opinion that Private Hendrix will never come up to the standards required of a soldier. I feel that the military service will benefit if he is discharged as soon as possible.” Hendrix would later falsely claim that he had received a medical discharge after breaking his ankle during his 26th parachute jump.
1963: A John Lennon/Paul McCartney composition hits the U.S. charts for the first time. It’s Del Shannon’s cover of ‘From Me To You.’ Earlier Shannon toured England with The Beatles. The song stayed on the charts for four weeks, reaching #77. The Beatles’ rendition climbed only to #116.
1964: At Brian Epstein’s insistence, The Beatles reluctantly record German versions of ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ in Rue de Seures, Paris, under the direction of George Martin.
1964: Touring Australia The Beatles played two shows at the Festival Hall, Brisbane. Over 8,000 fans had waited until after midnight to greet the group as they landed at Brisbane Airport.
1965: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts bought the 16th century house that once belonged to an Archbishop of Canterbury.
1966: Neil Diamond plays American Bandstand for the first time, performing his hit ‘Cherry, Cherry.’
1966: 500 police officers were needed to contain the crowd when The Beatles played Tokyo.
1966: Elvis Presley records ‘Double Trouble,’ ‘I Love Only One Girl,’ ‘It Won’t Be Long,’ and ‘Long Legged Girl.’
1967: Rolling Stone Keith Richard was found guilty of allowing his house to be used for the illegal smoking of cannabis. He was sentenced to one year in jail and a $850 fine, (prison number 5855). Mick Jagger was also fined $170 and given three months in jail on drug charges. Jagger and Richards were both released and granted bail of £7,000 the following day.
1967: While on tour with The Hollies, Graham Nash writes a song called ‘Marrakesh Express’ which will later be a hit with his new band, Crosby Stills and Nash.
1968: The Jeff Beck Group appeared at the Boston Tea Party in Boston, MA.
1968: The Small Faces started a six week run at #1 on the UK album chart with ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake.’ A concept album with a round cover designed to look like a tobacco tin.
1968: Donovan’s ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’ enters the Billboard chart, where it will reach #5. The song featured former Yardbirds guitarist, Jeff Beck.
1968: Pink Floyd released ‘A Saucerful of Secrets.’ The band celebrated by performing at the first major free show in London’s Hyde Park with Jethro Tull, Roy Harper, and T. Rex.
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last concert together at the Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. Noel Redding announces he is quitting the band.
1969: The Status Quo achieve their only hit record in America when ‘Pictures Of Matchstick Men’ enters the Billboard Top 40, where it will top out at #12. Guitarist Francis Rossi said he wrote most of the song while sitting in a toilet, trying to get away from his wife and mother-in-law. Shortly after the song became a hit, the band dropped “The” from their name.
1969: Led Zeppelin, The Liverpool Scene and Mick Abraham’s Blodwyn Pig all played two shows (5:30 and 8:30pm) on this Sunday night at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band at played at the Armory Building in Jacksonville, FL.
1970: The Who appeared at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.
1971: Yes played at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood.
1972: The Rolling Stones performed at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1973: Ian Gillian leaves Deep Purple. Gillan bails at the end of a tour of Japan (in Osaka) citing exhaustion. Graham Bonnet will briefly take his place before David Coverdale comes on board.
1974: Neal Peart replaced John Rustey on drums in Rush.
1974: Singer songwriter Gordon Lightfoot scored his only chart topping single with ‘Sundown.’ Taken from the album of the same name, it was also #1 on the U.S. album charts in late June.
1975: Tim Buckley dies of a heroin overdose. He was 28. Buckley released nine albums and was the father of two sons, including singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley.
1975: Elton John makes a surprise appearance at Eagles/Doobie Brothers concert at Oakland Coliseum on the Doobies hit ‘Listen To The Music’. Then when the Eagles try to play their set, John crashes their party to duet on another song.
1976: The Memphis City Council votes to change Elvis’ home street, Highway 51 South, to ‘Elvis Presley Boulevard.’
1977: During a North American tour Fleetwood Mac appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1977: Pink Floyd appeared at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.
1978: Peter Frampton broke his arm and cracked several ribs when he was involved in a car crash in the Bahamas. It caused him to miss the premiere of the film he starred in, ;Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ which is derided by critics.
1978: David Bowie played the first of three nights on his ‘Low/Heroes’ world tour at Earl’s Court in London.
1979: Lowell George of Little Feat dies of a heart attack, possibly compounded by his drug addiction and obesity. He was 34. At the time of his death, George was trying to reform the band. He was found dead at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. George joined Zappa’s Mothers of Invention as rhythm guitarist in 1968, played guitar on John Cale’s 1973 album ‘Paris 1919,’ Harry Nilsson’s ‘Son of Schmilsson’ album and Jackson Browne’s ‘The Pretender’.
1979: The New York Times prints an interview with Pete Townshend where he admits he has reservations about touring, but feels “fired up” about the new Who. On the same day The Kids Are Alright soundtrack is certified gold by the RIAA. 1979: Yes played in the round at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, FL.
1980: Brian Johnson‬ played his first show with ‪AC/DC‬ in Namur, ‎Belgium‬. On the band’s ‘Back In Black Tour,’ Whitesnake open select dates.‬
1980: Led Zeppelin performed at Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland as part of a European tour.
1980: Roxy Music performed at Hemmerlein Halle in Nuremburg, Germany.
1981: Bob Dylan appeared at Earls Court inLondon.
1982: Eric Clapton played at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1984: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing In The Dark’ peaks at #2 on the pop charts.
1984: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his ‘Born in the USA Tour’ with a three night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. After a failed attempt shooting a studio video for ‘Dancing In The Dark,’ Bruce Springsteen does it live at his concert in St. Paul, Minnesota. During Clarence Clemons’ sax solo, he brings 19-year-old Courteney Cox on stage to dance with him. Springsteen would play a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles. Nils Lofgren replacing the newly departed Steve Van Zandt on guitar. Van Zandt would return to the E Street Band when it was reformed briefly in 1995.
1985: David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded a version of the Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 1964 hit ‘Dancing In The Street’ for the forthcoming ‘Live Aid’ concert. The original plan was to perform a track together live, with Bowie performing at Wembley Stadium and Jagger at John F. Kennedy Stadium, until it was realized that the satellite link-up would cause a half-second delay that would make this impossible unless either Bowie or Jagger mimed their contribution, something neither artist was willing to do.
1985: John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine, with psychedelic paintwork, sold for a record sum of $3,006,385 at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts from Huey Lewis & The News’ ‘Power Of Love’ at #46. Also, Robert Plant’s ‘Little By Little’ at #37, Depeche Mode’s ‘People Are People’ at #32, ‘Til Tuesday’s ‘Voices Carry’ at #12, and Bryan Adams’ ‘Heaven’ at #1‬.
1987: Great White‬ released their 3rd full-length studio album ‘Once Bitten.’ It reached #23 on the Billboard chart and was their last album to feature bassist Lorne Black.
1988: The Guardian newspaper reported that many music CD’s would fade and distort over the next few years due to manufacturing faults, sending shock-waves through the music industry.
1988: Nirvana, Mudhoney and Tad all appeared at the Moore Theatre, Seattle.
1988: Voivod release their 4th album ‘Dimension Hatröss.’ In 2017, the album was added by Rolling Stone magazine to its Top 100 Metal Albums of All Time list at number 78. 1990: Aerosmith, Metallica, Warrant & The Black Crowes played Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1991: Skid Row entered the U.S. album chart at #1 with ‘Slave To The Grind.’
1992: Iron Maiden released their ‘From Here to Eternity’ single. The song peaked at #21 on the UK’s Official Charts. The B-side featured a cover of the Welsh band Budgie song ‘I Can’t See My Feelings’ from their 1975 album ‘Bandolier.’
1993: Billy Idol releases his album ‘Cyberpunk.’ It was his last studio album until 2005’s ‘Devil’s Playground.’
1993: Jeff Beck released his 12th studio album, ‘Crazy Legs.’
1994: Oasis made their debut on BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops performing their new single ‘Shakermaker.’
1995: The first TV commercial of Ringo Starr’s career airs for Pizza Hut, as does a similar spot by the newly-reformed Monkees.
1996: It was reported that US record company bosses were considering random drug tests for pop stars similar to those carried out on athletes to try and reduce the drug death toll in the industry.
1996: MasterCard Masters of Music Concert for the Prince’s Trust Fund in London is headlined by Eric Clapton (who received an OMB from the Prince the previous year). There’s also a performance of The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’ with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Enwistle and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. Daltrey wears an eye patch during the performance due to an accident during a rehearsal (Gary Glitter hit him in the face with a mic).
1996: It was reported that US record company bosses were considering random drug tests for pop stars similar to those carried out on athletes to try and reduce the drug death toll in the industry.
1996: Record producer George Martin received a Knighthood, also music promoter Harvey Goldsmith became an MBE, which stands for Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. That is the “order of chivalry of British constitutional monarchy,” rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organizations and public service outside the Civil Service. Van Morrison received an OBE, a post-nominal for Officer of the Most Excellent, a grade in the Order of the British Empire.
1998: George Harrison announced that he was having treatments for throat cancer and said, “I’m not going to die on you folks just yet.” He passes away three years later.
1999: Gene Simmons appears in an Everclear video with numerous porn stars. Everclear covered Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ for the ‘Detroit Rock City’ soundtrack. The film is about rabid fans’ exploits trying to attend a ’78 KISS concert.
1999: Slaughter released the album ‘Back To Reality.’
1999: Slipknot release their self titled debut studio album. The album peaked at #51 on the Billboard chart. ‘Wait and Bleed,’ was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 2001 Grammy Awards.
1999: Styx released their 13th album ‘Brave New World,’ which was their last album to feature original singer & keyboardist Dennis DeYoung. The album peaked at #175 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1999: Motley Crue released ‘Supersonic and Demonic Relics,’ an album of of unreleased tracks as well as rare material.
2000: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood checked into a rehab center to treat alcohol addiction. It was believed Wood was hoping to dry out in time for a Rolling Stones world tour.
2000: Vandals pulled Ronnie Van Zant’s casket out of the Lynyrd Skynyrd mausoleum, but were unable to open it. A plastic bag containing Steve Gaines’ ashes had also been removed from a metal urn and had been torn, but only a tiny fraction was spilled. Their remains were shortly moved to an undisclosed burial site. Both Van Zant and Gaines were killed in a 1977 plane crash.
2000: Sting and his bandmates lost simultaneous chess matches against World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov at ABC television studios in New York City’s Times Square. Kasparov defeated them all in 50 minutes.
2001: ‘Dream A Little Dream: The Almost-True Story of the Mamas & the Papas,’ a stage musical penned by former Papas member Denny Doherty, premieres in Toronto.
2002: Billy Joel checked out of Silver Hill Hospital, a substance abuse and psychiatric center in New Canaan, Connecticut, that he had entered earlier in the month for treatment.
2004: Rush release their 18th studio album, ‘Feedback,’ comprised of eight cover songs selected from tunes that influenced each band member in their younger years. It reached #19 on the Billboard Top Albums chart.
2004: Courtney Love was reprimanded by Los Angeles Judge Melissa Jackson for turning up five hours late to a hearing. Love pleaded guilty to a single charge of disorderly conduct and was released, on condition she paid the victim’s medical bills, joins a drug program and stayed out of trouble.
2007: Apple’s new device, the iPhone, is released, integrating music into a phone for the first time.
2007: George McCorkle of The Marshall Tucker Band dies of cancer. He was 59. McCorkle was a founding member and guitarist for the band and wrote their first top 40 hit ‘Fire on the Mountain.’
2008: ‘Guitar Hero: Aerosmith’ is out. “(Working on the game) was just the best experience of our lives,” says frontman Steven Tyler. “It lets people outside play along with all the Aerosmith songs and dance between the notes.”
2009: ‘It’s A Business Doing Pleasure With You,’ a song co-written by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and recorded by Country’s Tim McGraw, goes to radio.
2010: Mastodon’s six-song soundtrack EP for ‘Jonah Hex,’ a film based on the DC Comics series, is released. “We sacrificed another two weeks away from home to give away an album’s worth of material for nothing in return but satisfaction in being a part of something incredible,” says bassist Troy Sanders. Even so, the movie bombs.
2010: Forbes magazine unfurls their list of the 100 most powerful celebrities. U2 is #7 while Bruce Springsteen holds the #17 slot. Not surprisingly, Oprah Winfrey is #1.
2010: Rush kicked off their ‘Time Machine Tour’ at the Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque, NM. During this tour they performed ‘Moving Pictures’ in its entirety for the first time.
2010: AC’DC’s Black Ice World Tour ends in Bilbao, Spain. It grosses nearly $442 million.
2012: Michael Bay’s film ‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’ is in theaters worldwide. Linkin Park’s single ‘Iridescent’ is featured in the film’s closing credits. The band contributed songs to the previous two films in the franchise. The soundtrack also has Skillet, My Chemical Romance and Paramore.
2012: ‘Neil Young Journeys,’ a collaboration between Young and director Jonathan Demme hits theaters. The documentary was filmed toward the end of Young’s 2011 solo tour.
2012: Carol Hawkins, a former assistant to U2’s Adam Clayton, is found guilty of stealing $3.5 million dollars from the bassist’s bank accounts.
2015: Neil Young and Promise Of The Real, a band featuring Lukas and Micah Nelson (sons of the legendary Willie Nelson), release ‘The Monsanto Years,’ with songs critical of the food industry giant and those of its ilk.
2016: A scientific research vessel that monitors water quality in Puget Sound (Washington state) is named SoundGuardian in honor Seattle’s Soundgarden.
2016: Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie filed for divorce from her 4th husband, Michael Lockwood, just months after the couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last January. Lisa Marie had previously been wed to Danny Keough from 1988 until 1994, Michael Jackson from 1994 to 1999 and to actor Nicolas Cage from 2002 to 2004.
2017: Imagine Dragons’ ‘Evolve’ debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 147,000 units. The album also tops the Alternative Rock and Billboard Artist 100 charts. The latter survey tallies album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media interaction.

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June 30
1956: 25 people are hospitalized after a melee at a Bill Haley concert in Asbury Park, NJ. City council will later vote to ban all Rock ‘n’ Roll concerts.
1957: Buddy Holly records ‘Peggy Sue,’ which will go on to reach #3 on the Billboard chart and #6 in the UK. In real life, she was Peggy Sue Gerron, the girlfriend of Crickets drummer Jerry Allison. The song was initially titled ‘Cindy Lou’ after Buddy’s niece, but Allison convinced Buddy to change the title just before the recording session. Allison and Gerron were later married.
1966: The Beatles played the first of three concerts at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Japan. The concert was filmed with The Beatles wearing black suits. The following day’s first performance was also filmed, with The Beatles wearing white suits. There was a strict police presence with 3,000 police observing each concert played in front of 10,000 fans. Amateur recordings of the performance quickly became available as a bootleg album known as ‘Three Nights in Tokyo.’
1969: Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle and Duster Bennett all appeared at London’s Royal Albert Hall “Pop Proms.”
1969: King Crimson played at the Old Granary in Bristol, England.
1969: Pink Floyd performed a one hour show at the President’s Ball at the Top Rank Suite, in Cardiff, Wales. It was presented by Llandaff Technical College. They were paid £100 ($150).
1970: Chicago’s ’25 Or 6 To 4′ b/w ‘Where Do We Go From Here’ 45 single is released. Written by Robert Lamm, one of the founding members of Chicago, it was recorded for their 2nd album, ‘Chicago’ (1970), with Peter Cetera on lead vocals. The song was edited and released as a single in June of that year, climbing to #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #7 on the UK Singles Chart. This recording features an electric guitar solo using a wah-wah pedal by Chicago guitarist Terry Kath, and has been included in numerous Chicago compilation albums.
1971: Yes appeared at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1971: San Francisco’s Fillmore West closed.
1971: Paul Revere And The Raiders receive a Gold record for their only US #1 hit, ‘Indian Reservation.’ The song, written by John D. Loudermilk, had been a US #20 hit and had reached #3 in the UK for Don Fardon in 1968.
1971: Stephen Stills released his 2nd solo album, ‘Stephen Stills 2.’ It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart.
1972: Buddy Miles plays at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1973: David Bowie appeared at City Hall in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
1973: George Harrison knocked Paul McCartney and Wings ‘My Love’ from the top of the U.S. singles chart on both the Billboard Pop chart and the Cash Box Best Sellers list with ‘Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth.’ His 2nd U.S. #1. The song reached #8 in the UK.
1973: Doobie Brothers get their first Top 10 hit, ‘Long Train Runnin,’ from ‘The Captain And Me’ album. It peaks at #8.
1973: Sly & The Family Stone’s 6th album, ‘Fresh’ is released. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart, and topped the Billboard Top R&B LP’s chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #186 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Robertson Stadium in Houston, Texas.
1974: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center Arena in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1975: Cher married Greg Allman four days after her divorcing Sonny Bono, the couple split after ten days, followed by a three year on and off marriage. They had one son together, Elijah Blue.
1975: David Bowie began filming ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth.’
1975: The Eagles ‘One Of These Nights’ album goes gold.
1976: Police raid Neil Diamond’s house and find less than an ounce of marijuana. The arrest is struck from his record when he agrees to attend a drug aversion program.
1976: Stuart Goddard, (Adam Ant), placed the following ad in the classified section of the Melody Maker, “‘Beat on a bass, with the B-Sides.” Andy Warren answered the ad and the pair went on to form Adam and The Ants.
1977: The first KISS comic book is released by Marvel Comics and has a vial of their blood mixed into the ink. It was an ad-free 40 page mag. It’s the beginning of Kiss becoming a one billion dollar licensing brand.
1977: KISS release their 6th studio album, ‘Love Gun.’ It was their first album to feature a vocal performance from Ace Frehley and .
also the last studio album to feature Peter Criss on every song.
1978: The Sex Pistols, now in “crash and burn mode,” release ‘My Way,’ a song Frank Sinatra made famous.
1978: Host Martin Mull welcomes Jethro Tull, Robert Palmer, and Flo & Eddie on TV’s Midnight Special.
1979: Motorhead released their 5th single, ‘No Class.’
1980: Queen release their 8th studio album, ‘The Game.’
1980: Girlschool released their 1st studio album, ‘Demolition.’
1980: Krokus release their 4th studio album, ‘Metal Rendez-vous.’ It was their first album to feature Marc Storace on vocals.
1980: The Who played at Veterans Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
1981: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at Poplar Creek Music Theater in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
1981: Jerry Lee Lewis is hospitalized with a hole in his stomach and internal bleeding. He nearly dies. Given a 50/50 chance of survival he leaves the hospital two weeks later.
1983: After a ten year split, The Everly Brothers announced that they would be reuniting. The pair had parted company after Phil smashed his guitar and walked off the stage during a 1973 performance.
1984: Huey Lewis and the News went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Sports.’
1984: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing In The Dark’ reaches its chart peak of #2 on the Hot 100. The song spends four weeks at runner-up, held off the last three by Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry.’ Springsteen never does reach #1 (except as a writer: Manfred Mann’s Earth Band took ‘Blinded by the Light’ to #1 in 1977), but the next six singles from his ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ album all hit the Top 10.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Steve Perry’s ‘She’s Mine’ at #53. Also, Bon Jovi’s ‘She Don’t Know Me’ at #50, Van Halen’s ‘Panama’ was #39, Corey Hart’s ‘Sunglasses At Night’ #33, Night Ranger’s ‘Sister Christian’ #23, Billy Idol’s ‘Eyes Without A Face’ #8, and Duran Duran’s ‘The Reflex’ #1.‬
1986: Savatage released their 3rd full-length album, ‘Fight for the Rock”.’
1989: ‘Great Balls Of Fire!,’ a biographical film about the life of Jerry Lee Lewis, debuts in theaters across America. The movie would fizzle at the box office, but critics gave it mostly positive reviews. Jerry Lee was unhappy with the bumpkin-like portrayal of himself by actor Dennis Quaid and later said, “They really fouled it up, the way they did it.”
1989: The surviving Beatles took out an injunction against Dave Clark, formerly of The Dave Clark Five, and banned him from selling copies of the old Ready Steady Go! TV show which featured “The Fab Four.” The case was later settled out of court.
1990: Chuck Berry’s estate in Missouri is raided by the police, who seize marijuana, rifles, a shotgun, over $120,000 in cash and homemade porn movies.
1990: Biohazard released their self-titled debut studio album. The intro to the song ‘Retribution’ is from the movie ‘The Godfather Part II.’
1992: Kyuss’ ‘Blues for the Red Sun,’ one of stoner metal’s all-time classic albums, is released via Dali Records. It was produced by the band and Chris Goss.
1992: The Beatles Compact Disc 15-EP Collection (Box set) is released. It faithfully reproduced all of the 14 original British EP releases, and even added a bonus EP. Each of the CD’s were digitally remastered and enclosed in jackets using the original cover art and sleeve format. The double-CD Magical Mystery Tour EP included a disc each of both mono and stereo versions of the 6 songs, plus the entire 28 page booklet.
1994: Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam testify before a House of Representatives subcommittee claiming Ticketmaster has a monopoly. The federal investigation was eventually dropped.
1994: Virgin Records rushed The Rolling Stones’ ‘Voodoo Lounge’ into stores early after the album was played over the radio.
1995: Extreme release their EP, ‘Running Gag,’ in Japan. It includes future Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini.‬
1998: System of a Down release their debut album. The album reached #124 on the Billboard chart.
1998: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 11th studio album, ‘Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra.’
1999: Eric Clapton performed a benefit concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden for his Crossroads rehab center in Antigua. His guests included Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige and Bob Dylan.
1999: Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is named senior vice-president of Interscope Records.
2000: At Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, nine people were crushed to death during a crowd surge during Pearl Jam’s set. Police say the victims had all slipped or fallen in the mud in front of the stage. Lead singer Eddie Vedder stopped the show and got the crowd to move back in an orderly fashion, but it was too late. The Pearl Jam song ‘Love Boat Captain’ refers to the events with the line “Lost nine friends we’ll never know…two years ago today.”
2001: Legendary guitarist and producer Chet Atkins dies in Nashville of cancer. He was 77. Atkins recorded over 100 albums during his career, and was a major influence on numerous artists, including George Harrison and Mark Knopfler. In 2002, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2011 Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 21 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
2001: Al Jardine sued the remaining members of The Beach Boys for $4 million, alleging that they were excluding him from playing in the band. The suit would prove unsuccessful and Jardine was later prevented from touring as Beach Boy’s Family and Friends.
2004: David Bowie cancelled the remainder of his ‘Reality’ tour after he suffered what was reported as a pinched nerve in his shoulder. Later, it would be discovered that Bowie needed emergency heart surgery.
2004: Kinks founder member Dave Davies was left paralyzed on the right-hand side of his body after suffering a stroke. For a time, he recovers at his brother Ray’s house, as Ray himself is recovering from being shot by a mugger. Dave is eventually able to walk, talk and play the guitar again.
2004: A Michigan court of appeals rules that Limp Bizkit did not act irresponsibly and is not liable for the injuries sustained by a paramedic during a 2000 performance. According to the lawsuit, Christopher Dickinson was kicked in the head after lead singer Fred Durst encouraged concertgoers to move closer to the stage during an Auburn Hills concert.
2005: Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland injures his ankle as the group performs ‘Slither’ at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Weiland manages to perform at the Live 8 show in London a few days later but is eventually confined to his bed while he’s on the mend.
2005: The record industry says Led Zeppelin has sold 107.5 million albums in the U.S. That secures the #3 spot on the all-time list. Only The Beatles (168.5 million) and Elvis Presley (116.5 million) have done better.
2005: Chevelle announce that bassist Joe Loeffler will not make the group’s U.S. summer tour. “Joe is taking a break to be home with family,” reads a statement. Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo fills in. A couple weeks later, the group finally bites the bullet and admits Loeffler was sacked due to “irreconcilable differences.”
2006: Jackson Browne performs at a Santa Monica High School benefit concert. Proceeds go to Artists for the Arts and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s music programs.
2006: President George Bush meets with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a major Elvis Presley fan, at Graceland in Memphis.
2006: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are honored in an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. ‘Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Thirty Years of Rock and Roll’ displays the flowered shirt Petty wore for the ‘Free Fallin’ video and a gray jacket from his time in the Traveling Wilburys.
2006: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are on hand for the premiere performance of ‘Love,’ the Beatles-themed Las Vegas production featuring the Cirque du Soleil troupe.
2007: R.E.M. played a five-night series of shows at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. Dubbed ‘working rehearsals’ by the band, many songs from their forthcoming album ‘Accelerate’ were debuted, with many of them still as works in progress.
2008: A long lost 1964 interview with John Lennon and Paul McCartney is broadcast on the BBC. In the interview McCartney expounds on their songwriting technique. “Normally, we sit down and try and bash one out,” says The Beatles’ bassist. He adds that sometimes each writes a complete song on his own; though they both take credit for it.
2009: Killswitch Engage released their self-titled album. It peaked at #7 on the Billboard chart.‬
2009: Spinal Tap start (and end) their One Night Only World Tour at Wembley Arena in London.
2009: U2’s worldwide stadium tour in support of ‘No Line On The Horizon’ begins in Barcelona, Spain. U2 360 features an innovative in-the-round configuration. The 90,000 in attendance hear a 22-song set.
2009: A previously unreleased live version of Nickelback’s ‘Something In Your Mouth’ is offered for free to people who download Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 browser.
2009: ‘Hit Hard: A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom At The Top,’ a memoir by Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer is published. The book details the drummer’s struggle with anxiety and depression, which led to a nervous breakdown in ’95.
2009: Music licensing agency, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), determines that Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ was the most played song at NFL (football), MLB (baseball) and NHL (hockey) games during the previous 12-month period.
2010: Pearl Jam’s video for ‘Amongst The Wave’ (from ‘Backspace’)is released. The clip, released in conjunction with the launch of their Oceans website, features footage of crashing waves juxtaposed with shots of the band performing. Video proceeds resulting from iTunes sales benefit Conservation International’s Marine Programs.
2010: The Kings Of Leon play their biggest U.K. concert to date at London’s Hyde Park before an estimated audience of 65,000. The Black Keys are among the opening acts.
2010: ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,’ the third installment, is in theaters. The soundtrack includes Metric, The Bravery, Black Keys, The Dead Weather and Band Of Horses.
2010: All Pink Floyd albums released after ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ are unavailable at digital stores because the band failed to renegotiate a contract with EMI. This follows a prolonged legal battle in which Pink Floyd successfully stopped EMI from selling individual album or remastered tracks.
2012: Queen and Adam Lambert perform at the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation charity concert at Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev. The show is part of Euro 2012 and is seen by millions of TV viewers throughout the Ukraine and Poland.
2012: Slipknot guitarist Jim Root is sidelined by a burst appendix just as the group launches their Mayhem tour.
2012: One of Paul McCartney’s iconic violin shaped Hofner bass guitars sold for more than $64,000 US at a fundraiser for music charity Nordoff Robbins. Exactly which one of Macca’s guitars it was is unclear, as he has been known to have acquired several copies of the Hofner 500/1 over the years.
2014: Singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh announces he’s resigned from Kansas after 41 years. The group carries on.
2014: The United States Postal Service unveils a Janis Joplin commemorative stamp. Joplin is shown wearing pink tinted glasses and Forever Janis Joplin USA is printed around the border.
2015: Deen Castronovo, drummer for Journey, was jailed after being charged with having sexual intercourse “by forcible compulsion” between June 8 and June 14. He faced felony charges of assault, sexual abuse and unlawful use of a dangerous weapon.
2016: Weezer’s ‘I Love The U.S.A.’ is one of eight tracks released celebrating NASA’s mission to Jupiter.
2018: Hellyeah and Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul was be laid to rest along side his brother Dimebag Dime and mother.
Like his brother, he was also buried in a KISS Kasket