October 1
Albert Collins – b. 1932 – d. 11/24/93
Jerri Martini (Sly & The Family Stone, Graham Central Station, Rubicon + more) – 77
Michael “Cub” Koda (Brownsville Station, solo) – b. 1948 – d. 6/30/2000
Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash, solo) – 73
Brian Greenway (April Wine, Mash makhan, The Dudes, solo) – 69
Earl Slick (Phantom, Rocker & Slick, New York Dolls, Little Caesar, Dirty White Boy, John Waite, David Bowie, solo) – 68

October 2 Howard Roberts (guitarist, educator, session musician; Leader, Sideman, television and movie projects, including lead guitar on the theme from The Twilight Zone as well as acoustic and electric guitar on I Love Lucy, The Munsters, Bonanza, The Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island, Green Acres, Get Smart, Batman, Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith, Peter Gunn, Lost in Space, Dragnet, Wild Wild West, Mission: Impossible, The Odd Couple, Dick Van Dyke, I Dream of Jeannie, and the theme for the film Bullitt. As a member of the Wrecking Crew, Roberts was a part of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, playing guitar on some of the most famous songs in pop music history, and elected with other members of the Wrecking Crew into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennesse) – b. 1929 – d. 6/28/92 Lolly Vegas/Lolly Vasquez (Redbone) – b. 1939 – d. 3/4/10
Don McLean – 75
Annie Leibovitz (Photographer – Rolling Stone magazine among many others) – 71 Richard Hell (Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Television, Neon Boys, The Heartbreakers, Dim Stars, others) – 71
Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics, Red 7, solo) – 70
Coco Montoya (Albert Collins, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cate Brothers, solo) – 69
Sting (The Police, solo) – 69
Bud Gaugh (Sublime) – 53
Jim Root (Slipknot, Stone Sour) – 49
Mike Rodden (Hinder) –

October 3
Eddie Cochran – b. 1938 – d. 4/17/60
Chubby Checker – 79 PP ‘Pat’ Arnold/Patricia Ann Cole (Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Humble Pie, solo, session and/or touring singer: The Small Faces, Steve Marriott, Eric Clapton, Dr, John, Manassas, Chris Farlow, Freddie King, Roger Waters, Graham Nash, Gary Wright, Nektar, Jimmy Witherspoon, Nils Lofgren, Eric Burdon, Peter Gabriel, Billy Ocean, The KLF, Nina Hagen, Graham Parker, Altern 8, Paul Weller, duet with Rod Stewart on the single ‘Come Home Baby,’ backing vocals for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ soundtrack, musical stage actor: Catch My Soul, Starlight Express, Once On This Island, worked with Barry Gibb, Boy George, Steel Pulse, Kane Gang, Primal Scream, Ocean Colour Scene, other soundtracks + much more) – 74.
Lindsey Buckingham (Buckingham/Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, solo) – 71
Keb Mo’ (Kevin Roosevelt Moore) – 69
Jack Grondin (.38 Special) – 69
Stevie Ray Vaughan (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Jimmie Vaughan, David Bowie, guest appearances, sessions, collaborations) – b. 1954 – d. 8/27/90
Douglas Allen Woody (The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule + more) – b. 1955 – d. 8/25/2000
Dawayne Bailey (Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Chicago, Véronique Sanson) –
Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe, Methods of Mayhem, Rock Star Supernova, Jack’s Mannequin, solo) – 58
Frank Hannon (Tesla, Frank Hannon Band, Moon Dog Mane) – 54
Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) – 48
Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dot Hacker, Ataxia, Warpaint, The Bicycle Thief) – 41

October 4
Jim Fielder (Buffalo Springfield, Mothers of Invention, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Neil Sedaka, many sessions) – 73
Ronnie Leahy (Stone The Crows, White Trash, Jack Bruce, Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, Nazareth) – 73
Duke Robillard (Duke Robillard Band, Roomful of Blues, The Fabulous Thunderbirds) – 72
Jody Stephens (Big Star, Golden Smog) – 68

October 5
Steve Miller (Goldberg-Miller Blues Band, Steve Miller Band) – 77
Brian Connolly (Sweet) – b. 1945 – d. 2/9/97
Brian Johnson (AC/DC, Geordie) – 73
Ronni Le Tekro (TNT) – 73
‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke (Motorhead, Fastway) – b. 1950 – d. 1/10/18
Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats, Band Aid, USA for Africa, Live Aid, Live 8) – 69
Leo Barnes (Hothouse Flowes) – 65
Troy Luccketta (Tesla, Eric Martin Band + more) – 61
David Bryson (Counting Crows) – 59
Dave Dederer (Presidents Of The U.S.A., Loaded, The Gentlemen, Subset) – 54

October 6
Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) – 69
David Hidalgo (Los Lobos, Los Super Seven, Latin Playboys, Houndog) – 66
Robert Sarzo (Hurricane, Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime) – 62
Matthew Sweet (Community Trolls, Oh-OK, The Thorns, Susanna Hoffs, solo + more) – 56
Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Bash & Pop, Perfect, Guns N’ Roses, Soul Asylum, Alien Crime Syndicate, solo) – 54
William Butler (Arcade Fire) – 38 Nick Reese (Joyous Wolf) – 26

October 7
Dino Valente / Chester William Powers Jr. (Quicksilver Messenger Service, solo) – b. 1937 – d. 11/16/94
Colin Cooper (Climax Blues Band) – b. 1939 – d. 7/3/08
Kevin Godley (10cc, Hotlegs, Godley & Creme, Doctor Father, The Magic Lanterns) – 75
Dave Hope (Kansas, AD, Kerry Livgren) – 71
John Cougar Mellencamp – 69
Marc Storace (TEA, Krokus) – 69
Tico Torres (Frankie & The Knockouts, Bon Jovi) – 67
Ricky Phillips (Nasty Habit, The Babys, Bad English, Coverdale/Page, Ted Nugent, Styx) – 68
Sam Brown (Jules Holland Band, Homespun, solo, sessions including Deep Purple, The Firm, Gary Moore, George Harrison, Nick Cave + more) – 56
Thom Yorke (Radiohead, solo) – 52
Bobbie Brown (model, actress, author, ex-wife of Jani Lane) – 51
Taylor Hicks – 44

October 8
Ray Royer (Procol Harum, Freedom) – 75
Johnny Ramone (The Ramones) – b. 1948 – d. 9/15/04
Hamish Stuart (Average White Band, Paul McCartney, Chaka Khan, Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band + more) – 71
John Gallagher (Raven) – 62
C.J. Ramone (Guitar Pete’s Axe Attack, The Ramones, Los Gusanos, The Warm Jets, Bad Chopper) – 55

October 9
John Lennon (The Beatles, solo) – b. 1940 – d. 12/8/80
John Entwistle (The Who) – b. 1944 – d. 6/27/02
Jackson Browne – 72
Caleb Quaye (Elton John, Hookfoot, Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Hall & Oates, solo) – 72
Sharon Osbourne – 68
Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden, Praying Mantis) – 68
Michael Lee Smith (Starz, Fallen Angels, solo)
Al Jourgensen (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Skinny Puppy, Lard, Prong, 1000 Homo DJs, PTP, Acid Horses) – 62
Kurt Neumann (BoDeans) – 59
Mark Edwards (Steeler, Lion) –
Toby Jepson (Little Angels, Fastway, Gun, Toby and the Whole Truth, Wayward Sons) – 53
PJ Harvey – 51
Sean Lennon (Singer, songwriter, film composer; Albert Hammond, Jr., Cibo Matto, With The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, The Claypool Lennon Delirium) – 45

October 10
Jerry Lacroix (Boogie Kings, Blood Sweat & Tears, Edgar Winter’s White Trash, Rare Earth + more) – b. 1943 – d. 5/7/14
Alan Cartwright (Procol Harum, Freddie Mack) – 75
John Prine – b. 1946 – d. 4/7/2020
Midge Ure (Slik, The Rich Kids, Visage, Thin Lizzy, Ultravox, Band Aid, solo) – 67
David Lee Roth (Van Halen, solo) – 66
Eric Martin (Eric Martin Band, Mr. Big, Tak Matsumoto Group) – 60
Simon Townshend (The Who, Casbah Club, Roger Daltrey, solo) – 60
Mike Malinin (Goo Goo Dolls, Forty Marshas) – 53
Dean Roland (Collective Soul, Magnets and Ghosts) – 48
Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) – 37

October 11
Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller Band, Eddie Money, Bruce Springsteen, Raven, sessions player) – 74
Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates, solo) – 74
George McCorkle (The Toy Factory, Pax Parachute, The Marshall Tucker Band) – b. 1947 – d. 6/29/15
Greg Douglass (Country Weather, Hot Tuna, Terry & the Pirates, John Cipollina’s Raven, Steve Miller Band, The Greg Kihn Band, toured with Eddie Money, Tom Fogerty, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Electric Flag, music instructor, The Greg Douglass Band) – 71
Blair Cunningham (Drummer, session player, toured with The Pretenders, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Ray Davis, Roxy Music, Tina Turner, Andy Taylor, Haircut One Hundred, Echo & The Bunnymen, Alison Moyet, Sade, Paul Rutherford, the Indigo Girls, Lionel Richie, Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Kevin Rowland, The Big Dish) – 63
Jeff Kathan (Paul Rodgers, Ronnie Montrose, Howard Leese, Spike and The Impalers + more) –
Andy McCoy (Hanoi Rocks, The Suicide Twins, Shooting Gallery, The Cherry Bombz, U.K. Subs, The 69 Eyes, Grease Helmet, solo) – 58
Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms) – 58
Mike Smith (Limp Bizkit, Snot, TheStart, Shedding Light + more) – 47

October 12
Joe Olivier/ Cappy Bianco (Bll Haley And His Comets) – b. 1927 – d. 12/25/01
Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) – 85
Rick Parfitt (Status Quo) – b. 1948 – d. 12/24/16
Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens) – b. 1955 – d. 12/12/17
Jeff Keith (Tesla) – 62
Gonzo Sandoval (Armored Saint) – 57
Jordan Pundik (New Found Glory) – 41

October 13
Chris Farlowe/John Henry Deighton (Atomic Rooster, Colosseum, solo + more) – 80
Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel, Ladysmith Black Mombazo, solo) – 79
Robert Lamm (Chicago) – 76
Sammy Hagar (Montrose, solo. HSAS, Van Halen, Chickenfoot, The Circle) – 73
Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood’s Island, Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, solo toured with or session player for: Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall, Jackson Browne, Little Richard, Roger McGuinn, Bobby Whitlock, Dobie Gray, John Fogerty, Delaney & Bonnie, Albert Collins, Dolly Parton, Maria Muldaur and more) – 71
Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention, The Albion Band) – 70
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax, Bible Black, Belladonna, Journey Beyond) – 60
Zak Starkey (The Lightning Seeds, The Who, Oasis, Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band) – 55

October 14
Billy Harrison (Them) – 77
Colin Hodgkinson (Whitesnake, worked with Chris Rea, The Eric Delaney Band, Back Door (of which he was co-founder), Alexis Korner, Jon Lord, Jan Hammer, Paul Butterfield, The Spencer Davis Group, Pete York, and The Electric Blues Duo, as well as with Ian “Stu” Stewart’s boogie-woogie band, Rocket 88, The British Blues Quintet) – 75
Al Atkins (Judas Priest, Lion, Simon Lees, Holy Rage, Atkins May Project) – 73
Dan McCafferty (Nazareth, solo) – 74
Justin Hayward (Moody Blues, solo) – 74
A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister, Adrenaline Mob) – b. 1959 – d. 3/20/15
Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus, Kamelot, Metal All Stars) – 32

October 15
Barry McGuire (The New Christy Minstrels) – 85
Don Stevenson (Moby Grape) – 78
Frank DiMino (Angel, Paul Raymond Project, solo) – 69
Tony Cavazo (Dangerface, Hurricane, Snow) – 66
‘Dizzy’ Dean Davidson (Britny Fox, Blackeyed Susan, solo) –

October 16
Big Joe Williams (blues guitarist, singer-songwriter) – b. 1903 – d. 12/17/82
Nico/Christa Päffgen (Velvet Underground) – b. 1938- d. 7/18/88
Fred Turner (Bachman Turner Overdrive, Pink Plumm, Brave Belt, The D-Drifters, Randy Murray) – 77
Roger Hawkins (drummer for Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Alabama) – 75
Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, The Other Ones, The Dead, Kingfish, the Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, Scaring the Children, RatDog, Furthur, Dead & Co., solo) – 73
Tony Carey (Rainbow) – 67
Jay Reynolds (Malice, Metal Church) – 61
Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar, solo) – 60
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace, Antemasque, Pigface, Rocket Juice & the Moon) – 57
Chad Gray (Hellyeah, Mudvayne) – 49
John Mayer (solo, John Mayer Trio, Dead & Co.) – 43

October 17
Barney Kessel (Guitarist; Leader, sideman; Member or The Wrecking Crew, solo, sessions, collaborations, guest appearances) – b. 1923 – d. 5/6/04
Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) – 79
Gary Puckett (Union Gap) – 78
Jim Tucker (The Turtles) – 74
Mike Hossack (The Doobie Brothers) – b. 1946 – d. 3/12/12
David St. Hubbins/Michael McKean (Spinal Tap) – 73
Pino Palladino (The Who, John Mayer Trio, The Law) – 63
Ziggy Marley (Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, author) – 53

October 18
Chuck Berry – b. 1926 – d. 3/18/17
Cynthia Weill (singer, songwriter – Weil trained as an actress and dancer, but soon demonstrated a songwriting ability that led to her collaboration with Barry Mann, whom she married in August 1961. Weil became one of the Brill Building songwriters of the 1960’s, and one of the most important writers during the emergence of rock and roll. Mann and Weil’s works went from epic ballads (“On Broadway,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'”) to outright rockers (“Kicks,” “We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place”). They also placed an emphasis on meaningful lyrics in their songwriting. With Weil writing the words and Mann the music, they came up with a number of songs that addressed such serious subjects as racial and economic divides. In 1987, she was inducted with her husband, Mann, into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Weil and Mann were named among the 2010 recipients of Ahmet Ertegun Award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2011 Mann and Weil received the Johnny Mercer Award—the highest honor from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.) – 80
Billy Cox (The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Band of Gypsys) – 81
Joe Egan (Stealers Wheel, solo) – 74
Gary Richrath (REO Speedwagon, Richrath, solo) – b. 1949 – d. 9/13/15
Laura Nyro – b. 1947 – d. 4/8/97
Denise Dufort (Girlschool) – 62
Dan Lilker (Anthrax, Brutal Truth, S.O.D., Nuclear Assault) – 56

October 19
Peter Tosh (The Wailers, solo) – b. 1944 – d. 9/11/87
Keith Reid (Procol Harum) – 74
Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers, solo) – 72
Neil Zlozower (Photographer – his photos have graced over 800 magazine covers, book publisher) – 66
Karl Wallinger (The Waterboys, World Party) – 63
Pete Loeffler (Chevelle) – 44

October 20
Tom Dowd (Physicist, Recording Engineer: Ray Charles, the Drifters, the Coasters, The Spinners, Ruth Brown, Bobby Darin, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker. Produced ‘Idlewild South’ by The Allman Brothers, ‘461 Ocean Boulevard’ by Eric Clapton and for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Derek and the Dominos, Rod Stewart, Wishbone Ash, New Model Army, Cream, Lulu, Chicago, Joe Bonamassa, the J. Geils Band, Meat Loaf, Sonny & Cher, the Rascals, The Spinners, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Eagles, the Four Seasons, Kenny Loggins, James Gang, Dusty Springfield, Eddie Harris, Charles Mingus, Herbie Mann, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and more. He was credited with innovating the multitrack recording method) – b. 1925 – d. 10/27/02
Jay Siegel (The Tokens) – 81
Ric Lee (Ten Years After, Chicken Shack) – 75
Tom Petty (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys, solo) – b. 1950 – d. 10/2/17
Al Greenwood (Foreigner, Spys) – 69
Phil Kennemore (Y&T) – b. 1953 – d. 1/7/11
Mark Feltham (Nine Below Zero, The Yardbirds, The Model army, worked with Rory Gallagher, Roger Daltrey, Deacon Blue, Roy Harper, Annie Lennox, Oasis, Robbie Williams and many more) – 65
Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett, Ricky Byrd and The Skeleton Crew) – 64
David Ryan (Lemonheads) – 56
Jim “Soni” Sonefeld (Hootie & the Blowfish, solo) – 56
Fred Coury (Cinderella, Arcade, London, Chastain, Owner of Double Forte Muisc recording studio, Composer: various TV series’, Sports – L.A. Kings, Portland Trailblazers, Emmy Winner) – 53

October 21
Manfred Mann (Manfred Mann, Manfred Mann Chapter Three, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) – 80
Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MGs, Blues Brothers, Otis Redding, Tower of Power, Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Levon Helm + many more) – 79
Elvin Bishop (Butterfield Blues Band, solo) – 78
Lee Loughnane (Chicago) – 74
Tetsu Yamauchi (Faces, Free, Kossoff Kirke Tetsu and Rabbit) – 74
Lux Interior (The Cramps) – b. 1946 – d. 2/4/09
Brent Mydland (Grateful Dead, Bobby and the Midnites, Go Ahead, Kokomo, Silver) – b. 1952 – d. 7/26/90
John “Rabbit” Bundrick (keyboard – The Who, Free) – 71
Charlotte Caffey (The Spys, The Go Go’s, The Graces) – 67 Kenny Lee Lewis (Steve Miller Band, Billy Burnette, The Monkees, J. Micheal Reed, Eddie Money, Tracker, Dwight Tilley, Taj Mahal, Dave Mason, Swamp Dog, Solomon Burke, Johnny Burnette, Motion Factory, Billy Preston, Fred Horn, Lesuchan, Lionel Richie, Scott Ellison, Saint Kristofer, Ricky Gianco, The Pieces, The Beach Boys – many sessions, solo, Barflyz + more) – 66
Steve Lukather (Toto, Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, Los Lobotomys, solo, master session player + more) – 63
Kenny Chaisson (Keel) – 57
Jon Carin (keyboards, programmer – Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, The Who, Pete Townshend, Eddie Vedder, Kate Bush, Richard Butler) – 52
Nick Steven Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss, Mondo Generator + more) – 49

October 22
Bobby Fuller (Bobby Fuller Four, solo) – b. 1942 – d. 7/18/66
Leslie West (Mountain, West, Bruce and Laing, The Vagrants, solo) – 75
Eddie Brigati (Young Rascals, Brigati) – 75
Greg Hawkes (The Cars, The New Cars, solo) – 68
Bobby Blotzer (Ratt, Contraband) – 62
Cris Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) – 60
Dave McClain (Machine Head, Sacred Reich, S.A. Slayer, Juggernaut, Narita, Turbin, Catalepsy, Murdercar) – 55 Chris Van Dahl (Cherry St., Boneyard, L.A. Guns, The Vow, Love/Hate, Pack of Wolves, Black Beauties, Jimmy Crespo Project, Legends In Concert, Aeromyth + more) –
Jon Foreman (Switchfoot, Fiction Family, solo) – 44

October 23 Johnny Carson – b. 1925 – 1/23/05 Ellie Greenwich / Eleanor Gray (multi-award-winning songwriter, singer, producer, wrote or co-wrote ‘Be My Baby,’ ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),’ ‘Da Doo Ron Ron,’, ‘Leader of the Pack,’ ‘Hanky Panky,’ ‘Look of Lov,’, ‘Chapel of Love,’ ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy,’ and ‘River Deep – Mountain High,’ among others) – b. 1940 – d. 8/26/09
Greg Ridley (Humble Pie, Spooky Tooth) – b. 1943 – 11/19/03
Wurzel (Michael Burston) (Motorhead) – b. 1949 – d. 7/9/11
‘Weird’ Al Yankovic – 61
Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Mass Mental, Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne, Medication, Jerry Cantrell, Metallica, Himantha Kumarasinghe, The Trujillo Trio) – 56
Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd And The Monsters) – 54
Eric Bass (Shinedown) – 46

October 24
J.P. Richardson “The Big Bopper” – b. 1930 – d. 2/3/59
Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, Wilie & the Poor Boys, solo) – 84
Ted Templeman (Harpers Bizarre, Producer: Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Captain Beefheart, Little Feat, Montrose, The Beau Brummels, Carly Simon, Van Halen, Nicolette Larson, Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Allan Holdsworth, Patrick Simmons, Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Honeymoon Suite, Bulletboys, Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys, Cheap Trick, Bette Midler, Robben Ford, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts + more) – 76
Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf, The Sparrows, Manbeast, Green Wheels, Steel Rose) – b. 1946 – d. 11/28/93
Dale “Buffin” Griffin (Mott The Hoople, Mott, British Lions) – b. 1948 – d.1/17/ 16
Christoph “Chris” von Rohr (Krokus) – 69                                                               Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, Machine Head) – 55
Florida Frank (Hatebreed) – 49
Ben Gillies (Silverchair, Tambalane) – 41

October 25 Earl Palmer (“The Father of Rock and Roll Drumming”- Dave Bartholomew Band, New Orleans session man: Fats Domino, Little Richard, Professor Longhair, Llyod Price, Smiley Lewis – The Wrecking Crew – soundtracks, TV shows, worked with Frank Sinatra, Phil Spector, Ricky Nelson, Bobby Vee, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Eddie Cochran, Ritchie Valens, Bobby Day, Don and Dewey, Jan and Dean, The Beach Boys, Larry Williams, Gene McDaniels, Bobby Darin, Neil Young – played on recordings for albums by Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Little Feat and Elvis Costello, Treasurer of the Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians, In 2000 was one of the first session musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)  – b. 1924 – d. 9/19/08
Roy Lynes (Status Quo) – 77
Jon Anderson (Yes, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, The Warriors, Jon & Vangelis, solo) – 76
Phil “Fang” Volk (Paul Revere & The Raiders) – 75
Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) – 73
Richard Lloyd (Television, Rocket From the Tombs, solo + more) – 69
Matthias Jabs (Scorpions) – 65
Robbie McIntosh (The Pretenders, 70% Proof, Paul McCartney, John Mayer, The Foster Brothers, The Robbie McIntosh Band, Filthy McNasty) – 63
Christine Amphlett (The Divinyls) – b. 1959 – d. 4/21/13
Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot) – 59
John Leven (Europe) – 57

October 26
Neal Matthews Jr. (of The Jordanaires, backing vocalists for Elvis Presley) – b. 1929 – d. 4/21/00
Alan Henderson (Them) – 76
Keith Hopwood (Herman’s Hermits) – 74
Bootsy Collins (James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band + more) – 69
Tommy Mars (Frank Zappa + more) – 69
Keith Strickland (B-52’s) – 67
Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs, s70o) – 57

October 27
Floyd Cramer (Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame pianist, sessions, worked with Elvis Presley on ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and other hits, solo) – b. 1933 – d. 12/31/97
Mark Ryan (Quicksilver Messenger Service) –
Byron Allred (The Steve Miller Band) – 71
Garry Tallent (E Street Band), Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes – 70
KK Downing (Judas Priest) – 69
Simon LeBon (Duran Duran, Arcadia) – 62
Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, Art Of Anarchy, solo) – b. 1967 – d. 12/3/15

October 28
Charlie Daniels (Charlie Daniels Band) – b. 1936 – d. 7/6/2020 Graham Bond (The Graham Bond Organisation, The Don Rendell Quintet, Blues Incorporated) – b. 1937 – d. 5/8/74
Rickie Lee “Ricochet” Reynolds (The Knowbody Else, Black Oak Arkansas, others) – 72
Kenny Passarelli (Barnstorm, Joe Walsh, Elton John, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills, Hall and Oates + more) – 71
Tommy Dobeck (Michael Stanley Band + more) – 68
Desmond Child (Desmond Child & Rouge, musician, Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductee, producer who has co-written over 70 Top 40 singles, with songs that have sold over 300 million albums worldwide. His collaborations include Bon Jovi, Bonnie Tyler, Aerosmith, Ricky Martin, Weezer, Shakira, Jennifer Rush, KISS, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Cher, Katy Perry, and Alice Cooper) – 67
Dave Wyndorf (Shrapnel, Monster Magnet) – 64
William Reid (The Jesus and Mary Chain) – 62
Sharise Neil Ruddell (actress, casting director, ex-Wife of Vince Neil) –
Ben Harper (Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, solo + more) – 51
Mike Clark (Suicidal Tendencies, No Mercy) – 56

October 29
Denny Laine (Paul McCartney, Wings, Moody Blues, Mike Pinder, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, solo ) – 76
Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Peter Green Splinter Group, Gass, Peter B’s Looners) – 74
David Paton (Pilot, The Alan Parsons Project, Kate Bush, Rick Wakeman, Fish, Eris Woolfson, Camel, David Paton & Friends, solo, sessionist) – 71
James Williamson (The Stooges, Iggy Pop) – 71
Kevin Dubrow (Quiet Riot, DuBrow, Hear ‘n Aid, Heat) – b. 1955 – d. 11/19/07
Guy Gelso (Zebra) – 69
Roger O’Donnell (The Cure, has performed with The Psychedelic Furs, Thompson Twins and Berlin, solo) – 65
Steven Sweet (Warrant) – 55
Eric Gales – 46

October 30
Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship) – 81
Chris Slade (Toomorrow, Uriah Heep, AC/DC, Manfred Mann, The Firm, Gary Moore, Asia, Tom Jones, Michael Schenker Group, Paul Rodgers) – 74
Timothy B. Schmidt (Poco, Eagles) – 73
Freddy Curci (Sheriff, Alias, Zion, The Cranberries, solo) –
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax, Belladonna) – 60
Gavin Rossdale (Bush) – 55
Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) – 55

October 31
John Guerin (session drummer, worked with Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, Them, Thelonious Monk, Lou Rawls, Ray Conniff, George Shearing, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Nelson Riddle + more) – b. 1939 – d. 1/5/04
Russ Ballard (Argent, Producer and songwriter) – 75
Rik Kenton (Roxy Music) – 75
Bob C Benberg / Bob Seibenberg (Bees Make Honey, Heads Up, Supertramp) – 71
Bernard Edwards (Chic, solo, Producer: Robert Palmer, The Power Station, Rod Stewart, Duran Duran, Adam Ant, Debbie Harry, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis + more) – b. 1952 – d. 4/18/96
Larry Mullen Jr. (U2) – 59
Mikkey Dee (Motorhead, Don Dokken, King Diamond, Scorpions) – 57
Johnny Marr (The Smiths, Electronic, Johnny Marr and the Healers, Modest Mouse, The The, The Cribs) – 57
Carey Howe (Leatherwolf) –
Adam Horovitz aka Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys) – 54
Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne, producer, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, and drummer. He won three Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and the ASCAP Pop Music Award, and was nominated for Academy, Tony, and Golden Globe Awards) – b. 1967 – d. 4/1/2020
Rogers Stevens (Blind Melon, Extra Virgin, The Tender Trio) – 50
Johnny Moeller (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) – 50
Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) – 39

Today in Rock History:
October 1
1956: After test audiences gave a negative reaction to Elvis Presley dying at the end of the film ‘Love Me Tender,’ he is called back to re-shoot the scene. In the new ending, he lives.
1958: Elvis Presley is transported from Bremerhaven, Germany to the US Army base at Friedberg, where he will join his outfit, Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armored Division.
1962: The Beach Boys release their classic debut album ‘Surfin’ Safari.’
1962: The Beatles sign their first real management contract with Brian Epstein, with George and Paul’s fathers signing for their sons, who are still minors. Epstein gets 25 percent of the group’s earnings.
1964: The Beatles’ debut film, ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ becomes the first movie to debut behind the “Iron Curtain” of Communist countries when it is shown in Prague.
1964: Vee Jay Records packaged its Introducing the Beatles album together with The Golden Hits of the Four Seasons, calling the collection ‘The Beatles Vs. The Four Seasons,’ released October 1, 1964. It reached #142 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1965: At Carnegie Hall, Bob Dylan presents his new backup band, formerly Ronnie Hawkins’ backup band, known as the Hawks. Eventually, they will simply become known as (and famous as) The Band.
1965: The Byrds released the single ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!.’
1965: The Rolling Stones played at The ABC Regal in Chester, Cheshire, England.
1966: Jimi Hendrix makes his UK stage debut when he jumps onstage to jam with Cream at London Polytechnic.
1966: Denny Laine left the Moody Blues.
1966: The Who performed at Imperial Ballroom in Nelson, Lancashire, England.
1967: Traffic makes its stage debut at London’s Saville Theatre.
1967: Mick Jagger’s apartment in London is burglarized, with girlfriend Marianne Faithfull’s furs and jewelry being among the items listed stolen.
1967: Pink Floyd, supported by Tomorrow, The Incredible String Band, and Tim Rose performed two shows for Sunday’s At the Saville, at the Saville Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue in London.
1967: The Grateful Dead get busted. The law raids the group’s communal home in San Francisco. They find marijuana, big surprise. After a mere six hours in jail the group makes bail, a bigger surprise, and are released.
1968: John Sebastian leaves the Lovin’ Spoonful.
1969: The Beatles released ‘Abbey Road’ in the United States, five days later than its England release date.
1970: Jimi Hendrix is laid to rest at Seattle’s Greenwood Cemetery, under a headstone that reads “Forever In Our Hearts, James ‘Jimi’ Hendrix 1942 – 1970.” Mourners and attendees included Jimi’s father Al and stepmother June, brother Leon, sister Janie, grandmother Nora, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Eddie Kramer, Miles Davis, Johnny Winter, members of Derek and the Dominoes and his manager Steve Paul, Michael Jeffreys (Jimi’s manager – who many believe was behind Jimi’s death). One notable absence was Jimi’s close friend Eric Burdon, who stated “Jimi hated Seattle” and felt it was inappropriate for him to be buried there.
1971: John Lennon’s LP ‘Imagine’ is certified gold.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Community Concourse Convention Hall in San Diego, California. 1971: Black Sabbath & Sweathog played the first of two nights at Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
1972: David Bowie performed at the Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.
1972: Yes and The Eagles were in concert at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. It was The Eagles first tour.
1973: Pink Floyd began recording the album ‘Wish You Were Here’ at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London.
1973: King Crimson played at the Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1975: Al Jackson, drummer of Booker T. & the MG’s, was shot and killed by an intruder in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 39. His wife was questioned about the killing because she was arrested in July for shooting her husband in the chest during a domestic dispute. He wasn’t badly hurt and the charges were dismissed when his wife claimed self-defense. On October 1st, Jackson returned home to what police describe as a botched robbery attempt. According to Jackson’s wife, an intruder made her answer the door and then threw her husband to the floor demanding money. Jackson was forced to lie face down and then was shot in the back five times. The identity of the culprit remains a mystery. In the 70’s, Jackson co-wrote and played on several hits by Al Green, including ‘Let’s Stay Together’ and became one of the most important and influential drummers in the history of recorded music at Stax.
1975: Kansas released their 3rd studio album, ‘Masque.’
1976: In an attempt to end his cocaine addiction, David Bowie leaves England and moves to West Berlin, where he begins collaborating with Iggy Pop and Brian Eno. The song ‘Heroes’ comes from this stay.
1976: Styx release their 6th album, ‘Crystal Ball.’
1976: KISS release the single ‘HAard Luck Woman’ from the album ‘Rock And Roll Over.’
1976: The Grateful Dead played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1977: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Paramount Theater in Portland, Oregon.
1977: The Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame inducts its first musician, singer/songwriter Elton John. Elton is the first rock artist inducted and he holds the all-time record with 62 performances at the Garden.
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ spent a 21st week at #1 on the Album charts. They had already set a Rock Era record when they got to 19 weeks. 1977: Marshall Tucker Band played The Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas, NV.
1978: Rory Gallagher released ‘Photo-Finish,’ his 7th solo studio album. The band was stripped back down to a power trio and featuring Ted McKenna, ex- Sensational Alex Harvey Band on drums. Stand out tracks were ‘Shin Kicker,’ ‘Shadow Play’ and ‘Overnight Bag.’ It been said this album was influenced by Rory attending a Sex Pistols gig in 1977, with Rory saying “That was the worst gig I ever saw and it was also the best I ever saw.”
1978: Yes performed at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. 1978: Frank Zappa played Cleveland Public Hall in Cleveland, OH.
1979: Styx released the single ‘Babe.’
1979: Slade released their 8th studio album, ‘Return to Base.’
1980: Paul Simon’s semi-autobiographical film ‘One Trick Pony,’ in which he stars, is released in the US. The song ‘Late in the Evening,’ from the film’s soundtrack, hit #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1980: Joe Lynn Turner signs on as Rainbow’s vocalist. He replaces Graham Bonnet, who took over when Ronnie James Dio leaves the group.
1980: Rush played at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
1980: KISS release their single, ‘Tomorrow.’
1981: The Pretenders were forced to cancel the last leg of a US tour after drummer Martin Chambers put his hand through a windowpane, cutting tendons and arteries.
1982: John Cougar hits #1 on both the US album and singles chart with the album ‘American Fool’ and the single ‘Jack And Diane.’
1982: Sony introduces the world’s first digital compact-disc player in Tokyo, which sells for about $650. Albums that have been converted to CD are slow to reach the North American market and the first to go on sale is Billy Joel’s ’52nd Street.’
1983: The first worldwide David Bowie convention is held in London’s Cunard Hotel. Speakers at the convention include Bowie’s former dance teacher, Lindsay Kemp; Bowie’s former manager, Ken Pitt; guitar player, John Hutchinson; Bowie archivist, Kev Cann; and photographer, Ray Stevenson.
1983: Robert Plant concluded a solo tour at the PNE Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1984: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts release their 4th studio album, ‘Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth.’
1984: The Ramones release their 8th studio album, ‘Too Tough to Die.’
1984: U2 release their 4th studio album, ‘The Unforgettable Fire.’
1987: Def Leppard kick off the North American leg of their Hysteria world tour at Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York. When the tour ended in October of 1988, they played 243 concerts, 172 in North America alone.
1987: Soundgarden released their EP ‘Screaming Life.’
1988: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘I Hate Myself for Loving You’ which was their 3rd and final top ten single in the U.S.
1988: Bon Jovi scored their first #1 album with ‘New Jersey,’ their 4th release. The follow-up to ‘Slippery When Wet’ produced five Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles, the most top ten hits to date for a hard rock album. ‘Bad Medicine’ and ‘I’ll Be There for You’ both hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100.
1990: Iron Maiden their 8th studio album, ‘No Prayer for the Dying.’ It’s the first Maiden album to feature guitarist Jannick Gers. It contains the band’s only UK Singles Chart #1, ‘Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter.’
1991: Motley Crue release single, ‘Home Sweet Home ’91 Remix.’
1991: Danger Danger release their 2nd studio album, ‘Screw It!’
1991: Shadow King releases debut album, ‘Shadow King.’ The band’s lineup includes Lou Gramm, Vivian Campbell, Bruce Turgon & drummer Kevin Valentine.
1992: Ozzy Osbourne began a two night stand in San Antonio at the Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum, Osbourne’s first concerts in San Antonio in a decade after his arrest for urinating on the Alamo.
1992: KISS launch the North American leg of their Revenge arena Tour at the Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It was Eric Singer’s first (US arena show) with the band.
1993: Wilson Pickett is sentenced to one year in jail for hitting an 86 year-old man with his car while drinking. During his time in jail, he will get into a fight with another inmate and a resulting eye injury will require a number of surgeries to repair the damage.
1994: Eric Clapton entered the US album chart at #1 with ‘From The Cradle.’
1994: Accept release their 10th studio album, ‘Death Row.’ It was pressed on vinyl upon its release, but only in very limited quantities, making this album one of the most sought after Accept albums on vinyl.
1995: John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, the Dave Matthews Band and Hootie and the Blowfish performed at the Farm Aid concert in Louisville, Kentucky.
1995: Noel and Liam Gallagher, and drummer Andy White, perform a midnight acoustic show at the London Virgin Megastore to promote Oasis’ album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory'”
1996: Nirvana’s collection of live recordings ‘From The Muddy Banks of Wishkah’ is released.
1996: Warrant released their 5th studio album, ‘Belly To Belly.’ It’s the last Warrant album of all original material to feature Jani Lane on vocals.
1996: Matchbox Twenty release ‘Yourself Or Someone Like You.’ The album contains the group’s first hit ‘Real World.’
1998: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty is awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd in front of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
2000: INXS, Men at Work and John Paul Young performed at the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
2000: The Recording Industry Association of America introduces guidelines for parental advisory labeling on recordings released in the U.S.
2002: The White Stripes play a free show in New York’s Union Square Park, treating a large lunchtime crowd to a set full of covers and tunes from the group’s three albums.
2004: The street “AC/DC Lane” was opened in Melbourne, Australia. The Lord Mayor erected the street sign to cheers and bagpipes playing the bands song ‘Long Way To The Top’. The City of Melbourne had extra copies of the sign made, in anticipation of fans stealing them.
2004: Bruce Palmer of Buffalo Springfield died of a heart attack in Belleville, Ontario, Canada at the age of 58. Palmer was a member of The Mynah Birds with Rick James and Neil Young, and then co-founded The Buffalo Springfield with Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Dewey Martin. He left the band numerous times and eventually got fired when he was deported back to Canada due to some drug busts. Palmer was inducted with his bandmates into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
2004: John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M. launched the Vote for Change tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Dave Matthews Band performed in State College, Pennsylvania and the Dixie Chicks appeared in Pittsburgh.
2004: Helmet finally starts touring again with a show in Buffalo. Singer-guitarist Page Hamilton suffered a broken collarbone in a mountain-biking accident that delayed both the release of their album, ‘Size Matters’ and their tour.
2004: ‘Stoners’ premieres at New York’s Coney Island Film Festival. Music from Pink Floyd’s 1994 release ‘The Division Bell’ is on the film’s soundtrack. The documentary revolves around an elaborate Internet-based puzzle game called The Stone, which was inspired by the Floyd CD.
2004: ‘Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story’ is published. The tome covers the group from inception in 1968 to 2003. There are interviews with band members and lifelong fans. 2004: Courtney Love is sued by a Los Angeles travel agency for almost $50,000 worth of unpaid airline tickets and services. This kind of thing could get a person banned from first class.
2005: Ozzy Osbourne releases the album, ‘Under Cover.’ It includes Alice In Chains’ guitarist Jerry Cantrell. ‬
2005: Rush’s Alex Lifeson is countersued by two police officers who allege that the guitarist assaulted them at an 2003 New Year’s Eve celebration in Naples, FL. The altercation resulted in the arrest of Lifeson and his son. Lifeson’s suit claims the deputies used excessive force during the incident. Both sides seek unspecified financial reparations.
2005: Disturbed appear at a National Hot Rod Association race in Joliet, IL, where they are co-sponsoring one of the drivers.
2005: Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley joined Pearl Jam onstage during their concert at the Borgata Events Center in Atlantic City for a rendition of Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ in the Free World.’
2006: Eddie Van Halen performs several Van Halen hits at a party for ‘Sacred Sin,’ an adult movie with his compositions on the soundtrack. Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed, Motley Crue singer John Corabi and many X-rated actors attend the gathering at Van Halen’s Hollywood Hills mansion.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, announce they have a suicide agreement which will come into effect should either of them suffer from a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s, which took the life of Sharon’s father. “We believe 100 percent in euthanasia, so (we) have drawn up plans to go to the assisted suicide flat in Switzerland if we ever have an illness that affects our brains,” reveals Sharon.
2007: The Police are honored by the French minister of culture for their contribution to music. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland are each named chevaliers of the Order of the Arts and Letters. “We are very touched because we deeply admire French culture,” says Sting. The group is in Paris as part of their European tour.
2007: The Visions Of Dylan photo exhibition opens in London. There are photos taken by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, Bryan Adams and Patti Smith.
2008: Phish confirms they’d be reuniting for a three-night run in March 2009 at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.
2008: Elton John is featured in a series of television and radio spots promoting the 7th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days. During the month-long performance project musicians from all over the world, including John, stage concerts to support the initiative’s Harmony for Humanity theme.
2008: Jimmy Carl Black (born James Carl Inkanish, Jr.), dies of lung cancer in Germany. He was 70. Black was the drummer and a vocalist in The Mothers Of Invention. He also worked with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Joe Cocker, the Grateful Dead and The Turtles.
2009: Ozzy Osbourne released his autobiography, ‘I Am Ozzy.’
2010: ‘The Social Network,’ chronicling the founding of Facebook, is in theaters. The score for the David Fincher film is the work of Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails/How To Destroy Angels) and collaborator Atticus Ross. “Atticus Ross and I have been on a creative roll so I asked him if he wanted to work on this with me and we signed on,” says Reznor.
2010: The first of two Plastic Ono Band performances takes place at the Orpheum Theater in L.A. Fronted by Yoko Ono there are appearances by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and Iggy Pop.
2010: Soundgarden’s ‘best of’ compilation ‘Telephantasm,’ out for less than a week, goes platinum (selling one million copies).
2011: Bands perform Nirvana’s classic 1991 single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ 144 times consecutively at the Toronto Underground Cinema to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ‘Nevermind’ album. The event, A Brief History Of Rebellion, includes a performance by Tokyo Police Club.
2011: Former Police frontman Sting performs a special concert at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan to celebrate the 25th anniversary of solo career on the eve of his 60th birthday. Guests include Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder. Proceeds benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization that fights poverty in New York City.
2011: KISS bassist Gene Simmons marries his longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed. Their children Sophie, 19, and Nick, 22, are in attendance.
2011: Ace Frehley releases his autobiography, ‘No Regrets.’
2011: Megadeth releases their album, ‘Th1rt3en ‘It’s their first album since 2001’s ‘The World Needs A Hero’ to include bassist David Ellefson.‬
2011: Burton Cummings, keyboardist and lead singer of the Guess Who, was inducted into the Canada Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
2011: Meat Loaf performs at the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne between Collingwood and Geelong. Suffering from a hemorrhaging vocal cord, he struggles through the 12-minute set and is blasted in the press. The singer responds by calling AFL organizers “the cheapest people I’ve ever seen in my life.”
2013: Kings Of Leon headline a NHL Face Off event in Montreal where the home team plays the Toronto Maple Leafs. KOL’s performance kicks off the NHL season.
2013: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is featured in the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s awareness campaign. Lifeson’s father passed away from kidney failure ten years earlier.
2013: Nickelback, Slipknot and KoRn are featured on Roadrunner Records’ anniversary compilation, ‘XXX: Three Decades Of Roadrunner Records.’
2014: Judas Priest kick off their ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ 40th Anniversary tour. The six week trek begins in Rochester, NY.
2015: Motorhead unveil their own branded whisky (even though lead vocalist and bassist Lemmy Kilmister has dropped whiskey in favor of vodka for ‘health reasons’). Motorhead Drinks (which already includes beer, wine and vodka) is a collaborative effort between the band and Mackmyra, a Swedish distillery. Initially, the whiskey is only available in Sweden.
2015: Megadeth released the single ‘Fatal Illusion.’
2015: Ryan Adams is the first musical guest on Comedy Central’s ‘Daily Show with Trevor Noah.’
2015: An original tape of The Beatles performing at The Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1962 was found after 50 years languishing in a desk drawer. It featured the Fab Four playing ‘Some Other Guy’ in September 1962, four weeks before their debut single came out. It was recorded after the group were filmed for Granada TV’s Know The North, but was never broadcast.

October 2
1945: Elvis Presley, then just ten years old, makes his first public appearance at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show singing “Old Shep” in a talent contest. He comes in second and is awarded 5 dollars and free admission to the fairground rides.
1954: Elvis Presley bombs at the Grand Ole Opry, which does not approve of his take on traditional country music. The Opry’s talent director, Jim Denny, famously tells Presley he should go back to driving a truck. Elvis swears never to return.
1955: Elvis Presley’s ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ hits #2 on the Memphis record charts. After being picked up by RCA Victor it would go on to reach #1 on the Billboard Country And Western chart in February, 1956 during a 39 week stay, and #4 on the Billboard Most Played by Jockeys chart. It was the first record to give Elvis national exposure.
1958: At a press conference in Germany, a reporter asks Elvis if he is afraid of being forgotten by music fans while he is in the Army. Presley responds “It makes you wonder, but if people forget me, I can’t complain. I had it once.”
1959: Fifteen Elvis Presley fans were arrested in Germany after marching through the streets of Leipzig shouting “Long live Elvis Presley” and making unkind remarks about German music.
1960: ‘Stay’ by Maurice Williams And The Zodiacs enters the US chart on its way to #1. At just 1:37, it becomes the shortest US chart topper in Rock and Roll history.
1962: Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires ‘Return To Sender’ b/w ‘Where Do You Come From’ 45 single is released. The song reached #1 on the United Kingdom music charts, and #2 on the American Billboard singles chart, but reached #1 on the rival Cash Box and Music Vendor singles charts. ‘Return to Sender’ also went to #5 on the R&B charts.
1965: Manfred Mann plays Prague in Czechoslovakia, becoming the first Western band to take the stage behind the infamous Communist “Iron Curtain.”
1965: A quartet from Ohio who called themselves The McCoys’ had the #1 song on Billboard’s singles chart with ‘Hang On Sloopy.’
1965: The Who make their U.S. TV debut on ‘Shindig’ and perform ‘My Generation.’
1967: The entire Grateful Dead are arrested for marijuana possession at the groups’ 710 Ashbury Street House in San Francisco, California.
1970: Pink Floyd release their 5th studio album, ‘Atom Heart Mother.’
1970: Pink Floyd played the first of two dates at the Moore Theater in Seattle, WA.
1970: Chicago played at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1971: Rod Stewart’s ‘Maggie May’ b/w ‘Reason To Believe’ hits #1, as does his album ‘Every Picture Tells A Story.’ Although Maggie May was not her real name, the song was co-written by Stewart about the first woman he had sex with. Rod later revealed that he was surprised by the song’s success, saying, “I still can’t see how the single is such a big hit. It has no melody.” Rolling Stone magazine seemed to disagree when, in 2004, they ranked the song #131 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1971: John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ LP enters the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, where it will reach #3. Early editions included a postcard featuring a photo of Lennon holding a pig, in mockery of Paul McCartney’s similar pose with a sheep on the cover of his album ‘Ram.’
1971: The J. Geils Band released their 2nd album, ‘The Morning After.’
1972: Led Zeppelin opened a six-date tour of Japan at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo.
1973: The Rolling Stones performed at Ernst Merck Halle in Hamburg, Germany.
1974: Eric Clapton appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.
1975: A bomb scare cancels a Bruce Springsteen concert in Milwaukee. The show is re-scheduled for midnight, but before the show Springsteen has a few drinks at the hotel and rides on the hood of a car back to the concert hall. A journalist writes “I have seen the future of Rock & Roll and he’s on my windshield.
1975: ZZ Top played at the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1976: In response to John Belushi’s popular caricature of himself on Saturday Night Live, Joe Cocker appears on the show, singing a dual-Cocker duet with Belushi on ‘Feelin’ Alright.’
1976: Rod Stewart’s ‘Tonight’s The Night’ is released. It will become his 2nd US #1 hit and reach #5 in the UK. The song features whispers from Britt Ekland who was Stewart’s girlfriend at the time.
1976: ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ begins its next to last week at #1 on the USA album charts.
1977: The Grateful Dead played the second of two nights at the Paramount Theater in Portland, Oregon.
1977: After a plot is uncovered to steal it, Elvis Presley’s body is moved from its Memphis mausoleum to its final resting place in the Meditation Garden at Graceland.
1977: Gene Simmons receives a Platinum record for his solo LP, one of four released concurrently by the members of KISS. Simmons’ charts the highest in the US, reaching #22.
1978: AC/DC played the Sports Arena in Toledo, Ohio. 1978: Jethro Tull & Uriah Heep played the Capital Centre in Landover, MD.
1978: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley & Peter Criss’ solo albums were each certified Gold & Platinum by the RIAA.
1978: Neil Young released his 9th album, ‘Comes A Time.’
1979: Van Halen performed at the Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.
1979: ‘Regatta de Blanc’ is The Police’s second album release. It is even more successful than their debut and earns the band their first Grammy award in 1980. The French title loosely translates to ‘White Reggae.’
1980: Yes played at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California.
1981: The Police released their 4th album, ‘Ghost in the Machine.’ The title is taken from a psychology book by Arthur Koestler and breaks their erstwhile tradition of giving their records French-sounding titles. It is a #2 hit in the US, led by the hit single ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.’
1982: Accept release their 4th studio album, ‘Restless and Wild.’ Self-produced by the band, it includes two different front covers (one of two Flying V’s aflame, the other a live shot of the band) and spawns a track which many consider the birth of speed metal, ‘Fast as a Shark.’
1982: Peter Gabriel and Steve Hacket joined their former band mates in Genesis (Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks) for a one-time benefit performance at The Milton Keynes Bowl in Buckinghamshire, England to help raise money for Gabriel’s WOMAD project (World of Music, Arts and Dance).
1982: John ‘Cougar’ Mellencamp’s ‘Jack And Diane’ begins a four week run at #1 on the U.S. pop chart. His earlier release, ‘Hurts So Good’ was still at #10.
1982: Bruce Springsteen’s acoustic ‘Nebraska’ album enters the LP chart. There are no hits but it cements Springsteen’s reputation as an important songwriter.
1982: Rush’s ‘Signals’ enters the LP charts.
1982: Aerosmith’s ‘Rock In A Hard Place’ album enters the album chart for a brief stay. 1982: The Clash’s ‘Rock The Casbah’ hits the singles charts.
1982: Dire Straits reached the top of the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with their fourth album ‘Love Over Gold’ which went on to spend four weeks at #1.
1982: Jethro Tull performed at The Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1984: Paul McCartney’s ‘No More Lonely Nights (Ballad)’ b/w ‘No More Lonely Nights (Playout Version)’ 45 single is released. It’s from the soundtrack to ‘Give My Regards to Broad Street.’ The single reached #6 in the US and #2 in the UK.
1985: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’ tour ends with the last of four shows at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
1986: The Everly Brothers are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. 1987: Motley Crue & Whitesnake played the San Diego Sports Arena.
1989: Neil Young released his 19th solo album, ‘Freedom.’ 1989: The Smithereens released their single ‘A Girl Like You’ b/w ‘Cut Flowers.’ It was the first single from their 3rd album, ’11.’ 1990: Jetboy played The Stone in
1993: Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell’ enters the Billboard LP chart, where it will go on to reach #1. It also topped the charts in the UK and Australia and sold over 14 million copies worldwide.
1994: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch performed with the group for the last time at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, CA.
1994: 42 year-old John Mellencamp confirms he recently had a mild heart attack brought on by an 80-cigarettes-per-day habit and a cholesterol level of 300.
1995: Oasis release their 2nd album ‘(What’s The Story), Morning Glory.’ ‘Champagne Supernova,’ exclusively released as a single in the US – goes on to reach #1 on the Modern Rock chart. The album sold over 18 million copies worldwide, and it won the award for the best British Album of the last 30 Years at the 2010 Brit Awards.
1995: Iron Maiden release their 10th studio album, ‘The X Factor.’ It was the band’s first album with former Wolfsbane singer Blaze Bayley. It reached #147 on the Billboard chart.
1995: Journey announced that the Escape-era lineup had reunited. The following year they released ‘Trial by Fire,’ but by 1998 Steve Perry & Steve Smith had left Journey.
1995: Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ reaches the top of the Billboard 200 in its 15th week, giving the Maverick label, founded by Madonna, its first #1. She’s the third female artist to have a debut album reach #1 in the 1990s.
1996: A Pearl Jam show in Hartford Connecticut ended in a riot when mass fighting broke out among the 30,000 strong crowds. There were only 36 security officers to quell the large-scale fights that break out.
1998: Cheap Trick was inducted into Hollywood’s Rockwalk. The induction was hosted by Los Angeles DJ Jim Ladd and all members of the band added their handprints except for singer Robin Zander who wasn’t feeling well.
1998: Paul McCartney conducts an “incognito” live Internet Q&A session and “music remix” in the guise of the Fireman at www.fire-man.com
1999: David Bowie offers a virtual guided tour of the controversial art show “Sensation: Young British Artists From The Saatchi Collection,” at www.davidbowie.com. The show includes Damien Hirst’s shark suspended in formaldehyde (titled ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’) and Tracey Emin’s tent (titled ‘Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995’).
1999: Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas married model Marisol Maldonado. Marisol appeared in the Santana video ‘Smooth’ with Thomas.
2001: Actor Kevin Spacey hosted ‘Come Together: A Night for John Lennon’s Words and Music’ at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Performers include, Alanis Morrisette, Moby, Stone Temple Pilots and the Dave Mathews Band. The evening was closed with those present singing ‘Give Peace A Chance.’
2002: 25 years after his death, Elvis Presley has a #1 album in 17 countries – including the United States – when ‘Elv1s 30 No. 1 Hits’ makes its debut.
2002: At the 2002 Jammy Awards, Trey Anastasio picks up two awards, with his band Phish winning one.
2002: Adam Ant (real name Stuart Goddard) pleads guilty to threatening pubgoers who had mocked his cowboy-style clothes. The 47-year-old singer threw a car alternator through the window of a London pub and threatened onlookers with a starter pistol that they feared was a real gun. He had struggled with severe depression for years and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act shortly after the incident and ordered to continue his psychiatric treatment.
2003: A pair of pants worn in 1984 by the late Queen star Freddie Mercury were sold to the Hard Rock Cafe for £4,230 at a Christie’s auction of pop memorabilia held in London, England. A wooden sculpture of a cupboard, designed by John Lennon, claimed the highest price of the day, £28,200. Hundreds of items related to The Beatles The Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix also went under the hammer at the sale.
2003: Police were called to a suspected burglary at the Los Angeles house of Courtney Love’s former boyfriend and ex-manager Jim Barber. She was picked up in the street outside and detained, with officers noting “Miss Love’s behavior was consistent with being under the influence of a controlled substance”. Love was subsequently taken to hospital with a suspected drug overdose.
2003: Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx sues Thrasher skateboarding magazine and Vans shoe company for allegedly using his image in an ad without his permission. Sixx is later awarded $600,000 for the commercial use of his likeness without his permission.
2004: 55-year-old Billy Joel causes a stir by marrying his third wife, married 22-year-old cooking student Katie Lee, a woman who was just four years older than his daughter, Alexa. The pair would announce that they had split on June, 17th, 2009.
2004: After much debate and a postponement, the Melbourne City Council names a street after AC/DC. The street, more like an alley, was known as Corporation Lane. It is now AC/DC Lane.
2004: During a Pearl Jam concert in Toledo, OH as part of the Vote for Change tour, Neil Young & Peter Frampton made surprise appearances to perform ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ ‘Act Of Love,’ ‘Cortez The Killer,’ & ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ with Pearl Jam.
2006: Supreme Court justices uphold lower-court decisions dismissing guitarist Vinnie Vincent’s claims against KISS over alleged unpaid royalties. Vincent played with the group from 1982 until 1984 and sued for money he said he was owed for co-writing several songs that appeared on the band’s 1983 album ‘Lick It Up.’
2006: Queens Of The Stone Age, Stone Sour, Slipknot and Motley Crue contribute songs to the in-game soundtrack for ‘The Sopranos: Road To Respect.’ The video game is based on the mob-themed HBO series.
2006: ‘Four On The Floor,’ an album by actress Juliette Lewis’ group Juilette & The Licks, with Foo Fighters’ David Grohl on drums, is released in the U.K.
2007: Bruce Springsteen releases ‘Magic.’ The 11-track album is his first in five years with the E Street Band. Springsteen and Co. also kick off a North American tour in Hartford, CT.
2007: John Fogerty’s ‘Revival,’ with the single, ‘Don’t You Wish It Was True,’ is released. Recorded in L.A., the disc’s title references his former band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, as does the track, ‘Creedence Song.’ Fogerty also appears on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman to promote the album.
2007: Songs by Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan are free at Starbucks locations via ‘Song of the Day’ cards that are redeemable at iTunes. During the month-long promotion Starbucks issues 1.5 million free downloads per day.
2007: Matchbox 20 release their ‘Exile On Mainstream’ album.
2007: An eBay auction to help pay the medical bills of founding Poco drummer George Grantham, who suffered a debilitating stroke in ’04, gets underway. Items for sale during the weeklong auction are contributed by ex-Poco/Buffalo Springfield member Richie Furay, Graham Nash (CS&N) and the Eagles’ Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit.
2009: Mott The Hoople’s five original members reunite for the first of two London concerts to commemorate the band’s 40th anniversary. A second show is the following day.
2010: Farm Aid celebrates its 25th anniversary with a concert at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) and Dave Matthews are among the performers. 35,000 people attend the show raising over $2 million for the owners of family-run farms.
2011: ‘George Harrison: Living In The Material World,’ has its U.K. debut. The documentary, produced by Martin Scorcese along with Harrison’s widow Olivia, features home movies, interviews and unseen footage. Harrison’s former Beatle bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the festivities.
2012: Josh Freese officially parts ways with A Perfect Circle.
2012: KISS debut their slot game at the 12th annual Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley attend the unveiling.
2012: Scott Stapp’s autobiography, ‘Sinner’s Creed,’ is out. The Creed frontman discusses his career and his battle with alcoholism, and depression. “It’s definitely a cathartic process for me, and I really hope that those who read it can walk away knowing more about my life,” says Stapp.
2012: British session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan (born James George Tomkins) died at the age of 71. Sullivan started his career in 1959 as a member of Marty Wilde’s band and when Wilde bought Sullivan a Gibson Les Paul guitar, it was allegedly the first in Britain. Sullivan taught future Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to play guitar, as well as helping Yes and Asia guitarist Steve Howe on his road to success. He was featured on 55 #1 hits, and worked with George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Thunderclap Newman, Love Affair, Long John Baldry, Marmalade, and The Tremeloes. During Jimmy Page’s session career, he was known as “Little Jim,” to differentiate him from Big Jim.
2013: 42 year-old John Mellencamp confirms he recently had a mild heart attack brought on by an 80-cigarettes-per-day habit and a cholesterol level of 300.
2013: Little Richard revealed that he had suffered a recent heart attack while at home with his family. The Rock ‘n’ Roll legend hadn’t performed since nearly collapsing on stage during a gig in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2012.
2013: Kings Of Leon’s ‘Mechanical Bull’ debuts at #2, behind Drake, on the Billboard 200. The album sells 110,000 copies in its first week.
2014: Metallica are Artists In Residence for Mill Valley Film Festival 37. Each band member hosts a screening of a film they have selected.
2015: The Winery Dogs – guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big/Poison), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big/Steve Vai) and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) – release their second album, ‘Hot Streak.’
2015: Slipknot’s Scream Park, a haunted house attraction in Sacramento, begins a one month run concluding on All Saints Day (that’s the day after Halloween for all you heathens), with three haunted houses: Prepare For Hell, Clown’s Playhouse and Skin Ticket.
2015: Queensryche release their ‘Condition Human’ album. It’s their second studio album recorded with vocalist Todd La Torre. The album reached #27 on the Billboard chart.
2015: Trivium released the album ‘Silence In The Snow.’ It is their first and only album to feature drummer Mat Madiro. The album reached #19 on the Billboard chart.
2015: W.A.S.P.s first studio album in six years, ‘Golgotha’ is released. Golgotha, where Christ was crucified, is Hebrew for ‘the place of the skull.’ It was their last studio album with drummer Mike Dupke. The album reached #93 on the Billboard chart.
2016: Former KoRn members David Silveria and Zac Baird, appear at the first Rock To Recovery awareness event and fundraiser at the Fonda Theatre in L.A. Rock To Recovery is a treatment and recovery program.
2016: Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor performs “A Different World” with KoRn for the first time at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY. Taylor contributed vocals to the track from KoRn’s album ‘The Serenity Of Suffering.’
2016: Oasis is the subject of a documentary titled ‘Supersonic.’ “Oasis was like a Ferrari,” singer Liam Gallagher states. “Great to look at. Great to drive. And it’ll f*cking spin out of control every now and again.”
2017: Tom Petty dies accidentally from “mixed drug toxicity,” later found to be a combination of opioids, sedatives and an antidepressant. He was 66. He had reportedly been suffering from pain related to a hip fracture, a knee problem and emphysema. Petty was the founder, lead singer and lead guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, a band he formed in 1976. He was also the co-founder of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. Fun facts – Petty met Elvis on a movie set where his uncle was working when he was just 11, and one of his first guitar teachers was Don Felder, who later joined The Eagles. In 2008, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers headlined the halftime of Super Bowl XLII and in 2001, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He achieved 16 Billboard Top 40 hits between 1978 and 1995, with three of his songs, ‘Don’t Do Me Like That’ (#10), ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’ (#3) (with Stevie Nicks) and ‘Free Fallin’ (#7) reached the Top 10.
2017: The Killers land their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 with ‘Wonderful Wonderful.’ The group’s first album in five years sells 111,000 copies in its debut week.
2017: Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin cops a plea in his 2016 vandalism case – when he trashed his foreclosed Hollywood Hills home. He gets 3 years-probation but must pay more than $40,000 in fees and restitution. 2017: Tom Petty dies accidentally from “mixed drug toxicity,” later found to be a combination of opioids, sedatives and an antidepressant. He was 66. Petty had reportedly been suffering from pain related to a hip fracture, a knee problem and emphysema. Petty was the founder, lead singer and lead guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, a band he formed in 1976. He was also the co-founder of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. Fun facts – Petty met Elvis on a movie set where his uncle was working when he was just 11, and one of his first guitar teachers was Don Felder, who later joined The Eagles. In 2008, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers headlined the halftime of Super Bowl XLII and in 2001, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

October 3
1901: The Victor Talking Machine Company is The first record company incorporated, later merging with the Radio Corporation of America to become RCA-Victor.
1945: A 10 year old Elvis Presley made his first ever-public appearance in a talent contest at the Mississippi Alabama Dairy Show singing ‘Old Shep.’ He comes in second.
1952: The long-running radio hit ‘The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet,’ now featuring a 12-year-old Rick Nelson, debuts on CBS-TV, where it will run for another 14 years, bringing the total life of the show to 22 years
1958: The Biggest Show Of Stars 1958 Tour kicks off at the Worcester Auditorium in Worcester, Massachusetts. This Autumn Edition featured: Buddy Holly, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, The Olympics, Dion & The Belmonts, Bobby Freeman, The Elegants, Jimmy Clanton, The Danleers, Duane Eddy, Clyde McPhatter and The Coasters.
1961: A group of teens from Hawthorne California calling themselves The Pendletones recorded three songs for Hite and Dorinda Morgan, who ran a publishing business and two small record labels. One of those songs was called ‘Surfin’, which, when pressed on to a Candix Records 45 rpm disc, was credited to The Beach Boys, a name made up by promotion man Russ Reagan, who had taken it upon himself to re-christen the band. ‘Surfin’ would get to #75 on the Billboard chart and sold 50,000 copies, launching the career of one of America’s most successful Rock ‘n’ Roll acts.
1964: John Lennon writes ‘I Feel Fine.’
1964: The Animals’ self-titled debut album enters the charts.
1965: Johnny Cash is stopped by US Customs officials at the Mexican border on suspicion of heroin smuggling and found to be holding over 1,000 prescription narcotics and amphetamines. He receives a suspended sentence.
1966: The Zombies release ‘She’s Not There’ in the US.
1967: Woody Guthrie dies after suffering from Huntington’s Chorea disease. Guthrie was a major influence on Bob Dylan and American folk music. The 70’s film ‘Bound For Glory’ is based on his life. His best-known song is ‘This Land Is Your Lan,’, which is regularly sung in American schools. Interestingly, Guthrie was a harsh critic of Fred Trump (father of Donald Trump), saying he was disgusted with Trump as a landlord, penning lyrics which accused him of stirring up racial hate “in the bloodpot of human hearts.” In 1988 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2000 he posthumously received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
1967: Keith Richards had his guard dogs blessed by a priest.
1968: Working at Trident Studios in London, The Beatles recorded the new George Harrison song ‘Savoy Truffle.’ George, Paul, and Ringo recorded just one take of the basic track (drums, bass, and lead guitar). The song was inspired by Eric Clapton’s love of chocolates, particularly Mackintosh’s Good News.
1969: Pink Floyd performed at the Birmingham University Debating Hall in Birmingham, England. 1969: Janis Joplin played Winterland in San Francisco, CA.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’ which was their 9th top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: Rare Earth peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of ‘(I Know) I’m Losing You’ which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: Sly and The Family Stone perform at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.
1971: Hawkwind appears at Northcote Arms in Southall, England.
1972: Yes plays at the Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1974: Rush performs at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1975: The Who release their 7th album, ‘Who By Numbers.’ It reached #7 on the UK album chart and #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and was named the 10th best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll. The cover was drawn by Entwistle as he was drawing a cartoon history of The Who.
1975: The Who begin their first UK tour in two years at New Bingley Hall in Stafford. Supporting them on this tour is The Steve Gibbons Band. For the first time in concert, Keith’s drums are placed on a riser but it causes him problems hearing the playback. The set consists of greatest hits plus a medley of Tommy songs revived due to the popularity of the movie. In addition, ‘Join Together’ and the new song ‘Squeeze Box’ have their stage debuts. ‘Quadrophenia’ is represented by four songs played out of order.
1975: ZZ Top performs at the Boston Garden.
1976: The Grateful Dead played at Cobo Arena in Detroit.
1977: Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers released their only studio album, ‘L.A.M.F.’
1977: The TV event ‘Elvis In Concert,’ filmed just weeks before the King’s death, is shown on CBS, with good friend Ann-Margret hosting. It shocks many with the depiction of a bloated and drug-addled Elvis Presley in his final days.
1978: Aerosmith posts bail for 30 fans convicted of smoking pot during their show at the Fort Wayne Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, IN. They pay approximately $4,200 in bail and fines. 1978: Jethro Tull & Uriah Heep played the Capital Centre in Landover, MD.
1979: Van Halen appeared at Exhibition Hall in Phoenix, Arizona.
1980: Bruce Springsteen kicks of his tour for ‘The River’ in Ann Arbor, MI. He forgets the words to his anthem ‘Born To Run,’ and is joined by Bob Seger in a performance of ‘Thunder Road.’
1980: Diamond Head release their debut album, ‘Lightning to the Nations.’
1980: The Police released their 3rd album, ‘Zenyattà Mondatta.’ It continues their theme of giving their records French-sounding titles. This time, the title has no clear translation, although it is suggested that it is a stylized combination of “zenith” and “monde” (Top of the World). It becomes their most successful album so far in America, reaching a peak of #5 and winning the band a pair of Grammy awards for ‘Behind My Camel’ (Best Rock Instrumental Performance) and ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’ (Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
1981: Two months after MTV’s debut, Blue Öyster Cult’s ‘Burnin’ For You’ reaches its peak of #40 in the US – their first Top 40 since ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’ – thanks to a video shot in a Los Angeles culvert. Few American acts are making videos, so established rockers like BÖC and REO Speedwagon can get airtime. This changes a few years later when more photogenic artists make videos on a regular basis.
1981: Seventeen years into their career, The Kinks performed at Madison Square Garden in New York for the first time.
1981: Saturday Night Live begins its season on this date with a three-minute film by Yoko Ono showing footage of John Lennon. Rod Stewart brings out special guest Tina Turner to join him on (what else) ‘Hot Legs’ during his appearance.
1981: E.L.O.’s ‘Hold On Tight’ peaks at #10.
1981: Journey’s breakthrough ballad ‘Who’s Crying Now’ peaks at #4.
1981: Billy Joel released the first digitally recorded, live album, ‘Songs in the Attic,’ a collection of tunes he had recorded before his big breakthrough, ‘Just The Way You Are.’
1983: Genesis released their self-titled 12th album. It reached at #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #1 on the UK Albums chart, and features the several charting singles – ‘Illegal Alien’ (Billboard Hot 100 – #44), ‘Taking It All Too Hard’ (Billboard Hot 100 – #50; Adult Contemporary – #11), ‘That s All’ (Billboard Hot 100 – #6, Adult Contemporary – #7), ‘It’s Gonna Get Better’ (Mainstream Rock – #16), ‘Just A Job To Do’ (Mainstream Rock – #10), and ‘Mama’ (Billboard Hot 100 – #73, Mainstream Rock – #5).
1987: ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ is the second single (following ‘It’s So Easy’) from Guns N’ Roses’ debut studio album, ‘Appetite For Destruction.’ A top 10 hit (#7) the song is later named “the greatest Hard Rock song of all time” by VH1. 1987: Boston and special guests Farenheit played the first of two nights at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, FL.
1988: Keith Richards released his solo debut album, ‘Talk Is Cheap.’ It peaked at #24 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #37 in the UK. The track ‘Take it So Hard’ reached #3 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
1988: Girlschool released their 7th studio album, ‘Take a Bite.’
1988: Hurricane released the album ‘Over The Edge.’ It peaked at #92 on the Billboard chart. The band did a cover of the Alice Cooper classic ‘I’m Eighteen’ on the album.
1988: Hollywood premieres the acclaimed documentary ‘Imagine: John Lennon.’
1989: The Rolling Stones played the last of 3 nights in Foxboro, MA.
1991: Foundations Forum 91 kicked off at the Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles. This year the three day forum featured an industry only day as well as the first Foundations awards ceremony. Signed bands showcasing over the course of the three nights included Ozzy Osbourne, Soundgarden, Prong, Ugly Kid Joe, XYZ, Crimson Glory, The Almighty, Bang Tango, Claytown Troupe, Screaming Jets, Baby Animals, Lillian Axe and Asphalt Ballet. The first Foundations Awards ceremony was to recognize the significant contribution made by key artists to the heavy metal genre and the music industry as a whole. The proceeds were donated to the TJ Martell Foundation and the ceremony featured performances by Blind Melon, Temple of the Dog, Alice in Chains and Megadeth. The MC for the event was MTV’s Riki Rachtman and awards presenters included Ronnie James Dio, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, Lemmy, Rick Rubin, Penelope Spheeris and Rikki Rokkett. The artist panel that year included Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies), Ricky Warwick (The Almighty), Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam), Phil Anselmo (Pantera), Dweezil Zappa, and Harry James and Luke Morley (Thunder). 1991: Texas governor Ann Richards proclaimed October 3 to be “Stevie Ray Vaughan Day”. An annual motorcycle ride and concert in Central Texas benefits the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund.
1992: Guns N’ Roses and Metallica play the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Andrew Dice Clay introduces Guns N’ Roses.
1992: Sinead O’Connor, without telling producers in advance, tears up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live as a protest over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. This is long before the public was aware of the Catholic Church’s role in covering up child abuse, and the incident ignited a firestorm, dealing a near-lethal blow to her career. NBC was fined $2.5 million dollars by the Federal Communications Commission.
1994: Eric Clapton opened his ‘Nothing but the Blues’ tour in Montréal.
1994: Twisted Sister released their 1st live album, ‘Live at Hammersmith.’
1997: Sugar Ray postpones their European tour after frontman Mark McGrath injures his leg at the first date in Bologna, Italy.
1999: It was announced that Jimi Hendrix’s sister Janie was planning to exhume Jimi’s body and move it to a pay-to view mausoleum. Other plans included a chance for fans to buy burial plots around Jimi’s new resting place.
1999: Ozzy Osbourne issued a press release asking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to remove Black Sabbath from the ballot. Black Sabbath was later inducted in 2006.
2000: After being questioned for nearly an hour by his parole board, John Lennon’s killer is denied release on his first eligible parole, with the board stating that letting him free would “deprecate the seriousness of the crime.”
2000: Benjamin Orr (The Cars) dies of pancreatic cancer in Atlanta, Georgia at the age 53. Orr sang lead vocals on some of the bands biggest hits including ‘Just What I Needed,’ ‘Let’s Go’ and ‘Drive’.
2000: Green Day release their 6th studio album ‘Warning.’ Going to #4 on the Billboard 200, it is the group’s first major label release not to go multi-platinum – but it eventually sells over a million copies.
2000: John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole after serving 20 years in prison. Chapman was interviewed for 50 minutes by parole board members, who concluded that releasing Chapman would ‘deprecate the seriousness of the crime.’
2002: Original Iron Butterfly guitarist and vocalist Darryl DeLoach died of liver cancer at the age of 56. DeLoach only appeared on the band’s first album, and left before the success of ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.’ He became a restaurateur in San Diego.
2003: Ted Nugent’s reality show ‘Surviving Nugent’ premiered on VH1. The show took city dwellers to Nugent’s Michigan ranch to survive “backwoods” activities including building an outhouse and skinning a boar.
2003: The film of the benefit concert ‘The Concert For George,’ an all-star tribute to the recently deceased ex-Beatle George Harrison, opens in US theaters.
2003: ‘School of Rock’ opens in theaters, starring Jack Black as a musician who poses as a substitute teacher and forms a band with the students. Classic rock abounds in the film, with teachable moments soundtracked to ‘Highway to Hell,’ ‘Smoke on the Water’ and even ‘Immigrant Song’ – a track secured after Black made a video literally begging Led Zeppelin to let them use it.
2004: Teenage English soul star Joss Stone becomes the youngest female solo artist to top the British album survey as ‘Mind Body & Soul’ debuts at #1. The 17-year-old’s second release, and first full-length album, bows ahead of Top-10 entries by Marilyn Manson, Tom Jones and Brian Wilson.
2005: A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese replaces the ailing Jerome Dillon for the remainder of Nine Inch Nail’s North American Tour. N.I.N. had been forced to postpone shows due to Dillon’s persistent heart troubles.
2005: Cream release their 4th live album, ‘Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005.’
2005: Bullet For My Valentine released their debut album ‘The Poison.’
2006: Quiet Riot release the album, ‘Rehab.’ It features Kevin DuBow back on vocals and contributions by Glenn Hughes.
2006: Evanescence release ‘The Open Door,’ the follow-up to their 2003 smash ‘Fallen.’ The songs represent singer Amy Lee’s maiden effort with former Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo. “(After Ben Moody’s departure), I didn’t have somebody – I don’t want to be mean – holding me back,” says Lee. ‘Call Me When You’re Sober’ is the lead single.
2006: The Who’s Pete Townshend is honored at BMI’s London Awards. The performing-rights organization recognizes Europe’s leading songwriters and composers. Townshend receives TV Music Awards for penning tunes used on the three CSI TV series. Elton John, the Zombies’ Rod Argent, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Paul Rodgers, Sting and Peter Gabriel nab Million-Air certificates for writing tracks earning the most plays on American TV and radio.
2006: ‘We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions: American Land Edition,’ a CD/DVD version of Bruce Springsteen’s Folk album, drops. The set contains songs not previously released, behind-the scenes footage and a pair of performance clips of Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band.
2006: Ex-Police guitarist Andy Summers’ autobiography, ‘One Train Later,’ is published.
2006: Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent lost a Supreme Court appeal in a dispute with former bandmates over royalties for his contributions in the group’s 1983 album ‘Lick It Up.’
2007: The Rolling Stones set a new record for the top grossing tour of all time when their ‘A Bigger Bang’ tour, which ran from the Fall of 2005 to August 26, 2007, earned the band a staggering $558,255,524. The previous high was set by U2’s Vertigo tour, which took place in 2005 and 2006, earning $389,000,000.
2007: Foo Fighters’ sixth album, ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace,’ enters Billboard 200 chart at #3 (behind Rascal Flatts and Keyshia Cole), after selling over 165,000 copies in its first week out.
2009: The Fifth Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute takes place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the Ramones’ guitarist is buried. Over 3,000 fans in attendance raise funds for the cancer research fund at University of Southern California Westside Prostate Cancer Center.
2011: Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen and the band’s manager Dave Frey appear in Washington D.C. to urge Congress to seek legislation regarding temporary stages. Band members narrowly escaped a stage collapse in Canada at the Ottawa Bluesfest the previous July.
2011: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album, Gibson USA introduces the Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass. It has glued-in neck of solid maple and a tonewood known for its ability to add punch, clarity and sustain.
2012: Obsession released the album ‘Order Of Chaos.’
2014: ‘Gone Girl’ is in theaters with a mostly ambient soundtrack composed by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross.
2014: Neil Peart’s work on Rush’s 1981 album ‘Moving Pictures’ gets him named Prog’s Most Influential Drummer by readers of Rhythm Magazine.
2014: Seventeen years after its release, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ album is certified Double Diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 20 million in the US. It is the 9th album to achieve the certification.
2014: A mint-condition copy of The Beatles’ ‘Please Please Me’ album, signed by George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr sold for $36,655 at an auction held in the US.
2015: Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor’s “deep and terrifying roar to the alien warlord known as Fisher King” is heard during an episode of the BBC series ‘Doctor Who.’

October 4
1963: A 18-year-old Eric Clapton, late of the Roosters and Casey Jones and the Engineers, joins the Yardbirds for tonight’s gig at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. He replaced original guitarist, 16-year-old Anthony “Top” Topham, who was faced with parental disapproval and the anxiety of abandoning his art studies. After a career as a interior designer, painter and musician, Topham would rejoin The Yardbirds from 2013 to 2015.
1963: The Beatles make their first appearance on the British teen pop music show ‘Ready Steady Go!’ They are interviewed by fellow performer, Dusty Springfield and lip-synch ‘She Loves You’ and ‘Twist And Shout.’
1963: Billboard magazine reports that hot-rodding songs are the latest teen fad, replacing surfing songs. Among the top tunes is The Beach Boys’ ‘Little Deuce Coupe,’ which sits at #15 on the Billboard chart. Capitol Records starts supplying DJs and record retailers with a book of hot-rod terms
1966: The Byrds played the first of a 13 night run at The Village Gate in New York City.
1967: A 10-date package tour of the UK kicked off at London’s Finsbury Park, featuring Traffic, The Young Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, Art and Keith West.
1968: Cream begins their announced farewell tour with a performance at Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA.
1968: On the first night of a UK club tour Led Zeppelin (billed as The Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page) appeared at the Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, supported by Terry Reid’s Fantasia.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival begin a four week run at #1 on the US album chart with their album ‘Green River.’ It was the group’s first #1. In 2003, was ranked #95 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1969: Crosby, Stills & Nash release their ode to Judy Collins, ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.’ ‘Long Tome Gone’ was on the B side of the 45 single. It appeared on the group’s self-titled debut album in 1969 and was released as a single, hitting #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart. The song is ranked #418 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1969: ‘Abbey Road,’ the last album recorded by The Beatles, enters the UK charts at #1. The L.P. would go on to be the group’s biggest seller in Britain, although ‘The Beatles’ (the white album) sold more in North America. The final studio recordings from the group supposedly contained clues adding to the ‘Paul Is Dead’ phenomenon: Paul is barefoot and the car number plate ‘LMW 281F’ supposedly referred to the fact that McCartney would be 28 years old if he was still alive. ‘LMW’ was said to stand for ‘Linda McCartney Weeps.’ And the four Beatles, represent; the priest (John, dressed in white), the Undertaker (Ringo in a black suit), the Corpse (Paul, in a suit but barefoot), and the Gravedigger (George, in jeans and a denim work shirt). 1969: Janis Joplin & James Cotton Blues Band played the San Diego Sports Arena.
1970: Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark Hotel Hollywood after an accidental heroin overdose. Joplin had the posthumous 1971 US #1 single ‘Me And Bobby McGee,’ and the 1971 US #1 album ‘Pearl.’ She was known as “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul” and as “Pearl” to her friends, Joplin remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with over 15.5 million albums sold in the USA. In 1995, Joplin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2005, she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The United States Postal Service honored her with a commemorative stamp in 1994 as part of its Music Icons Forever campaign.
1971: Pink Floyd played the first of four nights at the Roman Ampitheater, Pompeii, Italy for their Live in Pompeii album.
1971: Ten Years After perform at Town Hall in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
1971: The soundtrack to Frank Zappa’s film ‘200 Motels’ was released. It reached #59 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and
features a combination of rock and jazz songs, orchestral music and comedic spoken dialogue.
1973: A San Francisco Stephen Stills & Manassas concert turns into a reunion when David Crosby and Graham Nash join Stills onstage. A bit later Neil Young also joins them.
1973: The BBC broadcast the 500th edition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll show, ‘Top Of The Pops.’ The featured acts were Slade, Gary Glitter and The Osmonds.
1973: The J. Geils Band perform at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1974: KISS played at the Music Hall in Houston, Texas. 1974: Rick Wakeman and The National Philharmonic Orchestra of America performed ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1974: Thin Lizzy debut their new twin-guitar attack with new additions Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson at a concert in Wales.
1974: ‘Utopia: Todd Rundgren’s Utopia’ debut album is released. It reached #34 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1974: The Who’s ‘Odds & Sods’ album consisting of studio outtakes and rarities is released. It reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart
1974: John Lennon releases his 5th album, ‘Walls And Bridges,’ which would go on to top the Billboard album chart a few weeks later. Recorded during his estrangement from Yoko Ono, it turned out to be the last record that Lennon recorded without input from her. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for one week in November, reached #6 on the UK Albums chart, and features the single, ‘Whatever Gets You thru the Night,’ which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1975: Pink Floyd’s album ‘Wish You Were Here’ hits #1 on the Billboard charts.
1976: Elvis Presley attracts a crowd at a gas station in Memphis, Tennessee when he stops to fill up his Harley. After chatting with fans for a few minutes, the King calmly drives away.
1976: AC/DC appear at Westfallenhalle in Dortmund, Germany.
1980: Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ hits #1 on the US singles charts. It stays there for three weeks.
1980: On stage during a concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carly Simon collapses from “nervous exhaustion.”
1980: Fleetwood Mac members Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join the USC Trojan Marching Band, which performed on their hit ‘Tusk,’ during halftime of the football game between USC and Arizona State. Nicks twirls a baton, Fleetwood plays a bass drum, and Buckingham mock conducts as the band plays the song. For their work on the song, the marching band is also presented with a platinum version of the album of the same name by three members of the rock band. 1981: The Kinks played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1982: Bruce Springsteen releases ‘Nebraska,’ an album made up of tunes Bruce recorded on a 4-track tape machine in his home studio.
1982: Hall & Oates released their 11th studio album, ‘H2O.’ It reached #3 on the Billboard Top 200 LP’s (#3) and #8 on the Top R&B LP’s charts. It featured three Top 10 US singles, one being ‘Maneater,’ which was the biggest hit of their career, spending four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The album title is a play on the chemical formula for water, where “H” is for Hall, and “O” is for Oates. H2O is certified double platinum by the RIAA with sales of over two million copies
1986: Dan Rather is mugged by two men who repeatedly ask him ‘Kenneth, what’s the frequency?’ The incident later influences the R.E.M. song ‘What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?’ Years later, in 1994, in an attempt to get in contact with someone who might be able to identify the frequency and put an end to the voices that had haunted him for so many years, Rather’s assailant, William Tager, shoots and kills an NBC technician outside the ‘Today Show’ studios. Today, he is incarcerated in a prison in New York.
1986: Van Halen’s ‘Love Walks In’ peaks at #22 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1987: Whitesnake hit #1 on the Billboard singles chart with ‘Here I Go Again.’
1988: Sacred Reich released the EP ‘Surf Nicaragua.’ The band did a cover of the Black Sabbath song ‘War Pigs’ on this EP.
1988: Determined to finally clean his system of the alcohol and drugs he’s been abusing for years, Ringo Starr, along with wife Barbara Bach, flies to Tucson, AZ to enter the Sierra Tucson Rehabilitation Clinic. He will stay six weeks.
1990: Bonnie Raitt plays the Vote Choice concert sponsored by the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee.
1990: Two separate lawsuits are combined on appeal against CBS Records and Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of 17 year old Harold Hamilton and 16 year old Michael Waller, both of whom are alleged to have committed suicide after listening to Osbourne’s ‘Suicide Solution.’ The Supreme Court would refuse to reinstate the case. A California court had already dismissed a separate suit in 1988, ruling that suicide was not a foreseeable result of Osbourne’s song.
1991: Savatage release their 6th studio album, ‘Streets: A Rock Opera.’ It was originally due to be a double record, but late in the recording process they decided to compress the story into one album.
1993: Iron Maiden released the live single, ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name.’ It reached #9 on the UK Official Charts. ‬
1994: Singer Glenn Frey’s stomach surgery causes the Eagles to postpone their much-anticipated reunion tour, titled ‘Hell Freezes Over.’
1994: Smashing Pumpkins release their ‘Pisces Iscariot’ album.
1994: Dream Theater release their 3rd studio album, ‘Awake.’ It featured Petrucci’s use of a seven-string guitar for the first time.
The album reached #32 on the Billboard chart.
1994: Danny Gatton, who was ranked 63rd on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time in 2003, locked himself in his garage in Newburg, Maryland and shot himself with no explanation. He was 49.
1996: ‘That Thing You Do!,’ starring Tom Hanks as the manager of fictional ’60s band The Wonders, is released in theaters. The title-track to the film was written by Adam Schlesinger, bass player for Fountains of Wayne.
1996: Following the cancellation of several Oasis U.S. tour dates due to a disagreement between Liam and Noel Gallagher, Noel is interviewed in a pub (a bad sign) by a New Musical Express reporter. Asked if he thinks Oasis will ever tour the U.S. again, Noel says, “No. F*ck ’em.” Of course, Oasis does return to the U.S.
1996: Gary Cherone, a former member of Extreme, becomes Van Halen’s new, if short lived, vocalist.
1996: Dio release their 7th studio album, ‘Angry Machines.’
1997: Farm Aid returns to Illinois for the first time since it started in 1985, selling out the New World Music Theater in Tinley Park. Performers include The Dave Matthews Band and Beck.
1999: Paul McCartney releases his first album since the death of his wife Linda in April 1998. Entitled ‘Run Devil Run,’ the CD is a collection of Rock oldies along with new McCartney songs. His 11th solo album reached #27 on the Billboard Top Albums chart.
1999: Jimi Hendrix’s half-sister Janie announces her plans to exhume the body of her famous brother and move it to a mausoleum where curious onlookers can view it for a price. The public outcry forces her to shelve the idea.
2003: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band wrap up their 2002-03 world tour at New York’s Shea Stadium. It’s the 120th show of the 14 month tour. Bob Dylan joins the band up to perform ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’
2004: Elton John rips Madonna for allegedly lip-synching in concert. “Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage when you pay to see them should be shot,” states John.
2005: Nickelback’s ‘All The Right Reasons’ is released. It features the hits ‘Photograph,’ ‘Far Away’ and ‘Rockstar’ and goes to #1 in their native Canada and also in the US, where it sells over 10 million copies.
2005: Soulfly released the album ‘Dark Ages.’ The song ‘Corrosion Creeps’ is dedicated to Chuck Schuldiner of Death. The song ‘Frontlines’ features Kerry King of Slayer.
2005: Exodus releases their 7th studio album, ‘Shovel Headed Kill Machine.’ It was their first album to feature vocalist Rob Dukes, and their only one to feature Paul Bostaph on drums.
2006: The Beastie Boys headline ‘Gimme Shelter: Rock & Rescue NYC’ at the Hiro Ballroom. The benefit concert raises money for local animal-rescue shelters.
2005: Badfinger’s Mike Gibbins died in his sleep at his Florida home at the age of 56. Badfinger had the 1970 UK #4 and US #7 single ‘Come And Get It,’ written by Paul McCartney. He had also been a member of The Iveys during the ’60s.
2005: Testament release their 7th studio album, ‘Shovel Headed Kill Machine.’
2006: Dave Grohl fulfills his promise to drink a beer with an Australian miner named Brant Webb who asked to hear Foo Fighters music while he was trapped underground for nearly two weeks. Grohl performs a new instrumental song called ‘The Ballad Of Beaconsfield Miners’ during the Foo Fighters’ acoustic concert in Sydney. After the show Grohl hooks up with Webb and his friends for a brew or two.
2007: Gibson Guitar unveils a custom guitar inspired by the Trini Lopez signature model played by Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl.
2008: Nearly 50,000 fans attend Bruce Springsteen’s free performance in Philadelphia, the first of a three-rally series at which he appears in support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. “(Our country) needs someone with Senator Obama’s understanding, temperateness, deliberativeness, maturity, compassion, toughness, and faith, to help us rebuild our house once again,” says the Boss during his set. Springsteen also plays at Obama events in Columbus, OH, and Ypsilanti, MI.
2008: The documentary ‘Johnny Cash’s America’ receives its theatrical premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival in Bearsville, N.Y. John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan and Ozzy Osbourne appear in the film.
2008: Nearly 50,000 fans attend Bruce Springsteen’s free performance in Philadelphia, the first of a three-rally series at which he appears in support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. “(Our country) needs someone with Senator Obama’s understanding, temperateness, deliberativeness, maturity, compassion, toughness, and faith, to help us rebuild our house once again,” says the Boss during his seven-song set. Springsteen also plays at Obama events in Columbus, OH, and Ypsilanti, MI.
2009: Farm Aid takes place in Maryland Heights, MO. Founders/mainstays Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Country legend Willie Nelson perform. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised over $34-million for family farmers.
2010: After being blasted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for allegedly using anti-Semitic images during his ‘The Wall Live’ tour, former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters writes a letter that’s published in Britain’s The Independent. “(This is a) serious charge that demands a response,” writes Waters. “The song to which he (the ADL’s director Abe Foxman) refers, ‘Good Bye Blue Sky,’ describes how ordinary people, military and civilians alike, suffer trauma in the aftermath of war. There is no anti-Semitism in The Wall Show.” In the end though, Waters tweaks the song’s accompanying video so the controversial images; a Star of David and dollar signs, are separated.
2010: Bring Me The Horizon’s 3rd album, ‘There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret,’ is released.
2011: Duff McKagan’s memoir, ‘It’s So Easy: And Other Lies’ is released in bookstores.
2011: Scott Weiland’s Christmas album, ‘The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,’ is released. The Stone Temple Pilots/ex-Velvet Revolver frontman performs the title track, ‘The Christmas Song,’ ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ and ‘White Christmas.’
2012: Deep Purple and Rush are finally nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Both were eligible for years (20 for Deep Purple and 15 for Rush) before being nominated. Rush gets in, but not Deep Purple.
2013: ‘Nothing To Fear,’ the first horror movie from Slash’s production company, Slasher Films, is in theaters. The plot revolves around a Kansas town which, according to legend, is one of the seven gateways to Hell.
2014: Folsom city officials dedicate the Johnny Cash Trail and Overpass in honor of the classic ‘At Folsom Prison’ album Cash recorded live in ’68.
2014: Paul Revere, organist and leader of Paul Revere & The Raiders, passes away at his home in Idaho at the age of 76. Between 1961 and 1971, the band placed 15 songs on Billboard’s Top 40, including ‘Kicks,’ ‘Hungry,’ ‘Good Thing’ and ‘Him or Me, What’s It Gonna Be.’ Their biggest triumph came in 1971 with ‘Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian),’ which became an unlikely smash, hitting #1 on the charts and selling over a million copies.
2015: ‘Cass Country,’ the first solo album in 15 years from the Eagles singer and drummer Don Henley, debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200. Selling 89,000 copies in the first week, the album also goes to #1 on both the Top Album Sales and the Top Country Albums charts.
2015: Joe Walsh and Steven Tyler perform at the Unite to Face Addiction, a Washington, D.C. rally. They both had well documented addiction problems. Sheryl Crow, the Fray and Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik also hit the stage. 2015: Van Halen play their last show as a band with the second of two shows at the Hollywood Bowl (Oct. 2 & 4). Kenny Wayne Shepherd opened the shows.
2016: Former Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm publishes her memoir, “The Mystery: Finding True Love In A World Of Broken Lovers.” The book touches on the topics of love, relationships, divorce, depression and suicide.
2016: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says that he might consider returning to his native Denmark if Donald Trump wins the U.S. presidential election. Ulrich, who moved to the U.S. in ‘80, when he was 17 years old, is a Danish citizen.
2017: The Killer’s frontman Brandon Flowers says he “devastated for (his) community” following the mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed over 50 people and injured more than 500 during a the Route 91 Harvest Country music festival. He concludes stating that he “will always be… a Vegas boy.” Flowers is a native of a native of nearby Henderson, NV.
2017: Judas Priest, Bon Jovi, Radiohead and Rage Against The Machine are nominated for possible induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. 2018: Ana Popovic played The Siren in Morro Bay, CA.

October 5
1947: The first taped radio show is broadcast on ABC, a performance by Bing Crosby that demonstrated the capabilities of the new Ampex 200 recorder.
1961: As a follow up to their US #1 smash, ‘Blue Moon,’ The Marcels release a similar sounding tune called ‘Heartaches,’ which will climb to number seven on the US Pop chart.
1962: The Beatles release their first single, ‘Love Me Do’ b/w ‘P.S. I Love You,’ in the UK. That night, it is played on Radio Luxembourg, owned by EMI, representing the first time a Beatles song is ever heard on the airwaves. It spent 26 week’s on the chart peaking at #17. Beatles producer George Martin has said when ‘Love Me Do’ was released, it was the day the world changed.
1965: Johnny Cash was arrested crossing the Mexican border into El Paso, Texas after customs officials found hundreds of pills in his guitar case. He would receive a suspended jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.
1966: Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding played together for the first time. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed shortly thereafter.
1967: The Doors played the final night of a five night run at Steve Paul’s Scene in New York City.
1967: The Association’s ‘Never My Love’ reached its peak position of #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100. As of the end of 2001, The Recording Industry Association of America listed it as the second most played song in the 20th century with over 7 million radio plays. ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’ by The Righteous Brothers was first with over 8 million.
1968: Cream release their single ‘White Room.’
1968: Steppenwolf release their single ‘Magic Carpet Ride.’
1968: The Rolling Stone’s ‘Street Fighting Man’ peaks without reaching the Top 40. It is banned in some cities out of fear the song might incite riots or civil unrest.
1968: The Monkees ‘Porpoise Song’ b/w ‘As We Go Along’ 45 single is released. Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and performed The Monkees on their album ‘Head.’ The song was commissioned by Bob Rafelson, the director and producer of the film ‘Head.’ The song was released as a single in 1968, and reached #62 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single version runs over a minute longer than the album version.
1969: The Who made their first and only appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1969: Donovan appeared at Ellis Auditorium North Hall in Memphis, Tennessee.
1970: The Rolling Stones performed at Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany.
1970: The Guess Who release their 8th studio album, ‘Share the Land.’
1970: ‘Led Zeppelin III’ was released in the UK on Atlantic records. The album peaked at #1 on both the UK and US charts. It has now been certified 6 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 6 million copies. It was recorded between January and August 1970 and released on Atlantic Records. The material was composed largely at a remote cottage in Wales known as Bron-Yr-Aur. It was #1 in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Italy. It reached to #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart (staying there for 4 weeks), and #30 on the Billboard Top R&B LP’s chart. The single, ‘Immigrant Song’ reached #16 on the Hot 100 chart. The original cover and interior gatefold art consisted of a surreal collection of random images. Behind the front cover was a rotatable laminated card disc, covered with more images, including photos of the band members, which showed through holes in the cover. The distinctive cover was based on a suggestion of Jimmy Page’s that it should resemble an old-fashioned gardening seed chart. It was designed by Richard Drew, and the sleeve photographs were taken by fellow Leeds Polytechnic lecturer Martin Salisbury.
1970: Hawkwind performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London.
1971: The Moody Blues played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1972: Elton John performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.
1973: The Who’s ‘5.15’ b/w ‘Water’ 45 single is released in the UK. Written by Pete Townshend of The Who from their second rock opera, ‘Quadrophenia.’ The song reached #20 on the UK Singles Chart, while the 1979 re-release (accompanying the film and soundtrack album) reached #45 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1973: Elton John’s 7th studio album ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for 8 weeks, beginning on November 10, 1973. Three singles reached the Billboard Hot 100 – “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (#2), “Bennie and the Jets” (#1), and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” (#12). The album is ranked #91 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time
1973: Bryan Ferry’s first solo album, ‘These Foolish Things’ is released. Controversial in its day, Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry’s first solo album now seems more eccentric than groundbreaking; more one man’s oddball take on an eclectic bunch of his favorite artists’ songs than an ironic manifesto of a new pop order. Rock purists, of course, were outraged. How dare Ferry implicitly maintain the esthetic equivalence of Bob Dylan (‘A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall,’ complete with gospel backup singers and thunderstorm effects), with teen angst queen Leslie Gore (an unabashedly camp version of her classic ‘It’s My Party’)?
1973: King Crimson performed at Municipal Audtorium in San Antonio, Texas.
1974: Mike Oldfields Tubular Bell‘ went to #1 for the first time on the album chart 15 months after being released. The album had a big boost when it was featured in the movie ‘The Exorcist.’ It went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.
1974: The Beach Boys ‘Endless Summer’ greatest hits album hits #1. The collection would spend 155 weeks on the Billboard Hot 200, selling over 3 million copies. It was the group’s second #1. The album was 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.
1974: The Guess Who peak at #6 with the novelty song ‘Clap For The Wolfman.’ It’s a tribute to legendary DJ Wolfman Jack, who is heard on the song.
1974: ‎Bon Scott‬ performs with ‪AC/DC‬ for the first time at Le-Sands Masonic Hall in ‎Australia‬.
1975: The three original Wailers: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer perform together for the last time at Stevie Wonder’s benefit concert, the Wonder Dream Concert, in Kingston, Jamaica.
1975: Harry Chapin’s ‘Cats in the Cradle’ is released. It will enter the Hot 100 in November and top the chart just before Christmas.
1976: Hall And Oates’ second album, ‘Abandoned Luncheonette,’ which contained the hit single ‘She’s Gone,’ is certified Gold just three weeks after its release.
1976: The Doobie Brothers ‘It Keeps You Runnin’ b/w ‘Turn It Loose’ 45 single is released. Written by Michael McDonald, it reached #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1976: AC/DC played at Stadthalle, Bern, Switzerland.
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘You Make Loving Fun’ b/w ‘Gold Dust Woman’ 45 single is released. It was the 4th and final single from the band’s album ‘Rumours’ in 1977. This song was the 4th top 10 hit from Rumours, reaching #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1977: Rush performed at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
1978: Aerosmith appeared at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1979: Jethro Tull played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.
1979:The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia (soundtrack) is released. It reached #46 on the Billboard 200 Top LPs chart, and #23 on the UK Album chart. The album was dedicated to Peter Meaden, a prominent Mod and first manager of The Who, who had died a year prior to the album’s release. The album contains ten of the seventeen tracks from the original rock opera ‘Quadrophenia’ (as not all of the tracks were used in the film). These are different mixes than those that appear on the 1973 album as they were remixed in 1979 by John Entwistle.
1979: A little more than a year after the death of drummer Keith Moon, The Who’s ‘The Kids Are Alright’ album is certified platinum.
1979: The Police release their 2nd album, ‘Reggatta de Blanc.’ It reached # 25 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The single ‘Message In A Bottle’ peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100. The instrumental “Reggatta de Blanc”, one of the few songs written by the Police as a group, came from the long instrumental break in the live performance of ‘Can’t Stand Losing You’ and earned the band the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. In 2003, the album was ranked #369 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1979: Riot released their 2nd album, ‘Narita.’ It was previously released in Japan, but was only available in the U.S. as an import. The band did a cover of the Steppenwolf song ‘Born To Be Wild’ on this album.
1980: Yes performed at Selland Arena in Fresno, California.
1981: King Crimson headlined at Moles Club in Bath, England.
1981: Saxon release their 4th studio album, ‘Denim and Leather.’ It was the last album with the classic line up of Saxon, as drummer Pete Gill would leave the band due to a hand injury, later joining Motörhead.
1982: Twenty years after its first release, EMI Records re-issues The Beatles’ ‘Love Me Do’ in the UK. It will rise to #4 by the end of the month.
1982: The Who played at the Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.
1984: Queen played the first of nine concerts at the Sun City Super Bowl, Sun City, Republic of Bophuthatswana (integrated into South Africa’s North West Province in 1994).
1984: The Grateful Dead played at the Coliseum in Charlotte, NC. 1984: Billy Squier & Black ‘N Blue played The Forum in Inglewood, CA.
1987: Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr began rehearsals with The Pretenders in preparation for the band supporting U2 on their North America tour.
1988: Def Leppard’s ‘Love Bites’ hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
1989: Motley Crue plays a warm-up show for their upcoming Dr. Feelgood tour at the Whisky a Go Go, in Hollywood, under their pseudonym The Foreskins. The band also films their next video, ‘Kickstart My Heart’ at the gig. 1990: Doro played The Stone in San Francisco, CA. Tramontane and more opened the show.
1990: Deep Purple release their 13th studio album, ‘Slaves and Masters.’
1991: Guns N’ Roses ‘Use Your Illusion II’ debuts at #1, followed by ‘Use Your Illusion I’ on Billboard’s albums chart. ‘Use Your Illusion II’ spent two weeks at #1 and was the band’s second and last #1 album in the U.S.
1991: Ozzy Osbourne debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘No More Tears’ which went on to sell four million copies in the U.S. Alongside ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ it is Osbourne’s highest selling album in the U.S. as a solo artist.
1992: Metallica’s video for ‘Sad But True’ debuted. It was directed by Wayne Isham and was the fifth and final single from ‘The Black Album.’
1992: KISS played The Montreal Forum on their ‘Revenge’ tour.
1993: The Beatles 1962-1966 (Red) and 1967-1970 (Blue) are released on CD
1996: Joan Osborne, Soul Asylum, Jewel, Extra Fancy, The Presidents of the United States of America, and Dog’s Eye View, among others, perform at the first annual ‘Concert to Benefit The Pedro Zamora Foundation.’ The show raises money for the PZF to use toward educating kids about AIDS
1999: Paul McCartney releases his first album since the death of his wife Linda in April 1998. Entitled ‘Run Devil Run,’ the CD is a collection of Rock oldies along with new McCartney songs.
1999: After breaking up “permanently” in 1983, the Who reform with an announcement by singer Roger Daltrey that the trio will re-form for a Las Vegas concert. The show was also to be broadcast live on the Internet.
2000: The book ‘The Beatles Anthology,’ some twenty years in the making, is published in the US. Stores in Japan and Britain opened at midnight to satisfy demand for the book, the first written by the band members. Publishers said the 350,000-word volume, at a cost of £35 ($56,) had already attracted more than one and a half million orders worldwide.
2002: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were the musical guest on the season premiere of season 28 of ‘Saturday Night Live.’
2003: Ted Nugent’s reality show, ‘Surviving Nugent’ premieres on VH1. Set on Nugent’s 2000-acre Michigan ranch, it has seven contestants competing in a series of challenges, like building an outhouse and skinning a boar, for a new pickup truck and $25,000.
2004: Neil Young shows up again on the Vote For Change tour. in St. Paul, MN. Wearing a Homeland Security T-shirt, Young joins R.E.M. on their song ‘Country Feedback’ and performs Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’ with Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M. and John Fogerty.
2004: Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars undergoes hip-replacement surgery after suffering from a degenerative disease that damages ligaments, tendons and bones.
2004: R.E.M. unfurls their 15th album, the politically oriented ‘Around The Sun.’
2004: Dream Theater released their 4th live album, ‘Live at Budokan.’
2004: The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction are featured on ‘Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The ’80s Underground,’ a four-disc collection. The box set takes its name from a Replacements song and features covers ’80s Alternative-Rock songs.
2004: Peter Frampton, Santana, Slash, Vernon Reid and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan appear on the ‘Sing A Song With Six Strings’ compilation. The songs are inspired by children, fatherhood and family. Several tracks are new releases.
2004: Neil Young shows up again on the Vote For Change tour. This time it’s in St. Paul. Wearing a Homeland Security T-shirt, Young joins R.E.M. on their song ‘Country Feedback’ and performs Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’ with Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M. and John Fogerty.
2004: Fates Warning release their 10th studio album, ‘FWX.’
2005: Pearl Jam plays an intimate show at Chicago’s House Of Blues to help raise funds for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. They are joined by ex-Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant for renditions of Zeppelin’s ‘Fool In The Rain’ and Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ In The Free World.’ Tickets for the one-off charity gig go for $1,000 each with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross and Jazz Foundation of America.
2006: Jon Bon Jovi is named Habitat For Humanity’s worldwide ambassador at an event held in Philadelphia. Bon Jovi also announces the formation of the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation, which partners with Habitat, the Philly-based Project H.O.M.E. charity and Saturn automakers for an initiative to renovate houses in the city.
2006: Reggae legend Bob Marley was honored with a heritage plaque at his former north London home at 34 Ridgmount Gardens in Camden. The event was part of Black History Month, a season of events promoting the contribution of African-Caribbean communities in London.
2007: John Mellencamp’s ‘Jena’ video is “so inflammatory, so defamatory, that a line has been crossed and enough is enough,” writes Murphy R. McMillin, the mayor of Jena, LA, in a fax to the press. The song/video refer to the ‘Jena Six,’ a group of black students accused of beating a white classmate after nooses were hung from a tree where black students congregated. Mellencamp sings “Jena, take your nooses down” and says the song is a condemnation of racism, not indictment of the people of Jena.
2007: The recording industry won a key fight against illegal music downloading when a federal jury found a Minnesota woman guilty of sharing copyrighted music online and levied $220,000 in damages against her. In the first such lawsuit to go to trial, the record companies accused the woman of downloading the songs without permission and offering them online through a Kazaa file-sharing account. The Recording Industry Association of America has filed over 26,000 similar lawsuits since 2003.
2008: After 17 years living as a couple, Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night are married. At their wedding, guests wear 14th-century attire and jesters, knights and minstrels provide the entertainment. Night and Blackmore were brought together through a shared love of Renaissance music and together form the band Blackmore’s Night.
2009: Elvis Presley’s grandson, 17-year-old Benjamin Keough, was offered a $5 million contract by Universal Records to record up to five albums, according to Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
2010: Bret Michaels bares all on the cover of Billboard magazine. Michaels, wearing nothing more than his signature bandana, is partly hidden behind a headline that reads “maximum exposure.” The Poison frontman and solo artist is promoting his VH1 reality series called ‘Life As I Know It.’ He calls the show “an all-access backstage pass into my everyday life.”
2010: ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ (The Beatles), ‘Losing My Religion’ (R.E.M.) and ‘Only The Good Die Young’ (Billy Joel) are performed on FOX’s hit teen musical show, ‘Glee.’ In the episode, titled Grilled Cheesus, members of the McKinley High School glee club have religious experiences that inspire them to take on spiritually oriented songs.
2010: The three surviving members of John Lennon’s first band The Quarrymen were booked to play a special charity concert for Amnesty International, just yards from the late Beatle’s former home at the Dakota Apartments in New York, to mark his 70th birthday.
2010: Joe Satriani released his 13th studio album, ‘Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards.’
2011: Scottish Folk-Guitar master Bert Jansch dies at age 67. He was a big influence on Led Zeppelin and Neil Young.
2011: The Martin Scorsese documentary ‘George Harrison: Living in the Material World’ premieres on HBO.
2011: Steve Jobs dies after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56. Jobs, the founder of Apple and a music industry visionary, was adopted at birth and grew up as a loner and a fan of all things counterculture. Among so many other innovations, his invention of both iTunes and the iPod revolutionized the music industry and helped to quell music piracy.
2012: The Beatles issue a limited-edition 45 rpm of their first single ‘Love Me Do,’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the song’s release. ‘P.S. I Love You’ is on the B-side.
2012: Stone Sour announce via their Facebook page that bassist Johnu Chow has replaced Shawn Economaki.
2012: Art Garfunkel was forced to scrap the remainder of his comeback tour due to ongoing voice problems. The singer was diagnosed with vocal paresis in 2010, prompting he and his former partner Paul Simon to cancel a planned reunion tour.
2013: John Lennon’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame was discovered to have been defaced with graffiti. After a call to Walk Of Fame authorities, the damage was quickly repaired. 2014: The Fabulous Thunderbirds played the Morro Bay Harbor Festival in Morro Bay, CA.
2018: Steve Perry releases ‘Traces,’ his first new album in 24 years. 2019: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears played The Siren in Morro Bay, CA.

October 6
1956: Elvis Presley’s ‘Love Me Tender’ b/w ‘Anyway You Want Me (That’s How I’ll Be)’ 45 single is released. The song hit #1 on the Billboard charts the week ending November 3, 1956, remaining in the position for 5 weeks and reached no. 11 on the charts in the UK. “Love Me Tender” also reached number three for three weeks on the R&B chart. It was also an achievement as ‘Love Me Tender’ succeeded another Presley single, ‘Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel’ at #1. This version was ranked #437 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1958: Billboard magazine runs an article that states “Payola, that under-the-turntable device whereby record companies win plugs and influence disc jockeys, is fast growing into a monster that may yet destroy its creators. According to key record execs, jockey payola is so widespread that it’s no longer possible to measure its effectiveness.” Disc jockey Alan Freed’s career will soon be ended by the scandal.
1962: The Beatles make their first personal appearance. They sign copies of ‘Love Me Do’ at a record store in Widnes.
1964: The Beatles record ‘Eight Days A Week’ in 13 takes at Abbey Road Studios in London. It was the first time Lennon & McCartney went into the studio with an incomplete song & then finished it during the recording process.Later that evening they partied with The Ronettes and Mick Jagger at The Ad Lib Club in London.
1965: The Who play at the Palais de Danse in Cowdenbeath, Scotland.
1965: The Yardbirds ‘I’m A Man’ b/w ‘Still I’m Sad’ 45 single is released. It reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1966: British rocker Johnny Kidd was killed in a car crash in Manchester, England at the age of 26. The car was being driven by the husband of the secretary of his fan club. Although he never made a dent in the US record charts, Kidd had several hits in the UK. He is best remembered on the North America music scene for writing The Guess Who’s 1965 chart debut, ‘Shakin’ All Over.’
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Miss Teenage Brighton Contest, Top Rank Suite, Brighton, England, playing the musical interlude during the contest.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performs on the new BBC 1 radio show Top Gear, with Stevie Wonder, who was visiting the studios, sitting in on drums for a jam called (appropriately enough) ‘Jammin’ and a version of Stevie’s ‘I Was Made To Love Her.’
1967: The Doors appeared in concert at the Cal State Los Angeles Gymnasium. California, with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Sunshine Company opening the show.
1968: Pink Floyd performed at The Country Club, Belsize Park, in London.
1968: ‘The Doors Are Open’ airs on British T.V. The special coincides with the Doors European tour.
1968: The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ promotional film, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, is broadcast for the first time in the U.S. on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
1969: The Beatles released a double A-sided single which feature the songs ‘Something’ And ‘Come Together.’ Both songs were from the band’s 1969 album ‘Abbey Road.’ It is George Harrison’s first A-side single with The Beatles and the only song written by him to top the U.S. charts while he was in the band.
1970: Genesis performs at British Legion Hall in Princes Risborough, England.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Pan American Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
1972: Led Zeppelin flew into Hong Kong and were mobbed by fans asking for autographs. The group was just passing through Hong Kong on its way home after concerts in Japan.
1972: During sessions at RCA Studios, New York City, David Bowie recorded ‘The Jean Genie,’ which became the lead single from his 1973 album ‘Aladdin Sane.’
1972: Chicago ‘Dialogue (Part I And II)’ b/w ‘Now That You’ve Gone’ 45 single is released. On the album the song is over 7 minutes long and is divided into two tracks. An edited version of the song was released as a single in October 1972, eventually reaching #24 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
1972: Genesis release their 4th studio album, ‘Foxtrot.’
1973: The Doobie Brothers ‘China Grove’ peaks at #15 on the pop charts.
1973: Slade scored their second UK #1 album when ‘Sladest’ started a three week-run at the top of the charts.
1973: The ‘Brothers and Sisters’ album by The Allman Brothers entered the last of it’s five week run at #1.
1974: King Crimson released their album, ‘Red.’ It reached #66 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The title track was ranked #87 in the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs list of Rolling Stone. It was their last studio recording of the 1970s and the last before the lead member Robert Fripp temporarily disbanded the group.
1974: Eric Clapton and Arthur Lee & Love played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1975: Roxy Music plays at Trentham Garden in Stoke, England.
1976: The Who appears at Veterans Memorial Complex in Phoenix, Arizona.
1976: Rick Dees And His Cast of Idiots receive a Gold record for one of the more bizarre novelty hits of the decade, ‘Disco Duck.’ In December, it will become only the 4th single ever to be certified Platinum. Dees was fired from his broadcasting job at WMPS in Memphis, Tennessee, when he mentioned that his song, ‘Disco Duck,’ was almost #1, and that his own radio station would not let him play it. He was soon hired by a rival Memphis station and went on to a highly successful radio career, being inducted into both the National Radio Hall of Fame, and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall Of Fame.
1977: Rod Stewart is named in a $15 million “palimony” suit by actress Britt Eklund.
1977: Aerosmith release their 17th single, ‘Draw The Line.’
1977: Frank Zappa performed at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1978: The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger apologizes to activist Jesse Jackson, who raised a public outcry over the lyrics of the Stones’ recent song ‘Some Girls,’ specifically the line “black girls just want to get——all night.” Jagger refuses calls to change the lyrics.
1978: Johnny O’Keefe dies from a heart attack induced by prescribed drugs in Darlinghurst, Australia. He was 43. He allegedly had been depressed over the death of Elvis Presley and was quoted saying, “I’ll be next.” O’Keefe was the first Australian rock ‘n’ roll performer to tour the United States. He was known for his hits ‘Wild One,’ ‘She’s My Baby’ and his cover of ‘Shout!,’ ‘Wild One’ was revived in 1986 and recorded by Iggy Pop as ‘Real Wild Child.’
1979: The Eagles release their single ‘Heartache Tonight.’ It will become their 5th Billboard #1 single, but stall at #40 in the UK.
1979: Fleetwood Mac`s release the single ‘Tusk.’
1979: Van Halen peak at #84 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with ‘Beautiful Girls.’
1979: Led Zeppelin’s ‘In Through The Out Door’ was at #1 on the US album chart. Six versions of the cover were released, each depicting the same bar scene photographed from one of six different angles.
1979: ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’ gave Bob Dylan his 12th US top 40 hit when it entered the chart for the first time. Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the song won Dylan the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male in 1980.
1980: John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) is sentenced to 3 months in prison for a bar brawl. Lydon says, “On my arrival the warders decided to make an example of me. They stripped me down, threw me into the yard and hosed me down…Inside there, it was tough — really really tough and hard – and a punishing regime. The warders would wake me up all night long with their truncheons…The embarrassment. I just wanted to crawl under the concrete.”
1980: The Grateful Dead performed at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco.
1981: ZZ Top appeared at Hemmerleinhalle in Nuremberg, Germany.
1984: David Bowie’s ‘Tonight’ album peaks at #11. In the UK, his 6th #1 album.
1984: Stevie Ray Vaughn played at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, MA. 1984: Rick Springfield & Corey Hart played The Forum in Inglewood, CA. 1984: Billy Squier played the Cow Palace in Daly City, CA.
1986: Metal Church released their 2nd full-length album, ‘The Dark.’ It peaked at #92 on the Billboard chart and remained there for 23 weeks.
1990: ‘Ragged Glory,’ a brilliant Neil Young & Crazy Horse LP, can only get to #31 on the album chart. 1987: Motley Crue & Whitesnake played the first of two nights at The Forum in Inglewood, CA.
1990: ‘A Gathering of Tribes,’ a two-day concert said to be the inspiration behind Lollapalooza, is staged in Mountain View, CA and Costa Mesa, CA by The Cult’s Ian Astbury and promoter Bill Graham. Artists on the bill include Soundgarden, Ice-T, Indigo Girls, Queen Latifah, Joan Baez, Steve Jones, Michelle Shocked, Iggy Pop, The Cramps, London Quireboys,The Mission UK, Crash Vegas and The Charlatans UK. The event raises money for Native-American-related causes and also gives concertgoers a chance to learn about organizations like Act Up, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Rock the Vote, and local animal rights groups.
1990: Queensryche peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Empire’ which went on to become their biggest selling album selling three million copies in the U.S.
1990: Billy Idol peaked at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with his cover of The Doors’ ‘L.A. Woman.’ It was Idol’s final single to chart in the U.S.
1990: Metallica enter One On One Studios in Los Angeles, CA with producer Bob Rock & begin working on ‘Metallica (The Black Album).’
1992: R.E.M. released their 8th studio album ‘Automatic for the People.’ It goes on reach #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart and sells over four million copies in the U.S.
1994: Eagles singer and guitarist Glenn Frey undergoes abdominal surgery to relieve pain from diverticulitis. The Eagles postpone their Hell Freezes Over reunion tour for the remainder of the year. It is their first concert tour in 14 years.
1995: ‘Grind,’ the first track from Alice in Chains’ eponymous album is released to radio via satellite uplink to stem the excessive spread of taped copies of the song. Earlier in October, the song had been leaked to radio prematurely.
1998: Bruce Springsteen went to court in the U.K. to prevent Masquerade Music from selling a compilation of recordings Springsteen made before he signed to Columbia Records titled Before the Fame. Springsteen would ultimately win the case.
1998: Sepultura release their 7th studio album, ‘Against.’ It was the band’s first release with new frontman Derrick Green. It reached #82 on the Billboard chart.
2002: Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones donates 100,000 pounds ($184,000) to the school he once attended in Dartford, England, for musical instruments and a band director. The musical center is named after the singer.
2004: Incubus singer Brandon Boyd is arrested at NYC’s LaGuardia Airport after screeners find a switchblade in the bottom of his bag. Boyd is charged with criminal possession of a weapon but allowed to take a later flight to Raleigh, NC, for a performance that night. “I totally forgot it was at the bottom of my bag, and when the security person pulled it out, I thought, ‘Oh, no,’” says Boyd.
2004: On his radio show, Howard Stern announces his move to satellite radio, where he will broadcast on Sirius. The popular DJ gives the service a huge bump in subscribers, and the move to satellite means he can do his show with fewer commercials and restrictions.
2004: Red Hot Chili Pepper`s vocalist Anthony Kiedis publishes his autobiography, ‘Scar Tissue.’
2004: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed and Metallica are heard on the in-game soundtrack of ‘Tony Hawk`s Underground 2’ video game.
2005: U2 is the only guest NBC’s ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien.’
2005: Green Day performs as the Network. The latter is a New Wave incarnation. Both groups play Vegas with the Network opening for Green Day. Also, Green Day plays Halo 2 against Xbox Live members. Participating gamers play for Green Day stuff.
2005: A bomb scare interrupts the Rolling Stones concert in Charlottesville, VA. Eight songs into the show Mick Jagger informs the crowd that authorities have directed the group to temporarily stop. Audience members in the first 20 rows vacate their seats while bomb-sniffing dogs check the area. Nothing is found so the concert resumes.
2005: Jimmy Page visits a Cork, Ireland, museum to open an exhibition celebrating the 19th century English architect William Burges.
2006: An audio tape Bob Dylan recorded in 1959 with a high-school friend in his hometown of Hibbing, MN, is up for auction. The cassette features Dylan singing three tunes.
2006: Mumbai-based EMI Virgin India Ltd announces that it will recall all copies of Slayer’s most recent album ‘Christ Illusion’ following protests by a Christian group, Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum (CSF)
2006: Martin Scorsese’s film, ‘The Departed,’ opens featuring two Rolling Stones songs, ‘Gimme Shelter’ and ‘Let It Loose,’ on the soundtrack. The movie stars Matt Damon, Leonardo Di Caprio and Jack Nicholson.
2007: John Kay & Steppenwolf play the Dreamcatcher rally in Aberdeen, MD. The show closes out the group’s 40th Anniversary Farewell Tour.
2007: Bruce Springsteen was being sued for $850,000 by a man who claimed he backed out of a contract to buy a horse. Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa were both named in legal documents filed in Florida by Todd Minikus. He claimed the couple pulled out of a deal to pay $650,000 for a horse, named Pavarotti.
2008: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour receives the Outstanding Contribution to Music trophy at the Q Awards 2008 in London. The guitarist pays tribute to the recently deceased Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright. “He deserves this just as much as I do,” says Gilmour. “His work was vitally important to (Floyd’s) entire career.”
2009: KISS releases their 19th studio album ‘Sonic Boom.’ The album is part of a three-disc set that is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores and their online outlets. The collection contains KISS Klassics, 15 re-recorded hits and a DVD with footage of an 2009 concert in Buenos Aires. As part of their Halloween promotion Wal-Mart stores offer special KISS merchandise – T-shirts, wigs, makeup, limited edition M&M’s and even versions of Mr. Potato Head. And that evening, the group is on The Late Show with David Letterman. “Our next guests are here to blow the roof off the dump, ladies and gentlemen,” says Letterman. The “dump” would be the Ed Sullivan Theater.
2009: Chris Cornell joins Pearl Jam onstage in L.A. The appearance is a reunion of Temple Of The Dog, an early 1990s band that consisted of Cornell and future Pearl Jam members. Cornell started the band as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood, vocalist for Mother Love Bone. Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament were in Mother Love Bone. Cornell performs ‘Hunger Strike’ and plays guitar on ‘Alive’ to close the show.
2009: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry releases a solo album, ‘Have Guitar, Will Travel.’ The album’s lead single is ‘We’ve Got a Long Way To Go.’
2009: ‘Strange Things That Happen: A Life With The Police, Polo And Pygmies,’ a book by Police drummer Stewart Copeland, is published.
2009: ‘Led Zeppelin: Shadows Taller Than Our Souls’ is in stores. Written by Charles R. Cross, the book has nine chapters named after Zeppelin albums. The title comes from a line in ‘Stairway To Heaven.’
2010: Just a year after ruling out a reunion with his former group, singer Davy Jones announced plans to reform The Monkees for a 2011 tour.
2010: John Lennon’s 1976 application for U.S. residency with his fingerprints and signature is seized by the FBI. “This really has nothing to do with John Lennon per se,” but rather “with a government document,” FBI Agent James Margolin tells the BBC. That form was scheduled to be part of an online auction conducted by GottaHaveRockAndRoll.com which still offers Paul McCartney’s original handwritten lyrics for ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,’ and a brown suede jacket worn by Elvis Presley.
2011: Starship’s ‘We Built This City’ was named ‘The worst song of the 1980s’ in a poll by Rolling Stone magazine. ‘The Final Countdown’ by the Swedish band Europe came in second and ‘Lady in Red’ by Chris de Burgh was third.
2012: The Shins perform at Jack White’s Third Man Studios facility in Nashville. The show is mixed, mastered, and immediately pressed to vinyl for sale on the spot. The event marks Third Man’s expanded facilities and their state of the art vinyl cutting lathe.
2012: The BBC airs The Beatles 1967 film ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ for the first time in 33 years.
2012: The Beatles issue a limited-edition 45 rpm of their first single ‘Love Me Do,’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the disc’s release (see above). In ’62, the song reached #17 on the British pop chart. ‘P.S. I Love You’ is on the B-side.
2013: A piece of gum chewed by Gene Simmons (KISS) during an interview on the U.K.’s Soccer AM show sells for $247,000 on eBay. In addition to the gum, the winning bid takes home the original gum wrapper, along with a transcript from the program. All of the proceeds from the auction go to the Street League which helps sports fans get jobs across the U.K., while fighting homelessness.
2014: Former Journey singer Steve Perry leads San Francisco Giants fans through ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ during the team’s playoff game against the Washington Nationals. Despite Perry’s efforts the visiting Nationals win.
2015: Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and solo artist John Fogerty publishes his memoir, ‘Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music.’
2015: System Of A Down, Disturbed, Halestorm, Paramore, Foo Fighters and Avenged Sevenfold are among the artists on Rock Band 4’s tracklist. With 1,500 songs, the game is available on Xbox One and the PlayStation4.
2015: Megadeth play Beijing. Even though many of the songs are performed as instrumentals to avoid censorship problems, Chinese government officials halt the concert because of comments made by frontman Dave Mustaine after performing ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?’ Also, drummer Tony Laureano makes his live debut with the band.
2015: Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale dresses up as a nun for an onstage appearance during Ghost’s performance at The Pageant in St. Louis.
2015: Former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge debuts his novel ‘Poet Anderson…Of Nightmares’. It’s the first in a trilogy of teen-oriented books written in collaboration with novelist Suzanne Young.
2015: ‘The 20 Years Queer Tour,’ a Garbage 20th anniversary trek, begins in San Diego.
2015: Johnny Cash was inducted into the Music City Walk Of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

October 7
1952: The Philadelphia dance show ‘Bandstand,’ hosted by Bob Horn and, later, by Dick Clark as ‘American Bandstand,’ debuts on WFIL-TV.
1957: The idea of expanding his gospel album into a Christmas album works out when Elvis Presley’s Elvis’ Christmas Album has pre-orders of 500,000 copies, going gold before it is even released. It eventually becomes the best-selling Christmas album of all time.
1957: Little Richard’s “‘Keep A Knockin’, featuring the wailing sax of Grady Gaines, enters the Billboard Top 40 on its way to #8 during a twelve week chart run. It was the seventh time Richard had reached the Pop chart in the last two years.
1963: The Beach Boys release their car themed 4th album, ‘Little Deuce Coupe.’ It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart during its 46-week chart stay.
1963: The Rolling Stones recorded the Lennon and McCartney penned song ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ at De Lane Lea Studios in London. The song which was primarily written by Paul McCartney, was finished by Lennon and McCartney in the corner of a room while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were talking.
1964: The Beatles appear (on tape) during a special British Invasion-themed episode of the popular ABC-TV variety show Shindig!, performing ‘Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!,’ ‘I’m A Loser,’ and ‘Boys.’
1966: The Rolling Stones made their last appearance on UK TV Pop show ‘Ready Steady Go!’
1966: Johnny Kidd was killed in a car crash while on UK tour in Radcliffe, Manchester. He was 27. Kidd had the 1960 UK #1 single ‘Shakin’ All Over.’ The Guess Who covered it in 1965, and the following year it became a #1 hit in Canada, and a #22 hit in the US.
1966, Smiley Lewis, New Orleans R&B singer, died of stomach cancer. He wrote ‘One Night’ covered by Elvis Presley and ‘I Hear You Knocking,’ a 1955 US #2 for Gale Storm, plus a UK #1 and a US #2 for Dave Edmunds.
1967: After a London hotel accuses the Mamas and the Papas’ Cass Elliot of running out on her bill, the singer is jailed overnight and strip-searched, forcing the cancellation of both an upcoming gig and television appearance. After a trial at West London Magistrates Court, at which no evidence was offered for the prosecution, she was released without charge and left the courtroom munching on a hash cookie that she found in her purse.
1967: Promoter Sid Bernstein, who had promoted the Beatles at their first two Shea Stadium concerts, offers one million dollars to the group, who is retired from the road, to perform a third concert there. They refuse.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at the Victoria Rooms in Bristol, England.
1968: At the fifth game in baseball’s World Series (Detroit vs. St. Louis), Jose Feliciano stuns and outrages the attendees with his jazzy acoustic take on the US National Anthem. Among those joining the uproar are Tigers starting pitcher Mickey Lolich, who complains that the overly long rendition screwed up his pregame routine.
1969: The Youngbloods’ ‘Get Together’ is certified gold.
1969: Bob Dylan’s ‘Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You’ b/w ‘Country Pie’ 45 single is released. It was the closing song of the album. The song was the 3rd single released from the album, after ‘I Threw It All Away’ and ‘Lay Lady Lay,’ reaching #50 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and reaching the top 20 in other countries.
1970: The Rolling Stones performed at Grugahalle, Essen, Germany.
1970: The Who appeared at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band headlines at Santa Fe Downs in Santa Fe, NM. Cowboy, along with Cheech and Chong were support.
1971: Fairport Convention played at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL.
1971: The Moody Blues performed at the St. Louis Arena in St. Louis, MO.
1972: David Bowie played at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band appear at the State Fairgrounds in Hamilton, NJ.
1974: Rick Wakeman plays the Maple Leaf Garden in, Toronto.
1975: Gary Wright performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto
1975: The US Court of Appeals overturns the longstanding deportation order for John Lennon, ruling that Lennon, in being held accountable for violating a foreign law (a 1968 charge for possession of marijuana in England), had been denied due process.
1976: John Lennon is awarded his Green Card and permanent residency status in the U.S. His deportation was said to be politically motivated. Lennon friend Geraldo Riviera said, “There was a fear that John could imperil the political existence of Richard Nixon.”
1976: The Who perform at the Sports Arena in San Diego, CA. Mothers Finest is the opening act.
1977: The Grateful Dead plays the University Arena, also known as “The Pit” at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
1977: Aerosmith performed at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, IN.
1977: Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces he is leaving the group to start a solo career, after much of his songwriting contributions are ignored in favor of Phil Collins songs.
1977: Queen releases ‘We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions’ as a single. Written by Freddie Mercury, it peaks at #4 on the U.S. Billboard chart.
1978: The Rolling Stones perform their new single, ‘Beast Of Burden,’ on an episode of NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live.
1978: Heart release their 4th studio album ‘Dog & Butterfly.’ It’s their final album with guitarist Roger Fisher and went on to peak at #17 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sells over 2 million copies in the U.S. It spent 36 weeks on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, reaching #17. Two singles reached the Billboard Hot 100 – ‘Straight On’ (#15), and ‘Dog & Butterfly’ (#34). Side one was the “Dog” side, and was the more “rocking” compared to the “Butterfly” side 2, which was all ballads, with the exception of the closer ‘Mistral Wind.’
1978: Toto releases their first hit ‘Hold The Line.’ 1978: Santana & Ambrosia played Kent Memorial Gym in Kent, OH.
1978: Boston release the first single off their second album. ‘Don’t Look Back’ peaks at #4.
1978: Dire Straits release their self-titled debut album. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s, and features the single, ‘Sultans of Swing,’ which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1978: The film soundtrack to ‘Grease,’ featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John started a 13 week run at #1 on the UK chart.
1978: Boston’s ‘Don’t Look Back’ reclaimed the #1 spot on the US album charts after knocking off the ‘Grease’ soundtrack. 1978: Foreigner & The Cars played The Sportatorium in Hollywood, FL.
1979: Van Halen with special guests Screams played The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult played Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI. 1980: The Kinks played the first of two nighjta at the Oakland Civic Auditorium in Oakland, CA.
1980: Rockpile’s ‘Seconds of Pleasure’ album is released. It reached #27 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1981: Loverboy’s 2nd album, ‘Get Lucky’ is released. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP chart, remaining on the chart for over two years, and features the hit singles, ‘Working for the Weekend,’ ‘When It’s Over,’ ‘Lucky Ones,’ ‘Gangs In the Street,’ and ‘Take Me to the Top.’
1981: The Rolling Stones, J. Geils Band & George Thorogood and The Detroyers played Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego.
1982: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is given a one year suspended sentence for cocaine possession. 1982: R.E.O. Speedwagon & Survivor played the first of two nights at The Forum in Inglewood, CA.
1983: John Cougar Mellencamp’s ‘Uh-huh’ album is released. It reached #9 on the Billboard 200, and contained three Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits: ‘Crumblin’ Down’ (#9), ‘Authority Song’ (#15), and ‘Pink Houses’ (#8). In 1989, it was ranked #32 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the 80’s.
1983: ZZ Top appeared at The Summit in Houston, TX.
1984: Dee Snider is arrested after a concert in Amarillo, TX for using “profane and abusive” language. According to Snider, a mom who had escorted her daughter to the show filed a complaint after Snider screamed, “Suck my mutha-f****n’ d**k!” at a concertgoer who was harassing him. Snider paid a fine of $75.
1984: Rod Stewart played the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, FL.
1986: The Talking Heads release their 7th studio album ‘True Stories.’ It reached #28 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and was released at the same time as the David Byrne film of the same name, True Stories. An early working title for the project (endorsed by bassist Tina Weymouth) was Wild Infancy. The single ‘Wild Wild Life’ became the big hit from the album, accompanied by its video airplay on MTV. The ‘Wild Wild Life’ video won two MTV Video Music Awards in 1987: Best Group Video, beating U2 and Crowded House, and Best Video from a Film. (The video is in fact an extended sequence lifted directly from the film itself).
1986: The memorial service for Metallica bassist Cliff Burton is held in his hometown of Castro Valley, CA.
1986: Slayer release their 3rd album, ‘Reign in Blood.’ It peaked at #94 on the Billboard chart.‬ Kerrang Magazine described it as the “heaviest album of all time” and listed the album at #27 among the “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time”.
1987: Exodus release their 2nd studio album, ‘Pleasures of the Flesh.’ It was the group’s first album to feature Steve Souza on vocals.
The album peaked at #82 on the Billboard chart.
1989: Melissa Etheridge’s album ‘Brave And Crazy’ enters the U.S. album chart and stays on the survey for 58 weeks.
1989: Jefferson Airplane play a concert where admission is a can of food for the San Francisco Food Bank.
1989: The Rolling Stones peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with what many considered their comeback album ‘Steel Wheels’ which went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.
1990: Soundgarden performs at the ‘Gathering of the Tribes’ festival in Costa Mesa, California. In the crowd is Eddie Vedder, who the next day flies to Seattle and meets what will become his Pearl Jam bandmates for the first time. Vedder and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden end up recording vocals together that day for the song ‘Hunger Strike’ as part of the Temple of the Dog project. 1990: John McLaughlin Trio & Steve Morse Band played The Stone in San Francisco, CA.
1992: R.E.M. release their album ‘Automatic for the People.’ It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1995: Peter Frampton kicks off a tour in Boston three days before the release of ‘Frampton Comes Alive II,’ the sequel to his best-selling live album in history ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ from 1975.
1993: Metal Church released their 5th album, ‘Hanging in the Balance.’ It was their last studio album with longtime guitarist Craig Wells.
1995: Alanis Morisette becomes the first Canadian female artist to top the Billboard album chart when ‘Jagged Little Pill’ reaches #1. The record produced six successful singles, including ‘You Oughta Know,’ ‘Ironic,’ ‘You Learn,’ ‘Hand in My Pocket,’ and ‘Head over Feet’ and went on to become the biggest selling album ever by a female artist with sales over 30 million. 1995: Van Halen played the Blockbuster Pavilion in San Bernadino, CA.
1996: Bruce Springsteen sells out at the 2,600 capacity Charlotte’s Ovens Auditorium in eight minutes during his solo acoustic tour.
1996: The ‘Rock the Vote’ campaign to get young people registered in the United States gets some NFL involvement, with quarterbacks Jeff Blake, Drew Bledsoe, Jim Kelly and Steve Young recording public service announcements.
1997: Everclear release their album ‘So Much For The Afterglow.’
1997: Jimi Hendrix ‘South Saturn Delta’ is released. It is a compilation from the Hendrix estate that consists of material such as demo tapes, unfinished takes and alternate mixes, previously released material, most of which Hendrix had been working on prior to his death in 1970.
1998: Ozzy Osbourne, Elton John, Meat Loaf & Joe Strummer of The Clash were among the guest stars on ‘South Park.’ They appeared as musicians whose careers were boosted by Chef’s advice & played a benefit concert for him.
1999: Korn is a multiple winner at the inaugural ARTISTdirect Online Music Awards at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
1999: Don Henley and Eagles Ltd. file a federal suit against Lovearth, a Sarasota, Florida-based Internet company, alleging that its registration of the domain names don-henley.net, don-henley.org, donhenley.org, theendoftheinnocence.com, and e-a-g-l-e-s.com constitutes copyright infringement.
2000: KISS featuring Peter Criss, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley perform for a final time together at the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, South Carolina.
2000: Howard Stern is named nationally syndicated personality of the year at the Billboard/Airplay Monitor Radio Awards.
2002: Mick Jagger donated £100,000 ($150,000) to his old grammar school in Dartford to help pay for a music director and buy musical instruments. The new center was also named after Mick Jagger.
2003: Motley Crue release ’20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Mötley Crüe.’
2004: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne host a star-studded charity fund-raising dinner at their Beverly Hills mansion. Called ‘An Evening at Home With the Osbournes,’ the event features a performance by Elton John and a live auction. Proceeds go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Los Angeles` Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
2004: Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, suffering from the chronic degenerative illness ankylosing spondylitis undergoes hip surgery to ease the pain of the damaged joint.
2004: The reality show ‘Tommy Lee Goes To College’ premieres on NBC. Tommy, who was a high school dropout, begins classes in chemistry, literature and the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll at the University of Nebraska.
2005: Avenged Sevenfold begin a North American tour in support of their “City Of Evil” album. The 33 date trek starts in San Diego.
2006: Rob Zombie’s ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ is named Best Horror Movie at Spike TV’s Scream Awards 2006 in L.A. Four of the film’s cast members, including Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon, are collectively named Most Vile Villain for their portrayal of the Firefly Clan. Marilyn Manson presents Ozzy Osbourne with the Scream Rock Immortal Award during a special tribute. Also, KoRn and My Chemical Romance perform during the ceremony, which celebrates “horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic books.”
2006: Former Genesis frontman Phil Collins performs at tennis star Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam for Children event in Las Vegas.
2006: Lynyrd Skynyrd shares the stage with several Country acts at a fund-raising concert in Atlanta. Proceeds go toward a memorial at Fort Benning, GA, honoring the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Brigade soldiers fought in World War II and Vietnam.
2006: The Doobie Brothers reunite with their former frontman, singer-keyboardist Michael McDonald, during the first day of the B.R. Cohn winery’s 20th annual Charity Fall Music Festival in Glen Ellen, CA.
2006: The Queen musical ‘We Will Rock You,’ which features many of the band’s classic songs, ends its four-year London run.
2007: Bruce Springsteen is interviewed on ’60 Minutes.’ He talks about his political beliefs in relation to the songs on his ‘Magic’ album. There’s also concert footage and interviews with members of the E Street Band.
2007: Bruce Springsteen went to #2 on the UK album chart with ‘Magic,’ the singer-songwriter’s 15th studio album and 7th UK chart topper. It was also #1 on the US charts.
2008: The Pretenders unveil their first studio album in six years, ‘Break Up The Concrete.’ With the exception of bassist Nick Wilkinson, Chrissie Hynde has a new Pretenders line-up backing her.
2008: Tesla release ‘Forever More,’ the band’s first full-album of original material recorded with guitarist Dave Rude. The album peaks at #33 on Billboard’s 200 album chart.
2008: The Clash’s 1982 show at New York’s Shea Stadium opening for The Who is released on CD. It was a bootlegger’s favorite for decades.
2009: Monkees vocalist Davy Jones ruled out ever reuniting with his former band mates after launching a scathing attack on each of his old pals in The National Enquirer. “It’s not a case of dollars and cents. It’s a case of satisfying yourself. I don’t have anything to prove. The Monkees proved it for me.”
2014: The TV series ‘The Wonder Years,’ which went off the air in 1993, is finally released on DVD. The distributor spent years clearing most of the 285 songs that were used on the show, including the theme, Joe Cocker’s version of ‘With A Little Help From My Friends.’
2014: Sixx A.M., with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, release their 3rd album ‘Modern Vintage.’
2014: Joe Perry releases his book ‘Rocks: My Life In and Out.’ The guitarist co-wrote the book with David Ritz.
2014: Billy Idol’s memoir ‘Dancing With Myself’ is released.
2014: On-line streaming service Spotify announced that it had secured the rights to John Lennon’s solo catalog, including his eight proper solo albums and three official compilations.
2014: Weezer releases their 9th studio album, ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End.’ It’s the band’s first album to be released by Republic Records.
2015: 70-year-old Gail Zappa, wife of Frank Zappa and executrix of the Zappa Family Trust, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Since his passing in 1993, Gail put out dozens of posthumous albums by Frank and carefully licensed his image where she deemed appropriate.

October 8
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis records ‘Great Balls Of Fire.’ He almost passes on the song, which became a huge career defining hit, because he found it blasphemous. Jerry Lee had to be convinced to record the song by Sun Records owner Sam Phillips. When released a month later it will sell over a million copies in the first ten days, eventually selling five million more. The record will peak at #2 in January, 1958, being kept out of the top spot by Danny And The Juniors’ ‘At The Hop.’
1962: Little Richard returns to Rock n’ Roll (he’d given up secular music for the ministry) launching a U.K. tour, sharing the bill with Sam Cooke.
1964: The Beatles recorded their next single ‘She’s a Woman’ in seven takes plus overdubs at Abbey Road studios in London. They record the song from start to finish in five hours.
1964: Roy Orbison hit #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Oh Pretty Woman,’ his 3rd UK #1.
1965: The Who performed at City Hall in Perth, Australia.
1965: The Florescents supported by The Castiles, which featured a young singer named Bruce Springsteen performed at the I.B. Club in Howell, New Jersey. This was The Castiles first publicly advertised nightclub appearance. Admission was $1.00.
1965: During a UK tour The Rolling Stones appeared at The ABC in Stockton on Tees. Also on the bill, Spencer Davis Group, Unit Four + 2, The Checkmates, The End, and Charles Dickens and The Habits.
1966: Cream drummer Ginger Baker collapses while on stage at a Sussex University gig in England, just after completing his epic 20-minute solo on ‘Toad.’
1966: The U.S. government decides to make LSD an illegal.
1967: Jimi Hendrix Arthur Brown and John’s Children all appeared at the Saville Theatre in London, England.
1968: “Mama” Cass Elliot’s initial solo engagement at Caesars’ Palace is a disaster, with Elliot collapsing from exhaustion and her backup band ill-rehearsed. While hospitalized, she contracts tonsillitis, forcing the cancellation of the entire two-week engagement.
1969: David Bowie played the first of a 10 date tour supporting Humble Pie at Coventry Theatre, Coventry, England. Fronted by former Small Faces singer Steve Marriott and featuring Bowies old school friend Peter Frampton. Frampton’s father, Owen taught Art at Beckenham Technical School were Bowie was a pupil. Another of his pupils was George Underwood, who became a painter and designed three David Bowie album covers, ‘Space Oddity,’ ‘Hunky Dory’ and ‘Ziggy Stardust.’
1971: The Hollies ‘Distant Light’ album is released in the UK. It was released in April 1972 in the US. It peaked at #26 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart after its release in the U.S., and included two hit singles. The Allan Clarke penned ‘Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,’ which peaked at U.S. #2 and UK #32, and the Tony Hicks penned ‘Long Dark Road’ at #26 in the U.S.
1971: Hawkwind’s 2nd studio album, ‘In Search of Space’ is released. It reached #18 on the UK album charts.
1971: The Move’s 4th and last album, ‘Message from The Country’ is released. This album has long had the reputation as The Move’s best album, although it was recorded while the band was transitioning itself into the Electric Light Orchestra.
1971: John Lennon records the signature song of his solo career, ‘Imagine.’
1971: ‘Led Zeppelin II’ was enjoying its 100th week on the UK album charts. It was the band’s first album to hit #1 in the US, knocking The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ twice from the top spot, where it remained for seven weeks. When first released the album had advance orders of 400,000 copies in the USA, (the advertising campaign was built around the slogan Led Zeppelin II Now Flying). In 1999, it was certified 12 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 12 million copies.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played the first of two nights at Winterland Arena in San Francisco, CA.
1972: David Bowie performed at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. 1972: J. Geils Band & Frampton’s Camel played the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA.
1973: Dave Mason’s ‘Baby…Please’ b/w ‘Side Tracked’ 45 single is released. Written by Dave Mason, from his 1973 LP, ‘It’s Like You Never Left.’
1974: The Ramones played at CBGB in New York.
1975: The Doobie Brothers appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1976: AC/DC played at Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
1976: EMI Records signs the Sex Pistols, who receive a 40,000 Pound ($68,000) signing bonus. “Here at last is a group with a bit of guts for younger people to identify with,” says an EMI spokesman. The relationship quickly disintegrates and the Pistols are bounced from the label.
1977: NBC airs The Paul Simon Special, which again reunites the singer with old friend Art Garfunkel.
1977: Billy Joel’s album ‘The Stranger’ enters the charts. The LP contained four US Top 30 singles (‘Just The Way You Are’ – #3, ‘Movin’ Out’ – #17, ‘Only The Good Die Young’ – #24 and ‘She’s Always A Woman’ – #17)
1977: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘It’s So Easy’ b/w ‘Lo Siento Mi Vida’ 45 single is released. Written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty, it was originally released as a single in 1958 by the Crickets, which failed to chart. it was the final release by the Crickets when Holly was still in the band. Linda Ronstadt’s version comes from her 1977 album ‘Simple Dreams.’ It reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1978: Yes performed at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1979: Warner Brothers Records rush releases Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tusk’ album weeks ahead of schedule when tracks begin mysteriously popping up on US radio stations. It’s their first double album and the follow-up to ‘Rumours.’ Costing over $1 million to record, at the time it was the most expensive rock album ever made. It sold 4 million copies worldwide, and featured the USC Trojan Marching Band on the title song ‘Tusk.’
1980: During his performance at Pittsburgh’s Stanley Theater, Bob Marley collapses on stage and is rushed to New York’s Sloan-Kettering Hospital for treatment, then flown to Ethiopia for rest. It was to be his last stage performance before losing his battle with cancer in 1981.
1980: Talking Heads 4th studio album, ‘Remain in Light’ is released. It reached #19 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #21 on the UK Albums Chart. Two singles were released from ‘Remain in Light,’ ‘Once in a Lifetime’ (Billboard Hot 100 at #91) and ‘Houses in Motion.’ In 2003, Rolling Stone placed it at # 126 on its The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1982: R.E.M. appeared at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City, supported by The Fleshtones. 1982: Van Halen played Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1983: The Police’s ‘King Of Pain’ rises to #3 on the pop chart. It was their 5th top ten single in the U.S.
1985: Little Richard crashes his rented Nissan 300SX sports car into a telephone pole in West Hollywood and is taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital with a broken right leg, bruised ribs and head and facial injuries. Little Richard was driving his car at approximately 60 mph in a 30 mph zone, and was trapped in the car for 30 minutes while county firefighters used the “jaws of life” to pry him loose. Police determine that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
1986: Elton John, David Lee Roth and Cher appear on the opening night of ‘The Late Show starring Joan Rivers.’ At the end of the program, the hostess stood next to Elton and joined him in singing ‘The Bitch .’ Back”. Joan’s decision to host her own show without telling Johnny Carson, for whom she filled in for on ‘The Tonight Show,’ would permanently sour the friendship between the two.
1987: The acclaimed Chuck Berry documentary ‘Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll’ premieres in US theaters on the same day that Berry himself is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 1777 N. Vine.
1987: Promoting their space-themed ‘Afterburner’ record, ZZ Top book passage on what is announced as the first passenger flight to the moon. 1987: Motley Crue & Whitesnake played Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA.
1988: The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards performs his first solo single, ‘Take It So Hard,’ on Saturday Night Live.
1988: Metallica peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘…And Justice for All’ which was their first album to reach the top ten in the U.S. & would go on to sell eight million copies in the U.S.
1988: U2 reached #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first time with ‘Desire’ which spent one week on top of the chart. The song would go on to reach #3 in the U.S.
1988: Def Leppard’s ‘Love Bites’ is the #1 song in the U.S. It was their 5th single off of their album ‘Hysteria.’ The song spent one week on top of the chart.
1988: Cheap Trick’s Elvis Presley cover of ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ peaks at #4. It was the first Elvis Presley cover to reach the Top 10 in the U.S. since Presley’s death.
1988: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side of The Moon’ finally left Billboard’s Hot 200 Album Chart after a record breaking 741 weeks.
1989: The Grateful Dead played at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
1989: After Rolling Stone Ron Wood suggested the Who were reforming for the money alone, Who guitarist Pete Townshend publicly answered: “Mick needs a lot more than I do. His last album was a flop,” referring to the Stones’ legendary miscue ‘Dirty Work.’
1990: Eddie Vedder flies from his home in San Diego to Seattle, where he meets his Pearl Jam bandmates for the first time and starts a week of recording that becomes the bulk of their debut album, Ten. Vedder was chosen based on vocals he added to a 3-song instrumental demo the band made.
1990: The Go-Go’s pose for the first “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” poster for PETA.
1990: B.J. Wilson (born Barrie James Wilson), dies of pneumonia. He was 43. Wilson, who had been the drummer in Procol Harem during their formative years, collapsed after a drug overdose in 1987 and was in a vegetative state until his death from pneumonia three years later. During his career, Wilson played briefly with AC/DC after Phil Rudd left in 1983 and also played on the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ soundtrack. He was also asked to be the original drummer for Led Zeppelin by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
1991: Soundgarden released their 3rd studio album, ‘Badmotorfinger.’ In 1992, ‘Badmotorfinger’ was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
1991: The U2 song ‘Exit’ is played at the trial of Robert Bardo, who claims the song compelled him to kill the actress Rebecca Schaeffer.
1992: The US Postal Service issues a booklet of commemorative rock and roll stamps featuring Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Bill Haley, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, and Dinah Washington.
1994: ‘Elvis Aaron Presley: The Tribute’ is broadcast live on pay-per-view TV in the US. In attendance at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis are Lisa Marie Presley and her husband, Michael Jackson.
1996: Jimmy Chamberlin, charged with drum possession, pleads guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct. The Smashing Pumpkins drummer was shooting heroin with touring keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin in July when Melvoin overdosed and died. Chamberlin was fired from the band, but returns in 1999.
1996: Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne play a benefit show for environmental groups at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, Oregon. They are greeted by the roar of chainsaws wielded by loggers upset at their efforts to stifle their livelihood.
1996: Marilyn Manson released his 2nd full-length studio album, ‘Antichrist Superstar.’
1996: Firehouse release their acoustic album, ‘Good Acoustics.’
1998: Bruce Springsteen gives evidence in London’s High Court in his case against Masquerade Music over that company’s attempt to release some of his early ’70s recordings in the UK. The artist says that he was living hand-to-mouth at the time the songs in question were written, relying on handouts from Mike Appel, his co-manager at the time.
2002: Bon Jovi release their 8th studio album, ‘Bounce.’ It is a reference to the U.S.A.’s ability to bounce back from the World Trade Center attacks.
2003: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the London premiere of ‘A Concert For George.’ The Harrison tribute was filmed the previous year at the Royal Albert Hall.
2003: Slayer heads the third annual Jagermeister Fall Music Tour. The first stop is Minneapolis.
2004: ‘Genius: A Night For Ray Charles’ concert takes place at the Staples Center in L.A. Hosted by actor Jamie Foxx, who played Charles in a bio film, the show has performances by Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, B.B. King, Al Green and Billy Preston. The concert airs a couple weeks later on CBS. Charles passed away earlier in the year.
2004: Ray Charles, who died in June, scores his first Platinum album when ‘Genius Loves Company,’ released in September, sells over a million copies.
2004: Hootie and the Blowfish hold their second annual ‘Homegrown Concert’ in Charleston. The show is the first in a series designed to improve schools in the Carolinas.
2006: Buckcherry play a festival-closing set at the 2006 Lake Havasu RockFest, in Lake Havasu City, AZ. The Black Crowes, Lit and Live also perform at the three-day event.
2007: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan asks musicians and fans to donate money to the Bob Moog Foundation. The nonprofit organization preserves the archives of the late electronic synthesizer pioneer and provides scholarships. “He was an American original,” says Corgan.
2007: On the day before his album ‘Rock N Roll Jesus’ is released, Kid Rock performs on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman.
2008: Republican presidential nominee John McCain who had already been roundly criticized by Heart, John Mellencamp, Van Halen and Jackson Browne for unauthorized use of their songs, has the Foo Fighters taking issue with the candidate’s use of their 1998 hit ‘My Hero’ during his campaign without the band’s permission. “It’s frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property,” says a Foo Fighters statement. On a happier note, the Warren, OH city council pass a resolution changing the city’s Market Alley to David Grohl Alley, in honor of the locally grown Foo Fighters frontman.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne blasts the Westboro Baptist Church for paraphrasing lyrics from his song ‘Crazy Train’ after they tell reporters the U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are “punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.” Ozzy says, “I am sickened and disgusted by the use of ‘Crazy Train’ to promote messages of hate and evil by a church.”
2010: In honor of what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday (the next day) the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, plant a time capsule filled with Lennon’s solo recordings and fan contributions in Cleveland. The plan is to store the capsule until a ceremonial presentation on October 9th, 2040.
2010: ‘Clapton’ debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Rock Albums chart. It displaces Linkin Park’s ‘A Thousand Suns.’ Eric Clapton’s 19th studio album and his first in 5 years, also lands at #5 on the Top 200 Albums chart.
2011: Elton John gives the 3,000th live performance in his storied career at the Las Vegas Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace.
2011: Former Weezer bassist (1998-2001) Mikey Welsh is found dead in his Chicago hotel room. He left Weezer due to drug problems. Welsh was 40.
2012: Pete Townshend’s autobiography ‘Who I Am’ is in U.S. bookstores. “Rock n’ Roll is a tough career, however cynically or comically it is portrayed by its detractors,” says The Who’s guitarist/songwriter. “I am lucky to be alive and to have such a crazy story to tell, full of wild adventures and creative machinations.”
2012: The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ is named the song most often referred to in works of literature according to a list compiled by Small Demons. The website claims the song is mentioned in at least 55 works of fiction.
2012: Record label EMI recalled a vinyl, anniversary edition of The Beatles’ hit single ‘Love Me Do’ after discovering they had accidentally pressed a version that included session musician Andy White playing drums instead of Ringo Starr. Copies of the disc featuring the wrong version were reportedly selling for big money on the internet auction website eBay.com.
2012: Green Day is forced to cancel their appearance at the New Orleans’ Voodoo Music Festival, citing Billie Joe Armstrong’s problems with substance abuse and rehab. Armstrong had previously had an onstage outburst mid-show in Las Vegas in September of 2012, which began the band’s decision to get treatment for Billie.
2013: KoRn issue ‘The Paradigm Shift.’ The album marks the band’s return to Nu Metal, following the Dubstep influenced ‘The Path Of Totality,’ and the addition of co-founding guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. The album debuted and peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200, making it Korn’s twelfth studio album to peak in the top ten.
2013: ‘Fortress,’ from Alter Bridge, is out. “We pushed ourselves harder and further than we ever have previously in order to make the most out of every individual arrangement,” says guitarist Mark Tremonti. “We wanted this album to be our most unpredictable and exciting one yet.”
2013: ‘CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,’ with Blondie, the Talking Heads and Joey Ramone, is out. The film, in theaters three days later, chronicles the legendary Manhattan club that guided the birth of Punk.
2013: Richie Ramone, former drummer for the Ramones, releases his debut solo album, ‘Entitled.’
2013: While on their South American tour, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford meet with Uruguay President Jose “Pepe” Mujica. “We believe in what he stands for,” states Tyler. “His behavior – the way he gives 70% of his salary to the people to build homes here, in a very small country, I think he’s doing it the right way – grass roots – and we believe in that.”
2015: Green Day’s ‘Heart Like A Hand Grenade’, the ‘lost’ documentary chronicling the making of their Bush-era protest album/Rock opera ‘American Idiot,’ premieres at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival.
2015: Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Yes, The Cars, Steve Miller Band and Nine Inch Nails are among the artists nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame’s induction class of 2016. Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and Steve Miller get in.

October 9
1958: Eddie Cochran records ‘C’mon Everybody’ for Liberty Records who release it as the B-side to ‘Don’t Ever Let Me Go.’ The song would go on to be Cochran’s last US Top 40 hit, reaching #35. The song would later be covered by Led Zeppelin, Sid Vicious and Humble Pie.
1959: Paul McCartney helps to force the last non-Beatle member of the Quarrymen, Ken Brown, from the skiffle group after Brown gets paid for an engagement at Liverpool’s Casbah Club for which he was too sick to perform. This leaves the Quarrymen as John, Paul, and George; by May of the following year, the group, now featuring Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best, would be known as the “Beatals.”
1959: 21 year old Bobby Darin becomes the youngest performer to headline at the Sands Hotel’s Copa Room in Las Vegas. The previous record-holder, Johnny Mathis, appeared at 23. Darin was touring in support of his mega-hit, ‘Mack The Knife,’ which was #1 in the US this week.
1961: ‘Hit The Road Jack’ becomes Ray Charles’ second tune to top the Billboard Pop chart. In the UK, it reached #6. The song has since been ranked #377 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1962: Britain’s BBC bans Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett’s ‘Monster Mash.’ Although the song is neither obscene or controversial, it’s about a horror movie party and like many other songs, is banned under a catch-all regulation prohibiting the broadcast of anything deemed “offensive.”
1964: The Rolling Stones cancel an upcoming South African tour when the British Musicians Union declares an embargo of the country due to their apartheid polices.
1964: The Beach Boys record ‘Dance Dance Dance’ with Glen Campbell playing the lead guitar intro. It became their 12th US Top 40 hit, reaching #8 during a two month chart run. Campbell would tour with the band from December, 1964 until early March, 1965.
1965: The Beatles start a four week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Yesterday,’ the groups 10th U.S. #1. The track was not released as a single in the UK until 1976. There are over 3000 known cover versions of the song.
1967: Legendary New York DJ Murray The K is fired from station WOR-FM, where he had moved to take advantage of the new free-form format of FM radio, when the station’s new owners decided to move to a set playlist.
1967: The Yardbirds ‘Ten Little Indians’ b/w ‘Drinking Muddy Water’ 45 single is released. A song by Harry Nilsson released on his 1967 album ‘Pandemonium Shadow Show.’ Written in the style of a nursery rhyme, the song is about the Ten Commandments. Yardbirds guitarist and producer Jimmy Page lays claim to inventing the audio effect known as reverse echo whilst recording ‘Ten Little Indians.’
1971: John Lennon celebrates his 31st birthday at Yoko Ono’s This Is Not Here exhibition at the Everson Art Museum in Syracuse, New York. Ringo Starr, Phil Spector, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa and a host of Hollywood actors also stopped by to view Yoko’s first major art show.
1971: Van Morrison releases ‘Wild Night.’
1971: Rod Stewart’s ‘Every Picture Tells A Story’ is the #1 album in the U.S. and U.K. Simultaneously, the single ‘Maggie May’ is also at the top in the U.S. and U.K.
1971: The Who played a show at the University of Surrey, Guildford, with guest John Sebastian joining in on harmonica on ‘Magic Bus.’ Sebastian was the only outside musician ever to jam with The Who on stage up to that point. Backstage, the group celebrated John Entwistle’s 27th birthday.
1973: Paul Simon’s ‘Loves Me Like A Rock’ is certified gold.
1973: Priscilla Presley finalizes her divorce from Elvis with a second, revised settlement giving her $14,200 a year in support, $725,000 in cash now, half of the sale of the couple’s Palm Springs home, and five percent of all new recordings. The ex-couple leave the courthouse holding hands.
1973: Queen’s ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ b/w ‘Son And Daughter’ 45 is released. It was largely ignored upon its release; it failed to chart on either side of the Atlantic. In 2008, Rolling Stone rated the song #31 on its list of “The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time”.
1974: Rush made their American television debut on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert playing ‘Best I Can,’ ‘In the Mood’ and ‘Finding My Way.’ They didn’t perform on American television again until 2008 on The Colbert Report.
1975: On father John Lennon’s 35th birthday, Yoko Ono gives birth to Sean Ono Taro Lennon.
1975: KISS made their famous trip to Michigan’s Cadillac High School.
1976: The Who & Grateful Dead began their two days of shows at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA. for The Day on the Green #8 and #9.
1976: The Sex Pistols signed to EMI records for $68,000, but the contract was terminated three months later with the label stopping production of the ‘Anarchy In The UK’ single and deleting it from its catalog. EMI later issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the last few months.
1976: Scorpions release their 4th studio album, ‘Virgin Killer.’ The album was popular in Japan where it peaked at #32 on the charts
1976: Boz Scaggs’ ‘Lowdown’ is kept out of the top slot on the pop chart (stuck at #3) by not one, but two novelty songs. They are Walter Murphy’s disco take on Classical, ‘A Fifth Of Beethoven’ and DJ Rick Dees’ ‘Disco Duck (Part 1).’ 1977: Aerosmith & Styx played the first of two nights at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1978: The Faces’ Ian McLagan marries his longtime girlfriend, former model (and first wife of Keith Moon) Kim Kerrigan.
1978: David Bowie releases his second live album, ‘Stage.’ The album was recorded at concerts in Philadelphia, Providence and Boston.
1978: The Faces’ Ian McLagan marries his longtime girlfriend, former model (and first wife of Who drummer Keith Moon) Kim Kerrigan.
1979: Styx releases ‘Babe.’
1978: Judas Priest released their 5th studio album, ‘Killing Machine’ in the UK. It was released the following February 28 in the U.S. with the title ‘Hell Bent for Leather.’ It was the band’s last studio album with drummer Les Binks.
1980: Despite years of hits in the UK, Gary Glitter declares bankruptcy.
1980: John Lennon releases the single ‘Starting Over’ on his 40th birthday. The ‘Double Fantasy’ track is Lennon’s first record in five years.
1981: The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights (9th & 11th) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Prince was the support act and dressed in his controversial bikini briefs and trench coat, he ran off stage after 15 minutes due to the crowd booing and throwing beer cans at him. George Thorogood & The Detroyers and J. Geils Band were also on the bill. 1981: The Kinks played the first of two nights at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA. The second night was Oct. 6. 1981: Blue Oyster Cult with special guests Foghat & Whitford/Holmes played the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, FL.
1982: The Clash made their only appearance on American television on Saturday Night Live where they performed ‘Straight to Hell’ and ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ 1983: Loverboy & Zebra played the Bayfront Center Arena in St. Petersburg, Florida.
1984: Armored Saint released their 1st album, ‘March of the Saint.’ It was produced by Michael James Jackson. His previous work included the KISS’ ‘Creatures Of The Night.’ Their first full tour was opening for Quiet Riot and Whitesnake in America. Their next one was with Metallica and W.A.S.P.
1984: The extraordinarily popular children’s show ‘Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends’ begins its run on BBC-TV, featuring a narrator by the name of Ringo Starr.
1985: On what would have been John Lennon’s 45th birthday, Yoko Ono formally opened the three and a half acre garden at the Strawberry Fields site in New York’s Central Park. The area was planted with trees, shrubs and flowers gathered from across the world and with a one million dollar donation from Yoko
1987: Bruce Springsteen releases his 8th studio album, ‘Tunnel Of Love.’ It’s later ranked #25 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980’s. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top albums chart, and features the Billboard Hot 100 singles, and ‘Brilliant Disguise’ (#5). In 2003, the same magazine ranked it at #475 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1987: ‘Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ the documentary movie chronicling the 60th birthday concerts of Chuck Berry was released.
1989: After Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood suggests that The Who were re-forming for the money alone, Who guitarist Pete Townshend publicly answers: “Mick needs a lot more than I do. His last album was a flop,” referring to The Rolling Stones’ ill-received ‘Dirty Work.’
1989: Venom released their 6th studio album, ‘Prime Evil.’
1990: Styx release their 12th studio album, ‘Edge of the Century.’
1990: Slayer released their 5th studio album, ‘Seasons in the Abyss.’ It reached #40 on the Billboard chart.In 2016, Loudwire ranked the album #2 among Slayer’s studio albums.
1990: Testament release their 4th studio album, ‘Souls of Black. It peaked at #73 on the Billboard chart.
1990: Eddie Vedder flies from his home in San Diego to Seattle, where he meets his Pearl Jam bandmates for the first time and starts a week of recording that becomes the bulk of their debut album, ‘Ten.’ Vedder was chosen based on vocals he added to a three-song instrumental demo the band made
1991: Soundgarden released their 3rd studio album, ‘Badmotorfinger.’
1993: Nirvana entered the US album chart at #1 with ‘In Utero,’ their 3rd and final studio album. Kurt Cobain had originally wanted to name the album ‘I Hate Myself and I Want to Die.’ The album spent one week on top of the chart & went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.
1993: Melissa Etheridge’s ‘Yes I Am’ enters the U.S. album chart at #16.
1993: Aerosmith made their second appearance on Saturday Night Live where they performed ‘Cryin’ and ‘Sweet Emotion.’
1995: Savatage release their 1st live album, ‘Japan Live ’94.’
1999: Las Vegas’ Grand Hotel holds an auction of several hundred thousand dollars’ worth of Elvis memorabilia, including the King’s wristwatch, cigar box, and his 1956 Lincoln Continental.
1999: NetAid proves to be a fundraising and technical bust. Performances by Bryan Adams, David Bowie, Sting, Sheryl Crow and a slew of others, in the U.S., England and Switzerland are broadcast online. The online sound is spotty and the money fails to roll in. Organizers admit they were trying to do too much too soon.
2000: On what would have been John Lennon’s 60th birthday, the book ‘Lennon Remembers, The Complete Rolling Stone Interviews’ is released, containing material too controversial to publish years earlier.
2000: The first ever John Lennon museum opens in Japan on what would have been Lennon’s 60th birthday. Yoko allows it to run for 10 years before terminating the agreement, as she felt Lennons spirit should stay in motion.
2000: Dennis DeYoung of Styx, unable to tour because of debilitating fatigue, sues the band for touring without him. The suit is eventually settled, but DeYoung never returns to the fold. Styx carries on without him, but leaves most of his songs out of the setlists.
2001: U2 frontman Bono, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, and Moby make unannounced appearances in New York, at the second of two anti-violence benefit concerts organized by the Beastie Boys.
2001: Bob Dylan was refused backstage access to his own concert at the Jackson County Exposition Center in Medford, OR for not presenting his pass. Dylan requested tighter security during this tour & the guards that didn’t recognize him were thrown out.
2002: John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman was denied parole for a second time on October 9th, the same day that Lennon would have turned 62. The state parole board issued a statement that said releasing Chapman after 22 years in prison would “deprecate the seriousness” of the crime and while Chapman had “acceptable” behavior in prison, that didn’t guarantee he wouldn’t pose a threat to society. At his first parole hearing two years earlier, Chapman said he did not deserve to go free. The 48 year old prisoner lived in a housing unit separate from the general population for his own safety and worked as a clerk.
2003: Joe Strummer’s ‘Streetcore’ album is posthumously released. The former Clash guitarist died of a heart attack the previous December at age 50.
2003: Ambrose Kappos, 37, of New York, was charged with three counts of stalking and harassing singer Sheryl Crow. He was arrested after being accused of sneaking into New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom then trying to get into Crow’s limousine when she left the venue. Mr Kappos’ brother said he was harmless but “infatuated” with the singer.
2006: Elton John is presented with a Disney Legends Award. The singer-songwriter, who won an Oscar for his work on the ‘Lion King’ soundtrack, is recognized for his musical contributions to the Disney legacy.
2006: The Bad Brains kick off a three-night residency at CBGB’s, during the famed music venue’s last week of operation. Celebrities spotted in the crowd include Ric Ocasek, Paulina Porizkova, Richard Hell, and Elijah Wood.
2007: Kid Rock releases the album ‘Rock N Roll Jesus.’ Co-produced by Rock and Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) the album features longtime backing group, the Twisted Brown Trucker Band.
2007: Puddle Of Mudd release their 4th studio album, ‘Famous.’
2007: Alter Bridge release their 2nd album, ‘Blackbird.’
2007: Overkill release their 14th studio album, ‘Immortalis.’ The song ‘Skull and Bones’ features Randy Blythe from Lamb of God.
2007: Megadeth release their ‘Warchest’ box set (4 CD + DVD).
2007: The documentary ‘American Landing: Jimi Hendrix At Monterey’ premieres in Los Angeles.
2007: Eric Clapton makes an appearance on NBC’s Today Show to promote ‘Clapton: The Autobiography,’ and career-spanning two-CD collection, ‘Complete Clapton,’ both released on this day.
2007: The Police postpone a pair of concerts in Belgium and Germany because frontman Sting is suffering from a “serious” throat infection and doctors advise him to rest. But a bigger pain for Sting may be getting named music’s worst lyricist by Blender magazine. According to the magazine his lyrics are “mountainous pomposity (and) cloying spirituality.” Rush drummer Neil Peart lands at #2 on the list while Creed frontman Scott Stapp and Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher are at #3 and #4, respectively.
2007: Imagine Peace Tower is dedicated in Reykjavik, Iceland. Built in honor of John Lennon, it’s unveiled on what would have been the late Beatle’s 67th birthday. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the ceremony. “I hope Imagine Peace Tower will give light to the strong wishes of world peace from all corners of the planet and give encouragement…in a world filled with fear and confusion,” says Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow. The tower of light is illuminated through December 8th, the 27th anniversary of Lennon’s death.
2007: George Harrison’s solo catalog is available via iTunes. He’s the final member of The Beatles to have his music go on sale digitally.
2008: Paul McCartney, a vegetarian for 30 years, was said to be furious when he heard that a Liverpool branch of McDonald’s restaurant displayed his picture, accusing them of using it to attract customers. Sir Paul was quoted as saying “What sort of morons do McDonald’s think Beatles fans are?”
2008: Def Leppard opens the 2008-09 National Hockey League season with the NHL Face-Off Rocks show at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. The band performs ‘C’mon C’mon’ before the Detroit Red Wings raise their 2008 Stanley Cup Championship banner. Joe Elliot is later handed the Stanley Cup which he inadvertently places upside down on a nearby table.
2008: Marilyn Manson’s original bassist, Gidget Gein (Brad Stewart), dies of an apparent drug overdose in Burbank, CA. at 39. Gein first joined the group when it was called the Spooky Kids
2008: Chris Cornell’s ‘Ground Zero,’ from his ‘Scream’ album, is featured on the series premiere of ABC’s ‘Life On Mars.’
2009: Bruce Springsteen plays the last concert at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Part of his set includes an early version of ‘Wrecking Ball’ that he wrote for the occasion.
2010: To commemorate what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday, Yoko Ono awards four people the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace in Reykjavick, Iceland.
2011: Paul McCartney gets married for a third time at Old Marylebone Town Hall, where Paul married Linda Eastman in 1969. American Nancy Shevell is his new bride.
2011: 69-year-old Paul McCartney announced an 11 date tour that would take him through Russia, Europe and the United Arab Emirates, set to begin the following month.
2012: Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant attend two special premiere screenings of ‘Celebration Day’ at the historic Ziegfeld Theater in New York. The film documents the band’s 2007 concert at London’s O2 Arena.
2012: Paul McCartney receives a BMI Million-Air Award to honor over 4 million U.S. broadcast performances of his James Bond film song, ‘Live and Let Die.’
2012: Nonpoint’s self-titled 7th album is released.
2012: The Wallflowers issue their 6th studio album, ‘Glad All Over,’ recorded in Nashville at Dan Auerbach’s (Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound studio.
2012: Black Keys release a six-song EP titled ‘Tour Rehearsal Tapes.’ Recorded in late 2011 while prepping for an upcoming tour, the EP is initially available exclusively on iTunes.
2012: KISS release their 20th studio album, ‘Monster.’
2012: ‘Slash: An Intimate Portrait’ is available through Amazon. Written by Guitar World senior editor Richard Bienstock and photographer Robert Knight, the book’s foreword is by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, with a preface from Aerosmith’s Joe Perry.
2013: Paul McCartney surprised 400 students at the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts with a performance of a 13 song set consisting of tunes from his latest album along with Beatles and Wings classics. Macca delighted the assembly by telling them, “This beats going to class,” as he kicked off the show with ‘Eight Days A Week.’
2014: The Eagles’ Don Henley launched a lawsuit against The Duluth Trading Company over alleged unauthorized use of his name, trademarks and publicity rights in one of their e-mail advertisements.
2014: The Darkness announce that they have parted ways with drummer Ed Graham, one of the group’s co-founders. “For various reasons, we have all decided to move on,” reads a band statement. Graham is heard on the group’s first three albums.
2015: Michael Monroe releases, ‘Blackout States.’ The set was produced by Chips Kiesbye and recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden.
2015: Ten Commandos, featuring Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Alain Johannes, Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd and Burning Brides frontman Dimitri Coats, release their debut single ‘Staring Down The Dust.’
2015: Figures released by the Recording Industry Association of America showed a 52.1 percent gain in vinyl record sales that accounted for more than $221 million in revenue. CDs, meanwhile, sold slightly more than 41 million units so far this year, a 27.6 percent drop from last year’s midpoint tally of 56.8 million. They generated nearly $495 million in revenue, which represents a drop of more than 30 percent below last year’s $722 million sales value.
2016: Following the televised debate between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Royal Blood tweet “Donald Trump + Hilary Clinton = Nickelback.” Nickelback responds with “Nickelback jokes are like Royal Blood – they were a lot cooler a couple of years ago. Don’t drink and tweet fellas. Stay safe.”
2017: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ‘Greatest Hits’ is #2 on the Billboard chart in the week following Petty’s death. The ’94 compilation is lodged behind Country singer Shania Twain’s comeback album ‘Now.’

October 10
1902: Kalamazoo, MI, mandolin maker Orville Gibson founds the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co, Ltd. In 1936 it would create the first commercially successful electric guitar and in 1946 Gibson introduced the P-90 single coil pickup, which was eventually used on the first Les Paul model made in 1952.
1939: The inspiration for the 1966 Beatles song ‘Eleanor Rigby’ died in her sleep of unknown causes at the age of 44. The song wasn’t initially written about her, as Paul McCartney’s first draft of the song named the character Miss Daisy Hawkins. Eleanor Rigby’s tombstone was noticed in the 1980s in the graveyard of St. Peter’s Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool, a few feet from where McCartney and Lennon had met for the first time in 1957.
1956: Elvis Presley’s ‘Love Me Tender’ entered the US chart for a 19 week stay, peaking at #1 for 5 weeks. The song, from Presley’s first film of the same name, was adapted from the tune ‘Aura Lee,’ written in 1861.
1959: The Quarry Men play at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool. Member Ken Brown was suffering from a heavy cold and could not perform, which ultimately caused an argument when Paul McCartney said that Brown should’nt get a share of the performance fee. John Lennon and George Harrison side with McCartney and Brown quits The Quarry Men.
1964: During a UK tour The Beatles appeared at De Montfort Hall in Leicester. Ringo Starr drove himself to the venue after taking delivery of a brand new Facel Vega, apparently reaching speeds of 140 MPH on the M6 motorway.
1964: The Shangri-Las release ‘Leader Of The Pack.’ Of their six US Top 40 hits, this will be their only #1. It reached #11 in the UK.
1965: The Who arrive at Stockholm airport in Sweden to begin their two-day tour. Unfortunately, their equipment has been flown to Gothenburg for their second stop so the band is forced to borrow instruments from their opening acts The Moonjacks and The Mascots for their show at Johanneshovs Isstadion in Stockholm.
1966: The Who played at Bath Pavilion in Bath, Somerset, England.
1966: The Monkees release their self titled debut album. It was the first of four consecutive U.S. #1 albums for the group, taking the top spot on the Billboard 200 for 13 weeks, after which it was displaced by the band’s second album. The song ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ was released as a single shortly before the release of the album and went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1966: Simon & Garfunkel released their 3rd album ‘Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.’ It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. Three singles charted in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart – ‘Scarborough Fair (/Canticle)’ (#11), ‘Homeward Bound’ (#5), and ‘The Dangling Conversation’ (#25). In 2003, the album was ranked #201 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1966: The Beach Boys release the single ‘Good Vibrations’ is released. It hits #1 a couple of weeks later.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1967: The Who go into De Lane Lea Studios, London to record for BBC Radio One’s show ‘Top Gear.’ It is the first time the BBC allow any musical act to record for them outside the BBC’s own studios. Alternate versions of ‘Pictures Of Lily’ (Pete on organ), ‘I Can See For Miles,’ (with heavy bass part), ‘Relax,’ ‘Our Love Was,’ (with Hawaiian guitar), ‘Can’t Reach You,’ ‘A Quick One While He’s Away,’ and ‘Someone’s Coming’ are recorded along with new tracks ‘Summertime Blues’ and ‘My Way.’ Also recorded are five jingles, two for Top Gear and three for Radio One using altered lyrics to ‘Happy Jack,’ ‘Boris The Spider’ and ‘My Generation.’
1969: Led Zeppelin play at the Olympia in Paris, France. The show was first broadcast on French radio, November 2, 1969 on Europe1 (Musicorama program). The tape was re-discovered in the radio station’s basement in 2007 and re-broadcast on December 7, 2007.
1969: Pink Floyd performed at the University of Loughborough in Leicestershire, England.
1969: The Kinks 7th studio album, ‘Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)’ is released. It reached #105 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, with the single ‘Victoria’ reaching #62 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1969: The debut album ‘In The Court Of The Crimson King’ by King Crimson was released. It is generally viewed as one of the first works to truly embody the progressive rock genre. It reached #28 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and #5 on the UK LP’s chart.
1969: Frank Zappa’s 2nd solo album, ‘Hot Rats’ is released. It reached #173 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.The album was dedicated to Zappa’s new-born son, Dweezil Zappa.
1970: Black Sabbath’s sophomore album, ‘Paranoid,’ with the title track and ‘War Pigs,’ tops the U.K. chart.
1970: Pink Floyd releases their 5th studio album, ‘Atom Heart Mother.’ It reached #1 in the UK, and #55 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1970: The Who’s ‘See Me, Feel Me’ b/w ‘Overture From ‘Tommy’ 45 single is released in the UK.
1970: ‘Cosmos Factory’ by Creedence Clearwater Revival enters the eighth of nine weeks at #1 on the US album charts.
1970: The US’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) head, Nicholas Johnson, responds to recent comments made by Vice President Spiro Agnew that attacked radio stations for playing songs that contained “drug culture propaganda…(in) too many of the lyrics the message of the drug culture is purveyed,” saying, “If we really want to do something about drugs, let’s do something about life…The song writers are trying to help us understand our plight and deal with it. It’s about the only leadership we’re getting. They’re not really urging you to adopt a heroin distribution program, Mr. Vice President.”
1970: The first issue of the legendary UK rock newspaper Sounds is published. It was intended to be a weekly rival to titles such as Melody Maker and New Musical Express and was well known initially for giving away posters in the center of the paper. Sounds closed on April 6, 1991.
1972: The Hollies ‘Long Dark Road’ b/w ‘Indian Girl’ 45 single is released in the U.S.Written by Tony Hicks / Kenny Lynch from The Hollies album, ‘Distant Light,””Long Dark Road’ reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, following up the smash hit, ‘Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress).’
1972: Yes performed at Caird Hall in Dundee, Scotland.
1973: Rod Stewart & The Faces and Rory Gallagher performed at San Diego Sports Arena.
1973: Steely Dan’s ‘My Old School’ b/w ‘Pearl Of The Quarter’ 45 single is released. It reached #63 on the Billboard Charts.
1975: Deep Purple’s only studio album to feature guitarist Tommy Bolin is released. ‘Come Taste the Band’ is the final of three album to feature Glenn Hughes on bass and David Coverdale on vocals. It’s the band’s 10th studio album. It reached #43 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #19 on the UK LP’s chart.
1975: Roxy Music’s ‘Love Is The Drug’ b/w ‘Sultanesque’ 45 single is released in the U.K. A #2 hit in the United Kingdom, it also gave the group its first substantial exposure in the United States, reaching #30 in early 1976 on the US pop singles chart and doing even better on progressive rock radio.
1975: NBC launches ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Over the next three decades the program showcases countless Rock acts but on the opening night, hosted by comedian George Carlin, the musical highlight is actor/performance artist Andy Kaufman’s rendition of the Mighty Mouse theme.
1975: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.
1976: The Who and The Grateful Dead play the second of two back-to-back shows at Oakland Stadium. Neither of the shows is a sell out.
1977: Steve Perry joins Journey. He replaces Robert Fleischmann. Perry’s first gig with the band is two-and-a-half weeks later.
1978: Journey’s ‘Infinity’ album goes platinum. It’s the band’s first album with Steve Perry.
1978: At Aerosmith’s show in Philadelphia, PA, an audience member tosses a cherry bomb firecracker onto the stage, injuring singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry. This causes the band to perform behind a chain-link fence at subsequent concerts.
1979: Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley declares today ‘Fleetwood Mac Day’ and unveils a star for the band on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6608 Hollywood Blvd.
1979: The film ‘The Rose,’ a thinly-veiled biopic of Janis Joplin starring Bette Midler, premieres in Hollywood. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Frederic Forrest), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bette Midler, in her screen debut), Best Film Editing and Best Sound.
1980: Budgie released their 8th studio album, ‘Power Supply.’
1980: Thin Lizzy released their 10th studio album, ‘Chinatown.’
1980: The funeral took place for Led Zeppelin’s drummer John ‘Bonzo’ Bonham.
1980: Bruce Springsteen releases ‘The River.’
1980: Blue Oyster Cult performed at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. 1980: The Kinks played The Forum in Inglewood, CA.
1981: The Police’s ‘Ghost In The Machine’ is the #1 album in the U.K. It has a three week run at the top.
1981: Ozzy Osbourne releases the single, ‘Flying High Again.’
1981: Billy Joel releases ‘Songs In The Attic.’ It’s the first digitally recorded live album and peaks at #8 on the charts.
1981: Eric Clapton performed at Scandinavium in Göteborg, Sweden. 1981: Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult & Whitford-Holmes played the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, FL.
1982: The Grateful Dead appeared at Frost Amphitheatre on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, CA. 1982: George Thorogood & The Destroyers played the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA. 1982: Jethro Tull with special guests Saga played the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, FL.
1985: Guns N’ Roses was asked to fill-in for L.A. Guns at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Those in attendance that night got an added bonus when the band performed ‘Paradise City’ for the first time ever.
1986: The Moody Blues played at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1986: Eddie Money, Greg Kihn Band & Jimmy Lyon played the Main Gym on the Cal Poly University campus in San Luis Obispo, CA.
1987: Wanda Nicholls made an official complaint that David Bowie raped her and bit her on the legs and back. Bowie dismissed the alleged incident, claiming Nicholls was ‘publicity seeking.’
1987: Whitesnake’s ‘Here I Go Again,’ goes to #1 on the singles chart. 1987: Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Poison & Jet Boy played Bill Graham’s Annual ‘Day On The Green’ at Oakland Stadium in Oakland, CA. 1987: Kenny Loggins with opener comedian Christopher Titus played Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA. 1987: Racer X played Chuck Landis’ Country Club in Reseda, CA. Mickey Knight, Redline & Allegiance opened the show.
1987: Europe’s Carrie peaks at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It became their biggest hit in the U.S.
1987: ZZ Top announced that they made an advance booking for the first passenger flight to the Moon. 1987: Armored Saint played Bogarts in Cincinnati, OH. with Grim Reaper and Helloween.
1988: U2 release their 6th studio album ‘Rattle And Hum.’ The double album topped both the Billboard 200 Top Albums Chart (for 6 weeks) and the UK album chart.
1991: D.A.D. release their 4th studio album, ‘Riskin’ It All.’
1991: Mötley Crüe release their single, ‘Primal Scream.’
1992: R.E.M. scored their 2nd UK #1 album with ‘Automatic For The People.’ 1992: KISS, Faster Pussycat & Trixter played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, CA. on their ‘Revenge’ tour.
1992: Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash (Saul Hudson) marries Renee Suran in Marina Del Rey, California.
1992: Peter Gabriel’s 6th solo album ‘Us’ entered the Billboard 200 album chart at #2. One of the promotional tools Gabriel used to promote the album was issuing a musical computer game titled Xplora1: Peter Gabriel’s Secret World which was a first of its kind software for Macintosh computers.
1994: Annihilator release their 4th album, ‘King of the Kill.’ It can be seen as more of a solo album, as Jeff Waters wrote and handled guitar, bass and vocal duties for the entire record.
1995: Tony Macalpine released his 7th studio album, ‘Evolution.’
1995: No Doubt release their 15 million selling ‘Tragic Kingdom’ LP.
1995: Peter Frampton releases ‘Frampton Comes Alive II.’ The album is the sequel to his 1975 smash ‘Frampton Comes Alive,’ the best-selling live album in history.
1995: Green Day release their 4th studio album ‘Insomniac.’ The release becomes the group’s third-best selling album behind ‘Dookie’ and ‘American Idiot’ with sales of over 8 million copies worldwide.
1997: Davy Jones sings ‘Daydream Believer’ to Melissa Joan Hart on the ‘Sabrina, the Teenage Witch’ episode ‘Dante’s Inferno.’
1998: KISS’ Psycho Circus peaks at #3 on Billboard’s 200 album chart. It was marketed as the first studio album by the original lineup in nearly twenty years. It was later revealed that all of the original members only played together on one song, ‘Into the Void.’
1999: A charity auction selling Elvis Presley’s belongings was held at The Grand Hotel, Las Vegas. A wristwatch sold for $32,500, a cigar box $25,000, an autographed baseball sold for $19,000, and a 1956 Lincoln Continental sold for $250,000.
2001: At a time when broadband was rare, U2 webcasts a show for free on U2.com from their Elevation tour in South Bend, Indiana.
2001: Dennis DeYoung sues Styx, his former band, for touring and singing his songs without him. He’d left the band in 1999 due to chronic fatigue syndrome.
2001: Under pressure to change their name because of letter attacks using anthrax germs, the metal band Anthrax issues a press release explaining they will not. “In light of current events, we are changing the name of the band to something more friendly, ‘Basket Full Of Puppies,'” they state. “Actually, just the fact that we are making jokes about our name sucks.”
2004: Guitar World magazine comes up with a list of the 100 worst guitar solos. The winner is C.C. Deville for his work on Poison’s ’91 album ‘Swallow This… Live.’
2005: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page (Q Icon) and U2 (Best Live Act) are winners at the Q Awards in London. The event is organized by Britain’s Q magazine.
2005: Perry Farrell appears on the debut episode of VH1 Classic’s ‘Decades Rock Live’ series. The one-hour program features footage from a Doors tribute concert that included Farrell and other artists performing with founding Doors members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger.
2005: Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters’ ‘Ca Ira’ album debuts at #1 on Billboard’s traditional classical chart.
2006: Trivium released the album ‘The Crusade.’ It reached #25 on the Billboard chart.
2006: Sting releases ‘Songs From the Labyrinth’ (an album of 16th century lute songs).
2006: Evanescence’s ‘The Open Door,’ sells 447,000 copies during its first week of release to top the Billboard 200 chart.
2006: Rod Stewart’s ‘Still The Same… Great Rock Classics Of Our Time’ is released. The covers album features songs originally recorded by Bob Seger (hence the title), Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Elvin Bishop, Badfinger and the Pretenders.
2006: Green Day are recognized by People for the American Way at their 2006 Spirit of Liberty Awards in Los Angeles. “[Green Day’s] ‘American Idiot’ has effectively raised social and political consciousness among audiences worldwide,” writes the PFAW in a prepared statement. The organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
2006: Rare images of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and Janis Joplin are among the photos on sale in New York at the second annual Rock for MS benefit exhibition. Pics of the Stones’ Keith Richards, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and Crosby, Stills & Nash are also featured. The event raises raise money for the multiple sclerosis charity MSFriends.
2006: Mark David Chapman was told by a parole board that he must serve at least another two years in Attica Correctional Facility for murdering John Lennon. “While the panel notes your satisfactory institutional adjustment,” the decision said, “due to the extremely violent nature of the offence, your release would not be in the best interest of the community.”
2007: The annual Advanta World Team Tennis Smash Hits benefit in Philadelphia raises more than $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation for HIV/AIDS research.
2007: Bruce Springsteen has the #1 album in the U.S. ‘Magic’ sells 335,000 copies in its first week out.
2007: Radiohead’s 7th album, ‘In Rainbows,’ is available for digital downloads on a pay-what-you-like basis. Over 60 percent of those who download the album worldwide pay absolutely nothing.
2007: Finger Eleven/Sum 41 co-headlining ‘Strength In Numbers’ tour begins in Kamloops, B.C. Concert recordings are available for purchase via iTunes following each gig. But two weeks down the road, the trek is canceled because Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley is suffering from a herniated disc in his back.
2008: Shinedown appears in the HBO documentary ‘Blindsided,’ which tells the story of guitarist Jared Hara who went blind at the age of 11 due to a genetic disease. He jams with Shinedown on their tour bus and performs in-concert with the group.
2008: Nine Inch Nails parts ways with drummer Josh Freese following the completion of group’s ‘North American Lights In The Sky’ tour. Freese, who had been with N.I.N. since 2005, leaves for personal reasons.
2008: The film ‘Body Of Lies’ is in theaters with the song ‘Bird’s Eye’ (during the closing credits), a collaboration between System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian and former Faith No More frontman Mike Patton.
2009: Alice In Chains ‘Check My Brain,’ the second single from ‘Black Gives Way To Blue,’ is released. The song ends up going to number one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
2009: Pearl Jam hit #1 on the US album chart with their 9th studio ‘Backspacer.’
2010: Detroit native Kid Rock teams up with the NFL’s Detroit Lions to donate 500 tickets to the National Guard and the Paralyzed Veterans Association for a game against the St. Louis Rams at Ford Field.
2010: Solomon Burke, a pioneering Soul singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, died at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport after a flight from Los Angeles. He was 70 years old.
2011: A musical version of the ’94 Beatles film ‘Backbeat’ opens in London at the Duke of York Theatre. Backbeat tracks The Beatles during their pre-fame Hamburg period.
2012: DJ Lethal announces that he has reunited with Limp Bizkit following a very public falling out with the band earlier in the year. “I had some problems,” says DJ Lethal. “Today is the day that I can finally be a man and step up and say I’m sorry.”
2012: A Russian court suspends the sentence of Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich, whose lawyer states she didn’t participate in the February “Punk prayer” protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin because she had been stopped and led away before it began. The sentences for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, are upheld.
2012: Eddie Van Halen is named Guitar World’s first-ever Greatest Guitarist of All Time. 132 guitarists were eligible in the poll and a half-a-million votes were cast by readers. In the final round of the tournament style voting, Van Halen beat out Queen’s Brian May for the top honor.
2012: Elton John loses a libel case against the London’s Guardian Times who linked the singer to a tax avoidance scheme in an article titled, ‘Screen Play: How Movie Millions Are Moved Offshore.’ The paper printed a retraction but Elton was not satisfied and filed suit.
2013: Paul McCartney and his band surprised New Yorkers by performing songs from his ‘New’ album in a short impromptu free concert to roughly 3,000 people on a long truck parked in the middle of Times Square.
2013: ‘Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County,’ with music by John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett and lyrics by Stephen King, opens at Bloomington’s Indiana University Auditorium. “John can make Rock ‘n’ Roll records and I can write books for the rest of our lives,” said King. “But that’s the safe way to do it – and that’s no way to live if you want to stay creative.”
2013: ‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ opens at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. Written and directed by Randy Johnson, the production stars Mary Bridget Davis as Joplin.
2013: Jan Kuehnemund, the guitarist and founder member of Vixen, dies after a long battle with cancer.
2015: The first It’s Not Dead Festival kicks off with Bad Religion, Pennywise and NOFX at the San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA. “It’s Not Dead Festival is basically any Punk Rock fan’s dream lineup,” says co-producer Kevin Lyman.
2015: Arch Enemy reunite with original members Johan Liiva (who left in ’00) and Christopher Amott (absent since ’12) during the group’s appearance at the Loud Park Festival in Saitama, Japan.
2015: American tenor saxophone player Steve Mackay who worked with the Stooges, Violent Femmes, Snakefinger, Commander Cody and others died from sepsis at a hospital in Daly City, California at the age of 66.
2017: Marilyn Manson’s graphic video for the song ‘Say 10,’ with actor Johnny Depp, debuts.

October 11
1955: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash kicked off an 11 date tour of the Southern US states in Abilene, Texas.
1960: Aretha Franklin appears at the Village Vanguard club in New York, marking the first non-Gospel performance of her career.
1962: The Beatles made their first appearance on the UK singles chart with ‘Love Me Do,’ which peaked at #4.
1964: The Who performed at Wolsey Hall in Cheshunt, England.
1965: The Beatles release a cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Roll Over Beethoven.’
1965: Gerry Marsden of Gerry And The Pacemakers marries the secretary of his fan club, Pauline Behan. When Jerry first asked her for a date, she was George Harrison’s girlfriend, but George was away in Hamburg and so she accepted. After one particular falling out, Gerry wrote ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’ for Pauline, which touched her so much, she quickly patched things up.
1967: The Doors appeared at Danbury High School, Danbury, Connecticut. Before the group came on stage an announcer told the audience not to leave their seats during the performance or they would be escorted out of the venue. There was also a beauty pageant just prior to The Doors coming on stage.
1968: During a Beatles recording session at Abbey Road six saxophonists record parts for ‘Savoy Truffle’ for the forthcoming ‘White Album.’ George Harrison distorted the saxophones to get the desired sound.
1968: The Who’s ‘Magic Bus’ b/w ‘Dr Jekyll And Mr. Hyde’ 45 single is released in the UK. Written by Pete Townshend during the time that ‘My Generation’ was being recorded in 1965. However, it was not recorded by The Who until 1968 and officially released in the US in September 1968. It has become one of the band’s most popular songs and has been a concert staple, although when released, the record only reached #26 in the United Kingdom and #25 in the United States.
1968: Jimi Hendrix played at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1968: John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Country Joe and the Fish played a concert on a semi-trailer flatbed at San Quentin Prison.
1969: Muddy Waters is severely injured in a car crash just outside Chicago that leaves three other passengers dead. Waters will remain absent from music for about a year, and will rarely stand up on stage again.
1969: Grand Funk Railroad’s album ‘On Time’ album enters the charts.
1969: The Rolling Stones ‘greatest hits’ package, ‘Through The Past Darkly (Big Hits Volume 2)’ is released. It stalls at #2 on the U.S. chart behind Credence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Green River.’
1969: Yes performed at Newcastle University in Newcastle, England.
1970: Elvis Presley is made an honorary “special” deputy sheriff of Bel Air, CA.
1970: The Who performed at the Odeon Theatre in Birmingham, West Midlands, England. Pete Townshend introduces the audience to one of the co-authors of ‘Dogs, Part Two’ and brings his dog Towser on stage.
1971: Pink Floyd played at the Birmingham Town Hall in Birmingham, England.
1971: John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band’s ‘Imagine’ b/w ‘It’s So Hard’ 45 single is released. The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1975, he released it as a single in the United Kingdom, in conjunction with his compilation album ‘Shaved Fish.’ ‘Imagine’ topped the UK chart that year and would become Lennon’s best-selling single at more than 1,400,000 copies sold in England. The song earned a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. In 2002, ‘Imagine’ was named the second best single of all time in a UK poll conducted by the Guinness World Records British Hit Singles Book. In 2005, Rolling Stone ranked it #3 in their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
1972: David Bowie performed at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1972: Genesis played at St. Georges Hall in Bradford, England.
1973: The Rolling Stones performed at Grugahalle in Essen, Germany.
1973: The divorce between Elvis and Priscilla Presley is finalized. The two remain close friends and walk out of the Santa Monica courthouse arm in arm.
1974: Montrose release their 2nd album, ‘Paper Money.’
1974: Billy Joel’s 3rd album ‘Streetlife Serenade’ is released. It reached #35 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The only single released from the album, ‘The Entertainer,’ reached #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. 1974: Jefferson Starship, Fleetwood Mac & Triumverat played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1975: NBC launches Saturday Night Live. Over the next three decades the program showcases countless Rock acts but on the opening night, hosted by comedian George Carlin, the musical highlight is actor/performance artist Andy Kaufman singing the Mighty Mouse theme. Janis Ian also performs her hit ‘At Seventeen,’ as well as ‘In the Winter,’ and Billy Preston played ‘Nothing from Nothing’ and ‘Fancy Lady.’
1976: Rush performed at Memorial Centre in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
1977: Kansas release their 5th studio album, ‘Point of Know Return.’ It peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. Three singles made the Billboard Hot 100 chart; ‘Point Of Know Return’ (#28), ‘Dust In The Wind’ (#6), and ‘Portrait (He Knew)’ (#64).
1977: The Grateful Dead performed at Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.
1978: Black Sabbath played at Stadhalle in Offenbach, Germany. 1978: Billy Joel played the Coliseum Theatre in Richfield, OH.
1980: The Police start a four week run at #1 on the UK charts with their ‘Zenyatta Mondatta’ album.
1981: The Rolling Stones performed at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 95 fans were arrested after trouble broke out at the venue. The tour became the largest grossing of 1981, with $50 million in ticket sales.
1981: The Kinks with Danny Jo Brown Band played the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1982: Van Halen played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1982: The Beatles: 20 Greatest Hits is released. The compilation album featured a selection of songs that were #1’s in the UK (Parlophone) and US (Capitol). It was released on this date in 1982 in the United States and one week later in the United Kingdom.
1983: KISS performed their 1st ever show without trademark makeup in Lisbon, Portugal with Helix opening.
1984: KISS performed at the Gaumont Theatre in Ipswich, England.
1985: Kreator released their debut album ‘Endless Pain.’
1985: Autograph released the album ‘That’s The Stuff.’ The remastered 2009 version had a cover of the Grand Funk Railroad song ‘We’re an American Band’ on it.
1985: Dio released the single ‘Hungry For Heaven.’ A different version of this song also made an appearance in the 1985 movie Vision Quest.
1985: Dire Straits performed at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1986: The Pretenders release their single ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong.’
1986: Genesis peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Throwing It All Away’ which was their 3rd top 10 single in the U.S.
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Chicago’s ’25 or 6 To 4′ at #48, Triumph’s ‘Somebody’s Out There’ #45, Bon Jovi’s ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ #29, Boston’s ‘Amanda’ #27, Journey’s ‘Girl Can’t Help It’ #25, Van Halen’s ‘Love Walks In’ #22, and Run DMC & Aerosmith’s ‘Walk This Way’ at #16. ‬
1988: KISS release their single, ‘Let’s Put The X In Sex.’
1988: Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach travel to Tucson to undergo treatment for alcohol abuse.
1988: Van Halen was awarded the Gold Ticket during their concert at Madison Square Garden for playing to over 100,000 fans at the Garden.
1990: Dave Grohl played his first gig with Nirvana when they appeared at the North Shore Surf Club in Olympia, WA.
1991: Apple Computers settles their first trademark lawsuit against the Beatles’ Apple Corps for a paltry $29 million, an issue that the Beatles’ handlers would open back up when the Internet made music sales possible on computers.
1994: KoRn release their self-titled debut album. The album is considered to have started the nu metal genre. It peaked at #72 on the Billboard chart.
1997: Elton John goes to #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Candle In The Wind 97′ A re-write of his 1974 hit about Marilyn Monroe. This version raised funds for the Diana, Princess of Wales charity, following her death in Paris. It went on to become the biggest selling single in the world ever.
1997: Gregg Allman, Bo Diddley, Keb’Mo’, Buddy Guy and John Hiatt are among the musicians who perform at a tribute to Muddy Waters at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C
1999: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was released on $5000 bail after facing charges relating to a riot at a gig in North Carolina in 1997. Lee allegedly incited the crowd to attack a guard and had also poured a drink over his head.
2003: The July, 1954 Sun Studio session for Elvis Presley’s debut single ‘That’s All Right’ was voted the most pivotal moment in Rock history by Mojo magazine readers. Bob Dylan’s switch from acoustic to electric guitars in 1965 came 2nd, ahead of the release of The Clash’s debut single ‘White Riot’ in 1977. The Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 was 4th and The Rolling Stones’ release of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” placed 5th. Releases and performances by Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, John Lennon and Led Zeppelin were also included in the Top 10.
2004: Duran Duran released their 11th studio album, ‘Astronaut.’ It’s their 1st with their “classic” lineup since 1983’s ‘Seven and the Ragged Tiger.’
2004: Buffalo Springfield bassist Bruce Palmer dies of a heart attack at age 58. Palmer and Neil Young left Ontario for L.A. in ’66. There they joined guitarist Stephen Stills, drummer Dewey Martin and singer Richie Furay to form Buffalo Springfield.
2004: The Vote for Change tour wraps up in Washington, DC. with a concert featuring Springsteen, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., The Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks and James Taylor. The goal of the tour was to get president George W. Bush voted out of office in the November elections. Bush won by a narrow margin. The Sundance Channel devotes five hours to the tour with the program National Anthem: Inside the Vote for Change Concert Tour.
2004: Britain’s Q magazine names Pink Floyd the greatest band of all time. Floyd edges out Led Zeppelin for the top spot. The Beatles barely make the list coming in 8th. Just above them is the only U.S. act, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The list is based on U.K. album and concert ticket sales mixed with a uniquely British skewing.
2005: Audioslave release their ‘Live In Cuba’ concert DVD, which includes performances of Rage Against The Machine and Soundgarden songs. Audioslave was in Cuba earlier in the year. “We couldn’t have hoped to be around more gracious, polite, intelligent, enthusiastic, resilient people,” says vocalist Chris Cornell.
2005: Freddie Mercury’s 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was offered for auction on eBay by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who inherited the car. The vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical ‘We Will Rock You.’ It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.
2005: Green Day plays the first of two “secret” theater shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. AOL Music makes the L.A. concert available for online viewing.
2005: Current and/or former members of AC/DC, Alice in Chains, Institute, Helmet, KISS, Judas Priest, Whitesnake and Dio contribute to the 11-track ‘Numbers From the Beast: An All-Star Salute To Iron Maiden.’ The set even features original Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno.
2005: Black Label Society performs at a Hurricane Katrina benefit in Nashville. Proceeds go to the Red Cross to help the hurricane victims.
2005: Rod Stewart receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after a 40-year career. Friend Larry King addresses the crowd. His star is located at 2093 Hollywood Blvd.
2006: Former Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick is at Virgin America’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco’s International Airport to attend the dedication ceremony for start-up airline. The first plane in Virgin’s fleet is named Jefferson Airplane in tribute to the band.
2006: Justin Hawkins announces he has quit The Darkness to go into rehab to recover from alcohol and drug addictions. The singer claims to have spent almost $300,000 on cocaine over three years. “There are people who can be in bands and stay clean, but I’m not one of them,” says Hawkins.
2006: Bob Dylan starts a fall North American Tour in Vancouver, BC. The five-week trek has the Kings Of Leon, the Foo Fighters (performing acoustically) and Raconteurs trading off as the opening act.
2006: Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor present The Who with the Freddie Mercury Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Vodaphone Live Music Awards in London. The Who do not attend the ceremony, but guitarist Pete Townshend accepts the honor via video from Chicago (The Who are on tour). U2 took home the International Live Act prize.
2007: Graham Nash, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt launch a campaign to prevent Congress from authorizing billions in financial assistance for the nuclear power industry. Through the NukeFree.org website, they urge fans to sign a petition that is later presented to government officials.
2009: The Rockstar Karaoke show takes place in Hollywood featuring Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Lemmy (Motorhead) and Kelly Hansen (Foreigner- latter day). Proceeds go to the Painted Turtle, a camp for seriously ill children.
2009: Jo Wood, wife of The Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood was granted a divorce after 24 years of marriage on the grounds of adultery. The couple split in 2008 after the 64 year old Wood began a relationship with a 20 year old woman.
2010: Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider joins the Broadway musical ‘Rock Of Ages’ for an 11-week run.
2011: Judas Priest released their greatest hits album, ‘The Chosen Few.’ Tracks were selected by their peers including Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Alice Cooper, Chris Jericho, KoRn’s Jonathan Davis and Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, is out. “This is a collection of songs chosen by our friends and respected peers,” states Priest frontman Rob Halford. “So we hope all the Metal maniacs out there will Rock out to the tunes enjoyed by Metal legends.”
2011: Evanescence (essentially frontwoman Amy Lee with a new band) issue their 3rd studio, self-titled album.
2011: Evanescence’s Amy Lee is crowned 2011’s Hottest Chick in Hard Rock by Revolver magazine. Lee beats out Lzzy Hale of Halestorm and Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies, among others.
2011: ‘Freak Out! My Life with Frank Zappa,’ written by former assistant Pauline Butcher, is published. 2011 Butcher spent five years as part of Zappa’s entourage (after meeting Zappa in 1967), “He did nothing but get up in the morning, compose all day at the piano and then go to bed,” said Butcher. ‘Between times he was chain-smoking and drinking endless cups of coffee. The melee went on around him but he ignored it.”
2011: Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans ‘Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC’ is available via Amazon.com. It’s the first memoir written by a band member about the group’s early years.
2011: After serving as a health columnist for the U.K.’s Sunday Times and Rolling Stone, Ozzy Osbourne releases a book titled ‘Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy – Advice from Rock’s Ultimate Survivor’ containing his best health tips. Ozzy notes that while his column may be useful it’s still entertainment.
2011: ‘A Tribute From Friends,’ a covers tribute to ZZ Top, with Nickelback, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Wolfmother, Daughtry and Filter is released.
2011: Five Finger Death Punch released the album ‘American Capitalist.’ The song ‘Back For More’ is included on the soundtrack for the video game Madden NFL 12. It’s the band’s first album not to feature bassist Matt Snell.
2011: George “Mojo” Buford (harmonica player for Muddy Waters’s band) dies after a long illness in Minneapolis, Minnesota at age 81
2012: The Rolling Stones release a new new single, ‘Doom And Gloom,’ from the band’s most recent greatest hits collection, ‘GRRR.’ It was the first new studio recordings since 2005’s A Bigger Bang.
2012: Metallica’s Kirk Hammett begins a promotional tour for his coffee table book, ‘Too Much Horror Business,’ which details the guitarist’s vast collection of horror memorabilia. The first signing is at New York’s Tribeca Barnes & Noble.
2013: Duff McKagan delivers the keynote address at the CBGB Music & Film Festival Conference. The five day festival features performances by over 500 artists in over 175 venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
2013: ‘Cuatro!,’ a documentary chronicling how Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ went from the recording studio to the Broadway stage is in theaters. The 80-minute film debuted at South by Southwest.
2013: Pearl Jam released their 10th studio album, ‘Lightning Bolt.’
2013: Death Angel released the album ‘The Dream Calls For Blood.’ It reached #72 on the Billboard chart. They did a cover of the Black Sabbath song ‘Heaven And Hell’ on the album.
2013: David Bowie is named independent record stores hottest selling artist of the year. The survey was conducted by the U.K.’s Official Record Store Chart, which compiles sales receipts from participating shops around the country.
2015: Billy Corgan announces he’s quitting Twitter and launching a car appreciation website. “Find me at PeopleAndTheirCars.com, a place for pictures, design elements, and ephemera with smatterings of Art,” writes the Smashing Pumpkins frontman.
2015: Aerosmith file a cease-and-desist letter demanding that Presidential candidate Donald Trump stop using ‘Dream On’ at his rallies. 2015: Roseanne Cash and Mark James, composer of Elvis Presley’s hit “Suspicious Minds,” are inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during the 45th anniversary gala.
2015: Steve Mackay, the saxophonist who appeared on The Stooges’ 1970 LP ‘Fun House’ and a longtime touring member following the Stooges ’03 reunion, passes away following a fight with sepsis. He was 66.
2015: Experience Hendrix LLC, the company that runs Jimi Hendrix’s estate, announced that it was suing a Tucson music shop for the return of a guitar once owned by the legendary performer. The shop owner claimed that the acoustic Black Widow guitar, which was valued between $750,000 and $1,000,000, was purchased in good faith from another owner.
2016: Rod Stewart officially became Sir Roderick David Stewart when he received knighthood from Prince William at Buckingham Palace in London, England. The 71-year-old singer was honored for his services to the music industry and charity work, which includes supporting the British Red Cross, Breast Cancer Care and Elton John’s AIDS Foundation. In a statement he told the press, “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. I thank Her Majesty and promise to wear it well.”
2016: ‘I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir’ written by the Beach Boys’ creative force is in bookstores.
2016: ‘Total Chaos: The Story Of Iggy And The Stooges’ is out via third Man Books, It is “the first book telling Iggy Pop’s story of the Stooges from his own words.”
2016: A Wikileaks dump of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton emails reveal that former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge emailed Clinton’s campaign manager about UFOs. DeLonge, a UFO enthusiast, wrote John Podesta in ’15 and ’16.
2017: Tom DeLonge launches To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science to enable researchers to explore the “outer edges of science” and technologies.

October 12
1955: Chrysler introduces the world’s first in-car sound systems for their 1956 cars. The players, made by Columbia, are mounted on the bottom edge of the dash, directly above the transmission hump, and are wired directly into the car radio. The 7-inch size of the 45-rpm record was ideal; but using 45s would have meant changing the record every few minutes, a little risky at highway speeds. To solve that problem, 7-inch records for the player were produced in the new 16⅔-rpm format (ultra-microgroove) offering up to an hour of playing time per side. The players were discontinued in 1961.
1956: DJ Alan Freed’s second film, ‘Don’t Knock The Rock,’ starring Little Richard, Bill Haley, and the Treniers, opens in New York. The movie tells the story of Freed, who tries to prove to teenagers’ parents that Rock ‘n’ Roll is harmless and won’t turn their kids into juvenile delinquents.
1957: Little Richard publicly renounced rock ‘n’ roll during an Australian tour. He embraced God, telling a story of dreaming of his own damnation after praying to God when one of the engines on a plane he was on caught fire. The singer threw four diamond rings, valued at $8,000, into Sydney’s Hunter River and soon after launched a Gospel career. Five years later he switches back to Rock.
1962: The Beatles meet Little Richard for the first time when they open for him at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, England. Though Richard apparently finds John and George “rude,” he is quite taken with Paul, reportedly to the point of attempting to seduce him. On the same day, the band’s first single, ‘Love Me Do,’ enters the British charts.
1963: The Ronettes’ ‘Be My Baby’ peaked at #2 during its ten week chart run in America. Producer Phil Spector wasn’t satisfied with his results until the 42nd take and engineer Larry Lavine would later recall, “The things Phil was doing were crazy and exhausting, but that’s not the sign of a nut. That’s genius.”
1964: The Beatles ‘Songs, Pictures And Stories Of The Fabulous Beatles’ album is released.
1965: The Beatles record ‘Run For Your Life’ in its entirety at Abbey Road Studio’s London in five takes for their next album Rubber Soul. (Lennon later admits to lifting two lines from Elvis Presley’s 1955 hit ‘Baby Let’s Play House’). They also record another new Lennon song ‘This Bird Has Flown’, later known as ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’. The track included George Harrison’s double-tracked sitar part, the first appearance of that Indian instrument on a pop record.
1966: The Moody Blues, still in their first incarnation as a white R&B band, split up. Denny Laine signs a solo deal with their label, Deram. The group re-forms a month later with new members Justin Hayward and John Lodge.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first headlining gig, opening at Paris’ Olympia Theatre in front of an audience of 14,500. The British press call Hendrix “The wild man of Pop.”
1967: The Doors played at The Surf Club in Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, supported by Ultimate Spinach.
1968: Big Brother And The Holding Company hits #1 on the US album chart with ‘Cheap Thrills.’ It spent a total of eight weeks in the top spot. The cover, drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb, replaced the band’s original idea, a picture of the group naked in bed together. Crumb had originally intended his art to be the LP’s back cover, but Joplin demanded that Columbia Records use it for the front cover. Initially the album title was to have been Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills.’ On March 22, 2013, the album was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the US Library of Congress and was preserved into the National Recording Registry.
1968: John Sebastain leaves the Lovin’ Spoonful and starts a solo career.
1968: Pink Floyd were at ORTF TV Studios in Paris where footage of the band “larking about on the London underground combined with shots of London landmarks” were used as a backdrop while the band played ‘Let There Be More Light.’ It was broadcast on the arts program A L’Affiche Du Monde.
1968: John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: The English press announces that Led Zeppelin will receive “the highest fee ever paid to a British group for a one-nighter in this country,” when they appear at London’s Lyceum, though the actual amount is not revealed.
1969: Tom Zarski, a student at Eastern Michigan University, calls WKNR in Detroit, MI, and informs DJ Russ Gibb on air of the rumor that Paul McCartney died in a car crash, perhaps as long ago as 1966. Zarski tells Gibb that by playing a section of the band’s “Revolution 9′ backwards, a clue emerges: the phrase “Turn me on, dead man.” Gibb proceeds to do just that. Listeners are stunned.
1970: Badfinger’s ‘No Matter What’ b/w ‘Carry On Till Tomorrow’ 45 single is released. It was the band’s first UK Top 10 single to be composed by Badfinger, reaching #5 in the UK in January 1971. In the US it peaked at #8 on Billboard Hot 100. In South Africa it topped the charts.
1971: Gene Vincent (born Vincent Eugene Craddock), dies from a ruptured stomach ulcer at 36. While ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ was his signature hit, he had a catalog of other charting songs, which helped him to be posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 1960, while on tour in England, Vincent and songwriter Sharon Sheeley were seriously injured in the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran.
1973: Pink Floyd perform at Munchener Olympiahalle at Olympia Park, in Munich, Germany. It was a typical 1973 show, which included ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ as the second set of their shows. The support act was Fumble.
1973: Elton John’s album ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ is certified gold. It’s his third straight #1 album.
1973: Genesis’ 5th studio album, ‘Selling England by the Pound’ is released. It reached #70 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and #3 in the UK, where it remained on the charts for 21 weeks.
1974: Blondie appeared at CBGB’s in New York City, under the name ‘Blondie’ for the first time. The name is derived from comments made by truck drivers who catcalled “Hey, Blondie” to Harry as they drove by.
1975: Singer Rod Stewart ends his longtime association with The Faces by playing one final gig with them at Nassau Coliseum in New York.
1975: The Allman Brothers Band appeared Balboa Stadium in San Diego, California. The Marshall Tucker Band was the opening act.
1977: Rod Stewart played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1977: The Grateful Dead performed at Manor Hall in Austin, Texas.
1978: Aerosmith appeared at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1978: Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, is found dead in the Hotel Chelsea in New York City with a stab wound to her abdomen. She was 20. Vicious is charged with her murder, but dies of a heroin overdose before the case goes to trial. There was rampant speculation that Vicious was innocent and a visiting drug dealer was the murderer.
1979: Jethro Tull lead singer Ian Anderson has his right eye torn open by a thorn from a rose an adoring fan threw on stage at the band’s Madison Square Garden concert.
1979: Fleetwood Mac releases ‘Tusk,’ their 12th album and first since the wildly successful ‘Rumours’ in 1977. A double album with less commercial appeal, Mick Fleetwood credits it with keeping the band together, as the band members were free to experiment. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and topped the UK LP chart. Two singles from the album reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the Buckingham penned title track (US #8/UK #6), and the Stevie Nicks composition ‘Sara’ (US #7/UK #37).
1980: Eight audience members are stabbed by a fellow concertgoer at a Blood Sweat and Tears show in Los Angeles.
1980: Yes performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1980: The Doobie Brothers played at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum Arena in Oakland, California.
1981: U2’s 2nd album, ‘October’ is released. It reached #104 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1981: King Crimson appeared at the Music Centre, Utrecht, in the Netherlands.
1982: Van Halen performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1982: The Who, with The Clash opening, play the first of two nights at New York’s Shea Stadium. 1984: Slayer, Bitch & Trouble played the Central Coast Theater in Pismo Beach, CA.
1984: Hall & Oates release their 12th studio album, ‘Big Bam Boom.’ It peaked at #5 and sold over three million copies worldwide. The first single from the album, ‘Out of Touch’ hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and charted at #1 on the Dance charts, #24 on the Hot Black Singles and #8 on the Adult Contemporary Charts. ‘Method of Modern Love’ peaked at #5 on the Hot 100, with ‘Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid’ peaking at #18.
1985: Ricky Wilson, guitarist and founding member of the B-52s, passed away at the age of 32 due to complications from AIDS. Wilson was known to use open tuning on his guitar, inspired by Joni Mitchell. The epitaph on Wilson’s tombstone reads: “The breeze of grace is always blowing; set your sail to catch that breeze.” 1986: Motorhead, Megadeth & Cro-Mags played Orange Pavilion in San Bernadino, CA.
1987: Dee Snider announces he is leaving Twisted Sister, two days after the ‘Love Is for Suckers’ tour concludes. Snider later reunites with the band ten years later.
1987: McAuley-Schenker Group release their 1st album, ‘Perfect Timing.’
1987: George Harrison’s ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ b/w ‘Lay His Head’ 45 single is released. Written by Rudy Clark and originally recorded by James Ray in 1962. Of Harrison’s three #1 singles in the US, it was the only song not written by Harrison and the only one without religious overtones. Not only was this the last US #1 hit by Harrison, but from any of the Ex-Beatles in the US. When the song hit #1, it broke a three-way tie among Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr, all of whom had two #1 hit singles as solo artists. Paul McCartney leads in this category, with nine #1 hits in the US.
1988: Poison release their ‘Every Rose Has It’s Thorn’ single.
1989: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 1st live album, ‘Trial by Fire: Live in Leningrad.’
1991: The Day on the Green festival in Oakland, CA features headliners Metallica, Queensrÿche, Faith No More and Soundgarden. It is the final festival presented by Bill Graham before his death. 1991: Bonnie Raitt & John Prine played Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.
1991: Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album hits #1 on the US charts.
1991: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers made their 4th appearance on Saturday Night Live where they performed ‘Into the Great Wide Open’ and ‘Kings Highway.’
1993: Alice Cooper releases the compilation album, ‘The Beast Of Alice Cooper.’
1994: MTV airs the reunion concert special of Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, entitled ‘Unledded.’
1994: The Cult release their self-titled 6th studio album.
1994: A scaffolding stand holding 1200 people at a Pink Floyd concert in England collapses, throwing hundreds of people 20 feet to the ground. Under the twisted wreckage, 96 people are injured, with 36 going to the hospital with back, neck and rib injuries. David Gilmour, says, “The band is very angry and upset. It is extremely fortunate that no one was killed. We want to find out from the management of Earls Court what happened.” Eventually, a contractor and a safety inspector are charged; it was the failure of a single fitting which led to the accident.
1996: Though they’ve refused to release it on video for 27 years, largely due to dissatisfaction over their own performance, the Rolling Stones finally release their landmark 1968 all-star BBC television special, ‘The Rolling Stones’ Rock And Roll Circus.’ The show features The Who and a performance by John Lennon with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and Stones`guitarist Keith Richards playing bass.
1999: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young appear at New York’s Madison Square Garden to announce their forthcoming album and CSNY2K tour.
2001: Wes Borland, guitarist for Limp Bizkit, leaves the band. A post on the group’s website states, “Limp Bizkit and Wes Borland have amicably decided to part ways. Both Limp Bizkit and Borland will continue to pursue their respective musical careers.”
2002: The new Elvis Presley compilation ’30 No. 1 Hits’ debuts at #1 on the US album charts, the first Presley album ever to do so.
2003: For the first time since his notorious rendition at a Detroit baseball game in 1970, singer Jose Feliciano is invited to sing the US national anthem, performing it at a Florida Marlins playoff game with no incident.
2004: John Mellencamp performs at the Milburn Elementary School gym in Baldwin, NY for Nickelodeon’s Speak Up, Rock Out contest. The sweepstakes is part of the network’s Kids Pick the President campaign, encouraging young people across the country to submit original lyrics about the freedom of speech. The winner is seven-year-old third grader Anthony Viggiano who comes up with the line “I feel tomorrow holds out its hand to me.”
2005: Singer and Live Aid co-founder Midge Ure received an honorary degree from Dundee’s University of Abertay. He said: “Having left school at the age of 15, I never expected to receive such an accolade.”
2005: Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe is injured during a pyrotechnics explosion at a concert in Casper, Wyoming. He is treated at a local hospital for minor burns to his arm and face.
2005: Nickelback score their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with ‘All the Right Reasons.’ It sells 317,000 copies during its first week of release.
2005: 3 Doors Down autograph copies of their ‘Live: Away From The Sun’ DVD during the grand opening of the Hollywood Virgin Megastore in Los Angeles. Later that day the group performs on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
2006: U2’s Bono is in Chicago to promote the (RED) line of products that benefit the fight against AIDS in Africa. He and Oprah Winfrey go shopping at retailers participating in the initiative. The effort is supported by the GAP, Apple, Converse and others.
2006: Yusuf Islam, who rose to fame as Cat Stevens, was named Songwriter Of The Year for the second consecutive year at ASCAP’s annual UK awards ceremony.
2006: Gene Simmons begins a series of appearances to promote a line of fragrances from KISS.
2006: ‘Pearl Jam Through the Eye of Lance Mercer’ is available on the band’s web site. With over 180 photos of Pearl Jam, there are also essays on the band from R.E.M.’s Micheal Stipe, The Who’s Pete Townshend, Bruce Springsteen and director Cameron Crowe.
2006: Deftones single ‘Buffalo’ with a guest vocals by Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) is released. “I’m not too into System Of A Down, lyrically, so much as I like some of the melodies that he (Tankian) and (guitarist) Daron (Malakian) do,” explains ‘Tones frontman Chino Moreno.
2007: Serj Tankian begins a solo tour in Chicago to support his album, ‘Elect The Dead.’ Prior to the tour, Tankian is adamant about focusing on his solo material. “If I wanted to do System songs, I’d do it with System,” says the singer. The first six shows feature The Nightwatchman – Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello’s solo project. Morello and Tankian are co-founders of the nonprofit organization Axis for Justice.
2007: Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt are among the celebrity activists signing a letter asking Congress to make improvements to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The document, which is sanctioned by the Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), urges lawmakers to remove abstinence-until-marriage funding requirements that are included in the legislation.
2007: Paul Rodgers, George Thorogood and Blues great B.B. King appear at the Concert To End Homelessness benefit in San Diego. The event pays tribute to King and raises funds for a new homeless shelter for young adults.
2007: A few thousand Nickelback fans are on hand at the Los Angeles Forum to film a Citibank commercial. The ad features the Canadian group performing “Gotta Be Somebody’ (a single from their sixth album, ‘Dark Horse’).
2008: Oasis went to #1 on the UK album chart with ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ the band’s 7th and final studio album.
2009: Dickie Peterson of Blue Cheer dies from liver cancer in Germany. He was 63. Peterson was the lead singer and bassist of the band. Although he was born in North Dakota, Peterson spent the last several decades of his life living in Germany.
2009: Former Jimi Hendrix bassist Billy Cox, Surf-Rock guitarist Dick Dale and Toto join the Musicians Hall of Fame’s class of 2009 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
2010: All That Remains release their 5th studio album, “For We Are Many.’
2010: Trapt release their album ‘No Apologies.’ The Johnny K. produced album makes its debut at #25 on the Billboard Album chart.
2010: The Rolling Stones live DVD ‘Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones’ is released with footage from the band’s ’72 North American tour. “It’s a good period for us, the (guitarist) Mick Taylor period,” says drummer Charlie Watts.
2010: Gene Simmons speaks out against file sharing at the MIPCOM convention in Cannes, France. “The music industry was asleep at the wheel,” says Simmons. “And (they) didn’t have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we’re left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs.”
2010: Jack White (White Stripes) and Kid Rock are among the performers paying tribute to Country legend Loretta Lynn on the 50th anniversary of her first performance at the Grand Ole Opry. White produced Lynn’s 2004 comeback album ‘Van Lear Rose.’
2011: “Taz” DiGregorio (born William Joel DiGregorio) is killed in a car accident in Tennessee. He was 67. Taz was a keyboard player in the Charlie Daniels Band and co-wrote many songs with the group, including ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia.’
2011: Paul Leka, songwriter and pianist, dies of lung cancer in Connecticut. He was 68. In addition to working with artists ranging from Harry Chapin and REO Speedwagon to Gloria Gaynor, Leka co-wrote the ’60s hits ‘Green Tambourine’ and ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.’
2012: Eric Clapton auctions an abstract piece of art by a German artist Gerhard Richter for $34.2 million. The guitarist bought the painting back in 2001 for $3.4 million.
2013: Bruce Springsteen enters the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. “Election to the Academy honors individual accomplishment and calls upon members to serve the public good,” says Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz.
2015: Beck and Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers) are among the performers celebrating the 50th anniversary of Southern California Folk Rock at the Orpheum Theatre in L.A.
2016: David Bowie and Prince were both new entries in the latest list of top-earning dead celebrities compiled by Forbes. Prince’s pre-tax income from October 1, 2015 to October 1, 2016 was estimated at $25 million by the business magazine, putting him 5th in the list. Bowie, meanwhile, was ranked at 11th for an estimated income of $10.5 million. Both, however, are dwarfed by Michael Jackson who topped the list once again with a record-breaking estimated income of $825 million.
2016: Foo Fighters’ lawsuit against Lloyd’s Of London is dismissed. Several Foo Fighters shows were canceled during the band’s ‘15 world tour due to the Paris terrorist attacks and frontman Dave Grohl’s onstage accident which resulted in a broken leg. Lloyd’s Of London, along with several other insurance companies and the insurance broker, were accused of having “failed to pay amounts that even they appear to recognize are due and owing” on insurance claims the band made for the lost concerts.
2017: ‘Springsteen On Broadway’ officially opens. The Boss performs songs interspersed with spoken excerpts from his autobiography.

October 13
1956: The Bill Haley film ‘Don’t Knock The Rock’ starts filming.
1958: Billboard magazine runs a story about the vocal group, The Teddy Bears, saying “18 year old Phil Spector, who wrote and arranged their hit ‘To Know Him is to Love Him,’ is studying to be a court reporter.” This same edition included the Best Sellers In Stores chart for the last time. Those sales figures would now be included in calculating The Hot 100, a list that has remained the industry standard to this day.
1958: Little Anthony And The Imperials enjoy their biggest hit when their first Billboard Top 40 entry, ‘Tears On My Pillow’ peaks at #4. Over the next seven years they would enjoy six more hits, including two that made the Top Ten, ‘Goin’ Out Of My Head’ in 1964 and ‘Hurt So Bad’ in 1965.
1962: Don Everly collapsed during rehearsals on stage at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London the night before the beginning of a 22 date Everly Brothers UK tour. Don returns to the U.S. for treatment while brother Phil completes the trek solo.
1963: Beatlemania begins in earnest at the Beatles appear on the popular BBC television show Sunday Night At The Palladium, performing ‘She Loves You,’ ‘From Me To You,’ ‘I’ll Get You,’ and ‘Twist And Shout.’ 15 million people in the UK alone watch the live performance on television, while thousands of fans pack nearby Argyll Street to catch a glimpse of the group.
1965: The Who recorded ‘My Generation’ at Pye studios in London. Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC initially refused to play the song because it did not want to offend people who stutter.
1968: At EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London, John Lennon recorded ‘Julia’ for the 1968 album, ‘The Beatles,’ commonly known as ‘The White Album.’ It was written by John Lennon during the Beatles’ 1968 visit to Rishikesh in northern India, where they were studying under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It was here where Lennon learned the song’s finger-picking guitar style (known as ‘Travis-picking’) from Donovan.
1970: The ashes of Janis Joplin are scattered into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Stinson Beach in California.
1971: Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ album is released. 1972: T. Rex with special guests Poco & The Doobie Brothers played Winterland in San Francisco, CA.
1973: The Rolling Stones started a four week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Goats Head Soup’ the group’s 4th US #1.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Ramblin’ Man,’ their highest charting single in the U.S.
1974: Ed Sullivan dies of esophageal cancer at 73. The Ed Sullivan show ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971 and broke many cultural barriers at the time. Sullivan was a strong supporter of black music and black performers, and many times fought the network and his advertisers over his bookings. He was also not afraid to book rock and country acts, although there are many stores told of when he tried to have rock bands change particular lyrics he deemed “salty.” He also insisted that the majority of his acts sing live, rather than lip sync. The Beatles appearance on the show in 1964 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion. A record setting 73 million people tuned in that evening making it one of the seminal moments in television history; over 40% of every man, woman and child living in America had watched The Beatles on Sullivan.
1975: Neil Young undergoes throat surgery in Los Angeles to remove a growth from his vocal cords. Though he recovers quickly, Young has voice problems for several months.
1976: Triumph release their self-titled debut album.
1978: Billy Joel releases his ’52nd Street’ album. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and stayed there for seven weeks, and features three Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 – ‘My Life’ (#3), ‘Big Shot’ (#14), and ‘Honesty’ (#24). It won two Grammy Awards (Album Of The Year – Billy Joel, Phil Ramone) and (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance – Billy Joel). In 2003, the album was ranked #352 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.The title is a reference to 52nd Street, which was one of New York City’s jazz centers in the middle of the century. Joel’s label was headquartered on 52nd Street (in the CBS Building) at the time of the album’s release. The studio in which 52nd Street was recorded was also on 52nd Street, a block away from the CBS Building.
1978: AC/DC released their 1st live album, ‘If You Want Blood.’ The album was listed at #2 on Classic Rock Magazine’s readers’ poll of “50 Greatest Live Albums Ever”.
1978: Queen release their ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’/’Bicycle Race’ single, featuring a cover photo that combines imagery from both songs.
1979: The Guinness Book of Records claims Paul McCartney (with and without John Lennon) is the most successful composer of all time. 1979: Blue Oyster Cult & Rainbow played the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, NE.
1980: AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black,’ the group’s 1st with vocalist Brain Johnson, goes platinum.
1981: Raven released their debut album ‘Rock Until You Drop.’
1982: KISS release their 10th studio album, ‘Creatures of the Night.’ It’s the first KISS album to have all lead vocal duties handled by either Simmons or Stanley exclusively.‬ The album was dedicated to the memory of Casablanca founder and early Kiss supporter Neil Bogart.‬
1982: KISS released their 27th single, ‘I Love It Loud.’
1984: U2 scored their 2nd UK #1 album with ‘The Unforgettable Fire.’ The album was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and featured the single ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love’). 1984: Elton John played the first of two nights at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, FL.
1985: Helloween released the album ‘Walls Of Jericho.’ Professional wrestler Chris Jericho took his ring name and name of his submission maneuver from the title of this album.‬
1986: Joni Mitchell’s ‘Ladies Of The Canyon’ is certified Platinum by the RIAA.
1986: Saxon released their 8th studio album, ‘Rock the Nations.’ The album is the first not to feature original bassist Steve Dawson, who had left the band earlier in 1986. 1987: Def Leppard & Tesla played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1987: Sting releases his second solo album, ‘…Nothing Like the Sun.’ It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and #52 on the Top R&B Albums chart. The album’s first single and biggest hit, ‘We’ll Be Together,’ reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in late 1987, and crossed over to the R&B (#39) and Dance (#17) charts. The album won Best British Album at the 1988 Brit Awards.
1987: Sacred Reich released their debut studio album ‘Ignorance.’ The 2012 limited edition bonus tracks included a cover of the Judas Priest song ‘Rapid Fire.’
1989: Ace Frehley releases his 4th full-length solo album, ‘Trouble Walkin’.
1989: Overkill release their 4th studio album, ‘The Years of Decay.’ It was the last Overkill album to feature guitarist Bobby Gustafson.
1989: Voivod released the album ‘Nothingface.’ It was their only album to enter the Billboard 200 charts, where it peaked at #114. They did a cover of the Pink Floyd song ‘Astronomy Domine’ on this album.
1990: In a move that stuns his longtime fans, Bob Dylan is invited to perform at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Hall at the West Point US Military Academy. Oddly, he performs his scathing anti-war attack ‘Masters Of War,’ even more strangely, several cadets turn his protest song ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ into a singalong.
1991: The Boston Pops Orchestra backed Aerosmith for their performance of ‘Dream On’ which was taped for an MTV 10th anniversary special which aired the following month.
1992: Linda McCartney releases ‘Linda McCartney’s Sixties: Portrait of an Era,’ a collection of her most memorable works as a rock photographer. The book includes photos of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles (including husband Paul McCartney), The Who, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Otis Redding.
1992: Prince releases an album with a symbol on the cover that later becomes his name.
1992: Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds released their self-titled debut studio album.
1992: The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a request to reinstate a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne charging him with encouraging two teenagers to commit suicide.
1992: Patty Smyth and Don Henley are awarded a Gold record for ‘Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough.’ The song had spent six weeks at #2 on The Hot 100 and reached #22 on the British Pop chart.
1994: Pretty Maids released the album ‘Scream.’
1995: Pearl Jam’s ‘Vitalogy’ goes five times platimum (over 5 million copies sold). 1995: Van Halen & Skid Row played the Cal Expo Amphitheatre in Sacramento, CA.
1997: Billy Joel plays his new classical compositions on National Public Radio’s Performance Today show.
1997: Matchbox 20 (which in early 2000 changes its name to Matchbox Twenty) embarks on its first headlining tour in Las Vegas with opening act Lila Haydn & Her Band.
1998: The box set ‘The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The “Royal Albert Hall Concert” is released, featuring the first ever commercial release of the notorious concert where Dylan “went electric” and suffered a folk-purist heckler calling him a “Judas.”
1998: Eric Clapton opens his Crossroads detox center in Antigua, charging $9,000 US for a month of rehab.
1998: Craig Atkinson, drummer for Count Five on their 1966, US Top 10 hit ‘Psychotic Reaction,’ died from an unknown illness at the age of 50.
2000: Eddie Vedder, Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper and Patti Smith all take part in a Madison Square Garden rally for US presidential candidate Ralph Nader. George Bush would eventually win the election, with Nader taking key votes from Al Gore.
2000: The Eagles’ Don Henley is sued by a fan who claims the singer bashed her on the head with maracas after she tried to take his picture at an Arkansas concert. 2001: Tesla played Memorial Coliseum in Sacramento, CA.
2004: Velvet Revolver performs in a Hollywood parking lot at Selma and Ivar Avenue atop the Hustler Hollywood store for 3,000 fans. The gig serves as a warm-up for their U.S. tour.
2004: The Foo Fighters play two free shows in support of Presidential candidate John Kerry in Tempe, AZ. as part of the Arizona Democratic Party’s Debate Watch Party.
2005: Slipknot guitarist Jim Root breaks his wrist in a mountain-biking accident just prior to the group’s North American tour. Slipknot tours without him.
2006: Pearl Jam is honored at a charity event by Seattle’s YouthCare organization. The band is presented the Marleen Alhadeff Volunteer of the Year Award for its ongoing commitment to helping young homeless people.
2006: Rob Zombie hosts Turner Classic Movies’ weekly cult-film showcase, TCM Underground. The series kicks off with a double-bill by famed B-movie director Ed Wood; ‘Bride of the Monster’ and ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space.’ The program makes its debut on Friday the 13th.
2006: QVC broadcasts a live Elton John concert from Las Vegas. The one-hour special features selections from ‘The Captain & The Kid,’ along with the story behind the album’s creation.
2007: Jon Bon Jovi hosts NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Though the Foo Fighters, promoting their 6th, ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace,’ are the musical guest, Bon Jovi (the group) performs ‘Lost Highway.’
2007: Artwork by Carlos Santana is auctioned at an event in in Corte Madera, CA, to benefit the Milagro Foundation, the children’s charity founded by the guitarist and his wife, Deborah.
2008: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 16th studio album, ‘Perpetual Flame.’
2008: Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart reunite for a concert in State College, PA, to support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Allman Brothers Band’s Warren Haynes fills in for late singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia. The Allman Brothers Band also performs.
2008: ‘MTV Essential: Metallica,’ with band member interviews, premieres as part of MTV2’s programming celebrating the 20th anniversary of Headbanger’s Ball.
2008: In a video message on his website, Ringo Starr announced that he no longer has time to sign autographs and asked fans not to send him any mail at all. “No more fan mail and no objects to be signed. Nothing.” After finishing a tour of the US and Canada, he was dividing his time between Los Angeles, the South of France and his UK home in Surrey.
2009: Lynch Mob release their 5th studio album, ‘Smoke and Mirrors.’
2009: W.A.S.P. release their 14th studio album, ‘Babylon.’ The band did a cover of the Deep Purple song ‘Burn’ on this album.
2009: Bob Dylan’s ‘Christmas In The Heart’ is released. All money raised from U.S. sales of the holiday collection benefit the Feeding America hunger-relief organization. “(I) hope that (Feeding America and my) efforts can bring some food security to people in need during this holiday season,” says Dylan.
2009: Bruce Springsteen performs the first of four concerts as part of the Philadelphia Spectrum’s Final Farewell Concert Series. The shows kick off a run of 10 final concerts at the legendary arena.
2010: Jeff Ament’s hometown, Big Sandy, MT, gets a skakeboard park. The park was funded by the Pearl Jam bassist (a skater since 1976) who contributed $40,000. “As small towns get smaller and smaller, I think it becomes more important for kids to have something to do outside of just school sports,” Ament tells reporters at the dedication. “My dad helped me build ramps, now I can give kids around here something else to do.”
2010: Patti Smith is nominated in the National Book Award’s Nonfiction category for Just Kids, a memoir about her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. It’s the Punk icon’s first book of prose.
2011: Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello performs at the Occupy Wall Street protest in Manhattan. Morello tells Rolling Stone magazine he’s one more voice to the growing chorus of millions demanding economic justice at home and around the globe.
2011: Over 2500 fans hailing from 26 countries around the world boarded the ‘Destiny’ as KISS‬ and the KISS Navy set sail on the first ever KISS Kruise.
2011: Robert Plant and his Band Of Joy are nominated in three categories: Artist of the Year, Duo or Group of the Year and Album of the Year at the Americana Honors and Awards in Nashville”s Ryman Auditorium. They win the Album of the Year. Gregg Allman receives a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Americana culture and is recognized for his instrumental virtuosity.
2012: B.B. Cunningham Jr., who had been a member of Jerry Lee Lewis’ band since 1997, was found shot to death at the Cherry Crest apartment complex in Memphis, Tennessee. He had also been a member of Ronnie And The Daytonas in the 1960’s.
2012: Co-headliners Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie exchange insults during a show at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI. Manson, upset over an abbreviated set, tells fans “I’m going to kick his (Zombie’s) ass.” When Zombie hits the stage he shouts, “some tours just don’t go (expletive) together,” and yells ” (expletive) you Marilyn Manson!”
2014: Iggy Pop (the Stooges) delivers the John Peel lecture – Free Music in a Capitalist Society – on BBC Radio 6 Music. He criticizes free downloaders and music industry executives and advises his audience to “stay away from drugs…and (TV) talent judges.”
2014: An auction of rare, vintage and signed Rush memorabilia closes after a 10-day run on eBay. The auction benefits Grapes Under Pressure 3 (GUP3) which supports humanitarian causes undertaken by the international wine community.
2015: Elvis Costello’s memoir Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink arrives. His publisher calls it “unconventional but indelible.”
2015: Guitarist Steve Morse revealed that Deep Purple had been recording a new album which they expected to be released in early January, 2016. As a follow-up to 2013’s ‘Now What?’, the new album would be the band’s 20th studio LP.
2016: Frank Iero is seriously injured in Sydney, Australia. A vehicle crashes into an equipment van being unloaded by the former My Chemical Romance guitarist and crew members. “We’re pretty banged up but miraculously alive and in stable condition,” tweets Iero. “I’m still in a state of shock.”
2016: Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first songwriter to win the prestigious award. The 75-year-old rock legend received the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
2016: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis, widely considered to be one of the most politically conservative musicians in Rock, says controversial Republican candidate Donald Trump needs to “be a little bit more freakin’ presidential.” His words go unheeded.
2017: L.A. Guns release their 11th studio album ‘The Missing Peace.’
2017: Fozzy released the album ‘Judas.’ Jericho uses the song ‘Judas’ as his entrance theme for his appearances in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

October 14
1955: Buddy Holly and what would become The Crickets (Larry Welborn and Bob Montgomery) open a show for Bill Haley & The Comets in their hometown of Lubbock, Texas. A talent scout sees Holly and arranges for the singer and his group to record some demos.
1957: The Everly Brothers had their first #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wake Up Little Susie.’ It was banned by some US radio stations for what many deemed its suggestive lyrics. The Everly’s were accompanied on the songby guitar legend Chet Atkins.
1957: Elvis Presley releases ‘Jailhouse Rock.’ It would become his 9th US #1 single and stay on the Billboard chart for nineteen weeks. The film clip from the movie where he sang the song is considered by many historians to be the first Rock video.
1959: Bobby Darin was at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mack The Knife.’ From Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, the song won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1960.
1964: Rolling Stone Charlie Watts marries his first and only wife, Shirley Ann Shepherd, in Bradford, England. They’re still married.
1965: The Rolling Stones, The Spencer Davis Group, Unit 4 Plus 2, The Checkmates, The Habit, The End and Charlie Dickins all appeared at The Odeon, Birmingham during a UK tour.
1966: Former R&B cover band Pink Floyd debut an entire set of psychedelic originals at tonight’s gig at All Saints Hall in London. Soft Machine open the show.
1966: Grace Slick makes her first stage appearance with the band Jefferson Airplane at their Fillmore West gig in San Francisco.
1966: The Who performed at Queens Hall in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Caesars Club in Bedford, England.
1967: After 15 weeks at #1, The Beatles album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is knocked out of the top spot by Bobbie Gentry’s ‘Ode To Billie Joe.’
1967: The second series of The Monkees TV show started on BBC TV in the UK. Plans for the shows to be screened in color were dropped, so it was aired in black & white.
1967: The Who issue their only U.S. Top 10 single (peaked at #9), ‘I Can See For Miles.’ Recorded in London and New York, it’s one of the greatest Rock songs of all-time.
1967: Cream appeared at the Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI.
1968: Yes played at the Revolution Club in London.
1968: Pink Floyd began two days in the studio working on ‘Point Me At The Sky’ and ‘Careful With That Axe, Eugene’ at Abbey Road Studios in London.
1968: Tyrannosaurus Rex’s 2nd album, ‘Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages’ is released in the UK. It failed to chart upon first release; however, it went to #1 when re-released in 1972.
1969: Fred LaBour, entertainment reviewer for the University of Michigan student newspaper The Michigan Daily, turns his assigned review of the new Beatles album, ‘Abbey Road,’ into a satirical piece headlined “McCartney Dead; New Evidence Brought to Light.” In the article, LaBour repeats the musical “clues” that center around the recent “Paul Is Dead” rumors and adds several of his own. He also invents the name “William Campbell” as Paul’s “replacement.” This finally causes the mainstream press to take note of the phenomenon, and when contacted by other media outlets, LaBour furthers what he thinks is a joke by validating every rumor within the rumor.
1970: Leading up to his “War On Drugs” initiative, US President Richard Nixon encourages radio stations to work with him in stopping drug abuse. “If you can make a contribution here, I believe you will be serving the national interest,” he says at the White House Conference on Drug Abuse.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Leon Cole Auditorium at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, FL.
1971: The current owners of the Specialty Records catalog, music publishing firm, Arco Industries sue Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty for half a million dollars for allegedly copying several elements of Little Richard’s ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ for the band’s single ‘Travelin’ Band.’ Ironically, CCR had covered ‘Good Golly’ just a year before ‘Travelin’ Band.’ The suit is later dropped.
1971: John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on ABC-TV’s The Dick Cavett Show to promote John’s new album ‘Imagine,’ Yoko’s new book, and their upcoming art exhibition. 1971: David Crosby & Graham Nash played the first of two nights at Berkeley Community Theare in Berkeley, CA.
1972: Joe Cocker and six members of his touring band are arrested after a concert in Adelaide, Australia, when police allegedly discover marijuana and heroin in their hotel rooms. The group are not charged but instead given four hours to leave the country.
1972: Rod Stewart’s ‘You Wear It Well’ reaches #13 on the pop chart. 1972: T. Rex with special guests The Doobie Brothers played the first of two nights at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA.
1973: Queen appeared at Le Blow Up in Luxembourg.
1974: Jethro Tull released their 7th studio album, ‘War Child.’
1974: Jethro Tull’s ‘Bungle In The Jungle’ b/w ‘Back-Door Angels’ 45 single is released.
1974: Roxy Music played at Winter Gardens in Bournemouth, England.
1975: Roxy Music performed at Belle Vue in Manchester, England.
1975: KISS release their most popular and recognizable single ‘Rock and Roll All Night.’ Written by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS, and originally released on their 1975 album ‘Dressed to Kill.’ It was released as the A-side of their 5th single, with the album track ‘Getaway.’ A subsequent live version, released as a single in October 1975, eventually reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early-1976, the first of six Top 20 songs for Kiss in the 1970s. It became Kiss’s most identifiable song and has served as the group’s closing concert number in almost every concert since 1976. In 2008 it was named the 16th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.
1976: Aerosmith kicked off their first European tour at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, U.K.
1976: The Grateful Dead played at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
1977: Rush performed at the Assembly Center in Tulsa, OK.
1977: At the personal request of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Linda Ronstadt sings the US national anthem at the beginning of their 3rd World Series game against the New York Yankees.
1977: KISS release their 8th album and 2nd live album, ‘Alive II.’ It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It goes on to sell over 2 million copies. Most of the live tracks on ‘Alive II’ were recorded during the band’s August 26–28 residency at the Los Angeles Forum while on the Love Gun tour. The 3:00 PM soundchecks at the August 26 & 27 shows were recorded, and later used on the album (i.e. ‘Tomorrow And Tonight’) with crowd noise being dubbed in later. ‘Beth’ and ‘I Want You’ were lifted from the aborted Japanese live album and used on the finished ‘Alive II.’
1977: David Bowie released his 12th studio album “Heroes”, the second installment of his Berlin Trilogy with Brian Eno (the other releases being ‘Low’ and ‘Lodger’). The album was later named NME Album of the Year.
1978: The KISS solo LPs from Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss all enter the charts. Gene Simmons effort will prove to be the highest charting at #22, followed by Ace Freshly at #26, then Paul Stanley at #40 and Peter Criss at #43.
1978: Rush kicked off their tour in support of Hemispheres at the Kingston Memorial Centre in Kingston, ON. To date this was Rush’s longest tour.
1978: Bob Dylan appeared at the Hulman Civic University Center in Terre Haute, IN.
1980: Black Sabbath played at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD. 1980: The Doobie Brothers played The Forum in Inglewood, CA.
1981: King Crimson performed at Stadthalle Muehlheim in Cologne, Germany. 1981: The Rolling Stones, J. Geils Band & The Greg Kihn Band played The Kingdome in Seattle, WA.
1982: Van Halen appeared at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. 1982: Twisted Sister played the Fountain Casino in Aberdeen Township, NJ.
1983: Iron Maiden with special guests Quiet Riot played at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, FL.
1983: Riot released their 5th studio album, ‘Born in America.’
1985: Iron Maiden release their 1st live album, ‘Live After Death.’ It was recorded at Long Beach Arena, California and Hammersmith Odeon, London during the band’s World Slavery Tour.‬ 1985: Dio & Rough Cutt played the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, NE.
1985: INXS released their 5th album, ‘Listen Like Thieves.’ It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top albums chart. Three singles charted on the Billboard Hot 100 -‘”Listen Like Thieves’ (#54), ‘What You Need’ (#5), and ‘This Time’ (#81). 1987: The ‘Top Of The Pops’ TV show taped an episode at Hollywood Center Studios/KTLA on Sunset Blvd. The taping featured KISS, Swing Out Sister, Timothy B. Schmidt, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.
1988: Def Leppard becomes the first act in chart history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive albums. ‘Pyromania,’ with 10 million copies sold and ‘Hysteria’ with 25 million copies sold.
1989: Motley Crue started a two-week run at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Dr. Feelgood’.
1993: Rage Against The Machine begin their U.S. tour in Hollywood, CA.
1994: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant release their ‘No Quarter’ album.
1994: ‘Pulp Fiction’ opens, reviving classic ’60s songs such as ‘Misirlou,’ ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’ and ‘Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon.’ 1995: Van Halen, Skid Row & Brother Cane played the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.
1996: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 9th studio album, ‘Inspiration.’
1997: Sir Paul McCartney’s symphonic poem ‘Standing Stone’ gets its world debut by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. The piece earns the former Beatle six curtain calls. Critics, however, call it dull and forgettable.
1997: Green Day released their 5th studio album ‘Nimrod.’ Recorded at Conway Studios in L.A., the album peaks at #10 on the Billboard U.S. charts and is later certified double platinum.
1997: Saxon release their 13th studio album, ‘Unleash the Beast.’ It was their first studio album without Graham Oliver on guitar, who was replaced by Doug Scarratt.
1998: B.B. King picks up a lifetime achievement award at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
2000: The Beatles’ official autobiography ‘Anthology’ hits #1 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list.
2000: Five Pearl Jam bootlegs released from their European tour make the Billboard 200 albums chart, setting a record for most entries on the chart in a single week.
2000: Radiohead make their debut on Saturday Night Live. They perform songs from ‘Kid A.’
2003: Ozzy Osbourne seeks treatment for Parkinson’s Disease-like tremors and postpones a fall European tour. The veteran rock artist says in a statement, “I have been in Boston for the last three weeks, having medical tests for a tremor which has become markedly worse over the last two years.”
2003: Stone Temple Pilot’s singer Scott Weiland files for divorce from his wife of three years, Mary Weiland, claiming irreconcilable differences. The couple has two children and separated in September of 2002.
2004: Eric clapton is busted for speeding at 134 mph in his Porsche 911 Turbo near Merceuil, France, and fined 750 Euros. He is suspended from driving in France. After paying his fine, Clapton poses for photographs with the French police. He then left the scene in his Porsche, with his secretary behind the wheel.
2005: Slipknot launch their North American tour in Cincinnati. Guitarist Jim Root broke his wrist the day before in a mountain biking accident but Slipknot decides to start the tour without him.
2005: Singer David Draiman’s severely inflamed vocal cords force Disturbed to cancel the remaining seven dates of their European tour. The tour is in support of the chart-topping ‘Ten Thousand Fists’ album.
2005: Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor slams the Scottish group Franz Ferdinand. “Their record (‘You Could Have It So Much Better’) kind of sucks. It doesn’t speak to me on any level emotionally or purposefully,” says Reznor.
2005: Lunch boxes decorated by celebrities, including Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, the Beastie Boys’ Mike D, U2’s Bono and the Edge and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, are up for bid online to raise money for hunger relief. The eBay auction benefits the Food Bank of New York City and the Lunchbox Fund, which provides meals to South African schoolchildren.
2006: A memorial stone honoring late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton is unveiled at the site of the 1986 bus crash that killed him in D’rarp, Sweden. “That really shows the engagement and the love that our fans have for our music and the people behind it,” says Metallica frontman James Hetfield. “Cliff is one of the icons that is not easily forgotten.”
2007: The Tom Petty documentary film, ‘Running Down A Dream’ debuts at the New York Film Festival.
2007: Ted Nugent made a voice cameo on ‘The Simpsons’ where he was on the phone telling a prisoner voiced by Steve Buscemi to vote no on a fictional proposition that banned crossbows in public schools, a jab on Nugent’s political stance.
2007: Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington breaks his arm during the group’s concert in Melbourne, Australia. “He broke it about four songs (into the show), but didn’t let it stop him from playing the rest of the set,” writes vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda in an online post. “It was crazy.” How did it happen? “I went to do a jump off the top of the stairs and…fell straight back and landed right on my wrist,” explains the singer. “It f**king hurts, dude.”
2007: David Bowie inspired clothing line is at Target stores along with an EP ‘Strangers When We Meet.’ The six-track disc contains Bowie live and rare studio tracks. The Bowie apparel is the work of British designer Keenan Duffty.
2007: Heart play on the ABC special ‘Frosted Pink.’ Money raised benefits organizations that focus on cancers that affect women. Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon, also appears on the program.
2008: ‘We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year’ is released. The 12-track album has ‘Run Rudolf Run’ featuring ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman’ has Black Sabbath/Heaven And Hell vets Tony Iommi and Ronnie James Dio. Alice Cooper, Styx’s Tommy Shaw and ex-AC/DC drummer Simon Wright also contribute.
2009: Paul McCartney was named Songwriter of The Year at the 29th Annual ASCAP Awards in London. The awards presentation honored songwriters and publishers of the most performed works in the US during 2008. Other winners at the event included Phil Collins, who collected his 11th award for his hit ‘In The Air Tonight,’ and Coldplay take home Song Of The Year honors for ‘Viva La Vida’ (from the ’08 album ‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends’).
2009: A tax lien is filed against Courtney Love in Los Angeles County, claiming she owes the federal government $324,335.21 in back taxes from 2007. “Ms. Cobain has every intention of paying those taxes,” claims Love’s representative, Keith Fink.
2009: ‘Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound,’ a PBS documentary, is broadcast. The program focuses of the Folk singer’s life and career with testimonials from Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Bob Dylan.
2010: Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan joins his old band and frontman Axl Rose onstage for the first time in seventeen years during a show at London’s O2 Arena. McKagan plays bass on ‘You Could Be Mine’ but switches to rhythm guitar for ‘Nice Boys’ and ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door.’
2011: Scorpions released their 4th live album, ‘Live 2011: Get Your Sting & Blackout.’ It was recorded in Saarbrücken Germany.
2011: Chuck Ruff dies in San Francisco, California, after a long illness at 60. Ruff was well-known for his work with The Edgar Winter Group, including the instrumental ‘Frankenstein.’ He also played on two of Sammy Hagar’s solo records.
2011: After 27 years of marriage, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth announce they are breaking up.
2012: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson is one of 92 pilots who enter the record books by flying a simulator around the world in real time. The flight, sponsored by Aerobility, a company developing a flight simulator able to teach the disabled to fly an aircraft, takes 10 days.
2014: Though available as a free download to iTunes customers a month earlier, U2’s ‘Songs Of Innocence,’ with the lead single, ‘The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),’ is officially released.
2014: Exodus release their 10th studio album, ‘Blood In, Blood Out.’ The album saw a reunion with original guitarist Kirk Hammett, who plays the guitar solo on ‘Salt the Wound.’
2014: Isaiah “Ikey” Owens the American keyboardist known for his work with The Mars Volta, Jack White and an array of bands from the Long Beach music scene died aged 39. Owens was found dead due to a heart attack in his hotel room in Puebla, Mexico.
2014: Lamb Of God unfurl their documentary ‘As The Palaces Burn.’ Originally planned to feature fans on the group’s 2012 world tour, the majority of the film chronicles frontman Randy Blythe’s trial and eventual exoneration of manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic.
2014: ‘Jimmy Page,’ a book by the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist, is released. “I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs, charting my whole musical journey,” says Page in a press release.
2014: Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian releases his autobiography ‘I’m the Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax.’
2014: Neil Peart of Rush releases his book ‘Far And Near: On Days Like These,’ which documents his travels.
2014: David Bowie debuts his new single ‘Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime),’ a jazzy seven-and-a-half-minute song, on BBC Radio 6 to promote his upcoming compilation album ‘Nothing Has Changed.’
2014: Neil Young appeared on US TV’s ‘The Colbert Report’ where he engaged the host in a light-hearted discussion about the environment and how he’d like to impeach US President Barack Obama.
2015: The Bon Scott bio ‘Live Wire’ is released. The book was written by AC/DC roadie John Darcy, his wife Gabby, who was the late singer’s close friend, and Mary Renshaw, Scott’s soulmate and companion.
2015: The Eagles’ Don Henley topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with ‘Cass County.’ The solo LP, Henley’s first since 2000’s ‘Inside Job,’ sold over 87,000 units during the first week after its release.
2016: Tyketto released their album, ‘Reach.’
2016: Slipknot’s Clown, aka Shawn Crahan, announces that he’s changed his name to Mime in the wake of the clown knife attacks across the United States and Britain. He says that the name change will be in effect “until the coast is clear.”

October 15
1955: Buddy & Bob (Buddy Holly) open for Elvis Presley at the ‘Big D Jamboree’, held at Lubbock’s Cotton Club in Texas. Nashville talent scout Eddie Crandall was in audience and arranged for Holly to audition and record demos for the Decca US label.
1955: Fats Domino records ‘I’m In Love Again.’
1956: Little Richard records ‘Good Golly Miss Molly.’
1957: Elvis Presley’s 4th album on RCA Victor Records, ‘Elvis’ Christmas Album’ is released. According to the latest certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America, ‘Elvis’ Christmas Album’ has shipped at least 23 million copies in the United States (3 million copies of the original 1957 release on RCA Victor Records, plus 20 million copies of a couple of “budget” editions first released by RCA&Camden and Candem & Pickwick in 1970 and 1975, respectively), making it Presley´s first and second RIAA Diamond Award recipient, as well as the best-selling Christmas/holiday album of all time in the U.S.
1958: Jackie Wilson records ‘Lonely Teardrops.’ It became his first US Top 10 hit, reaching #7 on Billboard’s Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart.
1960: While in Hamburg, The Beatles back Wally Eymond, the guitarist for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes on his version of George Gershwin’s ‘Summertime.’ Beatles drummer Pete Best doesn’t make the session so the band plays with Rory Storm’s drummer, Ringo Starr. This is the first known recording of the group together, though the master is lost to history. Two years later, the group would hire Ringo permanently.
1961: The Beatles play a local charity benefit in Liverpool.
1964: British singer Screaming Lord Sutch runs for the English parliament. He would go on to lose 40 elections.
1965: Jimi Hendrix signs his first recording contractin the UK, and it is was a bad one. It had his name as “Jimmy” and for signing it, Jimi received one dollar and 1% of retail sales for any records sold. It also gave the record company the right to sell it if they wanted.
1965: Mike Love of The Beach Boys marries his second wife, Suzanne Celeste Belcher, in Las Vegas. The union would produce two children, but would end in divorce in December of 1968.
1966: The Monkees record ‘I’m A Believer.’
1966: Vocalist Signe Anderson performs her final show with Jefferson Airplane. She leaves after giving birth to her daughter four months earlier and is replaced by former Great Society singer Grace Slick.
1966: The youth-oriented International Times publication starts in England. Pink Floyd performs at the launch party along with The Move, Denny Laine, and Soft Machine.
1967: The first Sacramento Pop Festival was held, featuring Jefferson airplane, Spirit, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Stawberry Alarm Clock and Sunshine Company.
1967: Cream played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1967: The Who tape an appearance on the BBC1 TV show ‘Twice A Fortnight’ miming to ‘I Can See For Miles’ and ‘Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands.’ The director chooses to shoot the band using constant, rapid zooming shots. This motion-sickness inducing performance airs on the 21st, and is shown in the US on American Bandstand on December 30th.
1968: Vanilla Fudge played at the MECCA in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1968: The former New Yardbirds, now known as Led Zeppelin, perform their first gig under that name at England’s Surrey University.
1969: Famed blues singer Howlin’ Wolf suffers his first non-fatal heart attack.
1969: John Fogerty is inspired to write ‘Effigy’ after President Richard Nixon casually dismisses millions of protesters who show up worldwide for the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam. ‘Effigy’ becomes the final track on ‘Willy and the Poor Boys’ and is notable for being the lone song on the album that is not upbeat.
1969: The Who appeared at the Capitol Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario.
1970: Yes performed at Dundee University in Dundee, Scotland.
1971: Pink Floyd kicked off a 30-date North American tour at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco.
1971: Former teen idol Rick Nelson is booed when he tries to put the past behind him and play new material at a Madison Square Garden oldies show (a Rock N’ Roll Revival). The experience prompts Nelson to write and record his last major hit ‘Garden Party.’
1971: The Who’s ‘Let’s See Action’ b/w ‘When I Was A Boy’ 45 single is released in the UK only (no US). Written by Pete Townshend, ‘Let’s See Action’ was not released in the US until the ‘Hooligans’ album in 1981. It reached #16 on the UK chart.
1973: The Band released their 5th studio album, ‘Moondog Matinee.’ It reached #28 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1973: Grateful Dead released their 6th studio album, ‘Wake of the Flood.’ It reached #18 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It is the first release under the band’s own label, Grateful Dead Records, after fulfilling their contract with Warner Bros. Records.
1973: Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ b/w ‘Young Man’s Blues’ 45 single is released. It entered the Top 10 in both the United Kingdom and the United States. It was one of John’s biggest hits, and surpassed the previous single in sales and popularity quickly following its release. In the US, it was certified Gold on January 4, 1974 and Platinum on September 13, 1995 by the RIAA.
1973: Having experienced respiratory problems for the past four days, Elvis Presley is admitted to Memphis’ Baptist Memorial Hospital. Dr. George Nichopoulos, Elvis’ personal physician, discovers his patient’s addiction to Demerol.
1973: The US Supreme Court upholds, by a 7-2 vote, the 1971 FCC directive that bans radio DJs from playing songs that glorify drugs.
1973: The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards is found guilty in Nice, France of possessing and intending to distribute both marijuana and heroin. He receives a one-year suspended sentence, is fined 5,000 francs, and is forbidden from entering the country for two years.
1973: Neil Young’s live album consisting of previously unreleased material, ‘Time Fades Away’ is released. Though ‘Love In Mind’ dates from a 1971 solo tour (on the January 30 date of the tour, ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’ was recorded, the version on ‘Harvest’), all other songs on the album were from recordings made during a 62-date tour in early 1973 that featured an acoustic set with Young followed by an electric set with backing band the Stray Gators. It reached #22 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1974: ‘Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits’ goes gold as frontman Alice (Vincent Furnier) desides to go forward as a solo artist. The rest of the group continues briefly as Billion Dollar Babies.
1974: David Bowie plays the first of a six night engagement at the Michigan Palace in Detroit, as part of the Philly Dogs Tour. Carlos Alomar, David Sanborn, and Luther Vandross were all part of Bowie’s musical entourage.
1975: Jefferson Starship performed at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1976: AC/DC appeared at Cirque Royal in Brussels, Belgium.
1976: Ike & Tina Turner dissolve their 19 year-old business partnership. Their divorce is finalized several months later. Ike’s drug problems eventually land him in prison. Tina has a successful solo career.
1977: Paul Simon releases ‘Slip Slidin’ Away.’
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s classic ‘Rumours’ is released. 1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd played the Hollywood Sportatorium in Hollywood, Florida. 1977: Robin Trower played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1978: Toto release their self-titled 1st studio album. 1978: Thin Lizzy played the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA. 1978: Heart & Walter Egan played the Capital Centre in Landover, MD.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1979: John Lennon and Yoko Ono donate $1,000 to provide bulletproof vests for New York City policemen. The city had been too financially strapped to provide officers with proper protection.
1980: The Cars 3rd album ‘Panorama’ goes platinum.
1980: For the first time ever, London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios auctions off thousands of dollars of equipment, including some used on Beatles recordings.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York.
1981: The Grateful Dead played at the Melkweg in Amsterdam. 1982: Twisted Sister played Pebbles in Rochelle Park, N.J.
1983: The debut studio album by Alcatrazz ‘No Parole from Rock n’ Roll’ is released. It features guitar work from a then-unknown Yngwie Malmsteen and spawns such melodic metal tracks as ‘Island in the Sun’ and ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour.’
1983: ‘Genesis,’ with the hit ‘That’s All,’ is the #1 album in the U.K. It also included the single ‘Mama,’ the band’s biggest commercial UK success, which reached #4, but was less popular in the US where it climbed to #73.
1984: Julian Lennon’s debut album, ‘Valotte’ is released. It reached #17 on the Billboard 200 Top albums chart, and features the single, ‘Valotte,’ which reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Julian received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist for his work on the album at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards.The majority of the songs came from demos that were written during a 3 month stay at the remote Manor de Valotte, a French chateau near Nevers during the fall of 1983.
1984: The Talking Heads ‘Stop Making Sense,’ the soundtrack to the concert film of the same name is released.
1984: AC/DC released their ’74 Jailbreak’ EP. It features five tracks that had previously been released only in Australia.
1984: Manowar released their 4th album, ‘Sign of the Hammer.’
1985: Hirax released their debut album ‘Raging Violence.’ The cover logo was done by Celtic Frost singer Tom G. Warrior.
1985:Fates Warning released the album ‘The Spectre Within.’
1985: Rush release their 11th studio album, ‘Power Windows.’ It is the last Rush album to achieve Platinum status until ‘Roll the Bones’ comes out six years later.
1987: Joe Satriani released his 2nd studio album, ‘Surfing with the Alien.’ The popular all-instrumental album kicks open the door for similarly styled “guitar shred” albums. The album reached #29 on the Billboard chart. It remained on there for 75 weeks, the longest run of any of his releases.
1987: Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia began a two-week solo residency on Broadway. All concerts were sold out.
1988: Bon Jovi start a four-week run at #1 on the Billboard charts with their 4th album, ‘New Jersey.’ The album produced five Hot 100 Top 10 singles, the most top 10 hits to date for a hard rock album. It was the group’s second album to reach the top of the chart in the U.S.
1988: UB40 went to #1 on the US singles chart with their version of the Neil Diamond song ‘Red Red Wine.’ Lead singer Ali Campbell says that they always knew it as a reggae song and had no idea Diamond wrote it.
1988: The Amnesty International – Human Rights Now! tour ends with a show in Buenos Aires. Along with Sting, Peter Gabriel and Tracy Chapman, Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band, closing out his last tour with the group until 1999, when they re-form.
1988: Motorhead released their 3rd live album, ‘No Sleep at All.’
1989: Eddie Van Halen & Michael Anthony of Van Halen participated in the first World Music Invitational Pro/Am celebrity golf tournament at Stonebridge Ranch in Dallas.
1991: Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty is the proud father of son Shane Cody, his 4th child.
1991: Dramarama released their 4th album, ‘Vinyl.’ Two singles reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart – ‘What Are We Gonna Do’ (#10), and ‘Haven t Got A Clue’ (#6).
1991: The first day of the Guitar Legends festival is held at Seville, Spain. The 5-day festival would include performances by Roger Waters, Joe Satriani and B.B. King.
1995: Paul and Linda McCartney make a memorable appearance on tonight’s ‘Lisa The Vegetarian’ episode of FOX’s The Simpsons, doing their voiceovers only on condition that the Lisa character stay a vegetarian forever after. At the time of the program’s airing, this made McCartney the last of the living members of The Beatles to appear on The Simpsons.
1996: Motorhead release their 13th studio album, ‘Overnight Sensation.’ This album was the first since ‘Ace of Spades’ (1980) to have a picture of the band on the cover.
1996: Corossion Of Conformity release their 5th album, ‘Wiseblood.’ James Hetfield provides his voice as backup on the album’s 9th track, ‘Man or Ash.’
1996: KoRn release their 2nd studio album, ‘Life Is Peachy.’ The song ‘No Place to Hide’ earned the band a second Grammy nomination in the Best Metal Performance category in 1998.
1996: Dio released their 7th studio album, ‘Angry Machines.’ It was the last studio album to feature original drummer Vinny Appice.
1996: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was charged with assault for attacking cameraman Henry Trappler who took pictures of Lee and his then-wife Pamela Anderson Lee as they were leaving Hollywood’s Viper Room. Trappler was treated at a hospital for a broken pelvis. After pleading no contest, Lee was sentenced to four months in prison.
1998: Motorhead release their 3rd live album, ‘Nö Sleep at All.’
2000: Radiohead went to #1 on the US album chart with ‘Kid A,’ the group’s 4th album became the first Radiohead release to debut at #1 in the US.
2000: U2 went to #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Beautiful Day,’ the group’s 4th UK #1 single and taken from their album ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind.’
2000: Dave Edmunds had a triple heart bypass operation at Los Angeles’s Cedars Sinai Hospital.
2001: U.D.O. released their 1st live album, ‘Live from Russia.’
2002: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 14th studio album, ‘Attack!!’
2003: Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick is shot in the right leg in front of the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood. A second bullet grazes the left side of his head. The shooting occurs at 1:20 a.m. following a heated argument outside the club. Minutes after the altercation, the 21-year-old suspect returns with a 9-mm handgun and starts firing indiscriminately into the crowd. Kulick, who is standing in front of the club at the time, was not the intended target of the shooting, according to police. The gunman is later sentenced to 10 years in prison and Kulick completely recovers.
2003: Mike Smith of The Dave Clark Five suffers a fall from a ladder While trying to climb a 7-foot gate after locking himself out of his villa at his home in Spain that leaves him paralyzed from the waist down. Smith fell heavily on his head and cracked his spine in three places. He would remain a near-quadriplegic until his death from pneumonia on February 28th, 2008, less than two weeks before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2004: Bill Eyden, the session drummer hired to play on Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ dies after a lengthy illness at the age of 74. Eyden also worked with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Charlie Watts and was a member of the resident trio at Ronnie Scott’s club in London, England until the late 60’s.
2005: Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic cuts the ribbon to open of Seattle’s Hotel Max. The remodeled, former one-star hotel, displays works by local artists and photographers on room doors. The hotel’s fifth floor is devoted to the city’s famous Grunge musicians. There are life-size photographs of members of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Courtney Love.
2006: Rob Zombie’s ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ wins the Killer Movie prize at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards in L.A. The event celebrates horror-themed cinema, music and television. Presenters include Linkin Park, Korn’s Jonathan Davis, Slipknot and Zombie. 30 Seconds to Mars and Avenged Sevenfold take the stage.
2006: The inaugural Long Island Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place Patchogue, N.Y. Among the institution’s initial honorees are founding KISS members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss; Mountain’s Leslie West; the Vanilla Fudge, Joan Jett, and Billy Joel. Criss, West, Jett and Joel attend the gala, which features an all-star jam.
2006: The final concert is performed at the legendary Manhattan music club CBGB. Patti Smith, who played her first show at CBGB in February 1975, performs. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, bassist, Flea, and Television guitarist Richard Lloyd also appear. The club closes after an extended dispute between club owner Hilly Kristal and the Bowery Residents Committee, which tried to charge Kristal $19,000 in alleged back rent. After efforts to have the building preserved as a historical landmark, a men’s clothing store moves in 14 months later and throws out practically everything associated with the former music club.
2007: AC/DC secures the rights to ACDC.com, which was previously held by a pornographic site. “Feel free to visit us from work, school or, for longtime visitors to the site, from the usual privacy of your basement,” reads an announcement from the band.
2008: Jon Bon Jovi is the latest musician to disapprove of the use of his songs in John McCain’s US presidential campaign. Bon Jovi’s song, ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’, was used during rallies held by Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Foo Fighters, Heart and Jackson Browne had all asked Mr. McCain to stop using their tracks in his presidential bid. Bon Jovi threw a $30,000 per person, fund-raising dinner for Democratic candidate Barack Obama at his New Jersey home in September.
2009: ‘The Beatles To Bowie: The ’60s Exposed,’ an exhibition of never-before-seen images of The Beatles, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and the Kinks, opens at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The opening also commemorates the 40th anniversary of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity
2009: Queensryche’s ‘American Soldier Tour’ gets underway. Lita Ford performs three songs with the band during each set. Lita and Queensryche singer Geoff Tate perform ‘Close My Eyes Forever,’ the 1988 duet with Ozzy Osbourne, with Tate taking over Ozzy’s part.
2009: ‘Travelin’ Man: On the Road and Behind the Scenes With Bob Seger’ is released in bookstores. The biography, co-written by Tom Weschler, Seger’s former tour manager and photographer, and music journalist Gary Graff, focuses on Seger from the late 1960s through the 1970s. The forward is penned by John Mellencamp and the afterword comes from fellow Detroit-area musician Kid Rock.
2010: Rolling Stone magazine publishes an exclusive excerpt from guitarist Keith Richard’s memoir ‘Life,’ eleven days before the book hits stores. The 10,000 word excerpt covers the early days of the Rolling Stones.
2010: Bon Jovi headlines the ‘Concerts For The Coast’ in Gulf Shores, AL, to bring attention and economic relief to the Alabama gulf coast region.
2010: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is the voice of the Mad Hatter on Nickelodeon’s ‘The Wonder Pets’ special ‘Alice In Wonderland’ themed show.
2011: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation marks the former President’s 65th birthday by honoring his charitable work. The Hollywood Bowl concert includes Stevie Wonder and closes with Bono and the Edge performing a 40-minute, seven-song set that includes ‘Desire,’ ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ and ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday,’ which recognizes Clinton’s work on the Irish peace process.
2011: Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore announce the end of their 27-year marriage.
2012: Stevie Nicks headlines the AIDS Foundation’s 11th Annual An Enduring Vision benefit show in New York City.
2012: Duff McKagan hosts a spoken word/multi-media presentation based on his autobiography, ‘It’s So Easy (And Other Lies)’ at The Viper Room in West Hollywood.
2013: Trivium released the album ‘Vengeance Falls.’ It was their last album to feature drummer Nick Augusto. The album was produced by Disturbed frontman David Draiman.
2013: Monster Magnet released their 9th album, ‘Last Patrol.’
2013: Pearl Jam release their 10th studio album ‘Lightning Bolt.’
2013: Testament release their 4th live album ‘Dark Roots of Thrash.’
2013: ‘We Will Rock You,’ a musical produced with Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, begins a North American tour at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre. The show features 24 Queen songs.
2013: At BMI’s London Awards ceremony, Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd.frontman John Lydon receives the Icon Award for his songwriting. “John Lydon is a true icon whose influence on music, fashion and art has been felt around the world,” says Del Bryant, president of BMI.
2013: Flying Colors, a progressive supergroup formed by drummer Mike Portnoy, release ‘Flying Colors Live In Europe.’
2013: Led Zeppelin’s ’07 concert film, ‘Celebration Day,’ picks up two honors at the Event Cinema Association’s inaugural awards in London. The Zeppelin documentary earns a Silver Box Office Award for 250,000 theatrical admissions, and another one for Excellence in Programming. Queen’s ’86 concert film, ‘Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest’ (from the band’s last tour with frontman Freddie Mercury), picks up a Bronze Box Office Award in recognition of achieving over 100,000 worldwide cinema admissions.
2014: At the St. Louis club Blueberry Hill, Chuck Berry performs for the last time. The rocker, who dies in 2017, played monthly gigs at the venue starting in 1996.
2014: New York real estate firm Saunders & Associates confirmed that Billy Joel recently sold his 5,500-square-foot beachfront mansion in the village of Sagaponack on Long Island. Sagaponack is known as the most expensive small village in the U.S.
2014: U2’s Bono said he was sorry after their latest album was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world, saying the move was a “drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity”. iTunes users complained that the 11-track ‘Songs of Innocence’ had been added to their music library without permission and that it was not clear how to delete it. When the download controversy exploded iTunes offered an album delete option.
2015: Neil Young launches GoEarth.org, a website designed to promote global conservation.
2015: After demanding that presidential candidate Donald Trump stop playing ‘Dream On,’ Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler pens an essay for the Huffington Postcalling for an update of copyright laws. “Songwriters, producers and artists can’t survive on what they are being paid.” 2015: Spinefarm, the Finnish Heavy Metal imprint, announces they have signed Nonpoint. Also, Nuclear Blast Entertainment reveal that they have inked a worldwide deal with Corrosion Of Conformity. 2017: Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie with special guest Wilderado played Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA.

October 16
1951: An 18-year old Little Richard has his first recording session, laying down a handful tracks for RCA Camden at the studios at the studios of Atlanta radio station WGST. His early attempts imitated the Gospel style of late-1940s Jump Blues artist Billy Wright who was a friend that set him up with the opportunity to record.
1954: Elvis Presley makes his broadcast debut on ‘The Louisiana Hayride’ radio show, broadcast live on KWKH in Shreveport. After an enthusiastic reception from the audience, Presley is booked to appear every week for a year at $18 per show. His sidemen, Bill Black and Scotty Moore are paid $12 each.
1963: The largest audience in British television history watch The Beatles perform on ‘Val Parnell’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium.’
1965: The Beatles recorded ‘Day Tripper’ at Abbey Road studio’s in London in three takes, they then added vocals and other overdubs, completing the song before the end of the day.
1965: Jefferson Airplane play the Longshoremen’s Hall, the first of many ‘happenings’ in the Bay Area. The Great Society, with future Airplane vocalist Grace Slick, is also on the bill.
1966: Folk singer Joan Baez is among 124 antiwar protesters arrested for blocking entrance to an Army Induction Center in Oakland, California. She is sentenced to ten days in jail.
1967: Folk singer Joan Baez was arrested, along with 123 others, for blocking the entrance to an Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland, California.
1968: Pink Floyd performed at Theatre du Huitieme in Lyon, France with a psychedelic light show by the London Arts Laboratory.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience 3rd and final studio album, ‘Electric Ladyland’ is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for two weeks in November, 1968. In 2003, it was rated #54 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1968: Jay And The Americans recorded ‘This Magic Moment,’ which would rise to #6 in the US the following Spring. The Drifters’ 1960 version made it to #16.
1969: Leonard Chess (born Lejzor Czyż) dies of a heart attack. He was 52. Chess was a record company executive and founder of the Chess record label which was home to Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson and many more. He was the focal point of the movies ‘Cadillac Records’ and ‘Who Do You Love?’ It is said that Chess Records epitomized the independent record business and Chess himself set new standards for the industry in artist development, deal making, networking, and marketing and promotion.
1969: Black Sabbath record their debut album in this single day at Regent Sound Studios in London.
1970: Rod Stewart & The Faces appear at the Eastown Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
1971: Neil Diamond performed at the Indiana State University Arena in Terre Haute, Indiana.
1972: Internal strife between the three remaining band members, reportedly due to leader John Fogerty’s reluctance to give up creative control lead to the public breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival. The press statement tries to put the best possible face on the incident, “We don’t regard this as breaking up. We look at it as an expansion of our activities.” 1973: Mott The Hoople, New York Dolls & Aerosmith played the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY.
1974: The Rolling Stones release their 12th British and 14th American studio album, ‘It’s Only Rock N’ Roll.’ It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart (where it stayed on the chart for 20 weeks), and #2 on the UK Albums chart.
1974: The Grateful Dead played the first of five nights at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco, California.
1974: Hawkwind appear at Ellis Auditorium North Hall in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: The Who played at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.
1975: Bruce Springsteen begins a series of shows at The Roxy in Los Angeles, where he earns adulation from many celebrities and a glowing review in the L.A. Times. This leads to cover stories on Springsteen in both Time and Newsweek on October 27th.
1976: Thin Lizzy release their 7th studio album, ‘Johnny the Fox.’ It reached #52 on the Billboard 200 Top 200 LP’s chart.
1977: Rush performed at Taylor County Expo Center Coliseum in Abilene, Texas.
1978: Hawkwind played at Guild Hall in Portsmouth, England.
1979: AC/DC headlined at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.
1980: Jeff Beck performed at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1981: Eric Clapton played at Vejlby-Risskovhallen in Aarhus, Denmark.
1982: The Alan Parsons Project peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Eye in the Sky’ which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S. 1982: Crosby, Stills & Nash played the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida. 1982: Twisted Sister played their final U.S. apperance of 1982 at L’Amour in Brooklyn, N.Y.
1983: Thin Lizzy’s 2nd live album ‘Life:Live’ is released.
1983: ZZ Top performed at the Marquee Club in London. 1983: Iron Maiden & Quiet Riot played the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida. 1985: Dio and Rough Cutt played The Met Center in Bloomington, MN.
1985: Fates Warning released their album ‘The Spectre Within.’
1985: Kreator released their debut album ‘Endless Pain.’
1986: An all-star “60th birthday” bash is thrown for Chuck Berry in his hometown of St. Louis. Berry is joined by Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, and many others on stage at the local Fox Theatre. The making of the concert and the show itself are filmed by veteran director Taylor Hackford for the critically acclaimed 1987 documentary ‘Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll.’
1988: U2, Ziggy Marley and Keith Richards are among the performers at the Smile Jamaica concert, which benefits victims of Hurricane Gilbert. 1988: Scorpions & Winger played the Cal Expo Amphitheatre in Sacramento, CA.
1990: ZZ Top release their 10th studio album, ‘Recycler.’
1991: Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell is arrested at a Holiday Inn in Santa Monica, CA after a maid finds syringes, white powder and crack pipes. He is charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance and states, “I needed some time off so I got myself a drug addiction and booked myself into a hospital instead.”
1991: Red Hot Chili Peppers kick off their ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ tour with a show in Madison, Wisconsin. Their opening acts are Smashing Pumpkins and a new band called Pearl Jam.
1992: Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Celebration is held at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Tom Petty, the Band, Eddie Vedder and Johnny Cash take the stage. Dylan sings ‘My Back Pages’ and Neil Young does his version of ‘All Along The Watchtower.’ The show closes with an ensemble rendition of ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.
1992: The Offspring release their 2nd studio album, ‘Ignition,’ which is their first release on Epitaph Records, a label owned by Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz.
1993: ‘Hey Jealousy,” the Gin Blossoms first charting single, peaks at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2001: After Bob Dylan hires extra security guards in preparation for his comeback ‘Love And Theft’ tour, two of the guards turn Dylan himself back when the singer forgets his own pass. The new guards are fired.
2001: Ozzy Osbourne released his 8th studio album, ‘Down to Earth.’ Foreigner’s Mick Jones has writing credit on ‘Dreamer.’ It’s the only Osbourne studio album to feature bassist Robert Trujillo, who left to join Metallica in 2003 and it was the first Osbourne album to feature drummer Mike Bordin, previously of Faith No More.
2002: Billy Joel leaves the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT, where it is rumored he’s been undergoing treatment for alcoholism.
2003: Simon and Garfunkel open their new “Old Friends” Tour with a concert in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
2004: Velvet Revolver’s first U.S. tour kicks off in Antioch, TN.
2004: Tommy Lee of Motley Crue performs with the University of Nebraska marching band during the half-time show of the Baylor-Nebraska game at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium. It’s part of a planned NBC reality show that has the 42-year old Lee enrolled at Nebraska.
2005: Queen plays their first ever U.S. show with Paul Rodgers fronting the group in East Rutherford N.J.
2006: A Beatles photography exhibit, described as the most comprehensive ever, opens at the San Francisco Art Exchange. The Long and Winding Road — The Life and Times of John, Paul, George & Ringo features more than 100 pictures of The Beatles by more than 20 photographers, including never-before-seen shots.
2006: Paul McCartney submits an application through his MPL Communications company requesting to have his name trademarked so he can profit from licensing his moniker on a variety of products. 2006: Bob Dylan & Kings Of Leon played the first of two nights at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
2007: An AC/DC DVD box set titled ‘Plug Me In’ is released. The two-disc collection contains rare concert and television footage. One focuses on the Bon Scott era while the other delves into Brian Johnson’s tenure.
2007: ‘The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live At Monterey,’ a DVD documenting Jimi Hendrix’s breakthrough 1967 performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival is released with footage from the guitarist’s entire set plus previously unseen interviews with Hendrix and bandmates Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding.
2007: Graham Nash, David Crosby and Jackson Browne participate in the Pray For Peace Event at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The benefit, which Nash helps organize, includes an interfaith prayer service and a concert featuring acoustic performances. The event celebrates the Dalai Lama being presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, which the Buddhist leader receives the following day.
2007: Alice Cooper and Styx each receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s convention in Nashville.
2007: AC/DC release the award winning DVD box set, ‘Plug Me In.’ It has been RIAA certified 5X Platinum.
2007: ‘Ultimate Santana,’ a compilation featuring previously unreleased collaborations with Chad Kroeger (Nickelback) and Tina Turner is released.
2007: Jimmy Eat World release their album ‘Chase This Light.’ They co-produced the set with Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins).
2007: Hinder release ‘You Can’t Make This S**t Up.’ This is a deluxe version of ‘Extreme Behavior’ with concert performances, music videos and bonus tracks, including their cover of Steppenwolf’s ‘Born To Be Wild.’
2007: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong says he’s hopeful that former VP Al Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize award will further the fight against global warming. “I think it’s great that this issue is finally getting the recognition it deserves,” says Armstrong. “I feel that Al Gore has been very influential in bringing this into the mainstream.”
2008: Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel perform at a New York fundraiser for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
2009: Winger release their album ‘Karma.’.
2010: Auburn University researcher Justin Havird names a new species of fish “Lepidocephalichthys zeppelin” because the pectoral fin reminds him of the double-neck guitar used by Jimmy Page. “I’m a big Led Zeppelin fan, and I was listening to them while I was working on the fish,” Havird said. “The structure that makes this species unique just reminded me of the guitar that Jimmy Page played.”
2010: For the first time ever Elton John and Leon Russell hit the road together in support of their joint T Bone Burnett produced album ‘The Union.’ The first stop is the Wang Theater in Boston. At the same show Burnett’s Speaking Clock Revue with Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp, and Gregg Allman also performs. The concert raises money for the Participant Foundation, which supports music and arts education in public schools.
2010: ‘A Night to Remember Jim Morrison’ takes place at The Rutledge in Nashville. Special guests give readings from the Lizard King’s books of poetry.
2011: U2’s Bono sings Bob Dylan’s ‘Every Grain Of Sand’ at Steve Jobs’ memorial service at Stanford University. “He was a captain of industry,” says Bono of Apple’s co-founder. “I already miss him.”
2012: Smoke And Jackal, a band with Kings Of Leon bassist Jared Followill and Nashville singer/guitarist Nick Brown, issue the 6 song ‘EP1.’
2012: Flea celebrates his 50th birthday by throwing a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in his backyard. The bash also serves as a fundraiser for the Silver Lake Conservatory, a music school in L.A. the bassist established ’01. “Unfortunately, the public school system has cut the funding to music programs, and there’s a big void, so we’re doing our best to fill it in our community,” says Flea. 2013: ‘In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran’ is published. Written by the group’s bassist, John Taylor, the book is “about the music, the parties, and the MTV videos that made millions swoon.”
2013: David Bowie is voted the best-dressed Briton in history in a poll conducted by BBC History Magazine. He garners nearly half of the 4,000 votes beating out the likes of Queen Elizabeth I, Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, and Beau Brummell.
2014: Neil Young officially unveils the Ponoplayer, a high-tech music player, at Saleforce’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.
2014: The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations are announced. KISS, Deep Purple, Yes, Nirvana, the Replacements and Peter Gabriel are among the nominees. Nirvana is eligible for the first time. KISS and Deep Purple are repeat nominees. Later, Nirvana and KISS are voted in, but not Deep Purple. Other nominees included: Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Hall And Oates, LL Cool J, The Meters, N.W.A., Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Link Wray and The Zombies.
2014: Avenged Sevenfold launch their Deathbat game via Apple’s App Store and Google Play. The game is based on the band’s 6th album ‘Hail To The King.
2015: A petition signed in 1967 by all four Beatles and other friends of the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger asking that he play the lead role of Alex in British version of A Clockwork Orange went on the auction block of Paddle8, with an estimated selling price of $18,000 to $25,000. Plans for that film were eventually shelved until 1971 when it was produced by Stanley Kubrick.
2015: Saxon release their 21st studio album, ‘Battering Ram.’ The album reached #50 on the UK’s Official Charts.
2015: Ugly Kid Joe release their first studio album in almost 20 years, ‘Uglier Than They Used Ta Be.’ The set features Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell on three tracks.
2015: Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) hosts the Music Heals benefit concert to raise money for the charity MusiCorps, a non-profit organization that supports injured soldiers and their families. Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) and Sheryl Crow perform.
2015: Slayer launch 666 Red Ale with the Nils Oscar company in Sweden. It’s described as “a unique craft beer based on five different malts.”
2015: Patti Smith was said to be moved to tears after a fan returned a bag of stolen goods to the singer, 36 years after they went missing. They included a shirt worn for a 1978 Rolling Stone cover shot and a bandana given to her by her late brother. The items went missing in June 1979 when a truck, which was carrying $40,000 in amplifiers, guitars and other musical equipment, was stolen from outside a hotel after Smith and her band played a show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. 2015: Judas Priest & Mastodon played Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA.
2016: Iced Earth guitarist Troy Seele leaves the band after a decade-long stint to take care of his autistic child. His last appearance with the group is at Knotfest in Mexico.
2017: Five Finger Death Punch settle its lawsuit with the Prospect Park label and former manager Jeff Kwatinetz. The agreement allows the long delayed release of a greatest hits album with two new songs.
2017: Tom Petty is laid to rest in a private ceremony in Pacific Palisades, two weeks following his passing. The service is at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, where Petty’s friend George Harrison (The Beatles) was laid to rest in ‘01.

October 17
1919: The Radio Corporation of America is founded by General Electric as a publicly-held monopoly.
1957: Elvis’ third film, ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ world premieres at the Loews State Theater in Memphis, TN. It is the same theater where Elvis had his first job as an usher just five years earlier.
1960: Dion & The Belmonts breakup becomes official when it is reported in Billboard magazine. Lead singer Dion DiMucci claims the group’s not bluesy enough; the band claims Dion just wants a taste of solo fame.
1962: The Beatles make their very first television appearance anywhere when part of their afternoon show at the Cavern in Liverpool is broadcast live on Granada television’s ‘People And Places.’ The band performs two songs: ‘Some Other Guy’ and ‘Love Me Do.’
1963: The Beatles record the first of their ‘Christmas Records,’ spoken word greetings sent out on vinyl to members of their fan club.
1964: Manfred Mann started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’, possibly the first #1 with a nonsenical song title.
1964: The Rolling Stones release their 2nd album, ’12 X 5.’ It sells over 500,000 copies in the U.S., and features only three originals – the rest are covers. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and remained on the chart for 38 weeks. Two singles reached the Billboard Hot 100 – ‘It’s All Over Now’ (#26) and ‘Time Is On My Side’ (#6).
1966: Elvis Presley plays a race-car driver in his 22nd movie, ‘Spinout.’ The film premieres in Memphis, Tennessee.
1966: The Zombies release ‘She’s Not There.’ It would become the band’s highest charting single, reaching #2. In the UK, it went to #12.
1967: ‘Hair,’ the world’s first hippie rock musical, made its public debut at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
1967: The Beatles attend a small, quiet memorial service for their manager Brian Epstein, held at the New London Synagogue in St. John’s Wood (near the Abbey Road Studios).
1968: After shows as the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin play for the first time under their new moniker. The show is at London’s Marquee Club.
1969: The Band’s ‘Up On Cripple Creek’ b/w ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ 45 single is released. Written by all members of The Band, it was released as a (edited) single and reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Up on Cripple Creek”was
1969: Led Zeppelin’s 3rd US tour opens at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1969: Having been refused union admission to American stages for four years due to both the Davies’ brothers incessant fighting and a procedural violation during their 1965 appearance on the NBC-TV show ‘Hullabaloo!,’ the Kinks returned to the US, opening for Spirit at the Fillmore East in New York.
1970: Free peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘All Right Now,’ which went on to be their only single to reach the top 40.
1970: Eric Clapton releases his version of J.J. Cale’s ‘After Midnight.’
1973: Montrose release their debut album. It reached #133 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. After having done sessions work for various musicians including Van Morrison, Herbie Hancock and Edgar Winter, this was Ronnie Montrose’s first record leading his own band. It featured then little known Sammy Hagar (then known as Sam Hagar) on vocals. It has been said that Warner Bros. Records did not know how to market Montrose, the band or album and already had Deep Purple and the Doobie Brothers to cover the hard rock genre.But the album has undergone a renaissance since then, eventually going platinum and some critics have gone as far as to label it the “first American heavy metal album”.
1973: The Rolling Stones performed two shows at Foret Nationale in Brussels, Belgium, as part of a tour of the UK and Europe. Opening for the tour’s shows were Billy Preston and American group Kracker, the first band to be signed to Rolling Stones Records. Bobby Keys didn’t show up for the concert, which resulted in him being banned by Mick Jagger from future Rolling Stones tours until 1989, with occasional exceptions. According to legend Bobby missed the gig due to him filling a hotel bathtub with Dom Perignon champagne and drinking most of it.
1974: KISS start their ‘Hotter Than Hell’ Tour at The Thunder Chicken in Michigan.
1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 5th studio album ‘Street Survivors’ is released. It’s the last album with frontman Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines, as both are killed only three days later after the band’s plane goes down en route to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The album was recorded twice, once with Tom Dowd at the helm at Criteria Studios in Florida, and then at Studio One in Doraville, Georgia five months later. The Doraville recording was used for the initial release of the album. In March 2008, the album was re-issued with these alternate versions of most of the songs included. 1977: The Doobie Brothers & Pablo Cruise played The Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas, NV.
1979: After the mega success of ‘Fleetwood Mac’ and ‘Rumours’ there wasn’t a record label in the world that was going to say ‘no’ to Fleetwood Mac. ‘Tusk’ is released after $1 million is spent to record it. It peaked at #4 in the US and achieved sales in excess of two million copies, spawning two Top Ten singles, ‘Sara’ and the title track. It reached #1 in the UK and achieved Platinum status.
1980: Bruce Springsteen 5th studio album, ‘The River’ is released. It’s a double album and sells over 5 million copies. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for four weeks in November, 1980. In 2003, the album was ranked #250 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1980: Dire Straits released their 3rd album ‘Making Movies.’ It reached #19 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. Rolling Stone ranked the album #52 in their survey of the “100 Best Albums of the 80s”. The title of the album comes from a line in the song ‘Skateaway’ and the unreleased song ‘Making Movies.’ 1980: The Doobie Brothers played Oakland Coliseum Arena in Oakland, CA.
1981: One man is killed and another injured in an attempted burglary of Rolling Stones ticket offices in Maryland. 1981: The Rolling Stones, J. Geils Band & George Thorogood and The Detroyers played the first of two consecutive nights at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA. 1983: AC/DC & Fastway played the first of two nights at The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA.
1984: Pretty Maids released their debut album ‘Red, Hot And Heavy.’ The song ‘Little Darling’ is written by Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott.
1984: Bon Jovi release the single ‘Burning For Love’ from their debut album.
1986: The film ‘Sid and Nancy,’ a bio film of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, opens nationally. 1986: The Smithereens played The Ritz in New York City. The show was taped and later aired in 1987 on MTV’s ‘Live from The Ritz!’
1987: Future Green Day founders, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, give their first live performance as members of the band Sweet Children at Rod’s Hickory Pit in Vallejo, CA where Armstrong’s mother is working.
1988: The Waterboys ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ album is released. It reached #76 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and #13 on the UK chart
1989: KISS release their 15th studio album, ‘Hot in the Shade.’
1989: XYZ released their debut album ‘XYZ.’ Produced by Don Dokken, the album charting at #99 on the Billboard chart.
1990: Steppenwolf’s 1968 rocker, ‘Born to Be Wild’ re-entered the Top 10 in Holland on the strength of the amount of airplay it received in recent movies and commercials.
1991: John Mellencamp is hospitalized in Seattle after suffering dizzy spells during a promotion at a local radio station. His doctor later attributes the problem to “too much coffee, stress and not enough breakfast.”
1993: Savatage co-founder and guitarist Criss Oliva dies when an oncoming car crossed the median and struck Criss’ 1982 Mazda RX-7 head-on, killing him instantly and seriously injuring his wife, Dawn. The drunk driver with seven prior DUIs served a mere 18 months for vehicular homicide. Dawn was critically injured and later died in 2005. Criss formed Savatage with his elder brother Jon and was offered a spot in Megadeth, but turned it down to remain with the band.
1995: The largest video release of all time is made by Rhino Home Video: 21 cassette tapes featuring 58 episodes of NBC-TV’s The Monkees.
1995: Night Ranger release their album ‘Feeding Off The Mojo.’
1995: GZR release their 1st album, ‘Plastic Planet.’
1995: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 8th studio album, ‘Magnum Opus.’
1995: Sting’s former financial adviser, convicted of bilking the singer to the tune of $9.4 million, is sentenced in a London court to six years in jail.
1997: Green Day’s single ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’ is released. It sells over 2 million copies.
1998: Aerosmith conducts an interactive cybercast of their Homdel, New Jersey concert. Each band member is wearing a small camera for different points of view.
1999: Santana’s ‘Supernatural’ album hits #1, giving them their first chart topping album in 28 years.
1999: Having been diagnosed with a severe case of pneumonia, Johnny Cash is admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
1999: Thomas Durden died aged 79. Wrote the lyrics to Heartbreak Hotel, one of Elvis Presley’s early hits. Durden had read a newspaper account of a man who had committed suicide, the man had left a note saying, ”I walk a lonely street,” Durden used the phrase as the basis for ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’
1999: A reunited E Street Band backs Bruce Springsteen to perform the first concert at L.A.’s Staples Arena.
2000: At a charity auction organized by Mick Fleetwood in London, singer George Michael pays one and a half million pounds for the upright piano on which John Lennon wrote the 1971 hit ‘Imagine.’
2000: Nevermore released the album ‘Dead Heart In A Dead World.’ The band did a cover of the Simon & Garfunkel song ‘The Sound of Silence’ on this album.
2000: Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi releases his debut solo album, ‘Iommi.’ It’s star-studded with guest appearances by Queen guitarist Brian May, Nirvana drummer/Foo Fighters singer/guitarist Dave Grohl, Billy Idol, Cult singer Ian Astbury, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, Black Flag’s Henry Rollins and Black Sabbath bandmates Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward.
2000: A flat in Montagu Square London once owned during the 60’s by Ringo Starr went on the market for £575,000. The two bedrooms, two-story property was also home for Jimi Hendrix, John & Yoko and Paul McCartney during the 60’s.
2002: The Ronettes lose their case against Phil Spector, claiming they are owed royalties for songs used in movies, TV shows and commercials.
2004: Jet picks up six trophies, including Album of the Year, at the Australian Record Industry Association’s 18th annual ARIA Music Awards in Sydney. “We just wanted to get Rock & Roll back to #1 again,” says drummer Chris Cester. 2004: Foo Fighters played The Cubby Bear in Chicago, IL.
2005: Freddie Mercury’s 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow failed to sell in an eBay auction, having not met its reserve price. It had been listed by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who had inherited the car from him. The auction had attracted nearly 200 bids and exceeded £60,000 (approximately $93,000). The luxury vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical We Will Rock You. It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.
2005: Fats Domino returns to his Ninth Ward home for the first time since Hurricane Katrina to find it utterly destroyed, with his piano and several of his gold records among the ruined items.
2006: Stone Sour’s ‘Through Glass’ is #1 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.
2006: Rod Stewart’s ‘Still the Same… Great Rock Classics Of Our Time’ debuts at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. The covers album sells over 184,000 copies in its first week to become the 4th Rod Stewart album to hit #1.
2006: ZZ Top is presented the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s Living Legend Award at a gala banquet in Nashville. ZZ Top are recognized for their “hard-rocking power-trio approach to the Blues,” and “superior musicianship…attitude, style and some devilishly funny songs.”
2006: ‘Truth and Lies,’ a DVD documentary covering the Rolling Stones career from the band’s formation in the early ’60s to ’02’s ‘Forty Licks’ tour is released.
2006: ‘The Cars Unlocked: The Live Performances,’ a two disc DVD set, is released. “This project confirmed that we’d picked a good place to stop,” says The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek.
2006: The ‘Lucky You’ soundtrack is released with songs by Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. The Drew Barrymore film is in theaters 10 days later.
2006: Court documents allegedly filed on behalf of Heather Mills McCartney claim that estranged husband Paul McCartney was physically and verbally abusive toward her, drank heavily and used illegal drugs during their marriage. Heather’s attorneys say she “stands by everything that has been filed at court.”
2006: U2’s Bono appears in a Dublin courtroom to testify against the band’s former stylist, whom they say has been selling memorabilia that belongs to the band. Lola Cashman, appealing a 2005 ruling stating that she must return to the group items she has tried to auction off (including the Stetson hat Bono wore on the cover of the ‘Rattle And Hum’ album), claims they were given to her as gifts. Despite her assertion, U2 prevail.
2007: Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard’s side project Brad performs in New York to benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.
2007: Paul McCartney is a guest DJ on BBC Radio One to mark the British national radio station’s 40th anniversary. Other musicians, including Ozzy Osbourne, do a stint as a Radio One DJ.
2007: Kid Rock’s ‘Rock N Roll Jesus’ is #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Selling in the neighborhood of 170,000 copies in its first week, it’s Rock’s first chart topping album.
2008: The Four Tops lead singer, Levi Stubbs, died at the age of 72 after a long series of illnesses, including cancer and a stroke. The group placed 24 songs on the Billboard Pop chart and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990.
2008: AC/DC release their 14th internationally released studio album, ‘Black Ice.’ The track ‘War Machine’ won the Best Hard Rock Performance category at the Grammys.
2008: Guns N’ Roses ‘Chinese Democracy’ album is finally announced to be coming out after more than a decade of waiting.
2008: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is released from the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, CA. Barker had been in treatment for severe burns that he suffered in a 9/19/08 South Carolina plane crash that killed four passengers and seriously injured musical partner DJ AM.
2008: Everclear’s ‘Jesus Was A Democrat’ is available for free download. “I have been wanting to write this song for a long time, ever since the right wing in this country tried to make the word liberal a thing of shame,” says frontman Art Alexakis. “If this song offends you… then don’t listen to it.”
2009: Johnny Depp presented Keith Richards with the ‘Rock Immortal’ Award at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California, as part of this years Scream Awards.
2009: Former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf der Maur premiers Out Of Our Minds during the Royal Flush Festival in New York. “I can’t think of a better way to share this multi-faceted creation than by playing (the) Knitting Factory… as part of the hard Rocking Royal Flush Festival,” says Auf der Maur.
2009: Bono contributes a special op-ed piece to the New York Times about President Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The U2 frontman writes that Obama has attempted to change the direction and image of the U.S. abroad. “In my view…the administration’s approach to fighting nuclear proliferation and climate change, improving relations in the Middle East and, by the way, creating jobs and providing health care at home, are rebranding in action,” explains Bono. “I think the man might deserve the hype.”
2010: Kings Of Leon guitarist Caleb Followill makes an appearance on the U.S. edition of Iron Chef. He’s a guest judge during a segment called the Secret Ingredient. Followill is so impressed by one dish that he asks the other judges whether it is “okay if we eat it all?”
2010: Gene Simmons threatened to “sue the pants off” a group of hackers who infiltrated SimmonsRecords.com and GeneSimmons.com. The attack was thought to have been a protest against Simmons’ recent comments in support of prosecuting illegal file-sharers, but the KISS rocker was not impressed with the stunt and says he contacted U.S. federal authorities to help track down the offenders.
2011: Iced Earth released the album ‘Dystopia.’ It was the band’s first album to feature vocalist Stu Block.
2013: U2’s ‘Ordinary Love,’ the first new cut from the band in three years, is featured in the trailer for the Nelson Mandela biopic, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.’
2013: Iron Maiden, having taken in more than $15 million in ticket sales from nine live shows, tops Billboard’s Hot Tours List for the third time in a year. The two-year Maiden England world tour nets more than $57 million from 54 concerts with a total attendance above 900,000.
2013: In a poll conducted by BBC History Magazine, David Bowie was named the best dressed man in British history.
2014: ‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways’ debuts on HBO. The eight-episode series chronicles the recording of the band’s album ‘Sonic Highways’ and the musical histories of each city visited.
2015: Neil Young and The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform a rare acoustic performance at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music to support the non-profit organization’s mission of offering students the opportunity to study music.
2015: Former Guns N’ Roses/SIXX: AM guitarist DJ Ashba performs the national anthem at the 2015 Monster Energy Cup (motorcycle racing) in Las Vegas.
2015: Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh announced via Facebook that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer. The 75-year-old Rocker said that he was undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona to remove tumors and was expected to make a full recovery.
2016: Green Day’s ‘Radio Revolution’ tops the Billboard 200 on first week sales of 95,000 units. It’s the group’s 10th Top 10 album.
2017: Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie dies of brain cancer at age 53. Downie was a national hero in Canada and widely mourned by fans, politicians, actors and The National Hockey League. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lauded Downie as “Our buddy Gord, who loved this country with everything he had—and not just loved it in a nebulous, ‘Oh, I love Canada’ way. He loved every hidden corner, every story, every aspect of this country that he celebrated his whole life.” He had continued to tour while he could, educating audiences about his brain cancer.

October 18
1922: The British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, the first national broadcasting corporation, is founded on this day in London.
1947: On his twenty-first birthday, Chuck Berry leaves jail after serving three years for armed robbery. He would go on to hang bumpers on cars in an automotive factory, a janitor in an apartment building, and then as a beautician before recording ‘Maybellene’ for Chess Records in 1955.
1956: A 21 year old Elvis Presley gets into a fight with two Memphis gas station attendants. As Elvis is getting his car checked, fans gather and he starts signing autographs. After repeatedly asking Elvis to move on so he can resume normal business, station manager Edd Hopper slaps Presley on the head and finds himself on the receiving end of a punch in the eye from Elvis. Station employee Aubrey Brown tries to help his boss, but is no match for Presley. After police are called, Hopper and Brown are charged with assault and are eventually fined $25 and $15 respectively.
1957: For the Quarrymen’s gig at the New Clubmoor Hall, Norris Green, Liverpool, Paul McCartney joins the group on stage for the first time, as a guitar player. Having made a few mistakes on his solo for Arthur Smith’s ‘Guitar Boogie,’ a distressed and nervous McCartney attempts to repair his image by showing Quarrymen leader John Lennon some of the songs he’s composed. John responds in kind, leading to the beginning of the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership.
1959: 75 teens are arrested outside of the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, KS after a riot breaks out, further goading civic leaders to decry the rock and roll “menace.”
1963: Chuck Berry is released from prison after serving 19 months for a Mann Act violation (transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes).
1964: Taking a day off from their British tour The Beatles go into the studio and complete the recording of six album tracks and the A-side of their next single, ‘I Feel Fine.’ They also complete ‘Eight Days a Week,’ ‘Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey,’ ‘Mr. Moonlight,’ ‘I’ll Follow the Sun,’ ‘Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby,’ ‘Rock and Roll Music,’ and ‘Words of Love.’
1964: The Animals begin their first UK tour as headliners, playing the ABC Club in Manchester with supporting acts Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, the Nashville Teens, and Tommy Tucker.
1965: The Beatles recorded ‘In My Life’ at Abbey Road Studios in London. The song went on to become one of their most acclaimed songs ever & be covered by artists such as James Taylor, Keith Moon, Johnny Cash & Ozzy Osbourne.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays its first major show backing Billy Hallyday at the Paris Olympia Theatre.
1967: The Richard Lester movie ‘How I Won The War,’ an antiwar satire featuring John Lennon in the role of Pvt. Gripweed, opens at London’s Premiere Theatre, with all four Beatles attending. Lester directed the first two Beatle films (‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’)
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are busted for marijuana possession in their apartment in London’s Montague Square, a flat leased to them by Ringo and previously lived in by Jimi Hendrix. Having gotten wind of the bust ahead of time (and also having begun experimenting with heroin), John, Yoko, and John’s friend Pete Shotton clean the place to within an inch of its life, but the police nevertheless claim to find approximately 230 grains of cannabis resin, enough to arrest the two. Later in the day, fater paying a 150 pound fine, the pair are released, but not before Yoko begins to feel discomfort in her stomach, an ominous symptom of the miscarriage she will soon suffer.
1968: Led Zeppelin plays their first London gig at the Marquee Club. This is after the group toured Scandinavia as the New Yardbirds. They received 50% of the gross ticket sales, less £15 ($24) to pay for the support act, The Bakerloo Blues Line. 1968: Cream & Deep Purple played the first of two nights at The Forum in Inglewood, CA.
1968: Its a Beautiful Day and The Youngbloods perform at Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1969: In Hawaii, Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane is arrested for possession of marijuana.
1969: Rod Stewart joins the Faces, formerly known as the Small Faces.
1969: Promoter Richard Nader puts on the first “Rock and Roll Revival” concerts, with performances by Chuck Berry, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Sha Na Na and Bill Haley. Held at Madison Square Garden’s Felt Forum, the two shows sell out, leading to a series of similar concerts and the emergence of the “oldies” format. AQt the end of his set, a clearly ill Bill Haley receives an eight-minute standing ovation.
1969: Pink Floyd appeared at University College in London.
1969: Led Zeppelin, along with Lee Michaels, and the Magic Veil Light Show, performed at the Detroit Olympia in Detroit, Michigan. The “Old Red Barn” was home to the Red Wings hockey club from 1927 until 1979.
1969: BB King, Albert King, and Santana performed at The Kinetic Playground in Chicago.
1970: The Who performed at the Odeon in Lewisham, England, having taken a week break due to Roger Daltrey’s bout with bronchitis.
1971: King Crimson performed at De Montford Hall in Leicester, England.
1972: The Grateful Dead played at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri.
1974: Rush and KISS performed at the Parthenon Theatre in Hammond, Indiana.
1975: Paul Simon reunites with former partner Art Garfunkel on the second-ever episode of Saturday Night Live, performing ‘ n Scarborough Fair,’ ‘The Boxer,’ and their new single, ‘My Little Town.’
1975: Sweet peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Ballroom Blitz’ which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: ‘If You Leave Me Now’ by Chicago hits #1 of the Billboard singles chart.
1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at Chicago Stadium.
1979: Buggles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Video Killed The Radio Star.’ The Buggles were a studio band featuring producer Trevor Horn.
1980: The 3rd single from Pete Townhend’s solo album ‘Empty Glass,’ ‘A Little Is Enough’ backed with ‘Cats In The Cupboard,’ peaks at #72 in the U.S. Billboard charts. It reaches #89 in Cash Box. 1980: The Doobie Brothers played the Santa Barbara County Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA.
1981: Gillan release their 5th album, ‘Double Trouble.’
1981: Hawkwind release their 11th studio album, ‘Sonic Attack.’
1982: Metallica performed at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco.
1984: Quiet Riot with special guests Whitesnake and Helix played Palmer Auditorium in Austin, TX.
1985: The Cult release their 2nd album, ‘Love.’ It reached #85 on the Billboard 200 Top album chart and gave The Cult commercial success in the UK and abroad. It was recorded at Jacob’s Studios in Farnham, Surrey, in July and August of 1985.
1985: Who bassist John Entwistle and his mansion Quarwood are featured on ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.’ The show contains footage of John playing with the first lineup of his solo band “The Rock”.
1986: Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie marries her second husband, Portugese music composer Eduardo Quintela. The couple would later divorce in the mid 1990’s.
1986: Huey Lewis and the News went to #1 on the US album chart with ‘Fore!’
1988: Stephen M. Love, brother of Beach Boys singer Mike Love, pleads guilty in LA Municipal Court, to one count of grand theft. He had embezzled $900,000 from the band he formerly managed.
1988: Traveling Wilburys ‘Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1’ is released. The supergroup included Lucky Wilbury (Bob Dylan), Nelson Wilbury (George Harrison), Otis Wilbury (Jeff Lynne), Lefty Wilbury (Roy Orbison) & Charlie T. Wilbury Jr. (Tom Petty). It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart (it remained on the chart for 50 weeks), and #16 in the UK. It won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group, and was nominated for Album of the Year.
1989: The Rolling Stones play four nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on their ‘Steel Wheels’ tour with Guns N’ Roses & Living Colour opening. (Oct. 18, 19, 21 & 22) After The Stones offered GnR $50,000 per show to open the four shows, Guns N’ Roses’ manager Alan Niven shot them down. When the Stones upped the amount to $500,000 for four shows, Niven countered: Guns N’ Roses would open the four performances at Los Angeles’ Memorial Coliseum for $1 million. The Stones agreed and a deal was made. Guns N’ Roses hadn’t toured in more than eight months, and drug addiction, particularly heroin use, had deteriorated some of the members’ skills. On the first night of shows, all of the GNR members were there, except for Axl. Niven then enlisted the help of Stones’ production chief Brian Ahern. Together, the men called in a favor to the LAPD. “I want you to immediately send two no-questions-asked uniforms to this address, get the occupants out of that condominium in any which way they can, and bring them right here – in handcuffs if necessary,” Niven demanded. Within minutes, a pair of police officers were banging on Rose’s front door. Opening the night, Living Colour had delivered a passionate onstage lecture, clearly in response to the ‘One in a Million’ song controversy. Guitarist Vernon Reid spoke about the evils of racism, while also criticizing anyone who justified hate speech. The audience gave the Living Colour member a standing ovation. Guns N’ Roses took the stage just before 8PM. The band was still tuning up when Rose grabbed the mic and addressed the audience. “Before we start playing, [I want to say] I’m getting fuckin’ sick and tired of all this publicity about our song,” the singer declared. He then denied he was a racist or a bigot, arguing that certain words — which had been labeled hate-filled or demeaning toward various minority groups — were acceptable in an artistic context. “If you still want to call me a racist,” Rose proclaimed, “you can shove your head up your fuckin’ ass.” GNR launched into ‘It’s So Easy,’ but their delivery was off. Then Rose fell off the stage and into the photographer’s pit. The singer had been blinded by spotlights and was clearly disoriented by his surroundings. Two security guards helped the frontman back to his feet. With embarrassment now mixed with his rage, Rose launched into another diatribe. “I hate to do this onstage,” the singer announced, “but I tried every other fucking way. And unless certain people in this band get their shit together, these will be the last Guns N’ Roses shows you’ll fucking ever see. ‘Cause I’m tired of too many people in this organization dancing with Mr. Goddamn Brownstone.” 1989: Stevie Nicks & The Hooters played Cal Expo Amphitheatre in Sacramenmto, CA. 1990: It’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Day in L.A. on the film’s 15th anniversary.
1990: Pete Townshend performs part of his musical ‘The Iron Man’ on German television.
1993: Iron Maiden release their 3rd live album, ‘A Real Dead One.’
1993: Rod Stewart adds his vocals to tracks recorded two days earlier by Bryan Adams and Sting for the single ‘All For Love,’ the main music theme for the upcoming film ‘The Three Musketeers.’
1994: Bob Seger is inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
1994: Queensryche release their 5th studio album,’Promised Land.’
1994: Soundgarden’s ‘Superunknown’ goes triple platinum.
1994: Tenor saxophonist Lee Allen dies of cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 68. A prominent rock-and-roll session musician, his sax playing can be heard anywhere from Little Richard’s ‘Tutti-Frutti’ to Fats Domino’s ‘I’m Walking’ to Etta James’ ‘Tough Lover.’
1994: Marilyn Manson, opening for Nine Inch Nails, is banned (for moral reasons) from performing in Salt Lake City. Still, N.I.N. frontman Trent Reznor invites Manson onstage and explains why Manson’s group isn’t playing that evening. In the process, Reznor shreds The Book of Mormon and tosses it into the crowd.
1996: Nirvana’s live ‘From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah’ enters the U.S. chart at #1.
1997: Glen Buxton, guitarist for the original Alice Cooper band died of complications from pneumonia in Mason City, IA. He was 49 years old.
1998.: Metallica play a private party at The Playboy Mansion in L.A.
1999: U.D.O. release their 7th album, ‘Holy.’ It’s the band’s first album with guitarist Igor Gianola.
1999: Opeth released the album ‘Still Life.’ Loudwire placed the album at #54 on their “Top 90 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Albums of the 1990s”.
2000: Rage Against The Machine lead singer, Zack De La Rocha, quits the politically charged rock outfit. In a statement, he says, “I feel that it is now necessary to leave Rage because our decision-making process has completely failed. It is no longer meeting the aspirations of all four of us collectively as a band, and from my perspective, has undermined our artistic and political ideal.”
2003: The latest collection of Elvis Presley’s number one hits, ‘2nd To None’ went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart in its first week of release, selling over 180,000 copies. 2003: Aerosmith & KISS with special guests Saliva played Hyndai Pavilion in San Bernadino, CA.
2004: Bono of U2 and and Representative John Lewis (D-GA) receive the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Only two awards are given out annually to people who have advanced civil rights.
2005: While in the Washington, D.C. area for a couple of concerts, U2’s Bono goes to Capitol Hill to address a group of House Democrats about his concerns over debt relief for impoverished nations and the ongoing global AIDS crisis. The following day Bono lunches with President Bush.
2005: An image of a naked John Lennon taken on the last day of his life, was named the top U.S. magazine cover of the past 40 years. The Rolling Stone front cover, taken by Annie Leibovitz and showing Lennon curled around Yoko Ono, was picked by editors, artists and designers.
2005: The Scorpions, Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Poison, Tom Keifer, Jani Lane, Tesla, Stephen Pearcy, Kip Winger, Dokken, Bulletboys, Nelson, L.A. Guns, Firehouse and Great White appear on the acoustic compilation ‘VH1 Classic Metal Mania – Stripped Volume 2: The Anthems.’ An accompanying DVD, titled ‘VH1 Classic Metal Mania – Stripped on the Strip: Live at the Key Club,’ is also out.
2005: Mudvayne, System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Buckethead and Shadows Fall are on the ‘Masters Of Horror’ soundtrack. The Showtime series features 13 one-hour horror films by genre’s most acclaimed directors.
2005: A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel is heard on ‘Jak X: Combat Racing,’ a children’s video game. “I was surprised at first [to be asked],” says the guitarist. Members of the Offspring, Limp Bizkit and Queens Of The Stone Age also contribute to the soundtrack.
2005: ITunes presents an all-star cover of Eric Clapton’s ‘Tears in Heaven’ with Ozzy Osbourne, Steven Tyler, Gavin Rossdale and Scott Weiland. The Sharon Osbourne produced charity single aids victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asian tsunami.
2005: U2’s Bono goes to Capitol Hill to address a group of House Democrats about his concerns over debt relief for impoverished nations and the ongoing global AIDS crisis. The following day Bono lunches with President George Bush. In his spare time, he and his bandmates perform a pair of D.C. concerts.
2006: Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke says the band may refuse to continue touring if something isn’t done to reduce the environmental impact of a major act hitting the road. “The way that tours are structured now and the way it works is a ridiculous consumption of energy,” contends Yorke.
2006: Stone Sour play their first concert in Russia.
2006: Hinder’s headlining tour starts in College Station, TX. Previously, they opened for Nickelback and Staind.
2006: ‘The No Sleep Till Halloween’ tour with Papa Roach, Lostprophets and Kill Hannah draws first blood in Lowell, MA. The tour dies (ends) on Halloween night in Universal City, CA.
2007: Kid Rock makes the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (the 2007 Hot Issue). Rock is standing with his shirt open surrounded by four scantily clad (hot) women.
2007: A class-action lawsuit is filed against Aerosmith by fans who bought tickets for a nixed Maui concert. While ticket holders did receive refunds, the action seeks damages for travel expenses and other nonrefundable fees. The group’s management claims that Aerosmith bowed out of the show for logistical reasons. However, the lawyer involved in the suit counters that the band was able to play apparently more lucrative shows in Chicago and Honolulu that same week.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie launch a joint tour in Seattle. Guitarist Zakk Wylde is in Ozzy’s band for the trek.
2007: The Eagles and the Dixie Chicks co-headline the first of two shows at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
2008: Kid Rock tapes an episode of ‘VH1’s Storytellers’ series. Concert footage features songs from his ‘Rock N’ Roll Jesus’ album.
2008: Police frontman Sting and his wife Trudy are honored for their support of environmental causes by the Oceana conservation organization in Los Angeles.
2008: Smashing Pumpkins perform their single ‘G.L.O.W.’ at Spike TV’s Scream Awards in L.A. Frontman Billy Corgan uses the occasion to complain about the way the music industry has treated his band’s comeback. The show is broadcast a few days later.
2009: Aerosmith play the first of two make-up shows required in a settlement that resulted from legal action instigated by fans two years earlier. A concert on Maui comes two days later.
2009: A clump of hair trimmed from Elvis Presley’s head when he joined the US Army in March, 1958, sold for $15,000 at the Leslie Hindman auction house in Chicago. Also among the 200 Elvis-related items up for bid was one of Presley’s shirts which went for $52,000.
2010: Ghost released their debut album ‘Opus Eponymous.’ The Japanese bonus track was a cover of The Beatles song ‘Here Comes the Sun.’
2011: Jane’s Addiction release out their first album in 8 years, ‘The Great Escape Artist.’
2010: A re-worked version of Elvis Presley’s ‘Suspicious Minds’ hit radio stations as part of a CD called ‘Viva Elvis – The Album’ being released later this year. The disc featured newer, more contemporary takes on many of his hits.
2011: ‘Kurt Cobain: The Graphic Novel,’ is available on iTunes. Written by Barnaby Legg and Jim McCarthy with art by Flameboy, the graphic, digital book and app tells Cobain’s life story in comic book style. App users can go through the novel page by page or frame by frame.
2011: Brian Wilson announced that despite an upcoming reunion with The Beach Boys, he was still working on another solo album.
2012: ‘Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry’ opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, on Berry’s 86th birthday. The exhibit includes Berry’s ’58 recording contract with Chess Records and handwritten lyrics.
2012: KISS bassist Gene Simmons hosts KISS Army Night at the first annual Rocktoberfest at Nokia Plaza, in L.A.
2012: Bruce Springsteen campaigns alongside Bill Clinton at a campaign rally in Parma, OH in support of a second term for President Barack Obama.
2013: Paul McCartney gave an impromptu gig in Covent Garden, London to a crowd of more than 2,000 fans during the lunchtime rush. McCartney’s latest solo album ‘New’ was released in the same week.
2013: Motorhead released their 21st studio album, ‘Aftershock’ in Germany. It was released in the rest of Europe on October 21, and in North America and the rest of the world on October 22.
2013: Rockabilly guitarist Roland Janes dies at age 80 after suffering a heart attack. As a Sun Records session guitarist, he played on tracks from Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, and Sonny Burgess, among others.
2016: On his 90th birthday, Chuck Berry announced his first new album in 38 years. He dedicated the LP, simply called ‘Chuck,’ to his wife of 68 years, Thelmetta. “This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy. My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”
2016: During Disturbed’s concert Midland, TX, a woman in the audience tosses her bra on stage. “Jesus Christ, is that from you?” singer David Draiman asks. “Now, I want you to know, this woman’s boobs are so big, she could solve world hunger,” says Draiman. Later, he thanks the woman by handing her a t-shirt.
2016: L.A. Kiss, the arena football team owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, is one of a handful of teams that cease operations.

October 19
1957: Elvis Presley gets his draft notice. His military service begins the following year.
1961: At a show in Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool, England, Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Beatles combine on stage to form the Beatmakers, performing Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,’ Ray Charles’ ‘What’d I Say?,’ the pop standard ‘Red Sails in the Sunset,’ and Charles’ ‘Hit the Road, Jack.’
1964: The incredibly influential English concert called the ‘American Negro Blues Festival’ kicks off, featuring Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others. It is the first glimpse of these bluesmen for many upcoming British R&B and rock legends.
1964: The Beach Boys live album, ‘Beach Boys Concert’ is released. It was their 7th album in all, and their 3rd in 1964. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for four weeks. It was recorded live at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, CA.
1964: Simon & Garfunkel’s debut album, ‘Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.’ is released. It reached #30 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart when re-released in 1966 to capitalize on their newly found radio success with a later re-mixed electric/acoustic version of the song ‘The Sound of Silence.’ The album was initially unsuccessful, having been released in the shadow of The Beatles’ arrival on the scene. This resulted in Paul Simon’s move to England and Art Garfunkel’s resumption of his university studies at Columbia University in New York City.
1965: The Beatles record ‘The Beatles’ Third Christmas Record.’
1966: The Yardbirds, now featuring Jeff Beck on lead guitar and Jimmy Page on rhythm guitar, arrive in New York City to start their first American tour. After two dates of the tour, Beck developed acute tonsillitis and quit the group. He would go on to form The Jeff Beck Group, that gave Rod Stewart his first major exposure.
1966: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon travel to Copenhagen. Pete Townshend misses the flight, as well as the press conference held at the Star Club. While there, Helle Hellman interviews John for the Danish Beat magazine. John says his hearing is going, and he has already developed the habit of seeming to listen and respond to people he cannot hear.
1967: Hour Glass, with Duane and Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band), open for Eric Burdon & The Animals at San Francisco’s Fillmore West Auditorium.
1968: The “New” Yardbirds made their last appearance at Liverpool University, with only Jimmy Page as a remaining member. He was about to christen his new band as Led Zeppelin later in the month. Press reports suggested that Keith Moon of the Who had come up with the band’s new name.
1968: On their farewell tour Cream perform at The Forum in Los Angeles. where live Recordings from the show were included on the ‘Goodbye Cream’ album which was released the following year.
1968: An 18 year old Peter Frampton meets Steve Marriott at a Small Faces show in London. After striking up a friendship, the two started planning a new group which emerges as Humble Pie the following April.
1968: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Fire,’ which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1968: Cass Elliot released her first solo album, ‘Dream a Little Dream.’ It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and the title track (‘Dream a Little Dream’) reached #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1969: Led Zeppelin, Santana, and Light House performed and afternoon and evening show at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Piedmont Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
1970: The Australian outlaw film ‘Ned Kelly,’ featuring Mick Jagger in his first starring role, is released to scathing reviews.
1970: The Band’s ‘Stage Fright’ album goes gold.
1970: Bob Dylan releases his 11th studio album, ‘New Morning.’ It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and gave Dylan his sixth UK #1 album.
1970: Neil Young’s ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ b/w ‘Birds’ 45 single is released. Written by Neil Young, the song was supposedly written for Graham Nash after Nash’s split from Joni Mitchell, though Young in interviews has been somewhat tentative in admitting or remembering this. It became Young’s first top 40 hit as a solo artist, peaking at #33 in the U.S
1970: Working from a design sketched out by his wife and himself, Elvis Presley orders a dozen 14-karat gold pendants from a Beverly Hills jeweler featuring the letters “TCB” set around a lightning bolt. Designed as totems for the Memphis Mafia (and also for security issues), the symbol stands, in Elvis’ words, for “Taking Care of Business in a Flash.” They would eventually come to symbolize the ’70s era for Presley.
1971: Jethro Tull played at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY.
1972: Alice Cooper played at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN. 1972: T. Rex with special guests The Doobie Brothers played the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.
1973: Genesis played at the Rainbow Theatre in London. 1973: J. Geils Band, Slade & Back Door played the first of two nights at Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
1973: Bob Marley and The Wailers’ album ‘Burnin’ is released. It reached #151 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and stayed on the chart for six weeks. In 2003, the album was ranked #319 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2007 the album was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry for its historical and cultural significance.
1973: During their ‘Burnin’ North American tour, Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of two nights at The Matrix Club in San Francisco.
1973: David Bowie releases his 7th ‘Pin Ups.’ The album features supermodel Twiggy on the front cover and is a collection of cover versions of some of Bowie’s favorite songs. It reached #23 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and topped the UK Albums chart.
1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive hits #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with ‘Not Fragile,’ which spent one week on top of the chart..
1974: The Grateful Dead performed at San Francisco’s Winterland Auditorium.
1974: KISS played at the Renaissance Valentine Theater in Toledo, Ohio. 1974: Black Oak Arkansas, Foghat & Golden Earring played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1975: The Who performed at Granby Halls, Leicester, England. The same day, the end of a three-part overview of rock by Philip Norman is published in the Sunday Times Magazine. In his entry on The Who, he says that Pete’s best work predates Tommy and claims, “The Who are trapped playing aging music for the aging young.” In response, that night on stage, Pete calls the Times‘ staff “pricks.”
1976: Rush performed at the PNE Garden Auditorium in Vancouver, Canada.
1977: In Greenville, South Carolina, at Memorial Auditorium, Lynyrd Skynyrd play their last show before the plane crash that would kill three of their members. Nazareth is the opening act.
1978: Hawkwind played at King George Hall in Blackburn, England.
1979: Journey’s ‘Evolution’ album goes platinum.
1979: Styx release their 9th studio album, ‘Cornerstone.’
1979: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 3rd album, ‘Damn The Torpedoes’ is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and features two Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, ‘Don’t Do Me Like That’ (#10) and ‘Refugee’ (#15).
1979: Prince releases his sophomore album, ‘Prince,’ containing the #1 R&B hit ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ and the original version of ‘I Feel For You,’ later a hit for Chaka Khan. It’s his first album certified Platinum for sales over 1 million.
1980: AC/DC begin their first U.K. tour since the death of singer Bon Scott with Geordie’s Brian Johnson on vocals at Colston Hall in Bristol.
1980: U2 opens for Slade at the Lyceum Ballroom in London.
1981: At the Holiday Star Theater in Merriville, IN, Bob Dylan calls up longtime friend Larry Kegan, wheelchair-bound since the age of 15, and lets his perform Chuck Berry’s ‘No Money Down’ as tonight’s encore.
1981: Debbie Harry’s (Blondie) first solo album, ‘Koo Koo’ is certified gold.
1982: Samson released the album ‘Before The Storm.’ This was the first Samson album with Nicky Moore, who replaced Bruce Dickinson. 1983: AC/DC & Fastway played the Cow Palace in Daly City, CA. 1986: Queensryche, Keel and Black ‘N Blue played the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA.
1987: INXS released their 6th studio album, ‘Kick.’ It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and had four Billboard Top 10 singles – ‘New Sensation’ (#3), ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ (#7), ‘Devil Inside’ (#2), and ‘Need You Tonight’ (#1).
1988: Paul Simon released his collection of songs from 1971-1986, ‘Negotiations and Love Songs.’ It peaked at #110 on the Billboard 200 Top album chart. The title of the compilation is taken from a line in the song ‘Train in the Distance.’
1989: Still angry over the previous night’s less than stellar Guns N’ Roses performance in L.A. (opening for the Rolling Stones), vocalist Axl Rose states “these will be the last Guns N’ Roses shows you’ll ever f***ing see if band members don’t clean up their act.”
1989: Alan Murphy dies of pneumonia related to AIDS. Murphy was a session guitarist, best remembered for his collaborations with Kate Bush, Go West and Mike + The Mechanics. He was also a full-time member of Level 42. Murphy kept the facts of his illness a secret from his colleagues and bandmates.
1991: Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Something To Talk About’ peaks at #5 on the singles chart.
1991: Oasis played The Boardwalk in their hometown Manchester, the group’s first gig with Noel Gallagher in the group.
1991: Mötley Crüe release ‘Best Of – Decade of Decadence 81-91.’
1992: Metallica release their 11th single, ‘Wherever I May Roam.’ The single reached #82 on the \Billboard singles chart.
1993: Pearl Jam release their 2nd studio album ‘Vs’. The album would debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart setting a then-record selling 950,378 copies in its first week of release.
1993: Sepultura release their 5th studio album, ‘Chaos A.D.’
1993: Rush release their 15th studio album, ‘Counterparts.’ It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Album chart. ‘Leave That Thing Alone’ was nominated for a 1995 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. 1995: David Lee Roth with the 15 piece show band Non Stop Blues Bustin’ Mambo Slammers and Edgar Winter started a residency at Bally’s Hotel & Casino Celebrity Showroom in Las Vegas that lasted 7 nights. The residency was cut short after Roth was let go after making a joke about Michael Jackson. “I think I was ahead of myself a little bit at the time…In fact, I got fired for making a joke about my girls’ dancing — I had a couple of Mambo girls. I said, ‘Look at them, ladies and gentlemen! So hot, Michael Jackson would quit the Boy Scouts!’”
1996: Rush kicked off their tour in support of their 16th studio album ‘Test for Echo’ at the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, NY. This would be Rush’s first tour without an opening act, which has continued on Rush tours to this day.
1996: Nirvana reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the fourth and final time with their live album ‘From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah,’ which spent one week on top of the chart.
1997: Original Alice Cooper band guitarist Glen Buxton dies from pneumonia at the age of 49. He co-wrote many classic Alice Cooper hits, including ‘School’s Out,’ ‘I’m Eighteen’ and ‘Elected.’ Buxton was beset with heath issues – pancreatitis, a bleeding ulcer and liver problems. He was not a fan of doctors and delayed his necessary treatment. Buxton was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 as a member of the Alice Cooper band. Alice himself says, “There would be no Alice Cooper without Glen. When it came to music we’d look at Glen and say, ‘Glen, what do we do here?’…I think that people didn’t realize that about him – he was our main musical force in the beginning.”
1998: U2 (w/o Larry Mullen) launch an Amnesty International campaign in Dublin.
1998: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher made a surprise appearance at the launch party of the new London venue Sound Republic. He jammed onstage with Pete Townshend and members from Ocean Colour Scene and Boo Radleys. 1999: The Smithereens released their album ‘God Save The Smithereens.’
2004: Twisted Sister release their 6th studio album, ‘Still Hungry.’
2004: Jag Panzer release their 8th studio album, ‘Casting the Stones.’ This was their last album to feature Chris Broderick on guitar.
2004: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart are the lead performers on the ‘Alfie’ soundtrack, released on Virgin. Jagger sings lead on about one-third of the songs, including first single Old Habits Die Hard. Another version with Jagger, Stewart and Sheryl Crow is included as a bonus track.
2004: KoRn release their ‘Greatest Hits – Volume One.’ The set includes their version of the Funk hit ‘Word Up’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall.’ There’s also a remix of ‘Freak On A Leash.’
2004: Artemis Records issues a tribute to the late Warren Zevon, ‘Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs Of Warren Zevon.’ The album features Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Don Henley and The Pixies. ‘Studebaker’ is performed by Zevon’s son, Jordan and Jakob Dylan.
2004: Following a DNA test, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale confirms that he is the father of 15-year-old British model Daisy Lowe. The admission is particularly difficult for Rossdale’s wife, Gwen Stefani, who is reportedly “devastated” by the news.
2004: Melissa Etheridge is at home in California recovering from two operations to treat breast cancer. A tumor and lymph nodes were removed. Earlier, Etheridge canceled tour dates to undergo treatment.
2004: Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters) and Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) perform at a rally for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in Las Vegas. Blink-182 singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge also attends.
2004: ‘Words & Music: John Mellenccamp’s Greatest Hits’ is out. The set covers Mellencamp’s career from 1979 – 2004.
2004: Slash picks his ultimate compilation guitar CD for the November issue of Q magazine. Among the songs selected are, ‘Machine Gun’ and ‘All Along The Watchtower’ by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin’s ‘No Quarter,’ ‘I Ain’t Superstitious’ from the Jeff Beck Group, Derek & The Dominoes’ ‘Layla’ and ‘Burn’ by Deep Purple.
2005: Yusuf Islam, the singer/songwriter formerly know as Cat Stevens, is named songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Awards in London. Islam also receives the song of the year honor for ‘First Cut Is The Deepest,’ which was first released in 1967.
2005: A survey concluded that the average person spent around £21,000 ($42,000) on music during their lives, the figure included the amount spent on Hi-Fi equipment, concerts and CDs. Music enthusiasts were likely to spend more than double that, parting with just over £44,000 ($89,000), in a lifetime, according to the survey conducted by UK company Prudential.
2007: Carlos Santana’s wife, Deborah, initiates divorce proceedings against the guitarist, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple, married for 34 years, had three children together. A representative for Carlos says the split is “a private matter.”
2007: Alice Cooper receives the Rock Immortal honor at the Scream Awards (Spike TV’s celebration of horror, sci-fi, comics and fantasy) in L.A. Cooper performs, accompanied by ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and Rob Zombie. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards nabs the Best Cameo Award (for ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End’). The show also features Avenged Sevenfold and Ozzy Osbourne.
2009: A clump of hair believed to have been trimmed from Elvis Presley’s head when he joined the US Army in 1958 sold for $15,000 at an auction in Chicago. Other items sold belonging to Presley included a shirt which sold for $52,000, a set of concert-used handkerchiefs, $732 and photos from the reception of Presley’s 1967 wedding to Priscilla, sold for nearly $6,000.
2009: New York’s Empire State Building is adorned with psychedelic lights to give it a tie-dye appearance in honor of the Grateful Dead. The light show precedes ‘The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New York Historical Society’ exhibit. The display features “an array of original art and documents related to the band, its members, performances, and productions.”
2010: Queen guitarist Brian May is recognized by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for his support of the Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Center in Camberley, U.K., and for launching the ‘Save Me’ campaign to ensure that the present laws protecting animals from cruelty are kept in place. “Fighting for the welfare of our wild animals is not a task that any of us want to have to do,” says May of the award. “We do it because these magnificent animals live, breathe, see, hear, and feel pleasure and pain like we do, but they do not speak our language, so in the world of humans, they have no voice.”
2010: ‘We Win,’ a song by Loaded, the group led by the Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, is used by ESPN and Major League Baseball for their coverage of the American League Championship Series, National League Championship Series and World Series games.
2010: Kings Of Leon release ‘Come Around Sundown’ featuring the single ‘Radioactive.’
2010: ‘The Union,’ the first studio collaboration by Elton John and Leon Russell, is released.
2010: Bob Dylan releases the 9th volume of his ‘Bootleg Series.’ It’s the first official collection of the Witmark Demos, 47 songs that Dylan recorded between ’62 and ’64 for his first two music publishers.
2011: Poison are sued by Kid Rocker, an obscure, long-gone Rock band, who claim their songs were plagiarized over 20 years earlier. According to Kid Rocker’s Billy McCarthy and James Stonich, Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille acquired a tape of the band’s songs when he tried out for their group in 1984.
2012: A Washington State Superior Court judge rules that former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate is allowed to perform under the Queensryche name until the lawsuit between him and his former bandmates is resolved. Upon resolution, Tate begins using the ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ name for his group.
2012: Manowar released the album ‘The Lord Of Steel.’ The song ‘El Gringo’ was used in the credits of the 2011 film of the same name.
2012: Doro releases her 12th studio album, ‘Raise Your Fist.’ The song ‘Hero’ is dedicated to the late Ronnie James Dio.
2012: Green Day songs are heard in an episode of the TV crime drama, ‘CSI: NY.’ ‘Stop When The Red Lights Flash,’ ‘Amy,’ ‘Night Life,’ ‘Kill The DJ’ and ‘The Forgotten’ are the soundtrack for action sequences with no dialogue.
2013: Queen guitarist Brian May, along with historians Paula Fleming and Denis Pellerin, publish ‘Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell.’ The book is the result of May’s fascination with 19th-century demonic stereopticon images.
2014: Raphael “Raf” Ravenscroft, the sax player who played the riff on Gerry Rafferty’s classic ‘Baker Street,’ passes away at age 60 of a suspected heart attack.
2015: Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi receives the Gibson Les Paul Award at the Q Awards. Iommi played a Gibson guitar for the duration of his career.
2016: Just a day after Pearl Jam is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one time Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese publically asks the band to advocate for his inclusion in the ceremony. Abbruzzese, who was in the group from ’91 –’94, was left off the band member list.
2016: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil dodges jail time on a misdemeanor battery charge related to an incident where he allegedly assaulted an autograph seeker. Neil’s lawyers plead guilty to misdemeanor battery. Neil is ordered to pay $1,000 and spend 6 months on informal probation. He’s also ordered to undergo impulse control counseling.
2017: Bruce Dickinson’s autobiography ‘What Does This Button Do’ is released.
2017: Foo Fighters release ‘Soldier’ as part of a series of digital tracks issued to benefit Planned Parenthood.
2017: Sons Of Apollo release their debut album, ‘Psychotic Symphony.’ The group includes former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal and Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian.
2017: Mastodon and Mikkeller Brewing San Diego introduce ‘Sultan’s Curse’, an imperial stout named after a song on the band’s album “Emperor Of Sand.” It’s the group’s second beer. ‘Mastodon Mother Puncher’, an IPA, was the first.
2017: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and tattoo artist/model Kat Von D co-launch the unisex Basket Case eyeliner. ‘Basket Case’ is the title of a Green Day song.

October 20
1955: Elvis Presley and Bill Haley and his Comets both appeared at Brooklyn High School auditorium, Cleveland. The concert is filmed for a documentary of Cleveland DJ Bill Randle but never released.
1960: Elvis Presley film ‘G.I. Blues’ premieres.
1960: Roy Orbison had his first UK #1 single with ‘Only The Lonely’ and his first of 33 hits. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley so Orbison decided to record the song himself.
1961: Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album is released.
1961: The Beatles played a lunchtime show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool and later that night they appear at The Village Hall in Knotty Ash.
1962: The Four Seasons’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ is released. It will become their second consecutive Billboard #1 hit, spending five weeks at the top.
1962: ‘Monster Mash’ by Bobby Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers hits #1 on its way to becoming the most famous Halloween song of all time. Pickett’s vocals were his impression of Boris Karloff.
1963: The Rolling Stones record the first Mick Jagger/Keith Richards composition, ‘That Girl Belongs To Yesterday.’ The song is also given to American pop singer Gene Pitney who has a hit with it.
1964: A riot predictably breaks out during the Rolling Stones first-ever Paris gig, leading to the arrest of 150 concertgoers at the Olympia Theatre.
1965: The Beatles recorded “We Can Work It Out’ at Abbey Road Studios in London.
1965: The Who performed at the Top Rank Ballroom in Southampton, England.
1966: The Yardbirds (featuring Jimmy Page) record a version of their hit ‘Over Under Sideways Down’ as a jingle for General Foods’ Great Shakes beverages.
1967: Davy Jones of The Monkees opened his own boutique in Greenwich Village, New York City called Zilch.
1968: The Yardbirds end their stage career with a gig at Liverpool University.
1968: Cream and Deep Purple performed at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1969: The Who begin a six-night run at the Fillmore East in New York, performing their new rock opera ‘Tommy’ in its entirety. After the show Bill Graham throws a party for The Who at Max’s Kansas City. Led Zeppelin, who were in the audience for the show, also attend.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their ‘Wedding Album’ album. It includes a photo of their own wedding cake and a copy of their marriage certificate. Highlights include ‘John and Yoko,’ in which the couple yell each others name for 25 minutes.
1971: The Velvet Underground played at Birmingham University in England during a UK tour.
1971: King Crimson appear at Liverpool University in Liverpool, England.
1972: David Bowie played at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA. 1972: Tower Of Power, Dr, John & The Doobie Brothers played Selland Arena in Fresno, CA.
1973: The Rolling Stones went to #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Angie,’ the group’s 7th US chart topper. Allegedly, the song is about Angela Bowie, David’s then-significant other.
1973: Queen appeared on the ‘In Concert’ show on UK BBC Radio One.
1973: The Steve Miller Band release their 8th album, ‘The Joker.’ The record peaks at #2 on the charts. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and features the title track (that took 19 days to record) which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rolling Stone ranked the artwork of the album as one of the “Top 100 Album Covers Of All Time”.
1974: Former Animals lead singer Eric Burdon and his wife Rose celebrate the birth of their first daughter, which they name Mirage. (They will later think better of it and rename her Alexandria.)
1974: Aerosmith appear at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
1975: The Allman Brothers Band performed at The Los Angeles Forum.
1975: Elton John’s 10th studio album, ‘Rock of the Westies’ is released. It debuted on the US Billboard 200 chart at #1. It was less successful in the UK, where it only reached #5. It also contained the U.S. #1 (but only # 14 in the UK) single, ‘Island Girl,’ which was released prior to the album coming out.
1976: Marking time while lead singer Robert Plant recovers from a debilitating car accident, Led Zeppelin premiere the concert documentary ‘The Song Remains The Same’ in New York City. A document of three 1973 shows at Madison Square Garden interspersed with several slightly ridiculous “fantasy” sequences. Though critical reaction is not kind, it goes on to be a success, as does the soundtrack album. The charity night raised $25,000 for the save the children fund.
1976: Frank Zappa’s ‘Zoot Allures’ album is released. It reached #61 on the Billboard 200 Top LPs chart.
1977: Guitarist Steve Gaines, lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt, and backup singer Cassie Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd are all killed when the band’s small Convair plane runs out of fuel and does down en route from Greenville, SC, to their next gig in Baton Rouge, LA. Crash landing in a forest near Gillsburg, MS, the accident also takes the lives of the band’s assistant road manager as well as the two pilots, not to mention severely injuring the rest of the band and most of the other two dozen passengers. The remaining members would not reunite for another decade.
1977: A little over a year after its release, Thin Lizzy’s album, ‘Jailbreak,’ with ‘The Boys Are Back In Town,’ goes gold.
1977: In town for a gig with The Police, Sting kills some time by walking through the red light district of Paris. Watching the ladies of the night ply their trade gives him the inspiration for what would be the band’s first hit: ‘Roxanne.’
1978: The Police made their US debut at CBGB’S in New York. The trio had flown on low cost tickets with Laker Airtrain from the UK, carrying their instruments as hand luggage.
1979: Bob Dylan appears on NBC’s Saturday Night Live to perform three new religious songs from his upcoming album ‘Slow Train Coming,’ shocking listeners with his new fundamentalist Christian direction.
1979: The Eagles started a nine week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘The Long Run,’ the bands 4th US #1.
1980: U2 release their debut album ‘Boy.’ It was produced by Steve Lillywhite. Boy included U2’s first hit single, ‘I Will Follow.’ The album’s release was followed by the group’s first tour of continental Europe and the United States. The album received generally positive reviews from critics. It peaked at #52 in the UK and #63 in the US.
1981: Quarterflash release their self-titled debut album.
1981: Foreigner played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1982: The Who play the Kingdome in Seattle, Washington. 1982: Jethro Tull & Saga played the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
1983: The Grateful Dead performed at The Centrum in Worchester, Massachusetts.
1986: Crimson Glory released their self-titled debut album.
1988: Hurricane released their album ‘Over The Edge.’ The album peaked at #92 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1989: Nine Inch Nails debut album ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ drops. Even though the set has ‘Head Like A Hole,’ ‘Down In It’ and ‘Terrible Lie,’ it only gets to #75 on the Billboard 200. 1989: The Smithereens filmed their ‘A Girl Like You’ video at the Cat Club in New York City. 1991: Huey Lewis and The News played the Cal Expo Amphitheatre in Sacramento, CA.
1994: In a surprise appearance, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young take the stage during Bob Dylan’s concert at New York’s Roseland Ballroom and perform ‘Rainy Day Women #12 & 35’ and ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ with the legend himself.
1997: Canned Heat guitarist Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine, age 52, dies of respiratory and heart failure in a Paris hotel room just after finishing a European tour with the band.
1998: Black Sabbath release their 4th live album, ‘Reunion.’ It includes two new studio tracks: ‘Psycho Man’ and ‘Selling My Soul.’ ‘Psycho Man’ was released as a single the same day.
1998: Aerosmith release their 4th live album, ‘A Little South of Sanity.’
1999: John Mellencamp plays a surprise gig at the 350-person-capacity Mercury Lounge in New York.
1999: A year after nearly dying from pneumonia, Johnny Cash finds himself battling the condition again. Cash is listed in serious condition at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
2001: ‘The Concert For New York City,’ a benefit show for victims of the recent 9/11 terrorist attacks, is staged at Madison Square Garden, featuring The Who, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Bon Jovi and David Bowie. More than $35 million is raised to help victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Later, an additional $275,000 is raised auctioning autographed memorabilia from the show.
2001: The 15th Anniversary Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA features founder Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Pearl Jam and Billy Idol. The event raises money for the Bay Area School for children with severe learning disabilities (which Young’s son attends).
2002: A man identifying himself as Kid Rock’s personal assistant is charged with felony and misdemeanor drug possession after a traffic stop on Rock’s tour bus on the Florida Turnpike. Officers find a small amount of cocaine, two marijuana cigarettes, a glass pipe, and rolling papers on Kevin J. McMahon’s person and in his luggage. He is released from jail on $16,000 bond.
2003: King Diamond release his 11th studio album, ‘The Puppet Master.’
2004: Courtney Love wins a conditional discharge and is ordered to pay $2,336 in compensation after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in a New York court. The charge stemmed from a March show where Love injured a concertgoer’s head with her microphone stand.
2004: Rage Against the Machine, System Of A Down, U2 and the Clash are featured on ‘VH1’s 25 Greatest Political Protest Songs.’ The special explores the role of politics in Rock music, with interviews and profiled songs.
2004: A toilet in Lenny Kravitz‘ $13 million NYC apartment overflows, causing $333,849 worth of water damage to the apartment below. He is sued for “catastrophic water damage ” caused “solely by negligence and carelessness.”
2006: ‘The Prestige’ is in select U.S. theaters. The Christopher Nolan-directed film features David Bowie portraying inventor Nikola Tesla.
2007: Former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord premieres his Durham Concerto at Durham Cathedral. The concerto was commissioned to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Durham University. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performs the piece with four soloists, including Lord on Hammond organ.
2007: Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is named honorary mayor of Glens Falls, NY, for a day just prior to a Phil Lesh and Friends concert. Lesh jokingly uses the honor to “pardon” ex-Phish frontman, Trey Anastasio, for a recent drug offense.
2008: AC/DC release their first studio album in eight years, ‘Black Ice.’ It is available exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores and can also be ordered on the group’s website.
2008: Elton John marks the 35th anniversary of ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ with a special performance of the classic 1973 album at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway in New York. Proceeds benefit a number of charities, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
2008: ‘The All Together Now’ documentary DVD about the making of the Beatles-themed Las Vegas stage production, Love, and its soundtrack, is released. The disc is available exclusively via Best Buy and at the Vegas Love Boutique. The DVD is also screened at select digital movie theaters in the United States.
2009: The Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit releases ‘Expando’ his first solo album in eight years. Kid Rock and Graham Nash contribute to the set.
2009: Fu Manchu released their 10th album, ‘Signs of Infinite Power.’
2010: The Northern Light Orchestra, featuring Doug Aldrich, Bruce Kulick, Bill Leverty, Ken Mary, George Lynch, Chuck Wright, David Ellefson, Dizzy Reed and more release ‘The Spirit Of Christmas.’
2010: Stone Sour top of Billboard’s Rock Songs chart with ‘Say You’ll Haunt Me.’ Neon Trees’ ‘Animal’ sits at #2 while Kings Of Leon’s ‘Radioactive’ holds the #3 spot.
2010: Jack White announces the sale of a rare copy of the White Stripes’ 1998 seven-inch single, ‘Lafayette Blues,’ for $18,000. It’s one of only 15 copies with a hand-painted cover by White and Italy Records head Dave Buick. The single, the group’s second, originally went for $6 at the Stripes’ 1998 concert at Detroit’s Gold Dollar. The song appeared on the group’s eponymous debut album.
2010: Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard sings the National Anthem before Game 3 of the National League Championship series between the hometown San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies. Gibbard’s wife Zooey Deschanel (She & Him) performs ‘God Bless America’ during the 7th Inning Stretch.
2011: Photographer Barry Feinstein dies at 80. Feinstein was responsible for capturing more than 500 record sleeves, including Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ album and the cover photograph for Dylan’s album ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’. Feinstein’s picture of Dylan at a damp ferry port on the banks of the River Severn was also used in ‘No Direction Home,’ Scorsese’s 2005 film. The Rolling Stones sleeve for ‘Beggars Banquet,’ shot in a graffiti-covered toilet, was also Feinstein’s work.
2011: Jon Bon Jovi’s JBJ Soul Foundation opens The JBJ Soul Kitchen, a “pay-what-you-can” restaurant in Red Bank, NJ. Specializing in healthy soul food dishes, there are no prices on its menu. Diners can either earn free meals by doing volunteer work in the community or pay a suggested donation.
2011: John Mayer has throat surgery to treat a problem with his vocal cords, pushing back the release of his album ‘Born and Raised.’
2012: Guns N’ Roses unplug for the 26th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert. GNR’s acoustic set includes ‘You’re Crazy,’ ‘Welcome To The Jungle,’ ‘Sweet Child ‘O Mine’ and ‘Paradise City.’ They also perform Neil Young’s ‘Don’t Let It Bring You Down’ with Young.
2012: Aerosmith’s anthem for the NFL’s New England Patriots is offered as free download. ‘Legendary Child : Patriot’s Anthem,’ is part of the Pepsi NFL Anthems program.
2014: A lawsuit claiming that Led Zeppelin plagiarized a Spirit song when composing ‘Stairway To Heaven’ is allowed to move forward. The 2014 suit claims ‘Taurus,’ written by Spirit guitarists Randy California, was the basis for the Led Zeppelin classic. Zeppelin and Spirit toured together in 1968.
2014: Sick Puppies announce that frontman Shimon Moore has left the band to “focus on other projects” and that band members Emma Anzai and Mark Goodwin are looking for a new singer. A couple days later, Moore says his departure was news to him.
2014: The childhood home of former Beatle George Harrison sold at an auction at The Cavern Club for £156,000, ($250,000). The three-bedroom mid-terrace home was where The Quarrymen held some of their first rehearsals before the band evolved into the The Beatles in 1960.
2014: John Holt, reggae singer and songwriter who first found fame as a member of the Paragons, died aged 67. Holt wrote the song ‘The Tide Is High,’ which was famously covered by Blondie.
2015: Songs by Pearl Jam, Haim, Lamb Of God, Black Keys, the Killers, Green Day, Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way are on the soundtrack of the ‘Guitar Hero Live’ video game.
2015: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker’s memoir ‘Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death & Drums Drums Drums’ is released. Barker touches on “stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption.”
2015: Three Dog Night singer Cory Wells dies at the age of 74. He was a founding member and one of the group’s three vocalists (with Chuck Negron and Danny Hutton).
2016: Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘The Stage’ goes to #10 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs Top 10. It’s the group’s first Top 10 song on the chart in nearly five years. The track is also the band’s fourth #1 on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales.
2017: Billboard Boxscore reports that Guns N’ Roses’ “Not In This Lifetime” worldwide reunion tour has grossed over $400 million since its launch in April ‘16.
2017: Foo Fighters release ‘Soldier’ as part of a series of digital tracks issued to benefit Planned Parenthood.

October 21
1908: The first two-sided vinyl record was offered for sale by the Columbia label in an ad running in this week’s Saturday Evening Post.
1956: Elvis Presley visits his favorite local movie theater, the Memphian. When the crowd who are outside scratch his new Cadillac. Elvis then starts a new habit of renting the entire theater whenever he wants to watch a movie.
1957: Elvis Presley’s ‘Jailhouse Rock’ hits #1, for the 1st of 7 weeks. Rolling Stone magazine would later rank it as #67 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time and it was named as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
1958: Buddy Holly has his last recording session, at Pythian Temple Studios in New York City. The songs recorded included ‘Raining In My Heart,’ ‘Moondreams’ and ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ which became a #1 hit.
1961: Bob Dylan records his debut album for Columbia Records in a day at a cost of $400. Dylan plays guitar, harmonica and sings.
1964: Mod rockers the High Numbers fail their audition with the EMI label, but within a year will find success on Brunswick Records as The Who.
1965: Elvis Presley’s original bassist (1954-57) Bill Black, dies in Memphis of a brain tumor at age 39. He also was the leader of the Bill Black’s Combo. Black’s biggest solo hit was ‘White Silver Sands,’ an instrumental that made it into the US Top 10 in 1960.
1965: The Beatles record a new song called ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),’ finishing recordings in three takes. They also begin working on another new John Lennon song ‘Nowhere Man.’
1965: The Spencer Davis Group recorded ‘Keep On Running’ at Pye Studios in London. The track went on to top the UK chart next January, but climbed no higher than #76 in the US.
1965: The American TV music show Shindig! features The Kingsmen performing their hits, ‘Louie Louie,’ ‘Money’ and ‘Jolly Green Giant.’ Also appearing were Joe Tex, The Dave Clark Five, Brenda Holloway and Eddie Rambeau.
1966: The Brian Wilson penned Beach Boys masterpiece ‘Good Vibrations’ is released.
1966: Pink Floyd appeared at the London Free School, held at the All Saints Church Hall in Powis Gardens, London.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
1967: Pink Floyd’s debut album ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ is released in the US. The US album featured an abbreviated track listing and reached #131 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s charts. In 2003, it was ranked #347 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2000, Q magazine placed The Piper at the Gates of Dawn at #55 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.
1968: Johnny Cash wins best album at the Country Music Awards for his live release Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.
1970: Pink Floyd’s show at the Fillmore West in San Francisco included a brass and choir for the performance of ‘Atom Heart Mother.” The choir came back on for an encore of ‘Ave Maria.’ Tickets were $3.
1971: In Paris, Mick Jagger and girlfriend Bianca become the proud parents of Mick’s first child, Jade.
1972: Pink Floyd performed at a benefit show for War on Want, The Albany Trust Deptford, and Save The Children Fund. The show was held at the Empire Pool in Wembley, London.
1972: Chuck Berry started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Ding-A-Ling,’ his first and only US and UK #1. It was recorded live at Coventry Lanchester Polytechnic in England as part of the Lanchester Arts Festival, for which Berry turned up an hour and a half late.
1972: Pete Townshend’s solo album ‘Who Came First’ hits the British charts. Although it has Pete on the cover and is marketed as a solo album, it is more a compilation of the privately released Meher Baba albums. For instance, the single released from the album, ‘Forever’s No Time At All’ (backed with ‘This Song Is Green,’) features a lead vocal by Billy Nicholls. The album reaches #30 in the British charts. The single does not chart. 1972: The Doobie Brothers with special guests Lucky Mud & Feel Machine played Soquel High School in Soquel, CA.
1973: The Grateful Dead played at the Omaha Civic Center in Omaha, NE.
1973: Elton John, Sutherland Brothers, and Quiver performed at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Hollywood, FL. 1973: J. Geils Band, Slade & Spooky Tooth played the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA.
1974: Roxy Music appeared at the Odeon in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1974: Queen’s ‘Killer Queen’ b/w ‘Flick Of The Wrist’ 45 single is released.
1975: The city of Los Angeles declares this “Elton John Week” and awards the musician his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6915 Hollywood Blvd.
1975: Mike Oldfield released his 3rd album, ‘Ommadawn.’
1975: The Doobie Brothers played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1976: Keith Moon plays what is to be his final show with the Who, a concert at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the final date on the band’s 1976 tour. Though Moon would perform with the Who in a couple of special performances filmed for use in the documentary, ‘The Kids Are Alright,’ this would be his last official Who date.
1976: Los Angeles’ Fox Wilshire Theatre hosts the west coast premiere of Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains The Same.” It was attended by the band. Jimmy Page said, “(The premieres were) held apart by a few days so we could check the cinemas out. It’s not as easy a job as you’d think getting the sound right for cinemas. The first time in New York was great, the first time one had sat in an audience. Every time I had seen the film before was with technicians, people with a really critical eye. Then the film really lived for the first time and you could see people getting off on things, applauding and laughing at the right time, generally vibing. Other charity premieres are held in various major cities including: Toronto, Boston and Dallas, San Francisco and Chicago, but not attended by the band.
1976: Aerosmith appeared at the Stadthalle in Erlangen,Germany.
1977: Rush performed at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas.
1977: Meat Loaf releases his 2nd album, ‘Bat Out of Hell.’
1978: The Clash fired manager Bernie Rhodes, saying the band and record company “found him hard to deal with.” Melody Maker journalist Caroline Coon took his place. 1978: Peter Gabriel played the Kent Memorial Gym in Kent, OH.
1980: The Police kick off a North American tour in Winnipeg.
1980: Van Halen played at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Indiana.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, Texas.
1983: The Grateful Dead performed at The Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts. 1983: Armored Saint played The Concert Factory in Costa Mesa, CA.
1983: Dio release their 2nd single, ‘Rainbow in the Dark.’ It was ranked #13 on VH1’s “Top 40 Greatest Metal Songs”. The song reached #46 on the UK’s Official Charts.
1985: The Cinemax cable TV special ‘Carl Perkins and Friends’ is taped to honor the 30th anniversary of his hit ‘Blue Suede Shoes.’ Special guests include George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dave Edmunds, and Ringo Starr.
1987: King Diamond released his 2nd studio album, ‘Abigail.’ It’s the band’s last album to feature guitarist Michael Denner and bassist Timi Hansen.
1988: Quiet Riot released the album ‘QR.’ It was the band’s only album with singer Paul Shortino. It reached #119 on the Billboard chart.
1990: Judas Priest kick off a North American tour in Montreal in support of their ‘Painkiller’ album. It’s the band’s first tour with drummer Scott Travis.
1990: Accept release their 2nd live album, ‘Staying a Life.’
1990: Don Dokken released his first solo album, ‘Up from the Ashes.’ It includes Europe’s John Norum, Motörhead’s Mikkey Dee & Accept’s Peter Baltes.
1992: Elvis’ first grandson, Benjamin Storm, is born to Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough.
1992: Elton John sues the syndicated US television show ‘Hard Copy’ for alleging that the singer moved to the Atlanta suburbs to be near an AIDS treatment facility.
1993: The Ramones made a guest appearance on The Simpsons. Drummer Marky Ramone later called their appearance a career highlight & their appearance has regularly been noted as one of the best in the program’s history.
1994: Yngwie Malmsteen releases his ‘I Can’t Wait’ EP only in Japan.
1994: Neil Diamond publicly announces his divorce from his second wife, Marcia Murphey, whom he has been with since 1969.
1995: Green Day singer Billie Joe is arrested and fined $141 after mooning the audience during a gig in Milwaukee.
1995: Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon dies of a cocaine overdose at 28. Hoon struggled with drug addiction after becoming a star. He was introduced to Axl Rose by his sister and became good friends with him, singing on both ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II.’
1995: Def Leppard’s ‘When Love & Hate Collide’ single peaks at #2 on the Official UK singles chart, tieing it with ‘Let’s Get Rocked’ the band’s highest charting single in the UK. It only hit #58 in the US.
1996: A former executive of EMI Records, Jay Barbieri, announces the official launch of the first Internet record label, J-Bird Records at www.j-birdrecords.com. The record label is the first of its kind, a label that operates almost exclusively on the World Wide Web.
1997: Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind 97’ was declared by the Guinness Book Of Records as the biggest selling single record of all time, with 31.8 million sales in less than 40 days.
1997: David Lee Roth released his autobiography ‘Crazy from the Heat.’ It told stories about his days in Van Halen & as a solo artist along with stories of his childhood & his rock climbing hobby.
1998: Alice Cooper files a lawsuit against Kiss claiming their song ‘Dreamin’ sounds too similar to his song ‘I’m Eighteen.’ The suit is settled out of court the next year for a figure allegedly in the low six figures.
1999: George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles albums, lends his reputation and four decades of music business experience to a start-up Internet company catering to unsigned bands. Martin announces that he will serve as chairman of the advisory board for Garageband.com.
1999: Royal Hunt released the album ‘Fear.’ It’s the band’s debut studio album with John West on vocals.
2001: Concerts at Madison Square Garden and the RFK stadium in Washington were expected to raise millions in funds for the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The ‘United We Stand’ concerts that feature Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The Who, Elton John, Carole King, James Brown, Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, P-Diddy, *NSync and The Backstreet Boys.
2002: King Diamond released his 11th studio album, ‘The Puppet Master.’
2003: Rush release their 5th live album, ‘Rush in Rio.’
2003: Elton John signs a three-year, $50 million deal to perform 75 shows at Caesar`s Palace. The first of his famous ‘Red Piano’ concerts at Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace.
2003: Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry appears in Limp Bizkit’s video ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ locking lips with frontman Fred Durst. The Who cover is on the group’s ‘Result May Vary’ CD.
2004: ‘U2 Show: The Art of Touring,’ a book featuring hundreds of rarely seen U2 concert and band photos, is in stores.
2004: The Scorpions start a U.S. tour in Seattle. Tesla and Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) are supporting acts.
2004: Bo Diddley postpones a concert in California to have a toe amputated due to complications from diabetes.
2005: Bob Seger sings the US national anthem before today’s World Series game between the Detroit Tigers and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.
2006: Alice In Chains are among more than 20 bands that perform in different cities across North America as part of MySpace.com’s Rock For Darfur initiative to help the battle-torn region of Sudan. AIC play in Winston-Salem, NC, and a portion of profits benefit the Oxfam humanitarian organization.
2006: British broadcaster John Peel left over £1.8m and over 25,000 vinyl records in his will. Peel died suddenly at the age of 65 from a heart attack in 2004.
2006: Evanescence were at #1 on the US album chart with their second album ‘The Open Door.’ It became the 700th #1 album in Billboard since the chart became a weekly feature in 1956.
2006: Sandy West of The Runaways dies of lung cancer at 47. She was the drummer and a founding member of The Runaways. She said that manager Kim Fowley never paid the band much financially and she had to work at many odd jobs after The Runaways disbanded to support herself. She mainly worked in construction, but was also a bartender and a veterinary assistant. She had numerous stints in jail due to criminal activity. A lifelong smoker, her lung cancer eventually moved into her brain prior to her death. “We shared the dream of girls playing Rock n’ Roll,” says Joan Jett. “Sandy was an exuberant and powerful drummer.”
2006: ‘Revolution Rock: The Story of the Clash,’ an exhibit featuring the pioneering London Punk band opens at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Ex-Clash guitarist Mick Jones participates in a discussion focusing on the group.
2006: Neil Young’s 20th annual Bridge School Benefit Concert gets underway. The two day event at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA, features Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails’ frontman Trent Reznor, who gives a rare acoustic set. Young joins Pearl Jam onstage and sits in on pump organ to play ‘Good Vibrations’ with Brian Wilson. When the Dave Matthews Band covers Young’s ‘Cortez The Killer,’ Neil adds acoustic guitar. Proceeds go to the nonprofit learning organization for physically or verbally impaired children that Young’s wife co-founded. This is the 5th year Pearl Jam performs at the Bridge School concerts.
2007: Kid Rock (Robert James Ritchie) is arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery after he and his entourage allegedly beat up a man at a Waffle House in Atlanta. He is released after posting $1,000 bail.
2007: National Geographic Channel special called ‘Incredible Human Machine’ features Steven Tyler’s vocal cords. There’s high-definition footage of the Aerosmith frontman’s larynx taken during his spring 2006 throat surgery. Tyler underwent an experimental operation to repair a burst blood vessel in his throat that caused the cancellation of a number of Aerosmith tour dates.
2007: A free copy of Ray Davies (The Kinks) solo album, ‘Working Man’s Cafe,’ is in the Sunday Times of London. “Personally, it’s about reaching as many people as possible,” says Davies.
2008: ‘Berlin: Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse’ is released. It’s the soundtrack to the Julian Schnabel-directed Lou Reed concert film Berlin. The film shows Reed performing his ’73 ‘Berlin’ album during a series of New York shows.
2008: Paul Stanley releases his ‘One Live Kiss’ album and live DVD.
2008: Metallica’s North American tour in support of their album ‘Death Magnetic’ starts at Jobing Arena in Glendale, AZ.
2008: Guns N’ Roses release their first new material since 1999 when the title track of their new album ‘Chinese Democracy’ is issued as a single.
2008: Jackson Browne plays the ‘Dream Believe Achieve Inspiration Gala’ in L.A. Proceeds benefit nonprofit groups that “provide educational, recreational and cultural opportunities” for South Los Angeles youths and their families.
2010: Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler sings the National Anthem at the Boston Bruins home opener. He’s there to help the hockey team’s foundation kick-off their season-long fundraising raffle for a customized Bruins motorcycle built by Tyler’s motorcycle company, Dirico Motorcycles.
2010: ‘I Met The Walrus,’ an animated video that tells the story of a young Beatles fan, Jerry Levitan, meeting John Lennon in a hotel room, is named one of the top 25 “most creative YouTube videos ever.” Over 23,000 videos were submitted from 91 countries.
2011: Paul Rodgers is sworn in as a Canadian citizen in Surrey, BC. Rodgers says, “It may not be my native land but Canada is surely now my home. While I’ll always be an Englishman, Canada has given me so much for which I am grateful. My wife, your former Miss Canada Cynthia Kereluk, a new and extended family and the chance to be truly free in a country that with its quiet strength combines the best of so many worlds. I’m proud to be a Canuck. Thank you, Merci.”
2011: Riot released their 14th studio album, ‘Immortal Soul.’
2013: Sid Bernstein, the concert promoter who staged early US shows by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, died aged 95. Bernstein booked The Beatles for their legendary show at Shea Stadium in New York in 1965, which was the first concert to be staged in a stadium. Bernstein also promoted the Fab Four’s gigs at Carnegie Hall in New York on their first US tour in 1964. He also arranged the Rolling Stones’ first five US gigs and shows for Judy Garland, Ray Charles and Tony Bennett.
2014: Primus hide five golden tickets for free shows for life in vinyl versions of their album ‘Primus And The Chocolate Factory,’ a Willy Wonka-inspired effort.
2014: ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ by Slipknot is released. The group’s 5th studio album is their first in six years and the first to not include bassist Paul Gray and drummer Joey Jordison. Gray died in ’10 (the album’s title being a reference to him), and Jordison parted ways with the band in ’13. ‘The Negative One’ received a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 57th annual Grammy Awards.
2014: Bush release their 6th studio album, ‘Man On the Run’. The set’s lead single is ‘The Only Way Out.’
2014: Gene Simmons gives the world ‘Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life and Business.’ The bassist advises readers based on his experience building the KISS brand.
2014: George Harrison’s childhood home at 25 Upton Green, in the Speke area of Liverpool, sold for just over $250,000 at an auction held at the legendary Cavern Club. The house was the site of many early rehearsals with John Lennon and Paul McCartney before they teamed up with Ringo Starr. The modest structure was purchased by a Beatles fan who had tried and failed to buy John Lennon’s home last year.
2015: Three Dog Night vocalist Cory Wells died suddenly at the age of 74. His lead vocals on ‘Eli’s Coming,’ ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come,’ ‘Shambala’ and ‘Never Been To Spain’ helped the band achieve 21 Billboard Top 40 hits and place eleven albums on the Billboard 200 chart.
2016: The Pretty Reckless release their third studio album, ‘Who You Selling For.’ “We had so much we wanted to say, it was like shaking a can of soda on tour, and then when we started writing we cracked the seal,” says frontwoman Taylor Momsen about the album’s songs.
2016: Tygers Of Pan Tang released the album ‘Tygers Of Pan Tang.’ The band’s name is derived from Pan Tang, a fictional archipelago in Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné fantasy series whose wizards keep tigers as pets.‬
2016: Alter Bridge’s fifth album, ‘The Last Hero’ lands at #8 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 28,000 units. It’s the band’s first Top 10 entry since their debut, ‘One Day Remains,’ peaked at #5 in ‘04.
2016: Five Finger Death Punch’s ‘The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell’ is officially certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of 500,000 copies.
2016: Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile begins a series of surgeries for a genetic disorder called Marfan Syndrome. 2016: The Doobie Brothers played Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA. 2017: Halestorm, Starset & New Years Day played The Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, CA.

October 22
1961: Chubby Checker performs a medley of ‘The Twist’ and ‘Let’s Twist Again’ on TV’s Ed Sullivan Show, sparking chart revivals for both tunes (‘The Twist’ even returns to #1).
1964: The Who then known as The High Numbers, receive a letter from EMI Records, asking them for original material after their recent audition for the company. The rejection letter is later included with the ‘Live At Leeds’ album. Since the reason the group is rejected is their lack of original material, Kit and Chris Stamp set up Pete with a Vortexion reel-to-reel recorder and tell him to get writing. From this time on almost all Pete Townshend songs will be written and presented as completed demos, a style of presentation then unknown in England.
1965: The Beatles finish John Lennon’s philosophically-oriented ‘Nowhere Man.’ It’s one for the first Beatles’ songs to be entirely unrelated to romance or love.
1965: The Rolling Stones release ‘Get Off My Cloud’ in the UK. Two weeks later, it will be #1.
1965: The Dave Clark Five’s ‘Over And Over’ b/w ‘I’ll Be Yours (My Love)’ 45 single is released. Written and recorded by Bobby Day. Day’s version entered the Billboard Top 100 in 1958, the same week a version of the same song by Thurston Harris entered the chart. Day’s version reached #41, while Harris’ version peaked at #96.The most successful version, sung by lead singer and keyboardist Mike Smith, was the only U.S. #1 hit for the Dave Clark Five.
1965: The Animals ‘It’s My Life’ b/w ‘I’m Going To Change The World’ 45 single is released in the UK.
1966: Brian Wilson’s Beach Boys masterpiece ‘Good Vibrations,’ is released. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the track was recorded over 6 weeks in four different Los Angeles studios, at a cost of over $16,000. The recording engineer would later say that the last take sounded exactly like the first, six months earlier. The record would reach #1 on the US charts in December 1966. It would be nominated for Song Of The Year at The Grammy Awards, but lost to ‘Winchester Cathedral’ by The New Vaudeville Band.
1966: Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘A Hazy Shade Of Winter’ b/w ‘For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her’ 45 single is released. It peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 making it the second highest-charting song on the album after ‘Mrs. Robinson”,’ which reached #1 when it was released on the back of its inclusion on the soundtrack of The Graduate.
1966: According to Cashbox magazine, ? And The Mysterians had the best selling tune in America with ’96 Tears.’ The song has since been ranked #210 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1966: Chain Reaction, which would later become Aerosmith, opens for The Yardbirds at Staples High in Westport, Connecticut.
1967: The Who play two shows at the Saville Theatre in London, preceded by Vanilla Fudge and Studio Six. Before the show, Pete is interviewed on camera about illicit drugs by Australian director Peter Clifton. During the show, Pete plays a two-necked guitar and Keith wears a jester’s outfit.
1968: Jimi Hendrix ‘All Along the Watchtower’ hits the UK chart.
1969: Paul McCartney issues an official press release through Apple stating that he is not dead, and then retires to his farm in Scotland. The story was actually started as a prank by Fred La Bour, a sports and arts writer for the student paper, The Michigan Daily at the University of Michigan.
1969: ‘Led Zeppelin II’ is released. Jimmy Page produces the album which goes on to sell over 12 million copies in the U.S.
1970: The Who perform at the ABC Cinema in Stockton-on-Tees, England.
1970: Pink Floyd played at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, along with the Roger Wagner Chorale, three French horns, three trombones, three trumpets, and a tuba. They were there for the second ever stage performance of the ‘Atom Heart Mother Suite.’ 1971: Pink Floyd played the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA.
1971: The Who perform at the Opera House in Blackpool in Lancashire, England. 1971: Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac & Daddy Cool played the Felt Forum in New York City.
1973: Roxy Music appear at City Hall in Sheffield, England.
1974: David Bowie plays at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago.
1974: KISS release their ‘Hotter Than Hell’ album. It’s the group’s second gold record (their self-titled debut was the first). It reached #100 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1974: KISS release their 4th single, ‘Let Me Go, Rock ‘n’ Roll.’
1975: The Allman Brothers Band perform at the Civic Center in Bakersfield, California.
1976: Bob Seger releases his 9th studio album ‘Night Moves.’ It’s his first album with The Silver Bullet Band. The album goes on to sell over six million copies in the U.S. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and features three Billboard Hot 100 singles – ‘Mainstreet’ (#24) ‘Night Moves’ (#4) and ‘Rock And Roll Never Forgets’ (#41).
1976: Led Zeppelin release the soundtrack live album of the concert film of the same name, ‘The Song Song Remains The Same.’ It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The recording of the album and the film took place during three nights of concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden, during the band’s 1973 North American tour. All songs were recorded by Eddie Kramer using the Wally Heider Mobile Studio truck, and later mixed at Electric Lady Studios in New York and Trident Studios in London.
1976: Frank Zappa appears at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1977: Foreigner’s self-titled debut album peaks at #4 on the chart. The album goes on to sell over four million copies along the way.
1977: Foreigner peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Cold as Ice,’ which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1978: Bob Dylan plays at the University Of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
1979: The Pretenders started a run of four consecutive Monday nights at the Marquee Club in London.
1980: The Grateful Dead kicked off an eight night performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
1980: Dire Straits kicked off their third tour of North America at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. 1981: Journey with Loverboy played the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida.
1982: Van Halen performs in Worchester, MA after 25,000 sign a petition asking the band to add their city to its tour schedule.
1983: The Talking Heads get their first Top 10 single, as ‘Burning Down The House’ peaks at #9.
1984: Iron Maiden release their 11th single, ‘Aces High.’ The song’s lyrics are written from the viewpoint of a British RAF pilot fighting during the Battle of Britain (1940), the first military engagement to be fought entirely with aircraft.
1984: Paul McCartney released his soundtrack to the film, ‘Give My Regards to Broad Street.’ It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #1 on the UK charts. The feature film, based on a script written by Paul himself, centers around a chaotic day in Paul’s life following the disappearance of the master tapes for a new album.
1985: Aldo Nova released his 3rd studio album, ‘Twitch.’
1985: Bon Jovi release the single, ‘Silent Night,’ from their ‘7800° Fahrenheit’ album.
1986: Jane Dornacker dies in a helicopter crash at 39. Dornacker was an actress and musician with The Tubes who became an air traffic reporter with WNBC radio in NYC. Jane wrote The Tubes song ‘Don’t Touch Me There’ and toured with them as a backup singer and dancer. While giving a live traffic report, her helicopter malfunctioned and slammed into the Hudson River. She was heard screaming, “Hit the water, hit the water!” as they crashed. Almost unbelievably, she had survived another helicopter crash that same year but was able to swim to shore. Sadly, her husband had died earlier that year and her death left her 16-year-old daughter, Naomi, an orphan.
1988: Elton John sells out his upcoming show at Madison Square Garden, setting a venue record with 26 straight Elton sellouts.
1988: Phil Collins started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Groovy Kind Of Love’, his 6th US #1. The song had also been a US #1 hit for The Mindbenders in 1966.
1988: U2 scored their 4th UK #1 album with the double set and film soundtrack ‘Rattle And Hum,’ featuring their first UK #1 single ‘Desire.’
1990: The band Mookie Blaylock, later known as Pearl Jam, makes their stage debut at The Off Ramp in Seattle. In the audience are members of Soundgarden and Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson.
1991: Slayer release their 2nd live album, ‘Decade of Aggression.’
1993: Oasis signed a six-album deal with Creation Records for a £40,000 ($64,000) advance.
1993: Rush drummer Neil Peart interviewed future Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien on Much Music.
1994: Rage Against The Machine headline ‘Latinpalooza’ in L.A. The fundraiser benefits the United Farm Workers and Para Los Ninos.
1996: Apple announces that The Beatles have sold an unprecedented 19 million albums this year as a result of the ‘Anthology’ juggernaut, with 41% of those sales, according to polls, going to fans who weren’t even born when the group broke up.
1996: Journey releases ‘Trial by Fire,’ their first album in ten years. It goes on to peak at #3 on the Billboard 200 album chart and sell a million copies in the U.S. and is the last album to feature singer Steve Perry and Steve Smith.
1996: Van Halen release the greatest hits ‘Best Of – Volume I’ album.
1997: MTV Italy launches its first domestically planned and produced Italian-language show, Sonic. The one-hour weekly show features international and local acts performing live to a studio audience.
1997: The big record companies run into trouble in Italy when that country’s regulators determine that BMG, EMI, PolyGram, Sony and Warner Music have formed a cartel to eliminate competition. They fine the companies the equivalent of $4.5 million.
1998: Bob Dylan plays a “homecoming” show in Duluth, MN, the closest he’s played to his nearby hometown of Hibbing in nearly three decades. The show sold out in just five hours.
2000: R.E.M. returns to their hometown of Athens, Georgia, where they play three songs on the courthouse steps as part of a local festival called Land Aid, which is an effort to better the community.
2000: George Michael pays almost three million dollars for John Lennon’s famous upright Steinway piano, on which the ex-Beatle wrote the international anthem ‘Imagine.’ Michael issued a statement saying, in part, “I know that when my fingers touch the keys of that Steinway, I will feel truly blessed.”
2000: Motörhead play the Brixton Academy in London. The show is later released on CD & DVD.
2001: Rev. Howard Finster, a Baptist minister who also designed ’80s album covers for the likes of R.E.M. and Talking Heads, dies of congestive heart failure at age 84.
2002: Foo Fighters release their album ‘One By One.’
2003: In the middle of their first world tour and flush with fame from their debut album, Evanescence’s founder Ben Moody abruptly quits the band.
2005: Slash joins Queen + Paul Rodgers onstage during a concert in L.A. Slash plays on a rendition of Bad Company’s ‘Can’t Get Enough.’
2006: John Mellencamp plays ‘Our Country’ prior to game two of the World Series in Detroit. The song, from Mellencamp’s ‘Freedom’s Road’ CD, is also featured in ads for Chevrolet’s 2007 Silverado pickup truck.
2007: Videos from Serj Tankian’s debut solo album, ‘Elect The Dead,’ are screened in select theaters. The System Of A Down frontman had a different director work on each video.
2008: ‘Rock N Roll Train,’ the first single from AC/DC’s album ‘Black Ice,’ is heard in an episode of the CBS show ‘Criminal Minds.’
2008: Guns N’ Roses release their 18th single, ‘Chinese Democracy.’ The band, with Axl Rose as the only original member, first performed the song in 2001.
2008: A homeless man claimed a £2,000 reward by returning a waxwork head of ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney which had been left on a train. Anthony Silva found the item in a bin at Reading station after auctioneer Joby Carter left it under a seat at Maidenhead station. The homeless man thought it was a Halloween mask and had been using it as a pillow before realising what it was. The wax model sold the following week for £5,500 at auction.
2009: Former KISS drummer Peter Criss revealed that he had been diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2007. Now a cancer survivor, he kept his condition a secret, telling only his wife, fearing ridicule in the press.
2010: Rush is #1 on Billboard’s “Hot Tours” chart, based on ticket sales from the band’s North American ‘Time Machine Tour.’ Over three months (August-October) the band sold more than 270,000 tickets, with a gross of $18,989,834.
2010: ‘Pearl Jam Radio’ debuts on SIRIUS XM to mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s first public performance (on 10/22/90 at the Off Ramp Cafe in Seattle).
2011: The two-day Bridge School Benefit at the Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, CA is broadcast live for the first time. The show features performances by Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Beck and Jenny Lewis. The acoustic performances celebrate the institution’s 25th anniversary and benefit children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs. Young and his wife Pegi founded the Bridge School in 1986 after not being able to find an adequate school for their son Ben.
2011: Bruce Springsteen performs a 25-song set at the Stone Pony (an early Springsteen venue) in Asbury Park, NJ. He is backed by E Street Band members Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg. The show is a private benefit for Boston College, where Springsteen’s son Evan is a student.
2012: Lenny Kravitz ‘Like A Jet’ is available for download as part of the NFL Anthems program, a national campaign that features musicians recording anthems for their home teams. “Writing a custom song for my New York Jets is something I could only dream of growing up steps from Joe Namath.”
2012: Two members of Pussy Riot are sent to Russian prison colonies. “Nadya Tolokonnikova has been sent to Mordovia, and Maria Alyokhina to Perm,” the Punk Rock band’s lawyer says. The camps are some of the few remaining that resemble Stalin’s Gulag camps. The anti-Putin protest that led to the sentence is framed as “the Russian government bringing bazookas to a stick fight” by one commentator.
2012: A week-long celebration of Chuck Berry begins at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It’s part of the Hall’s American Music Masters series.
2013: Motorhead released the album ‘Aftershock.’ The album reached #22 on the Billboard chart.
2013: Metal Church release their 10th studio album, ‘Generation Nothing.’ It was their fourth and last album to feature vocalist Ronny Munroe.
2013: Lita Ford released her 2nd live album, ‘The Bitch Is Back…Live.’
2013: Def Leppard release their 2nd live album, ‘Viva! Hysteria,’ recorded at Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
2014: Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor makes his acting debut in ‘Fear Clinic’ which premieres at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood.
2015: A rare guitar owned by Slipknot guitarist Jim Root is stolen during the band’s a show in Portland, OR. The guitar was left backstage. “F***ing thieves. Nothing worse,” tweets Root.
2016: Metallica, Cage The Elephant and Dave Matthews are among the performers at Neil Young’s two-day 30th anniversary Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA.
2016: The fifth annual AfterShock festival gets underway in Sacramento. Tool and Avenged Sevenfold headline the two-day run.
2016: A Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Billy Sheehan (Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and The Winery Dogs) at the Bass Player Live event in L.A.
2016: ‘Bang Bang,’ the lead single off the Green Day album “Revolution Radio,” begins a three week at the top of the Rock Airplay Chart. 2016: The Monkees played Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA.
2017: Australian musician, songwriter and record producer George Young died aged 70. Young, the brother of AC/DC’s Angus and Malcolm Young, was a member of the Easybeats and co-wrote the band’s 1966 hit ‘Friday On My Mind’. Born in Scotland in 1946, he migrated to Australia with his family as a teenager, forming The Easybeats after he met Dutch-born artist Harry Vanda in Sydney. After the band broke up in 1969, Vanda and Young embarked on a songwriting career that saw the pair produce dozens of hits. They became two of Australia’s best-known songwriters, with Young’s work including ‘Love Is In The Air’ and ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ both hits for John Paul Young.
2017: Daisy Berkowitz (Scott Putesky), the founding guitarist of Marilyn Mason, dies after a battle with colon cancer at age 49. He was in Marilyn Manson from ’89 – ’96.

October 23
1954: Elvis Presley’s 2nd Sun single, ‘Blue Moon Of Kentucky,’ breaks out in Nashville and New Orleans, becoming his first chart hit outside of his native Memphis. The song had been written in 1946 by Bill Monroe as a slow waltz, but Presley and his band turned it into an upbeat, Blues-style tune in 4/4 time.
1961: Dion’s ‘Runaround Sue’ hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart. Although he married a girl named Sue, Dion said he was thinking about a girl named Roberta when he wrote the song.
1963: Bob Dylan records ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan wrote the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the time, influenced by Irish and Scottish ballads.
1963: The Beatles complete the final session for their second album ‘With the Beatles.’ They recorded ‘I Wanna Be Your Man,’ then drove to London airport for a flight to Stockholm, Sweden to start their first foreign tour. The Fab four were met at Stockholm airport by hundreds of girl fans that had taken the day of school.
1963: The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones all appeared at Odeon Theatre in Nottingham, England.
1964: In one of Rock and Roll’s most ironic tragedies, the man who replaced Buddy Holly as the lead singer of The Crickets, 21 year old David Box, was killed when the Cessna Skyhawk 172 he had chartered, crashed and burned, killing all on board. Box joined the group in early 1960, but left for a solo career a year later.
1965: The Byrds release ‘Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season).’ It will become their 2nd #1 and final Top 10 entry. The song, with the exception of the last line, “I swear it’s not too late,” was adapted entirely from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible and put to music by Pete Seeger in 1959.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single ‘Hey Joe,’ at De Lane Lea studios in London. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band the The Leaves; the band then re-recorded the track and released it in 1966 as a follow-up single which became a hit. The Byrds also performed and recorded a version of the song.
1966: The Yardbirds, in their first concert featuring Jimmy Page on lead guitar, open at San Francisco’s Fillmore West.
1967: The Beach Boys try to go psychedelic with ‘Wild Honey.’ A great song with an organ, harpsichord and a theremin, but it stalls well out of the Top 20.
1967: Pink Floyd plays at the Bath Pavilion in Bath, Somerset, England.
1968: Elvis Presley’s movie ‘Live A Little, Love A Little’ is released.
1969: Columbia Records announces its intention to prosecute the purveyors of Great White Way, an unauthorized collection of unreleased Bob Dylan demos that is often considered the first “bootleg” record.
1969: The Who continue a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show.
1970: Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention perform at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, New York.
1970: Frank Zappa’s ‘Chunga’s Revenge’ is released. It reached #119 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It was Zappa’s first effort of the 1970’s and marks the first appearance of former Turtles members Flo & Eddie on a Zappa record.
1970: The Who appear at Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland.
1970: Santana “Abraxas” hits #1 in U.S.
1970: The Byrds ‘Chestnut Mare’ b/w ‘Just A Season’ 45 single is released. The song becomes an FM staple. Written by Roger McGuinn and Jacques Levy during 1969 for a planned country rock musical named ‘Gene Tryp.’ The musical was never staged and the song was instead released in September 1970 as part of The Byrds’ (Untitled) album.
1970: Genesis released their 2nd studio album, ‘Trespass.’ It reached #98 on the UK Albums chart, but did not chart in the US.
1971: The Who’s Rock opera ‘Tommy’ falls off the LP charts after a two and a half year run.
1971: Yes played at the Empire Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1972: The Fifties-revival drama ‘That’ll Be The Day,’ starring Ringo Starr, David Essex, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and the Nashville Teens’ John Hawken, begins filming in England.
1972: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1973: Genesis appeared at City Hall in Newcastle, England. 1973: J. Geils Band & Back Door played Selland Arena in Fresno, CA.
1974: David Bowie appeared at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago.
1975: Eric Clapton performed at Festival Hall in Osaka, Japan.
1976: The Clash performed at The ICA in London.
1976: Led Zeppelin make their belated US television debut on an episode of the syndicated ‘Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.’ They perform ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Dazed And Confused.’
1976: Chicago started a two week run at #1 on the singles chart with ‘If You Leave Me Now’. It was the group’s 18th Top 40 and first #1, It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.
1977: AC/DC played at Town Hall in Middlesborough, England.
1978: CBS Records becomes the first record label to raise the price of albums to an unheard-of $8.98.
1978: Ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, in jail for the murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen, tries to end his life.
1978: Neil Young’s Zuma Beach, California, home burns to the ground in a brush fire. All that is left is the stone fireplace.
1978: The Police played The Chance Theater stage (known as “Frivolous Sal’s Last Chance Saloon” at the time) in Poughkeepsie, New York for the first and only time to a crowd of 3 paying customers plus staff and a few radio executives during an ice storm. “Roxanne” had just been released and not a hit yet
1980: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Sunrise Theater in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
1980: On the same day that John Lennon’s “comeback” single, ‘Starting Over,’ is released, his future killer signs out of his detail as a security guard for the last time. Instead of signing “Chappy,” as he usually does, the killer tellingly signs out as “John Lennon.”
1980: Mark David Chapman quit his security job and signed out for the last time. Instead of the usual “Chappy” he wrote “John Lennon”. Chapman would murder Lennon on December 8th of this year outside his New York City home.
1982: Budgie released their 10th album, ‘Deliver Us from Evil.’
1982: Billy Idol release his single, ‘White Wedding.’ 1982: The Who, The Clash & T-Bone Burnett played the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA.
1984: Pete Townshend stages and performs at an anti-heroin benefit concert at The Moonlight in Hampstead. Making their live debut at this show is a new band called The Stone Roses. Their drummer, Alan “Reni” Wren, also sits in for Pete’s set. 1987: America & Three Dog Night played Concord Pavilion in Concerd, CA.
1989: Nirvana played their first ever European show when they appeared at Newcastle’s Riverside Club in North East England. It was the first night of a 36 date European tour for the group who were sharing the bill with Tad.
1990: King’s X release their ‘Faith Hope Love’ album. It reached both the Billboard 200 Top albums (#85) and Top Contemporary Christian albums (#31) charts. The single ‘It’s Love’ reached #6b on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart. 1990: Extreme & Alice In Chains played The Stone in San Francisco, CA. 1992: Black Crowes & The Jayhawks played The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
1993: Billy Joel made his 4th appearance as the musical guest on ‘Saturday Night Live’ which was hosted by Jeff Goldblum.
1993: Though the Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Soul To Squeeze’ fails to make pop’s Top 20 (#22), the song has a five week run at #1 on the Modern Rock chart. It’s also featured on the ‘Coneheads’ soundtrack.
1993: Meat Loaf had his first UK #1 with ‘I’d Do Anything For Love’ (But I Won’t Do That’). It stayed at #1 for seven weeks. It was also a #1 in twenty-eight countries and gave Meat Loaf his first US #1 hit.
1994: The Stonewall Equality Show at London’s Royal Albert Hall features Sting, Elton John and Melissa Etheridge.
1995: Def Leppard gave themselves a place in the Guinness book Of World Records, by playing three gigs in three continents in 24 hours. When midnight hits on October 23, Def Leppard is already on stage playing at the Cave of Hercules in Tangiers, Africa. They then fly to London, England where they perform a second show at Shepherd’s Bush and then jump back on the plane and fly to Vancouver, Canada for a final late night show that night at the Commodore Ballroom. Each show is an acoustic set running 45 minutes; they take the Concorde to the last one, which gets them in Vancouver for a 9 p.m. performance. They were promoting their first greatest hits album ‘Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980-1995),’ which was also released on this date.
1995: Smashing Pumpkins release their double album ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness.’ It includes ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings,’ which becomes the band’s first Top 40 U.S. hit, peaking at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1995: Ozzy Osbourne releases his ‘Ozzmosis’ album in Europe. It includes drummer Deen Castronovo & guitarist Zakk Wylde.
1998: A St. Louis federal judge rules that the local Fort Zumwalt High School Marching Band is not allowed, as per the ruling of the superintendent of schools, to include Jefferson Airplane’s pro-drug hit ‘White Rabbit’ in its repertoire as part of a “Sixties medley.”
1999: The Rob Thomas/Carlos Santana collaboration, ‘Smooth,’ is #1 in the U.S. The track was recorded for Santana’s comeback album, ‘Supernatural.’ With lyrics by Thomas, the songs stays on top for an impressive 12 weeks.
1999: Sandra Ann-Rosas, the wife of Los Lobos singer Cesar Rosas, is kidnapped. Her disappearance is reported by her children, who come home to find the front door to their home open and smashed glass from her van, indicating a struggle. Close to a month later, her remains are found in a shallow grave, and her half-brother Gabriel Gomez is charged with kidnapping and murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
2000: Iron Maiden released the single ‘Out Of The Silent Planet.’ The single features two live tracks from the 1999 Ed Hunter tour, which featured the band reunited with guitarist Adrian Smith and vocalist Bruce Dickinson.
2001: R.E.M. plays a surprise show at Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe, which guitarist Peter Buck co-owns with his wife, Stephanie Dorgan.
2001: Incubus releases their third full-length major label album ‘Morning View.’ The set, which features ‘Wish You Were Here,’ debuts at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 (266,000 copies sold in its first week).
2001: Bush release ‘Golden State,’ a commercially disappointing album. The group goes on hiatus in 2002, returning with the album ‘The Sea of Memories’ in 2011.
2001: Fu Manchu released their 7th studio album, ‘California Crossing.’
2002: Johnnie Johnson, who is the “Johnny” in ‘Johnny B. Goode’ and Chuck Berry’s longtime pianist, loses his lawsuit against Berry claiming he co-wrote many of the Rock pioneer’s hits.
2004: Neil Young`s 18th annual Bridge School Benefit Concert features, Paul McCartney, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Sonic Youth. The two-day event takes place in Mountain View, CA.
2006: U2 launch their ‘Hunt The Lyric’ game. Contestants answer a question using U2 lyrics that have been hidden across the Internet for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to see the final show of the band’s Vertigo tour in Honolulu.
2006: Queen’s Brian May attends a launch party in England for ‘Bang! The Complete History Of The Universe,’ a book about the origins of the cosmos that he co-authored with two scientists.
2006: The Eagles perform at a party for Wal-Mart CEO, Lee Scott, at New York’s Rockefeller Center. This is prior to signing a deal (two days later) that gives the discount retailer exclusive rights to put out future recordings and other releases from the band. Wal-Mart execs and investors get their own Eagles show at New York’s Nokia Theater the following day.
2006: The Commonwealth Club of California honors Carlos Santana and his wife, Deborah, at a ceremony in San Jose, CA. The couple receive the Commonwealth Medallion Award, which is presented to “leaders who have positively shaped our era.”
2007: The remaining dates on the Sum 41/Finger Eleven’s Strength In Numbers co-headlining Canadian tour are canceled because Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley is suffering from a herniated disc in his back.
2007: Seether’s 3rd studio album, ‘Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces’ is released.
2007: ‘Raising Sand,’ a collaboration between ex-Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and Country/Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, is released. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the 13-track set is largely covers, including ‘Please Read The Letter,’ a song Plant co-wrote with Jimmy Page.
2007: System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian releases his debut solo album, ‘Elect The Dead.’
2007: The ‘Saw IV’ soundtrack is released with songs by Avenged Sevenfold and Drowning Pool. The horror flick is in theaters three days later.
2007: Exodus release their 8th studio album, ‘The Atrocity Exhibition…Exhibit A.’ It marked the second comeback of longtime original Exodus drummer Tom Hunting.
2007: Helloween released their 12th studio album, ‘Gambling with the Devil.’ Saxon singer Biff Byford did spoken vocals on the song ‘Crack the Riddle.’
2007: Coheed & Cambria’s “No World For Tomorrow” is out. It’s the final release in a four-part series of albums.
2007: Rob Zombie’s concert album, ‘Zombie Live’ is released. The set was recorded during the ’06 Educated Horses tour. There is also a 36-page booklet and a DVD featuring live Zombie footage and animated clips.
2007: Neil Young’s ‘Chrome Dreams II’ is released.
2007: Dial Press publishes ‘Lyrics By Sting,’ a book with the words to over 100 songs written by the Police frontman. It features his commentary on the stories behind the songs.
2010: Buffalo Springfield – Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay (bassist Bruce Palmer died in 2004 and drummer Dewey Martin passed away in 2009) reunite for their first concert in 42 years at the Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, CA.
2010: Yoko Ono unveils an English Heritage blue plaque at the first home she shared with her late husband John Lennon. The couple occupied the ground floor and basement of the residence located at 34 Montagu Square in London. Lennon worked on The Beatles’ ‘White Album’ while living in the flat which was owned, at the time, by Ringo Starr.
2010: Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante is at Disneyland on D Street to talk about a line of figurines he created with designers from the Walt Disney Company called ‘Vinylmations,’ The 9-inche dolls are made of vinyl.
2011: Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, debuts his band the High Flying Birds at the Dublin Olympia Theater.
2012: ‘The Medal of Honor Warfighter’ video game with Linkin Park’s ‘Castle Of Glass’ on the soundtrack, is in stores.
2012: ‘Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page, written by journalist Brad Tolinski, is in book stores. Tolinski, editorial director of Guitar World and Revolver magazines edited more than 50 hours of Page interviews covering his entire career.
2012: Peter Criss’ bio ‘Makeup To Breakup: My Life In and Out of KISS’ is released.
2012: KISS release the single, ‘Long Way Down.’
2012: Stone Sour releases ‘House Of Gold And Bones Part 1.’
2012: Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has his first sit-down, live television broadcast interview in more than 20 years on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Rose promotes the band’s 12 show residency at The Joint in Las Vegas.
2012: Blink-182 announced via Twitter that they have left Interscope Records (they had been with Geffen Records, an Interscope subsidiary, since ’03).
2012: The first of ten vignettes from ‘The Talking,’ the Duff McKagan/Loaded feature film about the making of their 2011 album of the same name, debuts on the group’s YouTube channel.
2012: Bruce Springsteen performs a free concert in support of President Obama’s reelection campaign in Charlottesville.
2013: Pearl Jam’s ‘Lightning Bolt’ debuts at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart with opening week sales of 166,000 copies. It’s their fifth chart topper. Songs from ‘Lightning Bolt’ and other PJ tunes are the soundtrack to Major League Baseball’s World Series (between Boston and St. Louis). The deal between the group and MLB, calls for 48 Pearl Jam songs to be played throughout the games.
2013: Original KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss appear on stage together for the first time in 13 years during the all-star jam at the 30th-anniversary party for Eddie Trunk’s WNEW radio show at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. The pair team up on KISS classics ‘Love Her All I Can’ and ‘Rock And Roll All Night.’
2013: Ringo Starr announced the publication of a book called ‘Photograph,’ a collection of pictures he took during The Beatles’ recording sessions, first tours of America and two appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.
2014: Paul McCartney is interviewed by U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. During the career spanning discussion McCartney performs ‘Blackbird’ and says ‘Yesterday’ came to him in a dream.
2014: A letter that John Lennon wrote to New York-based television host Joe Franklin sold for more than $28,000 at the Boston-based RR Auction. In the letter, Lennon raves about his wife’s musical talents and asks Franklin to give her latest LP a listen.
2015: Billboard’s Top Rock Albums showed The Zombies’ new LP ‘Still Got That Hunger’ at #35 in its debut week, with sales of 3,000 copies. It was the band’s first album chart appearance since 1969’s ‘Odessey & Oracle.’ 2015: Marilyn Manson
2017: Chicago-based Dark Matter Coffee team up with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett’s boutique guitar pedal company, KHDK Electronics, to present Ghoul Screamer Coffee, celebrating Hammett’s signature pedal.

October 24
1955: Colonel Tom Parker sends a telegram to Sam Phillips, asking for a firm price to release Presley from his Sun Records contract.
1959: On his 23rd birthday, and still a year away from even buying his first bass guitar, The Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman marries his first wife, 18-year-old bank clerk Diane Corey.
1959: Elvis Presley, now a Private First Class stationed in Germany, comes down with a bad case of tonsillitis and is admitted to the base hospital.
1963: On the first day of their first foreign tour, The Beatles spent the day in Stockholm, Sweden, recording a performance for a radio program entitled “The Beatles popgrupp fran Liverpool pa besok i Stockholm”, (The Beatles pop group from Liverpool visiting Stockholm). The Beatles, enthused by the chance to play before an audience that wasn’t screaming, played seven songs, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘From Me to You’ ‘Money’, ‘You Really Got a Hold On Me’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ and ‘Twist and Shout.’ The tour begins in Kalstad, Sweden the next day.
1964: The Rolling Stones begin their second U.S. tour at New York’s Academy of Music. The group’s first tour had ended less than four months earlier.
1966: Newsweek interviewed The Monkees. They are asked how the music is created. Singer Davy Jones tells them, “This isn’t a rock ‘n’ roll group. This is an act.”
1966: Donovan’s ‘Mellow Yellow’ b/w ‘Sunny South Kensington’ 45 single is released. It reached #2 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1966 and #8 in the UK in early 1967. The song was rumored to be about smoking dried banana skins, which was believed to be a hallucinogenic drug in the 1960’s, though this aspect of bananas has since been debunked.
1967: Pink Floyd cancelled their first U.S. tour after Syd Barrett refused to lip-synch ‘Arnold Layne’ when they appeared on American Bandstand.
1970: President Richard Nixon delivers a White House address to the National Association of Broadcasters, urging radio stations to ban any and all songs with drug-related lyrics.
1970: Santana’s sophomore album, ‘Abraxas,’ begins a six week run at #1 in the U.S.
1970: Pink Floyd were at #1 on the UK album chart with the ‘Atom Heart Mother’, the group’s first #1. The album cover shows a cow standing in a pasture with no text nor any other clue as to what might be on the record.
1970: The Kinks ‘Lola’ peaks at #9 in the US, giving the band their first American Top 10 since ‘Tired of Waiting for You’ in 1965. After their US tour in 1965, they were denied visas for the next three years, killing their momentum in that country. Following their return in 1969, ‘Lola’ gets them back on the airwaves.
1971: Don McLean’s 2nd studio album, ‘American Pie’is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for 7 weeks. The legendary title track topped both the Billboard Hot 100 (4 weeks) and Adult Contemporary charts.
1971: The Grateful Dead release their 7th album, ‘Grateful Dead (Skull and Roses).’ It reached #25 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
It’s their 2nd live double album, and also known generally by the names ‘Skull and Roses’ (due to its iconic cover art) and ‘Skull F***’ (the name the band originally wanted to give to the album, which was rejected by the record company). 1971: Grand Funk Railroad played the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA. 1971: Donovan played the San Francisco Civic Auditorium.
1973: Art Garfunkel’s solo album ‘Angel Clare’ is certified Gold. It contains his only Top 10 hit in the US, ‘All I Know,’ which peaked at #9.
1973: John Lennon sues the U.S. government for wiretapping his phone. Lennon’s anti-Vietnam War activities led the feds to conduct a surveillance program.
1974: Aerosmith release their 5th single, ‘Train Kept A-Rollin’. 1974: Van Morrison with The Caledonia Soul Express and special guests Souther, Hillman, Furay Band & Terry Reid played the Spectrum Theatre in Philadelphia, PA.
1975: Roxy Music’s 5th album, ‘Siren’ is released. It reached #50 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #371 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1975: John Lennon’s compilation album ‘Shaved Fish’ is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #5 on the UK Albums chart.The compilation includes many of Lennon’s most popular solo recordings, five of which had not yet appeared on an album: ‘Cold Turkey,’ ‘Instant Karma!,’ ‘Power to the People,’ the holiday single ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over),’ and ‘Give Peace a Chance.’ The latter appeared in truncated form, split to begin side one and end side two.
1976: Rory Gallagher released his 8th album, ‘Calling Card.’ It reached #163 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. Deep Purple/Rainbow bass guitarist Roger Glover co-produced with Gallagher: it was the only time that Gallagher worked with a “name” producer.
1977: KISS releases ‘Alive II’. The double platinum album is originally distributed with KISS rub-off tattoos and an eight page booklet. 1977: Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1978: Whitesnake released their debut album, ‘Trouble.’
1978: Rolling Stone Keith Richards was fined £205 after admitting having cannabis, Chinese heroin, mandrax tablets and a revolver at his Chelsea home in the UK. Later in the evening, Keith and Anita Pallenberg accidentally set fire to their London hotel bedroom.
1979: Paul McCartney received a rhodium medallion from the British government after being declared the most successful composer of all time.
1980: Cheap Trick released their 5th studio album, ‘All Shook Up.’ 1980: The Kinks & John Cougar Mellencamp played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1980: John Lennon’s ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ b/w (Yoko Ono) ‘Kiss Kiss Kiss’ 45 single is released. It reached #1 in both the USA and UK two weeks after he was murdered.
1980: The Guinness Book of World Records presents Paul McCartney with a special rhodium album for being the best-selling songwriter in the history of recorded music, having written 43 platinum songs and sold over 100 million records. is a very precious metal that can cost ten times as much as gold or more and is like chrome, but much whiter, and the most reflective of all metals. 1981: The Rolling Stones with openers Van Halen and The Henry Paul Band played the first of two nights at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, FL. 1981: Foreigner & Billy Squier played the first of two nights at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.
1982: The Who headline the annual Day On The Green concert at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA. The Clash and T-Bone Burnett open the show.
1984: Autograph released their debut album, ‘Sign In Please.’ The album reached #29 on the Billboard chart.
1986: Stryper released their 3rd studio album, ‘To Hell with the Devil.’ It was the first Christian metal album to achieve platinum status, selling over one million copies. 1987: The Cars played the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, FL.
1987: Sting went to #1 on the UK album chart with his third solo release ‘Nothing Like The Sun.’ The title comes from Shakespeare’s Sonnet No.130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”), which Sting used in the song ‘Sister Moon.’ The album won Best British Album at the 1988 Brit Awards.
1987: Pink Floyd peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason,’ which was their first album without founding member Roger Waters.
1988: The Beatles ‘Past Masters 1 & 2’ is released. This collection included many of the band’s biggest hits as well as rarities includes every song released commercially by the band that was not available on The Beatles’ twelve original UK albums or the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ LP.
1988: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s label Fantasy Records and former CCR leader John Fogerty begin court proceedings to determine whether Fogerty ripped off his own ‘Run Through The Jungle’ to create ‘Old Man Down The Road.’ Fantasy, who owns CCR`s song publishing, brought the suit, but Fogerty wins. The suit is brought by his nemesis and former label boss Saul Zaentz, who owned the publishing on “Jungle.” At the trial, John would use an acoustic guitar to show how many other songs had used the same short series of notes that appeared in both recordings. Fogerty wins the case.
1989: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its fifth class of inductees: The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, The Kinks, The Platters, Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, Carole King, and Gerry Goffin.
1995: Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders returns to her home state of Ohio to sing the national anthem in Game three of the World Series in Cleveland.
1995: Anthrax released their 7th studio album, ‘Stomp 442.’ It is their only album not featuring the traditional Anthrax logo on its artwork. It was also Anthrax’s first album without Dan Spitz on lead guitar.
1995: Savatage released their 9th studio album, ‘Dead Winter Dead.’ It was the band’s first album with guitarist Al Pitrelli.
1995: Ozzy Osbourne released the album ‘Ozzmosis.’ It was his only album to feature drummer Deen Castronovo.‬ The album reached #4 on the Billboard chart.‬
2000: Limp Bizkit’s ‘Chocolate St*rfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water’ debuts at #1 on the Billboard album charts, selling over one million copies.
2000: Overkill released their album ‘Bloodletting.’ It was the band’s first album with guitarist Dave Linsk.
2000: Lenny Kravitz releases his ‘Greatest Hits’ album.
2000: Fozzy release their self-titled debut album.
2001: Michael Schenker Group released their 7th studio album, ‘Be Aware of Scorpions.’
2002: American record producer Tom Dowd died of emphysema. He recorded albums by many artists including: Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Derek and the Dominos, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Cream, Lulu, Chicago, The Allman Brothers Band, The J. Geils Band, Meat Loaf, Sonny & Cher, The Rascals, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Kenny Loggins, Dusty Springfield, The Drifters and Otis Redding.
2002: Linkin Park release their their debut album, ‘Hybrid Theory.’ The album has gone on to sell over 10 million copies, being certified Diamond.
2004: Queen became the first rock act to receive an official seal of approval in Iran. Western music was still strictly censored in the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is considered a crime, but an album of Queen’s greatest hits was released this week in Iran. Freddie Mercury, was proud of his Iranian ancestry, and illegal bootleg albums and singles had made Queen one of the most popular bands in Iran.
2005: Sao Paulo’s mayor agrees to allow Pearl Jam to perform December 2 & 3 in the Brazilian city’s Pacaembu stadium. Mayor Jose Serra had suspended shows after complaints from nearby wealthy residents about noise and the potential mess.
2005: After reuniting to play four shows in London at Royal Albert Hall in May, Cream play the first of three sell-out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
2005: Songs by Def Leppard, Queens Of The Stone Age, Avenged Sevenfold, Dio, the Scorpions and Iron Maiden are heard on the soundtrack of the snowboarding-themed video game ‘SSX On Tour.’
2005: Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille was sentenced to 80 days in jail after pleading no contest to DUI charges after being arrested for running into a parked car in August while backing out of his girlfriend’s driveway. His girlfriend received minor injuries in the crash. He also receives five years probation and a fine of $1,000.
2006: Kurt Cobain tops Forbes.com’s 6th annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. Cobain’s music earned $50 million over the previous year. During that time, the singer’s widow, Courtney Love, sold 25 percent of her stake in Nirvana’s publishing rights. One licensing agreement allows Nirvana songs to be used on ‘CSI: Miami.’ Elvis Presley’s estate comes in second. Also in the top twenty: John Lennon, Johnny Cash, George Harrison, Ray Charles, and Bob Marley.
2006: My Chemical Romance release ‘The Black Parade.’ The album almost didn’t get completed because singer Gerard Way was suffering from crippling depression.
2006: Paul Stanley released his 2nd solo album, ‘Live to Win.’
2006: Skid Row released their 5th studio album, ‘Revolutions per Minute.’
2006: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its best-selling album, Def Leppard reissues ‘Hysteria’ as a two-CD package. Beyond a remastered edition of the original album, the new edition includes a bonus disc with a host of non-album tracks first issued during the period.
2006: Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Queensryche’s Geoff Tate, Billy Idol, Velvet Revolver’s Duff McKagan and Alice In Chains’ Mike Inez, appear on the tribute album ‘Butchering The Beatles.’ As the name implies, the disc contains Hard Rock renditions of Beatles’ songs.
2007: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong urges fans to sign a petition challenging Toyota over its “green” credentials. The automaker produces environmentally friendly models but is part of an industry lobby opposing a bill that would make 35 miles per gallon the fuel-efficiency standard for new cars by 2020. “Tell Toyota to stop fighting progress and start fighting global warming,” writes Armstrong.
2007: Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and Bonnie Raitt visit Capitol Hill to protest the passage of bill that allocates additional federal funds to build nuclear power facilities. The trio speaks with members of Congress and present a petition on behalf of the anti-nuclear group NukeFree.org.
2007: Bruce Springsteen’s album ‘Magic’ album debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart but dropped to second a week later (behind Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus’) only to return to the top slot again. The sales margin between the two albums is in the hundreds.
2007: To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s appearance at the Monterey International Pop Festival ex-Hendrix sidemen, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Mitch Mitchell, play a special tribute concert in London. Guitarist Gary Moore also performs. When the hour-long show is over there’s a screening of Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at Monterey DVD.
2007: Vanity Fair magazine announce their Top 10 of the 50 greatest movie soundtracks. The Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ is placed at #2 behind Prince’s ‘Purple Rain.’
2008: ‘A Night for Vets: An MTV Concert for the BRAVE’ is broadcast with taped performances by Kid Rock, Fall Out Boy, Angels & Airwaves and Saving Abel. The program calls attention to the heroism and struggles of young veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2008: Kid Rock has founded a scholarship for Detroit residents studying music business or music technology at Wayne State University. “I truly believe that a major part of Detroit’s healing and moving forward will come through education,” says Rock.
2008: One-time Grateful Dead keyboardist Merl Saunders dies in San Francisco of complications from a stroke he suffered in 2002. Saunders performed on the group’s ‘Europe ’72’ live set, but was known primarily for his side project collaborations with Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia.
2009: Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Wolfmother, No Doubt and Gavin Rossdale (Bush) perform at Neil Young’s 23rd annual Bridge School Benefit concerts at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.
2009: Sublime original members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson perform under that name at Cypress Hill’s SmokeOut Festival in San Bernardino, CA. with singer Rome Ramirez, despite legal action from the family of the band’s deceased founder, Bradley Nowell (who died from a drug overdose in 1996 just as the band was achieving mainstream success).
2009: The documentary ‘Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful,’ makes its debut on Showtime. The film, directed by Paul Griffin, chronicles Bon Jovi’s ’08 Lost Highway World Tour.
2011: U2 is named The Greatest Act of the Last 25 Years at the Q Awards in London.
2013: Dave Grohl plays an acoustic only show at the 3rd annual Blue Jean Ball benefiting Autism Speaks in L.A.
2014: Slipknot’s annual Knotfest kicks off at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA. It’s the first time Knotfest is held at the same location for multiple days. Slipknot, Anthrax, Volbeat and Black Label Society are among the performers at the three day event.
2014: Linkin Park headline Guitar Center’s 50th Anniversary concert at the Wiltern Theater in L.A.
2014: Jerry Lee Lewis appeared on ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ in support of his new album, ‘Rock And Roll Time.’ Along with the title song, Jerry Lee also performed some of his hits during commercial breaks, including ‘Great Balls Of Fire” and ‘Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On.’
2016: Bobby Vee (born Robert Thomas Vellinge), dies from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 73. Vee racked up 38 Top 100 hits, including ‘Take Good Care of My Baby’ and ‘Suzie Baby.’ He had a long personal and professional relationship with Bob Dylan, who said, “I’ve played all over the world, with all kinds of people. And everybody from Mick Jagger to Madonna. And everybody in there in between. But the most beautiful person I’ve ever been on the stage with, was a man who is here tonight, Bobby Vee, who used to sing a song called ‘Suzie Baby.’ Maybe you can show your appreciation with just a round of applause.”
2017: Following months of speculation, Kid Rock tells Howard Stern’s SiriusXM audience that he is not running for the U.S. Senate. It was just a publicity stunt. “Are you kidding me?,” Rock asks. He has a tour in support of his album “Sweet Southern Sugar” to occupy his time.
2017: Marilyn Manson fires longtime bassist Jeordie White (Twiggy Ramirez) less than a week after White is publicly accused of rape by his former girlfriend, Jessicka Addams of the Riot Grrrl band Jack Off Jill.
2017: Metallica perform before 22,211 fans at The O2 in London, breaking the previous record of 21,000 set by Muse in 2016.
2017: Fats Domino, one of Rock N’ Roll’s most influential performers, dies at age 89 at his home in Harvey, Louisiana of natural causes. Domino was one of the first R&B artists to gain popularity with white audiences, and sold an astonishing 65 million records, spurred on by eleven Top 10 hits. They include ‘Ain’t That A Shame,’ ‘Blueberry Hill,’ ‘I’m Walkin’ and ‘The Fat Man’ which became the first ever million-selling single. He outsold every 50’s Rock N’ Roll act except Elvis Presley. Domino was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and received the presidential Nation Medal of Arts in 1998. After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, he was presumed dead, but it was later discovered that he and his family had been rescued by the Coast Guard.

October 25
1960: A 17-year-old art student named Keith Richards runs into his old schoolmate, an economics student named Mick Jagger, at a train station in London. Richards notices the R&B albums under Jagger’s arm, and before long the two form their first group called Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.
1962: The Beatles give their first-ever radio interview on Radio Clatterbridge, a closed-circuit radio station serving Cleaver and Clatterbridge Hospitals in Wirral, near Liverpool. Paul is quoted as saying “John is, in fact, the leader of the group.”
1963: The Beatles kicked off their first tour of Sweden by playing two shows at Nya Aulan, Sundstavagen, Karlstad, Sweden. The local pop reviewer was not impressed, saying The Beatles should be grateful to their screaming fans for drowning out the group’s terrible performance, adding that The Beatles “were of no musical importance whatsoever and that their local support group, The Phantoms, decidedly outshone them.”
1963: The British music industry claims The Beatles ‘She Loves You’ is the most broadcast song of the year.
1964: The British music industry honors The Beatles with five Ivor Novello Awards, including one for Most Outstanding Contribution To Music.
1964: The Rolling Stones make their US television debut when they appear on CBS’s Ed Sullivan Show. After screaming fans practically tear the studio seats apart, Sullivan declares to reporters: “I promise you they’ll never be back on our show. It took me 17 years to build this up, I’m not going to have it destroyed in a matter of weeks. We won’t book any more rock ‘n’ roll groups. Frankly, I didn’t see the group until the day before the broadcast. I was shocked when I saw them.” After The Rolling Stones finished their first song, ‘Around And Around,’ Ed Sullivan was forced to shout ‘Quiet!’ multiple times before he could introduce the next act. When the band closed the show with ‘Time Is On My Side,’ Sullivan exclaimed “Come on, let them hear it!”, which caused such an uproar, Ed’s short conversation with Mick Jagger was completely inaudible. The group returns to the program five times.
1966: At 7 months old Jeff Healey has his right eye surgical removed (and subsequently his left eye, 4 months later) and replaced with artificial ones. Healey had a form of cancer of the eyes called retinoblastoma. Three years later Healey was given his first guitar by his father and by the age of 13, the Canadian guitarist formed his first band, Blue Direction.
1966: The Who performed at Club Nalen in Stockholm, Sweden.
1967: The Who pre-record a mime job to ‘I Can See For Miles’ for the BBC’s Top of the Pops.
1968: The New Yardbirds, soon to be known as Led Zeppelin, make their live concert debut at England’s Surrey University, described on the poster as the “first big dance of the term.”
1968: The Guess Who’s ‘Laughing’ is certified gold.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience release the double album ‘Electric Ladyland.’ It was also made available as two albums with changed artwork after complaints about the naked women who were pictured on the sleeve.
1968: Jethro Tull released their debut album, ‘This Was’ in the UK. It was released in February of 1969 in the US. It reached #10 on the UK Albums chart and #62 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1968: Pink Floyd performed at The Boat House, in Kew, a part of London.
1969: Pink Floyd’s 4th album, ‘Ummagumma’ is released in the UK. The double album was released November 10, 1969 in the US. It reached #5 on the UK Albums chart and #74 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The first disc is a live album of their normal set list of the time, while the second disc contains compositions by each member of the band recorded as a studio album.
1969: Led Zeppelin play to their largest indoor crowd to date. At the Boston Garden, they perform before a crowd of 17,000 and rake in $45,000. Support comes from the MC5 and Johnny Winter.
1970: ‘Led Zeppelin III’ hits #1 on the Billboard charts. Their first L.P. had hit #10 and their second had gone to #7.
1970: Pink Floyd played the last night of their Fall North American tour at the Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1970: The Who performed at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England.
1971: Four days before guitarist Duane Allman’s death ‘The Allman Brothers Band Live at the Fillmore East’ goes gold with over 500,000 sold.
1971: Chicago released their first live album, ‘Chicago at Carnegie Hall.’ The four LP vinyl box set, and double-LP set reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, with the single ‘Colour My World’ peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1971: The Jeff Beck Group released their 3rd album, ‘Rough and Ready’ in the UK (February 1972 in the US). It reached #46 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1972: The Moody Blues played at the Boston Garden.
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1973: Rick Nelson appears as a former rock-star-turned-murderous-pimp on tonight’s ‘Harem’ episode of ABC-TV’s ‘Streets Of San Francisco.’
1974: Bob Marley and The Wailers released their album ‘Natty Dread.’ It reached #92 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #182 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: Jefferson Starship performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1975: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts from Alice Cooper’s ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ at #93 & K.C. and the Sunshine Band’s ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’at #50. Also, David Bowie’s ‘Fame’ was #29, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ #26, Abba’s ‘SOS’ #20, and Sweet’s ‘Ballroom Blitz’ at #9. ‬
1975: Paul Simon issues his 4th solo album, ‘Still Crazy After All These Years.’ The album hits #1, Simon’s first to do so. It won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1976. The album produced four US Top 40 hits, ‘Gone at Last’ (#23), ‘My Little Town’ (#9), credited to Simon & Garfunkel), ’50 Ways To Leave Your Lover’ (#1) and the title track (#40). Emancipated from Simon & Garfunkel, fans stop shouting ‘Where’s Artie?’ at his shows.
1975: Art Garfunkel was at #1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘I Only Have Eyes For You.’ Written in 1934 for the film ‘Dames,’ the song was a #2 hit for Ben Selvin in 1934 and most notably a hit for The Flamingos in 1959.
1976: Bruce Springsteen plays the Philadelphia Spectrum for the first time. At one time Bruce said that he’d never play a large sports arena. Concerned about getting the sound right, he soundchecks for two hours before the show.
1976: Rush played at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington.
1977: Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd is laid to rest in a Jacksonville cemetery 5 days after dying in a plane crash that also killed band members Steve and Cassie Gaines. Skynyrd piano player Billy Powell is the only band member healthy enough to attend the funeral, and even he is on crutches with stitches on his face from the crash.
1977: Elton John appears on ‘The Muppet Show’ and performs ‘Crocodile Rock,’ ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,’ and ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.’ Elton also performs with Dr. Teeth of The Electric Mayhem. Elton was one of the inspirations behind Dr. Teeth’s character.
1978: Van Halen released their 3rd single, ‘Ain’t Talkin’ bout Love.’
1978: At New York’s Bottom Line Club, Keith Richards joins Rockpile for a jam onstage. The day before he had pleaded guilty to heroin possession in Toronto, but was given a one-year suspended sentence.
1979: Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of four sold out nights at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. 1982: The Who & The Clash played the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena in Oakland, CA.
1982: An audiophile version of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is released by Mobile Fidelity. 5000 albums are recorded in what is known as UHQR half speed. With a price tag of $50 apiece, they would sell out in two weeks. 1984: Billy Squier & RATT played the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida.
1985: R.E.M. The Smiths and Tom Waits all appeared on The Tube at Tyne Tree Television Studios in Newcastle, England.
1985: Corrosion of Conformity released their 2nd studio album, ‘Animosity.’
1986: Bon Jovi ‘Slippery When Wet’ hits #1 in U.S and goes on to sell over 10 million copies.
1986: Dire Straits guitarist and singer Mark Knopfler broke his collarbone after crashing in a celebrity car race before the Australian Grand Prix.
1986: Robert Palmer’s ‘I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On’ peaks at #4 on the Hot 100.
1987: Guns N’ Roses play the The Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York.
1989: ‘The Fire and the Fury Tour’ with guitarists Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan kicks off in Minneapolis.
1989: Nirvana and Tad appeared at the Duchess Of York in Leeds, England. The two acts were on the 3rd night of their debut European tour.
1989: The newest members of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced as Bobby Darin, Hank Ballard, The Four Seasons, Carole King And Gerry Goffin, The Four Tops, Holland-Dozier-Holland, The Kinks, The Platters, Simon And Garfunkel and The Who.
1990: D-A-D released their first live album, ‘Osaka After Dark’ in Japan only.
1991: Legendary concert promoter and Fillmore West/East founder Bill Graham (born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca) dies in a helicopter crash returning home from a Huey Lewis and the News concert at the Concord Pavilion when during bad weather, the helicopter flew directly into a high-voltage tower and burst into flames on impact, killing Graham, pilot Steve Kahn and Graham’s girlfriend, Melissa Gold.He was 60. Graham provided a more intimate and elegant concert experience with improved sound and even light shows. Some of his bigger productions with his company Bill Graham Presents (BGP) included The Band’s “Last Waltz” final concert, Grateful Dead’s New Year’s Eve shows and the annual Summer Day On The Green festival shows. Graham had been sent to the U.S. from Germany in order to escape the Holocaust. When he was 10, he settled into a foster home in the Bronx, NY, where he got his schooling and went on to get a college business degree
1992: Guns N’ Roses released their 14th single, ‘Yesterdays.’
1993: Dio released their 8th studio album, ‘Strange Highways.’
1993: Time magazine puts Eddie Vedder on the cover with the headline ‘All The Rage.’ Both Vedder and Kurt Cobain refused to speak with the magazine for the story, but they run it anyway in an attempt to explain why young people are listening to such angry music.
1994: Hootie & the Blowfish start their first US tour in South Bend, Indianaas the opening act for Big Head Todd and the Monsters.
1994: Mercyful Fate released their 4th studio album, ‘Time.’ The track ‘The Mad Arab’ is about H. P. Lovecraft’s character Abdul Alhazred, the author of the fictional forbidden tome of occult lore The Necronomicon.
1996: Nirvana is recognized by the record industry for selling nine million copies of ‘Nevermind’ and five million copies of ‘In Utero.’
1996: The first Ozzfest is held as a two-day festival in Phoenix, Arizona, and Devore, California.
1997: Johnny Cash reaches over to pick up a dropped guitar pick at a concert in Flint, MI and falls over on stage. Apologizing, he reveals to the audience that he is in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.
1998: R.E.M. plays an exclusive concert for BBC Radio 1 at the Radio Theater at Broadcasting House in London for an audience primarily consisting of fan club members and contest winners. 2000: Tesla, 3 Doors Down & Oleander played the 98 Rock JamboWeen at Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA.
2001: 13 law firms were still involved in claims to Grateful Dead’s guitarist Jerry Garcia’s $10m estate six years after his death. Former wives & girlfriends continued to fight on how to distribute his estate and annual royalties of $4.6m.
2003: Johnny Cash’s step-daughter, Rosey Nix Adams and her fiddle player Jimmy Campbell were found dead on their tour bus in Clarksville, Tennessee from Carbon monoxide poisoning. Heaters that had been left on were blamed for the accident.
2003: Neil Young’s 17th annual Bridge School Benefit concert was held in Mountain View, CA. Among the artists who appeared for this benefit were Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews Band and Incubus.
2003: At an Aerosmith/Kiss concert in Las Vegas, Steven Tyler’s daughter Mia married Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner. They would later divorce in 2005.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne and his wife/manager, Sharon host a MTV reality series, ‘Battle for Ozzfest.’ Not hard to figure out the format: Eight up-and-coming bands compete for a chance to perform at next year`s Ozzfest.
2004: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s ‘No Quarter: Unledded’ DVD premieres in 44 Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters on the same day it’s released. The DVD, documents a ’94 tour as they perform reworked, acoustic-based versions of several Zeppelin songs.
2004: Breaking Benjamin announce they have reached an agreement with former drummer Jeremy Hummel, who sued disputing his firing and sought payment for songs he helped write. Hummel, one of the band’s founding members, had asked for time off to be with his wife and newborn first child.
2004: Linkin Park win the Alternative Rock Song of the Year (for ‘Numb’) and Rock Artist of the Year trophies at the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. Green Day performs.
2004: John Peel died in Cuzco, Peru of a heart attack at aged 65. He was BBC’s longest-serving radio DJ and the first DJ to introduce the Ramones, The Smiths, Rod Stewart, Blur, the Sex Pistols, T Rex and others to the masses. He founded Dandelion Records in 1969, and was also known for his ‘Peel Sessions’, releases of live radio sessions. Peel was appointed an OBE in 1998.
2005: Luke Caraccioli leaves Adema. He replaced Mark Chavez (the half-brother of KoRn’s Jonathan Davis) and is replaced by Bobby Reeves.
2005: Songs by Papa Roach, Mudvayne, Sevendust and ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Buckethead appear on the ‘Saw II’ soundtrack. The 15-track CD also contains remixes of songs by Queens Of The Stone Age and Marilyn Manson.
2005: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler tapes a Santana video in Boston. How did this happen? Originally, Puddle Of Mudd vocalist Wes Scantlin sang ‘Just Feel Better’ for Santana’s “All That I Am” album but the guitarist opted for Tyler’s version. “Both singers were incredible, but Steven took it to a supernatural level,” Santana states.
2005: Aerosmith released their 5th live album, ‘Rockin’ the Joint.’ It was recorded in 2002 at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
2006: Europe released their 7th studio album, ‘Secret Society.’
2006: Ronnie James Dio announced that he would be re-joining his former Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward as Heaven and Hell for a 2007 world tour. Vinny Appice would later replace Bill Ward on drums.
2006: Forbes.com reported their 6th annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. The top money maker was Kurt Cobain, followed by Elvis Presley. John Lennon was number four, Ray Charles was number eight, Johnny Cash was 10th, George Harrison was 12th and Bob Marley was 13th. To land on the list, a star needed to make at least $7 million in the past twelve months.
2007: Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes divorce from actress Kate Hudson is finalized in L.A. Robinson and Hudson were married on New Year’s Eve in 2000 and had one son, Ryder. The pair separated in 2006.
2007: Bon Jovi play the first of 10 shows to open the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
2007: Steven Tyler, Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd pay tribute to Country legend Hank Williams Jr. on a ‘CMT Giants’ special taped in L.A. The show airs the following month.
2007: Governor Jon Corzine announces that Bruce Springsteen is one the 15 inaugural members of the New Jersey Fall of Fame. No kidding, there really is such a thing though there is no actual ‘Hall’. The Boss, Frank Sinatra and actress Meryl Streep are in the Arts & Entertainment category. The formal induction happens the following year.
2008: Neil Young’s annual two-day Bridge School Benefit concert kicks off in Mountain View, CA, featuring Death Cab For Cutie and Smashing Pumpkins.
2008: AC/DC perform a final world tour dress rehearsal for 3,000 contest winners and invited guests at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
2008: Smashing Pumpkins play a Best Buy store in L.A. to celebrate the launch of ‘Guitar Hero: World Tour’ (which goes on sale at midnight). Pumpkins single ‘G.L.O.W.’ gets its initial release as part of a game songpack. Also, Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan appears as a World Tour character.
2009: As part of U2’s 360 Tour, the group broadcasts their concert at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl stadium on YouTube. “The band has wanted to do something like this for a long time,” says U2 manager Paul McGuinness in a statement. “As we’re filming the LA show, it’s the perfect opportunity to extend the party beyond the stadium. Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 – this time U2 can go to them, globally.” Over 100,000 attend the sold out concert (a record for the venue) with an estimated 2.5 million viewing the webcast – the concert eventually draws over 10 million views.
2010: Midnight Oil’s ‘Diesel And Dust’ and AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ are #1 and #2, respectively, in The 100 Best Australian Albums, a book listing the best Aussie LPs of the last 50 years.
2010: Bryan Ferry’s ‘Olympia’ album is released.. In addition to Ferry, it’s the first LP to feature guitarist Phil Manzanera, saxophonist Andy Mackey and Brian Eno since Roxy Music’s 1973 set ‘For Your Pleasure.’
2010: Monster Magnet released their 8th studio album, ‘Mastermind.’
2011: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith falls in a shower during a stay in a Paraguay hotel, knocking out two teeth. A local dentist repairs the famous mouth, and Tyler performs the next day.
2011: KISS guitarist Paul Stanley undergoes surgery to correct “recurring vocal cord issues.”
2011: Metallica perform for the first time in the United Arab Emirates as part of the Yas Islands Weekends.
2011: Michael Jackson topped Forbes Magazine’s list of the top-earning deceased celebrities with $170 million in earnings over the past year. Elvis Presley placed 2nds with $55 million. John Lennon tied for 5th with $12 million and George Harrison tied for 13th with $6 million.
2012: The Rolling Stones play their first show in five years at a Paris club. The warm-up for planned concerts at larger venues later in the year opens with ‘Route 66’ and closes with ‘Brown Sugar.’
2012: Meat Loaf endorses Mitt Romney for President – the singer’s first political endorsement. But at a Romney rally in Defiance, OH Meat Loaf butchers ‘America The Beautiful’ causing Romney to physically put some distance between himself and the ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ performer. The candidate does give Meat Loaf a hug at the end of the song, if only in relief that it’s finally over.
2013: Sepultura released the album ‘The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart.’ It was the band’s first album to feature drummer Eloy Casagrande.
2013: Andy Powell’s ownership of the Wishbone Ash name is upheld in court. Powell, a founding member, registered the name in 2000. Co-founder Martin Turner wanted the registration declared invalid, arguing that Wishbone Ash was his “life’s work” and he’d “never willingly left” the band. Turner left twice, in 1987 and 1995, to pursue other interests .
2013: The City of Lowell, MA has Sammy Hagar Day in appreciation of a $5,000 gift from the Hagar Family Foundation to the local Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Hagar’s donations to local food banks are a regular occurrence on this tour.
2013: Fleetwood Mac called off 14 tour dates in Australia and New Zealand so that bassist John McVie could undergo cancer treatment. 2013: Joe Satriani & Living Colour played Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA.
2014: Neil Young’s 28th Annual Bridge School Benefit concerts kick off at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. The two-day event features Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Florence + The Machine and a reunited Temple Of The Dog.
2014: Jack Bruce passes away at age 1971 from liver disease. He played bass, sang and was the principal songwriter in Cream, as well as being an integral part of the British blues boom, with stints in Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc, the Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann.
2014: Slipknot perform for the first time with bassist Alessandro “Vman” Venturella and drummer Jay Weinberg on Knotfest’s second night. The pair replace the late Paul Gray and Joey Jordison, respectively.
2014: Liam Gallagher announces that his post-Oasis band Beady Eye has disbanded after five years and two albums. In addition to Gallagher, Beady Eye consisted of fellow Oasis vets, Andy Bell (guitar), Gem Archer (guitar) and Chris Sharrock (drums).
2015: Drummer Charlie Benante, recovering from carpal tunnel surgery and undergoing physical therapy, sits out Anthrax’s European tour dates with Slayer. He’s temporarily replaced by Jon Dette.
2016: Bob Dylan contacted the Swedish Academy in Stockholm and told secretary Sara Danius that he would be happy to accept his recent Nobel Prize for Literature. “The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless,” Dylan told Danius. “I appreciate the honor so much.”
2017: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Fats Domino died at his home in Louisiana at the age of 89.
2017: Rosanne Cash and Roy Orbison are inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame.

October 26
1958: Bill Haley and his Comets play the first rock ‘n’ roll concert at the Berlin Sportpalast in Germany in front of over 7,000 fans who nearly turned the show into a riot.
1961: Bob Dylan signs with Columbia Records, his first recording contract.
1962: Then known as the Rollin’ Stones and consisting of Keith Richard, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman recorded their first demo tape at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London. They recorded three songs, Jimmy Reed’s ‘Close Together’, Bo Diddley’s ‘You Cant Judge A Book By The Cover’ and Muddy Waters’ ‘Soon Forgotten.’
1963: Bob Dylan played a sell out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1964: On the last day of recording their 4th album, ‘Beatles For Sale,’ the Beatles are visited by rockabilly legend Carl Perkins, an early idol of theirs. The group decides then and there to cover Perkins’ ‘Honey Don’t.’ At one point, Ringo calls the Sun records artist “Mr. Perkins,” to which he replies, “Son, I wish you’d just call me Carl. Mr. Perkins is my daddy.”
1964: The Beach Boys ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’ b/w ‘The Warmth Of The Sun’ 45 single is released. The single peaked at #8 in the US and #24 in the UK.
1965: The Beatles receive Members of the British Empire (MBE) medals from Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony staged at Buckingham Palace. It is the first such honor ever given to a rock band, causing many former recipients, including many distinguished military personnel, to return their medals in disgust, to which John Lennon responded “Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war, for killing people.” He continued: “We received ours for entertaining other people. I’d say we deserve ours more.” According to John, the group is so nervous beforehand that it gets high on marijuana in a palace bathroom. during the ceremony, when Her Majesty asks the group how long it’s been together, Ringo replies “forty years.” When asked how he enjoyed meeting Queen Elizabeth II, John said “She’s much nicer than she is in the photos.” Later, a press conference is held at the Saville Theatre.
1967: Pink Floyd arrived at Studio 2, EMI Studios, on Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood, London for two days of recording on the album ‘A Saucerful of Secrets,’ and the single ‘Apples And Oranges’ / ‘Paintbox.’
1968: Pink Floyd played two shows. The early show took place at Union Hall at Imperial College, in the Kensington section of London. The late show was held at the Middle Earth club, in the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London.
1968: Having been fired from WOR-FM, Legendary DJ Murray The K moves across town in New York, becoming one of the WMCA-AM “Good Guys.”
1968: The two day San Francisco Pop Festival was held at Alameda County Fairgrounds. The Animals, Procol Harum, Iron Butterfly, Jose Feliciano, Deep Purple, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Canned Heat all appeared.
1969: The classical music reviewer for The New York Times, Clive Barnes, discusses The Who and rock operas in an article. Barnes, who attended one of the Fillmore East shows, says the band played their music too loud but, nevertheless, dubs ‘Tommy’ “an enormous success,” and predicts that a new kind of opera could arise from it. That night The Who play one last venue before vacation at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh. The James Gang is the supporting act. Tickets range from $4 – 6.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts.
1970: A wake was held at the Lion’s Share in San Anselmo, California to celebrate the life of Janis Joplin. The singer who died of an accidental drugs overdose had left $2,500 in her will to throw a wake party in the event of her demise. The party was attended by her sister Laura and Joplin’s close friends. Brownies laced with hashish were unknowingly passed around amongst the guests. Joplin was cremated in the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary in Los Angeles; her ashes were scattered from a plane into the Pacific Ocean and along Stinson Beach.
1970: Alta Mae Anderson, mother of Meredith Hunter, The Rolling Stones fan who was killed at the Stones’ Altamont show by Hells Angel Alan Passaro, sues the band for hiring the biker club as security. Hunter, who was holding a gun and according to his girlfriend “enraged, irrational and so high he could barely walk,” tried to breech the stage twice, before he was stabbed six times. Passaro was later acquitted on grounds of self defense.
1970: Santana’s ‘Black Magic Woman’ b/w ‘Hope You’re Feeling Better’ 45 single is released. Written by Peter Green, it first appeared as a Fleetwood Mac single in various countries in 1968, subsequently appearing on the 1969 Fleetwood Mac compilation albums ‘English Rose’ (US) and ‘The Pious Bird of Good Omen’ (UK). In 1970, it became a classic hit by Santana, as sung by Gregg Rolie, reaching #4 in the U.S. and Canadian charts, after appearing on their ‘Abraxas’ album, becoming more closely associated with Santana than Fleetwood Mac.
1970: Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ b/w ‘Take Me To The Pilot’ 45 single is released. The song was released in the United States in October 1970 as the B-side to ‘Take Me to the Pilot.’ Both received airplay, but ‘Your Song’ was preferred by disc jockeys and replaced ‘Take Me to the Pilot’ as the A-side, eventually making the top ten on both the UK and US charts. In 1998, ‘Your Song’ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2004 the song was placed at #137 on Rolling Stone ‘​s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1970: James Taylor’s ‘Carolina In My Mind’ b/w ‘Something’s Wrong’ 45 single is released. It first appeared on his self titled 1968 debut album. Taylor wrote it while overseas recording for The Beatles’ label Apple Records, and the song’s themes reflect his homesickness at the time. Released as a single, the song earned critical praise but not commercial success. It was re-recorded for Taylor’s 1976 Greatest Hits album in the version that is most familiar to listeners. It has been a staple of Taylor’s concert performances over the decades of his career. It was reissued by Apple as a single in October 1970 and rose to #67 on the US charts.
1971: Jethro Tull and Freedom performed at the International Amphitheater in Chicago, Illinois.
1972: The Grateful Dead perform at the Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1972: Dr. Hook And The Medicine Show’s ‘The Cover Of Rolling Stone’ b/w ‘Queen Of The Silver Dollar’ 45 single is released. It peaked at #6 on the U.S. pop chart and was the band’s 3rd single. The band was on the March 29, 1973 cover of Rolling Stone; however, they did so in caricature, rather than in a photograph, and with the caption, “What’s-Their-Names Make the Cover.”
1973: The Who release their 6th studio album, ‘Quadrophenia’ in the UK (November 1973 in the US). It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and UK Albums chart. In 2000 Q magazine placed ‘Quadrophenia’ at #56 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2003, the album was ranked #266 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1973: Queen played at Imperial College in London.
1973: Paul McCartney & Wings ‘Helen Wheels’ b/w ‘Country Dreamer’ 45 single is released in the UK (Released November 4, 1973 in the US). The song was named after Paul and Linda McCartney’s Land Rover, which they nicknamed “Hell on Wheels”. The song was released as a single prior to ‘Band on the Run’ and therefore was not included on the original British release of the album. However, it was included on the original American release and also the 25th anniversary version. The song was also included on ‘Wingspan.’ The song peaked at #10 in the US and at #12 on the UK charts.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1974: Bad Company tops the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with ‘Can’t Get Enough.’ It will prove to be their biggest North American hit, although they will place eight more songs in the US Top 40.
1975: Elton John concludes his West of the Rockies U.S. Tour at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, dressed in a sequined Dodger outfit. He’s the first performer to play the venue since The Beatles in 1966. During his set he performs ‘I Saw her Standing There’ and ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.’
1975: Eric Clapton appears at the Sumpan Kaikan in Shizuoka, Japan.
1977: Hawkwind plays at the Palais des Sportes in Paris.
1978: Yes appears at the Empire Pool in London.
1978: The Police play their first U.S. show at Boston’s Rat Club.
1979: Pat Benatar releases her debut album, ‘In the Heat of the Night.’ It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and features two Billboard Hot 100 hits – ‘Heartbreaker’ (#23) and ‘We Live For Love’ (#27)
1979: AC/DC kick off the European leg of their ‘Highway to Hell Tour’ at The Mayfair in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Def Leppard open. The two groups were scheduled to appear the night before, but an afternoon fire caused the postponement of the show.
1979: The Pretenders begin a series of Monday night shows at London’s Marquee Club to promote their single ‘Brass In Pocket.’
1980: Paul Kantner of Jefferson Starship suffers what is thought to be a stroke while recording the band’s latest album but is later revealed to be a brain embolism. He recovers after a two week hospital stay.
1981: Iron Maiden performed their first concert with Bruce Dickinson at the Palasport of Bologna in Italy.
1981: The J. Geils Band release their 12th album, ‘Freeze-Frame’ album. It’s the band’s only #1 album and their biggest seller. The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top Album’s chart in February 1982, and remained at the top for four weeks. The album featured the hit singles ‘Centerfold’ (#1 US; #3 UK) and ‘Freeze Frame’ (#4 US), ‘Angel in Blue’ also reached the US Top 40.
1981: Queen and David Bowie release the ‘Under Pressure’ single. The song would later peak at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, but went on to be used in commercials, movies, television shows & be sampled by Vanilla Ice on his hit ‘Ice Ice Baby’ where Queen and Bowie didn’t initially receive credit or royalties. 1983: Great White & Armored Saint played The Palace in Hollywood, CA.
1984: 19-year-old John D. McCollum killed himself with a .22 caliber handgun after spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. One year later, McCollum’s parents took court action against Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song ‘Suicide Solution’ from the album Blizzard of Ozz contributed to their son’s death. The case was eventually thrown out of court.
1989: Jeff Beck & Stevie Ray Vaughan kicked off their co-headlining tour dubbed ‘The Fire and The Fury Tour’ at the Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis.
1989: At the end of a Who show at Wembley Arena in London, Roger Daltrey’s voice gives out toward the end and he is forced to leave the stage. Pete wraps it up singing ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again.’
1991: Ozzy Osbourne breaks his foot onstage after doing one of his famous “frog leaps” during a concert at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. After three more shows, infection sets in causing him to postpone the ‘Theater of Madness’ tour.
1991: 49-year-old Jim Reese, guitarist for The Bobby Fuller Four on their hit ‘I Fought The Law,’ suffered a fatal heart attack after playing a round of golf.
1992: Julie Fogerty, wife of husband John Fogerty of CCR, gives birth to the couple’s first son (and Fogerty’s fourth total), Tyler Jackson.
1992: Kreator released the album ‘Renewal.’ It was their last album to feature original bassist Rob Fioretti.
1992: Guns N’ Roses releases their single, ‘Yesterdays’ in the UK
1992: Pearl Jam sets a first week sales record by selling 950,000 copies of the ‘Vs.’ album. It’s a record later broken by Garth Brooks and the Backstreet Boys. 1992: The Black Crowes & The Jayhawks played the U.C. Davis Rec Hall in Davis, CA.
1994: MTV broadcasts the Eagles reunion concert. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmitt, played for an invited audience at Warner Burbank Studios the previous April.
1994: Wilbert Harrison of Canned Heat dies after suffering a stroke at age 65.In 2001, his 1959 chart-topper ‘Kansas City’ was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and has also been named as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.
1998: US Federal courts refuse to issue an injunction against makers of mp3 players, one which the RIAA has been pushing for in light of rampant piracy.
1998: Marilyn Manson kicks off his ‘Mechanical Animals’ tour with a show in Kansas City.
1998: Fats Domino is awarded the National Medal of Arts from US President Bill Clinton.
1999: Dream Theater released their 5th studio album, ‘Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory.’ In 2012, the album was voted as the number one all-time progressive rock album in a poll conducted by Rolling Stone.
1999: Hoyt Axton died peacefully at his ranch at the age of 61. He is most often remembered for writing Three Dog Night’s ‘Joy To The World’ and ‘Never Been To Spain’ as well as Ringo Starr’s ‘The No No Song’ and The Kingston Trio’s ‘Greenback Dollar.’ His mother, Mae Buran Axton, wrote Elvis Presley’s ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’
2000: The tree from U2’s song ‘One Tree Hill’ is taken down. Located in Auckland, New Zealand, the tree had been attacked by activists and had to be removed.
2001: Courtney Love plays her first-ever solo show at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, CA.
2003: Mia Tyler marries Papa Roach drummer David Buckner onstage in Las Vegas during an Aerosmith concert.
2004: A benefit album for Burmese humanitarian, Aung San Suu Kyi, with tracks from Pearl Jam, U2, R.E.M.and Tom Morello’s Nightwatchman, is out. ‘For The Lady: Dedicated To Freeing Aung San Suu Kyi and the Courageous People of Burma’ honors the pro-democracy leader and ’91 Nobel Peace Prize winner who has long been imprisoned by her homeland’s repressive government.
2004: Influential BBC DJ John Peel dies at age 65. His program, The John Peel Sessions, helped launch several bands.
2004: Apple launched the U2 Special Edition iPod as part of a partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group. The new U2 iPod held up to 5,000 songs and featured a red Click Wheel and custom engraving of U2 band member signatures. The iPod was being introduced as the band released their new album ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.’
2004: U.D.O. released their 9th studio album, ‘Thunderball.’
2004: GWAR released the album ‘War Party.’
2004: Elvis Presley came top of a list of the highest-earning dead celebrities. Forbes.com listed the Top 5 dead music earners; 1. Elvis Presley $40 million, 2. John Lennon $21m, 3. George Harrison $7m, 4. Bob Marley $7m and at 5. George and Ira Gershwin $6m.
2006: The Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada named the ‘2112’ album by Rush a MasterWork in Canadian sound recording at a ceremony at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. This honor ensured that 2112 would be preserved for future generations.
2006: Chris Cornell narrowly avoids disaster when the motorcycle he is riding is rear-ended by a truck in Los Angeles. According to a witness, Cornell was thrown 20 feet but suffered only cuts and bruises. The bike was destroyed.
2006: The “definitive” AC/DC biography, ‘AC/DC Maximum Rock & Roll’ by Murray Engleheart and Arnaud Durieux, is in Australian bookstores. With more than 100 rare photos, the book is the result of 75 exclusive interviews with band members and associates, as well as extensive research.
2006: Pearl Jam singer and California native, Eddie Vedder, appears with surfing legend Laird Hamilton on the season premiere of ‘Iconoclasts’ on the Sundance Channel. The six part program which is co-executive-produced by Robert Redford, “features two leading innovators from different fields” discussing their creative interests.
2006: A private bidder shells out $15 million for the rights to some of Jimi Hendrix’s best-known songs. The auction is organized by the estate of late Hendrix manager Michael Jeffrey. The Hendrix family contests the validity of the auction. In a prepared statement they say, “the assertion that the catalog is the property of (Jeffery’s estate) has never been upheld by any court.”
2006: ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’, a Broadway musical based on Bob Dylan’s songs, opens. Prior to Broadway, the show ran for two months in San Diego.
2006: Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor quits the band for the second and final time. The band releases a statement saying, “The four of us have dissolved our partnership and will be continuing as Duran Duran without Andy, as we have reached a point in our relationship with him where there is an unworkable gulf between us and we can no longer effectively function together.”
2007: The three-day Voodoo Music Experience begins in New Orleans. Rage Against The Machine and the Smashing Pumpkins are the headliners. Fall Out Boy, Coheed & Cambria, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Kings Of Leon also perform.
2007: Acting on the advice of director David Lynch, folk-pop icon and former student of the Maharishi, Donovan, begins drawing up plans for The Invincible Donovan University, a college for studying transcendental meditation.
2007: 1,730 guitarists played the immortal Bob Dylan classic, ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’ in a bid to break a record in the state of Meghalaya, North East India. The guitarists hoped their achievement would earn them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The current Guinness World Record was held by a guitar-ensemble from Kansas City in the US when 1,683 guitarists, played Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’.
2007: Exodus released their 8th studio album, ‘The Atrocity Exhibition… Exhibit A.’
2008: The Smashing Pumpkins team up with singer Josh Groban to perform the band’s 1993 ballad ‘Disarm’ during the Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, CA.
2008: Songs by Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Sublime, System Of A Down, Metallica, Jane’s Addiction, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins and Van Halen are on ‘Guitar Hero: World Tour’ for the Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 2 and 3 systems.
2008: B.B. King is honored at the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz in L.A. King receives the organization’s Founders Award.
2008: AC/DC went to #1 on the UK album chart with ‘Black Ice,’ the Australian bands 15th studio album which went on to become a #1 hit in 29 different countries and the second-best selling album of 2008.
2009: Wolfmother release ‘Cosmic Egg,’ the group’s second album but first with the revised line-up of Aidan Nemeth (guitar) Ian Peres (bass/keyboards) and Dave Atkis (drums) – in addition to frontman Andrew Stockdale. “I did a yoga class and one of the poses we were doing was called ‘cosmic egg’, and I thought yeah, that’s it,” said Stockwell. “It’s like the fetal pose.”
2010: Results of Ozzy Osbourne’s genome sequencing are revealed. The study shows that Ozzy has a very high predisposition for alcohol and cocaine addiction, and that he was partly descended from Neanderthals.
2010: Keith Richards releases his autobiography, which is called ‘Life.’
2010: ‘Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles on Broadway’ opens. The show turns a profit in a mere seven weeks.
2010: Michael Jackson, or rather his estate, earned $275 million in the past year to head Forbes magazine’s annual list of top-earning dead celebrities. Elvis Presley is #2 with $60 million. John Lennon lands at #5 with $17 million.
2010: The addition of songs from ‘Are You Experienced?,’ the Jimi Hendrix Experience album, pushes Rock Band 3’s music catalogue to over 2,000 songs. “The success of our song downloads has afforded us the opportunity to approach Rock Band as an interactive music platform and reshape the way gamers think of expansion content,” says MTV Games chief Paul DeGooyer.
2011: Ozzy Osbourne announces he’s gone vegan meaning no foods derived from animals. “I’m not saying I’m gonna do it forever. I might go back, when my wife learns to cook. So that’ll be never!”
2011: The Black Keys release ‘Lonely Boy,’ the first single from their 7th album, ‘El Camino.’
2011: Alice Cooper urges governments to legalize hard drugs but believes that booze and tobacco should be outlawed. “You know, looking at statistics, I think drugs should be legal and alcohol and cigarettes should be illegal,” Cooper tells OK Magazine. “They kill more than drugs do.” Cooper, who battled alcohol-addiction during the ’70s, quit in ’83.
2011: Aerosmith were forced to delay a concert in South America after Steven Tyler fell in his hotel bathroom. The singer suffered cuts to his face and lost two of his teeth ahead of a concert in Asuncion, Paraguay. He was said to have received stitches and had emergency dental work, forcing the gig to be postponed by 24 hours.
2012: Billy Idol plays a birthday party for longtime fan Michael Henrichsen. The 26-year-old spent over two years getting Idol to perform at his birthday/fundraiser in Seattle. Henrichsen even gets a birthday present from Idol. It’s this little pendant that says ‘Rebel Yell’ on it.” The event raises $13,000 for the American Red Cross and Northwest Harvest food bank.
2012: Two Rolling Stones concerts in Newark sell out in one minute. The 12/13 and 12/15 shows are part of the group’s 50th anniversary celebrations. One fan who fails to get tickets tweets, “Trying to figure out who are the bigger crooks – Ticketmaster or the band.” Scalpers sell tickets to sold-out shows at a huge mark-up. A spokesperson for Ticketmaster insists that the brisk sellout was driven by simple demand.
2012: Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies’ side project, Bento, release their debut effort ‘Diamond Days.’
2013: The 27th Annual Bridge School Benefit show, features Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. It’s CSNY’s first major show since their Freedom Of Speech tour in 2006. The two-day acoustic series, which benefits the Bridge School, is held in Mountain View, CA.
2014: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis sings the National Anthem prior to the fifth game of the World Series in San Francisco. He badly botches the lyrics and later apologizes.
2014: Superjoint Ritual perform as Superjoint, for legal reasons, at a “100% one-off” reunion show during the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. The group disbanded in ’04, after releasing two albums, due to a disagreements between frontman Phil Anselmo and drummer Joe Fazzio.
2014: R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe observes the twentieth anniversary of his coming out with an article in the Guardian. The singer writes in the U.K. newspaper that he was happy to have found the strength to tell the world he was gay.
2014: Sting’s musical ‘The Last Ship’ premieres on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre (previews began a month earlier – 9/29). Celebrities including Billy Joel, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Debbie Harry and Liam Neeson are in attendance. The show closes in just three months, but garners Sting two Tony nominations for Best Score and Best Orchestrations.
2015: U2 are joined in London by Noel Gallagher (Oasis) during their encore. “We’d like to bring out one of my heroes, one of the band’s heroes,” says Bono introducing Gallagher. They perform U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ and The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love.’
2016: The draft of a letter that John Lennon sent to Queen Elizabeth to return his MBE (Member of the British Empire) that he received as a member of the Beatles, was revealed at a Fab Four exhibition in Liverpool. It has been speculated that because the handwriting on the letter became smudged, Lennon eventually sent a more pristine copy to Her Majesty. The anonymous owner of the letter discovered it within the sleeve of a used record they bought for 10 Pounds. A memorabilia expert put the value of the letter at roughly $72,000.
2016: ‘Oasis Supersonic,’ a documentary chronicling the band’s career (and Noel and Liam Gallagher’s legendary battles), is in theaters for one-day only. “Oasis’ greatest strength was me and Liam,” Noel states. “It’s also what drove the band into the ground in the end.” 2017: The Sex Pistols publish ‘1977: The Bollocks Diaries,’ as part of the 40th anniversary of the release of their only studio album, ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols.’ The book is “the official, inside story of the whirlwind year of 1977.”
2018: Fifth Angel release their album ‘The Third Secret.’ It’s the band’s first album in almost 30 years.

October 27
1956: A front page article in Billboard magazine says that the US Army will give Elvis Presley a GI haircut, much to the dismay of his fans.
1956: Elvis Presley attains his third straight #1 hit on The Cashbox Best Sellers Chart when ‘Love Me Tender’ reaches the top. The King had led the list since the middle of August with ‘Hound Dog,’ which was replaced by ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ a month later.
1957: Police in Oakland, CA tell Elvis Presley that he is not allowed to swivel his hips onstage at the Oakland Auditorium. Elvis responds by sarcastically wiggling only his little finger while singing.
1957: The Crickets started a three-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘That’ll Be The Day.’ It was also a #3 hit in the US where it went on to sell over a million. The song was inspired by a trip to the movies by Holly, Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film ‘The Searchers’ was playing and Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “that’ll be the day” inspired the young musicians.
1960: Tina Turner gives birth to Ronald Renelle Turner, her second child, while touring in Los Angeles. Husband Ike is not present at the birth.
1962: The Rolling Stones,with the original lineup of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, and Tony Chapman cut their first demos at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London, recording covers of Muddy Waters’ ‘Soon Forgotten,’ Jimmy Reed’s ‘Close Together,’ and Bo Diddley’s ‘You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover.’ Future drummer Charlie Watts has for now decided to stick with his job in advertising.
1964: Sonny (31-year-old Salvatore Bono) and Cher (18-year-old Cherilyn Sarkisian), exchange vows and wedding rings in their first home. Their publicity materials cite this as the day of their wedding, but the duo would not officially marry until 1969.
1967: Keith Altham reports in New Musical Express on a chaotic meeting at a recording studio attended by The Who and manager Kit Lambert. Pete Townshend describes The Who’s singles prior to ‘I Can See For Miles’ as “too flimsy, too poignant, too prissy.”
1967: The James Gang played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, MI.
1967: Ten Years After’s self-titled debut album is released in the UK. Decca Records only pressed one thousand copies of the LP and they sent them all to the label’s Manchester branch, making it unavailable in the rest of England for weeks.
1969: Muddy Waters is severely injured in a car crash in Champaign, IL that leaves three other passengers dead. Waters will remain absent from music for about a year, and will rarely stand up on stage again.
1969: The Beatles album ‘Abbey Road’ is certified gold.
1969: Ringo Starr begins recording his album ‘Sentimental Journey.’ Following the completion of ‘Abbey Road,’ he becomes the first Beatle to formally embark on a solo album.
1969: Muddy Waters was seriously injured in a car crash in Champagne, Illinois. Three people were killed in the accident.
1969: Johnny Winter released his 3rd studio album, ‘Second Winter.’ It reached #55 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and was the last of Winter’s albums to feature his original backing band: drummer Uncle John Turner, bassist Tommy Shannon, and brother Edgar on keyboards and saxes.
1970: Black Sabbath kicked off their first tour of North America at Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey. Throughout this tour they would share bills with the likes of Alice Cooper, The James Gang, Three Dog Night, Jethro Tull, The Small Faces, Badfinger, and Mungo Jerry.
1971: Pink Floyd played at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago as part of their North American tour.
1972: The Moody Blues appeared at the St. Louis Arena in St. Louis, MO.
1972: David Bowie performed at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. 1972: Tower Of Power, NRPS & The Doobie Brothers played the Sacramento Civic Center in Sacramento, CA. 1972: Elton John with special guests Family played the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
1973: Aerosmith opens for headliners Mott The Hoople at Boston’s Orpheum Theater.
1974: KISS performed at the Agora Ballroom in Youngstown, OH.
1975: Bruce Springsteen finds himself the first rocker to make the covers of both Time and Newsweek in the same week.
1975: Paul McCartney & Wings’ ‘Venus And Mars’/’Rockshow’ b/w ‘Magneto And Titanium Man’ 45 single is released. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, but failed to chart on the UK singles chart.
1975: Angel released their self-titled debut album.
1976: Frank Zappa played at Music Hall in Boston.
1977: Roy Estrada, an original member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention and a founding member of Little Feat, is convicted of sexual assault on a child. He is convicted again in 1994 for another act of sexual assault and serves six years in prison. In January 2012, he pleads guilty to a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child and is sentenced to 25 years in prison with no chance for parole. He is not eligible to be released until he is 93.
1977: AC/DC appeared at Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1977: Sex Pistols only studio album, ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols’ is released in the UK (November 10, 1977 in the US). It reached #1 on the UK Albums Chart, and reached #106 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. In 2003, Rolling Stone rated it #41 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1978: Bob Dylan appeared at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 1978: Jethro Tull & Uriah Heep played Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, OH.
1978: Slade released their 2nd live album, ‘Slade Alive, Vol. 2.’
1979: Elton John collapses during his show atollywood’s Universal Amphitheatre and is hospitalized for “exhaustion.”
1979: Iron Maiden lands on the front cover of the U.K.’s Sounds magazine. The article claims the band and others are the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
1979: Motorhead released their 3rd studio album, ‘Bomber.’ The album was named after a Len Deighton novel. The album peaked at #12 on the UK Official Charts.
1980: Motorhead released their 7th single, ‘Ace of Spades.’ The B-side was the song ‘Dirty Love.’ The song spent 13 weeks on the UK Official Charts, and originally peaked at #15 upon its initial release.
1980: Iron Maiden released their 3rd single, ‘Women in Uniform.’ It was their last recorded work to feature guitarist Dennis Stratton. The single reached #35 on the UK Official Charts.
1980: Hawkwind released their 10th studio album, ‘Levitation.’
1980: John Lennon’s killer purchases the .38 revolver (a five-shot Charter Arms “Off Duty” special) with which he will eventually kill his idol.
1980: Steve Took (born Stephen Ross Porter) dies from asphyxiation after inhaling a cocktail cherry. He was 31. Took had been a founding member of Tyrannosaurus Rex (later T. Rex) with Marc Bolan. Took was nicknamed “The Phantom Spiker” for allegedly adding LSD to drinks at parties. This in part led to his split with Bolan. Prior to his death, Took had injected morphine and eaten hallucinogenic mushrooms which contributed to his death. 1980: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played the first of two nights at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.
1982: Van Halen performed at The Centrum in Worcester, MA. 1982: The Who, Loverboy & John Cougar played Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, CA.
1982: Prince releases his 5th studio album, ‘1999.’ It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and features four singles that reached the Billboard charts – ‘1999’ (#12 Hot 100, #4 R&B), ‘Little Red Corvette’ (#6 Hot 100, #15 R&B), ‘Delirious’ (#8 Hot 100, #18 R&B), and ‘Let’s Pretend We’re Married’ (#52 Hot 100, #55 R&B). In 2003, the album was ranked #163 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1984: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne become the proud parents of a daughter, Kelly. Kelly will later launch her own singing and hosting career off the success of the reality TV show ‘The Osbournes’.
1984: During a US tour, The Grateful Dead allocated a specific recording area for fans to bootleg the show; tonight’s gig was in Berkeley, CA.
1984: Van Halen released their 20th single, ‘Hot For Teacher.’ It was the final single released by Van Halen’s original lineup. It peaked at #56 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. 1984: Billy Squier with special guests Ratt played the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, FL.
1985: Celtic Frost released their 2nd studio album, ‘To Mega Therion.’ The album was a major influence on the then-developing death metal and black metal genres.
1986: XTC released their 8th studio album, ‘Skylarking.’ Produced by Todd Rundgren, it reached #70 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #90 on the UK Albums chart.
1988: U2’s documentary ‘Rattle And Hum’ has its world premiere in Dublin. The film captures the band on the road across America during their 1987 tour supporting ‘The Joshua Tree.’
1988: Def Leppard performed their final concert in support of ‘Hysteria’ at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA. This concert was also their final concert with original guitarist Steve Clark who died in 1991. L.A. Guns open the show. 1988: Robert Plant & Joan Jett and The Blackhearts played The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI.
1989: U2 bass player Adam Clayton was convicted of a drink driving offence by a Dublin court after being found driving twice over the legal limit. He was fined £500 and banned from driving for 1 year.
1990: Paul Simon started a two-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Rhythm Of The Saints,’ his 3rd UK chart topping solo album.
1990: Slaughter peaks at #19 on the singles chart with ‘Fly to the Angels’.
1990: AC/DC peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘The Razors Edge,’ which contained ‘Thunderstruck’ & ‘Moneytalks’ and went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.
1992: Bo Diddley files a lawsuit against his deceased manager Martin Otelsberg for allegedly using $75,000 of his earnings for unauthorized personal expenses. Diddley wins the lawsuit in June of 1994.
1992: Neil Young releases his 12th studio album, ‘Harvest Moon.’ It is considered by many to be the sequel to his album, ‘Harvest,’ released twenty years earlier. It sells over 2 million copies in the U.S.
1992: AC/DC released their 2nd live album, ‘AC/DC Live.’
1993: The TV show ‘South of Sunset,’ starring Glenn Frey of the Eagles, premieres on CBS. The pilot episode receives such low ratings that it is the only episode that is ever aired.
1996: Bruce Springsteen performs at an L.A. rally to defeat efforts to repeal California’s Affirmative Action.
1998: Dream Theater released their 2nd live album, ‘Once in a LIVEtime.’
1999: KoRn debuts their new single on the season premiere of South Park. Korn members Jonathan Davis, James “Munky” Shaffer, Brian “Head” Welch, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, and David Silveria lend their likenesses and voices – as well as the song ‘Falling Away From Me’ – to the episode.
2002: Tom Dowd, who as an engineer and producer worked on classic albums for Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ray Charles, dies of emphysema at age 77.
2003: Sting published the first volume of his autobiography titled ‘Broken Music: A Memoir’ which chronicled his childhood in Newcastle up to his early days in The Police.
2003: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers receive the Legend award at the 2003 Radio Music Awards, despite Petty’s album ‘The Last DJ’ slamming the current state of the radio. Stevie Nicks is the presenter.
2003: Stone Temple Pilot singer Scott Weiland is arrested on his birthday in Hollywood, California, after he hits a parked van with his BMW and tries to flee from the scene but is caught fifteen blocks away. He is charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and released on $15,000 bail. Ironically, just a week prior, a judge had given Weiland a positive progress report on staying clean after his no-contest plea on two felony counts stemming from a May arrest on suspicion of drug possession.
2004: Rod Stewart tops the U.S. album charts for the first time in 25 years with ‘Stardust: The Great American Songbook Volume III.’
2004: Marilyn Manson kicks off his ‘Against All Gods’ tour in Las Vegas.
2004: Forbes Magazine reports that Elvis Presley’s estate has annual earnings of $40 million to claim the #1 spot on their Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. John Lennon comes in 4th (after Peanuts creator Charles Shultz and Lord Of The Rings author JRR Tolkein) at $21 million. The more recently deceased ex-Beatle, George Harrison, tops out a $7 million annually.
2004: Damageplan launch their Devastation Across the Nation North American tour in Atlanta. Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell says, “We are going to blow the roof off.” However, it is on this tour that Dimebag is shot and killed (12/8/04) in Columbus, OH.
2006: The A&E concert special ‘Paul McCartney: The Space Within US’ premieres. Performance and backstage footage documents his 2005 US Tour.
2006: Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’ program.
2006: Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth premieres her film Perfect Partner at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
2006: The Rolling Stones extended ‘A Bigger Bang’ tour hits a snag when the Atlantic, NJ, stop is cancelled because Mick Jagger is suffering from a sore throat. His aliment causes a few more show cancellations but concerns about Jagger’s health doesn’t stop two New Yorkers, Rosalee and Martin Druyan, from filing a $51 million class-action lawsuit demanding compensation for all the fans who were inconvenienced by the last-minute postponement.
2007: Keith Richards marched with campaigners protesting against possible Sussex hospital cuts. The Stones guitarist joined 15,000 people for the walk through Chichester to oppose plans which could see St Richard’s Hospital downgraded. A spokeswoman for the guitarist said: “Keith is a long-standing member of the West Wittering community and is pleased to lend his support to local efforts to save St Richard’s Hospital.”
2007: Metallica perform the first of two acoustic sets at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, CA. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and Jack Irons (formerly of Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers) appear. The second show is the following day. The Bridge School is a nonprofit learning facility for physically or verbally impaired children.
2007: ‘Guitar Hero III’ launch events in L.A. and N.Y.C feature appearances by Slash (L.A.) and Joe Perry (N.Y.C).
2008: The Beastie Boys support Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama with a ‘Get Out and Vote Tour.’ The tour starts in Charlotte, SC.
2008: ‘Cobain Unseen’ is in bookstores. Written by Charles C. Cross, the author of the ’01 Kurt Cobain bio ‘Heavier Than Heaven,’ ‘Cobain Unseen’ has photos of the late Nirvana frontman and unpublished journal pages. A CD accompanying the volume features rare spoken-word recordings.
2008: Beatles merchandise is sold at specially designed mini-stores in U.S.-based Virgin Megastores. The Beatles Boutiques have CDs, DVDs, accessories, books and apparel.
2008: Elvis Presley is #1 on the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities List for the second year in a row with a take of $52 million, mostly generated from the 30th anniversary of his death and various licensing deals. John Lennon is ranked 7th.
2009: U2’s ‘84 release “The Unforgettable Fire’ gets a 25th anniversary reissue with b-sides, alternate takes and a new song – ‘Disappearing Act.’ The song was originally recorded during the ’83 sessions but set aside. The band did additional work on the tune for inclusion on the album.
2009: ‘Abbey Road’ is released for download to ‘The Beatles: Rock Band’ video game. It’s the first Beatles album available for downloadable purchase in the game’s music store. The album is also available for Xbox360 and PlayStation 3.
2009: Eric Clapton pulled out of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York City after he underwent an operation to remove gallstones. His place at the Madison Square Garden gig was taken by Jeff Beck.
2009: Weezer release their 7th album, ‘Raditude.’
2009: Metallica releases ‘Tap Tap Revenge,’ an iPhone application, where users play along with selected Metallica songs by tapping their iPhone in time to the beats. ‘Enter Sandman’ and ‘Master Of Puppets’ are among the 10 tracks featured.
2009: Sting releases ‘If On A Winter’s Night… ,’ a collection of traditional British songs and new renditions of the Police frontman’s own tunes. “The theme of winter is rich in inspiration and material,” he says.
2010: Kings Of Leon’s ‘Come Around Sundown’ is #1 on Billboard’s Rock and Alternative Albums charts (#2 on the Billboard 200). The band’s 5th full-length album also debuts at #1 in Australia, Canada, Belgium, and the U.K.
2010: Kid Rock lashes out at Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler for his decision to join the judges panel on American Idol. “It’s the stupidest thing he’s ever done in his life,” says Rock. “[Steven] is a sacred American institution of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and he just threw it all out the window. And if [Steven made the decision] himself, he needs some serious counseling. I love him to death, but I gotta speak the truth.” Tyler responds, “he’s just jealous, he’s just jealous.” A few days later, Godsmack frontman Sully Erna calls Tyler’s move brilliant. “ I think he’s gonna be the male Paula Abdul, ’cause he’s a little bit dingy, you know what I mean?! He’s probably all pilled up.” Tyler joins Randy Jackson and fellow newbie Jennifer Lopez on the Idol panel.
2011: Beavis and Butt-Head returns to MTV.
2011: Liam Gallagher’s Carnaby Street clothing store Pretty Green hosts an exhibition inspired by the Who album ‘Quadrophenia.’ It features a specially made parka for the event along with Pete Townshend’s notes, desk diaries, photos and original lyric sheets related to the album.
2012: Joe Bonamassa and Lemmy Kilmister are among those who perform during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to Chuck Berry titled ‘Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry.’
2012: Rolling Stones memorabilia once owned by the band’s rhythm guitarist, Ronnie Wood, is up for auction at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. The items were awarded to Jo Wood as part of the couple’s divorce settlement. “Some items, Ronnie’s a little upset about selling,” says Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions. A ’55 Fender Stratocaster guitar that Wood played onstage sells for $60,800 and a lithograph that Wood drew of guitarist Eric Clapton, signed by both, goes for $5,120. A portion of the proceeds benefit the musicians’ charity MusiCares.
2012: Chuck Berry told a gathering at Cleveland’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame that he wanted to make a comeback by releasing six new songs that he wrote sixteen years ago. “They might be old, but they are the same type of music that I have been playing,” said Berry. “And as soon as I can get someone to guide me – and I do know a little about the business – I want to push them out.”
2013: Lou Reed dies at the age of 71. Reed was the frontman for Velvet Underground and a successful and influential solo artist for decades. During his first year in college, Reed had a mental breakdown, after which his parents consented to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for his depression. Andy Warhol was Reed’s mentor and a lifelong friend. The Velvet Underground & Nico became one of the most influential rock albums of all time. In 2008, Reed married multi-media and performance artist Laurie Anderson. In 1996, the Velvet Underground were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Reed inducted as a solo artist in 2015.
2013: Fleetwood Mac cancels the remaining dates of their world tour after co-founder John McVie is diagnosed with cancer.
2014: The Who’s 50th anniversary compilation, ‘The Who Hits 50!’ is released with the group’s first new song in eight years. ‘Be Lucky,’ has The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as well as touring members Zak Starkey and Pino Palladino.
2014: Sting‘s musical, ‘The Last Ship,’ opens on Broadway. Celebrities including Billy Joel, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Debbie Harry and Liam Neeson are in attendance. The show closes in just three months, but garners Sting two Tony nominations for Best Score and Best Orchestrations.
2014: Live release ‘The Turn,’ their first album in eight years and first with singer Chris Shinn, who replaced Ed Kowalczyk in 2012.
2014: ‘With A Little Help From My Friends,’ the Flaming Lips’ tribute album of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ is out. The Lips get help from Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, MGMT, Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis and Grace Potter.
2014: The Who’s 50th anniversary compilation, ‘The Who Hits 50!’ is released with the group’s first new song in eight years. ‘Be Lucky,’ has The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as well as touring members Zak Starkey and Pino Palladino.
2015: KoRn officially unfurl a career-spanning limited edition photo album ‘Korn: Est. 1994.’ The 300-page hard cover book “includes images from two decades paired with notes, stories and commentary from band members.”
2015: ‘Learning To Fly,’ a Foo Fighters biography written by Mick Wall, is released.
2016: American news media began reporting that the heirs of Mississippi Blues musician, Bo Carter, had launched a five million dollar lawsuit against Warner Music Group Corp and Eric Clapton for wrongfully crediting Huddie Ledbetter for writing a song called ‘Alberta.’ The suit alleges that Clapton’s recording was actually a cover of Carter’s ‘Corrine, Corrina,’ which was first licensed in 1929.
2016: Art Of Anarchy, featuring Creed singer Scott Stapp, Disturbed bassist John Moyer and ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, make its live debut at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC.
2017: Disturbed’s version of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound Of Silence’ is featured in a NASA video that was filmed aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 53.
2017: Linkin Park play a special show in honor of its late bandmate Chester Bennington. The Hollywood Bowl celebration marks the first time the band performs on stage together since Bennington’s suicide the previous July.

October 28
1948: In St. Louis, Missouri, Chuck Berry marries his first and only wife, Themetta “Toddy” Suggs.
1956: Elvis Presley makes a second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. He performs ‘Don’t Be Cruel,’ ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Love Me Tender.’ Sullivan also host presents Elvis with a gold record for ‘Love Me Tender.’
1957: After a show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, local police tell Elvis Presley that he was not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage. The next night, the Los Angeles Vice Squad filmed his entire concert to study his performance.
1958: Buddy Holly & The Crickets make their last national TV appearance, lip-synching ‘It’s So Easy’ and and ‘Heartbeat’ on American Bandstand.
1961: According to the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, this is the day on which a customer named Raymond Jones entered Epstein’s Liverpool record store, NEMS, and requested a copy of the Beatles singing ‘My Bonnie’ (a 45 the group had cut in Hamburg, Germany with singer Tony Sheridan). Epstein, impressed that someone would ask for a record cut by a local group but only available as an import, tracks the band down at the Cavern Club and offers to manage them. Several Liverpool scenesters have since cast doubt on this story, claiming the group was already well-known in town.
1961: Ground is broken for the construction of New York City’s Shea Stadium.
1962: The Beatles played at the Empire in Liverpool, their first gig at Liverpool’s top theatre. Eight acts were on the bill including Little Richard, Craig Douglas, Jet Harris and Kenny Lynch & Sounds Incorporated.
1962: At the Pandora’s Box coffee shop in Los Angeles, Brian Wilson meets his first wife, Marilyn Rovell, making an impression when he spills her hot chocolate. They are married from 1964 to 1979.
1964: The Who, still using their former name, The High Numbers performed at Town Hall in Greenwich, England.
1964: The two-day TAMI (Teen Age Music International) Show begins at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA. On the bill are the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean and Marvin Gaye. The best footage from each of the two concert dates was edited into a 123-minute film, which was released on December 29, 1964. Jan and Dean also emceed the event and performed its theme song, ‘Here They Come (From All Over the World).’
1965: The first mono mix of The Beatles’’“We Can Work It Out’ was made for a television show, ‘The Music of Lennon and McCartney.’ However, when the band heard the mix the next day, they decided to overdub more vocals.
1966: The Kinks 4th album, ‘Face to Face’ is released in the UK (December 7, 1966 in the US). It reached #8 on the UK Melody Maker chart, and reached #135 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1967: Pink Floyd played at Dunelm House at Durham University in Durham, England.
1967: The Who make their last appearance on BBC radio’s Saturday Club. They follow it by beginning a package tour of the U.K. with supporting acts Traffic, The Herd, The Marmalade and The Tremeloes. The Who play twelve songs during their first set at City Hall in Sheffield but, after the first show runs long, The Who’s second set is cut short when the stage manager orders them offstage after three songs. Pete Townshend goes ballistic, smashing two speakers and The Herd’s lighting gear. Roger Daltrey tries to stop him and they begin to scuffle. When the stage manager tries to break it up, Pete grabs him by the throat and drags him offstage where he continues smashing things backstage.
1967: Simon and Garfunkel performed at Assembly Hall at The University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois.
1968: Neil Young appeared solo at the Bitter End in New York City.
1968: Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from her husband John.
1969: Chicago’s ‘Beginnings’ b/w ‘Poem 58’ 45 single is released. 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.
1969: Yes played at Theatre 140 in Brussles, Belgium.
1970: Hawkwind performred at Barnet College in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe.)
1970: The Who performed at Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria.
1971: Black Sabbath headlined at Community War Memorial Auditorium in Rochester, New York.
1971: In New York, John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded the Vietnam War protest song ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over).’ The children singing in the background were from the Harlem Community Choir. Lennon and Ono wrote the lyrics. 1971: Traffic played the first of two nights at Winterland Arena in San Francisco, CA.
1971: J. Geils Band’s ‘Looking For A Love’ b/w ‘Whammer Jammer’ 45 single is released. Written by J. W. Alexander and Zelda Samuels and was the debut hit of the family group The Valentinos, which featured Bobby Womack. The song was a hit for the Valentinos, climbing to #8 on the R&B chart and crossing over to #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962, released on Sam Cooke’s SAR label. The J. Geils Band cover/single reached #39 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was released on the album, ‘The Morning After.’
1972: The Who’s recent anthem ‘Join Together’ is adopted as the official song of the United States Council For World Affairs.
1972: Led Zeppelin play the first of two nights at the Pavillion in Montreux, Switzerland. Melody Maker writes about the gigs, “They will reshape your values about what is genuine and what isn’t. They just have to be the best heavy band this country has produced.”
1973: King Crimson played at Town Hall in Birmingham, England.
1974: Three Dog Night performed at the Boston Garden.
1974: David Bowie played the first of seven sold-out nights on his Diamond Dogs Tour at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1975: Rush performed at Randy’s Rodeo in San Antonio, Texas.
1976: Aerosmith appeared at Eberthalle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
1976: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Hasten Down The Wind’ album is a certified platinum.
1977: Kansas played at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1977: Neil Young’s triple album compilation, ‘Decade’ is released. It contains 35 of Young’s songs recorded between 1966 and 1976, among them five tracks that had been unreleased up to that point. It reached #43 on the Billboard Top 200 LP’s chart.
1977: Queen release their 6th studio album, ‘News of the World.’ It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1978: Queen played the first night on their 79-date ‘Jazz’ tour at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
1978: ‘KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park,’ was shown on NBC-TV in the U.S. The four rock stars had to deal with a mad scientist who went crazy in an amusement park. All four members of Kiss had just released their individual solo albums. The acting was so bad that allegedly, for years after it aired, no one who worked for the group was permitted to mention the film in their presence. It since has become a cult favorite.
1978: ‘Hot Child In The City’ by Nick Gilder goes to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100..
1978: Billy Joel’s ‘My Life’ b/w ’52nd Street’ 45 single is released. It reached #2 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart. Early the next year it peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1978: Alice Cooper made a guest appearance on ‘The Muppet Show’ where he performed ‘Welcome to my Nightmare,’ ‘You and Me’ & ‘School’s Out.’
1978: Bob Dylan played at Southern Illinois University Stadium in Carbondale, Illinois.
1980: Dire Straits appeared at the Roxy in Los Angeles.
1981: ZZ Top played at The Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
1982: The Jam calls it a day. Bandleader Paul Weller forms the Style Council with Mick Talbot shortly thereafter. 1982: Motley Crue played the El Dorado Saloon in Carmichael, CA.
1983: Vandenberg release their 2nd studio album, ‘Heading for a Storm.’
1983: Blue Oyster Cult played Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 1983: Steeler, Hellion & Odin played Chuck Landis’ Country Club in Reseda, CA.
1985: ZZ Top release their 9th studio album, ‘Afterburner.’
1985: Bob Dylan’s five-LP ‘Biograph,’ the first major commercially successful box set, is released by Columbia.
1985: The Grateful Dead played at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia.
1989: Lou Gramm releases his single, ‘Just Between You And Me,’ from his ‘Long Hard Look’ album. It would later peak at #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1989: Aerosmith’s ‘Love In An Elevator’ peaks at #5 on the Billboard singles chart. It was the band’s 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1989: Motley Crue peaked at # 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Dr. Feelgood,’ which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1989: Don Henley made his first appearance on Saturday Night Live performing ‘The Last Worthless Evening’ and ‘The Boys of Summer.’
1991: Metallica released their 9th single, ‘The Unforgiven.’
1996: ‘The Beatles Anthology 3’ is released and debuts at #1 on the U.S. album chart. It was the group’s third double album in a row to reach #1 on the US charts.
1997: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announces he is leaving the group after 17 years. Berry now works on his hay farm near Athens, GA.
1997: Judas Priest release their 13th studio album ‘Jugulator.’ It would be the band’s first album with vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens. ‘Bullet Train’ was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1998.
1997: KISS released their 17th studio album, ‘Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions.’
2001: The Beastie Boys play their first show in more than two-and-a-half years at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, at the first of two New Yorkers Against Violence benefits, which the rap trio organized.
2001: The various artists album ‘God Bless America’ went to #1 on the US chart, featuring tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Bill Withers, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.
2003: ‘Tonight’s The Night,’ a musical play written around the hits of Rod Stewart, opens in London’s West End.
2003: David Bowie and his wife, the supermodel Iman are the new spokesmodels for Tommy Hilfiger. Bowie says: “I very much admire Tommy’s ability to weave so many influences into his work. Iman and I are thrilled to be working with him.”
2003: ‘In Time: The Best of R.E.M.’ is released. The set contains their hits plus two new songs, ‘Bad Day’ and ‘Animal,’ and an acoustic version of ‘Pop Song ’89.’
2003: At a Pearl Jam concert in Santa Barbara, CA, Chris Cornell joined them onstage for an impromptu reunion of the supergroup Temple of the Dog for renditions of ‘Hunger Strike’ and’“Reach Down.’
2004: Courtney Love was ordered to stand trial on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon after Kristin King told a Los Angeles court Ms Love threw a bottle and a lit candle at her after turning up at the home of a former boyfriend in the early hours. Ms. King told the court Ms. Love was “vicious” and “erratic” when she allegedly attacked her while she slept on a sofa on April 25. She said Ms. Love then sat on her, pulled her hair and pinched her left breast in the “worst pinch I ever had”, before managing to flee.
2004: Everclear hit the road to support their ‘Ten Years Gone: The Best of Everclear 1994-2004’ CD. The run begins in Johnson City, TN. Ticket holders receive a free CD titled ‘Closure’ that features previously unreleased tracks.
2004: KoRn frontman Jonathan Davis introduces South Park’s Halloween episode titled ‘Korn`s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery.’ In the episode KoRn help the South Park kids scare off fifth-grade bullies.
2004: Bruce Springsteen performs at John Kerry campaign rallies in Madison, WI, and Columbus, OH.
2004: Rod Stewart’s ‘Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Vol. 3’ hits #1 on the Billboard 200, marking the first time the singer reached the top of the albums chart since 1979’s ‘Blondes Have More Fun.’
2004: Everclear hit the road to support their ‘Ten Years Gone: The Best of Everclear 1994-2004’ collection. The trek begins in Johnson City, TN. Ticket holders receive a free CD titled ‘Closure,’ featuring previously unreleased tracks.
2007: The Black Crowes play at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans. An injured Rich Robinson plays guitar while seated after hobbling onstage on crutches.
2007: The first-ever exhibition of Bob Dylan’s artwork opens at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz museum in Chemnitz, Germany. On display are more than 200 Dylan watercolor and gouache adaptations of photolithographs from his 1994 book, ‘Drawn Blank.’
2008: The Queen + Paul Rodgers collaborative album, ‘The Cosmos Rocks,’ with the lead single, ‘C-Lebrity,’ is released. Rodgers, Brian May and Roger Taylor co-wrote and co-produced the collection, while playing all the instruments on the 14-track disc. The album is dedicated to late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
2008: The soundtrack to the James Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’ is released. Raconteurs/White Stripes’ Jack White and R&B singer Alicia Keys perform the theme song ‘Another Way To Die.’ White also wrote and produced the track. The movie opens 11 days later.
2008: Booker T. & the MGs, Bob Dylan collaborator (including keyboards on ‘Like A Rolling Stone’) Al Kooper and Buddy Holly’s backing band, the Crickets are among the inductees at the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum Awards Show in Nashville. During the ceremony Keith Richards performs with the Crickets.
2008: A statue honouring AC/DC’s Bon Scott was unveiled at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour in Western Australia. Although born in Scotland, Scott grew up in Fremantle after his family emigrated to Australia in 1952 and he is buried in Fremantle cemetery.
2009: U2’s 360* world tour concludes in Vancouver, B.C. It began four-months earlier in Barcelona, Spain, with U.S. leg kicking off with a September show in Chicago.
2010: Slash and Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) release the video for their duet ‘Beautiful Dangerous.’ Fergie appears as an obsessive Slash fan who wears nothing more than panties and a revealing leopard-print top. The song is from Slash’s self-titled debut solo album.
2010: Disturbed premiere ‘The Asylum Interactive Experience.’ The game, based on the group’s 2010 release ‘Asylum,’ contains exclusive songs.
2010: Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton are featured on the Little Black Songbook application for iPhone and iPad, which means they have their own apps featuring lyrics and guitar chords for their biggest songs.
2011: Soundgarden headline the Voodoo Fest in New Orleans. It’s the group’s first show in the Big Easy since 1996.
2011: Alice Cooper appears at the London’s BFI Southbank stage for a discussion of his favorite horror films and how the genre complemented his career.
2011: The organizers of a planned Metallica concert in India were arrested after the show was called off, leading fans of the band to destroy the stage and vandalize equipment. Metallica had been booked to play in Delhi on Friday, but they postponed the show after a security barrier in front of the stage collapsed. The four promoters of the gig, were arrested on fraud charges after they refused to refund tickets. Around 25,000 people had purchased tickets to see what would have been Metallica’s first-ever concert in India.
2014: ‘The Lyrics: Since 1962’ contains every Bob Dylan lyric ever written. With over 900 pages the hardcover book retails for $200, with signed copies going for as much as $5,000.
2014: Mick Fleetwood’s memoir, ‘Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography’ is released.
2014: The Allman Brothers Band play their last show together at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Four hours of music, three sets and an encore of ‘Whipping Post.’
2014: Police in Manchester England, said “an Oasis fan” could’ve been responsible for breaking into an art gallery to steal a picture of the band after a window was smashed at MASA-UK in Greater Manchester. The black-and-white painting by Olga Tsarevska Loma was inscribed with ‘otz2013′.
2014: Riot released the album’“Unleash The Fire.’ It was Riot’s first album not featuring long-time guitarist Mark Reale.
2015: Brooks Wackerman announces his departure from Bad Religion, a band he’d been with since 2001, explaining in a statement that it was time for him “to pursue another path.” The drummer joins Avenged Sevenfold less than a week later.
2015: The Cult play their first show with bass player Grant Fitzpatrick at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, TX.
2016: Elvis Presley broke the record for the most #1 albums by a solo artist. The late singer’s new album ‘The Wonder Of You’ beat competition from Lady Gaga and Michael Buble to become his 13th album to top the chart. Before now, Elvis and Madonna were tied record holders with 12 #1 albums each to their names.
2016: Avenged Sevenfold release ‘The Stage.’ It’s the group’s first album to feature drummer Brooks Wackerman, who replaced Arin Ilejay.
2016: Testament released the album ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake.’ The album peaked at #20 on the Billboard chart.
2016: The Pretty Reckless’ ‘Take Me Down’ is the group’s fourth mainstream single to hit #1 on Billboard’s Rock chart (‘Heaven Knows,’ ‘Messed Up World’ and ‘Follow Me Down’ all from ‘14’s ‘Going To Hell’ album, were the first three). The group now has the most #1 singles by a female-fronted Rock act.
2016: It’s Paisley Park Day in Chanhassen, MN. Mayor Denny Laufenburger makes the declaration just moments after signing the rezoning papers that allow Prince’s Paisley Park complex, the late musician’s headquarters, to officially become a museum.
2016: ‘Gimme Danger,’ a Stooges documentary, opens in New York.
2017: A Perfect Circle, KoRn, and Anthrax perform at the Knotfest Mexico festival. But for the first time, there is no Slipknot show at the event they founded. The band is on hiatus. However, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor’s other band, Stone Sour, does play.

October 29
1958: While still stationed in Germany with the US Army, Private First Class Elvis Presley takes in a Bill Haley show for the troops at Stuttgart.
1962: The Beatles made their second appearance on the Granada TV program ‘People and Places.’ Filmed in Manchester, they performed two songs, ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘A Taste of Honey’.
1963: The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones all appeared at The Goumont Theatre in St Albans, England.
1965: The Rolling Stones kicked off their fourth 37-date North American tour at the Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1965: The Who released the single ‘My Generation’ in the UK. The song was named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll. It reached #2 in the UK, the Who’s highest charting single in their home country but only #74 in America.
1966: The Rolling Stones peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?’ which was their 9th top 10 single in the U.S.
1966: ? & the Mysterians went to #1 on the US singles chart with ’96 Tears’. Although he closely guarded his true identity at the time, the man known as Question Mark turned out to be Rudy Martinez, from Saginaw Valley, Michigan. The song was later a UK hit in the UK for The Stranglers in 1990.
1967: Cream played two shows at the Saville Theatre in London, England, billed as ‘Sundays At The Saville.’
1969: New York underground newspaper Rat becomes the first publication to compile the various rumored “clues” to the “Paul Is Dead” phenomenon.
1969: King Crimson appear at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.
1970: The Who perform at the Hammersmith Palais in London.
1971: Duane Allman was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Georgia street while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer and was thrown from the motorcycle. The motorcycle bounced into the air, landed on Allman and skidded another 90 feet with Allman pinned underneath. He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.
1972: Yes played at the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse, New York.
1973: King Crimson performed at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
1973: The Who’s album ‘Quadrophenia’ is certified gold.
1973: John Lennon’s ‘Mind Games’ b/w ‘Meat City’ 45 single is released. It peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #26 on the British singles chart. It was the lead single for the album of the same name in the US, but released the same day as the album in the UK.
1973: Grand Funk’s ‘Walk Like A Man’ b/w ‘The Railroad’ 45 single is released. It reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1974: David Bowie’s first official live album, ‘David Live’ is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #2 on the UK charts. ‘Knock on Wood’ was released as a single, reaching #10 in the UK.
1975: Joan Baez joins Bob Dylan as a member of his Rolling Thunder Revue.
1975: Bob Dylan’s ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ play their first night at Memorial Auditorium in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
1976: AC/DC performs at Town Hall in Birmingham, England.
1977: The Belgian travel service issued a summons against the Sex Pistols claiming the sleeve to the bands single ‘Holidays In The Sun’ infringed copyright of one of its brochures.
1977: ‘Bat Out of Hell’ by Meat Loaf entered the Billboard 200 album chart, going on to spend 82 weeks on the chart peaking at #14 and going on to sell 14 million copies in the U.S. alone.
1977: The Grateful Dead played at Evans Field house on the campus of Northern Illinois University.
1978: Aerosmith appears at Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas.
1978: Rush release their 6th studio album ‘Hemispheres.’ The album is ambitious even by Rush standards, and the work put into recording it nearly gives the band members nervous breakdowns. It reached #47 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1979: Eric Clapton appeared at Binyaney Ha’ooma in Jerusalem, Israel.
1980: ZZ Top played at the Pine Bluff Convention Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
1981: Rush release their 2nd live album ‘Exit…Stage Left.’ Parts were recorded at the Montreal Forum on March 27, 1981.
1981: Black Sabbath performed at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. 1982: The Who, The Clash & T-Bone Burnett played the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
1982: Donald Fagen released his first solo album, ‘The Nightfly.’ It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP’s (#11) and Top R&B Albums (#24) charts.
1983: Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ becomes the longest charting LP of all time, with its 491st week on U.S. top 200. It dethroned Johnny Mathis’ ‘Greatest Hits’ (April 1958-July 1968). It remains on the chart until 1988, when it drops off with 724 weeks. Thanks to reissues and promotions, it returns from time to time, notching over 880 weeks on the chart in total. 1983: The Police, The Fixx & The Animals played Rock Super Bowl XIX at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
1984: Deep Purple release their 11th studio album, ‘Perfect Strangers.’ It reached #17 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart during its 28 weeks on the chart, and #5 on the UK Albums chart. ‘Perfect Strangers’ was the first Deep Purple studio album in nine years, and the first with the Mk II lineup for eleven years, the last being ‘Who Do We Think We Are’ in 1973. Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover arrived from Rainbow, Ian Gillan from Black Sabbath, Jon Lord from Whitesnake, and Ian Paice from Gary Moore’s backing band.
1984: Wells Kelly dies in London from asphyxiation after a night of partying. He was 35. Kelly was the drummer turned keyboardist from the band Orleans, and had been touring with Meat Loaf. On his last night alive, he had been drinking with Huey Lewis.
1985: Rush release their 11th studio album, ‘Power Windows.’ It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #9 on the UK chart.
1987: Rolling Stones guitarist and sometime painter Ron Wood gets his first public presentation, ‘Decades,’ in London, featuring mostly portraits of Wood’s famous friends over the past two decades.
1987: David Bowie played the first night of his 15 date ‘Glass Spider Tour’ in Australia and New Zealand at the Boondall Entertainment Centre in Brisbane.
1988: Dire Straits reached #1 on the U.K. Album Chart with their first compilation album ‘Money for Nothing’ which spent three weeks on top of the chart. The album would peak at #62 in the U.S. 1988: The Smithereens with special guest Paul Kelly & The Messengers played the Beacon Theatre in New York City. 1988: King Diamond & Armored Saint played Harpo’s in Detroit, MI.
1990: The inductees for the 6th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced, a list which includes Wilson Pickett, Ike and Tina Turner, The Byrds, The Impressions, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Reed, and John Lee Hooker.
1991: Memphis City Council named interstate 55 through Jackson, The B.B. King Freeway.
1991: Three members of the group Pink Floyd are injured during an auto race in Mexico when their car rolls 230 feet down an embankment near San Luis Potosi. Guitarist Steve O’Rourke breaks his leg and guitarist Dave Gilmour receives minor blows to the head. Drummer Nick Mason continues the race.
1991: Fates Warning released their 6th studio album, ‘Parallels.’ James LaBrie performs harmony vocals on the song ‘Life in Still Water.’
1992: Venom released their 8th studio album, ‘The Waste Lands.’
1996: Axl Rose announces that Slash is no longer a member of Guns N’ Roses. Slash forms Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver, while Axl keeps GnR going with a variety of new faces. Axl and Slash finally reconcile in 2016 when they embark on a tour.
1998: Singer/guitarist Brian Setzer files suit against Ken Kinnally, a former member of Setzer’s pre-Stray Cats group the Bloodless Pharaohs. Setzer alleges that, without his knowledge or consent, Kinnally licensed 1978 studio tracks and 1979 live recordings to Collectibles Records, which issued an album titled ‘Brian Setzer & the Bloodless.’
1998: Three ex-members of the San Francisco punk band Dead Kennedys sue former lead singer Jello Biafra (Eric Reed Boucher), claiming he diverted money owed to his bandmates for his own use. The action is filed by East Bay Ray (Ray Pepperell), Klaus Flouride (Geoffrey Lyall), and D.H. Peligro (Darren Henley). The suit goes to trial in April 2000. In May 2000, a jury ruled in favor of Biafra’s bandmates, ordering him to pay more than $200,000 in damages.
2000: Limp Bizkit started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Chocolate Starfish.’
2000: Pink Floyd member Steve O’Rourke breaks a leg, guitarist David Gilmour suffers facial cuts and head bumps, and drummer Nick Mason is slightly injured when their car rolls 230 feet down an embankment in the grueling Pan-American Rally that runs from southern Mexico to the Rio Grande. Mason ends up completing the race.
2001: U2 performed for the first time on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ live from New York City. They performed ‘New York’ and ‘Stuck in a Moment.’ Bono was also interviewed by Letterman.
2002: Whitesnake release ‘Here I Go Again: The Whitesnake Collection.’
2003: A study by the Nielsen ratings people finds that a full third the sales of ‘Beatles 1’ were to new fans between the ages of 19 and 24, skewing the fan base even younger than it had been previously.
2003: Joan Jett appeared on ‘Crossing Over with John Edward’ to serve as a psychic conduit for friends to hear from their daughter who recently passed away. 2004: The Smithereens, Glenn Tillbrook & The Fluffers, Marshall Crenshaw, Graham Parker and Southern Culture On The Skids played ‘The Big Halloween Concert’ at Irving Plaza in New York City.
2004: At a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, George W. Bush unveils his new theme song in his presidential re-election campaign: ‘Still The One’ by Orleans. The song’s co-writer, John Hall, is watching on CNN and is mortified, as he actively opposes Bush’s policies. Along with his band members and the song’s co-writer (his ex-wife, Johanna), Hall demands that Bush stop using the song.
2005: The wax figures of the younger Beatles used in the cover of the band’s ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album are auctioned off for 81,500 pounds in London after being discovered languishing in the backroom of Madame Tussauds’ famous wax museum.
2006: Billboard executive Tom Noonan, who helped launch the Billboard Hot 100 during his 30-year tenure, dies of bladder cancer at age 78.
2006: In London, U2 is presented Q magazine’s Award Of Awards and guitarist Edge is recognized for Innovation In Sound. Also, Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne is honored with the Icon Award. “I’m glad you’re all having a guilty pleasure listening to my songs,” quips the singer/producer. “It was even more of a guilty pleasure for me, cos I wrote them!”
2006: The Rolling Stones entertain Bill and Hillary Clinton at New York’s Beacon Theater belatedly celebrating the former president’s 60th birthday. “I’d like to welcome President Clinton… and I see she’s brought her husband,” jokes Mick Jagger in reference to Hillary’s rumored presidential run. Director Martin Scorsese films the performance.
2007: The Sundance Channel premieres Runnin’ Down A Dream: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, director Peter Bogdanovich’s four-hour documentary about the group. With rare footage and interviews, there are also appearances by Stevie Nicks, Jeff Lynne, Jackson Browne and the late George Harrison.
2007: Police nab 40 accused petty criminals in a sting operation that involves Ozzy Osbourne. Without Ozzy’s prior knowledge, police invite people with outstanding warrants to a fake pre-show party that promises free tickets to Ozzy’s Fargo, ND, concert. “It’s insulting to me and to my audience,” says Osbourne. “It shows how lazy this particular sheriff is when it comes to doing his job.”
2007: Queen release the ‘Queen Rock Montreal’ CD/LP/DVD/Blu-Ray. It was originally recorded at the Montreal Forum in 1981.
2007: Tygers Of Pan Tang release their EP, ‘Back & Beyond. Live For The Day.’
2008: AC/DC’s ‘Black Ice’ sells 780,000 copies in its first week of release to top the Billboard 200 chart. The disc, exclusively available at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and ACDC.com, is only the band’s second album to reach #1 in the U.S. ’82’s ‘For Those About To Rock We Salute You’ was the first.
2009: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a series of concerts take place at Madison Square Garden, featuring inductees like Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Mick Jagger and Aretha Franklin.
2010: ‘The Big Four: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria’ DVD with Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax was released. The event took place on June 22, 2010 at the Sonisphere Festival at Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria. Before its DVD release, it was shown at 450 movie theaters in the United States and over 350 movie theaters across Europe, Canada, and Latin America on June 22, 2010.
2010: John Lennon wins the Royal Mint’s public vote and is honored with his own “Great Briton” limited edition coin. “It’s entirely fitting that John Lennon has been chosen by the public in what would have been his 70th year,” says Dave Knight, director of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint. “The massive proportion of the vote he received shows clearly just how much his untimely death still resonates with the nation.”
2012: Black Country Communion released their 3rd studio album, ‘Afterglow.’
2013: John Lennon’s first home in Liverpool was sold for £480,000 at an auction held at the Cavern Club. The red brick terrace at 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, was where the member of The Beatles lived from birth in 1940, until he was five. The property has a back yard and is a few streets away from Penny Lane, made famous by The Beatles.
2013: Megadeth co-founder and bassist David Ellefson publishes his autobiography, ‘My Life With Deth.’ “My autobiography is not the usual tale of Rock n’ Roll woe, but rather something I hope will truly inspire people,” says Ellefson. 2013: The Moody Blues played Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA.
2014: Slipknot’s ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ tops both the U.S. and Canadian album charts. It’s the group’s first album since ’08’s ‘All Hope Is Gone’ and their first since the death of founding bassist Paul Gray and the dismissal of drummer Joey Jordinson.
2014: Phil Collins handed over his large collection of Alamo memorabilia to a Texas museum. “I’m 64,” he said of his fascination with the 1836 battle. “When I was five or six years old, this thing began.” Collins’ collection included a fringed leather pouch used by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie’s legendary knife.
2016: Bob Dylan said he accepted his Nobel Prize in literature, ending a silence since being awarded the prize earlier this month. He said the honor had left him “speechless”. The foundation said it had not yet been decided if the singer would attend the awards ceremony in December.

October 30
1957: Elvis Presley’s ‘Jailhouse Rock’ Extended-play, seven-inch 45 RPM is released. The 5 track release peaked at #1 on the newly-inaugurated Billboard EP chart.
1960: Elvis Presley begins work on his Gospel album ‘His Hand In Mine’ in Nashville.
1961: Two days after Beatles fan Raymond Jones asked for The Beatles’ German single ‘My Bonnie’ (recorded with Tony Sheridan) at Brian Epstein’s NEMS record store in Liverpool, two girls asked for the same record. Epstein’s difficulty in locating the record was due to him not knowing that the record was released, not by The Beatles, but by Tony Sheridan and ‘The Beat Brothers’ (‘Beatles’ resembles a vulgar slang word in German, so The Beatles’ name was changed for this single).
1963: On the final day of their Swedish tour, The Beatles recorded an appearance for the Sverige Television program ‘Drop In’ in Stockholm. They performed ‘She Loves You’, ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, and ‘Long Tall Sally.’
1964: Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh! Pretty Woman’ goes gold.
1967: The Monkees’ ‘Daydream Believer’ b/w ‘Goin’ Down’ 45 single is released. The song was composed by John Stewart shortly before he left the Kingston Trio. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1967, remaining there for four weeks, and peaked at #5 five in the UK Singles Chart. It was the Monkees’ last #1 hit in the U.S. All four Monkees appear on the track, with Michael Nesmith on lead guitar, Peter Tork on piano (it was his only appearance on the album and he provided the arrangement ), and Micky Dolenz on backing vocals. Davy Jones wasn’t sure of the song’s potential at first, and admitted later that he’d recorded the vocal with a hint of annoyance at the ongoing takes. His feelings changed when the song became a hit.
1967: Rolling Stones leader Brian Jones, already deep in drug addiction, pleads guilty in a London court to possession of cannabis and not guilty to possession of cocaine and methedrine. He spends the night in Wormwood Scrubs prison and is released on bail the next day after being sentenced to nine months, a sentence which will eventually be suspended.
1967: Tyrannosaurus Rex recorded a session for the UK Radio 1 ‘Top Gear’ show, the first group to do so without a recording contract.
1967: The Who play City Hall in Newcastle. The quite different stereo mix of ‘Also, The Who Sell Out’ is created at De Lane Lea Studios in London. That evening Nederland 2 airs Vjoew featuring an interview with Pete conducted by John Peel. Pete plays an acetate of ‘Armenia City In The Sky,’ showing the artwork for the album and discussing the thematic advertising link.
1968: The MC5 began recording their album ‘Kick Out the Jams.’ It was recorded live at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom over two nights, Devil’s Night and Halloween in 1968. In 2003, the album was ranked #294 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1968: Pink Floyd played two shows in Paris. First at Le Bilboquet, and later at Le Psychedelic Club.
1969: Yes appeared at the Marquee Club in London.
1970: Black Sabbath play their first ever U.S. show at Glassboro State College (Esby Gymnasium) in Glassboro, New Jersey. ‬The school is now known as Rowan College of New Jersey.
1970: A Miami court sentences Doors leader Jim Morrison to six months in prison and a fine of $500 for allegedly exposing himself during a concert there in March of the previous year. The case is still on appeal when Morrison dies the following July.
1970: Davy Jones guest-stars as himself in tonight’s ‘The Teen Idol’ episode of ABC-TV’s ‘Make Room For Granddaddy.’
1970: Hotlegs (later renamed 10cc) make their concert debut at London’s Royal Festival Hall supporting The Moody Blues.
1970: Elton John’s 3rd album, ‘Tumbleweed Connection’ is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and #2 on the UK Album chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #463 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1971: John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ is the #1 album in the U.S. and U.K. Produced by Phil Spector, Lennon and Yoko Ono, the set features contributions from George Harrison and members of Badfinger. The album contained two tracks attacking Paul McCartney, ‘How Do You Sleep’ and ‘Crippled Inside.’
1971: Pink Floyd released their 6th studio album ‘Meddle’ in the US. The album features ‘One Of These Days’ and the 23-minute track ‘Echoes’ which took up all of side 2 on the vinyl record. The cover image was photographed by Bob Dowling. The image represents an ear, underwater, collecting waves of sound, represented by ripples in the water. It reached #70 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #3 on the UK Album chart.
1971: The Who’s compilation album ‘Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy’ is released. It reached #11 on the Billboard Top 200 LP’s chart, and #9 on the UK Albums chart. In 1987, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #99 on their list of the 100 best albums of the period 1967–1987. 1971: Jeff Beck played Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
1972: Elton John becomes the first rock star since the Beatles to perform for Queen Elizabeth II at her annual Royal Command Variety Performance in London.
1973: John Lennon releases his 4th studio album, ‘Mind Games’ album in the US (November 16 in the UK). The album was Lennon’s first self-produced recording without help from Phil Spector. It reached #13 in the UK and #9 in the US, where it was certified gold.
1973: Roxy Music played at De Montford Hall in Leicester, England.
1974: Queen performed at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, England.
1975: Bob Dylan’s ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ tour kicks off at War Memorial Auditorium in Plymouth, MA.
1976: Heart peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their debut album ‘Dreamboat Annie,’ which spent two weeks at #7 & went on to sell over a million copies in the U.S.
1976: Led Zeppelin announce that they will embark on another world tour. However, the tour is later postponed due to Robert Plant’s tonsillitis.
1976: Aerosmith performed at Volkshaus in Zürich, Switzerland.
1977: The Grateful Dead played at Assembly Hall on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington.
1978: Aerosmith played at The Starwood in Hollywood.
1978: Blondie released the single ‘Hanging on the Telephone’, as the 2nd single from the album ‘Parallel Lines.’ Written by Jack Lee from US West Coast power pop trio The Nerves. The song gave Blondie their first UK Top 10 hit. Def Leppard release a version in 2006.
1979: Bianca Jagger, Mick’s first wife, is granted a divorce after eight years of marriage.
1980: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Municipal Auditorium in Columbus, GA. 1980: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played the first of four nights at the Los Angeles Sports Arena (Oct. 30, 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 3).
1981: Journey played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN. 1981: Foreigner & Billy Squier played Madison Square Garden in New York City. 1982: Australian band Men At Work went to #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Who Can It Be Now” the group’s first US #1, a #45 hit in the UK.
1982: Rush peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘New World Man,’ which would go on to be Rush’s only top forty hit in the U.S. This was the last song written for their album ‘Signals.’
1983: Mercyful Fate released their debut studio album, ‘Melissa.’ Rolling Stone ranked the album #17 on their list of Top 100 Heavy Metal albums of all time.
1984: Linda Ronstadt makes her operatic debut in ‘La Boheme’ in New York.
1985: Anthrax release their 2nd studio album, ‘Spreading the Disease.’ It was the band’s first album to feature vocalist Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello. The album featured the single ‘Madhouse,’ for which a music video was produced, but it did not receive much airplay on MTV.
1985: Armored Saint released the album ‘Delirious Nomad.’
1985: Rush release their album ‘Power Windows.’
1986: The Beastie Boys release ‘License To Ill.’
1987: Tankard released the album ‘Chemical Invasion.’
1987: Sepultura released the album ‘Schizophrenia.’ It was the band’s first album with Andreas Kisser. 1987: Lizzy Borden & Racer X played the DeAnza Theatre in Riverside, CA.
1988: Metallica released their 6th single, ‘Eye of the Beholder.’
1988: Bon Jovi kicked off their 232-date ‘Jersey Syndicate’ world tour at the RDS Arena in Dublin, Ireland. The tour would end December 21, 1991 in Red Bank, NJ. After the sixteen month tour the band took a two year hiatus.
1988: Nirvana appeared at a dorm party at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.
1989: Joe Satriani releases his 3rd studio album, ‘Flying in a Blue Dream.’
1990: King Diamond released his 5th studio album, ‘The Eye.’ It was their only album to feature drummer Snowy Shaw and the last to feature guitarist Pete Blakk.
1990: Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was released on $10,000 bail, after being arrested for allegedly hitting neighbor Gabriella Kantor, over the head with a bottle of wine. Kantor said, “He hit me over my head with a really good bottle of Chardonnay and a piece of chicken. I continue to experience headaches as a result of the attack.” The incident happened after a complaint to the police about loud music coming from the singer’s house. The case was dismissed in late November due to lack of evidence.
1992: Venom released the album ‘The Waste Lands.’ It was their last album with bassist/singer Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan. 1992: U2 played Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. The Sugarcubes & Public Enemy opened the show.
1993: Meatloaf’s ‘Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell’ hits #1 in U.S.
1995: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its upcoming induction of David Bowie, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Pink Floyd, The Shirelles, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, and the Velvet Underground.
1996: Melissa Etheridge’s album ‘Yes I Am’ surpasses the 6-million mark in sales.
1997: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announced that he was leaving the band. Berry told his bandmates that he would stay in the band if they would break up as a result, so the rest of the band agreed to carry on as a three-piece which they continued to do until their split in 2011.
1998: KISS appears of the Fox network show ‘Millenium.’ They are shown both in and out of make-up.
1998: All four original members of Black Sabbath reunited momentarily to play ‘Paranoid’ on the Late Show with David Letterman.
1998: Bryan Adams shoots the video for ‘When You’re Gone’ with Spice Girl Sporty Spice who sang backing vocals on the record.
1999: It’s an early attempt at video over the web, as Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit concert is “cybercast” to a few brave souls trying to get their modems to work. The Who, Pearl Jam, and Brian Wilson perform at the show.
2000: U2’s 10th studio album, ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ is released. It garners critical acclaim and sells over 12 million copies. Tthe album contains the mega-hit ‘Beautiful Day.’
2000: Elton John files a massive $20 million lawsuit against his ex-business manager and his accounting firm. He hits them with charges of misappropriation and negligence.
2000: Helloween released their 9th studio album, ‘The Dark Ride.’ It was their last studio album to feature guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch.
2001: Lenny Kravitz releases his 6th studio album, ‘Lenny.’
2003: Paul McCartney becomes the proud parent of his first child with second wife Heather Mills, a daughter named Beatrice Milly.
2003: Stone Temple Pilots’ frontman Scott Weiland is ordered to spend six months in a live-in drug rehab program. The court ruling stems from a driving under the influence charge the day before. At the time, Weiland was on probation for heroin possession.
2003: Marilyn Manson fans at a Kansas City concert push down a barrier causing the concert to be cut short. Cops are called to deal with unruly fans.
2003: Steve O’Rourke suffered a stroke and died in Miami, Florida. O’Rourke had managed Pink Floyd since 1968, and was the executive producer for their 1982 film ‘The Wall.’
2004: An arrest warrant was issued for Motley Crue singer Vince Neil after he allegedly knocked a soundman unconscious during a concert. Neil was said to have punched Michael Talbert in the face at Gilley’s nightclub in Dallas after he asked the soundman for more volume on his guitar but attacked Talbert as he adjusted it, leaving him unconscious for 45 seconds.
2005: Aerosmith begins a North American jaunt with Lenny Kravitiz in Uncasville, CT. Drummer Joey Kramer, recovering from rotator cuff surgery, has his son Jesse fill in during part of the tour.
2005: Former Pink Floyd bassist/singer Roger Waters is interviewed on A&E’s ‘Breakfast With The Arts.’ Meanwhile, Floyd drummer Nick Mason participates in the 72nd annual London To Brighton Veteran Car Run. The vintage-automobile event commemorates a 19th century British law that raised the speed limit for motor vehicles from 4 miles per hour to 14 mph.
2006: VH1 begins a five-part countdown series called ‘100 Greatest Songs of the 80s.’ The countdown has songs by Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, the Beastie Boys, Billy Idol, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen and AC/DC. Holding the #1 spot is Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ (1986), #2 is Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ (1987) and #3 is held by Duran Duran’s ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’ (1982).
2006: Winners at the 2006 Q Awards included The Arctic Monkeys who had four nominations, the Sheffield group won the best album and the people’s choice awards, while U2 picked up the prize for innovation. Smokey Robinson was honored with his first ever UK award for his outstanding contribution to music, and Boy George won the classic song award for ‘Karma Chameleon.’ Muse won best live act, The Who received the Q legend award and Primal Scream won the Q groundbreaker award and Corinne Bailey Rae won best new act.
2007: After losing the top spot to Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain the year before, Elvis Presley once again tops Forbes Magazine’s list of highest-earning dead celebrities. John Lennon is second on the list, with fellow ex-Beatle George Harrison coming in fourth.
2007: The self-titled ‘Avenged Sevenfold,’ the follow-up to the group’s gold-certified 2005 album, ‘City Of Evil,’ is released.
2007: The Eagles ‘Long Road Out Of Eden,’ their first complete studio album since 1979 is released.
2007: The soundtrack for the film ‘I’m Not There’ is released. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder does a rendition of ‘All Along the Watchtower’ backed by members of Sonic Youth, Wilco and Television. Sonic Youth take a run at the title track.
2007: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood’s memoir, ‘Ronnie: The Autobiography,’ is published.
2007: Forbes.com reported that Elvis Presley had regained his crown as the highest-earning dead celebrity, with an annual income of $49 million during the past year. John Lennon ranked 2nd with $44 million, while Peanuts cartoon creator Charles M Schulz was 3rd on the list, Beatle George Harrison was 4th with $22 million. Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain topped the list in 2006.
2007: Linda Stein, former co-manager of punk band the Ramones, was found beaten to death at her Manhattan apartment. Mrs Stein was the ex-wife of Seymour Stein, former president of Sire Records, which was the launching pad for the Ramones, Talking Heads and Madonna. Mrs Stein had become one of New York’s leading estate agents, her clients included Sting and Billy Joel, long-time friend Sir Elton John told the New York Times he was “absolutely shocked and upset”. About a week after her death, her personal assistant was arrested and charged with her murder. She was later convicted and is serving 25 years to life in prison. She claimed she killed Stein because “she just kept yelling at me.”
2008: The makers of ‘Rock Band’ secure the rights to produce the first-ever Beatles music video game.
2008: Neil Young postpones his concert at the Forum in L.A. to show solidarity for union arena workers who are striking over a contract dispute. “I am extremely disappointed to have to choose between satisfying my fans or backing my brothers and sisters of the (union),” says Young in a statement.
2008: Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland endorses Senator Barack Obama for President in an online post. “Obama can take us from fear to faith,” writes Weiland. “I don’t see John McCain as the renegade and patriot he claims to be. Instead, I see Barack Obama as the patriot, that man, that president who is ready to lead.” Aerosmith’s Joe Perry disagrees supporting Senator John McCain. “I’ve been a hard-core Republican my whole life,” states Perry. “My mother and father drilled into me from the very start that if you work hard and be positive, you’ll get what you’re working for.” This is the first time the guitarist has publicly endorsed a presidential candidate.
2009: “We were great, but you sucked,” are Paul Stanley’s parting words to the audience during KISS’ set at the Voodoo Experience music festival in New Orleans. The band, despite the usual stage antics and fireworks, fails to excite the audience. But Jane’s Addiction captures the event’s spirit. “This is the perfect place to spend Halloween, wouldn’t you say so?” frontman Perry Farrell asks the audience. “Let’s celebrate death!” 2009: Pearl Jam concludes a four-show stand at Philadelphia’s Spectrum arena. It’s the final concert before the legendary venue is demolished.
2010: Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy (with Mavis Staples of the Staples Singers) perform at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s ‘Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear’ in Washington D.C. The Comedy Central hosts (The Daily Show and Colbert Report) hold the rally to counter extremist (usually right wing) ranting. Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) makes a rare public appearance, performing ‘Peace Train’ at the Rally and midway through the song, Colbert interrupts him and introduces Ozzy Osbourne, who starts performing ‘Crazy Train.’ Stevens and Osbourne then go back and forth on the performance.
2010: ‘Madman Across The Water: The Making of Elton’ premieres on BBC2. The documentary covers the rise of Elton John’s popularity in the U.S. during the late ’60s and early ’70s.
2012: RNDM (pronounced ‘random’) release their debut album ‘Acts.’ The group has Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, singer/guitarist Joseph Arthur and drummer Richard Stuverud.
2012: Black Country Communion (Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian) release their album, ‘Afterglow.’
2012: ‘Bruce,’ a Bruce Springsteen biography, written by Peter Ames Carlin, is in bookstores.
2013: Motorhead’s 21st album, ‘Aftershock,’ debuts at #22 on the Billboard 200 selling 11,000 copies in its first week. It’s the group’s highest charting debut.
2013: Neil Young and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at a fundraiser for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Flea started the organization to offer music lessons to children and adults.
2013: Pete Haycock dies of a heart attack in Frankfurt, Germany. He was 62. Haycock was the lead guitarist, singer and founding member of the Climax Blues Band. At the end of his career, Haycock had his own studio in Germany where he composed film scores for several movies. He was also forming a new group, Pete Haycock’s Climax Blues Band. 2014: Def Leppard played Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. Guitarist Steve Brown filled in for Vivian Campbell, as he was having treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
2015: Puscifer, fronted by Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, go for the ‘Money Shot’ on their 3rd full-length album.
2015: 45 people die and nearly two hundred are injured in Bucharest during a concert given by a local Heavy Metal band, Goodbye To Gravity. The group’s pyrotechnical show at a release party for their album, ‘Mantras Of War,’ goes awry but fans initially think the flames are part of the concert and do not immediately react. Goodbye To Gravity’s Vlad Telea and Mihai Alexandru are among the deceased. 2015: Deftones played Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA.
2016: ‘New Horizons,’ Flyleaf’s third album, drops a week after vocalist Lacey Sturm’s departure from the group. 2012 The intersection of 67th Avenue and 110th Street in New York is officially renamed The Ramones Way as a memorial to the legendary Punk band. The intersection is in front of Forest Hills High School, where the band’s original lineup met.
2016: Airbourne’s ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell,’ is an official theme song for the WWE’s ‘Hell In a Cell’ event, which airs globally.
2016: With the Cubs in the World Series for the first time since 1945 (they haven’t won since 1908), longtime fan Eddie Vedder leads the crowd in ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ during the seventh-inning stretch.
2018: The ‘Beastie Boys Book’ is out. It contains a group history, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists and reflections by guest contributors.

October 31
1952: Pianist Johnnie Johnson hired 26 year old Chuck Berry as a guitarist in his band. While playing evening gigs in the St. Louis area, Berry kept his day job as a hairdresser for the next three years.
1959: The Quarry Men decided to change their name to Johnny and the Moondogs. The band were in Liverpool auditioning for the Carrol Levis show. The Quarry Men featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison.
1960: Elvis Presley’s album ‘G.I. Blues’ enters the charts.
1962: ‘Monster Mash” hits #1 on Halloween. Still the most famous Halloween song of all time, Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s vocals were his impression of Boris Karloff, known for his role as Frankenstein’s monster.
1963: The Beatles return from a tour of Sweden to find 50,000 screaming fans waiting for them at London’s Heathrow Airport, the surest proof that Beatlemania is a national phenomenon. Waiting at the airport is American TV host Ed Sullivan, who notices the furor. “Who are those guys?” he asks a bystander, who tells him they are “England’s foremost singing group.” Having never heard them, Sullivan nevertheless immediately contacts manager Brian Epstein to book the band for three appearances on his CBS show early in 1964.
1964: For the first time since January 1964, the Beatles do not have a song currently on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. No less than 14 singles hit the charts in the previous ten months.
1964: Bob Dylan performs a Halloween concert at New York’s Philharmonic Hall. CBS is recording the show for a possible live album. Dylan shows off a new composition called ‘Advice to Geraldine on Her Miscellaneous Birthday.’
1965: The Who appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, (the bands only appearance at the club).
1967: The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones is released on 750 pounds’ bail from Wormwood Scrubs prison in London after being charged with marijuana possession. Seven fans are arrested for demonstrating outside the prison gates.
1967: The Stooges make their live debut at a Halloween party as The Psychedelic Stooges in Ann Arbor, MI at the house of their first manager Ron Richardson, who lived next to a junkyard. This was also the only performance of the band as a trio.
1968: Paul McCartney’s new girlfriend, Linda Eastman, moves into his London home.
1968: Pink Floyd performed at Club Tournee in Paris.
1968: The Doors perform at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
1969: The Beatles ‘Something’ b/w ‘Come Together’ 45 single is released in the UK.
1969: David Bowie appeared at a Halloween night at the General Gordon in Gravesend, England. The gig lasted about 15 minutes, after Bowie sang ‘Space Oddity’ to everyone’s delight and then dragged a stool on stage, along with a huge book. He then sat and read poems and was booed off stage.
1969: The Who play at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The opening act is The Kinks. Pete dedicates The Who’s show to them, helping a little to make up for the sting for this group that once had The High Numbers as their opening act but are now reduced to rebuilding a following in the U.S. after a four-year ban imposed by the American Federation of Musicians.
1969: Yes appeared at Swansea University in Swansea, England.
1970: Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas marries actor Dennis Hopper, a marriage that is annulled seven days later.
1970: James Taylor’s album ‘Fire and Rain’ is certified gold.
1970: ‘Led Zeppelin III’ hits #1 in U.S. It had a 4 week run at #1.
1970: The Grateful Dead played two shows at SUNY-Stonybrook in New York.
1971: Santana performs at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1972: Roxy Music plays at Central Hall in Chatham, England.
1972: Jethro Tull released their double album of outtakes, the ‘Life Is a Long Song’ EP, and all of their singles non-lp tracks, ‘Living in the Past.’
1972: Mahogany Rush released their debut studio album, ‘Maxoom.’ It was also the debut of Frank Marino as the band’s producer.
1973: Bob Marley appeared at The Record Plant in Sausalito, California.
1974: Members of Led Zeppelin launch their new artist-owned label, Swan Song, at the Chislehurst Caves in England, with the Pretty Things, Bill Wyman, label mates Bad Company and Groucho Marx, not to mention several dozen naked models attending. Drinks were served by nuns in suspenders, a naked woman lay in a coffin covered in jelly and naked male wrestlers cavorted in recesses of the caves. The label was named after an unreleased Zeppelin instrumental track.
1974: The Rolling Stones earn a gold record for ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll.’ It’s their last album with guitarist Mick Taylor. Taylor, who replaced Brian Jones in 1969, soon leaves for a solo career and is replaced by former Faces guitarist and Rod Stewart sideman, Ron Wood.
1974: The Rolling Stones released their ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg’ b/w ‘Dance Little Sister’ 45 single. Originally by The Temptations, the song made the Billboard Pop Chart Top 20.
1974: Cheap Trick made their live debut at Charlotte’s Web in their hometown Rockford, IL.
1975: The Marshall Tucker Band headline a fundraising concert for Presidential nominee Jimmy Carter.
1975: Queen release their 7th single, ‘Bohemian Rhapody.’ It’s the #1 song in Britain by Christmas. At the time of its release was the most expensive single ever recorded. The song would reach #1 in the U.K. on two occasions and reach the top 10 in the U.S. twice peaking at #9 in 1976 and at #2 in 1992.
1975: Bob Dylan played at War Memorial Auditorium in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
1976: Elvis Presley makes his last recording, singing Jim Reeves’ ‘He’ll Have To Go’ over a pre-recorded backing track in the Jungle Room of his Graceland home.
1976: ZZ Top appeared at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri.
1977: Rush performed at the Electric Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia. 1977: Hall & Oates played The Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas, NV.
1978: Bob Dylan played at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1979: The Grateful Dead played a Halloween show at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1979: Jethro Tull performed at the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee.
1981: Frank Zappa performed at The Palladium in New York.
1982: The Who performed at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. 1982: Y&T and Motley Crue played Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA. 1984: Rod Stewart played The Forum in Inglewood, CA.
1985: The Dead’s Halloween show at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, South Carolina opened with ‘Werewolves of London.’
1986: Bon Jovi release their ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ single.
1986: Roger Waters brought a lawsuit in the Chancery Division of the High Court in London to stop David Gilmour and Nick Mason from using the Pink Floyd name for future recording and touring. The following year both sides reached a settlement with Gilmour and Mason allowed use of the Pink Floyd name & Waters granted The Wall.
1987: ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady)’ is Aerosmith’s first U.K. chart single. It lands at #45. 1987: Y&T and Keel played their Annual Halloween concert at Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA.
1987: Forbes Magazine listed the Top 40 American entertainment earners from ’86-87, 8th was Whitney Houston $44 million, 7th Madonna $47 million and third place Bruce Springsteen $56 million.
1988: Paul McCartney’s 7th studio album, ‘Снова в СССР’ is released (Russian transliteration ‘Snova v SSSR; English: Back in the USSR’ or ‘The Russian Album’). Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, ‘Снова в СССР’ was given a worldwide release in 1991, reaching #63 on the UK Albums chart, and #109 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1988: Soundgarden released their debut album ‘Ultramega OK.’ In 1990, the album earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance.
1989: The very first MTV unplugged show was recorded in New York, featuring UK band Squeeze, the program was aired on Nov. 26, 1989. 1989: Billy Squier, Blue Murder & King’s X played The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
1990: On the last night of the Billy Idol/Faith No More tour in Seattle, Idol pranks the band by dumping 600 dead fish on them while they perform, spoofing one of the band’s videos that shows a fish flopping on the ground. Faith No More later got even with Idol during his encore, appearing on stage nude, save for towels wrapped around their heads. They danced around the stage in a train, causing Idol to stop his singing and join in the laughter. When Faith No More went backstage to take their showers, they encountered five miniature pigs and a goat in their dressing room devouring an overturned deli tray.
1991: After meeting up at their ex-manager’s funeral, Spinal Tap announce a reunion. “It was destiny and also because none of us were really making a great amount of money,” bass player Derek Smalls says.
1992: Joan Jett stars in an episode of the TV series ‘Highlander,’ playing one of the immortals. Her version of ‘Cherry Bomb’ is featured.
1993: Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea was at the scene of actor’s River Phoenix fatal collapse in Los Angeles.
1994: Foreigner released their 8th studio album, ‘Mr. Moonlight.’ It was Foreigner’s last studio release until ‘Can’t Slow Down’ in 2009.
1994: Phish performed their first “musical costume” show at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York, where they performed the Beatles’ ‘White Album’ in concert. The show consisted of three sets. It began at 7:30 PM and concluded after 3 AM.
1995: For their second musical costume show, Phish included a complete rendition of ‘Quadrophenia’ by The Who. The show took place at the Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.
1996: Slash announced he was no longer in Guns N’ Roses. The guitarist said that Axl Rose and he had only been civil to each other on two occasions since 1994.
1996: Rumored that he will commit suicide on Halloween, Marilyn Manson survives the night. Of course, the talk helps spike sales of ‘Antichrist Superstar.’
1996: Slipknot released their debut album ‘Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.’ Despite considering it their first album upon release, the band now considers ‘Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.’ to be a demo.
1997: Jane’s Addiction reunites for a Halloween show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. MTV premiered their ‘Live at the 10 Spot’ series broadcasting the first thirty minutes of the concert.
1997: A concert by The Cure is cybercast from New York’s Irving Plaza. The concert is streamed at Rocktropolis’ website.
1998: KISS kick off their ‘Psycho Circus’ tour with a Halloween show in Los Angeles, with Smashing Pumpkins as the opening act. This was the first concert tour to have 3-D visual effects.
2000: Napster announces a deal with entertainment giant BMG to make its illegal file-sharing software into a paid subscription service.
2000: Godsmack release their album, ‘Awake.’
2000: Lifehouse release their debut album, ‘No Name Face.’ The first single, ‘Hanging By a Moment’ becomes the most-played song on American radio in 2001.
2005: The white suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ sells at a Las Vegas Amnesty International charity auction for $118,000. And an Austin Princess hearse driven by the late star in the documentary ‘Imagine’ sold for $150,000.
2005: The Black Crowes host their first ‘Freak ‘N’ Roll’ costume contest at Chicago’s Riviera Theater.
2005: Helloween released their 11th studio album ‘Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy.’ Blackmore’s Night singer Candice Night does vocals on the track ‘Light The Universe.’
2005: Diamond Head released the album ‘All Will Be Revealed.’ This was Diamond Head’s first album with singer Nick Tart and also the only album to feature Adrian Mills on guitar.
2006: Marilyn Manson opens a Hollywood art gallery, Celebritarian Corporation Gallery of Fine Art. There are paintings of Edgar Allan Poe and even a nude Adolph Hitler.
2006: Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS serve as the grand marshals for New York’s Village Halloween Parade. They ride on a KISS float in full costume and makeup.
2006: KISS released the ‘Kissology Volume One: 1974–1977’ collection.
2006: ‘The Passing Show: The Life & Music of Ronnie Lane,’ a documentary focusing on late Small Faces/Faces bassist is released. The film features live footage plus interviews with Eric Clapton, The Who’s Pete Townshend and ex-Small Faces/Faces/Who drummer Kenney Jones.
2006: Megadeth release their 12th studio album, ‘United Abominations.’
2006: The Who’s ‘Endless Wire’ is released. It’s The Who’s first studio set since ’82’s ‘It’s Hard.’
2006: Meat Loaf’s album,'”Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose’ is released. Queen guitarist Brian May and Todd Rundgren contribute to the album.
2006: The biography ‘Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times, and Music of Green Day,’ by former Spin editor Marc Spitz, is in bookstores. 2006: Godsmack & Breaking Benjamin played Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
2007: Robert Plant’s collaboration with Bluegrass artist Alison Krauss, ‘Raising Sand,’ sells 112,000 units in its first week of release to debut at #2 on the Billboard 200. Country singer Carrie Underwood’s ‘Carnival Ride’ debuts in the top spot. Still, the #2 slot marks career highs for both Plant and Krauss as solo artists.
2007: Elvis Presley tops the annual Forbes magazine list of most profitable dead celebrities, his estate having taken in $49 million over the past year. In second place was John Lennon who jumped from #4 last year, earning $44 million. Other notables included George Harrison in fourth place with $22 million, James Brown was eleventh with $5 million and Bob Marley was twelfth with $4 million.
2008: The Smashing Pumpkins kick off their 20th anniversary North American tour in Columbus, OH.
2008: Alice In Chains’ Mike Inez, Slipknot’s Paul Gray and Velvet Revolver’s Duff McKagan are among the musicians who demonstrate their skills on Behind The Player music-instruction DVDs for guitarists, bassists and drummers.
2008: Alice Cooper hosts ‘The Monstrous Munster Mash,’ an eight-hour marathon of the 1960’s sitcom on WGN America cable network. “I grew up on The Munsters,” says Cooper. And at midnight, WGN premieres Alice Cooper’s ‘Along Came A Spider,’ a 30-minute special featuring music videos and clips from the album of the same name.
2009: Phish performed ‘Exile On Main Street’ by The Rolling Stones at Phish Festival 8, held at the Polo Grounds in Indio, California.
2010: My Chemical Romance open the San Francisco 49ers/Denver Broncos football game in London (it’s one of those occasional NFL international games). They play their single ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’ and ‘Welcome To The Black Parade,’ accompanied by cheerleaders. 49ers win.
2010: Helloween released their 13th studio album, ‘7 Sinners.’
2011: Pete Townshend’s lecture at the Radio Festival in Salford, U.K. on the future of radio in the Internet era is broadcast live on BBC Radio 6.
2011: Metallica release their album with Lou Reed entitled ‘Lulu.’
2012: T & N released their debut album ‘Slave To The Empire.’ The band formed in 2011 by then-current and former members of Dokken. Sebastian Bach guests on vocals for a new version ‘Alone Again.’
2012: Marilyn Manson wins the ‘Favorite Male Celebrity Who Dresses for Halloween Every Day” category at the first annual 2012 ‘Fright Night Awards.’ He beats Ozzy Osbourne, LMFAO’s Redfoo and gossip blogger Perez Hilton for the honor.
2012: Tony Iommi receives the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Award at the 2nd annual Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Awards Gala in Hollywood.
2013: Rob Zombie is the featured musical guest on the Halloween episode of ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’
2014: Queen guitarist Brian May and the Unanico Group, an animation/production company, debut ‘One Night In Hell’ in the U.K. The animated film is based on May’s collection of Diableries, a set of stereoscopic cards which feature visions of the underworld.
2015: An event at Madame Zuzu’s Tea Shop in Chicago is hosted by Count William Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), “your creaky yet congenial host.” Corgan owns the shop.
2015: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson delivers the keynote address at ‘Blog Now, Live Forever’ in Mumbai, India. The event is organized by IndiBlogger.
2015: The Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal, conceived by Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and designed by KHDK laboratories, is available.
2015: Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London, England announced that they had found a collarless mohair jacket once worn by John Lennon and would be putting it up for an online auction. The beige jacket, valued at $165,000 (107,000 Pounds), was originally donated by Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, along with the three other members’ jackets, for the first wax works of the band.
2016: Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan loses his bid to take control of TNA Wrestling. He had previously claimed that due to “multiple events of default,” he has the legal right to take over the wrestling company – after going from producer to becoming president of TNA.
2016: Metallica released the single ‘Atlas, Rise!’ The single’s release was promoted with a limited-edition free Hardwired Halloween⁠ mask at participating record stores. The song was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards
2017: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson publishes his autobiography, ‘What Does This Button Do?’ in the U.S.
2017: Evanescence singer Amy Lee is awarded more than a million dollars to cover legal fees in connection with a lawsuit brought against her by her former management company. Essentially, 110 Management Inc. sued Lee for non-payment of commissions and fees, she won, and they got the bill.
2017: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl (dressed as bearded David Letterman) is the guest host on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” filling in for Kimmel, who’s taking time off to prepare for his son’s second heart surgery. Alice Cooper performs with Grohl and the Foo Fighters on the late night show’s Halloween broadcast.
2017: Forbes magazine listed Michael Jackson as the top-earning dead celebrity for the fifth straight year, with income of $75 million. Golf legend Arnold Palmer was second, bringing in $40 million in part through sales of Arizona lemonade and ice tea beverage made in his name. He was followed by the creator of the Peanuts franchise, Charles Schulz with $38 million. Elvis Presley came in fourth with $35 million and Bob Marley ranked fifth with $23 million.
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