September Rock Birthdays
Marshall Lytle (Bill Haley & His Comets, The Jodimars) – b. 1933 – d. 5/25/13
Greg Errico (Sly and the Family Stone, Weather Report, David Bowie, Santana, Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band + more) – 72
Joseph Williams (Toto, solo) – 59
J.D. Fortune (INXS) – 46
Omar Alfredo Rodriguez-Lopez (The Mars Volta) – 44
Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy) – 35
Marty Grebb (Keyboardist, guitarist, saxophonist, Producer & arranger. The Exceptions, The Buckinghams, The Weight Band. Worked with: Bonnie Raitt, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, James, Leon Russell, JJ Cale, Eric Clapton, The Band, Roger McGuinn, The Knack, Bernie Taupin, Mickey Thomas, Taj Mahal, Alien Ant Farm + many more) – b. 1946 – d. 12/27/18
Billy Preston (The Beatles, solo + more) – b. 1946 – d. 6/6/06
Mik Kaminski (ELO, ELO Part II, Violinski) – 68
Steve Porcaro (Boz Scaggs, Toto, Pocaro Brothers, songwriter, composer) – 62
Chris Carter (Dramarama , Producer, Disc Jockey: ‘Breakfast With The Beatles’ host) – 60
Dino Cazares (Fear Factory, Asesino, Brujeria, Divine Heresy) – 53
Frank Fontsere (Fozzy) – 52
Sam Rivers (Limp Bizkit) – 42
Freddie King – b. 1934 – d. 12/28/76
Al Jardine (The Beach Boys, solo) – 77
Mike Harrison (Spooky Tooth) – b. 1945- d. 3/25/18
George Biondo (Steppenwolf, The Storybook People, T.I.M.E., The John Kay Band, Steel Rose) – 73
Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy, The Noel Redding Band, Eric Bell Band) – 72
Don Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad, Terry Knight and the Pack, Flint, Silver Bullet Band) – 71
Dug Pinnick (King’s X, Tres Mts., Pinnick Gales Pridgen, Poundhound, KXM, Grinder Blues, solo) – 69
Steve Jones (Sex Pistols, Neurotic Outsiders, The Professionals, Chequered Past, Fantasy 7, P, Ex Pistols, Lightning Raiders, Iggy Pop, solo, radio host) – 64
Perry Bamonte (The Cure, Love Amongst Ruin) – 59
Jonathan Segel (Camper Van Beethoven, Sparklehorse, Eugene Chadbourne, Dieselhed) – 56
Mike Wengren (Disturbed) – 48
Cone McCaslin (Sum 41) – 39
Gene Parsons (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Parsons Green) – 75
Gary Duncan (Quicksilver Messenger Service) – 73
Martin Chambers (Cheeks, The Pretenders) – 68
Blackie Lawless (W.A.S.P., New York Dolls, Sister, Circus Circus) – 63
Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) – 59
Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, Michael Monroe, Pelle Miljoona Oy, Demolition 23., Jetboy, Jerusalem Slim, Joan Jett, New York Dolls, Mad Juana + more) – 56
Bobby Jarzombek (Sebastian Bach, Fates Warning, Iced Earth, Demons and Wizards, Halford, Watchtower) – 56
Jesper Binzer (D.A.D.) – 54
Igor Cavalera (Sepultura, Cavalera Conspiracy) – 49
Ty Longley (Great White, Samantha 7, Nick Menza Band) b. 1971 – d. 2/20/03 – Ty died in the The Station nightclub fire on February 20, 2003, which claimed a total of 100 lives.
Ian Grushka (New Found Glory) – 42
Danny Robert Worsnop (Asking Alexandria, We Are Harlot) – 29
Al Stewart – 74
Mick Underwood (The Outlaws, Gillan, Raw Glory, Glory Road) – 74
Buddy Miles (The Ink Spots, Wilson Pickett, Electric Flag, Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys) – b. 1947 – d. 2/26/08
Freddie Mercury (Queen) – b. 1946 – d. 11/24/91. Mercury died of bronchio-pneumonia on November 24th 1991 at 45, just one day after he publicly announced he was HIV positive.
Mel Collins (British saxophonist and flutist and session musician. Collins played the sax solo on The Rolling Stones’ ‘Miss You’ and also has worked with King Crimson, Camel, Alan Parsons Project, 10cc, Clannad, Eric Clapton, Bad Company, Dire Straits, Roger Waters, Gerry Rafferty, Tears For Fear + more) – 72
Clem Clempson (Humble Pie, Colosseum + more) – 70
Jamie Oldaker (Eric Clapton, Bob Seger + more) – 68
David Glen Eisley (Giuffria, Sorcery, Dirty White Boy) – 67
John Alderete (Racer X, The Scream, The Mars Volta) – 56
Ricky Parent (Enuff Z’nuff) – b. 1966 – d. 10/27/07
Ariel Pineda (Journey) – 52
Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Black Sabbath) – 51
Dweezil Zappa (Ahmet Zappa, Zappa Plays Zappa, solo) – 50
Steve “Fuzz” Kmak (Disturbed) – 49
Jimmy Reed (blues guitarist & vocalist) – b. 1925 – d. 8/29/76
Henry Diltz (musician, photographer) – 81
Dave Bargeron (Blood, Sweat & Tears, session player + more) – 77
Roger Waters (Pink Floyd, The Bleeding Heart Band, solo) – 76
Jimmy Litherland (Colosseum, solo, session player) – 70
Banner Thomas (Molly Hatchet) – 65
Scott Travis (Racer X, Hawk, Fight, Judas Priest) – 58
William DuVall (Alice In Chains, Comes With The Fall, Neon Christ, Bl’ast!) – 52
Dean Fertita (The Waxwings, The Raconteurs, Queens of the Stone Age) – 49
Delores O’Riordan (The Cranberries) – b. 1971- d. 1/15/18
Little Milton/Milton Campbell (Blues singer & guitarist) – b. 1934 – d. 8/4/05
Buddy Holly – b. 1936 – d. 2/3/59
Dennis ‘Machine Gun’ Thompson (MC5, DKT/MC5, session player) – 71
Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys, solo) – 68
Bentmont Tensch (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, session player, solo) – 66
Leonard Haze (Y&T) – b. 1955 – d. 9/11/16
Diane Warren (Songwriter – written songs for Aerosmith, Elton John, Cher, Roy Orbison, Rod Stewart, The Cult, KISS, Meat Loaf and so many others. Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, – Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe and Billboard Music Award winner, nominated for 9 Academy Awards) – 63
Doug Scarratt (Saxon) – 60
Brad Houser (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Critters Buggin) – 59
LeRoi Moore (Dave Matthews Band) – b. 1961 – d. 8/19/08
Kyle Stevens (Bang Tango) – 51
Keri Kelli (Slash’s Snakepit, Alice Cooper, Skid Row, Night Ranger) – 48
Patsy Cline – b. 1932 – d. 3/5/63
Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (Grateful Dead) – b. 1945 – d. 3/8/73
Kelly Groucutt (ELO) – b. 1945 – d. 2/19/09
Dean Daughtry (Classics IV, Atlanta Rhythm Section) – 73
Benjamin Orr (The Cars) – b. 1947 – d. 10/3/00
Mick Brown (Dokken, Ted Nugent, Lynch Mob, Xciter, T&N) – 63
Michael Lardie (Great White, Night Ranger) – 61
Marcus Siepen (Blind Guardian) – 51
Troy Sanders (Mastodon) – 45
Otis Redding – b. 1941 – d. 12/10/67
Brian Cole (The Association) – b. 1942 – d. 8/2/72
Bruce Palmer (Buffalo Springfield, The Mynah Birds, Robbie Lane & The Disciples) – b. 1946 – d. 10/1/04
Doug Ingle (Iron Butterfly, Stark Naked & The Car Thieves) – 74
Freddy Weller (Paul Revere and the Raiders, solo) – 72
John McFee (Clover, Southern Pacific, The Doobie Brothers) – 69
David A. Stewart (Eurythmics, The Spiritual Cowboys, solo, Producer, Super Heavy)
Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, Doctor Butcher) – 52
Cynthia Lennon (first wife of John Lennon) b. 1939 – d. 4/1/15
Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night) – 77
Jose Feliciano – 74
Don Powell (Slade) – 73
Rick Rosas (Neil Young, Joe Walsh, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Rivers, Ron Wood, Etta James + more) – b. 1949 – d. 11/6/14
Barriemore Barlow (Jethro Tull, session player + more) – 70
Joe Perry (Aerosmith, Joe Perry Project, Hollywood Vampires) – 69
Pat Mastelotto (Mr. Mister, King Crimson + more) – 64
Johnny Hickman (The Unforgiven, The Dangers, Cracker, solo) – 63
Johnny Finger (John Moylett) (Boomtown Rats, Gung Ho, Green Gate, RUFFY TUFFY) – 63
Dave Lowery (Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker) – 59
Peter Wood (Dramarama) – 58
Lee Rausch (Megadeth, Dark Angel – played drums with Megadeth in 1983-1984 and performed on their first demo ‘Last Rites’) – 55
Robin Goodridge (Bush) – 53
Chip Z’nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff) – 53
Matthew Followill (Kings Of Leon) – 35
Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead, The Other Ones, The Dead, Rhythm Devils, solo) – 76
Leo Kottke (Guitarist, singer, songwriter, solo) – 74
Dennis Tufano (The Buckinghams, solo) – 73
Bob Catley (Magnum) – 72
Gerry Conway (Cat Stevens, Jethro Tull) – 72
Tommy Shaw (Styx, Damn Yankees, Shaw Blades, MSFunk, The Smoke Ring) – 66
Desiree Bassett (Guitar prodigy, solo) – 27
Dickie Peterson (Blue Cheer, solo) – b. 1946 – d. 10/12/09
Tony Bellamy (Redbone) – b. 1946 – d. 12/25/09
Neil Peart (Rush) – 67
Gerry Beckley (America) – 67
Barry Andrews (XTC, League of Gentlemen, Shriekback, Iggy Pop) – 63
Ler LaLonde (Primus, No Forcefield, Possessed, Blind Illusion, Serj Tankian and The F.C.C., Corrupted Morals) – 51
James McCartney (Singer, songwriter) – 42
Gus G/Kostas Karamitroudis (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind, Dream Evil, Nightrage, Mystic Prophecy) – 39
Dave Quincy (Manfred Mann, If, Zzebra) – 80
David Clayton Thomas (Blood Sweat & Tears) – 78
Peter Cetera (Chicago, solo) – 75
Don Was (Producer: Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, Carly Simon, B-52’s, Michael McDonald, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Ringo Starr, Bob Seger, Glenn Frey, Roy Orbison, Delbert McClinton, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson, Joe Cocker, Richie Sambora, The Black Crowes, Stone Temple Pilots, Ziggy Marley and many moreWas Not Was, music director and/or consultant for several motion pictures, documentary director, President of jazz music label Blue Note Records) – 67
Steve Kilbey (The Church, Jack Frost, Isidore, solo) – 65
Vinny Appice (Rick Derringer, Axis, Dio, Flesh & Blood, World War III, Heaven & Hell, Circle of Tyrants, Kill Devil Hill, Big Noize, WAMI, Hollywood Monsters, Toehider) – 62
Chuck Wright (Giuffria, House Of Lords, Quiet Riot, Northern Light Orchestra, Heaven and Earth + more) – 60
Dave Mustaine (Megadeth, Metallica, MD.45 + more) – 58
Zak Starkey (The Who, Oasis, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band + more) – 54
Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, Iced Earth, Beyond Fear, Dio Disciples) – 52
Steve Perkins (Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Banyan, The Panic Channel, Infectious Grooves, Methods of Mayhem) – 52
Fred “Sonic” Smith (MC5, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, Patti Smith) – b. 1949 – d. 11/4/94
Steve Gaines (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – b. 1949 – d. 10/20/77
Pete Agnew (Nazareth) – 73
Paul Kossoff (Free, Black Cat Bones, Back Street Crawler, Kossoff/Kirke/Tetsu/Rabbit, solo) – b. 1950 – d. 3/19/76
Jon ‘Bowzer’ Bowman (Sha Na Na) – 72
Ed King (Hunger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Strawberry Alarm Clock) – b. 1949 – d. 8/22/18
Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) – 64
Craig Montoya (Everclear, Tri-Polar, Castella) – 49
Paolo Gregoletto (Trivium) – 34
Signe Toly Anderson (Jefferson Airplane, KBC Band) – b. 1941 – d. 1/28/16
Lee Dorman (Iron Butterfly, Captain Beyond) – b. 1942 – d. 12/21/12
Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) – 67
Dr. Know/Gary Miller (Bad Brains, solo, collaborations and guest/sessions) – 61
Michel Dorge (Crash Test Dummies, solo) – 59
Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein/Paul Caiafa (Misfits, Kryst the Conqueror, Gorgeous Frankenstein) – 55
Jerry Dixon (Warrant) – 52
Allen Shellenberger (Lit) – b. 1969 – d. 8/13/09
Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand + more) – 42
B.B. King – b. 1925 – d. 5/14/15
Dick Heckstall-Smith (Alexis Korner, Blues Incorporated, The Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall, Colosseum) – b. 1934 – d. 12/17/07
Joe Butler (The Lovin’ Spoonful) – 78
Bernard Calvert (The Hollies) – 77
Kenney Jones (The Small Faces, The Faces, The Who, The Law, The Jones Gang) – 71
Ron Blair (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) – 71
David Bellamy (Bellamy Brothers) – 69
Vicky Blue (The Runaways, actress: played Cindy in the 1984 mockumentary movie ‘This is Spinal Tap’) – 60
Ean Evans (Lynyrd Skynyd, The Outlaws, Evans Capps) – b. 1960 – d. 5/6/09
Richard Marx – 56
Katon Depena (Hirax) – 56
Dave “Snake” Sabo (Skid Row) – 55
Justine Frischmann (Elastica) – 50
Hank Williams – b. 1923 – d. 1/1/53
Bill Black (Elvis Presley’s early trio The Blue Moon Boys, Bill Black’s Combo) – b. 1926 – d. 10/21/65
Jim Hodder (Steely Dan) – 72
Fee Waybill (The Tubes) – 69
Steve Williams (Budgie) – 66
Ty Tabor (King’s X, solo) – 58
Keith Flint (Prodigy) – b. 1969 – d. 3/4/19
Chuck Comeau (Simple Plan) – 40
Alan “Bam” King (Ace) – 73
Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones) – b. 1951 – d. 6/5/02
Kerry Livgren (Kansas, Proto-Kaw, AD, solo) – 67
Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks) – 64
Joey Scott (Lizzy Borden) – 57
Tony Harnell (TNT, Skid Row, solo) – 57
Keith Douglas (Tora Tora) – 52
Brian Epstein (Beatles Manager) – b. 1934 – d. 8/27/67
Nick Massi (The Four Seasons) – b. 1935 – d. 12/24/00
Gene Dinwiddie (Paul Butterfield Blues Band, FullMoon + more) – b. 1936 – d. 1/11/02
Mama Cass Elliot (The Mama’s & the Papa’s) – b. 1941 – d. 7/29/74
Bill Medley (The Righteous Brothers) – 79
David Bromberg (multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, has worked with: Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry Garcia, Rusty Evans (The Deep) and Bob Dylan. He co-wrote the song “The Holdup” with former Beatle George Harrison) – 74
John Coghlan (Status Quo, The Rockers, John Coghlan’s Diesel) – 73
Lol Creme (10cc, music video director, Godley & Creme, Art of Noise, The Producers) – 72
Ray Cooper (Percussionist, has worked with George Harrison, Billy Joel, Rick Wakeman, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Blue Mink, America, Carly Simon, David Essex and more) – 72
Stanley Sheldon (Peter Frampton, Ronin, soundtracks, sessions player) – 69
Daniel Lanois (Musician, songwriter, producer: Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, U2, Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan, solo) – 68
Nile Rodgers (Chic, Producer – including David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’album) – 67
Lita Ford (The Runaways, solo) – 60
Tommy Victor (Prong) – 53
Alan Jay “A. Jay” Popoff (Lit) – 46
Bobby Nunn (The Robins, The Coasters)-b. 1925 – d. 11/5/86
Mick Rogers (Michael Oldroyd) (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Aviator) – 73
Chuck Panozzo (Styx) – 71
John Panozzo (Styx) – b. 1948 – d. 7/16/96
Chet McCracken (Doobie Brothers + more) – 67
Jeff Jones (Red Rider) – 65
John Easdale (Dramarama) – 58
Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme, Mourning Widows, Population 1, DramaGods, The Satellite Party, solo) – 53
Matthew and Gunner Nelson (Nelson) – 52
Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden, Hater, Wellwater Conspiracy, The Desert Sessions, Mark Lanegan) – 51
Vikki Foxx (Enuff Z’nuff, Vince Neil Band, The Veronicas + more) – 51
Rick Woolstenhulme, (Lifehouse) – 40
Don Preston (Frank Zappa, Mothers Of Invention, The Grandmothers, The Plastic Ono Band) – 87
Rory Storm/Alan Caldwell (Rory Storm and The Hurricanes) – b. 1939 – d. 9/28/72
David Hood (Bassist of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. He has played with: Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Traffic, The Staple Singers, Frank Black, Odetta, John Hiatt, Etta James and Willie Nelson + many more) – 76
Bobby Tench (The Jeff Beck Group, Humble Pie) – 75
Don Felder (The Eagles, solo) – 72
Bill Murray – 69
Bob Harris (Axe) – 68
Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor (Motorhead, Waysted) – 66
Markus Grosskopf (Helloween) – 54
Liam Gallagher (Oasis, Beady Eye, The Rain) – 47
David Silveria (Korn, L.A.P.D., INFINIKA) – 47
David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Coverdale/Page, solo) – 68
Rhett Forrester (Riot, solo + more) – b. 1956. He died on January 22, 1994, shot in a carjacking. He was 37
Doug Wimbish (Living Colour) – 63
Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde, Dream 6, Vowel Movement, Pretty & Twisted, solo) – 62
Nick Cave (Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds) – 62
Joan Jett (Runaways, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, solo) – 61
Marq Torien (Bulletboys) – 58
Jesse Dupree (Jackyl) – 57
Matt Sharp (Weezer, The Rentals, Homie, Tegan and Sara, solo) – 50
John Coltrane – b. 1926 – d. 7/17/67
Ray Charles – b. 1930 – d. 6/10/04
Roy Buchanan – b. 1939 – d. 8/14/88
Steve Boone (The Lovin Spoonful) – 76
Dan Toler (Allman Brothers, Gregg Allman Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, The Renegades of Southern Rock) – b. 1948 – d. 2/25/13
Ron Bushy (Iron Butterfly) – 74
Jerry Corbetta (Sugarloaf) – 72
Neal Smith (Alice Cooper) – 71
Bruce Springsteen – 70
Steve Conte (Michael Monroe, The Contes, New York Dolls, Crown Jewels, Yoko Kanno) – 59
Mel Taylor (The Ventures) – b. 1933 – d. 8/11/96
Steve Douglas Kreisman (The Wrecking Crew, session player: The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Duane Eddy, Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Darin, A&R man at Capitol Records, producer + more) – b. 1938 – d. 4/19/93
Linda McCartney (Wings, Denny Laine, Paul McCartney, Suzy and the Red Stripes, photographer) – b. 1941 – d. 4/17/98
Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Crowd) – 77
Jerry Donahue (Fotheringay, Fairport Convention, Hellecasters, Gathering – Legends of Folk Rock, The Electric Revelators, solo + more) – 73
Tod Howarth (Frehley’s Comet, 707, Cheap Trick, Four By Fate, solo + more) – 62
Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Great White, Burning Rain, House of Lords, Badd Boyz, XYZ, Dokken, Lynch Mob, Rough Cutt, Resurrection Kings + more, actor) – 54
Shawn “Clown” Crahan (Slipknot) – 50
Dave Weiner (Steve Vai Band, solo) – 44
John Locke (Spirit, Nazareth) – b. 1943 – d. 8/4/06)
Onnie Mcintyre (Average White Band) – 74
Bryan MacLean (Love, The Grass Roots, solo) – b. 1946 – d. 12/25/98
Jerry Penrod (Iron Butterfly) – 73
Burleigh Drummond (Ambrosia) – 68
Steve Blaze (Lillian Axe) –
Chris Impellitteri (Impellitteri, Vice, Animetal USA) – 56
Kelly Smith (Flotsam And Jetsam) – 54
Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Guns N’ Roses, Art of Anarchy, Cliver,Lita Ford, Salem, Sons Of Apollo, solo) – 50
Richie Edwards (The Darkness) – 45
Dick Heckstall-Smith (Blues Incorporated, The Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall, Jack Bruce, Colosseum, sessions) – b. 1934 – d. 12/17/04
Joe Bauer (The Youngbloods) – b. 1941 – d. 9/82
Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music) – 74
Tiran Porter (The Doobie Brothers) – 71
Tony Sales (Tony and The Tigers, Utopia, Chequered Past, Tin Machine, The Cheap Dates, The Sales Brothers, Iggy Pop + more) – 68
Stuart Tosh/Stuart MacIntosh (10cc, The Alan Parsons Project, Pilot, Camel) – 68
Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship, Starship, Big Bad Wolf, solo) – 65
Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos, Los Super Seven) – 65
Lorraine Lewis (Femme Fatale, solo) – 61
Darby Crash/Bobby Pyn/Jan Paul Beahm (The Germs, Darby Crash Band) – b. 1958 – d. 12/7/80
Al Pitrelli (Coven, Pitrelli, Reilly (CPR), Danger Danger, Hotshot, Alice Cooper, Asia, Joe Lynn Turner, Place Called Rage, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Megadeth, O’2L, Widowmaker (U.S.) – 57
John Tempesta (White Zombie, Rob Zombie, Helmet, Scum of the Earth, The Cult, Exodus, Testament) – 55
Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon) – b. 1967 – d. 10/21/95
Todd Chaisson (Tuff) –
James Michael (Sixx A.M.) – 51
Marty Casey (Lovehammers, L.A. Guns) – 46
Don Cornelius (Soul Train) – b. 1936 – d. 2/1/12
Don Nix (The Mar-Keys, Leon Russell, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, George Harrison, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Booker T. & The MG’s + more) – 78
Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, Ironhorse, Bachman–Turner Overdrive, Brave Belt, Chad Allan and the Expressions, Bachman & Cummings, Bachman & Turner) – 76
Steve Boone (The Lovin’ Spoonful) – 76
Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday) (musician, actor) – 72
Robbie Shakespeare (session bassist, as Sly and Robbie worked with Peter Tosh, Robert Palmer, Jimmy Cliff, Grace Jones, Joe Cocker + more) – 66
Greg Ham (Men At Work) – b. 1953- d. 4/19/12
Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind, Puck and Natty + more) – 55
Don Jamieson (That Metal Show co-host, comedian, actor) – 53
Dean Butterworth (Good Charlotte, The Cab, Morrissey, Ben Harper, The Used, Donavon Frankenreiter, Sugar Ray, The Maddon Brothers, drummer and band leader of the house band for the NBC game show Hollywood Game Night + more) – 43
Brad Arnold (3 Doors Down) – 41
Ed Sullivan – b. 1901 – d. 10/13/74
Franny Beecher (Bill Haley & the Comets) – b. 1921 – d. 2/24/14
Koko Taylor (born Cora Walton) “Queen of the Blues” – b. b. 1928 – d. 6/3/09
Ben E King – b. 1928 – d. 4/30/16
Nick St. Nicholas (Steppenwolf) – 76
Paul Burgess (10cc, Jethro Tull) – 69
Norton Buffalo (Steve Miller Band, session player + more) – b. 1951 – d. 10/30/09
Andy Ward (Marillion) – 67
George Lynch (The Boyz, Xciter, Dokken, Lynch Mob, Lynch/Pilson, Souls of We, T&N, Shadow Train, KXM, solo + more) – 65
Paul Guerin (Quireboys, Down ‘n’ Outz, Red Dogs) –
Mick Cripps (L.A. Guns) – 58
Ginger Fish/Kenny Wilson (Marilyn Manson, Martyr Plot, Powerman 5000, Rob Zombie) – 54
Mark Schenker (Kix) –
Michelle Meldrum (Phantom Blue, Meldrum) – b. 1968 – d. 5/21/08
Jerry Lee Lewis – 84
Joe “Guitar” Hughes (Dukes of Rhythm, worked with Little Richard, Bobby Bland) – b. 1937 – d. 5/20/03
Tommy Boyce (born Sidney Thomas Boyce -singer, songwriter. Boyce & Hart, solo, Dolenz Jones Boyce Hart, Wrote ‘Last Train To Clarksville,’ ‘I’m Not Your Stepping Stone’ and ‘Scooby-Doo Where Are You.’) – b. 1939 – d. 11/23/94
Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad, Terry Knight and the Pack, N’rG, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) – 71
Mike Pinera (Blues Image, Iron Butterfly, Alice Cooper, Ramatam, Thee Image, New Cactus Band, solo + more) – 71
Dave Alford (Rough Cutt, Jailhouse) – 61
John Payne (Asia Featuring John Payne, Asia, GPS, solo) – 61
Les Claypool (Primus, Blind Illusion, Sausage, Oysterhead, Colonel Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, solo) – 56
Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat) – 55
Alex Skolnick (Testament, Alex Skolnick Trio, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Metal Allegiance + more) – 51
Brad Smith (Blind Melon) – 51
Buddy Rich (Legendary drummer) – b. 1917 – d. 4/2/87
Dewey Martin (Buffalo Springfield) – b. 1940 – d. 1/31/09
Frankie Lymon (Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers) -b. 1942 – d. 2/27/68
Gus Dudgeon (producer: Elton John, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Zombies, Kiki Dee, Strawbs, XTC and Joan Armatrading) – b. 1942 – d. 7/21/02
Marc Bolan (T Rex) b. 1947 – d. 9/16/77
Brian “Damage” Forsythe (KIX, Rhino Bucket) –
Robby Takac (Goo Goo Dolls, Amungus) – 55
Trey Anastasio (Phish, Trey Anastasio Band) – 55
Today In Rock History:
1887: Emile Berliner files the first patent for the gramophone, beating Thomas Edison to the punch.
1950: Jerry Lee Lewis enrolls at Southwestern Bible Institute in Waxahatchie, TX. He is expelled three months later.
1953: The popular Lubbock, Texas duo of Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery audition for radio station KDAV’s Sunday Party. They will earn a time slot on Sunday afternoon that becomes known as The Bob and Buddy Show.
1955: Alan Freed’s ‘First Anniversary Rock ‘n Roll Party’ kicks off at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, New York. Among those appearing on the bill are Chuck Berry, Tony Bennett, The Nutmegs, The Rhythmettes, The Cardinals and The Four Voices.
1956: Elvis Presley was at #2 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Hound Dog.’ At #1 was The Platters ‘My Prayer.’
1956: Elvis Presley buys his mama a Pink Caddie. It’s the first of many Cadillacs Elvis gives away.
1956: 19 year old Jerry Lee Lewis went to Sun Records hoping for an audition but owner Sam Phillips was on vacation in Florida. Jerry Lee recorded some demos that Phillips would hear when he returned. Lewis starts recording as a solo artist and session musician in early December.
1957: A young Jimi Hendrix catches Elvis Presley’s performance at Seattle’s Sicks Stadium.
1957: ‘The Biggest Show Of Stars’ package tour kicked off at Brooklyn Paramount featuring: Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Drifters, The Everly Brothers and Frankie Lymon. On some dates artists were unable to play because of segregation laws.
1965: At Columbia Studios in Hollywood, The Byrds began recording ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!.’ The master recording of the song reputedly took 78 takes, over five days of recording.
1965: James Brown and Booker T. & the MG’s appear on TV’s ‘Shindig!’ The Godfather of Soul performed ‘Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.’
1966: The Byrds played the first of an 11-night run at the Whisky-a-go-go in Hollywood.
1966: The Who single ‘I’m A Boy’ entered the UK chart peaking at #2 giving the band their second #2 hit. The song was originally intended to be a part of a rock opera called ‘Quads’ which was to be set in the future where parents can choose the sex of their children.
1967: The Buffalo Springfield started a 2 night gig at the Cheetah Club in LA. One of the opening bands was The Nazz. It wasn’t Todd Rundgren ‘Nazz,’ it was a band that would later change their name to Alice Cooper, after they found out about Todd Rundgren’s Nazz.
1967: Boz Scaggs joined The Steve Miller Band on guitar. The two played together as teenagers, after which Scaggs left for Europe and recorded the solo album, ‘Boz.’ The vocalist/guitarist replaces James Cooke and is heard on the Steve Miller Band’s ‘Children Of The Future’ and ‘Sailor’ albums. He leaves the group in 1968.
1967: The four Beatles held a meeting at Paul McCartney’s house in London to decide upon their next course of action following the death of manager Brian Epstein. They decide to postpone their planned trip to India and to begin the already-delayed production of the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ movie. They have two songs already recorded for the movie, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘Your Mother Should Know.’
1967: David Bowie released the single ‘Love You Till Tuesday’ which failed to reach the charts.
1969: The Grateful Dead performed at the International Raceway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1970: Led Zeppelin appeared at Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.
1971: Led Zeppelin played the Hollywood Sportatorium in Hollywood, FL.
1971: Hawkwind performed at Powis Square in London.
1971: After their successful summer-replacement series, Sonny And Cher begin their fall TV variety series on CBS-TV.
1972: David Bowie played at Top Rank Suite in Doncaster, England.
1973: Elton John and Steely Dan appeared at Balboa Stadium in San Diego, California.
1973: John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana performed at the Chicago Amphitheater in Chicago, IL.
1973: Uriah Heep, ZZ Top and Earth, Wind & Fire played the Cape Cod Coliseum in Yarmouth, MA.
1973: Bob Dylan’s soundtrack for the film ‘Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid’ enters the LP charts. The soundtrack contains ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door.’
1973: Paul and Linda McCartney and guitarist Denny Laine begin work on Wings ‘Band On The Run’ album in Lagos, Nigeria.
1974: Harry Chapin’s ‘Cat’s In The Cradle’ b/w ‘Vacancy’ 45 single is released.
1974: Aerosmith performed at the Cape Cod Coliseum in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
1975: The J Geils Band play Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.
1975: The Grateful Dead’s 8th studio album ‘Blues for Allah’ is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The single, ‘The Music Never Stopped’ peaked at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1976: Los Angeles musical force Lou Adler and his employee Neil Silver were kidnapped. The pair was seized by a Californian couple at Lou’s home. They were only released after agreeing to pay the crooks $25,000. Adler was responsible for promoting the Monterey Pop Festival, producing ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and directing several Cheech & Chong movies. He also owns The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip with his son Nic, sits courtside next to his friend Jack Nicholson at LA Lakers home games, and has managed Jan & Dean, Sam Cooke, The Mamas & the Papas, Johnny Rivers, The Grass Roots, Spirit, Carole King and Cheech and Chong among many others.
1976: ‘Wish You Were Here’ was close to spending one year on the UK album charts. Pink Floyd’s 9th studio album had been premiered at Knebworth in July 1975, and was released in September that year. It was an instant success, with record company EMI unable to press enough copies to satisfy demand. The artwork for the album package was once again created by the Hipgnosis team, who created a series of images based on “absence” and “unfulfilled presence” including the empty gesture of a handshake between two men dressed in business attire, one of whom is on fire, along with a veil concealing a nude woman in a windswept Norfolk grove, and a splash-less diver at Mono Lake in California.
1977: Blondie signed with the Chrysalis label.
1977: Generation X, which featured lead singer Billy Idol, released their debut single ‘Your Generation.’ Elton John commented for a British newspaper, “The Ramones do this sort of thing so much better.”
1977: Despite being embroiled in bitter feuds between themselves, The Beach Boys played a free concert in New York’s Central Park to an estimated crowd of over 150,000.
1977: Rush released their 5th studio album ‘A Farewell to Kings’ which went on to be one of their first albums to be certified Gold & went on to sell a million copies in the U.S. It reached #33 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and the single ‘Closer To The Heart’ charted on both the Mainstream Rock (#21) and Billboard Hot 100 (#69) charts.
1978: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith marries a model named Cyrinda Foxe, who is pregnant with their baby, Mia. They would divorce in 1987.
1978: Styx 8th studio album, ‘Pieces of Eight’ is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and features three Billboard Hot 100 singles – ‘Renegade’ (#16), ‘Sing For The Day’ (#41), and ‘Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)’ (#21).
1978: Molly Hatchet release their self-titled debut album.
1979: U2 released their first record, the ‘U2-3’ EP. It featured the songs ‘Out of Control,’ ‘Boy/Girl’ and ‘Stories for Boys.’ The band signed a worldwide contract with Island Records the following March.
1979: In Sydney, Australia, INXS made their live debut. It would be four years before they had their first U.S. Top 40 hit with ‘The One Thing.’
1979: KISS kicked off the second leg of their North American tour in support of ‘Dynasty’ at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Judas Priest was the opening act for this leg of the tour.
1980: Fleetwood Mac wrapped up a nine-month tour at the Hollywood Bowl. Lindsey Buckingham told the audience, “This is our last show for a long time.” The band doesn’t play live again for over two years.
1980: Saxon release their 3rd studio album, ‘Strong Arm of The Law.’ The album debuted at #11 on the UK’s Official Charts.
1981: Hall & Oates released the ‘Private Eyes’ album, which contains two #1 hits: the title track and ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do).’
1982: Howie Epstein made his live debut as the new bassist for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at the Santa Cruz Auditorium in Santa Cruz, CA.
1983: The Clash’s Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon fired Mick Jones. They said he was “drifting apart from the original concept of the band.”
1984: Motorhead released their 14th single ‘Killed by Death.’ The single peaked at #51 on the UK’s Official Charts. It also was featured in the 2006 video game ‘Scarface: The World Is Yours.’
1984: It had been twenty-four years since Tina Turner had been on Billboard’s Hot 100 with a song she recorded with her husband Ike called ‘A Fool In Love.’ Now she was back with the #1 song in the U.S., ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It.’ The record would go on to win Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year, Pop Vocal Performance – Female and Rock Vocal Performance – Female. This song was originally written for Cliff Richard, however the song was rejected. It was then offered to Donna Summer, who has stated she sat with it for a couple of years, but never recorded it.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Rod Stewart’s ‘Some Guys Have All The Luck’ at #46, The Fixx’s ‘Are We Ourselves’ #42, Van Halen’s ‘Panama’ #32, Twisted Sister’s ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ #26, The Cars’ ‘Drive’ #14, RATT’s ‘Round And Round’ #12, and Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ at #1
1986: George Thorogood and the Destroyers released their 1st live album simply titled ‘Live.’
1986: Lizzy Borden released the album ‘Menace To Society.’ The album was considered a success and peaked on the Billboard chart at #144.
1987: R.E.M. released their 5th studio album, ‘Document.’ The last album of new material released by I.R.S. Records is the first with producer Scott Litt. It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and features the single, ‘The One I Love,’ which reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #470 on the 500 greatest albums of all time list.
1988: Celtic Frost released the album ‘Cold Lake.’ The album was not popular with the group or its fans and is no longer available to buy, making the album much sought after by collectors.
1989: U2 bassist Adam Clayton pleaded guilty to a charge of marijuana possession, an Irish judge let him off the hook, but Clayton is required to make a contribution ($40,000) to the Dublin Women’s Aid & Refuge Centre.
1989: Motley Crue released their 5th studio album, ‘Dr. Feelgood.’ The album won the best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album of the year at the 1991 American Music Awards.
1990: Poison’s ‘Unskinny Bop’ peaks at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1991: Bonnie Raitt donates a portion of the proceeds from a Saratoga, NY, concert to environmental groups battling a proposed coal-burning power plant.
1992: The Ramones release their 12th studio album, ‘Mondo Bizarro.’
1992: Iron Maiden released the single ‘Wasting Love.’ The B-side features three live tracks recorded at London’s Wembley Arena on the ‘No Prayer On The Road’ tour.
1998: David Bowie unveiled his Bowienet online community. The ISP features David Bowie news and releases.
1988: ‘The Rock N’ Roll Cuisine’ cookbook is published, with 95 recipes from various musicians. Selections include Yoko Ono’s “Dream Soup” (sunshine in a bowl), Cher’s “Boyfriend Approved Macaroni Salad,” Mick Jagger’s shrimp curry and Weird Al Yankovic’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
1998: Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan is charged with assault and battery for allegedly hitting a security guard in the head with a microphone during a concert at Pine Knob in Michigan. “I’ve seen everything at Pine Knob, but I’ve never seen it where the lead singer bends over and hits someone,” says the local sheriff. The security guard was trying to move an unruly fan away from the stage.
2000: Doro released her 7th solo album, ‘Calling the Wild.’ A cover of Motorhead’s ‘Love Me Forever’ was recorded for this album.
2003: Iron Maiden released their 35th single ‘Wildest Dreams.’ The single reached #6 on the UK’s Official Charts.
2004: Carlos Santana and his wife Deborah host an event to raise money for the Milagro Foundation, a children’s charity they set up in 1988. Held in West Hollywood at the Hyatt Hotel’s Rooftop, the event includes a fashion show and celebrity auction.
2004: Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott gets married to his bride Kristine at Kinnitty Castle in Ireland. Guests include members of Def Leppard, Queen’s Brian May and ex-Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunter. There’s even a wedding jam session.
2005: ‘Whole Lotta Led: Our Flight With Led Zeppelin’ is published. Using snapshots and fan’s stories it tracks the legendary group’s 12 year run.
2005: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is a guest on ABC’s ‘The View.’ Lee is promoting his reality series ‘Tommy Lee Goes To College’ but he does manage to work some Crue mentions in there.
2005: 77 year old Fats Domino was rescued from the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. He had earlier told his agent that he planned to remain in his home despite the order to evacuate.
2005: Pearl Jam begin selling digital downloads of their North American concerts online. The “digital bootlegs” are on the band’s official site just hours after each performance.
2006: Asia’s original line-up (singer-bassist John Wetton, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoffrey Downes and drummer Carl Palmer) kick off their 25th anniversary reunion tour in Jim Thorpe, PA.
2006: While awaiting trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson and with lawsuits and counter suits revolving around him, 65-year-old Phil Spector marries 26-year-old Rachelle Marie Short during a small ceremony. The newlyweds would spend just over two and a half years together before Phil was found guilty and sentenced to 19 years to life in the California state prison system. He will be 88 years old before becoming eligible for parole.
2006: Jon Bon Jovi and his wife throw a party in East Hampton, NY. Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and ex-Pink Floyd bassist-singer Roger Waters perform. Bruce Springsteen is also there but leaves before things get rolling.
2008: ‘Rock N Roll Train,’ the first single from AC/DC’s album ‘Black Ice,’ is used in commercials promoting the CBS show ‘Criminal Minds.’
2008: Metallica debut their video for ‘The Day That Never Comes.’
2009: Elton John’s keyboard player, Guy Babylon, died of a heart attack while swimming in his pool at his home in Los Angeles
2009: Chevelle’s release their album ‘Sci-Fi Crimes.’
2009: The Black Crowes release ‘Before The Frost… ‘ and a second album, ‘… Until The Freeze,’ is free exclusively through a download code included in ‘Before The Frost…’ So you have to buy one to get the other. The discs were recorded live earlier in the year during a five-night stint at ex-Band singer/drummer Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, NY. 2009: Chevelle’s ‘Sci-Fi Crimes,’ the follow-up to 2007’s'”Vena Sera,’ is released.
2009: Living Colour start their North American tour in Alexandria, VA, to support their album ‘The Chair In The Doorway.’ “We haven’t played in the States in a very long time,” says singer Corey Glover. “We’re going to have do a real balancing act as to what people remember and what new stuff they want to hear.”
2009: Kurt Cobain appears as a playable character in the Guitar Hero 5 video game. The late Nirvana frontman’s avatar performs ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and a previously unreleased live version of ‘Lithium.’ The video game also has songs by Kings Of Leon, Blur and Sublime.
2010: Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils Ping, a line of iPods and a “social network for music,” that allows iTunes users to connect with their friends for music recommendations. According to Jobs, it’s “Facebook and Twitter meet iTunes.” As part of the promotional push Coldplay’s Chris Martin performs a solo piano version of ‘Viva La Vida,’ a song he asserts owes much of its success to its placement in an Apple commercial.
2011: Photographer Bob Gruen’s ‘Rock Seen’ is published. The book features an introduction by Blondie’s Debbie Harry, who also appears in the pages. Sid Vicious, David Bowie, KISS and Joan Jett with Lita Ford, plus other images, span the forty years Gruen has photographed and documented Rock music. There’s also the famous photo of John Lennon wearing a sleeveless New York City tourist t-shirt. “That’s my hit single,” says Gruen.
2011: Billy Joe Armstrong was thrown off a Southwest Airlines flight because the singer was wearing his pants too low. A flight attendant told Armstrong, “Pull your pants up or you get off the plane.” Armstrong takes to Twitter, writing, “Just got kicked off a southwest flight because my pants sagged too low!” The tweet is quickly re-tweeted by his followers. Later, Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins released a statement saying that the airline and the Green Day pop star had settled their differences over the incident.
2012: Geoff Tate of Queensryche, announces plans to get a “new Queensryche” together. Rudy Sarzo, Bobby Blotzer, Glen Drover, Kelly Gray and Randy Gane intially join up with Tate. The two sides of Queensryche eventually settle in court with Tate taking the name “Operation: Mindcrime” for his band perform at The Convention Hall in Philadelphia, PA. There’s still some question as to whether they’ll actually be able to call the band Queensryche, since Tate is still wrapped up in lawsuits with the other three members over his firing in the same year and the use of the name.
2012: Dave Matthews Band debut their own XM Radio Station with a live broadcast from the Gorge amphitheater in Washington state. The 24/7 Dave Matthews channel runs through the month.
2012: ‘Welcome To My Nightmare: The Story of Alice Cooper’ is in U.S. bookstores.
2012: Stone Temple Pilots embark on a tour to celebrate the 20th Anniversary release of their multi-platinum selling album, ‘Core.’ The first stop is Hershey, PA.
2012: The first annual Budweiser Made in America Festival takes place in Philadelphia. The two day event features Pearl Jam, The Hives and Dirty Projectors.
2013: Classic Beatles albums finally went platinum after the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) changed its sales award rules. Gold or platinum status has become synonymous with record success but the system has only been in place since 1973. This made ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ a triple-platinum album, having sold more than 900,000 copies since 1994. In total, the album is estimated to have sold 5.1 million units in the UK since its 1967 release. The albums ‘Revolver,’ ‘Help,’ ‘Rubber Soul,’ ‘Revolver’ and ‘The White Album’ also now had platinum status.
2014: ‘The Voice That Sailed The Zeppelin,’ a book about Robert Plant, is out. It spans Plant’s early years, his run with Led Zeppelin and his solo career.
2015: Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister stops the band’s show in Austin. “I can’t do it,” he tells the audience. Unable to continue he leads his bandmates off the stage. It is the second show in a week that is cut short. The tour is subsequently cancelled.
2015: The unauthorized ‘Sinister Urge: The Life And Times Of Rob Zombie’ is the first in-depth, career-spanning biography of the Heavy-Metal musician and filmmaker.
2016: A Blue Plaque marking the first home Freddie Mercury lived in when he arrived in England was unveiled. The Queen frontman moved to the semi-detached home in Feltham, west London, after his family left Zanzibar in 1964 when Mercury was 17.
2016: Yes frontman Jon Anderson receives the Prog God award at the Progressive Music Awards in London.
2016: Queen’s'”We Will Rock You’ tops a list of the 20 most addictive songs compiled by a team of researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. ‘We Are The Champions,’ also by Queen, sits at #3 behind Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy.’
1957: The Everly Brothers ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ b/w ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ 45 single is released. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Pop chart and the Cash Box Best Selling Records chart, despite having been banned from Boston radio stations for lyrics that, at the time, were considered suggestive. ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ also spent seven weeks atop the Billboard country chart and got to #2 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was ranked at #311 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1957: Pete Seeger plays ‘We Shall Overcome’ at the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee as part of its 25th anniversary celebration. On hand is Martin Luther King, Jr., who gives the closing speech at the celebration. The song becomes ingrained with the civil rights movement as King and Seeger fight for equality.
1964: The Beatles perform at Convention Hall in Philadelphia, PA. In the days leading up to the concert, race riots happened in Philadelphia. The civil rights supporting Beatles were shocked to see an entire white audience of 13,000.
1964: The Rolling Stones recorded their version of the Willie Dixon song ‘Little Red Rooster’ at Regent Sound Studios in London, England.
1965: The Beatles released ‘Yesterday.’ The Paul McCartney-written song has more than 2,500 cover versions of the song exist, making it one of the most recorded songs in history.
1965: The Beatles receive a Gold record for John Lennon’s biographical composition, ‘Help!,’ which was still rising up the charts.
1965: Steam Packet with Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Julie Discoll and The Brian Auger Trinity appeared at the Marquee Club in London.
1965: The Doors recorded their first demos at World Pacific Jazz Studios in Los Angeles, California, where they cut six Jim Morrison songs.
1966: The Who played at Locarno Ballroom in Basildon, Essex, England.
1967: The Rolling Stones ‘Dandelion’ b/w ‘We Love You’ 45 Single is released. It reached #14 in the United States, and effectively became the A-side there (as the edgier ‘We Love You’ disappointed at #50 on US charts). This is reflected in ‘Dandelion’ appearing on both the US and UK versions of Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) in 1969, while ‘We Love You’ appeared only on the UK version.
1967: Pink Floyd, The Move, Soft Machine, Fairport Convention, The Nack, and Denny Lane performed at the UFO Festival held at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London.
1967: The Doors play the Asbury Park Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ.
1968: The Doors perform their Amsterdam show as a trio after lead singer Jim Morrison passes out while dancing during the Jefferson Airplane’s performance. Organist Ray Manzarek handles the vocals.
1969: Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sunshine Company, Peanut Butter Conspiracy and Alexander’s Blooz Band played the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA.
1970: Genesis manager Tony Stratton Smith put an advertisement for a drummer in the English magazine Melody Maker. Former child actor-turned-drummer Phil Collins answered and the rest is history.
1970: The Rolling Stones played at Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland.
1971: The Rolling Stones sued their former managers Andrew Loog Oldham and Eric Easton. The band accused the pair of withholding royalties from them during their time on the Decca record label.
1971: Former Grateful Dead manager Lenny Hart was arrested and charged with embezzling about $150,000 from the band. Hart was found by a private detective in San Diego while baptizing people using the name the Reverend Lenny B. Hart. He was convicted of criminal embezzlement and sentenced to six months in jail. The same day, the band released their second live album, titled ‘Grateful Dead.’ The Grateful Dead changed the title after the record company refused to release it under their original title, ‘Starf**k.’
1972: The Hollies ‘Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)’ peaks at #2 on the U.S. charts.
1972: Rod Stewart was at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Wear It Well,’ the singers 2nd chart topper.
1972: The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival was held over three days on Bull Island, near Griffin, Indiana. The Promoters expected over 50,000 music fans. More than 200,000 attended the festival. Many bands pulled out as the festival drifted steadily into anarchy. Bands that did appear included Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids, Black Oak Arkansas, Cheech and Chong, Foghat, Albert King, Brownsville Station, Canned heat, Flash, Ravi Shankar, Rory Gallagher, Lee Michaels and Frosty, The Eagles, The Amboy Dukes, and Gentle Giant. Three concert goers drowned in the Wabash River and as the festival ended, and the remnants of the crowd burned down the music stand.
1974: David Bowie played the first of seven sold-out nights on his ‘Diamond Dogs Tour’ at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.
1975: Five hundred ticket-less fans hoping to see Jefferson Starship and The Doobie Brothers stormed the gates of Syracuse, New York’s Great American Music Fair. Rocks and bottles were thrown, and 60 people ere eventually arrested.
1977: Thin Lizzy’s 8th studio album, ‘Bad Reputation’ is released. It reached #39 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #4 on the UK Albums Chart. The single, ‘Dancing in the Moonlight (It’s Caught Me in Its Spotlight)’ reached #14 on the UK Singles Chart.
1978: Boston’s sophomore LP ‘Don’t Look Back’ hits the charts.
1978: George Harrison marries Olivia Trinidad Arias, a secretary at his Dark Horse record company.
1978: Cheap Trick’s first single to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, ‘Surrender’ peaked at #62. The song would later be covered by everyone from Green Day to Marilyn Manson and appear in numerous television shows, movies and video games.
1978: Black Sabbath and Van Halen played the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, PA.
1979: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center in Augusta, Maine.
1980: KISS perform at the Velodromo Vigorelli in Milan, Italy as part of their ‘Unmasked’ tour. Iron Maiden opens the show.
1982: Fleetwood Mac kick off their Mirage tour in Atlanta. Their opening act is Men at Work, whose debut album ‘Business as Usual’ is racing up the charts in America. Two weeks after the tour ends in October, Men At Work get their own tour as headliners.
1983: Paul McCartney joins George Martin at AIR Studios, in London for the recording of the ‘Give My Regards To Broadstreet’ album.
1984: The original lineup of Van Halen (Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, and Alex Van Halen) played their very last show together in Nuremberg, Germany as part of the Monsters of Rock tour on a bill that included AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio & Motley Crue.
1984: U2 played the second of two nights at the Logan Cambell Centre, Auckland, New Zealand during their ‘Unforgettable Fire’ world tour.
1985: Gary Moore releases his 7th solo album, ‘Run For Cover.’
1987: Sonny Bono announces his run for mayor of Palm Springs, California, after running into problems trying to open a restaurant there. He wins and later becomes a congressman.
1988: The Amnesty International Human Rights Now! tour kicked off at Wembley Stadium and featured Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssu n’Dour. The tour eventually hits five continents and claimis to be the most ambitious rock tour in history.
1989: The Cars’ Ric Ocasek married supermodel Paulina Porizkova.
1989: Ozzy Osbourne is charged with threatening to kill his wife Sharon. Sharon later said, “He went to bed. I was reading downstairs. He came down in his underpants, sat on the sofa right opposite me and said, ‘We’ve come to a decision.’ I was like, ‘Yeah’ — sort of sarcastic — ‘What’s the decision?’ and he said, ‘We’re very sorry but you’re going to have to die.’” Ozzy began to strangle her, but Sharon managed to press a panic button in their home, and when she came to, her husband had disappeared, and the police had arrived. Ozzy was arrested and later released on the condition that he immediately go into detox. The case was later dropped when the couple decided to reconcile.
1989: Jeff Healy’s ‘Angel Eyes’ hits #5 on the singles chart. The track was also used in the movie ‘Road House.’
1989: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts from The B-52’s ‘Love Shack’ at #84, Tina Turner’s ‘The Best’ at #77, Motley Crue’s ‘Dr. Feelgood’ at #65, Aerosmith’s ‘Love In An Elevator’ #56, Tears For Fears’ ‘Sowing The Seeds Of Love’ #53, and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Mixed Emotions’ #47.
1989: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Bon Jovi’s ‘Lay Your Hands On Me’ at #49, Beastie Boys’ ‘Hey Ladies’ #36, Tom Petty’s ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream’ #34, Great White’s ‘Once Bitten…’ #17, Skid Row’s ’18 And Life’ #13, and Warrant’s ‘Heaven’ was #6.
1993: At the MTV Video Music Awards held in Los Angeles at the Universal Amphitheatre, Neil Young joined Pearl Jam on stage for a rendition of Young’s ‘Rockin’ in the Free World.’ Pearl Jam also won Video of The Year, Best Group Video, Best Director and Best Metal/Hard Rock Video for ‘Jeremy.’
1993: Stone Temple Pilots win Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards for ‘Plush.’
1994: Hootie & the Blowfish make their first of several appearances on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman.’
1995: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio, celebrating the opening of the museum. Bruce Springsteen and Chuck Berry get the night started with a duet of ‘Johnny B. Goode,’ followed by 41 different combinations of artists playing 68 songs over the course of six hours and 40 minutes. The lineup includes Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, John Fogerty, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Al Green, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Burdon, The Allman Brothers Band, Booker T. & the MG’s, Robbie Robertson, the Kinks, John Mellencamp, Lou Reed, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, George Clinton, the Pretenders, Iggy Pop, and Jackson Browne. Soul Asylum backs Iggy Pop (on ‘Back Door Man’) and Lou Reed (for ‘Sweet Jane’). Jerry Lee (with help from Springsteen & The E Street Band) sings ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’ and ‘Great Balls Of Fire.’
1995: Seattle’s The President’s of the United States of America are signed by Columbia Records.
1996: Iron Maiden released their 29th single, ‘Virus.’
1996: After bolting, just a few days earlier, from the plane taking Oasis to the U.S. for a tour, vocalist Liam Gallagher rejoins the group in New York. His brother, guitarist Noel, sang in Liam’s absence.
1999: Amon Amarth released the album ‘The Avenger.’ It was their first album with guitarist Johan Söderberg and drummer Fredrik Andersson.
2000: Many fans left a Def Leppard concert at the Oregon State Fair disappointed. The band was accused of playing too quietly, in order to obey local noise ordinances. The band offered their fans a refund. Joe Elliott explained, “Because of some law passed after a particularly loud MC Hammer gig, we were told to turn down our P-A system. But we’ve never pulled out of a show in over 20 years, so we weren’t about to start now.”
2001: Saxophonist Jay Migliori dies of colon cancer. He was 70. Migliori was a session musician who played on an estimated 4,000 commercial recordings including work with The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra and Frank Zappa. He was also the founding member of Supersax, a tribute band to Charlie Parker.
2003: Punk legends The Clash received a lifetime achievement award at the GQ Men of the Year awards in London.
2003: Iron Maiden’s 13th studio album, ‘Dance of Death’ is released.
2005: Mississippi natives 3 Doors Down create a public service announcement to urge support for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The video clip features footage of the flood-torn Gulf Coast region accompanied by the group’s song ‘Here By Me.’ 3DD also ask fans to bring canned food and baby items to their concerts.
2006: A Muslim group in Zanzibar, Tanzania, protests a planned celebration of what would have been the late Freddie Mercury’s 60th birthday (on 9/5/6). Though the Queen frontman was born in Zanzibar, the religious group objects because Mercury was gay.
2008: Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow are among the female singers (and cancer survivors) heard on ‘Just Stand Up.’ As part of the Stand Up To Cancer initiative, song proceeds help fund cancer research.
2008: Rage Against The Machine appear at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, MN. with a near-riot, an impromptu march and a fierce concert. Police initially shut the band’s concert, despite the fact that the festival had a legal permit until 7 p.m. When the angry crowd’s chants of “Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me” failed to start the show, frontman Zack de la Rocha and guitarist Tom Morello performed an a cappella version of ‘Bulls on Parade’ and ‘Killing In The Name,’ handing a megaphone back and forth between them for the lyrics and music.
2008: Jon Bon Jovi, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and Newark mayor Cory Booker jointly announce that Bon Jovi’s Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation is partnering with Help USA to launch the Help Newark Genesis Project, which plans to build 51 houses in the city catering to homeless and low-income citizens, as well as people with special needs.
2008: Led Zeppelin receives the Outstanding Achievement award at the U.K. edition of GQ magazine’s annual Men of the Year Awards in London. Singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page attend. The honor is presented by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. “When the temples get grey, the (awards) start coming in thick and fast,” says Plant.
2008: Great White offers $1 million to victims and survivors of the 2003 club fire at The Station in Rhode Island. 100 people perished in one of the nation’s worst nightclub fires. The group does not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement. The blaze started when Great White’s tour manager lit pyrotechnics that ignited the club’s soundproofing.
2008: London’s Victoria and Albert Museum pay $92,500 for the original Rolling Stones “lips” logo. Created by then-art student John Pasche in ’70, the logo was modeled after Mick Jagger’s lips.
2009: Metallica’s Lars Ulrich hosts a screening of the 2003 Danish film ‘The Five Obstructions,’ a documentary that incorporates experimental elements, in San Rafael, CA. He also participates in a discussion of the film.
2009: Guy Babylon, keyboard player with the Elton John Band, dies of a heart attack while swimming in his Los Angeles pool. He was 52. Babylon won a Grammy Award for his contributions on the Elton John/Tim Rice musical Aida. Elton John said, “I am devastated and heartbroken at the death of Guy Babylon. Guy played over 1000 shows with me, and we worked together on the Road To El Dorado, Aida, Billy Elliot, Lestat and Gnomeo and Juliet, as well as on countless albums. He was one of the most brilliant musicians I ever knew, a true genius, a gentle angel — and I loved him so much.”
2011: The Red Hot Chili Peppers play a free show in London through a partnership with BBC Radio 1. The band distributes tickets through a random ballot. The set list includes tracks from their most recent album, ‘I’m With You’ and a cover of Neil Young’s ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.’
2011: My Chemical Romance fire drummer Michael Pedicone for thievery. “He was caught red handed stealing from the band and confessed to police after our show last night in Auburn, Washington,” reads a band statement. “We are heartbroken and sick to our stomachs over this entire situation.” The band declines to press charges.
2012: Mark Abrahamian, lead guitarist with Starship, dies of a heart attack. He was 46. Abrahamian collapsed following a concert in Nebraska where Starship had opened for Survivor and Boston.
2013: Elton John receives the first ever Brits Icon award. Rod Stewart presents the prize to John describing him as “the second-best Rock singer ever.” The award is given to artists who have had a “lasting impact” on UK culture.
2014: Counting Crows release their 7th album, ‘Somewhere Under Wonderland.’ It’s their first on Capitol Records.
2016: The Eagles ‘Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975’ returned to the U.S. album chart thanks to a 99-cent sale price in the Google Play store. The album, released in 1976, was already the largest selling compilation album in history with worldwide sales of over 42 million copies.
1955: Bill Haley And His Comets turn down a $2,000 offer for a 15 date tour of Australia because of their fear of flying.
1955: Billboard magazine reports that independent record manufacturers are continuing to expand at an unprecedented rate. They took in $20 million last year.
1962: After playing a lunchtime show at The Cavern in Liverpool, The Beatles then play the first of three Monday night gigs at The Queen’s Hall, Widnes, Cheshire. Also on the bill, Billy Kramer and the Coasters, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and Sonny Kaye and the Reds.
1965: A Rolling Stones show in Dublin, Ireland ended in a riot after 30 fans jumped onto the stage. Jagger was knocked down as the rest of the band fled the stage.
1966: Donovan hit #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sunshine Superman.’ The track featured then Yardbird Jimmy Page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass. The song was written for Donovan’s future wife Linda Lawrence.
1966: Question Mark And The Mysterians’ ’96 Tears’ makes its debut on Billboard’s Hot 100, where it will eventually reach #1.
1966: After 14 years on TV (and ten years on radio before that), the last ‘Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet’ TV show, with son Rick Nelson, airs on ABC.
1967: During a 10-date tour of Sweden, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Liseburg in Gothenburg, Sweden.
1968: Ringo returns to The Beatles after quitting in frustration during the ‘White Album’ sessions. He finds his drum kit covered in flowers.
1969: The 30th Elvis Presley movie, the ’20s period piece ‘The Trouble With Girls (And How To Get Into It),’ is released.
1969: The Monkees ‘Good Clean Fun’ b/w ‘Mommy And Daddy’ 45 single is released.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at the Sports Arena in San Diego, California. A critic for the local newspaper, the Union-Tribune wrote, “The performance was old-time religion without a message and without a moral, although there was plenty that was physical for the congregation of young people. There was the hand clapping, the shouting, the parading in the aisles – and finally there was the self-induced frenzy that was once the trademark of some evangelical religious sects.”
1970: Freddie King and Johnny Winter performed at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1970: The Dave Clark Five call it quits after ten years.
1970: It was reported that Bob Dylan’s bootleg album ‘Great White Wonder’ has sold over 350,000 copies.
1970: Guitarist Alan Wilson of Canned Heat, dies in Los Angeles at 27. Wilson’s body was found on a hillside behind bandmate Bob Hite’s Topanga Canyon home. Accidental acute barbiturate intoxication was listed as the cause of death. Wilson had been hospitalized for acute depression a few months prior to his death when he allegedly tried to commit suicide by driving his car off a freeway. Wilson, nicknamed “Blind Owl” because of his thick prescription glasses sang ‘Going Up The Country,’ Woodstock’s unofficial theme song. He is another member of the “27” club.
1970: Arthur Brown was arrested at the Palermo Pop ’70 Festival in Italy, after setting fire to his helmet and stripping naked during his stage performance. The singer spent four days in solitary confinement before he was released.
1971: Led Zeppelin play one night at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Top ticket price was $7.50.
1971: The Allman Brothers band appeared at the Place de Nations in Montreal, Quebec.
1971: Fleetwood Mac’s 5th studio alum, ‘Future Games’ is released. It reached #91 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. ‘Future Games’ was their first album with guitarist Bob Welch and the first to feature Christine McVie as a full member.
1972: David Bowie performed at the Hardrock Concert Theatre, Stretford, in Manchester, England. The 3000-seat venue hosted some of the biggest names in England during its brief three year existence.
1972: Edgar Winter played The Sunshine In in Asbury Park, NJ.
1973: The Rolling Stones appeared at Eisstadion, in Mannheim, Germany.
1975: An all-star jam session took place at a party in Los Angeles for actor Peter Sellers’ 50th Birthday. Bill Wyman on bass, Ronnie Wood, Jesse Ed Davis, and Danny Kortchmar on guitars, Keith Moon, organ and drums, Joe Cocker, vocals, Nigel Olsson, drums and David Bowie and Bobby Keys on sax. The group named themselves the Trading Faces.
1976: Marshall Tucker Band played the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1977: Just weeks after his death, record buyers in Great Britain were scooping up Elvis Presley discs. The king had the #1 album, ‘Moody Blue’ and the number one single, ‘Way Down,’ as well as 26 other albums and 8 more singles in the Top 100.
1977: Studio engineer Keith Harwood is killed in a car crash in England at 37. Harwood had just left a recording session with The Rolling Stones when he died in the same spot where Marc Bolan would die two weeks later. Harwood was noted for his work at Olympic Studios with David Bowie (‘Diamond Dogs’), and The Rolling Stones (‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll’) and (‘Black And Blue’). He also engineered a number of Led Zeppelin albums, including ‘Houses Of The Holy,’ ‘Physical Graffiti’ and ‘Presence.’ The Rolling Stones dedicated their album ‘Love You Live’ to his memory.
1977: Heart peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Barracuda’ their third top forty single in the U.S.
1978: Frank Zappa, Scorpions, Brand X, John McLaughlin, Ten Years After, Joan Baez, and Genesis perform at Ludwigsparkstadion in Saarbrücken, Germany.
1978: The Outlaws with special guests Thin Lizzy played The Busch Cape Cod Summer Music Festival from Cape Cod Coliseum in South Yarmouth, MA.
1979: Van Halen appeared at Kaikan Hall in Kyoto, Japan.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult played at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.
1982: The US Festival kicked off in San Bernardino, California. The three day festival included performances by Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, The Police, The Cars, Talking Heads, The Kinks, Ramones, B52’s, The English Beat, Gang Of Four, The Grateful Dead, Pat Benatar, Jackson Browne and more. Apple Computers founder Steven Wozniak bankrolled the festival.
1983: Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble hit the album charts with ‘Double Trouble.’
1983: The Eurythmics went to #1 on the singles chart with ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).’
1984: Iron Maiden release their 5th studio album, ‘Powerslave.’ In 2017, it was ranked 38th on Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.”
1987: Neil Young and Crazy Horse played Pine Knob Music Theatre in in Clarkston, MI.
1988: Bon Jovi release their single, ‘Bad Medicine.’ It eventually hits #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1988: UB40 had their first #1 single with ‘Red Red Wine.’ The song, taken from their album ‘Labour of Love,’ was a cover of the 1968 Neil Diamond hit song.
1988: The Beach Boys ‘Kokomo’ hits #1. The song, written by John Phillips (Mamas & Papas), Mike Love (Beach Boys), producer Terry Melcher (Paul Revere & The Raiders/The Byrds) and Scott McKenzie (‘San Francisco – Be Sure To Wear A Flower In Your Hair’), is the first Beach Boys hit not to include Brian Wilson.
1988: Triumph performed their last concert with guitarist and singer Rik Emmett until 2008 at the Kingswood Music Theatre at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, ON outside of Toronto.
1990: R.E.M. started recording sessions for their ‘Out Of Time’ album at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York.
1990: Judas Priest released their 12th studio album, ‘Painkiller.’ It was Rob Halford’s last album with the band until 2005’s ‘Angel of Retribution.’ The album reached #26 on the Billboard chart.
It was also their first album with drummer Scott Travis.
1991: Ike Turner was released from prison, having served 18 months of a four year prison term. Ike had been arrested ten other times and in an interview with Variety magazine, he claimed to have spent over $11 million on cocaine.
1991: During a European tour, Nirvana recorded ‘Dumb,’ ‘Drain You’ and ‘Endless Nameless’ at Maida Vale studios in London for the BBC Radio 1 John Peel show.
1991: Overkill release their 5th studio album, ‘Horrorscope.’ It was the first Overkill album to feature the duo of guitarists Merritt Gant and Rob Cannavino.
1991: XYZ release their 2nd studio album, ‘Hungry.’
1991: Rush release their 14th studio album, ‘Roll the Bones.’
1991: Richie Sambora releases his solo album, ‘Stranger In This Town.’
1992: David Bowie became the first person to appear on the cover of Architectural Digest in four years.
1994: John Mellencamp peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with his cover of Van Morrison’s ‘Wild Night’ which was a duet with Me’shell Ndegeocello & was Mellencamp’s tenth and last top ten single in the U.S.
1994: Neil Young’s album ‘Sleeps With Angels,’ is released. The title track references Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. Cobain’s suicide note contained a reference to Young’s ‘My My, Hey, Hey (Out Of The Blue).’ “It’s better to burn out than fade away.”
1994: Brian Setzer marries Christine Schmidt.
1999: The largest music bootleg bust in US history was made. It was estimated that this one operation alone was responsible for $100 million in lost revenues. Almost 1 million CDs and tapes and recording equipment valued at $250,000 were confiscated.
1999: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx was arrested after a concert in Raleigh, NC on charges on inciting a riot in Greensboro, NC in October of 1997. Sixx also faced charges of assault and disorderly conduct. The police say Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee hurled racial slurs at John Allen, an African-American security guard, and also encouraged the audience to assault Allen. Sixx faced one felony riot charge and misdemeanors for inciting a riot and disorderly conduct, but later a confidential settlement with the security guard put the matter to rest a week before the federal trial.
2001: System Of A Down’s scheduled free promotional concert in L.A. is canceled because too many people show up. A riot follows with cops on horseback dispersing the crowd.
2002: The Rolling Stones 40th anniversary ‘Licks’ tour kicked off at the Fleet Centre in Boston. Tickets for the best seats cost $224. The world tour would see the band playing to over 2.5 million fans over 100 shows.
2002: The longstanding battle between the 60’s girl group The Ronettes and Phil Spector was on the docket of New York State Court of Appeals in Albany. The Ronettes, led by Phil Spector’s then-wife Ronnie Spector, recorded 28 songs for Spector from 1963 to 1967. Under a 1963 contract, they received a one-time payment of $14,482. Group members contend that the contract didn’t cover the royalties for Ronettes’ songs used in movies, TV shows and advertising. The Ronettes’ big hit, ‘Be My Baby’ was featured in the movie Dirty Dancing. In November 2001, a lower state court said the Ronettes were entitled to nearly $3 million. Spector’s lawyers countered that the 1963 contract gives him ownership of all the group’s recordings. The court battle between Spector and the Ronettes started in 1988.
2002: The original version of the peer to peer file swapping program Napster officially died on September 3rd when an attempted buyout by Bertelsmann Entertainment Group (BEG), which owns several record labels, including Arista Records, failed to go through bankruptcy court. Napster subsequently laid off all its employees and the Web site’s home page sported the Napster logo with “Napster Was Here” written below. Napster has now re-appeared in a pay-per-song format.
2004: Songwriter and producer Billy Davis died in New York after a long illness. He co-wrote Jackie Wilson’s, ‘Reet Petite’ and the jingle ‘I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke.’ Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Gladys Knight all recorded his songs.
2004: Facing rampant downloading, Universal Music, the world’s largest record company, announces they are cutting their CD list price in an effort to boost sales.
2004: Linkin Park’s ‘Breaking the Habit’ takes over the top spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart replacing Three Days Grace’s ‘Just Like You.’ ‘Breaking The Habit’ also tops the Modern Rock Tracks.
2004: ‘Songs For Sudan’ is issued in Europe. Aimed at raising money for the hundreds of thousands of people driven from their homes in Sudan’s Darfur region, the album has tracks from R.E.M., Jet and Ash.
2005: Judas Priest tours Latin America. Whitesnake is the opening act. The trek begins in Mexico Cityat the Palacio de los Deportes.
2006: Don Henley plays the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival. John Mellencamp was originally scheduled but had to drop out. The Labor Day weekend show is in Snowmass Village, CO.
2008: Rage Against The Machine play show at Minneapolis’ Target Center that coincides with the Republican National Convention taking place in St. Paul (across the river). RATM played the 2000 and 2008 Democratic National Conventions in Los Angeles and Denver, respectively. But this time they are definitely ‘outsiders’.
2008: Slipknot get their 1st #1 on the US album charts with their album ‘All Hope Is Gone,’ but only after a recount put them ahead of rapper The Game’s latest release. Slipknot’s fourth studio album sold 239,516 copies, which was 1,134 more than the Games album. Kid Rock’s ‘Rock N Roll Jesus’ sits at #3.
2009: Chicago is the first stop on Chevelle’s North American tour in support of their ‘Sci-Fi Crimes’ album.
2010: Mike Edwards (also known as Swami Deva Pramada or simply Pramada), a founding member of ELO who played the cello, was killed when a giant bale of hay weighing more than half a ton tumbled down a hill and crashed into his van on the highway. Edwards quit ELO in 1975 to become a Buddhist, changing his name to Deva Pramada and made his living by teaching cello lessons, performing improvisational dance and playing with the Devon Baroque orchestra.
2010: Death Angel released their 6th studio album, ‘Relentless Retribution.’ This was the first Death Angel album done without longtime drummer Andy Galeon.
2011: Pearl Jam celebrate their 20-year anniversary with the PJ20 Festival – a “destination festival” that draws 37,000. The two-day event in Alpine Valley, WI, features a Pearl Jam Museum with frontman Eddie Vedder’s handwritten and typed lyric sheets and appearances by Queens Of The Stone Age, Mudhoney and The Strokes.
2011: The Martin Scorsese-directed documentary ‘George Harrison: Living In The Material World’ makes its world premiere at the 38th annual Telluride Film Festival. Five years in the making, the lengthy (over 3 hours) two-part documentary coincides with the 10-year anniversary of Harrison’s death in 2001 from lung cancer.
2012: Seether launch their ‘Rise Above Fest’ in Laconia, NH. The event is named after their popular track ‘Rise Above.’ Puddle Of Mudd, Buckcherry and Black Stone Cherry also perform. A portion of the proceeds benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
2013: Nine Inch Nails release their first album in five years, ‘Hesitation Marks.’
2013: Ed Roland And The Sweet Tea Project, featuring the Collective Soul frontman, roll out their debut album, ‘Devils ‘n Darlins,’ in North America. “The Sweet Tea Project started as a bunch of friends coming over after gigs and listening to new songs had written, but not with Collective Soul in mind,” says Roland.
2013: Noel Gallagher (Oasis) receives the Icon Award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London. Arctic Monkeys get the Band honor while Elton John takes home the magazine’s Genius Award.
2013: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson receives the Prog God Award at the Progressive Music Awards in London. “The innocent voyage of restless souls: that’s Prog Rock,’ says Anderson. ‘Sometimes bombastic, self-indulgent and worse, it is also an honest, gut-felt reaction to the often simplistic and repetitive nature of much of Pop and Rock.”
2013: ‘Rubber Soul,’ written by musician Greg Kihn, is out. The novel centers around The Beatles in the ’60s. For the book, Kihn interviewed Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Patti Harrison, Yoko Ono and Pete Best.
2013: The British Phonographic Industry announced that The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ would finally be certified Platinum in the United Kingdom. Although the album has sold over five million copies in Great Britain since it was issued in 1967, the Platinum designation has only been around since 1994 and requires sales of 300,000.
2015: Black Sabbath announced their final tour, ‘The End,’ was set to kick off in January 2016. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler were slated to participate, but drummer Bill Ward, who had an earlier falling out with the band, was not mentioned.
2015: Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks is named the Prog God for 2015 at the Progressive Music Awards in London.
2015: Avril Lavigne reveals that she is separated from Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger after two years of marriage. “It is with heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today,” writes Lavigne on Instagram.
2017: Walter Becker, guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band Steely Dan, passed away at the age of 67. Becker and his musical partner Donald Fagen formed Steely Dan in 1971, broke up in 1981, and then reformed in 1993 to much critical acclaim, including Grammy Awards and an induction in 2001 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Becker had produced records for Rickie Lee Jones, China Crisis and Michael Franks.
2017: Founding Molly Hatchet guitarist Dave Hlubek dies of a heart attack at 66. Hlubek was originally the band’s lead singer, and was its most prolific songwriter, penning most of their hits, including ‘Flirtin’ With Disaster’ and ‘Whiskey Man.’ He was kicked out of the band in 1987 due to substance abuse, but rejoined in 2005 although he had numerous health issues.
1954: Elvis Presley, with Bill Black and Scotty Moore make their first appearance at The Grand Old Opry in Nashville. The audience reaction was so poor that the Opry’s manager Jim Denny told Elvis that he should go back to driving a truck.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis files for divorce from his 2nd wife and he marries his cousin Myra three months later, before the divorse is final.
1957: The Buddy Deane Bandstand debuts on WJZ-TV in Baltimore. The two hour Rock ‘n’ Roll show gave viewers a chance to call in and talk to celebrity performers, which tied up lines so badly the phone company was forced to ask Deane to desist.
1959: Following the stabbing deaths of two teenagers by a 17 year old and other similar incidents of violence in New York City, WCBS radio in the Big Apple bans all versions of ‘Mack the Knife.’
1959: Dick Clark’s traveling show opens at the Michigan State Fair. The line-up includes Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Duane Eddy, The Coasters, LaVern Baker and Jan And Dean.
1962: The Beatles recorded six songs including ‘Love Me Do”‘ and ‘P.S. I Love You,’ at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London. The two songs became the two sides of their first single. Producer George Martin had originally wanted to release the Mitch Murray composition, ‘How Do You Do It,’ but the band’s lack of enthusiasm was clear in the recording and the song remained unreleased until it appeared on ‘Anthology 1’ in 1995. It’s their first recording session with Ringo Starr on drums.
1963: The Beach Boys played Murray The K’s Holiday Revue at Brooklyn’s Fox Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. along with Ben E. King, Little Stevie Wonder, The Drifters, The Miracles, The Tymes, The Chifons, Randy & Rainbows, Angels, Jan & Dean, Jay & The Americans, Gene Pitney, The Dovells, Dionne Warwick and Dick & Dee Dee.
1964: The Animals make their U.S. concert debut at New York’s Paramount Theatre.
1965: The Beatles began a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Help,’ the title of their 2nd film. It was the group’s 9th US #1.
1965: The Who’s van is stolen with all of their equipment while ironically out to shop for a guard dog to protect it. While the van was recovered, the theft actually turns out to be a blessing in disguise for both The Who and the now-legendary amp brand Marshall, when Townshend and Entwistle decide to upgrade to the new 100 watt models.
1968: The Beatles film promo videos for ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Revolution’ at Twickenham Film Studios. The vocals are recorded live over the pre-recorded instrumental tracks to get around the current British Musicians Union ban on lip-sync performances. For ‘Hey Jude,’ The Beatles were accompanied by a 36-piece orchestra and 300 fans and other assorted extras who join in.
1968: ‘Street Fighting Man’ by The Rolling Stones is banned in Chicago and some other cities as local officials fear it will incite riots.
1968: Pink Floyd played at Middle Earth, The Club House, Richmond Athletic Club in Richmond, England.
1969: The film ‘Easy Rider’ starring Jack Nicholson Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper opened at The Classic in London. The soundtrack included music from Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, The Electric Prunes, Steppenwolf and others.
1969: The Rascals are presented with two Gold albums. The first was for their two year old debut disc, ‘The Young Rascals’ and the second for their greatest hits collection, ‘Time Peace.’
1969: The Youngbloods do not appear on ‘The Tonight Show’ as scheduled. Johnny Carson says in his monologue, “They complained about the set, the lighting, the sound, the show…everything. So we wiped their noses, told them they’d been in show business a day and a half and sent them home.” Youngblood’s guitarist/pianist Lowell Levinger retorted, “We weren’t treated like guests…”
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at The Scene in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1970: George Harrison releases ‘My Sweet Lord.’ It turns out the song is too close to the Chiffon’s ‘He’s So Fine.’
1970: The Rolling Stones ‘Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert’ is released. The live album reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and reached #1 on the UK Albums chart. It was recorded in New York and Maryland in November 1969, just before the release of Let It Bleed.
1971: Paul and Linda McCartney went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with the U.S. only released ‘Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey’ from the album ‘Ram.’ It was McCartney’s first U.S. solo #1. Paul has said that ‘Uncle Albert’ was based on his real-life uncle. “He’s someone I recall fondly and when the song was coming, it was like a nostalgia thing… As for Admiral Halsey, he’s one of yours, an American admiral”, referring to Admiral William “Bull” Halsey.
1971: During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada.
1972: Concessionaire Francisco Caruso was killed during a Wishbone Ash concert in Texas after refusing to give a fan a free sandwich.
1972: John Lennon and Yoko Ono make an appearance on Jerry Lewis’ Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.
1973: The Rolling Stones performed at Sporthalle in Cologne, Germany.
1975: Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band began a two night stand at Cobo Hall in Detroit where they recorded their first live album ‘Live Bullet’ which was released the following year when it peaked at #34 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sold five million copies in the U.S.
1976: Fleetwood Mac went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with their self-titled album after being on the charts for over a year. It knocked Peter Frampton’s ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ out of the top spot and was the band’s first album with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. The album went on to sell over 5 million copies in the U.S. and was the first of three #1 albums for the group.
1976: The Sex Pistols made their television debut when they appeared on the Manchester based Granada TV program ‘So It Goes.’
1976: KISS releases the Soft-Rock ballad, ‘Beth,’ which will rise to #7 and become their only US Top 10 hit. The song was originally titled ‘Beck,’ written about a woman named Rebecca, the wife of one of Peter Criss’ former band mates. Because Criss dedicated the number to his wife Lydia at each performance, many mistakenly thought the song was about her.
1976: KISS play the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, PA.
1976: Aerosmith’s ‘Rocks’ LP goes gold.
1976: Blue Oyster Cult’s biggest hit, ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,’ cracks the Billboard Top 40 on its way to #12.
1978: AC/DC appeared at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.
1979: The Grateful Dead play the first of three nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1980: A new version of Yes, with Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn play the first of three sold out nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
1981: Van Halen played at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi.
1981: Meatloaf releases his 3rd studio album, ‘Dead Ringer.’
1982: Just as its six week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 was ending, ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ by Survivor climbs to #1 in the UK for the first of four weeks.
1982: ‘Abracadabra’ is #1 in the U.S. The song is the third chart-topper for the Steve Miller Band. The other two are ‘Rock n’ Me’ and ‘The Joker.’
1982: Frank Zappa’s single ‘Valley Girl’ reaches #32 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. This marks the sole time Zappa charted in the Top-40 in the United States, despite being an international hit abroad and producing a career total of 62 albums in his lifetime.
1982: The Steve Miller Band start a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Abracadabra’ the group’s 3rd US #1. Miller has said the song was inspired by Diana Ross with whom Miller had met while performing together on Hullabaloo in the 1960’s.
1982: The Who release their 10th studio album, ‘It’s Hard.’ It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #11 on the UK Albums chart. The first track, ‘Athena,’ reached #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1983: Phil Lynott gives his final performance with Thin Lizzy at a stop on the Monsters of Rock tour in Nuremberg, Germany.
1986: Gregg Allman was arrested for charges of drunk driving in Florida. He had just gotten his license back after a five-year suspension. He blows a .27 (legal limit: .10) and is charged with drunken driving and driving with an expired license. Allman is sentenced to five days in jail and ordered to do community service, which he serves by playing a drug-and-alcohol-free graduation party for area high schools. He does his time in January 1987, a month before his aptly titled solo album ‘I’m No Angel’ is released.
1990: Poison release the single, ‘Something to Believe In.’ It peaks at #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1993: Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ can only get to #34 on the pop chart but it does a whole lot better on the Modern Rock chart where it rises to #2.
1995: Blur, Oasis, Radiohead, Paul Weller, Manic St Preachers and The Stone Roses all recorded tracks for the ‘War Child’ charity album, which was released five days later. All profits went to children caught up in the current war in former Yugoslavia.
1996: The 13th MTV Music Video Awards at New York’s Radio City Music Hall plays like a Smashing Pumpkins tribute. They win Best Alternative Music Video (‘1979’), Best Video and Breakthrough Video (‘Tonight, Tonight’). Beck manages to land Best Male Video (‘Where It’s At’) while the Foo Fighters take home Best Group Video (‘Big Me’). Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher throws a beer at the audience during the band’s performance of ‘Champagne Supernova.’
1996: The reunited original lineup of KISS perform on the MTV VMA’s under the Brooklyn Bridge.
1996: The original lineup of Van Halen made their first public appearance since 1984 at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The show also featured performances by Kiss, Neil Young and Metallica.
1996: Cat Stevens emerges from seclusion in London, England to sign copies of his first album in 18 years. The LP, titled ‘The Life of the Last Prophet’ was mostly spoken-word and was released under his Muslim name, Yusuf Islam. He was born Steven Demetre Georgiou and people close to him during his career always referred to him as Steve.
1997: Guitarist Pat Smear officially announces his ‘retirement’ from Foo Fighters. He is replaced by short-timer Franz Stahl.
1999: ‘All Star’ from Smash Mouth reaches #5 on the Billboard Top 100.
2000: David Brown of Santana dies from liver and kidney failure. He was 50 Brown was Santana’s primary bassist from 1966 – 1971, and then again from 1973 – 1976. After Woodstock and Santana, Brown played on Boz Skaggs’ debut album ‘Moments’ as well as their later releases ‘Boz Scaggs & Band’ and ‘My Time.’ In 1998, he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Santana.
2000: After just getting his license back after a five-year suspension, Greg Allman is arrested in back-to-back incidents in Florida. In the first incident, police clock Allman’s Trans Am at 85 mph in a 45-mph zone. He is given a ticket for speeding and one for his expired license. He is then arrested about 4 hours later when his car is seen weaving across the highway. Allman failed a roadside sobriety test and book him into the Marion County Jail for a DUI, with a blood-alcohol content of 0.27 percent.
2001: System Of A Down’s sophomore album, ‘Toxicity’ is released. The album debuts at #1 on the Billboard album chart.
2003: Nearly 26 years after the death of Elvis Presley, BMG/RCA, unearthed a never-before-heard song called ‘I’m A Roustabout.’ The song was originally commissioned and written for the film ‘Roustabout’ (1964) by long-time Presley collaborators Winfield Scott and Otis Blackwell, but was never used. Instead, a completely different song written by the team Giant/Baum/Kaye was recorded for the film and eventually became the title song for both the movie and the album. Winfield Scott found the original acetate in the basement of his New Jersey home and BMG/RCA added the track to the album ‘Elvis, 2nd to None.’
2003: Aerosmith performed at the National Mall in Washington, DC as part of NFL Kickoff Live to kickoff the 2003 NFL season.
2006: Mike Gibbins drummer with Badfinger died in his sleep at his Florida home aged 56. Badfinger had the 1970 UK #4 & US #7 single ‘Come And Get It,’ written by Paul McCartney. He had also been a member of The Iveys during the 60’s.
2007: The Bob Dylan “biographical” movie, ‘I’m Not There: Suppositions On A Film Concerning Dylan,’ premieres at the Venice (Italy) Film Festival.
2007: Megadeth release their 2nd live album. ‘That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires.’
2007: My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way weds Lyn Z, bassist for Mindless Self Indulgence, in Englewood, CO. The spontaneous ceremony is officiated by a member of the touring staff – an ordained minister.
2007: The Police played the first UK date on their Reunion tour when they played two nights at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.
2008: More than 100 people are arrested early in the morning as fans leaving a Rage Against The Machine concert at Minneapolis Target Center stage an impromptu march to protest the Republican National Convention taking place in neighboring St. Paul. So we have anti-war demonstrators vs. cops – just like the ’60s.
2008: The first guitar torched on stage by Jimi Hendrix sold for £280,000 ($448,000) at an auction of rock memorabilia. The Fender Stratocaster was burned at the end of a show at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, north London, in 1967. The sale held in London also included the Beatles’ first management contract, signed in 1962 by all four members of the group and manager Brian Epstein, sold for £240,000 ($384,000).
2009: The Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of ‘American Idiot,’ the musical based on Green Day’s ’04 album, makes its premiere in Berkeley, CA (the band’s hometown). Directed by the Tony Award-winning Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), the score includes all the songs from ‘American Idiot’ plus songs from the follow-up album ’21st Century Breakdown.’ “We’ve seen firsthand what amazing actors they are,” says Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong of the cast. “Their talent has truly brought the album to life.”
2012: ‘Live’ recordings by Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, with future Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr, came to light after being discovered in Storm’s sister’s basement. Although the quality of the tapes were described as leaving “a bit to be desired”, plans were underway to round them into the group’s first and only album. Storm passed away on September 27th, 1972.
2013: Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘Hail To The King’ tops the Billboard 200 Chart selling 159,000 copies in its first week.
2013: A planned Lamb Of God concert in Malaysia is officially cancelled. The Department Of Islamic Development objected to the show. Promoters took the blame on behalf of the government, saying they called off the show because of death threats made against the band, along with “objections raised by various groups.”
2013: Stone Temple Pilots with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington (replacing the mercurial Scott Weiland) begin a North American tour. The only one objecting to this trek is Weiland. Filter is the supporting act.
2015: Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards summed up what a lot of Classic Rock lovers have always felt when he told The New York Daily News that Rap was for “tone deaf people.” He went on to say “All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.”
2015: Iron Maiden release their 16th studio album, ‘The Book of Souls.’ It peaked at #4 on the Billboard albums chart and hit the #1 spot in 24 countries.
2015: Five Finger Death Punch ‘Got Your Six’ album is released.
2016: The classic Misfits lineup of Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein reunite for first time since ‘83 to headline the Riot Fest (in Denver). Dave Lombardo is on drums
1956: Johnny Cash releases ‘I Walk The Line.’
1957: Elvis Presley gives his mother, Gladys his pink 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood. The car remained in the Presley family and went on display at Graceland.
1962: The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, visits producer George Martin’s London office to listen to the acetate of the group’s first recording, ‘Love Me Do.’
1963: The Rolling Stones kicked off their 4th UK tour at The Astoria London. A 32-date package tour with Mike Berry and the Innocents The Mojos and Simon Scott and the Leroy’s.
1964: The Animals’ ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’ hits #1 on the U.S. charts. It stayed there for three weeks. When first released the record company printed the time of the song on the record as three minutes feeling that the real time of four minutes was too long for radio airplay. To promote the group in the U.S., disc jockeys were sent boxes of animal crackers wrapped with special promotional material.
1964: Manfred Mann released the single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’ in the U.S. The song would end up going to #1 in October.
1964: ‘And I Love Her’ by The Beatles peaks at #12 on the U.S. singles chart while ‘If I Fell’ stalled at #53.
1965: The Rolling Stones record their 8th single ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’ at RCA studios in Hollywood. The song eventually goes to #1 on the charts in the U.S. and the UK. In a later interview, Keith Richards would say “I never dug it as a record. The chorus was a nice idea, but we rushed it as the follow-up” (to ‘Satisfaction’).
1966: John Lennon started work in Germany on his role as Private Gripweed in the film ‘How I Won The War.’ The black comedy directed by Richard Lester, was filmed in Spain in Almería Province and saw Lennon, taking a long-overdue break from The Beatles after nearly four years of constant touring.
1967: The Beatles began recording ‘I Am the Walrus’ at Abbey road Studios. They end up recording 16 takes of the basic backing track.
1967: The Doors ‘People Are Strange’ b/w ‘Unhappy Girl’ 45 single is released. The single peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and made it to the top 10 in the Cash Box charts. It was written by Robby Krieger and Jim Morrison although credit was given to The Doors evenly.
1968: The Doors appear on ‘Top of The Pops’ performing ‘Hello I Love You’ live on the TV show. It was the band’s first ever visit to the UK.
1969: King Crimson performed at Market Hall in Romford, England.
1969: The Stooges made their New York debut at The Pavilion supporting MC5.
1970: Janis Joplin started recording sessions recording a version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song ‘Me and Bobby McGee.’ Joplin, (who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson’s from the beginning of her career to her death), topped the U.S. singles chart with the song in 1971 after her death, making the song the 2nd posthumous #1 single in U.S. chart history after ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’ by Otis Redding.
1970: Joe Cocker’s ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ enters the charts.
1970: Poco appeared at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1971: At a Wishbone Ash outdoor concert in Austin, Texas, hot dog vender Francisco Carrasco is shot dead. The incident inspires the song ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Widow.’
1971: During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at Chicago International Amphitheatre.
1971: Poco’s 3rd studio album (and 4th album overall) ‘From the Inside’ is released. It reached at #52 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1973: Bruce Springsteen releases his 2nd album, ‘The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle.’
1975: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band play the Cobo Hall in Detroit. The seminal live album ‘Live Bullet’ was recorded on this date and the day before.
1975: Jethro Tull release their 8th studio album, ‘Minstrel in the Gallery’ in the UK. It was released September 8 in the U.S.
1975: Black Sabbath performed at Swing Auditorium in, San Bernardino, California.
1976: Garry Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd falls asleep at the wheel under the influence of alcohol and drugs in his new Ford Torino and hits a tree and a house. The incident inspires their song ‘That Smell.’ Ronnie Van Zant wrote “Whiskey bottles and brand new cars, oak tree you’re in my way. There’s too much coke and too much smoke. Look what’s goin’ on inside you…”
1978: Joe Negroni, co-founder and baritone vocalist of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 37. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1983.
1978: The Electric Light Orchestra appeared at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.
1979: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Civic Center in Dothan, Alabama.
1980: Black Sabbath performed at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1981: ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,’ a duet with Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty, peaks at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1981: Stevie Nicks hits #1 on the U.S. album charts with ‘Bella Donna.’ The Jimmy Iovine produced record features backing by the Heartbreakers.
1981: Foreigner’s ‘Urgent,’ with the killer Jr. Walker sax solo, reaches #4 on the pop chart.
1986: Dire Straits get a MTV Best Video Award for their animated ‘Money For Nothing.’
1987: American Bandstand airs on network TV for the last time. ABC picked up the show in 1957, and throughout its run on the network, Dick Clark was the host. The show continued another year in syndication and aired one season on the USA network in 1989.
1987: Ian Astbury of The Cult was arrested after a show in Vancouver ended in a riot. Staff at the concert claimed they were assaulted by Astbury, who spent the night in the local jail.
1987: Grim Reaper release their 3rd studio album, ‘Rock You to Hell.’
1987: Warlock release their 4th and final studio album, ‘Triumph and Agony.’
1987: Armored Saint release their 3rd album, ‘Raising Fear.’ This was their last album with guitarist Dave Prichard. The band did a cover of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song ‘Saturday Night Special’ on this album.
1987: Y&T release their 8th studio album, ‘Contagious.’
1987: Motorhead release their 8th studio album, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll.’ The album reached number 34 on the UK’s Official Chart and reaches #150 on Billboard’s 200 album chart. Following the release of the album, Lemmy moved to the Unites States permanently.
1989: Alice cooper releases his 35th single, ‘Poison.’
1989: Soundgarden release their 2nd studio album, ‘Louder Than Love.’
1990: B.B. King receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1990: Poison release their single, ‘Something To Believe In.’ It eventually peaks at #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1991: The 8th annual MTV Music Video Awards held in Universal City. R.E.M. picks up five MTV Video Music Awards, including Video Of The Year for ‘Losing My Religion.’ Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ wins Best Male Video, Best Cinematography and Best Video from a Film. Don Henley performed his solo hit ‘The Heart Of The Matter,’ with other performances by Van Halen (who were introduced by Pee-wee Herman), Poison, Queensryche, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses. Guitarist C.C. DeVille is kicked out of Poison after he sabotages their performance at the MTV Video Music Awards by playing ‘Talk Dirty To Me’ instead of ‘Unskinny Bop’ as planned. DeVille rejoins the band five years later.
1992: Temple of the Dog peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their self-titled album which was their only album. This was a band consisting of members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden & the album went on to go Platinum in the U.S.
1993: Dave Navarro, the former Jane’s Addiction guitarist, officially joins the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Navarro remained in the band until April of 1998 when he was fired after showing up at a band practice under the influence of drugs and falling backwards over his own amp.
1994: Rod Stewart and his wife Rachael Hunter become parents to son Liam McAllister.
1994: Oasis appeared at The Hacienda in Manchester to celebrate the launch of their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe.’ The album went on to become the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK and marked the beginning of Oasis’ success in America, selling over one million copies there.
1998: Aerosmith get their first U.S. #1 single after 28 years together withhe Diane Warren written song ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’. The song was featured in the 1998 film ‘Armageddon.’ The song was composed by pop songwriting machine Diane Warren.
2000: Smashing Pumpkins release their 6th studio album, ‘Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music.’ It was released for free on the Internet.
2002: Paul McCartney’s wife, Heather Mills, accepted 50,000 Pounds for libel damages over an article in The Sunday Mirror, which had suggested that Mills had acted dishonestly over cash collected for an earthquake appeal.
2005: Elton John performs on the Via dei Fori Imperiali, a large boulevard that leads to the Colosseum in Rome.
2005: Bob Dylan’s ‘Modern Times’ moves more than 192,000 copies in its first week to land at #1 on the Billboard 200. This is the 4th time a Dylan album has topped the chart. But it’s been 30 years since his last #1. ‘Modern Times’ is also #1 in seven other countries. 2006: Paul McCartney wins the Solo Artist category at the U.K. version of GQ magazine’s Men of the Year 2006 awards in London. “McCartney is not only one of our greatest living legends, he’s also probably the most dignified,” says GQ editor Dylan Jones. Big Mac was unable to attend. Rod Stewart takes home the Outstanding Achievement trophy.
2006: Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor play at the London event celebrating the 60th birthday of the band’s late frontman, Freddie Mercury. The performance raises funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust AIDS charity.
2006: Little Steven’s (Van Zandt) Underground Garage Festival trek begins in Solana Beach, CA. ’60’s British band the Zombies are among the acts.
2006: It’s announced that guitarist Marc Ford has exited the Black Crowes just days before they launch a U.S. tour. A statement says Ford left in order to “continue on with his hard-fought healthy lifestyle of sobriety.” Paul Stacey fills in for the tour while the band searches for a permanent replacement.
2006: Aerosmith and Motley Crue kick off the ‘Route of All Evil’ tour in Columbus, Ohio. It’s the first time the two groups have toured together. But Aerosmith begins the trek without bassist Tom Hamilton who underwent seven weeks of radiation-therapy treatment for throat cancer. One time Joe Perry Project member David Hull fills in for Hamilton while he recuperates. Vocalist Steven Tyler has his own health issues enduring experimental laser surgery to treat a broken blood vessel on his vocal cord. “I’m back in action,” claims Tyler, whose treatment involved getting zapped with a pulsed potassium-titanyl-phosphate laser.
2006: Audioslave release their third album, ‘Revelations,’ with the single'”Original Fire'” Produced by Brendan O’Brien, ‘Revelations’ is the follow-up to ’05’s platinum-certified ‘Out Of Exile.’
2006: Iron Maiden release ‘A Matter Of Life And Death.’ Recorded in London, the album is produced by Kevin ‘Caveman’ Shirley.
2008: The first Fender Stratocaster set alight on stage by Jimi Hendrix is auctioned. The guitar sells for $575,000 to collector Daniel Boucher – less than the $1 million predicted. It is one of only two guitars definitively burned by Hendrix – the other was at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
2008: Heart protests the unauthorized use of one of their songs by presidential candidate John McCain. ‘Barracuda’ is played to introduce vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin. Her high school nickname was “Sarah Barracuda” (due to her basketball prowess). Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson send an email to the Republicans asking that they stop using the song. “Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women,” reads a statement from the Wilson sisters. “I think it’s completely unfair to be so misrepresented…I feel completely f***ed over,” says Nancy Wilson.
2008: Jon Bon Jovi hosts a $28,500-a-head fundraiser at his New Jersey home in support of the Democratic National Committee (and the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama).
2008: Kid Rock performs at the 5th Fashion Rocks concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Proceeds are donated to Stand Up To Cancer.
2008: Bruce Springsteen’s song ‘The Wrestler’ is heard in the movie of the same name. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (‘Requiem For A Dream’), the film premieres at Italy’s Venice Film Festival.
2009: Crue Fest 2, the Motley Crue led tour, wraps up in Darien Lake, NY. Theory Of A Deadman, Godsmack, Drowning Pool and Charmed City Devils were also on the bill.
2009: Mickey Jones, the original bassist and founding member of the ’70s Rock band Angel, passed away after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 57.
2010: ‘AC/DC In The Studio: The Stories Behind Every Album’ is in bookstores. Compiled by Jake Brown it includes interviews with the band and is, according to the publisher, “the definitive account of the making of the greatest Hard Rock anthems of all time.”
2010: Critics in Denmark panned a series of paintings by Bob Dylan which were on display at a museum in Copenhagen. One professor claimed “Bob Dylan paints like any other amateur. He is what we used to call a Sunday painter.”
2012: Foo Fighters perform a special one-off show to benefit Rock the Vote during the Democratic National Convention at the Fillmore Charlotte. In other convention news, Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ plays as President Obama walks onstage after former President Bill Clinton’s speech. “I got chills,” says Petty.
2012: Iowa doctor, Daniel Baldi is charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter for the deaths of patients including Slipknot bass player Paul Gray. The charging documents claim Baldi “did unintentionally cause the death of Paul Gray…(he) continually wrote high-dose prescription narcotics to a known drug addict from 12/27/05 until his death (in ’10).”
2012: Rush’s ‘Clockwork Angels’ is named Album Of The Year at Prog Magazine’s inaugural Progressive Music Awards in London.
2012: Joe South, composer of ‘Hush,’ a song Deep Purple turned into a hit, passes away. A singer/songwriter, South also played on Bob Dylan’s ‘Blonde On Blonde’ album, and did session work for Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, among others. He was 72.
2013: Queen stages a special AIDS Benefit show and auction in support of The Mercury Phoenix Trust at One Mayfair in London. The band founded the AIDS charity following the death of their singer Freddie Mercury, who died from the disease. The event takes place on what would have been Mercury’s 67th birthday. The Who’s Roger Daltrey is a headliner.
2015: The Faces (surviving members Rod Stewart, guitarist Ron Wood and drummer Kenney Jones) play a one-off charity event at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst, Surrey. It’s the 40th anniversary of the group’s dissolution.
2015: Dennis Greene, an original member of Sha Na Na, passed away at the age of 66. Greene sang lead on ‘Tears On My Pillow’ when the group appeared in the 1978 film ‘Grease.’
2016: An asteroid was named after Freddie Mercury to mark what would have been the singer’s 70th birthday. The Queen frontman has had his name attached to Asteroid 17473, which was discovered in 1991, the year he died. Queen guitarist Brian May told a gathering of 1,250 fans at Montreux Casino in Switzerland that the asteroid would now be known as Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury. “Even if you can’t see Freddiemercury leaping through the sky, you can be sure he’s there – ‘floating around in ecstasy’, as he might sing, for millennia to come.”
2017: ‘Villains,’ by Queens Of The Stone Age, debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, even though at 69,000 units they have the top selling disc. Rappers Lil Uzi Vert and XXXTentacion are #1 and #2 based on streaming numbers.
1957: ‘The Biggest Show of Stars’ for 1957 launches in Pittsburgh. The bill includes Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers and Frankie Lyman & the Teenagers. Due to Southern segregation laws, white performers are forbidden from playing on the same stage as African-Americans, so they miss several dates.
1963: Jerry Lee Lewis leaves Sun Records to sign with Smash Records, a Mercury subsidiary.
1963: Cilla Black, who was discovered by producer George Martin and managed by Brian Epstein, cuts demo tracks. Her backing band is The Beatles.
1963: The Beatles’ ‘The Beatles’ Hits’ EP is released in the UK (no U.S. release). It is The Beatles second British EP and was only released in mono, with the catalogue number Parlophone GEP 8880. It is named The Beatles’ Hits because the songs on the album are hit singles (with a B-Side as an addition). Because of this, the EP can be seen as an early greatest hits release.
1965: The Rolling Stones began recording ‘Get Off of My Cloud’ at RCA Studios in Hollywood. The song would reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart two months later.
1966: The Who begin the week at The Palais in Ilford, Essex, England. Earlier in the day they record performances of ‘I’m A Boy’ and ‘Heatwave’ for British television’s ‘Ready, Steady, GO!’
1966: The Byrds ‘Mr. Spaceman’ b/w ‘What’s Happening?!?!’ 45 single is released. The single reached #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 but failed to chart in the U.S.
1968: Eric Clapton recorded his guitar solo on The Beatles’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps.’ Clapton becomes the first outside musician to play on a Beatles recording.
1968: Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company played the Hollywood Bowl.
1969: Bob Dylan’s ‘Lay Lady Lay’ peaks at #7 on the Billboard singles chart.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band played at Electric Zoo in St. Petersburg, Florida.
1970: The Rolling Stones performed at at Liseberg Amusement Park in Gothenburg, Sweden.
1970: Jimi Hendrix gives his final big festival concert at the Open Air Love & Peace Festival in Fehmarn, Germany. The second incarnation of the Jimi Hendrix Experience took the stage with Billy Cox on Bass and Mitch Mitchell on Drums. Hendrix died just two short weeks later at the age of 27 in London.
1972: Alice Cooper’s ‘Elected’ b/w ‘Luney Tune’ 45 single is released. It reached #26 on the U.S. charts, #4 on the UK charts and #3 in Austria. It inspired one of the first MTV-style story-line promo videos ever made for a song. The song was a radical re-write of their 1969 song ‘Reflected’ from the album ‘Pretties for You.’
1972: David Bowie appeared at Top Rank Suite in Sheffield, England.
1973: Jethro Tull played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1974: George Harrison launches his Dark Horse record label. Rather than a Harrison record, the first release on the label is Splinter’s ‘The Place I Love.’
1974: The 101 All Stars, featuring Joe Strummer made their debut at The Telegraph in Brixton Hill, London. Strummer would later join The Clash.
1974: Hawkwind released their 4th studio album, ‘Hall of the Mountain Grill.’
1974: Judas Priest release their debut studio album, ‘Rocka Rolla.’ It was their only album to feature drummer John Hinch.
1975: Rod Stewart’s ‘Sailing,’ spends the first of four weeks at #1 in the U.K. The song does next to nothing in the U.S. (#58).
1975: Jefferson Starship went to #1 on the album chart with ‘Red Octopus.’ It was the first of four non-consecutive weeks on top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1975: ZZ Top’s ‘Tush’ peaks at #20. It was the group’s first top 40 single.
1976: On the way to selling millions and millions of copies, ‘Fleetwood Mac’ with ‘Say You Love Me’ and ‘Rhiannon’ goes gold. This is the group’s first album with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.
1977: Rush appeared at Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Superior.
1978: Record Producer Tom Wilson dies. Wilson worked with many acts including Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, The Velvet Underground and Frank Zappa.
1980: Entering the album charts on this day are the Cars ‘Panorama’ and the Allman Brothers ‘Reach For The Sky.’
1980: U2 kicked off the first leg of their 29 date UK ‘Boy’ tour at the General Woolfe in Coventry, England.
1980: The Rolling Stones peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Emotional Rescue’ which was their nineteenth top 10 single in the U.S.
1980: The Grateful Dead played at the State Fairgrounds in Lewiston, Maine.
1980: The Doobie Brothers, Van Halen, Pat Benatar and Sammy Hagar played the very first Rocklahoma at Owen Field on the University of Oklahoma campus.
1985: Slayer played the first of two nights at the Country Club in Reseda, CA.
1986: Iron Maiden release their 14th single, ‘Wasted Years.’ It was their first single solely written by guitarist Adrian Smith, who also sings backing vocals. It reached #18 on the UK’s Official Charts.
1987: Performing as the “Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band,” members of the band who survived their 1977 plane crash perform the first of a series of shows to mark the 10 year anniversary of the crash. The response from fans leads the band to re-form permanently and record new material.
1987: Y&T, Frehley’s Comet and White Lion played Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI.
1988: 2,000 items of Elton John’s personal memorabilia including his boa feathers, ‘Pinball Wizard’ boots and hundreds of pairs of spectacles were auctioned at Sotheby’s in London.
1988: Jimmy Page starts his ‘Outrider’ tour in Atlanta, Georgia. It was his first solo tour in the United States.
1988: Metallica release their album ‘And Justice For All.’ It was the first Metallica studio album to feature bassist Jason Newsted. The album reached #6 on the Billboard chart.
1989: Faster Pussycat released the album ‘Wake Me When It’s Over.’ The album reached #48 on the Billboard chart.
1989: The Pittsburgh Steelers were banned from practicing on their own field at Three Rivers Stadium because The Rolling Stones were rehearsing for an upcoming concert.
1989: A week into their gig as opening act on the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels tour, Living Colour wins an MTV Video Music Awards for Best Group Video, Best Stage Performance and Best New Artist. Mick Jagger presents the group with the trophies backstage at their show in Pittsburgh.
1989: Originally banned (or just not played because of its anti-commercialism message) by MTV, Neil Young’s ‘This Note`s For You’ wins the Best Video Award at the MTV Video Music Awards. The show also featured performances by Bon Jovi, The Cult, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Axl Rose, and Def Leppard.
1990: Tom Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) dies from an AIDS-related tuberculosis infection in Scottsdale, Arizona, at age 48. The musician had contracted HIV from blood transfusions.
1993: Don Henley, Jimmy Buffett, Elton John, Sting and Aerosmith performed at a benefit concert in Boston for Walden Woods.
1994: Keyboard player Nicky Hopkins dies at age 50 in Nashville, Tennessee from complications of intestinal surgery. Hopkins worked with The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, George Harrison, the Jerry Garcia Band and many more. The Kinks song ‘Session Man’ from ‘Face to Face’ is dedicated to, and features Hopkins.
1994: Bad Religion release their 8th full-length studio album, ‘Stranger Than Fiction,’ their only gold record in the United States and last recording with founding guitarist Brett Gurewitz until his return seven years later.
1995: Bruce Hornsby and Branford Marsalis performed the National Anthem in Baltimore’s Camden Yards before Cal Ripken, Jr. set baseball’s all-time consecutive games played record.
1997: Elton John recorded a new version of ‘Candle In The Wind’ after performing the song live at Princess Diana’s funeral. An estimated 2.5 billion people around the world watched the performane. The track went on to become the biggest selling single of all-time.
1999: Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland was sentenced to a year in jail for a probation violation.
2002: With Ian Astbury on lead vocals and Stewart Copeland on drums, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors perform their first concert as “The Doors of the 21st Century.” The show is part of the Harley-Davidson Open Road Tour at the California Speedway in Fontana.
2003: Neil Young’s movie ‘Greendale’ which is based on the concept album of the same name premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
2005: The Rolling Stones release ‘A Bigger Bang.’ It reached #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, and #2 on the UK Albums chart. The first single, ‘Streets of Love/Rough Justice’ reached #15 in the UK singles chart, however, like all of The Rolling Stones’ studio albums from ‘Undercover’ forward, its commercial performance was not enormous, as its singles failed to become major hits in the U.S.
2005: Vivian Campbell releases his solo album, ‘Two Sides Of If.’
2005: AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson joins Velvet Revolver onstage in Orlando, FL, to sing Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock And Roll.’
2005: Sir Bob Geldof was awarded the freedom of his native Dublin after the City Council voted in favour of giving him the accolade in honour of his campaign against world poverty and alleviating debt in Africa.
2006: Roger Waters launches his North American tour in Holmdel, NJ.
2006: Jeff Beck kicks off a month long U.S. tour in Tampa, FL. On some dates Beck opens for Santana.
2007: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx speaks at the 18th annual National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month luncheon in Washington, DC. He discusses his struggle with drug abuse which led to writing of his memoir, ‘The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star.’
2007: John Mellencamp performs on the NFL Opening Kickoff event. The NBC program originates from Indianapolis.
2007: The 4th annual Fashion Rocks gala in New York has a performance by Carlos Santana and R&B singer Alicia Keys while Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham sings a duet with former American Idol, Country star Carrie Underwood. Aerosmith also appears.
2007: Footage from David Gilmour’s concert DVD, ‘Remember The Night’ is shown in select cinemas in North America and Europe. In London, Gilmour performs live prior to a screening and his appearance is distributed via satellite to participating theaters.
2008: The Canadian edition of the Virgin Festival begins in Toronto. The Foo Fighters and Oasis headline the two-day event.
2008: Great White agreed to pay one million dollars to survivors and victims’ relatives of The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island that happened in 2003 when the band’s tour manager shot off pyrotechnics at the start of the concert. The pyro started a fire that killed 100 people, and injured more than 200. One band member, guitarist Ty Longley, was killed in the fire. Tour manager Daniel Biechele pleaded guilty in 2006 to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter and was given parole in March after serving less than half of his four-year prison sentence.
2010: ‘We Were So Turned On,’ a David Bowie tribute album is issued. The two-disc compilation album includes Duran Duran and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers).
2010: VH1 begins a countdown of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Ozzy Osbourne, Ray Davies of The Kinks and Sheryl Crow are among the panel of experts making the selection. To no one’s surprise, The Beatles top the list.
2010: U2 play their first ever show in Istanbul, Turkey. Prior to the concert they meet Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2010: John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, was once again denied parole, nearly 30 years after gunning down the former Beatle outside New York City’s Dakota apartment building. It was Chapman’s sixth appearance before the board since becoming eligible for parole in 2000.
2011: Lindsey Buckingham releases his 6th studio album, ‘Seeds We So.’
2011: The Beatles ‘1,’ a collection of singles released between ’63 and ’70 is released digitally for the first time via iTunes. The album debuts at #1 on several iTunes top albums charts around the world including the U.S. and Canada. Also, classic Aerosmith recordings from ’73 to ’87 are available on iTunes for the first time.
2011: Courtney Love fills in for Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, who lost his voice, at the New York Fashion Week launch event at the Hiro Ballroom. Always the thoughtful mom, Love dedicates the song “Skinny Little Bitch” to her daughter Frances Bean Cobain.
2011: ‘Listen To Me: Buddy Holly,’ an all-star compilation, is released to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the legendary musician’s birth (the actual date is 9/7). Jackson Browne, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy and Pat Monahan of Train contribute to the album.
2012: Coldplay beats out Black Keys, Linkin Park and Jack White to take home the Best Rock Video trophy at the MTV Video Music Awards. During the show, Green Day plays ‘Let Yourself Go.’
2012: Eddie Van Halen’s emergency surgery for a life threatening case of diverticulitis forces Van Halen to cancel a tour of Japan.
2012: ‘Trampled Under Foot: The Power And Excess Of Led Zeppelin,’ written by British music critic Barney Hoskyns, is published. It chronicles the “parties, the fights, and the unmitigated, unapologetic bad behavior.”
2012: The Foo Fighters perform ‘My Hero’ and ‘Walk’ on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.
2013: The three surviving members of The Clash (guitarist Mick Jones, bassist Paul Simonon and drummer Topper Headon) reunite for an exclusive BBC Radio 6 Music appearance to promote the release of three projects: ‘The Clash Hits Back,’ ‘Sound System’ and ‘The Clash 5-Studio Album Set.’
2013: Killer Dwarfs released the album ‘Start @ One.’ The tracks on the album were recorded in 1993 at Powerlines Studios in Toronto, Ontario.
2014: Roger Waters’ The Wall tour documentary debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film chronicles the four year run of The Wall Live tour.
2014: Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan and 3,300 amateur guitarists play ‘Smoke On The Water’ at the Guitars On The Beach event in Lyme Regis. They set the UK record for the biggest group playing a song at the same time.
2015: Vocalist Darren James Smith plays his first show with Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel since returning to the band.
2015: ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue,’ with Chan Marshall (Cat Power) reading Janis Joplin’s personal letters, debuts at the Venice Film Festival.
2017: ‘Highway Tune,’ the debut single from Greta Van Fleet, is #1 on the U.S. Active and Mainstream Rock radio charts, and #1 on the Canadian Active Rock radio chart.
2017:Slipknot present ‘Day Of The Gusano,’ 90-minute documentary that chronicles the band’s ’15 jaunt to Mexico. Directed by Slipknot’s’s M. Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. Clown, the film is screened throughout the U.S.
2017: Kid Rock delivers a heated political speech/rap during his concert in Grand Rapids, MI. He’s against “deadbeat dads” and those who “take a knee” during the national anthem and concludes with “If ‘Kid Rock for Senate’ has got folks in disarray, wait ’til they hear ‘Kid Rock for President of the U.S.A.!'”
2017: Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves offer free tickets to the team’s game against the Miami Marlins for those Florida residents who were ordered to evacuate their homes due to Hurricane Irma. They spoil it by playing the Scorpions hit ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ between innings. The team later apologizes.
1957: Elvis enters a recording studio to cut ‘Treat Me Nice,’ ‘Don’t’ and the tracks for his upcoming Christmas album.
1963: The Beatles recorded an appearance on the BBC radio program ‘Saturday Club,’ at the Playhouse Theatre in London. They perform ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Memphis,’ ‘Happy Birthday Saturday Club’ (arrangement credited to John Lennon), ‘I’ll Get You,’ ‘She Loves You,’ and ‘Lucille.’
1963: Three weeks after its release, The Beatles’ ‘She Loves You’ hits #1 in England. It remained on the charts for thirty-one consecutive weeks, eighteen of those in the top three.
1964: The Beatles perform two shows at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, one at 6:30, the other at 10:00 PM. Over 35,000 fans paid an average of $5 per ticket to see the Fab Four, along with Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry and Jackie DeShannon. During a question and answer session in the afternoon, one reporter asked John Lennon how long he thought The Beatles would last. Lennon’s reply was “Longer than you.”
1966: Roy Orbison began filming his one and only starring role in a movie, in the unlikely Western comedy ‘The Fastest Guitar Alive.’ In the movie there was a cameo appearance by Sam “The Sham” Samudio of ‘Wooly Bully’ fame.
1968: The Doors played the first of two nights at The Roundhouse in London, playing twice nightly on their first UK visit. Granada TV filmed the sold out gigs, later shown as ‘The Doors Are Open,’ which were attended by members of The Rolling Stones and Traffic.
1968: The Doors’ 3rd album, ‘Waiting for the Sun,’ topped the album chart with help from the #1 single ‘Hello, I Love You.’
1968: The Beach Boys played at at Patio Gardens in Farmington, Utah.
1968: Pink Floyd performed at Le Blboquet, St. Germain des Pres, in Paris, where they played ‘Let There Be More Light’ live as part of a four-hour TV special entitled ‘Surprise Partie.’ The music program also featured The Who, Joe Cocker, The Troggs, Fleetwood Mac, Small Faces, PP Arnold, The Equals, and others. It was broadcast in color on ORTF2 on December 31st.
1968: Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham made their live performance debut playing together as the The Yardbirds at a teen club in Gladsaxe, Denmark. Around 1,200 youngsters attended the show at Egegard School. Teen Club President Lars Abel introducing ‘The New Yardbirds’ on stage introduced Robert Plant as Robert Plat. A local review stated; “Their performance and their music were absolutely flawless, and the music continued to ring nicely in the ears for some time after the curtains were drawn after their show. We can therefore conclude that the new Yardbirds are at least as good as the old ones were.”
1968: Iron Butterfly’s LP, ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ enters Billboard’s album chart, where it will reach #10. Today it is a multi-Platinum album which has sold over 25 million copies and was Atlantic Records’ biggest selling LP until it was surpassed by 1971’s ‘Led Zeppelin IV.’
1968: Canned Heat’s ‘Boogie With Canned Heat’ enters the LP chart.
1970: The Who’s ‘See Me, Feel Me’ b/w ‘Overture From Tommy’ 45 single is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also released in the United Kingdom but did not chart there.
1971: Led Zeppelin performed at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
1971: David Bowie started recording sessions at Trident Studios in London, for what would become the concept album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust’ and the ‘Spiders From Mars.’ The character of Ziggy was inspired by singer Vince Taylor, who Bowie met after Taylor had had a breakdown and believed himself to be a cross between a god and an alien.
1972: With their hit ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’ flying high on the UK charts, Slade interrupts their current US tour and fly back to London to headline at the Sundown concert venue in the Mile End Road.
1972: David Bowie appeared at The Top Rank in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, England.
1973: The Rolling Stones kicked off a nine-date UK tour at the Empire Pool in London.
1973: The Grateful Dead played at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1973: Chicago’s ‘Just You ‘N’ Me’ b/w ‘Critic’s Choice’ 45 single is released. The 2nd single released from their ‘Chicago VI’ album, it reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
1973: Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention released their ‘Over-Nite Sensation’ album.
1973: There was an unusual emcee at Elton John’s Hollywood Bowl show – Linda Lovelace, star of the X-rated film ‘Deep Throat.’ She introduced Elton as “the biggest, largest, most gigantic and fantastic man, the co-star of my next movie…Elton John.”
1974: The 101ers made their performing debut at the Telegraph pub in Brixton. The pub rock band featured singer, guitarist Joe Strummer who would later join The Clash.
1974: Helix formed after winning a Battle Of The Bands contest in Kitchener, Ontario.
1974: Elton John is awarded a Gold record for ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.’ The single was #2 on the Hot 100 for four straight weeks, but was kept out of the top spot by John Denver’s ‘Annie’s Song,’ Roberta Flack’s ‘Feel Like Makin’ Lov'” and Paper Lace’s ‘The Night Chicago Died.’
1974: Aerosmith performed at the Wollman Skating Rink Theater in New York.
1975: The Guess Who said goodbye with a final show in Montreal. Core members Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman would return for another tour in 1987.
1975: Eagles ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ b/w ‘Too Many Hands’ 45 single is released. It was the 2nd single from their One of These Nights album, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #8 on the US Country chart. Their only #2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, it was kept off the top spot by Elton John’s single ‘Island Girl.’
1977: Rush appeared at Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1977: Yes ‘Wonderous Stories’ b/w ‘Awaken – Pt. 1’ 45 single is released. Taken from the album ‘Going for the One,’ written by Jon Anderson. It reached #7 on the UK Singles chart.
1978: Yes played at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1978: The Who’s Keith Moon died in London at the age of 32. He overdosed on the prescription drug Hemenephirin, which he was taking to cure his alcoholism. A post-mortem confirmed there were 32 tablets in his system, 26 of which were undissolved. Moon had attended a party the night before given by Paul McCartney for the launch of the ‘The Buddy Holly Story’ movie. Interestingly, Moon died in the same London apartment where “Mama” Cass Elliot died in 1974.
1978: Sid Vicious kicked off his solo career with a show at the New York club Max’s Kansas City.
1979: Blue Oyster Cult played at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1979: Iggy Pop’s 3rd solo album, ‘New Values’ is released. Although well received critically and now regarded as one of Pop’s best solo efforts, the album was not a commercial success, only reaching #180 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.
1980: Black Sabbath performed at the Jai Alai Fronton Hall in Miami, Florida.
1982: Van Halen appeared at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
1984: Queensryche release their debut studio album, ‘The Warning.’ The album peaked at #61 on the Billboard chart. The band went on tour with KISS and Iron Maiden to support the album.
1985: David Bowie and Mick Jagger went to #1 on the UK singes chart with their version of the Martha Reeves and The Vandellas 1964 hit ‘Dancing In The Street.’ The song had been recorded as part of the Live Aid charity. The original plan was to perform a track together live, with Bowie performing at Wembley Stadium in London and Jagger at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, until it was apparent that the satellite link-up would cause a half-second delay that would make this impossible.
1985: Bryan Adams’ ‘Summer Of ’69’ gets to #5 on the U.S. singles chart.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Starship’s ‘We Built This City’ at #73. Loverboy’s ‘Lovin’ Every Minute Of It’ #42, Mick Jagger & David Bowie’s ‘Dancing In The Street’ at #33, and Mötley Crüe’s ‘Smokin’ In The Boys Room’ at #16.
1985: For the first time, the top 3 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 were all from movies. Tina Turner’s ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’ was #3 from ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,’ Huey Lewis And The News’ ‘The Power of Love’ #2 from ‘Back To The Future’ and #1 was John Parr’s ‘St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)’.
1985: Ringo Starr is the first ex-Beatle to become a grandfather when Tatia Jayne Starkey is born.
1986: Mike Nesmith joins the other three Monkees onstage during their reunion tour concert in Los Angeles.
1987: Pink Floyd release their 13th studio album, ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason.’
1987: A Roger Waters-less Pink Floyd kicked off their ‘Momentary Lapse of Reason’ tour in Ottawa, Canada. Relations between Waters, who left the band in 1983, and the other three reached such a state that the ex-bassist threatened to sue promoters if they played under the Floyd name.
1988: INXS cleans up at the 5th annual MTV Video Music Awards in Universal City, CA. ‘Need You Tonight’ earns trophies for Best Video, Best Group, Breakthrough Video and Viewer’s Choice.
1994: After a Pink Floyd gig in Prague, Dave Gilmour met with Czech Republic president Vaclav Havel.
1994: Weezer release their single, ‘Buddy Holly,’ named for the rock ‘n roll icon. It’s featured on the band’s debut album, Weezer (aka The Blue Album).
1995: White Zombie’s ‘More Human Than Human’ wins the Best Hard Rock Video statue at the 12th MTV Video Music Awards in New York. R.E.M. get the Vanguard Video, lifetime achievement award while, at the other end of the spectrum, Hootie & The Blowfish earn the Best New Artist Video for ‘Hold My Hand.’
1996: Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres married supermodel Eva Herzigova in Sea Bright, NJ. Their marriage lasted until June 1998 when they divorced.
1997: Fleetwood Mac went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘The Dance.’ The album went on sell over 5 million copies in the US alone.
1999: Steve Vai released his 6th studio album, ‘The Ultra Zone.’
2000: Rage Against The Machine bass player Tim Commerford interrupts the MTV Video Music Awards when he climbs up the scaffolding on stage, baffling the crew as well as Limp Bizkit, who were accepting the Best Rock Video award. Commerford was eventually coaxed down and subsequently arrested.
2001: The movie ‘Rock Star’ starring Mark Wahlberg is released. It is loosely based on Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens journey in joining Judas Priest.
2003: Warren Zevon dies of pleural mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the pleura, a thin membrane around the lungs and chest lining. He was 56. Zevon had worked as a session musician, and was the piano player and band leader for the Everly Brothers, prior to his solo career. Zevon’s biggest solo hits include: ‘Werewolves of London,’ ‘Lawyers, Guns and Money’ and ‘Excitable Boy.’ David Letterman was such a huge fan that Zevon was featured on the Late Show with David Letterman as the only guest for the entire hour, once Letterman knew of his illness. He had been a frequent guest in previous years. Zevon had a lifelong phobia of doctors and joked, “I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years.” His final album, The Wind, included guest appearances by close friends including Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh, David Lindley, Billy Bob Thornton, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, Dwight Yoakum and others. The album also won two Grammy awards, the first of Zevon’s thirty-plus year career.
2004: Dio release their 10th and final studio album, ‘Master of the Moon.’ The album marked the return of guitarist Craig Goldy. The album also featured bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer Simon Wright.
2005: New York rock club CBGB was served with an eviction notice by its landlord. The landmark was the cradle for New York punk, hosting gigs by The Ramones, Talking Heads and Patti Smith.
2005: Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Green Day and the Beastie Boys help MoveOn.org create public-service announcements designed to find housing for Hurricane Katrina victims. The effort is run through the nonprofit organization’s HurricaneHousing.org project.
2006: Stone Sour’s ‘Through Glass’ tops Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks for the first of seven weeks on top. Previously, the best Stone Sour had done was #2 with 2002’s ‘Bother.’
2006: A 16-year-old girl files a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleging that she suffered severe emotional distress after being coerced by Buckcherry’s record label into appearing naked in the band’s racy ‘Crazy Bitch’ video. “She’s had to switch schools because of that video,” says girl’s attorney. Buckcherry’s manager claims that the teenager presented a false ID and submitted fake info so that she could participate in the shoot.
2006: Elton John curates the 2006 Fashion Rocks show in New York. John also performs at the event, with a personally selected line-up that includes Bon Jovi. Concert proceeds are donated to John’s AIDS Foundation.
2007: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler appears on IFC’s The Henry Rollins Show. The 30-minute interview airs the day before Aerosmith embarks on a North American tour with Joan Jett And The Blackhearts.
2008: While performing the song ‘Morning Glory’ at the V Festival in Toronto, Noel Gallagher of Oasis is attacked by a concert-goer who rushes the stage and pushes him into his monitor. The band continues the show, but Gallagher is taken to a hospital that night to treat injuries to his ribs. He suffers a fractured rib and ligament damage, which forces the cancellation of several Oasis concerts.
2008: Linkin Park’s ‘Shadow Of The Day’ is named the Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. Clip director and Linkin Park DJ Joseph Hahn and singer Chester Bennington are on hand to accept the trophy. Kid Rock performs ‘All Summer Long.’
2010: Megadeth release their 3rd live album, ‘Rust in Peace •Live•.’
2010: Stone Sour release their 3rd studio album, ‘Audio Secrecy,’ containing ‘Say You’ll Haunt Me,’ the band’s first single in 3 years.
2010: Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody was voted the greatest ‘lighter in the air song of all time’ by lighter company Zippo. Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’, was voted in at #2 and Meat Loaf’s ‘I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’ was at #3 in the survey.
2010: Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s departure from Jane’s Addiction after only six months is announced. “We wanted to thank Duff for helping us write songs for our new record,” writes the band in a statement. “We love the songs we worked on with him – and the gigs were a blast – but musically we were all headed in different directions.”
2011: ‘Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play The Blues,’ a concert documentary, premieres at 550 movie theaters across North America. The film was shot over two nights in New York City.
2011: Bon Jovi marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by visiting a Manhattan firehouse to pay tribute to firefighters. He performs ‘America The Beautiful’ which is taped by NBC for their football season kick off show.
2011: Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday tribute concert is at Hollywood’s Music Box. Stevie Nicks, Graham Nash and Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) are among those performing Holly songs. “He was important to me,” says Nash. “His music was so much a part of me growing up and wanting to be a musician. He played his last show on my 17th birthday.” Holly died in a plane crash (“the day the music died”) in 1959.
2011: Buddy Holly posthumously receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a star-studded ceremony that included his widow Maria Elena, old friend Phil Everly and the man who portrayed him in a 1978 movie, Gary Busey.
2012: Lawyers for R.E.M. issue a cease-and-desist letter to FOX News, ordering the network to discontinue its use of their 1991 track ‘Losing My Religion’ as a music bed during its coverage of the Democratic National Convention. “We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there,” says frontman Michael Stipe. A rep for FOX News claims the song’s use was “in full accordance with its license agreements with all appropriate parties.”
2012: Bruce Springsteen’s concert at Chicago’s Wrigley Field features guest appearances by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello.
2012: The Jimi Hendrix biopic, ‘All Is By My Side,’ premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film, which stars OutKast’s Andre 3000 (Andre Benjamin to his parents), focuses on the guitarist’s life in London just prior to the recording of ‘Are You Experienced?’
2013: On the 45th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s first concert, a commemorative plaque is unveiled at the Gladsaxe School in Copenhagen, which stands on the location where the original concert took place (the Gladsaxe Teen Club).
2014: KISS bassist Gene Simmons is widely quoted saying Rock is not only dead but that it was “murdered” by file sharing and fans’ sense of entitlement.
2015: Rick Santorum, the former senator from PA and a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, accepts an endorsement from Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine.
2018: Metal Allegiance release the album ‘Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty.’
1954: Alan Freed makes his move from Cleveland to New York, where he begins broadcasting his ‘Alan Freed Rock ‘n’ Roll Show’ on WINS. The first white DJ to play black music, Freed brings R&B music to a wider audience in New York, and the sound would quickly go mainstream with the rise of Elvis and the popularization of rock music.
1955: Legendary DJ Alan Freed puts on the ‘First Anniversary Rock ‘n Roll Party’ at Brooklyn’s Paramount Theater. Acts on the bill include Chuck Berry, The Cardinals, and Tony Bennett. In an attempt to hide the wrinkles in his suit, Chuck Berry does the duck walk for the first time.
1956: Eddie Cochran signs a one year contract with Liberty Records, Cochran has three top 40 hits over the next several years for Libety including ‘Summertime Blues,’ ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ and ‘C’mon Everybody.’
1956: Elvis Presley first appears on the cover of TV Guide.
1956: Elvis Presley’s ‘Shake, Rattle And Roll’ 7″ Extended Play EP is released.
1965: An ad appears in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter announcing auditions for The Monkees TV show.The ad ran through September 10 to cast the remainder of the band/cast members for the TV show: “Madness!! Auditions. Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series. Running Parts for 4 insane boys, age 17-21. Want spirited Ben Frank’s types. Have courage to work. Must come down for interview.” Out of 437 applicants, fourteen actors from the audition pool were brought back for screen tests, and after audience research, they chose their final four.
1966: American Bandstand host Dick Clark guests on the TV show ‘Batman.’
1966: The Who appeared at the Locarno Ballroon in Stevenage, England. This UK tour was notable for the addition of the single, ‘I’m A Boy’ to the band’s repertoire.
1968: Pink Floyd were forced to cancel a performance at the Chatelet Teenage Festival in Belgium due to work permit problems. There were some violent reactions from the fans, but the several other bands, including The Kinks were able to play at the event.
1968: The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ promotional film, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg debuts on the UK television show ‘Frost On Sunday.’ The song spent nine weeks at #1 in the United States—the longest run at the top of the American charts for a Beatles’ single.
1968: Led Zeppelin perform at Raventlow Parken, Nykobing, Falster, Denmark supported by The Beatnicks and The Ladybirds, (who were a all girl topless go-go dancing outfit). It was the group’s 3rd ever live gig. The band play three gigs that day, They then played at Raventlowparken in Lolland, supported by The Beatnicks and to cap it off, they finished the evening at Teaterbygningen in Køge.
1968: Jimi Hendrix played at the Spokane Coliseum in Spokane, Washington.
1971: Elvis Presley receives the Bing Crosby Award for “creative contributions of outstanding artistic or scientific significance to the field of phonograph records.”
1972: Neil Young’s girlfriend Carrie Snodgrass gave birth to the singer’s son, Zeke, in San Francisco.
1972: Pink Floyd performed at the Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas.
1972: Mott the Hoople’s ‘All the Young Dudes’ album is released. It reached #89 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #21 on the UK Albums Chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #491 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The title track was ranked #256 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest Songs of All Time.
1972: T.Rex release the single, ‘Children of the Revolution.’ It was a #1 hit single in Ireland, peaked at #2 on the Official UK charts and was #4 in Germany.
1973: The Allman Brothers began a five week run at #1 on the U.S. album charts with ‘Brothers And Sisters.’ It was the group’s only U.S. #1.
1973: During a UK tour The Rolling Stones appeared at Empire Pool in Wembley, London.
1974: Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Beach Boys all appeared at the New York ‘Summersault ’74’ at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury.
1976: Peter Frampton was given his own personal tour of the White House by fan Steven Ford. The rocker and his girlfriend then spent the rest of the day watching TV with Steven’s dad, President Gerald Ford.
1976: Aerosmith performed at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.
1976: Heart’s debut album ‘Dreamboat Annie’ goes gold.
1977: Guitarist Jimmy McCulloch quit Paul McCartney & Wings to help re-form The Small Faces. He died of a drug overdose in September 1979 at the age of 26.
1977: Van Halen began recording their debut album at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, California.
1978: Dave Edmunds realeased Trax on ‘Wax 4,’ his 4th solo album. It was released on Zeppelin’s Swansong label and featured the excellent ‘Trouble Boys,’ which Thin Lizzy would cover in 1981.
1978: David Bowie released ‘Stage,’ his 2nd (official) live album recorded during his “Berlin” period. Backed by some talented players of note. Carlos Alomar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals, George Murray, bass, backing vocals, Dennis Davis, drums, percussion, Adrian Belew, lead guitar, backing vocals, Simon House, violin, Sean Mayes , piano, string ensemble, backing vocals, and Roger Powell, keyboards. It reached #44 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #5 on the UK Albums chart.
1978: Yes appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1979: Dire Straits kicked off their second North American tour at The Orpheum in Boston.
1979: Electric Light Orchestra peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ which was their 5th top 10 single in the U.S.
1979: Led Zeppelin scored their 8th UK #1 album when ‘In Through The Out Door’ went to the top of the charts for two weeks.
1979: The Buggles ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ b/w ‘Kid Dynamo’ 45 single is released in the UK. The song topped the music chart in several countries and has been covered by many recording artists. Its music video was the first shown on MTV in the U.S. at 12:01am on the August 1, 1981, the launch of the channel. The song was #40 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80’s.
1981: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band appeared at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.
1982: Peter Gabriel released his 4th solo album, titled ‘Security.’ It reached #28 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and #6 on the Music Week (UK) chart. Three singles from the album charted, with ‘Shock the Monkey’ topping the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. It was originally released as Gabriel’s 4th eponymous album in the UK, but was released in the United States as ‘Security.’
1983: The Grateful Dead played at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.
1987: Roger Waters played the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI.
1987: Pink Floyd release their 13th studio album, ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason.’ It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and five singles charted on the Billboard Top Mainstream Rock song chart, led by chart-toppers ‘Learning To Fly’ and ‘On The Turning Away.’
1987: Rush release their 12th studio album, ‘Hold Your Fire.’ It reached #13 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Three singles off the album reached the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart; ‘Stand Still’ #3, ‘Force Ten’ #3, and ‘Lock and Key’ #16.
1987: Def Leppard release their 18th single, ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me.’ It would reach #18 on the Official UK singles’ chart.
1988: Bad Religion return with their 3rd album, ‘Suffer.’ It’s their first full-length in five years and one of their best selling albums of all time.
1988: Elton John cleared out his closet, and at a London auction ended up selling 6.2-million dollars worth of costumes and concert props, which included the enormous pair of boots he wore as the ‘Pinball Wizard’ in Tommy. Also sold was Elton’s Statue of Liberty stage costume.
1990: Jon Bon Jovi goes to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Blaze Of Glory.’ The track appeared in as was on the soundtrack to the motion picture ‘Young Guns II.’ His debut solo album of the same name peaks at #3 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart.
1990: Warrant release their ‘Cherry Pie’ single.
1992: Ugly Kid Joe released their debut album ‘America’s Least Wanted.’
1993: Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love perform a song they wrote together, ‘Penny Royal Tea’ and ‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night?’ at a show in Hollywood at Club Lingerie.
1994: Aerosmith wins Video of the Year for ‘Cryin’ at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City. This marks the first appearance of Alicia Silverstone in a band video, and subsequently appears in two other Aerosmith videos. Soundgarden win the Best Metal/Hard Rock trophy for ‘Black Hole Sun.’ Counting Crows nail the Best New Artist Video with ‘Mr. Jones.’ This is also the year when Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley open the show with their disastrous kiss.
1995: The Donnas perform their first show as The Donnas at the Los Gatos (CA) Teen Center.
1997: Derek Taylor, publicist for The Beatles, dies of cancer at 65. Taylor also worked with The Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson and The Byrds, and was the co-author of books with Michelle Phillips and Steven Spielberg. He was also a key organizer in the production of the historic Monterey Pop Festival. At the time of his death, he had been lured back to work at Apple, helping to compile the Beatles Anthology book. He remained lifelong friends with George Harrison and John Lennon.
1997: 29 years after the band first formed, Led Zeppelin released ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ their first ever single in the UK. The track recorded in 1969, and featured on the bands second album was issued to promote their re-issued back catalogue.
1999: Helloween release their covers album, ‘Metal Jukebox.’ It includes their take on songs by ABBA, Scorpions, Frank Marino, Cream, The Beatles and more.
2002: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson started his new job as a first officer airline pilot with Gatwick based airline Astraeus who took passengers to Portugal and Egypt. Dickinson would later fly Iron Maiden’s plane for their 2008 world tour documented in band’s documentary Flight 666.
2003: Iron Maiden released the album ‘Dance Of Death.’ The album was produced by Kevin Shirley and it reached #18 on the Billboard chart.
2003: A Minnesota jury finds Marilyn Manson (aka Brian Warner) not guilty of civil charges of assault and battery for rubbing his crotch against a security guard’s head during a 2000 concert. The guard said Manson grabbed his head, held it against his hips and “proceeded to gyrate his hips.” He further went on to say he “was humiliated, degraded and endured ridicule and shame.” The guard was seeking more than $3 million in punitive damages.
2003: David Bowie premiered his new album, ‘Reality,’ in a live London performance that was broadcast to fans in movie theaters around the world. Members of the audience talked to Bowie via microphones linked to ISDN lines and took requests for songs from fans.
2004: Robert Plant was guest of honor at the unveiling of a statue of 15th century rebel leader Owain Glyndwr at Pennal church, near Machynlleth in Wales. Plant, who owns a farmhouse in the area had donated money towards a bronze sculpture of the Welsh prince.
2004: Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman proclaimed this day as Queen Day after the British group.
2005: Rod Stewart was ordered to pay a Las Vegas casino 2 million dollars for missing a New Years concert in 2000. Stewart had said he was unable to play at the Rio hotel and casino because he lost his voice after an operation to remove a cancerous thyroid tumor.
2005: Foo Fighters and Weezer tour North America. The first stop is Duluth, GA. Late in the tour the Kaiser Chiefs join as the opening act.
2005: The drum kit Neil Peart of Rush used on the band’s 30th anniversary tour is displayed in music stores from Boston to Vegas with stops along the way. Peart’s longtime tech Lorne Wheaton is along for the ride to talk about the drums and answer questions. A limited-edition replica of Peart’s 747 model drumsticks are sold exclusively at stores hosting the kit.
2005: The NFL kick-off party at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA features a pre-game performances by Green Day, Rolling Stones, Santana and Maroon 5. The league’s opening game is between the 2005 Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders.
2006: A special screening of ‘Jimi Hendrix – Live at Woodstock’ is held at the first Wild River Music, Comedy & Film Festival in St. Paul, MN.
2007: Lynyrd Skynyrd are inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The group performs with part of the proceeds funding the Georgia Music Talent Search, a scholarship program for young performers.
2007: Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier chats with fans online prior to the band’s show at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. Questions come from registered Three Days Grace site members.
2007: A regrouped Smashing Pumpkins kick-off their North American tour at the Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal. The two-month trek is in support of their ‘Zeitgeist’ album.
2007: A commemorative plaque dedicated to Don Arden and the Small Faces was unveiled at 52-55 Carnaby Street in London in front of Arden’s former offices. Arden was known in Britain for his aggressive, sometimes illegal business tactics and he managed the career’s of Small Faces, the Move, the Electric Light Orchestra and Black Sabbath. He was the father of Sharon Osbourne (and father-in-law of Ozzy Osbourne).
2008: Staind are #1 on Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart with ‘Believe,’ the first single off their ‘The Illusion Of Progress’ album. It’s the band’s third #1. This happens just as they embark on a European tour opening for Nickelback. Meanwhile, Theory Of A Deadman’s ‘Bad Girlfriend’ is at the top of the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks survey.
2008: Artwork created by Incubus’ Brandon Boyd titled ‘Ectoplasm’ opens at the Mr. Musichead Gallery in L.A. “The main theme behind ‘Ectoplasm’ is that ever nebulous area between fact and fiction,” says Boyd.
2008: Iced Earth released their 9th studio album, ‘The Crucible of Man: Something Wicked Part 2.’ It was their last album to feature bassist Dennis Hayes, as well as vocalist Matt Barlow.
2009: Slipknot’s self-titled debut is reissued as a special-edition CD/DVD in celebration of the album’s 10th anniversary. The CD features B-sides, demos and remixes, and a DVD boasting three music videos and live footage.
2010: The video for ‘Radioactive,’ the first single off Kings Of Leon’s ‘Come Around Sundown’ premieres on the band’s official site and Vevo, the music video and entertainment website.
2010: Disturbed’s ‘Asylum’ is #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album moves 179,000 copies in its first week to become their 4th consecutive chart topper. Disturbed is only the third group, following Metallica and the Dave Matthews Band, to achieve that feat.
2010: Heart’s ‘Red Velvet Car’ becomes the group’s first album in two decades to crack the Top 10 on the Billboard 200. The album is Heart’s highest charting debut effort to date and is also the band’s first Top 10 album since 1990’s ‘Brigade,’ which reached #3.
2011: Kid Rock appears as part of the NFL’s Kickoff Concert at Lambeau Field before the Green Bay Packers home game against the New Orleans Saints. Maroon 5 also perform during the NBC/NFL Network’s pre-game coverage.
2011: U2’s documentary, ‘From The Sky Down,’ directed by Davis Guggenheim, opens the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s the first time a documentary film has ever kicked off the festival in its 36 years. “In the terrain of Rock bands – implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable,” says Guggenheim in a statement. “U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction; this band has endured and thrived. The movie From The Sky Down asks the question why.”
2012: Paul McCartney receives the Legion of Honour award, France’s highest public distinction, from French President Francois Hollande.
2014: U2’s ‘Songs Of Innocence,’ with the lead single, ‘The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),’ is available for free download to iTunes customers. The band also performs at Apple’s iPhone 6 launch event in Cupertino, CA. Those who purchase the iPhone 6 get the album pre-loaded. 2015: The Cars ‘Just What I Needed’ tops the Boston Herald’s list of the 101 greatest songs ever to come out of the city.
2015: The book ‘Reckless: My Life As A Pretender’ chronicles Chrissie Hynde’s journey from Ohio to fronting The Pretenders.
2015: The Who postponed four shows of their 50th Anniversary Tour to give singer Roger Daltrey time to recover from an unspecified virus.
2016: Devil You Know, fronted by former Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones, announces a partnership with Legally Armed America, Inc., a pro-gun network of companies dedicated to preserving the Second Amendment and enriching the shooting sports lifestyle. The band’s music is heard in the cable and web-based television show Legally Armed America.
2017: Arch Enemy release their tenth studio album, ‘Will To Power.’ It’s the group’s second album since the departure of longtime singer Angela Gossow and the addition of her replacement, former The Agonist frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz. It is also the first to feature guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), who joined the band in late ‘14.
2018: Steel Panther played The Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, CA. Huntington Beach, CA based band Them Evils opened the show.
1926: The Radio Corporation of America, later known as RCA, launches its new radio network, the National Broadcasting Company (later known as NBC).
1954: Elvis Presley performs at the opening of Memphis’ Lamar-Airways shopping mall and also meets audience member Johnny Cash for the first time.
1955: Seeburg introduces their latest jukebox, which not only holds a record 100 singles but is also capable of playing the same number of EP’s.
1956: Elvis Presley made his first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He performed four songs during his two segments: ‘Love Me Tender,’ ‘Don’t Be Cruel,’ ‘Hound Dog,’ and ‘Ready Teddy.’ Sullivan refused an offer to hire Elvis initially for $5,000, but Elvis’ stint on the Steve Allen show had trounced Sullivan in the ratings, so he changed his mind. He would end up agreeing to shell out $50,000 for three appearances from Elvis, which was an unprecedented sum. Sullivan was recovering from an August head-on car collision, so guest host Charles Laughton filled in. Elvis is shot from the waist up to avoid scandal, and the show draws a staggering 54 million viewers.The next day, record stores were swamped with requests for ‘Love Me Tender,’ although its release date was weeks away. There were also well organized letter writing campaigns and petitions against Presley, but it was later brought to light that many of the signatures were fictitious or of deceased people.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On’ peaks at #3 on the Billboard Top 100. The record would not only top the R&B and Country charts, but it would go on to be ranked #61 on Rolling Stone magazine’s Greatest Songs Of All Time and in 2005 be added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. That’s not bad for a song that Jerry Lee, along with drummer J.M. Van Eaton and guitarist Roland Janes, had recorded in just one take because Sun Records’ producer Jack Clement didn’t have enough tape left for any other attempts.
1965: Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter run an ad to cast the band/cast members for a new TV show: “Madness!! Auditions. Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series. Running Parts for 4 insane boys, age 17-21. Want spirited Ben Frank’s types. Have courage to work. Must come down for interview.” Stephen Stills was rejected, but Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz get the parts. Davy Jones had already been secretly cast. Ben Frank’s was an all-night diner on the Sunset Strip where musicians would hang out after the clubs had closed and allegedly wait for the drugs to wear off, so the producers were trying to entice “hipsters.” The Monkees sold 23 million records in a year, outselling the Rolling Stones and the Beatles during that period.
1965: The Rolling Stones were at #1 with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’
1967: Sam And Dave’s classic, ‘Soul Man’ is released in the U.S., where it will rise to #4 by the end of November. The song would be given the 1968 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Group Performance, Vocal or Instrumental.
1967: Pink Floyd opened a four-date Scandanavian tour at the Boom Dancing Center in Aarhus, Denmark, supported by Wishful Thinking, Step by Step, Shaking Phantoms, and Barnet And His Dandy-Brothers. More than one thousand people attended the show. The microphones failed forcing the band to play an instrumental set.
1967: The Doors appeared at the Village Theater in New York City. The venue was to become The Fillmore East.
1968: The Beatles get the final version of Paul McCartney’s ‘Helter Skelter’ recorded. After the 18th take, Ringo Starr flings his drum sticks across the studio and screams, “I got blisters on me fingers!,” which is included on the song’s stereo mix. The song appears on ‘The Beatles’ aka ‘The White Album.’
1970: Elvis Presley kicks off his first concert tour in nine years at a show in Phoenix, Arizona.
1971: John Lennon releases his 2nd solo album ‘Imagine.’ The title track becomes his signature song and the album goes on to sell over 2 million copies in the U.S. It would reach #1 on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine named ‘Imagine’ as #76 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1971: During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at Hampton Roads Coliseum in Hampton.
1972: The Eagles release ‘Witchy Woman.’ It will crack the Billboard Hot 100 by the end of September and rise to #9. Drummer Don Henley would later say “I had a very high fever and became semi-delirious at times, and that’s when I wrote most of the lyrics.”
1972: Peaking at #3 on the LP charts is ‘Closer To The Edge’ by Yes.
1972: The Who’s single ‘Join Together’ cracks the Top 20 peaking at #17.
1972: Jim Croce’s LP ‘You Don’t Mess Around With Jim’ hits #1.
1972: Slade went to #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now,’ the group’s third UK chart topper, taken from their album ‘Slayed?’
1973: Following up on his plan to use the concert audience for the background vocals on the left stereo channel for his song ‘Sons Of 1984,’ Todd Rundgren records the crowd at a show in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, which is disrupted because of a pot bust. The right channel vocals came from a show in New York.
1973: Genesis performed at The Olympia Theatre, Paris, as they began touring in support of ‘Selling England By The Pound.’
1975: The Allman Brothers Band play at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1975: Paul McCartney and Wings began a 13-month world tour. The group plays to over two million fans total during the course of the tour. Many of the U.S. concert dates were recorded and those performances were later released in the double album, ‘Wings Over America.’
1976: In a Rolling Stone magazine interview, Elton John publicly discloses he is bisexual.
1977: David Bowie appears on Marc Bolan’s ITV show ‘Marc.’ He sings ‘Heroes’ as a duet with Bolan, and ‘Standing Next To You,’ which ends prematurely when Bolan stumbles from the stage. After the show the pair recorded demos together which were never finished because Bolan was killed in a car crash a week later.
1977: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention appeared at the SDSU Open Air Theatre in San Diego, California.
1978: Frank Zappa, The Tubes, Peter Gabriel, The Boomtown Rats, Rockpile and Wilko Johnson’s Solid Senders all appeared at Knebworth Park, England tickets cost £5.50 ($8.80) in advance or £6.00 ($9.60) at the gate.
1978: U2 appeared at Top Hat Ballroom in Dublin, Ireland.
1978: The Who’s LP ‘Who Are You’ enters the charts.
1978: The Rolling Stones release ‘Beast Of Burden,’ where it will reach #8. In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #435 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1978: Foreigner’s sophomore album, ‘Double Vision’ peaks at #3 on the U.S. chart.
1978: Foreigner peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Hot Blooded’ which was their third top ten single in the U.S.
1980: Foghat played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1981: Motley Crue performed at The Whisky a go go in Hollywood, opening for a band called Euphoria.
1982: Rush release their 9th studio album ‘Signals.’ The album is certified platinum. It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top albums chart, and features three tracks that reached the Mainstream Rock chart – ‘New World Man’ (#1 and #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 – their only top 40 hit), ‘Subdivisions’ (#8), and ‘The Analog Kid’ (#19).
1982: Van Halen performed at The Los Angeles Forum.
1984: Fates Warning release their 1st studio album, ‘Night on Bröcken.’
1987: Pink Floyd kicked off their first tour without Roger Waters at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, ON in support of ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason.’
1989: Warrant ascends to #4 on the Hot 100 with their hit ‘Heaven.’
1992: The 9th annual MTV Video Music Awards take place with Van Halen winning Video of the Year for ‘Right Now,’ Eric Clapton’s ‘Tears in Heaven’ named Best Male Video, the Red Hot Chili Peppers earning the Viewers Choice trophy for ‘Under The Bridge,’ Howard Stern appearing as “Fartman,” and Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ winning Best Alternative Music Video and Best New Artist Video. Krist Novoselic gets hit in the head by his own guitar after he throws it up in the air during Nirvana’s performance of ‘Lithium’ and misses the catch. He said, “I was fine, but I faked like I was knocked out, perhaps expressing my inner torment over a taxing evening. Maybe I was just embarrassed.” Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love also almost came to blows with Axl Rose backstage. A fight between Rose’s girlfriend Stephanie Seymour and Love started it, and then other members of the bands joined in.
1994: Green Day play a free concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston. A few songs into their set, many in the crowd cross the line from moshing to rioting, and police order an end to the show. With their album ‘Dookie’ climbing the charts, the band has been playing to exuberant crowds, which causes problems when casual fans find themselves engulfed in mosh pits.
1995: Kyuss perform their last-ever show, at Festa Dell Unita, in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
1996: Tom Petty’s 22 year marriage ends. Wife Jane files for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences.”
1996: Rage released the album ‘End Of All Day.’ The German limited edition bonus tracks included a cover of the Iron Maiden song ‘Trooper.’
1996: Metallica released the single ‘Hero Of The Day.’ It reaches #60 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The single included four Motörhead cover songs, recorded live at The Plant Studios during a rehearsal for Lemmy’s 50th Birthday Party at the Whiskey A Go-Go.
1997: David Coverdale & Adrian Vandenberg release (in Japan only) the acoustic album, ‘Whitesnake – Starkers in Tokyo.’
1998: Ex-Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten appears on the ‘Judge Judy’ TV show. He appears as the defendant in a case involving drummer Robbie Williams, who sues Rotten for wrongful termination from a recent tour. Williams had claimed that the Sex Pistols owed him $7,000. Rotten said Williams quit and was owed nothing. Judge Judy apparently found Rotten was most credible and ruled in his favor. Rotten is accused of using a head-butt to resolve a contract dispute.
2000: ‘Duets,’ starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis, is released at the Toronto Film Festival. The film is a critical and box-office flop, but Paltrow and Lewis’s duet cover of ‘Cruisin’ reaches #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
2003: Simon & Garfunkel announce plans to reunite and tour for the first time in 20 years. They end up getting more per ticket than any other tour that year: $136.90. They donate $1 million to The Children’s Health Fund at the end of the tour.
2003: John Mayer releases his second studio album, ‘Heavier Things.’ The disc’s title is a response to some critics who believed his previous songs were too soft. The album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
2003: Aerosmith’s former manager, David Krebs, files a libel suit against the band for allegations they made during their ‘Behind the Music’ episode. In the show, the band suggested that Krebs and his business partner stole or otherwise hid money from the band. Krebs eventually wins the lawsuit, getting increased catalogue and publishing royalties. Krebs managed the band from 1972 – 1984.
2003: Deep Purple release their 17th studio album, ‘Bananas.’
2003: The classic Dokken lineup release live album/DVD, ‘Japan Live ’95.’ It was recorded at the Kosei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan in March of 1995.
2003: KISS hold special screenings for ‘KISS Symphony: Alive IV’ in HD at 21 US Regal Entertainment Theaters.
2004: Ernie Ball (born Roland Sherwood Ball) died at 74 from an ongoing, undisclosed illness in California. In the late 50’s, Ball opened the first music store in the country to sell guitars exclusively. He also developed the guitar strings called “Slinkys” specifically designed for rock and roll electric guitar. Today Ernie Ball Slinkys are used by virtually every famous guitar player.
2005: An international conference devoted to the life, work, and influence of Bruce Springsteen was held at Monmouth University, New Jersey. The festivities included various live acts, as well as keynote addresses by rock critics and figures from the music industry. More than 150 papers were presented to the course including ‘Springsteen and American Folklore,’ ‘Springsteen and Dylan’s American Dreamscapes,’ ‘Springsteen’s Musical Legacy,’ ‘Born to Run at 30-Years-Old,’ ‘Springsteen and New Jersey’ and ‘the Boss and the Bible.’
2005: Despite numerous fan protests, the City of Liverpool, England, declares its intention to go ahead and demolish Ringo Starr’s birthplace on Madryn Street, which he lived in until the age of 5.
2005: Foo Fighters and U2 perform on ‘Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast.’ The live one-hour benefit special to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina airs on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, UPN and the WB.
2006: Metallica release their ‘Hero For A Day’ single.
2007: Hughie Thomasson dies of a heart attack in Brooksville, Florida at 55. Thomasson was a founding member of the Outlaws, writing most of their hits like ‘Hurry Sundown,’ ‘There Goes Another Love Song,’ and ‘Green Grass and High Tides.’ After the Outlaws disbanded, the guitarist joined Lynyrd Skynyrd for about a decade, contributing to four of their albums.
2007: Tommy Lee and Kid Rock exchange blows at the MTV Video Music Awards during Alicia Keys’ set, prompting presenter Jamie Foxx to decry the “white on white violence.” The incident was triggered over a Pamela Anderson dispute. The former spouses of Anderson exchange words before Rock throws a punch (according to witnesses) sending Lee to the turf. “I was trying to be the bigger man, but he was acting childish,” says Lee. “This is what people do when they have s***ty albums and their careers are going down the drain.” Rock also takes a blow when he is slapped with a misdemeanor battery charge. But anything is better than sitting through those awards shows. The following month the the Clark County District Attorney’s Office decides not to pursue any charges against Rock after Lee himself requests that Rock not be prosecuted for the incident.
2007: John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Country legend Willie Nelson headline ‘Farm Aid – A Homegrown Festival’ on Randall’s Island in New York. The event promotes family farms and features urban growers. “Farm Aid is a force for change that works hard to keep farmers on the land so that we’ll have good food on our tables,” says Mellencamp. The Allman Brothers Band also performs while the group’s guitarists, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, play separate sets.
2007: Linkin Park perform their single, ‘Bleed It Out’ while Fall Out Boy wins Best Group honor at the MTV Video Music Awards.
2008: Raspberries lead singer Eric Carmen is arrested in his hometown of Cleveland on DUI charges. Carmen gives the officers a credit card when asked for his driver’s license and a half empty bottle of Grey Goose vodka is found in his car. Carmen has a .23 blood alcohol level which is more than double the legal limit. He was previously arrested last year on the same charge. A judge gives Carmen a $750 fine, he serves 30 days in jail, and has to go through a driver intervention program.
2008: A man was charged with assault after an attack on Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher during the band’s set at the V Festival in Canada. Gallagher was admitted to hospital after a man ran on stage and pushed him over while he played guitar. Toronto police said Daniel Sullivan, 47, had been charged over the incident. A band statement said the guitarist “fell heavily on to his monitor speakers”.
2008: John Mellencamp performs at a benefit event in New York City to raise funds for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the site of the World Trade Center. The $1,000-a-plate Notes of Hope dinner is hosted by NY’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg. “The hope is that this national memorial will remind us…about how much we all have in common and at stake,” says Mellencamp.
2008: Peter Buck’s signature Rickenbacker guitar is stolen after an R.E.M. concert in Helsinki, Finland. Buck used the guitar both live and in-studio since 1982. R.E.M. offers a “no questions asked” reward for the guitar’s return.
2009: The Beatles complete studio catalog is issued in a box set to coincide with the arrival of the The Beatles: Rock Band video game.
2009: Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan unveils Everything From Here To There, a website dedicated to “concepts of Mind-Body-Soul integration.” “If you are drawn to the Hidden Truths, drawn to God as something beyond limitation, and drawn to Love as the greatest force in the Universe, then you have come to the right place at the right time,” reads the site. The launch date is the supposedly spiritually significant 09-09-09.
2009: Scott Weiland plays a free show at the Roxy in West Hollywood to celebrate the debut of the clothing line he designed (with Christopher Wicks) for English Laundry.
2009: Ex-Dire Straits frontman/guitarist Mark Knopfler headlines an invitation only concert in London that benefits the Prince’s Trust charity, which aids disadvantaged U.K. youth.
2010: Dream Theater founder, drummer Mike Portnoy, joins Avenged Sevenfold. He initially agrees to help A7X record their ‘Nightmare’ album in the wake of James “The Rev” Sullivan’s passing. But Portnoy is not with the band for long.
2010: John Mellencamp is one of the recipients of the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is specifically recognized for his contributions as a songwriter. The AMA Honors & Awards event at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium also presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to Wanda Jackson.
2012: Paul McCartney is the world’s richest singer according to Celebrity Net Worth. At $800 million, the former Beatle has $200 million more than U2’s Bono, who comes in second.
2014: About 500 million iTunes users create an uproar when U2’s latest album, ‘Songs of Innocence,’ shows up free of charge and without permission in their personal libraries. Despite the outcry, 26 million iTunes customers, around 5%, download the free album within a month of its release, while the rest flee to a website instructing how to delete the unwanted album.
2014: Robert Plant’s ‘Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar’ is released. The album was recorded with the Sensational Space Shifters, at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in southwestern England.
2014: KISS perform at the Fashion Rocks show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn during Fashion Week in New York City.
2014: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and his daughter Theodora Richards publish ‘Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar,’ which was inspired by Richards’ grandfather. The younger Richards illustrated the children’s book.
2015: Hours after Survivor co-founder Frankie Sullivan rebukes Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for the unauthorized use of the band’s ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ at a campaign rally, R.E.M. slams politicians who play the group’s music without permission. Another Republican candidate, Donald Trump, featured R.E.M.’s ’87 hit ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),’ at a campaign appearance where he was critical of President Obama’s nuke deal with Iran.
2015: Bon Jovi’s first tour in China is abruptly canceled “due to unforeseen reasons.” Speculation is the group’s support of the Dalai Lama led to the action.
2015: One album into his Country career, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith announces, with singer Kelsea Ballerini, the nominees for the 49th annual CMA Awards on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America.’
2016: Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross serve as the music supervisors for the documentary Before The Flood, an environmental call-to-action film helmed by Leonardo DiCaprio, that premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival.
2016: Of Mice And Men released the album ‘Cold World.’ The album reached #20 on the Billboard chart. This was their last album to feature singer Austin Carlile.
2017: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds headline the reopening event at Manchester Arena nearly four months after a suicide bomber killed 22 people during an Ariana Grande concert.
2017: Avril Lavigne appears with Nickelback at L.A.’s Greek Theater. Once married to Nickleback frontman Chad Kroeger, Lavigne contributes vocals to ‘Rockstar.’ It’s her first onstage appearance in three years.
2017: Wes Scantlin (Puddle OF Mudd) is arrested at LAX (L.A.) for having a BB gun on him as he is getting on the plane for a show in Keller, TX.
1955: Chuck Berry’s ‘Maybellene’ peaks in the Top 10.
1962: Britain’s BBC banned Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett’s single, ‘Monster Mash,’ saying it was offensive and in poor taste. They eventually relented and the song went on to become a seasonal hit, reaching a high of #3 in 1973.
1963: While traveling in London, John Lennon and Paul McCartney encounter Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, who worked as a promoter for The Beatles earlier in the year. Oldham invites them to The Stones rehearsal at Studio 51 Jazz Club, where they complete a song they were working on, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man,’ and give it to The Stones, which they use as their second UK single.
1963: London’s Daily Mirror prints a Donald Zec interview with The Beatles under the heading “Four Frenzied Little Lord Fauntleroys Who Are Making 5,000 Pounds Every Week.”
1964: Rod Stewart records his first single, a version of Willie Dixon’s ‘Good Morning Little School Girl.’ Future Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones played on the session.
1964: The Kinks 3rd single ‘You Really Got Me’ hit #1 on the singles chart. Future Led Zeppelin founder and guitarist Jimmy Page played tambourine on the track.
1965: The Byrds start recording ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!,’ an unlike their first hit, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man,’ members of the group itself were played on the record instead of session musicians.
1965: The Who perform at Borough Assembly Hall in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England.
1965: Beatles manager Brian Epstein begins negotiating for a cartoon series on ABC-TV bearing the name and likenesses of the group.
1966: The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ hits #1 on the US albums chart and stays there for 6 weeks.
1966: The Monkees release their first major single, ‘The Last Train To Clarksville.’ By the first week of November, it will be the top tune in the nation. The lyrics describe a phone call by a military man to his girl, asking that she ‘take the last train to Clarksville’ so they can have one last night together before he has to leave on the morning train.
1966: The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show in New York. Guitarist Brian Jones performs despite a cast on his right hand which he broke in a fall in Tangier.
1967: Elvis Presley recorded the Jerry Reed composition ‘Guitar Man’ at RCA Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The song would be Elvis’ last of eleven #1 Country hits, but did not crack the Billboard Top 40.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at Stora Salen Akademiska Föreningen in Lund, Sweden.
1968: The Beatles were at #1 on the singles chart with ‘Hey Jude,’ the group’s 15th number one and the longest chart topper ever at seven minutes and ten seconds. The single was the first release on the group’s Apple records label.
1970: Elvis Presley appeared at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1971: Led Zeppelin played at Onodaga War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York. A mezzanine ticket cost $6.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Central Theater in Passaic, New Jersey. The opening act was Cactus.
1972: King Crimson performed at Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England.
1972: Pink Floyd played at McFarlin Auditorium, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
1972: Iggy Pop And The Stooges start work on ‘Raw Rower.’ Produced by band member James Williamson, the album is mixed by Pop and David Bowie.
1973: The BBC bans The Rolling Stones’ single ‘Star Star,’ which is better known as ‘Starfucker.’
1973: Eric Clapton’s live album, ‘Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert’ is released. It reached #18 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The concert was organized by Pete Townshend and marked Eric Clapton’s comeback after the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. In the year after the Rainbow Concert, Clapton recovered from his heroin addiction and recorded 461 Ocean Boulevard. This concert is the first live performance where Clapton used his famous Stratocaster guitar “Blackie”.The concert was held at the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park, London on January 13, 1973.
1974: Frank Zappa & The Mothers live album ‘Roxy & Elsewhere’ is released. It reached #27 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. Most of the songs were recorded at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California on December 8, 9 and 10, 1973. The material taken from the Roxy concerts was later amended with some overdubs in the studio, while the ‘Elsewhere’ tracks (‘Son of Orange County’ & ‘More Trouble Every Day’) were recorded on May 8, 1974 at the Edinboro State College, Edinboro, Pennsylvania (and parts of ‘Son of Orange County’ on May 11, 1974 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois and do not contain overdubbed material.
1974: The New York Dolls break up. The band formed in 1972 and initially made just two albums, the 1973 ‘New York Dolls’ and 1974 ‘Too Much Too Soon.’
1975: Bob Dylan performs three songs as tribute to the Columbia A&R man who discovered him during the PBS-TV special ‘The World Of John Hammond.’
1975: KISS release their 4th album and 1st live album, ‘Alive!.’ The double album set pulls from songs on their first three studio albums. There is debate as to how much over-dubbing was used. The double-set is the band’s first platinum album. It peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 album charts, and charted for 110 weeks, by far the longest in the band’s history.
1975: Elton John’s ‘Someone Saved My Life Tonight’ is certified gold.
1976: ZZ Top performed at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1977: Rush appeared at Saskatoon Arena in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
1977: David Bowie accepts Bing Crosby’s invitation to appear as a special guest on Bing’s annual Christmas television special. Bowie and Bing sing duets on ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Peace on Earth.’ The songs are recorded for Crosby’s album ‘Merrie Olde Christmas.’
1978: AC/DC played at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Columbus, Ohio.
1979: The Police appeared live at The Assembly Rooms in Derby, England.
1979: The Who play their first show with Kenney Jones on drums at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey.
1979: The Patti Smith Group play their last gig. The concert is in Florence, Italy. Smith announces her retirement to spend more time with her kids and ailing husband, former MC5 guitarist, Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith. It’s nearly a decade before she hits the stage again.
1980: Van Halen performed at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1981: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band appeared at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.
1981: Iron Maiden played their last gig with Paul Di’Anno at the Odd Fellows Mansion in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1981: Billy Joel’s first live album, ‘Songs in the Attic is released. It reached at #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart; the song ‘Say Goodbye to Hollywood’ reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1982: Decca Records releases The Beatle’s audition tapes as the ‘Complete Silver Beatles’ album. The collection is neither complete or The Silver Beatles, but rather twelve of the fifteen cover tunes recorded by John, Paul, George and Pete Best at their Decca audition on January 1st, 1962. The band had dropped the “Silver” from their name a year earlier. The missing songs were written by Lennon and McCartney and are always left off Decca releases, probably to avoid legal hassles.
1983: The Police headline Bill Graham Production’s annual ‘Day On Th eGreen’ concert at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA. The Fixx, Madness, Oingo Boingo and Thompson Twins round out the bill.
1984: Queen played Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany.
1988: ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns N’ Roses hits #1 and stays there for two weeks. The band is opening shows for Aerosmith at the time. The #2 position is Robert Palmer’s ‘Simply Irresistible.’
1988: Van Halen peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘When It’s Love’ which was their 3rd and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1988: AC/DC’s ‘Flick Of The Switch’ hits the charts.
1988: Eric Clapton hit the road for a tour with Dire Straits frontman/guitarist Mark Knopfler.
1990: Iron Maiden released their 20th single, ‘Holy Smoke.’ It was their first single to feature guitarist Janick Gers. The B-side has covers of Stray’s ‘All in Your Mind’ and Golden Earring’s ‘Kill Me Ce Soir.’
1990: AC/DC released the single ‘Thunderstruck.’ It was released as a single in Germany, Australia, and Japan, and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.
1991: Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is released as a single. The unexpected success of the song in late 1991 propelled ‘Nevermind’ to the top of the charts at the start of 1992, an event often marked as the point where alternative rock entered the mainstream. The single goes on to reach #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1991: Nuclear Assault released the album ‘Out Of Order.’ The band did a cover of the Sweet classic ‘Ballroom Blitz’ on this album.
1994: Oasis’ debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’ is #1 in the U.K.
1994: Motley Crue release the five song EP, ‘Quaternary.’
1994: R.E.M. were at #9 on the singles chart with ‘What’s The Frequency Kenneth.’ The song was inspired by a bizarre incident when Dan Rather of CBS news was accosted on the street by a man who kept asking him “What’s the frequency, Kenneth?”
1995: KISS played the first date on their 117 date ‘Alive World Tour’ at Chattanooga Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1996: Music journalist Ray Coleman died of cancer. Coleman had worked with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and had been the editor of the UK music weekly Melody Maker throughout the heyday of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, into the era of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Coleman demanded and got the best interviews, in which he probed the characters of pop stars previously treated as mere fanzine fodder. Coleman had become friends not only with the Beatles, but with their manager, Brian Epstein, and was welcomed on their historic early trips to America.
1996: Sheryl Crow’s “gun/Wal-Mart” reference in ‘Love Is A Good Thing’ gets her album banned from the retail chain.
1999: Paul McCartney made headline news after being seen at a New York City party minus one of his front teeth after a crown broke off when he was eating. He’d lost the tooth in a motorcycle accident in 1967.
1999: Standin’ On The Corner Park opens in Winslow, Arizona. Inspired by the city’s famous mention in the Eagles song “Take It Easy,” the park features a statue of a man with a guitar standing on the corner. The park quickly becomes a popular photo op for folks passing through Winslow.
2004: Bruce Springsteen presents the John Steinbeck Award, which honors outspoken artists, to actor Sean Penn in San Francisco. Springsteen received the award himself in 1996.
2004: Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland and Duff McKagan and Fuel’s Brett Scallions buy into the New York nightspot named Snitch. The club is designed for die-hard urban Rock & Roll fans.
2005: Green Day, U2, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, Audioslave, 3 Doors Down, Staind, Kid Rock, Motley Crue, Dave Matthews Band and Nine Inch Nails (fronted by former New Orleans resident Trent Reznor) perform at ‘ReAct Now: Music & Relief,’ for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The massively destructive hurricane rolled through New Orleans. The program airs live on MTV, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic and CMT. Viewers call-in donations to the American Red Cross and other relief organizations. “To see a place you have spent a good portion of your life in destroyed is overwhelming,” writes Reznor. His performance of ‘Hurt’ and the Red Hot Chili Peppers acoustic rendition of ‘Under The Bridge’ are among the show’s highlights.
2005: Grammy-award winning guitarist and singer Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown died in Texas at the age of 81. Recorded with Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder and Frank Zappa during a career that spanned 50 years. He became an official ambassador for American music, touring Europe 12 times sponsored by the U.S. State Department. He also toured in the Soviet Union, which was an historic event because it marked the first time the Soviet Union had made a contract with a U.S. private citizen. Brown won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1983 for his album, ‘Alright Again!,’ and was nominated for five more. In 1999, Brown was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Sadly, he lost his home in Hurricane Katrina and moved in with relatives in Texas before he died.
2006: A year after Hurricane Katrina, Linkin Park assist Friends & Helpers, a New Orleans charity. Band members spend three days distributing goods to schools that were severely damaged by the hurricane.
2006: The documentary film ‘Kurt Cobain: About A Son’ premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. Focusing on the Nirvana frontman’s childhood, the soundtrack includes songs by David Bowie, Cheap Trick and the Breeders.
2006: Metallica guest star on the season premiere of The Simpsons’ 18th season on an episode called ‘The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer.’
2006: A grand piano signed by Eagles singer-guitarist Glenn Frey and Sting (among others) is auctioned off in Richmond, Canada. Proceeds benefit the David Foster Foundation, which helps fund organ transplants for children.
2006: Author Steven Roby teaches a course entitled ‘Jimi Hendrix, His Life and His Music’ at California’s College of Marin. It’s a seven-week non-credit course. Roby is the guy who wrote the 2002 book, ‘Black Gold, The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix.’
2007: The debut single, ‘Empty Walls,’ from System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian’s debut album, ‘Elect The Dead,’ goes to radio.
2008: Peter Gabriel is awarded the 2008 Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award in recognition of his extensive human-rights campaigning. Gabriel is presented the honor by U2 guitarist The Edge (U2 received the award in ’05) at a London gala.
2008: ‘The Day That Never Comes,’ the first single off Metallica’s ‘Death Magnetic,’ tops Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
2009: Nine Inch Nails play what they say is their last show as a band at the Wiltern Theater in L.A. “This is it,” lead singer Trent Reznor tells the audience. “We’re not going to tour anymore as Nine Inch Nails, but we’re all still going to be making music.”
2009: A special tribute to Ozzy Osbourne launches the 2nd annual Sunset Strip Music Festival in West Hollywood, CA. The singer is honored for his influence on the Strip’s music scene. KoRn performs during the three-day event. “We intend on making it something fans remember for a long time,” says KoRn frontman Jonathan Davis prior to the band’s performance.
2009: A harmonica owned by Bob Dylan sold for £2,700 ($4320) at auction in Norfolk, England, more than four times the guide price. The singer-songwriter had presented the chromonica harmonica, made by Hohner, to a member of his wardrobe department in 1974.
2010: Reeve Carney, star of the Broadway musical ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,’ featuring music by U2’s Bono and The Edge, debuts the song ‘Boy Falls From The Sky’ on ‘Good Morning America.’
2010: Songs by AC/DC and Queen are banned at Catholic funerals in Australia. The Archbishop of Melbourne announces the ban claiming that the widespread use of secular pop music is not a proper “celebration of the life of” the deceased.
2011: Cameron Crowe’s career-spanning Pearl Jam retrospective film, Pearl Jam Twenty, premieres at the Toronto Film Festival. The film, which celebrates the band’s 20th anniversary, is accompanied by a soundtrack and a book featuring anecdotes, memorabilia, photos, tour notes and drawings.
2012: Paul Rodgers sings the National Anthem at Queens Citi Field prior to a game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals (who win 5-1). Rodgers’ appearance is part of Hooves on First, a partnership between the Mets and the Seraphim12 Foundation, which advocates for humane treatment of horses. Out on the left coast, KISS bassist Gene Simmons sings the national anthem prior to the Oakland Raiders home opener against the San Diego Chargers, the season kick-off of ESPN’s Monday Night Football. ESPN also launches ‘Legend To Legend’ to celebrate the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary. MNF highlights are shown with a Stones soundtrack during the pre-game broadcasts.
2012: The third season of the NBC reality/talent show ‘The Voice’ premieres. Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) is an adviser for Cee Lo Green’s team while Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) serves in the same capacity on Christina Aguilera’s team. Adam Levine (Maroon 5) is one of the show’s coaches.
2013: ‘Feels Like Home’ is Sheryl Crow’s first Country album and features the single, ‘Easy.’
2013: Rise Against issue ‘Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013.’
2013: ‘Nothin’ To Lose: The Making Of KISS (1972-1975),’ written by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ken Sharp, is in bookstores. The hardcover book draws on more than 200 interviews.
2014: The Replacements perform on TV for the first time in 25 years when they appear on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.’ They play ‘Alex Chilton,’ a track about the Box Tops/Big Star frontman, from their ’87 album ‘Pleased To Meet Me.’ The spot on the NBC show is ironic coming 28 years after The Replacements were banned for life from ‘Saturday Night Live’ following a recklessly drunken, but entertaining, performance.
2017: ZZ Top hold a benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, the band’s hometown.
1952: At Atlantic Records on West 56th St in New York, Ahmet Ertegun begins recording his newest signing, 21 year old Ray Charles, whose contract had been purchased from the Swingtime label for $2,500 last June.
1956: Police are called to break up a crowd of rowdy teenagers following the showing of the film ‘Rock Around The Clock’ at the Trocadero Cinema in London, England. The following day, The Times prints a reader’s letter that says in part: “The hypnotic rhythm and the wild gestures have a maddening effect on a rhythm loving age group and the result of its impact is the relaxing of all self control.” The film is quickly banned in several English cities.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis hits the #3 position on the U.S. record charts with ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.’ The song had already been released by a handful of artists and Jerry Lee had been using it in his live act for several months. He would later recall, “I knew it was a hit when I recorded it.”
1962: The Beatles return to Abbey Road Studios where they record ‘P.S., I Love You.’ Producer George Martin is concerned with Ringo Starr’s ability and hires session drummer Andy White to re-record ‘Love Me Do,’ on which Ringo played maracas and tambourine. It remained a sore spot with Ringo for many years.
1963: An unauthorized two-disc set of Bob Dylan songs, called ‘The Great White Wonder’ first appears in a Los Angeles record store. It’s believed to be the first commercial release of a bootleg album.
1964: A 16 year old lad won a Mick Jagger impersonation contest at The Town Hall, Greenwich, England. The winner turned out to be Mick’s younger brother, Chris Jagger.
1964: Manfred Mann released their first studio album ‘The Five Faces of Manfred Mann’ in the UK. The US version of the album was released in February 1965 by Ascot Records (a subsidiary of United Artists) with a very different track listing. It peaked at #3 on the UK Albums Chart and is the band’s highest charting release on that chart. The album also charted on the Billboard 200, peaking at #141.
1964: George Harrison starts his own publishing company, Harrissongs.
1965: The Beatles started a nine-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Help!,’ the group’s 6th U.S. chart topper.
1966: The Beatles receive a Gold record for the single,’Yellow Submarine.’ Paul McCartney would later say “The song began as being about different colored submarines, but evolved to include only a yellow one.”
1967: The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love. is certified as a million-seller. The boys also begin filming the movie, ‘Magical Mystery Tour.’The idea was to cruise the English countryside in a bus “just to see what would happen.” Unfortunately, nothing did and the film was a disaster, receiving scathing reviews and condemned as The Beatles’ first failure. The Evening News TV critic may have summed it up best when he wrote “There was precious little magic and the only mystery was how the BBC came to buy it.”
1967: The Beach Boys 12th studio album, ‘Smiley Smile’ is released. It reached #41 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #9 on UK Albums chart. The single ‘Good Vibrations’ reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the title track reached #12.
1967: Pink Floyd performed the first of three nights at the Starclub in Copenhagen, Denmark. Also on the bill were The Beefeaters, Peter Belli & B. Brothers, Steppeulvene, The Clan, Hitmakers, and others.
1967: During a 10-date tour of Sweden, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played two shows at the Grona Lund in Stockholm
1968: Sly and the Family Stone have a rough time in London. Bass player Larry Graham is busted for drug possession so the BBC drops the group’s TV appearance. On top of that, their hotel cancels their reservation.
1969: Janis Joplin’s ‘I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!’ is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #23 on the Top R&B LP’s chart. The single ‘Kozmic Blues’ reached #41 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1969: The Rolling Stones ‘Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)’ is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #2 on the UK Albums chart. Both singles reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart – ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ (#3) and ‘ Dandelion’ (#14). The original release came with a limited edition octagonal-shaped album cover.
1970: NME’s Keith Allston interviewed Jimi Hendrix in England. The interview turned out to be Hendrix’s last, as he died seven days later. In the interview Hendrix talked about a new musical phase, and planned collaborations with Miles Davis and Paul McCartney.
1970: The Rolling Stones played at the Forum Copenhagen in Frederiksberg, Denmark.
1970: The Amboy Dukes appeared at Uptown Palladium 12 Theatre in Birmingham, Michigan.
1971: ‘Who’s Next’ by The Who hits its peak on the Billboard charts at the #4 position.
1971: Rare Earth’s ‘I Just Want To Celebrate’ peaks at #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1973: Bruce Springsteen releases his 2nd album ‘The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle.’ It reached #59 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #132 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1973: The Rolling Stones appeared at Kings Hall (Belle Vue) in Manchester, England.
1974: The Grateful Dead played at Alexandra Palace in London.
1974: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell and The Band play to 80,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium.
1975: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Capital Center in Landover, Maryland.
1977: David Bowie appears on Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas special, taped to air the following December. Bowie refuses to sing ‘Little Drummer Boy’ with Crosby, so his part is rewritten as ‘Peace On Earth.’ Crosby dies a month later, and the duet becomes a Christmas classic, growing even more popular when MTV starts playing the clip a few years later.
1978: Aerosmith played at Balboa Stadium in San Diego, California.
1979: Van Halen appeared at Furitsu Taiiku Kan in Osaka, Japan.
1979: Foreigner release their 3rd album ‘Head Games’ which goes on to sell five million copies in the U.S. It’s their only release produced by Roy Thomas Baker, best known for producing Queen’s classic albums. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and features two Billboard Hot 100 singles – ‘Head Games’ (#12), and ‘Dirty White Boy’ (#14).
1979: The Who make their first U.S. concert appearance with Kenney Jones (replacing the deceased Keith Moon) in Passaic, NJ.
1980: Bassist Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson in Cheap Trick.
1981: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.
1982: Chicago started a two week run at #1 on the singles chart with ‘Hard To Say I’m Sorry,’ the group’s2nd chart topper.
1982: John Cougar Mellencamp becomes the only male artist to have two singles in the U.S. Top 10 as well as the #1 album. ‘Jack and Diane’ was #4, while ‘Hurts So Good’ was at #8. His album ‘American Fool’ was at #1 for the first of nine weeks.
1982: ‘Valley Girl’ by Frank Zappa and his 14-year old daughter Moon Unit, peaks at #32 on the U.S. singles chart. Moon Unit supplied much of the content, speaking typical “Valley Girl” phrases.
1982: Tygers Of Pan Tang release their single ‘Paris By Air’ from their ‘The Cage’ album. It’s the last (album) to include John Sykes.
1986: Triumph released their 8th studio album, ‘The Sport of Kings.’
1987: Founder member of The Wailers, Peter Tosh was shot dead at his home in Kingston Jamaica by armed robbers. He was 42 years old. Three gunmen came to Tosh’s home, looking for money and valuables. Two other men are also killed – disc jockeys Doc Brown and Jeff “Free I” Dixon. Tosh was the founding member of The Wailers and won a Grammy Award in 1987 for Best Reggae Performance for ‘No Nuclear War,’ his last record.
1987: Peter Gabriel wins the awards for best video, best male video, best concept video, best special effects and five other awards for the track ‘Sledgehammer’ at the MTV Video Music Awards.
1987: Jethro Tull released their 16th studio album, ‘Crest of a Knave.’
1988: Metallica kicked off their 222-date ‘Damaged Justice’ world tour at the MTK Football Stadium in Budapest, Hungary. Both of the August 29 and 30, 1989 shows in Seattle, Washington were later released in the box set ‘Live Shit: Binge & Purge.’
1990: Neil Young & Crazy Horse release the album ‘Ragged Glory.’ It’s the 20th studio album by Neil Young, and his 5th with Crazy Horse, released on September 11, 1990. It reached #31 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1990: Warrant release their 2nd studio album, ‘Cherry Pie.’
1992: Eric Clapton’s ‘Unplugged’ LP enters the Billboard chart. The record would go on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year, with sales reaching over 7 million.
1993: Soul Asylum’s ‘Runaway Train’ peaks at #4 on the pop charts.
1996: Noel Gallagher walked out on the rest of Oasis half way through an American tour after a fight with his brother Liam in a hotel in Charlotte North Carolina. Noel flew back to London the following day.
1996: David Bowie is the first major artist to release a single on the internet before it’s on the radio. ‘Telling Lies’ becomes the first ever downloadable single by a major artist.
2001: Slayer released their 9th studio album, ‘God Hates Us All.’ The album entered the Billboard 200 chart at #28. The song ‘Disciple’ was also nominated for a Grammy.
2001: Nickelback release their album, ‘Silver Side Up.’
2001: Walking to work in New York (as an comic book illustrator) Gerard Way witnessed the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The events inspired him to start a band, which became My Chemical Romance with Way becoming their lead singer.
2001: Most radio stations simulcast news after the terrorist attacks take place. As stations gradually return to music, they try to be sensitive about what songs they play, but Clear Channel Communications goes overboard with a list of 165 songs they ask their stations to avoid, including ‘Smooth Criminal’ and ‘What A Wonderful World.’
2003: Tommy Chong is sentenced to nine months in federal prison and fined $20,000 for selling drug paraphernalia over the Internet. The 65 year-old Chong pled guilty to the charges, and ends up serving time at the Taft Correctional Institution from October 8, 2003 to July 7, 2004. Chong says, “The place I was at was like a rest home for gangsters. I’ve been in resorts that weren’t as plush as this one: It had a running track, a football field, a bocce ball court, tennis courts, it had everything.”
2006: ‘Welcome To The Black Parade,’ the first single from My Chemical Romance’s album ‘The Black Parade,’ is released. The song subsequently tops the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.
2007: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder performs at the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of the movie ‘Body Of War,’ a documentary about an Iraq war veteran paralyzed by a bullet wound. Vedder composed two songs for the film saying he was motivated to contribute music partly by the deaths of nine fans during the band’s set at Denmark’s Roskilde Festival in ’00. “I have a hard time thinking that… Dick Cheney or George Bush (have) had this close an experience with tragic death right in front of them,” states Vedder.
2007:The ‘Kurt Cobain – About A Son’ soundtrack is issued. The 21-track album for director AJ Schnack’s documentary about the late Nirvana frontman features songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival, David Bowie, R.E.M. and former Queens Of The Stone Age member Mark Lanegan. There are also Cobain interview excerpts.
2007: Iced Earth released their 8th studio album, ‘Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 1.’ It was their second and final album with vocalist Tim Ripper Owens.
2008: The Beatles top Billboard’s Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists tally, compiled to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the magazine’s Hot 100 chart. The Fab Four at #1? That is a huge surprise. Meanwhile, across the pond, a Hamburg square is dedicated recognizing The Beatles pre-fame time playing clubs in the city’s St. Pauli district. There are five statues: John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison plus then-bassist Stuart Sutcliffe and drummer Pete Best. Approximately half the construction cost was donated by the city with the remaining funds coming from sponsors and donors.
2009: Punk musician Jim Carroll dies of heart attack in Manhattan, New York City, at age 60. He is best known for his 1978 autobiographical book ‘The Basketball Diaries,’ which inspired the film of the same name starring Leonardo DiCaprio. His biggest song was ‘People Who Died,’ from his 1980 debut album, ‘Catholic Boy.’ He was encouraged to be a musician by his one-time roommate Patti Smith.
2009: The surviving members of Nirvana, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, release a statement expressing their dismay over the use of Kurt Cobain’s image in Activision’s Guitar Hero video game. “It’s hard to watch an image of Kurt pantomiming other artists’ music alongside cartoon characters,” reads the statement. “We feel he deserves better.”
2012: Wolfgang Van Halen is added to Creed/Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti’s solo band. “Due to personal reasons Brian Marshall won’t be with us on this tour,” Tremonti tweets. “On a lighter note the amazing Wolfgang Van Halen will be joining us!”
2014: Atreyu perform live for the first time in nearly four years at the Chain Reaction, a club in their hometown of Anaheim. “Our history is too powerful to ignore forever,” says drummer Brandon Saller. “The beast has risen!” The show is a warm-up for their Aftershock festival appearance in Sacramento three days later.
2014: Bob Crewe, a singer/songwriter/producer who penned a string of hits for The Four Seasons, including ‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ ‘Walk Like a Man”‘and ‘Rag Doll,’ passed away at the age of 83. During his career he also produced dozens of hits for other artists including ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Of You’ for Frankie Valli, ‘Devil With A Blue Dress On’ for Mitch Ryder and ‘Lady Marmalade’ for Labelle.
2014: Peter Gabriel (Genesis and solo) is the recipient of the Prog God Award.
2015: Slayer released their 12th studio album, ‘Repentless.’ It’s the band’s first album in six years and their first since the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, the highest-charting debut from the band in the U.S. It was band’s first album to feature guitarist Gary Holt.
2015: Hollywood Vampires release their self-titled debut album (Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry). There are guest appearances by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Brian Johnson (AC/DC) and guitarist Robby Krieger (The Doors).
1948: Elvis Presley’s family moves from Tupelo to Memphis.
1964: Manfred Mann’s ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’ enters Billboard’s Hot 100, where it will reach #1 just five weeks later.
1965: The Beatles performed ‘I Feel Fine,’ ‘I’m Down,’ ‘Act Naturally,’ ‘Ticket to Ride,’ ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Help!’ on The Ed Sullivan Show. The performance was actually taped on August 14, but doesn’t end up airing until September 12.
1966: The Monkees television show premieres on NBC. It preceeds ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and opposite ‘The Iron Horse’ (ABC) and ‘Gilligan’s Island’ (CBS). Producers Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson decided to emulate the zany, madcap humor of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night for the small screen. When they placed an ad in Variety for four Folk and Rock musicians to appear in a TV series, over 400 applied for the job, including Stephen Stills, John Sebastian, Harry Nilsson and Danny Hutton (later of Three Dog Night), but as it turned out, only one of the four winners, guitarist and songwriter Michael Nesmith, actually saw the ad. Micky Dolenz (who would play drums), Davy Jones (who would sing), and Peter Tork (bass) found out about the opportunity from other sources. Nesmith and Tork had experience in the Folk scene; Dolenz and Jones were primarily actors, although Nesmith and Jones had already made some obscure solo recordings. Some have claimed that Charles Manson also applied, but he was in prison at the time and would not be paroled until March 21, 1967. It ran for a total of 58 episodes.
1967: Filming continued on The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ movie. The bus headed for Widecombe on the Moor, where a local fair was being held but the bus driver (Alf Manders) took a shortcut to bypass heavy traffic and ended up stuck on a bridge. The bus ended up having to drive in reverse for a half-mile before it could turn around. They then headed for Plymouth, followed by a 20-car convoy of journalists and photographers.
1968: During their first ever tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Stora Scenen at the Gröna Lund Amusement Park, in Stockholm, Sweden.
1969: The Rolling Stones’ 2nd official compilation album, ‘Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)’ is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #2 on the UK Albums chart. Both singles reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart – ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ (#3) and ‘Dandelion’ (#14). The original release came with a limited edition octagonal-shaped album cover.
1969: King Crimson appeared at the Lyceum Ballroom in London.
1969: Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night and special guests The Grass Roots played the Los Angeles Forum.
1970: James Taylor released ‘Fire and Rain.’ The song became one of his biggest hits and peaked at #3.
1970: In New Orleans, thieves stole 40-thousand dollars worth of Pink Floyd’s touring equipment.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival scored their first chart topping album with ‘Cosmo’s Factory.’ It enjoyed a nine-week run at #1 and sold over three million copies.
1970: Bob Dylan joined Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie at the Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert held at the Hollywood Bowl.
1970: The Who begin a European tour at the Münsterland Halle in Muenster, West Germany. Also, Record Mirror reports that 1.3 million copies of ‘Tommy’ have been sold in 8-track format.
1970: Chicago peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ’25 or 6 to 4′ which was their 2nd top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at the Fete de L’Humanite, Bois de Vincennes in Paris. Over 500,000 people reportedly saw the show, making it their largest concert crowd ever.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Hieges Field House, Shippensburg State College in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
1972: Gary Glitter’s instrumental, ‘Rock and Roll Part 2’ reached its peak at #7 on the Billboard Pop chart. The song was a standard at sporting events for years until he was arrested on child pornography charges in England in 1997. Many pro sports organizations quit playing the song after a technician fixing Glitter’s computer found indecent images of young children on his hard drive. Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was discovered living in Cambodia in April, 2002, and was deported to Thailand. He was released from a Vietnamese prison where he served a three year sentence for committing “obscene acts with children” involving girls aged 10 and 11, and returned to England in August, 2008. On June 5th, 2014, Glitter was charged with eight counts of sexual offences committed against two girls aged 12 and 14 between 1977 and 1980. He would be convicted of those charges on February 5th, 2015 and sentenced to 16 years in prison.
1972: The Faces appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1972: Pink Floyd played at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City.
1973: The Rolling Stones performed at Kings Hall (Belle Vue) in Manchester, England.
1974: Rush appeared at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Baltimore.
1974: Bob Dylan began sessions for his album ‘Blood on the Tracks.’
1975: Pink Floyd released their 9th studio album, ‘Wish You Were Here.’ The album explored themes of absence, the music business, and former band-mate Syd Barrett’s mental decline. It went to #1 in the US and the UK, and went on to spend a total of 84 weeks on the chart. It placed at #209 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Band members Richard Wright and David Gilmour have each declared ‘Wish You Were Her’e their favorite Pink Floyd album.
1975: Thin Lizzy release their 5th studio album, ‘Fighting.’
1975: Aerosmith’s self-titled debut album goes gold.
1975: Aerosmith performed at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. The building was demolished in 1994, and an IKEA now sits on part of the property.
1976: ZZ Top played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1977: Chicago’s 11th album, ‘Chicago XI’ is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and stayed on the charts for 20 weeks.
1980: ABC-TV’s ’20/20′ airs a report questioning the official cause of Elvis Presley’s death.
1980: Ozzy Osbourne starts his Blizzard of Ozz Tour at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland with Budgie opens.
1980: During a North American tour Queen appeared at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
1980: David Bowie’s ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ album is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums list.
1981: The Grateful Dead performed at the Greek Theatre on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.
1981: Journey’s ‘Escape’ album hits #1 on the charts.
1983: Overkill released their demo EP ‘Power In Black.’
1984: Metallica signed with Elektra Records which would shortly re-release their first two albums ‘Kill ‘Em All’ & ‘Ride the Lightning.’
1986: Public Image Ltd guitarist John McGeoch needed 40 stitches in his face after a two-liter wine bottle was thrown at the stage during a gig in Vienna.
1987: The soundtrack album ‘La Bamba’ featuring Los Lobos began a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart.
1989: Aerosmith release their 10th studio album, ‘Pump.’ A small rock band named Pump ends up sueing Aerosmith’s management company for infringement. Aerosmith ends up winning the case. The album goes on to reach #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell seven million copies in the U.S. It features the tracks ‘Love In An Elevator,’ ‘Janie’s Got A Gun,’ ‘F.I.N.E.,’ ‘What It Takes’ and ‘The Other Side.’
1990: Annihilator released their album ‘Never, Neverland.’ It was the band’s first album with vocalist Coburn Pharr.
1990: Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie both announced they would no longer sing with Fleetwood Mac. Three years later, the band reunited at Bill Clinton’s inauguration.
1991: Although Hall And Oates’ career was on the down swing in The United States, the pair played to a sold out show at the Mexico National Auditorium in Mexico. Their single ‘So Close’ had made it to #11 in the Fall of 1990. Even though their more recent efforts haven’t done as well as their earlier material, Hall and Oates are still the best selling Rock duo of all time.
1992: Eric Clapton’s ‘Unplugged’ album makes its chart debut. The acoustic album boasted the hit ‘Tears in Heaven,’ and went on to sell seven-million copies.
1992: U2’s ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’ enters the Top 40 charts.
1992: The ‘Honeymoon In Vegas’ soundtrack is released, featuring Elvis Presley covers by the likes of Billy Joel, Bono, Jeff Beck and John Mellencamp.
1995: INXS singer Michael Hutchence plead guilty to punching photographer Jim Bennett outside a London hotel. He was fined £400 and ordered to pay £1,875 in court costs.
1995: Vince Neil released his 2nd solo album, ‘Carved in Stone.’
1995: Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘One Hot Minute’ album is released. It was produced by Rick Rubin. The band had to overcome guitarist John Frusciante’s departure and frontman Anthony Kiedis’ relapse into drug addiction. Guitarist Dave Navarro fills the void left by Frusciante.
1996: Jack Gillis marries Meg White. He takes her last name, and the couple later form The White Stripes. They tell reporters that they are brother and sister, which goes over until a Detroit reporter uncovers their marriage license.
1996: Oasis cancels two-thirds of its U.S. tour due to “internal differences.”
1999: Graham Nash broke both of his legs in Hawaii after his boat was hit by a large wave while he was sailing. He had pins inserted in both legs and relied on a wheelchair for several months.
2000: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases ‘Christmas Time Again,’ their 11th total album and first Christmas-themed one.
2000: ‘The Jimi Hendrix Experience’ (Box Set) is released.
2001: Concerts are cancelled all over the U.S. in the wake of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. Shows from artists as diverse as Stevie Nicks, The Black Crowes, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Weezer all cancel shows.
2002: Warren Zevon, best known for his hit ‘Werewolves of London,’ revealed he had been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.
2002: The son of rocker Rod Stewart was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to undergo drug rehabilitation after pleading no contest to attacking a man outside a Malibu, California restaurant. Sean Stewart, 22, was arrested Dec. 5th, 2001, after he was seen kicking the man in the face and stomach. Stewart was also sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $5,600 to the victim. He could’ve faced four years in state prison.
2002: The house that Nirvana singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain lived in as from age 11 to 15 was put up for sale on eBay and eventually sold for $210,000. In 2000 the house was valued at $52,660.
2003: The Beatles sued Apple computers and alleged their iTunes store infringed copyrights on the logo of their Apple Corps record label.
2003: Johnny Cash dies of complications from diabetes at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. One of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, his career spanned almost 5 decades. During his career, Cash won 11 Grammys, most recently in 2003, when ‘Give My Love To Rose’ earned him honors as Best Male Country Vocal Performance. He also notched fourteen #1 Country music hits. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Two of his most popular albums were recorded live at Folsom Prison in 1968 and at San Quentin in 1969. He earned an MTV Video nomination (for ‘Hurt’) earlier in 2003.
2003: Mike Smith of The Dave Clark Five is paralyzed in a fall on his estate in Spain.
2004: Drummer and arranger Kenny Buttrey died in Nashville, Tennessee. He worked with Neil Young, (‘Harvest,’ ‘After the Gold Rush’), Bob Dylan (‘Blonde on Blonde,’ ‘Nashville Skyline,”John Wesley Harding’), and Bob Seger, Elvis Presley, Donovan, George Harrison, Joan Baez, Dan Fogelberg, Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy Buffett, Chuck Berry and Area Code 615.
2004: CJ and Marky Ramone perform with Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea and John Fruciante, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus at the Ramones 30th Anniversary party in L.A. Rob Zombie is the host.
2004: Puddle Of Mudd perform for more than 1,500 soldiers stationed in Iraq.
2004: Saliva’s ‘Survival of the Sickest’ is the theme song for WWE’s pay-per-view special ‘Unforgiven!’
2005: KoRn announces it has inked a global partnership deal with the EMI Group that includes a recording contract with Virgin Records. The agreement also covers music publishing, touring, merchandising and other business concerns.
2006: Everclear release their album, ‘Welcome To The Drama Club.’
2006: Papa Roach release their 4th album, ‘The Paramour Sessions.’
2006: Black Label Society released their album ‘Shot To Hell.’
2006: Mastodon released their album ‘Blood Mountain.’
2006: Peter Frampton releases his album, ‘Fingerprint.’ It marks Frampton’s return to A&M Records, where he had his greatest success in the ’70’s.
2006: Bob Seger releases his ‘Face The Promise’ album.
2006: Reality TV supergroup Supernova has to find a new name as a San Diego judge grants the original name to the San Diego punk band, as a preliminary injunction is granted against the producers of the CBS show ‘Rock Star: Supernova’ stop the use of the name. What name do Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted, Gilby Clarke and competition winner Lukas Rossi choose, Rock Star: Supernaova of course.
2007: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones announce that they would reform for a star-studded tribute concert in London, paying homage to the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Joining them on drums would be former Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s son Jason. The one-off concert, their first performance together in 19 years, takes place at the O2 arena in London on November 26. All profits from the show go towards scholarships in Ertegun’s name in UK, the USA and Turkey, the country of his birth.
2007: The ‘Elvis: Viva Las Vegas’ documentary airs on ABC-TV.
2008: Metallica releases their the 9th studio album, ‘Death Magnetic.’ Produced by Rick Rubin, the album’s tracks are also available for the Guitar Hero: World Tour video game. ‘Death Magnetic’ made Metallica the first band to achieve five consecutive #1 studio albums on the Billboard 200.
2008: Despite demands from pro-Palestinian groups to cancel a return concert in Israel, Paul McCartney promised Israeli fans he’ll go on with his September 25th concert in Tel Aviv. “I was approached by different groups and political bodies who asked me not to come here. I refused. I do what I think, and I have many friends who support Israel.”
2009: U2 embark on their 360 North American tour in support of ‘No Line On The Horizon.’ The stadium trek features a huge stage nicknamed The Claw that allows the group to play in the round. There’s also a cylinder-shaped video screen. The month-and-a-half tour starts with two shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
2010: The Strokes perform at a special invite-only gig at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House to mark Tommy Hilfiger’s 25th anniversary. It’s the group’s first New York City concert in nearly five years.
2010: Iron Butterfly recieve a lifetime achievement award at the 20th Annual San Diego Music Awards.
2011: The Jonathan Demme directed documentary ‘Neil Young’s Journey’s’ premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Demme uses concert footage from earlier in the year interspersed with brief scenes from a Young’s road trip through his native Ontario.
2011: Anthrax released their 10th studio album, ‘Worship Music.’ Joey Belladonna, who hasn’t been with the band since 1992, returns to handle lead vocals.
2011: Dream Theater release their 11th studio album, ‘A Dramatic Turn of Events.’
2012: Bob Dylan brushed off critics who say he stole lyrics from various obscure poets. The 71-year-old musician told Rolling Stone magazine, “Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff.”
2012: After years of mainstream popularity, considerable airplay, and being nominated for numerous awards, Matchbox Twenty finally gets their due on the charts with a #1 debut on the Billboard albums chart. ‘North’ is their first #1 charting album and their 5th studio album in the 16 years the band’s been together.
2012: The inaugural MTV World Stage Monterrey in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, features Linkin Park and Garbage. The show is later broadcast through the region on MTV Latin America.
2012: The Foo Fighters appear at the iPhone 5 launch in San Francisco. “One of the incredible things about being here is that you’re meeting people who are shaping our future,” says Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. The iPhone 5 ships nine days later.
2012: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil trips onstage and breaks two bones in his foot during a concert in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. He finishes the show before getting medical treatment.
2012: Five Finger Death Punch release a Battlefield 4 based video for the track ‘Battle Born.’ The song is from the band’s 2013 album ‘The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell. Volume 2.’
2013: It’s announced that a 19 million year old ‘water pig’ has been named after Mick Jagger. The ‘long-legged’ pig is given the moniker due to it having ‘tactile lips.’ The full name is Jaggermeryx naiad.
2013: Ray Dolby (sound engineer who invented the noise-reduction system which bears his name) dies of leukemia in San Francisco, California, at age 80. Dolby also helped develop the video tape recorder while at Ampex. Neil Portnow, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, said Dolby had “changed the way we listen to music and movies for nearly 50 years” and that Dolby’s “technologies have become an essential part of the creative process for recording artists and filmmakers, ensuring his remarkable legacy for generations to come.” In his will, he bequeathed $52 million to Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, where he had received his Ph.D. in physics.
2014: A 19-million-year-old ‘water pig’ is named after Mick Jagger. The ‘long-legged’ pig is given the moniker due to it having ‘tactile lips’. The full name is Jaggermeryx naiad.
2015: Arcade Fire’s documentary, ‘The Reflektor Tapes,’ premieres at the Toronto Film Festival.
2015: Bassist Bryn Merrick dies at the age of 56 after a battle with cancer. He was in The Damned from ’84 until ’89.
2015: The Foo Fighters documentary series, ‘Sonic Highways’ wins a pair of Emmys in L.A. at the Creative Arts Emmy event, which precedes the 67th Emmy Awards. They’re honored for Outstanding Sound Mixing and Outstanding Sound Editing.
2015: Slash and Duff McKagan reunite to perform at a benefit event for the Wonderland Avenue School in L.A. They’re joined by their Velvet Revolver bandmate Dave Kushner.
2016: A Day To Remember land at #2 on the Billboard 200 with ‘Bad Vibrations.’ The album also debuts at #1 on their Top Album Sales Chart and tops Billboard’s Top Independent Album Chart, Top Rock Albums Chart and Hard Rock Albums Chart.
2017: Blink-182 frontman Mark Hoppus releases ‘Not Every Dog Goes To Heaven,’ for the charity album ‘Dog Songs,’ which benefits the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and their efforts to aid dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey.
2017: Kid Rock plays the first show in Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena. Keeping his political options, namely a run for the Senate, front and center as he enters to ‘Hail to the Chief,” complete with dancers carrying American flags. During the show he condemns white supremacist groups and anyone who considers him racist.
1955: Little Richard starts his recording career with Specialty Records, entering J&M Studios in New Orleans for a two day recording session. Things were not going well and during a break, Richard and his producer, Bumps Blackwell, went to the Dew Drop Inn. With few people there and an old upright piano, Richard started playing like crazy, singing loud, lewd and hamming it up. Blackwell was stunned… why couldn’t he record this? They went back to J&M with only fifteen minutes left in the session and “Tutti Fruiti, good booty” became “Tutti Fruiti, aw-rootie”. The song would be Richard’s break-out hit and managed to make it to #17 early the following year, but a cover by Pat Boone over shadowed Richard’s version and went to #12 on the Billboard Pop chart.
1958: Cashbox magazine expands its record chart to include the top 100 best sellers in America. The publication began in 1942 as a jukebox and industry journal and would continue to publish in the shadow of Billboard until going out of business in October, 1996. In the mid-2000s, Cashbox re-appeared online at CashboxMagazine.com.
1959: Elvis Presley meets his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu at a party at his house in Germany, where he is serving in the U.S. Army.
1960: The FCC was amended to outlaw payments of cash or gifts in exchange for airplay of records, as a result of the scandal involving Dick Clark and Alan Freed and others.
1962: Elvis Presley had his 12th UK #1 hit with ‘She’s Not You.’ The single, backed by ‘Just Tell Her Jim Said Hell,’, topped out at #5 in the U.S.
1963: Graham Nash of The Hollies fell out of van after a gig in Scotland. He checked to see if the door was locked, it wasn’t and he fell out as the van was going 40 m.p.h. 36 years later to the day, the singer breaks both legs in a boat accident off the coast of Hawaii.
1964: The Beatles played the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore, MD.
1964: To prevent the spate of stage-rushing going on at recent frenzied Rolling Stones concerts, Liverpool’s Empire Club hires two dozen rugby players to act as a human shield. The crowd of 5,000 washes right over them.
1964: Murray The K’s latest rock and roll show at the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre ends after ten days, featuring Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, The Shangri-Las, and Jay and the Americans.
1965: The Beatles won their first two Grammy Awards, one for Best New Artist and another for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’
1965: The Beatles released the single ‘Yesterday’ in the U.S. Even though it was technically a Paul McCartney solo record, The Beatles manager Brian Epstein refused to make it just a Paul records saying “We are not breaking up The Beatles”.
1965: Ringo Starr’s first wife, Maureen gives birth to their son, Zak Starkey.
1967: The Beatles formed an electronics company called Fiftyshapes, Ltd. appointing John Alexis Mardas (Magic Alex) to be the company’s director. Alex claimed he could build a 72-track tape machine, instead of the 4-track at Abbey Road (this never materialized). One of his more outrageous plans was to replace the acoustic baffles around Ringo Starr’s drums with an invisible sonic force field. George Harrison later said that employing Mardas was “the biggest disaster of all time.”
1967: Filming continued for The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ in South West England. The Beatles searched for a quiet, secluded field in which they could conduct filming but once they’d disembarked from the bus and set up for shooting, scores of onlookers began to crowd around, causing a traffic jam that required the police to step in.
1968: The Beatles record ‘Glass Onion.’
1968: Procol Harum performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Pink Floyd played at Mothers in Erdington, Birmingham, England.
1968: During a North American tour The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1968: Roy Orbison’s house in Nashville burnt down, his two eldest sons both died in the blaze. Orbison was on tour in the UK at the time of the accident.
1969: Santana’s self-titled debut entered the album chart. The album would go on to peak at #4 and sell two million copies.
1969: At the Toronto ‘Rock n Roll Revival’ concert, John Lennon debuted his Plastic Ono Band, featuring Eric Clapton on guitar. Clapton, Klaus Voormann (bass player from Manfred Mann) and drummer Alan White (who would later join Yes). They were previously unannounced and were put together so late that they had to rehearse on the plane from England. Also appearing at the concert were Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Bo Diddley, The Doors, Chicago, Alice Cooper, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Junior Walker and the All Stars, Tony Joe White, and more. During Alice Cooper’s set, a chicken made its way onto the stage and Cooper threw it over the crowd expecting it to fly. Instead it plummeted into the audience where it was torn to pieces. The gig was later released as ‘Live Peace in Toronto.’
1969: This was the first day of the three-day Rugby Bag Blues Festival in Warwickshire, England with Pink Floyd, The Nice, Taste, Free, Third Ear Band, Ralph McTell, Roy Harper, King Crimson, The Strawbs, Edgar Broughton, Spirit of John Morganand John Martyn.
1970: At Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, Florida, Elvis Presley stumbles over the lyrics to ‘In The Ghetto’ and gets a case of the giggles that forces him to stop the show until he can regain control of himself.
1970: The Who performed at Stadthalle in Offenbach, Germany.
1972: Pink Floyd appeared at Henry Levitt Arena in Wichita, Kansas, during their North American tour. The set included ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ which would not be officially released until 1973.
1972: Yes released their 5th LP, ‘Close to the Edge.’ It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and features the single, ‘And You And I (Part II),’ which reached #42 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
1973: The New York Dolls perform ‘Trash’ and ‘Personality Crisis’ on ‘The Midnight Special.’
1973: The Rolling Stones played at City Hall in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.
1974: Fleetwood Mac released their 9th studio album, ‘Heroes Are Hard to Find.’ It reached #34 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. This is the last album with Bob Welch, who left at the end of 1974, and was replaced by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
1974: David Bowie’s ‘Diamond Dogs’ tour stops at the Convention Center in Tuscon, Arizona. His band includes: Mike Garson on piano and mellotron, Carlos Alomar, guitar, Earl Slick, lead guitar, Doug Raunch, bass, Greg Enrico, drums, Pablo Rosario, percussion, David Sanborn, alto sax, flute, Richard Grando, baritone sax, flute, Michael Kamen, electric piano, moog, and oboe, plus backing vocalists.
1974: Eric Clapton scored a U.S. #1 with his version of the Bob Marley song ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ which was first released in 1973 on The Wailers’ album ‘Burnin’.
1975: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1975: Bruce Springsteen’s album ‘Born to Run’ entered the album charts.
1976: Peter Frampton’s 4th solo album, ‘Frampton,’ goes Gold. It’s his commercial breakthrough LP containing the hits ‘Show Me the Way’ and ‘Baby I Love Your Way.’
1976: Aerosmith peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Toys in the Attic’ their first album to reach the top 40 on the Billboard 200 Album chart. It later went on to sell eight million copies in the U.S.
1976: Electric Light Orchestra played at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.
1976: The Lynyrd Skynyrd live album ‘One More from the Road’ is released.
1977: Rush performed at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada.
1978: The Grateful Dead performed a 33-minute soundcheck at the Gizah Sound and Light Theatre, in Cairo, Egypt. The instrumental Ollin Arrageed type jams, in advance of their three night engagement at the Giza plateau, took place at the footsteps of the great pyramids of Egypt.
1979: The film ‘Quadrophenia’ was released. Based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera the film featured Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Ray Winstone, Michael Elphick and Sting.
1980: Jackson Browne tops the LP chart with ‘Hold Out.’
1980: Ozzy Osbourne kicks off his ‘Blizzard of Ozz Tour’ at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland with Budgie opening.
1981: The Rolling Stones played a secret pre-tour warm-up show at the Sir Morgan’s Cove club in Worcester, Massachusetts. Billed as Little Boy Blue & The Cockroaches, a local radio station announced that the Stones were in town, resulting in the club being besieged by over 4,000 fans attempted to get into the 350-person venue. Police were drafted in to control the crowds, which resulted in eleven fans being arrested.
1982: David Bowie’s label announced Bowie’s plan to film ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.
1984: U2 played the first of five nights at the Sports And Entertainment in Melbourne, Australia during their ‘Unforgettable Fire’ world tour.
1984: David Bowie won Video of the year for ‘China Girl’ at the first MTV Video awards. The song co-written by David Bowie and Iggy Pop during their years in Berlin, first appeared on Pop’s album ‘The Idiot’ released in 1977.
1984: KISS release their 12th studio album, ‘Animalize.’
1984: Dokken release their 2nd studio album, ‘Tooth and Nail.’
1985: Sting kicked off his first solo tour in San Diego.
1985: ‘We Are The World’ won Best Group Video and the Viewer’s Choice at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Don Henley’s ‘The Boys Of Summer’ video won four trophies, including Best Video. Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m On Fire’ gets the nod for Best Male Video and Tina Turner won Best Female Video for ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It.’
1988: King Diamond releases their 3rd studio album, ‘Them.’
1989: Bruce Springsteen records ‘Viva Las Vegas’ for ‘The Last Temptation Of Elvis’ benefit album. Proceeds go to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. Paul McCartney and Robert Plant are also on the album.
1989: Sting made his American stage debut in the role of Macheath in The Threepenny Opera in Washington, DC.
1990: Eddie Vedder does some surfing, writes some lyrics, and adds his vocals to three instrumental tracks recorded by the guys he would later join in Pearl Jam. The songs become ‘Alive,’ ‘Once’ and ‘Footsteps.’
1991: Alice Cooper hawked copies of his album ‘Hey Stoopid’ for 99 cents each in New York’s Times Square.
1991: Geffen Records threw a party at the Re-bar in Seattle to celebrate the release of their forthcoming album, ‘Nevermind’ and the single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’ The band ended up being thrown out of their own party after starting a food fight and tearing down their own ‘Nevermind’ posters. They hop in a limo and drive to a record rep’s house to continue the festivities.
1993: ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ debuted on NBC, giving E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg a new “Boss.” Bruce Springsteen’s drummer was the leader of The Max Weinberg 7, Late Night’s house band.
1994: Actor Johnny Depp trashes his New York hotel room. The cops are called. In an adjacent room, The Who’s Roger Daltrey endures the raucous. “On a scale of 1 to 10, I give him a 2, because it took so bloody long,” says the singer. “The Who could have done the job in one minute.”
1995: The lyrics to The Beatles song ‘Getting Better’ hand-written by Paul McCartney sold for £161,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in London.
1997: ‘Be Here Now,’ from Oasis, peaks at #2 on the U.S. album chart.
1997: Over 2000 fans watched Pete Townshend, bassist Noel Redding, and former girlfriend Kathy Etchingham unveil a English Heritage Blue Plaque at 23 Brook Street, Mayfair London, to mark where Jimi Hendrix had lived in 1968-69. Hendrix was the first pop star to be awarded with the plaque.
1999: Graham Nash broke both his legs after his boat was hit by a large wave while he was sailing in Hawaii.
2000: Elton John storms out of the Casino Estoril in Portugal just before his planned gig there and flies back to England, fuming that the supposedly sell-out crowd had only half arrived. Turns out they were merely lingering at a VIP dinner given just before the show.
2000: Santana is a big winner at the first Latin Grammy Awards (held in L.A.): Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance.
2003: Wal-Mart refuses to stock UK group The Darkness’ ‘Permission To Land’ album because the sleeve featured a woman’s ass.
2004: The 4th and final season of the MTV reality show, ‘The Osbournes,’ begins. The family decides to pursue other projects.
2004: Democrat John Mellencamp and Republican Country singer Travis Tritt play their guitars on a Nashville street corner to promote a bipartisan message for political civility.
2005: HMV stores in Canada removed Bob Dylan CDs from their shelves in protest at the singer’s deal to only sell his new album in Starbucks after he signed an exclusive contract with the coffee giant. The chain has previously boycotted CDs by Alanis Morissette and The Rolling Stones to complain at exclusive deals.
2005: Trapt release their sophomore album, ‘Someone In Control.’
2005: The home where Jimi Hendrix grew up in Seattle was saved from demolition after a new location was agreed on. The James Marshall Hendrix Foundation and the City of Seattle agreed to renovate the building into a community center opposite from the cemetery where Jimi was buried in 1970.
2005: Green Day’s acclaimed ‘American Idiot’ is certified quadruple platinum (4 million copies) by the Recording Industry Association of America.
2005: Crossfade’s self-titled debut album is awarded platinum certification by the RIAA for 1 million units shipped.
2005: Experience Hendrix, the company that oversees the merchandizing of Jimi Hendrix-related products, launches a lawsuit against Purple Haze Records in an attempt to halt the U.K. indie imprint’s distribution of unauthorized bootlegs.
2005: Paul McCartney released his 20th post-Beatles album, ‘Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.’
2005: The newly refurbished Grateful Dead’s original tour bus went on display at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois. The 1965 Gillig bus, which Jerry Garcia and the rest of the Dead dubbed ‘Sugar Magnolia’ was used by the band on their frequent tours across the US between 1967 and 1985. The ceiling was lined with hundreds of vintage rock posters featuring The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin and others who had visited the bus.
2006: The adult movie ‘Sacred Sin’ drops on DVD containing two songs composed by Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
2006: A judge dismissed part of a $2 million lawsuit by Beach Boys’ vocalist Mike Love that claimed ex-band mate Al Jardine illegally used the name The Beach Boys while touring solo.
2007: Lynyrd Skynyrd donate a percentage of the earnings from a show in Cuyahoga Falls, OH to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s education programs. “Anything we can do to help raise awareness of music and the power of music, we are all for it,” says guitarist Gary Rossington.
2008: ‘Come Dancing,’ a musical devoted to the music of The Kinks, opens in London.
2008: The Raconteurs/White Stripes singer-guitarist Jack White voices his displeasure that ‘Another Way To Die,’ the theme song he recorded with Alicia Keys for the James Bond flick ‘Quantum Of Solace,’ gets its first exposure in an advertisement. “We are disappointed that you first heard the song in a co-promotion for Coke Zero, rather than in its entirety,” reads a statement from White’s management.
2008: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson was one of the pilots who flew specially chartered flights after 85,000 tourists were stranded in the U.S., the Caribbean, Africa and Europe after Britain’s third-largest tour operator went into administration. The singer, who had worked for the airline Astraeus for nine years, took up flying during a low point in his solo career after he quit the band in 1993.
2009: Green Day win three trophies at MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Rock Video for ’21 Guns.’ They also perform on the show.
2010: For the season premiere of ‘Monday Night Football’ Green Day and the cast of the Broadway musical ‘American Idiot’ perform ‘Last Of The American Girls’ during halftime of the Jets home opener against the Ravens. Baltimore wins 10-9.
2010: The exhibit ‘Elvis 1956: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer’ opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The exhibit, which is part of the Hall’s 15th anniversary, also contains 30 Elvis Presley artifacts from his Graceland home.
2011: ‘In Bloom: The Nirvana Nevermind Exhibition,’ an exhibit marking the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s landmark ‘Nevermind’ album, opens in London at the Loading Bay Gallery. The exhibit focuses on the relationship between Nirvana and their UK fans.
2011: Gavin Rossdale and Bush release ‘The Sea Of Memories,’ their first new collection in nearly ten years.
2011: ‘Worship Music’ by Anthrax is released. The set contains ‘The Devil You Know.’ “It’s got that thrashy Rock n’ Roll vibe to it, which I love,” says guitarist Rob Caggiano. The album marks the first time Joey Belladonna has contributed vocals since 1990’s ‘Persistence Of Time.’
2011: Alice Cooper releases his 26th studio album, ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare.’
2011: Staind perform a 9/11 benefit concert which coincides with the release of their self-titled 7th album. Proceeds benefit families of 9/11 victims. “If enough of us do just a little bit, together we can make a big difference in the lives of the families whose members made the supreme sacrifice for our country,” says Staind lead singer Aaron Lewis.
2011: The B-52’s play their first ever show in Idaho, finally performing their song ‘Private Idaho’ in the state that inspired it.
2011: Slash reunites with former Guns N’ Roses bandmates (bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Gilby Clarke) for a Road Recovery benefit show in New York City.
2012: An unlucky day for the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, as police in Hollywood issue a warrant for his arrest in connection with a charge of assault at an alleged incident at a nightclub. Hart firmly denies the incident.
2013: Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Overkill and Sabaton performed at ‘The Battle Of San Bernardino’ at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernadino, CA.
2013: The Replacements play live for the first time in 22-years when they perform at the Chicago stop of Riot Fest. Their last show before breaking up in 1991 was at Grant Park, also in Chicago.
2013: A 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow that once belonged to John Entwistle, the late bass player for The Who, is auctioned. The auto was custom fitted in order to seat Entwistle’s Irish wolfhounds.
2013: Stevie Nicks broke the news that Christine McVie would join her former band mates in Fleetwood Mac on one song for two shows during the band’s upcoming European tour.
2013: The BBC announced that previously unreleased recordings and studio chatter by The Beatles would be made available for the first time. ‘On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2,’ due out on November 11th, follows the popular ‘Live at the BBC’ album issued in 1994 that sold more than five million copies around the world in six weeks.
2014: Jack White headlines Farm Aid in Raleigh, NC. Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young also perform at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater. Farm Aid is the longest running benefit concert series in the U.S.
2015: REO Speedwagon’s Gary Richrath dies at the age of 65. The guitarist was with the group from 1970 to ’89.
2016: A Vulgar Display Of Pantera, the group’s first-ever authorized visual history is released. The coffee table book features rare and never-before-seen images of Pantera.
2016: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine celebrates his 55th birthday with launch party for his beer, A Tout Le Monde.
1955: Little Richard takes a break from two days of recording at a New Orleans studio, and with his producer Bumps Blackwell goes to the Dew Drop Inn for lunch. Richard plays the piano in the bar, singing a loud and lewd version of ‘Tutti Frutti.’ With only fifteen minutes left in the session, Richard recorded the song and coined the phrase, ‘a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.’
1955: At Specialty Records in Los Angeles, Little Richard records his debut album, ‘Here’s Little Richard.’ It would prove to be his highest charting LP in America, reaching #13. The collection contained two of his biggest hits, ‘Long Tall Sally,’ which reached #6 in the US and ‘Jenny, Jenny,’ which reached #10.
1963: Pete Seeger, who had been blacklisted from network TV after being found in contempt by the the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955, agreed to appear on the ABC ‘Hootenanny’ variety show but then refuses when the network asks him to sign a loyalty oath.
1963: The Beach Boys’ ‘Surfer Girl,’ the first song ever written by Brian Wilson, peaks at #7 on the Billboard Pop chart. The single would achieve Gold Record status later in the year and reach #13 in the UK.
1964: At Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, police inspector Carl Bear takes the microphone from John Lennon while he is still singing and The Beatles are asked to leave the stage for fifteen minutes so that the screaming crowd can calm down.
1966: Otis Redding performed at The Orchid Ballroom in Purley, Surrey, England. Admission was 10 shillings ($1.40).
1967: Filming continued for The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ in South West England. The Beatles looked for a quiet, secluded field in which to resume filming but once they’d gotten off the bus and set up for shooting, scores of onlookers began to crowd around, causing a traffic jam that required the police to step in.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on UK music show ‘Top Of The Pops.’
1967: During a UK tour, Pink Floyd appeared at the Starlight Room in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1968: The Jeff Beck Group’s ‘Truth’ album enters the U.S. LP chart.
1968: Big Brother and the Holding Company’s ‘Cheap Thrills’ album enters the charts, where it will stay for 29 weeks, including 8 at #1.
1968: Pete Townshend told Rolling Stone that he had worked on a rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy, who fans later learned “sure plays a mean pinball.”
1968: Roy Orbison’s home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, burns down while he is touring Europe. Sadly, he loses his two eldest sons in the blaze – Roy Jr. (age 10) and Tony (age 6). The two children had been playing with an aerosol can in the basement of the house when their grandfather, Orbie Orbison, warned them it was dangerous, and to demonstrate the danger, touched his cigarette lighter to the spray, igniting the fire. Just about a year earlier, Orbison’s wife (their mother) had been killed in a motorcycle accident.
1968: Led Zeppelin performed as The Yardbirds at Angby Park in Knivsta, a small Swedish town 48 km (30 miles) north of Stockholm.
1969: Genesis played their first paying gig in Surrey, England at a cottage owned by Peter Gabriel’s former Sunday school teacher. Hence the band’s name.
1970: Blood, Sweat & Tears ‘Lucretia Mac Evil’ b/w ‘Lucretia’s Reprise’ 45 single is released.
1971: Led Zeppelin at Berkley Community Theatre in Berkley, California.
1971: John Lennon authors a letter to the New York Times disputing journalist Craig McGregor’s claim that The Beatles copped material from black artists without acknowledgment or thanks. “We didn’t sing our own songs in the early days – they weren’t good enough – the one thing we always did was to make it known that there were black originals, we loved the music and wanted to spread it in any way we could…many kids were turned on to black music by us,” writes Lennon.
1974: Eric Clapton’s cover of Bob Marley’s ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ hits #1.
1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘Not Fragile’ lands on the album chart. It eventually hits #1.
1975: Aerosmith, Blue Oyster Cult, Savoy Brown, Chris Hillman Band, Atlanta Rhythm Section, LTD and Kenny Rankin played the Jordan River Music Festival at Tenth Street Stadium on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, IN.
1976: Jeff Beck’s jazz-fusion album ‘Wired’ goes gold.
1978: The Grateful Dead played the first of three concerts at the Sound and Light Theater in the shadow of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. The band intended to get Arabs and Israelis to settle their differences through music. Using King Cheops’ tomb as an echo chamber, they played with a team of Nubian drummers in a heat that ended up welding their speaker cabinets together.
1980: The Rolling Stones ‘Tattoo You’ featuring ‘Start Me Up’ enters the album charts. It goes to #1.
1981: The Rolling Stones played a secret pre-tour warm-up show at the Sir Morgan’s Cove club in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Billed as Little Boy Blue & The Cockroaches, a local radio station announced that the Stones were in town, resulting in the club being besieged by over 4,000 fans attempted to get into the 350-person venue. Police were drafted in to control the crowds, which resulted in eleven fans being arrested.
1981: Director Alan Parker began production on Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall.’ The film was originally intended to interpolate live footage of the band performing at Earls Court, but instead it told the story of a confused rocker portrayed by Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof.
1981: Genesis release their 11th studio album, ‘Abacab,’ which becomes their first top ten album in the U.S. and goes on to sell over 2 million copies.
1981: Iron Maiden release the ‘Maiden Japan’ EP.
1984: MTV staged the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards, hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler in New York at Radio City Music Hall. The Cars win Video of the Year for ‘You Might Think’ and David Bowie wins Best Male Video for ‘China Girl,’ a song co-written by Bowie and Iggy Pop during their years in Berlin. The song first appeared on Pop’s album ‘The Idiot’ released in 1977.
1985: Metallica debuted their new song ‘Disposable Heroes’ at the Metal Hammer Festival in Germany.
1985: John Mellencamp’s haunting ‘Scarecrow’ makes the album chart. Featuring ‘Small Town’ and ‘R.O.C.K. In The USA,’ the album goes multi-platinum.
1987: American Bandstand becomes the longest-running entertainment show in America.
1990: Talking about his new album Under the Red Sky, Bob Dylan described the title track as “intentionally broad and short, so you can draw all kinds of conclusions.”
1991: Bob Seger’s ‘The Fire Inside’ enters the LP charts.
1991: David Bowie’s band, Tin Machine, release their second album and kick-off their first (and only) tour.
1991: The Temptations and Rod Stewart combined to take a single called ‘The Motown Song’ to its peak position of #10 in the US.
1993: Rob Halford’s band Fight release their 1st studio album, ‘War Of Words.’
1995: In Hartford, Connecticut, David Bowie played the opening night of his ‘Outside’ tour with Nine Inch Nails in support.
1995: At a Sotheby’s auction, Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics for ‘Getting Better’ sold for £161,000 ($249,000).
1996: Pearl Jam’s ‘No Code’ enters the U.S. album chart at #1.
1996: The first Ozzfest (named after Ozzy Osbourne) begins at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. The annual trek becomes one of Metal’s most successful tour packages.
1998: Total Request Live (TRL) with Carson Daly premieres on MTV.
1997: Over 2000 fans watched Pete Townshend unveil a English Heritage Blue Plaque at 23 Brook Street in Mayfair London, marking where Jimi Hendrix lived in 1968-69. Hendrix was the first pop star to be awarded with the plaque.
1999: Sheryl Crow played a concert in New York’s Central Park, where Keith Richards, Sarah McLachlan and Eric Clapton joined her. The show was later released as the live album ‘Sheryl Crow and Friends.’
1999: Queensryche release their 7th studio album, ‘Q2K.’
2000: Paul Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the Eagles’ Don Henley and Glenn Frey perform at the joint VH1/Rolling Stone fundraiser for Al Gore.
2001: Clear Channel Communications, the largest owner of radio stations in the United States, released a list of “lyrically questionable” songs that stations may want to pull from their play lists, following the terrorist attacks on The World Trade Center and The Pentagon. That list includes such classic rock standards as: ‘Jet Airliner’ by Steve Miller, ‘Dust in the Wind’ by Kansas, ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ by Bob Dylan and ‘Eve of Destruction’ by Barry McGuire.
2002: Gwen Stefani marries Gavin Rossdale of Bush in St. Paul’s church in London.
2003: Jet releases their debut album, ‘Get Born,’ on Elektra Records. The album goes on to sell over three million copies. The title of the album came from the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues.’
2004: Megadeth return after a two-year hiatus with ‘The System Has Failed.’ This was originally intended to be a solo album by the band’s founder Dave Mustaine, but due to contractual obligations owed to his publishing company, it had to be billed as a Megadeth album.
2004: Helmet release their first studio album in seven years, ‘Size Matters.’
2005: 3 Doors Down return to their home state of Mississippi to help deliver more than $100,000 worth of goods raised via their Better Life Foundation for Hurricane Katrina relief.
2005: The Grateful Dead’s newly refurbished original tour bus goes on display at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois. The 1965 Gillig bus, which the Dead dubbed ‘Sugar Magnolia’ was used by the band on tours across the US between 1967 and 1985. The ceiling was lined with hundreds of vintage rock posters featuring The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin and others who had visited the bus.
2005: Tim Foreman, bassist of Switchfoot, speaks out against Copy Protection that Sony have placed on the band’s album Nothing Is Sound. Foreman provides fans with a detailed workaround on Switchfoot’s message board, although the forum posting is later deleted by Sony.
2006: Bob Seger makes his first appearance on NBC’s ‘Tonight Show With Jay Leno.’
2006: Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant performs at the Sunflower Jam, a benefit to raise money for cancer-therapy services provided by the University College London Hospital. Plant is joined by founding Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden. 2006
2007: The Beatles-inspired movie ‘Across The Universe’ opens.
2008: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson flies specially chartered flights with other pilots after 85,000 tourists were stranded in the US, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe after Britain’s third-largest airline goes bankrupt. Dickinson worked for the airline Astraeus for nine years, taking up flying during a low point in his solo career after he quit the band in 1993.
2008: The Foo Fighters’ ‘The Colour And The Shape,’ Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ and Jane’s Addiction’s ‘Nothing’s Shocking’ are downloadable for Rock Band 2 on Xbox 360.
2009: U2 attend the Toronto Film Festival to lend their support to fellow Irishman Colin Farrell and his film, Ondine. “It is very cool for them to be here,” says Farrell. “I have been a massive fan since I was a kid.”
2009: The Beatles make U.K. music chart history by breaking Elvis Presley’s record for having the most albums by a single artist in the top 60 positions at one time. Elvis had 14 albums in 1977 (the year he died) but The Beatles log 16.
2009: Alice In Chains’ ‘Check My Brain’ music video, directed by Alexandre Courtes premieres.
2009: Drummer Bobby Graham who played on The Kinks hit ‘You Really Got Me’ dies at the age of 69 after a battle with stomach cancer. Graham was also heard on The Animals ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.’
2010: Weezer’s ‘Hurley,’ named after the character (played by Jorge Garcia) on the TV series ‘Lost,’ is released.
2010: Linkin Park issue the Mike Shinoda/Rick Rubin produced ‘A Thousand Suns.’
2010: Godsmack’s frontman Sully Erna releases ‘Avalon,’ featuring the lead single ‘Sinner’s Prayer.’
2010: Robert Plant’s ‘Band Of Joy,’ named after his pre-Led Zeppelin outfit is released. Among the tracks is a cover of Los Lobos’ ‘Angel Dance.’ The original Band Of Joy had Plant and the late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.
2011: Phish perform a special concert at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, VT, to benefit flood recovery in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Vermont was especially hard hit by the storm resulting in the worst flooding in state history.
2011: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. declares Anthrax Day in the Bronx (New York City). The honor coincides with the Big 4 concert (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax) at Yankee Stadium (which is in the Bronx). Three band members are Bronx natives – Charlie Benante, Frank Bello and Rob Caggiano. It’s the first Metal concert at the stadium which opened in 2009.
2014: Foo Fighters headline the Invictus Games Closing Party at London’s Olympic Park. The concert is broadcast on the BBC.
2015: ‘Let There Be Gwar’ presents “the bizarre, gory Metal band’s history with firsthand accounts plus never-before-seen photographs dating back to the mid-Eighties.” Just the book to read before bedtime.
2015: Five Finger Death Punch land their third consecutive #2 album on The Billboard 200 chart with ‘Got Your Six,’ moving 119,000 units in the first week. Meanwhile, Iron Maiden debuts at #4 with ‘The Book Of Souls’ after opening week sales of 75,000 copies.
2017: Grant Hart, drummer/singer/songwriter for Husker Du, dies at age 56 after being diagnosed with cancer.
1956: Elvis Presley is presented with a Gold record for ‘Don’t Be Cruel,’ which has just taken over from ‘Hound Dog’ as the best selling single, beginning a five-week run at #1 on the US singles charts It became Presley’s biggest selling single, with sales over six million by 1961. When the song was recorded on July 2nd, Elvis, along with Scotty Moore, Bill Black, D.J. Fontana and The Jordanaires ran through 28 takes of ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ before he was satisfied.
1961: The Pendletones from Hawthorne, California have their first real recording session at Hite Morgan’s studio in Los Angeles. The band recorded ‘Surfin’, and that band became known as The Beach Boys.
1962: Chinese newspapers report on “ugly displays” of kids in Maoming Cultural Park dancing ‘The Twist.’
1962: The London Daily Mirror interviews The Beatles and concludes they are a “nothing group.”
1962: The Four Seasons had their first #1 hit when ‘Sherry’ reached the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Best Sellers list. The song was originally titled ‘Terry,’ but after considering other names, including ‘Jackie,’ after Jackie Kennedy, the group changed the lyrics to ‘Sherry’ after Cheri Spector, the daughter of one of Bob Crewe’s best friends. Over their career the Seasons would add three more chart toppers, ‘Rag Doll,’ ‘Walk Like a Man’ and ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ to their list of eleven Top 10 hits.
1964: The Beatles played at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium. During the performance a group of fans managed to break through the line of police fronting the stage and get up on-stage, and a law enforcement official grabs the mic from John Lennon while he’s still singing. Things calm down sufficiently for the show to resume 15 minutes later.
1965: The Ford Motor Company became the first automaker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option in its Mustang, Thunderbird and Lincoln models. Tapes were initially only available at auto parts stores or Ford dealers. The players had a tendency to chew up the tapes, leading to 8-track roadkill as drivers threw the tangled tapes out their windows. Home 8-track equipment was still a year away.
1966: The Who played at Gaumont Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.
1966: The Small Faces were at #1 on the UK singles chart with “All Or Nothing,” their only chart topping hit. According to Kay Marriott, Steve Marriott’s mother, Steve wrote the song about his split with ex-fiancee Sue Oliver, though first wife Jenny Rylance states that Marriott told her he wrote the song for her, as a result of her split with Rod Stewart.
1967: During a UK tour, Pink Floyd appeared at the Starlight Room in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1967: Filming continued for The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’. Lunch was at James and Amy Smedley’s fish and chip shop in Taunton, Somerset with The Beatles being filmed and photographed eating their fish and chips.
1967: The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour featuring The Who was shot on this day, for airing two days later. Keith Moon wanted an explosion on his drum kit for the show, and the stage hands put one together for the effect. Keith also put one together, and the explosion was so loud that it caused Pete Townshend permanent hearing loss/damage.
1967: Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead played at the Hollywood Bowl. Big Brother and the Holding Company were also on the bill, but failed to show up.
1967: The Kinks ‘Something Else by The Kinks’ album is released in the UK – January 1968 in the U.S. In 2003, ‘Something Else’ was ranked #288 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1968: The Doors performed as a trio at a concert in Amsterdam after Jim Morrison collapsed while dancing during the Jefferson Airplane’s set. Morrison returns to sing the next night.
1968: Procol Harum performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: NBC-TV airs a new music program called Soul, a completely Black production both in front of and behind the cameras. Featured guests are Lou Rawls and Martha And The Vandellas.
1969: King Crimson played at the Pavillion in Bath, England.
1969: Deep Purple recorded ‘Concerto for Rock Band and Orchestra with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.’
1969: Ed Sullivan releases his first and only Rock ‘n’ Roll record, ‘The Sulli-Gulli,’ credited to The Ed Sullivan Singers And Orchestra. The song failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100.
1970: Vice-president Spiro Agnew said the proliferation of rock music, movies and underground publications were making America’s kids “brainwashed into a drug culture.” He later becomes the only Vice President in United States history to resign because of criminal charges, charged with having accepted bribes totaling more than $100,000 while holding office.
1970: Black Sabbath and The Dog That Bit People appeared at The Marquee in London.
1971: The Band’s 4th album, ‘Cahoots’ is released. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and was their last all-original studio album for four years.
1972: Grand Funk Railroad released their 6th studio album, ‘Phoenix.’ It reached #7 on the Billboard Top 200 Top LP’s chart, and features the single ‘Rock & Roll Soul,’ which reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1972: Yes appeared at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1973: Hawkwind played at the Scandinavium in Götheborg, Sweden.
1973: Poco’s 6th album, ‘Crazy Eyes’ is released. It reached #38 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The album pays homage to Gram Parsons, as Richie Furay sings both the title track, which he wrote in honor of Parsons, and one of Parsons’ own compositions, ‘Brass Buttons.’ The album was released just four days before Parsons’ death on September 19, 1973.
1973: One of Elton John’s all-time great songs ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’ fails to crack the Top 10, stalling at #12.
1973: Rod Stewart endures a rare flop record when his version of Sam Cooke’s ‘Twisting The Night Away’ stalls at #59 on the US Pop chart.
1974: Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain gets a severe electrical shock onstage during a concert in Dallas. Following the incident, he begins to experience health issues and becomes addicted to heroin, leading him to be let go from Uriah Heep. He overdoses on heroin in his apartment in England one year later.
1974: Aerosmith performed at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana
1975: Pink Floyd releases ‘Wish You Were Here.’ It goes on to sell over 6 million copies in the U.S.
1975: George Harrison’s ‘You’ b/w ‘World Of Stone’ 45 single is released. It was a top 20 hit in America and reached #9 in Canada.
1975: Crosby & Nash released their album ‘Wind on the Water.’ It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and features the single, ‘Carry Me,’ which reached #52 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1975: Foghat release their 5th album, ‘Fool for the City.’ It reached #23 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The title track reached the Billboard Hot 100 at #45.
1975: Johnny Cash played at Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany.
1976: AC/DC performed at Fabrik in Hamburg, Germany.
1976: Ringo Starr released his solo album ‘Ringo’s Rotogravure.’ The album featured guest appearances by both John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
1976: Steely Dan goes gold with ‘The Royal Scam’ album.
1977: The Rolling Stones release ‘Love You Live.’
1978: Bob Dylan kicked off his longest US tour of his career in Augusta, Maine, playing the first of 65 gigs in sixty-two cities.
1978: Black Sabbath appeared at the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, Ohio.
1978: The Rolling Stones ‘Respectable’ b/w ‘When The Whip Comes Down’ 45 single is released in the UK. It peaked at #23 on the UK Singles Chart, at that time their lowest-charting official single in the UK. A memorable music video, which was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, was made for the single, featuring a more “punk” Stones on display.
1979: Led Zeppelin land their 6th US #1 album as ‘In Through The Out Door’ begins a seven-week run at the top of the charts.
1979: Bob Dylan releases ‘Slow Train Coming,’ an album of religious songs. A single called ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’ won a Grammy Award, but the LP alienated many of his long time fans.
1979: The Charlie Daniels Band’s best known song, ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ peaks at #3.
1979: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Van Halen’s ‘Beautiful Girls’ at #89. Also, Triumph’s ‘Hold On’ #79, Foreigner’s ‘Dirty White Boy’ #50, Cheap Trick’s ‘Ain’t That A Shame’ #38, Journey’s ‘Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ #26, Nick Lowe’s ‘Cruel To Be Kind’ #21 and #1 was The Knack’s ‘My Sharona.’
1980: David Bowie debuts on Broadway in ‘The Elephant Man.’
1980: Van Halen played at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
1981: Blue Oyster Cult performed at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1982: Queen play their last U.S. concert with frontman Freddie Mercury. It’s at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA.
1983: Huey Lewis and the News release the album ‘Sports.’ The album ends up selling 7 million copies. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and features five Billboard Hot 100 hits – ‘Heart and Soul’ (#8), ‘I Want a New Drug’ (#6), ‘The Heart of Rock & Roll’ (#6), ‘If This Is It’ (#6), and ‘Walking on a Thin Line’ (#18).
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Krokus’ ‘Midnite Maniac’ at #94 & David Bowie’s ‘Blue Jean’ at #54. Also, Billy Idol’s ‘Flesh For Fantasy’ at #39, Corey Hart’s ‘Sunglasses At Night’ #11, Huey Lewis’ ‘If This Is It’ #6, Prince’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ #4, and Cyndi Lauper’s ‘She Bop’ at #3.
1984: Motorhead release the ‘No Remorse’ compilation, that included four newly recorded tracks.
1987: The Ramones release their 10th studio album, ‘Halfway to Sanity.’
1987: Pink Floyd’s ‘Learning To Fly (Edit)’ b/w ‘Terminal Frost’ 45 single is released. It reached #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart.
1988: Mark Knopfler announced the official end of Dire Straits. They would reunite in 1991 before splitting up for good in 1995.
1990: Bruce Hornsby begins filling in on keyboards for The Grateful Dead following the death of Brent Mydland.
1990: The Steve Miller Band reached the top of the U.K. Singles Chart with ‘The Joker’ after it had been used in a commercial for Levi’s commercial in the U.K.
1994: A reel to reel tape of The Quarry Men appearing at St Peter’s Parish Church garden party in July of 1957, sells for $125,000 at Sotheby’s.
1997: Savatage release their 10th studio album, ‘The Wake of Magellan.’
1997: Elton John’s new version of ‘Candle In The Wind,’ rewritten with lyrics paying tribute to the recently deceased Princess Diana, sells a record 600,000 copies in one day in Britain alone. It would go on to become the biggest-selling single of all time.
1997: A French court orders a Marseilles concert promoter to pay the equivalent of $34,000 to a man who claims he lost most of his hearing after standing beside a speaker at a 1993 U2 show.
1997: Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Sting perform at Music For Montserrat at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Organized by former Beatles producer, George Martin, proceeds aid victims of the Soufriere Hill volcano.
1998: Marilyn Manson releases his 3rd full-length studio album, ‘Mechanical Animals.’
2000: AC/DC is inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
2001: Incubus put on a benefit concert at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom to raise money for the victims of the September 11 attacks.
2002: Kurt Cobain’s childhood home failed to sell in an online auction. The owners said they received no serious bids, even though eBay listed one offer at 43-million dollars.
2003: Johnny Cash is buried in the Cash family cemetery in Hendersonville, Tennessee.n He’s layed to rest next to his wife, June Carter Cash. Among the mourners at the private ceremony: Al Gore, Emmylou Harris, and Sheryl Crow.
2003: Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers) has triple bypass heart surgery.
2003: Metallica released the single ‘Frantic.’
2004: Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone passes away at his Los Angeles home after a five-year bout with prostate cancer. Born John Cummings, the 55 year old Ramone was surrounded by family and friends, including Rob Zombie, Eddie Vedder and John Frusciante. Those three musicians were among the artists who participated in a Ramones tribute concert and cancer-research fund-raiser held the previous Sunday in L.A.
2005: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett performs with the Flux Quartet in San Francisco. They debut ‘SAS,’ as part of the Morrison Artists Series.
2005: The New York Times says U2’s Bono is “the most politically effective figure in the recent history of popular culture.”
2006: Bob Dylan is accused of lifting passages from the work of a 19th-century U.S. poet named Henry Timrod and using them as lyrics for his ‘Modern Times’ album. “No doubt about it, there has been some borrowing going on,” claims Walter Brian Cisco, a Timrod expert. Meanwhile, Rolling Stone magazine weighs in with a list of outside sources Dylan has used for lyrical ideas.
2006: The Knack sued Run-D.M.C. for sampling ‘My Sharona’ on ‘It’s Tricky.’
2006: The Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool where The Beatles played their first gig was given a Grade II listed building status. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison played in the converted coal cellar of the house in West Derby, in August 1959 as The Quarrymen.
2006: The U.S. vs. John Lennon opens in Los Angeles and New York. The flick deals with the U.S. government’s attempts in the ’70’s to deport Lennon (a British citizen) as an “undesirable.” Lennon’s drug bust in England and his anti-Vietnam War activities come into play. The national opening is two weeks later.
2007: Prince announced plans to sue YouTube and other major Web sites for unauthorized use of his music in a bid to “reclaim his art on the Internet.”
2007: The Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee, a nonprofit group formed in 2004, holds a benefit concert in Hoquiam, WA. to construct of a memorial park and start a youth center in the late Nirvana frontman’s hometown of Aberdeen. “I think Kurt would have liked this,” says Cobain’s grandfather, Leland Cobain, who is a committee member.
2007: The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde opens VegiTerranean, a vegetarian restaurant, in her hometown of Akron, OH. To celebrate, she gives a free acoustic concert at the eatery.
2008: Rick Wright of Pink Floyd keyboard player and founder member died at 65 from cancer. Wright first appeared on the group’s album, ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ in 1967. Floyd’s 1970s lineup reunited briefly at the Live 8 London concert in Hyde Park in 2005, the last time Wright played with the band. “Pink Floyd wouldn’t have been Pink Floyd if [we] hadn’t had Rick,” said Nick Mason. “Rick was the sound that knitted it all together.”
2009: Megadeth release their 12th studio album, ‘Endgame.’
2009: Ace Frehley releases his 5th solo album, ‘Anomaly.’
2009: Living Colour’s ‘The Chair In The Doorway’ album is released. The disc is the band’s album since 2003’s ‘Collideoscope.’
2009: Jack White is revealed as the financial source behind the restoration of a baseball field at Clark’s Park in southwest Detroit. The White Stripes/The Raconteurs/The Dead Weather frontman played there as a child. White originally made an anonymous donation of $170,000.
2010: The New York Parole Board released the transcript of Mark David Chapman’s parole hearing in which he told the board that he had also considered killing either Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor, but John Lennon was “top of the list” the day he gunned down the former Beatle. Chapman agreed with a parole board member that he did the killing for “instant notoriety.”
2010: Roger Waters takes ‘The Wall’ on the road to mark the 30th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s initial onstage performance of the album. “Thirty years ago when I wrote ‘The Wall’, I was a frightened young man,” Waters states. Toronto is the first stop.
2012: It’s Sammy Hagar Day in Roseville, CA. The date also marks the opening of Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar & Grill, in Downtown Roseville. Hagar performs during his restaurant’s debut.
2014: KISS give an acoustic, make-up free show in Lake Oswego, OR to raise funds for the Oregon’s Historical Outreach Foundation so they can build a military museum.
2014: Apple released a tool to remove U2’s new album from its customers’ iTunes accounts six days after giving away the music for free. Many users complained that the ‘Songs of Innocence’ had automatically been downloaded to their devices without their consent.
2015: Keith Richards told Internet radio platform iHeartRadio that The Rolling Stones were planning on heading back into the studio to record a new album after wrapping up their tour of South America next February. It would be their first new effort since 2005’s ‘A Bigger Bang.’
2015: Sammy Hagar publishes ‘Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking & Partying Handbook.’
2015: Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic calls the Foo Fighters the ‘Best Band in the World’ after attending the band’s Portland show. Novoselic’s Nirvana bandmate, Dave Grohl, fronts the Foo Fighters.
2015: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) says KISS has earned more gold album record awards (30) than any American band in history. “Congratulations to KISS,” says RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman and adds that it’s, “the new Gold standard for albums by American bands.”
2015: System Of A Down perform at Chicago’s Riotfest, which turns out to be just that. The band stops the show several times as frontman Serj Tankian asks fans to clear the way for the injured being taken out of the mosh pit. “We love playing these shows, but it’s not worth one person getting hurt,” says Tankian.
2016: A company called Sid Bernstein Presents brought suit against Apple Corps and Subafilms, Ltd for using footage of the 1965 concert at Shea Stadium which they say is their property. Promoter Sid Bernstein produced the 1965 show and booked The Beatles and the other artists who played on the bill and, although the Beatles’ business enterprises obtained the copyright to the concert footage in that year, he always disputed their copyright claim.
2016: Andrew W.K., a well-known party animal, launches the Power of Partying speaking tour. Presented by his anti-political party, the Party Party, the first stop is Chicago.
2016: Foo Fighters’ ninth album, ‘Concrete And Gold,’ is released. The album’s lead single, ‘Run,’ topped the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
1959: The first package tour organized by Dick Clark and veteran Rock ‘n’ Roll promoter Irvin Feld kicks off a 52 day run with Paul Anka, Lloyd Price, The Coasters, Duane Eddy, The Drifters, Annette Funicello and LaVern Baker.
1960: Johnny Burnette records the original version of ‘You’re 16,’ which will rise to #8 in the U.S. Fourteen years later, Ringo Starr would take the same song to #1.
1963: ‘She Loves You’ by The Beatles was initially released by Swan Records in the U.S. Despite the song going to #1 in the UK, ‘She Loves You’ was ignored in the US until 1964 when it would reach the top of the US Pop chart.
1963: The Beach Boys release their 3rd studio album, ‘Surfer Girl.’ It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart during its chart stay of 56 weeks, and features three Billboard Hot 100 hits – ‘Surfer Girl’ (#7), ‘Little Deuce Coupe’ (#15), and ‘In My Room’ (#23).
1964: The ABC TV music show ‘Shindig’ debuts featuring The Righteous Brothers, Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, Bobby Sherman and more.
1965: The Beatles’ ‘Eight Days a Week’ is certified gold.
1965: The Rolling Stones kick off Shindig’s 2nd season with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’ The Byrds, Kinks and Everly Brothers also appear.
1966: Bassist Pete Quaife called it quits with The Kinks and was replaced by John Dalton. Quaife later returned, but finally walked out on the band in March 1969 and moved to Denmark.
1966: In Britain’s Houses of Parliament, Tom Drilberg asks Britain’s House of Commons to officially “deplore” a magistrate who condemned The Rolling Stones as “complete morons…who wear filthy clothes.”
1967: The Beatles recorded 11 takes of ‘Your Mother Should Know’ at Abbey Road studios in London.
1967: Jimi Hendrix’s debut album ‘Are You Experienced?’ entered the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, where it ends up staying for 106 weeks, including 77 weeks in the Top 40. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #15 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and two years later it was selected for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in the United States.
1967: Neil Diamond’s 2nd album, ‘Just For You’ is released. It reached #80 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. At some point, every track on it was released either as an A-side or a B-side of a single, with many of them becoming big hits: ‘You Got To Me’ (#18), ‘Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon’ (#10), ‘Thank the Lord for the Night Time’ (#13), ‘Red Red Wine’ (#62), and ‘Shilo.’ Curiously, the year-old hit ‘Cherry Cherry’ (from Diamond’s first LP) also appears here, whilst the then-current hit ‘Kentucky Woman’ (#22) does not. ‘Solitary Man’ also re-appears in its 1966 version. This version would be re-released in 1970 and chart at #21. This was Diamond’s first album consisting entirely of original material, and his final album for the Bang label.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
1970: Led Zeppelin finally knocked The Beatles off their position as the UK’s most popular group in a Melody Maker magazine poll. The Beatles had won the poll for eight straight years. Melody Maker stopped publication in December, 2000 after 73 years.
1970: Jimi Hendrix made his last live performance when he joined Eric Burdon & War onstage at London’s Ronnie Scott Club. This is his last time on stage as he dies less than 72 hours later.
1971: The Who’s ‘Who”s Next’ album goes gold.
1971: During a North American tour Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at Honolulu Civic Auditorium. Tickets cost $5.00. The Honolulu Star Bulletin wrote, “The real irony of Led Zeppelin’s two hour performance last night was that they played their own review in their last number, ‘Communication Breakdown.’ The show itself was marred by a generally sloppy performance on the part of the group, rather noisy behavior on the part of some of the 4,000 people in attendance, and a hot and sweaty atmosphere on the part of the good old poorly ventilated Civic Auditorium. The music was limp and uneven during all but a small part of the evening.”
1972: Rod Stewart had his second UK #1 album with ‘Never A Dull Moment.’
1972: The Grateful Dead performed at the Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.
1972: John Lennon & Yoko Ono released ‘Some Time in New York City.’ The album came free with a second disc that featured a live performance where Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention backed them.
1972: Originally recorded by Sammy Davis Jr. in the late ’50s, Three Dog Night take the “racial harmony” song, ‘Black And White,’ to #1, where it will stay for one week.
1972: Former Herd and Humble Pie guitarist Peter Frampton plays his first solo gig with his new backing band, Frampton’s Camel, opening for The J. Geils Band in New York.
1972: Wishbone Ash, Family, Steppenwolf, John Kay Band, Slade, Uriah Heep, Roy Wood and Wizzard, Wild Angels, Glencoe, Sunshine and Cold Comfort Farm all appeared at the Buxton Festival in Derbyshire, England.
1973: Genesis performed at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
1974: Blue Oyster Cult played at the Paramount Theatre in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Supporting acts were KISS and Rush.
1974: John Lennon (with The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band) ‘Whatever Gets You Thru The Night’ b/w ‘Beef Jerky’ 45 single is released. It peaked at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cashbox Top 100. It also peaked at #36 on the British singles chart. It was the lead single for the ‘Walls and Bridges’ album in the US; in the UK it was released the same day as the album. This was Lennon’s only solo #1 single in the United States during his lifetime, and Lennon was the last member of The Beatles to achieve his first American #1 solo hit. The recording featured Elton John on harmony vocals and piano. While in the studio, Elton bet Lennon that the song would top the charts, and such was Lennon’s scepticism that Elton secured from him a promise to appear on stage at one of his performances should the record indeed hit #1. When the record did achieve that feat, Lennon appeared at Elton John’s Thanksgiving performance at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 1974. It would be his last major concert appearance.
1976: AC/DC appeared at Rhein-Ruhr-Halle in Duisburg, Germany.
1977: The Talking Heads release their debut album, ‘Talking Heads: 77.’ It reached #97 in the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and features the single ‘Psycho Killer,’ which reached #92 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #290 on Rolling Stone magazine’s The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
1977: Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane’s ‘Rough Mix’ album is released. It reached #45 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #45 on the UK Albums chart.
1977: Marc Bolan of T. Rex died in a car crash. The 29-year-old was killed instantly when the car driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, left the road and hit a tree in Barnes, London. Miss Jones broke her jaw in the accident. The couple were on the way to Bolan’s home in Richmond after a night out at a Mayfair restaurant. A local man who witnessed the crash said, ‘When I arrived a girl was lying on the bonnet and a man with long dark curly hair was stretched out in the road – there was a hell of a mess.’ Good friends Les Paul, David Bowie, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart attended his funeral.
1978: Boston’s album ‘Don’t Look Back’ goes to #1 on the album charts.
1978: During a UK tour Blondie played two shows at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, with guests The Boyfriends.
1978: The Grateful Dead ended their three night stand in Cairo, Egypt. They were the first Western rock band to perform in Egypt.
1979: The Who played at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1979: Rory Gallagher’s 8th album, ‘Top Priority’ is released. It reached #140 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1980: Van Halen appeared at McKale Memorial Center in Tucson, Arizona.
1981: The Kinks performed at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.
1984: Deep Purple released their 11th studio album, ‘Perfect Strangers.’ It was the first album recorded by the reformed ‘Mark II’ line-up. It reached #5 on the UK charts and #17 on the Billboard 200. ‘Perfect Strangers’ was only the second Deep Purple studio album to be certified platinum in the U.S., following 1972’s ‘Machine Head.’
1985: KISS release their 13th studio album, ‘Asylum.’
1988: Former Clash drummer Topper Headon was released from jail after serving 10 months of a 15-month sentence on a narcotics charge.
1988: Phil Collins lands his first leading role in a film, playing real-life criminal Buster Edwards in the box-office bomb ‘Buster.’ Musically, the movie isn’t a bust, with two #1 hits on the soundtrack: ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ and ‘Two Hearts.’
1989: U2 jammed with B.B. King on a boat in Sydney, Australia rented for the blues legends 64th birthday.
1989: The Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Mother’s Milk’ makes its debut on the U.S. album chart (#52). It contains a cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Higher Ground.’
1989: Bad English release the single, ‘When I See You Smile.’ It tops Billboard’s Hot 100 at #1 on November 11.
1994: The Spin Doctors and Gin Blossoms launch a fall tour in Austin, TX.
1996: R.E.M.’s ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi’ album entered the album charts at #2.
1996: Pearl Jam played the first night on their ‘No Code’ tour at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. Because of the band’s refusal to play in Ticketmaster’s venue areas, they were forced to use alternate ticketing companies for the shows.
1998: Lou Reed plays at a White House reception for Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel.
1998: A notebook belonging to former Beatles roadie Mal Evans containing the lyrics to ‘Hey Jude’ sold for 111,500 Pounds ($178,400) at a Sotheby’s auction. Other notable items purchased were a two-tone denim jacket belonging to John Lennon that went for 9,200 Pounds ($66,110).
2002: Twisted Sister released the album ‘Club Daze Volume II: Live In The Bars.’
2003: Ted Nugent was sued by a New Hampshire woman who claimed he fathered her eight-year-old son and hadn’t paid the necessary child support.
2003: Sheb Wooley, best remembered for his 1958 #1 hit, ‘The Purple People Eater,’ died of leukemia at the age of 82. As an actor, he appeared in more than 60 films, including ‘High Noon’ and ‘Giant.’ He also appeared as Pete Nolan in the television series ‘Rawhide.’
2004: A coroner’s report was released which revealed that the late Rick James had nine different drugs in his system when he died the previous month. Those drugs included cocaine, methamphetamine and valium.
2005: A judge ordered Courtney Love to return to rehab for six months as part of her sentence for violating probation. Later, the rehab facility, Beau Monde International, charges that Love was treated at the firm’s oceanfront Newport Beach property for months and owes them $181,000. Beau Monde, according to its web site, offers spa and salon treatments, gourmet meals, poolside massages, and “luxurious fluffy robes and slippers” and only treats up to five clients at a time.
2005: Motley Crue’s Vince Neil slipped and tore his calf onstage during a concert in Atlanta at Philips Arena. It forces the group to end the show early. Neil is back on stage, against doctor’s orders, two nights later.
2005: Nine Inch Nails cut short their tour opener in San Diego when drummer Jerome Dillon experiences chest pains midway through the band’s set. Dillon is treated for an irregular heartbeat but his aliment is later attributed to “fatigue and exhaustion.” After a two day break, Dillon rejoins the group.
2005: Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and Distillers singer Brody Dalle announce (through a rep) they are expecting their first child in January. They also confirm that they’ve became engaged.
2005: The Black Crowes hit the road for a six week run. The first stop is Colorado’s Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.
2005: CMT Crossroads featuring Bon Jovi and Sugarland premiered on CMT. Bon Jovi would have a hit with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland the following year with ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home.’
2006: Allman Brothers Band singer-keyboardist, Gregg Allman, and R.E.M. are inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
2006: Staind play a free acoustic gig in New York. The show is recorded for a DVD that’s included in a greatest-hits package that’s released later in the year.
2006: Bob Dylan went to #1 on the US album chart with ‘Modern Times.’ It was Dylan’s first #1 since 1976’s ‘Desire,’ and at 65, Dylan became the oldest living musician to top the Billboard albums chart. That record has since been broken by the 85 year-old Tony Bennett in 2011 with his ‘Duets’ album. The record also reached #1 in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland.
2007: Live’s ‘Radiant Sea: A Collection Of Bootleg Rarities And Two New Songs’ is available on the band’s tour stops and their website (to members).
2007: Bob Dylan headlines the third and final day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
2007: Buckcherry release their 4th album, ‘Black Butterfly.’ The set is named after a song that didn’t make it on to the album. “In the big picture of the record that piece just didn’t seem to fit,” explains guitarist Keith Nelson. “We loved it and certainly it will see the light of day at some point.” Also, Buckcherry launch their U.S. tour in Moline, IL. Shinedown and Saving Abel are along for the jaunt.
2008: Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament unfurls his debut solo album ‘Tone’ through the group’s Ten Club and at select U.S. record stores. Ament says the 10-track effort is the result of him being “left to his own devices.”
2008: Motown Records producer Norman Whitfield died from complications of diabetes at the age of 65. Whitfield also co-wrote such Motown standards as ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine,’ ‘War,’ ‘Just My Imagination,’ “Cloud Nine,’ ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’ and ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.’
2008: Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham releases his 5th solo album, ‘Gift Of Screws.’ Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie contribute to several tracks.
2008: Avenged Sevenfold issue ‘Live In The LBC & Diamonds In The Rough’ DVD/CD set. The collection contains an 2008 concert in Long Beach, CA, while the CD features B-sides and cover tunes.
2009: Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary) dies of leukemia in Danbury, Connecticut, at the age of 72. The group won 5 Grammy Awards for ‘If I Had a Hammer,’ ‘Blowin’ In The Wind,’ and ‘Peter, Paul and Mommy.’ The singers also scored big hits with songs like the whimsical “Puff the Magic Dragon” and John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” Over the years they performed frequently at political rallies and demonstrations and Travers continued to perform at political events around the world as she pursued a solo career.
2009: The Beatles remastered catalog is a hit. Nielsen SoundScan numbers show The Beatles sold a combined 626,000 units in the U.S. during the catalog’s first week out. ‘Abbey Road’ was the biggest seller. That takes The Beatles to 1.2 million in album sales for the year. 2009: The Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of ‘American Idiot,’ the musical based on Green Day’s 2004 album, begins an eight-week run in Berkeley, CA. Originally planned as a five-week show, ticket demand following a preview a week-and-a-half earlier, results in extending the musical another three weeks.
2010: ‘Timeless: The Photography of Julian Lennon’ opens at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery. “My dad (John Lennon) wasn’t really a photographer, so it just allows me to breathe a little more,” Lennon states.
2011: An exhibit of John Lennon’s artwork opens in Princeton. “It was great that he had this talent of doing artwork because when we were in a conference with all the lawyers, and maybe 20 lawyers together, it’s so boring,” says Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono. “And he would just start to do drawing.” Proceeds from the show benefit the Mercer St. Friends Food Bank. 2011: Radical Christian group, the Westboro Baptist Church, pickets the Foo Fighters performance in Kansas City, MO. “The entertainment industry is a microcosm of the people in this doomed nation: hard-hearted, hell-bound, and hedonistic,” writes Church leader Fred Phelps on the church’s website. The band mocks the protesters by arriving at the concert on the back of a truck dressed as the characters from their homoerotic ‘Hot Buns’ video.
2011: Bluesman Willie “Big Eyes” Smith dies of a stroke at 75. In 1961, Smith became a regular member of Muddy Waters’ band, playing harmonica and drums. He later formed The Legendary Blues Band which toured with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. In 2011, Smith won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.
2012: The Sunflower Jam is held at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The annual event raises funds for Sunflower, a UK cancer charity. Performers include Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Brian May of Queen, Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, Alice Cooper and Deep Purple’s Ian Paice, whose wife Jacky founded the charity.
2013: Tim Lambesis, frontman for As I Lay Dying, is ordered to stand trial on charges that he solicited an undercover police officer to kill his estranged wife. Testimony comes from multiple sources including Lambesis’ personal trainer who was approached by the singer to carry out the dirty deed. In court, the trainer explains that he reached out to police because “he didn’t want to see an innocent person get murdered.”
2013: Tired of listening to her roommate play The Eagles endlessly, Vernett Bader of North Charleston, SC grabs a serrated knife from the kitchen and stabs her male 65-year-old roommate repeatedly. Prior to the incident she requested he stop playing the group’s music. Her roommate responded by telling her to shut up. The gent suffers wounds on his arm, hand and elbow. And here’s the shocker, according to police, both parties appeared intoxicated.
2013: A souvenir booklet from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival signed by Jimi Hendrix fetched $6,500 on eBay. The artifact also included autographs from three members of the Mamas and Papas.
2014: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators release the ‘World On Fire’ album.
2015: Hollywood Vampires, fronted by Alice Cooper, actor/guitarist Johnny Depp and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, make their debut live performance at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood. They are backed by bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum (both ex-members of Guns N’ Roses).
2015: Don Henley (The Eagles) receives a lifetime achievement award at the Americana Music Honors and Awards Ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
2015: Sotheby’s announced that they would be auctioning Janis Joplin’s pearl-white 1965 Porsche 365c 1600 Cabriolet next December. Joplin drove the car, painted with a kaleidoscopic Flower Power mural, until her death in October of 1970.
2016: Jerry Corbetta, keyboard player and lead vocalist for Sugarloaf, passed away at the age of 68. He had earlier been diagnosed with Pick’s disease, which slowly destroys the nerve cells in the brain similarly to Alzheimer’s disease. The band is most often remembered for ‘Green-Eyed Lady,’ #3 in 1970 and 1975’s #9 hit ‘Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You.’
2016: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis rolls out his debut Country album, ‘Sinner.’
2016: ‘Popestar,’ a covers EP that is “a short, to-the-point little gem right at the jugular,” by Ghost is released. They also enlist a female bassist for their ‘Popestar’ North American tour that starts at Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY. In true Ghost fashion the musician’s identity is not disclosed (it turns out to be Megan Thomas from the New York-based all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band Lez Zeppelin).
2016: Rob Zombie rolls out his film ’31’ via Saban Films. He wrote and directed the horror film that stars Malcolm McDowell and Sheri Moon Zombie.
2017: NOFX, Bad Religion, and Flogging Molly launch Punk in Drublic (named after the NOFX album), a Punk and craft beer festival. It starts in Tacoma, WA.
2017: Corey Taylor is honored during the second annual Rock To Recovery benefit at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. Rock To Recovery is a “transformative program for those in treatment and recovery.” The event is a fundraiser for Rock to Recovery, formed by KoRn guitarist Wesley Geer in ’12.
1928: The BBC’s Brian Matthew was born. He was the British broadcaster and host of several music shows where the Beatles and so many of their peers performed on the radio airwaves during the 1960s. We can now hear his voice on the Beatles’ ‘Live at the BBC’ and ‘On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2’ albums.
1931: RCA Victor unveiled its new invention, the 33 1/3 rpm long-playing or “LP” record at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York. It’s a recording of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, performed by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski. The company badly overprices the record players themselves, which started around $95 (about $1140 in today’s dollars). This leads the new format to lie dormant for years until Columbia revives it in 1948.
1955: After DJs keep complaining that Les Paul’s ‘Magic Melody’ single ends abruptly, Capitol Records releases the shortest single of all time, Les Paul’s ‘Magic Melody Part 2,’ which is merely the final two notes of the old “shave and a haircut” tag. Released only as a promo, it lasts exactly one second.
1955: Actor James Dean made a public information film for TV, urging teenagers to drive safely. At the end of the month he would be killed in a high speed car crash.
1956: The BBC bans Bill Haley’s new single ‘Rockin’ Through The Rye,’ based on the 17th-century Scottish tune ‘Comin’ Through The Rye,’ to avoid offending its Scots listeners.
1960: Sam Phillips officially opens the Sam C. Phillips Recording Studio at 639 Madison Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee with a lavish party attended by close to two hundred people. The state-of-the-art facility was meant to replace the original Sun Studio at 706 Union Avenue and would be the home of the Sun stable of artists until 1969, when it was sold to Mercury Records producer Shelby Singleton of Nashville.
1964: Charles Finley, who owns the Kansas City Athletics baseball team, pays The Beatles $150,000 to play a show at his Municipal Stadium. At the time it was more than any other act had ever been paid for a live show. Tickets cost $4.50. The Beatles add their version of ‘Kansas City’ to the setlist, marking their only American performance of the song.
1964: Police are called at a Rolling Stones gig at the ABC Theatre in Carlisle, England, after a trouble broke out with the 4,000 fans at the concert.
1966: The Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine,’ the Beach Boy’s ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice”‘and the Hollies ‘Bus Stop’ are all in the Top 5.
1966: The Byrds album ‘Fifth Dimension’ enters the album chart.
1967: The Who’s ‘I Can See For Mile’” b/w ‘Mary-Anne With The Shaky Hands’ 45 single is released.
1967: Keith Moon of The Who rigs his bass drum to explode at the end of ‘My Generation’ during the group’s appearance on CBS-TV’s Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (taped two days prior but airing on this date), but he doesn’t realize that the stage crew had already set the charge. The resulting explosion cuts Moon’s leg, singes Pete Townshend’s hair and gives him hearing damage, and startles fellow guests Bette Davis and Mickey Rooney.
1967: The Doors are asked to change the line “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” in their hit ‘Light My Fire’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show. Lead singer Jim Morrison agrees, then sings the offending words anyway, angering the host and earning a lifetime ban from the show. The Doors also performed their new single ‘People Are Strange.’
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Arcadia Ballroom in Cork, on the last night of an Irish tour.
1967: Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Chicken Shack and Long John Baldry all appeared at the Saville Theatre in London.
1968: Jerry Lee Lewis performed at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1969: Stories begin running in both the U.S. and U.K. that said Paul McCartney was dead, having died in a car accident in Scotland on November 9, 1966. It also mentions that a double had been making appearances as Paul. McCartney and his girlfriend Jane Asher were on vacation in Kenya at the time.
1969: Pink Floyd played at the fabled Concertgebow in Amsterdam. This performance was part of ‘The Man and the Journey’ tour. This was a concept piece comprised of early Floyd songs, as well as material that would be included in the upcoming releases More and Ummagumma. It also featured performance art, such as the band being served tea onstage during the performance. It is a widely available, and popular bootleg. Also on the bill were Dream, and the Khapholous Light Show.
1969: Steve Miller Band released their 3rd album, ‘Brave New World.’ It reached #22 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1970: The Who comes to the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. They gave a performance of ‘Tommy’ plus some of their early hits, as encores.
1971: Led Zeppelin played the last of two nights at the Civic Center Auditorium in Honolulu, Hawaii, before heading off to Japan for five concert dates.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1972: Yes appears at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1973: The Grateful Dead played at Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse, New York.
1973: Billy Joel records ‘Piano Man.’
1973: Neil Diamond’s ‘Hot August Night’ continued it’s second run at #1, as part of a total of 29 weeks at the top.
1973: Led Zeppelin’s ‘D’yer Mak’er’ b/w ‘The Crunge’ 45 single is released.
1974: The Ramones played at CBGB in New York.
1975: Mayor Stephen Juba of Winnipeg, Canada, declares today “Guess Who Day” in honor of its native sons.
1975: Scorpions released their 3rd studio album, ‘In Trance.’
1975: Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ album goes gold.
1976: The Sex Pistols performed a concert for inmates at the Chelmsford Maximum Security Prison in Essex, U.K.
1977: Rush appeared at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington.
1978: Queen film the video for ‘Bicycle Race’ at Wimbledon Stadium, in the UK. It features 65 naked female professional models riding around the stadium’s track on bicycles, which had been rented for the day. The rental company was reported to have requested payment for all the bike seats when they found out how their bikes had been used.
1978: AC/DC appear at Lehigh College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
1979: The Who returned to Madison Square Garden in New York for the fourth of a five night stint.
1979: Judas Priest released thier first live album ‘Unleashed In The East.’
1980: Black Sabbath performs at the Prairie Capital Convention Civic Center in Springfield, Illinois.
1980: Phil Lynott’s first solo album, ‘Solo in Soho’ is released. It was released while he was still in Thin Lizzy. It presents many different styles, AOR, pop, funk and hard rock into the mix.
1981: Hall & Oates 10th studio album, ‘Private Eyes’ is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #11 on the Billboard Top R&B LP chart. It also includes two Number one hits—the title track, ‘Private Eyes’ and ‘I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do),’ as well as the Top 10 hit ‘Did It in a Minute.’ ‘I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)’ also spent a week at the top of the R&B charts.
1981: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1981: Fourteen years after the Ed Sullivan fiasco, Jim Morrison lands on the cover of Rolling Stone. “He’s hot, he’s sexy, he’s dead,” screams the headline. The accompanying article chronicles the renewed interest in the singer, who died a decade earlier, and his band. ‘The Doors Greatest Hits’ is awarded a platinum album (1,000,000 units shipped) the next day.
1982: The Grateful Dead played at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
1982: Phil Lynott released his 2nd solo album, ‘The Philip Lynott Album.’
1982: George Thorogood and the Destroyers release their ‘Bad to the Bone’ single.
1983: Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Eddie Money and Uriah Heep played at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.
1983: ‘Rant & Rave With The Stray Cats’ enters the LP chart.
1983: Asia peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Don’t Cry’ which was their second and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1984: John Waite’s ‘Missing You’ hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
1991: Rob Tyner (lead singer for MC5) dies of a heart attack in Berkley, Michigan, at age 46. Tyner had originally auditioned to be their bassist. He was also known to scream “kick out the jams, motherfuckers” at MC5 shows. He changed his last name in tribute to the jazz pianist McCoy Tyner.
1991: Ozzy Osbourne released his 6th studio album, ‘No More Tears.’
1991: Instead of putting it out as a double album, which they decide would be too expensive for fans, Guns N’ Roses releases both’ Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II’ on the same day. Over 4 million copies were simultaneously released for retail sale, making it the largest album ship-out in US history. Record stores open at midnight and each album ends up selling more than 7 million copies.
1991: Guns N’ Roses 8th single, ‘Don’t Cry’ is released.
1992: Frank Zappa’s final professional public appearance is at the Frankfurt Festival in Germany. The one-time guiding force behind the Mothers Of Invention conducts the Ensemble Modern and receives a 20-minute ovation.
1994: Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots marries Jannina Castenada. The STP song ‘Sour Girl’ is about her.
1996: The Smashing Pumpkins open a two-night stand at Madison Square Garden in New York City on the world tour for its album ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.’
1996: Steve Vai released his 4th studio album, ‘Fire Garden.’
1996: ZZ Top released their 12th studio album, ‘Rhythmeen.’
1997: Fleetwood Mac begin their first tour in 20 years at the Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut. The tour would produce a live album called ‘The Dance.’
2000: Paula Yates was found dead from a suspected drug overdose. Yates was married to Bob Geldof and was the girlfriend of Michael Hutchence
2003: Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan presents a multimedia poetry performance in his Chicago hometown, opening the Poetry Center of Chicago’s 31st Annual Reading Series at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Rubloff Auditorium.
2003: David Lee Roth “kicks his own ass” when he performs a very fast, complicated 15th-century samurai move and cracks his face with a long piece of wood he used as a staff during a concert in Philadelphia. Roth needs 22 stitches to his face and cancels the seven remaining dates of his solo tour.
2004: Miller Brewing Company celebrates 50 Years of Rock n’ Roll with a New York City concert showcasing Cheap Trick, Lenny Kravitz, Velvet Revolver, The Darkness, James Brown and The Strokes. The two day show takes place at the Roseland Ballroom.
2004: Helmet begins a fall trek starting in Atlanta. They tour in support of their ‘Size Matters’ CD.
2004: Blue Oyster Cult announce that bassist Danny Miranda has left. He joins the Las Vegas production of the Queen stage musical, ‘We Will Rock You,’ with former bandmate John Miceli.
2005: Velvet Revolver perform during the opening celebrations at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York’s Times Square. Festivities include the smashing of more than 100 Gibson guitars. Proceeds go to Peace Games, a nonprofit children’s charity.
2006: The cartoon likeness of the White Stripes, along with the voices of Meg and Jack, appear in a surreal segment of ‘The Simpsons.’ Bart is a drummer who crashes into Meg’s kit. Following a brief chase the Stripes end up on a garbage barge.
2006: It’s the start of the Austin City Limits Music Festival Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Van Morrison and ex-Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan perform at the three day event.
2006: Rock guitarist Al Casey dies at age 69 in Phoenix, Arizona. Often worked with Lee Hazlewood (‘The Fool,’ ‘Surfin’ Hootenanny’) and Duane Eddy (for whom he wrote the early hit ‘Ramrod’).
2006: The winners of an online talent contest to find who can perform the best version of Deep Purple’s classic ‘Smoke On The Water’ get to perform the song with Purple vocalist Ian Gillian during his Las Vegas solo concert.
2007: Former Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell forms the Bells Are Ringing imprint. “I’m very excited to become part of this new independent trend where artists will have more creative freedom,” says Farrell. “It allows me, the artist, to own my art.” The label distributes Farrell’s Satellite Party efforts, among others.
2007: While on tour Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin throws out the first pitch before an Arizona Diamondbacks’ game in Phoenix.
2007: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora checks into a rehab center in Sundance, UT. “Richie is continuing the on-going treatment he began in June,” says his publicist.
2008: Europe release their album ‘Almost Unplugged.’ A year later a DVD version was released.
2008: Moving more than 490,000 copies in less than a week, Metallica’s ‘Death Magnetic’ debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200. Metallica is the first band ever to have five albums debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 (U2, The Beatles and Dave Matthews Band each have four). 2009: John Fogerty is presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville. The Association honors Fogerty as an exceptional songwriter, first with Creedence Clearwater Revival, then as a solo artist.
2009: A copy of the September 1966 issue of Datebook magazine signed by John Lennon sells at auction for $12,713. In that issue, Lennon is famously quoted saying The Beatles were “more popular than Christ,” sparking a backlash from U.S. Christian groups (and the Vatican). Ironically, Lennon made the comments months earlier and they were published without notice. But when they were re-printed in Datebook all hell broke loose. A New York orthopedic surgeon makes the winning bid in an online auction.
2009: Avril Lavigne and Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley go their separate ways after being married since 2006.
2010: The infamous 2007 Atlanta Waffle House altercation is finally settled. A Georgia court orders Kid Rock to pay $40,000 to Harlen Akins who filed a lawsuit following a late night drunken verbal exchange between Akins and Rock’s entourage that quickly turned violent.
2011: Huey Lewis and the News play at the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival in California.
2011: The estate of Jimi Hendrix gave the go-ahead for another round of archival releases nearly 41 years to the day after the singer’s death. The four new releases included an expanded version of his landmark Winterland concerts in 1968, a revamp of a 1972 live compilation, an upgraded DVD of his final U.K. festival gig, and a DVD reissue of some old talk-show appearances.
2011: AC/DC Scotland’s Family Jewels opens in Glasgow, Scotland. The exhibit at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum features photos, instruments, concert posters, original lyric sheets and costumes.
2012: With nine days left in The Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion tour, lead singer Mike Love announces that he and band member Bruce Johnston will continue touring under the group name without the other three current members: Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. Squabbles ensue, and after tour, Wilson and Love, who are cousins, have no further contact.
2012: Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine gives a concert in Manhattan’s Financial District to commemorate the one year anniversary of the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zucotti Park. “Hopefully today your eyes, ears, hearts and minds have been revolutionized by what you’ve seen and heard on the stage,” says Morello.
2014: The Foo Fighters play their first crowdfunded concert at The National Theater. It’s also their first Richmond, VA appearance in 16 years. Mayor Dwight C. Jones declares it Foo Fighters Day.
2014: The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late singer, presents a check for $100,000 to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to fund gastroesophageal cancer research.
2014: Killer Queen vodka is in stores. The premium spirit, produced by Stoli vodka, is a tribute to Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury and comes 40 years after the hit song ‘Killer Queen’ was released.
2014: Jackson Browne is honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
2015: Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus is seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash. His injuries – a broken shoulder blade, collar bone, six ribs, a toe, a bruised lung, lacerated liver and a concussion – force him to drop out of an Australian tour with his other band The Dead Daisies.
2016: The Kennedy Center responded negatively to a petition that sought to include former Eagles Don Felder, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner when the band receives the Kennedy Center Honors later this year. The Center’s president, Deborah Rutter, issued a statement that read, “The Kennedy Center consulted with the Eagles and through that discussion, it was determined that the four band members who ‘carried the torch’, Don Henley, the late Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh, will be awarded the Honors. We appreciate that there will be some debate about who constitutes the Eagles. This determination does not discredit the contributions of former band members.”
2016: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush are presented with a key to the city by Toronto mayor John Tory. Both were born and raised in Toronto and have a park in Willowdale named after them honoring their achievements over 40 years in the music industry.
2016: A plaque in Berlin honoring David Bowie is vandalized and stolen. Bowie lived in Berlin from ’76 to ’78. He recorded three albums there, including ‘Heroes.’
1955: The CBS variety show ‘Toast Of The Town’ is renamed what many people had been calling it all along, ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’
1956: Rock shows are banned at the US Naval Station in Newport, Rhode Island, after a fight breaks out during a Fats Domino concert.
1957: Buddy Holly and The Crickets’s hit #1 on the Billboard singles chart with ‘That’ll Be The Day.’
1957: ‘The Big Record,’ CBS-TV’s answer to ‘American Bandstand,’ premieres with host Patti Page and guests Billy Ward & the Dominoes and Tony Bennett.
1959: The first ‘Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars’ tour kicks off with Lloyd Price, Duane Eddy, Paul Anka, Bobby Rydell, The Coasters and more.
1960: On his twenty-first birthday, Frankie Avalon is given $600,000 that he earned as a minor.
1964: The Beatles perform at the Memorial Coliseum in Dallas. An anonymous call to the police announces there is a bomb on the Beatles plane, which turns out to be a false alarm.
1967: The Beatles journey to the Raymond Revue bar in London to film the notorious “striptease” scene in ‘Magical Mystery Tour.’ Accompanying stripper Jan Carson is The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, playing a song called ‘Death Cab For Cutie.’
1967: The Who ‘I Can See For Miles’ b/w ‘Mary-Anne With The Shaky Hands’ 45 single is released.
1968: The Beatles recorded 20 takes of ‘Birthday’ at Abbey Road studios. Roadie Mal Evans added handclaps, and Yoko Ono and Pattie Harrison contributed backing vocals on the track.
1968: The Doors film a six-song set for Danish Radio Television at TV-Byen in Gladsaxe, near Copenhagen, Denmark. The program is simply called ‘The Doors’ but it’s come to be known as the Danish Television Special. Curiously, rather than perform ‘Hello, I Love You’ after ‘Texas Radio’ as they had been doing in concert for much of the year, the band chooses instead to perform ‘Love Me Two Times.’ The special was broadcast on October 30, 1968.
1968: Rush performed their first paying concert at The Coff-In United Church in Toronto. Their setlist included covers of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Foxy Lady,’ Cream’s ‘Spoonful’ & ‘Crossroads’ & The Yardbirds’ ‘Shapes of Things.’ ‘Crossroads’ & ‘Shapes of Things’ were later recorded by Rush for their 2004 covers EP ‘Feedback.’
1970: Jimi Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot’s Hospital in London at the age of 27 after choking on his own vomit. He had taken 9 pills of the barbiturate vesperax and consumed alcohol that caused the oversose. Hendrix left the message “I need help bad man,” on his managers answer phone earlier that night. Rumors and conspiracy theories grew up around Hendrix’s death. Eric Burdon claimed Jimi had committed suicide, but that’s contradicted by reports that he was in a good frame of mind. In 2009, a former Animals roadie published a book claiming that Jimi’s manager had admitted to him that he arranged the murder of Hendrix, since the guitarist wanted out of his contract.
1970: Black Sabbath release their 2nd album ‘Paranoid’ which goes on to sell four million copies in the U.S. and is one of the most iconic albums of all time. ‘Paranoid’ was originally titled ‘War Pigs,’ and the song ‘Iron Man’ was originally called ‘Iron Bloke.’ It reached #1 on the UK Albums chart, and features the ‘Paranoid’ single, which reached #4 on the UK Singles chart. When released in the U.S., it reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #130 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1970: Fleetwood Mac’s 4th album, ‘Kiln House’ is released. It reached #69 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.This is the first of the post-Peter Green Fleetwood Mac albums, and their last album to feature Jeremy Spencer. Christine McVie was present at the recording sessions and contributed backing vocals and cover art, although she was not a full member of the band until shortly after the album’s completion.
1970: Alice Cooper performed at Rainy Daze in Chesterfield, Missouri.
1970: Santana, Country Joe McDonald, and Bread appeared at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1971: Pink Floyd becomes the first rock act to perform at Montreux, Switzerland’s Classical Music Festival.
1971: The Who’s ‘Who’s Next’ peaks at #4 on the LP charts but the single ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ can’t crack the Top 10 (peaks at #15).
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
1971: Pink Floyd play the first of two nights at the Festival de Musique Classique, at the Pavillion de Montreaux, Montreaux, Switzerland. The show included a performance of ‘Atom Heart Mother’ with members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and choir.
1972: Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull entered the last of it’s 11-week run on the Aussie album charts.
1972: The Who, Mott The Hoople, The Faces and Atomic Rooster all appeared at The Oval Cricket grounds in London.
1974: John Lennon appears as a guest D.J. on New York radio station WNEW-FM.
1974: KISS appeared at the Electric Ballroo in, Atlanta, Georgia.
1975: The Allman Brothers Band played at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.
1976: Boston ‘More Than A Feeling’ b/w ‘Smokin’ 45 single was released.
1976: Peter Frampton wins Rock Personality of the Year and Fleetwood Mac gets the awards for Best Group and Best Album at the second annual Rock Music Awards.
1976: Fleetwood Mac just misses the Top 10 when ‘Say You Love Me’ peaks at #11.
1976: Queen headline a free concert in London’s Hyde Park. An estimated 150,000 attend.
1976: ‘Frampton Comes Alive!’ is #1 in the US for the seventh of ten total weeks during April, July, August, September, and October.
1977: Yes performed at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington.
1978: Neil Young and Crazy Horse kicked off a 23 date US tour at Cobo Hall in Detroit promoting the album ‘Comes A Time.’
1978: The KISS Solo Albums: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley were released. The Solo Albums represented the first time ever that all the members of a band released solo works on the same day. All 4 albums shipped platinum.
1979: Greg Arama dies in a motorcycle accident at 29. In 1967, Arama was the original bassist and member of the Chicago band The Gang, which became The Amboy Dukes. Greg was the mastermind behind the bass line in the Dukes song ‘Journey to the Center of the Mind.’
1979: The Who performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1979: Eagles ‘Heartache Tonight’ b/w ‘Teenage Jail”‘ 45 single is released. The track was included on their album ‘The Long Run’ and released as a single in 1979. It reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in November of that year. Although it remained in the top position for only one week, the single sold 1 million copies. The recording also received a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The song originated from an electric jam session between Glenn Frey and Bob Seger who would visit Frey’s home in Los Angeles whenever he was in town on tour. Frey and Souther wrote the first verse while listening to Sam Cooke songs. In the heat of jamming, Frey called Seger on the phone and sang him the verse. Seger then blurted out the chorus. According to Frey, “J.D. [Souther], Don and I finished that song up. No heavy lyrics-the song is more of a romp-and that’s what it was intended to be.”
1980: Yes appeared at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1980: The tenth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’ untimely death is marked by a multimedia event, featuring Experience members Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, held at the Paradise Club in Amsterdam.
1981: The Doors’ LP ‘Greatest Hits’ is certified platinum.
1981: The Who’s ‘Face Dances’ is certified platinum.
1981: Dokken release their debut studio album, ‘Breaking the Chains.’
1982: The Clash’s ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ peaks without entering the Top 40 though it has better luck on MTV.
1982: Twisted Sister released their debut album ‘Under The Blade’
1982: Blue Oyster Cult performed at Weedsport Speedway in Syracuse, New York.
1983: KISS appeared without their make-up for the first time during an interview on MTV, promoting the release of their newest album, ‘Lick It Up’ on this day.
1983: Dokken release their ‘Breaking the Chains’ album in the U.S. It comestwo years after a European release.
1987: KISS release their 14th studio album, ‘Crazy Nights.’
1987: The Grateful Dead played the third of five nights at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1990: Derek and the Dominos ‘The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition’ (Box Set) is released.
1995: Eric Clapton played nothing but blues standards at a Madison Square Garden show in New York City for his album ‘From the Cradle.’
1995: The Spin Doctors and the Gin Blossoms are among the performers at Farm Aid VII in New Orleans.
1996: Julian Lennon successfully bid just over $39,000, for the recording notes for the song Paul McCartney wrote for him, ‘Hey Jude’ at auction from Sotheby’s in London. John Lennon’s scribbled lyrics to ‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite’ sell at the same event for $103,500.
1998: Aerosmith release ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ as a single. The song, written by Diane Warren, stays at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks.
1999: Carl Perkins Day is celebrated in the state of Tennessee.
2000: Papa Roach release their breakthrough single, ‘Last Resort.’ The track will go on to top the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.
2001: Alice Cooper released his 22nd studio album, album ‘Dragontown.’
2004: ‘The Rock Against Bush Tour’ kicks off in Portland, OR. The trek features Audioslave/Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Midtown and Anti-Flag.
2006: Motley Crue perform at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe as part of the Hard Rock company’s worldwide ‘Ambassadors of Rock Tour.’ Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler makes a surprise appearance during the show. They perform a cover of The Beatles’ ‘Helter Skelter.’ It’s all for the Chris Farley Foundation, a charity set up by the family of the late comic actor to help fight substance abuse among young people.
2006: Carlos Santana and wife Deborah co-chair the U.S. edition of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 75th birthday festivities in Beverly Hills, Calif. The event benefits the Artists for a New South Africa organization, which seeks to fight the African AIDS crisis and supports human rights and democracy in South Africa.
2007: Santana performs at the Dream Concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The event raises money for construction of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C.
2007: Nikki Sixx’s biography, ‘The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star,’ is in bookstores. “It’s given me some closure on a lot of different issues, to be able to discover, through the book, what was driving me,” says the Motley Crue bassist. He makes a book store tour in L.A. to promote the book.
2007: The soundtrack to ‘Into The Wild’ is released. The music for the Sean Penn film is composed and performed by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder.
2007: Nine Inch Nails play Honolulu, the final stop on their ‘Year Zero’ world tour. It’s also the last show with the current N.I.N. line-up. “At this point, I want to switch things around a bit,” says founder/leader Trent Reznor. “I see other ways I can present the material in concert, more challenging, something new. I don’t want it to go stale.”
2007: ’24/7/365,’ a Led Zeppelin tribute album spearheaded by Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali is released. The set is dedicated to the memory of late Zep drummer John Bonham. 2007: ‘Someone Like Me,’ an Elton John documentary DVD is released. “The greatest thing about Rock N’ Roll is that someone like me can be a star.” From that classic Elton quote came the title.
2007: One month after the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing (8/16/07) ABC broadcasts ‘Elvis: Viva Las Vegas,’ with a variety of artists playing tunes made famous by The King.
2007: Songs by Jackson Browne and ex-Talking Heads’ David Byrne appear on ‘The Simpsons: Testify.’ The collection contains performances featured during the previous decade on FOX’s animated comedy series.
2008: The Martin Guitar Company partners with John Mellencamp to create a special John Mellencamp Signature Edition Martin Guitar. It’snspired by Mellencamp’s acoustic 12-fret parlor guitar he calls Maybell, believed to be one of the May Bell (or May-Bell) guitars built in the ’20s and ’30s. Martin donates a portion of the proceeds from sales to Farm Aid.
2008: Ex-Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg’s Bumping Into Geniuses is in stores. The book recounts Goldberg’s music business experiences including Courtney Love’s impact on Nirvana. “Often she was just a mouthpiece for what Kurt himself wanted and didn’t feel like asking for,” writes Goldberg.
2008: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder releases the single ‘All the Way’ as a tribute to the Chicago Cubs. Vedder, a lifelong Cubs fan who has attended Cubs fantasy camps for years, wrote the song after Ernie Banks requested that he write a song about the team.
2009: ‘Under Great White Northern Lights,’ a documentary about the White Stripes 2007 Canadian tour, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival.
2009: Scott Weiland suffers an in-flight seizure that forces an American Airlines flight from LA to Miami to make an emergency landing at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. He is able to recover in time to perform at the launch of his new clothing line.
2010: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder marries his longtime girlfriend Jill McCormick in Hawaii. They already have two daughters together.
2012: Down released the EP ‘Down IV – Part I.’
2012: John Lennon is named the Ultimate Musical Icon of the last 60 years by NME. The music magazine conducted a readers’ poll in conjunction with the publication’s 60th anniversary. David Bowie is second.
2012: ‘Dreaming And Kicking: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll’, a memoir by Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, is in bookstores.
2012: ‘Clockwork Angels: The Novel,’ the companion work to Rush’s album of the same name, written by Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart and sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson, lands at #18 on The New York Times Hardcover Fiction best sellers list.
2013: A booklet from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival signed by Jimi Hendrix sold for $6,500 on eBay. It also included autographs from three members of the Mamas and Papas.
2013: Roger Pope (frequent drummer for Elton John) dies of cancer in Southampton, England at the age 66.
2015: Annihilator released the album ‘Suicide Society.’
2015: Former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime release their debut album, ‘The Key.’
2015: Chris Cornell releases his 4th and final solo album, ‘Higher Truth.’
2015: The first solo album in over 20 years by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, ‘Crosseyed Heart’ is released. Netflix also premieres the Richards documentary ‘Under The Influence.’
2015: The self-titled debut albums from Metal Allegiance, featuring Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and David Ellefson (Megadeth) is released.
2015: Devil City Angels, led by L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns release their self-titled debut album.
2015: Shinedown’s 5th album, ‘Threat To Survival’ is released.
2015: The Who postpone the remaining dates of their ‘Who Hits 50!’ North American tour because frontman Roger Daltrey has viral meningitis and doctors order him to rest.
2015: Queen and Adam Lambert headline the opening night of Rock In Rio’s 30th anniversary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Queen played the inaugural event in ’85 with original lead singer Freddie Mercury.
2015: A tune called ‘Love Song to the Earth,’ billed as by Paul McCartney & Various Artists, debuted on Billboard’s Pop Digital Songs chart at #36 with 11,000 first-week downloads.
2017: AFI‘s Davey Havok is PETA2 Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity. The annual voting competition selects the sexiest vegetarian celebrities.
1958: Elvis Presley left Fort Hood, TX via train en route to Brooklyn, NY. After arriving in Brooklyn, he shipped off to Germany where he was stationed in the Army.
1960: Chubby Checker’s version of ‘The Twist’ goes to #1, while the original version by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters reaches its peak chart position of #28. Checker’s version of the song would top the charts again in 1962.
1963: Ann-Margret lends her voice to an episode of The Flintstones, where she appears as “Ann-Margrock.”
1964: The Rolling Stones classic cover of ‘It’s All Over Now’ stalls outside the Top 20.
1966: John Lennon flew to Spain to shoot the Richard Lester film ‘How I Won the War.’
1966: The Lovin’ Spoonful get their first #1 single with ‘Summer In The City.’
1968: The Who began recording the album ‘Tommy’ at IBC Studio A, London
1968: In the studio, The Beatles started recording the song ‘Piggies.’
1968: Steppenwolf’s ‘Born To Be Wild’ sells over a million copies.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival start a four-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Green River.’
1969: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performed at the Fillmore East in New York.
1969: Child (featuring Bruce Springsteen) played the first of two nights at the Free University in Richmond, Virginia.
1969: Fleetwood Mac’s 3rd studio album, ‘Then Play On is released.
1969: Pink Floyd played at the Grote Zaal, De Doelen, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
1970: The first UK Glastonbury Festival took place featuring Marc Bolan, Ian Anderson, Keith Christmas, Quintessence, Amazing Blondel and Sam Apple Pie.
1970: Mott the Hoople played at Liverpool Stadium in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.
1970: Neil Young’s ‘After the Gold Rush’ album entered the charts.
1970: The Stooges, MC5, and Alice Cooper appeared at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1970: The Rolling Stones’ final album for Decca Records, the live album ‘Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!’ debuted at #1 on the U.K. Album Chart.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York.
1972: Badfinger appeared at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1973: Genesis played at The Olympia Theatre in Paris.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band played The Los Angeles Forum.
1973: The Rolling Stones perform at the Odeon Theatre in Birmingham, England.
1973: Gram Parsons died in Joshua Tree, California at the age of 26. The authorities were uncertain whether the former Byrd, Flying Burrito Brother and solo artist died of heart failure or a drug overdose. The official cause of death was an overdose of morphine and alcohol. In a strange twist, his coffin was stolen by two of his friends, manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin, a former roadie for The Byrds, and was taken to Cap Rock in the California desert, where it was set on fire, allegedly in accordance with Parson’s wishes. The two were later arrested by police, but only fined $750 for stealing a coffin, since there was no law against stealing a dead body. Parsons was a favorite of the critics and also became close friends with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
1974: Max Weinberg played with the E Street Band for the first time at Philadelphia’s Main Point.
1974: Eric Clapton receives a gold record for his cover of the Bob Marley song ‘I Shot The Sheriff.’
1974: The self-titled ‘Bad Company’ goes gold on its way to becoming a #1 album.
1974: KISS appeared at the Electric Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia.
1975: Queen signed a management deal with Elton John’s manager John Reid.
1976: Readers of the New York Times opened their papers and discovered a full-page ad placed by promoter Sid Bernstein asking The Beatles to reunite. Bernstein had previously put on The Fab Four’s shows at Shea Stadium in the mid-‘60s. He asked the band to do it as a “symbol of hope.”
1977: Rush play at the Paramount Theatre in Portland, Maine.
1978: Neil Young performs at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.
1978: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Living In The USA’ ships double platinum.
1979: The New York Post announced “The Beatles are Back!” The premature announcement was based on rumors surrounding a benefit concert for Cambodian boat people.
1979: Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers, Poco, Tom Petty, Carly Simon and James Taylor were among the participants at the first No Nukes concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
1980: Rush appeared at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1981: In New York’s Central Park, a reunited Simon & Garfunkel performed for an audience of 400,000. The performance was recorded for a record and video release.
1981: Triumph releases their 5th studio album, ‘Allied Forces.’
1981: The Rolling Stones album ‘Tattoo You’ started a nine-week run at #1 on the U.S. chart, the band’s 9th US #1.
1982: Judas Priest with special guest Iron Maiden performed in Rockford, Illinois.
1982: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at the Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
1984: KISS release their 32nd single, ‘Heaven’s on Fire.’
1984: Campaigning president Ronald Reagan praises singer Bruce Springsteen in Hammonton, New Jersey, saying in part: “America’s future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts; it rests in the message of hope in songs so many young Americans admire: New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen. And helping you make those dreams come true is what this job of mine is all about.” Reagan had mistaken the hit ‘Born In The U.S.A’ for a straight-forward patriotic anthem, when it is in fact a bitter cry of outrage at how poorly the United States treats its veterans.
1985: Dee Snider, Frank Zappa and John Denver testify before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee against the Parents Music Resource Center’s plans on demanding warning labels on albums. Frank Zappa says that, “The PMRC proposal is an ill-conceived piece of nonsense which fails to deliver any real benefits to children, infringes the civil liberties of people who are not children, and promises to keep the courts busy for years dealing with the interpretation and enforcement problems inherent in the proposal’s design.” John Denver says he is, “Strongly opposed to censorship of any kind in our society or anywhere else in the world” and Snider testifies that, “The full responsibility for defending my children falls on the shoulders of my wife and I, because there is no one else capable of making these judgments for us.” The musicians explain that this is censorship, but ultimately warning labels are ordered on albums containing explicit lyrics. The result: many of these album sell more because of the sticker.
1985: Accept record their Nagoya, Japan concert. It is released as the ‘Kaizoku-Ban’ EP later in the year.
1985: Bruce Springsteen performed at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1986: Megadeth release their 2nd studio album, ‘Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?’ album.
1987: Farm Aid was held at Lincoln, Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium. It featured performers John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Joe Walsh.
1987: The Grateful Dead performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Sammy Hagar’s ‘Give To Live’ at #57, Billy Idol’s ‘Mony Mony’ #43, Bryan Adams ‘Victim Of Love’ #35, Europe’s ‘Carrie’ #11, Whitesnake ‘Here I Go Again’ #4, and Los Lobos ‘La Bamba’ at #3
1988: Kix release their 4th studio album album ‘Blow My Fuze.’
1988: Bon Jovi release their album ‘New Jersey.’
1988: Anthrax release their 4th studio album ‘State of Euphoria.’
1989: Lenny Kravitz releases his debut LP, ‘Let Love Rule.’
1990: Eddie Vedder is selected as lead vocalist of what will become Pearl Jam after Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready hear his demo tape where he added vocals to three instrumental tracks the band had recorded.
1993: Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas is robbed at gunpoint outside a West Hollywood restaurant.
1994: The Stone Temple Pilots began a then-record fifteen weeks run on top of the Billboard Album Rock Tracks Chart with ‘Interstate Love Song.’
1995: Down released their debut album, ‘Nola.’
1997: The VH1 show ‘Storytellers’ airs live for the first time in an episode featuring Elton John from the House of Blues in New Orleans.
2000: Rick and Barbara Springfield released a statement following his arrest on charges of spousal assault, saying they “will continue their relationship and raise their family.”
2003: Police were investigating reports that Paul McCartney scuffled with a photographer when the singer went to see magician David Blaine, who was in a plastic box dangling over the River Thames. The London Evening Standard said one of its photographers had clashed with McCartney resulting in a scuffle.
2003: A week after his death at the age of 71, country legend Johnny Cash is bestowed with artist, song and album of the year awards at the Americana Music Awards ceremony in Nashville. Cash wins Song of the Year for his cover of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’ and Album of the Year for ‘American IV: The Man Comes Around,’ the fourth in a series produced by Rick Rubin
2003: Cream bassist Jack Bruce undergoes a liver transplant after being diagnosed with liver cancer earlier in the summer. His body rejects the new organ, infection sets in and he suffers kidney failure. After remaining critical for weeks, Bruce stabilizes and makes a full recovery.
2004: The Guinness World Records released figures that showed that Status Quo have had more hit singles on the UK chart than any other band history. The group made the chart 61 times, dating from ‘Pictures of Matchstick Men’ in 1968 to ‘You’ll Come Around’ in 2004. Queen was second with 52 hits, while The Rolling Stones and UB40 had 51 hits each.
2005: Bon Jovi perform at a Times Square theater to promote their new album ‘Have A Nice Day’ which is out the following day. The concert is beamed to more than 100 U.S. movie theaters and is available online.
2005: 3 Doors Down perform during halftime at the New York Giants-New Orleans Saints Monday Night Football game. The game, orginally scheduled to be played in New Orleans, was moved to Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster that hit the Big Easy.
2005: Black Label Society announce that it has parted ways with bassist James Lomenzo. The reason for the split is not disclosed. Former BLS member John ‘J.D.’ DeServio steps in for the fall U.S. tour.
2005: U2’s Bono makes a surprise appearance during Pearl Jam’s Toronto concert. They do a version of Neil Young’s ‘Keep On Rocking In The Free World.’
2006: Danny Flores, who played saxophone on The Champs’ 1958, #1 hit, ‘Tequila’ passed away at the age of 77.
2006: Bob Seger’s ‘Face The Promise’ album moves 150,000 copies in its first week to land at #4 on the Billboard 200. It’s the best debut of any Seger album.
2006: Willie Nelson was charged with drug possession after being pulled over in Louisiana for a routine check. Police allegedly find 0.7 grams of marijuana and 91 grams of magic mushrooms on the country singer’s bus.
2007: ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ is chosen as the official slogan of Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel. “The phrase is cheerful, happy and warm,” says Alabama Governor Bob Riley of the ’74 Lynyrd Skynyrd song. “It brings a smile to your face.”
2007: White Stripes frontman Jack White joins Bob Dylan onstage in Nashville for a performance of ‘Meet Me In The Morning.’
2008: Special VIP tickets and backstage passes to a show on U2’s upcoming U.S. tour are auctioned on eBay with proceeds going to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which supports children’s cancer research.
2008: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM are seriously injured in a jet crash that killed four people. The plane hurtled off the end of a runway in South Carolina when a tire blew, engulfing the plane in flames. DJ AM died of an accidental drug overdose less than a year later.
2008: The Kings Of Leon release ‘Only By The Night.’ The album includes ‘Sex On Fire’ and another song titled ‘Cold Desert.’
2008: Drummer Earl Palmer dies in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 83. Palmer’s list of work includes songs with The Beach Boys, Little Richard, Frank Sinatra, Ike And Tina Turner, The Monkees, Fats Domino, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, The Righteous Brothers, Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Tim Buckley, Little Feat, Elvis Costello and many, many more. He also played the theme song or incidental music for such television shows as ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ ‘Green Acres,’ ‘Ironside,’ ‘The Brady Bunch,’ ‘The Partridge Family,’ ‘The Odd Couple’ and ‘M.A.S.H.’ He was also featured on the soundtracks of countless movies. In 2000, Palmer became one of the first session musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2009: Alice In Chains’ ‘Check My Brain’ begins an eight-week run at #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart.
2010: John Lennon’s son Julian told the press that he has ended his long-running feud with his half-brother Sean and his step-mother Yoko Ono, which started after the former Beatle was murdered in December, 1980. The trio battled in court for a share of the singer’s estate, but Julian now said “Things are good between us. Whenever I’m in New York, we all get together.”
2010: It’s Frank Zappa day in Baltimore, the musician’s hometown. The date marks the 25th anniversary of Zappa’s infamous testimony on Capitol Hill, where the founder of The Mothers Of Invention stood his ground against Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center’s (PMRC) crusade for music censorship. A stretch of road is re-named Frank Zappa Way and a Zappa statue is dedicated. “Frank’s legacy rests in his uncompromising defense of the First Amendment and his uncompromising pursuit of excellence clearly demonstrated in the standards he set in all areas of music and the arts and sciences associated with it,” writes Zappa’s widow, Gail, in a statement. The dedication is part of a week long celebration of Zappa’s life.
2010: Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, Radiohead’s Phil Selway, Stewart Copeland and Coldplay’s Will Champion take part in Sudan365’s Beat for Peace campaign. The drummers help bring attention to the problems facing the African nation.
2012: Randy Bachman, of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was named to Canada’s Walk of Fame for the second time. He was also inducted in 2001 as a member of The Guess Who.
2012: The Dave Matthews Band sees their album ‘Away From the World’ debut at #1 on the Billboard albums charts. This continues the band’s unbroken winning streak of six #1 albums on the Billboard 200.
2013: The Recording Academy named Carole King as the MusiCares person of the year. The presentation would be made during the 2014 Grammy Awards week.
2013: ‘Dream Theater: Live At Luna Park,’ a concert film, is in theaters worldwide. It chronicles the band’s concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the final leg of the ‘A Dramatic Turn Of Events’ world tour.
2014: The Clowns 3D with Music by Slash maze attraction debuts during Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights. “(I) was inspired to partner with Universal Studios Hollywood because they are the founders of creating extreme horror,” says Slash.
2014: Alice’s Attic and Thrift Store, owned by Alice Cooper, opens in Phoenix. Cooper, a self-confessed thrift store ‘shopaholic’ dedicates a portion of the proceeds to his Rock Teen Center.
2014: Mr. Big released their 8th studio album, ‘…The Stories We Could Tell.’
2015: Opeth perform a one-off show at the Roman Theatre in Bulgaria with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra.
2015: The 30th anniversary Farm Aid show has Imagine Dragons, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews. Founded in ’85, this edition takes place at First Merit Bank Pavilion outside of Chicago.
2015: The UK TV show ‘It Was Alright in the ’60s’ shocked Beatles fans when it broadcast black and white footage of John Lennon ridiculing disabled people during a performance. In the clip Lennon encourages the screaming crowd to clap their hands and stomp their feet, while he speaks with a speech impediment and makes awkward clapping and stomping movements.
2015: The Beatles first record contract is sold at auction in New York for $75,000. It was signed in ’61 when the quartet served as Tony Sheridan’s backing band, The Beat Brothers, for the single ‘My Bonnie.’
1957: Buddy Holly’s ‘Peggy Sue’ b/w ‘Everyday’ single is released. The song went to #3 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1957, and is ranked #194 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1964: The Beatles wrapped up their American tour with a charity show in Brooklyn, New York. Bob Dylan visited them backstage and later introduced the band to pot. The audience of 3,682 each paid $100 a ticket.
1965: The Animals record ‘It’s My Life.’
1966: George Harrison journeyed to India to meet with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time.
1968: Led Zeppelin (recording under the name of The Yardbirds) started recording their debut album at Olympic Studios in London, England. The album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete with most of the tracks being recorded ‘live’ in the studio with very few overdubs.
1968: The Amboy Dukes performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: The #1 album on both the American and British album charts was Blind Faith’s self-titled LP, the only album by the super-group that included Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and Ginger Baker.
1969: Pink Floyd performed two shows (9 and 11 PM) at Concertzaal de Jong, Groningen, The Netherlands, supported by Dream.
1969: Associated TV (ATV) gains control of The Beatles’ Northern Songs publishing company for approximately one million British pounds.
1969: During a meeting in London between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Lennon announced he was leaving The Beatles. Lennon agrees to not make an official announcement at this time. The recording of ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ marks the last time all four Beatles were together in the same studio.
1969: UK music paper Melody Maker readers poll results were published. Winners included Eric Clapton who won best musician, Bob Dylan best male singer and best album for Nashville Skyline. Best group went to The Beatles, Best single went to Simon and Garfunkel for ‘The Boxer’ and Janis Joplin won Best female singer.
1969: Credence Clearwater Revival reached the top of the U.K. Singles Chart for the first and only time with ‘Bad Moon Rising’ which spent three weeks on top.
1970: Jim Morrison was found guilty of indecent exposure and profanity. However, The Doors frontman was acquitted of charges of “lewd and lascivious” behavior. The incident happened a year and a half earlier during a concert at The Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove, Florida. At his trial at the Dade County Courthouse in Miami, Judge Goodman sentenced Morrison to six months hard labor and a $500 fine for public exposure and sixty days hard labor for profanity. The sentence was appealed, but Morrison was never brought to trial, as he would die in Paris France on July 3, 1971.
1970: An event called the Berlin Airlift was held at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, headlined by Grand Funk Railroad. Also on the bill, the Allman Brothers Band, Pacific Gas & Electric, Crow, and many local bands.
1971: Peter Frampton quit Humble Pie to start his solo career. His debut album, ‘Wind of Change,’ followed the next year.
1971: Chicago enters the Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York to begin recording their 4th studio album, and first single album release, ‘Chicago V.’ Recorded just before Chicago at Carnegie Hall was released in the fall of 1971, ‘Chicago V’ was cut in just over a week and held over for release until the following summer.’Chicago V’ was released on July 10, 1972. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for nine weeks, bolstered by the #3 Billboard Hot 100 hit, ‘Saturday In The Park.’
1972: Police raided Paul and Linda McCartney’s farm, where they uncovered a crop of cannabis. The judge in his case had never seen a cannabis plant, so he took a good look at it and fined McCartney 100 pounds.
1973: Jim Croce died after his twin-engine plane ran into a tree shortly after taking off. He and Maury Muehleisen, his lead guitarist, both died in the crash, along with the members of the plane’s crew. After playing a concert at North-western State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, he was on his way to a concert in Sherman, Texas. He was just 30 years old. Croce’s biggest hit ‘Time In A Bottle’ hits #1 14 weeks later.
1973: Grand Funk Railroad own the #1 spot on the pop chart with ‘American Band.’
1973: Neil Young and Crazy Horse open L.A.’s newest club, The Roxy.
1973: King Crimson played at the Capitol Theatre in Montreal, Canada.
1974: Aerosmith performed at Expo Hall in Tampa, Florida.
1975: Bruce Springsteen released the single ‘Born to Run.’ The anthem became his first Top 40 hit, peaking at #23.
1975: David Bowie’s ‘Fame’ was #1 on the singles chart. The song was co-written with John Lennon.
1975: Bad Company peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’ which was their 2nd and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: Ringo Starr’s ‘A Dose Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’ b/w ‘Cryin’ 45 single is released. It peaked at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of November 6, 1976. It features Peter Frampton on guitar and Dr. John on keyboards.
1976: The Sex Pistols headline the 100 Club Punk Festival in London. Siouxsie & The Banshees also perform. Their drummer is Simon John Ritchie (a.k.a. John Beverly) who later morphs into the Sex Pistol’s bassist Sid Vicious.
1976: AC/DC release their 3rd studio album ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.’ The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the United States, and is the third highest sold album by AC/DC in the US after ‘Highway To Hell’ and ‘Back In Black.’
1976: The Stills–Young Band ‘Long May You Run’ album is released. It reached at #26 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1977: Ringo Starr releases ‘Ringo The 4th.’
1977: Yes played at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
1978: Yes release their 9th studio album, ‘Tormato.’
1978: Bob Dylan appeared at the Boston Garden.
1978: The Who’s ‘Who Are You’ album gets the gold record certification.
1978: Devo’s ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ b/w ‘Uncontrollable Urge (Edit)’ 45 single is released.
1980: Queen started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘The Game,’ the group’s only US #1 album.
1980: Ozzy Osbourne’s solo debut album, ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’ is released in the U.K. The album wouldn’t be released in the U.S. until March of the following year. The set features ‘Crazy Train’ and ‘Suicide Solution,’ which was written in part by Ozzy’s bass player, Bob Daisley, as a comment on the singer’s alcohol and drug abuse.
1980: Roger Daltrey’s 2nd single from his ‘McVicar’ LP hits the U.S. charts. The gentle ballad ‘Without Your Love,’ a cover of a Billy Nicholls’ song from Pete’s Meher Baba tribute LP ‘With Love,’ becomes Roger’s biggest solo hit in the U.S. peaking at #20 in Billboard and #23 in Cash Box. The flip side is ‘Escape Part 2.’
1982: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ goes gold.
1982: Dire Straits 4th album, ‘Love Over Gold’ is released. It reached #19 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. ‘Private Investigations’ was released as the lead single from the album in UK and reached #2 on the UK chart. In the US, ‘Industrial Disease’ was the lead single, reaching #75 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1982: The Grateful Dead performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1983: Former Blind Faith members Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton were among the performers at the ARMS benefit concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The concert raised money for research into multiple sclerosis.
1985: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ‘Southern Accents’ goes platinum.
1985: Icon released their 2nd album, ‘Night of the Crime.’
1985: Guns N’ Roses played The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA.
1986: Huey Lewis & The News’ ‘Stuck With You’ reaches #1 for a three week stay.
1988: Bulletboys release their self-titled 1st album.
1989: Aerosmith Prelease the sigle ‘Janie’s Got a Gun.’ It eventually peaks at #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1991: Nirvana kicks off a six-week U.S. tour.
1992: Pearl Jam play a free concert called ‘Drop In The Park’ at Seattle’s Magnuson Park. 20,000 attend. 3,000 Rock The Vote registrations are collected.
1992: Patty Smyth’s duet with Eagles’ drummer Don Henley, ‘Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,’ peaks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it would stay for the next six weeks. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Pop Vocal, Duo or Group, but lost to Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson’s rendition of ‘Beauty And The Beast.’
1994: The Dave Matthews Band released ‘Under the Table and Dreaming.’ The album featured their first commercial hits ‘What Would You Say,’ ‘Satellite,’ and ‘Ants Marching.’ The album was dedicated to Matthews’ older sister Anne, who was killed by her husband in 1994 in a murder-suicide.
1997: Pearl Jam’s ‘Jeremy’ video was cited as one of the reasons American teenager Barry Loukaitis had snapped into a violent rage that left three people dead. Defence attorneys took the unprecedented step of playing the video in a Washington court.
1999: David Bowie released his new album ‘hours…’ for download in its entirety on his Web site, becoming the first rock artist to do so.
1999: Yes released their 18th studio album, ‘The Ladder.’ It reached #99 on the Billboard 200 Top album chart and #3 on the Top Internet Albums chart. It is the only Yes album with keyboardist Igor Khoroshev as a full time member, and the last with guitarist Billy Sherwood (also, the only one in which he did not play keyboards). Sherwood has since re-joined the band after the death of Chris Squire.
2003: Rocker Melissa Etheridge exchanged vows with her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, in California, despite a law preventing same-sex marriages.
2003: Fire destroys a lodge on Chuck Berry’s Wentzville, Missouri, estate (arson is the cause, but no one is ever arrested for the crime.)
2004: Billy Joel gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2004: Green Day release their album ‘American Idiot.’
2004: Doro releases her 9th studio album, ‘Classic Diamonds.’
2005: INXS selected J.D. Fortune to be their front man in the final episode of the reality series ‘Rock Star: INXS.’ INXS held auditions in six continents as part of a reality TV series.
2005: The benefit concert ‘From The Big Apple To The Big Easy’ is held in New York’s Madison Square Garden in order to raise funds for the Gulf Coast cities and towns devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Among others, Simon & Garfunkel, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz and Elton John perform at this charity concert.
2005: Bon Jovi’s 9th studio album, ‘Have A Nice Day” is released. The album debuts at #1 in 15 countries but only makes it to #2 during its first week on the U.S. survey.
2005: Motorhead released their 9th live album, ‘BBC Live & In Session.’
2005: Disturbed release their 3rd studio album, ‘Ten Thousand Fists.’
2005: Anthrax released the live album ‘Alive 2.’
2005: Godsmack, Motley Crue and Kid Rock contribute framed gold and platinum albums for a online charity auction to raise funds for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s ongoing efforts in leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.
2005: Jimmy Page is honored for his charity work with underprivileged young people in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Page helps support Casa Jimmy, a shelter for orphans, teenage mothers and other poverty-stricken young people that is administered by the Task Brazil organization.
2006: The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards said he’d finally given up drugs…because they’re not strong enough. “I think the quality’s gone down,” he said.
2006: The Rolling Stones add yet another North American leg to their highly successful ‘A Bigger Bang’ tour. The two month trek starts in Foxborough, MA. It was their first American appearance since Keith Richards fell out of a palm tree in Fiji and had to have brain surgery.
2006: Jet kick off a North American jaunt in support of their sophomore effort, ‘Shine On.’ The first stop is Austin, TX.
2007: Roger Waters and Jon Bon Jovi perform at a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation in New York. Former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, are honored for their support of the organization. The foundation provides instruments and music-education services to children.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne and Slash are in videos produced by MusiCares and the MusiCares MAP Fund to help bolster awareness about the perils of drug and alcohol addiction.
2008: The 2008 Farm Aid benefit concert is held in Mansfield, MA. This is the first time the event takes place in New England. Farm Aid co-founders John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Willie Nelson are the headliners – as usual. The Pretenders and Jerry Lee Lewis also take the stage. The seven-hour event airs on DirecTV’s The 101 Network.
2009: Pearl Jam release their 9th studio album, ‘Backspacer.’
2010: Metallica releases ‘Six Feet Down Under,’ a limited edition eight-song EP in honor of their tour of Australia and New Zealand. It has live recordings from the band’s previous tours in the region.
2010: Weezer’s secret show in L.A. features actor Jorge Garcia, whose character Hurley on the TV series ‘Lost,’ inspired both the title and cover of the band’s 2010 album. Garcia joins the band onstage for a duet with River Cuomo on ‘Make Believe.’
2010: The man whose tough discipline led a handful of former students to use his name as the inspiration for their band’s moniker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, passes away at 77 in Jacksonville, FL. Leonard Skinner, a Florida high school teacher, stayed connected through the decades though he never accepted the band’s lifestyle or career choice.
2011: SuperHeavy (Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Soul songstress Joss Stone, Indian composer/producer/singer AR Rahman, Reggae’s Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley and former Eurhythmics guitarist Dave Stewart) issue their self-titled debut album.
2011: Nirvana’s landmark 1991 album ‘Nevermind’ is reissued as a deluxe 5-disc edition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the record’s original release.
2011: Promotional posters for the Lou Reed/Metallica album ‘Lulu’ are banned from London’s Underground (subway) because they look too much like street graffiti. The poster features a woman’s bust with a female mannequin’s head and the word ‘Lulu’ drawn in burnt red paint. “What would Andy Warhol or Jean Michel Basquiat say of this type of frivolous censorship,” asks Reed.
2011: Kings Of Leon frontman Jared Followill crashes his car into the garage door of a neighboring house, which he owns and is uninhabited. Followill says he did it on a dare. “I wasn’t drinking. The house is going to be demolished. Why does the construction company get to have all the fun?”
2011: Paul McCartney is named MusiCares 2012 Person of the Year. Founded by the Recording Academy, MusiCares provides relief to musicians in times of need. “Paul McCartney exemplifies the phrase ‘artist/philanthropist’,” says Grammy President Neil Portnow in a statement.
2011: Photographer Robert Whitaker dies of cancer in Sussex. Whitaker took photos of The Beatles, including the infamous “butcher block” cover for ‘Yesterday And Today,’ which had the band dressed in white lab coats sitting amongst slabs of raw meat and decapitated dolls. The cover was pulled and replaced with a more conventional band photo. The original cover is a collectors item.
2012: The former north London home of the original band members of Pink Floyd was bought by a Singaporean developer. Sham Masterman, who admitted not being a big fan of the rock band, bought the Highgate house and the one next door for £1.2m each. Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Syd Barrett had all lived in the house in the 1960s. The previous owner, lighting technician Mike Leonard, was landlord and friend to the band and even inspired their earliest name, Leonard’s Lodgers.
2013: ‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ previews at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. Written and directed by Randy Johnson, the production stars Mary Bridget Davis as Joplin.
2013: Black Sabbath are among those honored for their achievements in horror and sci-fi entertainment at Universal Studios annual Eyegore Awards in Hollywood.
2013: Howard Scott King claims he originated the design of Tommy Lee’s rollercoaster drum set and seeks $400,000 in damages. The lawsuit against the Motley Crue drummer is dismissed three months later.
2014: Kings Of Leon’s two day Music City Food and Wine Festival, kicks off in Nashville’s Walk of Fame Park.
2015: U2’s concert at The Globe Arena in Stockholm is postponed over security concerns. The show is rescheduled.
2015: The Foo Fighters bail on performing at the Emmy Awards in L.A. when the FOX network refuses to allow the group to play an entire song despite their winning two Emmys for the TV series ‘Sonic Highways’ (Outstanding Sound Mixing and Outstanding Sound Editing).
2015: Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) begins an acoustic tour at L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. $1 from every ticket sold goes to the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation.
2016: Elton John admitted during an appearance on the UK TV show ‘Good Morning Britain’ that he was considering retiring from recording. He told the audience, “My records don’t sell anymore because people have enough Elton John records in their collection. I love making them, but it’s someone else’s turn now.”
2016: During an interview on CBS This Morning Bono states that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has “hijacked the party, and I think he’s trying to hijack the idea of America. This is really dangerous.”
1956: Pittsburgh city officials barred Elvis Presley from Syria Mosque, except for one previously scheduled show, because of the damage done to the auditorium by teenage audiences.
1957: Elvis Presley’s longtime guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black leave the King’s band, dissatisfied over being denied pay raises by manager Colonel Tom Parker. Drummer D.J. Fontana stays on.
1961: After playing a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, The Beatles played Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool later that evening with Gerry & the Pacemakers and Rory Storm & the Hurricanes.
1964: The Beach Boys first and only EP, ‘Four By The Beach Boys’ is released. It contained only songs from the album ‘All Summer Long.’ The lead track ‘Little Honda’ peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 while “Wendy” peaked at #44.
1965: In San Francisco, The Jefferson Airplane opened for Lightnin’ Hopkins at The Matrix folk club.
1965: The Moody Blues take part in the ‘Pop From Britain’ concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, making their first major performance. They had recently signed with The Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who got them the gig.
1966: Jimmy Hendrix changes his name to Jimi at the urging of his manager Chas Chandler.
1968: Jimi Hendrix releases the single for ‘All Along The Watchtower.’ The Bob Dylan cover becomes his only Top 40 hit single, topping out at #20.
1968: Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum gave its Beatles statues their 5th hair and clothes makeover in four years, all in keeping with the lads’ taste for hippie fashions.
1968: Deep Purple hit #4 on the US singles chart with their debut single, a cover of Joe South’s ‘Hush.’
1968: The Beatles get to #12 with the single version of ‘Revolution.’
1968: Janis Joplin announces her upcoming departure from her band Big Brother & the Holding Company. Joplin joined the psychedelic San Francisco band in ’66.
1968: Vanilla Fudge with the Buddy Rich Orchestra played The Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1969: Pink Floyd appeared at Het Kolpinghuis in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
1969: The James Gang played at the Ingman Room, in the Student Union at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.
1970: The Who performed at Vejlby-Risskov Hallen in Aarhus, Denmark.
1971: Paul McCartney’s ‘Another Day’ and ‘Uncle Albert – Admiral Halsey’ are certified gold.
1971: The first episode of the BBC TV music show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ airs. The show includes film clips of Jimi Hendrix from Monterey Festival playing ‘Wild Thing,’ Bob Dylan playing ‘Maggies Farm,’ plus America and Lesley Duncan ‘live’ in the studio. The showends up running from 1971 to 1987. The show took its name from a Tin Pan Alley phrase from years before. When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys—doormen in grey suits. The songs they could remember and whistle, having heard it just once or twice, had passed the old grey whistle test.
1972: Yes performed at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1973: Neil Young played at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles.
1973: Thin Lizzy released their 3rd studio album, ‘Vagabonds of the Western World.’
1974: Canada’s Bachman-Turner Overdrive release ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,’ which will become their 3rd US Top 30 entry and their only #1.
1974: The Rolling Stones’ ‘It’s Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)’ hits #16.
1975: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts.
1976: ZZ Top appeared at the Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1977: Rush played at the Paramount Theatre in Portland, Oregon.
1977: The Doobie Brothers ‘Echoes Of Love’ b/w ‘There’s A Light’ 45 single is released. From the album ‘Livin’ on the Fault Line,’ it reached #66 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1978: Yes performed at Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Michigan.
1978: The Ramones released their 4th studio album, ‘Road to Ruin.’
1979: U-N Secretary General Kurt Waldheim made an appeal to The Beatles to reunite to benefit the Vietnamese boat people.
1979: Foghat release their 8th studio album, ‘Boogie Motel.’
1979: Cheap Trick release their 4th studio album, ‘Dream Police.’ It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1979: The iconic cover of The Clash’s ‘London Calling’ album is shot at The Palladium in New York City. The photo was taken by Pennie Smith who didn’t want the photograph to be used because she thought it was out of focus. The cover is considered one of the best album covers of all time.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult played at the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1980: Having left his longtime label, MCA, Elton John signed a contract with David Geffen’s new label, Geffen Records, which gained exclusive rights to release his recordings worldwide. The six-year relationship was not a happy one, with Elton only enjoying two Top 10 hits during this period.
1980: During a North American tour, Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in New York’s Central Park. After hospital tests he was diagnosed as having cancer. Marley played his last ever concert two nights later at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1982: The Go-Go’s played at Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1983: Rush performed the 3rd night of a five gig stint at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
1983: Gary Moore released his 2nd live album, ‘Live at the Marquee.’
1983: Billy Joel’s ‘Tell Her About It’ hits #1 on the singles chart.
1984: Bruce Springsteen performed at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1984: Rush filmed their concert at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens which would later be released as ‘Grace Under Pressure Tour 1984.’
1985: On the back of its creative MTV-baiting video, Dire Straits went to #1 with their single ‘Money for Nothing.’ Inspired by a shopping trip to an appliance store, group leader Mark Knopfler composes the lyrics based on the critical comments he overhears a guy spew while watching display TVs all tuned to MTV.
1987: American jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius died from injuries sustained in a fight. Pastorius was trying to enter the Midnight Bottle Club in Wilton Manors, Florida1987) , (where he’d been banned), and became involved in a fight with a bouncer, Pastorius fell into a coma and was put on life support. In 2006, Pastorius was voted “The Greatest Bass Player Who Has Ever Lived” by readers in Bass Guitar magazine. Was a member of Weather Report and worked with various acts including Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock.
1988: Anvil released the album ‘Pound For Pound.’
1989: The Bangles announced that they were to split seven months after scoring a #1 hit with ‘Eternal Flame.’
1990: Drummer Dave Grohl arrives in Seattle to audition for Nirvana. He gets the gig.
1991: Status Quo played four British arenas in 11 hours (Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham and London). The Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to confirm it was a record.
1991: ‘Roll The Bones’ from Rush hits the charts.
1991: Dire Straits entered the U.K. Album Chart at #1 with their 6th and final album, ‘On Every Street’ which spent one week on top.
1992: Parlophone Records released ‘Creep’ by Radiohead. The single didn’t chart but featured in the majority of critics lists at the end of the year.
1993: Nirvana release their album 3rd and final studio album, ‘In Utero.’ It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. ‘All Apologies’ was nominated for 1995 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and for Best Rock Song.
1993: Bad Religion release their 7th full-length studio album ‘Recipe for Hate.’ This album was originally released on Epitaph Records, but was quickly reissued by their now-former label Atlantic.
1993: Scorpions released their 12th studio album, ‘Face the Heat.’
1996: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher walked out of the band in the middle of their American tour. He was reported to have fought with his brother, singer Liam Gallagher, in their hotel room. Noel claimed to be tired of “touring s***holes.”
1996: ‘Stupid Girl’ from Garbage, peaks at #24 on the U.S. pop chart.
1996: Paul Simon begins holding auditions for his new musical ‘The Capeman,’ which will recount the true story of Puerto Rican, Salvador Agron, a New York gang member who was convicted of murdering two teenagers in 1959. Chosen to play the lead role is 28 year old Marc Anthony. Plagued with problems from the outset, the show is still remembered as one of Broadway’s biggest flops.
1998: Sheryl Crow’s 3rd album, ‘The Globe Sessions,’ is out. The album was recorded at and named for the sessions recorded at Globe Recording Studio in New York.
1999: An HBO live music show called ‘Reverb’ makes its debuts with performances from Alanis Morissette and Everlast.
1999: Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails earns the first #1 in its career, as ‘The Fragile’ debuts at the top of The Billboard 200.
1999: Chris Cornell releases his 1st single ‘Can’t Change Me’ from his 1st solo album ‘Euphoria Morning,’ also released on this day.
2000: Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks reform as Genesis for a one-off performance at the London Hilton during the British Music Roll of Honour gala, organized by the Music Managers Forum. The act’s manager, Tony Smith receives the Peter Grant Award for outstanding achievement at the event.
2001: The benefit concert ‘America: A Tribute To Heroes,’ airs on most major TV networks, raising over $128 million for victims of the September 11 attacks. Performers include Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Sting, U2, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Willie Nelson and Celine Dion. Accepting pledges over the telephone were Robin Williams, Meg Ryan, Danny DeVito, Sally Field, Jack Nicholson, Goldie Hawn, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kurt Russell, Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg and many more. The broadcast and soundtrack album helped raise over $128 million for the victims and their families.
2003: Duran Duran launch a comeback tour with a sold out San Francisco concert.
2004: John Fogerty released ‘Deja Vu All Over Again,’ his first new album in seven years. It will peak at #23 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart.
2004: Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), is denied entry into the United States when he shows up on a terrorist watch list, accused of funding terror groups. Islam was aboard a plane headed from London to Washington, when it was learned he was on the list; the plane is diverted to an airport in Maine and Islam sent back to England the next day. A week later, the Los Angeles Times publishes a scathing editorial from Islam, who deplores the “indiscriminate” screening process.
2005: Billy Joel gets a star on Hollywood`s Walk of Fame in front of the Pantages Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. The theater has the musical ‘Movin’ Out,’ which is based on Joel songs.
2006: Jon Bon Jovi makes a special appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The segment contains footage of Bon Jovi going to Houma, LA., to see firsthand how a $1 million donation he and his band contributed to Oprah’s Angel Network in 2005 was put to use to aid the Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts.
2006: Boz Burrell dies of a heart attack in Spain at 60. Burrell is most well known as a member of King Crimson, and also was a co-founder of Bad Company. Prior to King Crimson, Burrell briefly replaced Roger Daltrey in the Who and was also a member of The Small Faces.
2006: Axl Rose is sued for $1.15 million by an art broker who alleges the Guns N’ Roses frontman reneged on a deal to purchase a painting of John Lennon by the late Andy Warhol. The firm claims that Rose had agreed to pay $2.36 million to a New York gallery for the portrait, but only forked over $1.21 million. “It’s my opinion that Axl Rose is the victim of some fraud or misrepresentation here,” claims Rose’s attorney.
2006: In a Q magazine interview, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards claims that he’s kicked his legendary drug habit. “I think the quality’s gone down,” offers Richards. “I don’t like the way drugs now are working on your brain area instead of just through the bloodstream.”
2006: Queensryche present a full production of ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ and ‘Operation: Mindcrime II’ at New York’s Nokia Theatre. It’s the first of two nights at the Times Square venue. Actors onstage portray the action while the band performs the two albums back-to-back. Frontman Geoff Tate wears a straightjacket, a double-breasted suit and an assassin’s bulletproof vest (not all at once) during the dual-album tale of drug-fueled anarchy, revenge and redemption.
2006: It’s Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Day in Gainesville, FL. The proclamation coincides with the group’s hometown concert. In addition, Gainesville’s mayor presents Petty and his band, with the Key to the City.
2006: Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Wallflowers,Blackberry Smoke and more played the three day La Luna Fest in Pensacola, FL.
2007: ‘Into The Wild,’ a Sean Penn film, opens in theaters. The soundtrack is composed and performed by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder.
2007: ‘Shine A Light,’ a Rolling Stones concert film directed by Martin Scorsese, premieres.
2007: The Rolling Stones top Forbes list of the top-earning musicians. From June, ’06 to June, ’07 the group earned nearly $88 million.
2007: Richie Ramone (Richard Reinhardt), drummer for the Ramones (’83-’87), files a suit in federal court against Wal-Mart, RealNetworks and others, including the estate of former bandmate Johnny Ramone (John Cummings), claiming he did not OK the online sale of the songs he wrote for the group. He seeks $900,000 in damages.
2009: Eddie Van Halen guest stars on the season premiere of the seventh season of ‘Two and a Half Men.’ He plays a short riff of ‘As Is.’ Van Halen said about his guest spot, “I typically shy away from these requests as I’m not an actor, but Charlie Sheen and I are friends and since it was a scene with him, I agreed.”
2009: Thom Yorke gives a live performance of the Radiohead’s ‘Reckoner’ as part of a special screening of the climate change documentary, ‘The Age of Stupid.’
2009: Canadian clothing designer, Treana Peake, and her husband, Nickelback’s Ryan Peake, form the Obakki Foundation to benefit orphaned children in Cameroon, Africa. Also onboard for the launch are Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), and actresses Kelly Rutherford, Jill Hennessy and Ana Ortiz.
2011: A contract revealing that The Beatles refused to perform in front of a segregated audience at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California on August 31st, 1965, sold for $23,033 at an auction in Los Angeles. In addition to the desegregation clause, the contract guaranteed the band $40,000 and at least 150 police officers to provide security at the show.
2011: R.E.M. announce that they’re calling it quits after more than 30 years. In a post on their website, the band members write, “To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”
2012: Dokken release their 11th studio album, ‘Broken Bones.’
2012: Kings Of Leon are inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame. “Kings Of Leon was created and discovered in Nashville, and the band still proudly calls the city home,” says Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau.
2012: Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has on stage meltdown in Las Vegas during the iHeartRadio Festival. Producers notify Green Day – via teleprompter – that they have one minute left on stage, causing the group to abruptly stop playing while Armstrong calls out the show’s producers, flips them off and smashing his guitar before storming off stage. Two days later, Armstrong enters rehab for substance abuse.
2012: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones hold a press conference in London, to launch the Celebration Day concert film of the 2007 O2 Arena reunion show.
2012: Linkin Park is the first Rock group to garner more than one billion hits on YouTube. They join Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Rihanna in the Billion Hits Club.
2012: Elton John headlines the Peace One Day charity concert in London to promote the Global Truce 2012 campaign, which aims to “create the largest global reduction of violence ever recorded on one day.” Peace One Day was founded in ’99 by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley.
2012: Frontman Geoff Tate’s departure from Queensryche gets nasty. The group files a motion for a partial summary judgment in a Seattle court to declare that Tate “has no right to the Queensryche band name, marks and media assets since he has no grant of authority from the TriRyche Corporation that owns them.”
2013: Farm Aid, which benefits the nation’s food producers, features Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson. “Farm Aid’s greatest accomplishment, I believe, is in the spirit,” says Young, who co-founded the event in ’85. “It’s the fact that we represent the spirit of the good fight, to keep something good happening.” The concert is in Saratoga Springs, NY.
2015: Slayer’s ‘Repentless’ debuts at #4 on the Billboard survey. To date, it’s the group’s highest-charting album in the U.S.
2015: Ringo Starr’s book, ‘Photograph,’ with over 250 intimate Beatles images, is available.
2015: Trumpeter Ben Cauley, a member of the Stax Records group The Bar-Kays and the only survivor of the 1967 plane crash that killed Otis Redding died at the age of 67. The Bar-Kays appeared as the backing band on numerous recordings for Stax artists such as Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers and Sam and Dave.
1954: Elvis Presley’s ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight’ b/w ‘I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine’ 45 single is released.
1956: Billboard reported on the concert circuit’s reluctance to deal with this new music known as rock ‘n’ roll. “With new experiences to their credit such as calling riot squads and with scars such as damaged seats,” noted the magazine, “some arena and stadium officials have turned their thumbs down to rock and roll.”
1958: Elvis Presley gives one last press conference at the Military Ocean Terminal in Brooklyn, then joins the rest of the 3rd Armored Division on the USS General Randall on their way to Bremerhaven, Germany.’
1958: ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’ by The Teddy Bears enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #88. Lead singer Annette Kleinbard was backed by Phil Spector on guitar, Marshall Leib on bass and last minute addition Sandy Nelson on drums. Although the recording session lasted only 20 minutes and cost just $75, the single would reach #1 in early December and sell over 1.4 million copies.
1962: Bob Dylan played at Carnegie Hall.
1965: The Who kicked off their Scandinavian tour. In Copenhagen, Roger Daltrey was nearly thrown out of the band after punching Keith Moon.
1965: Grace Slick made her singing debut at The Coffee Gallery in North Beach, California with a group called Great Society. ‘White Rabbit’ and ‘Somebody To Love’ are two Great Society songs Slick takes with her to the Airplane.
1966: The Lovin’ Spoonful are awarded a Gold record for their 5th US Top 10 single and first #1 hit, ‘Summer in the City.’
1966: The Rolling Stones began a British tour with the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, The Yardbirds and more in support.
1967: Filming their ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ the Beatles shoot the scene in which Ringo gets his tickets from John Lennon.
1967: A cartoon image of The Beatles wearing colorful outfits appears on the cover of Time magazine, along with the line “The Beatles/Their New Incarnation.”
1967: The Doors appear on Murray the K’s radio show on WPIX-TV in New York City performing ‘People Are Strange’ and ‘Light My Fire.’
1967: #1 Billboard Pop Hit is ‘The Letter’ by The Box Tops. The Arbors took the song to #20 in 1969 and Joe Cocker hit #7 with it in 1970.
1968: The Sky River Rock Festival, outside of Seattle in a place called Sultan, has Santana, Grateful Dead, Country Joe & The Fish and the Youngbloods.
1968: The Amboy Dukes played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: A new weekly TV show ‘The Music Scene’ aired on ABC for the first time. Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Janis Joplin, Cass Elliot, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone were all booked to appear on the show.
1969: The Band released their self-titled album. It reached #9 on Billboard’s 200 Top LP’s chart, and features two singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100 – ‘Rag Mama Rag’ (#57) and ‘Up on Cripple Creek’ (#25) The album includes many of The Band’s best-known and critically acclaimed songs, including ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,’ which Rolling Stone named the 245th greatest song of all time (in the updated version, it was the 249th greatest song of all time). In 2003, the album was ranked #45 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2009, the album was preserved into the National Recording Registry because the album was “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or informs or reflects life in the United States.”
1970: The Rolling Stones performed at the Palais des Sport in Paris.
1971: David Crosby and Graham Nash appear at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1972: David Bowie kicked off his North American tour as Ziggy Stardust at the Music Hall in Cleveland.
1972: Pink Floyd played the Hollywood Bowl on their ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ tour.
1972: Black Sabbath’s ‘Tomorrow’s Dream’ b/w ‘Laguna Sunrise’ 45 single is released in the UK.
1973: The Rolling Stones scored their 8th #1 album when ‘Goats Head Soup’ started a two-week run at the top of the charts
1974: ‘The Sonny Bono Comedy Revue’ was shown for the first time on ABC-TV.
1975: George Harrison’s ‘Extra Texture (Read All About It)’ album is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and features the hit single, ‘You’ (#20 on the Billboard Hot 100), a song he had intended for Ronnie Spector to record, and which went no further than its backing track back in 1971.
1975: Paul McCartney & Wings ‘Letting Go’ b/w ‘You Gave Me The Answer’ 45 single is released. The song peaked at #41 in the UK, and a slightly better #39 in the US.
1976: Rush perform at The Dome Arena in Rochester, New York.
1977: Yes appear at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1978: Yes released their 9th studio album, ‘Tomato.’
1978: Jethro Tull released their first live album ‘Bursting Out.’ It was recorded at various locations during the European Heavy Horses tour in May and June of 1978. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1978: Black Sabbath plays at Selland Arena in Fresno, California.
1978: The Linda Ronstadt album ‘Living In The U.S.A.’ is certified platinum.
1979: Def Leppard had their first major live review when UK music weekly Melody Maker reviewed a gig the band had played in Wolverhampton.
1979: Joe Walsh announces his bid for the US presidency, claiming he’ll give everyone free gas if he wins. He was only 33 at the time, younger than the constitutionally-mandated minimum of 35, so he couldn’t have accepted the position regardless.
1980: Geffen Records is formed.
1980: John Lennon signed a new record deal with Geffen Records as he prepared to release ‘Double Fantasy,’ his first album of new material in six years.
1981: King Crimson released their 8th studio album, ‘Discipline.’ It reached #45 on the Billboard 200 Top albums chart.
1982: The Who kicked off their farewell tour at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD, a 40 date trip that will gross $23 million. They would later begin touring on and off again in 1989.
1983: During a UK comeback tour The Everly Brothers appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In the audience, Paul and Linda McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, and Mickey Dolenz.
1984: Queen’s Freddie Mercury makes a mis-step at the Europhalle in Hanover, Germany and falls down some stairs. Despite badly injuring his knee, he finishes the rest of the show.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100includes Dan Hartman’s ‘I Can Dream About You’ #47, Ratt’s ‘Round And Round’ #43, Dennis DeYoung’s ‘Desert Moon’ #39, The Fixx’s ‘Are We Ourselves?’ #28, Ray Parker Jr.’s ‘Ghostbusters’ #13, The Cars’ ‘Drive’ #5, John Waite’s ‘Missing You’ #1
1985: The first Farm Aid took place in Champaign, Illinois. Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan, along with Sammy Hagar (with guest Eddie Van Halen) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell, John Fogerty, Bonnie Raitt and many more inaugurated the charity concert, which raised ten-million dollars for beleaguered farmers and became an annual event.
1986: Alice Cooper releases his 16th studio album, ‘Constrictor.’ It was Alice Cooper’s first album to feature Kane Roberts on guitar. and it reached #59 on the Billboard chart.
1987: Kreator released their 3rd studio album, ‘Terrible Certainty.’
1987: The Grateful Dead play at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1989: Bruce Springsteen joined reggae legend Jimmy Cliff at Cliff’s concert at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. They sang Cliff’s song ‘Trapped.’
1990: Nirvana played their biggest gig to date at the Motor Sports International Garage in Seattle opening for The Melvins. It was their one and only show with Dan Peters of Mudhoney on drums. Dave Grohl would audition for the band soon after.
1991: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Boston Garden in Boston.
1992: Extreme released their 3rd album ‘III Sides To Every Story.’ The album reached #10 on the Billboard chart.
1992: Bruce Springsteen was at the Warner Hollywood Studios stage #4 to do a taping of MTV’s ‘Unplugged.’ Bruce started the show playing a solo acoustic version of ‘Red Headed Woman.’ Then, he decided that he wanted his touring band to come out and play with him. He didn’t like the way the rehearsals had gone when everything was acoustic, so he decided to use the full band and play a full ‘plugged in’ concert. MTV had to change the name of this episode to ‘Plugged.’
1992: Def Leppard have to cancel two US shows in Las Cruces, NM & Tucson, AZ after their sound-equipment truck was found abandoned. One of the bands driver’s had attempted to rob a store and was later charged of possessing drugs and criminal damage.
1995: Kansas singer & keyboardist Steve Walsh was charged with DUI, possession of cocaine and driving with a suspended license in Atlanta after crashing his car on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard at 4 p.m.
1996: Marilyn Manson released the single ‘The Beautiful People.’
1998: White Zombie break up, as assist Sean Yseult confirms that the 13-year-old hard rock group has decided to split.
1998: Queens of the Stone Age released their self-titled debut album.
1998: KISS released their 18th studio album, ‘Psycho Circus.’
1998: Jag Panzer released the album ‘The Age Of Mastery.’ It features Chris Broderick on guitar.
1999: Bono met The Pope at the Vatican. The Pope offered his support for Bono’s Third World-debt-ending initiative Jubilee 2000. He also stole the U2 singer’s sunglasses.
1999: There was a temporary Clash reunion as Mick Jones, Joe Strummer and Paul Simon were all seen in the same room at the same time at the London premiere of the Clash documentary ‘Westway to the World.’
2000: The Red Hot Chili Peppers play the last night of their American tour in Seattle.
2000: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and his singer/actress wife, Patsy Kensit, obtain a quickie divorce in London Divorce Court.
2001: System Of A Down’s ‘Toxicity’ topped the Billboard 200 album charts.
2002: Sting receives an Emmy for the A&E documentary, ‘Sting in Tuscany: All This Time.’ He dedicates his award to his “dear late friend Timothy White.”
2003: Jack Osbourne, Blink-182’s Travis Barker and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath watch British band the Darkness make their West Coast debut at Los Angeles’ Roxy Theatre.
2003: Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora became co-owners of the Arena Football League expansion team, the Philadelphia Soul.
2003: Mike Smith, lead vocalist for the Dave Clark 5, undergoes surgery to repair three broken vertebrae in his neck, suffered in a fall at his home in Spain.
2004: Europe released their 6th studio album, ‘Start from the Dark.’ It was their 1st album of new material since 1991’s ‘Prisoners in Paradise.’
2004: Cat Stevens, who now goes by the name of Yusuf Islam, was escorted from a diverted transatlantic flight and refused entry into America by FBI agents. His name showed up on a US watch list after United Airlines Flight 919 had taken off from London. The flight landed in Maine where Islam, who was traveling with his 21-year-old daughter, was detained and questioned.
2005: Jimmy Page was made an honorary citizen of Rio de Janeiro for his work helping its street children. He opened Casa Jimmy (Jimmy’s House) in 1998 which had so far supported more than 300 children.
2005: The Concert for Katrina Relief in Los Angeles has Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Queens Of The Stone Age leader Josh Homme, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes and Fiona Apple. Grohl’s set includes a solo acoustic version of the Foo Fighters’ “Best of You,” and, with help from Homme and Hughes, a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Born On The Bayou.’ All net proceeds go to the American Red Cross.
2006: ‘Jackass: Number Two’ opens in theaters. Wolfmother’s single, ‘Joker & The Thief,’ is featured on the soundtrack.
2006: The Big Bopper, who died in the plane crash with Buddy Holly, is honored with a historical marker in his home town of Beaumont, Texas.
2006: Alice In Chains head out on a 40 show U.S. tour that starts in Vegas. William DuVall replaces late AIC frontman Layne Staley. “We’ve gone through our struggles and losses, and we also climbed some serious peaks,” says guitarist Jerry Cantrell. “It would be great if my buddy was here, but I didn’t have a choice in that.”
2006: Neil Young is named Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Association’s fifth annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The event recognizes outstanding achievements in Blues, Bluegrass , Folk, Country and other forms of American roots music.
2007: Paul Rodgers marries Cynthia Kereluk, former Miss Canada.
2008: Kid Rock announces that he has teamed up with the Michigan Brewing Co. to help him produce a line of beers. Rock is directly involved in the project. “He’s giving me direction, he’s tasting the beers,” reports brewery owner Bobby Mason. “It’s his idea, it’s his concept.”
2008: A David Gilmour signature guitar by Fender is in music stores. “I told Fender that it was just an ordinary Strat,” says Gilmour. “But…they’ve done a great job of re-creating it.”
2009: Three Days Grace issue ‘Life Starts Now.’ The follow-up to their platinum-certified 2006 album, ‘One-X,’ was produced by Howard Benson.
2009: Five Finger Death Punch released the album ‘War Is The Answer.’
2010: Linkin Park’s 4th studio album, ‘A Thousand Suns,’ is #1 on the Billboard Top Alternative Albums Chart.
2010: Though rumored for months and discussed for weeks, the official announcement arrives that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is a Season 10 American Idol judge. He joins fellow newcomer Jennifer Lopez and the last standing original judge, Randy Jackson.
2011: To celebrate the Facebook and Spotify’s partnership, Sean Parker (Facebook) hosts “A Celebration of Music” in a San Francisco warehouse. The invite only affair has The Killers and Jane’s Addiction, among others.
2011: Paul McCartney’s adds another string to his bow when his ballet ‘Ocean’s Kingdom’ is performed in New York.
2012: The 27th annual Farm Aid draws 30,000 to Central Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark Stadium to benefit family farmers. Aside from founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, there are performances by Grace Potter And The Nocturnals and Dave Matthews. “We have to convince kids that the real future of America is to rebel, to be a farmer,” Young says. “It’s a mission from God.”
2012: Glenn Hughes, Joe Satriani, Mike Portnoy, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Yngwie Malmsteen and Zakk Wylde, Corey Taylor, Doug Aldrich, Billy Duffy, Brian Tichy, Nicko McBrain, Paul Gilbert, Phil Campbell, Kerry King, Marshall’s own Nick Bowcott and more are on hand to help Marshall, the amplifier manufacturer, celebrate their 50th anniversary with a concert at Wembley Arena in London. The show culminates with a jam of Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water.’
2015: Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland is sued by a law firm for alleged unpaid fees ($50,000) regarding the singer’s 2013 legal fight that followed his firing from STP.
2015: Imagine Dragons are the musical guest on the debut of ABC’s ‘The Muppets.’
2015: David Bowie announces that he has written and recorded an original song for the European TV series ‘The Last Panthers.’ It’s the artist’s first song specifically for a television/film project in over 20 years.
2016: Nearly twenty years after its release, Weezer’s ‘Pinkerton’ album officially goes platinum (sales of one million units). It was the group’s ’96 follow-up to their self-titled debut.
2016: As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis files a $35 million lawsuit against a medical team who he alleges denied him medication after he was jailed in ‘14 for plotting to have his wife murdered. Lambesis claims that negligent behavior and a failure to log his request for medication led to him suffer from gynecomastia—an enlargement of his breasts due to a hormonal imbalance.
2017: The Killers’ fifth album, ‘Wonderful Wonderful,’ is released. According to frontman Brandon Flowers the set presents “the more tender side” of the band.
2017: Foo Fighters’ ‘Concrete And Gold’ debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2017: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe, debuts his radio show ‘The Power Remains.’
2017: Ex-Corrosion Of Conformity singer Eric Eycke, passes away. He’s heard on the group’s ‘84 debut album, ‘Eye For An Eye.’
1905: The first regular column devoted to music appeared in Billboard magazine. Up until then, the publication’s main topics were the outdoor advertising industry and live entertainment at circuses and fairs.
1953: The Spaniels record ‘Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight,’ which will reach the US Top 30 next year despite competition from a Pop-style, Gold record version by the McGuire Sisters. The song became well known again in the late 1970’s as the closing song performed by Sha Na Na on their weekly variety show as well as its appearance in ‘American Graffiti’ and again in the late 1980’s after its use in the hit film ‘Three Men and a Baby.’
1956: Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees begins his television career as a child actor with the premiere of NBC’s ‘Circus Boy’ series.
1957: Buddy Holly and The Crickets go to #1 on the US singles chart with ‘That’ll Be The Day.’ The hit was written by Holly, Jerry Allison (one of the Crickets – their drummer) and Norman Petty. The title is taken from a phrase used by John Wayne in the film ‘The Searchers.’
1966: The Rolling Stones kicked off a British tour at London’s Royal Albert Hall, supported by an all-star cast that included Ike & Tina Turner, The Yardbirds, Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers, The Kings of Rhythm Orchestra and more. The Stones had to leave the stage after ten minutes when hundreds of fans rushed forward. Eventually, calm was restored and the Stones came out to perform a complete set.
1967: The Mothers Of Invention appeared at the Royal Albert Hall London making their UK live debut.
1967: The Strawberry Alarm Clock perform ‘Incense And Peppermints’ on American Bandstand.
1967: The Doors release ‘People Are Strange’ as a single. The single peaked at the #12 position of the U.S. Hot 100 chart. It was written by Jim Morrison and Robby Krieger although credit was given to The Doors evenly.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Corn Exchange in Chelmsford, Essex, England.
1967: The Box Tops hit #1 on the U.S. charts with their single ‘The Letter.’ The song knocked ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ by Bobbie Gentry out of the top spot and spent 4 weeks at #1. The record went on to sell over four million copies and receive two Grammy nominations. It was also a Top 10 hit for Joe Cocker in 1970.
1968: The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun In Your Hand,’ (working title of ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’). The title came from the cover of a gun magazine that producer George Martin showed Lennon. Jim Morrison from The Doors came to visit The Beatles in the studio and watched them recording.
1969: Illinois’ Northern Star newspaper featured an article by a journalist who rounded up the clues that pointed to the death of Paul McCartney. It included: a mumble that sounded like “I buried Paul” in the fade to ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and other numerous things that had to do with walruses. The story claimed that McCartney had died on November 9, 1966 in a car crash and had been replaced by a British look-alike named William Campbell.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Fillmore East in New York.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band’s 2nd album, ‘Idlewild South’ is released.
1970: Mick Jagger met Bianca Rose Perez Moreno de Macias for the first time after she performed with The Rolling Stones at the Paris Olympia. They would get married the following year and divorce in 1979.
1971: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at The Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
1972: Mott the Hoople performed at Liverpool Stadium in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.
1972: Mott the Hoople released their single ‘All the Young Dudes.’ The song was written for them by David Bowie to encourage the band to stay together. The tune became their biggest hit and peaked at #37. Several punk bands cited Mott as an influence, including The Clash.
1973: Genesis played at Stadttheater in Osnabrück, Germany.
1974: Robbie McIntosh, founder member of the Average White Band died of a heroin overdose at a Hollywood party. He snorted what he a thought was cocaine but was actually pure heroin.
1974: John Lennon records ‘Whatever Gets You Thru The Night’ at the Record Plant in New York City.
1974: Elvis Presley goes on a $100,000 shopping spree in Memphis and buys six Lincoln Continentals and five Cadillacs and distributes them among his friends.
1975: For the first time, Bruce Springsteen plays a medley of Little Richard songs in the style of Mitch Ryder to close out a show. This would become known as the “Detroit Medley” and become a regular part of his show for about 10 years.
1976: AC/DC played at the Musikhalle in Hamburg, Germany.
1976: The Grateful Dead performed at Cameron Indoor Stadium, on the campus of Duke University, a gym better known for the basketball played there, than as a music venue.
1977: Yes played at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1977: The Rolling Stones release the album ‘Love You Live.’
1977: Steely Dan release their 6th album album ‘Aja.’ It goes on to sell over 5 million copies and wins a Grammy in 1978. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #5 on the UK Albums chart. In July 1978, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording. In 2003, the album was ranked #145 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. On April 6, 2011, the album was deemed by the Library of Congress to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” and added to the United States National Recording Registry for the year 2010.
1978: Thin Lizzy with opener AC/DC played at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri
1978: Boston, Black Sabbath, Van Halen and Sammy Hagar rock Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California in front of 56,000.
1978: Blondie’s 3rd studio album, ‘Parallel Lines’ is released. It reached #6 on The Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #1 on the UK Albums chart. Two singles reached the Billboard Hot 100 – ‘Heart Of Glass’ (#1) and ‘One Way Or Another’ (#24). It was ranked at #140 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1978: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Eddie Money’s ‘Two Tickets To Paradise’ at #72, Rolling Stones’ ‘Beast Of Burden’ #35, The Who’s ‘Who Are You’ #29, The Cars’ ‘Just What I Needed’ #27, Aerosmith’s ‘Come Together’ #25, Foreigner’s ‘Double Vision’ #67 (debut) & ‘Hot Blooded’ #8.
1979: Van Halen performed at the Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1980: David Bowie opened a three month run on Broadway in ‘The Elephant Man.’
1980: Bob Marley collapsed on stage during a concert at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Marley had collapsed in New York’s Central Park while jogging two days prior and was told to immediately cancel the US leg, but flew to Pittsburgh to perform one final performance. This was the last time Marley ever appeared on stage performing. Marley died of cancer in May 1981.
1981: Blue Oyster Cult played at the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse, New York.
1981: Frank Zappa’s double album, ‘You Are What You Is’ is released. It reached #93 on the Billboard 200 Top albums chart.
1982: Roxy Music appeared at Wembley Arena in London.
1983: Rush performed Radio City Music Hall in New York.
1986: Boston release their 3rd album, ‘Third Stage.’ It went to #1 on the Billboard 200 where it stayed for four weeks. The first track on ‘Third Stage’, ‘Amanda,’ was actually written in 1980 (when Boston began work on the album) and became the band’s only #1 single. The track reached and stayed at #1 for two weeks in November 1986. It was followed by the second Top 10 single from the album, ‘We’re Ready,’ which reached #9 in 1987.
1989: Tom Petty’s ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream’ fails to crack the U.S. Top 20. It peaks at #23.
1989: Skid Row peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their self-titled debut album which went on to sell five million copies in the U.S. On the same day they peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ’18 and Life’ which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1990: Megadeth release their 9th single, ‘Holy Wars…The Punishment Due.’ The song peaked at #24 on the UK’s Official Charts. ‘The Punishment Due’ is based on the popular Marvel comic book character, the Punisher.
1990: Nelson (Rick Nelson’s twin sons, Gunnar and Matthew) top Billboard magazine’s Hot 100, becoming the second generation of Nelsons to top the charts.
1991: Guitarist and songwriter Izzy Stradlin left Guns N’ Roses shortly after the release of their double albums ‘Use Your Illusion I and II.’
1991: Kyuss release their 1st full length album ‘Wretch.’
1991: Europe release their 5th studio album, ‘Prisoners in Paradise.’
1992: Skid Row released the EP ‘B-Side Ourselves.’
1992: Actress Darryl Hannah breaks up with Jackson Browne, claiming he assaulted her.
1994: Oasis begin their first U.S. tour in Seattle, at a place in the city’s Capital Hill district called Moe’s.
1997: The Rolling Stones kicked off their ‘Bridges to Babylon Tour’ at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Opening acts for the North American tour include Sheryl Crow, The Dave Matthews Band, The Smashing Pumpkins, Jamiroquai, Blues Traveler and Foo Fighters.
1997: Dream Theatre’s 4th studio album, ‘Falling Into Infinity” is released. It was the band’s first and only studio album to feature keyboardist Derek Sherinian.
1998: Elvis Presley, once rejected by the Grand Old Opry, is posthumously inducted into Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame.
2001: Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks nearly two-weeks earlier in New York and Washington, D.C a full-page ad in the New York Times reads: “Imagine the people living in peace.” Placed by Yoko Ono, the message is from her late husband’s (John Lennon) song ‘Imagine.’
2003: Alice Cooper released his 23rd album, ‘The Eyes of Alice Cooper.’ The album featured drummer Eric Singer.
2004: Alter Bridge embark on a North American tour.
2004: Slipknot’s Corey Taylor issued a statement denying he was dead. Rumors started after a DJ in Des Moines announced that the singer had died of a drug overdose, which then became a fatal car crash.
2004: Alice In Chains members Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney and an acoustic Queensryche perform at the No Vote Left Behind festival. Proceeds from the four day Seattle event benefit political campaigns for progressive candidates and the Democratic National Committee.
2004: Elton John runs afoul of the Taiwan media calling them “rude vile pigs.” When John arrives at Taipei’s Chiang Kai-shek International Airport he is angry that police didn’t hold the media back and protect him “from the ensuing chaos.”
2004: In a formal letter, Paul McCartney asks California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to ban the French delicacy foie gras. The former Beatle urges the governor to make California the first state to outlaw the pate made from geese and duck livers. Foie Gras is produced by force-feeding the birds to expand their livers, a practice McCartney calls “inhumane.” 2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Who co-headline the first-ever U.S. edition of the Virgin Festival. Wolfmother and the Raconteurs also perform at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course. The event is sponsored by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.
2006: Neil Young was named Artist Of The Year at the 5th annual Americana Honors and Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. The 60-year-old singer-songwriter released the protest album ‘Living With War’ a few months earlier.
2007: The CBS crime drama ‘Cold Case’ uses Nirvana songs exclusively. “Nirvana’s music not only evokes the era when this case’s killings took place but brings a starkness and poetry to the story that deeply enhances it,” says Cold Case executive producer Veena Sud.
2008: Metal Church released their 9th studio album, ‘This Present Wasteland.’ This is their first album to feature guitarist Rick Van Zandt.
2008: Trivium released the album ‘Shogun.’It was their last album to feature original drummer Travis Smith. The album reached #23 on the Billboard chart.
2008: Tom Delonge of Angels & Airwaves joins Rivers Cuomo on stage to sing ‘Undone – The Sweater Song’ as Weezer opens their ‘Troublemaker’ tour in Lowell, Massachusetts.
2008: ‘The Essential Now That’s What I Call Christmas!’ is released, containing Elton John’s ‘Step Into Christmas,’ Paul McCartney’s ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over).’
2008: The mayor of Columbus, IN, gives John Mellencamp the key to the city prior to the singer-songwriter’s concert at the Crump Theatre. Mellencamp performs a career-spanning set for the special, ‘Back Where We Started,’ shown on the Biography Channel.
2009: 14 re-mastered Beatles albums and boxed sets sold more than 2.25 million copies during the first five days they were on sale in North America, Japan and the UK, prompting EMI Music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti to declare that “Beatlemania has returned.”
2009: Former child star Mackenzie Phillips revealed that she maintained a consensual sexual relationship with her father, John Phillips of The Mamas And Papas, for more than a decade. Philips also said that her father, who died in 2001, introduced her to drugs at the age of 11, teaching her how to roll joints and injecting her with cocaine.
2010: Linkin Park’s 4th album ‘A Thousand Suns’ debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart selling 241,000 copies in its first week.
2010: Director Cameron Crowe and Heart singer/guitarist Nancy Wilson file for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. In the document Wilson lists their official separation as 6/15/08. Married 22 years the couple has twin sons.
2011: VH1 celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ by premiering the concert movie ‘Nirvana: Live At The Paramount’ (filmed at Seattle’s Paramount Theater on Halloween in ’91).
2011: Universal Studios theme park in L.A. unveils an ‘Alice Cooper Welcome To My Nightmare’ attraction. It’s a “spooky” maze containing snakes, spiders, guillotines and electric chairs. “As a life-long Alice Cooper fan who’s been motivated and inspired by his craft, I am absolutely thrilled by this incredible opportunity,” says Universal Studios creative director John Murdy. The attraction runs through Halloween.
2013: Dream Theater released their self-titled 12th studio album. It debuted at #7 on the Billboard chart.
2013: Ray Charles is honored by the United States Postal Service with a commemorative stamp as part of their Music Icons series.
2013: Journey guitarist Neal Schon is inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Schon was born at Tinker Air force Base outside of Oklahoma City. He later relocated to San Francisco where he joined Santana and later was a founding member of Journey.
2013: Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California was shut down for a 15-song set by Paul McCartney on the roof of the El Capitan Theatre that followed his appearance on TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. An estimated crowd of 10,000 listened from the street.
2014: Lenny Kravitz releases ‘Strut,’ his 10th album. “This record brought me back to what I love so much about music, back to the feelings I had when I was in high school,” Kravitz explains.
2014: Pearl Jam, Phish and Dave Matthews support National Voter Registration Day to ‘get the millennial vote out’ for the mid-term elections.
2014: It’s David Bowie Day in Chicago. The decree from Mayor Rahm Emanuel coincides with ‘David Bowie Is,’ a retrospective exhibit at the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
2015: Columbia Records announced the release of ‘Alone In The Universe,’ the first new album by ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) in fifteen years.
2015: Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is declared the most iconic song of all time by researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London. Songs were evaluated using analytical software to compare their key, beats per minute, chord variety, lyrical content, and sonic variance. John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ is second.
2015: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is a guest on the season four premiere of ABC’s Nashville. He appears as himself.
2015: Drummer Bobby Blotzer confirms that he’s taken over the Ratt name following a five-year trademark battle with former singer Stephen Pearcy, who quit in 2014. However, Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini says that he is “totally against” Blotzer’s decision to use the Ratt name for the drummer’s “tribute band” and takes steps “to prevent any further misuse.”
1957: The movie ‘Mister Rock And Roll,’ starring the famous disc jockey Alan Freed, debuts in America. In the film, Freed tells the story of Rock and Roll, with performances by Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon and Brook Benton.
1957: The Elvis Presley classic, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ was released. It became his 9th U.S. #1 single and stayed 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.
1962: Elvis Presley gets an invitation to appear at the Royal Variety Performance in the UK which is attended by members of the British Royal Family. Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker graciously declined, citing motion picture commitments. The actual reason was that Parker was an illegal Dutch immigrant living in the United States who feared he might not be allowed to return if he left the country.
1965: Bob Dylan played the first night on a 36 date North American tour at Austin Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas.
1965: The Rolling Stones kicked of a 24-date UK tour at The Astoria, London with The Spencer Davis Group, Unit Four + 1 and The Checkmates.
1966: Jimi Hendrix arrives in London with manager Chas chandler on a flight from New York City. With only the clothes he was wearing, Hendrix had sold his other belongings to pay a hotel bill in New York. One of the first things he does after arriving in England is to legally change his name from James to Jimi.
1966: The Rolling Stones ‘Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?’ b/w ‘Who’s Driving My Plane’ 45 single is released.
1966: The Beatles ‘Eleanor Rigby’ peaks at #11. It was the first Beatles’ release that none of the group played instruments on, although John and George did contribute harmony vocals. A string section of studio musicians, composed of four violins, two cellos and two violas, performed a score composed by producer George Martin. Paul wrote most of the song, but it was Ringo who came up with “Writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear.”
1966: The Association had their first #1 single with ‘Cherish.’ The song had been released in August and within two months would be a million seller, remaining at the top of the US Pop charts for nearly a month. Oddly, it did not do well overseas, perhaps because of poor distribution. Only when the song was re-recorded by David Cassidy in 1971, did ‘Cherish’ become an international hit.
1967: The Beatles film the dance scene to their song ‘Your Mother Should Know’ for their film ‘Magical Mystery Tour.’ With The Beatles all dressed in white suits and shoes, gliding down a glittery staircase as 160 members of Peggy Spencer’s dance team swirled round about. Paul McCartney stokes the rumors that he is dead by wearing a black carnation while the other guys wear red.
1968: The Beatles hit #1 on the Billboard singles chart with ‘Hey Jude.’
1969: Pink Floyd performed at Stadsgehoorzaal in Leiden, The Netherlands.
1970: The Rolling Stones played at Palais des Sport in Paris.
1970: Ringo Starr releases his 2nd solo album, ‘Beaucoups of Blues,’ which will reach #65 on the Billboard Hot 200 during a 15 week stay. British fans virtually ignored the Country flavored effort, and the LP failed to chart at all in the UK.
1971: T.Rex released their album ‘Electric Warrior.’ It was their sixth studio album, being the 2nd album under the name ‘T. Rex’, with the first four billed as ‘Tyrannosaurus Rex.’
1971: Yes appeared at Queen’s Hall in Barnstable, Devon, England.
1975: Rush release their 3rd studio album, ‘Caress Of Steel.’
1975: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Over My Head’ b/w ‘I’m So Afraid’ 45 single is released.
1976: The Grateful Dead performed at College Hall on the campus of William & Mary College, in Williamsburg, Virginia.
1977: Rush appeared at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1977: Just a month after his death, the first national Elvis Presley convention takes place in Memphis.
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Don’t Stop’ peaks at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1977: E.L.O.’s ‘Telephone Line’ reaches #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1977: Styx release the single ‘Come Sail Away,’ which went on to peak at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart making it their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, New York.
1979: The Eagles release their 6th studio album ‘The Long Run.’ It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and stayed there for 8 weeks, and features three Billboard Hot 100 singles – ‘Heartache Tonight’ (#1), ‘The Long Run’ (#8), and ‘I Can’t Tell You Why’ (#8). This was the first Eagles album not to feature their founding member, Randy Meisner who was replaced by Timothy B. Schmit. The album goes on to sell seven million copies in the U.S. and gives the band a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song ‘Heartache Tonight.’
1980: The mixing of the forthcoming John and Yoko album ‘Double Fantasy’ moved from the Hit Factory in New York City to Record Plant East. During this session, John Lennon gave one of last ever interviews to Lisa Robinson from 97-FM in Buffalo.
1980: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Congress Center Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany.
1983: UB40 scored their first #1 album with ‘Labour Of Love.’
1983: Billy Joel hits #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tell Her About It,’ his second #1. The track is from his ‘Innocent Man’ LP.
1983: ZZ Top’s ‘Eliminator’ goes platinum. The album stays on the chart for over three years. The LP reached #9 on the US album chart and #3 in the UK.
1984: The Honeydrippers release their ‘The Honeydrippers, Vol. I’ EP.
1988: The Hollies went to the top of the UK singles chart with ‘He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother’ after the song was used in a UK TV beer commercial. The record was originally a hit for them in 1969.
1988: Graham Parker opens a solo acoustic tour at the University of Rhode Island.
1989: The group Chopped Liver performed on the L’Chai-To Life telethon in Los Angeles, which featured Bob Dylan on the recorder alongside his son-in-law Peter Himmelman, who is married to Dylan’s daughter Maria, and actor Harry Dean Stanton.
1990: Megadeth release their 4th studio album ‘Rust In Peace.’ It was their first album to feature guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the 33rd Grammy Awards.
1990: AC/DC releases ‘The Razor’s Edge.’ It would reach #2 on the US album charts and is the only album by the band to feature Chis Slade on drums. It’s their 12th studio album and goes on to sell over 5 million copies.
1991: Nirvana release their album ‘Nevermind.’ It entered the chart at #144 on its first week. and peaked at #1 in January 1992. It has now sold over 30 million copies world wide. The single, ‘Come as You Are,’ reached #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Two more singles, ‘Lithium’ and ‘In Bloom’ were released from the album. The idea for the now iconic front cover shot of the baby swimming came after Kurt Cobain and drummer Dave Grohl saw a TV documentary on water babies. Spencer Elden, the 3-month-old son of the photographer’s friend is the baby chosen. Elden’s circumcised penis is visible in the image and Cobain is quoted as saying, “If you’re offended by this, you must be a closet pedophile.”
1991: The Red Hot Chili Peppers release ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik.’ The album sells over 10 million copies worldwide.
1991: The Cult release their 5th studio album, ‘Ceremony.’
1991: Bryan Adams released his 6th studio album, ‘Waking Up The Neighbors.’
1991: Prong released their 3rd album, ‘Prove You Wrong.’
1993: Guns N’ Roses founding member Steven Adler agrees to a $2.5 million settlement in a lawsuit brought against the band and their managers. Adler signed away his interest in the band when he left in 1990 but claimed he was seriously impaired at the time and was taken advantage of. He is also granted 15% of the royalties for everything he recorded prior to his departure.
1994: Host Steve Martin welcomed Eric Clapton on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live where he performs ‘Tore Down’ and ‘Five Long Years.’
1996: 24-7 Spyz released their 5th full length album, ‘Heavy Metal Soul by the Pound.’
1996: Weezer release their 2nd album, the self-produced ‘Pinkerton.’
1996: Sheryl Crow releases her self-titled 2nd album. It contains ‘Love Is a Good Thing,’ which criticizes Wal-Mart’s gun sales policy. As a result, the retailer bans sales of the album at their stores.
1996: ‘That Thing You Do,’ the title track to ‘That Thing You Do!,’ a musical film directed by and starring Tom Hanks, is released. The track is written by Adam Schlesinger, bass player for Fountains of Wayne, and performed by fictional band The Wonders. The song will go on to peak at #41 on the US chart. It will also be nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards but will lose out on both occasions to Madonna’s ‘You Must Love Me,’ from ‘Evita.’
1997: Barry Loukaitis was convicted of shooting and killing two pupils and a teacher at a school in Washington. His defense team claimed he had copied scenes from Pearl Jam’s video ‘Jeremy.’
1997: Sting goes country, performing ‘I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying’ with Toby Keith at the Country Music Association Awards. Earlier in the year, Sting took on hip-hop when he joined Puff Daddy at the MTV Video Music Awards to perform ‘I’ll Be Missing You.’
1998: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler throws out the first pitch at a Cardinals-Expos game in St. Louis.
1998: Elvis Presley is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1998: Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, 33, is sentenced to 150 days in jail for attacking two women in separate domestic violence incidents, which also violates his probation from a 1997 conviction in another domestic violence case. He is additionally sentenced to three years of probation, with the conditions of undergoing a year of domestic violence counseling and a ban on using illegal drugs.
1998: The film ‘SLC Punk!’ premieres in Salt Lake City, Utah. It documents the ’80s punk movement in the western US through the eyes of a narrator. The film becomes a favorite in punk culture for being one of the accurate, if stylized, portrayals of the genre. The soundtrack includes songs by the Ramones, Blondie, The Velvet Underground, Dead Kennedys, and Generation X.
2003: The Dave Matthews Band played at Central Park in New York City, in front of almost 100,000. It was the band’s largest audience to date. The Central Park Concert was later released as an album. The concert was the idea of Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, who volunteered to raise philanthropic funds for the city’s school system.
2003: The Malaysian Ministry of Culture allows Linkin Park to perform in Kuala Lumpur the following month as long as the group doesn’t scream, jump around, wear shorts or do anything even remotely obscene. Sounds like fun.
2003: Stamps designed by John Lennon to support a strike by postal workers are sold for $2,000, double the pre-sale estimate, according to auctioneers at Sotheby’s.
2004: ‘The Strat Pack: Live in Concert’ was held at Wembley Arena in London marking the 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. The concert featured Ronnie Wood, Joe Walsh, Gary Moore, Brian May, David Gilmour, Albert Lee, Paul Rodgers, Andy Fairweather-Low, Hank Marvin, Amy Winehouse and many more.
2004: Carlos Santana attends Pepperdine University’s first annual American Spirit Awards Dinner and Scholarship Benefit at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles. A Santana guitar is auctioned as part of the event that also honors the guitarist and his wife Deborah for their work with their non-profit Milagro Foundation.
2004: Leon Hendrix, brother of guitar great Jimi, is once again left out of the Hendrix estate. A Seattle court rules that Leon, who filed the suit, is not entitled to any part of the estate controlled by his step-sister Janie. Feeling Leon was irresponsible, Al Hendrix, Leon and Jimi’s father, left him out of his will.
2004: Marilyn Manson’s drummer breaks his wrist and suffers a slight concussion in a fall from the stage in Germany. Ginger Fish is taken to a Cologne hospital for treatment and released the following day. Fish, whose real name is Kenny Wilson, is injured as the band performs a cover of Depeche Mode’s ‘Personal Jesus’ at an awards ceremony.
2004: Pearl Jam performs at the No Vote Left Behind festival in Seattle.
2005: Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler hosts the Los Angeles HEART For The South fund-raiser. The event raises money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
2005: Audioslave’s North American trek starts in Bakersfield, CA. Songs from member’s previous bands find their way into the set list. “Between Rage (Against the Machine), Soundgarden and Temple Of The Dog, there’s 11 or 12 (albums) that we could draw from,” says guitarist Tom Morello. “The members of Audioslave are such a critical part of my history as a musician,” claims Seether frontman Shaun Morgan. His group and Kasabian are the opening acts.
2005: Hurricane Rita forces Motley Crue to cancel their Houston show. The storm skims Houston and slams into Port Aurthur.
2007: Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is banned for life from the late Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate after jumping into a private pool on the grounds. The band is visiting the grounds while on tour. “I just wanted to take a dip,” quips Scantlin. He’s dragged out of the pool by very unhappy security personnel.
2007: ZZ Top, David Bowie, Cheap Trick and the Ramones are on the soundtrack to the EA video game ‘Skate.’
2007: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform the first of two pre-tour “rehearsal” benefit concerts at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. These shows are prior to the group’s tour launch.
2007: Down released their 3rd studio album, ‘Down III: Over the Under.’
2008: Theory Of A Deadman score their first #1 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks with ‘Bad Girlfriend.’ The song displaces Metallica’s ‘The Day That Never Comes’ at the top spot. Offspring’s ‘You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid’ hits #1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, knocking off Staind’s ‘Believe.’
2008: The Police top Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s best-paid musicians. Between June ’07 and June ’08, the group earned approximately $115 million. Van Halen and Genesis also land in the Top 10.
2008: London’s Proud Camden Gallery hosts an exhibit featuring 200 photos of Elton John taken by photographer Terry O’Neill. ‘Eltonography: A Life in Pictures’ includes a large number of previously unseen photos.
2009: U2’s concert breaks the attendance record for Giants Stadium. The Irish band draws 84,472 fans, breaking the previous record of 82,948 held by Pope John Paul II.
2010: Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax reprise their 1991 Clash of the Titans trek only now it’s the eighth annual run of the Jagermeister Music Tour. Slayer plays ‘Seasons In The Abyss’ in its entirety each night. Dallas is the first stop.
2012: Steve Harris releases his debut solo album, ‘British Lion.’
2012: Tygers of Pan Tang released their 11th studio album, ‘Ambush.’
2013: Megadeth release their 5th live album, ‘Countdown to Extinction: Live.’ The album was recorded at the Fox Theater in L.A. the previous December during the band’s Countdown To Extinction 20th Anniversary Tour.
2013: Metallica release the soundtrack to their ‘Metallica: Through the Never’ movie.
2013: Dream Theater release their self-titled 12th studio album.
2013: Black Label Society released the live album ‘UnBlackened.’
2013: The album ‘Sammy Hagar And Friends’ is released. It features appearances from Kid Rock, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, Joe Satriani, Ronnie Dunn, Neal Schon, Chad Smith , Michael Anthony, Bill Church & Denny Carmassi (Montrose), The Wabos and more.
2013: Green Day release their documentary ‘Cuatro! on DVD and iTunes The film follows the creation and recording of the band’s album trilogy ‘iUno!,’ ‘iDos!,’ and ‘iTre!’ There’s studio, live and behind-the-scenes footage.
2014: Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi begins his tenure as a Visiting Professor of Music at UK’s Coventry University. Iommi spends a chunk of his first day signing autographs.
2015: All That Remains announce that bassist Jeanne Sagan has left to pursue personal interests. “So after nearly 10 years, Jeanne has decided to close the All That Remains chapter of her life,” says lead vocalist Phil Labonte.
2015: ‘Metallica – Metallica,’ a book on the group’s self-titled ’91 record, also known as ‘The Black Album,’ is published. It contains interviews with band members and producer Bob Rock.
2016: Metallica headline the Global Citizen festival, the annual free¬ event on the Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City. Chris Martin (Coldplay) and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) perform a brief surprise set. The event aims to hold world leaders accountable to the progress made toward achieving the global goals set out by the United Nations.
2016: Avenged Sevenfold and Alice In Chains top the lineup for the first Houston Open Air Festival. Meanwhile, a few hundred miles away, the Texas Mutiny Festival debuts at the Texas Motor Speedway with Hellyeah, Deftones, Chevelle and Pierce The Veil. Out in California, the two-day Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, a combination of Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzfest and Slipknot Knotfest cranks up in San Bernardino. Over 30 people are arrested – mostly for alcohol and other drugs.
2018: Avenged Sevenfold release an alternate version of their song “Mad Hatter” in response to fan complaints over the original version’s mix recorded for the ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4’ video game. The remix has “more clarity” according to singer M. Shadows. The track is also on the band’s ‘Black Reign’ EP.
1954: Elvis Presley released his 2nd single on Sun Records, ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight,’ a song made popular in 1948 by Wynonie Harris.
1954: Elvis Presley performs live on Grand Ole Opry, singing “Blue Moon Of Kentucky.”
1956: Elvis Presley’s ‘Love Me Tender’ becomes the first single to sell a million copies before its release.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’ is lodged at #5 on the pop chart.
1964: Beatles manager Brian Epstein is offered three and one-half million pounds for the group’s contract. Epstein declines.
1965: The half-hour Saturday morning cartoon series, ‘The Beatles,’ premiered on ABC-TV and ran until September of 1969. The first story was titled ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and had the group exploring the ocean floor in a diving bell where they met a lovesick octopus.
1965: The Yardbirds ‘Heart Full Of Soul’ sneaks into the Top 10 (#9) while the Animals’ ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’ peaks at #13.
1965: The Rolling Stones Stones ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’ b/w ‘I’m Free’ 45 single is released.
1967: The Beatles began record ‘The Fool on the Hill’ at Abbey Road studios in London. John and George play harmonicas, Paul plays a recorder and recorded his lead vocal and Ringo plays drums. Paul McCartney would later say “I was writing about someone like Maharishi (Yogi). His detractors called him a fool. Because of his giggle, he wasn’t taken too seriously.”
1967: The Doors release their second album ‘Strange Days.’ It sells one million copies and produces the hits ‘People Are Strange’ and ‘Love Me Two Times.’
1969: John Lennon records ‘Cold Turkey’ with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman and Yoko Ono. Lennon presented the song to Paul McCartney as a potential single for The Beatles, but was refused and released it as a Plastic Ono Band single with sole writing credits to him.
1970: Janis Joplin records ‘Me And Bobby McGee’ at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. She would die nine days later from a drug overdose at age 27.
1970: The pilot episode of The Partridge Family debuts on TV featuring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce and Dave Madden as manager Reuben Kincaid. Johnny Cash makes a cameo in the first episode.
1971: Deep Purple reached #1 on the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with ‘Fireball’ which spent one week on top of the chart.
1971: Cat Stevens releases ‘Peace Train.’ It will reach #7 on the Billboard Pop chart. Outside of America, the song was not issued as a single because Island Records wanted to encourage people to buy the album rather than the 45.
1972: Black Sabbath release their fourth studio album ‘Vol. 4.’ The album cover features a monochrome photograph of Ozzy Osbourne with hands raised. It is the first album produced by guitarist Tony Iommi and goes on to sell over a million copies. Kerrang Magazine listed the album at #48 among the “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time”.
1973: The Rolling Stones’ 6th album ‘Goats Head Soup’ album turns Gold on the strength of the single ‘Angie.’
1974: The J. Geils Band ‘Nightmares…and Other Tales from the Vinyl Jungle’ is released.
1975: 41 year old Jackie Wilson suffers a heart attack while performing at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Ironically, he was in the middle of singing one of his biggest hits, ‘Lonely Teardrops’ and was two words into the line, “….my heart is crying” when he collapsed to the stage, striking his head heavily. He suffered brain damage and lapsed into a coma. Although he never uttered another word, he remained clinging to life for over eight years and died January 21st, 1984.
1976: After five years of recording and touring together, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina play their farewell concert in Hawaii at the end of a 34 city tour.
1976: Wings play a charity concert in St Marks Square, Venice to raise funds for the historic city. The night was a success but the weight of the equipment used by the group caused more damage to the square.
1976: Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Agents Of Fortune’ hits the LP charts.
1976: Boz Scaggs is the musical guest on US TV’s Saturday Night Live, where he performs his hit, ‘Lowdown.’
1976: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. form a band called Feedback in Dublin. They later rename themselves U2.
1976: Black Sabbath released their 7th studio album, ‘Technical Ecstasy.’ The album reached #51 on the Billboard chart. The ballad ‘It’s Alright’ was written and sung by drummer Bill Ward.
1976: Boston’s first LP enters the Billboard album chart where it will climb to #3 and become the fastest-selling debut album in Rock history. The LP contains the hit single ‘More Than a Feeling’ which will reach #5 early next year.
1979: The Cars ‘It’s All I Can Do’ b/w ‘Got A Lot On My Head’ 45 single is released.
1979: The Eagles’ LP, ‘The Long Run’ debuts at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 200 chart. Next week it will hit #1 and dethrone Led Zeppelin’s ‘In Through the Out Door.’ To date, the disc has sold over seven million copies in the US alone.
1980: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham (32) died in his sleep after choking on his own vomit following a day (and night) of heavy drinking. “Bonzo” was found dead at guitarists Jimmy Page’s house after a day and night of what was described as excessive vodka consumption of over 40 shots. His headstone reads, “Cherished memories of a loving husband and father, John Henry Bonham, Who died Sept. 25th 1980 aged 32 years. He will always be remembered in our hearts, Goodnight my Love, God Bless.” Led Zeppelin disbanded by the end of the year, releasing the statement, “We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were.”
1981: The Rolling Stones start their 10th US tour with a concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, where they play to a crowd of 90,000. The trek is filmed and released as ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together.’
1982: Queen are the musical guest ‘Saturday Night Live,’ where they performed ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and ‘Under Pressure.’
1982: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts peak at #20 with a cover of Gary Glitter’s ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah).’
1983: Steeler released their debut album ‘Steeler.’
1989: Billy Joel sues his former manager for $90 million. He charges fraud and a bunch of other stuff. In the end, Joel walks away with $2 million.
1990: Drummer Dave Grohl auditioned for Nirvana and was instantly given the job. Grohl’s last band Scream had recently split-up.
1990: Little Richard gets a street named after him in his native Macon, GA.
1990: Doro released the album ‘Doro.’ The album was produced by Tommy Thayer and Gene Simmons.
1992: Two fans were stabbed, one trampled and 20 arrests were made at a Ozzy Osbourne gig at the State Fair gig in Oklahoma City. Sharon Osbourne blames alcohol sales at the concert for the incident.
1993: The US Postal Service issues a Patsy Cline commemorative stamp
1993: Nirvana performs on Saturday Night Live. It’s guitarist Pat Smear’s debut appearance with the group. They performed ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ and ‘Rape Me.’
1995: Courtney Love was given a one-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, fined $1000 and ordered to attend a anger management course after being found guilty of assaulting Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Hanna. Love had flicked a cigarette at Hanna, pelted her with candy, and punched her in the face. She later posted a rant referring to Hanna as “Ratface.”
1995: Iron Maiden released the single ‘Man On The Edge.’ It was the first single the band released with Blaze Bayley on vocals. It reached #10 on the UK Official Charts.
1998: Johnny Cash suffers a relapse of pneumonia and is admitted to a Nashville hospital.
1999: Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman became the first major artist to release an album on his own personalised digital MP3 player. The matchbox-sized device with no moving parts was one of the smallest of its kind in the world and featured encryption software designed in the UK to prevent piracy.
1999: Stephen Canaday of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils is killed in a plane crash. He was 55. Canaday, who not only played with the Daredevils but managed them and got them signed, was flying in a vintage WW II plane when the pilot failed to maintain speed which resulted in a stall.
2000: Ozzy Osbourne formally requested that Black Sabbath be removed from the nomination list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Calling the inclusion “meaningless”, Osbourne went on to say “Let’s face it. Black Sabbath have never been media darlings. We’re a people’s band and that suits us just fine.” They were eventually inducted in 2006.
2001: The voice of Bob Marley ushers satellite radio onto the air, promising listeners greater variety on the dial – for a price – with the launch of XM Satellite Radio. It is the first worldwide broadcast of a satellite radio station.
2001: For the first time ever, the Recording Academy agrees to accept a downloadable single for Grammy consideration. Virgin Records releases two singles: ‘Dig In,’ by Lenny Kravitz and ‘God Gave Me Everything’ by Mick Jagger are released to digital retailers via Liquid Audio.
2001: Saxon released the album ‘Killing Ground.’
2003: The 3rd generation of Styx begins with the announcement that Ricky Phillips, formerly with Bad English and The Babys, has joined the group, replacing departing guitarist/vocalist Glen Burtnik (2nd generation). Burtnik started his Styx career as a replacement for Tommy Shaw (1st generation).
2003: Robert Palmer dies in Paris of a heart attack. Best known for the hits “Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)” and “Addicted To Love,” Palmer also fronted Power Station. He was 54.
2006: Steven Tyler guest stars on ‘Two and a Half Men’ playing Charlie Sheen’s obnoxious next door neighbor. Tyler is a rowdy rocker who plays loud music and causes problems for Sheen’s character.
2006: U2 and Green Day perform together during the pre-game show of ESPN’s Monday Night Football to celebrate the reopening of the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans after the city was flooded during a hurricane.
2006: ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’, a musical based on Bob Dylan’s songs, previews on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater. The show closes quickly.
2007: Steven Tyler partners with AC Custom Motorcycles and automotive engineer Mark Dirico to form the Red Wing Motorcycle Company. The handcrafted bikes are custom designed and autographed by Tyler.
2007: Foo Fighters release their 6th album, ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace,’ containing the single, ‘The Pretender.’
2007: Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx publishes ‘The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star.’ The book covers fame and his addiction to hard drugs.
2007: Pearl Jam release ‘Immagine In Cornice (Picture In A Frame).’ The 13-track DVD documents their ’06 tour of Italy.
2008: Paul McCartney plays Tel Aviv, his first-ever performance in Israel, to commemorate the country’s 60th anniversary. A planned mid-60’s Beatles concert was cancelled due to fears the Fab Four might corrupt the Israel’s youth. This time around, Palestinian groups protest the concert and there is even a death threat. Fortunately, the show goes off without a hitch.
2008: Bono exhibits righteous anger regarding the U.S. government’s bailout of reckless financial institutions. “It is extraordinary to me that you can find $700 billion to save Wall Street, and the entire G8 (group of nations) can’t find $25 billion to save 25,000 children who die every day of preventable, treatable disease and hunger,” says the U2 singer at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.
2008: Farm Aid’s board of directors, which includes Neil Young and John Mellencamp, draft an open letter urging Congress to divert its focus from the corporate-sector payout (caused by insanely reckless financial practices) and look into supplying family farms with $1 billion. “When farms thrive, Main Street businesses and local communities thrive,” reads the message.
2008: MySpace Music, the all-in-one music service/social network, finally becomes a reality as it launches after agreeing to a deal with EMI, the last major label holdout.
2009: Alice In Chains ‘Black Gives Way To Blue’ album is released. It’s the group’s first with vocalist/guitarist William DuVall, who replaced the late Layne Staley.The album debuted at #5 on the #Billboard chart.
2010: Bush play their first concert since 2002 (the year the band broke up) at the Epicenter Twenty Ten Festival in Fontana, CA. The lineup features two original members, Gavin Rossdale and Robin Goodridge, plus Chris Traynor and Corey Britz. There are also sets by Blink-182, Papa Roach, Bad Religion, 30 Seconds To Mars and KISS, who broadcast the final North American date of their Hottest Show on Earth trek through the Facebook game Nightclub City.
2011: Disturbed frontman David Draiman marries Lena Yada, a model, actress, WWE wrestler and professional tandem surfer.
2012: Neil Young’s ‘Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream’ is available. Publisher’s Weekly calls the book a “high-spirited, and reflective memoir.”
2012: ‘Too Much Horror Business,’ Kirk Hammett’s ode to horror movies, is out. The Metallica guitarist undertakes a series of book-signings to promote his work.
2012: Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez speak during the ceremony in front of the Musician’s Institute.
2013: Christine McVie performs with Fleetwood Mac for the first time since retiring in 1998 when the group plays London’s O2 Arena.
2013: Kurt Cobain’s childhood home in Aberdeen, Washington went up for sale. Cobain’s mother Wendy O’Connor and sister Kim Cobain put the East 1st St. house on the market for $500,000 in hopes of connecting with someone who would turn it into a museum.
2015: Don Henley release ‘Cass County.’ It’s his first album of solo material since20’00 and his first ever Country effort.
2015: David Gilmour’s solo album, ‘Rattle That Lock,’ is #1 in the U.K. It’s his second #1. The first was 2006’s ‘On A Island.’
2015: The documentary ‘Mission To Lars’ was released.
2015: All That Remains announced they have recruited Bury Your Dead bassist Aaron Patrick to replace Jeanne Segan, whose departure was revealed earlier in the week. Patrick plays on the band’s HardDrive Live Fallout Tour.
2017: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler collapses after the band’s show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The singer is rushed to the U.S. and the remainder of the band’s South American tour is cancelled. Reports he had a seizure or heart attack are denied.
2017: Prophet’s Of Rage’s self-titled debut album, enters Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart at #16 on sales of 21,000 copies. However, the album does much better on the international charts: U.K. (#6), France (#8), Germany (#14), New Zealand (#4) and Australia (#11). The group consists of Rage Against The Machine’s bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk, plus two members of Public Enemy, DJ Lord and Rapper Chuck D, and Rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill.
2017: The late Chris Cornell is honored at the L.A. Chefs For Human Rights Dinner for his song ‘The Promise,’ which is heard in the film of the same name about the Armenian Genocide. The organization helps rebuild the lives of torture survivors from around the world. 2017: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea presents his memoir, ‘Acid For The Children.’ His publisher says the book “tells his fascinating life story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you’d expect from an L.A. street rat turned world-famous Rock star.”
1887: Emile Berliner, a 36 year old German immigrant living in Washington DC, applies for a patent on his invention, the gramophone. The machine was the first to play flat discs as opposed to Thomas Edison’s wax cylinder apparatus. The patent would be granted in November.
1908: The first stereo advertisement for an Edison Phonograph, appears in the Saturday Evening Post.
1928: Operations began at Chicago’s new Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, where work would take place on the first mass-produced, commercial car radio. In 1930, Galvin would introduce the Motorola to the Radio Manufacturers Association’s annual meeting in Atlantic City.
1956: Fats Domino’s version of ‘Blueberry Hill’ enters the Billboard Pop chart where it will reach #2. The song had been written in 1940 and was recorded by several artists including The Glenn Miller Orchestra who took it to #1 in 1941.
1956: It’s Elvis Presley Day in Tupelo, Mississippi, where the singer was born. He is given a key to the city and performs at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show.
1961: The Greenbriar Boys started a two-week residency at Gerde’s Folk Club in New York. The opening act was Bob Dylan.
1964: The Kinks released their single ‘You Really Got Me.’ It became their first American hit and peaked at #7.
1964: Roy Orbison’s ‘(Oh) Pretty Woman’ hits #1 on the Billboard charts. It has three week run at the top spot. The title was inspired by Orbison’s wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out. When Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected “A pretty woman never needs any money.”
1964: Herman’s Hermits were at the top of the British singles chart with ‘I’m Into Something Good.’ the group’s only UK #1. The song was recorded earlier in the year by Earl-Jean McCrea, who had been the lead singer of the R&B vocal group The Cookies. Her version peaked at #38 in the US.
1964: The Rolling Stones ‘Time Is On My Side’ b/w ‘Congratulations’ is released.
1965: The Who are scheduled to play an 8pm show at the Aarhus Hallen in Aarhus. The audience pelts the opening acts with bottles and trash and turns into a rioting mob by the time The Who take the stage. The band makes it through half of one song before fleeing for their lives, as the audience storms the stage and smashes the instruments. Pete later calls it “the best concert we ever played in Denmark.” Backstage Roger angrily blames the others for the group’s problems calling them “pillheads,” an appropriate description at the time. Roger grabs Keith’s supply of speed tablets and flushes them down the toilet. Keith goes for Roger’s throat. Security has to be called in break up the fisticuffs. Nevertheless, they all rush to Aalborg, taking the Fredrikstorv stage to play a 9:30pm show. Back in the UK, Pete, John and Keith demand that Roger be kicked out of the Who. The managers talk them into allowing Roger to continue for now while they look for another singer.
1965: During a UK tour, The Rolling Stones appeared at Colston Hall in Bristol.
1967: Pink Floyd played the first of three nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco, the groups first ever live dates in the US.
1968: Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was found guilty of marijuana possession. A judge fined him 150 dollars.
1968: Dusty Springfield enters a recording studio in Memphis to lay down tracks for what will prove to be the critically acclaimed LP ‘Dusty In Memphis.’ which will include her US #10 hit, ‘Son Of A Preacher Man.’
1969: The Hollies ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ b/w ‘Cos You Like To Love Me’ 45 single is released.
1969: The Beatles released their final proper studio album, ‘Abbey Road’ in the UK. It debuts at #1 and will stay there for eleven straight weeks. It is issued in the US a week later and will top the Billboard album chart for twelve weeks. It has since gone on to sell over 31 million copies world wide. The album cover, showing the band crossing the street just outside the recording studio, will become one of the most imitated in recording history. The zebra crossing itself has become so popular with Beatle fans, it has its own webcam. In their interviews for ‘The Beatles Anthology,’ the surviving band members stated that, although none of them ever made the distinction of calling it the “last album”, they all felt at the time this would very likely be the final Beatles product and therefore agreed to set aside their differences and “go out on a high note”.
1969: Promoter Bill Graham opened the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1970: John Lennon began recording sessions for what became his John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album.
1970: Free`s ‘Fire And Water’ LP with their signature song ‘All Right Now’ enters the charts.
1970: Pink Floyd kicked off their third North American tour at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band at Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, South Carolina
1970: The Who’s ‘See Me Feel Me’ backed with ‘Overture From Tomm’ hits the US charts. The 16-month old A-side is released to cash in on the popularity of the movie Woodstock and becomes one of The Who’s biggest US hits, reaching #12 in Billboard and #8 in Cash Box.
1970: The Velvet Underground released their 4th album , ‘Loaded.’
1971: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, Texas.
1972: J. Geils Band released ‘Live – Full House,’ their first live album. They built their reputation as one of the best live bands on the tour circuit. This great hard rockin’ document proved it. Featured ‘First I look At The Purse,’ ‘Hard Drivin’ Man,’ “Whammer Jammer,’ ‘Lookin’ For A Love,’ and more.
1972: Cheech & Chong appear at the Keith Albee Theater in Huntington, West Virginia.:
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at War Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.:
1973: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Marshall Tucker was the opening act.
1973: Paul and Linda McCartney and Denny Laine of Wings returned to England from Nigeria, the unusual locale where they decided to record Band on the Run.
1973: It’s reported that Carlos Santana, a disciple of Sri Chinmoy, has changed his name to Devadip (The Lamp of the Light Supreme) but will keep the name Santana for the group.
1973: David Essex ‘Rock On’ b/w ‘On And On’ 45 single is released.
1974: John Lennon released his solo album ‘Walls & Bridges,’ which featured the Elton John-assisted single ‘Whatever Gets You Thru the Night.’ It became his last album of original material for six years.
1975: ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ opened in theaters. The film features a young Meat Loaf along with Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon. It performed badly, but midnight showings in New York helped the film become a cult classic.
1975: Black Oak Arkansas played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1977: Eric Clapton performed at the Festival Hall in Osaka, Japan.
1978: Bob Dylan played at the Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1979: The Clash released their first single in America. ‘I Fought the Law,’ a cover of The Bobby Fuller Four number. It failed to chart.
1980: U2 appeared at the Cedar Ballroom in Birmingham, England on their ‘Boy’ tour.
1981: Bruce Dickinson joins Iron Maiden. He had been the vocalist with Samson. Dickinson would leave the band in 1993 and rejoin in 1999.
1981: The Go-Go’s ‘Beauty And The Beat’ enters the charts. The album sells over two million copies.
1981: Hall And Oates’ ‘Private Eyes’ LP enters the Billboard chart. The album will go Platinum and contains two #1 hits: ‘Private Eyes’ and ‘I Can’t Go For That.’
1981: Blue Oyster Cult played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1982: Van Halen performed at the Events Center in Casper, Wyoming.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne played at The Ritz in NYC. He also performed there the next night. Some of the concert was taped and appeared on ‘Speak Of The Devil.’
1983: Motley Crue released their 2nd studio album, ‘Shout at the Devil.’
1987: The Grateful Dead’s ‘Touch of Grey’ hit its peak position of #9 in the singles chart.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts from KISS’ ‘Crazy Crazy Nights’ at #94. Loverboy’s ‘Notorious’ was #46, Bryan Adams’ ‘Victim Of Love’ #33, Billy Idol’s ‘Mony Mony’ #32, Europe’s ‘Carrie’ #7 and Whitesnake’s ‘Here I Go Again’ was #2.
1988: Keith Richards released his first solo album, ‘Talk is Cheap.’
1989: Jefferson Airplane played the first of three consecutive nights at The Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
1989: In Norway, Paul McCartney began his ‘Get Back Tour,’ in which he played several Lennon-McCartney compositions live for the first time. It was McCartney’s first major tour outing in ten years, since Wings UK Tour 1979, and his first appearances in North America in thirteen years.
1991: Southside Johnny filmed his video for ‘It’s Been a Long Time’ at Asbury Park’s Stone Pony. Bruce Springsteen turned up with “Little” Steven Van Zandt. Then Jon Bon Jovi appeared. The four Jersey dudes ended up jamming together for over an hour.
1991: The original lineup of Jane’s Addiction performed their farewell concert at the Aloha Tower in Honolulu, HI. There would go on to be multiple Jane’s Addiction reunions in 1997, 2001 and 2003, but the original lineup didn’t reunite until April of 2008.
1995: AC/DC releases their 12th studio album ‘Ballbreaker.’ The album which was produced by Rick Rubin and featured the return of former drummer Phil Rudd, who had been fired from the band in 1983 because of drinking and drug problems and a fight with rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young. The album went on to peak at #4 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell two million copies in the U.S.
1996: The Grateful Dead unveiled their new line of ties at a New York art gallery.
1996: Police find drugs hidden in a Smarties tube when they raided the London home of Paula Yates and INXS singer Michael Hutchence. The couple were away in Australia at the time of the raid.
1997: Bryan Adams taped his appearance on ‘MTV Unplugged’ at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The concert featured students from the Juilliard School being conducted by Michael Kamen.
1997: The initial 300,000-unit shipment of Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind 1997’ sells out in Japan on its first day of release. The single, retailing for 1,300 yen ($10.66), racks up unusually high sales for a foreign release.
1998: Prince (at the time using an unpronounceable symbol as his name) sprains his ankle at a show in Atlantic City and is forced to cancel his remaining tour dates.
1998: The father of Blackhawk’s Dave Robbins dies of a heart attack the day after watching his son perform at the North Georgia State Fair.
1998: MTV Russia debuts at midnight with Prodigy Live in Moscow, a concert taped in spring 1997. The first Russian video on the network is Mummy Troll’s ‘Vladivostock 2000.’
1999: Deep Purple played London’s Royal Albert Hall for the second of to nights accompanied by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, but not with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. It is later released as ‘In Concert with The London Symphony Orchestra.’
2000: To launch Creed singer Scott Stapp’s With Arms Wide Open Foundation, the band and Wind-Up Records release a limited-edition single of Creed’s hit song ‘With Arms Wide Open.’ A donation of $3 from the sale of each single, which is limited to 65,000 copies, goes directly to With Arms Wide Open.
2000: Good Charlotte releases their self-titled debut album.
2000: New Found Glory’s self-titled album is released.
2000: Soulfly released the album ‘Primitive.’ The album reached #32 on the #Billboard chart. It featured many guest musicians including Corey Taylor.
2000: Lamb Of God released the album ‘New American Gospel.’ It was the band’s first release with Willie Adler on guitar.
2003: Robert Palmer died of a heart attack in Paris. He was 54. He found success both in his solo career and in the supergroup Power Station, and had Top 10 songs in both the US and the UK.
2003: Metallica’s James Hetfield put his restored, black, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro up for sale on eBay.
2004: Green Day scored their first UK number one album with ‘American Idiot’ the band’s 7th release.
2005: Volbeat released their debut album ‘The Strength/The Sound/The Songs.’
2005: The Rolling Stones release ‘A Bigger Bang.’ Beck also opens for the Stones during the Toronto stop of the ‘Onstage’ world tour.
2005: System Of A Down and the Armenian National Committee of America stage a noon rally outside Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert’s offices in Batavia, IL. They urge the congressman to allow a full vote by the House of Representatives on legislation recognizing Armenian Genocide.
2006: The Black Crowes release ‘The Lost Crowes,’ a two-CD compilation featuring previously unavailable tracks. The collection includes 26 songs from sessions in ’93 and ’97. A manufacturing glitch forced a one month delay of the set’s release. A DVD version of the Crowes’ 92 concert video, ‘Who Killed Your Bird Out On That Windowsill’ is also in stores.
2006: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler reveals that he’s been suffering from the viral blood infection hepatitis C. “I’ve been pretty quiet about this,” says Tyler in an interview. “The band took a break about three years ago [during which time I underwent] 11 months of [interferon treatment], and it about killed me.” The singer claims the disease “is nonexistent in my bloodstream.” Later that day, bassist Tom Hamilton unexpectedly joins his bandmates onstage in Mansfield, MA, marking the first time he’s performed with the group live since undergoing throat-cancer treatments earlier in the year. The bassist plays ‘Sweet Emotion’ with the band. The show is filmed for a National Geographic Channel special focusing on singer Steven Tyler’s 2006 vocal surgery.
2006: An expanded edition of KoRn’s ‘See You On The Other Side,’ titled ‘Chopped, Screwed, Live & Unglued,’ drops with a DVD containing behind-the-scenes footage and two performance videos.
2006: ‘The U.S. vs. John Lennon’ soundtrack is out. The disc features ‘Imagine’ and ‘Instant Karma (We All Shine On),’ as well as a pair of previously unreleased cuts. The movie premiered 9 (Lennon’s lucky number) days earlier.
2006: ‘Last Man Standing,’ a star-studded album by Rock & Roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis is released. Five years in the making, the CD features contributions by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Don Henley, John Fogerty, Rod Stewart and Ringo Starr. 2006: Tony Bennett’s ‘Duets/An American Classic’ album is released with the legendary crooner singing alongside Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting, Billy Joel, U2’s Bono. The disc commemorates the crooner’s 80th birthday.
2007: Phil Spector’s first trial in the murder case of Lana Clarkson in 2003 ends in a hung jury, with 10 guilty votes and two not guilty. A retrial begins the next year, and he is eventually found guilty.
2008: Saving Abel perform at the Rock the Debate event which takes place in Oxford, MS before the presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. “We’re excited to play at the debate and show our support for the election process as we believe that the outcome will truly affect the lives of all Americans,” says frontman Jared Weeks.
2008: Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (partners on the “Raising Sand” album) perform in Oklahoma City for the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund which aids Hurricane Ike victims.
2008: Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach wins CMT’s ‘Gone Country 2’ celebrity competition. Bach impresses the judges by performing an original song titled “‘Battle With The Bottle.’
2009: U2 are the musical guest for the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. It is their third appearance on the show.
2011: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon pays tribute to Pink Floyd. The five night “Pink Floyd Week,” features Foo Fighters (with Floyd’s Roger Waters), Pearl Jam and The Shins performing classic Floyd tracks.
2011: Epiphone announces the creation of the Wilshire Phant-o-matic guitar which was designed in collaboration with My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero. Epiphone matches every guitar Iero gives to Multiple Sclerosis. “About six years ago my family was affected by multiple sclerosis and that was the first thing that came to mind,” Iero states.
2014: Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) and former Audioslave bandmate Tom Morello perform in Seattle to benefit Now, an organization that fights to raise the minimum wage locally.
2014: The Tina Turner Museum is dedicated in her hometown of Brownsville, TN. The museum features Turner’s gold-and-platinum records and stage outfits.
2015: The fourth annual Global Citizen Festival with Pearl Jam and Coldplay takes place in New York City’s Central Park. The benefit concert is designed to raise awareness of the United Nations’ measures to fight inequality, protect the earth and end extreme poverty by 2030.
2015: The inaugural Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival, co-founded by Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin, gets underway. The two-day fest has Wilco, Sheryl Crow, Band Of Horses and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.
2016: Metallica released the single ‘Moth Into Flame.’
1957: Elvis Presley plays a benefit show at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in Tupelo for the Elvis Presley Youth Recreation Center. Bill Black and Scotty Moore had recently departed, with Elvis Presley backed by two new backing musicians, Hank Garland and Bob Moore.
1963: The Rolling Stones appeared at the Floral Hall Ballroom in Morecambe, Lancashire with The Merseybeats, Dave Beery & the Cruisers and The Doogle-bugs.
1964: Ed Sullivan welcomed The Beach Boys to his program for the first time. The group sang ‘I Get Around’ and ‘Wendy.’
1966: The Who’s managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp attend a Jimi Hendrix performance at the Scotch of St. James Club. Chandler has heard about their Track Records’ startup (Hendrix originally wanted to sign with Decca because The Who were on Decca in the US.) After hearing Hendrix play, Lambert and Stamp try to talk him into letting them be his managers but Chandler, naturally, refuses so they sign Hendrix as their first act for Track.
1966: Elvis Presley begins shooting his twenty-third film, entitled ‘Easy Come, Easy Go.’
1967: The Beatles spent the day at Abbey Road recording string parts for ‘I Am the Walrus.’
1968: The Velvet Underground performed at the Boston Tea Party in Boston. The support act was Fire and Ice.
1968: Pink Floyd appeared at the Queen’s Hall in Dunoon, Scotland. Due to bad weather, all the ferries to Dunoon were cancelled, so Pink Floyd hired their own boat from Gourock and risked the rough seas to make the crossing, eventually appearing in front of 400 fans.
1969: Santana entered the album chart with his self-titled debut.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival`s ‘Green River’ is one of several of their songs to just miss the #1 spot on he singles chart. It peaks at #2.
1969: Eric Burdon & War, along with Mountain, performed at the Eastown Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Piedmont Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
1969: Santana’s self-titled debut hits the album chart.
1970: The Rolling Stones appeared at Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria.
1971: Santana’s ‘Everybody’s Everything’ b/w ‘Guajira’ 45 single is released.
1971: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Shiei Taikukan Hall in Hiroshima, Japan.
1972: Yes played at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia.
1972: Rory Storm commits suicide. Rory Storm & the Hurricanes once had The Beatles’ Ringo Starr as a member, with Ringo leaving Storm to join The Beatles.
1972: The Grateful Dead played at Stanley Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1973: Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘We’re An American Band’ hits #1 on the US charts.
1973: It’s reported that Carlos Santana, a disciple of Sri Chinmoy, has changed his name to Devadip (The Lamp of the Light Supreme) but will keep the name Santana for the group.
1975: ZZ Top plays at the Palace Theatre in Albany, New York.
1976: The Runaways’ European tour gets off to a rocky start after London’s White House Hotel reports some stolen items including a hair dryer. The goods are found in the group’s possession and they spend the night in jail.
1977: Yes appears at the Aladdin Theater in Las Vegas.
1978: Eric Clapton sponsored a West Bromwich Albion UEFA cup-tie against Galatasarey of Turkey. After the game, Eric presented each player with a gold copy of his latest album ‘Slowhand.’
1978: Bob Dylan performed at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1979: Scottish guitarist Jimmy McCullough died from a heroin overdose in his apartment in Maida Vale, London, aged 26. He was a member of Stone The Crows, Thunderclap Newman, and Wings (1974 to 1977). When “Something in the Air” by Thunderclap Newman went to number one in 1969 it made McCulloch the youngest guitarist to ever play on a chart topping single, he was sixteen years old at the time.
1979: Blondie released the album ‘Eat to the Beat.’
1979: The Police released ‘Regatta de Blanc,’ which featured the hit ‘Message in a Bottle.’
1979: While onstage at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California, Elton John collapses from “exhaustion.”
1980: Rush performed at the Cape Cod Coliseum, South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
1980: David Bowie scored his fourth UK #1 album with ‘Scary Monsters And Supercreeps.’
1981: The Rolling Stones played at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.
1982: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at the CNE Coliseum, Toronto. i
1983: Black Sabbath performed at Hemmerleinhalle in Neunkirchen, Germany.
1986: Metallica bassist Cliff Burton (24) is killed when the band’s tour bus allegedly hits a patch of black ice between Stockholm and Copenhagen (singer James Hetfield and others disputed the bus driver’s claims of ice), skids off the road and rolls onto the grass. Burton, who was sleeping at the time of the accident, was thrown through a window and crushed when the bus rolled on him. He played on Metallica’s debut, ‘Kill ‘Em All,’ as well as ‘Ride The Lightning’ and ‘Master of Puppets.’
1986: The Beatles re-entered the charts with ‘Twist and Shout’ after the song was featured in the films ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and ‘Back to School.’
1986: The Run DMC/Aerosmith version of ‘Walk This Way’ becomes one of the first, if not the first, Rap/Rock mixes. It peaks at #4 on the US singles chart.
1990: Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones was arrested for possessing marijuana during a drug bust in New York’s Greenwich Village.
1994: Slayer released the album ‘Divine Intervention.’
1994: Corrosion Of Conformity released the album ‘Deliverance.’ It’s the band’s first album on which Pepper Keenan was lead singer. Kerrang Magazine described Deliverance as a “true 90s classic.”
1994: Emerson, Lake and Palmer release their 9th and final studio album, ‘In The Hot Seat.’
1994: The Dave Matthews Band released ‘Under the Table and Dreaming,’ featuring ‘What Would You Say,’ ‘Satellite,’ and ‘Ants Marching’ is released. The album was dedicated to Matthews’ older sister Anne, who was killed by her husband in 1994 in a murder-suicide.
1994: The Jim Henson Company released the album ‘Kermit Unpigged’ which featured appearances by Don Henley, Ozzy Osbourne & Jimmy Buffett on duets with the Muppets.
1994: Slayer release their 6th studio album, ‘Divine Intervention.’ It was their first with drummer Paul Bostaph and it reached #8 on the Billboard chart.
1994: Metallica filed a lawsuit against their record label Elektra Records asking to be released from their ten year contract with the label based on California’s Labor Code 2855. The suit would be settled that December & they remained with Elektra.
1997: Bob Dylan plays ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’ and ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ for Pope John Paul II and an audience of 200,000 at a concert/mass in Bologna, Italy. For the 77-year-old Pope, it was a chance to connect with young people. The pontiff invoked Dylan’s song ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ during his sermon.
1999: The city of Atlanta declared it ZZ Top Day, despite the fact that the band’s actually from El Paso, Texas.
2000: U2 played a show from the rooftop of The Clarence Hotel in Dublin, (which they own). Over 4,000 fans gathered on the streets below. ‘Beautiful Day’ and album track ‘Elevation’ is videotaped for an Oct. 6 episode of the UK music show ‘Top Of The Pops.’
2004: Producer Phil Spector was indicted on charges of murder. He was alleged to have killed actress Lana Clarkson at his Los Angeles home in 2003. He was convicted in April of 2009 and sentenced to 19 years to life.
2004: Mick Fleetwood introduces his Private Cellar wine at New York`s Grand Hyatt Hotel.
2004: An L.A. court rules that The Doors Of The 21st Century can continue performing under the moniker. A suit filed by original Doors drummer John Densmore attempted to stop ex-bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger from using the name.
2004: Emergency dental surgery forces Slipknot’s Craig (#5) Jones to temporarily bow out of the group’s European tour. It’s the first time a member has missed a show in the group’s history. Bandmate Sid Wilson fills in for the sampler/programmer.
2005: The White Stripes webcast a concert for the first time when their show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland is streamed on NPR.org.
2005: System Of A Down and the Armenian National Committee of America stage a noon rally outside Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert’s offices in Batavia, IL. They urge the congressman to allow a full vote by the House of Representatives on legislation recognizing Armenian Genocide.
2005: Roger Waters releases ‘Ga Ira,’ his opera based on the history of the French Revolution. He began working on the project in 1989.
2005: Sheryl Crow releases her ‘Wildflower’ album.
2005: Gojira released the album ‘From Mars To Sirius.’ Rolling Stone named the album #97 on their list of the top 100 greatest metal albums of all time.
2006: John Mellencamp and his song ‘Our Country’ are featured in an advertising campaign for Chevrolet’s 2007 Silverado pickup truck. Mellencamp says the partnership “makes perfect sense” because Chevy is an American company and his song “is all about standing up for the working people who are the backbone of our nation.”
2007: Van Halen launch their tour with original frontman David Lee Roth in Charlotte, NC at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena. It was their first tour with Roth in 23 years. Wolfgang Van Halen replaces Michael Anthony on bass. The Van Halen brothers (Eddie and Alex) are there but replacing Michael Anthony on bass is Eddie’s son Wolfgang. “This is not like the Police (who are currently on a one-off tour),” says Roth. “The idea is that this will continue on and on and on.”
2007: Bono is awarded the Liberty Medal for his humanitarian work in Africa during a ceremony in Philadelphia. “When you are trapped by poverty, you are not free,” says U2’s frontman. “When trade laws prevent you from selling the food you grew, you are not free.”
2007: ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream,’ a coffee table book based on Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers arrives in bookstores
2008: Metallica begin a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Death Magnetic,’ the bands 9th studio album.
2008: Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby and Graham Nash perform at the Seva Foundation’s 30th anniversary in Oakland. The Seva Foundation was formed in 1978 with a mission to alleviate suffering caused by disease and poverty by building partnerships that respond to locally defined problems with culturally sustainable solutions.
2008: Pink Floyd’s manager Bryan Morrison died after spending over two years in a coma. Morrison suffered severe brain injuries in a polo accident at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club, England in 2006, and never recovered. He also managed The Pretty Things and was a music publisher for Syd Barrett, The Bee Gees, Elton John, The Jam, T-Rex and Wham.
2009: Carlos Santana performs a special tribute to late civil-rights activist Cesar Chavez on the last night of the 18th annual San Jose Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival in San Jose, CA.
2010: Halford released their 4th studio album, ‘Halford IV: Made of Metal.’
2010: Jimmy Page, a limited edition (2,500 copies) photo memoir collected by the Led Zeppelin guitarist, is in bookstores.
2011: Machine Head released the album ‘Unto The Locust.’ It was produced and mixed by Robb Flynn. It was their their last studio album with co-founder and bassist Adam Duce.
2011: Sebastian Bach released the album ‘Kicking & Screaming.’ The album debuted at #73 on the Billboard chart.
2011: Blink 182’s sixth studio album ‘Neighborhoods’ is released. It’s the band’s first since their 2009 reunion.
2011: Chickenfoot, with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith release ‘Chickenfoot III,’ their sophomore album. The band skips ‘II’ and goes right to ‘III.’
2011: Mastodon release ‘The Hunter.’ Along with the album, fans can also purchase a Mastodon 3D virtual reality game called Augmented Reality. The album reached #10 on the Billboard chart.
2011: ‘Nirvana: Live At The Paramount’ is released on DVD and Blu-Ray. Filmed at the Paramount Theater in Seattle on Halloween in 1991, the concert features several songs from ‘Nevermind,’ plus non-album cuts ‘Sliver’ and ‘Aneurysm.’
2011: Remastered versions of all 14 studio Pink Floyd albums, along with live performances, demos and b-sides are released in the U.S. The albums are available individually or in The Discovery Collection box set.
2011: ‘Luck & Circumstance – Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg: A Coming Of Age In Hollywood, New York And Points Beyond’ is in bookstores. Hogg directed music videos for The Beatles and Rolling Stones. He was also in the director’s chair for The Beatles final film ‘Let It Be.’
2011: Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Small Faces/Faces, Joan Jett and Heart are nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After the voting, GN’R, RHCP, Beastie Boys and both versions of the Faces make it. But Jett and Heart don’t.
2013: The 3D film ‘Metallica Through The Never’ has the biggest opening for a concert film ever at IMAX theaters. It appears on 308 3D IMAX screens a week before its general release and takes in $780,000 on its first day.
2013: Original Great White bassist Lorne Black dies at 51.
2014: Turner Sports use AC/DC’s ‘Play Ball’ during their coverage of the Major League Baseball postseason.
2015: David Gilmour’s album ‘Rattle That Lock’ debuts at #5 on the Billboard 200. It is the ex-Pink Floyd guitarist’s highest solo U.S. chart position.
2016: Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, ‘Born To Run,’ is available in hardcover, ebook and audiobook editions. He writes about the “roots of his troubles and the joyful things” in his life.
2016: Neil Young and Willie Nelson perform a benefit concert on a farm near Neligh, Nebraska that is on the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears.” Proceeds from the “Harvest the Hope” goes to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline.
2017: Every Time I Die reveal the departure of drummer Daniel Davison and the addition of Clayton “Goose” Holyoak.
2017: Prince’s custom high-heeled boots, worn on 1987’s Sign o’ the Times Tour, were sold for $75,147 by Boston-based RR Auction. “People say I’m wearing heels because I’m short,” the late musical super-star, who stood at 5’3″, once said. “I wear heels because the women like ’em.”
1962: The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and later that night they perform aboard the vessel MV Royal Iris on the River Mersey. The Beatles’ 3rd and final “Riverboat Shuffle.”
1963: Murray The K is the first American DJ to play a Beatles song on the air when he spins ‘She Loves You’ on WINS in New York. Murray would get exclusive interviews with the group when they came to America and would refer to himself as “The Fifth Beatle.”
1963: Bob Dylan’s 2nd album ‘The Freewheelin` Bob Dylan,’ is released.
1963: The Beach Boys peak at #15 with ‘Little Deuce Coupe.’
1965: The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales. During the 1960s The Capitol Theatre saw all the major acts of the era performing here including The Beatles and The Kinks.
1968: Janis Joplin announced that she was leaving Big Brother and the Holding Company because she and the band “weren’t growing together anymore.”
1968: The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ hits one on the singles chart and stays there for 9 weeks. The Paul McCartney song written about Lennon’s son Julian gave the group their 16th US #1 and the biggest selling single of 1968.
1968: Radio DJ Dewey Phillips dies of heart failure at the age of 42. He was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s pioneering disc jockeys. In July 1954, he was the first DJ to play the young Elvis Presley’s debut record, ‘That’s All Right/Blue Moon Of Kentucky.’
1968: Bruce Springsteen and a local folk rock group The Founders appeared at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, New Jersey.
1968: The Who’s ‘Magic Bus’ single peaks at #25. It’s their third top forty single in the U.S.
1968: Moody Blues ‘Days Of Future Past’ hits the album chart.
1968: The Rascals went to #1 on the album chart with ‘Time Peace/The Rascals’ Greatest Hits.
1969: John Lennon records his blistering ‘Cold Turkey.’ He has a pretty impressive backing band: guitarist Eric Clapton, fellow Beatle Ringo Starr on drums and Manfred Mann bassist (and friend from The Beatles Hamburg days) Klaus Voorman. Yoko is in there as well. Lennon originally presented the song his fellow Beatles for inclusion on ‘Abbey Road’ but they passed on it.
1969: Pink Floyd played at Theater 14 in Brussels, Belgium.
1970: Yes appeared at the University Of South Wales in Aberystwyth, England.
1970: Eric Burdon And War’s ‘Spill The Wine’ goes gold.
1970: Pete Townshend writes out the scenario for The Who’s next project, the film ‘Lifehouse.’ “OVERTURE: The farmers — Life — Beauty — Celebration, LIFEHOUSE: The City — Rock — Youth against finance — Individuals working for the whole, GLORIFICATION: They disappear — they triumph, leaving everyone behind.” He sends a copy to co-manager Chris Stamp along with details on how the members of The Who would fit into the movie and how filming might be handled. That project never came to fruition, and the songs became the basis for ‘Who’s Next,’ released in 1971.
1971: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at the Festival Hall in Osaka, Japan.
1971: Alice Cooper ‘Under My Wheels’ b/w ‘Desperado’ 45 single is released.
1971: The Who open their fall U.K. tour at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1972: Hawkwind performed at the Paris Theatre in London.
1972: David Bowie’s first American concert at Carnegie Hall was a sell-out.
1973: The Rolling Stones perform ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll’ on the premiere of ‘Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert’ on ABC. It’s the band’s first appearance on US television in six years.
1973: The Rolling Stones appear at Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.
1974: Bad Company reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time when their self-titled debut began a one week run at #1.
1974: A re-release of The Beach Boys’ 1963, #3 hit, ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.’ cracks the Billboard Top 40, reaching #36. It had been over five years since the band had a hit record with ‘I Can Hear Music,’ which had reached #24. Unfortunately, the re-issue of “Surfin'” fell out of the Top 40 after just one week and they would have to wait until the Summer of 1976 to have another chart entry with ‘Rock And Roll Music,’ which would climb to #5.
1975: The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane played a free concert at San Francisco’s Lindley Park, attracting 40,000 fans. It was the first Grateful Dead performance in a year.
1976: George Harrison was sued for $6 million by his record company, A&M, for not delivering his album ’33 1/3′ on time. Harrison was suffering from hepatitis at the time. Warner Bros. Records bought out Harrison’s A&M contract and released the album that November.
1976: The Grateful Dead performed at Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse, New York.
1977: Billy Joel released his 5th studio album, ‘The Stranger.’ It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and features four singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100: ‘Just The Way You Are,’ (#3),'”Movin’ Out’ (#17), ‘She’s Always a Woman,’ (#17), and ‘Only The Good Die Young’ (#24). In 2003, the album was ranked #67 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1977: David Bowie tapes the ‘Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth’ duet with Bing Crosby for Crosby’s Christmas special.
1977: Aerosmith performed at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
1978: AC/DC appeared at War Memorial Auditorium in Rochester, New York.
1978: Black Sabbath release their 8th studio album, ‘Never Say Die!’ It reached #69 on the Billboard chart, and was the last studio album with the band’s original lineup.
1979: Jimmy McCulloch, guitarist with Thunderclap Newman and Wings, was found dead in his flat in Maida Vale, North West London after suffering heart failure. He was 26.
1979: Van Halen played at Don Barnett Arena in Rapid City, South Dakota.
1980: The Police were at #1 on the singles chart with ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’ the group’s third #1. It appeared on their album ‘Zenyatta Mondatta’ and was the best selling single of 1980.
1981: Van Halen performed at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
1981: KIX released their self-titled debut album. It was produced by Tom Allom.
1982: Peter Gabriel ‘Shock The Monkey’ b/w ‘Soft Dog (Instrumental)’ 45 single is released in the UK.
1983: Alice Cooper released his 15th studio album, ‘DaDa.’
1983: W.A.S.P. played the Troubadour in West Hollywood.
1985: Angel Witch released the album ‘Screamin’ ‘n’ Bleedin’
1986: Stevie Ray Vaughan collapsed while on tour in Europe as years of substance abuse finally caught up with him.
1987: U2 played the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City during their ‘Joshua Tree’ world tour.
1987: Guns N’ Roses release their 2nd single, ‘Welcome to the Jungle.’
1987: Savatage released the album ‘Hall Of The Mountain King.’ It attained gold status and reached #116 on the Billboard chart.
1987: Alice Cooper releases his 17th studio album, ‘Raise Your Fist and Yell.’ The album reached #73 on the Billboard chart. It was his last album with bassist Kip Winger.
1987: British newspaper The Sun reports that Elton John has had the larynxes removed from his guard dogs so they can’t bark, which was untrue. Elton sued the paper and reached a settlement for about a million pounds and a front page apology.
1988: Ozzy Osbourne releases his 5th studio album, ‘No Rest for the Wicked.’ It was the first album to feature guitarist Zakk Wylde and keyboardist John Sinclair.
1989: Jimmy Buffett publishes his first book, a collection of short fiction entitled ‘Tales From Margaritaville.’
1991: On the week their album ‘Nevermind’ was released, Nirvana made an appearance at the Tower Records store in New York City and then played a show at The Marquee Club in New York.
1991: Bryan Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. Other Canadian musicians who have been given the award include Rush and Leonard Cohen.
1991: AC/DC, Metallica, The Black Crowes, Pantera play a Monsters Of Rock ‘Monsters In Moscow’ concert at Tushino Airfield outside Moscow, Russia. AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson tells the audience, “Opera and ballet did not cut the ice in the Cold War years. They used to exchange opera and ballet companies and circuses, but it takes Rock and Roll to make no more Cold War.”
1991: R.E.M.’s ‘Shiny Happy People’ peaks at #10 on the pop chart.
1991: Dire Strait release their 6th and final studio album, ‘On Every Street.’
1991: Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter, dies from the combined effects of a stroke, pneumonia and respiratory failure in Santa Monica, CA. He was 65. Davis is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. In 2006, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which recognized him as “one of the key figures in the history of jazz.”
1993: Duff McKagan’s solo album ‘Believe in Me’ is released. It includes Jeff Beck, Slash, Lenny Kravitz & more.
1993: Gamma Ray released the album ‘Insanity And Genius.’
1996: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were the musical guest on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live where they performed ‘Walls’ and ‘Angel Dream.’
1996: Rush debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Test for Echo’ which went on to go Gold in the U.S.
1999: ZZ Top release their 13th studio album, ‘XXX.’
1999: Creed’s ‘Human Clay’ album is released.
2000: The Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London witnessed the premiere of ‘Ballet for Life,’ a dance in tribute to Queen’s Freddie Mercury. It opened to a sell-out crowd & fellow Queen members Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor.
2002: Warren Zevon makes his final public performance as the sole guest on The Late Show with David Letterman.
2002: A stretch of Tennessee State Route 19, near Nutbush, is officially named for Tina Turner, who was born and raised there.
2004: Producer Phil Spector was charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in an unsealed indictment. He remained free on $1 million bail.
2004: W.A.S.P. released the album ‘The Neon God: Part 2 – The Demise.’
2004: Saxon released their 16th studio album, ‘Lionheart.’ It was their only studio album featuring drummer Jörg Michael. The title is inspired from Richard the Lionheart, a 12th-century King of England.
2004: The ‘MTV2 Headbanger’s Ball, Vol. 2’ compilation is released. The double-disc package contains songs by Slipknot, KoRn, A Perfect Circle, Drowning Pool, Damageplan and Black Label Society.
2005: Pearl Jam opens a show for the Rolling Stones in Pittsburgh, PA. It’s the first time since 1997’s ‘Bridges To Babylon’ tour that the two groups have performed together.
2005: A heart condition lands Nine Inch Nails drummer Jerome Dillon in the hospital for the second time in a month following the group’s concert in Sacramento, CA. N.I.N. is forced to cancel an Oakland show two nights later. Dillion rejoins the group the following evening for an L.A. performance but he soon has to leave the tour.
2005: PBS runs a documentary called ‘Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Pop and Protest.’ Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, the Beastie Boys, Rage Against The Machine and U2 are among the artists who appear as the film explores the use of popular music as an instrument for political change.
2005: Disturbed’s 3rd album, ‘Ten Thousand Fists,’ tops the Billboard 200 chart after selling 238,000 copies during its first week of release. Bon Jovi’s ‘Have a Nice Day’ lands at #2 with 202,000 units sold.
2005: System Of A Down film portions of their Grand Rapids show for their ‘Mezmerize’ video. Bassist Shavo Odadjian directs.
2005: A Mick Jagger impersonator spent over an hour accepting free drinks and enjoying VIP perks at a New York night spot. Club officials only realized that the man wasn’t Jagger after looking at a photo of the Rolling Stones’ front man and noticing that the unnamed imposter was younger and heavier than Jagger.
2006: Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello is one of 400 people arrested for unlawful assembly, blocking the main entrance road to the Los Angeles International Airport. The protest takes place during a march to raise awareness about the rights of immigrant hotel workers. “This [historically] is how things have changed…by people on the lower rungs of society standing up,” says Morello. He is released from police custody the next morning.
2007: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform on NBC’s Today Show to promote their ‘Magic’ album.
2007: The John Lennon Northern Lights Festival was held in Durness, Scotland, the most northwesterly and remote village on mainland Britain. Lennon spent his childhood holidays between the ages of nine and 13 in the village and returned with his son Julian, Yoko Ono and her daughter Kyoko in 1969.
2007: The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame announces their 2008 nominees. The Hall extends nominations to John Mellencamp, the Dave Clark Five and the Ventures, as well as non-rockers Madonna, Leonard Cohen, Donna Summer, Chic and Afrika Bambaataa.
2009: Alice In Chains perform the first of two back-to-back nights on Jimmy Kimmel Live. This is first time in a decade the Seattle band performs on late-night network television.
2009: Original Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr is arrested in L.A. on a drug charge. Starr, who left Alice In Chains in 1993, is reportedly held with bail set at $100,000.
2009: Lucy Vodden, childhood friend of Julian Lennon passed away at the age of 46 of lupus. She was the inspiration for The Beatles’ track ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,’ written mostly by John Lennon after Julian showed his father a nursery school drawing he called Lucy – in the sky with diamonds, showing his classmate.
2009: Foo Fighters single ‘Wheels’ goes to radio. Produced by Butch Vig, the song made its debut earlier in the year at the Independence Day barbecue for military personnel and their families on the White House lawn in Washington, D.C.
2010: Reality TV star Kelly Osbourne told the press that her father Ozzy was once banned from her school in England after passing wind and falling asleep in the middle of a parent/ teacher interview.
2010: Bad Religion release their 15th full-length studio album ‘The Dissent of Man.’
2010: Souvenir hunters were being condemned for “wanton vandalism” after sections of masonry were hacked off the house where Ringo Starr was born. Fans who are campaigning to stop plans to demolish the house found that chunks of brickwork had been removed.
2010: Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day makes his Broadway debut in ‘American Idiot,’ the musical that he co-authored. Armstrong plays the role of St. Jimmy for a run at St. James Theatre in New York.
2010: Neil Young’s ‘Le Noise’ is released. Young and producer Daniel Lanois recorded the album in an L.A. mansion earlier in the year.
2010: ‘Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock’ (aka Guitar Hero 6) drops for the PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 consoles. The soundtrack includes songs by Flyleaf and Slipknot. But the big news is the inclusion of Soundgarden’s ‘Black Rain,’ a previously unreleased ‘Badmotorfinger’ era track.
2010: Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) makes his Broadway debut in ‘American Idiot,’ the musical that he co-authored. Armstrong plays the role of St. Jimmy for a run at St. James Theatre in New York. Tony Vincent who was cast in the role left the production to deal with family matters.
2011: The European launch of KISS Zin Fire, a 2010 California Zinfandel, is announced. KISS’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley do not drink alcohol. But that doesn’t stop Stanley from saying, “This isn’t just something we put a label on. We wanted wine unique to KISS and we got it. This stuff will set your taste buds on fire.”
2011: U2’s Bono presents the Global Citizen Movement Award to Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at an event in New York City.
2014: Def Leppard perform the pre-game show at the NFL’s International Series game at London’s Wembley Stadium. The Oakland Raiders play the Miami Dolphins.
2015: Frankie Ford, whose 1959 hit ‘Sea Cruise’ reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, died of natural causes at the age of 76.
2015: Labatt Brewing produce a limited-edition Metallica beer. The black cans show lightning bolts, a tribute to the album ‘Ride The Lightning.’
2015: Jeanette Araya, sister of bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, publishes ‘Bloodline’ about their family life and how it was affected by her brother’s role as Slayer’s frontman.
2015: Bon Jovi are forced to cancel their show in Taipei after the city’s central weather bureau orders residents to “cease all school and work” due to the looming Typhoon Dujuan. The show the next day goes as scheduled and is Bon Jovi’s first Taiwan performance in 20 years.
2016: ‘Popestar,’ an EP from Ghost, sells 21,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to top both Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts.
1955: Billboard magazine says Little Richard’s debut hit, ‘Tutti Frutti,’ is “a cleverly styled novelty with nonsense words, rapid fire delivery.”
1956: RCA Victor Co. announces that it has received over 856,327 advance orders for Elvis Presley’s next single, ‘Love Me Tender.’ The song, which was a Civil War ballad with new words added by Ken Darby, gave Elvis co-songwriting credit due to his publishing deal with Hill & Range, which demanded songwriters concede 50 percent of the credit if they wanted Presley to record it.
1956: Bill Haley had five songs in the UK Top 30; ‘Rockin Through The Rye,’ ‘Saints Rock n’ Roll,’ ‘Rock Around the Clock,’ ‘Razzle Dazzle,’ and ‘See You Later Alligator.’
1958: The Big Bopper’s ‘Chantilly Lace’ enters the US Pop chart, where it will top out at #6. It will be the third most-played song on American radio this year. Chantilly lace is actually a handmade bobbin lace named after the city of Chantilly, France, even though most of the lace bearing this name was actually made in Bayeux, France and Geraardsbergen, now in Belgium.
1958: Tommy Edwards’ ‘It’s All In The Game’ rose to the top of the Billboard chart. The melody of the song had been written in 1912 by Charles Gates Dawes, who would become vice-president of the United States between 1925 and 1929. Updated lyrics were added in 1951.
1959: Following a bit of a dry spell after their #4 hit ‘Tears On My Pillow’ a year earlier, Little Anthony And The Imperials record ‘Shimmy Shimmy Koko Bop,’ which will reach #24 in the US early next year.
1959: Cliff Richard becomes the first UK artist to have a Rock ‘n’ Roll hit in the US when ‘Living Doll’ makes the Billboard chart, where it will peak at #30.
1961: Robert Shelton writes a glowing review in the New York Times of Bob Dylan’s support slot at Gerde’s Folk City. He calls Dylan “One of the most distinctive stylists to play Manhattan in months,” and calls him “a cross between a choir boy and a beatnik.”
1961: Bob Dylan plays harmonica on three tracks of his friend Caroline Hester’s first album. Producer John Hammond is so impressed that he signs Dylan to a contract and arranges for a solo recording session in October.
1963: The Rolling Stones begin their first British tour at the New Victoria Theatre in London. They are the support act on a bill with the Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley.
1964: The Beatles spent the day recording ‘Every Little Thing,’ ‘I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party’ and ‘What You’re Doing.’
1965: The Kinks ‘See My Friends’ b/w ‘Never Met A Girl Like You Before’ 45 single is released.
1966: At London’s Birdland Club, Eric Burdon’s New Animals held auditions looking for a new guitarist. The band was unimpressed by Noel Redding’s guitar skills, but invited him to play bass. He jammed with Chas Chandler’s new find, Jimi Hendrix, and the twosome headed off to a pub. Redding would go on to play bass with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
1967: The Rolling Stones formally split from longtime manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
1967: The Beatles mixed the new John Lennon song ‘I Am the Walrus’ at Abbey Road in London. It includes the sound of a radio being tuned through numerous stations, coming to rest on a BBC production of William Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear.’ Lennon composed the song by combining three songs he had been working on. When he learned that a teacher at his old primary school was having his students analyze Beatles’ lyrics, he added a verse of nonsense words.
1967: Drummer Mickey Hart joined The Grateful Dead. He is the son of Lenny Hart, who was also the Grateful Dead’s original money manager.
1969: The Doors appeared at Lincoln Center’s 7th New York Film Festival.
1969: The Who performed ‘Tommy’ at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1970: The Rolling Stones played at Pala Lottomatica in Rome.
1971: Led Zeppelin appeared at Osaka Festival Hall on the last night of their first ever Japanese tour. Near the end of the set the group played a medley of songs during an extended version of ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ including ‘Let That Boy Boogie,’ ‘I Gotta Know,’ ‘Twist and Shout,’ ‘Fortune Teller,’ ‘Good Times Bad Times’ and ‘You Shook Me’.
1972: Cat Stevens played before a sold-out crowd at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
1972: Black Sabbath released the single ‘Tomorrow’s Dream.’
1972: Manfred Mann`s Earth Band released their 2nd album, ‘Glorified Magnified.’
1972: Yes performed at Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans. The historic venue suffered extensive damage in 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, and has been unusable since then.
1973: Grand Funk Railroad was #1 on the singles chart with ‘We’re an American Band.’ The song was sung by drummer Don Brewer rather than Mark Farner, who usually took lead vocals.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the International Center Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1976: Trying to shoot a soda bottle with a .357 magnum, Jerry Lee Lewis instead hit his bassist Norman Owens twice in the chest. He was charged with shooting a firearm in city limits. Owens survived and makes a full recovery but sued his boss.
1976: Rush releases their 1st live album, the double-LP ‘All The World’s A Stage.’ It would be their first Top 40 album. The album was recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto on June 11 through 13 during their 2112 tour.
1977: Billy Joel releases his 5th studio album ‘The Stranger.’ It reached #2 on the Billboard charts and features the hits ‘Just The Way You Are,’ (#3), ‘Movin’ Out’ (#17), ‘She’s Always a Woman,’ (#17), and ‘Only The Good Die Young’ (#24). In 2003, the album was ranked #67 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1977: James Brown’s band walked out on him in Hallendale, Florida.
1977: David Bowie sets up a trust fund for Rolan Bolan, the son of the recently deceased Marc Bolan, Bowie’s close friend and frontman of glam rock band T. Rex.
1977: The Grateful Dead performed at the Paramount Northwest Theater in Seattle, Washington.
1977: Frank Zappa played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1979: The Police reached #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first time with ‘Message in a Bottle’ which spent three weeks at #1.
1980: Elvis Costello supported by The Stray Cats appeared at the Rainbow in London, England.
1980: Black Sabbath performed at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri.
1981: Van Halen appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1984: Prince and the Revolution started a two week run at #1 on the singles chart with ‘Let’s Go Crazy,’ his second US chart topper.
1984: The Cars ballad ‘Drive,’ with bassist Benjamin Orr singing, peaks at #3.
1986: Iron Maiden released their 6th studio album, ‘Somewhere in Time.’ The album reached #11 on the Billboard chart. It was the band’s first album to feature guitar synthesisers.
1987: Pink Floyd’s 13th studio album, ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ was on the UK chart. The shoot for the album cover involved dragging 800 hospital beds onto Saunton Sands in Devon, but rain interrupted the session and they had to repeat the exercise two weeks later. A hang glider can be seen in the sky, a possible reference to the track “Learning to Fly.” Photographer Robert Dowling won a gold award at the Association of Photographers‘ Awards for the image, which took about two weeks to create.
1989: While traveling on his motorcycle from Los Angeles, Bruce Springsteen stopped in at Matt’s Saloon in Prescott, Arizona and joined the house band (The Mile High Band) for about an hour onstage. He led them through ‘I’m On Fire’ and some rock ‘n’ roll covers including Elvis Presley’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel,’ and Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ and ‘Route 66.’ He even gave a barmaid a 100-thousand dollar check to pay her hospital bills.
1989: With a full-scale Eagles reunion still five years away, Glenn Frey joins Don Henley onstage for the first time since 1980 at a concert in LA. Throughout the decade, band members received several lucrative offers to reunite, but declined them all.
1990: Rick Nelson’s sons Gunnar and Matthew have the #1 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘Love and Affection,’ becoming the third generation of Nelsons to accomplish that feat. Their Grandfather, Ozzie Nelson, led his orchestra to the top of the chart in 1932 with ‘And Then Some’ and Rick topped all others in 1958 with ‘Poor Little Fool’ and in 1961 with ‘Travelin’ Man.’
1991: MTV premieres the video for Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’
1991: Metallica kicked off their 138 date ‘Wherever We May Roam’ world tour at the Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois.
1992: Alice In Chains release their 2nd studio album ‘Dirt.’ It peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200, the album was well received by music critics and has since been certified four-times platinum by the RIAA, making Dirt the band’s highest selling album to date. ‘Dirt’ included the singles ‘Would?,’ ‘Them Bones,’ ‘Angry Chair,’ ‘Rooster,’ and ‘Down in a Hole,’ all of which had accompanying music videos. At the 1993 Grammy Awards, Dirt received a nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. The band also contributed the song ‘Would?’ to the soundtrack for the 1992 Cameron Crowe film, ‘Singles,’ whose video received an award for Best Video from a Film at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards. Dirt was named 5th best album in the last two decades by Close-Up magazine. ‘Dirt’ was also included in the 2005 book ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.’ Rolling Stone listed the album at #26 on its list of the 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.
1992: Manowar released the album ‘The Triumph Of Steel.’ It was the only Manowar album to feature guitarist David Shankle and drummer Kenny Earl “Rhino” Edwards.
1992: Stone Temple Pilots release their debut album, ‘Core.’ It reached #3 on the Billboard chart. ‘Plush’ won the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.
1996: Alanis Morissette finishes her first US tour in Houston, Texas.
1997: Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan is arrested for cocaine possession in Winnipeg. He is later released on $5,000 bond.
1997: The Clinton White House awards Don Henley a National Medal of the Humanities for his work on the Walden Woods Project, which was set up to preserve the area in Massachusetts where Henry David Thoreau did his writing.
1998: Judas Priest release their 3rd live album, ’98 Live Meltdown.’ It’s the band’s first live album with singer Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens.
1999: President Clinton awarded Aretha Franklin a National Medal of Arts in Washington, D.C.
2000: In Las Vegas, Kid Rock joined Phish onstage to perform the Sugar Hill Gang’s ‘Rapper’s Delight’ and AC/DC’s ‘You Shook Me All Night Long.’
2001: Helix released the live album ‘Live! in Buffalo.’
2003: Ozzy Osbourne announced he was writing a Broadway musical based on the life of Rasputin, the mad monk of Russia.
2003: David Lee Roth whacks himself with a staff while performing a 15th century samurai move onstage. The injury causes the cancellation of his tour.
2003: ‘Stacy’s Mom’ by Fountains of Wayne is released. It is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Pop Performance, with the music video starring model/actress Rachel Hunter, who plays Stacy’s mom and the obsession of her teenage daughter’s friend.
2004: Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ hits #1 on the U.S. chart. It’s the group’s 5th studio LP, their first release in four years and the band’s first #1.
2004: A five-piece drum kit of Keith Moon’s sets a world auction record for a set of drums, selling for $215,772 in London to an American collector. The kit was custom-made for The Who drummer in 1968.
2006: PBS’ Great Performances honors Jerry Lee Lewis. The New York taping features Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and the Eagles Don Henley.
2007: Bono appears with former President Bill Clinton for ‘Giving — Live at the Apollo,’ a roundtable discussion and concert promoting youth activism at New York’s Apollo Theater. The U2 frontman and other entertainers describe their efforts to spur social change. The program is broadcast at Think.MTV.com and later on MTV networks.
2008: Travis Barker checks out of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA. The Blink-182 drummer spent nine days in the facility being treated for severe burns he sustained in the South Carolina plane crash that killed four and seriously injured his musical partner DJ AM. “Travis is doing great and was discharged this morning,” says a hospital representative. “My biggest fear ever is to be involved in a plane crash, so when that happened…well, I’m just thankful to be alive,” adds Barker.
2009: Foreigner released their 9th studio album, ‘Can’t Slow Down.’ It’s the first with original music that features former Hurricane singer Kelly Hansen & Jeff Pilson.
2009: Alice In Chains release their first album in 14 years ‘Black Gives Way To Blue.’ Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush), the album features singer William DuVall (replacing the late Lane Staley). The title track, a tribute to Staley, has Elton John on piano. “[I] wrote Elton an e-mail explaining that it’s a real, raw open-hearted song for Layne,” said guitarist Jerry Cantrell. “He thought [the track] was beautiful and that he wanted to play on it. We were blown away.”
2009: Melissa Etheridge plays an in-flight concert for cancer survivors to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. “I think I’ve joined some kind of mile-high club,” jokes Etheridge, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 (she is in remission). “Raising awareness and raising funds for research: Those are two things that matter to me,” adds Etheridge. The concert is part of Hard Rock Hotel’s PINKTOBER month.
2010: On Jerry Lee Lewis’ 75th birthday, his 40th album, ‘Mean Old Man,’ peaks at #72 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The LP consists of duets with some of music’s greatest stars, such as Mick Jagger, Rod Wood, Tim McGraw, Eric Clapton, Merle Haggard, Ringo Starr, John Fogerty, and Willie Nelson. His previous album, ‘Last Man Standing,’ went to #26 in 2006.
2012: Neil Young, The Black Keys and the Foo Fighters appear at the Global Festival in New York’s Central Park. We’re joining forces up here for you,” says Young. Dave Grohl and Dan Auerbach join Young for a 10-minute rendition of Young’s ‘Rockin’ in the Free World.’ 60,000 plus attend the event that raises money and awareness for global poverty.
2012: Lisa Marie Presley was spotted serving up deep-fried treats on a mobile food truck called Mr Chippy. The 44-year-old daughter Elvis and Priscilla donned an apron and cooked battered cod for the locals. Kim Scales, who owned the business, said: “Lisa Marie likes to see how we live and experience British life. We were laughing because the customers didn’t know who she was. She really enjoyed it.” Lisa Marie had moved to the village of Rotherfield, East Sussex, two years ago from Los Angeles.
2013: KISS bassist Gene Simmons performs the U.S. national anthem at the NFL International Series game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings at London’s Wembley Stadium.
2015: The original 1962 contract signed by The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein sold at Sotheby’s for $553,121 as part of a Sotheby’s exhibition in London. Technically it’s the group’s second contract with Epstein, but the first to include Ringo Starr, who had recently replaced Pete Best on drums.
2015: Saxophonist Phil Woods dies from complications of emphysema in Stroudsburg, PA. He was 83. Woods was one of the leading alto saxophonists in the generation that followed Charlie Parker, and even ended up marrying Parker’s widow. Woods later played with Paul Simon on his 1975 album, ‘Still Crazy After All These Years,’ played a solo on the Steely Dan song ‘Doctor Wu,’ and in 1977 was prominently featured on Billy Joel’s ballad ‘Just the Way You Are.’
2015: Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini files a suit in Los Angeles Superior Court to prevent Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer’s band from performing as Ratt. “(He is) trying to take over the band and pawn himself and a cast of substitutes off as the genuine article,” claims DeMartini’s lawsuit.
2017: L7 release their first song in 18 years, ‘Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago.’ Inspired by the Trump presidency, the song is about storming the gates of Trump’s Florida resort.
2017: The soundtrack to the documentary Let’s Play Two is released. The film chronicles Pearl Jam’s ‘16 sold-out performances at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Frontman Eddie Vedder is a major Cubs fan.
2017: Bassist Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) partners with the Los Angeles Times in an op-ed taking on America’s opioid epidemic from a recovering addict’s perspective. Sixx, clean for 16 years, has advocated for addicts for over a decade.
2018: Otis Rush, one of the most influential Chicago blues artists of all time passed away due to complications of a stroke he initially suffered in 2003.
1955: James Dean died in an automobile accident in Cholame, CA. His iconic stance in films like ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ influenced countless rockers. He would show up in the lyrics to many songs, including Don McLean’s ‘American Pie.’ The Eagles even released a song called ‘James Dean.’
1961: Bob Dylan plays harmonica on friend Caroline Hester’s debut album. Producer John Hammond is so impressed he signs Dylan to a contract with Columbia Records.
1964: The Beatles continued recording sessions at Abbey Road for their 4th UK album ‘Beatles For Sale,’ recording various takes of ‘Every Little Thing,’ ‘What You’re Doing’ and ‘No Reply,’ which became the opening track on ‘Beatles For Sale.’
1965: Donovan made his US television debut on ‘Shindig!’ along with The Hollies, The Turtles and the Dave Clark Five.
1965: The Rolling Stones performed at the Gaumont Theatre in Hanley, Staffordshire, UK. Also on the bill were The Moody Blues, The Spencer Davis Group, The End and The Habits. Bill Wyman produced singles and the debut album of The End, for Decca Records.
1966: Chas Chandler offered Noel Redding the job of bass player in Jimi Hendrix’s new band, The Experience.
1966: Pink Floyd, along with Soft Machine, held a concert for the London Free School at the All Saints Church in Powls Gardens, London.
1967: On US TV’s David Frost Show, John Lennon and Paul McCartney espouse the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s doctrines of transcendental meditation.
1967: Van Morrison’s ‘Brown-Eyed Girl’ peaks at #10 on the pop chart.
1967: The ‘Crosby, Stills & Nash’ LP goes gold. The good news is blown away by the death of David Crosby’s “girlfriend/love of his life,” Christine Gail Hinton, in a San Francisco auto accident. Crosby spends years trying to cope with the tragedy.
1967: On the David Frost Show John Lennon and Paul McCartney promote transcendental meditation and the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1967: The Doors played at Family Dog in Denver, Colorado.
1969: Blood, Sweat & Tears single ‘And When I Die’ b/w ‘Sometimes In Winter’ 45 single is released.
1971: Yes kicks off their first tour with new keyboardist Rick Wakeman in Leicester, England.
1971: The Allman Brothers performed at the Civic Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The opening act failed to show up, so the band performed two sets.
1971: ‘Maggie May’ by Rod Stewart hits #1 on the Billboard Pop charts’
1971: Pink Floyd taped a live show at the Paris Cinema in London for BBC Radio One in which the band played ‘Fat Old Sun,’ ‘One of These Days,’ ‘The Embryo,’ and ‘Blues.’ It was broadcast twelve days later on Sounds of the Seventies omitting only the song “Blues.’
1972: Joe Walsh releases ‘Barnstorm.’ It’s his first album following his departure from the James Gang.
1972: UK Music magazine Melody Maker hosted the Poll Awards Concert at The Oval, Kennngton, South London. The headliner was Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Also on the bill, Wishbone Ash, Focus, and Genesis.
1972: The Grateful Dead performed an outdoor show at American University in Washington, DC.
1973: King Crimson appeared at Morris Auditorium in South Bend, Indiana.
1973: The Rolling Stones performed at Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany.
1974: Blue Oyster Cult Sound engineer Jay Sloatman brawled with a crew of Lynyrd Skynyrd roadies who believed he deliberately cut the sound during the band’s set at the Louisville Convention Center.
1977: Foghat performed a benefit concert at the Palladium in New York City to help the New York Public Library buy a collection of rare blues albums for its Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
1977: Eric Clapton performed at Shi Kokaido in Nagoya, Japan.
1977: Frank Zappa played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1977: Mary Ford (born Iris Colleen Summers) dies from complications of diabetes after being in a coma for 8 weeks. With her husband, she was one-half of the musical team, Les Paul and Mary Ford. In 1951 alone they sold six million records and earned $500,000. At that time, they had recorded more top ten hits than Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and The Andrews Sisters combined. She and Paul divorced in 1964.
1977: Ringo Starr released his 6th solo album ‘Ringo The 4th’ which went on to peak at #162 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Starr was shortly dropped from Atlantic Records after the release of this album.
1977: Foghat’s Tribute to the Blues concert takes place at the Palladium in New York City. Guests included John Lee Hooker and Paul Butterfield.
1978: Gary Moore released his 2nd solo album, ‘Back on the Streets.’
1978: Motorhead released their 3rd single, ‘Louie Louie.’
1978: Aerosmith’s reworking of The Beatles ‘Come Together’ makes it to #23 on the U.S. singles chart.
1979: KISS release their 21st single, ‘Sure Know Something.’
1984: KISS start their Animalize World Tour at the Brighton Centre in Brighton, England. It was guitarist Bruce Kulick’s first show with the band.
1985: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble release their 3rd studio album, ‘Soul To Soul.’
1985: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 2nd studio album, ‘Marching Out.’
1985: Motley Crue released their 6th single, ‘Home Sweet Home.’
1987: Roy Orbison’s comeback kicks in at a concert in Los Angeles at the Coconut Grove. It was filmed for the Cinemax special ‘Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night.’ Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, and J.D. Souther all perform at the show, which is billed as ‘Roy Orbison: A Black And White Night’ and is filmed in black and white.
1988: John Lennon posthumously gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star is located in front of Capitol Records and Yoko Ono attends the ceremony. None of the other Beatles are present.
1988: Van Halen kicked off the second leg of their tour in support on OU812 at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY.
1988: Forbidden release their debut album ‘Forbidden Evil.’ The album features future Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph and three of the songs were co-written by Robb Flynn.
1989: Aerosmith’s ‘Pump’ entered the album charts, it eventually peaked at #5.
1989: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts from Tesla’s ‘Love Song’ at #90 & Great White’s ‘The Angel Song’ at #88. Bad English’s ‘When I See You Smile’ was #38, Mötley Crüe’s ‘Dr. Feelgood’ #23, Aerosmith’s ‘Love In An Elevator’ #21, Skid Row’s ’18 & Life’ #6, and Warrant’s ‘Heaven’ was #2.
1989: Neil Young was the musical guest on the 15th season premiere of Saturday Night Live. Young performed ‘Rockin’ in the Free World,’ ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’ and ‘No More.’
1989: At the Foxboro-Sullivan Stadium in Massachusetts, The Rolling Stones shot the video for ‘Rock and a Hard Place.’
1991: MTV premieres Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ on their flagship alternative show 120 Minutes.
1992: Bruce Springsteen releases his 6th studio album ‘Nebraska.’
1993: The B-52s’ Kate Pierson staged a sit-in at Vogue magazine’s editorial offices to protest fur clothing.
1993: George Harrison and David Crosby made guest appearances on The Simpsons episode ‘Homer’s Barbershop Quartet.’ Homer recounts his brief pop success as a member of the B-Sharps. Following a bitter break-up, the B-Sharps reunite on the rooftop of Moe`s Tavern to sing their one hit ‘Baby On Board.’ George drives by in a limo and intones “it`s been done.”
1994: Testament release their 6th studio album, ‘Low.’ Low is dedicated to Savatage guitarist Criss Oliva.
It would be Testament’s last album with Atlantic Records.
1995: Red Hot Chili Pepper’s album ‘One Hot Minute’ enters the U.S. album chart at #4.
1996: King Diamond released their 7th studio album, ‘The Graveyard.’ It’s one of the most successful King Diamond’s albums, peaking at #23 on the Finnish Charts. It’s their last album to feature drummer Darrin Anthony.
1997: The Rolling Stones release the live LP, ‘Bridges To Babylon.’
1997: U2 cause controversy during its show in Tel Aviv, Israel, with frontman Bono appealing for the release from imprisonment of nuclear secrets traitor Mordechai Vanunu.
1997: Fleetwood Mac’s reunion show at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, grosses a house record of $1,094,520.
1997: Overkill release their 9th studio album, ‘From the Underground and Below.’ Two cover songs were recorded during these sessions; ‘No Feelings’ by Sex Pistols and ‘Space Truckin’ by Deep Purple. Lead singer Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth considers From the Underground and Below to be one of his favorite Overkill albums.
1998: On the Drew Carey Show, Drew and his gang decide to form a band that will play a gig at a local Ramada Inn. They need a guitarist, so they proceed to “audition” guest stars Joey Ramone, Slash, Lisa Loeb, Jonny Lang, Matthew Sweet, Dave Mustaine, Dusty Hill, Rick Nielsen, Roy Clark and Michael Stanley. They end up hiring Joe Walsh.
2003: Sting released his 7th solo album, ‘Sacred Love.’ Dominated by spiritual and political concerns, the album peaked at #3.
2003: Elton John auctioned off the contents of his London home at Sotheby’s. John said he needed to make room for his collection of photographs and modern art. It raised more than £1.4 ($2.24) million. An oil painting, entitled Madison Square Park, sold for £67,200, and a 19th Century portrait of Lieutenant George Dyer, painted by James Northcote in 1817, fetched £55,200. Sir Elton sold off the items so he could redecorate his home in a more modern style.
2004: Metallica appear on The Jane Pauley Show. They discuss their documentary ‘Some Kind Of Monster.’
2004: Mick Jagger held a press conference with Dave Stewart at Essex House in New York City to promote the soundtrack to the movie ‘Alfie.’ The re-make of the 1966 film also featured Joss Stone, Sheryl Crow and Nadirah Nadz Seid. The track ‘Old Habits Die Hard’ from the soundtack by Mick Jagger and David A. Stewart won the BFCA Award, Golden Globe, Sierra Award and the World Soundtrack Award.
2004: Pearl Jam appear CBS` Late Show With David Letterman.
2004: ‘Yes – The 35th Anniversary – Songs From Tsongas’ airs on the PBS program ‘Soundstage.’ Filmed at Tsongas Arena in Massachusetts, the show has the group’s most famous line-up: singer Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and drummer Alan White.
2004: The Red Hot Chili Peppers and former Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell perform at a Beverly Hills luau-themed benefit for the Autism Coalition and Surfers Healing, a nonprofit organization that offers surfing lessons for autistic children.
2004: Courtney Love was sued by a Los Angeles travel agency who claimed she owed them nearly 50,000 for unpaid airline tickets.
2004: Monster Magnet bassist Jim Baglino does jail time following a chaotic NY performance. “We had a really crazy show and there was no barricade and I swung my bass and hit a guy in the head,” explains Baglino.
2004: The Red Hot Chili Peppers and former Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell perform at a Beverly Hills luau-themed benefit for the Autism Coalition and Surfers Healing, a nonprofit organization that offers surfing lessons for autistic children.
2004: Bono calls on Europe and the United States to commit more resources to stemming poverty and AIDS in Africa. He addresses the annual conference of the United Kingdom’s governing Labour Party in Brighton, England. “This is not about charity, this is about justice,” says U2’s frontman.
2005 U.D.O. released their 10th studio album, ‘Mission No. X.’
2005: Foo Fighters and Weezer team up with Colorado’s Conscious Alliance, a nonprofit organization, to host a food drive in Denver prior to the bands’ co-headlining show. Non-perishable food items are collected for the Food Bank of the Rockies’ Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
2005: Filter frontman Richard Patrick, Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert and Dean DeLeo and former David Lee Roth drummer Ray Luzier form Army Of Anyone. The band released one self-titled album in November 2006 and went into hiatus in mid-2007.
2006: Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young are joined by Dave Matthews, Steel Pulse, Gov’t Mule, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer for the organization’s 21st anniversary concert at the Tweeter Center in Camden, New Jersey. The event grosses $1.1 million in ticket sales for U.S. family farmers. “It is unfortunate that we have to continue doing this,” says Young. “I really hope that we don’t have to do Farm Aid forever.”
2006: Weezer sues Miller Brewing Company for unlawfully using the group’s image in print advertisements that appeared in Rolling Stone magazine in 2004. Weezer claims the ads misappropriated the band’s name and unfairly implied that Weezer endorsed Miller products. Weezer seeks damages, Miller’s profits from the ads, punitive damages and prevention of future use of their image.
2006: Billy Joel puts his Long Island home on the market for $37.5 million.
2006: Jackson Browne and ex-Doobie Brothers singer-keyboardist Michael McDonald headline the fourth annual Ventura Hillsides Music Festival in Ventura, Calif. Proceeds from the event benefit the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy.
2006: ‘Shine On,’ Jet’s sophomore album, is released to mixed reviews. Most notably the indie music website Pitchfork’s review is nothing but a video of a chimpanzee urinating into its own mouth. The title track and third single from the record, ‘Shine On,”‘ is a tribute to Nic and Chris Chester’s dad, who died from cancer in 2004.
2007: Foo Fighters went to #1 on the UK album chart with Echoes Silence Patience & Grace, the band’s 6th studio album and second UK chart topper.
2008: Alice Cooper tones down his performance on CBS’ Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson after network officials deem a planned segment too graphic. Cooper initially intended to re-enact a scene from his ‘Vengeance Is Mine’ video by pretending to strangle a female audience member with a scarf.
2008: Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello releases his 2nd solo album under the Nightwatchman moniker, ‘The Fabled City.’ “My goal was to capture the energy and emotion of the Nightwatchman live shows,” says Morello. The disc features a guest appearance from System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian.
2008: Disturbed released their concert EP, ‘Live & Indestructible,’ exclusively through iTunes.
2008: ‘Nightmare Revisited’ is released. Marilyn Manson, KoRn, Rise Against, Flyleaf and Evanescence singer Amy Lee rework songs from Tim Burton’s 1993 movie ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas.’
2008: ‘The Rebirth Of Cool: U2 In The Third Millennium’ is in stores. The 68-minute documentary DVD has band member interviews, live footage and commentary from music journalists.
2008: The stage production of ‘The Toxic Avenger,’ with music and lyrics by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan opens in New Brunswick, NJ. The play is based on the 1986 horror comedy of the same name.
2009: Pearl Jam’s ‘Backspacer’ is the #1 album in the U.S according to Billboard. It’s the group’s first chart topper in 13 years – since ‘No Code’ in 1996.
2009: Bruce Springsteen plays the first of 5 sold-out shows to close out the life of Giants Stadium in Camden, New Jersey. At each concert, Springsteen performs one of his classic album, ‘Born To Run’ (2x), ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ and ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ (2x).
2010: After 10 years, the first ever John Lennon museum closes. Located outside of Tokyo, it shuts down because Yoko wants Lennon’s spirit to remain in motion, saying, “If the Museum which houses his spirit never moved, it would be a grave, not a Museum.”
2010: Black Label Society cancels shows after frontman Zakk Wylde suffers blood clots in his legs.
2011: Pearl Jam wrap up a week long tribute to Pink Floyd on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with a performance of ‘Mother.’
2012: Veteran bassist James Lomenzo (White Lion, Slash’s Snakepit, Megadeth, David Lee Roth, Black Label Socety) competes in the 21st season of ‘The Amazing Race.’ Lomenzo’s teammate is Mark “Abba” Abbattista, a friend and entertainment lawyer.
2013: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts release their 12th studio album, ‘Unvarnished.’
2013: Fates Warning released their 11th studio album, ‘Darkness in a Different Light.’
2013: The final episode of ‘Breaking Bad,’ which tells the fate of suburban meth maker Walter White, features Badfinger’s 1971 hit ‘Baby Blue.’ Streams of the song on Spotify rise 9,000 percent. Rhapsody, Slacker, AOL Radio, VidZone, Rdio, and Xbox Music are up over twenty-thousand percent. One week earlier, Badfinger sold only 200 albums.
2014: Fleetwood Mac launch their ‘On With The Show’ tour in Minneapolis, MN. It’s the group’s first tour in 16 years with singer/keyboardist Christine McVie.
2014: Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) releases his debut solo album, ‘Hesitant Alien.’ “I always felt like an alien,” says Way.
2014: ‘New Sights, New Noise,’ an “evolving exhibition project” produced by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, opens at the 80 WSE Gallery at NYU’s Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions. Stipe has a residence at the school as an artist and teacher.
2015: Mike Leon (Havok) makes his debut as Soulfly’s bassist on the group’s North American headlining tour. First stop is L.A.
2015: Carlos Santana became the latest victim of an Internet death hoax which said that he had passed away at the age of 68. In fact, one of his representatives confirmed that the Rock icon was alive and well.
2015: A Czech court throws out Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blyth”s legal bid to be paid $640,000 for financial damages resulting from his Czech Republic manslaughter trial. Blythe was charged with causing the death of a fan in ’10 and was acquitted in ’13.
2015: Sir Paul McCartney and Beck perform for a sell-out, star-studded audience at the PETA US 35th anniversary gala in Hollywood.
2016: A schoolboy from Philadelphia who skipped class to meet his musical hero handed his teacher an absence note with a difference. The typewritten note was signed by Bruce Springsteen. Fifth-grader Michael Fenerty met the star at a “meet-and-greet” in the Free Library of Philadelphia when Springsteen was in town signing copies of his new autobiography, ‘Born to Run.’
2016: Evanescence’s Amy Lee presents her first children’s album, ‘Dream Too Much.’ She was inspired by her father to make the album for her 2-year-old-son.
2017: Marilyn Manson is injured when a giant pistol stage prop he climbs falls on him during a New York City concert. Manson is rushed to the hospital and the remainder of the concert is cancelled “due to injury.” Subsequent shows are also cancelled.
2017: Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor speaks in defense of National Football League (NFL) players who take a knee during the National Anthem, to protest police brutality against African Americans. “First of all, this is America. You’ve got the right to protest; it is right in the goddamn Constitution,” says Taylor. “This is a peaceful protest. It is not disrespecting the troops, no matter how much you try to twist it that way.”