Three Days Grace release their second album, "One-X," with the single "Animal I Have Become." 2006
1950's 
Frank Zappa gets his diploma from Antelope Valley High, in Lancaster, CA. 1958
1960's 
1970's 
1980's 
Pat Benatar performs before a Philadelphia Phillies game. During the show she dances with the team’s green duck mascot. Fame can’t come too soon. 1980

Jerry Lee Lewis
Prior to “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” her first major success, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He deserves one for just surviving. 1989
1990's 
“Jagged Little Pill” is released. It’s Alanis Morissette’s debut album. 1995
2000's 
 
Metallica
Metallica
Kid Rock to pull out of England’s Download Festival. Reportedly suffering from "stomach cramps and dehydration," Rock is rushed to a Nottingham hospital. 2008Styx takes part in a salute to comic actor Adam Sandler. Sure, why not? 2007

Stone Temple Pilots
Styx and ZZ TopPrince of Asturias Award for the Arts, one of Spain's most prestigious honors. "He's a living legend of popular music," says Jose Llado Fernandez-Urrutia, president of the judging panel. 2007

Paul Rodgers performs at a benefit for the Los Angeles Police
Rush's world tour in support of their "Snakes & Arrows" album starts in Atlanta. 2007

Bob Dylan
Beach Boys founders and survivors, appear together publically for the first time in 10 years to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic “Pet Sounds” album. 2006

The Gold Cause Marketing Halo Awards in New York honors the Music Rising initiative (Best Transactional Campaign), which was co-founded by U2
Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and the E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt and Clarence Clemons. It is filmed in Orlando, FL. 2006

Medical news. KoRn
Neil Young concert film Heart Of Gold hits retail. The two-disc collector's edition features a bonus performance, interviews, rehearsal footage and a behind-the-scenes look into the life of Young and his backing band. 2006

Hank Williams Jr. tapes the video that opens ESPN's Monday Night Football games. Among those appearing in the clip are Aerosmith
Rush concert videos (previously only available in the VHS) drops. RushBilly Joel album, "12 Gardens Live," recorded during a record-breaking 12-night run of sold-out concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden, is issued. 2006

Joan Jett
Eric Clapton, Ringo StarrBob Dylan, Dave Matthews and The Dead on a farm halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga. 2004

John Fogerty's The Long Road Home: In Concert DVD, features the veteran rocker performing 26 songs from his solo career and his Creed
Elton John begins a series of concerts at New York`s Radio City Music Hall backed by students from London`s Royal Academy of Music and the Juilliard School. Proceeds from the first performance are donated to the Elton JohnElton John implores people to practice safe sex as he opens a memorial garden at a British clinic that treats AIDS and HIV. 2003

Metallica
’s “St. Anger” debuts at #1. The album’s release date is moved up to thwart bootleggers. 2003

Musical Scholarship and a program at Juilliard. John is a Royal Academy alum. 2004

Two die during at the third annual Bonnaroo Music Festival. Toxicology tests show both victims used drugs. There are numerous drug related arrests among the 150,000 who see
ence days. The DVD also shown in theaters across the U.S. The disc documents an ‘05 L.A. show. 2006

The DVD One Night Only Live drops. It’s taken from an ’05 benefit concert with appearances by
and Queen's Roger Taylor. Filmed in Surrey, England, for the Heart and Stroke Trust Fund Endeavour, the DVD has 23 performances and interviews. 2006

A two-disc
and the Blackhearts issue "Sinner," their first new studio album in nearly 12 years. On the album, Jett gets political for the first time. She says, "I've wanted to write about political issues and the state of our country, but how do you do that without coming off being preachy? I think a lot of that fear stopped me from even trying.” 2006

Re-packages arrive. A DVD box set of three
Replay X 3 features ‘82's Exit . . . Stage Left, ‘85's Grace Under Pressure and ‘91's A Show of Hands. Also, "Don't You Know Who I Think I Was?: The Best of the Replacements" is issued. The 20-song album includes new tracks recorded by bassist Tommy Stinson (last seen with Guns N’ Roses) and his former bandmates, singer-guitarist Paul Westerberg and drummer Chris Mars. "Message To The Boys" and "Pool & Dive," are the band's first recordings in 16 years. And finally, reissues of the first two Boston albums, ‘76's self-titled effort and ‘78's Don't Look Back, hit stores. Remastered by Tom Scholz, Boston's lead guitarist and studio wizard, the package features his liner notes. "Boston turned the disco-crazed music industry on its head," claims Scholz. 2006

A DVD version of
's Joe Perry, 's Jonathan Davis is released from a London hospital where he was treated for a blood disorder. "The doctors have determined that this was an isolated incident," says Davis. Also, guitarist Elliot Easton (The Cars and New Cars) undergoes surgery to repair the collarbone he broke the previous week from a fall on a tour bus. 2006

Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Mike Love,
guitarist the Edge. The event is part of the fourth annual Cause Marketing Forum conference. Music Rising assists musicians affected by ‘05’s Gulf Region hurricanes. 2006

Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman mounts a brief solo U.S. trek. The Grand Piano Tour features singer Ashley Holt. A bad case of the flu caused Wakeman to postpone the tour for three months. 2006

receives the 2007 Memorial Foundation. Proceeds aid the families of police officers killed or injured while on duty. 2007

perform on Spike TV's first annual Guys Choice awards show. singer Scott Weiland and drummer Eric Kretz are sued by Atlantic Records for allegedly threatening to prematurely end their recording contract with the label. "The band never threatened anything more than remaining away from the studio until equitable terms could be arranged," says STP in a statement. So they weren’t trying to end the deal just holding out. 2008

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The video for Hinder's take on Steppenwolf's classic "Born To Be Wild" debuts on NASCAR.com. The song promotes TNT's coverage of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. 2007
1930's 
Gary “U.S.” Bonds is born. No one knows whether the actually time of birth was a “Quarter To Three.” 1939
1960's 
Slayer vocalist-bassist, Tom Araya, celebrates his birthday. The fourth of nine kids, he is born in Viria del Mar, Chile. His family immigrates to L.A. while Araya is a child. 1961

The Beatles audition for producer George Martin at Abbey Road Studios in London. He's impressed and The Beatles start their recording career in earnest. 1962

Sean Yseult (real name, Shauna Reynolds), White Zombie bassist for 12 years, is born in North Carolina. She meets
Rob Zombie at the New York Punk club CBGBs in ‘85. 1966

"Just Like Us!" by
Paul Revere & The Raiders is the first Rock album on the Columbia label to go gold. 1967

The
Rolling Stones, while recording “Sympathy For The Devil” add the line “who killed the Kennedys?” This is a day after Presidential candidate Senator Robert Kennedy is murdered in L.A. (less than five years after his brother President John Kennedy was shot in Dallas). 1968
1970's 
KoRn's guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer is born in Rosedale, CA. 1970
1980's 
 
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
“Peace Sunday: We Have A Dream” concert at the Rose Bowl draws 85,000. Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, CSN, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Petty and Bonnie Raitt perform. 1982

Progressive Rock goes pop. Songs from the
Genesis album “Invisible Touch” manage to consecutively stay on the Hot 100 pop chart for a year. 1987

During a London press conference,
The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, a well-known environmentalist and animal rights activist, says her contribution to the environment would be “firebombing McDonald’s restaurants.” The fast-food corporation confronts Hynde, threatening legal action, forcing her to sign a document vowing to never repeat the statement again. 1989
1990's 
The record industry (RIAA) dishes out six platinum and multi-platinum album awards to Bob Seger. They’re for “Beautiful Loser,” “Against The Wind,” “Live Bullet,” “Night Moves,” “Nine Tonight” and “Stranger In Town.” 1991

The
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under The Bridge" peaks at #2 on the U.S. pop chart (Kris Kross’ "Jump" is #1). 1992

Pete Townshend picks up a Tony Award for “Best Original Score” for the Broadway production of “Tommy”(even though the score is a couple of decades old). 1992

Another reason the French hate Americans. The pay-per-view Guns N’ Roses Invade Paris! is broadcast. The show also has
Soundgarden, Jeff Beck, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and Lenny Kravitz. 1992
2000's 
Green Day are big winners at the 2004 California Music Awards in Oakland, taking home Most Downloaded Song honors for "I Fought the Law." Other winners include A.F.I. (Outstanding Group), Red Hot Chili Peppers (California Favorite), the Offspring (Outstanding Alternative Album), Metallica`s Kirk Hammett (Outstanding Guitarist) and Tesla (Spirit of Rock Award). 2004

Something in the water? It`s a tough day to be a Rock star. An undisclosed illness lands
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich in the hospital. Slipknot`s Joey Jordison and Slayer`s Dave Lombardo are among the drummers Metallica taps to fill in for Ulrich at Englan's 2004 Download Festival. Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, Aerosmith cancels a Birmingham, AL concert. An "unspecified illness" is listed as the reason though rumors claim it`s due to singer Steven Tyler`s throat problems. 2004

Mike Patton, ex-
Faith No More frontman, releases "Peeping Tom.” Meanwhile, it’s old home week with the release of Cheap Trick's "Rockford" (it’s where they’re from) containing the single "Perfect Stranger." The band celebrates by playing a special show in their hometown. 2006

Keyboardist Billy Preston dies at age 59 in Scottsdale, AZ. He contributed to the Beatles' "White Album," "Let It Be" and "Abbey Road" records and worked with the
Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, among many others. He also had a successful solo career ("Nothing From Nothing’" and "Will It Go Round In Circles"). Preston suffered from kidney failure and other problems as a result of high blood pressure. 2006

U2's Bono meets with President George Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to the start of the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm, Germany, to discuss the G8's commitment to helping Africa. Talks with Merkel prove difficult. "It was a tough meeting and we're now having a row with the chancellor's office about their aid numbers," writes Bono in a statement. 2007

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora checks into an L.A. detox facility following the taping of Bon Jovi's MTV Unplugged in New York. Sambora was visibly inebriated, missed notes and his backing vocals were off-key. Later, Sambora says, "I did detox, I didn't check into rehab. I was just drinking too much and I needed to get my life together." 2007

Aerosmith's European tour starts in Randers, Denmark. It's the group's first European trek since '99. 2007

Former
Soundgarden/Audioslave singer Chris Cornell makes a solo appearance to promote his "Carry On" album on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno. 2007

Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Randall Amplifiers introduce Hammet’s own signature amp. The KH-15 Hammett Signature Practice Amplifier has control labels written in the guitarist's own handwriting. 2008
 

 


 

Led Zeppelin’s unique and powerful drummer, the legendary John Bonham (back left), enters the world. In early Zeppelin promotional materials he is tagged as the “champion beer drinker in England.” Sadly, drink, among other vices, eventually does him in. 1948
1960's 
 
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix
In a “purple haze” Jimi Hendrix signs up for a three year Army hitch. 1961

With
Steve Winwood and Jimmy Page backing him, how could Joe Cocker miss? He couldn’t. His “With A Little Help From My Friends” album hits the charts. 1969
1970's 
The Eagles release “One Of These Nights.” 1975

The Who earns the title as “the loudest Rock band ever.” Their concert at the Charlton Athletic Grounds in England hits 120 decibels according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Any wonder Townshend constantly complains of hearing loss? 1976

Emerson, Lake & Palmer embark on their U.S. tour to support their mammoth “Works, Volume One” album backed by a 70-piece orchestra. 1977

Supertramp play Madison Square Garden. While on stage they are awarded a platinum album for “Breakfast In America.” 1979

Steely Dan earns a gold record for “Can’t Buy A Thrill.” The album features the group’s first hit “Reeling In The Years.” 1979
1980's 
The Rolling Stones play an unannounced show at London’s 100 Club, a citadel of the Punk movement. The Sex Pistols played there six years earlier. 1982

The first International Rock Awards are held in New York.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards picks up the Living Legend honor while Eric Clapton takes the trophy for Best Guitarist. 1989
1990's 
Alan McGhee, head of Creation Records, sees Oasis perform in Glasgow. Thinking he’s found a cross between the Sex Pistols and The Beatles, he signs the group. 1993

Stevie Wonder receives the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. 1999
2000's 
The Guess Who reunites for a tour. 2000

Jackson United, a side project of
Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett, releases their debut album, "Western Ballads." In addition to his guitar work, Shiflett handles lead vocals. 2005

Puddle Of Mudd release their first DVD, Live at the Key Club: Striking That Familiar Chord. The two hour concert was taped in West Hollywood the previous November. There’s also an acoustic set and band interviews. 2005

Get an "A" for attitude.
Billy Idol, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Alice Cooper are heard on the Rock School soundtrack. The documentary is about the Philadelphia music school for children who want to learn to Rock. What ever happened to “born” Rockers? 2005

VH1 Rock Honors, paying tribute to
Def Leppard, KISS, Judas Priest and Queen, is broadcast. 2006

Pearl Jam perform in front of a few hundred fans at a small New York club for a taping of an episode of VH1 Storytellers. The 10-song set that spans the group’s catalog, from "Alive" to "Life Wasted." 2006

Bob Dylan: Intimate Insights From Friends and Fellow Musicians is unveiled at Book Expo 2007 in New York. Collected by journalist Kathleen Mackay, the tome features stories about Dylan from Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, U2's Bono and members of the Beatles and the Band. 2007

U2 guitarist the Edge hosts the 2008 Icons of Music Sale in New York. The event benefits Music Rising, the Hurricane Katrina-relief charity he co-founded. The auction features rare memorabilia including two of The Edge’s guitars, Kurt Cobain’s bass and a hand written poem by Jim Morrison. Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, Metallica, Slash and Jimmy Page also contribute items. 2008

Ex-
Talking Heads frontman David Byrne transforms Battery Maritime Building in New York into a musical instrument by attaching devices that cause beams and pipes in the structure to vibrate and produce sound. It's an 11-day exhibition. 2008

KISS’ Gene Simmons is interviewed on A&E's Private Sessions. 2009

Kings Of Leon perform “Use Somebody” at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City. But why they are at the event is something of a mystery. Neither the song or the Kings Of Leon are in a movie. In the end, their performance is overshadowed by the antics of comic Sacha Baron Cohen who, dressed like an angel, “cheekily” lands in Rapper Eminem’s lap (bare bum and all). Of course it was all staged. Damn difficult to compete with that. 2009
 

 


 

 

Though hardly their best effort (does that really matter?), Linkin Park's third studio album, "Minutes To Midnight," debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 623,000 copies during its first week. "We're shocked and humbled by this extraordinary show of support," says guitarist Brad Delson. 2007
1960's 
 
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys
“Cathy’s Clown” is a chart-topper for the Everly Brothers. 1960

The
Beach Boys release their first #1 single, “I Get Around.” 1964

The Beatles issue “Paperback Writer” in the U.K. John Lennon’s “Rain” is on the B-side. 1966

It’s Phil Selway’s birthday. The
Radiohead drummer is from Oxfordshire, England. 1967
1970's 
 
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
Iron Butterfly disband one month after “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” falls off the Album Chart, following a 138 week run. 1971

Peter Gabriel plays his final show with Genesis before going solo. It’s in St. Etienne, France. 1975

“The Kids Are Alright” a documentary of The Who premieres in New York. 1979

Tom Petty files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in a financial battle with his record label, MCA. In the end, Petty gets Backstreet Records (controlled by MCA). This sort of stuff only makes sense to lawyers. 1979
1980's 
Though issued in the U.K. nearly five years earlier, AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” peaks at #3 on the U.S. album chart. 1981
1990's 
Five-and-a-half years after its release, Melissa Etheridge’s self-titled debut album goes platinum (one million sales). 1994

Fleetwood Mac concludes their “live” performance in front of an invited audience. The concert footage is shown on both MTV and VH1 and is released as “The Dance” CD. 1997
2000's 
 
Smashing Pumpkins
Smashing Pumpkins
Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan announces the group will disband following their current tour. Internal riffs and management troubles are tagged as the cause. 2000

“Mad Season” from Matchbox 20 is released. 2000

Ozzy Osbourne gets a Legend Award at the MTV Video Music Awards - Japan. 2004

It’s announced on
The Darkness’ web sit that bassist Frankie Poullain has left the group due to "musical differences." 2005

Audioslave cancel their entire summer European tour. They decide to put off playing overseas until after the release of their third album, "Revelations," later in the year. 2006

It’s
Sammy Hagar Day in San Bernardino, CA. The Red Rocker, a former area resident, pledges to support a local burn facility by donating proceeds from select tickets to the kickoff of his tour in nearby Devore. 2006

Def Leppard's covers album, "Yeah!," is finally released. The long delayed 14-track disc, the group's 12th studio effort, includes songs originally recorded by David Bowie, Electric Light Orchestra, Thin Lizzy, T. Rex, Free and the Kinks. "I thought it was about time we showed the world what our true roots were," says frontman Joe Elliott. "British pop rock from the early to mid-70s." Big surprise. They also perform on NBC's Tonight Show With Jay Leno. 2006

The two-CD expanded and remastered edition of
Eric Clapton's self-titled debut solo album is issued, following a three month delay. There are bonus tracks, including alternate renditions of "Don't Know Why" and "I've Told You for the Last Time" and an early version of "Let It Rain" titled "She Rides." 2006

ZZ Top singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons take parts in a musical tribute to late Country legend Buck Owens during the Academy Of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. 2006

Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End premieres in Tokyo. The highly touted appearance of
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards as the father of Capt. Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) turns out to be rather uneventful. A bearded Richards only gets to shoot a fellow pirate, play acoustic guitar and display Sparrow's mother's shrunken head (which looks a lot like Anita Pallenberg – just kidding). Depp modeled his Sparrow character after Richards. 2007

17 year-old Jordin Sparks wins American Idol. She's the youngest Idol winner ever and 74 million votes were cast. On the downside, past Idol winners take an ill-advised stab at songs from
The Beatles' "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" during the two-hour (over-long) season finale. This is actually worse than the Bee Gees/Peter Frampton attempt at the same thing in the “Sgt. Peppers” film three decades earlier. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry shows up but he's reduced to backing also-ran Sanjaya Malakar on a rendition of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" and playing on the "Peppers" fiasco. (Ozzy Osbourne is scheduled but backs out when producers ask him to perform with Malakar. Perry probably wishes he'd done the same. Later, Ozzy refers to Malakar as "a hairstyle-challenged idiot"). But the good news is Green Day performs John Lennon's "Working Class Hero." "We wanted to do "Working Class Hero" because its themes of alienation, class, and social status really resonated with us," says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. "It's such a raw, aggressive song... we felt we could really sink our teeth into it. I hope we've done him justice." The track appears on the John Lennon tribute album, "Instant Karma: The Campaign To Save Darfur." 2007

VH1 Classic’s My Playlist premieres with
Judas Priest talking about their 10 favorite music videos. 2008

Ex-
Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer Grace Slick is on hand for the opening of an exhibit of her artwork at a Las Vegas gallery. The display includes several Alice in Wonderland-inspired pieces, including one titled "The White Rabbit's Tea" that Slick created specifically for the showing. 2009

The two-day Schwab Fest '09, a music event held for U.S. Marines stationed in Okinawa, Japan, gets underway." "
Seether is used to some very intense crowds in the civilian world, but Schwab Fest really took the cake,” says Seether frontman Shaun Morgan. “The Marines' and sailors' passion was simply overwhelming." Seether guitarist Troy McLawhorn describes the experience as "the coolest thing we've ever done.” 2009

The Sasquatch! Music Festival in George, WA, gets underway.
Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction and Kings Of Leon headline the three day event. 2009

 

May Sixteenth Featured Artist

Nirvana bassist Krist Anthony Novoselic (on the right) is born in Compton, CA. He’s the son of Croatian immigrants. 1965
1950's 
Buddy Holly signs with Coral Records. 1957
1960's 
 
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys
Violinist Boyd Tinsley (Dave Matthews Band) has a birthday. 1964

The
Beach Boys release their classic “Pet Sounds” album. 1966

Give us your tired, poor but not your British Rock stars.
John Lennon is declared “an inadmissible immigrant to the U.S.” The ruling stems from his 1968 marijuana bust. The legal wrangling will go for years. 1969

A man rushes on stage and grabs the microphone. The Who’s
Pete Townshend thinks it’s just some crazy guy from the audience and boots him off the stage. Turns out, the fellow is a NY policeman who ran on stage to tell the Fillmore audience the building next door was on fire. Townshend is dragged from the stage by police officers and spends the night in jail. 1969
1970's 
Queen cancels the remaining dates on their U.S. tour when guitarist Brian May collapses with hepatitis. 1974

Foreigner’s debut album goes gold. Guitarist Mick Jones and Ian McDonald, from Spooky Tooth and King Crimson respectively, formed the group a year earlier. 1977
1980's 
Dr. George Nicjopoulous (Dr. Nick to his patients) is indicated on 14 counts of over-prescribing drugs to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. 1980

"On a bed of nails she makes me wait."
U2’s epic and tormented "With Or Without" is the #1 song in the U.S. A little further down, Poison’s “Talk Dirty To Me,” accompanied by a babe-loaded video, climbs to #9. 1987
1990's 
Guns N’ Roses start their European tour in Dublin. Soundgarden is the opening act. 1992

Melissa Etheridge’s "Never Enough" trek kicks off in Burlington, VT. 1992

Take It Easy or cashing The Long Run.
The Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over Tour ends. It’s seen by over 2 million fans and earns $135 million. 1995

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards takes a tumble breaking some ribs. The fall occurs in Richards’ Connecticut home as he reaches for a book of nude art. The accident forces the postponement of several "Bridges To Babylon" tour dates. 1998

The
Dave Matthews Band’s “Before These Crowded Streets” enters the U.S. charts at #1. 1998
2000's 
The world breathes easier when Prince announces that he will resume using his name (Prince) rather than a symbol to identify himself. The use of the symbol was his response to all sorts of corporate dealings that he had a problem with (to put it mildly). Now that the contracts have expired he’s back to being Prince again. 2000

Trent Reznor gets his day in a New York courtroom when he testifies in the lawsuit he filed the previous year against former
Nine Inch Nails business associate John Malm. Reznor accuses Malm of bilking N.I.N. out of millions through deception and shady business tactics. Hey, come on Trent, it’s the music business! That’s the norm. 2005

It’s announced that bassist Uriah Duff has joined
Whitesnake. He replaces Marco Mendoza who left to focus on Soul Sirkus and other musical projects. OK, so who else is in Whitesnake these days? 2005

The ninth time is the charm.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' ninth album, "Stadium Arcadium," sells 442,000 copies in its first week of release to earn the group its first #1 on the Billboard 200 monitor. The album tops the charts in 16 other countries as well. 2006

Paul McCartney and his second wife, Heather Mills McCartney announce they’re separating, confirming a spate of rumors. "Both of us still care about each other very much," the couple claim in a joint statement. "But [we] have found it increasingly difficult to maintain a normal relationship with constant intrusion into our private lives." The couple married in ’02 and had a daughter, Beatrice Milly, the following year. 2006

Busy guy.
Bono serves as guest editor for the London newspaper, The Independent. The publication donates half of the day's profits to the U2 singer's RED initiative to fight HIV/AIDS in impoverished nations. Bono interviews British Prime Minister Tony Blair and guitarist the Edge covering the revival of New Orleans' music scene. Then, Bono embarks on a 10-day mission to Africa to monitor the success of a campaign that seeks to fight poverty and disease on the continent. He visits six countries: Lesotho, Rwanda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Mali and Ghana. The trip is promoted by the DATA advocacy organization, which Bono co-founded. 2006

An imperfect circle.
A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel says the band may never take the stage again. "I think (A Perfect Circle/Tool singer Maynard James Keenan and I) both entertain the fact that (the group could reunite) but for right now we don't have any plans to do it again," adds Howerdel. "A Perfect Circle is done for now." 2006

Money for injuries. Mark Knopfler files suit against the female motorist who knocked him off his motorcycle in London some three years earlier. The former
Dire Straits frontman broke his collarbone, his shoulder and seven ribs in the accident. He also had to cancel a scheduled European tour while he recovered. The woman was convicted of careless driving and later deported to Ecuador. Knopfler seeks approximately $566,000 in damages. 2006

HellYeah announce that ex-
Damageplan bassist Bob "Zilla" Kakaha has replaced Jerry Montano, who left the group. HellYeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who played with Kakaha in Damageplan, wanted to work with Kakaha again. 2007

The Who open their European tour in Lisbon, Portugal. "If you want to catch the new Who at their most effective for 20 years, come and join us," says guitarist
Pete Townshend of the tour. 2007

The
Steve Miller Band perform at the second annual Matt's Promise Benefit Concert in New York. The event raises money to fund treatment, research and education programs for young people with terminal illnesses. 2007

ZZ Top cancels their summer European tour because bassist Dusty Hill is suffering from a benign growth in his inner ear. Medication is used rather than surgery. 2007

Tracks from
3 Doors Down's self-titled album appear on TouchTunes digital jukeboxes four days before the disc hits stores. Also, the two-day second annual Riverfront Park Crawfish Boil has headliner 3 Doors Down sharing the stage with Finger Eleven and Papa Roach. 2008

The video for "Love Remains The Same," the first single from former Bush singer
Gavin Rossdale's debut solo album, "Wanderlust," premieres online. 2008

Just a day following the release of "21st Century Breakdown,”
Green Day performs on the season finale of NBC's Saturday Night Live. 2009

The two-day Rock On The Range 2009 gets underway with headliners
Slipknot and Mötley Crüe. Alice In Chains, KoRn, Hoobastank, Buckcherry and Avenged Sevenfold also perform at the Columbus, OH, event. 2009

Rock Stars' Cars & Guitars 2 exhibit opens in Dearborn, MI. On display are
Pete Townshend's ‘56 Lincoln and a smashed Rickenbacker guitar sculpture; costumes and guitars from KISS, including Gene Simmons' "Axe" bass guitar and Paul Stanley's "Star" guitar; Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason's Lola/Cosworth T297 race car; a ‘68 Ford Mustang Fastback, "Bullitt," driven by Sheryl Crow for her music video, "Steve McQueen; " ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons' 1932 Ford Coupe, "Eliminator;" and a ‘53 Buick Skylark owned by Metallica's James Hetfield. 2009


 
2010's 
Vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and later fronted Heaven & Hell and Dio, dies in a Houston hospital where he was being treated for stomach cancer. 2010

 

 
This Week in Rock History
Goldy McJohn , Steppenwolf’s keyboardist, is born in Toronto with the name John Goadsby. 1945
1950's 
Foreigner vocalist, Lou Gramm (Lou Grammatico), is born in Rochester, NY. 1950

Bassist Prescott Niles (
The Knack) has a birthday. 1954

Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel,” Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes” and Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” appear simultaneously on the pop and R&B charts. Presley and Perkins also occupy the #1 and #2 positions, respectively on the Country & Western charts. 1956

The Biggest Rock and Roll Show of ’56 packs ‘em in with
Bill Haley & His Comets and Bo Diddley, among other acts. The caravan tour starts in Hershey, PA. 1956

Elvis Presley records one of his best songs, “Jailhouse Rock.” 1957
1960's 
Elvis Presley starts filming G.I. Blues, his first post-Army film, in L.A. He plays a U.S. soldier stationed in Germany. That’s “art” imitating life. 1960

The Beatles Second Album,” with “She Loves You” tops the U.S. album chart just two weeks after its release. It makes it to #1 faster than any other album to date. Meanwhile, the Rolling Stones self-titled debut rules the U.K. album chart displacing “With The Beatles.” 1964

The
Beach Boys abandon their “Smile” project. Numerous bootlegs circulate before songs created for the album get an official release. 1967
1970's 
 
It took three and a half years but Bruce Springsteen’s “The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle” goes gold. 1977

The Who’s film “Quadrophenia” premieres in London. 1979

The Who perform for the first time with new drummer Kenney Jones. The ex-
Faces drummer replaces Keith Moon who died the previous year. 1979
1980's 
The South African government bans Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)” because the “we don’t need no education” line has become an anthem for black children receiving inferior schooling. 1980

Adam and the Ants call it quits when
Adam Ant departs for a solo career. 1982

Poison’s sophomore album, “Open Up And Say… Ahh,” enters the LP chart where it rises to # 2. 1988
1990's 
 
Bonnie Raitt is awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston. 1992

Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” peaks at #32 on the pop chart. 1992

U2 begin a U.S. trek with Rage Against The Machine as the supporting act. The first stop is in Salt Lake City. 1997
2000's 


During a Boston club gig to promote his solo album, guitarist Joe Perry is joined by fellow
Aerosmith bandmate Steven Tyler who plays harmonica and provides backing vocals. 2005

Pearl Jam release their first studio effort for their new label, J Records. It’s their eighth studio album and contains the single "World Wide Suicide." 2006

Tool unveils "10,000 Days." The 11 song set includes first single "Vicarious," "Jambi," "Wings For Marie (Pt 1)," "10,000 Days ("Wings" Pt 2)," "The Pot," "Lipan Conjuring," "Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann)," "Rosetta Stoned," "Intension," "Right in Two" and "Viginti Tres." The group also launches a North American tour in support of the album. It starts in Seattle and ends three weeks later in Boston. 2006

Apple stores in the UK and North American conduct advance listening parties for the
Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Stadium Arcadium" double album that is released a week later. 2006

Godsmack's "IV," tops the Billboard 200 chart. Selling 211,000 copies in its first week the album is the second CD from the Boston group to debut at #1. ‘03’s "Faceless" was the first. 2006

 
U2 frontman Bono offers his support to a bipartisan group of U.S. legislators who are pushing a bill to add $10 billion to a global-education fund. "I can't vote for any of them, but I'm thankful for what they're doing," says Bono. Also, the singer presents the Front Line Award for Human Rights Defenders to Gégé Katana, an activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, at a ceremony in Dublin, Ireland. For once Bono is giving an award rather than receiving one! 2007

The first of three sold-out concerts paying tribute to Boston frontman Brad Delp is held in Arlington, MA. In My Life: A Concert for Brad features members of Delp's Beatles tribute act BeatleJuice. Delp committed suicide, two months earlier, on March 10. 2007

FOX's American Idol gets down to the nitty-gritty while the finalists get some pointers during a
Bon Jovi appearance. Jon Bon Jovi had previously advised each contestant on their performance. 2007


A collection of photos by
Bryan Adams of Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart, among others, is on display in New York. The two-week Hear The World Ambassadors exhibition is part of an initiative to raise awareness of hearing loss. 2008

Ringo Starr discusses his life as a member of The Beatles and his solo career on a HBO special - Ringo Starr: Off The Record. 2008

Bon Jovi make their first-ever appearance at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It’s the Jazz Fest’s 40th anniversary. 2009

 
2010's 
 
KoRn is a featured act on the 2010 Jägermeister Music Tour that starts at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, SC. "KoRn is not only a Grammy-winning band, but one that had been vocal about their love for Jägermeister since the 90s," says Bill Henderson, Jägermeister Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising.
 

 
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“Because The Night” is released by the Patti Smith Group. Composed by Smith and Bruce Springsteen, it is the group’s most successful recording making it to #13. 1978
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One time Animals leader and the man given credit for arranging “House Of The Rising Sun,” keyboardist Alan Price is born. 1942
1950's 
Rod Morgenstein (Winger, Dixie Dregs) birthday. The New York native plays drums and is a music educator. 1953
1960's 
John and George leave the Maharishi’s digs in India. Paul and Ringo have already bailed. This pretty much ends The Beatles quest for the Maharishi’s brand of spiritual enlightenment. 1968

A cover of Otis Redding’s classic, "Try A Little Tenderness," ("Oooo, she may be weary," not "wooly" like they sang in Bull Durham) is
Three Dog Night’s first charting single. Gets all the way to #29. 1969
1970's 
The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and others, petition President Jimmy Carter to end America’s commitment to nuclear power. 1978
1980's 
Brian Johnson is AC/DC’s new lead singer replacing the deceased Bon Scott. “Back In Black” is the first album with Johnson. 1980

Blondie’s "Call Me" (from the American Gigolo soundtrack) is the #1 song in the U.S. Pink Floyd’s "Another Brick In The Wall” is #2. 1980
1990's 
Aerosmith is the big winner at the Boston SKC Awards. Joe Perry is voted Outstanding Guitarist, Tom Hamilton – Outstanding Bassist, “Pump” – Outstanding Pop/Rock Album, “Janie’s Got A Gun” – Outstanding Song/Songwriter and the group earns Outstanding Pop/Rock Band. What didn’t they win? 1990
2000's 
 
No excuses anymore. Alice In Chains’ frontman Layne Staley is found dead. Drug overdose is listed as the probable cause. Coroner says he may have been dead for up to two weeks before his body was discovered. 2002

Billy Corgan performs his first-ever-solo acoustic show in his native Chicago. The 90 minute set features 14 new songs. 2004


Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler releases "Ohmwork." The disc is a follow-up to the 1997 effort, "Black Science." 2005

"XXX: State Of The Union" soundtrack is unleashed with
KoRn and Rapper Xzibit’s cover of Public Enemy's classic "Fight The Power." The soundtrack also features a mash-up with Three Days Grace and Atlanta Rapper Bone Crusher. The film is in theaters ten days later. 2005

Universally Speaking.
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea denounces President George W. Bush in an online message. "Bush should definitely be impeached," writes Flea. "He is a liar and his lies have [brought] misery to millions of people." As a result, the Peppers fall from the short-list of White House entertainment options. 2006

A Florida judge throws out an invasion-of-privacy suit brought against
Scott Stapp and video distributor World Wide Red Light District by a woman who appeared in a ‘99 sex tape with the ex-Creed singer and Kid Rock. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gerald Hubbart rules that the woman cannot sue while remaining anonymous. She is given 20 days to re-file under her own name. 2006

In his own write… and draw. A school exercise book hand-illustrated by a 12-year-old
John Lennon is among the Beatles-related memorabilia up for bid during a London auction. There’s also a logbook of an ‘80 trip to Bermuda and Lennon’s christening bracelet. 2006


The De-Faced Value art exhibit featuring images of Phil Collins reworked by various artists and musicians opens at a London gallery.
Robert Plant, Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman and ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman created portraits by painting over copies of the Collins albums "Face Value" and "No Jacket Required." Proceeds benefit the U.K. charity Children In Hunger. 2007

KoRn announces that Slipknot's Joey Jordison is their drummer for their Family Values Tour. The announcement is made at a KoRn hosted costume ball held in a Los Angeles cemetery. 2007



Nine Inch Nails perform a secret gig for a small group of fans in an abandoned Los Angeles warehouse. The attendees are summoned by cell phone to an "Art Is Resistance" meeting. It's part of the "Year Zero" album promotional campaign. 2007

Van Halen takes the stage in Las Vegas at Tiger Woods' annual Tiger Jam charity event, which raises approximately $1.5 million. "I cannot play golf for s**t," quips frontman David Lee Roth. "But I can ruin my knee with the pros." 2008

Metallica "hang out" at Rasputin Music shop in Mountain View, CA, as part of Record Store Day, a national celebration of independent record retailers. The group signs autographs and talks with fans. 2008

A tribute concert for
Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans, who has cancer, takes place in Columbus, MS. Called the Mississippi Kid Festival, there are performances by Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke, as well as members of 38 Special, the Marshall Trucker Band and Molly Hatchet. Evans joined Skynyrd in ’01. 2009
 
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1940's 
Influential bassist Jack Cassady enters the world. Aside from his lengthy stint with Jefferson Airplane, Cassady is also heard on the Jimi Hendrix album “Electric Ladyland.” 1944
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The Black Crowes' Chris and Rich Robinson embark on their first acoustic tour, called Brothers Of A Feather. They play covers, Crowes classics and new material. The first stop on the two week trek is Brooklyn, NY. 2006

 

The first single from
Ozzy Osbourne's "Black Rain" album, "I Don't Want To Stop," is on his web site. 2007

Founding
Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, ex-Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and former Boston axeman Barry Goudreau (collectively called Super Group) back Chuck Berry at a benefit concert in Boston. The event raises money for the Right Turn organization that supports New England musicians fighting substance abuse and other health issues. 2008

The Who's Roger Daltrey and
Pete Townshend play a special acoustic set during the final night of the Teenage Cancer trust’s 2008 concert series at London's Royal Albert Hall. "I was really thrilled when Pete called up and offered to do this," says Daltrey, a longtime supporter of the charity. 2008

Queen guitarist
Brian May begins his tenure as chancellor of England's Liverpool John Moores University. "I am passionate about education and lifelong learning," says May in a statement. "It is never, ever too late to start learning. I proved that by completing my Ph.D., 30 years after I started it." 2008

Legendary Wall Of Sound producer Phil Spector (Beatles,
John Lennon, George Harrison, Tina Turner, Righteous Brothers) is found guilty of second degree murder in the ’03 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberates for nine days before finding the verdict. A mistrial was declared in ‘07 following a jury deadlock. 2009
2010's 
 
 
 
 
4/12/2010
The Rude Awakening's "This Week in Rock n Jock History"
 
1940's 
Steve Howe, guitarist for Yes and Asia, is born in Holloway, North London. 1947
1960's 
Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin (born Jeffrey Dean Isbell) starts his life in Lafayette, IN. He is best known for his tenure with Guns N’ Roses. 1962

Julian Lennon, John Lennon’s eldest child and a musician in his own right, is born in Liverpool. 1963
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What a difference a year makes. Jet plays their first L.A. concert. Just 50 people show up. Exactly one year later, the group plays two sold out L.A. shows at the legendary Wiltern theater. 2003 & 2004

Vince Neil pleads no contest to battery charges stemming from a `03 incident in which the former Mötley Crüe frontman allegedly assaulted a prostitute at a legal Nevada brothel. The judge gives Neil a 30-day suspended jail sentence, orders him to complete anger-management sessions and fines him $1,000. 2004


Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash performs the U.S. and Canadian national anthems at the Toronto Blue Jays' home opener against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox. 2005

There bird flu and then there's the
Rolling Stones. So which is the bigger threat? The Rolling Stones perform their first-ever concert in China. The Shanghai concert comes three years after the group canceled two shows in the country because of the SARS epidemic. However, the Stones are asked by Chinese censors to exclude certain tunes from their set list. The songs deemed too racy for Chinese audiences include: "Beast of Burden," "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women" and "Let's Spend the Night Together." 2006