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Neil Young's 20th annual Bridge School Benefit Concert gets underway. The two day event at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA, features Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails' frontman Trent Reznor, who gives a rare acoustic set. Young joins Pearl Jam onstage and sits in on pump organ to play "Good Vibrations" with Brian Wilson. When the Dave Matthews Band covers Young’s "Cortez The Killer," Neil adds acoustic guitar. Proceeds go to the nonprofit learning organization for physically or verbally impaired children that Young's wife co-founded. This is the fifth year Pearl Jam performs at the Bridge School concerts. 2006
1940's  Keyboardist Manfred Mann is born. Mann lends his name to a British invasion era group (Manfred Mann) and later starts the Earth Band which covers a couple songs (including “Blinded By The Light”) from an up and coming singer/songwriter named Bruce Springsteen. 1940

Booker T. & The MG’s guitarist, the legendary Steve Cropper, enters the world. 1941

Guitarist Elvin Bishop is born in Glendale, CA. After living in Iowa and Oklahoma Bishop moves to Chicago. He joins the Paul Butterfield Blues Band before starting the Elvin Bishop Group. They’re best remembered for the ’76 hit "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" (with vocals by future Jefferson Starship singer Mickey Thomas). 1942

Chicago’s trumpet player, Lee Loughnane, has a birthday. He’s a native of Elmwood Park, IL. 1946
1950's  The Go-Go’s Charlotte Caffey has a birthday. The guitarist-songwriter hails from Santa Monica, CA. 1953

Toto’s Steve Lukather is a native of San Fernando Valley, CA. Today’s his birthday. 1957

One of Elvis Presley’s best songs, "Jailhouse Rock," is #1 in the U.S. for the first of seven weeks. And a few months later, the song is the first ever to enter the U.K. chart in the top slot. 1957

Buddy Holly has his last recording session. Among the songs taped is “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.” 1958

1960's  Bob Dylan records his debut album for Columbia Records in a day at a cost of $400. Dylan plays guitar, harmonica and sings. 1961

Elvis Presley’s original bassist, Bill Black, dies in Memphis of cancer at age 39. 1965
1970's  The silly “My Ding-A-Ling” is Chuck Berry’s most commercially successful single. Yes, bigger than “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Johnny B. Goode” or “Rock and Roll Music.” Amazing. 1972

1980's  The Police kick off a North American tour in Winnipeg. 1980

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Carl Perkins’ "Blue Suede Shoes," George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Dave Edmunds take a run at the song in London for a TV special. 1985
1990's  To support their "Painkiller" album, Judas Priest embark on a North American tour. It starts in Montreal and is the first tour with drummer Scott Travis. 1990

Elvis becomes a granddad (posthumously). Daughter Lisa Marie Presley gives birth to Benjamin Storm Keough. 1992

A cocaine overdose claims the life of Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon in New Orleans. 1995

2000's   
Elton John signs a three-year, $50 million deal to perform 75 shows at Caesar`s Palace. 2003.

Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry appears in Limp Bizkit`s video "Behind Blue Eyes" locking lips with frontman Fred Durst. The Who cover is on the group's "Result May Vary" CD. 2003

Peter Gabriel releases a DVD compilation of his videos. The package includes his hits, "Sledgehammer" and "Shock the Monkey." Also, U2 Show: The Art of Touring, a book featuring hundreds of rarely seen U2 concert and band photos, is in stores. The publication includes interviews with the group, other artists, music industry executives and the road crew. 2004

The Scorpions begin their U.S. tour to support their "Unbreakable" CD in Seattle. Tesla and Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) are supporting acts. 2004

U2 Show: The Art of Touring, a book featuring hundreds of rarely seen U2 concert and band photos is in stores. The publication includes interviews with the group, other artists, music industry executives and road crew. 2004

Revolution Rock: The Story of the Clash, an exhibit featuring the pioneering London Punk band opens at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Ex-Clash guitarist Mick Jones participates in a discussion focusing on the group. 2006

Alice In Chains are among more than 20 bands that perform in different cities across North America as part of MySpace.com's Rock For Darfur initiative to help the battle-torn region of Sudan. AIC play in Winston-Salem, NC, and a portion of profits benefit the Oxfam humanitarian organization. 2006

Drummer Sandy West, founding member (along with Joan Jett) of the all-female ‘70s power-pop group, the Runaways (“Cherry Bomb”), dies of lung cancer at age 47. “We shared the dream of girls playing Rock n’ Roll,” says Jett. “Sandy was an exuberant and powerful drummer.“ 2006

National Geographic Channel special called Incredible Human Machine features Steven Tyler's vocal cords. There’s high-definition footage of the Aerosmith frontman's larynx taken during his spring ‘06 throat surgery. Tyler underwent an experimental operation to repair a burst blood vessel in his throat that caused the cancellation of a number of Aerosmith tour dates. 2007

Always go to IHOP after a gig. Kid Rock is arrested for simple battery early in the morning after a scuffling with a patron who argued with a woman in Rock's entourage at the Waffle House in Atlanta. Rock and five other 'associates' are taken into police custody. They’re released after posting a bond. 2007

A free copy of Ray Davies (The Kinks) solo album, "Working Man's Café," is in the Sunday Times of London. "Personally, it's about reaching as many people as possible," says Davies. 2007.

Metallica’s North American tour in support of their album “Death Magnetic” starts in Glendale, AZ. The album has a prominent position on the set list. "We're probably gonna learn all of them and play, I hope, at least five {songs from the album} a night," says drummer Lars Ulrich, prior to the trek. 2008

“Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse” is issued. It’s the soundtrack to the Julian Schnabel-directed Lou Reed concert film Berlin. The film shows Reed performing his ’73 “Berlin” album in a series of New York shows. 2008

“Ikons,” a four-CD KISS box set, is out. Each disc focuses on songs that showcase a different founding member. Yes, that was done before with individual solo albums. 2008

Jackson Browne plays the Dream Believe Achieve Inspiration Gala in L.A. Proceeds benefit nonprofit groups that "provide educational, recreational and cultural opportunities" for South Los Angeles youths and their families. 2008
2010's  Aerosmith's lead singer Steven Tyler sings the National Anthem at the Boston Bruins home opener. He’s there to help the hockey team's foundation kick-off their season-long fundraising raffle for a customized Bruins motorcycle built by Tyler's motorcycle company, Dirico Motorcycles. 2010

‘I Met The Walrus‘, an animated video that tells the story of a young Beatles fan, Jerry Levitan, meeting John Lennon in a hotel room, is named one of the top 25 ‘most creative YouTube videos ever’. Over 23,000 videos were submitted from 91 countries. 2010

Arcade Fire appear on The Colbert Report as the 'Reflektors' (the title of their fourth album). During the pre-performance interview, host Stephen Colbert jokingly tells Arcade Fire’s Winn and Will Butler, "I'm just glad you're not like Arcade Fire, though. Those guys: kind of pretentious." The Butlers laugh off the dig and perform “Normal Person.” 2013

“.5: The Gray Chapter” by Slipknot is out. The group’s fifth studio album is their first in six years and the first to not include bassist Paul Gray and drummer Joey Jordison. Gray died in ‘10 (the album's title being a reference to him), and Jordison parted ways with the band in ‘13. 2014

“Man On the Run” is the title of Bush’s sixth studio album. The set’s lead single is "The Only Way Out.” 2014

Primus hide five golden tickets for ‘free shows for life’ in vinyl versions of their album “Primus And The Chocolate Factory,” a Willy Wonka-inspired effort. 2014

Gene Simmons gives the world Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life and Business. The bassist advises readers based on his experience building the KISS brand. 2014


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