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Declan Patrick McManus is born in London. Taking the most famous first name in Rock and his grandmother's maiden name, he becomes Elvis Costello. 1954
1940's  KISS demon Gene Simmons is born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel. 1949

1950's  Robert John Arthur Halford, better known as Rob Halford, has a birthday. The Judas Priest frontman's multi-octave range, high-pitched screams and leather-clad image (not to mention his straddling a motorcycle on stage) made him a Metal prototype. 1951
1960's  Def Leppard guitarist, Vivian Campbell, is born in Belfast. He works with Dio, Whitesnake and even Lou Gramm (Foreigner) before joining the group in '92 (well after Leppard's prime). 1962

"He blew his mind out in a car." Paul McCartney is fined and given a one year suspended license for speeding. 1963

Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian has a birthday. 1966

The Beatles attend a Spiritual Regeneration League conference in Bangor, Wales to study meditation with Marharishi Mahesh Yogi. So begins the group's relatively brief flirtation with Eastern mysticism. 1967
1970's  Elton John plays his first U.S. show. It's at the Troubadour in L.A. 1970

The Allman Brothers release "Ramblin' Man." On the same day their "Brothers and Sisters" LP hits the charts. 1973

Rod Stewart's solo career is taking off and bassist Tetsu Yamauchi can't get a U.K. work permit so it's a good time for the Faces to call it quits; which is exactly what they do. Guitarist Ron Wood lands in the Rolling Stones. 1973

"Born To Run" is Bruce Springsteen's third album but his first to go platinum. 1975

"Boston" (by Boston) is released and becomes one of the all-time best selling albums. 1976

Billed as a "diary of life on the road," Jackson Browne's "Running On Empty" goes platinum (one million copies). 1978

"Get The Knack" and the single "My Sharona" rule. #1 album, #1 single. The Knack's biggest hit has a six week run at the top of the pop chart. 1979
1980's   
Fleetwood Mac's "Mirage" album goes platinum. "Hold Me" and "Gypsy" are hits. 1982

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards sign a contract with Columbia Records. The deal provides the Rolling Stones $28 million for four albums. 1983

"...And Justice for All" is the fourth studio album by Metallica. The multi-platinum set is the group's first full studio album with bassist Jason Newsted, following the death of Cliff Burton in '86. 1988
1990's  Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant tape an MTV Unplugged show in London. Being wits, they call it Unledded. 1994

Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley get a divorce. Now, you knew that wasn't going to last. 1994

Oasis (namely the Gallagher Brothers, Liam and Noel) announce that bassist Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan has left the group. 1999
2000's   
A tribute band's dream. During Metallibash in San Francisco, Metallica cover band Creeping Death is joined onstage (for a half-dozen songs) by Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett. 2001

Ravonettes issue "Chain Gang Of Love," their full-length debut. 2003

So you don't want to be elected anymore? Alice Cooper, criticizes the near countless number of Rock musicians supporting Democratic presidential nominee, John Kerry. Cooper, a Republican, tells Canadian Press that fans shouldn't get their political views from musicians. "Why are we Rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night." 2004

Singer Ryan McCombs makes his debut with Drowning Pool at the Dallas stop of Ozzfest. He replaces Jason Jones who left the band earlier in the summer. 2005

Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Snoop Dogg's benefit for Snoop Youth Football League in Los Angeles. The Rapper's sports program encourages participants to excel academically. 2005

So who is the Best Band on the Planet or the Best Live Band? Well, according to the 12th annual Kerrang! Awards, held in London, both honors go to the same group, Green Day. Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor are also honored by the British Metal magazine. During the ceremony Marilyn Manson, who gets an Icon Award, announces his impending retirement from music to focus on acting and directing. 2005

The war of words continues between Sharon Osbourne and Iron Maiden following the group's final Ozzfest appearance five days earlier. In the latest missive, Sharon Osbourne admits that she cut Iron Maiden's sound during the band's set, maintaining it was in retaliation for on stage remarks singer Bruce Dickinson made criticizing her husband, Ozzy. The ever charming Dickinson says he doesn't hold a grudge against Ozzy or Black Sabbath over the incident. 2005

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards lights a cigarette during a Bigger Bang European tour show in Hampden Park, Glasgow, and is charged with violating the city's anti-smoking ordinance. But Richards escapes a fine because city officials determine "the stage for the concert was not of the dimensions to be covered by the smoking ban legislation in Scotland." Gotta figure nicotine is probably one of the least harmful drugs Richards has ever ingested. 2006

Roger Waters French Revolution opera, Ca Ira, premieres in front of 12,000 people in Poznan, Poland. The ex-Pink Floyd singer-bassist appears onstage to dedicate the production, which features 380 performers, to "those who fought for human rights." 2006

A concert paying tribute to late Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley is held in Seattle, the band's hometown. Daughtry headlines the event, while the surviving A.I.C. members appear in a memorial video. Staley would have turned 40 the previous week. 2007

Metallica begins previewing songs from "Death Magnetic" online. The album is released a couple weeks later. The tracks are available for download via iTunes. 2008

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joey Kramer give a special performance during the finale of the Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Rocks the Hard Rock competition in Boston. The winner gets a Tyler designed a custom-made Red Wing motorcycle. The event is part of the Boston for Africa benefit. 2008

Jet issue their third album, "Shaka Rock." "I think 'Shaka Rock' is like when TV went color," says drummer Chris Cester. "It's our musical equivalent." To promote the album, Jet appears on the David Letterman Show. 2009

"Collective Soul (Rabbit)" is out. The set was produced by the band and recorded at singer Ed Roland's home studio. 2009

Vertical Horizon unfurl their sixth studio album, "Burning The Days." '80s pop singer Richard Marx and Rush's Neil Peart are heard on the album. 2009

Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde is hospitalized in Eugene, OR, suffering from blood clots in both lungs and one leg. The illness forces Black Label Society to cancel the remaining dates of their Pedal To The Metal tour. "[I] can't sing because pushing can cause an embolism," writes Wylde on his Twitter page. Tour partners Mudvayne and Static-X press on. 2009

"Halloween II" soundtrack is released. The Moody Blues, Rod Stewart and Foghat are on the soundtrack. The film, in theaters three days later, was written and directed by Rob Zombie. 2009

Cheap Trick issues "Sgt. Pepper Live," a concert CD and DVD titled which showcases the group's '07 New York performance of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album. Proceeds go toward the Prostate Cancer Foundation. 2009

The soundtrack to "Taking Woodstock," the Ang Lee-directed comedy inspired by the story behind the '69 festival, drops. There are songs by Woodstock performers Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and The Band. 2009

Carlos Santana bobbleheads are given away to fans as part of the San Francisco Giants Latino Heritage Night promotion. Proceeds benefit Santana's Milagro Foundation. 2009
2010's   
U2 plays their first concert in Russia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. But before the show police arrest Amnesty International activists who are handing out leaflets, and force volunteers for other non-profits, including Greenpeace Russia and U2's own ONE Campaign Against AIDS, to leave the area. All those arrested are later released. The audience is the "the biggest crowd at a Russian rock concert since Pink Floyd played Moscow's Olympic Stadium in '89." 2010

The Libertines (Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, Gary Powell and John Hassall) give their first public concert, since their '04 break-up, at the Forum in Kentish Town. The group plays before an audience of 300. 2010

Publisher Little, Brown and Company announces that Keith Richard's memoir, Life, the critically acclaimed autobiography by the Rolling Stones guitarist, has sold over 1 million copies in less than a year since publication. 2011

Laurie McAllister (aka Laurie Hoyt), one-time bassist for the Runaways and the Orchids, passes away from asthma in Eugene, OR. She joined the Runaways in '78 and performed on the bandís final tour. 2011

Brian May, guitarist for Queen and animal rights activist, writes an editorial in the Daily Mail, protesting the mass slaughter of badgers by the British government, due to an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in the country. May writes that the campaign is "demonstrably unjustifiable by science." 2012

Then Slash headlines Rock N 2 Remember, a benefit concert in Prescott, AZ. The event raises funds for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, Prescott Fire Fighter Charities, 100 Club of Arizona, and displaced residents. 2013

To close out the evening, 30 Seconds To Mars take home the Best Rock Video statuette for "Up In The Air" at the MTV Video Music Awards. 2013

Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" is voted the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2. The '69 track tops a list that includes "Sweet Child O' Mine" (Guns Ní Roses), "Back In Black" (AC/DC) and "Smoke On The Water" (Deep Purple). 2014

Glenn Danzig (Misfits & Danzig) films an episode of IFC's Portlandia with show principals Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag). "I had a blast," exclaims Danzig. 2015

Twenty One Pilots track "Heavydirtysoul" is on Madden 16, the Electronic Arts video football game. 2015


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