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“Life On Display” from Puddle Of Mudd, hits the streets. 2003
1950's  Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps make their national TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. 1957

1960's   
Screaming Trees/Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Mark William Lanegan is born in Ellensburg, WA, 1964

Jimi Hendrix Experience make their debut at Bag O' Nails Club in London. The "media showcase" is the group's introduction to the U.K. press. 1966

Groovy man. One of the few times anything even remotely psychedelic ever tops the pop chart, the Strawberry Alarm Clock (some name) have the #1 song in the U.S. with "Incense And Peppermint." 1967

Cream perform the first of two farewell shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall. 1968

John Lennon returns his MBE (Member of the British Empire). “I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against “Cold Turkey” slipping down the charts.” 1969
1970's  The surviving Doors tell Rolling Stone magazine they plan to continue despite lead singer Jim Morrison’s death earlier in the year. But they are only able to produce two lackluster albums before pulling the plug. 1971

Mark Duane Morton, lead guitarist for Lamb Of God, has a birthday. 1972

“The Last Waltz,” The Band’s Thanksgiving Day farewell concert before splitting (for the first time), is at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Filmed by director Martin Scorsese, the concert also features Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Neil Young and even Ringo Starr. 1976

The Cars’ "My Best Friend’s Girl" is the first commercially released picture disc in the U.K. That marketing ploy and the song’s clever plot take it to #3 on the pop chart. 1978
1980's  Band-Aid, a collection of U.K. artists (including Paul McCartney, U2 and Sting), record “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” It’s done to raise both awareness of and money for the Ethiopian famine. It's put together by Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats. 1984

2000's  John Mellencamp performs "R.O.C.K. In The USA" and "Walk Tall" during the Turkey Day halftime show at Detroit’s Ford Field. The show’s theme is: Join The Team: Millions of People Giving Back in Hundreds of Ways to Celebrate One America which promotes giving back to communities in need. The Lions and Indy Colts are well rested after that. 2004

Twisted Sister's Dee Snider hosts VH-1 Classic's "A Very Classic Thanksgiving." The guest list features ex-Monkee Davey Jones, Eddie Money, MC Hammer and Teri Nunn of Berlin. If that crowd doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit, nothing will. 2004

Steven Tyler visits Women’s Hope substance-abuse treatment center in Dorchester, MA. His Thanksgiving Day talk is about sobriety after his own struggles with drugs and alcohol. "If I can just tell them how good it is for me now, and that it is possible . . . then I`ve done my job," says the Aerosmith frontman. Tyler has been clean for nearly 20 years. 2004

Quiet Riot's Kevin DuBrow dies at age 52. The singer is found dead at his Las Vegas home. According to the Clark County toxicology report Dubrow's death was caused by an accidental cocaine overdose. 2007

The Killers' third album, “Day & Age,” is released in North America. It came out a day earlier in the U.K. where the album went to #1. 2008

Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland rolls out his second solo album, “Happy (In Galoshes).” It was co-produced by Weiland and Doug Grean with engineering assistance from Steve Albini. Making a guest appearance are No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young. 2008

Linkin Park issues “Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes” CD/DVD, that documents the group’s show in England, during the ‘08 Projekt Revolution tour. "We've played more than 200 Projekt Rev shows to hundreds of thousands of fans and . . . the Milton Keynes show has been one of the most memorable," claims singer Chester Bennington in a statement. 2008

The “Punisher: War Zone” soundtrack has Seether, Slipknot, Slayer and Rob Zombie's “War Zone,” his first new music in three years. "I love writing music for films, rather than just throwing them an unwanted B-side or remix," says Zombie. 2008

The 14-track “For The Troops II” with songs by 3 Doors Down and Aerosmith's Joe Perry is unfurled. The album is also distributed at U.S. military bases and military personnel are able to download the set for free. 2008

Rush’s Snakes & Arrows Live DVD is in stores. The three-disc set features high-definition footage from two ‘07 Rotterdam, Netherlands shows and an ‘08 concert in Atlanta. 2008

The book Runway Runaway is in stores. The memoir by Lorelei Shellist, the former girlfriend of late Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark, recounts the musician's troubled life and untimely death. Shellist describes Clark as "haunted" and says he was "on an endless mission to self-medicate." Clark died of a drug overdose in ‘91 at age 30. 2008

Linkin Park issues "LPU 9.0: Demos," containing nine previously unreleased tracks, including demo versions of hit songs. The album is only available to members of the Linkin Park Underground fan club. 2009
2010's   
At a concert in Auckland, U2 honors 29 miners killed in the Pike River, New Zealand, coal mine a day earlier. During the song "One Tree Hill," the names of the dead miners are scrolled across the big screens onstage. 2010

Bret Michaels releases a video of his cover of Sublime's "What I Got” as "a very special tribute to all of Bret's supportive fans." Michaels recorded the song for his “Custom Built” album. 2010

The second Black Friday Record Store Day (named for the day after Thanksgiving shopping spree) features special releases from Soundgarden, the Black Keys, Kings Of Leon and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The day supports indie music retailers. 2011

Resistance Pro, a wrestling company founded by longtime fan Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), stages its first event at Club Excalibur in Chicago. "I've been involved sort of behind the scenes with pro wrestling for about a decade and made a lot of friends in the business,” says Corgan. It's a very insular business and it's a long story, but I essentially got involved with some brothers who had a wrestling promotion. We decided to form our own promotion and we're going to try to bring back the glory days.” 2011

Rock revival via iTunes. Led Zeppelin’s "Celebration Day," the ’07 reunion concert, tops the iTunes chart. AC/DC, who released their entire catalog to iTunes nine days earlier, holds the #2 spot with “Back In Black.” In addition, AC/DC sells 696,000 individual songs in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. 2012

The Rolling Stones play the first of five arena dates celebrating their 50th anniversary. The London O2 concert features appearances by former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Due to noise ordinances the two-hour concert ends at 11:05 pm before the Stones have a chance to play “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” 2012

In other concert news, Elton John dedicates his show in Beijing to Chinese political dissident and artist Ai Weiwei, saying the show is for "the spirit and talent" of Ai. 2012

Even more concert news – but with a charitable slant. Taking Back Sunday perform at Pine Belt Arena, on the campus of Toms River High School North in Toms River, NJ. A portion of ticket sales go to the Toms River Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. 2012

More people doing good things. A memorial fund marathon is run in honor of the late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley is held in Seattle. The event benefits Therapeutic Health Services, which is an organization that helps to "rehabilitate individuals and heal families affected by alcohol dependence, drug dependence or mental illness." 2012

Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge unfurls his first children's book, 'The Lonely Astronaut On Christmas Eve'. 2013

The Beastie Boys share an open letter with The New York Times regarding toymaker GoldieBlox's use of the song "Girls" in a viral video ad. In a preemptive lawsuit, the toy company claimed what they did constituted fair use. Beastie Boys write they were "impressed by the creativity and the message" but the song had been “used without our permission." The ad generated over eight million views. 2013

“The Great Pretender,” a documentary about the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, wins the International Emmy Award for Best Arts Program at the 41st International Emmys in New York. 2013

The Beatles, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park are among the artists on "Songs For The Philippines,” an iTunes album to raise money for those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines. All proceeds go to the Philippine Red Cross. 2013


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