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  • 1948 Featured ArtistAerosmith's Stephen Tyler (lower front) is born with the handle Stephen Victor Tallarico in Yonkers, NY. The singer goes from being a Mick Jagger clone, to drugs, to rehab (a couple times) to GAP commercials and a stint as a Country singer. 1948


  • Rock History
  • Trying to prove to his girlfriend that he's as cool as Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson records his first songs. 1957

    The Yardbirds announce that Jeff Beck has replaced Eric Clapton, who objected to the group's perceived commercial direction. And yes, they have a clutch of hits with Beck on lead guitar. 1965

    James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) enters the world. The Japanese-American guitarist is from Chicago. 1968

    Mott The Hoople announce they are finished. David Bowie, a major fan, offers a song to keep them recording. They choose "All The Young Dudes" which becomes their biggest hit. 1972

    The film version of The Who's "Tommy" premieres in London. 1975

    Elvis Costello's debut single "Less Than Zero" is released on Stiff Records. 1977

    Van Halen's multi-platinum album, "Women And Children First," arrives. 1980

    "Is There Something I Should Know," from Duran Duran, debuts at #1 on the U.K. chart. Previously, only Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and The Beatles had ever managed that feat. 1983

    "Superunknown" debuts at #1. The Soundgarden album represents a stylistic change. "I don't see us as having any boundaries at all," says Soundgarden's bassist, Ben Shepherd. "If you have boundaries, it's obviously some kind of personal complex." 1994

    62 year old Jan Berry, of Jan & Dean fame ("Dead Man's Curve," "Surf City" and "Little Old Lady From Pasadena"), dies following a massive seizure. 2004

    Jon Bon Jovi plays himself in an episode of NBC's The West Wing. The show features the New Jersey rocker lending his support to Democratic presidential candidate Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits). 2006

    A promotion is launched promising a free can of Dr Pepper to nearly everybody in America if Guns N' Roses release their long-delayed "Chinese Democracy" album in '08. "We completely understand and empathize with (frontman) Axl's (Rose) quest for perfection," says Pepper marketing director Jaxie Alt. 2008

    On ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Ozzy Osbourne claims he's started writing his autobiography. "I can't remember anything," says Ozzy. "It's going to be the thinnest book in the world." Too bad David Crosby named his debut solo album "If I Could Only Remember My Name." That would have been a perfect title for Ozzy's book. 2009

    Jet announce they have disbanded following a two-year hiatus. The four-piece formed in '01 and were best known for their debut set, "Get Born," featuring the hit "Are You Gonna Be My Girl." "It was the fans that made our amazing story possible and we wish to thank them all," reads a message on the band's website. 2012

    "Comedown Machine" is the title of The Strokes fifth album. It reaches #10 in the U.S., the band's weakest performance since “This Is It” in ’01.

    Containing the track "Decay," Sevendust issue their ninth studio album, "Black Out The Sun." The band self-produced and recorded the album at The Architekt Studios in Butler, NJ with the help of mixer/engineer Mike Ferretti. 2013

    Guitarist James Iha rejoins his former Smashing Pumpkins bandmates on stage for the first time in sixteen years at the Ace Hotel in LA. Iha, who is celebrating his 48th birthday (see above), walks onstage with guitar in hand and performs with Pumpkins’ leader Bill Corgan. 2016

    Stone Temple Pilots reunite with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington for a one-off performance at From Bach To Rock to benefit Palos Verdes Peninsula public schools. Bennington briefly fronted STP. 2016

    Joe Skyward, aka Joe Bass (The Posies), dies after a two year battle with cancer. 2016

    “The Mountain" is the 13th single from Three Days Grace to top the Mainstream Rock Chart tying Van Halen for the most #1’s on the chart. Van Halen’s last #1 was “Without You” in ’98. 2018



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