Today in Rock

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  • 2001 Featured Artist"Break The Cycle" is the third studio album by Staind. Featuring the single, "It's Been Awhile," the set sells over four-million copies within a year. 2001


  • Rock History
  • Elton John's lyricist, Bernie Taupin, is born in Lincolnshire, England. 1950

    Jerry Lee Lewis lands in London. After being badgered by the press, he admits that he's married to his cousin (actually, second cousin twice removed) and that Myra is only 13-years old. The ensuing scandal forces the cancellation of Lewis' U.K. tour and eventually derails his career. 1958

    Steven Patrick Morrissey is born. Before launching an impressive, if moody, solo career, Morrissey is the lead singer for the Smiths (until '87). 1959

    Gin Blossoms singer Jesse Valenzuela has a birthday. 1962

    The Beatles brilliant "Ticket To Ride" is #1 on the Billboard chart. But the song only holds that position for a week. 1965

    At age 16, Bruce Springsteen records for the first time as a member of the Castilles. The song "That's What You Get" is never released. 1966

    Cream's "Disraeli Gears" goes gold. Containing the war-horse "Sunshine Of Your Love" it's the group's second album. 1968

    Now firmly ensconced as the "World's Greatest Rock N' Roll Band," the Rolling Stones "Sticky Fingers," containing "Brown Sugar," begins a four week run at #1 on the U.S. chart. 1971

    Paul McCartney & Wings begin the first of five weeks at #1 on the U.S. pop chart with "Silly Love Songs." What's wrong with that? I'd like to know, ‘cause here I go again. 1976

    The Doobie Brothers album, "Takin' It To The Streets," peaks at #8 and sells over a million copies. 1976

    Cheap Trick's breakthrough album "Live At Budokan" featuring "I Want You To Want Me" goes platinum. The album does so well as an import, Epic Records releases it in the U.S. Smart move. 1979

    Ticket demand turns a five show gig in July at New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena into a fifteen show stand for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The reunion shows set the record for one stay at a single arena. 1999

    Motley Crue publish their autobiography The Dirt. 2001

    The Seattle City Council unanimously votes to name a five-acre tract after hometown hero, Jimi Hendrix. The guitarist's stepsister, Janie, calls the honor "long overdue." 2006

    Led Zeppelin receive the Polar Music Prize, Sweden's most prestigious music award. The award is the result of the group's "playful and experimental music [whose] eclectic elements" helped "define the genre of Hard Rock." The surviving members are presented with a check worth $123,000 by the King of Sweden. 2006

    Green Day earn the Creative Voice Award at the 23rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. The performance-rights/collection organization's award goes to the group or performer whose work has a sense of creativity and a desire to contribute to the community. 2006

    Ozzy Osbourne's "Black Rain" is released. "It's a well-put-together album," says Ozzy. "I took my time on (it) and (guitarist) Zakk (Wylde) plays some amazing stuff as always." The album was recorded at Osbourne's home studio in L.A. 2007

    Maroon 5 release their sophomore studio album, "It Won't Be Soon Before Long." It's a phrase the band adopted to keep themselves motivated while on their tour. 2007

    Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Radiohead are recognized for their songwriting accomplishments at Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello Awards in London. Gilmour takes a Lifetime Achievement trophy. "It's been a long, bumpy and exhilarating road," says Gilmour. Radiohead receives the Album Award for "In Rainbows." 2008

    U2 earns the Top Touring Act prize for their 360 tour at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Top Rock Artist is Train who also win Top Rock Song for "Hey Soul Sister." The Top Alternative Song is "Animal" by Neon Trees. 2011

    Pop Evil, apparently frustrated with their distributor (Universal Music), tear up their contract on stage at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, OH. calls it one of the "10 Best Moments of Rock on the Range." The group later signs with eOne Music. 2011

    Vampire Weekend debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with "Modern Vampires Of The City." Selling 134,000 copies, the album is Vampire Weekend's second #1, following '10's "Contra." 2013

    Neil Young previews "Rock Starbucks" on the Democracy Now website. The track, from his album "The Monsanto Years," is highly critical of the ubiquitous coffee chain. "Still no latte's for me folks. I am not going to support a company that actively tries to defeat the will of the people by fighting their right to know what is in the food they eat," writes Young, explaining the song. 2015

    Twenty One Pilots' "Blurryface" is named to the top album at the Billboard Music Awards. The reunited Go-Go's perform "We Got The Beat" but the Madonna/Stevie Wonder tribute to Prince is a disaster. 2016