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  • 2004 Featured ArtistOn stage at the Aladdin casino in Las Vegas, Linda Ronstadt praises filmmaker Michael Moore and his movie Fahrenheit 9/11 (which is highly critical of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq) and dedicates the song "Desperado" to him. Some audience members complain and do damage, so the casino hastily ends Ronstadt's performance. First amendment anyone? 2004


  • Rock History
  • Spencer Davis is born. He lends his name and guitar talents to the Spencer Davis Group (best known for the '60's hit "Gimme Some Lovin'" - a song Davis co-wrote with Steve and Muff Winwood). 1942

    Ron Asheton, guitarist and bassist for Iggy Pop And The Stooges ('72-'74), is born in Washington, D.C. 1948

    Bassist Terry "Geezer" Butler enters the world via Birmingham, England. He's a founding member of Black Sabbath (with guitarist Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne). 1949

    The animated film Yellow Submarine premieres. Based loosely on Beatles songs, the group takes on the Blue Meanies to save Pepperland or some such thing. John, Paul and George attend. Ringo, who sang the title track, is absent. 1968

    Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox divorce after ten years of marriage. 1975

    Heart release the steamy "Magic Man." 1976

    "The Game" tops the U.K. chart. The Queen album, featuring "Another One Bites The Dust," has a three-week run at #1. 1980

    Judas Priest release “Screaming For Vengeance.” Their eighth studio album goes on to sell over 5 million copies. 1982

    Aerosmith and Guns N' Roses begin a joint tour in Hoffman Estates, IL. What's interesting is the Aerosmith rider that requires Guns N' Roses to confine their drug and alcohol use (abuse) to their dressing room. The recovering Aerosmith don't want temptation within sight. 1988

    The Animals' bassist and the man who discovered Jimi Hendrix (and became his manager), Chas Chandler, dies at age 57. 1996

    Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is kicked out of the group following the death of keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin. Chamberlin and Melvoin were shooting heroin together when Melvoin OD'd. Later, a cleaned up Chamberlin rejoins the Pumpkins for a brief stint before they break up. 1996

    "OK Computer," from Radiohead, enters the U.S. chart landing at #21. 1997

    Slow ticket sales and increased production costs result in the cancellation of the Vernon, NY, stop on the Lollapalooza tour. Audioslave, The Donnas, Incubus and Queens Of The Stone Age are on the bill but it's not enough. 2003

    The Smashing Pumpkins comeback album, "Zeitgeist," enters the Billboard 200 chart at #2 (behind Rapper T.I.'s "T.I. vs. T.I.P."), selling 145,000 copies. This is the Pumpkins best showing since '95's "Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness" made its debut at #1. 2007

    Beck's "Modern Guilt" moves 84,000 units in its first week to debut at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart. While that's good, his previous effort "The Information" sold 99,000 copies in the first week but only made it to #7 on the chart. 2008

    Kid Rock's American Badass Beer is introduced at his concert in Detroit's Comerica Park. 2009

    U2 frontman Bono receives the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France's highest cultural honor, for his contribution to music and commitment to humanitarian causes. Stating the award belongs to the entire group, Bono says, "I've got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice but the music we make comes from each other." 2013

    How is it that two Michigan (a Yankee state) natives are the most vocal supporters of the Confederate Flag? Kid Rock and Ted Nugent release "Kiss My Rebel A**," a song recorded in support of the Confederate Flag, which was removed from the South Carolina capitol after the murder of nine African-Americans by a white racist who embraced the Stars and Bars. The track is available on their websites. 2015

    Imagine Dragons top the Billboard Pop songs chart for the first time with “Believer,” a track from their “Evolve” album. 2017

    Black Veil Brides’ Andy Biersack is the host of the Alternative Press Music Awards in Cleveland. KoRn receive the Vanguard Award while Against Me!‘s Laura Jane Grace takes home the Icon Award. 2017



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