Today in Rock

  • Featured Artist
  • 2005 Featured ArtistU2 receive Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award in recognition of their work on human-rights issues and fighting global debt over the past two decades. "They have inspired and empowered millions with their music and by speaking out on behalf of the poor, the powerless and the oppressed," says the organization's secretary general, Irene Khan. 2005


  • Rock History
  • The first Bill Graham-promoted show at the Fillmore Auditorium (soon to be dubbed the Fillmore West) has Jefferson Airplane and The Great Society, with future Airplane vocalist, Grace Slick. 1965

    "I don’t know where but she sends me there." The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” rules the pop charts. 1966

    The Steve Miller Blues Band signs with Capitol Records. “Blues” is almost immediately dropped from the name. 1967

    Love is dangerous. The jealous boyfriend of a Frank Zappa (Mothers Of Invention) fan pushes him off a London stage during a show. Zappa suffers a fractured skull and a broken ankle. He is on the mend for several months. 1971

    Megan (Meg) Martha White has a birthday. The White Stripes drummer is born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan – and her last name really is White. 1974

    The Who's seventh album, "The Who By Numbers” goes gold. It was released two-months earlier. 1975

    Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson’s "Say, Say Say" is a chart topper. The uptempo duet stays at #1 for 6 weeks. Billy Joel’s "Uptown Girl" is #3 and Pat Benatar’s "Love Is A Battlefield" sits at #5. 1983

    The star-studded Band-Aid (U2’s Bono, Boomtown Rats’ Bob Geldof, Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon, Sting, etc.) releases “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to raise money for African famine relief. 1984

    The man who coined the term “Rock ‘n’ Roll” and was an early promoter (and whipping-boy) DJ Alan Freed gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Freed died several years earlier. 1991

    The day after his 56th birthday, The Band’s bassist, Rick Danko, dies in his sleep in Woodstock, NY. 1999

    Spin Magazine names The Strokes “The Band of the Year." 2002

    Audioslave capture Modern Rock Artist of the Year and Rock Artist of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Trapt’s "Headstrong" receives Track of Year honors in both the Rock and Modern Rock categories. Evanescence get New Group Artist of the Year and Soundtrack Single of the Year ("Bring Me To Life”). 2003

    Led Zeppelin (vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham - son of the late John Bonham) take the stage of London's O2 arena as the headliners of a tribute concert for Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, who passed away the previous December. He was the one who signed Zeppelin in ’68. 2007

    Bob Dylan’s original handwritten lyrics to “The Times They Are A-Changin’” are auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York. Expected to go for $300,000, hedge-fund manager Adam Sender pays $422,500 beating out a handful of other bidders. Dylan wrote the classic protest song in ’63. 2010

    Sublime with Rome (Ramirez) drummer Bud Gaugh announces he has quit the band prior to a performance at the Almost Acoustic Christmas Concert in L.A. "The story is that I'm gonna be a dad here again real soon, and I just wanna be there for my family," says Gaugh. 2011

    Modern Vampire's "Modern Vampires Of The City," The Flaming Lips' "The Terror" and Haim's "Days Are Gone" land on National Public Radio's (NPR) list of 50 Favorite Albums of 2013

    Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" is named the best song of all-time to have playing during surgery, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Among the worst songs are Queen’s "Another One Bites The Dust,” Bob Dylan’s "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" and R.E.M.’s "Everybody Hurts." 2014

    Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche sells for $1.76 million at RM Sotheby's "Driven By Disruption" car auction in New York. Joplin bought the car secondhand in ’68. The pearl white auto was painted by a Big Brother & The Holding Company roadie. 2015

    A funeral service for former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland is held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A. Weiland died in his sleep a week earlier. Members of both bands attend. 2015

    Patti Smith accepts the Nobel Prize in Literature on behalf of Bob Dylan, who is unable to attend the ceremony. In a statement, Dylan says he’s “honored to be receiving such a prestigious prize.” 2016

    Green Day pay tribute to the victims of the fire at the Ghost Ship building in Oakland which was a mixed use space for artists. Thirty- six people died eight days earlier during an event at the space. "My heart just goes out to all the people who perished in that warehouse, because these are just people looking for themselves," says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. 2016