Today in Rock

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  • 1994 Featured ArtistPearl Jam's feud with Ticketmaster results in the cancellation of the group's tour. They contend the ticket company's surcharges are excessive. 1994

 
 

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  • Keyboardist/guitarist Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult) is born. 1946

    Multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald is born in Osterley, Middlesex, England. He is known for his work with Foreigner and King Crimson. 1946

    Singer/songwriter, Tim Finn (Crowded House), is born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand. 1952

    David Paich starts his life in L.A. The son of Jazz composer, Marty Paich, David works as a session musician (keyboards) prior to fronting Toto. 1954

    Bo Diddley's two-sided hit, "Bo Diddley" and "I'm A Man," top the R&B chart. Both songs become Rock N' Roll staples. 1955

    Paul McCartney's "Paperback Writer" is yet another #1 song for The Beatles. 1966

    400 million people watch The Beatles perform "All You Need is Love" on Our World, the first international satellite television program. The BBC commissioned The Beatles to write a song for the program and requested that it contain a message that would easily translate across the globe. 1967

    Michael Douglas Henry Kroeger, bassist for Nickelback, is born in Hanna, Alberta. He is the half-brother of frontman Chad Kroeger. 1972

    Mario Calire, drummer for the Wallflowers, is born. 1973

    Uriah Heep perform its last show with David Byron in Bilbao, Spain. The singer is fired a short time later. 1976

    A mere 140,000 show up at London's Wembley Stadium to see the first British concert appearance by the Rolling Stones in six years. 1982

    The future Mrs. Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, joins the E Street Band as a back-up singer just prior to the launch of the Born In The USA tour. 1984

    Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist and co-founding member, Hillel Slovak, dies from a heroin overdose at age 26. 1988

    Better late than never. Billy Joel gets his high school diploma. He overslept and missed his English and Gym finals twenty-five years earlier. 1992

    David Bowie collapses backstage at the Hurricane Festival in Germany. He immediately undergoes surgery for a blocked artery that requires emergency angioplasty. 2004

    Sky Saxon (born Robert Marsh), leader of the '60's Garage-Rock group the Seeds, dies in Austin TX. The Seeds are best known for their proto-Punk "Pushin' Too Hard," a Top 40 hit in '67. 2009

    Michael Jackson dies after suffering a heart attack. The King of Pop had one of the most successful yet downright weird careers in music history. He was 50. 2009

    Rush are inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Guitarist Alex Lifeson and bassist Geddy Lee are on hand to accept the honor. 2010

    Queensryche release their first album with vocalist Todd La Torre, who replaced Geoff Tate. The self-titled album contains the single "Redemption." 2013

    Disturbed singer David Draiman says that he is "done with social media" after dealing with Twitter trolls who baited him about his views. Draiman, the son of Israelis and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, often spoke out against anti-Semitism. 2015

    Yellowcard announced they will disband following the release of their self-titled tenth album and a world tour. 2016

    Metallica are the face of a Brioni advertising campaign. The band appears in ads wearing Brioni suits and tuxedos as well as sunglasses from the fashion designer's eyewear collection. 2016

    An electric guitar owned by Prince is sold at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. Prince's Yellow Cloud guitar is bought for $137,500 by the owner of the Indianapolis Colts. 2016

    Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is ordered to pay $25,000 to a company owned by Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan to settle a lawsuit stemming from Huckabee's unauthorized use of the band's "Eye Of The Tiger" at a rally in support of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was imprisoned after refusing a court order to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 2016

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