Today in Rock

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  • 2006 Featured ArtistHinder's ballad "Lips Of An Angel" lands in the Top 10 on the Billboard chart. "Our label guy was like, 'Nice song, it sounds like a B-side to me," recalls singer Austin Winkler. "This is not a B-side." 2006

 
 

  • Rock History
  • Jake E. Lee, former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and founder of Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel, has a birthday. 1957

    Lita Ford, guitarist for The Runaways before embarking on a solo career, has a birthday. 1958

    Elvis Presley sets sail for Germany to begin his army tour of duty. 1958

    Pulp founder and frontman Jarvis Branson Cocker has a birthday. 1963

    The Lovin' Spoonful get their first #1 single with "Summer In The City." 1966

    Heavy Metal Thunder. Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" sells over a million copies. 1968

    Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush" hits the charts. Also, after producing the dreadful "Got Live If You Want It" in the mid '60s, the Rolling Stones redeem themselves with the release of one of the all-time great live albums, "Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out." 1970

    Gram Parsons of the Byrds and the Flying Burritos Brothers passes away in his motel room in Joshua Tree, CA. First it's claimed he died of heart failure, then an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol. His body is stolen and cremated in the desert. Just plain weird. He was twenty-six and extremely talented. 1973

    Drummer Max Weinberg makes his debut with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band in Philly. 1974

    The self-titled "Bad Company" goes gold on its way to becoming a #1 album. Also, Eric Clapton gets a gold record for his cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff." 1974

    Concert promoter Sid Bernstein (he put on The Beatles Shea Stadium shows) takes out a full-page ad in the New York Times in hopes of luring The Beatles back together for a show. The Beatles don't bite. 1976

    Linda Ronstadt’s "Living In The USA" ships “double platinum” (two million units). 1978

    The first "No Nukes" concert takes place. The official name is Musicians United For Safe Energy (MUSE). Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne head the show. The Madison Square Garden event is co-organized by Bonnie Raitt. 1979

    Considered a milestone in American Thrash Metal, Megadeth's sophomore studio album, "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?," is released. 1986

    A big day for John Mellencamp. He performs, along with Neil Young, Lou Reed and Joe Walsh at Farm Aid III at the University of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium. Farm Aid supports family farms. Also, Mellencamp's "Lonesome Jubilee" enters the album chart. "Paper In Fire" is one of many highlights. 1987

    "New Jersey" is the fourth studio effort by Bon Jovi and the first American album ever released in USSR. 1988

    Black Label Society announce that it has parted ways with bassist James Lomenzo. The reason for the split is not disclosed. Former BLS member John 'J.D.' DeServio steps in for the fall U.S. tour. 2005

    Hope Neil Young will remember. "Sweet Home Alabama," is chosen as the official slogan of Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel. "The phrase is cheerful, happy and warm," says Alabama Governor Bob Riley of the '74 Lynyrd Skynyrd song. "It brings a smile to your face." 2007

    Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker is seriously injured when his plane crashes during take-off following a free concert in West Columbia, SC (University of South Carolina). A blown tire is the suspected cause. Two members of Barker's personal staff, the pilot and co-pilot, die in the accident. Barker and another passenger (DJ AM) survive by sliding down the craft's wing. 2008

    From "Black Gives Way To Blue," Alice In Chains' "Check My Brain" begins an eight-week run at #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart. 2009

    It’s Frank Zappa day in Baltimore, the musician’s hometown. The date marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Zappa's infamous testimony on Capitol Hill, where the founder of The Mothers Of Invention stood his ground against Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center's (PMRC) crusade for music censorship. A stretch of road is re-named Frank Zappa Way and a Zappa statue is dedicated. The dedication is part of a week-long celebration of Zappa's life. 2010

    The 30th anniversary Farm Aid show has Imagine Dragons, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews. Founded in '85, this edition takes place at First Merit Bank Pavilion outside of Chicago. 2015