Today in Rock

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  • 2004 Featured ArtistMarilyn O'Grady, a Republican candidate for the New York Senate, launches a Boycott the Boss television commercial. Springsteen has been vocal about the ousting President Bush in the upcoming election. The conservative candidate says Springsteen "thinks making millions with a song-and-dance routine allows him to tell you how to vote. Here`s my vote, boycott the Boss. If you don't buy his politics, don't buy his music." Nasty election year all the way around. 2004


  • Rock History
  • Former cheerleader and Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle is born in Hollywood. 1958

    After going through several names (including their most recent - Silver Beetles), John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, along with then-drummer Pete Best, settle on The Beatles as the group begins a three-month stay at the Indra Club in Hamburg. It's their first engagement outside England. 1960

    Gilby Clarke, guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, is born. 1962

    It’s singer Maria McKee’s (Lone Justice) birthday. 1964

    The Kinks release the single, "You Really Got Me." 1964

    The Hunter Davies biography of The Beatles is released. Lennon later complains the book glosses over what the group was really like. 1968

    The Doors are in U.S. Top 5 twice-sort of. Their former #1 hit "Hello, I Love You" drops to #2 while Jose Felicano’s cover of the band's first #1, "Light My Fire," sits at #5. The Rascals "People Gotta Be Free" tops the chart. 1968

    Crosby, Stills & Nash give their debut performance at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago with Joni Mitchell as their opening act. The following day, the group plays Woodstock. 1969

    Christine McVie joins Fleetwood Mac. The band's fortunes begin to improve, if only modestly. 1970

    Allman Brothers Band guitarist, Duane Allman, plays at the funeral of Soul legend, King Curtis, who was murdered in New York. 1971

    Original Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen is born in Puhos, near Kitee, Finland. 1977

    President Jimmy Carter eulogizes Elvis Presley (who died the day before) saying he "permanently changed the face of American popular culture." Not surprisingly, FTD has their busiest day ever delivering flowers to Graceland. 1977

    Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen plays his first U.K. concert with the group since losing his arm in an auto accident. He uses customized drums to compensate for the missing limb. 1986

    "Sweet Child O' Mine" is the third single from Guns N' Roses debut album "Appetite For Destruction." It becomes the group's only U.S. #1 single. 1988

    "Luck Of The Draw" is #2 in the U.S. Keeping the Bonnie Raitt album out of the top spot is Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable With Love." 1991

    Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train" is certified gold. It peaks at #5 on the pop chart. 1993

    Released over a year and a half earlier, Rage Against The Machine's self-titled debut goes platinum in the U.S. 1994

    Guitar great, Carlos Santana, receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd. 1998

    Pretty Heavy Debts. The ownership rights to Nine Inch Nails' '91 debut album go on the block with other items to payback a defaulted loan. TVT Records, who held the rights to "Pretty Hate Machine" took out a $32 million loan in '99 using part of the label's catalog as collateral. 2005

    Velvet Revolver members Slash and Duff McKagan file a federal lawsuit in L.A. against their former Guns N' Roses bandmate Axl Rose. Slash and McKagan claim that Rose cut them out of publishing royalties by selling the rights to the GN'R back catalog without their consent and keeping the profits. The complainants charge Rose with fraud, copyright infringement and breach of fiduciary duty and seek unspecified compensation. 2005

    Though everyone already knows, Billy Corgan officially announces that Mike Byrne is the Smashing Pumpkins drummer, replacing Jimmy Chamberlin. "I'm super excited to be playing with the band," says the 19-year old. "Dream come true, man." 2009

    The first annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival Tour kicks off in Minneapolis with co-headliners Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed. Halestorm and Stone Sour are also onboard. 2010

    Slipknot's first-ever Knotfest takes place in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The second day is in Minneapolis, MN. Deftones and Lamb Of God are also on the bill. It's Lamb Of God frontman Randy Bilythe’s first show since he was released from a Czech jail (held on trumped up manslaughter charges from an incident a couple years earlier). "We make a day devoted to our mindset, our ideas, the people that we want to play with, the people that we think our fans want to be around," states Slipknot's Shawn 'Clown' Crahan. 2012

    In a video on her Facebook page, Flyleaf frontwoman Kristen May announces that she has left the band. May replaced original singer Lacey Sturm in ’12. 2016

    Black Keys' Dan Auerbach is sued by Smokestack Lightning Inc., the production company behind the documentary Smokestack Lightning: The Legendary Howlin' Wolf. Auerbach agreed to serve as the film's director and executive producer but left following budget disputes. He’s accused of a breach of a verbal agreement, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unfair business practices and negligent misrepresentation. The production company seeks $100,000. 2016

    Grumpy old men. Ted Nugent thinks he should be in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame but says he isn’t because of his association with the NRA. David Crosby (Byrds/Crosby Stills & Nash), a Hall of Fame member, states that is not the case. He claims Nugent is not talented enough. That doesn’t sit well with the Motor City Madman. "Everybody knows that David Crosby is an evil rotten soulless punk that has criminally poisoned his bloated carcass his entire vapid life," Nugent writes. "I couldn't be more proud that such an uncaring dirtbag hates me.” 2017