Today in Rock

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  • 1945 Featured ArtistNeil Young is born in the free world (Toronto, Canada). Hey, hey, my, my. 1945


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  • Organist and namesake of the legendary Memphis group, Booker T. & The MGs, Booker T. Jones celebrates his birthday. 1944

    Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, Blue Oyster Cult’s guitarist-songwriter, enters a "stunned" world (born in Long Island, NY). 1947

    According to the Billboard DJ poll, Elvis Presley is the year’s most promising Country & Western Artist. In addition, Chuck Berry is named the Most Promising R&B Artist. 1955

    David Warren "Dave" Ellefson, a founding member, along with Dave Mustaine, of Megadeth is born in Jackson, MN. 1964

    Johnny Rivers' “Poor Side Of Town" is #1. 1966

    It’s Jim Morrison’s last concert with The Doors. The show is in New Orleans and most everyone there feels the singer is “out of it.” 1970

    Queen embark on their first major UK tour supporting Mott The Hopple. 1973

    “Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols” is #1 in the U.K. The album can’t crack the Top 100 in the U.S., though it eventually goes platinum as it becomes recognized for being the Punk classic that it is. 1977

    U2 begin a six-week run at #1 on the album chart with “Rattle And Hum,” their sixth studio effort. 1988

    It's Melissa Etheridge Day at her old high school in Leavenworth, KS. 1994

    Influenced by 9/11 and seen as a comeback from ‘00’s disappointing “Binaural,” Pearl Jam issue “Riot Act.” The album debuts at #5 on its way to being certified gold by the RIAA. 2002

    Kid Rock releases the single “Picture” off his album, “Cocky.” The track, featuring Sheryl Crow, goes on to peak at #4 on the Billboard 200. When Crow’s label won’t give permission to use her vocals, Rock re-records the track with Country singer Allison Moorer but radio programmers favor the Crow version. 2002

    Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones lose separate court cases. The Stones, who asked a London High Court for an audit of their former record label, Decca Music Group, gets sent to arbitration while Stewart must return a $780,000 advance for a cancelled tour. 2004

    E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt launches a program to educate middle-school and high-school students about the history of Rock music. The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation partners with the National Association for Music Education and Scholastic publishers for Little Steven's Rock and Roll High School. "Our joint efforts will ensure that future generations will continue to be inspired, motivated and enlightened by the worldwide common ground communication of Rock & Roll," says Van Zandt. 2007

    Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich no longer owns the Jean-Michel Basquiat painting "Untitled (Boxer)." He sells the expressionist piece, created in ’82, for $13.5 million (less commission) at a Christie's auction in New York. The artwork was featured in the ‘04 Metallica documentary, Some Kind Of Monster. 2008

    Drummer Mitch Mitchell, the final surviving original member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, is found dead from natural causes at a hotel in Portland, OR. Mitchell, 61, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Jimi Hendrix Experience in ‘93. 2008

    U2 and their concert promoter are fined $55,000 (£33,125) for breaking noise regulations at three concerts the previous summer at Dublin’s Croke Park. The homecoming shows drew approximately 240,000. 2009

    U2’s Bono is in Washington D.C. to encourage Congress and the Obama administration to keep funding relief efforts in poverty stricken countries. Meanwhile, The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are also in the nation’s capital to help raise awareness for their teenage cancer charity, Who Cares: Teen Cancer America. 2012

    While awarding the Medal Of Honor at the White House to Florent Groberg, a former Army captain who tackled a suicide bomber in Afghanistan and was badly injured, President Obama recounts a moment during Groberg's recovery when he thought he was hallucinating because KoRn singer Jonathan Davis appeared at his bedside. "I talk to a lot of vets who come back and are hurt," Davis says. "They're in disbelief and depressed but happy that they're home. It's amazing just to put a smile on their face." 2015

    Black Sabbath play what they say is their last U.S. show ever at AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. 2016

    Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson's autobiography, "What Does This Button Do?,” lands at #10 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction best sellers list. 2017

    Chad Hanks, bassist for American Head Charge, passes away at the age of 46. 2017

    Stan Lee, Marvel comics Superhero creator (Spider-Man, Iron Man and X-Men, to name a few), dies at age 95. Not surprisingly, Rock musicians express their appreciation for Lee’s artistry. Metallica’s Kirk Hammett writes, “Stan Lee was a visionary and a pioneer. I owe a lot to him for personally shaping my childhood fantasy worlds, my appreciation for art on all levels, & for teaching me humanness and humility through his wonderfully insightful stories.” Rob Zombie adds, “Marvel comics was one of the best things I remember about being a kid. Thanks for everything. What would we have done without you?” Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) simply says, “Thank you for making me believe in heroes.” 2018

    When the going gets tough, the tough get cooking. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl visits the firefighters at Fire Station 68 in Calabasas, CA, where he cooks barbecue for the crew. Grohl and his wife own a barbecue joint, Beached Pig. The station is one of many fighting the deadly fires in the region, which destroyed hundreds of homes and structures while taking over four dozen lives. 2018