Today in Rock

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  • 1977 Featured ArtistElvis has left the building-permanently. A heart attack claims the King of Rock n' Roll” at the age of 42. 1977


  • Rock History
  • Guitarist Tim Farriss (INXS) is born in Perth, Western Australia. 1957

    Ringo Starr takes over from Pete Best as The Beatles drummer. 1962

    Jack Ely, the Kingsmen vocalist who sang "Louie, Louie," leaves the group before the song becomes a hit. 1963

    Hippie radical Abbie Hoffman is tossed off the stage by The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend during the group's Woodstock set. Hoffman tries to make a political statement to the masses. Townshend, thinking Hoffman is just some crazy, gives him the boot. 1969

    Hey Ho. The Ramones take up residence at New York's CBGB's (Punk’s breeding ground). 1974

    Peter Gabriel announces he's leaving Genesis. He wants more time with his family but suggests the group is dragging him down creatively. 1975

    The Knacks herky-jerk yet infectious summer hit "My Sharona" goes gold. 1979

    Rainbow is the headliner at England's first Monsters of Rock festival. After the show, drummer Cozy Powell, decides to leave the group. Also on the bill are Judas Priest, Scorpions and April Wine. 1980

    "I Am The Night" is released. The Pantera album is the last to feature lead singer Terry Glaze (who is subsequently replaced by Phil Anselmo). 1985

    MTV airs the Rap/Rock hybrid "Walk This Way" with Run DMC and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. It revives Aerosmith's career and brings Rap to a white audience. 1986

    Melissa Etheridge's "Yes I Am" reaches the 5 million sales mark. The album was released in late '93. 1995

    Guitarist Wes Borland officially rejoins Limp Bizkit, replacing Mike Smith. According to frontman Fred Durst, who made the announcement online, Smith "wasn't where we needed him to be mentally." Borland left Bizkit in '03. 2004

    Staind's fifth album, "Chapter V," sells 185,000 copies in its first week to top the Billboard 200 Album Chart. It is the third straight time the group has had a #1 debut. 2005

    Green Day wins in the Choice Music: Single category with "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" at the Teen Choice Awards in L.A. 2005

    Paul McCartney joins other musicians in calling for clemency in the case of Russian punk group Pussy Riot. The three female band members are on trial for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral. "I would like you to know that I very much hope the Russian authorities would support the principle of free speech for all their citizens and not feel that they have to punish you for your protest," McCartney writes in a open letter to the group. The next day, the group is convicted of "hooliganism driven by religious hatred and offending religious believers" and receive two year sentence. 2012

    Actor Johnny Depp joins Gene Simmons (KISS), former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke and Mr. Big drummer Matt Starr for a charity concert in Hollywood. Proceeds go to Mending Kids, an organization that helps provide free "life-changing surgical care to children worldwide." 2015