Today in Rock

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  • 2007 Featured ArtistU2's The Edge (in the back) is honored for his contributions to the Food Bank for New York City at the Can-Do Awards Dinner. The NYC event raises more than $1 million for the Food Bank, an organization that feeds 250,000 people a day. The guest list includes Bill Clinton, David Bowie, U2 bassist Adam Clayton, Patti Smith and members of R.E.M. The guitarist is a longtime supporter of the organization's battle against hunger. 2007

 
 

  • Rock History
  • The great Roy Orbison enters the world. "(Oh) Pretty Woman" is one of his best known songs. 1936

    Elvis Presley, along with Bill Black (bass) and Scotty Moore (guitar), play Vegas. Elvis bombs and doesn't return to the gambling capital for 13 years. Then, he takes the place by storm. 1956

    Jan & Dean record "Surf City." The song, written by the Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Jan Berry, goes to #1. A couple Beach Boys provide backing vocals. Ironically, Jan & Dean have a chart topper before the Beach Boys. 1963

    Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side" is released. Herbie Flowers plays the hypnotic bass line. 1973

    Reeling from financial difficulties, Badfinger's guitarist/songwriter Pete Ham hangs himself in the garage of his London home. 1975

    The Ramones release their self-titled debut. The set, considered by many to be the first true Punk album, peaks at #111 on the Billboard chart and features the single "Blitzkrieg Bop." There are 13 songs in 29 minutes. 1976

    Sid Vicious films his version of "My Way" (yes, the Paul Anka war-horse recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley) for the Sex Pistols documentary movie The Great Rock n' Roll Swindle. 1978

    Whitney Houston's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" keeps INXS' "Devil Inside" from reaching #1 on the singles chart. 1988

    Oasis' debut single, "Supersonic," lands on the U.K. pop chart. Both the New Musical Express and Melody Maker name it the "single of the week." 1994

    Birthday wishes for Greta Van Fleet singer Joshua and guitarist Jake Kiszka. 1996

    Slipknot's North American tour experiences another casualty when exhaustion forces bassist Paul Gray to be hospitalized and miss the band's homecoming show in Ames, IA. Earlier in the month, vocalist Corey Taylor's illness forced the cancellation of a couple shows. Gray rejoins the group when they start their European tour. 2005

    System Of A Down perform at the fourth annual Souls benefit concert in Los Angeles. The event is designed to draw people's attention to the Armenian genocide that was committed during the early 20th century. 2006

    Jane's Addiction is awarded the Godlike Genius Award for Extraordinary Services to Music at the first U.S. NME Awards in L.A. The original line-up performs for the first time since '91. Also, Foo Fighters "Echoes, Silence, Patience + Grace" wins Album Of The Year while The Killers take home the Best Indie/Alternative Group and Best Indie/Alternative Track ("Tranquilize") trophies. And finally, Mick Jones (The Clash) receives the Inspiration Award. 2008

    Smashing Pumpkins are inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk in L.A. Frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (the only original members left) are on hand. "I'm so used to bad vibes, people hating our band and throwing things at us," says Corgan. "So it's strange to be honored." 2008

    Carlos Santana is honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Billboard's 20th annual Latin Music Conference & Awards in Miami Beach, FL. Santana is recognized for helping to spread the influence of Latin music across other genres; including Pop and Rock. 2009

    U2's seventh studio album, "Achtung Baby," is #1 on Spin magazine's list of the best albums of the past 25 years (to celebrate the publication's 25th anniversary). The '91 album shows how U2 were "struggling to simultaneously embrace and blow up the world," says Spin editor Charles Aaron. 2010

    Wolfmother's drummer, Dave Atkins, is out. Atkins, who had a two-year run with the group, is replaced by Will Rockwell-Scott. 2010

    Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth (collectively known as "Big Four") play their first U.S. concert together in Indio, CA. 2011

    Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose receives the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in L.A. Fittingly, GN'R, with founding bassist Duff McKagan, headline the event. 2014