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  • Jake E. Lee (Jakey Lou Williams) is born in Norfolk, VA. The guitarist’s career ranges from backing Ozzy Osbourne to leading Red Dragon Cartel. 1957

    Dick Clark has it wired. Jerry Lee Lewis performs "Great Balls of Fire" on American Bandstand. That evening Lewis appears on the prime-time The Dick Clark Show. 1958

    "Meet The Beatles!" begins an 11 week run as the #1 album in the U.S. 1964

    The Beatles release "Nowhere Man" in the U.S. Though credited to John Lennon/Paul McCartney, it was predominately written by John after he'd fruitlessly spent the night trying to come up with a song and decided to take a break. "Then 'Nowhere Man' came, words and music, the whole damn thing as I lay down," recalled Lennon. 1966

    Sly And The Family Stone's "Everyday People" is #1 on the pop chart. 1969

    Linda Ronstadt sits at #1 on the pop chart with "You're No Good." 1975

    Sid Vicious joins the Sex Pistols, replacing Glen Matlock. The story goes Matlock was dumped because he 'liked' The Beatles. The horror! 1977

    Fleetwood Mac issues "Rumours." The album features "Dreams," "Go Your Own Way" and "You Make Loving Fun." 1977

    Adam Granduciel (Adam Granofsky) is born. The guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer, is also known for his work in War On Drugs. 1979

    Sonny Mayo replaces Clint Lowery in Sevendust. 2005

    U2's '05 mega-tour wins the Major Tour of the Year honor, at the 17th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in Las Vegas. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers/Black Crowes joint trek is recognized in the Most Creative Tour Package category. 2006

    Green Day nail the International Group and International Album ("American Idiot") categories at the Brit Awards in London. 2006

    It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock). The gravesite of AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Fremantle, Australia, is classified as a historic site by the National Trust heritage organization. "[The grave] is the end of pilgrimage for many people around the world," says Trust official Kim Haynes. 2006

    L.A. Heavy Metal radio station KNAC, 105.5 FM, signs off the air (replaced by a Spanish language station). Metallica’s James Hatfield and Lars Ulrich are there to play the last song, “Fade To Black,” which was one of the first songs broadcast when the station signed on twenty years earlier. 2006

    A group headed by former Vice President Al Gore announce plans for a series of concerts on July 7th to promote awareness of global warming. More than 100 performers, including Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, AFI, KoRn and Fall Out Boy are slated for Live Earth shows in London, Shanghai, Sydney, Johannesburg, the U.S., Brazil and Japan. 2007

    The official announcement comes that singer Chris Cornell has left Audioslave, effectively ending the supergroup. The recent decision by other bandmembers to participate in a Rage Against The Machine (their former band) reunion tour is listed among the reasons. "Due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band," says Cornell, who first split from Audioslave before their debut album was recorded but decided to rejoin. 2007

    Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil begins serving a two week sentence following a Las Vegas DUI conviction. Over 25 years earlier ('84) Neil served 20 days after pleading guilty to drunk driving and manslaughter that caused a wreck that killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas Dingley. Neil also paid $2.5 million in restitution after the initial conviction. 2011

    Van Halen's "A Different Kind Of Truth," is #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart after selling 187,000 copies in its debut week. Unfortunately, at least for VH, Adele sells about 55,000 more copies of her album "21" to top the chart. 2012

    The Foo Fighters host a fundraising concert for President Obama's re-election campaign at the home of soap opera writer/producer Bradley Bell in Holmby Hills, CA. "I would hate to hand the administration over to another party that is just focused on corporations, greed and money," says Foo Fighters frontman David Grohl. "You know, I'm a fun, peace-loving guy, but sometimes the right wing gets a little too selfish." 1,000 supporters attend. 2012

    Paul McCartney appears during the three-hour-plus Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special. He and Paul Simon perform The Beatles' "I've Just Seen A Face." Later in the show, after being introduced by the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, McCartney does "Maybe I'm Amazed." 2015

    Alabama Shakes win four Grammys including Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for "Don't Wanna Fight," which they play during the ceremony. The Best Rock Album honor goes to Muse for "Drones." Slipknot, Lamb Of God, Ghost and Sevendust are among the nominees for Best Metal Performance. Ghost takes the honor. Meanwhile, the L.A. show has musical tributes for the late Glenn Frey of The Eagles and late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. 2016

    Motley Crue singer Vince Neil raises a record $200,000 for the Keep Memory Alive charity while filming episodes of The Celebrity Apprentice, NBC's long-running business reality show. 2016

    Metallica is named "Best International Band" at the 2017 NME Awards held in London. The band is unable to attend the ceremony due to other commitments. 2017

    Marilyn Manson’s onstage meltdown at The Paramount in Huntington, NY, enrages fans causing them to vent on social media demanding refunds. The concert is a make-up date for a show that was cancelled after Manson broke his right leg (also while onstage). 2018

    The book “Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to the Dark Side of the Moon” is available. The title says it all. 2018

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