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  • 1989 Featured ArtistStevie Wonder is the youngest living person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the age of 38. Also, the Rolling Stones enter the Hall with The Who's Pete Townshend doing the honors. He claims the Stones "ripped off" Blues musicians. "So much of what I am I got from you, the Stones, and I had no idea most of it was already secondhand." 1989

 
 

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  • The Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand" enters the U.S. pop chart on its way to #1. Beatlemania is rolling now. 1964

    KoRn's vocalist, Jonathan Davis, is born in Bakersfield, CA. 1971

    Pink Floyd begin work on "Dark Side Of The Moon." 1973

    President-elect Jimmy Carter has his Inaugural Concert. Linda Ronstadt performs. John Lennon is in the audience. 1976

    Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics is arrested on stage in Milwaukee and charged with simulating sex with a sledgehammer. 1981

    Guitarist Quinn Allman (The Used) has a birthday. 1982

    The Replacements play "Bastards Of Young" and "Kiss Me On The Bus" on Saturday Night Live. The drunken, chaotic performances get the group banned from the show "for life." It's 28 years ('14) before The Replacements appear on the NBC network again (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon). 1986

    Stevie Wonder is the youngest living person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the age of 38. 1989

    Mick and the boys also get their due. The Rolling Stones enter the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. The Who's Pete Townshend does the honors but claims the Stones "ripped off" Blues musicians. "So much of what I am I got from you, the Stones, and I had no idea most of it was already secondhand." 1989

    The Nick Broomfield documentary Kurt and Courtney premieres at the Slamdunk Film Festival in Utah. The film about the Nirvana frontman and his wife, the ever-charming Ms. Love, had been pulled from the earlier Sundance Festival. 1998

    Fuel's Brett Scallions shouts "Welcome to the greatest f**king country in the world," at the America's Future Rocks concert, a Washington D.C. pre-inaugural event aimed at a young people. He quickly apologizes. Kid Rock was originally selected but he got axed due to his 'inappropriate' songs, to say nothing of his lifestyle. 2005

    Social Distortion bassist Brent Liles is killed when he's hit by a truck while riding a dirt bike in Placentia, CA. 2007

    U2, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp perform at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event kicks-off the celebration of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration (two days later). 2009

    Donovan is awarded the distinguished medal as an officer of arts and letters by France's Minister of Culture Christine Albanel at the MIDEM Music Fair in Cannes. 2009

    Pearl Jam release the compilation "Live On Ten Legs." The 18 songs, recorded by the band's engineer John Burton between '03 and '10, is the follow-up to Pearl Jam's '98 live album, "Live On Two Legs," and also marks the 20th anniversary of the Seattle-based band. 2011

    Pennywise play the first of two reunion shows with singer Jim Lindberg (who left the group in '09) at the Palladium in L.A. The shows commemorate the group's 25th anniversary and lead to a full-fledged tour. 2013

    Dave Grohl's (Foo Fighters/Nirvana) directorial debut, Sound City, premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary examines the Van Nuys recording studio's relatively obscure yet important history. Grohl's first experience with Sound City came in '91 when Nirvana laid down the tracks for "Nevermind." 2013

    The Eagles' Glenn Frey passes away at age 67 due to "complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia." "Glenn was the one who started it all," says bandmate Don Henley. "He was the spark plug; the man with the plan." 2016

    Ghost top the Active Rock chart with "Square Hammer.” They are the first Swedish band to have a #1 song on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart. The track is from the EP “Popestar.” 2107

    Paul McCartney files a federal lawsuit against music publisher Sony/ATV to "confirm his ownership" of dozens of songs he wrote with The Beatles. 2017

    The final season of IFC’s Portlandia, begins with a Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney) directed episode featuring Henry Rollins and Krist Novoselic (Nirvana). Brownstein is one of the show's co-stars. 2018