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  • 1970 Featured ArtistJimi Hendrix dies in London. Barbiturate intoxication is listed as the cause. 1970


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  • Guitarist/keyboardist Kerry Livgren (Kansas) starts his life. 1949.

    Bassist Douglas Colvin a.k.a. Dee Dee Ramone (the Ramones) enters the world. 1952

    Singer Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks) starts his life. 1955

    A Fats Domino concert at a naval station in Rhode Island ends in a riot. As a result, the base commander bans Rock n' Roll shows saying the damage was caused by the "excitement accompanying the fever-pitched Rock n' Roll." 1956

    Black Sabbath release their second album “Paranoid.” The multi-platinum set contains the tracks “War Pigs,” the album’s original title, “Iron Man” and the actual title track. 1970

    "Who’s Next" peaks at #4 on the LP charts but the single "Won’t Get Fooled Again" can't crack the Top 10 (peaks at #15). Thankfully, The Who get more airplay on FM. 1971

    Boston release the single "More Than A Feeling." 1976

    Peter Frampton wins Rock Personality of the Year and Fleetwood Mac gets the awards for Best Group and Best Album at the second annual Rock Music Awards. But Fleetwood Mac just misses the Top 10 when "Say You Love Me" peaks at #11. 1976

    Each member of KISS releases a solo album. This promotional stunt is best remembered for guitarist Ace Frehley's hit "New York Groove.” 1978

    The Clash's "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" peaks without entering the Top 40 though it has better luck on MTV. 1982

    KISS appear on MTV without their make-up. Real bad career move. 1983

    Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) and Frank Zappa (Mothers Of Invention) testify before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee against the Parents Music Resource Center’s demand of warning labels on albums. “The PMRC proposal is an ill-conceived piece of nonsense which fails to deliver any real benefits to children, infringes the civil liberties of people who are not children, and promises to keep the courts busy for years,” states Zappa. 1985

    Megadeth’s “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?” is released. The group’s sophomore album is last to feature drummer Gar Samuelson and guitarist Chris Poland, who were fired after a promo tour for drug abuse. 1986

    Carlos Santana and wife Deborah co-chair the U.S. edition of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's 75th birthday festivities in Beverly Hills, Calif. The event benefits the Artists for a New South Africa organization, which seeks to fight the African AIDS crisis and supports human rights and democracy in South Africa. 2006

    Nikki Sixx's biography, The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star, is in bookstores. "It's given me some closure on a lot of different issues, to be able to discover, through the book, what was driving me," says the Motley Crue bassist. He makes a book store tour in L.A. to promote the tome’s publication. 2007

    The soundtrack to "Into The Wild" is released. The music for the Sean Penn film is composed and performed by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. 2007

    Vedder, a major Chicago Cubs fan, releases the single “All The Way," a tribute to his team. Retired Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks asked Vedder to compose a tune about the long suffering baseball team. 2008

    The Martin Guitar Company partners with John Mellencamp to create a special John Mellencamp Signature Edition Martin Guitar - inspired by Mellencamp’s acoustic 12-fret parlor guitar he calls Maybell, believed to be one of the May Bell (or May-Bell) guitars built in the '20s and '30s. Martin donates a portion of the proceeds from sales to Farm Aid, a cause very close to Mellencamp. 2008

    Ex-Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg’s Bumping Into Geniuses is in stores. The book recounts Goldberg’s music business experiences including Courtney Love's impact on Nirvana. "Often she was just a mouthpiece for what Kurt himself wanted and didn't feel like asking for," writes Goldberg. 2008

    Scott Weiland suffers an in-flight seizure that forces an American Airlines flight from LA to Miami to make an emergency landing at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. He is able to recover in time to perform at the launch of his new clothing line. 2009

    Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder marries his longtime girlfriend Jill McCormick in Hawaii. They already have two daughters together. 2010

    The Killers fourth album, "Battle Born," is out. "In a sense, all Americans are battle born. Our ancestors came here for something better," frontman Brandon Flowers states. 2012

    John Lennon is named the Ultimate Musical Icon of the last 60 years by NME. The music magazine conducted a readers' poll in conjunction with the publication’s 60th anniversary. David Bowie is second. 2012

    Dreaming And Kicking: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll, a memoir by Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, is in bookstores. 2012

    In other literary news, Clockwork Angels: The Novel, the companion work to Rush's album of the same name, written by Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart and sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson, lands at #18 on The New York Times Hardcover Fiction best sellers list. 2012

    Queen and Adam Lambert headline the opening night of Rock In Rio's 30th anniversary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Queen played the inaugural event in '85 with the late original lead singer Freddie Mercury. 2015

    AFI‘s Davey Havok is PETA2 Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity. The annual voting competition selects the sexiest vegetarian celebrities. 2017