Today in Rock

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  • 1950 Featured ArtistA real heartbreaker. The son of an insurance salesman, Tom Petty, is born in Gainesville (gator country), FL. 1950


  • Rock History
  • The Rolling Stones record the first Mick Jagger/Keith Richards composition, "That Girl Belongs To Yesterday." The song is also given to American pop singer Gene Pitney who has a hit with it. 1963

    The Rolling Stones score a #1 with the ballad "Angie." It's a dreadful track from a disappointing album ("Goat’s Head Soup"). Allegedly, the song is about Angela Bowie – David's then-significant other. 1973

    The Steve Miller Band uncork "The Joker" album. The record gets to #2. 1973

    Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains The Same premieres in London. While the concert footage, filmed a bit after the group's prime, is fairly engaging, each member's fantasy sequence is a waste of film. 1976

    Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines are killed when their charter plane crashes. Also killed are Gaines’ sister Cassie, who was a back-up singer, and the group’s manager Dean Kilpatrick. Though Lynyrd Skynyrd continues it’s never the same. 1977

    A little over a year after its release, Thin Lizzy’s album, "Jailbreak," with "The Boys Are Back In Town," goes gold. 1977

    "Boy," U2's debut album, is released. It contains the U.K. hit single, "I Will Follow." 1980

    Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker is born in Riverside CA. 1984

    Nine Inch Nails debut album "Pretty Hate Machine" drops. Even though the set has "Head Like A Hole," "Down In It" and "Terrible Lie," it only gets to #75 on the Billboard 200. But the effort becomes one of the first independently released albums to attain platinum certification. 1989

    VH 1's Concert For New York is held at Madison Square Garden. The show opens with David Bowie and features appearances by Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Elton John, The Who, Bono, The Edge (U2), John Mellencamp, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel. Paul McCartney closes the evening with a rendition of "Let It Be," aided by an all-star cast that includes New York police, firefighters and rescue workers. More than $30 million is raised to help victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 2001

    The 15th Anniversary Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA features founder Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Pearl Jam and Billy Idol. The event raises money for the Bay Area School for children with severe learning disabilities (which Young's son attends). 2001

    Rage Against the Machine, System Of A Down, U2 and the Clash are featured on VH1's 25 Greatest Political Protest Songs. The special explores the role of politics in Rock music, with interviews and profiled songs. 2004

    Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is named honorary mayor of Glens Falls, NY, for a day just prior to a Phil Lesh and Friends concert. Lesh jokingly uses the honor to "pardon" ex-Phish frontman,Trey Anastasio, for a recent drug offense. Even though the pardon doesn't count, Anastasio sits in with the band. 2007

    AC/DC's "Black Ice," with the single "Rock N' Roll Train," is issued. The album, AC/DC's first studio effort in eight years, is available exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores. 2008

    Stone Sour top of Billboard's Rock Songs chart with "Say You'll Haunt Me." Neon Trees' "Animal" sits at #2 while Kings Of Leon's "Radioactive" holds the #3 spot. 2010

    Sick Puppies announce that frontman Shimon Moore has left the band to "focus on other projects" and that band members Emma Anzai and Mark Goodwin are looking for a new singer. A couple days later, Moore says his departure was news to him. 2014

    A lawsuit claiming that Led Zeppelin plagiarized a Spirit song when composing "Stairway To Heaven" is allowed to move forward. The suit claims "Taurus," written by Spirit guitarists Randy California, was the basis for the Led Zeppelin classic. Zeppelin and Spirit toured together in '68. Zeppelin eventually wins the case. 2014

    Songs by Pearl Jam, Haim, Lamb Of God, Black Keys, the Killers, Green Day, Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way are on the soundtrack of the Guitar Hero Live video game. 2015

    Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker presents his memoir Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death & Drums Drums Drums. Barker touches on "stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption." 2015

    Three Dog Night singer Cory Wells dies at the age of 74. He was a founding member and one of the group's three vocalists (with Chuck Negron and Danny Hutton). 2015

    Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage” goes to #10 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs Top 10. It’s the group’s first Top 10 song on the chart in nearly five years. The track is also the band's fourth #1 on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales. 2016

    Billboard Boxscore reports that Guns N' Roses’ "Not In This Lifetime" worldwide reunion tour has grossed over $400 million since its launch in April ‘16. 2017

    Foo Fighters release "Soldier" as part of a series of digital tracks issued to benefit Planned Parenthood. 2017