Today in Rock

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  • 2016 Featured ArtistPearl Jam launch an effort that raises $300,000 for the victims of the Flint, MI water crisis, where for two years dangerous amounts of lead contaminated the drinking water. The group also starts a crowdfunding campaign to help Flint residents purchase water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts. 2016

 
 

  • Rock History
  • Don't stop believin'. Steve Perry has a birthday. The Journey singer is born in Hanford, CA. 1949

    Buddy Holly, with just an acoustic guitar, makes his final recordings. Following his death the songs are finished and released. 1959

    INXS singer Michael Hutchence enters the world. 1960

    Steve Adler (born Michael Coletti) pounds his way into the world. The drummer, a Cleveland native, is in Guns N' Roses from '85 to '90. 1965

    The U.S. Immigration Department says The Animals can't play New York's Apollo Theater. Immigration is cracking down on the flood of UK bands. The Animals play The Ed Sullivan Show then leave town. 1965

    The film "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" premieres. The film documents Joe Cocker's North American tour and features Leon Russell, among others. 1971

    David Bowie tells Melody Maker that he's bisexual. Wonder if wife Angela is in on that? Bowie also predicts he'll be huge. Right again. 1972

    To no one's surprise, EMI Records and the Sex Pistols part company. The group receives a cash settlement (around $75,000). 1977

    Arcadia, with Duran Duran's Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor, earn a platinum record for their "So Red The Rose" album. 1986

    Guns N' Roses pick up a couple American Music Awards. However, the obviously wasted Slash and bassist Duff McKagan roll out a string of obscenities. 1990

    Better late than never. "Elvis' Golden Records" is released on cassette in China. The original compilation was issued over three decades earlier. 1991

    Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting top the Billboard chart with the single “All For Love” from the movie “The Three Musketeers.” The song was co-written by Adams for the movie’s end credits. 1994

    Offspring's "Ignition" earns a gold record. 1996

    Live this one down. Rolling Stone's Reader's Poll names Jakob Dylan Sexiest Male Artist. 1998

    Burnout Paradise, a road-racing video, with Guns N' Roses "Paradise City" on the soundtrack is released on PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 systems. Tunes by Seether, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Operator, Airbourne, Killswitch Engage and Jane's Addiction are also heard on the in-game soundtrack. 2008

    Linkin Park's Music for Relief charity funds the planting of 100,000 trees to help the environment. The donation goes to the ecologically minded American Forests organization on behalf of the band's LP Underground fan club. 2008

    AC/DC is #2 on Forbes magazine's Top-Selling Musicians of ’08 (behind Taylor Swift). Metallica (#5), Kid Rock (#6) and Nickelback (#9) also make the Top 10. 2009

    Bono, The Edge (U2), Chris Martin (Coldplay) and Sting appear on the Hope for Haiti Telethon. The commercial-free live telecast of the fundraiser for the earthquake ravaged country runs on MTV, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CNN, among others, without commercial interruption. Also, Evanescence and frontwoman Amy Lee announce they have teamed with the United Nations to raise money for Haiti. A previously unreleased track, "Together Again," is sold via download to support the effort. "I am deeply moved by the tragic loss and devastation in Haiti," says Lee. 2010

    A Volkswagen Jetta commercial uses Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold." The ad shows a young man's vehicle purchases before becoming a mature father buying a Volkswagen. 2012

    Bruce Springsteen scores his 11th #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with "High Hopes." Opening week album sales totaled 99,000 copies. 2014

    Megadeth unfurl their 15th studio album, "Dystopia." "I knew from the start that I wanted to go back to my roots, and I wanted to make a thrash record," says frontman Dave Mustaine. This is first record with guitarist Kiko Louriero and Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler. 2016

    Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss co-hosts the Women's International Music Network's (the WiMN) She Rocks Awards in Anaheim, CA. The event honors women who stand out as role models in the music industry. 2016

    Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, a noted gun enthusiast, is on the cover of Ballistic magazine. He holds a memorial rifle of Sergeant Robert Miller who was killed in combat in Afghanistan at age 24. Miller was awarded a Medal of Honor for his service. The lyrics to Tool’s “Vicarious” are inscribed on the rifle. 2017