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  • 1985 Featured ArtistThe first Farm Aid concert is held in Campaign, IL. Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young are the founders. 1985


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  • Vocalist David Coverdale (Deep Purple/Whitesnake) is born in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England. 1949

    Joan Marie Larkin, better known as Joan Jett, has a birthday. Her biggest hit, "I Love Rock N' Roll," goes to #1 on the Billboard chart in ’82. 1960

    Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick makes her debut with The Great Society. "White Rabbit" and "Somebody To Love" are two Great Society songs Slick takes with her to the Airplane. 1966

    The Beatles make the cover of Time magazine. 1967

    The Band release their self-titled sophomore album, which includes “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” Forty years later, the album is deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important “ and is included in the National Recording Registry. 1969

    David Bowie begins his first U.S. tour with the Spiders From Mars in Cleveland. 1972

    Guitarist Joe Walsh announces his bid for the U.S. presidency. He’s too young (under the 35 year-old age requirement), inexperienced (though he fronted the James Gang) and reckless (listen to “Life’s Been Good… So Far”). Had he won, Walsh would have had to give up his slot in The Eagles – which likely paid better. Ronald Reagan took the ’80 election. 1979

    "Living In The U.S.A." is certified platinum. The Linda Ronstadt album is a chart topper. 1978

    White Zombie call it quits after 13 years. 1998

    Bon Jovi’s Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora become co-owners of the Arena Football League expansion team the Philadelphia Soul. Bon Jovi is a majority owner, while guitarist Sambora is a minority owner. 2003

    The Concert for Katrina Relief in Los Angeles has Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Queens Of The Stone Age leader Josh Homme, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes and Fiona Apple. Grohl's set includes a solo acoustic version of the Foo Fighters' "Best of You," and, with help from Homme and Hughes, a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Born On The Bayou." All net proceeds go to the American Red Cross. 2005

    Alice In Chains head out on a 40 show U.S. tour that starts in Vegas. William DuVall replaces late AIC frontman Layne Staley. "We've gone through our struggles and losses, and we also climbed some serious peaks," says guitarist Jerry Cantrell. "It would be great if my buddy was here, but I didn't have a choice in that." 2006

    Neil Young is named Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Association's fifth annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The event recognizes outstanding achievements in Blues, Bluegrass, Folk, Country and other forms of American roots music. 2006

    Kid Rock announces that he has teamed up with the Michigan Brewing Co. to help him produce a line of beers. Rock is directly involved in the project. "He's giving me direction, he's tasting the beers," reports brewery owner Bobby Mason. "It's his idea, it's his concept." 2008

    Linkin Park's fourth studio album, "A Thousand Suns," is #1 on the Billboard Top Alternative Albums Chart. 2010

    Though rumored for months and discussed for weeks, the official announcement arrives that Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is a Season 10 American Idol judge. He joins fellow newcomer Jennifer Lopez and the last standing original judge, Randy Jackson. 2010

    Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland is sued by a law firm for alleged unpaid fees ($50,000) regarding the singer's '13 legal fight that followed his firing from STP. 2015

    Nearly twenty years after its release, Weezer’s “Pinkerton” album officially goes platinum (sales of one million units). It was the group’s ’96 follow-up to their self-titled debut. 2016

    As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis files a $35 million lawsuit against a medical team who he alleges denied him medication after he was jailed in ‘14 for plotting to have his wife murdered. Lambesis claims that negligent behavior and a failure to log his request for medication led to him suffer from gynecomastia—an enlargement of his breasts due to a hormonal imbalance. 2016

    The Killers' fifth album, “Wonderful Wonderful,” drops. According to frontman Brandon Flowers the set presents "the more tender side" of the band. 2017

    Foo Fighters' "Concrete And Gold" debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. 2017

    Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe, debuts his radio show "The Power Remains." 2017

    Ex-Corrosion Of Conformity singer Eric Eycke, passes away. He’s heard on the group’s ‘84 debut album, "Eye For An Eye.” 2017

    Panic! At The Disco fire touring guitarist Kenny Harris who is facing allegations of sexual misconduct. 2018

    “The corporate farms suck!,” Neil Young tells fans and reporters at a presentation prior the Farm Aid concert in Hartford, CT. Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp open the annual event with emotional appeals for public support of family farmers and condemnations of corporate and industrial agriculture. 2018