Today in Rock

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  • 2017 Featured Artist"One More Light" is the title of Linkin Park’s seventh album. It’s the group’s last studio effort with frontman Chester Bennington, who commits suicide months later. The set features "Heavy" with guest vocals by Kiara Saulters. 2017

 
 

  • Rock History
  • The original guitar smasher and Rock opera composer, The Who’s Pete Townshend, has a birthday. 1945

    ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill is born in Dallas. In '79, both Hill and guitarist Billy Gibbons grow chest-length beards that quickly became a part of the group's image. 1949

    Vocalist Joey Ramone (of the Ramones) enters the world kicking and screaming. 1952

    Phillip Rudd, AC/DC drummer, is born in Melbourne. He's with the group from '75 to '83 and rejoins in '94. 1954

    The Glasgow born guitarist, Iain Harvie (Del Amitri), has a birthday. 1962

    The Grateful Dead debut at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom. 1966

    The Beatles single "Get Back" goes gold. It shows that despite the feuding, the group can still hit #1 on the pop charts. 1969

    “Sweet Emotion," from Aerosmith’s album “Toys In The Attic” is released as a single. The song was composed by lead singer Steven Tyler and bassist Tom Hamilton. 1975

    Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards falls asleep at the wheel and crashes his car north of London. The police search the car and find drug paraphernalia, cocaine and marijuana. Richards is officially charged with possession but is only fined and sent on his way. 1976

    Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr play together at Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd Harrison's (George's ex-wife) wedding reception. Almost a Beatle reunion. 1979

    Supertramp's "Breakfast In America," with "Goodbye Stranger" and "Take The Long Way Home," is the #1 album in the U.S. 1979

    The Cars release "Magic" from the "Heartbeat City" album. 1984

    Peter Gabriel's "So" album is released. 1986

    Sonic Youth appear (animated) and perform on The Simpsons season finale. 1996

    U2 give a concert in Belfast in support of an upcoming Peace Agreement vote. The show comes on the heals of frontman Bono being named one of the 20 most hated men in Northern Ireland. Hey, can't please everybody. 1998

    Stevie Wonder receives an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. 1999

    U2 play a brief (two songs) set on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. Their film, U2 3D, makes its premiere. 2007

    Evanescence, Hinder and Velvet Revolver headline the inaugural Rock on the Range music festival in Columbus, OH. The show's bill also features Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Chevelle, Puddle Of Mudd, Papa Roach and Buckcherry also perform. 2007

    Coldplay issue their sixth studio album, "Ghost Stories." The album is partially inspired by lead singer Chris Martin's divorce or 'conscious uncoupling', if you prefer, from actress Gwyneth Paltrow. The Atlantic calls it "The Most Forgettable Coldplay Album Ever." 2014

    Papa Roach release their ninth album "Crooked Teeth." The set features "American Dreams” and “Help” which topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. 2017

    A comic book store owned by System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan reopens in Las Vegas. The new store is twice the size of the previous location. Dolmayan's comic book ventures go back to the early ‘90's. 2017

    Sir Elton John performs during the reception that follows Britain’s Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor. "Does anyone here know how to play the piano?" Prince Harry asks before John takes the stage for four-song set: "Your Song," "Circle Of Life," "I'm Still Standing" and "Tiny Dancer" - the latter features the lyric "L.A. lady," a nod to Markle's acting career. 2018

    Life Of Agony cancel their Las Vegas show after a local high school teacher makes terrorist threats related to the concert. Leslie McGourty is arrested but released after texting that she was going to "poke" a "lot of holes in a lot of people” during the concert. 2018

    Oregon's Pacific University awards an honorary doctorate to university Trustee Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for KISS. 2018

    The 1965 Fender Telecaster Bob Dylan used during his first electric tour (owned at the time by The Band’s Robbie Robertson) sells for $490,000 as part of Julien's Auctions' Music Icons sale. A portion of the proceeds benefit the American Indian College Fund. 2018

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Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride

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The Cranberries – In The End

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