Today in Rock

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  • 2007 Featured ArtistThe White Stripes release their sixth album, "Icky Thump." Frontman Jack White says his decision to record the album on vintage reel-to-reel equipment was a stylistic choice. "In the technological age, everyone wants to find out what the newest toy is," says White. "That attitude doesn't really coincide with what sounds the best." 2007


  • Rock History
  • Heart's vocalist, Ann Wilson, is born in San Diego. 1951

    Verve Pipe vocalist, Brian Vander Ark, is born in Grand Rapids, MI. 1964

    The Beatles “Help!” is released in the U.S. The song, which has the Little Richard-influenced “I’m Down” on the B-side, eventually goes to #1. 1965

    KoRn guitarist, Brian "Head" Welch, has a birthday. 1969

    Tim Curry begins the role of a lifetime. Curry heads the cast of the stage production of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" in London. Curry reprises his over-the-top vamp role in the '75 film. 1973

    Edgar Winter Group's instrumental "Frankenstein" goes gold. 1976

    "Agents Of Fortune," one of Blue Oyster Cult's best albums, is released. The LP contains the darkly majestic "Don't Fear The Reaper." 1976

    Asia's self-titled debut album tops the LP charts. 1982

    Guns N' Roses make their U.K. debut at London's Marquee Club. 1987

    Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr is born. The singer/bassist is from West Sussex, England. 1990

    Red Hot Chili Peppers play the first of three shows at London's Hyde Park. The concerts earn more than $17 million with tracks recorded for the group's first official concert album, the double-disc "Live in Hyde Park." 2004

    Original Molly Hatchet guitarist Duane Roland dies at age 53 of natural causes at his residence in St. Augustine, FL. Roland was part of the Southern-rock group's three-guitar attack from '76 until '90. 2006

    "Wasted Time," the first single from Fuel's album, "Angels And Devils," hits radio. The song marks the debut of Toryn Green as the group's vocalist; he replaced Brett Scallions. 2007

    Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis is the top male vote-getter in the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of poll conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Kiedis beat out fellow vegetarians Eddie Vedder, Serj Tankian, Rob Zombie, Geezer Butler and Rivers Cuomo. 2008

    Duff McKagan receives his diploma during the Class of 2012 graduation ceremony at Seattle's Roosevelt High School. The Guns N' Roses bassist dropped out of the school while in 10th grade. "Finally got my high school diploma today, I did the not-so-popular 48-year plan," tweets McKagen. 2012

    Rickey Charles Goodrich, a former executive with Pearl Jam's management company, is arrested in Seattle on 25 counts of first-degree theft and eight counts of second-degree theft. He is alleged to have swindled $380,000 from Pearl Jam between '06 and '10 for his personal use. 2012

    Black Sabbath score their first U.S. #1 album with "13." The set sells over 120,000 copies in its debut week. Sabbath had previously only reached the Billboard Top 10 once, when their '71 album "Master Of Reality" peaked at #8. 2013

    Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) is named Seattle Central Community College's 2013 Distinguished Alumni Of The Year during its commencement ceremonies. McKagan enrolled at Seattle Central before attending Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics. Due to his touring schedule, the bassist is unable to attend the event. 2013

    Lyricist Gerry Goffin dies at his home in L.A. of natural causes. He co-wrote more than 50 pop hits, mostly with his ex-wife Carole King, including "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "The Loco-Motion" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." He was 75. 2014

    An Australian study finds that listening to Heavy Metal and "extreme music" such as Punk and Death Core has a calming influence and does not make people more aggressive. "Listening to extreme music may represent a healthy way of processing anger for these listeners," the study claims. 2015

    Bad Wolves donate $250,000 to the family of the late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, who died suddenly on 1/15/18, just hours before she was supposed to lend her voice to Bad Wolves cover of the Cranberries classic “Zombie.” The cover eventually becomes a huge hit. The band invites O’Riordan’s children onstage in NYC to present the check. 2018