Today in Rock

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  • 2010 Featured Artist24/7 Wall Street names U2's Bono the "Worst Investor in America" due to his involvement with Elevation Partners, "arguably the worst run institutional fund of any size in the United States" according to the site. Bono is one of the five members of the firm's investment team which made a series of bad investments including the Palm mobile device. 2010


  • Rock History
  • Nick Lowe, 'The Basher', is born. Credits include singer, songwriter, producer and member of Rockpile. 1949

    Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army. His serial number (as in name, rank and serial number) is: 53310761. 1958

    Future Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, play their first paid show when they appear as Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys at London’s Ealing Jazz Club. 1962

    The New York Assembly makes the sale of unauthorized recordings, known as bootlegs, a misdemeanor. 1966

    Led Zeppelin's "Dancing Days" premiers on the BBC. The song is the lead track from the group's fifth album, "Houses Of The Holy." 1973

    Chad Butler has a birthday. A co-founding member of Switchfoot, the drummer hails from Amsterdam. 1974

    British record labels are granted the right to seize bootleg recordings. 1978

    Motorhead deliver “Overkill,” their sophomore set. “Overkill” peaks at #24 on the U.K. album charts, but doesn’t crack the Billboard 200. 1979

    "The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads" is the title of the group's first live set. 1982

    "5150" is released. Van Halen's seventh studio album is their first with vocalist Sammy Hagar, replacing David Lee Roth. Recorded at Eddie Van Halen's home studio, 5150, the set goes to #1 on the Billboard album chart. 1986

    Alannah Myles takes "Black Velvet" to #1. The song, which references Elvis Presley, is steamier than a Louisiana swamp. 1990

    The Black Crowes get bounced from their opening slot on the ZZ Top tour for criticizing tour sponsor Miller Beer once too often. 1991

    "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?" peaks at #4 on the U.S. album chart. The Oasis album sells seven million copies worldwide. 1996

    A stretch of Highway 19 in Macon, GA, is named Duane Allman Boulevard. It’s near where the Allman Brothers guitarist died in a ’71 motorcycle crash. 2001

    A Los Angeles judge grants Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland (formerly of Stone Temple Pilots) permission to take a nine-hour break from drug rehab to shoot a video for "Slither," the first single from the band's debut album, "Contraband." 2004

    Australia's Jet launch a five-week North American tour in support of their "Shine On" album. The first show is in a place called Homestead, FL. 2007

    Scott Weiland (again) and his wife, Mary, trash a room at Graciela luxury hotel. The Burbank establishment considers pressing charges. Later that day, Mary is arrested for torching her husband's wardrobe in front of their Toluca Lake home. No worries, those clothes were out of style anyway. Later, Mary blames her bipolar disorder for the incidents. "The weekend's difficulties were brought on by a reaction to an imbalance in (my) medications," she explains in a statement. "Reports that we were fighting are untrue. Scott was simply trying to help calm me down." 2007

    Paul McCartney receives the Wyler Award for his animal-rights activism at the Humane Society of the United States' 21st Genesis Awards in Beverly Hills, CA. 2007

    Scott Weiland (yet again) confirms his intention to leave Velvet Revolver after their European trek. "We were a gang," Weiland writes in an online post. "But ego and jealousy can get the better of anyone." 2008

    The Smashing Pumpkins file a breach-of-contract lawsuit in Los Angeles against their former label Virgin Records. The band claims Virgin 'irreparably harmed the group' by illegally authorizing the use of the Pumpkins' music and image for a joint promotional campaign by and PepsiCo. "It's a frustrating situation, honestly, to be treated so poorly by a label where we had so much success," says frontman Billy Corgan. 2008

    Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello's Justice Tour starts in Seattle. Members of Velvet Revolver, System Of A Down, Slipknot and Soundgarden are among the guests. The trek raises money for various anti-poverty organizations. "The model of the Justice Tour is simple," says Morello. "Feed the poor. Fight the power. Rock the f**k out." The other two tour stops are S.F and L.A. 2009

    Bon Jovi play a special show for fans of the defunct Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League team at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. Jon Bon Jovi, the team's majority owner, promised a free show if the Soul didn't win a championship in '09 but the league folded before the season. Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was a minority owner. 2010

    Sheryl Crow performs at the Starbucks shareholders meeting in Seattle. She confesses to being a "Starbucks groupie." 2010

    Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac/solo) appears on Oprah's Master Class. Nicks offers some useful advice to the cable show's viewers. "If you're gonna start doing coke, save your money because it's gonna cost you $50,000 to go to rehab." 2013

    Two years later, Nicks is honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore 33rd Annual Awards Dinner. Nicks holds the USO record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting combat-wounded service members. She also wrote the song "Soldier's Angel" after visiting recovering vets. 2015

    Jesus & Mary Chain release their first album in 18 years, “Damage And Joy.” 2017