Today in Rock

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  • 2004 Featured Artist Vampire Weekend's “Father Of The Bride” tops the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album moves 119,000 units and 23 million song streams in its first week. It is the year’s best sales week (so far) for a Rock album. 2019

 
 

  • Rock History
  • The London born keyboardist Rick Wakeman has a birthday. Though often working solo it's his stint with Yes that makes him famous. 1949

    Wilbert Harrison's "Kansas City," written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, tops the pop chart. The song is later covered by The Beatles ("Beatles VI"). 1959

    Helmet's Page Hamilton enters the world. The Portland, OR, native studies Jazz guitar before turning to Metal. 1960

    One-time Pulp guitarist, Russell Senior, is born in Sheffield, England. 1961

    The Beatles launch their first tour of England as headliners. 1963

    The Band kicks off their first European tour in Amsterdam. 1971

    Rod Stewart manages a Top 5 pop hit with "Rhythm Of My Heart." 1991

    KISS get a spot on the Hollywood Rock Walk. 1993

    "Crash" from the Dave Matthews Band debuts at #2 behind "Fairweather Johnson" by Hootie & the Blowfish. 1996

    Troubled Stone Temple Pilots' singer Scott Weiland is arrested for drug possession in Burbank, CA. Weiland is released on $100,000 bail. 2003

    Metallica is honored in Los Angeles at ASCAP's (the performing rights organization) annual Pop Music Awards. The group receives the inaugural Creative Voice Award. Also, songs by Audioslave and Puddle Of Mudd are recognized as some of the most performed tunes of '03. 2004

    It's announced that Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is the British Broadcasting Corp.'s composer in residence. He is tasked with composing a new work that could include the BBC Concert Orchestra. 2004

    Evanescence announce that Dark New Day guitarist Troy McLawhorn and drummer Will Hunt have been selected to replace John LeCompt and Rocky Gray. The pair departed a few weeks earlier. 2007

    The Black Keys roll out their sixth album, "Brothers." The cover reads: "This is an album by The Black Keys. The name of the album is "Brothers'." 2010

    "Black Gives Way To Blue," Alice In Chains comeback album is certified gold by the RIAA with shipments exceeding 500,000 copies. The group's fourth studio album is their first with vocalist/guitarist William DuVall, who replaced the late Layne Staley. 2010

    ZZ Top perform at a benefit for the victims of the Chilean earthquake at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. It's the first major concert in the country since the devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake in February. 2010

    Coldplay have a special on NBC to promote "Ghost Stories," their sixth studio album. It’s network TV's lowest rated show in that timeslot. Ouch! 2014

    "It's nice to be in a world like professional wrestling where I'm treated like a normal person," says Smashing Pumpkins frontman and wrestling promoter Billy Corgan at a joint press conference with Marilyn Manson prior to their double-bill tour. Manson recalls the pair's early encounters. "I tried to convince him to wear makeup and he tried to make me have more chords in my music." 2015

    Gimme Danger, an Iggy & The Stooges documentary, makes its official premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Director Jim Jarmusch calls the film a "love letter to possibly the greatest band in Rock n. Roll history." 2016

    Queen's collaboration with David Bowie on the '81 single "Under Pressure" is voted Britain's favorite duet in a poll conducted by Morar Consulting. 2016

    Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies due to a medication induced suicide following a concert in Detroit. He was 52. 2017

    There’s a public vigil held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A. to mark the one year anniversary of Cornell’s passing. The event is organized by Cornell’s widow, Vicky. 2018

    Prince‘s custom-made Yellow Cloud guitar is auctioned off for $225,000 (£167,000) at New York City’s Hard Rock Café. It is one of more than 150 Prince items (clothing, instruments, props, etc.) on the block. 2018

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