Today in Rock

  • Featured Artist
  • 2003 Featured ArtistThe Pretenders Chrissie Hynde (far right) is detained by police following a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) protest outside a Paris KFC. Despite the efforts of Hynde and others, the chickens inside, original recipe and extra crispy, remain dead. 2003


  • Rock History
  • Keyboardist Alan “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Montrose, Sammy Hagar, Night Ranger) is born. 1949

    Stewart Copeland, drummer for the Police, is born. 1952

    Lovin' Spoonful release one of the all-time great New York songs, "Summer In The City." 1966

    Jack Bruce (bass), Ginger Baker (drums) and Eric Clapton (guitar) form Cream. The final piece is when Bruce agrees to leave Manfred Mann to join the group. 1966

    The Who issue "I'm Free." "We're Not Gonna Take It" is on the b-side. Both songs are from the Rock opera "Tommy." 1969

    Ed Kowalczyk, lead singer for Live, is born in York, PA. 1971

    The "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid" soundtrack is released. It contains Bob Dylan's mournful "Knocking On Heaven's Door." The film stars Dylan and Kris Kristofferson. 1973

    One-time Drowning Pool singer, Ryan Combs, is born in Muncie, IN. He is heard on two studio albums ("Full Circle" and "Drowning Pool") and the live set ("Loudest Common Denominator"). 1974

    When Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton accepts the Democratic Presidential nomination Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" ("Don't stop thinkin' about tomorrow") is played repeatedly. 1992

    The Vines "Highly Evolved" is released. 2002

    Ronnie Wood's spokeswoman announces that the Rolling Stones guitarist has entered a rehabilitation facility to treat his ongoing battle with alcohol. An alcohol-fueled trip to Ireland and fling with a young Russian waitress appear to have triggered the return to rehab. 2008

    Billy Joel plays the first of two shows at New York's Shea Stadium; the final concerts the ballpark. John Mellencamp, Don Henley and Tony Bennett join Joel onstage. 2008

    U2, thanks to their 360 World Tour, is #1 on Forbes annual report of top-earning musicians. The list is based on net income from ticket sales, record sales and endorsement deals. 2010

    Deep Purple/Whitesnake keyboardist Jon Lord dies in London from a pulmonary embolism after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Lord co-wrote many Deep Purple classics including "Smoke On The Water." He was 71. 2012

    Judas Priest's "Redeemer Of Souls" lands at #6 on the Billboard 200 to become the group's first album to debut in the Top 10. 2014

    Texas Blues singer/guitarist Johnny Winter dies in Zurich, Switzerland, while on tour. He was 70. 2014

    The Foo Fighters Sonic Highways documentary receives two Emmy nominations while the Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) bio Montage Of Heck earns five. The nominations are predominately in the Nonfiction categories but also include nods for mixing and editing. 2015

    Before Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor sings the ballad “Brother” during the band’s performance at the Chicago Open Air Festival fans chant “F—k Nickelback!” Taylor and Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand have a feud going with Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger. 2017