JULY 11th

“Woodstock,” the soundtrack to the film about the historic music festival, tops the U.S. chart. It is the first triple-LP to do so. The set features performances by The Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Santana, Joe Cocker and Jimi Hendrix. 1970
“November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses becomes the longest single (8 minutes-57 seconds) to reach the U.S. Top 20. 1992
Blink-182’s “California” is the #1 album in the U.S. and U.K. The group’s first album to feature guitarist Matt Skiba is also their first to top the British chart. 2016
DJ Alan Freed, working under the name “Moondog” in Cleveland, launches his Moondog Rock n’ Roll Party on WJW. Freed’s promotional initiatives are a big reason the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland. 1951
Richie Sambora, guitarist/songwriter with Bon Jovi, is born. 1959
Can you hear me Major Tom? David Bowie releases “Space Oddity.” It’s timed to coincide with the first moon landing. 1969
The Who unleash the definitive Hard Rock version of “Summertime Blues.” 1970
The Grateful Dead earn gold records for “Workingman’s Dead” and “American Beauty” LPs. 1974
Neil Young’s tour documentary film “Rust Never Sleeps” debuts in L.A. The soundtrack is also released. 1979
Heart’s “Alone” is alone at the top of the pop chart. 1987
Bo, you don’t know Diddley. Nike’s Bo Jackson (baseball and football)/Bo Diddley (Rock N’ Roll) ads air. The sports shoe/apparel maker creates a buzz, Diddley returns to the limelight (albeit briefly) but Jackson soon suffers a career ending injury. 1989
While on a European tour, Mike Mills bassist with R.E.M., undergoes emergency intestinal surgery in Germany. Seven shows are cancelled. 1995
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich testifies before a Senate committee claiming Napster and other music sharing services are having a detrimental effect of the music industry. While that may be true, Ulrich’s comments alienate fans. 2000
Rob Halford is ‘in’ and Ripper Owens is ‘out’ as Judas Priest announces they are reuniting with their original vocalist. Plans for an ’04 album and world tour are in the works. 2003
Family feud. After claiming bassist Joe Loeffler was “taking a break” from Chevelle, the group finally bites the bullet and admits Loeffler was sacked due to “irreconcilable differences.” Chevelle, with Joe’s brothers Sam and Pete, carries on. 2005
The Rolling Stones kick off their delayed European Tour in Milan, Italy. The tour had to be re-scheduled after guitarist Keith Richards was injured on Fiji Island when he fell out of a “little tree,” not a palm tree, as had been widely reported. Little tree, palm tree, maybe even a little palm tree; what was he doing up there in the first place?  2006
Veteran California Pop-Punk group Supernova files a trademark-infringement lawsuit against Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, one-time Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, the CBS network and the producers of the Rock Star: Supernova series (did we leave anybody out?). The suit claims that the show’s producers were fully aware that the band name was already taken. The original Supernova demands financial compensation as well as the destruction of all promotional materials relating to the TV creation. 2006
Mark Knopfler is awarded an honorary degree by England’s University of Sunderland. The former Dire Straits singer-guitarist is presented with a Doctorate of Music in recognition of his 30-year career. 2007
The Dropkick Murphys charitable foundation, the Claddagh Fund, donates over $300,000 raised by the For Boston initiative for people whose lives were changed forever by April’s Boston Marathon terrorist bombing. “We were humbled by the kindness of our friends and fans who got behind this cause with so much heart and passion, it was truly an honor to be able to represent them and contribute, even if in a small way, to help these inspirational individuals,” says Dropkick Murphys bassist Ken Casey. 2013
Tommy Ramone, born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary, dies of cancer at age 65. Ramone immigrated to the U.S. with his family in ’57 and was originally a guitarist who later served as the Ramones original manager before becoming their drummer. Heard on the Ramones first three albums, Tommy was the last surviving original member. 2014
Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe comments on the removal of Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s statue that sparked the deadly ’17 “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville.  “The point of those statues coming down – no one is trying to forget history at all – they are striving for an accurate recounting of it,” says Blythe.  A statue of another Confederate general, Stonewall Jackson, is also removed.  2021