The Rolling Stones “Tattoo You” featuring the inescapable “Start Me Up” enters the album chart. It goes to #1. 1980
John Mellencamp’s haunting “Scarecrow” enters the U.S. album chart. Featuring “Small Town” and “R.O.C.K. In The USA,” the album goes multi-platinum. 1985
Pearl Jam’s “No Code” enters the U.S. album chart at #1. 1996
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Steve Gaines is born. 1949
Guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith (MC5) enters the world.  1949
Paul Kossoff, guitarist for Free, begins his life.  1950
Genesis plays their first gig in Surrey, England. 1969
Craig Montoya, Everclear’s bassist, is born in Spokane. 1970
John Lennon authors a letter to the New York Times disputing journalist Craig McGregor’s claim that The Beatles copped material from Black artists without acknowledgment or thanks. “We didn’t sing our own songs in the early days – they weren’t good enough – the one thing we always did was to make it known that there were Black originals, we loved the music and wanted to spread it in any way we could… many kids were turned on to Black music by us,” writes Lennon. 1971
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy. Eric Clapton’s Reggae-lite cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff” hits #1. 1974
Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “Not Fragile” lands on the album chart. It eventually tops the survey. 1974
Jeff Beck’s jazz-fusion album “Wired” goes gold. 1976
The Dead play amongst the dead for the living. The Grateful Dead play the first of three shows in the shadow of the Great Pyramid in Giza. Proceeds go to the Egyptian Department of Antiquities and the Faith & Hope Society for the Handicapped. 1978
Genesis releases their 11th studio album, “Abacab,” their first U.S. Top 10 effort. It sells over 2 million copies.  1981
The first MTV Music Awards are held in New York. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is the big winner (deservedly so). 1984
Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics for The Beatles’ “Getting Better” are auctioned off by Sotheby’s in London. The winning bid is $249,200. 1995
The first Ozzfest (named after Ozzy Osbourne) begins at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. The annual trek becomes one of Metal’s most successful tour packages. 1996
Phish perform a special concert at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, VT, to benefit flood recovery in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Vermont was especially hard hit by the storm resulting in the worst flooding in state history. 2011
Having announced his departure weeks earlier, Chris Walla, a founding member of Death Cab For Cutie, plays his final concert with the band in Victoria, B.C. 2014
Five Finger Death Punch land their third consecutive #2 album on The Billboard 200 chart with “Got Your Six,” moving 119,000 units in the first week. Meanwhile, Iron Maiden debuts at #4 with “The Book Of Souls” after opening week sales of 75,000 copies. 2015
Husker Du’s Grant Hart dies at age 56 after being diagnosed with cancer.   2017
The Universal Studios Hollywood opens “Halloween Horror Nights,” a maze with a soundtrack provided by Slash (Guns N’ Roses).  “Similar to the way music affects a film, I wanted to compose a score for the legions of infamous characters featured in the maze to elicit a greater sense of terror for the guests,” states Slash.  2018
Faith No More announce the cancellation of a planned fall tour due to vocalist Mike Patton’s mental health issues. “I don’t feel I can give what I should at this point and I am not going to give anything less than 100 percent,” states Patton.  The band expresses disappointment but support for Patton. 2021