Deep Purple’s debut single, a cover of Joe South’s “Hush,” peaks at #4 on the U.S. singles chart. It stays there for two weeks. 1968
Green Day’s “American Idiot” is out. Singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong describes the album as a “Punk-Rock opera.” “I think this record has more in common with ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ than it does with “London Calling.” 2004.
R.E.M. calls it quits after 31 years. “A wise man once said ‘the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave’,” singer Michael Stipe writes on remhq.com. R.E.M. (Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry) were one of the first popular Alternative Rock bands. 2011
Don Felder is born in Gainsville, FL. The Eagles guitarist from ’74 to ’80 and from ’94 to ’01 was a co-writer (with Glenn Frey and Don Henley) of “Hotel California” and the song’s primary soloist. 1947
A salary dispute with Col. Tom Parker causes Scotty Moore (guitar) and Bill Black (bass) to leave Elvis Presley. Black soon forms the moderately successful Bill Black Combo. 1957
The Beatles get to #12 with the single (uptempo) version of “Revolution.” 1968
The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” is released. The song is considered one of the best covers of all-time and becomes the Experience’s only Top 20 hit. 1968
Janis Joplin announces her departure from Big Brother & The Holding Company.  Joplin joined the psychedelic San Francisco band in ’66. “It took her about a year to really learn how to sing with an electric band,” stated Big Brother guitarist Sam Andrew. Joplin recorded two albums with the group (one was “Cheap Thrills”). 1968
Oasis vocalist Liam Gallagher (William John Paul Gallagher) is born in Burnage, Manchester, England. His erratic behavior and abrasive attitude leads to dust-ups (especially with older brother Noel) and tons of rancorous press. 1972
KoЯn’s David Silveria has a birthday. He hails from Bakersfield, CA and starts playing drums at age 9. 1972
The Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)” hits #16. 1974
Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” is #1 for the first of three weeks. Inspired by a shopping trip to an appliance store, group leader Mark Knopfler composes the lyrics based on the critical comments he overhears a guy spew while watching display TVs all tuned to MTV. Coincidentally, the song is aided by an animated video that lands on MTV’s heavy rotation. 1985
The Bangles call it quits. 1989
Drummer Dave Grohl arrives in Seattle to audition for Nirvana. He gets the gig. 1990
“Stupid Girl” from Garbage, peaks on the U.S. pop chart. Gets all the way to #24. 1996
Nine Inch Nails release their double CD set “The Fragile.” 1999
Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., the commercial-free “America: A Tribute To Heroes” is broadcast. Bruce Springsteen opens the show that features U2, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Sting and Sheryl Crow. $150 million is pledged to help victims. 2001
Billy Joel gets a star on Hollywood`s Walk of Fame in front of the Pantages Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.  The musical “Movin’ Out,” based on Joel songs, is being performed at the theater. 2005
Jon Bon Jovi makes a special appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The segment contains footage of Bon Jovi going to Houma, LA., to see firsthand how a $1 million donation he and his band contributed to Oprah’s Angel Network in ’05 was put to use to aid the Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts. 2006
Axl Rose is sued for $1.15 million by an art broker who alleges the Guns N’ Roses frontman reneged on a deal to purchase a painting of John Lennon by the late Andy Warhol. “It’s my opinion that Axl Rose is the victim of some fraud or misrepresentation here,” claims Rose’s attorney. 2006
An internationally known drug expert speaks! In a Q magazine interview, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards claims that he’s kicked his legendary drug habit. “I think the quality’s gone down,” offers Richards. “I don’t like the way drugs now are working on your brain area instead of just through the bloodstream.” 2006
Queensrÿche present a full production of Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II at New York’s Nokia Theatre. Frontman Geoff Tate wears a straightjacket, a double-breasted suit and an assassin’s bulletproof vest (not all at once) during the tale of drug-fueled anarchy, revenge and redemption. 2006
Founding Bad Company bassist Raymond ‘Boz’ Burrell dies at his home in Spain . He was 60 years old. 2006
Into The Wild, a Sean Penn film, opens in theaters. The soundtrack is composed and performed by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. 2007
“Shine A Light,” a Rolling Stones concert film directed by Martin Scorsese, premieres. 2007
Richie Ramone (Richard Reinhardt), drummer for the Ramones (’83-’87), files a suit in federal court against Wal-Mart, RealNetworks and others, including the estate of former bandmate Johnny Ramone, claiming he did not approve the online sale of the songs he wrote for the group. He seeks $900,000 in damages. 2007
Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) appears in an episode of the CBS comedy Two And Half Men. “I typically shy away from these requests as I am not an actor, but Charlie (Sheen, one of the show’s stars) and I are friends and since it was a scene with him, I agreed,” says Van Halen who plays guitar during his appearance. 2009
Canadian clothing designer, Treana Peake, and her husband, Nickelback’s Ryan Peake, form the Obakki Foundation to benefit orphaned children in Cameroon, Africa. 2009
Maroon 5 unfurl their third studio album, the Robert “Mutt” Lange produced, “Hands All Over.” “He’s an amazing Rock producer and he pushed us – really kicked my ass,” says singer Adam Levine. 2010
OK Go debut their “White Knuckles” video. In less than 24 hours, the ‘single-take clip’ passes the one-million views mark on YouTube. The video features the band and dogs in synchronized action. But it’s hard to tell who is better trained. 2010
Kings Of Leon are inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame. “Kings Of Leon was created and discovered in Nashville, and the band still proudly calls the city home,” says Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. 2012
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has on stage meltdown in Las Vegas during the iHeartRadio Festival. Producers notify Green Day – via teleprompter – that they have one minute left on stage, causing the group to abruptly stop playing while Armstrong calls out the show’s producers, flips them off and smashing his guitar before storming off stage. Two days later, Armstrong enters rehab for substance abuse. 2012
Linkin Park is the first Rock group to garner more than one billion hits on YouTube. They join Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Rihanna in the Billion Hits Club. 2012.
Vocalist Geoff Tate’s departure from Queensryche gets nasty. The group files a motion for a partial summary judgment in a Seattle court to declare that Tate “has no right to the Queensryche band name, marks and media assets since he has no grant of authority from the TriRyche Corporation that owns them.” 2012
Bring Me The Horizon’s “That’s The Spirit” sits at #2 on The Billboard 200, moving 62,000 units in its first week, a best for the group. 2015
Slayer’s “Repentless” debuts at #4 on the Billboard survey. To date, it’s the group’s highest-charting album in the U.S. 2015
The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th annual Americana Honors & Awards in Nashville.  2016
Jack White donates $30,000 to help restore a house in Tulsa, OK, that was featured in the ‘80’s Francis Ford Coppola’s coming of age film “The Outsiders.” The plan is to turn the house into a museum.  2018
Ozzy Osbourne drops his anti-trust lawsuit against AEG after company officials announce plans to end its policy requiring acts that want to play the O2 Arena in London have to also play Staples Center in L.A. “We were fully prepared to see the case through to vindicate our policy, but now that Osbourne has decided to dismiss with prejudice, the case is over,” says AEG in a statement.  2018
A disgruntled fan gets kicked out of the Zydeco Bar in Birmingham, AL. where P.O.D. and From Ashes To New are performing.  He returns driving a car into the bar then flees the scene before being taken into custody.  2021