The Doors’ sophomore album, “Strange Days” is released. The set contains the title track, “People Are Strange”, “Love Me Two Times” and “When The Music’s Over.” 1967
Boston’s self-titled debut album charts. The side-one songs (“More Than A Feeling,” “Peace Of Mind” and “Foreplay/Long Time”) make it one of the fastest selling albums in history. 1976
Foo Fighters release their sixth album, “Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace,” containing the single, “The Pretender.” 2007
“There’s four-piece Rock band s**t, but then there are songs where the middle sections turn into this mass orchestrated swarm and ridiculous time signatures,” says frontman David Grohl. “The album… sounds like a Foo Fighters album, but it’s definitely moving in a few different directions.”
John Locke, keyboards for Spirit, is born in L.A. 1943
Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” is lodged at #5 on the pop chart. 1957
“The Beatles” Saturday morning cartoon show premieres. The animated group’s look is right out of “A Hard Day’s Night.” The show uses Beatle songs but actors dub the voices. It runs for four years. 1965
The Yardbirds “Heart Full Of Soul” sneaks into the Top 10 (#9). 1965
“The Letter” (Box Tops) is #1 in the U.S. Alex Chilton is the vocalist. 1967
“Black Sabbath Vol. 4” drops. It is the group’s first album produced by guitarist Tony Iommi and sells over a million copies. 1972
One of the weakest studio albums in the Rolling Stones pre-80’s catalog “Goat’s Head Soup” goes gold. 1973
Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. form a band called Feedback in Dublin. They later rename themselves U2. 1976
Led Zeppelin drummer John “Bonzo” Bonham dies after choking in his sleep following excessive vodka drinking. 1980
Don Henley (The Eagles) delivers “I Can’t Stand Still.” His debut solo album and contains the TV news bashing “Dirty Laundry.” 1982
Billy Joel sues his former manager for $90 million. He charges fraud among other things. In the end, Joel walks away with $2 million. 1989
Drummer Dave Grohl is asked to join Nirvana. He accepts. 1990
John Mellencamp’s “Human Wheels” is released. The album reaches #7 in the U.S. 1993
Nirvana performs on Saturday Night Live. It’s guitarist Pat Smear’s debut appearance with the group. 1993
Ozzy Osbourne writes a letter to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame requesting that Black Sabbath’s name be removed from the list of nominees. “Black Sabbath have never been media darlings,” writes the Prince of Darkness. “We’re a people’s band and that suits us just fine.” Somebody must have paid attention because Sabbath isn’t inducted until ’06 (after their 8th nomination). 2000
The New Orleans Saints easily beat the Atlanta Falcons. But before that happens, U2 and Green Day perform together during the pre-game show of ESPN’s Monday Night Football to celebrate the reopening of the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans after the city was flooded during a hurricane. The two bands perform U2’s “Beautiful Day,” and Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” 2006
Switching channels, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler plays himself in an episode of CBS sitcom “Two And A Half Men.” Tyler appears as a neighbor who blasts loud music and causes problems for Charlie Sheen’s character. “I had such a good time, it made me think of changing careers,” jokes Tyler. 2006
Bono exhibits righteous anger regarding the U.S. government’s bailout of reckless financial institutions. “It is extraordinary to me that you can find $700 billion to save Wall Street, and the entire G8 (group of nations) can’t find $25 billion to save 25,000 children who die every day of preventable, treatable disease and hunger,” says the U2 singer at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. 2008
Farm Aid’s board of directors, which includes Neil Young and John Mellencamp, draft an open letter urging Congress to divert its focus from the corporate-sector payout (caused by insanely reckless financial practices) and look into supplying family farms with $1 billion. “When farms thrive, Main Street businesses and local communities thrive,” reads the message. 2008
Neil Young’s Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream is available. Publisher’s Weekly calls the book a “high-spirited, and reflective memoir.” 2012
Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez speak during the ceremony in front of the Musician’s Institute. 2012
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler collapses after the band’s show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tyler is rushed to the U.S. and the remainder of the band’s South American tour is cancelled. Reports he had a seizure or heart attack are denied. 2017
The late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) is honored at the L.A. Chefs For Human Rights Dinner for his song “The Promise,” which is heard in the film of the same name about the Armenian Genocide. The organization helps rebuild the lives of torture survivors from around the world. 2017
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea presents his memoir, “Acid For The Children.” His publisher says the book “tells his fascinating life story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you’d expect from an L.A. street rat turned world-famous Rock star.” 2018
Disturbed have the #1 song on Rock Radio with “Are You Ready.” It’s the band’s 12th #1 single and the fastest chart-climber of its career, reaching the top spot in six weeks. “Are You Ready,” also claims close to 4-million Spotify streams. 2018
Salesforce announce that Metallica is deploying the customer relationship management (CRM) tool to take fan experiences to “new heights.” 2018
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis urges fans to chant “F*ck Joe Biden” during a concert in Pennsylvania. The outspoken conservative singer is a frequent critic of the president. 2021
Machine Gun Kelly’s public feud with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor gets MGK consistently booed by the fans in attendance at the Louder Than Life festival, which culminates in MGK punching a fan who breaches the barricade. The feud began a week earlier at the Riot Festival when MGK dissed Taylor while onstage (Slipknot was also performing at the festival) which led the pair to exchange insults via Twitter. 2021
Knotfest returns after a year’s absence – due to COVID-19 – at National Balloon Classic Field in Indianola, Iowa. Obviously, Slipknot headlines with Lamb Of God and Megadeth also on the bill. 2021
Johnny Ramone’s (The Ramones) “Number One” Mosrite guitar sells for $937,500 at an auction Boston. 2021