The blistering “Ace Of Spades” is released in the U.K. The Mötörhead album title track reaches #15 on the U.K. Singles chart. 1980  
Kings Of Leon’s “Come Around Sundown” is #1 on Billboard’s Rock and Alternative Albums charts (#2 on the Billboard 200). The band’s fifth full-length album also debuts at #1 in Australia, Canada, Belgium, and the U.K. 2010
Judas Priest’s K.K. Downing rocks into the world. The guitarist hails from Hill Top in West Bromwich, England. 1951
The name is Bon, Simon LeBon. The Duran Duran vocalist has a birthday. He is born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, but raised in and around London. 1958
Late singer Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) enters the world. Santa Cruz, CA is his hometown. 1967
Bruce Springsteen appears on the covers of both “Time” and “Newsweek” magazines. Howls of hype rise from several quarters but Springsteen has the talent to survive. 1975
Iron Maiden land on the front cover of the U.K.’s “Sounds” magazine. The accompanying article states the band is leading the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. 1979
Elina Siirala has a birthday.  She is the vocalist for Leaves’ Eyes.   1983
Bruce Springsteen performs at an L.A. rally to defeat efforts to repeal California’s Affirmative Action. 1996
Bill Berry leaves REM for health reasons. 1997
Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker receive the Legend Award at the Radio Music Awards. Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) is the presenter. 2003
Damageplan launch their “Devastation Across the Nation” North American tour in Atlanta. Guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell states, “We are going to blow the roof off.” However, it is while on this tour that ‘Dimebag’ is shot and killed (12/8/04) in Columbus, OH. 2004
The Rolling Stones extended A Bigger Bang tour hits a snag when the Atlantic, NJ stop is cancelled because Mick Jagger is suffering from a sore throat. His aliment causes a few more show cancellations but concerns about Jagger’s health doesn’t stop two New Yorkers, Rosalee and Martin Druyan, from filing a $51 million class-action lawsuit demanding compensation for all the fans who were inconvenienced by the last-minute postponement. 2006
Elvis Presley is #1 on the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities List for the second year in a row with a take of $52 million – mostly generated from the 30th anniversary of his death and various licensing deals. 2008
“Abbey Road” is released for download to The Beatles: Rock Band video game. It’s the first Beatles album available for downloadable purchase in the game’s music store. 2009
Metallica releases Tap Tap Revenge, an iPhone application, where users play along with selected Metallica songs by tapping their iPhone in time to the beats. “Enter Sandman” and “Master Of Puppets” are among the 10 tracks featured. 2009
Kid Rock lashes out at Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler for his decision to join the judges panel on “American Idol,” the singing competition. “It’s the stupidest thing he’s ever done in his life,” says Rock. “He needs some serious counseling. I love him to death, but I gotta speak the truth.” Tyler responds, “he’s just jealous, he’s just jealous.” A few days later, Godsmack’s Sully Erna calls Tyler’s move brilliant. “I think he’s gonna be the male Paula Abdul, ’cause he’s a little bit dingy, you know what I mean?! He’s probably all pilled up.” Tyler joins Randy Jackson and fellow newbie Jennifer Lopez on the “Idol” panel. 2010
Rolling Stones memorabilia once owned by the band’s guitarist Ronnie Wood is up for auction at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. The items were awarded to Jo Wood as part of the couple’s divorce settlement. A ’55 Fender Stratocaster guitar that Wood played onstage sells for $60,800. A portion of the proceeds benefit the MusiCares charity. 2012
Lou Reed, co-founder of the Velvet Underground, dies at age 71. 2013
Carrie Brownstein, Sleater-Kinney guitarist and “Portlandia” star, publishes her memoir, “Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl.” The title is taken from a lyric in the Sleater-Kinney song “Modern Girl.” 2015
Disturbed’s version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound Of Silence” is featured in a NASA video that was filmed aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 53.  2017
Linkin Park plays a special show in honor of its late bandmate Chester Bennington. The Hollywood Bowl celebration marks the first time the band performs on stage together since Bennington’s suicide the previous July.  2017