Nirvana’s highly acclaimed “MTV Unplugged In New York” LP hits the streets. 1994
Santana’s star-studded “All That I Am” arrives in the U.S. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler contributes vocals to “Just Feel Better” while Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is heard on the instrumental track “Trinity.” 2005My Chemical Romance’s “The Black Parade” sells 240,000 copies in its first week to land at #2 (behind Disney’s “Hannah Montana” soundtrack) on the Billboard 200 chart. 2006
Bassist Rick Grech is born. Thrust into the spotlight as the least known member of Blind Faith (with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker – both ex-Cream) he goes on to join fellow Blind Faith alum Steve Winwood in the second edition of Traffic. 1945
Songwriter Jim Steinman is born.  In addition to his work with Meat Loaf he also composed and produced Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.”  1947
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ co-founder and vocalist, Anthony Kiedis, is born in Grand Rapids, MI. 1962
The Rolling Stones issue their second single “I Wanna Be Your Man,” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Ringo sings on the Beatles’ version. 1963
Def Leppard’s Rick Allen enters the world. He starts drumming with his mother’s kitchen utensils when he is five. In ’84, Allen loses his left arm in an auto accident but learns to drum again using an electric drum kit. 1963
After the Dave Clark 5 perform “Glad All Over” on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Sullivan compares the group favorably to the Rolling Stones and then adds that unlike the Stones, the DC5 are “nice, neat boys.” 1964
George Harrison releases “Wonderwall Music,” the soundtrack to the psychedelic movie “Wonderwall.” Though the album is dreadful, Harrison is the first Beatle to release a solo album.  1968
Elvis Presley makes his comeback complete (following his ’68 TV special) when “Suspicious Minds” tops the Billboard chart. 1969
Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman is laid to rest. The group, plus Dr. John and Bonnie Bramlett, perform at the service. Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident three days earlier. 1971
Elton John’s “Island Girl” tops the U.S. pop chart. 1975
The original, seven-minute version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is released in the U.K. A shorter version is subsequently issued. 1975
“Rio,” from Duran Duran, is released. There’s little initial interest in the song but after the success of “Hungry Like The Wolf,” “Rio” gets re-reissued the following March and becomes a major hit. 1982
Sub-Pop issues Nirvana’s first single “Love Buzz.” It’s a cover of a Shocking Blue song. Sub-Pop initially issues 1,000 copies. 1988
“Youthanasia” is released.   The Megadeth album enters the Billboard album chart at #4 and is later certified platinum. 1994
Guitarist Carlos Santana stops his Hong Kong concert to deliver an anti-war message regarding the war in Iraq. Santana asks the crowd for 30 seconds of silence to condemn President Bush’s foreign policy. 2003
Terry Knight (Richard Terrance Knapp), a one-time singer but better known as the former Svengali-like manager of Grand Funk Railroad, is fatally stabbed at his home in Killeen, TX, defending his daughter from her drug-addled boyfriend during a domestic disturbance.  2004
Disturbed’s cover of Genesis’ “Land Of Confusion” reaches #1 hit on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. But that’s not enough for frontman David Draiman. “To be honest with you, I expected it to (do) better,” says the singer. “I had hopes for it – multi-format, not simply at the active (Rock) format, especially with the rotation of (the) video.” 2006
Rock Star Supernova announce they have picked ex-Black Crowes bassist Johnny Colt to temporarily replace the injured Jason Newsted (who hurt his shoulder when some sound equipment fell on him). “Johnny’s the guy,” says drummer Tommy Lee. “He’s the kind of player that can plug in and immediately make his presence felt.” 2006
Elton John supports a Wisconsin group that opposes a ballot measure that would ban gay marriage in the state. He waives his usual $20,000 fee allowing Fair Wisconsin to use “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” in a campaign ad. 2006
Alice Cooper and The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger land on Golf Digest’s list of the Top 100 Musician Golfers. Both Cooper and Krieger credit the game with helping them overcome substance-abuse problems. 2006
Linkin Park contributes $50,000 to Direct Relief International, a non-profit organization based in Santa Barbara, to help Southern California recover from wildfires that devastated the region. The group donates the funds through their Music For Relief organization. “The wildfires are an unfathomable tragedy,” says bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell. “Being able to help victims of a natural disaster like the wildfires is exactly why Music For Relief was founded.” 2007
System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan launches his Internet-based venture “Torpedo Comics.” The Vegas based business sells comics, graphic novels and action figures. 2007
Linkin Park nail the Band of the Year trophy at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Munich. 2007
Bret Michaels is the “Face of Diabetes” during the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Month. The reality TV star and former Poison singer has lived with Type 1 diabetes since the age of six. 2010
The Steinway & Sons piano company announces plans for a limited edition run of John Lennon “Imagine” pianos. Each piano has Lennon’s signature engraved in brass. The series celebrates Lennon’s 70th birthday. 2010
Megadeth’s “TH1RT3EN” drops. “This record is the culmination of my work over the 13 records I recorded,” says frontman Dave Mustaine. “There are moments on ‘TH1RT3EN’ that capture my every emotion, and other moments where I am releasing feelings I never knew existed!” 2011
“Lulu,” a collaborative album by Loud Reed and Metallica , is released. Metallica’s Kirk Hammett describes “Lulu” as “one of the best things we’ve ever done.” Too bad the critics hate it and the public doesn’t buy it. 2011
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi’s memoir, “Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath,” is on shelves. The book covers Iommi’s “rough-and-tumble childhood, failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, band mates, famous friends, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist.” 2011
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s “No Regrets” is in bookstores. He calls the current version of KISS “a bunch of dirty rotten whores.” “I soon realized their lust for money outweighed any sense of fairness or logic on their part,” writes Frehley. 2011
Stevie Wonder is honored at the Never Again Peace Concert in Hollywood. He’s recognized for his role as a United Nations Messenger of Peace. 2011
According to a survey conducted by Tastebuds.fm Nickelback is the biggest musical turnoff. Of the twelve acts up for consideration They garner 13% of the vote to beat out Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Coldplay. 2011
“Take Me To Church,” by Hozier, is #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.  2014
Static X’s Wayne Static (Wayne Richard Wells), dies in his sleep at age 48. He founded the Metal band Static-X in ’94. 2014
KoЯn’s “The Serenity Of Suffering” debuts at #4 on The Billboard 200 album chart selling 57,000 copies in its first week of release.  55,000 units are traditional CD sales, with the remainder consisting of downloads and streaming. It’s the 13th time that a KoЯn release has debuted in the Top 10.  2016
Alien Ant Farm guitarist Terry Corso pleads guilty to assaulting a fan during a show in Chester, England after being hit by what he thought was a bag of urine. “He felt angry at that so he confronted the fan and ended up hitting him once,” says Corso’s solicitor.  “He regrets his actions and says he never should have jumped off the stage.”  The guitarist is fined and put on probation.  2016
Bruce Springsteen and comedians Jerry Seinfeld, John Stewart and Louis C.K. lead an all-star lineup at the 10th annual “Stand Up For Heroes” event at New York’s Madison Square Garden.  The show raises funds to assist injured military and ex-military members and their families.  2016
Chris Cornell’s widow files a lawsuit against the Soundgarden frontman’s doctor for malpractice, accusing the physician of over-prescribing drugs that eventually caused the singer to commit suicide. Vicky Cornell claims Dr. Robert Koblin prescribed 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam (Ativan) as well other medications.  2018