“Whole Lotta Love,” probably the most famous track on “Led Zeppelin II,” is released. Recorded at London’s Olympic Studios and mixed at A&R studios in New York, the song was nicked in-part from Willie Dixon’s “You Need Lovin’.” 1969
“Diary Of A Madman,” the second studio album by Ozzy Osbourne, arrives. It’s the last Osbourne studio album to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads.  The album goes on to sell over 3-million copies worldwide.  1981
Alice In Chains release their third full-length album. The self-titled effort, the band’s final album with vocalist Layne Staley, debuts at #1 on the Billboard album chart and sells over 3 million copies.  1995
Tommy Thayer enters the world. The guitarist goes on to replace Ace Frehley’ in ‘02 as “The Spaceman” in KISS. 1960
The Doors are banned from Phoenix due to singer Jim Morrison’s behavior. He reportedly mooned the audience. 1968
The Rolling Stones embark on their first American tour with guitarist Mick Taylor (replacing Brian Jones). This is the tour that includes a stop at Altamont. 1969
MGM Records drops 18 acts for allegedly promoting drug use. Eric Burdon (The Animals), now fronting the successful War, freely admits to drug use. He is not dropped because his group is still selling records, making a mockery of the whole exercise. 1970
Guitarist Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails) is born in Park Ridge, NJ.  1971
Former Anthrax guitarist, Robert Caggiano, is born. 1976
Otep Shamaya (Otep) is born in Austin, TX.  1979
Zach Myers, Shinedown’s rhythm guitarist, is born in Memphis, TN. 1983
John Fogerty wins a plagiarism suit launched by his former record label. Fantasy, which owns the publishing rights to Creedence Clearwater Revival songs.  The label contends Fogerty used “Run Through The Jungle” to create his solo hit “Old Man Down The Road.” 1988
Frank Zappa is diagnosed with prostate cancer. The disease eventually claims his life. 1991
Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, mostly commonly known as Lorde (“Royals”), is born in Devonport, New Zealand. 1996
Black Sabbath’s “Reunion” album peaks at #11 on the U.S. chart. 1998
Steve Kmak, aka ‘Fuzz’, is fired from Disturbed. According to frontman David Draiman, Fuzz was let go because of his “jealousy” and being “willing to sink the ship we were all sailing on, for spite.” 2003
Foo Fighters release an acoustic live album titled “Skin And Bones.” The collection, recorded in L.A., features songs from the unplugged half of their “In Your Honor” double album plus classic Foo songs. 2006
 The Doors By The Doors is published. It’s the band’s first authorized autobiography. 2006
The Eagles “Long Road Out Of Eden” sells over 700,000 copies in its first week of release to land at #1 on the Billboard 200. They also perform at the 41st annual Country Music Association Awards. “From the early ’70s, this group has defined Country Rock,” says the CMA’s Tammy Genovese. It’s the group’s first-ever appearance on an awards show. 2007
KISS’ Gene Simmons wins $500,000 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation during his appearance on FOX’s “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” It’s a record sum earned by a celebrity guest on the game show. 2008
Ra Ra Riot wins the Best Music Video trophy for “Can You Tell” at the Finger Lakes Film Festival. 2009
U2’s Larry Mullen says the music industry is “broken” during a radio interview. “A lot of younger artists don’t get paid, and that’s a real problem,” Mullen explains. “Companies like Spotify, the new Apple service and all the others are really going to have to pay artists more.” 2015
An acoustic guitar that John Lennon used to record and write some of The Beatles most famous hit songs is sold at auction in California for $2.4 million (£1.5 million) to an undisclosed buyer.  2015
Fans donate non-perishable food at a Metallica concert in Los Andes Stadium in Bogota to help the indigenous Wayuu community in La Guajira, northern Colombia, who are suffering from malnourishment and a lack of drinking water.  2016
“The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx,” by Mötley Crüe and Sixx: AM founder Nikki Sixx debuts at #8 on the New York Times Best Seller Hardcover and #11 on the Combined Print And e-book lists. It’s his fourth time on the Best Seller List. The other three are “The Heroin Diaries,” “This Is Gonna Hurt” and the Crüe biography “The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.”  2021