“Led Zeppelin II” is certified gold (even before the band’s self-titled debut reaches that mark). A highlight is Jimmy Page’s solo on “Heartbreaker.” The lead track is “Whole Lotta Love.” 1969
Metallica land three songs simultaneously on the Billboard charts. “Atlas, Rise!,” from the group’s tenth album, “Hardwired…To Self Destruct,” debuts at #22 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart.  “Moth Into Flame” is at # 6 with “Hardwired” slotted at #23.  It’s the first time that an act has charted at least three songs on Mainstream Rock Songs simultaneously since Metallica last did it in ’08.  2016
Foo Fighters issue “Sonic Highways.” The album, recorded in eight cities (hence the title), features guest performances by The Eagles’ Joe Walsh and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen. 2014
Greg Lake, is born in Poole, Dorset, England. He’s a founding member of King Crimson and Emerson. Lake & Palmer. 1948
Singer Ronnie Hammond (Atlanta Rhythm Section) is born. 1950
Gregg Allman gets a guitar on his thirteenth birthday. However, it’s older brother Duane who excels on the instrument. Gregg eventually settles in on keyboards. 1960
The Beatles finish their “Rubber Soul” album at Abbey Road studios in London. They record “Wait” “You Won’t See Me” and “Girl.” 1965
“Days Of Future Passed,” the second album and first concept effort by the Moody Blues, arrives.  Thanks to steady FM radio play – especially of the song “Nights In White Satin –  the album peaks at #2 on the Billboard chart in ’72. 1967
DJ (Daren Jay) Ashba, former guitarist for Guns N’ Roses and the lead guitarist in Sixx: A.M., has a birthday.  1972
Elton John starts an eight-week run at the top of the album chart with “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” his third #1 record. 1973
Singer/guitarist Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World) is born in Mesa, AZ.  1975
Even though MTV is still years away, Queen film a video for “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The song, aided by the video, goes to #1 in the U.K. 1975
The Patti Smith Group releases their debut, “Horses.” 1976
The Clash release their second U.K. album “Give ‘Em Enough Rope.” The set becomes their first U.S. release. 1978
Silverchair’s bassist Chris Joannou is born. 1979
Any song written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey (both of The Eagles), Bob Seger and legendary songwriter J.D. Souther would have to be pretty good. “Heartache Tonight” (The Eagles) proves the point. It’s the #1 song on the Hot 100. 1979
“Highway To Hell” drives to #17 on the U.S. album chart. The AC/DC set is the group’s first million-seller. 1979
 “Too Fast for Love,” the debut studio album by Mötley Crüe is released on the band’s Leathur Records.  Elektra Records signs the band the following year with the album going platinum.  1981
Bruce Springsteen’s “Live 1975-1985” arrives.  The 40-track set enters the U.S. Album Chart at #1. Can’t do any better than that. 1986
A St. Louis judge finds singer Axl Rose guilty of assault and property damage in connection with a ’91 Guns N’ Roses concert/riot. Rose gets probation but has to donate several thousand dollars to charity. 1992
Ray Charles donates $1 million to Dillard University for a program on Black Culture. 2003
Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson is quoted in an Asbury, NJ, newspaper criticizing displays of the U.S. flag. “People are confusing patriotism with nationalism.” As a result, Manahawkin, NJ, Classic Rock radio station W-C-H-R dumps Jethro Tull from their playlist. 2003
Courtney Love (Hole) enters a not-guilty plea to a felony assault charge in Los Angeles Superior Court. She is accused of attacking a woman with a bottle during an alleged incident at her ex-boyfriend’s house. 2004
Evanescence’s Amy Lee is named the American Chair of the “Out Of The Shadows” initiative, which seeks to increase epilepsy awareness and fund research into the disorder. “I’m committed to this cause because epilepsy affects someone very dear to me, and I’m humbled to know that I can be a catalyst for change,” says Lee. Her younger brother suffers from epilepsy. 2006
The Rock for Darfur shows take place. Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin and Seether are in Belton, TX; Puddle Of Mudd and Saliva perform in Sauget, IL; and Megadeth hit the stage in Perth, Australia. Proceeds benefit the troubled African region. 2007
Converse unveils an official signature athletic shoe in honor of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. A portion of the proceeds from the black, red and white sneakers goes to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. 2008
Ticked that a ban on gay marriage passed in her home state of California, Melissa Etheridge says that because she is not “allowed the same right under the state constitution as any other citizen” she will no longer pay the state’s income tax. 2008
Coldplay are declared the biggest-selling act of the year at the World Music Awards in Monaco.  They also win the Rock Act of the Year Award after their album, “Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends,” tops the charts around the world.  2008
Jerry Montano (ex-Hellyeah) sues Country star John Rich for assault and battery stemming from an altercation in an L.A. hotel. The bassist claims that he suffered “severe injuries,” “permanent scarring” and “extreme mental anguish” and asks for damages. 2008
“Memento Mori,” Flyleaf’s first album in four years, is out. “We were able to figure out who were as a band and see a lot of the world and the U.S. a couple times over,” says bassist Pat Seals. 2009
Switchfoot rolls out “Hello Hurricane.” The album is inspired by the group’s ’05 work (post-Hurricane Katrina) with Habitat For Humanity in Baton Rouge. 2009
“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Story Behind The Song” is in bookstores. Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Aaron Lewis of Staind are among those who tell the stories behind their hits. 2009
U2 wins the Top Tour and Top Draw honors for their “360 Tour” at the Billboard Touring Awards in New York City. 2011
Kid Rock begins a 12-show tour that raises more than $375,000 for local charities through his Kid Rock Foundation. 2011
Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne is at the center of a bomb scare at Will Rogers airport in Oklahoma City when a dead grenade in his carry-on sets off alarms at a TSA checkpoint. He tells police that the grenade was given to him at a party as a joke. Coyne is allowed to board his flight to L.A. and tweets “Sorry Sorry Sorry!! Everyone that was inconvenienced because of my grenade at OKC airport!!” 2012
After the partial cancelation of Aerosmith’s tour itinerary so frontman Steven Tyler can focus on his solo career, guitarist Brad Whitford tells Billboard the band feels abandoned by the singer. “His fans around the globe want to see him in the context of Aerosmith,” adds Whitford. 2015
The Waitemata Local Board votes unanimously for a temporary liquor ban during an upcoming AC/DC concert at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland to “significantly assist in curbing alcohol-related harm and offending in public areas.” 2015
AFI’s Davey Havok goes nude for a PETA (People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals) anti-leather ad campaign.  “I’d rather go naked than wear leather,” reads the copy. “Rock the skin you were born in. Let animals keep theirs.”  2016
Supreme, a New York City-based skate culture apparel company, presents a Slayer clothing line featuring jackets, sweaters, sweatpants, sweatshirts and T-shirts.  The line is available in New York, L.A., London and Paris.  2016
The first day of a two-day auction of the late David Bowie’s estate begins. The auction, which nets more than $30.3 million, features paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Auerbach and Damien Hirst.  2016
Two days after the election, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong slams president-elect Donald Trump saying “Our social progress got punched in the face.”  2016
President Trump’s tweet about California forest fires generates its own firestorm.  Three fires scorch the state destroying hundreds of homes and leaving over two-dozen dead which Trump blames on “gross mismanagement of the forests.”  “Actually, it’s a lack of federal funding that’s at the ‘root’ of the purported forest mismanagement,” tweets Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose. Ex-Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach chimes in stating that Trump is “the most USELESS human being to ever walk the Planet Earth.” Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee rhetorically asks Trump, “Can you be anymore insensitive you f*cking moron?”  Rose gets the last word.  “Only a demented n’ truly pathetic individual would use a tragedy to once again misrepresent facts for attempted public/political gain at other’s expense.”    2018
Panic! At The Disco top the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart with “High Hopes.” 2018
Ghost’s Tobias Forge tells the Los Angeles Daily News that he appreciates being able to maintain a sense of anonymity even after his true identity was revealed. “I am actually quite happy that I am personally not so well-known and that the band is far more known than I am,” says Forge who portrays a Cardinal Copia. He revealed his identity while responding to a lawsuit filed by four former band members who accused him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the band’s profits.  2018
Elton John becomes member of the Order of the Companions of Honour during a ceremony at Windsor Castle officiated by Prince Charles. The Order is one of the highest awards that can be bestowed by the Queen to citizens in Britain and across the Commonwealth. 2021
Sex Pistols’ John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten) is revealed as the jester on “The Masked Singer,” the reality singing competition.  He explains his appearance as “mostly as a gift to his wife” who is living with Alzheimer’s. She “might get a great sense of fun out of it if she managed to guess who it was,” says Lydon.  2021
Stone Temple Pilots announce the cancelation of the remaining dates (2) on their current tour after a “member” of the band’s “organization” tests positive for COVID-19.   2021