Pearl Jam issue “Riot Act.” Influenced by 9/11 and seen as a comeback from the Roskilde Music Festival tragedy where nine people were crushed to death and ‘00’s disappointing “Binaural” album, “Riot Act” debuts at #5 on its way to being certified gold by the RIAA. 2002
Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & The MGs) celebrates his birthday. He is the leader and organist for the legendary Memphis group (MGs). 1944
Neil Young is born in the free world (Toronto, Canada). Hey, hey, my, my. 1945
Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, Blue Oyster Cult’s guitarist-songwriter, enters a “stunned” world (born in Long Island, NY). 1947
According to the Billboard DJ poll, Elvis Presley is the year’s most promising Country & Western Artist. In addition, Chuck Berry is named the Most Promising R&B Artist. 1955
David “Dave” Ellefson, a founding member along with Dave Mustaine, of Megadeth is born in Jackson, MN. 1964
Jim Morrison’s last concert with the Doors. It’s in New Orleans. 1970
“Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols” is #1 in the U.K. The album can’t crack the Top 100 in the U.S., though it eventually goes platinum as it becomes recognized for being the Punk classic that it is. 1977
Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin tries his hand at Rock opera with “Rock Justice.” It’s about a musician on trial for not having a hit record. Interesting premise but a flop. Rock operas should be left to the master – Pete Townshend (The Who). 1979
U2 start a six-week run at #1 on the album chart with Rattle And Hum,” their sixth studio album.  1988
Judas Priest’s Rob Halford makes a one-off appearance fronting Black Sabbath when Sabbath vocalist Ronnie James Dio bails. Dio is ticked because Ozzy Osbourne is reforming the original Black Sabbath, which obviously doesn’t include him. 1992
Kid Rock releases the single “Picture,” featuring Sheryl Crow, off his album, Cocky. When Crow’s label won’t give permission to use her vocals, Rock re-records the track with Country singer Allison Moorer but radio programmers favor the Crow version.  2002
Courtney Love (Hole) pleads innocent to drug charges stemming from a 10/12 arrest. She makes a long and rambling statement in a Beverly Hills courtroom. 2003
Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones lose separate court cases. The Stones, who asked a London High Court for an audit of their former record label, Decca Music Group, gets sent to arbitration while Stewart must return a $780,000 advance for a cancelled tour. 2004
Day Tripper? Paul McCartney is the first musician to broadcast live music into space when a segment of his Anaheim show is beamed, via NASA, to the International Space Station 220 miles above the Earth. 2005
Dirty deeds done dirt cheap. AC/DC’s Brian Johnson is involved in a car accident in while competing in the finale of the U.K. reality-TV series “The Race.” During the Grand Prix event in Northamptonshire, England, Johnson’s vehicle clips the rear of a race car driven by R&B singer Ms. Dynamite, who loses control and crashes into a wall. Dynamite is airlifted to a local hospital with minor injuries while Johnson, who is uninjured, goes on to win the contest. That’s the AC/DC way to do it. 2006
E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt launches a program to educate middle school and high school students about the history of Rock music. The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation partners with the National Association for Music Education and Scholastic publishers for “Little Steven’s Rock and Roll High School.” 2007
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich no longer owns the Jean-Michel Basquiat painting “Untitled (Boxer).” He sells the expressionist piece, created in ’82, for $13.5 million (less commission) at a Christie’s auction in New York. The artwork was featured in the ‘04 Metallica documentary, “Some Kind Of Monster.” 2008
Mitch Mitchell, the final surviving original member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, is found dead from natural causes at a hotel in Portland, OR. The drummer, 61, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Jimi Hendrix Experience in ‘93. 2008
U2 and their concert promoter are fined $55,000 (£33,125) for breaking noise regulations at three concerts the previous summer at Dublin’s Croke Park. The homecoming shows drew approximately 240,000. 2009
U2’s Bono is in Washington D.C. to encourage Congress and the Obama administration to keep funding relief efforts in poverty-stricken countries. Meanwhile, The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are also in the nation’s capital to help raise awareness for their teenage cancer charity, “Who Cares: Teen Cancer America.” 2012
While awarding the Medal Of Honor at the White House to Florent Groberg, a former Army captain who tackled a suicide bomber in Afghanistan and was badly injured, President Obama recounts a moment during Groberg’s recovery when he thought he was hallucinating because KoЯn singer Jonathan Davis appeared at his bedside. “I talk to a lot of vets who come back and are hurt,” Davis says. “They’re in disbelief and depressed but happy that they’re home. It’s amazing just to put a smile on their face.” 2015
Sting performs at the reopening of the Bataclan Club in Paris, nearly one year after a deadly terrorist attack killed 89.  Islamic State militants opened fire during Eagles Of Death Metal’s performance as part of a wave of attacks around the city.  2016
Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson’s autobiography, “What Does This Button Do?,” lands at #10 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction best sellers list.  2017
Chad Hanks, bassist for American Head Charge, passes away at the age of 46. 2017
When the going gets tough, the tough get cooking. Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl visits the firefighters at Fire Station 68 in Calabasas, CA, where he barbecues for the crew.  Grohl and his wife own a barbecue joint (Beached Pig). The station is one of many fighting the deadly fires in the region, which destroyed hundreds of homes and structures while taking over four dozen lives.  2018
Stan Lee, Marvel comics Superhero creator (Spider-Man, Iron Man and X-Men, to name a few), dies at age 95.  Not surprisingly, Rock musicians express their appreciation for Lee’s artistry include Metallica’s Kirk Hammett “Stan Lee was a visionary and a pioneer”; Rob Zombie adds, “Marvel comics was one of the best things I remember about being a kid”; and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor “Thank you for making me believe in heroes.”  2018