Guns N’ Roses unleash “G N’ R Lies.” Their second studio set is the last to feature drummer Steven Adler. It peaks at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 selling over five million copies in the U.S.  1988
“Boulevard Of Broken Dreams,” the second single from Green Day’s “American Idiot,” is released. “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” goes to #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart, Hot Mainstream Rock and Hot Modern Rock charts. 2004
British Blues pioneer John Mayall is born. 1933
Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) has a birthday. Early in his career he was a member of Joey Dee And The Starlighters (“Peppermint Twist”).  1942
Guitarist Ronnie Montrose (Montrose) is born in San Francisco.  1947
Boston’s ‘other guitarist’ (Tom Scholz being the famous one), Barry Goudreau, is born. 1951
Bassist Michael Dempsey (The Cure) has a birthday. 1958
The Beatles release of “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” There are 700,000 advance orders with sales surpassing a million after only a few days. 1963
The Beatles have a two-sided #1 with John Lennon’s “Come Together” and George Harrison’s “Something.” Both songs are on the “Abbey Road” album.  1969
John Lennon is convicted of cannabis possession in England. He claims he no longer uses the drug and is fined. The conviction plays a large role in his later attempts to win U.S. residency status. The drug bust makes him an “undesirable” even though his political beliefs/activities are the real issue.  1969
An edited version (cutting more than a minute from the original) of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” drops in the U.K. 1975
Epic Records East Coast A&R Director Bruce Harris writes a letter to Punk aficionado Paul Dougherty stating that he feels the Sex Pistols are superior to and will be more profitable to the label than The Clash. As a result, “The Clash,” later considered a brilliant debut, sits on the shelf for two years before finally becoming available in the U.S. 1977
Kansas goes platinum with “Point Of No Return.” The album contains one of their best songs “Carry On Wayward Son.” 1977
Neil Young’s “Comes A Time” goes gold. It’s his ninth studio album. 1978
U2’s “Zoo TV” airs on FOX. It bombs. 1992
All Things Must Pass. George Harrison loses a long battle with cancer. 2001
Band Aid’s updated version of “Do They Know It`s Christmas?” comes out. The band includes Paul McCartney, U2’s Bono and Chris Martin of Coldplay. Band Aid’s Bob Geldof and Midge Ure hope to raise public awareness and funds for famine victims in the Darfur region of Sudan. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” originally came out in ’84. 2004
An acoustic guitar owned by Staind’s Aaron Lewis gets a bid of $4,850 during an eBay charity auction to benefit the Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation. “I can’t believe it got that much,” says Lewis who presents the autographed guitar to Kelly Duluoz of Kent, WA. 2005
BMI presents Steve Winwood with its prestigious “Icon’ honor at the performance-rights organization’s annual London Awards. The ex-Traffic member and solo performer is recognized for his “enduring influence on generations of music makers.” 2005
Three Days Grace’s “Three Days to Change Tour” lands at Toronto’s Center for Addiction and Mental Health, the facility that helped frontman Adam Gontier kick his own addictions a year-and-a-half earlier.  2006
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong posts an open letter urging fans to write President George W. Bush regarding the United States’ growing energy crisis. Green Day and the Natural Resources Defense Council launch the Move America Beyond Oil campaign that promotes clean, renewable energy. 2006
AFI is voted Best Vegetarian Band at PETA’s inaugural Libby Awards. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor is named Best New Fur Foe. PETA lobbies against the use of animals for food or clothing. 2006
A two-day auction begins on items that belonged to the late Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett. Among the articles on the block  in Cambridge are Barrett’s own never-before-seen artwork, some signed by the musician, two hand-painted bicycles, homemade speakers and a classical guitar. Ten paintings sell for more than $100,000 while the auction raises $200,000. A portion funds “educational development” in the art world. Barrett, who left Floyd in ‘68, passed away in ’06. 2006
Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh (both of The Eagles) perform at the 10th annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit in New York. The pair play their solo stuff plus Eagles’ tunes. Proceeds go to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. 2007
Metallica’s four sold-out shows at Sydney’s Acer Arena, the largest indoor arena in the country, set an Australian record with the group selling 74,244 tickets. That’s nearly 8,000 more than Britney Spears, the previous record holder, sold over four nights of her ‘09 “Circus tour.” 2010
U2’s “Ordinary Love,” is featured in the Nelson Mandela biopic, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.” The song was written specifically for the film. 2013
Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda and turntablist Joe Hahn team with designer Blaine Halvorson’s lifestyle brand MadeWorn to create T-shirts utilizing the original street soldier design from the band’s debut album, “Hybird Theory.”  As part of Giving Tuesday, a portion of each sale benefits Linkin Park’s nonprofit Music For Relief, which aids survivors of natural disasters and promotes environmental conservation.  2016
CBC News reports that the Kensington Police Service in Canada has threatened holiday drunk drivers with having to listen to Nickelback in the squad car on the way to the police station.  A Nickelback rep demands the post be taken down and a few days later Const. Robb Hartlen, the man behind the campaign, apologizes for using Nickelback in the anti-drunk driving campaign. 2016
Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock is sued for causing a multi-car wreck in ‘16 when he failed to stop when approaching traffic in Portland, OR.  A city employee, who was driving a vehicle involved, seeks over $865,000 in damages (due to injuries and pain resulting from the accident).  2017
Billboard reports that Shinedown has landed its 13th #1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart with Get Up”, the second single from the band’s sixth studio album, “Attention Attention.” Only Three Days Grace, with 14, has more.  2018
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi presents “Scent Of Dark,” a fragrance, designed in collaboration with luxury Italian perfume house Xerjoff and Sergio Momo.   2021