John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Double Fantasy” album goes platinum only weeks after Lennon’s murder. 1981
Airbourne’s “Stand Up For Rock ‘n’ Roll” is the theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment’s 21st annual Royal Rumble. “(The song) is just one of those rockin’ tracks that seems to go well with people getting their heads smashed in,” says Airbourne’s Joel O’Keefe. It’s on the group’s debut album “Runnin’ Wild.” 2008
A Band Best. “High Hopes” is Panic! At The Disco’s most streamed song on Spotify. The 289,231,271 streams eclipses “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” 286,243,687 streams. 2019
Rod Stewart is born. He attempts a pro football (soccer) career before landing as the lead singer with the Jeff Beck Group and Faces. But his greatest fame is achieved as a solo. 1945
Aynsley Dunbar starts his life. The Liverpool born drummer is in Jefferson Airplane, Whitesnake and early Journey. 1946
Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen begins reelin’ in the years. He hails from Passaic, NJ. 1948
Pat Benatar rocks her way into the world. 1952
Elvis Presley lays down “Heartbreak Hotel” during his first recording session for RCA Records. Along with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, guitar-great Chet Atkins participates in the Nashville session. Floyd Cramer is on piano. 1956
Meat Puppets’ Curt Kirkwood celebrates his birthday. 1959
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm. Brad Roberts (born Bradley Kenneth Roberts in Winnipeg, Manitoba), the lead singer/guitarist for the Crash Test Dummies, has a birthday. 1964
A frustrated George Harrison quits The Beatles. John Lennon suggests getting Eric Clapton (Cream) to replace Harrison who returns less than a week later. 1969
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is found guilty of cocaine possession. 1977
3 Doors Down guitarist, Matt Roberts, is born. He’s one of the group’s founding members (with Brad Arnold and Todd Harrell). 1978
Mr. Blackwell speaks. Linda Ronstadt nails the #2 spot on the Worst Dress List behind Farrah Fawcett Majors. Ouch! 1978
“Paradise City” from Guns N’ Roses’ debut studio album “Appetite For Destruction” is released as a single. It goes to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. GN’R guitarist Slash later states it’s his favorite GN’R song. 1988
Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart (Eurhythmics) receive the Best Song Honor for “Old Habits Die Hard” from the film “Alfie” at the 10th annual Critic’s Choice Awards in L.A. 2005
Georgeann Walsh Ward sues KISS’ Gene Simmons and Viacom claiming she was defamed in the KISS VH-1 documentary “When KISS Ruled The World.” Ward, who was Simmons girlfriend in the ’70s, says the bass player made her out to be a “sex-addicted nymphomaniac.” Ward wants big bucks to go away. 2005
Green Day is named America’s Favorite Group at the 32nd annual People’s Choice Awards. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt are on hand to accept the trophy. Meanwhile, U2 nabs the Favorite Tour award, beating out Green Day, among others. Winners are determined by Internet voting. 2006
The “Underworld: Evolution” soundtrack is unveiled. It has a solo recording from Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and a version of Slipknot’s “Vermillion Pt. 2” remixed by former Nine Inch Nails programmer Chris Vrenna. 2006
Chart report. System Of A Down’s “Hypnotize” claims the #1 position on Billboard’s Modern Rock singles chart, beating out the Foo Fighters’ “DOA.” Shinedown’s “Save Me” rules Mainstream Rock – at least according to Billboard. 2006
The Recording Academy announces the year’s additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Albums inducted are “Who’s Next” by The Who, “London Calling” by The Clash and “Cheap Thrills” from Big Brother & The Holding Company. Singles getting the nod are Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” 2007
Desperado seeks justice. The Eagles’ Don Henley and Glenn Frey file a $537,000 lawsuit against a South Korean insurance company that they accuse of using their group’s ballad “Desperado” illegally. A representative for Korea Life Insurance claims that the company believed an agreement with The Eagles had been reached when it aired a commercial featuring the song. “We thought the deal was closed.” the official said. Guess not. 2007
“Evil Urges,” My Morning Jacket’s fifth studio album, is out. 2008
“Hits Are For Squares,” a compilation of Sonic Youth songs is issued on Starbucks’ Hear Music imprint. 2008
The first of a two part concert film “Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live From Gainesville” is broadcast on PBS. It documents the group’s 30th anniversary celebration in ’06. The second part is shown a week later. 2008
Shinedown’s “Second Chance” tops Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. 2009
The late Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell is inducted into Guitar Center’s “Drum-Legends” Hall of Fame in Hollywood. 2009
“Fully inhabiting the moment during that tiny dot of time after you’ve pressed ‘record’ is what makes it eternal,” writes U2’s Bono about Frank Sinatra in the first in a series of op-ed columns for the New York Times. 2009
Rich Robinson’s Stamford, CN, home is sold at a foreclosure auction for $1.2 million. The Black Crowes guitarist and his ex-wife, who divorced in ’08, purchased the five-bedroom house five years earlier. Foreclosure proceedings were initiated after the couple ran up more than $400,000 in outstanding federal and local property taxes. 2009
Ronnie Wood’s relationship with his 26-year-old Russian girlfriend, Hannah Kamelmacher, ends after only one week. His previous Russian love interest, Ekaterina Ivanova, lasted over a year before the romance disintegrated amid assault charges. Maybe the 62-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist should broaden his scope. 2010
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor again speaks out in defense of illegal music downloading, insisting that no one wants to pay for “crap” new music. “People wanna blame the decline of album sales on downloading,” says Taylor. “I think it’s actually the record companies’ fault. If record companies would stop giving any f**king mook on the street with a fringe a record deal or their own record label, maybe you would sell more f**king albums, dipshits.” 2011
Van Halen issue “Tattoo,” the lead track from the album “A Different Kind Of Truth.” It’s also the group’s first single with singer David Lee Roth in 28-years. 2012
An AC/DC fan beats out 27 other bidders and pays $1,225 for a copy of “Can I Sit Next To You Girl,” the debut single from AC/DC (released in ’75). Only released in the band’s native Australia, it features lead vocals by original singer Dave Evans. The b-side is another original, “Rockin’ In The Parlour.” AC/DC re-recorded “Can I Sit Next To You Girl” for their second album “TNT.” 2012
Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston is found dead in his North London home. He joins Fleetwood Mac in late ’72, replacing Danny Kirwan. Weston’s departure in ’74 paved the way for the arrival of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. He was 64. 2012
Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) is named chief creative officer of the music streaming service Daisy, created in collaboration with Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics. “(Reznor will) bring an emotional connection back to the act of music discovery,” says Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine in a statement. 2013
Asia cofounder Steve Howe announces he has left the group in order to devote his attention to other projects. 2013
“All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman” is held at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The tribute concert features the Allman Brothers Band, Jackson Browne, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. 2014
The AC/DC single, “Play Ball,” is featured in commercials for Beats By Dre headphones. The ads, which feature NFL players, debut during the NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. 2015
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder performs at President Barack Obama’s farewell address to the nation in Chicago.  He sings his song “Rise” plus Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The Free World.”  2017
Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones publishes his autobiography, “Lonely Boy,” in the North America (the book was published two months earlier in the U.K.). With journalist Ben Thompson, Jones covers his childhood in West London and the founding the Sex Pistols. 2017
The late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) appears in a PSA for “The Promise Campaign.”  The video features a montage of actors and musicians vowing to keep the promise to support a variety of humanitarian efforts.  Cornell wrote and recorded “The Promise,” heard in the film of the same name, which addresses Armenian genocide. 2018
Mötörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke passes away after being treated for pneumonia at age 67.   Clarke, a founding member of the band with Lemmy Kilmister and drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, was in the lineup for the band’s first five studio albums.  2018
Billboard posts Nielsen Music’s tally of Led Zeppelin’s catalog “based on revenue generated by digital activity on download stores like iTunes and on-demand services like Spotify.” #1 is “Stairway To Heaven” ($2.9 million), followed by “Kashmir” ($1.4 million), with “Immigrant Song” ($1.3 million) coming in at #3. “Black Dog” ($1.16 million) and “Whole Lotta Love” ($1.03 million) round out the Top 5. 2019
“Eddie and Dave,” a Van Halen inspired play, opens off-Broadway.  In a twist, women are in the title roles revealing “what happens when the person you need is the one you find most irritating.”  2019
“Dead Inside,” by guitarist Nita Strauss, is #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock Chart. She’s the first female Rock artist to top the chart.  2022