Paul McCartney quits The Beatles. 1970
As producer Phil Spector toiled on the “Let It Be” tapes, The Beatles temporarily suspend their differences and re-enter the studio. “Abbey Road” was as great a swan song as anybody could hope for.
With the “fixed up” “Let It Be” rolling out, McCartney, having already completed his debut solo album, announces he is leaving – John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr unanimously decide to disband.
R.E.M.’s “Accelerate” sells 115,000 copies in its first week to land at #2 on the Billboard 200 (U.S.). The album debuts at #1 in the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and the Czech Republic and #2 in Germany, Italy, Holland and Austria. 2008
Queen’s “Greatest Hits” is the all-time best-selling album in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Company. The album tops the list having sold 5.8 million copies. The Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is next, with sales of 5 million. 2012
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Kevin Martin, vocalist-guitarist with the Seattle based Candlebox, has a birthday. 1969
In London, Queen takes the stage for the first time. 1973
Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance is born. 1977
Fort Smith, Arkansas resident Sean Pierce is walking home wearing a T-shirt he purchased the day before at a Van Halen concert when he’s arrested for ‘violating a statute against wearing a smutty shirt’. The shirt has the title of the group’s album “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” printed on it. How could anyone have a problem with that? Van Halen offers to pay Pierce’s fine. 1992
After thirteen years, Soundgarden, one of Seattle’s premier Grunge bands, announce they are disbanding. The group reforms thirteen years later. 1997
Elton John’s benefit concert for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in New York nets $2.5 million for her campaign. “There is no one more qualified to lead America,” Elton tells the crowd at Radio City Music Hall. 2008
Based on a true story of an Army vet who snapped and stole a tank, Megadeth unveil the video for “The Right To Go Insane.” The clip features frontman Dave Mustaine sneaking onto a military facility, stealing a tank and crashing into things. Filming caused a stir a month earlier because no one informed authorities of the tank so the police stormed the set assuming it was some terrorist activity. 2010
Fleetwood Mac officially announce that they have fired Lindsey Buckingham after a disagreement over the band’s upcoming tour and that Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House are his replacements. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham served as the catalyst taking Fleetwood Mac from inconsequential to superstar status in the ’70s and ’80s – with lots of drama. Rumors of Buckingham’s departure had been circulating for days. 2018
Godsmack’s Sully Erna announces the creation of The Scars Foundation to support people with ongoing mental health struggles as a result of bullying, addiction and/or abuse which often leads to suicide. “Scars come in all forms,” Sully explains. “They are physical and emotional. Everyone has something that makes him or her insecure or embarrassed. But instead of hiding them or internalizing them, own them and show them off to the world!” 2019