May 9th
Rock writer John Landau sees Bruce Springsteen in concert (opening for Bonnie Raitt) at the Harvard Square Theater in Cambridge, MA.
Landau is moved to write, “I have seen the future of Rock and Roll and his name is Bruce Springsteen.” Landau gives up his day job to become Springsteen’s manager and producer. 1974
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ninth album, “Stadium Arcadium,” drops. It becomes the band’s first #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.  2006
Tool’s fourth album, “10,000 Days,” sells over 560,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. 2006
From “10,000 Days,” the song “Vicarious” was up for an ’07 Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy but lost to Wolfmother’s “Woman.” The group did win “Best Recording Package.”
Rush’s “Snakes & Arrows,” lands at #3 (behind Ne-Yo and Michael Buble) selling 93,000 units in its debut week. It’s the group’s first album in five years. 2007


Halestorm become the first female fronted band to score a #1 hit on the Active Radio charts. They do it with “Love Bites (So Do I),” a single from their album, “The Strange Case Of…” 2012
Buffalo Springfield guitarist Richie Furay is born. 1944
The Piano Man, Billy Joel, has a birthday. 1949
Ironically, it’s a Canadian group, the Guess Who, who have a #1 hit with “American Woman.” 1970
Party animal, Andrew W.K., has a birthday.  1979
R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry collapses due to a bronchial infection during the group’s European tour. Four shows in Germany are canceled. 1989
Bruce Springsteen finally makes his national T.V. debut on Saturday Night Live. 1992
Kurt Cobain is treated at a Seattle hospital for a drug overdose. He has a combination of heroin (self-inflicted) and bupreorphine (injected by his wife, Courtney Love). 1993
Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) performs with Puff Daddy on Saturday Night Live. Puff Daddy’s hit “Come With Me” used on the “Godzilla” soundtrack, sampled Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” riff. 1998
A pastor at the New Hope Christian Reformed Church in Calgary, Canada, plays Metallica music and “The Unforgiven” video during his sermon. “Metallica are a lot like the Old Testament prophets who would rail against the crap that`s going on in the world,” says Pastor John Van Sloten. Previous services included tunes by Evanescence and U2. 2004
An undisclosed settlement is reached in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the relatives of ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott against a Columbus, OH, nightclub. The Damageplan/Pantera guitarist and three others were killed by a deranged gunman during a Damageplan concert in December, ’04. 2007
Queen’s Brian May goes back to college to get his PhD in astronomy. The guitarist abandoned his education back in the ’70s for a career in music. Seems to have turned out all right. At London’s Imperial College, May focuses his studies on interplanetary dust. He eventually earns his degree.  2007
Slash and Alice Cooper are honored in Hollywood. The Velvet Revolver guitarist receives the MusiCares From The Heart Award at the event, which raises money for the organization’s efforts to help musicians fighting addiction. Cooper is handed the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication to and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and his devotion to helping other addicts with the recovery process. 2008
Jon Bon Jovi and the Philadelphia Soul arena football team he co-owns lend their support to a $3.3 million initiative to construct 12 transitional housing units at a North Philly facility run by Project H.O.M.E. During the groundbreaking ceremony the Bon Jovi frontman is recognized for his contributions. 2008
A Los Angeles Times article claims that judges quote Bob Dylan more than any other songwriter when passing down their opinions.  Apparently, judges identify Dylan with the principles that led them into jurisprudence. 2011
Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood is named personality of the year at the U.K.’s Sony Radio Academy Awards. The Ronnie Wood Show is broadcast in Britain. 2011
As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis pleads not guilty to a charge of solicitation of murder of his estranged wife. The judge sets bail at $3 million. 2013
Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery launch the band’s Trooper beer in select Robinsons pubs. Thanks to pre-sales, over a quarter of a million pints are produced for the U.K. alone. Robinsons employees have to work a six-day week to keep up with demand. 2013
Robinsons Brewery announces that Trooper Beer has sold 5 million pints in its first year. 2014
Peter Gabriel cancels a concert in Kiev, scheduled for the following day, due to security concerns. “Due to the on-going unrest in Ukraine it has become clear that the security of the touring personnel and equipment cannot be guaranteed during the planned visit to the country and this has presented us with significant logistical difficulties that we have been unable to resolve,” reads Gabriel’s statement. The Ukraine, riff with political and ethnic strife, is also under threat of a Russian invasion. 2014
Rob Zombie’s “Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” tops the Billboard Rock and Hard Rock Chart. 2016
Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington speaks out regarding changes in the band’s sound, especially the constant comparisons to the ’00 album “Hybrid Theory.” People should “move the f*ck on” says Bennington.  2017
Guns N’ Roses take legal action against Canarchy Craft Brewery and their Guns ’N’ Rosé beer. Legal documents state Canarchy “has refused to immediately and completely cease sales and marketing” for the GN’R inspired ale. To date, GN’R are one of only a few major groups without a signature beer.  2019
The makers of Ghost, the hand-crafted British ultra-premium vodka, claim to have received a threatening legal letter from the representatives of Ghost, the band, over the marketing and sale of their Ghost vodka brand which was introduced in 2015.  They share a manipulated photo from the 2016 Grammy Awards where Ghost was honored in the “Best Metal Performance” category showing Ghost frontman Tobias Forge holding a Ghost vodka bottle instead of a Grammy. “Recently we were rather bemused to receive legal correspondence on behalf of the Swedish band Ghost and their lead singer, Tobias Fitta Forge, informing us of action they wish to take against us for…..um….making vodka,” writes the company.  2020
Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman), a founding father of Rock & Roll, dies at 87. He was best known for hit songs including “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Rip It Up,” “Lucille” and Good Golly Miss Molly.” An incredible performer and singer Richard influenced generations of musicians.  2020