Evanescence’s “The Open Door” tops the Billboard 200 chart. Selling 450,000 copies in its first week of release, the album only needs five weeks to pass the 1-million sales mark. 2006
“.5: The Gray Chapter” by Slipknot is out. The group’s fifth studio album is their first in six years. Bassist Paul Gray died in ’10 (the album’s title being a reference to him). 2014
The Pretty Reckless unveil their third studio album, “Who You Selling For”  “We had so much we wanted to say, it was like shaking a can of soda on tour, and then when we started writing we cracked the seal,” says frontwoman Taylor Momsen about the album’s songs.  2016
The set reached #13 on the Billboard 200 with the lead single “Take Me Down” topping Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.
Five Finger Death Punch’s The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell” is officially certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. 2016
Keyboardist Manfred Mann is born. Mann lends his name to a British invasion era group (Manfred Mann) and later starts the Earth Band which covers a couple songs (including “Blinded By The Light”) from an up and coming songwriter named Bruce Springsteen. 1940
Booker T. & The MG’s guitarist, the legendary Steve Cropper, enters the world. 1941
Guitarist Elvin Bishop is born in Glendale, CA. After living in Iowa and Oklahoma Bishop moves to Chicago. He joins the Paul Butterfield Blues Band before starting the Elvin Bishop Group. They’re best remembered for the ’76 hit “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” (with vocals by future Jefferson Starship singer Mickey Thomas). 1942
The Go-Go’s Charlotte Caffey has a birthday. The guitarist-songwriter hails from Santa Monica, CA. 1953
Toto’s Steve Lukather is a native of San Fernando Valley, CA. Today’s his birthday. 1957
One of Elvis Presley’s best songs, “Jailhouse Rock,” is #1 in the U.S. for the first of seven weeks. 1957
Buddy Holly conducts his last recording session. Among the songs recorded is “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.” 1958
Bob Dylan records his debut album for Columbia Records in a day at a cost of $400. Dylan plays guitar, harmonica and sings. 1961
Elvis Presley’s original bassist, Bill Black, dies in Memphis of cancer at age 39. 1965
Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age) is born. 1971
The silly “My Ding-A-Ling” is Chuck Berry’s most commercially successful single (#1 in U.S.). Yes, bigger than “Roll Over Beethoven,” or “Johnny B. Goode.” 1972
Keith Moon plays his last North American show with The Who in Toronto. He passes away less than two-years later. 1976
A cocaine overdose claims the life of Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon in New Orleans.  1995
Radiohead’s “Kid A” is #1 on the Billboard 200.  2000
Elton John signs a three-year, $50 million deal to perform 75 shows at Caesar’s Palace.  2003
Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry appears in Limp Bizkit’s video “Behind Blue Eyes” locking lips with frontman Fred Durst. The cover of The Who’s classic is on the Bizkit’s “Result May Vary” album. 2003
Nightwish fires vocalist Tarja Turunen.  2005
“Revolution Rock: The Story of the Clash,” an exhibit featuring the pioneering London Punk band opens at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Ex-Clash guitarist Mick Jones participates in a discussion focusing on the group. 2006
Alice In Chains are among more than 20 bands that perform in different cities across North America as part of MySpace.com’s Rock For Darfur initiative to help the battle-torn region of Sudan. A.I.C. play in Winston-Salem, NC, and a portion of profits benefit the Oxfam humanitarian organization. 2006
Neil Young’s 20th annual Bridge School Benefit Concert gets underway. The two-day event at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA, features Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, who gives a rare acoustic performance. Proceeds go to the nonprofit learning organization for physically or verbally impaired children that Young’s wife co-founded. 2006
Sandy West, founding member (along with Joan Jett) of the all-female ’70s power-pop group, the Runaways (“Cherry Bomb”), dies of lung cancer at age 47. “We shared the dream of girls playing Rock n’ Roll,” says Jett. “Sandy was an exuberant and powerful drummer.” 2006
National Geographic Channel special called “Incredible Human Machine” features Steven Tyler’s vocal cords. There’s high-definition footage of the Aerosmith singer’s larynx taken during his spring ’06 throat surgery. Tyler underwent an experimental operation to repair a burst blood vessel in his throat that caused the cancellation of a number of Aerosmith tour dates. 2007
Always go to IHOP after a gig. Kid Rock is arrested for simple battery early in the morning after a scuffle with a patron who argued with a woman in Rock’s entourage at the Waffle House in Atlanta. Rock and five other “associates” are taken into police custody. They’re released after posting a bond. 2007
Jackson Browne plays the Dream Believe Achieve Inspiration Gala in L.A. Proceeds benefit nonprofit groups that “provide educational, recreational and cultural opportunities” for South Los Angeles youths and their families. 2008
Arcade Fire appear on The Colbert Report as the Reflektors (the title of their fourth album). During the pre-performance interview, host Stephen Colbert jokingly tells Arcade Fire’s Winn and Will Butler, “I’m just glad you’re not like Arcade Fire. Those guys: kind of pretentious.” The Butlers laugh off the dig and perform “Normal Person.” 2013
Gene Simmons gives the world “Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life and Business.” The bassist advises readers based on his experience building the KISS brand. 2014
KoЯn release “The Serenity Of Suffering.” The group’s 12th studio album features a guest appearance by Slipknot’s Corey Taylor on the song “A Different World.”  2016
Alter Bridge’s fifth album, “The Last Hero” lands at #8 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 28,000 units.  It’s the band’s first Top 10 entry since their debut, “One Day Remains,” peaked at #5 in ‘04.  2016
Of Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile begins a series of surgeries for a genetic disorder called Marfan Syndrome. 2016
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea are courtside to see LeBron James’ first regular season home game with the L.A. Lakers but only Flea is around at the end. After an on-court fight between Houston Rockets Chris Paul and the Lakers Rajon Rondo, Kiedis reportedly voices his displeasure at Paul as he is exiting the court and flips off a Houston staffer to earn the Peppers’ vocalist an escorted exit from the arena.   2018
Several My Chemical Romance singles from the ’06 album “The Black Parade” are certified gold (500,00 units) and multi-platinum.  The platinum songs are “Welcome To The Black Parade” (5-million units sold), “Teenagers” (4-million units) and “Famous Last Words” (1-million units). The gold singles are “Dead!,” “Cancer,” “Mama” and “I Don’t Love You.”  2021
U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer dismisses a copyright infringement lawsuit over Nirvana’s use of C.W. Scott-Giles illustration from a 1949 English translation of Dante’s “Inferno” on merchandise.  The copyright claims were brought by British citizen Jocelyn Bundy over unauthorized use her grandfather’s art. The judge makes the dismissal contingent on Nirvana agreeing to U.K. jurisdiction if Bundy decides to sue there.  2021