The double album “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” is released. The Smashing Pumpkins’ set contains “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” which becomes the band’s first Top 40 U.S. hit, peaking at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100. 1995
Linkin Park issue their debut album, “Hybrid Theory.” Over the next dozen years, the album moves over 10 million copies in the U.S., enough to earn the group a diamond certification. 2000
Two years in the making, Coldplay issue their fifth album, “Mylo Xyloto.” The set includes the singles “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” and “Paradise.” 2011
Rolling Stones bassist, the stoic Bill Wyman, is born. 1936
President Richard Nixon encourages broadcasters to ban Rock lyrics with drug references. 1970
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards gets fined and receives a slap on the wrist (a conditional discharge) after being convicted on four drug charges and three firearm offenses resulting from a June 26th police raid of his home. 1973
John Lennon sues the U.S. government for wiretapping his phone. Lennon’s anti-Vietnam War activities led the feds to conduct a surveillance program. 1973
KISS unfurls “Alive II” (the follow-up to ’75’s “Alive!”). The double platinum album is originally distributed with KISS rub-on tattoos and an eight-page booklet. 1977
The Guinness Book of Records claims Paul McCartney (with or without John Lennon) is the most successful composer of all time. 1979
Evanescence’s lead guitarist and founding member Ben Moody leaves the group during their first world tour. 2003
Songs by Queens Of The Strone Age, Avenged Sevenfold, Dio and Iron Maiden are heard on the soundtrack of the snowboarding-themed video game SSX On Tour. 2005
Jon Bon Jovi is named Habitat For Humanity’s worldwide ambassador at an event held in Philadelphia. Bon Jovi also announces the formation of the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation, which partners with Habitat for an initiative to renovate houses in the city. 2006
Audioslave’s Chris Cornell narrowly avoids disaster when the motorcycle he is riding is rear-ended by a truck in Los Angeles. According to a witness, Cornell is thrown 20 feet but suffers only cuts and bruises. The bike is destroyed. “Chris escaped with very little injury considering the severity of the accident,” says a representative.” 2006
Kurt Cobain goes to #1 but this time it’s without Nirvana. Cobain tops Forbes.com‘s sixth annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. Cobain’s music earned $50 million over the previous year. During that time, the singer’s widow, Courtney Love, sold 25% of her stake in Nirvana’s publishing rights. And one licensing agreement allowed Nirvana songs to be used on CSI: Miami. 2006
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong urges fans to sign a petition challenging Toyota over its “green” credentials. The automaker produces environmentally friendly models but are also part of an industry lobbying effort opposing a bill that would make 35 miles per gallon the fuel-efficiency standard for new cars by 2020. “Tell Toyota to stop fighting progress and start fighting global warming,” writes Armstrong. 2007
Jackson Browne, Graham Nash (CSN) and Bonnie Raitt visit Capitol Hill to protest the passage of bill that allocates additional federal funds to build nuclear power facilities. The trio speaks with members of Congress and present a petition on behalf of the anti-nuclear group NukeFree.org. “The American people are paying attention,” says Browne. 2007
Springsteen is #1 – again. Bruce Springsteen’s “Magic” album made its debut as the best-selling album on the Billboard 200 chart but dropped to second a week later (behind Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus”) only to return to the top slot again. The sales margin between the two albums is in the hundreds – close, real close. 2007
Kid Rock announces the creation of a scholarship for Detroit residents studying music business or music technology at Wayne State University. “I truly believe that a major part of Detroit’s healing and moving forward will come through education,” says Rock. 2008
The two surviving members of Sublime perform under that name at Cypress Hill’s SmokeOut Festival in San Bernardino, CA, despite legal action from the family of the band’s deceased founder, Bradley Nowell (who died from a drug overdose in ’96 just as the band was achieving mainstream success). Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson, both original members, are augmented by singer Rome Ramirez. 2009
The documentary “Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful,” makes its debut on Showtime. The film, directed by Paul Griffin, chronicles Bon Jovi’s ’08 Lost Highway World Tour. 2009
U2 is named The Greatest Act of the Last 25 Years at the Q Awards in London. 2011
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) plays an ‘acoustic only’ show at the third annual Blue Jean Ball benefiting Autism Speaks in L.A. “Dave has been an advocate for all children and we are so thankful for his contribution to our cause,” says Autism Speaks President Liz Feld in a statement. 2013
Following months of speculation after saying he was thinking about becoming a candidate Kid Rock tells Howard Stern’s SiriusXM audience that he is not running for the U.S. Senate.  “Are you kidding me?,” Rock asks.  2017
Marilyn Manson fires longtime bassist Jeordie White (Twiggy Ramirez) less than a week after White is publicly accused of rape by his former girlfriend, Jessicka Addams, of the Riot Grrrl band Jack Off Jill.  2017
Fats Domino dies at age 89. Known for his songs “Ain’t That A Shame” and “Blueberry Hill,” Domino outsold every ’50’s Rock N’ Roll act except Elvis Presley. 2017
Soilwork cancel a planned concert in Singapore. The show, originally scheduled to take place months earlier, was postponed amid a controversy over a petition calling for the event to be banned. “These Heavy Metal bands do not represent the culture which we want in our youths,” states the petition organizers. “Their subliminal messages in their songs include death and suicide.” 2019