“Living In The U.S.A.” is #1 in the U.S. The Linda Ronstadt album holds the top spot for a week. 1978
Ronstadt’s ninth studio album contains a pair of covers – “Just One Look” and “Ooh Baby, Baby.” Both are hits for her.
Hinder issues their sophomore album “Take It To The Limit” on Election Day so fans can “go vote and buy the record,” says drummer Cody Hanson. “Use Me” is the lead single. 2008
Imagine Dragons are #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs airplay chart with “Thunder,” the second single from their “Evolve” album. It’s their 3rd chart topper – “Believer” and “Radioactive” are the other two.  2017
The Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” has a $51.1 million opening and nets $141 million worldwide during its debut weekend.  2008
The companion soundtrack lands at #22 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 24,000 equivalent album units. The soundtrack mixes studio and live tracks, including Queen performances from “Live Aid.”
The Pretenders’ troubled guitarist James Honeyman-Scott is born. 1956
Jordan Rudess (Jordan Charles Rudes), keyboardist for Dream Theater is born in New York City.  1956
The Beatles perform for the Queen at a Royal Command Performance in London. This is the show where John Lennon asks the audience in the cheap seats to clap their hands and everybody else “just rattle your jewelry.” 1963
Wayne Richard Wells a.k.a. Wayne Static of Static X enters the world.  1965
Cedric Bixler-Zavala is born. The Mars Volta vocalist is from Redwood City, CA. 1974
“Mob Rules,” Black Sabbath’s 10th studio album, drops. It is also the first Sabbath album to feature drummer Vinny Appice, who replaced original member Bill Ward. 1981
David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center after suffering liver failure.  He gets a liver transplant a few weeks later.  1994
Fred “Sonic” Smith dies of heart failure in Detroit at age 45. He was the guitarist and co-founder of the proto-Punk MC5.  1994
Melissa Etheridge and partner Julie Cypher are on the cover of “Newsweek.” It’s not for music, but to promote an article on gay parenting. 1996
Eight months after Soundgarden disbanded the “A-Sides” compilation is released. 1997
Radiohead’s “OK Computer” is named Best Album at the 8th annual Q Awards in London. 1997
The Beach Boys long abandoned “Pet Sounds Sessions” is released.  The album was recorded in ’67 but not deemed ‘commercial enough’ so the project was shelved with some tracks appearing on “Smile.”  1997
Selling over one-million copies in the first week of its release, Limp Bizkit’s “Chocolate St*rfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water” is the #1 album in the U.S. 2000
Disturbed’s cover of Genesis’ “Land Of Confusion” reaches #1 hit on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. But that’s not enough for frontman David Draiman. “To be honest with you, I expected it to (do) better,” says the singer. “I had hopes for it – multi-format, not simply at the active (Rock) format, especially with the rotation of (the) video.” 2006
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis plays a special benefit show at his old high school in Longmeadow, MA. Proceeds go to the facility’s creative arts department. “I’m honored to return to my alma mater to support its arts and music program,” says Lewis. “Music education in schools is a vitally important cause, and I am very happy to support it, especially in my hometown.” 2006
Barack Obama is elected President following a bitterly contested battle against Republican nominee, Senator John McCain. “I honestly thought I’d never live to see this day,” says guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), who, like Obama, is a half-Kenyan Harvard graduate from Illinois. 2008
The soundtrack to the vampire flick “Twilight” is released containing “Go All The Way” written by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell.  2008
Radiohead and MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) win the Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for the band’s “All I Need” video. “(The song has) two parallel stories running, one of a little boy in the West and one of a little boy in a sweatshop in the East, and the boy (in the West) ends up buying the shoes from the sweatshop,” says Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. The award is granted annually to “best television program on children’s rights produced in the Asia-Pacific region.” 2009
U2 wins the Top Tour and Top Draw honors at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards in New York. Rush earn the Legend of Live award in recognition of their contributions to live music and the touring business. The honors, given out for the best tours of the year, are determined by box office earnings. 2010
Metallica perform at the launch party for Activision’s video game Call of Duty: Black Ops at Hangar 8 of the Santa Monica airport. The event serves as a fundraiser for Activision’s Call of Duty Endowment, which helps soldiers who are transitioning back into civilian life. 2010
Joan Jett unveils a Florida print ad with her picture that reads: “I Am Joan Jett and I Am a Vegetarian.” Jett also receives the Nanci Alexander Activist Award, named after the founder of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida. 2012
Janis Joplin is posthumously awarded the 2,510th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is directly in front of the entrance to Musician’s Institute. 2013
Opening act blues. Mötley Crüe is sued by The Raskins for mistreatment on the Crüe’s ’14 tour. The band paid for the privilege of being Crüe’s opening act but claim they suffered emotional distress, gross negligence, tortious interference, destruction of property, breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and unjust enrichment. On one occasion, Mötley Crüe’s road crew allegedly ran on stage in monkey masks and sprayed The Raskins “with water guns filled with urine.” That alone is worth $30 million. 2016
Worst song ever?  According to the readers of the New York Post it’s Starship’s “We Built This City.”  The ’85 release went to #1.  2016
Former Black Crowes keyboardist Eddie Harsh dies at age 59. “Eddie was a brilliant musician, with a beautiful heart. We should remember Eddie for his music, his great sense of humor, and his positive outlook on life,” states the Crowes’ Rich Robinson.  2016
The two-day Ozzfest Meets Knotfest gets underway at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA. Slipknot does not perform but frontman Corey Taylor’s other band, Stone Sour, headlines for the first time.  2017
Axl Rose, Guns N’ Roses frontman, wants everyone to know that when “Sweet Child O’ Mine” is played at President Trump’s rallies, he does not approve of this message. “Unfortunately, the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent,” states Rose.  2018