“MTV Unplugged In New York,” a live album by Nirvana, is #1 on the Billboard 200. Nirvana plays lesser-known material and covers with backing from rhythm guitarist Pat Smear and cellist Lori Goldston, plus members of Meat Puppets on selected songs. 1994
“Rebel Soul,” from Kid Rock, is out. His label, Top Dog/Atlantic Records says, “this album cements his place as the premier genre-hopping Rock and Roller of all time.” The set features the track, “Let’s Ride.” 2012
At the age of 14, Jerry Lee Lewis makes his debut playing “Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee” at the opening of a Ford dealership in Ferriday, LA. 1949
Matt Sorum is born. The drummer is known for his seven-year stint (’90-’97) with Guns N’ Roses. 1960
Tool’s Justin Chancellor begins his life in London.  1971
Emerson, Lake & Palmer release “Brain Salad Surgery” in the U.K.  Their fourth effort contains “Still… You Turn Me One” and “Karn Evil – 1st Impression Part 1” (“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends…”).  1973
Van Morrison’s “Moondance” album goes gold six years after its release. It’s his first. 1976
Bon Jovi’s “Bad Medicine” tops the pop chart. It’s #1 for two weeks.  1988
Scott Weiland of The Stone Temple Pilots is arrested on one count of domestic battery after a fight with his wife over a prescription he was going to have filled.  Weiland has a history of drug abuse.  His wife is scared of what might happen if he took the pills.  2001
Stone Temple Pilots announced that they are disbanding.  In ’08, STP reforms with original vocalist Scott Weiland but fire him five years later.  2003
Producer/songwriter Terry Melcher dies. The son of actress Doris Day, he worked with The Byrds, Beach Boys and Paul Revere & The Raiders. In the late ‘60s, Melcher was allegedly the actual target when Charlie Manson’s followers killed Sharon Tate. Manson didn’t think Melcher gave his music a chance. 2004
Opening: Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda presents his first art exhibition at a Los Angeles gallery. The show, titled “Diamond Spades Hearts Clubs,” features paintings and other works. 2006
The Bob Dylan-themed musical “The Times They Are A-Changin’” closes after just 28 performances at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The production, created by choreographer Twyla Tharp, featured over two dozen Dylan songs. It was buried under negative reviews. 2006
The members of Red Hot Chili Peppers file a lawsuit against Showtime Networks for unfair competition and unjust enrichment over the TV show “Californication” – the same name as the band’s multi-platinum ’99 album. “‘Californication’ is the signature album, video and song of the band’s career,” says vocalist Anthony Kiedis. “For some TV show to come along and steal our identity is not right.” 2007
Queen guitarist Brian May is appointed chancellor of Liverpool’s John Moores University in recognition of his contribution to the arts and promotion of science education. “This is a great honor and a great new challenge for me,” says May. 2007
AC/DC release their entire catalog on iTunes. In less than a week, 696,000 individual songs are sold in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. 2012
“The Best Of Nickelback-Volume I” drops. 2013
Billy Joel is the recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, presented by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. “The great composer, George Gershwin, has been a personal inspiration to me throughout my career,” says Joel. 2014
Europe’s “The Final Countdown,” featured in a Geico (insurance) ad, accumulates 48,000 in digital sales and 9.5 million U.S. streams on its way to a four-week run atop Billboard’s Hard Rock Digital Songs chart, marking the band’s first #1 on a Billboard chart. The song peaked at #8 on the Hot 100 in ‘87. 2015
The tour bus carrying L.A. Metalcore band The Ghost Inside is involved in a fatal crash with an 18-wheeler semi-truck. The driver of the 18-wheeler and the driver of the bus are killed. 2015
The Beastie Boys call on fans to join a “stand against hate messages” after swastikas and a “Go Trump” message are found graffiti in a Brooklyn park dedicated to the late Adam “MCA” Yauch. “Hate has no place in Brooklyn, NYC, or America,” the group tweets. A rally at Yauch Park, which was dedicated to the late Beastie Boys’ member in 13, is held the following day. 2016.
Spotify, the music streaming service, says Metallica is the most-streamed Heavy Metal band in the world with 7-million listeners a month. The band’s most popular song, “Enter Sandman,” has been streamed over 108-million times. 2016
Metallica land three songs simultaneously on a Billboard chart. “Atlas, Rise!,” from the group’s tenth album, “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct,” debuts at #22 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs Airplay chart.  “Moth Into Flame” is at # 6 with “Hardwired” slotted at #23.  It’s the first time that an act has charted at least three songs on Mainstream Rock Songs simultaneously since Metallica last did it in ’08.  2016
Linkin Park wins the Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock trophy at American Music Awards in L.A. They dedicate the award to their late singer Chester Bennington. 2017
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is the second highest-grossing music biopic in the U.S. earning $127 million. The film, starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, follows Queen from their creation in ‘70 through to their legendary ‘85 Live Aid appearance.  “Straight Outta Compton” which hit theaters in ’15 depicting N.W.A. holds the top spot with $161 million in domestic theatrical revenue. 2018
Who owns Ratt?  A federal court dismisses counterclaims by drummer Bobby Blotzer in a lawsuit related to the ownership and use of the Ratt trademark. A judgment is entered in favor of Ratt’s general partnership — which includes Ratt’s other original members Stephen Pearcy (vocals) and Juan Croucier (bass).  Blozter had been touring and selling merchandise under the Ratt moniker. 2018
The two-day “Icons & Idols: Rock N’ Roll” auction begins in New York City. Eric Clapton’s ’68 Martin D-45 acoustic guitar sells for $625,000; The Edge’s (U2) ‘76 Gibson Explorer electric guitar goes for $437,500; and a Fender Stratocaster Vintage ’57 reissue owned and stage played by David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) is auctioned for $200,000.  2021