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Elvis Presley gives his first “promoted” concert in Memphis. He opens two shows for Slim Whitman. The afternoon appearance goes okay but for the evening set Presley is advised to perform his more upbeat material – which he does, complete with the leg-hip gyrations. The crowd goes wild. 1954
1960's  Wild thing, I think I love you. According to the Billboard pop chart, “Wild Thing” (The Troggs) is the top song in the U.S. 1966
1970's  The Rolling Stones fire manager Allen Klein. Costly court proceedings follow. 1970

Led Zeppelin’s Madison Square concert is filmed. Portions appear in the band’s film, The Song Remains The Same. 1973

Drummer Brad Hargraves (Third Eye Blind) is born. 1972

The Charlie Daniels Band goes gold with “Fire On The Mountain.” 1975

1980's  David Bowie launches his “Glass Spider” tour in Philadelphia. 1987

The R&B influenced "Roll With It" (Steve Winwood) tops the pop chart. 1988

Eric Clapton concludes an extensive tour (Europe and Africa) in Maputo, Mozambique, playing to over 100,000. 1989
1990's  Offspring’s “Come Out And Play” tops the U.S. Modern Rock chart. 1994
2000's   
“The Rising” is released. Centered around Bruce Springsteen’s reflections on the 9/11 attacks, his 12th studio album is his first studio effort in seven years, and his first with the E Street Band in 18 years. 2002

Forced to cancel a Toronto show due to the SARS epidemic, the Rolling Stones perform a make-up concert before an estimated crowd of 400,000. 2003

Sun Records founder Sam Phillips dies at age 80 from respiratory failure. Sun Records served as the launching pad for Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and countless others. 2003

Chuck Berry, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and former Van Halen and Extreme frontman Gary Cherone perform at the Celebration of the Sea Music & Film Festival in Key Largo, FL. Celebration of the Sea Foundation, a Florida based not-for-profit dedicated to producing educational programs designed to raise public awareness of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, sponsors the festival. 2005

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose leaves the stage after falling ill during the band's performance at London's Wembley Arena. Ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach steps in for the show’s final two songs, "Night Train" and "Paradise City." "Low blood pressure and low blood sugar" are blamed for Rose's early exit. 2006

Songs by Staind ("This Is It") and Scars On Broadway ("They Say") are on the Rock Band video game for Xbox. The PlayStation version makes its debut two days later. 2008

Billy Corgan sues Illinois filmmaker Lester Cohen for more than $100,000 in damages for withholding footage in an effort to receive additional payment and unlawfully posting portions of the footage on the Internet. Corgan hired Cohen to document his recording sessions and performances from ‘03 to ‘05. Just to put a fine point on things, Corgan says the submitted work isn't up to professional standards. Ouch! 2008

Queen: The Unseen Archive, a collection of previously unreleased photographs taken by Peter Hince, the head of the band’s road crew in the ‘70s and ‘80s, is unveiled at London's Proud Central gallery. 2009

England's House of Lords rules that ex-Procol Harum keyboardist Matthew Fisher, who performed the "A Whiter Shade of Pale" organ melody, should receive part of the proceeds for co-writing the '60's hit. Fisher sued band frontman Gary Brooker over the long-running copyright dispute. "[This was] never about money," insists Fisher. "This was about making sure everyone knew about my part in the authorship." Fisher is awarded a 40 percent stake in future royalties. 2009

2010's  Bullet For My Valentine win awards for Best Live Band and Best British Band at the 17th annual Kerrang! Awards in London. The Best Album nod goes to Paramore for “Brand New Eyes” and 30 Seconds To Mars takes home the Best International Band honor. The Kerrang! Services to Metal Award is given to the late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray; the Icon Award to the late Ronnie James Dio; and Motley Crue enters the Kerrang! Hall of Fame. 2010

Rage Against The Machine perform at the L.A. Rising concert at Memorial Coliseum. "L.A. is the city that we love, and it's got rebellion in its blood!" says frontman Zack de la Rocha. The band's first major hometown performance in a decade is also their only live date celebrating their 20th anniversary. 2011

More concert news - U2 finally bring down the curtain on their 360 world tour - the highest grossing tour of all time. The trek began in Barcelona in June, ’09, and concludes over two years later at the Magnetic Hill Concert Site, in Moncton, Canada. 2011

John Mellencamp receives the John Steinbeck award, given to those individuals who exemplify the spirit of "Steinbeck's empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of the common man." Previous recipients include Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne and Joan Baez. 2012

“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1,” the first installment of a Five Finger Death Punch double album, is released. The set includes the track “Lift Me Up” with Judas Priest’s Rob Halford. “If life dealt you all the wrong cards, you still have to play,” explains Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody. “The song's intent is to inspire; if you play that hand right you might just come out on top anyway.” 2013

"Electric Peace” is a two-disc compilation of The Cult's multi-platinum ‘80s classic “Electric” and its original version, “Peace.” 2013

Dick Wagner, a guitarist known for his work with Alice Cooper, KISS and Lou Reed, dies at age 71. Wagner succumbs to respiratory failure after two weeks in intensive care following a cardiac procedure. 2014

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