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A real heartbreaker. The son of an insurance salesman, Tom Petty, is born in Gainesville (gator country), FL. 1950
The Rolling Stones record the first Mick Jagger/Keith Richards composition, "That Girl Belongs To Yesterday." The song is also given to American pop singer Gene Pitney who has a hit with it. 1963

Jim "Soni" Sonefeld is born in Lansing, MI. The drummer is one of the founding members of Hootie & The Blowfish. 1964

The Who begin a six night stand at NY's Fillmore East. The shows are centered around Rock opera "Tommy." 1969
1970's  The Rolling Stones score a #1 with the ballad "Angie." It's a dreadful track from a disappointing album ("Goat’s Head Soup"). Allegedly, the song is about Angela Bowie – David's then-significant other. 1973

The Steve Miller Band uncork "The Joker" album. The record gets to #2. 1973

Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains The Same premieres in London. While the concert footage, filmed a bit after the group's prime, is fairly engaging, each member's fantasy sequence is a waste of film. 1976

Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines are killed when their charter plane crashes. Also killed are Gaines’ sister Cassie, who was a back-up singer, and the group’s manager Dean Kilpatrick. The tragedy effectively puts an end to one of the all-time great Southern Rock bands. 1977

A little over a year after its release, Thin Lizzy’s album, "Jailbreak," with "The Boys Are Back In Town," goes gold. 1977

The Police begin a 23-stop U.S. tour at New York’s legendary CBGBs. 1978
1980's  "Boy," U2's debut album, is released. It contains the U.K. hit single, "I Will Follow." 1980

Nine Inch Nails debut album "Pretty Hate Machine" drops. Even though the set has "Head Like A Hole," "Down In It" and "Terrible Lie," it only gets to #75 on the Billboard 200. 1989
VH 1's Concert For New York is held at Madison Square Garden. The show opens with David Bowie and features appearances by Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Elton John, The Who, Bono, The Edge (U2), John Mellencamp, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel. Paul McCartney closes the evening with a rendition of "Let It Be," aided by an all-star cast that includes New York police, firefighters and rescue workers. More than $30 million is raised to help victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 2001

The 15th Anniversary Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA features founder Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Pearl Jam and Billy Idol. The event raises money for the Bay Area School for children with severe learning disabilities (which Young's son attends). 2001

Rage Against the Machine, System Of A Down, U2 and the Clash are featured on VH1's 25 Greatest Political Protest Songs. The special explores the role of politics in Rock music, with interviews and profiled songs. 2004

Courtney Love wins a conditional discharge and is ordered to pay $2,336 in compensation after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in a New York court. The charge stemmed from a March show where Love injured a concertgoer's head with her microphone stand. 2004

The Prestige is in select U.S. theaters. The Christopher Nolan-directed film features David Bowie portraying inventor Nikola Tesla. 2006

Former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord premieres his Durham Concerto at Durham Cathedral. The concerto was commissioned to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Durham University. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performs the piece with four soloists, including Lord (on Hammond organ - his instrument of choice in his Purple days). 2007

Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is named honorary mayor of Glens Falls, NY, for a day just prior to a Phil Lesh and Friends concert. Lesh jokingly uses the honor to "pardon" ex-Phish frontman,Trey Anastasio, for a recent drug offense. Even though the pardon doesn't count, Anastasio sits in with the band. 2007

AC/DC's "Black Ice," with the single "Rock N' Roll Train," is issued. The album, AC/DC's first studio effort in eight years, is available exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores. 2008

Elton John marks the 35th anniversary of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" with a special performance of the classic '73 album at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway in New York. Proceeds benefit a number of charities, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation. 2008

The All Together Now documentary DVD about the making of the Beatles-themed Las Vegas stage production, Love, and its soundtrack, is released. The disc is available exclusively via Best Buy and at the Vegas Love Boutique. The DVD is also screened at select digital movie theaters in the United States. 2008

The Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit issues "Expando" his first solo album in eight years. Kid Rock and Graham Nash contribute to the set. 2009

Looking for a stocking-stuffer? The Northern Light Orchestra, featuring Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Bruce Kulick (KISS) and Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) release "The Spirit Of Christmas." 2009
2010's  Stone Sour top of Billboard's Rock Songs chart with "Say You'll Haunt Me." Neon Trees' "Animal" sits at #2 while Kings Of Leon's "Radioactive" holds the #3 spot. 2010

Jack White announces the sale of a rare copy of the White Stripes' '98 seven-inch single, "Lafayette Blues," for $18,000. It's one of only 15 copies with a hand-painted cover by White and Italy Records head Dave Buick. The single, the group’s second, originally went for $6 at the Stripes' '98 concert at Detroit's Gold Dollar. The song appeared on the group's eponymous debut album. 2010

Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard sings the National Anthem before Game 3 of the National League Championship series between the hometown San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies. Gibbard’s wife Zooey Deschanel (She & Him) performs "God Bless America" during the 7th Inning Stretch. 2010

Ari Up (born Arianna Forster), lead singer of The Slits, a revered Punk outfit, passes away at age 48. 2010

Jon Bon Jovi's JBJ Soul Foundation opens The JBJ Soul Kitchen, a "pay-what-you-can" restaurant in Red Bank, NJ. Specializing in healthy soul food dishes, there are no prices on its menu. Diners can either earn free meals by doing volunteer work in the community or pay a suggested donation. 2011

Guns N' Roses perform an acoustic set at the 26th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert. They also play Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down" with the song's composer. "This song has always given me hope over the years, so we asked Neil if we could do it," says GN'R frontman Axl Rose. 2012

Aerosmith's anthem for the NFL's New England Patriots is offered as free download. "Legendary Child – Patriot's Anthem," is part of the Pepsi NFL Anthems program. "Were excited to get behind (the program) as it is a true representation of our allegiance to the New England Patriots and the city of Boston," says Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. 2012

Sick Puppies announce that frontman Shimon Moore has left the band to "focus on other projects" and that band members Emma Anzai and Mark Goodwin are looking for a new singer. A couple days later, Moore says his departure was news to him. 2014

A lawsuit claiming that Led Zeppelin plagiarized a Spirit song when composing "Stairway To Heaven" is allowed to move forward. The suit claims "Taurus," written by Spirit guitarists Randy California, was the basis for the Led Zeppelin classic. Zeppelin and Spirit toured together in '68. Zeppelin eventually won the case. 2014

Songs by Pearl Jam, Haim, Lamb Of God, Black Keys, the Killers, Green Day, Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way are on the soundtrack of the Guitar Hero Live video game. 2015

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker presents his memoir Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death & Drums Drums Drums. Barker touches on "stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption." 2015

Three Dog Night singer Cory Wells dies at the age of 74. He was a founding member and one of the group's three vocalists (with Chuck Negron and Danny Hutton). 2015

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