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Styx vocalist Dennis DeYoung (far left) makes his theatrical debut as Pontius Pilate in the 20th anniversary production of Jesus Christ Superstar in Universal City, CA. 1993
1950's  Rock you like a hurricane. Vocalist Klaus Meine (Scorpions) starts his life in Wedemark, Hanover, Germany. 1948

1960's  Kinks guitarist Dave Davies is knocked unconscious when he smashes into drummer Mick Avory's cymbal during a London concert. The group cancels the remainder of their U.K. tour. 1965

Rolling Stones release “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” It’s a gas, gas, gas. 1968

The Monterey Pop Festival is canceled because of pressure from the local government and citizenry. Those unruly Rock ‘n’ Rollers are not the sort of people the locals want around. Shortly thereafter, the festival’s bookkeeper can’t be located nor can $52,000. Suspicious indeed. 1968

A native of Ottawa, Glen Drover, Megadeth guitarist, enters the world. 1969

Credited as The Beatles With Billy Preston, “Get Back” tops the singles chart. Preston’s keyboard work is all over the track. 1969
1970's  Three Dog Night’s last million selling single, "The Show Must Go On," peaks at #4 on the pop chart. 1974

The Who perform a second concert in London as part of the documentary movie on the band`s history, "The Kids Are Alright." It is Keith Moon`s last performance with the group. 1978

1980's  “OU812” is the eighth studio album by Van Halen. 1988
1990's  Bradley Nowell, Sublime’s lead singer, is found dead in a San Francisco motel room of a drug overdose. He was 28. 1996

2000's   
Eddie Van Halen undergoes tests in Houston. The hospital denies reports that Van Halen suffers from cancer but that`s what he has. 2000

The HF Festival in Washington, D.C. has The Strokes, Papa Roach and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Sponsored by radio station WHFS, the RFK show promotes up and coming groups. 2002

Slipknot releases "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses." For a much different audience, Avril Lavigne issues her sophomore LP "Under My Skin." 2004

Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan) helps honor the Chicago area Neuqua Valley High School's music program when he presents the school with a special honor from the Grammy Foundation. He also performs and fields questions from students during the ceremony. Meanwhile, Courtney Love pleads guilty to a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance and agrees to enter a drug rehabilitation program. The plea is the result of an incident the previous October. 2004

What a shorter but strange trip it's been. Phish, often regarded as a younger version of The Grateful Dead, announce they are breaking up. The group releases an album and rolls through a summer tour before they are gone. Naturally, a few years later, they reform and roll on. 2004

System Of A Down's “Mezmerize” tops the Billboard 200 Album chart after selling 453,000 copies in its first week. Four years earlier “Toxcity” pulled the same feat. 2005

Karma Police. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke visits the British Parliament urging them to support a new climate-control initiative. The Big Ask campaign seeks to make the U.K. government accountable for reducing carbon dioxide emissions as a way to help combat global warming. 2005

That’s a pretty expensive door. A three day "Behind The Aerosmith Door" tour starts. The Boston excursion, put on by the group’s official fan club, stops at recording studios and other landmarks that shaped the band's history. There’s even a meet-and-greet with drummer Joey Kramer. The trip's price tag exceeds $1,100. 2005

Domenic Michele Antonio Troiano, Canadian guitarist, for the James Gang and Guess Who dies of prostate cancer following a ten year battle. He was 59. 2005

Kinks leader Ray Davies and Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson are honored at the United Kingdom's prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, held in London. Davies nabs the Outstanding Contribution to British Music honor, while Anderson receives the International Achievement trophy. 2006

Queen, Def Leppard, KISS and Judas Priest are recognized for their musical achievements at the inaugural VH1 Rock Honors in Las Vegas. Members of Queen perform with the Foo Fighters and Godsmack plays a four-song medley of Judas Priest tunes. A one-off supergroup featuring Velvet Revolver's Slash and Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee pay musical tribute to KISS. The show airs six days later. 2006

The Doors exhibit opens at the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. On display are Ray Manzarek’s Vox Continental keyboard and a Jim Morrison poem, “Ode To L.A. While Thinking Of Brian Jones, Deceased.” 2007

The horror flick, "Bug," is in theaters. The soundtrack features "Beautiful Day" by Velvet Revolver vocalist Scott Weiland. 2007

Guitarist Tommy Dunbar files a lawsuit in a San Francisco court claiming that his band’s song “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” was lifted for Avril Lavigne’s hit “Girlfriend.” The Rubinoos released “Boyfriend” in ’79. A confidential settlement is reached eight months later. 2007
2010's   
"21 Guns,” from Green Day’s eighth album “21st Century Breakdown,” is released as a digital download single and goes to radio. 2009

Rage Against The Machine’s frontman Zack de la Rocha leads “The Sound Strike,” a boycott of Arizona by musicians in protest of the state's controversial immigration law. SB1070 requires local authorities to determine a person's immigration status if he or she is suspected of being undocumented. In an open letter, de la Rocha writes that the law will lead to racial harassment. Serj Tankian, Joe Satriani and Sonic Youth are among those joining the effort. 2010

“Black Gives Way To Blue,” Alice In Chains first album in 14 years, goes gold (500,000 units shipped). It entered the Billboard 200 at #5 with first-week sales exceeding 125,000 copies. The singles “Check My Brain” and “Your Decision” went to #1 on the Rock Songs chart. 2010

The self-titled Stone Temple Pilots comeback album is out. “(Guitarist) Dean (DeLeo) really stepped up,” says frontman Scott Weiland. “His playing is amazing." The 12 track album is the band’s first studio effort since ’01's “Shangri-La Dee Da.” It features the #1 single (on Rock and Alternative charts) "Between The Lines." 2010

The first EP from the Smashing Pumpkins 44-song “Teargarden By Kaleidyscope”-- “Vol. 1: Songs For A Sailor” -- is available as a digital download but there’s also a limited edition physical release packaged in a silk screened wooden box. 2010

The Rolling Stones' reissue of “Exile On Main Street” is #1 on the U.K. album chart. The collection contains bonus tracks including "Plundered My Soul," and "Dancing In The Light." It’s the band’s first U.K. chart topping set since ‘94’s “Voodoo Lounge.” 2010

Tracks by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Beck, Eels and Elvis Costello are featured on the soundtrack for the second season of the HBO's series True Blood. Dylan's, "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'," was featured as the title song on the season’s final episode and played during the closing credits. The iTunes version has bonus tracks by Jakob Dylan and Stone Temple Pilots (“You Can't Drive Me Away"). 2010

Pantera tracks from their ‘96 release “The Great Southern Trendkill” are released to the Rock Band Network for use on Playstation, Wii and Xbox systems. The offering includes the original master recordings of "War Nerve," "Drag The Waters," "13 Steps To Nowhere," "Suicide Note Pt. II," "Floods" and "The Underground In America," among others. 2010

U2's Bono and The Edge appear on the American Idol finale along with the cast of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark to perform "Rise Above," a song from the show. The pair composed the score for the play. That happens before County leaning Scotty McCreery wins season 10. 2011

Rush's "Countdown" is used as the wake-up call to astronauts on the space shuttle Endeavor. A one-minute clip of the ‘82 hit is beamed from Earth to the shuttle. 2011

Against Me! singer/guitarist Tommy Gabel makes her live debut as Laura Jane Grace, performing with the band for the first time since coming out as transgender. The San Diego show is the first stop in a month-long U.S. tour. 2012

Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee retires his roller coaster drum set following a concert at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. During Lee's drum solos, the rig spun him around upside down while he played. "A bottle of Champagne smashed on the coaster last night as it sets sail for the scrap yard!,” tweets Lee. 2013

Metallica's ‘91 self-titled album (“The Black Album”) surpasses 16 million in U.S. sales. It’s the biggest seller of the SoundScan era (which began in ‘91). 2014

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