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After initially ignoring The Beatles' UK popularity Capitol Records finally relents and releases "Meet The Beatles" with the hit single "I Want To Hold Your Hand," in the U.S. 1964
1950's  Paul Stanley Eisen is born in Queens. The guitarist drops "Eisen" by the time he joins KISS. 1950

Bassist Ian Hill is born in West Bromwich, England. He's a founding member of Judas Priest. 1952

Radio station KWK in St. Louis smashes all its Rock n' Roll records in a useless effort to weed out "undesirable music."
1960's  The man credited with coining the term "Rock n' Roll," the legendary DJ and promoter Alan Freed dies just as the whole thing is about to shift into high gear. 1965

The Rolling Stones appear on the season premiere of ABC's pop music show Shindig. They bring Blues great Howlin' Wolf along as special guest. 1965

The Byrds cover Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." However, only group leader/guitarist Jim McGuinn is allowed to play on the track. CBS Records decides to use Hollywood session musicians rather than the group. 1965

Bob Dylan makes his first public appearance since his motorcycle accident in '66. He appears with the Band at the Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 1968
1970's  Stevie Wonder makes his first public appearance since a near-fatal car accident a few months earlier at the MIDEM Music Festival in Cannes, France. 1974

Robert (Rob) Gregory Bourdon, Linkin Park's drummer, is born in Calabasas, CA. He takes up the drums at age ten after attending an Aerosmith concert (with his mom). 1979
The Police launch their first world tour in Buffalo, NY (of all places). 1980

The Beatles, Beach Boys and Bob Dylan are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria. Due to continuing legal issues among the ex-Beatles, Paul McCartney does not attend but George Harrison does. "I don't have much to say 'cause I'm the quiet Beatle'," deadpans Harrison in his speech. 1988
1990's  Soundgarden's "Badmotorfinger" album goes platinum. 1993
A New York federal court rules that former Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson had relinquished his share of the group's royalties in a prior agreement. Ellefson sued the group' founder and frontman Dave Mustaine for $18.5 million claiming he deserved a greater share of the group's royalties. Guess not. 2005

Members of AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Disturbed, Danzig and Ministry appear at a concert in West Hollywood, CA. The proceeds benefit the Raven's Heart Foundation, a charity organization that raises money to aid a 4-month-old girl who was born with a serious heart defect. 2005

3 Doors Down perform at the RIAA's (Record Industry Association of America) inauguration party (for President Bush) in Washington, D.C. 2005

U2 are named the top-earning music act of '05, according to Billboard's inaugural Money Makers chart which ranks the most profitable artists of the past year based on album sales, digital downloads and box-office receipts. The group earns more than $255 million to rule the tally. The Rolling Stones are #2. 2006

Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante issues "The Empyrean." "The drive to create music that is pure is my highest priority," explains the guitarist. "I think an artist has to answer to whatever spirits are guiding him." Though it's a solo effort, Frusciante gets help from Peppers bassist Flea, Modest Mouse/ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and the New Dimension Singers. "The Empyrean" is the follow-up to '05's "Curtains." 2009

Bon Jovi sings the civil rights anthem "A Change Is Gonna Come" at President Barack Obama's inauguration in D.C. The Dead continues the celebration by giving a headlining performance at the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball. "[Obama] picked us specifically, so it was quite an honor," says percussionist Mickey Hart. During the campaign, the group -- which features four founding Grateful Dead members -- played benefit shows to raise funds for Obama. Across town, Graham Nash and Jackson Browne co-headline the Health For All Blue Diamond Ball. The event seeks to encourage the President to make domestic and international health care a priority during his term of office. 2009
2010's  Vampire Weekend is #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with their sophomore effort, "Contra." The album sold 124,000 copies in its first week. Their self-titled debut only made it to #17. Meanwhile, Three Days Grace's "Break," the lead single off the band's third album, "Life Starts Now," tops the Billboard Rock Songs chart for the eighth straight week. "It's really just about if you don't like the situation you're in or what's going on around you, it's entirely up to you to break out of it," says guitarist Barry Stock in an interview with 2010

Weezer returns to the stage at Florida State University seven weeks after frontman Rivers Cuomo was seriously injured in a tour bus accident. Cuomo suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and cut spleen in the 12/6/09 accident that occurred while the band was traveling from Toronto to Boston. 2010

Linkin Park, Slash and Dave Matthews Band donate songs to raise funds for Haiti earthquake relief efforts. The Music for Relief organization - founded by Linkin Park - joins the United Nations foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Dave Matthews Band's BAMA Works to offer the music in exchange for donations. 2010

T-Mobile teams with Eric Clapton to promote the myTouch 3G Fender phone. The android phone ships preloaded with "Layla" and other Clapton classics. 2010

Avenged Sevenfold announce via Facebook that Arin Ilejay, formerly of the Christian group Confide, will join them on tour. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) temporarily replaced original A7X drummer "The Rev" Sullivan, who died of a drug overdose in '09. Portnoy's departure was announced the previous December; just three-and-a-half months after becoming a full band member. 2011

P.O.D. perform "Higher" during the halftime show at the Falcons vs. 49ers NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. 49ers win. 2013

Ex-Machine Head bassist Adam Duce files a lawsuit against his former bandmates alleging trademark infringement, breach of partnership agreement and defamation. Duce was fired by the band nearly a year earlier. 2014

Metallica's "Enter Sandman" is featured in a video promoting the MV Agusta's Dragster 800 motorcycle. 2014

Ringo Starr receives the David Lynch Foundation's Lifetime of Peace and Love Award at L.A.'s El Rey Theater. 2014

Fall Out Boy unfurl "American Beauty/American Psycho." "(The album is meant) to capture what rages on the inside, how what we all feel is permanent and impermanent all at once," states a band release. 2015

Marilyn Manson's 10th album, "The Pale Emperor," is released. The set contains the track "Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge." 2015

"No Cities To Love" is a comeback effort by Sleater-Kinney. It's their first album in nearly a decade. 2015

KISS release the animated/live action video for "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina," their collaboration with Japanese band Momorio Clover Z. 2015

Linkin Park cancel the remaining dates on their Hunting Party tour following frontman Chester Bennington's leg injury. The leg requires immediate medical attention. "I'm really disappointed this injury has made it impossible to continue with this tour," the singer says in a statement. 2015

A memorial concert for late Static-X frontman Wayne Static at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in West Hollywood is streamed online. Static passed away a few months earlier (11/1/14). 2015

Black Sabbath embark on the North American leg of their farewell tour in Omaha. Tommy Clufetos replaces original drummer Bill Ward who is sidelined due to any one or all of the following: a) ill health, b) a contractual dispute, and/or c) bitter exchanges with frontman Ozzy Osbourne 2016

Sixx: AM, the band featuring Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, announce that Dustin Steinke is their permanent drummer. Steinke made his live debut with the band nearly a year earlier. 2016

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