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"Definitely Maybe," from Oasis, arrives in stores. 1994
1950's  Whitesnake guitarist, Micky Moody, is born. 1950

Buddy Holly and Little Richard are among the acts playing Alan Freed’s Third Anniversary Show at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn. 1957
1960's   
David Brockie aka Oderus Urungus, the lead singer for Gwar, is born in Ottawa, Canada. 1963

Bob Dylan unfurls “Highway 61 Revisited.” The masterpiece includes the title track, "Like A Rolling Stone” and "It Takes A Lot To laugh It Takes A Train To Cry." The actual Highway 61 runs north and south connecting Duluth and New Orleans. 1965

The Texas International Pop Festival in Dallas kicks off with Chicago Transit Authority, Santana, Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin. 1969
1970's  The Who perform at the Isle Of Wright. The explosive concert is later turned into a film and DVD. 1970

John Lennon and Yoko Ono fly from London to New York. Lennon never returns to the U.K. 1971

The surviving Doors call it quits after producing two so-so albums since lead singer Jim Morrison`s death. 1973

1980's  The Rolling Stones release their "Tattoo You" album. From the album, "Start Me Up," is driven into the ground at professional sporting events, especially football, before becoming a Microsoft theme song. Who can say "no" to $12 million? 1981

Steve Winwood takes "Higher Love" to #1 on the singles chart. Meanwhile, David Lee Roth misses the Top 10 when his most successful post-Van Halen single "Yankee Rose" stalls at #16. (Roth was still "officially" with Van Halen when he released his remake of the Beach Boys' "California Girls"). 1986

Making a public disturbance, peeing on the floor, verbally abusing a flight attendant and (worst of all) smoking in a non-smoking section, gets Gun N’ Roses' Izzy Stradlin arrested at the Phoenix airport. He’s traveling from L.A. to Indianapolis. The band’s publicist dismisses the incident as just Izzy’s way of “expressing himself.” The guitarist pleads guilty a couple months later, pays a fine and gets probation. 1989

1990's  Velvet Underground founding member Sterling Morrision dies of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in Poughkeepsie, NY. He had just turned 53 the day before. 1995

“Be Here Now” tops the U.K. album chart. It’s Oasis’ third chart topper. “Denfinately Maybe” (see above) and “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?” are the first two. 1997

The U.S. Postal Service unveils the Yellow Submarine stamp (to commemorate Beatles International Week). However, the use of email continues to rise unabated. 1999
2000's  Cold releases "A Different Kind Of Pain." "Making this record wasn't just about dealing with the darkness, it was a healing process," says Cold singer Scooter Ward. 2005

Queens Of The Stone Age cancel their Stuttgart, Germany, show because frontman Josh Homme is suffering from exhaustion. "He has been performing every night on this tour despite his physical condition . . . and it finally caught up with him," says a note on the group's web site. The singer-guitarist had undergone a knee operation shortly before the trek. 2005

Lostprophets start a 13-date U.S. headlining tour in Fresno, CA. 2006

The New York Supreme Court rules The Beatles may sue EMI and Capitol Records over $20 million in lost earnings. The suit which stems from a ‘79 court case, claims the record labels secretly sold Beatles albums that they had incorrectly classified as destroyed or damaged. 2006

3 Doors Down and Kid Rock appear on the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 43rd annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. 2008

Saving Abel sings the national anthem prior to NASCAR’s Camping World 300 race in Fontana, CA. 2008
2010's  The Red Hot Chili Peppers issue their first album in five years (since “Stadium Arcadium” in ’06) , “I'm With You.” The group’s tenth album is their first with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who replaced longtime Chili Pepper John Frusciante. 2011

And another first. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus unfurl “Am I The Enemy,” their third album but first on their own label. 2011

“August And Everything After: Live At Town Hall” is out. It's Counting Crows' third professionally produced live album. 2011

Puddle Of Mudd release a covers album entitled “re:(disc)overed.” It contains versions of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," AC/DC's "TNT," Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Mak'er," Neil Young's "Old Man" and Elton John's "Rocket Man." 2011

AC/DC’s frontman launches his own BBC Radio 2 show, Brian Johnson's Rockers and Rollers. The six week show covers two of Johnson’s passions – music and cars. 2012

Journey performs at a fundraising concert for Mitt Romney at the Republican convention in Tampa Bay. The group is paid $500,000 for a 90-minute set. ”It's not an endorsement of any candidate and/or party – it's just another private show," says a Journey spokesperson. Kid Rock and 3 Doors Down also entertain at the convention. 2012

Iron Maiden tops Billboard's Hot Tours chart. The Maiden England tour which began in ’12 and rolled through the summer of ’13 earned the band the top spot (again). 2013

Cheap Trick launch a countersuit against former drummer Bun E. Carlos after he initiated court action the previous month. In his suit, Carlos claimed he reached a deal with the other members that meant he'd no longer tour with them, but he'd remain part of the band business. The band asks for a judgment that Carlos was removed as a director of Cheap Trick Unlimited Inc. in a valid manner. 2013

Aerosmith headline Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary Celebration in Milwaukee over Labor Day weekend. Kid Rock performs the following day. 2013

Geoff Tate gives his last show under the Queensryche name at the Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill in Bolingbrook, IL. Following a long-running dispute with his former bandmates, Tate subsequently performs under the Operation: Mindcrime banner. 2014

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