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Motley Crue bassist, Nikki Sixx, rocks into the world. 1958
1950's  Mike Mesaros, the Smithereens’ bassist, is born. 1957
1960's   
Del Amitri‘s Justin Currie is born in Glasgow. 1964

Rolling Stones begin filming "Rock And Roll Circus." The TV show features performances by the Stones, along with The Who, Eric Clapton and John Lennon. Lennon sings “Yer Blues,” backed by Clapton, Keith Richards on bass and Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. The program never airs. 1968

1970's   
Genesis make their U.S. debut in Waltham, MA (at Brandeis University). Frontman Peter Gabriel unleashes his theatrics on unsuspecting Americans. 1972

Bob Seger releases his breakthrough album “Night Moves.” It sells over 5 million copies. 1976

Ace Frehley is electrocuted after touching a short-circuit light during a Florida KISS show. Carried from the stage, he returns several minutes later to finish the show. 1976

1980's  Duran Duran’s “Rio,” with the Andy Hamilton sax solo, reaches #9 on the U.K. singles chart. 1982

Don Henley, Graham Nash, Don Henley and Bonnie Raitt pay tribute to Roy Orbison at a benefit concert. Orbison passed away a week earlier. 1988

2000's  Paul McCartney performs “Let It Be” as part of the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize celebrations in Oslo, Norway. 2001

Artworks created by 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold and his wife, Terika, are auctioned on eBay. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Nature Preservation Society. The organization assists injured and orphaned animals in Mississippi. 2004

Courtney Love has two drug-possession cases and an assault charge dismissed by a Los Angeles Superior Court justice after successfully completing her court-mandated drug-rehab program. "Thank you for giving me (another) opportunity," Love tells the judge. 2006

A keyboard signed by Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, U2's Bono, David Bowie and ex-Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones is auctioned in New York to benefit the Witness human-rights organization co-founded by Gabriel. 2006

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards issues a digital single (via iTunes) featuring two rare cover songs – his ‘76 rendition of Chuck Berry’s, "Run Rudolph Run" and an ‘03 version of "Pressure Drop," which was originally recorded by Toots and the Maytals. 2007

Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway tour tops Billboard's Boxscore (an annual list of the highest-grossing tours). The trek earned $210.6 million. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band land at #2 ($205 million). 2008

3 Doors Down and Hinder appear in "teen service announcements" to promote Best Buy's @15 platform for social change. "My advice to any teenager would be . . . aim for your future and start it now," says 3DD singer Brad Arnold. 2008

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo leaves an Albany, NY, hospital following a tour bus accident that left him with a punctured lung, lacerated spleen and broken ribs. In what looks to be a classic mess-up his management arranges for a bus to transport him back to LA. Actually, doctors order Cuomo not to get on an airplane for a month because the air pressure changes would be bad for his healing punctured lung. 2009

Time magazine ranks Mastodon's "Crack The Skye" as the third best album of ‘09. The Progressive Metal set is the last of four in a cycle that focuses on the concept of Earth's elements. "Nods to European Folk, Free Jazz and Prog Rock . . . the ambition and tenacity of Mastodon's music makes "Crack The Skye" sonically unforgettable," writes Time. Brad Paisley's "American Saturday Night" and Dirty Projectors' "Bitte Orca," are #1 and #2, respectively. 2009

Marilyn Manson settles a $20 million lawsuit filed against him by former bandmate Stephen Bier. The keyboardist, also known as Pogo/Madonna Wayne Gacy, sued Manson for breach of contract, claiming he was deprived of his share of the band's earnings due to Manson’s questionable acquisitions. The suit is settled for $175,000. "After being dismissed from the band, Bier could have focused on resurrecting or attempting to pursue a music career," says Manson's lawyer. "Instead, he devoted the last several years to complaining about Manson's alleged spending habits and extravagant behavior to anyone who would listen." 2009
2010's   
Evanescence performs at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway. 2011

Kid Rock is on CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute recognizing everyday people changing the world. Playing a piano, Rock sings a special version of his single "Care.” 2011

“Tré!,” the eleventh studio album by Green Day, drops. It is the third and final installment in the “Uno!,” “Dos!,” “Tré!” trilogy that was released over a three month period. 2012

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013 is announced. Rush and Heart make the cut. "It's a terrific honor and we'll show up smiling," Rush's singer/bassist, Geddy Lee, tells Rolling Stone. "It made my mom happy, so that's worth it." Heart’s Ann Wilson offers an observation on why it took so long for the Hall to honor her band. "Some people have an idea of what the shape of Rock & Roll is supposed to look like," says Wilson. "We're not really it. Personally, that's why I think it's taken quite a while.” Joan Jett and Deep Purple are passed over. "To be frank, I am disappointed that Deep Purple is not included in that group," adds Lee. "Certainly Heart and Rush would not sound the way we sound without Deep Purple." The formal induction comes in April, ’13. 2012

The Rolling StonesMick Jagger makes a guest appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman to deliver the Top 10 list based on "10 Things I, Mick Jagger, Have Learned After 50 Years In Rock N' Roll." At #1: “You start out playing Rock ‘n’ Roll so you can have sex and do drugs. But you end up doing drugs so you can still play Rock ‘n’ Roll and have sex.” 2012

A paperback version of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi's memoir, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath, is in bookstores. "It's got new chapters bringing everything up to date, including my battle with lymphoma," states Iommi. The hardcover version came out in ’11. 2012

Led Zeppelin officially release their first two albums, “I” and “II,” for streaming via Spotify. The legendary band had been a conspicuous hold out. The remaining Zep catalog follows. 2013

AC/DC score their 9th Top 10 album when “Rock Or Bust” debuts at #3 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album sells 174,00 copies during its opening week to land behind Pentatonix ("That's Christmas To Me") and Taylor Swift ("1989"). 2014

Singer Ed Webb and bassist Terry Butler announce their departure from Massacre. The group disbands (not for the first time). 2014

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and his Rockstar Investment Group, is sued for allegedly helping defrauded investors in the ill-fated Las Vegas Outlaws Arena Football League franchise, which folded earlier in the year. 2015

KISS frontman Paul Stanley sings the "The Star-Spangled Banner" when the San Antonio Spurs host the L.A. Lakers at the AT&T Center. 2015

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