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Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” nails the #1 spot on the album chart. With “You Give Love A Bad Name,” "Wanted Dead Or Alive" and “Livin’ On A Prayer,” the album sells over 10 million copies. 1986
1940's  Yes frontman, Jon Anderson, has a birthday. 1944

Judas Priest guitarist (and occasional keyboard player) Glenn Tipton roars into the world. He’s from Blackheath, England. 1948
1950's  Guitarist-songwriter, Matthias Jabs (The Scorpions), is born. 1955
1960's   
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith (Chadwick Gaylord Smith) starts his life. 1962

The British music industry claims The Beatles’ “She Loves You” is the most broadcast song of the year. 1963

The Rolling Stones perform for the first time on CBS-TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show. It's a a riotous debut. Following the appearance, Sullivan vows to never have the group on the show again. “It took me 17 years to build this show,” he says. “I’m not going to have it destroyed in a matter of weeks.” Of course, Sullivan relents. 1964

Favored by serious fans, Pink Floyd’s “Ummagumma” is in stores. 1969

1970's  Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) has a birthday. The Scarborough, Ontario native plays guitar and sings. 1970

Just four days before guitarist Duane Allman’s death “The Allman Brothers Band Live at the Fillmore East” earns a gold record. 1971

1980's  "I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On" (Robert Palmer) gets to #4 on the Hot 100. 1986

“Nothing’s Shocking” from Jane’s Addiction is released. The album’s cover features two topless women with their hair on fire. Nothing’s schocking indeed. 1988

The Fire and the Fury Tour with guitarists Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan starts in Minneapolis. 1989
1990's  Fillmore West/East founder and concert promoter Bill Graham dies in a helicopter crash. 1991

Nirvana is recognized by the record industry for selling nine million copies of “Nevermind” and five million copies of “In Utero.” 1996

2000's   
Ozzy Osbourne and his wife/manager, Sharon host a MTV reality series, Battle for Ozzfest. Not hard to figure out the format: Eight up-and-coming bands compete for a chance to perform at next year`s Ozzfest. It’s Survivor on a Rock N’ Roll scale. 2004

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s No Quarter: Unledded DVD premieres in 44 Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters on the same day it’s released. The DVD, with performances filmed in Morocco, Wales and London and a 13-minute interview with Page and Plant, documents a 1994 tour as they perform reworked, acoustic-based versions of several Zeppelin songs. 2004

Def Leppard’s career encapsulating CD, "Super Vault," is released in Europe. It`s a reworked version of their `95 release "Vault” with the addition of the Kinks’ “Waterloo Sunset.” A companion DVD is issued the following day. 2004

Breaking Benjamin announce they have reached an agreement with former drummer Jeremy Hummel, who sued disputing his firing and sought payment for songs he helped write. Hummel, one of the band’s founding members, had asked for time off to be with his wife and newborn first child. 2004

Linkin Park win the Alternative Rock Song of the Year (for “Numb”) and Rock Artist of the Year trophies at the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. Green Day performs. 2004

Luke Caraccioli leaves Adema. He replaced Mark Chavez (the half-brother of KoRn's Jonathan Davis) and is replaced by Bobby Reeves. 2005

Mötley Crüe's Carnival Of Sins: Live Concert DVD hits stores. 2005

Songs by Papa Roach, Mudvayne, Sevendust and ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Buckethead appear on the Saw II soundtrack. The 15-track CD also contains remixes of songs by Queens Of The Stone Age and Marilyn Manson. The horror movie sequel hits theaters three days later. Speaking of Buckethead, he also releases "Enter The Chicken." Yeah OK, but what's interesting is System Of A Down's Serj Tankian performs on two songs, "Waiting Here" and "We Are One." He also produces the CD. 2005

"Rockin' The Joint" is a live DualDisc from Aerosmith. The January '02 Vegas show at the Hard Rock Hotel, includes "Draw The Line" and "Walk This Way" as well as behind-the-scene clips. The CD side features 11 songs including six tunes from Areosmith’s '75 classic "Toys in the Attic." Also, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler tapes a Santana video in Boston. How did this happen? Originally, Puddle Of Mudd vocalist Wes Scantlin sang "Just Feel Better" for the “All That I Am” album but Santana opted for Tyler's version. "Both singers were incredible, but Steven took it to a supernatural level," says the guitarist. 2005

MTV's TRL features the Killers who are there to promote “Sam’s Town.” 2006

No surprises here. Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson's divorce from actress Kate Hudson is finalized in L.A. Robinson and Hudson were married on New Year's Eve in '00 and had one son, Ryder. The pair separated in '06. 2007

Governor Jon Corzine announces that Bruce Springsteen is one the 15 inaugural members of the New Jersey Fall of Fame. No kidding, there really is such a thing though there is no actual ‘Hall’. The Boss, Frank Sinatra and actress Meryl Streep are in the Arts & Entertainment category. The formal induction happens in ’08. 2007

Bon Jovi play the first of 10 shows to open the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The 19,500-seat venue is nicknamed "The Rock." Figures. The opening acts, playing two shows each include My Chemical Romance, Daughtry and All American Rejects. "It is (an) honor to . . . perform with New Jersey's very own Bon Jovi, who have been a personal inspiration," says Chris Daughtry. 2007

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd pay tribute to Country legend Hank Williams Jr. on a CMT Giants special taped in L.A. The show is broadcast the following month. 2007

The Pumpkins are busy and it’s not even Halloween. Smashing Pumpkins play a Best Buy store in L.A. to celebrate the launch of Guitar Hero: World Tour (which goes on sale at midnight). Pumpkins single "G.L.O.W." gets its initial release as part of a game songpack. The downloadable pack also includes "1979" and "The Everlasting Gaze." Also, Pumpkins’ frontman Billy Corgan appears as a World Tour character. 2008

Neil Young's annual two-day Bridge School Benefit concert in Mountain View, CA, features Death Cab For Cutie (who opened on Young’s tour) and Smashing Pumpkins. The Bridge School is a nonprofit organization that helps children with severe speech and physical impairments. 2008

AC/DC performs a final world tour dress rehearsal for 3,000 contest winners and invited guests at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The band plays a 13-song set that includes "Back In Black" and "You Shook Me All Night Long," plus a couple songs from ‘08’s "Black Ice." 2008

As part of U2’s 360° Tour, the group broadcasts their concert at Pasadena's Rose Bowl stadium on YouTube. "The band has wanted to do something like this for a long time," says U2 manager Paul McGuinness in a statement. "As we're filming the LA show, it's the perfect opportunity to extend the party beyond the stadium. Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 - this time U2 can go to them, globally." Over 100,000 attend the sold out concert (a record for the venue) with an estimated 2.5 million viewing the webcast - the concert eventually draws over 10 million views. 2009
2010's  Bryan Ferry’s “Olympia” drops. In addition to Ferry, it’s the first LP to feature guitarist Phil Manzanera, saxophonist Andy Mackey and Brian Eno since Roxy Music’s ’73 set “For Your Pleasure.” 2010

Coldplay is named the act most likely to send music fans to sleep. That’s according to a U.K. survey undertaken by Travelodge. “Results from various sleep studies… has indicated that listening to soft, relaxing music (namely Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Radiohead and even Mozart) at bedtime leads to a number of different benefits to a night’s sleep,” says Stevie Williams, of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre. Research reports state that 84% of the U.K. population listens to music in bed. 2010

Midnight Oil's “Diesel And Dust” and AC/DC's “Back In Black” are #1 and #2, respectively, in The 100 Best Australian Albums, a book listing the best Aussie LPs of the last 50 years. 2010

Two years in the making, Coldplay issue their fifth album, “Mylo Xyloto.” The set includes the singles “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” and "Paradise." 2011

Mountain founder and guitarist Leslie West issues “Unusual Suspects,” his first album in five years. It features appearances by Slash, Billy Gibbons, ex-Ozzy Osbourne/current Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde and Toto's Steve Lukather. 2011

KISS guitarist Paul Stanley undergoes vocal cord surgery to correct "recurring vocal cord issues," according to CNN. "I hold myself to a higher standard than others do," says Stanley. "With that in mind, I wanted to remedy a few minor issues that come with 40 years of preaching Rock 'n' Roll." 2011

Metallica perform for the first time in the United Arab Emirates as part of the Yas Islands Weekends. 2011

The Rolling Stones play their first show in five years at a Paris club. The 12 song warm-up for planned concerts at larger venues later in the year opens with “Route 66” and closes with “Brown Sugar.” Yes, their latest single “Doom And Gloom,” "It's Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)," "Start Me Up" and “Jumpin' Jack Flash" are on the set list. 2012

Meat Loaf endorses Mitt Romney for President – the singer’s first political endorsement. But at a Romney rally in Defiance, OH Meat Loaf butchers “America The Beautiful” causing Romney to physically put some distance between himself and the “Bat Out Of Hell” performer. The candidate does give Meat Loaf a hug at the end of the song, if only in relief that it’s finally over. 2012

Andy Powell's ownership of the Wishbone Ash name is upheld in court. Powell, a founding member, registered the name in ‘00. Co-founder Martin Turner wanted the registration declared invalid, arguing that Wishbone Ash was his "life's work" and he'd "never willingly left" the band. Turner left twice, in ’87 and ’95, to pursue other interests. 2013

The City of Lowell, MA has "Sammy Hagar Day" in appreciation of a $5,000 gift from the Hagar Family Foundation to the local Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Hagar's donations to local food banks are a regular occurrence on this tour. 2013

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