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Pearl Jam's feud with Ticketmaster results in the cancellation of the group's tour. The group contends the ticket company's surcharges are excessive. 1994
1940's  Keyboardist/guitarist Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult) is born. 1946

Multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald is born in Osterley, Middlesex, England. He is known for his work with Foreigner and King Crimson. 1946

1950's  Singer-songwriter, Tim Finn (Crowded House), is born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand. 1952

David Paich starts his life in L.A. The son of Jazz composer, Marty Paich, David works as a session musician (keyboards) prior to fronting Toto. 1954

Bo Diddley's two-sided hit, "Bo Diddley" and "I'm A Man," top the R&B chart. Both songs become Rock N' Roll staples. 1955
1960's   
Paul McCartney's "Paperback Writer" is yet another #1 song for The Beatles. Paul sings lead while John Lennon and George Harrison handle harmonies. Of course, Ringo Starr is in there on drums holding it all together. 1966

400 million people watch The Beatles perform "All You Need is Love" on Our World, the first international satellite television program. The BBC commissioned The Beatles to write a song for the program and requested that it contain a message that would easily translate across the globe. 1967

Featuring "Sympathy For The Devil and "Stray Cat Blues," the Rolling Stones finish recording their classic "Beggar's Banquet" album in London. 1968
1970's  Michael Douglas Henry Kroeger, bassist for Nickelback, is born in Hanna, Alberta. He is the half-brother of frontman Chad Kroeger. 1972

Uriah Heep performs its last show with David Byron in Bilbao, Spain. The singer is fired a short time later. 1976
1980's  A mere 140,000 show up at London's Wembley Stadium to see the first British concert appearance by the Rolling Stones in six years. 1982

The future Mrs. Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, joins the E Street Band as a back up singer just prior to the launch of the Born In The USA tour. 1984

1990's  Better late than never. Billy Joel gets his high school diploma. He overslept and missed his English and Gym finals twenty-five years earlier. 1992

Matchbox Twenty's Dave Thomas appears with Carlos Santana to perform their hit "Smooth" on Late Night With David Letterman. 1999
2000's   
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play the last of three shows at London's Hyde Park. 258,000 fans attend the concerts. 2004

David Bowie cancels his European tour and undergoes emergency heart surgery two weeks later. What is originally diagnosed as a pitched nerve turns out to be a blocked artery. 2004

Elton John is a guest at a 90th birthday party for Nelson Mandela held in London. John sings "Happy Birthday To You" and his own "Border Song" for the ex-South African president. 2008

Sky Saxon (born Robert Marsh), leader of the '60's Garage-Rock group the Seeds, dies in Austin TX. The Seeds are best known for their proto-Punk "Pushin' Too Hard," a Top 40 hit in '67. 2009

The outlandish Sacha Baron Cohen comedy Bruno premieres in L.A. The film closes with a parody of "We Are The World" that features Bono, Sting and Elton John. 2009

Michael Jackson dies after suffering a heart attack. The King of Pop had one of the most successful yet downright weird careers in music history. He was 50. 2009
2010's   
Rush are inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Guitarist Alex Lifeson and bassist Geddy Lee are on hand to accept the honor. 2010

Kings Of Leon documentary Talihina Sky, is screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and at more than 150 British theatres. The film features footage from live shows, recording sessions, and early home videos. 2011

Rush's Geddy Lee is among 600 Ontario residents to receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee commemorative medal at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall. The special medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne. 2012

During a Moscow press conference, Yevgeny Bryun, the Russian Ministry of Health's chief alcohol and drug abuse specialist, claims that The Beatles are responsible for a worldwide increase in drug use. "After The Beatles went to expand their consciousness in Indian ashrams, they introduced that idea-the changing of one's psychic state of mind using drugs-to the population." 2012

Queensryche release their first album with vocalist Todd La Torre, who replaced Geoff Tate. The self-titled album contains the single "Redemption." 2013

Bosnian Rainbows, a Mars Volta spin-off with guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez and drummer Deantoni Parks, issue their self-titled debut album. The band also has vocalist Teri Gender Bender and keyboardist Nicci Kasper. 2013

Rush pledge to donate $1 for every ticket sold at five Canadian shows to the Unison Benevolent Fund, a non-profit charity that takes care of music industry professionals who run into hardship. 2013

The Eagles catalog, a long-time holdout, is available on streaming platforms: Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio and Deezer. 2013

Atlantic City mayor Lorenzo Langford supports James Hetfield's criticism of area hotel prices that resulted in moving the Metallica curated Orion Festival to Detroit. "I thought Atlantic City was going to be a lot better than it was," says Metallica's frontman. "There was some gouging going on in hotels, ripping people off, crap like that." 2013

Disturbed singer David Draiman says that he is "done with social media" after dealing with Twitter trolls who baited him about his views. Draiman, the son of Israelis and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, often spoke out against anti-Semitism. 2015

Yellowcard announced they will disband following the release of their self-titled tenth album and a world tour. 2016

Blur's Damon Albarn performs with the Syrian National Orchestra at London's Southbank Centre. Albarn hopes to bring attention to the civil war in Syria, a country he visited in '08. 2016

Metallica are the face of a Brioni advertising campaign. The band appears in ads wearing Brioni suits and tuxedos as well as sunglasses from the fashion designer's eyewear collection. 2016

An electric guitar owned by Prince and a lock of David Bowie's hair are sold at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. Prince's Yellow Cloud guitar is bought for $137,500 by the owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Bowie's hair, which sells for $18,750, came from a former employee of Madame Tussauds in London. 2016

Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is ordered to pay $25,000 to a company owned by Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan to settle a lawsuit stemming from Huckabee's unauthorized use of the band's "Eye Of The Tiger" at a rally in support of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was imprisoned after refusing a court order to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 2016

German Metal Machine: Scorpions In The 70s is available. The book's title says it all. 2016





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