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Matchbox Twenty unfurl “Yourself Or Someone Like You.” The album contains the group’s first hit “Real World.” 1996
1960's   
Vee Jay Records release “The Beatles Vs The Four Seasons” album. This crude marketing ploy utilizing past Vee Jay licensing deals fails to electrify the public. 1964

Bob Dylan plays New York’s Carnegie Hall. He does a solo set before being joined by The Band. 1965

Radio One, which plays Rock ‘n’ Roll, begins broadcasting in England. 1967

Kevin Griffin has a birthday. Griffin forms Better Than Ezra in ‘87 and the group finds success with hits "Good,” "In The Blood,” "A Lifetime" and "Desperately Wanting." 1968

The Beatles “Abbey Road” is released in the U.S. 1969

1970's   
Jimi Hendrix is buried in Renton - just south of his Seattle hometown. The guitarist passed away in London, from a sleeping pill overdose, 13 days earlier. 1970

David Bowie and Iggy Pop hole up in Berlin to kick their drug addiction – which they do. 1976
1980's  Joe Lynn Turner signs on as Rainbow’s vocalist. He replaces Graham Bonnet, who took over when Ronnie James Dio got bounced. 1980

Sony unveils the first compact disc player. The CD proves to be a boon to the record industry as Rock fans rush to stores to replace worn-out vinyl records with the more durable CDs. 1982

“The Unforgettable Fire” is the fourth studio album by U2. The set features "Pride (In the Name Of Love). 1984
1990's  Noel and Liam Gallagher, and drummer Andy White, perform a midnight acoustic show at the London Virgin Megastore to promote Oasis' album “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?” 1995

Nirvana’s collection of live recordings “From The Muddy Banks of Wishkah” is released. 1996

John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is honored with the 2,122nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star is located at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. 1998
2000's   
Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow, Crosby, Stills & Nash and John Fogerty head out on the "Vote For Change" tour. The artists want to oust President Bush from the White House. The economy is struggling, the war in Iraq is a disaster and Bush likes Country music - so why not? 2004

Helmet finally starts touring again with a show in Buffalo. Singer-guitarist Page Hamilton suffered a broken collarbone in a mountain-biking accident that delayed both the release of their album, "Size Matters" and their tour. 2004

"Stoners" premieres at New York's Coney Island Film Festival. Music from Pink Floyd's ’94 release “The Division Bell” is on the film's soundtrack. The documentary revolves around an elaborate Internet-based puzzle game called “The Stone,” which was inspired by the Floyd CD. 2004

Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story is published. The tome covers the group from inception in 1968 to 2003. There are interviews with band members and lifelong fans. 2004

It’ll be coach for you Ms. Love! Courtney Love is sued by a Los Angeles travel agency for almost $50,000 worth of unpaid airline tickets and services. This kind of thing could get a person banned from first class. 2004

Rush's Alex Lifeson is countersued by two police officers who allege that the guitarist assaulted them at an '03 New Year's Eve celebration in Naples, FL. The altercation resulted in the arrest of Lifeson and his son. Lifeson's suit claims the deputies used excessive force during the incident. Do you think alcohol or others drugs were involved? Both sides seek unspecified financial reparations. 2005

Disturbed appear at a National Hot Rod Association race in Joliet, IL, where they are co-sponsoring one of the drivers. 2005

Jet, Killers, Pixies, Oasis and Beck perform at the inaugural Across The Pond concerts. The two-date event is held at minor-league baseball parks in Brooklyn and Staten Island. 2005

Eddie Van Halen performs several Van Halen hits at a party for Sacred Sin, an adult movie with his compositions on the soundtrack. Guns N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed, Mötley Crüe singer John Corabi and many X-rated actors attend the gathering at Van Halen’s Hollywood Hills mansion. 2006

Suicide Solution. Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, announce they have a suicide agreement which will come into effect should either of them suffer from a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer's, which took the life of Sharon's father. "We believe 100 percent in euthanasia, so (we) have drawn up plans to go to the assisted suicide flat in Switzerland if we ever have an illness that affects our brains," reveals Sharon. This suicide flat sounds a lot like Hotel California - you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. 2007

Add the Police to the short list of people the French like. The Police are honored by the French minister of culture for their contribution to music. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland are each named chevaliers of the Order of the Arts and Letters. "We are very touched because we deeply admire French culture," says Sting. The group is in Paris as part of their European tour. 2007

The Visions Of Dylan photo exhibition opens in London. There are photos taken by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, Bryan Adams and Patti Smith. 2007

"Radio 1," a U.K. compilation celebrating the 40th anniversary of BBC Radio 1, is issued. The 40-song collection features contemporary bands reworking classic tunes. The Raconteurs tackle the Undertones' Punk-era, "Teenage Kicks," while the Foo Fighters take a stroll with "Band On The Run" (originally recorded by Paul McCartney and Wings'). 2007

Elton John is featured in a series of television and radio spots promoting the seventh annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days. During the month-long performance project musicians from all over the world, including John, stage concerts to support the initiative's "Harmony for Humanity" theme. 2008

Ozzy Osbourne’s autobiography, I Am Ozzy, is in U.K. bookstores. “Every day of my life has been an event,” says Ozzy. 2009
2010's  The Social Network, chronicling the founding of Facebook, is in theaters. The score for the David Fincher film is the work of Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails/How To Destroy Angels) and collaborator Atticus Ross. “Atticus Ross and I have been on a creative roll so I asked him if he wanted to work on this with me and we signed on," says Reznor. 2010

The first of two Plastic Ono Band performances takes place at the Orpheum Theater in L.A. Fronted by Yoko Ono there are appearances by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and Iggy Pop. 2010

Soundgarden's ‘best of’ compilation “Telephantasm,” out for less than a week, goes platinum (selling one million copies). 2010

Bands perform Nirvana's classic ‘91 single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" 144 times consecutively at the Toronto Underground Cinema to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the “Nevermind” album. The event, "A Brief History Of Rebellion," includes a performance by Tokyo Police Club. 2011

Former Police frontman Sting performs a special concert at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan to celebrate the 25th anniversary of solo career on the eve of his 60th birthday. Guests include Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder. Proceeds benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization that fights poverty in New York City. 2011

KISS bassist Gene Simmons marries his longtime (key word "longtime") girlfriend Shannon Tweed. Their children Sophie, 19, and Nick, 22, are in attendance. 2011

No Doubt settle an ‘09 lawsuit against Activision over the use of band members' likenesses in the video game "Band Hero." A game feature allows players to perform other artists’ songs using the likenesses of No Doubt front woman Gwen Stefani and other band members. Terms of the settlement are not disclosed. 2012

As their frontman Ian Watkins faces serious criminal charges (conspiring to commit rape) the Lostprophets announce they are breaking up but leave the door open to future ventures under a different name. 2013

Kings Of Leon headline a NHL Face Off event in Montreal where the home team plays the Toronto Maple Leafs. KOL’s performance kicks off the NHL season. Why are a bunch of Southern boys doing this? Where’s Geddy Lee (Rush) or Neil Young? 2013

Well, at least one member of Rush has a good excuse. Guitarist Alex Lifeson is featured in the Kidney Foundation of Canada's awareness campaign. Lifeson’s father passed away from kidney failure ten years earlier. 2013

Nickelback, Slipknot and KoRn are featured on Roadrunner Records' anniversary compilation, “XXX: Three Decades Of Roadrunner Records,” It’s a four CD, 54 song set. 2013

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