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Cheap Trick hardly looked like a conventional ‘70s Rock band. There was world class guitarist Rick Nielsen (far right) with his sweater, bow tie and short hair covered by a baseball cap. He also had a tendency to play outrageous looking guitars.
1930's  Big Brother And The Holding Company guitarist, James Gurley, is born in Detroit. 1939
1940's  Leicester-born drummer Barry Jenkins has a birthday. He’s with the Nashville Teens (“Tobacco Road”) before landing in Eric Burdon & The Animals. 1944

Cheap Trick’s ace guitarist, Rick Nielsen, is born Rockford, Illinois. 1946

1950's  According to Billboard magazine Elvis Presley wrapped up the year with a phenomenal 17 chart records. Nobody else has even half that. 1956

1960's  The Tornadoes become the first British group to top the U.S. pop chart. They do it with their instrumental “Telstar.” The song takes its name from the recently launched communications satellite. 1962

1970's  The Doobie Brothers’ singer/guitarist, Tom Johnston, is busted for marijuana possession in Visalia, CA. 1973

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band’s “Live Bullet” goes gold. It’s Seger’s biggest commercial success to date. It has live versions of “Beautiful Loser” and “Katmandu.” 1976

Declaring drummer Keith Moon irreplaceable, The Who replace him anyway with Kenney Jones, formerly of the Faces. The band also adds John Bundrick on keyboards. 1978

The first of three concerts to benefit the people Kampuchea (formerly Cambodia) is held at London’s Hammersmith Odeon Theatre. Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, The Who, Rockpile and The Clash perform. 1979

1980's  Duran Duran peaks at #2 on the Hot 100 with "Wild Boys." Two former wild boys, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, masquerading as the Honeydrippers land at #4 with a remake of Phil Phillips' lame "Sea Of Love." 1984

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx dies from a drug overdose. He is pronounced DOA in the ambulance before two adrenaline shots in the chest revive him. Later, he checks himself out of the hospital (ignoring medical advice) and goes home where he records an answering machine message. "Hey, it’s Nikki. I’m not home because I’m dead." He then takes more heroin and passes out again. Good times. 1987

The Smiths perform their farewell concert at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in England. Founding guitarist Johnny Marr had left nearly a year-and-a-half earlier (June ’87) and frontman Morrissey was about to launch a solo career. The concert is free to any fans wearing Smiths or Morrissey T-shirts. Nearly 20,000 fans do just that. 1988
2000's  Legendary Clash guitarist, Joe Strummer, dies of heart failure at age 50. In response to the passing, Bono issues a statement. “The Clash was the greatest Rock Band, says U2’s frontman. “They wrote the book for U2.” 2002

White Stripes lead singer Jack White is charged with aggravated assault after a fight with the Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer. The December 13th brawl between White and Stollsteimer began shortly before midnight at Detroit’s Majestic Theatre Center. 2003

A silent auction featuring a variety of Ozzy Osbourne-related memorabilia is held in conjunction with his New York concert. Items, including autographed guitars by Osbourne, Zakk Wylde and Rob Zombie, raise money for the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program. It's Osbourne's first Madison Square Garden appearance in 23 years. Rob Zombie is also on the bill. 2007

A vicious dig like this one is hard to ignore. Slipknot's Corey Taylor slams Coldplay’s hugely successful “Viva La Vida." "That [album] is one of the most self-celebratory pieces of s**t I've ever f**king heard in my entire f**king life," proclaims Taylor. "I f**king hate that album. It's music to wipe your a** to." 2008

Perfect for last-minute Christmas shopping: Mudvayne issues their self-titled album. The CD comes in the regular jewel box and deluxe packaging. The latter uses black light ink technology for the cover art and poster. "What anyone else thinks should have no bearing on what any individual thinks about this work," says Mudvayne bassist Ryan Martinie. 2009

The Flaming Lips digitally release their version of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side Of The Moon,” one of the all-time classic albums. The Lips’ work is officially titled “The Flaming Lips And Stardeath And White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins And Peaches Doing The Dark Side Of The Moon.” It’s initially an iTunes exclusive. 2009

Paul McCartney’s first European tour in five years concludes with a show at London's 02 Arena. The tour began three-weeks earlier in Hamburg to support the live "Good Evening New York City" CD/DVD. 2009

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler begins his third stint in rehab. This follows months of speculation regarding his drug use. The frontman says his rehab is for “pain management” resulting from a concert accident the previous summer. Tyler first went to rehab in ’86 to treat drug and alcohol abuse and returned in ‘08. 2009

Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood receives an official warning from U.K. police for allegedly choking then-girlfriend, Ekaterina Ivanova, after a heated argument. The warning can be taken into account in future actions, which is probably unlikely since Woods and the 23-year-old cocktail waitress are history at this point. "I am greatly relieved that this matter is resolved and look forward to 2010 very positively," says Wood in a statement. 2009
2010's  Radiohead‘s ‘97 album “OK Computer” is named ‘the best album of the past 25 years’ in a poll conducted by Q Magazine. Nirvana‘s “Nevermind” is #2 while Oasis holds the #3 and #4 spots with “Definitely Maybe” and “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?,” respectively. Radiohead’s “The Bends” is at #8. U2 has “Joshua Tree” at #6 and “Achtung Baby” sitting at #9. 2010

Late night talk show host Conan O’Brien and actor Jack Black engage in a guitar duel on O’Brien’s show. O’Brien cheats by miming solos performed by Slash (Guns N’ Roses/Slash’s Snakepit/Velvet Revolver) who is behind the stage curtain. 2010

Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney hosts "Serious Boredom," a monthly satellite radio show on Sirius XMU. "I've wanted to do a DJ gig like this for a while now and looking forward to being on air." Carney says in a statement. 2012

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