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The BRIT Awards in London toss a few trophies Oasis' way. They win Best Group, Best Video ("Wonderwall") and Best Album "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?" Of course, in their gracious acceptance speech they refer to record industry personnel as 'corporate pigs'. Charmed, I'm sure. 1996
1940's  Black Sabbath's legendary guitarist Tony Iommi is born in Aston, Birmingham, England. 1948

Spirit/Heart bass player Mark Andes has a birthday. He's a Philly native but grows up in L.A. 1949
1950's  Following his initial success on Sun Records, Carl Perkins moves to Columbia where he releases "Pink Pedal Pushers." 1958

1960's  Drummer Jon Fishman (Phish) has a birthday. 1965

"19th Nervous Breakdown" can't make it to #1 in the U.K. The Rolling Stones single peaks, stuck behind Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walking." The song suffers the same fate in the U.S. where it gets lodged behind Barry Sandler's "The Ballad Of The Green Berets." 1966
1970's  Traffic's "Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys" reaches #7 on the U.S. album chart. 1972

Produced by George Harrison and Todd Rundgren, Badfinger's "Straight Up" LP lands on the chart. The set contains their hit "Day After Day." Meanwhile, Nilsson's cover of Badfinger's "Without You" (written by the group's Pete Ham and Tom Evans) is the #1 song in the U.S. 1972

In response to the lame Grammy Awards, Dick Clark launches the American Music Awards where the record buying public (rather than industry hacks) vote. 1974

KISS make their TV debut in all their glory (gory?) on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. 1974

Fleetwood Mac releases "Rumours." The break-up album, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks and the McVies (John and Christine) are separating, while it is recorded. Still, the LP sells over ten million copies and spawns a slew of hit singles including "Go Your Own Way" and "Don't Stop." That's making suffering pay. 1977

Bruce Springsteen has the #1 song in the U.S. However, it's Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of the Springsteen composed "Blinded By The Light" that reaches the pinnacle. The song holds the top spot for all of one week. 1977

At the Grammys, Linda Ronstadt wins Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, for her album "Hasten Down The Wind." 1977
1980's  AC/DC's Bon Scott goes out with a friend, Alistair Kennear, to see a couple bands. He drinks heavily through the night and passes out in the car. Kennear decides to let Scott sleep it off in the car but finds him unconscious the following day. At the hospital, doctors are unable to revive Scott. 1980

Ozzy Osbourne urinates at The Alamo in San Antonio. He is arrested and banned from performing in the city until he donates $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the group that maintains the monument. Osbourne doesn't make his donation until '92 and finally apologizes for the incident in '15. 1982

"7800 Fahrenheit," Bon Jovi's sophomore album, goes platinum. 1987
1990's  Green Day's "Dookie" begins a two year stay on the U.S. album chart. The group's third studio album rises to #2 and sells over 12 million copies. 1994

Despite staying on the album chart for over a year and a half, Rage Against The Machine's self-titled debut can only reach #45. 1994

The Stray Cats reunite to play a benefit for the Carl Perkins Foundation at L.A.'s House of Blues. 1998
2000's   
Four years after the fact - Billy Corgan claims in an online post that he wasn't to blame for the Smashing Pumpkins' demise. "The truth of the matter is that (guitarist) James Iha broke up the Smashing Pumpkins." Corgan adds that bassist D'arcy Wretzky was axed from the band "for being a mean-spirited drug addict who refused to get help." So now you know. 2004

Since John Fogerty is more Country than what passes for Country it's not surprising to find him on CMT's (Country Music Television) show, Crossroads. Fogerty teams up with Country's Keith Urban, who is a long time admirer, going back to Fogerty's Creedence Clearwater Revival days. 2005

Bon Jovi performs prior to the Daytona 500 stock car race at Florida's legendary Daytona International Speedway. The band's show is part of the Sprint Tribute to America, which honors men and women in the United States Armed Forces. "Bon Jovi is a great fit," says Sprint Nextel executive Michael Robichaud. Yeah, but can he name a Bon Jovi song? 2006

Aerosmith celebrate the announcement of a European Tour by performing a set before a small audience at London's Hard Rock Cafe. The jaunt begins in June. 2007

The Ravonettes unfurl their fourth album, "Lust Lust Lust." Meanwhile, Seven Mary Three roll out "day&nightdriving." 2008

Kinks frontman Ray Davies' solo, "Working Man's Cafe," is released in the U.S. The 12-song album was recorded in Nashville. 2008

Songs by Paul McCartney and Wings and Bob Seger are on track packs for Guitar Hero: World Tour. McCartney and Wings contribute "Junior's Farm" and "Jet." Seger is represented by "Old Time Rock And Roll." 2009

The Grammy Awards Charity Auction on eBay concludes. AC/DC's signed Gibson SG Standard guitar and autographed items from Robert Plant, Foo Fighters, Slash and 311 are auctioned off with proceeds going to MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation. 2009

Electric Light Orchestra bassist Kelly Groucutt dies in Worcestershire, England, after suffering a heart attack the previous day. Groucutt played with ELO from '74 to '83. He was 63. 2009
2010's  It's announced that Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy will work on Avenged Sevenfold's next album - replacing James "The Rev" Sullivan who passed away the previous December. "We asked Jimmy's all-time favorite drummer {Portnoy} to record on behalf of him," says a band statement. "Mike said it would be an honor and without question that's what Jim would have wanted." 2010

Buckcherry's sixth album, "Confessions," featuring the single "Gluttony," is out. 2013

The 'lost' Dark New Day album "Hail Mary" is released. Will Hunt (Evanescence), Troy McLawhorn (Evanescence), Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Brett Hestla, and Corey Lowery formed Dark New Day in '04 but went on hiatus three years later after recording "Hail Mary." "We're excited for fans to hear what two years of writing, struggle, and growth did for us," says Hunt. 2013

U2, Paul McCartney and Coldplay appear on the benefit album, "War Child 20: The Best Of," a compilation celebrating 20 years of helping children in war zones. Also, War Child's 20th anniversary concert in London's historic O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire features Muse. "We are proud to have a continuing association with War Child, who have been doing amazing work," says Muse's Matt Bellamy. 2013

Arctic Monkeys win the Best Album trophy and the Best Group prize at London's BRIT Awards. "There's that fifteen quid we put on One Direction (a pop group) to win down the drain," jokes Arctic Monkeys' frontman Alex Turner. Then there's David Bowie. Thirty years after last winning the British Male Solo Artist honor, he wins it again, becoming the oldest ever Brit winner. 2014

Just weeks after being released from prison, Pussy Riot band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are detained by police after a protest near the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Cossack militia armed with horsewhips strike the women who are also roughly handled (as if a horsewhipping wasn't enough). Photos of their wounds, taken at a hospital, goes viral. 2014

A second DUI in as many years gets 3 Doors Down bassist and founding member Todd Harrell suspended indefinitely from the band. 2014

Australia's Wolfmother release "Victorious." Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle) and Joey Waronker split the drum duties." The album is a balance of garage-y energy and big production," says frontman Andrew Stockdale. 2016

Last In Line, featuring Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, founding Dio members Vinny Appice and the late Jimmy Bain and singer Andrew Freeman (who previously fronted Lynch Mob), release its debut album, "Heavy Crown." 2016


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