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Godsmack’s "IV" is out. The CD's first single is "Speak." "We tried to strip everything down on this record," explains drummer Shannon Larkin. "We made an effort to try not to over-rehearse. We wanted it to be more organic." Singer Sully Erna admits that he "was in a very dark place" while recording the album due to a lawsuit and girlfriend troubles. That would get to anybody. 2006
1940's  Creedence Clearwater Revival’s bassist, Stu Cook, is born “down on the corner” in Stanton, CA. 1945
1950's  Another bassist makes his debut. Les Pattinson, of Echo & the Bunnymen, enters the world. 1958
1960's   
Out of the Army for a little less than two months, Elvis Presley has the #1 song in the U.S., “Stuck On You.” 1960

There's one more. It’s bassist Eric Avery’s (Jane's Addiction) birthday. 1965

Eddie Cochran is laid to rest in Cypress, CA. He was killed in a London car accident a week earlier while on tour with Gene Vincent. 1960

The Beatles turn down a chance to perform before the Queen at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show. They’d already performed before the queen. How many free concerts does she expect? 1968
1970's  Pam Morrison joins her late husband Jim in the great beyond when she ODs on heroin. She too dies at age twenty-seven. 1974

During a concert in Saginaw, MI, of all places, Elvis makes the last recordings of his life. They show up on the “Moody Blue” album. For fans only. 1977
1980's  Wings bites the dust with Denny Laine’s departure. From here on, Paul McCartney works as a solo. 1981

1990's   
The guitar (a Fender Stratocaster) that Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock is auctioned off for $295,000. It was the guitar used for his legendary rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” 1990

Soundgarden’s “Batmotorfinger” enters the U.S. album chart landing at #39. 1992

“Parklife,” Blur’s third studio album, contains the U.K. hits "Girls & Boys,” "End Of A Century,” "To The End” and the title track. 1994

The Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a television cameraman during funeral services for actor River Phoenix in November ‘93. 1994

The Eagles perform their first reunion concert. Though having previously said it would never happen, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmitt, play for an invited audience at Warner Burbank (CA) Studios. The concert is taped and shown on MTV later in the year. 1994

U2 kicks off their classic PopMart” Tour. Appropriately, they launch it in Las Vegas. 1997
2000's   
Just as Metallica is going to the mat with Napster (over alleged copyright infringement), Limp Bizkit announces that their Back To Basics Tour will be sponsored by Napster. 2000

Goo Goo Dolls release "Let Love In." Dolls leader, John Rzeznik, wrote and worked on the songs in a downtown Buffalo (his home town) Masonic lodge. 2006

A double-disc Bill Wyman retrospective "A Stone Alone: The Solo Anthology 1974-2002" is issued. The long time Rolling Stones bassist was the first Stone to issue a solo album. Yes, he even beat Mick Jagger. 2006

Bruce Springsteen's "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions" is released. The album features 13 tracks associated with Folk singer Pete Seeger. 2006

Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and Country-Folk legend Emmylou Harris issue their "All The Roadrunning" CD. 2006

Bon Jovi's duet with Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, "Who Says You Can't Go Home," nails the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot Country chart. Bon Jovi is the first Rock act to ever top the Country chart. 2006

A New York bankruptcy court rules that Creative Trains, a company owned by Neil Young, may proceed in establishing a joint business entity with the cash-strapped model-train maker Lionel. The new venture, known as Liontech Trains, develops an upgraded control system for Lionel. The latter corporation's creditors had opposed the partnership because Young also owns a stake in Lionel, but a judge decrees that the venture can move forward. 2006

The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ "Dani California" tops Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, while still lodged at #1 on the Modern Rock tally. 2006

Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland and Duff McKagan are guest hosts on Nashville Star. They participate in the jam session that is a regular feature of the show. 2006

"Year Zero" hits #2 on the Billboard 200 chart just one week after its release. Nine Inch Nails' sixth studio album, sells 187,000 copies. "Thank you to those who actually purchased my latest work," writes frontmanTrent Reznor online. "I appreciate the support." 2007

U2's Bono appears on FOX's American Idol during the second night of the program's two-part "Idol Gives Back" charity special. The U2 singer meets with the finalists to discuss the mission of the ONE campaign, which he co-founded to combat poverty in the world's underprivileged nations. Idol contestants perform "American Prayer," a song that was written by Bono and Eurythmics' Dave Stewart. 2007

KoRn’s U.S. tour starts in Tucson, AZ. 2009

Native Window, the Kansas side project with band's entire lineup except for singer-keyboardist Steve Walsh, make their debut in Patchogue, NY. They open for none other than Kansas. 2009
2010's   
The Sunday Times' annual list of the Top 20 richest British music millionaires includes Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting (Police), Mick Jagger (second from the right), Keith Richards (far right), Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton. McCartney leads all other musicians with a net worth of over $700 million. By contrast, fellow ex-Beatle Starr has a ‘modest’ $215 million. 2010

Zach Cooper is named Coheed And Cambria’s bassist after the sacking of Michael Todd following his arrest for armed robbery on tour the previous July. 2012

Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) appear on American Idol to perform with the top six Idol finalists. Queen's official tribute band, The Queen Extravaganza, performs on the results show the next night. 2012

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