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Heart's vocalist, Ann Wilson (second from the right), is born in San Diego. 1951
1950's  Buddy Holly cuts his first tracks without the Crickets. 1958
1960's   
For personal reasons, Gene Vincent bails on the remainder of his U.K. tour and returns to the U.S. 1960

Verve Pipe vocalist, Brian Vander Ark, is born in Grand Rapids, MI. 1964

Former KoRn guitarist, Brian "Head" Welch, has a birthday. 1969
1970's  Tim Curry begins the role of a lifetime. Curry heads the cast of the stage production of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" in London. Curry reprises his over-the-top vamp role in the '75 film. 1973

Edgar Winter Group's instrumental "Frankenstein" goes gold. 1976

"Agents Of Fortune," one of Blue Oyster Cult's best albums, is released. The LP contains the darkly majestic "Don't Fear The Reaper." 1976

1980's  Asia's self-titled debut album tops the LP charts. 1982

Guns N' Roses make their UK debut in London. 1987

1990's   
U2's Bono and The Edge are part of a human chain around the G8 Summit Centre in Cologne, Germany to advocate the elimination Third World debt. 1999
2000's  Red Hot Chili Peppers play the first of three shows at London's Hyde Park. The concerts earn more than $17 million with tracks recorded for the group's first official concert album, the double-disc "Live in Hyde Park." 2004

KoRn: Live On The Other Side concert DVD premieres in nearly 100 movie theaters a day before the disc hits stores. The DVD features an '05 New York concert. 2006

Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and Country-Folk legend Emmylou Harris launch a North American tour in support of their "All The Roadrunning" CD. The first stop is Toronto. 2006

Original Molly Hatchet guitarist Duane Roland dies at age 53 of natural causes at his residence in St. Augustine, FL. Roland was part of the Southern-rock group's three-guitar attack from '76 until '90. 2006

The White Stripes release their sixth album, "Icky Thump." Frontman Jack White says his decision to record the album on vintage reel-to-reel equipment was a stylistic choice. "In the technological age, everyone wants to find out what the newest toy is," says White. "That attitude doesn't really coincide with what sounds the best." 2007

"Wasted Time," the first single from Fuel's album, "Angels And Devils," hits radio. The song marks the debut of Toryn Green as the group's vocalist; he replaced Brett Scallions. 2007

Bon Jovi perform on NBC's Today show as part of the program's Toyota Concert Series. It's also the day the group's "Lost Highway," with the single "(You Want To) Make A Memory," drops. "I think I am guilty of misrepresenting that we were going to Nashville to make a Country record," says singer Jon Bon Jovi. "I can better describe it by saying it's a Nashville-influenced Bon Jovi record." 2007

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis is the top male vote-getter in the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of poll conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "Soon after I (went vegan) I saw some documentary footage of what happens in the factory farming of cows," says the singer. "It sealed the deal." Kiedis beat out fellow vegetarian musicians Eddie Vedder, Serj Tankian, Rob Zombie, Geezer Butler and Rivers Cuomo. 2008

Ringo Starr publishes a collection of his computer generated art in a book titled Painting Is My Madness. The volume is available in a limited run of 3,000 regular and 200 deluxe autographed copies. 2008

Paul McCartney and U2 frontman Bono are among those who submit messages to an online campaign supporting imprisoned Burmese political leader and Nobel Peace Prize honoree Aung San Suu Kyi. The initiative coincides with Suu Kyi's 64th birthday. "(She) is in an inspiration to her country and the rest of the world," writes McCartney. 2009
2010's   
Green Day performs at London's Wembley Stadium before an estimated audience of 80,000. "Playing Wembley Stadium is kind one of those moments in your career when you just go holy s**t!," says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. 2010

The Smashing Pumpkins album, "Oceania," the band's 7th studio record, is released. It's the first full-length set to feature the lineup of guitarist/vocalist Billy Corgan (who also produced), drummer Mike Byrne, bassist Nicole Fiorentino and guitarist Jeff Schroeder. The album is a part of the band's "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope" project. 2012

Duff McKagan receives his diploma during the Class of 2012 graduation ceremony at Seattle's Roosevelt High School. The former Guns N' Roses bassist dropped out of the school while in 10th grade. "Finally got my high school diploma today, I did the not-so-popular 48-year plan," tweets McKagen. 2012

Rickey Charles Goodrich, a former executive with Pearl Jam's management company, is arrested in Seattle on 25 counts of first-degree theft and eight counts of second-degree theft. He is alleged to have swindled $380,000 from Pearl Jam between '06 and '10 for his personal use. 2012

The Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey, a book of photography by Slipknot's M. Shawn Crahan, is on shelves. The forward is by Metallica's Lars Ulrich. 2012

Black Sabbath score their first U.S. #1 album with "13." The set sells over 120,000 copies in its debut week. Sabbath had previously only reached the Billboard Top 10 once, when their '71 album "Master Of Reality" peaked at #8. 2013

The Rolling Stones release their entire catalog on iTunes as part of the band's 50th anniversary celebration. 2013

Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) is named Seattle Central Community College's 2013 Distinguished Alumni Of The Year during its commencement ceremonies. McKagan enrolled at Seattle Central before attending Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics. Due to his touring schedule, the bassist is unable to attend the event. 2013

Imagine Dragons perform at a rainy world premiere of the film Transformers: Age Of Extinction in Hong Kong. Their song "Battle Cry" is heard on the soundtrack. 2014

Paul McCartney pauses during his set at the Firefly Festival in Dover, DE to remember the nine people killed by a racist gunman during bible study at Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church just days earlier. "Let's take a moment to pray for peace and harmony amongst people of different colors in the world," McCartney tells the audience. 2015

Later in the day, Kings Of Leon's Firefly Festival headlining set is canceled at the last minute due to "dangerous, inclement weather" that forces the evacuation of the festival grounds. 2015

Spoon perform at the State Theatre in Portland, ME then check out Loudspeaker Wallpaper, who are playing a Spoon covers show at the nearby Empire club. Spoon takes over for a quick set. Later, Spoon frontman Britt Daniel buys Loudspeaker Wallpaper a round of drinks. 2015

An Australian study finds that listening to Heavy Metal and "extreme music" such as Punk and Death Core has a calming influence and does not make people more aggressive. "Listening to extreme music may represent a healthy way of processing anger for these listeners," the study claims. 2015

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