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Megan (Meg) Martha White has a birthday. The White Stripes drummer is born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan – and her last name really is White. 1974
1960's   
It's the the first Bill Graham-promoted show at the Fillmore Auditorium (soon to be dubbed Fillmore West). The performers include Jefferson Airplane and The Great Society, with future Airplane vocalist, Grace Slick. 1965

"I don’t know where but she sends me there." The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” rules the pop charts. 1966

The Steve Miller Blues Band signs with Capitol Records. “Blues” is almost immediately dropped from the name. 1967
1970's 
Scot Alexander, bassist for Dishwalla (’93 to ’05) has a birthday. 1971

Love is dangerous. The jealous boyfriend of a Frank Zappa fan pushes Zappa off a London stage during a show. Zappa suffers a fractured skull and a broken ankle. He is on the mend for several months. 1971

The Who's seventh album, "The Who By Numbers” goes gold. It was released two-months earlier. 1975

The live “Wings Over America” is released. 1976
1980's  Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson’s "Say, Say Say" is a chart topper. The uptempo duet stays at #1 for 6 weeks. Billy Joel’s "Uptown Girl" is #3 and Pat Benatar’s "Love Is A Battlefield" sits at #5. 1983

Band-Aid releases “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to raise money for African famine relief. 1984

1990's  The man who coined the term “Rock ‘n’ Roll” and was an early promoter (and whipping-boy) DJ Alan Freed gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Freed died several years earlier. 1991

BBC2’s Later With Jools Holland has Oasis performing “Whatever” and their take on The Beatles’ “I Am The Walrus.” 1994

The day after his 56th birthday, The Band’s bassist, Rick Danko, dies in his sleep in Woodstock, NY. 1999

2000's   
Spin Magazine names The Strokes “The Band of the Year." 2002

Audioslave captures Modern Rock Artist of the Year and Rock Artist of the Year 2003 at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Trapt`s "Headstrong" nails Track of Year honors in both the Rock and Modern Rock categories. Evanescence gets New Group Artist of the Year and Soundtrack Single of the Year ("Bring Me to Life”). Foo Fighters and Evanescence perform. Jane`s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro is among the presenters. 2003

It was a struggle but Metallica announces their complete catalog is available for download on select websites. Still, fans must purchase albums rather than individual songs. 2003

U2 receives Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award in recognition of their work on human-rights issues and fighting global debt over the past two decades. Their efforts have been "ground-breaking and unwavering," says the organization's secretary general, Irene Khan. "They have inspired and empowered millions with their music and by speaking out on behalf of the poor, the powerless and the oppressed." 2005

Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk weds Seven Year Bitch vocalist Selene Vigil in Lake Tahoe, CA. The small ceremony is the culmination of a 10 year courtship. 2005

Led Zeppelin (vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham - son of the late John Bonham) take the stage of London's O2 arena as the headliners of a tribute concert for Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, who passed away the previous December. He was the one who signed Zeppelin in ’68. Zeppelin start with "Good Times Bad Times," the first track from their debut album. Their set includes "Stairway to Heaven," "Black Dog," "Kashmir," and a song that had never been performed live previously, "For Your Life," from their “Presence” album. Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, The Edge, David Grohl, Queen drummer Roger Taylor and Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott are in the audience. 2007

Eddie Van Halen's backyard is swamped when a water main bursts. Firefighters are able to prevent the ensuing mudslide from harming the guitarist's L.A. home but his swimming pool and driveway gate are damaged. 2007

Slipknot’s "Psychosocial" and "Sulfur," from “All Hope Is Gone,” and "Duality" from ‘06's “Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses” are available for download for the Rock Band video game. 2009

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose punches a photographer while boarding a flight at Los Angeles International Airport. The singer, reportedly traveling to a performance in Taipei, Taiwan, warns the photographer and tells bystanders he’s going to "break this guy's f*cking neck," before knocking the photographer to the ground. Footage of the incident lands online. Well, of course. 2009
2010's   
Bob Dylan’s original handwritten lyrics to “The Times They Are A-Changin’” are auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York. Expected to go for $300,000, hedge-fund manager Adam Sender pays $422,500 beating out a handful of other bidders. Dylan wrote the classic protest song in ’63. 2010

Sublime with Rome (Ramirez) drummer Bud Gaugh announces he has quit the band prior to a performance at the Almost Acoustic Christmas Concert in L.A. "The story is that I'm gonna be a dad here again real soon, and I just wanna be there for my family," says Gaugh. 2011

Guitarist Stacey Blades announces that he has left L.A. Guns due to "extenuating circumstances and musical differences." Blades filled in for the band's namesake, Tracii Guns, when the latter left to fulfill commitments with Brides Of Destruction. 2012

Fall Out Boy perform “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. 2013

Modern Vampire's "Modern Vampires Of The City," The Flaming Lips' "The Terror" and Haim's "Days Are Gone" land on National Public Radio's (NPR) list of 50 Favorite Albums of 2013.

Foo Fighters perform in South Africa for the first time at Cape Town Stadium. Kaiser Chiefs open. 2014

Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn condemns ‘mosh pit bullying'. “I think, especially in America, moshing has turned into a form of bullying. The big guy stands in the middle and just trucks any small kid that comes near him. Those guys need to be kicked out. A proper mosh pit is a great way to be as a group and dance, and just do your thing.” 2014

Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" is named the best song of all-time to have playing during surgery, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Among the worst songs are Queen’s "Another One Bites The Dust,” Bob Dylan’s "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" and R.E.M.’s "Everybody Hurts." 2014

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble top the public poll for induction into the 2015 class of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. They get 18 million votes – one-third of the total votes cast. They are inducted. 2014

Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche sells for $1.76 million at RM Sotheby's "Driven By Disruption" car auction in New York. Joplin bought the car secondhand in ’68. The pearl white auto was painted by a Big Brother & The Holding Company roadie. 2015

Funeral services for former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland are held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A. Weiland died in his sleep a week earlier. Members of both bands attend. 2015


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