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Led Zeppelinís unique and powerful drummer, the legendary John Bonham (back left), enters the world. In early Zeppelin promotional materials he is tagged as the "champion beer drinker in England." Sadly, drink eventually does him in at age 32. 1948
In a "purple haze" Jimi Hendrix signs up for a three year Army hitch. 1961

With Steve Winwood and Jimmy Page backing him, how could Joe Cocker miss? He couldn't. His "With A Little Help From My Friends" album hits the charts. 1969
1970's  The Eagles release "One Of These Nights." 1975

The Who earns the title as "the loudest Rock band ever." Their concert at the Charlton Athletic Grounds in England hits 120 decibels according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Any wonder Townshend constantly complains of hearing loss? 1976

Emerson, Lake & Palmer embark on their U.S. tour to support their mammoth "Works, Volume One" album backed by a 70-piece orchestra. 1977

Supertramp play Madison Square Garden. While on stage they are awarded a platinum album for "Breakfast In America." 1979

Steely Dan earns a gold record for "Can't Buy A Thrill." The album features the group's first hit "Reeling In The Years." 1979
1980's  The Rolling Stones play an unannounced show at Londonís 100 Club, a citadel of the Punk movement. The Sex Pistols played there six years earlier. 1982

"Speaking In Tongues," the Talking Heads first platinum album, is released. 1983

The first International Rock Awards are held in New York. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards picks up the Living Legend honor while Eric Clapton takes the trophy for Best Guitarist. 1989
1990's  Alan McGhee, head of Creation Records, sees Oasis perform in Glasgow. Thinking he's found a cross between the Sex Pistols and The Beatles, he signs the group. 1993

Stevie Wonder receives the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. 1999
2000's  The Guess Who reunites for a tour. 2000

Jackson United, a side project of Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett, releases their debut album, "Western Ballads." In addition to his guitar work, Shiflett handles lead vocals. 2005

Puddle Of Mudd release their first DVD, Live at the Key Club: Striking That Familiar Chord. The two hour concert was taped in West Hollywood the previous November. Thereís also an acoustic set and band interviews. 2005

Get an 'A' for attitude. Billy Idol, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Alice Cooper are heard on the Rock School soundtrack. The documentary is about the Philadelphia music school for children who want to learn to Rock. 2005

VH1 Rock Honors, paying tribute to Def Leppard, KISS, Judas Priest and Queen, is broadcast. 2006

Pearl Jam perform in front of a few hundred fans at a small New York club for a taping of an episode of VH1 Storytellers. The 10-song set that spans the group's catalog, from "Alive" to "Life Wasted." 2006

Bob Dylan: Intimate Insights From Friends and Fellow Musicians is unveiled at Book Expo 2007 in New York. Collected by journalist Kathleen Mackay, the tome features stories about Dylan from Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, U2's Bono and members of The Beatles and The Band. 2007

U2 guitarist the Edge hosts the 2008 Icons of Music Sale in New York. The event benefits Music Rising, the Hurricane Katrina-relief charity he co-founded. The auction features rare memorabilia including two of The Edge's guitars and a hand written poem by Jim Morrison. Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, Metallica, Slash and Jimmy Page also contribute items. 2008

Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne transforms Battery Maritime Building in New York into a musical instrument by attaching devices that cause beams and pipes in the structure to vibrate and produce sound. It's an 11-day exhibition. 2008

KISSí Gene Simmons is interviewed on A&E's Private Sessions. 2009

Kings Of Leon perform "Use Somebody" at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City. But why they are at the event is something of a mystery. Neither the song nor the Kings Of Leon are in a movie. In the end, their performance is overshadowed by the antics of comic Sacha Baron Cohen who, dressed like an angel, "cheekily" lands in Rapper Eminemís lap (bare bum and all). Of course it was all staged. Damn difficult to compete with that. 2009
Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It makes its debut on VH1. The series takes a "serious look" at the Poison frontmanís offstage life. 2010

"Codes And Keys," Death Cab For Cutie's seventh album, is out. 2011

"The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea" is the third album from Black Stone Cherry.Ē 2011

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder issues the 16 track album "Ukulele Songs," his sophomore solo album. 2011

Gibson Guitar's website names Led Zeppelin's John Bonham as the #1 Rock drummer of all time. "For this ability to make a band sway and groove like no other, never hogging the spotlight but remaining the subtle champion of Led Zeppelin, recognizes him as our Top Rock drummer, a talent unrivaled and irreplaceable," reads the site. 2011

One year later, a John Bonham birthday tribute concert is held at the House Of Blues in L.A. "When I first thought of this, the idea seemed too cool and simple not to try; get a John Bonham replica drum set, complete with gong and timpani, up front, center stage, and have each drummer perform their favorite Led Zep song with a house band (The Moby Dicks),Ē says Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy. In addition to Tichy, the drummers include Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver/Guns N' Roses) and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater). 2012

Alice In Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell is given the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the eighth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in L.A. The honor is for the guitarist's dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. 2012

Scott Weiland files a countersuit against his former band Stone Temple Pilots. He seeks in excess of $7 million in damages for what he believes was a conspiracy to oust him. In the documents Weiland asks, "How do you expel a man from the band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for twenty years? You don't, but three of the instrumentalists from the band 'Stone Temple Pilots'' tried." 2013

Queen's musical, "We Will Rock You," closes after a 12-year run Londonís Dominion Theatre. There were 4,600 performances for more than 6.5 million people. 2014

Over $155,000 is raised during two fundraisers to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. A celebrity bowling tournament and a motorcycle ride/BBQ/concert in the L.A. area mark the fifth anniversary of the singerís passing due to stomach cancer. 2015

Members of Mastodon appear in an episode of the cable TV series Game of Thrones, playing a group of wildings who are brutally murdered before getting resurrected by White Walkers. 2015

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