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A real heartbreaker. The son of an insurance salesman, Tom Petty, is born in Gainesville (gator country), FL. 1950
1960's   
The Rolling Stones record the first Mick Jagger/Keith Richards composition, "That Girl Belongs To Yesterday." The song is also given to American pop singer Gene Pitney who has a hit with it. 1963

Jim “Soni” Sonefeld is born in Lansing, MI. The drummer is one of the founding members of Hootie & The Blowfish. 1964

The Who begin a six night stand at NY’s Fillmore East. The shows are centered around Rock opera “Tommy.” 1969
1970's  The Rolling Stones score a #1 with the ballad “Angie.” It’s a dreadful track from a disappointing album (“Goat’s Head Soup”). Allegedly, the song is about Angela Bowie – David’s then-significant other. 1973

The Steve Miller Band uncork “The Joker” album. The record gets to #2. 1973

Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains The Same” premieres in London. While the concert footage, filmed a bit after the group’s prime, is fairly engaging, each member’s fantasy sequence is a waste of film. 1976

Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines are killed when their charter plane crashes. Also killed are Gaines’ sister Cassie, who was a back-up singer, and the group’s manager Dean Kilpatrick. The tragedy effectively puts an end to one of the all-time great Southern Rock bands. 1977

A little over a year after its release, Thin Lizzy’s album, "Jailbreak," with "The Boys Are Back In Town," goes gold. 1977

The Police begin a 23-stop U.S. tour at New York’s legendary CBGBs. 1978
1980's  “Boy,” U2’s debut album, is released. The set contains the U.K. hit single, "I Will Follow.” 1980
2000's   
VH 1’s Concert For New York is held at Madison Square Garden. The show opens with David Bowie and features appearances by Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Elton John, The Who, Bono, The Edge (U2), John Mellencamp, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel. Paul McCartney closes the evening with a rendition of “Let It Be,” aided by an all-star cast that includes New York police, firefighters and rescue workers. More than $30 million is raised to help victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 2001

The 15th Anniversary Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA features founder Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Pearl Jam and Billy Idol. The event raises money for the Bay Area School for children with severe learning disabilities (which Young's son attends). 2001

Rage Against the Machine, System Of A Down, U2 and the Clash are featured on VH1's 25 Greatest Political Protest Songs. The special explores the role of politics in Rock music, with interviews and profiled songs. 2004

Courtney Love wins a conditional discharge and is ordered to pay $2,336 in compensation after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in a New York court. The charge stemmed from a March show where Love injured a concertgoer's head with her microphone stand. 2004

The Prestige is in select U.S. theaters. The Christopher Nolan-directed film features David Bowie portraying inventor Nikola Tesla. 2006

Former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord premieres his Durham Concerto at Durham Cathedral. The concerto was commissioned to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Durham University. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performs the piece with four soloists, including Lord (on Hammond organ - his instrument of choice in his Purple days). 2007

Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is named honorary mayor of Glens Falls, NY, for a day just prior to a Phil Lesh and Friends concert. Lesh jokingly uses the honor to "pardon" ex-Phish frontman,Trey Anastasio, for a recent drug offense. Even though the pardon doesn't count, Anastasio sits in with the band. 2007

AC/DC's “Black Ice,” with the single “Rock N’ Roll Train,” is issued. "I was trying to just make people remember, 'This is the same band. I have missed this band. I love this band,'" explains producer Brendan O'Brien. The album, AC/DC’s first studio album in eight years, is available exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores and can also be ordered on group’s website. AC/DC also undertakes a North American arena tour, to promote the album, beginning in Wilkes-Barre, PA. 2008

Elton John marks the 35th anniversary of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” with a special performance of the classic ‘73 album at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway in New York. Proceeds benefit a number of charities, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation. 2008

The All Together Now documentary DVD about the making of the Beatles-themed Las Vegas stage production, Love, and its soundtrack, is released. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr discuss the project. The disc is available exclusively via Best Buy and at Vegas' Love Boutique. The DVD is also screened at select digital movie theaters in the United States. Also, Ringo stops signing memorabilia or answering fan mail. “I have too much to do, so no more fan mail," says the former Beatles drummer, who plans to disregard further requests. Finding one-too-many of his autographs on e-Bay may have prompted the decision. 2008

Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit issues “Expando” his first solo album in eight years. "For the first time I feel like it's totally me," says Schmit. "I wrote the whole thing. I did it at my home studio, and I play as much on it as possible.” Kid Rock and Graham Nash contributed to the set. 2009

Looking for a stocking-stuffer? The Northern Light Orchestra, featuring Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Bruce Kulick (KISS) and Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) releases "The Spirit Of Christmas." 2009

Bruce Springsteen’s DVD Jukebox is in stores. The set features archival interviews and rare Springsteen video. 2009

The concert DVD “Double Down Live” from ZZ Top is released. The two-disc package contains a 22-song set the band played in ‘80 in Essen, Germany, plus the usual interviews and behind-the-scenes clips. 2009
2010's  Stone Sour top of Billboard's Rock Songs chart with "Say You'll Haunt Me." Neon Trees’ “Animal” sits at #2 while Kings Of Leon’s "Radioactive” holds the #3 spot. Good week. 2010

Jack White announces the sale of a rare copy of the White Stripes' ‘98 seven-inch single, "Lafayette Blues," for $18,000. It’s one of only 15 copies with a hand-painted cover by White and Italy Records head Dave Buick. The single, the group’s second, originally went for $6 at the Stripes' ’98 concert at Detroit's Gold Dollar. The song appeared on the group’s eponymous debut album. 2010

Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard sings the National Anthem before Game 3 of the National League Championship series between the hometown San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies. Gibbard’s wife Zooey Deschanel (She & Him) performs "God Bless America" during the 7th Inning Stretch. 2010

Ari Up (born Arianna Forster), lead singer of the Slits, passes away. The Slits, a revered Punk outfit, released their debut album “Cut” in ‘79. Their second disc, The Return Of The Giant Slits, landed in ’81. The group disbanded shortly thereafter but reformed twenty-five years later. Up was 48. 2010

Jon Bon Jovi’s JBJ Soul Foundation opens The JBJ Soul Kitchen, a "pay-what-you-can" restaurant in Red Bank, NJ. Specializing in healthy soul food dishes, there are no prices on its menu. Diners can either earn free meals by doing volunteer work in the community or pay a suggested donation. 2011

Guns N' Roses unplug for the 26th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert. GN’R's acoustic set includes "You're Crazy,” "Welcome To The Jungle," "Sweet Child 'O Mine" and "Paradise City.” They also perform Neil Young’s "Don't Let It Bring You Down" with Young. "This song has always given me hope over the years, so we asked Neil if we could do it,” says GN’R frontman Axl Rose. 2012

Aerosmith’s anthem for the NFL's New England Patriots is offered as free download. "Legendary Child – Patriot's Anthem," is part of the Pepsi NFL Anthems program. "This is a program the band and I were excited to get behind as it is a true representation of our allegiance to the New England Patriots and the city of Boston," says Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. 2012

A lawsuit claiming that Led Zeppelin plagiarized a Spirit song when composing “Stairway To Heaven” is allowed to move forward. The ’14 suit claims "Taurus,” written by Spirit guitarists Randy California, was the basis for the Led Zeppelin classic. Zeppelin and Spirit toured together in ‘68. 2014

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