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Van Halen's "5150," their first album with Sammy Hagar, is #1. Hagar replaced David Lee Roth who left to pursue a short-lived solo career. 1986
1930's  Rebel Rouser. Rock n' Roll guitar pioneer, Duane Eddy, enters the world. Though born in Corning, NY, he grows up in Arizona. The Grammy Award-winning musician is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in '94. 1938
1940's  Gary Wright starts his life in Cresskill, NJ. From there he becomes the singer-keyboardist with Spooky Tooth (from '67 to '74) before going solo ("Dream Weaver"). 1943

1960's  A handful of drummers are born on this day. The oldest, Roger Taylor (Duran Duran), starts his life in Castle Bromwich, England. 1960

Chris Mars, drummer for the Replacements, makes his debut appearance. 1961
1970's  Elton John launches his Rocket Records. 1973

Incubus drummer Jose Pasillas has a birthday. 1976
1980's  Exhaustion causes Joe Strummer to disappear. The Clash is forced to cancel a show. Strummer returns and The Clash are performing live again by the end of the month. 1982
1990's  Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick pleads guilty to pointing a shotgun at police. She chalks it up to stress. Her house has recently burned down destroying nearly all her possessions. Slick is sentenced to community service and must attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. 1994

Tony McCaroll, Oasis' original drummer, is fired from the group following a serious dust-up with Noel and Liam Gallagher nearly a week earlier. 1995

Hole's Courtney Love reportedly turns down $1 million to pose nude for Playboy magazine. 1995

The ABC TV special U2: A Year in POP is the lowest rated prime time program in history of network television. That's gotta hurt. Maybe they were up against a Simpsons rerun. 1997

2000's   
A public memorial service is held in Minneapolis for American Head Charge guitarist Bryan Ottoson who died suddenly the previous week while on tour with Mudvayne. 2005

"Devils & Dust" is the 13th studio album by Bruce Springsteen. It's his third Folk effort (after "Nebraska" and "The Ghost Of Tom Joad"). The album debuts at #1 on the US Billboard 200 album chart. 2005

Hater, with ex-Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd, release "The 2nd." As the title idicates, this is the group's sophomore effort and features former bandmate/current Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron. 2005

Eric Clapton is named the ambassador for the Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Arts and Music Education Initiative. Slowhand is featured in a public-service announcement promoting a campaign to help fund arts and music programs for young people. 2006

Alice Cooper, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau perform at the second annual Rock & Roll Supergroup Benefit Concert in Boston. The show raises money for the Right Turn addiction-recovery organization, which provides support and rehabilitation to artistic people dealing with alcoholism, drug addiction and mental-health problems. 2009
2010's  Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie launch a limited North American tour starting in Winnipeg. "The dream or the nightmare comes true!," Zombie writes on his website. 2010

Linkin Park offer an iPod, iPhone and iPad app where users play through multiple levels to eventually unlock a lost track, "Blackbirds," that was written specifically for the Linkin Park: 8-Bit Rebellion game. "They were able to turn my sketches and our creative ideas into a living, breathing world," says frontman Mike Shinoda in a statement. 2010

Paul McCartney appears in a special live episode of NBC's 30 Rock. After wandering on to the set looking for a bathroom, McCartney returns claiming to have hit his head and lost his memory. At that point, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) claims to be Paul's girlfriend and leads him away. 2012

Three Days Grace score their tenth #1 single on Billboard's Active Rock chart. "The High Road," from their '12 album "Transit To Venus," gives Three Days Grace the record for the most #1's on the chart. They had been tied with Linkin Park and Shinedown. 2013

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble are on the list of inaugural inductees into the Austin City Limits Hall Of Fame. 2014

Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck's air-sea-land performance, the first of its kind in the world, is the subject of a short Jagermeister documentary video. Tuck performed continuously during a skydive, a speedboat ride and a sled drive for the German herbal liqueur maker's publicity stunt. 2016

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