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VH1 begins a five-part countdown series called 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s. The countdown has songs by Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, the Beastie Boys, Billy Idol, Guns N' Roses, Van Halen and AC/DC. Holding the #1 spot is Bon Jovi’s "Livin’ On A Prayer" (’86), #2 is Def Leppard’s "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (’87) and #3 is held by Duran Duran’s "Hungry Like the Wolf" (’82). 2006
1930's  Singer and psychedelic sex symbol Grace Slick ((Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship) enters the world. 1939
1940's  The man who made a career taking over from Randy Meisner, Timothy B. Schmit, is born in Oakland. In ’70, Schmidt replaced Meisner in Poco. Seven years later, he pulled the same trick only this time it was with The Eagles. He was there for the “Hotel California” tour and beyond. 1947
1960's  Anthrax vocalist, Joey Belladonna (born Joseph Bellardini), has a birthday. He joins in ‘84 and is with the group during its prime. 1960

Elvis Presley begins work on his Gospel album "His Hand In Mine" in Nashville. 1960

Roy Orbison’s “Oh! Pretty Woman” goes gold and is his last Top 10 single. 1964

Bush lead singer and guitarist, Gavin Rossdale, celebrates his birthday. 1967

The Rolling Stones' Brian Jones is sentenced to prison for possession of drugs. He gets nine months but is released on bail pending an appeal. 1967

MC5 play the first of two nights at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom. Performances from the two shows comprise "Kick Out The Jams." 1968
1970's  Doors’ singer Jim Morrison is convicted on charges (lewd behavior) stemming from the infamous “Miami concert” (at the Dinner Key Auditorium) the previous year. The case is on appeal when Morrison dies. 1970

John Lennon's “Imagine" is the #1 album in the U.S. and U.K. Produced by Phil Spector, Lennon and Yoko Ono, the set features contributions from George Harrison and members of Badfinger. It’s Lennon’s most commercially successful album. 1971

Two years later, to-the-day, Lennon issues his “Mind Games” album. 1973
1980's  Paul Weller says The Jam are no more. The singer goes solo. 1982

The Beastie Boys release “License To Ill.” 1986

1990's   
David Bowie, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, the Velvet Underground and pioneer FM DJ Tom Donahue make it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 1995

Melissa Etheridge’s album "Yes I Am" surpasses the 6-million mark. 1996

KISS appears of the Fox network show Millenium. They are shown both in and out of make-up. Also, Bryan Adams shoots the video for “When You’re Gone” with Spice Girl Sporty Spice who sang backing vocals on the record. 1998

2000's   
“All That You Can't Leave Behind” is U2’s tenth studio album. It garners critical acclaim and sells over 12 million copies. 2000

An early trick or treat. Elton John files a massive $20 million lawsuit against his ex-business manager and his accounting firm. He hits them with charges of misappropriation and negligence. 2000

Stone Temple Pilots' frontman Scott Weiland is ordered to spend six months in a live-in drug rehab program. The court ruling stems from a “driving under the influence” charge the day before. At the time, Weiland was on probation for heroin possession. 2003

Marilyn Manson fans at a Kansas City concert push down a barrier causing the concert to be cut short. Cops are called to deal with unruly fans. 2003

A Pink Floyd Sunday. Former Pink Floyd bassist-singer Roger Waters is interviewed on A&E's Breakfast With The Arts. Meanwhile, Floyd drummer Nick Mason participates in the 72nd annual London To Brighton Veteran Car Run. The vintage-automobile event commemorates a 19th century British law that raised the speed limit for motor vehicles from 4 miles per hour to 14 mph. Speed demons! 2005

Family affair. Aerosmith begins a North American jaunt with Lenny Kravitiz in Uncasville, CT. Drummer Joey Kramer, recovering from rotator cuff surgery, has his son Jesse fill in during part of the tour. 2005

Avenged Sevenfold,” the follow-up to the group’s gold-certified '05 album, “City Of Evil,” is out. "There's no glitz or glamour -- just a heavy-hitting record that encompasses all of Avenged Sevenfold," says frontman M. Shadows. "It's a record that new fans and old fans will love. We were listening to everything from (Country singer) Toby Keith to (Rapper) T.I., finding inspiring elements from other genres to incorporate into our music.” 2007

The Eagles' two-disc album, "Long Road Out Of Eden" (their first complete studio album since ’79), is available on the group's website and Musictoday.com. "We worried for a while about how to fit in with what's happening on radio," says singer-drummer Don Henley. "Finally we decided we just need to be who we are." The CD is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores. 2007

The Other Side Of The Mirror, a DVD chronicling Bob Dylan's performances at the '63-'65 Newport Folk Festivals, is out. It contains previously unreleased footage from the legendary Rhode Island concerts. Another Dylan related release is the soundtrack to I'm Not There. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder does his rendition of "All Along the Watchtower" backed by members of Sonic Youth, Wilco and Television. Sonic Youth take a run at the title track. 2007

Elvis Presley and John Lennon are #1 and #2, respectively. Only this time it's on Forbes magazine's annual tally of the highest-earning dead celebrities. Presley, earning $49 million, beats out Lennon by $5 million. Another former Beatle, George Harrison, comes in fourth with $22 million. The estates of Lennon and Harrsion are boosted by the settlement of long standing lawsuits. 2007

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood’s memoir, Ronnie: The Autobiography, is published. Of course, there are a lot of Stones and stoned stories. 2007

Neil Young postpones his concert at the Forum in L.A. to show solidarity for union arena workers who are striking over a contract dispute. "I am extremely disappointed to have to choose between satisfying my fans or backing my brothers and sisters of the [union]," says Young in a statement. 2008

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland endorses Senator Barack Obama for President in an online post. "Obama can take us from fear to faith," writes Weiland. "I don't see John McCain as the renegade and patriot he claims to be. Instead, I see Barack Obama as the patriot, that man, that president who is ready to lead." Aerosmith’s Joe Perry disagrees supporting Senator John McCain. "I've been a hard-core Republican my whole life," admits Perry. "My mother and father drilled into me from the very start that if you work hard and be positive, you'll get what you're working for." This is the first time the guitarist has publicly endorsed a presidential candidate. Though McCain trails in the polls Perry adds, "I think that he's got a chance." Can you tell the election is just days away? 2008

"We were great, but you sucked," are Paul Stanley’s parting words to the audience during KISS' set at the Voodoo Experience music festival in New Orleans. The band, despite the usual stage antics and fireworks, fails to excite the audience. But Jane’s Addiction captures the event’s spirit. "This is the perfect place to spend Halloween, wouldn't you say so?" frontman Perry Farrell asks the audience. "Let's celebrate death!" Meanwhile, Pearl Jam concludes a four-show stand at Philadelphia’s Spectrum arena – it’s the final concert before the legendary venue is demolished. 2009
2010's   
Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy (with Mavis Staples of the Staples Singers) perform at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington D.C. The Comedy Central hosts (The Daily Show and Colbert Report) hold the rally to counter extremist (usually right wing) ranting. 2010

Madman Across The Water: The Making of Elton premieres on BBC2. The documentary covers the rise of Elton John's popularity in the U.S. during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Also, Elton John's Aids Foundation Winter Ball raises £590K. "Rocket Man," "Crocodile Rock" and "Your Song" are part his 40-minute set. 2010

“Psychedelic Pill” is the second album of the year from Neil Young and Crazy Horse. It’s the follow-up to the Folk covers album “Americana.” 2012

“New Horizons," Flyleaf’s third album, drops a week after vocalist Lacey Sturm’s departure from the group. 2012

RNDM (pronounced ‘random’) release their debut album “Acts.” The group has Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, singer/guitarist Joseph Arthur and drummer Richard Stuverud. 2012

Black Country Communion (Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian) present their third album, "Afterglow." 2012

Bruce, a Bruce Springsteen biography, written by Peter Ames Carlin, is in bookstores. 2012

Motorhead's 21st album, "Aftershock," debuts at #22 on the Billboard 200 selling 11,000 copies in its first week. It’s the group’s highest charting debut. 2013

Neil Young and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at a fundraiser for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) started the organization to offer music lessons to children and adults. 2013

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