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The Dave Matthews Band perform a free concert in Central Park as part of a fund-raiser for music programs in New York City schools. So how does a free concert raise money? It's sponsored by AOL. 2003
1940's  Wings keyboardist and Paul's wife, Linda McCartney is born. 1942

1950's  Mister Rock and Roll, the story of legendary Rock promoter and DJ Alan Freed, premieres. The film has appearances by Chuck Berry and Little Richard. 1957

1960's   
The Beatles "Eleanor Rigby" peaks at #11. Meanwhile, Jimi Hendrix flies to London to become a Rock star. 1966

1970's  The first Elvis Presley convention is held in Memphis. It comes a month after Presley's death. 1977

Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" peaks at #3. However, an Arkansas fan, Bill Clinton, revives the song using as his presidential campaign theme song in '92. 1977

1980's   
ZZ Top's "Eliminator," containing "Legs" and "Sharp Dressed Man," goes platinum. The album stays on the chart for over three years. 1983

"Tell Her About It" tops the U.S. pop chart. The Billy Joel track is from his "Innocent Man" LP. 1983

1990's   
"Nevermind," Nirvana’s second studio release, arrives with little fanfare. The album debuts at #144 on the Billboard 200 chart and doesn't kick in gear until "Smells Like Teen Spirit" becomes a hit. 1991

Former Guns N` Roses drummer Steven Adler reaches a $2.5 million settlement with his former bandmates. He alleges they forced him to use heroin then booted him out of the band when he couldn't kick the habit. 1993

"Sheryl Crow" drops. The singer/songwriter’s second album contains "Love Is a Good Thing" which criticizes Wal-Mart's gun sales policy. As a result, the retailer bans sales of the album at their stores. 1996

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler throws out the first pitch at a Cardinals-Expos game in St. Louis. 1998

2000's  The Malaysian Ministry of Culture allows Linkin Park to perform in Kuala Lumpur the following month as long as the group doesn't scream, jump around, wear shorts or do anything even remotely obscene. Sounds like fun. 2003

Stamps designed by John Lennon to support a strike by postal workers are sold for $2,000, double the pre-sale estimate, according to auctioneers at Sotheby's. 2003

London's Wembley Arena is the site of the 50th birthday party for the Fender Stratocaster guitar. Paul Rodgers, Joe Walsh and David Gilmour are among those who attend. Proceeds from the event go to the Nordiff-Robbins Music Therapy charity. 2004

Carlos Santana attends Pepperdine University's first annual American Spirit Awards Dinner and Scholarship Benefit at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles. A Santana guitar is auctioned as part of the event that also honors the guitarist and his wife Deborah for their work with their non-profit Milagro Foundation. 2004

In legal news, Leon Hendrix, brother of guitar great Jimi, is once again left out of the Hendrix estate. A Seattle court rules that Leon, who filed the suit, is not entitled to any part of the estate controlled by his step-sister Janie. Feeling Leon was irresponsible, Al Hendrix, Leon and Jimi's father, left him out of his will. 2004

Marilyn Manson's drummer breaks his wrist and suffers a slight concussion in a fall from the stage in Germany. Ginger Fish is taken to a Cologne hospital for treatment and released the following day. Fish, whose real name is Kenny Wilson, is injured as the band performs a cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" at an awards ceremony. 2004

Pearl Jam performs at the No Vote Left Behind festival in Seattle. 2004

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler hosts the Los Angeles HEART For The South fund-raiser. The event raises money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. 2005

Audioslave's North American trek starts in Bakersfield, CA. Songs from member's previous bands find their way into the set list. "Between Rage (Against the Machine), Soundgarden and Temple Of The Dog, there's 11 or 12 (albums) that we could draw from," says guitarist Tom Morello. "The members of Audioslave are such a critical part of my history as a musician," claims Seether frontman Shaun Morgan. His group and Kasabian are the opening acts. 2005

Hurricane Rita forces Mötley Crüe to cancel their Houston show. The storm skims Houston and slams into Port Aurthur. 2005

Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is banned for life from the late Elvis Presley's Graceland estate after jumping into a private pool on the grounds. The band is visiting the grounds while on tour. "I just wanted to take a dip," quips Scantlin. He’s dragged out of the pool by very unhappy security personnel. 2007

ZZ Top, David Bowie, Cheap Trick and the Ramones are on the soundtrack to the EA video game Skate. 2007

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform the first of two pre-tour "rehearsal" benefit concerts at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. These shows are prior to the group's tour launch. 2007

Theory Of A Deadman score their first #1 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks with "Bad Girlfriend." The song displaces Metallica's "The Day That Never Comes" at the top spot. Meanwhile, Offspring's "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" jumps to #1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, knocking off Staind's "Believe." 2008

The Police top Forbes magazine's list of the world's best-paid musicians. Between June '07 and June '08, the group earned approximately $115 million. Van Halen and Genesis also land in the Top 10. 2008

Don’t let the sun go down on me. London's Proud Camden Gallery hosts an exhibit featuring 200 photos of Elton John taken by photographer Terry O'Neill. Eltonography: A Life in Pictures includes a large number of previously unseen photos. 2008

U2's concert breaks the attendance record for Giants Stadium. The Irish band draws 84,472 fans, breaking the previous record of 82,948 held by Pope John Paul II. 2009
2010's  Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax reprise their '91 Clash of the Titans trek only now it’s the eighth annual run of the Jagermeister Music Tour. Slayer plays "Seasons In The Abyss" in its entirety each night. Dallas is the first stop. 2010

Stevie Wonder performs at the Tony Bennett birthday benefit show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event raises funds for the AARP's Drive to End Hunger, an anti-hunger campaign for elderly Americans. 2011

Dream Theater release their twelfth studio album. "This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that,” says Dream Theater's John Petrucci, who also produced the album. 2013

Megadeth unfurl "Countdown To Extinction: Live." The album was recorded at the Fox Theater in L.A. the previous December during the band's Countdown To Extinction 20th Anniversary Tour. 2013

Mazzy Star release, "Seasons Of Your Day," their first album in 17 years. The set features the original Mazzy Star lineup plus a guest appearance by My Bloody Valentine's Colm O'Ciosoig. 2013

The album "Sammy Hagar And Friends," features appearances from Kid Rock ("Knockdown Dragout"), Heart’s Nancy

Green Day release their documentary ¡Cuatro! on DVD and iTunes The film follows the creation and recording of the band's album trilogy "¡Uno!," "¡Dos!," and "¡Tre!" There's studio, live and behind-the-scenes footage. 2013

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi begins his tenure as a Visiting Professor of Music at UK's Coventry University. Iommi spends a chunk of his first day signing autographs. 2014

All That Remains announce that bassist Jeanne Sagan has left to pursue personal interests. "So after nearly 10 years, Jeanne has decided to close the All That Remains chapter of her life," says lead vocalist Phil Labonte. 2015

Metallica - Metallica, a book on the group's self-titled '91 record, also known as "The Black Album," is published. It contains interviews with band members and producer Bob Rock. 2015

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