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The Police’s “Synchronicity,” with “Every Breath You Take,” “King Of Pain,” Wrapped Around Your Finger” and “Synchronicity II” begins a 17 week run at the top of the U.S. album chart. 1983
1940's  Rock on. David Essex is born to do one thing. 1947

1950's  Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) guitarist Blair Thornton is born. 1950
1960's  Saul Hudson is born in London. Because he "was always in a hurry, zipping around from one thing to another" a friend nicknamed him Slash. His family moved to L.A. where Slash joined Guns N’ Roses (and later founded Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver). 1965

Nick Menza is born in Munich, Germany. When Megadeth needs a drummer in ‘89, Menza is asked by Dave Mustaine to join the band. He stays for 10 years. 1968
1970's  Drummer Chad Gracey has a birthday. The Live drummer hails from York, PA 1971

Led Zeppelin manager, Peter Grant and drummer, John Bonham beat up a couple of concert promoter Bill Graham’s employees backstage at an Oakland concert. Just a little misunderstanding over payment. Grant and Bonham plead guilty and in an out of court settlement cough up $2 million. 1977

Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice” comes out. 1977

1980's  Although his real name is Stephen, most know him as Stevo 32 or just Stevo. Sum 41 drummer Steve Jocz is born in Ajax, Ontario. 1980

Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux dies in Marin County from injuries sustained in a car accident two days earlier. 1980

Billy Squire nails his first gold album with his second record “Don’t Say No.” 1981

After 49 weeks on the U.S. chart, De Leppard’s “Hysteria” finally reaches #1. It's one of the longest climbs in chart history. However, their current single falls short - read on.

The upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 read this way: #5 – "The Flame" (Cheap Trick), #4 – "Roll With It" (Steve Winwood), #3 – "New Sensation" (INXS), #2 – "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (Def Leppard) and the #1 song in the U.S. is... "Hold On To The Nights" (Richard Marx). C’mon. You gotta be kidding! 1988
1990's   
Bruce Springsteen begins his first tour in four years. 1992

Prior to a scheduled performance at the New Music Seminar in New York, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain ODs in a hotel bathroom. He’s rushed to a hospital and survives yet another close call. 1993

Offspring perform at Woodstock ‘99. 1999 (makes sense)
2000's  The Projekt Revolution Tour kicks off with Linkin Park, KoRn and Rapper Snoop Dogg. 2004

Legendary producer Eddie Kramer auctions off more than 2,000 pieces of Rock-related memorabilia online, including rare recordings by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and KISS. 2004

The two-day Lollapalooza 2005 kicks off in Chicago with Billy Idol, Dashboard Confessional, Liz Phair and Weezer. Also at Lollapooza, former Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell performs portions of his musical-theater production The Satellite Party. Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and bassist Flea help out. 2005

So good you could eat them alive. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood are selected as PETA’s 2005 "World’s Sexiest Vegetarians." Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Green Day's Mike Dirnt and System Of A Down's Serj Tankian were finalists. 2005

It's announced that guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and drummer Kevin Figg have left Satellite Party (prior to the group's North American tour). "Although I am very proud of the music and production of (debut album) "Ultra Payloaded," I have always felt uncomfortable with the direction of the lineup and live show," says Bettencourt. Nick Perri (guitar) and Jordan Plosky (drums) are their replacements. 2007

Incubus auction off VIP meet-and-greet packages for select dates on their North American tour to benefit the band's nonprofit Make Yourself Foundation. A portion of the proceeds raised benefit the Prevent Child Abuse Oklahoma organization. 2007

Weezer’s 11-week run with “Pork And Beans” at the top of Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks ends. Foo Fighters’ "Let It Die" takes over at #1. 2008
2010's  A big day for concerts. Rage Against The Machine play in their L.A. hometown for the first time in over a decade. The benefit concert at the Hollywood Palladium protests Arizona's controversial SB 1070 immigration law. De la Rocha calls Arizona's law, which allows police to demand identification documents from anyone they suspect may be an illegal immigrant, "part of an entire state's campaign to humiliate and to criminalize an entire population." The set includes Wake Up," "People Of The Sun,” “Bulls On Parade” and "Freedom." 2010

Pigeons are rats with wings – and they hate Rock. Kings Of Leon cut short their concert in St. Louis because they are tagged by pigeon droppings. “Jared [Followill] was hit several times during the first two songs," says band manager Andy Mendelsohn in a statement. "On the third song, when he was hit in the cheek and some of it landed near his mouth, they couldn't deal any longer. It's not only disgusting - it's a toxic hazard. They really tried to hang in there." There's a rescheduled concert a couple of months later. 2010

Aerosmith launch their Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour in North America. Though there is no new album and the band has undergone a “should he stay or should he go” internal debate regarding frontman Steven Tyler (he stays), Oracle Arena’s 20,00 seats are nearly packed for a 20-song, two-hour set. 2010

Fight Or Flight, with Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren, release their debut album, “A Life By Design?” 2013

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen announces that he has dropped out of a planned biopic on Freddie Mercury over creative differences with the surviving members of Queen. The group envisioned a family-friendly PG movie about their late frontman while Cohen hoped to make a grittier R-rated film. 2013

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