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“Because The Night” is released by the Patti Smith Group. Composed by Smith and Bruce Springsteen, it is the group’s most successful recording making it to #13. 1978
1940's  One time Animals leader and the man given credit for arranging “House Of The Rising Sun,” keyboardist Alan Price is born. 1942

1950's  Rod Morgenstein (Winger) has a birthday. The New York native plays drums and is a music educator. 1953
The Beatles release “Ticket To Ride.” The song appears in the group’s second film, “Help!” 1965

Taking their 'ticket to ride', John Lennon and George Harrison leave the Maharishi’s digs in India. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have already bailed. This pretty much ends The Beatles quest for the Maharishi’s brand of spiritual enlightenment. 1968

A cover of Otis Redding’s classic, "Try A Little Tenderness," ("Oooo, she may be weary," not "wooly" like they sang in Bull Durham) is Three Dog Night’s first charting single. Gets all the way to #29. 1969
1970's  “L.A. Woman,” is in stores. The Doors sixth studio album is their last with lead singer Jim Morrison, who dies just two-and-a-half months later. 1971

The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and others, petition President Jimmy Carter to end America’s commitment to nuclear power. 1978
1980's  Brian Johnson is AC/DC’s new lead singer replacing the deceased Bon Scott. “Back In Black” is the first album with Johnson. 1980

Blondie’s "Call Me" (from the American Gigolo soundtrack) is the #1 song in the U.S. Pink Floyd’s "Another Brick In The Wall” is #2. 1980
1990's  Aerosmith is the big winner at the Boston SKC Awards. Joe Perry is voted Outstanding Guitarist, Tom Hamilton – Outstanding Bassist, “Pump” – Outstanding Pop/Rock Album, “Janie’s Got A Gun” – Outstanding Song/Songwriter and the group earns Outstanding Pop/Rock Band. What didn’t they win? 1990
No excuses anymore. Alice In Chains’ frontman Layne Staley is found dead. Drug overdose is listed as the probable cause. Coroner says he may have been dead for up to two weeks before his body was discovered. 2002

Billy Corgan performs his first-ever-solo acoustic show in his native Chicago. The 90 minute set features 14 new songs. 2004

Two singles from Staind`s “14 Shades of Grey” CD, “Zoe Jane” and “Yesterdays,” are released to radio. 2004

American Head Charge guitarist Bryan Ottoson is found dead in a bunk on the group’s bus while touring in support of Mudvayne. A short time later American Head Charge recruits Black Flood Diesel's Benji Hellberg to finish the tour. 2005

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler releases "Ohmwork." The disc is a follow-up to the 1997 effort, "Black Science." 2005

"XXX: State Of The Union" soundtrack is unleashed with KoRn and Rapper Xzibit’s cover of Public Enemy's classic "Fight The Power." The soundtrack also features a mash-up with Three Days Grace and Atlanta Rapper Bone Crusher. The film is in theaters ten days later. 2005

Universally Speaking. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea denounces President George W. Bush in an online message. "Bush should definitely be impeached," writes Flea. "He is a liar and his lies have [brought] misery to millions of people." As a result, the Peppers fall from the short-list of White House entertainment options. 2006

A Florida judge throws out an invasion-of-privacy suit brought against Scott Stapp and video distributor World Wide Red Light District by a woman who appeared in a ‘99 sex tape with the ex-Creed singer and Kid Rock. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gerald Hubbart rules that the woman cannot sue while remaining anonymous. She is given 20 days to re-file under her own name. 2006

In his own write… and draw. A school exercise book hand-illustrated by a 12-year-old John Lennon is among the Beatles-related memorabilia up for bid during a London auction. There’s also a logbook of an ‘80 trip to Bermuda and Lennon’s christening bracelet. 2006

TLC network's Motorcycle Mania 4 episode featuring John Mellencamp airs. The program was filmed the previous month in Daytona Beach, FL. 2007

The De-Faced Value art exhibit featuring images of Phil Collins reworked by various artists and musicians opens at a London gallery. Robert Plant, Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman and ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman created portraits by painting over copies of the Collins albums "Face Value" and "No Jacket Required." Proceeds benefit the U.K. charity Children In Hunger. 2007

KoRn announces that Slipknot's Joey Jordison is their drummer for their Family Values Tour. The announcement is made at a KoRn hosted costume ball held in a Los Angeles cemetery. 2007

Oh hell. Reports are confirmed that bassist Jerry Montano has left Hellyeah. 2007

Nine Inch Nails perform a secret gig for a small group of fans in an abandoned Los Angeles warehouse. The attendees are summoned by cell phone to an "Art Is Resistance" meeting. It's part of the "Year Zero" album promotional campaign. 2007

Van Halen takes the stage in Las Vegas at Tiger Woods' annual Tiger Jam charity event, which raises approximately $1.5 million. "I cannot play golf for s**t," quips frontman David Lee Roth. "But I can ruin my knee with the pros." 2008

Metallica "hang out" at Rasputin Music shop in Mountain View, CA, as part of Record Store Day, a national celebration of independent record retailers. The group signs autographs and talks with fans. 2008

A tribute concert for Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans, who has cancer, takes place in Columbus, MS. Called the Mississippi Kid Festival, there are performances by Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke, as well as members of 38 Special, the Marshall Trucker Band and Molly Hatchet. Evans joined Skynyrd in ’01. 2009
2010's  Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” is voted the UK's favorite Rock anthem in a poll conducted by digital station Absolute Classic Rock. At #2 is The Who's “Won't Get Fooled Again.” 2010

The soundtrack to Iron Man 2 is released. It features 15 AC/DC tracks including "Highway To Hell," "The Razor's Edge" and "Let There Be Rock." There’s also a special edition with a 50-minute DVD featuring AC/DC footage and movie clips. 2010

Man On A Train begins shooting in Orangeville, Ontario. The film features U2 drummer Larry Mullen who plays a bank robber. The movie is a remake of an ’02 French flick. 2010

Jon Bon Jovi opens Covenant House, a homeless shelter in Philadelphia. The development has 10 two-bedroom units which houses 20 formerly homeless people aged 18 to 21. 2011

“Headlong Flight,” the lead single from Rush’s “Clockwork Angels” goes to radio. 2012

Members of Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, KISS and Metallica begin an unprecedented South American tour called Titans of Rock. The line-up has Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Gene Simmons (KISS), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver), Jason Newsted (Metallica), and Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe). The tour starts in Lima, Peru. 2012

Ted Nugent meets with the Secret Service over comments he made about President Barack Obama during the National Rifle Association convention the previous week. Nugent told the gun rights group he would be "dead or in jail" if Obama is re-elected. The Secret Service decides to let the matter drop determining that Nugent doesn’t pose a threat to Obama. 2012

Levon Helm, drummer and singer for The Band, dies after a long battle with cancer in Woodstock, NY. Helm was the only American in the otherwise Canadian group that became Bob Dylan’s backup band before becoming The Band. Helm was 71. 2012

Ain't In It For My Health, a documentary about Levon Helm debuts in New York City on the first anniversary of the drummer's passing. Directed by Jacob Hatley, the film combines archival footage along with sequences shot during the last few years of Helm's life. 2013

3 Doors Down bass player Robert Todd Harrell is arrested on vehicular homicide and drug charges after he being involved in a fatal crash in Nashville. As a result, 3 Doors Down cancel tour plans. Harrell was arrested the previous year for driving under the influence. 2013

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