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Posts: 24161 Joined: February 27, 2008 Last Post: March 7, 2014
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Jan Berry, the Jan of Jan and Dean fame, is born in L.A. (where else?). 1941
Singer Billy Joe Royal is born down in the boondocks (Valdosta, Georgia). 1942
A motley member of Motley Crue. Guitarist Mick Mars is born with the moniker Robert Alan Deal. A one-time class clown, he legally becomes Mick Mars before he’s 18. 1956
Elvis Presley appears on The Milton Berle Show. He performs "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Blue Suede Shoes." Forty million people catch the show. 1956
The Everly Brothers kick off their first U.K. tour. British bands (including The Beatles and Rolling Stones) are plenty impressed. 1960
Social Distortion’s frontman Mike Ness is born in Stoneham, MA. 1962
Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach starts his life as Sebastian Philip Bierk. 1968
A artistic photo of Alice Cooper and kindred spirit, 'soft watch' painter Salvador Dali, is hung in the Knoedler Gallery in NY. 1973
“The Beatles 1962-1966” & “1967-1970” is released by Capitol Records. 1973
Sid Vicious plays his first concert with the Sex Pistols. 1977
The “FM” soundtrack is released with songs by Tom Petty and Steely Dan. There's also Linda Ronstadt’s version of “Tumbling Dice.” 1978
“Van Halen II” is released. The group spent eighteen days recording their debut and only six for their sophomore effort. 1979
Van Halen’s "Jump" is a certified gold record. 1984
The Traveling Wilburys (Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynn) begin recording their "Handle With Care" album in Malibu. 1988
Limp Bizkit cancels their South African tour due to unspecified "personal reasons." 2004
Green Day and Sum 41 are winners at Canada's 2005 Juno Awards in Winnipeg. Green Day's “American Idiot” takes home the International Album of the Year trophy, while Sum 41's "Chuck" claims the Rock Album Of The Year honor. 2005
Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr is arrested in Seattle for "investigation of property destruction and theft” after allegedly pulling a hood ornament off a car. Starr left A.I.C. in 1993. 2005
Nickelback nabs Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year honors at the Juno Awards. Neil Young is also a two time winner earning the Adult Alternative Album of the Year honor for "Prairie Wind," and the Producer of the Year trophy for his work on "The Painter," a song on the CD. And finally, Bryan Adams is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. "Canada is a great place to come from," says Adams. The Juno Awards are the Canadian version of the Grammys. 2006
U2's Bono charges Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with exploiting the singer’s image to win support for his re-election campaign. In an editorial that appears in Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper, Bono takes exception to his picture being used in a brochure promoting Berlusconi's work on behalf of the world's poorest countries. Bono claims Italy is not doing its share to aid the Third World. 2006
“Dani California,” the first single from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ninth studio album, “Stadium Arcadium,” makes its radio premiere when KTBZ’s (Houston) Don Jantzen plays the song continuously for his three hour show. The single peaks at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. 2006
The Rock, Paint, Bid online auction to benefit MusiCares begins. Among the items are Guitar Hero II video-game controllers designed by Nickelback, Buckcherry and My Chemical Romance. 2007
Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi is in Brooklyn to assist in the renovation of an energy-smart condominium complex. The restoration of the low-income housing facility is sponsored by the Force for Global Good initiative launched by Delta Air Lines in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International. 2007
World Wide Red Light District agrees to cease distribution of a sex-tape with Ex-Creed frontman Scott Stapp, Kid Rock and four women. Stapp filed an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against adult-film company. 2007
"Because Of The Times," the third studio album from the Kings Of Leon, is available. "These songs are so much bigger, this band is so much better," says lead singer Caleb Followill. He adds that the album's title can be taken one of two ways. If an album does well it's "Because Of The Times" or if it bombs, it's "Because Of The Times." The set features the single "On Call." 2007
"Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" retrospective roars out. The disc features 16 chronologically arranged songs, nine from Ronnie James Dio's '79-'82 stint and three from the '92's "Dehumanizer." There are also three new tracks and a live song. To promo the CD, Heaven & Hell (essentially the Dio edition of Sabbath- Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler but not Bill Ward) does an in-store event at a Best Buy outlet in New York. 2007
The soundtrack to Joe Stummer: The Future Is Unwritten drops. It contains Clash and solo Strummer tunes, including a pair of previously unreleased covers of "I'm So Bored With the U.S.A." (The Clash) and "Corrina, Corrina" (Bob Dylan). 2007
Static-X release "Cannibal." "I think it's the most Metal record we've ever made," says frontman Wayne Static who co-produced the disc. "The last few records found us going in a slightly different direction, this one makes no compromises." 2007
Three David Lee Roth solo albums are reissued: remastered versions of '91's "A Little Ain't Enough," 94's "Your Filthy Little Mouth," and the rare Spanish-language version of 86's "Eat 'Em and Smile" (his career best). Didn't the former (and occasionally current) Van Halen frontman's record company lose enough money when these albums were originally released? 2007
REO Speedwagon issue "Find Your Own Way Home." 2007
And the cradle will Rock! The MTV reality show Rock The Cradle features the offspring of Eddie Money, the Eagles' Joe Walsh and the Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston, and the son of Twisted Sister's Dee Snider. They compete against one another, demonstrating their vocal chops, in eight live weekly competitions. 2008
Mesa, AZ, is where Fall Out Boy start their Believers Never Die: Part Deux Tour. 2009
Guitarist Benji Madden wins a celebrity boxing match. He knocks out former MTV "Headbangers Ball" host Riki Rachtman during a bout at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. "Benji Madden just kicked my ass,” says Rachtman. “I got wasted by the guy in Good Charlotte.” 2010
Beady Eye, Paul Weller and Primal Scream give a benefit concert at the Brixton O2 Academy in London for victims of the 3/11/11 Japanese earthquake/tsunami. Proceeds go to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. 2011
Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea are the victims of a robbery at their New Jersey home. The thief, later apprehended, reportedly makes off with over $100,000 worth of Dorothea's jewelry. 2011
“April Fool,” the lead single from Patti Smith’s album “Banga” is available on iTunes. The song features Television's Tom Verlaine. 2012
Elton John and Sting perform at a Carnegie Hall charity benefit for the Rainforest Fund. 2012
KISS bassist Gene Simmons endorses Mitt Romney for president saying, “America is a business and should be run by a businessman." Then he attends the opening ceremony of his Rock & Brews restaurant chain with a luncheon to benefit the Wounded Warrior program. Simmons presents two severely injured vets with a check for $25,000. 2012
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