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Prime Years: 1965 - 1975

The Rolling Stones were called the “World’s Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band” before they actually achieved that status and long after they’d lost it.

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The U.S. vs. John Lennon opens in Los Angeles and New York. The flick deals with the U.S. government’s attempts in the 70’s to deport Lennon (a British citizen) as an "undesirable.” Lennon’s drug bust in England and his anti-war activities come into play. David Leaf and John Scheinfeld wrote, produced and directed the documentary. "We probably went through more than a hundred hours' worth of material searching for just the best moments (of Lennon) for us," says Scheinfeld. The national opening is two weeks later. 2006
1940's  The Iron Butterfly’s Lee Dorman has a birthday. The bassist hails from St. Louis. 1945
1960's  Drummer Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) enters the world. 1960

The London Daily Mirror interviews The Beatles and concludes they are a “nothing group.” 1962

A crazed audience forces The Beatles’ Cleveland show to come to a halt. A law enforcement official grabs the mic from John Lennon while he’s still singing. Things calm down sufficiently for the show to resume 15 minutes later. 1964

Lit drummer, Allen Shellenberger, celebrates his birthday. 1969

Deep Purple, with new members Ian Gillan (vocals) and Roger Glover (bass), perform “Concerto For Group And Orchestra” at London’s Royal Albert Hall backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Bad idea. 1969
1970's  Vice-President Spiro Agnew claims America’s youth are being “brainwashed into the drug culture” by Rock music. However, Agnew doesn’t comment on the impact of corrupt politicians. A few years later he just avoids serving serious jail time. 1970

“My best friend he floats in the bottom of a glass.” One of Elton John’s all-time great songs “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” fails to crack the Top Ten. It stalls at #12. And though the chart position doesn’t reflect it, peaking at #59, Rod Stewart’s cover of “Twisting The Night Away,” a tribute to his personal idol Sam Cooke, remains one of Stewart’s best performances. 1973

Uriah Heep’s bassist, Gary Thain, is electrocuted on stage in Dallas. He recovers but soon leaves the group. 1974

Steely Dan goes gold with “The Royal Scam” album. 1976

The Rolling Stones release “Love You Live.” 1977

The Charlie Daniels Band’s best known song, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” peaks at #3. 1979

1980's  Ever hear of Blue Sunday & The Cockroaches? You would have if you were at Sir Morgan’s Cave in Worcester, MA, when the Rolling Stones play a warm-up show under that name in advance of their U.S. tour. 1981

Queen play their last U.S. concert with frontman Freddie Mercury. It’s at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA. 1982
1990's  Bruce Hornsby plays keyboards with the Grateful Dead following the death of Brent Mydland. 1990

A ‘57 audio tape of John Lennon performing with The Quarrymen fetches £78,500 at a Sotheby's auction in London. 1994

Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Sting perform at Music For Montserrat at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Organized by former Beatles producer, George Martin, proceeds aid victims of the Soufriere Hill volcano. 1997
Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone passes away at his Los Angeles home after a five-year bout with prostate cancer. Born John Cummings, the 55 year old Ramone was surrounded by family and friends, including Rob Zombie, Eddie Vedder and John Frusciante. Those three musicians were among the artists who participated in a Ramones tribute concert and cancer-research fund-raiser held the previous Sunday in L.A. 2004

It`s announced that Breaking Benjamin drummer Jeremy Hummel has been replaced by B.C. Apparently, Hummel got a phone call from the group`s vocalist Ben Burnley telling him the news. 2004

Classical Rock. Six lifetimes ago (1969), Deep Purple performed “Concerto For Group And Orchestra” with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (see above). The results were so bad it nearly tanked both entities. Now, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett performs with the Flux Quartet in San Francisco. They debut “SAS,” as part of the Morrison Artists Series. "Flux has an 'anything goes' spirit, and Kirk's broad improvisational skills bring this piece together as a magical marriage of two styles," states Morrison's artistic director, Saul Gropman. Yeah right. 2005

The New York Times says U2's Bono is "the most politically effective figure in the recent history of popular culture." Wow. 2005

Bob Dylan is accused of lifting passages from the work of a 19th-century U.S. poet named Henry Timrod and using them as lyrics for his "Modern Times" album. "No doubt about it, there has been some borrowing going on," claims Walter Brian Cisco, a Timrod expert. Meanwhile, Rolling Stone weighs in with a list of outside sources Dylan has used for lyrical ideas. 2006

The Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee, a nonprofit group formed in '04, holds a benefit concert in Hoquiam, WA. Lounge Acts 2007 features bands performing to raise money for the Committee which, among other things, wants to construct of a memorial park and start a youth center in the late Nirvana frontman's hometown of Aberdeen. "I think Kurt would have liked this," says Cobain's grandfather, Leland Cobain, who is a committee member. 2007

The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde opens VegiTerranean, a vegetarian restaurant, in her hometown of Akron, OH. To celebrate, she gives a free acoustic concert at the eatery. 2007

Pink Floyd’s Richard Wright dies in his home of cancer at the age of 65. He formed Pink Floyd with Roger Waters and Nick Mason in ‘65. Wright wrote, played keyboards, and sang on ''The Great Gig In The Sky'' and ''Us And Them'' from ‘73's “The Dark Side Of The Moon.” "Pink Floyd wouldn't have been Pink Floyd if [we] hadn't had Rick," says Mason. "Rick was the sound that knitted it all together." Waters adds that is hard to "overstate the importance of his musical voice in the Pink Floyd of the '60’s and '70’s." 2008

Living Colour’s “The Chair In The Doorway” drops. Frontman Corey Glover says the group put more effort into “Doorway's” songwriting process than on previous albums because they were "a little more concerned about . . . what needed to be said." The disc is the band’s first album since ‘03’s “Collideøscope.” For those looking for more guitar and volume to 11, there’s Megadeth’s “Endgame.” The Muse’s fifth album, “The Resistance,” with the single “Uprising” arrives. Ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley‘s “Anomaly,” on his own Bronx Born Records imprint, and ex-Dire Straits singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler’s “Get Lucky” are also out. And going back, way back, high-quality vinyl versions of The Doors' six studio albums are issued individually. 2009

Jack White is revealed as the financial source behind the restoration of a baseball field at Clark’s Park in southwest Detroit. The White Stripes/The Raconteurs/The Dead Weather frontman played there as a child. White originally made an anonymous donation of $170,000. 2009
2010's  Roger Waters takes “The Wall” on the road to mark the 30th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s initial onstage performance of the album. “Thirty years ago when I wrote “The Wall,” I was a frightened young man,” Waters tells Spinner. “The Wall” features Pink Floyd classics “Comfortably Numb” and “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2” ("we don't need no education"). Toronto is the first stop. 2010

Staind perform a 9/11 benefit concert to coincide with the release of their self-titled seventh album. Proceeds benefit families of 9/11 victims. "We wanted to . . . make the point that there is still much work for all of us to do,” says Staind lead singer Aaron Lewis. “If enough of us do just a little bit, together we can make a big difference in the lives of the families whose members made the supreme sacrifice for our country." 2011

It’s Sammy Hagar Day in Roseville, CA. The date also marks the opening of Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar & Grill, in Downtown Roseville. Hagar performs during his restaurant’s debut. 2012

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