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Will this be on the final? Marilyn Manson, with a MTV camera crew in tow, makes a surprise visit to Temple University. Manson tells an Art and Society class, "We create our own gods. We create our own devils." 2004
1940's  Everybody get together right now. The Youngbloods’ Jesse Colin Young has a birthday. 1941
1950's  The name of the bassist is Tina Weymouth. The Talking Heads founding member is born Martina Michčle Weymouth in Coronado, CA. 1950

E Street Band guitarist and Bruce Springsteen leaning post, Steven Van Zant (a.k.a. Little Steven Van Zandt, Little Steven or Miami Steve) has a birthday. The guitarist-songwriter-arranger-record producer-DJ also plays Silvio Dante on the television drama The Sopranos. 1950

RCA Records sign Elvis Presley. For a mere $35,000 to $40,000 (numbers vary) they buyout Elvis’ Sun Records contract and get a legend. 1955
1960's   
“With The Beatles," the group’s sophomore album, is released in the U.K. 1963

Recorded less than three weeks earlier, Bob Dylan releases the original version of “All Along The Watchtower.” The following year, the song is famously covered by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. 1967

Five years later, the U.K. sees the arrival of "The Beatles" (aka “The White Album”). Ringo Starr’s first composition. “Don’t Pass Me By,” taken from the album, goes #1 in Scandinavia. The double set also features “Back In The U.S.S.R.," “Dear Prudence," an alternate acoustic-oriented version of “Revolution” and John Lennon's avant-garde soundscape “Revolution #9.” Number 9, Number 9, Number 9. 1968



1970's  Jerry Lee Lewis is arrested for drunk driving in Memphis. Later, at 3:00 AM, he appears at Graceland, Elvis Presley’s residence, brandishing a pistol and demanding to see Elvis. He is handcuffed and taken to jail. 1976

Though subsequently played at sporting events for decades around the world, Queen’s two-sided single, “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions” stalls at #2 in the U.K. 1977
1980's   
Rolling StonesMick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood jam in Chicago with Blues heroes Muddy Waters (who wrote “Rollin Stone” from which the group took its name) and Buddy Guy. 1981

"We’re R.E.M. Actually we’re not. They couldn’t make it so we’re here in their place, playing all the hits of the day." Following frontman Michael Stipe's jokey introduction, R.E.M. kicks off a show at London’s Marquee. 1983
1990's  INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence hangs himself. Whether it’s an accident or suicide remains a mystery. 1997

Eight months after the group disbands, Soundgraden’s compilation “A-Sides” is released. 1997
2000's  Carmen Electra (Tara Patrick) and ex-Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro marry. The marriage doesn’t last three years but it’s a fun ride. 2003

Incubus` Brandon Boyd appears in a New York court to face a criminal-possession-of-a-weapon charge. He pleads guilty and gets a $250 fine. Weeks earlier, Boyd was arrested for carrying a souvenir switchblade while trying to board a plane at New York`s LaGuardia Airport. 2004

U2’s “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” is their eleventh studio effort. Lead singer Bono describes the effort as "our first Rock album.” Also, U2 plays a surprise outdoor concert in Brooklyn`s Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. They also tour Manhattan playing impromptu performaces from a flatbed truck. It’s all filmed for a MTV special. 2004

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne appear on British television to plead for the return of items stolen the previous day from their English estate. Among the items stolen was Ozzy and Sharon’s wedding ring. The Osbournes offer nearly $190,000 for information that will convict the burglars. 2004

Ex-Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha appears at a Los Angeles concert to help the South Central Farmers organization. The group wants to save a local community farm. While Zack is doing his thing, his former bandmates and Chris Cornell, otherwise known as Audioslave, perform "Doesn't Remind Me" on NBC's Tonight Show With Jay Leno. 2005

"Over The Years and Through The Woods," a live CD/DVD from Queens Of The Stone Age, is out. Prior to the London shows singer-guitarist Josh Homme underwent knee surgery but he wanted to do the concerts because the group had already nixed five previous London appearances. "I took enough Vicodin to kill a small child," says Homme. "I didn't want to cancel again." 2005

Rykodisc re-releases Nine Inch Nails' 1989 debut album, "Pretty Hate Machine." However, N.I.N. mastermind Trent Reznor is "pretty aggravated" by Rykodisc's no-frills reissue. The label was unwilling to spend the money to produce a deluxe edition. The album had been out of print for several years. 2005

Papa Roach release their first DVD, Live & Murderous in Chicago, with 75-minutes of a concert filmed by 12 cameras. The package also contains all the group's videos and behind-the-scenes footage. 2005

Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp unfurls his solo debut, "The Great Divide." The album's title track, and first single, are featured in a NASCAR ad campaign that airs during the Chase For The Nextel Cup auto-racing series. 2005

Green Day scores at the American Music Awards in L.A. The trio nab the Favorite Artist: Alternative Music trophy, as well as the Favorite Album: Pop/Rock honor for their "American Idiot" CD. The band didn't attend the festivities nor did the Rolling Stones. But the Stones are shown on the Salt Lake City stop of their A Bigger Bang world tour. 2005

System Of A Down unleash "Hypnotize," the second half of a double album (the platinum-certified "Mezmerize" was released earlier). They celebrate by performing a show in New York as part of MTV2's 2$Bill Concert Series. Earlier in the day, the group does an in-store signing at the Virgin Megastore in New York's Times Square. The first 400 people to purchase the CD attend the autograph session. 2005

Elton John hosts a London charity performance of the stage hit Billy Elliot – The Musical. John composed the music. Proceeds benefit the British children's charity the Place2Be. 2006

A custom motorcycle autographed by ’06 tour partners, Def Leppard and Journey, is auctioned online to raise money for the Cure Autism Now charity. "This is not just a bike but an absolute work of art," says Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott. 2006

New Cars frontman Todd Rundgren says his version of the Cars has made "an improvement on the original." OK, you can stop laughing now. Rundgren does come back to reality by admitting this incarnation’s future, beyond the current tour, is really up to the fans. "If they come out and buy tickets, there's life," explains the singer/guitarist. "If they do not, then the audience has spoken." 2006

Green Day aces Kings Of Leon and Shinedown to win the Favorite Alternative Rock Artist honor at the American Music Awards. They also perform "21 Guns." 2009

Slash and Ozzy Osbourne play a concert in Hollywood to raise funds for the Los Angeles Youth Network (they work with homeless young people). The former Guns N' Roses guitarist co-hosts the event with performances from Travis Barker (Blink-182), Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Chester Bennington (Linkin ParK) and Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers). "I just made some phone calls and said 'it's going to be great',” says Slash. “There's a way of doing it so that you convince them, but it's such a good cause that they all wanted to be involved." 2009

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band wrap up their two-year world tour in Buffalo, NY. For this show they play their ‘73 classic, "Greetings From Asbury Park." It is the first-ever live performance of the entire album. 2009
2010's  My Chemical Romance issue “Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys,” their first studio album in four years (since ‘06’s “Black Parade”). 2010

For those who didn’t download the songs for free when they were available, fans can purchase the Smashing Pumpkins “Teargarden By Kaleidyscore Vol. II: The Solstice Bare.” It’s the second EP of a 44-song set. “Vol. II” has "The Fellowship," "Freak," "Tom Tom" and "Spangled," plus an unreleased B-side "Cottonwood Symphony." 2010

Vince Neil competes on ABC's Skating With the Stars. The Motley Crue frontman skated competitively for two years in his pre-Crue days. "The first day I put on skates, I didn't think I could do it,” says the 49-year-old Neil. “Within a half an hour, it was all coming back." 2010

LENNONYC, a PBS documentary, premieres on American Masters. "John Lennon spent the last decade of his life in New York City, finding freedom, inspiration and tragedy there before his death in 1980,” says John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono. "It is a very strange city. It was his love and it was his death." 2010

Megadeth are among the performers at a Nashville concert honoring the late Country music legend George Jones. "I am honoring George's belief in the veterans," says Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, "which is the best way I know to show respect to his legacy, and to his wife and family.” 2013


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