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Jet's "Cold Hard Bitch" moves to the #1 spot on Billboard Magazine's Mainstream Rock chart, ending the 13-week run at the top by Nickelback's "Figured You Out." 2004
Soul Asylum’s singer-guitarist, Dave Pirner, is born in Green Bay but eventually moves to Minneapolis. 1964

“Everybody must get stoned.” Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” is released. 1966

Lasting little more than a month on Elektra Records, MC5 are dropped by the label over an ad the group took out in an underground newspaper. The ad’s banner headline reads “F**k Dayton-Hudson” and goes on to slam the retail chain for not carrying MC5’s debut album. Now who could object to that? 1969

1970's  Electric Light Orchestra make their debut with a gig in Croydon, England. 1972

Fleetwood Mac release “Dreams.” 1977

1980's  "Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto." Styx epic, "Mr Roboto," rises to #3 on the pop chart. 1983

INXS single “Devil Inside” peaks at # 2 in the U.S. 1988

1990's  Bonnie Raitt performs at the Nelson Mandela – An International Tribute To A Free South Africa concert at London’s Wembley Stadium. 1990

Guns N’ Roses launch a European tour with Soundgarden as the opening act. 1992

David Lee Roth (Van Halen/solo) is arrested in New York’s Washington Square Park for allegedly buying a small amount of marijuana. 1993

Having been released four years earlier (to the month), Soundgarden’s “Badmotorfinger” is recognized for selling 2-million copies. 1996

KISS announce a reunion tour. It’s been 15 years since the original line-up performed together. The trek begins a couple months later. 1996

Elton John is awarded an honorary membership in the Royal Academy of Music with the likes of Classical composers Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss. On a more important note, John is also re-appointed chairman of the Watford Football Club. 1997

Original Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape drummer Skip Spence dies from lung cancer at the age of 52. 1999
2000's  Sheryl Crow delivers her album "C'mon, C'mon." 2002

How much would you pay? Def Leppard auctions off a meeting with band members along with attending a private rehearsal in Los Angeles before the start of their U.S. tour. Proceeds benefit the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre and the T.J. Martell Foundation. Meanwhile, the Save The Earth Foundation’s annual auction has signed memorabilia from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Aerosmith, KISS, Pearl Jam, Mötley Crüe, U2 and Van Halen. 2005

Even though it's a Country venue, Bon Jovi performs at the CMT (Country Music Television) Awards ceremony. 2007

Bruce Springsteen endorses Barack Obama for president. "Critics have tried to diminish Senator Obama through the exaggeration of certain of his comments and relationships . . . in order to distract us from discussing the real issues," writes Springsteen. "Obama is the best candidate to lead . . . us into the 21st Century with a renewed sense of moral purpose." 2008

Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh announces a performance-oriented scholarship for Ohio's Kent State University, which he attended in the late ‘60s. Walsh donates $50,000 to the institution's College of the Arts. 2008

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan appears in a video ad for TNA Wrestling's Lockdown event in Philadelphia. In the commercial, Corgan recites an altered version of the lyrics to "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" while standing in a steel cage. 2009
2010's  Soundgarden plays a “secret show” reunion gig at Seattle’s Showbox Theater. For their first stage appearance in thirteen years, the band appears under the name Nudedragons - an anagram of Soundgarden. They open with "Spoonman" and close with a cover of The Doors' "Waiting For The Sun." 2010

KISS launch an auction for a fan "meet and greet" (concert tickets, photo with the group and money to spend on the KISS online store) in the U.K. to raise money for Brazilian children. The ten-day eBay auction is held in conjunction with The ABC Trust’s Action For Brazil’s Children campaign. 2010

Ozzy Osbourne is the head ambassador for Record Store Day. To help indie record stores survive there are special releases led by “Covers,” a compilation album that includes the Deftones’ rendition of The Cars' ‘84 hit "Drive.” Only 5,000 copies are made for exclusive distribution. 2011

A Nirvana exhibit at Seattle’s Experience Music Project opens. “Taking Punk To The Masses” has frontman Kurt Cobain’s famous yellow sweater, a smashed Univox guitar and handwritten lyrics. “There’s a story with Nirvana at its center, but it’s a story that also includes the many people, bands and institutions that make up a music community,” says Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, who adds that Cobain was "a visionary artist who touched people all over the world." 2011

Jack White (White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather) is honored with Nashville’s first ever Music City Ambassador award. "Today's award recognizes an individual who carries Nashville's diverse musical message worldwide," says Nashville's Mayor Karl Dean at the presentation. Originally from Detroit, White relocated to Nashville. 2011

Rob Zombie announces that he has just finished directing a commercial for a fabric softener. "A very scary TV commercial for Woolite called 'The Torturer',” Zombie writes on his website. “Yes, I said Woolite." The commercial was shot in Vancouver, B.C. 2011

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer launches his own organic coffee brand, called Rockin' & Roastin.' It’s an organic, fair traded coffee that is available in four different roasts. 2012

Train begin a weeklong stint as the house band on daytime's "Rachael Ray" TV show to promote their album “California 37.” 2012

“Mosquito,” is the title of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs first album since 09's “It's Blitz.” "We would love for this music to make our fans feel something, for it to stir some shit up inside of them, whatever that may be," says the band’s singer Karen O in a statement. 2013

Fall Out Boy ends a three-year hiatus with the release of their comeback album “Save Rock And Roll.” "This isn't a reunion because we never broke up," says a post on the band’s website. To promote the album, the group throws out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium before L.A. takes on the San Diego Padres. 2013

The Flaming Lips issue "The Terror." "Why would we make this music that is "The Terror" - this bleak, disturbing record," asks frontman Wayne Coyne. "I don't really want to know the answer that I think is coming. Maybe this is the beginning of the answer." 2013

Skid Row release their first new material in seven years when the EP “United World Rebellion Chapter One” is released. 2013

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