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There are a lot of songs that stink but not too many named after a deodorant. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” peaks at #7 on the U.K. singles chart. 1991
1950's  Tim Butler (Psychedelic Furs) begins his life. The bassist is born in Teddington, Middlesex, England. 1958
1960's   
Bassist Bill Wyman auditions for the Rolling Stones. He is performing with the group a week later. 1962

"The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" does a story on the rising popularity of The Beatles in England. There’s footage of The Beatles performing and their fans’ reaction. It's the group's first appearance on U.S. network television. 1963

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson has a nervous breakdown on a flight from L.A. to Houston. The thought of flying to Houston will do that to you. Wilson, the group’s chief songwriter and arranger, quits touring to focus on songwriting (and taking vast quantities of drugs). 1964

The Beatles open the Apple Boutique in London. This is one of many Apple related money pits that drain the group’s finances. 1967

Eric Burdon announces that Eric Burdon & The Animals are done but will fulfill remaining concert obligations. Burdon later moves to L.A. to pursue an acting career but ends up fronting War. 1968

Janis Joplin’s last “official” performance with Big Brother and the Holding Company is in Hawaii. 1968
1970's  Unable to get Fleetwood Mac together for touring, the group’s manager creates a bogus version and sends them out on the road. Legal proceedings ensue but the tour is cancelled because nobody cares. The whole business is a low point for the group but they see their fortunes drastically improve in just two years. 1973

“We’ll do everything we can to restrain their public behavior,” says EMI Records’ chairman Sir John Read of the Sex Pistols. He makes the statement at the company’s annual general meeting. 1976
1990's  Originally billed as Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie’s final performance with Fleetwood Mac, it isn’t. However, it is still an emotional show at L.A.’s Great Western Forum. 1990

Michael Jackson’s "Black Or White" tops the pop chart. Slash (Guns N’ Roses) plays the song’s turbulent (yet catchy) guitar intro. 1991

When it’s announced (or slips out) that Gun’s N’ Roses has recorded a tune, “Look At Your Game, Girl,” written by cult leader/murderer Charlie Manson for their upcoming “The Spaghetti Incident” LP, a major controversy breaks out. The group announces they will keep the song on their covers album because the royalties will go to the son of one of Manson’s victims. 1993

Offspring play “Bad Habit” to open the the 5th annual Billboard Music Awards in Universal City, CA. Melissa Etheridge performs "I’m The Only One." 1994
2000's  Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee files a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against her band's former manager, Dennis Rider of Rider Management, for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and sexual assault. Earlier, Rider filed a suit against Lee for unpaid commissions. 2005

A couple who witnessed the Damageplan show on 12/08/04 in Columbus, OH, where five people were shot and killed, including guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, file a lawsuit against the club's owners. The plaintiffs claim club security was inadequate and that they suffered severe and permanent emotional injuries from witnessing the shooting. 2006

Former Sublime bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Floyd "Bud" Gaugh file a trademark-infringement lawsuit against Southern California tribute band Sublime Remembered for allegedly claiming to include original Sublime members. "I've got two of their fliers and both of them actually said 'featuring' former members of the band," says the attorney for Wilson and Gaugh, who also requested that the cover band remove any references to Sublime from its promotional campaigns. 2006

Guitars autographed by Slash, Scott Weiland, Dave Navarro and the Edge are among the items up for bid in the online Grammy Charity Holiday Auction. VIP tickets to see Aerosmith in concert, signed memorabilia by Rod Stewart and Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and a signed, life-size KISS banner, are also on the block. Proceeds go toward MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation. 2006

Ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Queen's Brian May and David Bowie donate footwear to an online charity auction that benefits the Give Landmines the Boot campaign. Proceeds go toward the MAG organization, which works to clear land mines and unexploded bombs in war-torn countries. 2006

Paul McCartney and U2 are among more than 4,000 artists who sign a full-page ad in the Financial Times demanding "fair play for musicians" in the United Kingdom. Record companies and performers lobby the U.K. government for an extension of copyrights on sound recordings from 50 years to 95 years. 95 years is the copyright protection length offered in the United States. 2006

Foo Fighters, Kid Rock and ex-Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro perform at the Video Game Awards in Las Vegas. 2007

The Lunchbox Auction with personalized lunch boxes designed by David Bowie, Elton John and R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe takes place in New York. Proceeds raised benefit the Food Bank for New York City and the Lunchbox Fund Food Bank for New York and the Lunchbox Fund of South Africa. 2007

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler delivers an anti-drugs statement at the ninth annual Fort Lauderdale Harley-Davidson Bikers Bash. "I want to pass the message to kids that it is so easy to smoke a joint, quit school and get into trouble, but that leads to nowhere," says Tyler, whose acoustic set at the charity event includes a duet with Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil on "Chip Away The Stone." 2007

Yoko Ono issues a statement encouraging world peace on the eve of the 27th anniversary of husband John Lennon's murder. "Let's not waste the lives of those we have lost," writes Ono. "Let's, together, make the world a place of love and joy." 2007

The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are saluted at the 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, D.C. The Kennedy Center's chairman, Stephen A. Schwarzman, praises Daltrey and Townshend for transforming "the sights and sounds of Rock & Roll." Ex-Soundgarden/Audioslave singer Chris Cornell and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl perform renditions of The Who anthems "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Who Are You," respectively. 2008

Cream's Ginger Baker is the main honoree at the ‘08 Zildjian Drummers Achievement Awards in London. Zildjian manufactures percussion instruments. 2008

Wes Scantlin, frontman for Puddle of Mudd, breaks his right foot after jumping off of a stool following a New York radio station interview. "I was kind of hoping it was more serious than it is," jokes Scantlin. "So much for a sexy explanation of what happened." 2009

Rolling Stone magazine readers vote U2’s "No Line On The Horizon" the "most overlooked album" following the announcement of the 2010 Album of the Year Grammy nominations the previous week. #2 is Mastodon’s "Crack The Sky" with Bruce Springsteen’s "Working On A Dream" coming in third. Albums by Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews Band and the Black Eyed Peas were nominated instead. 2009
2010's   
Plain White T's issue “The Wonders Of The Younger,” the group’s sixth full-length album. 2010

The Beatles' "Penny Lane," the Box Tops' "The Letter," the Animals' "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" and Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues” are inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The Hall, founded in ’73, honors recordings at least 25 years old that made a lasting impact on society and in the world of music. 2010

After numerous elections where performers vocally complained about Republican candidates using their songs without authorization comes the announcement that Kid Rock’s “Born Free” is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s official campaign song. “I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate. I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country,” writes Rock on his official website. “PS: Any candidate who makes ‘So Hott’ their theme song has a good chance of getting my vote.” 2011

Alice Cooper's 13th Annual Christmas Pudding concert in Phoenix features KISS, Rob Zombie and Vince Neil of Motley Crue. Proceeds benefit Solid Rock Teen Center, which reaches out to teens through free music, dance, and voice lessons. 2013

Ex-Judas Priest guitarist K. K. Downing announces the launch of his own fragrance line, Metal For Men. The product’s slogan is: "Be Metal. Be Men.” 2014

Thom Yorke (Radiohead) publishes a heartfelt note to Father Christmas, in celebration of National Letter Writing Day. He requests that no presents be given to "oil company executives and the politicians whose influence they buy." 2015

Opeth celebrate their 25th anniversary by launching a beer with Leeds, U.K. based brewery Northern Monk Brew Co. "XXV Anniversary Imperial Stout" is a one-off brew. 2015


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