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Foo Fighters release their “One By One” LP. 2002
1940's  Mountain guitarist/vocalist Leslie West has a birthday. 1945

1960's   
Meat Puppets’ bassist and founding member, Cris Kirkwood, has a birthday. 1960

The High Numbers fail their EMI Records audition. Undaunted they go on to become The Who. 1964

The Beatles finish John Lennon's philosophically-oriented "Nowhere Man." It’s one for the first Beatles' songs to be entirely unrelated to romance or love. 1965

One of the most incredible singles ever created, Brian Wilson’s masterpiece “Good Vibrations,” is released. Thanks to endless use in commercials, T.V. shows and films, the Beach Boys` song is one of the most over-exposed songs in history. Still, that can’t diminish its greatness. 1966

Building on their self-titled debut earlier in the year, “Led Zeppelin II," with “Whole Lotta Love,” "Heartbreaker” and “What Is And What Should Never Be,” is released. 1969
1970's  Bassist/vocalist Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age) is born. 1971

KISS blasts out “Hotter Than Hell.” The album is the group’s second gold record (their self-titled debut was the first). 1974

Keith Moon plays his last North American show with The Who in Toronto. 1976

Foreigner’s self-titled debut album nails the #4 spot on the chart. That’s as high as it will get but sells over four million copies along the way. 1977
1980's  Van Halen performs in Worchester, MA after 25,000 sign a petition asking the band to add their city to its tour schedule. 1982

The Talking Heads nail their first Top 10 single. "Burning Down The House" lands at #9. 1983
1990's   
Pearl Jam plays their first show. It’s at the Off-Ramp in Seattle. 1990

Rage Against The Machine headline “Latinpalooza” in L.A. The fundraiser benefits the United Farm Workers and Para Los Ninos. 1994

2000's  Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash joins Queen + Paul Rodgers onstage during a concert in L.A. Slash plays on a rendition of Bad Company's "Can't Get Enough." Meanwhile, Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland performs with the all-star cover band Camp Freddy during their Las Vegas gig. 2005

John Mellencamp plays "Our Country" prior to game two of the World Series in Detroit. The song, from Mellencamp’s "Freedom’s Road" CD, is also featured in ads for Chevrolet's 2007 Silverado pickup truck. 2006

Videos from Serj Tankian's debut solo album, "Elect The Dead," are screened in select theaters. The System Of A Down frontman had a different director work on each video. 2007

Though most fans had given up and the rest of the world was beyond caring, the title track for Guns N’ Roses’ long, long, long delayed album "Chinese Democracy" goes to radio. 2008

"Rock N Roll Train," the first single from AC/DC's album "Black Ice," is heard in an episode of the CBS show Criminal Minds. 2008

A collection of photography titled Who Shot Rock And Roll? is in bookstores. The collection features snaps of The Beatles, Sonic Youth, Mick Jagger, Chuck Berry, Blondie, James Brown, Johnny Cash, U2, the Velvet Underground and Frank Zappa. 2009
2010's   
Rush is #1 on Billboard's "Hot Tours" chart, based on ticket sales from the band's North American "Time Machine Tour.” Over three months (August – October) the band sold more than 270,000 tickets, with a gross of $18,989,834. 2010

"Pearl Jam Radio,” a commercial-free music channel debuts on SIRIUS XM to mark the 20th anniversary of the band's first public performance (on 10/22/90 at the Off Ramp Cafe in Seattle). 2010.

The two-day Bridge School Benefit at the Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, CA is broadcast live for the first time. The show features performances by Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Beck and Jenny Lewis. The acoustic performances celebrate the institution’s 25th anniversary and benefit children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs. Young and his wife Pegi founded the Bridge School in ‘86 after not being able to find an adequate school for their son Ben. 2011

Bruce Springsteen performs a 25-song set at the Stone Pony (an early Springsteen venue) in Asbury Park, NJ. He is backed by E Street Band members Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg. The show is a private benefit for Boston College, where Springsteen's son Evan is a student. 2011

Flyleaf announce that vocalist Lacey Sturm has left the group for personal reasons. The announcement comes just a week before the group’s “New Horizons” is released. Kristen May handles vocals for the supporting tour. 2012

Two members of Pussy Riot are sent to Russian prison colonies. "Nadya Tolokonnikova has been sent to Mordovia, and Maria Alyokhina to Perm," the Punk Rock band's lawyer says. The camps are some of the few remaining that resemble Stalin's Gulag camps. The anti-Putin protest that led to the sentence is called “the Russian government bringing bazookas to a stick fight” by one commentator. 2012

A week-long celebration of Chuck Berry begins at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It’s part of the Hall’s American Music Masters series. 2012

Just days after Aerosmith released their tribute to the New England Patriots, Lenny Kravitz’s "Like A Jet" is available for download. The song is part of the NFL Anthems program, a national campaign that features musicians recording anthems for their home teams. "Writing a custom song for my New York Jets is something I could only dream of growing up steps from Joe Namath (the Jet’s legendary QB)," says Kravitz. 2012

“Burials,” containing the single "I Hope You Suffer," is released by AFI. "This record is of silence, of burials, and the burials that result from that silence," frontman Davey Havok says of the album. "It's of betrayal, cruelty, weakness, anxiety, panic – deep and slow – despair, injury and loss. And in this it is shamefully honest and resolutely unforgiving." 2013

Motorhead release their 21st studio album, “Aftershock." The set was recorded at RG Studios in North Hollywood with longtime producer Cameron Webb. "Steal it if you must, buy it if you can!" advises frontman Lemmy. 2013


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