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Metallica's back catalog is finally available online via Apple's iTunes service. A long time hold out, the group got into a legal dispute with file-sharing site Napster in '00. 2006
1940's  Yardbirds` drummer Jim McCarty is born. 1943
1950's  Sonic Youth singer/guitarist Thurston Moore is born in Coral Gables, Florida. 1958
1960's   
Paul Geary is born. The Medford, MA, native is best known as the drummer for Extreme. In ’94, he is replaced by Mike Mangini. 1960

The Beatles’ "A Hard Day’s Night" is simultaneously #1 in the U.S. and U.K. The song is also the title track of the group’s first film. 1964

Bob Dylan goes “electric” at the Newport Jazz Festival and gets booed. Folk music is supposed to be acoustic but it’s obvious that Dylan is moving in another direction. 1965

Bob Dylan is seriously injured when he crashes his motorcycle. He is rumored to be in a coma, a vegetable or dead. Of course, he recovers. 1966

Brian Jones plays his last U.S. concert date with the Rolling Stones. It’s in San Francisco, the same city where The Beatles permanently concluded their touring the same year. 1966

The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Also, an advertisement in the London Times encourages the British Government to legalize marijuana. It is signed by all four Beatles and other British musicians. 1967

Neil Young makes his first appearance with Crosby, Stills & Nash at NY’s Fillmore East. 1969

1970's  Probably the best Rocker from Chicago, “25 Or 6 To 4,” is released. 1970

Though it became a Rock radio staple, Neil Young & Crazy Horse can’t get near the Top 40 with their riff-driven “Cinnamon Girl.” Go figure. 1970

After splitting from the Sex Pistols earlier in the year, John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) returns with Public Image Limited. 1978
1980's  AC/DC release “Back In Black,” their first album with Brian Johnson handling vocals. 1980

Drummer Eric Carr makes his live debut with KISS at NY’s Palladium Theater. He replaces Peter "Cat Face" Criss who left two months earlier. 1980

“Kill 'Em All" is the title of Metallica’s debut studio album. It goes on to sell 3 million copies. 1983

Led by the hit single, “Every Breath You Take,” the parent album “Synchronicity” tops the U.S. album chart. 1983
1990's   
Bonnie Raitt and Blues guitarist Jeff Healey start a U.S. tour. It gets rolling in Poughkeepsie, NY. 1990

Alice In Chains bail as Metallica’s opening act for the Shit In The Sheds Tour. The decision comes one day before the 20-stop trek is slated to start. Though vigorously denied by the band’s management, singer Layne Staley’s heroin problems are seen as the cause. 1994
2000's  Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies of cardiac arrest at the age of 52. Braunn (listed as “Brann” on Iron Butterfly records) played on the Iron Butterfly’s second, and most successful LP, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” He later discovered the Southern Rock band Black Oak Arkansas. 2003

Mega-suit in L.A. Megadeth guitarist/frontman Dave Mustaine sues the group's former bass player, David Ellefson, for using the band's name without permission. An ad in Bass Player magazine allegedly breaks the terms of a settlement agreement that restricted Ellefson's use of the "Megadeth" moniker. Mustaine is seeks unspecified damages. 2005

Tom Petty's solo album "Highway Companion" drops. The Jeff Lynne/Tom Petty/Mike Campbell produced disc features first single, "Saving Grace." The three musicians also played all the instruments on the album. It’s Petty’s first release with American Recordings, an imprint of his longtime label, Warner Bros. Records. Also, Sammy Hagar's album "Livin' It Up," is in stores. On a more meaningful note, "The Essential Alice In Chains," a two-CD, 28 song compilation, is released. 2006

Rolling Stones donate part of the proceeds from a concert in Warsaw, Poland, to the families of 26 people killed in a bus crash three days earlier in France. The vehicle was returning to Poland from a trip to a Catholic shrine when it plummeted into a ravine. Poland holds a three-day mourning period for the victims with a moment of silence during the Stones show. 2007

Nine Inch Nails’ Lights In The Sky tour gets underway at the Pemberton Festival (in Pemberton, British Columbia – north of Vancouver). "We've wound up with unquestionably the strongest lineup I've ever had," writes frontman Trent Reznor. Tickets are pre-sold in "extremely limited allotments" to curb illegal scalping. 2008

CSNY: Déjà Vu, a documentary about Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's ‘06 tour is in theaters. Neil Young, who directed, says the film’s anti-war themes are controversial. "I saw families fighting within the families, the kids wanting to stay, and the parents going, 'No, we've got to get out of here,'" says Young. 2008

The Rolling Stones sign with Universal Music leaving their old label, EMI, in the dust. The deal means all the Stones’ music is managed by the same company – for the first time in decades. Oh yeah, as if they aren’t rich enough, the Stones also get $15 mil for a couple albums. 2008

Paul McCartney addresses the outgoing class at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts. McCartney is the institution’s main financial supporter. 2008

Doors drummer John Densmore performs with the Native American band Burning Sky at a Grand Canyon-area site that's considered sacred by the Havasupai tribe. The Gathering at Red Butte protests a nearby uranium-mining project that's threatening to encroach on the land. 2009
2010's  John Fogerty's "Centerfield" is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The title track from Fogerty’s ’85 album is a mainstay at baseball games and features the lyrics "Put me in coach, I'm ready to play, today." He takes the stage at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and performs the song before the start of the annual induction ceremonies. 2010

Black Sabbath launch their comeback North American tour in Houston. The trek supports "13," the band's first album with Ozzy Osbourne since '78's "Never Say Die!" 2013

Circa Zero, with The Police's Andy Summers, make their debut at the El Rey Theatre in L.A. 2013

After Killswitch Engage drummer Justin Foley breaks his collarbone in bicycle accident the band recruits As I Lay Dying drummer Jordan Mancino for planned tours. "I will do everything in my power to heal and return at full strength and as quickly as possible,” says Foley. “In the meantime, I'm positive that Jordan will kill it and the band won't miss a beat without me. I'm honored to have such a monster player fill in. 2013



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