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Guns N' Roses release "Use Your Illusion I & II" at midnight. It's either two single albums or a double album that can be bought separately. Their label ships 4.2 million copies (the largest shipment to date). 1991
1950's  Where’s Waldo? The Tubes Fee Waybill is born in Omaha, NE, with the name John Waldo. 1950
1960's  The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," the Beach Boy's "Wouldn’t It Be Nice" and the Hollies "Bus Stop" are all in the Top 5. 1966

The Byrds album "Fifth Dimension" enters the album chart. 1966

The Doors make their first and last appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Asked to change a line ("Girl, we couldn't get much higher") in "Light My Fire," The Doors agree but Jim Morrison sings it anyway. They are permanently banned from the show. 1967

The Who play "My Generation" on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. A typical TV appearance goes awry when drummer Keith Moon sets a flash explosion in his drum kit unaware the crew has already done so. The resulting explosion damages guitarist Pete Townshend’s hearing. 1967

1970's  "Wish You Were Here" earns Pink Floyd a gold album. 1975

Queen headline a free concert in London's Hyde Park. An estimated 150,000 attend. 1976
1980's  Fourteen years after the Ed Sullivan fiasco (see above), Jim Morrison lands on the cover of Rolling Stone. "He’s hot, he's sexy, he's dead," screams the headline. The accompanying article chronicles the renewed interest in the singer, who died a decade earlier, and his band. "The Doors Greatest Hits" is awarded a platinum album (1,000,000 units shipped) the next day. 1981

"Rant & Rave With The Stray Cats" enters the LP chart. 1983

Asia's single "Don't Cry" peaks at #10. 1983

1990's  Frank Zappa's final professional public appearance is at the Frankfurt Festival in Germany. The one-time guiding force behind the Mothers Of Invention conducts the Ensemble Modern and receives a 20-minute ovation. 1992

Fleetwood Mac regroups and hits the road in support of their live album, "The Dance." The first show is in Hartford. 1997
2000's  The Darkness release "Permission To Land." 2003

Miller Brewing Company celebrates 50 Years of Rock n' Roll with a New York City concert showcasing Cheap Trick, Lenny Kravitz, Velvet Revolver, The Darkness, James Brown and The Strokes. The two day show takes place at the Roseland Ballroom. 2004

Helmet begins a fall trek starting in Atlanta. They tour in support of their "Size Matters" CD. 2004

Blue Oyster Cult announce that bassist Danny Miranda has left. He joins the Las Vegas production of the Queen stage musical, We Will Rock You, with former bandmate John Miceli. 2004

Velvet Revolver perform during the opening celebrations at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York's Times Square. Festivities include the smashing of more than 100 Gibson guitars. Proceeds go to Peace Games, a nonprofit children's charity. 2005

The cartoon likeness of the White Stripes, along with the voices of Meg and Jack, appear in a surreal segment of The Simpsons. Bart is a drummer who crashes into Meg's kit. Following a brief chase the Stripes end up on a garbage barge. OK. 2006

It's the start of the Austin City Limits Music Festival Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Van Morrison and ex-Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan perform at the three day event. 2006

Smoke on the desert. The winners of an online talent contest to find who can perform the best version of Deep Purple's classic "Smoke On The Water" get to perform the song with Purple vocalist Ian Gillian during his Las Vegas solo concert. 2006

Former Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell forms the Bells Are Ringing imprint. "I'm very excited to become part of this new independent trend where artists will have more creative freedom," says Farrell. "It allows me, the artist, to own my art." The label distributes Farrell's Satellite Party efforts, among others. 2007

Take me out to the ballgame. While on tour Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin throws out the first pitch before an Arizona Diamondbacks' game in Phoenix. 2007

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora checks into a rehab center in Sundance, UT. "Richie is continuing the on-going treatment he began in June," says his publicist. 2007

Moving more than 490,000 copies in less than a week, Metallica's "Death Magnetic" debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200. Metallica is the first band ever to have five albums debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 (U2, The Beatles and Dave Matthews Band each have four). 2008

John Fogerty is presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville. The Association honors Fogerty as an exceptional songwriter, first with Creedence Clearwater Revival, then as a solo artist. 2009

A copy of the September '66 issue of Datebook magazine signed by John Lennon sells at auction for $12,713. In that issue, Lennon is famously quoted saying The Beatles were "more popular than Christ," sparking a backlash from U.S. Christian groups (and the Vatican). Ironically, Lennon made the comments months earlier and they were published without notice. But when they were re-printed in Datebook all hell broke loose. A New York orthopedic surgeon makes the winning bid in an online auction. 2009
2010's   
The infamous '07 Atlanta Waffle House altercation is finally settled. A Georgia court orders Kid Rock to pay $40,000 to Harlen Akins who filed a lawsuit following a late night drunken verbal exchange between Akins and Rock's entourage that quickly turned violent. 2010

AC/DC Scotland's Family Jewels opens in Glasgow, Scotland. The exhibit at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum features photos, instruments, concert posters, original lyric sheets and costumes. 2011

Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine gives a concert in Manhattan's Financial District to commemorate the one year anniversary of the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zucotti Park. "Hopefully today your eyes, ears, hearts and minds have been revolutionized by what you've seen and heard on the stage," says Morello. 2012

"37 Channels," by Tantric, is out. The single "Mosquita" features guest vocals by Shooter Jennings and performances by guitarists Kenny Olson (Kid Rock) and Kevin McCreery (Uncle Kracker), plus drummer Greg Upchurch (3 Doors Down). 2013

Arctic Monkeys become the first indie-released act to earn five consecutive #1 albums on the UK album survey when "AM" debuts at the top of the charts. The set sells over 157,000 copies during its first week of release. 2013

The Foo Fighters play their first crowdfunded concert at The National Theater. It's also their first Richmond, VA appearance in 16 years. So naturally, Mayor Dwight C. Jones declares it Foo Fighters Day. 2014

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late Heavy Metal singer (Dio/Black Sabbath), presents a check for $100,000 to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to fund gastroesophageal cancer research. 2014

Killer Queen vodka is in stores. The premium spirit, produced by Stoli vodka, is a tribute to Queen's frontman Freddie Mercury and comes 40 years after the hit song "Killer Queen" was released. 2014

Jackson Browne is honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2014

Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus is seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash. His injuries - a broken shoulder blade, collar bone, six ribs, a toe, a bruised lung, lacerated liver and a concussion - force him to drop out of an Australian tour with his other band The Dead Daisies. 2015


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