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Though hardly their best effort (does that really matter?), Linkin Park's third studio album, "Minutes To Midnight," debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 623,000 copies during its first week. "We're shocked and humbled by this extraordinary show of support," says guitarist Brad Delson. 2007
1960's   
"Cathy's Clown" is a chart-topper for the Everly Brothers. 1960

The Beach Boys release their first #1 single, "I Get Around." 1964

The Beatles issue "Paperback Writer" in the U.K. John Lennon's "Rain" is on the B-side. 1966

It's Phil Selway's birthday. The Radiohead drummer is from Oxfordshire, England. 1967

The Who releases their Rock opera "Tommy." 1969
1970's   
Iron Butterfly disband one month after "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" falls off the Album Chart, following a 138 week run. 1971

Peter Gabriel plays his final show with Genesis before going solo. It's in St. Etienne, France. 1975

"The Kids Are Alright" a documentary of The Who premieres in New York. 1979

Tom Petty files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in a financial battle with his record label, MCA. In the end, Petty gets Backstreet Records (controlled by MCA). This sort of stuff only makes sense to lawyers. 1979

1980's  Though issued in the U.K. nearly five years earlier, AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" peaks at #3 on the U.S. album chart. 1981
1990's  Five-and-a-half years after its release, Melissa Etheridge's self-titled debut album goes platinum (one million sales). 1994

Fleetwood Mac concludes their 'live' performance in front of an invited audience. The concert footage is shown on both MTV and VH1 and is released as "The Dance." 1997

2000's   
Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan announces the group will disband following their current tour. Internal riffs and management troubles are tagged as the cause. 2000

"Mad Season" from Matchbox 20 is released. 2000

Ozzy Osbourne gets a Legend Award at the MTV Video Music Awards-Japan. 2004

A post on The Darkness website says bassist Frankie Poullain has left the group due to "musical differences." 2005

It's Sammy Hagar Day in San Bernardino, CA. The Red Rocker, a former area resident, pledges to support a local burn facility by donating proceeds from select tickets to the kickoff of his tour in nearby Devore. 2006

Def Leppard's long delayed covers album, "Yeah!," is finally released. The group's 12th studio effort, includes songs originally recorded by David Bowie, Electric Light Orchestra, Thin Lizzy, T. Rex, Free and the Kinks. "I thought it was about time we showed the world what our true roots were," says frontman Joe Elliott. 2006

ZZ Top singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons take parts in a musical tribute to late Country legend Buck Owens during the Academy Of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. 2006

Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End premieres in Tokyo. The highly touted appearance of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards as the father of Capt. Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) turns out to be rather uneventful. A bearded Richards only gets to play acoustic guitar and display the shrunken head of Sparrow's mother. Depp modeled his Sparrow character on Richards. 2007

17 year-old Jordin Sparks wins American Idol. She's the youngest Idol winner ever and 74 million votes were cast. On the downside, past Idol winners take an ill-advised stab at songs from The Beatles "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" during the two-hour (over-long) season finale. But the good news is Green Day performs John Lennon's "Working Class Hero." 2007

VH1 Classic's My Playlist premieres with Judas Priest talking about their 10 favorite music videos. 2008

Ex-Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer Grace Slick is on hand for the opening of an exhibit of her artwork at a Las Vegas gallery. The display includes several Alice in Wonderland-inspired pieces, including one titled The White Rabbit's Tea that Slick created specifically for the showing. 2009

The two-day Schwab Fest '09, a music event held for U.S. Marines stationed in Okinawa, Japan, gets underway. "Seether is used to some very intense crowds in the civilian world, but Schwab Fest really took the cake," says Seether frontman Shaun Morgan. Seether guitarist Troy McLawhorn describes the experience as "the coolest thing we've ever done." 2009
2010's  Bret Michaels (Poison) wins Donald Trump's reality show Celebrity Apprentice despite suffering a brain hemorrhage and a stroke, and the discovery of a hole in his heart. Michaels appears on the show's season finale, against doctor's orders. His $250,000 prize is donated to the American Diabetes Association. 2010

Lady Gaga's album "Born This Way" is released and includes the song "You And I" featuring Queen guitarist Brian May. "If it wasn't for Queen, there would be no Gaga," says a Gaga source. 2011

The Ozzy Osbourne and Friends tour gets underway in Helsinki. Originally intended as a Black Sabbath reunion, the trek is shortened and renamed due to the absence of Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who is battling cancer, and founding drummer Bill Ward, who declined to participate due to a monetary dispute. The 'friends' include Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Zakk Wylde. 2012

Aerosmith perform "Legendary Child" on the season finale of American Idol. Months earlier this would have seemed impossible even though frontman Steven Tyler was a judge on the show. Guitarist Joe Perry once famously said the singing completion was "one step above (Teenage Mutant) Ninja Turtles." 2012

Recordings by Prince, Bo Diddley and the Grateful Dead are added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Bo Diddley's '55 double-sided hit, "I'm A Man"/"Bo Diddley," the Grateful Dead's '77 "Live At Barton Hall" concert recording and Prince and the Revolution's '84 soundtrack album, "Purple Rain," are deemed to be "cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures." 2012

A "serious respiratory infection" sends Elton John to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. for "extensive tests." The ailment forces the cancellation of the singer's Las Vegas show. 2012

Aerosmith perform at Social Star Awards at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. 288 Social Stars are handed out at the world's first social media awards ceremony; winners are based on data gleaned from 1.7 billion social media users. 2013

Money raised by Surfer Blood for former guitarist Thomas Fekete is stolen in Chicago while the band is on tour in support of their LP "1000 Palms." Fekete left the group after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. 2015

Bad weather results in the cancelation of Rocklahoma Festival sets by Linkin Park and Volbeat. Anthrax and Halestorm perform at the outdoor Pryor, OK venue before the thunder, lightning and heavy rain intervene. 2015

Disturbedís cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound Of Silence" is heard during a freestyle dance on Dancing With The Stars. Contestant Nyle DiMarco, who is deaf, asked the band's permission to use the track. 2016

Radiohead perform "Creep" for the first time in nearly seven years during a concert in Paris. 2016




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