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The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform in Boston at a Creative Coalition-sponsored fundraiser dubbed Seconding The First: A Celebration of the First Amendment. The concert coincides with the Democratic National Convention. 2004
1940's  Another brick in the wall. Pianist/keyboardist Rick Wright (Pink Floyd) is born in London. 1945

Drummer Simon Kirke (Free/Bad Company) enters the world. 1949
1950's  Guitarist Steve Morse is born in Hamilton, OH. Aside from a solo career, Morse has a short stint with Kansas and a lengthier stay with Deep Purple. He replaces Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple following Blackmore's second departure, in '94. 1954

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" is Elvis Presley's second #1 ("Heartbreak Hotel" was the first). 1956

Jerry Lee Lewis makes his network television debut on The Steve Allen Show performing "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On." Afterwards, the song’s sales go through the roof. The appearance is a ratings triumph for Allen. A win-win all the way around. 1957
Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger in his acting debut, premieres. This Aussie western is so bad it makes Love Me Tender look like Gone With The Wind. 1970

Now we're getting the hang of it. One of the largest and most successful Rock festivals is held at Watkins Glen raceway. 600,000 turn out to see The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and The Band. 1973

C'mon dudes, let's get it on. With drummer Don Brewer on vocals, Grand Funk Railroad release their first chart topping single "We're An American Band." 1973

Crank up the marketing machine. MCA Records introduce Lynyrd Skynyrd. They’d just signed the Southern Rock group. 1973

Work on Bob Dylan’s album, “Desire,” gets underway. Eric Clapton plays guitar on “Romance In Durango.” 1975

On it’s way to platinum status, Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like An Eagle” LP goes gold. 1976

The World Series of Rock gets underway in Cleveland with Aerosmith, AC/DC, Journey, Ted Nugent and Thin Lizzy. 1979
1980's  When The Beatles' "Revolution" is used in a Nike commercial, the group sues Nike for using the song and Capitol Records for licensing it. 1987
The Psychedelic Celebration in Hoffman Estates, IL, has Steppenwolf, Dave Mason, Robbie Krieger (The Doors), Three Dog Night and Arlo Guthrie. 1991

Jimi Hendrix's dad, Al, finally gains the rights to his son's name, likeness, image and music after prolonged legal actions. It puts an end to the rampant Hendrix exploitation that had occurred. 1995
2000's  Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, are at New York's Hard Rock Cafe to unveil a T-shirt he designed to benefit the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program. 2006

Listen Live Now! allows Rolling Stones fans to hear a direct feed from the soundboard at each of the Stones' last 15 stops of their European tour (starting with their Paris show) via both cell phones and land lines, at $1.99 for seven minutes. This is for people with too much money or a major Stones fixation. 2006

A second edition of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival is in Chicago. Aside from Slowhand, there's B.B. King, the Allman Brothers Band's Derek Trucks, fellow Blind Faith vet Steve Winwood, ex-Band guitarist Robbie Robertson, ex-Yardbirds axeman Jeff Beck and Blues legend Buddy Guy. "Some of it's mapped and some of it isn't," says Eric Clapton, the festival's founder. Proceeds go to the Crossroads Centre, a rehab facility founded by Clapton on the island of Antigua. 2007

Three-fifths of Guns N' Roses’ classic lineup perform songs from "Appetite For Destruction" at a West Hollywood club to commemorate the album's 20th anniversary. Founding GN'R guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler are backed by Adler's Appetite (obviously, Steven's band). Slash also attends but leaves early. Axl Rose is a no show. 2007

Following his Ozzfest performance in Greenwood Village, CO, Ozzy Osbourne undergoes surgery at a Denver hospital to treat a blood clot in his leg. He is released the following day and resumes the tour. 2007

Scars On Broadway, the System Of A Down offshoot that features singer/guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan, celebrate the arrival of their self-titled debut album by performing at Union Station in downtown L.A. The album is issued the following day. 2008

George Thorogood & the Destroyers issue "The Dirty Dozen." The 12-track effort (hence the title) has six new recordings and a selection of fan favorites. 2009

One-time Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley's debut solo album, "Will Rap Over Hard Rock For Food" is released. KoRn singer Jonathan Davis, Rob Zombie/ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 and Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum are heard on the set. 2009

"At Woburn," a Jimi Hendrix Experience concert CD recorded in '68 at the Woburn Music Festival in Bedfordshire, England, is released. 2009
2010's  There are probably no more than a half-dozen photos ever of Iggy Pop wearing a shirt. Yet the Punk legend appears at Barney's Co-Op in New York to promote his Archive 1887 line of T-shirts. "There's tons of irony," explains Pop. 2010

Smashing Pumpkins perform at a sold-out benefit show in Chicago that raises $80,000 to help alleviate Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone's medical bills. Leone suffered brain trauma when he was assaulted after helping a beating victim on the street. "I was blown away by the Chicago community coming together to put this benefit on so quickly," says Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. To kick start the fund raising effort, Corgan auctions off his guitar for $10,000. 2010

Helping recession-era fans without a whole lot of green in their wallets Creed launches their 20-10 Tour. Not only is that the year the tour takes place it also refers to the ticket prices-$20 and $10 each night. Bristow, VA, is the first stop. 2010

Calling the lyrics to Fall Out Boy's "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" 'trashy' and 'inappropriate' for teens the school board bans Pennsylvania's Garden Spot High School marching band from performing the song, even though they would only play an instrumental version. FOB Frontman Pete Wentz speaks out against the ban during a concert a few days later and offers to perform with the students at the school. 2014

Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee gives birth to her first child - Jack Lion. 2014