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Elton John performs a live concert for a New York radio station, WPLJ. The show is released as “11-17-70.” The best tracks are “Take Me To The Pilot” and “Burn Down The Mission” (hot piano work). 1970
1940's  The Byrds`vocalist Gene Clark enters the world. 1941

1950's  Jim Babjak, guitarist for the Smithereens, has a birthday. 1957

Gene Vincent makes his national television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He performs "Dance To The Bop." "Be-Bop-A-Lula" has already come and gone. 1957
1960's  Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) meet singer Gene Pitney at the taping of ITV’s Thank Your Lucky Stars. They give him “That Girl Belongs To Yesterday” which becomes a major Pitney hit in both the U.S. and U.K. 1963

Blues Traveler keyboardist Ben Wilson is born. 1967
1970's  The Faces release their third and best album; “A Nod Is As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse.” The LP includes The Faces’ biggest hit, the Ron Wood/Rod Stewart song “Stay With Me,” as well as, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee.” 1971

Ike & Tina Turner’s rousing “Nutbush City Limits” misses the Top 20 (#22) in the U.S. but hits #4 in the U.K. The song is covered by Bob Seger. 1973

A Linda Ronstadt compilation “A Retrospective” goes gold. 1978

Jethro Tull bassist John Glasscock dies of a heart attack in London. He had a history of heart aliments. 1979
1980's  U2’s Bono pulls a fan from the audience to sing “People Get Ready” with him. Being that the concert is in L.A. the fan hands Bono a demo tape. 1987
1990's  David Crosby is involved in a serious motorcycle accident. He suffers multiple injuries including a broken leg, ankle and shoulder. The police report states Crosby was speeding and not wearing a helmet. 1990

The Foo Fighters begin recording their second album, “The Colour And The Shape,” at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, WA. The tracks are subsequently reworked and re-recorded in L.A. 1997

The Offspring unfurl their fifth studio album, “Americana” with the singles "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy),” "Why Don't You Get A Job?,” "The Kids Aren't Alright" and "She's Got Issues.” The set sells over 15 million copies worldwide. 1998
2000's  The Beatles release “Let It Be… Naked," a remastered version of the original '69 album with Phil Spector’s production removed. Spector, hired to salvage the project, added strings to several tracks – much to Paul McCartney’s displeasure. 2003

Meatloaf collapses during a performance at London's Wembley Arena. The 52-year-old singer undergoes heart surgery four days later. 2003

Rome welcomes the world-premiere performance of Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters' opera "Ça Ira (There Is Hope)." It sells out so a second show is added. 2005

Peter Gabriel (former Genesis frontman and solo performer) receives the annual Man of Peace trophy in Rome from the Gorbachev Foundation, an organization founded by former USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Gabriel is recognized for his his human-rights activism and promotion of peace. The ceremony marks the beginning of an international gathering attended by Nobel Peace Prize winners. 2006

U2's Bono and the Edge join Pearl Jam onstage for a cover of Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" at the Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne, Australia. About 14,000 people attend the event, timed to coincide with the G-20 summit in that fair city. "The politicians have to do what you tell them to do," Bono tells the crowd. Sure they do. 2006

Three Days Grace perform “Running Away” in a club scene on an episode of the CBS series The Ghost Whisperer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. "She was actually really cool," says frontman Adam Gontier of working with Hewitt. 2006

Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello is a guest on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher. He talks about music and his political activities including his work with the Axis of Justice/Food Not Bombs program. 2006

The James Bond movie Casino Royale opens. The soundtrack includes the theme song “You Know My Name,” performed by Audioslave’s Chris Cornell. 2006

Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains and Nirvana are heard on Guitar Hero II, the sequel to the popular PlayStation 2 video game. 2006

Six years down the toilet. Citing irreconcilable differences, Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson files for divorce from actress Kate Hudson. The divorce becomes final the following year. 2006

Kid Rock is the musical guest on NBC's Saturday Night Live. 2007

John McCain may have lost the ’08 presidential race but he’s still swinging. During the campaign Jackson Browne sued the candidate for using "Running On Empty" in a commercial without permission. Now, McCain’s lawyer files two lengthy motions claiming that the candidate was within his rights to use the song, and the other seeks damages from Browne for apparently “interfering with the politician's free speech.” It all gets settled in Browne's favor. 2008

Them Crooked Vultures (Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Queens Of The Stone Age founder Josh Homme) release their self-titled debut album. With that, the band launches a tour in support of the album at the Wiltern Theater in L.A. 2009

John Mayer unveils his fourth studio album, "Battle Studies," featuring "Who Says." 2009

"Believers Never Die," Fall Out Boy’s greatest hits album, is out. The collection includes "Sugar, We're Goin Down" and "Dead On Arrival." The new songs are "Alpha Dog" and a cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It." There’s also a DVD with videos and band commentary. 2009

For a group with more live albums than most people can count, Rush goes to the well again for “Working Men.” The compilation features tracks from ‘08’s “Snakes & Arrows Live,” ‘05’s “R30” and ‘03’s “Rush In Rio” but the songs are from various periods in the band’s lengthy career. 2009
2010's  Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is one five celebrities transformed into one-of-a-kind Cabbage Patch Kids auctioned on Ebay to benefit the Children's Action Network (CAN), a national adoption awareness organization. Tyler's Cabbage Patch doll comes with its own microphone stand. Figures. 2011

Daughtry and 3 Doors Down, supporting their ‘greatest hits’ collection, launch a co-headlining North American tour. The first stop is The Better Life Foundation event in Tunica, MS. Founded in ’03 by 3 Doors Down, The Better Life Foundation’s mission is to make a positive change in the lives of children in need of food, shelter and medical assistance, and to enhance the lives of children and young adults with special needs. 2012

Nickelback release their eighth studio album, "No Fixed Address.” The set contains the singles, “Edge Of A Revolution” and “"What Are You Waiting For?” It is group's first effort for Republic Records (after leaving Roadrunner). 2014

AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget roll out “XTRMST,” their side-project's self-titled debut set.

“Avonmore,” from Bryan Ferry, is released. Featuring the single "Loop De Li," the set includes contributions from The Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea and Dire Straights’ guitarist Mark Knopfler. There's also "Nothing Has Changed,” a David Bowie collection spanning his career along with new tracks and previously unreleased material. 2014

“The Art Of McCartney” tribute album is out. McCartney songs from his Beatles, Wings and solo catalog are covered by Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, Heart, Chrissie Hynde and KISS. 2014

Pink Floyd land their first U.K. #1 album in 19 years with "The Endless River." The group’s 6th U.K. chart topper sells 139,000 copies in its opening week. The band last topped the list in ‘95 with the live album, "Pulse." 2014

Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder receive the first ASCAP Centennial Awards in celebration of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 100th anniversary. 2014

Former KISS drummer and cancer survivor Peter Criss is inducted into the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund's Hall Of Fame as the year's Cancer Survivor Honoree. The ceremony takes place in New York City. 2014

Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine headlines the Joe Hill tribute show in L.A. honoring the labor rights activist and Folk singer. "Joe Hill's influence is everywhere," Morello says in a statement. "Without Joe Hill, there's no Woody Guthrie, no (Bob) Dylan, no (Bruce) Springsteen, no System Of A Down and no Rage Against The Machine." Hill was executed by a firing squad in Utah on 11/19/1915. 2015

The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers says musicians should "try not to be afraid" following the Paris terrorist attacks just days earlier. One of the targets was an Eagles Of Death Metal concert where at least 89 people died. Prince, U2 and Foo Fighters are among the artists cancelling concerts in the wake of the attacks. “To think that people will be afraid to go to concerts now is a shame,” says Flowers. “I hope we don’t let what happened get the better of us.” 2015

Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson guest star on an episode, titled “2112,” of NBC-TV's Chicago Fire. 2015

Vocalist David VanLanding, formerly of the Michael Schenker Group loses his life when his car collides with a garbage truck in Clearwater, FL. VanLanding was in the Michael Schenker Group in the late ’90s and again in ‘11 and ‘12, and he also performed with Crimson Glory. 2015