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U2 frontman Bono is officially awarded an honorary knighthood in Dublin, Ireland. U2's the Edge and Adam Clayton attend as Bono receives the honor from the British ambassador to Ireland. Bono, a non-Briton, isn't allowed use the title "Sir." It doesn't seem to bother him. "You have permission to call me anything (else) you want . . . Lord of lords, your demigodness, that'll do," says the singer. 2007
1940's  Singer Bobby Kimball (Toto) is born in Orange, TX. 1947
1950's  The North Alabama White Citizens Council comes out against Rock n' Roll calling it "immoral." 1956

Perry Farrell (a pun on 'peripheral') is born in New York City (Queens) with the moniker Peretz Bernstein. The Jane's Addiction frontman later launches Porno For Pyros ("Pets") and The Satellite Party. 1959
1960's  John Popper (Blues Traveler) starts his life. Born in Cleveland, Popper grows up in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. The vocalist-harmonica player is inspired to become a musician after seeing the film The Blues Brothers. 1967

Zombies' "Time Of The Season" is #1 in the U.S. The song is released nearly two years after the group had disbanded. 1969
1970's  Dr. Hook gets on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine largely by singing about wanting to be there. Rolling Stone's credibility never really recovers. 1973

Led Zeppelin logs six records simultaneously on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. From "Led Zeppelin" through "Physical Graffiti." It is a first in Rock or pop history. 1975

David Bowie launches his first tour in two years in San Diego. 1978

The Not In Our Name: Dead Man Walking benefit concert to repeal the death penalty is held in L.A. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament perform. 1998

The David Bowie Radio Network, featuring Bowie's favorite songs with introductions, premieres online. It's part of Rolling Stone Radio. 1999

2000's  Following a nationwide search, guitarist Mike Smith makes his debut with Limp Bizkit at Wrestlemania XIX in Seattle. Smith replaces Wes Borland (temporarily). 2003

Prince launches his first arena tour in six years. 2004

Beck's eclectic "Guero" album is unfurled. The set has contributions from White Stripes' Jack White. 2005

Mudvayne headlines a North American tour. Also along for the ride are Life of Agony, American Head Charge and Bloodsimple. 2005

It's the Dual/Disc treatment for Crossfade's self-titled debut. One side is a CD, the other a DVD. 2005

AC/DC's two-DVD set "Family Jewels" with concert performances, television appearances and promotional videos from '75 to '93 hits the streets. Disc one contains clips featuring original frontman Bon Scott. Disc two covers the Brian Johnson years. 2005

Rotten apple. The Beatles' business entity, Apple Corps, relaunches its trademark-infringement battle with Apple Computer in London over the latter's iTunes service. The action claims that the iPod manufacturer violated a '91 agreement in which they agreed to steer clear of music-related endeavors. Of course, Apple Corps is seeking millions in compensation. 2006

For a group that has had more than its share of motorcycle related deaths (guitarist Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley), Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge is injured when his motorcycle hits a car in his hometown of Birmingham, AL. Burbridge receives minor leg wounds. He's back performing with his other band, Oteil and the Pacemakers, a short time later. 2006

My Chemical Romance's guitar tech, Matt Cortes, takes over for Frank Iero who leaves the tour due to an undisclosed illness. "He was basically playing laying down because he is extremely f**king sick," says singer Gerard Way during a London show. "We had to just send him home." Iero also missed several shows earlier in the year due to illness. 2007

3 Doors Down perform at the SpeedJam 2008 auto-racing event at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway. 2008

A stage production based on Neil Young's '03 concept album, "Greendale," premieres at Dallas' Undermain Theatre. "Greendale's" songs are performed by a live band and an ensemble cast. 2007

Nominated in five categories at the 38th annual Juno Awards In Vancouver, Nickelback wins Group of the Year, Album of the Year ("Dark Horse") and Fan Choice at Canada's equivalent of the Grammys. They also perform their "Dark Horse" hit "Something In Your Mouth." 2009

Guitar Hero: Metallica, is released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems. There are also songs from Slayer. "There had been some issues with (the content of) their lyrics but we stood up for Slayer, and we finally got Slayer cleared," states Metallica's Lars Ulrich. Alice In Chains' "No Excuses," Foo Fighters' "Stacked Actors" and System Of A Down's "Toxicity" round out the set list. 2009

A commercial for Dr Pepper Cherry soda featuring KISS' Gene Simmons and his son, Nick, premieres. The KISS track "Calling Dr. Love" is also featured in the Trust Me, I'm a Dr. campaign. 2009

Trapt headline the Contagious Tour, named after a single from their '08 "Only Through The Pain" album. The trek begins in Maplewood, MN. 2009
Oasis' '95 hit "Wonderwall" tops a Virgin Radio listener's poll of the best British songs of all time. 2010

Weezer premieres the video for "I'm Your Daddy" on MySpace. The video for a track from the band's '09 set "Raditude" features footage of the band backstage and on the road. There is also cameos by Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams. 2010

"Screaming Bloody Murder," the 5th studio album from Sum 41, is out. 2011

Slipknot drummer Shawn (Clown) Crahan's band Black Dots Of Death issue their debut album, "Ever Since We Were Children." "Let's Get F***ed Up" is the lead single. 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers begin their first U.S. tour in five years, and after postponing the start of the trek due to singer Anthony Kiedis' foot injuries. Tampa is the first stop on the "I'm With You" tour, the group's first U.S. trek since the departure of longtime guitarist John Frusciante (and the addition of one-time touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer). 2012

Slash (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) releases a version of his song "Gotten," featuring Maroon 5's Adam Levine on vocals. Download proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Youth Network which helps over 10,000 runaway and homeless youth on the streets of L.A. every night. 2012

After weeks of speculation, following the departure of drummer Shawn Drover, Megadeth confirm that Lamb Of God's Chris Adler is going to be behind the kit. 2015

More changes. The Treatment announce the departure of frontman Matt Jones. He is replaced by Mitchel Emms. 2015

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe makes his solo debut on late night television with an appearance on the Tonight Show. He covers David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World" in advance of the Bowie tribute concert at Carnegie Hall two nights later. 2016