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Cheap Trick perform at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo. The concert recording serves as the group's launching pad. 1978
1950's  Vocalist-bassist-guitarist Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) has a birthday. 1953
1960's  Andrew Loog Oldham becomes the Rolling Stones manager. Oldham, who worked for Brian Epstein (The Beatles' manager), later produces the Stones' first recording session even though he has no prior experience. 1963

Scott Mitchell Putesky a.k.a. Daisy Berkowitz enters the world. His claim to fame is being a guitarist and co-founder of Marilyn Manson. He leaves the group in '96, during the recording of "Antichrist Superstar." 1968
1970's  Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" tops the Billboard album chart for just one week. However, it stays on the chart for over 700 weeks. 1973

"Heart Of Glass" (Blondie) is the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. 1979
1980's  Wait! The party is just starting. On the plane taking students home to Boston after spring break, Ozzy Osbourne buys drinks and sings "Crazy Train" over the plane's PA system. Thought to be Ozzy's all-time best performance. 1987
1990's  Bob Seger receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Motor City (Detroit) Music Awards. Seger was born in nearby Dearborn. 1995

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1999
2000's  Neil Young streams his album "Living With War" for free on his official web site. The 10-track effort includes the song "Let's Impeach The President." No doubt a personal favorite of then-President George W. Bush (right!). 2006

The Edge (U2) makes two surprise onstage appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. "(Being here) is a chance to see some of the things that have been happening as a result of the work that Music Rising has been doing," says the guitarist of the post-Hurricane Katrina charity initiative he helped start. 2006

Something in the water? Just a day after Slash and his wife file for divorce, it's Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx who gets served papers. One-time Baywatch babe Donna D'Errico, files for divorce to end their nine year marriage, reportedly because of irreconcilable differences. 2006

Aerosmith headline A Concert for Lili Claire in Las Vegas. The annual event raises money for the Lili Claire Foundation, which provides support to children with neurogenetic conditions. 2007

Deven, wife of KoRn's Jonathan Davis, gives birth to Zeppelin. Yep, that's the boy's name. The C-section baby is the couple's second child. 2007

Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) is sentenced to 192 hours in jail after pleading no contest to a DUI charge stemming from his arrest on a L.A. freeway on-ramp the previous November. Weiland, who had originally entered a not-guilty plea is also ordered to enter an 18-month alcohol-treatment program and pay $2,000 in fines. 2008

Heaven & Hell's "The Devil You Know" is out. The lead single is "Bible Black." "It makes the rest of the album so much easier because it gives you a benchmark to measure the other songs against," says vocalist Ronnie James Dio of the single. Aside from Dio, the band also has Sabbath vets Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi. 2009

Bob Dylan's "Together Through Life" is released. He says the album has a "more of a romantic edge" than the songs on his previous studio effort, "Modern Times." 2009

The Black Crowes release "Warpaint Live," a two-CD set recorded in L.A. The '08 concert features songs from "Warpaint" plus older material. 2009
2010's   
Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" tops Musicradar.com's list of The 50 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time. The '86 album is followed by Iron Maiden's "The Number Of The Beast" (#2) and Guns N' Roses' "Appetite For Destruction" (#3). 2010

Frontman Gene Simmons tells Britain's Daily Telegraph in an interview that KISS is among the world's most recognizable brands. "You don't know how big the image is," says Simmons. "By some experts, it is believed to be the most recognized pop culture image on Earth -- even above Mickey Mouse." 2010

Fox News Channel anchor Glenn Beck blasts an episode of the Fox TV show Glee in which the cast performs My Chemical Romance's anthem, "Sing." "I've watched it with a sense of horror, combined with a sense of admiring awe," says Beck of musical comedy-drama. "Pay attention to the lyrics. This is propaganda." A few days later, MCR's frontman Gerard Way responds, dismissing Beck's criticism. "I can't tell what he's angrier about, the fact that it's how I feel about the persistent sterilization of our culture, or the fact that it's on network television for everyone to hear." 2011

"Our support for Richie (Sambora) is absolute," Bon Jovi says in a statement. "Although he will be absent from upcoming shows for the time being, we very much look forward to his healthy return." The 52 year-old guitarist, who is coping with two breakups and the death of his father, enters rehab. Bon Jovi's tour continues with guitarist Phil 'X' Xenidis filling in. 2011

AC/DC: Australia's Family Jewels, an exhibit about the band, opens at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle. The display features 400 pieces of memorabilia related to the band and its 40-year history. 2012

Members of Queensryche and their former singer Geoff Tate announce they have reached a settlement in their dispute over the use of the band's name. Original Queensryche members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton plus recent members, Todd La Torre and Parker Lundgren, are the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche. Tate wins the exclusive rights to perform "Operation: Mindcrime I" and "II" in their entirety as a unique performance. 2014

"Black Is The New Black" is out. "This is not an upbeat Everclear record," states frontman Art Alexakis. "It's pretty dark, lyrically and musically. Which is kind of bizarre because right now things are really good!" 2015

Blur release "The Magic Whip," their first studio LP since '03's "Think Tank" and their first with guitarist Graham Coxon since '99's "13." 2015

"Angel Acoustic," an unplugged set from Theory Of A Deadman, drops. 2015

Stone Sour unfurl their covers EP "Meanwhile In Burbank" on iTunes. The set contains their versions of songs by Metallica, Black Sabbath, Alice In Chains, Judas Priest and KISS. 2015

Motorhead's five-day Motorboat cruise from Miami to the Bahamas with Slayer, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies and Corrosion Of Conformity gets underway. 2015

Jack Ely, former singer of The Kingsmen ("Louie, Louie"), dies at the age of 71. 2015