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Blink-182 (Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker) spend 40 minutes helping paint a home in Harrisburg, PA, as part of Raise The Roof, a partnership between Clear Channel Entertainment and Habitat for Humanity, which provides homes for people in need. The band plays a show that evening at the Star Pavilion in nearby Hershey. 2004
1940's  The Band's drummer, Levon Helm, has a birthday. He's from Marvell, AR. 1942

One-time hostess at Bob's Big Boy Hamburgers, Stevie Nicks achieves even greater fame as a lead singer with Fleetwood Mac. It's her birthday. 1948

1950's  Jerry Lee Lewis performs his third and last show of his aborted tour of England. Scandal over his marriage to 14 year-old cousin Myra short-circuits the tour. Jerry Lee and Myra return to the U.S. the following day. 1958

1960's  Lenny Kravitz is born into a showbiz family in Brooklyn. 1964

All we are saying... John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their eight-day bed-in for peace at Montreal's Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel (Suite 1742). During their stay, the couple is interviewed by journalists from around the world and the song "Give Peace A Chance" is recorded (on 6/1). 1969
1970's  George Harrison begins work on what will become "All Things Must Pass." Phil Spector produces the triple album set. 1970

Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" is released. It becomes the group's signature song. 1973

One of the few mega-successful Rock instrumentals, "Frankenstein," by the Edgar Winter Group, is #1 on the U.S. pop survey. 1973
1990's  Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis' only child, marries the self-proclaimed "King Of Pop," Michael Jackson. The thing doesn't last two years. 1994

2000's  Rush kick off their 30th anniversary tour in Nashville. 2004

Nine Inch Nails mastermind, Trent Reznor, pulls his band from the MTV Movie Awards over the stage's design. "We were set to perform 'The Hand That Feeds' with an unmolested straightforward image of George W. Bush as the backdrop," says Reznor. Not wanting to get political MTV vetoes the idea. "Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me," concludes Reznor. 2005

Alice In Chains begin a European tour with new front man William DuVall, replacing the late Lane Staley. The first show is in Lisbon, Portugal. 2006

Paul McCartney receives an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University in New Haven, during the school's commencement ceremony. A Yale band plays "Hey Jude" as McCartney is presented with the doctorate. 2008

Marilyn Manson issues "The High End Of Low." "The record sounds very final, but it's almost optimistic -- though that feels like a strange word to use," says Manson. 2009

"Black Gives Way To Blue," Alice In Chains comeback album is certified gold by the RIAA with shipments exceeding 500,000 copies. The group's fourth studio album is their first with vocalist/guitarist William DuVall, who replaced the late Layne Staley. 2009
2010's  Any hope that the Rolling Stones reissue of their classic album "Exile On Main Street" would reach #1 in the U.S. are crushed by "Glee: Showstoppers." The TV show soundtrack outsells the Stones by more than 2 to 1. However, the Stones' '72 album, with bonus tracks, sits at #2. The Black Keys set "Brothers," selling just a few thousand copies less than the Stones, is #3. 2010

Elton John performs at the Mawazine World Rhythms Festival, the largest music festival in Morocco, despite protests by Islamist groups and conservative parties, who object to the singer's lifestyle. "We deal with artists and intellectuals for what they do, without taking into account their private life," says organizer El Hassan Neffali in a statement. "Somebody's private life is one thing, and their art or creative activities are another." 2010

Bon Jovi play the first of three concerts celebrating the opening of the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The stadium is the home of the New York Giants and Jets. Train is the opening act, so technically, they are the first to perform in the stadium. 2010

Poison's Bret Michaels appears during the "American Idol" finale. He performs "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" with 3rd place finalist James Casey. Lee DeWyze beats Crystal Bowersox in an upset. 2010

Alice Cooper cancels his first concert in 30 years. "Alice got food poisoning somewhere on our trip between Phoenix, Mexico City and Santiago (where the concert was scheduled). Once we were on the plane to Santiago after an 8-hour layover in Mexico City, Alice started to feel ill," says Coop's rep. Alice is back on stage the following evening. 2011

Former David Bowie/Tin Machine guitarist Reeves Gabrels makes his debut with The Cure during the band's performance at the PinkPop festival in Holland. Gabrels had previously worked with the group in '97. 2012

Judas Priest play the final show of their "Epitaph" tour to a sold-out audience at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. According to Priest, the 'farewell' trek is their last extensive world tour-but not their last shows. "We don't plan on retiring," says guitarist Glen Tipton. "We've said that this is our last world tour." The show is out on DVD the following month. 2012

Paul McCartney pays his respects at Elvis Presley's grave during the former Beatle's first visit to Graceland. McCartney leaves a personalized guitar pick on grave. 2013

Crazy Train. Ozzy Osbourne has a Midland Metro tram named after him in his native Birmingham, England. Then he visits Birmingham Children's Hospital to support fundraising efforts for the construction of a Rare Disease Centre. 2016

The Duff McKagan documentary It's So Easy And Other Lies: Live At The Moore is screened in the U.S. Directed by Christopher Duddy, the Guns N' Roses bassist tells his life story during a '13 live performance in Seattle. 2016