This Day in Music History: February 26th
2002: Multiple concerts are held in the Los Angeles area featuring the likes of The Eagles, Billy Joel, Stevie Nicks, & Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder to benefit the Recording Artists’ Coalition, which lobbies for artists’ rights.
2001: Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose’s stalker Karen McNeil was found guilty of violating her probation by a Malibu Supreme Court judge. McNeil had been ordered to stay at least 300 yards from Rose’s residence in 1997 & the Malibu police had records of her trespassing on Rose’s property at least six times.
1998: Pamela Anderson filed for divorce from Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, two days after Lee was arrested for spousal abuse outside of their home.
1997: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, & Neil Peart of Rush received the Order of Canada, the highest civilian award from the Canadian government, for significant achievement in important fields of human endeavor.
1995: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, who toured under the moniker Page & Plant kicked off their first tour together in 15 years at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, FL.
1983: Bob Seger peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Shame on the Moon”, Seger’s sixth top ten single in the U.S.
1980: After performing at the National Stadium in Dublin, U2 were offered a contract with Island Records by talent scout Bill Stewart, who was in attendance.
1977: The Eagles reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the third time with “New Kid in Town”, their first single off of Hotel California which spent one week on top.
1965: Jimmy Page released his debut solo single “She Just Satisfies”. Shortly after it failed to chart, Page would go on to join The Yardbirds.
Fats Domino born in 1928
Johnny Cash born in 1932
Mitch Ryder born in 1945
Jonathan Cain-keyboardist for Journey born in 1950
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