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This Day in Music History: April 18th

2004: Guns N’ Roses reached number one on the U.K. Album Chart with their Greatest Hits album. The album peaked at number three in the U.S.

2003: Aerosmith and Kiss announced that they would be touring together on a co-headlining tour named Rocksimus Maximus which would start in August and go on through the end of the year and gross over $64 million. More...

This Day in Music History: April 17th

2008: E Street Band organist Danny Federici died of melanoma at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He was 58 years old.

2006: Ric Ocasek made his first appearance on The Colbert Report where he put Todd Rundgren “on notice”.

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This Day in Music History: April 16th

1996: Kiss held a press conference aboard the USS Intrepid to announce the Alive/Worldwide reunion tour of the original lineup, which was their first tour together since 1979. The tour would go on to gross $143.7 million dollars.

1995: Bob Seger’s wife Juanita Dorricott gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Samantha Char. More...

This Day in Music History: April 15th

2003: Fleetwood Mac released their first album with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham in 16 years Say You Will which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.

2001: Ramones singer Joey Ramone died of lymphoma at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He was 49 years old and when he died he was listening to the U2 song “In A Little While” which Bono later called an honor.


This Day in Music History: April 14th

2008: Queen guitarist Brian May was inducted into Liverpool John Moores University as the university’s fourth Chancellor.

1994: Nirvana singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain was cremated at the Bleitz Funeral Home in Seattle. One third of Cobain’s ashes were later scattered in the Wishkah River in Washington, one third were scattered in a Buddhist temple in New York & the rest are with Courtney Love. More...

This Day in Music History: April 11th

2008: Rush kicked off the third and final leg of their Snakes and Arrows Tour in support of their eighteenth studio album of the same name in San Juan, PR at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico. It was the first time Rush had ever played Puerto Rico.

1992: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson & British comedian Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean reached number nine on the U.K. Singles Chart with a cover of Alice Cooper’s “Elected” which was recorded for the U.K.’s charity organization Comic Relief.


This Day in Music History: April 10th

1992: Axl Rose left Chicago before a Chicago sheriff could arrest him for allegedly starting a riot during a Guns N’ Roses concert in St. Louis the previous July. St. Louis County authorities had issued a warrant for Rose’s arrest.

1982: Iron Maiden reached number one on the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with The Number of the Beast, which began a two week run on top of the chart.


This Day in Music History: April 9th

1997: Soundgarden announced that they were breaking up due to dissatisfaction within the band. They would later reunite in 2010.

1992: Sean Pierce of Fort Smith, AR was arrested while walking home & charged with wearing a smutty t-shirt after buying a shirt at a Van Halen concert the day before while they were on tour in support of For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. The band phoned Pierce & offered to pay his fine if he was convicted.  More...

This Day in Music History: April 8th

2010: Former New York Dolls and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren died of mesothelioma in Switzerland. He was 64 years old.

1998: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood’s boat caught fire while sailing around Rio de Janeiro. An engine had been the cause of the fire. Wood and ten passengers were rescued by a boatload of passing journalists.

This Day in Music History: April 7th

1990: During a Motley Crue concert at the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, CT, Tommy Lee suffered a mild concussion after he fell 20 feet off the scaffolding above his elevated drum kit.

1990: Farm Aid IV took place at Indianapolis’ Hoosier Dome which featured Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Elton John, Lou Reed, Don Henley, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, & Guns N’ Roses, who performed their last concert with the Appetite For Destruction-era lineup. More...

This Day in Music History: April 4th

2009: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in Cleveland for the first time since 1997 at Public Hall. The inductees included Metallica, Jeff Beck & Run-DMC.

2008: Procol Harum singer Gary Brooker won back full royalty rights to their biggest hit “A Whiter Shade of Pale” at The Court of Appeal in London due to organist Matthew Fisher had taken 38 years to bring his claim of contributing the organ theme and being entitled to co-authorship to litigation. Fisher would appeal the case & regain the rights to future royalties the following year. More...

This Day in Music History: April 3rd

2007: Keith Richards admitted in an interview with a British music magazine that he snorted his father’s ashes mixed with cocaine. Richards’ manager later claimed that the comment was a joke.

2000: The Black Crowes were sued by Ohio fan Joshua Harmon for $385,000 claiming that Harmon suffered hearing damage after sitting in the second row at a Black Crowes concert the previous April in Knoxville, TN.

This Day in Music History: April 2nd

1997: Joni Mitchell publicly announced that she found her daughter, Kilauren Gibb. Mitchell had given her up for adoption in 1965.

1990: Nirvana entered Smart Studios in Madison, WI where they recorded a demo produced by Butch Vig which they shopped around to major labels. The demo included “Lithium”, “In Bloom” & “Polly” which later appeared on their first major label album Nevermind released the following year.


This Day in Music History: April 1st

2008: This was the first Cheap Trick Day in the State of Illinois. It was declared in June the previous year that April 1st of every year would be Cheap Trick Day. 

2003: Pearl Jam kicked off their first North American tour in three years in Denver. During the concert, singer Eddie Vedder impaled a mask of George W. Bush on a microphone stand during the song “Bu$hleaguer” which caused some fans to walk out.


This Day in Music History: March 31st

2009: The Osbournes: Reloaded premiered on Fox & was cancelled after only one episode aired.

1995: Lance Cunningham tried to rush the stage and stab Jimmy Page at a Page and Plant concert at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI. Cunningham was stopped by two security guards & after being arrested, told police he wanted to kill Page because he thought Led Zeppelin’s music contained satanic messages.


This Day in Music History: March 28th

2010: Rush were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. They were recognized for the songs “Closer to the Heart”, “The Spirit of Radio”, “Tom Sawyer”, “Limelight” & “Subdivisions”. 

2005: Queen kicked off their first tour with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and Free replacing Freddie Mercury on vocals at London’s Brixton Academy.


This Day in Music History: March 27th

1987: U2 performed on the rooftop of a liquor store in Los Angeles while filming the music video for “Where the Streets Have No Name”. The Los Angeles Police Department would shut down filming of the video due to traffic concerns.

1986: Sammy Hagar made his live debut singing for Van Halen at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, LA.


This Day in Music History: March 26th

2002: Randy Castillo, drummer for Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue & Lita Ford died of squamous cell carcinoma at his home in Los Angeles. He was 51 years old.

1994: Soundgarden entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at number one with Superunknown which spent one week on top of the chart & went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.


This Day in Music History: March 25th

2008: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was arrested in Laguna Beach, CA on suspicion of drunk driving after police noticed his Hummer weaving in traffic lanes. Sambora’s blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit.

1995: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder was rescued from a dangerous riptide after swimming off the coast of New Zealand which carried his 250 feet offshore.


This Day in Music History: March 24th

2003: David Lee Roth began a week-long stint filling in as a morning DJ on a Los Angeles radio station.

2001: A portion of Georgia State Route 19 in Macon, GA was named Duane Allman Boulevard near where Allman died in a motorcycle crash in 1971 & a bridge on the same highway was named the Raymond Berry Oakley III Bridge. It was also named Duane Allman Day & Raymond Berry Oakley III Day in Macon.


This Day in Music History: March 21st

2005: MTV aired the final episode of The Osbournes. Dr. Phil McGraw visited the family where he held a frank discussion about drug abuse & other issues.

1994: Bruce Springsteen won the Best Music, Original Song Oscar at the 66th Academy Awards for “Streets of Philadelphia”.


This Day in Music History: March 20th

1994: Rush were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the Juno Awards of 1994 at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto.

1991: Eric Clapton’s four year old son Conor climbed out of an open window & fell 700 feet to his death in New York City. Clapton’s grief was expressed in the song “Tears in Heaven”.


This Day in Music History: March 19th

2001: Aerosmith, Queen, Steely Dan, Paul Simon & Michael Jackson were some of the acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Kid Rock inducted Aerosmith, Dave Grohl of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters inducted Queen, & Moby inducted Steely Dan.

1982: Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash in Leesburg, FL when the plane crashed into Osbourne’s tour bus. The pilot Andrew Aycock & hairdresser Rachel Youngblood were also killed. Rhoads was 25 years old.


This Day in Music History: March 18th

2004: During an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, Courtney Love exposed her breasts to Letterman. After her appearance she was arrested after a concert for allegedly throwing a microphone stand into the crowd & striking a man in attendance.

2003: Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted became Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist. Newsted would leave before the end of 2003 after fulfilling touring duties.