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Pick a Day

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2014 Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst publishes Willie's Bar and Grill, a memoir about the Aussie band's North American tour post-9/11.

2014 Paul Goddard (bassist for Atlanta Rhythm Section) dies at age 68 of a brief, sudden illness.

2007 Rage Against The Machine reunite to close the Coachella Festival, their first show in seven years.

2005 Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary undergoes a bone marrow transplant to battle leukemia.

2003 The movie Only The Strong Survive (with many R&B legends, including Jerry Butler) premieres in New York.

1999 Following his reunion with Pamela Anderson Lee, Tommy Lee quits Mötley Crüe to devote time to his new band, Methods of Mayhem, and his family.

1997 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases the album Twenty, which is titled after the fact that it's being released twenty years after the plane crash that claimed the lives of three band members. It's their ninth studio album.

1996 Phil Spector calls off a planned project to produce Celine Dion when they can't agree to terms.

1995 Tupac Shakur marries Keisha Morris inside the Clinton Correctional Facility, while Shakur is serving a four-and-a-half-year jail term for sexual assault.

1993 Mick Ronson, a guitarist best known for his work with David Bowie, dies of cancer at age 46.

1993 Barry White guests on The Simpsons, where he serves as MC of Whacking Day.

1985 Freddie Mercury releases his solo album Mr. Bad Guy. Although it sells okay in the UK, in the US it doesn't make even the top 150.

1982 Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni are named Songwriters of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards, while their "Stand And Deliver" is named the best selling single.

1979 Matt Tong (drummer for Bloc Party) is born in Bournemouth, England.

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Fallon And Rudd Do Styx

2016

Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd do a shot-for-shot remake of the Styx video for "Too Much Time On My Hands."

The bit airs on Fallon's Tonight Show after a discussion with Rudd where they mention being bandmates in Styx. The video stays true to the original, complete with cutting-edge (for 1981) video effects and Dennis DeYoung's super-stylish tuxedo vest with boutonniere. The video has special memories for many in Generation X, as it was in heavy rotation when MTV went on the air in 1981. Rock revisionists have questioned the coolness of the band, but to those who grew up watching them on MTV, they will always be undeniably awesome.

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