2002 A remixed version of Elvis Presley's 1968 single "A Little Less Conversation" hits #1 in the UK, released as part of a successful plan by his estate to claim the UK record for most #1 hits on the tally from The Beatles.
1980 The movie The Blues Brothers, adapted from John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's classic SNL skit, premieres in Chicago. A love letter of sorts to '60s R&B and soul, it will help re-establish the careers of its musical co-stars, including James Brown, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin.
1972 David Bowie unveils his landmark album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. His breakthrough LP, it sells over 7 million copies and is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time.More
1969 Experimental avant-garde/free-jazz artist Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, releases Trout Mask Replica, a polyrhythmic, polytonal collection of noise that is either an unlistenable mess or a work of genius.More
1967 The first Monterey International Pop festival begins at the County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. It's the first of many big Rock festivals, with The Who, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Animals among those performing. Many consider it the beginning of the "Summer of Love."More
2014 Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony divorce. They married in 2004 and welcomed twins Maximilian and Emme in 2008.
2007 Muse become the first band to sell out the rebuilt Wembley Stadium in London, when about 90,000 fans see them perform.
2007 61-year-old Rod Stewart marries his third wife, 35-year-old model Penny Lancaster, on board the yacht Lady Ann Magee in Portofino, Italy.
2006 The White Stripes win a lawsuit brought on by Ghetto Recorders studio owner Jim Diamond. Diamond claimed he produced the band's first two albums and that the band owed him royalties for his work. In reality, Jack White was the sole producer of those records and Diamond wasn't entitled to any more money as the band had already given him credit as engineer.
2004 The three surviving original members of the New York Dolls perform together for the first time since 1975 at the first of two shows at London Royal Festival Hall. The concerts are spearheaded by The Smiths' frontman, Morrissey, who was once the president of the Dolls' UK fan club. The band continues to record and perform in various incarnations after the reunion.
1999 Phil Collins gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1997 John Wolters (drummer for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) dies of cancer at age 52.
1994 Kristen Pfaff (bassist for Hole) dies of acute opiate intoxication at age 27.
1993 The US Postal Service issues a booklet of commemorative rock and roll stamps featuring Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Bill Haley, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, and Dinah Washington.
1990 The Swedish pop duo Roxette earns their third chart-topper when their breakup ballad "It Must Have Been Love" from the Pretty Woman soundtrack hits #1.
1990 The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black," re-released in the Netherlands as a single, climbs to the top of the charts 24 years after its initial release.
1987 Diana DeGarmo, runner-up on Season 3 of American Idol, is born in Birmingham, Alabama.
The show takes place in Warsaw, Poland, as part of the Sonisphere Festival, followed by six more concerts in Europe, including one in Bulgaria that is released on DVD. This kind of aggressive thrash metal had its heyday in the late '80s, but was pushed aside by grunge and hair metal in the '90s and nu-metal in the early '00s. But late in the decade, the genre recovered, led by Slayer's Christ Illusion album (2006) and Metallica's Death Magnetic (2008). Megadeth, megadead in 2002 when Dave Mustaine suffered nerve damage in his arm and dealt with drug issues, returned to form with successful albums in 2004, 2007 and 2009. Anthrax has been less successful, but Joey Belladonna, lead singer from their classic lineup, returns for the Big Four shows, and the band makes a triumphant return with a new album in 2011, Worship Music. With nearly 40 years of history, there are many hatchets to be buried, most prominently among Mustaine and his former band, Metallica. An original member, he was fired from the group before they released their first album. His transgression: drug and alcohol abuse. Perhaps the ultimate pot/kettle scenario. These European shows, which end in July, are very successful. In 2011 the Big Four do seven more concerts, ending with one in Yankee Stadium on September 14. All four bands continue their resurgence, but politics and logistics keep them from playing together again.
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