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2016 Tom DeLonge reveals his true reason for leaving blink-182: to investigate UFOs. In an interview with Mic, the "Aliens Exist" singer claims the truth is out there: "There's been hundreds and hundreds of thousands of eyewitness accounts. Trace evidence that's been analyzed by scientists across the world. Events have happened on the ground. It's all around us. I know of stuff I can't talk about right now."

2016 Red Hot Chili Peppers release The Getaway, their first album since 2011 and their first since 1991 without Rick Rubin producing - Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton is the producer.

2016 Prince Be of P.M. Dawn dies of kidney disease at age 46.

2008 The Offspring release Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace - their first album in nearly five years.

2006 Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones enters rehab to kick his drinking habit, but recovers in time to join the band on their latest world tour a month later.

2006 Rolf Harris is honored with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II.

2002 U2 guitarist The Edge gets married for the second time, this time to Morleigh Steinberg, the belly dancer on their 1992-1993 Zoo TV tour.

1999 Suffering from depression, Screaming Lord Sutch commits suicide at age 58. The singer, who also founded the UK political party Official Monster Raving Loony Party, worked with several artists, including Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck.

1997 Switchfoot's debut album, The Legend of Chin, is released under the independent label Re:think Records.

1997 Sugar Ray releases Floored, including their breakthrough hit "Fly."

1995 Rod Stewart sets an attendance record at Wembley Stadium in London when 83,000 fans attend his concert. The record holds until 2009, when U2 draws 88,000 on their 360 tour.

1989 Ringo Starr announces the second annual line-up of his All-Starr Band, featuring Billy Preston, Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren and Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and The Band's Levon Helm and Rick Danko.

1989 Pop singer Simone Battle (of G.R.L.) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1987 Rod Stewart becomes the proud parent of his fourth child, daughter Ruby, from his girlfriend, model Kelly Emberg.

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Blink-182 Release Dude Ranch

1997

Blink-182, a pop-punk trio from San Diego, release their major-label debut, Dude Ranch. The album boasts their first rock-radio hit, "Dammit," a breakup tune that blows out bassist Mark Hoppus' vocal chords.

Hoppus wasn't doing his voice any favors while the band worked on their second album, the follow-up to 1995's Cheshire Cat. He was chain-smoking, skipping vocal warm-ups and singing (and yelling) beyond his range - but it resulted in a pretty cool sound that pushed "Dammit" to #11 on the Modern Rock chart. "I actually like my voice a lot on 'Dammit.' It sounds really raw and cool," Hoppus said in 2001. "But it's not a technique I would recommend for getting a good vocal sound." Hoppus had to take a week off from recording to rest his voice, and he never could attempt to sing the chorus live - bandmate Tom DeLonge and, later, Matt Skiba took over the vocal in concert. Overall, Dude Ranch was a moderate hit, earning a Gold certification in February 1998 for sales of 500,000 copies. Their big breakthrough comes with their next album, Enema Of The State.

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