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2019 Miley Cyrus plays an exploited pop star in the "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too" episode of Black Mirror. Her character's hit song is a reworking of "Head Like A Hole" as an empowerment anthem called "On A Roll," which is released as a single in real life with a video that gets over 20 million views on YouTube.

2017 Kesha is rebuffed when she tries to hug Jerry Seinfeld at a red carpet event - turns out he's not a hugger. The video quickly goes viral.More

2015 Shania Twain begins her Rock This Country Tour with a show in Seattle. Billed as her farewell tour, it's her first trek since her 2003-2004 Up! tour.

2013 Rob Halford announces that Judas Priest will be re-forming after their retirement two years earlier.

2013 Doo-wop singer Marshall Sewell (of The Edsels) dies of esophageal cancer at age 75.

2012 Blues singer-songwriter Lou Pride, known for the compositions "Long Arm Of The Blues" and "Love From A Stone," dies after a bout of illness at age 68.

2012 Herb Reed (founding member of The Platters) dies of heart disease, among other ailments, at age 83 in Boston, Massachusetts.

2008 James Taylor sings the US national anthem at Game 1 of the NBA finals in Boston.

2007 Bruce Springsteen releases Live In Dublin.

2006 "Hard Rock Hallelujah" by Lordi is released in the UK.

2006 Elliot Easton of The Cars breaks his clavicle when the band's tour bus swerves to avoid an accident, and Easton falls out of the bunk. Performing with "The New Cars" fronted by Todd Rundgren, he plays four shows in a brace before getting surgery, which ends the tour.

2003 Metallica unleash their album St. Anger, with no guitar solos and one of the harshest drum tones ever committed to tape.

1999 Frankie Laine marries his third wife, Marcia Ann Kline.

1993 Conway Twitty dies of an abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 59 after collapsing while on tour in Missouri.

1993 Toby Keith scores his first #1 country hit when "Should've Been a Cowboy" reaches the top.

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Tom Cruise Turns Rock Star In Rock Of Ages


Tom Cruise stars as rocker Stacee Jaxx in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages, an homage to '80s rock and glam metal that features songs from Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Pat Benatar, and Journey.

It's 1987, and only one rock star can save a dive bar on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip: Tom Cruise. The actor has never starred in a musical before, so he practices several hours a day for months to play Stacee Jaxx, frontman for the fictional band Arsenal. The film opens with Cruise singing Guns N' Roses "Paradise City." We also meet aspiring rocker Drew (Diego Boneta) and his love interest Sherrie (Julianne Hough), who both work at the struggling Bourbon Room, the club that pins its hopes of survival on Arsenal's final concert. Meanwhile, local conservatives (Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bryan Cranston) are determined to destroy the den of iniquity and protest with Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" and Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." Drew readies for his big break with Joan Jett's "I Love Rock And Roll" and Foreigner's "Juke Box Hero," while Stacee admits he's "Wanted Dead Or Alive" ala Bon Jovi. By the end, Drew and Sherrie take the stage to sing Drew's "original" song, Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'." Rock of Ages is an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning 2006 Broadway hit of the same name, which ran for 2,328 performances until it closed on January 18, 2015. The film takes liberties with the storyline - altering a subplot that includes an affair between Stacee and Sherrie and putting the Bourbon Room in danger over a tax debt instead of from German developers - but uses many of the same songs. While the movie only earns a little over $59 million at the box office, the soundtrack peaks at #5 on the Billboard 200 and is certified gold in Canada.



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