2010 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2010 - ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Hollies, The Stooges - are inducted at the 25th Annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
2003 The Offspring announce that their new album will be called Chinese Democracy, mocking the long-delayed Guns N' Roses release. Offspring lead singer Dexter Holland says, "Axl ripped-off my braids, so I ripped-off his album title."
1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono get caught "standing in the dock at Southampton, trying to get to Holland or France" as passport problems stall their wedding. They get married five days later in Gibraltar, and use their adventure in the lyrics to "The Ballad Of John And Yoko."
2014 Scott Asheton (drummer for The Stooges) dies of a heart attack at age 64.
2008 The musical I Am Who I Am, based on the life of singer Teddy Pendergrass, opens in Chicago.
2005 The third offering from Daft Punk, Human After All, is released in the US a day after its launch in the rest of the world. Recorded in just six weeks, it is a critical and commercial disappointment, leading the French duo to retreat into the studio to reconsider their direction and to call up some big-name collaborators for their next effort, Random Access Memories.
2003 Brad Paisley marries actress Kimberly Williams at Pepperdine University's Stauffer Chapel. They first met when the singer cast her as his female lead in his music video for "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)."
2002 Marshall Leib (of The Teddy Bears) dies of a heart attack at age 63.
1999 Curtis Mayfield, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney, The Staple Singers, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Springsteen reunites with the E Street Band to perform at the ceremony.
1986 Starship's "Sara" hits #1 on the Hot 100. It's the second chart-topper (following "We Built This City") for the third iteration of the group, which was previously Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.
1983 Cathy Smith is arrested for second-degree murder for providing the drugs that killed John Belushi.
1982 The Songwriters Hall Of Fame, formed in 1969, finally lets Bob Dylan in.
1979 At a party following a Stephen Stills concert, Elvis Costello gets in an argument with Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie, and reportedly refers to Ray Charles as a "blind, ignorant ni--er." Costello pleads inebriation, and says he was just trying to outrage her.
1977 DJ Joseph Hahn (of Linkin Park) is born in Dallas, Texas, but grows up in Glendale, California.
1976 At the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Deep Purple play their last show with their Mark IV lineup, which includes David Coverdale, Ian Paice, Jon Lord and Glenn Hughes, and has been extant since 1968. The group gets back together in 1984 with Paice, Lord, Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover.
A classically trained vocalist, Snider joins Twisted Sister in 1976. The band had been around for three years, but Snider quickly takes over, becoming their primary songwriter and focal point. They play metal and earn a following in New York and New Jersey before breaking big with their third album, Stay Hungry, in 1984.
The album contains two big hits: "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It," both of which get gobs of airplay on MTV, exposing the outrageously attired Snider to a wide swath of adolescents in the mood for his band of rock superhero rebellion. Snider writes every song on the album and is the only band member on the cover.
A family man who preaches sobriety, Snider bucks the stereotype of the reckless rocker, making him the perfect spokesman when the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) pushes for a ratings system on albums they deem offensive, including those by Twisted Sister. He testifies at a Senate hearing on the issue in full stage garb and makeup.
When Twisted Sister's popularity wanes, Snider takes up film, writing the screenplay for the 1998 horror flick Strangeland, in which he stars. From 1999-2001 he has his own morning radio show in Hartford, Connecticut. In the ensuing decades, he reunites Twisted Sister from time to time and also records as a solo artist.
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