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2014 All is well in Seattle as the Super Bowl champion Seahawks play the first game of the season, with local band Soundgarden performing during the pregame.

2009 The-Dream and Christina Milian elope in Las Vegas; they separate three months later, though the split is not made public until July 2010.

2007 The Bob Dylan "biographical" movie, I'm Not There: Suppositions On A Film Concerning Dylan, premieres at the Venice (Italy) Film Festival.

1997 Accepting the award for Best New Artist, 19-year-old Fiona Apple rages against the machine, saying: "This world is bulls--t. And you shouldn't model your life about what you think we think is cool, what we're wearing, and what we're saying."More

1991 Country singer Dottie West, 58, dies five days after getting in a car accident on her way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

1986 Gregg Allman is arrested in Belleview, Florida, when a police officer sees his 1985 Trans Am weaving on Route 441. He blows a .27 (legal limit: .10) and is charged with drunken driving and driving with an expired license. Allman is sentenced to five days in jail and ordered to do community service, which he serves by playing a drug-and-alcohol-free graduation party for area high schools. He does his time in January 1987, a month before his aptly titled solo album I'm No Angel is released.

1980 Pop singer Dan Miller (of O-Town) is born in Laconia, New Hampshire.

1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Jerry Lewis' muscular dystrophy telethon.

1971 At a Bruce Springsteen show at the Student Prince in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the E Street Band comes together when sax player Clarence Clemons joins the band on stage for the first time, a story recounted in the song "Tenth Avenue Freeze-out."

1970 The Rolling Stones release Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

1969 The Youngbloods, a rare rock band scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, are scratched. Carson says it's because they were being disrespectful; the band says they were slated to play two songs: a new one and their hit "Get Together," but when the show went long, the producers nixed the new song, so they walked.

1968 The Beatles play to a live audience for the first time in two years when they record promotional films for "Hey Jude" and "Revolution" at Twickenham Studios in front of an audience of about 100. It goes so well, they decide to make a documentary, which becomes Let It Be.

1965 While The Who shop for a guard dog, their van and $10,000 worth of equipment is stolen.

1964 The Animals play America for the first time with a show at New York's Paramount Theatre.

1960 Kim Thayil (lead guitarist for Soundgarden) is born in Seattle, Washington. He would be raised near Chicago in Park Forest, Illinois.

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System Of A Down Release Toxicity


System Of A Down release Toxicity, a classic of the Armenian folk-metal genre that sells over 3 million copies.

When the band released their first album in 1998, even they thought it would be well off the mainstream radar, but thanks to MTV, rock radio, and buzzworthy live shows, they bubbled to the surface. Their music doesn't fit any niche (we were kind of kidding about that Armenian folk-metal thing), but that was fine with Rick Rubin, the man who shepherded both Slayer and Beastie Boys. Rubin was not just System's producer, but also their label boss - he signed them to his American Recordings imprint in 1997. The day before its release, the band planned a free concert, but that went sideways when thousands more than expected showed up and police shut it down before it began. It was clear SOAD was no longer an underground band, and the album would be a very big deal. Toxicity is indeed huge. It debuts at #1 in America, but just a week after its release, September 11 happens. This impacts airplay (many stations drop the lead single, "Chop Suey," which references death), but the album proves resilient; "Toxicity" and "Aerials" are both released as singles in 2002 and do quite well, with "Aerials" topping the Alternative chart, putting them in the company of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana. SOAD recorded about 30 songs for Toxicity; many that didn't make the tracklist leak on the internet in 2002, prompting the band to release them that year on what becomes their third album: Steal This Album! In 2005, they release their next two albums: Mezmerize and Hypnotize. Both go to #1, but the band splits up the following year. They return to tour in 2010, but don't release any music that decade. In 2020, they put their differences aside to release two songs in support of Armenians fighting in their homeland.



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