Join Gunner as he goes over all the important Rock dates in history weekdays at 3:50. Relive all the chart-topping moments, milestones, bad breakups and first times again.
There will be no hall pass today. Here’s what happened today in Rock N’ Roll.
1970 Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on a crowd of anti-war protesters at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others. The incident inspires the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young anti-war anthem “Ohio.”
1973 Led Zeppelin opens a U.S. tour, which is billed as the “biggest and most profitable rock & roll tour in the history of the United States.” A group spokesman predicts the group will gross over $3 million.
1993 Live: Right Here, Right Now by Van Halen is certified both gold and platinum.
1995 U2 announces plans to launch Zoo-TV, a series based on their 1993 tour, on MTV that summer.
1998 Stone Temple Pilots‘ first three albums — Core, Purple, and Tiny Music: Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop — are certified multi-platinum for sales of seven, five, and two million, respectively.
2002 Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne attend the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C., as the guest of TV commentator Greta Van Susteren.
2003 The 100th victim of the Great White club fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, dies at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she’d been in critical condition since the blaze on February 20th.
2004 Celebrity Justice reveals that former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan have filed a lawsuit against lead singer W. Axl Rose, claiming that Rose has cost them millions of dollars by canceling deals that would have placed Guns N’ Roses songs in various movies.
2006 Pearl Jam performs on Late Show With David Letterman, and they also do a mini-concert on the street outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City after the TV taping.
2006 Black Sabbath‘s “Iron Man” is named Number One on VH1’s list of the “40 Greatest Metal Songs.”
2007 Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger is reportedly involved in a fight outside a Vancouver nightclub in the early morning, allegedly punching another man in the face after the man continuously heckles him, shouting things like “Nickelback sucks.”
2010 Godsmack releases The Oracle, its fifth studio album and first since 2006, while Deftones issue their sixth studio effort, Diamond Eyes.
Mike Dirnt (bassist, Green Day) (46)
Mick Mars (guitarist, Motley Crue) (67)