Rock Bands in History

Events in Music

Music Concert

1957-07-06 John Lennon (16) & Paul McCartney (15) meet for 1st time as Lennon's rock group Quarrymen perform at St. Peter's, Woolton's Parish Church in Liverpool, introduced by mutual friend Ivan Vaughn

Music History

1957-12-01 Seminal rock band Buddy Holly & The Crickets make their "Ed Sullivan Show" debut, performing "That'll Be The Day" and "Peggy Sue"; singer Sam Cooke also performs after getting bumped due to time constraints on November 3rd - he sings "You Send Me" and “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” [1] [2]

Music History

1963-09-01 Cliff Richard and the Shadows 1st British rock group to perform in Israel

  • 1964-11-24 British rock band begins a 22-week Tuesday night residency at the influential Marquee Club in London, England
  • 1965-01-15 Rock group Who releases first album "I Can't Explain"
  • 1965-06-17 British rock band The Kinks arrive in NYC beginning their 1st US tour
  • 1965-07-06 Psychedelic rock band "Jefferson Airplane" forms in San Francisco, California
  • 1965-07-24 Rock group "The Animals" 1st time in British charts
  • 1965-09-04 Rock group The Who's van is vandalized with $10,000 in equipment stolen

Music History

1966-03-03 Canadian-American rock band "Buffalo Springfield" forms (Stephen Stills, Neil Young, et al)

  • 1967-07-16 American pop-rock group "The Monkees" perform at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens, New York, with psychedelic rock Jimi Hendrix Experience as opening act;
  • 1967-07-16 British rock band "The Who" begin 1st full US tour, appearing at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California, and then going coast-to-coast opening for Herman's Hermits

TV Show Appearance

1967-09-17 American rock band "The Doors" appear for 1st and last time on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; singer Jim Morrison reneges on promise to change a lyric, prompting producers to offer no further invitations [1]

  • 1967-12-20 Ian Anderson & Glenn Cornick form rock group Jethro Tull

Music History

1968-02-22 Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "Silent Sun"

  • 1968-04-20 British rock band billed as "Roundabout" debuts in Kastrup, Denmark; after a brief tour of Scandinavia, they change their name to "Deep Purple"
  • 1968-07-07 Rock group "Yardbirds" disband
  • 1968-07-09 BBC-TV broadcasts "Farewell", folk-rock band The Seekers final performance, draws 10 million viewers

Music History

1968-09-28 Janis Joplin announces she's leaving the rock band "Big Brother & Holding Co"

  • 1968-11-26 Rock band Cream gives "final" concert at Royal Albert Hall, London, England - but re-unites briefly for a short tour in 2005
  • 1969-02-07 British rock band The Who record their song "Pinball Wizard" at Morgan Studio's, London
  • 1969-04-28 Rock band King Crimson with Robert Fripp, Greg Lake & Ian McDonald debuts
  • 1969-07-02 American guitarist Leslie West and producer, bassist Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain
  • 1969-10-10 British progressive rock band King Crimson releases their debut album "In The Court Of The Crimson King"
  • 1970-06-17 British rock band Led Zeppelin begin their last European tour

Music History

1970-08-07 British keyboard playing singer-songwriter Christine McVie (née Perfect) joins rock band Fleetwood Mac

Album Release

1971-02-19 Progressive rock band Yes release their break-through third studio album "The Yes Album"

  • 1971-05-23 American rock group Iron Butterfly ("In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida") disbands
  • 1972-05-18 American pop rock band Looking Glass release their single "Brandy"
  • 1972-10-16 Rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival break up
  • 1973-01-30 Rock band Kiss plays their 1st show at the Coventry Club in Queens, NY

Music History

1973-08-09 Northern Irish guitarist Henry McCullough quits rock band Wings, founded by Paul McCartney

  • 1973-08-28 "Smoke on the Water" single by British rock band Deep Purple goes gold
  • 1973-08-30 Drummer Danny Seiwell quits rock band Wings, which he co-founded with Paul McCartney
  • 1974-03-28 Rock group Raspberries breakup
  • 1974-06-08 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group "Yes" (for the first time)
  • 1974-08-05 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways in England

Music Concert

1974-08-16 American punk rock band "The Ramones" concert debut at CBGB's in New York City

  • 1974-11-18 "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" by English progressive rock band Genesis is released, their last to feature original frontman Peter Gabriel
  • 1975-08-16 Singer Peter Gabriel announces his departure from the rock group Genesis
  • 1975-09-10 Rock band Kiss release their 1st live album "Alive!"
  • 1976-07-19 British rock group Deep Purple disbands

Music History

1976-09-17 British punk rock band The Sex Pistols play before a captive audience at Chelmsford Prison, Essex, England

  • 1976-09-20 Albert Records releases rock band AC/DC's third studio album "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" in Australia and Europe

Music History

1976-09-25 Bono, David Evans, his brother Dik, and Adam Clayton respond to an advertisement on a bulletin board at Mount Temple posted by fellow student Larry Mullen Jr. to form a rock band, which becomes U2

Music History

1976-10-08 EMI signs British punk rock band "Sex Pistols"

  • 1977-01-06 EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols
  • 1977-02-18 American rock band KISS play their first concert in their hometown venue of Madison Square Garden in New York City

Historic Publication

1977-06-30 Marvel Comics publish "Kiss book" tributing rock group Kiss

Music History

1977-10-07 Guitarist Steve Hackett quits progressive rock band Genesis

  • 1977-10-14 American rock band Kiss release their 2nd live album "Alive II"
  • 1977-10-20 Plane chartered by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd runs out of fuel and crashes in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Six people are killed, including band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gains, and Cassie Gaines, and road manager Dean Kilpatrick

Sex Pistols' Break Up

1978-01-14 British punk rock band Sex Pistols hold what becomes their final concert at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California

  • 1978-06-28 UNICEF chooses rock group Kansas as Ambassadors of Goodwill

Music History

1978-07-25 John Lydon forms rock group Public Ltd Image

  • 1978-10-20 British ska-rock band The Police perform 1st US concert at CBGBs in NYC
  • 1979-06-14 Rock group "Little Feat" disbands
  • 1979-08-11 British rock band Led Zeppelin performs for what becomes the final time in England at Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire, before over 200,000 fans
  • 1979-08-24 Rock band "The Cars" play concert at the Wollman Rink in NYC's Central Park
  • 1979-10-10 Rock band Fleetwood Mac gets a star in Hollywood
  • 1979-12-30 Rock group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer break up
  • 1980-05-16 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis
  • 1980-05-20 Drummer Peter Criss quits rock band Kiss
  • 1980-08-26 Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of American rock band Cheap Trick
  • 1981-04-27 Paul McCartney's solo rock band Wings breaks-up
  • 1982-03-31 American rock group The Doobie Brothers split up

Album Release

1984-01-09 Rock band Van Halen release their most successful album "1984"

Album Release

1986-08-18 American rock band Bon Jovi release their 3rd album "Slippery When Wet" (Billboard's top selling album of 1987)

  • 1988-06-21 American rock band The Rascals begin their 1st tour in 20 years
  • 1988-09-16 Fish leaves rock group Marillion

Music Single

1991-09-10 Rock band Nirvana release their single "Smells like Teen Spirit", often dubbed the anthem of Generation X

Album Release

1991-09-24 Rock band Nirvana release their second studio album "Nevermind"

  • 1992-08-29 Irish rock band U2 plays the 1st of two sold-out nights at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, NYC

Album Release

1992-11-03 Rock band Rage Against the Machine releases their debut album "Rage Against the Machine" featuring single "Killing in the Name"

  • 1994-05-10 DGC Records releases "Weezer" (known as The Blue Album), the debut album of rock band Weezer

Music History

1995-12-07 American rock band The Grateful Dead break up after the death of Jerry Garcia

  • 1996-08-06 American punk rock band "The Ramones" perform for the last time, at the Palace in Hollywood, California

Album Release

1997-08-25 Welsh rock band Stereophonics release their debut studio album "Word Gets Around"

Album Release

2000-02-29 Giant Records releases American rock band Steely Dan's "Two Against Nature", their eighth studio album, and first in 20 years; it wins four Grammy Awards.

  • 2000-10-18 Zack de la Rocha announces he is leaving rock band Rage Against the Machine
  • 2003-02-20 Pyrotechnics display sets 'The Station' nightclub ablaze during a concert by rock band Great White; kills 100 and injuries over 300 others (West Warwick, Rhode Island)
  • 2008-11-23 Geffen Records releases rock band Guns N" Roses sixth, and to date last, studio album, "Chinese Democracy"; 8 years in production, with costs over $13 million, it is the most expensive rock album ever made

Music History

2009-08-28 British pop-rock band Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher quits the band, citing inability to be with his brother Liam

  • 2010-11-13 Australian rock band Powderfinger, perform their last concert at the Brisbane River Stage

Music History

2013-03-22 American rock band My Chemical Romance announce their break-up

  • 2015-10-04 American rock band Van Halen's final public performance takes place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

Glastonbury Festival

2019-06-26 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: American rock band The Killers headline; Kylie Minogue plays the Pyramid stage 14 years after cancer forced her to cancel; other performers include Bastille, Hozier, and Mavis Staples

  • 2022-03-26 British rock band Genesis performs final concert of farewell tour at O2 Arena in London, England
  • 2022-03-30 Rock band Foo Fighters cancel their world tour after the unexpected death of their drummer Taylor Hawkins in Bogota, Colombia [1]
  • 2022-05-15 British rock band "The Who" returns to Cincinnati, Ohio for the first time since tragic December 1979 stampede that killed 11 concert goers [1]
  • 2022-05-24 American rock band Aerosmith cancels planned Las Vegas concerts in June and July as singer Steven Tyler returns to drug rehab

Music History

2022-06-05 American rocker Bruce Springsteen joins British rock band Coldplay for two songs (The Land of Hope and Dreams; Dancing in the Dark) at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • 2022-10-14 Psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Birthdays in Music

  • 1928-07-12 Barbara Cowsill, American singer and rock band mother (The Cowsills - "Hair"; "We Can Fly"), born in Cranston, Rhode Island (d. 1985)
  • 1932-04-10 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1935-04-05 Peter Grant, English rock band manager (Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin), born in South Norwood, England (d. 1995)
  • 1940-08-24 Tony Secunda, English rock band manager (The Moody Blues), born in Epsom, Surrey, England (d. 1995)

Roger DaltreyRoger Daltrey (78 years old)

1944-03-01 English singer and founder of the rock band "The Who", born in East Acton, London, England

  • 1947-09-23 Neal Smith, American musician and drummer for rock group "Alice Cooper", born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1947-11-03 Joe Lala, American drummer, percussionist, singer ("Blues Image"), and actor, born in Ybor City, Florida (d. 2014)
  • 1950-02-03 John Schlitt, American Christian rock singer (Petra), born in Lincoln, Illinois
  • 1951-05-19 Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman], American punk rock singer and musician (The Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"; Blitzkrieg Bop"; solo -"What a Wonderful World") (d. 2001)
  • 1981-06-22 Chris Urbanowicz, British rock guitarist (The Editors, 2002-12), born in Aslockton, England
  • 1986-05-07 Matt Helders, English musician and drummer (Arctic Monkeys), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1991-02-07 Spencer Elden, baby and model on grunge rock band Nirvana's "Nevermind" album cover (1991)

Weddings in Music

  • 1967-06-23 British bassist John Entwistle (22) of rock group Who weds Alison Wise
  • 1982-07-29 British "Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor (21) weds hair stylist and photographer Tracy Wilson in Los Angeles, California
  • 1989-04-29 Rock band Bon Jovi lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (27) weds Dorothea Hurley (26) at Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas

Liv Tyler

2003-03-25 Actress-model Liv Tyler (25) weds rock band vocalist Royston Langdon (30) at a private villa in St James, Barbados

  • 2008-05-17 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (23) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (28) in Encino, California
  • 2009-09-12 Platinum-selling rock band "3 Doors Down" lead singer Brad Arnold weds horseback rider Jennifer Sanderford in Escatawpa, Mississippi
  • 2011-08-27 American Oscar winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola (41) weds vocalist of French indie rock band "Phoenix" Thomas Mars (34) at her family's villa, Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy

Divorces in Music

  • 2011-11-22 American singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (27) divorces American "Fall Out Boy" bassist Pete Wentz (32) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half year of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1985-01-31 Barbara Cowsill, American singer and rock band mother (The Cowsills - "Hair"; "We Can Fly"), dies of emphysema at 56
  • 1985-12-23 James Vance (20) and Raymond Belknap (18) attempt suicide (Belknap dies). Their families later sue rock group Judas Priest for subliminal messages in song "Better By You, Better Than Me".
  • 1995-02-12 Tony Secunda, English rock band manager (The Moody Blues), dies at 54
  • 1995-11-21 Peter Grant, English rock band manager (Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2000-12-20 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), dies at 68

Johnny RamoneJohnny Ramone (1948-2004)

2004-09-15 American punk rock guitarist and songwriter (Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"), dies of prostate cancer at 55

  • 2007-09-18 Pepsi Tate [Huw Smith], Welsh glam-rock bassist (Tigertailz), dies of pancreatic cancer at 42
  • 2010-06-28 Bill Aucoin, American rock band manager(KISS, 1973-82; Billy Idol, 1981-86), dies of prostate cancer surgey complications at 66
  • 2010-09-20 Leonard Skinner, American high school gym teacher; namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies at 77
  • 2014-03-18 Joe Lala, American drummer, percussionist, singer ("Blues Image"), and actor, dies from complications of lung cancer at 66