This Day in Music History — November 5

1979 : Mick Jagger officially divorces his first wife Bianca

1982 : Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys part ways on the orders of Wilson’s new psychiatrist and caretaker, Dr. Eugene Landy.

1999 : Van Halen announces that lead singer Gary Cherone is leaving the band. All parties claim the split is amicable.

2000 : U2 scores their eighth UK #1 album when All That You Can’t Leave Behind tops the chart, keeping Blur off the top.

2012 : With one day to go until the United States General Election, which includes the presidential election, dozens of music stars take to the press to support incumbent Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, including Jay-Z, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and Stevie Wonder. This should come as no surprise, as music celebrities traditionally come out to support the progressive candidate in elections.

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This Day in Music History — October 30

1967 : Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones) pleads guilty to drug possession and gets a nine month prison sentence.

1972 : Elton John becomes the second rock star to play a Command Performance for Britain’s royalty, nine years after The Beatles became the first.

1999 : It’s an early attempt at video over the web, as Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit concert is “cybercast” to a few brave souls trying to get their modems to work. The Who, Pearl Jam, and Brian Wilson perform at the show.

2007 : Singer/actor Robert Goulet dies while awaiting a lung transplant in Los Angeles, California, at age 73. He had been diagnosed with the rare, progressive disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

 

This Day in Music History — October 22

1964 : The Who (who are calling themselves the High Numbers at that time) audition for EMI Records, who choose not to sign them to a record deal.

1969 : Paul McCartney officially denies that he is dead.

1990 : The band Mookie Blaylock, which would soon be known as Pearl Jam, makes their stage debut at The Off Ramp in Seattle. In the audience are members of Soundgarden and Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson.

2008 : Guns N’ Roses release their first new material since 1999 when the title track of their new album Chinese Democracy is issued as a single. The band – with Axl Rose as the only original member – first performed the song in 2001.

2012 : Country music legend Garth Brooks is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The ceremony includes honorary performances by George Strait, Bob Seger, and James Taylor. Brooks is reportedly sentimental and teary-eyed for the occasion.

This Day in Music History — September 2

1970 : An unknown art-rock band named Genesis runs an ad in Britain’s Melody Maker magazine looking for a drummer, an audition 19-year-old Phil Collins will pass by mentioning that he played percussion on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass.

1993 : Pearl Jam’s Jeremy video wins four awards, including Video of the Year, at the MTV Video Music Awards. Pearl Jam responds by not making any more videos until 1998.

1994 : Hootie & the Blowfish make their first of several appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman. They were still well under-the-radar at this point, but took off a few months later.

1995 : The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland, with opening ceremony performances by Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Al Green, The Allman Brothers Band, Booker T. & the MG’s, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash,The Pretenders, John Fogerty, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, George Clinton, The Kinks, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, The Animals’ Eric Burdon, and Boz Scaggs.

2011 : T.I. is arrested just days after serving an 11-month sentence at the U.S. Penitentiary in Arkansas. Under his probation agreement, the rapper was allowed to provide his own transportation from Arkansas to a halfway house in Atlanta. However, prison officials objected to his vehicle of choice – a luxury SUV motor coach – and took him back into custody for violating his parole.