2010: ZZ Top made a cameo appearance on Two and a Half Men appearing in a fantasy sequence.
2000: The Eagles filed a lawsuit against Bill Arnold for allegedly violating a trademark for naming his restaurant Hotel California Grill. Arnold’s comment on the lawsuit was “This is a restaurant, not a song. We’re not infringing on the rights of Don Henley, Glenn Frey or anyone.”
1999: Bruce Fairbairn, producer for artists such as Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, & Kiss, was found dead in his Vancouver home shortly after completing recording sessions for Yes’ album The Ladder. He was 49 years old.
1992: Phil Collins’ sore throat caused Genesis to cancel a concert two songs into their set at Tampa Stadium.
1987: A fire swept through Tom Petty’s home in Encino, CA & destroyed everything inside except for a few guitars & tapes. The cost of damages was estimated at $800,000.
1986: Van Halen peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Why Can’t This Be Love”, their debut single with Sammy Hagar.
1982: Black Sabbath was awarded the Gold Ticket for playing to over 100,000 fans at Madison Square Garden throughout their career during a concert in support of Mob Rules, their second album with Ronnie James Dio singing for them.
1980: Peter Criss departed from Kiss shortly after the release of Unmasked. Criss didn’t contribute in the recording on Unmasked despite being featured on the album cover.
1974: ABC broadcasted the Elton John special Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Things. During the special, John performed “Candle in the Wind” and “Rocket Man”.
Bill Bruford-drummer for Yes & King Crimson born in 1948
Paul Di’anno-singer for Iron Maiden born in 1958
Dave Abbruzzese-drummer for Pearl Jam born in 1968