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Five-year-old Neil Young is woken from sleep by pain in his shoulder and a high fever. He is rushed to hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and it becomes clear that he has contracted polio.
The Squires, featuring Neil Young on guitar, play at Grant Park High School, Winnipeg, Canada.
The Squires (with Neil Young on guitar) record a pair of instrumentals, The Sultan and Aurora, for V Records at Radio Station CKRC, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
The Squires, a group including guitarist Neil Young, play at West End Memorial Community Club, Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada.
Dave Abbruzzese, drummer of Pearl Jam, is born in Stamford, Connecticut, USA.
The Squires, featuring Neil Young, play a gig in Aticokan, Ontario, Canada.
Chris Novoselic, bass player of Nirvana is born in Compton, California, USA.
The Squires, featuring Neil Young, play the first of nine consecutive nights at the Fourth Dimension, Fort William, Manitoba, Canada.
Scott Richard Kline on October 27th, 1967 in San Jose, Scott Richard Kline is born in San Jose, California, USA. he will find success as vocalist Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, but will be found dead at the age of 48 in his band's tour bus, after a life blighted by drug abuse.
Neil Young completes recording of an instrumental, The Emperor Of Wyoming, which will appear on his solo debut album.
Neil Young completes the recording of I've Been Waiting For You for his solo debut album on Reprise Records.
Neil Young and the International Harvesters begin a North American arena tour in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Support act is Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.
Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Cougar Mellencamp, Lou Reed, Billy Joel, Foreigner, Joni Mitchell, Ry Cooder and others perform at the fund-raising Farm Aid concert in Champaign, Illinois, USA. They raise $10m for America’s hard-pressed dustbowl farmers.
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Neil Young plays at Riverfront Park, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany, Europe.
Neil Young begins a month-long North American tour with The Bluenotes at Riverbend Music Centre, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Nirvana play at The Rose Club, Koln, Germany, Europe.
Nirvana play at Rogue Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
Nirvana, Tad and Victim's Family play at The 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Bad Religion play at UJC Glocksee, Hanover, Germany, Europe.
On his Manic Nirvana tour, Robert Plant plays at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin, USA, with Alannah Myles.
Soundgarden play at The Riviera, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Dale Crover takes over on drums with Nirvana for a very short tour until the band finds a permanent replacement drummer in the wake of Chad Channing's departure. On this day, Nirvana earn $300 playing as support to Sonic Youth at Calamity Jayne's, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
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Nirvana play at The Casbah, San Diego, California, USA.
The No Bozos Jam at The Channel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, features members of Mass, Kid Crash, Sweet Cheater, Trash Broadway, Fortune, Bob's Mob, Witch Bonnie and more.
Dave Grohl lands at Sea-Tac Airport, in Seattle, Washington, USA, where he is to audition as the drummer for grunge-rock pioneers Nirvana. He stays with Kurt Cobain in his 'Hellhole' apartment in Olympia, and a few days later he gets the job.
The Real Thing by Faith No More is certified as a platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Nirvana appear on UK tv show Tonight With Jonathan Ross. Their host announces that they will play Lithium, but they launch into the rather less viewer-friendly Territorial Pissings instead, then trash their gear.
Nirvana appear on tv show Saturday Night Live in the USA, as their album Nevermind hits No1.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany, Europe.
The first real-time software mp3 player, Winplay3, is released enabling music fans to encode and playback mp3 files on their home computers.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play the second of three nights at Hyde Park, London, England, UK. The shows are recorded and the band will release a live double-LP, Live In Hyde Park, based on on the concerts.
Garbage play at The State Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Breaking Benjamin play at the Cajun Dome, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA, supported by Silvertide.
Audioslave reach No1 in the Billboard albums chart in the USA with Out Of Exile. (On the same day they also reach No1 in Canada.)
Mudhoney perform their classic album Superfuzz Bigmuff at Koko, Camden, London, England, UK.
Garbage play at The Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
When the Rolling Stones play at the PNC Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, they are joined during Wild Horses by Eddie Vedder, vocalist of Pearl Jam, who had opened the show.
Audioslave play at General Motors Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The annual Forbes listing of the earnings of dead stars reveals that Kurt Cobain of Nirvana has overtaken Elvis Presley as the highest earning dead celebrity.
Pearl Jam play the first of two nights at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Bad Religion.
Courtney Love tells UK music weekly the NME that she is changing her name to Courtney Michelle because she can no longer stand the name Courtney Love.
On their Hello Hurricane tour, Switchfoot play the first of two nights at Wiston House, West Sussex, England, UK.
Dave Grohl of The Foo Fighters berates a man fighting in the crowd and has him ejected during the band's iTunes Festival gig at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, England, UK, Europe. The show also features guest appearances by Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, while Lemmy of Motorhead and Paul Weller are also in attendance.
Neil Young makes available a limited edition of his PonoPlayer music delivery device to provide a boost to the Rainforest Connection Kickstarter campaign to fund an innovative protection system for the Rainforest.
Ventenner release a new album, Distorture, on Sonic Fire Records in the UK.
The porganisers of the California-based Coachella Festival file a suit in US district court against underground Los Angeles-based event Hoodchella, alleging trademark and service mark infringement, false designation of origin, dilution, unfair competition and "cybersquatting".
On their The Getaway World Tour, The Red Hot Chili Peppers play The DirecTV Super Saturday Night in San Francisco, California, USA.
When Foo Fighters play at Vital, Boucher Playing Fields, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe, five-year-old fan Taylor Hooper (attending his first-ever gig) is invited onstage by Dave Grohl, and dances along with the band.
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