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Joachim Fritz Krauledat is born in Tilsit, Germany, Europe. He will find success as John Kay, vocalist of heavy rock innovators Steppenwolf.
The Van Halen family leave Holland, Europe, to begin a new life in America. Their son Eddie will do rather well for himself as guitarist and leader of Van Halen.
Aspiring rock star Jimmy Hendrix [Jimi Hendrix] signs a contract with Sue Records and Copa Management in New York City, USA.
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Roadie Neville Chesters joins the Jimi Hendrix Experience crew. In the evening, Jimi Hendrix Experience play at The Saville Theatre, London, England, UK, with The Denny Laine Electric String Band, The Chiffons and Procol Harum. Later, Hendrix goes to see The Turtles at The Speakeasy. Paul McCartney and George Harrison of The Beatles attend the show and the post-gig party is held at McCartney's home.
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays at The Coventry Theatre, Coventry, UK. He is seen at this gig by K.K. Downing, later to play guitar for Judas Priest.
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Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Claes Hanning of Expressen, and plays a gig with The Jimi Hendrix Experience at Jernallen Sports Hall, Sandvikan, Sweden, Europe.
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Dirk Bruinenberg is born in Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel, Nertherlands, Europe. He will find success as a heavy metal drummer, playing with bands including Elegy, Ian Parry's Consortium Project and Adagio.
Led Zeppelin enter the Billboard albums chart in the USA with their eponymous debut album. It will peak at No10.
Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin single Whole Lotta Love is certified as a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA, for achieving sales of over a million copies.
Black Sabbath play the first of five nights at the Whiskey A Go Go, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Fleetwood Mac play at Pirate’s World, Dania, Florida, USA, supported by Black Sabbath.
Grand Funk Railroad plays at Winterland, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by Bloodrock.
Black Sabbath play at the Great Ngaruawahia Festival, Ngaruawahia, New Zealand, Oceania.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Coliseum, Reno, Nevada, USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Music Hall, Houston, Texas, USA.
On their Heaven And Hell tour, Black Sabbath play at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their British Steel tour, Judas Priest play at Seattle Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA.
AC/DC release their seventh studio album, Back in Black. It will eventually sell over 49m copies worldwide.
On their Heaven And Hell tour, Black Sabbath play at the Day On The Green, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California, USA. Also on the bill are Journey, Cheap Trick, Molly Hatchet and The Babys.
UFO play their first gig with new member Neil Carter, at The Odeon, Taunton, England, UK, Europe.
Motorhead complete the recording of their fourth album, Ace Of Spades, for Bronze Records, at Jackson's Studios, Rickmansworth, UK. It will become recognized as one of the the most influential albums in the development of thrash metal.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play in Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at Nassau Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York State, USA, supported by After The Fire.
A ten month long, 182-show tour by Quiet Riot comes to an end in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
A son, Jack, is born to Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon.
Bon Jovi begin their Slippery When Wet tour, at the Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The headline band for this show is Judas Priest.
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Ace Frehley plays at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On the Trash tour, Alice Cooper plays at Midtfyns Festival 1990, Dyrskuepladsen, Ringe, Denmark, Europe.
Clash of the Titans tour, featuring Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer, plays at San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA.
November Rain by Guns N' Roses enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. It will peak at No3 during a twenty-week run on the chart. Running to 8m 57s, it will become the longest single ever to reach the Top 20 in the USA. With a budget of over US$1.5m, the single's video is the most expensive at the time.
Thunder begin a british tour with a show at Rock City, Nottingham, UK.
Tickets for this year's Glastonbury Festival sell out within three hours of being made available for purchase.
On their Liebe ist fur alle da tour, Rammstein play the second of two nights for 20,000 fans at The Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia.
At Newcastle Crown Court, Newcastle, England, UK, Malcolm Wylie and his son Peter are collectively sentenced to more than four years in jail for the illegal supply, distribution and installation of unlicensed digital jukeboxes to pubs and clubs across the North East of England. Access All Areas and Rent-a-system.co.uk, two companies run by the Wylies, had an annual turnover in excess of £1.3m.
Aerosmith play in the Mohegan Sun Grandstand at The Great New York State Fair, Syracuse, New York State, USA.
It is reported that Dallas, Texas-based Def Leppard tribute band Pyromania has recently placed an advertisement seeking a one-armed drummer who must have "flame-retardant kit and stick". The ad also warns prospective candidates "No dope fiends. If you're wired you're fired."
Members of the American heavy metal band Baroness are among nine people injured when their tour coach plunges 30ft down an embankment near Bath, UK, in torrential rain.
Saxon play at The Academy, Bristol, UK.
Frank Turner plays at Lucerna Music Bar, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe.
Rock guitarist Dick Wagner, a veteran performer who has worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, KISS and others, goes into hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, suffering from breathing difficulties. While there, doctors find that he also has a partially blocked artery in his heart.
Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden play at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, USA.
Avenged Sevenfold and Korn play at The Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Funeral For A Friend play at Sound Circus, Bournemouth, UK, with Grader and Svalbard.
Van Halen release a live album, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, in the USA. This is their first live LP with David Lee Roth on vocals.
On their The Journey Continues tour, Threshold play at The O2 Academy, Islington, London, England, UK.
Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red, The Faceless and Good Tiger play at Summit Music Hall, Denver, Colorado, USA.
On the European leg of their WorldWired tour, Metallica play at The Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany, Europe, supported by Kvelertak.
Gibson Guitars, currently around $500m in debt, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware, USA. The company is based in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
On a European tour in support of their LP Mindfucker, Monster Magnet play at The Alcatraz Club, Milan, Italy, Europe.