In 1967 - Singer/guitarist Peter Green left John Mayall’s Blues Breakers to form Fleetwood Mac with Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Jeremy Spencer.
In 1967 - The Monterey International Pop Festival opened in California. It was the first major rock festival. 50,000 fans attended over three days to see two dozen rock acts including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Grateful Dead. Tickets cost from $3.50 to $6.50. The performers played for free.
In 1970 - Woodstock Ventures, the sponsors of the original Woodstock, announced that they lost more than $1.2 million on the festival.
In 1970 - Eric Clapton’s band, Derek and the Dominoes, made their live debut in Britain. They were joined by Dave Mason, who played the guitar parts performed by Duane Allman on the studio version of "Layla."
In 1971 - The first Hard Rock Cafe opened in London.
In 1977 - The Sex Pistols members Paul Cook and Johnny Rotten were stabbed by men who found the group’s "God Save The Queen" offensive.
In 1982 - Pretenders bassist Pete Farndon was fired because of "incompatibility."
In 1982 - Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died of a drug overdose. He was born on November 4, 1957.
In 1984 - Alan Berg, a Denver radio talk show host, was shot to death outside his home. Two white supremacists were later convicted of civil rights violations in the slaying.
In 1984 - Joe Jackson slammed rock videos as "a shallow, tasteless and formularized way of selling music" and announced he wouldn’t make any more of them.
In 1987 - A women sued Motley Crue for $5,000 claiming that she lost her hearing because the concert was too loud. (HUH? WHAT? I can't hear you!)
In 1989 - Pete DeFreitas (Echo & The Bunnymen) died in a motorcycle accident.
In 1989 - Ringo Starr announced he would embark on his first concert tour in years. Joining him in the All Starr Band were Clarence Clemons, Joe Walsh, Billy Preston, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren, Rick Danko and Levon Helm.
In 1994 - Kristin Pfaff, bassist for Courtney Love’s band Hole, was found dead in her bathtub. Drug paraphernalia surrounded her. Love’s husband, Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, shot himself to death earlier in the year.
In 1994 - Perry Farrell forced Ford to change its Escort ads because they featured the word "Lollapalooza." The car company donated money to Farrell’s favorite rain forest charity.
In 1995 - Rod Stewart set an attendance record for Wembley Stadium with a concert crowd of 90,000.
In 1995 - During the OJ Simpson murder trial, OJ was asked to put on a pair of gloves. The gloves were said to have been worn by the killer on the night of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. The gloves appeared not to fit.
In 1999 - Epic Records released “No Boundaries,” a compilation album created for the benefit of refugees of Kosovo.
In 1999 - Phil Collins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2005 – Karl Mueller, bass player for Soul Asylum, died forty days before his 43rd birthday of throat cancer.
In 2011 - E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons died of complications from a stroke at the age of 69. He was born on January 11, 1942.
In 2012 - Scott Johnson, drum technician for the band Radiohead, was killed when the staged collapsed at Downsview Park in Toronto. Three other crew members were injured. Scott was trapped under the rubble and pronounced dead at the scene. The band was devastated over his death.
In 2012 - Red Hot Chili Peppers will release 18 unheard singles over the next six months. The songs will be available as nine double-sided singles, available worldwide in both digital and 7' vinyl format. The release dates are August 14, September 11, October 2, through the end of the year, and in early 2013.