Monday August 31st
1945 – Van Morrison is born in Belfast, Ireland.
1965 – The Beatles’ current American tour winds up at San Francisco’s Cow Palace.
1967 – Four days after the death of Brian Epstein, the Beatles announce that they will now be handling their own managerial affairs.
1969 – during a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Texas International Pop Festival
1974 – Rolling Stone Keith Richards was quoted as saying; ‘I gave up drugs when the doctor told me I had six months to live.’
1974 – John Lennon testifies that President Richard Nixon tried to have him deported after he joined anti-war demonstrations outside the 1972 Republican National Convention.
1974 – The Rolling Stones release Goat’s Head Soup.
1991 – Metallica’s self-titled album debuts at No. 1 on the album charts.
1995 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens in Cleveland.
2003 – Poison vow to carry on with their tour after a fire in a transport trucks destroys their instruments and stage equipment.
2004 – Bassist Carrie Smith announces she’s leaving Detroit rockers the Von Bondies following their show at London’s Astoria.2010 – Van Halen Guitar Hero is released today.