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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Today in Rock Music History

- Madeleine Peyroux's record label Universal Classics announce they are hiring a private detective to find the missing chanteuse.
- 2 days after canceling his European tour, rapper Eminem is hospitalized for addiction to sleep meds

- Iron Maiden are pelted with eggs, botle caps and ice on their last appearance at Ozzfest. The power is also cut off several times. Sharon Osbourne later accused Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson of having disrespected the heavy metal festival
- Elmer Bernstein, an Oscar winning composer, dies at age 82
-Ashlee Simpson continues album chart reign, with her album Autobiography at #1.
- The Rolling Stones make over 300 of their post 1971 songs available as purchaseable downloads on
- The Justified and Stripped tour with Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera kicks off again at New York's Nassau Coliseum. Several concerts were canceled due to a failure in the lighting rig.
Freddy Vs. Jason, a horror movie featuring Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland, tops American movie box office
- Mary J. Blige tells Newsweek that her managers stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from her bank account while she was using drugs and alcohol
- Tony Jackson, original bassist for Mersey Beat heroes The Searchers, dies at age 65.
- Neighbors wreck for Garth Brooks to open his home as a Graceland-style museum in Tennessee
- Creed cancel a show in Detroit after bassist Brett Hesla injures hand
Badfinger's Joey Molland fractures leg after falling off stage during Classic Rock Festival in Darrington, Wash. He climbs back on stage and finishes playing before seeking medical attention.

-KISS and Alice Cooper's music publishers reach a settlement out of court.

- To announce their Bridges to Babylon tour, The Rolling Stones drive to a press conference at the Brooklyn Bridge,  in a '55 Cadillac, Mick drives.
- In L.A., English singer Nick Lowe marries Johnny Cash's stepdaughter Carlene Carter.

- The funeral for Elvis Presley is held at Graceland before 150 mourners.He is buried next to his mother at Memphis' Forest Hill Cemetery
- In England, the Police play first gig after departure of guitarist Henry Padovani

- Ringo Starr plays first gig with The Beatles at a Horticultural Society Dance in Birkenhead, England

- Peter, Paul & Mary release If I Had a Hammer, which becomes their first Top 10 hit

- Ron Strykert, guitarist with Australian rock band Men at Work, is born in Australia
- Dirty Dancing actor Patrick Swayze is born in Houston, Texas
- Foreigner drummer Dennis Elliot is born in London

- Nigel Griggs, bassist for Split Enz, is born today

- Labelle's Sarah Dash is born in New Jersey
- Carl Wayne, first member of Carl Wayne and the Vikings and later vocalist with The Move, is born in Moseley, England

- Johnny Preston, who topped charts with his hit Running Bear is born in Port Arthur, Texas

- Cisco Houston, a former folk singing partner with Woody Guthrie, is born in Wilmington, Del.

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