Today In Rock History
For: Saturday, December 18, 2010

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On This Day:

In 1975
Rod Stewart announced he was leaving the Faces.

In 1976
The Eagles released the single "New Kid In Town."

In 1982
Hall & Oates hit number one on the pop singles chart with "Maneater."

In 1983
Keith Richards married longtime girlfriend Patti Hansen.  They were wed in a ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Mick Jagger was the best man.

In 1993
Authorities in Arizona found the body of the Gin Blossoms songwriter Douglas Hopkins.  Hopkins had killed himself on December 5th.

In 1995
The Eagles' "Hell Freezes Over" reunion tour was the highest grossing tour of the year.  The 58-date venture took in more than 60-million-dollars.

In 2000
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich denied rumors that he had been shot a couple days earlier by a disgruntled Napster user.

Bob Geldof was awarded custody of the orphaned Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, a few months after the girl's mom, Geldof's ex-wife Paula Yates, died.  Tiger Lily's dad is the late INXS singer Michael Hutchence.

In 2002
Ozzy Osbourne was included in Barbara Walters' list of the Ten Most Fascinating People of 2002.  He came in at number seven on the list.  First Lady Laura Bush took the top spot.

In 2003
Audioslave's Tom Morello and System of a Down's Serj Tankian organized a benefit concert in support of striking grocery store workers in Los Angeles.  The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and Slipknot's Corey Taylor were among those who performed at the show.

Michael Jackson was formally charged with nine counts relating to child molestation and giving a minor an intoxicating substance.

In 2004
Alice Cooper hosted his annual Christmas Pudding charity concert in Phoenix, Arizona.  Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen, and the Gin Blossoms were among the performers who took part in the show.

In 2006
Members of Led Zeppelin and The Doors, Grateful Dead Productions, and Carlos Santana were among those involved in a lawsuit filed against William Sagan, who owns Wolfgang's Vault, claiming he was illegally using their recordings to help sell other products.

Kid Rock was among those in attendance at Ahmet Ertegun's burial in Turkey.  The Atlantic Records executive died four days earlier at a New York hospital, nearly two months after suffering a severe brain injury in a fall at a Rolling Stones concert.  He was 83.

In 2007
Amy Winehouse was arrested in London.  She was taken into custody in connection with her husband's arrest several weeks earlier for obstruction of justice relating to an earlier assault case.  Winehouse posted bail and was released within hours.  Her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, had been in jail since his arrest.  After her release, Winehouse cancelled the remaining dates on her tour.

Rob Zombie's director's cut of his remake of the film "Halloween" arrived in stores, while Silverchair released the six-track EP "The Greatest View" on iTunes.

In 2008
Paul Simon was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Berklee College of Music, along with actor-musician Christopher Guest and Soulsville Foundation President and CEO Marc Willis.

In 2009
The late Michael Jackson was named MTV's 2009 "Man of the Year."

Alice Cooper hosted his ninth annual "Christmas Pudding" charity show at Phoenix's Dodge Theater.  Warrant, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, and Lita Ford were among the performers at the four-hour charity show.

Rise Against played a special 10th anniversary show in Chicago.

The Cirque du Soleil show "Viva ELVIS" opened in Las Vegas.