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The highlights in the latest edition of "This Week In Rock" include five induct one, U2 turns 360 into $736M and yes, there was a fifth Beatle. It's rock & roll by the numbers so let's count 'em down. 

2014 - The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame open its doors to KISS, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens, and Linda Rondstadt. Parkinson's Disease kept Ms. Linda from attending but some heavy hitters named Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, and Carrie Underwood stood in for her.

2011 - U2’s 360 Degrees Tour became the highest grossing tour of all time. It made $736M and played to 7.2 million people over a two-year, worldwide trek.

2004 - Janet Jackson helps "Saturday Night Live" get its highest ratings in over a year when she hosts and performs on the show. Two months before, Jackson suffered the legendary "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Do you suppose SNL viewers thought lightning would strike twice?

1990 - Tom Waits wins a lawsuit against the makers of Doritos for using a "Tom Waits soundalike" on radio ads. Don't worry, they made more. 

1965 - A school in Wales with their collective boxers in a bunch and asked parents not to send their children to school wearing corduroy trousers like the ones worn by The Rolling Stones. I wonder what their ruling was on Dave Clark 5 boots or Beatles' glasses?

1962 - Stuart Sutcliffe, bass player for The Beatles, died from a brain hemorrhage. He was known not so much for his bass playing as he was for being the band's eye-candy, kind of a bonny bloke for the birds to ogle.

Anniversaries to acknowledge; The ASPCA (1866). If you don't know what those letters stand for, see answer below. The short but memorable maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic (1912). "The Great Gatsby" (1925). "House of Wax," the first horror movie in color and 3D, (1953). 

If you guessed that ASPCA still stands for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, you'd be right so be kind to those fur babies and catch me next time when we look back on...(duh-duh-duhhhnnn), "This Week in Rock."

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