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2019 UFO keyboard player Paul Raymond dies of a heart attack at 73.

2015 "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa breaks the Spotify record for most-streamed track in a single day in America when it is streamed 4.2 million times.

2011 New American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez is named People magazine's Most Beautiful Person of 2011.

2010 Ron Isley of The Isley Brothers is released from jail after serving 3 years for tax evasion. He came up with song ideas in prison and releases the album Mr. I on November 30.

2008 Cult '60s Detroit Soul hero Nathaniel Mayer collapses from the brain hemorrhage that will, within the year, take his life.

2007 Bring Me the Horizon vocalist Oli Sykes appears in Magistrate's Court, after being accused of urinating on a female fan at one of the band's gigs six days earlier. Due to lack of evidence, charges are later dropped.

2005 Blues pianist Johnnie Johnson, known for his work with Chuck Berry, dies in St. Louis, Missouri, at age 80.

2004 Songwriter Ritchie Cordell, who wrote the '60s-turned-'80s hits "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Mony Mony," dies at age 61 of pancreatic cancer.

2004 Pixies return to the stage after 12 years with a 27-song set at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis.

2004 Crossfade release their self-titled debut album. The profanities on the album are censored, but the band are unable to release an explicit version due to lack of funds.

2001 Kiss wrap up their "Farewell Tour" with a show in Queensland, Australia. Just two years later, they head out on the World Domination Tour.

1999 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers release their album Echo.

1996 Seconds before their first Saturday Night Live performance, Rage Against the Machine's roadies place upside-down American flags on their amplifiers in a band-sanctioned protest of the American political system - billionaire candidate Steve Forbes is hosting the show. The SNL crew quickly tears them down, and the band is booted from building without a second song.

1994 After nine years of a very public marriage, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announce they have separated. They divorce later in the year.

1993 Bruce Springsteen releases his second live album, In Concert / MTV Unplugged.

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Fleetwood Mac Return With Tango In The Night

1987

Fleetwood Mac release Tango In The Night, their first album since Mirage five years earlier. Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, who produced the album and had a hand in writing seven of the 12 songs, leaves before they tour.

After finishing their Mirage tour in 1982, the band members went their separate ways, each working on solo projects. They had a mini-reunion in 1985 when Buckingham, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood backed Christine McVie on her cover of "Can't Help Falling In Love," commissioned for the Blake Edwards movie A Fine Mess. It went well, so they gathered up Stevie Nicks and got to work on another album. Sessions were contentious, especially between ex-lovers Buckingham and Nicks, but they resulted in a set of classic songs, mostly written by Buckingham and Christine McVie, who were the most lucid members at the time. Nicks, battling drug addiction, contributed three songs: "Seven Wonders," "Welcome to the Room... Sara," and "When I See You Again." Buckingham's song "Big Love," which he planned to use on a solo album before he was wrangled back into the group, was released as the lead single a few weeks ahead of the album. Tango In The Night gets a great response, proving once again that this band records great songs under duress: Their classic 1977 album Rumours came when they were at the height of their dysfunction. They plan a tour, but Buckingham has other ideas. A band meeting in August turns hostile and he quits the group, leaving them with a full itinerary but no guitarist. Cancelling the tour would be a legal and financial nightmare, so they replace Buckingham with two guitarists: session player Rick Vito and solo artist Billy Burnette. "Big Love" is left off the setlist, as Buckingham is the only one who can play it. After the tour, the band hit a dry spell. Their next album, Behind the Mask in 1990, is poorly received and Stevie Nicks quits the group. They stage a one-off reunion to play "Don't Stop" at Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993, but don't get the Big 5 back together until 1997, when they launch a triumphant tour and release the live album The Dance.

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