2008 At the Coachella festival, Roger Waters' giant inflatable pig escapes, roams the countryside and ultimately deflates.
2005 Cher wraps up her Living Proof: The Farewell Tour with a show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Running nearly three years, the tour brings in over $200 million, making it the highest earning tour in history for a female artist, a record that stands until Madonna's 2008-2009 Sticky & Sweet Tour. Retirement doesn't suit Cher: She tours again in 2014 and in 2018.
2004 Ray Charles appears at his Los Angeles recording studio to attend a ceremony marking it as a national historic landmark. It is his last public appearance; he dies on June 10.
1988 After hanging on at #198 the week before, Pink Floyd's album Dark Side Of The Moon drops out of the Billboard Albums chart for the first time in 11 years. The band is still on the chart though, with A Momentary Lapse Of Reason at #62.
1978 The Clash are among the acts at a "Rock Against Racism" concert, playing to over 50,000 in London's Victoria Park to combat the National Front, a neo-Nazi group in the UK whose slogan is "Keep Britain White."More
1977 Led Zeppelin play to 76,229 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome, setting a new record for largest attendance for a single act concert.
2020 On his 100th birthday, Captain Tom Moore lands the UK #1 hit with a new version of "You'll Never Walk Alone." Moore, a decorated veteran of World War II, raised money for coronavirus relief by walking in his garden. The song was assembled by Michael Ball using Moore's vocals.
2019 Dipak Rao, director of Deep Purple's royalty management firms, is sentenced to six years in jail for stealing £2.2million from the group's accounts, which he put toward money-losing schemes.
2013 Actress and singer Deanna Durbin dies in Neauphle-le-Château, France, at age 91.
2011 Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon welcome twins: daughter Monroe and son Moroccan.
2008 Mariah Carey marries rapper and TV personality Nick Cannon at a secret ceremony in the Bahamas.
2007 Zola Taylor (of The Platters) dies after suffering numerous strokes and contracting pneumonia at age 69 in Riverside, California.
2006 Madonna plays a festival for the first time when she appears at Coachella.
2004 Michael Jackson is arraigned on his child molestation charges, pleading not guilty to ten different criminal counts, also including extortion and false imprisonment.
2002 Roger Daltrey of The Who plays a music teacher on the "That '70s Musical" episode of That '70s Show.
1999 Darrell Sweet (drummer for Nazareth) dies of a heart attack at age 51 while on tour promoting the band's Boogaloo album.
1994 Ireland wins the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time in a row. Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan's performance of "Rock 'N' Roll Kids" at the Point Theatre in Dublin wows the international voting panels and gives the country a record sixth win. The show's interval features the first ever performance of Michael Flatley's Riverdance, which goes on to massive global success.
The #MuteRKelly campaign picks up steam when Ava DuVernay tweets her support. The campaign is designed to marginalize R. Kelly, who has been accused of sexual misconduct.
DuVernay is acting on behalf of Women of Color (WOC), an offshoot of the #TimesUp movement that also includes Lupita Nyong'o, Viola Davis and Shonda Rhimes. Their statement reads: "We call on people everywhere to join with us to insist on a world in which women of all kinds can pursue their dreams free from sexual assault, abuse and predatory behavior. To this end, today we join an existing online campaign called #MuteRKelly." Kelly's team responds: "We will vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture."
©2021 Songfacts®, LLC