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2020 Acclaimed singer-songwriter John Prine dies at 73 after coming down with coronavirus.

2015 Don McLean's original manuscript to his lyric for "American Pie" sells at auction for $1.2 million. Says McLean: "I thought it would be interesting as I reach age 70 to release this work product on the song 'American Pie' so that anyone who might be interested will learn that this song was not a parlor game."

2014 25-year-old Peaches Geldof, daughter of the Live Aid mastermind Bob Geldof, is found dead in Kent, England, after overdosing on heroin. Her mother, Paula Yates, died in 2000 when Peaches was 11.

2013 Andy Johns (engineer for Led Zeppelin, Television, and The Rolling Stones) dies at age 62 of complications from a stomach ulcer.

2008 The newly reunited Stone Temple Pilots announce a 65-date reunion tour and play for the first time since 2002.

2007 Beyoncé's "Beautiful Liar," featuring Latin-pop star Shakira, breaks the record for the highest leap on the Billboard Hot 100 when it jumps 91 places to #3. The record was previously held by Akon, whose "Smack That," featuring Eminem, rose from #95 to #7 (ultimately peaking at #2) in 2006.

1999 Shania Twain's third album Come On Over is certified Diamond (10 million in sales) by the RIAA, making her the first female artist with back-to-back Diamond albums; her second album, The Woman in Me, was certified in 1997.

1998 Mary Bono, who was married to Sonny Bono when he died in a skiing accident four months earlier, wins a special election to claim her husband's seat in California's 44th Congressional District. Mary, who has no previous political experience, holds office until 2013.

1998 Drummer Carlos Vega (James Taylor's band) dies at age 41 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound the day before he is scheduled to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show alongside James Taylor.

1988 When the piano wire that keeps him safely suspended during his gallows stunt snaps, Alice Cooper nearly hangs himself for real on stage at Wembley Arena in London. He's able to slip his chin over the rope to keep his neck from snapping until a roadie can rescue him.

1987 Whitesnake slides into hair metal with their seventh, self-titled album. It's by far their most successful, with the MTV hits "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love?"

1987 Jazz singer Maxine Sullivan, known for her 1937 swing version of "Loch Lomond," dies after suffering a seizure at age 75 in New York City.

1984 New British Invasion: 40 of the artists on the US Top 100 singles chart are Brits - a new record.

1981 Rick James releases Street Songs.

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Rock Of Ages Revives '80s Rock On Broadway

2009

The jukebox musical Rock of Ages, a celebration of glam metal and classic rock of the '80s, opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.


Chris D'Arienzo's Rock Of Ages transports us to 1987 Hollywood, where club owner Dennis Dupree hatches a scheme to save the Sunset Strip from German developers by hosting a popular rock band's final performance. Meanwhile, busboy Drew Boley pines for waitress Sherrie and dreams of becoming a rock star. The story unfolds to hit tracks from the decade starting with David Lee Roth's "Just Like Paradise" and Poison's "Nothin' But a Good Time" as we meet the cast at Dennis's club, The Bourbon Room, and Drew falls for newcomer Sherrie to the tune of Night Ranger's "Sister Christian." When the German developers announce their plans to clean up the Strip and bulldoze The Bourbon Room, city planner Regina proclaims "We Built This City" ala Starship. Rocker Stacee Jaxx, whose performance is supposed to save the club, is "Wanted Dead Or Alive" (Bon Jovi) and seduces Sherrie with Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is." As demolition day approaches, it's "The Final Countdown" (Europe) but when the club is spared, we're encouraged to "Don't Stop Believin'" (Journey). Rock of Ages is nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Constantine Maroulis (who plays Drew Boley). The original Broadway production will run for 2,328 performances, closing on January 18, 2015, and will inspire a 2012 film adaptation starring Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, Diego Boneta as Drew and Julianne Hough as Sherrie.

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