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Pick a Day

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2021 Hardcore rapper DMX dies at age 50 a week after suffering a massive heart attack. His first five albums all went to #1 in America.

2009 Philadelphia soul singer Randy Cain (of The Delfonics) dies at age 63.

2008 Elton John plays a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, bringing in about $2.5 million. In 2013, Clinton is honored by the Elton John AIDS Foundation for her support of gay rights.

2004 Weird Al Yankovic's parents, Nick and Mary Yankovic, are found dead of accidental carbon-monoxide poisoning in their Fallbrook, California. The tragedy was caused by using their fireplace with the flue closed.

1999 Faith Hill begins her first headlining tour ("This Kiss") in Minneapolis.

1999 Bruce Springsteen begins his first tour with the E Street Band since 1988 with a concert in Barcelona. The European leg ends in June, with the first American show in their home turf of New Jersey on July 15. The tour lasts until July 2000, a total of 132 shows.

1997 Amidst personal tensions between its band members, Soundgarden announce their breakup, which lasts for 13 years.

1997 Nashville songwriter Mae Axton, co-writer of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," dies at age 82 when she has a heart attack and drowns in her hot tub.

1996 Bluegrass duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings release their debut album, Revival.More

1994 Wayne Newton marries his second wife, Kathleen.

1992 "Deep Cover" by Dr. Dre, written for the movie of the same name, is released. It marks the first appearance of Snoop Doggy Dogg, recently signed to Dre's Death Row Records, on a major release.

1988 Billy Ocean's "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car," from the movie License To Drive, hits #1 in the US.

1988 Soul singer Dave Prater (of Sam & Dave) dies at age 50 in a single-car accident in Sycamore, Georgia.

1988 R&B singer Brook Benton dies of pneumonia at age 56, two years after contracting spinal meningitis.

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Billy Bob Thornton Gets Booed Out Of Canada

2009

Following a contentious interview where he insults Canadian audiences, Billy Bob Thornton's music career hits a roadblock when he and his band the Boxmasters are booed at their show in Toronto opening for Willie Nelson. The Boxmasters cancel their remaining Canadian dates the next day.

Canadian audiences turned on Thornton after his interview on the national radio station CBC, which aired earlier in the day. When host Jian Ghomeshi introduced Thornton as not just the lead singer and drummer of the Boxmasters but also an "Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, director," Thornton clammed up, complaining that his acting was not supposed to be mentioned. The first question addressed to Thornton was, "You guys formed in the last couple of years, right?" His answer: "I don't know what you're talking about." After some mundane but cordial discussion with the other Boxmasters, Ghomeshi again addressed Thornton: "What have you learned from Willie Nelson?" "I've never met him," replied Thornton, who was on tour with Nelson. Later, Thornton invoked Tom Petty, asking Ghomeshi if he would ask Petty to explain why music is not a hobby. This leads the host to explain: "You're a pretty new band, and one of the reasons you get attention is because of the career you've had." Thorton then took it upon himself to share his thoughts on the crowds he would soon be playing to. "Canadian audiences are pretty reserved," he says. "We tend to play places where people throw things at each other, and here they just sit there. And it doesn't matter what you say to them... It's mashed potatoes with no gravy." At the Toronto show, Thornton gets a frosty reception, with boos and catcalls coming from the crowd. Three songs in, he stops to address the crowd, calling Ghomeshi an "a--hole" and explaining that he wasn't supposed to mention his acting. The crowd doesn't let up, yelling, "Here comes the gravy!" The next day, the Boxmasters announce that the rest of their Canadian appearances are cancelled, citing a flu outbreak on the bus.

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