14 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2019 Matt Healy of The 1975, an advocate for LGBQ rights, ventures into the crowd and kisses a male fan on the lips during a concert in Dubai, where homosexuality is illegal. "We're all human, right?," he says upon returning to the stage.

2017 Taylor Swift wins her lawsuit against David Mueller, a DJ at KYGO in Denver who was fired after Swift accused him of groping her at a photo session before her concert there in 2013. When Mueller sued Swift in 2015, she countersued for sexual assault. Swift, who in her hour of testimony said Mueller was "grabbing my ass against my will, underneath my skirt, and refusing to let go," is awarded $1 at her request. "My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard," she says.

2017 Pantone announces a new color: a purple hue in honor of Prince named after his famous symbol (Love Symbol #2).

2016 Nearing the end of a summer concert season where fans have been tailgating with improvised toilets, police in Mansfield, Massachusetts, warn they will not be tolerated at the upcoming Jimmy Buffett concert.More

2016 Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist James Woolley, who played with the band from 1991-1994, falls from a ladder at his Illinois studio and dies from resulting neck injuries at age 49.

2014 Police raid Cliff Richard's Berkshire, England estate, looking for evidence of an alleged sexual assault from 1985. He's in Portugal, but the BBC is tipped off and has reporters waiting and helicopter overhead. Richard is later exonerated and sues the BBC for invasion of privacy.

2013 Allen Lanier (keyboardist/rhythm guitarist for Blue Öyster Cult) dies of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (C.O.P.D) in Manhattan, New York, at age 67.

2012 John Geils, former guitarist for the semi-retired J. Geils Band, files suit against the other band members to stop them from touring under his name... since he's left the band. The irony stings like bleach in a wound! Despite this move, the remaining members of the band say they'll tour anyway.

2010 Richie Hayward (drummer for Little Feat) dies of lung disease, while also struggling with liver cancer, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, at age 64.

2007 Country singer Luke Bryan releases his debut album, I'll Stay Me.

2007 Amy Winehouse checks into rehab for the first time, entering the Causeway Retreat in Osea Island, England with her husband, Blake Fielder. They both start using again as soon as they get out.

2007 The High School Musical 2 soundtrack is released, going straight to #1 US its first week, when it sells about 615,000 copies. It closes out 2007 as the second-best seller of the year, moving nearly 3 million copies. Only Josh Groban's Christmas album Noël sells more.

2001 Michelle Branch, 18, releases her breakthrough album The Spirit Room, with the hits "Everywhere" and "All You Wanted."

2000 Rage Against The Machine play a free protest concert in Los Angeles across the street from the Staples Center, where the Democratic National Convention is being held. After the show, police fire rubber bullets and use pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

2000 Nineteen-year-old Craig David releases his first album, Born To Do It, which debuts at #1 on the UK Albums chart and becomes the fastest-selling debut album by a British male solo act.

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Stevie Nicks, Don Henley Play Day In The Garden Festival


The "A Day in the Garden" festival (which lasts three days) kicks off in Bethel, New York, where the original Woodstock took place 29 years earlier. A mix of rock legends (Pete Townshend, Stevie Nicks) and new bands (Third Eye Blind, The Goo Goo Dolls) play the event.

The event is staged by cable television magnate Alan Gerry, who bought the land and plans to make the area a musical attraction. It is not associated with Woodstock Ventures, which put on Woodstock '94 in Saugerties, New York, and does Woodstock '99 in Rome, New York. The lineups: Day 1 Stevie Nicks Don Henley Ten Years After Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers Day 2 Pete Townshend Joni Mitchell Lou Reed Richie Havens Donovan Melanie Day 3 Third Eye Blind The Goo Goo Dolls Marcy Playground Joan Osborne Dishwalla The Flys Havens opened the orignial festival in 1969, which Melanie and Ten Years After also played (Joni Mitchell famously skipped it because she was booked on The Dick Cavett Show, but did write a song about it). Townshend, who played the original with The Who, is the headliner. Unlike the orignial Woodstock, there is no camping and all of the action takes place during the day. Only Day 3 comes close to selling out; Don Henley gets in a dig when he dedicates "The End Of The Innocence" to Max Yasgur, who owned the farm when the first Woodstock took place. Any remaining nostalgia for Woodstock is burned off with the disastrous 1999 festival, but in 2006, Alan Gerry opens the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on the grounds, which serves as both a museum and concert venue.



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