17 August

Pick a Day


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2019 Tool's "Fear Inoculum" enters the Hot 100 at #93, becoming the longest song ever to hit that chart. Running 10:22, it outlasts David Bowie's "Blackstar," which clocks in at 9:57. "Fear Inoculum" drops off the chart the following week.

2016 MTV's Catfish: The TV Show introduces Spencer Morrill, a Tennessee native who insists he's been in an online romance with Katy Perry for six years. He even made a ring for her out of a family heirloom. When hosts Nev and Max lure out the catfish in England and bring him face to face with the singer, he believes the real Perry sent the "imposter" as a joke.

2012 Sparkle, starring the aptly named Jordin Sparks as an aspiring singer, opens in theaters. It's the last film for Whitney Houston, who plays her mom.

2012 The first Knotfest goes down in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Curated by the band Slipknot, it features amusement park entertainment and lots of music, including performances by Deftones and Lamb Of God.

2004 Singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg reveals that he is battling advanced prostate cancer.

2002 "Dilemma," a duet between Nelly and Kelly Rowland (Nelly and Kelly) hits #1 in America, where it stays for 10 weeks. It's the first hit for a Destiny's Child member outside the group.

2002 Hours before his wife is murdered, Jacksonville resident Justin Barber downloads the Guns N' Roses song "Used To Love Her." The song is later played at the trial as evidence, with the lyrics displayed for the jury ("I used to love her, but I had to kill her..."). Barber is convicted of first degree murder and given a life sentence.

1999 Derek Longmuir of the Bay City Rollers is arraigned on charges of possession of illegal drugs and child pornography. He is sentenced to 300 hours of community service.

1998 Santana's Carlos Santana is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1997 Liverpool, Nova Scotia, dedicates The Hank Snow Country Music Centre, a museum dedicated to its native country music legend.

1995 Microsoft buys the rights to The Rolling Stones' 1981 smash "Start Me Up" to use as the theme for their Windows 95 rollout.

1995 Depeche Mode lead singer Dave Gahan slashes his wrists with razor blades in a suicide attempt. He is saved when a friend comes by and calls paramedics, who take him to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where he wakes up the next morning in the psychiatric ward.More

1993 Jeff Buckley performs at the Sin-é café in New York City. A few months later, recordings from the show become his first release, an EP called Live at Sin-é.

1993 Type O Negative release Bloody Kisses, one of the few gothic metal albums to go Platinum. It comes with a warning on the back cover: "Don't mistake lack of talent for genius."

1993 While in therapy, Jordan Chandler, the 13-year-old son of a Beverly Hills dentist, alleges that singer Michael Jackson molested him while he visited Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The resultant civil suit costs Jackson over $20 million, but no criminal charges are filed, with Jackson's lawyers claiming the family in question had previously attempted to extort the singer.

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Beastie Boys And Run-D.M.C. Wrap Up Tour At The Garden


Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. wrap up their Together Forever tour with a show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Run-D.M.C. tell fans to stay in school and avoid drugs; Beastie Boys have cage dancers and beer.

The groups are unquestionably the hottest acts in hip-hop, with Run-D.M.C.'s Raising Hell album and Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill each with over 3 million in sales. New York City is their stomping ground: Run-D.M.C. is from Queens, Beasties represent Brooklyn. It's a sell-out crowd of over 20,000, including Mike Tyson, who has to abscond backstage when he's mobbed by fans. Like every stop on the tour, there is added security, with fans funneled through airport-style metal detectors in an over-reaction to rap shows that have been marred by violence in the past. But as it has been throughout the tour, there are no major problems, with most of the mayhem taking place on stage during the Beasties' set. Playing to the stereotype they curated in their "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)" video, they act like petulant spring breakers, going for shock value by ad-libbing obscenities and rapping the raunchiest versions of their lyrics they can think of. They spill beer on stage and slide around in the puddles. Run-D.M.C., the headliners, are a lot more classy. This trio has set the standard for hip-hop style and developed a distinctive two-MC flow that has earned them fans not only in NYC, but in the suburbs, long considered the hip-hop hinterlands. They're already legend, having played Live Aid, landed three Gold albums, and merged their genre with rock on the Aerosmith collaboration "Walk This Way." They deliver clever wordplay and positive messages while bashing the sucker MCs that try to take them on. Over the next few years, Run-D.M.C. goes on the wane while Beastie Boys push forward with a series of groundbreaking albums, including the landmark Paul's Boutique in 1989. They wisely drop the obnoxious brat routine and mothball "Fight for Your Right (to Party)."



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