2016 The Tragically Hip play their final concert, calling it quits at a show in lead singer Gord Downie's hometown of Kingston, Ontario. Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December 2015.More
1995 After a lengthy press-fueled feud culminates in simultaneous singles releases, Blur's "Country House" beats Oasis' track "Roll With It" to the #1 spot in the UK. Oasis go on to enjoy worldwide mainstream success, while Blur later veer from the Britpop sound, developing an artier, more experimental style – heavily inspired by Pavement.
1983 Taco's cover of the Irving Berlin song "Puttin' On the Ritz" reaches #9 on the Hot 100, making the 95-year-old Berlin the oldest living songwriter ever to land a Top 10 on that tally.
1977 The Voyager 2 space probe is launched, carrying with it a "Golden Record" of sounds and images representing Earth. More
1972 Stax Records commemorates the seventh anniversary of the 1965 Watts riots with a star-studded benefit concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. More than 100,000 fans show up to hear Isaac Hayes, The Bar-Kays, The Staple Singers, and Kim Weston, among others, perform at what becomes known as Black Woodstock.More
1948 Robert Plant is born in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England. Best known at Led Zeppelin's lead singer, he wins the Album of the Year Grammy for Raising Sand, his 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss.
1942 Soul superstar Isaac Hayes is born in Covington, Tennessee.
2020 Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali dies of pancreatic cancer at 68.
2018 The RIAA certifies the Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 at 38 million units, making it the best-selling album of all-time in America, besting Michael Jackson's Thriller by 5 million (another Eagles album, Hotel California, is third with 26 million). Worldwide, Thriller is by far the biggest selling album.
2016 Tom Searle of the band Architects dies of skin cancer at age 28.
2016 Former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts is found dead in a Wisconsin hotel room at age 38, presumably from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
2012 Edgy alt band Green Day continues its hip appeal by partnering with the smash hit video game "Angry Birds." A special 10-level edition of the game, featuring Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool as green pigs, is launched by video game maker Rovio and players can even unlock a new Green Day song from the tenth level of the game.
2011 Jazz singer Ross Barbour (of The Four Freshmen) dies of cancer in Simi Valley, California, at age 82.
2009 Keyboardist/bassist Larry Knechtel (of Bread) dies of a heart attack in Yakima, Washington, at age 69.
2005 On what would have been Phil Lynott's 56th birthday, a concert is held in Dublin featuring Thin Lizzy members Brian Downey, Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. Eric Bell, the original lead guitarist with Thin Lizzy, and Gary Moore share the lead on the classic "Whiskey In The Jar."
1997 The "Hank Williams Memorial Lost Highway" is dedicated in Alabama, where the singer was born. The 50-mile stretch on Interstate 65 starts at his childhood home of Georgiana and ends in Montgomery, the site of his grave. The ceremony takes place in Montgomery (the state capitol), with Hank Williams Jr. on hand to speak.
1992 Sting marries Trudie Styler at their estate in Wiltshire, England. The couple first met in 1977 when Sting was a struggling musician and Trudie was trying to make it as an actress.
1992 Demi Lovato is born in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1987 Metallica play a secret show at The 100 Club in London. Two days later, they play Donington Park at Castle Donington as part of the massive Monsters of Rock Festival, headlined by Bon Jovi.
At the Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donington, England, two fans are killed during a set by Guns N' Roses, whose frontman Axl Rose had implored the crowd, "Don't f--kin' kill each other." With the ground wet and a record crowd of 107,000 at the festival, the surge of bodies during the set causes the two fans to be trampled or crushed to death.
The band are devastated when they hear about the deaths. They had repeatedly paused while fans were extricated from the crush, and played slower numbers when they returned to the stage after the ambulance crews attended to the victims, but it is only after the show has finished that they learn of the full, tragic circumstances. Alan Dick, 18 and Landon Siggers, 20 were crushed into the mud 15 feet from the stage and pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The band were playing fifth on the bill, but between being booked and appearing they had a huge worldwide hit with "Sweet Child O' Mine" which led to the crowd being many times larger than expected. It had rained heavily and the ground was soft, so the crowd repeatedly surged forward against the barriers. Although the bad weather exacerbated the problems, making it difficult for security staff to extract the fans, questions are raised about whether the band incited violence. Guns N' Roses have built a reputation for rowdy live shows - in 1987 Axl Rose was arrested backstage in Atlanta after assaulting a security guard, and just a month earlier in New York State the crowd had come close to rioting at their first two outdoor shows... this is their third. The following year, the festival is cancelled due to an inquest, which finds that the deaths are due to a "crowd collapse" of some 50 fans, which took place at the front of the stage. In future years the stage is moved from the bottom of a slope and further measures are taken to reduce the mud. Following the tragedy, the band make attempts to curtail the crowds at their shows. This is generally successful, although in 1991 when Axl Rose storms off stage after being photographed by a fan in St. Louis, there is another riot which causes thousands of dollars worth of damage.
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