2008 Madonna starts her Sticky & Sweet Tour (supporting her album Hard Candy) with a show at Cardiff, Wales. Her first excursion under her Live Nation contract, it breaks the record she set on her 2006 Confessions Tour for biggest-selling tour by a solo artist: the 85 dates earn about $408 million, second only to The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang Tour at $558 million.
1974 John Lennon claims to see a UFO from his New York apartment. He describes it as an archetypal flying saucer, surrounded by lights with a red one on top. In his next album, Walls and Bridges, he includes this note in the booklet: "On the 23rd August 1974 at 9 o'clock I saw a U.F.O. - J.L."
1973 With salsa music hot in New York City, the label Fania Records showcases its acts at a concert in Yankee Stadium that draws a crowd of 63,000. Willie Colón, Johnny Pacheco and Larry Harlow are among the performers.
1970 Lou Reed plays his last gig with The Velvet Underground at the club Max's Kansas City in New York. His father brings him home to Long Island and puts him to work in his accounting firm, where he stays for two years before signing a solo deal.
2014 The Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack, an awesome mix of '70s hits, goes to #1 in America, where it stays for two weeks.More
2013 In an interview with AARP Magazine, Linda Ronstadt reveals she has Parkinson's disease, which ended her singing career in 2009.
2005 Bay City Rollers' lead singer Les McKeown is arraigned on cocaine possession and distribution charges in London. He is eventually acquitted of the intent to distribute.
2000 Kenny Loggins is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999 Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers marries his third wife, Patti Arnold, at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
1995 Industrial/techno musician Dwayne Goettel (of Skinny Puppy) dies of a heroin overdose in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at age 31.
1993 News of Michael Jackson's child molestation investigation is finally made public by the Los Angeles police.
1993 Testifying in court against his former Guns N' Roses bandmate Steve Adler, Duff McKagan is asked about "the spaghetti incident," referring to a time when Adler may or not have eaten McKagan's leftover pasta. The band finds this hilarious and names their next album The Spaghetti Incident.
1990 David Rose (leader of David Rose & His Orchestra) dies of natural causes in Burbank, California, at age 80.
1987 At a 20th anniversary "Summer Of Love" celebration concert in Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angel Camp, California, featuring the Grateful Dead, a man who escaped from a drug treatment facility shoots a policeman and is then shot dead.
1980 The Heatwave Festival, known as the "New Wave Woodstock," goes down at Mosport Park near Toronto. Performers include Elvis Costello, The B-52s, The Pretenders, and Talking Heads, who debut songs from their upcoming album, Remain In Light, and introduce a new touring band that includes keyboard player Bernie Worrell and guitarist Adrian Belew.
Brian May of Queen gets a degree from London's Imperial College. It's not one of those honorary degrees either - he earned a PhD in astrophysics. He would have gotten it sooner, but he was busy being a rock star.
A full 36 years after abandoning his studies to tour the world with Queen, Dr. Brian May hands in his 48,000 word thesis - at the age of 60. He re-registered in 2006 after being contacted by Michael Rowan-Robsinson - the Head of Astrophysics at Imperial College London - who had heard him speaking in interviews of his desire to complete his doctorate. Since graduating in 1970 with his bachelor's degree in physics at Imperial College London, May has remained fascinated by the stars. For many years he has appeared semi-regularly as a guest on the British astronomy TV show The Sky At Night. In 2006 he co-authored a book with the show's host, British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, entitled Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe. May's work is the culmination of his original 1970-74 studies on the kinematics of the zodiacal dust cloud made from the island of Tenerife - which he studied over a period of 33 years. Following a tough three-hour oral examination (or viva voce) he is awarded a category two pass - meaning some further revisions are required - and he says he is keen to continue with further research in his specialist area.
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