22 February

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22 FEBRUARY

In Music History

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2021 Daft Punk, the electronic music duo that formed in 1993, announce their split via a video called Epilogue, where we learn they have self-destruct buttons.

2012 Five months after debuting the song in her native Canada, Carly Rae Jepsen releases the single "Call Me Maybe" in America. With help from a video of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and other tween celebs lip-syncing to the song, it rises up the charts and becomes a worldwide hit. In the US, it is the song of the summer, topping the Hot 100 on June 23 and staying until August 25.

2011 Adele releases her second album, 21, in the US. The record becomes the best-selling album of 2011, shifting a total of 5.82 million copies.

2009 A.R. Rahman wins Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Song for "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire, earning the Bollywood music veteran his first two Oscars. The Pussycat Dolls release an English-language version, "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)," the same year.

2008 The U2 concert film U2 3D is released worldwide.

2008 After much controversy and debate over whether or not to honor recently deceased musician and Mississippi native Ike Turner, the state legislature compromises and passes a resolution that honors his musical achievements only.

2007 Brad Paisley and his wife, the actress Kimberly Williams, have their first child: a son named Huckleberry ("Huck").

2004 A few songs into a Puddle Of Mudd show in Toledo, Ohio, lead singer Wes Scantlin's bandmates exit the stage because he's too drunk to perform. He sings and rambles for another 30 minutes before heading to his dressing room, where he's arrested for disorderly conduct.

2002 Little Richard gets the NAACP Image Award. The flamboyant singer put his efforts into preaching in his later years.

2001 British newspaper Sunday Mirror reports that The Beatles, who have been broken up for 31 years, are nevertheless the top grossing recording group of the year 2000.

2001 American folk guitarist John Fahey dies at age 61 following a coronary bypass operation.

2000 The recently departed soul legend Curtis Mayfield is honored at a First African Methodist Episcopal Church service in Los Angeles, featuring performances from Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, and, spontaneously, Lauryn Hill.

1998 Tori Amos marries her longtime sound engineer, Mark Hawley, at a small stone church in West Wycombe in North London. The couple's move to Hawley's native England inspires Amos' tune "Welcome To England."

1994 Blues violinist Papa John Creach (of Jefferson Airplane/Starship) dies of congestive heart failure at age 76.

1993 Lenny Kravitz releases "Are You Gonna Go My Way," a song about God.

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John Frusciante Sabotages The Song On SNL

1992

When the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform "Under The Bridge" on Saturday Night Live, their guitarist John Frusciante sabotages the song, playing unevenly and screaming into the microphone during his background part. His frustrations lead him to quit the band in May.

When Anthony Kiedis sings, "Sometimes I feel like I don't have a partner," it takes on new meaning as Frusciante is clearly muffing the guitar part on purpose (either that or he's highly intoxicated). The band slogs through it, and at the end, Kiedis and Flea give him a serious stink-eye. Thanks to "Under The Bridge," the band is getting their first taste of widespread success, but Frusciante can't handle it. In May, he abruptly quits the group in the middle of the Japanese leg of their tour, forcing them to cancel the remaining dates in that country and postpone their tour of Australia. Frusciante goes into a self-imposed exile where he gets deep into drugs. Dave Navarro replaces him in the group, but a newly sober Frusciante comes back to the fold in 1998 after Navarro departs.

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