2002 The Avalon Ballroom in Boston hosts "virtual band" Gorillaz on their first show in the USA. The band members, who appear as animated characters in music videos, play behind a giant projector screen. Their 9-date tour of North America ends on March 8 at the Palladium, Los Angeles.
1998 Strange things are afoot at the Grammy Awards. A shirtless dude with "Soy Bomb" written on his chest intrudes on Bob Dylan's performance, and when Shawn Colvin wins Song Of The Year (for "Sunny Came Home"), Ol' Dirty Bastard of Wu-Tang Clan rushes the stage, commandeering the microphone and talking about how his group should have won the Best Rap Album award over Puff Daddy because "Wu-Tang is for the children."More
1995 Frank Sinatra performs in public for the last time. On the last day of the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament in Palm Springs, Ol' Blue Eyes sings a handful of songs to a VIP invitational audience: "I've Got the World On a String," "You Make Me Feel So Young," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Where or When," "My Kind of Town," and "The Best is Yet to Come."
1991 Director Cameron Crowe brings members of the cast and crew of his movie Singles to the Off Ramp in Seattle, where Pearl Jam, who appear in the film, are playing. Matt Dillon and Campbell Scott hang out with the band all night, but the real Seattle scene is a little too grungy for the other actors, who leave early.
1984 Van Halen's "Jump" hits #1 in the US, where it stays for five weeks.
1968 The Jimi Hendrix Experience play two shows at the Civic Opera House in Chicago. Between shows, Hendrix gets "casted" by the inventive groupie Cynthia Plaster Caster, who makes a mold of his love gun.More
2019 Mark Hollis of Talk Talk dies at 64.
2015 Madonna falls down a set of stage stairs during her performance of "Living For Love" at the Brit Awards when the cape she is wearing doesn't release properly when pulled by a dancer. She gamely gets up and finishes the performance, later reassuring fans that she is fine, and that "love really lifted me up."
2014 Kelis' Saucy and Sweet show premieres on The Cooking Channel. The singer trained part-time as a chef in the late 2000s, eventually graduating from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school.
2012 Bluesman Louisiana Red (real name: Iverson Minter) dies after suffering a stroke in Hanover, Germany, at age 79. Known for his 1975 song "Sweet Blood Call."
2011 Rick Coonce (drummer for The Grass Roots) dies of heart failure in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at age 64.
2009 Memphis bluesman Mark Sallings (Mark Sallings and the Famous Unknowns) dies in a car accident in Arkansas at age 56.
2004 Estelle Axton, co-founder of Stax Records, dies at age 85.
2003 Having recently signed with Columbia Records, Switchfoot release The Beautiful Letdown, their major-label debut album.
2002 New York City rock band The Strokes are named Band of the Year and Best New Act at the NME Awards (founded by the titular British music magazine). Their debut, Is This It, is also awarded Best Album.
1999 Prince, who is now using an unpronounceable symbol for his moniker, sues nine websites to prevent unauthorized downloads. He takes another stand in 2007 when he sues other sites to remove images of him.
1998 Future spouses Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood win the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "In Another's Eyes." Yearwood also wins Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "How Do I Live" (besting LeAnn Rimes' version).
1997 At Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party, DMC of Run-DMC meets Sarah McLachlan, whose music he credits with keeping him alive as he fights off depression. Years later, after DMC learns he was adopted, he collaborates with McLachlan on the song "Just Like Me" and learns that she was also adopted.
Tori Amos releases her debut solo album, Little Earthquakes, in the US. The piano-based collection allows the singer-songwriter to truly express herself for the first time on confessional tracks like "Me And A Gun" and "Silent All These Years."
Amos needed to rediscover herself after the failure of her first band, Y Kant Tori Read, which led critics to assume she was a vapid rock chick with little to say. In fact, she had plenty to say but didn't know how - until Little Earthquakes. She tells CNN: "Little Earthquakes, in truth, was much more like a diary form of things that have happened in my whole life, finding my own voice." The daughter of a Methodist minister, Amos grew up feeling stifled by the strict rules of her Christian faith and freely challenges them on the album. Her first single, "Me And A Gun," is a harrowing account of her rape at 21, when her captor forced to sing hymns during the ordeal and left her questioning why God didn't help her. She resents being taught to bury her thoughts and silence her voice on the single "Silent All These Years" and refuses to destroy herself for a man on "Crucify." While the US is preoccupied with guitars and grunge, the UK appreciates Amos' piano-driven confessionals and compares the singer-songwriter to Kate Bush, another red-headed piano player with a penchant for poetic lyrics and a flair for the dramatic. The album, co-produced by Ian Stanley of Tears For Fears, peaks at #14 in the UK. With her subsequent releases, Under The Pink and Boys For Pele, Amos' career takes off in America, which draws more attention to her debut. By the end of the decade, it sells 2 million copies in the US.
©2023 Songfacts®, LLC