6 February

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2016 Dan Hicks dies of liver cancer in his Mill Valley, California home. Best remembered for his work as leader of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, he also holds the distinction of having been drummer in seminal '60s psychedelic act The Charlatans during their historically important 1965 Red Dog Saloon residency, which was crucial in shaping the San Francisco psychedelic music scene.

2016 Panic! at the Disco top the US albums chart for the first time when Death of a Bachelor goes to #1. The group stalled at #2 with their 2008 release, Pretty.Odd.

2011 Christina Aguilera messes up a line of the US national anthem when she performs it at the Super Bowl. Instead of "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming," Aguilera sings: "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming." Aguilera later said of the mistake: "I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."

2011 Gary Moore (guitarist for Thin Lizzy) dies of a heart attack at age 58.

2007 Fall Out Boy drift from their pop-punk roots with their third studio album, Infinity On High, by incorporating elements of funk, R&B, and flamenco. The album debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, bolstered by the hit single "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race."

2007 Barenaked Ladies release their eighth studio album, Barenaked Ladies Are Men, the last BNL album to feature founding member Steven Page.

2007 Frankie Laine dies at age 93.

2003 50 Cent drops his major-label debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', a joint release on Eminem's Shady Records and Dr. Dre's Aftermath label. It includes two #1 hits: "In Da Club" and "21 Questions."

2003 ABC's 20/20 airs the British documentary Living With Michael Jackson, where we see him climb a tree, go shopping, and talk about sharing his bed with kids.

1998 Austrian singer-songwriter Falco (Hans Hölzel) dies in a car crash while under the influence of cocaine and alcohol, just two weeks shy of his 41st birthday.

1984 At the Sweetwaters South Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand, Talking Heads play their last concert, a messy set that is cut short after just a few songs. They release three more albums but perform together again just once: in 2002 when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1981 Hugo Montenegro, an orchestra leader and film composer known for his 1968 hit cover of Ennio Morricone's theme from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly dies of emphysema at age 55.

1976 Elvis Presley records "Never Again" and "Love Coming Down."

1976 Just hours after finishing the soundtrack for It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown, longtime Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi dies suddenly of a heart attack (or a possible aortic aneurysm) at age 47. At the jazz pianist's funeral, Charlie Brown music is played over the church's sound system.

1966 Rick Astley is born in Lancashire, England. He gets a big break when the producer Pete Waterman of Stock Aitken Waterman spots him singing at a showcase and offers him an office job, which leads to a record deal.

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Ozzy Announces Sequel To "No More Tours" Tour


Ozzy Osbourne announces his No More Tours 2 tour, billed as his "final global tour." Ozzy first retired from touring in 1992 with his original No More Tours tour.

"I'm looking at this final tour as being a huge celebration for my fans and anyone who has enjoyed my music over the past five decades," Ozzy says. Aware of his previous farewell tour fake-out, Ozzy only commits to an end of global touring. No More Tours 2 is scheduled to run through 2020, at which point he plans to play sundry shows and spend more time with his family. Ozzfest will continue. At the press conference, Ozzy's wife, Sharon is asked what it will be like having him around all the time. "I'm f--king frightened," she replies. "I think I need to get another job." The announcement comes a day after Paul Simon announced his last tour, and two weeks after Elton John declared his farewell.



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