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2021 In their hometown of Oklahoma City, Flaming Lips pull off the first COVID-protected space bubble concert, with audience members enclosed in plastic bubbles like the kind frontman Wayne Coyne often uses to walk over the crowd.

2020 Neil Young, born in Canada but a resident of California since 1966, finally becomes a US citizen.

2018 Neil Diamond announces that he's retiring from concert touring because he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

2013 Shakira and Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique welcome their first child, baby boy Milan.

2012 Seal and Heidi Klum, who got married in 2005 and had four kids together, announce they are separating.

2008 British tabloid The Sun posts video they claim is of Amy Winehouse smoking crack. The 24-year-old singer has been in and out of rehab, and is clearly in ill health. The video was apparently taken by a guest at her home.

2004 Famed New York nightclub the Bottom Line closes the doors forever at its Greenwich Village location. Opened nearly 30 years previously by Allan Pepper and Stanley Snadowski, the club is forced to close after failed negotiations with its landlord, New York University.

2002 Bad Religion release their 12th full-length studio album, The Process of Belief. It is their first recording with Brett Gurewitz on guitar since 1994's Stranger Than Fiction and their debut with current drummer Brooks Wackerman. It's also their first studio album released on Epitaph Records since 1993's Recipe for Hate.

2001 Chubby Checker guest stars on Fox's Ally McBeal in the episode "Mr. Bo."

2000 Robbie Williams reaches #53 on the Hot 100 with "Angels," the highest the British superstar will ever place on the American chart.

1997 Scottish singer Billy MacKenzie (of The Associates) commits suicide at age 39 by overdosing on prescription drugs.

1997 Pop singer Ron Holden, known for the 1959 hit "Love You So," dies of a heart attack at age 57 in Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

1994 Rhett Forrester (former lead singer of Riot) is shot and killed during an attempted carjacking in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 37.

1991 Sting releases his third full-length studio album, The Soul Cages.

1989 Gene Simmons of Kiss and his girlfriend, the Playboy model Shannon Tweed, welcome their first child, a boy named Nicholas.

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John And Yoko Appear On Rolling Stone Cover In Photo Taken Day Of John's Death

1981

The John Lennon tribute issue of Rolling Stone is published with the famous Annie Leibovitz photo of a naked Lennon embracing a fully-clothed Yoko Ono. Lennon's full interview is not published by the magazine until 2010.


John and Yoko first made the cover of Rolling Stone with the November 23, 1968 issue celebrating the one-year anniversary of the magazine. As on the cover of their album Two Virgins, they were naked for the cover as well, along with a quote from the Bible: "And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." That photo was also shot by Leibovitz. Lennon had done an interview with the magazine to promote his 1980 album Double Fantasy, his first since 1975. For the cover photo, he insisted Yoko join him. Leibovitz was dispatched to their apartment in the Dakota building in New York, where she showed them a sketch of the pose she had in mind. John and Yoko gave it a go, he wearing nothing and she fully clothed. When Leibovitz showed them a Polaroid, Lennon said it captured their relationship exactly. That night, Lennon was shot and killed outside the building. When the issue arrives, it's dedicated entirely to Lennon. The cover is simply the photo and magazine's logo.

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Con from Sydney That’s what really mattered
Scott L from Sw MichI have this RS issue in my collection. Regardless of how so many feel about Yoko, his love for her was never more apparent than on this cover.

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