10 July

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2016 Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry suffers a cardiac arrest while performing with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, fellow members of the supergroup The Hollywood Vampires, in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. The 65 year old is rushed to Coney Island hospital, where's he's listed in stable condition.

2015 The documentary Amy is released. The film, directed by Asif Kapadia, chronicles the short life of British singer Amy Winehouse. Hard-living Winehouse won five Grammy awards for her 2006 album Back To Black. She died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning in 2011.

2012 Slash, who left Guns N' Roses in 1996, gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Charlie Sheen, who is master of ceremonies at the event, comments, "It seems quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on."

2010 Roger Waters makes a surprise appearance at a benefit concert in Oxfordshire, England when he joins his onetime Pink Floyd bandmate David Gilmour for a four-song set, marking the first time since Live 8 in 2005 that they have shared the stage. Gilmour reciprocates by joining Waters for a performance of The Wall on May 12, 2011 in London.

2009 Robert Plant is officially a Commander of the British Empire after being bestowed with the title by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

2009 Shakira releases the electro-pop album She Wolf. The singer was in a bad mood when the disco-influenced title track roared out of her consciousness: "The image of the she wolf just came to my head, and when I least expected it I was howling and panting."

2008 VH1's Rock Honors pays tribute to The Who.

2007 Bad Religion release their fourteenth full-length studio album, New Maps of Hell.

2004 American Idol winner Fantasia's "I Believe" hits #1 on the US singles chart.

2000 Coldplay release their debut album, Parachutes, in their native UK (it isn't issued in America until November 7). Featuring the singles "Yellow" and "Trouble," it becomes a global smash.

2000 A much-ballyhooed Supremes "reunion" tour, "Return To Love," which features only Diana Ross from the original group, is canceled after initial ticket sales don't match expectations.

1999 Significant Other by Limp Bizkit supplants Millennium by Backstreet Boys at #1 on the US albums chart. The nu metal vs. boy band battles continue unabated on MTV's Total Request Live, as videos from the albums battle it out on the countdown.

1998 Bauhaus, who broke up in 1983, begin their Resurrection tour with a show at The Palladium in Los Angeles.

1997 Wanda Day, drummer for 4 Non Blondes, dies of a drug overdose.

1993 Bob Seger marries his third wife, Juanita Dorricott.

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Nude Photos Of Madonna Surface In Playboy


Playboy publishes nude photos of Madonna taken before she was famous.

The singer did a number of nude photo shoots from 1977-1980, starting when she was an 18-year-old student at the University of Michigan looking for some extra cash and trying to form a band. Now a huge star, Playboy publishes some of the shots taken in 1979 and 1980 in a revealing spread. A year earlier, the magazine turned down nude photos of Miss America winner Vanessa Williams, which their rival Penthouse published. "We think Vanessa genuinely didn't know what she was doing, didn't know her photos might be published," the article states. "Madonna, on the other hand, posed repeatedly for two noted photographers who routinely publish what they shoot." One of the photographers, Lee Friedlander, says of the shoot: "She seemed very confident, a street-wise girl." Madonna has little to say on the matter, but doesn't shy away. "I'm not ashamed," she tells the New York Post, a quote that becomes her credo. A week later, more photos from this time period appear in Penthouse, and she also graces that cover. Indeed, Madonna is very comfortable posing nude, and continues to do so, but on her terms. Already a sex symbol tantalizing audiences in her Like A Virgin phase, she gets far more controversial and erotic, releasing the revealing documentary Truth Or Dare in 1991, and publishing a book of nude photos called Sex in 1992. By taking control of her image and embracing her sexuality, Madonna sets an example that many other young pop singers follow.



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