2013 Glee star Cory Monteith is found dead in a Vancouver hotel room after accidentally ingesting a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol. The 31-year-old actor played Finn Hudson on the popular FOX musical series.
2008 Joan Jett plays a murder victim on the "Reunion" episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Her character hosts a show called Rock 'n Talk before she meets her demise.
1996 At Riverfront Park in Nashville, Chet Atkins, Steve Earle and the Goo Goo Dolls join about 1000 other guitarists to jam on "Heartbreak Hotel" for nearly 80 minutes. They come up short in their bid to break the record for largest jam session, set in 1994 when 1,320 guitarists played "Takin' Care Of Business" in Vancouver.
1985 The Live Aid concerts take place in Philadelphia and London to raise money for the hungry in Africa. The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Elton John, David Bowie, The Who, Queen, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan all take part.More
1942 Roger McGuinn of The Byrds is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1897 A US patent is granted to inventor Guglielmo Marconi for transmitting electrical signals, leading to the invention of radio.
2011 Songwriter Jerry Ragovoy dies of a stroke at age 80. Under the pseudonym Norman Meade, he co-wrote "Time Is On My Side," made famous by the Rolling Stones.
2004 Jimmy Buffett releases License To Chill, his 21st studio album. It's mostly a collection of duets with fellow country stars, including Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, and George Strait. It's also his first album to go to #1 in the US.More
2004 Arthur Kane of the New York Dolls dies of leukemia at age 55.
2003 Broadway singer Eileen Rodgers dies of lung cancer at age 73.
2000 James Brown is formally charged with assaulting Russell Eubanks, an employee of South Carolina Electric and Gas, with a steak knife after Eubanks visited Brown's Beech Island estate to check on reports that he was without electricity.
1992 Jett Williams, illegitimate daughter of country legend Hank Williams, is granted partial royalties of his songs by a New York appeals court, adding to a ruling reached on July 5 that she should receive half of his estate.
1991 INXS play to a crowd of 72,000 at Wembley Stadium in London, six years to the day Live Aid was held there. It is later released as the live album and video Live Baby Live.
1989 Leon Bridges is born Todd Michael Bridges in Atlanta, Georgia, but grows up in Fort Worth, Texas. He releases his debut album, Coming Home, in 2015 and is hailed as "the second coming of Sam Cooke."
1985 Tears for Fears bow out of performing at Live Aid, Bob Geldof's star-studded charity concert for famine relief in Africa, after two members of their band quit. The group donates concert funds to the cause, but feels the weight of Geldof's disapproval. TFF's Roland Orzabal says, "He made us feel very guilty. All those millions of people dying, it was all our fault. I felt terrible. I tell you, I know how Hitler must have felt."
1984 Philippé Wynne, who was with The Spinners from 1972 to 1977, has a heart attack while performing at a nightclub in Oakland, California. Wynne, 43, dies the next day.
In support of their acclaimed synth-infused album The Soft Bulletin, The Flaming Lips embark on a "headphones tour" that combines pre-recorded material, provided to the audience through customized headsets, with the live stage show.
Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne realized it would be a pricey endeavor to recreate the intricate album - which combines rock instruments, drum machines, synthesizers, and other studio effects - on stage, so the band came up with the concept of a headphones concert. Steven Drozd, the band's multi-instrumentalist, explained the idea to MTV ahead of the tour: "Basically, you're going to walk in and we'll tell you where to dial in and you'll get the complete stereo PA mix through the headphones. It's great - you'll get the super volume of the PA and the clarity and panning effect from the headphones." The Flaming Lips are no strangers to innovation and are known for experimenting with their musical boundaries. Prior to the release of The Soft Bulletin, which draws comparisons to The Beach Boys' symphonic-pop masterpiece, Pet Sounds, The Lips issued Zaireeka - a four-disc album meant to be played simultaneously on four separate sound systems. So longtime Lips fans were probably expecting something out of the ordinary when they arrived at the concert venue in St. Louis, Missouri, the first stop on the tour. Says Coyne: "I actually think that sometimes when people come to see the Lips, they come to see our ideas, not to see us play our favorites the way we did in the good old days."
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