18 July

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2020 Five months after his murder, the rapper Pop Smoke goes to #1 in the US with his debut album, Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon. 50 Cent, a mentor to Pop Smoke, helped complete the album.

2012 The Who announce of a tour to revive their rock opera Quadrophenia. The original run of the film of Quadrophenia debuted in 1979; the album in 1973. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as the surviving members of the group, are also tapped to perform the ending song for the 2012 Olympic games in London.

2011 The romantic comedy Friends With Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, premieres in New York City. The soundtrack includes the Semisonic tune "Closing Time," which Timberlake sings in the movie.

2001 Weezer releases "Hash Pipe," the first single from Weezer (aka The Green Album).

1993 Rage Against The Machine protest music censorship by appearing at their Lollapalooza set in Philadelphia completely nude except for duct tape over their mouths. They refuse to play any music, and simply stand for 25 minutes with the letters PMRC written on their chests, a reference to the Parents Music Resource Center.

1992 The second edition of Lollapalooza is launched at Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View, California. The traveling festival features such main stage attractions as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.

1992 "Achy Breaky Heart," a #1 country hit from Billy Ray Cyrus, peaks at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1988 Ike Turner is sentenced to one year in a Santa Monica, California, jail for six grams of crack found in his car during a traffic stop in August 1987.

1988 Christa Päffgen aka Nico (of The Velvet Underground) dies at age 49 while vacationing in Ibiza, Spain. While riding a bicycle, the German singer-songwriter suffers a heart attack and falls and hits her head, causing a severe cerebral hemorrhage.

1983 Following up on momentum from their free Central Park reunion concert, Simon and Garfunkel start a 19-city tour in Akron, Ohio.

1982 Ryan Cabrera is born in Dallas, Texas.

1978 Def Leppard make their live debut, performing to an audience of 150 at the Westfield School in Sheffield, England.

1978 Tony Fagenson (drummer for Eve 6) is born. His dad is record producer and bass player Don Was (of Was (Not Was)).

1975 Daron Malakian (guitarist, vocalist for System Of A Down) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1974 Reinforcing his anti-establishment beliefs, the US denies renewal of John Lennon's visa based on a drug possession conviction in England four years earlier. The matter is sorted out and an international incident averted.

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Lollapalooza Lauches With Mash-up Of Eclectic Acts


The very first Lollapalooza music festival is held in select locations throughout North America. Bands and artists include Jane's Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Living Colour, Ice-T, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, Violent Femmes and Fishbone.

The festival, dreamed up by Perry Farrell and Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction, along with booking agents Don Muller and Marc Geiger, is the first of its kind in North America. Farrell's vision for Lollapalooza is for an event that showcases not only non-mainstream music acts, but also art and politics - kind of a one-stop shop for a generation sick of prefab pop and hair metal, and ready to reject their parents' politics and aesthetics. The first show of the original Lollapalooza tour is held at Compton Terrace in Tempe, Arizona. The tour travels to 20 more cities before coming to an end on August 28 in Enumclaw, Washington. In 1992, Lollapalooza adds a second stage to the tour, featuring music from up-and-coming, lesser-known bands. Over the years, the side stage features such acts as Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Primus, Cypress Hill, Ben Folds Five, Beck, and Kings of Leon, providing a nice stepping stone on their way toward greater popularity. Lollapalooza is an annual event through 1997, and is resurrected in 2003. In 2004, ticket sales are poor and the tour was cancelled. In 2005, organizers give it one last shot, making Lollapalooza a three-day event at a single location, rather than a traveling tour. The plan works, and the festival continues through the next decade, with the 2016 event stretching across four days in celebration of Lollapalooza's 25th anniversary.



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