2005 Pink Floyd perform "Comfortably Numb" at the Live 8 London concert, re-forming with band members Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright for the first time since 1981, when Waters left the band. It's the last time the four play together, as Wright dies in 2008.
1991 At a Guns N' Roses show in St. Louis, Axl Rose grows irate when he sees someone in the crowd taking pictures, and he leaves the stage, announcing, "Thanks to the lame-ass security, I'm going home." A riot follows, and the band's equipment is destroyed.More
1990 Tesla records their album Five Man Acoustical Jam live at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia. Their cover of "Signs" becomes a surprise hit and catalyzes an acoustic rock trend, with MTV's Unplugged series delving into more rock acts soon after.
1988 Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana" hits #1 on the Hot 100, making him the first artist to score five #1 singles from the same album (Bad).
1980 Sheena Easton is featured on the BBC show The Big Time, which follows regular people trying to achieve their dreams. With visions of stardom as a singer, she is seen auditioning for EMI, who are suitably impressed and sign her to a deal. Her single "9 To 5" becomes a UK hit two months later and conquers America a year later.
1966 "Strangers in the Night" goes to #1, giving Frank Sinatra his first #1 pop hit since "Learnin' The Blues" in 1955. The song appeared in the film A Man Could Get Killed, winning the Oscar for Best Song.
2015 For the first time ever, Rush make the cover of Rolling Stone. The magazine and their cohorts at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (which didn't induct the band until 2013), have given Rush short shrift throughout their career, but even diehard fans are pleased with the piece.
2014 On her website, Jewel announces she will be divorcing husband Ty Murray after almost six years of marriage.
2014 In Grand Rapids, Michigan, a new group called The Raskins play their first show on the Mötley Crüe Final Tour, which also includes Alice Cooper. They later süe the Crüe, claiming they paid $1 million for the privilege, but received heaps of abuse in return.More
2001 Liverpool renames its airport the "Liverpool John Lennon Airport" after its famous native.
1994 Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong marries Adrienne Nesser. The next day, Adrienne discovers she is pregnant with their son, Joseph.
1992 Mick Jagger's daughter Jade makes him a grandfather when her daughter Assisi Lola Jackson is born.
1991 In his first acting role, Ice Cube stars alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. in the acclaimed drama Boyz N the Hood. Writer/director John Singleton wrote the role of troubled gangster Darrin "Doughboy" Baker specifically for the ex-N.W.A rapper.More
1983 Michelle Branch is born in Sedona, Arizona.
1982 Harmonica player DeFord Bailey dies at age 82. A cast member at the Grand Ole Opry throughout the 1930s, he was the first African American inducted into the institution. In 2005, he entered the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1981 Bruce Springsteen plays the first of six sold-out shows at the new Byrne Arena in New Jersey. His average show lasts 28 songs.
1980 Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Bob Weir are arrested and charged with inciting a riot at San Diego Sports Arena to break up a drug bust.
1976 A battered Tina Turner leaves husband Ike in Dallas, Texas, after one final blowout. She files for divorce later in the month.
Jimi Hendrix is honorably discharged from the Army after serving a little over a year of his 3-year commitment. The reason for his discharge is "unsuitability," as his superiors agree he will never be a good soldier, in part because he's more interested in his guitar than his rifle.
When he joined the Army on May 31, 1961, it quickly became clear that Private James Hendrix of the 101st Airborne Division (the Screaming Eagles) was not cut out to be a soldier. In his first year of service, he was disciplined a number of times for missing bed check, sleeping on duty, and showing a general disregard for authority. In recommending his discharge, his sergeant wrote: At times, Hendrix isn't able to carry on an intelligent conversation, paying little attention to having been spoken to. At one point, it was thought perhaps Hendrix was taking dope and was sent to be examined by a medical officer with negative results. His section leader added: Pvt Hendrix has shown a lack of interest and drive, and apparent inability to concentrate on an assigned task. Even the most simple instructions often must be repeated several times before the task is carried out. Constant supervision is necessary to obtain even barely satisfactory results from Pvt Hendrix. One letter cites his guitar playing as a detriment, as he "cannot function while performing duties and thinking about his guitar." Hendrix rarely talks about his time in the Army, but when questioned, he cites an ankle injury from a parachute jump as reason for his discharge. The real reason isn't revealed until his military files become public in 2005.
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