21 July

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2017 The day after the suicide of lead singer Chester Bennington, Linkin Park cancel their upcoming tour and set up a tribute page on their website with resources for suicide prevention.

2012 Singer-songwriter Tulisa Contostavlos is cleared of conspiring to supply Class A drugs after the notorious "Fake Sheikh" Mazher Mahmood sets up one entrapment operation too many.

2009 Brad Paisley performs at the White House, where he plays his new song "Welcome to the Future," which was inspired by Barack Obama's election. Paisley returns in 2012 to play a 4th of July concert at the White House, and in 2013 he plays an inauguration concert after Obama is re-elected.

2008 Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O premieres her new side project, Native Korean Rock, at Union Pool in Brooklyn, New York.

2006 Herbie Kalin (of The Kalin Twins) dies of a heart attack at age 72.

2005 Blues singer Long John Baldry, a huge influence on Elton John, dies of a chest infection at age 64. Baldry had a #1 UK hit with "Let The Heartaches Begin."

2004 Jerry Goldsmith, an Academy Award-winning film composer known for Chinatown, The Omen, and five of the original Star Trek films, among others, dies of colon cancer at age 75.

2002 At the Peoria Civic Center in Illinois, fans riot at the third annual Gathering Of The Juggalos when police try to stop Juggalettes from taking their shirts off. Peoria joins Novi, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio on the list of cities where this Gathering is no longer welcome.

2002 Gus Dudgeon, frequent producer of Elton John's recordings, dies in a car accident along with his wife, Sheila, at age 59. Elton dedicates his 2004 album, Peachtree Road, to the couple.

2001 Lauryn Hill tapes her MTV Unplugged special, playing new songs in a very emotional performance. It's clear that she's not going for mainstream appeal, and is not about to follow up her The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill album with another big seller.

1999 Charley Pride receives a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 MP3.com, a website that lets users download music files for free, goes public and quickly reaches a valuation of $6.9 billion. Months later, they're sued by various record companies and the RIAA. In 2001, it sells to Vivendi for $372 million.

1997 As the forerunner of a new era of women in rock, Jewel becomes the first Atlantic Records artist to grace the cover of TIME magazine.

1995 A Los Angeles judge throws out a lawsuit filed against Michael Jackson by five of the pop star's security guards, who alleged that they were fired after learning the "truth" about Jackson's nighttime visits with young boys.

1989 UHF, a comedy film written by and starring Weird Al Yankovic, debuts. The soundtrack features many of Yankovic's signature song parodies, as well as a few of his original songs. While the film does poorly in box office due to bad timing at the beginning of summer just before blockbuster season, the film gains a huge cult following. "UHF" stands for "Ultra High Frequency," an archaic method of television broadcast in the United States which tended to feature local, mom-and-pop stations and shoestring-budget content.

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Juggalos Gather For Music, Wrestling And Mayhem


About 7,000 Insane Clown Posse fans, many in clown makeup like the group, descend on the Novi Expo Center in Novi, Michigan for the first Gathering Of The Juggalos. By the end of the Gathering, the place is sticky with Faygo soda and left in ruins - all to be expected at an ICP fete.

Tickets for the two-day convention are $60 in advance, and include a host of activities attunded to the tastes of Juggalos. There's the Blue Monkey Circus Sideshow ("Freaks of nature gone wrong!"), Juggalo Champions--t Wrestling, the Psycho Karaoke Contest, Faygo Armageddon, a Lingerie Contest, a hillbilly dunk tank, the Miss Juggalette Pageant, and a scavenger hunt. And of course, lots of music, with performances by ICP and the acts on their Detroit-based label Psychopathic Records, including Twiztid and Kottonmouth Kings. Before we go on, some definitions: Insane Clown Posse: The horror-rap duo of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. They are never seen without their clown makeup. Formed in the late '80s, they issued their first album in 1992. Their 1997 album The Great Milenko was originally issued on Hollywood Records, a Disney subsidiary. When Disney realized they were associated with ICP, they cut ties and pulled the album. It was picked up by Island and sold over a million copies. Faygo: A brand of cheap soda ICP sprays on fans at every show. Made in Detroit, a two-liter bottle will set you back about 69 cents. The duo call it "ghetto soda." Juggalo: A hard-core fan of the Insane Clown Posse. Pretty much everybody who owns one of their albums or has been to a show is a Juggalo - there's not a lot of middle ground in their fandom. The gathering goes on much like a typical ICP show, with plenty of mayhem and lunacy. During the headline concert, fans rush the stage about 30 minutes in, and the venue authorities shut them down. By ICP standards, this is a huge success: nobody was killed, and like-minded fans from around the country were united in person for the first time. The Gathering Of The Juggalos becomes an annual event, but it's no longer welcome in Novi, where the unsuspecting citizens were taken aback by this onslaught of creepy clowns. The next GOTJ takes place at the Seagate Center in Toledo, Ohio. This time, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Vanilla Ice are on the bill. Again, fans storm the stage and cut the ICP set short. At the third Gathering, in Peoria, Illinois, police shut down the show when fans start to riot. At this point, it's clear that Juggalos and police need to separated, so the fourth Gathering moves to a private outdoor venue: Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville, Ohio. Extended to four days and with private security (ordered to "relax"), the festival goes off without incident for the first time. They get two more years out of Garrettsville before they are booted. After a year in Pataskala, Ohio, the 2007 Gathering is held at a campground in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, where it stays through 2013. Later Gatherings are held in Thornville, Ohio and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2019, the 20th annual Gathering Of The Juggalos takes place in Springville, Indiana, with Geto Boys, Gwar, KRS-One and Morris Day all performing.



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