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2018 At the end of his set at the World Cup opening ceremonies in Moscow, a petulant Robbie Williams flips off the camera.More

2017 The National Music Publishers Association gives Yoko Ono the Centennial Award for song of the century and adds her name to the credits of the award-winning song, "Imagine." John Lennon took the sole credit, but later admitted he got the idea from Yoko's book Grapefruit, where she wrote things like, "Imagine 1000 suns in the sky at the same time."

2017 The annual Bridge School benefit concert is cancelled after Neil Young begs off. The concerts, benefiting the school that treated Young's son Ben and others with disabilities, started in 1986.

2012 Drake and Chris Brown are involved in a fight at a New York City nightclub, with Brown accusing Drake of throwing a bottle at him. They had beef over Rihanna, whom they both dated.

2009 Bob Bogle (lead guitarist, bassist for The Ventures) dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 75.

2007 Chris Tomlin's cover of "Indescribable" is used as the official wake-up call for NASA astronaut Patrick Forrester while on the Space Shuttle mission STS-117.

2006 Rufus Wainwright, son of folk singer Loudon Wainwright III, recreates the whole of Judy Garland's legendary 1961 Carnegie Hall concert at the famous institution in order to mark the show's 35th anniversary.

2005 Backstreet Boys stray from their traditional pop fare with their rock-leaning comeback album, Never Gone. It debuts at #3 in America, sells over 10 million copies worldwide...and is slayed by critics.

2003 Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers is awarded a Member of the British Empire medal by Queen Elizabeth in London.

2003 "Bring Me To Life," the debut single from Evanescence, hits #1 in the UK and stays for four weeks. The song peaks at #5 in America.

2002 Cher starts her Living Proof: The Farewell Tour. Planned for 59 dates, it ends up at 325, bringing in 260 million dollars. It's billed as her final tour, though she ends up returning to music years later.

1996 Mathew Fletcher, drummer for Heavenly, commits suicide at age 26 just before the release of the band's fourth and final album, Operation Heavenly.

1996 Beatles producer George Martin is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

1995 Irish blues rocker Rory Gallagher dies of a staphylococcal infection following a liver transplant at age 47.

1994 Noted film composer Henry Mancini dies of pancreatic cancer at age 70.

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Restless Bonnaroo Crowd Chants "F--- Kanye!"

2008

Pearl Jam and My Morning Jacket bond, a tardy Kanye West riles the crowd and calls organizers "squid brains," and MGMT dance like hippies at Bonnaroo 2008.


The Tennessee-based festival is known for pulling all-nighters, so it wouldn't be strange for Kanye West to take the stage at 4:30 am… except he was scheduled nearly two hours earlier. West, who planned to light up Bonnaroo during a quick stop on his Glow In The Dark Tour, blames festival organizers for allowing Pearl Jam's slot to run late and failing to stage his elaborate pyrotechnic set up in a timely manner. By the time he does show up, daylight is fast approaching and the stage is slick and littered with trash thrown by angry fans who have been chanting "F--- Kanye!" and "Kanye Sucks!" They quiet down to watch the rapper perform an abbreviated set that nixes a lot of the flash, including most of his dance moves and his big production number, "Stronger." West takes to the Internet with an angry blog post about the injustice.

"This Bonnaroo thing is the worst insult I've ever had in my life," he furiously types, noting he's nearly breaking his computer with the weight of his words. "This is the most offended I've ever been ... this is the maddest I ever will be." For the notoriously temperamental rapper, that's saying something.

In the wake of West's comments, the "squid brains" at Bonnaroo remind the public of its stellar history in successfully presenting hundreds of the top artists in the world over the past seven years. True to his rant, Yeezy is still holding a grudge when he headlines the festival again in 2014, taking aim at anyone - besides himself - who documented the six-year-old beef. "Where the press at? F--- the press!" he yells mid-way through "Heartless."

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