1995 Diane Sawyer conducts a live interview with Michael Jackson and his wife Lisa Marie Presley on the ABC news program Primetime Live. Topics include the validity of their marriage, Jackson's surgeries, and if he's a Scientologist.More
1990 Four days after being arrested for performing obscene songs at a Florida nightclub, the rap group 2 Live Crew performs at the Ozone Club outside of Atlanta. Authorities had warned the group that they would be arrested if they performed their dirty songs, so the rappers encourage the crowd to sing the obscene lyrics for them, resulting in about 500 people singing lines like "that's the way we like to f--k" as police officers look on. No arrests are made, and the group gets even more publicity and a bump in sales for the album they released a year earlier.
1966 Workers at a London railway station notice a large package wiggling, so they open it to discover 12-year-old Carol Dryden, a Beatles fan trying to mail herself to the group.
1966 Deeming its "butcher cover" in poor taste, Capitol Records recalls the new Beatles album, Yesterday and Today, which is scheduled for release the next day and has already been sent to stores.More
1961 Patsy Cline gets in a nasty car accident in Nashville, when she is thrown through the windshield. She is hospitalized for about a month, during which time she is visited by the woman who will become her protégé: Loretta Lynn.
2020 BTS draw about 750,000 viewers (in 107 countries) to their Bang Bang Con livestream concert, earning an estimated $20 million in ticket sales, far more than what a traditional concert could earn. It proves that livestream shows, which have mostly relied on donations, can be immensely profitable as ticketed events.
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.
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."
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.
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 Beatles producer George Martin is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
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.
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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