16 June

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2022 Eight years after signing a "cessation of touring agreement," Mötley Crüe kick off a co-headlining tour with Def Leppard in Atlanta.

2018 The Carters (Jay-Z and Beyoncé) release their first single, "Apes--t," with an opulent video shot at the Louvre in Paris.More

2014 Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony divorce. They married in 2004 and welcomed twins Maximilian and Emme in 2008.

2007 61-year-old Rod Stewart marries his third wife, 35-year-old model Penny Lancaster, on board the yacht Lady Ann Magee in Portofino, Italy.

2007 Muse become the first band to sell out the rebuilt Wembley Stadium in London, when about 90,000 fans see them perform.

2006 The White Stripes win a lawsuit brought on by Ghetto Recorders studio owner Jim Diamond. Diamond claimed he produced the band's first two albums and that the band owed him royalties for his work. In reality, Jack White was the sole producer of those records and Diamond wasn't entitled to any more money as the band had already given him credit as engineer.

2004 The three surviving original members of the New York Dolls perform together for the first time since 1975 at the first of two shows at London Royal Festival Hall. The concerts are spearheaded by The Smiths' frontman, Morrissey, who was once the president of the Dolls' UK fan club. The band continues to record and perform in various incarnations after the reunion.

2001 Cardigans singer Nina Persson marries songwriter/author Nathan Larson.

1999 Phil Collins gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1997 John Wolters (drummer for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) dies of cancer at age 52.

1994 Kristen Pfaff (bassist for Hole) dies of acute opiate intoxication at age 27.

1993 The US Postal Service issues a booklet of commemorative rock and roll stamps featuring Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Bill Haley, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, and Dinah Washington.

1990 The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black," re-released in the Netherlands as a single, climbs to the top of the charts 24 years after its initial release.

1990 The Swedish pop duo Roxette earn their third chart-topper when their breakup ballad "It Must Have Been Love" from the Pretty Woman soundtrack hits #1.

1989 Cliff Richard plays Wembley Stadium in London for the first time in a show that marks his 30th year in the business. Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Searchers also appear.

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Big Four Of Metal Join Forces


Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax play on the same bill, marking the first time the "Big Four" of thrash metal do a show together.

The show takes place in Warsaw, Poland, as part of the Sonisphere Festival, followed by six more concerts in Europe, including one in Bulgaria that is released on DVD. This kind of aggressive thrash metal had its heyday in the late '80s, but was pushed aside by grunge and hair metal in the '90s and nu-metal in the early '00s. But late in the decade, the genre recovered, led by Slayer's Christ Illusion album (2006) and Metallica's Death Magnetic (2008). Megadeth, megadead in 2002 when Dave Mustaine suffered nerve damage in his arm and dealt with drug issues, returned to form with successful albums in 2004, 2007 and 2009. Anthrax has been less successful, but Joey Belladonna, lead singer from their classic lineup, returns for the Big Four shows, and the band makes a triumphant return with a new album in 2011, Worship Music. With nearly 40 years of history, there are many hatchets to be buried, most prominently among Mustaine and his former band, Metallica. An original member, he was fired from the group before they released their first album. His transgression: drug and alcohol abuse. Perhaps the ultimate pot/kettle scenario. These European shows, which end in July, are very successful. In 2011 the Big Four do seven more concerts, ending with one in Yankee Stadium on September 14. All four bands continue their resurgence, but politics and logistics keep them from playing together again.



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