2011 Clarence Clemons, saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, dies at age 69 after suffering a stroke. He is replaced in the band by his nephew, Jake Clemons.
2006 Paul McCartney turns 64. He's older, but doesn't seem to be losing his hair. McCartney started writing "When I'm 64" when he was 15.
1999 A judge dismisses a case brought against Prince in 1994 claiming he stole the idea for his symbol-shaped guitar. In the opinion, the judge writes: "Defendant may as well have had this protracted litigation in mind when he lyrically asked: 'Why do we scream at each other. This is what it sounds like. When doves cry.'"
1978 Grace Slick takes the stage with Jefferson Starship at the Lorelei Festival in Hamburg, Germany, in a state of drunkenness. After she taunts the crowd with comments about Nazis and World War II, the crowd riots, destroying much of their equipment. Slick does not return to the band until 1983.
1977 Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" goes to #1 on the Hot 100, the group's only song to top that chart.
2020 Singer Vera Lynn, who became the musical embodiment of Britain's fighting spirit during World War II, dies at 103.
2018 The 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion (Jahseh Onfroy) is shot and killed while leaving a car dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
2014 Johnny Mann - of The Johnny Mann Singers who recorded with Johnny Burnette, The Crickets, and Eddie Cochran - dies of heart failure at age 85.
2012 At a Radiohead concert in a park in Toronto, metal rigging over a stage collapses one hour before show time. Various technicians were setting up the stage equipment when the incident occurred, injuring some and killing one drum technician, Scott Johnson, who was pinned under the rubble.
2011 Leslie West of Mountain has his right leg amputated below the knee at a Biloxi, Mississippi, hospital the day after performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in the city. West later says, "when I play 'Mississippi Queen' now, I think about Jesus Christ."
2009 Hindustani classical musician Ali Akbar Khan dies at age 87 from renal failure.
2007 Doo-wop singer Hank Medress (of The Tokens) dies of lung cancer at age 68.
2002 Billy Joel checks into an alcohol rehabilitation center in Connecticut for a ten-day stay.
1995 Louise Dean (singer for Shiva) dies in a hit-and-run accident at age 24. Shiva's single "Freedom" peaks at #18 on the UK charts shortly after.
1993 Lollapalooza 1993 kicks off at Thunderbird Stadium, in Vancouver, BC. The main stage acts include the headliner, Primus, as well as Alice in Chains, Dinosaur Jr., Fishbone, Arrested Development, Front 242, Babes in Toyland (first half), Tool (second half), and Rage Against the Machine.
1992 Peter Allen, best remembered for his 1972 hit, "I Still Call Australia Home," which soon made its way into commercials for Qantas Airlines, dies at his home in Sydney, struck down with an AIDS-related throat cancer. He was 48 years old.
1988 Josh Dun (drummer for Twenty One Pilots) is born in Columbus, Ohio.
1987 Bruce Springsteen separates from his wife, actress Julianne Phillips.
1977 Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, the bass player and drummer (respectively) of Talking Heads, get married. It sticks, and in 2002 they become the first married couple inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when the band is inducted.
Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a 32-year-old woman from Minnesota, is found guilty of illegal sharing of music files via the Internet and is ordered to pay $1.92 million, $80,000 per song.
On the file-sharing platform Kazaa, Thomas-Rasset is better known as Tereastarr. In 2005, she downloaded and distributed a total of 24 songs, including tracks from Green Day, Gloria Estefan, and Aerosmith, and landed in hot water with several major record labels. Capitol Records offered to settle for $5,000, but Thomas-Rasset refused, insisting she was not the person behind the Tereastarr moniker. Capitol Records, Inc. v. Thomas-Rasset was the country's first file-sharing copyright infringement lawsuit from the major labels to be tried before a jury, which found Thomas-Rasset guilty and liable for statutory damages of $222,000 in 2007. The case also sent a message to other filesharers that the recording industry wasn't willing to turn a blind eye to their activity. Today, Thomas-Rasset is back for a retrial at the US District Court in Minnesota with a new lawyer and new jury, but the verdict remains the same – mostly. Thomas-Rasset's lead attorney, Kiwi Camara, was hoping to knock the charges down to the legal minimum of $750 per work, but the jury has other ideas, to the tune of $80,000. Multiply that by 24 songs and Thomas-Rasset faces a whopping $1.92 million penalty. Cara Duckworth, a spokesperson for the RIAA, tells reporters that the recording industry doesn't want to break anyone and is still willing to settle, but Thomas-Rasset remains unmoved. She's not interested in paying a settlement or anything at all. Of the $1.92 million, she says, "Good luck trying to get it from me... it's like squeezing blood from a turnip."
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