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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 Amy Winehouse, fresh out of rehab, shows up an hour late for a concert in Belgrade, Serbia, stumbles around on stage and can barely sing. The rest of the tour is cancelled.

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.

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The Experience Music Project Opens In Seattle

2000

The Experience Music Project, a museum including permanent exhibitions on Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana, opens in Seattle.

The Experience Music Project opens its doors to the public, following three days of concerts from artists including Metallica, Alanis Morissette, Beck and James Brown. The brainchild of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his sister Jody, the attraction is considered "The Jimi Hendrix Museum," thanks to a large permanent exhibition in the guitarist's memory and its location in the sprawling Seattle Center beneath the iconic Space Needle, near where Hendrix' wake was held in 1970. The "Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970" gallery includes memorabilia from the personal collection of Paul Allen, including the guitar Hendrix played at Woodstock, his only passport - issued on September 23, 1966 as he left for London - and the mixing desk he used in his personal recording studio. Housed in a Frank Gehry designed building intended to evoke the guitars Hendrix would destroy after performing, the Experience Music Project also incorporates a Science Fiction museum and an exhibition on Seattle grunge band Nirvana which features rarities such as instruments, original poster artwork, photographs and films. The only Jimi Hendrix Experience band member to attend the opening gala is bass player Noel Redding, who performs with Bo Diddley in an unannounced and low-key session. The shadow of Jimi Hendrix hangs large over the event, with several acts performing subtle tributes to him in their performances - and some grand gestures such as Patti Smith opening her set with a rousing cover of "Hey Joe." Paul Allen is not left out: an accomplished guitarist himself since the age of 16, he joins up with Herbie Hancock, Robbie Robertson and the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart for a jam. In 2016 the institution shifts focus and becomes the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). photo: N i c o l a, Flickr

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