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2020 The day after Spain lifted a 3-month coronavirus lockdown, the Liceu opera in Barcelona opens its season with an unusual performance: Each of the 2,292 seats is occupied by a houseplant.More

2020 Twenty One Pilots release a never-ending video for their song "Level of Concern" that continuously updates using footage uploaded by fans. It does end, but not until December 16 - 178 days later.

2018 Pantera drummer and co-founder Vinnie Paul dies at 54.

2015 On the reality dating show The Bachelorette, Jared and Kaitlyn visit Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin, where they are serenaded by Noel Hogan and Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries, who perform "Linger." The couple dance and make out as O'Riordan sings: Were you lying all the time? Was it just a game to you?More

2012 The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre opens in Melbourne. Newton-John, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, started raising funds to develop the project in 2003.

2010 Lynyrd Skynyrd release Live from Freedom Hall, their eight live album. It features music performed June 15, 2007 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.

2009 Blues bassist Nick Holt (of The Teardrops) dies of brain cancer at age 69.

2008 For his 60th birthday, Todd Rundgren hosts Toddstock, a gathering of his fans at his home in Hawaii. Toddstock returns every five years, with more locations added.

2007 Sarah McLachlan gives birth to her second child, daughter Taja Summer Sood.

2004 Lynyrd Skynyrd release Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour, their fifth live album. Featuring music from a July 11, 2003 performance at Antioch, Tennessee's Amsouth Amphitheater, it celebrates the band's thirty year anniversary.

1993 The Flaming Lips release their sixth studio album, Transmissions From The Satellite Heart, featuring their breakthrough hit, "She Don't Use Jelly."More

1990 Doo-wop singer Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson (of The Dell-Vikings) dies of cancer at age 54.

1988 Robert Palmer releases "Simply Irresistible" in his native UK, where it peaks at #44. It fares much better in the US, where it lands at #2.

1986 Tom Waits' play titled Franks Wild Years debuts at the Briar St. Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Starring Waits as Frank, the play is performed by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and its soundtrack is later released as Waits' ninth studio album (also titled Franks Wild Years).

1984 The Dolly Parton movie Rhinestone is released, featuring Parton as a country singer trying to mentor a New York cabbie played by Sylvester Stallone.

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Glen Campbell Reveals He Has Alzheimer's Disease

2011

Glen Campbell's wife, Kim Woollen, announces that the singer has Alzheimer's disease.


Campbell had been suffering from memory loss for the past few years, and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011 after undergoing a PET scan. The 75-year-old singer can still perform and remains in good spirits, so the family makes plans to proceed with his tour to promote his new album, Ghost on the Canvas. They test the waters with some small shows and an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where Campbell sings his new song "It's Your Amazing Grace" (at the end of the performance, he joyfully declares, "I got through it!). Campbell's tour is called The Goodbye Tour, and it's a family affair, with all of his children with Woollen (his fourth wife) in the band: daughter Ashley on keyboards and banjo, son Shannon on guitar, and son Cal on drums. Campbell knows the melodies, but needs teleprompters positioned around the stage to give him the lyrics. The shows go surprisingly well, with Campbell clearly having a good time and the inevitable mistakes laughed off by the audience. And while nothing can reverse Alzheimer's, his doctors agree that his activity has helped slow the progression. They also note that his musical mind is extraordinarily sharp considering his condition - a testament to his talent. Driving from city to city on the tour bus gives Campbell's family the chance to spend more time with him in his final years, and for fans, it's an opportunity to see him perform one last time. The Goodbye Tour lasts for over a year, stopping in November 2012 when Campbell can no longer perform. Along the way, he is given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and sings "Rhinestone Cowboy" at the ceremony. Campbell's diagnosis and subsequent tour are documented in the 2014 film Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, an intimate look at the struggles faced by Campbell and his loved ones. His story rallies support for more research into Alzheimer's.

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