2016 Diplo and his electronic dancehall project Major Lazer land a historic Havana gig, becoming the first US musical act to perform in Cuba in the new era of diplomatic relations between the island and the US, precipitating a visit from President Obama later in the month.More
2009 Thousands of Phish fans descend upon Hampton, Virginia, to see Page McConnell, John Fishman, Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon return to the stage for their first show since 2004. They open with "Fluffhead," a song they haven't played since 2000.
1998 Liam Gallagher of Oasis headbutts 19-year-old British fan Benjamin Jones, breaking his nose. The incident takes place in Brisbane outside of the singer's hotel. Gallagher is charged with assault, but Jones later drops the case and pursues civil charges.
1976 EMI Records reissues 23 singles by The Beatles - every one of them charts (again) in the UK.
2014 Charles Love (vocalist, guitarist for Bloodstone) dies of complications of pneumonia at age 68 in Kansas City, Missouri.
2013 Alvin Lee (lead vocalist, guitarist for Ten Years After) dies at age 68 from complications after a routine surgery.
2011 David Cassidy is the first contestant booted off Season 11 of The Celebrity Apprentice.
2010 Neo soul singer D'Angelo is arrested in Manhattan's West Village when he tries to solicit a sex act from a female undercover police officer.
2010 The Golden Raspberry Awards judges decide the Jonas Brothers aren't capable of portraying themselves and bestow the trio with a Razzie for Worst Actor for Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience.
2006 New Orleans soul singer King Floyd dies from complications of stroke and diabetes at age 61.
2006 Pearl Jam makes their new single "World Wide Suicide" available as a free download after the track is leaked.
2006 Renown African musician Ali Farka Toure dies of bone cancer at age 66.
2004 Peggy DeCastro (of The DeCastro Sisters) dies of lung cancer in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 82.
2001 Michael "Smitty" Smith, drummer for Paul Revere & the Raiders, dies in Hawaii at age 58.
1998 Sixto Rodriguez performs in South Africa for the first time, where his two albums from the early '70s have made him a star. Rodriguez, who didn't know about his popularity in that country until recently, is later the subject of the documentary Searching For Sugar Man, which chronicles a South African fan's quest to find him.
1994 Frank Sinatra collapses on stage during a concert in Richmond, Virginia. The aging crooner would retire the following year, at age 79.
1977 Country-rap originator Bubba Sparxxx is born Warren Anderson Mathis in Troup County, Georgia.
The South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, becomes the first major American festival cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Other tours and festivals around the world are called off soon after in efforts to limit the outbreak.
The first outbreak of the virus was in Wuhan, China in December 2019; in January 2020 it spread to much of the world, including South Korea, Iran, Europe and the United States. To limit the spread, governments and municipalities put restrictions on gatherings, and businesses call off travel plans for employees. South By Southwest, set to begin on March 13, is the first major festival to cancel, doing so under orders by the city of Austin. Even before the announcement, many sponsors and attendees pulled out, including Facebook, Apple and TikTok. The restrictions on public gatherings get more stringent as the virus continues to spread. Coachella and Stagecoach postpone to October; Broadway shows shut down; tours are cancelled. Parades, sporting events, museums, theme parks and political gatherings are shuttered. The economic impact is huge, especially in places like Austin and New York City that thrive on tourism and events. For many musicians who make much of their living on tour, it's devastating. In the vacuum, many artists turn to livestreaming. When real-life live concerts start to come back in the summer, they look very different, with social distancing restrictions and mask requirements. Many artists stage drive-in concerts at outdoor venues, charging by the vehicle.
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