14 May

Pick a Day

14 MAY

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2017 Johnny Mathis confirms he is gay during an interview with CBS News Sunday Morning, saying, "I come from San Francisco. It's not unusual to be gay in San Francisco. I've had some girlfriends, some boyfriends, just like most people. But I never got married, for instance. I knew that I was gay." He had been reluctant to discuss the issue ever since a 1982 Us Magazine article addressing his homosexuality resulted in numerous death threats toward the singer.

2014 On American Idol, The Chainsmokers perform their hit "#Selfie" in a bit where they take selfies with the judges. After the performance, EDM notables trash them.More

2014 Cubie Burke (singer and dancer of the Chicago soul group The Five Stairsteps) dies of complications from a brain injury at age 49.

2006 Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls has a daughter, Bluebell Madonna Halliwell. The father is her boyfriend Sacha Gervasi.

2006 Ashton "Family Man" Barrett, former bassist with Bob Marley's Wailers, loses a lawsuit alleging that Island Records and Marley's estate have failed to pay him millions in royalties.

2005 Bluegrass musician Jimmy Martin dies of bladder cancer at age 77 in Nashville, Tennessee.

2005 Bruce Springsteen lands his fifth US #1 album as Devils & Dust claims the top spot.

2004 Chris Martin of Coldplay and his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, have a daughter they name Apple.

2002 Rush release Vapor Trails, their 17th studio album and first since the deaths of Neil Peart's daughter and wife five years prior.

2001 After a six-season run, the last episode of Brandy's TV series Moesha airs. This final episode is a cliffhanger, with Moesha learning she is pregnant and her brother getting kidnapped.

1998 George Michael pleads no contest in Beverly Hills Municipal Court to committing a lewd act in a park restroom.

1993 The US tabloid Weekly World News claims that Elvis Presley has only recently died.

1991 Primus' major label debut (and eventual commercial breakthrough), Sailing the Seas of Cheese, is released. The album spawns the alt-rock classics "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," "Tommy the Cat," and "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers."

1991 Six months after releasing "Unbelievable" in their native UK, EMF release the single in the Unites States, where it goes to #1.

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Keith Urban Pulls Off First US Drive-in Concert During Pandemic

2020

Keith Urban becomes the first major artist to play a drive-in concert in America during the coronavirus pandemic, performing to an audience of health care workers at the Stardust Drive-In in Watertown, Tennessee.


Months into the pandemic, artists and fans weary of livestreams and other virtual gatherings look for creative ways to bring back live entertainment. Movie theaters are closed, but many drive-ins, where patrons watch from their vehicles, are open and perfectly safe. It's a model that can translate to concerts - with some big adjustments. Keith Urban becomes the first big name to pull it off when he throws a free show for workers from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. About 125 cars pack in with appropriate social distancing. The show is like a big tailgate, with many in the crowd sitting on their roofs or hoods (or as Urban calls them, the bonnets) to get a good view. Urban has to get used to playing in front of headlights. "I felt like I was in the movie Cars," he says. There are only about 300 drive-in theaters left in America, and they're designed for movies, not concerts, so a tour of these venues is a tall order. Garth Brooks does it anyway, kicking off his drive-in tour on June 27. Alan Jackson, Eli Young Band and Los Lobos also announce tours, some in venues modified to accommodate vehicles.

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