25 May

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25 MAY

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2014 Two members of the Japanese girl group AKB48, along with a staff member, are attacked by a saw-wielding maniac during a meet-the-fans event. The victims are treated for cuts and fractures while the suspect is arrested for attempted murder.

2013 Marshall Lytle (bassist for Bill Haley) dies of lung cancer at age 79.

2013 Clarence Burke Jr. (lead singer of The Five Stairsteps) dies at his home in Marietta, Georgia, from an undisclosed cause at age 64.

2012 At a concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson interrupts a performance of "Stupid Girl" to challenge a member of the crowd who was punching a woman.

2011 Judas Priest perform "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking the Law" on American Idol with contestant James Durbin, a rare heavy metal showing on the program. It's the debut of guitarist Richie Faulkner in Judas Priest; he replaces K. K. Downing, who is having health problems.

2010 Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls wins Season 10 of Dancing With The Stars.

2008 Jet releases a YouTube video featuring their song "Shine On" that honors the life and work of Australian ophthalmologist Fred Hallows. It is estimated that Hallows' work in Australia and other developing nations has helped bring eyesight to over one million people. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, lead singer Nic Chester said, "hopefully [the video] encourages people to make a donation to keep Fred's work going."

2006 Reggae singer-songwriter Desmond Dekker dies of a heart attack at age 64.

2005 Domenic Troiano (guitarist for The Guess Who, Bush) dies at age 59 after a ten-year battle with prostate cancer.

2005 Garth Brooks proposes to Trisha Yearwood in front of 7,000 fans during a show at Buck Owens's Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California. The pair marry in December.

2004 In a letter to fans, Phish frontman Trey Anastasio says that after 21 years together, the band is splitting up. "We all love and respect Phish and the Phish audience far too much to stand by and allow it to drag on beyond the point of vibrancy and health. We don't want to become caricatures of ourselves, or worse yet, a nostalgia act." They wrap things up with a show in Coventry, Vermont, in August, but it is not the final curtain: In 2009, the band reunites.

2004 Nineteen-year-old Avril Lavigne releases her second album, Under My Skin, with the hits "Don't Tell Me" and "My Happy Ending." It sells 3 million copies in America.

2002 The mosh pit goes horribly wrong at an Eminem concert in Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium, and at least 25 people are injured.

1998 "Ramsey Lewis Week" is declared in Chicago to honor the Grammy Award-winning jazz composer.

1996 The Fugees hit #1 in America with their album The Score.

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Sublime Frontman Brad Nowell Dies At Age 28

1996

Brad Nowell (frontman of Sublime) dies of a heroin overdose at age 28, just one week after marrying Troy Dendekker, the mother of his 11-month-old son, Jakob.


After playing a show in Petaluma, California, on May 24, Sublime heads about 40 miles south to San Francisco, where they have a show the next night. Nowell and drummer Bud Gaugh get a room at the Oceanside Motel. With Nowell out of the room, Gaugh gets into his stash of heroin and shoots up. In the morning, he wakes to find Nowell lying dead in the bed across the room. Nowell battled addiction most of his adult life. "Everything revolved around whether Brad was using or not," his widow Troy says. "People don't know the price he had to pay just because he was curious and thought it would be a cool rock-star thing to do." Sublime developed a large West Coast following with their blend of reggae-tinged rock. They released independent albums in 1992 and 1994, and had completed their major label debut at the time of Nowell's death. That album was going to be called Killin' It, but is renamed Sublime when it is issued in July. The album sells over 5 million copies, with the tracks "What I Got," "Santeria" and "Wrong Way" earning substantial airplay. The other two members of the group, Gaugh and bass player Eric Wilson, form Long Beach Dub Allstars, and later, Sublime with Rome (fronted by Rome Ramirez).

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