2007 The Police set aside their differences and launch their first tour since 1986 in Vancouver. Despite some bandmember clashes along the way, the tour lasts over a year, selling 3,300,912 tickets in 151 shows.
1983 Apple's Steve Wozniak hosts the second US Festival, intending it to be the "Super Bowl of rock." The lineup is even more impressive than that of its 1982 predecessor, and the attendance is substantially larger. Wozniak splurges on David Bowie with two million dollars of his own money, simply because he "really loves him."More
1982 Rocky III hits theaters. This one features a new theme song written around a key line of dialogue in the film: "Eye of the Tiger." Sylvester Stallone asked the upstart Chicago band Survivor to write and record the song when he couldn't get permission to use the Queen song "Another One Bites The Dust."
1957 The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) is established. They become known for their Grammy Awards, which kicks off in 1958.
2001 The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) announces their list of the 30 best Australian songs of the last 75 years. The top 3: 1) "Friday On My Mind" by The Easybeats 2) "Eagle Rock" by Daddy Cool 3) "Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil
2001 MTV's Total Request Live spawns a country spinoff on sister network CMT with Most Wanted Live. Broadcasting from Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, hosts Lance Smith and Amber Moog present a crop of country clips ranked by fan voters.
2000 Suzi Gardner of L7 becomes the first woman casted by Cynthia Plaster Caster, who has worked on a number of rock stars, including Jimi Hendrix. For her female subjects, which later include Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and Karen O of Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Cynthia molds their breasts.
2000 The White Stripes perform on TV for the first time, playing "Apple Blossom" and "You're Pretty Good Looking" on the Detroit Public Television series Backstage Pass.
1993 The action comedy Super Mario Bros., a live adaptation of the popular Nintendo game starring Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi, debuts in US theaters. The movie flops, but the soundtrack's lead single, "Almost Unreal" by Roxette, is a top 10 hit in the UK.
1988 Steven Tyler of Aerosmith gets married for the second time when he ties the knot with Teresa Barrick, in her hometown of Tulsa. The union lasts 17 years.
1985 English radio broadcaster Roy Plomley, known for the long-running BBC Radio series Desert Island Discs, dies of pleurisy at age 71.
1985 Colbie Caillat is born in Malibu, California.
1983 Irene Cara's passion makes it happen: "Flashdance... What a Feeling" goes to #1 in America.
1981 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are the opening act for The Clash, who play the first of eight shows at Bond's in Times Square, New York (future home of Tower Records). The rappers are booed and assaulted with various projectiles as the crowd does not appreciate their act.
1980 Pop singer Mark Feehily (of Westlife) is born in Sligo, Ireland.
A voracious addict, Gahan has been in an out of rehab many times. He is coming off a short stint of sobriety, making him more vulnerable when he goes on this binge at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles just three days after Sublime lead singer Brad Nowell died of a drug overdose in San Francisco. He wakes up handcuffed to a police officer, who arrests him on drug charges. Gahan does two nights in jail, but will have to do many more if he fails the twice-weekly drug tests ordered as part of his treatment program. This time, his rehab program finally takes. In between court appointments, he soberly records the successful album Ultra with his band, which is released in 1997. There is no tour to support it. "I was struggling just to sing," he says. "I couldn't stand up in front of a microphone for longer than 10 minutes."
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