29 May

Pick a Day

29 MAY

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1982 "House Of Fun" by Madness hits #1 in the UK. It's the only #1 hit of their career, but they place 17 songs in the Top 10 and 31 in the Top 40.

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1975 Melanie Brown is born in Leeds, England. With Spice Girls, she is known as Mel B or "Scary Spice."

1975 The Osmonds' appearance at Wembley Pool in London sets off a riot amongst fans.

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Van Halen Gets Record Payout To Play US Festival

1983

Van Halen get a record $1.5 million to play Day 2 ("Heavy Metal Day") of Apple founder Steve Wozniak's US Festival, the second and final year of the event. It's the most any act has ever been paid for a single performance.


There is enough metal at this festival to frame a skyscraper: Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions and Triumph are also on the bill. "Metal Day" has the most unruly crowds at the festival, and there are a number of arrests and one death among the crowd, estimated at 300,000 during its peak. Van Halen has been off the road since February, when their Hide Your Sheep tour came to an end. This means they need to reassemble with all their gear and rehearse for a single performance - not an easy task, especially when your frontman is somewhere in South America. When they hit the stage, it's classic Van Halen, complete with Eddie's masterful solos and David Lee Roth's chaps. When their album 1984 appears in January, they become the biggest band on the planet, thanks to their #1 hit "Jump" and constant exposure on MTV. The next day at the festival is "Rock Day," featuring David Bowie. He's the reason Van Halen got so much money to perform: it cost Wozniak $1.5 million to lure Bowie, and VH had a clause in their contract saying they had to be the highest-paid act.

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