30 May

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30 MAY

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2018 At FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California, Styx return "Mr. Roboto" to their setlist for the first time since their 1983 Kilroy Was Here tour, which caused enough discord to break up the band for seven years.

2017 Olivia Newton-John postpones her US and Canadian tour to fight a recurrence of breast cancer, which has spread to her back. The 68-year-old singer had been in remission since 1992.

2017 NBC debuts its dance competition series World Of Dance, with executive producer Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough on the judging panel.

2010 Anita Humes, lead singer of The Essex ("Easier Said Than Done") dies at age 69.

2003 English record producer Mickie Most, who issued hits from The Animals, Herman's Hermits, and Hot Chocolate on his RAK Records label, dies of peritoneal mesothelioma at age 64.

2002 Diana Ross enters a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Los Angeles.

2000 Tex Beneke (blues singer and saxophonist of The Glenn Miller Orchestra) dies of respiratory failure at age 86.

1998 Former 2 Live Crew leader Luther "Luke" Campbell's "Raise The Roof" peaks at #26 on the Hot 100. Also a #1 rap hit, it spawns a dance craze.More

1996 John Kahn (bass guitarist for The Jerry Garcia Band) dies of a heart attack at age 48.

1994 Metallica start their S--t Hits the Sheds tour, with Danzig, Suicidal Tendencies and Candlebox supporting. Alice in Chains is supposed to be one of the opening acts, but has to bow out due to Layne Staley's drug problem.

1993 Jazz composer Sun Ra, a pioneer of free improvisation and modal jazz, dies of pneumonia at age 79.

1987 The Los Angeles Times reports that Michael Jackson has offered $50,000 for the bones of "The Elephant Man," John Merrick, who died in 1890. Said Jackson's manager: "Jackson has a high degree of respect for the memory of Merrick. He has read and studied all material about the Elephant Man, and has visited the hospital in London twice to view Merrick's remains."

1987 The Deep Purple House Of Blue Light tour is cancelled when Ritchie Blackmore breaks a finger showboating at a concert in Phoenix, Arizona.

1980 Rock bassist Carl Radle (of Derek and the Dominos) dies of a drug-and-alcohol-related kidney infection at age 37.

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Midnight Oil Protests Exxon

1990

Australian rockers Midnight Oil make headlines when they stage a protest concert outside of the Exxon building in New York City in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill that devastated Prince William Sound in Alaska the year before. Vocalist Peter Garrett says: "We can't treat the world like a garbage dump, and there's more to life than profit and loss."

The company's refusal to accept responsibility for the disaster, which was caused when one of their oil tankers crashed into Bligh Reef and leaked nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil into the ocean and surrounding coastline, outraged the "Beds Are Burning" hitmakers. Armed with a banner that proclaims "Midnight Oil Makes You Dance, Exxon Oil Makes Us Sick," the band pulls up on the back of a flatbed truck and blasts through an eight-song set for the astonished Exxon employees and thousands of passersby during the lunchtime rush. "The day was completely chaotic, even though it had been planned with military precision. It was a guerrilla raid on New York City," the Oils' guitarist and keyboardist Jim Moginie tells Blurt Magazine. "The police wanted to shut it down as we were disrupting traffic. There were heated negotiations between the mayor's office, our record label Sony and the NYPD to keep it open for us." They manage to squeeze in eight songs, including the Blue Sky Mining track "River Runs Red" and a cover of John Lennon's "Instant Karma!" The event makes headlines the next day, with clips of the performance airing on MTV News. Says Moginie: "We played 'Instant Karma' for the first time, which summed up matters pretty well about the oil spill. It felt good to make the point that needed to be made about Exxon. It was only afterwards I realized the event was front page news all around the world. I’m so glad it was filmed and recorded. Everybody heard about it in the mainstream media world so in that sense it put us in front of more people." The concert is included in the documentary Black Rain Falls, with proceeds going to Greenpeace.

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