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2017 Country star Mel Tillis dies of respiratory failure at 85.

2012 Rihanna releases the single "Nobody's Business," featuring the man who assaulted her three years earlier, Chris Brown.

2007 Kevin DuBrow (lead vocalist for Quiet Riot) dies of a presumed accidental cocaine overdose at age 52. He is found in his Las Vegas home six days later.

2007 Queen guitarist Brian May is named Chancellor of Liverpool's John Moores University.

2007 At Caroline Kennedy's 50th birthday party, guest performer Neil Diamond reveals that his 1970 hit "Sweet Caroline" was actually written about her.

2006 The ill-fated Bob Dylan musical tribute The Times They Are A-Changin' closes on Broadway after a scant 28 showings.

2004 Record producer Terry Melcher, who co-wrote The Beach Boys' "Kokomo," dies after a long battle with melanoma at age 62. He was the only child of actress Doris Day.

2004 Craig Nicholls (The Vines' frontman) reveals that he has Asperger Syndrome, a neurobiologcal disorder that causes autistic-like episodes and severe communication difficulties.

2003 Rock bassist Greg Ridley (of Humble Pie, Spooky Tooth) dies of pneumonia in Alicante, Spain, at age 56.

2003 An arrest warrant is issued in Los Angeles for Michael Jackson, due to recent charges of child molestation. The singer, phoning from Vegas where he is filming a video, convinces authorities to wait for his return to stand trial.

2002 The game show Weakest Link welcomes a diverse group of "Music Makers" to compete on tonight's episode, including "I'll Be" singer Edwin McCain, Sheila E., Deborah Gibson, Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, Lila McCann, Coolio, Skid Row's Sebastian Bach, and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil.

1999 Pop singer Jewel pulls the plug on her anticipated New Year's Eve concert in Anchorage, Alaska, citing, among other things, worries over possible Y2K problems. But many Alaskans say the real problem is jacked-up ticket prices. At the time of the cancellation, only 1,000 of 8,000 available tickets ($65-$99) have been sold.

1998 Motley Crue fans are able to fulfill all their fashion needs when the band's new retail store, S'Crue, opens at 7201 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. The store stocks merchandise from the band's worldwide tours, clothing from both the clothing lines by bassist Nikki Sixx and vocalist Vince Neil, and all Motley Crue albums.

1998 Songwriters/producers/musicians Vada Nobles, Johari Newton, Tejumold Newton, and Rasheem Pugh file a lawsuit against Lauryn Hill, alleging that the Ruffhouse/Columbia artist failed to give them proper writing and producing credits or pay them royalties for their work on the hit album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

1997 The US premiere of Sir Paul McCartney's Standing Stone is played in Carnegie Hall by St. Luke's Orchestra under the baton of Laurence Foster.

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Dave Grohl Plays With Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

1994

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers play "You Don't Know How It Feels" and "Honeybee" on Saturday Night Live with Dave Grohl on drums, who considers joining the band full time.


The Heartbreakers lost their drummer on October 2 when Stan Lynch was fired after a gig. The SNL appearance had already been booked, so Petty cold called Grohl, who was up to the task. "It was the first time I looked forward to playing the drums since Nirvana," he says. Grohl has completed the bones of the first Foo Fighters album on his own, so the idea of being in a band appeals to him. The performance goes really well and Grohl considers coming on as their permanent drummer, but Petty won't let him. "We're an older bunch of guys and I thought he would be happier doing his own thing with this great talent that he wasn't using and with this great opportunity," he says. "Not that I wouldn't have hired him in a second – it was discussed and I know he thought about it." The job goes to Steve Ferrone, formerly with the Average White Band, who remains with the band to the end. Grohl recruits Pat Smear, Nate Mendel and William Goldsmith to join him in Foo Fighters, leaving the drums to Goldsmith (and later, Taylor Hawkins) so he can sing lead and play rhythm guitar. They become one of the most popular and acclaimed bands of the next few decades, selling millions of albums and winning a raft of Grammy Awards.

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