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2019 Slayer call it a career, playing their final show at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The last song is "Angel Of Death."

2017 Westbury New Road, where Rihanna grew up in Barbados, is renamed Rihanna Drive in her honor.More

2012 At the Uptown Theatre in Napa, California, 76-year-old Glen Campbell plays his final concert. It's the last stop on his Goodbye Tour, which began in September 2011 after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The tour runs much longer than expected, but when Campbell becomes disoriented during the show and struggles to get through eight songs, it becomes clear he can no longer perform.

2011 J. Blackfoot (of The Soul Children) dies of pancreatic cancer at age 65.

2011 Dubstep artist Skrillex is unexpectedly nominated for five Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist - a first in Grammy history for a DJ.

2011 Robin Thicke's dad, actor Alan Thicke, publishes an article in The Huffington Post titled "Boomerology 101: Gangster Father," where he discusses Robin's success despite his "life as the son of a White Canadian Sitcom Dad, aka 'Street Cred Death.'"

2010 Seven months after being released from jail after serving three years for tax evasion, Ronald Isley of The Isley Brothers releases the album Mr. I, with contributions from Lauryn Hill and T.I.

2004 Linkin Park and Jay-Z release the collaborative EP Collision Course, which features mash-ups of the artists' songs. "Numb," from the nu-metal band's sophomore album, Meteora, is mixed with the rapper's Black Album track "Encore." The result, "Numb/Encore," wins the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2006 ceremony.

1998 Grant Gee's documentary Meeting People Is Easy, which follows Radiohead on their OK Computer tour, is released. The title is an ironic reference to the misanthropic nature of the band.

1997 The X-Files episode "The Post-Modern Prometheus" includes a Cher storyline and culminates in the main characters attending her concert. Cher couldn't appear in the episode (a lookalike was used), but three of her songs are featured: "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)," "Walking in Memphis" and "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves."

1996 "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" singer Tiny Tim (real name: Herbert B. Khaury) dies of a heart attack at age 64.

1985 "Separate Lives" by Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin hits #1. The song was written by Stephen Bishop and featured in the movie White Nights.

1983 Bad Religion release their second full-length studio album Into the Unknown.

1978 Clay Aiken is born Clayton Holmes Grissom in Raleigh, North Carolina. He goes on to place second behind Ruben Studdard on the second season of American Idol.

1976 A live version of Bob Dylan's "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again" is released as a single with "Rita May" as the B-side.

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Pink Floyd Release The Wall

1979

Pink Floyd's album The Wall is released, seeing out the '70s in spectacular fashion as it sells over 13 million copies. The powerful concept album's themes of isolation and despair resonate with legions of fans, and it even spawns a #1 single - "Another Brick In The Wall (part II).


Roger Waters, the band's bass player, has gradually become the de facto leader of Pink Floyd since the success of The Dark Side of the Moon - the first album on which he penned all the lyrics. This new record is his brainchild: a semi-autobiographical concept album spread over two discs, dealing with alienation and the myriad stresses that come with success. The narrative details the descent into drug addiction and madness of a rock star. It introduces a number of the recurring themes in Waters' work: insanity, loneliness, and the futility of war (he lost his father during World War II). The concept for the record came about following an incident that took place during the 1977 Animals tour, when Waters' frustration at the inattentive audience spilled over and he spat at a heckler - making the band wish they could build a physical wall to separate themselves from the fans; something they actually did during the course of the shows of their 1980-81 world tour. Cracks are also beginning to appear off-stage, as the fraught album sessions see the band and their supporting musicians laying down the foundations of the album in separate studios - sometimes on different continents. Keyboard player Richard Wright is thrown out of the band before the record is finished, and Waters himself leaves after making their next album, The Final Cut (1983) - much of which is made up from outtakes and unused demos from The Wall sessions. In 1990, after the band's acrimonious split, Roger Waters goes on to perform the album live, in its entirety, with a raft of contemporary stars as the Berlin Wall is demolished - heralding the fall of Communism in Europe. He continues touring the album well into the 21st century and is even joined on stage by former bandmates David Gilmour and Nick Mason on stage in London during his 2011 tour.

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