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2013 Peter Haycock (frontman for Climax Blues Band) dies of a heart attack in Frankfurt, Germany, at age 62.

2008 The makers of Rock Band secure the rights to produce the first-ever Beatles music video game.

2007 Singer/actor Robert Goulet dies while awaiting a lung transplant in Los Angeles, California, at age 73. He had been diagnosed with the rare, progressive disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

2007 Eagles release Long Road Out of Eden, available from the band's website, Wal-Mart, and Sam's Club stores.

2006 Keane becomes the first major act to release a song on a USB memory stick. For £3.99, fans can purchase the 512MB drive at HMV stores, plug it into a computer, and transfer the track "Nothing In My Way" along with various videos and screensavers. The "single on a stick" format would fail to catch on.

2003 Pink Floyd manager Steve O'Rourke dies after suffering a stroke at age 63.

2002 Jason Mizell aka Jam Master Jay (of Run-DMC), age 37, is shot and killed at a recording studio in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York. Although authorities suspect convicted drug dealer Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, a friend of Murder Inc. founders Irv and Chris Gotti, of the crime along with accomplice Randy "Stretch" Walker, they are not convicted and the murder remains unsolved.

2001 Lenny Kravitz releases his sixth studio album, Lenny.

2001 Barbra Streisand releases Christmas Memories.

2001 Tim Booth announces that James' forthcoming UK tour is to be his last with the band. With 11 albums and 20 Top-40 UK singles under its belt with Booth at the helm, the Manchester-based group's remaining members plan to continue making music together following the singer's departure.

2000 TV personality Steve Allen, also a composer and writer, dies of a heart attack after a minor car accident in Encino, California, at age 78. Allen was a frequent panelist on the long-running game show What's My Line?, the host of the game show I've Got a Secret, and the first host of The Tonight Show.

1998 Original members of Black Sabbath reunite for a one-off performance on Late Show with David Letterman.

1997 The Senate passes the music industry's "La Cienega" bill by a voice vote. The bill closes a loophole in the 1909 copyright Act that put into peril most pre-1978 music copyrights.

1997 At the Martin Beck Theatre, a play revival titled The Cherry Orchard opens.

1992 George Michael sues his record label, Sony, calling his contract "professional slavery." Michael, who is seeking control of his masters and escape from his 8-album deal, loses the case and is ordered to pay court costs for both sides. In 1995, Virgin and Dreamworks SKG buy his contract from Sony, and Michael resumes his music career with the album Older the following year.

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Yusuf And Ozzy Rally For Sanity/Fear

2010

Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) makes a rare public appearance, performing "Peace Train" at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, which is organized and hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Midway through the song, Colbert interrupts him and introduces Ozzy Osbourne, who starts performing "Crazy Train." Stevens and Osbourne go back and forth, resulting in a strange and hilarious train wreck.

The rally takes place on the National Mall in Washington, DC, with about 200,000 in attendance. It's a satire of sorts, aimed at restoring understanding between those with opposing political views. In the spirit of unity, Stewart brings Yusuf on to perform "Peace Train," but Colbert, in character as an unhinged, intransigent conservative, counters with Ozzy.

"Someone pull the emergency brake on that rainbow, moonbeam choo-choo," he shouts before calling forth the Prince of Darkness to play "Crazy Train." It soon turns to chaos as both musicians perform their famous train songs simultaneously.

After the rally, Stewart is taken to task for inviting Yusuf, who supported a fatwa against the author Salman Rushdie.

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