2011 At the Austin City Limits festival, Awolnation lead singer Aaron Bruno does a little crowd surfing, using a boogie board to actually surf on top of the crowd before performing their apropos hit "Sail."More
2009 After completing her set at a concert in Minneapolis, Lucinda Williams marries her manager, Tom Overby, on stage. After exchanging vows, they do an encore, starting with "Happy" by The Rolling Stones.
2004 Britney Spears marries her fiance, dancer Kevin Federline, at a private home in Los Angeles. The 27 guests were told it was an engagement party and are surprised to learn it's an actual ceremony, which lasts five minutes. It is Spears' second marriage in nine months; they divorce less than three years later.
1983 Kiss make their first public appearance without their trademark make-up when they show up on MTV to promote their new album - and single - "Lick It Up."
2013 Roger Pope (frequent drummer for Elton John) dies of cancer in Southampton, England, at age 66, just hours after marrying his longtime companion, Sue Tresidder.
2008 The Village People get a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 6529 Hollywood Blvd.
2006 Willie Nelson's tour bus is stopped near Lafayette, Louisiana, and Nelson, along with four members of his band, are arrested for possession of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.
2005 Dashboard Confessional donates proceeds from its Toronto show to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
2004 The Fugees reunite for a concert hosted by the comedian Dave Chappelle on a corner in Brooklyn. Other performers at the show, which is later released as the film Dave Chappelle's Block Party, include Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and The Roots.
2001 Tori Amos releases Strange Little Girls, a concept album where she sings from the perspective of the female characters in songs written by males, including Eminem's "'97 Bonnie And Clyde," Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold," The Beatles' "Happiness Is A Warm Gun," and The Stranglers' "Strange Little Girl."
2000 Papa Roach release their breakthrough single, "Last Resort." The track goes on to top the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.
1998 On the Grand Ole Opry, Jett Williams pays tribute to her late father, Hank Williams, who would have been 75 the day before. Daughter salutes father by performing "Your Cheatin' Heart," a song released after his death on New Year's Eve, 1952. "He never sang the song on the Opry. He never sang it live," Williams tells the audience.
1997 Jump blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon dies of throat cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 77.
1992 Earl Van Dyke, keyboardist for Funk Brothers, Motown's in-house band, dies of prostate cancer at age 62.
1985 The Gladys Knight/Flip Wilson sitcom Charlie And Company premieres on CBS.
1981 The Doors Greatest Hits album is certified Platinum.
1980 The tenth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix' untimely death is marked by a multimedia event, featuring Experience members Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, held at the Paradise Club in Amsterdam.
Cameron Crowe's film Singles hits theaters in the US. While at first glance, the movie could be seen as an epilogue to all those teen angst films of the '80s with the cast of offbeat and quirky rebels and outcasts moving through early adulthood with no less angst than before, it quickly proves to be much more than a post-adolescent coming-of-age flick. Pearl Jam and Soundgarden appear.
Set in Seattle in the early '90s, Singles introduces a nation of mainstream moviegoers to the burgeoning grunge scene taking over the Pacific Northwest. The film centers around a group of young adults navigating life and love in the world of coffee shops and bar bands, and that's where it really makes history. Matt Dillon stars as a shorts-and-combat-boots-clad heartthrob named Cliff Poncier, who fronts a grunge band called Citizen Dick. The rest of the fictional band is comprised of Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, and Stone Gossard, who at the time of filming were in a real-life band known as Mookie Blaylock. By the time the movie is released, Mookie Blaylock have become Pearl Jam, and these bit players in a Seattle-based rom-com are well on their way to becoming one of the biggest bands in history. Singles is noted for its exceptional soundtrack, including songs by bands such as Mudhoney and Alice in Chains. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden has a small role in the film, and both Soundgarden and Alice in Chains appear on stage performing in different scenes. In the space of less than two hours, Crowe's film captures some of the biggest and boldest sounds of the pivotal grunge rock movement, helping to bring the raw and gritty sound to the forefront of American pop culture.
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