2003 Warren Zevon dies of cancer (peritoneal mesothelioma) in Los Angeles, California, at age 56.
2000 Rage Against The Machine bass player Tim Commerford interrupts the MTV Video Music Awards when he climbs up the backdrop on stage, baffling the crew as well as Limp Bizkit, who are accepting the Best Rock Video award for "Break Stuff." Rage was nominated in the category for "Sleep Now in the Fire."More
1994 Weezer release their breakthrough single, "Buddy Holly," named for the rock and roll icon on what would have been his 58th birthday. It's featured on the band's debut album, Weezer (aka The Blue Album).
1985 For the first time in the Rock Era, the top three songs on the Hot 100 were all written for movies: #1: "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" by John Parr #2: "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis & the News (from Back to the Future) #3: "We Don't Need Another Hero" by Tina Turner (from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome)
1978 Keith Moon of The Who dies at age 32 after overdosing on medication that is supposed to help him overcome his alcoholism.
2020 Lily Allen marries David Harbour (Hopper on Stranger Things) at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, with an Elvis impersonator presiding.
2019 Thanks to an appearance in the Netflix show Someone Great where Gina Rodriguez gets tipsy and sings it to get over a breakup, "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo goes to #1 in America nearly two years after it was first released.
2018 Lenny Kravitz releases his 11th studio album, Raise Vibration, which features guest vocals from the late Michael Jackson on the single "Low." Kravitz collaborated with the King of Pop on Jackson's track "(I Can't Make It) Another Day" from the posthumous album Michael.
2018 Country singer Kathy Mattea ends a six-year recording hiatus when she releases the folk album Pretty Bird, featuring covers of Joan Osborne's "St. Teresa," Mary Gauthier's "Mercy Now," and Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billie Joe." It also debuts a new voice from the husky-throated singer, whose vocal problems forced her to learn to tap into her lower register.
2018 Rapper Mac Miller dies at 26 of an apparent drug overdose.
2010 The xx take home the 2010 Mercury Prize.
2008 While performing the song "Morning Glory" at the V Festival in Toronto, Noel Gallagher of Oasis is attacked by a concert-goer who rushes the stage and pushes him into his monitor. The band continues the show, but Gallagher is taken to a hospital that night to treat injuries to his ribs. He suffers a fractured rib and ligament damage, which forces the cancellation of several Oasis concerts.
2008 MTV makes up for trotting out a lethargic Britney Spears to open their previous year's Video Music Awards by giving her three awards for "Piece Of Me." Kanye West also debuts "Love Lockdown" on the show.
2001 The movie Rock Star, starring Mark Wahlberg as the lead singer of a tribute band who ends up joining his favorite group, hits theaters. A number of musicians have roles in the film, including Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind and Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe, whose song "Colorful" Wahlberg lip-synchs at the end of the film.
2001 Ryan Adams shoots the video for his song "New York, New York" with the World Trade Center in the background. Four days later, the buildings are destroyed in terrorist attacks; when the video is released, it is dedicated to the victims.
2001 Michael Jackson plays the first of two concerts at Madison Square Garden as part of his 30th anniversary tribute. Performers honoring Jackson include Slash, 'N Sync and Britney Spears. The concerts are edited and aired as a special on CBS.
1994 Fifteen-year-old Brandy releases her self-titled debut album, which goes on to sell over 4 million copies and establish her as an R&B star. Hits from the album include "I Wanna Be Down" and "Baby."
1988 Barry Sadler is shot while riding in a Guatemala City taxi (he will die from his injuries 14 months later).
1988 INXS, the new sensation from Australia, are the big winners at the MTV Video Music Awards, taking five trophies, including Video Of The Year, for "Need You Tonight/Mediate." The songs are separate tracks on the album but combined for the video; the "Mediate" part is an homage to Bob Dylan's 1965 "Subterranean Homesick Blues" film.
1986 Mike Nesmith joins the other three Monkees on stage during their reunion tour concert in Los Angeles.
In the UK, Pink Floyd release A Momentary Lapse of Reason, their first album without founding member Roger Waters.
The album is released despite a lawsuit by Waters claiming the band cannot proceed without him; Pink Floyd split up in 1983 after the acrimonious sessions for The Final Cut. When it became clear that his former bandmates David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright would continue on as Pink Floyd, he took every opportunity to slag them off in the press. "I'm not at all sure how they're going to manage, considering I was the only one who would ever do anything for about the last 15 years," he tells Q. Waters was the primary creative force in the band, especially for The Final Cut and The Wall. But Gilmour proves a capable bandleader and songwriter, and with Bob Ezrin producing, A Momentary Lapse of Reason holds to standard. It's a global success, particularly popular in America, where it sells over 4 million copies. Standout tracks include "Learning To Fly" and "On The Turning Away." The numbers eclipse those of Waters' two solo albums, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984) and Radio K.A.O.S., released a few months before A Momentary Lapse of Reason. It's vindication for Gilmour, who says, "If Roger had put half as much energy into his career as he has into fighting us, he’d be doing a lot better than he is now."
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