8 September

Pick a Day

8 SEPTEMBER

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2020 McDonald's introduces the Travis Scott Meal: a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Sprite, and fries with BBQ sauce. It's the first McOffering named after a celebrity since 1992, when the McJordan appeared on the menu.

2017 Forty-one years after it was recorded, Neil Young's Hitchhiker is finally released. It features the first recorded versions of "Pocahontas" and "Powderfinger."

2017 Troy Gentry of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry dies in a helicopter crash en route to a gig in Medford, New Jersey. He was 50.

2016 Prince Buster, a Jamaican native who popularized ska music in England, dies at age 78.

2010 Rich Cronin (of LFO) dies of a stroke while battling leukemia in Boston, Massuchusetts, at age 36.

2007 Lynyrd Skynyrd are inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

2002 Gordon Lightfoot undergoes an emergency stomach operation in a suburban Toronto hospital.

2001 Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Real" remix tops the Hot 100 for the first of five non-consecutive weeks. The pop singer gets some urban street cred with the help of guest rapper Ja Rule.

2001 Kylie Minogue releases the single "Can't Get You Out Of My Head," with a "la la la" chorus that does indeed burrow into the brain. A global smash, it's her first big hit in America since "The Loco-Motion" in 1988.

1997 Cornershop release When I Was Born for the 7th Time, their third studio album. It contains the hit song "Brimful of Asha."

1994 Chris Cornell and Kim Thayil accept the Best Metal/Hard Rock Video Award at the MTV Video Music Awards for Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" clip, beating out Aerosmith ("Cryin'"), Anthrax ("Black Lodge"), and Rollins Band ("Liar").

1992 Tom Waits' album Bone Machine drops a sonic avalanche of apocalyptic percussion sounds, snarls, and deathly wails - and fans love him for it.More

1989 Rapper Keith "Cowboy" Wiggins of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five dies at age 28 from a crack cocaine addiction.

1988 Bad Religion return with their third album, Suffer - their first full-length in five years and one of their best selling albums of all time. Suffer sees the return of the classic How Could Hell Be Any Worse? lineup, now a five-piece featuring Greg Graffin (vocals), Brett Gurewitz (guitar), Greg Hetson (guitar), Jay Bentley (bass) and Pete Finestone (drums).

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Beastie Boy Rushes Stage At VMAs

1994

At the MTV Video Music Awards, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (MCA), in character as "Nathanial Hornblower," rushes the stage when R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" beats "Sabotage" for Best Direction. It's the first such intrusion at the VMAs.


Hornblower is a character Yauch created - he claims it's his uncle. He's Swiss, speaks with a heavy accent, and wears lederhosen. When he takes to the podium before Michael Stipe can get there, he says: "I'm from Switzerland, and since I was a small boy, I had dreamed that Spike would win this. Now this has happened, and I want to tell everyone this is a farce, and I had the ideas for Star Wars and everything." "Spike" is Spike Jonze, who directed the video. Security ushers him away, but there are no hard feelings. Four years later, the Beastie Boys get the Video Vanguard award. This is not the strangest moment on the show, which is hosted by Roseanne Barr. That honor goes to the awkward kiss shared by Michael Jackson and his new bride, Lisa Marie Presley. Fifteen years, later, a far more famous stage rush takes place when Kanye West commandeers the microphone from Taylor Swift.

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