2014 Who doesn't like a free gift? Apparently, about 500 million iTunes users who create an uproar when U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence, shows up sans charge and sans permission in their personal libraries.More
2007 Britney Spears opens the MTV Video Music Awards with a listless lip-synch where she appears dazed and confused. Over the next few months, she loses custody of her kids and is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility.More
2006 "SexyBack," the lead single from Justin Timberlake's second solo album, FutureSex: LoveSounds, hits #1 in America, where it stays for seven weeks. Timbaland and Nate "Danja" Hills are the producers - they're red hot, coming off Nelly Furtado's #1 "Promiscuous."
2004 The Oxford English Dictionary adds the word bootylicious, defined as "(of a woman) sexually attractive."
2003 Simon & Garfunkel make it official, announcing plans to reunite and tour for the first time in 20 years. They get more per ticket than any other tour that year: $136.90. They donate $1 million to The Children's Health Fund at the end.
1992 During a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, Nirvana plays "Lithium," ending in a grand finale where bassist Krist Novoselic tosses his instrument high into the air. When he tries to catch it, he misses, and the bass whacks him in the head. Still, it's a pretty awesome performance.
1988 It's the finale of a 4-day "garage sale" where Elton John cleans house, which in his case looks like a high-end Hoarders. Among the items sold are the boots he wore in the movie Tommy and his Statue of Liberty stage costume that the 41-year-old feels he has outgrown. The take is $6.2 million.
1979 Two years after converting to Islam, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) enters into an arranged marriage with Fauzia Ali. The couple raise five children, strictly adhering to the Muslim faith.
1975 The TV series Welcome Back, Kotter debuts on ABC. The theme song, written by John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful fame, goes to #1 in America in 1976. Kotter also gives John Travolta, who plays a high school delinquent on the show, his big break; he goes on to star in Saturday Night Fever and Grease.
2014 Vance Joy releases his debut studio album, Dream Your Life Away, four days after its release in his native Australia.
2005 Despite numerous fan protests, the City of Liverpool, England, declares its intention to go ahead and demolish Ringo Starr's birthplace on Madryn Street, which the famous drummer lived in until the age of 5.
2004 Ernie Ball, who developed many innovative guitar accessories, dies at age 74.
2003 John Mayer releases his second studio album, Heavier Things. The disc's title is a response to some critics who believed his previous songs were too soft. The album debuts at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
2003 Bob Markley, who co-founded the West Coast Pop Experimental Art Band, dies at 68.
2002 Peter Tetteroo (lead singer for The Tee Set) dies from liver cancer in Delft, Netherlands, at age 55.
2000 Duets, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis, is released at the Toronto Film Festival. The film is a critical and box-office flop, but Paltrow and Lewis's duet cover of "Cruisin'" reaches #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1996 Bluegrass singer/songwriter Bill Monroe dies at age 84 in Springfield, Tennessee, several months after suffering a stroke.
1995 Kyuss perform their last-ever show, at Festa Dell Unita, in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
1994 Green Day play a free concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston. A few songs into their set, many in the crowd cross the line from moshing to rioting, and police order an end to the show. With their album Dookie climbing the charts, the band has been playing to exuberant crowds, which causes problems when casual fans find themselves engulfed in mosh pits.
1990 Following Freedom, his much-lauded return to form, Neil Young releases Ragged Glory. His 18th studio album, the garage rock classic is also one of his most balls-out productions to date, and not what one would generally expect from a 45-year-old man late into a long musical career.
Axl Rose started out as a Nirvana supporter; he was even spotted wearing a baseball cap with Nirvana's logo. Unfortunately, the admiration wasn't mutual. While on the promotional tour for Nevermind, Cobain stated, "We're not your typical Guns N' Roses type of band that has absolutely nothing to say." Rose remained a fan, and hounded Nirvana to tour with them, but Cobain wasn't interested. Rose eventually lost patience with the ordeal and during a performance told the crowd that Cobain and his wife Courtney Love were "f--kin' junkies." The tensions are still heavy in the air when Cobain and Rose cross paths backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards. Love asks Rose (mockingly) if he'll be their newborn baby's godfather, setting off a confrontation first between Love and Rose's wife Stephanie Seymour, then between Rose and Cobain. Rose threatens, "You shut your bitch up, or I'm taking you down to the pavement!" Cobain turns to his wife and sarcastically shouts, "Shut up, bitch!" Later, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and his security crew harass Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, and drummer Dave Grohl sings "Hi, Axl!" into his mic during Nirvana's performance of "Lithium." The feud continues for some time before petering out, concluding with Cobain's suicide. This night, however, will always stand as the peak of the feud, and the closest the bands ever actually came to blows.
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