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MOR piano star Liberace
, en route by bus from Kansas City, Missouri, USA, to a concert in Hutchinson, stops off late-night at The Casa Bonita, Salina, Kansas, and causes such a ruckus among autograph hounds that military police from nearby Schilling Air Force Base, thinking a fight is in progress, are called in to investigate.
During the 10.30am BBC Radio news summary in the UK, announcer Roy Williams states that Ringo Starr
of The Beatles
"has had his toe nails successfully removed." It was actually his tonsils.
Composer and musical arranger Jimmie Haskell
releases a new singalong album, Sing A Song With The Beatles
, in Canada on Capitol Records
. [The Beatles
are not involved in playing on this record, which consists entirely of backing tracks "re-created" by session men.)
While flying from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to play in The Newport Jazz Festival
, Led Zeppelin
learn - to their surprise - that they have cancelled the gig due to the ill health of a band member. The festival organisers have dreamed up this excuse to avoid revealing the unpalatable truth - that local officials have banned the group 'in the interest of public safety' following a near riot during the festival's second night. The band's manager, Peter Grant, insists that their contract is binding and Led Zeppelin
go onstage at 1 a.m.
With the Paul Is Dead
conspiracy theory at its height, Dr. Oscar Tosi, assistant professor of audiology at Michigan State University, compares voice recordings of Paul McCartney
of The Beatles
from before and after his alleged 1966 death date. The results prove conclusively that both voice prints are identical and, therefore, McCartney is not dead.
play at The Paramus Theatre, Paramus, New Jersey, USA. The event, intriguingly, is a benefit concert sponsored by St Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
Les Harvey, guitarist for blues-rock band Stone The Crows
, dies onstage at The Top Rank, Swansea, Wales, UK, Europe, after being electrocuted by touching a microphone that was not earth-grounded. It is a rainy day, and there are puddles on the stage.
is bitten on the behind by a member of the audience during a show in Buffalo, New York State, USA.
The start of a Led Zeppelin
gig at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, USA, is delayed because Jimmy Page
has sprained his finger on the fence at LA airport.
and Gentle Giant
. Unfortunately, Procol Harum
's equipment truck fails to arrive, so they arrange to borrow some gear from gentle Giasnt. Then, just before Procol Harum
take the stage, Wakeman vetoes the loan, making it impossible for the band to perform. A fued erupts between Wakeman and Procol which results in the bizarre story going public via interviews with Procol on WEBN Radio.
Rick Wakeman headlines a show in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, supported by
and The Plasmatics
are rehearsing a version of the Tammy Wynette
hit Stand By Your Man, at SIR rehearsal studios in New York City, USA. The track will be recorded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a few days later.
During their World Slavery Tour
, Iron Maiden
play at Hala Arena, Poznan, Poland, Europe. After the show, they repair to a local restaurant, The Adria, for a drink. However, there is also a wedding reception in the restaurant, and Maiden are talked into playing a brief live set for the bride and groom
, during which they perform Deep Purple
's Smoke On The Water.
, former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival
, wins his self-plagiarism court battle with Fantasy Records. The label claimed Fogerty copied his own song, Run Through The Jungle when he wrote The Old Man Down The Road
Black Metal band Mayhem play in Sarpsborg, Norway, Europe. The show is recorded and will be released as the bootleg LP Dawn Of The Black Hearts, whose cover shows the band's vocalist, Dead (real name Per Yngve Ohlin), after his suicide.
Per 'Dead' Ohlin
, Swedish vocalist of black/death metal bands Mayhem and Morbid, finally lives up to his nickname by slitting his wrists and throat with a knife and then shoooting himself in the forehead with a shotgun, at home in Krakstad, Norawy, Europe. He leaves a brief suicide note, which apologizes for firing a gun indoors and begins, "Excuse the blood"...
Jazz vocalist Sylvia Syms
dies, aged 74, of a heart attack while onstage at The Oak Room of The Algonquin Hotel, New York City, USA.
marries 15 year old R'n'B vocalist Aaliyah at the Sheraton Gateway Suites in Rosemont. Believing the ceremony to be joke, Aailiyah plays along until, just a few hours later, she realizes she has been duped into a real, but illegal, marriage, complete with a faked certificate listing her age as 18. With the help of her family, the couple are soon separated and the marriage is annulled a few weeks later in Detroit, Illinois, USA.
When Kiss fan Bill Rexer is married at a Kiss convention in New York City, USA, the best man is bassist Gene Simmons, and the bride is given away by guitarist Paul Stanley.
When Kiss headline at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, Texas, USA, their opening act Ted Nugent
verbally attacks Latin-American immigrants, yelling, "If you’re not gonna speak English, get the fuck out of America." Understandably, he gets himself banned from the venue.
UK tabloid The Sunday People claims that Lemmy of Motorhead
indulged in a three-day-long sex and bondage session during which his lover was handcuffed to the bed. When Lemmy objects, pointing out that the session lasted seven days and his lover was suspended from the ceiling, the newspaper apologises unreservedly.
In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York City, Michael Jackson
, Marlon Brando and, some say, Elizabeth Taylor, make their escape from the city in a rented car
which they themselves drive as far as Ohio, before switching to a plane for the remainder of the trip to Los Angeles, California, USA. (This bizarre road trip will be turned into a movie, Elizabeth, Michael And Marlon
, in 2016.)
reveals during an interview that he doesn't like pop music. The revelation comes in the wake of Jackson having purchased some classical music CDs during a shopping trip in Berlin, Germany, Europe.
appears, with his mouth gagged, in an advertisement for a British television charity event, Children In Need. His wife Sharon
promises viewers that Ozzy will raise funds by abstaining from swearing for twenty four hours.
During a gig by Damage Plan in The Alrosa Villa nightclub, Columbus, Ohio, USA, a member of the audience, Nathan Gale, shoots and kills guitarist Dimebag Darrel Abbott and three others.
The Minor Planet Center
at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, officially announces that a recently-discovered minor asteroid has been given the name '(110393) Rammstein'
in honour of the German band Rammstein
declares that hip-hop star Jay-Z
, recently announced as the headliner for the next Glastonbury Festival
, is an unsuitable act for the event. "I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury," he fumes. "It's wrong."
Texan teenager Danny Johnson enters the Guinness Book of World Records after scoring close to one million points on the computer game Guitar Hero during an official record-breaking attempt in New York City. Johnson achieved his record-breaking score during a seven-minute bout of playing Through The Fire And Flames by Dragonforce.
When Stereophonics play at Fort Canning Park, Singapore, Asia, the show is stopped after singer Kelly Jones is hit in the face by a flip-flop
thrown by a member of the audience. After the man responsible is thrown out by security, the band returns to the stage to finish their set.
While staying at the Grand Hyatt hotel, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania
, Katy Perry
hears her hit single California Gurls
blasting out from a student party for the all-male Melbourne High School
and, on the spur of the moment, pops in to join them. Later she posts a Tweet saying, 'I totes just crashed a prom,' Still later on the same night she also attends a lesbian event, The Grouse Party
, at The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood.
's frontman Bobby Farrell is found dead
in his hotel room in St. Petersburg, Russia, Europe. By a curious coincidence, Farrell's death falls on same date and in the same town as mad Russian monk Rasputin - who was the subject of the band's 1978 top three single.
announces that he is rejecting his imminent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
. His open letter to the Hall Of Fame committee states, "I won't be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no-one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf."
Country singing star Trace Adkins, reportedly in a drunken condition, gets into a fight with a Trace Adkins impersonator
, during a cruise ship voyage to Jamaica. Having been sober for twelve years, Adkins checks into rehab when the ship docks in Jamaica.
Heavy metal shock-rockers GWAR announce the launch of their own brand of 'e-liquids'
designed to be used with electronic 'vaping' devices. Selling for $10.99 each, the range of GWAR-promoted liquid vials includes Jizmoglobin, Bloodbath and Spew.
Country music singer Hunter Hayes secures a Guinness World Record
by playing ten shows in ten cities on one day. He started in Times Square, New York City, USA, then moved to Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island, New London, New Haven, and Stamford, Connecticut, South Orange and Asbury Park, New Jersey. His tenth and final show took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The entire stunt was done to raise awareness for the Child Hunger Ends Here program.
It is revealed that Interim surveys by Chiltern District Council
of a barn owned by Ozzy Osbourne
at Stone Dean Farm near Chalfont St Giles, UK, have revealed considerable evidence of the presence of soprano pipistrelles and "possibly brown long-eared" bats. As these creatures are protected species under British Nature conservation laws, Osbourne is instructed to protect their habitat, which he had been planning to convert into a two-bedroomed house. Osbourne, according to rock legend, once bit the head off a bat during a live show, so suggestions that the bats are finally exacting their revenge soon begin to circulate.
Extremist religious group Westboro Baptist Church posts a parody of The Panic! At The Disco
song I Write Sins Not Tragedies on YouTube. The Church's version is entitled You Love Sin What A Tragedy.
It is reported that Michelle Shocked
has released an album entitled Inaudible Women
, which consists of eleven tracks of silence, although Shocked claims that it does contain high-frequency sounds which can be heard only by dogs. Several of the silent songs are named after record company executives. It is assumed that Shocked is making some sort of protest against the music industry, and specifically against the low payments made to artists by Spotify, but precise details are difficult to pin down.
, an Abba
-oriented version of the popular board game, is made available to buy via the band's website.