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After several months of deliberation, The Portuguese film censor releases The Beatles
' film, A Hard Day's Night, but it is rated "for adults only".
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.
play at The Paramus Theatre, Paramus, New Jersey, USA. The event, intriguingly, is a benefit concert sponsored by St Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
Disgruntled fan Trevor Charles Howell pushes Frank Zappa
off the stage at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, England, UK, Europe, inflicting multiple injuries and leaving him bound to a wheelchair.
is bitten on the behind by a member of the audience during a show in Buffalo, New York State, USA.
Greg Lake of Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP) is arrested for skinny dipping in public in a swimming pool at the band’s hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
play ‘A Night Of Pure Energy’ at The ICA, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Subway Sect. Shane MacGowan, not yet a member of The Pogues, is in the crowd and is bitten on the earlobe by Jane Crockford of The Modettes.
Jerry Lee Lewis
, brandishing a Derringer pistol, drives to Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, and demands that Elvis Presley
should come out to speak with him. Elvis declines. Jerry Lee goes home.
Wendy O Williams of The Plasmatics
is arrested on an obscenity charge
for allegedly simulating a sexual act with a sledge hammer at a recent live show in The Palms night club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. During the arrest, Williams is pinned to the ground by police and receives injuries on her forehead which require several stitches.
John Sharples of Preston, Lancashire, England, UK, Europe, sets a new world record by disco dancing non-stop from this day, for the next 371 hours.
performs a duet with Michael Jackson
, at the fifty-fifth birthday party for actress Elizabeth Taylor in the home of songwriter Burt Bacharach
in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Blues singer-guitarist Thunderbird Davis
dies aged 52, of a heart attack while playing onstage at The Blues Saloon, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
At the Industria Superstudio, Manhattan, New York City, USA, Madonna
holds a party for 800 of her very closest friends, to celebrate the release of her upcoming album and book, Sex. She arrives dressed as Little Bo Peep, carrying a lamb.
Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode
narrowly escapes death when an RAF Tornado plane crashes into a hillside near the A85 trunk road at Lochearhead, Perthshire, Scotland, UK, Europe, just 200 yards from his open-topped car which is showered with debris. The two airmen in the plane are killed.
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.
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.
Corey George, a Welsh boy in a coma after being hit by a car, returns to consciousness when his mother plays him his favourite song, American Idiot
by Green Day
A life-sized statue of Elton John
, sculpted in chocolate, is unveiled at Madame Tussaud's in London, England, UK, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate.
The last day of a three day long Bruce Springsteen
Symposium takes place at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. The event includes over 150 academic papers including 'A Marxist perspective On Darkness On the Edge Of Town' and 'The Boss And The Bible'.
The town of Parma, Italy, Europe, names streets after
Former 60s pop idol Wayne Fontana
is remanded in custody in Glossop, Derbyshire, England, UK, on charges of having set a car alight with a bailiff inside when he was pursued for bankruptcy.
Former 60s pop star Wayne Fontana
is given an eleven months sentence at Nottingham Crown Court, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe, on charges of having set fire to a bailiff's car
in a row over an unpaid congestion charge. Doctors had previously diagnosed Fontana as suffering from a paranoid illness and depression but now believe he is no longer a danger to himself or others. On an earlier court appearance, Fontana had appeared dressed as Liberty, The Lady Of Justice.
Evan Chandler, father of Jordan Chandler, and instigator of charges against Michael Jackson
of child sex abuse, is found dead in bed at home, having shot himself in the head.
An announcement on Van Morrison
's website states, "Gigi and Van Morrison
are proud to announce the birth of their first born son, George Ivan Morrison III. 'Little Van' born Dec 28, 2009 - the spitting image of his daddy. Shortly after, Morrison shuts down the site and claims that the announcement was posted by a hacker.
- described as the world's only conjoined-twin singer-songwriter duo - release their debut LP, Evelyn Evelyn
in the USA. They are, in fact Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) and folk-punk musician Jason Webley, dressed in connected garments.
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.
Michael Edward 'Mikey' Welsh
, best-known as the former bassist of Weezer
, makes a post on Twitter stating, "dreamt i died in chicago next weekend [heart attack in my sleep]. need to write my will today". This was then followed by "correction - the weekend after next". Eerily, he will be found dead on October 8, in a room at The Raffaello Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA, from a suspected drug overdose leading to a heart attack. Welsh was aged 40.
It is announced that a new religion, Kopimism, has been officially acknowledged by the Swedish government agency Kammarkollegiet. Followers of Kopimism believe that file sharing or copying is a religious activity
. The music industry, on the other hand, believes file sharing is a crime and prefers to call it internet piracy.
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."
Following a CNN iReport stating that Australian singer Gotye
had 'shot himself in the head with a 9mm handgun', the artist denies his death
in a Twitter post.
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, Caribbean. Having been sober for twelve years, Adkins checks into rehab when the ship docks in Jamaica.
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.
Zachary Swanson of Hebron, Wicomico County, Maryland, USA, is attacked by Paul Martin Hurst and Cary Lee Edwards, both members of the Juggalos
, a loosely-organised cult of followers of the band Insane Clown Posse
. As a result of the attack, motivated by his wearing of a Juggalos tattoo which Hurst and Edwards felt he had not earned, Swanson suffers fractures to his nasal area and face, brain bleeding, swelling around his eyes, eleven broken ribs and a liver laceration. Hurst and Edwards are arrested soon after.
's classic 1980 track Ace Of Spades
finally makes its appearance in the Billboard
charts in the USA - presumably spurred by the recent death of the band's frontman Lemmy Kilmister. It enters the magazine's Hot Rock Songs chart at No12, thr Rock Streaming Songs chart at No24, and the Hard Rock Digital Songs Chart at No8. It even reaches No3 on the LyricFind Chart which measures the number of lyric searches worldwide.
invites a female fan, 17 year-old Josephine Georgiou, to join her on stage during show at The Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania
, then pulls down Miss Georgiou's corset top
exposing one of her breasts to thousands of fans at the venue. The fan later declares it to have been "the greatest moment of my life".
makes his return to social media after a year away by tweeting a plain blue square, with no text. The colour is later revealed to be the colour theme of his upcoming singles and album.