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The Dixie Chicks release their first major label album, Wide Open Spaces, on Monument Records in the USA. This release marks the reactivation of the label, which has been dormant since 1983.
Internationally successful guitarist Ivor Mairants dies aged 89, of cancer in London, UK. Mairants was widely regarded as a leading authority on the instrument in all its forms.
Jazz guitarist, bandleader, composer, vocalist and recording artist Malcolm Mitchell dies in Bognor Regis, Sussex, UK. Among many other achievements, he was the first British musician to play with Duke Ellington and earn money for doing so. [N.B. In 1933, the Duke of Windsor had insisted on sitting in on drums with the Ellington band when it visited Britain but he didn't get paid].
Singer-songwriter Bernard Lavilliers plays the first of four nights at L'Olympia, Paris, France.
Singer-songwriter Bernard Lavilliers plays the third of four nights at L'Olympia, Paris, France.
The Artist, aka Prince, is honoured at the 11th annual Essence Awards, in Irving Plaza, New York City, USA, where he also performs with the NPG, Chaka Khan and Larry Graham.
Iron Maiden play a 'secret gig' at The Oval P.H., Norwich, UK, as a warm-up for their imminent Virtual World Tour.
Dee Dee Bridgewater plays the third of four nights at Yoshi's Jazz Club, Oakland, California, USA. During these four nights she records the album Live At Yoshi's, which features several songs associated with Ella Fitzgerald, who had died a year earlier.
On their Virtual World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays at The Rage, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
On their Virtual World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Pabellon De Real Madrid, Madrid, Spain, Europe.
On their Virtual World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Pabellon Paco Paz, Orense, Spain, Europe.
On their Virtual World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Velodromo Anoeta, San Sebastian, Spain, Europe.
Candle In The Wind 1997 by Elton John tops the Canadian Singles Chart for the 35th consecutive week.
Everclear play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at The Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Europe.
Robbie Williams is presented with the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Original Talent Award in London.
Robbie Williams plays the second of two nights at Glastonbury Festival in the UK. Prodigy headline The Other Stage.
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Depeche Mode, supported by Primal Scream, play at Pine Knob Music Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
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As part of the Lucca Festival, Bob Dylan plays in the Piazza Napoleone, Lucca, Italy, Europe.
Canada's famed 'King Of The Yodellers' Alberta Slim, plays at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Slim was, in fact, born as Eric Charles Edwards in Wilsford, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe. After emigrating to Canada as a boy, he found fame as a country music star. In a long and acclaimed career he wrote and recorded over one hundred songs, many with RCA Victor.
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac applies for a restraining order in Los Angeles Country Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA, against 38-year-old mental patient Ronald Anacelteo, who is believed to want to kidnap her and "absorb her spiritual powers".
The single Wide Open Spaces by Dixie Chicks is released on Monument Records in the USA. It will hit No1 on the Billboard Country singles chart in the USA, spending four weeks there in November 1998.
On the North American leg of their Virtual XI tour, Iron Maiden play at Universal City, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On the North American leg of their Virtual XI tour, Iron Maiden play at Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico, USA. This show marks the end of the North American leg of the tour.
Melissa Drexler, aka 'The Prom Mom' pleads guilty to aggravated manslaughter, and is sentenced to fifteen years of imprisonment. Drexler had gained infamy a year earlier for delivering a baby in a restroom stall at her high school prom in Forked River, New Jersey, USA, then dumping the body in a trash can before returning to the dance. In 2003 Nickelback will record the song Throw Yourself Away, based on the Drexler case.
During his first show as a presenter on London's XFM Radio, Bob Geldof announces that Ian Dury has died. Dury denies it soon after.
Iron Maiden play the second of two nights at Cemil Topuzlu Open Air, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe.
Iron Maiden play at The Colosseum, Munich, Germany, Europe.
Wu Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard is arrested at the House of Blues in Hollywood, California, USA, for making terrorist threats.
Wu Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard is ejected from The Four Seasons hotel in Berlin, Germany, Europe, for repeatedly mooning at passers-by over the balcony of his room.
Iron Maiden play at Eulachalle, Winterthur, Switzerland, Europe.
Iron Maiden play at The Palais Des Sports, Mulhouse, France, Europe.
Iron Maiden play at Pabellone Principe Felipe, Zaragoza, Spain, Europe.
Iron Maiden play at Maison Des Sport, Clermont-Ferrand, France, Europe.
Metallica complete the recording of Garage Inc, a 27-song double album of cover versions, at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, California, USA.
Iron Maiden play at The Royal Concert hall, Nottingham, UK.
With their debut album, Bring It On, Gomez win the UK's coveted Mercury Music Prize against competition including The Verve, Massive Attack, Pulp, Cornershop, Asian Dub Foundation and Catatonia.
Cher releases her new single, Believe, in the USA. Noted for its use of Antares Auto-Tune pitch-correction software on her vocals, it will become one of the best-selling singles of all time, selling over 10m copies worldwide.
Robbie Williams releases a new single, No Regrets, in the UK.
Robbie Williams releases a new single, No Regrets, in the UK.
Lalo Schifrin releases the album Gillespiana in the United Kingdom. First recorded in 1960, the work is Schifrin's homage to Dizzy Gillespie in the form of a five-movement concerto. This new version was recorded live at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Cologne, Germany.
The Offspring play the first of two nights at Metro, Chicago, illinois, USA.
Honey To the B, the debut album by Billie Piper, is awarded a UK Platinum Disc by the BPI.
Billie Piper releases her third single, She Wants You, which will peak at No3 in the UK singles chart.
Billie Piper enters the UK pop singles chart with She Wants You, which will peak at No3.
Dark Star Orchestra play at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Einsturzende Neubauten play at Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Not Breathing.
Pigface, Sow, Thee Majesty and The Final Cut play at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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