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Sting is given the Gabriela Mistral Award in Chile, South America, in recognition of his work defending human rights. Sting's 1980 hit, They Dance Alone, was written as a tribute to the mothers of those who disappeared under the rule of Chile's former military leader, General Augusto Pinochet.
It is announced by Metallica that bass-player Jason Newsted has chosen to leave the band.
Sara Evans reaches No1 in the Billboard Country Singles Chart with Born To Fly.
A new teen-oriented tv series, As If, is broadcast for the first time on Channel 4 tv in the UK. The female lead in the show is sarcastic goth girl Suzanne 'Sooz' Lee, played by Emily Corrie, whose multi-coloured dreadlocked hair will be much remarked on. She will prove to be the inspiration fo the 2003 UK No1 hit single, Five Colours In Her Hair by McFly.
It is announced that a dog-sized dinosaur, whose remains were recently discovered on the island of Madagascar, has been named Masiakasaurus knopfleri in honour of guitarist and songwriter Mark Knopfler, whose music inspired the team of palaeontologists who made the discovery.
David Heneker, composer of musicals including Expresso Bongo, Irma La Douce, Half a Sixpence and Charlie Girl, dies aged 94 in Llwyndyrys, Gwynedd, Wales.
A British High Court action about Elton John's overseas touring costs closes in London, England, UK. At the end of the hearing, Mr Justice Ferris reserves his decision and will not announce his ruling for several weeks. In the case, Sir Elton was suing Andrew Haydon, of Elton's former management company John Reid Enterprises (JRE), and City accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which looked after his business interests.
Three months after being involved in a vehicle accident, blues vocalist and songwriter Robert Ealey dies aged 75 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Eric Clapton releases his fifteenth studio album, Reptile, in the UK.
Neil Finn of Crowded House fame begins a week of solo shows at the St James Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania. During the week he is joined on stage by guests including his brother, Tim Finn, plus Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Lisa Germano, Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway of Radiohead, Johnny Marr of The Smiths and Sebastian Steinberg of Soul Coughing.
Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction spends the fifth of eight days in the Sudan, North West Africa, as part of a mission, organised by he humanitarian group Christian Solidarity International, to free Southern Sudanese slaves from their Northern masters.
Eric Clapton releases a new single, Reptile, in the UK.
Lionel Richie plays at Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
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Country music star Tim McGraw receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in the USA.
Brian Pendleton, the original bassist/guitarist for The Pretty Things, is found dead, aged 57, by the door of his flat in Maidstone, Kent, UK. He had been suffering from lung cancer.
A new $37m Country Music Hall of Fame opens in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The ribbon is cut by Charley Pride, Brenda Lee and Kitty Wells, wjile other stars attending the ceremony include Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride and Bill Anderson.
Radiohead release a new single, Pyramid Song, in the UK on Parlophone Records.
New York's prestigious Juilliard School Of Music announces the selection of eighteen instrumentalists who will form the core of its first jazz orchestra, to be known as The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.
Alicia Keys releases her debut album, Songs in A Minor, in the USA. In its first week, it sells over 235,000 copies.
A four year old boy, Daniel Karven Veres, drowns in a Malibu, California, swimming pool during a birthday party at the home of Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.
Blues giant John Lee Hooker dies in his sleep, at home in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California, USA.
Jazz saxophonist and celebrated Blue Note recording artist Joe Henderson dies from emphysema in San Francisco, California, USA.
Fred Neil, composer of Everybody's Talkin' and Dolphins, dies of cancer in Summerland Keys, Florida, USA, aged 65. On the same day, Radiohead host and headline the South Park event, Oxford, UK, Europe, along with Supergrass, Sigur Ros and Beck.
It is revealed in the UK press that teen pop star Billie Piper has quit the music business to launch a career in acting.
Eminem is granted a visa to perform in Australia, Oceania, despite Australian Prime Minister John Howard declaring, "I find the lyrics of people like that quite sickening." The terms of Eminem's visa require him to, "respect Australia's multi-cultural society and avoid vilifying or inciting discord in the community."
Country Joe McDonald is advised that Babette Ory, daughter of Dixieland jazz legend Kid Ory, intends to take legal action against him. She claims that his song I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die was plagiarized from her father's composition Muskrat Ramble.
Roxy Music play at The Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The innovative video for Fatboy Slim's Weapon Of Choice, which features charismatic actor Christopher Walken dancing in a hotel, wins six awards at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Michael Jackson takes part in the first of two self-tribute concerts in Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, which also feature The Jacksons, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Gladys Knight, Usher, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Al Jarreau, Liza Minelli, 'N Sync and others.
A series of four co-ordinated suicide attacks on the USA, usually referred to as The 9/11 Attacks, take place in New York City and Washington, D.C. Terrorists from the Islamist militant group Al-Qaeda hijack four passenger jets and deliberately crash two of them, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Another plane, American Airlines Flight 77, is crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth jet, United Airlines Flight 93, crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers attempt to take control before it can reach its intended target in Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 people die in the attacks. Several songs will be written about the attacks including The Rising by Bruce Springsteen, Let's Roll by Neil Youn, Wall Street by Van Dyke Parks and This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag by Charlie Daniels. The track 9-11-01 by Soulfly consists of one minute of silence. Several songs on Trouble Is Real, the debut LP by Johnathan Rice, are about the attacks, including City On Fire, Put Me In Your Holy War, and Salvation Day.
Steve Fargnoli, former manager of Prince, Sinead O'Connor, Earth Wind And Fire, Sly Stone and others, dies of cancer, aged 52, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The website run by political activist rock band Rage Against the Machine is closed, allegedly by the US Secret Service, who are angered that the group has voiced opinions which are not in line with the US government's views of the World Trade Center attack.
Weezer play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan's album Love And Theft enters the UK pop albums chart where it will peak at No3 during a five-week run.
US radio network Clear Channel Communications fires controversial hip-hop journalist Davey D from his post as Community Affairs Director at KMEL/San Francisco. The move is widely interpreted as an attempt to silence any voice which airs views at odds with the official US government stance on the World Trade Center attack.
Usher takes home the Best R'n'B Act and Best Album trophies from the MOBO Awards event in London Arena, London, UK. On the same day, Stevie Wonder's former girlfriend, Angela McAfee, files a $30m palimony lawsuit against him in the US Superior Court, claiming that he gave her a sexually transmitted disease.
Slipknot postpone tours of the UK, Japan and Australia, citing the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York as a reason for not flying.
Michael Jackson, Carole King, P. Diddy, O-Town, 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys, Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Destiny's Child, Pink, Goo Goo Dolls, Train, Bette Midler and America play in the fund-raising United We Stand concert at RFK Stadium, Washington DC. The event is one of many raising funds for victims of the World Trade Center atrocity.
Aerosmith play at The Allstate Arena, Rosemont, near Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Muse play the first of two nights at Le Zenith, Paris, France, Europe. Recordings from this gig will appear on the album Hullabaloo Soundtrack.
Sting records an hour-long UK tv special for Top Of The Pops at the BBC Television Centre in London, UK, to an audience drawn from his fan club.
Alien Ant Farm play at The Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Nick Mason of Pink Floyd participates in the annual London to Brighton Vintage Car Run in the UK coming in 23rd out of more than 200 vehicles.
LSD guru and icon of the hippy generation, Ken Kesey, dies in Pleasant Hill, Oregon, USA, as a result of complications following liver surgery. Closely associated with The Grateful Dead, Kesey lived for many years in La Honda, in the mountains south of San Francisco.
Britney Spears plays at The Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, supported by O-Town.
Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi perform a tribute to the recently deceased George Harrison of The Beatles, at the My VH1 Music Awards show which is broadcast from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Godflesh play at Effenaar, Eindhoven, Holland, Europe.
French singer-songwriter Bernard Lavilliers performs a special mini-concert for workers in the Vosges region whose factory has been shut down.
It is reported that chart-topper Gordon Haskell has cancelled his upcoming gig at Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, because he has become too famous to play such a small venue.
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