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of The Associates
commits suicide by overdosing on a combination of paracetamol and prescription medication in the garden shed of his father's house in Auchterhouse, Scotland, UK, Europe. Depression and the death of his mother are believed to have been contributing factors. At least two songs will be inspired by MacKenzie, including Cut Here (2001) by The Cure
and Say (1999) by The Creatures.
plays the second of two nights at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan. In the schedule of his Never-ending Tour, this is concert No850.
Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut announces that an adult sheep named Dolly has been successfully cloned
at The Roslin Institute, near Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe. Dolly was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell. This scientific breakthough will inspire the song Dolly by Shonen Knife
In San Diego, California, USA, police discover the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate UFO religion cult
who have committed suicide in order to reach an alien space craft which they believe is following the Comet Hale-Bopp. The recently-discovered Comet Hale-Bopp
was about to make its closest approach to Earth. Also known as the Great Comet of 1997, it is perhaps the most widely observed comet of the 20th century, and one of the brightest seen for many decades. The 2012 song The Hale Bop
by The Mystery Jets
is about this grimly bizarre incident.
plays at Harbor Station, St John, New Brunswick, Canada.
, Paul Oakenfold, Orbital, Cornershop, GusGus, Fluke, Two Lone Swordsmen and Audioweb.
The Tribal Gathering 1997 festival, a two day event, concludes at Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, England, UK, Europe. Artists appearing over the two days include
The hit single MMMbop
by Hanson is awarded a platinum disc in the UK by the BPI.
Compilation album The Best Of Bob Dylan
enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No6 during an eighteen-week run.
On Your Own
enters the UK Pop Singles Chart where it will peak at No5 during a five week run.
The three-day-long WOMAD
Festival begins at Rivermead, Reading, UK.
Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick
is interviewed by Johnny Black on the BBC radio show The Fabulous Fandango Lounge, in Swindon, Wiltshire, Englsand, UK.
On their PopMart tour
, when U2
play at Valle Hoven, Oslo, Norway, Europe, their showpiece special effect, a giant mechanical Lemon, fails to open, trapping the band inside inside until the Lemon is dragged off the stage and the somewhat embarassed band set free.
When the Wu Tang Clan play at Deer Creek Amphitheater, Indianapolis, Indiana, they encourage the audience to rush the stage. The resulting riot leads to the group becoming the subject of a police investigation.
The three-day-long WOMAD
Festival begins at The Festival Grounds, Wiesen, Austria, Europe.
The Sons Of Champlin play at New George's, San Rafael, California, USA.
Primus play at The International Ballroom, Houston, Texas, USA, supported by Power Man 5000 and Buck O' Nine.
The album The Score
by The Fugees is awarded six times platinum status by the R.I.A.A.
in the USA.
In Athens, Georgia, Mike Mills of R.E.M.
calls bandmate Peter Buck to warn him that their drummer, Bill Berry, is about make a shattering announcement - he intends to leave the band.
's album Time Out Of Mind enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No6 during an eighteen-week run.
play at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. During the show, Crue members Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee hurl racial slurs at John Allen, an allegedly over-zealous African-American security guard, and encourage the audience to assault Allen.
The all-star Children In Need single Perfect Day
is released on Chrysalis/BBC Records, featuring Lou Reed
, Bono, David Bowie
, Suzanne Vega
, Elton John
, Boyzone, Emmylou Harris
, Dr. John
, Robert Cray
, Joan Armatrading
, Tom Jones
. The song was composed by and originally released by Lou Reed
receives America's highest award for artistic excellence, the Kennedy Center Honors.
plays at Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff, Wales.
plays the second of five nights at the El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, California. In his Never-ending Tour schedule this is concert No933.
plays the fourth of five nights at the El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, California. In his Never-ending Tour schedule this is concert No935.
plays the fourth of five nights at the El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA. In his Never-ending Tour schedule this is concert No935.
Rodney Sheppard, guitarist of Sugar Ray
, proposes to his girlfriend of nine years - Gretchen Fyke. She accepts.