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Michael Jackson brings the first leg of the HIStory World Tour to an end with the second of two nights at the Aloha Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii, attended by an audience of 35,000.
Billy Mackenzie 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.
Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan. In the schedule of his Never-ending Tour, this is concert No850.
Uriah Heep begin a Russian tour at The Hockey Arena, Rostov-don, Russia.
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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.
Bob Dylan plays at Harbor Station, St John, New Brunswick, Canada.
In a major election campaign speech the UK's future prime minister Tony Blair puts the focus of the party's policy on education. His stance will be summarised in his quote "Education, education, education" which will inspire the Kaiser Chiefs to title their 5th album Education, Education, Education And War. This title is quoted in the album's ninth track, Cannons.
The first Terrastock Festival, promoted and organised by music journalist/entrepreneur Phil McMullen, comes to an end at The Rogue Lounge in Providence, New Jersey, USA. Artists appearing today, the last of the festival's three nights, include Damon and Naomi, Papas Fritas, Bardo Pond, Olivia Tremor Control and V.Majestic.
Prefab Sprout release a new LP, Andromeda Heights, in the UK.
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 Daft Punk, Faithless, Kraftwerk, Paul Oakenfold, Orbital, Cornershop, GusGus, Fluke, Two Lone Swordsmen and Audioweb.
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Radiohead release the single Paranoid Android, in the UK on Parlophone Records.
The hit single MMMbop by Hanson is awarded a platinum disc in the UK by the BPI.
Beth Orton re-releases her third single, She Cries Your Name, in the UK. It will peak at No40 in the singles chart.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland, to an audience of 50,000.
Compilation album The Best Of Bob Dylan enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No6 during an eighteen-week run.
The first day of this year's Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK. Chuck Prophet plays on the acoustic stage.
On Your Own by Blur 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.
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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.
Radiohead play at The Riviera Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany, to an audience of 85,000 - the largest of any concert on this tour.
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.
Ian Hunter, formerly of Mott The Hoople, plays at the Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Rolling Stones have a third day of rehearsals at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for the imminent first night of their Bridges To Babylon tour.
On their Bridges To Babylon tour, Rolling Stones play at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Sons Of Champlin play at New George's, San Rafael, California, USA.
Robbie Williams releases his solo debut album, Life Thru A Lens, in the UK. On the same day, The Verve release their album Urban Hymns, which enters the UK chart at No1.
Bob Dylan releases his 30th album, Time Out Of Mind, on Columbia Records in the 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.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa, to an audience of 36,000.
Bob Dylan's album Time Out Of Mind enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No6 during an eighteen-week run.
Bob Dylan's album Time Out Of Mind enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No6 during an eighteen-week run.
Michael Jackson's HIStory World Tour, comes to an end with a show at King's Park, Durban, South Africa, attended by an audience of 50,000.
Motley Crue 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.
Mindy McCready releases her second album, If I Don't Stay The Night, on BNA Records in the USA.
Chicago and The Beach Boys play at The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.
Jackson Browne, Iris DeMent, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Kathy Mattea, John Prine and Todd Snider play in a tribute concert in honor of the late Steve Goodman at the Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Hosts for the evening are the legendary Studs Terkel plus Lin Brehmer and Roy Leonard. Profits from the show are donated to The Old Town School of Folk Music.
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 in 1972.
Bob Dylan receives America's highest award for artistic excellence, the Kennedy Center Honors.
Gary Glitter plays at Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff, Wales.
Bob Dylan plays at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the second of five nights at the El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, California. In his Never-ending Tour schedule this is concert No933.
Bob Dylan plays the fourth of five nights at the El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, California. In his Never-ending Tour schedule this is concert No935.
Bob Dylan 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.