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Tim McGraw reaches No1 on the Billboard country chart in the USA with Just To See You Smile, He will hold the top slot for six weeks.
During a 22-date US tour, Bob Dylan plays at Symphony Hall, Springfield, Massachusetts.
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.
Derrick Hand, State Coroner of New South Wales, Australia, Oceania, presents his report into the death of Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS. The report rules that Hutchence's death was a suicide while depressed and under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.
During the French Truck Drivers' Strike, Genesis play at Halle Tony Garnier in Lyon, France, Europe, as part of their Calling All Stations tour.
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Prince attends The Rhythm And Blues Foundation ceremonies in the Ballroom of The Sheraton Hotel, New York City, USA.
Lemmy of Motorhead walks off during an episode of UK comedy music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks when the team's taunting of Jay Aston of Buck's Fizz becomes too offensive for him.
Iron Maiden release a new album, Virtual XI, on EMI Records in the UK. The title is a reference to the fact that the 1998 FIFA World Cup was taking place in the same year.
At the start of a South American tour, the Rolling Stones play at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, supported by Bob Dylan.
Kiss The Rain by Billie Myers enters the UK Pop Singles Chart, where it will peak at No4 during a nine-week run on the chart.
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Welsh-born singer Dorothey Squires dies of lung cancer, aged 83, in Llwynypia, Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales, UK, Europe.
The second Terrastock Festival, promoted and organised by Melksham-based music journalist/entrepreneur Phil McMullen, begins at the Custer Avenue Stages in San Francisco, California, USA. Artists appearing today, the first of the festival's three nights, include Mountain Goats, Mick Farren And The Deviants, Bevis Frond, Kendra Smith and Medicine Ball.
Shania Twain reaches No1 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with You're Still The One.
On their Virtual World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Brabanthal, Leuven, France, Europe.
A memorial is held in CBGB's, New York City, USA, for Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound just over five weeks earlier. At the memorial, several of Wendy's former Plasmatics co-members (Chosei Funahara, Richie Stotts, Wes Beech, Stu Deutsch, Jean Beauvoir and TC Tolliver) play a six-song set.
The Rolling Stones release a new single, Jumpin' Jack Flash, on London Records in the USA.
Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland is arrested before a solo concert at Irving Plaza, New York City, for possession of heroin. (outlaw)
Bob Dylan's album Time Out Of Mind earns a platinum disc from the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Ronettes appear in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, New York City, USA, in pursuance of their lawsuit against record producer Phil Spector. The case charges that Spector, his record label, and successor labels are in breach of contract by having not paid royalties since 1963. 1998
The Rubinoos release a new LP, Paleophonic, on Pynotic records in the USA.
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The U.S. Postal Service issues a Josh White 32c Stamp, followed by a Smithsonian Institution Tribute Concert on the National Mall in Washington, DC, USA.
Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, features Bob Dylan and The Foo Fighters.
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Robbie Williams plays the second of two nights at Glastonbury Festival in the UK. Prodigy headline The Other Stage.
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A new boy band, Westlife, is formed after auditions are held in Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu Tang Clan is arrested in Lynnhaven, Virginia, USA, for shoplifting Nike trainers from a Sneaker Stadium store.
Prince begins a three-week European tour at The Plaza de Toros, Marbella, Spain, set to end on the 28th at Brixton Academy, London, UK.
Chris De Burgh plays at Knowlsley Hall, Liverpool, England, UK.
Iron Maiden play the first of two nights at Cemil Topuzlu Open Air, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe.
Iron Maiden play at The Thuringenhalle, Erfurt, Germany, Europe.
Billie Piper releases a new single, Girlfriend, which will enter the UK singles chart at No1.
The Artist aka Prince, plays at The MCI Center, Washington DC, USA, with Chaka Khan and Larry Graham.
Former Guns N'Roses drummer Steven Adler is sentenced to 150 days in jail for attacking two women in separate domestic violence incidents, which also violates his probation from a 1997 conviction in another domestic violence case. He is additionally sentenced to three years of probation, with the conditions of undergoing a year of domestic violence counseling and a ban on using illegal drugs.
Iron Maiden play at The Grugahalle, Essen, Germany, Europe.
Iron Maiden play at Auensee, Leipzig, Germany, Europe.
Calne-based rock star Julian Cope (formerly of The Teardrop Explodes) publishes his book The Modern Antiquarian, about ancient stoneworks in Britain.
Steve Gibbons releases a new album, The Dylan Project, in the UK on Woodworm Records. The album includes Gibbons versions of Bob Dylan songs including It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry, Down Along The Cove and Simple twist Of fate.
Metallica complete their recording sessions for Garage Inc, a 27-song double album of cover versions, at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, California, USA.
Iron Maiden come to the end of a European Tour with a gig at The Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, USA, announces the purchase of its first painting by Jasper Johns, White Flag [1955], which carries an estimated price tag of $20m. Tied to the purchase is a promise by William S. Lieberman, chairman of the Met's department of 20th-century art, to give the museum a gift of Flag, a Johns work from 1957. The 2012 song Jasper Johns' Flag by Jason Collett will explore the impact of Johns' artworks on contemporary culture.
Come On by Prince charts at No65 in the UK for just one week.
Metallica release Garage Inc, a 27-song double album of cover versions, in the USA.
Robbie Williams releases a new single, No Regrets, in the UK.
The Offspring play the first of two nights at Metro, Chicago, illinois, USA.
Georgie Fame plays at The Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK.
The Frogs play at The Empty Bottle, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Billie Piper enters the UK pop singles chart with She Wants You, which will peak at No3.
Bryan Maclean, formerly of LA cult folk-rock band Love, dies of a heart attack at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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