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Metallica, Creed, Kid Rock and Sevendust play at the Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
D. A. Pennebaker's Bob Dylan documentary Don't Look Back is released on DVD. It includes an alternate version of the Subterranean Homesick Blues video and four new sound tracks.
The David Cassidy Story, a television movie based on the life and short-lived success of teen pop idol David Cassidy, is premiered on NBC-tv in the USA.
Stevie Nicks plays the second of two nights at the Sun Theater, Anaheim, California, USA.
Metallica, Creed, Kid Rock and Sevendust play the last of three non-consecutive nights at The Target Centre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Matt Goss, formerly of UK hit-making duo Bros, makes his American stage debut at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA, in the benefit concert, Sounds Of A Better World, Small Voices Calling, a charity event for children.
D'Arcy Wretzky, former bassist of Smashing Pumpkins is arrested in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on charges of possessing crack cocaine.
Friedrich Gulda dies, aged 69, of heart failure at his home in Weissenbach, Austria, Europe. He had been successful as a pianist and composer, working in both classical and jazz music.
Calypso singer and songwriter Lord Kitchener, best-remembered for his popular song Cricket, Lovely, Cricket, dies aged 77 in Champs Fleur, Trinidad, Caribbean.
Polish-born pianist, composer and singer Walter Dana, best-known for his work in the field of polka music, dies aged 97 in Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the 1170th concert of his Never-ending Tour schedule at the Visalia Convention Center, Visalia, California, USA.
UK tabloid The Sunday People claims that Lemmy of Motorhead indulged in a three-day-long sex and bondage session during which his lover was handcuffed to the bed. When Lemmy objects, pointing out that the session lasted seven days and his lover was suspended from the ceiling, the newspaper apologises unreservedly.
Sony Music Entertainment announces plans to make its first commercial digital downloads available to consumers in the USA. This first batch will include about 50 hit songs from Lauryn Hill, Pearl Jam, Michael Jackson, Mary Chapin Carpenter and others.
Oasis release a new single, Who Feels Love? in the UK, and play at the Chicago Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Billie Piper releases a new single, Day And Night, which will enter the UK singles chart at No1.
Tito Puente, bandleader, vibraphonist and percussionist known as the King Of The Mambo, dies.
Bon Jovi release their seventh studio LP, Crush, on Island Records in the USA.
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Chad Brock reaches No1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart in the USA with Yes!, the second single from his album of the same name. The track will spend three weeks at the top of the chart.
Saint Etienne release a new LP, Sound Of Water, on Heavenly Records in the UK.
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Mark-Anthony Turnage, Asian Dub Foundation, Blur, Cicala Mvta Clinic, Evan Parker, Jarvis Cocker, Jim O'Rourke, Luc Bondy, the Richard Alston Dance Company and Radiohead play at the Royal Festival Hall, London, UK, as part of the Meltdown Festival, curated by Scott Walker.
Having served 26 days for violating parole by failing a drug test, Bobby Brown is released from the County Detention Center, North Boward, Florida. He is welcomed back to freedom by his wife, Whitney Houston, and the pair drive off in a stretch limo.
Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, is detained on arrival in Israel and deported just hours later because the intelligence service believes that Islam has funded Hamas, the Islamic terrorist group, to the tune of tens of thousands of pounds.
Paul Young, who sang with Sad Cafe and Mike And The Mechanics, dies of a heart attack, aged 53, at home in Hale, Altrincham, England, UK.
Oasis fan Bryn Daniel Thorpe is killed when a Peugot car hits him as he walks home along the M61 motorway in Manchester, UK, following a gig by the band at the city's Reebok stadium.
Coldplay play at The Barfly, Camden, London, England, UK, Europe.
Jazz pianist Sir Charles Thompson plays the first of two nights at the Jazz Showcase, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The shows are recorded and tracks will appear on Thompson's album Robbins' Nest - Live At The Jazz Showcase.
Having been missing for a week Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes of TLC fame re-appears on an "Inside Edition" video shot in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She claims to have spent the week shopping for wedding rings with her boyfriend, Sean Newman.
Bob Dylan's live album MTV Unplugged is awarded a gold disc in the USA.
Eminem files papers to begin divorce proceedings against his wife Kim Mathers at Macomb County Court, Michigan, USA.
The second annual Source Hip-Hop Awards Show in the Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California, USA, is cut short when a brutal fight erupts in the audience, resulting in injuries to Havoc of Mobb Deep and Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The incident overshadows the real purpose of the event, which is the presentation of lifetime achievement awards to Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.
Jack Nitzsche, legendary songwriter, arranger and producer, dies aged 63 at Queen Of Angels Hospital, Los Angeles, California, USA, of cardiac arrest, caused by a recurring bronchial infection.
Steps, Edwin Starr, Vengaboys, Scooch, Oxide & Neutrino, Fierce, Swindon-based girl trio Esensual, Tony Hadley and Madison Avenue play at the Party In the Park, Lydiard Park, Swindon.
Radiohead's Big Top tour plays the second of two nights at Tredegar House, Newport, South Wales.
The Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), a system designed to enable online, convenient, legal access to digital music by creating new digital distribution systems, invites hackers and cryptanalaysts to break its proposed digital watermarking scheme for protecting digital music. Hackers will break the system quickly and completely, and SDMI will effectively be abandoned in 2001.
Billie Piper releases a new single, Something Deep Inside, in the UK. It will peak at No4 in the UK singles chart - her last Top Ten hit.
King Prawn play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK.
Radiohead release their fourth album, Kid A, in the UK on Parlophone Records.
Rob Halford plays at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan's latest single, Love Sick, enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No64 during a one-week run.
Following an AC/DC concert at Flanders Expo, in Ghent, Belgium, Europe, 38 year old fan Isidoor Theunissen dies of injuries received when he fell from the balcony at the venue.
A report in tabloid newspaper the News Of The World states that Paul Weller has been released without charge after being questioned over an alleged incident of rape, said to have taken place in Farnham, Surrey, five years earlier.
Sir Elton John gives evidence at the start of a High Court case in London, England, UK, in which the singer-songwriter is suing Andrew Haydon, of his former management company John Reid Enterprises, and the City accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, which looked after his business interests.
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Former Warner Bros UK publicists Moira Bellas and Barbra Charone start up their own company, MBC PR, in London, England, UK, Europe. The company will quickly become successful and will handle clients including Madonna, Depeche Mode, Dido, Simply Red, Robert Plant, Pearl Jam, Rod Stewart, Keith Richards and Elvis Costello, Maroon 5 to name but a few.
Carleen Anderson plays the first of two nights at The Jazz Cafe, London, UK.
The fourth Terrastock Festival, promoted and organised by Melksham-based music journalist/entrepreneur Phil McMullen, begins at the Showbox in, Seattle, Washington. Artists appearing today, the first of the festival's three nights, include Damon & Naomi, Ethereal Counterbalance, Windy & Carl, Abunai! and The Wellwater Conspiracy.
Type O Negative play at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Eddie Snyder, pianist for The Cascades on their 1963, Billboard US No3 hit, Rhythm Of The Rain, dies of cancer, aged 63.
In the High Court in London, UK, it is alleged by Mark Hapgood QC, that Elton John once spent £30m in just under two years - an average of £1.5m a month. Mr Hapgood suggests that Sir Elton went "spending mad" following a £42m deal with recording company Polygram in February 1996. The claims are made during a court case in which the singer is suing Andrew Haydon [former MD of management company John Reid Enterprises] for negligence. Sir Elton also accuses City accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers of negligence in managing his affairs.
Mick Hucknall of Simply Red is arrested at his six-bedroom home in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK, and questioned by police in connection with an alleged rape, but he is released shortly afterwards.
In New York City, USA, Bob Dylan records his version of the Dean Martin hit Return To Me, for use in the tv series The Sopranos.
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