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It is announced by Metallica that bass-player Jason Newsted has chosen to leave the band.
David Heneker, composer of musicals including Expresso Bongo, Irma La Douce, Half a Sixpence and Charlie Girl, dies aged 94 in Llwyndyrys, Gwynedd, Wales.
Noel Gallagher of Oasis and his pregnant girlfriend Nicole Appleton of All Saints arrive back in London, England, UK, after a trip to Miami, Florida, USA.
Cranes hoist Elvis Presley's gold Cadillac, Webb Pierce's gaudy Pontiac and Nudie's business sign onto the third floor of the new 130,000-square-foot Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, before the last wall is sealed.
Babes in Toyland play at Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
Eric Clapton releases his fifteenth studio album, Reptile, in the UK.
Jamelia gives birth to a boy, Teja, whose father is music business manager Terry Wallen.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Awards ceremony is held in New York City, with live appearances by Kid Rock and Aerosmith. New inductees include Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Steely Dan and Aerosmith.
Eric Clapton plays at Flanders Expo, Ghent, Belgium, Europe.
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.
27 by Biffy Clyro is voted Single of the Week in the UK's Kerrang! magazine by US band Taproot.
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Biffy Clyro release a new single, 27, on Beggar's Banquet Records in the UK.
The 1967 compilation Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits is awarded a five times platinum disc.
Blind jazz/R'n'B vocalist Al Hibbler dies, aged 85 at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, USA. After working with Duke Ellington, he will score a No1 hit in 1955 with Unchained Melody.
Blind jazz/r'n'b vocalist Al Hibbler dies, aged 85 at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, USA. After working with Duke Ellington, he scored a No1 hit in 1955 with Unchained Melody.
Wiltshire pop star Billie Piper marries radio deejay Chris Evans in a secret ceremony at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Country music star Tim McGraw receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in the USA.
R.E.M. release the album Reveal in the UK. On the same day, the band's singer Michael Stipe reveals in a Time magazine interview that he is gay.
Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera, Lil? Kim, Mya and Pink reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart. Lady Marmalade was previously a hit for LaBelle in 1974
A three-mile segment of Highway 92 in Paulding County, Georgia, USA, is renamed as the Travis Tritt Highway. Signs are also erected billing the county as the "Home of Country Music Star Travis Tritt".
Dr. Feelgood play at the Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Reba McEntire Day is held in New York City, USA, as the country singing star ends her five-month run on Broadway in a production of Annie Get Your Gun.
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, along with Supergrass, Sigur Ros and Beck.
Usher reaches No.1 on the UK albums chart with 8701.
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.
The Bob Dylan album John Wesley Harding is awarded a platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
It is reported that, despite having sold over 15,000 tickets, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have cancelled their late August concert in Tel Aviv due to Israel's current political unrest.
US jazz saxophonist Jay Migliori, who worked with Frank Zappa, Frank Sinatra and many others, dies aged 70.
Jazz saxophonist Jay Migliori, who worked with Frank Zappa, Frank Sinatra and many others, dies aged 70 in Mission Viejo, California, USA.
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.
In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York City, Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando and, some say, Elizabeth Taylor, make their escape from the city in a rented car which they themselves drive as far as Ohio, before switching to a plane for the remainder of the trip to Los Angeles, California, USA. (This bizarre road trip will be turned into a movie, Elizabeth, Michael And Marlon, in 2016.)
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.
Bob Dylan's album Love And Theft enters the UK pop albums chart where it will peak at No3 during a five-week run.
The San Francisco Blues festival, a two-day event, begins at The Great Meadow, Fort Mason, San Francisco, California, USA. Artists appearing on this day include Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm, Billy Preston and Barbara Lewis, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady of Hot Tuna, The Hoodoo Kings with Tabby Thomas, Eddie Bo and special guest Tab Benoit.
Singer-songwriter Barb Jungr spends the second of three days at Mark Angel Studios, London, recording her album Every Grain Of Sand : Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan. Every song on the album is written by Dylan.
Biffy Clyro play at The Lomax, Liverpool, UK.
U2 play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Oscar-winning song writer Jay Livingston, dies aged 86 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Livingston was usually partnered with lyricist Ray Evans. Their many hits include Buttons And Bows, Que Sera and Mona Lisa.
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, 'Nsync, 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.
R.E.M. play a surprise show at the Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, Washington, USA, co-owned by guitarist Peter Buck and his wife. The 'secret' gig is a benefit for the Washington Wilderness Coalition starring The Minus 5, which features Buck and longtime R.E.M. sideman Scott McCaughey. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joins R.E.M. for several songs.
The Dave Matthews Band cancels an international tour because of the recent attacks on the World Trade Center.
Harry Connick Jr. plays at The Coronado Theatre, Rockford, near Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Incubus play at The Riviera Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Weezer play at Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Britney Spears plays at The Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, supported by O-Town.
Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction spends the last 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.
The Cult play at The House of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.