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Zac Foley, bass player of early-90s UK hitmakers EMF, dies in his Camden Town, London, flat, aged 31. Traces of heroin, ecstasy, alcohol and barbiturates are found in his body.
At the Guitar Center, Fresno, California, Limp Bizkit begin open auditions to find a new guitarist.
Metallica co-founder James Hetfield's wife Francesca gives birth to a baby girl, Marcella Francesca, in San Francisco, California, USA.
Mariah Carey receives a $28m buyout from EMI/Virgin Records after completing just one album of a five-album deal.
Bob Dylan plays at the TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando, Florida.
Rich Dangel, guitarist with US Northwest rock pioneers, The Wailers, dies of an aneurysm at home in Seattle, Washington.
Folk-blues singer-songwriter Dave Van Ronk dies in New York City, from complications arising from colon cancer.
Percy Dickins, co-founder of UK music paper NME (New Musical Express), and deviser of its pop music chart, dies aged 80.
Mick Tucker, drummer of 70's UK glam-rockers Sweet, dies of leukaemia.
The BRIT Awards Ceremony is held in London, England, UK, with winners as follows:
  • Best British Male Artist - Robbie Williams
  • Best British Female Artist - Dido;
  • Best British Group - Travis;
  • Best British Album - Dido;
  • Best British Newcomer - Blue;
  • Best British Single - S Club 7;
  • Best British Video - So Solid Crew;
  • Best British Dance Act - Basement Jaxx;
  • Best International Male - Shaggy;
  • Best International Female - Kylie Minogue;
  • Best International Group - Destiny's Child;
  • Best International Album - Kylie Minogue;
  • Best International Newcomer - The Strokes;
  • Pop Act - Westlife;
  • Outstanding Contribution - Sting.
The third child of Michael Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II, aka Blanket, is born at Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, California. The identity of the mother is never released.
Bryan Adams plays at Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, UK.
Celine Dion releases A New Day Has Come in Australia, Oceania. It is her first album in three years.
Aretha Franklin and seven other Motown stars have streets named in their honour in a new low-income housing project in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Sting plays at Carnegie Hall, New York City.
Layne Staley, vocalist with Alice In Chains, is found dead at home in Seattle, Washington. Heroin equipment is found nearby, and police report that he may have lain undiscovered for up to two weeks.
Foolish by Ashanti reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart.
Shakira releases the single Underneath Your Clothes, in the USA.
Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park is certified as an eight-million seller by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Former Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando plays at the Roisin Dubh, Galway, Eire.
Hank Marvin, who as leader of The Shadows was arguably the most influential British rock guitarist ever, begins his "final" tour at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, UK.
The funeral of TLC vocalist Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes is held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Mariah Carey signs a new record deal, which will include the formation of her own record label, with Island/Def Jam.
A house under construction for Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, is destroyed by a fire.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Fumiko Wasserman orders lawyers for Courtney Love and Universal Music - the two sides in an ongoing breach of contract case - to meet with a mediator prior to appearing in court on 11 June.
A rock festival is staged outside Buckingham Palace, London, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's silver jubilee celebrations. Artists performing include Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Robbie Williams and Ozzy Osbourne.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Southside Festival, Tuttlingen, Germany, Europe.
Pulp end a brief tour of woodland areas in Thetford Forest, Brandon, UK. On the same day, Korn play at Madison Square Garden, New York City. (2002)
The Montreux International Jazz Festival begins in Montreux, Switzerland.
US hit-making vocalist Rosemary Clooney dies of lung cancer in Beverly Hills, California, aged 69.
A US Predator Drone mistakenly attacks a wedding party in Kakarak, Khandahar, Afghanistan, killing at least fifty civilians and wounding hundreds more. This tragic slaughter of innocents, and other similar military robot attacks, will inspire The Airborne Toxic Event to write their song Welcome To Your Wedding Day.
Sharon Osbourne, wife of Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath, has two lymph nodes removed in a test to establish whether he cancer has spead. It has, so she will require further treatment.
Bob Dylan records songs for the soundtrack of his film Masked And Anonymous, at Stage 6, Ray-Art Studios, Canoga Park, California, USA.
The four-day long Larmer Tree Festival, held near Salisbury, begins. Acts appearing over the weekend include Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, The Waterboys, Eric Bibb, Mary Coughlan, Yat-Kha, The Handsome Family and Antonio Forcione
Stone Sour release their debut LP, Stone Sour, on Roadrunner Records in the USA.
Jazz vibraphone virtuoso and bandleader Lionel Hampton dies of congestive heart failure, aged 94, at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, USA.
Carleen Anderson plays the second of three nights at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK.
Nils Stevenson, road manager for The Sex Pistols and Siouxsie and the Banshees, dies in London. On the same day, The Rolling Stones' Licks World Tour plays at the First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Ozzy Osbourne is voted the ultimate rock'n'roll wildman, in a customer poll conducted by the internet company Blueyonder. Ozzy attracts 31 per cent of the votes, leaving Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones trailing well behind in second place with 17 per cent. Deceased Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious comes in third.
Christina Aguilera releases a controversial music video for Dirrty, the lead single from her second album Stripped.
Bon Jovi releases a new album, Bounce, in the USA.
Bon Jovi release their eighth album, Bounce, on Island Records in the USA.
Dilemma by Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland reaches No1 in the UK singles chart. On the same day, shortly after playing a support slot on an Aerosmith gig in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, Kid Rock's tour bus is stopped and searched by police who find marijuana and cocaine. Kid Rock, however, is not on the bus.
On their Vapor Trails tour, Rush play at The Olympic Stadium, Porto Alegre, Brazil, South America.
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Lostprophets collect the Best Live Act trophy at the TV show P:op Factory's awards event in Cardiff, Wales, UK. At the same event, Manic Street Preachers win an Outstanding Contribution To Music Award, and The Cooper Temple Clause win as Best Pop Factory Debut.
Martin Grech, Palo Alto and Colour Of Fire play at The Mean Fiddler, London, England, UK.
Coheed And Cambria play at The Barfly @ The Monarch, Camden Town, London, England, UK.
The Damned play at Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Berzerker, Labrat, Incision and Red Harvest play at The Bierkeller, Bristol, England, UK.