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The official opening of the new Liverpool Arena is celebrated by an exclusive one-off performance of Liverpool The Musical, featuring Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart, The Bunnymen and Ian Broudie plus arrangements of music by The Las, Stravinsky, John Newton and Elgar, played by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
OK Go and Bonerama release a new EP, You're Not Alone, on Capitol Records in the USA. The EP, a fundraiser for New Orleans musicians displaced in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, includes a version of the Bob Dylan song I Shall Be Released.
Bob Dylan plays the second of three nights at The House Of Blues, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at Via Funchal, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America.
Singer-songwriter Jon Amor plays at The Bullfrog Blues Club, Portsmouth, England, UK, Europe.
Barb Jungr releases a new album, Just Like A Woman (Hymn To Nina) on Linn Records in the UK. The album includes several Bob Dylan covers, including Just Like A Woman, The Times They Are A-Changin' and Ballad Of Hollis Brown.
Pete Chilver dies aged 83 in Edinburgh, Scotland. An acclaimed jazz guitarist, Chilver was hailed as one of the first British-born musicians to establish the electric guitar in the UK.
The David Bacha Band releases a new CD, No Sleep After Stonehenge.
Bob Dylan is awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for music. The citation notes his "profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."
Mercy by Duffy reaches No1 in the German and Austrian singles charts.
Metallica officially inaugurate the first Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Franscisco, California, USA. Subsequent Record Store Days will be held on the third Saturday every April.
When Sheryl Crow headlines the first night of Sunfest, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, she is joined by Eric Clapton for a performance of the Stevie Wonder classic Superstition.
On his Dark Side Of Moon Live tour, Roger Waters plays the second of two nights at The O2 Arena, UK.
Bob Dylan plays at Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Band Of Heathens release their first, self-titled, studio album. Produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard, it features notable guests Patty Griffin, Stephen Bruton and Gurf Morlix. It will go to No1 on the Americana Music Association's radio charts.
Darius Rucker's first country single, Don't Think I Don't Think About It, is released to radio in the USA on Capitol Records.
Supergrass play at the City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Days and Futs Lung.
Stevie Wonder plays a live set for an invited media audience at the Hard Rock Cafe, London, UK, where he also announces his upcoming European tour.
Total Guitar magazine votes Celine Dion
Chicago and The Doobie Brothers play at The Charter One Pavilion, Northerly Island, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at Plaza de Toros, Lorca, Spain, Europe.
Blues-oriented singer-songwriter Jon Amor plays at the Thunder Bay Blues Festival, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
It is announced by EMI that, up to this date, Coldplay's album Viva La Vida has been the No.1 selling album in 36 countries around the world.
The Marlborough International Jazz Festival continues at various venues around Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK. Line up for today, the second of three days of the event, includes Clare Teal, Chris Jagger and the Atcha Band, Synthesis, Paddy Milner and the Big Sounds, The Eduardo Niebla Trio, Bob Barnard and the European Classic Jazz Band, The Cass Caswell Trio, Tad Newton's Jazz Friends and Cubana Bop..
Tom Waits plays the first of three nights on his Glitter And Doom tour at Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Tom Waits plays the second of three nights on his Glitter And Doom tour at Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays at the Saratoga Music Festival, Saratoga Springs, New York State, USA.
The Chicago Jazz Festival 2008, a four-day event, begins in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Artists appearing over the course of the event include Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Eddie Palmieri, Kenny Burrell and Gerald Wilson.
When Sarah Palin makes a speech at the Republican National Convention, New York City, USA, the song Barracuda by Heart is used as a campaign song to energise the audience. The following day Heart will state that the Republicans had not asked for permission to use the song and, had they asked, permission would not have been given.
Lady Gaga releases her debut album, The Fame, on Interscope Records in Australia.
Rock radio station WXRT moves its offices from 4949 W. Belmont Ave, on the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois, USA, to the NBC Tower in downtown Chicago.
Janet Jackson plays at The Allstate Arena, Rosemont, near Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Kanye West hosts a 'listening event' for his fourth album, 808s And Heartbreak at Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA. Held in collaboration with Italian conceptual artist Vanessa Beecroft, the event is held in a darkened room where 40 naked women wearing woollen face masks stand throughout the playback while red and purple lights illuminate their bodies.
Leslie West, guitarist of Mountain, and Corky Laing, drummer of Mountain, are interviewed at The House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, for the Living Legends Music series.
Wiltshire-based duo Morales Watts play in the Theatre Royal, Winchester, UK, as support to Cara Dillon.
Bob Dylan pays an unannounced visit to the childhood home of Neil Young, on Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Canada. Dylan is treated to a twenty minute tour by the present occupants.
Bob Dylan plays at the K-Rock Centre, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
During the London Jazz Festival, Take 6 play at The Royal Festival Hall, London, UK.
During the London Jazz Festival, Richard Bona and Danilo Perez play at The Barbican, London, UK.
During the London Jazz Festival, Herbie Hancock plays at The Barbican, London, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays his final live date of 2008 at The United Palace, New York City, USA.
While celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band, Camper Van Beethoven play the second of two nights at The Abbey Pub, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Yes play at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
It is reported that Norway's ailing Hove Festival has filed for bankruptcy.
In Beverly Hills, California, USA, America's Postmaster General John Potter Frank, publicly unveils a new postage stamp bearing the likeness of Frank Sinatra.
When Fall Out Boy perform live in The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA, the show is transmitted live on Fuse.
Dr Manhattan play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
International acclaimed drummer Kofi Ghanaba, aka Guy Warren, dies aged 85 at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, Ghana, Africa. Hugely influential, he introduced African drumming to many Western jazz musicians.
Henry Johnson's Organ Express with Greg Rockingham, Peter Roothaan, Chris Foreman and David 'Fathead' Newman play the first of six nights at The Jazz Showcase, Chicago, Illinois, USA.