1996 – Tim Collins, manager of Aerosmith since 1984, is fired after a brief meeting with the band in Boston. The band claims that they are tired of being urged to represent Collins’ many social causes.
1996 – Fashion designer and musician Harold C. Fox dies at the age of 86.
1996 – Composer Evelyn Levine dies at the age of 84.
1996 – Singer Tamara Danz dies at the age of 43.
1996 – Keyboardist Robert Collins dies at the age of 33.
1996 – In North Carolina, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil allegedly belts a fan trying to take his photograph. He’s arrested.
1996 – Kim Thayil of Soundgarden is arrested for assault and then later released after playing on the Lollapalooza ’96 tour stop in N. Carolina.
1996 – Musician Emmanual Tettey Mensah dies at the age of 77.
1996 – Smashing Pumpkin Jimmy Chamberlin is fired from the band. A week earlier the drummer had been arrested on drug-possession charges in connection with the fatal overdose of touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin.
1996 – Chas Chandler, the Animals bassist who became Jimi Hendrix’s manager, dies in England at age 58.
1996 – Drummer John Panozzo dies at the age of 49 this day in rock. John was the drummer for the band Styx.
1996 – The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan settles out of court with a London newspaper that claimed she performed on stage without wearing any underwear.