1996 – The band 311 puts on a free “choose or loose” concert in California. The show is to heighten youth interest in the political world. The free show is held just outside the Republican National Convention in San Diego.
1996 – Composer David Tudor dies at the age of 70.
1996 – R&B singer Ginuwine releases “Pony,” one of the most ridiculous singles ever recorded.
1996 – Rafael Jeronym Kubelick, a former director and conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, dies in Lucerne, Switzerland at the age of 82.
1996 – Ventures drummer Mel Taylor, who supplied the rolls in “Walk Don’t Run,” dies of lung cancer at age 62.
1996 – Tickets to the Pearl Jam concert at the University of Toledo go on sale. However, because of an AT&T screwup, people who try to buy tickets by phone get a busy signal instead.
1996 – The Ramones split. The Ramones are often considered to be the first punk rock group of the 80’s. They are an American Rock band and the band was formed in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, in 1974. The group performed 2,263 concerts and toured almost non stop for 22 years. The band finally […]
1996 – Vince Neil, former singer of ’80’s metal band Motley Crue, attempts to play a show at an Indiana club. The show, starting more than four hours late, ends after only three songs. Neil claims that he isn’t feeling well, and that the audience of “rednecks” don’t appreciate his talent. No refunds are offered, […]
1996 – Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder videotapes the Ramones placing their hands in cement on the Hollywood Rock Walk prior to a Ramones show at The Palace. The Ramones claim this is their last show ever.
1996 – Bruce Springsteen sues two London bootleggers who were distributing an album attributed to him titled Unearthed.
1996 – Icelandic performer Bjork along with Kent Nagado make a surprise performance at the Verbier Festival & Academy in Switzerland. The duo performs several songs from their “Pierrot Lunaire” collaboration.
1996 – Oasis played two sold out nights at Balloch Castle Country Park, Loch Lomand, Scotland to over 80,000 fans. Oasis roadie James Hunter was crushed to death between a fork-lift truck and a lorry during the bands two days shows.