1997 – Boy George was accused of being a ‘professional liar’ by musician singer Kirk Brandon during a London court hearing. Brandon was in court suing the singer over claims in George’s autobiography that pair had slept together.
1997 – The first President’s Summit for America’s Future commences. Included on the guest list are the Oak Ridge Boys, All-4-one, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, comedian Joe Piscopo, and former Presidents George Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.
1997 – Depeche Mode went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their album ‘Ultra’.
1997 – Warren Haynes and Allen Woody quit the Allman Brothers Band to tend to their careers as Gov’t Mule.
1997 – U2’s ‘Pop Mart’ world tour kicked off at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour featured the largest video screen in the world and would visit 80 cities around the planet.
1997 – Club boss Paul Donavan was fined over £2,000 after being found guilty of tricking fans that he had Peter Andre appearing at his Club in the West Midlands. He had in fact an act called Peter Andrex a puppet who threw toilet rolls.
1997 – Michael Jackson attended an unveiling of a wax statue of himself at the Grevin Museum of Wax in Paris, France. Jackson provided one of his own outfits to dress the figure.
1997 – The Chemical Brothers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their album ‘Dig Your Own Hole.’
1997 – Country singer Toby Keith and his wife Tricia welcome new arrival Stelen Keith Covel to the family. The new baby joins older sisters Shelley and Krystal.
1997 – The Fugees perform the first of two homecoming concerts in Haiti to raise money for refugees. However, the concerts end up costing more money to stage than they actually make.
1997 – A federal jury awarded $110,000 in compensatory damages and back pay to aformer Spin magazine employee, Staci Bonner, who charged the magazine’s publisher, Bob Guccione Jr., with sexual harassment. The court said that the editorial department at the magazinecreated a hostile working environment for the plaintiff.