1997 – The Microsoft Network webcasts U2’s performance in Dublin. Internet participants are able to control remote PopCams at the concert, which allow users to see the performance from several perspectives. The event is accessible to any Internet user at http://u2popmart.msn.com.
1997 – James Brown becomes the first U.S. artist to appear in Lebanon following the recent lift of the ban on U.S. travel to the country. After playing in Beirut, Brown heads to Moscow where he performs in honor of the city’s 850th anniversary.
1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales, dies. Her Deaths is felt in various corners of the U.K. music business. Scottish act Wet Wet Wet and Primal Scream postpone U.K. shows. U2 pays tribute to the Princess before their Sept. 2 show in Edinburgh, Scotland. Michael Jackson dedicates his Sept. 3 HIStory concert in Ostend, Belgium, […]
1997 – Loud Records regional marketing and promotions director, Jessiah “Milk” Styles reports that he was beaten by a group of individuals associated with rap group Wu-Tang Clan. Named in the report are group members Raekwon, Method Man, GZA and Inspectah Deck; group manager John “Mook” Gibbons; a tour accountant identified as Dexter; and one […]
1997 – The first Genesis album in six years is premiered live on a radio special and simultaneous webcast at www.atlantic-records.com. The band plays songs from its new set “Calling All Stations,” its first album with singer Ray Wilson.
1997 – Dani Grace Jackson is born at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. The baby girl – weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 21 inches long – is the third daughter for father Alan Jackson and his wife Denise. Dani joins siblings Mattie Denise, 7, and Alexandra Jane, 4.
1997 – Steven Seagal kicks off a North American music tour to promote his newest film Fire Down Below. The tour, with dates in Nashville, Dallas, New Orleans, Chicago, Toronto, New York, and San Antonio, marks the actor’s official stage debut as a band headliner. Seagal plays guitar and sings.
1997 – Boyzone begin a tour of Southeast Asia in Bangalore, India. It is a first-time tour launch for the region by an international act.
1997 – “My Soul,” Coolio’s follow-up to 1995’s multi-platinum “Gangsta’s Paradise,” is released on Tommy Boy.
1997 – Mindy McCready, Kenny Chesney, Jason Sellers, Ray Vega, Sara Evans, Ricochet’s Heath Wright, Skip Ewing and Kippi Brannon join catalyst Randy Owen for a special “We Are the World”-style recording session aimed at helping the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The group records the song “Make a Miracle.”
1997 – One of the few bright notes on the summer’s commercially disappointing festival slate, the Lilith Fair, has its last show. The one-of-a-kind all-female slate includes Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman and others.
1997 – Tim Weisberg sues former partner Dan Fogelberg for alleged breach of contract and fraud over the recording of “No Resemblance Whatsoever,” the 1995 follow-up to Twin Sons.