1997 – Extensive counterfeiting haunts Jane’s Addiction’s Halloween night reunion concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Hundreds of fans – many holding valid tickets – are turned away from the show. More than 200 counterfeit tickets are confiscated. Refunds are given to compensate valid ticket holders who are turned away.
1997 – A concert by Goth stalwarts the Cure is cybercast from New York’s Irving Plaza. The concert is streamed at Rocktropolis’ Web site, http://www.rocktropolis.com.
1997 – The Senate passes the music industry’s “La Cienega” bill by a voice vote. The bill closes a loophole in the 1909 copyright Act that put into peril most pre-1978 music copyrights.
1997 – Former Zap Mama songstress Sally Nyolo embarks on her first U.S. tour in Glenside, Pa.
1997 – Dave Matthews Band release their first official live album, Live at Red Rocks, 8.15.95. It peaks on the Billboard Hot 200 at No. 3.
1997 – Veteran publisher Dale Kawashima sues the Artist Formerly Known As Prince for alleged unpaid commissions.
1997 – MTV Italy launches its first domestically planned and produced Italian-language show, “Sonic.” The one-hour weekly show features international and local acts performing live to a studio audience.
1997 – Italy’s antitrust agency, the Guarantor for Competition fines the Italian divisions of BMG, EMI, PolyGram, Sony Music and Warner Music a total of 7.7 billion lire ($4.5 million), claiming they formed a cartel to drown out competition.
1997 – Harry Goodman, brother of bandleader Benny Goodman, for whom he was a sideman, and Gene Goodman, with whom he established a major independent music publishing company dies at the home of his daughter-in-law in Gstaad, Switzerland, of complications from a stroke. He is 91.
1997 – Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine, original guitarist for Canned Heat, is found dead in his hotel room in France. The cause of Deaths is undetermined. Henry Charles Vestine (December 25, 1944 – October 20, 1997) a.k.a. “The Sunflower”, was an American guitar player known mainly as a member of the band Canned Heat. He […]
1997 – On stage at the Grand Ole Opry, Vince Gill honors his late friend and influence, John Denver. Gill plays “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and invites the audience to sing along.
1997 – Hanson sings the national anthem at the opening game of the baseball World Series at Miami’s Pro Player Stadium.