1998 – The Presidents of the United States of America play their final show at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre. The show benefits the Chicken Soup Brigade, which provides food and services to Seattle residents with HIV/AIDS.
1998 – Jersey stalwarts Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny perform at the Come Together benefit concert. Former E Street Band members Max Weinberg, Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons join Springsteen. Proceeds from the gig go to the family of Sgt. Patrick King, a Long Branch cop killed in the line of duty.
1998 – Magistrates in Derby, England, issue a warrant for the arrest of U.K. R&B star Mark Morrison for his failure to appear in court on charges of affray and obstructing a police officer.
1998 – Elton John receives a knighthood in British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s first New Year’s Eve Honours List.
1998 – Opening three weeks behind schedule, Paul Simon’s musical “The Capeman” premieres in New York to universally poor reviews. Critics claim that while Simon’s musical mixture of Latin and doo-wop was favorable, the story line was consistently faulted.
1998 – Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher played a 20-minute solo gig at the King Head, an English pub in Santa Monica in front of 250 fans.
1998 – Tracey Lawrence is convicted of battery stemming from a quarrel in September with his wife, Stacie. Lawrence is sentenced to pay $500 to a Las Vegas shelter for battered women.
1998 – Martina McBride makes an appearance in the “Nancy” comic strip on a concert Tshirt worn by Aunt Fritzi.
1998 – James Brown was charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a firearm after police were called to his South Carolina home. Brown later clamed the drugs were used to help his ‘eyesight.’
1998 – Two male dancers for risquT rapper Kinsu, Keith Allen and Antonio Robinson, appear in San Antonio County Court to answer charges of indecent exposure. The two had been arrested earlier in the month for dropping their overalls and ripping off their undergarments in front of a crowd of 35,000.
1998 – Trace Adkins welcomes a new baby girl, Mackenzie Lynn Adkins, at 3:44 p.m. at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. Mackenzie weighs 5 lbs., 15 1/2 oz. and measures 19 inches in length.
1998 – In a big surprise upset at the American Music Awards, rapper Puff Daddy loses in all five categories in which he is nominated for an award.