1998 – The Warped Tour, with Bad Religion and the Specials, opens in Phoenix.
1998 – Ol’ Dirty Bastard, a.k.a. Big Baby Jesus, a.k.a. Russel Jones is shot in the back while at his girlfriend’s apartment during an attempted robbery. The wounds are deemed superficial, and the Wu-Tang Clan member checks himself out of the hospital a few days later.
1998 – Tickets for the first of a series of six Garth Brooks shows in sell out in 11 minutes.
1998 – Marcy Playground debuts the video for its current single, “Saint Joe On The Schoolbus,” on the Web. The clip, directed by British production team Hammer and Tongs, premieres on Capitol Records’ Web site.
1998 – Italian director Stefano Salvati sues Madonna, claiming that her “Ray of Light” video is stolen from a clip he shot in 1994 for local pop star Biagio Antonacci.
1998 – D.O.A. (Dancemusic Organization of America) hosts a party to promote dance music in America. Artists performing at New York’s Webster Hall include: Cynthia, Kimara Lovelace, Juzt Two Bros. with Wepa Man, MARINA, and Harlan and DJing by Glenn Frisoia, Tony B & Orlando, Eddie Baez, Brutal Bill, Philippe Snoy and Phoenix.
1998 – Goth rock band Marilyn Manson is forced to miss its appearance at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark due to drummer Ginger Fish’s bout with mononucleosis. Person Marilyn Manson Right click for SmartMenu shortcuts
1998 – The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band starts a run of 12 European dates in London. Stops include Helsinki, Brussels, Paris, and Munich, as well as shows July 7 and 8 at the Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival.
1998 – Johnny Cash returns to a Nashville stage and performs for the first time since has was stricken with Shy-Drager Syndrome the preceding October. Cash joins a surprised Kris Kristofferson, who is singing Cash’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down” at “Witness History II,” a tribute to Cash and Waylon Jennings at the Ryman Auditorium.
1998 – MCA act Aqua releases an official home video. Titled “The Diary,” the 120- minute package follows the group from the recording of its debut multiplatinum album, Aquarium, through the end of its first year, when it hosted a record-breaking concert in New Zealand.
1998 – Sir Paul McCartney personally chose and arranged the 45,000 flowers that decorate Manhattan’s Riverside Church where the friends and family of Linda McCartney gather to say a candlelit good-bye to the wife of the former Beatle.