1998 – The first headlining tour of Matchbox 20 begins at UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.
1998 – Miramax Films co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein announce that although money can’t buy you love, it can buy them all rights to the Beatles’ landmark film “A Hard Day’s Night.” Miramax announces plans to release the 1964 classic later that year for it’s 35th anniversary with new footage, a fully restored negative and […]
1998 – It is announced that after 12 years and six albums, the members of Columbia Records act Toad The Wet Sprocket will go their own ways. Of the split, the band’s singer/guitarist Glen Phillips says, “We came together as kids but have grown in different directions as adults.”
1998 – It is announced that Dancin’ in the District, Nashville’s weekly free downtown concert series held on summer Thursdays at Riverfront Park, will become a 21-and-over event to appease local politicians. The series came under fire after allegations of rampant underage drinking.
1998 – Sha Na Na member “Chico” Ryan dies at a nursing home in Beverly, Mass. Sha Na Na As rock music reached the end of the 1960s and began to ‘grow up’, Sha Na Na became a big success by revisiting rock and roll’s early days with a new energy. Their combination of classic […]
1998 – Jazz guitarist Tal Farlow dies of esophageal cancer in New York. He is 77. Farlow worked with such musicians as Charles Mingus, Red Norvo, and Eddie Costa in a career spanning four decades.
1998 – The “Gift To The Nation” concert, a combination of two separate events in Johannesburg, and Durban, South Africa, begins. The concerts are to celebrate President Nelson Mandela’s 80th Birthdays. Artists who appear include Stevie Wonder, LL Cool J, Dru Hill, Skunk Anansie, Salif Keita, Ismael Lo, Najee, Chaka Khan, Kenny Lattimore, James Ingram, […]
1998 – It is announced that Aerosmith will postpone the first 13 dates of its 50-date U.S. tour following a freak gas station fire that leaves drummer Joey Krammer with seconddegree burns. This marks the second setback to the Aerosmith tour; 18 earlier dates had to be postponed following Steven Tyler’s knee injury and surgery […]
1998 – Country singer Tanya Tucker files a $300,000 lawsuit against Capitol Records Nashville, contending that the label has willfully neglected her career.
1998 – It is announced that Iron Maiden will have to cancel the remainder of its U.S. dates due to throat troubles for vocalist Blaze Bayley, whose doctor advises him not to sing for one month.
1998 – Culture Club, Howard Jones, and the Human League kick off their Great Rewind tour in Atlanta.
1998 – Raimundo Amador, Spain’s premier exponent of gypsy flamenco-blues, records a live album alongside his idol, B.B. King, in front of a capacity audience of 20,000 at Madrid’s Las Ventas bullring. The Universal Music Hispania album, to be released in September of that year with 15 tracks, is called “Noche De Flamenco Y Blues.”