1998 – On the verge of launching Davidbowie.com, Bowie hosts several online concerts by performers including Ani DiFranco and the Jesus & Mary Chain.
1998 – Madonna files suit against the YMCA to prevent it from building a high-rise residential tower near Lincoln Center in New York City. Madonna files the action because the building “creates a hazard for me and my child.” Madonna uses the recent fall of scaffolding at a Times Square high-rise renovation as grounds for […]
1998 – Swedish producer Denniz Pop dies in Stockholm of cancer. He is 35. Pop, whose real name was Dag Volle, worked with Ace of Base, Dr. Alban, Robyn, Backstreet Boys, and Michael Jackson, among others.
1998 – Roberto Augusto, managing director of Sony Music Brasil, is shot several times in a robbery attempt at a gas station. Augusto is rushed to a hospital in Rio de Janeiro where he recovers.
1998 – Legendary rockabilly performer Charlie Feathers dies in a Memphis hospital, after suffering a massive stroke earlier in the week. He is 66. Feathers, who co-authored Elvis Presley’s early single “I Forgot to Remember to Forget,” cut such raw, countrified singles as “Defrost Your Heart,” “Get With It,” “Tongue Tied Kill,” and “One Hand […]
1998 – Detroit area police officials call for a ban on rap concerts following a series of fights at a weekend “No Limit” show headlined by Master P and Scarface. The call for a ban is later withdrawn.
1998 – Rapper Noreaga is labeled a fugitive by police who seek the missing artist in connection with an assault at a post-concert melee. The rapper arrives four hours late for a concert, and is booed off stage after one song. Angry fans follow Noreaga to the parking lot, where one person reportedly throws a […]
1998 – Geri Halliwell announced that she was selling off her Spice Girls clothes in a charity auction. The PVC cat suit she used to wear was up for £5000 knee high boots for £1200 and the Union Jack dress she wore to the Brit Awards for £8000.
1998 – It is announced that Billy Joel has postponed the fall leg of his current world tour due to recurring throat problems.
1998 – Garth Brooks’ mother undergoes 12 hours of surgery to remove a cancerous growth in her throat. Colleen Brooks had not been able to eat solid food for several years because of her condition. The surgery is performed at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. All the cancer is successfully removed, and Ms. Brooks’ […]
1998 – Barbra Streisand gets down on her knees beside James Brolin to help draw the cover from her new husband’s new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1998 – A historic concert at the Miami Beach Convention Center is interrupted by a bomb threat during the opening performance by 90-year-old singer and Buena Vista Social Club member Compay Segundo. More than two dozen Cuban musicians are granted visas to perform Stateside at the show.