1998 – It is announced that a 53-year-old Englishwoman by the name of Ingrid Pedersen has declared herself John Lennon’s half-sister. “Now at last I can admit who I am – the little sis John loved but could never find,” she says. Birth and adoption certificates appear to show she was born in Liverpool to […]
1998 – Country comedian Jerry Clower, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, dies following bypass surgery in Jackson, Miss. He is 71. The pride of Yazoo City, Miss., Clower becomes famous for his humorous tales of rural Southern life.
1998 – Actor Jim Carrey launches an unexpected musical direction when he joins Elton John onstage in Anaheim, Calif., to sing “Rocket Man.”
1998 – Garth Brooks pledges to return to South America after his first concert on the continent draws a sold-out crowd of 50,000 to the Estadia Rezacao during the Rodeo Barretos in Brazil.
1998 – Journey played its first live show with new lead singer, Steve Augeri, in Kentucky, in 1998. They had also just recently released the single, “Remember Me,” which can be found on the Armageddon soundtrack. The group now fronted by Augeri, Steve Perry’s replacement, has released several Journey projects since then.
1998 – Rape charges against rapper DMX (Earl Simmons) are dropped after test results reveal that the DNA from his blood does not match that of the semen found at the crime scene. Upon announcing the findings, the judge dismisses all seven counts of felony sexual assault filed June 18 against the rapper.
1998 – What some refer to as “Lilith Lite,” the Suffragette Sessions Tour begins at the State Theater in Portland, Maine, with Indigo Girls, Gail Ann Dorsey, Lisa Germano, Lourdes Perez, Kate Schellenbach of Luscious Jackson, Jane Siberry, Jean Smith of Mecca Normal, Ann Wilson of Heart, Joshephine Wiggs of Breeders, Thalia Zedek of Come, […]
1998 – Belgian impresario and concert promoter Freddy Cousaert dies of heart failure after a bicycle accident. He is 61. Cousaert plays a key role in the revival of the late Marvin Gaye’s career in 1981-82 when the singer temporarily relocates to Belgium.
1998 – Carlos Santana’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is unveiled near the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea.
1998 – Pete Townshend performs to a SRO crowd at the Chicago House of Blues in a benefit concert that raised about $300,000 in proceeds for Maryville Academy, a residential child-care facility for abused or neglected children.
1998 – PBS premiers a documentary on Robbie Robertson’s Indian heritage. “Robbie Robertson: Making A Noise – A Native American Musical Journey” features tracks from the artist’s current Capitol release, “Contact From The Underworld of Redboy,” as well as footage of him in concert and in the studio. Robertson, who earlier in the year was […]
1998 – Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev is among the 15,000 visitors at the 10th Popkomm music fair. Gorbachev promotes the album “Russian Memories” by Ermitage, a.k.a. Munich-based Hungarian composer Leslie Mandoki. Sales of the CD benefit Gorbachev’s Green Cross charity, which supports humanitarian and ecological projects.