1998 – Kiss kicks off its Psycho-Circus tour with a Halloween extravaganza in Los Angeles that dazzles thousands of fans, many of whom arrive in costumes. Appropriately enough, the Smashing Pumpkins opens the show.
1998 – The creepy Fox show Millennium gets even creepier. Kiss guest-star on the show both with and without makeup.
1998 – David Bowie kicks off a contest on his Web site Bowienet.com, asking users to help him finish writing the lyrics for the song “What’s Really Happening.” All references to laughing gnomes are immediately discarded, and the eventual winner is 20-year-old Alex Grant.
1998 – Three ex-members of the San Francisco punk band the Dead Kennedys sue former lead singer Jello Biafra (Eric Reed Boucher), claiming he diverted money owed to his bandmates for his own use. The action is filed by East Bay Ray (Ray Pepperell), Klaus Flouride (Geoffrey Lyall), and D.H. Peligro (Darren Henley). The suit […]
1998 – Singer/guitarist Brian Setzer files suit against Ken Kinnally, a former member of Setzer’s pre-Stray Cats group the Bloodless Pharaohs. Setzer alleges that, without his knowledge or consent, Kinnally licensed 1978 studio tracks and 1979 live recordings to Collectibles Records, which issued an album titled “Brian Setzer & the Bloodless Pharaohs.”
1998 – The Recording Industry Association of America is dealt a blow in its battle against the maker of a device that plays music downloaded from the Internet using a technology called MP3, when a federal judge refuses to issue an injunction against the sale of the device.
1998 – Singer/songwriter Eros Ramazzotti celebrates his 35th Birthdays Oct. 26 with the global release of his album “Eros Live,” featuring 15 tracks recorded during his 1997-98 worldwide tour.
1998 – Shock-rock glam band Marilyn Manson kicks off its highly anticipated Mechanical Animals tour in Kansas City, Mo., without incident. Civic leaders from Syracuse, N.Y., however, immediately begin raising objections to the scheduled concert in their hometown a month later.
1998 – President Clinton announces that Fats Domino, folk singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, and opera singer Roberta Peters are to be among the dozen 1998 winners of the National Medal of Arts.
1998 – John Michael Montgomery raises over $14,000 for the Jessamine Humane Society at his Putt for Paws golf tournament and concert. “We have a moral obligation to take care of these homeless animals,” Montgomery says. “After all, we domesticated them.”
1998 – R.E.M. plays an exclusive concert for BBC Radio 1 at the Radio Theater at Broadcasting House in London for an audience primarily consisting of fan club members and contest winners.
1998 – A federal judge in St. Louis rules that the Fort Zumwalt High School marching band will not be allowed to play Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” in its ’60s medley. The song had been banned by the high school superintendent on the grounds it promoted drug use. Come to think of it, a brass-heavy […]