1998 – Eddie Nichols, singer for swing band Royal Crown Revue, is arrested in Toledo, Ohio, for allegedly punching a sheriff in a diner. Nichols is charged with a felony and held without bail over a weekend.
1998 – Still on the road, Bob Dylan plays Duluth, Minn., in what is generally considered a homecoming gig for the former Hibbing resident.
1998 – Robert E. True, guitarist with the Vagabonds, a musical group of the 1950s, dies of skin cancer. He is 85.
1998 – Rap star Coolio pleads not guilty to concealed weapon and marijuana possession charges in Torrance, Calif. Coolio (Artis Ivey) had been arrested on the charges the preceding month.
1998 – Kiss members Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick are sued for copyright infringement over the song “Dreamin’,” which the suit alleges sounds too similar to the Alice Cooper hit “Eighteen.”
1998 – Aerosmith Webcast their concert in Holmdel, N.J. The band members are their own cameramen, with Steven Tyler having a microwave camera on his mike stand and guitarist Joe Perry carrying one attached to his guitar neck.
1998 – The Wilkinsons make their first official appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. They had made an informal appearance on the Opry once before, when they joined Vince Gill onstage before they had a record deal.
1998 – Puff Daddy plays his first-ever U.K. show at the official opening of the new London venue Sound Republic in Leicester Square. The invitation-only event is broadcast live by MTV U.K.
1998 – MCA Records Inc. files a breach-of-contract lawsuit against New Edition members Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Ricardo Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronald DeVoe for alleged failure to deliver albums.
1998 – B.B. King picks up a lifetime achievement award at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1998 – The Frasier Fair – a definite male response to the ever-increasing popularity of the Lilith Fair – kicks off in San Diego with founder Steve Poltz, John Doe, ex-Toad the Wet Sprocket member Glen Phillips, and Pete Droge. The festival is named after the title character of the contemporary NBC Sitcom “Frasier” who, […]
1998 – Columbia finally releases Bob Dylan’s historic 1966 “Judas” concert from Manchester, England’s Free Trade Hall as The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The “Royal Albert Hall Concert.”