1999 – Marilyn Manson files a defamation countersuit against former Spin executive editor Craig Marks. Manson’s action is in response to a multimillion-dollar suit Marks filed the month before against defendants that included the singer, label Nothing/Interscope, and Manson’s bodyguard agency.
1999 – Pop star turned disc jockey Bob Geldof, organizer of Live Aid, wins substantial but undisclosed damages from the Sun newspaper in London in a libel case over a story in which it falsely alleges that he had “groped, fondled and kissed” a nightclub stripper.
1999 – More than 9.1 million viewers tune in to the Brit Awards broadcast on the U.K.’s ITV commercial network.
1999 – Written off by some quarters of the British music industry three years ago, Robbie Williams scoops up three trophies at the annual Brit Awards. The ex-Take That member picks up the coveted awards for best male British solo artist, best British single (“Angels”) and best British video (for the single “Millennium”).
1999 – Rap star Ol’ Dirty Bastard is arrested in Hollywood for allegedly wearing body armor – a forbidden garment because of his previous arrests. ODB is initially pulled over for driving erratically.
1999 – Aretha Franklin issues a statement taking responsibility for a “handful of suits for a small fraction out of the 99.9% of people who (she has) paid responsibly and in a timely way.” She attacks as “malicious and vicious” a story in the Detroit Free Press saying that 30 lawsuits have been filed against […]
1999 – Hip-hop act Petter and the Cardigans sweep the 1998 Swedish Grammis awards at the Kungliga Tennishallen in Stockholm.
1999 – The Deftones, on the final stop of their tour opening for Black Sabbath, find that their truck has been stolen from the parking lot of the Holiday Inn in Dearborn, Mich. Taken are all of the band’s backline equipment and instruments, including several of Chi Chings’ Precision Fender Bass guitars, and Stephen Carpenter’s […]
1999 – Doug Weston, who operated L.A. club the Troubadour, dies in a local hospital after a bout of pneumonia. He is 72. During the ’60s and ’70s, the Troubadour was one of the city’s prime talent showcases.
1999 – Lenny Kravitz scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Fly Away.’ The track had been used on a TV ad for cars.
1999 – Tornadoes earlier in the week force a CD manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, Ill., to shut down production of Steve Wariner’s single, “Two Teardrops.” But the Capitol Nashville promotion team comes through, persuading two manufacturing plants to press