1999 – London’s High Court rejects a claim by three former members of the pop group Spandau Ballet for hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties from the band’s former songwriter. The judge says he finds it “unconscionable” for singer Tony Hadley, drummer John Keeble and sax player Steve Norman to claim large sums in […]
1999 – Darrell Sweet, the drummer for Scottish rock group Nazareth, suffers a fatal heart attack as the band arrives at an amphitheater in New Albany, Ind., to begin the second leg of its U.S. tour. He is 51.
1999 – It is announced that drummer Tommy Lee has quit Motley Crue to devote time to his new band and family, following his reunion with Pamela Anderson Lee. Lee’s new band is called Methods of Mayhem.
1999 – The results of a study on the occurrence of drug references in movies and music are released by the Clinton Administration’s top drug enforcement officials. The study finds that 27% of the most popular sound recordings from 1996 and 1997 “contained a clear reference to either alcohol or illicit drugs.
1999 – Shock rocker Marilyn Manson cuts short his concert in Des Moines, Iowa and abruptly walks off stage when he realizes someone stuck a large yellow “smiley face” on one of his stage props. The resulting rowdiness ends in 23 arrests.
1999 – Members of the British band the Verve release a statement which claims they have mutually agreed to split.
1999 – Trumpeter Al Hirt, 67, dies in New Orleans of liver failure. Hirt, who began his career with Benny Goodman and Jimmy & Tommy Dorsey and was frequently partnered with clarinetist Pete Fountain, became a successful Dixieland bandleader and a ubiquitous TV performer during the ’60s.
1999 – R.E.M. makes its television series debut on FOX’s “Party Of Five.” The episode features Claudia (Lacey Shabert) and her boyfriend Cody (Chad Todhunter) at a concert by the band.
1999 – It is announced that Lollapalooza, the popular festival concert from years past has had the plug pulled for the second consecutive year. Organizers cite lack of a strong enough lineup, and not wanting to taint the festival’s name with a substandard bill as reasons for the cancellation.
1999 – At a news conference in Los Angeles, it is announced that previously unreleased tracks from Alanis Morissette and Tori Amos are to be offered via the Internet in conjunction with a promotion of their forthcoming tour sponsored by controversial digital music provider MP3.com and retailer Best Buy.
1999 – All the proceeds from Jay-Z’s Hard Knock Life concert performance at Denver Coliseum are donated to the families of the Columbine High School shooting victims. DMX, a featured performer on the tour, donates his proceeds as well.
1999 – A-list film composers Philip Glass (“The Truman Show”) and James Horner (“Deep Impact,” “The Mask of Zorro”) are among those honored at ASCAP’s 14th annual Film and Television Awards gala at the Beverly Hilton.