1999 – Public TV performance series “Sessions At West 54th” debuts John Hiatt as its new host, replacing David Byrne. Person John Hiatt Right click for SmartMenu shortcuts
1999 – In an unfortunate case of history repeating, East Village art-rockers Jon Spencer Blues Explosion finds that its equipment has been stolen. The theft, which occurs in Vancouver, echoes that of N.Y. avant-garde rockers Sonic Youth, who had a van full of their vintage and customized gear stolen from outside their hotel room in […]
1999 – MP3.com goes public with an IPO. The stock price soars, making spokesperson Alanis Morissette worth nearly $42 million. She later sells off a portion of her holding in the company after the stock’s value dips.
1999 – In his speech at the 4th annual Plug.In music and technology conference, Public Enemy rapper Chuck D sings the praises of the coming digital download age.
1999 – “Weird Al” Yankovic kicks off his Running With Scissors tour in Green Bay, Wis.
1999 – They Might Be Giants release their new album “Long Tall Weekend” exclusively in the MP3 format. Visitors to e-tailer EMusic can download the entire album for $8.99 or individual tracks for .99 each.
1999 – The Artist Formerly Known As Prince steals the show at the second annual Yahoo! Internet Life Awards, held at Studio 54 in New York. He wins best Internet-only single (“War”) and leads an impromptu musical reunion that features James Brown saxophonist Maceo Parker and four members of Sly & the Family Stone.
1999 – Dr. Dre (Andre Young) files suit against Priority Records and Deaths Row Records, alleging that the recent Priority-distributed Deaths Row album “The Chronic
1999 – Radney Foster becomes a new dad. The Arista Austin recording artist and former member of Foster & Lloyd and his wife, Cyndi Hoezle are the parents of baby boy, Jackson Butterfield Foster.
1999 – Haroon Shamsher, who with his brother Farook, was the mainstay of Joi, a leading British-Asian fusion group and sound system, dies of a heart attack. He is 33.
1999 – BBC Radio 1 hip-hop DJ Tim Westwood is shot in a drive-by shooting in London. He is reported in stable condition the following day.
1999 – Rock drummer Tommy Lee is congratulated by a judge for abstaining from drugs and alcohol while on probation for spousal abuse. As wife Pamela Anderson Lee looks on, the former Motley Crue drummer is told by the Malibu judge that he is “entitled to more confidence,” and that Lee will now be allowed […]