1999 – Jean-Michel Jarre announces during a press conference at the Cairo Opera House that he has been commissioned by the Egyptian government to create and perform “The Twelve Dreams Of The Sun,” a three-act “electronic opera” to mark the millennium night in the Egyptian desert.
1999 – Atlanta declares today ZZ Top Day. The band is actually from El Paso, Texas.
1999 – Deep Purple play London’s Royal Albert Hall accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
1999 – Kenny Rogers announces he’s putting his 360-acre Beaver Dam Farms estate in Georgia up for auction.
1999 – Hank Williams is the subject of the first-ever country music symposium at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. “A Tribute To Hank Williams” begins with Lucinda Williams, Kim Richey, Kathy Mattea, and Steve Earle performing the works of the late country music godfather.
1999 – Garbage’s Shirley Manson unveils her own line of lip gloss. The shade is described as “a cross between raspberry and plum with a pearlized twist.” A little like Ms. Manson’s lyrics, really. Coolio appears on TV’s Judge Joe to settle a financial matter with his backing band the Wyld Bunch. Joe ruled the […]
1999 – Vince Gill competes with himself in the vocal event category at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville. Gill is up with Patty Loveless for “My Kind of Woman/My Kind of Man,” and with Sara Evans for “No Place that Far.”
1999 – Diana Ross is held in police custody at London’s Heathrow Airport for several hours following an incident involving a member of the airport’s security staff. Ross is arrested then cautioned and released following an allegation of assault on a female security officer during routine security checks prior to boarding a plane.
1999 – There’s a temporary Clash reunion as Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, and Paul Simonon are all seen in the same room at the same time, at the London premiere of the Clash documentary Westway to the World.
1999 – Bono meets the pope at the Vatican. The pope offers his support for Bono’s Third World-debt-ending initiative Jubilee 2000. He also steals the U2 singer’s sunglasses.
1999 – Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails earns the first No. 1 in its career, as “The Fragile” debuts at the top of The Chart Toppers 200, easily outpacing all other competitors in a market crowded with new releases.
1999 – “Reverb,” HBO’s live music show, debuts with performances from Alanis Morissette and Everlast.