2000 – Latin jazz legend Tito Puente dies on the operating table of a New York hospital as a result of complications following 12 hours of open-heart surgery. He is 77.
2000 – Garbage’s Shirley Manson confesses to mutilating herself as a teenager. “I’m speaking out because I feel this problem is getting worse for kids,” she says.
2000 – During their first gig without guitarist Noel Gallagher, in Milan, singer Liam tells the audience, “Oasis are a f*cking band, not just one person.”
2000 – Tex Beneke, who took over the Glenn Miller Orchestra after the bandleader’s Deaths during World War II, dies at his home in Santa Ana. He is 86.
2000 – Britney Spears was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’. Sonique started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It Feels So Good’.
2000 – Paula Yates was awarded £400,000 ($680,000) in an out-of-court settlement from her boyfriend Michael Hutchence fortune. Hutchence had died in 1997 INXS singer Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney in 1997 aged 37.
2000 – Former Motley Crue drummer and Methods Of Mayhem frontman Tommy Lee is sentenced to five days in jail for violating his parole. Lee, who logged four months of a six-month sentence behind bars in 1998 for kicking his wife, “Baywatch” actress Pamela Anderson, also saw his probation extended until May 2003.
2000 – Drummer Tommy Lee was jailed for five days for drinking alcohol. Lee appeared in front of a LA court charged with violating his probation by consuming alcohol, an act that directly contravenes the terms of his parole.
2000 – Wilson Pickett collects three W.C. Handy Awards during the Blues Foundation’s ceremony at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis. The veteran R&B singer’s set “It’s Harder Now” is named soul/blues album of the year and comeback album of the year, and Pickett takes honors for soul/blues male artist of the year.
2000 – The 21st annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards are webcast live via the House Of Blues website.
2000 – Paul McCartney wins the ultimate accolade from Britain’s music industry when he is awarded the first Fellowship of the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters Award during the annual Ivor Novello awards in London.
2000 – In Houston, Eddie Van Halen is tested for cancer at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The hospital says that the tests are routine, and that the guitarist is not ill.