2001 – Peter Buck, guitarist for R.E.M., pleads not guilty to a series of charges relating to an alleged “air rage” incident during a transatlantic flight in April. Buck, appearing at Isleworth Crown Court, is accused of assaulting two British Airways staffers, being drunk on board an aircraft, causing criminal damage and interfering with a […]
2001 – Presley Scott Harwell, son of Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell and Michelle Laroque, dies from complications due to acute lymphatic leukemia.
2001 – Leon Wilkeson, bassist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies in his sleep in his Jacksonville, Fla., home. He is 49. Wilkeson _ a member of the bluesy rock band since its early recordings _ stayed with the group after a 1977 plane crash killed vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and […]
2001 – Jazz tenor saxophonist Harold Land dies in Los Angeles after a stroke. He is 73. Land gained prominence in 1954 when he joined a quintet led by trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach. For many performers, working with a string section is a long-held dream. The lush backdrop warmly supports an instrumentalist […]
2001 – Mariah Carey checks herself into an undisclosed hospital, suffering from “extreme exhaustion.” She also pulls out of “MTV20: Live and Almost Legal,” the anniversary event she was due to headline August 1 in New York.
2001 – Blues singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt and former Doors drummer John Densmore are among activists arrested after a public protest in Itasca, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago. Raitt and Densmore join with other members of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) to demonstrate against the forest products company Boise Cascade Corporation, which RAN claims destroys […]
2001 – Insisting the imagery the band uses _ specifically its skeleton mascot “Vic Rattlehead” _ is unsuitable for the nation’s youth, Malaysian authorities ban veteran metal act Megadeth from performing in the country. The band planned to perform Aug. 2 at the Warp Club in the country’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, in support of […]
2001 – Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard is sentenced in a Queens, N.Y., courtroom to two to four years in prison after having pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in April.
2001 – Severe throat pain suffered by Deftones lead singer Chino Moreno scotches the band’s hometown appearance in Sacramento, Calif. Doctors order the singer _ who at one point is unable to speak _ not to use his voice for 24 to 48 hours.
2001 – Police pull the plug on rap group Insane Clown Posse’s concert in Toledo, Ohio, after more than 100 fans rush onto the stage. Authorities say they stopped the show because of safety concerns. Much of the band’s equipment is destroyed during the disturbance.
2001 – Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) dies at a Los Angeles hospital after a long fight with colon cancer. He is 35. Poetic had been at work on a new Gravediggaz album “Nightmare in A-Minor.” The set includes one track, “Burn Baby Burn,” which deals specifically with the artist’s cancer struggles.
2001 – Herman Brood, one of Holland’s best-known rock personalities commits suicide. He is 54. The singer/pianist/painter jumps from the roof of the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. On his body, police find a note saying people should make “a party out of it all.” The note goes on to say that Brood “didn’t feel like it […]