2001 – Having fully recovered from the flu that forced her to restructure the North American tour in support of her third Jive album, “Britney,” Britney Spears’ tour kicks off in Washington, D.C.
2001 – Tim Booth announces that James’ forthcoming U.K. tour is to be his last with the band. With 11 albums and 20 top-40 U.K. singles under its belt with Booth at the helm, the Manchester-based group’s remaining members plan to continue making music together following the singer’s departure.
2001 – Songstress Barbra Streisand releases her first holiday album in 34 years, Christmas Memories. The album is the artists first studio release since 1999’s “A Love Like Ours.”
2001 – Musician/poet Gil Scott-Heron is sentenced to one to three years in state prison in a New York court, after he failed to appear at an Oct. 1 hearing regarding the mandatory drug rehabilitation required by his plea bargain on an earlier drug possession charge.
2001 – Henry Berthold “Spike” Robinson, a Britain-based American Saxophonist admired for his liquid tone and lyrical verve, dies at the age of 71.
2001 – The Beastie Boys play their first show in more than two-and-a-half years at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, at the first of two New Yorkers Against Violence benefits, which the rap trio organized.
2001 – More than 22,000 friends, neighbors and fans turn out for Tim McGraw’s eighth annual Swampstock, held in his hometown of Rayville, La. Proceeds from the day benefit local youth sports organizations, scholarship funds and the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit fund.
2001 – Lonestar frontman Richie McDonald runs in the 26th annual Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. McDonald raises over $1,000 in pledge money for patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
2001 – Courtney Love plays her first-ever solo show at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, Calif.
2001 – Dave Matthews Band release Live in Chicago 12-19-98 at the United Center. True to form, the album indeed turns out to be a live concert recorded at Chicago’s United Center!
2001 – R.E.M. plays a surprise show at Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe, which guitarist Peter Buck co-owns with his wife, Stephanie Dorgan.
2001 – The Rev. Howard Finster _ a folk artist who created sermons in paint that were featured on the covers of rock albums and in galleries worldwide _ dies of congestive heart failure at the age of 84.