2001 – 69-year-old country legend Johnny Cash is released from Nashville’s Baptist Hospital after a two-week stay, during which time he was treated for bronchitis.
2001 – Luciano Pavarotti is acquitted of tax evasion in a trial in his home town of Modena, Italy. The opera star, who was accused of owing the government $18 million for income earned from 1989-95, faced a nominal 18-month prison sentence.
2001 – Mexican singer Paulina Rubio, whose languishing career made a spectacular comeback with her 2000 release, “Paulina,” is the big winner at the third annual El Premio de la Gente Ritmo Latino Music Awards. Rubio wins for album of the year and best female artist of the year, while her hit “Y Yo Sigo […]
2001 – Chart-topping rapper Jay-Z pleads guilty in a New York court to stabbing producer Lance “Un” Rivera in a December 1999 incident.
2001 – Jazz vocalist Etta Jones dies of cancer in New York, the same day HighNote releases her album “Etta Jones Sings Lady Day.” She is 72.
2001 – two security guards were sacked after refusing to allow Bob Dylan into his own concert. Dylan who had demanded that security on his ‘Love and Theft’ tour should be tighter than ever didn’t have a pass when he arrived backstage.
2001 – Complaining of tightness in his chest, and under the advice of his doctor, Merle Haggard cancels the balance of his U.S. touring plans through Nov. 3. Haggard has a history of coronary artery disease.
2001 – Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland quits the band. A post on the group’s Web site states, “Limp Bizkit and Wes Borland have amicably decided to part ways. Both Limp Bizkit and Borland will continue to pursue their respective musical careers.”
2001 – Boy band 98° are sued by their former management company Top 40 Entertainment, which alleges it plucked the quintet from obscurity and then saw its contract wrongfully terminated.
2001 – U2 kicks off the third leg of its Elevation tour in South Bend, Ind., and invites the world to join them for free. The show is Webcast via RealNetworks and European Internet communications company Tiscali and is available to U.S. residents through the band’s Web site U2.com.
2001 – London’s Royal Albert Hall is reminiscent of a bygone age as former boy-band sensation Robbie Williams entertains an adoring sell-out crowd with his versions of swing classics from his latest album “Swing When You’re Winning.”
2001 – U2 frontman Bono, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, and electronica maven Moby make unannounced appearances in New York, at the second of two anti-violence benefit concerts organized by the Beastie Boys.