2003 – Linda Suffoletto, hospitalized following the Rhode Island nightclub fire set off by rock band Great White’s pyrotechnics, dies, bringing the death toll to 97. Sixty people remain hospitalized.
2003 – Jaered Andrews, a contestant on Fox’s American Idol, is charged with simple assault following a Nov. 2002 fight that ended in one man’s death. He is dropped from the show.
2003 – A lawyer for Great White’s tour manager says the band had permission from a Rhode Island nightclub to use pyrotechnics at their fatal Feb. 20 show. Ninety-six people died after the club caught fire. The Boston Herald reports the band’s record sales are up following the tragedy.
2003 – Otha Turner, one of the last exponents of North Mississippi’s pre-blues fife-anddrum tradition, dies in Gravel Springs, Miss., of pneumonia. He is 94.
2003 – Massive Attack principal 3-D (real name: Robert Del Naja) is arrested at his home in Bristol, England, in connection with downloading child pornography form the Internet. The 36-year-old musician is also questioned on an alleged discovery of class-A drugs _ believed to be ecstasy _ before being released.
2003 – A wig reported to cost $10,000 is stolen from Cher’s dressing room during the Richmond, Va., stop of her Living Proof tour. The wig is returned two weeks later.
2003 – Veteran rock band Fleetwood Mac previews a new song, “Peacekeeper,” on the NBC series “Third Watch.” The song, which premieres at the end of the episode, is off the group’s album “Say You Will.”
2003 – Norah Jones wins eight Grammys, including Album of the Year for Come Away With Me. At the show, Bruce Springsteen, “Little Steven” Van Zandt, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Tony Canal of No Doubt, and Elvis Costello perform The Clash’s “London Calling” as a tribute to the late Joe Strummer.