2003 – Madonna says she’s not releasing her “American Life” video “Due to the volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect to the armed forces.” The video featured a camo-clad Material Girl tossing grenades at a fashion runway.
2003 – The new Radiohead album Hail to the Thief appears online three months before it’s due in stores. Posting on the Oxford band’s Web site guitarist Jonny Greenwood says he’s “bemused, not annoyed” by the leak. He denies the album title refers to George W. Bush.
2003 – John Lennon’s childhood home at 251 Menlove Avenue in Liverpool is opened to the public. Yoko Ono is on hand for the festivities and tells reporters Lennon would have been against the war in Iraq.
2003 – Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler’s actress daughter Liv marries her longtime boyfriend, Royston Langdon of New York rockers Spacehog, in the Caribbean.
2003 – The TRL audience think, “Who’s that old man?” when Ringo Starr makes an appearance in the studio. When Carson Daly asks the Beatle’s drummer how he writes songs, he replies, “Slowly. In English.”
2003 – Both R.E.M. and Lenny Kravitz post anti-war songs online for download. Michael Stipe says “The Final Straw” “is the strongest voice I could think of to send out there,” while Kravitz’s “We Want Peace” features Iraqi singing star Kadim Al Sahir.