2003 – Hundreds of fans attempt to gatecrash Jay-Z’s farewell gig at Madison Square Garden in New York. Six people are arrested for disorderly conduct.
2003 – Meat Loaf, 56, is said by his record company to be recovering from heart surgery after collapsing onstage in England. He was treated for Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, which causes an irregular heartbeat.
2003 – Country/pop legend Glen Campbell (“Rhinestone Cowboy”), 67, is arrested for extreme drunk driving and hit and run in Pheonix, Ariz. He allegedly knees a police officer while resisting arrest.
2003 – Agrarian rockers British Sea Power cancel their show in Buckinghamshire, England, after bassist Hamilton falls out of a tree and sprains his wrist.
2003 – The original members of Motley Crue announce they’re reforming for their first tour together in five years. Nikki Sixx admits Tommy Lee and Vince Neil have yet to speak to each other.
2003 – Time Warner agrees to sell its Warner Music business to a group led by media mogul Edgar Bronfman Jr. for $2.6 billion. Warner Music artists include Madonna and R.E.M.
2003 – Michael Jackson’s Number Ones album went to number one in the UK. In the US it entered the chart at number 13 and quickly dropped out of the Top 50.
2003 – ZZ Top become the final rock band to play their hometown’s legendary venue, the Houston Compaq Center. The trio first played there in November 1975.
2003 – Wyonna Judd marries her bodyguard D. R. Roach in a private ceremony in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. Attendees include her mother Naomi and sister Ashley Judd.
2003 – American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken serves as grand marshal for his hometown Raleigh, N.C.’s Christmas parade.
2003 – The Polyphonic Spree headline Los Angeles radio station KCRW’s Sounds Eclectic fundraiser. Also performing at the concert are Beck, Jurassic 5, Liz Phair and Damien Rice.
2003 – Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst requires seven stitches to his face after being hit by a flying object during the New York stop of their Back 2 Basics tour with Korn.