2004 – ’80s Latina superstar Gloria Estefan (“Bad Boys”) announces she will permanently retire from the road at the end of her Live and Re-Wrapped Tour.
2004 – David Bowie cancels the remainder of his Reality tour after suffering a pinched nerve in his shoulder.
2004 – Pete Doherty was sacked from The Libertines due to his well known addiction problems specifically with crack cocaine and heroin.
2004 – Kinks founder member Dave Davies was left paralysed on the right-hand side of his body after suffering a stroke. The 57-year-old guitarist and brother of fellow Kinks star Ray Davies had been promoting his solo material when he collapsed.
2004 – Courtney Love was reprimanded by Los Angeles Judge Melissa Jackson for turning up five hours late to a hearing. Love pleaded guilty to a single charge of disorderly conduct and was given a discharge, on condition she paid the victim’s medical bills, joins a drug programme and stayed out of trouble.
2004 – With two awards apiece, Beyonce, OutKast and Usher headed the winners’ circle at the BET Awards.
2004, Beastie Boys were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘To The 5 Boroughs.’ the rappers fourth US No.1. Mike Skinner scored his first UK No.1 album when The Streets album ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’ went to the top of the charts.
2004 – UK prog rockers Muse play the biggest show of their careers when they headline the Sunday night at Glastonbury Festival. The gig is marred by tragedy when drummer Dominic Howard’s father dies backstage shortly afterwards.
2004 – Ex-Smiths singer Morrissey kicks off his live solo comeback with the first of five sold-out shows at New York’s Apollo Theatre. His set includes the Smiths songs “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” and “Hand in Glove.”
2004 – Willie Nelson is joined by Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Jerry Lee Lewis, Al Green, Kid Rock, Toby Keith and Merle Haggard at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre to tape a concert special for USA Network.
2004 – Elvin Ray Jones, a jazz drummer who played with John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, dies of heart failure in Englewood, N.J. He was 76. He can be heard to excellent effect on Coltrane’s A Love Supreme.
2004 – a Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed “Blackie” sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 (£564,412) in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998.