2004 – Simon & Garfunkel wrap up the European leg of their reunion tour with a free gig at Rome’s Coliseum that attracts 600,000 fans.
2004 – Isley Brothers singer Ronald Isley, who also performs as “Mr. Biggs,” suffers a minor stroke while in London.
2004 – Bobby Gillespie, singer with British rock band Primal Scream, is awarded undisclosed damagers in a libel suit against a tabloid that alleged he was having an affair with supermodel Kate Moss. Moss duetted with the band on a version of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood’s “Some Velvet Morning.”
2004 – The second highest new entry in U.S. album charts is Van Halen’s new hits collection The Best of Both Worlds, which lands at No. 3.
2004 – Diana DeGarmo suffers a fall on stage in Grand Rapids, Mich., during the American Idol summer tour. The televised talent competition’s third-season runner-up is singing Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” when she tumbles down a long flight of stairs. The artist finishes the song but does not return for the rest of the show.
2004 – Courtney Love is sentenced to 18 months probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge. She is also ordered to attend rehab.
2004 – One of South Africa’s most respected bass players and songwriters, Sipho Gumede, dies in a Durban hospital following his admission for internal bleeding. He is
2004 – The Darkness return to their old school in Lowestoft, England, to open a new music center. They also take part in a Q&A session with pupils.
2004 – Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution tour kicks off in Cincinnati. Among the performers in the package jaunt are Snoop Dogg, Korn, the Used, Less Than Jake, Ghostface and Funeral for a Friend.
2004 – Courtney Love turns herself in at a Los Angeles police station. The aging grunge princess became a wanted woman after failing to appear at arraignment to respond to a charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon.
2004 – Black Sabbath remove images from a film that plays during their Ozzfest set associating George W. Bush with Hitler after drummer Bill Ward posts his disapproval on his Web site.
2004 – Jimmy Buffett tops the U.S. album charts with License to Chill. No, this is not a gag. The Roots have the second highest debut, with the Phillie hip-hop band’s The Tipping Point tipping at No. 4.