2004 – Punk band The Vandals perform a New Year’s Eve show to the 3rd Brigade of the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division inside Baghdad’s Green Zone.
2004 – The Who’s Roger Daltrey is made a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music and charity work.
2004 – Eminem’s Encore reclaims the No. 1 albums spot from Tupac’s Loyal to the Game. The highest new entry is rapper Mannie Fresh, whose The Mind of Mannie bows at No. 59. In case you were wondering what was on Mannie’s mind, one of the tracks is called “Pu**y Power.”
2004 – U2’s Bono is the guest editor for the day on BBC Radio 4’s flagship news program, Today. Among the features, British chancellor Gordon Brown addresses the problem of world poverty and a report traces Riverdance’s Islamic roots.
2004 – Masters of Reality’s Chris Goss is rushed to the hospital after suffering an internal infection. The L.A. singer/guitarist/producer has also worked with Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Stone Temple Pilots and Screaming Trees.
2004 – Hank Garland, a guitarist who played with Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline among others, dies from a staph infection in Florida. He was 74. Garland enjoyed his own million-selling single with “Sugar Foot Rag” when he was 19.
2004 – A man is killed and another wounded in a shooting outside a New York nightclub hosting a party for rapper Ja Rule. The incident comes one week after a man was shot at a similar Ja Rule affair in Peoria, Ill.
2004 – Band Aid 20 hold the UK No. 1 spot for a third week with their remake of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Robbie Williams also remains top of the albums chart with his greatest hits disc.
2004 – R&B singer Mario tops the American singles chart with “Let Me Love You,” knocking Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot” to No. 2.
2004 – He’s been dead for nearly eight years, but you can’t keep a rapping corpse down. Tupac tops the charts with Loyal to the Game, his Eminem-assisted album of posthumous freestyling. The second highest new entry is Ashanti’s Concrete Rose, which bows at No. 7.
2004 – A man is shot during an after-party for Ja Rule in Peoria, Ill. The evening was also marred by a scuffle that broke out after someone threw a drink in the Murder Inc. rapper’s face.
2004 – Chicago bluesman Son Seals dies from diabetes complications. He was 62. As well as becoming a mainstay of the Alligator label, the singer-guitarist played with Albert King and Earl Hooker.