2006 – Courtney Love sells off part of her stake in the Nirvana song catalog to primary Wave Music Publishing. “We’re going to take Nirvana to places it’s never been before,” Love says. Like Coke commercials.
2006 – Led Zeppelin: A man is removed from a flight to London on suspicion of terrorism after a taxi driver reports he was listening to The Clash’s “London’s Burning” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” on his way to the airport. Harraj Mann is released without charge.
2006 – Galway singer Julie Feeney is the surprise winner of Ireland’s inaugural Choice Music Prize, announced during a ceremony at Dublin’s Vicar Street music.
2006 – “loudQuietloud: A Film About the Pixies” premieres during the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. Directed by Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin for New York-based Stick Figure Productions, the documentary chronicles the Pixies’ year-long reunion tour which began in 2004, starting with the first rehearsals and ending with the band’s quiet […]
2006 – Pete Wells, slide guitarist and one of the founders of Australian power blues band Rose Tattoo, dies in a Sydney hospital. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002 and had spent the previous five weeks in the hospital. He is 59.
2006 – Former Village People policeman Victor Willis was arrested in San Francisco, California, after he disappeared from a drug and gun trial. Police had charged Willis with being in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in July 2005. He would later be sentenced to three years’ probation after he agreed to enter a treatment […]
2006 – Swell Maps frontman Nikki Sudden dies after a show at New York’s Knitting Factory. He is 49. Cause of Deaths is an enlarged heart.
2006 – readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles by its UK readers
2006 – U2’s The Edge donated his favourite guitar a 1975 Gibson Les Paul to a charity he co-founded to replace instruments lost or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina hit the US.
2006 – Singer Pio Leiva, a Cuban music legend of the 20th century who formed part of the Grammy-winning “Buena Vista Social Club,” dies in Havana of a heart attack. The 88-year-old had suffered a brain hemorrhage the preceding week.
2006 – Sean Paul tops the U.S. singles chart with “Temperature.” The highest new entry is Pearl Jam’s “World Wide Suicide,” which debuts at No. 41.
2006 – Aerosmith cancel their North American tour as Steven Tyler enters hospital for throat surgery. A publicist denies the singer is suffering from throat cancer.