2006 – Top of the Pops airs for the last time on BBC, after 42 years of broadcasting performances by the likes of The Rolling Stones, Madonna, David Bowie, Robbie Williams and Shakira.
2006 – The endlessly fascinating W. Axl Rose is forced to abandon a Guns N’ Roses show at London’s Wembley Arena due to “low blood pressure.” Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach takes his place for the encore.
2006 – Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson are married on a luxury yacht in San Tropez. Among the guests: Elton John’s partner David Furnish and camp photographer Dave LaChappelle. Funny how Hank Williams Jr. couldn’t make it.
2006 – Prince’s second wife Manuela Testolini Nelson filed for divorce. His first marriage, to dancer Mayte Garcia, took place in 1996 but only lasted two years.
2006 – Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger is arrested for drunk driving after being stopped swerving in Surrey, British Columbia.
2006 – Kazaa settles a lawsuit with the major record companies for $100 million. EMI Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group had sued the downloading service for copyright infringement.
2006 – Acclaimed jump-blues and R&B pianist/vocalist/songwriter Floyd Dixon, bestknown for the 1954 song
2006 – The hits comp Now That’s What I Call Music 22 stays atop the U.S. album charts for a second week. The highest new entry is Los Lonely Boys’ Sacred, which bows at No. 2.
2006 – Blues singer and guitarist Jessie Mae Hemphill, who made her recording debut in
2006 – Thom Yorke has more reasons to be unhappy. The Radiohead frontman’s solo disc The Eraser debuts at No. 2 in the U.S. album charts, right below hits compilation Now That’s What I Call Music.
2006 – Pamela Anderson tells her Web site that she’s become engaged to Kid Rock – for a second time. “I’m moving on … I feel like I’m finally free … I’m in love,” she dribbles.
2006 – Hunky Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and teen fantasy Carmen Electra announce they are splitting after three years of marriage. Their beautiful division is described as “amicable.”