2008 – Behold, the video for AC/DC’s “Rock N’ Roll Train.” It has all the ingredients of an AC/DC video: Angus Young in a schoolboy outfit, fire, sweat and Brian Johnson wearing a vest, with footage of train crashes added for thematic continuity. “Rock N’ Roll Train” is the first single from the band’s upcoming […]
2008 – Unknown Mozart music found in French library The Associated Press , Paris | Thu, 09/18/2008 8:18 PM | Life A French library going through its archives has turned up a previously unknown piece of music by Mozart. Ulrich Leisinger, head of research at the International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, Austria, said Thursday […]
2008 – Gilmour’s tribute to Floyd star Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Syd Barrett and Richard Wright Gilmour said Wright (right) was “gentle, unassuming and private”. Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has praised late bandmate Richard Wright for his “vitality, spark and humour”. Writing on his website, Gilmour said he had “never played with anyone quite […]
2008 – Coldplay announced plans to release a new EP and album. Chris Martin said the band are planning two further releases including the full-length follow up to Viva La Vida, by the end of 2009. He told BBC 6 Music: “We’re going to put an EP out at Christmas called Prospects March and we’re […]
1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
FEATURED: Yaayo Gak! 1960 – Steve Vai: Widdlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddly-SCREECH! Yes, it’s happy birthday to Steve Vai, born today in Long Island, N.Y. this day in rock Guitar God History! Steven “Steve” Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York) is an American instrumental rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer. After starting his professional […]
2008 – Bo Diddly dies this day in rock history! The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock ’n’ roll whose distinctive “shave and a haircut, two bits” rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions of other musicians, died Monday after months of ill health. He was 79. Diddley died […]
2006 – American Idol contestant Derrell Brittenum surrenders to the Georgia police. Along with his twin brother Terrell, Brittenum performed on the hit show while being wanted on theft and forgery charges. Terrell and Derrell Brittenum caught in new ‘American Idol’ controversy By Christopher Rocchio, 01/17/2008 One American Idol mini-controversy apparently wasn’t enough for Terrell […]
2005 – Adding another chapter to her 2005 comeback story, Mariah Carey walks away the big winner at the third annual Vibe Awards. Carey nets artist of the year, album of the year (“The Emancipation of Mimi”), R&B voice of the year and best R&B song (“We Belong Together”).
2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile international artist to tour South Africa. Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper and actor signed to The Inc. and Universal Records formerly of Def Jam Recordings. A Hollis, New York native best-known for hits such […]
2002 – Radiohead and actor Ewan McGregor contribute voiceovers to an advertisement for anti-poverty charity War on Want that premieres today in the U.K.
2001 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif. The singer/guitarist began his career in 1949, when his Modern Records single “Boogie Chillen” became a No. 1 R&B hit. Lyrics: Boom boom boom boom I’m gonna shoot you right down, right offa your […]