2007 – Bill Pinkney, the last surviving member of the original Drifters passed away on July 4th from unknown causes. He was 81. He’s up on the roof now! God Bless!
2006 – Ronnie James Dio announce he’s reuniting with his old Black Sabbath chums–Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward–as Heaven and Hell.
2006 – Bill Miller, who played piano with Frank Sinatra’s combo for over 40 years, dies aged 91. You can hear him tickling the ivories on evergreens like “My Way,” “Strangers in the Night” and “Young at Heart.”
2006 – Robert Plant leads the bill for a June 23 benefit concert for Love principal Arthur Lee, who is battling leukemia.
2005 – R.E.M. reunite with drummer Bill Berry at a roadie’s wedding, and play an 8-song set to the crowd at Kingpins Bowl and Brew in Athens, Ga. Berry left the band in 1997.
2005 – Marc Cohn survived being shot in the head during an attempted car jacking as he left a concert in Denver, Colorado. Cohn was struck in the temple by the bullet but it did not penetrate his skull. Police said a man tried to commandeer Cohn’s tour van as it left after a show, […]
2005 – Onstage in Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen takes a stand against hunger by donating all of the proceeds from a tour rehearsal show to World Hunger Year (WHY), which was co-founded in 1975 by late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin and Bill Ayres.
2005 – Danny Sugerman, longtime manager of the Doors, dies in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He is 50. Daniel Stephen Sugerman (aka Danny; October 11, 1954 – January 5, 2005) was the second manager of the Los Angeles based rock band The Doors, and wrote several books about Jim Morrison and […]
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 – A segment of Interstate 85 is declared “The Alan Jackson Highway” during a ceremony in the artist’s hometown, Newnan, Ga. The bill renaming the stretch of roadway between Palmetto and Highway 154, about an hour southwest of Atlanta, was introduced the previous fall and was subsequently signed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
2004 – Rascal Flatts kicks off its tour in Kalamazoo, Mich., without Chris Cagle. Cagle is pulled off of the bill due to “extreme vocal rest” ordered by his doctor. The country artist is ordered to refrain from singing and speaking through June 1, 2004 after being diagnosed as having a polyp, an unspecified lesion, […]
2004 – James Lawrence, guitarist with Hope of the States, is found hanged at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios near Bath, where the UK art rockers were finishing work on their debut album. He was 26. HOPE OF the States, for whom James Lawrence played guitar, was one of a new generation of British bands […]