2003 – Billy Corgan announces his post-Smashing Pumpkins project Zwan are no more. “”There’s not enough time to tell you what happened” he says.
2003 – Billy Joel was airlifted to hospital after his car smashed into a tree. The singer lost control of his Mercedes S500 and skidded for 100 yards before crashing. The accident happened in The Hamptons, New York.
2002 – The Who’s John Entwistle is found dead in his hotel room in Las Vegas. He has cocaine in his system, and the Deaths is ruled accidental. He is 57. John Alec Entwistle (October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002) was an English bass guitarist, songwriter, singer, and horn player, who was best known […]
2001 – Guitarist William Lewis (Billy) Byrd dies in Nashville of natural causes. He is 81. Byrd is known as one of the first to introduce electric guitar to country music.
2001 – Jazz tenor saxophonist Harold Land dies in Los Angeles after a stroke. He is 73. Land gained prominence in 1954 when he joined a quintet led by trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach. For many performers, working with a string section is a long-held dream. The lush backdrop warmly supports an instrumentalist […]
2000 – Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper, Patti Smith, and Company Flow are among the entertainers on hand at New York’s Madison Square Garden, adding some musical muscle to a rally for Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader. The event draws a sold-out crowd of 18,000 that include the Beastie Boys’ Adam […]
2000 – Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins announces that the Seattle-based rock group will officially break up at year’s end. Corgan claims that he and his bandmates are tired of “fighting the good fight against the Britneys of the world.” Too bad Billy… I’d rather listen to you anyday of the week than Britney […]
1999 – At this year’s American Music Awards, Billy Joel receives the Special Award of Merit and Blondie perform “No Exit” with rapping assistance from Coolio.
1998 – It is announced that Billy Joel has postponed the fall leg of his current world tour due to recurring throat problems.
1998 – Billy Joel sells out a record-setting eighth and ninth shows at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The eighth show goes clean in about an hour, precipitating the addition of the ninth show.
1997 – Billy Joel fans in the U.S. get their first chance to hear one of the piano man’s classical works when National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” program debuts his piece “Reverie.”
1997 – The Rolling Stones play Chicago’s Double Door Club as a warm-up for their Bridges to Babylon tour. The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan is in the audience, but he pays the $7 admission along with the other 400 lucky punters.