2005 – Coldplay headline the first day of the Coachella Festival in California. Other performers included Razorlight, Bloc Party, the Raveonettes and a reformed Bauhaus.
2005 – Prolific singer/songwriter/guitarist Lalo Guerrero, known as the “Father of Chicano Music,” dies in Palm Springs, Calif. He is 88. One of the legendary forces in Chicano music, Guerrero first gained recognition with the song “Cancion Mexicana,” which he wrote when he was in his teens.
2005 – Martin Bashir, producer of the Living with Michael Jackson documentary, appears as a witness for the prosecution at the King of Pop’s child molestation trial in California, but refuses to answer questions.
2005 – Jay-Z, No Doubt, Jurassic 5, Story of the Year, and Camp Freddy with Dave Navarro play Linkin Park’s Music for Relief: Rebuilding South Asia concert at Anaheim, Calif. Proceeds go to benefit tsunami relief.
2004 – Johnny Ramone, guitarist in New York City punk rock pioneers the Ramones, dies at home in Los Angeles, California. He is 55 and had been suffering from prostate cancer. Johnny Ramone was born John Cummings in New York City on Oct. 8 1951. He is the third of the quartet’s original members to […]
2004 – The Cure and Flaming Lips bring California’s annual Coachella festival to a close. The Flaming Lips have to cut their show short when singer Wayne Coyne proves unable to get into a giant bubble that’s part of their stage set.
2003 – The Los Angeles Times reports that Phil Spector told his chauffeur, “I think I killed somebody,” the night actress Lana Clarkson died in his California mansion.
2003 – Rocker Melissa Etheridge exchanges vows with her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, in California, in spite of a law preventing homosexuals from marrying in the state.