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 […]
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.
2005 – Green Day’s American Idiot returns to the top of the U.S. album charts, knocking Eminem’s Encore down to No. 2. The highest new entry is the Beyond the Sea soundtrack, featuring actor Kevin Spacey singing Bobby Darin songs.
2004 – Eminem’s Encore reclaims the No. 1 albums spot from Tupac’s Loyal to the Game. The highest new entry is rapper Mannie Fresh, whose The Mind of Mannie bows at No. 59. In case you were wondering what was on Mannie’s mind, one of the tracks is called “Pu**y Power.”
2004 – Eminem and satellite radio provider Sirius launch their uncensored hip-hop channel with a live broadcast from New York. Shade 45’s debut stems from the city’s Roseland Ballroom, where the superstar rapper stages the Shady National Convention to hype the venture and his album, “Encore.”
2000 – Halfway into the first song of the band’s encore for their Mannheim, Germany show, Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers falls losing his footing and plunges 10-feet off the front of the stage and into the photographers’ pit. Gers is rushed to the hospital where he receives six stitches to a gash in his […]
1999 – At Woodstock 99, all hell breaks loose. Fires fueled by paper plates, pizza boxes and garbage strewn around everywhere break out during a set by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The group’s encore is delayed because a remote sound tower begins to burn. A fire truck is brought in to put out the […]
1990 – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble play Alpine Valley, Wis. For an encore, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, and Robert Cray join the band for a jam. Flying to Chicago the next morning, Vaughan is killed when his helicopter crashes. Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was […]
1987 – Pink Floyd release A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The comeback album is the band’s first since the departure of Roger Waters and the subsequent lawsuit over the use of the band name. A Momentary Lapse of Reason is Pink Floyd’s 1987 album, the band’s first release after the departure of Roger Waters from […]
1981 – At a show on Bob Dylan’s Shot of Love tour, the jokerman turns the encore over to his wheelchair-bound friend Larry Kegan, who sings Chuck Berry’s “No Money Down” while Dylan wails on the tenor saxophone.
1981 – Jimmy Page makes his first solo appearance since the dissolution of Led Zeppelin, joining Jeff Beck onstage in London to jam through three encores.
1979 – Bob Dylan’s all-gospel show gets an angry reaction in Tempe, Ariz. Dylan himself spends most of his time onstage berating the audience and then refuses to play an encore.