2003 – Meat Loaf, 56, is said by his record company to be recovering from heart surgery after collapsing onstage in England. He was treated for Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, which causes an irregular heartbeat.
2003 – Van Morrison is ordered in London’s High Court to pay 40,000 pounds ($67,000) in damages to a hotel owner over the cancellation of a scheduled gig. Gary Marlow, landlord of the Crown Hotel in Wiltshire, England, had sued the veteran singer and his production company Exile for up to 400,000 pounds ($670,000), claiming […]
2003 – The Flaming Lips are forced to cut short a concert in Birmingham, England, after one of their dancing pandas collapses onstage.
2003 – Steve O’Rourke, manager of Pink Floyd since 1968, dies in England of a stroke. He is 63.
2003 – Twenty people are injured in a crowd crush during System of a Down’s performance at the Leeds festival in England.
2003 – Robbie Williams reunites with his old Take That bandmate Mark Owen to sing their hit “Back for Good” at a show in Knebworth, England.
2003 – Paul McCartney cancels his show in Sheffield, England after losing his voice to a bad cold.
2003 – Massive Attack principal 3-D (real name: Robert Del Naja) is arrested at his home in Bristol, England, in connection with downloading child pornography form the Internet. The 36-year-old musician is also questioned on an alleged discovery of class-A drugs _ believed to be ecstasy _ before being released.
A bootleg recording is an audio and/or video recording of a performance that was not officially released by the artist, or under other legal authority. The process of making and distributing such recordings is known as bootlegging. A great many such recordings are simply copied and traded among fans of the artist without financial exchange, but some bootleggers are able to sell these rarities for profit, sometimes by adding professional-quality sound engineering and packaging to the raw material.
Bootlegs can consist of recordings of live performances, or material created in private or professional recording sessions. Changing technologies have had a great impact on the recording, distribution, and varying profitability of the underground industry.
Although distinct from unauthorized copying (“piracy”) and counterfeiting, as it involves material which has never been offered for commercial release, bootlegging is considered infringement in many jurisdictions. The copyrights for the song and the right to authorize recordings often reside with the artist, according to several international copyright treaties. The recording, trading and sale of bootlegs continues to thrive, however, even as artists and record companies attempt to provide “authorized” alternatives to satisfy the demand.
2002 – Joe Strummer, the Clash’s fiery frontman, dies of heart failure after walking his dog around his hometown of Broomfield, England. He was 50.
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 […]
2002 – Doreen Waddell, a former vocalist with the group Soul II Soul, dies after fleeing from a store where she had been accused of shoplifting and being struck by cars on a highway outside in Shoreham in Southern England. Waddell is 36.