1955 – Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is born in Chicago. Michael Anthony Sobolewski (born June 20, 1954) is an American musician. He is best known as the former bassist and a founding member of the hard rock band Van Halen. Anthony joined the band in 1974 and was their official recording and performing bassist […]
FEATURED: Yaayo Gak! 1960 – Steve Vai: Widdlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddly-SCREECH! Yes, it’s happy birthday to Steve Vai, born today in Long Island, N.Y. this day in rock Guitar God History! Steven “Steve” Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York) is an American instrumental rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer. After starting his professional […]
2005 – Bruce Springsteen kicks off his solo “Devils & Dust” tour in Michigan, at Motown’s Fox Theatre.
2004 – L.A. Laker Rick Fox files for divorce from pop star and actress Vanessa Williams (“Save the Best for Last”).
2004 – Although already quite animated, “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell makes the transition to cartoon form on another Fox television series, “The Simpsons.” The outspoken talent evaluator parodies himself in the episode, titled “Smart & Smarter,” as a tough admissions committee member at a school where the Simpsons hope to enroll their baby daughter […]
2003 – Bruce Springsteen and Michael J. Fox perform “Light of Day,” the title track of the 1987 movie starring Fox, during a Parkinson’s Disease benefit at New Jersey’s Stone Pony.
2003 – Jaered Andrews, a contestant on Fox’s American Idol, is charged with simple assault following a Nov. 2002 fight that ended in one man’s death. He is dropped from the show.
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 […]
2001 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif. The singer/guitarist began his career in 1949, when his Modern Records single “Boogie Chillen” became a No. 1 R&B hit. Lyrics: Boom boom boom boom I’m gonna shoot you right down, right offa your […]
2001 – The Fox Network’s hit animated series “The Simpsons” continues its tradition of featuring musical guests in an episode titled “New Kids On The Blecch,” in which the members of ‘N Sync add voices to their animated selves.
2000 – Singer/actress Vanessa L. Williams gives birth to a daughter in New York. The child, Sasha, is the first for Williams and her husband, L.A. Lakers forward Rick Fox.
1999 – Eric Clapton parts with 100 of his guitars and generates over $5 million for his Crossroads Centre at Antigua, and alcohol and drug-dependency treatment center in the West Indies. Among the stringed beauties auctioned off is “Brownie,” a 1956 sunburst Fender upon which he recorded his hit “Layla”; the instrument goes for a […]