2004 – Simon & Garfunkel wrap up the European leg of their reunion tour with a free gig at Rome’s Coliseum that attracts 600,000 fans.
2004 – UK prog rockers Muse play the biggest show of their careers when they headline the Sunday night at Glastonbury Festival. The gig is marred by tragedy when drummer Dominic Howard’s father dies backstage shortly afterwards.
2004 – In St. Petersburg’s Palace Square, Paul Mccartney plays his 3000 gig since first performing with the Quarrymen. 50,000 Russians turn out to see the ex-Beatle, who predictably plays “Back in the USSR.”
2004 – Metallica play a rare gig without drummer Lars Ulrich, who is sidelined with an undisclosed illness. Slipknot’s Joey Jordison and Slayer’s Dave Lombardo fill in for Ulrich, along with a Metallica drum tech, at the Download Festival in England’s Donington Park.
2004 – The Vines (“Get Free”) bassist Patrick Matthews walks out on the band halfway through the middle of the first song during a gig in Sydney, Australia.
2004 – Queens of the Stone Age frontman and Eagles of Death Metal drummer Josh Homme is involved in a bar brawl in New York’s East Village. A publicist described Homme as “injured” and the Eagles cancel their Philadelphia gig.
2004 – Justin Timberlake plays an “intimate” gig for 1,800 fans at Glasgow Barrowlands, shortly after rocking 9000 Timberheads at the nearby SECC venue.
2004 – James Lawrence, guitarist with Hope of the States, is found hanged at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios near Bath, where the UK art rockers were finishing work on their debut album. He was 26. HOPE OF the States, for whom James Lawrence played guitar, was one of a new generation of British bands […]
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 – Jane’s Addiction play a surprise “flash-mob” gig in London’s Convent Garden. Fans were directed via text message to the location, where they play favorites like “Had a Dad.”
2003 – Jane’s Addiction play a surprise “flash mob” gig outside London’s Brixton Academy immediately after their Halloween show there. Fans were invited to the karaoke-styled set via text message.