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.
2003 – Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies of heart failure. He was 52. Erik Brann aka Erik Braunn aka Erik Braun (born August 11, 1950 – died July 25, 2003), American musician, was a guitarist with the 1960s heavy metal band Iron Butterfly. He is featured on the band’s greatest hit, the legendary 17-minute […]
2003 – Norwegian death Metal group, “Mayhem,” send a sheep’s head flying into the audience in Oslo injuring an audience member fracturing his skull. Quoted later as saying, “My relationship to sheep is a bit ambivalent now. I like them, but not when they come flying through the air.” Biography Early years (1984–1987) During 1986, […]
2001 – Insisting the imagery the band uses _ specifically its skeleton mascot “Vic Rattlehead” _ is unsuitable for the nation’s youth, Malaysian authorities ban veteran metal act Megadeth from performing in the country. The band planned to perform Aug. 2 at the Warp Club in the country’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, in support of […]
2001 – Police raid a record store in Glasgow, Scotland and confiscate T-shirts promoting the Goth metal band Cradle of Filth. The Lord Provost of Glasgow took offence to the T-shirt’s legend “Jesus is a c*nt,” accompanied by a picture of a nun masturbating with a crucifix.
2000 – The MP3-swapping Web site Napster bans 317,377 users from using their very popular file-sharing site. The list is determined by Metallica’s allegations that the users have pirated the metal giant’s recordings.
2000 – Metallica chat online with fans about their Napster woes. The metal band has also turned over a list of 300,000 Napster users to the company, asking them to be barred from the file-sharing service.
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 […]
1996 – Vince Neil, former singer of ’80’s metal band Motley Crue, attempts to play a show at an Indiana club. The show, starting more than four hours late, ends after only three songs. Neil claims that he isn’t feeling well, and that the audience of “rednecks” don’t appreciate his talent. No refunds are offered, […]
1992 – “Sex,” a book of erotic photographs of Madonna, is released. Sex is a highly-designed coffee table book written by Madonna with photographs by Steven Meisel and film frames taken from film shot by Fabien Baron. Sex was released on October 21, 1992 by Warner Books. The book was released by Madonna as an […]
1990 – A Nevada judge clears heavy metal group Judas Priest in a $6.2 million civil suit that charged subliminal suggestions on the group’s recordings provoked two youths to shoot themselves in 1985.
1989 – The Moscow Music Peace Festival kicks off. The two-day bill of metal acts was corralled by manager Doc McGhee, who hopes to make a judge forget his role in a drug-smuggling scam with this charity concert. All proceeds from the gigs, which feature Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, and the Scorpions, go […]