2008 – CHICAGO — As far as political fundraisers go, this one was a decidedly nontraditional affair. There was a go-go dancer gyrating behind a pane of glass, free games of “Frogger” and peanut-butter-and-jelly sushi rolls served on Pringles. The music was loud, the cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon plentiful and the only guy to […]
2005 – U2 frontman Bono urges the European Union to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. Speaking in Brussels after meeting European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, Bono says the EU is facing a crisis of confidence because its citizens do not share the ideas promoted by political leaders.
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 – Sting releases his seventh solo album Sacred Love. Dominated by spiritual and political concerns, the album peaks at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
2000 – Rage Against The Machine lead singer Zack De La Rocha quits the politicallycharged rock outfit. In a statement, he says, “I feel that it is now necessary to leave Rage because our decision-making process has completely failed. It is no longer meeting the aspirations of all four of us collectively as a band, […]
1999 – Tipper Gore, co-founder of the Parents’ Music Resource Center, plays congas with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Mickey Hart at a fund-raiser for her husband, presidential candidate Al Gore.
1998 – Alice Nutter, a member of “Tubthumping” band Chumbawumba, says on Politically Incorrect that the Leeds anarchist collective support fans who steal a copy of their album. In response, Virgin Megastores pulls the disc from their shelves.
1995 – Rapper M.C. Hammer plays a benefit in Moscow for Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin’s political party, Our Home Is Russia.
1977 – The Clash’s Paul Simonon reveals in an interview, “I didn’t even know who the prime minister was until a few weeks ago!” So much for the band’s politics.
1976 – John Lennon receives his “green card” from U.S. immigration authorities. Sometime In New York City (1972) is as outward-looking and blunt as Imagine was, for the most part, soft-focused and otherworldly. As its title suggests, the album reflects Lennon’s immersion in the drama and noise of the city to which he had moved […]
1972 – Paul McCartney releases his bizarre interpretation of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” as Wings. It barely makes No. 28. McCartney apparently was making a point about censorship after the BBC banned his political single “Give Ireland Back to the Irish.”
1970 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer give their debut performance in Plymouth, England. Progressive rock can be a very disreputable subject. No other musical style has been so vilified by the critics and became a synonym for ‘pompous’ and ‘bombastic.’ Almost every music critic in the early ’70’s had something unflattering to write about it. […]