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 […]
1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
2006 – U2’s Bono and the Edge team with Pearl Jam and join Aussie acts Jet, Paul Kelly, Eskimo Joe, Evermore and the John Butler Trio at a Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne. The event draws 14,000 to the Myer Music Bowl, and is broadcast to thousands more on giant screens through Melbourne, Brisbane […]
2005 – Dozens of artists perform on stages around the world during Bob Geldof’s Live 8 concerts. In the United States, those not attending the show in Philadelphia, can catch everything from highlights to entire regional concerts via television, online, satellite radio and mobile broadcasts. The massive global initiative is spearheaded by Live Aid organizer […]
2005 – Live 8 concerts are held in locations from London to Philadelphia to Tokyo to raise awareness of African poverty. Among the performers are Madonna, Green Day, Paul McCartney, U2, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, a reunited Pink Floyd with Roger Waters, Stevie Wonder, Bjork, Jet, Simple Plan, Neil Young, Maroon 5, Pet Shop Boys, The […]
2005 – Bob Geldof and Elton John announce five July concerts that will make up Live 8 – a new initiative to raise awareness of poverty. Among the headliners are Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Lauryn Hill and Duran Duran.
2004 – U2’s Bono is the guest editor for the day on BBC Radio 4’s flagship news program, Today. Among the features, British chancellor Gordon Brown addresses the problem of world poverty and a report traces Riverdance’s Islamic roots.
2003 – Upon the release of the 2003 UN Human Development report, U2 singer and campaigner Bono says he’s “about to bang a lot of dustbin lids” if the problem of global poverty is not addressed soon.
2002 – Radiohead and actor Ewan McGregor contribute voiceovers to an advertisement for anti-poverty charity War on Want that premieres today in the U.K.
1954 – Elvis Presley signs his first recording contract (Sun Records) and quits his job as a truck driver. The session took place in the famous Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn., where Elvis was accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. Presley’s recording session wasn’t noteworthy until he began to fool around, playing […]
1944 – One of rock’s maddest geniuses, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, is born in Great Bookham, England. George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943 in Great Bookham, Surrey) is an English rock musician. He is best known as the bass player, main songwriter, and a lead vocalist of the English rock band Pink Floyd from […]