2004 – Queen, became the first UK rock band to receive official approval in Iran, where Western music was strictly prohibited. Lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was of Iranian ancestry and bootlegged albums had been available for years.
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 – Queens of the Stone Age announce that founding bassist Nick Olivieri has left the band.
2003 – Beyonce, U2’s Bono, Peter Gabriel, Ms. Dynamite, Jimmy Cliff and the surviving members of Queen all perform at a concert to raise AIDS awareness held in Cape Town, South Africa.
2003 – Sean “P. Diddy” Combs is sued by a Queens woman who claims bouncers at his Manhattan restaurant roughed her up. The plaintiff wants $5 million in damages.
2003 – Thousands of mourners line the streets of Miami to view the body of Celia Cruz, the late Queen of Salsa.
2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile international artist to tour South Africa. Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper and actor signed to The Inc. and Universal Records formerly of Def Jam Recordings. A Hollis, New York native best-known for hits such […]
2003 – Former Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett is made a Member of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II.
2003 – Iggy Pop reunites with the Stooges for the first time in decades on the closing night of California’s Coachella Festival. Other performers include the White Stripes, the Hives, Primal Scream, Blur, Hot Hot Heat, the Libertines and Queens of the Stone Age.
2002 – Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell) is shot dead in the Jamaica section of Queens, N.Y. Two suspects are reportedly buzzed into Mizell’s area recording studio where the rap pioneer is in a waiting room.
2002 – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen was voted the UK’s favourite single of all time in a poll by the Guinness Hit Singles book. ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon was voted in at No.2 and ‘Hey Jude’, The Beatles No.3, ‘Dancing Queen’ by Abba was fourth and Madonna ‘Like A Prayer’ was in fifth place. Lyrics: […]