2008 – Velvet Revolver Pay Up Over Song Theft. According to Rolling Stone, Velvet Revolver has reportedly settled a song theft case brought U.K. musician Tony Newton. Newton claimed that Velvet Revolver lifted the riff and melody for “Dirty Little Thing” from his band Voodoo Six’s track “Cyber Baby.” “I genuinely couldn’t believe it, because […]
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 […]
2008 – The conditions of Britney Spears’ child-custody case will stay the same after an emergency hearing took place Wednesday (January 23). In yet another strange development on the part of the singer, she made it to the courthouse — but somehow not the courtroom — for the hearing, which she had called. “There is […]
2006 – U2 leave the Island label–their home for nearly 25 years–for Mercury. Both labels are owned by the same company… Universal. Money talks.
2005 – Bob Moog, inventor of his namesake range of synthesizers and one of the most significant figures in the evolution of electronic music, dies at his home in Asheville, N.C. He is 71. A native of N.Y., Moog was diagnosed with brain cancer in late April and had since undergone radiation treatment and chemotherapy. […]
2005 – American Idol judge Paula Abdul appears on Saturday Night Live in a (weak) sketch poking fun at claims she slept with a contestant. On the same show, System of a Down manage to get the F-word past the tape delay during a performance.
2005 – Danny Sugerman, longtime manager of the Doors, dies in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He is 50. Daniel Stephen Sugerman (aka Danny; October 11, 1954 – January 5, 2005) was the second manager of the Los Angeles based rock band The Doors, and wrote several books about Jim Morrison and […]
2004 – Electronica godfathers Orbital – brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll – announce they’re splitting. “Orbital has run its course,” says Paul. “We’re both pursuing different avenues with our music. And we’ve been sat, as brothers, in the same room for 15 years now – and studios are always confined spaces – I think it’s […]
2004 – Kurt Cobain’s right-handed 1960’s Mosrite Gospel Mark IV guitar sells at an auction for $117,500. At the same sale, the piano on which Elton John wrote “Your Song” sold for $164,500.
2003 – School of Rock, starring Tenacious D’s Jack Black, opens in theatres around the country. Black plays a would-be rock god who tries to make a living as a substitute teacher. Sort of like To Sir With Love crossed with The Song Remains the Same.
2003 – Scottish band Dogs Die in Hot Cars lead singer Craig McIntosh is electrocuted onstage in Dundee. You mean this crap still happens. At least he died lovin’ what he was doing! Hats Off! Dogs Die in Hot Cars are a Scottish band which became popular in the UK and international music scene at […]