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 […]
2005 – New York rock club CBGB is served with an eviction notice by their landlord. The landmark was the cradle for New York punk, hosting gigs by The Ramones, Talking Heads and Patti Smith.
2004 – John Peel, an English DJ whose eclectic taste and patronage was instrumental in launching the careers of T. Rex, Rod Stewart, The Smiths, The Undertones, The Fall, and countless others, dies of a heart attack in Peru. He was 65.
2004 – Ex-Smiths singer Morrissey kicks off his live solo comeback with the first of five sold-out shows at New York’s Apollo Theatre. His set includes the Smiths songs “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” and “Hand in Glove.”
2004 – Jennifer Chiba, the girlfriend of the late songwriter Elliott Smith (“Miss Misery”) denies involvement in his death after a coroner’s report claims she refused to speak with detectives. Smith was found dead of two stab wounds in October 2003.
2003 – Beck, Beth Orton and Rilo Kiley play at a Los Angeles memorial concert for Elliott Smith, the singer/songwriter who committed suicide earlier in the year.
2003 – The multi-talented Will Smith tops the box office charts as his film Bad Boys II rakes in $46.7 million over the weekend.
2003 – Limp Bizkit guitarist Mike Smith, formerly of Snot, pinches a nerve and injures his back during a show at New York’s Webster Hall. Doctors order him to rest for a few days.
2003 – The Los Angeles All Tomorrow’s Parties festival is postponed due to sluggish ticket sales. Curated by Simpsons creator Matt Groening, the line-up was due to feature Nick Cave, Patti Smith, the Breeders, Yo La Tengo and grumpy old men The Fall.
2003 – Still no sign of a new Limp Bizkit album as Fred Durst tells his Web site he’s spending the next two weeks writing an album’s worth of new material with LB guitar recruit Mike Smith, formerly of Snot.
2002 – Radiohead treats fans to a Webcast featuring songs from the group’s forthcoming, as-yet-untitled sixth Capitol album. Frontman Thom Yorke and bassist Colin Greenwood host the session, in which the band DJs and plays three new songs plus a cover of Dick Smith and Felix Bernard’s yuletide classic “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.