1999 – At a Lilith Fair stop in Toronto, Prince appears during Sheryl Crow’s set to rock on “Everyday Is a Winding Road.”
1998 – In Toronto, Mayor Mel Lastman lashes out at the Spice Girls for backing out of a promise to perform at a free outdoor event in front of Toronto’s City Hall. They choose instead to appear on MuchMusic, a Canadian music channel.
1998 – Madonna does a rare live interview at MuchMusic’s Toronto headquarters. MLIM: Madonna Live In Much airs 6-7 p.m. EST on the cable channel.
1994 – The Rolling Stones play a secret gig in a Toronto nightclub for their fans.
1994 – The Rolling Stones begin rehearsing in Toronto for their Voodoo Lounge live extravaganza.
1982 – The Who perform one of their first last farewell concerts at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. Rock fans everywhere purchase the concert on pay-per-view.
1980 – After Alice Cooper cancels a Toronto show because of illness, 1,400 entertainment-starved ticket-holders riot.
1979 Rolling Stones perform two benefit concerts for the blind in Toronto to fulfill terms of Keith Richard’s sentence for heroin trafficking.
1977 – Not a good day for Keith Richards. While sleeping at Toronto’s Harbour Castle Hotel, he’s awakened by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who search the suite. They find 22 grams of heroin, 5 grams of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. The Rolling Stones guitarist is arrested and charged with possessing cocaine and heroin with […]
1970 – Jimi Hendrix is found dead from barbiturate overdose. The Jimi Hendrix Experience is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and Hendrix is posthumously voted a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992. Jimi Hendrix Jimi HendrixAKA Johnny Allen Hendrix Born: 27-Nov-1942 Birthplace: Seattle, WA Died: 18-Sep-1970 Location of death: […]
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono travel to Toronto to perform at the Peace Festival. During their stay they reside on Ronnie Hawkins’ farm. Billboards reading “War Is Over! If You Want It” go up in 11 cities as part of the Lennons’ own peace campaign.
1969 – Jimi Hendrix appears in Toronto Supreme Court to answer charges of hashish and heroin possession. Hendrix admits he has used pot, hashish, LSD, and cocaine a handful of times. But he tells the judge he has “outgrown” drugs. The jury, presumably unfamiliar with Hendrix’s catalog, finds him not guilty.