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.
2004 – The Pixies wrap their triumphant reunion tour with a show at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The gig caps a nearly eight-month trek, the quartet’s first since its original 1992 dissolution, which played to sold-out audiences across the world.
2004 – The Offspring’s Dexter Holland’s completes a 10-day, 25,000 mile round the world trip in his twin-engine Cessna Citation.
2004 – Latin pop hero Ricky Martin (“Livin’ La Vida Loca”) appears at the United Nations to ask world leaders to help him combat sex tourism and child prostitution.
2004 – Poison’s C. C. DeVille is named the worst guitarist soloist of all time by Guitar World magazine. Exhibit A is his nine-minute solo from Swallow This … Live! Carlos Santana is a runner-up for his work on “Game of Love.” I agree 100% with this statement!
2004 – Singer Cat Stevens (“Wild World”), who changed his name to Yusuf Islam after becoming a Muslim, is denied entry into the United States after his name is found on an anti-terrorist watch list. Stevens denies links to the terror group Hamas.
2004 – Madonna calls for world peace during an address to a conference on Jewish mysticism in Tel Aviv, Israel.
2004 – With three awards each, Usher and OutKast are the top winners at the 16th annual World Music Awards. Usher _ who opens the show with first single “Yeah!” from his contemporary LaFace/Zomba set “Confessions” _ earns the world’s best male artist, best pop male artist and best R&B artist awards. OutKast takes home […]
2004 – The second highest new entry in U.S. album charts is Van Halen’s new hits collection The Best of Both Worlds, which lands at No. 3.
2004 – Andre 3000 of rap duo OutKast is named the World’s Sexiest Vegetarian by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He beats out contendors Prince and Weird Al Yankovic.
2004 – U2 frontman Bono tries to persuade European Union ministers to extend debt relief programs for the world’s poorest countries when he addresses a special meeting in Dublin.
2004 – Usher’s Confessions returns to No. 1 in the American album charts, knocking D12’s D12 World down to No. 2. The highest new entry is rapper Petey Pablo with Still Writing in My Diary, in at No. 4.