2001 - To commemorate the first anniversary of rapper Big Pun's death, a mural is painted in the Bronx section of New York by graffiti artists Tats Crew. The mural replaces one painted the year before on 163rd Street and Intervale Boulevard. Members of the rapper's family and fellow rappers Fat Joe and Cuban Link are on hand for the dedication.
The enormous country music festival known as Fan Fair has set its 2003 edition for June 5-8 in Nashville, with hundreds of artists planning to play more than 40 hours worth of concerts at venues throughout the city. Among the acts confirmed so far include Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Lonestar, Keith Urban, Jo Dee Messina, and Martina McBride.
John Densmore, former drummer and co-founder of the Doors, has filed a multiple-count lawsuit against surviving original band members Ray Manzarek and Robert Krieger, among others. The suit revolves around a new incarnation of the Doors that has performed in recent months. It claims that written and oral agreements mandate that the Doors name and logo can be used only by the original band members.
Police think legendary rock producer Phil Spector murdered an actress in the foyer of his hilltop home just hours after meeting her at the House of Blues nightclub on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip where she worked as a hostess, sources said yesterday (Feb. 4).
2001 - Luna Pop wins four prizes in the first-ever edition of the FIMI-organized Italian Music Awards, held at the Auditorium in Milan. The pop band _ whose members have an average age of 21 _ wins best album, with its debut "Squerez"; best single for "Qualcosa Di Grandi"; best group; and best new act.
As first tipped here last week, Metallica is set to return to the road in North America with its Summer Sanitarium tour, kicking off July 4 in a city to be announced. Metallica, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park will each play headlining-length sets. The stadium package will also feature the Deftones and Mudvayne.