1999 - One of three victims of a Dec. 27, 1999 shooting at a nightclub attended by Sean "Puffy" Combs files a $100 million lawsuit against the rapper, his Bad Boy Entertainment, and others. Julius Jones claims that he was "Shot, battered, and assaulted" as the result of an altercation at Club New York allegedly involving Combs, Bad Boy rapper Jamal Barrow, and other employees of the label.
Sources close to Michael Jackson's camp say members of the Nation of Islam have begun playing a role in Jackson's affairs, although the controversial group denies having any official part in the pop star's life. Jackson's attorney, Mark Geragos, dismissed the reports and denied that Nation of Islam members had been working out of his office.
The third annual Bonnaroo Music Festival has been slated for June 11-13 in Manchester, Tenn. Staged by Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment, the eclectic jam band-based event will again take place on a 600-acre farm approximately 60 miles southeast of Nashville. An initial artist lineup has not yet been announced.
Pearl Jam, Paul Westerberg, Dropkick Murphys, Letters To Cleo's Kay Hanley, American Hi-Fi and the Allman Brothers Band are among the artists who have donated tracks to "Hot Stove, Cool Music," a compilation due Jan. 20 via Fenway Recordings.
Meat Puppets bass player Cris Kirkwood was shot Friday by a security guard at a post office in downtown Phoenix, according to reports. Kirkwood underwent surgery for an abdominal wound at a local hospital and was listed in critical condition over the weekend.
The single "Mad World" remained No. 1 for a second week in the U.K., topping yesterday's (Dec. 29) final weekly sales chart of 2003. Released by Sanctuary/Adventure, the Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules single took the coveted No. 1 position on last week's Christmas week chart.