April 29, 2009

2007 – Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich dies in a Moscow cancer hospital. He is 80.

2007 – Rage Against The Machine plays its first show in seven years to close the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

1999 – Following his reunion with Pamela Anderson Lee, Tommy Lee quits Mötley Crüe to devote time to his new band, Methods of Mayhem, and his family.

1998 – Steven Tyler sustains a serious knee injury at Aerosmith’s concert in Anchorage, Alaska. The band postpones the 14 remaining dates of its North American tour.

1995 – Rapper Tupac Shakur marries Keisha Morris inside the Clinton Correctional Facility, while Shakur is serving a four-and-a-half-year jail term for sexual assault.

1993 – Guitarist Mick Ronson, 46, best known for his work with David Bowie, dies of liver cancer in London.

1992 – Singer Paula Abdul marries actor Emilio Estevez in Santa Monica, Calif.

1984 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now),” Phil Collins.

1979 – Singer Jo O’Meara of S Club 7 is born in London.

1979 – Matt Tong (Matthew Chee HungTong) of Bloc Party is born in Dorset, England.

1976 – Bruce Springsteen tries to climb over the fence at Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate in an attempt to see Presley. He is escorted off the premises by guards.

1973 – Mike Hogan of the Cranberries is born in Limerick, Ireland.

1972 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” Roberta Flack.

1968 – Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and his wife, Marilyn Rovell, welcome their first child, daughter Carnie Wilson (later of Wilson Phillips) in Bel Air, Calif.

1968 – The musical “Hair” opens at the Biltmore Theater on Broadway.

1949 – Francis Rossi of Status Quo is born in London.

1947 – Tommy James (Thomas Jackson) of Tommy James and the Shondells is born in Dayton, Ohio.

1938 – Klaus Voormann of Manfred Mann is born in Berlin, Germany.

1934 – Blues musician Otis Rush is born in Philadelphia, Miss.

1928 – Carl Gardner of the Coasters is born in Tyler, Texas.

1899 – Jazz musician Duke Ellington (Edward Kennedy Ellington) is born in Washington, D.C.