2003 – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines Great White and Station club owners Michael and Jeffrey Derderian a total of nearly $100,000 for workplace violations related to the fire that killed 100 people during a February concert in Providence, R.I. The brothers were fined $85,200 for seven violations; the band, under the auspices of Jack Russell Touring Inc., was fined $7,000 for failing to protect employees from fire hazards.
2001 – Foo Fighters cancel the remaining three dates of their U.K. and European tour after drummer Taylor Hawkins is hospitalized. Hawkins “apparently overindulged during festivities” following the Foo’s performance at the V2001 Festival in Chelmsford, England, according to a statement.
2000 – Bon Jovi brings down the curtain on the 28-year career of London’s Wembley Stadium as a live music venue. The show is the group’s fifth at the 80,000-seat venue.
1999 – Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan is found dead in bed at his New Orleans home. Sheehan, who had recently begun work on a solo project, is 31.
1998 – Rape charges against rapper DMX (Earl Simmons) are dropped after test results reveal that the DNA from his blood does not match that of the semen found at the crime scene. Upon announcing the findings, the judge dismisses all seven counts of felony sexual assault filed June 18 against the rapper.
1997 – Patrick O’Hearn files suit against Robert Miles over the latter’s song “Children.” The suit claims that Miles’ song is a rip-off of O’Hearn’s 1985 copyright “At First Light.” O’Hearn charges that song was plagiarized in 1995 when Miles was a full-time disk jockey in Italy.
1997 – Alabama Governor Fob James joins the mayors of Montgomery and Georgina, Ala., in the Alabama State Capitol to dedicate a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 65 to the memory of country great Hank Williams. The section of roadway is renamed the “Hank Williams Memorial Lost Highway.”
1996 – Rock ‘n’ roll singer Rio Reiser dies.
1996 – Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg settles out of court with the Woldemariam family in a wrongful death suit which the family brought against the rapper three years earlier. Twenty-year-old Phillip Woldemariam was shot and killed by Snoop Doggy Dogg’s bodyguard from the back of a moving car, which the rapper himself drove. The pair claims the shooting occurred in self-defense.
1985 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Power of Love,” Huey Lewis & the News. The million-selling single, which is featured in the hit film “Back to the Future,” is the band’s first No. 1 song.
1974 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “(You’re) Having My Baby,” Paul Anka with Odia Coates. Anka last hit No. 1 with “Lonely Boy” in 1959, marking the longest gap between top singles.
1969 – Frank Zappa disbands the Mothers of Invention following a short tour in Canada.
1951 – Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy is born in Dublin, Ireland.
1948 – Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin is born in West Bromwich, England. Five of the group’s albums reach No. 1 on Billboard’s pop album chart. In the mid-80s Plant organizes the Honeydrippers, featuring rock legends Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Nile Rodgers. The ensemble has a No. 3 hit in 1985 with “Sea of Love.”
1942 – Isaac Hayes is born in Covington, Texas.