2003 – Teenage rapper Bow Wow stages a free concert in New York’s Bryant Park. The noontime event is sponsored by HBO and will include an announcement of a donation to be made by Bow Wow to the not-for-profit Computers for Youth (CFY) program. The organization provides computers to children in New York’s middle schools, as well as training, support and Internet access.
2003 – Sean “P. Diddy” Combs announces that he wants to purchase the New York Knicks. The hip-hop/fashion mogul and devout fan of Gotham’s National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise proclaims his interest during an appearance on Howard Stern’s syndicated morning radio show
2001 – Insisting the imagery the band uses _ specifically its skeleton mascot “Vic Rattlehead” _ is unsuitable for the nation’s youth, Malaysian authorities ban veteran metal act Megadeth from performing in the country. The band planned to perform Aug. 2 at the Warp Club in the country’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, in support of its latest album, “The World Needs a Hero.”
1999 – Public TV performance series “Sessions At West 54th” debuts John Hiatt as its new host, replacing David Byrne.
1999 – The family of late steel guitar great Shot Jackson donates his signature black Dobro guitar to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1998 – It is announced that Iron Maiden will have to cancel the remainder of its U.S. dates due to throat troubles for vocalist Blaze Bayley, whose doctor advises him not to sing for one month.
1993 – Nirvana plays a surprise show at the New Music Seminar at Roseland in New York City. The band showcases songs from its yet to be released album, “In Utero.”
1993 – A gunman fires into New York night club Danceteria, injuring Eric Tallman, the lead singer of the rock band Erotic Exotic. A bullet grazes Tallman’s skull and he is taken to Bellevue Hospital.
1988 – No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 is Richard Marx’s “Hold on to the Nights.” It is the fourth single from his debut album, and it remains at No. 1 for one week.
1981 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The One That You Love,” Air Supply. The group is the first from Australia to hit Billboard’s Hot 100.
1980 – Keith Godchaux, former keyboardist of the Grateful Dead, dies in an auto wreck at the age of 32.
1977 – Judas Priest begins its first U.S. tour in Oakland, Calif., as the opening act for Led Zeppelin.
1971 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian),” The Raiders (formerly Paul Revere and the Raiders). It is the group’s biggest hit and last to hit the top 20.
1951 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Come on-a My House,” Rosemary Clooney.
1947 – David Essex (David Cook) is born in London. His biggest hit is the million-selling No. 5 single “Rock On.”