August 8 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
August 8

1923 : A fourteen-year-old clarinet player named Benny Goodman lands his first professional gig, playing for a cruise ship operating on Lake Michigan near Chicago.

1970 : Christine McVie plays her first gig with Fleetwood Mac at a show in New Orleans. The band's first female member, she played on some of their albums before she was asked to join full-time.

1974 : Eric Clapton's LP "461 Ocean Boulevard" is certified gold.

1974 : Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love" is certified gold.

1975 : Hank Williams, Jr. nearly meets his doom when he falls 500 feet down Ajax Mountain in Montana. He survives, but with some facial scars he will often cover with a hat, beard and sunglasses.

1983 : Harold Melvin and three members of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes are arrested for cocaine, marijuana, and meth possession at Caesars Boardwalk Regency Hotel Casino in Atlantic City.

1986 : David Crosby (The Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) is released from prison after serving only eight months of his original five-year sentence for cocaine and firearms possession.

1992 : Opening for Guns N' Roses at a show in Montreal, James Hetfield of Metallica is injured by the pyrotechnics, which burn the entire left side of his body. Metallica can't continue, and Guns N' Roses cuts their set short after just 15 minutes when Axl Rose claims throat problems. A near riot ensues at Olympic Stadium as fans are not pleased.

2000 : The first gathering of the Juggalos takes place in Novi, Michigan at the Expo Center. This becomes an annual event for cult fans of the horror-rap group Insane Clown Posse. While the first event only lasted 2 days and was basically an extended concert, the event has transformed over the years into a full-on festival with concerts by many bands and artists, contests, games, wrestling, and other attractions, sort of a Lollapalooza for the underground/indie rap/hip-hop genre. The annual tradition has now settled on Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, as their permanent location, and attracts as many as 20,000 attendees every year.

2000 : Twenty-eight US states' attorney generals file a class-action suit alleging the major record labels of forcing "discount" CD stores to raise prices.

2004 : There is a big stink when The Dave Matthews Band tour bus dumps its sewage into an Illinois river from the Kinzie Street bridge. An unfortunate group of tourists are doused with the waste, which hits their tour boat. The band was not on the bus, and their driver denied it until he was confronted with surveillance video.

2005 : Two jurors in the Michael Jackson molestation case tell NBC-TV's Today that they have come to regret their ruling of "not guilty".

2011 : While on tour with Maroon 5 and Train, Gavin DeGraw is attacked by a group of men on a New York City street. He suffers a broken nose and is taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.

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