Thursday, May 18, 2017

17 MAY

In Music History

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2016Moby releases his memoir Porcelain, named because he threw up into a lot of porcelain toilets.
2016Alanis Morissette sues her former business manager, Jonathan Schwartz, claiming he stole $4.7 million from her from 2009-2016. The following year, Schwartz admits to that theft and also to stealing another $2 million from other clients. Morissette is compensated in a settlement.
2015Twenty One Pilots release their fourth studio album, Blurryface, their first record to land at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2013Singer-songwriter Alan O'Day dies of brain cancer at age 72.
2011Rapper Wiz Khalifa and his girlfriend Amber Rose narrowly escape danger at a London nightclub. Khalifa is performing in the packed club when a bystander breaks a bottle over another patron's head. A fight ensues and Khalifa and Rose dodge bottles as they promptly exit the club with their entourage. Club promoters are upset that Khalifa ended his show early, as they reportedly paid the rapper 14,000 euros to do the show.
2008Madonna's Hard Candy album hits #1 in America, her seventh to hit the top spot.
2008The Brothers Four's Bob Flick marries his third wife, actress Loni Anderson.
2003June Carter Cash's funeral is held in her hometown of Hendersonville, Tennessee. Among the 2000 mourners are Kris KristoffersonEmmylou HarrisThe Oak Ridge BoysSheryl Crow - and her husband, Johnny Cash.
2002Blues singer Little Johnny Taylor, known for '60s hits like "Part Time Love," dies in Conway, Arkansas, at age 59.
1996Blues musician Johnny "Guitar" Watson dies of a myocardial infarction at age 61 after collapsing on stage during a tour in Yokohama, Japan.
1995Chuck BerryFats Domino and Little Richard share the stage for the first time ever at a concert in Sheffield, England.
1993Barry Manilow guest stars on the "One" episode of the TV show Murphy Brown.
1992Bandleader and TV host Lawrence Welk dies of bronchial pneumonia at age 89.
1989Rolling Stones ex-bassist Bill Wyman opens the first of his Stones-themed restaurants, Sticky Fingers, in London.
1980Weeks after being detained in Tokyo on drug charges, Paul and Linda McCartneyappear as musical guests on Saturday Night Live.
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Tom Petty's House Burns Down

Tom Petty's home in Encino, California, burns to the ground. Petty and his family escape unharmed, but are traumatized by the blaze, which is determined to be arson. The perpetrator is never caught.

Petty is in the house with his wife, daughter and housekeeper around 10 a.m. when his daughter notices the flames. They all evacuate, Petty crawling out as the smoke lowers. Within an hour, the house is burned to the ground, with only parts of Petty's basement recording studio spared. The housekeeper suffers burns on hair and hands, but everyone else is unharmed.

The family retreats to a hotel and begins to rebuild - Annie Lennox, who was at Petty's neighbor Dave Stewart's house at the time of the fire, makes sure they have clothes and other essentials.

Police determine that the fire was started deliberately, with clear-cut evidence of arson. This sobering news torments Petty, who has to deal with the fact that someone tried to kill him and his family.

His tour with Bob Dylan goes ahead as planned, with his family joining him on the road. Gradually, Petty comes to terms with the ordeal, using music as his outlet of expression. His 1989 album, Full Moon Fever, includes the song "I Won't Back Down," where he sings:

I'll keep this world from draggin' me down
Gonna stand my ground

He does just that, rebuilding his house on the same plot of land. "It was kind of like starting over for me," he says.

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