2012Rihanna is very lucky to escape with her life after being among 300 people evacuated from a motel during a fire in an elevator shaft. It takes ten firefighters to put out the resulting blaze at the Corinthia Hotel in London, where Rihanna was performing at the Hackney Weekend concert.
2009Canadian blues musician Jackie Washington dies at age 89.
2009Gale Storm, '50s pop singer and actress who starred in the TV shows My Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show, dies at age 87.
2009Soul singer Fayette Pinkney (of The Three Degrees) dies at age 61 of acute respiratory failure after a sudden illness.
1996Fugees headline the "Hoodshock" festival in Harlem, which the group organized as a free event to encourage voter registration. The Notorious B.I.G., Sean "Puffy" Combs and Wu-Tang Clan also perform, but the event makes headlines for a panic set off at the end of the festival when a man fires gunshots into the air. In the chaos, about 30 people are injured.
1995Circle Jerks release their sixth and final studio album, Oddities, Abnormalities, & Curiosities. It is the band's first release on a major label, although Mercury Records will go on to drop Circle Jerks after they fail to reach mainstream success.
1992Stefanie Sargent of 7 Year Bitch dies at age 24. After a night of drinking and drug use, she chokes to death when she vomits in her sleep.
1989Tom Jones gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1986Black Flag play their final ever gig in Detroit, Michigan. The band will go on to confirm their split two months later, in August 1986.
1980Three songs into Led Zeppelin's concert in Nuremberg, drummer John Bonham collapses while beating out the rhythm to "Black Dog" and is rushed to the hospital, abruptly ending the show. Robert Plant jokes that he ate too many bananas before the show, but alcohol is the likely culprit. In September, Bonham dies after a night of drinking.
In what is probably the only case of a musician being said to cause someone's death while performing onstage, police in Czechoslovakia arrest Randy Blythe, frontman for heavy metal band Lamb of God, for manslaughter.
The arrest alleges that when Blythe pushed a fan off the stage during a 2010 concert, said fan hit his head and died from the injury two weeks later. Blythe is blindsided by the arrest: the band is in Czechoslovakia for a show the next night (which is cancelled), and when Blythe is arrested, he learns for the first time that there is a warrant out for him. He spends five weeks in a Czech prison, where he writes two songs - "512" and "Still Echoes" - before being released on bail. He returns to face charges the following year and in March is acquitted.