Saturday, July 8, 2017


In Music History

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2009Lionel Richie got his first big break when The Commodoressnagged 42 dates in the opening slot for The Jackson 5 in 1972. Thirty-seven years later on the same date, he performs The Commodores song "Jesus is Love" at a memorial service for the late Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
2006Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrettdies at age 60.
2005Former calypso artist Arthur Edlin Frederick is one of 52 innocent people killed in the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London.
2001The Pointer Sisters' June Pointer completes her court-ordered rehab for cocaine.
2001Sharon becomes the first Corr to wed when she marries Gavin Bonnar, a Belfast barrister. They will have two children, Cathal Robert Gerard and Flori Jean Elizabeth.
2001Fred Neil, a folk singer-songwriter known for writing Harry Nilsson's hit "Everybody's Talkin'," dies during a battle with skin cancer at age 65.
1998Along with his financial partner Don Barden, Michael Jacksonannounces plans to build an entertainment complex in Detroit called "The Majestic Kingdom." It never materializes.
1993Mia Zapata (lead singer of The Gits), age 27, is murdered after being accosted by a stranger outside of Seattle's Comet Tavern. The case goes unsolved for years until DNA evidence links the crime to Florida fisherman Jesus Mezquia in 2003, who eventually is sentenced to 36 years in prison.
1992Spinal Tap cap their reunion tour with a sold-out show at Royal Albert Hall in London.More
1989Compact discs outsell vinyl records for the first time.
1977Styx tie in with the date (7-7-77) by releasing their 7th album, The Grand Illusion.
1975The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards is arrested in Arkansas for reckless driving and firearm possession.
1973Billy Preston's "Will It Go Round In Circles" hits #1.
1971The Carpenters debut their variety summer replacement series, Make Your Own Kind Of Music, on NBC. 
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Live Earth Unites Musicians To Combat Climate Change 

Live Earth, a series of concerts to initiate action against global warming, takes place around the world.
Following the tradition of benefit concerts like Live Aid and Live 8 to combat famine and poverty, and No Nukes to protest the use of nuclear energy, Live Earth is a call to action against global warming – with a twist. This concert series sends over 150 musical acts around the world and broadcasts its environmentally friendly message to over 130 countries via TV, radio, and the Internet. 

The green concert is spearheaded by producer Kevin Wall, founder of the environmental activist group Save Our Selves, and former US Vice President Al Gore. Gore, continuing his global warming-awareness campaign that was the subject of the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, challenges artists and concertgoers alike to sign a 7-point pledge. This includes using energy-efficient transportation and fighting to pass laws to expand the use of renewable energy sources.

Live Earth fails to attract TV audiences in the US and UK, but sets a record for online entertainment with over 15 million streams during the live concert and 40 million more throughout the next month. Acts include GenesisDuran DuranRed Hot Chili PeppersMetallicaKelly ClarksonKanye WestGarth BrooksBon JoviShakira, and Lenny Kravitz

But it's not easy being green. Despite the organizers' intentions of making the event as eco-friendly as possible, Mother Nature has to pay a hefty price for the energy used to transport artists, crew members, and spectators across the globe. ABC News reports that over 100,000 trees need to be planted to offset the carbon emissions released during the concert, which also left a 1,000 ton pile of garbage in its wake. 

While Gore stands by Live Earth's success in raising awareness of the climate crisis, John Mayer, who didn't sign Gore's pledge, shared a different take. "If you want to peg me as not being entirely eco-friendly, you'll win," he told the press after his performance at the New York/New Jersey concert. "We're just getting together saying 'We want to be healthier.'"

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