1995The original members of Kiss play together for the first time since 1980 when Peter Criss and Ace Frehley join the current band to record their MTV Unpluggedspecial, which is later released as the album Kiss Unplugged. Not counting Ace Frehley's 1976 wedding, it also marks the only time the original members have performed without makeup. The appearance goes over so well that Criss and Frehley rejoin the band in 1996, replacing Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer. The subsequent outing becomes the top-grossing tour that year.
2010Blues bassist Calvin "Fuzz" Jones dies of complications from lung cancer and a heart attack at age 84 in Southaven, Mississippi.
2008In an interview with the Calgary Herald, Full House actor Dave Coulier claims he's the subject of his ex-girlfriend Alanis Morissette's hit 1995 song "You Oughta Know." Morissette won't confirm or deny the mystery man's identity, but tells Entertainment Weekly: "Fifty-five people can take credit for that song, and I'm always curious about why they're doing it. But Dave is the most public about it."
2007Mark Marush, saxophonist for the Fabulous Wailers, dies.
2005Nickelback release "Photograph," the first single from their album All The Right Reasons. Inspired by a drunken snapshot, the song is about Chad Kroeger's memories of growing up in a small town in Alberta.More
2002Lisa Marie Presley marries actor Nicolas Cage, a union that lasts less than four months.
1997In Sheffield, England, The Verve play their first show since their breakup two years earlier. The following month, they release their album Urban Hymns, which becomes one of the most successful in UK history.
1993Lionel Richie finally divorces his first wife Brenda Harvey, who was his college sweetheart. After carrying on a secret relationship with Diane Alexander since 1986, it was only a matter of time. Richie married Alexander on December 21, 1995 and fathered two children, Miles Brockman and Sophia, before the pair split in 2004.
1985Looking to capitalize on the success of the Motown 25 special, NBC debuts a variety series called Motown Revue, which is cancelled after a five-week run.
198322-year-old Thomas Reilly is shot and killed by a British soldier in Belfast. He was a friend of the band Spandau Ballet, and sold merch on their True tour. His death would inspire the band's song "Through The Barricades" and the Bananarama song "King Of The Jungle."
Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead dies from a heart attack at age 53. His voice fills the airwaves as millions of Deadheads mourn.
Shortly before 5 a.m., Jerry Garcia is found dead in his bed in the Serenity Knolls drug rehab facility in Forest Knolls, California, having passed in the night from a heart attack.
Nine years earlier, Garcia had nearly died in a diabetic coma. He'd been using drugs and smoking heavily for decades, but still, his death comes as a shock.
Garcia's funeral is held three days later at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere, California. At the service, Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter reads an elegy for his collaborator and friend.
On August 13, a public memorial is held at the Polo Fields of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where 25,000 people attend and a bagpipe rendition of "Amazing Grace" is performed.
On April 4, 1996, fellow Dead founder Bob Weir, Garcia's wife Deborah Koons, and music composer Sanjay Mishra spread half of Garcia's ashes over the Ganges River in Rishikesh, India. The remaining ashes are poured into San Francisco Bay, in the city where Garcia was born.
The subculture that grew up around the Grateful Dead has lost the hesitant captain that never really desired to lead anybody anywhere. The music continues in various forms, as does the subculture, but nearly all involved feel that something of the magic is irrevocably lost with Garcia's passing.
Garcia leaves behind a legacy of songs that, with the exception of "Touch Of Grey," never broke into the top of the charts, yet went on to become staples of classic rock. He has a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of the Dead.