From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 31st May):
1947. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) born in Redditch, England.
2002. Garbage drummer Butch Vig is not behind his kit as the band take to the stage in San Diego. Accoring to the band’s website, he’s suffering from “an acute inner ear infection causing painful sensitivity to sound”. His palce is being taken for the next few dates by session drummer Matt Chamberlain, who has workwed with Fiona Apple and Tori Amos among others.
2000. Video director and songwriter, Rene Elizondo, files for divorce from Janet Jackson. The legal move shocked fans of the singer as no-one outside close family and friends knew she was married. The couple had managed to keep the secret for nine years following a private wedding service in their San Diego home in 1991 but had actually been living together for 14 years!
In a statement, Jackson said the secrecy had been to allow the couple to have “a family life”. Elizondo, who directed several of his wife’s promo videos and contributed to nearly 30 of her songs, is said to be contesting some parts of the couple’s pre-nuptial agreement
2000. Celine Dion‘s husband, Rene Angelil, announces that the singer has undergone two small operations in the last few days. The surgery, at a fertility clinic in New York, was to improve her chances of becoming pregnant. Angelil said his wife was not pregnant yet but they are hoping to hear otherwise by June 10th.
1967. The Mike Douglas Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 933. Guests include rock ‘n roll band Every Mother’s Son. Here they are with “Come On Down To My Boat”.
1991. Wet Wet Wet drummer Tom Cunningham, 26, marries Elaine Gallacher, 25, at St. Andrews Cathedral, Glasgow. Wedding day nerves got the better of Tommy as he dropped the ring on the floor of the cathedral before the couple exchanged vows.
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