From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 24th June):
1942. Arthur Brown (The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown) born Arthur Wilton in Whitby, Yorkshire.
1999. The Summer Jam hip-hop concert at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey is locked down for a while before police arrive to clear a near riot. A crowd of fans without tickets tried to storm one of the entrances. Arena security responded by locking all entrances and exits while they waited for police to deal with the crowd. Order was restored with only a few arrests and minor injuries. The bands taking part were unaware of the problems outside and the concert was not disrupted. On the bill were Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Nas and Q-Tip.
2002. Three Appeal Court Judges dismiss Sir Elton John‘s appeal against a judgment in the High Court in the case he brought against Price Waterhouse accountants. Sir Elton had sued the accountants for a breach of duty in the handling of his affairs. The court found that this had not been the case and this verdict was upheld. Sir Elton had been seeking to recover £ 14 million in tour costs which he believes should never have been paid. It’s thought the High Court trial will have cost as much as £ 8 million without adding this appeal.
The twenty-page judgment makes fascinating reading and clearly lays out the complexities of touring and what companies needed to be involved. It also explains the cash flow of a tour and even the commission taken by Sir Elton’s management company, John Reid Enterprises Limited.
2000. Natalie Maines, 25, lead singer with The Dixie Chicks finishes her gig in Las Vegas and sneaks off to a Little White Wedding Chapel with actor Adrian Pasdar to get married.
1972. Disco (ZDF, West Germany) 17. The Tremeloes – I like it that way; Peter Orloff – Einer hat dich lieb; Deep Purple – Never before; Phil + John – Hello Mary-Lou; Nina + Mike – Was wird sein in sieben Jahren?; T.Rex – Metal Guru; Peter Maffay – Wo bist du?; Middle Of The Road – The Talk of all the USA, Samson & Deliah. For bands that Disco couldn’t get in the studio, they’d feature a video taped performance and would have a camera zoom in on a monitor on which the VT was playing. That’s the case with this clip of Deep Purple.
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