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At the American Video Awards, the Best Group Video honor goes to The Police for “Every Breath You Take.” The black and white clip was the handy work of the team of Godley & Creme. 1984
“Synchronicity” was the Police’s best-selling album. In addition, it was the group’s last effort before Sting went solo. “Every Breath You Take” is one of those songs that got so big it was almost an embarrassing.
Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain kills himself with a shotgun. 1994
After both drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Kirst Novoselic threatened to disband Nirvana if Cobain didn’t deal with his drug problem, he once again entered rehab. He was there less than a week before walking away.
Cobain’s mother filed a missing person’s report. The very next day, April 5th, ’94, Cobain shot himself in the head with a Remington 20-gauge shotgun in the garage apartment of his Lake Washington (Seattle) mansion. His body was discovered three days later.
Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley dies from a drug overdose. 2002
“Itch, Love Stories About Heroin,” author Tanya Vece’s biography about the life and tragic death of Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley, is in bookstores. 2009
“The perception that he was just this junkie who got caught up in the music business, that’s not it at all,” says Vece, the eldest daughter of Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx. “I want people to know Layne for who he really was.”
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5,000 radio stations play the African relief benefit single “We Are The World,” with vocals by Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Perry (Journey) and many others, simultaneously at 10:15 am EST. 1985
John Mellencamp’s ode to Rock n’ Roll, “R.O.C.K. In the USA” peaks at #2 on the U.S. charts. 1986
R.E.M.’s Peter Buck is acquitted of ‘air-rage’ charges resulting from an incident on a Trans-Atlantic flight. U2’s Bono testified on Buck’s behalf. 2002
Avenged Sevenfold’s “So Far Away” is the third single from their fifth studio album, “Nightmare.” The song, a tribute to the band’s original drummer, the late Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, goes on to top Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock chart. 2011
Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil is charged with battery and disorderly conduct for allegedly jabbing his ex-girlfriend, Alicia Jacobs, in the Shimmer Cabaret lounge at the Las Vegas Hilton twelve days earlier. 2011
Tom DeLonge, ex-Blink 182 launches a cross-media series, Sekret Machines. The first installment is a 704-page hardcover novel, Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows, which DeLonge wrote with author A.J. Hartley. 2016
The Rolling Stones first exhibition showcasing hundreds of items from their career opens at the Saatchi Gallery in London. However, the group is banned from performing on the lawn outside the venue because residents in the affluent neighborhood overrule the Stones’ proposal. 2016
Soundgarden celebrate their 35th anniversary by launching a new vinyl album-of-the-month club starting with “Superunknown.” 2019