Monday 6pm: MaxMusic 20th Century – 1990 (Part 1)

January 18 – Eric Clapton plays the first of eighteen shows in a three-week span at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
January 21 – MTV’s Unplugged is broadcast for the first time, on cable television, with British band Squeeze.
February 6
Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident, resulting in several broken bones. Idol had been scheduled to have a major role in Oliver Stone’s film The Doors, but due to his injuries, the role was reduced almost to a bit part. The role of the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, originally intended for Idol, was recast entirely as a result of the accident.
Bob Marley’s birthday is a national holiday in Jamaica for the first time.
February 14 – 50,000 fans watch The Rolling Stones play the first of 10 concerts at Tokyo’s Korakuen Dome, the beginning of the Stones’ first ever tour of Japan. The group was originally scheduled to perform there in 1973 but a drug conviction prevented Mick Jagger from obtaining a visa at the time.
February 16 – Ike Turner is sentenced to 4 years in prison for possession of cocaine.
February 24 – The Byrds (Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and David Crosby) reunite, for the first time in 25 years, to perform at a Los Angeles tribute to Roy Orbison. The three are joined unexpectedly on stage by Bob Dylan, who sings “Mr. Tambourine Man” with the band.
March 15 – MCA Inc. purchases Geffen Records for over $550 million in stock. Under the agreement, David Geffen will continue to run the record company through an employment contract.
March 16 – Flea and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers are arrested and charged for an incident two days earlier at a performance in Daytona Beach during MTV’s spring break coverage, in which they allegedly sexually assaulted and verbally abused a female audience member after jumping from the stage. They are released on $2,000 bail.
March 20 – Gloria Estefan’s tour bus is involved in an accident. Estefan suffers several broken bones in her back.
March 25 – Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee is arrested for allegedly exposing his buttocks during a performance in Augusta, Georgia.
March 28 – The Go-Go’s reunite to play a benefit concert for the California Environmental Protection Act. They play several more reunion shows later in the year.
April 4 – Gloria Estefan returns to Miami, Florida after undergoing back surgery following the March 20 accident.
April 6 – Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee suffers a mild concussion after falling off of scaffolding above his elevated drum kit during a performance in New Haven, Connecticut.
April 7 – Neil Young, Elton John, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Guns N’ Roses and Jackson Browne perform at Farm Aid IV in Indiana. John dedicates “Candle in the Wind” to AIDS patient Ryan White during his performance. White dies the following day.
April 13 – Madonna starts her controversial Blond Ambition Tour in Tokyo, Japan.
April 16 – A massive tribute concert is held at Wembley Stadium for recently freed anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, who appears in a pre-taped 45-minute speech at the event. Performers include Anita Baker, Tracy Chapman, Peter Gabriel, The Neville Brothers and Neil Young. The event is broadcast to 61 countries around the world.
April 24 – Janet Jackson is honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
April 25 – Jimi Hendrix’s Fender Stratocaster, on which he performed his famous version of the “Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock, is auctioned off in London for $295,000.
April 27 – Axl Rose marries model Erin Everly, daughter of singer Don Everly, in a Las Vegas ceremony. Divorce papers are filed on May 24, then withdrawn, then filed again in October.
May 6 – Valery Leontiev show “It seems to me that I have not lived” in the Olympic Stadium.
May 18 – The Rolling Stones open their Urban Jungle European tour in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
May 27 – The Stone Roses stage a legendary concert at Spike Island, Cheshire.
May 29
In Canada, Toronto police threaten to arrest Madonna if she performs her simulated masturbation scene during her performance of “Like a Virgin” on her Blond Ambition Tour. Madonna refuses to change her show, and the police decide not to press charges, later denying that they had ever threatened to do so (a claim refuted by footage captured during the filming of Madonna’s 1991 documentary Truth or Dare).
At the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition 1990 finals, held at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, pianist Nick van Oosterum of the Netherlands takes first place.
June 9 – The Stone Roses perform to 8,000 people at Glasgow Green, which is widely regarded as their best ever gig.
June 10 – members of rap group 2 Live Crew are arrested and charged with obscenity after a performance in a Hollywood, Florida nightclub..
June 30 – Knebworth 1990, a one-off festival at Knebworth Park, England in support of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. Participating musicians had all been winners of the Silver Clef Award. The acts included headliners Pink Floyd, Genesis, Robert Plant, Elton John, Dire Straits, Status Quo, Eric Clapton and others.