July 7 – Singer Mia Zapata of punk band The Gits is found dead after being beaten, sexually assaulted and strangled in the Capitol Hill district of Seattle. Her murder goes unsolved for a decade until DNA evidence leads to an arrest and conviction.
July 17 – Guns N’ Roses play the final gig on their Use Your Illusion Tour. This will be the last time the original band plays together on stage until 2016.
July 18 – At a Lollapalooza concert in Philadelphia, Rage Against the Machine uses their entire 14-minute performance time to protest their single “Killing in the Name” being banned from radio. With only guitar feedback for sound, the group appears on stage naked with the letters “PMRC” painted on their chests and electrical duct tape over their mouths.
July 21 – Ilaiyaraaja becomes the first Asian composer to have a symphony performed by a major UK orchestra (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).
August 3 – Aharon Gorev’s Klezmer Symphony, the first of its kind, is featured on the opening concert of the sixth annual International Klezmer Festival in Safed, Israel.
August 5 – Singer Natalie Merchant announces on MTV that she is leaving 10,000 Maniacs after 12 years in the band.
August 10 – Mayhem guitarist Euronymous is stabbed to death by fellow band member Varg Vikernes in Oslo, Norway, causing the temporary end of Mayhem.
August 24 – News breaks to the public that Michael Jackson is being investigated on allegations of child molestation.
August 28 – Bruce Dickinson plays his final show with Iron Maiden (until his return in 1999) in London. The show is broadcast on British television, and later released on VHS and DVD.
September 2 – Snoop Dogg and his bodyguard are charged with the August 25 murder of a 20-year-old gang member in a drive-by shooting. They are cleared of the charges in 1996.
September 14 – A civil lawsuit is filed against Michael Jackson by thirteen-year-old Jordan Chandler and his parents, accusing the singer of sexually abusing the boy over the course of their friendship.
September 20 – Depeche Mode becomes among the earliest bands to go on the Internet to interact with fans, as the group holds a question-and-answer session on AOL. The event is marred by technical difficulties as many participants, including the band members themselves, have trouble logging on to the chat.
September 25 – Madonna starts The Girlie Show World Tour in London, England. And visit some countries for the very first time like Brazil, Argentina, Israel, Turkey, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Australia.
September 30 – October 2 – The Abu Ghosh Vocal Music Festival is held, featuring music of Jewish, Christian, and Moslem cultural traditions, and a performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Ave Sol Choir from Riga and the Rehovot Camerata Orchestra directed by Avner Biron.
October 1 – MTV Latin America is launched.
October 1–3 – Annual Australian Bush Music Festival takes place in Glen Innes.
October 17 – Savatage guitarist and co-founder Christopher Michael “Criss” Oliva killed in a car accident by a seven-time drunk driver.
October 31 – Tupac Shakur is arrested and charged with shooting two off-duty police officers in Atlanta. The charges are later dropped.
November 6–7 – The second annual Tooheys Sydney Country Music Festival, is held at Clarendon (Hawkesbury) Racecourse, in Sydney.
November 11 – Michael Jackson ends his Dangerous World Tour in Mexico City, Mexico.
November 12 – Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, responding to an announcement by the Arts Council that they would fund only two of London’s four orchestras starting in 1994, confirms he plans to hand back his knighthood and consider leaving the country if this support were to be withdrawn.
November 18 – Nirvana play their unplugged concert in New York for MTV.
November 19 – Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder is arrested in New Orleans, USA on charges of public drunkenness after a bar room brawl.
November 19 – Madonna ends her tour in Tokyo, Japan.
November 30 – A new opera house opens in Töölö, Helsinki, Finland.
December 22 – Michael Jackson makes his first public statement regarding the child molestation allegations leveled against him. In a videotaped address, Jackson calls the accusations “totally false” and asks the public to “wait to hear the truth before you label or condemn me.”
December 31 – The 22nd annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Brooks & Dunn, Daryl Hall, Kiss, Joey Lawrence, SWV, and Barry Manilow.
Also in 1993
Anders Fridén quits Dark Tranquillity from his lead vocalist position. Then guitarist/vocalist, Mikael Stanne fills in Fridén’s position while abandoning his guitarist position. The band hires Fredrik Johansson to fill the vacant guitar position.
Rick Astley retires from the music industry at the age of 27 after selling 40 million records in a five-year period.
Jesper Strömblad leaves Ceremonial Oath while Anders Fridén joins the band.
New Order break up whilst on the tour for their album Republic, and apparently do not speak to each other for another 5 years.
Christian rock label Tooth & Nail Records is formed.
Keiko Abe becomes the first woman to be inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.