Tag: 1998

Saturday 12am ET: Feature LP: Van Halen – Van Halen III (1998)

Van Halen III is the eleventh studio album by American rock band Van Halen, released on March 17, 1998 by Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Mike Post and Eddie Van Halen, it is the band’s only studio album to feature Extreme lead vocalist Gary Cherone, and the last to feature bassist Michael Anthony before he was replaced in the band by Eddie’s son Wolfgang in 2006. Work on a follow-up album with Cherone commenced in 1999, but never advanced past a few demos.

Van Halen III was the band’s last album for fourteen years, and their final album of the 20th century. It was also the final album the band released on Warner Bros. When they returned in 2012 with A Different Kind of Truth, it was with Interscope Records. It is their longest studio album to date, clocking in at slightly over 65 minutes.

1. “Neworld” (Intro) 1:45
2. “Without You” 6:30
3. “One I Want” 5:30
4. “From Afar” 5:24
5. “Dirty Water Dog” 5:27
6. “Once” 7:42
7. “Fire in the Hole” 5:31
8. “Josephina” 5:42
9. “Year to the Day” 8:34
10. “Primary” 1:27
11. “Ballot or the Bullet” 5:42
12. “How Many Say I” 6:04

Wednesday 6pm: MaxMusic 20th Century – 1998 (Part 2)

Monday 6pm: MaxMusic 20th Century -1998 (Part 1)

 

Today we start our focus on 1998.

January 28
Interscope Records pays a radio station in Portland, Oregon, USA, $5000 to play the Limp Bizkit single “Counterfeit” fifty times. The business move is widely criticized in the media as “payola”, but the controversy serves to further increase publicity for the band.
“Weird Al” Yankovic gets LASIK surgery to cure his myopia. At the same time, he grows out his hair and shaves off his moustache, radically changing his signature look.
Namie Amuro’s first greatest hits album 181920 is released.
January 31 – The Presidents of the United States of America play a farewell show in their hometown of Seattle. They would reunite in 2000.
February 5
Carnatic vocalist M. S. Subbulakshmi becomes the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.
Former Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford publicly reveals his homosexuality for the first time in an interview with MTV.
February 15 – Sir Edward Elgar’s unfinished Third Symphony, completed by Anthony Payne, is performed for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall, London, UK.
February 19 – The Stray Cats reunite for a benefit show for the Carl Perkins Foundation at House of Blues in Los Angeles, USA.
February 21 – Misia made her official CD debut with the single “Tsutsumikomu Yō ni…”.
February 22 – In Los Angeles, California, Stevie Wonder is honored as the 1999 MusiCares Person of the Year.
February 23 – “Frozen”, the first single from Madonna’s eighth studio album, Ray of Light, is released. The single is a worldwide hit, peaking at #2 on US Billboard Hot 100 and becoming her first single to enter the charts at #1 in the UK.
February 24 – Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom at Buckingham Palace, London, UK. He was mistakenly introduced as “Sir John Elton”, but was renamed “Sir Elton John”.
February 28 – Haitian group RAM survive an attempted murder while performing at a carnival, after a disagreement with the newly elected mayor of Port-au-Prince.
March 3 – Madonna releases her seventh studio album Ray of Light. The album eventually sells over 16 million copies worldwide. The album received near universal acclaim upon release. Her collaborations with producer William Orbit, as well as her conversion to Kabbalah resulted in a completely new and unique lyric and musical approach for Madonna, which gains her four Grammy Awards out of a total of six nominations, as well as many other prestigious awards.
March 10 – The South Korean-made MPMan, the first mass-produced digital audio player, is launched at the CeBIT trade fair in Hanover, Germany.
March 13 – The Smashing Pumpkins file a US$1 million lawsuit against UK-based Sound And Media Ltd, alleging that the company has released a book and CD about the band without permission.
March 17 – Van Halen III is released. It is the first and only Van Halen album to feature Gary Cherone on vocals.
March 24 – NSYNC releases their debut album NSYNC
March 26 – Chuck Negron files a lawsuit against his fellow Three Dog Night bandmates alleging that they broke a 1990 settlement agreement and interfered with his career.
April 3 – Dave Navarro is fired by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
April 6 – Organizers announce that Lollapalooza will not be staged in 1998 due to the inability to sign a major headlining act. The festival would return in 2003.
April 7 – George Michael is arrested in a public restroom in Beverly Hills, California, USA for lewd conduct. He is subsequently sentenced to community service, and later describes it as a “subconsciously deliberate act”.
April 8 – Ayumi Hamasaki makes her debut under Avex Trax with the single “Poker Face”.
April 14 – The first VH1 Divas Live concert is broadcast on VH1, starring Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan, Céline Dion, Shania Twain and Mariah Carey.
April 17–19 – The second Terrastock festival takes place in San Francisco, USA.
April 29 – Steven Tyler breaks his knee at a concert in Anchorage, Alaska, USA, delaying Aerosmith’s Nine Lives Tour and necessitating camera angle adjustments for the filming of the video for “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”.

Thursday 6pm: 90’s Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

1998-1017This week on the 90’s Classic Countdown we feature the Top 40 from October 17, 1998 with Ron Kovacs from the RadioMax Top 70 Chart.

Feature Year: 1998 (Part 1 9a) (Part 2 9p) ET #1998 @RadioMax

1998January – Interscope Records pays a radio station in Portland, Oregon, USA, $5000 to play the Limp Bizkit single “Counterfeit” fifty times. The business move is widely criticized in the media as “payola”, but the controversy serves to further increase publicity for the band.
January 28 – “Weird Al” Yankovic gets LASIK surgery to cure his myopia. At the same time, he grows out his hair and shaves off his moustache, radically changing his signature look.
January 31 – The Presidents of the United States of America play a farewell show in their hometown of Seattle. They would reunite in 2000.
February – Carnatic vocalist M. S. Subbulakshmi becomes the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.
February 5 – Former Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford publicly reveals his homosexuality for the first time in an interview with MTV.
February 15 – Sir Edward Elgar’s unfinished third symphony, completed by Anthony Payne is performed for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall, London, UK.
February 19 The Stray Cats reunite for a benefit show for the Carl Perkins Foundation at House of Blues in Los Angeles, USA.
February 22 – In Los Angeles, California, Stevie Wonder is honored as the 1999 MusiCares Person of the Year.
February 23 – “Frozen”, the first single from Madonna’s eighth studio album, Ray of Light, is released. The single is a worldwide hit, peaking at #2 on US Billboard Hot 100 and becoming her first single to enter the charts at #1 in the UK.
February 24 Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom at Buckingham Palace, London, UK. He was mistakenly introduced as “Sir John Elton”, but was renamed “Sir Elton John”.
February 28 – Haitian group RAM survive an assassination attempt while performing at a carnival, after a disagreement with the newly elected mayor of Port-au-Prince.
March 3 – Madonna releases her seventh studio album Ray of Light. The album eventually sells over 16 million copies worldwide and gains Madonna four Grammy Awards.
March 10 – The South Korean-made MPMan, the first mass-produced digital audio player, is launched at the CeBIT trade fair in Hanover, Germany.
March 13 – The Smashing Pumpkins file a US$1 million lawsuit against UK-based Sound And Media Ltd, alleging that the company has released a book and CD about the band without proper clearance.
March 17 – Van Halen III is released. It is the first Van Halen album to feature Gary Cherone on vocals.
March 26 – Chuck Negron files a lawsuit against his fellow Three Dog Night band mates alleging that they broke a 1990 settlement agreement and interfered with his career.
April 3 – Dave Navarro is fired by The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
April 6 – Organizers announce that Lollapalooza will not be staged in 1998 due to the inability to sign a major headlining act. The festival would return in 2003.
April 7 – George Michael is arrested in a public restroom in Beverly Hills, California, USA for lewd conduct. He is subsequently sentenced to community service, and later describes it as a “subconsciously deliberate act”.
April 14 – The first VH1 Divas Live concert is broadcast on VH1, starring Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan, Céline Dion, Shania Twain and Mariah Carey.
April 17-19 – The second Terrastock festival takes place in San Francisco, USA.
April 29 – Steven Tyler breaks his knee at a concert in Anchorage, Alaska, USA, delaying Aerosmith’s Nine Lives Tour and necessitating camera angle adjustments for the filming of the video for “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”.
May – The third European Festival of Youth Choirs is held in Basel, Switzerland.
May 8 – A British court rules in favor of The Beatles and John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, stopping the release of another Live at the Star Club recording. All copies of the recording and the original tape are awarded to the Beatles, as well as damages and legal costs.
May 9 – The 43rd Eurovision Song Contest, held in Birmingham, United Kingdom, is won by Israel’s transsexual performer Dana International with the song “Diva” See:
May 31 – Geri Halliwell goes into hiding as her public relations representative, Julian Torton, confirms that she has left the Spice Girls permanently.
June 1 – Scott Weiland’s public problems with drugs continue when he is arrested in New York after buying heroin.
July 3 – Westlife is formally created and signed to the record label BMG.
July 5 – Teen singer Billie Piper starts her career by becoming the youngest British solo artist to debut at #1 on the UK singles charts with “Because We Want To”.
August 18 – Korn’s third studio album, Follow the Leader, enters Billboard 200 at number 1, with 268,000 copies sold in its first week. It goes on to be certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA and sell over 14 million copies worldwide, thus launching nu metal into the mainstream.
August 24 – Pearl Jam’s “Do the Evolution” video premieres on MTV’s 120 Minutes; it is the group’s first music video in six years.
August 25 – Lauryn Hill releases her breakthrough debut album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. The album goes on to be certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA and sell over 19 million copies worldwide.
August 29 – The Bee Gees open their One Night Only tour in Dublin, Ireland
September 14 – Total Request Live is broadcast for the first time on MTV.
September 16 – Lou Reed performs for President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel at the White House.
October 5 – MuchMoreMusic is launched in Canada.
October 8 – The Recording Industry Association of America files in court against Diamond Multimedia in an attempt to block the release of the new Rio PMP300, arguing that the MP3 digital audio player is a music piracy device. The RIAA’s application is denied on October 26, clearing the way for the PMP300 to become the first commercially successful MP3 player.
October 23 – Britney Spears’ debut single, “…Baby One More Time”, is released. It would become the top-selling single of 1999, selling over nine million units worldwide.
October 27 – The Copyright Term Extension Act is signed into law, giving the entertainment industry 20 more years of exclusive rights to all works created since 1923.
December – Young violinists Nicola Benedetti and Alina Ibragimova play Bach’s double violin concerto under the baton of Yehudi Menuhin at the opening ceremony of the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at UNESCO in Paris.
December 5 – Billboard changes its policy for its Hot 100 chart to allow airplay-only singles or album cuts to be accounted in the chart.

Feature Year: 1998 8pm ET

Feature Year features the hits and music of 1998.

January 5 – Sonny Bono, American singer, actor, and politician (b. 1935) Died
January 9 – Kerris Dorsey, American actress and singer
January 19 – Carl Perkins, American guitarist (b. 1932) Died
February 6 – Falco, Austrian musician (b. 1957) Died
February 6 – Carl Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys) (b. 1946) Died
February 28 – Todd Duncan, American opera singer (b. 1903) Died
March 12 – Judge Dread, English musician (b. 1945) Died
March 20 – George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician (b. 1956) Died
April 1 – Rozz Williams, American singer (b. 1963) Died
April 2 – Rob Pilatus, member of the pop group Milli Vanilli (b. 1965) Died
April 5 – Cozy Powell, English rock drummer (b. 1947) Died
April 6 – Wendy O. Williams, American singer (b. 1949) Died
April 6 – Tammy Wynette, American singer (b. 1942) Died
April 15 – Rose Maddox, American singer (b. 1925) Died
April 17 – Linda McCartney, American photographer and musician and wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney. (b. 1941) Died
April 21 – Peter Lind Hayes, American entertainer (b. 1915) Died
May 7 – Eddie Rabbitt, American musician (b. 1941) Died
May 14 – Frank Sinatra, American entertainer (b. 1915) Died
May 8 – CBS telecasts The Wizard of Oz for the last time. Beginning in 1999, The Wizard of Oz will be shown on cable, and in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 it will be telecast by the WB Television Network in addition to its cable showings.
July 6 – Roy Rogers, American singer and actor (b. 1911) Died
August 7 – 1998 U.S. embassy bombings: The bombings of the United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, kill 224 people and injure over 4,500; they are linked to terrorist Osama Bin Laden, an exile of Saudi Arabia.
August 9 – Frankie Ruiz, Puerto Rican singer (b. 1958) Died
August 25 – China Anne McClain, American actress and singer
September 4 – Google, Inc. is founded in Menlo Park, California, by Stanford University PhD candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
September 14 – Johnny Adams, American musician (b. 1932) Died
September 26 – Betty Carter, American jazz singer (b. 1929) Died
October 2 – Gene Autry, American actor, singer, and sports team owner (b. 1907) Died
October 12 – Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)
October 14 – Frankie Yankovic, American musician (b. 1916) Died
November 23 – Bradley Steven Perry, American actor and singer