The first half of 2013 have already brought on a lot of news and events in the music world. They included the Eagles documentary on Showtime, new albums from Black Sabbath and David Bowie, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions of the year which included Rush and Donna Summer. Also in the first half in 2013 we lost a few artists including The Doors’ Ray Manzarek, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and the Miracles’ Bobby Rogers.
The second half of 2013 have also brought many news and events, which includes the death of a rock pioneer and a rocker’s health scare. Here are a few that went down in 2013.
1. Elton John: The singer underwent surgery for appendicitis, which temporarily halted his tour. Also this year, he released a new album The Diving Board, and openly condemned Russia’s anti-gay laws during a concert in Moscow.
2. Lou Reed, iconic frontman of the Velvet Underground, and punk pioneer dies at the age of 71.
3. Tina Turner marries longtime beau music executive Erwin Bach. It is her first since divorcing Ike Turner in 1978.
4. Madonna: The singer gives a shocking interview in Harper’s Bazaar magazine, revealing that during her first years in New York City, she talked about incident of being held up at gunpoint, suffering from multiple break-ins, and even getting raped. Meanwhile, Madonna topped Forbes list of highest earning celebrities.
5. Bob Dylan was hit with preliminary charges by French authorities, stemming remarks made in Rolling Stone, where he allegedly compared Croatians to Nazis. Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters came under fire for beaming a Star of David symbol on a flying inflatable pig during a Belgium concert, receiving flak from Jewish groups.
6. Janis Joplin is the latest rock legend to receive a star on the Walk of Fame, 43 years after her untimely passing in 1970. Meanwhile, the play A Night With Janis is a hit on Broadway.
7. Stevie Wonder vows never to perform in Florida, following the Zimmerman acquittal, joining a number of artists voicing outrage over the trial including Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Natalie Maines. Meanwhile, Heart are among the number of artists who cancels shows at Sea World, following the controversial documentary Blackfish. Other artists who cancelled shows included Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies.