Monday May 25th
1974 – Jim Morrison’s widow, Pam, dies of a drug overdose
1983 – This Day in Dio: Dio release their Holy Diver album
1988 – Frank Zappa must have had a great agent. Because he’s invited to perform during the opening night of the historic Reagan/Gorbachev summit in Moscow. But he also had lousy business sense. Zappa declined.
1997 – The day after his 56th birthday, Bob Dylan is admitted into a Los Angeles hospital with chest pains.
2000 – In Houston, Eddie Van Halen is tested for cancer at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The hospital says that the tests are routine, and that the guitarist is not ill.
2000 – Paul McCartney wins the ultimate accolade from Britain’s music industry when he is awarded the first Fellowship of the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters Award during the annual Ivor Novello awards in London.
2000 – The 21st annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards are webcast live via the House Of Blues website.
2003 – Mars Volta keyboardist Jeremy Ward is found dead of a suspected drug overdose at his Los Angeles home. He was 27.
2004 – Courtney Love pleads guilty to being under the influence of a controlled substance, a charge stemming from a 2003 arrest.
2004 – In a surprising move, Vermont-based jam band Phish announces that it plans to split following the conclusion of its summer tour in August.
2005 – System of a Down top the American album charts with Mezmerize.
2007 – Wayne Fontana of the 60’s group, “Mindbenders”, was taken into custody today on This Day in Rock! Wayne admitted to pouring gasoline on a bailiff’s vehicle and setting it on fire.