The Notorious B.I.G. is murdered on March 9 outside the Peterson Automotive Museum.
Bob Dylan plays a five-night residency at the El Rey in December to celebrate the release of his comeback album, Time Out of Mind.
Babe's & Ricky's Inn, the last of the famous blues clubs from Central Avenue, reopens in August in Leimert Park.
Britney Spears films the " Baby One More Time" video on August 7 and 8 at Venice High School.
George Michael is arrested for lewd conduct on April 7, when he solicits sex in the public bathroom at Will Rogers Memorial Park. Soon after, he comes out as a gay man.
To help launch the new Staples Center, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band give their first concert performance on October 17.
Rage Against the Machine plays outside Staples in August during the Democratic National Convention, to an audience of approximately 8,000. A riot follows the 40-minute performance, leading to half a dozen arrests.
Faith Hill causes the forced renovation of the El Rey's ceiling in September, when, while filming an NBC special, heavy lights prove too bulky for the wooden ceiling supports to hold. The total renovations, which include refinishing the carpeting, are estimated at $250,000.
Elliott Smith takes his own life on October 21. Beck and Rilo Kiley head a memorial concert in tribute to Smith on November 3 at the Henry Fonda.
Steve Jones, former guitarist for the Sex Pistols, debuts his Indie 103.1 radio show, Jonesy's Jukebox, on February 10 at the station's headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard.
Britney Spears gets her head shaved at Esther's Hair Salon in Tarzana on February 16.
Paul McCartney causes total pandemonium (and huge lines that snake far down the street) when he plays at Amoeba Records in Hollywood on June 27.
Prince plays a residency at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in June. In honor of his recently released album, 3121, fans get to choose between paying $3,121 for two seats or $312.10 for one standing-room-only ticket.
Beck helps launch Club Nokia with its first show on November 9. Jenny Lewis is the opening act.
Aimee Mann headlines the reopening of Largo at the Coronet on June 2.
E of the Eels writes "Sad Foot Sign" in honor of the rotating sign above the Sunset Foot Clinic in Silver Lake. One side of the sign shows a happy foot; the other shows a sad foot. E believes that the side of the sign he sees in the morning dictates his mood that day. Beck expresses a similar sentiment about the sign's odd powers.
After Elliott Smith's death, the wall he stood in front of for the cover of Figure 8 at 4334 West Sunset Boulevard becomes a memorial to him, full of messages from fans.
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