Today in rock history; happy anniversary to Justin & Janet’s XXXVIII Super Bowl show, Sid Vicious dies and more

Maiden releases a “killer” album, too.

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click to enlarge Justin Timberlake speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Trolls", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. - Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons)
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Justin Timberlake speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Trolls", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

Today in rock history: on this date in 2004, the world instantly became familiar with the term "wardrobe malfunction" thanks to an unfortunate yet, highly publicized split-second aired live on television. During a flashy halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII held in Houston, Texas, singer and performer Justin Timberlake appeared with the multi-talented Janet Jackson as part of the entertainment. A rehearsed move where Timberlake was to tear off an article of Janet's clothing resulted in part of her top coming off to reveal her exposed breast which was adorned with a nipple shield. Within seconds, the universal outrage and a worldwide collective gasp was heard and all hell broke loose. Televisions across the world instantly saw an aerial camera shot of the stadium where the event occurred but the damage was done; it's estimated that 143 million viewers witnessed the split second that was soon referred to as "nipplegate." The incident was widely viewed as a pre-planned publicity stunt that was intended to grab headlines. What occurred was moral outrage with critics renouncing the incident and relating it to the decay of values in American culture. Lawsuits were bandied about, the FCC felt compelled to increase its fines for on-air indecency and the incident led to further discussions about the topic of censorship. Sending shockwaves through the world, the incident promoted all future Super Bowl halftime shows to be broadcast using a five second delay for all future telecasts to avoid any other similar mishap from occurring. Timberlake releases his latest album, Man of The Woods, today and is set to return to the Super Bowl halftime show this Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots. Timberlake is also set to perform at Tampa’s Amalie Arena this summer — details on that show are available here.

Justin Timberlake will play Tampa's Amalie Arena on May 15

Today in rock history: on this date in 1979, the life of the young, troubled Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious came to a tragic end. After dealing with drug addiction, a tumultuous relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen and an intense desire to portray himself as a punk rock bad boy in the press, Sid, born John Simon Ritchie, passed away at the age of 21 as a result of a heroin overdose. The headline-grabbing player who took over on bass for the band after the departure of original member Glen Matlock was embroiled in a murder trial for the death of his girlfriend and was facing a grim time. Living in New York and playing occasional gigs with a band he'd assembled there, Sid's death occurred amid mysterious circumstances. His mother later revealed that she'd found a suicide note inside a pocket of his leather jacket stating that he and Spungen had made a death pact and that he was keeping up his end of the agreement.

Today in rock history: on this date in 1979, Stiff Little Fingers, the fine punk rock band from Northern Ireland released its debut album, the dynamic Inflammable Material. Lyrics drew heavily on the state of Ireland at the time, and Stiff Little Fingers quickly became noticed as one of the premier bands of the time. The album contains punk rock anthems like "Alternative Ulster" and "Suspect Device" which defined the band's aggressive yet melodic style. Heavily influenced by The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers established themselves as a strong force to be reckoned with and were integral in carrying out the message and the power of punk rock. The album also includes an inspired cover of "Johnny Was," a song written by Rita Marley, the wife of reggae legend Bob Marley, which originally appeared on Bob's 1976 album, Rastaman Vibration.

Review: In Tampa, Iron Maiden brands fans from age six to 63 with the mark of the beast

Today in rock history: on this date in 1981, forerunning British heavy metal group Iron Maiden released its second album, Killers. The first album to include guitarist Adrian Smith was also the last to feature original lead singer Paul Di'Anno. The powerful, heavy sound the band created on its self-titled debut album the year prior was further enhanced on this fine record which in many ways eclipsed its predecessor. Working with producer Martin Birch — who'd go on to produce many more landmark albums for Maiden — for the first time helped to shape the sound that Maiden would become synonymous with. Containing metal classics like "Wrathchild" and "Murders in the Rue Morgue," the album came just as Iron Maiden was about to break out and reach wider audiences throughout Europe and the United States. With the exit of Di'Anno due to being sacked for substance abuse problems, the band soon recruited powerhouse singer Bruce Dickinson fresh from his stint with metal band Samson to take over. By the next year, Dickinson would appear on his first Iron Maiden album, The Number of the Beast, and the rest of the world would soon know of Iron Maiden. Read our review of Maiden’s summer 2017 set in Tampa here.

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Gabe Echazabal

I was born on a Sunday Morning.I soon received The Gift of loving music.Through music, I Found A Reason for living.It was when I discovered rock and roll that I Was Beginning To See The Light.Because through music, I'm Set Free.It's always helped me keep my Head Held High.When I started dancing to that fine, fine...
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