This Day in Music History — August 10

1972 : Paul and Linda McCartney are arrested backstage in Gothenburg, Sweden, for possession of six ounces of marijuana, which was mailed to them by someone in McCartney’s office who thought they would like some weed on the road. The couple are released after paying a combined fine of $1,200.

1987 : A Chorus Line, the Broadway smash that had become the longest-running show on Broadway four years earlier, celebrates a historic 5,000th performance.

2012 : Insane Clown Posse takes exception to the FBI naming their fans, collectively known as ‘Juggalos,’ as a criminal gang in the FBI’s “2011 National Gang Threat Assessment Report.” At the annual Gathering of the Juggalos event in Illinois, they announce intentions to sue the FBI. Despite this, the FBI continues to list Juggalos as an organized gang in later years.

2012 : The bands Kiss and Motley Crue donate $100,000 together to the families of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado “Dark Knight” shooting. The massacre occurred Friday, July 20th, at a movie theater showing of The Dark Knight Rises when James Eagan Holmes burst into the theater with guns blazing, killing 12 and wounding 58. The story rocks the United States and the ensuing trial of shooter Holmes, who was inspired by the actions of ‘The Joker,’ a famed villain in the Batman franchise played by Heath Ledger, is to generate top headlines for many months yet.

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