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October 23, 1998: Stone Roses singer Ian Brown is jailed for four months for threatening behavior
Last week's announcement of the unforeseen Stone Roses reunion thrilled British guitar-pop fans – and hopefully, singer Ian Brown will be on his best behavior for his return. He certainly wasn't in 1998, when he attacked a flight attendant on a trip from Paris to Manchester.

According to the attendant, Christine Cooper, Brown threatened graphically to "chop [her] hands off" after she offered him duty-free drinks by mistake. As she told Manchester police later, she apologized when she realized that he had not gestured for the cocktails, yet he continued pointing and yelling at her, then followed her to the cockpit and banged menacingly on the door.

Brown was arrested when the plane landed. He retold the story to authorities as a joking and innocuous incident, then claimed that the pilot had antagonized him. He was sentenced to four months in prison and lost his appeal for a reduced sentence, forcing him to cancel a solo tour through the United Kingdom and Japan.

 

October 25, 2004: DJ John Peel died
One of Britain's most indefatigable champions for rock and roll, John Peel was a tastemaking voice of BBC Radio 1 from the 1960s until his death. Throughout his career, he discovered and enthusiastically spun dozens of groundbreaking bands, including the Cure, David Bowie, Joy Division and the Strokes.

The eclectic, witty DJ (and former pirate radio operator) was the host of the famous Peel Sessions, live in-studio performances by artists that could cement their stardom in the rock world. He also served as a presenter of Top of the Pops, founded Dandelion Records and managed the psychedelic rock band the Misunderstood.

Peel's pure curiosity for new musicians shaped rock and roll throughout his career. Young bands across the world plied him with their demo tapes, knowing that he would listen to them with kindness and sincerity. He died at age 65 while on a working vacation in Cusco, Peru.

LAST WEEK: Three Members of Lynyrd Skynyrd Die in Plane Crash

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