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This Weekend In Music History: February 10-12

February 10: Daft Punk’s First Appearance

Now that Daft Punk isn’t together anymore, it is melancholic to think about their first times.

It seems like yesterday that Daft Punk made their first televised live appearance. It was, indeed 15 years ago, when in 2008 the band appeared at the 50th Grammy Awards. The French duo joined Kanye West on stage in his performance of “Stronger.” The song, in fact, is famous for featuring a vocal sample from Daft Punk’s second hit album Discovery, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” From their first release Homework to the latest Random Access Memories, Daft Punk creates some of the most famous singles in the electronic genre, and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” is one of them. Discovery includes as well other prominent singles like “One More Time” and “Something About Us.”

On February 10th, 2008, the band and the American rapper and producer captivated the audience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with an energetic and unique performance that will never be forgotten.

11 February: The Tragic Death Of Whitney Houston

One of the saddest moment in music history happened today, in 2012. Only a few years after the tragic passing of Amy Winehouse on February 11, Whitney Houston was found dead in the bathtub. The Beverly Hills paramedics arrived at 3:30 p.m. in suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, they found her unresponsive. Despite the CPR, the artist passed at 3:55 p.m.

According to the police, there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent.” Later, a statement concluded that the incident was an “accidental drowning.”
One of the best singers of all time, if not the best, left the world in a tragic way, leaving a scar on every music lover’s heart.

February 12: Keith Richards Fined For Cocaine Possession

Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll is the favorite motto for every rock fan. Though, some took it more seriously than others. Keith Richards was notoriously one of them. Known as the immortal guitarist of The Rolling Stones, he might be even more famous for his incomparable life on the edge. But he is still being considered as one of the ten best guitarists ever!

In fact, he is famous for having survived to more than one risky situations, including multiple related to drug addiction. Let alone all the hilarious, yet shocking story he gave us. Have you ever heard of him snorting his father’s ashes?

February 12th, 1977, was one of the times when he wasn’t doing too well. The artist was in fact fined £750 ($1290) for drug possession.

Rolling Stone at the time wrote:

“London — Keith Richards was convicted January 11th of cocaine possession by the Aylesbury Crown Court, 40 miles northwest of London. The 33-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist was fined £750 ($1290) and assessed another £250 in court fees. Richards, who was convicted in 1973 of drug possession, was warned by Judge Lawrence Verney that another conviction would lead to a jail sentence.”

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