MEAN­WHILE, IN THE REAL WORLD...

EV­ERY­THING ELSE THAT HAP­PENED IN 1998

Metal Hammer (UK) - - The 90s Issue: 1998 -

head­lines J.K. Rowl­ing’s sec­ond book in the se­ries, Harry Pot­ter And The Cham­ber Of Se­crets, is pub­lished…

Pop singer

George

Michael is ar­rested for lewd be­hav­iour in a Los

Angeles public toi­let.

He pleads no con­test, and is fined and given com­mu­nity ser­vice… A new internet search en­gine named Google launches… hmmm, won­der what­ever be­came of it?

MOVIE

Hugely suc­cess­ful Ja­panese hor­ror movie Ring in­tro­duces us to the most ter­ri­fy­ing venge­ful spirit ever to crawl out of a TV… The Big Le­bowski be­comes the finest stoner com­edy for peo­ple who don’t even smoke… Johnny Depp goes full gonzo as leg­endary jour­nal­ist Hunter S. Thomp­son in Fear And Loathing In Las Ve­gas.

tv

Celebrity Death­match is the only place you’ll see a plas­ticine Mar­i­lyn Man­son wrestling a plas­ticine Charles Man­son to the death… Ut­terly sur­real Bri­tish sketch show Big Train is a bark­ing-mad treat from the mak­ers of Fa­ther Ted.

Charts

The good news? Aero­smith keep the rock flag fly­ing with the big­gest hit of their ca­reer. The bad news? It was with the soul­sap­ping I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.

HERO

Dur­ing an in­ter­view to pro­mote his new in­dus­trial metal band, 2wo, Rob Hal­ford be­comes the first high-pro­file metal mu­si­cian to an­nounce that he is gay.

vil­lain

In­ter­scope records are ac­cused of pay­ola af­ter pay­ing a US ra­dio sta­tion $5,000 to play Limp Bizkit’s Coun­ter­feit 50 times. Sure, worse things have hap­pened, but that’s just cheat­ing.

rip

For­mer Black Sab­bath drum­mer Cozy Pow­ell (car crash)… Orig­i­nal X Ja­pan gui­tarist Hide (sui­cide)… Snot singer Lynn Strait (car crash).

wtf?

The UK fi­nally of­fi­cially abol­ishes the death penalty – even though the last ex­e­cu­tions took place in 1964.

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