On This Date, April 6th in 1998: Wendy O. Williams, outrageous vocalist and front woman for The Plasmatics died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds after attempting suicide on several previous occasions. She was 48 years old. As the chief focal point of Plasmatics’ live performances, Williams was infamous for her wild stage theatrics which included blowing up equipment, partial nudity and chain-sawing television sets and guitars onstage. RIP Wendy, you were one of a kind.
On This Day, May 9th, in 1998: Jimmy Page appeared on Saturday Night Live with Sean “Puffy” Combs to perform “Come With Me,” (from the soundtrack of the movie, Godzilla) which sampled the guitar riff from Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” I remember it was a mortifying horrorshow during which I plugged my ears and hid my eyes with a pillow until it was over. How Page could willingly enable P-Doodle-Dandy to ruin a great Led Zeppelin song still mystifies me. Surely he did not need the money.