In 1987, Fox Broadcasting cancelled Frank Zappa’s one-night shot as guest host of ”The Late Night Show.” Zappa said he wanted to interview radio commentator Daniel Schorr and Gerard Thomas Straub, who wrote a book about being fired as producer of ”The 700 Club” religious television show. Fox said Zappa’s proposed guests would have the audience ”nodding out.”

In 1989, Memphis radio station WHBQ, the first to air an Elvis Presley record, announced it was banning all Presley music. As program director Ron Jordan put it, “we overdo the Elvis bit here.” Jordan rescinded the order two days later after hundreds of Elvis fans called to protest. Presley’s first single, “That’s All Right,” made its debut on WHBQ in 1954.

In 1992, k.d. lang cancelled a show in Owen Sound, Ontario after local beef farmers threatened to block the parking lot with farm vehicles and tractor-trailer rigs. Lang, a vegetarian, had upset the cattlemen by appearing in a “Meat Stinks” ad campaign.

In 1994, The Rolling Stones arrived in Toronto to begin rehearsals for their “Voodoo Lounge” world tour. The sessions were held in an empty hangar at Pearson International Airport. Before the tour’s official start August 1st in Washington, D.C., the band staged a surprise gig at a Toronto club.