2023-01-15

JANUARY 15th
You can check out any time you like but you can never leave. The Eagles “Hotel California” is the #1 album in the U.S. It has the title track and “New Kid In Town.” 1977
Following years of internal strife, guitarist Rich Robinson issues a statement announcing the end of the Black Crowes after 24 years. 2015
Panic! At The Disco roll out their fifth studio effort “Death Of A Bachelor.” The album, produced by Jake Sinclair (Fall Out Boy), debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200. 2016
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Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist, Ronnie Van Zant, is born in Jacksonville, FL. 1948
Drummer Charlie Watts joins the Rolling Stones. The band’s original line-up is now complete. 1962
Finally realizing what’s at stake, Capitol Records, Vee-Jay and Swan Records go to court over the rights to The Beatles. Capitol, a subsidiary of EMI, The Beatles label in England, had passed on the group resulting in Vee-Jay and Swan releasing, unsuccessfully, several Beatles tracks in the U.S. In the end, Capitol wins. 1964
Johnny Rivers begins a one year stand at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in L.A. 1964
The Who issue “I Can’t Explain” in the U.K.   It is the band’s second single but first under The Who name. 1965
“December’s Children” by the Rolling Stones goes gold. The album features “Get Off My Cloud.” 1966
The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show but are forced to change the lyrics of their recent hit “Let’s Spend The Night Together” to “let’s spend some time together.” 1967
Gotta love the music biz. Atlantic Records trades CBS Records; Richie Furay for Graham Nash. Furay is now free to work with Poco and Nash can partner with David Crosby and Stephen Stills for CS&N. 1969
George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” is released in the U.K. It tops the singles charts worldwide and is Harrison’s first #1 as a solo artist. 1971
Guitarist Joe Walsh makes his debut with the Eagles. He’s onboard for the group’s Australia/Japan tour. 1976
Neil Young inducts Jimi Hendrix into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Yardbirds also make it into the Hall. 1992
Elton John’s early bass player Dee Murray dies in Nashville. 1992
KoЯn’s “Play Me,” a track from “Take A Look In The Mirror,” is heard in the NFL Street video game. 2004
Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope airs on NBC. The program features Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder. Showbiz celebrities include Halle Berry, Kevin Spacey, George Clooney and Uma Thurman. 2005
A lyric sheet to The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” handwritten by George Harrison, goes for $300,000 at an auction in Scottsdale, AZ. A military tunic worn by John Lennon sells for $350,000 while a set of Beatles suits dating from ’64 go for $30,000. 2007
Jon Bon Jovi performs at a New York fundraiser to help Hillary Clinton pay off the debt she amassed during her failed ’08 presidential campaign. According to reports she’s over $6 million in the red. 2009
Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon, wins a libel suit brought against British newspaper The Sun. An ’07 article claimed that she was driving her husband “to destruction.” Sharon receives an apology and undisclosed monetary damages from The Sun. 2009
ESP Signature Series guitars from Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett make their debut at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim, CA. The limited-edition guitars are replicas of custom-made instruments played by the two musicians. 2009
Kid Rock’s birthday concert at Detroit’s Ford Field takes place. The venue is renamed (for the day) 40 Field in honor of Rock’s 40th birthday. Over 45,000 attend the show, which sells out in 19 minutes. Rock’s actual birthday is 1/17. 2011
“From Can To Can’t” rolls out. The song is from the Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) directed documentary ,”Sound City,” the legendary recording studio located in Van Nuys, CA. 2013
Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” is heard in a commercial promoting the film “300: Rise Of An Empire.” 2014
The Eagles play the first of three shows to reopen the remodeled Los Angeles Forum. “The building is a grand dame of all these (arenas),” states the band’s Glenn Frey. The Forum is the largest venue built in the U.S. specifically for music and live entertainment. 2014
Marilyn Manson’s 10th album, “The Pale Emperor,” is released. The set contains the track “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge.” 2015
During a Dead Kennedys show at the Belly Up Tavern in San Diego a pair of fans perform a sex act onstage. “Of course, we don’t condone this activity in our establishment and security stopped it right away,” states the tavern’s management. 2015
Legendary record producer and music business maven Kim Fowley dies at age 75 following a long battle with bladder cancer. Fowley, known for his work with the Runaways, which included Joan Jett and Lita Ford, also co-wrote songs for KISS and Alice Cooper . 2015
Five Finger Death Punch’s single, “Wash It All Away,” tops Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart, marking the band’s fourth #1 on the survey but their first since “Battle Born” in ’13. 2016
David Bowie’s album “Blackstar,” which was released just days before the artist’s death, goes to #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 181,000 copies in its debut week. 2016
From First To Last release their first new song with former frontman Sonny Moore (a.k.a. Skrillex) in over a decade. “Make War” was co-written by Moore who left the group in ‘07 to pursue a solo career and found major success in electronic music. 2017
Metallica return to China for the first time in four years, and just as on previous trips, they face censorship.  The Shanghai show omits “Master Of Puppets,” “One” and “Hardwired.” “Why shouldn’t you respect their culture when you’re there as a guest and you’ve been invited to play,” asks frontman James Hetfield.  “Hopefully we’ll keep coming back and they’ll realize we’re not a threat.”  2017
Vocalist Dolores O’ Riordan of The Cranberries (“Linger,” “Zombie”) dies at age 46. Later, a coroner’s inquest concludes that she accidentally drowned in a bathtub at a London hotel after drinking heavily.  The 46-year-old singer was found submerged.  2018
Five Chevelle singles are certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for accumulating 500,000 certified units. The songs are “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along),” originally released in ‘05, “Jars” (‘07), “I Get It” (‘09), “Face To The Floor” (‘11) and “The Clincher” (‘04).  2021
Rage Against The Machine release a short documentary about race entitled “Killing In Thy Name,” which discusses what the film labels as “the fiction known as whiteness.”  2021