2023-01-26

JANUARY 26th
John Lennon writes and records “Instant Karma (We All Shine On).” 1970
Enfield High School in Connecticut cites sex, drugs and foul language as the reasons for cancelling a production of the musical “American Idiot,” based on the Green Day album of the same name. “This production tackles issues in a post-9/11 world, and I believe the kids should be heard and most of all be creative in telling a story about our history,” states Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. 2016
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Corky Laing (Laurence Gordon Laing), drummer for Mountain, enters the world.  He’s from Montreal.  1948
Guitarist Eddie, or Edward, Van Halen is born in Holland. 1957
Charlie Gillingham (born Charles Thomas Gillingham) celebrates his birthday. He’s the keyboardist for the Counting Crowes. 1960
Cinderella vocalist, Tom Keifer, enters the world. 1961
The Byrds finish recording “Eight Miles High” at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. The song is release a couple months later. 1966
Ringo Starr sits at #1 on the pop chart with the Richard Perry produced cover of Johnny Burnette’s “Your Sixteen.” It’s Ringo’s second chart topper (“Photograph” was the first). 1974
The Clash sign a six-album deal with CBS Records. 1977
Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green gets committed after shooting at a delivery boy. 1977
Soundgarden is named the Best Metal Band in Rolling Stone magazine’s ’95 Music Awards. The group nails both the Readers and Critics’ Polls. 1995
There are serious injuries and at least one death when Limp Bizkit perform at the Big Day Out Festival in Sydney, Australia. The group delays their performance for 15-minutes while police and festival staff try to sort out and rein in the mosh pit chaos. A later investigation places blame squarely on the concert promoters for not providing adequate security but also singles out Bizkit frontman Fred Durst for not taking the situation seriously. 2001
Members of Papa Roach, P.O.D., A Perfect Circle, Trapt and Static-X perform on the tsunami-relief charity single “Forever In Our Hearts.” Proceeds from the track, which is sold via Apple’s iTunes Music Store, benefit the Linkin Park-established Music For Relief organization. 2005
Word is that drummer Ryan Vikedal has left Nickleback after five years. In a statement, the group wishes Vikedal “all the best in his future endeavors.” 2005
U2’s Bono introduces Product Red to help raise funds to combat HIV and AIDS in Africa. He teams up with several companies to sell a range of items – including T-shirts, shoes and sunglasses – with proceeds going toward anti-AIDS programs. “I think we’ve come up with a sexy, smart, savvy idea that will save people’s lives,” claims Bono. 2006
“Screamers,” a movie that documents System Of A Down’s ongoing campaign for the recognition of Armenian genocide, opens in New York. “(It’s) important for all those that survived the Armenian genocide to be remembered correctly,” says vocalist Serj Tankian.  2007
Nickelback announce they are donating profits from their single, “If Everyone Cared,” to charity. For six months, proceeds from download sales and accompanying video, which features humanitarians Nelson Mandela and Bob Geldof, goes to Amnesty International and International Children’s Awareness Canada. 2007
Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo scores a goal during the Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge charity game in Carson, CA. “It was a dream come true,” said Cuomo. “It’s just unreal.” The match raises money for L.A.’s Children’s Hospital. 2008
The first of a two-part Jimi Hendrix exhibition premieres at Seattle’s Experience Music Project. Message To Love, features two iconic Hendrix guitars housed in a gallery with blank walls on which visitors are encouraged to write their thoughts about the guitar great. Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound, offers an interactive look at the guitarist’s influence on popular music. 2008
Billy Joel performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra to mark the 151st anniversary of the city’s Academy of Music. It’s Joel’s first time fronting a major orchestra. He plays his hits plus a classical piece he composed. A portion of the proceeds benefit the orchestra’s Billy Joel Endowment Fund for Education. 2008
iTunes issues Wanda Jackson’s cover of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good” and Johnny Kidd And The Pirates’ “Shakin’ All Over.” The Rockabilly legend’s single was produced by Jack White (White Stripes) and is also available on vinyl via White’s Third Man Records. 2010
Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil pleads guilty to a Las Vegas drunk driving charge from the previous summer and is sentenced to fifteen days in jail. “He pled guilty to DUI. The vast majority of people facing a first offense DUI in Nevada don’t face jail time,” says Clark County, Nevada District Attorney David Roger. But in ’84 Neil served 20 days and paid $2.5 million after pleading guilty to drunk driving and manslaughter when the car he was driving crashed and killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas Dingley. 2011
Staind’s Aaron Lewis earns a Country Music Association (CMA) nomination for Vocal Event of the Year. “Country Boy,” from his EP “Town Line,” featured Charlie Daniels and George Jones. “(Country) is the first music that I was ever exposed to,” says Lewis. “It certainly reflects my lifestyle.” 2012
“Muscle Shoals,” a documentary about the music that was recorded at the Alabama city’s legendary studios (FAME Recording Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio) premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. The film contains appearances by the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  2013
Adam Levine makes his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live. Aside from fronting Maroon 5, Levine is also a coach on NBC’s singing completion, The Voice. 2013
What year is it? 1974? Hard to tell at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in L.A. Paul McCartney nabs five Grammy trophies, including Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack,” his collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana. Black Sabbath’s “God Is Dead?” gets the Best Metal Performance award. And Led Zeppelin is handed the Best Rock Album Grammy for their documentary “Celebration Day.” Imagine Dragons (whew, somebody from this century) takes home Best Rock Performance for their track “Radioactive.” 2014
The Grammys broadcast jumps wildly into the ’80s when Mötley Crüe’s ballad, “Home Sweet Home,” premieres in a commercial for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. The track first appeared on ’85’s “Theatre Of Pain.” 2014
Tom Petty and E.L.O.’s Jeff Lynne are given a song writing credit for Sam Smith’s hit “Stay With Me,” because of the similarities to Petty’s ’89 song “I Won’t Back Down,” co-written by Petty and Lynne. Smith ‘acknowledged the similarity’, but the likeness was ‘a complete coincidence’. “I Won’t Back Down” was released three years before Smith was born. 2015
Vampire Weekend co-founder, Rostam Batmanglij, announces he is leaving the band to work on other projects. “My identity as a songwriter (and) producer, needs to stand on its own,” explains Batmanglij. He adds that he still plans to continue collaborating with Ezra Koenig on future Vampire Weekend projects and songs. 2016
Metalica’s James Hetfield plays Bob Hayward, a Utah highway patrol officer, in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile” which premieres at the Sundance Film Festival.  The story follows the relationship between serial killer Ted Bundy and his longtime girlfriend, who at the time had no knowledge of Bundy’s crimes. Hayward arrested Bundy in 1975 after pulling the killer over and discovering burglary tools in his car. The film is Hetfield’s first dramatic role playing someone other than himself.  2019
Just three days after his passing Meat Loaf’s “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” has 3.2 million streaming plays – up from the 186,000 over the prior three day tracking period. “Paradise By Dashboard Light” also logs just over 3-million streams.  2022
Spotify removes Neil Young’s music after the singer requests in an open letter that they choose between his catalogue or conservative anti-vaxer Joe Rogan’s podcast.  Young, who accused Rogan of COVID misinformation, said Spotify “can have Rogan or Young. Not both.” 2022