2023-01-27

 JANUARY 27th
Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” is a chart topper.  1973
Wonder initially offered the song to guitarist Jeff Beck but Beck failed to do anything with it so Wonder decided to record it himself.
 
Papa Roach issues their eighth album, “F.E.A.R.” “It’s everything we believe is great about Papa Roach,” claims frontman Jacoby Shaddix. The follow-up to ’12’s “The Connection” contains the lead single “Face Everything And Rise.” 2015
“I don’t think I’ve done anything good if it ends up with Green Day on Broadway,” John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) tells the L.A. Times. The former Sex Pistols frontman claims to have little interest in contemporary Punk bands adding that Green Day are a bunch of ‘cop-outs’. Green Day’s musical “American Idiot” is a Broadway hit. 2011
In an interview with Maxim magazine, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says the covers for Metallica’s “Load” and “Reload” albums are his favorites. The ‘Load’ and ‘Reload’ albums with the amazing pieces by Andres Serrano… will always hold a special place in my heart,” says Ulrich. “I love him as an artist. I love the imagery.” 2018
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Nick Mason is born. The Pink Floyd drummer hails from Birmingham, England. 1944
Elvis Presly ‘s RCA Records debut, “Heartbreak Hotel,” is released. 1956
Vocalist Mike Patton (Faith No More) is born in Eureka, CA. 1968
David Bowie’s arrives in Washington D.C.  He’s held up at customs for hours perhaps due to his androgynous look and wardrobe.  1971
Fame or the price thereof. David Bowie sues his former agent, attorney Michael Lippman, for charging too much and withholding funds. 1976
AC/DC play their last show with lead singer Bon Scott. It’s in Southampton, England.  Scott dies just weeks later. 1980
Mötley Crüe win the Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock trophy at the 24th annual American Music Awards. 1997
The safe and sedate Osbournes publish their book “Ordinary People: Our Story” which chronicles the lives of Ozzy, Sharon and the kids. 2004
U2’s Bono joins British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland to address the issue of poverty in Africa. “(I) encourage people to do the right thing on the global stage,” says Bono. 2005
Bruce Springsteen unfurls “Working On A Dream,” his 16th studio album. Produced by longtime collaborator Brendan O’Brien, the set was recorded with the E Street Band during downtime on their tour. “All the songs were written quickly [and] we usually used one of our first few takes,” says Springsteen. The album contains “The Last Carnival,” a song that pays tribute to late E Street Band member Danny Federici. 2009
“Hope For Haiti Now,” a compilation album designed to raise money for Haitian earthquake victims tops the Billboard 200 with debut week sales in excess of 150,000. It’s the first digital-only production to top the chart. The set includes songs by Bono and The Edge (U2), Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and Sting (Police). 2010
A former Miss Canada finalist, Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy, is the first person to graduate with a Master’s degree in The Beatles from Liverpool Hope University. “The course was challenging, enjoyable and it provided a great insight into the impact The Beatles had and still have to this day across all aspects of life,” Zahalan-Kennedy tells the telegraph.co.uk. 2011
Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir celebrates the opening of his Sweetwater Music Hall. “Marin County used to be a real hub for music,” says Weir. “And I miss that. (I’m) trying to bring that kind of consciousness back.” The original Sweetwater closed in ’07 but Weir decided the area’s local arts scene needed to be revamped. 2012
AC/DC file a federal lawsuit to block all non-authorized merchandise sales during their U.S. tour. They ask the court to send U.S. Marshals to arrest offenders and seize all counterfeit goods. 2016
Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age) issues “N.O. Hits At All Vol. 1.” “This record is the Volume One of a series of compilations in which I recorded the vocals,” says Oliveri. “Bands that I like and bands that like my singing voice enough to have asked me to ‘guest vocal’ on a song for their records.  2017
John Mayer’s “The Search For Everything: Wave One,” a four-song EP that’s a precursor to the full-length LP “The Search For Everything,” debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 (behind Weeknd’s “Starboy”).  2017
Rami Malek wins the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the 25th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards in L.A. The film’s cast is nominated for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture but lose to “Black Panther.” 2019
Kid Rock shares a video message that includes an update regarding his upcoming Bad Reputation Tour assuring fans that none of the concerts will have vaccine mandates. “If there are any of these venues (with mandates) — I’m not aware of any, but if there are any — they’re gonna be gone by the time we get to your city,” Rock says in the video.  2022