2023-01-28

JANUARY 28th
The charity single “We Are The World” is recorded in L.A. to benefit African famine relief. The song, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, features Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Steve Perry (Journey), Bob Dylan, Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac) and Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats), among others. 1985
Fall Out Boy score their third #1 album as “American Beauty/American Psycho,” debuts in the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. 2015
May I have the envelop please? Foo Fighters pick up the Best Rock Song statue for “Run” during the pre-telecast ceremony at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York City. 2018
Notably, Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage” is nominated for Best Rock Song, the first nomination for the band. They skip the ceremony because they are not happy the Best Rock Song award isn’t televised during the broadcast.
For the record, U2 (who look miserable freezing on a platform in the Hudson River in front of the Statue of Liberty) perform “Get Out Of Your Own Way.” Also, Queen receives a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Elvis Presley appears on Stage Show. It’s Presley’s first national T.V. appearance. Program producer, comedian Jackie Gleason, flatly predicts Elvis won’t last. 1956
Guitarist Dave Sharp is born in Lancashire, England. He co-founded The Alarm with Mike Peters. 1959
Anthrax guitarist/vocalist Dan Spitz is born in Rockland County, NY.  1963
The Who make their TV debut on Ready Steady, Go. They play “I Can’t Explain” on the British pop program. 1965
Jim Morrison (The Doors) gets busted in Las Vegas on charges of vagrancy and public drunkenness. All because he taunted a security guard. 1968
Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe) gets into a backstage fracas following a concert in Buffalo. A fan has the audacity to inform Lee that his then-girlfriend had posed for Penthouse magazine (without the drummer’s knowledge) and comments on the pics (as guys will). With a single punch, Lee knocks a fan unconscious. Crüe’s manager Doug Thaler convinces the fan not to press any charges.  Now there’s a smooth talker! 1984
Who is the World’s Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarist? According to a Guitar World tally of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time, it’s Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi. 2004
Jim Capaldi, drummer and co-founder of Traffic (with Steve Winwood) dies in London of stomach cancer at age 60.  2005
Long standing issues cause keyboardist Eddie Hawrysch to part ways with the Black Crowes. The rift takes place before the group’s concert in Orlando, FL. 2006
Papa Roach announces, via an online post, that they have parted ways with drummer Dave Buckner. Buckner bailed on the group’s ’07 tour to enter a rehab facility. “The road is a hard place to live and if you’re falling apart it will destroy you,” writes Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix. 2008
Duff McKagan announces that he’s a financial columnist for Playboy magazine. The former Guns N’ Roses bassist says the column is “just some no-nonsense plain talk about things that can usually get real confusing.” McKagan adds that he wants to “shed some light and maybe even bring down some of the criminals on Wall Street.” 2009
Rise Against is named 2008’s Most Animal-Friendly Band by U.S. animal-rights organization peta2. “Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote online,” reads a band post. Weezer’s song “Pig” nabs the Best Animal Rights Song prize. 2009
Lynyrd Skynyrd pianist Billy Powell dies at his residence in Orange Park, FL. He was 56. Powell, who joined Skynyrd in ’72, survived the band’s tragic ’77 plane crash. 2009
Mötley Crüe announce their farewell tour at an event in L.A. billed as RIP: All Bad Things Must Come To An End. “It’s time for us to throw the towel in,” says guitarist Mick Mars. But they aren’t even close to calling it quits.  2014
Sly Stone is awarded $5-million after a Los Angeles Supreme Court jury determines that he was cheated out of royalties by his former manager and an entertainment lawyer. The case had been under deliberations for five years. 2015
Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner dies at the age of 74 due to multiple organ failure following a heart attack. And in a strange coincidence, original Jefferson Airplane vocalist Signe Anderson (later replaced by Grace Slick) also dies at the age of 74. 2016
Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) criticizes President Donald Trump’s barrage of executive orders, including a travel ban on Muslims from seven countries. “(It) feels like a vendetta,” writes Armstrong in an Instagram post. “Trump is not only taking out his revenge on the people who protested him, but also the average American that just didn’t vote for him.”  2017
Stone Sour reveal that guitarist Josh Rand “has checked into a treatment center” and will sit out the band’s North American tour.   2018
With the Grammys in New York, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler teams with Live Nation to host a Grammy viewing party at RED Studios in Hollywood.  Tyler performs at the event which raises $2.4-million for Janie’s Fund which aids victims of sexual abuse.  2018
New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert states that he’s now “cancer free.”  He underwent surgery for a rare form of blood cancer called pheochromocytoma.  2022
KoЯn: Every Album, Every Song” drops.  The book tracks the group from its founding in ’93 to ‘19’s “The Nothing” album.  2022