2023-02-06

FEBRUARY 6th 
John Lennon releases “Instant Karma (We All Shine On),” his best Rock song. 1970
The Bangles remake of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Hazy Shade Of Winter” stalls at #2 on the pop chart. (behind Tiffany’s “Could’ve Been”). 1988
The song is on the “Less Than Zero” soundtrack.
Fall Out Boy’s “Infinity On High” drops. “It’s taken from a quote by Vincent van Gogh,” says bassist Pete Wentz. The first single is “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race.” 2007
The album debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 selling over 260,000 copies in its first week.
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Elvis Presley meets his future manager, the already legendary Col. Tom Parker. The encounter takes place between Memphis shows. 1955
The “sweet child” of Sharon Rose, Axl (Guns N’ Roses), is born. 1962
The Byrds issue their fourth studio album, “Younger Than Yesterday.” The set contains a cover of Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages.” 1967
“Angel is a centerfold.” J. Geils Band scores a #1 pop hit with “Centerfold.” 1982
Van Halen’s remake of Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” peaks at #12 becoming the group’s biggest hit to date. In ’64, Orbison topped the charts with the song. 1982
While riding a motorcycle Billy Joel runs a stop sign and smashes into a car breaking his leg and fracturing his wrist. 1990
Beach Boy Carl Wilson succumbs to cancer in Los Angeles. He was 51. 1998
Don Felder is fired from The Eagles. Felder later sues the band for wrongful termination, and is countersued by Don Henley and Glenn Frey for breach of contract. So much for a peaceful, easy feeling. 2001
Incubus files a lawsuit to get out of their contract with Epic Records with four albums to go. They object to deductions for video production and packaging. 2003
Courtney Love (Hole) does a strip tease at a London charity function attended by Prince Andrew.  And they thought he was the raunchy one. 2003
Ex-Prez Opens For Stones. Bill Clinton makes an environmental speech at a Natural Resources Defense Council fundraiser. The Rolling Stones close the show with a set that includes “Paint It Black.” 2003
The Doors drummer John Densmore files a lawsuit against former bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger. Densmore claims Manzarek and Krieger’s revival of the band degrades the group’s legacy. Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Cult vocalist Ian Astbury are also in the ‘new’ Doors. The group eventually call themselves “The Doors of the 21st Century.” 2003
Ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic appears at a free concert in Longview, WA – a day before the state’s Democratic presidential caucus (which Senator John Kerry wins) – to encourage young people to register to vote. The Pre-Caucus Rockus gig is sponsored by the Music for America organization. “I’d like to see people feel good about democracy again,” says Novoselic. 2004
Paul McCartney performs “Drive My Car,” “Get Back,” “Live And Let Die” and “Hey Jude” during the Super Bowl XXXIX half-time show at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, FL. The fireworks display during “Live And Let Die” eclipses the show put on by the New England Patriots, who escape with a 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. 2005
Four Pearl Jam members (Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron) release “Rock Around Barack” in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The track is set to the tune of the ’50’s hit “Rock Around The Clock.” 2008
Singer Scott Weiland “voluntarily enters a rehab clinic” after a Velvet Revolver’s concert in Los Angeles. As a consequence, the group’s scheduled performance in San Diego the next night is postponed. That would have been the last show of VR’s U.S. tour. 2008
Going up around the bend. Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty performs at the 10th annual Grammy Foundation Music Preservation Project – Sounds of Change. The L.A. event celebrates 50 years of music’s ability to influence social transformations. 2008
Axl Roses gives Billboard magazine his first major interview in nine years. The Guns N’ Roses singer says he may perform with ex-GN’R members at some point but vows never to play again with Slash. “One of the two of us will die before a reunion, however sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it,” declares Rose. Seven years later Axl and Slash are together again. 2009
Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler is ordered to enter a new rehabilitation program, following his January, ’09, arrest for failing to complete a community-service requirement stemming from an ’08 drug charge. 2009
Hunting advocate Ted Nugent is inducted into the National Bowhunters Hall of Fame. 2009
“Backbeat,” a play based on the award-winning ’94 British film about the early years of The Beatles, receives its world premiere at Glasgow Citizens Theatre. 2010
Ozzy Osbourne and teen heart throb Justin Bieber appear in a Best Buy ad that’s broadcast during the Super Bowl (3rd quarter). The ad has the pair dressed in futuristic black jumpsuits. Ozzy asks, “What’s a Bieber?” 2011
Thin Lizzy’s Gary Moore is found dead at a hotel in Estepona. The 58-year-old guitarist was in Spain on vacation. 2011
Killswitch Engage confirm that vocalist Jesse Leach has returned. Leach, a founding member, left the group in ’02. He replaces Howard Jones who bailed a month earlier citing health issues and a lack of commitment. 2012
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett hosts his first horror convention, “Kirk von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil” is a three-day event in San Francisco.  2014
Bob Dylan is MusiCares Person of the Year. The honor is bestowed on him by the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). 2015
Slash is the voice of Jerry Vandergeld in “The SpongeBobMovie: Sponge Out Of Water.” The animated flick is in theaters. 2015
AFI’s  Davey Havok publishes his second book, “Love Fast Los Angeles.”  His first novel, “Pop Kids,” came out in ‘13. 2018
Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully launches the Falcon Heavy rocket into space releasing a “midnight cherry Tesla Roadster” into the cosmos playing David Bowie’s ‘69 classic, “Space Oddity.” Inside the car is a dummy known as “Starman,” a reference to the Bowie song of the same name.  2018
First, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder states in an interview that he “despised” most hair metal bands of the ‘80s and specifically Mötley Crüe.  Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx responds calling Pearl Jam “one of the most boring bands in history” and knocks Vedder’s singing. Then during a solo concert a day later, Vedder references Crüe drummer Tommy Lee’s extravagant carnival ride kit ahead of drummer Chad Smith’s solo. “That drum kit,” says Vedder.  “That silver, beautiful machine that he (Smith) is the engine of — does not need to elevate or rotate to do its job. Let me just point that out.”  2022