2023-02-10

FEBRUARY 10th

Van Halen make a grand entrance with their self-titled debut record. The set includes “Runnin’ With The Devil” and a blisteringly brilliant cover of The Kinks “You Really Got Me.” The album later goes platinum. 1978
Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy” takes Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song at the 55th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in L.A. The Keys also earn Best Rock Album for “El Camino.” The Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance trophy goes to Halestorm for “Love Bites (So Do I).” 2013
Greta Van Fleet receive the Best Rock Album honor for “From The Fires” at the 61st Grammy Awards in L.A. The album contains the tracks “Highway Tune” and Safari Song.”  2019
Alice In Chains (“Rainer Fog”), Fall Out Boy (“M.A.N.I.A”), Ghost (”Prequelle”) and Weezer (“Pacific Daydream”) were in the running.  2019
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Bassist Cliff Burton enters the world.  He is Metallica’s bassist from ‘82 until his death in ’86 (in a bus crash in Sweden while the band was on tour). 1962
How many holes does it take to fill the Albert Hall? The Beatles start recording “A Day In The Life.” The song has three distinct sections; the open (“I read the news today, oh boy”) and close (“I’d love to turn you on”) written and sung by John Lennon with Paul McCartney’s middle part (“Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head”). 40 musicians work on the track. 1967
The Clash begin recording their eponymous debut album in London. It is not initially released in the U.S. because CBS Records decides the content is unsuitable for radio. It finally drops two years later, after The Clash’s follow-up studio album, “Give ‘Em Enough Rope,” is released in the U.S. 1977
“Stained Class,” Judas Priest’s fourth album, is released.  The set contains “Better By You, Better By Me” which becomes the subject of a lawsuit when two teens, after hearing the song, enter into a suicide pact.  One dies and the other is seriously injured and passes away three years later.  The families’ suit claims the song’s subliminal messages pushed their offspring to suicide. The suit is later dismissed.  1978
Rod Stewart beats out the Village People (“Y.M.C.A.”), Chic (“Le Freak”) and Olivia Newton-John (“A Little More Love”) to have the #1 song in the U.S. He does it with “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” 1979
Meanwhile, the Talking Heads brilliant cover of Al Green’s “Take Me To The River” can only get to #26 on the survey. 1979
Pierce The Veil vocalist/guitarist Victor Vincent “Vic” Fuentes is born in San Diego.  1983
From Aerosmith’s “Pump” album, “Janie’s Got A Gun” shoots to #4 on the pop charts. 1990
Blur’s self-titled album, their fifth studio effort, drops in the U.K. 1997
Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away). Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars is hit with a $10 million palimony suit by an ex-girlfriend who claims he broke a promise to financially support her throughout her life. The couple broke up the previous December. 2005
Courtney Love enters a no-contest plea to a felony-assault charge in a Los Angeles courtroom. The ex-stripper, ex-Mrs. Cobain and ex-Hole vocalist, is accused of attacking a woman at her ex-boyfriend’s house nearly ten months earlier. She gets three years-probation. But there’s more. The same day, only this time in a Beverly Hills courtroom, Love agrees to a “deferred entry of judgment” for a separate misdemeanor count of possession of a forged prescription. The charge goes away if she completes a drug rehab program within a specified timeframe. 2005
Ex-Creed vocalist Scott Stapp weds former Miss New York, Jaclyn Nesheiwat, in Florida. They met at a benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in New York. 2006
Peter Gabriel and Yoko Ono are among the celebrities taking part in the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Prior to the lighting of the Olympic torch Ono takes the stage evoking the memory of her late husband, John Lennon, and making a plea for world peace. She is followed by Gabriel, who performs Lennon’s “Imagine.” 2006
The Rolling Stones top Forbes magazine’s list of Music’s Top Money Makers for 2005 by generating $168 million in music and concert-ticket sales in the United States. U2 finishes a close second grossing $150 million. 2006
The 50th annual Grammy Awards take place in L.A. The winners are: Foo Fighters “The Pretender” (Hard Rock Performance) and their album “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace” (Rock Album), Slayer’s “Eyes Of The Insane” (Best Metal Performance), the White Stripes’ “Icky Thump” (Alternative Music Album and Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal). 2008
The Beastie Boys reissue their ’89 album “Paul’s Boutique.” “We remastered it,” says the band’s MCA. “So now it actually does have enough bass to shatter your one frozen testicle.” That should ice it. 2009
“Craig Nunenmacher has resigned as Black Label Society’s drummer,” writes Zakk Wylde in the statement. Nunenmacher joined Black Label Society in ’00. 2010
Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp headline a performance at the White House in celebration of Black History Month. The Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement is hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. 2010
Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at the MusicCares Person of the Year Gala honoring Paul McCartney. The Grammy charity concert marks the first time Young has been on stage with Crazy Horse in eight years. 2012
Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz wins over $51,000 in prizes as a contestant on the daily TV game show The Price Is Right. 2015
Babes In Toyland play their first show in 18 years at Pappy And Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. The Pioneertown, CA show is the first of a string of dates for the reunited all-female group. 2015
“Atlas, Rise!” is Metallica’s ninth #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs Airplay chart.  2017
Tom Petty is MusiCares Person Of The Year.  He’s honored for his creative accomplishments and charitable work. 2017
Joining the biggest music trend of the year, Sting sells his catalog, including songs by The Police and as a solo artist, to Universal’s music-publishing arm for an undisclosed amount (estimated in the neighborhood of $300 million). 2022
Sepultura’s Derrick Green list the five must have for touring on the “Talk Toomey” podcast.  They are a yoga mat for stretching out, good headphones for listening to music, vitamins, a good book, and a very efficient laptop to watch movies. 2022