2023-02-23

FEBRUARY 23rd
“Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe” becomes The Doors’ fifth straight gold album. Containing “Roadhouse Blues,” Peace Frog” and “Queen Of The Highway,” the album is seen as a return to the band’s core Blues/Rock sound.  1970
Fleetwood Mac pick up a Grammy statue when “Rumours” is named Best Album of the Year.  1978
The Eagles win the Record of the Year Grammy for “Hotel California” but don’t bother to show up.
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is #1 in the U.S. Queen’s Freddie Mercury composes the retro-sounding song while taking a bath in a Munich hotel. It owns the top slot for 4-weeks. 1980
Carlos Santana picks up eight Grammys, including Album of the Year, for his comeback album, “Supernatural.” 2000
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Blues/Rock guitarist Johnny Winter finds his way into the world. 1944
Guitarist Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) is born in Winchester, MA. 1952
Queensryche’s Michael Wilton has a birthday. The guitarist hails from San Francisco. 1962
Guitarist John Norum, co-founder of Europe (“The Final Countdown”), enters the world.  1964
Chris Vrenna is born.  He is the drummer for Nine Inch Nails (’89 – ’97) and later keyboardist/drummer for Marilyn Manson (‘04 – ’11).  1967
Bassist/vocalist Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) starts his life. 1971
Elvis and Priscilla Presley separate after four years and one child, Lisa Marie. 1972
Gregg Allman’s version of “Midnight Rider” (originally recorded by the Allman Brothers Band) peaks at #19. 1974
British pop has-been, Cliff Richard, sounds off in the New Musical Express. “I feel that if there are 13 and 14 year-olds hooked on Alice Cooper, and they see dolls mutilated onstage, then it’s bound to have a bad effect.” 1974
Dire Straits begin their first U.S. tour in Boston. 1979
The Boomtown Rats’ “I Don’t Like Mondays” gets no higher than #73 on the U.S. pop chart. 1980
The Honeydrippers, featuring the talents of former Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, peak at #25 with their version of “Rockin’ At Midnight.” 1985
Little Richard gets a Lifetime Achievement Award from NARAS (the Grammys). Richard grouses that he’s getting the award the night before the annual Grammy show rather than at the ceremony itself. 1993
Foo Fighters play their first club show at the Jambalaya Club in Arcata, CA. 1995
Oasis vocalists Liam Gallagher’s bad behavior on a flight to Hong Kong gets him banned from Cathay Pacific Airlines. 1998
Elton John earns a Living Legend Award at the Grammys but says the whole awards thing is B.S.  2000
Linkin Park’s “In The End” gets to #5 on the pop singles chart. 2001
“Angel Of Retribution,” the fifteenth studio album by Judas Priest, is released. It is the band’s first album since ‘90’s “Painkiller” to feature vocalist Rob Halford and debuts at #13 on the Billboard 200.  2005
Disturbed headline a benefit concert in Chicago with Drowning Pool, Soil and Anthrax for the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund. 2005
Beatallica, a cover band that plays Metallica and The Beatles mash-ups, are hit with a cease-and-desist order by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company who owns The Beatles catalog. They want the removal of all music and lyrics from the tribute act’s website. Meanwhile, Beatles music may still be off limits for commercial or movie use but Paul McCartney’s solo catalog is good to go. The ex-Beatle announces that he’s ready to deal and cuts a special CD of his solo hits for key decision makers. 2005
Singer Josh Homme’s severe lung infection forces Queens Of The Stone Age to cancel remaining European tour dates. “We’ve toured with everything from broken ankles to bruised livers, but simply weren’t prepared for this relentless attack of teeming bacteria,” reads a post on the band’s site. 2005
The real Zoo-TV. Ted Nugent, Foreigner drummer Jason Bonham, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and ex-Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach participate in a VH1 reality series called Supergroup. Based in Las Vegas, cameras record the musician’s attempts to write and record original material while living in a house together. 2006
Gimme shelter! At least 20 people are reportedly injured when they try to gain free entrance to a Rolling Stones concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Crowd members throw rocks and bottles at police officers, who use rubber bullets, water cannons and clubs to disperse the rowdy gathering. 2006
KoЯn’s MTV Unplugged performance premieres online. The show airs a week later. 2007
Guitarist James ‘Munky’ Shaffer rejoins KoЯn on the Milan stop of their European tour. Shaffer left the trek the previous month citing ‘personal and family reasons’. 2008
George Thorogood & The Destroyers begin their ’08 North American tour at a NASCAR event in Fontana, CA. “(We’re) not going to stop until we’re run over or left for dead,” says Thorogood. 2008
Ticketmaster reaches a settlement with the New Jersey Attorney General’s office regarding its controversial handling of sales of Bruce Springsteen concert tickets. As part of the deal, the company pays the state $350,000 in legal fees and promises, for one year, to stop automatically linking to its TicketsNow subsidiary, which re-sells ducats at inflated prices. Ticketmaster also offers restitution to Springsteen fans who had filed complaints about their difficulties buying tickets. 2009
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles launches an auction of autographed construction hardhats from Linkin Park, Green Day, U2 and ex-Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. “We hope this hardhat auction will raise awareness for Habitat’s mission and help raise funds for families in need,” says Linkin Park bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell. 2009
Alkaline Trio issue “This Addiction” on their own label, Heart & Skull, a joint venture with Epitaph Records. “The whole record is really personal, all three of us have been through quite a bit since our last album and it is all expressed through this,” says guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba. “All the songs are about the relationships we’ve been in and so the record has a constant theme.” 2010
The British Culture Minister declares Abbey Road studios, where The Beatles recorded nearly all their albums, an official historic landmark due to “the historic merit of the studios” and because of its “huge cultural importance.” 2010
Ginger Fish (known to his mom as Kenneth Robert Wilson) announces his departure from Marilyn Manson via Facebook and Twitter: “I am regretful to inform the fans that I have decided to step down as a member of Marilyn Manson, and see where my life, and the knowledge of my availability cares to take me.” He was with Manson from ’95-’11. After some fill-in shows, he lands a full-time gig with Rob Zombie (replacing Joey Jordison who returned to Slipknot). 2011
Hip-Hop label Cash Money Records announces the signing of Limp Bizkit. Only a year earlier, the group was dropped by Interscope following disappointing sales of their album “Golden Cobra.” “The game is missing danger, electricity, and Rock n’ Roll!!!! Cash Money Limp Bizkit,” Bizkit frontman Fred Durst tweets. 2012
Bruce Springsteen trails Madonna on Billboard magazine’s “Music’s Top 40 Money Makers” list based on touring revenue, music sales (online and hard copies) and publishing royalties over the past 12-months. Madonna has an income of $34.5 million while Springsteen is close with $33.4 million. 2013
“Lita Ford – Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir” is available. The book chronicles the life and times of the Runaways’ lead guitarist. 2016Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace speaks out when the Trump administration sends a letter to public schools asking them to annul special protections for transgender students. “This is an administration that doesn’t f*cking care about transgender people,” says Grace, who is transgender.  2017
On the strength of a hugely successful biopic, Queen commands the top three spots on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart:  #1 “Bohemian Rhapsody” Soundtrack; #2 “Queen’s Greatest Hits; and #3 “Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection. Greta Van Fleet’s “Anthem For A Peaceful Army” is #4.  2019
Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) receives the Free Speech In Music Award from Middle Tennessee State University. The award recognizes those who utilize free speech in music. The Rascals’ ‘68 song “People Got To Free” stands as “a crucial song for social change.” 2022