2023-02-27

FEBRUARY 27th
A little over six weeks after its U.S. release, The Police’s “Zenyatta Mondatta,” their third album, is a certified million seller. 1981
“Tell me all your thoughts on God.” Dishwalla’s lone claim to fame, “Counting Blue Cars,” is released.  The song goes on to peak at #15 on the Hot 100, #4 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart, #2 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and #1 on the Modern Rock chart.  1996Maxim magazine apologizes for running a lukewarm review of the Black Crowes’ “Warpaint” album. Seems the magazine’s music critic didn’t listen to the entire disc before assigning a two-and-a-half-star rating (pretty low). Maxim admits that it hadn’t followed editorial policy. The Crowes’ manager, Pete Angelus, calls the publication’s statement ‘self-serving damage control’ and wants Maxim to ‘issue a public apology’ to the band. 2008
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Guitarist Neil Schon is born on Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City but grows up in San Mateo, CA. He is in Santana prior to becoming one of Journey’s founding members. 1954
Little Richard is #1 on the R&B chart for the first time with “Slippin’ And Slidin’.” 1956
Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith enters the world.  He hails from London.  1957
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record “Girl From The North Country” for Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline” album. Other Dylan/Cash duets are recorded but are not released. 1969
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards gets busted in Toronto. Police find heroin, cocaine and narcotics paraphernalia. Authorities accuse Richards of intending to traffic the drugs but Keith’s attorney claims his client’s drug problem is so extreme all the drugs are for his personal use. That’s Richards’ defense! Most people think Richards is going to do some serious jail time but he gets off with a fine and community service. 1977
Cyrus Bolooki, New Found Glory’s drummer, is born. He joins the group in ’97, replacing Joe Moreno. 1980
Billy Joel earns Best Pop Vocal Performance and Album of the Year Grammys for his “52nd Street” album. 1980
The Record Industry slings a platinum award Green Day’s way for selling two-million copies of “Insomniac.” 1996
U2 has a big night at the Grammys. They win Best Rock Album for “All That You Can’t Leave Behind.” They also pick up trophies for Record of the Year (“Walk On”), Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group (“Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of”) and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group (“Elevation”). 2002
Minnesota State University cancels a scheduled Puddle Of Mudd concert in the wake of frontman Wes Scantlin’s arrest in Toledo, OH days earlier on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. “Safety is our first and foremost concern,” says an MSU official. Scantlin spit on and threw a bottle at audience members during the drunken performance. 2004
Carlos Santana takes the stage at the 77th annual Academy Awards. He and singer Enrique Iglesias perform the Oscar nominated song “Al Otro Lado Del Rio” from “The Motorcycle Diaries.” It wins. Also, Elton John’s annual Oscar party is held to benefit his AIDS Foundation. Elton plays and then autographs an $80,000 cherry red piano before it is auctioned off. 2005
Less than a week after his departure from KoЯn, guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch addresses more than 10,000 people during three services at the Valley Bible Fellowship Church in Bakersfield, CA. “With KoЯn, I got the money, all kinds of drugs of choice, everything, but this is my life now,” says Welch, a born-again Christian. 2005
Cold announce they have broken up after more than eight years and two gold albums. “We thank the Cold army for all their support throughout the years,” writes frontman Scooter Ward in an online post. 2006
Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf is hospitalized due to a drug overdose. As a result, the group cancels their European tour. 2006
Trey Anastasio (Phish) pleads not guilty to drug and driving while impaired charges in a New York court. Police found heroin and prescription painkillers in his car the previous December. 2007
Linkin Park and Coheed & Cambria take a day off from their joint North American tour to help build homes in New Orleans for families affected by Hurricane Katrina. “There is still so much work to be done,” says Linkin Park bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell. “{We are} proud to be a part of the rebuilding process.” 2008
Having blasted former Gun N’ Roses guitarist Slash just a month earlier in a Billboard magazine interview, Axl Roses is at it again. He tells Spinner magazine that Slash is “a cancer, and better removed,” and claims the guitarist’s attempt “to take over Guns” was a reason for the disintegration of the classic GN’R lineup. “There’s zero possibility of me having anything to do with Slash other than by ambush, and that wouldn’t be pretty.” 2009
U2 release “No Line On The Horizon.” The Edge says themes of female empowerment run through “Get On Your Boots,” the set’s lead single. “It’s based around the idea that men have f***ed things up so badly that it’s really time we handed things over to women,” the guitarist explains. Bono calls “Get Your Boots On” a “blazing, fuzzed-out Rocker.”2009
It’s been done. To promote “No Line On The Horizon” U2 play a surprise 20-minute set on the roof of the BBC Broadcasting House in London. An estimated 5,000 people witness the concert. 2009
Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and co-composer Atticus Ross win an Academy Award for their score for “The Social Network,” the David Fincher-directed film about the founding of Facebook. 2011
Kid Rock formally endorses Mitt Romney in the Michigan Republican presidential primary. Rock performs “Born Free,” Romney’s campaign theme song, at a rally. Prior to the endorsement, Rock seeks assurances from Romney that he will look out for Michigan and the city of Detroit if elected President. 2012
“Stone Temple Pilots announce they have officially terminated (singer) Scott Weiland,” reads a terse statement from the band. Weiland, who has a history of drug abuse and run-ins with the law, had only recently denied rumors the group was breaking up. “Not sure how I can be ‘terminated’ from a band that I founded,” Weiland says in a statement that threatens legal action. 2013
The Rolling Stones win Best Live Band and Best Music Film (for “Crossfire Hurricane”) honors at the NME Music Awards at London’s Troxy. Stones’ guitarist Ronnie Wood is on hand to pick up the hardware. The Killers are the Best International Band and Florence Welch is the Best Solo Artist.  2013
AC/DC Premium Lager Beer, a German lager that contains 5.0% alcohol, is available in Germany. 2013
Lamb Of God’s documentary “As The Palaces Burn” is screened in the U.S. The film tells the story of frontman Randy Blythe’s arrest and trial for manslaughter after a fan died falling from the stage during a ’10 concert in Prague. The singer was acquitted. 2014
Legendary producer Rick Rubin (Def Jam founder and producer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and Johnny Cash, to name a few) receives the David Lynch Foundation’s Lifetime of Harmony Award at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. 2014
Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe) and John Dolmayan (System Of A Down) perform at the Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA benefit concert in Las Vegas. The night features ‘creative tastes’ from celebrity chefs. Chef Simon is battling MSA, ‘an aggressive form of Parkinson’s disease’. 2014
Andy Anderson, former drummer for The Cure, dies at the age of 68 following a battle with terminal Stage 4 cancer.  2019
Green Day cancel their scheduled May concert at Spartak Stadium in Moscow over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “We are aware that this moment is not about stadium Rock shows, it’s much bigger than that,” writes the band in a statement. “But we also know that Rock and Roll is forever and we feel confident there will be a time and a place for us to return in the future. 2022
John Dolmayan says that the COVID-19 pandemic “has always been about money.” Previously critical of U.S. vaccine mandates, Dolmayan adds the mandates are akin to “self-imposed tyranny and mental slavery.”  A short time later, Queensryche’s Todd La Torre calls Dolmayan’s comments “moronic” as Filter’s Richard Patrick concludes the System Of A Down drummer is “not a very bright man…” 2022
Foo Fighters’ horror comedy “Studio 666” is a dud. In its first three days, the film lands at #8 in total box office receipts but with a domestic gross of a “meager” $1.58 million from 2,306 movie screens across the U.S.  The sound you hear is crickets.  2022