2023-02-28

FEBRUARY 28th
The Doors receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Drummer John Densmore, who is feuding with guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, skips the ceremony. Frontman Jim Morrison doesn’t show either but at least he’s got a good excuse. 2007
“War” is U2’s third studio album. With the songs “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Year’s Day.” “War” is considered the group’s first overtly political effort. 1983
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Original Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones enters the world. 1942
Cindy Wilson, vocalist with the B-52s, has a birthday. 1957
Liverpool’s Cavern Club, where the Beatles played countless shows and honed their talents, closes. 1966
Train’s singer, Pat Monahan, is born. 1969
Under threat of legal action in Denmark by the family of airship creator Ferdinand Von Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin perform as The Nobs for their Copenhagen show. Countess Eva von Zeppelin, granddaughter of Count von Zeppelin, objects to the “shrieking” the group produces using her family’s name. 1970
The Eagles’ “Lyin’ Eyes” earns a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. 1976
The Police nab a couple Grammys for “Every Breath You Take” (Best Pop Performance and Song of the Year). In addition, they nail Best Rock Performance (“Synchronicity”).  1984
At the 38th annual Grammy Awards in L.A, Hootie & The Blowfish win Best New Artist. 1996
Courtney Love (Hole) sues to get out of her contract with Vivendi Universal, on the grounds that music industry contracts are too lengthy. 2001
It’s a bad year for recording studios – especially legendary ones. First Muscle Shoals closes and now New York’s Hit Factory calls it quits. John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder are among the illustrious performers who recorded there. 2005
Kid Rock releases his first concert album, “Live Trucker.” The tracks were recorded between ’00 and ’04 and include “Cowboy,” “Bawitdaba” and “Cocky.” 2006
KoЯn announce that Clint Lowery (Sevendust) is their touring guitarist. “I’ve always been a Sevendust fan, and I was thinking it would be great if Clint Lowery (would) be interested in touring with KoЯn,” says guitarist James ‘Munky’ Shaffer. 2007
The Carlos by Carlos Santana shoe line and the Spirit of Women Health Network partner to launch the Red Shoe Celebrity Auction campaign. Red shoes from Santana’s footwear company are autographed by celebrities and sold on eBay. The initiative benefits the Peripheral Arterial Disease Coalition and various other health-related charities. 2007
The Artic Monkeys are named the Best British Band and The Killers are the Best International Band at the NME Awards in London. 2008
Mike Smith, singer and keyboardist for British Invasion group the Dave Clark Five, dies at age 64 after a bout with pneumonia. His passing comes just 11 days before the DC5 are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2008
Singer Rome makes his debut as Sublime’s frontman at a show in Sparks, NV. The group hadn’t performed since the ’96 drug-overdose death of original vocalist Bradley Nowell. 2009
60,000 people hear hometown band Nickelback perform “How You Remind Me” and “Burn It To The Ground” at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. Fellow Canadian Neil Young plays his classic “Long May You Run.” 2010
Dark New Day unfurl their sophomore release “New Tradition.” The band includes members from Sevendust and Evanescence. “It seems the time is right to make these songs public and share with the fans that continue to support this project,” states guitarist Clint Lowery (of Sevendust). “(We) think its mandatory we give these songs a fair chance out in the music world. We owe it to ourselves and the DND fans.” 2012
U2’s Adam Clayton sues his former assistant, Carol Hawkins, for misappropriating $7.5 million of his money over a five-year period beginning with the launch of the ’05 Vertigo Tour. The bassist seeks full restitution. 2012
Rolling Stone Magazine says “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is Nirvana’s best song. 2014
Rickey Charles Goodrich, Pearl Jams’s former accountant, admits in court that he stole over $380,000 over a four-year period as chief financial officer for the group’s management company. Goodrich is sentenced to 14-months in prison. 2014
Bill Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) plays a free eight-hour concert that’s an interpretation of Hermann Hesse’s 1922 novel “Siddhartha.” The show, at Corgan’s Madame ZuZu’s Tea Shop and Art Studio in Highland Park, IL, is a ‘modular synthesis, on the fly’. 2014
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) performs The Beatles’ “Blackbird” during the In Memoriam segment at the Academy Awards. 2016
British singer/songwriter Paul Rose sues U2 claiming “The Fly” was lifted from his ’89 song “Nae Slappin.” Though Rose waited 25 years to file the suit, he wants $5 million and songwriting credit for the ’91 track on the “Achtung Baby” album.  The suit is later dismissed. 2017
David Crosby (The Byrds/Crosby, Stills & Nash) advises young people to pass on becoming musicians because they are going to be ripped off. “I don’t like Spotify,” states Crosby, who recently pulled his life’s work from the streaming service. “I don’t like any of the streamers, because they don’t pay us properly. They’re making billions… and they’re paying out pennies. That’s not OK.” 2022