This Day in History: 2023-01-01

JANUARY 1st
Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell confirms, via Twitter, that the band is reuniting. “The 12-year break is over & school is back in session,” writes Cornell. The group disbanded in ’97.  2010
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Country Joe McDonald (Country Joe & The Fish) is born. 1941
The late Metal Church frontman David Wayne is born in Renton, WA.  1958
Johnny Cash plays the first of several shows (over the years) at San Quentin Prison in CA. He later records a live album there. 1959
Top Of The Pops premieres on British TV. Over the years, this landmark weekly music program presents nearly all the major British Rock groups. The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Dave Clark Five, appear on the opener. 1964
The Doors make their TV debut in L.A. on KTLA’s Shebang. They perform their first single, “Break On Through (To The Other Side).” 1967
Jimi Hendrix’s Band Of Gypsys (with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles) debuts at New York’s Fillmore East. A live album results. 1969
Following a New Year’s Eve concert featuring the Grateful Dead, the Winterland Theatre closes. The San Francisco venue, run by Bill Graham, featured The Dead no less than 48 times. 1969
The Clash officially open the Roxy Club in London’s Covent Garden. 1977
Brody Dalle, former vocalist for The Distillers, is born in Australia with the name Bree Joanna Alice Robinson. 1979
In Sydney, Australia, Elton John announces that he is canceling the remainder of his tour to undergo throat surgery to remove a non-malignant tumor. It’s four months before he’s on stage again. 1987
“Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac,” written by Mick Fleetwood and Stephen Davis (“Hammer Of The Gods – Led Zeppelin”), is in bookstores. 1990
Guitar World readers name Limp Bizkit the “worst band of 2003” in the magazine’s annual poll. Creed and The Strokes check in at #2 and 3, respectively. 2004
Hinder vow to cut down their vaunted alcohol consumption. Guitarist Joe “Blower” Garvey resolves “not to start drinking before noon” in the coming 12 months, while bassist Mike Rodden pledges to “stop blacking out.” Tough New Year’s resolutions! 2007
A pre-taped Radiohead performance of their “In Rainbows” album, in its entirety, is broadcast during a multimedia special shown on the Current TV cable channel and webcast simultaneously at Current.com. The concert airs at midnight. 2008
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong reprises his role as St. Jimmy in the musical American Idiot (based on the Green Day albums “American Idiot” and “21st Century Breakdown”) on Broadway. Armstrong appeared in the musical for one week a few months earlier and that resulted in a 93.4 percent increase in ticket sales. 2011
The Ted Lapidus-designed white suit that John Lennon wore on the cover of “Abbey Road” is auctioned at the Braswell Galleries in Norwalk, CT. It sells for $46,000. 2011
Steven Tyler’s interview with Oprah Winfrey airs on the premiere episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter on OWN TV. The Aerosmith frontman talks about his experiences as an American Idol judge. “Half these kids that we send home – all (they) need is two to three years of clubs and they could be as good as anyone out there.” 2012
Black Label Society announce that they have selected Lizzy Borden guitarist Dario Lorina as a replacement for Nick Catanese, who left the previous month. 2014
Singer Phil Lewis officially leaves L.A. Guns.  He announced his departure a month earlier saying, I feel I have gone as far as I can in this band, and unless I get out and focus on myself and something new that has a future, I’m going to stagnate.”  2016
Queen guitarist Brian May premieres “New Horizons,” his first solo song in more than two decades, with a help from NASA. May, who is also an astrophysicist, is on hand when the song, his personal homage to NASA’s New Horizons mission, gets its global premiere at NASA control headquarters in Maryland.  On this day, the spacecraft travels to the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) named Ultima Thule at the edge of the solar system.  2019
Dirty Honey help kick off the National Hockey League (NHL) Winter Classic as part of TNT’s event coverage. The game is in Minneapolis, so they perform a pre-recorded cover of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” on a frozen lake as a tribute to the hometown hero.  2022