This Day in History: 2023-01-03

Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows is quoted as saying he’s unfazed by the backlash his band has received from the Metal community since “Bat Country” became a #1 hit on MTV’s TRL. “The video’s not gonna change ’cause it’s on TRL, the band’s not gonna change, there’s nothing to change,” says Shadows. The track is off the group’s “City Of Evil” album. 2006
In an interview with Maxim magazine, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says the covers for Metallica’s “Load” and “Reload” albums are his favorites. The ‘Load’ and ‘Reload’ albums with the amazing pieces by Andres Serrano… will always hold a special place in my heart,” says Ulrich. “I love him as an artist. I love the imagery.” 2018
A lawsuit filed against Nirvana over the “Nevermind” album cover (with a naked toddler in a pool reaching for dollar on a fishhook) is dismissed. The court rules that Spencer Elden, the 30-year-old man photographed for the album cover when he was a baby, missed a deadline to file an opposition in the case (the statute of limitations had expired). Elden claimed the photo was child porn but spent three decades profiting from being the “Nirvana Baby.”  2022
The Beatles’ producer and mentor, George Martin, is born. 1926
Guitarist Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield, CSN&Y, Manassas and the Stills-Young Band) is born. 1945
Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones is born in Sidcup, London. Like Zep’s guitarist Jimmy Page, Jones starts his career as a session musician. 1946
The Beatles get an early positive review from Billboard magazine for “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” Meanwhile, a clip of the group performing in England is broadcast in the U.S. on the Jack Paar Show. Paar says he doesn’t care much for The Beatle haircuts. Regardless, the U.S. iteration of Beatlemania is only weeks away. 1964
Beach Boys’ guitarist Carl Wilson declares himself a conscientious objector (to the Vietnam War) and refuses to be sworn in after receiving an induction notice from the U.S. Army.  As an alternative, Wilson performs community service by providing musical performances at hospitals and prisons. 1967
On the opening night in Chicago of a Bob Dylan and The Band joint tour Dylan performs “All Along The Watchtower” live for the first time – even though he recorded the song seven years earlier. Dylan comes closer to replicating the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s version than his own original recording. 1974
S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT! As if to prove that pre-fab groups with cute guys is still viable the Bay City Rollers score a #1 hit with “Saturday Night.” 1976
The “Higher Learning” soundtrack, containing Rage Against The Machine’s “Year Of The Boomerang,” is released. 1994
A pair of Red Hot Chili Peppers tunes are on the soundtracks of rollercoaster rides at two Disney SoCal amusement parks. A remix of the Peppers’ ’89 cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” is heard at Disneyland’s Space Mountain in Anaheim while riders of the California Screamin’ coaster in California Adventure Park hear a customized version of the ’99 hit “Around The World.” The songs are used through April. 2007
Working for “The Donald” (Trump). Gene Simmons is one of 14 contestants on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.” The KISS bassist gets an ego stroke and a chance to show off his vaunted business acumen with the proceeds going to charity. “I’m the rat that knew the maze to get to the cheese as a Rocker,” says Simmons. “But how good am I in a brand-new maze?” 2008
Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?,” an autobiography by Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, is in bookstores. The publisher, Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins, says the 400-page book has “all the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex and drugs and transcendence you will ever want to hear.” 2012
Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston is found dead in his North London home. He joined Fleetwood Mac in late ’72, replacing Danny Kirwan. Weston’s departure in ’74 paved the way for the arrival of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. He was 64. 2012
Jack White’s solo debut album, “Blunderbuss,” is the biggest selling vinyl album of ’12 according to Nielsen Soundscan. Selling 33,000 copies, “Blunderbuss” knocks The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” from the top spot – which it had held the previous three years. 2013
Phil Everly (Everly Brothers) dies at age 74 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Everly was a longtime smoker. The Everly Brothers had 15 Top 10 hits between ’57 and ’62, including “Wake Up Little Susie,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Cathy’s Clown” and “When Will I Be Loved.” 2014
The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney dislocates his shoulder when a wave slams him to the ocean floor while vacationing on Saint-Barthélemy. The injury forces the Black Keys to cancel a planned U.K./European tour. 2015
Kid Rock states he’s in favor of legalizing and taxing “pot, cocaine, (and) heroin,” in an interview published in the Guardian. “Has it not been proven that people will always find a way to get what they want,” asks Rock. 2015
The song “Breathing Lightning” by Anthrax premieres on the BBC Radio 1 “Rock Show.” 2016
Jason Mackenroth, who played drums with the Rollins Band, dies after a battle with prostate cancer. 2016
Tickets for the eleventh annual Rock On The Range sell out in record time, just over one month after going on sale. Metallica, Soundgarden and KoЯn are the headliners. It’s the fifth consecutive advance sellout for the Columbus, OH event.  2017
Kid Rock donates $50,000 to the Second Harvest Food Banks of Western Michigan and Middle Tennessee. “I wanted to start 2018 off on a positive note, hoping to influence others who have been as blessed as me,” states Rock. 2018
Following Nashville Metro Council’s approval, Mayor David Briley signs into law a council resolution for Kid Rock’s recently opened bar authorizing the installation of a 20-foot-tall neon sign – a guitar with the instrument’s body intentionally shaped like a woman’s buttocks.  Of course, not everyone is “in tune” with the plan. 2019
Anthrax’s Scott Ian praises Queen saying they sound “even better” now, than they did in their heyday. “I’ve been listening to Queen since 1975, you could say I’m a big fan,” states Ian on “Instagram. Ian previously called Queen the “most original Rock band” in his lifetime. 2019
Warner Chappell Music (WCM) and the estate of David Bowie announce that WCM has acquired the global music publishing rights to Bowie’s song catalog. The deal covers Bowie’s entire body of work including the songs “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fame,” “Young Americans,” “Golden Years,” “Modern Love” and “Let’s Dance.” The deal follows major acquisitions by various companies of the catalogues of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and members of Fleetwood Mac. 2022
Fozzy state that they have parted ways with longtime drummer Frank Fontsere and replaced him with Grant Brooks.  After two decades with the band Fontsere steps down to focus on his family and “other projects.”  2022