This Day in History: 2023-01-04

Recorded the previous August, The Doors issue their self-titled debut album. The classic set contains “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” “The End,” “Soul Kitchen” and the complete version of “Light My Fire.” 1967
“Defenders Of The Faith,” Judas Priest’s ninth studio effort, arrives.  Recorded in Ibiza, Spain and mixed in Miami, the album holds “Freewheel Burning,” Some Heads Are Gonna Roll” and “Love Bites.” It becomes a platinum album.  1984
The Eagles’ “Long Road Out Of Eden” is the third best-selling album issued in ’07 according SoundScan’s annual tally.  2008
The album sold 2.6 million units before the year’s end. Only crooner Josh Groban’s “Noel” and the “High School Musical 2” soundtrack moved more units.
R.E.M.’s John Michael Stipe is born in Decatur, GA. 1960
The Beatles top the Mersey Beat poll (a local Liverpool publication).  1962
Benjamin Darvill (Crash Test Dummies) is born in Winnipeg, Canada. 1967
Jimi Hendrix and bassist Noel Redding get into a fight while the Experience is on a Scandinavian tour. Hendrix gets jailed and fined for busting up a hotel room. 1968
The Allman Brothers Band announce that bassist Lamar Williams has been hired as the replacement for Berry Oakley, who died in a motorcycle crash the previous year.  1973
Elton John’s cover of The Beatles’ “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (primarily written by John Lennon) sits at #1. 1975
Bassist Jeph Howard (The Used) enters the world. 1979
Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott, dies of complications (heart failure and pneumonia) from a drug overdose. 1986
Guitarist Andy Summers joins his former Police bandmate Sting on the latter’s Dream of the Blue Turtles World Tour. 1986
Everclear’s Art Alexakis files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in California. According to documents submitted by the vocalist he has accumulated a $2.75 million federal-tax debt, owes $230,000 to the Oregon Department of Revenue and $120,000 to credit card companies. Three divorces and sluggish album sales will do that to you. 2005
Godsmack’s Sully Erna reaches a multimillion-dollar court settlement with an accident victim. In ’07, 27-year-old Lindsay Taylor was riding in the back seat of a car that was rear-ended by Erna’s Hummer. According to court documents, Taylor suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. 2010
Live music website says the Dave Matthews Band is the top North American concert money earner between 2000-2009, taking in $529.1 million. Pop singer Celine Dion and Country vocalist Kenny Chesney are second and third. 2010
Bono’s lyrics get the approval of Pope Benedict XVI. L’Osservatore Romano, a newspaper tied to the Vatican, publishes an article praising the Christian themes in U2 songs. 2010
Marilyn Manson proposes to his girlfriend, Evan Rachel Wood, while onstage in Paris. The 22-year-old accepts. But the pair call off the engagement eight months later. The much more ‘experienced’ Manson was married to burlesque star Dita Von Teese but that ended in ’06. 2010
Jane’s Addiction announces that TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek is the band’s bassist replacing Guns N’ Roses vet Duff McKagan who left in’‘10 citing creative differences. “The events over the last year have proven themselves to be a necessary part of the journey as they have led us to our current creative team and direction,” says Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. 2011
Pink Floyd announce they have resigned with EMI. The group and label overcome long standing differences, including how digital music services would sell Floyd songs, to ink a five-year deal. “Pink Floyd are one of the most important and influential bands of all time,” says label CEO Roger Faxon in the statement. “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with them.” 2011
Gerry Rafferty, best known for his solo hit “Baker Street” and the lead vocals on Stealers Wheel’s lone hit “Stuck In The Middle,” dies after a long battle with liver disease. He was 63. 2011
Killswitch Engage issue a statement via their website announcing plans to move forward without singer Howard Jones. “We love Howard and are thankful for the nine years that we’ve had him in the band. Howard is a part of our family and always will be, and we wish him well.” 2012
Rob Caggiano, lead guitarist for Anthrax since ’01, quits. He’s heard on the albums “We’ve Come For You All” and “Worship Music.” “While this might be one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, it feels like the right one for me at this time,” says Caggiano in a statement. Meanwhile, Anthrax wishes the guitarist “nothing but great success going forward.” 2013
Another departure. My Darkest Days reports that guitarist Sal Coz Costa has left to “pursue his own musical journey and collaborations.” 2013
U2 receives the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), “for their unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease, and social injustice” and for the song “Ordinary Love” from the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. 2014
Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin officially declares the “Day of The Doors” to celebrate the group’s 50th anniversary (see above).  Surviving band members Robby Krieger (guitar) and John Densmore (drums) are on hand for a Venice Beach event.  2017
U2’s Bono pens an op-ed for Time magazine urging action from men, especially those in positions of power, to reduce gender inequality.  “Men can’t step back and leave it to women alone to clean up the mess we’ve made and are still making,” writes Bono.  2018.
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
Billboard says Guns N’ Roses’ “Not In This Lifetime” trek is the fourth biggest grossing tour of all time earning more than $475 million.  According to the publication the top three all-time tours are U2’s 360º ($736 million), the Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang ($558) and Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams ($523 million).   2018
Ray Thomas, flautist, vocalist and founding member of the Moody Blues, dies at his home in Surrey, England.  He was 76.  2018
The film “Rucker,” with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor in a supporting role, is released. Rucker the trucker is a mass serial killer who targets women who look like his ex-wife. Taylor plays his friend. 2022