This Day in History: 2023-01-07

JANUARY 7th
A long bombImagine Dragons appear at halftime during the broadcast of the Clemson/Alabama College Football Championship at Levi Stadium in San Francisco.  However, Imagine Dragons are live on Treasure Island with guest Lil Wayne.  “Imagine ‘hitting the notes’ Dragons,” one audience member tweets.  “Imagine Dragons with the only performance worse than Bama’s defense so far tonight,” tweets another.  Clemson wins the game 44-16 before Imagine Dragons drop a remixed version of “Believer” with Lil Wayne.  2019
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Organist, founder and leader of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Paul Revere, is born (with the legal name Paul Revere Dick). 1938
Kenny Loggins (Loggins & Messina and solo) is born in Everett, WA. 1940
Bassist Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go’s) has a birthday. 1959
“Foot Loose And Fancy Free” peaks at #2. The Rod Stewart album contains “You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)” and “Hotlegs.” 1978
Sacramento native, Ivan L. Moody (Five Finger Death Punch), has a birthday. 1980
“The Eagles Live” hits the platinum mark. 1981
Pearl Jam’s “Better Man” is #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay chart.  1995
Carlos Santana performs at the Stars to the Rescue XVI concert in Walnut Creek, CA. The annual show benefits the Animal Rescue Foundation. 2007
Shame we’ve got email. Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Clash and others have their album artwork displayed on a set of Royal Mail (U.K.) stamps. The covers include “Led Zeppelin IV” (aka “Untitled”), “Ziggy Stardust” (Bowie), “London Calling” (The Clash) and “Let It Bleed” (Rolling Stones). 2010
A plaque is unveiled in honor of drummer Cozy Powell in his hometown of Cirencester, U.K. Powell died in a ’98 car crash. His resume includes stints with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Jeff Beck and Thin Lizzy. “Cozy really helped to define the whole genre of rock drumming as we know it today,” says Queen’s Brian May. 2016
Avenged Sevenfold debut the Cirque Du Soleil’s production of their live show in Dublin. The staging is designed to provide “a more stunning visual affect.”  2017
Singer Lana Del Rey says that she is facing a potential lawsuit from Radiohead over similarities between her song “Get Free” and the band’s hit “Creep.” “I know my song wasn’t inspired by ‘Creep’, states Rey.   2018
A public memorial service for Nevermore and Sanctuary vocalist Warrel Dane is held in Seattle.  For those who can’t make it, the service is streamed live.  Dane died of a heart attack at age 56 on 12/13/17.  2018
Neil Peart, the longtime drummer and lyricist for Rush, dies at age 67 in Santa Monica, CA, after battling brain cancer.  Peart’s bandmates urge those who want to express condolences to do so by donating to a cancer research group or charity.  2020
Metallica pledge a $500,000 (U.S.) donation to Australian bushfire relief through their charity foundation, All Within My Hands. “The resulting destruction and devastating effects on all residents, animals, the environment and the incredible land in Australia is truly heartbreaking,” writes the band on Instagram.  2020
Disurbed’s David Draiman officially reactivates his Twitter account after a nearly seven-year absence. “Came back to @Twitter because I was tired of watching from the sidelines for the last number of years.” 2022