This Day in History: 2023-01-09


“1984,” one of Van Halen’s most popular albums in terms of sales (12-million copies sold in the U.S. alone), arrives. The album contains “Jump,” “Panama” and “Hot For Teacher” and is second only to Michael Jackson’s mega-selling “Thriller,” on the Billboard 200. It’s the last, full-length Van Halen album to feature singer David Lee Roth until ’12’s “A Different Kind Of Truth.” 1984
Guitar great, Jimmy Page enters the world. The one-time session guitarist joined the Yardbirds but it was with his next group, Led Zeppelin, that he made his mark as one of Rock’s most innovative and creative guitarist. His post-Zeppelin efforts included The Firm, Page & Plant and film soundtracks. 1944
The ever-charming New York Dolls’ vocalist, David Johansen (aka Buster Poindexter), is born on Staten Island. 1950
Eddie Cochran flies to England to tour with Gene Vincent. A London car accident later in the year takes his life. 1960
Hole co-founder (with Courtney Love) and guitarist, Eric Erlandson, is born in L.A. He works in Capitol Records accounting department prior to starting the group. 1963
The Beatles “I Feel Fine”/”She’s A Woman,” is #1 on the pop chart. 1965
Smash Mouth’s Steve Harwell is born in beautiful Santa Carla, CA. 1967
Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band or DMB) starts life in South Africa. 1967
Fuel guitarist, Carl Bell, from Kenton, TN, has a birthday. 1967
The Jaycees name Elvis Presley one of the “ten outstanding young men of America.” 1971
The Allman Brothers Band score their first chart single. It’s “Revival (Love Is Everywhere).” The song climbs all the way to #92. 1971
Deep Purple get a gold record for “Stormbringer,” their 11th album, but first with vocalist David Coverdale (taking over from Ian Gillan). 1975
“Is This Love” (Whitesnake) gets to #4 on the singles chart. 1988
A dubious slam. Melissa Etheridge and Courtney Love make Mr. Blackwell’s annual Worst Dressed List. 1996
David Bowie celebrates his 50th birthday (the day after) with a Save The Children benefit concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan sings “All The Young Dudes” and “The Jean Genie” with Bowie who closes the show with “Space Oddity.” 1997
Apple Inc. introduces the iTunes media player. 2001
Jon Bon Jovi and football legend John Elway appear in an Arena Football promo that runs in movie theatres. Bon Jovi owns the Philadelphia Soul while Elway has the Colorado Crush. 2004
Ozzy Osbourne cancels a 20-date British tour because he is still recovering from a near-fatal ATV accident a month earlier. “I am deeply disappointed, but it’s out of my control,” says Ozzy. 2004
Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil marries longtime girlfriend Lia Gerardini in Las Vegas. Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx attend, while Rapper MC Hammer officiates. Probably Hammer’s first paying gig in a while. 2005
Having already won more awards than any other group, U2 nabs the Favorite Group honor at the 31st annual People’s Choice Awards in Pasadena, CA. The guys are going to have to build an additional mantel. 2005
The Beatles appear on British postage stamps for the first time. The Royal Mail (the British postal system) begins distribution of an initial set of six stamps depicting Beatles album covers including “Revolver,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Abbey Road.” 2007
Bon Jovi and Nickelback are winners at the 33rd annual People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles. The Favorite Rock Song is Bon Jovi’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” while Nickelback takes home the Favorite Group trophy. 2007
Evanescence’s Amy Lee announces she’s engaged (to a psychiatrist named Josh). “I got engaged last night,” Lee gushes during an appearance on MuchMusic’s Live@Much that airs from the Canadian cable-music network’s studios in Toronto. “It was awesome.” 2007
Long lost Pink Floyd footage, including two episodes from the BBC’s Top Of The Pops program, is shown at the British Film Institute’s Missing and Presumed Wiped event. Originally taped in ’67, there’s a performance of “See Emily Play.” “Footage of Pink Floyd from this era is extremely rare,” says Steve Bryant, curator of the British Film Institute. “This is an enormously significant discovery.” 2010
Radiohead’s Phil Selway, The Police’s Stewart Copeland and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason contribute to Beat for Peace, a movement aimed at raising awareness of the perilous political situation in Sudan. They perform at a London demonstration near the offices of Prime Minister Gordon Brown. 2010
Gilby Clarke, a former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, is hospitalized following a hit-and-run crash while riding his motorcycle. Clarke, who joined Guns N’ Roses in ’91 and stayed three years, suffers a broken leg. 2010
Stern Pinball announce an AC/DC pinball machine complete with 12 classic AC/DC songs (including “Back In Black,” “Highway To Hell” and “You Shook Me All Night Long”). “The combination of Classic Rock and pinball can’t go wrong,” says Gary Stern, founder, CEO and chairman of Stern Pinball, in a release. 2012
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says he has been diagnosed with the “early stages of lymphoma.” “His bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time,” reads Sabbath’s statement. 2012
The estate and family of late guitarist Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet) file a lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court against the authors and publisher of an unauthorized coffee table book titled “Randy Rhoads.” The family contends that documentary film producer Peter Margolis and author Andrew Klein stole materials to create the book which was co-authored by Klein and Steven Rosen with the assistance of Margolis. 2013
Three Days Grace announce that singer Adam Gontier has left the group due to an undisclosed health issue and that Matt Walst (My Darkest Days) has replaced him for the group’s co-headlining North American tour. 2013
Dream Theater release their first 360 App (iOS) on iTunes. The app offers an interactive experience of a concert recorded at Luna Park in Buenos Aires using multi-camera video technology. 2014
Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” tops a “best car song” poll conducted by Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” round out the Top 3. offered a list to choose from but write-ins were allowed. AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell,” Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” and “I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar top the submissions. 2014
Puddle Of Mudd’s Wes Scantlin is arrested on vandalism and trespassing charges after he trashes the Hollywood Hills house he lost in foreclosure the previous year. He is released on bail. 2016
Tool launches their U.S. tour in San Diego. For $500, fans get a ticket to the concert, admission into a VIP event, a VIP merchandise pack, early purchase of tour merchandise, refreshments, a photo opportunity and a live question-and-answer session with guitarist Adam Jones. 2016
A memorial service for Mötörhead’s Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister is held at the Rainbow Bar & Grill (a favored haunt) in West Hollywood. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Slash are among those who pay tribute. 2016