This Day in History: 2023-01-11

JANUARY 11th
 
Released the previous October, “The Joker,” by the Steve Miller Band, is a gold record – on its way to multi-platinum status. 1974
Grunge arrives and it “Smells Like Teen Spirit!”  Nirvana’s “Nevermind” tops the Billboard 200.  1992
Cake’s “Showroom Of Compassion” drops. Frontman John McCrea says the album is “very different” from previous Cake records. It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Rock Albums charts. 2011
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Clarence Clemons, sax player for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, is born. 1942
Victoria (‘Vicki’ for short) Peterson is born in the Northridge section of L.A. She is a founding member of The Bangles. 1958
L.A native and No Doubt guitarist, Tom Dumont, has a birthday. 1968
Kasabian vocalist Tom Meighan is born in Leicester England. 1981
Break out the flannel. With “Nevermind” #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Nirvana appear on “Saturday Night Live.” The band trashes their gear to end the performance. 1992
Blondie make their first network T.V. appearance in 16-years on the American Music Awards. They don’t win anything because their album, “No Exit,” has not yet been released. 1999
Sharon Osbourne resigns as the Smashing Pumpkins manager for ‘medical reasons.’ “(Frontman) Billy Corgan was making me sick,” says Osbourne, who was the group’s manager for less than four months. 2000
Ted Nugent cuts himself with a chainsaw while filming his VH1 reality series “Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments.” It takes 40 stitches to close the wound. The contest has city slickers living off the land and enduring Ted for a $100,000 prize. Big fun. 2004
Jefferson Airplane drummer, Spencer Dryden, dies of cancer at age 66. 2005
Green Day is #1 according to Rolling Stone magazine’s Readers’ Poll. They are named Artist of the Year, Best Band and get the nod for Best Single (“Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”). Audioslave is the Best Hard Rock/Metal Band, U2 takes Best Tour and Fall Out Boy nab the Best New Artist honor. 2006
My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero bails on the Japanese leg of the group’s world tour and returns to the U.S. after suffering “a sudden attack of illness.” He’s replaced by Todd Prince. 2007
Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel are Golden Globe Award nominees for the Best Original Song — Motion Picture category. Springsteen gets the statue for the title track from “The Wrestler” (the song also picked up a Critic’s Choice Award just days earlier). 2009
Styx perform the national anthem and an a cappella version of their hit “Renegade” in Pittsburgh at the NFL playoff match-up between the hometown Steelers and the San Diego Chargers. Steelers fans embrace “Renegade” as an anthem for their team’s defense. Steelers win. 2009
“Fully inhabiting the moment during that tiny dot of time after you’ve pressed ‘record’ is what makes it eternal,” writes U2’s Bono about Frank Sinatra in the first in a series of op-ed columns for the New York Times. 2009
Vampire Weekend roll out their sophomore album, “Contra.” The set contains the lead single “Cousins.” It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. 2010
Cage The Elephant’s sophomore album, “Thank You Happy Birthday,” is released. It’s the follow-up to their self-titled ’09 debut. Personal problems plagued frontman Matt Shultz while working on the album. “After really trying to control everything in my life, it just unraveled before my eyes,” said Shultz. “I had a huge hypocrisy in my own world. A lot of the songs are written about that, discovering that.” 2011
 After an assassination attempt on U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D) in Tuscon, AZ that left six people dead (including a nine-year old girl) and over a dozen wounded, the critically injured Congresswoman among them, Drowning Pool responds to widespread suggestions that their song “Bodies” inspired the nutcase shooter. In a statement they explain that the track was never intended to have a violent message. “‘Bodies’ was written about the brotherhood of the mosh pit and the respect people have for each other in the pit,” writes the band. “If you push others down, you have to pick them back up. It was never about violence.” 2011
Maroon 5 win the Favorite Band of the Year honor at the 38th annual People’s Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. 2012
The Velvet Underground file a lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court against the Andy Warhol Foundation over the iconic banana image on the cover of the band’s ’67 debut album, “The Velvet Underground And Nico.” Band leaders Lou Reed and John Cale claim the foundation has illegally licensed the image in an attempt to “deceive the public” into believing that the band has given their “sponsorship or approval” to the merchandise. The band seeks unspecified damages. 2012
Linkin Park, The Offspring and Bad Religion perform at Club Nokia in L.A. to raise money for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the central Philippines. Linkin Park’s Music for Relief works with the International Medical Corps to deliver food, water and medical assistance. 2014
U2 play “I Will Follow,” “Desire” and “Vertigo” at Sean Penn’s third annual Help Haiti benefit at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. “It’s been a while since we played a hotel lounge,” frontman Bono says. “I think the last time was a bar mitzvah.” 2014
Food & Beverage magazine officially rename a Jack & Coke “The Lemmy” in honor of Mötörhead’s recently deceased bassist Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister. He made the drink famous at the Rainbow Bar And Grill on the Sunset Strip. 2016
Pearl Jam and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello sign an open letter urging action from the U.S. government to address the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan where more than 23 million people are facing what the United Nations calls “acute food insecurity” and near famine-level conditions. The crisis follows the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the takeover by the Taliban. The letter is co-signed by nearly a dozen non-governmental organizations.  2022