This Day in History: 2023-01-12

JANUARY 12th
The Doors score again when their sophomore album “Strange Days” goes gold. The set contains the title track, “People Are Strange” and “Love Me Two Times.” 1968
Led Zeppelin release their self-titled debut album. Guitarist Jimmy Page financed and produced the set which is known for the songs “Good Times, Bad Times,” “Dazed And Confused” and “Communication Breakdown.”1969
Milwaukee Rock radio station 94.5 The Lake launches a ‘Say No to Seattle!’ campaign which bans Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Jimi Hendrix and Heart from being played during the run up to the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. Doesn’t help. Seahawks win the game later in the week. 2015
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Zacarias (Zach) Manuel de la Rocha, singer and lyricist for Rage Against The Machine, is born in Long Beach, CA. 1970
White Zombie founder and solo performer, Rob Zombie, is born in Haverhill, MA. Zombie also writes and directs horror films. 1966
Jars Of Clay vocalist, Dan Haseltine, has a birthday. 1973
Some people call me Maurice. The title track from Steve Miller Band’s breakthrough album, “The Joker,” is #1 on the Billboard survey. It’s the group’s first chart-topper. 1974
Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards is fined for possession of cocaine. The charges result from a car wreck the previous year. The police, investigating the accident, come across Richards’ stash. 1977
The “Long May You Run” album from the short-lived Stills-Young Band goes gold. 1977
John Lennon’s “Woman” is released. The second single from the “Double Fantasy” album peaks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 but tops the U.K. chart. 1981
The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) donates Bob Dylan’s “Blonde On Blonde,” KISS’ “Alive” and “Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols” to the Library of Congress. 1981
Eddie Vedder inducts The Doors into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Two other late-60’s groups also get the nod, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Cream. Cream even performs. 1993
Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers Band, Neil Young, Frank Zappa and Janis Joplin are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Melissa Etheridge inducts Joplin and sings “Piece Of My Heart.” “I just really wish she was up here instead of me,” says Michael Joplin, the late singer’s brother, who accepts the accolades on her behalf. 1995
’50’s legend Gene Vincent, Carlos Santana, Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Eagles Don Henley and Glenn Frey have a few “priceless” comments. “I want to thank (manager) Irving Azoff, without whom we wouldn’t be here today,” says Henley. “Well, we might still be here,” blurts out Frey. “But we wouldn’t have made as much money.” 1998
On his birthday (see above), Rage Against The Machine’s vocalist, Zach de la Rocha, joins a protest against the Mexican government and paramilitary repression in Chiapas. The previous month 45 people were murdered in the town. 1998
Gail Zappa, Frank Zappa`s widow, appears in a Canadian court to sue Tanguay, a 10-store Quebec furniture chain. The suit is over the unauthorized use of Zappa’s instrumental “Watermelon In Easter Hay” in a ’95 Tanguay commercial. Tanguay claims it is all a misunderstanding. 2004
Green Day donates royalties earned from the iTunes sale of “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” through the end of the year to the American Red Cross. The funds aid Asian and African tsunami victims. “This is the worst global disaster we’ve seen in our lifetimes,” says Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. “We felt it was important to take part in the relief efforts any way we could.” 2005
A New York federal court rules that former Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson had relinquished his share of the group’s royalties in a prior agreement. Ellefson sued the group’ founder Dave Mustaine for $18.5 million claiming he deserved a greater share of the group’s royalties.  2005
The Grammy Hall of Fame announces that the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Axis: Bold As Love” and Bob Dylan’s “Bringing It All Back Home” albums will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The inductees represent “the most significant recorded musical masterpieces that have had a profound impact on our culture,” says Recording Academy president Neil Portnow. 2006
Sweet ride o’ mine. Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose sues Beverly Hills Classic Car alleging the enterprise violated an oral agreement with Rose by failing to deliver two luxury vehicles. Rose also charges the dealership with not paying $135,000 it owes after selling his ’99 Ferrari on consignment. 2006
Kid Rock performs at an invitation-only General Motors-organized event in Detroit as part of the run-up to the North American International Auto Show. In addition to live performances, cars are displayed, fashion-show style, on a catwalk. 2008
Fans get to choose which song Bon Jovi will perform at the 52nd Grammys (two-and-a-half weeks later). The online voting options on the CBS website are “Always,” “Bed Of Roses,” “Have A Nice Day,” “It’s My Life,” “Livin’ On A Prayer” or “Wanted Dead Or Alive.” “Livin’ On A Prayer” wins. It is the first Grammy appearance by the group. 2010
Bon Jovi takes the top spot on the Los Angeles Times’ “Ultimate Top 10” list for 2010. The list combines the overall earnings from touring and album sales, both physical and digital. The group garnered an impressive $120.5 million in earnings. 2011
Rage Against The Machine announce their support for dismissed workers in South Korea – many of whom have been protesting the loss of their jobs since ’07. Guitarist Tom Morello meets with the workers, who produced parts for guitar companies, including Fender and Gibson. They claim that they were “padlocked out of their factory and forced to sign resignation papers,” after they tried to form a trade union. 2011
Reports state that Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen), in collaboration with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, has donated 75 guitars to L.A. area schools. “Music education and families are dealing with the economic times,” says the guitarist in a statement. “I wanted to help them.” 2012
Martin Scorsese’s film “George Harrison: Living In The Material World” wins the Best Documentary Feature award at the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. 2012
Scott Weiland rejoins his Velvet Revolver band mates, for the first time in four years, at a one-off charity show titled “Love You Madly: A Concert for John O’Brien” at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. O’Brien, who passed away on 8/20/11, composed music for the films (“Iron Man” and “Pineapple Express”) and television. 2012
Puddle Of Mudd’s Wes Scantlin is arrested after police discover narcotics on him when he’s stopped for a traffic violation in Culver City, CA. Police suspect Scantlin is intoxicated but a search leads to a felony possession of a controlled substance charge. Scantlin makes the $10,000 bail a few hours later. 2012
U2 win the Best Original Song Award for “Ordinary Love” at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards. The track is from the Nelson Mandela biopic, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” 2014
Bruce Springsteen’s songs “High Hopes,” “Hunter Of Invisible Game” and a rerecorded “The Ghost Of Tom Joad” are heard during the CBS legal drama “The Good Wife.” 2014
Fall Out Boy’s taped performance of “Centuries” is broadcast during the pre-game show of the first ever College Football National Championship game (Ohio State beats Oregon).  2015
Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is one of the guest speakers the ATTI technology conference in Santiago, Chile. 2016
Black Sabbath are #1 on Billboard.com’s Hot Tours list with $10.4 million in ticket sales from three performances in Brazil as part of the band’s “The End” tour. 2017
Leaves’ Eyes unfurl “Sign Of The Dragonhead,” the group’s first full -length album featuring singer Elina Siirala, who joined the band in early ‘16 following an acrimonious split with the group’s original frontwoman, Liv Kristine (who was previously married to Leaves’ Eyes’ co-vocalist Alexander Krull).  2018
Vixen frontwoman Janet Gardner undergoes surgery to remove blood clots, a condition known as a subdural hematoma caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain.  The condition is most often due to a serious fall or head injury.  2018
During Marilyn Manson‘s set at House Of Blues in Las Vegas he drops his trousers and insists a roadie come onstage to pull them back up. Is that in the job description?  In his defense, Manson is recovering from injuries when a stage prop crashed down on him a few weeks earlier, making simple movements painful. Then a woman in the audience, who after baring her breasts and being pointed out by Manson, jumps on stage while still partially clothed and shows off some stripper moves. Fortunately, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.  2018
Ronnie Spector (born Veronica Yvette Bennett), founder and lead singer of the Ronettes (Be My Baby) and guest vocalist on Eddie Money’s hit “Take Me Home Tonight,” dies at age 78.  Phil Spector produced the majority of the Ronettes’ recordings. Ronnie and Phil were married in ‘68 but separated in ‘72.  2022