This Day in History: 2023-01-15

JANUARY 15th
You can check out any time you like but you can never leave. The Eagles “Hotel California” is the #1 album in the U.S. It has the title track and “New Kid In Town.” 1977
Following years of internal strife, guitarist Rich Robinson issues a statement announcing the end of the Black Crowes after 24 years. 2015
Panic! At The Disco roll out their fifth studio effort “Death Of A Bachelor.” The album, produced by Jake Sinclair (Fall Out Boy), debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200. 2016
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Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist, Ronnie Van Zant, is born in Jacksonville, FL. 1948
“December’s Children” by the Rolling Stones goes gold. The album features “Get Off My Cloud.” 1966
The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show but are forced to change the lyrics of their recent hit “Let’s Spend The Night Together” to “let’s spend some time together.” 1967
The Jaycees name Elvis Presley one of the “ten outstanding young men of America.” 1971
George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” is released in the U.K. It tops the singles charts worldwide and is Harrison’s first #1 as a solo artist. 1971
Guitarist Joe Walsh makes his debut with the Eagles. He’s onboard for the group’s Australia/Japan tour. 1976
With a budget of only £1,500 borrowed from Stewart Copeland’s brother Miles Copeland III, The Police start recording their debut album, “Outlandos d’Amour,” in Surrey, England. Two songs stand out: “Roxanne” and “Can’t Stand Losing You.”  1978
“You Got Lucky,” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, tops Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. 1983
Neil Young inducts Jimi Hendrix into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Yardbirds also make it into the Hall. 1992
Elton John’s early bass player Dee Murray dies in Nashville. 1992
Relatives, fearing Adam Ant is suicidal, have him taken to London’s Royal Free Hospital where he’s placed in a secure ward. 2002
Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope airs on NBC. The program features Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder. Showbiz celebrities include Halle Berry, Kevin Spacey, George Clooney and Uma Thurman. 2005
A lyric sheet to The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” handwritten by George Harrison, goes for $300,000 at an auction in Scottsdale, AZ.  2007
Jon Bon Jovi performs at a New York fundraiser to help Hillary Clinton pay off the debt she amassed during her failed ’08 presidential campaign. According to reports she’s over $6 million in the red. 2009
Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon, wins a libel suit brought against British newspaper The Sun. An ’07 article claimed that she was driving her husband “to destruction.” Sharon receives an apology and undisclosed monetary damages from The Sun. 2009
Kid Rock’s birthday concert at Detroit’s Ford Field takes place. The venue is renamed (for the day) 40 Field in honor of Rock’s 40th birthday. Over 45,000 attend the show, which sells out in 19 minutes. Rock’s actual birthday is 1/17. 2011
The Eagles play the first of three shows to reopen the remodeled Los Angeles Forum. “The building is a grand dame of all these (arenas),” states the band’s Glenn Frey. The Forum is the largest venue built in the U.S. specifically for music and live entertainment. 2014
Marilyn Manson’s 10th album, “The Pale Emperor,” is released. The set contains the track “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge.” 2015
During a Dead Kennedys show at the Belly Up Tavern in San Diego a pair of fans perform a sex act onstage. “Of course, we don’t condone this activity in our establishment and security stopped it right away,” states the tavern’s management. 2015
Legendary record producer and music business maven Kim Fowley dies at age 75 following a long battle with bladder cancer. Fowley, known for his work with the Runaways, which included Joan Jett and Lita Ford, also co-wrote songs for KISS and Alice Cooper. 2015
From First To Last release their first new song with former frontman Sonny Moore (a.k.a. Skrillex) in over a decade. “Make War” was co-written by Moore who left the group in ‘07 to pursue a solo career and found major success in electronic music. 2017
Metallica return to China for the first time in four years, and just as on previous trips, they face censorship.  The Shanghai show omits “Master Of Puppets,” “One” and “Hardwired.” “Why shouldn’t you respect their culture when you’re there as a guest and you’ve been invited to play,” asks frontman James Hetfield.  “Hopefully we’ll keep coming back and they’ll realize we’re not a threat.”  2017
Vocalist Dolores O’ Riordan of The Cranberries (“Linger,” “Zombie”) dies at age 46. Later, a coroner’s inquest concludes that she accidentally drowned in a bathtub at a London hotel after drinking heavily.  The 46-year-old singer was found submerged.  2018
Five Chevelle singles are certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for accumulating 500,000 certified units. The songs are “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along),” originally released in ‘05, “Jars” (‘07), “I Get It” (‘09), “Face To The Floor” (‘11) and “The Clincher” (‘04).  2021
Rage Against The Machine release a short documentary about race entitled “Killing In Thy Name,” which discusses what the film labels as “the fiction known as whiteness.”  2021
Guitarist Nita Strauss and Disturbed vocalist David Draiman have the #1 song on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart with “Dead Inside.” 2022