This Day in History: 2023-01-16

JANUARY 16th
Paul McCartney & Wings arrive in New Orleans to record what turns out to be one of the band’s best efforts, “Venus and Mars.” 1975
When released four months later the album contains “Rock Show,” “Medicine Jar” and “Listen To What The Man Said.”
Styx release “Paradise Theater.”  1981
The band’s tenth album is their most commercially successful. Featuring the songs “The Best Of Times” and “Too Much Time On My Hands” the set spends three non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200.
George Harrison tops the U.S. pop chart with “Got My Mind Set On You,” his first #1 in 13 years – since “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth).” The track is on Harrison’s “Cloud Nine” album. 1988
The Byrds are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “I have a lot of gratitude for these men, who helped me make some of the best music of my life,” says David Crosby of his former Byrd bandmates. 1991
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The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool. The venue starts as a Jazz hang-out but in the early ’60s The Beatles become the house band.  1957
The legendary Whiskey-A-Go-Go opens on the Sunset Strip. The club serves as a launching pad for several bands including The Byrds, Led Zeppelin, The Doors. Alice Cooper, Van Halen and Guns N’ Roses. 1964
Unable to get Fleetwood Mac together for touring, the group’s manager creates a bogus version and sends them out on the road – the first stop is in Pittsburgh.  Legal proceedings ensue but the tour is cancelled because nobody cares. The whole business is a low point for the band but they see their fortunes drastically improve in just two years. 1973
Everyone knew this wouldn’t last. Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band) and Cher (as in Sonny & Cher) are divorced. 1979
Paul McCartney is released from a Tokyo jail after a nine-day incarceration after officers found a half-pound of marijuana in his luggage.  He is deported with no charges filed. His tour of Japan with Wings is cancelled and the government requests he not return. 1980
The Strokes guitarist, Nick Valensi, celebrates his birthday. The New York native started playing guitar when he was 5. 1981
Stevie Wonder speaks on Capitol Hill (D.C.) in favor of the Martin Luther King Holiday Bill. The bill passes two years later. 1981
“Foreigner 4” returns to #1 on the Billboard 200 for the third time. Foreigner’s previous trips to the top came in August and November of ’81. 1982
My angel is a centerfold.  J. Geils Band score a #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart with “Centerfold.”  1982
Pink Floyd’s “On The Turning Away” tops Billboard’s Mainstream Rock.  1988
The Byrds enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are known for “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Eight Miles High.” 1991
Bryan Adams is the first name Western musician to perform in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War. 1994
Ataris begin filming their “Live At Capitol Milling” DVD. The L.A. show is released later in the year. 2003
Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee says Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo is the permanent replacement for Ben Moody. Lee adds that Cold likely will call it quits, a statement later contradicted by Cold singer Scooter Ward. 2004
Rock Star: Supernova, the manufactured TV supergroup – the contest winning lead singer Lukas Rossi, former GN’R guitarist Gilby Clarke, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted (Johnny Colt temporarily filling in until Newsted recovers from a recent accident) and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee – begin a six-week arena tour in Hollywood, FL. 2007
Godsmack’s Sully Erna is presented with the key to his hometown of Lawrence, MA. “There is always going to be a place in my heart for Lawrence,” says an emotional Erna. “It molded me into the man I have become.” The singer grew up in the trouble-plagued area and expressed his desire to be a positive role model. 2007
Radiohead’s plan to play a free concert at London’s Rough Trade East record shop go awry when 1,500 fans show up; more than six times the store’s capacity. The concert is moved to a nearby club, where the band performs “In Rainbows” in its entirety. “It’s been a very strange day so it’s possible I might have to have a drink at the end of this,” quips frontman Thom Yorke. 2008
Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor wins the Best Score trophy at the Golden Globes (Hollywood’s Foreign Press Association) in Beverly Hills. Reznor, who composed the film score for “The Social Network” with Atticus Ross, describes the win as ‘surreal’. 2011
Marilyn Manson announces that Jason Sutter is the band’s drummer, replacing Chris Vrenna who left a few months earlier. Vrenna had a seven-year run with the group. 2012
Fall Out Boy unfurl “American Beauty/American Psycho.” “(The album is meant) to capture what rages on the inside, how what we all feel is permanent and impermanent all at once,” states a band release. 2015
Dimebash, an all-star jam session paying homage to the late guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott (Pantera), takes place at The Observatory OC in Santa Ana, CA.  The event marks the 15th anniversary of Dimebag’s death – shot onstage in Columbus, OH. Members of Anthrax, Bad Wolves, Foo Fighters and Stone Sour play Dimebag’s music and favorite songs.  2020