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.”
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
Del Shannon records his hit “Runaway” in New York. 1961
The Dave Clark Five’s “Glad All Over” knocks The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” from #1 on the U.K. pop chart. Vocalist Mike Smith and drummer Dave Clark penned the tune. 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 jailed in Japan for marijuana possession. The tour is cancelled. 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
The Rolling Stones venture to Mexico City to film the videos for “She Was Hot” and “Too Much Blood.” The tracks appear on the “Undercover” album.  1984
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
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
The estate of George Harrison settles its lawsuit against Dr. Gilbert Lederman, who treated the ex-Beatle. He is accused of coercing the dying Harrison into signing a guitar belonging to his son. The settlement comes ten days after the lawsuit was filed against Dr. Gilbert Lederman, his three children and his employer, Staten Island University Hospital. 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
Carlos Santana and his wife, Deborah, open Santana House in Los Angeles. The facility, run by the Violence Intervention Program (VIP), aids victims of physical abuse. It’s named after the couple to honor their support of the VIP. 2007
KoЯn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer bows out of the group’s ongoing European tour for “family and personal reasons.” “We fully support Munky’s need to be home right now,” writes frontman Jonathan Davis. “The tour will go on. It’s what Munky wants us to do, too.” 2008
Disturbed, with Sevendust in tow, begin a month-and-a-half-long U.S. tour in Milwaukee. “Seeing {our fans} and hearing them sing every lyric is what energizes us,” says Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan. “There’s no bigger high in life.” 2009
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
Heart’s performance of the Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven,” recorded at Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Zeppelin, is released. “My main goal was to please Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones…especially Plant, since all these many years he has taught me so much about singing from the soul,” posts Heart vocalist Ann Wilson. 2013
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