This Day in History: 2023-01-18

 

JANUARY 18th

Who is the youngest person inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame? It’s Stevie Wonder at age 38. 1989
His repertoire includes “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” “Master Blaster (Jammin’),” “Higher Ground,” Living For The City,” “Sire Duke” and “Superstition.”

“The world’s greatest Rock n’ Roll band” gets its due. The Rolling Stones are inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. The Who’s Pete Townshend does the honors but claims the Stones “ripped off” Blues musicians. “So much of what I am I got from you, the Stones, and I had no idea most of it was already secondhand.” 1989
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KoЯn’s vocalist, Jonathan Davis, is born in Bakersfield, CA. 1971
“Journey Through The Past” is released. The double-album chronicles live performances from throughout Neil Young’s career, including stints with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. 1972
The Rolling Stones and Santana play a benefit concert in L.A. for victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake. 1973
Guitarist Quinn Allman (The Used) has a birthday. 1982
The Replacements play “Bastards Of Young” and “Kiss Me On The Bus” on Saturday Night Live. The drunken, chaotic performances get the group banned from the show “for life.” It’s 28-years (’14) before The Replacements appear on the NBC network again (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon). 1986
Fuel’s Brett Scallions shouts “Welcome to the greatest f**king country in the world,” at the America’s Future Rocks concert, a Washington D.C. pre-inaugural event aimed at a young people. He quickly apologizes. Hillary Duff and Ruben Studdard are also on the bill. Kid Rock was originally selected but he got axed due to his ‘inappropriate’ songs, to say nothing of his lifestyle. Later, President Bush takes the stage saying he thought Duff was fantastic. He also thanks 3 Doors Down (who are performing a couple nights later) for their appearance. 2005
Social Distortion bassist Brent Liles is killed when he’s hit by a truck while riding a dirt bike in Placentia, CA. 2007
U2, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp perform during the “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration” at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event kicks-off the celebration of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration (two days later). 2009
‘60s psychedelic singer, Donovan, is awarded the distinguished medal as an officer of arts and letters by France’s Minister of Culture Christine Albanel at the MIDEM Music Fair in Cannes. 2009
Soundgarden begin their reunion tour in support of their comeback studio album, “King Animal,” in Washington D.C. 2013
Pennywise play the first of two reunion shows with singer Jim Lindberg (who left the group in ’09) at the Palladium in L.A. The shows commemorate the group’s 25th anniversary and lead to a full-fledged tour. 2013
Dave Grohl’s directorial debut, “Sound City,” premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary examines the Van Nuys recording studio’s relatively obscure yet important history. Grohl, the former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman first came to Sound City in ’91 when Nirvana laid down the tracks for “Nevermind.” 2013
Seattle’s Alice In Chains perform during halftime of the Green Bay Packers/Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship. Seahawks go to Super Bowl XLIX. 2015
Dallas Taylor, a key sideman for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, dies at age 66. He played Woodstock and appeared on seven top-selling albums. 2015
The Eagles’ Glenn Frey passes away at age 67 due to “complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia,” “Glenn was the one who started it all,” says bandmate Don Henley. “He was the spark plug; the man with the plan.” 2016
Metallica replace an L.A. street performer’s stolen drums. Sheriff Drumman is known for playing the drums out of the back of a pickup truck outfitted with a sound system and lighting. Metallica steps in after they hear what had happened.  2022
The U.S. government is granted permission to share sealed materials from the case involving Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer’s role in the 1/6/21 U.S. Capitol riot aimed keeping Donald Trump in the White House despite losing the election.  The materials are used in three riot-related Oath Keepers’ cases.  2022