June 13, 2024

This Day in History: 2025-01-18

JANUARY 18th

Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten, in New York to visit an ailing Sid Vicious, announces the band’s break-up.  1978

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

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 gets 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

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

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

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

Staind frontman Aaron Lewis‘s controversial, liberal bashing solo single, “Am I The Only One, is certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for accumulating 500,000 certified units.  2023

Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman announces, via Twitter, he’s stepping away from the band for an undetermined period due to mental health conditions that have “rapidly deteriorated over the past several years.” He expects to return to the band at some point.  2023