This Day in History: 2023-01-23

JANUARY 23nd
The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held in New York City. Elvis Presley, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers and Chuck Berry are selected from a nominee list of forty-one performers. “It’s hard for me to induct Chuck Berry,” says Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones’ guitarist. “Because I lifted every lick he ever played!” 1986
A week into the Gulf War, tensions are high when radio station KLSK in Albuquerque, NM, launches its Classic Rock format by playing Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” for twenty-four hours straight. Some listeners suspect the station has been taken over by terrorist and contact the police who show up with guns drawn. To be a rock and not to roll. 1991
Mötley Crüe Vince Neil is fired from NBC’s The New Celebrity Apprentice because he is seen as being responsible for his team’s loss. Neil later claims he wanted off the show.  While there, Neil raised $769,280 for Keep Memory Alive, the charity arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. 2017
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It’s a birthday for Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander. 1953
The Winter Dance Party begins in Milwaukee. The tour headliner is Buddy Holly (his backup band includes Waylon Jennings on bass). Of course, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper are also along for the tragic ride. 1959
The War is Over! During a NY concert Neil Young stops the show to announce that the Vietnam War has ended (“peace has come”). Of course, like most things in the world, it doesn’t last. North Vietnamese troops overrun South Vietnam in two years later. 1973
Nick Harmer, Death Cab For Cutie bassist, is born in Landstuhl, Germany. However, the Army brat grows up in Puyallup, WA, and becomes senior class president at Governor John R. Rogers High School. 1975
While opening for Bob Seger in Tampa, Patti Smith falls from the stage breaking a neck bone. She also suffers cuts to her head and is rushed to the hospital for 22 stitches. The accident takes Smith off the tour. 1977
Chicago guitarist Terry Kath dies from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 31. 1978
The Allman Brothers Band make their one and only appearance on Saturday Night Live.  They perform “Midnight Rider” “Southbound” and “One Way Out.”  1982
Nirvana records a ten-song demo tape in Seattle. Jack Endino produces. The band’s debut release, “Love Buzz,” is just 10 months away. 1988
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins dies from pneumonia related compilations at the ripe old age of 37. 1990
Rage Against The Machine headline the Rock For Choice benefit in L.A. 1993
“1979” drops. The chart-topping single (Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks) is from the Smashing Pumpkins third studio album, “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness.” 1996
The good folks of Johnson City, TN cancel a White Zombie concert because they think the group advocates satanic worship. They’re safe – the devil went down to Georgia. 1996
Poison vocalist Bret Michaels’ steamy home video sex tape with Pamela Anderson goes public. As a result Michaels’ attorney files a temporary restraining order to halt the video’s distribution by the Internet Entertainment Group. 1998
Who is the World’s Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarist? According to a Guitar World tally (published weeks later) of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time, it’s Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi. 2004
John Mellencamp releases his “Freedom’s Road” album with the single (and truck commercial theme) “Our Country.” 2007
Saliva issue “Blood Stained Love Story.” The disc’s first single, “Ladies And Gentleman,” is heard in promotional spots for Wrestlemania 23. “We wrote (the song) for sports and movies,” says singer Josey Scott. “It’s got that real violent dynamic to it. It was premeditated. I’m not going to lie.” 2007
Slipknot’s headlining U.S. arena tour in support of “All Hope Is Gone” starts in St. Paul. “2009 is the 10-year anniversary of the world’s first taste of this band,” says frontman Corey Taylor, referring to Slipknot’s ’99 self-titled debut. “To celebrate, we are coming back out with a killer tour.” 2009
A man in search of a stage. While Aerosmith is actively looking for a lead singer, Steven Tyler, the man who held the job for over three decades, performs “Dude Looks Like A Lady” and “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” over the loudspeaker of a Home Depot in Rancho Mirage, CA. This bizarre moment follows a karaoke performance in a bar a few days earlier. Mercifully, Aerosmith decide to keep Tyler. 2010
Van Halen’s single, “Tattoo,” is #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Singles chart.  2012
Exhibit A Gallery’s “Obey Your Master: A Tribute to Metallica,” opens in L.A. The exhibit features artists’ interpretations of Metallica songs. 2012
The Mars Volta frontman Cedric Zavala announces that he is done with the group. The Mars Volta is on ‘hiatus’ though Zavala claims he tried to get them back on the road. “But Bosnian Rainbows (a band with Mars Volta keyboardist Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez and drummer Deantoni Parks) was what we all got instead. I can’t sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta,” tweets Zavala. 2013
Jimmie Vaughan, founder of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, suffers a heart attack causing him to miss a scheduled festival performance in Mumbai, India.  The 61-year-old guitarist is later released from the hospital and recovers at his home in Texas. 2013
Actress, singer-songwriter Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams file for divorce after six years of marriage. According to a source “they had been living separate lives for a long time before.” 2015
Five Finger Death Punch’s single, “Wash It All Away,” tops Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart, marking the band’s fourth #1 on the survey but their first since “Battle Born” in ’13. 2016
“31,” written and directed by Rob Zombie, makes its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film tells the story of five carnies kidnapped and held hostage in a remote industrial Hell. Oh, a family film. 2016
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is joined onstage by the band’s former members Jeff Young (guitar) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) at the Ronnie Montrose Remembered memorial celebration at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. 2016
Bassist Jimmy Bain (Dio, Rainbow, Last In line) dies of lung cancer. 2016
Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, a noted gun enthusiast, is on the cover of Ballistic magazine.  He holds a memorial rifle of Sergeant Robert Miller who was killed in combat in Afghanistan at age 24. Miller was awarded a Medal of Honor for his service.  The lyrics to Tool’s “Vicarious” are inscribed on the rifle.  2017
Shinedown perform “Get Up” for the first time on national television when they appear on the morning talk show “Live With Kelly And Ryan.”  Having already gone to #1 on Active Rock, the song amassed over-25 million total streams.  It was inspired by frontman Brent Smith’s battle with “his own personal demons.”  2019
Just three days after his passing Meat Loaf’s “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” has 3.2 million streaming plays – up from the 186,000 over the prior three-day tracking period. “Paradise By Dashboard Light” also logs just over 3-million streams.  2022