This Day in History: 2023-01-25

JANUARY 25th
Nearly twelve years after its release, “Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers,” the group’s self-titled debut album, goes gold.  The set contains “American Girl” and “Breakdown.” 1988
“Jar Of Flies,” the third studio EP by Alice In Chains, is released. It becomes the first EP in music history to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. The set contains “No Excuses” and is later certified double platinum by the RIAA. 1994
Mötley Crüe is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The group and 600 fans turn out for the ceremony. “We’re across the street from the Erotica Museum and Frederick’s of Hollywood. This is a perfect place for us to be,” says bassist Nikki Sixx. 2006
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Guitarist Andy Cox (Fine Young Cannibals) is born in Birmingham, England.  1956
The Monkees hold the #1 spot on the U.K. singles chart with “I’m A Believer.”  It’s the band’s only U.K. chart topper.  1967
Charlie Manson and ‘friends’ are found guilty. This doesn’t have much to do with Rock except the chain of murders was triggered, in Manson’s twisted mind, by The Beatles’ “White Album” and (in particular) the songs “Helter Skelter” and “Piggies.” 1971
Rolling Stone magazine’s Reader’s Poll name The Cars the year’s best new band. 1979
Paul McCartney is released from a Tokyo jail after a nine-day incarceration and is deported with no charges filed. He was busted at the airport after officers found a half-pound of marijuana in his luggage.  Paul’s tour of Japan with Wings is cancelled and the government requests he not return. 1980
Roseanne Cash’s “Never Be You,” written by Tom Petty and Heartbreakers’ keyboardist Benmont Tench, tops the Country singles chart. 1986
Bruce Springsteen’s mournful ballad “My Hometown” peaks at #6 on the U.S. charts. 1986
Tom Petty’s career retrospective “Playback 1973-1993” is certified gold. 1996
The Red Hot Chili Peppers cover of the Ohio Player’s disco classic “Loverollercoaster” peaks at #20 on the U.S. pop chart. Six months later, the single cracks the U.K. Top 10. 1997
Metallica perform at a private party in Park City, UT, to celebrate the premiere of the movie “The Darwin Awards” at the Sundance Film Festival. The group appears in footage shot at a ’04 concert in Salt Lake City. 2006
Ted Nugent claims reports by the ‘hyper-liberal media’ stating he made racially offensive remarks during his performance at Texas Governor Rick Perry’s inauguration ball are untrue. “I never said a word . . . against ‘illegal immigrants’ or ‘non-English-speaking’ anyone,” writes Nuge in a Waco Tribune-Herald guest column. “I will intensify my fight for a united America by demanding all Americans speak English.” 2007
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young attend the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of “CSNY Déjà Vu” documentary about the quartet’s ’06’s antiwar-themed ‘Freedom of Speech tour. Neil Young directed (under his Bernard Shakey alias) and co-wrote the film. It examines the group’s opposition to the Iraq war. 2008
Eddie Vedder’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “My City Of Ruins” is available as a digital download with proceeds benefiting Artists for Peace and Justice Haiti Relief (raising funds to aid earthquake victims). The Pearl Jam singer recorded the track at the 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors in ’09 when Springsteen was recognized for his lifetime contributions to American culture. 2010
Ozzy Osbourne’s autobiography, “I Am Ozzy,” arrives. “Every day of my life has been an event,” says Ozzy. 2010
Rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson issues “The Party Ain’t Over.” The Jack White (The Raconteurs) produced set was recorded at White’s Nashville studio with help from his fellow Raconteurs. 2011
A viral infection sends Anthrax’s Scott Ian to the hospital and temporarily off the group’s tour. Also, drummer Charlie Benante leaves to be near his terminally ill mother in New York. Members of Testament (Alex Skolnick, Eric Peterson and Gene Hoglan), Anthrax tour mates, fill in. 2012
Aria Guitars introduces the Cliff Burton Aria Pro II signature bass at the NAMM Show in Anaheim. Burton was the bassist for Metallica on their first three albums and died in an ’86 bus crash in Sweden while on tour. 2013
Esquire magazine presents ‘The 10 Craziest Drummers Ever’. Ginger Baker (Cream), Keith Moon (The Who), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Topper Headon (The Clash), Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Josh Freeze (Nine Inch Nails), Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons) and Vinnie Paul (Pantera) make the list. 2013
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong criticizes Enfield High School (CT) for cancelling a production of the musical “American Idiot.” The school cites sex, drugs and foul language as the reasons. “This production tackles issues in a post-9/11 world, and I believe the kids should be heard and most of all be creative in telling a story about our history,” states Armstrong. The play is based on the Green Day album of the same name. 2016
The first issue of “Slayer: Repentless,” a three-issue Dark Horse Comics series, is out. 2017
Guitarist Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper) is named the first-ever female Ibanez signature artist. Her signature guitar is the Ibanez JIVA.  2018
Disturbed’s ‘15 ‘comeback’ album, “Immortalized,” is officially certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of a million copies. The set contains a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound Of Silence.” 2018
One-time Dark Tranquility rhythm guitarist Fredrik Johansson passes away after a three-year battle with cancer.  2022