This Day in History: 2023-01-27

 JANUARY 27th
John Lennon writes and records “Instant Karma (We All Shine On).” 1970
Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” is a chart topper.  1973
Wonder initially offered the song to guitarist Jeff Beck but Beck failed to do anything with it so Wonder decided to record it himself.
Papa Roach issues their eighth album, “F.E.A.R.” “It’s everything we believe is great about Papa Roach,” claims frontman Jacoby Shaddix. The follow-up to ’12’s “The Connection” contains the lead single “Face Everything And Rise.” 2015

 

MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Nick Mason is born. The Pink Floyd drummer hails from Birmingham, England. 1944
Elvis Presly ‘s RCA Records debut, “Heartbreak Hotel,” is released. 1956
Vocalist Mike Patton (Faith No More) is born in Eureka, CA. 1968
David Bowie’s arrives in Washington D.C.  He’s held up at customs for hours perhaps due to his androgynous look and wardrobe.  1971
AC/DC play their last show with lead singer Bon Scott. It’s in Southampton, England.  Scott dies just weeks later. 1980
Metallica win the Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock trophy at the 24th annual American Music Awards. 1997
U2’s Bono joins British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland to address the issue of poverty in Africa. “(I) encourage people to do the right thing on the global stage,” says Bono. 2005
Bruce Springsteen unfurls “Working On A Dream,” his 16th studio album. Produced by longtime collaborator Brendan O’Brien, the set was recorded with the E Street Band during downtime on their tour. “All the songs were written quickly [and] we usually used one of our first few takes,” says Springsteen. The album contains “The Last Carnival,” a song that pays tribute to late E Street Band member Danny Federici. 2009
“I don’t think I’ve done anything good if it ends up with Green Day on Broadway,” John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) tells the L.A. Times. The former Sex Pistols frontman claims to have little interest in contemporary Punk bands adding that Green Day are a bunch of ‘cop-outs’. Green Day’s musical “American Idiot” is a Broadway hit. 2011
AC/DC file a federal lawsuit to block all non-authorized merchandise sales during their U.S. tour. They ask the court to send U.S. Marshals to arrest offenders and seize all counterfeit goods. 2016
Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age) issues “N.O. Hits At All Vol. 1.” “This record is the Volume One of a series of compilations in which I recorded the vocals,” says Oliveri. “Bands that I like and bands that like my singing voice enough to have asked me to ‘guest vocal’ on a song for their records.  2017
Rami Malek wins the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the 25th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards in L.A. The film’s cast is nominated for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture but lose to “Black Panther.” 2019
Kid Rock shares a video message that includes an update regarding his upcoming Bad Reputation Tour assuring fans that none of the concerts will have vaccine mandates. “If there are any of these venues (with mandates) — I’m not aware of any, but if there are any — they’re gonna be gone by the time we get to your city,” Rock says in the video.  2022