This Day in History: 2023-01-30


The Beatles’ legendary ‘roof-top’ performance takes place (at Apple Records’ headquarters in London). A portion appears in the film “Let It Be.” The session is stopped when the law arrives responding to neighbors’ complaints about the noise. It is the last public performance by the group. 1969
Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” wins Favorite Pop/Rock Single honor at the American Music Awards in Hollywood. 1981
Vampire Weekend is #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with their sophomore effort, “Contra.” The album sells 124,000 copies in its first week.  2010
“Listening to Metallica could help stimulate the brain,” claims Professor Galina Mindlin of New York’s Columbia University. “It’s (about) how music affects you, how it can improve your memory, how it can relieve anxiety, enhance your mood, how we can use playlists for specific tasks,” explains Mindlin. “The idea is to activate as many brain areas as you can.” 2012
Jefferson Airplane founder and singer, Marty Balin (Martyn Jerel Buchwald), is born in Cincinnati, OH. 1942
Humble Pie guitarist Steve Mariott is born in London. 1947
Phil Collins, Genesis drummer turned pop singer (yikes!), has a birthday. 1951
Elvis Presley cuts his cover of Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes.” 1956
KISS perform their first show. It’s at a place called the Popcorn Club in Queens, NY. The group’s make-up and identity is a ‘work in progress’. They have the make-up but it’s leaning toward Glam (eye shadow, glitter and rouge). Less than ten people catch the show. 1973
Journey’s “Infinity” is released.  The band’s first album with vocalist Steve Perry goes triple platinum on the strength of the tracks “Lights” and “Wheel In The Sky.” 1978
“Need You Tonight” is INXS’ first #1 single in the U.S.  1988
Soundgarden earns a platinum record for “Badmotorfinger.” 1993
Offspring’s “Pretty Fly For A White Guy” makes it to #1 in the U.K. 1999
AC/DC win the Major Tour of the Year trophy at the 20th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in L.A. The duo of Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) and Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss receive the Most Creative Tour Package prize. 2009
Vampire Weekend’s sophomore album, “Contra,” debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. 2010
Sting plays songs from The Police catalog and his solo career with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music’s 153rd Anniversary concert. The performance takes place in the Academy of Music’s restored ballroom with proceeds going toward the continued restoration of the venue. 2010
Noel and Liam Gallagher (both formerly of Oasis) are nominated for XFM New Music Awards, which are chosen by a panel of music industry insiders to honor the best album by a British act for the previous year. Noel’s High Flying Birds are nominated for their self-titled debut while Liam’s Beady Eye earns a nod for their first album, “Different Gear, Still Speeding.” A month later, The Vaccines and their album “What Do You Expect From The Vaccines?” wins. 2012
Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) tops the Stylish List composed by Complex, a lifestyle website. “Hands-down one of the best-dressed musicians of all-time, he definitely set the bar for flamboyant frontmen,” states the site. “From his crazy stage antics to his bad boy edge, his style reflected his personality perfectly.” Prince and David Bowie are second and third, respectively, on the list. 2013
Even though two members of Pussy Riot already languish in prison, Russian authorities order Internet providers to block videos of the group’s February ‘12 anti-Putin protest performance in a Moscow cathedral. Pussy Riot videos are banned under Russia’s ‘extremism’ law. 2013
Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, accompanied by former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagen, perform with the Seattle Symphony. Later in the show, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron appear for a near complete–no Eddie Vedder–reunion of Temple Of The Dog. The Sonic Evolution series features local Pop, Rock and Hip-Hop musicians playing with the symphony to provide a different perspective on the music. 2015
Metal Hammer readers name Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris the greatest bassist of all time. Cliff Burton (Metallica) and Geddy Lee (Rush) round out the top 3. 2015
David Bowie’s album “Blackstar,” which was released just days before the artist’s death, goes to #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 181,000 copies in its debut week. 2016
Puddle Of Mudd’s concert at The Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta, OH ends abruptly when lead singer Wes Scantlin walks off stage after berating an audience member for “stealing” his house. Earlier in the year, Scantlin was arrested for trespassing on a property he once owned. To help assuage the audience’s disappointment the venue issues concertgoers a ticket to the next show of their choice. 2016
Paul McCartney and Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) are among the litany of artists offering unique items for a charity auction benefitting MusiCares, the charity arm of The Recording Academy. Richards signed Gibson ES-335 Ebony Gloss acoustic electric guitar and accompanying NFT goes for $57,600 while McCartney’s signed violin shaped sunburst Hofner bass is sold for $38,400. The auction also includes two limited-edition pieces of Gene Simmons (KISS) artwork, Slash’s (GNR) custom embellished top hat and a signed Ozzy Osbourne knee-length black coat.  2022
First, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder states in an interview that he “despised” most hair metal bands of the ‘80s and specifically Mötley Crüe.  Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx responds calling Pearl Jam “one of the most boring bands in history” and knocks Vedder’s singing. Then during a solo concert Vedder references Crüe drummer Tommy Lee’s extravagant carnival ride kit ahead of Chad Smith’s solo. “That drum kit,” says Vedder.  “That silver, beautiful machine that he (Smith) is the engine of — does not need to elevate or rotate to do its job. Let me just point that out.”  2022