This Day in History: 2023-02-02

 

FEBRUARY 2nd

The White Stripes (Jack and Meg White) announce that they have disbanded. “The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health,” the statement reads. “It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band.” The White Stripes had been on hiatus since ’07 but their final live performance occurred in ’09 when they appeared on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. 2011
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Graham Nash of the Hollies, and more notably, Crosby, Stills & Nash, is born. 1942
San Francisco native, bassist Ross Valory (Santana/Journey), begins his life. 1949
Buddy Holly’s last show. The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA. 1959
Bassist Robert DeLeo, Stone Temple Pilots and Army Of One, is born Montclair, NJ. 1966
The Faces play their first gig. It’s in Southampton, England. The band consists of ex-Small Faces Ronnie Lane (bass), Ian McLagen (keyboards) and Kenney Jones (drums). They are augmented by former Jeff Beck Group members, Rod Stewart (vocals) and Ron Wood (guitar). 1970
A piano, wired to explode, does so prematurely, injuring Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s keyboardist Keith Emerson. 1973
Heroin claims the life of Sex Pistols’ bassist Sid Vicious while he is out on bail for the murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The lethal drug was likely supplied by his mother. 1979
Like son, like mother. There’s a march in London’s Chelsea district to commemorate Sid Vicious’ (Sex Pistols) death. His mother is supposed to lead the march but she’s hospitalized after suffering from a drug overdose. 1980
REO Speedwagon’s “Hi-Infidelity” goes platinum. Earlier, it sits at #1 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the hit singles “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On The Run.” 1981
The Gospel tinged “I Want To Know What Love Is” tops the U.S. singles chart. The Foreigner song is from their multi-platinum album “Agent Provocateur.” Foreigner bassist Rick Wills describes ballad as “fluffy.” 1985
System Of A Down’s self-titled debut album is certified gold by Recording Industry Association of America.  The set was released in ’98.  2000
The Veterans of Foreign Wars’ commander-in-chief weighs in criticizing Kid Rock’s “disgusting use of an American flag as a costume prop” during Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show a day earlier. Rock wore a poncho fashioned out of a flag during his performance, then threw it into the audience. “The 1.6 million members of the VFW agree that Kid Rock’s stunt was in poor taste and extremely disrespectful,” says the VFW`s Edward S. Banas Sr. 2004
It’s announced that Bon Jovi Richie Sambora, and actress Heather Locklear, are ending their marriage after 11 years. 2006
Bruce Springsteen’s “Working On A Dream” tour tickets go on sale. Online glitches anger fans and Springsteen lashes out against Ticketmaster. New York Senator Charles Schumer joins New Jersey congressman Bill Pascrell in calling for the Federal Trade Commission to look into Ticketmaster’s handling of the sales. Springsteen fans trying to buy tickets were redirected to the broker’s TicketsNow subsidiary, which sells ducats above face value. “It was a classic bait-and-switch,” says Schumer. 2009
The day the music died revisited. Graham Nash, Wanda Jackson and the Cricketts commemorate the 50th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s last show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa (see above). Shortly after midnight following that fateful performance, Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) die when their charted plane crashes. 2009
Rob Zombie’s “Hellbilly Deluxe 2” is unleashed. The release was preceded by a supporting tour which marked the first time Zombie had worked under the “Hellbilly” moniker since the original run in ’98. 2010
Gene Simmons (KISS) hosts 1,000 Texas servicemen and women and approximately 3,500 partygoers in Dallas at the “2011 Aces and Angels Salute to the Troops,” a benefit supporting The Wounded Warrior Project and the USO. 2011
U2 airs an ad during the Super Bowl offering a free download of “Invisible” on iTunes. For the first two million downloads, Bank of America a partner in the effort, donates one dollar to (RED), an AIDS charity co-founded by Bono. The promotion raises $3-million and the bank pledges a guaranteed $8 million to the charity. The Seattle Seahawks pummel the Denver Broncos 43 to 8. 2014
Limp Bizkit headline a five-day “ShipRocked” festival cruise from Miami to the Bahamas. But the band’s Wes Borland is not completely onboard. “Can’t wait to see some roided-out, tribal-tattooed, spray-tanned, Jell-O shot-filled bohunks do their best drunk MMA (mixed martial arts) impressions in the top-deck moshpit,” writes the guitarist on Instagram. 2015
Lita Ford (Runaways) is featured in a commercial for Indeed, the online job site. In Music Teacher Celebration, Ford plays a straight-laced music teacher who celebrates her work satisfaction with a kick-ass guitar solo. 2016
System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian presents his “Teetering On The Edge” exhibit at The Vivian Gallery in Matakana, New Zealand. The artwork includes hand-finished signed prints.  2019
“Pam & Tommy,” a limited series about Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee’s and “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson’s infamous leaked sex tape, is on Hulu. Seth Rogen also appears as the man who stole the tape.  2022