This Day in History: 2023-02-04

Vincent Furnier makes his entrance (birth). He will go on to fame, fortune and near ruin, as Alice Cooper. 1948
Fleetwood Mac issues “Rumours.” Featuring “Go Your Own Way,” “Don’t Stop,” “You Make Lovin’ Fun” and the #1 hit “Dreams,” the set sells 15-million copies and stays on the U.S. album chart for over 130-weeks. 1977
“Ixnay On The Hombre” is the fourth studio album by The Offspring. Debuting at #9 on the Billboard 200 chart, the album is later certified platinum in the U.S. 1997
James Brown re-records “Please, Please, Please” in Cincinnati. He originally cut the song at an Atlanta radio station. That demo got him signed to Federal Records. 1956
Noodles (Kevin John Wasserman) The Offspring’s guitarist is born in L.A.  He earns the nickname “Noodles” for his frequent ‘noodling’ on the guitar. 1963
The Beatles begin work on “Across The Universe.” The John Lennon composed song gets shelved, then remixed, before making its initial appearance on a ’69 charity album. The track also appears on The Beatles’ “Let It Be” in ’70. 1968
The Beatles hire Eastman & Eastman (the father of Paul McCartney’s wife Linda is a partner in the company) as general counsel to Apple, a collection of Beatles funded businesses. This is a consolation prize of sorts since The Beatles handed their business management over to Allen Klein a day earlier.  1969
Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) enters the world. The bassist is born in Mesa, AZ. 1975
Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” is released. Written and sung by Stevie Nicks, the song goes a long way toward establishing her Welsh-witch persona. 1976
“We Will Rock You”/”We Are The Champions” peaks at #4 in the U.S. The Queen song finds a home at sporting events around the country. 1978
At the BRIT Awards in London the Police are named Best British Group.  1982
Staind fill in for 3 Doors Down at the Bud Bowl event prior to Super Bowl XL in Detroit. 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold was injured in a car accident earlier in the week and 3DD was forced to cancel. 2006
Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee is assaulted at the Shady Bowl Super Party in Detroit. According to reports, a local Hip-Hop artist and his friends beat up Lee after he insulted Detroit’s Kid Rock, who had been engaged to Lee’s ex-wife, Pamela Anderson. (Note: Anderson and Rock married and separated later in the year.) 2006
Prince’s halftime performance in the pouring rain at Super Bowl XLI, in Miami Gardens, FL becomes an instant classic.  He covers the Foo Fighters’ “Best Of You.” “Having been a massive Prince fan my whole life, I was flattered beyond words,” says Foo Fighters’ founder Dave Grohl. “What an honor to be covered by one of your heroes!” A TV audience of 90 million watch the show which also includes Prince playing a snippet of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower.” The Indy Colts beat the Chicago Bears and the point spread. 2007
Guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and percussionist Mickey Hart, ex-members of the Grateful Dead, play a benefit show for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama in San Francisco. The rally, dubbed “Dead Heads for Obama,” features the trio performing Dead tunes with backing musicians. “We knew instinctively, intuitively that we were all together on this,” says Weir prior to the show. 2008
Nothing’s gonna change my world. NASA beams The Beatles’ “Across the Universe” directly into deep space to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the day The Beatles recorded the song (see above), as well as the 50th anniversary of NASA’s founding. The transmission is aimed at the North Star, Polaris, a mere 431-light years away. 2008
The Ted Nugent Spirit Of The Wild TV show wins the Fan Favorite Hunting Series trophy at the Outdoor Channel’s eighth annual Golden Moose Awards in Las Vegas. Also, Nugent and his wife, Shemane, share the Fan Favorite Host prize. The awards honor the cable network’s most popular programming and personalities. 2008
Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe’s manslaughter trial begins in the Czech Republic. The singer is charged in the death of a fan who was injured at the band’s concert in Prague in ’10. “I’ve kept my word. I said that I would come back to court today and I did,” Blythe tells the court. “I’m not a person who runs away from problems. But I do not want to be punished for something I did not do.” 2013
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) begins a week-long guest host stint on E! television’s Chelsea Lately program, filling in for the vacationing Chelsea Handler. The first show features an interview with Rick Springfield. 2013
Vans, a manufacturer of sneakers and skateboarding shoes, unveils a line of shoes designed by each member of Metallica. 2013
Troggs frontman Reg Presley dies a year after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Presley, real name Reginald Bell, sang on the hits “Wild Thing” and “Love Is All Around.” He was 71. 2013
Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, two members of Pussy Riot, the Punk act that was jailed by the Russian government in ’12 on trumped up charges, appear on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report. When host Stephen Colbert asks why they were arrested, Alyokhina replies, “We sang a fun songs in a church.” And why they were eventually released, Tolokonnikova, off-handedly states, with great comic timing, “They got fed up with us.” 2014
The Black Keys track “Howlin’ For You” is featured in a PETA video ad campaign promoting animal adoption. The group donates the song to the campaign. 2015
Down singer Phil Anselmo advises his band mates “move on” without him following an incident at the Dimebash tribute honoring the late Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott. Anselmo shouted “white power” and made the Nazi salute on stage. As a result, the band was pulled from Netherlands FortaRock amid much controversy and criticism. “Never in my entire lifetime would I drag them down with me, and I’ve privately suggested to them that they move on without me,” states Anselmo. 2016
A species of black tarantula discovered in California, near Folsom Prison, is named after the late Johnny Cash (Aphonopelma johnnycashi). 2016
Black Sabbath perform what they say is their final concert when they play a farewell show in their hometown of Birmingham.  The 15-song set closes with “Paranoid.”  Fitting indeed.  2017
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler appears in a Super Bowl ad titled “Fueled by Youth” for the Kia Stinger.  He throws the car in reverse and goes back in time (when he looked like a Rock star and not a little old lady) as the band’s “Dream On” plays.  2018
Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” is heard in Super Bowl commercial with two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White promoting the Olympics (that begins four days later). The spot features clips of White’s previous victories (and near career ending crash). 2018
KISS appear on “The Price Is Right.  In honor of the Grammy Awards days later the T.V. game show celebrates music.  The band promotes a special prize package featuring their farewell tour (currently underway) and a musical showcase. The segment was taped the previous December.  2019
Good News and Bad for Ozzy OsbourneFirst, he is admitted to Keck Hospital of USC (in L.A.) following complications from the flu. Ozzy has already announced the postponement of the European leg of his tour with Judas Priest due to illness and other shows due to the flu. “It just seems that since October everything I touch has turned to sh*t. First the staph infection in my thumb and now coming down with the flu and bronchitis,” says Ozzy in a statement.  2019
Second, Ozzy’s debut solo album, 1980’s “Blizzard Of Ozz,” is certified quintuple platinum (five-million units sold) in the U.S. by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Also, the 2003 greatest-hits set, “The Essential Ozzy Osbourne,” is certified double platinum (two million units).  2019
Beartooth launch their own Barry’s Batch Whiskey. “This exceptional straight rye whiskey was hand-picked by us, and we can’t wait for you to taste how delicious it is,” says bassist Oshie Bichar.  2022