This Day in History: 2023-02-10

FEBRUARY 10th

Van Halen make a grand entrance with their self-titled debut record. The set includes “Runnin’ With The Devil” and a blisteringly brilliant cover of The Kinks “You Really Got Me.” The album later goes platinum. 1978
Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy” takes Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song at the 55th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in L.A. The Keys also earn Best Rock Album for “El Camino.” The Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance trophy goes to Halestorm for “Love Bites (So Do I).” 2013
Greta Van Fleet receive the Best Rock Album honor for “From The Fires” at the 61st Grammy Awards in L.A. The album contains the tracks “Highway Tune” and Safari Song.”  2019
Alice In Chains (“Rainer Fog”), Fall Out Boy (“M.A.N.I.A”), Ghost (”Prequelle”) and Weezer (“Pacific Daydream”) were in the running.  2019
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Nigel Olsson, singer and Elton John’s long-time drummer, has a birthday. 1949
Bassist Cliff Burton enters the world.  He is Metallica’s bassist from ‘82 until his death in ’86 (in a bus crash in Sweden while the band was on tour). 1962
The Clash begin recording their eponymous debut album in London. It is not initially released in the U.S. because CBS Records decides the content is unsuitable for radio. It finally drops two years later, after The Clash’s follow-up studio album, “Give ‘Em Enough Rope,” is released in the U.S. 1977
“Stained Class,” Judas Priest’s fourth album, is released.  The set contains “Better By You, Better By Me” which becomes the subject of a lawsuit when two teens, after hearing the song, enter into a suicide pact.  One dies and the other is seriously injured and passes away three years later.  The families’ suit claims the song’s subliminal messages pushed their offspring to suicide. The suit is later dismissed.  1978
Do blondes have more fun?  Well, Rod Stewart would say ‘yes’. His “Blondes Have More Fun,” with “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” (see below), the biggest hit of his career, tops the Billboard 200.  1979
Stewart beats out the Village People (“Y.M.C.A.”), Chic (“Le Freak”) and Olivia Newton-John (“A Little More Love”) to have the #1 song in the U.S. He does it with “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” 1979
Pierce The Veil vocalist/guitarist Victor Vincent “Vic” Fuentes is born in San Diego.  1983
From Aerosmith’s “Pump” album, “Janie’s Got A Gun” shoots to #4 on the pop charts. 1990
INXS wins Best International Group (they’re from Australia) at the 10th annual BRIT Awards in London. 1991
Blur’s self-titled fifth studio effort drops. The album, containing the tracks “Song 2” and “Beetlebum,” goes gold. 1997
Bryan Adams performs for more than 15,000 thousand fans at a concert in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to promote peace efforts to end that nation’s long civil war.  2004
Courtney Love enters a no-contest plea to a felony-assault charge in a Los Angeles courtroom. The ex-stripper, ex-Mrs. Cobain and ex-Hole vocalist, is accused of attacking a woman at her ex-boyfriend’s house nearly ten months earlier. She gets three years-probation. But there’s more. The same day, only this time in a Beverly Hills courtroom, Love agrees to a “deferred entry of judgment” for a separate misdemeanor count of possession of a forged prescription. The charge goes away if she completes a drug rehab program within a specified timeframe. 2005
Ex-Creed vocalist Scott Stapp weds former Miss New York, Jaclyn Nesheiwat, in Florida. They met at a benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in New York. 2006
Peter Gabriel and Yoko Ono are among the celebrities taking part in the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Prior to the lighting of the Olympic torch Ono takes the stage evoking the memory of her late husband, John Lennon, and making a plea for world peace. She is followed by Gabriel, who performs Lennon’s “Imagine.” 2006
The 50th annual Grammy Awards take place in L.A. The winners are: Foo Fighters “The Pretender” (Hard Rock Performance) and their album “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace” (Rock Album) and the White Stripes’ “Icky Thump” (Alternative Music Album and Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal). 2008
A fire alarm goes off at Airbourne’s concert in Glasgow, Scotland, causing the venue to be evacuated. They were playing the title track from their debut album, “Runnin’ Wild” when the siren sounded. 2008
The Beastie Boys reissue their ’89 album “Paul’s Boutique.” “We remastered it,” says the band’s MCA. “So now it actually does have enough bass to shatter your one frozen testicle.” That should ice it. 2009
 Paul McCartney is MusicCares Person of the Year. Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at Gala honoring the former Beatle. The Grammy charity concert marks the first time Young has been on stage with Crazy Horse in eight years. 2012
Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz wins over $51,000 in prizes as a contestant on the daily TV game show The Price Is Right. 2015
Babes In Toyland play their first show in 18 years at Pappy And Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. The Pioneertown, CA show is the first of a string of dates for the reunited all-female group. 2015
Tom Petty is MusiCares Person Of The Year.  He’s honored for his creative accomplishments and charitable work. 2017
Joining the biggest music trend of the year, Sting sells his catalog, including songs by The Police and as a solo artist, to Universal’s music-publishing arm for an undisclosed amount (estimated in the neighborhood of $300 million). 2022
Sepultura’s Derrick Green list the five must have for touring on the “Talk Toomey” podcast.  They are a yoga mat for stretching out, good headphones for listening to music, vitamins, a good book, and a very efficient laptop to watch movies. 2022