This Day in History: 2023-02-12


“Steppenwolf The Second” goes gold. The album contains the major hit “Magic Carpet Ride.”  1969

“A Day At The Races” gets to #5 in the U.S. The Queen album was a chart-topper in their native England. 1977
“Jar Of Flies,” the third studio EP by Alice In Chains, is #1 on the Billboard 200.  Featuring “No Excuses,” it’s the first EP to top the chart.  1994
Former Flyleaf vocalist and songwriter, Lacey Sturm, rolls out her debut solo album, “Life Screams.” 2016
She also becomes the first solo female to top the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart.
The Doors’ keyboardist, Raymond (Ray) Daniel Manzarek, is born in Chicago. 1939
Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett enters the world. 1950
Michael McDonald is born in St. Louis. Though McDonald was in Steely Dan he’s best known as the singer for the Doobie Brothers (during their most commercially successful period). 1952
The Beatles play Carnegie Hall. A New York Times review claims the frenzied audience put on the show and The Beatles merely accompanied them. 1964
Reed Mullin, drummer and founding member Corrosion Of Conformity starts his life.  He’s from Raleigh, NC.  1966
“19th Nervous Breakdown” is released in the U.S. The Rolling Stones song can’t make it to #1 because it gets lodged behind Barry Sandler’s “The Ballad Of The Green Berets.” 1966
The Who’s “My Generation” anchors the #74 spot on the U.S. pop chart. Of course, the song becomes an anthem. 1966
The law raids Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards’ house where they find “various substances of suspicious nature.” Richards’ legal troubles along with the drug related arrests of Mick Jagger and Brian Jones nearly tanks the Stones. It’s a miracle the group survives, though it’s not surprising Brian doesn’t. 1967
Bassist Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) is born in Scarborough, Ontario. 1970
Released the previous December, Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog,” from (“IV” or “Untitled”) peaks at #15. 1972
Trying to broaden their audience, The Sex Pistols open for Eddie & The Hot Rods. There is assorted violence and scantily clad women dancing in the audience. The band receives the desired press.  1976
The Police record their first single, “Fall Out” b/w “Nothing Achieving.” These songs have original guitarist Henri Padovani (rather than Andy Summers). 1977
Ben Thatcher, drummer for the duo Royal Blood (with Mike Kerr), has a birthday.  1988
Axl Rose walks off the stage during a Guns N’ Roses performance in Phoenix. Their subsequent shows supporting David Lee Roth (formerly with Van Halen) are canceled as rumors circulate that Rose has a) lost his voice or b) been fired from the group. Turns out, neither is correct. 1988
Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Don Henley (The Eagles) perform at Rainforest Foundation benefit held at Hollywood’s China Club. The event raises $1 million. 1990
Smashing Pumpkins’ single “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” is a certified gold record. 1996
Stairway to a Grammy Award. Led Zeppelin receive the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Jerry Lee Lewis and Janis Joplin are also honored. The awards are handed out the day before the L.A. Grammy ceremony. 2005
Heaven & Hell, which essentially started as Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio rather than Ozzy Osbourne, becomes less Sabbath-oriented when it’s announced that veteran drummer Vinny Appice has replaced Bill Ward. “We didn’t feel as if it was going quite right from Bill’s side and our side,” says guitarist Tony Iommi. “There’s no bad vibes or nothing; it’s no breakup or anything like that.” 2007
The Stand Up For A Cure concert series supporting New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center kicks off with a Bon Jovi performance at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Profits benefit the facility’s research programs and patient support. The show is dedicated to guitarist Richie Sambora’s father who passed away from lung cancer in ’07. 2008
Limp Bizkit announce that they have reunited, with all five original members, to tour and record an album. “We decided we were more disgusted and bored with the state of heavy popular music than we were with each other,” reads a statement from singer Fred Durst and guitarist Wes Borland. 2009
Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen land in second and third place (behind Madonna) on Billboard’s Moneymakers list, after raking in more than $157 million and $156 million, respectively, in ’08 music sales and tour revenue. 2009
The Foo Fighters win big at the 54th annual Grammy Awards. “White Limo” wins the trophy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. “Walk” is awarded a Grammy for Best Rock Song and for Best Rock Performance while “Wasting Light” is honored as the Best Rock Album. 2012
Eddie Van Halen speaks at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. As a Dutch immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen Van Halen discusses his American journey and the group he founded. 2015
Sam Andrew, guitarist and a founding member of Big Brother And The Holding Company, passes away following complications from open-heart surgery. The band served as Janis Joplin’s launching pad. For the classic album “Cheap Thrills,” Andrew composed “Combination Of The Two” which he sang with Joplin.  He was 73. 2015
AC/DC Bourbon & Cola rolls out. A portion of proceeds go to the band’s Let There Be Rock Fund that benefits Australian musicians. 2016
Metallica perform “Moth Into Flame” with Lady Gaga at the 59th a Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in L.A. James Hetfield’s microphone fails during the first verse, forcing him to share Gaga’s mic. Later, Megadeth pick up the Best Metal Performance trophy for the title track from their “Dystopia” album. It is the group’s first win after twelve nominations. Also, Cage The Elephant win the Best Rock Album honor with “Tell Me I’m Pretty.” 2017
Judas Priest announce, via Facebook, that guitarist Glenn Tipton will be absent from their upcoming tour due to Parkinson’s disease. Tipton was diagnosed with Parkinson’s ten years earlier.  2018
Great Britain’s Olympic ice dancing duo of Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson employ KISS songs in the Rhythm Dance competition.  They begin with “I Was Made For Loving You” before moving to “Forever” and closing with “Rock And Roll All Nite.” Despite the soundtrack and KISS inspired costumes the couple finishes 10th.  2022
Leave the acrobatics to the skaters… A leap, from an onstage speaker column, results in a broken heel for Palaye Royale guitarist Sebastian Danzig. Despite the injury the band’s tour continues.  2022