This Day in History: 2023-02-14

FEBRUARY 14th
 
The Who play a concert at Leeds University and produce the awesome “Live At Leeds” featuring “Summertime Blues” and “Shakin’ All Over.” 1970
Bon Jovi top the Hot 100 with “Livin’ On A Prayer” from their “Slippery When Wet” album. 1987
Halestorm’s music video for “Love Bites (So Do I)” is released on Valentine’s Day. “The song is my little stab against the media’s portrayal of love,” says frontwoman Lzzy Hale. “Your heart cannot be measured or judged by the quizzes in magazines and scenes in movies. So for both boys and girls I tell you this, love who and how you want, and for god’s sake when love bites, bite back!” 2012
The song is the first single from Halestorm’s second album “The Strange Case Of…”
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Guitarist and founding member of Heart, Roger Fisher, enters the world. 1950
The pre-Castro Cuban government bans Rock n’ Roll calling it “immoral and profane” and “offensive to public morals.” 1957
Sly & The Family Stone land at #1 with “Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin).” 1970
Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas gets hassled by the ‘real world’ for the first time. It’s his birthday. 1972
John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin a one-week co-host stint on the Mike Douglas Show. The usually safe and sane midday talk show gets a jolt as Lennon talks about the U.S. government’s attempts to deport him. All in all, the week is a pretty interesting real-life soap opera. 1972
David Bowie collapses due to ‘total exhaustion’ during a show at NY’s Radio City Music Hall. This happens after a male fan tries to kiss him. 1973
Steppenwolf officially disbands just four years after their debut album. To mark the occasion, it’s Steppenwolf Day in L.A. 1972
Liv Kristine, former lead vocalist for Leaves’ Eyes, is born in Stavanger, Norway.  1976  
The B-52’s hit the stage for the first time playing a party in their native Athens, GA. 1977
Billy Idol bails on Generation X for a solo career. Turns out to be a good move. 1981
Having fired frontman Vince Neil three days earlier, Mötley Crüe issues a statement announcing the singer’s departure. “It came as a complete shock to me,” says Neil.  He rejoins the band five years later.  1992
Marilyn Manson’s autobiography “The Long Hard Road Out of Hell,” is published. The book takes readers “from recording studios to emergency rooms. From the pit of despair to the top of the charts.” 1998
Sammy Hagar and his wife Kari are the subjects of VH1’s I Married… Each show profiles the life of a famous musician and their spouse. 2005
Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson host VH1 Classic’s special Valentine’s Day programming. The sisters read romantic dedications sent in by viewers. VH1 Classic also premieres a Warren Zevon video for the song “She’s Too Good For Me.” 2006
From London, it’s the Brit Awards. Artic Monkeys win Best British Group and Best British Album (“Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not”). The Killers take the International Group and International Album (“Sam’s Town”) honors while Oasis gets the nod for Outstanding Contribution to Music. 2007
Aerosmith are featured in the music-themed Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. The band is pictured with model Bar Refaeli. While she looks far better than the band (fewer miles) Steven Tyler’s nails are killer. 2007
Boston’s Tom Scholz sends a letter to Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee demanding that he stop using “More Than A Feeling” at campaign events. “You have taken something of mine and used it to promote ideas to which I am opposed,” writes the guitarist, a Barack Obama supporter. Ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau had performed the song with Huckabee at rallies. 2008
Pat Benatar, and her guitarist husband Neil Giraldo, make the first of two appearances on the CBS daytime drama The Young And The Restless. The couple play themselves and perform “Every Time I Fall Back.” 2008
Bruce Springsteen’s “Working On A Dream” tops the Billboard 200. Moving 224,000 copies in its first week of release the album is Springsteen’s ninth #1. 2009
The Vatican newspaper L’ Osservatore Romano publishes their “semiserious” list of desert island discs. They are: “Dark Side Of The Moon” (Pink Floyd); “Revolver” (The Beatrles); “Supernatural” (Santana); “If I Could Only Remember My Name” (David Crosby); “Rumours” (Fleetwood Mac); “Achtung Baby” (U2) and “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory” (Oasis).  2010
A commercial for Citroen’s DS3, using archival John Lennon footage discussing the creative process, creates a stir in the U.K. Fans question why Yoko Ono allowed the French automaker use of the clip. In the commercial Lennon says, “Do something of your own, start something new. Live your life now.” Later, John’s son Sean defends his mother’s decision saying the intent was not financial but an effort “to keep him (Lennon) out there in the world. No new LPs, so (a) TV ad is exposure to young.” 2010
Doug Fieger, leader of The Knack, dies at his home in Woodland Hills (near L.A.) after battling cancer. Fieger co-wrote and sang lead vocals on the ’79 #1 hit “My Sharona.” He was 57. 2010
Mogwai issue their seventh studio album with the witty title, “Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will.”  2011
Skillet’s guitarist Ben Kasica announces that he is leaving the Christian Rock band to focus on other projects. “I had no idea how long the ride would last but have enjoyed it immensely,” says Kasica in a statement. 2011
KISS headline the Mending Kids All-Star Benefit Concert at The House Of Blues in L.A. The event raises more than $5-million for the charity. 2014
Lacuna Coil announce via Facebook that guitarist Cristiano ‘Pizza’ Migliore and drummer Cristiano ‘Criz’ Mozzati have left after 16 years for personal reasons. 2014
Happy Valentine’s Day. Mötley Crüe drummer, Tommy Lee ties the knot with social media luminary Brittany Furlan, a year- to-the-day after he asked for her hand in marriage.  This is the fourth marriage for the 56-year old musician (his exes are Heather Locklear, Elaine Starchuk and Pamela Anderson) and the first for his 32-year old bride.  2019
Decide announces they have parted ways with guitarist Mark English and have replaced him with Chris Cannella. “When a band has been together for 30 years, change is inevitable. So with that said, we had to make that change,” writes the band in a statement.  “We all work together and get along as if Chris has been in the band since its inception.”  2019