This Day in History: 2023-02-16

FEBRUARY 16th
Oasis’ ’95 album, “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?,” is voted the Best British Album of the Last 30 Years at the BRIT Awards. But frontman Liam Gallagher swears through his acceptance speech before throwing the microphone into the audience. As a result, show host Peter Kay calls Gallagher a ‘knobhead’ which gets a big laugh. 2010
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Duran Duran guitarist, Andy Taylor, is born in Newcastle upon Tyne. He starts playing guitar at age eleven and joins Duran Duran eight years later after answering an ad in a local newspaper. 1961
Dave Lombardo (Slayer) has a birthday. The drummer is born in Havana, Cuba. When Lombardo is two his family moves to the U.S. 1965
Bob Dylan’s fourteenth studio album, “Planet Waves,” is #1 on the Billboard 200.  1974
Bryan Adams tops the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart with “Somebody.”   1985
Nirvana wins the Best International Newcomer category at the 12th annual BRIT Awards in London. 1993
I’m Wrong, But You Ain’t Right. Kid Rock surrenders to Nashville police after an arrest warrant is issued against him for allegedly punching a DJ in a strip bar in the early morning hours. Rock is charged with misdemeanor simple assault and released after posting a $3,000 bond. Apparently, Rock thought the DJ had insulted his friend and insisted on an apology. When he didn’t get one, Rock started swinging. No word on what was playing during the incident. Perhaps it was “Drunk In The Morning” or “You Never Met A Motherf**ker Quite Like Me.” 2005
Still standing. Elton John settles a libel case he filed against London’s Sunday Times newspaper over an article it ran claiming that he exhibited rude behavior at an ’05 charity ball. 2006
“The War Child Presents Heroes” compilation is out with songs by Paul McCartney, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen performed by Beck, Franz Ferdinand and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to name a few. The collection benefits the War Child organization’s campaign to aid young people in war-stricken areas. 2009
Eric Clapton performs at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band. Also on stage with Ono are her son Sean Lennon, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, Paul Simon and Bette Midler. The event celebrates Ono’s birthday, two days later. 2010
Lamb Of God’s documentary “As The Palaces Burn” premieres in Philadelphia. The film tells the story of frontman Randy Blythe’s arrest and trial for manslaughter after a fan died falling from the stage during a ’10 concert in Prague. The singer was acquitted. 2014
The Grammys’ Songs In The Key of Life: An All-Star Salute to Stevie Wonder is broadcast on CBS. The tribute concert was taped six days earlier. 2015
Jesse Carey begins listening to Nickelback constantly for a week to raise cash for the charity Water. He calls it his ‘ultimate test of human endurance’ while raising more than $30,000 for Water, a non-profit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. 2015
Eagles Of Death Metal play their first full concert in Paris since extremist gunmen killed 89 people at the Bataclan club during an EODM show on 11/13/15. The concert is at the Olympia Theatre. 2016
The Iowa Supreme Court hears arguments in the lawsuit filed against a Des Moines pain doctor in connection with the fatal overdose of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who passed away in ’10. 2016
Two days after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL left 17 dead Pearl Jam tweet their support of #ThrowThemOut. The effort is designed to vote out “lawmakers beholden to the gun lobby.” “We’re done with ‘leaders’ who refuse to lead on commonsense gun safety laws,” reads the statement.  2018
On Instagram Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) posts his thoughts regarding gun control following the tragic events in Florida. He particularly objects to the phrase “our thoughts and prayers are with you,” which is what politicians usually say when these shootings occur. “Instead of ‘thinking & praying,’ here’s a CONCRETE ACTION you can take – you can contact your legislators & DEMAND that there be some reasonable, common-sense gun law changes” (caps are his).  2018
Ghost land its third consecutive #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart with “Dance Macabre.” The second single from the band’s 2018 album “Prequelle” follows “Rats,” which topped the chart for seven weeks.  “Square Hammer” was the group’s first #1.  2019