2023-02-16

FEBRUARY 16th
The Doors’ single “Touch Me” makes it to #3 on the U.S. pop chart. 1969
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
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
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
Lou Reed’s concert in Rome ends in a riot when a political group attempts to halt the show and the police use tear gas to control the crowd. During the melee, Reed is hit with a brick. 1975
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
Jack White appears on CBS’ 60 Minutes Wednesday. The White Stripes frontman claims he almost gave up Rock n’ Roll to become a priest. He was accepted by a seminary but decided to go to public school instead. “I had just gotten a new amplifier and I didn’t think I was allowed to take it with me,” says White. 2005
Jimi Hendrix memorabilia is on the block with a 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar fetching nearly $190,000. The London auction also features a poem written by Hendrix in 1967 and an autographed copy of the Experience’s first single, “Hey Joe.” 2005
Still standing. Elton John wins 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
North Dakota’s House of Representatives rejects a resolution to formally honor Bono for his Third World advocacy following complaints that the U2 singer has no connection with the state. “This is something that does matter to us as citizens of North Dakota, the United States and the world at large,” responds state Representative Scot Kelsh, who proposed the legislation. 2007
Singer Ian Astbury announces he’s leaving Riders On The Storm, the band featuring two of the three surviving members of The Doors. “I have enjoyed performing and sharing the stage with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger immensely,” reads Astbury’s statement. The singer works on the relaunch of his ’80s band The Cult. 2007
Elton John’s songwriting skills are auctioned off to benefit Vancouver General Hospital’s effort to help patients with blood cancer. Two people pay $200,000 each to have John write music to their lyrics and record the finished song. The gala raises over $2 million. 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
Fall Out Boy (with Atlanta Rapper 2 Chainz) perform “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” live on the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night during the NBA All-Star Weekend. 2013
Lamb Of God premiere their documentary “As The Palaces Burn.” The majority of the film chronicles vocalist Randy Blythe’s trial and eventual exoneration of manslaughter charges (for striking a fan causing him to fall off the stage to his death) in the Czech Republic. 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
Charli XCX is part of Band 4 Refugees, an indie-Rock outfit, delivering a version of the Rolling Stones’ ‘69 anthem “Gimme Shelter” at the NME Awards in London.  The performance promotes donations to the U.K.’s refugee charity Help Refugees.  2017
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
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