2023-02-18

FEBRUARY 18th
KISS release their self-titled debut album. It stiffs though the set includes “Deuce,” “Firehouse” and Strutter.”  The album is Casablanca Records’ first release.  1974Stage Three Music, the publisher that owns the rights to Aerosmith’s “Back In The Saddle” files a copyright-infringement claim against Virginia Republican congressman Eric Cantor. The #2 Republican in the House used the ’70’s hit from the band’s “Rocks” album in a YouTube video celebrating his party’s solidarity against President Obama’s stimulus plan and to symbolize that “the House GOP is back” after major Election Day losses. The clip is quickly taken down. 2009
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John Lennon’s second, and last wife, Yoko Ono, a Japanese-American conceptual artist and musician, starts her life. 1933
A one-time elementary school music teacher but better known as the vocalist for Styx, Dennis DeYoung, is born in Chicago. 1947
The late Doobie Brothers drummer Keith Knudsen is born. The Le Mars, IA, native takes up the drums while in high school. 1948
Bachman-Turner Overdrive drummer Robbie Bachman has a birthday. 1953
In a low point not only for Rock n’ Roll but music in general, Pat Boone’s white-bread cover of “Tutti Frutti” hits #12 on the pop charts. Little Richard’s original doesn’t make a dent though it is infinitely superior. It illustrates the power of segregation in the ’50s. 1956
Having joined the Marines, the Everly Brothers (Phil and Don), perform in uniform on the Ed Sullivan Show. 1962
Guitarist David Gilmour replaces Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd. Barrett, who is suffering from a mental breakdown, checks into a psychiatric hospital and eventually goes into seclusion. 1968
Bill Wyman announces that he’s leaving the Rolling Stones but the bassist stays with the group for several more years before actually departing in ’92. 1983
“Born To Be My Baby” from Bon Jovi gets to #3 on the U.S. pop chart. 1989
Singer Vince Neil leaves Mötley Crüe after 11 years to focus on his career as a race car driver and head of the Vince Neil Racing Team. A ’92 crash in Long Beach leads Neil to retire from racing (and return to Mötley Crüe). 1992
Hootie and the Blowfish peak at #10 with “Hold My Hand.” 1995
Suffering from complications resulting from drug and alcohol abuse, The Replacements’ Bob Stinson dies. 1995
The three surviving members of Alice In Chains perform at a tsunami-relief benefit concert in Seattle and raise over $100,000. Filling in for the late Layne Stayley are Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, Puddle of Mudd’s Wes Scantlin and Damageplan’s Pat Lachman. Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic hosts the event. 2005
I want you to want pizza! Cheap Trick’s Rick Neilson appears on the Food Network’s Inside Dish providing a tour of the Chicago restaurant he owns, Piece Brewery and Pizzeria. 2005
The film “Constantine” with Bush’s Gavin Rossdale and Keanu Reeves opens. Rossdale plays “Satan’s Salesman.” 2005
The Rolling Stones play a free concert at Rio de Janeiro’s, Copacabana Beach. “City Hall considers this show to be like another New Year,” says a Rio official. “We will treat it like that.” The concert is simulcast live online via AOL Music. It’s the group’s first Rio show in eight years. 2006
The Rolling Stones unveil a line of auto-racing-themed merchandise for the Daytona 500 – NASCAR’s biggest race. The new products sport a variation on the Stones’ tongue-and-lips logo, with the red of the tongue replaced by a checkered-flag design. 2007
The CBS drama Cold Case features Bob Dylan’s music. The plot for the episode, titled “Blood on the Tracks,” is loosely based on the eight Dylan songs played during the show, including “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and “All Along The Watchtower.” 2007
The Federal Trade Commission and Ticketmaster (now part of Live Nation Entertainment) reach a settlement regarding the ‘deceptive tactics’ they used in ’09 when they sent Bruce Springsteen fans to secondary-ticket retailer TicketsNow when regular-priced tickets were still available. Under the settlement, Ticketmaster refunds ticket buyers the difference between the regular cost of the tickets and the higher price they paid through TicketsNow. 2010
Radiohead release “The King Of Limbs,” their eighth studio album, for download. The physical CD is out a month later. It peaks at #3 on the Billboard 200. 2010
Stevie Wonder performs at Whitney Houston’s memorial service in Newark, NJ. He sings “Ribbon In The Sky” in honor of the pop diva. 2012
Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Lenny Kravitz and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) appear at the 70th birthday celebration for boxing legend Muhammad Ali. “Muhammad Ali is and always has been a role model and a hero to me,” says Slash . “It’s a huge privilege to be able to perform in his honor.” The Ali tribute is at the 16th annual Power Of Love Gala, a charity fundraiser in Las Vegas. 2012
Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose writes an open letter protesting the Copenhagen Zoo’s killing of a two-year-old giraffe to feed to lions while visitors were watching. The letter followed a series of sarcastic tweets calling attention to the killing of the baby male giraffe named Marius. 2014
Iron Maiden reveal that vocalist Bruce Dickinson has completed a seven-week cancer treatment program consisting of chemotherapy and radiology. A routine checkup the previous year showed a small tumor on the back of the singer’s tongue. The tumor is caught in early stages. 2015
Bono and Vice President Mike Pence meet at the Munich Security Conference.  The U2 frontman publicly thanks Pence for voting twice to pass the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) —  in ‘03 when introduced by George W. Bush and then to renew it in ‘08.  For complimenting Pence, Bono gets trashed on Twitter.  2017
KISS give a surprise free performance at the close of the “All-Star Salute To The Oregon Military,” a fundraiser in Portland, OR. The gala event raises $1.4 million toward completing the construction of the $20 million Oregon Military Museum named after KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer’s father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer.  2017
On Instagram Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) posts his thoughts regarding gun control following a shooting at a Florida school that left seventeen dead.  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
All That Remains’ Phil Labonte, a gun advocate, weighs in on the gun control debate. “One of the things that drives me nuts about (the latest Florida shooting) is everything failed. The FBI failed (they overlooked a tip), and there was a police officer who was armed on the campus. He wasn’t there. The kid got his guns legally. What do you do when everything goes wrong?” 2018
Y&T’s Dave Meniketti announces that he is battling prostate cancer. The 68-year-old guitarist/vocalist says the cancer was caught early.  2022