This Day in History: 2023-02-22

FEBRUARY 22nd
What a coincidence. John Lennon’s “#9 Dream” peaks at #9. 1975
The track is from Lennon’s fifth studio album “Walls And Bridges.”
“Rooster,” a single from Alice In Chains’ sophomore album “Dirt,” is out. Written by guitarist Jerry Cantrell for his father, who went by the nickname ‘Rooster’ while serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, the song peaks at #7 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. 1993
Offspring’s “Ixnay On The Hombre” enters the U.S. album chart coming in at #9. 1997
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
The Beatles finish work on “A Day In The Life.” 1967
Bradley James Nowell, the frontman for Sublime, is born in Long Beach, CA. 1968
The Police dye their hair blonde for a Wrigley Gum commercial. The new hair color becomes part of their ‘look’. 1978
Beer in the sky keeps on pouring. Rolling Stone reports that Budweiser has developed an advertising relationship with Journey. Banners, T-shirts and even the “Bud stage” soon become concert mainstays. 1979
Melissa Etheridge performs “Bring Me Some Water” at the 31st Grammy Awards in L.A. Otherwise, this year’s show sucks up and down the line. But the topper comes when Jethro Tull beats out Metallica for the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental trophy. 1989
Bonnie Raitt is named MusiCares Person of the Year at the foundation’s dinner in New York. 1992
Wes Scantlin is arrested for disorderly conduct and other infractions in Toledo, OH, after showing up to a Puddle Of Mudd concert intoxicated. The frontman heckles and abuses concertgoers when his bandmates walk offstage after only four songs. 2004
Singer Josh Homme’s severe lung infection forces Queens Of The Stone Age to cancel remaining European tour dates. “We’ve toured with everything from broken ankles to bruised livers, but simply weren’t prepared for this relentless attack of teeming bacteria,” reads a post on the band’s site. 2005
Children of the Lord. An online post by KoЯn announces that founding guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch has left the band after 12 years. The statement adds that Welch “has chosen Jesus Christ as his savior and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end.” However, Welch later states that as a single parent he left to spend more time with his daughter. 2005
Blink 182 announce they are going on an indefinite hiatus; which lasts four years. 2005
Van Morrison is honored for his contributions to movie music at the second annual Oscar Wilde: Honoring Irish Writing in Film pre-Academy Awards bash in L.A. A collection of his songs used in films was released the previous week. 2007
The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde writes a letter to the Country group Lady Antebellum asking them to take a stand for animal rights when they perform at a KFC franchisee’s upcoming meeting in San Diego. The letter is sent to the group through PETA and asks them to tell KFC to adopt less cruel slaughter practices as recommended by the restaurant chain’s own advisory board. “My friends at PETA and I are hoping that you will use your unique position to appeal to the company,” writes Hynde. “With your influential public platform, KFC might not so easily turn a deaf ear to you.” 2011
Tommy Lee settles his court battle with former assistant Michael ‘Tony’ Sullivan who accused the Mötley Crüe drummer of being ‘the boss from hell’. Lee is ordered to pay over $400K to Sullivan and deliver ‘a public apology’. 2012
U2, Paul McCartney and Coldplay appear on the benefit album, “War Child 20: The Best Of,” a compilation celebrating 20 years of helping children in war zones. Also, War Child’s 20th anniversary concert in London’s historic O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire features Muse. “We are proud to have a continuing association with War Child, who have been doing amazing work,” says Muse’s Matt Bellamy. 2013
“AC/DC: The Early Years with Bon Scott,” written by Rock biography writer Neil Daniels, is available. It charts the group’s formation in ’73 to the “Back In Black” album with vocalist Brian Johnson, who joined after Scott’s drinking binge death in ’80. 2013
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler admits he’s used over five million dollars- worth of cocaine. “Realistically, $5 or $6 (million), easy,” says Tyler during an interview on Australia’s 60 Minutes. “You know, it’s what we did.” 2013
Styx sues A&M Records over what they claim were deceptive accounting practices that deprived the band of royalties. The suit contends that, “for every one dollar the band has received from A&M they should have been paid anywhere from two to five dollars.” 2013
Kid Rock performs at the Daytona 500. His set includes songs from his recent “First Kiss” album plus “Bawitdaba.” 2015