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.”
Offspring’s “Ixnay On The Hombre” enters the U.S. album chart coming in at #9. 1997
AC/DC, on their Black Ice tour, break U2’s record for playing before the largest audience in Australia. AC/DC sells 212,729 tickets for three shows at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney. The total tops U2 by less than 1,000. 2010
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Elvis Presley’s RCA debut, “Heartbreak Hotel,” enters the Top 100. It starts at #68 but eventually goes to #1. It’s the first Elvis song to do so. 1956
The Beatles form their Northern Music Publishing Company. Stock is sold and the company later becomes the property of Michael Jackson. 1963
The Beatles depart for the Bahamas to begin filming their second movie “Help!” 1965
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
Genesis releases their first single “The Silent Sun.” Vocalist Peter Gabriel, keyboardist Tony Banks and guitarist Mike Rutherford are there at the beginning. 1968
T-Rex begins their tour of England.  The opening act is David Bowie doing mime.  1969
Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols) and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen are arrested at NY’s Chelsea Hotel for drug possession. 1978
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
“Listen Like Thieves” from INXS enters the U.S. Album chart. 1986
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
“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
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
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
Peter Frampton donates the guitar he used to compose both “Baby, I Love Your Way” and “Show Me The Way” to the Musicians Hall Of Fame in Nashville. 2007
Puddle Of Mudd announce they have recruited drummer Ryan Yerdon to replace Greg Upchurch, who quit the band in ’05 to join 3 Doors Down. 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
“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
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