This Day in History: 2023-02-23

FEBRUARY 23rd
Fleetwood Mac pick up a Grammy statue when “Rumours” is named Best Album of the Year.  1978
The Eagles win the Record of the Year Grammy for “Hotel California” but don’t bother to show up.  1978
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is #1 in the U.S. Queen’s Freddie Mercury composes the retro-sounding song while taking a bath in a Munich hotel. It owns the top slot for 4-weeks. 1980
Carlos Santana picks up eight Grammys, including Album of the Year, for his comeback album, “Supernatural.” 2000
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Blues/Rock guitarist Johnny Winter finds his way into the world. 1944
Guitarist Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) is born in Winchester, MA. 1952
Queensryche’s Michael Wilton has a birthday. The guitarist hails from San Francisco. 1962
Guitarist John Norum, co-founder of Europe (“The Final Countdown”), enters the world.  1964
Chris Vrenna is born.  He is the drummer for Nine Inch Nails (’89 – ’97) and later keyboardist/drummer for Marilyn Manson (‘04 – ’11).  1967
British pop has-been, Cliff Richard, sounds off in the New Musical Express. “I feel that if there are 13-and 14-year-olds hooked on Alice Cooper, and they see dolls mutilated onstage, then it’s bound to have a bad effect.” 1974
Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols) and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen are arrested at NY’s Chelsea Hotel for drug possession. 1978
Dire Straits begin their first U.S. tour in Boston. 1979
Little Richard gets a Lifetime Achievement Award from NARAS (the Grammys). Richard grouses that he’s getting the award the night before the annual Grammy show rather than at the ceremony itself. 1993
Foo Fighters play their first club show at the Jambalaya Club in Arcata, CA. 1995
Oasis vocalists Liam Gallagher’s bad behavior on a flight to Hong Kong gets him banned from Cathay Pacific Airlines. 1998
Elton John earns a Living Legend Award at the Grammys but says the whole awards thing is B.S.  2000
“Angel Of Retribution,” the fifteenth studio album by Judas Priest, is released. It is the band’s first album since ‘90’s “Painkiller” to feature vocalist Rob Halford and debuts at #13 on the Billboard 200.  2005
Disturbed headline a benefit concert in Chicago with Drowning Pool, Soil and Anthrax for the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund. 2005
Gimme shelter! At least 20 people are reportedly injured when they try to gain free entrance to a Rolling Stones concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Crowd members throw rocks and bottles at police officers, who use rubber bullets, water cannons and clubs to disperse the rowdy gathering. 2006
KoЯn’s MTV Unplugged performance premieres online. The show airs a week later. 2007
Guitarist James ‘Munky’ Shaffer rejoins KoЯn on the Milan stop of their European tour. Shaffer left the trek the previous month citing ‘personal and family reasons’. 2008
George Thorogood & The Destroyers begin their ’08 North American tour at a NASCAR event in Fontana, CA. “(We’re) not going to stop until we’re run over or left for dead,” says Thorogood. 2008
Ticketmaster reaches a settlement with the New Jersey Attorney General’s office regarding its controversial handling of sales of Bruce Springsteen concert tickets. As part of the deal, the company pays the state $350,000 in legal fees and promises, for one year, to stop automatically linking to its TicketsNow subsidiary, which re-sells ducats at inflated prices. Ticketmaster also offers restitution to Springsteen fans who had filed complaints about their difficulties buying tickets. 2009
Alkaline Trio issue “This Addiction” on their own label, Heart & Skull, a joint venture with Epitaph Records. “The whole record is really personal, all three of us have been through quite a bit since our last album and it is all expressed through this,” says guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba. “All the songs are about the relationships we’ve been in and so the record has a constant theme.” 2010
The British Culture Minister declares Abbey Road studios, where The Beatles recorded nearly all their albums, an official historic landmark due to “the historic merit of the studios” and because of its “huge cultural importance.” 2010
Ginger Fish (known to his mom as Kenneth Robert Wilson) announces his departure from Marilyn Manson via Facebook and Twitter: “I am regretful to inform the fans that I have decided to step down as a member of Marilyn Manson, and see where my life, and the knowledge of my availability cares to take me.” He was with Manson from ’95-’11. After some fill-in shows, he lands a full-time gig with Rob Zombie (replacing Joey Jordison who returned to Slipknot). 2011
Hip-Hop label Cash Money Records announces the signing of Limp Bizkit. Only a year earlier, the group was dropped by Interscope following disappointing sales of their album “Golden Cobra.” “The game is missing danger, electricity, and Rock n’ Roll!!!! Cash Money Limp Bizkit,” Bizkit frontman Fred Durst tweets. 2012
“Lita Ford – Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir” is out. The book chronicles the life and times of the Runaways’ lead guitarist. 2016Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace speaks out when the Trump administration sends a letter to public schools asking them to annul special protections for transgender students. “This is an administration that doesn’t f*cking care about transgender people,” says Grace, who is transgender.  2017
On the strength of a hugely successful biopic, Queen commands the top three spots on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart:  #1 “Bohemian Rhapsody” Soundtrack; #2 “Queen’s Greatest Hits; and #3 “Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection. Greta Van Fleet’s “Anthem For A Peaceful Army” is #4.  2019
Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) receives the Free Speech In Music Award from Middle Tennessee State University. The award recognizes those who utilize free speech in music. The Rascals’ ‘68 song “People Got To Free” stands as “a crucial song for social change.” 2022