This Day in History: 2023-02-25

FEBRUARY 25th
Bob Seger releases his 11th studio album “Against The Wind.”  It goes on to sell five million copies in the U.S.  1980
“Vulgar Display Of Power,” containing “Mouth For War,” “This Love,” and “Walk,” drops. The Pantera’s sixth album sells over 2-million copies and is considered “one of the most influential Metal albums of the ’90’s” and “one of the defining albums of the Groove-Metal genre.” 1992
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John Doe (John Nommensen Duchac) enters the world.  The singer/guitarist co-founded L.A. Punk band X.  1953
Buddy Holly and the Crickets record their biggest hit, “That’ll Be The Day.” It goes #1. 1957
Dennis Diken, The Smithereens drummer, starts his life. 1957
68 guns. The Alarm’s vocalist/guitarist Mike Peters is born. 1959
Elvis Presley makes his first concert appearance in three years (since ’58; pre-Army). The Memphis show raises money for local charities. 1961
“The Grand Illusion” peaks at #6. It’s the first platinum album for Styx. 1978
Billy Joel’s “Glass Houses” album garners the Best Rock Vocal Performance Grammy. Also, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band get a Grammy for “Against The Wind” (Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal).  1981
Bert McCracken (Robert Edward McCracken), lead singer for the Used, is born in Provo, UT.  1982
Iron Maiden launch their extensive Beast On The Road Tour. They play 179 shows in 16 countries before one-million fans. 1982
Might as well jump. Van Halen’s “Jump,” with an entertaining video (that cost less than a grand), tops the Billboard Hot 100. 1984
U2 begin their first full U.S. arena tour. 1985
Sting makes his solo debut at the Ritz Club in New York. 1985
Don Henley wins Best Rock Male Vocal Performance for “The Boys Of Summer” at the 28th annual Grammy Awards. 1986
The Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo, goes to Bonnie Raitt for her “Luck Of The Draw” album. She also wins Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, for “Something To Talk About.”  The ceremony is in NY.  1992
The Wallflowers’ “One Headlight” earns Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance By A Group honors at the 40th Grammy Awards. Frontman Jakob Dylan’s dad, Bob, snags the Album of the Year trophy for “Time Out Of Mind.” And the Best Alternative Music Performance award goes to Radiohead for “OK Computer.”  1998
Slipknot make their network TV (NBC) debut on Late Night with Conan O’Brien where they perform “Wait & Bleed.”  2000
Shinedown and Tesla headline a benefit concert in Providence for survivors of the February, ’03 fire (caused by Great White’s pyro show) at the Station nightclub. 2005
10 Years’ “Wasteland” claims the #1 position on Billboard ‘s Modern Rock Tracks chart, replacing Weezer’s “Perfect Situation.” “Wasteland” is on the group’s debut album, “The Autumn Effect.” 2006
Green Day, My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy collect trophies at MTV’s 4th Annual TRL Awards. Winners are determined by votes placed through the network’s website. Green Day receive the Roc Da Mic prize, My Chemical Romance earn the Best Group That Actually Plays Instruments honor and FOB nail Best New Artist. 2006
Carlos Santana is inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the 37th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. “(Santana’s) work has inspired and motivated people of all races and cultures,” says NAACP president Bruce Gordon. 2006
A Bon Scott Celebration Concert attracts more than 10,000 fans to Perth, Australia’s, Claremont Showgrounds. Performers include former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans and Dave Evans, the singer who preceded Scott in the band. Organizers raise more than the $80,000 needed to fund a statue of Scott in his hometown of Fremantle, Australia. 2007
Elton John’s 15th annual fundraising party in honor of the Academy Awards is in West Hollywood, CA. The event raises nearly $4.2 million for Elton’s AIDS Foundation. Jon Bon Jovi and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are among the famous who attend. 2007
Melissa Etheridge gets an Oscar for her song, “I Need To Wake Up.” The Best Original Song is in Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” 2007
Police storm the set of Megadeth’s “Right To Go Insane” video because the band is using a M68a tank. “The cops are here – it can get pretty hairy with this video shoot,” says frontman Dave Mustaine reporting live from the scene. The band neglected to inform authorities about the tank so panic ensued. 2010
Black Label Society announce that drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative) has replaced Will Hunt, who returned to Evanescence for the recording of that band’s third studio album. “(Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde) knows Evanescence is kind of a high-paying, high-profile gig for me, and he, of all people, understands those kind of opportunities,” Hunt states. “I think he’s just realistic and understanding.” 2011
Van Halen’s “A Different Kind Of Truth,” is #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart after selling 187,000 copies in its debut week. Unfortunately, at least for VH, Adele sells about 55,000 more copies of her album “21” to top the chart. 2012
Led Zeppelin is named the most influential Rock band of all time by the listeners of UK radio station Planet Rock. Queen is second with Black Sabbath third. The Beatles do not make the list while their contemporaries – Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and The Who – land in the Top 10. 2013
Timothy Lambesis, lead singer for As I Lay Dying, admits to soliciting the murder of his wife. The 33 year-old Lambesis is also in the midst of a contentious divorce from his wife of 8 years, the intended victim, Meghan Lambesis. He pleads guilty to the charge. 2014
The Foo Fighters get the International Group trophy BRIT Awards at London’s O2 Arena. The Best British Group honor goes to Royal Blood. 2015
Vicky Cornell, the widow of late Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell, who died by suicide in May ‘17 at the age of 52, testifies before Congress about the opioid crisis and the impact addiction has on families.  Cornell’s death was ruled a suicide but his wife states that the side effects of the prescription drug Ativan may have resulted in his depression and thoughts of self-harm.  2019
One would expect that Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) would have an impressive collection of guitars.  But he also owns motorbikes, many of them rare and vintage.  However, he has six fewer after thieves break into his Redlands estate in West Wittering, England.  2019
The horror comedy “Studio 666,” starring the Foo Fighters, is in theaters. The plot has the band moving into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly Rock and Roll history to record an album. However, supernatural forces threaten both the completion of the album and the lives of the band members. It’s the first film to feature the Foo Fighters that is not a documentary.  2022