April 22, 2024

This Day in History: 2025-02-28

FEBRUARY 28th

“War” is U2’s third studio album. With the songs “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Year’s Day.” “War” is considered the group’s first overtly political effort. 1983

The Police nab a couple Grammys for “Every Breath You Take” (Best Pop Performance and Song of the Year). In addition, they nail Best Rock Performance (“Synchronicity”).  1984

The Doors receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Drummer John Densmore, who is feuding with guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, skips the ceremony. Frontman Jim Morrison doesn’t show either but at least he’s got a good excuse. 2007

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Original Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones enters the world. 1942

Cindy Wilson, vocalist with the B-52s, has a birthday. 1957

Train’s singer, Pat Monahan, is born. 1969

Under threat of legal action in Denmark by the family of airship creator Ferdinand Von Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin perform as The Nobs for their Copenhagen show. Countess Eva von Zeppelin, granddaughter of Count von Zeppelin, objects to the “shrieking” the group produces using her family’s name. 1970

The Eagles’ “Lyin’ Eyes” earns a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. 1976

At the 38th annual Grammy Awards in L.A, Hootie & The Blowfish win Best New Artist. 1996

“I don’t think it means anything,” says Eddie Vedder from the podium after Pearl Jam wins a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance (“Spin The Black Circle”). Despite Vedder’s dismissive comments the annual Grammy Awards continue. 1996

“Stiff Upper Lip,” AC/DC’s 14th studio album, arrives. It goes to #7 on the Billboard 200.  2000

KoЯn announce that Clint Lowery (Sevendust) is their touring guitarist. “I’ve always been a Sevendust fan, and I was thinking it would be great if Clint Lowery (would) be interested in touring with KoЯn,” says guitarist James ‘Munky’ Shaffer. 2007

Mike Smith, singer and keyboardist for British Invasion group the Dave Clark Five, dies at age 64 after a bout with pneumonia. His passing comes just 11 days before the DC5 are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2008

Singer Rome makes his debut as Sublime’s frontman at a show in Sparks, NV. The group hadn’t performed since the ’96 drug-overdose death of original vocalist Bradley Nowell. 2009

60,000 people hear hometown band Nickelback perform “How You Remind Me” and “Burn It To The Ground” at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. Fellow Canadian Neil Young plays his classic “Long May You Run.” 2010

Dark New Day unfurl their sophomore release “New Tradition.” The band includes members from Sevendust and Evanescence. “It seems the time is right to make these songs public and share with the fans that continue to support this project,” states guitarist Clint Lowery (of Sevendust). “(We) think its mandatory we give these songs a fair chance out in the music world. We owe it to ourselves and the DND fans.” 2012

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) performs The Beatles’ “Blackbird” during the In Memoriam segment at the Academy Awards. 2016

Avenged Sevenfold’s immersive interactive concert, created in collaboration with AmazeVR, is released on Apple Vision Pro and Meta Quest.  2024