This Day in History: 2023-03-02

MARCH 2nd
U2 win their first Grammy Awards (Album of the Year and Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group with Vocal) for the “The Joshua Tree” album.  1988
Red Hot Chili Peppers release “Under The Bridge.” The second single from the group’s fifth studio album, “Blood Sugar Sex Magik,” goes to #2 on the Billboard chart and sells over 6-million copies. 1992
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Lou Reed begins life in Freeport, Long Island. He was an original member of the Velvet Underground (a true “walk on the wild side”) before going solo. 1943
Missing Persons vocalist, Dale Bozzio (born Dale Frances Consalvi) has a birthday. She’s a Playboy Bunny before pursuing a music career. 1955
Bo Diddley records “Bo Diddley” and “I’m A Man” during his first session at Chess Records in Chicago. 1955
AC/DC bassist (’75-’77), Mark Evans, starts his life in Melbourne, Australia. 1956
New Jersey’s Jon Bon Jovi is born John Francis Bongiovi Jr. 1962
The Beatles begin filming their first movie, “A Hard Day’s Night” in London. 1964
Coldplay’s frontman (and occasional lead guitarist and pianist), Chris Martin, enters the world. 1967
Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisions” scores five Grammys including Album of the Year. 1974
“This Is Spinal Tap” arrives in movie theaters. On a scale of 1 to 10, the comedic Rock parody goes to 11.  1984
Sting holds his 3rd annual Rainforest benefit concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall. In addition to the ex-Police frontman, Bryan Adams and Tina Turner perform. 1993
“Don’t Look Back In Anger” is the #1 song in the U.K. The Oasis track debuts in the top spot. 1996
Metallica and Godsmack head out on the “Madly In Anger Tour” across North America. Metallica sells audio recordings of every show within days of each performance via their LiveMetallica.com website. 2004
If you film it, they will watch. Fred Durst files an $80 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against several online media companies that hosted an illicit homemade sex video starring the Limp Bizkit vocalist. The invasion-of-privacy suit includes a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent further distribution of the flick. 2005
Didn’t she sign a waiver? A woman who says she appeared in a sex tape featuring Scott Stapp and Kid Rock files an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Stapp and the company trying to distribute the video. She thought the former Creed frontman would keep the ’99 tape in his private possession, while Stapp maintains the video was stolen from him. The woman wants the tape taken out of circulation and a few dollars to cover emotional distress. 2006
U2’s Bono receives the Chairman’s Award at the NAACP’s 38th Image Awards in L.A. “Bono has been an inspiration to many people around the world through his music and humanitarian efforts,” says the civil-rights organization’s board chairman Julian Bond. 2007
Guitarist Jeff Healey succumbs to retinoblastoma (a form of cancer that had left him blind since the age of 1) in his hometown of Toronto. Healey, best known for the hit “Angel Eyes” from his eponymous ’88 platinum debut, “See The Light,” also performed with George Harrison, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) and Stevie Ray Vaughan. 2008
U2 begin a five-night run on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman to promote their album “No Line On The Horizon.” It’s the group’s first performance on Lettermen since ’01.  2009
“Almost Alice,” the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s film “Alice In Wonderland,” is released. There are songs by Franz Ferdinand, Wolfmother and Mark Hoppus (Blink 182) with Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy).  2010
The Music of The Who, a charity tribute concert, takes place at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Performances of The Who’s catalog by Patti Smith (“My Generation”), Living Colour and others, benefits Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Church Street School for Music & Art and The American Symphony Orchestra. 2010
“Better Than Something,” a documentary about the late Jay Reatard (born Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr.), begins its theatrical run. Directors Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz originally intended to create a short film about Reatard but following his ’10 death due to a drug overdose, the filmmakers fleshed out their work with interviews of his friends and family. 2012
Nominated for Best Original Song, U2 plays “Ordinary Love,” from the movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, during the Oscars. But they lose to “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen.” However, 30 Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto gets a Best Supporting Oscar for his performance as a transvestite dying from AIDs in the film “Dallas Buyers Club.” Leto even makes a heartfelt acceptance speech. 2014
News arrives that the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa have purchased a Bob Dylan archive containing 6,000 pieces for academic study. “It’s a great honor,” says Dylan in a statement. 2016
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says Phish “have been one of the great bands in this country” at a rally in Portland, ME. The band’s drummer, Jon Fishman, is in attendance. 2016
Quiet Riot split with singer Seann Nicols (a.k.a. Sheldon Tarsha) after only five shows, due to artistic and creative differences, and replace him with “American Idol” finalist James Durbin. 2017
The Breeders drop “All Nerve,” the group’s first album since ‘08’s “Mountain Battles” and their first effort since their pivotal ‘93 set, “Last Splash” to have Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson.  2018
Stone Temple Pilots embark on their first tour with singer Jeff Gutt. The trek kicks off in Santa Clarita, CA.  Actor Johnny Depp and MC5 frontman Wayne Kramer are on hand for a cover of MC5’s “Kick Out The Jams.”  2018