This Day in History: 2023-03-27

MARCH 27th
Ozzy Osbourne’s solo debut, “Blizzard Of Ozz,” featuring the guitar work of the late Randy Rhoads, is released in the U.S. The album eventually achieves multi-platinum status with sales of 6-million copies worldwide. 1981
Shinedown unfurl their fourth full-length album “Amaryllis.” “It’s not a record for the faint of heart,” admits vocsalist Brent Smith. “I was looking for the kind of emotion that made every hair on the back of my neck stand on end. Because of that, I feel in my heart and soul that this album is a game changer for our band.” 2012
Good Charlotte issue “Good Morning Revival.” The set features “The River” with Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows and guitarist Synyster Gates. “This wasn’t planned, but it ended up working out,” explains singer Joel Madden. “We were (all) sitting around listening to some new music and they liked that song so we asked them to jump on.” The set peaks at #7 on the Billboard chart. 2007
A plaque is unveiled at 23 Heddon Street in London’s West End to mark the spot where David Bowie was photographed for the cover of his landmark ’72 album, “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust.” Bowie stares into photographer Brian Ward’s camera from a dimly-lit doorstep on a small side-street. The plaque coincides with the album’s 40th anniversary. 2012
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Keyboardist Tony Banks is born. He’s one of the founding members of Genesis. 1950
Keyboardist/guitarist Andrew Farris (INXS) starts his life in Perth, Western Australia. 1959
Staind bassist Johnny April has a birthday. 1965
Brendan Hill is born in London. The drummer is one of Blues Traveler’s original members. 1970
Ike & Tina Turner’s R&B take on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” is their first Top 10 single (#4). 1971
Grand Funk Railroad fires manager/marketing guru Terry Knight. The action triggers numerous lawsuits and public backbiting, turning GFR into a soap opera. 1972
Now a disciple of Sri Chinmoy, Carlos Santana changes his name to “Devadip” meaning ‘the lamp of the light Supreme’. 1973
Eric Clapton marries the former Mrs. George Harrison, a.k.a. Patti Boyd or Layla, in Tucson, AZ. Patti doesn’t stay married to Clapton either. 1979
Sammy Hagar performs his first show as a member of Van Halen (or is that Van Hagar?).  It’s at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, LA.  1986
“7800 Fahrenheit,” Bon Jovi’s sophomore album, arrives. It charts for 85-weeks and goes platinum. 1985
Playing on the roof? It’s been done. U2 film the video for “Where The Streets have No Name” on the roof of Republic Liquor in L.A. Thousands show up and the cops are called. All is caught on film. 1987
Always leave them wanting more. On the Auburn Hills (MI) stop of U2’s Zoo TV Tour, Bono orders 10,000 pizzas from a local pizzeria. An hour later just 100 pepperoni pizzas are delivered. Still, each of the three delivery guys gets a $50 tip. 1992
“13,” the sixth studio album by Blur, is released in Britain and enters the U.K. Album Chart at #1, making it Blur’s fourth consecutive studio album to top the chart. 1999
Ian Dury, of Ian Dury & The Blockheads, dies of colorectal cancer at age 57.  Best known for “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick,” Dury also served as a Unicef ambassador in the fight against AIDS.  2000
Staind’s “It’s Been Awhile,” from the album “Break The Cycle,” is released. The song peaks at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 but goes to #1 on both the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. 2001
Disturbed hold an open audition in L.A. to replace bassist Fuzz (Steve Kmak) who left in early ’03. Another open audition is held a week later in Chicago. Matt Konopinski gets the nod before John Moyer takes over. 2004
Sting and wife Trudie Styler star in a one-off performance of a play called “Twin Spirits” in New York. Proceeds go to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS charity. 2006
REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin is a guest on a special celebrity edition of FOX’s Don’t Forget The Lyrics. The singer successfully remembers REO’s “Keep On Loving You” (plus a couple other ’80s songs) on the way to winning $350,000 for the MusiCares charity. 2008
Peter Gabriel delivers a petition to the Mexican government urging the investigation of the murders and disappearances of hundreds of women along the country’s border with the United States. Gabriel also meets with Mexican president Felipe Calderon who vows that the Mexican government will actively seek justice for the victims. The appeal is launched by the Gabriel-founded Witness organization, which seeks to end human-rights violations worldwide. 2009
Q magazine goes on sale containing a list of the top frontmen of all-time as selected by the magazine’s readers. Oasis’ Liam Gallagher is #1. “There is Elvis (Presley) and me,” says the ever-humble Gallagher. “I couldn’t say which of the two is best.” Blondie’s Debbie Harry, at #12, is the only woman to make the list. 2010
Neil Young takes home the Artist of the Year honor at the Juno Awards. It’s his first appearance at the Canadian event in 29 years. 2011
Fleetwood Mac officially announce the return of singer/keyboardist Christine McVie. She left the group 16-years earlier due to a fear of flying. The reunion and an upcoming tour are announced on The Today Show. 2014
Anthrax launches their craft beer, Wardance, a pale ale from Butternuts Beer and Ale Brewery.  2017
The studio console used by Pink Floyd to record their ‘73 album, “The Dark Side Of The Moon,” sells at auction in New York for over $1.8 million to an anonymous bidder.  2017
In the week following his death, Chuck Berry returns to the Billboard 200 when his ‘05 compilation “The Definitive Collection” goes to #33. It’s his best showing in 45-years.  2017
Poison singer Bret Michaels joins Senator Richard Roth at a hearing in the California State Capitol on a bill meant to improve education in California schools regarding Type 1 diabetes. Michaels, a Type 1 diabetic since the age of six, says “education and empowerment is everything.”  The bill is approved unanimously by the California Senate Education Committee.  2019
Gil Sharone announces his departure from Marilyn Manson band. The drummer joined Manson in ‘13, performing on ‘15’s “The Pale Emperor” and ‘17’s “Heaven Upside Down” and says his time with Manson “one of the highlights of my career.” 2019