This Day in History: 2023-04-03

April 3rd
Van Halen’s “Jump” is a certified gold record. 1984
“1984” had synthesizers but that didn’t weigh it down. Also, singer David Lee Roth had nursed his act to agreeable perfection. Rock radio and MTV were all over “Panama” and “Hot For Teacher” with the capper being “Jump.” Can’t top that, and Roth didn’t even want to try – he left for a solo career shortly thereafter.
“Welcome To The Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses named “Best Workout Song Of 2018” in Gold’s Gym’s March Music Madness competition, an interactive bracket-based competition with songs nominated by celebrities.  2018
Shinedown’s “Cut The Cord” achieves platinum status (one million units; each unit is equal to one paid download or 150 streams) and “State Of My Head” officially goes gold (500,000 units).  Both songs are from ‘15’s “Threat To Survival.” 2019
Three years passed since “Amaryllis” before Shinedown issued their fifth album, “Threat To Survival.” The ’15 set was delayed when Smith suffered nodules on his vocal cords and then had to deal with a fungal infection in his throat. “We have poured our entire being into these songs and into this album,” wrote the band in a statement. The set contained the track “Cut The Cord.”
Foo Fighters take home the Best Rock Album honor for Medicine At Midnight at the 64th annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.  2022
The Foos, who were slated to perform but canceled following the sudden loss of drummer Taylor Hawkins, also take home the Best Rock Song trophy for “Waiting On A War” and Best Rock Performance for “Making A Fire.” Dream Theater earn the Best Metal Performance award for “The Alien,” a track from its ’21 album “A View From The Top Of The World.” All of the above awards were present during the pre-show event.
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The Band’s Richard Manuel (piano/vocals) is born in Stratford, Canada.  1943
Social Distortion’s frontman Mike Ness is born in Stoneham, MA. 1962
Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach starts his life as Sebastian Philip Bierk. 1968
Lynyrd Skynyrd record their classic “Free Bird” (often written as “Freebird”) at Studio One in Doraville, GA. The song comes out six months later. 1974
Having left Spooky Tooth for a solo career, Gary Wright peaks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Dream Weaver.” The single subsequently goes gold. 1976
Sid Vicious plays his first show with the Sex Pistols. 1977
Green Day and Sum 41 are winners at Canada’s 2005 Juno Awards in Winnipeg. Green Day’s “American Idiot” takes home the International Album of the Year trophy, while Sum 41’s “Chuck” claims the Rock Album Of The Year honor. 2005
Nickelback nabs Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year honors at the Juno Awards. The awards are the Canadian version of the Grammys. 2006
Hinder’s ballad “Lips Of An Angel” is released.  The song peaks at #3 the Billboard 100. “Our label guy was like, ‘Nice song, it sounds like a B-side to me,” recalls singer Austin Winkler. “This is not a B-side.”  2006
Guitarist Benji Madden wins a celebrity boxing match. He knocks out former MTV “Headbangers Ball” host Riki Rachtman during a bout at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. “Benji Madden just kicked my ass,” says Rachtman. “I got wasted by the guy in Good Charlotte.” 2010
The iHeartRadio Music Awards honor U2 for their contributions to the music industry and social causes with an Innovator Award. 2016
David Byrne (Talking Heads) slams President Donald Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate funding for federal arts agencies and initiatives at a rally in New York City.  2017