This Day in History: 2023-05-17

MAY 17th

3 Doors Down’s “Here Without You” wins Song Of The Year at the 53rd annual BMI Pop Awards in Los Angeles. The performing-rights organization honors the tune that received the most airplay. 2005

The power ballad is the third single from the band’s second studio album, “Away From The Sun.”

Nickelback, Linkin Park, Audioslave, Fuel and Evanescence are also recognized for having heavily played songs.

Lamb Of God receive gold plaques for their third album, “Ashes Of The Wake,” prior to c concert in New York.  2016

The ’04 album sold more than 500,000 copies and was certified gold by the RIAA the previous February.

Lamb Of God’s third studio album was their first major-label release.

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Phish keyboardist Page Samuel McConnell is born in Philly. 1963

It’s drummer Dave Abbruzzese’s birthday. A high school drop-out, Abbruzzese joins Pearl Jam in ’91, replacing Matt Chamberlain. The Stamford, CT native plays on “Vs” and “Vitalogy.” 1964

Nine Inch Nails mastermind, Trent Reznor, is born in Mercer, PA (it’s between Pittsburgh and Cleveland). Figures he’d play ‘industrial’ Rock. 1965

“Don’t Look Back,” a film documentary of Bob Dylan’s ’65 British tour, is in theaters. 1967

The Who unfurl their Rock opera “Tommy.” 1969

Josh Homme celebrates his birthday. The Palm Springs native is the founder and only continuous member of Queens Of The Stone Age (QOTSA). 1973

Yes receive gold records for both “Yessongs,” their live set, and “The Yes Album.” 1973

“Killer Queen,” Queen’s first U.S. single, gets to #12. 1975

Peter Criss leaves KISS. Of course, he eventually returns (and leaves again). Criss is replaced by Eric Carr. 1980

Van Halen’s “Why Can’t This Be Love” reaches #3 on the pop chart. 1986

An arson fire at Tom Petty’s L.A. home causes $800,000 worth of damage. 1987

Is there a doctor in the house? U2`s Bono delivers the commencement address to the graduating class of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The U2 frontman also gets an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the school. In a prepared statement Penn president Judith Rodin says “Bono has been a powerful force for change.” 2004

Money for injuries. Mark Knopfler files a suit against the female motorist who knocked him off his motorcycle in London some three years earlier. The former Dire Straits frontman suffered a broken collarbone, shoulder and seven ribs in the accident. He also had to cancel a scheduled European tour while he recovered. The woman was convicted of careless driving and later deported to Ecuador. Knopfler seeks approximately $566,000 in damages. 2006

Paul McCartney and his second wife, Heather Mills McCartney announce they’re separating, confirming a spate of rumors. “Both of us still care about each other very much,” the couple claim in a joint statement. The couple married in ’02 and had a daughter, Beatrice Milly, the following year. 2006

Evanescence announce that Dark New Day guitarist Troy McLawhorn and drummer Will Hunt have been selected to replace John LeCompt and Rocky Gray. The pair departed a few weeks earlier. 2007

U2’s Bono performs at the annual benefit to support the Jazz Foundation of America’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for artists who have fallen into financial despair. Producer Quincy Jones brings Bono onstage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem to sing, appropriately enough, “Angel Of Harlem.” 2012

George Harrison’s ’62 Rickenbacker 425 is auctioned at Julien’s Auctions for $657,000. Harrison used the guitar for The Beatles first appearance on the television programs “Ready Steady Go!” and “Thank Your Luck Stars” in ’63. Harrison is said to have originally paid between $400 and $500 for the guitar in ’63. 2014

Stone Sour announce they have fired Jim Root but the guitarist is still a member of Slipknot. “We feel it’s best for both bands and hope that is reflected in the days to come,” reads a Stone Sour statement. 2014

“With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles And Mistakes On My Way Back To Korn” chronicles Brian ‘Head’ Welch’s departure from KoЯin ’05, and his subsequent struggles before rejoining the group in ’13. 2016

Queen’s collaboration with David Bowie on the ’81 single “Under Pressure” is voted Britain’s favorite duet in a poll conducted by Morar Consulting. 2016

Musician James Frost-Winn accuses former Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.  He sues for damages due to a “loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, and humiliation.”  2018