Monday, February 27, 2023

Music History Today: February 28, 2023

February 28, 1975: Alice Cooper released his first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare.
After the official disbandment of the Alice Cooper Band in 1975, Cooper returned with Welcome To My Nightmare, an album that took his musicality to new and unexpected heights.

Alice Cooper 

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One of the most appealing aspects of Welcome To My Nightmare is its story-driven concept album approach. "Only Women Bleed" was the biggest hit on the record and a centerpiece of his Welcome To My Nightmare tour. Several feminist groups protested this song, but it is actually a sympathetic look at domestic abuse. 
Read more: Allmusic
February 28, 1970: The Guess Who made it to Number 5 in the US with "No Time."
Guitarist Randy Bachman and lead singer Burton Cummings wrote "No Time" about moving on and finding your true calling. Musically, the song was inspired by two tracks on the Buffalo Springfield Again album: "Rock & Roll Woman" and "Hung Upside Down." Cummings and Bachman loved the country-rock sound and set out to write something like it. 
Read more: Songfacts

February 28, 1983: U2 released their third album, War, containing two of the band's most-performed songs; "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "New Year's Day." 

U2 album War

February 28, 1987: Billy Idol entered the top 40 section of Billboard, at Number 39, with "Don't Need a Gun." It peaked one week later at 37.
The chorus of Billy Idol's tune "Don't Need a Gun" is explicit content about the risk of using firearms. The song includes references to "Tutti Frutti," "Flip, Flop and Fly," and "Lawdy Miss Clawdy." The final verse name-checks Elvis Presley, Johnnie Ray, and Gene Vincent. 
Read more: Wikipedia

February 28, 1996: The original members of Kiss appeared at the Grammy Awards. It was the first time in 17 years that the band had appeared in full make-up and costumes.

Only Women Bleed
Alice Cooper

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