April 23, 2003 – Twisted Sister announce their reformation for their first tour in 16 years. The following month they kick off the tour on USO military bases in South Korea. [WATCH VIDEO BELOW]
April 23, 1963 – Bob Dylan performs his first major solo concert in New York City.
April 23, 1976 – The Ramones release their self-titled debut album which they recorded in only seven days for $6400. Although critically acclaimed, the album was initially a sales flop. It finally went gold in 2014 and is now considered one of punk rock’s most influential moments.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:
April 23, 1960 – Steve Clark, guitarist (Def Leppard) (d. 1991)
April 23, 1947 – Glenn Cornick, bassist (Jethro Tull) (d. 2014)
April 23, 1936 – Roy Orbison, singer (d. 1988)
April 23, 1967 – Brent Muscat, guitarist (Faster Pussycat)
April 23, 1968 – Stan Frazier, drummer (Sugar Ray)
April 23, 1991 – Johnny Thunders (born John Anthony Genzale Jr.), guitarist and singer of the New York Dolls, dies in New Orleans. He was 38. He allegedly dies from a drug overdose, but there are mysterious circumstances surrounding his death that may involve foul play.
April 23, 2011 – Norio Ohga, former President and Chairman of Sony, dies in Tokyo. He was 81. Ohga was credited with spurring the development of the compact disc.
April 23, 2011 – Tom King, founder and guitarist of The Outsiders, dies of congestive heart failure. He was 68. The band’s biggest hit was “Time Won’t Let Me,” which later became popular again when covered by both Iggy Pop and the Smithereens.