This Day in Music History: April 23rd

2003: Twisted Sister announced that they were reuniting for their first tour in 16 years. The tour kicked off the following month for a USO tour of military bases in Korea.

2003: Pearl Jam purchased a 1,400 square-mile area of rainforest in Madagascar to compensate for the 5,700 tons of greenhouse gas emissions they estimated that they will incur on their tour of North America.

1994: Pink Floyd debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their final studio album The Division Bell which spent four weeks on top of the chart and went on to sell three million copies in the U.S.

1991: Johnny Thunders, guitarist for the New York Dolls died under mysterious circumstances which have been rumored to be the result of foul play and drug related causes in New Orleans. He was 38 years old.

1988: During a Bruce Springsteen concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, Springsteen led the audience in singing “Happy Birthday” to Roy Orbison, who was in attendance on his 52nd birthday.

1988: Iron Maiden reached number one on the U.K. Album Chart for the second time with Seventh Son of a Seventh Son which spent one week on top of the chart.

1983: U2 kicked off the North American leg of their tour in support of War in Chapel Hill, NC at Kenan Stadium.

1978: The Sex Pistols’ bassist Sid Vicious filmed his rendition of Paul Anka’s “My Way” for The Sex Pistols’ movie The Great Rock n Roll Swindle.

1956: Elvis Presley made his live debut in Las Vegas at the New Frontier Hotel. The audience response was so poor that Presley’s scheduled two week run was called off after the first week.

Steve Clark-guitarist for Def Leppard born in 1960

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