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26 Years Ago: David Lee Roth’s ‘Skyscraper’ Released

The spring and summer of 1986 bore witness to one of the most hostile public airings of dirty laundry in rock and roll history, courtesy of Van Halen and their recently departed lead vocalist, David Lee Roth, whom they had of course recently replaced with successful solo artist, Sammy Ha

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41 Years Ago: Elton John Releases ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player’

Oh, to be Elton John in the early seventies!

Sex, money, cocaine, fame, cocaine, success, sex, adulation, sex, touring, cocaine, hobnobbing, sexy cocaine, cocaine-addled sex...quite the lifestyle.

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37 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Founder Peter Green Arrested For Pulling Shotgun On His Accountant

Guitar great and Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green was not a man without troubles, and on January 26, 1977, his struggles landed him in prison and committed to a mental hospital.

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20 Years Ago: Alice in Chains Release ‘Jar of Flies’

By 1994, Alice in Chains were not only one of grunge’s biggest names, but already counted among the world’s most popular rock bands. So popular that what started as a casual attempt to blow off some creative steam – the brief collection of acoustic songs named ‘Jar of Flies’ released on Jan. 25, 1994 – became the first EP in music history to enter the Billboard charts at No. 1.

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25 Years Ago: Gary Moore Releases ‘After the War’

Gary Moore’s remarkable career was as long as it was eventful and unpredictable!

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23 Years Ago: New Mexico Radio Station Plays ‘Stairway to Heaven’ for 24 Hours

Lots of people love Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' -- it isn't a beloved staple of classic rock radio for nothing -- but on Jan. 23, 1991, KLSK-FM in Albuquerque, N.M. took that love to absurd new heights.

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25 Years Ago: Skid Row Release Their First Album

When Skid Row’s eponymous debut began invading millions of U.S. households in 1989, the quintet seemed like the latest in a long line of hair-metal bands out for fortune and fame -- not, as history has since shown, the last major success story to emerge from a dying genre.

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35 Years Ago: UFO Release ‘Strangers in the Night’

When UFO released their first live album, the poetically named ‘Strangers in the Night,’ in January 1979, they surely couldn’t have guessed it would stand the test of time as one of history’s greatest concert documents — let alone mark the apex of their entire career.

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The Biggest Babe Magnets in Rock History

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Bon Jovi's self titled debut album.  Although we didn't know it at the time, band leader John Bongiovi would eventually become one of the biggest rock stars in the world and, arguably, the biggest heartthrob in hard rock history

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30 Years Ago: Bon Jovi Release Their First Album

Seeing how they've dominated airwaves and concert arenas over the past three decades, it’s easy to forget that Bon Jovi faced odds as steep as any lottery when they released their self-titled debut album in January 1984.

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46 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Records ‘All Along the Watchtower’

On Dec. 27, 1967, Bob Dylan released his first album in more than a year with the understated classic 'John Wesley Harding.' Among the great songs found on that LP was a tune called 'All Along the Watchtower.' Before the album's release, Jimi Hendrix obtained an acetate of the disc and fell in love with it. Less than two months after Dylan recorded it, Hendrix was in the studio recording his own take. On Jan. 21, 1968, Hendrix and the Experience settled in to record what would become the definitive reading of the song.

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31 Years Ago: Def Leppard’s ‘Pyromania’ Album Released

Up until Jan. 20, 1983, when Def Leppard released their third album, ‘Pyromania,’ the British band wanted to be Led Zeppelin. Just look at their name.

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