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31 Years Ago: Journey’s ‘Frontiers’ Album Released

When Journey started recording their eighth album, 'Frontiers' --which was released in February 1983 -- they were coming off their biggest year ever.

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Jimmy Page
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49 Years Ago: Jimmy Page Releases His Debut Solo Single

When we think of Jimmy Page's solo career, we tend to remember his 1988 'Outrider' LP first. However, Page actually got his start decades earlier, with the little-heard 1965 single 'She Just Satisfies.'

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35 Years Ago: The Allman Brothers Band Release ‘Enlightened Rogues’

In January 2014, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced their plans to leave the Allman Brothers Band at year’s end, prompting longtime leader Gregg Allman to proclaim the band’s simultaneous retirement. However, you shouldn’t bet against an eventual rebirth, since the iconic southern rockers made their first comeback from an extended “breakup” in Feb. 1979 via their ‘Enlightened Rogues’ LP.

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35 Years Ago: Scorpions Release ‘Lovedrive’

Prior to recording their sixth studio LP, 1979's 'Lovedrive,' Scorpions had two main problems: Finding major success outside their native Germany and hanging onto a lead guitarist. Fortunately for the band, both issues would soon be solved.

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Blondie, 'No Exit'
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15 Years Ago: Blondie Release ‘No Exit’

When Blondie broke up in 1982, it seemed like the end for the former darlings of the New York punk/New Wave underground, who'd enjoyed a torrid string of pop hits during the late-'70s and early-'80s. As it turned out, they just needed a 15-year break.

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45 Years Ago: Iron Butterfly Release ‘Ball’

Who was having a ball in February 1969? Why, the members of Iron Butterfly, that’s who, as they collectively unveiled their hotly anticipated third album, which they chose to christen simply as ‘Ball.’

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George Harrison
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35 Years Ago: George Harrison Releases Self-Titled Album

Feb. 20, 1979 was a celebratory day for loyal Beatles fans, nearly a decade beyond the group’s dissolution, because it signaled the release of George Harrison’s first album in more than two years.

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40 Years Ago: Steely Dan Release ‘Pretzel Logic’

The very notion may sound absurd today, but there was actually a day when Steely Dan’s career longevity seemed anything but guaranteed — until all doubts were quashed with the arrival of their almost universally acclaimed third studio opus, ‘Pretzel Logic,’ on Feb. 20, 1974.

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Station Nightclub Fire
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11 Years Ago: Great White Concert Fire Kills 100

On Feb. 20, 2003, during a Great White show at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, 100 people lost their lives and over 200 were injured in a fire caused by the band's pyrotechnic display.

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Ozzy Osbourne
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32 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Arrested for Urinating on (Well Really, Near) the Alamo

Let's see: you're a rock star, stumbling around an unfamiliar city while wearing your girlfriend/manager's dress. You feel the call of nature and, not knowing where the nearest gas station or hotel is, relieving yourself on a nearby statue seems like a good idea in your drunken state. But in the middle of the afternoon, with all sorts of people around, it's a good way to get yourself in trouble, and that's what famously happened to Ozzy Osbourne in San Antonio, Texas on Feb. 19, 1982.

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Bon Scott's Grave
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34 Years Ago: Bon Scott Found Dead

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1980, Bon Scott was found dead. The legendary AC/DC front man had been out drinking with friends, but the casual evening took a terrible turn as Scott passed out in his car, and ultimately choked to death on his own vomit. He was only 33 years old.

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Celebrating 40 Years of KISS

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of their debut album, here's the Top 10 Things I Actually Like About KISS (in no particular order)

1.  The Rock and Roll Over Album Cover T-shirt.  Even if you buy this shirt straight off the rack at Hot Topic tomorrow, people will wonder if you've had it since the '70's

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