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27 Years Ago: Monsters of Rock Tour Kicks Off

Launched in May 1988, the Monsters of Rock tour brought together some of the greatest hard rock and heavy metal bands of that era for a day-long rock 'n' roll celebration.

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‘Dynasty’ No More: When the Wheels Came Off the Kiss Empire

Even though they saw it coming, Kiss were unable to stop the wheels from coming off their careers starting with the release of 1979's disco-influenced 'Dynasty.'

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22 Years Ago: Kiss Release Their Only Live Album Without Makeup, ‘Alive III’

The non-makeup version of Kiss got their one and only shot at strutting their stuff on a live album with the release of 1993's Alive III.

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Five Years Ago: Ronnie James Dio Dies

Ronnie James Dio died from stomach cancer on May 16, 2010.

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40 Years Ago: Alice Cooper Launches ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ Tour

Alice Cooper launched his 'Welcome to My Nightmare' tour in May 1975.

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47 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Releases His First Solo Album Away From Mothers, ‘Lumpy Gravy’

Frank Zappa's first solo album, Lumpy Gravy, was released in May 1968.

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The History of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal

On May 8, 1979, British journalist Geoff Barton attended a concert featuring Iron Maiden, Samson and Angel Witch at London’s Bandwagon Heavy Metal Soundhouse.

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The History of ‘Ohio’: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s Raw Reminder of the Kent State Massacre

On May 4, 1970, National Guardsmen squared off against anti-war demonstrators on the campus of Ohio’s Kent State University.

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26 Years Ago: Stevie Ray Vaughan Kicks Off Final Tour

On May 4, 1989, legendary Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan kicked off the last tour of his short, celebrated career.

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36 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Fires Ozzy Osbourne

On April 27, 1979, the other members of Black Sabbath decided that they’d finally had enough of lead singer Ozzy Osbourne and his out-of-control behavior and showed him the door.

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39 Years Ago: John Lennon and Paul McCartney Almost Reunite on ‘Saturday Night Live’

It was meant as a joke, but it turned into, arguably, the greatest missed opportunity in rock history.

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22 Years Ago – David Lee Roth Busted for Marijuana Possession

On April 16, 1993, David Lee Roth was arrested in New York's Washington Square Park for attempting to score some drugs.

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