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35 Years Ago: AC/DC Release ‘If You Want Blood You’ve Got It’

By 1978, AC/DC had packed their relatively short, half-decade career with five albums and hundreds of concerts. For their strenuous efforts they deservedly attained a considerable amount of success around the world. But they still hadn't cracked the platinum-sales mark in the U.S. That career benchmark was just around the corner, with the following year's 'Highway to Hell.' But before taking that next step, the band decided the time was ripe to celebrate its first few years with a live album, the now-classic 'If You Want Blood You've Got It.'

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35 Years Ago: Sid Vicious Charged With Murdering His Girlfriend

On Oct. 12, 1978, the body of 20-year-old Nancy Spungen was found in a room at New York's famous Chelsea Hotel. She and her boyfriend, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, had been living in Room 100 for abound a month and a half when Vicious called the front desk, saying that something had happened to his girlfriend. It turned out that she was dead from multiple stab wounds to her stomach. 

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35 Years Ago: Judas Priest Release Their Fifth Album – With Two Different Names

Judas Priest released their fifth album in October 1978. But what it was called depends on where you live.

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Def Leppard’s ‘Retro-Active’ Turns 20

By the start of the '90s, Def Leppard had established themselves, not only as one of the world’s premier hard rock rock bands, but also one of its most unfortunate.

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35 Years Ago: Aerosmith Bail Out Fans After Concert Pot Bust

When a crowd of cops invaded Aerosmith's Oct. 3, 1978, concert in Fort Wayne, Ind., they found dozens of kids possessing pot. All of them were dragged out of the show, which was part of the band's tour in support of its recently released 'Live Bootleg!' album.

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35 Years Ago: Molly Hatchet Release Their Debut Album

When Southern rockers Molly Hatchet unveiled their eponymous debut album 35 years ago, all they wanted was a shot to get their career up and running on a national level, following three years of dues-paying in and around the humid swamps of their native Florida. But for a greedy record industry, fairly chomping at the bit to find the next Lynyrd Skynyrd (whose plane infamously crashed in late 1977, killing several band members and crew), Molly Hatchet and other rising Southern rockers like Blackfoot, .38 Special, Doc Holliday, etc., were just grist for the music mill.

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Halloween is one of America's favorite holidays. And one of the most traditional.
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The True Origins of Halloween Traditions — Jack-o’-Lanterns, Witches, Costumes, More

Why do we celebrate Halloween by putting on bizarre outfits and asking strangers for candy? Who is Stingy Jack, and why does he haunt our dreams? We decided to take a look at a few of Halloween's most well-known customs and ask, What do they all mean? 

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15 Years Ago: Kiss’ Original Lineup Reunites (But Not Really) for A New Studio Album

This week in 1998, over two years after their insanely successful reunion tour began, the original lineup of Kiss released their first studio album together in about 20 years. Well... sort of.

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35 Years Ago: Black Sabbath’s ‘Never Say Die!’ Released

Much has been made - and rightly so - about Black Sabbath’s almost-reunion, minus founding drummer Bill Ward, to record 2013’s ‘13’ album, an astounding 35 years after Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler last collaborated on an LP, ‘Never Say Die!,’ which was released this weekend in 1978.

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35 Years Ago: Aerosmith’s ‘Live! Bootleg’ Released

You could make a strong case that 1978 was “the year of the live album,” with a slew of now-legendary releases including AC/DC’s ‘If You Want Blood (You’ve Got it),’ The Band’s ‘Last Waltz,’ Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Some Enchanted Evening,’ David Bowi

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30 Years Ago: Motley Crue’s ‘Shout at the Devil’ Released

When Motley Crue released its sophomore album, ‘Shout at the Devil,’ this week in 1983, they already wanted to rule the world. But they’d endured such desperate living conditions while scratching and clawing their way out of the Hollywood gutter, that just earning enough money to buy a sandwich probably still felt pretty damn exciting.

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47 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Arrives in London

Guitarists all over England were in awe when they saw Jimi Hendrix -- a then 24 year old prodigy -- play for the first time on their soil. Sept. 24, 1966, marks his arrival in London, an experience that would forever change rock history.

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