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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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45 Years Ago: Ray Manzarek Fills in For a Passed Out Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison made a career of nodding off at inopportune moments. He passed out when the rest of the Doors were expecting him in the studio. He passed out in the studio. He passed out before concerts and after concerts. And sometimes, like on Sept. 15, 1968, he passed out during concerts -- onstage as the audience and his bandmates watched him collapse into an unwashed mound of rock-star excess.

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35 Years Ago: Ted Nugent’s ‘Weekend Warriors’ Released

As the 70s rounded the final turn and barreled down the main stretch of classic rock's golden era, arguably no star was shining brighter over American’s infinite heartland, possibly verging on supernova, than that of guitar hero Ted Nugent - he of the loincloth, lascivious grin, larger-than-life persona, and blazing fretboard-tickling fingers.

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5 Years Ago: Pink Floyd’s Richard Wright Dies

Richard Wright, in the time just before his passing in 2008, was in the midst of something of a comeback alongside his Pink Floyd bandmate David Gilmour.

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25 Years Ago: Bon Jovi Release ‘New Jersey’

On Sept. 13, 1988, Bon Jovi released their fourth album, named after their home state, 'New Jersey.'

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5 Years Ago: Metallica’s ‘Death Magnetic’ Released

It's now been five years since Metallica attempted to correct the heavy metal universe's cosmic balance with their ninth studio album, 'Death Magnetic. The record doubled as musical return to form and an open apology to their long suffering fans for the disappointment that was their previous album, 2003's 'St. Anger.'

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