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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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Jimi Hendrix
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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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Bon Jovi
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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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Names of Those Killed on September 11, 2001

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Memorial services will be held all across the country, many involving a reading of the victims' names.

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35 Years Ago: David Bowie Releases ‘Stage’

When an artist releases a live album, it often closes one chapter in their career, and opens another. Such was the case with the 1978 release of 'Stage' by David Bowie.

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15 Years Ago: Aerosmith Get Their First No. 1 Single

It may have taken them 25 years to do it, but it finally happened. On Sept. 5, 1998, Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It remains the group's only No. 1 single.

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Phil Lynott
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30 Years Ago: Phil Lynott Plays His Final Thin Lizzy Show

On Sept. 4, 1983, Phil Lynott gave his final performance with the band he created, the amazing Thin Lizzy. By the start of of the 1980s, things were exceptionally busy for the band. Leader Phil Lynott was married at the start of 1980; he released his debut solo album, 'Solo In Soho,' that spring; became a father that summer, and issued a new Lizzy album, 'Chinatown,' that fall.

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The Doors
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40 Years Ago: The Doors Break Up

On Aug. 30, 1973, after two years and two albums without deceased frontman Jim Morrison, the surviving members of the Doors decided to call it quits.

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