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35 Years Ago: Styx Release ‘Pieces of Eight’

Styx had just broken through to superstardom when they released their eighth studio album, 'Pieces of Eight.' The album cemented their position as one of the biggest arena rock headlining groups in America -- but it also heralded a change that would ultimately help to pull the band apart.

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The Clash
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30 Years Ago: The Clash Fire Mick Jones

In 1983, “the only band that matters” was poised to become the biggest band in the world. Over the course of a few years, the Clash had gone from punk upstarts to a passionately eclectic band capable of rocking stadiums.

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35 Years Ago: Blue Oyster Cult Release ‘Some Enchanted Evening’

Blue Oyster Cult released their second live album, the aptly named ‘Some Enchanted Evening,’ in September 1978 and proceeded to rack up the biggest record sales of their storied career. Not bad for a band that had spent much of their career to that point intentionally cloaking themselves in mystery while challenging listeners with oftentimes obscure or downright controversial lyrics.

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Obama, Former Presidents Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of MLK's March On Washington
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50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech Draws Thousands

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in front of 250,000 people. Exactly 50 years later, tens of thousands gathered there again to commemorate it.

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Metallica And Justice For All
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25 Years Ago: Metallica’s ‘…And Justice for All’ Released

After the devastating death of bassist Cliff Burton, on September 27, 1986, thrash metal heroes Metallica had to consistently prove the depth of their resiliency: first by even having the strength to carry on and achieve the most victorious album-tour cycle of their young career in the face of that unspeakable tragedy; and secondly by producing both a video tribute to Burton (‘Cliff ‘em All’) and breaking in his replacement, Jason Newsted, via 1987’s warmly received ‘The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited.’

But the real test to Metallica’s inexorable career ascension woul

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Guns N Roses Use Your Illusion
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15 Years Ago: Guns N’ Roses Cut ‘Use Your Illusion’ in Half

When Guns N' Roses released their 'Use Your Illusion I' and 'Use Your Illusion II' albums in the fall of 1991, large retail chains such as Wal-Mart and K-Mart refused to stock the titles because of the explicit lyrical content featured on tracks such as 'Back Off Bitch' and 'Pretty Tied Up.'

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Nirvana
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Nirvana’s Original Sub Pop Contract Reveals Band Was Signed With $600 Advance

It seems like ever since the rock world lost Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in 1994, little bits and pieces of Nirvana's famed history have been popping up. This latest discovery posted online is a simple piece of paper. However, printed on that very page is Nirvana's first-ever contract with Sub Pop records, who signed the band for a mere $600.

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36 Years Ago: The Police Fire Their Original Guitarist

Every loyal rock fan knows that the Police found multiplatinum success in the '80s with a lineup consisting of Sting on bass and vocals, Stewart Copeland on drums and Andy Summers on guitar. But what a lot of people don't know is that Summers wasn't the band's original guitarist.

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45 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Play Together for the First Time

It was this week in August, 1968, in a small space on Gerrard Street in the west end of London, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the very first time. The first song the band -- which would later be named Led Zeppelin -- tore into was 'The Train Kept A-Rollin',' which was a fixture in Page's previous band, the Yardbirds.

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1997′s ‘Kids Guide to the Internet’ Is So Awful You Can’t Help But Watch

Learning to use the Internet may never be more amusing than it is in this video from 1997.

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40 Years Ago: Buffalo’s ‘Volcanic Rock’ Album Released

One of the '70s' greatest hard-rock obscurities turns 40 today. And if you missed out on it back then, prepare to have your mind blown by the sheer, seismic power of the aptly named 'Volcanic Rock' by the Australian quartet Buffalo.

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25 Years Ago: Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Appetite for Destruction’ Finally Hits No. 1

As one of history's milestone hard rock albums, and possibly the greatest debut ever recorded (certainly the biggest seller), Guns N' Roses' 'Appetite for Destruction' has been exhaustively dissected and scrutinized over the years.

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