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.
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.
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.
On Aug. 4, 1975, Robert Plant and his family were vacationing in Rhodes, Greece, when the car he was driving spun off the road and crashed. It was the first in a string of bad luck for the Led Zeppelin singer.
Genetic scientists warn that redheads are a dying breed; soon they will become extinct in the next 100 years. National Geographic magazine reports that less than two per cent of the world’s population has the natural red hair
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) killed more than three dozen Canadians in 2003 and prompted the country's biggest-ever rock concert. The Rolling Stones led the way in organizing what was unofficially known as SARSstock and SARSapalooza. AC/DC, the Guess Who and Rush were among the rock bands signed on for the event, which happened 10 years ago today.
It's been 40 years since Led Zeppelin had more than $200,000 in cash stolen from a safety-deposit box at their New York City hotel. Hardly a crippling loss, seeing as it came near the end of a tour that grossed more than $4 million. But it was almost a sign that the legendary group's career had peaked and more troubles were on the way.
Ever the restless wanderer, Neil Young spent much of the 80s exploring different musical avenues. It's only natural that one path would eventually take him back to the past, which is what happened on 'Everybody's Rockin,'' released on July 27, 1983.
Their first live album saved their career. The second confirmed their place as global superstars, and the third proved they could succeed without two original members and their famous facepaint. So what could Kiss possibly do to make their fourth live album different?
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