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35 Years Ago: Def Leppard Play Their First Concert

It was held at the Westfield School in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, and they were paid only five pounds, but July 8, 1978, nevertheless was a very big deal for Def Leppard: It marked the group's first-ever public performance.

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Remembering Ian ‘Stu’ Stewart: The Forgotten Rolling Stone

He was one of the most important figures in their early days, and yet he's often overlooked in most discussions about the Rolling Stones. Known as the "Sixth Stone," Ian Stewart served double duty for the World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band as both their piano player and their road manager.

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Mick Jagger
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41 Years Ago: A Bomb Goes Off at a Rolling Stones Show

Every Rolling Stones show comes with a certain amount of expected drama, but even by the band's elevated standards, their 1972 tour was especially crazy.

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40 Years Ago: Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘We’re an American Band’ Album Released

Grand Funk Railroad were huge during the first half of the '70s. Every album they released between 1969 and 1975 went either gold or platinum, and in 1971 they even beat the Beatles' box-office record at Shea Stadium, selling out the venue in less than 72 hours.

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25 Years Ago: ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ Ends Record Chart Run

In July 1988, 736 weeks after it debuted on Billboard's album chart, Pink Floyd's 1973 classic 'The Dark Side of the Moon' finally left the weekly Top 200 listing. Twenty-five years after that chart record was set, it still hasn't been broken.

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40 Years Ago: Queen’s Debut Album Released

As their self-titled debut album demonstrates, the Queen we all know and love today, the group with the multi-layered vocals and ringing guitar notes, didn't start out that way.

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Rare Nirvana ‘In Utero’ Commercial Features Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic + Dave Grohl Giving Birth

Words cannot describe the bizarre, jaw-dropping nature of a long-lost promo for Nirvana's third studio album, 'In Utero' just surfaced. The would-be commercial for 'In Utero' features "pregnant" Nirvana members Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl taking a birthing class taught by comedian Bobcat Goldthwait in drag. Yes, you read that correctly.

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22 Years Ago: Guns N’ Roses’ Riverport Riot Rocks St. Louis

Guns N' Roses have a history of making a mess of things onstage. A long history. But one of their earliest and infamous run-ins occurred 22 years ago today (July 2, 1991), when the volatile band played the Riverport Amphitheater in St. Louis.

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Rod Stewart Recalls Mick Jagger’s Group Sex Invite

The sex life of Rod Stewart is truly the stuff of legend that could make a grown man cry, even if, by his own admission, it was "sad." But recently he's been disclosing that, back in the day, he turned down some high-profile offers. In May, he said that he ran from the notorious Plaster Casters, and, in a new interview, he shot down Mick Jagger's request for group sex.

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40 Years Ago: Slade Play Two Sold-Out Shows at London’s Earls Court

Slade were just about at the peak of their powers in the summer of 1973, riding high with seven consecutive Top 10 singles in the U.K. The latest, 'Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me,' shot straight to No. 1. When the band hit the road, with openers the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, demand for tickets was so high, they scheduled two nights at the legendary Earls Court in London.

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40 Years Ago: Ian Gillan Quits Deep Purple

By mid-1973, the bloom was off the rose for Deep Purple. Internal issues had risen to the top and long-standing lead singer Ian Gillan opted to leave the band. At the same time, bassist Roger Glover was told his services were no longer needed, by direct order of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The Deep Purple lineup known as Mark II, was no more.

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40 Years Ago: George Harrison Knocks Paul McCartney Off the Top of the Charts

Three years after breaking up, the Beatles were still quite capable of reaching the top of the best-selling singles charts. Only problem was, sometimes they had to climb over each other to get there.

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