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25 Years Ago: The Scorpions’ ‘Savage Amusement’ Released

It was 25 years ago today -- April 16 -- that Germany’s favorite hard rock sons, the Scorpions, lost their venom with the release of 1988's disappointing 'Savage Amusement' album.

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15 Years Ago: Van Halen Play First Show With Gary Cherone

The first time Van Halen changed singers -- swapping David Lee Roth for Sammy Hagar -- their debut concert with the Red Rocker on March 27, 1986, couldn’t have been more triumphant.

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40 Years Ago: ‘Beck, Bogert & Appice’ Album Released

 

In an era rife with hastily assembled supergroups, the union of guitarist Jeff Beck, vocalist/bassist Tim Bogert and drummer/vocalist Carmine Appice into a power trio named simply, uh, Beck, Bogert & Appice was unusually long-in-the making.

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30 Years Ago: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Final Cut’ Album Released

‘The Final Cut,’ Pink Floyd’s 12th album, last record with Roger Waters and sorta sequel to ‘The Wall’ is many things.

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40 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Release ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’

The numbers attached to ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ are pretty impressive. More than 50 million copies sold worldwide. Fifteen straight years on Billboard’s album chart. Consistently ranked in the Top 10 of many best-albums-ever-made polls. But Pink Floyd’s achievements with their eighth LP go deeper than that. In a way, their 1973 epic changed the way people made and listened to albums. Forty years after its release, there’s still no better head trip -- legally at least -- available.

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Pink Floyd Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’

Since its release in 1973, Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' has become one of the best-selling records of all time. The album is certified for sales of more than 15 million in the United States alone, and stayed on Billboard's Top 200 for 741 weeks. It celebrates its 40th anniversary this month.

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Top 10 ‘70s Glam Rock Songs

In many ways, the glam rock explosion of the early '70s was a “rage against the fading of the light.” By that we’re referencing the “fading” of the ‘60s’ cultural Technicolor dream: the Beatles’ break-up, the Stones

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15 Years Ago: Van Halen Release ‘III’

On March 17, 1998, Van Halen's recording career hit its first (and so far only) road bump with the release of 'III,' an album that debuted their third singer, former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone.

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40 Years Ago — T. Rex Release ‘Tanx’

By early 1973, Marc Bolan and T. Rex had sailed to the upper regions of stardom in their U.K. homeland. Spurred by a run of 11 Top 10 singles in just three years, including four No. 1s, as well as the huge success of the albums 'Electric Warrior' (1971) and 'The Slider' (1972), the period was often referred to as 'T. Rextasy' in England.

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20 Years Ago: Coverdale / Page Release Their Debut Album

Jimmy Page and David Coverdale, two veterans eager to prove themselves outside of their famous bands, joined forces on the album 'Coverdale / Page,' which was released March 15, 1993.

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40 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Busted for Growing Cannabis

Paul McCartney really is "mother nature's son," and he's got the arrest record to prove it. In early March of 1973, Scottish police made a discovery on the McCartney farm. It seems Sir Paul was growing marijuana plants on his property. An arrest was made, which would lead to a conviction for "illegal cultivation" and with it, a £100 fine (about $240 at the time).

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45 Years Ago: The Mothers of Invention’s ‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ Album Released

From the mocking cover art to the orchestral notes that grace the music to the loose thematic ties that link the songs, the Mothers of Invention’s ‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ turns ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ on its head. But it’s not so much the Beatles’ masterpiece -- which was released nine months before the Mothers album -- that Frank Zappa and his band of musical pranksters ruthlessly skewer; it’s the culture that fed and supported it.

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