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30 Years Ago: Metal Has Coming Out Party at California’s US Festival

Metal's roots may have come from the late '60s and '70s, but it can be argued that the genre's real coming out party happened May 29, 1983 at the US Festival in San Bernardino, Calif. The music weekend offered a wide array of musical options, with each day catered to a specific sound, but it was the Heavy Metal Day on May 29, 1983, that showed just how popular that metal had become.

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Students Find World War II Hiding Spot in Their Attic

It's every child's dream to stumble upon a hidden treasure in their very own home. Think how many hours of youth are spent knocking on hollow walls, digging in the backyard and exploring crawl spaces in the hopes of finding something, anything, of value.

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French Woman Returns Lost Dog Tags to WWII Veteran

It's nice to know not everyone just gets bills and postcards from embarrassing radio stations for their former roommates. Sometimes people get the surprise of a lifetime.

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25 Years Ago: Monsters of Rock Tour Kicks Off

It's been a quarter of a century since one of the 80s' landmark hard rock concert tours began thundering its way across America. Launched in May of 1988, the Monsters of Rock tour brought together some of the greatest hard rock and heavy metal bands of that era for a day-long rock and roll celebration.

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10 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin’s ‘How the West Was Won’ Album Released

Forget ‘The Song Remains the Same.’ Led Zeppelin’s 1976 live album/soundtrack is bloated, boring and filled with zero musical tension. The best Led Zeppelin live album available (at least legally) is ‘How the West Was Won,’ the three-record set culled from two concerts the world’s biggest rock band performed in California in June of 1972. It was released ten years ago on May 27, 2003.

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25 Years Ago: Judas Priest’s ‘Ram It Down’ Album Released

When Judas Priest released their 11th album, ‘Ram It Down,’ 25 years ago today, few people outside of the band’s inner circle had an inkling that the storied British heavy-metal institution was standing at a crossroads.

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Rod Stewart and Ron Wood Ran from the Plaster Casters

Regardless of what one thinks of his sense of humor, it's undeniable that Howard Stern has an uncanny knack for getting his guests to open up about some of their most private details. On Monday (May 13), Rod Stewart talked about how close he and Ron Wood came to having casts made of their genitalia by the infamous Plaster Casters.

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20 Years Ago: Aerosmith Release ‘Get A Grip’

By the time 1993 rolled around, the members of Aerosmith were rock kingpins once more, buoyed by the multi-platinum success of 1987's 'Permanent Vacation' and 1989's 'Pump.' The band's seemingly unstoppable momentum continued unabated with 'Get A Grip,' which was released on April 20, 1993.

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21 Years Ago: Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Dazzles London

The death of Queen singer Freddie Mercury due to AIDS-related complications on Nov. 24, 1991, left his legions of fans and fellow members of rock's ruling aristocracy thoroughly shell-shocked.

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32 Years Ago: Ex-Yes and Zeppelin Members Form Supergroup XYZ

By 1981, two of the most successful and influential British rock groups of the '70s -- Led Zeppelin and Yes -- had come to an end, and the members of each band were all looking for new opportunities. In April 1981, former Yes drummer Alan White and bassist Chris Squire got together with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page for a proposed supergroup called XYZ -- which could have also included Robert Plant, but never quite got off the ground.

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If Stuff From the ’90s Was Made Today

If we're going to wax all nostalgic about things, let's not even compare the way things used to be to the way things are now. Let's instead lament how HORRIBLE it would be if things from the past were invented today.

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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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