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15 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Welcomes Back Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith

The heavy metal community was virtually celebrating in the streets on Feb. 10, 1999 when it learned that British legends Iron Maiden would be welcoming fan-favored vocalist Bruce Dickinson back into the fold after a six-year absence (and guitarist Adrian Smith after a decade).

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Exclusive: Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder Trade Awesome Beatles Stories

It's hard to find a rock musician who wasn't strongly influenced by the Beatles, and in a new exclusive video interview Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder talk extensively about their life-changing initial experiences with the Fab Four.

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24 Years Ago: Billy Idol Gets in a Motorcycle Accident

We enjoy a certain amount of bad behavior from our rock stars, but within limits: No one really wants anyone to end up in rehab, prison or an early grave. On Feb. 6, 1990, Billy Idol tested those limits in a big way.

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Man Pleads Guilty To Urinating on the Alamo….No, Not Ozzy This Time.

An El Paso man faces up to 1 1/2 years in state jail after pleading guilty to urinating on the Alamo.

Daniel Athens pleaded guilty Tuesday in state district court in San Antonio to felony criminal mischief

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31 Years Ago: Eric Clapton Releases ‘Money and Cigarettes’

Having just emerged from rehab for alcoholism, Eric Clapton says he named 'Money and Cigarettes' -- which was released in February 1983 -- after "all I saw myself having left."

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44 Years Ago: The Doors Release ‘Morrison Hotel’

The Doors had gotten sloppy, self-absorbed and a little off course by the time they released their fourth album, 'The Soft Parade,' in mid 1969. A few months later, when they returned to the studio to record the follow-up LP, 'Morrison Hotel,' they were leaner, tougher and more focused than they had been since their breakthrough 1967 debut.

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41 Years Ago – Keith Emerson Injures Hands at ELP Concert

The progressive-rock supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer were never really notable for their restraint, either in the complexity and execution of their music or in their over-the-top live shows. Keyboardist Keith Emerson was a particularly flamboyant live performer, but his onstage antics could have cost him his career on Feb. 2, 1973, when he injured his hands in an accident involving pyrotechnics.

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51 Years Ago – Neil Young Plays His First Professional Gig

Neil Young has enjoyed one of the most influential careers of any contemporary musician. His inimitable vocal and guitar styles and his sheer songwriting ability have earned him the respect of peers, critics and fans alike, but Young's beginnings weren't nearly as glorious. On Feb. 1, 1963, the 17-year-old aspiring musician reportedly went from the bedroom to the stage, playing his first professional gig at a country club in Winnipeg, as part of the group the Squires.

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41 Years Ago: Stevie Wonder Steals a No. 1 Song From Jeff Beck

When Stevie Wonder scored a No. 1 hit with 'Superstition' on Jan. 27, 1973, it announced a new sound for the brilliantly talented full-service singer, songwriter and musician who'd go on to record a string of the decade's greatest LPs. But for Jeff Beck, the song's success was a missed opportunity.

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30 Years Ago: Whitesnake Release ‘Slide It In’

Despite its far-from-stellar sales, Whitesnake’s sixth album, ‘Slide It In,’ which came out in late January 1984, is unquestionably the most pivotal record of the group’s long and storied career. It exists in two significantly different versions, due to a curious sequence of events that wound up drawing a clear line in the sand that, to this day, segregates the British band’s career into two, distinct periods: before and after its U.S. conquest, bluesy heavy rock instead of hair-metal and brunette vs. peroxide.

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46 Years Ago: Blue Cheer Release ‘Vincebus Eruptum’

To describe Blue Cheer, the first word that comes to mind is . . . loud! It was said that the band's sonic blast could "turn the air into cottage cheese." The classic "power trio" lineup of guitar, bass and drums is more than capable of knocking down a house, as we easily find out on Blue Cheer's debut LP, 'Vincebus Eruptum,' released in January 1968.

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41 Years Ago: Kiss Perform Their First Concert

On Jan. 30, 1973, fewer than 10 people witnessed the first live performances by Kiss at the Popcorn Club (soon to be renamed the Coventry) in Queens, N.Y. According to bassist Gene Simmons, the group was paid $50 for performing two sets that evening.

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