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Eduardo Rivadavia

Eduardo Rivadavia (aka Ed Rivadavia) was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and by his late teens had already toured the world (and elsewhere), learning four languages on three continents. Having also accepted the holy gospel of rock & roll as his lord and savior, Eduardo became infatuated with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and all things heavy, crude, and obnoxious while living in Milan, Italy, during the mid-1980s. At this time, he also made his journalistic debut as sole writer, editor, publisher, and, some would claim, reader of his high school's heavy metal fanzine, earning the scorn of jocks and nerds alike, but uniting the small hardcore music-loving contingent into a frenzied mob that spent countless hours exchanging tapes, talking shop, and getting beat up at concerts. Upon returning home to Brazil, Eduardo resumed a semi-normal existence, sporadically contributing music articles to local papers and magazines while earning his business degree. Finally, after years of obsessive musical fandom and at peace with his distinct lack of musical talent, Eduardo decided the time had come to infiltrate the music industry by the fire escape. He quit his boring corporate job, relocated to America, earned his master's degree while suffering the iniquities of interning for free (anything for rock & roll!), and eventually began working for various record labels, accumulating mountains of records and (seemingly) useless rock trivia in the process. This eventually led him back to writing, and he has regularly contributed articles to multiple websites since 1999, working with many different rock genres but specializing, as always, in his personal hobby: hard rock and heavy metal. To quote from the insightful 'This Is Spinal Tap': "People should be jealous of me...I'm jealous of me...." Eduardo currently resides in Austin, TX, with his wife, two daughters, and far more records, CDs and MP3s than he'll ever have time to listen to.
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30 Years Ago: U2′s ‘Under A Blood Red Sky’ Red Rocks Show Takes Place

30 years ago, on the night of June 5, 1983, a half-capacity crowd risked inclement weather to congregate at scenic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, situated outside Denver, Colorado, and witness, unbeknownst to them, one of the critical events in the inexorable rise to stardom undertaken by Irish rockers U2. The event was later immortalized on the seminal live album, ‘Under a Blood Red Sky.’

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35 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Begin Recording ‘In Through the Out Door’

Thirty-five years ago, Led Zeppelin – sidelined in recent years by personal issues, including the tragic death of singer Robert Plant’s young son – reconvened in Stockholm to begin working on the band’s eighth album, ‘In Through the Out Door.’

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35 Years Ago: Foghat’s ‘Stone Blue’ Released

By the time they went in to record their seventh studio album, Foghat had already forged a very successful career by melding blues and rock. They continued that winning streak by releasing 'Stone Blue' in May of 1978, but the album also heralded the musical changes that would eventually lead to the band's commercial undoing.

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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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40 Years Ago: Jefferson Airplane Barred From Playing Free Hometown Concert

Forty years ago today, '60s flower-power icons Jefferson Airplane were denied permission to perform a free concert in their hometown of San Francisco. The slight cut much deeper than your average bummer in the summer; it was a huge insult to the band, which had been instrumental in making the City by the Bay an integral part of the counterculture, thanks to hit songs like 'White Rabbit' and 'Somebody to Love.'

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30 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Release ‘Piece of Mind’

As of today (May 16, 2013), it's been thirty years since Iron Maiden’s lovable mascot, Eddie, lost his mind (not to mention his grizzled mane) and heavy metal fans across the globe lost theirs over one of the most beloved heavy metal albums of all time -- 1983’s 'Piece of Mind.'

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33 Years Ago: Black Sabbath’s First Tour With Ronnie James Dio Begins

Heavy metal overlords Black Sabbath began the second chapter of their storied career in April 1980, when they hit the road in Europe and U.K. for their first shows with Ozzy Osbourne’s replacement, Ronnie James Dio.

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45 Years Ago: Joe Cocker’s ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ Album Released

Forty-five years ago, Joe Cocker laid the groundwork for his '70s stardom when he unveiled his debut album, ‘With a Little Help From My Friends.’ For almost a decade, the Sheffield-born Cocker had been toiling in the trenches -- first under the pseudonym Vance Arnold and later under his own name, fronting cult pub legends the Grease Band. In an era of self-contained bands and singer-songwriters, ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ bucked the trend in establishing Cocker as one of the most imaginative and distinctive interpretative singers of his generation.

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