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40 Years Ago: Queen Play Their First Show in America

On April 16, 1974, Queen played their first show in America, opening for Mott the Hoople in Denver, Colorado.

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25 Years Ago: Great White Release ‘…Twice Shy’

Great White's commercial breakthrough, '...Twice Shy,' was released on April 12, 1989.

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26 Years Ago: Alice Cooper Almost Hangs Himself – Again

Alice Cooper's nightly faking of his on-stage death almost proved real on April 6, 1988.

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29 Years Ago: David Lee Roth Quits Van Halen

Though long-time fans likely hoped it was an April Fool's joke gone terribly wrong, original frontman David Lee Roth did in fact quit Van Halen 29 years ago today, on April 1, 1985.

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Exclusive: Sammy Hagar Remembers His First Van Halen Concert – ‘Man, This Could Bomb’

In an exclusive interview, Sammy Hagar looks back on a 'stupid' decision he and Van Halen made for their first show together.

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41 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Release ‘Houses of the Holy’

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant look back on Led Zeppelin's fifth and arguably most eclectic album, which was released on March 28, 1973.

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35 Years Ago: Eric Clapton Marries Pattie Boyd

After years of delay, on March 27, 1979, Eric Clapton finally married Pattie Boyd, the ex-wife of his friend George Harrison.

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35 Years Ago: Van Halen Release ‘Van Halen II’

Van Halen broke the dreaded sophomore jinx on March 23, 1979.

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32 Years Ago: Randy Rhoads Dies in a Plane Crash

One of rock's enduring mysteries unfolded on March 19, 1982, as 25-year-old Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads -- despite having a reported fear of flying -- perished in a fiery crash at Leesburg, Florida, after a joy ride in a Beechcraft Bonanza.

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31 Years Ago: Cliff Burton’s First Show With Metallica

On March 5, 1983, a scruffy crew of acne-afflicted youths going by the conspicuous band name of Metallica took a major step towards becoming the kings of thrash metal, when they mounted a stage for the first time alongside new bassist, Cliff Burton.

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40 Years Ago: Aerosmith Release ‘Get Your Wings’

It didn't exactly make them household names, but their 1973 debut album gave Aerosmith a solid foundation to build on, and when they reconvened in the studio to record the follow-up, they were faced with every young act's trickiest challenge: avoiding the sophomore jinx.

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45 Years Ago: Jim Morrison of the Doors Allegedly Exposes Himself on Stage

Did he or didn't he? The late Doors frontman Jim Morrison was charged with exposing himself before a stunned audience in Florida on March 1, 1969, though he vehemently denied the allegation. Bandmate Robby Krieger still says that no photographic evidences exists to prove it.

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