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40 Years Ago: Mott the Hoople’s ‘Mott’ Album Released

Mott the Hoople officially entered the second and greatest chapter of their career in July 1973, when they released their sixth album. The LP's title, a simple 'Mott,' said it all: The band that had been kicking around since 1969 as an often heavy-handed British bluesy rock group led by a singer with a serious Bob Dylan obsession was no more. It was glam time.

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35 Years Ago: Def Leppard Play Their First Concert

It was held at the Westfield School in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, and they were paid only five pounds, but July 8, 1978, nevertheless was a very big deal for Def Leppard: It marked the group's first-ever public performance.

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45 Years Ago: The Grateful Dead’s ‘Anthem of the Sun’ Album Released

The Grateful Dead's self-titled debut album from 1967 was a casserole of folk, rock, blues and psychedelia. But it didn't quite capture the live Dead experience. So on their second album, 'Anthem of the Sun,' they set out to bring their celebrated concert experience into the studio.

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41 Years Ago: A Bomb Goes Off at a Rolling Stones Show

Every Rolling Stones show comes with a certain amount of expected drama, but even by the band's elevated standards, their 1972 tour was especially crazy.

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20 Years Ago: Slash and Duff McKagan Play Their Last Guns N’ Roses Show

When Slash and Duff McKagan walked offstage following Guns N' Roses' July 17, 1993, concert in Buenos Aires, they had no idea it would be their last gig with the band they helped make famous.

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21 Years Ago: Guns N’ Roses and Metallica Launch Stadium Tour

Guns N' Roses were about a year and a half into their two-and-a-half-year 'Use Your Illusion' tour when they hooked up with Metallica for a two-and-a-half-month tour of North America in the summer of 1992. The metal titans were no strangers to the road by this point either: They were still touring in support of 1991's breakthrough self-titled LP (better known as 'The Black Album').

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10 Years Ago: Chrissie Hynde Arrested in Paris

A person's principles aren't worth much unless they're willing to fight for them, and on July 16, 2003, Pretenders founder Chrissie Hynde demonstrated her outspoken commitment to animal rights.

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40 Years Ago: Ray Davies Temporarily Quit the Kinks

The early '70s took their toll on quite a number of rock's biggest acts. The combination of artistic ambition, family life, the demands of stardom, increasing drug use and aging in a medium originally designed to celebrate youth resulted in many artists rethinking their career choice. For Ray Davies, all of these issues came to a head in July 1973, when he announced onstage that he was quitting the Kinks.

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40 Years Ago: Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘We’re an American Band’ Album Released

Grand Funk Railroad were huge during the first half of the '70s. Every album they released between 1969 and 1975 went either gold or platinum, and in 1971 they even beat the Beatles' box-office record at Shea Stadium, selling out the venue in less than 72 hours.

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25 Years Ago: ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ Ends Record Chart Run

In July 1988, 736 weeks after it debuted on Billboard's album chart, Pink Floyd's 1973 classic 'The Dark Side of the Moon' finally left the weekly Top 200 listing. Twenty-five years after that chart record was set, it still hasn't been broken.

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40 Years Ago: Queen’s Debut Album Released

As their self-titled debut album demonstrates, the Queen we all know and love today, the group with the multi-layered vocals and ringing guitar notes, didn't start out that way.

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45 Years Ago: Cream Break Up

The working relationship among the three members of Cream was never an easy or uncomplicated one. The egos involved in keeping one of the world's first supergroups powered was astronomical. One guy was a cantankerous madman, another continuously tried to wrestle control of the group and another was called "God" by his fans. Did anyone really expect the band to last more than a couple of years?

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