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33 Years Ago: Meat Loaf Leads All-Star Cast in ‘Roadie’

Before he scored such notable movie roles as the Spice Girls' bus driver in 'Spice World' or as Bitch Tits Bob in 'Fight Club,' Meat Loaf made his big-time leading man debut in 'Roadie,' a 1980 comedy about ... well, a roadie.

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35 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Some Girls’ Album Released

Pinned in by disco on one side and punk on the other, stuck in a creative rut that led some critics to proclaim they were yesterday's news and facing the loss of guitarist Keith Richards to an extended prison sentence, the Rolling Stones entered 1978 in need of a rebound. And they got it with 'Some Girls.'

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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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10 Years Ago: Metallica’s ‘St. Anger’ Released

It was 10 years ago today -- June 5, 2003 -- that the world's biggest heavy metal band, Metallica, released their first studio album in six years, to the incalculable excitement (and relief) of millions of patient fans. Then these fans actually listened to 'St. Anger'...

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35 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen Releases ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’

After two acclaimed but commercially under-appreciated albums, Bruce Springsteen finally got the mainstream success he wanted with 1975's 'Born to Run.' However, he learned about the darker side of his dreams when it came time to record the follow-up, 'Darkness on the Edge of Town,' which was released on June 2, 1978.

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30 Years Ago: The Police’s ‘Synchronicity’ Album Released

For their fourth album, 1981's 'Ghost in the Machine,' the Police opened up and smoothed down their spiky punk- and reggae-inspired sound, achieving a major commercial breakthrough in the bargain. But as they proved on June 1, 1983, 'Ghost' was just the opening act for the album that would cement the band's status as one of the biggest rock groups on the planet.

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30 Years Ago: Talking Heads’ ‘Speaking in Tongues’ Album Released

After charting a steadily upward commercial trajectory with their first four albums, Talking Heads appeared poised for a breakthrough with their fifth LP, 'Speaking in Tongues.' And that's exactly what they achieved, selling a million records and scoring their first (as well as only) Top 10 single.

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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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50 Years Ago: Bob Dylan’s ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ Album Released

 

Bob Dylan was already the darling of the modern folk movement when he released his second album on May 27, 1963. 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' is the LP that delivered on Dylan's early promise and provided his springboard to legendary status.

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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: 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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