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

Meat Loaf made his big-time leading man debut in 'Roadie,' a 1980 comedy about ... well, a roadie.

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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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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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Led Zeppelin
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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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35 Years Ago: David Gilmour’s Debut Album Released

As any crate digger can attest, it's easy to judge a rock album by its cover. Analyzing a gatefold sleeve can be an illuminating experience -- and there's no better example of this than David Gilmour's self-titled 1978 debut.

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Epic Records
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35 Years Ago: Cheap Trick’s ‘Heaven Tonight’ Album Released

In a span of less than six months, Cheap Trick released one of the all-time great debut albums and its terrific follow-up. The group then delivered a rock and roll triple play with the release of 'Heaven Tonight' in May of 1978.

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45 Years Ago: Small Faces’ ‘Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake’ Album Released

In May of 1968, the Small Faces released their final LP, 'Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake' -- putting an exclamation point at the end of their short, but stimulating sentence of a career.

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25 Years Ago: Rhino Records Release ‘Golden Throats: the Great Celebrity Sing Off’

On May 18, 1988, the fine folks at Rhino Records opened a door to a world few knew existed by releasing 'Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing-Off.' The LP showcased the forgotten artifacts from a time when actors regularly put out records, cashing in on 'the sounds of today' or 'the now sounds of the jet set generation,' or some other such tag line. Say what you want about such boring things as 'artistic merit' and jab if you must about how these, um, 'vocalists' abused these songs, you would be hard pressed to find a more entertaining batch of tunes.

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20 Years Ago: Kiss Releases ‘Alive III’

The non-makeup version of Kiss got their one and only shot at strutting their stuff on a live album with the release of 1993's 'Alive III.'

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