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32 Years Ago: Ex-Yes and Zeppelin Members Form Supergroup XYZ

By 1981, two of the most successful and influential British rock groups of the '70s -- Led Zeppelin and Yes -- had come to an end, and the members of each band were all looking for new opportunities. In April 1981, former Yes drummer Alan White and bassist Chris Squire got together with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page for a proposed supergroup called XYZ -- which could have also included Robert Plant, but never quite got off the ground.

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40 Years Ago: The Eagles’ ‘Desperado’ Album Released

For a band that was never particularly narrative, linear or even all that ambitious with their songwriting, the Eagles’ decision to make their second album a concept record always seemed a bit odd. Their self-titled 1972 debut was filled with peaceful, easy and likable L.A.-style country-rock that rarely grabbed at more than it could handle. At this stage in their career, there was nothing cynical or pretentious about the Eagles.

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25 Years Ago: The Scorpions’ ‘Savage Amusement’ Released

It was 25 years ago today -- April 16 -- that Germany’s favorite hard rock sons, the Scorpions, lost their venom with the release of 1988's disappointing 'Savage Amusement' album.

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40 Years Ago: ‘James Paul McCartney’ TV Special Airs

By 1973, Paul McCartney was enjoying a good run of post-Beatles triumphs, having secured a string of solo hits under his belt. Next stop, television! On April 16, 'James Paul McCartney' hit the US airwaves as a prime time variety special on ABC.

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20 Years Ago – David Lee Roth Busted for Marijuana Possession

These days, he's back on top -- and back with the band that made him famous -- but things were very different for Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth in the early '90s.

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10 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Release ‘Say You Will’

After the huge comeback success of the live reunion album, 'The Dance,' in 1997, Fleetwood Mac were back in a big way. The obvious questions started flying, asking about the chances of a new Mac LP. In spite of a short round of drama, they answered that question with the full-flying 'Say You Will, ' which was released on April 15, 2003. The album marked the return of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to the clan, but also saw the departure of mainstay Christine McVie.

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30 Years Ago: David Bowie Releases ‘Let’s Dance’

Heading into 1983, David Bowie hadn’t placed an album in the Top 10 since 1976’s ‘Station to Station.’ His ‘Berlin Trilogy’ (made up of 1977’s ‘Low’ and ‘Heroes’ and 1979’s ‘Lodger’) and 1980’s ‘Scary Monsters’ were critical hits, but they didn’t sell all that well. With his artsy experimental records behind him, Bowie once again got serious about his commercial career, tapping Nile Rodgers -- the mastermind behind the bestselling disco group Chic -- to co-produce 1983’s ‘Let’s Dance.’

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Van Halen’s ‘Diver Down’ Turns 31

Van Halen's fifth album, 1982's 'Diver Down,' turns 31 years old today (April 14). As a hastily-recorded collection featuring only four full-length original songs, this record should by all rights be a disaster.

Instead, it's just about the most fun thing you can play at your next summer family picnic.

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15 Years Ago: Van Halen Play First Show With Gary Cherone

The first time Van Halen changed singers -- swapping David Lee Roth for Sammy Hagar -- their debut concert with the Red Rocker on March 27, 1986, couldn’t have been more triumphant.

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35 Years Ago: Jethro Tull’s ‘Heavy Horses’ Album Released

By 1978, Jethro Tull had been running for 10 years, and though their commercial fortunes and profile had soared with albums like 'Aqualung' and 'Thick as a Brick,' the band was still at its creative peak, as its 11th album, 'Heavy Horses,' proves.

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15 Years Ago: Ron Wood Saved From Boat Fire

On April 8, 1998, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was rescued by paparazzi from a yacht fire. Seems the legendary guitarist was out on a boat trip near Brazil, as another boat of paparazzi was on the chase behind to try and score some candid photos. As the otherwise mellow excursion proceeded, Wood's boat suddenly burst into flames.

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35 Years Ago: Genesis Release ‘. . . And Then There Were Three . . .’

How exactly did Genesis, progressive rock's defining band, manage to survive so much turmoil? The group weathered the loss of key members and a shifting musical landscape to produce '. . . And Then There Were Three . . .,' the 1978 album that introduced a leaner three-man lineup and helped them move from prog toward the poppier sound that would define their career in the '80s.

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