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25 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Releases ‘You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1′

One of the most confounding musicians ever to grace the rock genre, Frank Zappa had a penchant for taking what essentially amounted to full-blown avant garde compositions and arranging them for rock ensemble playing. His bizarre, conceptual live performances were an astonishing mix of exceptional musicianship, onstage theatrics and pop culture satire. On May 16, 1988 Zappa showcased some of the standout live tracks from various eras of his development by releasing a career-spanning double live album titled 'You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol 1.'

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Kiss
Mercury Records
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21 Years Ago: Kiss Gets Their ‘Revenge’

'Revenge,' the most consistent, hard-hitting and critically acclaimed album ever released by the non-makeup version of Kiss, celebrates its 21st anniversary today (May 14).

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Roger Daltrey
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40 Years Ago: Roger Daltrey’s ‘Daltrey’ Album Released

The Who were approaching the end of the recording sessions for their second concept album, ‘Quadrophenia,’ when Roger Daltrey’s first solo record was released in May 1973. And fans expecting a rock-god epic from the singer were in for a surprise. Unlike Pete Townshend’s and John Entwistle’s solo albums, which sounded enough like Who records if you wanted them to, ‘Daltrey’ was all about distancing the singer from his band.

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10 Years Ago: Pete Townshend Cleared On Child Porn Charges

Following a four-month investigation, Who guitarist Pete Townshend was cleared of charges related to child pornography on May 7, 2003, after examination of his computers equipment proved there had been no downloaded images of child porn.

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Living Colour, 'Vivid'
Epic Records
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25 Years Ago: Living Colour’s ‘Vivid’ Album Released

With its thunderous opening riff, followed by a crushing onslaught of drums and bass behind Corey Glover's volcanic vocals, Living Colour's 'Cult of Personality' kicked in the airwaves during the summer of 1988 with a fresh, aggressive sound. Even if the band was brand new to listeners, their success arrived after years of hard, patient work.

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John Fogerty Blue Ridge Rangers
Fantasy Records
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40 Years Ago: John Fogerty Releases ‘The Blue Ridge Rangers’ Album

Freed from the confines of Creedence Clearwater Revival, which had become a stifling presence in the final years, John Fogerty took the opportunity of his debut solo album to revisit, pay tribute to and replicate the country music he occasionally played with his old band. But instead of going about it the traditional country-music way – with a bunch of musicians sitting together in a room and performing the music live as the tapes roll – Fogerty played every single instrument on ‘The Blue Ridge Rangers’ himself.

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Aerosmith
Geffen
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20 Years Ago: Aerosmith Release ‘Get A Grip’

By the time 1993 rolled around, the members of Aerosmith were rock kingpins once more, buoyed by the multi-platinum success of 1987's 'Permanent Vacation' and 1989's 'Pump.' The band's seemingly unstoppable momentum continued unabated with 'Get A Grip,' which was released on April 20, 1993.

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Robert Plant Brian May
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21 Years Ago: Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Dazzles London

The death of Queen singer Freddie Mercury due to AIDS-related complications on Nov. 24, 1991, left his legions of fans and fellow members of rock's ruling aristocracy thoroughly shell-shocked.

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XYZ
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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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Eagles Desperado
Asylum Records
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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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You Tube
You Tube
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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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