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35 Years Ago: Judas Priest’s ‘Stained Class’ Released

When Judas Priest released its venerable fourth album, 'Stained Class,' 35 years ago, the British heavy metal standard-bearers could never have dreamed its musical merits would one day be co-opted and the album’s legacy almost destroyed by a hideous tragedy.

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20 Years Ago – Paul McCartney Releases ‘Off the Ground’

He's undeniably one of the greatest singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists in rock and roll history, but Paul McCartney's solo albums can be hit-and-miss, to put it diplomatically. 'Off the Ground,' which was released in Feb. 1993, was a case in point, featuring many of the lyrical and melodic elements that are McCartney's strengths, but somehow not quite coming together. The result was an album that was quite simply not among McCartney's best.

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Record ‘Across the Universe’

At the start of Feb. 1968, the Beatles found themselves, after a month-and-a-half break, back in Abbey Road studios to begin work on their next single, their first release for 1968. On Feb. 4, the day after work began on Paul McCartney's newest creation, 'Lady Madonna,' sessions took off on a new John Lennon song called 'Across The Universe.'

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This Day in History — Gary Coleman Found Guilty of Assault

It never seems to work out too well for child stars, and Coleman's life is no exception.

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44 Years Ago: The Beatles Perform Live for the Last Time, On a London Rooftop

"I'd like to say 'Thank you' on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition"

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35 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ Tops the Charts

It’s hard to not hear the heartbreak in Fleetwood Mac's ‘Rumours.’ It’s hard to not hear the anger too. After kicking around as a cult blues-rock band for almost a decade, the British band hit the jackpot in 1975 after hiring a pair of California singer-songwriters, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Everyone was happy: longtime members John and Christine McVie, who were married, Buckingham and Nicks, who were a couple … But then fame hit.

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35 Years Ago: Angel Release ‘White Hot’

Angel should have been big. The '70s glam rock / heavy metal band had all the right pieces, but somehow the cylinders were not firing properly to put them over the top. They hoped to change that with the release of 1978's 'White Hot' -- but it just didn't quite turn out that way.

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This Day in History — Paul McCartney Released From Tokyo Jail After Nine Days

On this day in 1980, Paul McCartney was finally released after nine days in a Tokyo jail, following his arrest for attempting to walk through the Tokyo airport customs with a half pound of weed during his tour with Wings. 

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This Day in History — First Can of Beer is Sold

It's almost the weekend, which is my favorite time to crack open a can of...well, if I'm honest, these days it's usually PBR. Times are tough, but not as tough as they probably were before this day in 1935, when the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivered it's first batch of 2,000 cans of Krueger's Finest Beer and Cream Ale to one of my favorite cities in America: the dirty river city of Richmond, VA.

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47 Years Ago: Syd Barrett Plays Last Show With Pink Floyd

Syd Barrett's last show with Pink Floyd took place on Jan. 20, 1968.

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20 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Performs at President-Elect Clinton’s Inauguration

While Bill Clinton was burning up the 1992 campaign trail, the song that he officially slated as the theme for his future presidency was "Don't Stop", by Fleetwood Mac. So when he was inaugurated into the White House as our 42nd President on Jan. 20, 1993, it only made sense that the group would come out of retirement to play that same track at the Inaugural Gala the night before at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md.

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20 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Plays at President-Elect Clinton’s Inaugural Concert

While often the focus of critics who ruminate about his lyrics, exaggerate his love interests, or question his political affiliation, Bob Dylan continuously keeps friends and foes guessing. However, in a rare move on Jan. 16, 1993 at President-Elect Bill Clinton's 1993 Inaugural Concert, Dylan outwardly and musically expressed his feelings at a political gathering.

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