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39 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Fans Trash the Boston Garden

Early 1975 was an exciting time for Led Zeppelin fans, with an upcoming tour and the impending release of the band's sixth LP, 'Physical Graffiti.' Unfortunately, a particularly passionate contingent of Zep-heads in Boston got a little out of hand on Jan. 6, 1975, unwittingly botching the group's chances of ever performing in the city again.

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Ray Davies
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10 Years Ago: Ray Davies Shot

Like many British rockers of his generation, Ray Davies has a big crush on America. His love of blues, country, jazz, and a number of other genres helped him find his musical muse again during a trip to New Orleans in 2004. However, the famous city also gave him something else: a bullet wound in his leg.

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41 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.’ Released

It would take a few years before anybody realized it, but 41 years ago today (Jan. 5) a rock and roll revolution was launched from an unlikely place. Bruce Springsteen's debut album, 'Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.,' was released upon an unsuspecting world on Jan. 5, 1973.

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The Doors
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47 Years Ago: The Doors’ Debut Album Released

When the Doors entered a Hollywood recording studio to make their debut album at the end of August 1966, they knew what they wanted. Months of serving as house band at the Whisky a Go Go had sharpened their playing and performing skills to the point where one member of the quartet could abruptly swerve toward a new direction and the others would follow without missing a beat.

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Van Halen, 'Jump'
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30 Years Ago: Van Halen Debut ‘Jump’ Video

By waiting until January 1984 to release their '1984' LP, Van Halen broke an impressive one-album-a-year streak that dated back to 1978 -- but they made up for it by picking up their first No. 1 single in the U.S. with the record's lead-off single, 'Jump.'

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John Lennon Yoko Ono
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45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Two Virgins’ Seized by Police

It's arguably the most controversial album cover in rock 'n' roll history, and, if authorities in New Jersey had their way, every last one of them would have been destroyed.

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Kenney Jones
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35 Years Ago: The Who Announce Kenney Jones as Keith Moon’s Replacement

Drummer Kenney Jones was already highly regarded in the British rock scene by the end of 1978, when he got the unexpected opportunity of a lifetime: being tapped to replace the late Keith Moon in the Who. The group announced its new drummer in January 1979, but Jones' tenure with the band would prove to be difficult and relatively brief, punctuated by internal strife and changing musical trends.

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Bruce Springsteen
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35 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Firecracker Show’

Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 tour in support of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ took him from clubs and theaters to arenas over the course of its seven months. But it came close to ending in disaster. On Dec. 31, 1978 — the second-to-last-night of the tour — Springsteen got hit in the face with a lit firecracker.

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29 Years Ago: Def Leppard Drummer Rick Allen Loses Arm in Car Crash

In one of the scariest and ultimately inspiring stories in recent rock history, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen nearly lost his life and did lose his left arm in a car accident on Dec. 31, 1984.

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The Beatles
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43 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Sues to Breaks up the Beatles

One of the reasons the Beatles defined the 1960s is because they broke up shortly after that decade had ended. On Dec. 31, 1970, Paul McCartney took the first step in dissolving the group by filing a lawsuit against his three bandmates and their parent company, Apple Corps.

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George Harrison
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14 Years Ago: George Harrison Attacked at Home

“They used us as an excuse to go mad, the world did," George Harrison said in the Beatles' 1995 'Anthology' documentary. "And then blamed it on us.” But even he could never suspect that, four years later, those words would ring true again when, on Dec. 30, 1999, a mad man attacked Harrison in his own house, nearly killing him.

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Bob Dylan
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46 Years Ago: Bob Dylan’s ‘John Wesley Harding’ Album Released

In mid-1966, following a whirlwind couple of years in which he became a legend and a reluctant star, Bob Dylan withdrew from the public eye. And he found a reason that was fitting of his testy image at the time: He claimed he was in a motorcycle accident, which fans still dispute to this day. Was it real? Or was it staged so that the increasingly agitated and reclusive singer-songwriter could get away from it all for a while and clear his head?

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