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45 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Arrested in Toronto

Jimi Hendrix was arrested in Toronto for possession of narcotics on May 3, 1969.

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LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 27: (TABLOIDS OUT)  Singer Tom Petty performs on stage at The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Casino Resort October 27, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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36 Years Ago: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Release ‘You’re Gonna Get It!’ Album

‘You’re Gonna Get It!,’ which was released on May 2, 1978, loaded up on Byrdsian jingle-jangle, classic-rock guitar crunch and a few meathead riff-based songs that made it clear that Tom Petty and his band had little in common with the skinny-tie kids and their synthesizers.

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40 Years Ago: Queen Play Their First Show in America

On April 16, 1974, Queen played their first show in America, opening for Mott the Hoople in Denver, Colorado.

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25 Years Ago: Great White Release ‘…Twice Shy’

Great White's commercial breakthrough, '...Twice Shy,' was released on April 12, 1989.

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26 Years Ago: Alice Cooper Almost Hangs Himself – Again

Alice Cooper's nightly faking of his on-stage death almost proved real on April 6, 1988.

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29 Years Ago: David Lee Roth Quits Van Halen

Though long-time fans likely hoped it was an April Fool's joke gone terribly wrong, original frontman David Lee Roth did in fact quit Van Halen 29 years ago today, on April 1, 1985.

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Exclusive: Sammy Hagar Remembers His First Van Halen Concert – ‘Man, This Could Bomb’

In an exclusive interview, Sammy Hagar looks back on a 'stupid' decision he and Van Halen made for their first show together.

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41 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Release ‘Houses of the Holy’

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant look back on Led Zeppelin's fifth and arguably most eclectic album, which was released on March 28, 1973.

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32 Years Ago: Randy Rhoads Dies in a Plane Crash

One of rock's enduring mysteries unfolded on March 19, 1982, as 25-year-old Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads -- despite having a reported fear of flying -- perished in a fiery crash at Leesburg, Florida, after a joy ride in a Beechcraft Bonanza.

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41 Years Ago: Kiss Perform Their First Concert

On Jan. 30, 1973, fewer than 10 people witnessed the first live performances by Kiss at the Popcorn Club (soon to be renamed the Coventry) in Queens, N.Y. According to bassist Gene Simmons, the group was paid $50 for performing two sets that evening.

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26 Years Ago: David Lee Roth’s ‘Skyscraper’ Released

The spring and summer of 1986 bore witness to one of the most hostile public airings of dirty laundry in rock and roll history, courtesy of Van Halen and their recently departed lead vocalist, David Lee Roth, whom they had of course recently replaced with successful solo artist, Sammy Ha

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31 Years Ago: Bon Jovi’s Uneven Debut Points to Bigger Things

Seeing how they've dominated airwaves and concert arenas over the past three decades, it’s easy to forget that Bon Jovi faced odds as steep as any lottery when they released their self-titled debut album in January 1984.

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