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Alice Cooper
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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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David Lee Roth
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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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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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Mercury
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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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WDEY-FM (1984)
WDEY-FM (1984)
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A Return to US1031 From Days Gone By

If you've lived in Lapeer for a long time and you were listening to 103.1FM in 1984, then you can probably understand why I feel like this is a return to the past for me. In 1984, I was doing the morning show on what was then known as WDEY-FM, and I also did a Saturday night oldies show called the "Goldrush".

Today, I return to 103.1FM in a new role.

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Def Leppard
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32 Years Ago: Def Leppard’s ‘Pyromania’ Album Released

Def Leppard's multi-platinum breakthrough album 'Pyromania' was released on Jan. 20, 1983.

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Beatles Threetles - Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
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20 Years Ago: The Beatles Begin Work on New ‘Anthology’ Songs

History tells us that 1995's Grammy-winning 'Free As a Bird,' the first new Beatles single since 'The Long and Winding Road' in 1970, sold some 120,000 copies in the U.K. alone during its first week of release. It also marked the Beatles' 34th Top 10 single in America. There's more to the story, though.

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37 Years Ago: Warren Zevon Soars With All-Star ‘Excitable Boy’

With his third album 'Excitable Boy,' released in January 1978, Warren Zevon finally broke through the gates of the mainstream to become a bonafide success.

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41 Years Ago: Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert Takes Place

Most stints in rehab take place secretly, or at the very least privately. Then there was Eric Clapton’s famed Rainbow Concert, which served as an all-too-public, one-night cold turkey of sorts proclaiming the legendary guitarist's resurgence from the dire depths of heroin addiction – goosed along by some well-intentioned celebrity friends.

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