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48 Years Ago: John Lennon’s ‘Beatles More Popular Than Jesus’ Story Is Published

On March 4, 1966, an article appeared in the London Evening Standard that would cause an uproar and ripple for some time. Journalist Maureen Cleave was doing a series entitled 'How Does a Beatle Live?' and her encounter with John Lennon provided controversy that spread far beyond the London paper.

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44 Years Ago: Jim Morrison Arrested in Arizona

There's no denying that Doors singer Jim Morrison was one of the most charismatic front men of his generation. Unfortunately he was one of the most troubled, too. The singer had a terrible alcohol problem that played a big role in his repeated arrests, including one on Nov. 11, 1969 in Arizona that resulted from Morrison and a friend drunkenly heckling a flight crew on a commercial airliner.

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38 Years Ago: John Lennon’s Deportation Order Reversed

On Oct. 7, 1975,  New York State Supreme Court judge Irving Kaufman reversed a deportation order for John Lennon, allowing him to legally remain in the United States. Lennon was in the spotlight throughout the first few years of the decade, not only due to his music and his status as a former Beatle, but equally for his very outspoken stance on the Vietnam War and the Nixon administration.

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26 Years Ago: Joe Satriani’s ‘Surfing with the Alien’ Album Released

The future of guitar playing arrived in stores 26 years ago, courtesy of Joe Satriani’s epochal second album, and de facto public coming out party, 1987’s ‘Surfing with the Alien.’

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36 Years Ago: Steely Dan Release ‘Aja’

'Aja,' Steely Dan's sixth studio album, which was the artistic pinnacle of the '70s jazz-rock movement, turns 36 years old this week.

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41 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Vol. 4′

Metal pioneers Black Sabbath were reaching beyond their heavy musical roots by the time they recorded their fourth album in 1972, coming up with an amalgam of classic heavy riffing, a growing sense of melody, and even some touches of progressive rock. The album endures as a classic today - even though it was almost derailed by the band's growing substance abuse.

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Ann Wilson and Joe Walsh Top Guest List on New Album by Microsoft Co-Founder

Ann Wilson and Joe Walsh are among the classic rock stars who've been tapped to play on the debut album by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his group the Underthinkers. The album, 'Everywhere at Once,' will be released on Aug. 6.

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35 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen Launches ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ Tour

When the 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' tour kicked off at Shea Hall in Buffalo, N.Y. on May 23, 1978, Bruce Springsteen was looking to restart his career after nearly three years on the sidelines. By the time it ended seven months later, he had cemented his reputation as one of the most electrifying performers in the entirety of rock music.

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Richie Sambora on Bon Jovi Split: ‘Enough With the Trash Talking’

After laying low for a few weeks, Richie Sambora has decided to speak up about his recent departure from the Bon Jovi lineup -- and it sounds like fans may need to start preparing for the possibility that he may never return.

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Metallica Have the Material, But Not the Time to Record New Album

It's been five years since Metallica released 'Death Magnetic,' their last studio album. The band says they're anxious to return to the studio to start recording again, and they've got the material. However two obligations are keeping them beginning work on the first album from their own label Blackened Recordings.

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David Bowie Pays Tribute to Fallen Bassist Trevor Bolder

David Bowie is paying tribute to Trevor Bolder a day after his former bassist succumbed following a lengthy battle with cancer. Bolder was also a member of Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash.

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25 Years Ago: Judas Priest’s ‘Ram It Down’ Album Released

When Judas Priest released their 11th album, ‘Ram It Down,’ 25 years ago today, few people outside of the band’s inner circle had an inkling that the storied British heavy-metal institution was standing at a crossroads.

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