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This Day in Music History: May 22nd

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1972: The Guess Who recorded their first live album Live at the Paramount at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.

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This Day in Music History: May 21st

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1980: Joe Strummer is arrested after The Clash performed in Hamburg, Germany. Strummer was arrested for smashing a guitar over the head of an audience member.

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This Day in Music History: May 20th

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1968: The Who’s guitarist Pete Townshend married Karen Astley, daughter of composer Ted Astley. They would later separate in 1994 & divorce in 2000. 

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This Day in Music History: May 19th

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1992: Aerosmith donated $10,000 to MIT in Boston to fund an explicit exhibition of photographs & sculptures after the National Endowment for the Arts pulled support.

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This Day in Music History: May 18th

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1974: The Who headlined The Summer of ’74 festival at the Charlton Athletic Football Ground in London. Also on the bill were Lou Reed, Humble Pie and Bad Company.

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This Day in Music History: May 15th

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1967: Paul McCartney met future wife Linda Eastman for the first time at the Bag O’Nails club in London.

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This Day in Music History: May 14th

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1969: Neil Young released his second solo album Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, his first album with backing band Crazy Horse. The songs “Cinnamon Girl”, “Down by the River” and “Cowgirl in the Sand” were written when Young had a 103 degree fever.

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This Day in Music History: May 13th

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1966: The Kinks recorded “Sunny Afternoon” at Pye Studios in London. The song went on to reach number one in the U.K. & number fourteen in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: May 12th

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1971: The Rolling Stones’ singer Mick Jagger married his first wife Bianca De Macias in a Catholic ceremony in Saint-Tropez, France. The couple would divorce in 1978.

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This Day in Music History: May 11th

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1964: The Rolling Stones are refused lunch at the Grand hotel in Bristol, England because they were not wearing jackets & ties.

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This Day in Music History: May 8th

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1993: Aerosmith reached number one on Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with their eleventh studio album Get a Grip which spent one week on top of the chart.

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This Day in Music History: May 7th

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1988: Talking Heads peaked at number nineteen on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their final studio album Naked which went on to go Gold in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: May 6th

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1965: Keith Richards said he fell asleep in a Clearwater, FL hotel room & woke up discovering he’d composed the riff of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” on his tape recorder.

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This Day in Music History: May 5th

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1986: Ahmet Ertegun announced that Cleveland, OH will be the site of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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This Day in Music History: May 4th

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1992: Baltimore gave Kiss the keys to the city & declared Kiss Day.

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This Day in Music History: May 1st

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1975: The Rolling Stones announce their Tour of the Americas while playing Brown Sugar on the back of a flatbed truck driving down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

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This Day in Music History: April 30th

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2002: The Who’s Roger Daltrey made a guest appearance on the 100th episode of That 70’s Show as music teacher Mr. Wilkinson. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 29th

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1998: During an Aerosmith concert in Anchorage, AK, Steven Tyler suffered a knee ligament injury after he dropped his microphone stand on his knee during “Mama Kin” which caused them postpone their tour until September of that year. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 28th

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2002: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil allegedly attacked record producer Michael Schuman outside of the Rainbow Bar and Grill in West Hollywood, CA. Neil later pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of battery. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 27th

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2009: Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was mugged outside of the Southern Tracks Recording studio in Atlanta. Ament and an employee of the band were robbed by three men, which smashed the windows of a rented Jeep and got away with over $7,300 in goods and cash. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 24th

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2010: Rush’s documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 23rd

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2003: Twisted Sister announced that they were reuniting for their first tour in 16 years. The tour kicked off the following month for a USO tour of military bases in Korea. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 22nd

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2008: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora pled no contest to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol. Sambora received three years probation. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 21st

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2005: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson pled no contest to a single misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence and was sentenced to 12 months probation plus court costs in a settlement agreement of the charges resulted in his run-in with Collier County sheriff’s deputies in Florida on December 31, 2003.  MORE

This Day in Music History: April 20th

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2011: Judas Priest guitarist and founding member K.K. Downing announced that he was leaving the band citing differences with management and the band. MORE