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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

This Day in Music History: April 17th

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2008: E Street Band organist Danny Federici died of melanoma at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He was 58 years old. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 16th

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1996: Kiss held a press conference aboard the USS Intrepid to announce the Alive/Worldwide reunion tour of the original lineup, which was their first tour together since 1979. The tour would go on to gross $143.7 million dollars. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 15th

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2003: Fleetwood Mac released their first album with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham in 16 years Say You Will which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 14th

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2008: Queen guitarist Brian May was inducted into Liverpool John Moores University as the university’s fourth Chancellor. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 13th

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2012: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had five of their guitars stolen from the Soundstage in Culver City, CA where they were rehearsing for a tour.  MORE

This Day in Music History: April 10th

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1992: Axl Rose left Chicago before a Chicago sheriff could arrest him for allegedly starting a riot during a Guns N’ Roses concert in St. Louis the previous July. St. Louis County authorities had issued a warrant for Rose’s arrest. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 9th

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1997: Soundgarden announced that they were breaking up due to dissatisfaction within the band. They would later reunite in 2010. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 8th

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2010: Former New York Dolls and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren died of mesothelioma in Switzerland. He was 64 years old. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 7th

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1990: During a Motley Crue concert at the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, CT, Tommy Lee suffered a mild concussion after he fell 20 feet off the scaffolding above his elevated drum kit. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 6th

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2008: Triumph was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards of 2008 in Calgary. Shortly after this Triumph announced plans for a reunion tour in 2009, which didn’t take place. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 3rd

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2007: Keith Richards admitted in an interview with a British music magazine that he snorted his father’s ashes mixed with cocaine. Richards’ manager later claimed that the comment was a joke. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 2nd

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1997: Joni Mitchell publicly announced that she found her daughter, Kilauren Gibb. Mitchell had given her up for adoption in 1965. MORE

This Day in Music History: April 1st

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2008: This was the first Cheap Trick Day in the State of Illinois. It was declared in June the previous year that April 1st of every year would be Cheap Trick Day.  MORE

This Day in Music History: March 31st

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2009: The Osbournes: Reloaded premiered on Fox & was cancelled after only one episode aired. MORE

This Day in Music History: March 30th

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2006: Courtney Love sold 25% of her stake in Nirvana’s publishing rights to Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music Publishing for $50 million. MORE

This Day in Music History: March 27th

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1987: U2 performed on the rooftop of a liquor store in Los Angeles while filming the music video for “Where the Streets Have No Name”. The Los Angeles Police Department would shut down filming of the video due to traffic concerns. MORE

This Day in Music History: March 26th

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2002: Randy Castillo, drummer for Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue & Lita Ford died of squamous cell carcinoma at his home in Los Angeles. He was 51 years old. MORE

This Day in Music History: March 25th

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2008: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was arrested in Laguna Beach, CA on suspicion of drunk driving after police noticed his Hummer weaving in traffic lanes. Sambora’s blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. MORE

This Day in Music History: March 24th

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2003: David Lee Roth began a week-long stint filling in as a morning DJ on a Los Angeles radio station. MORE

This Day in Music History: March 23rd

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2002: ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill married longtime girlfriend, filmmaker-actress Charleen McCrory at Tony’s Ballroom in Houston. MORE