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CDJ Today: April 20 in Classic Rock

April 20, 1971 – Five friends at San Rafael High School in California coin the term “4:20” as a euphemism for smoking pot so they could talk about their “activity” in front of their parents. April 20th becomes a popular day to spark one up, as does 4:20 pm… every day. April 20, 2011 – K.K. Downing...
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CDJ Today: April 19 in Classic Rock

April 19, 2014 – Stephen Pearcy leaves Ratt after performing with them for 30 years. He later rejoins. April 19, 1980 – R.E.M. performs their first concert as R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club in Athens, GA in front of about 150 people. The show ends around 2AM when police close it down due to the...
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CDJ Today: April 18 in Classic Rock

April 18, 1993 – David Lee Roth is arrested in New York City for buying a $10 bag of marijuana. Roth’s offense had a maximum penalty of 15 days in jail and a $250 fine but was ultimately “adjourned pending dismissal,” meaning the charges would be wiped out if Roth stayed out of trouble for a year...
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Bob Dylan To Open Whiskey Distillery in Nashville

Bob Dylan and his Heaven’s Door Spirits brand will open a whiskey distillery in Nashville in the fall of 2020. The announcement of the opening was timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s Nashville Skyline album earlier this month. Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts will be...
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CDJ Today: April 17 in Classic Rock

April 17, 2012 – Ted Nugent tells a NRA audience that if President Barack Obama wins a second term, he’ll “either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” He also urges Republicans to “ride into that battlefield and chop their [Democrats] heads off in November.” April 17, 1975 – Elvis Presley...
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CDJ Today: April 16 in Classic Rock

April 16, 1996 – Kiss hold a press conference aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City to announce the reunion of all four original members, and the Alive/Worldwide reunion tour. With Ace, Gene, Paul and Peter, the tour went on to gross over $140 million dollars. April 16, 1969 – Elektra drops the...
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Journey Announces Las Vegas Residency

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Journey will take on Las Vegas this fall. The band has announced a 9-date residency show at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace, running from October 9th through October 26th. Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public Friday, April 19th. American Express® Card...
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CDJ Today: April 15 in Classic Rock

April 15, 1971 – The Beatles nab their only Oscar, winning Best Original Song Score for the movie Let It Be. April 15, 1982 – Anvil release their sophomore album, Metal on Metal, then proceed to fade into obscurity in the 1990s before being resurrected by the 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story of...
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CDJ Today: April 14 in Classic Rock

April 14, 1975 – Former Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood gets a coveted Rolling Stones gig, replacing Mick Taylor. Other rumored replacements for the position are Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Steve Marriott and Chris Spedding. April 14, 2009 – George Harrison is honored posthumously with a star on the...
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CDJ Today: April 13 in Classic Rock

April 13, 1993 – William Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, officially declares April 13 to be “Aerosmith Day” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. April 13, 1979 – David Lee Roth collapses onstage in Spokane, only 5 days into the World Vacation Tour supporting Van Halen II. The reason...
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