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CDJ Today: August 16 in Classic Rock

August 16, 1962 – Pete Best is fired as the drummer for The Beatles, by manager Brian Epstein. Best claims he is fired because he is the best looking one in the band, but producer George Martin says that Best cannot keep time. August 16, 1980 – Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath for the first time, most...
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Listen: Joe Elliot’s Down ’n’ Outz Announce New Studio Album, Release New Single

Down ‘n’ Outz, the project headed up by Def Leppard frontman and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joe Elliott, are set to release their third studio album, This Is How We Roll, on October 11. Today the band released the first single and title track. Hear it now in the player below. Unlike the...
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CDJ Today: August 15 in Classic Rock

August 15, 1979 – Led Zeppelin release their eighth and final studio album In Through The Out Door. It is the last album from the band while John Bonham is still alive. It goes on to sell over 6 million copies in the U.S. August 15, 1969 – The Woodstock Festival begins outside of New York City in...
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Megaforce Records Founder Jonny Z to Release Tell-All Book

Jon Zazula (known as Jonny Z), founder of the legendary heavy metal record label Megaforce Records, will release a tell-all book this fall. Entitled Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness., Zazula describes the book as “not a typical rock n’ roll book, but rather, a blue collar success...
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CDJ Today: August 14 in Classic Rock

August 14, 1962 – The Beatles‘ manager Brian Epstein and the other three members of the band decide to fire drummer Pete Best. He plays his last gig the next night at The Cavern in Liverpool. August 14, 1970 – Stephen Stills is arrested for possession of cocaine and barbiturates after being found...
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Reliving The Rolling Thunder Revue — More Bob Dylan Revealed

The Rolling Thunder Revue documentary by Martin Scorsese is a fabulous piece of music history as it captures a time when pure art was celebrated, when art was what the counter-culture musicians of the 60’s and 70’s were striving for. And when that counter-culture found a mass audience in the Baby...
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CDJ Today: August 13 in Classic Rock

August 13, 1973 – Lynyrd Skynyrd release their debut album (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd). It goes on to sell over 2 million copies and features songs “Simple Man”, “Tuesday’s Gone”, “Gimme Three Steps” and the iconic “Free Bird”. August 13, 1999 – Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall divorce, with Hall...
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Watch Paul Simon and Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir Perform First-Ever Duet

More than 50 years since the two music legends first met and became friends, Paul Simon and Bob Weir have finally performed their first duet together. Simon was playing the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco Sunday night when he invited the Grateful Dead guitarist to join him on stage...
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CDJ Today: August 12 in Classic Rock

August 12, 1989 – The two-day Moscow Music Peace Festival begins with an all-star lineup that includes Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Cinderella, the Scorpions and Gorky Park. It marks the first time an audience in the Soviet Union is allowed to stand up and dance at a concert...
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CDJ Today: August 11 in Classic Rock

August 11, 1999 – Kiss receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with Gene Simmons sticking out his trademark tongue. Simmons is joined by Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss. The star coincides with a new movie, Detroit Rock City, about four teenagers who embark on a wild adventure...
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