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CDJ Today: July 1 in Classic Rock

July 1, 1983 – Bon Jovi signs with Mercury Records, and goes on to sell over 130 million records worldwide. Initially, they had considered calling themselves “Johnny Electric.” July 1, 1978 – The very first Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, with Aerosmith, Van Halen,...
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CDJ Today: June 30 in Classic Rock

June 30, 1977 – Kiss’ first full-color comic is released by Marvel Comics and has a vial of their blood mixed into the ink. It’s the beginning of Kiss becoming a one billion dollar licensing brand. June 30, 1994 – Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam testify before a House of Representatives...
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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Blast Donald Trump for Unauthorized Use of “Crazy Train”

Ozzy Osbourne is the latest musician to have their music used without permission in a political campaign. On Thursday, the rocker’s “Crazy Train” appeared in a video that President Donald Trump posted to Twitter. The video mocked MSNBC and the 2020 Democratic debate this past week, highlighting the...
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CDJ Today: June 29 in Classic Rock

June 29, 1995 – The first TV commercial of Ringo Starr‘s career airs for Pizza Hut, as does a similar spot by the newly-reformed Monkees. June 29, 2000 – Vandals break into tombs containing the remains of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines. Van Zant’s casket had been...
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This Day in Classic Rock: June 28

June 28, 1984 – Bruce Springsteen shoots his “Dancing In The Dark” video in front of 200 extras at the St. Paul Civic center. Courtney Cox, later of “Friends” fame, plays the front row fan who gets to dance on stage with Bruce. The single (propelled by massive MTV airplay) sells over 1 million...
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CDJ Today: June 27 in Classic Rock

June 27, 1994 – Aerosmith become the first major band to release a song, “Head First” (an unused cut from the Get A Grip Sessions), as a free download on the internet. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took between 60 and 90 minutes to download the track, but ten thousand CompuServe...
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This Day in Classic Rock: June 26

June 26, 1996 – Van Halen announce that Sammy Hagar is leaving the band and that David Lee Roth will again become the lead singer. Hagar reunites with the Van Halen brothers for a 2004 tour that is quite successful, but once again, the two factions split. June 26, 1973 – Keith Richards and his...
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10 Great Classic Rock Autobiographies You Need to Read

What makes a great autobiography? Honesty, great stories, and the willingness of the author to really go deep. The following books have either stood the test of time, or have recently topped the charts and gotten enthusiastic reviews from critics and fans alike. Sadly, two of our choices feature...
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David Gilmour’s Guitar Auction Raises $21M for Climate Change

Legendary guitarist David Gilmour sent a large portion of his guitar collection to auction at Christie’s last week. In total the Pink Floyd icon sold 126 items from his personal collection, for an impressive $21 million – with all the proceeds being donated to the London-based climate charity...
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CDJ Today: June 25 in Classic Rock

June 25, 2010 – Rush receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Musicians Institute. They are inducted by Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan and Donna Halper, a former music director at Cleveland’s WMMS-FM who was among the first to champion the band on their debut album...
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