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CDJ Today: April 26 in Classic Rock

April 26, 2003 – David Lee Roth corners and detains a knife-wielding man who is trespassing on his Pasadena estate. Roth holds him until the police arrive. Says Roth: “Anyone found bearing arms here at night…will be found here in the morning.” It later turns out the man is his neighbor, and is...
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Bruce Springsteen Details New Solo Album

Bruce Springsteen will release his new solo album, Western Stars, on June 14th. The release marks Springsteen’s 19th studio album and first new album in five years. According to a press release, the album draws inspiration from the Southern California pop records of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s...
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CDJ Today: April 25 in Classic Rock

April 25, 1980 – Black Sabbath release their ninth studio album, Heaven and Hell. It’s the first Sabbath album to feature Ronnie James Dio as lead singer, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne. The album goes on to reach platinum status in the U.S. April 25, 1988 – Doc McGhee, manager of Bon Jovi and Mötley...
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Sting Announces ‘My Songs’ Las Vegas Residency

Sting will be bringing his new album to Vegas, the Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer announced Wednesday. Two days before he releases My Songs, the former Police frontman turned solo artist will kick off a 16-date Las Vegas residency. The show, according to a press release, will present...
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CDJ Today: April 24 in Classic Rock

April 24, 2007 – Sheryl Crow suggests a ban on using too much toilet paper. She says loo visitors should use “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required”. She also designs a clothing line with a “dining sleeve” that is...
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CDJ Today: April 23 in Classic Rock

April 23, 2003 – Twisted Sister announce their reformation for their first tour in 16 years. The following month they kick off the tour on USO military bases in South Korea. April 23, 1963 – Bob Dylan performs his first major solo concert in New York City. Classic Rock Birthdays April 23, 1960 –...
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Grateful Dead to Release Biographical Graphic Novel

A graphic novel telling the story of the Grateful Dead’s early days will be released next year. The book will take an in depth look at the formation of the band, from their beginnings as a bar band to becoming the forefathers of the jam band culture. Created in cooperation with Z2 Comics, Origins...
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CDJ Today: April 22 in Classic Rock

April 22, 1976 – Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi debut their Blues Brothers act on Saturday Night Live. They play a cover of “Soul Man” by Sam & Dave, who they used as the basis for their characters. April 22, 1993 – The Who’s Tommy premieres on Broadway where it is performed 899 times until …...
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CDJ Today: April 21 in Classic Rock

April 21, 1990 –Van Halen christen the opening night of their Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with a live performance. Sammy Hagar would eventually buy out the rest of the band due to the club’s early financial failure. In later years, Cabo Wabo becomes a huge success. April 21, 2005 –...
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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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