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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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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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Hear Alan Parsons’ New Song Featuring Lou Gramm

Former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm provides the vocals for Alan Parsons‘ newest single “Sometimes”. The track is featured on Parsons’ upcoming solo album, The Secret, due out April 26th. “Sometimes” follows the release of “Miracle” featuring Jason Mraz and “I Can’t Get There From Here” featuring...
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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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