Classics du Jour

CDJ Today: April 10 in Classic Rock

April 10, 1956 – Leo Fender patents his Stratocaster guitar, which is the follow-up to the popular Telecaster. April 10, 1970 – Doors singer Jim Morrison attempts to flash his junk at a show in Boston. He is dragged off stage by keyboardist Ray Manzarek as Morrison is already facing charges for a...
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CDJ Today: April 9 in Classic Rock

April 9, 1997 – Soundgarden breaks up, only to reform 13 years later. April 9, 1973 – Queen makes its debut performance at the Marquee Theater in London. April 9, 1969 – King Crimson makes their live debut at the Speakeasy in London. Classic Rock Birthdays April 9, 1961 – Mark Kelly, keyboards (...
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Legendary Singer-Songwriter John Prine Dead at 73

American singer-songwriter John Prine has died at the age of 73. The Grammy Award winner passed away Tuesday at Nashville, TN’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center from complications related to COVID-19. Prine’s wife and manager Fiona was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 19th and was self-...
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Brian Johnson, Classic Rock, AC/DC

CDJ Today: April 8 in Classic Rock

April 8, 1998 – Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee is sentenced to at least six months in County Jail after pleading no contest to a felony charge of beating his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee. He was released after 90 days for good behavior. Concurrently, he completed a 30-day sentence for beating a...
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Alice Cooper, Classic Rock

CDJ Today: April 7 in Classic Rock

April 7, 1990 – Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee suffers a mild concussion after falling 20 feet from the scaffolding above his elevated drum kit. Tommy was descending as usual on a bungee rope but panicked when he thought his roadie wouldn’t pull the brake in time. He was turned upside down and...
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quarantine, music, coronavirus

10 Classic Rock Inspired Ways to Curb Your Boredom During Quarantine

If you’re like us (and the rest of the population not serving on the frontlines) you’ve probably been hunkering down at home, doing your part to flatten the coronavirus curve. Maybe you’ve been binge-watching Netflix shows, getting back to that daily at-home workout routine or organizing your...
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Duran Duran’s John Taylor Reveals Coronavirus Diagnosis

Duran Duran bassist John Taylor tested positive for COVID-19, the 59-year old has revealed. In a statement on the group’s official Facebook page, Tayor says he received his positive diagnosis nearly three weeks ago and after suffering only mild symptoms at first, ended up with what he says he “...
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CDJ Today: April 6 in Classic Rock

April 6, 1993 – Peter Criss, former drummer for the rock group KISS, settles a libel lawsuit against Star magazine for portraying him as a homeless alcoholic. ”At least now I can go on with a clearer head, now that this is over,” he said. “I could write a song about this whole thing. Maybe I will...
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CDJ Today: April 5 in Classic Rock

April 5, 1980 – R.E.M. play their first-ever gig when they appear at St Mary’s Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. They perform as Twisted Kites, and three weeks later change their name to R.E.M. Classic Rock Birthdays April 5, 1966 – Mike McCready, guitar (Pearl Jam)April 5, 1946 – Dave Holland,...
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CDJ Today: April 4 in Classic Rock

April 4, 2009 – Flea inducts Metallica into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a moving tribute to the deceased Cliff Burton. This is the first-ever induction ceremony open to the public. Jeff Beck is also inducted by his former Yardbird colleague Jimmy Page. April 4, 2000 – A Swedish couple runs...
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