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New Memorable Experience: Gin Blossoms, Collective Soul Team for ‘Now’s the Time’ Tour

“We’ve never toured with them, but we’ve played with them off and on throughout our career. I know musically it works. Anytime we play together it’s an awesome show. Collective Soul are great showmen. They have a fantastic catalog. I’m really pleased that it finally came together.” The “it” Gin...
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CDJ Today: April 12 in Classic Rock

April 12, 2000 – Metallica files suit against Napster, Yale University, The University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says, “We take our craft — whether it be the music, the lyrics, or the photos and artwork — very seriously,...
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Jeff Lynne to Receive the Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award

Iconic songwriter and ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne will be honored at the 36th annual ASCAP Pop Awards next month alongside punk/pop pioneers Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke of Blondie and pop/alternative phenomenon Billie Eilish. Lynne will be presented with the prestigious Founders award at...
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Neil Young and Crazy Horse Announce First New Album in Seven Years

Neil Young has revealed that he will be heading back to the studio with longtime collaborators Crazy Horse to record their first new release since 2012’s Psychedelic Pill. The “Heart of Gold” performer casually dropped the news on his Neil Young Archives website in response to a fan who asked about...
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CDJ Today: April 11 in Classic Rock

April 11, 2007 – Richie Sambora and wife, actress Heather Locklear, divorce after 11 years of marriage. April 11, 2014 – Kiss, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and the E Street Band are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Kiss is inducted by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist...
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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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ZZ Top Announce 50th Anniversary Tour

ZZ Top will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a U.S. tour this summer. Cheap Trick and Southern rock stalwarts Lynyrd Skynyrd will join the tour for select dates. The extensive 34-show run kicks off August 16th in Ridgefield, WA and wraps up October 20th in West Palm Beach, FL. The tour will...
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Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll’ – Now At The Met in New York! WOW!!

One of the coolest things that happened working closely with so many great musicians while I was at Columbia Records was talking music with them and especially talking guitar with all the great players I met. The most fascinating thing was the discovery that at the end of the day, after all the...
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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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