Classics du Jour

CDJ Today: June 1 in Classic Rock

June 1, 1975 – Ronnie Wood performs his first official gig as a Rolling Stones guitarist on his 28th birthday. June 1, 2003 – Paul Gray, Slipknot bassist, is arrested in his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa after crashing into another car. Gray is charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug...
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CDJ Today: May 31 in Classic Rock

May 31, 1977 – Beatlemania opens on Broadway. It runs for a total of 1,006 performances. May 31, 1976 – The Who enter the Guinness Book of World Records for performing the loudest concert in history (at the time) for their show at England’s Charlton Athletic Grounds with 76,000 watts at 120...
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CDJ Today: May 30 in Classic Rock

May 30, 1992 – Paul Simon marries Edie Brickell in a private civil ceremony at their home in Montauk, NY. May 30, 1971 – Over 30 fans are hospitalized suffering from intense hallucinations after a Grateful Dead concert at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. The band had encouraged the...
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CDJ Today: May 29 in Classic Rock

May 29, 1983 – Kiss play their last concert in their traditional makeup, but 13 years later they slap it on again when they reunite. May 29, 2009 – Ozzy Osbourne files a lawsuit against Tony Iommi, his Black Sabbath bandmate. Osbourne claims that Iommi illegally took sole ownership of the Black...
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CDJ Today: May 28 in Classic Rock

May 28, 1983 – Slash is in the audience at the legendary Gazzarri’s on the Sunset Strip in LA. for the band Rapidfire’s show, where he first sees Axl Rose perform live. May 28, 1957 – The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) is established. They launch the Grammy Awards in 1958...
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CDJ Today: May 27 in Classic Rock

May 27, 1988 – The first U.S. Monsters of Rock tour kicks off with a 3-night stand at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin. On the bill in this order are Kingdom Come, Metallica, Dokken, Scorpions and Van Halen as the headliners. The tour lasts for two months. May 27, 1994 – After 14 years...
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Phil Collen Leaves Def Leppard Tour

Less than a week after Def Leppard kicked off their summer tour, guitarist Phil Collen has left the tour unexpectedly. Steve Brown of Trixter is filling in, having played his first show Friday night in Hershey, PA. Fan-filmed footage can be seen below. Def Leppard has not released a statement...
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CDJ Today: May 26 in Classic Rock

May 26, 2000 – Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee begins a five day jail sentence for violating his parole by drinking alcohol. A Malibu judge extends Lee’s probation until May 26, 2003, reinstates random drug testing and orders him to enroll in Alcoholics Anonymous. May 26, 1994 – Michael Jackson...
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CDJ Today: May 25 in Classic Rock

May 25, 1978 – Keith Moon of the Who, performs for the last time with the band at a secret concert for fan club members at London’s Shepperton Film Studios. The show was a mini-concert for their career-spanning documentary The Kids Are Alright. The band had been off the road for nearly two years,...
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CDJ Today: May 24 in Classic Rock

May 24, 1994 – Bret Michaels of Poison loses control of his Ferrari and crashes into a telephone pole in Burbank, CA. He breaks his thumb, nose and collarbone, loses four teeth, cracks his sternum, and receives a hairline fracture of his upper jawbone. According to police reports, he passed out...
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