Classics du Jour

Mission Accomplished: Styx Launch New Album The Mission, Take Off on U.S. Tour

“I look at Spotify. It’s not a great moneymaker, on the one hand. On the other hand, maybe it does help because you’re spreading the word wider. If there’s over a million people listening to a Styx song every day, that’s pretty great because that means they’re continuing to be the faithful fans,...
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CDJ Today: June 6 in Classic Rock

June 6, 1981 – The first issue of heavy metal magazine Kerrang is published as a special pull-out by UK weekly music paper Sounds. AC/DC is on the front cover and there are features on Motörhead, Girlschool and Saxon. June 6, 2004 – Metallica play a rare gig at the Download Festival in England’s...
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CDJ Today: June 5 in Classic Rock

June 5, 2003 – Singer Scott Weiland is picked to be the singer for a new project featuring ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum which later becomes Velvet Revolver. June 5, 1964 – The Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, CA is the first U.S. venue to host the Rolling Stones...
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Byrds Co-Founders Announce ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ 50th Anniversary Tour

Founding members of the Byrds Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn will set out across the U.S. this summer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s seminal country-rock album Sweetheart of the Rodeo. The duo will be backed by Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives as they perform songs from...
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CDJ Today: June 4 in Classic Rock

June 4, 2001 – Spinal Tap tours the U.S. for its “Back From the Dead Tour” and appears at New York’s Carnegie Hall with a 20-song, 90-minute performance as part of the annual Toyota Comedy Festival. June 4, 1942 – Johnny Mercer, Glenn Wallichs and Buddy DeSylva form Capitol Records. On the same day...
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CDJ Today: June 3 in Classic Rock

June 3, 2000 – After destroying his living room, threatening his wife with a knife and sending police on a manhunt near his Osprey, Florida home, Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts was discovered by police after a helicopter search. He is sent to a psychiatric unit. June 3, 1983 – Famous...
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CDJ Today: June 2 in Classic Rock

June 2, 1989 – Bill Wyman (52) of the Rolling Stones secretly marries Mandy Smith (19). They had been dating since she was 13 and he was 47. Just prior to the couple being divorced in 1993, things got even stranger when Wyman’s oldest son, Stephen, announced his engagement to Mandy Smith’s mother,...
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Ann Wilson To Pay Tribute to Bowie, Petty and More On New Album

Ann Wilson of Heart will release her new solo album Immortal on September 14. Fittingly titled, the album features 10 musically diverse tracks that pay homage to some of the singer’s favorite songs and artists, all of whom have passed away in recent years and whose music poignantly lives on (the...
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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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