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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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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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