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35 Years Ago: Tom Petty Finally Hits the Big Time With ‘Damn the Torpedoes’

The signs were there, signaling that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' third album, 'Damn the Torpedoes,' would be their breakthrough.

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Why Alan Freed Matters and the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame is Wrong

(Disclaimer: the following is my opinion and not that of Townsquare Media or 99.1 The Whale).

This week, the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame made headlines because it "evicted" Alan Freed's ashes to place a Beyonce display. Here are my thoughts, as constrained as possible, on this topic.

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David Bowie & Mick Jagger’s Musicless Video [VIDEO]

The duo of Jagger and Bowie doing "Dancing In The Streets" was ok for the Pop world, but not Rock. Hey, I speak the truth. I did like the song though.

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26 Years Ago: Alice Cooper Almost Hangs Himself – Again

Alice Cooper's nightly faking of his on-stage death almost proved real on April 6, 1988.

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31 Years Ago: Journey’s ‘Frontiers’ Album Released

When Journey started recording their eighth album, 'Frontiers' --which was released in February 1983 -- they were coming off their biggest year ever.

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46 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Records ‘All Along the Watchtower’

On Dec. 27, 1967, Bob Dylan released his first album in more than a year with the understated classic 'John Wesley Harding.' Among the great songs found on that LP was a tune called 'All Along the Watchtower.' Before the album's release, Jimi Hendrix obtained an acetate of the disc and fell in love with it. Less than two months after Dylan recorded it, Hendrix was in the studio recording his own take. On Jan. 21, 1968, Hendrix and the Experience settled in to record what would become the definitive reading of the song.

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36 Years Ago: Journey’s ‘Infinity’ Released

Ever wake up one morning wondering what your name was? Whether this was your beautiful house (David Byrne has, but that’s another story)? Whether you somehow missed something that was sitting right under your nose?

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29 Years Ago: Def Leppard Drummer Rick Allen Loses Arm in Car Crash

In one of the scariest and ultimately inspiring stories in recent rock history, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen nearly lost his life and did lose his left arm in a car accident on Dec. 31, 1984.

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40 Years Ago: The Who Arrested in Montreal

Following an incendiary performance at The Forum in Montreal on Dec. 2, 1973, the Who attended an after-show party put on by executives from RCA. Would you be surprised if we told you that legal trouble and property damage ensued?

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47 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Experience Makes Their Live Debut

The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their live debut 47 years ago this week with four dates in France.

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