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This Day in Music History: August 16th

2005:  The reality television show Tommy Lee Goes to College premiered on NBC.  The show featured Lee attending the University of Nebraska and attempting to fit in.

1994:  New Orleans Municipal Judge John Shea dismissed Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder’s charges of public drunkenness & disturbing the peace from the previous November.  Vedder was out with Chicago White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell at a bar in New Orleans’ French Quarter.

1991:  Aerosmith re-signed with Columbia Records for a four album deal which came into effect in 1995 as they were still under contract with Geffen Records at the time.  The deal gave them a $10 million advance per album and 22% of royalties for album sales.

1991:  Van Halen kicked off their tour in support of For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge at the Lakewood Amphitheater in Atlanta.  Alice in Chains was the opening act on this tour.

1986:  Def Leppard performed their first concert in the U.K. since drummer Rick Allen lost his arm in a car accident at the Monsters of Rock festival.  The headliner was Ozzy Osbourne and other acts on the bill included the Scorpions and Motorhead.

1986:  David Lee Roth kicked off his first solo tour at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA.

1980:  The first Monsters of Rock festival was held in the U.K. at Castle Donington.  The festival was headlined by Rainbow and also featured Judas Priest, the Scorpions and April Wine.

1977:  Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor of his bathroom at Graceland.  The official cause of death was heart failure.  He was 42 years old.

1975:  Peter Gabriel announced his departure as the singer of Genesis to start a solo career.  Gabriel’s replacement would be drummer Phil Collins.

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