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This Day in Music History: May 8th

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2009: Jane’s Addiction kicked off their first tour with their original lineup in eighteen years in West Palm Beach, FL in a co-headlining tour with Nine Inch Nails.


2005: Bruce Springsteen reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the sixth time with Devils & Dust which spent one week at number one.


2003: Elton John announced that he & long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin will write the score for a Broadway musical based on the Anne Rice novel The Vampire Lestat.


1993: Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits received an honorary music doctorate from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.


1993: Aerosmith reached number one on Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with their eleventh studio album Get a Grip which spent one week on top of the chart.


1990: Tom Waits wins a $2.5 million lawsuit against Frito-Lay, which had used a Waits sound-alike in a commercial.


1982: Neil Bogart, the head of Casablanca Records died of cancer at the age of 39. Some of the artists on Casablanca’s roster included Kiss, The Village People & T. Rex.


1976: Peter Frampton reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time as “Show Me the Way” reached its peak at number six.


1970: The Beatles’ final original album Let It Be was released.


Birthdays:
Robert Johnson born in 1911
Gary Glitter born in 1940
Chris Frants-drummer for Talking Heads born in 1951
Alex Van Halen-drummer for Van Halen born in 1953

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