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This Day in Music History: April 16th

1996: Kiss held a press conference aboard the USS Intrepid to announce the Alive/Worldwide reunion tour of the original lineup, which was their first tour together since 1979. The tour would go on to gross $143.7 million dollars.

1995: Bob Seger’s wife Juanita Dorricott gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Samantha Char. Read more...

This Day in Music History: April 15th

2003: Fleetwood Mac released their first album with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham in 16 years Say You Will which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.

2001: Ramones singer Joey Ramone died of lymphoma at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He was 49 years old and when he died he was listening to the U2 song “In A Little While” which Bono later called an honor.


This Day in Music History: April 14th

2008: Queen guitarist Brian May was inducted into Liverpool John Moores University as the university’s fourth Chancellor.

1994: Nirvana singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain was cremated at the Bleitz Funeral Home in Seattle. One third of Cobain’s ashes were later scattered in the Wishkah River in Washington, one third were scattered in a Buddhist temple in New York & the rest are with Courtney Love. Read more...

This Day in Music History: April 11th

2008: Rush kicked off the third and final leg of their Snakes and Arrows Tour in support of their eighteenth studio album of the same name in San Juan, PR at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico. It was the first time Rush had ever played Puerto Rico.

1992: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson & British comedian Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean reached number nine on the U.K. Singles Chart with a cover of Alice Cooper’s “Elected” which was recorded for the U.K.’s charity organization Comic Relief.


This Day in Music History: April 10th

1992: Axl Rose left Chicago before a Chicago sheriff could arrest him for allegedly starting a riot during a Guns N’ Roses concert in St. Louis the previous July. St. Louis County authorities had issued a warrant for Rose’s arrest.

1982: Iron Maiden reached number one on the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with The Number of the Beast, which began a two week run on top of the chart.


This Day in Music History: April 9th

1997: Soundgarden announced that they were breaking up due to dissatisfaction within the band. They would later reunite in 2010.

1992: Sean Pierce of Fort Smith, AR was arrested while walking home & charged with wearing a smutty t-shirt after buying a shirt at a Van Halen concert the day before while they were on tour in support of For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. The band phoned Pierce & offered to pay his fine if he was convicted.  Read more...

This Day in Music History: April 8th

2010: Former New York Dolls and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren died of mesothelioma in Switzerland. He was 64 years old.

1998: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood’s boat caught fire while sailing around Rio de Janeiro. An engine had been the cause of the fire. Wood and ten passengers were rescued by a boatload of passing journalists.

This Day in Music History: April 7th

1990: During a Motley Crue concert at the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, CT, Tommy Lee suffered a mild concussion after he fell 20 feet off the scaffolding above his elevated drum kit.

1990: Farm Aid IV took place at Indianapolis’ Hoosier Dome which featured Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Elton John, Lou Reed, Don Henley, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, & Guns N’ Roses, who performed their last concert with the Appetite For Destruction-era lineup. Read more...

This Day in Music History: April 4th

2009: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in Cleveland for the first time since 1997 at Public Hall. The inductees included Metallica, Jeff Beck & Run-DMC.

2008: Procol Harum singer Gary Brooker won back full royalty rights to their biggest hit “A Whiter Shade of Pale” at The Court of Appeal in London due to organist Matthew Fisher had taken 38 years to bring his claim of contributing the organ theme and being entitled to co-authorship to litigation. Fisher would appeal the case & regain the rights to future royalties the following year. Read more...

This Day in Music History: April 3rd

2007: Keith Richards admitted in an interview with a British music magazine that he snorted his father’s ashes mixed with cocaine. Richards’ manager later claimed that the comment was a joke.

2000: The Black Crowes were sued by Ohio fan Joshua Harmon for $385,000 claiming that Harmon suffered hearing damage after sitting in the second row at a Black Crowes concert the previous April in Knoxville, TN.