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This Day in Music History: November 23rd

2008: Guns N’ Roses released Chinese Democracy which was their first album of original material since the simultaneous release of Use Your Illusion I & Use Your Illusion II seventeen years earlier. It is to date the most expensive album produced at $13 million & the album undersold expectations as it only sold 614,000 copies in the U.S. as of April 2011.

2002: Rush performed the final concert of their tour in support of Vapor Trails at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. This concert would be released on DVD the following year as the acclaimed Rush in Rio.

1991: Stevie Ray Vaughan debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with The Sky Is Crying which was the first posthumously compilation album of Vaughan’s work released. The album went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.

1989: Paul McCartney performed his first North American concert in 13 years, kicking off the North American leg of his tour at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles.

1979: Marianne Faithfull was arrested at Norway’s Oslo Airport for possession of marijuana. Faithfull signed a confession & was allowed to continue with her tour.

1976: Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested after appearing in front of Graceland waving a .38 Derringer demanding to see Elvis Presley. Lewis would be arrested for public intoxication & weapon possession. Lewis was also arrested the previous day on charges of drunk driving.

1974: Gary Wright announced his departure as the keyboardist for Spooky Tooth. Two years later Wright had hits with “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive”.

1974: The Rolling Stones reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the fifth time with It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll which spent one week on top of the chart.

1968: Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant finalized a deal to sign Led Zeppelin to Atlantic Records. Dusty Springfield recommended Jimmy Page to label boss Ahmet Ertegun.

1936: Robert Johnson began his first recording sessions in San Antonio, TX at the Gunter Hotel where sixteen songs were recorded.

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