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This Day in Music History: July 11th

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2002: More than 200 mourners attended the funeral of The Who’s bassist John Entwistle at St. Edward’s Church in Gloucestershire, U.K. 

2000: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich & The Byrds’ guitarist Roger McGuinn testified at a U.S. Senate hearing over copyright law issues concerning songs being downloaded for free on the internet. 

1999: Iron Maiden kicked off their first tour in six years with Bruce Dickinson singing for them at the Harbour Station in St. John, NB.

1995: R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills underwent abdominal surgery while in Germany in the midst of their tour in support of Monster. Several shows were cancelled.

1990: Guns N’ Roses fired original drummer Steven Adler due to Adler’s drug addiction. Adler filed a lawsuit against them the following year which was settled out of court in 1993.

1982: Def Leppard fired original guitarist Pete Willis due to excessive alcohol consumption on the job. Willis would be replaced by former Girl guitarist Phil Collen.

1981: Def Leppard released their second album High ‘n’ Dry which was their first album to be produced by Mutt Lange & it went on to peak at number 38 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell two million copies in the U.S.

1979: Los Angeles’ Bruin Theatre hosted the premiere of Neil Young’s concert film Rust Never Sleeps.

1970: Blues Image peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Ride Captain Ride” which was their only top ten single in the U.S.

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