This Day in Music History: April 18th

2004: Guns N’ Roses reached number one on the U.K. Album Chart with their Greatest Hits album. The album peaked at number three in the U.S.

2003: Aerosmith and Kiss announced that they would be touring together on a co-headlining tour named Rocksimus Maximus which would start in August and go on through the end of the year and gross over $64 million.

1992: Def Leppard entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at number one with their fifth album Adrenalize, which began a five week run on top, beating out Human Touch and Lucky Town released simultaneously by Bruce Springsteen.

1987: Foreigner singer Lou Gramm peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with his debut single as a solo artist, “Midnight Blue”.

1981: Yes announced that they were breaking up. Bassist Chris Squire & drummer Alan White began rehearsals with Jimmy Page for a project to be called XYZ which never materialized. Yes later reunited the following year. 

1975: Alice Cooper’s first television special Welcome to my Nightmare: The Making of a Record Album aired on North American television.

1970: Norman Greenbaum peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Spirit in the Sky” which was Greenbaum’s first and only top ten single in the U.S.

1970: Badfinger peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Come and Get It” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.

1970: Led Zeppelin cut their concert short at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix due to Robert Plant collapsing onstage due to illness. Their concert scheduled the following day in Las Vegas was also cancelled.

Mike Vickers-guitarist and saxophonist for Manfred Mann born in 1940
Skip Spence-guitarist for Moby Grape born in 1946

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