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This Day in Music History: April 20th
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2011: Judas Priest guitarist and founding member K.K. Downing announced that he was leaving the band citing differences with management and the band.

1996: The opening date of Kiss’ reunion tour at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium sold out in 47 minutes with ticket prices ranging from $27.50-$85.

1995: Eddie Van Halen pled no contest to an incident which took place thirteen days earlier where a semi-automatic pistol was seized from his carry-on luggage at Burbank Airport where he was detained. He was fined $300 & given probation for one year.

1993: Aerosmith released their eleventh studio album Get a Grip which went on to become their first number one album in the U.S. where it went on to sell seven million copies. 

1992: The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness was held at London’s Wembley Stadium which featured performances from Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica & the surviving members of Queen with guests such as Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Tony Iommi, Elton John, David Bowie & Ian Hunter.

1991: Steve Marriott, singer for The Small Faces and Humble Pie died in a fire caused by a cigarette at his home in Arksden, U.K. He was 44 years old.

1987: Police in Coventry, RI considered charging a 17 year old boy who allegedly bit the head off of a gerbil in tribute to Ozzy Osbourne. 

1968: Deep Purple made their live debut in Tastrup, Denmark right outside of Copenhagen.

1968: The Rolling Stones recorded “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” at Olympic Studios in London. The song went on to reach number one in the U.K. & number three in the U.S.

Jimmy Winston-keyboardist for The Small Faces born in 1945
Craig Frost-keyboardist for Grand Funk Railroad and Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band born in 1948


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