Classics du Jour

Jackson Browne to Receive Les Paul Innovation Award

Legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne will be honored as the recipient of the Les Paul Innovation Award next month. The award is given to individuals who have “set a high standard of excellence in the creative application of recording technology.” It will be presented to Browne at the 33rd...
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CDJ Today: December 27 in Classic Rock

December 27, 1932 – Radio City Music Hall, the world’s largest indoor theater at the time, opens in New York City with a massive six-hour show. With 6,200 seats and a stage spanning 10,000 square feet, more than 300 million people have gone to Radio City to enjoy movies, stage shows, concerts, and...
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CDJ Today: December 26 in Classic Rock

December 26, 1968 – Led Zeppelin start their first North American tour, supporting Vanilla Fudge and Spirit at Denver Auditorium, in Colorado. Tickets for the Sunday night show cost $5. Backstage Access: SPIRIT – RANDY CALIFORNIA December 26, 1963 – Capitol Records releases the first Beatles single...
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CDJ Today: December 23 in Classic Rock

December 23, 1985 – Judas Priest fans Raymond Belknap, 18, and James Vance, 20, shoot themselves after listening to the Judas Priest album, Stained Class. Belknap dies, but Vance lives for more than three years before dying from the effects of the shooting. The parents later file an infamous...
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CDJ Today: December 22 in Classic Rock

December 22, 1987 – Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue is pronounced “dead on arrival” in an ambulance when his heart stops beating for two minutes. Sixx is given two shots of adrenaline in his chest, which revives him. In his book, The Heroin Diaries, Sixx says, “I ripped out my tubes and staggered in...
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CDJ Today: December 21 in Classic Rock

December 21, 1970 – Elvis Presley meets with President Richard Nixon at The White House to volunteer his services in fighting the war on drugs. Elvis had written a letter to President Nixon asking to be made a “Federal Agent at Large” for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. No such...
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Metallica, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty Make Top 10 Rock Albums of 2017

Billboard has published their annual year-end charts and Metallica tops the Rock Albums list for 2017 with their most recent release Hardwired … to Self-Destruct. The album, which came out in November of 2016, was certified platinum earlier this year. The Billboard year-end chart is based on sales...
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CDJ Today: December 20 in Classic Rock

December 20, 1980 – Motörhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor accidentally breaks his neck after being lifted above the head of a friend in a test of strength, only to be dropped upon his head. Taylor continued to play in Motörhead with the aid of a neck brace, as is visible in the music video...
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CDJ Today: December 19 in Classic Rock

December 19, 1975 – Ronnie Wood officially leaves The Faces, leaving him free to join The Rolling Stones months later. Classic Rock Birthdays December 19, 1944 – Alvin Lee (born Graham Anthony Barnes), guitar, vocals (Ten Years After) (d. 2013) December 19, 1957 – Doug Johnson, keyboards (Loverboy...
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Having Some Fun at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Expense

For anyone who ever watched 60 Minutes, think of this as the “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” bit at the end of each show. Kind of fitting as this is my year-end blog. Who the heck are the voters for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?? Try as they do, they never seem … Continue reading Having Some Fun...
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