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21 Years Ago: Rob Halford Joins Black Sabbath – Temporarily

In the fall of 1992, despite the fact that his career was riding high on the strength of the 'No More Tears' album,  Ozzy Osbourne decided to announced his retirement. He committed to play two farewell shows, Nov. 14 and 15, in Costa Mesa, California and asked his old band, Black Sabbath, to do the honors of opening the shows. But that's not how things worked out.

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46 Years Ago: Cream Release ‘Disraeli Gears’

'Disraeli Gears' was the second album Cream released in their ever so short career, and 46 years later, it still shines as their crowning achievement. Issued in November of 1967, the landmark LP saw Cream flipping the switch toward full-on psychedelia while remaining true to the blues roots of their 1966 debut.

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32 Years Ago: Kiss Release ‘Music from the Elder’

Without a doubt the weirdest record Kiss ever made, the critically trashed and commercially stillborn 1981 concept album 'Music from the Elder,' turns thirty-two years old today.

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45 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Make London Debut, Robert Plant Gets Married

On Saturday, November 9, 1968 Led Zeppelin made their 'official' debut on a London stage. The band had only been up and running for a couple of months, playing a smattering of gigs throughout Denmark and Sweden before finally hitting the U.K.

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35 Years Ago: Queen Release ‘Jazz’

Queen's final album of the '70s was the musically eclectic but spartanly named ‘Jazz.’ And while it would predictably add to the band’s winning streak by spinning off several hit singles and topping charts around the world, it remains one of the most distinct records in the band's discography.

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20 Years Ago: Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore Has Onstage Meltdown

What Deep Purple fans saw on Nov. 9, 1993 at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England, wasn't anything like a promised 25th anniversary celebration of the band. It was, instead, one of the final nights with founding member Ritchie Blackmore.

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Sports Illustrated’s Sneaker Phone Was So Cheesy You Had to Love It [VIDEO]

Sure, your iPhone is cool and can do everything except eat your breakfast and tuck you into bed, but there was a time when another phone was all the rage.

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27 Years Ago: Metallica Plays First Show with Jason Newsted

With their career at a crucial stage, Metallica weren't able to wait very long before replacing original bassist Cliff Burton. On Nov. 8, 1986, roughly 10 weeks after the horrific bus crash that took Burton’s life, the soon-to-be metal giants played their first gig with Jason Newsted at the Country Club in Reseda, Calif.

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40 Years Ago: The Who Release ‘Quadrophenia’

The rock world got a pretty good taste of Pete Townshend's songwriting ambitions in 1969 with the Who's 'Tommy,' one of the more fully realized concept albums of the era. But as it turned out, Townshend was just getting warmed up.

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40 Years Ago: Kiss Sign Their First Record Contract

On Nov. 1, 1973, nine months after performing their first show together, Kiss fulfilled an important early career goal by singing their first recording contract.

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35 Years Ago: The Police Release Their Debut Album

When the Police's debut album came out on Nov. 2, 1978, it sounded like little else on the music landscape at the time. The band was lumped in with punk and burgeoning New Wave groups at the time, but it played a mix of reggae and rock-inspired pop with all the time-shifting complexities found in prog and jazz.

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Halloween Legends That Are Actually True (Sort Of)

Especially around Halloween, most of us enjoy a good old-fashioned “it happened to a friend of a friend” urban legend that gives us a bit of a fright. Some of these tales may have even really happened

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