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21 Years Ago: Bill Wyman Leaves The Rolling Stones

It's hard to believe, but it's been twenty-one years since Bill Wyman walked away from the Rolling Stones. The bassist had reached a point where he wanted to make a change. In a 2008 interview with the U.K. Telegraph he talked about that fateful decision in Dec. 1992, and expressed his frustration with the Stones.

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Rolling Stones Rock 'N' Roll Circus
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45 Years Ago: ‘The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus’ Filmed

It was meant as a showcase for the elite in British rock. Instead, it lingered in the vaults, unseen for nearly 30 years. On Dec. 11, 1968, 'The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus' was filmed on a BBC soundstage.

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Six Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Reunite for 02 Concert

The past six years have been incredibly fruitful for Led Zeppelin after decades of inactivity. Recently, the hard rock icons have announced a new reissue campaign, received the Kennedy Center Honors, and released the live CD/DVD package, 'Celebration Day,' which features the band's heavily anticipated reunion performance at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert on Dec. 10, 2007. Perhaps it's only a side-effect of this recent Zeppelin whiplash, but it's crazy to think it's been six whole years.

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10 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Nearly Dies in ATV Accident

“HE DID WHAT???”

These words (or others along these lines) have frequently echoed across the annals of rock and roll history, but rarely louder than on the occasion when heavy metal wildman, Ozzy Osbourne, decided that jumping behind the wheel of an all-terrain-vehicle seemed like a good idea.

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Rob Halford, Dimebag Darrel
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Dimebag Darrell Remembered by Judas Priest’s Rob Halford

It was nine years ago that Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed onstage in Columbus, Ohio. His passing left the world of rock devastated. All these years later, we still mourn his tragic death and the hole his passing left in rock music.

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20 Years Ago: The Eagles Reunion Begins

The pages of rock history are full of nasty band breakups, and the Eagles' -- whose 1980 split included the infamous concert during which Don Felder and Glenn Frey agreed to meet backstage for a beatdown -- was acrimonious enough that few fans expected to ever see a reunion. But on Dec. 6, 1993, hell started freezing over, all thanks to country superstar Travis Tritt.

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29 Years Ago: Hanoi Rocks Drummer Razzle Killed

Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle, (far left in photo), was killed on Dec. 8, 1984 in a tragic car accident. Razzle, born Nicholas Dingley, was a passenger in a car driven by Motley Crue's Vince Neil.

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Jim Morrison mugshot New Haven 1967
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46 Years Ago: Jim Morrison of the Doors Maced and Arrested in New Haven

One of the most mythologized and romanticized figures in rock history, Doors front man Jim Morrison possessed a deep-seated anti-authoritarian streak that repeatedly landed him in trouble. On Dec. 9, 1967, the rebellious rocker was arrested at a Doors gig in New Haven, Conn., earning him the dubious distinction of being, as far as we know, the first rock star ever arrested onstage during a performance.

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42 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Concert Fire Inspires ‘Smoke on the Water’

On Dec. 4, 1971, the small town of Montreux, Switzerland, became a place forever linked to rock history. A fire at the Montreux Casino during a concert by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention inspired Deep Purple's classic 'Smoke on the Water.'

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Mick Jagger Altamont
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44 Years Ago: Rolling Stones Altamont Speedway Concert Ends in Homicide

The Rolling Stones were trying to prove their critics wrong by booking a free festival to wrap up their 1969 tour at Altamont Speedway on Dec. 6, 1969. But what they intended as a way for their fans to come together for a day of music and celebration turned into a tragic debacle that ended with a homicide -- effectively bring the peace-and-love ethos of the '60s to a jarring end.

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40 Years Ago: CBGB Opens in New York City

It wasn’t supposed to be a punk club. You could tell that from the name of the place: CBGB &OMFUG, which stood for Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers. 

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48 Years Ago: Keith Richards Electrocuted During Rolling Stones Concert

Keith Richards has played thousands of shows during his career, both with and without the Rolling Stones, but the one he later referred to as his "most spectacular" took place in Sacramento on Dec. 3, 1965.

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