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25 Years Ago: George Harrison Tours for the Last Time

George Harrison wasn’t fond of touring, and he had little reason to be enamored with it.

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Listen to the Rolling Stones’ ‘Ride ‘Em on Down’

The Rolling Stones have given us a third taste of their upcoming 'Blue & Lonesome' record.

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25 Years Ago: U2 Reinvent Themselves for the First Time on ‘Achtung Baby’

Up until the release of 'Achtung Baby,' U2 had been all about evolution, not reinvention.

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35 Years Ago: Joan Jett Hits the Big Time With ‘I Love Rock ‘n Roll’

Joan Jett's solo career looked like it was destined to be a dud after the Runaways splintered — but everything broke wide open with her second release, 1981's I Love Rock 'n Roll.

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30 Years Ago: Beastie Boys Make Hip-Hop History With ‘Licensed to Ill’

'Licensed to Ill' became the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard chart.

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30 Years Ago: Beastie Boys Rhyme and Steal Led Zeppelin Samples on ‘Licensed to Ill’

Beastie Boys became unlikely trailblazers in 1986.

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35 Years Ago: Motley Crue Release Their Debut Album ‘Too Fast for Love’

On Nov. 10, 1981, Motley Crue self-released their debut album 'Too Fast For Love.'

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40 Years Ago: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Release Their Debut Album

If you know anything about rock bands, you know the story about how most groups come to make their first album.

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35 Years Ago: Rod Stewart Harnesses New Wave on ‘Tonight I’m Yours’

Rod Stewart embraced new wave sounds on 'Tonight I'm Yours,' his 1981 album that featured the hit, "Young Turks."

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30 Years Ago: Elton John Bottoms Out on ‘Leather Jackets’

From the public’s perspective, Elton John was on fire in the mid-’80s.

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22 Years Ago: ‘Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York’ Released After Kurt Cobain’s Death

On Nov. 1, 1994, after the death of Kurt Cobain, the band issued their 'MTV Unplugged in New York' as a posthumous concert album.

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5 Years Ago: The Beach Boys Finally Release the Troubled ‘Smile Sessions’

Up until its official arrival on Oct. 31, 2011, the Beach Boys' 'Smile' was one of music's most famous unreleased albums.

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