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36 Years Ago: Cheap Trick Release ‘At Budokan’

The '70s were the decade of the live rock album, with a few concert sets, such as Kiss' 'Alive!' and Peter Frampton's 'Frampton Comes Alive!,' helping trigger massive mainstream breakthroughs.

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21 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Cross Purposes’

Black Sabbath endured yet another round of lineup changes to make the underrated album 'Cross Purposes.'

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Owner of a Lonley Heart by Yes [VIDEO]

Jon Anderson wrote the major part of this song and said:"The record company had invested a lot of money in making a record. They said, 'This is going to be a hit, and we're going to make sure.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Roxanne by the Police [VIDEO]

The intro to the song contains one of the great happy accidents in rock history. There was an upright piano in the studio, which Sting sat on thinking the lid was closed.

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Van Halen And Kool & The Gang Perform At The Staples Center
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Why Did Van Halen Owe 2 Million Dollars After Selling 1 Million Records, What Is The Motown Deal

I found this string of interviews so interesting. Not only am I a huge Van Halen fan, but I love hearing the stories when they first started and when they were hungry and poor. They were regular guys trying to make good music and wanting a record deal.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-In The Long Run by the Eagles [AUDIO]

Written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, this song is about making a relationship last. "Slow and Steady" isn't a popular theme for Rock lyrics, but the Eagles had finally decided to ignore the pressure to top their landmark Hotel California album and be satisfied with a solid effort.

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Van Halen Dress Rehearsal At The Forum
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Why Was It So Hard To Play Cover Songs For Van Halen, David Lee Roth Finds Out

Van Halen has always insisted they have a "brown sound", the nice part is, no one can sound like them, but they also had trouble playing cover songs early in their career.

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45 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Plays Final Show With Band of Gypsys

"That's what happens when Earth f---s with space. Never forget that. That's what happens."

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-I Love Rock and Roll by Joan Jett [VIDEO]

This was originally recorded by a British group called The Arrows in 1975, and it was written by their lead singer Alan Merrill and guitarist Jake Hooker. Merrill explained in a interview how this song came about:

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45 Years Ago: John Lennon Writes and Records ‘Instant Karma’

"I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch and we're putting it out for dinner."

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Rock and Roll All Nite by Kiss [VIDEO]

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss wrote this track, which became their signature song and was usually played as the last song in their encores.

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38 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Founder Peter Green Arrested for Pulling Shotgun on His Accountant

Guitar great and Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green was not a man without troubles, and on Jan. 26, 1977, his struggles landed him in prison and committed to a mental hospital.

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