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    WEEK 21st - 30th APRIL


    April 30, 1983 : Both "THIN LIZZY" and "UFO" break up.

    April 30, 1999 : all five members of "AEROSMITH" visit shooting victim Lance Kirklin in a Colorado hospital before their show in Denver that evening. The band dedicates 'Living On The Edge' to the student, who was one of 28 wounded and 13 killed by two deranged classmates at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20.

    April 30, 1999 : Darrel Sweet, the drummer and one of the founding members of legendary rockers, "NAZARETH" from Dunfermline, Scotland, is found dead from a major heart attack.

    April 29, 1979 : "VAN HALEN"'s "Dance The Night Away" single is released.

    April 26, 1964 : "ROLLING STONES" release their first album.

    April 26, 1986 : "VAN HALEN"'s "5150" hits #1.


    April 21, 1986 : "ACCEPT" release "Russian Roulette".
    Posted on 2009-04-21 15:21:33 and written by dimitris


    WEEK 21st - 30th APRIL (ROCK BIRTHDAYS)


    April 21, 1939, Ernie Maresca
    April 21, 1945, Robert Knight
    April 21, 1947, Iggy Pop
    April 21, 1948, Paul Davis
    April 21, 1959, Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies)
    April 21, 1959, Robert Smith (The Cure)
    April 22, 1922, Charles Mingus
    April 22, 1950, Peter Frampton
    April 22, 1951, Paul Carrack
    April 23, 1936, Roy Orbison
    April 23, 1939, Ray Peterson
    April 23, 1942, Sandra Dee
    April 23, 1942, Barbra Streisand
    April 24, 1933, Freddie Scott
    April 24, 1940, George Tomsco (Fireballs)
    April 24, 1945, Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
    April 24, 1947, Glen Cornick (Jethro Tull)
    April 24, 1947, Hubert Ann Kelly (Hues Corporation)
    April 25, 1918, Ella Fitzgerald
    April 25, 1923, Albert King
    April 25, 1945, Bjorn Ulvaeus (Abba)
    April 25, 1945, Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
    April 25, 1949, Mike Brown (Michael Lookofsky) (The Left Banke)
    April 25, 1950, Steve Ferrone (Average White Band)
    April 25, 1964, Andy Bell (Erasure)
    April 25, 1965, Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction)
    April 26, 1886, Ma Rainey
    April 26, 1925, Jorgen Ingmann (Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar)
    April 26, 1938, Duane Eddy
    April 26, 1942, Bobby Rydell
    April 26, 1943, Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth)
    April 26, 1946, John "Bucky" Wilkin (Ronny & The Daytonas)
    April 26, 1947, Pete Ham (Badfinger)
    April 27, 1932, Maxine Brown (The Browns)
    April 27, 1948, Kate Pierson (B52's)
    April 27, 1950, Paul "Ace" Frehley (Kiss)
    April 27, 1959, Sheena Easton
    April 28, 1941, Peter Anders (Tradewinds)
    April 28, 1941, Ann-Margret
    April 28, 1943, Fantastic Johnny C
    April 28, 1945, John Wolters (Dr. Hook)
    April 26, 1946, Vito Balsamo (Vito & The Salutations)
    April 29, 1899, Duke Ellington
    April 29, 1928, Carl Gardner (Coasters)
    April 29, 1931, Lonnie Donegan
    April 29, 1936, Albee Cracolici (Mystics)
    April 29, 1942, Vincent Poncia Jr. (Tradewinds)
    April 29, 1947, Tommy James
    April 29, 1968, Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips)
    April 29, 1973, Mike Hogan (Cranberries)
    April 30, 1896, Rev. Gary Davis
    April 30, 1927, Johnny Horton
    April 30, 1941, Johnny Farina (Santo & Johnny)
    April 30, 1943, Bobby Vee
    April 30, 1944, Richard Shoff (Sandpipers)
    April 30, 1948, Wayne Kramer (MC5)
    April 30, 1953, Merrill Osmond (Osmonds)

    Posted on 2009-04-21 15:20:30 and written by dimitris


    WEEK 11th - 20th APRIL


    April 20, 2002 : former "ALICE IN CHAINS" frontman Layne Staley is found dead at 1:42 a.m. Pacific Time. Staley's body was removed from his University District residence. He was 34 and had been dead for at least two weeks. Staley had a history of substance abuse, and in the early 1990s publicly acknowledged an addiction to heroin. "Alice in Chains", formed in Seattle in 1987, was part of the early '90s heyday of grunge. The band was mentioned in the same breath as Nirvana and Soundgarden. The band's debut album, Facelift, was released in 1990, and the song 'We Die Young' became a top-5 metal track. In 1991, the band was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal Artist. The band's last release was "Nothing Safe - Best Of The Box".

    April 19, 1980 : Brian Johnson joins "AC/DC".

    April 18, 1975 : ALICE COOPER's "Welcome To My Nightmare" TV special airs.

    April 18, 1983 : "MOUNTAIN"'s Felix Pappalardi dies.

    April 18, 1985 : "BON JOVI"'s "7800 Fahrenheit" album is released.

    April 17, 1982 : "IRON MAIDEN"'s third album, "The Number Of The Beast", enters the U.K. LP chart at Number One. Rumour has it that during the recording, the band was haunted by mysterious things like amplifiers blowing out for no apparent reason and tapes losing recorded tracks and picking up strange voices. As well, producer Martin Birch was involved in a car accident just after the title track was recorded and his auto repair bill came to 666 UK pounds.

    April 14, 1980 : "IRON MAIDEN"'s self titled EMI debut is released, entering the UK chart at #4.

    April 14, 1986 : "Stars" is released from the "Hear N' Aid" benefit album, featuring 40 artists from the Metal community (led by RONNIE JAMES DIO), aiding in the fight against African famine relief.

    April 13, 1970 : "LED ZEPPELIN"'s "Whole Lotta Love" single goes gold.
    Posted on 2009-04-14 15:10:38 and written by dimitris


    WEEK 11th - 20th APRIL (ROCK BIRTHDAYS)


    April 11, 1943, Tony Victor (The Classics)
    April 11, 1958, Stuart Adamson (Big Country)
    April 12, 1933, Tiny Tim
    April 12, 1940, Herbie Hancock
    April 12, 1944, John Kay (Steppenwolf)
    April 12, 1950, David Cassidy
    April 12, 1951, Alex Briley (Village People)
    April 12, 1958, Will Sergeant (Echo & The Bunnymen)
    April 12, 1964, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls)
    April 13, 1940, Lester Chambers (Chambers Brothers)
    April 13, 1944, Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna)
    April 13, 1945, Lowell George (Little Feat)
    April 13, 1946, Al Green
    April 13, 1946, Roy Loney (Flaming Groovies)
    April 13, 1946, Jim Pons (Leaves/Turtles/Mothers Of Invention)
    April 13, 1951, Peabo Bryson
    April 13, 1951, Max Weinberg (E-Street Band)
    April 13, 1954, Jimmy Destri (Blondie)
    April 13, 1955, Louis Johnson (Brothers Johnson)
    April 13, 1966, Marc Ford (Black Crowes)
    April 14, 1933, Buddy Knox
    April 14, 1945, Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple/Rainbow)
    April 15, 1894, Bessie Smith
    April 15, 1944, Dave Edmunds
    April 16, 1924, Henry Mancini
    April 16, 1930, Herbie Mann
    April 16, 1939, Dusty Springfield
    April 16, 1946, Bobby Vinton
    April 16, 1947, Gerry Rafferty (Stealers Wheel)
    April 16, 1964, Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum)
    April 17, 1934, Don Kirschner
    April 17, 1936, Pete Graves (Moonglows)
    April 17, 1940, Billy Fury
    April 17, 1942, Shelly Buchansky (Vito & The Salutations)
    April 17, 1954, Michael Sembello
    April 17, 1955, Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks)
    April 18, 1939, Glen Hardin (Crickets)
    April 18, 1942, Mike Vickers (Manfred Mann)
    April 18, 1944, Skip Spence (Moby Grape)
    April 18, 1946, Lenny Baker (Sha Na Na)
    April 18, 1958, Les Pattinson (Echo & The Bunnymen)
    April 19, 1934, Dickie Goodman (Buchanan & Goodman)
    April 19, 1942, Alan Price (Animals)
    April 19, 1947, Mark Volman (Turtles)
    April 20, 1939, Johnny Tillotson
    April 20, 1942, Isaac Hayes
    April 20, 1948, Craig Frost (Grand Funk Railroad)
    April 20, 1951, Luther Vandross
    Posted on 2009-04-14 15:06:28 and written by dimitris


    WEEK 1st - 10th APRIL


    April 9, 1997 : A&M Records issues a press release stating that the members of "SOUNDGARDEN" have mutually and amicably decided to disband.

    April 9, 1978 : "TRIUMPH" releases "Just A Game".

    April 6, 1998 : Wendy O. Williams, lead singer of "PLASMATICS" is found in a wooded area near her home, dead of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. She was 48.
     

    April 1, 1985 : DAVID LEE ROTH leaves "VAN HALEN".

    April 1, 1994 : "NIRVANA" frontman Kurt Cobain commits suicide in Seattle.

    April 1, 1995 : a former "LED ZEPPELIN" fan was arrested for trying to stab Jimmy Page at a PAGE & PLANT concert.

    April 1, 1998 : legendary drummer Cozy Powell ("RAINBOW", "BLACK SABBATH") is killed in a car crash near Bristol, England at the age of 50.
    Posted on 2009-04-02 13:28:04 and written by dimitris


    WEEK 1st - 10th APRIL (ROCK BIRTHDAYS)


    April 1, 1934, Jim Ed Brown (The Browns)
    April 1, 1939, Rudolph Isley (Isley Brothers)
    April 1, 1942, Phil Margo (Tokens)
    April 1, 1942, Danny Brooks (Dovells)
    April 1, 1942, Alan Blakely (Tremeloes)
    April 1, 1945, John Barbata (Jefferson Starship)
    April 1, 1948, Ronnie Lane (Faces)
    April 1, 1948, Jimmy Cliff (James Chambers)
    April 1, 1961, Mark White (ABC)
    April 2, 1939, Marvin Gaye
    April 2, 1942, Leon Russell
    April 2, 1942, Phil Castrodale (Reflections)
    April 2, 1943, Larry Coryell
    April 2, 1943, Glen Dale (Richard Garforth) (Fortunes)
    April 2, 1947, Emmylou Harris
    April 2, 1952, Leon Wilkerson (Lynryd Skynyrd)
    April 2, 1961, Keren Woodward (Bananarama)
    April 3, 1928, Don Gibson
    April 3, 1939, Jeff Barry (songwriter)
    April 3, 1941, Jan Berry (Jan and Dean)
    April 3, 1942, Billy Joe Royal
    April 3, 1943, Richard Manuel (The Band)
    April 3, 1943, Joe Vann (Joseph Canzano)(The Duprees)
    April 3, 1944, Tony Orlando
    April 3, 1944, Barry Pritchard (Fortunes)
    April 3, 1949, Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention)
    April 3, 1951, Mel Schacher (? and the Mysterians/Grand Funk Railroad)
    April 3, 1968, Sebastian Bach (Sebastian Bierk)(Skid Row)
    April 4, 1915, Muddy Waters
    April 4, 1936, Margo Sylvia (Tune Weavers)
    April 4, 1942, Major Lance
    April 4, 1948, Berry Oakley (Allman Brothers)
    April 4, 1952, Dave Hill (Slade)
    April 4, 1952, Gary Moore (Skid Row/Thin Lizzy)
    April 5, 1928, Tony Williams (Platters)
    April 5, 1939, Ronnie White (Miracles)
    April 5, 1941, David LaFlame (It's A Beautiful Day)
    April 5, 1942, Allan Clarke (Hollies)
    April 5, 1950, Agnetha "Anna" Faltskog-Ulvaeus (Abba)
    April 5, 1944, Crispian St. Peters
    April 5, 1965, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)
    April 6, 1945, Bob Marley
    April 7, 1915, Billie Holiday
    April 7, 1922, Mongo Santamaria
    April 7, 1938, Freddie Hubbard
    April 7, 1938, Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane)
    April 7, 1943, Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull/Blodwyn Pig)
    April 7, 1947, Patricia Bennett (Chiffons)
    April 7, 1949, John Oates
    April 7, 1951, Janis Ian
    April 8, 1941, J.J. Jackson (Jerome Louis Jackson)
    April 8, 1942, Roger Chapman (Family)
    April 8, 1947, Steve Howe (Yes)
    April 8, 1963, Julian Lennon
    April 9, 1932, Carl Perkins
    April 9, 1943, Terry Knight
    April 9, 1944, Emil Stucchio (Classics)
    April 9, 1948, "Chico" Ryan (Sha Na Na)
    April 8, 1948, Phil Wright (Paper Lace)
    April 10, 1932, Nathaniel Nelson (Flamingos)
    April 10, 1936, Bobbie Smith (Spinners)
    April 10, 1947, Bunny Wailer (Neville O'Reilly) (The Wailers)
    April 10, 1959, Brian Setzer (Stray Cats)
    April 10, 1959, Babyface (Kenneth Edmonds)
    Posted on 2009-04-02 13:25:30 and written by dimitris