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    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, 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, 1992 : "IRON MAIDEN"'s 'Be Quick Or Be Dead' single is released.

    April 13, 1970 : "LED ZEPPELIN"'s 'Whole Lotta Love' single goes gold.

    April 12, 1954 : "BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS" record 'Rock Around The Clock'.

    April 12, 2002 : OZZY OSBOURNE receives a star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame.

    Posted on 2008-04-10 15:11:40 and written by dimitris