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45 Years Ago: John Lennon Returns His MBE to the Queen

C. Maher, Hulton Archive, Getty Images
C. Maher, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

As soon as the Queen of England decided to bestow one of the country's highest honors upon John Lennon, almost anyone could have guessed it wasn't going to end well.

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30 Years Ago: Band Aid Record ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’

Bob Geldof and Midge Ure
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

On Nov. 25, 1984, dozens of the biggest U.K. musicians — past and present — gathered in Trevor Horn's London studio under the moniker Band Aid to record the now-classic holiday song 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'

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23 Years Ago: Freddie Mercury Dies

Hulton Archive / Getty Images
Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Freddie Mercury was the face of Queen's wildly popular mixture of hard rock, pop, cabaret, glam and opera in the '70s, before becoming one the the AIDS virus' most well-known casualties in the '90s.

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23 Years Ago: Kiss Drummer Eric Carr Dies

Eric Carr
Phil Dent, Getty Images

Eric Carr of Kiss died on Nov. 24, 1991 after a brave battle with heart cancer.

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15 Years Ago: Metallica Makes a Bold Move with ‘S&M’

Metallica S&M
Elektra Records

'S&M,' Metallica’s daring encounter with a symphony orchestra, was released 15 years ago without the slightest hint of irony about the potential pain and pleasure it might impart upon the band’s fan base.

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5 Years Ago: Tom Petty Goes Deep with the Heartbreakers’ ‘Live Anthology’

Karl Walter, Getty Images
Karl Walter, Getty Images

When Tom Petty decided he wanted to encapsulate what he and the Heartbreakers could do in concert, he went all the way.

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15 Years Ago: Guns N’ Roses Look Back With ‘Live Era ’87-’93′

Geffen Records
Geffen Records

As 1999 (and an entire millennium, for that matter) raced down its final stretch, Geffen Records unveiled the first official Guns N’ Roses release in six years with the two-CD ‘Live Era ’87-’93.’

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30 Years Ago: Don Henley Gets Confident, Builds a Near-Perfect ‘Beast’

Geffen
Geffen

Don Henley made a big creative and commercial leap with his second solo album, 'Building the Perfect Beast.'

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20 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Prove Grunge Isn’t Yet Dead With ‘Vitalogy’

Pearl Jam
Epic

Pearl Jam's third album, 'Vitalogy,' was released Nov. 22, 1994.

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45 Years Ago: Mott the Hoople Release Self-Titled Debut

Ian Tyas, Getty Images
Ian Tyas, Getty Images

Mott the Hoople combined the Rolling Stones and Dylan on their first album, which was released in November 1969.

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