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How Survivor’s Jim Peterik Helped .38 Special + Sammy Hagar Write Big Hits

Image Credit: Lynne Peters
Image Credit: Lynne Peters

The liner notes for 1976's ‘Don’t Fight the Feeling’ branded Jim Peterik as a “survivor,” a name he would borrow for his next group only a couple of years later.

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25 Years Ago: Billy Joel Emerges From Troubled Times with ‘Storm Front’

Billy Joel
Columbia Records

Billy Joel rose to prominence in the '70s, but it wasn't until the following decade that he truly came of age, writing and recording a series of albums that showcased his stylistic breadth as well as the melodic depth of his songwriting.

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35 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Tries Something New with ‘Tusk’

Tusk

How do you release a double album that goes multi-platinum, breaks the Top Five, spawns multiple hit singles, and spends months in the Top 40 while still being widely regarded as an artistic folly and a flop?

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20 Years Ago: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Reunite for the Daring, Genre-Bending ‘No Quarter’

Robert Plant Jimmy Page
Atlantic

Any Led Zeppelin fan expecting Robert Plant and Jimmy Page's long-awaited reunion to include John Paul Jones must have been stunned to find them working instead with street musicians in Marrakech, Morocco.

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40 Years Ago: Billy Joel Tries to Find His Feet With ‘Streetlife Serenade’

Billy Joel, 'Streetlife Serenade'
Columbia

In 1974, Billy Joel had one hit album under his belt (1973's 'Piano Man') and a whole bunch of platinum records in his future (starting with 1977's 'The Stranger').

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Exclusive: Sammy Hagar Talks About ‘Paper Money,’ His Last Album With Montrose

Michael Putland, Getty Images
Michael Putland, Getty Images

We spoke with Sammy Hagar on the 40th anniversary of the release of Montrose's 'Paper Money.'

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45 Years Ago: King Crimson Set a New Standard With Their Debut Album

Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records

Forty-five years later, King Crimson's daring debut remains prog's standard bearer, the best example of a then-emerging movement that sought to combine European musical concepts with rock.

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Joe Perry on Aerosmith’s Classic Years: ‘We Could Have Done More’ – Exclusive Interview

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Throughout the history of Aerosmith, vocalist Steven Tyler has often been the outspoken member of the group.

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40 Years Ago: King Crimson Implode With ‘Red”s Arrival

Atlantic
Atlantic

At the time, King Crimson's 'Red' was decidedly disappointing, an album without a band that spent just a single week on the British chart, stopping at No. 45.

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40 Years Ago: AC/DC Plays First Concert With Bon Scott

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When Bon Scott took the stage with AC/DC for the first time on October 5, 1974, it wasn't under the white-hot spotlights of Madison Square Garden or the Hollywood Bowl.

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