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Rick Diamond / Thos Robinson / Kevin Winter / Adam Bettcher / Nicholas Hunt, Getty Images
Rick Diamond / Thos Robinson / Kevin Winter / Adam Bettcher / Nicholas Hunt, Getty Images

Paul McCartney, Paul Rodgers, Alice Cooper, Joan Jett & Billy Joel Make Special New Year’s Eve Appearances

A handful of classic rockers welcomed in 2017 in style.

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45 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Joins the Band for New Year’s Eve Show

Before the Band closed out 1971 with a New Year's Eve Show in New York, Bob Dylan appeared for the encore. The old friends improvised a four-song set.

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Elektra / Columbia (2) / YouTube / Hulton Archive / Atlantic

Rock’s Most Famous New Year’s Eve Shows

Ultimate Classic Rock looks back at the most memorable debuts, eye-popping mishaps and touching goodbyes from concerts held on Dec. 31.

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The (First) Time Kiss’ Gene Simmons Set His Hair on Fire

You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, and you can't spew thousands of fireballs without setting your hair on fire a few times.

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Chris Walter, Getty Images

The History of the Cars’ First-Ever Concert

The recently restructured and renamed Cars played their first live show on New Year's Eve 1976 at an Air Force base in New Hampshire.

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Keystone, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Story of the Beach Boys’ First Professional Concert

Over time, the Beach Boys' sunny harmonies would become a sort of sadly ironic counterpoint to the band's turbulent history behind the scenes.

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YouTube

The Day the Winterland Ballroom Closed With One Last, Epic Grateful Dead Concert

The Winterland Ballroom, where scores of memorable live albums and movies were recorded, went out in style on Dec. 31, 1978.

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How AC/DC and Journey Ended Up Playing Their First Concerts on the Same Night

It seems safe to say that no matter what happens this New Year's Eve in the world of classic rock, it won't measure up to Dec. 31, 1973.

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The Time Bruce Springsteen Got Hit in the Face With a Lit Firecracker

The incident happened on Dec. 31, 1978, the second-to-last-night of Bruce Springsteen's 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' tour.

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YouTube.com

The Day Jimi Hendrix Debuted His New Group, Band of Gypsys

By the end of January, Jimi Hendrix had broken them up, but not before releasing a classic live set from the shows.

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