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AC/DC- Back in Black 40th- Angus Young, Brian Johnson

Notably, like AC/DC "Back in Black"  forty years ago, several of the best-selling hard rock albums in history also have been made under the most dire of circumstances amidst tremendous tragedy and loss:

Motley Crue- Theatre of Pain 35th Anniversary- Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil

Okay, it's 'fess up time for me regarding Motley Crue and their June 1985 third album, Theatre of Pain. In an alternate universe where being boring and predictable is the Original Sin, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue would be sanctified saints, because they have been waging  jihad against the tyranny of the mainstream for a full three and a half decades.

Judas Priest- British Steel- Rob Halford

Judas Priest's "British Steel" 40th anniversary, & Rob Halford is In the Studio with Redbeard
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Aerosmith- Toys in the Attic 45th Anniversary- Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford

We dust off "Toys in the Attic",  the breakthrough third album for Aerosmith in  April 1975. Contrary to what you might assume, through their first two albums Aerosmith struggled to get noticed. In this classic rock interview, Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer reminded me that "Dream On" from their debut by then had been released as a single three times  and flopped twice.
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Queensryche- Promised Land- Chris DeGarmo, Geoff Tate

Former members Geoff Tate and Chris DeGarmo take you to “ Promised Land”, their best seller, on the album’s 25th anniversary

Deep Purple- Perfect Strangers- Ian Gillan, Roger Glover

Deep Purple “Perfect Strangers” with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover
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Led Zeppelin II – Jimmy Page, Robert Plant

Led Zeppelin II with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant In the Studio.

Scorpions- Crazy World- Klaus Meine, Rudolph Schenker

Sitting with my guests Klaus Meine, Scorpions singer and songwriter, and Rudolph Schenker, guitarist/ songwriter,  it was fascinating to be reminded by members of Germany's  beloved band just how much rock music  had changed this "Crazy World" in the last half of the twentieth century.
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KISS- Alive! End of the Road- Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons

"The lovefest ended when we hit the stage," Kiss lead singer/ guitarist/ songwriter Paul Stanley told me about the band fraternity of support groups opening for them some forty-plus years ago,"because we were there to destroy them." Gene Simmons…