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Eddie Van Halen Dead, 65

Ed's dead. Eddie Van Halen has died of cancer at age 65.
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Ozzy Osbourne- Blizzard of Ozz 40th Anniversary

Ozzy Osbourne In the Studio on the fortieth anniversary of "Blizzard of Ozz".

Ozzy Osbourne- I Don’t Know- Memphis April 1982

Ozzy Osbourne's first performance after the tragic airplane accident which killed his young gifted guitarist Randy Rhoads, his tour seamstress, and tour bus driver had the double weight of being a long-scheduled live radio broadcast to America.…
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Black Sabbath- Paranoid 50th Anniversary- Ozzy Osbourne

In late 1970 the world into which the Birmingham England band Black Sabbath quickly rose to popularity with their second album, "Paranoid", felt increasingly like a dangerous place. In this classic rock interview original Black Sabbath singer / lyricist Ozzy Osbourne has fond memories of those days when he and his  mates from the working-class neighborhood Aston decided to ditch their trendy blues music, cut the band down from a 6-piece to four, and started doing what Ozzy characterizes in this classic rock interview as "spooky music".
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Queensryche- Empire 30th Anniversary- Geoff Tate, Chris DeGarmo

Queensryche co-founder/ composer/ guitarist Chris DeGarmo and former singer/ songwriter Geoff Tate may be gone now ( the former pilots corporate jets, the latter heads the band Operation Mindcrime ), but they tell the story of the blockbuster four million-seller Empire and the amazing songs “Best I Can”, “Jet City Woman”,”Della Brown”,” Resistance”,”Hand on Heart”, even a live performance from London’s Hammersmith Odeon just weeks after Empire’s 1990 release.

Queensryche- Best I Can- Hammersmith Odeon London 11-15-90

In November 1990 Queensryche planted the flag of smartly conceived and played all-American rock in the heart of the British Empire, London's venerable Hammersmith Odeon theater. This live performance of "Best I Can" is completely live, no overdubs.
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Whitesnake- Live Donington 1990- David Coverdale

"It's true, I'm a dream to some and a nightmare to others," David Coverdale quips about  the seemingless endless line of musicians  filing through the revolving turnstile at the members entrance to his band Whitesnake. David Coverdale joins ne In the Studio on the 30th anniversary of Whitesnake headlining Donington 1990.
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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.