Thursday, January 9, 2014

January 9, 2014

Check out the Top 10 Rock genre albums for this week

VAN HALEN...1984  (1984)
"1984" was released 30 years ago today in 1984.  It reached number 2 on the U.S. Billboard album charts.  It could not get past Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to reach number 1.  In fact, nobody could for a long time.  I have always loved this album.  My friend Scotty bought the cassette and he was always playing it.  Back in 1984 when you first heard those opening chords from a keyboard your first thought was "oh no, what have they done?"  Lots of folks still hate 'Jump' but I think it's ok.  The rest of the album is pure Van Halen rock n roll.  'Panama' is such a great track and "Hot For Teacher" is fun.  Just a real good album, which, unfortunbately, was the last to include all 4 original members.  Highly recommended
(CD, vinyl, Allmusic review)

Joan Baez is 73; Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin is 70; David Johansen (aka Buster Poindexter) of the New York Dolls is 64; Eric Erlandson formerly with Hole is 51; Carl Bell from Fuel is 47; Dave Matthews is 47; Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth is 47;

1975 The Beatles partnership is officially dissolved in court
1984 1984 by Van Halen is released
2005 Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe marries longtime girlfriend Lia Gerardini in Las Vegas with Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx attending
2010 Gilby Clarke, formerly with Guns 'N' Roses, suffers a broken leg following a hit-and-run while he was riding his motorcycle
2012  It is announced that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi  has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma
2013 Three Days Grace announce that singer Adam Gontier has left the group due to an undisclosed health issue and that Matt Walst from My Darkest Days has replaced him 

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