This Week In Classic Rock History

Apr 19-25: Historic events this week from Paul McCartney, Queen, The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty

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APRIL 20, 1970: McCARTNEY’S SOLO DEBUT

It has been 50 years since the release of McCartney’s eponymous solo debut.

He played every instrument on the album while wife Linda contributed harmony vocals.

Containing the instant classic, “Maybe I’m Amazed”, the album was certified Gold less than 2 weeks after its release.

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APRIL 20, 1992: QUEEN’S STAR-STUDDED TRIBUTE TO FREDDIE

On Easter Sunday, 5 months after the passing of frontman Freddie Mercury, the members of Queen performed a star-studded out concert for AIDS awareness.

The incredible lineup of guests featured performances from Slash, Robert Plant, David Bowie,
Axl Rose, George Michael, Elton John and many more.

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APRIL 23, 1971: ROLLING STONES RELEASE STICKY FINGERS

Sticky Fingers was the Stones’ first US #1 album since 1965’s Out Of Our Heads.

The classic album features “Brown Sugar”, “Bitch”, “Wild Horses” and “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”.

Sticky Fingers was the first of 8 straight US #1 albums for the band.

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APRIL 24, 1989: PETTY’S SOLO DEBUT

After 7 LPs with The Heartbreakers, Tom Petty decided it was time for a solo project.

Retaining Mike Campbell on lead guitar & enlisting Jeff Lynne as producer/co-writer, Full Moon Fever was arguably his best album since Hard Promises.

“Runnin’ Down a Dream”, “I Won’t Back Down” and “Free Fallin'” all went to #1