This Week In Classic Rock History

OCT 25-31: Historic events this week from Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, KISS, Metallica and Lou Reed

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OCTOBER 28, 1977: NEIL YOUNG’S 3LP DECADE COMPILATION
Neil Young’s comprehensive 3LP compilation gathered classic songs from the first decade his career.

The Platinum-selling Decade gathers 35 tracks from Young’s career, including his time with Buffalo Springfield and CSN&Y.

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OCTOBER 28, 1978: KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK
The “KISSterical! KISStounding! KISStoric!” TV movie, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, remains a cult classic, mostly among KISS fans.

The plot centers around KISS using superpowers to save an amusement park from being destroyed by an evil inventor.

VHS copies of the movie are listed at $30 on eBay. The rare Laserdisc version is listed at $300.

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OCTOBER 31, 1970: LED ZEPPELIN III IS #1
Led Zeppelin III, containing the hit “Immigrant Song”, spent four straight weeks at #1.

It was their second #1 album of the year.

Led Zeppelin II had spent a total of six weeks at #1 in January and February.

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OCTOBER 31, 2011: LULU
Lou Reed & Metallica’s double album, Lulu, was Reed’s highest charting album (#33) since Sally Can’t Dance (#10) in 1974.

It proved to be Lou Reed’s final studio album. He died at 71; almost 2 years to the day after Lulu was released.

At Reed’s posthumous 2015 Rock Hall induction ceremony, his widow Laurie Anderson, revealed that Bowie referred to Lulu as “Lou’s greatest work,” “his masterpiece,” and compared it to Reed’s 1973 album, Berlin. “It will take everyone a while to catch up.”

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