This Week In Classic Rock History (MAR 14-20)

MAR 14-20: Historic events this week from Mad Season, Pearl Jam, Van Halen, Neil Young and David Bowie

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MARCH 14, 1995: SUPERGROUP MAD SEASON RELEASE THEIR ONLY ALBUM
Mad Season were a supergroup consisting of members of Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam.

The busy schedules of each members’ main bands, and the deteriorating health of singer Layne Staley, resulted in the band only releasing one studio album.

Above quickly went Gold based on the strength of their hit song, “River of Deceit”.

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MARCH 16, 1999: PEARL JAM’S DEBUT CERTIFIED DIAMOND
Pearl Jam’s debut, Ten, remains their biggest album.

Thanks to the hits “Alive”, “Jeremy” and “Even Flow”, Ten has sold over 13 million copies in the US alone

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MARCH 17, 1984: VAN HALEN’S 1984 PEAKS AT #2
Propelled by the singles “Jump”, “I’ll Wait”, “Panama” and “Hot for Teacher”, Van Halen’s 1984 spent 5 weeks at #2. It was kept from going #1 by Thriller by Michael Jackson.

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MARCH 18, 1972: NEIL YOUNG’S “HEART OF GOLD” IS #1
The lead single off of Neil Young’s Harvest was his first and only #1 hit in the US.

“Heart of Gold” spent one week at the top spot, and the single sold 500,000 copies on its own.

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MARCH 18, 1976: MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH PREMIERES IN LONDON
Bowie appeared in more than 20 feature films, but his first leading role was in 1976’s The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Upon its release, critics were divided. However, it has since become a cult classic.

Bowie’s role earned him the Saturn Award for Best Actor from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.