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This Week In Classic Rock History

MAY 9-15: Historic events this week from Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Soundgarden and Fleetwood Mac

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MAY 9, 1992: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ON SNL
Nearly 20 years after the release of his debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen made his US network TV debut.

Springsteen released two solo albums a couple of months before his Saturday Night Live appearance, and performed one song from each album.

“57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)” from Human Touch and “Living Proof” from Lucky Town.

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MAY 12, 1967: JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE’S DEBUT ALBUM
One of the greatest debut albums of all time, Are You Experienced? sold a million copies within months of its release due to instant classics such as “Purple Haze”, “The Wind Cries Mary”, “Fire”, and “Foxey Lady”.

Shortly after the album’s release, the Experience were back in the studio to record Axis: Bold as Love, which was released in December of the same year.

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MAY 12, 1972: ROLLING STONES RELEASE EXILE ON MAIN ST.
One of the best rock and blues-based albums of the 70s was panned by critics upon its release.

…within a few years the people who had written the reviews saying it was a piece of crap were extolling it as the best frigging album in the world – Keith Richards from the book According to the Rolling Stones.

Featuring “Tumbling Dice”, the album sold 500,000 copies in its first 18 days.

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MAY 13, 1994: SOUNDGARDEN RELEASE “BLACK HOLE SUN”
Soundgarden scored their first of six #1 singles with the release of “Black Hole Sun.”

“Black Hole Sun” would spend 7 total weeks at #1 and earn the band a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.

After Chris Cornell’s passing, the song’s lyrics “No one sings like you anymore”, have become a lasting tribute to the vocalist.

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MAY 15, 1975: FLEETWOOD MAC’S FIRST SHOW WITH LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM & STEVIE NICKS
Sixteen months after releasing their Buckingham Nicks album, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks officially joined Fleetwood Mac.

They made their live debut in El Paso, TX to kick off the 1975-76 Fleetwood Mac Tour.

The 18-song set included most of the then-upcoming Fleetwood Mac (“white album”) and three songs from the Buckingham Nicks album.