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This Week In Classic Rock History

MAR 27-APR 2: Historic events this week from Alice Cooper, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin

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MARCH 28, 1978: ALICE COOPER ON THE MUPPET SHOW
Hesitant to appear on The Muppet Show, because he didn’t want to soften the “Alice Cooper” character, he agreed after being told recent guests had included Christopher Lee and Vincent Price.

Acting as an agent of the Devil, he offers The Muppets fame & fortune if they’ll just sell their souls to him.

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MARCH 29, 1975: 6 ALBUMS ON BILLBOARD CHARTS AT ONE TIME
Led Zeppelin became the first band in history to have six albums at once on the Billboard Albums chart.

The albums and their chart position were:

124: Led Zeppelin III
116: Led Zeppelin
104: Led Zeppelin II
92: Houses of the Holy
83: “Led Zeppelin IV”
1: Physical Graffiti

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MARCH 30, 1967: SGT. PEPPER’S COVER SHOOT

The most iconic album cover of all time, had a very simple concept.

I OFFERED THE IDEA THAT IF THEY HAD JUST PLAYED A CONCERT IN THE PARK, THE COVER COULD BE A PHOTOGRAPH OF [THEM] JUST AFTER THE CONCERT WITH THE CROWD WHO HAD JUST WATCHED THE CONCERT… IT COULD BE A MAGICAL CROWD OF WHOMEVER THEY WANTED. – PHOTOGRAPHER, PETER BLAKE

Among the Beatles’ “invited guests” on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band were Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe

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MARCH 31, 2000: SPRINGSTEEN’S FEATURE FILM DEBUT
The character of Rob Gordon in High Fidelity is a music obsessive and relates everything in his life to music. (He even owns a record store).

Bruce Springsteen makes his feature film debut as Rob’s musical guide through his Top 5 failed relationships.

YOU CALL, YOU ASK THEM HOW THEY ARE AND SEE IF THEY’VE FORGIVEN YOU…THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, YOU KNOW, GET READY TO START AGAIN.

IT’D BE GOOD FOR YOU. GIVE THAT BIG FINAL GOOD LUCK AND GOODBYE TO YOUR ALL TIME TOP-FIVE AND JUST MOVE ON DOWN THE ROAD. – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: HIGH FIDELITY

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APRIL 1, 1980: BRIAN JOHNSON JOINS AC/DC

A month after the passing of singer Bon Scott, AC/DC brought in Geordie’s Brian Johnson for an audition.

Johnson audition with “Whole Lotta Rosie” and “Nutbush City Limits”.

On April 1, he was publicly announced as the new lead singer for one of the greatest rock bands in history.

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