Historic events this week from Temple of the Dog, Eagles, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith and Queen
APRIL 16, 1991: TEMPLE OF THE DOG’S ONLY ALBUM
After the death of Mother Love Bone singer, Andrew Wood, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell wrote songs in response to his friend’s passing.
The resulting album, Temple of the Dog, featured Eddie Vedder and members of Mother Love Bone, who would form Pearl Jam shortly after.
Temple of the Dog’s only album went Platinum, peaking at #5. Lead single “Hunger Strike” went to #4 and still receives considerable radio airplay after 30 years.
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APRIL 17, 1973: EAGLES’ DESPERADO LP
50 years ago this week, Eagles released their old-west themed sophomore album, Desperado.
The 2x Platinum-selling album features the single “Tequila Sunrise” as well as the popular ballad, “Desperado”.
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APRIL 19, 2021: CHEAP TRICK’S FIRST #1 ALBUM
Cheap Trick’s 20th album, In Another World, became their first #1 album.
The album reached the top spots as #1 Current Rock Album and #1 Record Label Independent Current Album.
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APRIL 20, 1993: AEROSMITH RELEASE GET A GRIP
With Get a Grip, Aerosmith had their first ever #1 album.
Boasting six Top 10 singles, with five in the Top 5, Get a Grip would sell 7 million copies within 2½ years of its release.
They took home the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in ’93 & ’94 for Livin’ on the Edge and Crazy, respectively.
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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.