Today in Rock History; KISS drops album and a comic, Queen bites the dust and Pearl Jam fights Ticketmaster

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Today in rock history: on this date in 1977, KISS released its sixth studio album, Love Gun. Another massively successful album from an era in which the band was at the height of its popularity, the record is notable in that it’s the first to feature lead guitarist Ace Frehley as a lead vocalist along with his three band mates. The record reached platinum sales status upon its release and climbed as high as no.4 on Billboard’s album chart. Hit singles from the record include the title track as well as “Christine Sixteen” but it’s Frehley’s first vocal contribution, the self-penned rocker “Shock Me” that’s the real standout on this one. In the spirit of cross-promotion, Marvel Comics released a KISS comic book on the very same day that was advertised as containing actual blood from the veins of the band’s four members mixed within the red ink used to print the comic book.


Today in rock history: on this date in 1980, Queen released its eighth studio album, The Game. An album filled with a variety of new sounds and styles for the band, it was the band's first to feature the usage of synthesizers and to delve into a more danceable sound. The record was Queen’s most successful album in the U.S., reaching the top of the charts and selling in excess of four million copies in this country alone. Hits from the album include the rockabilly rave up “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and the disco funk classic “Another One Bites The Dust” which was released as a single at the suggestion of Michael Jackson, who was a huge fan of the band. Jackson’s advice proved valuable as the song provided the band with their best-selling worldwide single.

Today in rock history: on this date in 1957, Buddy Holly recorded what would turn out to be one of his biggest hit songs, “Peggy Sue." The single would eventually climb as high as no. six on Billboard’s singles chart. The title derived from the real life name of the girlfriend of Jerry Allison, drummer from Holly’s backing band, The Crickets. The original title of the song was “Cindy Lou” (after one of Buddy’s nieces) but Allison convinced Holly to change the title just before the recording commenced.

Today in rock history: on this date in 1994, Pearl Jam members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament testified in front of the U.S. Congress in the band’s plight to file suit against Ticketmaster, claiming the company had formed an unethical monopoly regarding their methods in how concert tickets are sold and distributed. The band’s desire to cut out exorbitant fees and exclude Ticketmaster from overseeing their concert ticket sales made national news and led the band to retool their ticket distribution policies.

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Gabe Echazabal

I was born on a Sunday Morning.I soon received The Gift of loving music.Through music, I Found A Reason for living.It was when I discovered rock and roll that I Was Beginning To See The Light.Because through music, I'm Set Free.It's always helped me keep my Head Held High.When I started dancing to that fine, fine...
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