2023-04-01

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Guitarist Kirk Hammett is asked to audition for Metallica.  He initially thinks it’s an April Fool’s joke but aces the audition a week later. 1983
The Thrash/Metal merchants started in L.A. and made their stage debut in Anaheim in early ’82. The group was signed by Jersey based Megaforce Records.
Metallica then relocated to the greater New York area to be closer to their label’s HQ and played several memorable New Jersey shows. Just a month later Dave Mustaine was fired and replaced by Kirk Hammett.

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White Stripes release their fourth album, “Elephant,” in the U.S. 2003
“I wanted to put ‘Seven Nation Army’ out as a single,” frontman Jack White said in a radio interview years later. “The label in England and the label in America both didn’t want to. They wanted to put ‘There’s No Home For You Here’.” Fortunately, White got his way.
Velvet Revolver officially announce that they have parted ways with singer Scott Weiland (also known as the frontman for Stone Temple Pilots). 2008
“This band is all about its fans and its music and Weiland isn’t 100 percent committed to either,” says guitarist Slash in a statement. “Among other things, his increasingly erratic onstage behavior and personal problems have forced us to move on.” On the same day, STP reveal plans for an extensive reunion tour. 2008″This band is all about its fans and its music and Weiland isn’t 100 percent committed to either,” adds Slash (on the right) in a statement. “Among other things, his increasingly erratic onstage behavior and personal problems have forced us to move on.” On the same day, STP reveal plans for an extensive reunion tour.
Singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, from Guns N’ Roses’ “Appetite For Destruction”-era lineup, perform together for the first time in nearly twenty-six years at the Troubadour in L.A. The show is billed as “Not In This Lifetime,” quoting what Rose once said regarding a possible classic GN’R lineup reunion. 2016
The “Not In This Lifetime” tour won the ’17 “Top Tour/Top Draw” category at Billboard’s annual Touring Awards in L.A. The trek had grossed more than $400 million in a year-and-a-half. It went one to become one of the recipients of Ticketmaster’s inaugural Touring Milestone Award, which was developed to recognize the top global tours as measured by the total number of tickets sold and fans reached – total global sales exceeding 500,000 tickets.

 

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Def Leppard’s “Adrenalize,” their first album following the death of guitarist Steve Clark, is released. Though brought in to replace Clark, guitarist Vivian Campbell (ex-Dio and Whitesnake) is not heard on the album, which debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200. 1992
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The Libertines perform an acoustic set at a London pub as part of a press conference announcing their reunion following a six-year hiatus. Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, bassist John Hassell and drummer Gary Powell play eight songs. Of course, they are a half-hour late for their own press conference. 2010
Bruce Springsteen’s open letter against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s budget plan is printed in the Asbury Park Press. Springsteen states the governor’s policy favors the state’s most wealthy residents. 2011
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Madame Tussauds London unveils its David Bowie figure in partnership with Bowie’s estate. Bowie is presented as his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust. 2022