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08.29: On this day in 1958, Michael Jackson was born. Despite his numerous bouts of odd behavior over the years, he was still the man who gave us “Beat It,” "Human Nature," and “Billie Jean." And nothing will change that. Ever.

08.29: The Beatles last real concert, at Candlestick Park in San Fran, went down on this day in 1966. Instead of constant touring, the band wanted to focus on recording albums. Though a loss to some fans, the music world gained immeasurably from this, as the guys put out some of the best albums of all time, taking studio recording to new heights and unexpected directions with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (The so-called White Album), Abbey Road, and Let It Be.

Posted on August 08, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , ,

08.08: On this day in 1961, The Edge was born. One of the most underrated guitar players around, we think that a lot of people take him for granted, not really realizing his immense contribution to U2's overall sound. From "Sunday Bloody Sunday" to "Mysterious Ways" to "Vertigo," Mr. David Howell Evans has put his stamp on each and every U2 tune. This is one band where every member is just as vital and important as the next, but, for us, The Edge edges slightly ahead of the other three in terms of awesomeness. This in no way, whatsoever, diminshes the stature of Bono, Larry, or Adam, but kind of just shows how much we loves a great guitar player. And we love that he took a name like The Edge. It's kind of like all of those single-named musicians out there (Madonna, Sting, Cher, Gilbert), but even better because he's got the "The" at the front, denoting that he is the real deal, that he ain't playing around, that he is one cool cat. Believe it.

05.30: On this day in 1987, Ireland took over the US charts. U2 was No. 1 with “With or Without You” and Chris de Burgh scored one for every guy that’s met some girl at a bar and woke up the next morning wondering why she was in his bed with “Lady in Red”. Two very different songs, yet both of the '80s. Can you guess which one is our more favoritist? Yeah, we're big on that Bono guy. He's dreamy.

Posted on May 09, 2011 | Tags: , , , , ,

05.09: On this day in 1949 the Piano Man, Billy Joel, was born. We heard he came out playing a piano, that's how destined he was to be The Piano Man. We're not sure if that story is true or if we just made it up right now.

05.10: On this day in 1957 punk rock legend Sid Vicious (John Beverly) was born. Living to the tender old age of 21, Sid's candle burned so very bright for such a short time. The Sex Pistols built their legend on the back of the exploding punk scene and one album, Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols. Sid joined the band only a year before they broke up, so he wasn't responsible for any of their music, but his face became a symbol of their popularity and his oft-photographed bloody visage became the thing people across the U.K. and the U.S.A. rallied against when The Sex Pistols went on tour. The American tour did them in, and Sid's life spiralled quickly into tabloid fodder, ending with his own death (after the death of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen) from a heroin overdose.

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