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hard birthdays
Tommy Kiefer (KROKUS) - April 20, 1952 R.I.P.
Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) - April 20, 1967
Iggy Pop (THE STOOGES) - April 21, 1947
Abaddon (VENOM) - April 21
Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) - April 21
Robb Reiner (ANVIL) - April 22, 1958

this day in hard history
April 20, 1968: DEEP PURPLE perform their first concert.
April 20, 1974: Bridge of Sighs is released in the UK by ROBIN TROWER.
April 20, 1981: GIRLSCHOOL release Hit And Run.
April 20, 1991: R.I.P. Steve Marriott (SMALL FACES, HUMBLE PIE).
April 20, 1993: AEROSMITH release Get A Grip .
April 20, 1998: after 15 years FAITH NO MORE break up, the decision among them being mutual, allowing each member to pursue many side projects.
April 20, 2002: former ALICE IN CHAINS frontman Layne Staley is found dead at 1:42 a.m. Pacific Time. Staley's body was removed from his University District residence. He was 34 and had been dead for at least two weeks.
April 20, 2004: ANTHRAX release Music Of Mass Destruction and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY release Hangover Music Vol. VI.
April 20, 2010: RATT release Infestation.
April 20, 2012: RUNNING WILD release Shadowmaker and SAXON release Heavy Metal Thunder Live.

April 21, 1986: ACCEPT release Russian Roulette.
April 21, 1987: TESTAMENT release The Legacy.
April 21, 1992: SLAUGHTER release The Wild Life.
April 21, 1997: DARK TRANQUILLITY release The Mind's I.
April 21, 1998: ARCH ENEMY release Stigmata and SOULFLY release Soulfly.
April 21, 2000: METALLICA perform the first of two nights with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in Berkeley, CA.
April 21, 2009: BLACK LABEL SOCIETY release Skullage.

April 22, 1985: ANVIL release Backwaxed.
April 22, 1995: R.I.P. Carl Spencer Albert (VICIOUS RUMORS).
April 22, 1997: FATES WARNING release A Pleasant Shade Of Gray.
April 22, 2003: BLACK LABEL SOCIETY release The Blessed Hellride.
April 22, 2008: WHITESNAKE release Good To Be Bad.
April 22, 2014: SEBASTIAN BACH releases Give 'Em Hell and JOE SATRIANI releases The Complete Studio Recordings.

Bay area music legends SAMMY HAGAR and Bob Weir are joining forces for the fifth annual ACOUSTIC-4-A-CURE BENEFIT CONCERT on May 15th at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Acoustic-4-A-Cure V will be a special 75th birthday celebration for blues icon Taj Mahal, with artists including Joe Satriani, Chad Smith, Michael Anthony, Kevin Cronin, Eddie Money and Vic Johnson already confirmed to perform. The concert benefits The Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF's Benioff Children's Hospital. Details and tickets only at at

Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, along with Nancy Wilson from Heart, will play the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's 2018 BEASTLY BALL on May 19th, commemorating National Endangered Species Day. Further details can be found at

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