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36 Years Ago: Nikki Sixx Forms Motley Crue

On Jan. 17, 1981, Nikki Sixx formed Motley Crue after leaving London. Get the full story behind the band's beginnings.

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Metallica 1991
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16 Years Ago: Jason Newsted Leaves Metallica

On Jan. 17, 2001, bassist Jason Newsted revealed the news that he was exiting Metallica.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

33 Years Ago: Van Halen Release ‘1984’

On January 9, 1984, Van Halen released their last album of the first era with David Lee Roth.

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Peter Still, Getty Images
Peter Still, Getty Images

26 Years Ago: Def Leppard Guitarist Steve Clark Dies

On Jan. 8, 1991, Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark died from an overdose.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

7 Years Ago: Avenged Sevenfold’s Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan Passes Away

On Dec. 28, 2009, Avenged Sevenfold announced their longtime drummer Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan had passed away at the age of 28.

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Ebet Roberts / Redferns, Getty Images
Ebet Roberts / Redferns, Getty Images

41 Years Ago: Steve Harris Forms Iron Maiden on Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, 1975, Steve Harris formed Iron Maiden, who would persevere through years of industry pressure to conform before changing heavy metal forever.

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Dimebag Darrell (Pantera / Damageplan)
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12 Years Ago: Dimebag Darrell Slain Onstage

On Dec. 8, 2004, Dimebag Darrell's life ended when he was shot by a gunman onstage during a Damageplan show in Columbus, Ohio.

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Epic
Epic

22 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Release ‘Vitalogy’

On Dec. 6, 1994, Pearl Jam issued their chaotic third album 'Vitalogy.'

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

One Year Ago: Scott Weiland Dies From Drug Overdose

On Dec. 3, 2015, iconic Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland died of a drug overdose while on tour with Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts.

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Metal Blade
Metal Blade

33 Years Ago: Slayer Unleash Their Debut Album ‘Show No Mercy’

On Dec. 3, 1983, Slayer started their legendary metal career with the release of their debut album, 'Show No Mercy.'

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