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August 24th - This Day in Music

Imagine paying £12.50 to go to Reading festival this weekend. And then, imagine you were in 1980. You’d be seeing Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, UFO, Pat Travers Band and Rory Gallagher play live at the 20th National Rock Festival, Reading Rock 80 for just that price. Unbelievable eh? We’ve spent the morning trawling through YouTube to find a quality video of Reading Rocks 1980, but perhaps that was slightly ambitious. However, check out the FM broadcast of Def Leppard and Getcha Rocks off Live…

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Deff Leppard
Def Leppard are an English rock band from Sheffield, who formed in 1977 during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Largely on the strength of their albums Pyromania and Hysteria, Def Leppard became one of the top-selling rock bands throughout the 1980s, selling over 65 million albums worldwide, including over 35 million in the United States alone. Rick Savage (bass), Pete Willis (guitar), and Tony Kenning (drums), all students at Tapton School in Sheffield, formed a band called Atomic Mass in 1977.

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Iron Maiden
There are multiple artists with this name: 1) Iron Maiden is a New Wave of British Heavy Metal or nwobhm band from the United Kingdom. They formed in London, 1975 by bassist Steve Harris, they are one of the most successful and influential bands in the heavy metal genre, selling over 80 million albums worldwide. The band has so far released fifteen studio albums, four “best of” compilations, nine live albums and four limited boxed-sets. They have also won the Ivor Novello Award for international achievement in 2000

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Whitesnake
Whitesnake are an English hard rock band, founded in 1977 by David Coverdale (formerly of Deep Purple) in North Yorkshire. In their early years, Whitesnake played in a hard blues-rock and heavy metal style. By the mid-80s, the band had moved towards a more commercial hair metal sound. They were named the 85th Greatest hard rock band of all time by VH1. Whitesnake were active primarily in the 1980s, but still tour, albeit with an entirely new line-up (bar Coverdale), to this day.

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