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2020 John Prine, who grew up near Chicago, is named the first honorary poet laureate of Illinois. Prine died of coronavirus three months earlier.

2020 During a show at Brixton Academy in London, The Alarm frontman Mike Peters tells the crowd he's leaving the group, shocking his bandmates with the announcement. The Alarm disbands and doesn't re-form with the original members until a one-off reunion in 2004 for the VH1 show Bands Reunited.

2017 Jay-Z's 4:44 album is released through Roc Nation. The record is initially available only to Sprint and Tidal customers and is the first in a planned series of music exclusives from the Sprint-Tidal partnership.

2015 Apple launches a new streaming service, Apple Music.

2012 In Kiev, Queen launch their first tour with American Idol alumnus Adam Lambert on lead vocals. The band had previously toured with Paul Rodgers.

2009 U2 launch their 360 tour with a show in Barcelona. 109 shows later, the tour finishes with $735 million in earnings, blowing away the $558 million record set by The Rolling Stones on their 2005-2007 A Bigger Bang tour. Ed Sheeran breaks the record in 2019 when his ÷ (Divide) tour rakes in $775 million.

2008 Olivia Newton-John marries Amazon John Easterling, a TV producer and entrepreneur.

2006 US president George W. Bush and Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi visit Graceland in Memphis.

2006 Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey divorce after three years of marriage.

2004 Dave Davies of The Kinks suffers a massive stroke while walking out of a BBC building in London. Completely incapacitated for a few days, he gradually recovers, re-learning how to walk and play guitar over the next few years.

2001 Chet Atkins, a country guitarist and forerunner of the burgeoning Nashville sound of the '50s, dies of cancer at age 77.

2001 The Rockabilly Hall of Fame opens in Jackson, Tennessee.

1998 System Of A Down release their frantic self-titled debut album. The singles "Sugar" and "Spiders" earn airplay on rock radio and MTV, and as the band builds a following through touring, it goes on to sell over a million copies in America.

1995 Phyllis Hyman commits suicide by drug overdose at age 45. Known for the 1979 hit single "You Know How to Love Me," among others.

1993 Six days after falling off a 10-foot platform during rehearsal for a game show, 31-year-old Wong Ka Kui (lead singer of Beyond) dies of his head injuries.

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Kiss Put Blood, Sweat And Tears (Or At Least Blood) Into Their Comic

1977

Marvel Comics publishes a Kiss comic book with a vial of their blood mixed into the ink.


Kiss's appearance in a Marvel comic book is not their first: the band appeared in issues #12 and #13 of Howard the Duck earlier in the year. This is their first appearance as the heroes, and band members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss take on their alter egos The Demon, The Starchild, The Spaceman, and The Catman in a storyline that sees them battle against Doctor Doom. It is published in a larger magazine format rather than the regular comic book size. In their usual inimitable fashion, Kiss seize the marketing opportunity afforded by the comic, and arrange for vials of their own blood to be mixed in with the ink used to produce the comic book. The blood was drawn during a concert at New York's Nassau Coliseum on February 21, 1977. It was then mixed with the production ink, in the presence of a public notary, at the Borden Ink Plant in Depew, New York, on May 26th. Marvel Comic Super Special #1 becomes Marvel's biggest selling comic, finally knocked off the top spot in 1990 by Todd McFarlane's Spiderman #1. The Super Special series runs until 1985, for 41 issues, and covers subjects as diverse as The Beatles, Star Trek, the Indiana Jones series and Santa Claus: The Movie. Kiss go on to feature in more comics: A short unlicensed series from Revolutionary comics (1990-1993) is nevertheless endorsed by Gene Simmons and in 1997 Todd McFarlane works with the band on a 31-issue run to tie in with their Psycho Circus world tour. Another 13-episode series follows in 2002, this time from Dark Horse Comics, and the quartet continue their adventures right up to 2013 in conjunction with IDW as "Kiss Kids."

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Zabo from Dawson, Pa.I had to have this comic book. Begged my Mom for days to get it fir me.

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