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CDJ Today: September 24 in Classic Rock

Nirvanan Nevermind album cover

September 24, 1991 – Nirvana release their second studio album, Nevermind. The album goes on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.  Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl conceive of the cover shot after watching a TV documentary on water babies.  Spencer Elden, the 3-month-old son of the photographer’s friend is the baby chosen.  Elden’s circumcised penis is visible in the image and Cobain is quoted as saying, “If you’re offended by this, you must be a closet pedophile.”

September 24, 1998 – Former Guns ’N Roses drummer Steven Adler is sentenced to 150 days in jail for attacking two women in separate domestic violence incidents, which also violates his probation from a 1997 conviction in another domestic violence case.  He is additionally sentenced to three years of probation, with the conditions of undergoing a year of domestic violence counseling and a ban on using illegal drugs.

September 24, 1979 – The Eagles release their sixth studio album, The Long Run, which goes on to sell seven million copies in the U.S. and gives the band a Grammy for “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” for the song “Heartache Tonight.”

September 24, 2004 – The Strat Pack: Live in Concert is held at Wembley Arena in London, marking the 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. The concert features Ronnie Wood, Joe Walsh, Gary Moore, Brian May, David Gilmour, Albert Lee, Amy Winehouse, Paul Rodgers and many more.

September 24, 2003 – The Dave Matthews Band play at Central Park in New York City in front of almost 100,000 people.  The show is later released as an album. The concert was the idea of Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, who volunteered to raise philanthropic funds for the city’s school system.

September 24, 1993 – Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler collects a back-payment check of $2,250,000 and is granted 15% of the royalties for everything he recorded prior to his departure after suing the band for wrongful dismissal. He claims he was “impaired” when he signed the original contract.

September 24, 1990 – AC/DC releases The Razor’s Edge, their 12th studio album. It goes on to sell over 5 million copies.

September 24, 1988 – James Brown is sentenced to six years in prison for failing to stop for the police in a two-state automobile chase which starts in Augusta, Georgia. Brown eventually serves two years of the sentence.  Luckily, he was acquitted of the charge of assault with intent to kill.

September 24, 1991 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers release Blood Sugar Sex Magik, their fifth studio album. The album goes on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.

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Classic Rock Birthdays

September 24, 1965 – Sean McNabb, bass (Quiet Riot, Dokken, Great White)
September 24, 1969 – Shawn “Clown” Crahan, vocals, percussion (Slipknot)
September 24, 1946 – Jerry Donahue, guitar (Fairport Convention)
September 24, 1942 – Linda McCartney (born Linda Eastman), keyboards, vocals (Wings) (d. 1998)

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