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Wednesday, April 23, 201404/23/2014

3 O’clock School of Rock – 4/23

What was the nickname given by Eric Clapton to the Fender Stratocaster he used onstage and in the studio between 1970 and 1985. In 1985, it was retired due to issues with the neck. In 2004, it was sold at auction for $959,500 to support the Crossroads Centre, a drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation centre founded by Clapton. The final bid was cast by the music chain Guitar Center.

Robbie Krieger, left and Ray Manzarek

Tuesday, April 22, 201404/22/2014

3 O’clock School of Rock – 4/22

It’s always interesting to hear the stories about how bands get their name. Jim Morrison named his band – The Doors – after the title of a 1950s essay called “The Doors of Perception” by Aldous Huxley. That essay was based on the writing of what 18th century poet — who wrote “When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite.”

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Monday, April 21, 201404/21/2014

3 O’clock School of Rock – 4/21

It’s pretty common nowadays for artists to license their music for use in commercials. But, decades ago it was not. Many artists felt that it compromised the integrity of their music. However, the thinking on that changed. Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll was used in a commercial that debuted during the Super Bowl in 2003. It was the first time Led Zeppelin’s music had been licensed for commercial use. What product was being advertised while the music of Led Zeppelin played?

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Thursday, April 17, 201404/17/2014

3 O’Clock School of Rock – 4/17

Lyrics challenge: In what song can you find these lyrics? “He’d headed west ’cause he felt that a change would do him good. See some old friends, good for the soul.”

Ronny James Dio van Heaven and Hell.

Monday, April 14, 201404/14/2014

3 O’Clock School of Rock – 4/14

By 1974, Deep Purple had gone through some personnel changes, and Ritchie Blackmore decided to start another band. He worked with Ronnie James Dio on this new band and eventually left Deep Purple. What was Ritchie’s new band?

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Thursday, April 10, 201404/10/2014

3 O’Clock School of Rock – 4/10

John Mellencamp wasn’t thrilled when he found out in 1975 that his label had renamed him Johnny Cougar. Over the years, he changed it to John Cougar…then John Cougar Mellencamp…and then finally John Mellencamp. What year did he officially become John Mellencamp with the release of the album “Whenever We Wanted”?

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Wednesday, April 9, 201404/09/2014

3 O’Clock School of Rock – 4/9

When The Doors released their first single, it failed to reach the top 100 on the charts. Despite that, the band often played the song at their live shows and it’s one of their signature songs. What was the first single released by The Doors?

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Tuesday, April 8, 201404/08/2014

3 O’Clock School of Rock – 4/8

What superstar sang on and co-wrote Fame with David Bowie?

Lynyrd Skynyrd performing live at The O2 Arena.

Monday, April 7, 201404/07/2014

3 O’Clock School of Rock – 4/7

In 1973, Lynyrd Skynyrd released their signature song – Free Bird. It’s one of the most requested songs of all time and is often used as a finale at their live shows. The song was written as a tribute to a musician. Who was it written as tribute to?

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Tuesday, April 1, 201404/01/2014

3 O’Clock School of Rock – 4/1

David Lee Roth left Van Halen in April 1st (no joke) in 1985. Later that year, he assembled a solo band and released Eat ‘Em and Smile. Who was David Lee Roth’s guitarist?

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Paul McCartney urges Scots to shun independence

Sir Paul McCartney performs with his band during the "Out There" Tour at the Times Union Center on Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.

Paul McCartney has signed an open letter to Scottish voters urging them to choose 'No' in a crucial poll over plans for the nation to break away from the rest of the U.K.

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Pistachios may help reduce diabetes risk

Pistachios are seen after sorting at a processing factory in Rafsanjan, 1,000 kilometers southeast of Tehran September 23, 2008.

For people who may be headed for type 2 diabetes, regularly eating pistachios might help turn the tide.

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Triathlons popular with middle-aged athletes

Runners and bikers compete in the 34th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco, California June 1, 2014.

Triathlons, the swim-bike-run races of varying lengths, are scaling the bucket lists of many middle-aged athletes.

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Delta flight diverted over reclining seat dispute

A Delta Air Lines jet takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., Monday, July 28, 2014. In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and passed legislation letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and fees are added.

An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport.

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Survivor’s Jimi Jamison dies at 63

Members of the band Survivor in the earl 1980s: (L-R) Marc Droubay, Jim Peterik, Stephen Ellis, Frankie Sullivan, Jimi Jamison

The family of Survivor rocker Jimi Jamison has thanked fans for the outpouring of support following his sudden death on Sunday.