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Happy Friday and TGIF! And an interesting one for music history per usual, of course. On July 27, 1979 in Scottsdale, Arizona, an Indian art store owned by shock rocker Alice Cooper was firebombed, resulting in $200,000 worth of destruction to the shop. Cooper, unsurprisingly, had been making some negative remarks regarding disco music (who could blame him, really?) and Cooper claimed that the vandalism had probably been the work of a “disco music freak.” Eloquently put, Cooper. Alice Cooper performed at this year’s Bonaroo and is currently out on tour in support of his most recent release and 26th studio album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, Cooper’s highest-charting album since 1991’s Hey Stoopid.
Also today in music history, back in 1986, Queen became the first Westerners since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to play in Eastern Europe when they played their show in Budapest, Hungary. Yesterday, Roger Meddows Taylor, drummer for the band celebrated his 63 rd birthday. The special edition of Freddie Mercury’s album Barcelona, his final solo album before his death, is set to release on September 3rd of this year.
Finally, today singer-songwriter, author and local musician Juliana Hatfield celebrates her 45th birthday. Hatfield released her most recent album There’s Always Another Girl last August through the help of her fan’s donations who supported the album through a project called Pledgemusic, an organization that raises money directly for musicians. Hatfield currently lives in Cambridge and studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.