Released May 25, 1983.

Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. May 25th is one.

  • 1948

    May 25, 1948: Klaus Meine is born in Hanover, Germany. He’s been fronting Scorpions since 1969, which is an insane run. Let’s celebrate the legend with a performance of “Wind of Change” in Boston for the band’s 50th Anniversary Tour in 2015.

  • 1983

    May 25, 1983: Dio releases their debut solo album Holy Diver. Post-Sabbath Ronnie James Dio, with Sabbath drummer Vinnie Appice, Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain, and a young Vivian Campbell on guitar. An instant classic. A metal masterpiece.

  • 1996

    May 25, 1996: Bradley Nowell of Sublime dies of a heroin overdoes two months before the release of the band’s major-label debut. I wrote about the 25th anniversary of Nowell’s death last year.

    Remembering Bradley Nowell from Sublime, 25 Years On
  • 2003

    May 25, 2003: Jane’s Addiction takes the stage at the WBCN River Rave in Mansfield as the “super-surprise special guest band.” They only played a half-dozen songs, but they tore the roof off the shed. I only wish I’d taken pictures or shot video, as there’s no evidence floating around the internet, sadly. So here’s the band on late night TV from that Strays era.

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