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On Oct. 25, 1990, The Simpsons unleashed its first “Treehouse of Horror” episode, launching a Halloween television tradition. When formulating their concept, show creator Matt Groening and showrunner Al Jean took inspiration from EC Comics. The comic book brand – known as the creators of Tales From the Crypt – was popular in the ‘50s thanks […]

On Oct. 24, 1995, five different rock artists — Ozzy Osbourne, Smashing Pumpkins, the Pretenders, Bob Seger and Anthrax — put out notable albums. The releases captured each of the acts at drastically different points in their respective careers. For Osbourne, 1995’s Ozzmosis represented a comeback of sorts. The Prince of Darkness had announced his retirement […]

On Halloween 1982, CHiPs aired one of the most hare-brained, lovable episodes of its six-season run, with the stars getting involved in the life of a rocker whose on-stage appearance is quite clearly modeled on Gene Simmons of Kiss. “Rock Devil Rock,” a holiday-themed special, featured a satanic rock star, played by Don Most (Ralph Malph of Happy Days) as […]

The second single from Iron Maiden’s Brave New World remains something of a baffling piece of band history. Released five months after its parent record arrived on Oct. 23, 2000, “Out of the Silent Planet” ended up as a cut-down single, chopped from 6:25 to 4:10. Janick Gers’ melodious, trance-like opening riff and a building […]

On Oct. 21, 1995, Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon was found dead on his tour bus, his life coming to an end after only briefly scraping its potential. Richard Shannon Hoon was born and raised in rural Indiana. He chose to go by his middle name to avoid confusion with his father, also named Richard. After graduating […]

On Oct. 11, 1975 Saturday Night Live debuted on NBC. The first, largely uneven episode offered very little hint that the series would go on to become one of the most important programs in comedy history. Saturday Night Live – originally called NBC’s Saturday Night due to the pre-existing ABC variety show Saturday Night Live […]

Hugh Syme originally envisioned an even more grandiose cover for Rush‘s 1977 classic, A Farewell to Kings. But in a development not uncommon in the analog era, feedback from band management altered those plans. As he tells UCR. Syme, the prog-rock trio’s art director since Caress of Steel, grew up in England “on the flip-side […]

On Oct. 10, 1980, Goldie Hawn entered the prime of her career with the release of Private Benjamin, a film that could have been a complete mess, but was elevated to a minor classic thanks to Hawn’s unique talent. The movie, co-written by Nancy Meyers and her then-husband Charles Shyer, was the first that Hawn produced […]

It’s difficult enough to stop to think about what John Lennon would have been doing if he’d been alive to celebrate his 80th birthday on Oct. 9, 2020. It’s also difficult to try to encapsulate what he achieved in the 18 years he spent as one of the most famous artists in the world. From […]

Eddie Van Halen‘s last Van Halen concert was a hometown gig, the second of two nights at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Oct. 4, 2015. It was almost exactly five years to the day before the guitar legend’s death on Oct. 6, 2020 at the age of 65. The 23-song show, according to, […]