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The British Rock band Radiohead released their album "In Rainbows" under a pay what you want pricing strategy where customers could even download all their songs for free. In spite of the free option, many customers paid and they netted more profits because of this marketing strategy

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In 2008 and at the age of 45, Flea, bass player of the multiplatinum rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, enrolled as a freshman at University of Southern California's music program to learn the academic side of music.

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  1. A man holds a Guinness World Record for most completions of Dark Souls using alternative controllers (including a Rock Band drumkit)

  2. In late 60s a group of imposters from Texas pretended to be the British rock band the Zombies and toured throughout the U.S to sold out shows. Two of those imposters (Dusty Hill and Frank Beard) would go on to form ZZ Top.

  3. When the chief model maker for Thomas the Tank Engine left his rock band in 1970, he was replaced by Freddie Mercury and his former band became Queen

  4. There was a rock band called Coven who are often credited as being the first "Satanic" rock band. Their bassist's name was "Oz Osborne" and they wrote a song called "Black Sabbath" on their debut album. Their debut album predates Black Sabbath's debut album with Ozzy Osbourne by one year.

  5. Adam Jones, the guitarist of the rock band TOOL, also worked on makeup and set design for Hollywood blockbuster films such as Jurassic Park, Terminator 2 and Ghostbusters II, and used his background in film to create TOOL's "unique" stop-motion music videos.

  6. The character of Austin Powers was created by Mike Myers as a persona for his faux 60s rock band Ming Tea. His then wife loved the persona so much that she encouraged him to write a film about the character.

  7. The rock band ZZ Top has had the same members without any changes since 1969, 47 years.

  8. Logo of the popular Japanese rock band, Greeeen is of a mouthful of teeth because the members are actual dentists irl. They have never shown their faces in the public and their identities are still unknown to protect their dentistry careers.

  9. Ian Anderson, the frontman for the rock band Jethro Tull, adopted the flute after realized he would never be "as good as Eric Clapton" on the electric guitar.

  10. American rock band Green Day had finished an album in 2003, but it was never released because the master tracks were stolen from the studio. Instead of re-recording the album, the band decided to write and record an entire new album, which turned out to be their hit record American Idiot

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When The South's Gonna Do It Again by Charlie Daniels Band, a song about Southern rock, was used by the KKK, Daniels said "I'm damn proud of the South, but I sure as hell am not proud of the Ku Klux Klan. [..] It was not written to promote hate groups."

The people of Shitterton, UK, banded together to buy a big rock to put the name on. As people kept stealing the sign. - source

The Guns N' Roses hit song Sweet Child o' Mine came under controversy in 2015 when a very similar sounding track by a lesser known Australian rock band was discovered to have been released six years prior. Upon hearing the song, GnR's bassist, Duff McKagan, called the similarities "stunning." - source

In order to secure the rights to use Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" in the School of Rock movie, Jack Black shot a video of himself in front of 1,000 screaming fans begging the band to let him use their song.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra's path to success was unusual in that TSO is the first major rock band to go straight to theaters and arenas, having never played at a club, never having an opening act and never being an opening act. - source

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Rock band Van Halen included "a bowl of M&M candies, with absolutely all the brown ones removed" as an indicator whether the concert promoter had actually read the band's complicated contract. It served as a quick check to ensure safety of all equipment

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Peter Capaldi was the lead singer in a punk rock band called Dreamboys, whose drummer was future comedian Craig Ferguson.

Queen (the band) is the only group that has had all of its members compose multiple #1 hits, so in addition to the band being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, all four members have been individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Shortly after his parents divorce, Johnny Depp dropped out of high school to join a rock band full-time. After 2 weeks he attempted to return to school, but his principal stopped him and told him to continue following his his dream.

The gothic rock band Theatre of Ice decided to break up after they were kidnapped by a group of fans who believed the band could help them summon demons

Rock band KISS uses a different logo in Germany to avoid confusion with the Nazi SS logo

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The indie rock band formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr changed its name because NASCAR fans kept showing up to their shows to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr.

In 1977, members of the rock band KISS mixed their own blood with the red ink used to print the first KISS comic book.

In 1980, Punk Rock band Dead Kennedys was invited to play at an awards show to give the event "new wave credibility". Seconds into their set, they stopped to perform 'Pull My Strings', a song written specifically to take the piss out of the music execs in the room. They never played it again.

Iron Maiden wrote a song based on Dune, the classic sic-fi novel. The band initially wanted to name the song "Dune", but were met with the following message upon requesting permission: "Frank Herbert doesn't like rock bands, particularly heavy rock bands, and especially bands like Iron Maiden".

After putting his acting career on hold in 2008 "Malcolm in the Middle" star, Frankie Muñiz, went on to pursue a career in open wheel racing for a few years and then joined an indie rock band as a drummer until 2014

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The punk band Death. Originally a funk group, the three African American brothers moved to rock when they heard The Who. Their album “for the whole world to see” recorded in 1974, predates punk music that became popular later that decade, making them one of the first punk bands in the world.

Robert Hunter's relationship with the Grateful Dead grew until he was officially a non-performing band member. When the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, Hunter was included as a band member, the only non-performer ever so honored. RIP Robert Hunter

Rock Band's program to let artists upload their own material as DLC was called MAGMA, because that's the source of rock.

Foo Fighters' front man Dave Grohl is such a huge fan of UK rock band Killing Joke, he did all of the drumming on their self-titled 2003 album free of charge.

The Prog rock band Yes broke up,members of Yes started a new band called Cinema. Cinema wrote an album largely based off of songs by Yes. While recording the Yes vocalist joined Cinema. Cinema changed its name to Yes. Yes released the album, titled 90125. 90125 became their most successful album

Queen was probably the most educated rock band ever. Freddie Mercury - degree in Art & Graphic Design, Roger Taylor - Biology, John Deacon - Electronics & Brian May - Astrophysics (& recently completed his doctorate after a 30-year hiatus).

Keanu Reeves was part of an alternative rock group called Dogstar. The genesis of the band was a chance encounter between Robert Mailhouse and Reeves at a supermarket when the 2 men started talking about hockey and Keanu asked Mailhouse if he needed a goalie.

Rock band Iron Maiden went to a restaurant after a 1984 concert in Poland. The Maidens saw a wedding inside; after a chat, they took the wedding band's instruments and began playing for the night. Guests had no idea until the groom saw that his wedding band transformed into Iron Maiden.

Radiohead's lead guitarist Johnny Greenwood played a cameo role as a guitarist in a wizard rock band in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

A school in Bromley, England, once held a rock concert featuring some of their young pupils: A band called "The Little Ravens" with 12-year-old Peter Frampton on guitar, and "George And The Dragons" with lead singer David Bowie.

The bassist of 1970's rock band Iron Butterfly developed missile guidance systems and software based digital video compression, was rumored to have disappeared in time travel attempt.

About The Shaggs, an all female rock band from New Hampshire who despite being remembered for their seeming ineptitude to play rock, were called “better than The Beatles” by Frank Zappa and made an album Kurt Cobain considered one of the best of all time.

Four Members of the UK Parliament created a rock band in 2004. 'MP4', billed as "The World's Only Parliamentary Rock Band", have been playing together ever since.

The classic rock band Boston secretly recorded their debut album in Tom Scholz' basement, while they pulled off an elaborate ruse to make the record label think they were actually recording it in a state-of-the-art west coast studio.

The 1968 rock song In A Gadda Da Vida was intended to be "In The Garden of Eden". Frontman Doug Ingle, who came up with the song, was hammered on red wine and his band mates couldn't understand him.

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