3 Albums By Rock Bands That Turned 40 In April 2024

Grace Under Pressure¬†is the tenth studio album by Canadian¬†rock¬†band¬†Rush, released April 12, 1984, on¬†Anthem Records. After touring for the band’s previous album, Signals (1982), came to an end in mid-1983, Rush started work on a follow-up in August. Grace Under Pressure was influenced by the growing tensions in the Cold War in the 1980s. Led by Distant Early Warning, the other hits include the haunting Red Sector A, Afterimage and the Body Electric but also have the crowd favourite Kid Gloves & Between The Wheels.

Caught in the Act¬†is a¬†live¬†double album¬†by¬†Styx, released in 1984. It contains one new song, “Music Time,” which was released as a single, reaching #40 on the¬†Billboard¬†Hot 100 charts. Caught in the Act¬†is also the name of a VHS video recording that featured the band acting out the concept established in their¬†Kilroy Was Here album. A DVD version was released on December 11, 2007. Shortly after this album’s release,¬†Tommy Shaw¬†announced his departure from the band to pursue a solo career. The band then went into hiatus for the rest of the 1980s.¬†Caught In The Act¬†would ultimately prove to be the final album by the massively successful 1975-84 Styx lineup of¬†Dennis DeYoung, Shaw,¬†James Young,¬†Chuck Panozzo, and¬†John Panozzo;

Street Talk¬†is¬†Steve Perry’s first solo studio album, released in April 1984. Street Talk¬†contains Perry’s biggest hit as a solo artist, “Oh Sherrie”, written for his then-girlfriend Sherrie Swafford The song hit #3 on the Billboard¬†Hot 100¬†and #1 on Billboard’s Rock chart, and the accompanying music video (also featuring Swafford) was a hit on¬†MTV. Other singles included “Foolish Heart” (peaked at #18), “She’s Mine” (peaked at #21), and “Strung Out” (peaked at #40). There were a number of nods to Perry’s pre-Journey¬†band Alien Project on this album‚ÄĒin fact, that band was originally going to be called Street Talk.

Arsenal 2 Wolverhampton Wolves 0

Arsenal put their Champions League disappointment firmly in the past to beat Wolves at Molineux and move back to the top of the Premier League. Having blown their chance to leapfrog Pep Guardiola’s side six days ago by losing at home to Aston Villa, then been knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich on Wednesday, it was a welcome triumph for Mikel Arteta’s men. Leandro Trossard’s strike in the last minute of the opening period may not have been the most eye-catching of the Belgian’s career but it was perfectly timed. It came at the end of a half where Arsenal seemed to have got stuck after a bright start and nearly fell behind to Gary O’Neil’s injury-ravaged side.

The visitors dominated the second half too but were unable to carve out the clear chances that would have allowed them to take the game out of reach. Captain Martin Odegaard added the second deep into stoppage time at the end of the game, turning in from a tight angle after his initial cross had been blocked. The result means Arsenal are now a point clear of City, with a better goal difference but having played a game more. They have the chance to apply some significant pressure to the defending champions when they entertain beaten FA Cup semi-finalists Chelsea on Tuesday. Trossard has been in and out as an Arsenal player since joining from Brighton in a £21m deal in January 2023.

The Belgian has still made more substitute appearances than starts in the Premier League for the Gunners – and when things are not going well, he is an obvious candidate to be replaced. Yet he scores key goals. Since the beginning of last month alone, he has provided a winner against Porto in the Champions League, an equaliser in the home leg of the quarter-final with Bayern Munich, and now his latest effort – which takes him to 14 for the season in all competitions. Only Bukayo Saka has scored more for the Gunners. It was a scruffy effort, leaning back and on the stretch to get to Gabriel Jesus’ prodded pass. But it floated right into the top corner, out of goalkeeper Jose Sa’s reach. It changed the complexion of an evening that was starting to get a bit nervy for the visitors, who before that had allowed Wolves back into a game they had initially dominated.