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Billy Dukes' music background includes jobs as Music Director and night DJ at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C., writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich., and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette, in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006, and wisely married her one year later. They live in northeast Wake County with their two dogs Daisy and Clementine and their son. In his free time Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling, and exploring nature.
Jon Bon Jovi
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Jon Bon Jovi Fears for Reality Singing Show Contestants

If you ask Jon Bon Jovi, the Grammys have gotten it right in recent years. The singer listed Adele and Mumford & Sons as bands with real talent, while adding that he worries about kids today and a perceived waning interest in good music.

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Allman Brothers Band
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Allman Brothers Band to Release Vintage Recordings

Next month the Allman Brothers Band will release two live shows from their early '70s height as a southern rock superpower. Recordings from a show played just months after Duane Allman died, and another after the death of Berry Oakley show the group in very different incarnations.

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Axl Rose DJ Ashba
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Guns N’ Roses DJ Ashba Defends Axl Rose, Says ‘He Treats Us Like Gold’

He might not be Big Ben of rock stars, but Axl Rose is not the jerk he's portrayed as in the media, his guitarist says. Guns N' Roses' DJ Ashba explained why they are often late to the stage and defended his lead singer as a nice guy in a recent interview.

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Metallica
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‘Metallica Through the Never’ 3-D Movie Release Date Announced

Amongst the new ventures Metallica has planned for 2013 is a feature film called 'Metallica Through the Never.' The band announced today that they've teamed up with Picturehouse, a independent film marketing and distribution company to get the movie to theaters this summer.

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Tommy Thayer
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Kiss’ Tommy Thayer Says He Was Ace Frehley’s ‘Heir Apparent’

Tommy Thayer didn't officially take over as lead guitarist of Kiss until 2002, but in a recent interview he admits he was prepared to hop on stage in a moment's notice as early as 1998. Due to recurring problems with Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons made Thayer the "heir apparent."

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Kiss
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Kiss Characters to Star in 2013 Individual Comic Book Issues

Kiss are making a comeback as comic book characters. Beginning in March, IDW Publishing will release a four-issue series starring the Demon, the Starchild, the Catman and the Spaceman. Up first will be Gene Simmons's Demon character in a story inspired by the song 'Radioactive' from the rocker's 1978 solo album.

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Nikki Sixx
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Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx to Marry Courtney Bingham

There will soon be a new Mrs. Sixx as Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has announced he and girlfriend Courtney Bingham plan to marry. The two have been dating since November 2010; it's the third marriage for Sixx after unions to Playboy Playmate Brandi Brandt and actress Donna D'Errico.

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AC/DC, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan
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AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Wings Recordings + More Amongst 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees

A list of 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees includes plenty of songs and albums familiar to classic rock fans. Hits by AC/DC, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney & Wings, Bob Dylan and Elton John are amongst the 27 recordings chosen to be honored at the Grammy Museum. The Recording Academy made the announcement today (Nov. 21).

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Paul McCartney
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Paul McCartney and Wife Involved in Near-Disastrous Helicopter Incident

Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell weren't aware they were within two feet of a terrible helicopter accident this past spring until after the chopper was safely on the ground. The Daily Mail reports the couple were being flown home, when the pilot became disoriented by the bad weather and nearly caught the tree tops surrounding his chopper pad.

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Fleetwood Mac
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Fleetwood Mac Confirm They Will Tour in 2013

Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac will return to the road in 2013. There are no dates officially scheduled, but all parties have agreed on a tentative schedule of rehearsals, while keeping open the possibility of also creating new music.

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Eric Clapton
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Eric Clapton to Mark 35th Anniversary of ‘Slowhand’ With Supersized Re-Release

'Slowhand,' Eric Clapton's most successful '70s album, is being repackaged and re-released this fall, with up to 14 previously unreleased tracks on multiple formats. 2012 is the 35th anniversary of a recording that features many hits that still make his live show today. It will be available on Nov. 26. 

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