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Mick Jagger Reveals Jeff Beck Will Join Him on ‘SNL’

NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ is pulling out at all the stops for the finale of its 37th season. First it was announced that Mick Jagger would be both the host and musical guest. Then they said that Jagger would be backed by Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire. Now they’ve added another rock legend to the proceedings, guitarist Jeff Beck.

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Paul McCartney Saved Mark Ronson from Drowning

In addition to being known as a brilliant singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Paul McCartney‘s reputation as an all-around nice guy has been well-earned through the years. If he was less modest, he’d also be able to add the word “hero” to his CV, as it was recently revealed that, many years ago, he saved future producer Mark Ronson from drowning in Long Island Sound.

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Geddy Lee of Rush Talks About ‘Clockwork Angels’

With a new album coming out, Rush are ramping up their publicity machine. On Thursday (May 10) bassist and vocalist Geddy Lee appeared on Real Radio XS in the United Kingdom to talk about ‘Clockwork Angels,’ namely, why it took so long for it to come to fruition.

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Green Day Singer Almost Joined Guns N’ Roses for Hall of Fame Show

The induction of Guns N’ Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April gave us plenty to write about at the time. It was so controversial that, a month later, news is still coming out. Today we learned that Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong, who gave their induction speech, nearly sang lead vocals in place of Axl Rose, who declined to participate on the eve of the ceremony.

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Booker T. and the MGs Bassist Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn Death: Slash Pays Tribute On Twitter

The death of Booker T. and the MGs bass player Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn has shaken the entire music world, with many rock greats logging on to Twitter to say how much Dunn’s music meant to them. One of those is Slash, who tweeted the message below to his more than 1.5 million followers.

Donal “Duck” Dunn was one of the greatest side & session, blues, R&B

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Rare Bruce Springsteen Poster From 1971 Sells For $650 on eBay

A poster of one of the oddities in the Bruce Springsteen‘s pre-fame career recently sold for $650 on eBay. The poster is for the “Ernie the Chickin’ Festival” at Newark State College in Union, N.J. on May 15, 1971. Music was performed by several local acts including the oddly named “Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom with Bruce Springsteen.”

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Legendary Bassist Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn Passes Away At Age 70

Donald “Duck” Dunn, who played on hundreds of rock and soul classics as the bassist for Booker T. and the MGs, and later as a session player, passed away Sunday morning at the age of 70. Steve Cropper, the MGs guitarist, broke the news on his Facebook page at approximately 12:30AM Eastern time.

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Neil Young Releases Video for ‘Jesus’ Chariot’ from Upcoming ‘Americana’ Album

Neil Young has just released the second song and video from his ‘Americana‘ album, which will be released June 5. As has been widely reported, the album reunites him with longtime co-conspirators Crazy Horse as they put their unique sound on classic American folk tunes. Here, Young and his pals take on ‘She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain,’ which is renamed ‘Jesus’ Chariot’ on the album.

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Bruce Springsteen To Play Boston’s Fenway Park

New York Yankees fans are notoriously unwelcome in Boston, and even less so in the not-so-friendly confines of Fenway Park. However, Red Sox fans will turn their boos to shouts of “BRUCE!” when famous Yankees fan Bruce Springsteen rocks the 100-year old stadium on Aug. 14.

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Led Zeppelin Tour Poster Sells For $2,200 on eBay

A rare poster for Led Zeppelin‘s 1971 tour of Japan has sold for $2,200 on eBay. The poster advertises the tour’s first two dates, at Tokyo’s Budokan Hall on Sept. 23 and 24. Led Zeppelin played three other shows in Japan: Hiroshima on Sept. 27 and Osaka on Sept. 28 and 29. Ticket prices for the shows ranged from 1,500 to 2,700 Yen, which corresponds to $18.80 to $33.85 in 2012 dollars.

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Metallica Perform Entire ‘Black Album’ for the First Time – With A Twist

Leave it to Metallica to do the unexpected even when they do the expected. It had been known — advertised, even — that the band would perform their ‘Black Album’ in its entirety on their European tour, which kicked off Monday (May 7) in Prague. They even brought back the “Snake Pit” to make it even feel as close to 1991 as they could.

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