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Dave Lifton

Dave Lifton, who writes for both Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser, is a podcaster and author of several books. A native of New York, he now lives in Chicago, where he's usually staring out at Lake Michigan from his apartment or getting into arguments with Bears fans. Also, he likes Bruce Springsteen and pulled pork sandwiches.
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35 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen Releases ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’

After two acclaimed but commercially under-appreciated albums, Bruce Springsteen finally got the mainstream success he wanted with 1975's 'Born to Run.' However, he learned about the darker side of his dreams when it came time to record the follow-up, 'Darkness on the Edge of Town,' which was released on June 2, 1978.

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The Rolling Stones Rock Chicago

Chicago has held a special pull for the Rolling Stones from before the group even existed. Mick Jagger was famously carrying albums from Chicago-based Chess Records when he ran into his childhood pal Keith Richards at the Dartford railway station in 1960. It began a partnership that, 53 years later, brought them back to the city on May 31, the second night of a

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35 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen Launches ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ Tour

When the 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' tour kicked off at Shea Hall in Buffalo, N.Y. on May 23, 1978, Bruce Springsteen was looking to restart his career after nearly three years on the sidelines. By the time it ended seven months later, he had cemented his reputation as one of the most electrifying performers in the entirety of rock music.

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45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Paul McCartney Appear on ‘The Tonight Show’

After their February 1968 trip to Rishikesh, India failed to provide the spiritual enlightenment they sought, the Beatles turned in the opposite direction, towards business matters. A few months later, the company they decided to form in the wake of manager Brian Epstein's death was ready to launch. In mid-May, John Lennon and Paul McCartney flew to New York to promote Apple Corps.

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Jimi Hendrix Asked Paul McCartney to Play Bass on Record With Miles Davis

One of the great "what-ifs" in rock history just got even greater. A newly uncovered telegram shows that Jimi Hendrix had asked Paul McCartney to play bass in a proposed recording session with legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis and drummer Tony Williams.

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Rolling Stones Begin 2013 Leg of ’50 And Counting’ Tour in Los Angeles

The Rolling Stones kicked off the second leg of their '50 and Counting' tour last night with a 23-song, two-and-a-half hour show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The setlist and more video can be found below.

The concert began in style, with the UCLA Marching Band filling the tongue-shaped runway and pe

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Black Sabbath Announce 2013 Summer Tour of North America

We didn't think four dates would be enough, and today (April 25), Black Sabbath confirmed what we had been thinking all along. The band has announced a five-week tour of North America in support of its upcoming album, '13.' The full list of shows can be found below.

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Billy Joel Built a Motorcycle for Bruce Springsteen

Born a few months apart in the New York area, lifelong labelmates and members of the (other) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen have a lot in common. In addition, both are also well-known motorcycle fans, and Joel has built a bike for his old friend.

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