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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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Ted Nugent Blames Liberals for Detroit’s Bankruptcy

On Thursday (July 18), the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, with more than $18 billion in debt. One of its most famous native sons, rocker Ted Nugent, has taken aim at those whom he feels is responsible for the city's long-standing financial woes.

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Alice Cooper Almost Done With New Covers Album

The "Hollywood vampires" of the early-to-mid-'70s are providing the inspiration for an upcoming release by a man who's spent a career exploring the dark and ghoulish. In a new interview, Alice Cooper gives a few details about the covers album he's currently recording.

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Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones Top 2013 Concert Earners List

In addition to barbecues, vacations and oppressive humidity, July always brings with it a spell of best-of-the-year-so-far lists. The newest one of interest to classic rock fans reveals that Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones have taken win, place and show in the list of the Top Grossing Concert Acts for the first half of 2013.

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Rod Stewart Recalls Mick Jagger’s Group Sex Invite

The sex life of Rod Stewart is truly the stuff of legend that could make a grown man cry, even if, by his own admission, it was "sad." But recently he's been disclosing that, back in the day, he turned down some high-profile offers. In May, he said that he ran from the notorious Plaster Casters, and, in a new interview, he shot down Mick Jagger's request for group sex.

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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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