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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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Billy Joel Sings ‘New York State of Mind’ with Fan

Although has sworn off the idea of doing another full-scale rock tour, Billy Joel still does his acclaimed 'An Evening of Questions and Answers and a Little Bit of Music' series at colleges. At a recent event, a fan wound up playing one of Joel's signature songs with the legendary musician.

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Metallica’s ‘Through the Never’ Movie Plot Detailed

We're starting to learn more about 'Metallica Through the Never,' their long-awaited concert movie. In a new interview, the video of which is embedded below, one of the film's stars says that the film combines music and drama in what he calls "a concert movie meets 'The Wall' meets Metallica."

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Doctor Describes Kidney Stones Like Vince Neil’s as ‘Worse than Childbirth’

Following his successful surgery for the removal of the kidney stones that caused him to leave the stage on Sunday night (March 10) in Sydney, Australia, Vince Neil is expected to rejoin Motley Crue tonight in Brisbane as scheduled. But, considering Nikki Sixx said that Neil never cancels a show, it got us wondering about how painful kidney stones must be.

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Win a $2,400 Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Model Fender Stratocaster

To celebrate the release of the 30th anniversary edition of Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut, 'Texas Flood,' we're teaming up with Sony Legacy, Fender and GuySpeed to give one lucky reader a Stevie Ray Vaughan signature model Stratocaster valued at $2,399.99. 10 runners-up will also win the Legacy Edition two-CD set of 'Texas Flood.'

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Deep Purple’s New Single Streaming Online

Deep Purple are set to release their new album, ‘NOW What?!’ on April 30. The first tracks, a double A-sided single of 'All the Time in the World' and 'Hell to Pay,' will be available March 29. However, samples of both songs, and two live cuts, are currently streaming online.

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Duff McKagan and Steven Adler Perform Guns N’ Roses Songs Together in Tokyo

A mini-Guns N' Roses reunion of sorts took place this past Thursday (March 7) While touring together in Tokyo, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler both sat in on the other's set to play a couple of their old classics. The videos are embedded below.

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Pete Townshend Speaks of the ‘Hatred’ in the Who’s Early Days

So much of the Who's creative tension was the result of the fact that its members didn't particularly like each other. None of that is really any secret, but in a new interview, guitarist Pete Townshend discussed how they managed to work together despite all the animosity.

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Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson Announce 2013 Tour

It's always a big event when like-minded rockers of different generations get their acts together and take them on the road. Last year saw Kiss tour with their similarly hormonal kindred spirits Motley Crue, and now Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson will team up for the ‘Masters of Madness: Shock Therapy Tour 2013.'

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Cream to Release Live Triple Vinyl Set for Record Store Day

 

Cream have become the latest classic rock act to announce that they will be celebrating Record Store Day on April 20. The famous supergroup will release a three-LP of 'Live at the Royal Albert Hall' in an extremely limited run of only 1,500 copies.

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