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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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Tom Morello to Replace Steven Van Zandt on Bruce Springsteen’s Australia Tour

This summer it was suggested that Bruce Springsteen may have to be without Steven Van Zandt for dates in 2013 due to the guitarist's previous acting commitments. Today, Springsteen announced that Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine will take over for Van Zandt when Springsteen tours Australia in March.

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Stevie Nicks Promises ‘Different’ Fleetwood Mac on Upcoming Tour

As Fleetwood Mac prepare to hit the road again this spring, singer Stevie Nicks doesn't believe they will suffer from the lack of chemistry that bogged down their 2009 tour. In a new interview, she admitted that the band has been known to phone it in, but they have a renewed sense of purpose towards the audience, and each other.

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With One Week Left to Vote, Kiss Leads in Six 2012 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards Categories

Sticking their proverbial tongue out at all challengers, and barring an uprising from fans of other bands, it looks as if Kiss is in line to be the biggest winner of the 2012 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards. As of now, with one week left in the voting, the band is ahead in six of the 11 categories.

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Beatles, Led Zeppelin Featured in New Mash-Up

Mash-ups - the art of taking elements of two or more songs and creating something new out of them - are a hit-or-miss proposition. Too often the soungs don't match up musically in an attempt to create an interesting or ironic juxtaposition.

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100 Copies of Bob Dylan Outtakes Record Released to Circumvent Copyright Laws

A set of 86 Bob Dylan outtakes from 1962 was discovered on shelves in European record stores last year. But while albums of unreleased Dylan are nothing new -- 1969's 'The Great White Wonder' is considered to be the start of the bootleg industry -- this is actually an official release, albeit in a limited edition, rare for an artist of Dylan's stature.

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Slash Refuses to Work With Scott Weiland Again

If Slash ever decides to give up his solo career and get back with Velvet Revolver, it will have to be with a different lead singer. In a new interview, the guitarist shut the door on any plans to work again with Scott Weiland, who, in November, expressed a desire to work with the ex-Guns N' Roses musicians again.

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Roger Waters Speaks Out Against the ‘Idiocy of Our Foreign Policies’

It's no secret that Roger Waters is no fan of war. His father's death in World War II, coming when Waters was but five months old, were integral to Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' and 'The Final Cut.' In a new interview, he rails against 60 years of what he considers to be unnecessary wars.

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Peter Frampton Credits David Bowie For Saving His Career

David Bowie's 1987 album 'Never Let Me Down' is considered to be among his worst, but for Peter Frampton, its importance can not be overstated. In a new interview, he credits his time with Bowie, both on the album and its accompanying tour, for helping revive his career.

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2013 MusiCares Tribute to Bruce Springsteen Lineup Announced

Back in June we reported that Bruce Springsteen had been named as MusiCares' Person of the Year for 2013. Today, the organization announced, via press release, the list of stars who will perform at this year's tribute benefit, which will be take place on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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‘Not Fade Away’ Soundtrack Features Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan + More

Coming to select theaters on Dec. 21 is 'Not Fade Away,' a story about New Jersey teenagers who, inspired by seeing the Rolling Stones on television in 1964, form a band. The film, which was written and directed by 'Sopranos' creator David Chase, features a soundtrack comprised of many rock and rhythm-and-blues classics, and was put together by Steven Van Zandt. The soundtrack will be available on Dec. 18.

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Newsflash: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Have a Complicated Relationship

Yes, we know that's hardly the most shocking headline you'll read today, but, with 50 years of being inextricably linked together, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards simultaneously love and hate each other. In a new interview, the Glimmer Twins open up about the true and complex nature of their relationship that makes the Rolling Stones so fascinating..

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David Chase Talks about Working with Steven Van Zandt on ‘Not Fade Away’ Movie

A new movie about the impact of the British Invasion on teenagers in suburban New Jersey, 'Not Fade Away,' is set to hit theaters soon. The film is the first feature-length film written and directed by David Chase, the creator of 'The Sopranos.' The trailer, cut to the Rolling Stones' 'Parachute Woman,' is embedded below.

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