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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 Rules Out Touring Again

Despite a killer performance at the recent 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden and an upcoming headlining slot at JazzFest, Billy Joel will not be mounting a tour any time soon. In a new interview, he disclosed that recent health issues have stopped him from a return to the stage.

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Mick Fleetwood Says Christine McVie May Rejoin Fleetwood Mac

Since leaving Fleetwood Mac in 1998, Christine McVie has stayed close with the band, but refused all attempts to rejoin the group, largely due to her fear of flying. However, that might be changing. In a new interview, titular drummer Mick Fleetwood said that he is doing his best to lure her back into the fold for their upcoming tour.

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Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Atlantic City’ Covered by Country Superstars Sugarland

Top-selling country duo Sugarland have been recently uploading highlights from their 2012 'In Your Hands' tour to their official YouTube channel. On Friday (Jan. 18) they put up a cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'Atlantic City,' which was originally released on his 1982 acoustic album, 'Nebraska.'

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Don’t Mind People Yelling ‘Free Bird’

We've all been at concerts where some guy, who's usually had a few too many, shouts out a request for 'Free Bird,' even if it's not a Lynyrd Skynyrd show. While many of us would love to have security go to town on him - if for nothing else a lack of originality - the members of band, unsurprisingly, have a different take. In a new interview, founding guitarist Gary Rossington spoke about what it means to him.

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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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