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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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Bruce Springsteen Performs AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’ in Australia

Seasoned performer that he is, Bruce Springsteen knows that there is no better way of ingratiating yourself to an audience than by playing a song by one of their local heroes. Earlier today (Feb. 8), Springsteen opened up his concert in Perth,

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Nikki Sixx Discusses Motley Crue’s ‘Final Tour’

When Motley Crue announced their 'Final Tour,' they signed a legally binding "Cessation of Touring Agreement" forbidding their members from using their name in future live endeavors. In a new interview, Nikki Sixx explained that the band decided to take that approach as a matter of pride.

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Dukes of September to Release Concert Video

On March 18, the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, a supergroup consisting of Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs and five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald, will put out a Blu-ray/DVD of a concert recorded in Nov. 2012. A clip of 'Kid Charlemagne' is embedded above.

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The Flaming Lips and Sean Ono Lennon Cover the Beatles on ‘Letterman’

All week long, CBS' 'The Late Show with David Letterman' has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America with other musicians performing their songs. Last night, it was the Flaming Lips' turn, and they brought along a friend with a personal connection to the band, John Lennon's son, Sean Ono Lennon, on 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.'

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56 Years Ago: George Harrison Joins John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the Quarry Men

The third part of the equation that would become the Beatles fell into place on Feb. 6, 1958. George Harrison joined the Quarry Men, the John Lennon-led group that Paul McCartney had joined as a second guitarist and singer the previous summer.

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Metallica Alumni Feud? Megadeth Boots Newsted Off Tour

Given that they are both former members of Metallica, one would think Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted would get along famously. However, that appears not to be the case, as we learn that Newsted's self-titled band has been thrown off an Australian tour by headliners Megadeth.

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Steve Perry on Journey Reunion: ‘We’re Trying’

After years of sending messages back and forth to each other in the press, it appears that Steve Perry and Neal Schon are seriously considering the idea of Perry returning to Journey. In a new interview, the singer reveals that the two are in discussions.

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55 Years Ago: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper Killed in Plane Crash

Rock 'n’ roll was still in its infancy when it suffered its first tragedy. On Feb. 3, 1959, three of the biggest stars of the day — Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, known as the Big Bopper — were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

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